Boreal Springs

May 2, 2008

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

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:55 pm

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.

April 17, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 12: ‘Teen Ambitions’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 5:24 pm

Mary O`Hanlon has a happy family and is at the top of her career, but she’s clueless as to her husband, Derek’s, involvement in the local crime ring. The twins, Marla and Julie, are on the cusp of teenhood–how will their individual personalities develop? Gina carries the weight of her brother’s secret, how long can she keep quiet?



Lady dies

Mary was distraught over the loss of her pet, Lady. She remembered the day that her mother, Eileen, had bought her. Now Eileen was gone and so was Lady. It was a difficult pill to swallow–Mary suddenly felt very alone. She barely knew her half-siblings and the only thing that tied their family together had been Eileen. She began to worry that she wouldn’t be able to keep her own family together.

Julie and Marla hang out with Katarina

Julie and Marla brought home Katarina Anderson on a whim. She lived right next door, but they had never met, as Katarina was always kept quite busy. The three got along okay, though Julie’s oddball personality wasn’t to Katarina’s immediate liking. She was more at ease with Marla, who had a similar disposition–they were both very girly and enjoyed discussing girl things. Julie talked about space and taking things apart. Not very thrilling.

Gina reads her latest novel

Gina’s birthday crept on her so suddenly that it barely registered. She didn’t feel old, but the white in her hair made her look distinguished, so she didn’t bother dyeing it. She was working on her last installment of Dramatica. More than the others, she found herself pouring real life situations into it. In particular, the situation with her brother, Derek. She still hadn’t decided what she was going to do about that tricky little problem.

Derek and Mary

Derek had his birthday a little bit before Gina’s, but he refused to acknowledge it. Sure, his hair was white, but he felt as spry and young as he always had. He had retired some time earlier from his chosen sport, preferring to be the voice of sports rather than the face. Everything was going well, he could only hope his secret would stay just that… a secret. Mary seemed to have given up, especially after the death of her mother, Eileen.

Julie is a teen

The twins soon found themselves the victims of a very dramatic growth spurt. Julie was finally able to realize her desires and quickly began working on a piece of junk car. Mary had offered to purchase a car for the twin girl’s sixteenth birthday, but Julie was adamant. She would build her own. It was dangerous, but Derek calmed Mary’s fears and Julie spent the majority of her time out in the garage, covered in oil and grease.

April 7, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 11: ‘Little Secrets, End’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 1:26 pm

Mary O`Hanlon has no idea that Derek is involved in the very criminal organization she’s trying to out. Gina Saunders is becoming quite the prolific author, while Marla and Julie are enjoying their oblivious years as children.

 

Mary talks to Derek

“I don’t understand what the big deal is,” Mary said, giving her husband a look. “I’m doing this to protect our children.”

Derek sighed, “it’s too dangerous, Mary. You should just let the task force do their job and stay out of it.”

“I couldn’t do that even if I wanted to, which I don’t. I’m the District Attorney, I need to support the task force and make sure that everything is according to the books. I can’t just sit by idly and wait for something to happen.”

“It isn’t worth talking about it now, especially not in front of Julie.”

Mary talks to Ryu

Later that day, Ryu Anderson turned up. Of course, they met in secret. It wasn’t the first time and it certainly wouldn’t be the last. They stood in the garage, Mary making sure the door was locked. Ryu was at the head of the task force and they had been working together for months.

“You’re not going to like this,” Ryu began, giving her a sympathetic look. “Even I’m having trouble believing it.”

“What? Have you found out the identity of the crime lord?”

Ryu shook his head, “not exactly… we’ve just found some sketchy evidence involving the Katy Saunders case.”

“Excuse me?”

“It wasn’t an accident, Mary,” Ryu began somberly. “She was murdered.”

Mary confronts Derek

Mary took some time to let what Ryu told her sink in. Katy Saunders was murdered. Her husband’s ex-wife was killed in cold blood, in her own home, while she was four months pregnant. It was a sickening thought. She couldn’t help but question Derek’s involvement, despite better reasoning. She pulled him aside in an attempt to confront him.

“What’s going on, Mary? Why are you looking at me like that?”

“Did you know?” Mary began, ignoring his questions. “Did you know that Katy was murdered?”

