Boreal Springs

January 14, 2010

O`Hanlon – Round 28: ‘Nightshift’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:16 am

Julie is starting to feel her age while Timothy and Isolde are also forced to face that they’re getting older.  In fact, even Tommy and Gavin are getting older!

There’s a ghost problem in the O`Hanlon house as of late.  Julie had noticed the dogs now and again, but she never anticipated Asia would come back to haunt her from the grave.  While seeing her was somewhat heartfelt, she couldn’t deny being bothered by the fact her former love wasn’t resting peacefully.

Tommy and Gavin managed to avoid the ghost of their dead grandma long enough to become teens.  Tommy definitely resembled his father and his late grandma Asia.  He was a bit of an ‘indie’ kid, favoring eclectic music, painting, and other creative pursuits.  He had a bit of an athletic streak to him, though, and was very competitive with Gavin in this respect.  Still, Knowledge was his true calling.

Gavin, looking much like his mother, couldn’t have been more like Timothy if he’d tried.  He wasn’t into learning so much as experiencing life.  He loved sports and video games and eventually, he wouldn’t mind settling down with his own pretty lady to start a family…

Of course, with ambitions like that, Gavin might want to toss aside his childhood crush on Nadia Knight.  He’d seen her a few times, around town and in school.  She was gorgeous, but what one call a bit of a “bitch”.  They were distantly related, but that hardly mattered in Gavin’s mind.  Nadia seemed to take his crush in stride, she neither dissuaded him nor encouraged him.

They hung out sometimes, mostly when Dominic was off with Deidre O`Hanlon.  Nadia and Deidre were anything but friends.

Meanwhile, the ghost problem in the house didn’t get any better.  Isolde and Timothy were enjoying a late-night snack when Timothy glanced at the door leading out into the garage.  The ghost of Superball trotted through as if it were nothing.

“Babe,” Timothy began, his voice quiet.  “Is that a ghost?”

“Of course it’s a ghost!  How do you not already know this?  You were raised around them!”

Timothy’s face looked stricken, “t-that doesn’t mean I ever actually saw one for myself.  Babe, c’mon, can’t you like use your witchy stuff to get rid of it?”

“No, but I need to figure out something… it’s gotten bad as of late.  Maybe it’s Asia?”

“Not cool, mom.  Seriously.”

While Isolde dug through her magical supplies for something to help her investigate this ‘ghost’ issue, the boys were improving their friend base at school.  Tommy had an art class with Charity Saunders and every boy that saw Charity Saunders wanted to know if she was the ‘charitable’ type.  Of course, no boy ever got Charity alone long enough to find out…

Her brother, Alexander, was everywhere that she was and if she managed to escape, he found her.  Call it twin tracking, if you will.  Charity rarely left his sight.  He came calling at the door not long after they had arrived home from school.  Gavin tried to distract him, but it was no use.

“Look, I get it, okay?  My sister is hot.  That doesn’t mean I’m going to let her run around being the town bike before she’s sixteen, got it?  Now move, I know she’s in there.”

Gavin was athletic, but he wasn’t stupid.  If Alexander was anything like his grandfather, Gavin sure as hell didn’t want to find out.  He let Alexander in and Charity was gone.  It was for the best, Tommy and Charity were a really bad match.

Between working late nights and trying to figure out the ghost problem, Isolde was exhausted.  Timothy usually took care of the majority of the household tasks, but he’d taken on even more as of late in an effort to give her a bit of a break.  He wasn’t sure what she did that had her out late at night, but there had never been an issue of trust in their relationship.  He was mostly concerned for her health and sanity.

Besides, he kind of wished she spend more time on the ghosts.  Timothy really hated ghosts.

When the boys weren’t trying to get in with the ladies, they spent most of their time together.  Despite being so different, they enjoyed playing games and messing around like teenage boys have the tendancy to do.  Gavin was a bit upset that Tommy could hit harder than he could, though.

Of course, this hit to his guy ego was quickly rectified when he found his twin making a snowman.  Talk about losing serious guy points!

“You are such a girl right now,” Gavin teased.

