About the heirs – Chapter two
Break time at Twinbrook’s elementary school. The heavy front doors were swung right open as groups of screaming children made their way outside, pushing each other out of the way to reach the playground first. The jungle gym was immediately hogged by the oldest, as the rest started fighting over the swings and the worn down teeter-totter.
Tori and Ceci Adams had found themselves a bench to sit on. As always, the oldest of the twins had her golden eyes fixated on the current book she was reading- a biography she’s snuck out of the teacher’s bookshelf. Ceci merely sat next to her, looking at a squirrel that was scavenging between the trees. The two were being left in peace by the kids in the playground, but that peacefulness would not last long.
Roy Wilson, the school bully, came staggering outside and into the playground. The other children noticed his presence right away and kept their heads down, scared they’d get picked as his next victim if they stood out. Roy silently looked over the playground, until his eyes got stuck on the bench where Ceci and Tori were sitting. He immediately walked over, a smug smile on his face.
‘Oh, look, it’s yellow and yellow, sitting on a bench!’
‘We’re Ceci and Tori Adams,’ Ceci said softly. Her sister did not even bother looking up from her book.
‘Oh, I’m soryy, Bessy and Goldfish! Because that’s what you are. You’re fat and your sister is shiny, like a dumb goldfish. Goldfish, goldfish!’
‘You don’t want to be doing that,’ Tori said simply. Roy ignored her warning and kept making fun of them and calling them names, until he suddenly felt two hands on his shoulders.
‘Get lost! Can’t you see I’m bu-‘
He turned around with an angry expression on his face, challenging the idiot who had dared to interrupt him, but that expression turned into fear the moment he saw who it were.
‘Busy with what?’ Ciel said, with a mad glimmer in his eyes. ‘Picking on my sisters, are you?’
‘You must be really stupid,’ Raven grinned, standing right between her big brothers. Ivan tightened his grip on the bully’s shoulder, making Roy flinch with fear.
‘See? I told you you don’t want to be doing that,’ Tori said with a smile, turning the page of her book. By now, Roy’s face had turned white as a sheet. He tried to break free and run away, but Ciel and Ivan were still holding him in an iron deathgrip.
‘I think we need to teach you a lesson,’ Ivan growled. His brother nodded vigorously, and they started dragging him away, with Raven dancing along behind them. All of the other children on the playground were watching the scene, smiling at the bully’s agony. They all knew he was finally going to go through what he made them go through so often- and loved every minute of it.
‘No! I’m going to tell on you, you hear me! Let me go! NO! NOOOOOOOOO!!’
Ethan Adams was at work. He was busy organizing his file reports and tidying up the office he had worked so hard to obtain, when his cell phone rang.
“Please let it be something else, please let it be something else”, he thought, as his delicate fingers grabbed hold of the device in his pocket. He hesitantly pulled it out and held the phone against his ear.
‘Ethan Adams speaking.’
‘Ah, mister Adams…’ an old, tired-sounding voice spoke on the other side of the line. Ethan cursed under his breath when he realized who the voice belonged to. He sighed, and then said:
‘Principal… good morning. Is this… about the usual?’
‘What have they done this time?’
‘They… tied a classmate upside down a tree…’
‘Why is it, that every time we get called to school, it’s because of áll of you?!’
Ethan scowled and marched through the school halls, his family following behind him. Their five children were forced to come along with their father up front and their mother closing the ranks, and no means of escape anywhere. Both parents were about to explode, and only the curious looks from other teachers stopped them from giving the angry reprimand that they had planned.
‘But dad, he was picking on Tori and Ceci!’ Ciel protested.
‘And that gives you the right to hang him upside down a tree?! I don’t think so!’
‘Your father is right,’ Micah preached. ‘That poor boy’s head was red as a tomato when the teachers finally put him down. What did you think that doing that to him would accomplish, anyway?’
‘We were just trying to make him smarter, mum!’ Raven grinned.
‘Studies have shown that the ability to utilize memory is higher when the brain has access to a higher amount of oxygen,’ Tori said, with Ivan nodding and adding:
‘Yeah! And that stuff’s in your blood, and since he’s usually too stupid to learn anything, we figured we’d help him a bit!’
‘BY TYING HIM UPSIDE DOWN A TREE?!’ Ethan finally snapped, turning around with a furious expression on his face. Tori flinched and bumped into Ciel and Raven, trying to get away from their father as far as possible.
‘This behaviour is unacceptable! You’ve crossed the line this time, all of you! You’re grounded for the rest of the month, and there will be no television for anyone until you’ve reflected on your actions!’
‘Don’t you “but” me, Ciel Nate Adams!’ Ethan raged. A tiny vein was pulsating on the left side of his forehead- a sign that he was really, really mad. ‘Your mother and I work hard for you every single day. And almost getting expelled four times in a row is a horrible way of showing your gratitude!’
While Ciel was trying to think of answers, a tiny sob to his left caught Ethan’s attention. Ceci, the most kindhearted one of the lot, was crying. Tiny, silver tears ran down her cheeks as she spoke to her daddy with a trembling voice.
‘We’re s-sorry, daddy… we won’t do it again, we promise- p-please don’t be mad at us…’
Ethan would never admit it, but he had a soft spot for his second-eldest daughter. Even if she was in the wrong, the tears of Ceci were more than he could handle. Ethan debated whether to do something or not for a few seconds, and then put his hand on her shoulder.
‘Now now, don’t cry… I’m not- I’m not as mad as I sounded just now. It’s all right. You were bad today, but if you reflect on your actions properly I’m sure we can work something out.’
‘Really?’ Ceci said, looking up with those bright golden eyes of hers.
‘Really. It’ll be fine… eventually. So for now… let’s just go home. How does that sound?’
‘Okay, daddy,’ she nodded, a smile once again on her face. Ethan sighed and rubbed the place just above his nose. He could feel a headache coming.
‘Let’s go home.’
The kids obeyed and followed their parents out, like little chicks tailing the mother duck. Just as they were passing the main hall, Ceci stopped and made a sign with her hand, behind her twin sister’s back, so that the adults wouldn’t see it. Ivan poked Ciel in the arm and pointed at the sign. A wide smile appeared on both their faces.
‘Bloody troublemakers… they’re going to be the death of me sometime.’
For you who didn’t get the last two pictures: Ceci is making the “victory”- sign, meaning she successfully manipulated her dad into softening the kids’ punishment. She’s not as innocent as she looks. >=) ^ I’ll have that running until christmas, and then close the voting.
This is the last post before christmas break, guys. =)
I’ll be heading home tomorrow, and seeing how I can’t take the sims with me, I’ll have to put this story on hold until the break is over. After that another week of exams begins, so the earliest that I can get started on the new generation is after those are over. I’m very sorry! >.<
It’s because of you guys that I take such pleasure in writing this musicacy. Thank you so, so much for reading, everyone. ❤ It means so much to me when I log on and see someone’s read a chapter or left a comment- it brightens my whole day, really. =) Please do enjoy your christmas, whether you celebrate it or not, and have a very very happy new year!