3~32 In The End

Ransom’s story about his past made me think of my past. I was good with everything. I was happy. There was only one loose end I wanted to tie up.

Sebastian Vanderburg. My almost husband. I called him, after getting his phone number from PI Ransom knows. He was shocked to hear from me, but agreed to fly to Dragon Valley to meet with me.

I picked a day when I knew everyone would be gone. Raven to school. Roland to work. Bae and Arlene took Ransom out to lunch.

We sat down to talk. I asked him about his life. I had always wondered how things turned out for him. I had been thinking about the last time I saw him, at our almost wedding. I still felt kind of bad for how I handled things. I didn’t regret how things turned out in my life. I have Ransom. My kids. I’m happy. I just wanted to know if he ended up happy.

I listened to him for a bit, he filled me in on his business. How he lives on the family estate in Hidden Springs.

“Did you get married?” I asked him.

“Yes I did. Her name was Ella.” He said, before smiling sadly “We lost her a few years ago. It was just her time. We have a son though. Edward. And he’s going to get married soon.”

“I’m sorry you lost your wife, Sebastian. That’s great about Edward…maybe you’ll have some grand-babies in your future soon?” I suggested.

“I hope so.” Sebastian said, nodding. “You know, I was hurt by what happened between us. But after a while, I knew it wouldn’t have been right if we had gotten married. Ella was the one for me. Just like your husband is the one for you. It all worked out like it was supposed to. Don’t feel bad about it. I’ve had a happy life.”

That’s what I needed to know. We talked a little more before hugging each other goodbye. I felt I had finally gotten true closure on everything.

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A few nights later, after a parent and teacher conference. I had an idea. While there I found out one of Raven’s teachers, Mr. Michaels, excels in Alchemy.

I invited him over to the house for dinner, telling him I wanted to talk to him about the subject. Once he got there I flat-out hired him to tutor Raven in Alchemy. I wasn’t sure why, but there was something about him. No, I was not wanting to jump his bones. Though he is attractive. Hey, I can look. No. That was not it. I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

Raven was excited about having a tutor in Alchemy. Once she found out, she started talking to Mr. Michaels about all that stuff right away. I guess there’s an actual career for it. Maybe that’s what she’d do after high school?

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Fall came and you know what that means?!

Pumpkin carving time!! And Bae and Arlene even stuck around to join in on it. Though Bae was wearing the butt ugliest shirt…ew.

I loved having them around though. I hadn’t gotten to spend that much time with my little brother in a long time. He even invited Ransom and I to go with him and Arlene on a tour of Europe! We hadn’t really traveled in years, just for the fun of it. We agreed. Roland was old enough to keep an eye on Raven for us. We asked him first, of course. I was excited for the trip!

Maybe I was getting old and sentilmental, but I wanted to give Raven something special. I remembered the necklace my parents gave me before I went off to college. I rarely take it off. I talked to Ransom about the idea and we picked out something for her, together.

“Mom…it’s not my birthday, what’s this?” Raven asked, excitedly.

“Just a little something to say I love you. From your Dad and I.” I explained.

“Oh Mom I love it!!” Raven exclaimed, before hugging me. I then helped her put on the necklace. It had a pink stone it. Well, my necklace is green. Mom and Dad’s favorite color. Pink is mine. I wanted to do blue, since it’s Ransom’s favorite color and Raven’s, but he said we should go with pink. So she can remember her Mom when she looks at it. My husband is a sweet man.

Soon, it was time to leave for our trip.

I think Bae and Arlene planned to use it as a second honeymoon or something.

“Ahem, we’re trying to leave!” I shouted at them. Like two teenagers, I swear.

They untangled themselves long enough to hug Raven goodbye. Roland got a fist bump from not only his Uncle, but his Aunt.

I swear, no one peed on the floor. Annabelle loves to go swimming and leaves puddles all over the house.

Ransom hugged Raven goodbye and the two teenagers went back to groping each other, while I talked to Roland about what needs done while we’re gone.

The others headed upstairs, after Roland and Ransom hugged. Then it was my turn. I was going to miss my kids while I was on our trip. But I’d see them again.

While we had Bae and Arlene load up the car to the trip to the airport, Ransom asked me to sit down in the grass with him and watch the clouds. It made me feel like we were young and in love again. The last part is still true.

“Gosh I love you.” I told him with a smile.

“I love you too.” He told me, staring at me like he does. It makes me feel like I’m the only person in the world.

We leaned back and watched the clouds together. I thought about our life together. My life. I had no regrets. Things hadn’t always been easy, but everything was worth it. We ended up happy. And that’s all you can really ask for in life. To be happy. And to be with the people you love.

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Note from Q – That is the end of Generation 3. I’ve really loved playing Bess and loved Ress. Hopefully I’ll be starting Generation 4 soon. I had a heck of a time picking out the right ghost for it. I had two different ones before I found the last one. Then they were stubborn about popping up. I almost gave up on them. LOL. Also Generation 4 & 5 will be on a different wordpress blog. I thought about going with blogger, but this might be a little bit easier. I’ll post the link on this one each time I post a new chapter. Thanks to those who have stuck with me during everything. There’s been a lot of changes to my life while playing Generation 3. So my posting has become really sporadic. Thanks again!

