Hoves – 7.1: Teenage love

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Kerry Hoves was in love. Well maybe that had been an understatement. He was trapped by a powerful force that sucked him and held him hostage. A force so gripping it could be called by no other name than pure, teenage infatuation. The force had sucked his mind of all coherent thoughts living just the thoughts of her, her lovely smile, her dark hair, her lovely round face.

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It made him content to do nothing at all but lay on his bed, with a smile on his face and think of her. Because what could be nicer.

He had no idea how long it had lasted, that maddening love of his, it could have started the day they met, the chubby red haired boy with big round glasses and the new, shy girl. He knew when he had realized it. It was the weekend they went camping, the two of them and Bran, his best friend.  They had stared at the moon together and she told him one of her adoptive mothers was dying. There were tears in her eyes and he knew, from the bottom of his heart he knew, that he was ready to do anything, truly anything to stop her from being hurt, to make her smile, just a little. He knew he loved her.

A week later he broke up with his girlfriend Tami. It was as bad as he imagined it would be, a lot of shouting and screaming and a cold look in the girl’s eyes. A cold look that made him wonder what she might do to Persephone if she found out the real reason Kerry was breaking up with her… But he put it behind him, he knew he would do whatever he could to protect his Persephone, from anything, even his psychotic ex-girlfriend.

When the new school year started he even stopped his long running flirtation with Marcia Milton and focused all his thoughts on expressing his ever growing love to Persephone Santoro. The later proved harder than he had expected it to be. For one he, Kerry Hoves, found himself suddenly afraid and self-conscious around a girl he knew, and was friend since they were kids. He was sure he would somehow screw everything up and lose her forever. And he couldn’t allow that. Not ever.

She of course knew something was wrong. Perse was not a stupid girl.  “Why are you calling me Persephone all the sudden?” She asked him one afternoon when they headed home from school. Kerry shrugged.

“That is your name.” She smiled.

“I know. But you always called me Santoro, Hoves.” She said accenting his last name.

“I don’t know. It just seems nicer to call you by your name.”

“As you wish.” She said. “Maybe I’ll try calling you Kerry.” She smiled at this. It was a beautiful sight, but very rare in those days. That was the other reason Kerry found it so hard to confess his love. It turned out that Elaine Buford Santoro, Persephone’s adoptive mother was indeed very sick and dying. And that fell very hard on Perse, as hard as one might expect but Kerry was determined to make it easier to her, as easy as he could so he tried to cheer her up as much as possible.

As winter steadily approached Persephone skipped school more often, to be with her mum Kerry guessed. And so every day he didn’t see her there he would anxiously wait for the last bell of the day to ring and head to her house. By that time Elaine was pretty much bedridden already and when he turned up Perse’s other mother Phaena would go out to walk their dog leaving them alone at home.

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He wouldn’t stay long, just long enough to share what Perse might have missed at school, give her his notes to copy and try to make her laugh, at least once, it would make his heart jump and he knew she needed it as well, whenever he saw her those days she had a look of someone who had just stopped crying. It was heartbreaking really. But he could nothing more.

As the Winder Dance approached no one in school seemed to be able to talk about anything else, even Kerry’s big sister Freddie who hated those things seemed excited about it now that she had a boyfriend. And so one evening after they had helped Perse’s younger sister Phania with her homework Kerry gathering all his courage, asked the big question:

“Would you come to the dance with me?” Persephone lifted her head and focused her eyes on his.

“The dance? I don’t think I’ll go.” Kerry felt like he had been punched in the guts with an iron fist.

“Why not?” He asked in a whiny voice that reminded him of his little sister Haley when she wanted something badly. Persephone didn’t even smile.

“I am just not in the mood for all that… Thank you Kerry. For everything you are doing for me.  You are a better friend than I deserve.” She sighed deeply. “You truly are. I wish I will get a chance to repay you…” She made a slight pause. “But I can’t go to the dance, I am sorry, I appreciate the gesture though.” Kerry couldn’t say a thing. His gut felt like it was full of lead now and his mouth was dry, unable to produce a single sound. “There is still time though.” Persephone said forcing a small smile. “You could still find a date. Marcia would never say no to you.” Kerry knew he would never go with another girl. He would rather be actually punched in the gut but he couldn’t find the strength to say it. All he could say was:

“I  wish you would go with me.” Before Persephone could reply however another voice spoke from the door.

