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Elias Paterson

"Wha-what? Oh, sorry - I was distracted by.. erm, nevermind."

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

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-Zodiac: Sheep
-Name: Elias Paterson
-Age: 18
-Gender: Male
-Sexuality: Gay
-Hair: Medium length, shaggy, blonde
-Eyes: Deep Blue
-Height: 5'10
-Weight: 125lbs
-Likes: Fresh fruit, open spaces, stargazing, drawing, painting, reading, writing, daydreaming, baking, silence, relaxing music, water

-Dislikes: Loud noises, abrasive people, rudeness, extreme temperatures (too hot or too cold), insomnia (which he has..), anxiety (which he also has)

-Relationships: Elias gets along with his whole family rather well. He is non-judgmental and sensitive, and these two traits tend to keep him in good favor with just about everybody. However, the loud and outrageous personalities of the Horse and Monkey tend to put him off, so personally those are his least favorites. His favorite sibling would be the Rabbit, who he gets along with fantastically. He also really enjoys the company of the honest Tiger, the simple Bull, and trustworthy Rooster. He does not particularly care for the Snake or Rat; Elias feels they play games with people too much.

-Personality: Elias is quiet and sensitive, although not necessarily shy. He has been labelled just about every possible thing in the book; rude, standoffish, aloof, distant, even unstable and crazy. His worst habit is not standing up for himself to correct people when they force false labels upon him. This is due to a combination of a lack of self-esteem as well as the fact that he is just too distracted most of the time to care. Elias's zodiac power is the ability of Foresight but his siblings call it "psychic". Elias is constantly bombarded with visions of the future, and even sometimes the past or present. He can see things that are happening elsewhere or things that are about to happen, and its all very stressful for his poor little sensitive mind. He tries very hard to manage his powers, but it has proven difficult.. they almost seem to have a mind of their own. He attempts to keep the visions at bay by practicing relaxation exercises such as meditation, prayer, and art. He doesn't just use art as an outlet for his powers though - he does actually enjoy it. Elias has great taste and he finds painting almost therapeutic in itself. However, he will frequently use his art as a medium for expressing his psychic visions, and has a known habit of leaving said paintings around the house, so that the others might interpret exactly what event the painting is depicting. He does this for a few reasons: one, he doesn't like to cause his brothers and sisters to worry by coming right out with the truth of what he knows is going to happen; he worries enough for everybody and doesn't wish to put that burden on anyone else. Two, Elias believes strongly in the power of knowledge, and feels that leaving his siblings to interpret the messages in his paintings is a good exercise for them in their pursuit for wisdom.

Unfortunately, Elias's powers have landed him in a couple tricky situations; basically, some people think he's crazy.. especially those at school. He's been forced to go to the mental hospital on more than one occasion because of incidents involving his powers that happened at Sunny High. Elias has learned by now to keep his mouth shut about his visions so that people don't think he's a loon when he claims to "see the future", but that doesn't stop other students from calling him a freak. On the surface, he appears to handle all of this stress rather well, but he actually cries out for the aid of people who care about him. Sometimes, Elias wishes that someone would stand up for him.

Aside from his powerful intuition, Elias is actually a rather likeable fellow. The few friends he does have are very close to him and love him dearly. Elias is well-liked for the fact that he is a sensitive and respectable individual, and so in that sense he could be considered popular. Many appraise him for his talents as well. Unfortunately for Elias, he doesn't see his talents at all. He gets told all the time to pursue this that or the other, but he barely ever pays attention. People tend to think he's off on another planet, but his daydreams are something that Elias feels keep him connected to the universe.

-Other: Elias's powers tend to take up most of his time. To others, Elias appears somewhat lazy or inactive, but inside his mind everything is working in overdrive, constantly. He spends the majority of his time trying to keep his anxiety down to manageable levels - hey, seeing the future isn't easy. He loves baking, and does so regularly at the Pawprint. He works there part-time preparing desserts and bakery goods. Elias is rather sociable despite his social setbacks and goes out with his friends rather regularly. He also has a boyfriend named Aiden.
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Elias Paterson's Story

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Elias sat with his back against a tree as close to the water as he possibly could without getting wet. He had his knees propped up and was using his legs as a backing for the small notepad he was drawing in. Meanwhile, his friends were horsing around near the pond, a couple of them had brought fishing gear and planned to have their go at catching something.

"You're not gonna catch anything with that crappy rod..." he overheard one kid named Brian saying.

"Oh yeah? Well, we'll just see about that when I've caught dinner and you haven't caught squat."

Nobody ever thought Elias overheard their conversations when he was off in his own little world, drawing or otherwise entertaining himself. He loved the water, he just didn't particularly care for fishing.. the idea of killing an animal just for sport seemed wrong to him.