3~31 Behind Blue Eyes

Since it was our first summer in Dragon Valley,  we celebrated it by having a cook out/pool party.

Bae was in charge of the grilling, showing off those “Gonzalo men grilling skills”. Roland watched. Bae told him he had to. Family tradition.

Eventually Roland had enough grilling and focused on something well someone else. That was Mom’s cue to go elsewhere.

I decided to hang out with my own love by the pool.

“This is the last time I let Arlene do my hair. Why did you let me agree to that?” I asked Ransom

He snorted “Yeah, like I can stop you from doing anything.”

“You still look beautiful to me…even with this hairdo.” Ransom told me later on, after we all ate.

“Are you buttering me up for something?” I asked him.

“Maybe…”

We also celebrated Annabelle’s birthday that afternoon. She sure grew up fast. Raven plans to teach her how to hunt for ingredients for her potions…I didn’t even know dogs can do that, but I guess they can. And Roland is going to take her to the firehouse with him.

Speaking of Roland, I got to go see him in action.

During a drill anyway. They even had people volunteer for the drill. While I’m so proud of my son, it still scared me. One day it won’t be a drill. It’ll be real.

I went home and told Bae all about it, while also poking fun at him for how comfortable he’s become being shirtless when he used to freak out anytime anyone showed skin. He said he credited his acceptance of skin to puberty.

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Halfway through Summer, Ransom asked the kids and I to go with him to the library. At night. Thought it was an odd request. So did the kids, but we did it.

The moment we got there, I knew things were serious. You could feel it in the air. We all sat down. I wondered what the heck was going on.

“She’s dead because of me.” Ransom told us, though he seemed to be talking to himself.

Eh que? I opened my mouth to ask what he was talking about and if he had been sniffing car fumes.

“Jeanie.” He finally said and shook himself. His first wife. We hadn’t talked about her in years. But the kids do know about her and Buster. And Xavier. And how he went to prison after Buster and Bessie died. No kids. He died in prison.

The kids looked lost. I had a feeling Ransom was going to tell us about how he died. I hadn’t even heard about it. All I knew is what I read in the articles I found about his and Jeanie’s drownings. It was big news back then. Two in one day.

Ransom started to speak again…

“Jeanie and I were really young when she got pregnant. But I loved Buster. I loved being a Dad. Even though I worked full-time, I tried to make time to spend with him. It was hard, but worth it. Jeanie loved Buster too. I can’t say she didn’t. But it was hard on her, being a young Mom. We had to get married young. We had a love for each other, sharing a son. But we didn’t really love each other. Which caused problems.

I remember that day…we took Buster to the beach, along with Bessie. They had been friends since they were toddlers. Always together. That never really changed.

Bessie and I had a fight about my job. That I was spending too much time at the station. I explained to her that I was trying to get promoted, to make more money for all of us. But she felt she was being left alone to raise Buster by herself. That she didn’t have time to go out and do anything for herself, since was always with him when he wasn’t in school. She blamed me for getting her pregnant and stormed off.

I sat down by myself and thought about things. I didn’t blame Jeanie for her frustration. But I was mad that she didn’t see what I was doing for all of us.

By the time I got up to go talk to her again, I looked up to see her swimming by a wave. I didn’t think much of it until it pulled her under.

I waited, thinking she’d come back up…she didn’t. It took my brain a few moments to realize what was really going on. I couldn’t believe it.

Then I ran into the water to go get her. I didn’t have to think twice about it. She was Buster’s Mom. My wife. And it was my duty to save lives.

I remember swimming in the water, heading to where I last saw Jeanie. The water was harder to swim against the further I went out. I had a feeling I should go back but I didn’t want to leave without Jeanie…I kept swimming and felt something pull me under. I fought it…I fought it hard. I could feel my lungs burning from trying to hold my breath until finally I gasped for air, except I got ocean water. That was the last thing I remembered from that day…

The next thing I knew, I was in the graveyard. Floating over the headstones of myself and Jeanie. It took me a bit to come to grips with the fact that I was dead.

I fell even more in love with my husband after hearing what happened. He risked it all, his life, to save her.

Raven looked like she couldn’t believe what she had just heard.

Roland broke the silence “Dad. You did everything you could. You lost your life trying to save her. There wasn’t anything else you could have done.”

“Roland’s right. For once. And it’s not like you made her go into the ocean. It was her choice. You tried to save her. That’s all you could do. No one else could have done any different.” Raven added on.

I sat there, looking proudly at my kids. Our kids. They were totally right.

Ransom sat there silently for a bit, before slowly smiling. “You all are right.”

“Of course we are!” Raven exclaimed, before standing up. She headed towards the exit with Roland.

“I love you, Ransom. Never forget that.” I whispered to him. Pulling him in for a hug.

“I love you too, Bess.” Ransom whispered back.

