47. Fairytale

Last chapter…

Oly came to see Artemis and Mosi (mostly Artemis) and tell them about the latest vision. There was some super confusing arguing, so Oly peaced out, but they agreed to disagree that it there was either sciency and/or supernatural stuff going on.

Selene shared some feels with Artemis about fighting with her BFF, but then their dad interrupted them and they said no to bed time stories (why did I even include that part?) ๐Ÿค”

Onward!


“Primrose Pennyroyal! I know you’re in there; come out at once and face me like a witch!”

“Why Belladonna! Darling!” The green haired woman cleared her throat, “whatever are you doing out here? And shouting like an injured gargoyle in heat!”

“Don’t you gargoyle-in-heat me!” She snapped, “I know what you’re up to!”

“Up to? Belladonna, have you been into the firewater again? I’m not up to any…”

“Where is it? Where is the fairy? You will produce the beast at once.

“I’m quite certain that I have no idea what you mean, dearest.”

“Don’t be coy, Primrose; you aren’t as good at it as you think you are,” she snarled, “and if you imagined for one moment I wouldn’t figure out what happened to my grandchild…

Our grandchild, Bella,” corrected the verdant witch, a slight edge to her tone, “and best you not forget! Oly is my blood also, and my successor, not yours!”

“Unless those flighty daughters of mine manage to produce another witchling babe, Prim, then you’ll just have to content yourself with sharing, now won’t you?”

That was not part of the agreement! I was to receive the firstborn, and you the second…surely you’re not so senile yet that you’ve forgotten? I have it written in blood in my study should you wish to reexamine the terms!”

“Well isn’t that a fine thing for you! But there is no second born, is there? There’s only a herd of human-sired rapscallions!”

“And whose fault do you suppose that is? Surely you’re not suggesting my dear Perseus is to blame? If I were you, I’d march straight back home and have a stern word with those daughters of yours!”

“Mother? I heard shouting, oh! Madam Blackthorne, what…”

“…are you two ladies having a row on the front stoop?”

“Persie, my love, go back inside like a good lad; this doesn’t concern you, precious.”

“The hell it doesn’t! The pair of you are harbouring a fairy, and don’t think I don’t know it!”

“Well, yes, but…

“Perseus!”

“I knew it!”

“It’s not what you think, Madam Blackthorne, please…won’t you come in? I know mother would never admit it, but we could definitely use your help with this.”

Intrigued, and slightly flattered, Belladonna felt her ire easing away just a smidge, “oh, well, I suppose I have a few moments to spare for a consultation…


“Belladonna, how nice to see you again,” the little girl gave her a wry smile, “it has been some time since last we met.”

The witch felt a peculiar twinge of familiarity for this child she’d swear to never having beheld, “I’m sorry, I don’t…”

“You remember my sons, of course? Aries and Orion; though, they were but babes last you saw them.”

Goddess,” could it be? “Persephone?” Even as she said it aloud, Belladonna’s logical mind railed against her.

The little girl sighed, “yes, I’m afraid so.”

“But–how?!” There were very few ways for things of this nature to occur, and none of them particularily savoury.

“You see now, Madam Blackthorne, why I invited you in…” Perseus looked nearly as drawn as he had when minding 2-year old Oly for a day; no insignificant thing.

“Hm! I’m still not seeing why.”

“Do shush, Primrose; you can sulk later.”

“It was entirely my fault,” Persephone interrupted, “I was, as I have been for the past decade and a half, trying to reach my brother.”

“You were dabbling in witch-magics!” Belladonna felt her gut clench reflexively, “there is good reason why that is forbidden!”

“Yes, well, obviously I realize that,” the child-fae looked balefully out from under her lashes, “but I was willing to risk what was necessary to be joined with Khafre again; you cannot understand what it’s like for my kind to be separated from their Sibling.”

“Also, it’s not so much forbidden as merely strongly advised against,” huffed Primrose, “it’s a free magical world out there, after all…”

“Wait…”

Belladonna fixed her oldest friend with a suspicious glare, “the fae cannot summon witch-magics of their own volition; PRIM, did you–?”

“Don’t you think you’re being just a touch theatrical, Bella?”

