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Alex Paterson

"Do NOT test my patience, or there will be consequences."

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a character in “Legend of the Jade Emperor”, as played by zen_ink

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Alex's classic "demanding" glare

-Zodiac: Rooster
-Name: Alex Paterson
-Age: 21
-Gender: Male
-Sexuality: Won't say
-Hair: Short, brown, styled
-Eyes: Grey/Bright Blue (changes with use of his power)
-Height: 5'9
-Weight: 140lbs


-Likes: Rules, order, cleanliness, manners, being in control, cleaning products, organic food, the color white, studying

-Dislikes: People who disobey, clutter, messiness, dirt, dust, or anything unhygienic.. rude and abrasive personalities, chaos, disorder, spontaneity

-Relationships: Alex tends to like those who readily follow direction, so naturally his favorites are the Sheep, Dragon, and Bull. The sheep takes order willingly because of his higher understanding of the purpose of rules; the Rooster greatly respects and appreciates this. The Dragon is not so much as easily bossed around, but he is on the same wavelength as the Rooster in terms of realizing that life needs rules. Even though the Bull can be stubborn, the intellectual Rooster can run circles around him. He also appreciates his loyalty.

He has a problem with just about everyone else in the family.


-Personality: There are many ways to describe Alex, depending on the angle you're looking at him. On one hand, he's extremely bossy, domineering, cold, and harsh. On the other hand, you could say he cares a lot about everything and that's why he strives for order. Alex considers himself a professional in every aspect of his life. He's not necessarily cocky, just appropriately confident. The Rooster was born to lead and that's exactly what Alex does. While everyone else is off partying and living their carefree lives, it is the Rooster who is managing all the details and making sure life doesn't fall to pieces. He does this simply because he knows its important and the right thing to do, and he does not ask much in return. This makes the Rooster a very well-reputed fellow despite his more "abrasive" qualities. Sure Alex is bossy, but most people come to learn that its better this way; Alex has a great head on his shoulders - more so than most other people - and so, people are usually content and somewhat comforted by the fact that he is in control. The Rooster will never steer you wrong.

Alex has a very strict and unyielding morality. Some of the more "youthful" Patersons might find his views extremely rigid and traditional but they definitely respect him for the fact that he just wants to do things right. He's a perfectionist. Alex's brothers and sisters can get pretty annoyed with him from time to time, considering he's always the one to yank their heads out of the clouds and pull them back to earth whenever life starts to feel a little too much like a party. Life is not a party in Alex's eyes - - it is a job. In the Rooster's opinion, we all have a divine duty, and we are to carry out that duty with humility and respect. That being said, this view of his can make him look like a hypocrite since most others don't exactly think of the term "humble" when thinking of Alex. Even though Alex IS a hypocrite (has a habit of criticizing everyone, doesn't take criticism at all) he's actually not in this instance, because he truthfully is humble underneath it all. On the inside, Alex is humble to the higher powers of the universe, and in the spiritual realm, he takes his role as a member of the zodiac very seriously.

Possibly the only time when Alex's age shows itself is when he takes no remorse or hesitance in telling people very forthright just how much they get on his nerves and what he doesn't like about them. This harsh character of his has earned him the reputation of being very cold and unemotional, which isn't really too far from the truth; Alex's mind tends to work in strictly logical ways for the most part. A few clashes like these and people aren't really too eager to associate with Alex again. This trend has caused him to earn himself a lot of enemies in life, but not the type of enemies who would readily attack him. They are more just bitter and damaged relationships that Alex doesn't care to confront or fix.

Other than that, you'd probably never really suspect that he's 21 based on his personality alone. He's far more mature than everyone else his age and even most people who exceed him in age by several years. He acts like someone much older and, because of his authoritative ways (and his powers), even the older Patersons have been beaten into submission.


-Other: Alex's power is Command. Although Alex is frequently found issuing out orders to people, rarely is he ever actually using his powers.. so people can choose not to obey if they don't want to (which unfortunately for Alex is most of the time). With his powers activated, whoever is receiving the order has no choice but to obey. Alex's family knows how to recognize the activation of his powers because his eyes, which are typically a cloudy grey, will turn bright blue almost to the point of glowing. This phenomenon is something that typically escapes the attention of the average human. Those who have been issued a mystic command from the Rooster will find themselves compelled to carry out the command in such a way that they will not question why they are doing it; they will actually believe it is what they want to do.

Don't worry, Alex would never use this power to do harm to anybody. Mostly he just uses it when somebody spills their soda and refuses to wipe up the mess.

So begins...