I was glad he told us. I had always wondered what happened, but didn’t want to ask, in case it was painful for him. But I think it put his heart to rest over what happened.

3~30 How Far We’ve Come

The more I thought about it, the more I knew it needed to be dealt with. In my heart and mind, my Ransom is Raven’s Dad. Always has been. Always will be. He feels the same way. But if a health problem should ever come up. We might need to know. And if I were Raven, I’d want to know for sure too.

We decided to try the hospital first. I had a feeling it wouldn’t give us any answers, but we had to start somewhere. I won’t even get into how Ransom had a sample of the other Ransom’s DNA…We also had to tell her why she had to go in for a test…

Ransom explained the what happened to Raven. She didn’t seemed shocked by there being two of one person. Or the house that was enchanted….

“So you were stuck in this room and Mom was off getting it on with him?” Raven asked. I couldn’t really read what she was feeling, though I was a bit touchy about how she put it.

“Your Mom thought he was me. Everyone did. You can ask anybody. He was the same as me…but different in some ways, in personality.” Ransom explained, before I could say anything.

“I was so happy that your Dad hadn’t been killed in the line of duty…I had no idea until later that something wasn’t right. It wasn’t until…well…I slept with him, that I know he wasn’t my Ransom.” I explained to her.

“So this whole time some evil dead guy that looks exactly like the guy who I think is my Dad, could be my Dad?? This family needs help. This family needs Maury.” Raven told us. Upset.

I couldn’t exactly blame her for that.

“Let’s get this crap over with.” She said after a moment.

I stood outside and watched Ransom and Raven go inside. Raven didn’t want me to go in with her. She was angry with me, I knew it.

And as I thought. The Hospital couldn’t tell us anything. All samples matched. There was one last thing I could think of.

But first I needed to talk to Raven.

I barely got into her room….

“How could you not know he wasn’t Dad?! You claim to love him and you just bang this other guy?!! And get pregnant!” Raven yelled at me. She was furious.

I was stunned a moment. She had never yelled at me like that. And I did get her being upset.

But I wasn’t going to put up with her speaking to me that.

“Raven Beverly Gonzalo.” I said in my Mom voice. “You do not speak to me in that tone of voice, young lady. Now, I get you’re upset. You have every right to be. I was upset too when I figured things out. It’s not like I planned all of it. I didn’t know Callisto was going to steal my husband and switch him out for a evil clone of him. I thought I lost your Dad twice pretty much.” I paused and let out a breath “Ransom. Our Ransom, is your Dad in all the ways that count. He has never treated you like you weren’t his kid. I thought we should find out, just in case you have any health problems someday. And this family tries to be honest with each other. Even when it hurts. Secrets and lies can tear relationships apart quicker than my Aunt Gabby used to drive to the mall for shoe sales.”

“Mom…I’m sorry.” Raven said softly “I just…can’t picture anyone else being my Dad, you know?”

I pulled Raven to me and hugged her “Sweetie, he is your Dad. No matter what. Blood does not make family. Love does. And he loves you and Roland more than life itself.”

I knew we had to find out, for everyone’s sake, the truth.

Lady Cooper, as she went by for her business, is who we needed to see. A witch and also a fortune teller. I figured she was our last option. I went to explain what we needed and she already knew. We didn’t tell people what was going on, so I took that as a good sign.

She went inside to prepare things, then we went inside. Sat down and she used her crystal ball to look at things. She seemed concerned about something. I asked what and she told us to watch out faulty wires. Whatever that means….

Then she told us what we wanted to know. And naturally paid her well for it.

We stepped outside and I hugged my husband. The love of my life. We needed to head home and tell Raven what we found out.

We saw a cute little moment on our way back to the house. I was glad at least Roland was really happy.

We found Raven and gave her the news. The good news! Our Ransom is Raven’s Dad. It was a relief, I’ll admit. It wouldn’t have mattered if things had gone the other way. But I’d be lying if the news didn’t make me happy.

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We got a huge surprise at the beginning of Summer.

Bae and Arlene came to see us!! I felt like I hadn’t seen my baby brother in forever.

“I had to come here to see the new house. And I couldn’t miss you getting old and wrinkly.” Bae told me.

“Shut up!” I whispered to him, squeezing him tighter.

“You’re…hurting me.” Bae replied.

I was happy to see Arlene anyway. No, I was also happy to see Bae. I really was.

Roland got a work out buddy in his Uncle. And almost smashed my ceiling light multiple times with his forearm…

Speaking of arms. Arms like Anchors. Makes me laugh every time. Pssh.

I took Killian out for a ride early one morning. He hadn’t been for a good ride since Harmz took off with Eric and Skye around the globe. It hit me though. What Bae said. I was going to be old and wrinkly. Eww. My Birthday was fast approaching. I wasn’t sure I was ready to be old. I still felt like I could do a head stand on a keg like I did in college.

Later that day I shared my thoughts with Ransom. He reminded me that it’s a blessing to get old. Sure some of it may suck. Aches. Pains. But so many don’t get the chance. It made me feel better.