He blinked, clearly stunned, “wh-what?”

“The case was re-examined for any possible ties to the criminal syndicate we’re investigating… and it’s been found that Katy was murdered, she didn’t die accidentally.”

Before Derek could respond, Marla came bounding into the room. Derek and Mary shared a quiet look before addressing their daughter, who insisted that one of them help her with her homework.

Mary asks Gina

Mary just couldn’t get the idea of Derek being involved off her mind. She went to Gina, hoping to find some answers. Unfortunately, Gina wasn’t nearly as receptive to Mary pegging her brother as a murder as she thought.

“Are you crazy? What kind of question is that?” Gina replied, clearly offended. “Derek wouldn’t do something like that.”

Mary looked sheepish, “I… I know… it’s just… everything is so crazy. I don’t know what to believe anymore. I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have asked.”

“No,” Gina replied, softening, “it’s okay… I understand. What happened to Katy was tragic, but Derek could never do something like that.”

Mary nodded, heading towards the door, “you’re right. I’m just being silly.”

Derek calls Janine

That evening, when he was sure everyone was asleep, Derek snuck out of bed and went for the phone. He quickly dialed Janine’s cell phone and waited for her to pick up.

“Derek, I told you not to call from your house!” Janine scolded, her voice a quiet whisper. “What is it?”

“She knows, about Katy,” Derek said hastily. “They know it wasn’t an accident.”

Janine took a deep breath, “damn it, Derek. Where is your head? Hang up the phone!”

Derek did as he was told, not noticing that Gina had woken up and was headed for the bathroom. Upon seeing her brother, she quickly moved back into her door and waited for him to return to his room.

March 29, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 10: ‘Little Secrets, Pt. 6′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:54 am

Derek and Mary O`Hanlon finally have their happy little family, but how long until Mary realizes what it took to get it? Sara is ready to go off to University, Gina is busy with her novels, and the twins, Marla and Julie, just like causing trouble. Can this busy house keep its head above water?

 

Mary and Derek care for Marla and Julie

Marla and Julie were truly a handful. They had their poor parents up at all hours, trying to care for them. It was especially hard because Mary and Derek were so close to the tops of their careers, they could nearly taste it. Being as Fortune-minded as they were, they sometimes asked Gina to step in. She was sitting pretty on her new job as Media Magnate and spent most of her time writing novels.

They hated leaving their children in the care of someone else, but one last promotion! Then they could spend all the time in the world with them.

Sara holds Marla

Surprisingly, Sara helped out quite often. She’d gotten over her whole ‘I want to be an only child’ phase and accepted that the twins weren’t going anywhere. They were kinda cute, too, and she could play with them! She wasn’t quite sure if she ever wanted her own kids, though. All the messes and the feeding and the waking up… blegh!

Gina reads her newest novel

Gina was quite pleased with her life. She was a successful owner of a magazine and she was becoming quite the prolific author. Her series, Dramatica: Life in the Suburbs, was such a hit she wrote a second one and deemed it would be a series. Deals were flying all over the place–people wanted to put it into TV form and even make a movie out of it.

Yes, Gina was very pleased. Now if only she could get rid of the nagging sensation that something was wrong with her brother, Derek.

Sara talks to Damien

Sara often called University and spoke to her half-brother, Damien. She couldn’t talk to Lilith because Lilith wasn’t talking, and she wasn’t about to ask for Nathaniel. Damien kept her up-to-date on all the latest. She was happy she had found someone to take his mind off Chuck’s unfortunate death, but she was worried about what he said in regards to Nathaniel. Several times he had mentioned his annoyance at the girls that refused to leave or followed the alien boy home.

It made Sara feel incredibly ill at ease.

Derek reads the paper

Derek’s daughter wasn’t the only one feeling ill. He had taken to reading the paper every morning, mostly out of fear. There were numerous police reports about the criminal organization that had taken hold of the nearby city. He knew exactly who was at the helm. In fact, all he had to do was visit his father to see the mastermind.

If anyone were to ask Derek why he got involved in it now, he would say he didn’t know. He really wasn’t a cruel person… but Katy hadn’t really given him a choice. She downright refused to give him a divorce and she tricked him into the whole ‘marriage’ as it was. Out of her own love, yes, but still.

