Chapter 39: Sprite Girl

Cordelia’s eyes lingered on the sprites as she listened to the gentle strokes of the paintbrush sweeping across the canvas. She wasn’t sure why she found watching Micah paint relaxing, but she did. After all, she even managed to fall asleep at the vampire manor when she watched him paint. But she didn’t want to think back on that time.

The sound of the brush stopped. She tore her eyes from the sprites to look at his painting. Looked like he was done.

Another tree. Ominous looking one this time – she much preferred the cherry tree he’d painted before that. This was the third tree to make it to his canvas. It didn’t seem like he’d painted anything else since moving in. Cordelia had plenty of time to examine his art back in his room in Forgotten Hollow, but she didn’t recall noticing any trees then. What was with this new obsession, she wondered?

He turned around, walking over to her. She drew her knees closer to her chest. It was one thing to watch the vampire from the distance, but she still got a bit nervous every time he got near her.

He glanced at the sprites, then looked down at her. “The floor can’t be comfortable.”

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to disturb you.” She said quickly.

“You didn’t.”

He turned to the stairs, probably about to head out. Cordelia didn’t want to think about where he was going – the options were either hunting for prey, or seeing Morgyn. Both of them made her stomach turn.

“Micah… can I ask you something?”

He stopped in his tracks, giving her a small nod.

“You paint this tree a lot. Or a tree, at least. Is it all the same one?”

The vampire sighed. “Yes. It’s been on my mind lately. One of those thoughts you can’t shake….” His eyes wandered around, as if he was looking for an excuse to change the subject. His gaze landed on the fae fluttering around them. “Maybe I should paint you instead. The sprite girl.”

The sprite girl. Cordelia’s hands instinctively shot to the scar on her face. It has been some time she heard those words.

She realised Micah sat down on the floor next to her. Why? Wasn’t he going out?

“What’s wrong?” He asked. His voice was soft. Kind, almost? But he couldn’t be kind, she knew that. Still, she had to give him some sort of answer to explain her odd behaviour. It wasn’t like he meant anything by those words.

 “I… I’ve been called that in the past. The sprite girl. The crazy girl. Regular humans don’t see the sprites, you see. So people just thought…” Cordelia didn’t finish her sentence. She felt stupid. It wasn’t a big deal. “It’s silly. Kids are mean, but I know it’s nothing.”

Micah frowned. “Does this have anything to do with how you got that scar?”

Cordelia looked away. How did he know? “I don’t want to talk about it.”

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to bring up bad memories.” He looked into her eyes.

Why was he being so nice to her? Guilt, maybe, Cordelia thought. Still, sitting on the floor with him like this, she could almost forget that he was a vampire. Almost. But he was. He went hunting every night. But he didn’t kill…

“Micah… You know what you said about feeding on people, but only a little bit, to make sure they survive?” She changed the subject.

“I’ve told you I’m not going out on murder sprees.” He said firmly. “Your friends in Glimmerbrook are safe, well, as safe as they can be with a vampire about.”

The odd thing was she actually believed him. He made her feel uneasy sometimes, well, most of the time, but maybe he really wasn’t dangerous, or at least, not deadly? Not to her, and not to those in Glimmerbrook. Not that they would be as easily convinced. She thought back on Grace’s worry, back when she visited her friend’s house.

“I know,” Micah suddenly seemed more distant. Bitter. Was her face so easy to read? “I wouldn’t trust me either. And you’re right not to.”

“It’s not that.” Cordelia interrupted him. “Well, it is. I just… Glimmerbrook is filled with spellcasters. If word gets around that there’s a vampire feeding on people… They might not understand that you’re trying to spare them.”

Micah tilted his head back, letting out a surprisingly hearty laugh. “Are you scolding me about leaving witnesses behind?”

She couldn’t help but giggle herself. It was all a bit ridiculous, of course.

“Well, no… obviously, I… I just thought you should be careful.”

He just seemed amused now. “Don’t worry about it. The people I drink from don’t remember. I use something called vampiric allure. At least when it comes to… people who aren’t exactly giving their blood willingly.”

Giving their blood willingly? What was that supposed to mean? Surely nobody would offer a vampire their blood. Cordelia couldn’t think of any scenario when that would ever happen, at least. But she didn’t ask. “Vampiric allure?” She queried the other unknown instead.

“It’s like this red cloud of mist I can summon.” Red mist? The only red thing she recalled that sounded like that was that glow that erupted from him when he came to her in the catacombs… But that was no mist. A feeling of dread filled her at the memory. She tried to focus on his words instead.

“Anyone who gets near the mist will get into a trance of sorts.” Micah carried on with his explanation. “They’ll not remember anything about me feeding on them when they get back to their senses.”

