“I know you haven’t been here before,” said Heaven to Bo,” but the house is small, no need for a tour. Just follow me downstairs to where my room is.”
Bo followed slowly behind Heaven. He was nervous for Asa and Gem to see their baby sister Sky, and he wanted to make sure they at least knew where to go in the unfamiliar house.
When they entered the room, they saw that Sky was fast asleep.
Heaven: It looks like they will not meet her right now. There is no harm in entertaining them until she wakes up.
Bo took one look at his sleeping daughter, then walked over to Heaven and gave her a hug. “Thank you,” said Bo.
“Why are you thanking me?”
“You have given me an additional offspring. Do I need another reason?”
“No, that reason is sufficient,” said Heaven.
“About her appearance,” said Heaven to her teenagers Gem and Asa, “I want to make sure none of you are alarmed, but nooboos do not have Sim disguises. I can only conclude that she is not Sixamian. She is definitely the offspring of myself and your father, but she is a Sim. I can only assume that being here on this planet is affecting our genetics.
“I have sent a message to Mission Control so they can investigate what happened. Also, I want to make sure Sky can still have access to our home planet even if she is not technically born of Sixam. I will update you when I learn more.”
Heaven: I hope they embrace Sky as their own like I have. And I hope Mission Control can figure out why she was not born Sixamian.
Bo: I would not care if she were born a vampire, I would still love her completely.
Asa: So… Mother got pregnant and they’re just now telling us… And she is a Sim. Okay…
Gem: I have always wanted a kid sister, but I never thought it would happen. It’s too bad she will not reside with us.
“Can we sit on the bed and talk? I want to share my thoughts with you all,” said Heaven.
The family sat on Heaven’s bed and waited to hear what she had to say.
“It is hard to explain,” began Heaven, “I want to make sure you understand what I am asking.”
Asa felt his patience waning. The last time his mother sat him down for a talk, it was to tell him and his sister that she was leaving their family. She didn’t look any happier to start this conversation, so he assumed it was bad news. He wished she would just get to the point.
Heaven, sensing her family was not going to be any more open to her if she continued to stall, launched into her point of why she asked them over. “I love Sky, just as I love all of you,” said Heaven, “but I cannot keep her here with me and raise her alone.”
“What?! But infants need to be with their mothers,” said Bo.
“If she didn’t want us, why would she want Sky? I’m not surprised,” said Asa.
“Let’s just hear her out before we jump to conclusions,” said Gem.
“What more do you need to hear? Do you think this is headed towards her saying she wants to come home? That is not what is happening here,” said Asa with increasing venom.
“I do not want you all to misunderstand,” said Heaven, “I cannot come home. Your father and I have not resolved our differences, so that is not an option.”
“I understand,” said Bo. “You do not want to raise Sky by yourself, so you called us here so that we can take her home and I can raise her with her siblings.”
“That is correct,” said Heaven. “I would have spoken to you alone about this, but Asa and Gem are not Child age anymore, so their inclusion is paramount.”
“I agree,” said Bo. “I would have sought their opinion before agreeing to what you are asking regardless.”
The family stood up to check on Sky. Her siblings were really interested in meeting her if they were going to live together.
An voice that was unfamiliar to most of the Blank family interrupted the moment. “So it’s settled then? This is great, we weren’t interested in having any crying babies in this house, I’ll tell you that.”
When Gem heard the words of Heaven’s roommate Baylee, she sat back down on the bed and collapsed into tears. Heaven was surprised because Gem usually put a positive spin on things, and she was unfamiliar with seeing Gem crying.
Bo, who was much closer to Gem, was not bothered by her tears. “Do not worry Gem, we will get through this like we have gotten through everything. Leaving Sixam, settling in Newcrest, adjusting to having to get jobs, we have done it all with aplomb. We shall handle this new life event the same way, right?”
Hearing her father’s words made Gem feel better. Somehow he always knew what to say to her. Gem’s tears subsided and she stood with a new resolve.
“We all have to work tomorrow,” said Gem, “and we must prepare the house for the arrival of another person.” She looked at her father to confirm they were on the same page. When he nodded, she continued. “Mother, I assume you can manage to care for your daughter for another night in spite of your inhospitable roommates?”
Heaven wanted to say more, but she simply nodded.
“Great,” said Gem, sounding like she thought it wasn’t great at all, “then the three of us can head home for the night. I work in the mornings before school, so I can come get Sky after school tomorrow, around 4pm.” She looked at her father and brother, forced a smile on her face, and said, “let’s go. And let’s smile. This is a good thing. We have a baby sister!”
The three Blanks who didn’t live with Heaven left her house.
Gem paused outside of her mother’s new home and watched as her father and brother headed away from the house. She’d put on a brave face for them because she knew they were both heavily affected by what just happened.
Gem: How in the plum are we supposed to handle this new curve ball?
Back inside the house, Baylee was the last one left in Heaven’s bedroom. She was standing there finishing her dinner when Sky woke up and gurgled at her. “One more night then this house gets back to normal,” she said to no one in particular.