Alex Paterson's Story

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Alex Paterson

Alex took a step back and grunted; "What a stubborn stain. What even is this? Bacon grease?" he spritzed the rag in his left hand with some of the chemicals that he was holding in his right, and began to scrub furiously. "This is absolutely unacceptable. When I find out who did this, there will be consequences." The Rooster had a bad habit of talking to himself aloud. When he was alone, this wasn't typically an issue. But if someone was in the room or the next room over, they could hear him loud and clear, and wouldn't really hesitate to call him out on the quirk. Alex never appreciated having his idiosyncrasies brought to his attention.

Satisfied that the stain was no longer a threat, he set the bottle down and turned around, continuing his kitchen germ scan. "What's this?" he spotted a drawing on the fridge. "Who is this poor girl with her hair on fire? I don't understand that kid. He can see the future but all he does about it is make pretty pictures." He tore the image off the fridge and crumpled it in his hand before tossing it in the trash. "Where is everyone anyway." he exclaimed to himself, just then realizing that the house was for the most part desolate. Alex had been in his room the majority of the day working on his next few university assignments. He was about a month ahead of the rest of the class at any given time because he didn't like to move at a glacial pace when it came to his studies. His professors weren't too happy with the way he'd badger them for the upcoming assignments just so that he wasn't without something to do. And hey, if they didn't cooperate, well a little command here or there never hurt anybody.

"James and Sean are supposed to have shifts at the Pawprint today. I'd put my money on the assumption that Sean either didn't show up or he didn't accomplish squat as usual. Remind me to have a talk with him about his worth ethic. ....................Goodness Alex, you really need to stop talking to yourself." he gave a self-pitying sigh and then pulled out his phone.

"Eli... where are you? Your shift is supposed to be over. Or did you forget again?"

"I didn't forget sorry, I'm waiting for Aiden to pick me up, I got a ride with Sean to the Pawprint this morning so he's gonna bring me back to the house and then we're just gonna hang out for a bit."

"Hang out for a bit? Have you completely forgotten what tomorrow is? Have you all? Where are your brothers? I am quickly losing my patience. I want everyone home to begin planning for the New Year festival tomorrow. Mom and dad are flying in early this morning... they'll be here by about 7 tomorrow. Get your rumpus home."

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"Hmm, I'll think about it. I heard about this really awesome place in South Africa, so I might not be back for quite a while," the Rabbit smiled.

Eli kinda figured he wouldn't go for something as low key as just chilling at home; life was always an adventure with the rabbit. That was probably the biggest thing that separated Eli from his closest brother.. he hated to be out all the time. Being around people drained him. He much preferred a night in with all the creature comforts of tea, blankets, chocolate, and a good movie or video game.

Eli went over to the register to clock out of his shift. "Wait a minute... did I ever even clock in today? Why do I not remember doing that?" he thought to himself, but quickly dismissed the thought as he figured he was probably just distracted as usual when he signed in. He tossed his apron over the counter which was almost instantaneously picked up by a passing-by Becky, who took it into the kitchen with an unamused look on her face. Eli made sure he had everything... wallet, phone, notebook, check, check, check. He approached Benji once more to wish him luck on his trek in South Africa, when lo and behold Kenneth walked in.

"Hello, Eli and Benji. Eli, I know your shift is just about done, but do you have any more of the chocolate cake left?"

Before Eli could even get the chance to answer, he noticed Benji eyeballing his clean plate before he chimed in, "If he gets a piece, then I get another one. I need the energy, since I have to go to track practice and all..." Eli looked to Ken, then Benji, then back at Ken; he couldn't say no, especially not to the rabbit's face. "Oh sigh.." he thought. "Well.. I just clocked out and Aiden is probably either here, or about to be, but.... sure. I'll be right back." Eli was halted by the sound of wind chimes and oriental music - - he pulled his phone out of his pocket.

[Incoming Call - Alex Cell]

"Uh oh.."

"Eli... where are you? Your shift is supposed to be over. Or did you forget again?"

"I didn't forget sorry, I'm waiting for Aiden to pick me up, I got a ride with Sean to the Pawprint this morning so he's gonna bring me back to the house and then we're just gonna hang out for a bit." he rolled his eyes, making sure his two brothers saw.

"Hang out for a bit? Have you completely forgotten what tomorrow is? Have you all? Where are your brothers? I am quickly losing my patience. I want everyone home to begin planning for the New Year festival tomorrow. Mom and dad are flying in early this morning... they'll be here by about 7 tomorrow. Get your rumpus home."

