Family Reunion 12-06

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“Would you stop doing that?!

The demand came from Koren, who was glaring at Deveron with her arms folded tightly over her chest. As everyone’s eyes turned to her, the girl tossed her head, throwing her tight brown braid behind her back. “You’re all like, ‘oooh, I’ve got this dramatic revelation. Let me reveal it in as shocking a way as possible so they all stare at me like big gaping fish because of how positively stupefying my news is.’”

The corner of Deveron’s mouth turned up a little before he shook his head ruefully. “I’m not doing it on purpose. But you needed to know. And maybe, hopefully, that helps explain why I couldn’t trust anyone here. The Seosten have been involved in Heretical society from the very beginning of Crossroads. They could have possessed anyone. There’s no way to know for sure. I mean, I’m pretty sure Prosser and his people have a way to test for it, but I have no idea what it is. They like to play their cards close to their chest. Especially after what happened with Jos. She was their big play, and it was working. Until…”

He trailed off there, and I glanced toward Wyatt, unable to help the blanch that came. “Until they took Wyatt and Koren—the original Kor—Abigail. Until they took Wyatt and Abigail.” Frowning, I turned back to Deveron. “So what you’re saying is, this whole Crossroads and Garden civil war thing that was supposed to be about Mom and all her rebels was actually about this Prosser guy and his group making a move against the Seosten that have been running and manipulating thing from behind the scenes?”

“Trust me,” he answered quietly, his gaze meeting mine. “To us, to your mother and our people, it was absolutely about the rebellion. It was about stopping the genocide of innocent people, people who could be our allies against the real threats. Finding out that there was another group behind it, that there were people who were supplying aid for their own reasons doesn’t change what our reasons were.”

Wyatt was shaking his head rapidly. The poor guy looked so confused and unsure, like he had no idea how to react to any of this. I couldn’t blame him. Wringing his hands together, he bemoaned, “I knew it. I knew there were bad people. Can’t trust them. Can’t trust anyone. Anyone could be a spy. Anyone could be possessed. You said there’s no way to tell, no way to know. It could be anybody. Any of them, my people, my boss, anyone I look at, anybody. They could be possessed. It could be any of them.”

Deveron took his son’s (and trust me, that felt incredibly weird to think) wringing hands and held them, meeting the man’s worried gaze. “Hey, Wyatt. Listen to me, okay? This doesn’t change anything. As long as they don’t know that you know anything, they don’t have any reason to treat you differently.

“Besides,” he added after a moment, “As far as I know, ninety-nine point nine percent of the Heretics are completely normal. The Seosten don’t possess that many people, and it’s not necessarily the ones you might expect. Not everyone being a jackass can be blamed on the Seosten. That would make them too easy to find. Some people are just jackasses anyway, no manipulative possession creature needed.”

Koren snorted a little, her gaze flicking toward me briefly before turning back. “So basically, nothing changes. This whole Crossroads society was built on a lie, a lie created by these… Seosten things–”

“It’s worse than that,” I put in quietly, feeling a headache coming on at the sheer scale of what we were talking about. “According to that Nicholas Petan guy, the Seosten also created the Bystander effect. They’re the ones that did something to make sure that humans can’t recognize or remember Strangers.”

Deveron nodded, his face twisting into a grimace. “From what I know, that sounds right up their alley.”

Putting my hand to my forehead and rubbing it a little, I breathed out. “So let me get this straight. These Seosten, for whatever reason, create a magical binding of some kind that affects all humanity. It erases our ability to notice Strangers—oh, for the record, it turns out they call themselves Alters. Stranger is just a Heretic term. Evil Alters are called Nocen. You know, as in the Latin word for–”

“Noxious, guilty, bad…” Wyatt interrupted, head bobbing quickly. “I heard that word before. I heard Strangers trying to say they weren’t Nocen. They just kept saying it, but I didn’t know what they…” His face fell then, drooping sadly as the realization came to him. “I didn’t understand what they meant.”

“Just be careful not to use that term around anyone else.” Reaching out a hand past Deveron, I patted Wyatt on the shoulder gently. “We’re not supposed to know what it means. That or Alter. We have to call them Strangers here. And listen, it’s not your fault. You were taught that they were evil monsters.”

My gangly, short half-brother looked to me briefly, his eyes searching mine before puffing himself up as much as he could, sticking his chest out. “I will make up for it,” he vowed as if he was some kind of knight. “I don’t know how, but I will find a way to make up for the damage that I have done to them.”

“Just be careful, Wyatt,” Deveron cautioned. “Don’t act any different around them, or someone is going to notice. And believe me,” he added while looking toward me. “Not everyone will be as easy to convince as your own family and teammates. Gaia obviously made sure the people on your own team wouldn’t be quite as hard for you to talk to about it. And your family… well, that’s family. Everyone else… be careful. Trusting the wrong person at the wrong time is how Joselyn and I found ourselves in the middle of an open war. We were trying to be quiet about things. It worked for awhile, but we said the wrong thing to someone we thought we could trust and… well, after that, it wasn’t quiet anymore.”

“Okay,” I announced while straightening up. “Before we go any further with this, I have a serious question.” Raising my hand, I pointed at Deveron. “It was you, wasn’t it? Back during my first hunt, when those Garden students attacked us. You were supposed to be unconscious. But you were actually the voice in my head, weren’t you? You were the one directing Sands and me on how to fight them.”

He chuckled slightly, bowing his head in acknowledgment. “Yeah, that was me. Those guys were…” His face twisted and I caught the anger there before he shook it off. “It was the best way I could help.”

“Or,” Koren put in then, her voice high with sarcasm as she stepped over beside me, “you could’ve just, you know, stopped acting like a completely useless asshole at any point and actually trained them.”

The boy’s mouth opened, then shut before he nodded. “I kept the routine going for too long. Like I said, I didn’t know who to trust. Anyone could be possessed. Hell, for all I knew, Gaia was possessed. Trusting the wrong person at the wrong time is a very bad idea. But, yeah, I probably took it a little too far. After all,” he added with a noticeable wince, “there’s no point to playing dumb if it gets you hurt.”

“Just teach us now,” I insisted. “Be the mentor you should’ve been from the beginning. You don’t have to give anything away. They didn’t think you were some kind of spy last year when you were the best at everything. Turn things around, teach us. If… if we’re going to be a real team, we need you. Sands is so confused right now. Do you have any idea how much you could help her with everything she’s going through? You could be a real mentor for her, and for Scout too. And Columbus. We need your help.”

Holding up both hands in acknowledgment, Deveron nodded. “You’re right. You all deserve a real mentor. Though, to be fair, you’ve been keeping up pretty damn well considering everything else.”

Silence reigned for a few long seconds after that, until Koren finally asked, “So, what do we do now?”

It was Wyatt who responded, his voice hesitant. “I… would like to hear about… my real mother.” He gave an awkward, uncertain smile, clearly nervous as he looked from me to Deveron and back again.

“Yeah, Grandpa,” Koren teased in a tone that made it clear that she had no intention of letting him live that down any time soon. “Why don’t you tell us all about Grandma.” Despite the way she said it, I could tell that the other girl was actually interested. “After all, we’ve got all this time out in the jungle.”

A visible smile tugged at Deveron’s expression before he gave an easy nod. “Okay,” he announced casually before gesturing. “Why don’t we let Wyatt continue the tour, since he’s put so much work into it. And while we go, I’ll tell you all about the Joselyn that I know. And later,” he added while his voice turned serious, “we can talk about how we’re going to get her back from that evil son of a bitch.”

******

“And then we spent the rest of the day just talking about my mom,” I finished explaining while walking along the beach a few hours later. The rest of my teammates were walking along with me, the twins on one side while Avalon and the boys were on the other. They had all been listening intently to my story.

“Damn it, Flick,” Sands complained while shaking her head. “Are you seriously telling us that a naked boy literally falling out of the sky was only the second most surprising thing to happen to you today?”

