Monday, October 22, 2012

Chapter 19: When We Sleep, We Create Worlds


Back in his own time, Farrell's first order of business was to take care of his children.


Elliot graciously offered his brother a room in the main house as a nursery for the twins. And of course he had questions for Farrell about how he ended up with two newborns seemingly out of nowhere.

"I mean, you never so much as mentioned a girlfriend," Elliot points out, "Who's the mother? Will she be moving in with you? Are you thinking about getting married?"

"I am married, actually," Farrell answers honestly, and immediately wishes he hadn't.

"You got married and didn't tell me?" Elliot asks, "When? And when do we get to meet her?"

"It's complicated," Farrell answers, coming up with a quick lie to spare his brother from the dangerous truth, "She's...foreign, and lives abroad. There are immigration issues, legal issues."

Elliot frowns and looks confused. "Well, if there's anything I can do..." he offers.

"Thanks," Farrel says, happy he was able to deflect his brother so easily, "I'm working on it. I'll let you know if I need you for anything."

"What are their names?" Elliot asks, snuggling the male twin before setting him into his crib.

"Names?" Farrell asks, looking at his daughter's blanket as though he expects to find an identification tag.

"Yes, names," Elliot laughs, "You can't seriously tell me you and this wife of yours haven't named your children."

"Oh, right," Farrell says. If Aouregan had chosen names for the twins, there's no way for him to discover them. "Aurora," he decides, laying his daughter in her crib, "And...Shadow."

"Aurora is pretty," Elliot says, raising an eyebrow but not commenting on his nephew's name.


"You know you don't have to leave the original paint in the nursery," Elliot comments over pancakes, "Feel free to paint, decorate, refurnish. Let me know if you need any money. And I'm sure Shelly would love to help you decorate. She's been on a real kick lately after doing the girls' room."

"I'd rather she didn't," Farrell says, "I don't want my kids growing up in a color-coded, gender stereotyped environment. They can decorate their room when they're old enough to communicate their own preferences."

Elliot laughs, "I hear you. But I don't think the girls will be permanently damaged by all the pink."


MorcoCorp has research facilities all over he planet, and that doesn't count their offices and private residences. They could have taken Aouregan anywhere, and it would be pointless to to try physically infiltrate any location without at least trying to narrow the search down through virtual investigation. His mother went underground after she left the twins with him; she'd burned her last bridge with MorcuCorp, she had said, and now could only try to hide from them. But even from hiding, she's trying to help him, using her access, her allies still in the system, to look for whatever information they can find on projects involving time travel, or a woman being kept in stasis, or under a spell. So far they've found nothing, but Farrell's search will not end until Aouregan is safe with him.


There's little he could do to protect his children if MorcuCorp sent troops to storm in and take them, but even so,  Farrell feels better sleeping in a sleeping on the floor of the nursery than in his bed in the barn loft.


Cassidy and Delaney become toddlers.


"Why is Kyle up here?" Shelly asks, coming upstairs to give her son a bottle, "He has his own room."

"His nursery is downstairs, and he's by himself all day. Now that his sisters are old enough to get around, I thought he could play with them," Elliot explains.

"But their toys are girl toys," Shelly protests, "You don't want your son playing with a dollhouse, do you? You didn't play with dolls."

"My father couldn't afford a dollhouse," Elliots says with a laugh, "We played with whatever we could get our hands on. Really, Shell, it's not a big deal. It's better for all of them to play together, with whatever toys."


Trying to appease Shelly's need to keep her son away from his sisters' dolls, Elliot brings Kyle outside to play while he practices his golf swing. Not terribly interested inhis father's activities, Kyle wanders into his mother's vineyard while she works.


"Elliot!" Shelly calls out to her husband when she notices the boy, "Get him out of here!"


Elliot comes quickly, snuggling the boy to his chest, "He's not doing anything wrong," he says gently, wondering why she's so upset.

"I'm trying to work," Shelly says, not looking away from her watering, "I have to tend all these grapes by hand. I can't have him in here, messing with my plants and getting in the way."


When he's not actively hacking into MorcuCorp's databases, Farrell is working on trying to find something to counteract the alloy they've created that suppresses fairy magic. Though he still sometimes has difficulty accepting that there is such a thing as 'fairy magic', he's seen it with his own eyes, touched fairy dust with his own hands, and when he does find Aouregan's location, he may very well need to call on a fairy to help him rescue her, and to do that, they will need something to get pat MorcuCorp's anti-fairy armor.


Farrell often works late into the night and only goes back up to the nursery to sleep in the early hours before dawn. Elliot had been unaware of his brother's change of sleeping arrangements until he came in late one morning to check on his niece and nephew, and found Farrell asleep in his sleeping bag on the floor.