“You should go.” Persephone’s mother Elaine looked like a ghost. She was thin, and pale, her long hair white instead of her normal light blond. But she was still on her feet, her eyes fixed on her daughter.

“Mum! You should be in bed.” Persephone said getting up from the couch she and Kerry had been sitting on to go to the older women.

“I woke up and overheard you two. I had to get up to tell you this. You should go Persephone. I am dying. I will be dying on Friday when you go to the dance. And I will still be dying when you come back home. But you love, you are alive, and should go, and live, have fun, for a little while at least. For me.” Tears spilled down her pallid cheeks and tears spilled from Perse’s eyes as well. Even Kerry himself felt like crying but when half an hour later Persephone followed him out she said:

“I’ll go.” And the whole world lightened up at once.

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When the day of the dance finally came and Kerry found himself  waiting outside the Santoro family home he couldn’t help being nervous. Usually he knew his way around girls but this… This was important, maybe the most important night of his life, everything hinged on this. He could not blow it.

It didn’t help that Persephone looked exquisitely beautiful when she came out to see him. She wore a long dark dress and had her silken hair down. She smiled nervously when she saw him but her eyes were once again filled with tears. Kerry suddenly wanted nothing more than to pull her in a tight embrace and hold her whispering that all would be okay. He didn’t do. He smiled instead, telling her how beautiful she looked. He didn’t own a car, so they walked together to the school. They talked all the way and he did his best to make Persephone forget about everything else in her life.

That had been the last dance her mother Elaine saw he go to and that time in the Santoro’s living room was the last time Kerry saw the older woman. She died a few weeks later, in her bed with her wife Phaena holding her hand. But that night neither of them thought of that. They danced, and Persephone actually laughed. Kerry brought her drinks and told her jokes. And when the dance was over neither of them was really ready to go home.

They sat on the cold grass in the park and watched the stars together. The evening was not so cold, and the sky unusually bright. But Kerry didn’t care about any of that. All he cared was the lovely woman next to him. He wished he was brave enough to tell her how he felt. How much he loved her, now and any other day. But he wasn’t. And so they were both silent, both trapped in their own thoughts. And then Kerry felt a warm touch on one of his outstretched hands and he looked down and saw Persphone had taken his hand in hers. He turned to her and she just smiled and he smiled back. His hear was beating like crazy but he was happy.

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And that is how it had begun. With a single touch of hands. The greatest romance of all times. Or so Kerry saw it. And he saw little else.

He didn’t see how much more his father was drinking now that he was retired. He didn’t see his mother’s efforts to get fit. He didn’t see his older sister Freddie hide a box of cash underneath their bunk bed, right next to her box of stolen trinkets Kerry also didn’t see. He didn’t see how tall his brother Ty was getting as he neared his teenage years. He barely saw his sister Haley when she spoke to him.

He didn’t miss out in school, he still got on honor roll but that was simply because he never needed to put much effort into school anyway, some of his IQ test scores labeled him a genius, he never saw himself that way but Persephone loved to remind of him that pretty often, even back when they were just friends and he called her Santoro and he called him Hoves.

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Everything else was irrelevant. All he ever saw was Perse. And he loved her so. And she loved him back. And everything in the world was alright.

/* We have moved on to the Hoves! Their story will be a little shorter than the Prentiss was. I have less story for them but I hope you’ll enjoy it. I have also made their family tree, you can see it here.  Thanks for reading!*/

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Round 6 – Bonus chapter: Camping trip

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Kerry Hoves had always imagined that summer vacations would be way different once he was a teenager, he imagined all the wild things he would to with his friends and girlfriend but reality proved much different.

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He ended up spending the majority of his days sitting by the pool watching his little sister Haley jump in the water for the hundredth time, forcing him to watch and grade her jumps. He knew Haley didn’t actually need any supervision but his parents made him watch her whenever she went out to the pool, and she wanted to go there every single day. His older sister Freddie was supposed to take turns with him but ever since she got a boyfriend she would sneak out of the house to meet him whenever their parents were away.

