Sunday, July 10, 2016
Chapter 45: Translocate You
The sun rises on a new day. Reggie, the household's cooking level 10, makes french toast for everyone, but Cayenne cannot hold down her breakfast.
The Goldbeard house has expanded a lot in generation 2. Reggie and Perenna recently added a new bathroom to the basement rooms.
Cayenne studies herself in its massive mirror. She's wearing some clothes scrounged up from Izalee's closet... not really her style, but definitely more comfortable than the threadbare dumpster garbage they found her in. Hygiene spells can only go so far.
She realizes she needs to do something about her hair. It looks wild and awful.
A short time with scissors later, she's looking more like her old goody-two-shoes well-groomed innocent self. The girl who died when her father did.
Her brother had the same idea.
"You look better," Cayenne says, tentatively.
"I'm still not wearing the shoes," he growls.
"Fine," she sighs. "Whatever. They probably don't want us leaving the house anyway. They must think we're so crazy."
"Are you okay, Cay?"
"Yeah... yeah, I'm fine. It'll be okay."
Upstairs, Cayenne meets a simbot.
"Welcome to our home! I am Mech. You are a fledgling sim, designation Cayenne La Mer. My programming only specifically tells me to protect Izalee and Lucida, the other fledgling sims here, but seeing as my father designed me to learn and adapt, I am adding you and Luis La Mer to that calculation set as we speak."
"Wow," Cayenne breathes. "What an amazing machine."
Cayenne and Luis were born with the surname Archer, but switched to their mother's surname at some point, as if such an obvious trick would be enough to confuse the shady secret agent type mooks pursuing them.
It's like that werewolf rage episode at school never happened. Lucida is free to play with her friends after doing her homework.
Reggie returns to the inventing table to relieve stress.
Izalee was not happy about letting two strangers stay with them, at first, especially since at least one of them is clearly insane, but eventually her heart softens towards them, and she allows a sense of peace to return to her life and routine.
It's not as if Cayenne and Luis intruded on purpose; Rain brought them here.
During the day, Perenna works, Reggie crafts toys and their daughters attend school. Cayenne and Luis hide out in the basement, supervised only by the young simbot.
Cayenne wonders if it would be okay to eat some of this candy? Would anyone mind? It's been so long since she ate any candy...
Luis, more shameless, picks up Izalee's paints because he just feels like it.
Mech thinks he may be able to feel fear, but he does not have to fear growing old and dying. He turns to his new friend Cayenne to tell him what that is like.
Mech and Cayenne are both bookworms. She's able to recommend many things to help him understand the normal-sim condition.
Luis checks the sink for leaks. And wiretaps.
Can never be too careful...
Luis has very different things to teach Mech about the sim condition.
Mech patiently listens to conspiracy theories. His theory is Luis is insane, but he is not experienced enough to fully commit to such a judgment, so he keeps it to himself.
Even simbots need rest. Cooldown and processing time is imperative to the functioning of Mech's adapting artificial intelligence.
Pregnancy is very hard on Cayenne's small body. Her skills as a healer only help so much.
While Cayenne suffers, Vox and Polka have good dreams tonight.
Lucida does jumping jacks in front of the freaky witch gnome. High school, and her teen birthday, are close on the horizon, and she wants to make sure she is nice and fit.
She is not sure what awaits her, but she knows she wants to either be beautifully in shape, or be able to kick its ass.
"So they're just like normal kids now?" Ray speaks in hushed tones so Rain and Cayenne cannot overhear. He didn't know what to think when his brother took in these strays. He feigned apathy to all the magic for most of his life, but now his oldest daughter is spending a lot of time with two fugitive sorcerers that she summoned out of thin air after nearly killing his other daughter with dangerous teleportation she wasn't supposed to be practiced enough to use.
Ray is grateful they saved Layla, of course... he just doesn't like talking to them. They're both so painfully skittish, and their faces somehow remind him of his parents.
"I wouldn't say normal," Reggie says, hesitant to put a label on Cayenne and Luis but aware enough to know when one doesn't fit, "but I have high hopes for the girl to take her general education test and have a high school diploma."
"Before or after she pops out the baby?"
"It's due any day now." Reggie wrings his hands together, a little nervous about all that. No one has ever heard of a teen having a kid before.
"It's the funniest thing, but I do miss school." Cayenne smiles wistfully as she checks over Rain's homework. The sight of all those math problems may give Rain fits, but they remind Cayenne of happier times. Her teachers in Barnacle Bay said she was a genius. They said she could do anything she put her mind to.
"And they still believe there's an evil genie entity that continually resets our entire universe, forcing us to live out a weird fated version of our first lives in a loop forever? Until they bring about the conditions to stop it?"
"She still completely believes that," Reggie confirms. "Resets in 3489, when this genie's mate got killed off. Like clockwork."
"Don't tell me you believe it?"
"Of course I don't. What I believe is the boy is very troubled, and his sister is clinging to the only family she has left."
At first Luis wanted nothing to do with Rain, but he slowly seemed to forget that as she insisted on following him around. He helps her learn more and more control over her teleportation abilities. With a flick of her wrist, she translocates him around the house with ease now.
"In one incarnation, it was you who mastered the skill and helped me," he tells her.
A lot of what he says makes no sense – for example, according to Luis, Rain's blue skin and teleportation powers come "from gnomes" – but all of his advice about using their powers totally works.
Somewhere in the turmoil, Lucida and Layla aged up to teens with questionable fashion sense.
Layla's favorite color is still purple.
Lucida's is lime, but she accepts other forms of citrus.
Petra arrives fashionably late to the party, bearing corn dogs as a gift.
Petra spends some time hanging out with her sister in law, Heather.
I'm not sure what Luis is doing or where, but Rain thinks it's hilarious and Cayenne is embarrassed?
Petra and Chad have stayed together all this time, but still have no children.
Maybe that's for the best.
Etc.: I had a really hard time finding hair I liked for Lucida, that wasn't shared by other characters in the legacy. I may go on another CC hunt.
More Chad weirdness: