Saturday, 12 August 2017

Chapter 3.06 - The Hunt

*Warning: Bad language*

Lyra stared at her reflection, critically inspecting the clothes she was wearing. It wasn’t her style at all, but she supposed it was pretty enough. There had been no skirts in the closet, and both the jeans and the tops were a bit more revealing than she preferred, but overall, it wasn’t too bad. It could’ve been a lot worse. At least she could still wear her preferred colours.
She smoothed her hands over the top, taking a deep breath. It was time to face the rest of her new housemates. She hadn’t ventured out of her room yet, too busy taking stock of her new belongings, and to be perfectly honest, she’d been trying to avoid meeting that ass again.
And of course thinking that sentence caused her mind to helpfully provide her with the images of his half-naked body. She paused irritably, leaning against the dresser and trying to force the images out of her mind. She’d admit, he had a damn good body, but that didn’t change the fact that he was big, arrogant, chauvinistic asshole. She’d gladly follow his command of staying as far away from him as possible, but that would mean she’d be obeying his orders. She couldn’t quite decide which option was worse.
The alarm clock on her bedside table beeped once, marking the new hour, simultaneously reminding her that time was passing, and no matter how tempting the thought of never leaving her room sounded, she couldn’t avoid the others forever. She exhaled irritably and smoothed the creases out of her clothes one last time before steeling herself and exiting the room.
Almost immediately, she encountered that ass (and Plumbbob, she needed to find something else to call him). He was sitting by the table, that little red monster perched in front of him, greedily taking little strips of raw meat from Blaise’s fingers. It was such an utterly surreal scene that Lyra paused, staring at them in bemusement.
The little red dragon chirped happily, greedily snatching a piece of meat from Blaise before it turned its eyes on her, staring balefully. It flared its wings and screeched at Lyra, clearly warning her to stay away. To her surprise, the action caused Blaise to chuckle fondly, one corner of his mouth pulled up with amusement. The action softened his features, and for the first time Lyra could see what he looked like without a scowl marring his face.
“She’s not here to steal your food, you greedy little bastard,” he mildly rebuked the dragon, still paying Lyra absolutely no attention. The dragon chirped innocently and turned back to Blaise, eagerly watching the next strip of meat in Blaise’s hand. It was gone in the time it took Lyra to blink. The dragon crooned with disappointment when it realised the plate in front of Blaise was empty, and that there was no more food available. With a dismissive flip of its tail it curled up in front of Blaise and promptly went to sleep. Blaise simply watched it with bored eyes, clearly used to its antics.
“Is that really a dragon?” Lyra asked, overcome by curiosity. She still couldn’t believe they were real. She immediately snapped her mouth closed after she asked the question, mentally kicking herself. She did not want to talk to him!
“No, it’s a bird,” Blaise retorted, rolling his eyes at her before fixing her a baleful glare. “Yes, he’s a dragon. Why are you bothering me?”
Lyra drew herself up, ready to give him a piece of her mind, but Sionann’s voice stopped her rant in its tracks.
“Blaise,” the fairy rebuked, a faint warning in her voice. “You promised.” The words seemed to mean something to him, as he sighed in defeat and rested his head in his hand, turning his face away from Lyra, clearly done paying her attention.
 “I see you’ve met,” Sionann addressed Lyra, giving her a smile. “Please excuse Blaise’s horrifically rude behaviour. He’s a bit of a grouch, but we still love him.”
Blaise huffed disbelievingly and pushed away from the table.
“That’s it, I’m out of here,” he declared with a growl. “I don’t have to listen to this shit.”

