Thank you Carewren for all you do for the community. Huge hugs from my Simself to you, hope to continue seeing you around the community you are such a gem!
Thank you Carewren for all you do for the community. Huge hugs from my Simself to you, hope to continue seeing you around the community you are such a gem!
It was well into the wee hours of the morning, Enrique and Tatiana put a good dent into their studies, even though sometimes they would trail off into weird segments of stare offs and giggles, but the pair enjoyed being together it curiously felt right.
For Tatiana, it was an unexpected crush she truly had no time for, and after tonight she would not give it a second thought.
For Enrique, it was an opportunity to befriend the source and the reason for this case, but he would be lying if he said he was not enjoying her company.
He kept telling himself all night that this was wrong leading her on like this he was truly way older even if he was pretending to be her age and looked her age, he wasn’t and had to tread lightly. Yet, Tatiana turned out to be an incredibly intelligent young woman, with an incredible personality, her laugh, and those eyes…holy creator they were…’stop it Enrique Flores…say good-night, shake her hand…walk away…’
An awkward pause ensued before he ended the evening, “I really should go, I have overstayed my welcome but I thank you for your company and hospitality, I learned quite a bit from you Tati.” He said in earnest.
Tatiana couldn’t even respond to his smooth silky voice, she was infatuated, entranced, skipping koalas she was toast, “No, uh no thank you for your eyes, I mean mouth I mean hair…I mean good night, morning…bye.” ‘Damn it Tati’ She thought to herself so flustered she couldn’t even look his way.
Enrique hesitated intentionally, kissed her hands…
and departed…when he left the home Mamie rounded the corner and proclaimed, “‘e ‘as a nice tooshie.”
Tatiana was appalled at her mother’s assessment of her study partner, “How long have you been standing there, and why in the name of inappropriateness were you staring at his rear?”
“Long enough to ‘ear your pathetic excuse for love words,” Mockingly she added, “No, thank you for your eyes, I mean your mouth, I mean your…” She giggled.
Tatiana embarrassed anew recognized, “ok ok for Creators sake, I suck at flirting. I get it but can you help me? I have been a nun up until this point he is the first guy I think is attractive.”
Maime busied herself in the kitchen putting dishes away, “Well Thank goodness you like someone I was starting to worry.”
“Maime please it was just harmless flirting.”
Enrique walked about a block away from the home before he called his friend back home. “C, I don’t have much to share at the moment. I just inserted myself into her life to get more facts…I know I know I was to only observe but that only belabors the issue at hand…Ok, I know it’s dangerous and outside of protocol but I can take care of myself…We cannot risk any errors this is not your typical 17 year old, I will call you with more details soon…”
To Be Continued...
Enrique was her late night visitor and he looked like he was there to pick her up for a date. She wondered if she miscommunicated. There was a language barrier so it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Uncanny heart palpitations were occurring within Tatiana’s organ chambers and she wished to the Creator that they would go away. Her life was too complicated to add one more thing to the ever-increasing laundry list of situations to figure out, she did not need…oh damn…too late, this guy was HOT. When he walked into her house it was as if a summer garden followed him inside, he smelled like a dozen different flowers all at once.
Thick head of hair, full chewable lips, chiseled facial features it was amazing how golden his eyes were it’s like she could see the Garden of Life from within them, don’t get her started on his body – it made her knees noodley and she was ever so thankful she was holding the door or was the door holding her….
“Hotness confirmed…” She mumbled.
“Excuse me?” He questioned.
Tatiana started picking on the thread of her pajama bottoms and quickly countered, “I mean it’s sweltering outside want to come in? I mean it’s late but please come in, I was going to make cuteness, tea, juice, coffee…umm…all three because I can never decide what I really am thirsty for so I make all three then I decide, have you decided…what to drink…perhaps…” She rambled horrifically.
Enrique couldn’t help but chuckle, she was nervous, she liked him, he could pick up on her adrenaline, dilated pupils and high pitched voice and he…was pleased that she did, this meant he had an in. He could use this to his advantage to get to know her better and get Intel. Find out what he needed to finish the case and get back to his beloved home he missed so much.