Tommy, without looking up, replied, “chicks dig artists, dude.  You’ll see that soon enough..”

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Note from Mao: Sorry this update is so late and disjointed!  I’m still not feeling up to task with these entries.  I got my Angel of Lies update out, though, so I wanted to get this one out, too!  Expect things to be a little sporadic, though.  Everyone knows BS comes in bursts nowadays… plus Mass Effect 2 comes out at the end of the month and you bet your butt I’ll be playing the hell out of that.  I still have my save file from the first one, LOL!

As far as actual gameplay notes go, Gavin has been infatuated with Nadia since he met her as a child, wanting to talk to her, etc.  They are second cousins with Marla and Julia tying them together.  That’s just a little too close for my liking.  We’ll see what happens…

Tommy actually did bring Charity home from school and Alexander did walk by.  Seriously, he watches her like a hawk and for good reason!

Also, the ghosts in this house are INSANE.  They are driving me bonkers…

December 16, 2009

Knight – Round 27: ‘Separate Ways’

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 11:41 am

Travis and Marla Knight are trying to help out their eldest daughter and single mother, Kit.  Dominic and Nadia don’t know their father and they’re getting more curious about him everyday… can Kit keep them from finding out?

It was an unfortunate incident.  Travis was older than Marla and his health had been in decline lately.  It was no surprise when he dropped over while watching the twins.  Luckily, Dominic and Nadia were smart enough to call 911 and their missing elders.  Kit and Marla rushed home only to be told he was dead when they arrived.

Kit was distraught but Marla, surprisingly, showed very little remorse.  Instead, her first thought was that they were taking a vacation.

They stayed at a cabin deep in the mountains.  It was Marla’s way of giving the kids time to mourn and deal with what they’ve seen.  Kit, also, seemed to need some time.  She’d never been close to her father, but it’s never easy to lose a parent.

The mountains were a great place to go and just unwind to get away from it all.

Of course, it’s also fun to try and see who can stay on the log longest.  After the kids gave up trying to beat the adults, the adults went toe-to-toe.  Kit was surprised by her elder mother’s agility and found herself face first in a pit of water more than once.

Nadia and Dominic were disappointed when they were told they couldn’t throw axes.  Instead, they were forced to watch as their mother and grandmother showed immense skill with hitting the target.  It was pretty clear to everyone at the lumber yard that day–don’t mess with a Knight woman, she knows where to aim and she’ll definitely hit the spot!

They spent nights around the camp fire outside of their cabin, roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories.  The twins didn’t talk too much about their grandfather’s death.  He’d always been very active in their lives, but the mystery of their father and all the weirdness they’d dealt with as small kids kind of made them of a stronger skin.  Instead, they enjoyed the holiday with their mother and grandmother.

“Our birthday is coming up,” Dominic said, cornering Marla one morning.  “Is mom going to finally tell us about dad?”

Marla sighed, “I don’t know sweetie.  Your mom is only worried about you two, that’s all.  She’s not withholding just to be cruel.”

“We should know, everyone should know who their father is.”

“Sometimes, yes… but in this case?  I can’t help but wonder.”

When they weren’t trying to get information out of her, they were enjoying a round of early-morning fishing.  Kit wasn’t nearly as eager, deciding to instead read a book and try not to fall asleep.  Marla, herself, was quite the experienced fisherman so she gave the twins plenty of tips.  One has to be able to make their own catch to be a culinary marvel!

While the twins enjoyed the mountains, they didn’t quite understand the culture.  A round of Slap Dancing later and they were both terribly confused.

“Dom, this is silly,” Nadia exclaimed, feeling awkward amidst the crowd of slap-happy locals and their own mother.

“I know, I don’t even know how you’re supposed to do that leg thing.”

“Let’s go poke that hole over there.  Maybe a snake will come out!”

“Okay!”

“Mom, why aren’t you more upset about dad’s death?”

Marla sighed, closing her eyes, “it’s complicated, but I’m sure you know that.  I guess I’m just glad it’s over, you know?  We’ve really only stayed together these past years because we were too old to start over.”

“Dad wasn’t very faithful.”

