Chapter 20: Fox

Griff was my best friend and only cousin. I was always happy when he came to visit.

“I won’t be here for long this time,” he said. “You’ll see, I guess.”

“Then let’s have fun while we can,” I said cheerfully.

Griff hated going to sleep at night, even though Clem’s bed was even softer than mine. He’d make up things to do to avoid it, like looking up at the sky and counting stars.

“How come you hate sleeping?” I asked. “I can keep a secret. I won’t even tell Clem.”

He didn’t say anything at first. Griff was always pretty quiet when he visited, like he was thinking about too many things at once. “Because,” he said, “I can see the future. It’s even stronger in my dreams and I hate it.”

Dad said that fae loved to lie, but Griff was my cousin before a fae, and I didn’t think he’d lie to me.

“Really?”

He pointed up at the sky. “If you don’t believe me,” he said, “just look. There’s gonna be a shooting star in like three seconds.”

I looked and counted to three in my head.

And then:

“Whoa,” I said. “How’d you know?”

“I told you,” he said. “I can see the future. Duh.”

I asked him to explain more when we were finally getting ready for bed.

“It usually happens when I close my eyes,” Griff said. “Blinking counts too. Sometimes it’s just a few minutes into the future, and sometimes it’s years. My dreams feel so real, and it’s like I’ll never wake up, I guess. And then when I do, it’s hard to remember what’s happened and what hasn’t yet.” He looked pretty sad.

I decided to try making him laugh. “So you could raise your hand in class and know the right answer every time?” I said. “Or know all the answers on a test without studying? And know if a girl you like likes you back without even asking?”

“Girls are gross,” he said, smiling. “And fae don’t have normal school. Mom and Dad try to teach me stuff when they’re not busy fighting.”

“I wish I had a power like that,” I said.

He smiled to himself. “I guess it can be cool sometimes. I tell Mom and Dad whenever the next attack is going to come, so they’re always safe.”

“Do you think I could see the future if I tried?” I asked.

“I dunno. Maybe. Dad says I’m really powerful though. The powerful-est.”

“Maybe in my sleep…if I see you in the future, I’ll hold your hand, okay? So you don’t have to be scared.”

“Gross.”

Sometimes I had to remind myself that Griff wasn’t like Clem. He was lonely in a way that my twin wasn’t–I didn’t think he had any friends in the fae realm, but Clem had lots here. She didn’t need me like he did. His visits weren’t long, so hopefully she didn’t mind if I paid attention to him for a little while instead.

That night, I dreamed of the prettiest girl I’d ever seen, surrounded by flowers… It wasn’t like a real dream, though–more like a still image. Not a painting, but one of the old faded photographs of flowers that Mom liked to buy in antique shops and use in her art sometimes.

But when I woke up, I couldn’t remember her face.

I knew I had to see her again.

Griff said my dream was stupid, and that it probably wasn’t a real future-seeing dream at all, but I had this feeling.

And he still came with me when I said I was going to go look for her…

I didn’t really think we’d find her. I’d just picked a direction at random, and risked using a spell to transport us far away. Dad hadn’t taught me that one perfectly, but I was sure about the invisibility glamour.

But…we did find her.

Lani.

I was sad when she disappeared, but…I’d never forget her face again.

No matter how many years passed until I saw her again…

I wasn’t surprised when we moved to the fae realm, and I was happy, because it meant Griff wouldn’t be alone ever again. He had me now.

I knew Clem was having a harder time adjusting, but she was Clem. She could handle anything–she put mean girls in their place all the time at school. It was part of why she was so popular.

And I knew Griff would suffer for defending her, as unpopular as the son of a fae king and vampire queen already was…

So I tried to keep him busy. Clem would understand: we were lucky enough to have a twin, but Griff was all alone in a world that didn’t want him.

…Maybe I should’ve paid more attention to Clem, though. Would that have stopped her from leaving? I thought she’d get used to the change. I thought she’d like the fae realm as much as I did.

But then it really was just me and Griff.

