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Hey everyone!

I was working on setting up my master site yesterday and that meant also pulling over all of my Eternally Yours and Twice Upon a Time posts.  In the process of doing so, I forgot to uncheck the box that pulls over followers.  If you ended up getting 230+ emails from me yesterday, I am so sorry!  I haven’t gotten any complaints yet so maybe it didn’t resend all the chapters but I am terribly sorry if it did.

Best,
SweetPoyzin

Versatile Blogger Award

Another lovely award nomination from Kate!

Holy cow!  You all are amazing!  I was nominated for yet another award and I am super grateful!  Thank you again to Kate at the Loewe Legacy for another shout-out!

RULES FOR THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share the Award on your blog.
  • Share seven random facts about yourself.
  • Tag 10 bloggers with less than 1000 followers and let them know they have been nominated.

SEVEN RANDOM FACTS ABOUT MYSELF

  1. I am a certified veterinary nurse.
  2. My favorite holiday is Halloween into Christmas.  (Let’s be honest, it’s all one big happy holiday.)
  3. I love NFL football.  A lot.  Like, I’d watch every game if I could.  It’s a good thing we don’t have cable.
  4. I am almost blind!  I have a super strong prescription for glasses and if I ever lost them I’d be screwed.
  5. I don’t like writing.  I really don’t.  But I can’t stop.  I’ve been writing since I was a kid and I can’t turn it off.
  6. I met my husband online.
  7. I tweet about museums and antiquities looting a lot on my personal twitter.

MY NOMINATIONS

I am so late to the game on this one and I know so many people did it around the time I did.  Feel free to nominate yourself.  I just don’t want to make extra work for folks!

Introducing: Violet Friend

Learn all about our new leading lady!

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Full Name: Violet Grace Friend
Gender and Sexuality: Female, Unknown
Ethnicity/Species: White, Witch
Birthplace and Birthdate: Hidden Springs, September 8
Guilty Pleasures: Political drama
Phobias: Being disliked
What They Would Be Famous For: Only time will tell
What They Would Get Arrested For: Doing something really stupid
OC You Ship Them With: Dunno yet
OC Most Likely To Murder Them: A lot of people (stay tuned)
Favorite Movie/Book Genre: Biography
Least Favorite Movie/Book Cliche: Women are weak
Talents and/or Powers: Charisma
Why Someone Might Love Them: She’s bold
Why Someone Might Hate Them: She’s a woman
How They Change: We’ll see!
Why You Love Them: She’s gonna be a fun one!

Generation 5 Prologue

Generation 5 starts now!

After Mom shot down my plan to be heir, Nana and I decided to come up with our own plans.

“Your biggest issue, Violet, is that you aren’t a witch.”

“Why is that an issue, Nana?  I’m more than willing to take on this role!”

“It’s part of the ‘rules,’ dear.  All heirs must be female and they must be a witch.”

“Well then nobody gets to be heir, Nana!  What was the point of this whole conversation!?”

“Hold your horses, dear.  Lucian wasn’t always a witch, was he?”

I gasped.  

“The spellbook!  Where is it, Nana?”

“There’s a box in your mother’s closet.  All the ingredients and the spell recipe are in there.  If you need help, you know where to find me.  But you must make the potion on your own.  If you want this as badly as you say you do, then you must do it yourself.”

It was a few months before I felt ready to tackle a large alchemy spell.  I’d been dabbling in the cellar for awhile but never very seriously or anything more than a skill potion.  After some bigger successes, I decided it was time to move.  I was only a month away from my 18th birthday and time was running out.

Every day when Mom left for Snickerdoodles, I ran to the closet to memorize more of the spell.

It was a doozy.  Longer and more complex than any spell potion I’d ever created.  And I’d only have one chance to get it right.

It was another week before I felt confident enough to head down to the cellar with my ingredients.  I waited until I was sure everyone was sleeping and then I turned into my toy form for the last time and crept out of the house and down to the cellar.

It would take me a few hours to complete the potion and then use it.  I had only just started my work when I heard the shed door open.

I turned around ready to fight.  But there was no need.

“How did you even know I was down here?  And you aren’t changing my mind so don’t even try!”

