Chapter 4.27: Dear Diary, the Dance

Content Warning: foul language, a derogatory term for homosexual, violence, slight blood. Please note, any derogatory terms used in this chapter are in no way reflective of the beliefs of the author.

Dear Diary, as unexpected as they were, when I had the twins, I dreamed of giving them everything I never had. If you remember the way I grew up, I was going to be giving them a whole lot because I didn’t have much. Not that I’m complaining. We had love and all the basics which is probably all a kid really needs. Materially, though, we were lacking much. The only thing I could really call my own on that little farm was a pair of rainboots. Everything else, I had to share with an abundance of siblings.

Because we grew up without modern conveniences, there was never much need for extras like piano or dance lessons. We had fun with community picnics that often broke out with music and dance, but nothing you’d ever find being broadcast professionally.

I wanted my kids to excel in these things I never had an opportunity to try. As soon as they were old enough, I enrolled Holden and Rosetta in dance. Rosetta seemed to take to it right away and even asked me once if she could go to class more often. Holden, on the other hand, was a quick learner and good at dance, however, he wasn’t nearly as interested as his sister.

There were many recitals over the years in which the children looked darling in their little costumes. Xalen and I encouraged them to continue with it all since they seemed to be good at it as well as the fact it provided good exercise and discipline. Xalen, as you can imagine, especially liked the discipline side of it.

Now that the twins were facing their first recital as teens, I was anxious to see what their lessons had accomplished. Over the years, Holden began complaining less and less about the classes whereas Rosetta began to say things like, “It’s so grueling,” and “I want time to read!”

I guess it goes to show how time can change things.

Finally, the night of their recital came and the high school gymnasium was packed solid. Rosetta and Holden were doing a paired number somewhere in the middle of the performances.

When they came out on stage, I gripped Xalen’s hand until my knuckles turned white. All I wanted was for them to do well without any slips or falls.

I didn’t need to worry, though. By the time they began their number, I realized there was nothing to be concerned about at all. They were graceful and poised, moving through the steps with a beautiful fluidity that only a dancer can manage.

Although she still had the coltish body of a teenager, Rosetta was graceful and delicate. Holden was strong and handsome, yet he maintained the dramatic charm required of the dance.

I admonished myself because I hadn’t expected them to be so good. Tears sprang to my eyes and I searched my bag for a tissue as I sniffled. Finally, Xalen put his arm around me and with his free hand, he provided me with a handkerchief. He gave my shoulder a little squeeze of encouragement as I dotted my bleary eyes with what he once told me “a gentleman should always carry.”

Looking up once again at my beautiful children, I was amazed all over again. They were growing up and had their own interests. Soon, there would probably be no more recitals and my heart grew heavy with that realization.

Holden’s POV, an excerpt from his personal journal:

… Chris was the brother I never had. I loved growing up with my cousin because it was like having a brother and best friend all in one. We did almost everything together and if one of our parents was looking for us, they knew once they caught one, they’d catch the other.

My twin sister Rosetta and I were close, too, but it wasn’t the same. I love her and everything but sometimes she can be a snoot. She likes to be alone a lot and someday, I wonder if she’s planning to take over the world or something. Me, on the other hand? I live for dance. I used to hate it, but now, it’s all I think about and want to do.

Someday, I’m going to dance professionally, on stage. Don’t get me wrong, the fame and money would be cool, I guess. What I really want, though, is to do what I love. Chris said I should tell my parents but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t understand. And my dad has this idea that I’ll join their secret society The Inheritance.

“We got trouble,” Christopher said, stopping in his tracks.

We were walking home from dance class (Chris likes to tag along even though he doesn’t dance) and making our usual cut through The Grind’s parking lot. There’s a gap in the fence that allows us to do this. Still, I think my parents would be mad if they knew we were sneaking behind a nightclub.

Chris was right, we’d walked through the gap in the fence and straight into trouble.

“Well, who do we have here?” Fletcher Klark said to his two ugly buddies.

All three grimaced at us like they were in the mob or something, not three juvenile delinquents near the dumpsters in a parking lot.

“It’s pretty boy,” one of the others said.

I never bothered to learn their names since we don’t go to school with them and when I have had the misfortune of running into them at the arcade, they’re just one of the rabble of henchmen types that like to hang around Fletcher and take mindless orders.

“Yeah, that’s right, the pretty boy from the dance recital,” Fletcher sneered, as if he didn’t already know.

