55. Smells Like Teen Spirit

Last chapter…

The parentals had some Real Talk with their kiddos; some questions were answered, some weren’t (yet)…turns out Pili wasn’t the vast source of past info that we’d hoped he’d be (le sigh).

Also Pili had a mysterious talk with his (apparently vampiric) nephew, Anubis, that didn’t make tonnes of sense, but sort of threw off some kind of ominous vibes.

But that’s okay because it’s time for teens? Yaaay.

Onward!


“Do you have any idea how many billions of microorganisms are breeding on this table as we speak?”  Coltsfoot frowned at the surface of said table, as though he could clearly see the legions of evil, fornicating, bacteria.

“Yeah, so, you know, maybe don’t lick it then.”

Colt wondered, not for the first time, if Cousin Oly was a little bit slow.

“That’s not going to help,” he pouted, “bacteria can teleport within a two meter radius..three if it’s snowing.”

“Don’t worry, Colt, they clean the tables after every guest!”  Selene gave him what she hoped was a reassuring smile.

“But what sort of anti-bacterial cleansers do they use?  They’re not all equally effective against the aggressive strains of Escherichia–

“So anyway, I’ve been practicing that astral stuff that Cousin P was telling me about, and DUDE, I finally did it; I totes walked right into some rando human’s dream about eating donuts!”  Selene could nearly feel the vibration of Oly’s enthusiasm in the space between them.

“They should really just list their disinfecting agents on the back of the menus, for guest peace of mind,” Colt added.

“Is that safe though, Oly?” It seemed like every time they spoke, there was some new cool Dreamwalking technique her friend was learning, “I mean, you haven’t even mastered dreaming in colours yet–”

“If I catch an infectious disease from the table, you guys will report this place to the proper authorities, right?”  Colt looked over to his cousin for reassurance, “I would totally do it for either of you.”

“I see what you’re saying, Lena, but it was only for, like, a minute tops,”  Oly tried not to let Selene’s skepticism ruin the moment, “I mean, you know, Cousin P was super stoked when I told her.”  Okay, maybe that was borderline shade, but weren’t best buds supposed to be stoked for each other?

“At this point it’s probably just safer to come back at night and burn the whole place down…”

The sting of Oly’s words hit their mark, but Selene tried very hard not to show it on her face, “oh Oly, I am pleased for you; I just worry, that’s all,” and maybe (but only maybe) there was a teeny tiny little part of her that was extra worried because of Persephone’s involvement.

“Persephone is just a kid, like us,” Selene reminded her friend, “how is she such a vast authority on obscure Fae magic anyhow?”

“Dude, I don’t know, she just is, okay?  I didn’t, like, ask to see her diploma or anything.”

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to spoil your excitement,” it really wasn’t the time or the place to be having arguments about magic anyhow, seeing as they were sitting in a human café, “I just…have a bit of a headache; I should order a glass of water–”

Coltsfoot scrambled up from his seat, “I’ll get you a sanitary one!”

“You know he’s totally into you, right?”

“I hope you’re not mad at me, Oly; I really do think it’s so amazing that you’re learning all these new things…I’d even like to help, if you’d let me.”

“Er, no offense man, but you’re…you know, not magic, how–?”

“But you don’t need to be magic to have dreams, right?  You said it yourself!  You were able to join some donut person’s dream,” Selene felt her heart rate skitter, “maybe you could try joining one of my dreams.”

“You, er, want me to show up in your dreams?”

“S-sure,” why was it suddenly so warm in the café?  “I mean, what are best friends for?”

“Yeah, right, heh,” Oly shrugged, “I mean, I’ll ask Cousin P if it’s cool–”

It was like having a bucket of ice dumped on her head, but Selene didn’t want Oly to think she was jealous of Persephone’s…mentoring.  Because she absolutely wasn’t.

“It’s so nice how you and your cousin are friends now!  I remember not that long ago when she was following you around and you were always so mad about having to hang out with her.”

“Totally, I mean kids are massive dicks though, right?  Even me,” there was something a bit unsettling about Oly’s smirk, something that made Selene feel exposed, “but me and Cousin P are cool now; she’s alright…still a bit creepy sometimes, but that’s P, yeah?”

“Persephone is…unique,” Selene allowed, as graciously as she could, “I guess that’s why Mosi likes her so much, well, I mean, it doesn’t hurt that she’s also really pretty…

“…I mean, do you think she’s pretty, Oly?”

“Yeah, I guess, if you like that tall, slender, ethereal perfection kind of thing.”

“Ethereal…perfection…”

Oly’s weird little smile melted away.