“Well, when I heard your bedroom door open I didn’t think much of it.  But then the patio door opened and when I looked outside the shed door opened all by itself.  Since I only know one person who can turn invisible and people only want to be invisible when trouble is brewing, I figured I needed in on the action.”

“Ugh.  Fine.  Just sit down and don’t get in the way.”

“What are you doing anyway, Violet?”

“I’m making a witch potion.  To turn me.  So I can be heir.  And can you stop levitating Nana’s egg lamp?  If you break it, we’re both dead.  Seriously.  She won’t even do you the service of killing you where you stand.  She’ll just stare at you with those disappointed eyes until you’re soul dies.”

“That’s a bit of an exaggeration don’t you think?  Jeez, just chill.”

“I’ll chill when this potion is complete, okay?  Fuck!  Someone’s coming!  Shut up!”

“Hey what are you guys doing?!”

“Nothing!  Just sit down and shut up.”

“She’s making a witch’s potion, Red.  She wants to be heir or something.”

I gritted my teeth in frustration.  This was hard enough without their chattering.  “Can you guys please just be quiet?”

“Fine.  But I want a potion, too.”

“I don’t even know if I can make one, let alone two, Bee.  And why do you even need one?  It’s not like you want to be heir.”

“No, but I want to fit in more.”

“You have translucent skin, blue hair, and wings.  Fitting in isn’t really for you.”  Ok, so that was a little mean but she was really getting on my nerves.

“A tanning bed and hair dye will take care of some of my issues but the wings are a little obvious don’t you think, Vi?  Being a witch gets rid of that problem.”

“Touche.  If I can manage to make two potion you can have one but you have to let me work!”

“I want a potion, too!”  Now it was Hadley’s turn to be obnoxious.  Awesome.

“No, Red, absolutely not!”

“WHY!?  I don’t want to be the only not-witch in the family!  Let me have one, Bee!  Vi, can I have one?”

I sighed.  Apparently working in peace isn’t a real thing.  “No, Hadley, Bee’s right.  You’re too little to make that decision.”

“I’m a whole decade old, you guys!  I’m big enough!”  Hadley suddenly went quiet.  “I’ll tell if you don’t give me one.”

“Ok ok ok.  On the off chance that I can make three, you can have one.  But you guys have to be quiet.  Now.  This is the hard part and if I don’t get it right nobody gets to be a witch.”

That got their attention.  They both jumped up and crowded around the cauldron as I dropped in the last few ingredients.  It had to be perfectly timed and perfectly measured.  I didn’t know what would happen if I missed up but I was hoping it was nothing fatal.

“Ok.  It’s done.  Let’s fill theses bottles and see what we get.”  I was able to make two full morphing potions.  “Sorry, Hadley.  Looks like it’s just Bee and I who get to change.”

“No worries, Vi.  I didn’t really want to be killed by your stupid potions anyway.  You probably messed it up so I’m glad I don’t get one.”  She pouted a bit more but I had more important issues to deal with — like not dying if I messed up the spell.

“Bee, you go first.”

“WHAT!?  Fine.  But if you kill me I’m totally coming back from the grave and I will haunt you for-ev-er.”

“I’m not watching this mess.  Tell me when it’s over!”

“Ready, Bee?”  I reeled back my arm and prepared to lob the potion.  “One…Two…THREE!”

A crazy green hazy filled the cellar but we were still alive.  Bee held out her left hand and with a simple flick of her right hand, she pulled an apple out of the air.

“YOU DID IT, VI!  You did it!”

“Holy shit!  I did!”  I was a little baffled that it worked.

“Ok, now you’re turn!  Ready, Vi?”

“I’m still not watching — just in case!”

“Nope!  But go ahead!”  I really wasn’t ready.  I wasn’t entirely sure that I wanted to lead this family into a new era.  It was important to Nana that someone carry things on but maybe Mom was right.

“One.  Two.  THREE!”  Bee lobbed the potion at my feet and my body started to buzz with some kind of electric power!  I raised my hand and pulled an apple out of the air.  I was a witch.

Too late to change my mind now, I guess.

