Boreal Springs

August 7, 2008

Knight – Round 17: ‘Paralyzer, End’

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 12:52 am

Marla is determined to make her marriage work, despite her husband, Travis’, indiscretion with her former best friend, Katarina Anderson. Little Kit is just trying to grow up.

Travis was constantly apologetic and it was a little sad, but who could blame him? Marla hadn’t lied when she said it wouldn’t be easy. Any kindnesses or nice things she had done beforehand were revoked and as such, Travis was left fixing his own meals and cleaning up his own messes.

At first, Marla could scarcely stand to be in the same room as him, but she kept thinking about Kit and her resolve strengthened.

It was hard not to be completely furious with Travis for what he had done. Poor little Kit, what if she had witnessed something? At such a young age, it would likely warp her mind. Marla was comforted by the fact she hadn’t and was constantly doting on her little girl. Of course, Kit looked a considerable amount like Travis and so Marla found herself becoming slightly less enraged.

Mary stopped by a few times to check in and to see her new granddaughter. She spread the news of Sara’s third pregnancy and lamented on the fact that she still refused to get married. Marla humored her mother and said nothing of what had happened with Travis. She said she wouldn’t and so she kept her word. There was no reasoning for it. With her father’s recent death, poor Mary was still on edge and mourning.

Having plenty of money of her own, Marla decided to start a business venture that would be fueled by her good name. She was becoming a big name in the culinary world and it was only right that she open up a restaurant. It was hard work, first messing with the contractors, getting the deed, having it all built to specification. And then hiring people? That was the worst part. But she got rave reviews and loved doing it so much she worked off nearly all her anger at Travis.

It took a few years, but Marla realized that she did love him, even if he was an idiot. She also realized that if he did that again, he’d find himself with cement shoes in the river. But that went without saying. Kit had become a child and while she was happy her parents were getting along, she was more perplexed by the fact they hadn’t assembled her ‘big girl’ bed yet.

“I’m tired!” She cried in frustration. “Isn’t it done yet?”

Despite her penchant for being boisterous, Kit was a serious child who enjoyed structured activities and neat schedules. She enjoyed the wealth provided to her by her lawyer father and celebrity mother. There was a certain status attached that Kit would never begrudge. She took ballet lessons in an effort to increase her ‘femininity’, but wasn’t quite sure if it was working. She also wasn’t quite sure that pink was “her color”.

Things for Marla kept looking up. She won blue ribbons like no one’s business and there were few who could rival her skill in the kitchen. It was when her pie one its third award that she realized what she had to do. She still worked quite a bit at the restaurant, but she needed something else, too. A bakery? She’d have to wait until Kit was a little older. She wanted to teach her the wonderful feeling one got from doing what they love.

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Note from Mao: Marla literally worked off her fury at Travis. She opened the restaurant and went to the lot completely furious and came back from it after it reached Rank 5 not furious at all. Yay. Oh, and a funny aside. Gordon came to the restaurant and had dinner with a vampire buddy before Marla closed. That night, the Knight family was robbed. Is Gordon trying to rustle up a protection money trade? LOL!  Oh, and for those curious… Kit Knight was named “Kit” because my fiance and I are huge dorks and could only think of Nightrider, lol.

July 31, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 17: ‘Anxiety, Pt. 1′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 7:24 am

Mary and Derek O`Hanlon’s days are ending and they still don’t have a grandchild. Julie and Asia are starting to feel the strain, while Gina worries that everyone is too worried about things they can’t control.

Julie sat on her bed, contemplating the issue at hand. Asia still wasn’t pregnant and they’d been trying for a long while now. Something had to be wrong. Before her thoughts could wander, Gina joined her and offered some sage advice.

“Maybe it is better if you don’t think too hard on it, Julie. Why does Asia have to be the one to get pregnant?”

“She volunteered, she said she wanted to know what it was like,” Julie replied, a little sadly. “I really don’t want her to be upset if something is wrong.”

“You both want a baby, right? So what does it matter who carries it? Think about it, Julie. Asia would be more upset if she was the reason you two didn’t have a child.”

Julie took Gina’s advice and went to Asia. While Julie wasn’t exactly the type to enjoy maternal things like pregnancy, it was a small price to pay to have a baby. She only hoped Asia was as willing.

“I… I guess it makes sense,” Asia admitted, though reluctantly. “But I really wanted to experience the miracle of childbirth.”