That would explain why she couldn’t remember anything about a red mist… Not that he’d fed on her. But then, there was no mist back in the park when the other vampire did. The child just pierced right into her throat…

“Are you sure they don’t remember? I remember when the little girl… Verena…” Cordelia couldn’t quite finish the sentence.

“You remember Verena feeding on you because Verena doesn’t use vampiric allure to daze people.” Micah explained. Something about his tone seemed unsettling, but she couldn’t put a finger on what it was.

“Why not?”

The vampire hesitated for a moment before answering. “She doesn’t exactly need to worry about what her prey will or will not remember.”

She turned away from him as the realisation dawned on her. Apart from her, there likely weren’t many people who had an encounter with Verena and made it out alive…

Cordelia had heard enough. She could sit here and pretend they weren’t so different, the two of them, and even briefly forget he was undead, but at the end of the day, he was one of those monsters. She believed him that he wouldn’t harm her, or the Glimmerbrook residents, but they were nothing alike.

“I… I better get to bed.” She muttered.

He jumped up to his feet just as quickly as she did, but she flew straight through her bedroom door, closing it behind her before the sprites would follow. They’d find their way in soon enough, she knew, but at least she could try to get a minute of peace.

If she didn’t know better, she’d almost think Micah looked sad as she shut the door into his face.

Of course, sad in his annoyingly poised brooding elegant way, not the ungraceful way Cordelia knew she looked when she was upset. It wasn’t difficult for her to see why Morgyn picked him over her.

But thinking about Morgyn was no better than thinking about all of this vampire business, she thought bitterly. And thinking about Morgyn and Micah together was worse yet.

***

Micah was struggling to focus. His mind kept wondering all over the place. Not that Morgyn particularly seemed to be paying him much attention either, now that the exciting part of their night together was over.

“I’m thinking about taking a little trip.” The sage broke the silence.

“Oh?” Micah wasn’t sure where they were going with this.

“I made a promise to Cordelia. Promise that I would try to help with her little sprite issue.”

The spellcaster’s words didn’t seem to explain much. Obviously Micah was aware Cordelia was less than keen on those sprite things, as if his conversation with her earlier that night wasn’t still fresh in his mind. But what did that have to do with anything?

“I’m not sure I’m following. Are you taking a trip with Cordelia?” Micah joked. But his laughter died down as quickly as it started when he saw Morgyn’s expression.

“Wait, you’re serious?” The vampire frowned, looking into Morgyn’s eyes.

“Does that bother you?” Morgyn said with a slight smirk. “Do you think I shouldn’t help her with her sprites?”

Micah was in no mood for mind games. “You know that’s not what I said.” He scooted over to the side of the bed, scanning the floor for his clothes. “I’m gonna take off.”

Morgyn rolled over onto to their side, reaching out for him, but Micah avoided their touch. “Don’t be like that, Micah.”

“Like what?” Micah snapped. “What am I being like?”

“I could name a few things… But why don’t you tell me?” The sage attempted to extend an olive branch halfway through the sentence, but that just made Micah angrier.

“I guess I’m confused.” He gritted through his teeth. “Where did this come from? You’ve not mentioned the sprites up till now, why the sudden concern?”

“I have a lot on my mind. Why would I burden you with all of my concerns?” Morgyn asked. Micah couldn’t decide if the sage was being sincere or patronising. Probably the latter.

“I suppose it’s nice to know you’re helping someone.” He said sarcastically.

“I see. You’re jealous of me dedicating time to Cordelia’s issue, not me whisking her away per say.” Morgyn said slowly, propping themselves up to draw closer to Micah.

In truth, it was a bit of both, but Micah would be damned to let Morgyn know that. Especially now.

“Don’t flatter yourself.” He refused to look at the sage as he spoke. “All of these… extracurriculars are fun, but I think we’ve established from the start that I’m mainly interested in your knowledge. Not that you’ve enlightened me with much of that…”

“Mainly?” Morgyn grinned, but their smile fell at the sight of Micah’s irritation. “Micah, what makes you think this trip won’t benefit you both? I am quite capable of focusing on more than one thing.”

“The hell? Please don’t tell me you’re planning on having the three of us taking a field trip together?” Micah scoffed at the sage.

“No.” The sage replied, brushing against Micah’s hand gently. “I can’t take you with me into the Selvadoradian sun. You’d turn into a pile of ash before we reached the temple. But it would be imprudent to go on my own…”

“Wait. You’re going to that temple? The place of power?” Micah suddenly struggled to articulate what he was thinking.