*click*

Eli let out a big sigh. "Well that was Alex...... he wants us to go home. I completely forgot the New Year festival was tomorrow. He said mom and dad are flying in at 7 in the morning." The sheep was quickly getting exhausted. All this real world stress paired with all the psychic world stress he was simultaneously experiencing was rapidly putting him out of commission. He felt a little better ever since his nausea spell a couple minutes ago, but he definitely needed to lie down. "Let me get your cake, then I gotta go. I suggest you guys get home soon, too... I don't really feel like listening to Alex right now."

With that, he departed once more to the kitchen. Some of the wait staff didn't look too happy to see him.. they probably thought he left already and wondered why he was still even there. Ignoring them, he pulled the cake he prepared earlier out of the fridge box and cut two pretty big slices, making sure to cut Benji's extra large. He topped them with a generous helping of whipped cream, some shaved chocolate flakes, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce that he drew into an artistic design.

"Alright, here you are. Enjoy it guys." Eli smiled. "Have fun in Africa, if you're still brave enough to go despite Lord Alex's decree" he said, turning to Benji and trying to maintain his smile. Truth of the matter was, Eli missed the rabbit terribly. Sure, Benji had always been an out-and-about type guy, but they used to spend a lot more time together, especially when they were younger. He figured Benji didn't miss it anywhere near as much as he did... the rabbit was such a forward-moving person, but not Eli. Eli wished he could have it back. He struggled to hold back from letting a tear escape his eye... he didn't even know why he was getting emotional so randomly. He knew not to question it though; being out of control of his emotions was something Eli had grown very accustomed to over the years.

Eli walked out of the Pawprint and sure as day, Aiden was there parked right in front of the front door with the car running. Eli got in. "Hey hun, I hope you weren't waiting too long, I'm really sorry."

"Don't sweat it love." Aiden replied with a massive smile. Aiden's smiles had a way of making Eli melt. They were slightly crooked and deceptively large for his otherwise-petite mouth, and showcased every bit of his perfect white teeth. Aiden's smiles were a force to be reckoned with, for sure. "Hey, isn't that your brother and sister over there?"

Eli turned around, spotting Ramona and Miles on a bench outside the cafe. "Oh, yeah."

"What are they doing here? I thought Miles never worked at The Pawprint?"

"Yeah. He doesn't. I don't really know. Um, listen.. Alex is kind of on one of his crusades, so.... we might have to do a few chores when we get back to the house."

"Cool with me. What's the occasion?"

"It's just some tradition that my family has. We like to go all out for Chinese New Year. Yeah its weird, I don't even know why we do it." Of course it pained Eli to have to lie to his boyfriend but, how was someone ever to explain the real reason behind such an event? He couldn't just come right out and say "Oh hey, I'm a reincarnated sheep from the Chinese zodiac and the rest of my family are reincarnated animals as well, and we're immortal and have magical powers." Or rather he could but he'd likely land himself in the psych ward again and that wasn't something Eli was looking to do anytime soon, even though he had been praying nonstop that he might find the opportunity (and the courage) to one day tell his partner the truth. Eli wasn't the type to readily keep secrets, especially large ones. But he just didn't have a choice on the matter with this one.

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Of course when Kenneth asked for a piece of cake Benji had to ask for another one. The dragon held back a chuckle at his brother's simple eagerness to enjoy all life had to offer, including the chocolate cake. Eli agreed and went to get the cake but his phone rang. The sheep answered it and rolled his eyes. "I didn't forget sorry, I'm waiting for Aiden to pick me up, I got a ride with Sean to the Pawprint this morning so he's gonna bring me back to the house and then we're just gonna hang out for a bit." He said to the person on the phone.

When Eli hung up he said, "Well that was Alex...... he wants us to go home. I completely forgot the New Year festival was tomorrow. He said mom and dad are flying in at 7 in the morning. Let me get your cake, then I gotta go. I suggest you guys get home soon, too... I don't really feel like listening to Alex right now."

Kenneth nodded. While he seemed to get along better with the rooster than some of his other siblings he still knew that Alex could be a pain at times. Eli went and retrieved some cake before leaving. Kenneth ate the luxurious slice of heaven slowly and savored the rich bittersweet of the chocolate and the lighter, complementing flavor of the whipped cream. Before he was halfway done with it Benji said, "I'll be leaving now. See ya later Kenny!" The rabbit patted Kenneth on the back and was off.

Kenneth waved a goodbye and finished his cake. Was there a possibility that Eli and Aiden were still in the parking lot? If he could hitch a ride he would be saved a hefty walk. Fingers crossed the dragon put his plate away and went to the parking lot. Aiden's car was no longer there, much to his disappointment.