Enrique got surprisingly close to Tatiana’s face, “Sure, some tea sounds perfecto.”
Tatiana awkwardly filed into the kitchen to prepare the tea, “What are you doing here so late, I thought you had a party tonight?”
“Yes, it was getting too out of control, so I asked Bella what you were up to. She said you’d be pulling an all-nighter for your make-up test, I would rather do science too. So I invited myself over, Bella told me where you lived.”
Tatiana looked as if she was affronted by Bella’s audacity. What if this guy was a stalker, a sociopath, a Gunther Jr part II. Bella is an incredible judge of character but, they didn’t know this dreamboat from Adam. She would need to talk to Bella about this.
Enrique noticed her mulling over the information, “Do you mind? I hope I am not being too impulsive if I have overstepped…”
Tatiana reconsidered her previous dramatic reflections, “It’s studying for a test not your hand in marriage Enrique, you’re fine to stay and study If you want.”
“You can call me Ricky.”
“Everyone calls me Tati”
Enrique muttered, “You are beautiful.”
“What did you say?”
“Your name, I said it is beautiful.”
Enrique was furious with himself, two minutes in her presence and he was already spewing sonnets and terms of endearment to the unsuspecting soul…he needed to get his crap together and fast. This girl wasn’t as innocent as she appeared, he discerned. Now, to get to the bottom of her true story, “SO Ecological Succession…”
Tatiana wasn’t simple minded, she heard him correctly, or was she just utterly losing it? She really didn’t need this in her life but, he was beautiful, “Yeah, Ecological Succession…”
To Be Continued…
Tatiana was completing her homework when the world became hazy and her adrenaline kicked in… her surroundings became black & white again indicating another vision she would be privy to. Tatiana would just assume say ‘no thank you I am good’ and walk away from the gift of foresight but she was never in control of her powers.She found herself staring at another version of herself but she was older and talking to a cute little kid that seemed to look up to her…He grabbed the violin and played a haunting song that seemed to come from his very soul.Once the song ended the young man hugged her, making her feel intense love for him.When she was transported to her present day she felt an immediate loss without the boy’s existence. She was out of sorts, melancholy so she picked up her cell phone and called Bella immediately…but there was no answer so she left her a message…“Um, Hey, uh it’s me…I um was just checking on you and ok well this is a lame message but wanted to hear your voice…chat with you soon.” She hung up the phone and sighed. She immediately received a text message back that read: Later that afternoon the two friends met at the Simmal Cinemas for the long awaited horror flick sequel that all the teens were raving about called “Twinkle – The Vampire Tales.”Tatiana barely frequented the movies or any other extracurricular activity as she was drowning in school work most of the time but after the vision she had, it was important for her to spend time with her best friend. She needed to feel normal and going out with Bella was as close as she was going to get to normal.While the two girls purchased their tickets and snacks, Tatiana smelled that familiar aroma she couldn’t place, she knew Sophia was not too far away with the Queen Bees lead by Eliza. Mortimer was accompanying them …The new guy Enrique happened to be there too but he was with another group of students that looked to be transfers as well.“Well, If I would have known the whole school would be here I would have planned an after party!” Bella stated cheerfully.
