Interlude: Trust Me

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Lucas’ ears perked up at the sound of the opening double doors across the small waiting room. He looked up hopefully, only to see a man in green scrubs step out and begin chatting with another nurse.

Another false alarm… The young man sighed heavily.

“Baby, calm down.” Hazel smiled at him. “We’ll get in there soon.”


He returned the gesture gratefully. “I know. I just hate being kept in suspense.” Lucas laughed.

Mari, Jonas, and Florian’s parents and sister had all disappeared into the delivery room over an hour ago. “We’ll let you in when it’s all over.” Lucas’ grandmother had promised. “As soon as they’re ready for visitors.”

But what could be taking so long? Clara had already been in labor for more than twelve hours, and when Mari and Jonas had rushed into the delivery room, they’d said it would be any minute…


“I’m sure everything’s fine.” Colette said softly, sensing some of her son’s tension. “Trust me, it just takes some time to recover afterwards… But I’m sure they’ll be out here soon.” She smiled.

As though on cue, the double doors swung open yet again – and this time, it was a familiar face who emerged from the other side.

“Florian!” Lucas practically leapt from his seat, pulling his friend into a hug. “Or should I say ‘Papa’?” He teased.


Florian grinned at his friend as he pulled away from him. The look on his face chased all of Lucas’ worries away – Florian’s smile was enough confirmation that everything was fine.

“How’s Clara?” Tobi asked. “And the babies?”

“Why don’t you come see for yourself?” Florian suggested kindly. “My parents and Fiona left for a coffee run… They promised to bring back plenty for everyone.” He assured the Rosebrooks with a smile. “But while they’re gone, there should be enough room for everyone to come in and say hello.”


Their excitement was palpable as the rest of the family rose to their feet, eagerly following Florian back to the nursery.

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“They’re beautiful, Clara.” Hazel gushed as she cooed over the tiny bassinets.

“Thanks!” The purple-haired girl smiled. “Good genes, right babe?” She gave her fiancé a wink.

Florian pressed his lips against her temple. “The best.” He agreed.


“How are you feeling?” Colette asked her sister-in-law.

Clara appeared thoughtful for a moment. “Physically, or emotionally?” She asked at last. “Because you’d be getting two completely different answers to that one.”

Colette laughed softly. “Oh trust me, I understand… I’m just glad it all went so well.”

“So are we.” Florian said seriously, crossing over to where his son and daughter lay. “God, they’re really perfect, aren’t they?” He lifted his daughter from the bassinet and planted a soft kiss against her forehead. “Papa loves you.” He cooed at her.


Clara giggled. “Honey, you’ve gotta let them sleep, okay? I pushed these little suckers out less than two hours ago. They deserve a little rest, don’t you think?” Her voice was teasing.

“Florian hasn’t been able to keep his hands off them.” Mari smiled, stepping closer toward her future son-in-law. “It’s so sweet.”

Florian’s cheeks reddened slightly. “I just… I just wanna make sure they’re okay.” He muttered, embarrassed.


Lucas just smiled. His friend had been so nervous and uncertain about becoming a father, but it was obvious he was already head-over-heels for his children. Maybe it’s true what they say. Lucas thought. Maybe all it takes is holding them once, and you’re hooked for life. The thought of experiencing that for himself one day both excited and terrified him.

“Okay, I’ve gotta ask.” Auggy’s voice broke the silence. “Who picked out the onesies? They’ve gotta be the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.” He laughed.

It was Jonas who replied. “Three guesses.” He said with a wink. “My girl’s got impeccable taste, just like her Papa.”


Clara laughed brightly. “Yes, you’ve successfully raised a diehard Whovian.” Her eyes flicked toward Florian’s for a moment. “Though you can thank him for coming up with the name River…”

“Oh, like that woman with the curly hair, right?” Tobi nodded in understanding as he peered down at his baby niece. “Now the onesie with the… blue thingy… on it makes more sense.”

