Side Story 3 – It’s a Small World

Best read after Chapter 2.14 and Side Story 2
Time: A few weeks after the events of Chapter 2.14 and immediately after Side Story 2
Characters involved: Canderous Rand, Sion Rand, Natalia Stevens, Asala Karam, Alexandra Stevens, Catherine Stevens, Vivian Stevens, Richard Stevens, Charles Stevens

Summary: Canderous, Sion, Asala, and Natalia go to the Stevens estate in Monte Vista for a few weeks after the end of term.

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Chapter 2.12

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter, several members of the Rand family had a birthday. Bailey learned about Darius and what career Sinbad is in. This shook her trust in Atton hard and the two have been fighting for months over it. This has put a strain on the family as a whole and has pushed both to drinking. Atton being more responsible about his drinking. At the very end, Bailey was getting drunk with her new found friend Hugh and he had just asked her to stay for one more drink. And now on with the story.

Ian Destansi smiled. Luck was on his side tonight. He had located Darius’s spy in Moonlight Falls. He was at the bar talking with an older lady. Not quite elderly, but by the looks of her, she wasn’t too far from being elderly. After noting the conversation wasn’t related to Darius he didn’t focus in on every word said. But he did hear that she had a couple of birthdays to attend and couldn’t stay long.

He heard her phone go off and watched as she talked for maybe thirty seconds, sounding a little drunk but not wasted yet. She bid good evening to the spy but the spy convinced her to stay for one more drink. ┬áIan sighed. The girl was obviously his next meal target and he was trying to get her too drunk to remember her priorities. But it was the lady’s problem if she got that drunk.

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Chapter 2.11

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter Liliana learned more about her “Grandpa” than she cared to learn about and Sinbad and Wolfgang had a discussion about why they live in Moonlight Falls. Wolfgang has also decided what he’s going to do when he grows up. And now, on with the story.

The Rands soon got into a rhythm that made raising the twins and Obi easier. But with time came aging and soon Sinbad and Mira were old. And Obi was a kid. And Liliana had grown into a fine young teenager. And Sion was a young adult. And Bailey’s dog Mochi died of old age. Obi, like his Aunt Kreia seemed to crave perfection. Liliana became a bit of a daredevil, pushing boundaries of safety. Sion yearned for a family as good his father’s and his brother’s.

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Chapter 2.10

Welcome back to another chapter of Random Branches! In the last chapter Bailey gave birth to twins. The Rands also took in Dominique and Liliana Huber-Swain since their mother, Bailey’s step-mother, could not cope with the grief of losing her husband, Bailey’s father. Canderous and Sion also spent some time at Nicholai’s house where they discussed plans for the future. And now on with the story!

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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 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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