Prologue and Background:
The Yomin family began three generations ago with Mestral Yomin. At least, the local branch did. Mestral crashed in Newcrest as a young adult. He altered his appearance to blend in and began learning all he could of his new home. He became an artist as much to make money as to have a way to preserve his observations. One day his neighbor and coworker Phoebe Cortes came to visit and they slowly built a friendship.
The first tentative attempt to move from friends to lovers was rocky, complicated by Phoebe's discovery that Mestral was an alien. At first it seemed all they would have to hold them together was their mutual love of painting, though neither was especially skilled. Then they married and lived modestly together, eventually welcoming their son Harley to the family.
Harley's green skin set him apart from the beginning, but he did his best to fit in. He was a goofball and outgoing, traits that won hi many friends. He picked up the love of art from his parents and developed the skill himself, joining the same career. He eventually passed them in skill and rank. He met Jewel Wood as a teen and they remained casual friends until they became young adults. Their courtship went a bit more smoothly than Harley's parents', probably due to the fact that Jewel was a full alien who had been raised in a human family.
Jewel's father had been abducted and returned pregnant. He decided to keep the baby, naming her Jewel. To strangers and acquaintances, she was just the fifth and youngest of Bian and Caron Wood's children - the fourteenth for Bian, who had thought he was done growing his family. Jewel preferred not to stand out among her siblings, only using her alien powers with those she knew and trusted, and rarely even then. Jewel admired Harley's confidence and being around him gave her the courage to drop her disguise at home, something she never did in public during her lifetime.
After their marriage, Harley and Jewel found his parents' house too small and crowded for four people. There was no room for them to start a family in Jewel's family home either, so they moved out on their own. Harley worked as a painter, while Jewel chose to stay home and tend to their house and children in between writing novels. Their first home was cozy, with just enough room for Harley, Jewel, and their two oldest children, Marcia and Leonard. Then Harley was abducted and came back with an alien baby growing in his womb. Not long after, Jewel found out she was pregnant with twins. One baby could sleep in a bassinet in the living room, but three would be too many. Harley already knew he didn't want to send his son back to the homeworld.
Deciding another remodel would be just as costly as starting over with a new house, Harley and Jewel agreed it was time to move their growing family into a bigger house. They had no sooner settled in when Tim, Russ and Joel were added to the family. Being blue, Tim didn't look like either of his parents or his half-siblings, but he never let that make him feel as if he didn't belong. Harley and Jewel never had another child, focusing all of their energies on their brood of five.
Harley died first, leaving Jewel alone and mourning. She never thought she would love again, until she met Vijay Desai and found they had plenty in common. On impulse, she became pregnant one last time, giving Vijay a son they named Indira. Like his older half-brother Russ, Indira only inherited Jewel's mental powers, lacking the ability to disguise himself.
Sadly, Vijay died while Indira was a toddler, leaving Jewel widowed again. The teenage twins helped Jewel raise Indira, then took over when she too died. By that point, Marcia, Leonard and Tim had already moved out to start their own families.
On reaching young adulthood, Russ and Joel decided between them that Russ would move out, leaving Joel to raise Indira alone in their family home. Russ moved to Brindleton Bay where he met and married his wife Bianca and got a dog. Joel began working as a tech guru, relying on his strengths and interests, to support himself and Indira. He hoped to find another alien or part alien to marry someday.
Like his father and grandfather before him, Joel was abducted by aliens, and enjoyed the experience until he realized they had sent him home with a little surprise. Following the family tradition, he kept baby Vaughn, though he knew raising two children alone with his long hours would be hard work. Fortunately, Teresa Ranjea came into their lives to help out, making the transition form Oasis Springs to Newcrest.. He family had come seeking a new life for themselves, and found just what they needed in Oasis Springs. Teresa had a dream to start her own vet clinic, but lacked the funds. Joel offered her a deal: He would help get her vet clinic started and even work with her when he could, if she would marry him and help raise his half-brother and son. Teresa agreed, but it wasn't long before the two fell in love and Teresa became pregnant with her daughter Amanda. The clinic got off to a rough start, but is beginning to show a small profit.