In wrapping up Gen 1 of Fade, I thought it might be fun to see what questions the readers still had about Fade, it’s cast and myself. I got a lot of great questions so I talked to everyone and Lotus, Kiki, Riptide, Pinkberry and Jericho agreed to sit down with me and answer some of them. It turns out, there was a lot about them that even *I* didn’t know. So much, in fact, that I’ve divided this into two blog entries. So, without further adieu…
The gang invited me to a lunch at Pink and Jer’s house one Saturday. After some delicious grub, we settled in and got down to business.
Well, guys, first off I just wanted to thank you again for agreeing to sit down with me. The readers asked some great questions and I’m really looking forward to the answers. Hope you’re ready to get personal because we’re jumping right in with both feet.
Riptide, it won’t escape anyone’s attention that you’re here solo today. Care to update everyone on what’s going on with you and your family since we haven’t seen a lot of you in story since all the big changes?
Riptide: Geez, talk about jumping right in. *grins* Okay, sure. I guess the last time you updated on me I was married to Shari and our first son was due to be born any day. Reef was born a few days after the triplets. We had another son, Kai, a little over a year after Reef was born. As for Shari and I, well, we were having, ah…technical difficulties, if you will. Then one day she just left. With the girls, a baby and a toddler, I didn’t even have time to think about dating again. It wasn’t until Kai was just over two that I asked Chelsea out. I’d known her for years but in the six months or so leading up to our first date, I started to really get to know her and realized I really liked her. It was a big step for me, putting myself out there like that but I’m glad I did. Six months after our first date we were married and we’ve been together ever since. Our son, Lagoon, was born not quite a year after we married.
Zbornie: Yeah, talk about surprised when I went to check on you one day and not only did you have a new wife but she was pregnant too… If only I’d enabled some sort of notification system, I might not have been so confused… At any rate, I’m glad it’s worked out for you two. Where is Chelsea, today, anyhow?
Riptide: She and the kids are visiting her parents in France. Her Dad was transferred there several years ago. I didn’t want to miss this and it’s not a good week for me to miss work, so I’ll fly out next week. She did send her regrets though and wanted me to thank you for being so understanding when you found her unexpectedly at the house.
Zbornie: She’s very welcome. Indeed, I’ve since met her several times, including when I went to snag pictures of the family for this update. She’s a sweet as can be so everyone can rest assured that Riptide has found someone lovely to be with.
Lotus, what is the kinkiest thing you’ve done in the bedroom?
*As I asked this question, I couldn’t help but notice the ornery grin that spread across Lo’s face or the way he winked at Kiki, making her blush from head to toe. He thought about it for a few moments, all the while grinning like the cat that got the canary, before offering up an answer:
Lotus: The thing about being with someone you love and trust so deeply is that it means you can try all kinds of things knowing that the person you’re with will never push you too far. Over the years, finding new ways to bring our love making to new heights has been very rewarding for me and we’ve tried a lot of…interesting things. The kinkiest thing? That’s far more personal than Ki would like me to get. As far as other, less personal kinks? I guess that depends on your definition of kinky. I’m always up for a little tie me up, tie me down or even using handcuffs. A little spanking can be nice…oh and we both LOVE the shower. If you haven’t got a removable shower head, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Kiki, what is the sweetest thing Lotus ever did for you?
Kiki: So many things come to mind-Lo is the sweetest, most giving man. I feel so lucky because every day he does so many little things that are no less meaningful to me than the grand gestures. But the thing that will always mean the most to me is what he gave me by being a friend to me, back when we were still in Twinbrook. He was there when I had no one else and he never judged me. Lotus taught me that life doesn’t have to be gray and you don’t have to blend in. He showed me life the way it should be-full of color and love and happiness. And then he loved me, unconditionally, and ultimately rescued me from a very dark place. Running away isn’t always the answer but, for us, it really was and I’ll be thankful for the rest of my life that he was there that night I called-dropped everything to come and get me.
