Chapter 7: Expanding

August 3, 2009

It wasn’t much longer before Arthur became an adult, and was he glad to finally be done with school.  Now he could focus on finding himself a career to make money, he liked money and luxury.  He was definitely going to enjoy doing his part of the Command of Scion.

C7 Following Ranks

Arthur got to talking to Zed about his job one day, and Arthur needed no  further convincing other than that to join.  In fact he was really excited and determined to be in the ranks amongst the criminals, much like a family away from home.  So the next time that Zed went to work, Arthur came with him and passed with flying colors the interview with the boss .  He was one of them now.

C7 Training

Arthur immediately began training at home on the treadmill that Zed had been using.  They both took their job seriously, as well as of course their training.

While Zed may have been the first to grow up and find himself a career, it would be Arthur who would be first to propose to a girl.  Her name was Regina, a handy worker who had caught his eye when she came to fix their dishwasher.

C7 Pleasure

Though, Zed also met a repair technician, and he too was succesful in securing an engagement.  Her name was Rebekah, and he would be the first of the two brothers to marry.  It would be important to create another generation of McArches, and now both brothers had that option open to them.

C7 RightBehind

The family was growing fast, and the current house would not be able to support its new additions.  Nor would it be able to accept the new children that would someday be running through its rooms, not without insanity anyway.

It would be that and the fact that they were getting sick and tired of the current house, that work on a large expansion along with redecorating would happen.   A good §20,000 later, the house would double in size, with the additions of a new kitchen, a master bedroom, another full bathroom, and a study area.  Not to mention the house was a lot nicer on the eyes than it had been previously.

C7 Renovations

There would be plenty of room and comfort for the current inhabitants and future ones until the time came for rebuilding arrived someday.  Though, one of the nicest features of the new house was a large kitchen with an island counter to act as a bar for eating.

C7 Kitchen

Even though the bar was a popular choice and inspired many to visit, it couldn’t help your pleasure if you were a terrible cook.   But with the exception of a few culinary tragedies, it would be one of the most enjoyable locations of the house.

However, even with five people living under its roof, the house would often be quiet.  Too quiet.  How much longer would it take before there were children running through its halls yelling and laughing?

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Chapter 6: Chain of Command

July 30, 2009

It was one day while Zed and Archie were sitting down for a small and quick lunch that Archie had some surprising news.  He explained that after Kate’s death he had been working on a project in secret.  He had finally finished it and was now ready to share it with the brothers.

C6 Family Secrets

That project was a book named the Command of Scion, a book that was to be passed down from generation to generation.  In fact the book was sitting right there on the table.  Archie further explained to Zed that the book was a collection of knowledge and instructions for future generations.  Also, by following the books guidelines the family would be able to use it as a stepping stone to build upon in order to achieve excellence.  Furthermore, the books existence and contents were to be a secret closely guarded by the family at all costs.

It was after Archie divulged about the book and its importance that he shared the next bit of news.  He was getting up in age and his time was almost upon him.  Therefore, it would be Zed who would take over the reins and lead the family in its next steps forward.  It would be up to him to look after his younger brother, to create another generation for the family, and to take council from the Command of Scion. 

That was a great moment for Zed, he would be boss now.  Though, a great burden was now placed on him as he now had large expectations to live up to.  But for now it would happen one step at a time, beginning with the brothers reading the curious book.

C6 Brothers Scion

As soon as copies of the book were given to them, they read in awe at what was contained within the pages .  Archie’s dream and plan envisioned was both grandeur and arduous.  Yet, it all made sense and left the brothers with a sense of purpose and pride.  How had Archie come up with this master plan?

Their task ahead of them it turned out would be a straight forward one.  The duty left to them was to build up a wealth that would be required for the future endeavors given by the book.  Though, that didn’t mean that their charge was any less important, in fact it was the most important because it served as a foundation for everything else.  The brothers were next in the chain of command, and their time was now.

Though, this left Zed in an interesting predicament.  He had just finished school and would need to find a way to start acquiring the money, and he still had no idea how to go about it.  He was very athletic, but he never could keep his head in the game and knew he wouldn’t be able to thrive and become a star athlete.  He knew he definitely wasn’t meant for the sit in an office kind of job, so what did that leave him?  It was time to start searching around.