So when the time came, that Bae was carrying around my Birthday cake. And staring at it like he wanted to do bad things to it, I didn’t mind. Well the second part was kind of gross. But that’s my brother for you.

I had most of the people I love with me to celebrate. In that moment, I felt blessed and happy. I have had a good life. And the bad only made me love the good parts even more.

And I make a cute older lady.

“Still as beautiful as the first night I saw you in the graveyard.” Ransom told me, dipping me.

Bet not all wives hear that one from their husbands. And the look in his eyes, told me he meant it.

Besides…

He joined me in being old and wrinkly not long after that anyway. And I still think he looks as handsome as ever. We’re adorable.

3~29 Cardboard Boxes

It was time. Time for something I wasn’t ready for.

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My baby became an adult!…in the eyes of the law that is. He’ll always be my little boy.

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And Harmz, Eric and Skye came to help us celebrate it! Buffy was there too. We tried out a new dance move called “Betchy stance”.

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Hard to believe Roland became a young adult. The years have flown. He looks so much like his Dad. He really does.

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Then it was time for his graduation, before I knew it. Heck, I remember graduating…I’m not that old..yet…

He graduated Class Valedictorian. Ransom and I were very proud of him for that.

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Ransom and I gave him the keys to a new car. Harmz, Eric and Skye also stuck around to help celebrate the graduation. And something else…

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Okay. My kids. They need to stop having Birthdays and stuff. It’s making their Mom sad. But they won’t stop it.

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Raven is a beauty. I’m not being biased – okay maybe a little.  I had to get a hug from Harmz to stop myself from crying. My last baby became a teenager.

Later that day, Harmz and Eric talked to myself and Ransom about something…and somehow. They convinced us……………………………………………………………………….

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We moved!

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To Dragon Valley. It is a stunning place, filled with folklore and legends. Plus, the countryside and scenery alone was enough to sell me on it. I love places like Ireland and Scotland, Dragon Valley reminds me of them.

We were sad to leave Appy Plains. We had our kids there. Ransom and I got married there. There is a lot of history in that town. But. It was time.

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They also have a top-notch fire department, which is what drew Roland in. Yes. Roland became a Firefighter. I wasn’t too happy about it. But he said he wanted to help people, just like his Dad. Though it did remind Ransom of something we need to do with the kids.

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“I think it’s time we told Roland and Raven about the fact that we have a bunch of ghosts in our family.” Ransom told me one night. Good thing I’m used to that stuff. I might have spit my wine on him.

But he did have a point. They were old enough for the truth. And maybe knowing Grandma Lotta’s story would make being a firefighter mean even more to Roland.

We just had to find the time to do it.

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After we moved to Dragon Valley, Raven became…well obsessed with alchemy. She did her homework for her new school, don’t get me wrong. But that’s where her free time went.

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That and gardening, which I taught her all about. But even that was about alchemy. But I guess I couldn’t complain. She could be out doing worse.

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But, we eventually found the time to sit them both down.

“There’s no correct way to really say this. So we’re going to present the facts. I used to be a ghost, until your Mom found a witch to bring me back to life.” Ransom started.

Roland looked at him like he had smoked crack. Raven raised her eyebrows in interest.

“Your Grandma Beverly and your Great-Grandma Lotta also used to be ghosts too and were brought back to life.” Ransom continued.

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“Dad….have you been feeling well? Maybe you got too close to some fumes on that car you’ve been trying to rebuild..” Roland said.

Ransom sighed “I’m fine.”

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“It’s true. I know it sounds nuts, but it’s true. Now, it’s not like we all planned this. Your Grandpa Gavin wasn’t like “Oh hey, I’ll fall in love with a ghost too and my daughter can only be with a ghost. ” No, that’s not how it was. It’s just…happened that way.” I explained.

“It is possible.” Raven stated, clearly thinking. “Roland, we do have a Eric in the family. He used to be a fairy. We know certain towns are full of werewolves, witches and vampires. So why not ghosts coming back to life?” Raven questioned.

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“Look, I know it’s hard to believe. But we have proof.” Ransom told them.

I dragged out our stack of old newspaper clippings. Proof of what happened to Lotta Greaves, Beverly Parrott and Ransom Clavell.

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The kids went off to Roland’s room to read them over and to talk to each other. While Ransom and I sat by the fire.

“That went better than I thought it would.” I admitted to Ransom. There was no yelling. Nothing got broken. No one was admitted to the mental hospital. Yep, it went good.

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The next day was Love Day – Valentine’s Day. Ransom and I found a love detector at the festival grounds. We decided to try it out. We got “Passionate – Every second with the two of you is like a poem – every kiss a song.” Sweet.

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Then we danced outside. I took the lead – Ransom don’t always get to be the dude. It was a lovely spring day for the festival.

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Then he gave me a romantic massage to end the day.

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Well, that didn’t end the day…if you know what I mean. Thankfully, hot tubs do not freak out Ransom. Since he can touch the bottom at all times, and doesn’t worry about going under.

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The next day I could have used another massage. Raven asked me to teach her how to drive. I agreed, of course.