Sara goes to University

Sara graduated high school and was fully prepared to join her friends at University. Mary was a bit skeptical, as Sara proposed that she would go early instead of relaxing during summer break.

“But mom,” Sara protested. “The house is so full now… and Aunt G is here to help with the twins!”

Mary sighed, “Sara, are you sure you’re ready? I don’t want you rushing for a boy–”

“Oh, whatever,” Sara stormed off to pack her bags. “I’m going! I’m eighteen now, I can make my own decisions.”

Sara had never yelled at Mary. It was incredibly worrying. Her moods had been especially erratic lately. Mary was worried that she would go off to University, realize it wasn’t the happy world she imagined, and then find herself broken. She desperately hoped Lilith snapped out of her trance soon–she was the only one who could get through to Sara.

The twins are children

Julie and Marla quickly grew into self-sufficient children, much to their parents pleasure. They were quite cute, but they couldn’t have looked anymore different. Marla had a love for cuisine while Julie enjoyed tinkering around. Mary was worried Julie was going to be another tomboy, so she made sure to put her in a cute dress in an effort to dissuade her. It wasn’t that Mary didn’t like tomboys, it just had caused her poor daughter Sara too much trouble as it was.

Derek is fulfilled

Derek finally hammered his way to the top and he was quite pleased about bit. Mary had beat him when it came to reaching the top of their respective careers, but she didn’t get the same joy from it that Derek did. Now he could sit back, relax, and enjoy life. Well, provided that Mary never found out about his connection to Katy’s death.

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Note from Mao: For those of you curious, I moved Sara into Uni and she grew up into a dress. Wow. Okay, so maybe she’s thinking of going girly now? ;) The twins are adorable.

Oh, and Samantha, Lilith’s Teen Outfit didn’t have a tooltip on it… so I don’t know where it is from. I tried looking around for it, but I didn’t have any luck. Sorry!

March 20, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 9: ‘Little Secrets, Pt. 5′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:52 pm

Mary O`Hanlon and Derek are finally together. Can they help their daughter Sara deal with the two siblings she’s about to receive and how will this affect Gina Saunders?

 

Sara’s discomfort regarding the impending birth of her twin siblings did not go unnoticed by her parents. Both Mary and Derek had spoken at length over what to do with Sara. It wasn’t until she got accepted onto the girl’s basketball team that they had an idea.

“Are you serious? That’s great!” Sara chirped happily, clapping her hands together.

“It’ll take a few days to install, Sara, but you’ll be able to practice anytime you want.” Derek smiled.

“My own personal basketball ‘court’! How awesome!”

Mary talks to Sara

Mary sat with Sara sometime before the twins were due. She had wanted to have a talk with her daughter and make sure everything was all right. It was true, the twins would be a lot of work and she wanted to make sure Sara understood it didn’t mean they would forget all about her.

“I’m not twelve,” Sara sighed, rolling her eyes.

“No, you’re not,” Mary replied, turning a page in her book. “But it’s obvious you’re not happy. I want you to enjoy being an older sister.”

Sara shrugged, “I just don’t get the whole ‘baby thing’.”

“Someday, hopefully, you will. Until then… just know that your father and I still love you and we won’t stop just because you have to share us. They’re going to be your family, too, Sara. Maybe you’ll find it fun to have some younger siblings.”

“Babies, crying, diaper changing… blegh. I can’t wait to go to University.”

Gina finishes her novel

Amidst all the chaos, Gina managed to finish her first novel. The first copy arrived at her door and she spent a long time looking over the finished product. It had been a labor of love, an entire book dedicated to the twisted drama that sprouted from a seemingly normal suburb. There was mystery, suspense, murder, and all the sorts of things that sold a book.

Mary gardens

Mary spent the last part of her pregnancy gardening. She hated not being able to go to work and found herself bored by sitting around the house all day. It was a small garden, but enough to keep her occupied. Having a fresh supply of strawberries for cakes and desserts was certainly a plus, too.

In fact, she even went into labor out in her garden. Luckily, Derek was off work and was able to take her to the hospital.

