Royce's father and husband meet over Eric's special recipe, as they arranged yesterday. The two soon start discussing Siane - how her little personality is developing. Aeric questions where Eric and Royce plan on enrolling Siane in pre - school. All of the legacy children attended the best private schools - he and Paige would be able to get Siane in, easily.
With some obvious frustration, Eric shows his father in law that he can't even afford to renovate his home to be more accessible. The small affordable house that was an earlier refuge is now similar to a small, box shaped exercise in frustration.
He can't even afford to hire a repair man when the cheap t.v. dies. Thankfully, the University tech class was good for something. Life in Royce's Refuge lot isn't a complete frustration. Little Siane grows up happily in her father's warped, buggy arms. The party is small but tasteful, including Royce and Eric's parents. River delights in the ability to get to know her grand daughter. Royce and her mother move off to talk as the party winds down.
Paige expresses her desire to take the small family somewhere. Paige is vague as to where, but Royce's mood is lifted by the party festivities. She humors her mother's odd request and takes her daughter to meet her mother.
Paige's address turns out to be a two story yellow house. As Royce wonders why her mother would drop in on a friend at this dinner hour, her mother removes a key ring from her purse. Turning the key in the lock to the front door, Paige leads her daughter into an entry way. The house is well appointed with a state of the art t.v. room beside the entry way. The hall opens into a kitchen and large dining area.
"Come upstairs." Paige invites. "This is what I want you to see." Paige leads Royce and Siane to a lavender play room. It has every toy a child could wish for, "I had this built for Siane." Paige explains. "Its designed so that she'll never want for anything." Royce wanders the upper floor, discovering a bedroom for herself and Eric -as well as a bed room for the little girl Siane will become. "Mom, this is amazing." Royce embraces her mother.
"Your father and I will live downstairs." Paige smiles. "But we created this area to be just for your family. I know I can be overbearing, but you can always go to your own floor." "Mom you may have your flaws, but so do I. I appreciate what you did here." Royce beams.
"We'll move in this week end."
"Great." Paige replied. "Siane has an appointment at Giggles and Smiles Day Care Sunday." Royce nearly protests the interfering- but realizes her mother is beaming with pride.
"O.K., Mom." Royce agrees. "We;ll have everything moves in by Sunday."
Life in Paige's house has become tranquil and delightful with a toddler in the house. The coming weeks have a lot of changes coming - Siane's impending birthday as well as a surprising house guest!
Royce and Eric decide that they can not live under her parents roof any more. they pack up thier things, bundle up their daughter and move out over night. They find an affordable - if small - home. While Royce misses the comfort of a Legacy home, she loves spending time with her family without the constant tension with her parents. Paige can't help but wonder about her little girl's happiness as she strolls by to look at the new home. One thing leads to another as her passion consumes her - and causes her foot to have an accident with the trash can.
It doesn't seem to dampen the love birds passion.
Paige stops by to see her daughter when Eric is at work. She discovers that Royce has made a happy home for herself and her small family. While she's very concerned about Eric's parentage, she suddenly decides to meet with River and hear what the other woman was about to say.
As Paige, Royce and River sit down at the local cafe, River introduces her uncle... someone who knows the real story.
He reveals that it was true - Paige's great aunt and Eric's grand father had married... there was something that no one knew about the marriage. While the two had been deeply in love, there had been an indiscretion that no one knew about.
Soon after the marriage, the husband had received a late night call from his former wife. She was deeply upset over a family matter and since Damita's husband had stayed on good terms with his ex wife's family, she thought nothing of him visiting to help counsel the family during its difficult time.
Yet emotions ran wild... and due to too much drink and a bad drug interaction from his blood pressure pills, he found himself the next morning in bed with his ex wife. He immediately confessed the situation to Damita. After she got through her anger, she realized that she loved her husband and would forgive him his infidelity.
Yet 9 months later, his ex wife revealed that she had just delivered a child. As the women stare transfixed at Uncle Mal, he affirms - Damita raised another woman's child as her own. She loved her husband and she loved his child as much as her own. It didn't matter to her that she wasn't actually related to Damita.