"Elias, where the hell is your sister? She said she'd be here. ......ELIAS!"

"Oh, wha-what? Sorry."

"Ramona? Isn't she supposed to be coming? Where is she?" Nick, a kid with short and messy brown hair, was asking.

"Oh, I dunno. Yeah she said she'd be here so she's probably on her way." he replied. "And knowing Ramona, she's probably not too thrilled about it" he thought to himself as a slight smirk that nobody noticed sweeped across his face.

Elias was putting the finishing touches on the picture he had been sketching. He put his legs down flat on the grass and held the picture out so that it were a couple feet from his face. He examined it from different angles, turning it slightly left and then right. After he had decided he was satisfied with it, he threw the notebook on the ground along with the pencil he had been using. He propped himself up, dusting off his butt of any grass or dirt he may have gotten on his khaki's.

"I actually can't stay too much longer, I have to get down to the Pawprint soon and start baking." he announced, picking a blade of grass off his shirt.

"Aw fine. Maybe we'll stop down later after we're done here. Are you gonna be making any of that awesome chocolate cake?"

"I hadn't planned on it, but I guess I can if you guys wanna stop down for some."

"Heck yea!!" about three of them exclaimed in unison. Elias sighed on the inside.. cake was a pain. He didn't particularly enjoy going through the entire process unless it was on the menu for that day, and cake was never on the menu on Saturday. Saturdays always had Pavlovas and Berry Tarts.

"Oh that reminds me, I have to pick out tart flavors. I did raspberry on Thursday, so maybe strawberry. I really hope Sean hasn't left yet." he thought to himself while he glanced at the clock on his iphone. He picked up his stuff and began heading back to the house.

"See you later, everyone" he said smiling and waving.

"Peace!!"
"See ya!"
"Later!"


When he got back, he ripped the page with the drawing on it out of his notebook and slapped it right up on the fridge. The drawing was done in pencil, in a loose-sketch style. It depicted a girl next to a window with her hair on fire, and inside the window you could see the faint figure of a man with a frying pan. Elias tossed the notepad on the table and headed upstairs for a quick shower before work.

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Dutifully waiting for Elias to return to the manor, the dog was sitting in the driver's seat of one of the family's many vehicles -- a silver luxury compact SUV that he had more or less claimed as his own. If you held the philosophy that a man's traits are reflected in his choice of automobile, you'd say that Sean Paterson was fun, sporty, but more flashy than practical. A fair description, he had to agree. Guess then you'd also have to say he had a classy interior...

Laughing to himself, he slid down the window with a touch of a button, leaned his head out like a dog. "Eli!" he called, seeing his brother returning from the fishing expedition that some of the younger Patersons had been hornswoggled into joining. For all his love of water -- ocean, lake or pool -- Sean couldn't give a toss about fishing, and was surprised anyone related to him could even pretend to. "Ready to go?" He'd offered to give Elias a ride earlier, as they were both due at the Pawprint for a closing shift.

In the small break room at the back of the cafe, Sean donned a black waiter's apron and cinched it about his slim waist. He wore black slacks and the black polo shirt with the paw print stitched above the breast. He motioned to punch in, but his hand hesitated at the mounted time clock. It had been so long since his last shift that he'd forgotten his employee number. He didn't turn his luck on full burn, but let it simmer like a pot ready to boil over. Closing his eyes, he stabbed a finger at the pad four times; heard four successive beeps. Looking at the LED display scrolling the text "PATERSON, SEAN," he cooled his luck down to nil and stepped out of the break room.

He reached the counter in time to hear the tail end of James' conversation, but kept out of it until after the girl turned away. "Random admirer of the fabled Patersons?" he asked, keeping his back to the counter, "or another snoop?" In the last few months, more and more the siblings had suspected that they were being watched. Of course, they were being watched, always, as the small town's wealthiest denizens. But lately it felt like being probed.

Then there was that time a few weeks back when he'd been at a bar out of town, on his own after splitting up from the rest of his friends earlier that night. He'd confronted two men that he'd been sure were following him, only to find the situation escalate into a fight outside. He'd burnt his luck so bright they'd practically broke their necks slipping on the loose gravel parking lot, and he kept it burning all the way home as he caught green after green.

As much as he enjoyed the fawning attention of admiring girls, Sean would gladly give it up if it meant no longer feeling under surveillance. Hell, he didn't want to know about the origins of their strange gifts, much less someone else. After this small moment of concern, though, Sean reverted to his usual charismatic, outgoing self as he set about helping customers. You couldn't keep a good dog down.

