Chapter 21: Lani

It all happened so fast.

The storm that came out of nowhere on an otherwise sunny day…

The lightning that struck nearby…

What happened after that? All I remembered was the railing disintegrating, the hum of electricity swirling around me like a cyclone…

And my best friend falling. Her face almost looked serene before the splash…

I couldn’t shake the feeling that all of this was my fault, even if she was okay.

Ellie’s dad seemed to agree, judging by the look on his face when I called him to the beach–but he didn’t send me away when I asked to stay in her room afterward.

She’d been sleeping for so long, I couldn’t help but be afraid that she’d never wake up. Her dad had three different doctors check her, and all three said that all she needed was rest, but…

What if I’d lost her?

I slept too. The fragments of my nightmares were filled with darkening skies and bolts of lightning.

“What’re you doing here, Lala?” Ellie’s sleepy voice woke me.

“You’re awake,” I said. I helped Ellie sit up, then sat down on the bed next to her. It took all I had to stop myself from throwing my arms around her and squeezing as hard as I could, but she would’ve made fun of me. So instead I hugged myself and turned away…

“Sure am–awake and hungry. The one time I need ol’ Dadosaurus Rex to offer me a snack and he’s nowhere to be found. …What’s wrong?”

“You–you could’ve died…”

“From a little swim in the rain? Naw, you know I love to swim, so whatevs.” She sighed. “…Please tell me you’re not blaming yourself, for realsies.”

“It was my fault, Ellie. I just know it…”

“Kiss and make it better, then?” When I didn’t laugh, she went on, “Seriously, it was the lightning that zapped the railing and sent me into the water. Hate to say it, but your twiggy lil’ arms couldn’t have done squat.”

“But…”

“Nopers, I’m not having it.”

“…Are you sure you’re okay, Ellie?”

“I can’t move my legs for some reason,” Ellie joked, “but other than that, I’m totes fine.”

“You shouldn’t be out of bed yet,” Ellie’s dad said. I hadn’t even noticed him come in. “Can I get you–”

“Room service? Sure thing, Dadaroo. Pizza for me and Lala, tyvm.”

“…How about something easier on your stomach, like oatmeal?”

“I almost died, and you offer me oatmeal?” she said incredulously. “Pizza or bust–meat lover’s, your favorite.”

“I prefer healthier alternatives, the ones with lots of vegetables–”

“It was a gay joke, Dad.”

After eating pizza with Ellie, I finally went home.

I couldn’t imagine joking around with my parents the way Ellie did with her father, even though I loved them just as much. I always felt slightly embarrassed when I caught them being affectionate with each other, like I’d intruded on something very private.

But I didn’t leave the room when I found them together.

“Dad…Father…”

“Back from Ellie’s already?” Dad asked. “…What’s the matter, sweet pea?”

I sat down next to them. “I…I think something’s wrong with me…”

“Nonsense,” Father said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better daughter. But being a teenager is difficult for everyone–I can’t possibly imagine what it’s like for a girl. Do you want us to call your Aunt Ophelia…? No, Daisy is probably the safer choice–less enthusiasm over blood.”

“It’s completely natural,” Dad said. Father smiled nervously next to him. “It happens to all girls, Lani–”

Did they think…? “I started my period a couple years ago,” I blurted. “Aunt Daisy taught me everything. This is different. Like…something inside of me is completely wrong–like I’m wrong and I can’t control it.”

They exchanged a look. I knew better, after all these years, but there was still a pinprick of absolute terror–like they wouldn’t want me, that they’d regret their choice if they knew the real me…

“Would you leave us alone for a bit, Lani?” Dad asked, smiling at me. “We’d like to discuss a possibility…”

I went to the garden instead of listening in on their conversation. I used to eavesdrop as often as I could–whenever they worried about me, I tried to correct my behavior, or at least pretend to. When they were concerned that didn’t have many friends, I’d make up new ones–and if they thought I didn’t leave the house enough, I’d go over to Ellie’s as often as I could.

The garden was always relaxing. It never asked for or expected anything of me, aside from water and gentle care.

I wasn’t surprised when Dad and Father took me to a therapist’s office a week later. I’d heard that word–therapy–whispered before, but I’d always thought I could avoid it if I tried hard enough.

“Don’t worry, Lani,” Dad said. “I’ve seen Dr. Puck for years, and he’s a very understanding man, particularly where the supernatural is concerned. But if you don’t like him, we can find someone else.”

“We’ll be in the waiting room the entire time,” Father said.

“But what do I say…?” I asked. I couldn’t know how I was supposed to act or what to say until I knew someone well enough…

“Whatever you feel comfortable telling him,” Dad said. “He’s there to help.”

But I didn’t feel comfortable at all. I wanted to go home to my garden, or to Ellie’s house. I didn’t know what to make of Dr. Puck when I saw him…he looked like a normal man to me, even if he knew about vampires and fairies.

“Where am I supposed to sit?” I asked.

“Where would you like to sit, Lani?”

I chose one of the big leather chairs in front of him. Was that where he wanted me to sit? At least he wouldn’t have to move… “Can you figure out what’s wrong with me?” I asked hesitantly.

“What leads you to believe there’s something to discover?”

I looked away. “Bad things happen when I get upset,” I said softly. “At first I thought it was just a coincidence, but then my best friend almost died…”

“Tell me, Lani,” he said gently, “what can you recall of your biological parents?”

My breath caught in my throat. “Finn and Benny–Dad and Father–are my parents,” I said, my voice wavering. “I love them more than anything.”

When he didn’t respond, I added, “I don’t need any other parents. I can’t–I can’t remember anyone else…” But I could remember the nightmares.

“Is that so?” he said. “…Were we expecting rain today?”

Rain pounded against the windows and the roof, the sky darkening outside as dark grey clouds blotted out the sun.

“I don’t think so,” I admitted.

“May I have a word with your parents?” Dr. Puck asked. It was never a good thing when the adults wanted to talk about me alone…

Dad and Father went inside Dr. Puck’s office without me, leaving me alone in the waiting room.

This time, I did eavesdrop right outside the door.

“Has Lani ever exhibited unusual talents?” came Dr. Puck’s muffled voice. “Or have you observed any difficult-to-explain phenomena accompanying changes in her mood?”

Dr. Puck had only met me once, and no amount of pretending could pass me off as normal…

Should I have tried harder?

Both Dad and Father couldn’t think of anything, which made me breathe a sigh of relief.

“What do you know about witches?” Dr. Puck asked.

He thought I was a witch?

But that couldn’t be…

Could it?

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38 thoughts on “Chapter 21: Lani

  1. Dun-dun-dunnnnn! 😱

    Haha I’m glad Lani finally became aware of her own unusual abilities, and that she might finally have an answer too! It was fun seeing Dr. Puck again, as always. Why do i get the feeling he might refer Benny and Finn to that school of his? 🤔 😉

    Also I was so glad to see Ham let Lani spend time with Ellie after what happened ❤️ Hopefully now that he’s seeing less red, he’ll let that friendship continue! Witches and maybe-Mermaids go together like peanut butter and jelly, it seems 😛 Don’t tear them apart!

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    1. It’ll be good for Lani to get some answers, even if they’re not the answers she wants. And the next Dr. Puck appearance is really bizarre, so you might take that back.

      Ham knows Lani is Ellie’s closest friend–he’s not going to do something that makes her so unhappy for long. No more Anders and Caspian at their house though~

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      1. Okay, except now I’m even more excited for his next appearance now 😉 (I am going to regret those words later, aren’t I? Oh God…)

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  2. GASP
    LANI R U A WITCH?! 👀

    Holy guacamole, that explains so much.
    It’s good she knows now tho, lololol; is it weird I was more worried about her than Ellie? Even though she wasn’t the one plummeting into the ocean. INORITE, weird.
    She just such a sensitive bean, blames herself for all the things (ok, but this one might actually be her accidentally fault, shh, don’t tell Ham-spaz).

    (Ellie meat-lovers pizza I see wat u did there harrrrr)

    Dr. Puck, still attractive in a peculiar way, still asking all the important questions, still helping little Fangs beans find their way (hopefully to his school place where they can all coalesce), omg, was it just me, or is Finn somehow getting hotter?

    Speaking of Finn, and Benny for that matter; what kind of vampires are you guys that you couldn’t smell that Lani was already have periods for like YEARS? SMH; Ophelia would’ve noticed. Or Graham 😈.

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    1. LOL ty for feigning surprise lololol

      And it’s understandable for you to be more worried about Lani, since Ellie’s good at handling herself, even when drowning apparently! And yeah, best not tell Ham this was her fault or he really might want to keep them separated.