"So I've been acting like a crazy person for nothing." Paige realized. "And if Damita could forgive infidelity and raise a daughter from another woman... Royce, could you ever forgive me for being so hung up about the family line?"
"I'll be honest Mom, you caused Eric and I a lot of stress." Royce admitted. "But I love you. It may take some work, but we can move through this... just like Damita moved on."
Mother and daughter embrace. Paige is hopeful for a full reconciliation, but Royce departs for her own home.
Paige returns home to her husband, her heart heavy with regret. "I have to make this right to Royce, Eric - and our grand daughter." Paige decides.
Aeric agrees and does his part to be there for Siane. He visits the young couple and helps them with child care with Royce returns to work. He soon discovers that he and Eric have similiar interests - they both enjoy cuisine.
Aeric departs one evening and is invited back the next morning for Eric's special Molasses Pancakes. When he shares this with his wife, she is overjoyed.
"I'm so glad you and Eric buried the hatchet." Paige said, hugging Aeric tight. "I've finally come up with an apology to them. Could you help me? Its a bit... labor intensive."
"Of course." Aeric agrees whole heartedly, pleased to attempt to bridge the rift between Aeric and Paige & Eric and Royce.
Next Chapter What is Paige's apology - and will the young couple receive it with the right mentality? Tune in next time for Paige's House: a chapter in the Enayla Skin Legacy.
Chapter Two finds Ricky moving off to college. Paige emerges herself in preparing the home for Royce's imminent graduation. When she does come home, the family is overjoyed. Yet she brings a surprise with her...
... a fellow Sim University graduate, Eric Wakefield! Royce is puzzled when instead of joy, her parents view Eric with alarm.
"Mom, I'm twenty two. I'm in love. Why are you so surprised that I'm preparing to spend my future with someone?" "You didn't mention being serious with someone." Paige hedges. "Yes I did." Royce declared, frustrated. "I mentioned going out with Eric all the time. Weren't you listening to me?" "We're just overtired from the excitement." Zeke breaks in, giving his daughter Paige a searching look. "Why don't we talk about this in the morning."
"Good idea, Grandpa." Royce agrees, ignoring Paige's expression. "Eric and I will be in my room."
"Hold on, young lady." Aeric places a hand on Royce's shoulder, softening his words. "I don't see a wedding band on that finger. Unless your going to drop on us that you've eloped..."
"Dad," Royce protests. "- of course I wouldn't do that. But-" "Then Grandpa and I will make over your will to be appropriate." Her father cut her off sternly.
When Eric and Royce were permitted up to her room, Royce was mortified to find two twin beds. "Twin beds." Royce hisses. "I had no idea they'd be so insane about me growing up." "Give them time." Eric soothed her, rubbing the small of her back. "They're surprised... perhaps overwhelmed. Its one thing to picture a wedding some day. Its quite another to hear wedding bells." "We don't have a lot of time." Royce whispered. "If Mom finds out before I tell her..."
"She won't." Eric assured her, his voice hushed. "I'm not saying months. Lets go to town tomorrow and focus on our new jobs. We'll focus on getting to know your family this month. We'll tell them before the month is over. Hopefully by then, they'd have adjusted."
"I hope you're right." Royce whispers, lying down in the bed near her love, but too far from her liking.
Downstairs, Zeke has corned his daughter and her husband in the kitchen. "Just what was that?" He wondered. "You guys acted like you haven't been planning her wedding since her first kiss." "It's nothing." Paige lies... badly. She seems deeply shaken.
"Paige." Zeke pressed, but Aeric put out his hand, halting his father in law. "Let's sleep on it." He suggested. "We'll discuss this later."
Yet it wasn't discussed the next day, the next or even the following week. Zeke watched his daughter look on Royce's romance with deep concern. She demurred any conversation on the subject.
One evening, the young adults were chattering excitedly at dinner. Royce was flush with excitement. "Mom," she beamed. "Dad, Grandpa... Eric and I have good news." Eric reached across the table, taking her hand in his. He stroked her palm with his thumb, a loving gesture that seemed to emphasize the lines on Paige's face.
