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

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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.

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Chapter 4.6

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter Lily Zenteri was born and Kyle Williams became a teenager. Leia’s remaining brothers and uncle (Canderus, Wolfgang, and Sion) also passed away. And now on with the story.

“Why don’t I live with my biological dad?” Kyle asked, “I know my biological mom’s dead. And Mom and Albus never talked about my biological dad around me, or at least I don’t remember if they did.”

James looked at Terena and sighed. “I don’t know all of the story. Your mom and I weren’t close enough for her to tell me about her ex. Albus likely knows the full story, but he’s busy with the tour for the next few months. So I’ll do the best I can. Ok?”

“Yea.”

“Your parents used to date. You weren’t unwanted. I don’t know if you were planned or not, though. Your parents split up after you were born. Your father starts stalking your mom and harassing her. And the crash that killed your mom was caused by your father. He died in the crash as well.”

“My dad killed my mom?” Kyle’s voiced cracked.

“He did. I’m sorry.”

“Oh. I had hoped he had died in another way. Or was just too busy and didn’t want me that much. Like Albus…”

“Woah. Hold up. Terena and I didn’t adopt you because Albus didn’t want to. Albus tried to adopt you. But Albus isn’t made of money and he had a two bedroom apartment and a job that requires him to move around for months at a time. Social services denied his request to adopt you. He then asked Terena and I to adopt you so that he could still be in your life.”

The two continued to talk and James answered as many questions he could about Kyle’s parents.

A few weeks later and Adama was starting school. It was a few weeks into that school year, when Kyle found a note stuck in his locker at the end of the day. He opened the letter and it read:

We have your parents and grandparents. They’re too happy. We also as a result have your baby sister. We will leave you an orphan again and we’ll make your brother an orphan as well if you do not produce the person or persons who lessened the curse. We’ll kill your baby sister as well. And your grandparents. But we’ll start with your parents. You have one week to do so.

He shakily put his stuff in his back pack and headed outside. He camped on the playground equipment and waited for the elementary school to get out. No way was he going to let Adama walk into the trap at home. Since he had a couple hours to wait, he decided to try to figure out who to go to. Albus was still on tour so he couldn’t go to him. He didn’t have either of his aunts’ phone numbers so he looked on his phone for any family members’ number or address. He’d show up unannounced if he had to.

He dialed the only one he had. Mission McDaniels. He had called her for help on a science project the previous year.

“Hey, Kyle. I’m a bit tied up at work. It’s not a good time,” Mission said.

“I’m sorry, Mission, but this is an emergency. Some guys claiming my parents are too happy have taken them, my grandparents, and Lily hostage. I don’t know what to do. They want me to find out who lessened the curse.”

“What about Adama?”

“He’s at school still. I don’t want Adama to be in the same boat I am, Mission. I can’t let him become an orphan.”

“Orphan? What did that note say?”

“That if I don’t find who lessened the curse and have them at the house then they’ll start killing. And they’ll start with James and Terena. They… they also said, they’d kill Lily.”

“I don’t know for sure who lessened the curse, but I’ve got a good idea who did. We’re going to Moonlight Falls. I’m currently in Bridgeport. You guys still live in Midnight Hollow, right?”

“Yea. Though I think we’re moving soon. James mentioned something about finding a house in Twinbrook.”

“Well, they weren’t talking near Leia then. At Wolfgang’s funeral we got talking about Darius, us old farts at least, with some of the Immortal Council of Moonlight Falls. One of the comments made was that our family used to live in Twinbrook. That that’s where Great-grandpa Sinbad and Great-Grandma Mira were born. Matias, a genie, said that the house wasn’t sold. To reduce the paper trail to the new house in Moonlight Falls. But let’s stay focused on the issue at hand. When does Adama get off from school? 3 pm?”

“Yea. 3 pm. Why?”

“It’s faster if I have us teleported to Moonlight Falls instead of me driving. Moonlight Falls is on the other side of the country. So call me when you get Adama’s attention.”

The two finished the call and hung up.

3 pm didn’t come quick enough for Kyle. Luckily, being so close to the school means that Adama usually walked home unless it was raining and luckily, it wasn’t raining. “Adama,” Kyle said.

“What are you still doing here, Kyle?” Adama asked, “You obviously haven’t gone home since you’re wearing your back pack still.”

