Take Me to the Moon 7.15
After no word from Grayson for nearly two years, Alyse had almost lost hope that he was alive, much less was she able to hold out reason to believe he was well, and returning home.
The shock of seeing Grayson again made Alyse dizzy and she excused herself to go lay down. Fearghus called for the butler to request an early breakfast for everyone and then showed Grayson to his old room to take care of his and Hedy’s needs.
Hedy was exhausted from the trip, and eventually settled in Grayson’s old bed, after he snuggled with her for a while to soothe her. Grayson returned to the dining room to find his mother had returned. The butler had lit a fire, and breakfast was served.
“Son, we’re glad you’re home, but we don’t understand why you never even called.”
“I wanted to,” Grayson said. And he began to describe the fantastical journey of the past two years.
It was very difficult for Fearghus to follow what Grayson was talking about, much less, believe him.
“I’m telling you, I was held captive, dad,” Grayson insisted, seeing the incredulous look on his father’s face.
Alyse was overwhelmed with sadness at hearing Grayson describe the torment and horror he’d endured. She didn’t know how any of it was possible, but the truth was, Grayson had inexplicably disappeared, claimed to have experienced a prolonged trauma, and then returned home with a daughter.
When Grayson described seeing pregnant Absinthe in the nursery upstairs, Fearghus got up from the table and tried to comfort Alyse, but she turned away, and returned to their room to rest.
“So you say Hedy’s mother was this… vampire?” Fearghus asked, having difficulty even forming the question, which seemed so absurd.
“Yes,” Grayson said. Fearghus could see the resemblance between Grayson and Hedy, but he was struggling to believe Grayson’s story about Absinthe.
“Well, whatever you’ve gone through, I’m glad you’ve come home,” Fearghus said.
Over the next few days, Alyse started to get to know her granddaughter.
Hedy was a captivating child, and no one could resist her charms for long.
Memories of reading to Grayson as a young child on the island started to flood back into Alyse’s mind.
Parenting a young child came back to Alyse like riding a bike.
But when Hedy was tired, the only person she wanted was her daddy.
Grayson had already made a nook for Hedy in his own room, so they wouldn’t have to be apart as she adjusted to this new life.
Hedy missed Sister Hannah and Sister Agatha, especially at bedtime.
So Grayson would tell her stories of the monastery, which was all she’d known, up till now.
He made up stories for Hedy about Sister Hannah planting magical fairy plants that yielded little green creatures, and Sister Agatha rescuing small animals, who she nursed back to health.
Until Hedy could no longer hold her eyes open anymore.
“Goodnight, my treasure,” Grayson whispered.
- Any member of the household can be tagged as a caretaker for a toddler, which is a nice feature. So Alyse is a caretaker, in addition to Grayson being her parent, which means that when she has needs she autonomously care for her.
- Hedy was very tired a lot the first three days playing at the main house again. I don’t know if that’s a normal toddler thing, but it was very difficult to even read a story to her before she’d be tired again. I’m not using the emotional inertia mod in this save, since I’m playing on normal, and it is hard enough to meet goals as it is.
- Alyse is only two days into elderhood when the narrative here picks up again, but she got dangerously tired twice. I suppose she never got a lot exercise, whereas Fearghus completed the Bodybuilder Aspiration and has the long-lived trait. I am definitely concerned about Alyse’s well-being.
- Grayson seems primarily concerned with Hedy at this point, but still had a whim to steal stuff, and a whim to be mischievous. So I gave him the successful lineage family aspiration, but he joined the criminal career.