Sophia looked disgusted with Bella and Tatiana. As if their sheer presence was offensive to her, “If you would have planned an after party we would have said ‘love to go really'” She replied sarcastically. “Bella I have told you in the past how you can always join us, but that pathetic girl you call ‘friend’ is of no use to us.”Bella and Tatiana had a million conversations in the past and could never figure out why Sophia hated them so. They assumed it was just her affiliation with Eliza, and how much Eliza has hated Tatiana since they were in elementary school. It was situations like this that reminded them both how shallow and silly the Queen Bees were, not to mention infuriating!The Queen Bees were snickering and giving Tatiana the stink eye. Sophia’s problem was she never knew when to call it quits. The club members support of Sophia’s ridiculous confrontation did not help matters. “Honestly, we thought you would get over your terrible taste in friends because they are pitiful.”Tatiana could sense Mortimer was fuming as if he wanted to jump to her aid. It was apparent she didn’t deserve this treatment, yet he was a coward. His girlfriend was really close by and defending Tatiana in front of her club mates would be a recipe for disaster. She understood and did not hold it against him.Bella on the other hand, lived to confront these monsters, she actually looked forward to them starting crap, it was her ‘superpower’ she called it. Tati was the smart and kind one, she was the ‘defender of the innocent’ – Bella once told Tati when they were kids.Red faced she got real close to Sophia’s face with raised voice, “Why would I ever join your fake-ass club with your fake-ass pretentiousness? Why would I ever degrade my morals and values just to be labeled popular? To be a part of this group of lunatics? I would rather be in the company of a person that has more value in her pinky than you all do collectively, so f….” Tatiana grabbed her to pull her back…the last thing she wanted was a fight. There were too many of them, Bella and herself would surely lose.Enrique was getting closer to the gaggle of raised voices he was concerned for the underdogs, it was none of his business but he would not hesitate to jump in if he absolutely had to. He could use it as an excuse to get closer to Tatiana anyways.Eliza enraged at the last insult against her best friend stepped in front of Sophia to have her turn against Tatiana and Bella, but Sophia shoved her out of the way. By the looks of it, Sophia was way stronger than the scrawny Eliza.
Tatiana could feel that sick prickly sensation indicating her lack of control, she looked away just in case she made a public spectacle of who she truly was…Mortimer finally interjected in hopes to defuse the problem, “Sophia, Eliza please let’s just all head inside the movies and chill.”
Nancy noticed Mortimer’s interruption and frowned. Tatiana was aware of Nancy’s hatred toward her. She couldn’t quite figure out why, maybe it was her inability to stand up for herself, maybe it was that she was jealous of her academic prowess, she knew Nancy’s parents always fussed at her for never making the honor roll. Nancy never verbalized her insecurities regarding Tatiana, she didn’t have to, her body language was a poster board for her disapproval of her.Bella broke free from Tatiana’s hold and pounced on her attacker, a shower of slushy escaped her hand and fell on Sophia’s face. Sophia’s eyes burned. Eliza was mortified. Mortimer stupefied. Nancy thankful she didn’t get slushied.Enrique’s concern for Tatiana intensified. They even drew a crowd of spectators. Sophia agitated, and prepared for a physical fight with Bella however Tatiana was able to seize Bella’s attention and escaped the forthcoming battle, “It’s not worth it Bella, let’s go home!” She commanded looking away.Tatiana was thankful she could, for the first time keep her emotions in check…progress..she thought to herself…Meanwhile, Mortimer shrugged them all off without an explanation, he was ashamed of his girlfriend and her friends. He was emotionally spent trying to keep up appearances with Nancy. He simply made his way to his car after the confrontation.Nancy quickly noticed his departure and wondered why he didn’t tell her he wanted to go…she was left questioning why he was so offended, surely it wasn’t because of those two losers was it, she must have thought?Enrique decided to make his move, he would go after the two girls that were verbally attacked to ensure they were ok. This would be his in, and he was ready.Eliza turned to Sophia and whispered so only she can hear “Oh honey you ok?!” She realized how intimate that sounded and blushed deeply.
To Be Continued…
Enrique had to catch up to the girls before they turned the corner he wanted the encounter to seem normal and not staged. Willow creek was nothing like it was back home, he was not used to the culture in this place. Everyone seemed used to saying the first thing that came to their heart and enjoyed putting others down, this really worried and confused the deepest part of Enrique, but these were teenagers after all, and he was warned about hormones and their customs during training.
He had secretly been following Tatiana around for the last few weeks, since the disappearance of Buddy was made known to the department. Buddy was Enrique’s partner and placed on this special assignment without him. Enrique was furious that he wasn’t looped in on this task alongside Buddy. He was left wondering why his chief kept him in the dark. He was ready for a high profile case and he’d be damned if he wasn’t included.