“Waiting for you. We’re not going home. Remember the phone calls and letters that would get our parents and grandparents upset?”

“Yea. And what do you mean we’re not going home?”

“Well, the people who made those calls and wrote those letters are at our house. They were nice enough to leave me a note. We’re going to go see some people in Moonlight Falls. I need to text Mission to let her know we’re ready. We’ll figure out what to tell the school when the dust settles. At least we have a couple of days since today’s Friday.” Kyle said and texted Mission.

As soon as Mission got off the phone with Kyle, she told her boss a family emergency had come up and she was going to be gone for unknown amount of time. Then she did a quick prayer that the paparazzi didn’t get wind of this. Things could get ugly if the situation ended up on the news.

She dialed up Nicholai.

“Mission, what do I owe this call to? I would expect your twin over you considering,” Nicholai said.

“Kyle got a note from some guys saying that Leia and Max were too happy and that they’ve taken them hostage. If the person who lessened a curse doesn’t show up within the week at the house, they’ll start killing. They said they’d even kill Lily.”

“Lily? Who’s Lily?”

“James and Terena’s two year old.”

“They’d kill a toddler to make a point?! And give the note to someone whom the curse doesn’t even apply to?”

“Well, the oldest kid not in the house is only five. I’d give it to the thirteen year old myself as well. But yes, they’d kill a toddler. I’m calling now as it’s quicker for you to teleport us in.”

“I’ll have to get permission on Kyle. We haven’t revoked permission on Rands and their decedents. But Kyle doesn’t fit those requirements.”

“He’s a thirteen year old boy, Nicholai. Teleport him anyway and ask for forgiveness. And it’s not like we’re asking him to be able to live there.”

“Fine. Where are Kyle and Adama?”

“Midnight Hollow. But Adama’s still in class. I told Kyle to text when he’s got Adama. I can’t lose my sister, Nicholai.”

“Alright. I’ll wait for your word. And they must be using non-magical creatures. I put up spells that would alert me if a magical creature crossed the barrier. Or they stopped and checked and took mine down before they crossed it. Let’s hope for the former. They’d have to be a powerful witch to take down my spells. I don’t intend on letting her die, Mission.”

They said their goodbyes and hung up. Mission then went home, explained to Jordan what was going on, and packed her bags. When Kyle texted Mission, she let Nicholai know. And soon she was in Moonlight Falls, in her old house.

And that’s it for the chapter! What will happen to the Zenteris? Will Nicholai be able to get a plan together to save them all? 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 6
  • 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

Chapter 4.3

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter the war with the SUA ended. Many died during the final battle, including Eleanor Stevens of the Immortal Council. And Terena and James finally realized they had a crush on each other. And now on with the story.

A few years passed. James graduated with honors as did Terena. The pair were madly in love and once they graduated the pair married. In as quiet of a ceremony as they could pull off. Neither talked much about that final battle or much of the war. At least not to anyone but each other and the others on their team, and even then, not much.

Terena had left the military when the war was over as all drafted were allowed to do. She had gone to college to be a veterinarian and that was what she had begun to do.

James had been stationed in Midnight Hollow. It was a town that resided in an area of the nation that was darker on average. It made it easier for celebrities to just blend in. And James welcomed that. It was hard always being recognized as the son of Maximus Zenteri and Leia Rand.

So he painted the inside of the house brighter colors and left the outside normal. He didn’t want to stick out. And his parents and uncle tagged along. Obi didn’t want to live alone and Max and Leia wanted to get away. Plus it gave James a bigger budget to work with when looking for a house.

And he occasionally visited his cousin and best friend Albus in Bridgeport and had made friends with his band, when he wasn’t too busy with work. He also learned that Albus and fellow band member Cassie Williams had fallen in love and had had a child of their own, Kaylee. Cassie also had a son from a previous relationship named Kyle.

James woke with a start. He had had nightmares of the final battle of the war since the day the war ended. He knew Terena did as well as she was talking with others about it more and had mentioned the nightmares to him. James hadn’t started talking really. He got out of the bed quietly and walked outside.

“You know talking about the nightmares or what caused them would help, right?”

James jumped and looked around to see who said that. He relaxed when he saw it was just Uncle Obi. “How would you know?”

“I was pretty good at not screaming too loudly when my nightmares woke me up. I know you remember seeing me passed out on the couch. Why do you think I was passed out, dead to the world?”

“Oh. The terrorist attack?”