Time softened the fae against their new king and queen. The prince, once mocked for not being a prince at all, instead became someone whose favor was in high demand. But Griff was uneasy around other fae, preferring my company instead.

“The world is your pomegranate, Griff,” I said. “I think I see a pretty girl staring down at you from that balcony. Why don’t you smile at her?”

“Girls are gross,” he said, like he always did. “You can have her, I guess.”

Fae girls, I’d learned, weren’t so different from human ones, once you got past the fluttering wings and bright colors. They responded even better to flattery, immediately accepting compliments instead of feigning modesty.

They were also a lot more forward than the average human girl…

…Something Griff didn’t seem to approve of, even if he’d spent even more time among the fae than I had.

Hey, I’d told him to make his move.

“…Do you feel a chill in the air?” I asked.

“Not yet,” she said. (I was pretty sure she had some kind of flower-inspired name.)

“What if I wanted that one?” Griffin demanded later. (Much later.)

“Anything for you, my prince,” I said grandly. “I’ll put in a good word for you next time.”

“…But I don’t know how to do any of that stuff.”

“What stuff?”

Gross stuff.”

I lifted his chin. “With a face as handsome as yours? You’ll do fine. They like their lovers pretty.”

“Don’t say lovers. It’s gross.”

“It’s fun. I can teach you, my prince.”

“…I’ve never even kissed anybody before. They’ll laugh at me.”

A smile spread across my face–hopefully one he’d take as encouraging instead of mocking. With fae, it was almost always the latter. “Want to practice on me?”

“That’s the GROSSEST.”

“Fine,” I said with a laugh, “you can feel me up instead.”

His face reddened.

I slung my arms around his neck, carefully avoiding his wings. Then again, a lot of fae girls liked to have their wings stroked… “Practice gazing longingly into my eyes?”

“…You’re my cousin,” he mumbled, avoiding my eyes. “Not that fae even have cousins. But if they did, you would be…”

“Could be worse,” I said. “My mom told me Grandpa used to make out with a giant stuffed bat before he met Grandma. He probably had no idea what to do with his tongue.”

“Ugh. Don’t laugh.” And then he kissed me. If I didn’t have wings–and he wasn’t holding me–I might’ve fallen flat on my backside.

Griff was doing…something with his tongue, all right.

“How was it?” he asked, trying to act gruff but coming across more shy instead.

“You’ll get the hang of it in no time.”

With my help, he’d get all the practice he needed. I considered myself the knight to his prince, even if he swore fae didn’t have knights. They didn’t have princes either, but that seemed to be the one thing he needed to hang on to.

There were so many beautiful fae girls…

Griff just needed a little push.

…And maybe some moral support.

…And a helping hand to guide him to his destination.

“…It feels gross inside.”

“You’ll get used to it, my prince.”

And he did.

He got to put other things into practice too…including kissing. His first partner seemed happy to oblige a fae prince–it’d be something to boast about later.

…And I enjoyed the lessons too.

I didn’t mind sharing. Fae girls always lost interest eventually–the two of us together might keep it for a little longer, but not by much.

“I did good, didn’t I?” Griff asked afterward. “Her gross noises sounded happy, I guess.”

“You did, my prince.”

I’d give him everything he wanted–with one exception.

She must’ve grown up to be beautiful, all these years later. Did I dream of her, or only imagine what she might be like now…?

I’d meet her again someday; that much, I knew.

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32 thoughts on “Chapter 20: Fox

  1. Wow I can’t believe he made all of his dreams about Lani irrelevant. Because once you touch your cousin’s fae dick, what else can top that? 😉

    eeeeeeeee I knew it would happen Lobs. But only if you were brace enough.

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  2. Poor Griffin! What a terrible burden this kid carries with him 😦 I knew there had to be something really dark lurking beneath the surface for him to be so miserable all the time 😦

    He’s lucky he has Fox! He still shouldn’t be so dismissive of his sister… but if only Clem understood that there’s a bit more going on there than she thinks. But it’s not Fox’s place to tell that kind of secret, I guess.