Shadow wakes with a hungry cry, and Elliot lifts him from his crib, taking a moment to study the toddler's face before setting him down with a bottle. The color and shape of his eyes are not from Farrell, Elliot notes, wishing he knew more about his brother's wife, that Farrell would open up to him about what was going on, and that he could do something to help.


Farrell awakens, and Elliot sits on the floor beside him. "You can move your bed into one of the empty bedrooms," he says, "You don't have to sleep on the floor."

"I can't sleep in another room," Farrell answers.

"Then we'll put your bed in here," Elliot says.

"It's okay," Farrell sighs, "I'm fine. The sleeping bag is fine."

"Farrell, what's going on? You've been acting really strangely lately." Some, like Shelly, might say he's always strange, but Elliot knows his brother well, and knows when his behavior and attitude is just not right. And it has been not right since these babies showed up at their house. "Talk to me."


"Nothing you want to be involved in," Farrell says.

"If it's about you, then I am involved," Elliot insists.

"Aouregan, my wife, is being held prisoner by MorcuCorp," Farrell says, "And I don't know what to do."


"Could you start from the beginning?" Elliot asks, and Farrell tells him the whole story, from Pearl Yang seducing their father at MorcuCorp's orders to her rescuing his own children, born in captivity.

"I have to find her, get her away from them. But I'm getting nowhere, not even the smallest clues or leads on where to even start looking," he finishes.


Elliot of course has nothing to offer in the way of help, though he promises to whatever he can, whenever Farrell needs it. Farrell isn't really sure how much his brother even believes of the story he just heard, but it was a huge, albeit temporary, relief to just talk about it.

"You've always been there," Farrell acknowledges his brother's constant dedication with a hug.


"Shell, what's wrong?" Elliot asks, coming into his bedroom to find his wife grousing to herself in the mirror.


"Everything's wrong!" Shelly shrieks, "I had a plan, and everything was going to be perfect. You were going to be a basketball champion, and I was going to have a famous vineyard. We'd get married and have two handsome sons who would follow you into professional sports. Or maybe one of them would be a movie star. And we'd live happily ever after. But, you gave up sports for some kind of circus career, I'm slaving over this nectary until I'm getting wrinkles from the stress and sun exposure. Our son plays with dolls and whenever I'm home I'm surrounded by screaming toddlers, two of them not even mine but your retarded brother's bastards! This is not how it was supposed to be!"


"Shelly, you're being ridiculously self-centered," Elliot says, trying to keep his temper in check and not yell at her, so his children don't have to hear their parents fight. "Maybe our life isn't everything you expected, but it's pretty damned good. Hell, it's about as perfect a life as you can ask for."


"This? Perfect?" Shelly humphs, "Of all the things I wanted from life, I've got nothing. Nothing!"

"Nothing?" Elliot asks, offended, "Shelly, you have me, our kids. We're healthy, and rich. What more could you want?"

"I'd like to not have to live with your brother and his spawn. There's not a minute in this house where there isn't a toddler crying about something. Send Farrell away and everything will be much better."


"That's not going to happen, Shelly," Elliot says firmly, "We've been through this. It's not negotiable."

Shelly continues to glare, but she knows she can't win and relents. "Fine," she sighs, "But I swear all these kids in the house will be the death of me."


"Nonsense," Elliot says, trying to change the mood by pulling her into his arms, "You've just had a bad day. Why don't you take time off tomorrow and spend the day at the spa? You just need to relax and pamper yourself, and you'll feel much better." Elliot hopes so, anyway.


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"When we sleep, we create worlds," her mother says, "Worlds that exist only as long as we inhabit them, and which disappear when we awaken. Because they are transitory, we think they are not real. But they are real, for the dreamer who dreams them. What I'm going to teach you today is how to enter another person's dream. Sometimes, the only way to find the source of an illness is by visiting the dreams of the afflicted. This is not something that should ever be done lightly, for the dangers are great, both for the healer and the afflicted. I myself have only ever done this once, to save your father."


"I'm not going to be a healer, mother," the young woman answers, "Soon, I will be mated to Tornan, and he will be chief after his father. The chief cannot be mated to a Spirit Talker; save your lessons for my brother."


"You have chosen your own path in life, which is as it should be," her mother says, "But you cannot choose to put aside the magic inside you, so you must learn to use it, control it."


"This lesson is the most important, so you must pay attention. It is too easy to lose yourself when you visit the dream realms, child. You must learn how to stay alert, stay yourself."


"Stay myself?" the girl asks, the lesson seeming suddenly important as she realizes she cannot remember the sound of her lover's voice, or call his face to her mind. Or, rather, there are two voices, two faces, and she cannot tell which she loves. 

