56. Gathering Storm

Last chapter…

We caught up with the crew all teenified at long last!

Oly, Selene, and Colt were sitting in a human cafรฉ (mysteriously not eating or drinking anything) having a chat about bacteria and dreamwalking, and then it got a little weird for some reason, but that’s okay cuz Colt got them kicked out anyhow.

Mosi tried to talk to Aretmis about girls (code: Persephone), but she wasn’t having any of that hormonal shit because she’s got More Important Things To Do, like read tomes and try and talk to ghosts, ok.

Onward!


Selene watched her sister furiously scratching away in a notebook and hesitated; Artemis really didn’t like to be interrupted when she was in the middle of taking research notes…or any other time, for that matter, but this was important.

“Artie?”

“What’s up, Lena.”

“Um, well, I was hoping you could help me with something, actually–”

“Sure, as long as it isn’t about your dick.

“My wha–ah, I don’t have a–it’s about books!”

Artemis snorted and scraped her chair around to face the other girl, “are you fucking with me? You don’t read books.”

Selene pouted and sat down, “don’t be mean, Artie, I’m serious! I need to find some books…or, well, even just one book? On Dreamwalking.

“Dreamwalking, eh? That’s an oddly specific obscure magical topic you’ve taken a sudden interest in–”

“Ugh! Don’t tease me, I’m embarrassed enough as it is,” huffed Selene, “it’s for Oly, okay? I want to learn how to share my dreams with someone, you know, on purpose.”

“I thought Persephone was helping Oly with that, why would they need a book? I mean, all the good books belong to Oly’s grammas anyhow, right?”

“Er, well…actually, you see, the book is for me? I just feel really left out of that whole part of Oly’s life, a-and I know it’s not on purpose, Oly wouldn’t ever leave me out on purpose, but I don’t have magic.”

“Okay, but books don’t actually give you magic, you know that right? You’re not just going to be able to read some tome and ‘ta da!’ magic for Selene!”

“Yes of course I know that!” Snapped the older girl, “I may not be as brilliant as you two geniuses, Artemis, but I’m hardly an idiot!”

“And yet, here you are, asking me to find you a book on fairy magic so that you can what–live vicariously through the concept of it? Offer symbolic emotional support by sleeping with it under your pillow?”

“No! Goddess!” This really wasn’t going as well as Selene had hoped, why must Artemis always be so difficult? “I just wanted to see if there was something I could do, okay? Oly can join other people’s dreams, non-magical people, and I thought maybe there was a book that could tell me how to like…I don’t know, make a dream to share?”

“Wait, you want to, lure Oly into one of your dreams?” Why did Artemis have to make it sound so tawdry, “what kind of dream did you have in mind, Lena?”

“Stop toying with me; can you help or not?” And it was absolutely none of her sister’s business what kind of dreams she wanted to share with her best friend!

“Well no, actually I can’t,” Selene felt her stomach drop at her sister’s words, “fresh out of super rare magical manuscripts I’m afraid; sorry kid, no kinky-mind-sex-trap instruction manuals for you.”


Selene looked absolutely horrified, and Artemis felt the slightest pang of regret for the taunt; truth be told, her sister’s pure little mind probably hadn’t ever conceived of using a dream to seduce anyone…though, you never know…wasn’t it always the sweet ones?

“Look, the fact of the matter is, the only people around here who have any real books on magic are the witches, like I said before; and believe you me, I’d kill to get my hands on some of those–“

“Well…could we ask to borrow some?”

“Yeah, right, witches just love to share,” funniest shit she’d heard all week, “in case you didn’t realize, that was sarcasm.”

“I mean, what if we borrowed some without asking–and then put them back right after!”

Artemis felt her heart swell with a strange feeling…was that…pride?!

“Lena…are you suggesting we steal from witches–?” How incredibly provocative. Artemis was astonished she hadn’t thought of it first, naturally.

“I mean, I don’t think we need to use the word steal…it’s really just borrowing if we give them back, isn’t it?

“Sure, whatever floats your boat.”

“And–and I think I know someone who might be willing to help us!”

“You mean, like, Oly? Hmm, maybe; that kid does like mischief.”

“Well, no, I’d rather not involve Oly to be honest, I, um, have someone else in mind…”

Artemis was pretty sure this was the dumbest idea in the history of dumb ideas, “this is a dumb idea.”

“Shush! He’ll hear you!” Selene hissed through her fake smile.

“Selene,” declared the world’s biggest boob, totally ignoring the fact that Artemis was also standing right friggin there, “you’re at my house.”