“Yea. For a while, I kept it bottled up. Leia kept trying to get me to talk and I know she does the same to you.”

“So if you kept it bottled up, how do you know that talking about it will help?”

“One day Mission showed up out of the blue. I was shocked it was Mission. Usually Leia called in Wolfgang, but maybe she felt I needed a motherly figure. Well, she had only called Wolfgang in once, but I didn’t figure on Mission being called in. Or maybe Leia didn’t call her in directly, but Mission inferred Leia’s method may not be working.” Obi Wan shrugged and sat down on a chair before continuing. “Anyway, Mission just offers to be a shoulder to cry on. Didn’t pressure me or anything to talk. One day, I decided I wanted to talk. And I told Mission. To this day, Mission’s the only one who I’ve told.”

“Leia didn’t try to get you to talk to her?”

“No, she just wanted me to talk. She didn’t care to whom I talked. I could have bought a dog and talked to a dog and she probably would have been fine as long as the nightmares didn’t happen as frequently.”

“So they’ll never go away?”

“I can’t say if yours will or will not go away over time. Mine haven’t. I wouldn’t be up if they had. But they are infrequent enough that I can live with it. Now I’m not saying you need to talk now or tell me, but I’m here if you want. Even if it’s just a shoulder to cry on.”

“Thanks, Uncle Obi. I think for now, I’m going to try to get some sleep.”

Obi nodded.

“We know what you did. Get it undone or else!” a voice said over the phone.

“What the fuck, I’ve done a lot of stuff over the years that can be undone. What have I done?!” James yelled. This was the fifth time the caller has called in two days talking about something he’s done.

“You’re too happy!” the voice said and hung up.

“Too happy?” James said.

“Too happy what?” Max said.

“That damn caller called again. This time he said I was too happy.” James said and frowned, “What’s wrong, Dad? Why have you gone pale?”

“I suppose I should have told you and your sister about something. Let me see if she’s able to come down this weekend.”

“Tell us what, Dad?”

“It’s complicated, so I’d like to only do it once if I can help it.”

The weekend didn’t come soon enough for James. Hermione had agreed to come and Max had even called over one of the Immortal Council from Moonlight Falls, Nicholai Tritten. James didn’t know what he had to do with any of this.

“Before I start, Hermione, have you been receiving any strange phone calls?” Max asked.

“Yea, I figured they were prank calls, but now that you’ve called me here and asked that, I don’t know anymore. They said they know what I did.”

“You didn’t do anything. Neither did you, James,” Max said, “Nicholai did.”

“What the fuck did he do that’s causing this?” James said.

“I lessened a curse,” Nicholai said, “Centuries ago the Zenteri clan and the Agosti clan started a feud. Zenteris were witches, Agostis were vampires. Back then, interspecie relationships were highly frowned upon. One of the female Zenteris was in a relationship with one of the male Agostis. Eleanor Zenteri, one of the elders discovered the relationship and killed the male Agosti. She then stripped the female Zenteri of her witch powers and cursed her and her decedents to never be happy. Among other things.”

“Other things?” Hermione asked.

“Well, your paternal grandmother is well on her way to having a lot of kids. She has urges to have kids and have kids. Previous mothers who had stopped trying to have babies have ended up killing themselves. We don’t know if her daughters aren’t having the same urges because she’s still alive or who would get those urges if she did. Could be the oldest female Zenteri or the youngest.”

“I’m the youngest aren’t I?” Hermione asked.

“Probably not if my mother’s still having kids. Not to mention who knows how many cousins you guys have,” Max said, “It’s why we’ve kept away from them. My mother doesn’t need the publicity and you guys didn’t need the hounding. And we didn’t want to bring the attention of those watching to see if my mother was successful or not and wanting her to fail. Not to mention we kept waiting for the best time to tell you two, but they just never came. And we didn’t think anyone would call.”

“So there are a bunch of other kids out there with your hair color?” James asked.

“No. I get my hair color from my father. My mother never had the urge to get pregnant by the same guy twice.”

“Oh, so our grandmother’s a…” Hermione started.

“Don’t say it, Hermione. She’s not doing what she’s doing by choice. She did fall in love with one of the father’s of one her kids. No, not my father. But due to the curse, he’s temporarily taken away from her. She can’t be with him until the curse is lifted. And if she stops having kids by different men…”

“She’ll feel compelled to commit suicide, which would separate her from her love,” James said, “Damn. Did you ever get to meet your dad? I’ve got a feeling that her life means she doesn’t keep in contact.”