Oh well, that just meant he had to walk home. He knew that wouldn't take a short time, so he began to walk home. I hope I can get there early enough for Alex. Kenneth had no super speed like Benji. Such a power would probably far more useful than fire breathing. Super speed could transport someone somewhere almost instantly. Fire breathing, on the other hand, was a much flashier power. It couldn't be used nearby other people as much. It had little application and a semi uncontrollable nature. Kenneth was grateful for his ability, there was no doubt about that, but still, it was relatively useless given all the restrictions placed on it. It wasn't like he could breathe fire whenever he wanted. It wouldn't only give his family away, it would be dangerous.

The dragon watched as the moon rose and the stars came out. It was a clear night without a single cloud. Kenneth walked looking up at the sky, hardly paying attention to where his feet were leading him. The stars were peaceful and pure. Nothing covered them, no dishonesty, no malice, no evil. They just were. Sometimes when he was younger he thought it would be neat to be a star. He had wondered what it would be like to be disconnected from the world and just be an observer. As he got older his view had changed. Now he wanted to be part of something. He wanted to influence and change the world. It scared him sometimes. When the drive to do something hit him it was an unstoppable force that more often than not withered away into nothing. He had tried teaching other people archery, but most only did it to humor him. One time he volunteered to tutor at an elementary school but it didn't turn out too well. There were too many little kids who didn't know anything. Kenneth risked losing his patience among them, and that would definitely wouldn't be good. Kenneth was searching for a purpose in the world, but the world wasn't answering any of his searches.

As Kenneth was looking at the sky, it was hardly surprising that he tripped. It had to happen eventually. His foot caught on a flower pot and he fell face first. His nose collided with the sidewalk, immediately spurting blood. Picking himself up, Kenneth fumbled around for a tissue. Pulling one out of his pocket he clenched his nose tightly, stopping the blood. Continuing walking he surveyed himself, looking at his bloodied clothes. A large patch of red had dripped onto his green t-shirt and plenty of blood droplets had fallen onto his khaki pants before he found a tissue. Crap, Alex'll hang me for this.

It was another half hour before Kenneth got home, slowed as he was by his bloody nose. Luckily he managed to stop it by the time he reached the Patterson house. He threw all of his bloody tissue into the garbage been and headed inside. Hopefully Kenneth could sneak past Alex without the rooster noticing. Unfortunately when the dragon went into the kitchen to wash his hands Alex was in there, too. Kenneth paused, aware that he had been literally been caught red handed, as his hands were still spattered with blood.

"Hello, Alex. I'm home. Sorry about the mess," Kenneth said, trying at a feeble smile.

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Alex Paterson

Alex continued to clean in a manner that might be diagnosed as pathological were a psychologist to be observing his behavior. It didn't really help his case that all the while, he continued to talk to himself.

"No don't forget that spot over there."
"I really need to find a better quality all-purpose cleaner..."
"Wait wasn't there a smudge over here? I just saw it a second ago."
"Oh god only 11 hours until mom and dad are home, HURRY UP ALEX!!!"
"Where IS everyone??"


Alex nearly jumped through the roof when he was startled out of his "zone" by the arrival of his brother Kenneth.

"KENNETH!!!! Finally someone is home. Where the heck has everyone been all day? Why does nobody care about tomorrow? Why am I the one to do all the chores?? I really need the others, do you know where they are? Oh god look at the time, Kenny have you SEEN THE TIME???" Alex stopped for a moment to catch his breath, but that was quickly interrupted when he spotted the massive red stain all over Kenneth's shirt. "KENNETH?!" he took a couple steps back and gasped; one might suspect that by the facial expression alone that Alex was making right now that he had just witnessed a man get murdered and dismembered before his very eyes. "IS THAT BLOOD? WHAT HAPPENED.."

Before Kenneth could even get a chance to answer, Alex was assaulting him with the peroxide and a wet wash cloth. "Where is this coming from?? I don't even see a wound.." he pedantically searched his brother's body for the source of the blood, completely overlooking the fact that his nose and face was covered in it as well.

"Oh...." he said as he slowed down and finally took a good look at Kenneth, realizing it was a nose bleed. "How did you manage this? Nevermind. Listen I really need you guys down here helping me, the house is an absolute mess."

Eli had just walked in with Aiden. "What?" he said, butting into their conversation. He took a good look around before deciding he was unconvinced. "Alex what are you talking about? The house looks fine."

"Oh finally. You guys all decided to finally come home? Listen Eli could you take care of the living room and hang the paper lanterns? Hello by the way, Aiden."

"Hey Alex." Aiden nervously smiled and waved.

"Yeah I'm on it. Sorry for being so late, Alex. I didn't mean to...."