“Not in the least, sweetie.  I’ve spent years blaming Katarina, but I guess it wasn’t just her, it was him, too.  It feels like a weight gone, I don’t have to worry about it anymore.  I feel free.”

“Do you think our family is doomed when it comes to love?  Nothing ever seems to work out.”

“I think that we make our own luck, Kit.  You can make the best of something, if you really try, or you can cling to something you know isn’t going to work out.  In the end, your luck is driven by the decisions you make, for better or worse.”

“Sometimes, I feel like a fool.  A really big joke,” Kit frowned, staring forward.  “I’m probably going to be alone forever, just because I was so stupid when I had chances.”

“You don’t know that, maybe you’ll meet someone here.”

“I don’t want to,” Kit languished.  “I feel old and I know I’m almost there, teetering on the edge.  I have two kids who I can’t even tell about their father, for fear he’ll find out or worse his father will find out.  I’m too complicated to start anything… and even that wasn’t true, I wouldn’t want to.”

“You’ll be okay, sweetie.  You’re strong, you’ve made it this far.”

“I guess so, but I still feel really stupid.  The feelings are still there and I don’t think they’ll ever go away.  It sucks, to know someone has that kind of control over you without really knowing it or even caring.”

“Just focus on what you need to do now.  You will have to tell them, sooner or later… or they’ll find out on their own.”

Kit leaned back against the wall, closing her eyes, “I know, I know, I just… I’m not ready to open that can of worms yet.”

The get away was a success and both the twins were exhausted.  Marla tucked them in, checking their suitcases before she left the room to ensure that everything was packed.  This was the last time she’d do this as when they returned home, they’d have their birthday and be too big for grandma to tuck them in anymore.

Had it really been so long ago that they’d been born and Kit had come to their door looking a mess?

Nadia and Dominic did, indeed, have their birthday.  At this point, it was almost impossible to deny their lineage, written plain as day in their eyes, on their faces.  They seemed to have nothing of Kit in them, just a painful reminder of the past.

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Note from Mao: Travis kicked the bucket the first day of play, LOL!  Good thing I checked his age bar and had the present state of mind to call the nanny.  Kit and Marla don’t get home until late at night.  Marla couldn’t have cared less, he had cheated on her at Shelly’s party, so she was furious with him.  Go figure!

Sometimes, I feel really bad for Kit.  After hanging out with her mother in the sauna, she rolled up a “WooHoo in Sauna” want.  Sorry, Kit, no dice.

The twins turned out amazing.  It’s kind of ridiculous to think their father doesn’t show blatantly… Dominic has his face and Nadia the skintone and eyes.  Geeze.  Also, I didn’t get a picture of it, but when they were still kids… Dominic brought Selene home from school, LOL!  Awwwkward.

August 1, 2009

Knight – Round 26: ‘A Slice of Life’

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 5:27 pm

Marla and Travis Knight have a pretty rough marriage, but they put their differences aside for their eldest daughter, Kit.  She’s moved in with her twins, Dominic and Nadia.  So far, everything is going fine… but for how long?

Dominic and Nadia are energetic and enjoy active games.  They especially love cops and robbers.  Maybe they do know about their father after all?  Technically, their grandfather is a criminal.  It’s hard to say which side they favor at this point.

Nadia is the talker of the two.  She isn’t shy about anything and never hesitates to share her opinion.  She speaks with her grandmother at breakfast about how nice it would be to have lots of money.  Marla agrees that money makes things easier, but is not necessarily a requirement for a happy and good life.

“Well, I guess having a lot of best friends would be nice, too.”

Nadia’s a bit fickle with her aspirations.  Sure, she’s only six, but she likes to think ahead.  Kit is a little worried.  She doesn’t want her daughter ending up in the same situation as her.  Kit was definitely guilty of having issues when it comes to decision making.

Dominic remains silent, preferring to observe his sibling’s oddities from a safe distance.

Kit works throughout the day, so Marla is usually home with the twins after school.  She helps them with their studies.  Dominic is definitely the star student.  He always does his homework in a timely manner before doing anything else.  He seems pretty eager to learn new things.

