Lane was waiting for the full moon. While he waited, he put the rest of his life that he'd let slide in order. He still felt guilty about leaving James unprotected, and while his brother seemed fine, Lane tried his best to make it up to the kid. Not that James needed Lane's help to understand his books; he was already sounding out basic words!
Soon, it was time for the twins to start high school. They'd both graduated from elementary school with top marks, to their parents' delight. As with Lane, they insisted that Faye choose at least one extracurricular activity. Unfortunately, there wasn't anything offered like home economics, or cooking club, so she settled for the study club. If nothing else, it would lower the amount of time she'd have to spend working on homework in the evenings.
The night before Crystal left, Faye finally delivered her surprise.
Faye: "Happy almost-moving day! I baked you a tiny cake! It's vanilla, and organic."
Crystal: "It's so good, thanks! I'm going to miss your cooking so much. I bet the food there will be so awful, I'll starve."
Faye: "Stop being so dramatic. It's France, the food'll be great."
She was silenced by her sister's shake of the head.
Faye: "No goodbyes, not yet. The taxi hasn't come yet."
Crystal leaned against the fence beside Faye, her bags arrayed at her feet, looking down the road as they waited silently - what needed to be said? - for her ride. Soon, it arrived, and Faye helped Crystal and the driver load the trunk. They shared a hug.
Faye: "Skype me, okay?"
Crystal: "I will."
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Short update today, just setting the stage for the next chapter. Just to give people an idea of where we are in the generation, since I know reading it in story form can be disorienting with regards to ages:
The twins are on their second day of being teens.
James will age up tomorrow to child.
Greg will age up tomorrow to elder.
The full moon is tomorrow.
Lane will age up the day after tomorrow to YA.
Eliza will age up to elder in a little under a week.
Pudding(the cat, who totally still exists) has been living with a full age bar for a while now, so a surprise cat funeral will happen, just not sure when.
I'm currently playing about a week ahead of the story, with three chapters in the queue to write.