Boreal Springs

March 23, 2008

Saunders – Round 9: ‘The Mystery of Chuck, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 1:51 am

Henry and Janine are elders now, but while Henry may have retired, Janine hasn’t. Will her second life keep them from enjoying their final years? And what of their son, Gordon? How will it effect him? The twins Chuck and Damien still aren’t sure who will come back and take over, but they are sure they want to head to University!

 

Chuck kisses Lilith

Chuck had spent a tremendous amount of time and effort on Lilith Anderson. So much so, that she was even starting to come around a little. Well, as around as a girl like Lilith could ever come, that is. So it wasn’t any big surprise that he finally made his move when she came over one day to beat Damien at a new game he’d bought.

To say Lilith was surprised would have been a drastic understatement.

Lilith punches Chuck

Lilith hooked him hard on the arm and sneered angrily, “what are you doing?!”

“How long are you gonna keep up the tough girl act?” Chuck retorted, surprisingly calm in the face of Lilith’s anger. “You know you like me.”

“Give me a break,” Lilith shot back. “You’re a jerk.”

“Sure, if you think so. But doesn’t that make us perfect?”

Lilith and Chuck are busy

For the next few weeks, Damien lost his gaming partner. Gordon tried to pick up the slack, but he wasn’t terribly good at video games. He much preferred to be doing something active. Lilith was too preoccupied to bother and Chuck was more than happy about the situation.

Unfortunately, all good things must eventually come to an end…

Chuck is ignited

Chuck was showing off the train set that Janine had helped him with as a kid when suddenly, it exploded into flames. Lilith cried out and jumped back, but Chuck had nowhere to run. The flames engulfed him and Lilith was forced to watch as he died a slow and agonizing death.

Lilith wasn’t quite sure what came over her, but watching someone die was hardly pleasant. It was sort of like an ‘out of body’ experience–like she was watching herself watch Chuck.

Lilith meets Death

Lilith was surprised when she saw an ethereal figure appear with a large scythe in hand. It was most certainly Death, though Lilith could swear that mortals weren’t supposed to see him. He seemed just as surprised, though he continued with his duty. There was no pleading for Chuck, as Lilith could scarcely move. She could only watch. Death had put the fire out on the train set in the midst of the confusion. Before he left, he looked at Lilith and said:

“It isn’t your time.”

When Henry finally managed to get upstairs, he was shocked to find Lilith comatose and Chuck very much burnt alive. There was nothing anyone can do to save him, he was already gone. Lilith was quite traumatized, however.

Damien is distraught

Damien was inconsolable. He lost his brother, his twin, his ‘other half’. It was like someone had taken a piece of him away. It was difficult to rationalize what had happened, as it just didn’t make any sense. Why would the train set ignite? What had he done?

First their mother had died, now Chuck was gone. It was almost as if the family was cursed. At least Katy’s death was explainable, but Chuck’s? They’d never really know what happened. Lilith had been taken away to spend a week at a facility that would hopefully help her recover from the trauma. They had been advised never to mention the incident to her again.

March 16, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 8: ‘Something Different, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 5:39 pm

Florence Anderson and Shaniqua Saunders have an… interesting relationship. Can their daughter Kate keep Shaniqua from straying? Will the alien twins, Nathaniel and Lilith, find their way amidst the neighborhood drama?

 

Lilith and Sara play video games

Lilith and Sara sat in the Anderson living room enjoying their daily, after-school gaming session. Sara couldn’t concentrate and it was obvious. She usually put up more of a fight and Lilith was quite disappointed.

“Pay attention, Sara!”

“Sorry,” Sara shifted nervously against the cushion. “Where’s Nathaniel at, anyway?”

Lilith rolled her eyes, “like I care. Hey, HEY! What are you doing? Pay attention!”

“Sorry, maybe we should quit for now. I can’t focus.”

“Fine,” Lilith relented, giving her friend an odd look. “And why do you keep asking about my stupid brother? Do you have a crush on him or something? That’s stupid and gross. He only likes girls who actually look like girls, Sara.”

It was meant as a good-natured barb, but it stung a bit more than Sara could vocalize.