“You need answers, Cordelia needs answers, and I could certainly use a bit more knowledge.” Morgyn confirmed. “An ancient place of power is certainly a good bet for all those things, don’t you think? And since our little bloody exchange at the duelling grounds reminded me that the place existed…”

A million thoughts about the temple flew through Micah’s mind all at once, but for some odd reason, the one that actually made its way out of his mouth was the most benign one. “You want to take Cordelia into some kind of an ancient temple? She’s not built for that…”

“Aww, is she growing on you?” Morgyn taunted, their lips curling into a grin.

“She can break easily.” Micah frowned, remembering carrying her out of the catacombs. She felt like a ragdoll in his arms.

“Surely that’s up to her to decide.” The sage shrugged. “Not to mention she’ll be with the sage of the untamed…”

Micah thought of his chat with Cordelia earlier in the evening. She didn’t mention anything about going away… of course she didn’t. “Damn it, Morgyn, does she even know about any of this yet? Or are you waiting till you’ve finalised your itinerary, maybe booked a tour or two?”

Morgyn ignored Micah’s sarcasm. “Oh, don’t worry about that. She will be thrilled.”

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  1. Lingerie onslaught here. Oh gosh, I dunno whether to laugh or cry. Laugh, always laugh. So Micah is developing a soft spot for Cordelia. Wow, what a beautiful mess. Off to Selvadorada we go… can’t wait to see what’s in the temple.

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  2. Stop it!!! 😱
    Morgyn is almost ruthless in his eagerness to solve Cordelia’s problem 😧
    I love how Micah’s concern for Cordelia grows. Their common concern for each other 💖

    Morgyn’s “consideration” makes me sad and leaves me in division.
    I’m really drawn to seeing what the temple is hiding of secrets and I’m really worried about Cordelia’s mental stability. ….but who knows. In the end, it might be a crucial journey … if she travels with Morgyn.

    Micah? He does not seem unaffected. A small part is jealousy and irritation that Morgyn does not give him what he wants, but the rest of it I have to attribute to Cordelia.

    NB: I love the painting with the orange tree. Is it generated by the game or is it a cc?

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    1. You’re right, both Micah and Cordelia have expressed some kind of worry for each other. If only they each worried about themselves first too.

      Hard to say what exactly Morgyn’s motivation behind the jungle trip is. Is it to help Cordelia, Micah, or themselves? They’re claiming here that it’s a bit of all of those three things. But who knows. it could be something else entirely, for all we know.

      Micah would deny everything you’re saying and claim he doesn’t care about Morgyn or Cordelia or anyone in the slightest, because he’s a cold, cold, heartless vampire. Then he’ll go sulk and paint a sad painting 😀

      Oh, good question! It’s neither, it’s pretty cool actually! Search Takissis on the gallery – they have all kinds of amazing paintings that you can download as rooms, they come in various shapes and sizes and aren’t CC, they’re just paintings. I think the way she (or he, I have no idea!) does it is take the real life art work, turn it into CC, ad then have their sim paint from reference to turn it into a painting everyone can enjoy without the need for installing CC. It’s pretty neat! Definitely check them out, you especially will really like the art style I think – they have all kinds of fairytale/otherworldly pictures. Seeing as Micah is a painter, more of them will be featured here for sure as the story goes on 🙂

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  3. This lingerie is EVERYTHING. I’m literally dying. I am dead.

    Oof, I was waiting for what would happen when Morgyn shifted their affections back to Cordelia. It’s sort of the perfect set up for them, no? They can’t ever get bored if they just keep jumping between them. But also, I can’t be mad. Morgyn is pretty upfront about the level of commitment they can give. Micah can’t say they didn’t know.

    And yet, I feel his pain! Like its such an intimate moment. They just finished sleeping together and Morgyn is like: btw I’m going to go away with Cordelia for a few days. Timing does not seem to be Morgyn’s strong suit.

    Sigh, but selfishly I want more Morgyn wearing fantastic lingerie ensembles so I do kind of want them to seduce Cordelia.

    But Cordelia should take off her blinders, damn it!

    Ugh, you are really dividing my loyalties here.

    I loved the moment between Cordelia and Micah getting to know each other. No matter what, I admire Cordelia’s drive to do things even if she is scared. Yes, she ran into her room eventually but she could’ve just avoided him the entire time and she decided to try and reach out.

    Weirdly, I just want them to be friends.

    I am VERY worried about this temple.

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    1. Haha I’m glad you like it. I got it in my head that I had to feature Morgyn in a corset, fishnets and heels at some point in the story. It just had to happen. You’re welcome 😆

      Yes, Morgyn really doesn’t pick ideal timings 😆 But you’re right, Micah was well aware of the nature of their relationship, and everything he’s saying with words here rather than with body language is that he isn’t bothered and doesn’t care. Whether he’s trying to convince Morgyn or himself remains to be seen 😊

      Then again, maybe Morgyn doesn’t have any romantic intentions with Cordelia at all? 😇 And of course, she’s not necessarily agreed to the trip yet either.