    I love that these cousins casually have threesomes together 😂 How very fae of them 😛 They certainly have a unique dynamic haha I don’t sense any real romantic feelings there, but most definitely a level of sexual comfort most straight dudes wouldn’t have with each other. Definitely a special bond there 😉

    Looking forward to the invevitabke drama when Fox doesn’t wanna share Lani 😱 Unless maybe that’s the ultimate compromise in the end 🤔 Of course, who the heck knows how SHE’D feel about any of that (oh wait, probably you 😛 )

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    1. I think we all have times where we’d like to see the future (hello winning lottery numbers!), but for Griffin, it’s not much fun. 😦 Especially when he sees everything, not just what he wants to see.

      And he’s very lucky he has Fox, even if that luck seemed to come at Clem’s expense. 😦 But maybe she would’ve been more understanding if she knew the truth.

      LOL, casual fae threesomes. It’s all the rage apparently~

      And maybe Lani will just run away and hide tbh.

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      1. I’m sure Fox and Griff are amateurs compared to the wild fae orgies that probably go down daily over there 😉 Maybe they will get there someday with more practice 😂

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  3. Every time I see that shot I remember you asking “what does it look like with fox’s hand out of the lobster thermidor” while I was at Costco LOL

    They did gross butt stuff together and not enough kissy kissy tho
    Is it cause it’s gross

    If Griff can see the future and hates seeing it, maybe he sees other things like Focks gettin fae meows and being jealous because he sees it more like “he’s mY cousin go away u blue bastard 😤”
    If he’s got anything like Dru anyways
    LOL

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    1. me when writing this chapter: what even is this, I am not a fujoshi why does this read like really bad BL or something aaaaaaaa

      ty for enduring my ~lewd screenshots~ also anyone who has seen a sim didgeridoo knows that it is no privilege but a burden

      I’m sorry for the inadequate levels of kissy kissy, you should’ve made poses and then I’d use all of them bc I love your poses the most ❤

      LOL I think Griffin is a lot like Dru actually

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      1. Np bb I’d endure the world 5 u
        Sim didgeridoo or dolphin 🤔

        Aaa let me side with Griff and say its gross

        Considering that he punched his way outta his mom’s treehole I’d be surprised if he wasn’t

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  4. Grox! They’re so cute together (even when they’re…ahem…sharing.)

    But Fox won’t share Lani? LOL! I bet Griff will be jealous of that! I love how she looked in his imagination–like a princess!

    I’m glad to hear things are getting better for Dru and Sunflower in the realm. Griff looks like a real prince and Fox, his knight! ❤

    The way Fox looks at Griff is so cute. ❤ They're adorable!!!

    (I'm a little worried at what Griff sees in the future! Ahhhh! Poor guy. 😥 )

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    1. ❤ Cousins that share fae together stay together. Or something.

      Griff will totally be jealous, let's be real. And he'll say it's because Lani is the worst and Fox can do better. I liked dressing up Princess Lani though. ❤

      And surprisingly time did help Dru and Sunflower a lot! But the years before then were pretty tough.

      Glad you like Fox and Griffin together so much. ❤

      Griffin gets his own chapter…ahh, 26, so it's a ways off.

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  5. And here I thought Rhys and Ophelia’s kids would probably be the incestuous ones…but then again, you’re supposed to share with family right? 🤔
    It makes it less creepy that Fox doesn’t seem to have romantic feelings for Griffin – though I wonder how Griffin feels?
    All that said…I won’t mind seeing another ‘teaching’ moment between these two cousins and a rando fae chick. Griffin needs a lot of practice! He does! 😉

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    1. ROFL. Rhys and O’s kids haven’t really made an appearance yet but I promise you they’re weird af.

      Griffin is a tough nut to crack. (Yeahhh, that sounds wrong now.) But he does seem pretty possessive of his cousin, not that that’s necessarily romantic.