C6 Zed Career

Finally, Zed found an ad to help work on and restore an old warehouse.  It also promised that there would be a partnership in the business afterwords.  He was a little doubtful, but he figured he would go and check it out.  This could be the opportunity that he was looking for.

When he arrived, it wasn’t quite at all what he was expecting.  It took Zed a while to locate the rear entrance, and when he got inside he was surprised.  It turned out that the business wasn’t exactly legit and had a lot of underhanded deals.  However, if he were to join ranks and prove his worth, there was definitely a large amount of wealth that could be acquired for the determined individual.

At first Zed was resistant to the offer, but they saw great potential in him and assured him that he wouldn’t have to hurt anyone.  After some consideration and a lack of better alternatives, he decided that he would join their ranks.  It probably wasn’t what Archie had in mind exactly, but it would work.

C6 Visit

That night while Zed was sleeping, the ghost of his mother came to visit him.  She looked upon his sleeping figure saddened at what he had signed up for.  Though, she knew he meant well and left his side wishing the best for him.

C6 History

Meanwhile, Arthur was out at the community cemetary.  His purpose there was to look for the markings of other great families of their time to research later.  He figured by understanding the previous greats, he might be able to further understand at how to achieve those things himself someday.  After taking a look around and finding what he needed, he stopped by an eerie looking statue on the way out.

C6 Reaper

It seemed as if the statue itself was the grim reaper himself, frozen in time and stone.  As if at any moment it might come alive and take with him the unfortunate soul that dare challenge him.  With this thought, Arthur gave a cold and twisted grin as he turned away to head back home.  After all, it was after curfew and he definitely didn’t want the police poking around into his business in the cemetary.  There was much work to be done still for the brothers.  What paths lay ahead of them, and will their futures be full of dark deeds?

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Chapter 5: First Departed

July 26, 2009

Atop the hilltop, the McArches house sat as quiet and peaceful as always.  All was well and everything was perfect, but that couldn’t last forever.

C5 Tranquility

Stormy clouds were arriving from over the horizon to loom over the McArches, casting a foreboding darkness over the family.  However, unlike the coast with its lighthouse atop the rocks, the McArches would have no guiding light.  They would just have to endure the best that they could.

The first troubling event was one day while Archie was playing in the park for some extra tips and entertaining his fans.  In the middle of his show came none other than the collector of souls, the Grim Reaper.

C5 Collector

Archie had never seen anyone pass away before, even though he had met the ghost of his grandfather when he was a child.  He watched in horror along with everyone else as the Reaper extended his spindly arm torwards the unfortunate guy, declaring his time had come.

Archie was left with the chills from just merely watching.  He definitely wasn’t looking forward to the day he himself would be having this inevitable meeting with the Reaper someday.

C5 Insane

However, as strong as the moment was, it would soon leave Archie’s mind.  He had other worries on his mind.  Sometimes, his oldest son could be heard talking to an unseen someone and sometimes even arguing.  Who could Zed possibly be arguing with, and was this just some strange part of teenage years?

The youngest son, Arthur, seemed to have grown into a fine enough teen, but sometimes he just made Archie feel uncomfortable.  What was it that was in Arthurs eyes? There was no way to describe it other than like a spark, but it left you feeling cold and vulnerable instead of warm. 

However, neither Archie or Kate had never seen anything that made them love either of their sons any less, and that was that.  Someday they would make them both proud.

C5 Captivation

It was a good thing that there was love among the family, because soon they would need it more than ever.  The darkest of the events was soon to come to passing.  The Grim Reaper would be visiting again, but this time it would be one of their own that he would be taking with him.

C5 Departure

Kate’s time came one day while Archie was out and the boys were in school.  She was alone as her soul was carried away by the Collector and unable to give one last farewell.  It would be when everyone started arriving home, that the mourning and pain would truly begin.

The hardest hit of course was Archie.  When he got home, he coped the best way that he knew how; music.  Archie played for hours on end, it was his final farewell to the love of his life.  Play and play he did as he poured his heart and soul into his music, trying to ward off the anguish.

C5 Agony

As his music played on, a strange thing happned.  It seemed as if the whole world was wailing with him as he wailed upon his strings.  First to join was the distant screaming sirens, then the far off crying wolves, next was the wind howling around the house.  Yes, they and all of the world was wailing along with Archie.  Wailing in anguish for the dear departed.