 “Good,” Sionann agreed sweetly. “I’ll see you at dinner then. Oh, and if you’re going to the base, would you mind bringing back some sugar? We’re running a bit low, and I hate tea without sugar.”
 “Whatever,” Blaise replied, flicking his hand in dismissal (or maybe it was acknowledgement? Lyra didn’t know him well enough to tell) before stalking across the room to leave the house. Seconds later he was gone, leaving only the two women and the fast-asleep dragon in the house.
Sionann simply shook her head, a fond smile on her face.
“Don’t let him get to you,” she told Lyra warmly, still staring at the door Blaise had disappeared through. “He acts terribly rude most of the time, and he needs some manners, but his heart’s in the right place. Blaise is one of the most dependable people I know. He’s like a brother to me and Adrian.” She clapped her hands together and turned her gaze back to Lyra. “Now. Have you settled in okay?”
“Ah, yes,” Lyra agreed, a little taken off-guard by the swift change of topic. “I guess.”
“Good!” Sionann enthused happily. “I’m so glad I’m not the only woman in this house anymore. I love A and B, but they’re out of the house so often, and when they’re back they only talk about the Hunt. I’ve been dying for some proper conversation.”
 “Uhm, yeah. Right,” Lyra agreed hesitantly, suddenly reminded of the first time she had heard that term. She never had gotten clarification on that. “Mind explaining what exactly the Hunt is? Everybody’s been mentioning it and I have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about.”
“Oh! Right,” Sionann exclaimed, sheepish. “I keep forgetting you don’t know this stuff. Right. The Hunt. Well.” She turned to the kitchen, turning on the beverage-maker for some hot water. Making another drink of tea, then. Lyra had never seen anybody drink as much tea as this woman did.
“So, you know this is a Gateway World, right?” Sionann asked patiently, hands busy with the predicted tea-making. She tipped what must’ve been half a bowl of sugar into the tea cup.
 “So I’ve heard,” Lyra agreed non-committedly, leaning against the counter, “but I have no idea what that means. The person who mentioned it didn’t exactly elaborate.”
Sionann idly tapped her chin in thought.
“Hmm, alright,” she murmured, probably trying to get her thoughts in order. “Basically, Gateway Worlds are the first line of defence against the Wilds.”
Right. More fairy tales that aren’t.
“You know how the Rifts can be opened at Full Moon, and connect to the different worlds?” Sionann asked before shaking her head. “What am I saying, of course you know. Thing is, there are some people and creatures out there in the multi-verse that…well, I guess it’s simplest to say they’re addicted to the forces of the Balance. When Full Moon occurs, they open the Rifts, and go travelling through the multi-verse in search of worlds rich in the forces they’re addicted to.”
She dropped some dried leaves in a teapot and promptly filled it with boiling water. A faint smell of mint-leaves drifted from the pot as the water began to rehydrate the dried leaves.
“Their very presence in those worlds causes the Balance to distort. On top of that, they will very often go on a killing spree once they arrive in the other worlds, killing every being they encounter. So, to protect the other worlds, and the creatures in those worlds, the Keeper set up the Gateway Worlds. Oh, would you like something to drink?”
“No thanks,” Lyra rejecting the offer for a drink. “What exactly is the deal with the Keeper anyway? Is it – he, she, whatever – actually real?”
“Oh, very real, yes,” Sionann confirmed, turning back to Lyra as she left the leaves to steep in the water. “I’ve never met him myself, but I know Lady Alison is quite close to him. The Keeper…nobody really knows where he came from, or even what he really is, but he’s pretty important to the multi-verse. As far as I understand, he is very…close, to the Balance. Everything he is, apparently his very existence, is somehow tied to the Balance. He comes and goes in the different worlds as he pleases, but there is one thing and one thing only he does – protecting the Balance.”
She looked into her teapot, judging the strength of the brew before putting the lid back on, the action causing the minty smell of wet leaves to drift towards Lyra, before continuing.
