It had been months, and nightmares still plagued Lily
Doran every night. She was lucky if she got more than
three hours rest before she was awake again.
Every nightmare forced her to unwillingly relive the night
that shattered her life and ultimately stole her family
from her. She had to do something. She couldn’t go on
Eglantine, the nymph who had become as close as a sister, had
presented her with a possible solution. It was risky. It was scary.
It might not work. It would alter her personality. Yet, it might
work. It might be the only solution. It might allow her some
peace and a chance at happiness.
She had had the machine for weeks. She had gone back
and forth, weighing the options in her mind, reviewing
the pros and cons.
She knew that the final decision was hers alone, but she
made three phone calls for additional advice.
Desdemona, her older sister, had always known what to
do and how to take care of things.
“Lily, you know what you have to do,” was her sage advice.
“The sooner you decide, the better off you’ll be.”
“I know. But what if it’s worse than it is now?”
“What could be worse than waking up in terror every
night?! It’s worth the risk Lil.”
Lily assured Desdemona that she would make a decision
soon and thanked her for her advice. She hung up the
phone and dialed the next number on her list.
Fortunata was the sibling she had always been closest to.
Nata knew her the best, knew the right questions to ask.
“What about having that family you always wanted?
Will that still be an option?”
“Nata, that’s what scares me the most. What if I lose
that? Will it be worth it? I’ve already lost family. Am I
giving up the possibility of finding it again?” She
couldn’t keep the emotion out of her voice.
“Lily, you haven’t lost us. We’ve just been scattered. You
know we’ll love you no matter where we end up and no
matter what you decide.”
“I miss you Nata. I miss you all,” she said as she hung up
Her final phone call was to Grey. The eldest of the
current Doran clan, Lily knew he would help her weigh
the pros and cons.
“Lil, what would be the benefits? What’s the
“Well, a good night’s sleep would be nice,” she tried to joke.
“You know what I mean,” he gently chided. “I’m not the
one who needs the list Lily.”
“I know.” She thanked Grey and hung up the phone,
only a smidgen closer to making her decision than she
had been an hour ago.
Delaying for yet another night brought the same
nightmare, the same terror, the same lack of sleep.
She couldn’t put it off any longer. The benefits definitely
outweighed the drawbacks.
Contemplating for the rest of the early morning, she
didn’t even notice the sun rising overhead.
Her decision made, she bent over the control panel of
the machine. The directions for operating it had been
drilled into her head by Eglantine as she had learned
them. It was surprisingly easy to program.
It whirred to life, startling her for a moment. She
grabbed a hold of the handles, a last moment of doubt
niggling at the edge of her mind.
Gently placing her head inside the machine, she
wondered what it would feel like.
When she lifted her head out, there was a certain peace
she hadn’t felt in a long time.
For the first time in a long time, she was able to
appreciate the joy and beauty of the world she was in.
Welcome to Generation 10 of the Boolpropian Round
Robin Legacy. Lily Doran is the chosen heir. She was a
Family sim and is now Grilled Cheese, with a 7/1/5/10/8
personality spread. Desiderata Valley is where she will
settle in and make her way.