“It’s a TARDIS, Tobi.” His sister rolled her eyes. “I wish we could have found a good Harry Potter onesie for Remus…”


Lucas glanced down at his new little cousin. “Nah, the bowtie suits him!” He assured her. “Man, they really are pretty damn adorable.”

Auggy nodded. “I can’t wait for Jocelyne to see them!”

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And just like that, the entire mood of the room darkened.

Everyone fell into an uncomfortable silence, and the smile vanished from the young boy’s face almost as soon as the words passed his lips.

“Sorry.” Auggy mumbled.

Clara’s brow furrowed with irritation. “What are you sorry for?! Are we not even allowed to say her name anymore?” She snapped. “It’s not like she died or something. Jesus!”


“Come on, babe. He didn’t mean it like that.” Florian assured her gently.

Auggy nodded. “It just… sucks, doesn’t it? Why isn’t she here?”

Clara sighed. “You know why.” She said softly.

“But I texted her this morning, and she should be here later tonight.” Florian tried to smile.


“She should be here now…” For a moment, Auggy sounded so much younger than his sixteen years. “With the rest of us.”

Mari shook her head at her grandson. “It’s probably for the best that she isn’t… She’s still hurting, sweetie.”

“Yeah. ‘Hurting’ is putting it mildly.” Lucas scoffed at Mari’s words. “It’s like she’s a whole new person or something. And not in a good way…” He shook his head. “I’ve never seen her like this before. It’s just… crazy! What the hell is wrong with her?!” His voice had grown louder and louder without him even realizing it.


In one of the bassinets behind him, Remus let out a small cry. Florian rushed to lift his son into his arms, shushing him gently.

“Sorry.” Lucas stepped back awkwardly.

“You’d be surprised.” Mari replied at last. Her voice was very small. “Heartbreak can really change a person… Sometimes in terrible ways.”


Beside her, Jonas reached out and squeezed her hand gently. Tobi and Colette exchanged a significant glance.

The others simply looked on in confusion.

Clara’s voice finally broke the strange silence. “Yeah, well… I can’t wait to see her. I’ve been really worried. I hated leaving her on her own.”


“Well, it won’t be for long, will it?” Tobi almost succeeded at sounding cheerful. “She graduates in less than a month, and then she’ll be back home.”

“Yeah, if she can even stand being under the same roof as us…” Colette sniffled slightly as she spoke and wiped a few tears from her eyes.

Her husband sighed, holding his face in his hand for a moment.


Lucas looked on, dumbstruck as he felt a small tug on the edge of his sleeve.“Maybe we should go…” Hazel muttered. The poor girl looked so upset. So guilty.

The sight simply made him angrier.

“Are you for real?!” He snapped at the rest of the family. “Seriously?!” Lucas shook his head. “I love Joce, okay? And I wish she was here too. But she’s not. And you know what? It’s not our fault! It’s Mark’s.” He glanced apologetically at his girlfriend for a moment. “He’s the one who broke her heart. He’s the one to blame. Not us. No matter how much she keeps trying to make us think we are…”


“Bullshit!” Clara cried. “You know exactly why Mark did what he did!”

Hazel looked up at him sadly. “I think Clara has a point… Lucas, you know we –”

“Not you too…” Lucas sighed heavily. “I know my Schwester, okay? Maybe better than anyone. She’s getting really worked up about this. She’s hurt. It’s making her kinda crazy right now. I get that. But this is Joce we’re talking about.” For a moment, he almost smiled. “She’ll be fine. She’ll bounce back from this. And she’ll forgive us. So stop acting like it’s the end of the damn world, okay?”

Lucas couldn’t decide who he was truly trying to convince — his family, or himself.


No one said anything for several long moments, though some of his family members almost looked like they wanted to.