“Lena, you and me…we’re friends, right?  Like–”

Coltsfoot interrupted by dropping into his seat with an audible thump.

“I’m not getting my water am I, Colt?”

“Um, we may have been asked to vacate the premises…immediately.”


“What.”

“I can not locate my favourite beaker…”

Artemis turned the page without looking up at her brother, “how is that my problem?”

“I-I thought perhaps you may have borrowed it?”

“Nope.”

“Is that Master Claudorio’s ‘Theorum of the Dead’?”

“Go ahead…have a seat.”

“Is that not that a rather advanced manuscript?”

Artemis sighed theatrically and swung her legs over the edge of the bed.

“What do you want, Mosi?”

“I am…distressed?”

“About what?  I’m pretty sure your favourite beaker didn’t just up and wander off; you’ll find it eventually.”

“The beaker was a ruse, I’m afraid.”

“You don’t say.”

“I need to consult with you on…females.”

“Oh, Goddess…no.”

“I have exhausted every avenue; please believe that I come to you only as a final resort.”

“Mosi, for the last time; I’m not going to try and help you bang Persephone–”

“I don’t think you comprehend how desperate the situation has become!”  He moaned, “Artemis…do you have any idea what the pubescent male body–”

“Omg, I’m begging you not to finish that sentence.”  Didn’t this kid have parents to dump his shit on?  Or, like…the internet?  “Can’t you just cry and jerk off like normal?”

“Wha–I do not–that is preposterous!  YOU, are prepos–”

Mosi shot up with a huff, “never mind!!”

“Good luck with your beaker,” she called after him.

“Thank Goddess I don’t have a dick,” his research had really gone downhill in the last few years, but whatever, Artemis had more important things to worry about than the state of her brother’s junk.


“Hey gramma,” she smiled at the woman in the painting, “so far ‘Theorum of the Dead’ is kind of underwhelming, but I’m only half way through…maybe Mosi is right, Goddess forbid; maybe it is a too advanced, or maybe my Latin is just a bit rusty.”

“I sort of feel like I’m wasting my time with these books though, you know?  It’s all just dead ends and circles,” the same high handed nonsense and long winded tedium over and over again.

“I mean legends and rituals are all fine and dandy, but they’re really not getting me anywhere useful,” she’d long ago exhausted her father’s collection of tomes, and was nearly through all the offerings that the closest human libraries had to offer.

“If only you’d talk to me, gramma,” she couldn’t help the note of frustration that crept into her voice, “I saw you, I know I did!  Where did you go?  Why won’t you come back?  Why won’t you help me?”

“Don’t you care about us?  Don’t you care about your son?  He’s been gone for so long, and I don’t know why…”


“What do you mean, gone?!

Artemis stood rooted in place behind the archway, startled at the anger and fear in her mother’s voice.

“Not dead, but beyond the reach of any here; I am sorry for your loss, Cassandra.”

“Just like that?”  Whoa, did mom just snarl at the guy with the creepy eyes?  “You show up out of the blue, and tell me my husband is gone forever, but at least you’re sorry for my loss…where is he?  What did you do with him?  I know what you are.”

“What I am, is his nephew, and a protector of the blood…”

“Fuck you AND your damned blood,” mom was really hulking out now, “I don’t give a shit about your stupid, Goddess-damned Amazon legacy crap; I JUST WANT MY HUSBAND BACK.”

“Would you believe me if I said I would return him to you, were it up to me?”  His voice was deep and steady, even against the hurricane of her mother’s anger, “I offered to go in his place, but he feared Her wrath, and rightly so; Pili did what was best for his family, as he has ever done–”

“YOU don’t know the FIRST THING about what is best for MY family, vampire.”

“It is my family, also, Cassandra, and it has been mine for ever so much longer than it has been yours,” was his smile a touch smug?  “We must all do our duty, or be given the opportunity to rise to the occasion.”

“What does that mean?!  Stop talking in bullshit and tell me what that means!”

“One day, your son will be called upon to do his duty to this family,” Artemis swallowed a gasp at the man’s words.

“My SON?!  Do you think you can just waltz in an take him from me?  You think I’d let you?  We’re under the protection of The Woulding Witches here!”

“Let me assure you, if I meant to take him by force, there is precious little you or your guardians could do to stop me without considerable preparation; one of the many perks of being an ancient vampire.”

“Are you threatening me?  How dare you!”

“Not at all; you have 7 years, Cassandra, to fill his ears with poison against me,” he didn’t seem super worried about it, but he probably didn’t know Mosi was a huge mama’s boy.

