Chapter 4.7

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches. In the last chapter Kyle learned about why he was adopted and the group interested in keeping the Zenteri curse active have kidnapped the Zenteris who live in Midnight Hollow with the exception of Kyle and Adama.

“So, what’s the plan?” Matias asked.

“Any exceptions to the fairy or witch border, Nicholai?” Alistair asked.

“No. Why do you ask?”

“Could Iris slip in in fairy form and trip the spell if it’s there without them knowing?” Alistair asked.

“She could.”

“Iris, go do so. I want to know if we’ve got a powerful group or a group of non-magical occults or possibly even non-occults. If you can get close enough to the windows to see inside do so, Iris. I want intel.” Alistair fumed. Again, someone was messing with his pack.

“Why don’t you just teleport them here like you did us?” Kyle asked.

“Because they’ll keep trying to destroy our family,” a familiar voice said.

Mission, Kyle, and Adama turned to look at who said it.

“Obi? Is that you?” Mission said, “How?”

“Eleanor asked if I wanted her spot since she could no longer hold the position since her grave was destroyed in the war. Said she had been waiting due to my rational head. I couldn’t argue with her reasoning so I agreed.”

“And you haven’t called your sisters for what reason?” Mission said.

“Later you two. Let’s stay focused,” Alistair said.

“Right,” Obi said, “We’d rather deal with them while they’re out in the open than try to find them after they return to hiding.”

The group discussed strategy for hours.

While the council discussed strategy, Mission took Kyle and Adama into the room her brothers slept in as kids.

“Will Mom and Dad be ok, Aunt Mission?” Adama sniffled.

“I hope so, Adama,” Mission said.

“Why don’t you know?” Adama asked.

“Because there are things that even genius aunts don’t know. How about you and Kyle work on your homework and then we’ll go sight seeing.”

Kyle finished his homework and checked his phone. He brushed off his friends wanting to hang out. Then he noticed the email.

We noticed the fairy. You’re wanting to rescue them. Which means you do not plan on complying with the demands. As such, on the hour, every hour one of your parents will eat a bean from the jelly bean bush. In case you’re not aware, most beans on the bush are just fine for eating. But one bean type is deadly. No cure. We’ll stop once one is dead. If they don’t eat a bean, your sister will die instead.

Kyle glanced at Adama and quietly left the room. He didn’t want to lie to Adama, but he didn’t want to tell him that one of his parents will be dead before they can rescue them most likely.

“We’ll rescue them, Kyle,” Alistair said.

“They… they sent me another message,” Kyle said and handed his phone to Alistair.

“NICHOLAI!” Alistair roared.

“What?” Nicholai walked into the family room. The other council members joining him there.

“They put up their own detection spell and they noticed Iris. We’ve got no more time to plan. We go now. Every other hour, either James or Terena will eat a jelly bean from the jelly bean bush.”

“They won’t do that.”

“They will if it will protect their daughter,” Alistair said, “If they don’t eat the bean on their turn the kidnappers will kill Lily.”

“That’s if Max and Leia don’t try to take a turn as well,” Obi said.

“They might not go for that. While everyone would be upset at their loss, they are old,” Nicholai said.

And within five minutes, the Immortal Council had left to rescue the Zenteris.

And that’s it for this chapter! Will they be able to rescue them before either James or Terena dies? Find out in chapters to come.

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 – Level 10 – Completed behind the scenes Chapter 4.7
  • Max charisma – Level 10 – Completed behind the scenes Chapter 3.8
  • Become level 5 celebrity – 5 stars – Completed behind the scenes Chapter 3.13
  • Have kid – Achieved Chapter 3.10 with the birth of Hermione
  • Reach Level 10 of the Actor branch – Level 10 – Superstar Actor – Completed Chapter 3.13 behind the scenes

Progress towards James’ goals:

  • Join Military Career – Completed Chapter 4.0
  • Level Ten Military Career – Level 7
  • Max Athletic skill – He’s at level 10, maxed behind the scenes Chapter 4.5
  • Max Hardiness skill – He’s at level 8
  • Buy out a business
  • Adopt – Achieved Chapter 4.4 when James and Terena adopted Kyle Williams.