I stared directly into his smug eyes, my voice as bored and emotionless as I could make it. “You were at the dance recital?”

Fletcher’s mouth twisted into a disgusted smirk, his voice dripping with disdain. “Yeah, I was watching my little sister, you fag!”

The two idiots with him cracked up, their ugly laughter echoing off the asphalt.

“You’re such a fag,” one of them jeered.

“Why? Because I actually do something with my time that’s important?” I testily asked.

“C’mon, let’s go,” Chris muttered, attempting to move past them.

“Oh no,” Fletcher said, “Did I hit a nerve with your friend? Is he your boyfriend?”

As if on cue, the two side-kicks laughed like that was the most hilarious thing they’d ever heard.

Chris grasped my arm, trying to propel me past them but my feet were planted.

“OMG,” Fletcher abruptly shouted as he squinted at me. “This sissy’s wearing eyeliner! I knew it! I knew he was a faggot!”

“Long, pretty hair, ballet, makeup,” one of the henchmen counted off on his fingers, “yep, gay af!”

“Don’t forget the best one,” Fletcher said with a snarl, “his partner is his sister! Did you see the way he was feeling her up during their routine? It’s so sick!”

I was trying so hard to stay calm, I think a blood vessel was about to burst in my forehead. I gripped my hands into fists at my side as the staredown continued.

“Seriously, let’s go,” Chris urgently said.

“Where is that hot piece of ass anyway?” Fletcher asked. “What’s her name? Rosie or something?”

That was what sent me over the edge. Before that, I’d been standing on the precipice and could have fallen either way. That was until he brought Rosetta into it. Suddenly, all I could see was red as this jerk puffed out his chest, just daring me to knock that smirk off his face.

Then, he put his hands on my chest and shoved me backward…

Rosetta’s POV, an excerpt from her personal journal:

… As soon as estúpido put his hands on my brother, I knew there were going to be fireworks. Holden honestly doesn’t have as much of a temper as me but as I stepped through the opening in the fence, I heard what was being said. Despite all our differences, we always stick up for each other. It’s true what I’ve read about blood being thicker than water.

Just as Holden looked like he was going to punch this dufus, I screamed and ran forward. I think this is what distracted my brother because instead of punching…

… he got punched. As I tried to reach him, two of the morons blocked Chris and me, holding us back. I saw my brother’s body lurch backward and pushed against the moron blocking me but to no avail. Twisting this way and that, I managed to see Holden hit his head on the stair railing before he hit the ground with a loud thud.

I screamed at the boys. I don’t remember anything I said, but I let them have it. Laughing, they sauntered away like nothing had happened.

Chris and I knelt next to Holden who tried to lift himself up on an elbow and then slid back down with a groan.

“We’d better call an ambulance and get our parents, too,” I said as I touched the back of Holden’s head. Sure enough, there was a growing bump where his skull had met the railing.

Chris pulled out his phone and Holden, who seemed a little better, hoisted himself back up on his elbow, knocking my hand away.

“I’m okay, I was just dizzy for a minute.”

I watched as Chris hesitated to dial. “Are you sure, man?”

Slowly, without our help, because he wouldn’t take it, he sat up and touched his bloody nose. “Damn.”

“Don’t worry, you’ll still be pretty,” Chris joked, offering his hand.

Holden groaned again, his lips curling into a slight smile, and accepted Chris’ help getting to his feet. I stood by helplessly, watching.

“You dumb kids get your asses outta here or I’m calling the cops! I’ve had enough of you boneheads hanging out here, causing trouble!” a man yelled from the club entrance. I suspected he was a bouncer because his muscles had muscles. Anyway, he looked like he meant business.

Before Holden could stop me, I hugged him tightly. We get mad at each other so easily, yet I wanted him to know how grateful I was he was all right.

He embraced me back briefly before gently pushing me away and muttering, “Cut it out. I said I’m okay.”

We must’ve lingered there longer than I thought because next thing I knew, a cop car showed up.

The officer said she’d never seen us before and when we told her our names and they didn’t come up in her database, she agreed to let us off with a warning. It was a long drive home, or so it seemed because I knew mother and father were not going to like this one bit. Already, I began to form arguments in my head.

Marty’s POV, the diary of the heir:

After arriving home from a fundraiser for the Arms of Love Orphanage, we realized almost immediately we were missing some children. Three to be exact. We didn’t have long to wait, however, because a nice police officer walked them up to the door and made sure Xalen and I knew what had happened. Or should I say, what the kids had told her.

