SOL: Generation Two – Chapter Twenty Two


Helplessly, Law had drifted closer to Chase. He hadn’t even noticed himself doing it, but that was no surprise. Chase had always drawn him in, like a moth to flame. In this instance, Law felt like he was the moth banging his head on the light, never learning its lesson.

He pressed his hand to his chest as if the phantom pain could be felt as a real wound. “I thought…” he trailed off, unable to speak around the ache of unshed tears and want in his throat.

Chase shuffled his feet. “That I was in America? I came back for the Summer early.” He scratched the back of his neck, ran his hand through hair that Law had always thought was an undeniably sexy haircut. “I, um, actually signed up for a semester abroad and was allowed to pick Glasgow. I was going to tell you, before…” He bit his lip.

“Before you dumped me?” Law supplied, unable to keep the acidity from his tone.

Again, Chase flinched. “Can we go upstairs to talk?”



Law had silently led the way into his room and sat with his back to his bed, hugging his knees close to his chest. He didn’t know what he wanted to say to Chase, though he wished they could rewind time. But things were different now. They couldn’t go back. Could they?

“I’m sorry,” Chase said glumly, settling down next to him. He played with the rings on his fingers and avoided Law’s eyes. “What I did was shitty. In… In the interest of honesty, Rhoan told me that you spoke to your dad. That’s… part of why I came here, but not all. He said that you’d fallen out.” Chase’s eyes were sad, an echo of the pain he had felt years ago – and was still feeling, in many ways. “I’m so, so sorry, Law. I wanted to believe that… my parents were the exception, not the rule.”

Law stared at his feet, picking apart a knot in his laces. There was a lump in his throat. He didn’t know what to say, so he said nothing at all.

In the silence, Chase bit his lip, casting his gaze about. He shook his head with a small, fond smile. “I’m always amazed at how little stuff you have. Hasn’t Eilidh tried to steal your shelves yet, since you’re not using them?”

Law relaxed a little, smirking. “She’s tried.”


Now that he’d spoken, Law found the words came as a flood. “I told dad to call me when he understood what I was telling him, and he still hasn’t. So that’s that, I guess,” he said bitterly.

Chase nudged him with his foot. “No, maybe not. But… I’m still sorry. I shouldn’t have pushed you like that. Just I…” He bit a hangnail on his thumb, mulling over his words for a moment. “I can’t hide anymore. It’s like my parents win, if I do. It’s dumb, I know… and I hate that I tossed away our relationship over them, of all people. But it’s still true.” He looked at Law, his expression conveying something that Law was too thrown to understand at that moment.

“Echo very perceptively told me that the reason I couldn’t tell dad was because… well, my mum already doesn’t want me. I didn’t want dad to feel the same.” He shrugged and continued in a small voice, “but that ship has sailed.”

“Even if he doesn’t, we all want you. You’re one of the most amazing people I know, and if they can’t see that, screw them.” Chase narrowed his eyes in defiance. “Succeed to spite them.”

“Is that really a good way to live?”

“It’s worked for me so far,” he shrugged.


“Law, I’m not just here because I care about you and I was worried,” Chase said, kneeling in front of Law. “I’m here because I’m a miserable excuse for a boyfriend and I missed you so much all I could think about was coming back here to sweep you off your feet.”

Law’s eyes filled and he furiously blinked the tears away. Barbed anger coated his words. “Conveniently, the issue of coming out to my dad is no longer that.”

Chase remained expressionless. No, not expressionless; expectant. “I know.”

“And you’re right, trying to make me come out to my dad by turning up out of the blue wasn’t right.”

“I know,” he said again, waiting. Law stared at him, framed as he was by the crumbling paint on the walls of the bedroom, chips of plaster leaving a white gash against the splash of colour. He wanted to stay angry, to wear it as an armour, because without his anger he had no shield. Without his anger everything hurt so much more, the pain brought into sharp focus.

Try as he might, he couldn’t. The anger fled before Chase’s patient presence, and Law deflated. “But I couldn’t help but think I’d lost you because I cared more about what my dad would think when he knew the real me than what you needed.”

“You haven’t lost me,” Chase whispered, closing the distance between them until Law couldn’t meet Chase’s gaze without going cross-eyed. “I’m here.”

And there was that expectant pause again, and Law realised this question was for him to answer.