Progress toward’s LTW’s

  • Leia – Professional Author: Earn $4000 a week in royalties – currently earning $4000+ a week – Completed behind the scenes Chapter 3.8
  • Maximus – Superstar Actor – Superstar Actor – Level 10 – Completed Chapter 3.13 behind the scenes
  • James – Become Astronaut – Level 7


Author’s Note:

I had had a different plan in place for this initially. Came up after a miscommunication between me and a member of the D.N.A builders with what I had wanted the Zenteri-Rand house in Midnight Hollow to look like. The group was initially going to magic the house to look wildly different as a “we know where you live” ploy before going any further. This would have sparked the final showdown (at least for this generation, I don’t know if they would finished them off or what, I hadn’t planned that far). However, my save has glitched and I need to move them. I can’t enter build/buy mode at all without the game crashing. So before the save gets any more glitchy, I am moving the family.

Chapter 4.2

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter James and Ethan partnered up for an intelligence gathering mission. Ethan was captured in the process and James, disobeying orders, orchestrated his release. Ethan then returned the favor by turning the situation into an advantage for Sim Nation rather than the SUA. And now on with the story. Continue reading

Chapter 3.9

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter, Max came clean to Leia about his family history. Instead of kicking him out of her life, Leia reached out to the one person she thought could help with the matter: Nicholai Tritten. Nicholai was able to place a counter spell to reduce the effects of the curse on Max and his decedents however he did warn that it could draw the ire of an evil and powerful witch clan. And now on with the story.

Carth was over again as he wasn’t too fond of being in his apartment alone all that much. Not to mention, it was a family get together. Mission and Jordan were over with infant Dustil.  Carth had just sat down to eat some burnt pancakes while watching Atton play a racing game when Atton suddenly put the controller down. “Atton, the race isn’t over,” he said.

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Chapter 3.5

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter, Mission began dating Dillon Thomas and near the end of the winter semester, found herself pregnant with his child. When she informed Dillon of the pregnancy, he said he was not going to be supportive at all, and Mission dumped him, heart broken. At the very end of the chapter, Max volunteered to give Mission a weekend at home since she wanted to go home. And now, on with the story.

Max and Mission made it to just inside of the Moonlight Falls border when Max’s car just suddenly shut off. “I thought you said your car was in good working order?” Mission asked

“It is! I’ll get out and see if I can’t get it working,” Max said, puzzled and thanked whoever was up there that it was a full moon as the sun was rapidly setting.

Max had the hood up when he heard a noise coming from the woods. Something about the noise unnerved him and he began to try to fix the car faster.

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Chapter 2.18

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter the Rands grieved for Mira, Obi began dating Mindy Foss, Wolfgang got Obi hired as a contractor to research potential suspects after being a wonderful asset to the fight against Darius, and the family learned of Kreia’s c-section and complications. At the very end of the chapter, Operation Take Down Darius was given a go ahead. And now on with the story.

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Chapter 2.6

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter, Canderous got accustomed to living with his father. Atton also got reacquainted with his best friend Bailey and quickly became more than friends. They were not dating for very long before Atton popped the question and Bailey said yes. And now on with the story.

Atton ran his hand through his hair for the tenth time that hour. The wait was killing him. He didn’t understand what could be taking Bailey so long.

“Is she having second thoughts?” he wondered out loud.

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Chapter 2.4

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter we found out that Alexandra gave birth to Canderous and then immediately left Atton taking little Canderous with her. Atton became severely depressed. Alistair found him one evening in a bar and at least got him to leave sober and pushed Atton towards getting his life together again. And that’s when Atton remembered where Alexandra wanted to live. And now on with the story.

Lucian Dracule stood outside of the apartment suite that all intelligence pointed to Alexandra Alto living in. He had spent several weeks pulling in favors and collecting evidence. And was here in the city he hated the most: Bridgeport.

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Chapter 2.3

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter Atton, Carth, Kreia, Bailey, and Pip went on a trip to Shang Simla to get Atton away from Alexandra. Atton did relax and enjoy himself, returning to more of his normal self. If you can call it normal. While Atton had made the connection, the others knew not to push it too hard. When they returned home, something was off. And now on to the story.

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