“Unbelievable!” She felt herself swelling with a white hot rage, “you–“

“Mother! Madam Blackthorne! Please!” Perseus sighed, “can we quibble over the morality of the accident at another time? Persephone requires our help in undoing this in a responsible manner…”

“Quite right!” Sniffed Prim, as though it were her doing the scolding, “Balsam! Take the boys to the games room!…”

“…And fetch me my Grimoire!”

“At once, Mistress.”


Darkness had long settled over The Woulding when Belladonna Blackthorne arrived home.

“The anchor…the anchor…” she murmured absently to herself, mind swirling with the puzzle that they had failed to piece together as yet; such was always the case when mixing magics, was it not?

One could never reliably predict what the fallout would be, and the consequences for a faulty calculation were, occasionally, quite lethal.

“Hey Nana,” the little voice startled her out of her reverie.

“Oh! Oly! Whatever are you doing out of bed, child?”

“Sorry, Nana, I couldn’t sleep,” the usually vibrant little witchling looked strangely subdued, and Belladonna felt a twinge of concern.

“What’s the matter, my dear? Did you have another vision?”

“Yeah, I–” Oly paused, looking troubled.

“It’s alright; take your time.”

“This one was…different, you know? Like, mostly it was pretty fine, but then at the end it was intense, and, okay, it scared me a little?”

“It’s alright, child, visions cannot hurt you,” perhaps it was the exhaustion, perhaps it was the knowledge of what could have happened to this most precious of her bloodline’s treasures (had Primrose and Persephone’s collaboration gone awry), but the ageing witch found herself feeling particularly solicitous of her only magical grandchild in that moment.

“Yeah, I know, I mean, it was just like a little movie in my head and stuff, but Nana…what if I had a vision about someone I know?” Oly hesitated for a moment, then added quietly, “what if someone living in The Woulding isn’t what I thought they were?”

A chill seized Belladonna, though she attempted to keep her tone calm, “Oly, if anyone living here isn’t what they seem, I would be very surprised if I did not already know it,” she fixed the youngster with a serious gaze, “and child, you know I would not let any harm come to you.”

“What about moms and Aunty H?” Even in a moment of fear and uncertainty, trust Oly to throw in a puckish dig.

“I suppose,” Belladonna indulged in the levity (for the child’s sake, of course).

The little smile disappeared, “what about Selene and her family?”

Belladonna was momentarily taken aback, “well, they are humans, but–” she considered her grandchild’s stricken expression for a heartbeat, “I suppose all who dwell here are under my protection; in varying degrees, mind…why do you ask?”

Oly was quiet for a moment, “Nana, will you be straight with me about something?”

“Perhaps.”

“A-are vampires real?

The chill returned rather abruptly. “Tell me what you saw, child.”


Footnotes:

Should I even keep up the pretense at this point? Eh, fuck it; why not.

WHAT COULD THIS MEAN??!? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Yes, I did name the mother of LadyLobster’s SimSelf Belladonna Blackthorne; seemed like the right thing to do at the time?

Speaking of SimSelves; TY to pammiechick for letting me not protesting when I absconded with hers for the role of the indomitable witchy matriarch Primrose Pennyroyal. โค

Pammie’s Primrose’s witchy house: “HAPPY SIMMING!!”

15 thoughts on “47. Fairytale

  1. Eeeeee, so much to love about this chapter! โค โค โค I was like damn, that Perseus dude is hot. And then I saw the offspring of AU Saul and Isla’s offspring. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ They’re too beautiful! OMG. I love Aries and Orion already. โค โค It's funny, one looks so much like Saul and one looks so much like Darius.

    Poor Persephone though. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ And where is Khafre?! ๐Ÿ˜ญ

    It cracks me up every time I see "Belladonna Blackthorne" and I think of Bianca and Lysander's bathroom shenanigans. I approve. โค

    Primrose sure is an interesting witch…sounds like Belladonna has her hands full, rofl.

    VAMPIRES?! *dramatic gasp*

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    1. Perseus is glad you think he’s hot! Maybe you two should get on having another baby before your mother loses her mind ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Aries and Orion, omg! They have impeccable genes! Of course they’re beautiful!
      And, omg, yes, there really is one of each! โค๏ธ

      ROFL, yes, Prim is an interesting gal… I imagine the tables get turned now an then though! She just likes fairies, ok ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

      Inorite?! DUN DUN DUNNN ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  2. Wow. You outdid yourself with lots of witchy shenanigans! My head was spinning! LOVED IT!

