“Hey darling, what have you got there?” I bent down to look at the doll Akima was playing with, it was cute in a hideous patchwork kind of way.
“Papa buy me dolly!” Akima gestured a chubby fist to Nico who was drinking his morning coffee and promptly choked on said coffee,
“Akima sweetie I’m not your papa!” Akima glared at him for a minute before turning back to her doll and singing to him,
“What’s your dolly’s name Akima?” I asked, frantically trying to shake of the discomfort of my daughter thinking Nico was her father.
“Rydder Googly-Boo.” She looked me straight in the eyes with a dead serious look on her face,
“Rydder?” She nodded. “Googly-Boo?” Akima nodded once more before picking up her song where she left.
“So is everything packed?”
“Almost, just got some clothes of mine upstairs to pack and then we can load up the truck!” Nico nodded and picked up Akima awkwardly, setting her down in a playpen in the shaded part of the front garden.
“Passports?” I nodded,
“You definitely handed in your notice two weeks ago?” Again I nodded,
“Like I’d forget that. You, my friend, are looking at an unemployed single mother!” Nico guffawed,
“Well, if you ever need anything..”
“I know. You’ll be on the first flight out!”
“Yes. And don’t forget I’m coming over for Christmas!” I smiled and pulled Nico into a hug,
“How am I supposed to cope without you Nico?”
“You’ll be fine Mimi.”
“Shh baby girl, try to get some sleep, it’s going to be a long flight for you!” Akima folded her arms and frowned,
“No sleep. Wanna play with Googly-Boo!” I kissed Akima’s cheek and placed her into her seat next to me, pulling Rydder from my bag and setting him next to her. Soon enough Akima fell asleep with her arms around her doll. I stayed awake the entire flight. God knows how I’ll explain having a two year old daughter in the space of 18 months.
“Mina! And who’s this little monkey?”
“Her name’s Akima,”
“Oh sweetheart you should have told us you were adopting!” Mum scooped Akima out of my arms and pulled her close for a cuddle.
“Er. Mum, she’s mine.”
“Oh, haha, don’t be obtuse Mina!”
“Look at her and tell me she’s not mine.” Mum lifted her head from Akima’s and studied her face while dad and Sophia stood behind her, jaws hanging.
“Can we go inside and I’ll explain.” I took Akima back from mum and everyone sat down in the living room as I explained the ludicrous story of how Akima came to be, but mum and dad weren’t that disbelieving, after all they used to be vamps and they are friends with werewolves, to question the existence of aliens, to them, was stupid. Sophia was the hardest to convince until Akima walked straight over to her and said clear as day,
“Auntie Soph-soph!” and pointed to her face, beaming at her, Sophia laughed and pulled her onto her lap,
“Yes sweetheart, I’m your auntie!”
After a few hours the truck arrived and dad and Sophia helped me unload while mum was feeding Akima, who was going to be seriously spoilt for as long as we lived here! By the time we’d unpacked it was well past Akima’s bedtime so I had to separate her and her apparent family favourite, Sophia. She wriggled as I took her upstairs,
“No bed! Kima not tired!”
“Come on baby girl, just ten minutes?”
“No!” As she tried to protest again she gave a huge yawn and I laughed at her,
“You sure you’re not tired?”
“I not tired!”
I settled Akima down with Rydder and she drifted off almost straight away, I stood beside the cot, rocking on my heels, making sure she was asleep before going back downstairs to where everyone had assembled in the living room at my request,
“Okay, so I have some bad news.”
I explained to my family about the situation and they agreed that the best plan of action was to wait and see, nothing was definite but that property purchasing was a must. Mum and I, acting as joint leaders, chose St Clare’s to relocate to, it would be perfect for future generations, but we were only able to buy a small cottage on a large lot due to overcrowding in the town, mum shrugged and said it was better than nothing and I agreed.
“Hey Akima, what day is it today?”
“My birrday!!”She clapped her hands and I smiled at her, her 6th birthday in Sunlit Tides, her growing had slowed down when she tuned 3 and now she’s hardly even a toddler, after a little “incident” on her first birthday here we chose to always have family parties. We were waiting on Hannah and Darius who had been delayed by Ariel falling down the stairs, she’s fine, just a combination of unlucky and clumsy the poor kid!