Sara is alone

Nathaniel entered not long after their abandoned game with Damien Saunders in toe. Damien had come to see Lilith, of course. The two were fiercely devoted rivals when it came to video games. They went off to chat, leaving Sara alone. While she pretended not to notice, she knew that Nathaniel had moved from the door and to the couch. He was staring absently at the TV while Sara shut off the game console.

Talking to Nathaniel when they were kids was easy, but now? Sara wanted to run away and hide. She’d say something stupid or not-girly… like always.

Nathaniel challenges Sara

Unfortunately for Sara, Nathaniel had other plans. He approached Sara when she moved to leave and stopped her.

“Lilith says you’re going to try out for the girl’s soccer team,” he began, grinning. “Since when can girls play sports?”

At this, Sara forgot all about her nervousness. Instead, her pride took over and she replied confidently, “excuse me? Women can do anything that a man can, and sometimes better. Maybe I’m better than you at soccer, huh?”

That was a really, really stupid thing to say. Nathaniel was extremely good at sports and in just about every team he had time for amidst his academics. There was absolutely no way Sara was better.

“Hollow threats, hollow threats,” he laughed, waving her off. Just like he would ‘one of the guys’… Sara hated that. She did have boobs… somewhere beneath her clothing. Hidden, quite well, too. But they were there! She was female!

Nathaniel continues to challenge Sara

The conversation continued at dinner the next day. Sara spent a lot of time at Lilith’s house–she hated being around all the baby insanity at her own. Her mother and father finally revealed it wasn’t going to be one baby… but two. The thought made her want to crawl in a hole and disappear. The Saunders twins were visiting, too. Chuck seemed to be coming around a lot lately…

“Hey, sis,” Nathaniel called out as Lilith passed by. “What are you teaching Sara? She says she can beat me at soccer, but she won’t put her money where her mouth is.”

Lilith ignore his charismatic and good-natured grin, countering with a sneer from the depths of the darkest reaches, “leave Sara alone or I’ll smear this spaghetti all over your pretty girl face.”

Sara fidgeted nervously, “no… no… it’s okay. I’ll do it.”

Lilith was shocked, but Nathaniel just smiled: “Good! We’ve got a net outback… tomorrow is Saturday. Come over at lunch.”

Nathaniel beats Sara

Sara did as Nathaniel said and was over at the Anderson house at exactly noon. Unfortunately for her, Nathaniel was ready and they were off to the net. It was simple enough–get a ball past him and he’d accept that maybe a girl could play sports past waving pom-poms around.

He caught everything she kicked. It didn’t even look like he was struggling, really. Which just infuriated her all the more. He smiled the entire time–smug and amused. If he saw her as a real girl, he’d probably be apologetic or mess up on purpose. But no, Sara was ‘one of the guys’. Well, fine then, Sara thought.

Sara summoned all her strength and sent the ball hurdling forward. Nathaniel caught it all right, with his skull. He was knocked out for five minutes. Sara was mortified! She had missed completely and given him a concussion.

Lilith gives Chuck a noogie

Sara looked to Lilith for comfort, but Lilith was too busy abusing Chuck. Sara wasn’t quite sure why her half-brother seemed to be so intent on ‘getting’ Lilith. She wasn’t exactly what you’d called a ‘good catch’ when it came to a womanizer like Chuck. Maybe it was the thrill of the chase? Whatever it was, it meant someone saw Lilith as a real girl… and Sara was still just ‘one of the guys’.

She left quietly and decided not to try out for soccer after all. Maybe basketball would be less dangerous?

Shaniqua cares for Kate

Meanwhile, Shaniqua tried to distract herself by caring for Kate. She’d been having thoughts of giving her new friend a call. Seeing Kate and holding her seemed to make the temptation go away. What would happen to little Kate if Florence caught Shaniqua? She remembered what happened when her mother ran off…

For now, Shaniqua would resist the temptation. She just hoped Florence didn’t suspect anything.

Kaye is a child

Despite the weirdness that surrounded her on a daily basis, Kate’s birthday went by easily. She was a cute and creative toddler. She enjoyed drawing pictures, catching butterflies, and just being a kid. She didn’t really notice any of the tension that surrounded her.