Tilting my head, I coughed. “Well, when you put it like that, it kind of sounds completely ridiculous.”

“That’s because it is!” the other girl retorted while flailing her arms. “Your life is insane. Your–” she lowered her voice instinctively, “-your mom’s first husband is actually our team mentor, your non-evil half-brother is the school’s crazy security guard, and one of our classmates is your niece. Your life isn’t just crazy, Flick. It’s completely and utterly absurd. And then, on top of that, you add in this bit about…” Again, she lowered her voice while looking around. The area of the beach that we were at was empty aside from us. Still, she whispered, “the bit about these Seosten things creating Crossroads?”

“She’s got a point,” Sean agreed while stooping to take a large stick out of Vulcan’s mouth. He reared back to hurl it as far as he could before the mechanical dog went bounding off after it. “Sounds crazy.”

“Does that mean you don’t believe me?” I asked, raising an eyebrow as I looked back and forth at them.

Scout shook her head quickly. Sands glanced to her sister before sighing. “Of course we believe you, Flick. At this point, you could say pretty much anything and I’d believe it. I might not like it, but I’d believe it. It’s just that… this is a lot to take in, you know? Maybe it’s easier for you because you guys weren’t raised in Crossroads, but you’re trying to tell us that everything we know is one big lie.”

I shook my head at that. “It’s just different. Your society, most of it… it’s fine, you know? Think about it, Sands. They had to use a memory wipe spell to stop a rebellion. That means that a lot of Heretics believed what my mom was saying. Crossroads isn’t evil or anything. You were taught to hunt monsters and protect humanity. That’s still the right thing to do. It’s just… a little more complicated than that.”

Avalon spoke dryly then. “You have a gift for the understatement, Chambers. Telling Heretics that not every Stranger is an evil, irredeemable monster is complicated. Telling them that their entire society was built on a lie, and that the Edge itself was actually created by the same Strangers who made the Bystander Effect in the first place? You’d be lucky if most of them didn’t just burn you at the stake.”

I winced at that. “I guess that’s why Deveron and Mom kept that part of it secret. It kind of is a lot to take in.” Glancing toward the twins, I asked, “Are you guys sure that you’re okay with all this?”

Sands didn’t answer at first. She looked away, a thoughtful frown crossing her face. When Vulcan returned with the stick the next time, she was the one who took it. Turning the stick over in her hand, the girl reared back and threw it hard before finally answering. “I don’t know. I’m sorry, I wish I had a better answer for you. It’s just… I want… I just wanted to be a good Heretic. I wanted to be a part of a team and kick monster ass. That’s all I ever wanted. But now it’s… it’s so complicated. It’s different.”

I smiled as reassuringly as I could at her. “It’s okay, Sands. I get it. If you weren’t conflicted, you wouldn’t be human. Believe me, it’s understandable. You… you’ve had to accept a lot, and the fact that you’ve done this well at it… well, I don’t know if I could accept as much as you have in your situation.”

Sean nodded easily. “She’s right. Hell, it’s easier for me because of that thing with my uncle, but even I keep having that knee-jerk, reflexive ugly thought whenever Flickster here talks about good Strangers. It’s a lot to take in. Besides,” he added while turning a pointed look toward his roommate, “at least you haven’t gone completely crazy and started carrying around a backpack full of random junk.”

Columbus was indeed carrying around a pack that seemed to be completely crammed with assorted random items. I could see rolled up bits of paper with designs scribbled on them, various tools (some I recognized and some I didn’t), the handle of some kind of gun, and even what looked like a the top of a deer antler. And that was just what I could see sticking out of the top of the bulging bag.

The boy himself snorted audibly at that. “I told you guys, it’s not junk. It’s my Development stuff. I keep getting ideas about stuff to build, but I’m nowhere near my supplies. Now they’re with me. And besides,” he added with a significant look toward me, “considering how often things happen around Flick here, I’d rather be prepared. Next time we get swept away somewhere, I’ll have my stuff.”