Needless to say, I was very unhappy to see my son sporting a bloody nose and generally, looking unkempt.

“Well, goodnight, everyone, sorry we were out so late.”

Xalen blocked Holden’s escape up the stairs and said, “Wait just a moment. No one is going to bed until we have an explanation that is satisfactory.”

Holden’s shoulders slumped forward slightly and he avoided looking in his father’s eyes. I knew Rosetta would be speaking up any second now.

“It was the most bizarre thing, Father,” she said, right on cue. “You see, we were coming home from dance class and we took this shortcut.”

“Shortcut?” Xalen asked, his right eyebrow going up slightly.

“Uh, yessir. We’ve taken it countless times before and it’s never been a problem. But tonight, we had more than one contretemps before our night was over, as you can see.”

“Mmmhmm,” was all he said.

NOTE TO SELF: google “contretemps” ASAP so as to keep up with daughter!

“It wasn’t Holden’s fault,” Rosetta added.

Xalen turned his gaze to our son and stared at him for a few moments. “What do you have to say for yourself, young man?”

Holden tried to hide a smile when he answered, “I have no idea what she just said but I agree with her one hundred percent.”

Rosetta and Christopher stifled snorts of laughter as Xalen’s expression didn’t change. I myself had my own little smile to hide.

“Did you hurt anyone?” Xalen asked him.

“No sir, I was taken off guard.”

“That’s a good thing!”

“And you, Christopher, what would your mother say if she was home right now?”

The boy’s face grew serious once again as he regarded Xalen. “She would say it’s a good thing I didn’t get in a fight, sir.”

Xalen stood there, looking from one to the other.

Then his eyes met mine. “Don’t look at me,” I told him, “I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

Sighing, he turned back to Holden. “Are you all right?”

“Yessir.”

“I don’t want you walking that way anymore.”

“Yessir,” he mumbled.

“You know, when you are working in The Inheritance, I will expect you to be more forthcoming.”

“With all due respect, sir, I will not be in The Inheritance. I’m going to be a dancer.”

My eyes grew wide at this unexpected turn in conversation and Xalen looked uncharacteristically like he was going to lose his mind.

To his credit, he kept his cool. “I do not understand. I thought you hated dance.”

“I hated it when I was seven. Honestly, if you talked to me more, you’d know how I live and breathe dance.”

Xalen looked like he’d been slapped in the face. “You don’t think I talk to you enough?”

Holden sighed and stared at his feet.

“You look at me right now and answer me.”

I could visibly see Holden take a few deep breaths before he obeyed his father. “Even when you talk to me, I can tell your mind is with some relic somewhere.”

Before Xalen could say anything, Rosetta stepped forward with a gracious smile, took his arm and said, “Father, perhaps we should get ready for bed. We’ve had quite an ordeal this evening and I think it’s making tempers run high.”

“Well, I suppose you are right,” Xalen said, patting her hand. “We’ll discuss this another time, Holden.”

As the children hurried upstairs, taking them two at a time, I turned toward my husband. We needed to have a talk.

A long talk.

Glossary:

Contretemps – 1. an inopportune or embarrassing occurrence or situation; 2. dispute or argument

Author’s Note: Some poses were made by Louise at Not Just a Book Sims. You can find the pose pack I used here: Disaster. Thank you, Louise!

The other thing I want to bring up is that we will be having an heir vote very, very soon! Whichever twin does not make the cut, will end up in my spin-off story called The Inheritance where they will be working with Xalen and Marty. I can’t wait to see who you want where!

As always, thank you for reading,

2018-03-24T10:29:10+00:00

70 Comments

  1. loladiamond01 March 24, 2018 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Oh my. So much happened. You’ve left me speechless with so many of your chapters recently, Kymber. Well, either way, it’s good that the monster is gone. But just look, more troubles! Honestly, teens can be so mean and not understanding, I feel for Holden. I love that he is not afraid to go with his dreams, though. Way to go, boy!
    I love the way Rosetta speaks. I actually checked contretemps in the English-Polish dictionary and there is no such hard word for it there, just a definition. “NOTE TO SELF: google “contretemps” ASAP so as to keep up with daughter!” –> I love this, so Marty!
    I do think Rosetta fits The Inheritance much more. I wouldn’t want Holden to be forced to focus on something he doesn’t want to focus on. And I’ve already told you many times that I would love to see a male heir in this story again. It’d be interesting, too, since he isn’t at all like Leo.