March 14, 2008

Saunders – Round 8: ‘Dirty Dealings, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:47 pm

Henry and Janine have reached the end of their adult lives. Can they make the best of their elder years or will the lies and mystery pass down to their son, Gordon? Chuck and Damien remained behind when Derek Saunders left to become Derek O`Hanlon. Will they grow up to be well-adjusted or just plain weird?

 

Janine plays with Chuck

Janine had to admit that it was a little odd the twins stayed behind. Henry explained that one of the twins would take over the house, so it was important that they stay. Truth be told, he felt more like the twins were his own sons instead of grandchildren. They certainly acted the part!

Chuck shared Janine’s interest in tinkering with electronics, so she brought home an old, unfinished train set. They bonded over fixing it.

Gordon plays with Tsung

Gordon, meanwhile, was too busy with his best friend Tsung Yu. The two were inseparable–especially since Nathaniel Anderson had his birthday and was off to a different school. Tsung wasn’t terribly athletic, but he did have a want to know everything, so Gordon taught him about basketball (which he learned from Henry).

While Tsung’s interest in everything was understandable, one couldn’t help but question his sudden want to know about sports. It was well-known that Lilith was a secret athlete (as was her best friend Sara)… and it was also known that Tsung and Lilith had a bit of a rivalry.

Shang plays with the twins

While his brother Tsung was too serious for the twins, Shang found them to be great company. Damien was especially gifted at video games and Shang had fun trying to keep up. Sure, the twins were older, but they befriended Shang all the same. He was ‘cool, for a little kid’, they said.

Chuck wasn’t nearly as good at the games they played, so he just watched and kept score.

Janine talks to Thomas

Janine may have crossed over to the next part of her life, but she certainly wasn’t too old for her job. In fact, she felt invigorated by her gray hairs and wizened face. She had climbed to the top and even had a task force the local authorities had made dedicated to stopping her operations. That was impossible, as Janine was too good. Her double-life allowed her the comfort of an alternate identity to hide in when the cops came sniffing around. Who would ever suspect a sweet old grandmother?

“It’s fine, Derek, I promise,” Janine assured her step-son. “Stop worrying. I took care of everything. Just keep quiet and it’ll all blow over. Yes, I’m sure. No, I don’t think Mary knows and she won’t if you act normal. Okay, all right. I’ll see you. Bye.”

Henry and Janine

Henry also entered the land of gray hair and was quite happy about it. He could now fully enjoy his status as ‘grandpa’. Unfortunately, he was still worried about Janine. He knew for certain she was hiding something–military training had given him that much sense. He just wasn’t sure how to broach the subject without upsetting her.

“Was that Derek on the phone?”

Janine smiled, taking his hand, “yes. If I had known you were home, I would have given you the phone.”

“He seems to be doing well, despite what happened to Katy.”

“He’s happy with Mary,” Janine replied, giving his hand a squeeze. “It’s what he wanted from the beginning. Katy wasn’t as nice as she let on. But it’s over, so let’s not concern ourselves with it, okay?”

“Yes, I guess you’re right…”

Janine talks to Gordon

Gordon woke up from a late nap to find Janine laying on one of the unoccupied beds. She didn’t seem to notice him at first, so he stood their quietly until she finally said:

“Gordon, you know mommy loves you, right?”

“Yes,” he nodded, a little confused. He was young, but a quiet maturity lurked beneath his innocence. “Are you okay, mommy?”

Janine nodded, a half-smile forming on her lips, “yes, just a little tired. Mommy picked a hectic life and she worries a lot. About you, your sisters, Henry…” she stopped, and looked at him. “Just remember, Gordon… that no matter what, mommy loves you, okay?”

“Yes, mommy.” He said, noting the sad look in her eyes. Instead of saying anything, he changed the subject. “Is it dinnertime yet? I’m hungry.”

“Close enough, sweetie. Come on.” Janine moved from the bed and led him downstairs.

Damien and Chuck are teens

The twins had their birthdays and grew up to be more different than ever. Damien mellowed out a little and decided that knowledge was a pretty cool way to expand on his gaming. If he learned everything there was to learn, than he’d surely be the best! Chuck, meanwhile, decided that his ‘refined’ mind was best suited at wooing the ladies–all the ladies. It was something Chuck and Damien just couldn’t agree on.