Julie O`Hanlon

 

Marla O`Hanlon

Julie and Marla were born several hours later, both healthy and hearty. It was surprising to have two more girls, but Derek had two boys already, so he wasn’t disappointed. Perhaps even more surprising was how different the twins looked. Marla had her father’s coloring and Mary’s eyes while Julie had her mother’s coloring and her grandfather, Henry’s, eyes.

Sara talks to Lilith

Sara tried her best to adjust to being a big sister. Thankfully, her parents respected her wishes and didn’t try to make her change diapers. She was expected to help with the feedings, though. That wasn’t so bad. The babies were even kind of cute… in a weird, squishy way. When she wasn’t caring for her siblings, she was hanging out with Lilith.

“I could never wear heels,” Sara protested, frowning. “Isn’t there another way?”

Lilith shrugged, “sure, just accept who you are and deal with it. What’s so bad about that?”

“You don’t understand, Lilith! No one confuses you with ‘one of the guys’… you have guys hitting on you while I just have guys hitting me. You know? That stupid knuckle to the arm thing they do?”

“Maybe you’ll be like a swan or something,” Lilith laughed. “You can sprout pretty, girly wings at University!”

“That’s not funny, Lilith.” Sara sighed, feeling defeated. “This is hopeless…”

Marla and Julie are toddlers

Julie and Marla soon left behind their diapers and became precocious toddlers. They looked even more different, though they shared the same brunette locks of hair. They were adorable and demanded the attention of everyone in the house, even Sara.

Sara found they were a bit more enjoyable now that they didn’t require diaper changes and didn’t have squishy heads.

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Note from Mao: I’m so glad Julie got the O`Hanlon skintone! Now I have my successor for this house. It’s a shame that Sara can’t join Lilith at Uni, but technically, Lilith is older.

March 11, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 8: ‘Little Secrets, Pt. 4′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 2:45 pm

Mary O`Hanlon is finally set to marry Derek Saunders. Will Gina Saunders remain and how will Sara handle her family finally coming together?

 

Derek and Mary's wedding

Derek and Mary didn’t waste much time preparing for their nuptials. When the time came, nearly the entire neighborhood was in attendance–due to the fact the Saunders line is spread far and wide. Even Eileen Yu, Mary’s mother, came out of her widowing sorrow to see her daughter married. Unfortunately, she’s missing from her seat in this picture. (she’s off to the side with a lampshade on her head, sigh)

Derek and Mary's wedding 2

It had certainly been a long time coming, and while Mary was happy to finally be with Derek, she couldn’t help but feel something tugging at the back of her mind. The situation was just too ideal. She was a logical minded woman and she found it incredibly hard to believe Katy would just ‘drop over’. Something was definitely strange.

However, she also couldn’t convince herself that Derek would ever do something like that. Maybe it was just nervousness that caused these thoughts.

Derek and Mary leave for honeymoon

After the festivities, Derek and Mary headed off for their short honeymoon in the islands. With all the snow that had accumulated, it would definitely be a nice break. Sara was left to the care of her aunt Gina and both Derek and Mary were convinced to take off work long enough to enjoy newly-wedded bliss. While Derek had moved into Mary’s house, the twin boys hadn’t come with them.

It had been Henry’s decision to keep them there. One of them would eventually inherit the house, since Derek forfeited this when he married Mary. The twins were closer to Henry than their own father, so it wasn’t much of a sad separation.

Mary gets sunburned

Derek and Mary’s honeymoon went on like most honeymoons. Unfortunately, Mary managed to turn into a human tomato while trying to bronze her skin a little. This made certain newly-wedded activities a bit difficult, but she tried not to let it ruin their get away.

Business as usual

When they returned, it was business as usual. Mary was working a little later now and Derek had more time off, so he spent it with Sara. While he likely wasn’t the best candidate to help with her homework, he obliged. Gina was kept constantly busy by her new job as editor for the magazine she had been writing for. She still worked on her column, but was now also working on a book that was inspired by it.

The house was definitely filled with successful people–a magazine editor, a sport’s star, and a big-wig lawyer.

Mary tells Derek

While the sunburn may have hampered their honeymoon a little, it didn’t prevent… certain things. Mary had been feeling ill lately and went to see the doctor. She wanted to be sure before she told anyone.

“I just got the results back today,” she said, trying to decide whether to smile or faint.