“I know he’s always searching for disruptions and Anomalies, and once he finds them, he either deals with them himself, or he leaves it to his agents. But despite his absolutely immense power and ability, even he cannot be everywhere at once, so when he first noticed the problem of the Wilds – the creatures I mentioned, the ones that travel the worlds on Full Moon – he set up the Gateway Worlds, and he left his agents in charge of them.”
She rummaged through the drawers in front of her, pulling out her trusty tea strainer and promptly placing it on top of her cup. The freshly-brewed tea from the teapot quickly followed through the strainer, filling Sionann’s cup with the aromatic brew.
 “The Gateway Worlds work by forcing any creature that travels the multi-verse to cross into them, and then sealing the Rift behind them so they cannot go back to the world they left. It also prevents other creatures from entering or exiting through that Rift, so in effect I suppose the Gateway Worlds control the spread of Wilds. Once a Wild has entered a Gateway World it will be trapped until the next Full Moon, which will give the Keeper’s agents time to deal with them.”
She took a tentative sip of her tea, and then a bigger one when she was satisfied with the quality and temperature of the tea.
“Deal with them? How?” Lyra asked curiously, a dreadful suspicion forming in her mind. ‘The Hunt’…the name started to make a bit more sense, but it didn’t lead to a very good conclusion.
Sionann glanced up from her tea, and there was a dark shadow in her eyes.
“We hunt them,” she confirmed callously. “We capture them, question them, and let them be judged. If they pass, we do everything in our power to either return them to where they came from, or make life comfortable for them in their new lives. If they don’t pass…well.”
She didn’t complete the sentence, so Lyra did it for her.
“You kill them?” she asked bluntly, a little horrified by the idea.
“Yes.” Sionann’s voice was rock-hard, and her eyes glittered with ice. “We kill them.” She placed her cup back on the counter with a loud clank and fixed Lyra with a hard stare. “Do not feel pity or compassion for these creatures, for they deserve neither. They are cruel, vicious, and evil, and they take an absolute delight in the suffering of others.”
“That’s horrific,” Lyra immediately retorted, horrified that she was sharing a house with killers, murderers. “Just like that, you kill them? No second chances, no option to get help, nothing?”
“They are not poor, helpless victims, caught in an addiction they can find help for, Lyra,” Sionann declared firmly. “Given the chance, they would happily destroy every single thing, kill every living being, all in pursuit of their twisted desires. I will repeat: they do not deserve pity. There is only one cure for them, and we give it to them.” She closed her eyes and exhaled, and the hard tension left her body. “That is the Hunt.”
Lyra crossed her arms, scowling at Sionann.
“And everybody on this island participate in this fucked up activity?” she interrogated the fairy.
 “I see there is no reasoning with you,” Sionann sighed and picked up her tea again. “You do not understand the horror of these creatures. You haven’t experienced their twisted maliciousness. I pray you never will, but this is a Gateway World, so chances are you will.”
She lowered her cup and stared silently at her tea, the corners of her eyes pulling with sadness. 
“I have lost many, many friends to the Wilds,” she admitted softly. “We all have. But we stay here, and we will remain here, because without us, the destruction the Wilds would incur is much, much bigger than anything you can imagine. Innocent worlds, worlds without an inkling of what true violence looks like, worlds like the one you came from, they will fall completely against these creatures, because they do not know how to fight against them. If by staying here, and killing the Wilds, we can save even one world, it is cause enough.”
Her earnest words caused Lyra to fall silent. The thought of creatures like the ones Sionann had described invading Sunset Valley filled her with dread. If the creatures – the Wilds – were really as vicious and malicious as Sionann claimed…Plumbbob. Nobody back home would stand a chance against them.
“Maybe I just don’t know enough to judge,” she admitted. It was as much apology as Sionann would get.
Sionann picked her tea back up. “Indeed,” she agreed mildly, sipping at her tea and closing her eyes in pleasure. “The Wilds and the Hunt is a complex topic, and it’s not one that can be explained in some simple sentences. It has to be experienced to be understood. Please, do not go looking into it any further, and do not question it. It is the way things are, out of necessity.”
