Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter, the Rands moved to the family home to Starlight Shores, Mission had Dustil and married Jordan. Wolfgang also warned Max about keeping secrets from Leia and Max said he had already planned on telling her his big secret. And now on with the story.
“What do you mean, you have something to tell me?” Leia asked, as she walked with Max to her study.
“Wolfgang told me that a secret held too long was what caused the rift between your parents. I intend to learn from their mistake,” Max explained, “Remember when you told me that your grandfather and your aunt were criminals and I replied that all families have their secrets?”
“It’s because my family kind of sort of has one. We don’t really try to hide it, but it isn’t something we talk about freely. Have you heard of the Zenteri-Agosti feud?”
“Yea. Something about a curse that all descendants of a Zenteri would never find happiness thanks to a member of the Zenteri clan falling in love with a member of the Agosti family. Back in the days when occults weren’t too fond of having romances with those who were not the same occult as them. History wasn’t my favorite subject.”
“I’m part of that family. And I never heard about it at school.”
“You’ve found happiness, haven’t you? And you didn’t grow up in Moonlight Falls, home of the occults.”
“The curse throws a ton of obstacles in the way of happiness. And male Zenteris don’t seem to be as strongly affected as female Zenteris are. Female Zenteris to date have tried to have as many babies by as many fathers as they can. And as far as I know, all females who have stopped trying to have a bunch of babies have ended up committing suicide. But yes, I have found happiness.”
“Oh my. Is your mother… has she?”
“She hasn’t stopped if that’s what you’re asking. So she’s still alive. She’s got good motivation to find a way to break the curse. So until they figure out how to break the curse, she’ll keep having babies. Though, it does appear that chain for the females is breaking or at least not as strong. My half sister, Helena, seems to want to wait for marriage and she’s super religious so she’s not having the typical female Zenteri urges.”
“If I remember my occult history correctly, Zenteri was a witch family and the family the curse originated from and Agosti is a vampire clan. Which means, maybe just maybe the Immortal Council knows how to at least take the edge off of the curse. Nicholai Tritten is a powerful wizard and Iris Baines is a powerful fairy. Between the two, they should be able to do something.”
“Lift it, maybe?”
“Unless you know what the curse was, probably not. Counter curses from what I’ve read need to be made knowing what the exact curse was. Phrasing, tones, intent. All of those can affect a curse and while even if someone was have dreams of it, the intent can’t be captured. I’ll give Nicholai a call and see what he thinks. As a wizard, he probably stands the best chance to take the edge off of the spell.”
“Alright. There is one more thing I wanted to talk to you about.”
“Oh?” Leia asked.
“Wolfgang. I’ve met Obi and Mission, obviously, and I chatted with Canderous extensively at the reception and they all seem like cheerful happy going people. But your brother Wolfgang, is different.”
“He gave you the riot act didn’t he?”
“Yea and his last part of the riot act unnerved me.”
“He’s been through some tough times and had to live with criminals for three years. While he was in his early 20’s. And during those three years, his wife divorced him because she couldn’t handle being married to someone in Wolfgang’s line of work. For perspective on the criminals thing, let’s just say Wolfgang’s best friend is the head of the Bridgeport Mafia.”
“He’s best friends with Zachariah Smith? Does the SNIA know?”
Leia laughed, “They know. The Bridgeport Mafia knows it, too. They have a very strict no work talk when they’re together. Anyway, during those three years he also made best friends with Revan. And her death hit him hard, and from what I heard from Zachariah, Wolfgang blamed himself for her death for a while. He had three months to grieve at his own rate before he had to stuff his grief to some degree to care for his cousins Miranda and Eva Wallis as their father couldn’t bear to raise them. He’s still raising them as you can tell and it’s been five years. And he’s seen what heartbreak can do to a person. I’m not surprised his riot act was a little cold. But I’ve talked with him since he got here. He’s supportive of our relationship. He just wanted to hear it from you. And then in typical overprotective brother natures, scare you in order to keep you from doing anything they consider stupid. You’d know it if he didn’t want us together.”