Derek paused, “…results? For what? Are you sick?”

“No, no,” Mary said, waving her hand in the air. “I’m… pregnant. With twins.”

Derek wasn’t quite sure what to say. He was definitely happy, yes, but his financially-driven mind immediately began to calculate the cost of tearing down walls and building new ones. He could see Mary was thinking the same thing. Twins… again.

Mary is showing, Sara's a teen

Sara’s birthday came not long after the news. She was dubious about the new would-be family member. She didn’t really have much experience with babies and she wasn’t sure she had that maternal instinct that her mother said existed within all females. Sara was a ‘bit’ of a tomboy and enjoyed sports and rough-housing more than doing her hair or thinking about babies.

She tried to keep her own concerns quiet, though, as Mary and Derek were quite happy. Even Gina didn’t mind the thought of changing more dirty diapers.

Sara talks to Lilith

Sara and Lilith were closer than ever as teens. Lilith wasn’t very girly either and while she was definitely domineering, Sara liked that. She needed some direction and Lilith was always more than happy to give it. They definitely weren’t in the ‘popular’ crowd, but they didn’t really care. As long as they were together, they didn’t need anyone else.

Lilith was the only one Sara confided in about her worries when it came to the new baby. Florence, Lilith’s mother, had just given birth to little Kate, so Lilith could relate. She tried to ease Sara’s fears, but found she wasn’t able to… because they were true. Babies did demand a lot of attention.

Sara plays with Derek

It worried Sara because she finally had a father. They really bonded, especially over sports, and Sara was worried the baby would take that away. Derek hadn’t been around for the majority of Sara’s childhood, so maybe he’d have more of a connection to the new baby and toss her aside. It was a depressing thought and Sara tried not to think about it as the months passed and Mary’s belly grew larger and she eventually went on maternity leave.

For now, Sara would just have to enjoy their nightly sessions of catch and hope the baby wasn’t a boy.

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Note from Mao: Derek and Mary are finally together, but I have a feeling the bliss won’t last. ;) Poor Sara. She really does seem standoffish about the baby! Anytime someone talks about it, she has an ‘X’ over her reply! Also, a little note: I’m going to WV/Ohio with my fiance and while I have one update left… I may not get to play for a few days until we’re all settled. So don’t panic if I go a few days without updating–I haven’t abandoned the drama!

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.”

March 1, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 7: ‘Little Secrets, Pt. 2′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 3:42 pm

Mary O`Hanlon and Gina Saunders have been successful so far, but can they keep the secret of Mary’s illegitimate child from reaching the rest of the neighborhood?

 

Mary looks at Sara

Mary pretended to be reading her paper, but she was really looking at Sara. Her birthday and come and gone and now it was even more obvious she was a Saunders. Jokingly, Gina had said that Sara looked more like her kid than Mary’s. Of course, that wasn’t entirely true, as Sara had Mary’s blonde hair and green eyes.

She was almost a carbon-copy of her father when it came to her facial features, however.

Florence visits

Even when Florence dropped by for a surprise visit with the twins, all Mary could think about was Sara. Florence had briefed the twins prior to visiting, so it was safe. It was surprising how much Florence had changed since University–she could still be serious, but she had lightened up considerably. Lately, it seemed like Shaniqua was the one always on edge.

Of course, this was never discussed. It was just easier to let things go and pretend they didn’t exist. Shaniqua was not with Florence when she visited–she was at work… supposedly.

Gina talks to Florence

“Lookin’ big there,” Gina greeted with a smile. “How long now?”

“Too long,” Florence replied with a heavy sigh. “When did I take a turn down Family lane, Gina? This is nuts.”

“You’re the one who signed up for the testing. Speaking of which, how did Shaniqua take it? I see she’s not with you.”

Florence shook her head, “lets just say… she doesn’t remember signing the documents. I know I should have talked to her before I had it done, but we really needed the money and the success rate was dismally low.”

“Don’t worry about it,” Gina said, guiding Florence over to the couch. “Have a seat and relax while we preoccupy your rugrats!” As if on cue, Nathaniel ran past chasing Lady out the door.