All About Dani

Featuring: Dani Orfeo

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Full Name: Danielle Jayne McNamara
Gender and Sexuality: Female, Straight
Ethnicity/Species: White, Witch
Birthplace and Birthdate: Meadow Glen, June 23
Guilty Pleasures: Marshmellows
Phobias: Mice
What They Would Be Famous For: Pediatric Neurosurgery
What They Would Get Arrested For: Nothing
OC You Ship Them With: Lucian!
OC Most Likely To Murder Them: Probably Penny (Penny would murder so many people).
Favorite Movie/Book Genre: Documentary
Least Favorite Movie/Book Cliche: Vampires are mean and/or sparkly
Talents and/or Powers: Level 10 witch
Why Someone Might Love Them: She’s super sweet
Why Someone Might Hate Them: She refuses to pick an heir
How They Change: She becomes stronger and more confident
Why You Love Them: Honestly, I don’t really like her.  She never really spoke to me like the others did.  Round hole, square peg with this one.

All About Penny

Featuring: Penny McNamara

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Full Name: Penelope Lynette (Hanks) Sutton Pagano McNamara
Gender and Sexuality: Female, Straight
Ethnicity/Species: Purple, Witch
Birthplace and Birthdate: Moonlight Falls, July 9
Guilty Pleasures: Sarcasm
Phobias: Someone close to her dying
What They Would Be Famous For: Horse training
What They Would Get Arrested For: Something that involves being drunk
OC You Ship Them With: Peter ❤
OC Most Likely To Murder Them: Mollie.  Olivia.  Dani.  There are a lot of answers here.
Favorite Movie/Book Genre: Action!
Least Favorite Movie/Book Cliche: Damsel in distress
Talents and/or Powers: Awesome under any circumstance
Why Someone Might Love Them: Her loyalty
Why Someone Might Hate Them: She’ll fuck you up if you cross her
How They Change: She becomes harder as she ages
Why You Love Them: Penny is basically me alter-ego.  So much of myself is in her spirit.  She’s me in purple witch form.

Memory Lane Challenge!

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Sorry this is so belated.  The images I wanted to showcase got lost to the horrible Photobucket troll so I had to abandon this for a bit.  But thanks to the awesome Chrome extension, I can now bring you my favorite memories!

Many thanks to Miss Bee over at Stories by Bee.  Also if you haven’t checked out her poses, you need to do that now.  Go ahead…I’ll wait.

Also thanks to Kate who writes the Loewe Legacy for another nomination.  I’m using her AMAZING badge for my awards page and as the featured image on this post.


Congratulations!  You have been nominated for the Memory Lane Challenge Award, a totally legit award-Get a gold star, and stick it on your forehead like a boss!

RULES

  • Share FIVE of your favorite moments from your legacy/challenge/story so far.
  • Nominate 3-5 blogs to do the same.

Oh my goodness.  This challenge was DIFFICULT!  I’m glad I got nominated twice because I needed the extra memories (even that still wasn’t enough).  After nearly five years with this family I have so many memories, some good, some not so good, but they are all important.  As we are nearing our Generation 5 heiress reveal, this challenge couldn’t have come at a better time  So, without further ado, here we go!


Memory #1

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Introducing Lydia to the world is one of my favorites.  I was going through a bit of a rough patch with my broken wrist and I had no idea of the rough year that was ahead of me.  You guys kept me sane and cheered me on throughout my struggles and here we are four-and-a-half years later.  I didn’t know that I’d still be writing this story and I didn’t anticipate becoming friends with so many readers.  Thank you all for that.

Memory #2

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When Adam joined Generation 2 I had no idea what a large role he would play.  He was Penny’s rock for a long time.  This picture is one of my favorites since Garrett and Adam will always be my favorite Eternally Yours men.

Memory #3

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Speaking of favorite men, we cannot forget Penny and Peter’s wedding.  Good Lord I loved that man (and I know so many of you did, too)!  Peter was perfect for Penny after all her struggles and I was terribly sad to see him go after that awful hard drive crash.  I was so excited to bring him back in Generation 4 even if he and Penny did not get their happily ever after.  It was just nice to see him again and to know that he was well after all these years.