“I know,” Law murmured, closing the distance between them and kissing Chase with the sort of desperate passion he’d only read about in old romantic novels. The past weeks he had been a lost piece of a puzzle, dreaming of Chase at every opportune moment and curling around the aching pain of loss in his chest. When Law had seen Chase after coming home that day, the first thing he wanted to do was to go to him, press every part of his body against Chase’s, feel him with every sense. Chase’s absence was all the more painful even if they were inches apart, and now Law could only think about how much he had yearned for Chase’s arms or even just his presence for all of those hours without him.

Chase met Law’s fervour with his own enthusiasm, drawing groans from Law as easily as ever, encircling him with those strong arms and pulling him tight. Law didn’t know if it was this movement that had pulled him onto Chase’s lap, or if somewhere in the madness he had climbed up himself, but he could only enjoy the new development.

“I’ve missed you,” Chase breathed, between kisses. “I’ve missed you so fucking much, Law. I’m sorry.” He moved his attention to Law’s neck, that sweet spot Chase had first discovered years ago, nipping at the skin. “I love you, Law. I swear I’ll make up for my shitty actions.”

Law shook his head. It was hard to focus with Chase’s lips and tongue against his sensitive skin, but somehow he managed. “You don’t need to,” he promised around a groan. “Just keep doing that and I’ll call it even.”

Chucking, Chase plunged his hands lower to make a point. “Just this?” he asked innocently, and Law huffed out a breath and answered with another pleading moan.



Echo knocked cautiously and stepped into the laboratory, finding Lukas away from his desk and instead hanging a large sign against the otherwise blank sea-foam green wall. He looked surprised to see her, but pleasantly so, and placed down a nail with care on the counter before beckoning her inside. Echo was aware that this was Law’s domain and not hers, so she stepped in tentatively.

Lukas leaned against the counter. “What can I do for you, Echo?” he asked.

“Well,” Echo said, feeling herself blush. “Law is, ah, predisposed and can’t come to check up on you today. He sent me with some questions to ask, and some data to get.” She indicated the notebook in her hand with an awkward smile. “If that’s alright?”

“Of course,” he said, a troubled look tugging the corners of his lips down. “Is he well?”

Echo thought of the brilliant beaming grin he had given them all that morning, before retreating back to bed, and laughed joyously. “Oh, very. He and his partner made up.”

“Ah.” The scientist tucked his hands in his pockets and gave a thoughtful hum. “That must have been why he’s been so down lately.”

There was a lull in conversation and Echo remembered her notebook too late to avoid the slightly prolonged silence. “Oh, shall we do this here?”

“You should be wearing a lab coat,” Lukas pointed out, nodding his head towards the new and glossy sign. Echo wondered if there was a hint of a teasing smile or if she was imagining it.

“So should you.”

“Touché,” he grinned.


“How are you feeling?”

Lukas considered this, tapping his fingers against the counter and staring off into the half-distance. “Human,” he said, with another fleeting but genuine smile. “I’d forgotten… a lot. For one, Scotland is an awful lot colder than I remember it being.” At that, Echo gave an astonished laugh. She couldn’t disagree. “And food… tastes spectacularly.”

“You didn’t eat before?” Echo asked, raising her eyebrows.

“No, I did on occasion. To blend in, if I had to. Mostly red meat, if I’m honest. My appetite was vampiric; human food generally wasn’t appealing. But…” Lukas gave a groan that was not at all work appropriate. “I had paella yesterday. Not a scratch on my mother’s cooking as I remember it, but…” He smacked his lips and then, as if realising he had been carried away, coughed awkwardly. “Let’s go to the staff room, shall we? I can give you the answers you need for Law.”


“Law was mostly interested in the readings we’d taken the other day. Any changes outside the normal human ranges?”

“No,” Lukas said, shaking his head. “Heart rate, blood pressure, blood count, all ideal. He’ll be relieved to know that I appear to be making red blood cells, and that the virus count has remained at nil, or at least undetectable if we’re not being optimistic.”

Echo observed him out of the corner of her eye. He looked lighter in his step and was certainly  smiling more. She couldn’t imagine the sort of weight that had been removed from his shoulders. What she did wonder, was how much of the pre-vampire Lukas remained? So many years had passed in fear – how easy was it to recover oneself after that?

“I think he was interested in your energy levels, too. And any other anecdotal evidence you’d like to pass on.”