      LOL, Fox would agree with you about the practice! And maybe Griffin would too. 😉

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    2. I got a very similar vibe to you! Fox seems to really just be having fun, rather than being in love with his cousin or anything. But Griffin is so much harder to read. I think if anything, it could be one-sided… which could cause issues down the line if it is 😬

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  6. Awww. Fox doesn’t know how much Clem is hurrying. 😔 Dude, now she doesn’t have you. You traded her Griffin. He’s so good hearted he doesn’t realize it and probably thinks she’s happy. And Griffin depends on Fox as much as Clem did. When he finds Lani, it’s gonna be a threesome or a nosome. 😂😂😂. Griffin is like Dripu and confused, but at least he’s learning about the grossstuff with the help of his cousin. That helps maybe. And his mom had dreams too. So not surprised. Can’t wait for a Griffin chapter.

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    1. It’s easy to thing the strongest people we know need the least help, but then they don’t get the support they need when they need it the most, and unfortunately that seems to have happened with Fox and Clem.

      And Griffin is practically Fox’s twin now! They’re almost never out of each other’s sights. LOL, a threesome or a nosome.

      Fox is happy to teach his cousin the gross ropes. 😉 And Griffin definitely gets some weird supernatural stuff from both his parents.

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  7. Oh man, the big secret is revealed!! Griffin can see the future (allegedly) O.O
    Even as a little guy, too, jeeze louise, okay, so he really is kind of tortured, aww, Griff! ❤
    That's a huge burden to carry for such a wee bean, I'm really glad he has Fox to lean on.

    Man, this changes everything. Makes me think about Clem and her needs, but then Griffin's needs seem more pressing, he has a much larger burden… how much do you have a right to the attention of a sibling? I would argue you don't have rights to other people, though I still feel really bad for Clem, though it's not like she went through anything especially unique with Fox; brothers and sisters, even twins, don't always end up attached at the hip, and it's normal for kids to have their own desires.

    Anyway, I feel bad for Clem, but I'm also living for this Fairy Boi Kissing Cousins Club.
    AND, Griffin's constant use of the word "Gross" because it's so Dru, and he has sort of a Dark-Darius vibe going on in general, so I love that we still get to see some Dru ❤

    And, man, does Griffin's proximity sometimes let other people dream of future stuff too? Or maybe Fox's brain just had a fairy-fart and expelled a Lani vision; IDEK.

    Holy crap, these two are just cutest, Fox is Griffin's social lubricant, I feel like Griff just needs a kick in the pants sometimes, but clearly he can take initiative when he needs to (like he did with Lani as a kiddo), he just needs to let an idea marinate a bit, less jump into the deep end than our sassy Fox.

    I mean, okay, so teenage boys are not the most romantic creatures on the planet to begin with, really, they have like Gal-levels of romance, lol. These two clearly love each other, and have one of the most amazing bonds I've ever seen, very free and open, Fox is a safe place for Griffin to keep his trust and his heart.
    Their chemistry is insane! And also, clearly, very open to including sexual components, I will admit to saying this out loud, directed at fairy girl "you lucky bitch" my only regret is that I cannot give here a high five.

    Definitely some exciting stuff on the horizon for these beans, and seeing where Lani fits in, and where Griffin's future seeing stuff comes into play, ahhh!
    I need a nap to calm down…

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    1. ROFL OMG, every time I think you’ve typed your longest comment ever, you surprise me. Somebody liked this chapter! ❤ ❤ ❤

      That's a really good point about siblings/family in general–how much does Fox "owe" Clementine, if anything? It sucks for her, and she could really use the support, but so could Griff. Does she deserve it more just because she's his twin? And Griff does have an even heavier burden–not just seeing the future, but having a whole kingdom against his very existence for most of his life.

      LOL, Griff is basically a Dru/Dark-Darius combo. He's also basically been a cranky old man since he was a kid.

      Fox and Griff really do even each other out–and he can use the encouragement. Is the relationship unhealthy, or is Fox just teaching Griff how to fly? (Literally, when they were toddlers!) The jealousy/possessiveness may cause an issue though, but Dru was able to get over it.