“You still will, just from the safer, viewer perspective,” Julie smiled. “We’ve been trying forever, Asia. It’s worth a shot, isn’t it?”

“I guess so…”

It worked like a charm, Julie was soon pregnant and Mary was overjoyed. She ignored the oddity of two females biologically making a child and instead focused on the fact that she was going to have a grandchild to inherit the property.

“How do you feel?” Mary asked, looking up from Julie’s belly.

“Like crap,” Julie confessed wearily. “This sucks, I hope it’s a boy. I don’t want to have anymore.”

Mary laughed, “try having twins!”

“No thanks.”

Marla stopped by to offer her support. She didn’t get a chance to visit very often anymore, not with little Kit at home. When she did come over, she and Julie enjoyed reconnecting. Julie knew all about Travis’ little indiscretion with Katarina.

“You haven’t told mom, have you?” Marla asked, giving her twin a hug and minding her belly.

“No, of course not,” Julie replied, pulling back. “How is it going?”

“Slow, but better. Anything is better than a divorce though, right? We’ve had plenty of those lately.”

“Yeah, that’s true. But I think you should do whatever is best for you, Marla.”

“This is what’s best… for me and for Kit.”

Derek did not get a chance to see his next grandchild born. He died late one night in his sleep. The doctors said his heart simply stopped working. He was old and it was his time. Mary was inconsolable and Gina was equally distressed. When Sara found out, she cried so hard Nathaniel thought she was dying.

The saddest thing of all was perhaps that Derek died never knowing his final daughter, Elena.

Timothy O`Hanlon was born a month later, to everyone’s happiness. His presence in the house brightened the mood considerably, everyone busy trying to keep him happy and healthy. He had all the O`Hanlon features and was the first boy born that would inherit the house. Mary was over the moon with pride.

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Note from Mao: Deeereeeek! I was so sad when I saw death come sweeping in to take him away. :( Julie getting pregnant was a freak occurence, no clue how it happened. At least it did, yay!

July 29, 2008

Knight – Round 16: ‘Paralyzer, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson,Knight — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:48 am

Marla is happily married, completely unknowing of her husband, Travis’, transgressions with her best friend Katarina. Katarina is feeling the weight of the guilt, though, and tensions are high in the house.

Marla was happy that little Kit had come along peacefully. Her pregnancy, though her first, had been surprisingly effortless and she was able to come home much sooner than anticipated. She and Travis had converted the spare bedroom into a nursery for the new baby. Kit looked a lot like her father, only having her mother, Marla’s, eyes.

Katarina, unable to handle the guilt any longer, decided she needed a break. Little baby Kit had only made things worse. Katarina had never been a terribly considerate person, but she knew that being with Marla’s husband was a line even she hadn’t truly wanted to cross. Marla had been her only true friend through both thick and thin and it was with a heavy heart Katarina packed up her bags and headed off to the tropics.

Shang was out there with the band and they had intended to meet up for a little impromptu ‘fun’. Katarina never felt guilty about messing around with Shang, even if he was her cousin’s husband.

Of course, going anywhere with Shang meant dealing with his fans, both young and adult. The band was quite popular now and it was impossible to take a step without being interrupted. Katarina ignored them and laid out in the sun while Shang flirted and spoke with his ‘adoring fans’. It went on like this the entire time they were at the beach. At least Katarina had gotten some sun.

The adoring fans didn’t keep them from making full use of their hotel room, though. Katarina really didn’t care about Shang’s flirting and meeting up with his fans. They did the same thing, they were naturally promiscuous and monogamy wasn’t exactly something they understood. As long as she knew that he was her first pick, that’s all that mattered.

It wasn’t easy going home, but Katarina knew she couldn’t stay at the island hotel forever. She was a little surprised, though, when she realized she wasn’t coming home alone. Checking herself in the mirror, trying to see if it was obvious, she found herself unable to come to terms with the reality of the situation. Travis chose that moment to walk in.

Of course, it didn’t take him nearly as long to see what was happening. His eyes nearly bugged out of his head.

July 21, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 16: ‘Mysteriously Quiet’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 5:36 pm

Mary and Derek O`Hanlon are finally able to enjoy their elder years and Gina can relax finally knowing the truth. Julie and Asia think they’re ready to be parents, but will they have the same luck that Florence and Shaniqua did with the treatment?

