8.1: A Trillion-Jillion Years

Ugh! My Mama is a big fat liar. (Hmm… Okay, maybe not the big and fat part, but the liar part!)

She told me flying on an airplane was “fun” and “exciting” and “an adventure”. But it’s really just noisy and stupid and boring.

We’ve been on this thing for a million-jillion years already. And Papa told me we STILL have four more hours! Which is secret code for a trillion-jillion years. Blegh!

When I grow up, I’m gonna invent a teleporter. Like the ones in Galaxy Quest 7. Then you can go wherever you want in the whole entire world and it won’t be boring and make your ears feel like they’re gonna explode.

I guess it wouldn’t be so bad if there was something fun to do. But all the movies on the plane are lame and my tablet died, so now I’m stuck. I was gonna get out my sketchbook and start designing me and Zelda’s costumes for GeekCon, but I don’t wanna do it without asking her for ideas first. And I wanted to call and talk to her about it, but my parents said you aren’t allowed to use a phone on an airplane (Why????).

That was when Papa gave me one of his notebooks. He told me I should try writing. So I am.

I guess it’s kinda like one of those “tradition” thingies. Everybody in my whole family writes something. My Oma Harper writes books. My Opa Erik writes computer-y stuff. My Onkel Tam writes D&D campaigns. My Onkel Jasper writes science-y things. My Mama writes magazine articles. And my Papa writes lotsa notes about his clients.

And he writes in a journal too.

And out of all those choices, that one’s definitely the easiest. Papa says journals are where you write down everything you’re thinking and feeling. And I’m thinking about lotsa stuff right now. So I’m gonna have a lot to write about.

And maybe if I keep writing and writing and writing, the next trillion-jillion years will go by faster, and we’ll be in America.

I bet it’s already been like an hour since I started writing. I’m gonna ask Papa.

Ten minutes?! Ughhhhhhh…

Okay. Gotta find more stuff to talk about.

I don’t even know who’s gonna read this thing anyway. Probably nobody. I guess it doesn’t matter if anybody does… as long as it’s not the pain-in-the-butt (aka Tristan).

Nah, I don’t think he’d really do it. He’s still the biggest pain-in-the-butt ever, but he’s not the worst little brother in the world. And according to him, I’m the best big sister (duh). So he wouldn’t do it… I think. And besides, he doesn’t like reading anyway. And he’s only six, so he sucks at it too.

But Zelda is definitely allowed. She loves reading (even though she’s only a year older than Tristan. He’s just dumb). And I tell her everything. She’s two years younger than me, but she’s still my best friend in the world. And my cousin too.

But she’s only been my cousin for a couple years. I know that sounds weird. I have to explain it to people all the time.

I still remember when Tam and Jasper told me I was gonna get a new cousin. I thought it was gonna be a baby. Everybody did.

They always love telling the story about when they saw Zelda’s picture for the first time. They thought they wanted to get a baby, but they said when they saw her, they just knew. And when they found out her name was Zelda (like the princess), Tam said it was destiny. They’ve been a family ever since.

She was really quiet when I first met her. Way more quiet than me. She told me it took a little while before she felt like she was part of the family. But now, it’s like she’s always been here. And she only gets quiet now if super rude people ask her about being adopted. Ugh. Dummies.

Okay, that had to be an hour now. I’m gonna ask Papa again.

FIVE minutes?! Did somebody cast a Slow Time spell or something?! Maybe Papa’s watch is broken. That’s gotta be it. We HAVE to get there soon. Or else I’m gonna go CRAZY! Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

I swear I’m not usually this grumpy about stuff. It’s just SO annoying. Even more annoying than Tristan!

I’m still excited about going to America though, even if the plane part is super lame. I’ve never been so far away from home before. And we’ve never gone on a family trip together either!

We’re going to Brindle Bay because Papa’s friends are getting married. Addy and Niko. Papa says I met them before when I was really little, but I don’t really remember. It was a long time ago. He’s told me about them before though. He says I’ll really like them. And they know some German too, so we can talk to them. That’ll be cool.

I’m just happy Mama and Papa said me and Tristan could come too. I was afraid they’d say we couldn’t. They fought about it after Papa got the wedding invitation. I still remember the day it came in the mail. I watched him open it when he got home from work.

At first he looked really happy. Then he looked… kinda sad, maybe. Or confused. It was weird. Then he went downstairs to talk to Mama (by the way, “talk” means “get in a super-stupid fight”).

I don’t think he knew I followed him. And I definitely don’t think he knew I could hear what they were saying. But it was mostly just yelling. Same as always. Ugh.

It started out with all this stuff about “bad memories” that was really weird. It sounded like Mama didn’t wanna go.