    Belladonna and Primrose–two hilarious friends…like sisters. They’re great. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So…the dudes. HOT! And if Saul and Isla were involved, no wonder. Whew!

    Perseus, Primrose’s delightful son, has killer looks as well! And now…what is everyone up to?

    Eeee! Persephone! But…she’s a child!!! Oh no!

    I loved the special effects when Balsam changed into human form. Awesome job on that. And Primrose loves her dark surroundings (and her emerald hair).

    And now…we introduce VAMPIRES! (And I hope that’s in the form of Pili!!!)

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    1. Extra witchy shenanigans to distract from the fact that we have yet to see any amazony shenanigans ๐Ÿ˜Ž

      Prim and Bella are my platonic OTP! There’s definitely an A/U ending in the universe somewhere, where it just ends up the two of them snarking at each other into the sunset โค๏ธ

      Omg, I know; how spoiled am I to have those genes to play with *pets the preciouses* I stare at them… a lot.

      Balsam! He certainly is *JUICY* (๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜†) isn’t he?
      I love that house! It suits Prim so well; wish I could take credit for it!

      Vampires!! I mean, Oly’s probably wrong about that, right?! ๐Ÿค—

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  3. This was so much fun! I loved seeing this side of your characters–we don’t know Belladonna very well yet, and watching her interact with Pammie–ahem, PRIMROSE–was too funny! When you’ve been friends with someone forever there’s no need to fake politeness when you’ve got a Thing to say!

    PERSEPHONE!!! Did she fall through the wishing well too? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Having her sit in that chair, flanked by hot dudes, reminded me of that GoT clip you showed me with the 10 year-old queen. ๐Ÿ˜€ Hopefully Persephone can return to herself and conduct business as usual soon. And she’s a FAE!! Gasp!

    Cups hands over mouth: PILI! Where are you, babe???

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    1. I love Prim and Bella together so much โค๏ธ if I leave them alone together they inevitably start telling each other jokes then get into some kind of squabble ๐Ÿ˜
      They are 100% besties / honourary sisters!

      That was real nice of Octavia to ask the well to bring Persephone too, wasn’t it?! Rofl.
      I’m sure she’d be super grateful if she ever found out! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ
      Hah! Omg, yes! The Lady of Bear Island!
      I’m sure bb-Persephone is just as fierce, too.

      Pili?! Omg, isn’t that guy dead?? I’m sure I saw him dead in the gen 2 finale… ๐Ÿค”

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  4. Ooh! Lots to take in from this one (in a good way!). I really enjoyed seeing Prim and Bella interact… great dynamic there! Then I got distracted by lots of hotness… and then Persephone as a lil one! Ahhh! That was a cool twist, but it also made me so sad to learn that she’s separated from Khafre ๐Ÿ˜ฅ Hoping they can help bring her back to normal… and that she can be reunited with her brother/love again! And those beautiful babies can be with their daddy too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Also… VAMPIRES, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can’t wait to learn more about what Oly’s vision was this time! ๐Ÿ˜›

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    1. ROFL! You’ll be *totally* surprised, ok!
      NO ONE WILL SEE IT COMING ๐Ÿ˜

      Omg, are you rooting for my incestuous fairies and their (not so) forbidden love? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
      Wow, that seems weirder when I write out…

      Prim and Bella are the best BFFAE/frenemies evar โค๏ธ

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      1. I am definitely rooting for them! Which I’ll have you know is a big compliment to you writing, since incest and poly stuff is usually NOT my thing. But I was totally feeling the Raet/Persephone/Khafre… But now 2/3 are gone *sobbing*

        Hopefully not for good though…

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      2. Raet just makes any relationship lovable (I may be biased there tho โค๏ธ)
        Because romance, or something ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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  5. This was great. Persephone is a child. Haha. And all these hot characters! I hope Khafre is found and they can fix Persephone. Belladonna and Primrose cracked me up…And a few survived we donโ€™t know. I bet they go back to find Khafre.

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