“That’s funny,” I remarked while looking toward Avalon. “I don’t see you carrying your whole workshop around with you.”

She met my gaze briefly before replying coolly, “That’s because I’m not a crazy person.”

“Not crazy,” Columbus countered while tapping a finger against the lens of his goggles. “Prepared.”

“Why don’t you ask for one of those extra-dimensional storage bags to carry that stuff in?” I asked curiously. “You know, like our weapon sheathes. Something that can hold a lot more than that bag.”

Columbus actually flushed a little, shifting uncomfortably in his as-always wrinkled and unkempt clothes. “It uhh, it is,” he admitted. While we stared at him, he continued. “It is one of those special bags. I just sort of put a lot of stuff in it. I’ve pretty much got a whole workshop in there, plus a lot of partially-finished designs that I’ve been working on. But on the plus side,” he added with a little grin, “at least my workspace in the Development garage is really clean now.”

“You guys have a garage?” I asked interestedly.

“It’s a whole underground complex thing with labs and workshops and stuff,” he explained. “Maybe we can show you sometime.”

Looking between him and Avalon, I nodded. “That would be pretty cool.”

By that point, we’d reached the area of the beach closer to the school. I could see some other students playing in the water and along the sand. In the distance, two female figures were riding some kind of windsurfing board together. Meanwhile, beside them, another figure rode a metal hoverboard.

That latter one was obviously Roxa, with her transforming cougar. As for the other two, one was blonde, while the one that seemed to be steering the board they were on had bright pink hair.

“Is that Erin and Vanessa?” I asked Columbus curiously.

He glanced that way before adjusting his goggles. “Yup. I guess Erin changed her hair color. Maybe she got tired of blue.”

We stood there, watching the three of them out on the water while quietly discussing what we were going to do. Avalon finally said, “Gaia made the arrangements for us to visit the hospital during a training exercise after Thanksgiving. You’ll have a chance to see Tangle.”

“Great,” I murmured. “Maybe we’ll get some answers about what the hell her deal is.” Glancing toward her, I asked, “What about Tristan? Has she umm, decided what she’s going to do?”

“She was talking to the Committee with him all day,” the other girl replied. “I’m pretty sure she’s planning on introducing him to the rest of the school as a new student over dinner tonight.”

Sean’s stomach promptly growled, and the boy grinned. “Well, speak of the devil. Must be about time to eat.”

Sure enough, it looked like the other students were all heading in. The trio that had been out in the water approached the beach where we were. Before long, I could see that Erin was holding her sword back behind them, summoning some kind of wind-control to maneuver the sail right up to the sand.

She and Vanessa came trotting off the board, while Roxa landed nearby, turning her board back into its cougar form. I had to remind myself to stop staring at the three girls in their swimsuits. And, from the look of things, so did the boys.

“Whooo!” Erin pumped her fists in the air. “See, Nessa? I told you that shit was amazing.”

For her part, Vanessa’s face was flushed, and she was breathing hard while nodding her head. “I-it was… exciting,” she admitted in between a bit of panting.

“You okay?” I asked, raising an eyebrow at the studious girl.

Her head bobbed a little more. “Yes,” she answered after catching her breath. “It’s just—I don’t—I haven’t done that before.”

“Told you I was gonna get you out on the water,” Erin teased before looking at Roxa. “We’ll beat you next time.”

The blonde grinned while shaking her wet hair out. “Bring it on. Gidget and me’ll take you on anytime.” She patted her cougar, who was exchanging curious looks with Vulcan.

Erin tugged the board up onto the beach before hitting some kind of button on the side. The whole thing, sail and all, folded down into something about the size of a briefcase. There was even a handle, which she picked up. “I don’t know about you guys, but I’m starving. Come on, let’s go eat.”

The rest of my team and I exchanged looks before nodding. I smiled. “Sure, let’s get some food. I heard the headmistress has some kind of surprise to introduce us to.”

