Dagon pulled her in for a hug. He felt really emotional about moving out and starting his new life. He'd really miss everyone, but he knew his place was beside Percy.
Evandrus walked by his brother and cousin, trying to ignore their conversation. He couldn't help but roll his eyes. Their romantic feelings seemed so petty to Evandrus. He was worried about things of a grander nature - like the war in the Fae Realm. There had to be some way to help his father and the twins' father win the war. Even if he never set foot in the Realm, it was clearly run by tyrants. And that was never a positive thing.
"Has there been an emergency?" Percy asked, slight panic tinging his voice.
Dagon chuckled. "Course not. But it's Aoife's birthday. And I have a surprise for you."
Percy groaned, relieved. "Okay, okay. I'll see what I can do."
After scarfing down her cake, Aoife retreated to her room. She knew she made her family uncomfortable in her wolf form. They'd never tell her so, but she could see the fear etched on their faces. Besides, it was the first day of her adult life. It was time to pack and move to Kari's.
"Percy," Dagon began. "I didn't just ask you here for Aoife's birthday. I was also hoping we could, maybe, exchange our vows? I know it's not anything fancy, but I just can't wait to be your husband."
Percy grinned and took Dagon's hand. "I, Percival Blessington, take you, Dagon Maesson to be my lawfully wedded husband. In sickness and health and all of those other things. Can we get to the kissing part now?"
Dagon did his best not to burst into laughter. "I, Dagon Maesson, take you, Percival Blessingon, to be my lawfully wedded husband and all those things you said. Now, let's kiss!"
Dagon was taken aback. He didn't really know how to feel about this. He thought he'd have time to settle in as Percy's husband before he even thought about kids. But he grew up in a huge family and had always wanted a family of his own. Starting so early was unexpected, but he certainly wasn't about to turn away a little girl who needed a family. Dagon pulled Percy into a hug. "That's definitely a surprise, but I think it's great news! I can't wait to be your baby daddy!"
Percy laughed, relieved that Dagon had taken the news so well. After another hour spent with the Maesson family, Dagon packed his things up and started on his new life with Percy.
Illdrid smiled at him, "If that's what you want, sweetheart. But it's certainly not required.
Elisedd shuddered. "Good. I think it would just interfere with my goals to become a world famous chess player."
Diarmuid rolled his eyes. "Really, El? There's no such thing as a famous chess player."
"Come on, mom. Why are you being so formal and weird? Married life is great. But I want to hear about what's going on at the house! No matter how happy I am with Percy, I'll always miss the chaos of home."
Dagon grinned. "Wouldn't miss it for the world! We'll bring Kylee."
Illdrid leaned in and hugged her son goodbye. Now that they were having company, she suddenly realized how much work she had to do to get the house ready.
Diarmuid looked at his aunt like she just lost her mind. When was he ever not nice?
Kylee quirked an eyebrow. "And you have wings."
Elisedd caught the sarcasm. "Touche."
"So, when are you going to make like your cousin here and start giving me grandbabies?" Shae asked when she cornered the two older children in the living room.
"Mom!" Aoife groaned with a smile. "Kari and I are both very busy with our careers. That comes first."
Dagon leaned in close to his aunt. "Not to rub it in, and don't tell my mom yet, but Percy and I are in the process of adopting another child. If all goes well, we will have a son!"
He spun around, a look of shock and horror on his face. "Do I know you?" he asked, feigning ignorance, but his eyes told the truth.
Illdrid smiled seductively, trying not to feel hurt. "We had some fun, back in our prime. You invited me to your winery. We drank and enjoyed ourselves. You don't remember?"
Illdrid backed up a step. "Oh! I'm so sorry. I just thought..."
"You thought wrong," Grant replied coldy and stalked off.
"Come on, El. You're doing the squat all wrong. You're going to hurt your knees," Diarmuid shouted, frustrated at his brother's lack of athleticism.
Elisedd just grunted in response. He wasn't sure how exercise was going to help, but he hoped that at least it would placate his brother.
Illdrid frowned. "Just some guy I had a fling with. After Michael," she snorted. "So long ago...another lifetime."
Shae tilted her head, remembering back that far. "So, this guy...could he be the baby's father? Dagon's father?"
Illdrid shrugged. It could have been. It could have been Michael, too. She didn't know. She didn't really care.
"What about James?" Shae asked, trying to let the subject of the mystery man dissipate.
"What about him?" Illdrid retorted. "He's off fighting the war that we inadvertently started. He and Drest. And countless other. For all we know, they could all be dead."
Shae sighed, thinking fondly of the boys' father. She tried not the think about him much. Sometimes, it was nice to imagine that they had never been ejected from the Realm. Or that they had, and he came just to be with her. But reality...reality was some stupid war and a Realm she didn't even want to go back to.
Aoife, walking home from work, stumbled upon her cousin hard at work. "Hey, Ev. What are you doing?"
"Making an igloo," Evandrus responded. "I wouldn't oppose help. But I don't have time for idle chit chat."
Aoife smiled and began packing the snow into big, smooth blocks. "You certainly haven't changed much."
For a moment, Aoife looked puzzled, before chuckling and turning away. "See ya later, then." There was no response.
Diarmuid looked over at his cousin and saw the girl behind him. Blue hair. Piercings.
Elisedd looked at her, trying to remain expressionless. "What the hell happened to her?" he whispered.
Diarmuid frowned. "That's what I'd like to know..."
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Ugh, finally. This chapter was really difficult to write. I had so many pictures, but nothing terribly exciting happened. Didn't help that I didn't have much time what with the holidays. Next chapter, Evandrus becomes a young adult. And then...Generation 2 can finally start taking over! In case no one noticed, I added a tab where you can view the Sims in each generation and download them once they become a YA. I also think I'm going to add a tab with each generation roll, in case anyone wants to peek!