“Okay Akima are you ready to blow out the candles?” Mum passed Akima to me and I helped her to reach the cake,
“Oh plumbob! Not this again!” We all ducked behind a sofa as sparkles enveloped Akima and her small body seemed to explode, I was the first to peer over and did a double take,
“So does this happen every milestone birthday or something?” Akima shrugged,
“I don’t know, but boy was that uncomfortable! Can I open my presents now?” She didnt even wait for an answer, she just ran straight to the pile of gifts and clicked her fingers, one present appeared to unwap itself,
“Hey! No cheating! Unwrap them properly that’s part of fun!” Hannah laughed at Akima’s impatience
“For you maybe.. mortal!” She grinned over at Hannah who burst out laughing,
“Sweetheart, I’m not mortal, trust me!”
As seemed to be the theme with all of her other birthdays Akima was spoiled by everyone, even receiving cards from the neighbors. On particular card had been withheld from Akima after I noticed the stamp was from Lucky Palms.
After we’d tidied up I settled down in the office to read the letter, I was probably overreacting but Nico always emailed us on Akima’s birthday, he’d never sent us a letter. I ripped it open and a small slip of paper fell out, landing face down.
“Soon” read the paper, in handwriting that I couldn’t quite place.
“G, when am I going to give birth, this is so uncomfortable!”
“Good grief, how would you be able to handle 9 months of pregnancy?”
“I wouldn’t. And this saves me a job later in life.” G snorted at that,
“You’ll be due in a couple of hours, judging by your size.”
I went about my daily business, preparing more meals and phoning Jonathan’s brother Nico to arrange having him as a live in maid, I told him I’d had a child in Sunlit Tides who had finally been brought over, he’d start working in a couple of weeks meaning I’d have to pull a couple of “sick days” at work for a while.
“Ooh that doesn’t feel good,” G helped me over to the sofa and began helping me through the labour, and very quickly I welcomed my daughter Akima Dawn into the world.
“G, do you want to hold her?”
“She’s yours. I’ve got to go home now, my chip has become activated, I can teleport back, I’m sorry.”
“Mina? Anyone home?”
Quickly I put Akima upstairs in her nursery and weakly hobbled to the door,
“Jesus Mina, whats wrong? You look terrible!”
“Well uh I’ve just been ill.” As I spoke Akima began whimpering upstairs,
“Nothing!” I quickly blocked my door and Ronan gently moved me out of the way and ran upstairs,
“Ronan, don’t go up there!” I caught up with him but he was already standing in the nursery gawping at Akima,
“Why didn’t you tell me you have a kid, you can’t have only just had her so spill.”
“Well then I can’t continue with this relationship.”
I rolled over and winced at the sunlight coming in through my window, urgh my skin’s getting more sensitive. As I rolled back over onto my shaded side my stomach gave a twist and I ran to the bathroom,
“Mina? Are you alright?”
“I’m just a bit ill, that’s all. Don’t worry G.”
“Oh good, it worked.”
“You asked me for a child, I granted your wish, did I do something wrong?”
“How exactly did you do that?”
“ETP, then DM.”
“Yeah, explain that in a human terms.”
“ETP is embryo transferral, that embryo is 100% of my DNA so I did a DNA merge so the child would receive around 50% from each of us, anymore and then it lacks viability.”
“So, I’m pregnant?” I rubbed the back of my neck with my hand, this is going to put a spanner in the works in terms of I don’t know, my entire life!
“Yes, and it may be worth noting that this pregnancy is highly advanced, I mean normal alien gestation time is probably 3 hours, but because she is half alien, I estimate the time at maybe 3 days?”
“Well you’re in a matriarchal family, Mina.”
This is insane, I’m like 14 hours pregnant and yet I’m already in maternity wear, how on earth do I explain this to Ronan? Or my family? Oh god Soph’s going to kill me.
I felt bad about not letting Darius come to the hospital to see the girls after they were born but neither Stefan or I were in any fit state to have him running about and so he stayed with one his classmates and then was brought back to our home by Rachel. Rachel, Hannah and Vince are now living with us temporarily until they can all find their own place, it’s a little inconvenient having 8 people all under one roof but Stef had work done on the basement and their bedrooms are all down there. Darius adored having his best friend live with us, and the two bonded so much. Bringing the girls home had been an absolute nightmare because they screamed the entire car journey. Apparently they aren’t a fan of Stefan’s driving either!
“Stefan, now that the twins are born.. I was wondering if you would mind living up to the promise you made me on our wedding night?”
“You want me to become human, don’t you.”
“Is that too much to ask of you?” He kissed my cheek,
“You’ve given me three wonderful children. Of course it’s not too much to ask! I’ll head out to the lab now, do you want to come with?” As I was about to answer a cry from our room changed my mind,
“I can’t, I doubt the twins would enjoy a trip to the lab!” Stefan smiled and kissed my cheek once more before dashing out to the car and speeding off. I went into mine and Stefan’s room and the minute I opened the door the crying stopped, I walked over to Sophia’s crib and found her contentedly kicking her legs and sucking her thumb, and as I looked over at Mina I found her little face red from crying,
“What’s up little one? You can’t be hungry again!” Sighing, I carried Mina into the kitchen to heat up her bottle, Mina is the smallest of the two, and incidentally is the greediest, often waking Stefan and I up around 7 times in one night. The doctors said she would probably stop doing that in a few weeks and that it’s good she’s got an appetite, it means she’ll be as big as Sophia soon.