But then they couldn’t decide whether Papa was gonna come by himself or not. Or if they were gonna bring me and Tristan too. And then they started fighting about how long we were gonna stay. It was so stupid. But their fights are ALWAYS stupid, so I guess I’m used to it.

Anyway, I was soooo sure they were gonna be mean and say me and Tristan had to stay at home. But they didn’t!

So now it’s gonna be a big vacation! Papa promised he’d take me to the beach and Mama said we could go shopping and see the lighthouse. I can’t wait! And I know Tristan’s really excited too. He says he wants to ride on a boat while we’re there, but I bet he’ll be too chicken. Ha!

Uh oh. I’m running out of stuff to say again. Plus this dinky little table thing is all wobbly. And no offense, but all this writing’s starting to get kinda boring… And my hand sorta hurts too.

Do you think NOW it’s been an hour? It has to be, right?

I’m gonna check again.

I give up! Papa says I need to stop asking, or time will go even slower (Is that even possible?!)

Then he said I should take a nap ‘cause sleeping is the only thing that can speed up time. And I think he’s right.

It’s like in the movies, when people are on a space ship and they go to sleep in those weird tube things. And when they wake up, BAM, they’re on the other side of the universe and it feels like it only took two seconds to get there.

So… I guess I’ll try it. I think I’ll write some more later though. Maybe when we get to the hotel. But for now, Papa’s right. I guess I’m kinda tired anyways. I should try and go to sleep.

I mean, how else am I supposed to survive the next trillion-jillion years on this dumb plane?


All readers: “OMG Amanda, SLOW DOWN! What happened to your supposed ‘once-a-week’, irregular schedule?”

Me: “I’m just excited, okay?!” 😥

LOL no but seriously. Sorry for inundating you guys with chapters lately. I was just eager to get the ball rolling. This will genuinely be the last one in this random ‘burst’, because I’m no longer on vacation and am now back to teaching and taking my class 😦 Next chapter will probably be Saturday (yes, really. I have work to do for my class that I can’t put off anymore 😛 )

Okay, enough chatter from me. Welcome to Gen 8! 🙂

48 thoughts on “8.1: A Trillion-Jillion Years

  1. OMG… YES YES YES YES YESSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Emberlynn, what a lovely name. I see so much of Young Mari & Pheonix in her. I’m so excited for this generation!

    Regarding the wedding, I better get my popcorn ready….

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    1. Hehehe I’m loving your enthusiasm 😛 Thank you! And she definitely has some Mari-style spunk 😉

      The wedding should be fun! I wonder who else is on the guest list? 🤔😈😉

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  2. I’m not complaining. Post all the chapters you want. I’m with SimTroverted, going to have popcorn for this wedding. Can’t wait to see how this goes down. Emberlynn is so cute. It’s interesting that Phoenix and Gigi had another child. Guess they had some really good moments. Tam and Jasper with their daughter😍😍😍

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    1. Haha thanks ❤️❤️ Glad you’re looking forward to the wedding 😉 And that you think Emberlynn is cute! She’s so fun to write already ^_^

      We’ll see more via Emberlynn, but yeah, Gigi and Phoenix’s marriage is essentially a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs 😬 Which did lead to the decision to have another kid, at one point! Lol

      And I agree, Tam and Jasper are such adorable dads 😭 Thanks, Creshone!

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  3. Awwww….I adore Emberlynn. She is sooo cute and you can tell Phoenix adores her! So sad he and Gigi still fight, and yet they decided to have another child. Tristan looks a lot like Phoenix I think. Emberlynn looks like a mix…can’t tell yet.

    And Zelda! Lol. What a perfect name…yep Karma! Love that pic of her with her dads. 😍😍😍😍

    Next chapter – drama ensues at the wedding! Maybe… no wonder Gigi didn’t want to go and they fought about it. She probably bringing kids to say “look – see – he’s MINE – we are together!”

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    1. I’m glad you love her! ❤️ And yes, she’s super close to her daddy ^_^ He is very patient with her lol She loves both her parents but is definitely closer to Phoenix (meanwhile I imagine Tristan is closer to Gigi)

      Zelda was most definitely destiny 😉 They’re a sweet little family ❤️

      And yes… Emberlynn will never know this but I will confirm that the biggest source of the fighting was the fact that a certain someone will likely be at the wedding 😬 But we shall see…

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  4. Um…Excuse, But, I have NO problem with you posting more chapter than usual 😛 !

    On a more serious note thought, Tristan, huh…? I’m not sure I like the fact that Emberlynn has a brother, given the fact that Gigi and Phoenix’s issues are not totally ended, ( Clearly seen in this whole argument about wether or not go to Brindelton Bay, the place that ”ruined”’ them, and their fights, wich seem..”normal” enought for Emberlynn) and I still think they will break up…someday..