“You think you can steal my husband and threaten my son and there won’t be consequences?  Guess again, monster!”

“7 years, Cassandra; use them wisely.”

The creepy man paused to look at her on his way out, “Artemis,” he said it with an odd sort of warmth.

“How do you know my name?”  She squeaked.

Whatever, like anyone could come up with an articulate question after being greeted by a smarmy ancient vampire who probably killed your dad and wanted to steal your brother.

“We’ve met before, a long time ago; but you were older then.”

Artemis really hoped this loser wasn’t into temporal displacement too…whoa, is that why he wanted to take Mosi?  “That doesn’t make sense!”

“Does it not?”


‘7 years.’

“And time’s almost up, gramma,” she murmured at the old painting.


Footnotes:

The teens are here!  Hormones.  Angst.  Awkward fumbling in the dark…we got it all!  Don’t get me wrong, kids are a lot of fun, but teens are where they really start to look like individuals (omg, pre-teens plz EA).

I wasn’t able to squeeze Persephone and her ethereal perfection into this chapter, so here you go:

Persephone trying to be mysterious and fey: “HAPPY SIMMING!!”

29 thoughts on “55. Smells Like Teen Spirit

    1. Pili enjoys taking everyone on an emotional rollercoaster, doesn’t he? The brat! 😬

      Colt is indeed Holly and Kalvin’s kiddo, yes!
      LOL, perhaps we will meet the entire Hillock clan at some point, if only to appease any morbid curiosity going around out there 😜

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      1. It *was* six! But Holly’s had almost 7 years since the last head count to add to her herd… who knows what it’s up to now! 😬

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      2. Holly just really likes climbing up on that man of hers 😉
        Strangely disinterested in birth control too!
        Also, it irritates her mom (but I’m sure that can’t be why she does it, right?!)

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  1. PILI WHERE DID YOU GO 😭😭😭😭😭

    Damn tho, he didn’t even tell his wife? Ice. Cold.

    That Coltsfoot kid sure seems…special. LOL. Oly is still very much Oly, and is there a crush brewing between them and Selene?

    Artemis looks so much like Bastet omg–and of course Mosi looks so much like Pili. (Mosi is still my favorite.) Loved their painfully awkward sibling conversation. ❤ ❤

    Aaaa I'm so excited that they're teens now, seriously–damn the same-faced kids in this game. Plus all the hormones etc.

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    1. He didn’t tell his wife OR kids! 😭
      What an ass.
      To be fair, though, it *was* kind of a last minute deal (still, Pili, omg, you can’t spare 5 mins?)

      Nothing can change an Oly! Not even puberty 😈
      Or a potential crush. Which may or may not be one sided… at least there’s no crush brewing between Oly and Colt!

      She does! My little Bastet clone ❤️
      The buoy is your favourite?! What!
      You just feel sorry for him because he has a dick (ew).

      Inorite; GD kids and their samey pudding faces 😣

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  2. Teens means it’s safe to talk about dicks again (being a triplet must suck because the girls can’t tell Mosi to GET A ROOM)

    Not like it’ll be his biggest concern soon, amirite. 😥

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    1. I’m so happy to be able to talk about dicks and vajimjams again 😭

      Holy shit, you just made me realize we haven’t seen Mosi’s room yet!

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  3. Shipper WitcHazard: Ollene seems to be one sided por Selene give it time then we’ll see what happens!

    Dark WitcHazard: Haha Love Artemis telling Mosi like it it is beat the meat and be done with it bro! Al’so Anubis with the cryptic words of We’ve met before in your other life low key flirting it’s cool ancient civilizations are all about the incest as long as it’s your brother or your father we’re cool! Also can we just say how hot Artemis is! Is she reincarnation of someone but who who?

    Lover WitcHazard: Aw teen hormones bring on the fleeting moments of passion and heartbreak!🍷

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    1. What does a girl have to do to get noticed, shipper?? 😭
      I think Selene could use some advice!

      Artie always tells it like it is! None of this fawning about being a boob, ok.
      Lol, we’re ALL about the subtle flirting with family members up in here (cousins is barely scandalous after bro/sis, right??)
      Artie is totally walking that clone line ❤️
      Naturally, that’s one of her best qualities!

      I think you’ll be pretty pleased with this next arc, Lover 😈
      You know, if hormones etc are your thing!

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  4. OMG, serious lurve for these teenage versions of our sweet little munchkins! I was initially falling hard for l’il Selene, since she’s Cassie’s little twin, but *Artemis!!!!* She is killing me, she is so beautiful. She looks just like her gramma and I LOVE IT!!