"Its okay, Eli." the rooster smiled - - it was a rare sight. He always appreciated Eli's compliance, though. Out of all the Patersons, the sheep was by far the one least likely to give the commanding rooster any lip, and he was always so genuinely apologetic. "Just please get to work on that, and then you guys can have some free time. Mom and dad are flying in at 7 tomorrow morning, in case I didn't mention it."

"You may have, maybe once or twice..... or ten times."

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It seemed like every Paterson had decided to pour into the house at once. This was the kind of unpredictability that drove Alex up the wall. He could spend all day alone at the house, expecting somebody to come home if even just for a few minutes, and nothing. Next minute, when he's caught off guard because he has to wipe blood off his brother, everybody decides to show up.

Well, he didn't have to wipe the blood off his brother... Kenneth was an adult and more than capable of taking care of himself. It was just Alex's intrusive, control-freak nature that prompted him to do it.

"HOLY SHIT! KENNY MURDERED SOMEONE!"

There was no mistaking that enthusiasm-laced voice; Benji was home.

"Don't be silly, Benjamin. He just has a bloody nose." Alex continued to wipe, glaring the rabbit up and down. The rabbit was one of Alex's least favorite brothers... he was the epitome of everything Alex couldn't tolerate in a person. Inconsistent, forgetful, irresponsible, childish, changeable without warning the commanding Paterson thought to himself. "Listen Benjamin, now that you're home, grab a broom and get dusting. Mom and dad will be ho-"

"AT 7 IN THE MORNING, WE KNOW." Eli interjected before he could even finish. It wasn't the Sheep's nature to be snippy although he definitely could when the mood struck him, and in Eli's case, after all the stress he'd been through today, he really wasn't in any mood to conceal his frustration with his family.

Alex was multitasking, continuing to clean blood off Kenny while scanning the room for other chores that needed to be done, and making note of each of his brothers and sisters as they were walking in the door. He saw Char digging through the fridge. "Char? What on earth are you doing? We are trying to CLEAN here.... NOT make more messes. You've been out all day, you didn't think to get any food?" Alex was losing his patience. He wasn't the type to explode in a fit of rage; that wasn't his style. But something familiar was occurring... flashes of bright blue were beginning to swirl through the rooster's stormy irises. He was willing to give his siblings a chance to cooperate by their own will before he'd go all "supernatural" on them, but he didn't like how pressed for time they were quickly becoming.

For the Patersons, New Years occurred in February as opposed to the regular January date for the rest of the country. They weren't Chinese in this life, but they had been in their original lives, and that meant that the tradition carried over. As such, it was a pretty big deal for the family and even though the others were not taking it very seriously at this point, he knew that they all cared just as much about it as Alex did.

"Char: Get the party tables out of the garage, set up one in the kitchen, one on the patio and two in the back yard. Mia can help you. Mia, make sure you get the festival tablecloths and set them.

Kenny: Go upstairs and change.. then when you come back down, you can start rolling eggrolls and putting them in the fridge.

Eli: When you and Aiden are done hanging paper lanterns, I need you to start on the mooncakes. You're the only one who can bake them.

Ramona: You're on lights duty. Hang strands wherever you think they would look good; I trust your judgment.

Miles: ...........Why don't you just.. go entertain yourself in your room for the next 12 hours or something."

Alex stood watch to make sure every order had been properly received as glittering swirls of cerulean still danced through his eyes, threatening at any moment to eliminate the existence of free-will in the Paterson household and turn the family into a robotic army of cleaning mind-slaves.

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Having been alone with Ramona for the afternoon, Miles was pleased to see a full house as he entered the kitchen. Before Char headed for the kitchen, she had given him one of her quick grins to which he mirrored. If there was anyone he was related to, it would be the restless horse. Whenever it wasn't Mia, Miles was the one being dragged around, and unlike the lazy pig, the monkey did not tire so quickly. He found her entertaining to say the least, but in moderation.

Behind him, another raced for the kitchen, and by the loud exclamation that followed, it was obvious the rabbit had returned. Miles had always felt rather indifferent to Benji, as they were never really all that close. Perhaps the guy was just too nice sometimes, much like Eli; those types tend to bore the fickle monkey. As he walked past the crowd, he too noticed the blood on Kenneth's shirt, but didn't bother stopping on his way to the counter. Whatever happened, he was sure Alex was already on it. Emptying the plastic bag, Miles pulled out a few paper decorations (it was always a pain to find the old ones), a lighter, firecrackers and eggs, as he preferred his mooncake with an egg center. The square paper decorations included ones with the Chinese character for "luck" and "snake", and the rectangular strips were various wishes for the new year, such as "Happy New Year". Though they had Kenneth around, it was more precise to just use a lighter, and so Miles had grabbed one as well. Quickly, he organized his things so that everything was still in order, making sure that lord Alex would have nothing to complain about.

