They were going into another teams match. One of the last ones that Seth and Alice would do. They were young, and cocky as they didn't back down from a challenge. And this was no different for the night.
After they were prepared they were announced and they linked up to their beasties the fight was on. Just like she was in real life Alice had a small and agile beasty to fight with. It gave her some pretty severe disadvantages, if she got hit but she normally let Seth's Beasty take the brunt of it.
When the match was over they had one and they were celebrating back in their personal room getting their beasts put back in their healing chambers when Alice smiled over to her boyfriend. "Did you really have to let me get smacked that hard?"
It was probably one of the most devastating things that ever happened to Violet in her life. She was stuck at home with Byron when it happened and while the man disappeared. It would have left her a little paranoid but that same day her boys were gone too.
There was search parties for weeks afterward. Even after they deemed that they were probably dead Violet didn't give up because she knew they weren't.
Between taking care of her girls Violet continued to work on finding her boys nearly seeing them in every dark haired boy around their ages.
It had been twenty years and even to that day Violet hadn't given up, she had renders done of her boys every year of what they probably looked like to that year. She even did it for Alice even though Deb and Dave had given up years ago and buried their daughter's memory in an empty grave.
Red had done something similar but he didn't stop her from still looking. Some days it seemed to be the only thing that kept her going.
As she pinned the new possible pictures up on the corkboard in her bakery she didn't know that she was standing feet away from two of the three lost children.
Alice was leaning against the black rental car that they had rented to come to this shit ass town. They were just brainwashed enough to not remember it. Torture did that too you, especially as young as they were.
"Wonder why Byron wants this chic and her family dead. She looks harmless. Sad but harmless," she said. "Hell she sort of looks like a soccer mom," she added.
She looked up to Seth who was smoking a cigarette beside her. "Want some cookies?"
David Gregory had lost all of his family young. He only had one surviving son from the crash where a drunk driver rammed into his car on a family outing. His wife, youngest son and daughter died that night. It set him off into a path of development in technology that he didn't have all of the know-how for so he hired scientists and bought up land taking years of design and development until the live roleplay park was released.
It was unlike any other. The synthetics were flawless and they gave you a story beyond what you could imagine. Different stories designed by clever writers. Tested and verified. Multiple worlds to explore by whoever wanted to pay.
The world Seth would find his friends brought him to was a suburban supernatural world.
At first it would seem normal, his friends and him would go to a club in the place. It would begin to seem like nothing of note was going to happen and the trip would be a waste when a hot red head would walk up beside him and order a drink. Every synthetic in there up for grabs.
She would look over to Seth with a smile before looking back toward the bartender. The drink she had was thick and dark red.
Behind him there would be a commotion where a waiter would drop their platter. and as Seth turned the woman to his side would slide her fangs out. It would be out of no where that the brunette with the leather jacket would come up behind the woman and slam her face into the counter a few times before she pulled out a stake and stabbed her.
His friends would be stunned before they started shouting about how cool that just was as the synthetic vampire fell to the ground at the woman's feet. "You and your friends okay?" she asked him. The woman would seem strangely familiar to him. Dave had created his daughter as an adult having taken her appearance and aged her up and she and Seth had been best friends as children.
Alice tucked into Seth. "I swear to god I will punt anyone off this bus that aggravates me," she muttered to her fiance. "It will probably be Damian when he mentions the fact that I don't have an engagement ring," she said.
Seth had put his bags into the car the night before and been up since the crack of dawn.
"Can we go already?" he asked his mom impatiently. He was beyond excited to get to the island. The last couple of days had seemed endless. Now the time was finally here and he was stuck waiting on his idiot brother who, for some reason, hadn't packed the night before. Red was upstairs with him now getting it done, "So what if Richie is short on socks it'll teach his dumb ass to prepare better."
His usual eight hour shift turned into nineteen after an Army Troop had rolled into town, and declared the station their headquarters. So much commotion broke out in the aftermath that Red couldn't break away to answer his phone when his daughter called. He hadn't ever gotten a chance to call her back before his battery died. He'd forgotten to charge it the night before.
On that note, it had been about twelve hours since he'd last spoken to his wife. Red had asked one of the dispatchers to phone her if they got a chance. He had no idea if she'd ever found one. They were all scrambling, making and fielding calls. Clashing with the invasion. It wasn't like the few interactions their department had with National Guard through the yeas. In those times there'd been respect, everyone avoided stepping on toes. The major at the head of the Army company, though, had stopped just shy of driving the heel of his boot into Red's foot.
In the midst of all this communications had started to go down. Internet was gone all of the sudden. Officers were reporting trouble with their cell phones. Concerned citizens were flooding the lines about the outages, about things they were seeing on those devices still accessing data, the sudden military presence in their peaceful on-no-radar-anywhere-town.
Red was dog tired as he trudged up the front steps and quietly let himself into the mostly darkened house.
It had been four years since she had seen the man she was being delivered to. She had liked him even though at the time he thought she was a he. She had faked being a man to get into the castles and would have done well if she hadn’t been outed by a classic male prank.
There was a lot of litigation to try to get her out of her punishment. Her parents were furious but in the end she had been put into Handmaids training.
Alice looked stoically forward at the door. The Matron beside her knocking on the door. A Martha answered the door and let them into the sitting room where she stood next to the Matron waiting for the couple to come down.
Upstairs Aurora was finishing getting ready. “I don’t see why we need a handmaid. They said I could still have children,” despite the likelihood being extremely low.
"Man are you trying to crash this plane?" Seth griped at his cousin as the Cessna was buffeted about by the air currents. It had been a bumpy flight since shortly after take off.
"I might if you don't shut the hell up," Dixon answered, giving one of the wings a sudden tilt to screw with the younger man.
Seth cursed and gripped at the arm rest, mumbling under his breath about how much he hated small air craft.
Dixon didn't pay him any mind as he leveled the plane out again, "We're almost there princess. Just keep holding into your husband's hand there," he antagonized, glancing into the mirror and making eye contact with Alice long enough to flash a grin.
You'd think a corporation that brought you to a planet and created small terraformed domes so that they could supply their space missions wouldn't be so greedy when they lose money when the economy crashes. Or that they actually cared about the settlers they had placed on the alien infested rock You'd hope it at least.
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for those in the domes across the planet of Kel Prime.
The corporation all but left, terminating their contract and ending their regular shipments of parts, ammunition and supplies forcing the residents who volunteered for the job to make ends meet by making deliveries which, since the only people to trade with was the corporation, very little negotiating power in prices which made them gouge the colonists which made it hard to keep up with the never ending need for things to protect themselves from the aliens.
Today was another trading day that made it to where Alice and Seth were just a little more frustrated with the amount they had to defend their newest home not sure it would make it through to harvest. It stressed them both out with the fact that they just found out she was pregnant as well.
"I swear the prices just get more expensive. It's like they want us to die."
It had been a long time since Violet and Red had seen their old friends Dave and Debra. It had been since Seth and Alice we're about 3 or 4 years old. So as they got to space she sought them out to find them and invite them over to dinner.
It was after their classes for the day that the family would come in and dinner would be nearly down. "We're having guests," Violet said to them.