This post contains a table of contents for the Caliente-Frail family with synopsis of each post if you don’t want to read them all (so spoilers obviously).
I try to make each round’s series of posts work as a stand alone short story so each should make sense on its own but if you want to catch up on what happened previously (or check if my writing had made any progress :P) you can follow the links to read them or if you want to refresh your memory or just want to get a fast update of what’s been going on read the synopsis in italic.
I will update this post after each new update for this family is published.
This specific family started with Nala (Sanza) Caliente, after she divorced Dina and moved out to start life on her own. Nala was created in CAS and moved into town with her sister Minissa, Minissa’s husband Riam and their son Benji. Nala was trying to escape a society in which all that was expected from her was to get married and have children. Nala wanted more, she loved music and wanted to create her own, music that the whole world will listen to. Her dreams came true, and eventually she got married too, maybe not the way her mother would have wanted but she and her wife were really happy, they even adopted two girls, Sara and Summer.
After the divorce Nala lived with Jill, her fiancee and Jill’s family for a while but they broke up too and she was left alone in a big house she tried to make her home. After her daughter Summer got pregnant and had a fight with Dina Nala accepted her in her own home, and at now she lives with Summer, her son Silvester and Summer’s fiancee Bradley.
*update for the Mayor family, happening at Nala’s house, featuring Nala)
Told from Jill’s point of view. Nala’s surprise wedding for Jill didn’t work and even though she and Jill broke up after it she decided to let Jill and her three kids stay with her until their house is completed. In a full house Nala still feels lonely and turns to reading logic books.
Told from Nala’s POV. Nala Caliente is old, a sad realization that is hitting her as she does her best to be a good mother to her daughter Summer, and grandmother to Summer’s son Silvester. She and Summer don’t really see eye to eye when it comes to raising Silvester and fight over smallest of things. Nala also reflects on her early life, discovering her love for music and fighting social norms set upon her by her mother. She Riam and Nina plan a gig.
Nala and Silvester visit the nectary, she learns Silvester wants to write illustrated books when he grows up and that his mother Summer disagrees. The two of them also see Irene Hoves sneaking around and stealing a bottle of nectar.
Nala and Silvester come home, Summer whisks Silvester away to a party and Nala is left home alone, she reflects on the earlier days that summer, finding out her daughter Sara is starting the Police Academy that fall, guessing that Bradley’s job is probably more shady than it seems and organizing Summer and Bradley’s wedding.
While Summer and Silvester are at a party Nala goes out to town to play her guitar. What she doesn’t know is that would be the last time she plays… The next day she does chores and gossips with her younger daughter before going to take a nap. She dreams of her ex wife and the night Dina proposed to her… She wakes up to see the Grim Reaper (and he is not in his Tad Dustpine form :P). Her body is discovered minutes later by her young grandson Silvester.
In this post we see the events that lead to the death of Jesse Hoves from Bradley’s memories. We learn more about who was there and what happened, seen from the criminals’ side.
As Bradley heads to yet another day at the job he hates Silvester and Summer are joined by Harry Prentiss and his two kids, Aenar and Vaela who come over to spend the day. Bradley can’t help but feel a little jealous but Susannah, his boss, never really gives him a choice… (you can read more about Harry, Aenar and Vaela on the Characters page, or check out their story here)
Summer finally becomes the partner in the spa. Bradley still fights the nightmares and feeling of guilt after being a part of Jesse’s murder. Silvester makes a new friend and Bradley is approached by a strange young man…