BRRL Gen10 Chapter 5

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  • 1. The peace that rested on the Doran house the first night Rachel joinedthem was short-lived. Perhaps a better turn of phrase would be to say that the quiet was short-lived.
  • 2. Contractors had been arranged and work on the house addition was moving along at a frenetic pace.Alfred and Alistair moved upstairs and Rachel was given a colorful room across the hall from them. A third bathroom was also added.
  • 3. The boys old room had been converted to a nursery where Christopher and the new baby would be spending the majority of their time.
  • 4. That afternoon, the family gathered around a birthday cake to watch Rachelblow out her candles. Lily and John felt that with all she had been through it would be better if just the immediate family was there to celebrate.
  • 5. John had the honor of bringing her to the cake and after helping her blow out the candles, he gently placed her on the ground for her transition.
  • 6. After a quick admiration of the changes she had gone through, Rachel ran off to the dresser and mirror to finalize her childhood look.
  • 7. Feeling more like herself, she grabbed a piece of her birthday cake and took it inside to enjoy. She appreciated the attention her new family lavished on her, but it could be a bit overwhelming.
  • 8. Christopher s transition was celebrated the following day and had an added level of excitement when Lily suddenly put him down and clutched her belly.
  • 9. The rest of the family rushed to her side, but Christopher seemedunfazed, crawling back towards the cake to determine the best way to get a piece for himself.
  • 10. Unable to come up with a solution regarding the unreachable heightof the table, he crawled back to the rest of the family and welcomed the newest family member.
  • 11. Eugenia Doran. *Eugenia is named after Eugenia Phillips who was a spy for the Confederate States of America during the AmericanCivil War. Her husband, Philip Phillips originally sided with the North. Eugenia was very outspoken about the war and smuggled notes, maps and plans to leaders in the South. She was arrested and imprisoned although she was never convicted of treason.
  • 12. Day to day life in the house continued. Babies were fed.
  • 13. The garden was re-planted.
  • 14. Friendships were maintained.
  • 15. Skills were taught.
  • 16. Chores were done.
  • 17. And there was even time for play.
  • 18. Rachel was settling in and becoming a big part of the family. Everyone adored her.
  • 19. There were still times when she needed quiet, solitary time and she could usually find it in her room.
  • 20. Lily kept a close eye on her, just in case. She wasn t sure how much Rachelremembered of her past and she hesitated about sharing too much with her, notwanting to press the issue. If the time came when Rachel wanted to know more, she and John would share what they knew.
  • 21. Right now, there wasn t much causing her concern. Rachel looked and acted like a happy, well-adjusted child.
  • 22. Days blurred into one another until it was time for Christopher andEugenia s next birthday. This time there was no reason not to have a party, so all their friends were invited.
  • 23. John helped Christopher with his candles.
  • 24. While Lily helped Eugenia.
  • 25. Spins and twirls and sparkly jumps and Christopher was quite pleased with his new found stature.
  • 26. Eugenia did not fare quite as well, but was eager to greet the guests, so Lily put off taking her to the mirror and changing table.
  • 27. A good time was had by all, and some family members even got to sit down together and discuss the scrumptiousness of the cake.
  • 28. Some preferred a little quiet time to digest it.
  • 29. When it was time for Eugenia s makeover, Lily found her making fastfriends with Natalie Una. Natasha had recently married Talin Depiesse and Natalie had been born just before Eugenia.
  • 30. The guests had left, the makeover was done, and Lily gently put a very exhausted Eugenia to bed.
  • 31. Christopher was excited. It was his first day of school and he couldn t wait to get there. He wasn t sure what was going to happen, but he knew it was going to be amazing.
  • 32. Rachel, what s school like? he asked his big sister.
  • 33. It s okay, she shrugged. There s a lot of different things to do and tons of people to meet.
  • 34. Will you play with me if I don t make any friends? he asked her.
  • 35. Sure, she answered sagely. C mon. Let s get on the bus. If we sit in the back, it s really bouncy and fun.
  • 36. At the birthday party, Violet had pulled John aside and asked if she could meet with him and Lily to discuss a proposition.The kids had been sent off to school and Eugenia was playing quietly when Violet arrived.
  • 37. Violet! Lily welcomed her. It s so good to see you again. Would you like some grilled cheese or coffee? she asked as she led her to the dining room where John was already eating.
  • 38. What can we do for you? John asked.
  • 39. Violet pulled her grilled cheese sandwich closer and took a bite before replying. Well, I d like to talk to you about H.E.A.L., she began.
  • 40. You know the story of how it was formed, and I m sure you re familiar with the bigotry and persecution that has occurred over the past generations towards half-breeds, she continued, looking at Lily.
  • 41. We are a small group. Well, not so small, but we d like to grow ournumbers. We re constantly looking for people to join us who we think will bring additional skills to the group.
  • 42. John looked a little puzzled, wondering what Violet was going to ask of him. Lily was pretty sure she knew what Violet was going to say.
  • 43. Before either could voice their thoughts, Violet continued. I was so impressed when we were taking care of the Ricky issue, and I got to thinking that H.E.A.L. could really benefitfrom the ski