*At this point, Ki got a little teary and needed a moment to compose herself. I think she fully answered the question though. I mean, how much sweeter does it get than having your knight in shining armor drive in in his white Kompensator to rescue you?
Lotus if Kiki dared you or was feeling down and you wanted to make her laugh, would you put yourself in a dress?
Riptide: Pretty sure he’d put himself in a dress for far less noble and romantic reasons.
Lo: *Glares at Riptide* It was a joke. And is now really the time?
Riptide: *cracks up* I kinda think it is. I bet I still have the pics on my phone. *Whips out phone and starts thumbing through pictures*
Lo: Don’t even THINK about it, Spectrum, or so help me I’ll tell them about that time at the Butterfly Esplanade.
Riptide: *Looks mortified and shoves phone back into pocket* Right. Carry on. I’ll be over here not saying a word now.
Lo: That’s what I thought. Now, as I was about to say before I was so rudely interrupted, I’d do just about anything to make Kiki smile so, yes, I’d wear a dress all over Bridgeport if that’s what it took.
What color are Riptide’s underwear?
Riptide: *Raises eyebrow* You mean when I wear them?
Zbornie: Yes Rip, I’m pretty sure that’s what they meant.
Riptide: But I almost always go commando. You know that.
Zbornie: *blushes* Um, ah, be that as it may, do you think you could just tell them the color of the underwear you DO own?
Riptide: *grins* I’d rather show them.
Zbornie: Fine. You do that. I’m fairly certain no one will complain.
What is everyone’s best moment?
Lotus: *Looks at Kiki and reaches for her hand* Marrying Ki. And then the moment she made me a Father. I love all of my children fiercly and the moment each of them came into this world was powerful enough to make me cry but… holding Hibi for the first time and seeing the little creature that made me a Daddy? I could never describe it in a way that does it justice but it’s definitely one of the greatest moments of my life.
Kiki: I’m going to have to agree with my Lo because those are truly the defining moments of our lives together. I’ll also add meeting Pinkberry to that list because her friendship means the world to me and I wouldn’t be the same without her.
Pinkberry: Awww, Kiki! You’re on my list, too. And marrying Jer. And our kids.
Jer: *Watches and Ki and Pink hug each other* Wow. That’s some serious estrogen. I think I’ll go with the first time Pink and I…OUCH!
*It’s worth noting that Pink elbowed him, hard, in the ribs*
Pink:*glares at Jer*
Jer: *Flashes a grin at Pink* Baby you know I’m joking. Meeting you and having you agree to be my wife will always be my happiest memories.
Pink: *Face melts into a smile as she settles into Jer’s arms.*
Riptide: Oh you are smooth, Jer. Nicely played.
Jer: *smirks* It might be smooth but I meant every word. I love my Pink more than life.
Riptide: I’m going to have to say my kids. It’s no secret that I’ve had some rocky relationships but my kids have come from some of those relationships and I love them more than life. They give my life meaning. *lowers voice* And don’t let them hear this but I’m beyond thankful for Lo and Jer’s friendship. I’d be lost without them.
Lotus: *smirks* What was that, Riptide?
Riptide: Was just talking about how pretty you were in the dre….
Lotus: BUTTERFLY ESPLANADE!!
Riptide: Shutting up now.
Okay, understandably meeting and marrying the love of your life, having children and strong friendships are the top of the list for everyone. So what are your best moments, outside of those things?
Lotus: The night Kiki ditched the hat.
Kiki: But that night was terrible!
Lotus: I know and I felt awful for what you were going through. But I was so damned proud of you the moment you decided to get rid of it. Seeing you free from that weight on your shoulders was fantastic. Plus, I think that night was the first time I realized I was falling for you.
Kiki: Oh Lo. *Sinks into Lo’s embrace and kisses him*
Zbornie: Um, well, I guess we’ll just come back to Kiki. Anyone else?
