Boreal Springs

October 28, 2009

O`Hanlon – Round 27: ‘Time After Time’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:18 pm

Julie O`Hanlon still mourns the loss of her love, Asia.  Timothy and Isolde do their best to raise their rapidly growing twin sons, Gavin and Tommy.

Tommy and Gavin made the most of the last days of fall.  Julie was always happy to walk with them down to the playground, which was always full of activity.  Boreal Springs was definitely home to a lot of children, all within the same age range.

Spending time with her young grandchildren helped her forget the untimely loss of Asia.  Being in the military and a qualified space technician, Julie still wasn’t sure where the satellite had come from.

The boys seemed to move on for the loss, they were young when they lost their other grandmother and a child’s mind isn’t one for grief.  Gavin wasn’t as outgoing as his brother, but he was definitely more of the athlete.  He spent most of his time on the monkey bars.  They were his domain… until Catelyn Anderson stepped into the picture.  She was snappy for a little girl.

“Hey, this isn’t a girl’s toy,” Gavin warned, watch the young girl hop onto a bar, somehow able to maintain her flip flops as she swung.

“I don’t see any signs,” she shot back, eyes narrowed.

“Fine,” Gavin said, moving out to the middle, staring her down.  “But you can’t hang as long as I can.”

“Yeah, I can,” Catelyn replied, determination in her eyes.  “Watch me.”

It ended in a tie, because Catelyn’s dad came calling–the girls had run off to the playground by themselves…again–and Julie was collecting her grandsons.  A rematch was promised and the two parted ways.

Isolde came home from a trip downtown to her husband digging up the backyard.  She wasn’t exactly pleased about it.  It was bad enough they had a big obstacle coarse taking up the side yard, now this eyesore in the back.

“Timothy, what are you doing?

“Gardening, babe.  It’s relaxing.”

“You don’t know the first thing about gardening.”

He laughed, “that’s why I’m learning!  It’s fun.  See?  Stuff grows and then you pick it.”

Isolde sighed, trying to remember that Timothy had a very simple nature about most things, “try not to dig up the whole backyard.  The boys need somewhere to play.”

One evening, while Julie, Isolde, and Timothy were a the table discussing the very burnt porkchops Isolde had made, the phone rang.  Julie quickly rose to answer it, wanting to avoid the charred texture of overdone pork.  She was surprised to hear Maggie on the other line.  It’d been so long since she’d called!

“Maggie!  How are you doing?”

‘I’m fine, how is everyone there?’

“We’re all great, but we’d be better if you’d visit.”

‘Um, that’s kind of what I called about… there’s something I need to tell you, mom.’

“Is everything all right?  Are you hurt?”

‘No, no, I’m okay, it’s just… um… I’m,’ Maggie hesitated, taking a deep breath. ‘I’m pregnant.’

“What??  How is that possible?  Wait, James?  Oh, Maggie!”

‘I need to go.  I’ll… call you later.’

Before Julie could say anything, Maggie hung up.  She sighed.

Julie waited until she thought Timothy was preoccupied to visit Isolde out in her witchery hut.  She had to tell someone about Maggie and she knew Isolde would keep quiet.

“Did you know, have any indication?  You saw her last month!”

“I had suspicions, but I wasn’t sure,” Isolde replied sadly.  “This isn’t going to be good.  Timothy is going to go nuts.”

Julie shook her head, “I’m trying not to go nuts!  My poor baby is pregnant… and not in the ‘oh yay, marriage and everything and now there’s babies’… no in the Scarlet Letter variety of pregnant!  And to Timothy’s best friend, no less.”

Timothy had been coming to see Isolde, but he had heard it all.  He stormed through the door, shocking them both.

“Maggie is what?!

“Timothy, calm down, please,” Julie said, trying to placate her son.  “There’s nothing we can do about it now.  We have to be calm–”

Timothy balled his fists at his sides, “I am going to KILL him!”

“Stop!  You’re not going to do anything,” Isolde snapped, pulling out her wand.  “Don’t make me use this on you, Timothy.  You can’t let Maggie know that you know and you most certainly cannot kill the baby’s father.  She will come to us and to you, when she feels comfortable.  She’s scared.  We don’t need to scare her further.”

Timothy grumbled unintelligbly, but did nothing else.  He turned and left, followed by Julie.  Isolde took a deep breath.  What next?

Almost immediately, as if on cue, Gordon appeared at her door.  Where had he come from?  This was not the time.

“That sounded fun,” he said by way of greeting, stepping inside and closing the door.

“This is a really bad time.”

“So I heard.  Unfortunately, our problems have a similar vibe to them–unwanted attention.  It’s just a quick fix, something you can easily brew up in minutes.  So, let’s get started, shall we?  Once I’m gone, you can go play mediator once more.”