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Hoves – Round 6.4: Crushed

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The place where Frederica Hoves found herself that evening was ugly, unwelcoming. Even Frederica had to admit to that as she looked at the monstrosity in front of her.  The exterior of the mansion, or whatever you called the house was made of ugly, grey and mismatched stone. The front door was huge but unappealing. For most people it would be hard to imagine anyone wanting to live here. Most people might be scared or at least creeped out at the sight. Frederica however could not help but smile. It was just the kind of place she would like to live in one day.

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Hoves – Round 6.3: Girl Problems

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“So you can’t explain why you girls are so damn complicated?” Kerry Hoves asked his best friend Persephone Santoro. Persephone smiled as she placed her hands on the metal chains of the swing she had been sitting on.

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“You are dangerously generalizing things Hoves…” She said as she pushed herself around with her legs still touching the ground.

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Hoves – Round 6.2: A little bit of nepotism

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Hannah woke up to an empty bed the next morning. That was a bit of an oddity since her husband almost always overslept and had to be basically dragged out of bed, which now made her wonder if he had slept at all. Sighing she got up, tied her hair in a bun and went to the kitchen to make breakfast, she didn’t want Ty and Haley to have to eat the burnt out sandwiches they had for dinner last night.

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Hoves – Round 6.1: A not so quiet evening at home

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Thing were finally normalizing in the Hoves household. A tough period was behind them, with Junior’s stepmom dying and Dougie getting married and moving out life at home had changed for every one of them. And that is why Hannah so eagerly welcomed a nice quite family dinner at home, even if it was just burned grilled sandwiches her oldest daughter made in a rush to get ready for the Spring Dance, and even if it was just her husband and their son Ty eating with her.

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Hoves – TOC

This post contains a table of contents for the Hoves 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.

Intro

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The Hoves family originally started with the Hoves brothers, Freddie and Jesse, and Freddie’s two kids: Junior and Mya. Freddie’s wife died in a fire a few years before so he decided to move to a new town and start over, his younger carefree brother Jesse came with him. They were both cops in their old hometown so they decided to join the police force again. And while Jesse partied and met women Freddie was concentrated on providing for his family and helping his kids deal with life without a mother. However what Freddie didn’t expect was falling in love, with his boss, no less. Blair was young, funny, charming and smart and the weird thing, to Freddie at least, was that she liked him back. She even understood he was not ready to marry just yet so for a while they just lived together. In that time they had a son, little Douglas. But Blair was not just a mother to Dougie, she was also a mother to both Junior and Mya, Freddie’s older kids. They finally married, just before Jesse moved out with his new girlfriend, Elena and their daughter Krystal.

For years they were a happy couple. Blair rose to the top of the police force and Freddie held on to his job until his untimely death. At the time of his death both of his older children were married, Mya had twin girls and was living with her husband and his family and Junior married his high-school girlfriend, Hannah. After Freddie’s death their daughter was born and in his honor they named her Frederica. Hannah and Junior went on and had three more kids, Kerry, Ty and Haley. Blair was a great help in raising all of them until her recent death. After his mother’s death Dougie got married to his longtime girlfriend Lysa and moved out to start a new life with her.

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Family Tree

Round 1

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Family members:

Blair deals with the impact of her husbands death. She grows into an elder, without reminding her family of her birthday. Junior makes progress in his career and Hannah makes progress with their daughter.

Round 2.1

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Family members:

There was a fire in the Hoves home, while Hannah, and her two kids were inside, luckily they were saved but Hannah is still affected by the trauma. To distract herself she goes fishing and to a party where she gets and autograph from a famous composer, Nala Caliente.

Round 2.2

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Dougie spends time carrying about his mother who has the flu and playing with his little niece and nephew. His mother is coping with her depression after his father’s death and she amuses her youngest son by dying her hair bright green.

Round 3.1

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Junior hears rumors of Hannah and Dougie fighting in public, he is distressed by his wife and brother’s behavior. His step-mum Blair had retired and is now volunteering in the Fire Department. We also learn he is worried about his oldest daughter, he doesn’t think everything is quite okay with little Freddie… We also learn Hannah is expecting another child and Junior is worried about sibling rivalry.