‘Oh good, and here I was, worried we were asking for the help of an utter tool.’


“This is legit the most boring shit I’ve ever done in my life, woman,” as usual Cousin P wanted to play some stupid woo woo thing that would ‘open your mind’s eye’, whatever the crap that meant.

Oly’s mind’s eye was just fine squeezed tight shut, ok.

“Do you see the stratocumulus formations?” As usual, Persephone ignored the jab; this chick had iron clad dedication to her woo woo.

“Fuck no.”

“Gather the shapes with your mind.”

“Ugh, fine,” it was really just easier to do what she wanted, otherwise they’d be out here all flippin day getting sunburned like a pair of nubs, “gatheriiiiiiing; gathered.”

“The exercise doesn’t work if you don’t do it, cousin.”

“Omg, how do you even know?” Cousin P was legit freaky sometimes.

“I’ve had plenty of experience teaching stubborn children; now, lay back and gather the clouds in your mind.”

Seriously, moms wasn’t even this bossy; something else moms wasn’t? Scary like Cousin P when it was woo woo time.

“Dude, what does this even have to do with dreaming, seriously,” like, they were awake, you know, and it was daytime and shit.

“Clouds are light and air, like a wisp of fancy; if you can learn to shape them to your will, so to can you learn to form a world made of thought.”

Oly sighed and flopped back down, “yeah, I don’t get it.”

“There’s an even better one over there; see how cheeky it’s perimeters are? It is puckish, like you; let it fill your eyes.”

“So Selene said something weird the other day,” maybe a distraction would work?

“I imagine we won’t get much done here until you’ve told me all about it,” she didn’t sound like she was being judgey, but Oly was pretty sure the eye roll was implied.

Whatevs.

“You, gathered, correctly,” Oly snorted, “heh, get it?”

“Yes, cousin.”

“Right, okay, SO, she offered to help me practice the dream stuff by sharing a dream with me…don’t ask…anywho, I got to thinking, like, can humans even do that? Share a dream on purpose?”

“Dreams are the magic that humans can touch, and with the right instruction and intention, share, though in a limited capacity; Selene will never walk among the clouds, but she can open herself to those who soar.”

“Imma take all that as a yes.”

“And people say you’re slow.”

“Whoa, P, did you just take a swing?”

“Lay back and let the clouds fill your eyes.”

“You know I hate this shit, right?”

“Yes; lay down.”


“Raet,” his voice cracked over the second syllable in her name.

‘Dude; keep your shit together.’

“Pili?!”


Footnotes:

Dun Dun Dunnn (etc).

Did you seriously think I was getting rid of Pili just like that? Oh ye of little faith, and also, ye who totally underestimate my Pili fixation (therapy later, ok).

So what am I doing? Haaa. Nothing logical. Logic isn’t fun.

To all the legions (okay, like, 2 people) of Raet superfans out there; YOU’RE WELCOME (awkward hugs and unwelcome kisses).

Also:

Practical but still fey Khafre: “HAPPY SIMMING!!”

30 thoughts on “56. Gathering Storm

    1. Hey, you never know! Maybe it’ll go *really* well! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

      As for Raet, who is no longer listed as (status unknown) on the character list, well, are you sure she *is* in this time? ๐Ÿค”

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  1. I’m a Raet superfan! โค โค โค โค YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I'm so happy! Aaaa. โค โค

    Also is Selene really really thirsty for Oly or what, like as thirsty as the germophobe twerp. LOL I crack up every time I see him with his ~safety gloves~.

    Missed Mosi this chapter but you more than made up for it with the return of Pili! โค โค โค Where did he gooooo? Looks jungle-y~

    Also I love how sassy Artie is. No wonder she doesn't have much patience for her sister.

    As always, loved Oly and Persephone's banter. What a (very, very) strange pair.

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    1. Mosi was holed up in his room crying and… CRYING ๐Ÿ’ฆ

      Selene is SO thirsty (shame she didn’t get that water Germophophobe Twerp failed to fetch); I’m not sure she totally realizes it tho?
      Poor kid.
      At least we now know Persephone is *probably* not a threat in that way, despite what Lena thinks! (Unless Oly is into bossy creepy cousins? IDEK)

      Artie *tries* to be nice to Selene, but it’s hard ok; she’s, like, such a goody goody (ugh).

