Sky had been passing as human most of her life, blending in fairly well with the people of Avalon. As she grew older, this just didn’t seem as important as it once had. First she stopped being sure she walked on the ground all the time. As she saw her Elder birthday approaching, she let her opaque form drop more and more.
Her ghostliness turned out to have an extra benefit for night concerts.
She was a little more nervous to show this side of herself to Xia.
But Xia thought it was fantastic.
“I can’t believe you didn’t do this before!” Xia said. “I’m always discovering new ways that you’re amazing.”
Deep in Sky’s psyche was still the lonely child whom everyone thought was creepy. That child really needed Xia.
Things were a little rockier in Dylan’s love life.
Dylan breathed a sign of relief. For a moment, he’d been terrified that he would lose her. “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart,” he said. “I’ll make it up to you as soon as you reach your majority.”
Dylan’s career was going better. As soon as he was old enough to go into business, he started marketing his services as a photographer. He had a few contacts he’d built through the school newspaper, and they delivered some portfolio-building work rather quickly.
The Stemple-Mais wanted a photo shoot of their new baby.
They were living in the house once owned by Dylan’s late great-aunt Ada.
The house was incredibly crowded. Apparently, Garry Crumplebottom had maintained an open home policy with his step mother Jeanna and his half-sisters. After Shanni’s death, Jeanna remarried Miyuki Mai, and Miyuki had also moved into Chateau Crumplebottom. They never had children. Jeanna’s two daughters with Shanni had been enough for her.
Then, when Jeanna died, there’d been some kind of falling out, and the entire collection of Crumplebottom non-heirs had moved out as a group.
Miyuki lived here with her second wife, Charlotte Stemple-Mai (not pictured).
Now there was a new generation, Miyuki and Charlotte’s daughter Monica.
It was interesting to spend some time catching up with his distant relatives and family connections. Dylan couldn’t imagine living in such a small house with so many people, but all he had to do was take pictures. That was hard enough to do.
Avalon held a Simfest at the park pavilion, and Sky decided to enter.
While she was waiting, she was roped into being a barely voluntary volunteer for a magician who was performing ahead of her.
It turned out to be useful that she was part ghost.
It protected her from the puncture wound.
Then it was Sky’s turn to perform.
The response was overwhelming.
Sky won the Simfest hands down.
The cheering crowd was heady.
Without Sky to hold her back, Xia’s party instincts got out of hand. Abby had never seen her mum let go like this, and she liked it.
Xia used her ID to buy Abby some juice, though only one glass.
They even did the bubble bar together.
Abby had to admit that she didn’t care for the taste. It was just the whole naughtiness of underage bubbling that excited her.
After a while of bubbling, Xia could barely walk straight.
“I am so pumped!” she shouted to no one in particular.
“Now I gotta go pee!”
When Xia returned home without Abby, Dylan came looking for her.
“This is what comes of a night of debauchery,” he said severely. “Maybe you’ll think about this sort of thing the next time you decide to let it go at a nightclub.”
“Thanks, big brother,” Abby said sincerely. “I’ve learned my lesson.”
She meant it — it was so comforting to know that she had a responsible brother looking out for her. And she had learned a lesson, just not the one Dylan wanted her to learn. She’d learned to always carry cab fare when she went out.
Don’t be too hard on Xia! It was a group outing fail!
I totally should have used MC to change Andria’s dress for her argument with Dylan. I can’t see that dress without thinking, “Pregnancy!” Of course, she’s a teenager, and I have no plans to ever turn on teen pregnancy.
I keep wanting to type “Sinfest” instead of “Simfest.” Whoops.