    Teenage lives, teenage problems. Little ones are hormoning all over the place! Luckily the beautiful, ethereal, perfect Seph seems to have a handle on how things might go down, and what direction she will lead them in. Because I have a feeling her knowledge will be very important down the road, especially for Oly…

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    1. All the love for TEENS! I was so excited to show them as teens, you have *no* idea 😱
      Those girls each have their own thing going on, and yet, similarities? It’s nuts!

      I love hormones (er, for sims)!
      And I’ll just say this about Ms Persephone; you never do know what the Fae might be up to! 😈

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  5. Okay…like HOLY GORGEOUS MOLY those kids are BEAUTIFUL! All of them!

    Art looks just like her ancient grandmother. I am PLEASED!!!

    And whaaa??? Pili is gone…gulp…FOREVER??? See? We were worried for a reason!

    Oly is so handsome/beautiful…love. And aww…Lena has a crush on him! I like! ❤

    But Oly may have a crush on his cousin? Hmm?? Or maybe not? Can't tell at this point.

    Poor Mosi, aka, Pili 2.0, has it bad. It's rough being a hormonal teen…especially boys.

    The ethereal goddess perfection looks EXACTLY like her mama. Very pretty, but if I'm being honest, I think Oly is prettier…in a dude way.

    Poor Cassie. My heart breaks for her. And that vampire…I guess he's a good abs substitute but…

    PILI!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Eee! ❤️❤️❤️
      Ty 😊 I mean, *I* think they’re beautiful, but I’m super biased!

      Pili is, alas, gonezos… from The Woulding, in any case, who knows where he may pop up again?!

      Selene has a crush on Oly? What?! (She totally does), they’re just besties, ok!
      And she’s just worried that Persephone is teaching Oly bad stuff! It’s *totally* not jealousy! (Totes is).

      Mosi was so much happier as a kid, these hormones are setting him WAY back in his reasearch 😭

      Oly turned out really well! We’ll have to get them a broom to keep all these girls at bay 😂
      Though maybe that harem idea might work?

      There will never be abs like Pili abs, not for me 😭
      But one day we *will* have to bid them farewell, alas…

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  6. I ship Arubis, of course. Can Artemis offer herself instead of Mossi? I have a pretty vivid image of Nub turning her in my head. Would be a shame not to explore this, I will support it wholeheartedly.
    Lena offering Olly a free pass into her dreams – that could turn steamy very easily. At least they wouldn’t need a contraception. Better than virtual reality, not the same as actual sex, but it will do.
    Colt has a serious case of Not-being-able-to-drop-a-subject. They treated him as music in the background anyway, while discussing the important stuff, so I guess no harm done?

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    1. LE GASP… are you rooting for supernatural stuff Mal? 😮
      I would legitimately sumbit to anything Nubs was down for though 😈

      Selene needs to work on her subtlety! Everyone seems to be picking up on her desires (except maybe her?), even poor Oly!
      Awkwaaaard 😬
      Teen drama is the best, mahahaha.

      Poor Colt; I imagine they’ve seen enough of his shenanigans to know when they should tune him out though!

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  7. WHY MUST YOU DO THIS TO ME

    You took Pili from his family (OMG Jahi PTSD over here *bawling*) and mysterious threats against my lil Mosi… Gahhhhhhhh

    *I’m calm, I swear*

    On a lighter note, loving all the unrequited love and teenage hormones over here going on 😉 (Can Mosi please get some action before you do whatever evil you are planning for him? Thanx)

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    1. Okay, but WHAT IF the action IS the evil?? Then what?! 😮

      Pili has stuff to do (and people)! He had a nice little vacay, but now it’s go time!

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  8. Oh my….I think Pili left without saying goodbye because it would have been too hard. And he IS an ancient and accustomed to sacrifice. Although somehow, I am not so sure it’s going to ‘feel’ like a sacrifice, maybe….

    The kids. Gahhh. They are so awesome. I love that that Artie looks so much like Bastet. ❤️ And Mosi looks a lot like Pili. And Selena is her mother’s twin. I loved seeing Cassie not back down from Anubis. Will she become catatonic again or start to work harder to find him?

    Moving on to the next chapter…..

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    1. You’re right, he did; he talks about it a little bit later on, but yeah, he is accustomed to sacrifice, and duty first and foremost to his mother.
      He’s just collecting little bits and pieces of pain.

      I’m glad you think they turned out well! I lubs dem, ofc ❤
      Cassie has a fiery side, to be sure; don't try to steal her babies!

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