“I’m certainly a lot more tired,” Lukas admitted. “What remains to be seen if that is the normal level of alertness for humans or something more. But I’ve been living as a human for the past four days, and certainly nothing is causing me alarm.” He patted Echo’s arm. “Tell Law to stop worrying. He deserves to enjoy his time with his partner.”


Echo led Lukas to the sofa and sat down, folder her hands underneath her skirt. She saw the lemsip sachets by the coffee machine and smiled. “You won’t be so happy to be human when you catch a cold from colleagues.”

“Or students,” Lukas groaned, thinking of the notorious fresher’s flu that went around every year, a dreaded beast that was the topic of conversation for both the week prior to and post patient zero generously gifting their germs to all who would take them. “A small price to pay, however.”

“And tell me, what have you been spending your newfound freedom on?” she asked, too late wondering if it was an invasive question to ask a man practically a stranger.

Lukas folded his hands together. “Not much,” he admitted. “I find that now I’m truly trying to interact with the world, it’s rather… overwhelmingly different than I realised. I confess that I’ve been spending my evenings eating. I’m probably going to gain weight,” he said, laughing gently.

Echo fixed him with a thoughtful look. “Do you like to dance?” she asked, out of the blue.

Lukas smiled ruefully. “I like the idea of it, but I’ve never done anything more than be swung about by my mother in the kitchen to the radio. Why?”

“Some of my theatre group go to a dance evening once a week,” she answered, ignoring the misting of his eyes for his sake. “I’ve done it a few times, and it’s fun. You’re welcome to join me and see if it’s something you enjoy.”

Lukas looked at the girl he was beginning to learn was the kind of mystery the likes of which he’d never solve. “Why?” he asked.


Echo was puzzled by the question, or at least that’s how she appeared to Lukas. “Why not?” she returned. “It’ll be fun.”

Lukas opened his mouth but quickly became aware that he had no idea what he was about to say, and rapidly closed it again. His hands tightened together on his lap, as they so often did when he was nervous, but there was no hint of malice within Law, and even less within Echo. He trusted them both, even if he had survived for so long by refusing to do so with others. Part of being human was taking risks and enjoying yourself; Lukas had learned that from listening in to his students’ scandalous conversations if nothing else.

“Okay,” he said, surprising them both. “I would love to join you.”

Echo gave him her Disney princess smile and wrote the address and time down for him in neat cursive, passing him the scrap of paper which would sit in his pocket and smell deliciously of patchouli for days.



“Come on, genius, you’re so close!” Chase hissed, watching the screen with rapt attention. Law nodded absently, fingers furiously tapping on buttons as he curved his entire body each time his character took a corner in their game.

“Okay, we don’t need a replay of your intimate dialogue,” Rhoan quipped. “We’ve heard enough as it is!”

“Don’t listen to him,” Chase recommended. “He’s just trying to distract us.”

“Uh-huh,” Law mumbled, eyes darting about the screen.

“Chase doesn’t need any help to distract you, Law. I’m surprised you’ve even surfaced from your bedroom at all,” Rhoan grinned, referencing the fact that Law had hardly been seen since Chase had returned last week, although rather embarrassingly, he had been heard. Chase simply smiled like a satisfied cat who had eaten triple its usual servings of food.

“BOOYAH!” Chase crowed as Law launched a green shell behind him, which hit Eilidh who had been gaining on him.

Rhoan groaned and slapped his face in horror. “NOOOO!”


“Calm down, babe,” Eilidh said, expertly drafting around a corner. “Ya girl’s got this.” Punctuating this, she launched off three red shells in quick succession and succeeded in hitting Law with two of them, smoothly overtaking him just before the finish line. “See it and weep, loser! Luigi number one!”

“Bugger,” Chase groaned, as Law finished fourth. “I hate you all. I’m cancelling my semester abroad.”

“You still have to put up with us for summer,” Rhoan pointed out, reaching out to ruffle Eilidh’s hair in congratulations.

“And we still have to put up with Law waking us up in the morning,” Eilidh teased, glancing over to see Law’s face go flame red.

“What can I say, it’s hard not to be loud when you’re faced with this,” Chase said, jerking his thumb to his chest.

Law groaned and hid his face in his hands. “I’m leaving this lewd conversation,” he stated, standing up, only to be weighed down with Chase wrapping his arms around his shoulders.


