Interlude: Name

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Clara closed the chat window, smiling to herself. It had only been about a month, but her brother had changed so much since he gave up drinking. He was seeing a therapist. He spent more time with his family. He smiled more.

He still had a long way to go, but it was finally starting to feel like they were getting the old Tobi back.

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“Hey, baby.” Florian’s voice called from over her shoulder. “How’s it going up here?”

“Not bad… Just taking a break.”

“Me too.” Her husband smiled. “Want me to whip us up some lunch?”

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Clara rose to her feet, nodding gratefully. “Sure.” She followed him as he headed into the kitchen. “So how’s the mixing going?” She asked kindly. “I caught a few bits and pieces. It sounded great!”

Her husband smiled. “It’s not bad. I’ve probably done everything I can do on my own though.” Florian shrugged. “I’m gonna take it to Rick this weekend and have him help clean it up a little.”

“Well if you need a test audience, you know who to ask.” Clara winked at him. “I’m so proud of you, babe. I can’t wait to hear the whole thing.”

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Her husband had spent the past several months working on his first ever solo album. Continuing the band without Lucas had felt so wrong. Florian struggled for a while, trying to figure out how he could move forward with the band alone…

Then he realized he didn’t have to.

“So what have you been up to today while I was hiding away down there?” Florian asked with a smile as he began chopping up some lettuce and tomato for their sandwiches. “Working on an update for the blog?”

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She shook her head. “I kinda got side-tracked.” Clara admitted. “Oh, and I talked to Tobi – he’s taking the kids to the park sometime next week. Remi’s been dying for another football lesson, and I thought it’d be nice for him and River to spend some time with their Onkel.”

Florian nodded. “I think it’d be nice.” He agreed. “I guess he’s doing a lot better now, huh?”

“Definitely. I mean, he’s still not completely himself, but… It’s better. Way better.” She assured him.

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“Thank God.” Her husband’s voice was serious. “I was really getting worried about him.”

“We all were.” Clara agreed sadly.

They were both silent for a few moments then. Florian continued preparing their lunch, and Clara did her part to help get out the plates and napkins.

At last, Florian broke the silence. “So… you talked to your Bruder for three hours?” He asked skeptically, smiling crookedly at her. “I’d believe it if you were geeking-out with Stefan on Skype or something, but…”

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Clara shook her head, laughing. “Well, before that, I was working on baby names.” She explained. Her eyes suddenly lit up. “And y’know, I think I found a good one.”

“Oh?”

The young woman nodded. “I think it’s just what we’re looking for — a way to name her after Lucas and Hazel without being too cliché.”

Florian smiled. “So no Lucy or Lucia?” He asked with a wink.

“Definitely not.” They’d already vetoed both names long ago. “I decided we’ve been thinking way too much about spelling instead of meaning.” Clara explained. She paused for a moment before continuing. “So ‘Lucas’ means ‘light’, right? And Hazel’s maiden name was Bright…”

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Her husband nodded.

“And when we lost them, I guess we kinda lost that brightness and that light too… But this little girl will bring some of it back. I know she will. So I thought it would make sense to name her after the brightest and most beautiful light in the sky…” She smiled softly. “Aurora.”

Florian’s smile widened. “That’s beautiful.” He said seriously. “It’s perfect.”

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“Yeah? You think so?” Clara smiled hopefully.

“Absolutely. And, y’know, if we want the extra geek-factor in there… We could always call her Rory for a nickname.” He suggested. “Like that Doctor Who guy…”

Clara couldn’t help but giggle. ‘Doctor Who guy’… I freaking love this man. “Amazing!” She beamed at him, then closed the distance between them to kiss his cheek. “It even fits our ‘R’ theme too.”

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“Well I guess that settles it.” Florian laughed softly and leaned forward, placing his hands on his wife’s stomach. “But what do you think?” He whispered. “Do you like that, Rory? Do you think Aurora’s a nice name?”

The baby’s reply was a series of small kicks. Clara laughed. She always kicked when she heard Florian’s voice, so the response wasn’t exactly surprising. But the timing was just too perfect. “There’s your answer!”

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Her husband smiled warmly at her, and pressed his lips softly against hers. “I bet your family will love the name too.”

“I hope so.”

“And y’know… I guess I kinda can’t help but wonder what Lucas and Hazel would think.” Florian muttered with a shrug. “Of the name, I mean.”

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“Hmm…” Clara furrowed her brow for a moment, thinking. “Hazel’s like me, so she’d get all emotional and sentimental for sure.” She decided. “We’d probably need to break out the tissues! And Lucas would totally roll his eyes and put on his stupid tough-guy act like always.”

Florian nodded in agreement, laughing. “Yeah, I think you’re right. But we’d both know he loved it. And he’d definitely approve of the nickname.”

“Think so? Lucas was never much of a Whovian…”

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“Well no, but he loved enabling your geekiness whenever he could.” Florian paused for a moment, almost wistful. “Remember that year he got us those Geekcon tickets for Christmas?”