Jonas seemed to be the first to find his voice. “Let’s… Let’s just not talk about it any more right now, okay?” He suggested. “The point is, we all miss Jocelyne. And we wish she was here with us. That’s something we can all agree on, right?”


There were soft murmurs of agreement from the rest of the family.

As the conversation slowly returned to more pleasant topics, Lucas turned away from the others, glancing down at the pair of bassinets behind him. Remus and River… A little boy and a little girl who came into the world at the same time, just like him and Joce. Young. New. Innocent. Together.


Suddenly Lucas found himself overwhelmed by a burst of nostalgia for a time he could barely even remember. Back when things were simple. Back when all that mattered was him and his sister – his twin.

There used to be a time when Lucas felt closer to Jocelyne than anyone else in the world.

But now?

“Promise me you won’t mess this up like I did. Okay?” Lucas leaned in close to his tiny cousins as he spoke. “Listen to each other. Be good to each other. Or you’ll end up regretting it…” He whispered sadly. “Trust me.”



68 thoughts on “Interlude: Trust Me

  1. Whenever Lucas talked, I made a raspberry sound with my tongue (or I would have if my mother weren’t a few feet away working on a puzzle. Don’t want to wreck her concentration)

    Seriously, he must need some forceps if he’s got his head that shoved up his ass. I don’t think he can fool himself anymore, let alone his family.

    On a brighter note, yay for Clara finally pushing out the little crotch monsters. :p

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    1. There’s definitely major denial from Lucas right now! But we caught a glimmer at the end of him recognizing the reality of the situation. So maybe there’s hope?

      And yes, welcome to the babies! 🙂

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  2. Congrats to Clarian on the twin nooboos!! I’m so glad to be a passenger of the SS Clarian!!!

    ……and seriously, Auggy??? You just had to bring up Jocelyne? I was expecting that to happen. No surprises here. 😛 That escalated really quick

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    1. One more thing: I’m now super furious at Lucas. 😡 😡 😡 He’s so messed up now and really unfair. Whenever he talks, my blood would boil. However, he’s heading the right way towards understanding how messed up he is. 😛

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  3. I have to agree with auggy. those onesies are the greatest things ever! Remus and River are pretty great names too 😀
    But Lucas is being very unfair. And in denial. And a hypocrite. But it looks like he’s beginning to understand how he messed up, which is a step in the right direction

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    1. I’m glad you liked both the onesies and the names!

      And everything you said about Lucas is so true. He’s in SUCH denial, but there is a glimmer of hope there, I think 🙂

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  4. So looks like Luc inherited his father’s golden-child-i-can-do-no-wrong outlook on life. I’m really happy Joce is the heir, two selfish twats in a row would have been boring.

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    1. I’m not sure if I can completely agree with this assessment of Tobi and Luc, but I respect your opinion and love that you’ve shared it 🙂

      Joce is definitely a different heir than what we’ve seen before! I love writing her, even though that means making her life miserable hahaha

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      1. I think Mari is my favorite character you’ve written, really. She struggled, grew, and intrinsically changed. Tobi apologizes a lot, but it seems that he keeps making the same foot in mouth mistakes

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        1. I’m so glad Mari is your favorite. She’s my personal favorite character as well, and I didn’t think any readers felt that way so I’m so happy about that!

          I see what you’re saying about Tobi not changing his behavior. It took Mari many years to change. Unfortunately it’s looking like it might take Tobi a long time too :-/

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  5. I don’t know what to say. So cute. So sad all at the same time. Luc is def. in denial about how much heartbreak can change a Rosebrook. He should listen to his grandma.

    True Mark did make his decision carefully, and with a lot of heartbreak involved (As I’ve said-if I were Mark I would have done the same thing) – but also true that had they been a bit more supportive as a whole it might have lasted longer and broken up less…messily. (Or not at all). It took two families not supporting this relationship to break it.

    They’re all just coming to realize that perhaps they should have tred a little more carefully on Jocelyne’s feelings. I suspect time will heal this rift in time. But it’s not going to get better overnight.