If it had not been for Enrique walking into his classes at the wrong time he would have never known.
His boss made the classic mistake of not locking his system when he left the office. He recalled seeing Tatiana’s face for the first time in the electronic file. Buddy’s name was linked to the agent in charge and the girls’ name and address was visible.
When he attempted to read the classified information, a password was requested that he hadn’t the knowledge of. When he heard his bosses footsteps down the hall he made it look like he was none the wiser.
Three weeks later his partner never returned from that assignment. Enrique was still left in the dark about Buddy’s whereabouts. Weirdly, the force did not ask him to join the hunt for Buddy thereafter. If he was curious before, he was even more concerned now.
Did they really believe he was that much of a novice he couldn’t handle a teenage girl? Yet he still doesn’t know how this young lady can be the perpetrator of any investigation. So, he took some personal time off from work. to do some fact finding of his own.
Now fast forward to the present. Honestly, though, he was not expecting Tatiana to be so affable, true she was a rare bird but so far nothing she observed could be labeled suspicious. What’s more is he did not expect her to be…well quite frankly so stunning, when she walked into the science class the day Professor F disappeared it was like an Angel herself arrived, the wind completely knocked out of him and had it not been for the professor requesting his attention he would have spent the entire class staring like a dumb ass.
Then when wind got round that Professor F went missing there was no doubt in his mind that these bizarre events were linked to his science room angel or was she the devil, he would find out.
“Hello there, I wanted to make sure you two were ok. Those kids back there were terrible and…well…I did not plan what I was going to say, just if you two ever need anything, I am Enrique by the way.”
He fumbled with his words, speaking their language was harder than he thought.
Bella still full of adrenaline and shock completely ignored his gesture of kindness, “Did you see that band of vipers?! Snakes the lot of them! I was being all nice, respectable and..”
Tatiana looked at Enrique and sweetly replied, “What she meant was thank you, and don’t worry about it. Eliza has been bullying me since forever, it’s nothing new, now she has a gang of them after me. I appreciate the concern, I usually just ignore them.”
Bella interrupted them, “I usually kick their a…”
Tatiana cut her off, “So thanks truly. Hey, you’re that transfer student in my science class!”
“Yes, I am glad to meet yoiu, you are?”
Bella was completely oblivious that Enrique was directing his question to Tatiana, “I’m Bella, this is my girl Tatiana.” She pointed at her friend. Enrique was smiling at Bella. She was scrappy but he admired her passion for her friend. It reminded him of his friendship with Buddy, which made him somber.
“Some of the exchange students in the program are getting together later for a party, if you are interested I would love to see you both there, mind if we exchange numbers?”
Bella again thinking Enrique was addressing her swooned and flirtatiously said, “Is a Freezer Bunny adorable? Of course we can trade numbers, silly…”
After Bella sent Enrique her number he looked directly at Tatiana, “Sure we can exchange numbers but I will probably pass tonight I have to make up for that C- in science if I want to go to Llama U.”
He nodded in understanding, “I know all about nature and elements if you ever need some help, it would be my pleasure.”
“I may need some tutoring too Myrique I mean Enrique, I am feeling a chemical reaction in my pants hahhahahaha…” Bella sang. Tatiana’s cheeks ablaze from embarrassment over her friends boldness.
Enrique didn’t understand what she meant but smiled warmly at Tatiana.
Later that evening she convinced Bella to go to the party without her. She really preferred to be alone after the escapades at the Movies. She took everyone’s advise and placed the figurines in her storage chest for safe keeping, she couldn’t keep torturing herself it wasn’t helping her figure anything out it was just depressing her further.
She put on her house clothes and readied herself for a long night of studying when she heard the door bell ring.
Mamie was sleeping so she hurried down the stairs before the bell rang again…when she opened the door Enrique was on the other side.
