Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Overlord Legacy - Chapter Twenty-Eight - Pregnancy Pains
She can't believe everything that's just happened to her. She'd never expected to be pregnant and alone. She can't believe Zack would leave her like that. She thought she knew him better. What hurts the most is that she knows she loved him. And she can't just stop loving him, even if he treated her this way. If she admits it, she still waits for her phone to ring. Of course, if it did and it was him, she doesn't know if she'd answer. She's bitter and angry at him. But yet she still loves him. She doesn't know how to react to anything anymore.
Although she changes into her detective uniform, Amaranth figures it's probably not wise to take on a case just yet. Her mind's in a fog, which can't help her solve anything. She decides to wander down to the salon. Maybe Oliver's working there today.
Instead of Oliver, though, she runs into a different familiar friend.
Phantom: "You can call me whatever you want, Detective Overlordpants."
Somehow just Phantom's presence brightens Amaranth's mood immediately. It's just hard to be around him without smiling.
Amaranth: "What are you doing at the salon? Is Toof...is Oliver here?"
Phantom: "I haven't seen him. I'm here 'cause Delia wanted to get a makeover. We've got a little more money now so she doesn't have to wear her old worn clothes anymore. I'm fine with whatever she does. I think she's beautiful anyway."
Amaranth: "She's very lucky to have you, Phantom. I can't imagine what my life would be like without you."
Phantom: "I can't imagine either. That would be one less person I could play pranks on. Do you know how horrific a thought that is?"
Amaranth: "I'm sure if..."
Amaranth pauses, burping up acid. Stupid heartburn. Did her mother have so many issues with this when she was pregnant with her?
Phantom: "That was a gurgly burp."
Amaranth: "Yeah...I, uh...I have heartburn."
Phantom: "Yours must be really mild. I burp up fire when I have heartburn. Did you just develop acid reflux?"
Amaranth: "No, it's.....sigh. I have heartburn because of this."
Phantom: "Ooh. I knew acid reflux sometimes caused bloating, but that's pretty bad."
Amaranth: "It's...it's not bloating, Phantom. It's...a baby. I'm pregnant. In fact, very pregnant."
Amaranth expects Phantom to be stunned at the news, but of course, she should know better than to expect anything normal from Phantom.
Phantom: "You mean Mack?"
Amaranth: "Zack. He's the father, and he exploded when I told him I was pregnant. He didn't want anything to do with the baby. I love him, Phantom, and I thought he loved me. But he left me, and not only that, but he's dating this other girl that I don't even like..."
And as she has been doing lately, Amaranth breaks down in tears. Her mourning immediately pierces Phantom's soul, and he holds her close to try and console her.
Amaranth: "I c-can't help it, Ph-phantom...I s-still love him, but I n-never want to see him again...I d-don't know what to do..."
Phantom: "I know what you're feeling."
Amaranth: "How can you p-possibly know what I'm f-feeling? You fell in love and...and she loved you and you g-got married..."
Phantom: "No, Amaranth. I mean I know what you're feeling. I can feel it too."
Amaranth feels horrible. How could she have forgotten Phantom's sensitivity to emotions? Now she's making him feel just as bad as she's feeling. She tries to calm herself down. Phantom holds her until the tears finally stop. As he releases her, he motions for her to cup her hands.
Amaranth: "Thank you, Phantom...but...I mean, how will it help exactly?"
Phantom: "Easy. When you look at it, you'll think that it's pixie dust, and when you think of pixie dust, you'll think of Pixies, and when you think of Pixies, you'll think of me, and then I can come help you when you need something. I can babysit really good!"
Amaranth: "Oh, Phantom...you're the best fairy in the world. In fact, one of the best people in the world, period."
Phantom: "Hey, Amaranth...can you promise me something?"
Amaranth: "Anything, Phantom."
Phantom: "...When the baby gets older, can I play pranks on it?"
Amaranth: "Oh goodness, Phantom. I thought you were asking something serious at first."
Phantom: "It is serious."
Amaranth: "I suppose, if the child's in good humor about it."
Phantom: "But it's no fun if they're in good humor about it."
Amaranth feels a little bit better about telling Phantom. Somehow, even though he's such a mischief maker, she feels as if he truly understands her in a lot of ways. She turns to leave and start to work on a case, but Phantom grabs her arm and drags her to another room.
Delia: "It's wonderful to meet you, Amaranth. Phantom talks about you all the time."
Amaranth: "It's a pleasure to meet you too, Delia. Phantom talks about you all the time too!"
Phantom: "I like to talk about everyone I know to everyone I meet until they get annoyed and then I prank them because that's the best time to prank people."
Delia: "I see you're...expecting? Congratulations!"