“Yea, by total coincidence. I took up martial arts as a teen and he happened to be my instructor. Not often you meet others with my hair color.”

“But let’s not bore Nicholai with our family history any longer. Shortly after Obi married Mindy, I told Leia this. And she mentioned going to Nicholai to see what could be done about the curse. He’s a wizard after all.”

Nicholai then took over. “I knew enough about the curse to lessen the effects on Max and his decedents. I did say there was a risk as in my research of the situation, I discovered a group bent on making sure the curse does not get lifted. I knew there was a risk of the group catching on and trying something and I told Max and Leia about it. I’m shocked this conversation hasn’t already happened.”

They talked for a bit and eventually Nicholai left after placing a few spells around the house. He said they would let him know if a witch or fairy crossed the border.

“Were you ever going to tell us about the curse if the lessening of effects hadn’t gotten noticed?” Hermione yelled.

“Like I said earlier, we were waiting for the right moment.” Max rubbed his temple, feeling a fight coming on.

“When was the right moment going to happen? When I get pregnant? When James gets someone pregnant? They would be decedents of that female Zenteri. And subject to the curse. I should have the right to be able to tell a future spouse and a future father of my kids what the risks are. Before I have a daughter who ends up being the youngest female Zenteri should your mother fail and it fall to the youngest female Zenteri to follow in her footsteps. Where I would have to watch my own daughter have to whore herself out or commit suicide!”

“Mione, I’m sure they would have said something if they knew you were in a serious committed relationship,” James said.

“Did they tell you when you told them about Terena, James?” Hermione said.

“No, but I also didn’t give them much of a chance to before I married her. And they did keep mentioning they wanted to talk to me, but I pushed them away every time thinking they were going to get on me to talk,” James countered, “And once I was married, they were probably trying to find out how to word what they were saying so as to not drive Terena away. To not break my heart.”

“I’m sorry, Hermione. We should have told you and James sooner,” Max said.

Terena popped her head out and said, “Is everything ok?”

“Yea, everything’s fine,” Leia said.

“Are you guys done talking, I need to talk to James,” Terena said.

“Yea, we’re done, you can have him,” Max said.

“I’ve got something to talk to you about as well,” James said when they were alone in their bedroom, “But you go first, mine is liable to take some time.”

“Alright. I’m pregnant. We’re going to be parents,” Terena said, smile plastered on her face.

“Really?! You’re pregnant?!” James said, the discussion he wanted to talk to Terena about completely disappearing from his mind.

“Really. Do you want a boy or a girl?”

“Either. I’d love one of both at some point. But I guess boy for our first. That way our daughter has an older brother to protect her.”

“That’s what I was thinking as well. But I won’t be disappointed if it’s the other way around either.”

“What did you want to talk to me about?” Terena asked.

“Huh? Oh. Yea. Shit.”

“Shit?”

James explained to Terena what Max and Nicholai had just told him.

“Damn,” Terena said, “Well, we’ll continue to be ‘too happy’ in our lives. I don’t see a reason to let them win.”

Time went on and the calls kept coming. It was late in the afternoon when his phone rang again.

“Who is this and how did you get this number? I’m sick…” James yelled.

“Marco Jefferson. One of Albus’ band mates, remember,”

“Oh, hey, Marco. Why are you calling me?”

“Albus is too much at a loss for words right now. I’m not dealing much better myself. Cassie was in a car accident today. She died on scene from what the police say.”

James froze. Albus had to be heartbroken. “So Albus is fine. Are Kyle and Kaylee safe?” James said when he could find words.

“Yea, they were here. They were finally showing Kaylee off to us. Cassie was coming in later since she had a song to finish up. It was her fucking ex who hit her. Police didn’t say if it was an accident or not, but I would be shocked if it was one.”

“Well, Terena’s been bugging me to leave the house, one minute,” James said, noticing that his Uncle Obi was giving him a look.

“Is that Albus wanting to know if you want to come over? I’d like to come, too. Meet my granddaughter.”

“No, it’s Marco. One of Albus’s band mates. Cassie’s been in a car accident. She didn’t make it. Kyle and Kaylee are safe.”

“Is Albus ok?” Obi asked.

“Yea. I was going to head over, I take it you want to come, too?”