Rhoan jumped on them too, hugging them both, and it was hard to distinguish which of them was laughing the loudest.

“I love my boys being back in town,” Rhoan said, rocking them both side to side obnoxiously.

Eilidh gave a groan. “You know that ridiculous song but not films like Parent Trap?”

Guess who just got back today! Them wild-eyed boys that had been away,” Rhoan started in reply. Chase, who was unable not to join in with a classic song when he heard it, began to shout along with their friend.

Haven’t changed that much to say, but man, I still think them cats are crazy!

“No,” Law groaned, fighting to get away. In response, Chase pulled him tighter against him.

You know that chick that used to dance a lot? Every night she’d be on the floor, shakin’ what she got,” Rhoan sang, skipping a verse. Chase picked it up a second later and they looked to Eilidh who played along, dancing around the room. “When I say she was cool she was red hot, I mean, she was steamin’!”

Law finally gave in and laughed with his friends, letting them sway him around the room. His heart soared as he looked at his family, only missing his sister, who was dancing in her own way downtown.


 


“You came!” Echo said, lighting up as Lukas stepped into the room.

“I did,” he said, smoothing down his shirt. “And I admit to feeling somewhat under-dressed.”

“Oh, nonsense,” she said cheerfully. “I don’t often get a chance to wear something like this. I either get it covered in soil or it’s too cold.”

“You’re not wrong,” Lukas muttered, peering out of the high and somewhat grimy window where rain streamed down. “Regardless, you look beautiful.” He cleared his throat awkwardly. “I’m sorry, I have no idea if that’s appropriate to say in this day and age.”

Echo laughed. “I appreciate the compliment. Have you ever seen grease?”

“Actually, I have,” Lukas said. “In the cinema, no less.”

“Brave of you,” Echo commented, trying not to sound like she was teasing him.

“I was dragged there,” he replied. “Is this your way of telling me that we’re doing a dance from the musical?”

“Oh, but of course,” she said playfully, offering out her hand. “Liana will tell us what to do in just a moment.”


“Well,” Lukas said, taking her hand in his. He looked at it for a moment and Echo realised it was probably the first time he’d held someone’s hand since he’d turned human. He bowed his head solemnly. “I shall do my very best to keep up.”

Echo giggled and squeezed his hand. “Has anyone ever told you that you can be quite charming?”

“Only the viruses I spend most my time with,” he replied, though Echo thought she noticed some blood in his cheeks.

Liana chose that moment to signal for the group to watch her. Behind her the TV flickered to life and one of the dances began to play in the background. “It’s a lot easier than it looks when you take it step by step,” she promised, looking at the faces staring dubiously up at the screen. Lukas sneaked a glance at Echo, who was alive with joy, beaming with excitement and happiness, someone who had utterly perfected the art of being content and in the moment of life. He could learn a thing or two from her, he knew, and suspected she knew it too.

So began their hour of dancing, following Liana step by step, every so often putting the rest of the dance together like pieces of a puzzle. Echo’s delighted laughter warmed the room, especially when one of them transposed a move from later on in the dance, or forgot what was next. Lukas found himself utterly fixated on their goal, intensely satisfied each time they succeeded in getting a section right, and towards the end of the hour Liana set them loose to perform one final time, completing the whole dance with a few minutes to spare.


They came together in the final move and the music trailed off, replaced by the heavy breaths of the dancers. Echo felt the fast beating of Lukas’ heart beneath her palms and grinned up at him, hoping he had enjoyed the evening as much as she had. Their eyes met for a moment and the world slowed – not because of any particular romantic notion, but because Lukas’ eyes were both joyful and shining with tears.

“Thank you,” he said to Echo, dropping his hand away from her waist. She smiled and stepped back a little, giving them both room to breathe. “I… I don’t think I knew how much I needed a night like this until you gave it to me.”

Echo curled her hair back behind her ears where strands had come out of her plait during their intensive dancing. “Well, there are plenty more where they came from, if you’d like. I love my flat, but they’re uncultured swines,” she said, dropping a wink and a laugh. “No one ever wants to accompany me to things like this.”

“I would be honoured to,” Lukas said, noticing for the first time that the other dancers had already vacated the room. Liana packed up the last of her equipment and blessed Echo with a knowing smile before stepping out of the room also, leaving the two of them to their moment.