Lyra inclined her head just slightly, wordlessly agreeing to Sionann’s request. She still didn’t agree completely, but it wasn’t worth it to get into an argument about it. She really didn’t know enough.
“So, you’re all ‘agents’ of the Keeper?” she asked instead, trying to change the topic. Sionann smiled at her, clearly appreciating the gesture.
 “No, not quite,” she denied, a little sheepish. “Lady Alison is, and I suppose Lord Leneo as well, but the rest of us…we follow them. So maybe we are, indirectly.” She tapped her chin again in thought. “The structure is a bit complex. The Keeper converses with Lady Alison, and gives her his orders, and she ensures they get followed. If the orders have something to do with the Hunt, or the Wilds, they belong under Lord Leneo’s jurisdiction, while if the orders have something to do with the Balance, or the multi-verse in general, Lady Alison acts on it. We’re the ones who actively carry out the orders, so I guess we too, are the Keeper’s agents – just not as directly as our leaders.”
“Right,” Lyra muttered blankly. It was so weird. Two days ago, the Keeper and the Wilds and dragons and all those supernatural kinds of things belonged firmly in the realm of stories. Now it was reality, and she was talking to someone who publicly claimed to be the agent of a surreal being, and nobody would look at her twice for doing so. It was so surreal.
The door to the house opened, causing both Lyra and Sionann to instinctively turn to the newcomer. Lyra didn’t recognise him, but Sionann clearly did, for she bounded up to him and threw her arms around his neck.
“Adrian!” she exclaimed happily, her entire face lighting up with delight. “You’re home!” The newly-identified Adrian smiled back at her, his arms encircling her waist.
“I am,” he agreed, his voice warm and just as happy as Sionann’s. Lyra tilted her head, bemusedly studying her new housemate, the only one she hadn’t met with yet. For some reason, she’d thought he’d be a fairy, like Sionann, but he most definitely wasn’t. He looked just as normal as she and Blaise did.
“What took you so long?” Sionann pouted at him, her wings fluttering happily behind her. Adrian smiled at her like a sap, and for what felt like way-too-long, they made lovey-faces at each other. It was nausea-inducingly sweet, and Lyra mentally pulled a face at the scene. She had never acted like that with Edwin.
Adrian chuckled at Sionann’s question and gently disengaged himself from her arms. Her hands slipped from his shoulders and down his chest, and even Lyra didn’t miss the wince on his face as Sionann’s hands grazed his skin.
Sionann’s attitude did an abrupt one-eighty.
“Strip,” she ordered with a no-nonsense voice. Adrian stiffened guiltily, a slight frown appearing on his face.
“Sionann,” he protested, but the fairy was resolute.
“Don’t try to wriggle out of this, Adrian,” she ordered briskly. “Strip.”
“It’s just a scratch, Sionann,” Adrian protested feebly. “It’s already been treated. I’m fine.”
The words didn’t seem to reassure the fairy. If anything, it caused her posture to stiffen even more. Adrian seemed to recognise the warning signs, as he sighed in defeat and took off his shirt.
Lyra gripped the edge of the counter. His entire chest was wrapped in bandages. A mere scratch wouldn’t warrant that.
Sionann’s slender fingers hovered over the bandages, threatening to unveil the carefully covered injury.
“Keeper, Adrian,” she breathed, her voice hitching in concern. “What happened?” The raw concern in her voice felt so intimate, so private, that Lyra felt like she was intruding in a moment she wasn’t supposed to witness.
“Got careless,” Adrian confessed, his voice dropping to a low murmur that Lyra could only just make out. “Werewolf gouged me just as I brought it down.”
Lyra felt her breath hitch as sudden realisation burst into her mind. The Hunt. He was talking about killing someone. A shiver of fear ran down her spine.
 “It’s been cleaned?” Sionann asked concernedly. “No infection?”
“It’s a scratch, not a bite,” Adrian interjected easily, “so no infection. Lady Alison checked it over herself. I’m fine.”
Sionann sighed in relief and cupped Adrian’s cheek with her hand.
“Don’t scare me like that,” she pleaded emotionally, her voice a soft murmur.
“Sorry,” Adrian apologised earnestly, and Lyra was very tempted to scuffle her feet, or clear her throat, anything to remind them they were not alone. Did they have to be so damn intimate?