    • RosemaryMarie March 24, 2018 at 10:38 am - Reply

      Thank you, Jowita. 🙂 That’s so kind of you to say. I’m glad you are enjoying the story. <3

      I feel for Holden, too. And you're right, he's definitely not like Leo. However, I'm not trying to steer the heir poll in any certain way. I want everyone to vote their preference, even if it would mean the character wouldn't like where they are placed. 😀 Still, it would be interesting, as you said, to have a male heir again.

      I place it in your hands. LOL 😀

      Rosetta's vocabulary is good... and bad. haha

  2. sempreviva March 24, 2018 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Oh no, poor Holden..! I wanted to vote for Rosetta to be the heir, but now I’m gonna feel bad if I deprive Holden of his dream, lol!
    But the truth is that I would really like Holden to take the reigns. He’s starting to form his own distinct voice and I’m loving where you seem to be taking him <3
    This chapter was very entertaining and informative at the same time! 😀 I didn't know of the word "contretemps" – I love its french origin! <3

    • RosemaryMarie March 24, 2018 at 11:05 am - Reply

      Thank you so much 🙂 I thought that might happen, but I want everyone to vote for whomever they want even if it means a character gets disappointed. 😀

      I think that Holden would be a good heir and I’m glad you like the direction of his character so far. Rosetta cracks me up as she is so formal in game, too.

      I love contretemps French origin, too. 😀

      • sempreviva March 24, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

        That’s why I wanted Rosetta too! 😁 Apart from very beautiful, I think her formal attitude makes her so funny to read!
        Hmmm… it will be a tough decision when the time comes for us to vote! 😉

        • RosemaryMarie March 24, 2018 at 11:20 am - Reply

          I’m just glad you like them both enough. 😀 That means a lot.

  3. NotJustaBook March 24, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Like Sempreviva I wanted Rosetta as the heir, but I just don’t think Holden would be happy in the Inheritance, whereas I think Rosetta would fit right in. Guess I’ll have to think hard before the heir vote happens.
    Thank you for the shout-out as well 😀 At first I didn’t even notice that you’d used my poses because I’m so observant. Ha, ha 😀 Anyway, I’m very glad you found a use for the set!

    • RosemaryMarie March 24, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Louise. 😀 I wondered if you’d realize or not seeing as how I had to carefully take pics around what I did to your poses. hahaha I was using teens and reversed the female/male. Also, I didn’t have OMSP in my game which is weird because I usually do. And so, Holden was sinking into the ground. 😀 I’m sorry about what I did to your poses, but I’m also so glad you made them. 😀 😀

      I could still see either twin as the heir. Holden wants to dance, so his story in The Inheritance could be interesting in that regard. I leave it in your hands when you vote. 😀

      • NotJustaBook March 26, 2018 at 2:06 am - Reply

        Oh, those are just some typical issues, aren’t they 😛 Don’t worry about it – I’m just glad people use the poses and as far as I’m concerned, people can do what they like in their pictures 😀

        It’s getting very hard to choose now but I still can’t wait! 🙂

        • RosemaryMarie March 26, 2018 at 10:13 am - Reply

          I wouldn’t want to make the choice, hence, the vote. haha 😛

          I’m so glad you understand what I meant. Your poses are so awesome! <3

          • NotJustaBook March 26, 2018 at 10:16 am

            I so understand – with two such lovely choices, how could you possibly choose? 😛 And thus we have to!

            No worries – I totally understand 😀 Oh the hours I’ve spent faffing around with poses, ha, ha 😀

          • RosemaryMarie March 26, 2018 at 10:44 am

            LOL! Well, thank you for faffing. If you didn’t, I’d be lost and so sad. 😀

  4. mmdrgntobldrgn March 24, 2018 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Hmm, if this post wasn’t a settup to influence the upcoming vote ……….

    Rosetta, decidedly knows how to handle Xalen. 😉
    Marty looks super unhappy in that last pic.

    • mmdrgntobldrgn March 24, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Ps, I’d love for Holden to show those punks up.

      • RosemaryMarie March 24, 2018 at 2:39 pm - Reply

        LOL! Right? Me, too! 😀

    • RosemaryMarie March 24, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Mama Dragon. 🙂 I’m honestly not trying to influence the vote. I want everyone to vote for whomever they want despite what the characters say they want. I think if Holden ends up in The Inheritance, it will be all the more interesting that he said he didn’t want to be there. lol

      You are definitely right about Rosetta. She’s got her dad wrapped around her little finger.