Yes! That was the best!” Clara’s entire face lit up at the memory. “Even if he screwed up and got us passes for the DC panel instead of the Marvel one…” She shook her head as she remembered her nephew’s mistake.

“Hey, he felt like shit about that, remember?” Florian smiled. “Give the guy a break!”

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His wife nodded. “And he did agree to that Marvel movie marathon to make up for it.” She smiled at the memory. “With commentary! Even you still haven’t let me rope you into that.”

“What can I say? He’s a stronger man than me.” She watched as Florian’s smile suddenly faded. “God, I miss him. I miss both of them.”

“I know.” Clara’s own face fell. She suddenly noticed a wetness in her eyes she had not felt before. “Me too.”

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It had been nearly eight months since the fire, but there were still days when the pain and sadness hit so hard that it felt like only yesterday. And with what would have been Lucas’ 31st birthday quickly approaching, things were only getting harder. Jocelyne had already told the family she didn’t want any kind of celebration for her birthday. And Clara couldn’t exactly blame her.

She tried to imagine what that would feel like — to turn another year older without your twin. The thought made her think of her own little Remus and River, and Clara found herself holding back more tears.

At last, Florian cleared his throat softly. “Hey, lunch is getting cold, y’know. And you are eating for two…”

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Clara laughed, grabbing a plate from the counter. “Hey, at least I wasn’t eating for three like last time. You were spared the worst of it. Count yourself lucky.”

“Okay, seriously? Honey, with ONE baby, I’ve seen you eat enough to feed a small army.” Florian teased. “And oh my God, remember when Hazel was pregnant with Zayne?!”

“Entire pizzas gone in minutes!” Clara nodded as she sat down at the dining room table. “It was almost as bad as Auggy.”

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“Lucas was so sure it was gonna be twins, remember? Or triplets like Jocelyne.” Florian smiled. “He called it the ‘Rosebrook family curse’.”

His wife shook her head. “Nah, the curse doesn’t work that way. They were planning on Zayne. Wouldn’t have happened.” Clara giggled.

Florian nearly choked on his sandwich. “Touché!”

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40 Responses to Interlude: Name

  1. azzywoods says:

    HA! The curse. I’m loving all of this meta stuff. Aurora is a great name.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hehehe I’m at the halfway point of the legacy, now seemed like a good time to go a bit meta 😛 And I’m glad you like the name! 🙂

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  2. Senna says:

    Plot twist: The baby is actually a boy. The doctor misread the ultrasound.

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  3. Trip says:

    I can’t believe they’re both self-aware and goddamn Marvel trash (sorry guys! Give me the Batman EU any day)

    A part of me right they’d go with an herbal/plant name instead to honor Hazel. Or if it was a boy, naming him Filbert. 😛

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    • Trip says:

      *A part of me THOUGHT. Jesus. 😦

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      LMAO Sorry, I’m sure Clara just went down a few pegs for you 😛 And I decided that even in real life, after all the multiples in the family, someone had to have noticed the bizarre coincidence! 😛 And LOL at Filbert! 😛 I wanted to find a name that somehow honored both of them. But that would have been a creative option 😛

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  4. if it’s a boy they could name him Jour

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  5. Jes2G says:

    Ok…this one had so many little nuggets I had to pause and start taking notes LOL

    Aurora! YES! I love that name. So perfect.

    I love how you incorporarted Geekcon into this.

    “Even if he screwed up and got us passes for the DC panel instead of the Marvel one…” Definitely the worst mistake anyone could make LOL.

    “Entire pizzas gone in minutes!” That’s funny!

    Love how you through in your own theory about the curse in the dialogue lol. It’s true though!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I’m glad you like the name! 😀 It came to me a few weeks ago and then I knew I had to do a chapter about it haha. And yeah, couldn’t resist throwing Geekcon in there as a little CL shoutout XD

      I couldn’t resist throwing a mention of the curse in there too! XD I know it’s super meta/self-referential, but I feel like after all these unplanned multiple births and planned single births in this family, even they would start to notice 😛

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  6. kaffepigen says:

    Finally caught up :p this was really great, getting to hear from Clara and Florian again and hearing that Tobi is getting help.

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  7. Spottydog714 says:

    This was sweet. We need these light chapters from time to time 🙂

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  8. SpurklyNinja says:

    Aurora: perfect.

    Could these two be any cuter? 😉

    I am so happy for Tobi and for him getting the help he needs. Just from the chat alone, I can see he’s a changed man.