“Dude, c’mon, you know aliens are totally hot.”

Damien made a face, “you’re talking about Lilith Anderson? She’s crazy!”

“You’re just mad because she kicked your butt online,” Chuck retorted, rolling his eyes. “Those hard-balling chicks are the thing these days, you know? Like Sara!”

“Oh, gross!” Damien was horrified. “She’s like, our… um… sister? Half-sister–yeah, that–half-sister! Stick to the aliens, you weirdo.”

Chuck made a face, “I didn’t say I wanted to date her, Mr. Uptight. Sheesh. But Lilith? That could be… interesting.”

“Yeah, if you don’t enjoy having balls. Whatever, dude. You’re crazy.”

Janine fulfills her LTW

Finally, for the first time in her life, Janine felt fulfilled. She was literally the top of the top when it came to crime. Not only did the local government want her gone, but the bigger agencies as well. It was a bittersweet victory. Now her double-life was necessary and she could never expose who she really was.

She would live out the lie for the rest of her days. If she were to tell, she’d put her family in danger.

Chuck meets Lilith

Using his charisma (and Sara), Chuck got Lilith to come over. Sara wandered into the living room to play video games with Damien while Chuck kept Lilith out in the kitchen. His charming compliments and ways had no effect on the tough-as-nails Lilith Anderson. She snorted derisively and called him names.

By the end of the visit, Chuck was certain he’d get Lilith–one way or another. Meanwhile, Lilith had to admit she was intrigued by his persistence. Most guys either backed off and ran away crying to their mommies. Chuck had courage.

———

Note from Mao: All my Gen1 adults are becoming elders! It’s amazing, haha. I’m still having a lot of fun with this, so it’s all good. As for Lilith and Chuck? Chuck’s FIRST convo after becoming a teen was, literally, about aliens. That’s all he talked about and then he brought Lilith Anderson home. Say it with me folks… three bolts. We’ll see how it goes. I had planned on having Lilith reroll in college.

March 4, 2008

Saunders – Round 7: ‘Little Secrets, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:12 am

 

Henry Saunders and Janine Saunders are finally married and though, late in life, they have a child together named Gordon. Unfortunately, Henry’s eldest son, Derek, isn’t nearly as happy with his wife, Katy. They have twin boys, Chuck and Damien, but with Derek’s newest discovery, he isn’t really thinking about their well-being. Ryu is thankful to be off to University ASAP.

 

Ryu wasted no time working on his early application to Boreal Summit University. He wasn’t a genius, but he was ridiculously determined. Determination had won the day and Ryu got his acceptance. While he would miss his father and the others he had grown up with and he hated that he’d never live within the house again, he couldn’t wait to be off. The tension was unnerving and he couldn’t wait to see Alyssa.

Henry saw him off. There wasn’t a single trait of Jun evident in Ryu and for that, Henry was certainly thankful.

Henry plays with Sara

Henry couldn’t say the same for his eldest son, Derek. He was quite surprised when Mary appeared with a little blonde haired girl in toe, especially when he got a closer look. Sara was unmistakably a Saunders, and a little older than the twins. He wasn’t sure when it had happened and he didn’t bother asking. He let them in–Katy was at work–and got to know his latest grandchild while Mary went to talk to Derek.

Sara may have looked like a Saunders, but she was her mother’s daughter–quick and sharp as a tack. Henry never made any claims to being a terribly smart man, and so he wasn’t ashamed when she obliterated him at chess.

Mary talks to Derek

Mary found Derek upstairs in the room they used for pretty much everything. An awkward silence hung between them before Mary finally said:

“She’s downstairs, Derek. We’ll wait for you to get cleaned up.”

Derek simply nodded. It was a strange feeling–for him to be angry at Mary. Perhaps it wasn’t so much anger as it was just pure hurt. She hadn’t told him–why?