Pinkberry: I think one of mine was the first time Kiki, Lark, Chelsea and I spent the weekend in Sunset Valley at the beach house. We try to do it once a year now but that first time was extra special. It was so fun to just have an all girls weekend together, relaxing and not having to worry about taking care of the kids or houses or anything.
Kiki: That was one of mine, too. We need to do that again soon!
Zbornie: Oh, stopped sucking face long enough to answer, did you?
Kiki: *is kissing Lo again*
Jericho: My answer is similar to Pink’s. The guys and I have had some great times together. Once, just before Lo moved to Twinbrook, we road tripped to Fairview Heights for a concert I’d won tickets to on the radio. It was an 8 hour drive just to get there but it was worth it. We got to meet the band after the show and hang out with them. It was great! I still keep in touch with Gerard on Simbook. Definitely one of my best memories.
Riptide: Agreed, man. And I’m sure Lo would agree, too, if HIS FACE WASN’T TRAGICALLY STUCK TO KIKI’S.
Lo: *flips off Riptide while still kissing Kiki*
Riptide: I would say one of my favorite memories is taking pictures of Lo wearing that dress, dancing on the ba…
Lotus: *Detaches from Kiki* Do NOT Make me kick your ass, Spectrum!
Riptide: *grins* I’d love to see you try, Bali. If I win, you gotta put the dress on again.
Lotus: And if I win, are you going to go back to the Butterfly Esplanade and…
Riptide: As I was saying, that road trip kicked all kinds of ass.
Lotus: Wise choice, Spectrum. And, yes, it did. Next question please.
Right. So. What about some of your saddest moments?
Kiki: The night I had my melt down. I still hate thinking about it.
Lotus: I’d have to agree. Seeing Kiki like that and being so utterly helpless is not something I like to remember.
Kiki: And even though the readers don’t know about most of this yet, helping Nautilus cope with everything has been hard. I just love that boy so much and to see the way he’s had to suffer has been hard.
Zbornie: You’re right. They haven’t met Nautilus yet but I’m certain when they do, they’ll see exactly what you mean.
Riptide: I think mine was when I realized that things were not going to work with Electra. If it was just the break up, I would have been able to deal with it better but we had children. The girls were still babies. Hell, I was pretty much still a child myself but I was so devoted to them. Still am. That moment when I realized that things were not going to work between Electra and I and knowing the girls were going to be affected by that damn near broke my heart. And then when Electra stopped coming to see them…well…I just didn’t understand, couldn’t understand how she wouldn’t want them in her life. I still don’t understand and it still hurts but my girls are happy and healthy and I’ve done my best to give them a stable home life, despite it all.
Kiki: Riptide, sweetie. You’ve been a wonderful Father to them. None of us understands why Electra made the choices she did but you’re such an amazing Daddy. Don’t ever doubt that.
Lotus: *Gives Rip a pointed look* She’s right, brother.
Pinkberry: Rippy, you know those girls love you more than life itself. They’re the epitome of Daddy’s girls. You’ve given them everything they’ve ever needed. *Hugs Riptide*
Zbornie: They’re all right, Rip. Your girls have never lacked for love.
Riptide: Thanks guys. So. Next person please.
Pinkberry: Any time I have to watch my kids struggle is hard for me. I think one of the worst might have been when Salty had his first broken heart. It was just last year-he was 15. Seeing my precious boy so sad and hearing him cry was horrible. I know it’s a part of life that most people experience but it’s still hard for a Mama to cope with.
Jericho: That was rough. For me, though, it was dealing with things just after Mazu was born. Pink went through some really rough post partum depression and, like Lotus said, it’s just the worst feeling in the world to see your love struggling with that and being completely helpless to do anything about it. I never let her see how upset or scared it made me but the truth is it scared the hell out of me. It still hurts thinking about it.
Pinkberry: *Looks lovingly at Jer* Jer, I never knew.
Jericho: *kisses the tip of Pink’s nose* You weren’t meant to know. You didn’t need to be worrying about me on top of everything else. I’m just glad we got you through it.