Echo drifted over to the piano for lack of anything better to do with her hands, and because she wasn’t quite yet ready to go. Lukas had surprised her, both in turning up to dance and giving such energy to it. Her fingers smoothed over the keys as she considered her own feelings, realising very quickly that perhaps it hadn’t only been Lukas that had been lonely when she had invited him to dance with her, despite a father’s advice to a seven year old.

She played a piece that he had taught her, smiling at the many memories of watching Fox’s peaceful expression as he played his soul into the piano at home, the notes soothing her while she dug into soil and weeded her plants.

“You play wonderfully,” Lukas said, leaning against the wall.

“My dad taught me. He’s taught me a lot, over the years,” she smiled, finishing the last note and leaving it hanging between them. She flicked her gaze up to see Lukas watching her hands thoughtfully. “You can choose next,” Echo said, too casually for the sudden thundering of her heart. “What is something you’d like to do?”

Lukas opened his mouth and then, as the tips of his ears turned pink, he snapped his mouth closed. Echo gave him a look which told him he wouldn’t get away with staying silent, so with a sigh he admitted what he’d first thought.

“I’ve always wanted to go to a fish and chips shop.”

Echo blinked at him. “A what?” she squeaked around her laughter, quickly pressing her hand to her mouth so as not to embarrass him.

“It’s so quintessentially British!” he protested. “By the time I arrived in this county, I was already a vampire. I thought it would be a waste.”

“Well,” Echo said, giggling, “far be it for me to stand between a man and his dreams.”



Back home, Law put away some of Echo’s pencils that he’d borrowed as his phone buzzed incessantly in his pocket. In the dying light of the sun, he slipped it from his pocket to see a text from Echo to state that she would be home shortly, and an incoming call.

Law stared down at the phone. He’d thought about this moment for many weeks, but nothing prepared him for actually seeing his father’s ID on the screen.

He sucked in a breath and, with trembling fingers, accepted the call and brought it to his ear.

“Dad?”

28 thoughts on “SOL: Generation Two – Chapter Twenty Two”

  1. Aaaaaah, yaaay! I’d missed this story ❤ yay for Law and Chase being together again and being inappropriately happy about it. Oh, and Echo and Lukas hanging out – that surprised me, though he's turned out to be quite adorable as a human 🙂 I'm tentatively shipping it a little bit. They're cute. The thing about a vampire not finding normal food unappealing puts me in mind of A Discovery of Witches (listening to the audiobook right now) – I mean, it has some emphasis on biology and there are vampires, so I can't help but think of your story while reading (uh, I mean listening to) it!
    And then of course, you throw that cliffhanger at us in the end there. Damn, Carys, you can't do this to us. You absolutely must post the next one posthaste! No? Okay then 😛 I'll just wait nicely. I'm just pretty excited to see how Kane reacts… even if he's a dumb-dumb at times, I had a feeling he wouldn't completely abandon his son. And I don't think his lovely wife would let him 🙂
    More, more, more please 🙂

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    1. Haha, they need to find their own flat where they can’t wake anyone up! Sucks for Eilidh and Rhoan who have their bedroom underneath them 😛
      I feel like my friend is also reading that book. But thank you! Yeah I thought if the virus was changing the body that much, it would also change the appetite!
      Heh, well, I have to keep the excitement up! You (only D:) have to wait two weeks. I’d post it sooner but I want the blog to be active while I’m away.
      Kane is a dumb-dumb, you are so right. My poor idiot son. Haha, Jasmine would definitely give him a piece of her mind.
      Thanks for commenting ❤

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  2. Sorry, I got distracted and had to come back to finish the chapter several hours later.
    Law and Chase are adorable together and normally I’d advice anyone not to try to make up with their exes, but damn, they’re special. And I’m glad they’re so happy. It was sweet to see Law having so much fun with his friends! I’m glad he’s no longer in the state Chase breaking up with him put him in.
    Wow, I didn’t expect that I’d ship Lukas and Echo, but I still do. It’s clear that they’d make a very cute couple. Now for the fish and chips… He doesn’t ask for much, does he? Echo will slowly start to reintroduce him to the world after many years of kind of ‘being out of it’.
    Kane? He must be missing Law like crazy! Hopefully, they can eventually make up and Law will be able to introduce him to Chase.