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Elias got out of the shower and threw on some clothes. He had a habit of dressing nicely and somewhat upscale, even when the occasion was more casual. This time he put on something a little nicer deliberately. He always liked to look his best when he worked at the Pawprint, even if he was just baking pastries. Eli was one of the tidiest in the house and this gift translated over to his baking; he could get away with wearing nice clothes since he almost never made a mess of himself or his work space. He threw on a white collar shirt, a navy blue tie, and a grey sweater over top. He put on a different pair of khaki's and slipped into his shoes and headed downstairs.

"Oh wait," he said to himself, turning back to get a pad and pen from his room. "almost forgot." He zipped down and out the door.

He was making his way over to Sean's studio when a shriek slightly startled him. "Eli!" he heard his brother call out from the car, noticing that Sean was already more than ready to go. "Oh ha ha, sorry, I didn't know I was running quite so late" he said, stepping into the SUV. Elias doodled the entire ride to the Pawprint. The visions had been relentless today... they were coming in such compacted quantities that he could barely make out clear visions of each separate event he was seeing. He realized then that he wasn't actually feeling that good. He thought he probably hadn't felt good all day, and just didn't really notice it until now. He rubbed his head a bit, trying to bring his sight back to the present.

The Pawprint wasn't too crowded just yet, but it was fuller than Eli was expecting at the moment. He headed to the back, forgetting to punch in as always. His parents hated that... Whenever it came time to pay him, the hours he worked became speculative, and they usually ended up having to ask around the house how long Elias was there because Elias himself couldn't even remember. He pulled out a couple of trays of dough that he had prepared the day before and rolled up his sleeves. "Yeah, strawberry. That sounds good right now. And umm.... Kiwi. Mmmmmm I love kiwi" He grabbed some fresh fruit from the fridge and began placing equal mounds of fruit into little flat ramekins that he had layered with dough. He would then drizzle a mixture of sugar and water over the tart and brush it with egg. He finished a whole tray and placed them in the oven.

Dusting the flour off his hands, he walked out into the front and couldn't help but overhear Sean and James's conversation. Under normal circumstances, it would be a little awkward for some of the younger Patersons to butt into the older kids' conversations, but most his brothers and sisters made an exception of Eli, because he already knew things anyway.

"Listen, I uhh.. I gotta talk to you guys in a bit about something. It's something I saw. I wouldn't worry about it really, its probably nothing. Just come into the back when you get a free moment, okay?" he smiled that innocent, sheepish smile of his and headed back into the kitchen. "Ugh... cake.... damnit." He reached under the work station and grabbed two cake pans.

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"A friend." He replied casually, not too startled by his brother's sudden appearance for someone was due to come in around this hour. James wasn't a fan of his powers, however useful it was in burying their secrets, particularly when it came to using it on those close to him. Despite some popularity, which was expected by being a Paterson, he had few friends and fewer he trusted. The less he had to change their minds the better, for who knows what he could do with a slip of a tongue. Crossing that moral threshold was all too easy, he had learned that the hard way.

Disliking the situation, what James found made it worse was that someone had heard the resolution. He preferred keeping even this from his family. After all, he had cleaned up their messes before and none were the wiser, why start now. Behind them, came a voice, the familiar sheepish tone of Eli. After his announcement, James merely nodded, already growing curious. After he was sure the young Paterson was out of hearing range, he turned his attention back to the older.

"Don't worry."

Though Sean appeared optimistic, James had watched him all too long to not notice the shadow of pessimism that at times burdened him. He could have laced the statement with a bit of persuasion for his brother's benefit, but left it aside. Instead he minded his own business, stepping aside to allow the more charismatic of the two to address the customers as he fulfilled the orders. There were two girls there, regulars; Kim and Erin, whose eyes noticeably brightened at the appearance of Sean. One wore a too low shirt and the other, a bit too boisterous as she placed her order, clumsily dropping her change and holding up the forming line as she continued with some small talk. Not wishing to interrupt, James merely opened up the rarely used second register and began taking orders as well, with the slightest smirk gracing his lips.

"Could I get a slice of chocolate cake please?" The man was well dressed, a little too well-dressed actually. He took a quick look over James before taking a quick glance over at Sean. "You two don't look alike." The snake smiled, ignoring the comment. "Sorry, we don't serve cake on Saturdays. Would you like a raspberry tart instead?" The man considered it, then proceeded to pull out his change as James moved toward the baked goods. Grabbing one of two left, he wrapped the dessert with practiced speed before taking on another customer. After about another few minutes or so, the commotion had died down and he was able to leave his post. Tapping Sean on the arm, James headed toward the back.

