Delaney Family Legacy – Indefinite Hiatus

cshaneraviI am loathe to do this and I’ve thought about it for nearly 3 weeks straight.  However, I’ve lost the will to play my legacy since my hard drive failed about a month ago now.  I had to cheat everything back up for my family, Olivia doesn’t look the same which means the kids don’t look quite the same anymore.  Ugh…it’s just so hard to write and get in the head space for these characters.  I also cannot stand cheating in a challenge even though I know that the ‘legacy police’ aren’t going to come and most people would completely understand the cheating to get the family back where they were.  But so many things just feel wrong now about this family and I find it very hard to write for them.

Perhaps I’ll get back in the head space for them, or perhaps I’ll move on to new and interesting other challenges.  But for now, the Delaney Family is on Indefinite Hiatus.  I’m sorry to abandon them, but perhaps in the future I’ll write another Legacy and have some of the plot points that I had planned for this family.

Thank you for those who read.  Special thanks to RosemaryMarie as she was the one person who read every chapter and commented so thoughtfully!  Thank you all so much.

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G02: 14 – Lessons Learned

A lot has happened over this past year since I left the New Life Clinic.  I continued with my monthly therapy sessions with Dr. Conrin of course.  She said it was important for me to have that in depth discussion at least monthly with her.

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I also continued going to group therapy once per week.  I went even more often in the beginning if I felt I needed the support.  It’s been really interesting to see people that are in the same position I was and be able to talk to them about what they are going through.

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I can offer suggestions too and just reinforce the good habits that the clinic tries to give us.  I usually try to pop over at least once a month now for group sessions.  Dr. Conrin said she could always use an extra pair of hands around there even if I’m not a trained therapist.  I can be like a ‘big sister’ to some of the teens she said.  I told her I would consider her offer.

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I’ve been seeing Marcus pretty regularly too.  He and I started dating not long after I left the clinic.  Uncle Dean loves him.  They are both into sports and cars and all that stuff.

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Sometimes I tease Marcus that he likes me more for my family. He usually makes me stop thinking that pretty quickly.

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Oh, speaking of family, here’s something very interesting!  Mom asked me if I wanted Aunt Zoe to come to my birthday party.  Eighteen you know, it’s a big one!  I said sure, because honestly as angry as I was for a long time, I realize that Zoe really did save my life.

I have gotten so much closer with her over these past several months than I ever was before this process.  She used to have ‘girl’s spa’ days with me and Mom all the time when I was younger, but then we drifted apart during my teen years for obvious reasons.  She’s almost like an older sister to me now and I’m very grateful for having her in my life.

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So anyway, the really interesting part is that while at my party, I saw Uncle Dean and Zoe looking at each other like a lot.  Sure enough, they got back together after almost eighteen years apart!  They are going to get married in a few months.  Mom is beside herself with glee as she won’t have to worry about the awkward anymore between Uncle Dean, Aunt Zoe and Dad.

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It’s been a tough juggling act for Mom over these years for her best friend and brother in law to be at odds.  I heard Dad telling Mom that Uncle Dean said he really saw who Zoe was through this process with my in patient time.  It made him realize how wrong he’d been.  I’m so glad they reconciled.  Uncle Dean dated here and there throughout the years, but never anyone serious.  Part of me wonders if he was waiting for Zoe.

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Caleb’s still seeing Beau.  I cannot imagine what they really have in common honestly but she’s one of my best friends and overall he’s not terrible as brothers go.

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It seems to me most of what they have in common revolves around having their hands on each other.

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Haha, sorta weird for my best friend to be dating my brother, but I guess they are happy.

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I always sorta thought Caleb and Teagan would date.  Perhaps they just weren’t as interested in each other as I’d always thought.

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Since graduating high school, I had a pretty big decision to make about what I was going to do with my career.  I had taken those cooking and nutrition classes that Dr. Conrin signed me up for after I left the clinic.  Anyway, we had a tasting at the end of term.  All the big chef’s from the restaurants in the area, Oasis Springs, NewCrest and Willow Creek were all there.

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We all made our specialty dish and created a meal experience for the chefs.  The chef/owner of Chez Llama offered me a job in his restaurant immediately following the tasting!  I was so excited.  I don’t think Mom and Dad were thrilled about me staying here and working rather than heading off to an actual culinary school in the city and getting a degree.   I don’t care though, honestly I think getting into a prestigious restaurant is where I’m really going to learn.

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What else can I tell you?  Mom’s been doing book signings over in NewCrest.  Her latest novel is flying off the shelves.  She’s thinking the publishers are going to send her on a book tour here before too much longer.  I know her career was slowed down by Carter coming along, but I know Mom and Dad are really happy.

