Sunday, August 31, 2014

2.17 - This is War

“So Elrich’s been following me around again. He says your words convinced him I’m the only girl for him. What the hell did you say?”

“I told him that he shouldn’t have played with your feelings like he did. That he was never going to find a better girl. And I wasn’t lying! Doesn’t mean I was encouraging him to go after you again!”

Leya sighs, smiling softly at her brother. “Do you think maybe I should give him another chance?

“Definitely not.” Isidore demands, causing Leya’s eyes to glow lightly for a second. “You should stomp on his heart and make sure he never bothers you again.”


“Daddy, no! I don’t want to see her ever again!”

“I know, love. But she’s still your mother. And it will only be for a month, I promise.”

“A month is forever! You’re not going to take her back, are you?”

“Never. But its tradition. She wants to be there for your 18th birthday, to show you the ways of our pack.”

“I’m not a part of that pack anymore.”

“You aren’t married to that pack-less boy yet, Amelia. For now, you are still a member of your mother’s pack. As am I.”


“Did you really think I was going to just take you back?”

“Come on, Leya. The baby isn’t a problem anymore. Take me back. We can be a family!”


“GO FUCK YOURSELF.”


“My dad promised we’ll only be gone a month.” 

“A month is forever!”

“That’s what I said!” She agrees. “But she said since we’re not married I’m still bound to my pack’s laws.”

“Then let’s tell your dad about our engagement. As soon as you get back!”


Amelia doesn’t look convinced, but her eyes glow and she nods obediently. “Of course.”


This is going to be the longest month of Isidore’s young life. He doesn’t know it yet.


Her mother told her to go for it. To follow her heart.


It backfires. It had to. Blaine’s seen this vision so many times. 


“No. Never. How could you, Wanda? I thought you were my best friend!”


Its time. 


“Rhonda?” The fair skinned red head seems surprised to see her neighbour out in the sun. She always acts surprised. “How lovely to see you! How’s Harold doing? Blaine is wondering if he’ll be well enough for Friday’s poker game.”


Harold, Rhonda’s brother isn’t even sick. But he has been Rhonda’s only source of nourishment, so she’s kept him locked up in the basement for a few weeks now. Was Kaia threatening her?


“Can we please talk inside? I have news about him.”


Inside, Kaia heads towards the fireplace, slowly pushing the papers back into the flames where they belonged. Rhonda notices a few personal letters mixed in with the various newspaper articles in the fire. But she can’t tell if the letters were addressed to or from the house she’s standing in. 


“What news do you have for me, Rhonda?”


She’d almost forgotten her reason for coming here. 

“They made the announcement today. Gem Sari is being invited back to Sunset Valley to proceed with the talks for the new Equality law. Should I begin the motions?” 

Kaia is silent for a moment, before nodding. “Get everyone into position. I’ll speak with our seer and learn the status of our martyr. We cannot move in until his death. It’s what gives us the momentum we will need to flourish.”


Rhonda nods. “Yes, my lady.”


War is coming. War is not coming. War is already here. War has not yet started. Kaia taught him to focus his energies on seeing the possibilities, not the definitive paths that must happen, but all he has seen has led to this.


This is happening. This is war.


She hates interrupting him, seeing the pain in his face as the visions invade him. She almost leaves him be before changing her mind. 


“My love. I need you to wake up, it’s-.”


“It’s time.” He interrupts, falling down onto the soft cushions below. 

She says nothing as he stretches and stands up on his own. At his age he should be grey and rigid, not young and full of energy. Her own magic is to blame for that, but his height and muscular build are all his. He has been  determined student under her, and for that she respects him; and his gift. 


“Have you begun the motions yet? We’ll need to move quickly if the announcement has already been made. It will take a week at least to return to Moonlight Falls.”


“I thought we decided you weren’t going back to Moonlight Falls. Seeing your sister after everything that you know…”


“That’s why I’m not the one going.” He says with a reassuring smile. 


The only door to the basement opens once again, and a seventeen year old boy with his mother’s cheekbones and father’s colouring enters. “You called for me, dad?”


“Evan will be going to collect the children in my stead.” Blaine announces, ignoring Kaia’s look of horror. “You wanted to keep him away from the fighting, and we need to bring you your hero as soon as possible.” 


“I’ll be fine, mom.” Evan promises, facing the redheaded woman. “Dad and I talked everything over already. He’ll send an old friend a letter with some instructions to take the kids to a safe place. I’ll be there waiting to bring them here.”

“And what if you get into trouble?” Kaia asks with real concern in her voice. “What then?”


“Then I use my enchantments.” Evan replies with a smirk. “I’m stronger than anything they can throw at me.” 


“You certainly have the raw talent.” Blaine agrees. “But many of the residents of my old town were very well trained. And my sister herself was one of the strongest witches I knew. Do not underestimate anyone.”


“I won’t!” Evan whines. “I know the rules. And I won’t take any unnecessary risks what so ever. In and out, no one will know I was there, and I’ll take good care of the kids. I love kids!” 

“You hate kids.”


“Not these ones! I’m related to these ones!”


While the boys spoke, Kaia wandered over to turn on the old radio in the corner. Her dear husband had it set to classical music, but she found the station she was looking for soon enough. 


“Ladies and gentlemen, tickets for representative Gem Sari’s talk on species equality this upcoming holiday will be sold online this Saturday. Log on early as we expect all tickets to sell out quickly. This will be a historic moment!”