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    1. Total denial from Luc, it’s true! Though I think he’s ever-so-slowly starting to see what he did wrong? Maybe? Hopefully? Haha

      This will take a lot of time, I fear. But I definitely think the Rosebrooks are feeling a ton of guilt right now — including Luc, no matter how much he tries to deny it.

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  6. Hahaha Cat, the onesie Remus is wearing is the outfit that the 11th Doctor wears — the pinstripes are actually red, but it’s hard to see in the pictures! 🙂 So it’s a “boy” outfit still 🙂 The cc onesie pack had it as the default for boys, while girls got the TARDIS.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the delivery pictures, and seeing Florian being a father 🙂 And yes, the other stuff is quite sad 😦

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  7. Remus and River adorable yay! Clarian nooboos! Yeah Florian Dad mode nothing an get me down! Auggy “I wish Jocelyn was here.” Crickets. Well duh of course she should be here. Did anyone else expect Jocelyn to walk in while they were talking about her cause I sure did. It would have been the perfect moment for a transformation reveal especially with all the she’s different talk. Then she walks in with her new look cruises over to the bassinets plays with the twins then looks up at everyone’s shocked face and says “What, did somebody die?” Then Clara busts out laughing. Although not having her here will make her return to the household more dramatic. Cause Clarian will see it first not say anything and they let the whole family be shocked by the surprise or not I’m not the author but we should find out soon loving these daily updates you get to the good parts faster!

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    1. Haha I love the idea of a physical transformation for Joce. You never know! 😉

      I’m glad you loved seeing Florian as a dad, and are loving the daily updates too! Thanks so much for reading, as always!


  8. Oh, I love the name River, because I’m a Firefly fan!
    Actually, I’m glad Auggy mentioned Jocelyn. He’s a good brother unlike Lucas who obviously never even considered his sister’s feelings. All he wants is that things are as they were or more likely as he wants them to be. Welcome to the world according to Lucas…
    Will Joce come home at all? Her parents seem to count on it.

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    1. I’ve actually never seen firefly, but I hear it’s very good!

      Lucas is in total denial-mode right now, unfortunately. It’s true that he wants things to be how they used to… And despite all his mistakes, can you really blame him for wanting that? I think I would too (though I probably wouldn’t have been a huge jerk like he was in the first place :P)

      As for Joce going home, she’s planning to. Her apartment in Falkenburg is only temporary, and she doesn’t have enough money to truly live on her own at this point… Especially without Clara. So at this point, she’s kinda forced to go home when she graduates :-/


      1. You should give the show a try. I’ve seen it a dozen times. The characters are so complex.

        Yes, he’s totally a huge jerk. He keeps playing the situation Joce is in down. As if she’s a kid who’s toy has broken down. Makes me want to bash him on the head. Does he even think of her as a person? He talks about her like she has no depth, like she’s two-dimensional or something. He has no empathy whatsoever.

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  9. Ah, River and Remus have the best names ever, the best onesies ever, and the best genes ever! 😂 They’re so cute! Will be seeing more of them? Or will they just be side characters that just appear in screenshots? The

    And I’m really disappointed in Luc. I wish he would actually start thinking.

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    1. I’m glad you’re such fans of them already! ^_^ We will be seeing them more in Gen 5. They are gonna be pretty background BUT they’ll actually talk and stuff haha. And even have a couple chapters devoted to them. So not just in screenshots 😀

      And yes, Luc is being disappointing right now 😦 He doesn’t want to admit his own guilt. But he’s starting to feel it…

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  10. “Heartbreak can really change a person… Sometimes in terrible ways.” Heh, don’t you know it, Mari.
    How’s that trip down “da Nile,” Lucas? Don’t taint those twins with your guilt.

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  11. I was thinking that I can barely stand the sight of Luc now before he even opened his mouth. And once he did open it… Well, let’s just say the situation didn’t improve lol!