During this time, the monkey had been ignoring everyone. He loved entertaining sure, but there was a time and place, and right now, he didn't want to draw attention to himself. Apparently, this and the supplies he brought seemed to work, for the rooster had left him with no duties. Pleased, Miles easily hid his satisfaction as he exited the kitchen.

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Simon looked at the text Miles had sent him, and pleasure and anxiety warred within him. He was glad that his machinations were succeeding -- first with Ramona, then soon with James he was sure -- but it alarmed the secretive rat that one of his siblings had sensed his hand. Still, of all of the Patersons to discover -- or at least suspect -- his activity, it was best that it had been the monkey. Sure, Miles seemed to many to be the friendly life of the party, almost a mirror image of Sean, but where the dog was genuinely carefree and guileless, the monkey had a sinister streak hiding behind his roguish grins. Simon was fairly sure that Miles wouldn't spoil his efforts prematurely -- the curious monkey liked to understand puzzles first before he smashed them.

Slipping his phone into his pocket, Simon stood from his chair and moved to the door. He heard all of the activity down below, and although he truly felt uncomfortable in any situation like this -- a lot of activity, conversations, group interactions -- he knew how important the New Year preparations were, and knew that he had to help. Still, it took him a moment to steel himself before opening his door, like any mouse about to venture out into the open.

"Hey guys," he muttered in his quiet way, out of the side of his mouth without making eye contact. He wore slim-fitting black Levis and a zipped-up gray hoodie that covered his plain tee, a yellow that had faded from sunshine to straw. With the hood down his lank brown hair stood in stark contrast to the familiar Paterson blonde rainbow.

"How can I help?" he asked Alex, knowing it was best to assert your willingness before the rooster commanded it from you. More than anything the rat wanted to simply be back in his room, but with the choice between some simple chores and getting an earful from his pushy older brother, Simon would take the former. Still, if Alex wanted any real productivity he'd have to do a little encouragement, as Simon moved like any ennui-ridden teen.

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Kenneth simply stared at Alex as his older brother went on a tirade. "KENNETH!!!! Finally someone is home. Where the heck has everyone been all day? Why does nobody care about tomorrow? Why am I the one to do all the chores?? I really need the others, do you know where they are? Oh god look at the time, Kenny have you SEEN THE TIME???" Alex ranted. Kenneth felt his eyes glaze over a little. He had expected this, for it was one of Alex's usual reactions to such a situation. "KENNETH!" Alex exclaimed, stepping back a few steps and startling the Dragon out of his fog. "IS THAT BLOOD? WHAT HAPPENED.."

Kenneth started to explain when Alex attacked him with a washcloth and peroxide. "Where is this coming from?? I don't even see a wound.." After some more scrubbing Alex finally seemed to settle down some. "Oh.... How did you manage this? Nevermind. Listen I really need you guys down here helping me, the house is an absolute mess."

Kenneth nodded. Eli and Aiden came in and the Sheep voiced his opinion that the house was not a mess. This temped Kenneth to laugh but he didn't want to chance aggravating the Rooster even more than he already was.

"HOLY SHIT! KENNY MURDERED SOMEONE!" a loud voice screamed. Kenneth looked over and saw Benji, who had an expression of horror on his face. Kenneth couldn't help but laugh this time. Do I really look that bad? Alex, still wiping Kenneth down, explained and repeated his mantra about cleaning and mom and dad coming home. Everyone was home now it seemed so the Rooster dished out orders, his eyes turning a threatening blue.

"Yes, sir," Kenneth said to his older brother when he received his duties. He hurried off to his room and quickly changed clothes, throwing the bloody ones in a laundry hamper. After putting on a t-shirt and sweat pants he hurried back downstairs to roll the eggrolls. Why didn't Mom and Dad give us some more time to prepare? Or did they just tell Alex and he didn't tell everyone else until now? Kenneth didn't suspect the latter was the case. If Alex had known ahead of time then they would have been working far ahead of time to keep everything in constant pristine shape.

Kenneth yawned tiredly. It was late out and he wanted to get some sleep so he could function in front of his parents. I just have to finish these egg roles and then I'll be done. Hopefully there won't be much else Alex'll want me to do. He had gotten up early in the morning since he was jolted from sleep from a nightmare of being chased. Since then he had been out in about, working at the Pawprint, going for a walk in the woods, archery, then coming home. It had been a busy day and now he wanted to sleep.

When he was done with the egg rolls he put them in the fridge. Thinking of his stomach he pulled out an apple and ate it, careful to put the core in the garbage can. Finished with that Kenneth found Alex. "Is there anything else you want me to do?" he asked, smothering a yawn with a heroic effort.