"Do you know who you are, child?" the older woman asks, kindly.

She had thought she was her mother, she seemed to have memories...but no, those memories are not the only ones that answer to the name 'mother'.  "I...I don't know my name," the girl realizes.


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I was going to write a bunch of notes here explaining what the hell is up with that last segment. But I've decided to let it ride for now. If doesn't make sense now, it might make sense later. If it does make sense, yay! (It probably makes more sense to people who've been reading my Summerdream story)

Since I was so crappy at taking pictures of the toddlers for the story, here's some toddler spam:


Aurora


Cassidy, Shadow and Delaney

31 comments:

  1. I always take it for granted that your chapters are going to be fun to read. This one was no exception, and I really loved how Farrell opened up to Elliot finally. Elliot and Rochelle's arguing was also extremely well written and fun to read. So, thanks for writing. <3

    I secretly hope we get to see Pearl some more, she's neat.

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    1. Thank you so much Becky, you make me feel warm and fuzzy.
      I've really enjoyed writing Farrell and Elliot's relationship. It's not often I get to keep siblings in the same household as adults, I love these couple + rolls.

      Your wish is my command, there will be more Pearl. Okay, I was going to to do that anyway, lol. I like her a lot too.
      She just turned elder the same day Farrell's kids were born, so she still has time left on the meter.

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    2. Yay! =D She made a really cute elder, too.

      Also forgot to comment on how I loved the detail, like how the twin girls are dressed in pink and Kyle is in blue. Also Farrell sleeping on the floor in the nursery with his children was touching. There are always too many cool details in your story to remember to comment on all of them.

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    3. I originally envisioned the scene with Pearl bringing the twins to Farrell with her as an adult (I didn't know how close she was to elder), but she turned out to be such a great elder, I didn't mind the transition. I imagine she's still a badass, even though she's gone grey.

      I really felt the need in this chapter to point out that extreme gender color coding is Shelly's thing, not mine, lol. I normally never do the 'pink for girls' thing.

      Farrell sleeping on the floor actually started for practical purposes; it's a long hike from the barn loft to the second floor of the main house, and it was easier for me to have him camped out in the nursery to handle the 3am feedings. But I quickly saw how it could fit into the story and used it.

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  2. Awww. I hope Farrell can be reunited with his wife soon. Shadow and Aurora are adorable! :D

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    1. Yeah, poor Farrell. And poor Aouregan has been unconscious since her kids were born. It would be nice to see her and Farrell reunited.

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  3. I don't even know what to type right now because I'm just so in awe. I swear this is my favourite chapter of your thus far, in any story or legacy you've written. Your dialogue especially was just amazing. I always have trouble making it sound natural but you make it look so easy. The talk between Elliot and Shelly especially was really well done. I wanted to slap her but I can also understand her feelings considering her character and personality.

    I love how Aurora has her mother's hair.

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    1. Thanks, Cece! I like writing dialogue better than exposition, so I'm glad it sounds natural.

      It can't be easy for Shelly, living with 5 toddlers in the house. And as great as her life it, it falls short of her expectations.

      I'm glad one of the twins got Aouregan's hair too, and also that Heath's original brown also passed down to third generation. Neither of them got the green eyes, but you can't have everything. Picking the heir this time is going to be difficult.

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  4. The toddlers are all adorable!

    I'm glad that Farrell was able to talk to Elliot, sometimes it is nice just to have a sounding board, even if they can't really help you otherwise! I hope Farrell is able to rescue his wife soon, and that his kids stay safe!

    The last bit may make more sense to me when I am not so tired---but I couldn't wait until later---

    As always---you never disappoint! :D

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    1. Thanks, Nirar.
      I think Farrell did get some relief just from talking to Elliot. He's had to deal with everything by himself, and it hasn't been easy.

      The last sequence will get clearer as the story progresses, I hope.

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  5. The babies are safe, for now. I worry that Farrell has placed his entire family in danger though. If his mother had to go into hiding, someone may start snooping. It's a good thing he told Elliot some of the story behind his marriage and the babies. Shelly is such a spoiled brat, Elliot must really really love her to put up with that. Now with another girl in the house, she is bound to be very frazzled, especially since it will be another beautiful girl. I love the tie-in with Summerdream :) I just love this story. (all of yours really!)

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    1. MorcuCorp is a very dangerous enemy. But they are also very secretive, so they aren't likely to come storming in and kill everyone. Still, the family is in some danger from them, no doubt about that.

      Shelly is incredibly spoiled to be disappointed in the life she has, because she has so much. Any reasonable person would be happy in her place, but, Shelly's not exactly reasonable. Shelly si bound to be petty and jealous of her own daughters, and having Aurora around will just make it worse, I'm sure.

