Chapter 34: Leopold

Although the Lyons butler handbook warned of possible disagreements and the usual squabbling over resources among the household staff, never once did I think that I might be directly involved. I had faith in my conflict resolution skills; I had been trained to serve.

But I, Leopold Lyons, had an arch-nemesis.

I supervised the cook carefully when Master Straud was otherwise occupied and nothing else in the estate required my attention. She was extremely prone to spilling liquids and splattering food.

While the meals themselves were served, she took to mooning over our mutual employer.

But it was the aftermath of those meals that secured her eternal position as my arch-nemesis.

And while I repeatedly cleared my throat–a butler’s weapon of choice–she seemed entirely ignorant of my pointed censure, instead giggling to herself and saying “Rhys Straud” with varying intonations.

Only once did I attempt to politely correct her propensity for leaving a trail of filth in her wake.

“It appears that you’ve made yourself quite at home in Master Straud’s kitchen,” I began.

“Ohmigosh, isn’t it just the best? Everything’s so expensive and new and the stove has so many burners and it’s soooo nice to cook in a kitchen without any cats. I mean, I love Trash and Garbage to bits, but I’d just die if I got kitty litter in Rhys Straud’s food.”

If she loved trash and garbage so dearly, why not take it home with her? “You do seem to enjoy preparing food on every available inch of the stove and countertops,” I said as a politer alternative, though I made certain to arch a disapproving brow–a butler’s second-favorite weapon.

To my surprise, she flashed me a dazzling smile. “Ooh, do you want me to send you home with some leftovers? I tried this new flourless cake, but apparently it has too many calories…”

“I…have special dietary restrictions.”

“Oh, like Rhys!” How brazenly she called our employer by his first name. “Are you doing a gluten-free clean-eating vegan organic diet too? He calls it the ‘hummingbird diet.’”

“…I am not.” Apparently the cook possessed weapons of her own, with the intensity of her gaze and brightness of her smile numbering among them.

So I walked away, unsuccessful at shaming her into cleanliness.

And when it was time for her to return home after supper, I stayed behind and returned to the kitchen.

“Bye, Leo! See you tomorrow!”

Where did she get the idea that it was appropriate to call me such a thing? And must she remind me that my torment would begin anew so soon?

But I was a butler, and a butler must bite back any complaints for the sake of the master of the house. And that master must never be confronted by the distasteful sight of a filthy kitchen.

Not even in my highest-level butler training had I encountered such stubborn grime…

Between picking up any slack for Lady Dru, addressing Master Straud’s more outrageous demands, and eliminating the sheer amount of filth the cook left behind, I was exhausted.

There were limits even to a vampire’s–and Lyons butler’s–stamina.

Abominable behavior on my part. I would be harshly chastised at the Blackwell-Lyons Butler Academy for falling asleep at my place of employment–and not even in a cool, dark place.

But when my gaze was drawn to the window, I soon realized that my similarly vampiric cousin was standing about in the sun.

I rose and took a closer look. Was she speaking with someone…?

As butler for the estate, I’d best investigate.

“Lady Dru,” I said. “Do we have company?” I placed my hands on my hips. As butler, it was my responsibility to announce any guests, and this would be a terrible breach of decorum.

She whirled around. “Oh, hey, Leo. It’s just Sunflower.”

“Sunflower?”

“Yeah, he’s–” She glanced over her shoulder. “Shy, I guess. And slippery. He’s good at disappearing when I look away for a sec.”

“I see…” Was this Sunflower perhaps a squirrel or bird–or a raccoon? Well, the Blackwells were notoriously eccentric, according to Mother.

“So what’s up? The boss need you to redo something I messed up again?”

“Ah, no. I only wondered what you were doing out in the sun.” I shaded my hand with a shamefully stained white glove; they would have to be replaced immediately. And now that my arch-nemesis had returned home and we were out of earshot of our employer… “What do you think of the cook, Lady Dru?”

“Daisy? She’s nice, I guess. Gives me leftovers to feed Lyanna’s dog. Well, I think they’re supposed to be for me, but…” She shrugged. Such was the burden of a vampire.

I had perhaps expected more commiseration from Lady Dru, but our responsibilities were far too different. She was more likely to complain about our employer’s demands or mock his many idiosyncrasies, which would put my butler’s discretion at risk should I dare to join in.

And I couldn’t discuss the rigors of butler work with the person I most wanted to. I’d been disappointed to find out about Benedict’s very first butler position from Father, rather than from my twin himself. But even had he not told me, I would’ve seen him in his new uniform myself.

Did he never want to ask me for advice, or discuss the nature of our work…? I wondered if he still had a copy of the Lyons butler handbook, or if I should send him another.

But I got the distinct impression such a gesture would be unwelcome–as would a simple phone call. Even as his twin and elder brother, I could do nothing but silently wish him the best from afar.