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That was a stressful but fulfilling day with my daughter. But a precious memory. For both of us.

The next day it was on to something that Roland wanted…

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And while there, I met an interesting lady. A fortune-teller and witch. She had what Roland wanted. But I kept her in the back of my mind. There was something I needed to find out. And I wasn’t sure if a Hospital would be able to tell me.

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The thing that Roland wanted? A puppy! He wanted a firehouse dog. But not a Dalmatian. He said he didn’t want to be stereotype.

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I’ll admit, little Annabelle is a cutie. And it’ll be nice to have an inside pet again.

Then we got a huge surprise!

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Buffy showed up in our front yard one day. Roland was thrilled to see her, but didn’t seemed shocked like the rest of us. My guess is, they had this planned. Since he didn’t seem too upset when we left Appy Plains. She also is going to be a firefighter, so they’ll see each other a lot. I think my son might have found the one for him. But, it’s still early. Afterall. I thought Sebastian was it for me at one point in time.

3~28 Goodbye To You

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Roland started his last year of High School. It was hard to believe it. He also started thinking of possible careers. Including one I wasn’t crazy about. Being a Firefighter. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an honorable and heroic career. But it’s a dangerous one.

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Raven started a little bake stand, which was cute. Her prices, not so much.

“10 bucks for a cookie???” Roland asked her, looking at the price list. “Do you think you’re Starbucks or something?”

“If you can’t afford it Sir, please move along.” Raven stated, in a business like tone.

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Skye was just busy being a toddler. And playing with her doll, Rocky. You know, I don’t even know where the heck these dolls come from. I even had one…and then they just vanish. I have no idea what happened to Patrick. None. It’s freaking weird.

We decided to throw a costume party for Halloween.

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Some of us dressed with purpose, like myself. I dressed with Dad in mind. Others….not so much.

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Raven and Skye decided to ignore everyone and play peek-a-boo. It was adorable.

But the main reason I wanted to throw the party…

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So I could invite Buffy’s parents! Other than it being creepy that my husband and Buffy’s Dad both dressed as Hot Dogs…Quinn and Lenore ended up being really cool people.

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After the party, Ransom spent some time with our son. Playing soccer. In our garden. Why in our garden? Guy logic.

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The next night, it was time to carve pumpkins. Even Killian wanted to carve a pumpkin with us.

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After that, Roland rushed inside and showered. It was Prom night. He was meeting Buffy there…I think he sensed that I wanted to talk to her. Grill her. Whatever you want to call it. I was thinking maybe I needed a hobby.

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After Roland left, I went downstairs to watch the girls play. That made my night.

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Harmz’s Birthday came. Things were really changing.

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“Bess. Eric, Skye and I are moving out.” Harmz blurted out. Just as I had taken a bite of cake. I choked on it and had to take a few minutes to catch my breath. And my thoughts.

“Moving?” I asked in a whisper.

“Eric needs to travel for this job now. He’s doing that Doctor without borders type thing. Except with therapy.” She explained.

“It’s not anything any of you did.” Eric added on.

I had begun to wonder that deep down. At least it wasn’t us.

“We won’t be leaving until after Christmas. And after Jacoby’s trial. We have to testify first. Then we can leave. We’d also like to take Dakota with us. But we have to leave Killian here…obviously it’d be hard to travel with a horse.” Harmz told me.

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I got up and cuddled Skye. I wasn’t sure how to handle this news. I was so used to having a house full of people and a cat around. It had always been that way, in my life anyway. Bae leaving had been hard too. But it was just one person that time. It was going to be a huge adjustment.

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I wasn’t sure how to tell the kids. But I decided not to that night, since they were going to go out trick or treating. I didn’t want to bum them out.

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Fall faded into Winter. After the first snow, I taught the kids how to build an igloo. And I also broke the news about Harmz, Eric, Skye and Dakota moving. Yes, I had agreed to Dakota going. Technically Harmz had been the one to name him and first bonded with him. I was going to miss him. I was going to miss them all. I think we all were.

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………I wasn’t sure what to say to this. She was supposed to make a snow angel….

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We did our tradition of going to look at Christmas lights. For the last time together….I blamed my sniffling on the cold weather.

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Dakota became an elderly kitty. I was glad we got to celebrate his Birthday with him before they all left at least.

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I hadn’t said it, but Ransom always seems to know when I’m upset. He pulled me into Roland’s room and gave me a very nice distraction. And comfort.

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A few nights later, Harmz asked me to build a snowman with her. Just us. I said okay and we went outside.

“Bess…I know you’re sad about us leaving. And I’m sorry about that. We aren’t doing it to hurt you.” Harmz said, as she focused on shaping the snowman.

“I know that. I really do. It just…I’m really used to having a full house. It’s always been that way. It’s just going to be a huge change. But I get why you guys are leaving.” I told her.

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“So…are we cool?” She asked me.

I nodded “We’re cool.”

“We’ll visit. I promise.” Harmz vowed.

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We celebrated Christmas together, inviting the usual peeps.