Nadia, on the other hand, prefers to talk to her friends on the phone.  She speaks to Megan Alioto about her idea–a tiny, pocket-sized bullet-train.  Megan isn’t quite convinced of its relevance, but gives Nadia the proper kudos for her imagination.

Nettle and Gaeta have two kittens, Rincewind and Twoflower.  With five cats in the house now, it’s become a bit much.  The hallway is almost always cluttered with cats and is sometimes hard to navigate.  The twins are quite enamored with the kittens, though.

Marla thinks that it would be a good idea for Kit to get out and have a vacation.  It’d be nice to getaway with the twins and forget about all her worries.  Kit agrees, but at this moment, it isn’t exactly plausible.  Maybe when the kids are on break from school.

No one asked the maid, but she seems to agree.  Who hasn’t heard about Kit’s trainwreck of a love life?

Marla is still working on her restaurant, though it’s quickly reaching the top.  She hires on a new server, a young teen.  She wears too much makeup and grumbles about the stifling kimono, but she attracts the would-be pedos and asianophiles just fine.

As much as she loves her restaurant, Marla has to admit that maybe she’s getting a bit too old.  She wants to spend time with her grandkids.  Maybe it’s time to retire?  She isn’t sure what to do with the restaurant, though.  She can’t pass it on to Kit, she never had much skill with cooking.  Jennifer, on the other hand, was well on her way.  Maybe she’d want it?

Dominic brings home Deidre O`Hanlon from school one day.  He’s quite enthralled by her strange, black eyes and her pale features.  They talk about their respective houses and families.  It seems they have a lot in common when it comes to crazy family dynamics and large homes.

Nadia doesn’t think Deidre is all that special.  In fact, she thinks she’s a little freaky looking.  What did she have, eye surgery or something?  Who wants all black eyes?

Dominic is quick to defend his new-found friend.  Everyone knows that Deidre’s father, Patrick, is partially alien.  Even Deidre’s brother, Francis, has the black eyes.

Of course, Nadia is unconvinced.  Deidre is not special, she’s weird.

Travis tries to set up his wayward daughter with a doctor friend, but she refuses.  She isn’t really ready to date again.  In fact, she’s not sure if she ever wants to again.  Besides, it’d be difficult to try and introduce a man into the twins’ lives at this point.  She’s just happy being single and working.  It may not be the most social of lives, but at least it’s drama-free.

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Note from Mao: Sorry for the kickin’ it old school, recap style of this update.  I’m kind of exhausted and I have a bit of a headache, but I wanted to get this update out so I don’t fall behind, lol.  Nothing too terribly interesting happened at this house.

And yes, Deidre and Dominic are related, they are second cousins.  Unfortunately, Mao has stopped caring.  We’ll see how things go.  There’s still plenty of other options. ;)

July 26, 2009

Yu 2 – Round 26: ‘Private Eyes’

Filed under: Alioto,Yu — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 4:18 pm

Marcus Yu and Valerie Alioto never really expected to be parents, but they’re easy relationship has survived so far and Megan has both her parents under one roof.  Will Valerie’s criminal activities put a strain on her family life?

Megan was growing like a weed.  Marcus had been considerably shocked when he found out Valerie was pregnant, he’d never really thought of himself as much of a ‘dad figure’.  Fortunately, he’d adjusted to the role well and was teaching Megan the basics of walking.  She looked a lot like him, but Valerie’s personality and facial expressions were evident, especially when she threw tantrums.

Valerie, of course, did not see the resemblance at all in those cases.

Valerie was busy trying to dig up as much dirt on her new employer, Gordon Saunders, as she possibly good.  It had been her task, something to test her mettle.  Gordon had told her that if she passed the test, she could consider herself one of his eyes and ears about the neighborhood.  She was a good neutral source for information.  She’d be expected to report on her friends and make friends with people he considered worthy of keeping an eye on.

Luckily for Valerie, this sort of thing suited her perfectly.  She was secretive, sneaky, and quite good when it came to being charming and manipulative.  She was a little surprised by what she found on Gordon, though.  She had gone back quite a ways, back to Janine Anderson-Saunders… where it all began.

