Tsung and Lilith Yu have been married a long time. They’ve survived their youngest son getting his girlfriend pregnant during university, but aren’t sure they can survive going without an heir. Zhou and River seem a bit too easy-going to really care much for traditional values.
Lilith had heard about the mishap at the Anderson manor firsthand from her friend and protege, Isolde Anderson. Isolde was off at Uni now and she called Lilith frequently to try and get a handle on her new… abilities. Lilith was doing her best to keep her from going entirely over to the dark side.
“Just be careful, don’t do anything hasty,” Lilith said into the receiver in a low voice, “especially anything involving dead people. Trust me… it’s more trouble than it’s worth.”
Tsung overheard the conversation and confronted his wife. Lilith was about as receptive as ever.
“I know what I’m doing, Tsung.”
“Do you really?” He insisted. “The last time you messed with this stuff, someone dead was suddenly alive and my best friend grew fangs.”
Lilith rolled her eyes, “technicalities! I’ve got this under control.”
River, meanwhile, was spending a lot of time in bed. At first, she thought that she might have the flu that had been going around. It soon seemed apparent that wasn’t the case. Vaguely, she thought that she might be pregnant. It seemed weird to think about–pregnancy. Was she ready to be a mother, would she ever be? She would certainly be older than most mothers of young children.
She thought of her own mother, who was now dead, and felt a little guilty. She loved her mom, but she’d always grew up knowing she was unhappy caring for them and so… she wasn’t sure she could be a good mom, either.
As she began feeling worse, she decided to go to the doctor, without telling anyone why, past the simple fact she felt sick. It was set in stone there–River was pregnant. She came home and waited for Zhou to get back from work to tell him. She wasn’t entirely sure how he’d take the news, especially since she sprung it on him in the midst of their time together. But when she had to run to the bathroom and throw up, she decided he needed to know.
“I kind of figured,” he said casually. “Mom, actually, was the first one to mention it. I was just waiting for you to say something. I wasn’t sure how you’d feel about it.”
“I’m happy, just a little scared.”
“It’ll be fine, River. You’re not your brother or your mother. We can handle this.”
Thanks to the flu epidemic that was quickly spreading, Fou-Lu brought Elena and Emma over for some chicken soup. It was also a good time for everyone to see how much Emma had grown. Lilith was glad to see her granddaughter and hoped, that finally, her other son would be able to not screw up this time.
Emma wasn’t shy, despite being surrounded by virtual strangers. She’d always seen her mother’s side as her family, but meeting her father’s side was fun, too. She saw that her personality was more geared towards them than her grandma and grandpa Saunders.
It was also a good time to announce, officially that River was pregnant. Not that there was much announcement required–she was already showing.
Tsung hadn’t been present for the dinner, but when he arrived home for work, he was sure to speak with Emma privately. He wanted to be sure she wasn’t going to be another Lilith. He loved his eccentric wife dearly, but what she did was dangerous.
“Don’t worry, grandpa. I’m not really into that stuff. Besides, you’re a little late. You know my grandpa Gordon, right?”
Tsung sighed, nodding his head. He’d nearly forgotten. Now they shared a relation. “Yes, Emma, he’s a–”
“Vampire!” She added enthusiastically, turning on her heel and heading off to find her mother.
Tsung didn’t have long to let it sink in that his little granddaughter already had the concept of vampires down. Fou-Lu found him in the kitchen and cornered him. Of course, he should have known the visit didn’t come without strings. Fou-Lu wanted his part of the estate, in cash. Not for anything shady, but for Elena and Emma.
“Wouldn’t you rather wait? It will be there when you retire and you have a good job, Fou-Lu,” Tsung advised.
“Working nights and going out of town all the time–it’s okay now, but not forever. Dad, please? Let me worry about the future.”
Tsung sighed, “I don’t know, Fou-Lu. It’s never been one of your strongsuits…”
The snow really started coming down, so Fou-Lu, Elena, and Emma had to leave before the roads got bad. It was a long drive back to Aperture. Lilith walked them out the door and gave her son and embarassingly close hug.
“Don’t worry, sweetie. You’ll get your money–just don’t screw up this time, okay?”
Lilith had such a way with maternal endearments…
Meanwhile, River’s stomach continued to grow and so did the baby inside. The more she thought about it, the more comfortable she became with the idea. It was just one baby. She could handle that. Her job involved more thought than most normal people were capable of–surely she could care for a little infant. And, she had the support of Zhou and her in-laws. Lilith was quirky, but she knew her stuff, and Tsung was plenty level-headed. It was Zhou she had to worry about.
“Remember, Zhou, it’s not a bird,” she said everytime he insisted on talking to her stomach.
“Why do you keep thinking I’m going to teach it to swear?” He said, mock-offended, before adding, “That’s a few years away!”
Finally, little Fujin Yu entered the world. Another baby boy–the Yu tradition still kept going strong, complete with the skintone and the almond brown eyes.
Note from Mao: Whew! Long update. Sorry about that and for the wait. GTA IV kind of absorbed my soul, but that’s been going on awhile now. I’m planning on doing some simming today, so hopefully I’ll have some updates throughout the weekend.
I’m so glad their child has the Yu traits! I was worried they’d have an alien baby, LOL. I should note that while I say that skintone is Yu, it isn’t. But it’s what all the friggin’ Yus end up with because of Eileen O`Hanlon marrying into the brood way-back-when.