      “Attractive in a peculiar way” LOL, that’s a fae for you. Also Benny seems to agree with you about Finn~

      HA I actually thought about your last question when writing but I want to believe their noses would shut down out of politeness/denial. Or maybe Leo’s nose is just extra sensitive to Daisy ok. (Graham and O totally would tho.)

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      1. Otay, yes; I was more surprised by my cat with his face in my face this morning than Lani witch 😁

        Also, re: Graham smelling periods… Ahh, actually, maybe I won’t finish that thought in a public comment section… 😈

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  3. sorry benny and finn, im adopting this witchy girl right now, goodbye

    That’s what Entangled is missing, a few good witches! I’m still holding out and hoping for some supernatural lifeforms though…

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      1. With that free Caribbean stuff they dished out, I will be super surprised if we do not get mermaids soon. I could be content with mermaids, I’ve never had them in a Sims game before!

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  4. Soooo…Lani’s a witch! Now. I’m wondering who her parents were and if we know them! But the only witches we know are HGR and Mr. Dirt. So I doubt we know them then.

    BINNY!!!! 😍😍😍 I always love seeing them in marital bliss. Seemed like they knew what to do!

    Hello, Dr. Puck! The good doc never changes. The steadiest Fangs character (and reliable).

    Wonder what this new revelation about Lani means for her…🤔

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    1. No comment on her bio parents. 😉

      Aww, always happy to see more Binny huh. ❤ ❤ Therapy apparently worked pretty well for their families.

      LOL, despite being so opaque, Dr. Puck is pretty reliable. He's always there when you need him (and even when you think you don't).

      Lani's going to sell weird witch stuff on Etsy probably, that's what this all means.

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  5. YAYYYYYYYYY! This was what I was holding back on revealing as far as my predictions went, so it looks like they’re confirmed: our Lani is a a witchie! That’s a good thing though, maybe she’ll finally get a grip on her powers and stop having these moments where she can’t control her powers. It’s perfectly in keeping with the rest of her moments of “weakness;” the rain falls, the thunder rolls! (Cue Garth!)

    Since Velvet is sniffing around DR PUCK’S SCHOOL (that’s a weird coincidence, dude!!1!), we might now see where all this is going. We have a dog-witch, a mermaid, vampies, fae, and now ANOTHER witch!

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    1. LOL, I don’t think Lani’s background was a surprise to anyone, so your predictions wouldn’t have gone amiss. 😉 If Ellie doesn’t turn out to be a mermaid, The People will probably rebel. Lani could definitely use some emotional control, both magic-wise and in general.

      Wow I think this might be another gen where literally everyone ends up at the same place for some reason………………………………………………………….

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      1. Lol, true, that’s part of the reason I didn’t make the prediction; I didn’t want to be like “ZOMG DID YOU SEE THAT I CALLED IT EARLIER ON???” Everyone has kind of the same thoughts, so I ain’t special for predicting it early on! 😀

        Yeah, wow, how weird, the Fangs cast really likes hanging out together! it’s almost like they weer placed there by some higher Being…

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  6. Hmmm…a witch huh. As I was reading this, I was thinking more along the lines of an elemental. I looked it up on Wikipedia:

    Universally, an elemental is a type of magical entity who personifies a force of nature and controls natural powers derived from their element.

    It kinda sounds like what she’s going through. I suppose you can be an elemental witch as well, I don’t know. Of course, in fiction, you can do anything your imagination can think up, so the possibilities are endless.

    And you have a great imagination. I can hardly wait to see how Lani’s story plays out. I also wonder if she’ll ever get to meet her birth parents (assuming they’re still alive).

    I kind of feel sorry for her gay vampire parents. They’re gay, which isn’t always accepted in society. They’re vampires, which is almost certainly difficult to get away with. And now they have a magical daughter. Sheesh! What more could happen? Oops! Forget I said that. Now all sorts of drama will ensue because I tempted fate…yikes!

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    1. Oops, this got caught in Spam for some reason! So odd, glad I caught it. ❤

      I can definitely understand why you'd think elemental over witch, with all the natural control! Lani's powers are unusual, and Velvet doesn't share the inclination for weather magic. Dr. Puck just knows Lani has some kind of power that she needs to learn how to harness.

      Thank you for the compliment! ❤ ❤ I hope I can do Lani's story justice. As for her birth parents, hmmm.

      Benny and Finn have a lot on their plate (well, not that vampires generally use plates), but it's all worth it for Lani. ❤ Hopefully the worst is over for them though…!

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