"Eric has proposed and I said yes. We've booked a date for this week end." The table erupted into shocked reactions. Royce managed to make clear that she and Eric had no interest in waiting, that they hoped for a blessing - but that they weren't changing their minds.
Later that evening, Zeke came across his daughter quietly weeping alone in the back porch. When he inquired what was wrong, she declared that she was forming a scheme to sabotage her daughter's impending wedding. Zeke was appalled and stated so, yet none of his stern admonishments seemed to have any affect.
The week end approached far too quickly. Although Paige had tried valiantly, Royce and Eric remained a unified front. No amount of meddling or outright disapproval had resulted in a rift in the relationship.
The very next week, Zeke caught Paige in deep conversation with the town reverend. He approached and joined what seemed to be a cordial relationship, but no mention was made for the visit. Zeke thought the reverend's parting remark about 'disclosing infidelities before it affects the children.' was an odd thing to say. As he remarked upon it, Paige revealed the cause of her distress- Eric Wakefield was related to the Tams.
"There's no way." Zeke frowned. "I went over the family tree with your mother. There's not a Wakefield in sight. Why would you say such a thing?" "Because its true- and because the child's family wasn't kept on our family tree."
"Piper Kearney." Paige said heavily. "Piper..." Realization dawned. "Damita's child with her first husband." "My great aunt's child," Paige affirmed. "Married Daniel Weir, Eric' grandfather." "Eric's grand father."
"You see why this marriage can't continue."
"Its too late." The two turn to see Royce watching, shocked. "I'm in love with him." "But you can't be," Damita declared. "- you know, now. You're related to Eric-"
"Hardly!" Royce protested. "That was what? Two generations ago? And Damita married his grand father. We've had two generations since then. Its not like we're cousins. We didn't even know we were related."
"But Royce-" Royce spoke over her mother. "But nothing, Mom! I'm pregnant!"
Royce stared at her mother as Paige gasped. "You were pregnant this whole time..?" "No," Royce stated tearfully. "I'm only three months along." "Conceived in our own house," Paige gasped, her expression appalled.
"Don't say it like that," Royce declared. "Don't you dare. Eric and I want this baby. We love our child. And if you had cared at all, you would have said all of this earlier!"
Royce fled the house in tears. Eric, having heard the commotion, descended the stairs. After hearing the explaination, he agreed with Royce. "We're not that closely related," He shook his head. "We're not going to let your obsession with the family line affect our family."Life in Paige' house became more tense after that declaration. try as they might, Paige's animosity for Eric was like a living, tangible cloud. The tension reached the boiling point during pregnancy for Royce, largely with out her mother's support. Grand father Zeke, however, fully supported the marriage - and the baby. Royce delivered a healthy baby girl. Royce and Eric named her Siane.
Eric did not work as hard as his wife to avoid engaging Paige. He loved his daughter and was unashamed that somewhere fifty years ago, his line and Paige's had converged. Royce had a loving relationship with her father and grand father, yet only Zeke respected Royce and Eric's marriage as whole and real. Tension boiled over when Eric let slip of the debate to his own mother, River.
River herself had been unaware of the connection. After a speaking to her mother, she returned to the Tam household. "I don't know if you're aware of this." She stated quietly. "But there's something else you should know about Damita and Daniel Weir."
Paige was incensed, but River was insistent. "You all have to know this. This should have been told to you last year, when you first married. But its better to be late than never. Paige, shut your mouth, dear." She said, not unkindly.
The starting of a Legacy! Now this is Malcolm & Lissette, one set of the original founders!
Fast forward four generations:Malcolm's great grand son has married one of the prestigious Tam great grand children, Paige. The two raise one daughter, Royce. Royce is emphatic, caring and a bit head strong. Paige also mysteriously becomes pregnant (ala boolprop) with the spitting image of herself. Ricky can be seen in the arms of his daddy. Paige's father has also moved in with the family. You can see that the Rush skin has carried dominantly in this generation!
I'd like to invite you to participate in the Enayla Skin Legacy Contest.
The Goal: Determine if custom or default skins are dominant, using Enayla's skins predominantly, by showing the descendents of your founder within this Challenge Circle. Create a several generation legacy with n a nieghborhood amongst several families: a Neighborhood Legacy.
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