Sara stopped by for an impromptu visit one night after work. She said that she needed to speak with their mother, but Julie managed to pull her aside with some dinner. She hadn’t wanted to nag her older sister, but she was genuinely curious about her situation.

“So, you guys are just going to be engaged forever? What about little Sade?”

Sara rolled her eyes, “not you, too, Julie. Don’t turn into mom.”

“I’m not, I’m just curious. Why don’t you just bite the bullet and get hitched?”

“Because we’re perfectly happy as we are… and nothing anyone says or does needs to change that. Why should we change if we’re happy? Everyone else I know who is married is miserable, save for a few.”

“I guess you’ve got me there.”

Julie and Asia were doing fairly well in their respective careers. Julie wasn’t career-driven, she didn’t have the same goals as Asia, but she worked to keep her mind busy. Asia enjoyed her job a lot, but felt she was ready to make the necessary sacrifice. She wanted to have a baby.

“You’re sure? You’ll have to take time off work,” Julie warned, questioning her sincerity.

“I’m sure, Jules. The process might take awhile, anyway. So it’s best to start early, don’t you think?”

“I’m just making sure that you’re sure. I know you, Asia. You love working.”

“But I love you, too, and I’ll love having a child with you.”

Derek, meanwhile, felt as if a gigantic weight had been lifted off his shoulders. He had told Gina everything he remembered, which was a lot. The incident still haunted him. It was amazing how much weight words held. Janine had been great to him, he would never rat her out… but she was dead and so was Thomas. The truth was safe with Gina.

So, as he raked the leaves into a small pile, he felt a new sort of contentment wash over him. He truly did feel bad for what happened to Katy, but he couldn’t help thinking that it had worked itself out in the end. How that possible, he couldn’t say, it was something he just knew.

Marla stopped by to announce her pregnancy. Of course, Mary and Derek were thrilled. Julie was happy to congratulate her twin, but she couldn’t help notice that something didn’t seem completely right. Only Julie would catch it, though, it was a ‘twin thing’.

“Are you sure everything’s fine? I mean, with Katarina around…”

“I’m sure, Julie,” Marla said with a sigh. “Don’t bring down my happiness, okay?”

“All right, all right… I was just checking. I’m allowed to be concerned.”

“Well, don’t be. I’m doing great.”

One afternoon, while everyone else was off at work, Derek shuffled around the house in a daze. He was bored and there was nothing good on TV. He hated days like this. Then, suddenly, the phone rang. With hesitation, he answered it. No one ever called when everyone else was out.

“Hello, Derek. Are you enjoying your freedom?”

A sudden chill ran down Derek’s spine at the sound of the voice coming from the receiver. He swallowed hard, trying to mask his surprise. All he could manage was, “what do you want?”

“We’re family, Derek. Do I really need a reason to call?”

“Yes,” he replied tersely, eyes narrowing.

“I suppose you’ve caught me. I need a favor… and before you say ‘no’, realize that it was I who saved you from imprisonment…”

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Note from Mao: A pretty boring round, until the end. It was a completely autonomous action. I have no idea why he called, but it ended up fitting with later rounds (which I’ve played already)… Also, so far no baby for Asia and Julie. :(

July 19, 2008

Anderson-Knight – Round 15: ‘Paralyzer, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Anderson,Knight — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 3:40 pm

Marla Knight, formerly O`Hanlon, reveals her secret lover Travis Knight (aka Mr. Big). Katarina Anderson is along for the ride and finds herself in a very awkward situation.

Marla was happy to finally introduce her best friend to her boyfriend. She knew Katarina wouldn’t judge her for going after a slightly older man. Instead, Katarina seemed to approve quite readily. Older men had money and the girls definitely needed some cash to improve their bachelorette pad.

Katarina’s parents had given her some money, but kept the rest locked away for an emergency. They knew she couldn’t be trusted to use it wisely, especially when she was so far away in Aperture.

Shang was more than happy to help Katarina break in her new place. In fact, he was envious. She wasn’t married and she got to live and party in Aperture.

“This is a great place, Kat.”

“Sure,” Katarina said, moving closer, “but I know how we can make it better…”

Travis Knight had met Marla O`Hanlon one night in a bar. His divorce was quite the trying process and he desperately needed a night-cap. Marla was there to listen to him ramble and their friendship grew into more. Travis cared a great deal about Marla, but he couldn’t deny the fact that Katarina was ridiculously attractive. She wasn’t the brightest bulb in the pack, but what she lacked in intellect she more than made up for in beauty, sophistication, and allure.

