Asher didn’t trust his 13th child.
His chess champion daughter who completed college in 3 semesters with a perfect GPA and who had been promoted to the top ranks of her conservationist career while still a student (because she had worked full-time throughout college) and who had also won a Starlight Accolade for a song she’d written and quietly licensed when no one was paying attention and who—this curious, introspective, chronically overachieving daughter of his was a suspiciously mediocre vampire.
Asher thought she was okay, but given that he had thought that about others before and been extremely incorrect and that his daughter generally avoided discussing anything remotely related to being a vampire with him, he wanted to check.
Actually, Asher wanted her to become a grand master, and imagined her sunkissed and happy on the beaches of Sulani, laying waste to all litterers and poachers via exsanguination drip by drip…
BUT even he recognized how delusional that desire was, so today wasn’t about that. Today was about not getting bamboozled out of a conversation before he confirmed, in an inoffensive way, that she understood the absolute basics. He would work his way up to more difficult topics because he’d already failed this basic conversation before.
Whenever he offered to teach her something, she brushed him off. Today, he approached her with a discussion of Sulani and its beautiful weather. They talked for a moment, but sensing where the conversation was going, Deli quickly disappeared to another room.
Asher followed, carefully. He wasn’t trying to upset or convince her to do something she didn’t want to do, but in his opinion, Deli didn’t have enough grit. She lacked essential survival skills and, ironically, often failed to recognize her own mortality. She’d waltzed through many things in life, but being a vampire was complicated and meant needing things that other people didn’t need. As a perfectionist, none of that seemed to sit well with her. Asher worried that if she were arrogant about her abilities to survive she wouldn’t live long enough to make any grand decisions about what she should be fundamentally.
As he’d told her before, plasma fruit based meals were delicious, but she needed a plan B because anything could happen. Sometimes trees didn’t bear fruit.
After he convinced her to sit and listen, Asher tried to drill home that asking for help (or in this case plasma) wouldn’t make her a parasitic crypt-dweller. Starving to death to avoid offending someone (who wouldn’t be offended at all) would be ridiculous. Even he, Asher, and Elmire, the oldest and the youngest and two of the most independent and stubborn Fiers, occasionally asked for help. Deli reluctantly agreed.
His wife had a plan C and he was glad that she did, but stockpiling an endless supply of plasma fruit based food and preparing gifts for the reaper wasn’t sufficient.
Dysis was promoted to the top of the business world because she was a unicorn-whisperer who had spotted more than her fair share of unicorns, questionable startups that had the potential to grow into billion-simoleon businesses after a bit of magical input from her in the form of advice and targeted funding from her firm’s deep coffers.
Now, though, she hoped to be blessing startups and small businesses as an “angel” investor on behalf of her own portfolio instead of her firm’s. As much as Dysis loved money, she wasn’t looking to get filthy rich from these new investments or cosplay as a gilded age robber baron. She was already rich… and she liked the “angel” moniker. There was no need to encourage the press or anyone else to shift her title of angel to something darker. Being an angelic unicorn queen was too good to give up. Her childhood self would have enthusiastically approved.
At any rate, Dysis’ competitive business brain had not yet turned her into a chess champion, but it had made her sick of losing chess games. After hearing her #humble #reformed brother bragging about his wins against their sister, Dysis also wanted to win. But who could she beat in chess?
There was Elmire, but Dysis was a level 10 logician and had been playing chess for longer than Elmire had been alive, so she had to pass because there would be no real joy in defeating her youngest sibling. Challenging Elmire was also dangerous because Elmire was a crafty child whose true skill level was unclear, and it wouldn’t do to be defeated by an elementary school student, even if that person were her sister.
In the end, Dysis challenged her mother.
And defeated her, but to be fair, Adelise was a little rusty.
The newly crowned unicorn queen also went on a simple date to a park with Rashad.
At this moment, Dysis was so happy and loved her life so much that she was ebullient with gratefulness—shocked by what great luck she had. Such a happy season wouldn’t last forever, but it was here now and she expected it would continue for at least a bit longer.
sims_YimiJanuary 31, 2022 at 9:12 pm
Asher and Deli both have a point. From a survival standpoint, it’s important that Deli accepts the existence of other options. But from a moral standpoint, if she doesn’t want to drink from living creatures, then she should be able to stick to that conviction. I wonder if Deli is afraid that she’ll end up liking plasma from sims too much.
I like how despite her successes in the corporate world, Dysis is still determined to beat Deli in chess someday. She’s tenacious for sure. Oh hey, is that a wedding cake that Adelise is carrying?
HaneulJanuary 31, 2022 at 10:39 pm
Thanks! I agree — I’m sure Asher would want her to bite someone if she were in danger, but he suggested that she ask for consent, which might be more palatable because whoever she’s asking is assumed to be agreeing and wanting to help her. She could be worried about a lot of things, including liking plasma too much. She may wonder if people will treat her differently if she bites them. She’s never seen her father bite anyone so that’s not normalized behavior in their family. Maybe he should demo it… =/ If you have 4 siblings that you grew up around and they’re all different from you in that way, it can be kind of scary/lonely and hard to tell what’s a “vampire” thing and what’s not.
Hopefully, Dysis’ competitive spirit is part of her charm. Her family is really competitive, and it’s fun to work towards a goal. She has her father’s spirit, but in a nicer, calmer, and less sensitive way.
And yes, it’s a wedding cake.
sims_YimiFebruary 4, 2022 at 2:44 pm
Oooh, he’s never bitten anyone in front of his family? I can imagine that making it even harder on Deli to justify, then. It’s literally “out of sight, out of mind” for her. Huh. I wonder if he did that on purpose to be less scary to his family, or if it’s just a coincidence.
It is! She’s already incredibly successful but I’m genuinely rooting for her to win at chess at least once, haha.
HaneulFebruary 7, 2022 at 10:11 pm
He’s never bitten anyone in front of Deli… Asher genuinely likes his family, so he’s not really into biting them. If he were to bite one of them, they’d get annoyed with him if not worse. They’d also tire easily, which is at odds with him wanting everyone to be super productive and achieve all the things. It’s probably already annoying enough to him that most of his family members need to sleep every night, so making them even more fatigued would be unacceptable. As for biting others around his family, he’s sensitive about his family not liking him and already had some issues with Adelise about this so he’s currently not into doing anything that will cause drama at home. But if there were no chance of him getting caught and he had the opportunity to bite or fight with someone he didn’t like, he probably wouldn’t hesitate. A lot of Asher’s vampire stuff is tucked away and not accessible to his children, which likely makes things more awkward for Deli. C-gen through E-gen have never even seen where he sleeps, but of course his wife knows.
We can only hope that Dysis will beat Deli in a chess game once, but I don’t know if that will ever happen. 🙂
Snow ~February 16, 2022 at 2:17 am
Asher has a point in that they can’t rely on plasma fruit forever, but I get why Deli would be worried. Like if she takes one drink from a person she might end up preferring it and then if the thirst gets to her, it might mean drinking from someone without meaning to.
Dysis deserves all the happiness ;-; Ooh is that a wedding cake? ;o;
HaneulFebruary 19, 2022 at 5:19 am
You’re right. She could end up preferring human plasma over plasma fruit. I don’t know if that would be that bad…as long as she was able to keep control. Ironically, if she were to become a stronger vampire, she’d be more of a vampire, I guess, but she’d also have more control over things like that. But she still has to be careful now because she’s already quite strong and getting upset or learning that she likes human plasma could make her crave it and attack someone. Poor Deli, but sticking to plasma fruit for now and having lots of it stored in different ways isn’t a bad plan either.
And it’s a wedding cake!