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    1. Oh don’t apologise, I totally understand! Though with me it’s that I usually get distracted from WP for a week and end up behind. But I only commented on your recent chapter, like, a day late or so?! I’m getting better!
      They are special! I think it depends on the situation. If one of them had cheated or something, I’d agree with you. But this time it was just an issue they couldn’t see eye to eye on. Oh, and you mean ‘advise’ here, rather than advice. English is so bloody complicated, huh? :’)
      Aw, that’s good! I think they’re quite sweet together. And I’m not even going to lie that they’re not end game. I’ve rushed it a little bit, though, since there’s only a chapter left, but hopefully I’ve got it right *crosses fingers*.
      Oh he absolutely is. But he’s trying hard not to mess it up this time!
      Thanks for reading ❤

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      1. You are getting better! I didn’t even expect you that soon!
        Oh, sorry, you see, I make silly typos and more of them because of Ron. I swear I’ll be illiterate in English because of this gen, lol. It’s not that I don’t know, it’s more just me not paying enough attention. Totally not what Bee calls ‘translation issues’, that’s not it. Oh, and I wrote this comment at 11 pm just before going to bed because I wanted to catch up and comment as quickly as I could. There’s no excuse, I know, I know :’)
        Do British people use ‘bloody’ so often as I hear it mentioned in jokes and sentences about them? There’s even a documentary about Polish pilots in England called ‘Bloody Foreigners’!
        I am rooting for Echo and Lukas! ♥

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  3. I was just about to say that Kane needs to get his head out of his rear and talk to his son. He better not screw this up.
    I’m so glad Law and Chase have made up. They belong together.
    As, seemingly do Echo and Lukas.
    Also, the boys are back in town, the boys are back in town 🎶🎶🎶

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  4. This chapter was so lovely!! ❤ ❤ AH, I knew that Chase could not stay away from Law for much longer! ^_^ And Law trying to stay mad… that's not gonna work dude and you know it! 😉
    And Rhoan… thanks for making it awkward for everyone, lmaooo! What are the boys gonna do? They have stayed apart for too long, man!
    Kane made a comeback! O.o I really hope it's for nothing less than tell Law he accepts and loves him exactly the way he is.
    I was so surprised to see those feeling blossoming between Echo and Lukas. I would have never guessed it for a million years – but they are truly sweet together. And you know what, it makes sense! Lukas is always so serious, he could undoubtedly benefit from a relationship with adorable, bubbly Echo ❤ But since you have prepared us for something more sinister to come, I can't help but cheer for them and at the same time dread what's going to happen! For the time being though, I will enjoy those bits of them together, they are my new ship! ❤

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    1. I mean these two are end game so they couldn’t stay apart for long.
      That’s Rhoan’s MO. Especially if it helps his team win a game!
      You will soon find out!
      I’m sooo happy for that. I sort of had a panic at the last minute relationship, haha. But the final chapter of the gen is on sunday so see what you think!
      Thanks for commenting ❤

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  5. Law and Chase are back together! Yes!!! I will admit I was heartbroken when they split up, so this was a wonderful turn of events. ❤ I really love Rhoan; he makes me laugh and is goofy… kind of like me. 😛 My biggest hope is that Kane will accept Law the way he is and they can be a family again.

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  6. I’m glad Law and Chase talked it out! Maybe they are both getting more mature. ☺

    I was wondering if Echo and Lucas’ relationship would turn romantic. They could be a really sweet couple! Also, food is definitely one of the best parts of being human. 😛

    Echo’s more formal outfit is so cute! I can’t get enough of her look. ♥

    I sure hope Jasmine explained a few things to you, Kane. I have hope for him, lol.

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  7. Carys, you got me laughing during a serious situation. THE FUCKING MOTH MEME. The beginning of the chapter was me just thinking of and cracking up at that damn moth and that lamp.
    Anyway… ABOUT TIME. YESSSSSS. MY BABIES ARE BACK TOGETHER! Chase and Law having that genuine, emotional heart-to-heart was just 😭
    “Succeed to spite” wow… Chase LITERALLY just called me out.
    Oh, Rhoan, you and your hilariously inappropriate comments. He and Eilidh have such chaotic energy. Which of course is always the best to read!
    Time for my chapterly Echo-is-pretty comment! She indeed looks beautiful, I agree Lukas *wink wink* That style looks great on her. You know what she would look even prettier in? A wedding dress! *winks even more* These two are just too adorable, with Lukas and his quaint, earnest charm, plus Echo’s joyful heart. I didn’t realise until Echo herself realised that she is kind of set apart from the rest of the raucous group. To me, it feels like she has an old soul, just like Lukas 😀
    I can’t blame Lukas for his dream of visiting a fish and chips shop. That’s one of my fave foods — probably one of New Zealand’s most loved dishes, which of course came from Britain. I’ve actually been going around my city to find the best fish and chips, hehe. So simple yet delicious ❤
    Again, about time! I'm crossing my fingers that Kane calling is the beginning of a healing father-son relationship. They've been clashing for such a long time.
    Awesome chapter!