He did his best to keep his attraction quiet, though something told him Katarina saw right through his attempts.

Eventually, Travis moved in. He did his best to avoid Katarina, instead focusing all his attention on Marla. It wasn’t that she wasn’t just as attractive–she was, just in a different sort of way. Marla was the kind of woman you settled down with. She would care for your children and love you even when you were old and wrinkly. Katarina was like a really fast and expensive sports car–every man’s secret fantasy. It wasn’t easy to deny that, especially since Travis had just gone through a divorce with a woman like Marla.

One night, instead of immediately jumping him, Katarina began to talk to Shang. He was surprised by this interlude, but decided to run with it. Katarina was his favorite person, with or without the sex.

“What do you think about love, Shang? Do you think what we do is right? I mean… I know you don’t mess around with married folks, but still. Don’t you think about the relationships your messing up? The love your abusing?”

“Babe, what’s with this philosophical crap all of the sudden?” He replied, trying his best to ignore the lump in his throat. He had messed with a married woman… Katarina’s own mother. “Do you feel bad for being with me knowing I’m married to Kate?”

“No, but you don’t love Kate, silly,” she retorted, giving him a look. “Everyone knows that.”

“That’s not true… I’m not in love with her, but I’ve got love for her. She’s my kid’s mother, Kat. There’s something to that… but it doesn’t mean I can deny my nature. And neither can you. We’re not monogamous creatures… we’re wild and untamed. And we like it that way.”

Katarina wasn’t completely convinced by Shang’s explanation. He didn’t know the situation, the guilt associated with wanting to do incredibly bad things to your best friend’s boyfriend. But in the end, he was right. Katarina couldn’t deny her nature. She knew Travis was attracted to her and that made it all the more harder to fight.

Meanwhile, Marla was finding herself in her own sort of situation. She and Travis had talked a little about getting married but it wasn’t until Marla woke up and immediately planted her head in the toilet bowl that those talks turned to serious consideration. Marla knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that she was pregnant and that it was definitely Travis’. She’d never been with anyone else.

Travis had no children to his ex-wife, so the news was quite a shock to him.

Everything seemed to happen in fast forward. All their careful plans went barreling forward. Travis met Derek and Mary and gained their approval. He proposed to Marla with them there, which definitely earned him brownie points. As long as they didn’t figure out that Marla was pregnant, that is.

They had a short and intimate wedding, where Marla’s family gathered to celebrate the event. Mary was definitely relieved that at least one of her children was normal enough to get married. Unfortunately, Nathaniel and Sara couldn’t make it due to baby Sade, but sent their best wishes.

After the ceremony, Travis found that his head was spinning. He could scarcely think. This was made worse by the dress Katarina was wearing and the fact that she was walking up to him. No one else was around. She whispered as she walked by, “I have a wedding present for you…”

Travis followed Katarina into the house and up the stairs. He hardly hesitated when she saw where he was leading him. It wasn’t until it was too late that he realized he was in her room and cornered. There was no way out. It was dangerous, it was risky–Marla was downstairs, along with her entire family… yet what could he do? He was in such a panic, everything had happened so quickly…

“Ready for your present?” Katarina purred, moving closer.

He was only married a few hours and already he was making big, big mistakes.

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Note from Mao: This was NOT planned. I realized all too late that Katarina and Travis have THREE full bolts while Travis and Marla only have two. Sheesh! Katarina is a man eater. This can’t end well…

June 6, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 15: ‘Lies, Lies, Lies, End’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:59 am

Mary O`Hanlon is relieved that the trial involving her husband, Derek, is finally over and that it was revealed he wasn’t the murderer at all.  In fact, there was no murder, Katy had spooked herself to death.  Gina Saunders isn’t completely convinced, but she knows her brother didn’t do it.  Julie and Asia are joining the family and Julie has something to tell her parents.

“I’m sorry for doubting you,” Mary said, feeling incredibly guilty.  “It wasn’t that I didn’t want to believe, but my job and the evidence–”

“It’s all right,” Derek assured her, happy to have his name cleared and the tension gone from the house.  “I can’t blame anyone for not believing me… it all pointed at me.”

“Sara did,” Mary frowned.

Derek smiled, “that’s because she’s stubborn as a bull, like me.”