“Yes.”

“Sorry about that. Albus’ father came into the room and asked who I was talking to. We’ll be there in a few hours. Are you at the house or the recording studio?”

“Recording studio. Their house is too small for a get together,” Marco said.

“Alright. I’ll call when I get to town if I need directions.”

And that’s it for this chapter. Will the phone calls stop or will they turn into something more sinister? Find out in chapters to come.

Progress towards Obi’s Goals:

  • Become Private Investigator – Achieved Chapter 2.19
  • Complete 30 cases – Completed about 21 cases
  • Snoop 10 locations – Snooped 5 locations
  • Write 5 papers on findings – Wrote 1 paper
  • Reach level ten of Private Investigator Career – He’s at level 7
  • Go through 5 garbages and 5 mailboxes – Gone through 4 of each

Progress towards Leia’s Goals:

  • Master Painting Skill – She’s at level 9
  • Master Writing Skill – She’s at level 10 – Completed behind the scenes Chapter 3.8
  • Paint 20 paintings – Painted 16 paintings
  • Be friends with parents – Completed Chapter 3.7 behind the scenes.
  • Get 5,000 in royalties (or sell 15,000 from paintings) – Completed behind the scenes Chapter 3.13 at $6,828
  • Paint family pictures (spouse, kids, parents if alive) – Painted Max’s, behind the scenes Chapter 3.14, painted Hermione’s behind the scenes Chapter 3.15
  • Join book club (if applicable) – Joined book club Chapter 3.10 behind the scenes

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 3
  • 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 5
  • Max Athletic skill – He’s at level 6
  • Max Hardiness skill – He’s at level 3
  • Buy out a business
  • Adopt

Progress toward’s LTW’s

  • Obi Wan – Perfect Mind, Perfect Body: Level 10 Logic, Level 10 Athletic – Logic is at 9, Athletic is at 10
  • 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 5

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Author’s note: And back from the long hiatus! With the help of Nevermore from Boolprop, I was able to get the gears moving again on the plot for both this story and the off shoot Random Paths. And my game stopped crashing when entering build/buy while I’m in my main save for this challenge.

 

Chapter 3.8

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?”

“I do.”

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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 2.16

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter life began to move on after Atton and Bailey divorced. Liliana aged to young adult and moved out and Sinbad learned of the Alliance between the criminals and the cops in order to take down Darius. He also learned that in order to help the goal of taking down Darius that the Alliance is going to stage Wolfgang’s family getting kidnapped in order to fool Darius. And now on with the story.

Sinbad had called a meeting while Atton was at work.

“Shouldn’t we wait for Dad to be home?” Leia asked.

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Chapter 2.9

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter Canderous found out who his biological mother was and had a heart to heart with Immortal Council member Nicholai Tritten. At the very end of the chapter, Bailey got word that her father had passed away. And now, on with the story.

Bailey got to house her step-mother and half-siblings lived in after taking some time to cry on Atton’s shoulder. She used the key that her father had given her and stepped into the house and located her step-mother and gave her a hug.

“I… I can’t do it, Bailey,” Latanya cried. “Do what, Latanya?” “Raise… raise…” Latanya started before losing control again.

“Yes, you can. You’ve raised them this far. You can raise them the rest of the way.”

“I did that with Chester. I can’t do it alone. You take them.”

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Chapter 2.8

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter Bailey got Alexandra to give up her parental rights to Canderous so that she could adopt him. Sinbad became a Master Thief and worried about how keeping his career choice from Bailey could negatively affect her relationship with Atton. Wolfgang aged to toddler and learned his skills quickly and Canderous aged to child as did Sion. And now on with the story!

“We need to talk,” Sinbad told Atton on a day when Bailey was off at work.

“About what?”

“You know what career I’m in right?”

“You’re a criminal.”

“Your wife is a cop. What’s the usual thing that happens when cops and criminals meet?”

“The cop arrests the criminal. Oh. I see where you’re headed. You’re worried about us keeping your profession from Bailey and it’s affect on me and Bailey’s marriage.”

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Chapter 1.5

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter Sinbad learned that his old mentor, Darius Myst, had taken over Twinbrook’s crime family. And Darius had told Sinbad to permanently distance himself from his family or watch as Darius kills them. Sinbad chose neither option and has put into motion a plan to run to Moonlight Falls. And now on with the story.

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