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His last customer left laughing, and Sean was grinning as he turned to his brother's touch. He'd held his fist out for the man to collect his change, and with a look of confusion and reluctance the older man had bumped Sean's fist. Their mutual look of shock and chagrin had been enough to set them both to laughing. Closing the register down, he followed James into the kitchen. Despite being six years older than the snake, Sean was comfortable following the more mature Paterson's lead. Odd then that he chafed under others' leads, like the bull or rooster. Too much like a leash, he guessed.

He stepped into the open doorway after his brothers, with his long swimmer's arms hanging loosely from the top of the door frame, revealing the cut of his biceps as he leaned forward precariously until his body was bowed like a harp. With a groan he recollected himself and came to attention. "What's up?" he asked with a note of concern poorly hidden in his nonchalant act. Although Elias handled the many troublesome effects of his zodiac gift with better grace and tranquility than Sean could ever muster, he still felt it was his duty to somehow shoulder the load for his younger brother.

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"Oh" Elias exclaimed as he quickly shut the oven door. "I literally just put the cakes in. Oh by the way we're selling chocolate cake today..." he gave a sideways glance knowing that cake wasn't actually on the menu for today. But Elias just wasn't that great at saying "no" and since his friends wanted it, well.. he figured he'd make it.

He turned around and faced his older brothers. "Um yeah I want you to take a look at this..." Elias said, pulling off his oven mitts and grabbing his sketch pad. He flipped through a couple pages and then turned the book so they could see. It was a drawing depicting a couple shadowy figures - they looked like people, but entirely black except the eyes - staring at the Paterson manor from behind a veil of fog. "I couldn't help but overhear your conversation before.." then Elias remembered that he actually walked in AFTER the conversation, and knew for sure his brothers would pick up on this, so he corrected himself with the truth. "Or rather... I saw your conversation earlier, so I know what you were talking about. I'm sure it's nothing and I'm just being paranoid as usual but, I'm worried and a little anxious that someone might be spying on us.." Eli made sure nobody was eavesdropping on them in the kitchen.

"I can't know for certain.. I was going to try to meditate when I got home later and see if I could get a clearer image of who exactly it is I saw looking at us through the fog. But please, try not to tell the others, and especially not mom and dad... I don't want anyone to worry. But......" Eli gulped, his stomach swelled with anxiety at the thought of his next statement. "I've been having all kinds of bad visions lately..." he lowered his voice to a barely audible whisper at this point. "I'm afraid we might be in some sort of trouble." He waited intently for his brothers' reaction.

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So there is chocolate cake. James didn't exactly like having information sprung on to him like this, especially when it made him look like he was in the wrong. Either way, he brushed it off, not letting it bother him too much. Ever cautious, the Paterson closed the door after Sean had stepped in, then joined his brothers as Eli pulled out the familiar sketchpad. He wasn't sure if the others did, but James always took these images rather seriously. Never was he found staring at them as they hung on the fridge, but they were always on his mind, or on his phone. Technology had its benefits after all.

Once Eli finally found the page, James took a long look before speaking, picking out what he could from the drawing. He wondered at times how his younger brother dealt with these visions, especially ones like these that were more foreboding. It was just another argument against their powers, or supposed gifts if one is being optimistic. They were better off without them, all of them. He glanced up from the sketchpad to Eli's face just as the young man grew more anxious, dimming the volume of his voice in fear. Letting his gaze linger for a little too long, James eventually leaned back, having moved closer when their conversation grew quiet.

"Get rid of it." He advised, not indicating clearly whether he would keep his silence or not on the matter. The pale haired Paterson was not visibly distressed, his expression always hard to read, but within he felt a festering curiosity. Who were these men? When will this happen? Where could he find them? The questions went on and on, preoccupying his mind and consequently, distanced himself from the others.

After a moment or two, he reappeared into the conversation with a "Let us know." before moving over to the few baked goods sitting on the counter. Grabbing a rag, he covered one hand in order to lift the still cooling tray and departed, knowing he had nothing more to contribute to the discussion. If anyone was going to comfort the nervous sheep, it would be the friendly dog.

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"Benji!!!" Eli smiled from the other side of the bakery display. Benji and Elias got along fantastically, as the Rabbit and Sheep of the zodiac tended to do in all their lives. As such, Benji was one of Elias' favorite people, and seeing his brother always made him rather excited and happy. The two were thicker than thieves at the best of times.