Memory #4

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Owen and Aiden brought a new beginning to the legacy after all of Penny’s struggles and losses.  Born in the wee hours of Christmas Eve, they were a special gift for two of my favorite legacy leads.  Even though they aren’t in the story as much as they used to be, they will always hold a special place in my heart!

Memory #5

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Since we are on the topic of births, who didn’t love when Garrett showed up at Ridge Hall to help Dani through the birth of her daughter?  I pretty much love all the memories that involve Garrett but this one was very special.  It was one of his final appearances in the story and it was a really powerful one.

Memory #6

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Continuing my Garrett theme, one of my all time favorite memories was getting to reunite him with Mollie.  It was awful losing him in the story but we all know that he place is with his forever love.

Memory #7

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Penny deciding to sacrifice herself for the good of the legacy was probably the most hated post I’ve ever written.  You all seriously made your thoughts on that known.  In a rare turn of events I changed my mind and decided to spare our beloved lead.  But it’s still one of my favorite memories because of Penny got to spend time with her brother and sister and Mollie and Garrett even got to make an appearance.

Memory #8

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I love a good wedding and so much happened at Lucian and Dani’s.  Finn showed up to walk Dani down the aisle.  Lucian told Dani he bought them a new house.  Penny decided to move in with the crew.  And the family grew by two little girls.

Memory #9

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I loved creating Alice Bee and Hadley Rose for Dani and Lucian.  I knew they needed more kids but I also knew that Dani would never become pregnant again (I had decided that during her time at Ridge Hall).  They officially joined the family following Dani and Lucian’s wedding.

Memory #10

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Last but not least, Garrett’s last hurrah.  Definitely one of my favorite chapters to write since it featured food, dancing, family time, and a jam session with some of my favorite characters.  Any time Liv shows up you know there will be fun.


So there’s our walk down memory lane!  Do you have any favorite memories from the story that I didn’t mention?  Please share them in the comments so we can continue this journey!

All About Mollie

Featuring: Mollie Hanks

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Full Name: Mollie Annette (Lox) Hanks
Gender and Sexuality: Female, Bisexual
Ethnicity/Species: White, Witch
Birthplace and Birthdate: Moonlight Falls, August 5
Guilty Pleasures: Real Housewives
Phobias: Fire
What They Would Be Famous For: Photography
What They Would Get Arrested For: Graffiti
OC You Ship Them With: Garrett, of course
OC Most Likely To Murder Them: Probably Penny
Favorite Movie/Book Genre: Historical Fiction
Least Favorite Movie/Book Cliche: Also happy endings
Talents and/or Powers: Baking
Why Someone Might Love Them: She sticks to her guns
Why Someone Might Hate Them: She sticks to her guns
How They Change: She mellows with age.
Why You Love Them: She’s my first lead that really found herself in the middle of a mess but stayed strong and came out on top.

All About Lydia

Featuring: Lydia Lox

So before our big heiress reveal, I thought I’d recap the ladies who have led our other generations.  Starting, of course, with the amazing legacy founder: Lydia Lox

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Full Name: Lydia (Aglovale) Lox
Gender and Sexuality: Female Straight
Ethnicity/Species: White/ Fairy
Birthplace and Birthdate: Moonlight Falls, 1793
Guilty Pleasures: Chocolate
Phobias: The Philosopher’s Stone
What They Would Be Famous For: Playing the drums
What They Would Get Arrested For: Turning people into frogs
OC You Ship Them With: I mean, Victor.  Duh.
OC Most Likely To Murder Them: Mollie.  Hands down.  Mollie.
Favorite Movie/Book Genre: Romance
Least Favorite Movie/Book Cliche: Happy endings
Talents and/or Powers: Playing the drums while very pregnant.
Why Someone Might Love Them: Because she is so sweet and adorable.
Why Someone Might Hate Them: Her ability to procreate
How They Change: I’m not sure she does all that much.  Correct me if I am wrong.
Why You Love Them: She was my first baby.  She’ll always have a special place in my heart.

Chapter 4.56

Our final chapter of Generation 4 has arrived.

Whoever wrote the song Silent Night did not have teenagers.  How do I know?  Because it’s Christmas Eve and my house is anything but silent and holy thanks to my teenagers.  Well, just one teenager really.