Sara meets Derek

Derek was surprised when he saw Sara–she looked almost exactly like the twins, only with Mary’s green eyes. Of course, she was a bit more talkative and articulate. That probably came from both Mary and Gina’s influence–they were intelligent, high-earning women. It wasn’t as awkward as Derek had thought it would be, Sara seemed more interested in asking him all sorts of questions than discussing why he had ignored her for eight years.

While Mary had dreaded this moment since finding out she was pregnant, she couldn’t help but smile. She hated keeping the two apart and it was good to finally stop lying.

Sara meets her half-brothers

Sara mingled with her half-brothers perfectly, as if she had been raised with them from birth. She looked like them, so Chuck and Damien really didn’t think much of it. She was their sister, right? So what was the big problem? Damien liked her because she watched sports with him and actually knew what was going on. Chuck liked her because he could ask her what the difficult words in the book he was reading were.

Sara liked them simply because she had been an only child for eight years and the thought of having brothers was really cool. That, and she was older than them. That was cool, too.

Derek and Sara talk

Unfortunately, once they were alone, Derek and Sara weren’t mingling nearly as well. Mary had thought Derek would see Sara, be happy, and then explain to Katy what had happened. Hopefully Katy would be all right with Derek visiting Sara. She hadn’t expected him to want to leave Katy.

“You can’t do that, Derek,” she said angrily. “What about the twins? They need you, they’re your sons!”

“I didn’t say I’d leave them behind, Mary. They like Sara and they would like you, too. They’re very agreeable–”

“No, Derek. NO.” She said, crossing her arms over her chest. “What’s wrong with you? I won’t be a home wrecker. Why do you want this so badly, anyway? Katy is beautiful and perfect–she always has been. I’m, well, I’m just not, okay? Next to her, I’m that frumpy kid in glasses that people can’t seem to peg for a boy or a girl.”

Derek shook his head and moved closer to her, “to me, that’s not true. To me, you are perfect.”

Katy comes home

Katy sighed. It had been a long, long day at the hospital. Some cranky old bat had spent the past four hours insisting that Katy was too young and she demanded a different doctor. She was thankful to be home, but when she walked into the livingroom, she suddenly felt very ill at ease. Damien was seated on the couch, and next to him, a little girl who could have been his sister–they looked that much alike.

“Hi, sweetie,” Katy said, trying to hide her worry. “Who is your friend?”

“This is Sara, mommy! She’s my sister.”

Katy swallowed hard. “Where’s your father?”

“In your room, mommy.”

Katy catches Mary and Derek

Katy wasn’t surprised when she walked in and saw Derek and Mary. How could she have been? The only thing she could think of was how long had it been going? Sara looked a bit older than the boys–had they been at this since before Katy and Derek were married?

They saw her, of course, and quickly parted. Derek didn’t look terribly apologetic, but Mary seemed mortified. For this, Katy hated her. Were it not for their children being right outside, she would have tore into her.

Katy corners Mary

You!” Katy seethed, shutting the door behind her and moving in on Mary. “Get your child and get out of my house, right now. I swear, if I see you around again–”

“Katy–”

“Shut up, Derek. Just shut up,” she shot back, never taking her eyes off the frightened blonde. “Get out. Now!”

Mary silently left the room and gathered Sara. They were gone in mere minutes.

Derek and Katy

That night, Derek sat up waiting for Katy. He figured she’d scream at him and demand a divorce–in fact, he hoped for it. Instead, she acted as if nothing happened and quietly moved to go to bed. Derek gave her an incredulous look.

“You don’t want to talk about it?”

“No,” Katy said firmly. “I’m pregnant, Derek. I won’t have children from a broken home. You can stay with the boys until I’m ready to look at you again.”

Derek grumbled, moving off the bed. Before he left, he said, “I don’t love you, Katy.”

Katy sighed and looked at the door that closed behind him, “you did before she came along and ruined everything.”

February 27, 2008

Saunders – Round 6: ‘Unfortunate Ends, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 2:00 pm

Henry Saunders‘ already large family has grown. His son, Derek, and his wife Katy had twins, Damien and Chuck. Janine Anderson has also moved in. Can this chaotic household find a method to their madness?

Janine and Henry talk to Ryu

“I really think he has a chance, Henry,” Janine said, looking back at the young teenager behind Henry. “What do you think, Ryu? Could you handle the Academy?”