Amaranth: "Oh, it's....yes. Thank you very much....Well, I hate to say goodbye so soon, but I do have cases to investigate!"
Delia: "Oh, certainly. You should stop by soon! We'd love to see the baby."
Amaranth smiles, then slowly waddles away. Delia seems like a wonderful fairy, worth every bit of the good reputation Phantom gave her. Amaranth would prefer not to butt into their date time, however. They deserve their couple time without her. She does have casework to do anyway.
She begins to walk out the door when she bumps into a girl she knew from high school. Her name is Haley.
Amaranth: "...Sorry. I can't walk as well as I'd like to."
Haley: "Maybe if you didn't mess with MY BOYFRIEND, you wouldn't be having this problem."
Haley: "Don't lie to me. You knew about me."
Amaranth: "I had no clue. Don't slander me."
Haley: "Your fat belly is evidence enough itself. The whole town knows you're a cheating slut."
Amaranth: "...If this is how you are all the time, then I'm not surprised Zack went looking elsewhere while he was dating you. Just saying."
Haley: "You dare to---?! I don't care if you're pregnant, b**ch, I will claw your face right off if you dare to cross me."
Woman in background: "Ughh....URK!"
Suddenly the entire salon rushes into the room, gasping in shock. Amaranth and Haley stop their dispute for a moment and gather to see what's happening. They enter the room just in time to see the Grim Reaper emerge from the floor. Amaranth's heart nearly stops. She's never seen the Reaper before, though she's heard much about him. His deep voice thunders and he slowly floats across the floor to the unfortunate soul.
As Amaranth takes off, Phantom and Delia watch her leave. Then they look back at each other. Then Phantom zooms up to Delia's face.
Delia: "Ohhh no. I can play this game too."
Phantom: "But you won't win."
Delia: "I bet I can."
Phantom: "I can see up your nose."
Delia: "I'm still not moving away."
Phantom: "Pixies always win this game."
Delia: "Not this time. ...By the way, Phantom, do you think we should've told her?"
Phantom: "Told Amaranth? About what? Oh, you mean the little Brownie you've got baking in the oven?"
Delia: "Yeah. I mean, she's going to have her baby soon. After our bundle of joy is born, maybe they can have play dates."
Phantom: "Only if I get to play with them too."
Delia: "I'm sure you'll have plenty of time to play with them. Then Amaranth and I can get to know each other a little better while you're with the kids."
Phantom: "Sounds like a deal. I'm still going to win this thing."
Delia: "Nope. Not this time."
Before leaving to investigate a case, Amaranth decides to let her frustrations out on a crane game at the local tavern. Normally if one is frustrated, the crane game is really not a wise choice (take it from the Sim Deity herself), but Amaranth managed to snag a little bulldozer toy.
With her brain a little more clear, she conducts a couple of stakeouts, only noticing a little bit of suspicious activity. While at the library writing reports, she spots a woman with the worst makeup job in the world. Amaranth wonders if she did it herself or if she just paid a lousy stylist to apply her makeup.
As the afternoon rolls on, Amaranth gets another large surprise. Zack calls her. A rush of feelings flows back into her, and she nearly answers the phone. However, her fingers feel frozen. She'll be bitter and angry if she answers, yet heartbroken and yearning if she doesn't. With such turmoil, she doesn't answer in time.
Zack calls back. In fact, he calls seven times throughout the course of the afternoon. Amaranth can't manage to answer. What could he possibly want anyway? He couldn't want her back, knowing he would have to take care of a child too, could he?
Exhausted and confused, Amaranth sits down to dinner.
But as the excruciating pain comes, Amaranth knows she does not want to deliver this baby at home by herself. Eternally grateful she has a car, Amaranth waddles outside and drives to the hospital. She can explain the ordeal to her mother later. Right now she needs the assistance.
After a long, strenuous labor, Amaranth gives birth to a son. He's a beautiful little guy. In keeping with the spirit of the Overlord legacy, Amaranth thinks of a name to give him. Something dark and sullen, yet she wants it to have some sort of meaning. Finally she decides on a darker name with a brutally honest meaning - "to sever." True, she and Zack have severed their relationship. The child, even though coming from that unfortunate reunion, is a gift from it.
Author's notes: Poor Amaranth. So crushed, yet still so in love with Zack. It's not easy to let go of the one you love, after all, even if he is a jerkface.
It'll be kind of nice having a baby boy in the house, after three baby girls in a row (Maiden, Midnight, and Amaranth). Not going to mention his traits just yet...I'll let them be revealed in the story. There be spoilers in the traits.
And yes, as soon as Amaranth left the salon, StoryProgression informed me Phantom and Delia are expecting. I am so flipping excited. I can't wait to see their baby fairy. Phantom is going to be an epic dad.