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The walk home with Miles went by in a blur. Ramona was enjoying the walk home, but not as much as she was the walk to the playground. Miles wasn't talking much, like his usual self. Instead, he was glued to his phone. Ramona shrugged it off, knowing that her brother was an extremely sociable person. He was probably texting his friends or something. Although, every time she looked back at him to make sure he was catching up, he had a concerned expression on his face. Was he okay? Ramona started to feel a little bit worried, but she decided not to get into his privacy.

After stopping by at a general store to pick up a few things, the two finally made it back to the house. As Miles headed to the kitchen to put things away and do whatever he was doing, she looked around. She only saw that Alex, Elias, and Kenneth were the only ones home at the moment. Since Alex wasn't noticing her, she decided to quickly retreat up to her room. She had to write something down.

She made her way up the staircase, into her forest green-colored room. Her room wasn't anything special. It was that of the usual teenage girl. She quickly grabbed a notepad from one of the wooden cubbies where she kept books. With a ball-point pen, she started to write down a couple of things...

Anger and irritation
No control
No memory of situation
Time moves slow
Strength


She tapped her pen against the yellow paper, trying to remember if there were any more things that she felt during the Luke situation. She thought it best to write these things down now, and then add more later. Then, she could keep track of whether or not beating up Luke was a power, a dream, or if she was going insane.

Suddenly, she heard a familiar voice from downstairs.
"HOLY SHIT! KENNY MURDERED SOMEONE!"

She silently chuckled to herself, knowing that it was Benji. Benji wasn't always home, as he was usually eating out somewhere on a different continent. He was definetely an odd but interesting fellow. Since she was done writing, she dropped her notepad, and exited her room. She quickly hurried down the stairs, noticing that Char and Mia, her two sisters, were home as well. As Alex spitted out orders to everyone, Ramona watch the situation unfold from the middle of the stairs.

"Char: Get the party tables out of the garage, set up one in the kitchen, one on the patio and two in the back yard. Mia can help you. Mia, make sure you get the festival tablecloths and set them.

Kenny: Go upstairs and change.. then when you come back down, you can start rolling eggrolls and putting them in the fridge.

Eli: When you and Aiden are done hanging paper lanterns, I need you to start on the mooncakes. You're the only one who can bake them.

Ramona: You're on lights duty. Hang strands wherever you think they would look good; I trust your judgment.

Miles: ...........Why don't you just.. go entertain yourself in your room for the next 12 hours or something."


Ramona had to keep from laughing at the last part of Alex's statement. Once everybody started to go their seperate ways, Ramona headed down towards the garage to get the lights. She flicked on the lights, and headed down. She stood near the entrance, knowing her sisters would be coming down as well. Besides, she had to talk to Char. Although the two sisters were different, the popular horse was good at giving her advice in the things she knew nothing about.

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Char froze when Alex started yelling at her. His tirades were fairly common, but it was not worth pushing him at this time of night. Slowly, she closed the fridge door. She'd just have to wait till he left the room then. Otherwise she wouldn't be held responsible for any of her hunger-induced actions.

The tables were an easy enough thing. It'd take only a few minutes to pull them out and by that time the kitchen had to be cleared. Oh god, she was hungry. She'd kill Alex right now if she weren't so hungry.

Turning to Mia, she frowned. Her friend was too tired to help, it seemed, her posture slightly hunched over as she stood there. Seeing Miles loafing around as the others scurried about, she grinned and grabbed him by the arm. "Hey, wanna help with the table?"

She always liked the Monkey, he was a fun brother to have and one of the few people who could keep up with her. And be enthusiastic about it.

Mia stared at the pair, a deep set frown on her face. "I'm sure you have something better to do."

"It's just for a little while, Mia," Char responded, rolling her eyes as she let go of his arm. "You don't have to fight every time you meet."

"I'm not fighting." There was a small pout on her friend's face. "Just seeing if Miles has anything else to do."

"She's provoking you, right Miles?" Char turned to her brother, grinning as she teased Mia. In the corner of her eye, she could see Ramona leaving the room, headed for the garage as well.

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Elias Paterson

Alex was barking out the orders as usual. He took a moment to properly address everyone, giving them appropriate jobs to carry out before the night was over. Elias was so exhausted.. he wanted nothing more than to just sleep at this point. He had been hoping that he'd get the chance to hang out with Aiden for a while but he was quickly becoming too tired even for a video game. He'd also been baking all day at the Pawprint and wasn't looking forward to donning his apron for the second time today. Realizing that Alex had completely ignored Benji in his dishing of commands, Eli turned to his rabbit brother and smirked before departing to the other room.

