Her first day of school was every bit as hard as Alpha had cautioned it might be. Not only was she teased about her parentage, but the girls especially teased Epsilon brutally about her hair. It just wasn't natural, they said, and asked how much her mother hated her to let her go in public like that - oh wait, she doesn't have a mother!
It was obviously a dream. Even if she had sleptwalked, the library in Sunset Valley didn't look anything like this. It couldn't. This place was so...perfect.
Alpha: "Epsi, what did you do to your hair?"
Alpha: "Uh, look again."
Epsilon reached behind her and grabbed her ponytail, pulling it to the front. Huh, that's strange. Her hair was snow white!
Epsilon: "...I didn't do that!"
Alpha: "How can it just turn all white like that?"
Epsilon: "I don't know!"
Alpha: "Okay, it's probably alright. Come down here, let me have a look."
Epsilon climbed down the ladder and stood in front of her sister, nervously fiddling with the sleeve of her pajamas. Alpha reached out and touched the hair, letting it fall from her fingers.
Alpha: "It's soft, and strong, better than your hair has been since you were young. But it's white. I don't understand it."
Epsilon: "If it's better than it was when I was younger, that's a good thing, right?"
Alpha hesitated for a moment, then smiled warmly.
Alpha: "Right, that's a good thing. Come here, sorry if I scared you."
She distracted herself by making sure that Omicron knew how to talk. He grasped it more quickly than Epsilon had, the young boy having quite a lot to say.
Alpha: "If you get hurt, you know you can always come to me, right? I'll help you put a band-aid on your boo-boo."
Omicron: "Ban-na on boo-boo!"
Alpha: "Okay, so you know what to do with the dirty dishes when dad leaves them in the kitchen, right?"
Alpha: "That's right!"
Alpha: "Yeah, so, this is my house."
Soon enough, that time was here. Alpha procured a second cake and held another quiet celebration in the kitchen, before letting the younger children loose to go enjoy their evening.
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This chapter took forever to make happen, I apologize. It was that stupid dream sequence! I made the set, then put off importing a child version of Epsilon. Then, after I got Epsilon imported, I found out that the set hadn't properly saved! So I had to go back and re-do all the design and CASTing. I hope it added to the story though, along with the music I found. I'm a pretty big Doctor Who fan(mostly the new series, but I've been watching the classic stories when I've gotten the chance, and they're good too - very cheesy sci fi, of course, but good), and as I was writing this chapter I was browsing some of the soundtracks on youtube, and I stumbled across Amy's theme, suddenly realizing that it fit the dream scene perfectly. I'd even go so far as to call it Epsilon's theme, through her child and teen years, even though she's a very different character from Amelia Pond.
Epsilon is the most adorable kid ever. That bit with her hair turning white was a weird bug in my game, where her outfit and hair was reset to something bizarre. I decided to roll with it, and made the hair actually change color in the story. What could it mean?
I'm glad that Alpha had some time to be a teenager, even if it was just a few sim-days. I think she's about 3-4 days from aging up to YA when this chapter happens.
You might be wondering what happened to the imaginary friend arc I started and then stopped mentioning. Well, the imaginary friend has gone AWOL in my game, so I've just dropped it from the story. It's easier than trying to fix it somehow.
THIS CHAPTER TOOK SO MANY FOREVERS TO HAPPEN I'M SORRY! D=