Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Chapter 17: Seed of Magic
Amelia tries not to roll her eyes, wanting to be supportive of her daughter's new interest in the environment. But living with a fanatic can be trying. "You don't have to drive. But it's a long bike ride from here down to the city."
"I'm not going to destroy the planet just because it's more convenient," Alllyriane answers, "That's the attitude that's killing the environment."
Amelia shakes her head and starts to walk away, telling herself that at least her daughter isn't staying out late and egging people's houses like some other teens do.
"Mom, wait," Allyriane calls her back, "I've been looking into solar panels for the house. And a wind turbine."
"Home?" she asks quietly, not daring to hope, "You mean...?"
"Yes," he says, beaming, "I'm here to stay."
When she isn't busy crusading for her cause, Allyriane enjoys spending time in the park, picnic by the pond, surrounded by trees and flowers, with a view of the vast ocean below. Her father has returned to live with them again, but his war in the fae is far from over. As she eats her solitary lunch, she thinks about Aymeri the dragon, wonders how he fares in his battle, and worries for him. She wishes she could see him again, and tell him about her work here on his behalf. She closes her eyes so as to better picture him in her mind, his beautiful hair, his green eyes, his hands touching hers when he passed along his birthday gift. Though she's alone, she blushes deeply, her wandering mind taking her to places she was not quite prepared to visit.
"Oh," Allyriane breathes in surprises, "But, how...?"
"You summoned me?" Aymeri looks at her expectantly.
"I did?" Allyriane asks, "I mean, I was thinking of you, but..." She blushes again, afraid he might be able to read her thoughts.
The dragon's brow furrows, "I heard your call. Did you have need of me?"
Allyriane blushes deeply again, her young body flooding with hormones that whisper their need to her. "I just...I wanted to tell you...we got solar panels." She deflates, feeling foolish, then perks herself back up, "It's just a start, I know, what I've done is just a drop in the bucket. But I'm going to keep working on it, I'm going get others to change the way they live, and we'll stop the poisoning of this world, and yours, so you won't have to fight anymore."
Aymeri cocks his head to the side, "I don't understand."
"We are the cause of your war, we humans, poisoning the environment. If we can stop that here, your war ends, doesn't it?"
"Yes, but you cannot change human nature. They will ever be as they are, and our battle will never be done until you have destroyed us all," Aymeri answers grimly.
"I don't believe that," Allyriane says, her chin thrust out defiantly, "I changed."
She looks up into his eyes, daring him to contradict her. "You are you father's daughter," he says with a smile. "Since I am here, I should pay my old friend a visit."
"When you feel its heat," he answers.
"It's like having a hot springs in your backyard," Thierry explains to his dragon friend, inviting him to join him, "What brings you to the mundane world, my friend?"
"Your daughter summoned me," Aymeri answers, "Did you teach her the call?"
Thierry shakes his head, "That would be your decision to make What did she want?"
"To tell me about solar panels," Aymeri answers, "It seems she did not call on purpose; she was surprised when I answered. If you did not teach her, then the call came from her heart, and flew straight to mine."
"Take her to our embattled homeland? I wouldn't do that to her. Or to you, my lord and my dearest friend."
Aymeri shakes his head, "I don't know. Allyriane says she can change human nature, and I believe in her. Maybe it is also possible for ancient dragons to try a new path."
Yay, Thierry's back. I moved him back in as soon as Allyriane reached 7 days into her teen stage.
So, in the story, he doesn't age while in the fae. In the game, I didn't want to just halt his aging completely, because that would have him coming back at the start of the YA stage. That would not only feel a little cheaty, but it's also not something I want. So, to keep in line with the story, I pulled his age down a bit so he moved in as a YA with a few days left before reaching Adult. Amelia became and adult several days earlier.
As I mentioned in previous notes, Thierry's time 'in the fae' was lived in his mother's house. During that time, he took a job in Business and got up to Power Broker. While the rules would allow him to keep that job, I had him quit, as it didn't quite fit the story. And the family is not hurting for money.
Amelia has achieved her LTW, having maxed her Logic and Athletic skills. She's reached the top of the military career, as well.
Thierry's LTW is to max guitar and charisma. He came back into the house with high guitar skill, because SP pushed him to busk frequently. His charisma is at 6, so I have a good chance of achieving his LTW, too.
Allyriane will age up very soon, so I'm currently making sure to buy everything I will need for her generation before the restrictions on Buy mode set in. Like enough beds for the 4 children she rolled.
In case anyone is wondering, the solar panels and wind turbine are from the free Toyota Prius Eco pack at the EA store. Each solar panel reduces your bills by 0.02%, and you can have a max of 10. I placed 8.
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