A week later, the pair was in Moonlight Falls visiting Nicholai in an attempt to lessen the effects of the curse. They had gone over the history of the curse’s effects as well as what they knew had been done in attempts to lift the curse.
“Alright. I think I can take the worst of the curse off. Keep people from being driven to suicide due to the curse,” Nicholai said, “Due to the nature of magic, I’ll only be able to have it work on Max and any of his decedents. And since there are rumors floating around that there are still those around that are in favor of the Zenteri curse and just as powerful as me in magic, I dare not place the spell on more than one person. We’re running a risk as it is by putting it on Max. Since the curse is spread through the entire family, any lessening of the curse will be detectable. Right now, they’re more worried about Max’s mother’s resolve and I’m hoping they’ll be too focused on that to worry about a small drop in the curse. Do you want to risk drawing the ire of a powerful witch clan?”
“What do you think the chances are of someone finding out who had what done?” Max asked, “I don’t want to put Leia’s life in danger or any kids that we have in the future.”
“Considering you’re Sicily’s son and you’re famous, there are good chances that they’re keeping tabs on who you’re with and where you go.”
“I want to take the risk, Max.”
“You sure? They’ll attempt to hurt you to get to me. Attempt to hurt our future kids to hurt me. You sure?”
“Then do it, Nicholai.”
The counter spell was put on and appeared to take. Of course they wouldn’t know until an attempt was made on their lives or until they had kids, but their guts told them that the spell took. They thanked Nicholai and headed for home. Where they focused again on their careers.
The series that focused on Myles Corcoran, SNIA, was a hit. Max was the main character. Leia played his wife Elena on the occasional episode and she was one of the more popular side characters. Obi was able to earn enough money to start his own private investigation firm and was one of the most highly respected private eyes in Starlight Shores. Mindy climbed the corporate ladder.
All was going well for the oddball family. And it continued for the next few years.
And that is it for this chapter! Will the good streak continue for the Rands and Max? Will the spell Nicholai placed on Max cause problems in their future? Find out in chapters to come!
Progress towards Obi’s Goals:
- Become Private Investigator – Achieved Chapter 2.19
- Complete 30 cases
- Snoop 10 locations
- Write 5 papers on findings
- Reach level ten of Private Investigaor Career – He’s at level 1
- Go through 5 garbages and 5 mailboxes
Progress towards Leia’s Goals:
- Master Painting Skill – She’s at level 8
- Master Writing Skill – She’s at level 10 – Completed behind the scenes Chapter 3.8
- Paint 20 paintings – Painted 5 paitnings
- Be friends with parents – Completed Chapter 3.7 behind the scenes.
- Get 5,000 in royalties (or sell 15,000 from paintings) – She’s got like $2568 in royalties
- Paint family pictures (spouse, kids, parents if alive)
- Join book club (if applicable)
Progress towards Max’s goals:
- Join Film career (Plumbob Pictures Backlot, may need to place it) – Achieved behind the scenes Chapter 3.1
- Max writing
- Max charisma – Level 10 – Completed behind the scenes Chapter 3.8
- Become level 5 celebrity – 4 stars
- Have kid
- Reach Level 10 of the Actor branch – Level 5 – Production Manager
Progress toward’s LTW’s
- Atton – Hit Movie Composer: Hit Movie Composer – Level 10 – MET Chapter 2.14
- Obi Wan – Perfect Mind, Perfect Body: Level 10 Logic, Level 10 Athletic – Logic is at 5, Athletic is at 7
- Leia – Professional Author: Earn $4000 a week in royalties – currently earning $4000+ a week in royalties – Completed behind the scenes Chapter 3.8
- Maximus – Superstar Actor – Production Manager – Level 5
Author’s Note: I play way ahead of where I’m writing. Where they are in the goals and LTW’s are rough estimates. Very rough for this chapter and the next few since I hadn’t played in a while at the time of writing this. Let’s just say in the most recent save, everyone’s had all the kids they’re going to have, Obi & Mindy are elders, the kids they had are teenagers and Leia is close to turning elder herself. And I just noticed that in game Canderous had passed away. Sion’s still living though (the alternate universe version of him anway :P)
Bring tissues for the next chapter. It’s a sad one.