A few days after Christmas, Jacoby’s trail took place. Harmz and Eric both had to testify. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with a chance of parole after 15. We all vowed to do anything we have to do to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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We got to celebrate one last thing together. Skye’s Birthday. I made her a cake with love. And maybe a few tears. Though I had accepted what was going to happen.

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I was shocked when Harmz insisted I held Skye when she blew out her candles, but happy and honored.

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We kept it just the family for this one.

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I think Skye is actually a decent blend of both Eric and Harmz. Plus some of her Native American genetics in there too.

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Skye ate her cake, then found another way to celebrate her Birthday.

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Raven wanted to play with Skye as well. I think it was kind of nice for Raven to have someone kind of close in age to her around for a bit.

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The day of the move came. I said my goodbyes to Eric and to Skye.

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And then to Harmz. Honestly I kind of felt like I was saying farewell to another sibling. I love my brother, but he has sucked about visiting. I hoped Harmz would be better about it.

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I wish Bae had taught Ransom the Gonzalo dance moves, because…do I need to explain it? Yeah. Skye was laying on the ground too. Harmz said she needed to be one with the Earth…

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This was pretty cute though.

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“You call that a kiss??” Harmz asked, after yanking Eric out from behind the booth. Where do they get their special Wheaties that gives them so much strength? I want some.

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I had to get this picture on my phone’s camera. It was too perfect to pass up.

After the Fall festival, I headed to the park with Ransom and Raven. Harmz, Eric and Skye went home.

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By the time the food was all grilled, it was getting dark.

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After we ate, Ransom played with the kids in the sand box. I watched from the park bench, thinking how blessed I am. Things haven’t always been easy, but it had been worth it.

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We would have stayed later, but someone told us it was time to go home.

A few days later, a special day arrived. One that I wasn’t ready for.

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I tried to cope the best way I knew how. Snuggling a baby.

“Mom…you okay?” Roland asked me.

“Uh-huh.” I said, snuggling Skye. I don’t think he believed me.

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My little girl had her Birthday. She was going to head off to school. Make friends. Not want to hang out with her Mom anymore probably…I was bummed. But happy too. To get to see her grow.

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We had a small party. We just invited family.

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I think both kids look a lot like their Dad. Though the Gonzalo nose seems to survive every generation.

We ate pie and cake, while Raven was already talking about going to school. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with myself while she was at school. I no longer worked. Didn’t need to. I had accomplished my dream job, plus we were well off, due to hard work by each family member that had come before us, and all of us as well.

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I saw Raven off for her first day of school. Roland said he’d look out for her, which I appreciated it. Made me feel a bit better.

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After they left, I went to spoil Skye. Still dressed in my jammies. I didn’t have anywhere to be, so why get dressed until I felt like it?

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Ransom went out and bought an old, tore down, car. He said he was going to fix it up. He’s never really been the tinker type, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. But it gave him something to do. He had been a little stir crazy since quitting the force.

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Harmz and Eric soon experienced what Ransom and I had. Their baby was going to have a birthday. I noticed they spent extra time with her before the big day. I totally got it. So I tried not to interfere with their time with her.

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Eric asked to have a homemade cake for Skye’s Birthday. I was happy to make one for her.

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Skye’s Birthday arrived and I wasn’t sure what Harmz was doing…but she eventually picked her daughter up and blew out the candles on the cake for her.

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“Mom…why did Harmony put Skye on the floor? There’s no ground in here…” Raven asked, totally confused.

“Well…I think she wanted to…..” I paused. I was stumped…”I’ve got nothin’.” I didn’t get it myself.

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I was kind of hoping that Skye would end up having Harmz’s hair color, but nope. She actually ended up with the shade of hair color that her Great Grandma Cheyenne had. Underneath the highlights that is. But she did end up with grey eyes, like Aunt Gabby, Grandma Lotta and moi. Genetics are interesting sometimes.

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We sat down and ate cake. I had a feeling I was going to get tired of cake soon.

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Roland had become good friends with Bear. I was glad. Most of the time I forget they aren’t cousins by blood, because it seems like it. Though I kind of worried about Bear at times. His Mom was getting up there in years. She was his last parent left. If she passed before he turned eighteen…I just hoped it didn’t come to that.

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I was so glad that Eric and Harmz got married. And had Skye. I loved having the house full. It was what I was used to. It’s what I had grown up with. Sure at times, it was annoying. But you never had to stare at an empty house and feel alone.

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Eric got Skye potty trained. No more diapers!

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Raven told all of us that she’s our Queen. Not Princess. Queen. My daughter aims high.

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Skye was a fussy little thing. Which kind of made me feel better about Raven’s behavior as a toddler…is that a bad thing?

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But Harmz seemed to handle it well. She figured out tricks to calm her down and so Harmz could take naps. Harmz loves her naps.

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Not to say she spent all her time with Skye napping. Harmz taught her how to talk.

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Yep. I felt better about Raven’s tantrums. Sorry Harmz!

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“Let’s get you all cleaned up so we can work on your learning to walk, okay?” Harmz asked Skye, softly.