      Thank you so much, Zhip! I am pleased that you enjoy my stories.

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  6. Great chapter! I personally would have a hard time writing that dialogue with Shelley and Elliott the way you did, so I applaud your abilities! I'd let my emotions get the better of me and have Elliott tell her off instead of coax her back down to earth from her delusional perfect family expectations haha! I honestly don't know why he stays with her, but it's a testament to Elliott's loving personality for sure.

    It's very fitting Farrell sleeps in a sleeping bag near the babies, loved it. Simon did that too, but I wrote it as part of the story and his growing distance with his first wife even though he did it autonomously anyways when I gave him the sleeping bag. Some sims really love those sleeping bags, even over a nice comfy bed haha!

    I'm looking forward to reading when Farrell finally gets a breakthrough lead as to what to do next and he WILL get there, he's smart and determined!

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    1. Thanks, Envie. Shelly probably deserves to be told off, but it's not in Elliot's nature to do that. He's trying to keep peace in his household.

      I'm looking forward to more of Farrell's adventures with MorcuCorp, myself. It's been a fun generation.

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  7. Oooh, I love that last bit! If I had to make a guess as to what's happening it would be that Aouregan is talking to Uvie in a dream somehow but in the process is dreaming that she's Uvie's human daughter?

    As for Shelly, I want to shake some sense into her, I do feel a bit sorry for how unhappy she is but she's bringing it all on herself because she's so fixated on what she sees as the perfect life that she can't see how good a life she actually has

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    1. Ali, your guess was right on, that's pretty much exactly what is happening. Aouregan is living an ancestral memory from Uvie's human daughter in her dream.

      You are also spot on about Shelly, she's totally delusional about how she wanted things to be that she doesn't see what she has.

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  8. Spectacular!! I love Farrell, he reminds me very strongly of my twin, who also wears his hair in a ponytail (not braided though, of course). Really, really superb job on the story holy shit. I still have yet to read Summerdream, so I'm not getting the whole dream sequence, but I like a bit of mystery.

    Also, I really, really like Shelly, as a character. She's mean and snobbish and a little nuts but, just, you write her so well. She's great. I hope she comes to her senses before it's too late for her and her kids to really bond. :(

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    1. Thanks, Shar! It make me so happy that people like Farrell, and compare him to people they know. =D

      And I'm glad you like Shelly, too. It can be a challenge to write a shallow type of character in a way that doesn't become a caricature.

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  9. Woa, i just read the entire legacy on one day. It is so excitng and well written :D
    I haven't played sims for a really long time, but this really made me want to start again.
    I can't wait to see what happens to Farrell and Aouregan

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  10. I'm finally catching up on your legacy! Another wonderful chapter. I love how you're working in Shelly's dislike of children. I also love Eliot and Farrell's relationship so much. If I was Eliot, I'd be freaking out about the situation, but he's just taking it all in stride.

    I loved the scene where Kyle is playing dolls with his sisters. It reminded me of how my younger cousin used to play Barbies with his sister and me. He was the only boy and so desperate to play with us that he played Barbies and dress up without too much fuss. Shelly, just be happy he's playing with dolls and not matches or something.

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  11. gasp! No! Tell me that's not who I think it is that's engaged to.... gasp! incest?

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    1. No, oh, no, lol. that's not Kvornan, it's Tornan.
      Really bad naming choice on my part, sorry.

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    2. I wanted to be sure to come back n say I have no idea what I was thinking lol

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  12. If Someone punch Shelly then I stomp her feet with high heels... What a nasty little ****! I really do pity Kyle most of all. Will be interesting to see how he "turns out" when he grows up <3 Elliot and Ferell I love how deeply they are bonding as brothers. They were close before, but seem to get even closer now!

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    1. Kyle does have it hard, with such an unloving mother as Shelley.
      I love Elliot and Farrell's bond as well.

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  13. I don't think you really needed to explain the last segment. I feel like I understood it, even though I don't really know what it means yet for sure - but that is the essence of good for-shadowing, something you really have a knack for :)

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    1. Thanks, Mandy! I'm glad you underzstood the last segment.

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  14. I was glad Farrell confided in Elliot. They have a great relationship. All the kids are beautiful and I can't wait to see them all grown up. I really hope Farrell finds Aouregan soon. The last bit in this chapter confused me, but I'm guessing it will get explained soon.

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    1. Farrell really did need to talk to his brother. He wanted to protect Elliot from knowing any of this stuff, but he really needed to share it.
      There's a bit of a crossover with my other story, Summerdream here (and runs through the next generation)
      Aouregan was sort of living the memory of one of her ancestors in a dream.

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