Monday, August 29, 2011

Ch. 101 : On My Own

Her dream house was expensive. And that left little money for renovations or furniture. With what she had she managed to paint the house and add in a fairly nice kitchen and dining room.

And of course a comfortable master bedroom. She’ll need it with the long days she’s planning to pull at work.

She’s decided to become a Private Investigator, you see. Like her dad, she wants to make a real difference in the world, but she doesn’t want to go oversees and fight mummies or partner up with the fabled Dick Daring to save the world. No... she’d prefer to save the world right here at home. 

Anne Silverman, a distant cousin (Or is she an aunt?) is her first client. She seems to have some credit problems and would “appreciate it” if Ximena would fix it for her. 

Ximena struggles with her ethics for a while, and eventually decides to go for a run while she thinks about it.

In the end, she decides to just do it. Money is money, right? She may not be saving the world just yet.... but everyone has to start at the bottom. 

 After that, cases are coming in one after another. The distant relative with the used toothbrush.

The third aunt who teaches her that she needs to work on her fighting skills if she want to intimate anyone else for answers.

At least she wins the rematch. 

And of course her uncle’s half-brother, Devon who studies her face closely before asking her to find his wallet. He's also married to a great great... something aunt, but they've been having martial troubles lately. She doesn’t think it’ll be too difficult a case, but his curiosity of her might be cause for concern... nonetheless, she takes the case.

She even decides to wear her trench coat for this one! (For once)

Looking for clues turns up nothing so she decides to ask around town instead.

She tries to ask her second cousin Pablo (Gabriel’s grandson) if he’s heard anything at school, but most of her attention is taken up by his parents in the background. They’ve been together since high school and are still madly in love all the way into full adulthood. They’re even expecting another baby soon. 

She and Nero had a connection that could have been like that, if he’d wanted. She wonders what happened to him after he left. Did he make it to Riverview in one piece? It was deemed safe for rehabitation only weeks before he left, so did he choose to stay? Did he ever find his Wren? She tries not to think about it. It just depresses her.

She finally takes a day off. She’s found some more leads in Devon’s case, but she can’t bring herself to work on it today. A girl needs some time to just have fun, right? And she is determined to just spend today enjoying herself.

But you know what they say about the best laid plans...

She sound of someone settling into the seat next to her rouses her from her nap. The familiar blue face smiles at her when she turned to glare at him. 
“Sorry, didn’t mean to wake you.”

“I’m not so sure I’m awake really.” She answers with a teasing smile, just happy to see him again. “Maybe you should give me a massage to be sure.”

“Very funny.” He says before falling serious. “Ximena, be serious for a minute. I need your help.”

Short update, I know. Sorry. Thought it flowed nicely though. Anything more felt like padding. As a nice bonus you get a picture of elder Gabriel. He lived to be 118 days. Louna lived to be 115.


  1. It's so strange to see one of these legacy people all alone! Almost like it's a new start! Haha

    And I love to see Nero anytime! The house looks to be shaping up, I'm sure it'll be amazing in no time!!

  2. Dick Daring... HAH! Also, lol at all the relatives.

    And YAY! Nero. I am so glad to see him again! I love how he just appears. It's gotta be that gnome magic, lol.

  3. I laughed when Mena asked for a massage. So cute and bold!

    I'm also glad to see her on her way (and her own). Can't wait to see where this goes. *Especially with Nero*