I took it easy in the rocking chair, reading. While those two did that. I was just kind of hanging around. Not doing much. Outside of cleaning and cooking. I was kind of bored, to be honest.

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Though I did get to film Harmz teaching Skye how to walk. That was pretty great.

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Eric’s Birthday came. He’d finally get to lose his fairy wings, like he’d been wanting to do since he married Harmony. So he was excited.

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I was excited to get to do a Birthday party in my pajamas instead of dressing up. Sad, but true.

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We celebrated Eric’s Birthday by going to the Carnival in town. Actually we just used it as an excuse to go. Mama needed to go do something fun!

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A cat we had never seen before harassed Ransom’s for his cotton candy. It was pretty hilarious.

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Eric tried out a new haircut for his Birthday….just say no to the bad weave, dude. Just say NO.

Outside of Eric’s hair crisis, we had a pretty fun day as a family.

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When we got home, Raven wanted Ransom to read her to sleep. Awwwww.

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It was so darn sweet to watch. I love watching Ransom with our kids. Makes me love him even more.

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Raven was up bright and early the next morning. I guess the bedtime story allowed her to get a good sleep. She woke me up, yelling at “bandits” and threatening to hang them. A little creepy on the hanging part…but it was still cute.

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Somehow Skye slept through the whole thing. Lucky.

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Then Raven tried out Aunt Gabby’s old easy bake oven. She made pretty good tasting blueberry muffins – my favorite muffin by the way – I was impressed.

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After the muffins, she tried to beat Roland at Chess. She took the loss surprisingly well at least.

After Chess, Roland snuck off. Okay. He didn’t do that. He walked off normally. But my Mom senses were tingling.

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Ah-ha! I pretended to rake up leaves, while my son presented his “friend” with flowers. I think he even asked her to a dance.

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My baby had his first kiss!! I started crying and Ransom had to drag me away. Telling me he wanted me to look at his car. I couldn’t believe it. Roland had his first kiss. Before I knew it, he’d be getting married…having babies. Oh muffins, I’d be a Grandma.

I later found out, through pestering, that his special friend’s name is Buffy Summers. Uhh..was my son dating a vampire slayer??

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We ended the day at the Pool, since it was oddly a warm day and night for late Fall. Plus Ransom told me I needed to calm down. Spending time with family usually does that for me.

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Ransom stayed in a lounge chair, like usual. I can’t blame him though. If I had drowned in a past life, I wouldn’t want to swim either.

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Harmz and Eric were going to go on their honeymoon to Monta Vista, but…

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Harmz wasn’t feeling up to making the trip. I was pretty sure I knew why too and told her she should go to the Doctor.

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Ransom taught Roland how to drive. I volunteered to help but Roland told me he wanted “guy time” with his Dad. Well I’m not a guy, so I guess that violates the laws of “guy time”. But I was still very proud of him for learning to drive.

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Harmz went to the Doctor and confirmed what I thought. She was pregnant and she celebrated..by riding Killian. Guess that’s better than celebrating your pregnancy by going pole dancing.

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I went inside to eat my freshly baked cheery pie and a certain guy wanted my help with his homework.

“You sure you don’t want to put this under guy time with your Dad?” I asked, teasing him. I wasn’t mad about the whole guy thing. But I had to tease my son.

“Mooooom.” Roland whined, sighing.

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After helping one kid, I was on to the next. Dinner time. But after I fed Raven, she was having a fit. Sometimes, deep inside. I wondered why at times she was as sweet as can be and other times…but she was a toddler. And My Dad was a bit of a diva. And maybe Roland had spoiled me when he was a toddler. I didn’t want to think about the other reason it could possibly be.

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Plus once Eric picked her up and tickled her, she was as happy as could be. Giggling like mad. He was happy about the baby. I knew he and Harmz would make great parents. And it was nice to see Eric happy, because he had been told he had to wait for his fae-ness to go away totally until his next Birthday. That had made him kind of disappointed.

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I had Harmz and Eric sit down with the very pregnancy books Ransom and I had read after I got pregnant with Roland. These books had been passed down in our family from my grandparents. Just because something is old, doesn’t mean it can’t give you useful information.

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I took Raven out for a stroll behind the house, I was missing her being a tiny baby. She was growing like a weed and Roland. Well he wasn’t my little baby anymore. He had learned to drive! Before I knew it, he would be graduating. Starting his adult life…finding someone to love. Then I freaked myself out with the idea of being a Grandparent and had to calm myself down.

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I think Ransom was kind of missing us having a baby too. He spent a few nights pretending to sketch, when he was actually watching Raven play with Dallas.

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Harmz kept up with her painting, planning to take a break from it after the baby came. Though she did it mostly at home, instead of at her studio.

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We carved our annual pumpkins. I really did miss Dad making those faces while we did them, but the memory always made me smile and laugh.

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Eric gave Harmz a back massage, after helping her up off the ground. I’ll tell you, it is not freaking easy getting up from anywhere while pregnant.

