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Ryman Legacy Chapter 8A

  1. 1. Calvin<br />The Ryman Legacy<br />Chapter 8A <br />Rick<br />‘Genetic Variation’<br />Allen<br />By Mzyra<br />
  2. 2. Childhood: a time of fun and enjoyment before the hormones of the teenage years and the responsibility of adulthood weighs the soul down. <br />Or, rather, a time when you have to do what you’re told on the off chance that it might benefit you later, once you’ve decided what you want to do with your life.<br />For Mia and Calvin childhood sometimes seemed to be a lot more about the latter definition than the former. <br />
  3. 3. However there were some forms of skilling that were more fun and at least they always had a companion to make the time pass quicker, having competitions over who could do the most skips without tripping. Mia tended to win, but Calvin always told himself he was letting her do so, even when that wasn’t exactly true.<br />It was probably just as well that the conservatory had something to be used for, since it was going to be a good many years before anyone would be getting married there again, especially since Calvin – most likely to be the next to get married – was still at the point where girls were ‘ishy’. Well, except for his little sister, but she didn’t count.<br />
  4. 4. Weddings may have become a very rare occurrence, but pregnancies certainly weren’t as Nicola found herself pregnant for the fourth time. It didn’t matter to either Nicola or Alvin whether the new baby would be male or female, though Nicola did hope that she might have a child that would at least look a little like her; the only thing that there’d been so far was Mia getting Nicola’s dark blue eyes, but other than that they probably could all have been little Alvin clones.<br />But even if this new one didn’t fulfil that hope, it probably wouldn’t be the last child they’d have, not if Nicola had anything to do with it.<br />
  5. 5. Even the kids seemed to be suspicious as Mia began to think and put together ‘Mum in underwear = baby’.<br />But regardless of size, the family was a happy one with all the kids getting along well, though the amount of time Mia spent with Rick may have been trying to escape skilling for an afternoon. Regardless, she tried to explain the concept of a birthday to her little brother since it was their older brother’s birthday that very night.<br />
  6. 6. Calvin hadn’t been as lucky in escaping skilling as Alvin was persuaded into teaching Rick to walk, giving Calvin no excuse to get out of it as Mia had.<br />Nicola had thrown him a birthday party though (before suddenly becoming visually pregnant again) so it wasn’t all bad for him.<br />
  7. 7. Uncle Sean, Aunt Marina and cousins Brendan, Cindy and Haley had all shown up, though Cindy and Haley had only just had their own birthdays.<br />Calvin wondered what to wish for and dedicate his life to – his Mum and grandma had been family, his Dad was knowledge and his granddad had been grilled cheese of all things. Calvin quite liked his family but didn’t really want to dedicate his whole life to it, he’d had quite enough of skilling for some years and grilled cheese was… a bit weird.<br />What Calvin really wanted…<br />
  8. 8. What Calvin really wanted was fun. And his outfit seemed apt for it.<br />Ideally he wanted to go on dates, but not just any dates, loads of absolutely amazing ones.<br />Everyone naturally cheered Calvin’s aging, though the adults were more than slightly dubious about his outfit.<br />
  9. 9. Those older than adults were slightly more vocal with their feelings.<br />C: “AH! Granddad!”<br />B: “What do you think you’re wearing? Young people today! And what was that you were thinking about grilled cheese earlier?! Why I oughta…! And why don’t you look anything me? We’re only two generations apart!”<br />Birch doesn’t get to vent as much as he needs to, apparently.<br />
  10. 10. Ci: “So you’re a pleasure seeker too now, huh? Awesome! It’s gonna be so great when we hit uni; partying and clubbing all the time, finally free from parental control!”<br />Ca: “What about lectures and stuff?”<br />Ci: “Oh, you don’t need to go to all of those really. I mean, Sara says she does, but I bet Seth doesn’t and he always gets good grades. It’s all about the parties!”<br />Ca: “Great then, looking forward to it!”<br />