She met up with Gordon at the downtown cemetery late at night to report on her findings.  It was a bit creepy, meeting up in a cemetary, but Valerie would have to get used to it.  They needed to be discrete.

“You’ve been married twice, first to Tracey Yu and the Lauren Davis, or should I say, Katy Saunders?  You have two biological children, Michael Saunders and Claude Saunders.  Claude has an illegitimate set of twins with his former lover, Kit Knight.  You accepted your mother’s criminal mantle and then tricked Thomas Anderson into aiding you, only to cross him, which led to his… untimely death that was reported as simply old age taking its toll.  You made a deal with Roman Anderson and ‘removed’ Lacie Anderson, having a contact in another city take her in, give her a new name, and then claimed she was missing and presumed dead here.”  She paused, taking a breath.  “Do I need to continue?”

“You found this all out using a computer?  I need to be more careful…”

She laughed, “no, not the computer.  I have my ways.  See?  I’m good at this.  But really, if you talk to the right people… you can find anything out, about anyone.  Even the most discrete of criminals always leave some sort of opening.”

“Hm, is that so?  I guess I should find those openings and close them,” he responded, watching her reaction pointedly.

“I don’t think you can ‘take care’ of yourself, Gordon.  That’d be counter intuitive to your overall plans.”

He was amused, “I suppose I had you pegged wrongly, then.  You’re more than capable of handling this.”

“Quite,” Valerie replied confidently.  “So, what am I doing?”

“My son, in his infinite idiocy, has twins… as you know already.  What you may not know is he is completely clueless about it.  Perhaps it is for the best, but I am a not one to let my family wander around in ignorance.  I want my grandchildren monitored.  I want to make sure their loose mother is caring for them.  When the time comes, I will approach them, but until then… I need people like you to be my eyes and ears.”

“Watching some kids, keeping tabs, should be easy enough.”

“You can’t let anyone know what you’re doing.  Your cover cannot be compromised.”

“It won’t.”

“If anyone, for even a brief second, thinks you are associated with me?  It’s over,” Gordon said, turning and walking away.

Valerie took a breath, trying to calm her nerves.  She was plenty confident in her abilities, but Gordon unnerved her in numerous ways.  If she messed up, it was over all right, in more ways than one.  She could read between the lines.  She’d heard about the other things, the things people didn’t really talk about.  Gordon wasn’t a bad guy, but crossing him was not usually a smart thing to do.

Valerie had no intention of crossing him.  She was more worried about her strange attraction to him.

Marcus was pretty laid-back about her late-night meetings and usual busy schedule.  He didn’t ask questions, he simply shrugged it off and jotted it down to Valerie being Valerie.  She’d never been an open book.  She spent as much time as she could with Megan, so he wasn’t about to raise any alarms.

“Are you ever going to tell me what you do?” he asked as she joined him in the hot tub.

“I already have,” Valerie replied, sinking down into the hot water.  “I’m am entrepreneur.”

He laughed, “that’s right… I had nearly forgotten.”

“See?  I knew I told you.”

Megan became a child and while she still looked primarily like her father, her mother’s traits were sneaking in there as she got older.  She was a lovely young lady who was polite, though a little sneaky.  If she was told to clean up her room, she’d simply shove it all under her bed and consider it done.  Of course, Marcus and Valerie were ignorant to this fact until they checked under there and found all the items she claimed had gone “missing”.

Despite Megan’s faults, she was a good kid.  Valerie wanted to give her a medal for making her job easier and bringing home Nadia Knight from school.  She happily introduced her new friend to her mother over dinner.

“I’m so glad you’re making friends, sweetie,” Valerie said, her eyes moving to the young Saunders child.  “Nice to meet you, Nadia.”

Valerie wasn’t sure how anyone could be ignorant of Nadia’s parentage.  She looked so much like Claude is was a little alarming.

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Note from Mao: Oh geeze, Valerie’s wants for Gordon have spread to Gordon.  Bad vampire, no messing around with your minions!  Sheesh.  He’s going to try and populate the entire hood.  I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do about them yet.  Valerie is pretty casual about it, but Gordon, well, he does nothing casually.  I’m hoping ACR keeps from deciding for me, lol.  So far, everything has been purely platonic.