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That was pretty darn sweet. And Eric must really eat his Wheaties…

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Naturally, we had to get in our baby bump time! Hey, I had to put up with it. Harmony got to join the club.

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Though, Eric and Harmony were the cutest while bonding with the baby.

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Harmz handled it better than me though and even got in on the action herself.

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“Oh c’mon, I could totally catch the baby when it comes out!” Roland exclaimed one evening before bed.

“NO.” Harmz stated and started waddling off.

I’m not sure what his thing is with trying to catch babies. He wanted to do the same thing when I went into labor with Raven. It’s kind of cute in a way actually…..not that I’d let him actually try. That would be dangerous.

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Harmz started practicing her Mommy skills on Raven, which didn’t bother me one bit. I kind of did the same thing with Bear before I had Roland.

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We decided to throw an early Thanksgiving party, because we weren’t sure when Harmz would pop. Boy did she like those turkey legs.

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Surprise! She went into labor right in the middle of the party. It’s actually not the first time something like this has happened in this family. So it really shouldn’t have been a surprise. The babies in our family like to make grand entrances.

We sent everyone home and Eric helped Harmony downstairs. Harmz had decided to deliver at home, which was a first in our family. Of course, we could call the Hospital if we needed and they had hired a nice and qualified midwife to help.

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Harmony gave birth to little Skye Gabrielle Callahan that night. And somehow was standing up after it. Without drugs. She’s nuts.

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Ransom helped Harmz get settled back into bed and comfortable. Well as comfortable as she was going to be, while Eric and I took Skye to her nursery. Eric was one proud Daddy.

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Winter blasted into our lives, leaving snow all over the ground.

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Ransom invited me into the little loft area of our barn. He had something important to talk to me about.

“I want to leave the police force.” Ransom told me and then seemed to hold his breath. Staring at me.

I stared back at him, letting it sink in. I wasn’t upset. I had always supported him being a cop, even though it had worried me. And with good reason, considering he had been shot in the line of duty. But thankfully he had survived. And then we had gone through that whole…other Ransom thing…I still had supported him returning to work.

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“Okay.” I told him. He’d be safer. I wasn’t going to say no to that.

“Okay?” Ransom questioned, eyeing me.

I laughed a little “Yeah, okay. You know I support you and selfishly, you being safer…well I’m not going to complain about that.” I explained to him.

He nodded, smiling slightly. “I just feel like it’s time. I’m missing parts of our kids lives. Them growing up. It’s just..time.”

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So Ransom quit the police force. I knew eventually he’d find some other job for himself, he’s a workaholic. Not having some job would drive him crazy. I looked forward to having him around more, not only for our kids, but for myself.

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Ransom asked me to go ice skating with him. We hadn’t gone for a bit, so I said yes. We left Harmz and Eric at home with the kids. Roland said he’d help take care of the girls, so I didn’t feel bad about it.

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Then Ransom took me out to dinner, I honestly couldn’t remember the last time it had been just the two of us out to dinner. I really couldn’t.

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We came home to this sight, which was freaking cute. 037

That wasn’t freaking cute however…my Mommy senses tingled.

“Who was that???” I asked Roland. The girl had left and I wasn’t going to chase her down. That might get me arrested.

“A friend from school.” Roland replied, picking up his homework. He motioned it towards me and walked off to do it.

Mmmhmmm…friend.

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“You guys do know there’s a perfectly good gym in town, right?” I asked, while trying to read the paper. Trying, being the keyword. Kind of hard to focus with loud techno music blasting at you.

“It’s cold outside Mom.” Roland told me. I’m sure his thought was “Yeah, we know. But it’s cold and I don’t feel like going out.”

“It’s cold outside?!!” I gasped, in fake shock. That earned me three looks that told me not to interfere with their workout time. I shook my head and left the room.

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I was going to hold Skye, but Harmz had her. And it’s not like I’m gonna shove Harmz out-of-the-way of her own baby so I can hold Skye.

So I went to hold my own baby, well toddler…

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How did he get down there?! And changed?! Ugh. So I went to hold Dakota for a bit. He’s adorable too.

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Then I went to try to hold Skye again….Roland had her. In our family, you have to wait your turn to hold babies. I’m not even joking.

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See, an actual line. But at least we all know that our kids get plenty of love and care this way.

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We went out to see the Christmas lights and guess who finally got to hold Skye? Me!

Then it was time for our annual Christmas gift giving party.

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Though for some reason, Raven had no interest in the presents. She just wanted to play in the toy box. We gave up trying to get her to stay by the gifts after the fourth time. She was happy in the toy box. That was the main thing.

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I think Ransom had too much eggnog, but hey. Tis the season I guess.

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Small note – So I tried to have Eric denounce the Fae. Nothing happened. Tried again. Nothing. I even went into CAS to see if I could just turn him human. Nope. It wasn’t until I aged him up to an adult, which yes I had to do before his Birthday (he is actually supposed to be older than Bess, if it were not for his fairy-ness.) that his wings went away. Not sure if it’s just my game or what. But I wanted it to be part of the story that he wanted to give up the fae for Harmz, so I had to work with what I had.