It didn’t turn out to be necessary, as Adrian put his shirt back on and looked in her direction, noticing her standing awkwardly by the counter. His eyebrows lifted in surprise, but the expression was quickly replaced by a welcoming smile.
“Hi there!” he greeted her rather enthusiastically. “You must be Lyra, our new housemate.”
Lyra inclined her head. “I am,” she agreed neutrally. He seemed nice enough, but then again, Lyra hadn’t had the best experience with the males on this damn island.
“Welcome to our house,” he welcomed her earnestly, his voice warm. “You came from the Sunset Valley world, right? What’s it like there?”
“Boring,” she declared flatly, and there was something in Adrian’s eyes that caused her to change her answer with a sigh, if only slightly. “It’s very quiet, and nothing ever seems to change. People live, love, have kids, grow old, and die at a ripe old age, following the same path their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents did. It’s…peaceful, I suppose.”
And she was suddenly stuck with an absolutely immense pang of homesickness. For all its faults, Sunset Valley was her home. It was the place she had lived, laughed and loved, and it was the place she had cried, grieved and hoped. It was the place she had been loved, and it was the place she had grown up, and despite all the bad things that had happened, her memories were filled with hours of laughter and fun and camaraderie. Life had seemed so sucky in Sunset Valley, but now… now she missed it with a tangible pain in her heart.
 “Sounds like a great place,” Adrian replied, and there was a deep, deep sadness in his eyes and voice, but a very content smile on his face. It was absolutely contradictory, and Lyra didn’t feel even close to comfortable enough to ask about it.
“It is,” she admitted softly, both to him and herself. “When the sun sets, the town is bathed in a soft pink light, turning the sea purple…”
She ended up talking for a long, long time, telling the couple about life in Sunset Valley. She told them about the sunsets, the scenery, the stars, the way the snow blanketed the valley in the winter, and the way her house had been protected from the weather by the mountains surrounding it. She talked about the exhilaration of windsurfing in summer, the cosiness of campfires in autumn, the excitement of the brisk cold of winter that coloured cheeks and caused the entire world to sparkle, and about lazy picnics in autumn. It was an absolute relief to talk about it, but at the same time her heart was crying in bittersweet sorrow deep, deep inside her chest. She missed Sunset Valley so much.
Sionann left sometime during the talking, muttering about tending to her garden, but Adrian stayed the entire time, listening attentively to her rambling, that same contented sadness on his face and in his eyes.
It was only when she started to run out of words, having told him everything about life in Sunset Valley short from the stuff that had happened with her family, that he finally took a turn at the conversation himself.
“You and I are more alike than you think,” he told her gently. “I, too, am an Anomaly. I was born in the Monte Vista world, which, like Sunset Valley, is an Energetic world. Would you like to hear about it?”
And hell, there was no way Lyra could refuse. Despite all the claims otherwise, no one else had truly understood what it meant to be ripped away from your world without choice, but here was someone who did. Her heart yearned for his story, to understand how it could be possible to move on from that utter homesickness, as Adrian clearly had.
They talked until late, late in the night, and when they finally retreated to bed, Lyra felt closer to Adrian than she had ever felt to anybody aside from her family and Edwin back home. She had been in this world only one day, but things were already starting to look up again.
Time had a funny habit of disappearing on you when you didn’t pay attention.
Lyra stared over the yard, idly watching the rain fall on Sionann’s painstakingly cared-for garden. It had rained almost unendingly the whole time she’d been on Howell Island, something not unusual for the autumn season currently reigning over the island, Sionann had assured her.
It had already been over six months since she’d arrived in this world.
It had been difficult to adjust, in the beginning. The house was a lot quieter than Lyra had been used to. Back home, there had always been some noise. The waterfall drumming into the lake beside their house had been a constant din she had long learned to push to the back on her mind. It had been a sign of home, the same way the fact that there had always been some music had been, whether it was from the radio, an instrument, or more commonly, a combination of the two.