Marcus, as usual, is blithely unaware.  It’s better that way, really.

May 29, 2009

Knight – Round 25: ‘Difficulty Levels’

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 1:16 pm

Kit Knight has been forced to move back into her parents house after the messy end of her relationship to James Anderson.  With her, comes the twins, Nadia and Dominic.  Jennifer never signed up to be a babysitter, Travis thought his baby days were over, but Marla?  She couldn’t be happier.

Marla couldn’t have been happier to have Kit home with her babies.  Sure, their birth wasn’t exactly ideal and their father had no idea and let’s not forget the fact that he’s the son of Gordon Saunders… but whatever.  They were grand babies and they were adorable.

Travis was a little less enthused.  He was looking for peace and quiet… which wasn’t readily available with twins.

“It’s only temporary, dad,” Kit assured him.  “Just until I get back on my feet.  I don’t like this anymore than you do.”

He sighed, “it’s nice to have you home, Kit.  I just wish… you’ve put me in a tight spot here.”

Travis had dealings with Gordon.  It was why he was so successful as the DA.  Kit knew this, but was adamant.

“Claude can’t know.  Not yet.”

“He might not, but Gordon will.  Whether I tell him or not.”

Jennifer wasn’t happy, either.  She never signed on to be an extra babysitter.  She was young!  She didn’t want anywhere near babies right now.  The twins were walking and needing pottytrained.  She wanted to be out with friends.

Needless to say, Jennifer left home early and fled to college.

Kit was finding that even with her parents help, raising twins wasn’t easy.  She was exhausted all the time.  She rarely ever saw adults outside of her own family.  She loved the twins, she did, but sometimes she just wanted to get away and be free for awhile.  It was hard.  She’d have to swallow it down and not let them see it, lest they think they were some horrible mistake.

Even if they were, Kit didn’t want them to feel that burden.

She did her best not to rely too heavily on her parents for help.  She wanted to prove to them she wasn’t a huge screw up, though she hadn’t done such a great job of that so far.  She taught the twins to walk, talk, and use the potty.  She even took care of their evening bathes.  The only time her parents stepped in were to cuddle and coo, or watch them while she went to work.

Sade eventually came over to cheer her up, though she was busy with her own set of twins.  Kit had no idea how she did it.  But then again, she had Michael.  Kit still couldn’t quite figure that out, why someone like Michael would be so completely infatuated with someone like Sade.  It just didn’t make sense.

“You look rough,” Sade said, giving her friend a once over.  “How long has it been since you got a full night’s rest?”

“Thanks, but it’s been awhile.”

“Are you going to tell him?”  Sade watched her friend carefully and followed up with, “he has a baby now, you know, with Emily.”

Kit sighed, “I know and I don’t know if I should tell him now.”

“You should.  Gordon already knows, I think.  He has ways, you know?  You don’t want him with leverage over your head.”

“He’s your father-in-law, Sade!”

Sade gave her a look, “and that’s exactly why I know you don’t want him on your bad side!”

As the twins got older, they came to be even more of a handful.  Nadia was especially difficult, often wandering off and sleeping in the cat beds.  Kit was so exhausted and at her wit’s end.  She counted the days until they could take care of themselves and give her a bit of space.

Of course, the younger years pass by quickly and soon, the twins were ready for school.  There was no denying who their father was, it showed on their faces as plain as day.  Kit was going to have one heck of a time trying to keep them underwraps.

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Note from Mao: Poor Kit!  She really isn’t good at this mothering thing.  The twins are SO CUTE!  Sade and Michael also randomly visited, which was hilarious.

March 14, 2009

Knight 2 – Round 24: ‘Addicted to Love, End’

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:39 pm

James Anderson has pined after Kit Knight since adolescence.  The two are finally engaged, but Kit has a terrible secret.  Will the addition of Katarina, James’ mom, add more friction?