“A surprise?” Vanessa asked curiously while running a brush through her hair before pushing it into a blue scrunchie. “What kind of surprise?”

Shrugging at her, I started to walk up the beach to the school. “I’m not sure,” I lied.

“Let’s go find out.”

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  1. Don’t worry, Vanessa, I’m sure this is just a simple little surprise that won’t affect you in any way. *cough*

    Hi guys! Hope you enjoyed that chapter and our little segue back toward remembering that Flick has an actual team. We’ll see more with Wyatt and Deveron and Koren soon, don’t worry. I just wanted to move things along a bit. Plus, now we’ll get to see Tristan’s introduction to the school. Which should be fun!

    And speaking of fun, we’re still up around 13 on Top Web Fiction! We’re staying up there, which is really cool, guys. Seriously. Every time I glance at it, I expect us to be lower, but we’re hanging in there. So thank you so much. And whether you’d like to renew your vote or if it’s your first time, you can do so by clicking here.

    Todays tags, for those of you that are using the mobile version of the site, are: Avalon Sinclaire, Columbus Porter, Deveron Adams, Don’t Worry Flick – Roxa Is Too Busy Checking Out Columbus To Notice You Checking Her Out., Erin Redcliffe, Felicity Chambers, Flick, Gidget, Koren Fellows, Koren Is Still Following Deveron Around Mocking Him About Being Her Grandfather., Roxa Pittman, Sands, Scout, Sean Gerardo, Vanessa Moon, Vulcan, Wyatt Rendell

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  2. Yep. Vanessa is definitely going to be surprised. Right in front of everyone. Flick won’t be the only one at the center of the rumor mill after this.

    Koren Is Still Following Deveron Around Mocking Him About Being Her Grandfather.

    And he’s loving every second of it.

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    1. A couple typos I noticed:

      The demand came from Koren, who was glaring at Deveron with her arms folded tightly over her chest. As everyone’s eyes turned to her, the girl tossed her head throw her tight brown braid behind her back.

      Pretty sure that sentence should read “the girl tossed her head, throwing her tight brown braid behind her back.

      Holding up both hands in acknowledgment, Deveron nodded. “You’re right. You all deserve areal mentor. Though, to be fair, you’ve been keeping up pretty damn well considering everything else.”

      Space between “a” and “real”.

      Also, I’m still waiting for Flick to get a container for her to hold sand she can use in combat. I thought it was going to come up in the conversation about Columbus’s awesome backpack.

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      1. Thanks for those typo checks, got it fixed now. 😀

        Also, I’m still waiting for Flick to get a container for her to hold sand she can use in combat. I thought it was going to come up in the conversation about Columbus’s awesome backpack.

        Oh, it’s coming shortly.

        And to be fair, I told NinjaTrilby about including the backpack in Columbus’s picture after like… the second chapter/before he was even introduced and he just now got it. It was starting to seem like Dresden and his hats on his book covers.

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      2. I made that connection as soon as the backpack was described. And now I’m looking forward to Columbus taking notes from Wyatt in how to be prepared for anything. Because hilarity.

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    2. Yep. Vanessa is definitely going to be surprised. Right in front of everyone. Flick won’t be the only one at the center of the rumor mill after this.

      No doubt.

      And he’s loving every second of it.

      But of course.

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  3. Calling it now, Prosser’s group’s method of testing for Seosten possession is to possess you. If they can possess you, then you don’t have a Seosten inside. If they can’t possess you, then you die.

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  4. Well that was interesting. I’m looking forward to Deveron actually beginning to teach his team without his jerk attitude. No the thing with the shock balls didn’t count. That was him still being a prick in a slightly more productive manner.

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  5. “Would you stop doing that?!”

    The demand came from Koren, who was glaring at Deveron with her arms folded tightly over her chest. As everyone’s eyes turned to her, the girl tossed her head throw her tight brown braid behind her back. “You’re all like, ‘oooh, I’ve got this dramatic revelation. Let me reveal it in as shocking a way as possible so they all stare at me like big gaping fish because of how positively stupefying my news is.’”

