"I was just wondering if you were awake," he said defensively.
"Wanna play chess?" he asked eagerly, shimmying down the bunk bed ladder.
"I'm going to go downstairs to read a few chapters," he told her. "Come get me if you need me, okay?"
"Okay, daddy! I read, too!"
Bad news always travels like wildfire...
Shannon stopped on her way into the house, leaning on her cane. "No," she said simply.
Shannon nodded. "Find the bastard," she said with a hardened-edge in her voice. "Just find him."
Holly headed straight to work, eager to get her day started.
And Violet had the opportunity to attend a master guitar class presented by world-renowned Von Andres during her guitar club. The best prepared student would receive a signed record to hang on their wall! Violet was psyched!
Daisy arrived at the park and just stopped to stare in amazement. It was such a beautiful spot.. there seemed to be something magical about this place!
Mackenzie left the crime scene. They had finally found Seamus' body and it was up to her to figure out if the murdered left behind any incriminating evidence. She was good at what she did, though. She found the clues and pieced it all together.
She hurried home to tell Breandan.
Shannon patted his arm. "It won't take me long. I'm just going to City Hall for the council meeting. I'll be perfectly safe." Breandan had asked her to go and clear the way for their plan. Seamus' death would not go unpunished.
She called Breandan to report the good news.
Breandan rushed to his car and jumped in, lights blaring.
His hunch was that he would find his suspects holed up at the Mithrilen hideout. He hurried inside the hideout with his gun drawn, ready to disarm the criminals.
"I'm going to finish first!" Tearley said as he raced through his homework. He was one page ahead of Marigold.
"Oh yeah, well I took an art class today," Marigold bragged, seeing that he had less work to be completed than her. "The teacher said I had really improved my painting skill!"
Not to be outdone, Tearley retorted, "Oh yeah? Well I signed up for Scouts! I'm going to learn all about gardening and fishing!"
Marigold made a face. "Ew, who wants to learn about that?!"
Everything seemed to be a competition between the kids. Who was better at hopscotch? Who was better at chess? Who finished their homework first? Who could spit the furthest...
"Doesn't matter! I win!" she said, starting to jump up.
Tearley's eyes went back to that one piece in the corner. If he... he worked through the movements in his mind. Yes! If he moved his piece there, he would win in three turns!
Triumphantly, he shifted his piece over and snickered at the look on Marigold's face.
Tearley let her go, trying not to gloat. But he'd done it. He'd finally beaten Marigold!
She shyly tucked her hair behind her ear and started to hurry away rather than talk to him. He was probably just being polite. He probably didn't even think twice about her! She was silly to be so infatuated with him just because he said 'hi'!
Before she could change her mind, she whirled around.
Holly's heart sank. He thought of her as "Violet's little sister." She stared at him dumbly, trying to think of something to say in response. What in the world had made her think that she was brave enough to start up a conversation on her own?!
Blushing, she fidgeted nervously. "Yeah, well, I just wanted to say hi. So, hi," she stammered.
Niall chuckled. "Hi back at ya, babe." He winked before turning back to the bookshelves.
Aiden cracked his knuckles and glared. "You killed my father?" he demanded angrily.
"Boys! This is not the time!" Maurice said, trying to sound firm despite his underlying fear.
"I'm going to kill him!" Aiden said, lunging at the small, little man. Brien held him back. "No, not in front of the cop," he said, indicating his head towards Breandan. "Although, if you want him to meet with an accident, nobody needs to know."
Brien shook his head, unable to talk for a moment. "We might not have always gotten along with our dad, but he was still family. We've been looking for him just as hard as you have," he told Breandan.
"It would've worked a lot faster if you had shared any information you had."
Brien shrugged. "You thought we killed our father. We were working at cross-purposes."
"Everything we do is for the Royalist movement," Aidan piped up. "But you're not murderers."
Breandan noticed that he conveniently left out the other criminal activities they were most likely involved with.
Maurice gained their attention by squeaking, "You can't turn on me! I did this for us! I made you rulers!"
Brien barely restrained himself from attacking his squirmy brother-in-law. "AT THE EXPENSE OF MY FATHER!" he roared. Tilting his head and cracking his jaw, he added, "I'm not killing you for Fiona's sake," he said. "But if I you ever run across my path again..." he threatened. "Come on, Aiden. Let's go break the news to the family."
Aiden shook his head sadly. "This is going to kill ma."
Mackenzie: Opportunity - Solve Crime Scene
Breandan: Opportunity - Disarm Doomsday
Kearney: Keely ages well
Shannon: Keely is a genius, Keely ages well, Opportunity - Attend Conference at City Hall
Violet: Opportunity - Guitar Master Class
Daisy: Go to park, LTW selected - Presenting Perfect Aquarium
Tearley: Sign up for after school activity (scouts), Win a game against Marigold
Marigold: Learn painting skill, Take painting class
Mackenzie: Hang-out with Mason, Earn a promotion
Breandan: BFF with Daisy, BFF with Marigold, Tearley earns A, Daisy earns A
Kearney: Max Handiness skill, Be worth 300k, Workout 12 hours, Upgrade shower
Shannon: Earn promotion, Be worth 300k
Violet: Attend a party, Jam with someone, BFF with Breandan, Invite someone over
Holly: Attend a party, Be friends with someone, Stay on honor roll
Daisy: Catch a great goldfish, Catch a great minnow, Learn gardening skill
Tearley: Skip school, Play catch, Talk to Breandan, BFF with Breandan
Marigold: Paint, Win game against Tearley, Go to museum, BFF with Breandan
*AN - Oh my goodness, all my opportunities played into each other to help create this intriguing story-line. :) Maurice was coming out of City Hall as Shannon walked in. I thought that was too hilarious not to use. He totally looks like an evil genius, doesn't he?! He's got to have the insane trait because he was yelling at nobody, which made for great pictures!
And the O'Connell boys - they certainly look like bruisers! They're built and ready to crack heads! I'm sure it won't be the last we see of them! They might be guilty of trying to have one family (or two... or three) rule the valley again instead of voting in elections (the Royalist movement), but they were certainly not guilty of knocking off their father. Corruption, thievery, other petty crimes - yes. Murder - no. We'll have to keep our eyes on them!
I caught Keely reading her toddler book and just about died from the cuteness factor! She is such a cute little girl! She aged up well & is a genius. She is going to be effortlessly intelligent.... if I can pull it off. :)
Niall was seriously there when Holly went to go home. Since she wants to be friends with someone, I had her approach him. In my mind, she's asking "why are you stalking me?" No heart farts between them. *sighs* I had so hoped! But, he's really into books & chess, so maybe there's nope for them after all!
Violet cracked me up when she left school. I don't know if she was cheering because she won the competition because she randomly decides she's hot stuff. :)