  11. 11. Naturally the police showed up at 11pm sharp as they do for every party – it was beginning to get suspicious about whether they hid around the corner every night on the off-chance of a party.<br />“Hey Haley, wait up!”<br />Haley isn’t quite as upbeat as her twin, being a bit of an odd-one-out in her family (not even counting being the only one to get red hair) – three out of five are mean and couldn’t care less and Brendan is perfectly happy romancing every unrelated girl he meets (and has a high success rate), whereas Haley desperately wants to be popular but is also rather desperately shy. Life just seemed to be better for everybody else than it was for her.<br />(And she did grow into that all-black outfit, excluding the hat)<br />
  12. 12. Mia had lost her playing partner now that Calvin had grown up, but found that she actually quite enjoyed skipping and continued to do so whenever and wherever she could, much to her parents’ annoyance. She was also surprisingly talented at doing so in cowboy boots.<br />
  13. 13. “Hello young lady, you’ve become so good at physical exercise that I am legally allowed to wander randomly into your house and tell you to come by my place at some point.”<br />“Um, okay. Thanks?”<br />“… You don’t think this is weird or creepy, do you? I’ve had some people tell me that…”<br />“Um, I don’t know. Maybe you should go away just in case?”<br />
  14. 14. Calvin may have had better things to do than hang out with his siblings since he became a teenager, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t choose to do so anyway. With Nicola tired from pregnancy number four and Alvin still easily distracted Rick could always use some brotherly attention.<br />“Who looks like a smaller version of me? Who looks like a smaller version of me? Rick does, don’t you?!”<br />“Hehehe!”<br />
  15. 15. Alvin was still trying his best though, even to the point of just sitting and talking to Rick as he played. It wasn’t like Alvin had much else to do since he became a Mad Scientist anyway. Maybe he needed a new project to take up his time…<br />
  16. 16. Nicola wasn’t too pregnant to spend time with her youngest child either and finally got a child to have her as its first word, something her own mother never managed. Having a lot of kids may have been difficult, but she knew it was worth it in the end for moments like this.<br />
  17. 17. Meanwhile Mia had reached the age for asking deeper questions.<br />“What happens when people die?”<br />A: “Well, scientific experiments suggest that the simlish concious is merely-”<br />C: “The grim reaper comes and shows you to heaven Mia, where there’s everything you could ever want and everyone’s happy forever.”<br />M: “Oh, okay. It’s just… Grandma died on my birthday before and I was wondering whether that would happen every time I had a birthday and so what would happen…”<br />C: “Don’t be silly honey, it was just Gran’s time to go. Nobody died when you became a toddler and nobody’s due to die for ages yet. Just you wait and see.”<br />
  18. 18. Speaking of the dead, both Birch and Carla made appearances around the house on a fairly regular basis, though they weren’t too bad when it came to scaring its living occupants. It didn’t bother them if their old bedroom was used for storage, just so long as nobody sold their bed.<br />
  19. 19. Calvin’s teenage mind was increasingly turning towards dating, though he had yet to meet any girls who’d captured his attention. He could always wait until he went to college where there’d be plenty of girls, but he didn’t really want to become a young adult without even having had his first kiss… But he guessed just so long as Cindy and Haley were in a similar position it wouldn’t be so bad… He was still dead good looking, right?<br />
  20. 20. Not that he really had the time for finding girlfriends. He may not have been career or knowledge orientated, but his parents considered the ability to cook to be useful to anybody and everybody, so he found himself having to box chocolates on sunny afternoons when he could have been hanging out around town.<br />
  21. 21. Elsewhere Nicola went into labour with child number four, right in the corner of the smallest room in the house, naturally.<br />
  22. 22. The newest addition turned out to be another boy, again with Alvin’s brown hair, but with Nicola’s dark blue eyes and a skin tone closer to Nicola’s than Alvin’s for once. Maybe Allen, as he was named, would get some of her facial features to match it.<br />