“Now are you gonna go back to nap time or are you going to keep your sister up?” Mina’s eyes began to droop in response, so I walked her back to the room and as I did Sophia began crying, so I placed Mina in her crib and picked up Sophia,
“This isn’t usually your feeding time.. OH! You need a diaper change baby girl!” Sophia might not eat as much as Mina but she sure as heck poops enough for the both of them! The twins were both now napping, giving me an opportunity to try and catch up on some sleep but as I did I heard Stefan’s key in the front door, I quickly ran out and gave him the “shh” sign and gestured to the bedroom,
“I’ve just got them to sleep.. You’re not, I mean, you’re the same.”
“I’m not supposed to take it alone because it can cause drowsiness and other nasty symptoms.” Stefan pulled a small vial from his pocket and led me into the spare room where he sat down and downed the entire bottle. Then he lay back and closed his eyes,
“See you when I’m human!”
It had been 3 hours and finally Stef was awake, and admiring his tan skin,
“So? How do I look?”
“Exactly the same except now you don’t glow! This is going to make getting to sleep so much easier!”
“Stef we’ve been through this. Not one girl. Two.”
“B-bu-but that’s two times the poop we had to deal with Darius!!”
“Your maturity never ceases to amaze me, dinosaur.” I smiled up at Stef who was now staring at the scan in absolute awe,
“Is the doctor definitely sure its twins?”
“Either that or our child will be rather disfigured…”
“Have you told Elijah yet?”
“I was going to phone him later today, and let him know. Do you want to tell Darius now?”
“Hey Darius! Get your butt down here! You’re in big trouble mister!”
“Stef!!” I nudged him but he winked at me in response,
“I’m in trouble?”
“No sweetie, dad’s just messing around. I went to have my scan to see the baby while you were at school today,”
“Oh cool. Can I go play with Hannah later?”
“Honey don’t you want to know if you’re having a little brother or sister?”
“Oh sure. Whatever.”
“You’re going to have two little sisters!” A look of utmost horror crossed Darius’ features making me giggle slightly,
“I’m afraid so son!” Stef sympathetically patted his son’s back, “We’re going to be overrun with women!”
“Can I go tell Hannah?” I rolled my eyes, Darius practically lived at Hannah’s house ever since they met on her first day in school. She was a few months older than him and because of this he looked up to her greatly.
“Sure. I’ll drive you. Want me to pick you up anything Pan?”
“Ummm cookies? And asparagus! OH! And a mars bar! And a steak. And a snickers.. No. Just the other stuff. NO, the snickers too.” Stefan raised an eyebrow and laughed,
“So you haven’t been having unusual cravings?”
“Nope.” Stef kissed my forehead as he left, dragging Darius behind him. I yawned and sank down into the sofa, hoping to get a couple minutes nap before Stefan returned with the groceries.
Angelo’s Point of View
4 Months Later
“So you’re trimming down the army size because?”
“It’s been 7 years Locke. He’s had a child. I doubt either of them have been keeping up with their training since they left. We could easily take him with just the 5 of us. We’re all over a century old!”
“Well, granted, she’s younger. But she’s still got the capabilities to fight!”
“Obviously she won’t fight. Besides her ballet recital is the day of the attack. It’s fine.”
“You seriously plan to attack in broad daylight though?”
“They live in such a remote part of the island, no one would ever notice. Besides, Vince is now a police officer while Rachel holds a reasonably high place on the island’s council. We can easily block off their road after their son goes to school.”
“What will we do with the child?”
“I’m sure Rachel can take care of another child easily. He’s already so close to Hannah, it won’t be a problem. It’ll be just like how we took Pandora. Except this time the damned rat won’t escape us.”
“We kill her. She disgraced me and the house. Even Vincent agrees that getting rid of her would be the best option.”
“So 10am tomorrow?”
“Be ready.” Locke saluted and left the room. As unpleasant as this was going to be, murdering my daughter, I can’t help but feel positive. My grandson will be coming to live with me and I won’t have to deal with the stigma of a female heir.