“No news yet on if Representative Sari will be  traveling with his family or not as Mrs. Bayrose Sari, better known as pop sensation Baby Rose is due to be in concert the following morning. More news after these messages!”


With a scowl, Kaia admits defeat. “If you’re going to go, Evan, go now. I’ll send word for everyone to gather in Sunset Valley. Once the martyr falls, we make our move.”


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Okay so I've had these photos done for weeks now, but I have been so busy with work that I hadn't even sat down to organize them until earlier today. But now its done.

I really wasn't sure how I wanted to bring Kaia's plan back into the story, but after experimenting with some music I decided that 30 seconds to Mars' anti-war song, This is War was the perfect background to the movement going on underground while Gem and Bayrose are playing house with their kids.

All the way back in Generation One, I mentioned how mixed occult kids often have extra abilities that neither of their full blooded parents might possess. Evan's "enchantments" will be further showcased in chapter 2.18 and Isidore's commands will be touched on next chapter and explained far more fully after he's actually experimented with them in Generation Three.

My god this story is taking forever.

10 comments:

  1. The black and white pictures, are they visions or past events? Either way, rather dramatic. I hope Leya never gets together with Elrich. He should go fuck himself.

    I like Evan so far. But their plans seem rather ominous. It may just be me being on edge, but I think something bad's about to happen. Also, the discussion of it being a war... Bad feeling.

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    1. Black and white are the images Blaine has seen while he meditates. All of these have already happened, but he saw them before they occurred. For the sake of ending this generation under 20 chapters I had to cut out a whole chapter and managed to stick it onto the front of this one!

      : D

      I keep forgetting I haven't spoiled this plot line for everyone. Only a few of you guys. I'm really excited for you to see what happens when it happens.

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  2. Blaine <3. But, uh, bad Blaine? He's fallen hard under Kaia's sway if he's planning on kidnapping his own niece/nephew. The martyr. Oooh, please don't let that be who I think it will be! :'( Playing house or no, it's all so happy! Then again, you don't usually leave happy going on for too long do you? ;) I get the whole 'for the greater good' he's got going in his head there, (or does Kaia have that going on in his head?) but yikes.

    At least Amelia will be out of the way for it all.

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    1. Who do you think the martyr will be? >: D

      Happiness is boring. And I've been working on this storyline since Bayrose was picked as my generation 2 heir, so she and Gem were never going to grow old together. They just have the now to enjoy.

      Blaine's motivation and plans are something I really can't spoil right now. Depending on how the Generation three heir vote goes (which won't be until something like chapter 3.6), things will change.

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  3. I blame Kaia for Beacans death, and she lied to Blaine telling him she didn't interfer with mortal affairs.... And now he went and married that thing.... tsk tsk Blaine, hope he knows what he's doing.

    Martyrs usually ends up dead, I hope I'm wrong in who it'll be, and suggest Elrich for that part ;) I'm also reading about a hero in there? I assume they aren't the same one, but in religious writing they often are.

    "It's going to be the longest month in Isidors young life. He doesn't know it yet"? What are you planning to do to this poor kids?

    It'll be interesting to see what Evan can do though. But if he has extra powers, does it mean they are different than those of his parents? Or can he do what they can do, pluss something more?

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    1. Oh this martyr is definitely going to end up dead. And the hero is someone new entirely. You know how in "This is War" they list a whole bunch of titles? (The innocent, the liar, the honest, etc.). Every significant character in the upcoming chapters will be based on ONE of those titles.

      These poor kids are going to hate me.

      The way I have it in this lore is that generally (but not always), a child born of two different occults will have all the abilities of one parent, and a gift bestowed from both species.

      Blaine has Alex's magic, and the ability to see the future thanks to Dora's natural magic and Alex's unnatural.

      Bayrose and Beacan (although this never really changed their lives) have their mother's magic, and thanks to their father, they have an allure to those around them that make falling in love with them very easy.

      Evan is part witch and slightly more than half fairy (cause his dad was already half fairy). He gained his dad's magic but can do more than an average witch can. Hopefully I can photoshop that part correctly.

      Isidore is part witch, part genie, half werewolf. He's already shown he's very in tune with the emotions of people around him, but exactly what he's been doing with his "commands" will be explained more in chapter 2.19. (Titled: Maps)

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  4. I guess, being who she is, equality would not suit her. Instead, killing Gem, allowing it to look as those who oppose his stance murdered him would start the war with humans on one side and fae on the other. What I don't understand is why Blaine is going along with it. I guess I'll just sit back and watch where the chips fall. There will be deaths. Lots of deaths. Because you're Reya. :P

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    1. Well, y'know, I mean. "Most" of the deaths will be off screen background characters... >_> Only like, uh, 5 or 6 character deaths will be significant.

      Kaia intervenes in mortal affairs a lot, but you might be surprised by what she will being doing with her own hands in the next chapter. Actually, I'm pretty sure you WILL be surprised.

      Like I said to Sunshiny-shiny, I can't really say anything about Blaine's motivation because it relies heavily on who wins the heir vote.

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  5. Oh no! You're going to kill Gem off aren't you? And lots of other people too, so Kaia can start some nasty war for her own pleasure... :(

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  6. I smell doom on the horizon! *braces self* Okay---I think I'm ready...

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