Julie was happy the house was back to normal with the trial over and done with, but she knew her news would turn everything upside down.  When she arrived home with her bags and Asia, she told Asia to wait a moment while she spoke to her mother alone.  It wasn’t easy, but Julie told her everything.  Mary was suitably flabbergasted.

“Asia… is–you’re… engaged?” She blinked, several times, unable to recooperate from the shock of it all.  “I think, I think I need to sit down.”

“I know you’re probably upset that I didn’t tell you, but I thought you’d disown me or something.  If you’re worried about the name, there’s this–”

“No, no,” Mary said, raising her hands up.  “Just… let me have some time.  Let it sink in…”

Julie wasn’t sure what to think about her mother’s reaction.  Derek had been a lot more understanding, but then again, Aunt Shaniqua was also a lesbian and in a relationship with a mutual child.  She just wished her mother didn’t have such a stigma.  She wanted to tell Mary that she couldn’t give it away–the name, the house–to Marla, because she was an alcoholic.  But Julie couldn’t throw her twin under the bus like that.

She’d just have to wait it out and hope her mother came to terms with it on her own time.

Meanwhile, Julie and Asia were joined in matrimony.  They wore contrasting suits instead of traditional dresses and even did away with the traditional arch.  Nothing about them was rigid and traditional, so why maintain the guise?  They were happy with one another and their differences from everyone else.  It was certainly easier because Shaniqua Saunders and Florence Anderson had paved the way.

The entire family showed up with their respective spouses.  Sara was especially pleased, as now that someone had gotten legally wed Mary would stop breathing down her neck about her unsuitable relationship with Nathaniel.  How Mary could be so rigid was anyone’s guess, it likely had to do with her own background and the whole mess with Derek.  She likely didn’t want her children to suffer the same way.

Mary did her best to go along with the idea that she was getting a daughter-in-law instead of a son, but it wasn’t easy.  She still couldn’t understand how they’d have children.

Marla was there to support her twin, but her beau was not accompanying her.  Julie asked and Marla simply said that he was busy finalizing his divorce.  She assured her that she’d meet him soon enough.  Julie was skeptical, but Marla seemed happy–and significantly less buzzed–than usual, so she wasn’t going to push it.  She was just happy to see her again.  Aperture seemed like it was too far away–they’d never been so far apart before.

After all the wedding hubbub died down, life resumed as usual.  Asia got a job as a G.P. at the newly built Aperture Hospital and Julie still hadn’t decided on a career.  Gina and Derek had a quiet breakfast one morning where Gina finally decided to confront him.

“I want to know what really happened, Derek,” she began, not unsympathetically, “I know you didn’t do it, but I know you were involved.  I don’t know what happened at the trial and I don’t want to.  I just want to know your involvement.  We’re getting old, brother, and the time for the truth is waning.  Don’t you want to get it off your mind and ease your soul?”

He sighed, thinking about it for a moment.  She was right–as always.  Gina had this uncanny ability to read people with such precision it was startling.

“All right, Gina.  I’ll tell you the truth of it.  It all began when Katy and I arrived back from University…”

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Note from Mao: Uneventful round.  You have no idea how long I’ve waited to use the contrasting suits!  And now you know a bit about what happened at the trial.  Yay.

June 4, 2008

B.S.U. Campus – Round 14: ‘Lies, Lies, Lies, Pt. 4′

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 6:45 pm

Julie O`Hanlon and Asia Ternynck are in love; Julie’s parents are oblivious. Marla O`Hanlon has her own vices and Katarina Anderson is more than ready to indulge her friend.

Julie sighed, listening to her Aunt Gina on the other end. Gina knew the circumstances between Julie and Asia the second they visited for dinner and was intent on getting Julie to fess up to her parents. Unfortunately, Julie wasn’t so easily swayed. She was the heir to the O`Hanlon name and being a lesbian could jeopardize that.

She didn’t want to give up her birthright, but she also didn’t want to give up Asia. She hoped that Gina was right and that her parents would love her no matter what, but who could say? Julie wasn’t ready to risk it.

Meanwhile, Marla and Katarina were indulging themselves. The new connection to Aperture gave them a bevy of options. They could often be found skipping out on class in favor of getting toasted and singing really bad 70s hits in a karaoke bar.

They enjoyed themselves so much that they decided they would surely move to Aperture upon graduation. Who could deny the pull of the city life? The sleepy burb, with its white picket fences and perfect lawns, was hardly their style.