“Now. To make sure that we are especially safe…” I ran into the ballroom, there she was. The very woman who had helped Stefan to bring Pandora back to him. Belinda Crumplebottom. She was barely alive, weak enough to cast any spell I so desired. I stroked her hair and whispered,
“Oh Belinda sweetheart, be a doll and wake up for me. I need your help.” She awoke immediately and flinched away from me,
“What do you want?”
“Oh only a little help. I need you to make the island especially foggy tonight. And keep it up till morning.”
“Then you’ll let me go?”
“Of course. I am, after all, a man of my word.”
“Fine.” Smirking, I turned on my heel and returned to my room. I was going to need to rest for tomorrow.
Pandora’s Point of View
Sleepily, I rubbed my eyes and slowly opened them to find Stefan standing at the window, his back tense.
“Stefan?” I groggily called out, “What’s the matter?”
“It’s very foggy this morning. It got worse after Darius left for school.”
“What’s the problem with that?”
“Remember your training with Connor? About what to do if you absolutely had to attack during broad daylight?”
“Cover the area with fog.” I gasped in horror, “But Stef, the girls are due any day now and I can’t fight. And you barely train!”
“Excuse you, I don’t need sleep. I train while you’re in bed. Don’t worry, I’ll handle it.” Stef walked away from the window and sat at the foot of our bed,
“If they come today, you stay inside, in the basement. Until I come and get you. Promise me.”
“Thank you.” Stef rubbed his jaw and frowned, “What a mess. But I can’t say you aren’t worth it.”
“Stop flirting and be serious.”
“Believe me I am being serious.”
“How long do you think we have till they get here?”
“About 20 minutes I’d say.”
“Can you help me down into the basement then?”
“Of course.” Stefan scooped me up gently and carefully carried me down the stairs and put me down on the sofa,
“I’m locking you in okay?”
“A lock wouldn’t stop any vampire who tried to get in.”
“Come on Mrs. Tempest! We’ve got a house to get to and a bed to christen!” Stefan pulled me into a taxi straight from the beach where we had been married not 10 minutes ago,
“So where is our new home?”
“About 15 minutes away.. It’s very.. You.”
“And what’s that supposed to mean?”
“Well, you never liked the castle or the glamour. So I bought the least glamorous shack I could possibly afford.”
“You’re kidding right?”
“Of course!” Stef pulled me closer and wrapped his arm around me, after a while we pulled up at a gorgeous brick house, the model of a perfect family home,
“Come on Pandora! This is it!” Stefan scooped me into his arms and carried me bridal style into the house, setting me down in a fully furnished living room,
“Are all the rooms fully furnished?”
“No, only the spare rooms and upstairs bathroom need furnishing and decorating.”
“How many rooms?”
“3. Our room is downstairs. Come on, I’ll give you the grand tour!”
“This is beautiful Stefan, thank you so much.”
“Anything to ensure you’re happy and will stay with me!” Stef then quite literally swept me off my feet and threw me onto the bed,
“Wait, wait, wait!”
“What is it?”
“Stef.. I don’t want you to be a vampire while we’re… You know. Locke told me about bloodlust and stuff like that.” Stef looked down at me,
“I’m around 60 years old, I can control bloodlust. I don’t think it’s wise to forsake vampirism at least until Angelo is no longer a threat to us. Is that fair?”
“Stefan! Come here!!”
“Whats wrong?! Is it the baby?!”
“No, look at this newspaper.” Stef grabbed the newspaper from my heads and hissed as he read the article,
“But why would Rachel marry that pig?! Least of all have a child with him?”
“Stef, I don’t think she had a choice in the matter, do you?”
“Of course she had a choice!”
“We don’t know that.. Do you think maybe now he’ll be sidetracked by his new heir and might forget about us?”
“I’m not sure Pan… Don’t get your hopes up sweetheart. Anyway, I’ve gotta get back to this new book if we want a complete nursery before little Darius makes an appearance!” We’d had the great gender reveal scan last week and we had found we were having a little boy which had made buying all the furniture for him a damn sight easier but we still needed at least one girl if we want to continue the legacy my great, great, great grandma Rose set out to found. Stefan had been helping me to remember more about my family with the help of public records at the library and my stepfather who we had been able to get back in contact with. He was raising my teenage siblings Harry and Elizabeth with the help of my mother’s friend Christina and his other daughter Jessica. Stefan had taken me to visit the family several times and with each visit the tension was becoming less, they were becoming more used to the idea of my husband being a vampire, particularly when we’d revealed that I was pregnant.
“So how long until I get to meet my little nephew?”
“Around 3 weeks now Lizzie!”
“Do you know if he’ll be like… Stefan?”