Kate’s ghost watched silently in sorrow at the pain her departure had caused the ones she loved.  Though, she knew that someday they would all be re-united, but for now she would have to count on that the love and joy they once shared would far outweigh the pain.  About that she was correct, they would each make their peace and life would slowly go back to as normal as it could be.

C5 Brothers

Time had ran out for their mother, and someday not too far off it would for their father too.  As for the brothers, manhood was just right around the corner.  It was then that they decided it was time to start talking more seriously about the next steps in their lives. 

Their time to shine was almost upon them.  Who would they become?  Would they leave this world with as much grace as had their mother?  Would they become great and larger than life like their father?  Would they achieve something else altogether?

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Chapter 4: Tides of Time

July 14, 2009

It seemed just like yesterday to Archie, that he was just sleeping on the bench in the park.  Though, he now had a wife, two sons, and a home to shelter them all.

He had done all of this, and he was quite pleased with himself.  Even though things were a lot better, Archie knew he still had a ways to go to fully accomplish his dreams.  The new additions to the house couldn’t be considered grand or majestic, but it was another step forward.

C4_New_Additions

However, Archie decided that before he went about acquiring more in life, he would secure that which he already had.  He definitely didn’t want to worry about some burglar breaking in and harming his kids.  He decided it was time to invest some money in an alarm for the house.  While it wasn’t cheap, he knew it would definitely be worth the investment to protect his beloved family and all that he worked to achieve.

C4_Securities

When he had it installed, he quickly set to work on learning how to use it.  It was then that he felt better about the security of his and his family’s future. 

C4_Snuggles

Though, one night while walking around his home making sure everything was secured, he looked in an saw Zed playing with his favorite bear.  That was Zed’s favorite toy, but it was his only real toy.  With this in mind, Archie couldn’t help but frown, and it was then he resolved that he would try and to provide better things for his family.

C4_LateNights

Archie would often stay up late at the theatre, playing for as long as he could in hopes to scrape those extra tips from the people passing by.  While he was popular, he was still a ways off from being famous, but this was the best way in his mind to make a living.  He knew someday he would be famous and he would have everything he wanted and also the means to be able to give his family anything they wanted.

C4_Old_and_Weary

Though, there was one thing that Archie could not give his loved ones, and that was time itself.  It seemed that bearing his children and taking care of them while he was out making a living took its toll on Kate.  She was now feeling the effects of aging, and was often left trying to catch up on her energy.

Though, that didn’t stop her at all in taking care of her children, and in fact she loved them now more than ever.  She often enjoyed playing with them when she could.  Kate also helped Zed in learning how to use the potty, walk, and talk.  Things were always busy in the McArches household, but she couldn’t think of anywhere else she would rather be.

C4_BundleJoy

Whenever Kate had a little bit of time to herself, she often found herself painting.  There were many beautiful things in life, and she did her best to capture them.  Though, she was a little saddened that someday her time would come, and she would have to leave all of this behind.

C4_StillPainting

Yet there were still some beautiful days ahead of Kate, and for the whole McArches family. Though, the passing of time, her greatest enemy, was also her best friend as she fondly got to watch her children grow up before her very own eyes.

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Chapter 3: Seeds to a Legacy

July 2, 2009

With the baby on the way, the McArches were busy preparing for their new addition to the family.  They already had some names chosen for when the baby was born.  Though, even after all their preparation, Archie couldn’t help but be anxious when the time finally came.

C3 - It's time!

Though, they were able to get to the hospital where the baby was delivered healthy and without complications.  On the way out, one of Archie’s fans stopped him to say hello.  Archie was so excited that he recounted the events and shared his excitement about their newly born baby boy, Zed.

C3 - Excitement

Archie also explained how they had named the baby in honor of his grandfather, who had made all of this possible.  The fan listened in awe at the whole story, and was amazed that she was able to share in one of her favorite celebrities’ most glorious moments.  Archie liked connecting with his fans, but now it was finally time to bring the baby home for the first time.

C3 - Home Arrival

Kate had to take Zed back to the house by herself, because it was already time for Archie to go to work.  This being her first child she was still feeling unsure about the whole ordeal, and she wondered what kind of life she would be able to provide for her child.

C3 - Warm Welcome

Why, a loving one of course!  With the baby cuddled against her, some of her doubts soon began to fade.  She had Archie to take care of them, and she just knew that he wouldn’t fail them.  Things would be more exciting around the house, but she was soon feeling confident enough for another kid!