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Speaking of Carter, he’s toddling around here getting into all sorts of trouble.  I’m sure it won’t be too much longer that he’ll be heading off to school and making friends too.  I hope he gives Mom and Dad an easier time than I did…but hey, lesson’s learned right?

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G02: 13 – Late Night Conversation

Caleb was sitting on the couch catching up on a few Netflix shows. He was nearly through the first season of Bloodlines and was excited to see the finale. His Mom didn’t like him watching these types of intense dramas but his Dad didn’t mind too much.

He heard soft footsteps padding up behind him, “Care if I join you?” a low pleasant voice asked.

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He turned and saw Beau walking toward him. He paused the TV and gestured toward the couch. Her baggy pajamas and thick sweatshirt didn’t match the pillow fight image but his heart still quickened at the site of her.

“No, sit down. Just nearing the end of this episode. Mind if I finish?”

She shook her head and sat at the other end of the couch and browsed on her phone for a bit while he finished the episode.

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As the credits rolled Caleb switched off the TV. “So, why aren’t you and Camryn, I don’t know, doing nails or makeup or something?” he asked with a laugh.

“You know that’s stereotypical right?” the dark haired girl smiled. “Besides we did that earlier,” she admitted with a laugh.

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He smiled at her, she had a low throaty laugh. He found it extremely distracting, and sexy. Definitely sexy.

“So what were you watching?” Beau asked with a small head nod toward the TV.

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“A Netflix original. It’s about a family that owns a bed and breakfast type resort on an island and a murder and drama. It’s really good. I only have two episodes left,” Caleb explained.

“Oh, I can go if you want to keep watching,” she offered starting to get up. “Camryn hit the sack already so I was a bit bored. I’m not really tired yet.”

“No, no, stay. I can finish another time,” He hoped he didn’t sound too desperate for her company.

“Ok,’ she sat back down  “So, I remember seeing you playing chess with Camryn when you’d come to visit her at New Life.  Are you any good?”

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“I am,” he stated it as a fact, not as if he were bragging. “Well, and Cam sucks,” he laughed. “I can see her next move three moves before she makes it.” ‘She noticed me when I was there with Camryn?’ he thought with interest.

“You must be pretty smart then huh?”

Caleb made a non-committal shrug. “I dunno. Not really. I just like chess and I get it.  I played a lot with my Dad when I was younger.”

Beau smiled and nodded.

“So, can I ask why you were at New Life?” Caleb slid a bit closer and looked at her hoping to not offend. From what Camryn had said, the patients left with very few secrets left anyway. He was hoping to understand Beau a bit more.

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“Same as most I suppose,” Beau began. “Eating too little, stress binging. Similar to Camryn’s story I guess. I suppose the difference for me was probably mine wasn’t stress and fear like Camryn’s. I had home issues. My Mom’s boyfriend was far too friendly and I began trying to control the one thing in my life that I could control. My food and exercise.”

“Aww man, that really sucks,” Caleb said with anger in his voice.

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“Yeah, my Mom threw him out when it all came out, but that was going on off and on for nearly a year before I finally got help. It was a rough time for sure,” Beau looked down. “Hey, you don’t mind if we change the subject do you? I mean,” she trailed off with a weak laugh.

“Yeah, I get it, you probably talked enough in therapy huh?”

The girl nodded.

Caleb’s fists clenched a few times thinking of some asshole with his hands on Beau. The thought literally made him see red for a moment.

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“So, what do you do for fun?” Beau asked seeing the tension in Caleb’s face.

“Oh, I play video games, toss the football around with my friend Jayce. I work at a landscaping company on weekends. But I guess that’s not fun,” he laughed feeling the tension leaving him.

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“What do you do?” ‘Not mentioning your good buddy Teagan I see,’ a small voice in his head piped up. He squashed that voice. He and Teagan were friends. That’s it.

“I love to visit the museum. I can spend hours just looking at the different paintings and sculptures. I want to be an artist.”

“Really? That’s cool,” he grasped for one of the only local artists names he knew. “I’m a fan of Debra Hurd. She has a painting at the Willow Creek museum that my Dad loves. It’s a keyboard. Like a piano, not like a computer keyboard,” he laughed.

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“Oh, I’m familiar with Hurd’s work. She’s lovely with her color choices. She really evokes a lot of emotion.”

Caleb nodded. He’d been to the museum a few times with his Mom and Camryn but it had been a while. ‘Quick,’ he thought, ‘Think of someone else…’

“And of course the classics like Van Gogh’s Starry Night and The Scream by Munch,” he felt sort of lame now just trying to rattle off artists like he knew something about them.

The Starry Night just looked like yellow circles in big blobs of blue paint. The Scream looked like something Carter would be able to draw in a few years. He didn’t really understand art at all, but wanted so much to have something in common with this exciting dark beauty.