Mary tells Lilith about Sara

Mary found Lilith in Sara’s room playing with her. While she trusted Florence to inform the twins of the situation, she wanted to make sure Lilith completely understood. As she chatted with the young girl, Sara made her escape. Hearing the door creak behind her, Mary cut off her lecture and ran off after the toddler.

Mary debates calling Derek

After Florence’s visit, Mary found herself exceedingly worried. She would often stare at the phone, wondering what would happen if she made the call. Sometimes she even went over and picked it up. She always set it back down before she could dial the numbers, though. Calling would be a disaster. Sara’s birthday was fast-approaching and she’d be a child.

It just felt like it was too late and that Mary had gone this far with the ruse, so why not continue? She also didn’t want to disrupt the life of the little boys she knew Katy had. It would be wrong to tear them apart. Of course, Mary hadn’t anticipated that once Sara was a child, she could also use the phone.

Sara talks to Derek

“What? Auntie G is at work.” Sara cried into the receiver, her green eyes narrowing. “No, mommy is busy.” She rolled her eyes. “Yeah–busy. Who’s this, anyway? Huh? I don’t know you. Mommy says I shouldn’t talk to strangers.” Suddenly, her eyes lit up. “Saunders? Derek Saunders? Well, even if you are my Uncle, I can’t let you talk to mommy. She’s sleepin’. Call later. Bye bye.”

February 29, 2008

Yu – Round 6: ‘It’s Oh-So Quiet’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 11:22 am

Yu Family Round 6

Sun-Tzu and Eileen Yu have a happy life outside of all the drama. Can they keep their son, Tsung, and the baby Eileen’s expecting away from the drama, as well?

 

Sun-Tzu feeds Tsung

With Eileen pregnant again, she found herself beyond exhaustion and left the feedings of Tsung to Sun-Tzu. Sun-Tzu didn’t mind one bit. It was nice to get some time with his son–Eileen, despite being a mother once before, was always coddling him. It was likely because of everything that was happening with Mary, the poor girl.

Tsung is a toddler

Tsung eventually become self-sufficient enough to keep himself busy while Sun-Tzu painted and Eileen slept. He was a very curious child and while he wasn’t troublesome, often wanted to go outside and see the ‘big water’. Sun-Tzu told him he could when he was bigger (and not quite able to drown in it).

Eileen and Shang

Sun-Tzu even took care of teaching Tsung his first steps. Eileen felt awful for not being able to join in, but she was just much too tired. She was getting too old to be pregnant! This would definitely be the last baby. It was hard enough worrying over whether or not Sun-Tzu would live long enough to see them grown, much less if she’d survive another pregnancy. It was time for her to settle into the role of grandma.

Shang is born

Thankfully, Shang was born on time and with little trouble early one morning. Eileen was ready to come home surprisingly early and for that, she was thankful. She would finally be able to spend some time with Tsung before his birthday crept up on them. She had also wanted Mary to come over and visit, but she’d always been much too exhausted. She was guaranteed to have more energy now.

Shang took after Eileen again, and he even had her blue eyes. Two sons was a good place to stop.

Mary plays with Tsung

Mary was delighted to meet her new little brothers, though she was sad that she couldn’t bring Sara over. It would be much too obvious and the neighborhood was too small and close-knit. Word would definitely get around. Eileen suggested that perhaps when she visits, she could bring the boys–once they’re old enough.

Things were definitely settling down and it was easy to slip into that ease of no worries of drama. Eileen just hoped that Mary had learned her lesson and would stay well away from the Saunders house.

Shang is a toddler

Shang’s birthday came surprisingly fast and he was soon able to crawl around and make mischief. He looked a bit more like Eileen than Tsung–it was a good mix. He was a bit more troublesome than his brother, though, always getting into things. Once he was able to walk, he started reaching for doorknobs!

They were definitely going to have their hands full.

Tsung is a child

Tsung had his own birthday not long after and was able to help with Shang a little. He was just a kid, but he knew well enough to keep Shang occupied and away from doors and dangerous things. He loved his role as big brother! It had so much power!

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Note from Mao: The Yu house is always a nice respite from the other crazier houses and the drama. I was surprised at how quickly Tsung and Shang grew up! Also, my fiance wasn’t thinking and messed up the naming order–it should be ‘Shang’ and then ‘Tsung’. Do you get it now? Har har har. Though, Shang was also the male lead in the Mulan movie, too.