Now though…now all of that was gone.
Instead, there was the never-ending pitter-patter of raindrops hitting the roof, and the occasional hum as the wind blew Sionann’s singing voice towards the house.
She took a sip from her coffee, rolling the liquid on her tongue and savouring the taste of the rich Maui bean grind. Sionann grew more than just tea in her garden, and Lyra had to admit, the specially grown coffee beans had spoiled her for any other coffee out there.
It had been difficult to adjust, but she had, and while life wasn’t exactly great, she wouldn’t say it was horrible either. It just was. If pressed, Lyra would have to admit she had very little to complain about.
The biggest complaint she had, was that she couldn’t leave the house or yard without an escort. ‘For your own safety,’ Sionann and Adrian had claimed.
 “You have to understand, Lyra,” Adrian had tried to explain, “that this is a Gateway World. Wilds roam this island, and you don’t have the skills or the training to deal with them. If one of them should find you, you would be absolutely defenceless against them. Please, this is for your own safety.”
The words had irked her immensely, but in the end, she hadn’t protested. It had reminded her of that night, where Renard had ignored their dad’s orders to stay inside, and had promptly ended up in a situation none of them had been equipped to deal with. The price paid had been so very high, and she would hate for it to happen again. She’d lost enough.
A sudden cacophony in the garden drew her out of her morose thoughts. Chickens scattered every which way, clucking loudly and wildly flapping their wings as they ran from their coop as fast as they could. A little red head popped out the door, looking far more satisfied than the little beast should.
Lyra winced, and mentally prepared herself for the shriek that would follow. Sure enough…
Blaise!” Sionann’s voice reverberated. “Get your Keeper-damned dragon out of my coop!” The fairy was naturally soft-spoken and gentle, but when something managed to invoke her ire…
“Oh, for fuck’s sake,” a voice sounded right behind Lyra, startling her. She spun around, nearly flinging her coffee at him, and pressed into the wall, trying to get as far away from Blaise as possible. Plumbob, she hated him. Living and sharing a house with him had not changed her mind, and she was pretty sure he thought the same about her. She wanted absolutely nothing to do with him.
He whistled sharply, the sound tearing through her eardrums with its shrillness, and the satisfied little monster strutted out of the coop and flew to Blaise without a single sign of guilt or regret. Any curiosity Lyra might’ve once held over the little pest was long gone. The dragon was a menace.
And keep him under control!” Sionann ordered from the garden. Blaise merely rolled his eyes and walked away, ignoring Lyra as flatly as he always did.
Arrogant ass.
He didn’t get very far before another dragon burst into the room, appearing out of nothingness. At the sight of the familiar dragon, both Blaise and Adrian froze, their bodies tensing up. The entire atmosphere in the house changed, going from a lazy peacefulness to a tense anticipation.
“Keeper,” Adrian breathed in fearful concern, staring at the death dragon with wide, fearful eyes.
A/N: I think I’ve managed to confuse myself with all this lore. -_- I’ve written and rewritten it in so many different versions that I don’t even know what I’ve explained and what I haven’t explained yet. Sorry for the absolute overload of information in the last couple of chapters, but this should be the last of it, and now hopefully the story will make more sense!
I did consider dressing Lyra in some different colours (because it’s just way too convenient that she’ll find her fav colours in the closet), but she just wouldn’t be Lyra without her hot pink, so I gave in and gave her pink.
Also, dragons. Because, dragons! They’re way too fun to play around with. They’re pretty boring and limited in-game, but their story-telling possibilities are just too delicious to ignore. (Plus they still animate when you place them on OMSP, and that is just too adorable to bypass XD.) I’ll admit, I’m basing them a little off Anne McCaffrey’s fire lizards (pretty much just the teleportation and semi-telepathic abilities), but only because I want one so bad, and the dragons from Dragon Valley are the right size. So, you’ll get dragons this generation. :)