      Welcome to the jungle my love โค๏ธ

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    1. So valid. The validest. (Are we all still doing that? Whatevs, I am) โค๏ธ

      Who would even be the bottom in that pairing? ๐Ÿค”

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      1. Agreed! Oly would be just laying there trying to figure out what happened and if they were having some weird teaching moment ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ

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  2. Dark WitcHazard: Haha Selene is thirsty AF! I love her desperation it means sheโ€™s going to get in a hell of a lot of trouble and Artemis is already there hehe come to the dark side my dear goddesses of the moon! ๐ŸŒ™!

    Lover WitcHazard: Pili!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ of course you couldnโ€™t keep his shirtless goodness away for too long could you!

    Nooboos WitcHazard: Nooboos oh heโ€™s so cute is this toddler Anubis if so how does that work!

    Lover WitcHazard: I know whereโ€™s my tall drink of water Anubis go!๐Ÿ˜ค

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    1. Poor Selene; she just really needs that tall glass of Oly flavoured water, ok ๐Ÿ˜ญ
      Artemis is really no help in keeping her sister out of trouble, I think she’d offer you a high five, Dark ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

      And now that his wife is no where around he can totally go shirtless 24/7 ๐Ÿ˜
      See? There IS an upside to callously abandoning your family!

      That toddler is indeed a Nubbins; more on that later ๐Ÿ˜Ž (sorry Lover ๐Ÿ˜ซ)

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  3. Awww…Lena, baby, I think Oly likes you, too! Shhhhhh… (really looking forward to that…um…hookup.) I just hope the dopey guy with the helmet isn’t involved somehow. And I’m totally NOT shipping Miss P with Oly. They don’t go together at all (just my humble opinion!!!) But I think Oly and Lena would be super cute!

    And Lena doing something WICKED with her WICKED sis? WICKED… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    At one point, I was like, Arty, lighten up on your big sis here. But then it was all good since they have a plot together (and sisters can be snarky like that–it’s just poor Lena is such a victim that you feel sorry for her!)

    And RAET??? Wth? I missed her and her ridiculously awkward formal speech.

    And oooooohhhh, the triplet threat is all here. Along with Pili? Things could start heating up soon…YAAAASSS!

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    1. The dopey guy with the helmet? ROFL
      Wow, I never even conceived of *that* poly… somehow I think Colt would end up crying in a corner afterwards ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Well, at least if Oly and P don’t end up together, Oly never has to find out *just* how bossy P can really get? /snerk

      It looks like Artie is going to help Lena pop her mischief cherry all right ๐Ÿ˜ˆ
      (Be gentle, Artie, it’s her first time… go slow)
      It’s true, more often than not poor Lena has to wear her ‘kicked puppy’ facial expression, but I’m sure Artie would rip a new one in any person who tried to mess with her sensitive big sister (only Artie is allowed to do that ok).

      (snerk, triplet threat, haaa)
      Raets and Pilis and assorted long lost characters just popping up all over the damn place! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿป (Oh my!)

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  4. Borrowing from the witches, yay! Bring it!
    Raet! *awkward hugs and kisses* She hasn’t gone mad, has she? I hope the last picture of her is just for the giggles and not an indication of brain damage or anything. Not that anyone would let an insane woman near children, although you never know with them Amazon queens. They can stomp their feet and all that.

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    1. Raet would return the affection with enthusiasm! โค๏ธ
      LOL, no, she’s not mad; she’s just stunned to see Pili and naturally theatrical… I’d legit let her look after my kids (maybe). ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  5. THE THIRD RAET SUPERFAN IS SCREAMING ๐Ÿ˜€ (Also, I KNEW you’d never get rid of Pili for good, but I’m still having massive “OMG you took him from his family, why do you keep doing this, woman?!” feels over here ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

    Also, as much as I wanna ship Selene and Oly, I feel like it’s doomed to fail already… But I guess we’ll see?

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    1. Aww… well, okay, fair, yeah; we do burn a lot of ships in this harbour ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m glad you’re happy to see the return of Raet! I missed her too, omg, so glad I was able to get her back /wails

      Sorry about Pili leaving the family, woopsie โค

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  6. Pili went to find his sister….not dead….with not dead kids…..my head is so messed up right now….so he time traveled somewhere….and Khafre too.

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    1. He did! Back to where he was needed (as determined by whom?)… Khafre and Raet didn’t time travel though, only traveled on foot.

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  7. Artie needs to lighten up on Lena. I kinda feel sorry for her, but in a way, she sets herself up for it.
    Raet’s face in that last pic! lol
    Still not happy Pili had to leave.

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