    It’s also so great for me to see them having happy memories of Lucas and Hazel. Maker knows they’ve been thinking of their deaths and feeling sad for too long! Clara and Florian have moved past the grief and sadness and have moved on to happier times! ❤

    Super meta with that curse there. 😀

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hehehe they are pretty dang adorable, aren’t they? I love writing any Clara and Florian chapter. 😛 They’ve definitely done a great job moving on, and are able to look back on Luc and Hazel in a happy way instead of being depressed all the time. Major progress for them 😀

      And yeah, couldn’t resist going meta at the end there 😉 Hehehehehe

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  9. MegiAre says:

    I, too, Clara, got a bit of wetness in my eye. Can’t wait to meet little Aurora and I’m partial to the nickname Rory with the GG revival on netflix and all! =)

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I can’t wait to meet her too! 🙂 Little Rory (and I’ve never watched Gilmore Girls but I’ve heard good things! 😛 )

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  10. I’ve always loved this couple. I feel like I could go on a date with them and not feel like a crappy third wheel, lol.

    This sign of normalcy, talking about Lucas and Hazel with wistful teary happiness is a good sign. I can’t wait to meet Aurora, with parents this cool, she’ll turn out great, just like her older siblings.

    And I love Clara even more for loving Marvel–and watching the movies with the commentary on!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thanks Cece 🙂 Clara and Florian are one of my top favorite couples in this legacy 🙂 They’re definitely moving on and doing very well dealing with their friends’ deaths. Sad moments now and then, but they can smile too 🙂 And I’m excited to meet Aurora too! 😀

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  11. “Doctor Who guy” Hahaha Rory was great xD

    Glad to see Mari got through to Tobi and things are looking up for them!

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  12. Spirashun says:

    Love the little City Living hint in there, does that mean we may see some careers/festivals/etc from it in action soon?

    Its good to see people shifting from depression/sadness when talking about Luc+Hazel to nostalgia/fondness. Of course I doubt that sadness will ever go away completely but its a healthy shift nonetheless!

    And Aurora is a beautiful name, it’s been on my shortlist of baby names for a while now 🙂

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Haha I definitely couldn’t resist throwing in a little CL reference 😉 If you want to get technical, Clara’s job as a blogger is essentially the Social Media career 😛 (I just haven’t technically given it to her yet haha)

      And yes, being able to talk about Luc and Hazel and be happy is a really important step 🙂 Glad you like the name too!

      Thanks for reading!!

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  13. alphabetagama8 says:

    Awww Aurora 🙂 🙂
    This couple + children is probably my favourite in this whole legacy! No offence Noah and Auggy ❤
    And I know I always ask this, but is this house on the Gallery? It's so cool and so "them"!
    Nice to see that Tobias is getting better, phew! One less problem in this legacy! 😀

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  14. CitizenErased14 says:

    Haha I love Disney too so I totally thought of Sleeping Beauty too! But Doctor Who is more Clara’s style hehehe

    They’re definitely moving though the grieving process pretty well — talking about their friends without a total breakdown and being able to laugh is so important 🙂

    And yay, I’m glad you’re proud of Tobi!

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  15. theplumbob says:

    Aww, so many good things referenced in this chapter! Things seem to be looking up. Also, the name is beautiful and I’m really loving these two lately. Clara has matured so much!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Yes, Clara has come a long way 🙂 She’s like her mother I guess haha good at changing and improving over time!

      Things are definitely looking up for this family and I’m loving writing them 🙂

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  16. raerei says:

    Such a beautiful way to remember Lucas and Hazel. Life moves on slowly, perhaps, but it continues. (Or more sinister, life finds a way). Im glad Mari’s pep talk seemed to work with Tobi so he got the help.he so desperately needed.

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  17. lisabeesims says:

    Sweet … Love the name it glad Tobi is getting help

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  18. theceltygirly says:

    This is so so so cute!! I love it all. I love the name, I love that Tobi is getting help, I love the banter! It’s all very sweet. I’m ready for things to pick back up for awhile ❤ (Also, Rory and Amy were two Doctor Who characters I absolutely adored, and the whole River arc was the best.)

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  19. addbratlove225 says:

    Clara and Florian are officially my favorite couple in this whole legacy. And Aurora is such a pretty name! My Whovian friend would approve. The Rosebrook Curse line was absolutely wonderful, by the way!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I love Clarian too ^_^ Glad you do too! 🙂 And Hehehehe I couldn’t resist throwing that in there. I plan/plot out this story ahead of time, but I do let some stuff (like number of babies) be controlled by the game and I adjust/roll with it. Literally NONE of the multiples in this story were planned! I had to totally re-plan both Gens 3 and 4 because Mari was only supposed to have one son and Tobi was supposed to have one daughter (Joce was only supposed to have one daughter too! But I was way lazier with her triplets 😂 2 of them fade into the background pretty quickly in Gen 5!)

      I swear the game is punishing my Rosebrooks for failing sex ed 😂 So yeah, when the opportunity presented itself, I just HAD to go there haha

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      • addbratlove225 says:

        Oh goodness. EA is out to kill you. I know my Sim once had twins and I had to go hunting for names and panicked my friend when I asked for her help.

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  20. kaycee39 says:

    I love this reminiscent chapter. Aurora is a beautiful name, I had that on the list for my own daughter but went with Alyssa instead lol 😉

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  21. theceltygirly says:

    Alright back to reading. 🙂 I think I’m almost in the teen phase anyway and it gets easier to read lol

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