The changing of the guard has been going about as smoothly as can be expected. Here’s our generation 5 champion, for those just joining us and/or folks who don’t have everything they read everywhere memorized yet ;D :
Generation 5 Heiress
Loner, Loves Outdoors, Self-Assured
(+ Physically Gifted from childhood unlock)
Aspiration: Serial Romantic
Dark brown hair, big brown eyes, med/light skin, skinny build (I think mastering Motor in her childhood has made it virtually impossible for her to gain weight, which is a really strange first!). My favorite physical features of Ede’s are her full lips and dimpled chin.
With Dia’s passing still fresh in our hearts, things at the Wolff house have been pretty tense. Coop is actually too sad to punch stuff.
Her son-in-law Jarrett has been helping her work through it as best he can.
Being a Bro, Jarrett is naturally inclined towards fitness, so he’s been working at the gym and happy to train with Coop on the side.
Easter Lily doesn’t seem bothered by anything right now. She’s always been a little more in tune with the unseen than the rest of us, so she likely views it all as more of a natural, “circle of life” kind of thing.
Young Flarn, having witnessed his grandpa’s death, is still pretty bummed. This is where Cooper has been able to shine despite her own pain, and the two have really bonded over their grief. I think they’re gonna be okay.
Of everyone, Ede seems to be taking it the hardest. She’s always been so independent, it’s been really difficult to know how to comfort her. Her usual methods of coping just aren’t cutting it.
She doesn’t even want to look at her regular romantic interests.
Still, she goes out, even knowing it’ll make her miserable, because it’s better than staying in bed crying all night. At least at the bar, if she stacks enough little distractions, she’s not crippled with sadness.
So Ede sat right at the counter and forgot about her worries for a bit.
“Get me another one,” she said to the bartender. “I need to kill some time.”
“Better make that three,” snarked a voice behind her. “Time is a pretty ferocious adversary.”
The smart-aleck at the bar looked familiar, but she couldn’t say why. Maybe just the generic townie thing – we get new ones generated each time we go out and they all look related some nights.
This one really did look familiar, though.
“I remember you from somewhere..” Ede insisted. “Where?”
“Must not have been that memorable if you can’t remember,” he smirked.
Ede finished up her drinks and headed home. She was not exactly “happy,” but it was better than nothing. At least she could sleep now, sort of.
The next morning Ede went to pay the bills and finally realized who it was that she’d been talking to last night.
“Oh my god,” Ede said, mortified. “I feel like such a plumhead.”
“Forget a stamp?” the mailman joked.
That guy last night — this guy — was “mailman” – one of the quick flings Ede’d had a while ago to fulfill her base wishes. Chat him up and kiss him, and then forget about him. Seems like she’s done that a fair bit. They usually just get culled so they don’t come back to haunt her, though – maybe the patch has tinkered with longevity somehow?
“You must think I’m a terrible person,” Ede said.
“Naw,” he replied. “I think you’re a terribly distracted person, maybe.”
“Go out with me?” Ede asked. “I’d like to make it up to you.”
“I don’t know if that’s such a good idea,” he said.
“Oh.. of course not,” she said. “I really am sorry about last night. I should have recognized you. You’re still in my ‘romantic interests’ panel and everything.”
Ede wasn’t sure that her feeble attempt at humor had gone over very well. Navigating the social realm without her natural confidence was rough. She was still feeling pretty low, so she just let it fall flat and turned to go inside.
The mailman called to her, though. “Edelweiss?”
“Yeah?” she answered pitifully.
“I’m sorry about your dad,” he said sincerely.
“Yeah,” she said.