Isolde nodded, knowing that there was no way to say “no” to Gordon Saunders.  She’d agreed to the work and it didn’t matter what time it was, she had to do it.

Timothy, meanwhile, had a hard time adjusting to the news.  He tried to take his mind off of it, but it was impossible.  His little sister was knocked up by his best friend, who was still reeling from his bad relationship with Kit.  Poor Maggie.  He wasn’t mad at her, but he did want to lay James out in the ER, for sure.  He had trusted him!

If the boys noticed anything was up, they didn’t say a word.


Note from Mao: Timothy walking in on Julie and Isolde talking was the game.  I had Julie go back and talk to Isolde and Timothy came in not long after, an action queued up with Isolde.  So, it just seemed to fit that it’d be how he found out.  Maggie also called Julie earlier in the day, which I thought was a hint as to her fessing up.

Timothy needs something to do while the boys are at school, so he gardens.  The playground is a pretty active place, too.  The thing with Catelyn and Gavin happened autonomously.  They both got on the monkeybars and stared one another down, LOL!


  1. Cat’s out of the bag now! Oh James… he has now become the guy everyone wants to get a piece of ahaha… oh those Andersons!

    Comment by Mohohon — October 28, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

  2. The kids are cute! Those Anderson girls are quite snappy. Not surprising they seem as “aggressive” (for lack of a better word) as their mother.

    I’m sure Tim has nothing to worry about. James is a stand-up guy. Obviously Maggie had reason to be scared, with that kind of mindless rage to contend with! Thank goodness isolde stopped him. I hope they can all get together (sans James this time) and talk it out.

    Comment by Fini — October 28, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

  3. Haha, definitely! Poor James…

    Comment by Mao — October 28, 2009 @ 2:00 pm

  4. I love the kids on the playground. I took way too many pictures, LOL! Shelly’s girls are definitely aggressive.

    Timothy is not pleased, not at all. I’m sure things will come to resolution, though. Especially with Isolde to mediate.

    Comment by Mao — October 28, 2009 @ 2:01 pm

  5. I’ve never seen that monkeybar interaction before! How cute!

    I really like this house; I’m not sure why, but it probably has to do with Isolde. I love all your witchy or paranormal women!

    Comment by Shannon — October 28, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

  6. Timothy please don’t make yourself look any girler. Isolde kicks butt! Ooh a romance between Gavin and Catelyn? Gavin is pretty! And Tommy’s eyes look fantastic with his skin!

    Comment by Victoria — October 28, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

  7. It was really cute. I’m not sure if its intended or not, but I liked it. :)

    Comment by Mao — October 28, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

  8. Haha, for being such a guy, he has some girl hobbies. The poor guy has to be the stay-at-home parent, though, so it’s bound to have an effect, LOL!

    Comment by Mao — October 28, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

  9. Uh Oh, Gavin and Catelyn better watch out, some of the most famous Boreal Springs relationships begin with childhood rivalries! Is Gavin the heir to the house? I love how the story just came together in this entry by chance. Hopefully Isolde is able to successfully mediate the Maggie situation so James doesn’t end up in the hospital.

    Comment by Liz — October 28, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

  10. This is true! We’ll see how it develops as they age. I thought it was hilarious that out of all the kids there, these two butted heads!

    Comment by Mao — October 28, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

  11. Ha, watch out for those Anderson girls, Gavin! The kids are so cute on the monkey bars. :)

    Killing the father of your sister’s baby probably isn’t the best idea, Timothy!

    Comment by Shana — October 28, 2009 @ 6:02 pm

  12. Monkey bar showdown! Whoo! I’m glad to see I wasn’t the only one who thought Gavin and Catelyn might be a future couple in the making! LOL!

    Yeesh, I don’t want to be James next time Timothy sees him! There will be something hitting the fan, for sure!

    Comment by Carla — October 28, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

  13. Timothy isn’t much of a thinker, obviously, LOL! Yeah, Catelyn will eat him alive. xD

    Comment by Mao — October 28, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

  14. Poor James. He’s not much of a fighter… lol.

    If these two end up liking one another, it will be adorable, but not an easy relationship!

    Comment by Mao — October 28, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

  15. That bit with Catelyn and Gavin was adorable!

    Wow, so everybody knows… except for James? He doesn’t know yet, does he? I can’t wait to see who tells him first!

    Comment by laura — October 29, 2009 @ 12:12 am

  16. At this point, we can assume James knows. We’ll get to that when we get to their house… which is at the end of the round, LOL!

    Comment by Mao — October 29, 2009 @ 8:36 am

  17. I agree Gavin and Catelyn would be a great future couple. Hopefully when Maggie gets the never to finally confess to Timothy he will have calmed down, alot.

    Comment by Monique — October 29, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

  18. Haha, now I’m scared it’s going to happen! Timothy will hopefully calm down…

    Comment by Mao — October 30, 2009 @ 8:47 am

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