    I believe Koren is speaking what the readers think here. We’ve had how many one liners at the end of chapters so far?

    ….

    Now I’m courious. Brb.

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    1. We’ve had how many one liners at the end of chapters so far?

      Probably easier to count how many chapters there are and subtract a few. 😉

      I fixed your quote thing btw. If you want it to show up like that, you just have to use the code (blockquote)words here(/blockquote) only with > and < instead of ) and (

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      1. I fixed your quote thing btw. If you want it to show up like that, you just have to use the code (blockquote)words here(/blockquote) only with > and < instead of ) and (

        Armoured fighting vehicles + h. One day I’ll remember that.

        Probably easier to count how many chapters there are and subtract a few.
        Actually true. I started to look trough them, and most chapters end with a oneliner.

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  6. “Would you stop doing that?!”

    The demand came from Koren, who was glaring at Deveron with her arms folded tightly over her chest. As everyone’s eyes turned to her, the girl tossed her head throw her tight brown braid behind her back. “You’re all like, ‘oooh, I’ve got this dramatic revelation. Let me reveal it in as shocking a way as possible so they all stare at me like big gaping fish because of how positively stupefying my news is.’”
    Me: it almost feels like Koren is breaking the 4th Wall and talking to you Cerulean. Haha.

    “Okay,” I announced while straightening up. “Before we go any further with this, I have a serious question.” Raising my hand, I pointed at Deveron. “It was you, wasn’t it? Back during my first hunt, when those Garden students attacked us. You were supposed to be unconscious. But you were actually the voice in my head, weren’t you? You were the one directing Sands and me on how to fight them.”
    Me: Hm. I suppose Deveron thought that the best way to help in the situation that didn’t involve breaking cover and wrecking faces, but he’s already admitted that it was kind of stupid in retrospect.

    Interesting chapter.

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  7. Another interesting chapter.

    Some more reveals about the rebellion- though Joselyn, Deveron, & a lot of the others were motivated because they believed that the ‘all Strangers are evil’ line was wrong, & it was leading the Heretics to commit a great wrong by killing Alters who hadn’t done anything wrong & weren’t a threat to anyone (and could also be allies against the true threats,) while others, such as the behind-the-scenes supporters like Prosser were more concerned about the Seosten issue & how they had so completely manipulated Heretic society. Plus, what helped cause things to blow up into open conflict, was that someone made a mistake about who could be trusted, which segues into some good advice about how everyone has to be careful about who they trust, what they say in front of whom, and even some of the words they use.

    Also interesting that as far as Deveron knows, only a handful of Heretics are actually possessed by the Seosten, and most are normal (which can include being an asshole,) which shows just how much of a problem they’re going to be, given the amount of influence they’ve gotten through manipulating the right people at the right times over the years.

    Plus, we have confirmation that Deveron was that voice in the heads giving useful advice with that Amarok & the attempt to kill Avalon, and now Deveron’s actually going to start actually doing his job as a mentor- it’s going to be interesting to see how the rest of the team reacts to that.

    The team seems to be taking learning everything Flick learned during her hike pretty well, considering how odd Flick’s extended family is, & that a lot of what they’ve been told about Heretic society isn’t exactly accurate.

    Wonder just how much stuff Columbus managed to stuff in his bag, if one of those magitech bags of holding is overflowing with his tools & materials.

    And then, there’s that little surprise that Gaia’s going to reveal at dinner- it’ll be interesting to see how Vanessa will react when her long-lost brother is introduced as the surprise/new student transferring in mid-year. (Plus, considering that she & Tristan are half-Seosten themselves, it’ll be interesting to see just how either of them would react if Flick & company ever find either of them to have the right attitude & be trustworthy enough to be brought into their little dissident group.)

    “You’re all like, ‘oooh, I’ve got this dramatic revelation. Let me reveal it in as shocking a way as possible so they all stare at me like big gaping fish because of how positively stupefying my news is.’”