Marla had always had her own problems and shortcomings. They were both thanks to Katarina dragging her through trouble and also her own issues with being second fiddle to Julie. She loved her twin dearly, but she was jealous. Julie was in love–even if it was a girl–and she got to take the house their grandmother Eileen had founded Boreal Springs. What did Marla get? Failing grades, as far as Boreal Springs Summit University was concerned.

She spent a lot of time milling the bars of Aperture. It was there that she met her own kind of special friend.

She spoke to him secretly on the phone in the house back on campus. They would meet downtown, but he never came back with her. Marla was afraid he’d see the place and realize she wasn’t as wealthy as she seemed. Hanging out with the mayor’s daughter and Thomas Anderson’s granddaughter, Katarina Anderson, had given Marla the appearance of being wealthy. The O`Hanlons were comfortable, but hardly wealthy.

So she kept her true life a secret and enjoyed the thrill of meeting her beau in the hot spots downtown, being wined and dined. He was a little older than her and was going through a divorce. Her parents would be livid if they found out.

Julie decided that there was no way she could ever leave Asia behind, no matter what her parents might think. So she proposed. Asia was overjoyed and hoped this meant they could finally be open about their relationship. She had been concerned, too, but she was a teen and silly. She knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that Julie was the one for her. She just hoped Julie was as secure as she was when it came time to face her parents.

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Note from Mao: Very boring Uni turn. At least it’s over, yay! Any clue as to who Marla’s mystery beau is? You’ll find out eventually, no worries. Marla really does enjoy booze, too. Anytime Katarina drug her downtown, she headed straight for the bar! Lush.

May 18, 2008

B.S.U. Campus – Round 13: ‘Lies, Lies, Lies, Pt. 2′

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 2:09 pm

Asia Ternynck joins the hood as Julie O`Hanlon’s secret girlfriend. Marla O`Hanlon drags her best friend and cousin, Katarina Anderson, to University with her. Can this diverse group of girls get along?

Katarina Anderson had been hesitant when her mother insisted she go to University. The deciding factor for her had been the freedom and, of course, Marla. Katarina was a bit of a wild child, so she didn’t get along with many people. Marla was her one true friend and though she felt bad for dragging her into all her misdeeds, she knew she couldn’t do it alone.

She wasn’t surprised to find out that Julie brought her girlfriend with her. Katarina had always suspected her cousin walked to the beat of her own drum.

Katarina stilled had plenty of fun with Shang Yu. When he was out with his band, he would drop by. Of course, they both knew that it was risky. Any one of the girls in the house could rat them out. Then Katarina would be forced to face the wrath of both her mother and Aunt Florence. It was a scary thought, but not scary enough to keep them from seeing each other on a regular basis. They were birds of a feather, they had to ‘flock’ together…

Despite the unsavoriness of the situation, the girls did their best not to say anything. That is, until Shang brought up the unthinkable.

“So, you’re a lesbian, right?” Shang said, looking at Julie. “You know, if you ever need a silent observer–”

Julie glared at him, “get real, Shang!”

“Shang,” Katarina interrupted. “They’re lesbians, that means they have zero interest in men sexually! The last thing they want is you watching.”

Shang laughed, obviously joking, “who cares what they want–this is all about me, baby.”

“I think we’ll pass, Shang. Thanks.” Asia said, shaking her head.

Asia wasn’t a native of Boreal Springs, but she knew enough about Shang to fill an almanac. He was a womanizing fool who spent his days playing guitar and wooing women. She had seen him get burned, too. That was always the best part. She did her best not to pay attention, but it was hard. Sometimes, men like Shang needed a good slap. It would be the only time Asia would ever cheer for a cheerleader.

Of course, Julie and Asia furthered their relationship without Shang’s perverse eyes. They were quite happy together and Julie was certain she had made the right decision in asking Asia to come to University with her. She just wished she could share her happiness with her family. They expected her to carry on the family name and that wasn’t something you could do easily without some way to procreate. Florence Anderson and Shaniqua Saunders had managed it, though, and Julie was convinced she didn’t have to give up her claim on the family name just because of her life choice.

Besides, it wasn’t like Marla wanted it, anyway. Julie was the only option.

Asia wasn’t as happy parading around in secret. She wanted to meet Julie’s family and get it all over and done with. She was certain it wouldn’t be as big a deal as Julie was making it.