“Stefan doesn’t think so. I’ve had no obvious cravings for anything other than normal food. If this baby were a vampire I should have had some cravings for blood by now. At least that’s Stef’s theory. Would dad accept it if the baby was a vampire do you think?”
“He’s accepted Stefan pretty well! It would take him a while to get used to it I suppose.”
“Anyway enough about my foetus! How are you? No boyfriends?”
“Not really.. Harry has a different girl every week!”
“Really?” Elizabeth nodded and laughed,
“Ever since he learned to drive.” I sighed and leaned back in my seat, Darius had been using my bladder as his own personal trampoline for the past week, and now he had worked out how to kick my back, which was highly uncomfortable,
“Are you okay Pan?” Dad peered round the corner, “Do you want anything? Ice tea? Foot rub from the idiot who thought it would be a good idea to prank his school?”
“I’m fine, just can’t wait to stop being the size of an elephant. What did Harry do?”
“Toilet papered his principal’s entire office. The idiot left his mobile on her desk! Anyway are you staying for dinner?” He slapped Harry’s head as he walked past,
“If that’s alright with you. Where’s Stef?”
“Out in the sauna most likely, I assume he’ll be joining us?”
“Yup. What’s for dinner?”
“Curry. I heard it can move along labour.” Dad smiled at me, his laughter lines around his eyes crinkling.
“This is really good dad!” I tried not to sound overly surprised but Stef is no whiz in the kitchen and I was used to eating burned food, but this was perfect. Dad brought out the waffles made especially for me for dessert and I wolfed them down keeping pace with both Harry and dad, suddenly a twinge in my side made me flinch and Stefan noticed,
“Are you okay?”
“Um. I don’t mean to alarm anyone, but I think I might be going into labour.” Stefan sprung into life, helping me out of my chair and half carrying me to the car, dad followed us out and kissed my forehead,
“Have a good tim-er baby?” I laughed at his uncertainty and nodded,
“I’ll try!” He slammed my door and Stefan sped off to the hospital, we got stuck in some traffic due to some pretty random fog that had caused an accident but thankfully we arrived just in time.
Note: Darius was NOT supposed to be a vampire but as I’m sure you can see in this picture, the sims god has decided to pee on my parade… But I do want you guys to be involved as possible SO why don’t you decide whether or not Darius should stay a vampire or should I sneakily change him into a human before the next chapter? Vote using the poll on the right hand menu 🙂
After our wedding Edward and I had intended on going to China for a honeymoon, but neither of us had enough money so we agreed that we would have a late honeymoon. Months of our marriage passed and it was so peaceful, one morning I woke up feeling strange, there were twinges in my lower back, almost like cramps. I sighed and wandered downstairs to make breakfast, I’d been putting on weight like crazy since we’d been married, working in a restaurant as a food taster had serious disadvantages but for once I didn’t care what I looked like, Edward constantly told me I was beautiful and I didn’t need to change whatsoever. After breakfast I sat on the couch and tried to go back to sleep,I didn’t have work until 6am and it was only 3 now. We were going to China this weekend just two days to go!! I settled into an easy sleep but a sharp pain soon roused me, I sat up with a bolt,
It didn’t feel right, I sometimes got odd cramps but I’ve never had them like this,
“Edward!! Something’s wrong, please come here!!”
I heard a crash and then a few thuds as Edward ran down the stairs in his boxers,
“Whats wrong?? Are you okay??”
I shook my head as another wave of pain took over me, I wanted to scream, I stood up and immediately water stained my trouser,
“Have you just wet yourself Rosie?”
Disbelief took over me, I placed a tentative hand on my stomach, and felt it shakily. It was hard and then I felt a small kick. I ran over to the bathroom and threw up, I was pregnant and I hadn’t been to the doctors or anything, I don’t know how far along I’m gone, I don’t know if this baby is going to be okay. Then another contraction kicked in, this one really did make me cry out, Edward ran in when he heard me,
“Edward, I think I’m pregnant,”
“Bit late to be telling me now isn’t it?”
He walked me into the living room and tried to help me get out of the house but another contraction told me that we didn’t have time, I had to push.
Edward phoned 999 and they helped him to deliver our baby. A baby boy named Liam, who weighed a tiny 6lbs 5oz but was carried to full term. The doctor came over shortly after the birth and check him out, amazingly he was fine, the doctor looked up at us and said,
“You two are very lucky he’s okay, but I do have some bad news,”
Panic gripped me, I grabbed Edward’s hand.
“You wont be able to go to China.”
I breathed a sigh of relief
“Oh thank god! I thought something was really wrong!!!”
“Sorry Mrs. Tempest it was a poor joke.”
I smiled and scooped up my baby boy, he might not be my heiress but I’ll still love him no matter what.