"I made chocolate cake, I figured you'd want some so I already cut you a slice. I know its not on the menu, but... some of the guys wanted it. They said they'd stop by later. Whether or not they actually do is a different story." Eli walked out from the kitchen with a decent sized slice of cake already prepared on a plate with chocolate drizzle and whipped cream for his brother. He passed it off to him and gave his trademark sheepish smile. "How was breakfast in Greece?" he asked, still smiling. He then leaned in close, assuming James was no longer paying any attention to the two of them. "Code Red.. I'm off soon, can we talk?" he asked quietly. For whatever reason, Eli actually had a feeling that Benji may have had a suspicion what the Code Red was about. Was Benji already experiencing some of the strangeness that had been befalling the Patersons lately? Were they all experiencing it..? Eli's stomach writhed. He tried to hide the faint expression of nausea that overcame him in such moments of intense and sudden anxiety. His brother knew him, though.. and Eli would have a hard time keeping anything from Benji. Not that he wanted to. The Rabbit was one of the few signs that he actually felt he could fully trust.

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"You're the best, Eli! Oh, that looks delicious," he said as his favorite brother emerged into view. Good old Elias could always cheer him up, even when Benji suspected little girls of being evil spirits. He had always gotten along grandly with Eli and it helped that the sheep was such a fabulous baker. Benji completely ignored James's comments and fixed his eyes onto the delicacy in Eli's hands. A slice of chocolate cake stood proudly on a plain platter, embellished with chocolate drizzle and whipped cream. Heaven.

"Greece was pretty awesome, though the price was outrageous. A hundred and six euros for two servings of eggs? That's almost one hundred forty two US dollars! Can you believe it?" Benji waved his arms around, emphasizing the ridiculousness of it all. He settled down enough to hear Eli say the words Code Red and immediately remembered the feeling of those eyes on his back. "Yeah, we can talk... after the cake." An uncomfortableness crept into his stomach, and it was not because of the cake. Benji knew all too well of Eli's constant visions and if Eli needed to talk in such a serious tone, there was definitely something up. With all this on his mind, he had trouble enjoying his cake. He set down his fork and pushed the plate aside.

"Alright, Eli. What's up?"

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Eli couldn't hold back his laughter. Part of the reason why he loved Benji so much was because of his over-the-top style of telling stories, and well.. his outrageous style of just life in general. He got so much entertainment from the way his brother subconsciously flailed his arms when telling a story. That's how enthusiastic Benji got about everything. Eli enjoyed it, he even somewhat envied it.. but he decided long ago, that surrounding himself with people similar to Benji might allow some of their lighthearted and carefree nature to rub off on Eli, and that's all Eli ever really wanted, was to be able to live a burden-free life....... a vision-free life.

"Well, maybe the reason it was so expensive is because it was a fancy restaurant, Benji! Did you even take the time to check the name of the place you were eating at?" Eli knew the rabbit never thought anything completely through and tended to be an "act first, think later" type person. It amused him; he didn't know why, but it did. Eli threw Benji another sheepish smile. "I hope the cake is alright," he started, watching Benji devour the slice. "I made it for some of the guys from school, we were hanging out at the pond in the woods earlier. So much for them stopping by....."

His brother finished his cake in record time. "Alright, what's up?" he asked in reference to the Code Red. "Oh.." Eli started, checking around to make sure nobody could overhear them. They were sitting at a pretty remote table towards the back of the restaurant, and seeing as how the place wasn't very crowded yet, mostly everyone else was congregated towards the front. Eli then noticed Sean heading out the door, and overheard him saying about how something came up. "Of course..." he thought to himself. The dog never stayed around for long; just as long as he needed to quench his boredom, and then he would be off pursuing the next better offer of plans that he had received. "Well here, look." Eli showed Benji the sketch of the shadow figures. "I told Sean and James already, I probably shouldn't have but I don't know. I was just distraught, I thought somebody should know." Eli itched his nose with the eraser end of his pencil. "Never in my life have I really had a vision that I found so... so threatening. It felt like someone was watching us - - the family I mean. And not in the good way... I was sensing malice." Eli eagerly scanned his brother's face for any facial expressions that might tell how he was thinking about what he was saying. They had been best friends since they were little, and Eli always openly shared his visions with the rabbit. It was refreshing, because Eli knew he never had to worry to much about Benji becoming consumed with anxiety in the way Eli did, because he was much better at keeping things in perspective. Eli on the other hand... well, his visions ruled his life. He frequently felt as though the visions dictated how he felt on a given day, and for how long.