      You are also right about Marty in the last pic. This will continue next week as she and Xalen discuss things.

  5. cathytea March 24, 2018 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Okay , so I have a teeny huge crush on Holden. And I hope he’s okay after hitting his head. My heart stopped there for a moment! I wish they’d talked to their parents about the homophobia and harassment. Or told the cop. I hate them thinking that they have to face this alone when they can discover a few allies. The dance screenshots are incredibly beautiful !

    • RosemaryMarie March 24, 2018 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, CT! 😀 I’m glad you like Holden so much. These twins have already earned a place in my heart.

      I agree that the twins and Christopher should have spoken up about what happened. Their parents can’t help them if they don’t know about it. Allies are out there, but they have to know about it.

      Thank you. 🙂 I really enjoyed setting up the dance shots.

  6. Simsophonique March 24, 2018 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Holden is too young for being the heir of the Inheritance for now, he has an age where he wants to pursue his dream first, maybe someday he’ll change his mind.
    However I don’t agree with the nasty boys dancing for a boy doesn’t mean he’s a homosexual. He is just an artist.

    • RosemaryMarie March 24, 2018 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you 🙂 I think you’re right. He’s young and there are things he’d like to do first. You never know, you might be right that he will change his mind.

      Holden is definitely an artist. What you said about dancing is true.

      • Simsophonique March 24, 2018 at 3:21 pm - Reply

        A lot of people still thinks because it’s feminine and gracious boys can’t reach art in West but that’s not true. Theater was not allowed for women in Japan and Asia.
        People in West thoughts are so biased it’s all black or all white in their judgement, fortunately a lot of us woke up but we’re not believed.

        • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

          I can safely say that where I live, it’s totally acceptable for a male to pursue the arts. Unfortunately, there’s always going to be someone that has to be a bully and find fault.

          • Simsophonique March 25, 2018 at 9:43 am

            Here as well 🙂 However as you said, people got too much clichés on what it is acceptable and what it is not.

          • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 9:58 am

            Yes, very true. There’s always someone, it seems who feels the need to be mean.

          • Simsophonique March 26, 2018 at 7:24 am

            We are always at least one time in our life mean.

  7. lisabeesims March 24, 2018 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Wonderful look at someone who is not afraid to be himself AND break stereotypes .. but poor Xalen having his dreams snatched away!! Every dad hopes his son will follow his footsteps.

    • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Thank you, Lisa! I’m so glad you liked the chapter. I think Xalen was counting on the fact Holden would follow in his footsteps. And he still might. Luckily, he’s young enough to change his mind or to even do both.

      • lisabeesims March 25, 2018 at 2:27 pm - Reply

        Yes that is a great idea

        • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 3:02 pm - Reply

          Thanks. We’ll see how it works out. 😀

          • lisabeesims March 25, 2018 at 4:29 pm

            <3 <3 <3

  8. raymondsanti March 24, 2018 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I love how the twins have such distinct personalities! Rosetta is hilariously good at getting out of trouble with her father, and Holden is so passionate about dance. One day hopefully he will achieve his dream. I imagine Xalen was hurt when his son said that he barely knew him, but I can see how Xalen could be too absorbed in his work.

    • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Thank you so much! The twins are definitely their own person. lol I agree with what you said about Xalen. He’s often overconfident and so it really surprises him when things are different than he realizes.

  9. Rosie March 24, 2018 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    That settles it. I know exactly who I’m voting for heir. Hee hee. Anyway, what another wonderful update! I really like the differences between the twins and how they still are kind of close. It’s interesting how VERY different Holden is now to how he was as a child. I think Rosetta just got sassier! And as I was reading their conversation with their parents about the whole thing, it suddenly dawned on me that it was a good thing Holden didn’t get into a fight. I don’t think Fletcher would be so cocky anymore if they had.

    • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 9:33 am - Reply

      Thank you, Rosie! After reading the next chapter, you might change your mind about the heir, who knows? LOL Holden has changed a lot, it’s true. Now that he’s older, I can really hear his voice. Rosetta is definitely sassy! lol

      You are right about Holden and how it’s good he didn’t get into a fight! 😀

  10. snazzle March 24, 2018 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    I’ve always been Team Holden, and this just solidifies it even more.. Rosetta would kick butt on the Inheritance, and I’d love to see someone stand up to Xalen who – for all of his (plentiful) good attributes – does tend to assume “his” way is the best way, or at least is the way it will end up.

    • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Thank you so much 🙂 I love what you said about Xalen. That is so spot on! lol You’ve totally figured him out.

      I’m so glad you like the twins so much. Next week, we’ll delve more into what Rosetta wants to do. 😀

  11. Marjorie Flo Watts March 24, 2018 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Wow, you sure know how to pack it into a chapter! The dance pics and poses were very pretty, and it was fun to see how different the twins really are! I think either would make a fun and exciting addition to the Inheritance. Dance could be a good cover for “snooping” type work, too! We still don’t know where Rosetta’s passions lie, unless hers is dance also, but maybe not. I do hope the bullies “get theirs”, as the saying goes!! Can’t wait for next week!! =D ♥

    • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Thank you, Marj. <3 I'm really glad you liked this entry and the pics. You're right about dance being a great cover for investigating. 😀 Think about how many ghosts a theater might have! haha You'll learn more about Rosetta next week.

      P.S. I hope you're feeling better.

  12. joliesattic March 24, 2018 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    I was half way expecting those two to use their super powers on those thugs and why hasn’t Marty taught these kids martial arts if she’s so into it?

    • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 9:43 am - Reply

      LOL Thank you, Jolie! I like how you think! It’s too bad Rosetta distracted Holden before he did something he would regret. 😀

  13. audreyfld March 25, 2018 at 12:52 am - Reply

    I have fallen in love with both of the twins. Rosie has her father’s number! It’s such a hoot to listen to her. Holden is so sweet and absolutely gorgeous. I think I have a smush on him. ❤️

    • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 9:45 am - Reply

      Thank you, Audrey. <3 I'm so happy you love the twins. You are so right about Rosie! :D She's not afraid to redirect Xalen when she needs to. You're right about Holden; he is sweet and gorgeous, too. The genes are strong in this family. :D

      • audreyfld March 25, 2018 at 10:04 am - Reply

        Marty and Xalen make beautiful babies. Too bad they only had two! 😂

        • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

          LOLOLOL It’s amazing they had two 😛

  14. freja64 March 25, 2018 at 2:35 am - Reply

    So infuriating! It’s always the mean ones who walk away unscathed. But I bet the twins will get the upper hand one day, one way or the other – maybe not with physical violence. And I think it’s time for Marty to teach her kids some of her smooth martial arts moves!

    • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

      You are so right about that! I also think you’re right about the twins getting the upper hand eventually. If Rosetta hadn’t distracted Holden at the wrong time, who knows what might have happened.

      • freja64 March 25, 2018 at 2:22 pm - Reply

        I bet you’ve got something more sophisticated up your sleeve!

        • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 3:01 pm - Reply

          LOL I don’t know about sophisticated but I do have s little sumpin sumpin in mind. 😀

          • freja64 March 25, 2018 at 6:08 pm

            That’s what I thought. 😉

          • RosemaryMarie March 26, 2018 at 10:07 am

            LOL 😀

  15. bmitjessesue March 25, 2018 at 8:36 am - Reply

    I love how clear and distinct the twins personalities shine through. I must say they have both grown up quite confident and strong willed (for no father support apparently as Holden says) I am a little surprised they even know about the inheritance but perhaps good that they do, so they can mentally prepare. I think both would be great as the heir and why couldn’t Holden do both; dance and work at the family biz?

    Rosetta has shown from a young age that she has great influence on people, which may mean she is very perceptive and would do very well working with the supernatural. Holden is like his father – confident with ambition. Oh at this point I really don’t know who I would pick. I loved having Leo. We have had 2 female heirs since, maybe time for a male again…… I dunno…

    • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 9:57 am - Reply

      Thank you, Bee 🙂 You are right. I think they found out about The Inheritance mainly because of the whole monster business that went on. I agree that I think Holden could do both dance and work with the team. I’ve heard about a lot of haunted theaters. lol

      Yes, you’re very right that Rosetta is perceptive. In the next chapter, there will be more about her.

      I’m kind of glad you don’t know who you want as heir yet. 😀 Maybe you will be able to decide after the next chapter or two.

    • joliesattic March 25, 2018 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      I agree with you on that one. I’m leaning toward Holden though.