To Be Continued…
Tatiana walked to the garden where her mother was painting a portrait as she loved to do as of late. The morning was Tatiana’s favorite of all times of the day, things looked prettier and smelled new, she thought as she made her way to the painting easel.
Juliette’s old hands worked diligently, efficiently. They knew exactly were to work on the canvas and precisely how to sweep the colors chosen. “Morning!”
Juliette caught her daughter’s look of concern out of her peripheral, “Oui mon ange, to you too. Did you sleep well?” Juliette knew the answer was no. However, this was her way of prodding for answers.
Tatiana stood by Juliette fidgeting with the thread of her pajama bottoms, “No, actually the figurines stared a hole in my pillow all night.”
Juliette suggested, “Why do you not put them in the storage chest Tati?”
Tatiana sighed, “Because, because seeing them every day reminds me of my failures and my need to figure this whole thing out.”
Juliette put her paint brushes down and looked at Tatiana, “Do not put so much pressure on yourself mon petit chou, it will cause you ulcers. You will learn self-control this I promise you. Putting yourself down, and pressuring yourself will not ‘elp you get to that place.”
“You are right Mamie, I just can’t look myself in the mirror right now because I made a mess of everything.” She swatted her herself as she felt a mosquito enjoy its breakfast on her neck. “Hey Mamie, can I ask you something?”
This question stole Juliette’s attention from the easel and onto her daughter, “But of course.”
“What happens to us Fae on earth when we die?”
Juliette let the question settle, she heard the ponds water lap as she proceeded to answer, “We go the way ‘umanity used to before the corruption of Grim and Celeste.”
“So we just teleport to the Garden of Life and a rose replaces us here on earth?” This was hopeful, Taiana thought. A way she would very much enjoy ending her time on earth. At least she could count on one good thing happening to her before she departs from this planet.
“Oui, unless we have the misfortune of ‘aving the demonic path chosen for us…then we simply stop existing after death altogether.”
“Well that sucks, hey I have something else to ask you…Mort shared some peculiar news with me and I was hoping you could confirm it.”
“Whatever could Mortimer tell you that was strange mon ange?”
“Well, he claims he saw his parent’s ghosts in the debris of his home.” Tatiana chuckled inwardly as the thought of speaking about anything supernatural just a month ago would have been crazy talk. Now, it was a day to day occurrence.
Juliette made a mental note that it has been years since she had a run in with a ghost, “‘ow dreadful, I see.” She urged Tatiana to sit by the edge of the pond to continue their conversation. Tatiana complied.
The water was lukewarm and welcoming, “So you believe him too?”
“Oui, they are souls waiting for the Reaper’s harvest.”
“That’s what they told Mortimer! But how come Mamie, why did the reaper just leave them here on earth do they have unfinished business before Grim collects them?”
Juliette laughed hysterically, “No, no, it is just a romantic tale ‘umans have created for the phenomenon, ‘owever, there is a much simpler explanation and much less fantastic than unfinished business ‘ere on earth…”
Tatiana loved Juliette but hated her melodramatic pauses…”Ok?”
“Tati the Reaper as you know is not a supernatural like you or I, and ‘e is not omnipresent. ‘e is a man that ‘as stolen the very essence of the Fae because of dark magic. He is but one man trying to keep a schedule to collect thousands of souls a day…If a person dies before their scheduled date of death they have to wait for ‘im to collect them.”
“Wait are you saying it wasn’t time for Morts parents to die? Are you implying someone murdered them?” This thought shook Tatiana to her core.
“Perhaps, it was murder.” Juliette said matter-of-factly.
Tatiana absorbed the new found knowledge, “Sweet jiggly pandas…So how long do they wait?”
“Depends on the reapers needs, if he is needing more souls to raise his power source then they will be harvested soon, if not they may have to wait until their actual date of departure.”
Juliette cut their conversation short in response to the neighbors’ gardener waving over the bushes at her. Juliette blushed, excused herself and made her way over to him. Tatiana was left confused. The random end to their discussion was unlike Juliette. What was this all about she thought?
To Be Continued…