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    1. Okay first of all I didn’t even THINK about the moth meme. I also assume you’re talking about the mothman, which is the only moth meme I know, which is even more hilarious. I actually only came across the mothman very recently and wow. just wow.
      Succeed to spite is a good way to live if that’s the best option available to you. some people just work that way, me included!
      Lmao you’re so right, they’re both just chaotic beings.
      Haha she WOULD look gorgeous in a wedding dress *winks with both eyes* And you know what, you’re so right. She does have an old soul, and though she loves the goofy flatmates, she doesn’t really fully join in with them, or at least not for long periods of time!
      I don’t remember what fish tastes like, but chip shop chips are heaven on earth. The only time I ever want vinegar on my food. And chip BUTTYS! UGH. Also I love that it’s so popular in NZ, since typically british food is hated throughout the world for being stodgy and flavourless (these people have clearly never had a good crumble or roast, but whatevs).
      Thank you for your comment ❤

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      1. Omg that’s not the one I was thinking of, I’ll tag you in a tumblr post to show you, but HAHAHA MOTHMAN 😂 I learned about it from a Buzzfeed Unsolved video!
        Chip buttys are sandwiches with chips in them right? Yummmmm. I think British food is sort of the base for New Zealand ‘local’ food because it was colonised by the English, like the Sunday roast. These days it’s very very multicultural. I have heard of that reputation, but British food looks delicious to me if it’s been made well! I’ve always loved the food descriptions in the HP books. American food has a worse reputation… 🤮

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      2. Oh my God, that is amazing. Hahahah no wonder you were laughing :’)
        Yeah me too!! That and a Monster of the Week podcast I listen to, but I don’t think that version is very accurate somehow 😛
        Yes! Rolls with a slab of butter and chiiiiips.
        Yeah American food is pretty disgusting imo haha. Their cheese is so disappointing! I’m so happy we have such a range in the UK!

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      3. Popping in with my two cents:
        American food has the worst reputation because nothing is authentic. Most of the “good food” is ripped off of another country (like Chinese food, Indian food, and Italian food as a few examples).
        On the other hand, we have perfected the art of barbecue. (and I am so not talking about McDonalds).

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      4. Oh, I’m sure there’s great dishes/food inventions/restaurants America has to offer! The reputation I’ve heard most is though is that the food in general is very sugary/fatty/artificial/unhealthy. I’d like to visit America one day but the food reputation is worrying, especially because I’m Japanese with high quality standards haha.

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      5. Yes, you are right. American food (at least fast food) is all of the above. But there are a few places that are healthier, which also means that they are way more expensive.
        Things are getting better though.

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      6. Totally, it’s kinda the same in New Zealand. Our country is very fertile and surrounded by water, with a small population, so the food quality is capable of being very high. But healthy is expensive so it has the ?third? highest rate of obesity in the developed world 😬

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      7. What surprised me most about America and their relationship with food is food deserts. In the UK we have a tonne of food ‘corner’ shops but even then you’re never far from somewhere that does a good range and offers fresh food, and yet that’s just not a thing in some places in America. And the lack of cheese variations XD
        I’m surprised to learn that about NZ though!

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  8. All caught up!! YAY!!
    I am so very happy to see Law & Chase back together. They made such a cute couple, and really brought out the best in each other. It is a good thing that Kane finally decided to call, but I hope the entire conversation will go well. I really want them to be a close family again like they were before.
    Finally, I am seeing some serious sparks between Echo & Lukas. I can’t wait to see where this new relationship goes!! ❤ ❤

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  9. Awww, they have a really strong bond to make up after their fight!

    I wonder if Lukas will ever miss being a vampire, I guess I always think vampires are pretty cool lol, but Echo and Lukas are pretty cute. She can introduce him to his humanity again.

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