  23. 23. And Allen got placed in Terry’s old room, still decorated as he had left it.<br />Nicola did still worry sometimes about what had happened to Terry since neither she nor Marina or Sean had heard from him since he left for Kimmy’s. They hadn’t heard from her either, but they weren’t so concerned about that. Surely Kimmy’s child was even older than Calvin, making him a teenager, so had Terry moved out again yet? Maybe he was leaving it a little longer, then he could have a wife and kids of his own. They’d be sure to hear from him when that happened. Then Allen and her other children would have even more cousins to play with.<br />
  24. 24. Alvin’s work didn’t have to get in the way of childcare, though it did raise some interesting questions…<br />“Dada, why you got thilver hand? You wobot?”<br />“No Rick, Daddy’s not a robot, it’s just… useful and better than a human hand for the kinds of experiments I have to do. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve spilt acid all over it…”<br />*Blank stare*<br />“Don’t worry about it, just go to sleep, sport.” <br />
  25. 25. C: “So Sara, Seth, May and Tiana are all on the Dean’s list like all the time, so uni can’t be that hard really. I mean, I expect that even at my age-”<br />N: “Calvin, are you asking to go to university already?”<br />C: “…Maybe.”<br />N: “But you’re so young still! And I can’t imagine Marina letting Cindy and Haley leave yet, so there’d be no point in letting you go either.”<br />C: “But if you said yes then aunt Marina might-”<br />N: “No. We can discuss this again when Allen becomes a child, but not before.”<br />C: “Oh but-! Dad, you’ll let me go and learn all those new things, won’t you…?”<br />A: “Listen to your mother, Calvin. The wonderful world of knowledge can wait a few years.”<br />
  26. 26. Mia had other things on her mind.<br />M: “Mum… You know you and Dad were in your underwear earlier… Are you going to have another baby?”<br />N: “Well, I’m not certain that I’m pregnant, but-”<br />M: “Again?How many babies do you have to have? Are you ever going to stop?”<br />N: “Don’t you like having little siblings?”<br />M: “Well… I guess so, but we’re going to run out of space! You’ll have to make Calvin leave to fit us all in! And I guess… I’ve just got a bad feeling about it all.”<br />N: “Well don’t worry, sweetheart, this next one will be the last we have planned.”<br />
  27. 27. “It’s my birfday Mithter Teddy! I’m gonna get weally weally big and then I’ll be able to pick you up and take you pwaces!”<br />
  28. 28. And Rick was right as a large family party was thrown that very evening, with Alvin still not dressed from earlier, much to his older children’s embarrassment.<br />
  29. 29. And so Rick became a child looking incredibly like most of the rest of his family, only being differentiated from Calvin by slightly darker skin and differentiated from Mia by lighter blue eyes (and gender, obviously). <br />
  30. 30. Still, he was surrounded by people who loved him regardless of who or what he looked like, so he needed no real excuse to fit in.<br />
  31. 31. And Rick was true to his word about the teddy, who he was still rather attached to, though his family hoped that this attachment might lessen after he went to school and made friends with other children. <br />
  32. 32. Marina was getting broody again around her smaller nephews….<br />“Awwww, I miss having children this small. I wonder if Nery would let us have or adopt another, just to have a tiny child to look after again…”<br />Allen had no idea what was going on, but milk = good.<br />
  33. 33. “Ugh. I wonder what the chances of being hit by lightning when just walking across your garden are? At least it’s only ruined my underwear, unlike if I’d bothered getting dressed. We really need someone or something to do this stuff for us…”<br />
  34. 34. Nicola turned out to indeed be pregnant. As she had said to Mia, this was at least supposed to be the final time, so she resolved to make the most of it until she could relive it through Mia or a daughter-in-law in some years.<br />
  35. 35. Although the ghosts could have been worse really, it didn’t mean they managed to avoid temptation all the time.<br />C: “Booga-wooga-wooga! Who are you and what are you doing in my old house?!”<br />R: “G-grandma? It’s me, Rick!”<br />C: “Rick…? Oh right, you were a baby…”<br />R: “So why did you have to scare me?!”<br />C: “Um… Because… Tidy up that hair of yours! This is a respectable family, thank you very much!”<br />
  36. 36. Rick did tidy up his hair in the hopes that it might help, but also carried around his teddy all day just in case.<br />