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26 thoughts on “Chapter 34: Leopold

  1. Lmao I love how his butler sensibilities prevent him from directly confronting anyone 😂 Throat clearing and pointed looks abound!

    Poor Leo. Having to carry the whole household like that 😉 Haha

    I liked seeing that he still cares about Benny in his own butler-y way. But I wish he’d reach out 😦

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    1. Yeah, those butler sensibilities are really getting in the way of him expressing his actual thoughts and feelings…

      And his attempts to communicate with his own brother don’t go very well, either. Oops.

      Between Daisy, Dru, and Rhys…poor dude. LOL.

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  2. Oh how sad! I wish those two would become best pals!!! Something has to happen to bring them together!!!!

    And Daisy is perfectly oblivious! I love how both Bas and Daisy are slobs…ha ha!

    I always forget Dru and Leo are vampires until you mention that they can’t eat food. Ha ha…the only person that feels like a vampire is Ophelia and she isn’t one! 😉

    I really like how Leo thinks he’s dressing someone down but his words are so polite. Too bad Daisy can’t figure it out. If she understood that she was leaving him a mess, I’m sure she’d clean up for him. She’s so nice.

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    1. Maybe there’s still hope for the Lyons twins…but what could bring them together? Hmmmm.

      Daisy would totally make an effort to clean up after herself if Leo came out and said something directly. And apologize too. But nooo, Leo has to be all butler-y.

      ROFL, it IS really easy to forget that like 2/3 of my cast is supernatural. Sometimes I almost forget. That’s hilarious that Ophelia is the only one who feels like a vampire…whoops. Bianca was way more of a vampire….

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  3. Leo *ahem* Leopold should take a cue from Geoffrey, the butler from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. That man used to throw so much shade at his employers and yet still be just as refined and professional as ever. He should channel Geoffrey when dealing with his coworkers 😀

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  4. Leo love, you are going to be forever frustrated being the most butleriest of all the Lyons Butlers…

    Get that stick out of your ass and say what you mean! Lol.

    I felt so sad for him in this chapter, yet I wanted to shake him out of his butlery ways so he could communicate with everyone! Dah….

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    1. Hey, if you shake him hard enough, maybe that stick will fall out. 😉

      He’s definitely peak butler–even worse than Lysander, and that’s saying something. LOL.

      He’d be a lot less overworked–and maybe less lonely–if he said what he felt…

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  5. Well, I guess they should put much more emphasize on communication skills at the Blackwell-Lyons Butler Academy – Leopold has absolutely none. He doesn’t even realize how much his twin brother loathes him by now (and how much more he would loathe him if he knew that it was Leopold who made him lose sight of Leonidas in the first place). I wonder how he would react if Benedict said all of this straight to his face.

    Another great chapter, anyway!

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    1. Thank you!! ❤

      And that's a fantastic point about his communication skills–it's as if the butler academy has only taught him very specialized, limited skills, kind of like real schools that only teach their students how to take tests rather than helping them be well-rounded individuals. He was always very single-minded too, even as a kid…

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  6. I’m really starting to love Leo. When he was first introduced through Benny’s P.O.V I though he’d be more of an ass but I now I think he’d probably my favourite of the two brothers.
    I guess I shouldn’t have expected anything less from a family who specialises in misunderstandings.

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  7. Make it three – poor Leo doesn’t realise how he’s making his own life harder for himself. From Benny’s POV it did seem like Leo was an asshole, but now I realise Leo has no bad intentions towards anyone (except that stubborn-ass grime)

    I love this story so much, you have no idea 😭 I think it’s the best supernatural-themed SimLit that’s out there ❤️

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    1. Yay three! ❤ Leo was introduced relatively late in the game, and was only seen from the PoV of a VERY cynical party before that, like you said, so I wondered if he'd ever find a little bit of popularity.

      Grime is a butler's only enemy! And impropriety, of course.

      And OMG, thank you so much! ❤ ❤ ❤ It really does mean so much to me. And that's incredibly high praise! Even if it's easy to forget my supernaturals are, you know, supernatural sometimes. 😉 (Maybe EA will give me actual fairies with beautiful sparkly wings someday…!)

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      1. The biggest thing I miss about Sims3 was the supernatural expansion pack – no more fairies, witches or werewolves 😢 I don’t miss the pesky zombies though 😁 Can’t wait for the next chapter!

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      2. I hated the zombies!!! I don’t think we’re going to get a Supernatural expansion pack this time around, sadly…maybe a couple more game packs, but I have a feeling they’ll be werewolves and witches. It’s definitely the pack I miss most too!

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  8. Ah Leo you are far too uptight for that house. Pretty sure Rhys wouldn’t notice a thing. I love how stuck up and disproving he seems but then how much he cares about his brother. He cares a lot.

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