    It’s nice to see that Phoenix raised Emberlynn to be a ner- Err, a geek, just like him! 😛

    Destine is a cold-hearted witch, so, I think they might run into a certain someone in there…It’s gonna be interresting to see things from the eyes of a girl who doesn’t really know everything *we* know.

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    1. Hahahaha glad you were okay with it 😛

      And yeah, it was maybe not the best decision to have another child :-/ Phoenix and Gigi decided to have another while they were going through a time when things were good (which they do still have now and then! Haha)

      The fighting definitely continues though 😦 and poor Emberlynn is so used to it. Poor thing!

      She’s definitely a geek just like her Papa! 😉 and I think everyone will have an interesting time at the wedding…

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  5. Oh goodness…the fights! But she is so cute! I love how she explains the plane ride. (I feel you kid.) I am very excited that they are going to the wedding, but I am worried about Lola being there and how Gigi will deal with that. Or just being back there in general. At the same time, I feel it is a bit selfish of Gigi to get so angry about her husband going and for how long. This isn’t about you Gigi…not everything is.

    (Am I salty? Maybe a little..)

    But yay! Its like (instert gift giving holiday here) came early! I’m excited for what is to come!

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    1. Yeahhhh the fighting isn’t so fun 😦 But I’m glad you like Emberlynn! She’s so cute and spunky!

      We shall see what the wedding may bring… At least Gigi have in and said yes to going eventually? 😛

      Thank you for reading! ❤️


  6. Nooboos WitcHazard: Looks like Pheegi adder another band aid and his name is Tristan! He’s so cute I want to save him from the Rosebrook curse but I don’t have too since life naturally goes 5 times better for the heir’s siblings so he’s good!❤️

    Dark WitcHazard: Oh wow I just realized Gigi and Lola never had the wife to mistress talk shits about to get real! I’m ready!😈🔥🔥🔥🔥

    Lover WitcHazard: I get the feeling the idea that this wedding is going to be fine has left the building! Can’t wait to get to know our little heiress once she’s in a better mood!😜 I’m with about plane rides though boredom can kill!

    Shipper WitcHazard: Eeekkkk I love it when a good ship becomes and happy family! Zelda seems like the perfect fit for Jam! Can’t wait to get to know all these kiddos!

    Anti Shipper:I bet our boy is going to go through three emotions at the weddding! He’s going to be happy to see Lola despite the distance! He’s going to be deflated or sad when he’s sees her kid because a small part of him wanted it to be his! And of course angry or upset when he finally meets Jordan!

    Emotional WitcHazard: Am I the only one whose sad because I just realized that Emberlynn story hasn’t started yet but her grandchild will be the last Rosebrook heir! 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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    1. Dang. When Emotional puts it like that, the end of the legacy feels so soon! 😱

      Lol I love that Nooboos called Tristan a band aid 😂 Basically… but yes, at least he isn’t the heir! The spares always have it pretty easy (except maybe Luc, since he died horrifically in a fire at 30, but… LOL)

      Lover, I promise we will definitely hear from Ember when she’s less grumpy 😂 we caught her at a bad time today hehe

      I’m glad Shipper approves of the Jam family ❤️❤️ and Anti’s predictions of Phee’s feeling may well come true! We shall see… soon-ish 😛


    1. She’s 9-and-a-half (I originally had a line where she wrote exactly that lol the half is very important to her 😂


  7. I LOVE HER SO MUCH!!!! She’s definitely a geek and I’m here for it. She has been spending time with her Onkel Tam. 😏 I’m excited for this gen, she has a bit of Harper’s spunk and moxy. Are they gonna stay in America long term or go back to Germany. I really see Phoenix’s sister(selfishly) and what her life has been. I 100% bet we’re gonna see Lola at this wedding. Question was Tristan born right after Emmberlyn? I didn’t know Gigi and Phoenix were ready for another one so shortly after Ember.

    Side note: I ordered my new computer so fingers cross it’ll come in soon!

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    1. Yes, she definitely was influenced by her dad and Tam a little 😉 Hehe and totally has a bit of that spunk too, you’re right 😛

      We’ll see a tiny bit of Lila later in the gen! 🙂 As for Lola at the wedding… We’ll find out the answer to that pretty soon 😛 (LOL Lila and Lola’s names are so similar, confousing XD)

      Tristan is three years younger than Emberlynn (he’s 6, she’s 9) so they did wait a bit! Their marriage is a constant series of ups and downs, and during one of those “ups”, having another baby seemed like a good idea LOL

      YAY for new computer! Hope you get it soon! 🙂


  8. Another infamous wedding, eh…? 😏😏😏

    I do hope Gigi can keep it together when she sees Lola. But I kinda hope she says something rude and starts a slap fest. 😈😈😈 Is that bad? Sorry! I too want some popcorn for all the action!