So, they tried for another baby, and shortly after she found out that she was pregnant again.  Though, it was a little tiring raising their baby while she was pregnant, and she was always feeling sore.  But, the days passed by uneventfully for the most part, with the only significant events being Archie’s promotions.  Until one day… while cooking dinner, Kate had managed to set the stove on fire!

She knew that their house could not burn down, and her baby in the next room could not become in danger because of her mistake!  A transformation occurred within her, which Archie witnessed, completely stunning him. 

C3 - Fire!

Summoning courage from deep within herself, she bravely put out the fire before any harm could come to anyone she loved.  It was a great victory for her, giving her a great sense of pride and confidence.  She could handle anything now!

Time had been passing by quickly, with Archie often at work trying to achieve his lifetime dream.  Though, he was still a good father to his children and helped take care of them when Kate was too exhausted.  When Zed’s birthday came along, they threw him a party to celebrate him officially becoming a toddler.

C3 - Zed Toddler

Things were getting more interesting around the house, as Kate now had to deal with the increasing demands and wants from growing Zed.  However, she loved him and had a lot of fun teaching him how to walk and to use the little potty they had bought for him.  It wouldn’t be long, before another bundle of joy would arrive.  While they both were hoping for a girl, it would be another boy they welcomed into their home.

C3 - Arthur

With two boys, Zed and Arthur, the seeds for a legacy were now sown.

What great things will they achieve in their lifetimes?  Will Archie ever make it to the top and become a world renowned rockstar?  What other surprises await the McArches?  Only time will tell…

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Chapter 2: On the Rise

June 29, 2009

Archie was becoming quite popular at the central park, and it wouldn’t be much longer before things started to fall into place for him.  He was quickly winning everyone’s hearts, and much to his amazement people were actually willing to give him money in order to help him along.

C2 - Contributions

These tips were his first simoleons he had ever earned by himself, and it felt good.  This wasn’t like working on the farm, where his work would be enjoyed by someone he would never meet, no this was personal and gratifying.  There are few joys such as playing the guitar and looking out to see gleeful faces.

He would put the money he earned to good use, buying himself a luxury he could not previously afford.  A bed.  He still couldn’t afford building materials for a house of any sort yet, but that was okay.

C2 - Starry Night

The first night in his bed was the best one he had in ages.  While laying there, he noticed just how enchanting the starry night sky was, and a wave of sudden ease washed over him.  He knew now that whatever was ahead of him would only get better and better, and with that thought he drifted off into an undisturbed slumber.

He woke up feeling glad he finally had a bed, but couldn’t help but to wonder how long it would be before he had a roof over his head.  Though, it wouldn’t be long; while the money had trickled in slowly before, it would now come pouring in.  He was becoming something of sorts like a local celebrity at the park, and the word was out.  The more people that came, the more that would donate to his cause.

C2 - Home, Almost.

Eventually, he would have enough money for an efficiency.  Though it wasn’t much to most people’s eyes, he was excited to finally have a roof over his head and relish in the other luxuries he had sacrificed.  It was home, almost.  Even though he had all of these things, he was still missing one piece crucial to the whole.  That missing piece would fall into place just as quickly as had everything else.

C2 - New Company

Her name was Kate Pistachio, one of his fans from the park, but when theirs eyes met, he was smitten.  She stayed behind one day after one of his performances, so he used that time to approach her.  They would quickly become close with one another, and it wasn’t long before they knew they were meant for each other.  Archie wasted no time after that, and one night he asked her if she would marry him, to which she excitedly agreed.

She moved in with him shortly afterwords.  Though, since she didn’t know her family and Archie’s couldn’t leave the farm, they decided to have a private wedding.  Their union passed by unnoticed for the most part in the rest of the town, but it was a grand and joyous step for the both of them.  Archie would now have someone to share his successes with, and now they would both be able to leave behind them a legacy lasting well beyond after their time had come.

Even though Archie had become a local celebrity and had found the love of his life, there was still one more door that needed opening.  His greatest aspiration was to one day become a world famous rockstar, but as of right now he was only known around Sunset Valley for his park performances.  He wanted to become world famous and get actual pay and recognition for his works.  That want too would also be answered one day while he was playing in the park.