“I just can’t, not now,” Julie sighed, wishing Asia would understand. “Everything is a mess; my dad is on trial for murder and my older sister, Sara, just had a baby… unwed. Mom is livid right now. It’s just bad timing.”

Asia wasn’t giving up, “so what will be good timing, then? We’re nearly two years into University, Julie. They have to find out eventually. The sooner, the better. They’re your family, if they love you, they’ll accept you.”

“It just isn’t that easy. I wish it was, but it wasn’t. Just a little more time, please? I promise, I’ll tell them… just not now.”

“Okay, but I’m holding you to that promise.”

Katarina wasn’t a smart girl, this much had been proven throughout her years in public and private schooling. Even tutors found themselves at a loss when it came to getting information through that thick skull of hers. So, to survive University, Katarina had to find an alternative option. Lucky for her, a lot of her professors were perverts with tenures. Katarina Anderson found she was getting A’s for the first time in her life. She even made the Dean’s List!

Who knew the Dean was a perv, too?

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Note from Mao: Who better to sleep their way through Uni than Katarina? Seriously! I know Marla wasn’t in this one much, but she hasn’t done anything interesting yet. Maybe she’ll find love next round. I need to update the database, but I feel lazy today.

May 4, 2008

Anderson – Round 13: ‘Happy?, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:51 am

Thomas Anderson is beginning to feel control slip away from him while his son-in-law Ryu is beginning to feel more empowered. Too bad Alyssa is so angry at him she’s threatening divorce. Katarina could care less about her parent’s problems, instead focusing on University and all the boys there. Roman is too quiet to say anything, but Nevio bares the brunt of their familial discord.

‘That little, worthless piece of Saunders trash,’ Thomas mused angrily, his eyes narrowing. ‘Who does he think he is?’

After Janine’s passing and all the insanity that flared up, Gordon cut himself off from Thomas. He had taken everything Thomas had taught him and brought it back against him tenfold. Gordon was working in a way opposite of Thomas, though. Instead of badgering or blackmailing people onto his side, he was using his existing friendships and charming ways. It was madness. Thomas couldn’t believe this! He never should have let that little rat into his confidence…

Meals in the Anderson household were a tense affair, when everyone managed to gather together. Thomas put on a brave face, but he was too busy with concern to bother interacting. Ryu tried to keep things upbeat, but Alyssa shut him down, hard. The kids usually pretended not to notice, but Nevio found it made him feel sick and queasy when they fought.

Ryu was investigating Derek Saunders and Janine Saunders. Janine had been Alyssa’s mother, and so, Alyssa was not happy that he was dragging her dead mother’s name through the dirt. She felt betrayed and hurt. Of course, Ryu hadn’t really handled it the best of ways, either.

Neither of them had a clue what their teenage daughter was up to, or what she was plotting. She finally gave in to her mother’s demands that she go to University. Her true reasoning, however, she shared with her best friend and cousin Marla O`Hanlon.

“You did what?” Marla gaped. “That’s illegal!”

“I consented,” Katarina huffed in reply. “That’s not important, what is important is what happens when we get to University. Twenty-four-seven party, baby! Can you feel the excitement?”

“I… I kind of want to graduate, you know, Katarina.”

“Oh, whatever. You will. Your mom has clout. We gotta enjoy our youth while we got it!”

Meanwhile, the twins had their own ways of coping. Roman was generally quiet and withdrawn, so he preferred to spend his hours playing chess… against himself. It was challenging to him, he claimed, to try and beat himself at his own game. Nevio preferred to flex his creative muscles and spent time painting. It was a calming activity and it helped him take his mind off the strife between his parents.

May 2, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 13: ‘Lies, Lies, Lies, Pt. 1′

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Mary O`Hanlon has the unfortunate fate of being opposite her husband, Derek, in the courtroom while questions are raised as to his involvement in Katy Saunders’ death.  Gina knows more than she lets on, but isn’t about to offer up the information.  Marla’s hanging out with Katarina Anderson and Julie is keeping a secret that could jeopardize her role as heiress.

Julie eventually finished her car, much to her joy.  She was free to roam in it and she took advantage of that.  Her parents didn’t have cause to worry, though.  Julie was good about letting them know where she’d be and how to reach her.  She was different from Marla when it came to keeping secrets about the company she kept…

Marla spent her nights away from home and in the company of Katarina Anderson and her rich friends.  They did all the stuff girls their age shouldn’t be doing–partying, drinking, getting into clubs.  Marla wasn’t nearly as cut loose as Katarina, but she still hung out with her.  They were friends, best friends, and Marla wasn’t going to risk losing her popularity because Katarina was a little wild!  It wasn’t like her parents knew about her sneaking out, anyway.