He then remembered how he wasn't feeling very well. A sudden spell of vertigo and nausea overcame the concerned sheep. He swept the back of his hand across his forehead. He looked around the restaurant, beginning to feel as though he needed some air. He saw James clocking out. Eli was reminded of the time... his shift was actually coming to a close as well. He didn't want to be late clocking out as he often tended to do, which was often a result of getting distracted by his own thoughts. "Well listen.. my shift is just about over." he said, turning back to his brother. "Aiden is picking me up and we're gonna go back to the house, and just hang out for the night I guess. You gonna be around? You should join us." he asked as he packed up his things and untied his apron. The Pawprint didn't close for a few more hours yet, but the rest of the wait staff would take care of the place until close. Typically, the Patersons only ever dropped in to work a few short hours and tended not to take it as seriously as they should - - this was likely a byproduct of their spoiled nature. They were filthy rich, after all. Eli knew that the other restaurant workers had a habit of spitting some venom behind their backs too, just stuff about how they apparently didn't have any work ethic. One time, Eli had had a vision while baking, seeing two of the other workers - a young waitress named Becky and one of the older managers named Christine - in the break room, saying

I swear, I don't know how those Paterson kids are gonna make it through life, having everything handed to them like that. Not one of them knows the true meaning of hard work. They don't get what life is about for the rest of us, here on planet Earth."
--Its like you said, they get everything handed to them. You know damn well as I do none of those kids is ever gonna have to lift a finger for the rest of their lives. They're loaded."

It often made Eli question the loyalty of the people he surrounded himself with.

"Either way, let me know." he said, turning once more to his favorite brother and giving him yet another trademark smile. He did that a lot, actually. Smiled just for the sake of smiling.

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Taut and fully drawn, the bowstring seemed to hum with the unreleased energy. Kenneth steadied his arm, looking into the magnifying sight and lining the pin up to the target. He was shooting his custom compound bow. It was an expensive buy, made even more costly by the fact that he was left handed, but it was worth it. He pulled the trigger on the release and let the arrow fly. The missile sped towards the target with barely any arc. It landed on the bale with a satisfying thud in the center of one of the small targets he had put up.

Kenneth knocked another arrow from his quiverand pulled the bowstring back, conciously checking his form. Shoulder's down, hand's at the anchor point, arm's straight, legs shoulder distance apart, back's straight, good. After the couple seconds it took Kenneth to run through this mental checklist he aimed and shot the arrow. The projectile zoomed to the center of another target.

He brushed his fingers over the top of his quiver, making sure there were no more arrows to shoot. Finding there were none, he stepped off the shooting line and put his bow on the bowrack. Automatically he walked down the range to the target, sixty meters away, to retrieve his arrows. Usually shooting helped calm him, but today it just wasn't doing the trick. He couldn't shake the feeling of being watched.

He pulled the lightweight carbon arrows from the target after marking the holes out of habit. His score of nines and eights and the occasional ten was a bit lower than usual, but he blamed that on his unsettled nerves. He took the targets down and put them inside the storeroom. With practiced, fluid movements he took off his armguard and release and took the stabilizer and sight off of his bow, packing them in their case.

What was with him today? That feeling of being watched just wasn't going away. And it wasn't the kind of oh, I wonder how he's doing watched. It was a stalker-like, eyes-burning-holes-in-his-back kind of watched. It was probably silly, but Kenneth couldn't help thinking that it wasn't.

Problem unresolved, he left the archery range and made his way to the Pawprint. He was hungry and it was getting dark, so he needed to get home and get something to eat. Opening the door to the Pawprint, he was greeted by the familiar sights of customers and family. Kenneth made his way to the back of the shop and saw Elias and Benji discussing something. Beside the dragon's rabbit brother was a plate covered with a suspicious smear of chocolate. That could only mean one thing: Eli had made cake. Kenneth knew his brother was a genius as far as desserts went, so naturally he felt left out that he wasn't informed that cake would be on the menu. It was delicious. Perhaps some cake could make him forget the watched feeling.

Kenneth approached his brothers, smiling. He got along well with these two. He liked the sheep's innocence and sensitivity, and the rabbit was just plain fun to be around with all of his energy. "Hello, Eli and Benji. Eli, I know your shift is just about done, but do you have any more of the chocolate cake left?" he said, his belly rumbling to emphasize the question.

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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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Benji stared at the sketch. Yikes, he thought. It must have been horrible for Eli to have those freaky things creeping around in his visions.

He listened with growing concern as Eli explained his vision. The sheep didn't look too well. Benji knew how hard it was for Eli to cope with all the different visions flowing into his head. And now, with this particularly foreboding vision, the rabbit could sense a new weight on his brother's shoulders. He had always relied much on instinct to carry him through life, and now his instincts were telling him something was amiss. The people of Sunny Haven were persistently curious about the Paterson family, but they wouldn't stare with the malice that Eli described and the intensity that Benji had felt. It was unlike anything that had ever happened before.

Benji tried his best to give an encouraging smile. He really did, but he wasn't sure Eli was convinced. He knew his brother was waiting for a reaction. Whenever Eli shared his visions, Benji always tried to act all happy and cheerful. He wasn't one to openly show true distress. But this time was a bit different. It didn't involve just him and Eli; this was about the whole Paterson family.