C2 - Talent Scount

Her name was Zelda Mae, a talent scout for the nearby theater.  She told him that if he were to get a job at the theater, then perhaps he would have better chances of being recognized.  There would be opportunities available to him there that just weren’t while playing in the park, and of course he would be able to meet the people who might one day make him famous.

Eagerly, he agreed and went home to talk to Kate about it.  She encouraged him to follow up on Zelda’s offer, saying that the income was needed as well.  The next day, he found himself walking up to the theater doors looking to get himself a job where he could someday realize his dreams.

C2 - Job Hunt

Archie was feeling a little nervous at the door, but there was no turning back now as he might never get this chance again.  He walked in with nothing but hopes and dreams, but soon emerged with a job that would eventually lead him down a majestic road. 

C2 - Drawn Home

When he got home to tell his wife that he had gotten the job, he found her in a jovial mood.  She too had some great news to share.  While he was gone for his job interview, she had discovered that she was pregnant.  Needless to say he was surprised when she told him, but he knew he was ready.  Still a little shocked, he could only wonder what lay in store for them next.

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Chapter 1: New Horizons

June 26, 2009

Archie McArches had just left his childhood home in order to see the world and to fulfill his dreams.  His destination was none other than a small city named Sunset Valley, and it would be here that his new life would begin.

C1 - Home what home?

Before arriving at the lot he inherited from his grandfather, he had acquired two things; a make-over and a guitar.  He changed his looks so that he would blend in with the city locals, or so he thought.  The guitar he had bought so that he would have a way to make a living from something other than farming, and at least about that he was right.  After inspecting the lot and giving a few plucks on his guitar strings, he walked across the street to a large pond.

C1 - Dancing fish

It would be here that he would put his guitar skills to the test.  Though, there was only one problem with that as he didn’t have any to speak of.  Try as he might to play his best, it all just turned out horrific, but it would seem the fish didn’t think so.  Could they really be dancing?  Either way, he decided he would need to invest in some guitar lessons, now!

C1 - Guitar Lessons

When he arrived at the theater for his lessons, he noticed that most of the city people were not dressed at all how he expected them to.  In fact, most of them were dressed rather strangely or even like the people back home.  It would turn out that his make-over actually made him stand out.  Though, people didn’t really seem to mind his newfound looks for the most part, so he decided he would keep them.  He rather enjoyed his new look.

C1 - Not like home

After his lessons, he was starving, so he walked down to the nearby store to buy some food.  He bought a handfull of apples while there because they were cheap and one of his favorite foods.  At least until he bit into one of them, ick!  These didn’t taste nearly as great as the ones back home at the farm, and neither would much of the produce in the city he would quickly discover.  Though, one gets used to it after a while.

He was starting to get really sweaty and he needed a shower, but he didn’t own one yet.  However, a woman he talked to briefly tipped him off that there were showers he could use at the gym for free, and of course a toilet could be found there as well.  He made his way to the gym to use the facilities that he would end up using many times over the course of the next weeks.  That was okay though, you really couldn’t go wrong going there.  Unless of course, you were this guy…

C1 - Dummy at Gym

After a shower, Archie went to the park which he had passed along the way to the gym.  He noticed that there were numerous benches, and this was signifigant as he hadn’t been able to afford a bed yet.  He would be sleeping on these for a while as well.

The park itself would be his home for the next few weeks, and his routine would go something like this.  Wake up, go to gym to use the facilities, find a picnic so he could eat and socialize, practice on the guitar, sleep on bench, and repeat.

C1 - Bench for bed

However, Archie’s first night on the bench was the worst.  He couldn’t sleep, and all he could think about was what he was doing here and whether he should really be here.  Though, his conversation with Zed’s ghost a while ago came back to him.  He had been right, the first leg of his journey would be difficult.  Even though Archie was sleeping on a bench for now, if he quit then his dreams would be sleeping on a bench forever, and he wouldn’t have that.  It was with this realization and also his inner ambition that he helped him to press on.

C1 - Finally

Most of his day was spent practicing the guitar, for he knew he must master it to succeed.  Though, he must have been making good progress, because it wasn’t long before people were stopping to watch him play.  This alone made him happier than he had been in a while, giving him a renewed energy and sense of hope.  He decided to take a small break one day and just breathe, so he walked down to the nearby beach for the first time.

C1 - Horizons

He had never been to a beach before, but it was so beautiful and peaceful.  While there, he reflected on his life thus far and on where it was going.  What new horizons will Archie see and journey torwards next?

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