Wow guys. Those were some intense moments. Why don’t we lighten things up a little. How about moments you wish never happened or that you could just forget?
*Everyone looks at each other for a moment before saying in unison, “The camping trip” followed by groans and grimaces by all.*
Zbornie: O.O Camping trip?
Riptide: Yeah. Happened four years ago. I think we’ve all done some foolish things over the years but the one that stands out more than any other is the camping trip. Lark and Logan came, too, so between all of us adults and our children that was 24 people to keep track of and organized. It rained all berry-loving week. And not just a light drizzle. Hell no. It poured buckets and the temps were twenty degrees colder than usual. The tents flooded the first night and we found ourselves waking the campground manager at two in the morning begging for cabins to get our kids out of the cold. Believe me, if we had been anywhere near a town with hotels, we’d have gone there but at the time, cabins was the best solution.
Stupid from the cold, wet and sleep deprivation, I just booked the damned things for the entire week, afraid we’d lose them to someone else if we didn’t reserve them. This meant that when we wanted to bail later, we felt compelled to tough it out since we’d paid to be there. That week in those cabins was pure hell. We managed to snag two of them but each of them only had two bedrooms. If you counted the hide-a-beds, each cabin had space to sleep 8 of us. As a result we were sleeping all over the place-on couches, in chairs and on the floors. The kids were all out of sorts because of the abrupt change in plans and I spent more than one night crammed into a bottom bunk with Lagoon and Kai or, one night, both.
All our oldest kids are teenagers and if you know anything about teens, you know their attitudes leave something to be desired. It’s normal but I’ve come to realize that the way we cope with it, as parents, is to get the hell away from it. Don’t get me wrong, our kids are great but they are teenagers and eventually, that snark has to come out. Especially when you spend several days straight being cold, bored and sore as hell from sleeping in weird places and positions.
All the younger kids had cabin fever by day two. We did the best we could-I played so many games of scrabble, Life and Clue that week it wasn’t even funny. We even made up games when we got sick of the few board games we’d brought along. By the end of the week our nerves were shot and, I can’t speak for the others, but I was never so glad to be packing up and heading home from “vacation.”
Zbornie: Holy crap. That’s a seriously crappy vacation.
Kiki: You have no idea. When we finally got home, we hardly saw our kids for the next day or two. We weren’t mad at each other. I think they were just sick of being around everyone so much.
Pinkberry: Ours too. The craziest part of the whole thing is that every once in awhile, one of the kids will ask when we’re gonna go again. As miserable as that week was, there were some good moments together and I think that’s what our kids remember.
Kiki: OMB I thought ours were the only ones asking!
Riptide: Nope. Even the girls mention it from time to time.
Kiki: Well, I guess it makes sense. I mean, kids tend to see the best in things and, if you think about it, it wasn’t all bad. Like Pink said, there were some great moments together as family and friends that we couldn’t have gotten otherwise. Pink, remember that night we had a few too many nectars after everyone else was asleep?
Pinkberry: Oh Berry, Ki, how could I forget? I laughed so hard that night, I nearly wet myself.
Kiki: The next morning was brutal but it was worth it. Berry that night was hillarious. It wouldn’t be so terrible if we did it again. I mean the kids obviously got something out of it.
Pinkberry: Maybe we should try again sometime. I mean clearly if the kids are still asking about it, it’s worth doing again.
*At this point, I couldn’t help but giggle as I watched Lo, Rip and Jer exchange horrified expressions.*
Riptide: Ah, Z, shouldn’t we be moving on?
Lotus: Yes, I think we should!
Zbornie: *giggles* Okay guys. Let me know when you have your next trip planned, though.
Lotus and Kiki, do you ever regret having the triplets?
Lotus: Absolutely not.
Kiki: Not at all. I know there were some really, really hard times for us having so many kids, so close together in age but even through the darkest times, there was the sense that they were supposed to be in our lives. They’re our children-our babies. Despite how difficult it was, I wouldn’t change a thing. We love those girls so much and I can’t even begin to imagine life without them.