    Ember seems like such a spitfire already. Phee is very patient and sweet with her. (I could see Gigi being short with her. There’s probably a reason Phee is sitting with her instead of her mother.)

    And Zelda is her cousin…awww. Love that family picture of Jam! 😍🥰😘

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    1. LOL yes, another wedding with interesting circumstances that we can add to the list! Ha! And LMAO it might not be quite as dramatic as you’re hoping, but you never know 😛

      Emberlynn is a funny kid. Usually not quite as angry as she was in this chapter, but definitely headstrong and outspoken (she gets that from her mother LOL though I think Phee is a good enough influence to balance it out too 😛 ) and he’s definitely patient with her! He adores her and knows how to put up with her when she gets going LMAO

      And I’m glad you liked the Jam family shot! They’re all so cute together. I’m excited for readers to properly meet Zelda 🙂 She gets a lot from her dads!

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    2. My bet? Gigi is going to be looking for a fight, Lola is perfectly sweet and even remorseful/apologetic/content and has no bones to pick with Gigi. Gigi lays into her, Lola accepts the condemnation and owns it.

      Gigi gets mad that she doesn’t have a target and takes it out on Phee.

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  9. Ooh I love the Mari vibes coming from Emberlynn!! I remember when Phoenix was born! They grow up so fast!! 😸
    I love Zelda!! She is so adorable!!!!
    I love Tristan!!!! I think he will make a very interesting character!!!
    I LOVE EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And don’t worry about regular updating or stuff. You are like my god and I will worship you.

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    1. Ha! God-status? Too much pressure over here 😂 But thank you ❤️❤️❤️

      I appreciate all your enthusiasm 😀 And yes, Emberlynn has a little Mari spunk to her 😉


  10. Oh man this is already gonna pop off I cannot. Emberlynn is very good and very cute I love her! These kids are very cute and I love Zelda! And, yup, surprising no one, she notices exactly when her parents are arguing. I’m honestly surprised she got a brother but they’ve proven they’re not exactly great with birth control.

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    1. Glad you like the kiddos so far! They’re so sweet and fun. Hopefully they’ll stay that way? 😂 And hopefully that fighting won’t start getting to Ember :-/

      As for Tristan, believe it or not, he was planned haha. Phoenix and Gigi’s marriage goes through a ton of ups and downs (Emberlynn will elaborate on this in the next few chapters) and during one of the “ups” they decided having another kid would be a good idea 😬

      Classic Rosebrook decisions 😂

      Thank you so much for reading, as always! Welcome to Gen 8! 😀

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  11. I just realized today that I had to catch up on the last four chapters/posts of this story, so I read it all today xP

    Emberlynn is such a nice name for a pretty girl! I hope she turns out alright when she always has to see her parents fighting (hopefully she doesn’t get into a relationship like that in the future).
    Also, THREE KIDS! Phoenix and Gigi have truly held onto their strained marriage for a long time.
    I wonder if Phoenix will run into Lola in America and what that would be like. Honestly, I hope something happens in America that makes Phoenix see he has to do something to improve his relationship with Gigi 😦

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    1. I’m glad you caught up, yay! 😀 And I’m glad you like Emberlynn too! We shall see how she turns out…

      And yes, lots of kids this gen! Two for PheeGi and one for Jam! And the second PheeGi kid was probably not the greatest idea in the world… but I guess it felt that way at the time 😛

      We’ll see if any interesting reunions lie ahead… Thanks for reading! Welcome to Gen 8 😀


  12. Oh my goodness, she is a cutie but really feisty! I can’t imagine what kind of trouble she’s going to get into :p

    I’m sad that Gigi and Phoenix are still fighting so much.. that does not sound promising.

    And yay, Tam and Jasper are so lovely as adoptive parents!

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    1. Cute but feisty is right! Hehehehe

      And yeah, things aren’t great on the SS PheeGi :-/ They’re barely holding it together, but they’re trying!

      Tam and Jasper are doing very well though! 😉

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  13. Oh my god I love her. She’s so precious. Another child too I see. Also Zelda is the perfect name for a Jam child! Unfortunately, Gigi and Phee still fight all the time, though. I imagine that’ll create quite the drama for our young heiress here.

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  14. Of course Jasper and Tam would have a daughter called Zelda haha! Love it…

    I see the happy couple have decided child number two would fix all of their problems, since the first one helped so much *sigh* At least their kids are cute.

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    1. You are actually exactly right about WHY they had Tristan! 😂 He was a “This will fix things, right?” Baby 😬


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