He and Aiden circled the living room with a box of flattened paper lanterns. "Here's good." Aiden would say, and Eli would pull one out of the box, prop it open, and then hang it from the ceiling. They did this for about fifteen minutes before the majority of the house was sprinkled with lanterns. Since this was the year of the snake, each lantern had on one side the chinese symbol representing the Year of the Snake, and on the other side was a picture of an actual snake. "Where IS James, anyway?" Eli thought to himself.

"Well that's that." Aiden tossed the empty box aside and plopped himself into one of the many fancy armchairs that were littered throughout the Patersons' living room. Visible traces of the family's wealth could be found everywhere.. from their restaurant, to their estate, to the overly-opulent decor of the house. Aiden had known by now that Mrs. Paterson was the one responsible for the majority of the interior design choices that were made in the Paterson house; the woman had great taste, expensive taste. Aiden figured that must have been where Eli got it from.

"Well I have to make the mooncakes now I guess..... I'm not going to make you help me with that, you've done way more than enough. And again, I'm really sorry that Alex is doing this. Like I said, tomorrow is a special occasion, and he gets a little nuts."

"A little?" Aiden chuckled. The comment made Eli laugh as well.

"Okay, a lottle" he smiled and brushed his hair aside.

You're the professional baker anyway... I'd probably just screw things up if I got in the way. I'll just be in your room playing Wii."

"Okay, I'll be up soon!" Eli smiled again. "It shouldn't take too long. Twenty minutes tops. I love you."

"Love you too!" Aiden smiled and headed upstairs. Eli went back into the kitchen and sighed as he unenthusiastically tied his apron. Alex was still putzing around the kitchen, doing god only knows what. Eli didn't really like people getting in his way when he was baking, and his bossy brother tended to have a very strong - and thus distracting presence. Nevertheless, he got to work on mixing dough in a rather large bowl. "Why do we even have mooncakes on the new year?? Elias wondered to himself. They're supposed to be for Autumn.... we are the worst pseudo-chinese family ever."

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"Don't be silly, Benjamin. He just has a bloody nose."

The rabbit took a long time to comprehend his brother's words. When he finally did, he let out a long, "Oooooooooooh." He chuckled to himself, quite amused by the misunderstanding. "Yeah, I got it. Good ol' Kenny wouldn't murder no one." He chuckled again, pleased with his use of the double negative.

Alex got busy ordering people around in his usual, bossy way. Benji was rather disappointed to see Char get caught digging around in the fridge, for that meant the nearest food source was probably off limits at the moment. He didn't know why, but the horse never seemed to like him much. He himself had no ill feelings towards Char and had never purposefully done anything to make her mad, though he supposed not everyone could get along.

Benji stood around, waiting for King Alex's royal commands. Oddly enough, he found that he had been ignored. All of a sudden, Benji remembered that Alex had told him to dust. His pulse quickened for a moment, dreading the thought of being controlled by those glowing blue eyes simply because he hadn't heard the rooster. But Alex wasn't paying him much attention and Benji couldn't even see any dust anyways. He supposed he could walk around the kitchen in circles and sweep a broom across the tiles while whistling a tune so Alex couldn't complain either way. Or he could sneak off somewhere and not do any work. But the rabbit was hungry. He decided to grab a broom and stay in the kitchen, where the refrigerator was within reach if Alex could be distracted.

Benji caught Eli's eye and returned the sheep's smirk with a giddy smile. The sheep looked a lot better now that Aiden was with him... but he still looked thoroughly worn out. This party wasn't helping at all, what with Alex commanding everyone as if the fate of the world was at stake. He watched as Eli and Aiden left to go hang paper lanterns.

With a sigh, the rabbit found a broom in the closet and began to walk about aimlessly, swishing his broom around like a robot. As soon as Alex had his back turned, he dashed to the fridge and nabbed a bagel, stuffing the whole thing in his mouth so that no one would notice his looting of the fridge. With a sharp pang of panic, he realized the bagel was stuck in his mouth, for he couldn't chew it or spit it out. He tried to pull it out with his fingers, but it was wedged firmly between his jaws.

He ran over to the nearest person for help. The nearest person just so happened to be the dragon, who had disposed of the murder evidence changed into a clean set of clothes. He seemed to have just finished with the egg rolls.

"You've gotta help me, Kenny!" Benji tried to say, but it sounded more like, "Mmmmmnn! Mmmmnn!"

Suddenly, he wasn't too eager for Kenneth's help. Uh oh... thought the rabbit, as he had just realized Kenneth was right next to, that's right, the rooster. Benji inwardly groaned at his own stupidity and braced himself for Alex's wrath. This isn't going to be pretty.