4.2 – Moon

~Moon’s P.O.V.~

I hummed, putting down the paint brush and then getting up, removing the finished painting from the easel and placing it on the wall. I really hoped we moved soon. Maybe when we did, I could have my own room, away from my twin. My twin and I didn’t always see eye to eye. She was perfect. Literally. She could paint, solve equations in seconds, play chess, sing, dance, and play practically any instrument… and I despised her for it. How could she be so perfect? Sure, I could play chess, but not as well as she could. It was infuriating how much better than me she was.

I sighed, going to the kitchen, deciding to make pancakes. Pancakes were one of the only foods I could eat normally, in my vegetarian lifestyle. Unfortunately, she was there, and she was making pancakes, that I SHOULD’VE been making.

She glanced at me, smiling, “Hey, Moon! Want some pancakes?”

I ignored her, and got a juice box from the fridge. That would satisfy me for now, I hoped. I hummed, and thought about what I was going to do in life, leaning against the wall. I could cook, I could play chess… but I was also a bit paranoid and my siblings didn’t understand me at times. Neither did our parents, but I didn’t care. They just didn’t understand.

It started happening when I was a child. I would hear whispers in my head, and around me. I could see things at times. Interesting things. Glowing lights, things around me. I didn’t understand it, and I still don’t. Could I see something that others couldn’t?

1.7 – The End of An Era

While Elsa took up painting, the other kids took up other hobbies. Eric ended up taking up chess, Anna took up guitar, Alana was mostly doing who-knows-what on the computer, and I didn’t know what Hans was up to. Since he became a teen, he was mostly singing to himself a lot. He seemed more pleased with himself and kind of egotistic. Aurora was just her sleepy self.

Hans was gifted a motorcycle for his birthday. We weren’t sure where he got it from, but he said it was from the watcher, said that she believed it would fit him. We didn’t get it or understand why he was saying that he could hear our watcher, but we decided to just believe him. Hopefully he’s telling the truth.

Today was actually a very special day. Today, me and Elbert were getting older.

As I started my midlife crisis, I decided to get a hair cut, and…

I didn’t want to be an older woman with an old man as my husband. I didn’t want to see what I will be when I’m older.

The kids must have heard, because they were all upset… and Anna and Eric… well…

Hans ended up misbehaving too, taking his anger out on Elsa.

The doctors said it was the heartbreak that killed him. He died not long after I left the room.

Rest In Peace
Elbert Clearwater

Father, (Ex-) Husband, and Military Man

1.6 – Growing Up Fast

The tots were now kids. Alana was a teenager. It’s been busy. I really enjoyed it once the kids were going to school. Alana was getting straight A’s, as I knew she would, some of them where getting B’s, and unfortunately one of them was in the C’s. I was relieved when Alana came out to us as straight. However, there were other problems for us to deal with, as I overheard one day while I was in the kitchen.

“How dare you try to mess with the sink?!” Elbert shouted at Hans, late one night.

Hans looked upset that he was caught, but didn’t say anything.

“Why, I have half a mind to… to… augh!” Elbert shouted and stormed to our bedroom, slamming the door behind him, making me jump.

We had other problems that night. It was a full moon. I didn’t understand what was happening to Anna and Eric, but it was terrifying. Not knowing what to do, we locked them both in their room.

Anna and Eric had a headache the morning after. Neither of them remembered what happened the night before, but the rest of us definitely did. I decided to let them stay home from school. They seemed quite pleased with that. I didn’t mind. It let me spend more time with them. The next day, they did go back to school, however.

It was nice, really. The house was quiet, and I was alone. Nobody else was there. I felt good about this, and waited quietly for the kids to return, as well as Elbert, while I watched TV.

Eric, Anna, and Elsa decided to stay at school for a bit longer to finish their work. I didn’t mind at all, honestly. As long as they did their work somehow. They ended up coming home a bit late that night, and Elsa spent the Saturday painting.

I was thrilled! Painting was a good way to get simoleons. Hopefully we could rack them up fast. We are dirt poor, I’ll shamefully admit. It’s the new renovation of our house. We’re trying to make a kid’s room, so that they won’t have to sleep in our bedroom. However, the walls and tiling the walls cost a lot of money. We could only afford two beds for the kids.

We’re in a rough spot at the moment, because of it, but I hope things will look up for us soon. There’s going to be a prom soon, and all the kids are going to go, as the five are going to become teens the night before it. I’m excited to help the girls pick out their outfits! I hope they’ll like what I choose.

1.3 – New Arrival

~Rose Ann’s P.O.V.~

Its been a busy year, but I think I’m finally ready. I decided to ask during a date at the Summer festival.

“Elbert, I would like to ask you something,” I smiled at him.

Elbert hummed, “What is it, Rose Ann?”

“Would you like to move in with me? You don’t have to stay an alchemist. You can move in and do what you’ve always wanted to do, and you can be in politics,” I grinned.

Elbert grinned, “Of course. Your daughter has to know you have a boyfriend at some point.”

I smiled, and hugged him, before walking home with him, humming, “Alana’s a sweet girl. She does her homework, and I’m sure she’ll get straight A’s.”

“That’s good.” He smiled, “I’m glad she’s doing well in school.”

I nodded, “It is. I was thinking of getting her something for her birthday. She’s going to be a teen soon.”

“Oh?” He asked and looked at me.

I nodded and smiled, “Mhm. I’m sure she’s going to be absolutely wonderful.”

~Alana’s P.O.V.~

“So… I’m probably going to be married to your mom soon. Are you okay with that?” Elbert asked, looking in my direction.

I didn’t say anything, and kept eating my ice cream, thinking about how Mom was going to marry someone who wasn’t my dad. Although, I didn’t know who my dad was, I was curious, of course. I just needed to find time to ask her.

Later that night, I managed to get Mom to pillow fight with me, while… Elbert was off getting his dumb job in politics…

“Mom, are you sure about this guy? I don’t like him.”

“I’m sure, Alana. Don’t worry. We’re not going to do anything special. We barely have §3,000 simoleons, after all,” She smiled at me.

I groaned and hit her with the pillow, “I just think you’re making a mistake.”

“I don’t think I am.” She sighed, and that was final.

She proposed later that night, and they got married in the living room. I went to bed early that night. I wasn’t pleased.

Nor did I care about the noises I heard that night… and I don’t think Mom and Elbert cared about what happened that night either.

Mom was pissed in the morning, after she found out the painting over their bed was stolen.

… but, she also had other things to worry about.