The Copernican Revelation
Take Me to the Moon 6.2
Narrated by Fearghus Tesla, Spectacular Gen 6 Heir
Lately I’ve been rethinking my choices.
Lucas and Max stopped me after school one day, outside the gym. They wanted me to join the Renegades.
I knew the Renegades was all about excluding people who weren’t in the club, and playing pranks on them, even being mean, but I didn’t want them to leave me out.
Max said, it really wasn’t like that.
Lucas said, I owed them that. After all, we were friends all through childhood.
But as soon as I agreed, Lucas got this look on his face. I knew he was up to something.
I had to head home. It was mom’s birthday, and lots of people were going to be there.
My mom is amazing. I think she knows everybody in Three Rivers and she’s includes everyone.
I don’t think my parents look much different, now that they’re older. They’ve just got gray hair and a few more wrinkles.
Probably, mom is doing so well because she’s always eating healthy and doing yoga, or swimming. Even for her birthday, mom made a low-sugar carob cake. Uncle Desmond was like, “it’s not even chocolate!”
Uncle Eric and my friend, Elsa, sat with my sisters. I don’t know what they were all talking about but I felt self-conscious to go over there since they didn’t invite me.
I thought about inviting Alyse to dance, but she looked like she was in a mood, eating by herself on the sofa.
Dad was happy to see his cousin, Dashle again
After everyone left, mom and dad were just soaking up each other’s presence, like they do. I wonder if I’ll ever have something with someone, like what they have. Sometimes I feel so left out, to be the only one at the house without romance.
When they got ready for bed, Grandma and Grandpa headed to the bathroom and broke all the plumbing.
They’ve done this several times since we moved in. I never remember seeing them this angry and bored at the old house; I wonder if they are upset with us for moving.
Grandma Delaney seemed happier after she broke all the plumbing, but she still kept spreading the trash around
And Grandad really seems angry, which isn’t like him at all.
Poor dad, he was so tired, but he stayed up fixing it all. I felt guilty, not helping, but I was so tired from school, working out, and everything else I have to do.
Then, I had to leave because the guys called and invited me to the pool to hang out with the club. When I got there, they said the Paragons were there, and we should give them a hard time.
That just wasn’t going to happen, and so I headed to the high dive instead.
It was like an epiphany moment.
If I’m going to be happy with my life, I’ve got to take some responsibility. In the old house, everything always got taken care of, with Felicity, Fiona, mom, dad, and even happy grandparents looking out for me. Now it’s time for me to decide who I am, and start looking out for others.
I quit the Renegades.
I joined the gym, and I started working out early in the morning before school.
I started cleaning up after myself.
I noticed mom and dad are getting tired more easily, because they’re getting old. So I told dad, I’m going to help out around the house more, but he should work out, it would make him feel better. I don’t think he gets that. If only my parents would realize, I know what I’m talking about!
I held up my end of the bargain anyway.
I started by cleaning my bathroom,
and I even started cooking for myself!
- Fearghus is a mid-teen now, he’s got about 6 days left before young adult. He had finished the first level of the Bodybuilder aspiration by that point (I’ve played ahead a couple more days now). I switched him to that because when I moved funds with them from the old house, it fulfilled his wealth aspiration, which disappointed me because I wanted him to have to work for it.
- He’s actually gotten a fair number of emotion buffs from his jealousy trait, like this one, that made him feel sad around his parents because they were a couple and he doesn’t have a significant other.
- Fearghus was invited to join the Renegades, and he joined, but even if I wanted him to be in it, which I don’t, because it is all about being mean, he really doesn’t have time for it, trying to finish bodybuilder, and he needs to work on logic and handiness to succeed as a doctor later.
- Ewan finally got promoted to the level where he could pick a track. He’s an Artiste in Residence now, which suits him.
And he got this cool little piece of furniture for his studio!