    Anyway! How adorable is Florian’s newfound fatherly side ❤ The onesies are super cute, and I'm glad the babies brought a bit of sunshine into the otherwise gloomy household!

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    1. Lucas is in 100% denial right now. But deep down inside, he’s feeling the guilt. He just doesn’t want to admit it right now. He’s being too proud. And too ashamed too, I think. He can’t admit to himself that he wronged his sister… But apparently he can admit it to his baby cousins. So it’s a step? Haha

      And yes, Florian is so dang adorable as a father. I love it ^_^


  12. So glad you loved those poses! I found them and knew I HAD to use them!

    Hopefully Joce won’t head down a Mari-style path! That would be awful 😦


  13. How about you stop being an arrogant, entitled little kid who just assumes he can get away wth behaving like a jerk because his twin sister will ‘bounce back’ and forgive him, Lucas? I swear, he needs a serious reality check.

    On a happier note, I love the twins and I think their names really fit Florian and Clara as a couple ❤

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    1. I knew this chapter would earn Lucas zero points hahaha He knows the truth deep down — we caught a glimpse of this at the very end of the chapter. He’s in serious denial, but he knows he was wrong. He just needs to start admitting it…

      Glad you approve of the names! I love them ^_^

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  14. Lucas behaviour doesn’t even deserve to be commented.

    Congrats to Clarian for the babies they are so cute with those onesies!!!!
    Florian is so sweet with the babies
    I feel bad for Clara on a such important day the situation got so tense because of someone else. This is not fair to her ❤❤❤❤

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    1. I’m glad you’re loving the babies so much 🙂 and I loved writing Florian with the twins. He’s adorable, isn’t he?

      But yes, too bad things got awkward :-/


  15. This—–> “You’d be surprised.” Mari replied at last. Her voice was very small. “Heartbreak can really change a person… Sometimes in terrible ways.” —–> The voice of reason 😉

    So bittersweet UGH from the wonderful birth of the new twins to the sadness of losing a strong family tie – ::shoves her spoon deeper in the rocky road::

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    1. That’s my girl! She’s so wise now 🙂 Love her. ❤

      And yes, bittersweet is a perfect way to describe this chapter! It's just an awful situation for everyone 😦 But at least there are cute nooboos? Haha

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  16. Is Luc for real right now? Now it’s Mark’s fault? Clara is absolutely right and Luc knows it. At least Hazel feels guilty… but I also think that Luc doesn’t really believe that it’s Mark’s fault. He knows it’s his. He’s just trying to justify himself to mask his guilt.

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    1. You’ve got it exactly right haha. Lucas TOTALLY knows his part of the blame. And he’s feeling guilty, deep down. But it’s being stubborn and in denial right now :-/

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  17. Again, I’ve got a lot of thoughts.

    -Yay nooboos! Woo! River and Remus? Omigosh, the BEST!
    -I love how you did the births. So cool!
    -AAAAAH! The onesies! ❤
    -“You’d be surprised,” Mari replied at last. Her voice was very small. “Heartbreak can really change a person… Sometimes in terrible ways.” Truer words have not been said regarding this family…
    -Really feel for Toco right now… :/
    -And are you actually shitting me right now, Luc? First, blaming Mark. You know damn well that you planted that seed of doubt in his mind and it grew and grew until he felt that there was nothing left to do but break it off with Joce. Second, saying that Joce will "bounce back". You're taking her for granted AGAIN, saying that she'll just easily forgive you, even after this mess. Do you not think that she has the right to be upset, or that she has feelings?
    -Yes, Hazel!
    -“Promise me you won’t mess this up like I did. Okay?” Lucas leaned in close to his tiny cousins as he spoke. “Listen to each other. Be good to each other. Or you’ll end up regretting it…” He whispered sadly. “Trust me.” At least you recognize that now!!!