      "Gal-levels of romance," rofl. They do love each other a lot. ❤ And I love that you yelled that at the fairy girl, lollllllllllllllllllllll.

      Don't nap at work. 😉

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  8. I mean we’ve seen worse, right? I can’t say we’ve seen a lot BETTER though! 😉

    Griffey is a prophet! Whoda thunk?? With a dad like Darius–I mean Sunflower–I suppose that it’s not a surprise, but still, poor little feller. What a weight for such a smol human. I’m glad that he has Fox to help him learn to deal with it, but hehe, it would appear that Fox is helping him with a whole lot more than just his fae dreams! 😀

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    1. Between Sunflower hearing the wind and Dru having weird dreams, Griffin didn’t have much of a chance at turning out normal. (But who in Fangs is?) Still, it’s a lot to deal with.

      And Fox is glad to be of service. 😏

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  9. Dark WitcHazard: WTF did I just read! And why did I enjoy it so much! ❤️

    Emotional WitcHazard: I’m a little worried about Griffin’s codependency and how Fox is enabling it! I’m sure he means well but putting someone else first all the time from such a young age will have consequences down the line!

    Lover WitcHazard: OMG I got something I didn’t even know I wanted! This chapter was the best! Also is Griffin joking the cinnamon roll club? Aw Fox’s dream Lani is so cute seems like skenthing Benny would have her do for some random reason! I was a little upset cause I wanted Caspian and Hamlet to be the Gay Marklyne 2.0 still think it could happen but this chapter I forgive you! Also if Fox and Griffin need anymore lessons I’d be happy to give them the two for one discount!😘

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    1. Me after writing this chapter: WTF did I just write? And should I post this? No, I should not. *posts it anyway*

      Fox doesn’t seem to mind helping Griff out right now. 😉 Maybe that’ll change as that he gets older, but he’s having fun atm.

      ROFL, Lyons-Straud Family Photos, featuring Lani dressed up as a fairy or something. We’ll see what becomes of all the boys (including Caspian!) but I’m glad for the current forgiveness. ❤

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  10. Yeah , but tragedy looms because of Lani ‘ s bargain with Griff. At least a few of the other girls have the fortitude Lani lacks, so maybe they’ll be able to help set things right in about 80 chapters? And where’s Puck? I think we’re going to need him! I keep telling myself it will all work out . It is a romantic comedy , right? It just requires navigating complications first.

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    1. It is indeed a romantic comedy! All’s well that ends well, right? 😉

      And it’s true that Lani will probably need some help from other girls–unless she can work her way out of this tangle herself.

      You’ll see Dr. Puck again soon! Or some form of him~

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  11. LOL omfg, he is so Dru’s kid, wow.

    AND HOW COOL THAT HE CAN SEE THE FUTURE holy shit. Despite the sex, that’s my favorite thing about this chapter 😅 I bet it must have been hard on a kid, though, especially foreseeing attacks (but at least he kept his parents safe!)

    Fae are so chill about this sexy stuff (except for Griff, i guess, LOL). I wonder what Lani would even think if she saw them both again! I forgot all about her deal with Griff, too, until Cathytea mentioned it! 😱😱 I can’t wait to see what happens with that >:)

    I really feel for Clem now, too. Like, she wasn’t my favorite and still isn’t, but I can really sympathize with her and her loneliness. Poor Fox misunderstood, I think; being popular as Clem was doesn’t really mean you’re not lonely and don’t need someone… Besides, popularity in elementary-middle school is a Hell of a lot different than in high school 😬

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    1. Griffin is absolutely Dru’s kid, LOL.

      It’s okay, seeing the future is cooler than sex, I can’t blame you. 😉 And it was useful for Griff, even if it was hard on him too.

      Fae are very very chill about sexy stuff, rofl. And Lani would probably try to burrow underground if she saw them again.

      Fox really did misunderstand about Clem, it’s a shame. 😦

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