Round 3.2

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Blair deals with unwanted attention from a coworker at the Fire Station. She spends time with her little grandchildren and worries about her son and his lack of ambition in life.

Round 4

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We see Freddie’s POV for the first time. She has a partner in crime, her cousin Irene. They team up to make fun of their classmates, not even Freddie’s cousins Lena and Maja are safe from their teasing and malicious comments. They however got confronted by and older girl, Chiquita Fegel who is angry of the new nickname they have for her younger brother. The girls pay her no mind but they are then caught outside of class by their science teacher, Tomas. They both end up in detention and Freddie has to hide it from her strict parents. Luther, her uncle’s best friend throws him a bachelor party and her grandmother brakes up with her young boyfriend Walter.

Round 5.1

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Family members:

  • Blair Hoves (elder)
  • Junior Hoves (elder)
  • Hannah Hoves (elder)
  • Dougie Hoves (young adult)
  • Frederica Hoves (teen:  Couch Potato, Evil, Kleptomaniac, Can’t Stand Art, LTW:  Emperor of Evil)
  • Kerry Hoves (child: Slob, Genius, Angler)
  • Ty Hoves (child: Light Sleeper, Easily Impressed, Bookworm)
  • Haley Hoves(toddler: Disciplined, Excitable)

Junior and Hannah had a new kid, a daughter named Haley. The whole family goes to the City Hall to protest “Jelly Corp.”. 

Round 5.2

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It’s Hannah’s graduation day. Junior goes with her to the ceremony after a morning of jogging. Their romantic afternoon is interrupted by news of a large fire in their town and they see Blair on TV, fighting the flames.

Other Round 5 updates relevant to the Hoves family:

Blair’s funeral 

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Told from the POV of Dougie’s fiancee Lysa we see the whole town give it’s final goodbye to Blair Wainwright Hoves.

Dougie’s wedding

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Told from the POV of Dougie’s fiancee Lysa we finaly see her and Dougie tie the knot and start a new life together.

Round 6.1: A not so quiet evening at home 

Family members:

  • Junior Hoves (elder)
  • Hannah Hoves (elder)
  • Frederica Hoves (teen:  Couch Potato, Evil, Kleptomaniac, Can’t Stand Art, LTW:  Emperor of Evil)
  • Kerry Hoves (teen: Slob, Genius, Angler, Flirty)
  • Ty Hoves (child: Light Sleeper, Easily Impressed, Bookworm)
  • Haley Hoves(child: Disciplined, Excitable, Evil)

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Hannah and Junior get in a disagreement at home. Kerry and Freddie attend the Spring Dance and Haley is making friends with her cousin Vaela.

Round 6.2: A little bit of nepotism

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Hannah confronts her fears. She talks to her brother Andrew and gets a job at his hospital.

Round 6.3: Girl Problems

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Kerry confides in his best friend Persephone Santoro regarding the problems be and his girlfriend Tami are aging. Persephone tries to help but their plan fails when Tami reacts quite unexpectedly.

Round 6.4: Crushed 

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Frederica has her fist crush on Aenys Targeryen and deals with her new feelings at the same time recovering from her best friend Irene leaving quite unexpectedly.

Round 6 – Bonus Chapter: Camping trip

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Kerry goes to a camping trip with his two best friends, Bran and Persephone. Persephone delivers some bad news and Kerry tries to be supportive…

Hoves – 7.1: Teenage love

Family members:

  • Junior Hoves (elder)
  • Hannah Hoves (elder)
  • Frederica Hoves (teen:  Couch Potato, Evil, Kleptomaniac, Can’t Stand Art, LTW:  Emperor of Evil)
  • Kerry Hoves (teen: Slob, Genius, Angler, Flirty)
  • Ty Hoves (child: Light Sleeper, Easily Impressed, Bookworm)
  • Haley Hoves(child: Disciplined, Excitable, Evil)

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Kerry finally admits his feelings to himself and breaks up with Tami in order to find love in another place…

Hoves – 7.2: Retirement

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Junior Hoves finds it hard to enjoy being off work. As usual he finds comfort in drinks.