They were too caught up in their own issues.  Derek was under immense scrutiny due to the case of his former wife’s death being reopened as a murder.  Being the DA, Mary didn’t have a choice as to which side she catered to.  She had at least managed to get Derek put under house arrest instead of being thrown in jail–he was now their prime suspect.  Derek was not pleased with this.

“I don’t know what you want me to do,” Mary said, exasperated.  “I’m just doing my job.”

“I’m your husband, Mary!  Do you really think I killed Katy?”

“N-No, Derek, but it’s the law.  No one is saying anything yet.  You’re innocent until proven guilty and since you didn’t do it, there’s no proof.  It’s just legality we have to push through–all this senseless rooting and digging for evidence that’s not there.”

Julie, meanwhile, was worried about her twin.  Marla was living large, sure, but it wasn’t healthy.  She was up all night and barely got enough rest for school in the morning.  Julie was no ‘good-two-shoes’, but she sure didn’t like what Katarina was doing to her twin.  She wished there was something she could do, but Katarina’s hold on Marla was strong.  It was the typical high school popular crowd BS that Julie despised.

Julie was also carrying her own secret on her shoulders.  Anytime she considered confiding in her parents, she was reminded just how much turmoil her family was in.  So she kept quiet.  She couldn’t just blurt it out–it could bring everything crashing down around her.  She didn’t want to destroy what was left of her family.

The tension between Mary and Derek intensified as days went on.  They never found any proof, but Derek refused to talk and so that didn’t help his case any.

Julie had tried to deny her feelings, but it was impossible.  They had been there for so long and now that they’d escaped, she didn’t know how to make them go away.  She couldn’t just make them disappear!  So she struggled to work on silly things like high school math and college applications.  It wasn’t easy knowing she carried the weight of her lineage on her shoulders.

Meanwhile, Derek tried to keep the peace between Sara and Mary.  It wasn’t easy, Sara was extremely temperamental and she refused to listen to reason.  Sure, Derek was upset, too, but Sara was outraged.

“Don’t say that about your mother, Sara,” Derek scolded into the receiver.  “She’s just doing her job.  You know she loves you.”

“Then why would she do this us!?  To you?!” Sara wailed on the other end.  “She’s being selfish!”

“Sara, please, calm down.  If you don’t want to do it, quit.  It isn’t like Nathaniel is hurting for money.”

Sara fell quiet for a moment, “but… I like working.”

“So find another job then, get your mind off of things.”

Julie had a confrontation of her own in mind planned.  One morning, when Marla actually managed to wake up early enough for breakfast, Julie decided to bring up all her late nights.  The response she got was hardly understanding.

“Don’t even start!” Marla snapped.  “So what if I go out?  They’ll never find out if you don’t tell.”

“I won’t,” Julie sighed.  “I’m just worried.”

“Whatever,” Marla rolled her eyes.  “The only reason you won’t is because I know you’re little secret.  I’d hate to have to break it to mom and dad that their chosen child is a lesbo.”

Julie’s eyes narrowed, “shut up, Marla.  You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Sure I do.  You’ve got it bad, and don’t think it doesn’t show.  Mom and dad are just too busy with their own dramas.  They’ll figure it out soon enough.”

Gina found her brother reclining on his bed and joined him quietly.  They sat for a moment before she spoke.

“Did you do it, Derek?”

Derek closed his eyes, “no, I didn’t.  I didn’t kill Katy.”

“I heard you on the phone–you were talking about it…”

He turned to her, “you were eavesdropping?”

“Not intentionally, no.  I was going to the bathroom and I happened to hear the tail end… but it was enough.  Derek, what have you done?”

“I didn’t do anything!  I didn’t kill Katy!”

Gina moved to the side of the bed and shook her head, “I hope for your sake that’s the truth.”

Julie couldn’t deny who she was and she knew Marla was right.  She had known for awhile and it was even more clear after she met Asia.  She was in love–teenage love, sure–but it was love all the same.  Asia wasn’t nearly as sure as Julie, but that was okay.  If Julie could just convince her to come to University with her, she was sure she could make her see it was okay.  If only she had as much confidence when it came to telling her parents the news.

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