  37. 37. Meanwhile, Alvin suddenly remembered that he has a bronze skills badge in robotics and decided to forgo having to clean things up himself and risk electrocution by building some robots to do it all for them. <br />
  38. 38. But Alvin is easily absorbed into whatever he does…<br />M: “Daddy! Daddy look! I got an A+!”<br />A: “…”<br />M: “Daddy? A+?”<br />A: “…”<br />M: *Sniff* “Fine, Mum will care about my A+…” *runs off* “Mum! Mum!”<br />A: “…”<br />
  39. 39. It was just as well Calvin hadn’t been allowed to go to university yet; with Alvin engaged in his newest project and Nicola pregnant again Calvin’s help was incredibly useful in looking after Allen. But he wasn’t going to be so small for long…<br />
  40. 40. Yet another birthday with another party in the Ryman household and plenty of relatives invited. But all the people attending still managed to make as big a deal out of it as they had for the party just the day before it. <br />
  41. 41. Any hopes Nicola had had that her genetics might be more obvious for once were quickly dashed once again as Allen looked just as much like his father as all of his older siblings had before him. Still, it was a cute face that she loved regardless of who had it, so she couldn’t really complain.<br />
  42. 42. Given the frequency of parties and how often they’re thrown for birthdays of children who are too small to really appreciate them, it’s amazing how every party tends to be a good one for the Rymans, this may be because the guests are nearly always all family members of increasing distance, but this may also be because of the conservatory in the garden that easily becomes party central before alerting the police with its music.<br />Most of the family does get on quite well though, with nieces trusting their uncles enough to be swung around the room. And Marina spreading the infectious slap-dance that Sean’s daughters brought back from Three Lakes and is now devastating students’ vague attempts to study over at university.<br />
  43. 43. Once the parties are over, however, things go back to normal; Rick is introduced to the wonderful childhood world of reading boring book after book after book and Nicola starts teaching Allen his toddler skills and tries not to be hurt by the apparent prioritisation of milk bottles above Allen’s own mother.<br />
  44. 44. Alvin’s robots do prove their worth to a certain extent, keeping Birch and Carla’s flowers nice and healthy, though it’s a wonder as to how the robot didn’t kill the flowers it had to drive over to reach the others… But anything that might appease the ghosts was fine with the family having to deal with them.<br />
  45. 45. With the basic purpose for his robots fulfilled, Alvin returned to some of his parental duties like teaching Allen to walk, though he didn’t seem as keen to do so as his older brothers and sister had been. It was a little awkward between the two since Alvin hadn’t had much time for Allen before, or at least as awkward as things could be with a toddler.<br />
  46. 46. But if Alvin tried to spend very much time not focussing on his robotic creations things tended to go wrong, commanding his attention once again and leaving the kids to their own devices.<br />
  47. 47. Calvin’s devices were probably not what his parents would have liked – Cindy managed to ‘borrow’ her father’s limousine carpool so they could break the rules and have a night out on the town while their parents were at home asleep.<br />
  48. 48. But Calvin hadn’t been exercising as much as he possibly should have been since he got caught by the police, though at least Cindy had managed to escape with the car, so they’d be able to try again another night if they wanted.<br />
  49. 49. Calvin was far from the only one to get arrested, however; Seth, Tiana and Haley had all been brought home in the back of cop cars too.<br />Sean: “I am very disappointed in you, young lady! How could you bring the police to our house like this?”<br />Tiana: “Sorry Daddy, I just wanted to meet my friends and push the limits a little…”<br />S: “Well, just so long as you don’t get caught next time, okay?!”<br />
  50. 50. Still, punishments for vaguely criminal activities could never keep best friends apart, regardless of how angry the parents might have been, so Calvin still got to hang out with Cindy and Haley during the weekend. <br />