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She nodded and her eyes took on a drifty far away look. “Yes, The Scream is one of my favorites actually. Supposedly it’s what Munch felt at sunset one evening while walking with friends. He has been quoted as saying he felt the ‘infinite scream of Nature‘.” she looked back at Caleb and smiled. “It’s cool that you know that painting.”

Caleb felt his ears turn a bit pink. Her passion for the classic painting was contagious and he felt a bit awkward about thinking just a moment ago that Carter could paint the Scream.

“So where do you see yourself going with Art?”  He slid back on the couch and stretched out a bit.

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“Well, I’m going to spend this Summer at Granite Falls. They have a kids camp program for art. It won’t pay well, but it will look great on my college applications.”

“Oh that’s great! Maybe I can visit you this summer if my folks feel like camping. I know my Mom has some old camping gear laying around in storage somewhere in this place.”

“Well, that would be fun for sure. I know I’d love to see Camryn and her whole family this summer.” Beau smiled at Caleb. He felt that same quickening of his pulse.

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The pair talked for several hours and Caleb didn’t remember feeling this same level of excitement before taking Teagan out on their train wreck of a date. Maybe this was the real thing?!

“Well, good night Caleb, it was great talking with you,” Beau covered a yawn with her hand. “I’m super tired suddenly.”

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“Yeah, g’night Beau. I’m glad we got to chat too.” he was sorry that she was tired. He felt he could talk to her all night. He looked at the clock on the wall. “Wow, it’s nearly 3 am!”

“I know! I’ve got to get some sleep!” she chuckled with her sexy laugh.

Caleb wanted to hug her but felt that would be weird. They really had just gotten to know each other a bit.

“Hey Caleb, is it weird that I want to hug you? I mean we really just met, even though not really.”

“I don’t think it’s weird!” he really hoped he sounded casual and cool and not as nervous and excited as he felt. Oh god, please don’t think of pillow fights… think of running, think of soccer, think of the Olympics, think of anything else.

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G02: 12 – Things Keep Popping Up

Toast sprang from the toaster and Olivia buttered it while it was still hot.

“Morning Baby, did you and Teagan have fun at the concert last night?” Olivia asked when Caleb came into the kitchen for breakfast.

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“Ugh, I don’t want to talk about it Mom.”

“Oh no! Did something go wrong?”

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“Yeah. No. Ugh, I just don’t want to talk about it.” Caleb grabbed one of the pieces of toast from Olivia’s plate and shoved half in his mouth in a single bite. He grabbed a granola bar and an apple and slung his backpack over his shoulder. “Bye Mom,” he said around his mouthful of toast.

“Bye Baby, have a good day.” Olivia frowned at her son’s back as he left to catch the bus.

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Caleb sat in class trying to think of something to do that could make up for the lousy concert. ‘Maybe I can take her to the movies or something,’ he thought. ‘Shoot, I don’t even know if I want to try again. Maybe I won’t even worry about her and just be frie…’

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“Mr. Delaney, care to solve for X?” Mrs. Parish asked breaking Caleb out of his thoughts.

“Huh? Sorry, what number?” Caleb fumbled around with his Algebra book.

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“Number 16A Caleb,” his teacher said with exaggerated patience. The look on her face said she was fully aware he hadn’t been paying attention.

Caleb hastily looked at the question and solved the problem in his notebook. “X = 15.”

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“That’s correct,” the teacher said with a small amount of surprise in her voice. “Very good, Now Jayce, can you take 16B please?”

Class continued around him, while Caleb continued to ponder his situation with Teagan.

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“Dad, is it ok if I invite Beau over Friday night?” Camryn asked when Sam got home that evening.

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Caleb’s ears perked up a bit while he leaned over his school work.

“I don’t mind hon, did you ask your Mom?”

“Not yet, I figured she wouldn’t care if you didn’t.”

“So I’m the ol’softy huh?” Sam chuckled at his daughter as he planted a kiss on the top of her head.

“What will you girls do anyway?” Sam asked.

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Caleb had seen Beau a few times when he visited Cam at the clinic. The girls had become good friends since they had been roommates during their treatment. He found her dark look very intriguing. His mind wandered a bit at Sam’s question. He could picture what the girls would be doing. He imagined the girl’s having a pillow fight.

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Beau was wearing black panties, her dark hair framing her face with those full dark lips, her breasts heaving just a bit from the exertion of the pillow fight, her skin was so pale and smooth…

He got up suddenly, his chair scraping loudly across the floor.

“What’s up son?” Sam looked concerned at Caleb’s sudden departure from the dining table.

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“Nothing,” he said trying to sound normal. “Just gonna go study in my room,” he said while walking quickly to his bedroom.

“But you forgot your homework!”

“I’ll get it later!”

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