“I don’t know–” Henry began, but was quickly interrupted by Ryu.

“Yes!” Ryu replied,a little more enthusiastically than he had intended. He calmed himself and said, “I mean, I guess so. That would be all right.”

“See? He wants to go,” Janine smiled. “I’ll take care of everything, I promise. He’ll get in.”

Henry shook his head and gave a nervous laugh, “I am really beginning to wonder if you’re not working for some super-secret agency or something, Janine. You have friends everywhere.”

She shook him off, hiding her own nervousness at his prying, “hah, right. But I meant he’ll get in on merit, Henry. I’ll just take care of the preparations.”

“If you say so…”

Damien Saunders

It wasn’t long before the twins had another birthday, growing up to look even more like their respective parents. Damien definitely had a lot of Saunders in him! Though Derek claimed that he didn’t chew on blocks when he was a toddler, that was surely from Katy’s side.

Chuck Saunders

Chuck too more after his mother when it came to his facial structure. They certainly weren’t identical! Ryu helped out as much as he could, because Katy and Derek were busy with work. Besides, twins are a handful, even with four adults and a teenager under one roof.

Janine is pregnant

Of course, the majority of the help came from Janine. She found she was pregnant not long after she’d begun campaigning for Ryu to get into the Academy. Unfortunately, she had to take time off work and that to care for herself. It was a great help to Katy and Derek, but Janine couldn’t help but feel incredibly stupid. She should have been more careful–she was too old for babies and better yet, this interfered with her revenge plot.

No, she hadn’t forgotten about Thomas Anderson and what he’d done. He would get his, surely. Janine wouldn’t let this baby hold her back, she couldn’t. She promised that no matter what, Thomas was going down. It was a shame she hadn’t met Henry before Thomas. Now he was more caught up in it than Janine had ever intended.

Ryu is accepted

Janine decided not to let the pregnancy hold her back from helping Ryu and managed to arrange a visit while everyone was gone. It went over swimmingly and Ryu was accepted into the prestigious Academy. While most would have complained that the uniforms were itchy and stuffy, Ryu was just happy that he’d be able to get closer to Alyssa without Janine watching over them like a hawk.

Ryu knew it was weird to chase his soon-to-be-step-sister… but it wasn’t like they were actually related or anything.

Ryu sneaks out

Of course, with everyone busy with twins and being pregnant, Ryu had no problem sneaking out on school nights. Ryu wasn’t a bad kid, not in the least, but you do not turn down chances like this. The Academy had definitely opened doors. Alyssa finally realized who he was (other than ‘that creepy kid where my mom lives’) and ‘trusted’ him. Well, that’s what she said, anyway. Trust basically meant he was the only male allowed within two feet of her… on a purely friendly basis, of course.

Ryu was in charge of making sure Alyssa enjoyed herself no matter what. When Jun and Henry left for vacation, Alyssa demanded that Ryu abandoned his AP class homework and help her have fun. Ryu knew he’d get in trouble if he got caught, but that was the price one paid. It was definitely worth it.

Janine is uncomfortable

Completely oblivious to the fact that Ryu was fast-becoming Alyssa’s little patsy, the adults of the Saunders house sat discussing crime and politics one morning over breakfast. Janine was especially uncomfortable when Derek started talking about something that hit a little too close to home.

“So, they say that the criminal activity has declined in the past months,” Derek said, a grin on his face. “I bet they caught the ringleader and threw ‘em in jail.”

“No, Derek,” Katy replied, rolling her eyes. “Don’t you remember? The ringleader was thrown in jail two years ago. He was set up by an insider… someone else is at the helm now.”

“Whatever, it’s been quiet for months… he’s either plotting on jailed up like a sucker.”

Janine looked down at her growing belly and hoped they wouldn’t put two-and-two together. In her pregnant state, Janine was hardly fit to participate in her syndicate… but she could still control their every move. She’d have to create a diversion before anyone got wise.

“Janine, are you all right?” Henry said, drawing all attention towards her. “You look sick.”

Janine rose up from her chair, “I feel a little tired, that’s all. I’m going to take a nap.”

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