Writer Notes: Part 1. I did this whole chapter without fighting pose boxes. It was terrible. Luckily, vampireacademysims linked me some good stuff so I had it for the next chapter. I’m still taking pictures for it, but the majority of Chapter 43 is already done! Hopefully I’ll load the game this weekend to resume.
Warnings: magic! hatefulness, violence, language, and streaming pictures without captions. Vaiden being a dad.
“I see she’s not talking to you.” Lacarra tried to smile. “Such a shame.”
“She doesn’t trust me.” he said. “She hates me.”
“And blames you for the death of her mother I hear.” Lacarra shook her head. “I’ve heard the tale of how it happened. I’m sorry for the both of you. I know how it feels to lose someone you love.”
“I don’t need your pity, blood sucking whore.” Victoria snapped. “And you know nothing of my mother or what happened to her. They spew lies. He could have saved her, but he chose duty over family.”
“It is never that simple.” Lacarra replied. “You shouldn’t hate your father because he suffers too, Victoria. You should comfort each other.”
“I would sooner kill him than embrace him.”
Gabriel sighed. “I’m never going to get through to her.”
“Well, in that case, stop.” Lacarra said. “Use this time to prepare. I’m sure Julianna’s working on a way to break through High Tower’s locks. If you need some company, I wouldn’t mind staying.”
“If you want to suffer more insults for my daughter, that’s up to you.” Gabriel smirked. “But thanks.”
“So I take it, you have a plan.”
“Whatever do you mean, Vaiden?” Latimere asked. “Tactical fighting is not my specialty.”
“We could argue that.” Vaiden replied.
“So you’re winging it?” Zarah asked. “You’re not even going to make a plan on how to fight Fairchild?”
“Darling, I’ve made it this far quite well.” Latimere answered. “To say I’m ‘winging it‘ is inaccurate. I am more or less counting down to something I’ve done a thousand times before.”
“Coming from you?”
“I think you’re equally arrogant.” Dahlila frowned.
“It’s not arrogance to be good at something and know it.” Latimere said. “That’s why practice makes perfect. When you achieve this level, why deny it?”
“It’s better to be humble than conceited, my mom always says.” Dahlila shrugged. “You think after you’d try to be the opposite of your parents. Lacarra said they always had to be the best. But, I guess that’s genetics. You are their son.”
“Dahlila .” Vaiden hissed. “Don’t be rude.”
“But, I’m not. I’m just…”
Vaiden narrowed his eyes at her.
“Gawd!” She threw her hands up. “How come when you two throw jabs at each other, it’s just busting each other’s balls. But when I say something, it’s like I’m some whinny brat.”
“You are a brat.” Vaiden shrugged. “But Latimere and me understand each other.”
“What the fuck does that mean?” Dahlila growled. “I don’t understand anything?”
“Watch your fucking language, little girl.” Vaiden frowned. “You may be an ‘adult’ now, but I’m still your dad and you won’t talk to me that way.”
“How did this go from: the evil witch is coming to demean your child?”
“You are a stupid child.” Mr. Coristor said. “You all are. You still don’t seem to understand the situation. You’re tough act and arrogance won’t beat Julianna.”
“You’re right.” Vaiden nodded. “It won’t, but damn if I’m not there for my kids.”
“That was a low blow.” Zarah smiled.
“Shush.” Vaiden said. “Do you hear that?” A knock sounded from the grand door.
“What’s going on?” Gabriel asked. “How can she cast magic in that cell?”
“She can’t. She shouldn’t be able to.” Lacarra replied. “Latimere casted the spell himself. The only way she could do this if he’s…Oh no!”
The grand door glowed. The fire grew with every knock.
“What the hell is going on?” Vaiden asked.
Latimere glowed too. “Julia…Julianna’s breaking the locks. When that happens, she’ll cross. You need to run.”
“Like hell.” Vaiden frowned. “I’m going to kill that bitch.”
Mr. Coristor looked on with anticipation. When Julianna crossed, she would set him free. He imagined ripping off Latimere’s head over and over again. But first, he’d have to get past Vaiden and Zarah. Somehow he didn’t mind killing them either.
The magic intensified and it obviously was painful. Latimere dropped to his knees.
“I’m fighting her.” he said. “But it’s not that easy. It’s not working.”
“What can we do?” Zarah asked. “Can we help you fight her?”
“There’s nothing you can do.” Harry Coristor sneered. “She will cross and we will win!”
Vaiden rolled his eyes. “Everything’s going to be ok. Latimere’s got this. He always wins.”
“Ok, maybe sometimes I’m wrong.”
“We’re here at last.” Julianna smiled. “Too long have I waited to look upon High Tower. It’s magnificent. The power is so loud here. The magic move fluidly. It’s the perfect place to end Greenbrooke Estates.”
“Why deny it? Why fight it?” Julianna continued. “Why fight me? You think I have come this far to fail? No, I have not. I will win! I will destroy Latimere and gain all his power. Tonight begins a new reign, my reign.”
“You haven’t won yet, Julia.” Latimere smiled. “Don’t let your overconfidence blind you. This fight is still young and I’m no fool.”
“Impossible!” Julianna frowned.
“He shouldn’t be able to do that.” Gregory echoed. “Especially after teleporting them all.”
Gregory spun around. “Nothing is impossible.” Latimere laughed.
“Nothing is as it appears.”
It only took him a second to enact the spell as he had Mr. Coristor. Gregory couldn’t move, just as Latimere had planned. He may have disliked Gregoral Zarren, but he was Vaiden’s father and part of Latimere couldn’t kill him.
“Not that easy.”
“Where the fuck did she go?!”
“If she drains Dahlila, she’ll take more of Tatiana’s power.” Latimere said. “I can’t guarantee she’ll survive it.”
“Dahlila run away!” Vaiden shouted.
“Stupid little girt left out in the open and unprotected.” Julianna laughed. “This is too easy.”
“You’ll pay for that you child!”
“Well, you’re an idiot to think my dad didn’t teach his daughters to fight.” Dahlila huffed. “That’s your fault.”
“Fight! Fight!” she laughed. “I’ll show you what true power is. Not even your dad can protect you now!”
“I have him in the trap.” Honey said. “This time he cannot escape.”
Amateur. Latimere rolled his eyes, feeling the trap weigh down on him. He let it filled his arms and legs and tasted it. He followed the line that connected to Honey and pulled.
“He moved!” Honey shrieked. “Seamus, I may need your help.”
He didn’t hear his sister. He was too preoccupied. “Scared of a little magic, Shade?”
“Like hell!” Vaiden growled. “More like scared little boy hiding behind his magic. Why don’t you fight like a real man!”
“Fucking Coristor! I wasn’t talking about you!”
“I will have my power.” Julianna said afar.
“I deserve it. I did everything asked of me for my friends. And I was exiled. Give it to me! It’s mine!”