February 24, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 6: ‘Little Secrets, Pt. 1′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , — Mao @ 5:41 pm

O`Hanlon Family Round 6

Mary O`Hanlon and Gina Saunders make quite the team, but can their teamwork help Mary through her ‘little problem’?

 

Mary tends her trees

In an effort to make some more cash on the side, Mary decided to start a tiny orchard in her yard. It was very relaxing, though she didn’t enjoy the bug spray at all. There was no other option, though, and the bugs were relentless.

Gina works on her article

Gina continued working on her article. It was a big success and she was even getting ‘fan mail’. It didn’t go to her head, but it did fuel her need to get bigger and better. Thankfully, there was plenty of drama surrounding her to write about! She made sure to change the names and the situations enough that it wouldn’t come back and haunt her friends and family.

It never ceased to amaze her how readily people ate up suburban drama. Maybe she should start writing books?

Gina questions Mary

Of course, when she wasn’t working on her article, Gina was worrying about Mary. Mary had become more and more distant as time passed. When Gina tried to question her, she would always make an excuse or quickly flee.

It became glaringly obvious that something was wrong when Mary stopped going to work. She hadn’t quit, Gina found out, but she was on ‘maternity leave’. Mary was pregnant.

Gina confronts Mary

It took a bit of tact to confront Mary, finally. Gina stewed it over until she was sure she could do it in a way that wouldn’t provoke even more drama. Mary was definitely showing and Gina caught her at a time when she couldn’t possibly hide it.

“It’s Derek’s, isn’t it?”

“Yes…” Mary replied hesitantly. “He’s the only one.”

Gina sighed, “he’s married now, Mary. What are you going to do?”

“Nothing and you won’t, either. He can’t know. It would… it would ruin everything. You can’t tell him, Gina.”

“I’ll do my best, but he’ll find out eventually, Mary.”

Mary rakes leaves

Mary was bored being cooped up in the house all the time. She couldn’t leave the lot for fear someone would see her, so she was stuck. She spent her days raking leaves and tidying up. As she moved the leaves with the rake, she couldn’t help but think back to when she was just a child.

Her mother and her would rake the leaves and play in them. Eileen had been a single mother and now Mary would be, too. She hoped she could do a good job–as good as her mother had. Soon, she’d have her own little boy or girl to help rake with her.

Mary goes into labor

“GIIIINA!” Mary shrieked one evening, her voice laced with pain.

“I’m up, I’m up,” Gina said groggily, raising up from the couch. She had been taking a nap. “It’s time? But you’ve got two weeks yet–”

“It doesn’t CARE, Gina! It wants out now! We have to go!!”

Sara O`Hanlon

Despite being a little early, Sara O`Hanlon was a healthy baby and soon Mary was back and home and ready to go back to work. Unfortunately, it would be almost impossible to hide the baby’s parentage. She had her mother’s coloring, except she had inherited the Saunders skintone.

Gina said she could always claim Sara was hers, but Mary shook her off and said she’d never abandon the claim to her own child. Besides, her eyes were green and she had blonde hair! No, Mary would just have to wait and hope that Sara was a quiet and inconspicuous child.

Gina feeds Sara

Gina wasn’t nearly as maternal as most–she was a career woman, after all–but she did love little Sara. It was her little niece, of course! And unlike the twin boys, she saw Sara everyday. Little baby girls were always cuter, in Gina’s opinion.

She offered to watch Sara while Mary was off at work, trying to get a promotion.

Mary cuddles Sara

Despite her career-oriented ways, Mary was overjoyed to have Sara. Her own little girl! She wasn’t sure who she would take after in the end, but she certainly was cute. There would be no lack of love for little Sara, not with her doting mother and aunt catering to her every need.

They just had to hope no one came snooping around, asking why Mary suddenly had a baby.

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Note from Mao: When I saw Sara’s skintone, I shouted ‘No!!’ I wanted her to have the O`Hanlon skin, since she’ll be taking the family name. Those Saunders are taking over my hood! Gonna be a lot of blondes this round, it seems. I’ve also been trying to label entries according to storylines they’re following via parts… which should make it easier. Hopefully.

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