"Gosh," Benji remarked, letting out a nervous laugh. "This is really complicated, isn't it? It'd be awful if these shadow guys take over the world and wreak havoc--" He broke off as Eli suddenly paled and raised his hand to his forehead. Benji rose to his feet, frowning with deep concern. "Whoa, are you alright, Eli?"

After a few moments, his brother seemed to recover. "Well listen.. my shift is just about over. Aiden is picking me up and we're gonna go back to the house, and just hang out for the night I guess. You gonna be around? You should join us."

"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," Benji answered. He put on a silly grin to mask the fact that he had been sure Eli was going to collapse. The sheep didn't look like he was in the mood to be smothered with care and his mind was probably on other things, so Benji didn't pester him.

As Eli made to leave, Kenneth, the dragon of the family, came sauntering up to them. He had a wide smile plastered on his face. "Hello, Eli and Benji. Eli, I know your shift is just about done, but do you have any more of the chocolate cake left?" he asked. Benji wasn't sure, but he thought he heard the sound of a stomach growling. It made his own stomach growl.

Benji glanced at the plate he had just recently cleared, then at Eli. "If he gets a piece, then I get another one. I need the energy, since I have to go to track practice and all..." His eyes silently pleaded at the sheep's conscience.

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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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His ears picked up a familiar ringtone. He watched as Eli answered the call with a slight look of dread. Just by the tone of his brother's voice, he knew it was Alex. Benji wasn't too fond of Alex. Okay, he didn't like Alex at all. The rooster was such a commanding person and Benji always felt constricted when in his presence. Alex just took things too seriously.

Benji heard Eli heave a sigh. His sheep brother was looking more and more exhausted by the second. "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."

Realization hit the rabbit like a bucket of cold water with carrots thrown in. "SHOOT! I totally forgot about that! Aw, man. And I was just talking to James." He repeatedly ran his hand through his hair before exhaling loudly. "Well, that's fine since I've already been to Morocco twice this month. It's not like I made reservations." He shrugged haphazardly and brushed the initial shock to the side. Benji's stomach growled with anticipation as Eli headed back into the kitchens for more cake.

He glanced at red-haired Kenneth. He was generally on good terms with the dragon, although he occasionally reminded Benji of the rooster. At the moment, Kenneth looked a bit on edge. Benji sensed a certain tension in the air. He knew some of that was left over from the talk of creepy visions and was sure the rest had come from Kenneth's arrival. What with the strange things that had been happening, he wasn't very surprised. The rabbit decided to inquire about Kenneth's day, but before he could say anything, Eli reappeared with cake in hand.

"Alright, here you are. Enjoy it guys," announced the sheep. Not one to dwell on serious thoughts, Benji went ahead and relieved his brother of the much larger slice. The cake looked almost too lovely to be eaten. Almost.

Before Benji began the feast, he returned Eli's smile. He briefly reflected on how he had been doing that a lot today. "Thanks, Eli! You really are the best." The cake met its doom rather quickly, disappearing into the rabbit's mouth at an unbelievably fast rate.

"Have fun in Africa, if you're still brave enough to go despite Lord Alex's decree," Eli said. The smile was still on the sheep's lips, but Benji looked up abruptly, alarmed by the underlying tone in his brother's voice. Eli sounded sad, at least to Benji, who was fairly good at identifying these things, especially when it involved his favorite brother. Why was Eli sad? Had Alex said something really mean? Had there been another really bad vision? The sheep was prone to emotional changes, but not without reason.

Benji stared as Eli left. He was aware of the whipped cream encircling his mouth and quickly licked it away. The sweetness of the cake lingered beguilingly on his tongue. The rabbit stood. Well, it was going to be a fairly nice day. Track practice was in about ten minutes and after that, Benji would be off to Africa for lunch at a small diner known for its insect-based foods. It was need rather than want that drove Benji to all the different corners of the world. The need to explore, the need to taste new and exotic foods, and most of all, the need to run.

"I'll be leaving now," he told Kenneth. With a loud and jovial laugh, he patted the redhead on the back. "See ya later, Kenny!" Ignoring the judging glares of the other workers at the Pawprint, he sped out the door towards Sunny U.

He arrived at the track five minutes late. He hadn't risked using his power for such a short distance. It would have been disastrous if anyone had seen him.

"You're late, Benny!" grunted Coach Nilson, a large, muscular man with a neatly trimmed mustache. He wore his trademark baseball cap that displayed the wear and tear of several years.

Benji immediately scowled upon being called by that awful nickname. "Sorry, Coach," he managed through gritted teeth.