  51. 51. Ca: “So yeah, Mum and Dad aren’t gonna let me go to uni until Allen’s a child, though now she’s pregnant again I’m worried she might say I’ll have to wait until the next one’s a child too…”<br />Ci: “They can’t keep you here forever Cal. And if they try we’ll nick the limo again and kidnap you to take you to uni if we have to!”<br />H: “Oh don’t say that, I don’t want to have to experience your driving again Cindy – you took half the paint off the bumper when you scraped that wall!”<br />Ci: “I don’t see you offering to drive a limo – they’re really long, it makes it difficult to judge these things!”<br />H: “So you shouldn’t be driving it at all!”<br />Ca: “Okay, okay, stop fighting! It won’t come to that, I’m sure it’ll be fine…”<br />
  52. 52. Ca: “It sucks being the eldest child sometimes… All these little kids running around…”<br />Ci: “Have you forgotten that we’re the youngest of our batch, Cal? Youngest children are obviously better than you boring oldies!”<br />Ca: “Well a spoiled little kid might think that… Ah, no stop tickling me!”<br />Ci: “Not until you concede that youngest kids are better than eldest kids!”<br />Ca: “Nooo! Okay, okay, what if I concede that girls are better than boys instead?”<br />Ci: “Hmm, I suppose that might be sufficient. Well?”<br />Ca: “Girls are better than boys. Especially at tickling, apparently.”<br />Ci: “It takes years of practice, trust me.”<br />
  53. 53. Calvin wasn’t the only one socialising as Rick made friends with a girl he’d brought home from school once. Rick tended to get quite shy talking about himself, however, so he’d often end up talking about almost anybody else, even if he barely knew them.<br />R: “So I have loads of cousins who are way older than me, but they’re all mega-smart and win prizes and stuff all the time at university.”<br />T: “Wow. You must be pretty smart then too, it runs in families doesn’t it?”<br />R: “Um, uh, I dunno… But Sara, my biggest cousin, is like going to be mayor and stuff one day-”<br />T: “What do you want to be?”<br />R: “Erm… And then there’s Seth-”<br />
  54. 54. With everybody in and out of the house at random times and doing different things, it’s unusual for the Ryman household to have what could be called a ‘family meal’, but for once it actually happened.<br />Ci: “So you are going to actually let Calvin go to uni one day, right? He can’t stay here forever and uni would really suck without my best friend and all…”<br />A: “Don’t worry Cindy, we think it’s great that you two are such good friends and don’t want to split you up, we just don’t want you to try and grow up before you’re ready.”<br />M: “I like being a child.”<br />Ci: “Yeah, you say that now, Mia, but when you become a teenager you’ll realise there’s loads of stuff you could do when you’re adult but aren’t allowed to.”<br />
  55. 55. The family meal continued for quite some time even, with Rick joining in and Alvin resorting to his old cooking anecdotes.<br />A: “So the recipe said to add 200 grams of flour, but I wasn’t really paying attention and accidentally added 200 grams of sugar instead…”<br />M: “Ewww, that sounds gross, Dad!”<br />A: “Needless to say, the young lady in whom I was interested was not at all impressed with the end result and never spoke to me again, though that’s just as well, isn’t it, Nicola? But it still demonstrates why you kids need to learn to cook – if not for your general dietary requirements, then for your potential love lives!”<br />Ca: “Only if you’re stupid enough to make that mistake, Dad!”<br />
  56. 56. Allen may not have been old enough to join his family at the table, but he got in just as much socialising as everybody else as his cousins – who had never had to look after a little kid before – and Rick’s friend took an interest in the toddler, each trying to convince him of something different at the same time.<br />[With so many of the generation at uni they talk about the Dean’s list all the freaking time. And behold the evils of the slap dance, causing want panel spam ever after!]<br />
  57. 57. After a long afternoon of socialising, Calvin got to put his littlest brother to bed. He may not have dedicated his life to family, but Calvin still adored small children sometimes. Some day he’d have to have a few of his own, once he’d found the right woman.<br />
  58. 58. “AAAH!”<br />“Stop being so freaking sentimental! Stop dressing like some kind of punk! And when are you going to start looking like me?!”<br />~~~~~End of 8A~~~~~~<br /><ul><li>Will the next child finally be the last?
  59. 59. Will the next child look anything like Nicola and Birch for once?
  60. 60. What happened to the plot?
  61. 61. Will I start updating frequently again?</li></ul>I hope so…<br />