      • RosemaryMarie March 25, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

        Eep! The vote is so close, I’d better get to work! lol

  16. socallucyfan March 25, 2018 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    I was going to vote for Holden as heir before, but reading this chapter sealed the deal!!
    He reminds me of Dax (and not just the hair). It has a lot to do with being an artist and wanting to follow your own dreams. Listening to your heart, and not to what your family expects of you.

    • RosemaryMarie March 26, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

      Were you really? Interesting! 😀 Oh, I can see what you mean about Dax. The main difference, I suppose, is that Holden had a more social childhood.

  17. Jes2G March 25, 2018 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    NOTE TO SELF: google “contretemps” ASAP so as to keep up with daughter!
    LOL!! I love Marty. And her dress!! Whoa mama!

    Yes, they need to have a looong talk.

    Ack!! Voting! I hate voting, but I’ll try lol. I have no clue who I want to root for next.

    Those kids are so well mannered! I expected them to lie, but they always seem to tell the truth. I love it!

    • RosemaryMarie March 26, 2018 at 10:11 am - Reply

      LOLOL Oh, how I’ll miss Marty.

      You can relax next chapter, but the one after that, the vote begins! bwaaahaaahaaaa

      I’m glad you love it. 😀 Next week will be more about the twins, especially Rosetta since this week was more about Holden.

      • Jes2G March 26, 2018 at 10:13 am - Reply

        Gaaaah! I’m not ready for change of the guard yet!! Make it stop! *pouts*

        • RosemaryMarie March 26, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

          LOL I feel like this generation flew by. I can’t believe it’s already so close to changing.

          • Jes2G March 26, 2018 at 10:44 am

            Exactly!

          • RosemaryMarie March 26, 2018 at 10:45 am

            😀

  18. Violincat March 26, 2018 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Thugs like those kids shouldn’t have any right to express their opinion, if they can’t do so in a decent manner. Punching is the opposite of that.
    I like both twins. They are headstrong and already know how to get what they want from life. I hope Holden’s plans pan out.

    • RosemaryMarie March 26, 2018 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much 🙂 You’re definitely right about the thugs. Someday, they just might bully the wrong person.

      I’m so glad you like both of the twins. <3

  19. Lila Remonn March 26, 2018 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Ugh, those horrible boys! They won’t be laughing when Holden becomes all strong and muscular from lifting ballerinas 😀 I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Holden actually grew up to love dance. I haven’t read any dance-themed stories from a male’s perspective, so I know who I’m voting for Generation Five!
    I can’t sympathise with Xalen for being upset about Holden wanting to go on another path. He doesn’t seem like a particularly attentive father -I can’t believe he didn’t notice that his son loves dance- or one that understands his children 😛
    Great chapter <3

    • RosemaryMarie March 28, 2018 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Lila 🙂 I would have responded sooner but my internet was out. lol

      I really liked what you said about Holden lifting the ballerinas and how the thugs wouldn’t be laughing when he gets stronger. lol

      Hopefully, Xalen can figure some things out with Marty’s help regarding their children. I think you’re right that somewhere along the lines, he lost touch with them.

  20. heatherfeather19 March 30, 2018 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    The recital shots were beautiful!

    What typical bullies, resorting to calling someone they want to pick on gay. It’s really getting old with those types of people. But I’m glad it didn’t devolve into a full-blown fight. Hopefully the kids can be more on guard now.

    I can’t wait to see Marty and Xalen’s talk. Xalen has placed some really unfair expectations on Holden, and I hope Marty may be thinking the same thing.

    • RosemaryMarie March 31, 2018 at 3:27 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Heather. Oh, yes, you’re definitely right about Marty! lol

      You never know what might happen with those bullies. As you said, it would be good if the kids were more on guard. 🙂

  21. twinsimskeletons March 31, 2018 at 5:16 am - Reply

    What a way to talk to your children… It’s so impersonal. Honestly I’m with Holden on this one. Calling your father ‘sir’ is just… it’s like you’re talking to a stranger.

    • RosemaryMarie March 31, 2018 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Oh, I so agree. I imagine Xalen growing up like that but it’s time for Marty to step in, for sure.

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Hi, my name is Kymber but you may know me by my pseudonym, Rosemary Castevet. I’m an author, simmer, Registered Nurse, Judy Garland devotee and horror buff. Did I mention I’m currently owned by Cesare the cat? On top of all of that, I’m a redheaded INFJ who is also a vegan.

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