    Koren, don’t suppose that you knocked off a Nocen that granted you the ability to look past the fourth wall & channel what we’re thinking somewhere along the way?

    Your life isn’t just crazy, Flick. It’s completely and utterly absurd.

    Can’t exactly say that you’re wrong there, Avalon.

    Telling Heretics that not every Stranger is an evil, irredeemable monster is complicated. Telling them that their entire society was built on a lie, and that the Edge itself was actually created by the same Strangers who made the Bystander Effect in the first place? You’d be lucky if most of them didn’t just burn you at the stake.”

    Hmm, considering how heresy’s been historically dealt with in the Bystander world, it just seems like there’s something ironic about Heretics reacting like that to having their entire world-view challenged like that….

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  8. Welp, looks like Vanessa is going to flip out in front of everyone. And tackle-hug Tristan. Yeah, in this case, I’d think the attention that would draw would be sufficiently bad that I can’t imagine Gaia not having Tristan and Vanessa have a private reunion first, or something. It really IS a semi-private moment, after all.

    Question: how old is Tristan, now? How old does he appear to be? Wasn’t he the younger brother? How would he appear to be Vanessa’s age (or older) when he was stuck in a child’s body for a while AND spent a bunch of time in stasis on that ship?

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    1. I’d have to re-read some of an earlier arc for some of the details on the specifics of the sibling relationship, but if you go back a couple chapters to where Tristan pulled Flick out of the river, she noted that he appeared to be about the same age as her (so he’d look about 16-17,) and in the chapter after that, he mentioned that there was some time-travel involved in his arriving where he did. Beyond that, there could be some magical or Heretical/Stranger ability shenanigans going on as well, though that’d probably be a subject for a future chapter.

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    2. mossback is correct. Remember, back when he showed up, Flick made mention that he looked to be about her age. There was a whole full conversation through his re-introduction where he explained that it had been years for him even though it was only a couple weeks for her, and that he had come back in time because they used her as an anchor but they had to use the version of her from the time period that he knew her from, not the one from several years in the future/his present because by that point she would be too different.

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  9. Vanessa’s going to flip out at the news that Seostein created Herectic society from the very beginning. Will that mean she’ll finally learn what her mother Sariel is?

    Wait, does that mean that the Seostein are derectly responsible for every terrible thing in Joselyn’s life? Are they responsible for Fossor too?

    Did her reunion with Tristan happen of screen?

    Now that Flick, Koren, Deveron, Wyatt, Avalon, Columbus, Sands, Scott and Sean know everything, will Shori be brought up to speed as well?

    I wish you could’ve showed us Deveron telling stories about Joselyn.

    Thanks for updating. 🙂

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    1. Will that mean she’ll finally learn what her mother Sariel is?

      Eventually. 😉

      Wait, does that mean that the Seostein are derectly responsible for every terrible thing in Joselyn’s life? Are they responsible for Fossor too?

      They’re indirectly responsible for plenty of bad things… and directly in some cases.

      Did her reunion with Tristan happen of screen?

      Nope, their relation is one thing Gaia is not aware of. Vanessa has no idea he’s there and will find out in the next chapter alongside everyone else.

      Now that Flick, Koren, Deveron, Wyatt, Avalon, Columbus, Sands, Scott and Sean know everything, will Shori be brought up to speed as well?

      Most likely. Plus, she’s going to visit Flick’s house for Thanksgiving to meet her sister.

      I wish you could’ve showed us Deveron telling stories about Joselyn.

      I’m sure we’ll see some of that kind of thing soon.

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      1. Thanks for replying and answering my questions. 🙂

        I forgot all about that, I thought that Flick was going to go Koren’s house for Thanksgiving. Does this mean that Flick will go visit Koren at a later date or will Koren and her family will make a surprise visit to Flick’s house?

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      2. No problem. Flick’s actually having her own Thanksgiving at home, then going to visit Koren’s house after that. Essentially she’s going to have more than one Thanksgiving.

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