“What do you mean you don’t know where my father is?  I really don’t understand it, Mother.”  Violet had been in spectacular form lately.  If she wasn’t harping about being heir she was complaining about her lack of biological father.

“Are you kidding me, Violet?  It’s Christmas Eve.  Now is not the best time for this conversation.”

“Yes, it’s totally the best time, Mom.  Imagine how happy I will be tomorrow if you just tell me where my dad is!”

“For the last time: I don’t know, Violet.  Now DROP IT.”

“I will not drop it, Mother.  You’re being unfair by keeping him from me!  Tell me where my Dad lives!  I know you know!”

I probably would have been able to keep my cool but her finger pointing was too much.

“STOP!  I really don’t know where he is.  Yes, he was an imaginary friend but it’s not like I put him in a fucking box in the attic, Violet. ”

Violet crossed her arms and stared me down.  She looked like she was going to open her smart mouth again so I kept right on going.

“Your father was also a real person.  He saw you as a baby and then he vanished.  Literally.  He turned into his toy form and walked off and I’ve never heard from him again.  If you want to find him be my guest.  His name is Oscar Friend.  Go ahead and try.  See if I care what you do.”

“FINE!  But you’ll be sorry when I find him and I leave!  I HATE IT HERE!  I HATE ALL OF YOU!”  Vi turned around so fast I could barely see her as she stomped off and slammed her bedroom door.

“Mama?”  A tiny voice whispered from around the hall door.

“Hadley!  What are you doing down here so late?”

She rushed out and hugged me so hard she almost crushed me while knocking me down.

“I heard noises and I thought it was Santa so I came to see him but then I heard you and Vi fighting and does she hate me and is she really gonna leave?  Will Santa leave her any presents?  She was really mean but she didn’t mean it.  Please, please don’t let Santa forget her!”

“Come here, honey.  Shhhhhh.  Santa’s not going to forget anyone in this family.”  I snuggled Hadley under the Christmas tree.  “Vi’s just mad.  She’s a teenager and they get weird.  She doesn’t hate anyone.  Especially not you.  Okay?”

“Okay.”  She sniffled.  “I think I’m gonna go up to my bedroom so Santa can come.”

“That’s a very good idea, Hadley.  I’ll come up and tuck you in.”

“And, Mama?  I promise I won’t ever be mean to you when I’m a teenager.”

If only.


Time has this habit of plodding along even when you aren’t ready for it to move on.  Before I knew it, my birthday arrived.  It was a big one.  40.  I kinda thought I would have more of my life together but whatever.  Can’t have it all I guess.  I have most of it so that’s better than nothing.

I didn’t want anything extravagant.  Just the family.  Not even my siblings or aunt and uncle.  A quiet passing of time.  Let’s be honest, I just have too much going on with Violet to deal with more people.

I had to come up with a birthday wish on the spot.  It wasn’t difficult.  I’d tell you but then it wouldn’t come true.  Yes, it probably involved Violet.


“What do you mean you sold my bug?  I’ve had that car for 20 years, Lucian!  How could you sell it without asking me!?”

“Just stop and listen to me for a minute, Dani!  I’m trying to tell you –”

Violet ran in the door from work and interrupted our argument.

“You guys!  Who’s visiting?”

Nobody, Vi.  Why?”

“I just didn’t recognize the car in the drive way.  Is it for me?  It totally is, isn’t it.  Where are the keys?”  She ran out the door still babbling in excitement.

“I’m pretty sure it’s for me, Violet!  Get away!”  Mom was out the door next also still chattering away.

“You better get out there, babe, before someone steals your birthday present.  I was trying to tell you your bug got upgraded.”

Oh boy did it.  My very old, very loved bug got traded in for a very expensive, very shiny Aston Martin.  I have no idea how Lucian was able to afford this beautiful little creature but, you know, I think I can learn to love a new car.

I hopped in the driver’s seat and cranked up the radio.  I needed a break.  I started the engine and headed off to parts unknown.  Or the library.  It’s a small town.  You gotta take what you can get.


Author’s Note: This is the official end of Generation Four!  What lie’s ahead?  Who knows.  Ok, well I know and before long you will, too.

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