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Almost Eternal - Updated September 18th



  • SnuffyBucketSnuffyBucket Posts: 209 Member
    Change of mood today.

    Reflecting in the sun.

    Chapter 35 - My Epitaph
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 989 Member
    Chapter 35
    That was so sad, but very well-written. I think it's one of my favourite chapters yet. Poor April. She's just a child who doesn't know what she's doing and who she wants to be. I mean - we've known she was the equivalent of a pouty toddler for a while now, but I can't help but feel bad for her after a chapter like that. The kid just needs a therapist. I have none to offer in Camelot, so all I can do it point towards Dr. Linda from Lucifer. :sweat_smile:

    I wonder what's going to happen when she wakes up. If she wakes up. Will she take her dying thoughts to heart and actually try and change for the better? Or will she click right back into what she knows? She already adores Caleb, but will Lilith tending to her finally mellow her out a little? Or will it just make her despise Lilith more because that's just one more thing that Lilith is good at?
  • DeafSimmerDeafSimmer Posts: 2,554 Member
    At least April was taken back to the house. This chapter was well-written.
  • SnuffyBucketSnuffyBucket Posts: 209 Member
    Thanks both. I admit, I struggled with this chapter in so many ways. I almost scrapped it. :sweat:

    She has the desire to change. I guess it remains to be seen if she has the ability when she wakes up. If she wakes up.

    Yes, lucky that Caleb found her.
  • MonaSolstraaleMonaSolstraale Posts: 674 Member
    Thanks both. I admit, I struggled with this chapter in so many ways. I almost scrapped it. :sweat:
    It was good you did not discard it. The pictures spoke their own strong language next to the text.
    Sad but still a little hopeful at last <3
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  • mercuryfoammercuryfoam Posts: 759 Member
    edited September 16
    I’m glad you’ve chosen to write and keep this chapter.
    This chapter is dark, but it so accurately captures the horrible effects of having narcissistic parent/s. You’ve been showing us the effects of April’s years of emotional and psychological abuse from a mother that has s*cked her dry, to the point that April has nothing left but insecurity and jealousy, self-blame, and self-sabotage.

    To me, this chapter is so important because throughout this time, April has been trying to find herself using Sandy as her role model. And I feel so sorry for her and watching her sabotage her relationships with her friends. It was really painful to read those, so much more painful than this chapter because April knew what she was doing but she couldn’t stop. She’s such a tragic character I didn’t know how to comment on her anymore (Except her relationship with Caleb, bah. I’m still on the fence to if he can support her since they’ve got similar demons). Here, she’s finally looking at herself again. I mean, I get it, she’s constantly criticising herself and focused on her own shortcomings, I wouldn’t want to introspect myself ever again especially after the tormentor’s gone. And especially when doing so will make April spiral back into old unhealthy habits. But she needed to do this.

    She didn’t kill ‘Sandy’, but here she finally admits that being ‘Sandy’ is proving worse. I think she can start healing from this if given the right circumstance and support.

    P.S. - Still don’t like Caleb. He understands her, but I still have a strong mental image that they’ll crash and burn together. >_> Please totally prove me wronggg!

    And please keep all your chapters. You wrote this so beautifully. The pictures, writing, April's thoughts. I thought it was a masterpiece. Dark one, but still a masterpiece.

    EDIT: I also love how you lulled me into a false sense of security that I can finally detach your characters from people I care about and then you go smack this in my face. :joy: But I think that's a good thing. :)
  • SnuffyBucketSnuffyBucket Posts: 209 Member

    Thanks. <3 I took out huge chunks of text (HUGE chunks. Thousands of words!) and replaced with pictures as I didn't want it to be laborious to read as well as depressing. I'm glad that it worked.

    Hopefully April can start to find herself now and it wasn't too little, too late.

    You're not wrong about Caleb having similar demons and questioning if that will prove to be a good thing for their relationship or not. Only time will tell if this is the trainwreck everyone thinks/hopes/worries it will be.

    A masterpiece? Stop... my face is doing something weird... OMG I'm blushing. <3

    Sorry. We trundle along happily for a few chapters now before the next smack in the face.
  • ThePlumbobThePlumbob Posts: 4,542 Member
    Chapter 36
    Lilith and Melinda, eh? I haven't gotten those vibes from them before, with Lilith sort of acting like a big sister figure to everyone I couldn't really picture her with anyone romantically. I can't imagine she's had many successful romantic relationships over the years to be fair, the whole mind-reading thing would probably aggravate partners a lot. If anyone could deal with it, it would probably be Melinda. Though they would still be a pretty unevenly matched pairing rather than equal partners. But hey, it's early days of them admiring each others's hair so I'm getting way ahead of myself here.

    Oh, and makeovers all around! Faith's vampirical salon is doing well.
  • SnuffyBucketSnuffyBucket Posts: 209 Member
    Don't go building ships on the back of a hair compliment. You know Melinda flusters when anyone pays her attention. Yes, no one will be spared the scissors (and rope, if required.)
  • _sims_Yimi_sims_Yimi Posts: 989 Member
    Chapter 36
    Aww, Melinda looks pretty good with the new hairstyle! And I can’t wait to see what Faith does for Lilith and Caleb. I’m hoping for shenanigans where they have to catch him first.

    Lying about knowing Seth might not have been the best decision there, though. Especially with Faith being all hot and bothered for him. She might just go and seek him out herself. I wonder if Seth and Lilith were a thing in the past, and what happened to make her dislike him so much now. Also still curious how the whole vampire powers thing works. Lilith and Seth having the same mind-reading abilities and seemingly having history together is very interesting.
  • DeafSimmerDeafSimmer Posts: 2,554 Member
    I thought Caleb and April would kiss on the lips.
  • lone_catlone_cat Posts: 357 Member
    Chapter 36
    As much as I would like to ship people, I still have my suspicions. This just highlighted that Lilith isn't telling the truth. I do wonder who Seth is and what their past together is. And why Lilith is worried about bringing vampires around on 'his turf'. Are there vampire districts, like one vampire or a group of vampires controls a certain part of Forgotten Hollow? Or maybe Seth is like an ancient vampire and thinks he controls everything? He does have mind-reading powers like Lilith, but more powerful, so I'm speculating that he is much older than the Vatores or maybe he's just lost more of his humanity. And Caleb seemed worried about Seth, like Seth would reveal some secret to Faith about him and Lilith.
  • SnuffyBucketSnuffyBucket Posts: 209 Member
    He's getting a haircut whether he likes it or not. :D
    You'll get more about Seth next chapter. Eep.

    Yes, so did April.

    Interesting. The next chapter may help with some of this. Maybe...
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