"Now, don't give me that look. Go on and get changed. Or maybe you have something else you want to say?"

Benji clenched his hands into fists. No, Benji, he told himself. Do NOT lose it. It's not worth spending the energy from Eli's cake on some old fart like him. Eventually, after a staring contest with the coach, he backed down and headed to the locker rooms. He knew the coach was deliberately taunting him. He had learned from the beginning that Coach Nilson didn't view the Patersons highly. But his dislike for Benji was particular, since Benji had entered the track team on full scholarship and yet didn't even need to keep his GPA up (it was currently at 1.83 and getting lower).

After changing into active wear, Benji trotted back onto the field, where everyone else was already busy with drills. Benji halfheartedly joined them. It didn't matter whether he exercised or not; the rabbit would always be the fastest. Practice was actually really boring and Benji only attended to keep up appearances. So when it finally ended, he changed back into casual clothes as quickly as he could and bolted to South Africa.

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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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It was pretty much dark by the time Aiden and Elias had pulled into the Paterson's massive driveway. Seeing as Aiden didn't live there, he never felt comfortable taking a "V.I.P. spot" closer to the house despite Elias's repeated insisting that nobody cared and he could park in the damn living room if he really wanted to. As such, they ended up having to make the obscene trek up the hill to the house.

"You're sure you don't mind helping if Alex forces us to do prep work?" Elias lightly massaged his side, a little upset by the fact that he was already cramping from such a short walk... he must have been more out of shape than he thought.

"Of course not, sweetie. Why would you even ask that?"

"I don't know... I just feel guilty is all." Eli let out a nervous laugh.

"You worry too much!" Aiden smiled.

"My family can be so weird sometimes."

"But aren't we all? And you of all people should understand 'weird', Eli. You have to constantly see the future. How is that not weird?"

"That.... is a very good point." Eli chuckled.

Aiden smiled even bigger. "I love it when you laugh, Eli. You really don't do it enough."

"I know... you're one of the few people who can actually get me to do it." Suddenly, a wave of sorrow washed over Eli. "Of course," he thought. "when the moment is just SO appropriate, I would start feeling miserable."

"Oh gosh hun are you okay??" Aiden's tone suddenly became much more serious and concerned.

"What?"

"You're crying..."

Eli hadn't even noticed the tears that had started pouring down his cheeks. He was a silent crier, meaning he didn't get hysterical and make actual audible noises like most people did when they cried; it was just the waterworks. He tended to refer to it as "stealth crying", naming it such due to the fact that he could sometimes get away with letting out a few feelings here and there without anybody even noticing. He hated when people saw him cry.

"Oh.. I-I'm sorry...." he barely managed to let the words escape his lips while he wiped away some of the tears with his forearm.

"What is wrong? Come on, if you can't tell me, who can you tell?" Aiden grabbed Eli by the arm and pulled him aside gently, diverting their path from the house. They sat on the curb of the driveway and Aiden looked worriedly into Eli's eyes, a task that was proving difficult as Eli was trying everything to avoid his boyfriend's gaze.

"No it's nothing." he started, continuing to dab away the tears with the pad of his thumb as they came. "It's just been hard today... the visions, I mean."

The two were silent for a moment. Aiden understood Eli's gift - no, his burden; he understood how difficult it must have been to constantly see things that nobody else could. To see terrible things that you want nothing more than to try to stop, but yet, are powerless against as they have yet to happen. And he couldn't help but so deeply respect his boyfriend and love him even more when he thought about how unbelievably brave Eli was for managing such a burden on a daily basis, asking almost nothing of anyone in return.

"I saw some pretty gruesome things. I'm just so worried.... It's making me sick to my stomach. I can literally feel the cortisol surging through my system, exhausting every cell, overriding all my basic survival functions just so that my body can focus all its energy and intent on the anxiety. It sucks."

Aiden wrapped his arms around Eli; he couldn't help but smile even through the tears. "I know how hard it must be. And I'm sure whatever you saw is giving you very good reason to be so scared. But everything's gonna be okay in the end, I know it will. You are probably the bravest guy I ever met, Elias. You deal with this stress every day and you hide it so well.. you never ask anyone for help with it and you never put your problems on others. Its incredible. I don't think myself or many other people on this planet could handle that the way you do. And I'm crazy about you for it. ....amongst other things." Aiden smiled slyly.

"Thanks... it means a lot to hear someone say that." Eli wiped away the remainder of his tears, trying to hold back the smirk that the last part of Aiden's statement had brought to his face.

"Are you okay? Ready to go inside? We'd better stop wasting time out here if Alex is expecting us." he still had his arms wrapped around Elias.

"Yeah."

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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.