    *low whistle* Well, I'm happy for Clarian! ❤ 😀

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    1. Thank you for sharing all your thoughts! 🙂 I’ll try to touch on the major points hehe

      -I’m so glad you liked the names and the onesies! 😀
      -Yes, Mari’s words are so true, unfortunately. 😦 She knows better than anyone.
      -I’m glad you are feeling bad for Tobi and Colette 🙂 They are truly hurting right now, and way more accepting of their own guilt than Lucas is. I feel for them too!
      -Yeah, Lucas is in TOTAL denial right now. He feels that guilt, deep down. But I think he’s too ashamed to fully acknowledge it. And you do make a good point about him taking Joce for granted by assuming she’ll forgive!
      -Yes, he does have that twinge of guilt. It’s there, just buried deep. But it’s a step in the right direction? #BabySteps haha

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  18. I’ll get the unpleasantness out of the way: WAKE UP, LUC!!! IF YOU REALLY KNOW YOUR SISTER, THEN YOU’LL KNOW SHE’S MAD AT YOU, NOT MARK!!!!!!
    Luc just makes me so mad. I’m back to the place where I believe this entire family needs therapy.

    AHHH!!! The babies are soooo cute!!!!!! Remus is one of my favorite characters in HP, so I’m pretty excited. Where did you get those onesies??? I LOVE THEM!!!!! Ah, they’re so young, so innocent … DO NOT RUIN THAT INNOCENCE, CITIZEN!!!!!!!!!! I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN.

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    1. Hahahahaha I love all the caps XD

      A lot of people are really mad at Luc, so I don’t blame you at all. And honestly your idea of family therapy probably wouldn’t be bad right now haha but something tells me they wouldn’t be so eager to go… :-/

      I’m glad you like the babies! They’re adorable! 🙂 I promise to not hurt the innocence… For now 😛 And as for where I found the onesies, I honestly can’t remember 😦 I think if you google “Doctor Who Onesies” you might find the little pack I got them in? 🙂


      1. Thank you!!!!! Well, I’m going CC shopping *walks out door*

        *walks back in door*
        Although, if you were to “accidentally” make Luc walk off a cliff, I wouldn’t mind ….


  19. 1. The Doctor Who Onesies had me laughing
    2. The names had me going even more
    3. Sudden anger at Lucas for being a total ass wipe
    4. Sadness at the end 😦

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    1. Oh yeah, he was bad in this one. But it’s very much denial. He KNOWS he fucked up so bad and that it’s his fault his sister is hurting, so he’s trying to justify it to himself. :-/ He messed up so bad, and he knows it. But he’s too proud to admit he was wrong.

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      1. Well, that’s exactly what makes him horrible. He’s proud, he’s selfish, he’s entitled and spoiled, he’s arrogant and unsensitive and mean. And he’s not coming from a place of sorrow and trauma (like Mari did). So yeah, he seems pretty horrible to me…


          1. I know you do. We tend to love our characters no matter what.
            And I apologize if I am harsh once again. But Lucas really has no excuse for his behavior. He lived a perfect, sheltered life, everything was handed to him on a silver plate. He never experienced any hardships and that all that made him a spoiled little brat he is.
            (I’m not saying he can’t change. But he’s not being a decent human being now and he need to do a lot of growing up.)

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  20. Okay now i KNOW he reminds me of my brother. Blaming Mark, when it’s really his and Hazel’s fault. Lucas, you know what? Own up to your mistakes, stop blaming others because you are afraid!

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  21. Really Lucas!?! WOW! Congrats Clarian on the beautiful nooboos awwww. I hate that Joce missed the birth.
    The pose mod you used was fantastic. and omg the onesies were too cute.

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    1. Yeah, we are not seeing the best side of Luc in all this… I think he’s defensive because deep down, he knows it was unfair to Joce but doesn’t want to admit it haha.

      Glad you liked the onesies 😀

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