Katarina: I think it’s only fitting that I start this off.  I mean, by all circumstances, I am an uninvolved party.  Sure, James is my son, but his choices are his own.  Shang and I always sort of stood by the fact that he was a smart boy.  Just kind of stupid when it came to girls.  One girl in particular–Kit Knight.  That girl, she’s like me… but she’s in denial.  Lying to herself, like her mother, Marla does.

Things were tense when I moved in.  There’s no love lost between Kit and I.  I mean, she blames me for her dysfunction.  Which is completely ridiculous.  Never mind that I hooked up with Travis recently.  I was trying to prove a point.  But whatever, that’s not what this is about.

Against my advice, James was in a hurry to get hitched.  I still don’t see what the big deal is.  I’ve never been married and you won’t see me crying over it.  Still, my son has always had high values, despite his taste in women.  Being married to Kit made him happy and I am a mom.  I want to see my kid happy.  Shang is probably rolling over in his grave, but he did the whole divorce thing and had an aversion to marriage ever since.

I knew something was up when Kit was sneaking around.  Turns out she’s knocked up.  The landlord revealed it with James right there.  She wasn’t even going to tell him!  The look on her face was priceless! I swore she was going to faint!  James was a little upset that she tried to hide it from him, but he got over it quickly.  He had always wanted to be a dad.  Poor boy.  I had an inkling that this little one wasn’t his… call it maternal instinct.

That and the fact that during the entirety of her pregnancy, Kit would sit around looking pensive.  Some women radiate with light when they’re pregnant and others grouse around the house in sweats… but Kit?  She slunk around almost as if she was hoping to be an invisible, waddling ninja.  She was worried about something and I think I know what…

She gave birth to twins, Nadia and Dominic.  At first, everything looked normal.  Dominic resembled his grandma Marla while Nadia seemed to favor my side of the family.  Or so it seemed… Kit didn’t seem at all relieved.  Which really put things into perspective.  She would never let James or I too close to the infants.  James wrote it off as being a new mother and her nerves… but I knew better.

While Kit was off doing something, I went in to see the little ones.  I picked Nadia up and thought of James when he was that small.  Had so many years really passed?  Were these old, wrinkled hands really mine?  The vanity of youth is seriously cruel.  But I digress.  Nadia isn’t my granddaughter.  I’d know those eyes anywhere… those are Saunders eyes, Henry’s to be exact… and that face?  It isn’t an Anderson at all.

It’s a Saunders.  Claude freakin’ Saunders.  Go figure.

I may not be the best friend or the best wife or girlfriend or any of that.  You may even question my mothering abilities.  But James is my kid, and I’ll be old and dead and in the ground before I let someone use him.  I’ve never lied about who I am or what I’ve done… but this girl?  She’s in so much denial it’s ridiculous.  She’s not taking my boy down with her, he won’t pay for kids that aren’t his!

I confronted her and she feigned ignorance at first, but she broke down in tears.  Seems she did feel bad about it after all.  Good.  I can’t believe she’d drag him through this.  James is a good boy, a sweet boy.  He’s given her more chances than a cat has lives.

When James came home, they went to their room to talk.  I’ll admit it, I was outside, waiting.  They argued.  I heard James saying Claude freakin’ Saunders in disbelief and I heard Kit crying.  It was a mess, but cathartic.  James needed this.  He never got angry at Kit, he took it all in stride, but this?  This was ridiculous.  By the time it was over, Kit was packing her things and calling her parents.

My heart wrenched for my boy, it really did, but he needed this.  He needed to be rid of her.  She wasn’t good enough for him… she needed to get a clue and accept herself.  What a mess.  At least Marla will take care of those kids–she was always a great mother, despite her trip down the river denial.  I don’t know why Kit is so messed up, maybe it was me.  But I’ve fixed it.  She won’t take my boy with her, that’s for sure.

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Note from Mao: It seemed only fitting for Katarina to narrate this.  The twins are indeed Claude’s and the Anderson side related to Henry rarely ever expresses his eyes.  It’s mostly Gordon’s side that does.  Weirdly enough.  Anyway, so we have it.  Kit and James are done.  Poor James… but I’ll bet Maggie is happy to hear the news, LOL!

This lot will change to Anderson 5 next round.

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