  1. I love love LOVE that Sionann can wear that dress. I always thought that there were no sims who could ever pull it off and she rocks it.

    Anyways 'Hi There!' Adrian's awesome (or at least very down to 'gateway' earth), love the shift in moods when he's around. Lyra don't steal him! >.> No matter how cute your brunette kids would be and how much you both have in common you must absolutely not take him into your arms and have his babies. No!

    The house arrest thing sucks but makes a lot of sense. And Blaise is too damn amusing. The dragon living in the house is such a fun idea it's great that you're using it. I wonder if her powers of photography are lost forever? Anyways so glad you updated!

    1. It is a difficult dress to pull off, and she does it with flair. On the other hand though, she looks a bit awkward in all other dresses. Seriously. I couldn't find any other dress that fitted her as well as that one does.

      No worries, Lyra won't steal him. ;) (Not sure if that's something you want to hear or not XD) Adrian belongs firmly to Sionann. But I totally agree, their babies would be adorable. But alas, that's not to be. (I've never even considered them being together, but now I'm gonna open my game and play with their genetics in CAS. I need to see what their babies would looks like. *_*)

      Blaise is about as much fun to write as Lyra is. <3 And the dragons are awesome, and who doesn't want one as a pet? (Well, probably loads of people, but I certainly do. XD) *Looks at roll* Lyra is still listed as Photographer, isn't she? I'm just playing with the Idle Careers part of the roll right now. She'll continue her photography, eventually. :P

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. The dragons are cute, aren't they? I loved the way you wrote them <3

    Adrian seems really sweet, is it bad that I want him and Lyra to get together? I don't think it'd be the end of the world if they did...

    I loved the face Lyra made when Blaise passed her to check on the chicken/dragon situation. But they'll be closer one day, won't they? I'm not asking for the world, just for them to at least tolerate each other :P

    1. I've always thought the dragons have so much more potential than EA gave them, so I simply had to try. It's really stupid, but I have so much fun popping that dragon on OMSP, placing it somewhere random and just watching the animations. My favourite so far was when it went to sleep in the chicken coop. <3

      It probably won't be the end of the world, but honestly, Adrian and Lyra would be about as good a fit as Lyra and Edwin was. Adrian (like Edwin did) wants all the family stuff, which we already know Lyra doesn't want. They're much better off just as very good friends.

      Ha, that's probably her default expression when it involves Blaise. As for them tolerating each other...well, it will require them to voluntarily spend more than two seconds together, so it might be a tall order. That's not to say it won't happen, of course. ;)

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

  3. Yeah, this thing with the Wilds is definitely something Lyra would have to experience to understand the full story of. Is it really as dangerous as Sionann says? At least they do get a trial.

    I'm glad that Lyra and Adrian were able to connect there. She needed someone who understands her situation and can sympathize.

    Ha, I love that your sims are cooperating with your story and legitimately hate each other in the game, too. You can just tell by her face.

    Oh no, I wonder whose dragon that is?

    1. The thing with the Wilds is very much a part of the way the people on the island live, so Lyra doesn't have the same experience the natives do. Sionann, on the other hand, is definitely a native, so her views are coloured by her experience.

      Lyra definitely needed that, yes. She's lost pretty much everything, but with Adrian's help she'll realise things aren't quite as bad. He'll be great in helping her adjust to her new life. :) (That, and I needed them to be good friends. Lyra needs more friends. XD)

      Lyra and Blaise are both hot-headed, so if you combine that with autonomy, really, there's only one outcome to expect. When they don't fight they actually get along pretty well, but since they are hot-headed...well. They're so much fun to play with.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

  4. Sionann is a saint for putting up with Blaise.

    I know Lyra is a skeptic, but there's a certain point where she needs to accept fairy tales are true. XD She's living in one! The Wilds sound fascinating and terrifying, and I half-hope we see them even if that's had on Lyra (sorry Lyra).

    Adrian seems like a doll. He's so sweet, and I'm glad Lyra found companionship. It makes sense he's an anomaly, too. It makes me wonder about Blaise, though--what's his story?

  5. Lyra's entire world view had just been turned on its head, so she's just having difficulty in adjusting. She'll accept the truth sooner or later. ;)

    Blaise's story...I had it all planned out on my head and everything, but I'm not sure if it'll ever really make the story. :/ It's a bit complex and complicated with lots of references to the savefiles his parents originated from, and since I have a history of making things too complex, I'll probably just gloss over it. Maybe. I haven't completely made up my mind yet. XD

    Thanks for reading!