      Cordelia is definitely quite brave. Which is how she gets herself in terrible situations, but that’s secondary 😆

      Who knows, maybe her and Micah could become friends eventually? The whole shared love interest and vampire/prey dynamic notwithstanding 😆

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  4. Morgyn’s stilettos on the bed… is riling up my need for cleanliness xD But dang those are some nice legs.

    I want to be happy for Micah and Morgyn for finding each other but maybe its because the chapters are arranged in a way that highlights Cordelia’s state before putting Micah and Morgyn together makes me unable to.

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    1. I’m also not very keen on shoes in bed. But don’t worry, these are indoor stilettos. I doubt they ever make it far from the bedroom 😉

      That’s understandable. If Cordelia was a fly on the wall in the second scene, she would definitely be upset that what goes on between Morgyn and Micah is just as bad as she’s imagining. Then she’d probably be shocked that they’re discussing her.

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  5. *shakes Morgyn* UGH! I wish they’d stop being such a little turd! Just thinking Cordie will go along with whatever whenever. So self-absorbed.

    I really liked the conversation between Micah and Cordelia, but I think you know the reason for that. >:) It was nice to see her able to see him as something other than a monster. It was so sweet how they were both worrying about the other one in different parts of the chapter. Guess I’m building my ship. 🙂

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    1. Self-absorbed is the name of the game with Morgyn.

      D’aww, a ship in the making! They are definitely seeing each other as a bit more than just a vampire monster and a blood bag. Whether that’s solid enough to build a ship remains to be seen, but you can certainly try 🙂

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  6. Looks like my hopes of Micah and Cordelia maybe becoming friends might be coming true, after all. If she’s comfortable enough to be around him in the evening while he paints and he notices her changes in mood and is concerned enough to talk to her about it, that already puts them a step above her and Morgyn in my mind.
    Ah, Micah seems like such a sweet soul on the inside. I hope he does find a way to cure his vampirism. And not be mauled by Verena in the process. Things have been suspiciously quiet on that front. I wonder what they’re up to. Considering their options? Trying to find a way into the magic realm? Appreciating the hilarity that is a reaper gnome transformation?

    Morgyn can go fall into a ditch and break his ankle. Even the decision to suddenly go and “fix” Cordelia’s problem seems like it stems from them losing their Cordelia-toy more than from a desire to actually help her. And they still don’t take her feelings into account at all. *angry grumbling* stop being such a tool, Morgyn! I will whack you with my scythes. I will. And throw gnomes at you. All 4,862 of them.

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    1. Well, they do have a lot in common; Micah is having lingerie time with Morgyn, Cordelia would like to have lingerie time with Morgyn; Micah likes blood, Cordelia has blood… solid friendship base right there! 😀 I kid, maybe they could become friends over time, yes. There’s just quite a few obstacles.

      Well, Verena doesn’t have the slightest idea where the magic realm is, she wasn’t even aware of its existence until sages started rocking up at her front door, it’s not exactly something that’s marked in the local guides. Of course, she does literally have all the time in the world to find out where it could be, but she doesn’t really have any starting point.

      Morgyn knows how to walk on those stilettos too well to break an ankle. Though the 4,862 gnomes with scythes may certainly change that 😆

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  7. Oh man, when I first saw Morgyn in lingerie I totally got the image of them strutting about the room and singing “Sweet Transvestite” from Rocky Horror Picture Show. Morgyn does have nice legs, I have to admit, lol.

    Okay, getting back on topic. I really feel for Cordelia, sounds like she was bullied pretty badly, and I don’t even know if I want to know what happened to get her scar. I’m glad that Micah was sympathetic and offered her a kind ear.

    And I love that painting, I didn’t know sims could paint that. Now I’m going to have to make an artist sim just to get that painting. The painting is very ominous. I’m guessing he’s trying to paint the cherry tree from the Botanical Gardens and maybe what it means to him. Perhaps his relationship with Morgyn, or his past with the woman he met there(sorry I forgot her name :(). I think Micah is a pretty deep guy, it’s just he probably doesn’t let too many people know what’s below the surface. He’s starting to become my favorite character.

    And typical Morgyn, just make plans and don’t consider how anyone else feels about this. Oh yeah, it’s totally fine to take Cordelia into an old dangerous magical ruin. 😆 At least Micah showed some concern about this whole situation. And uh-oh, Micah is developing feelings for Mogyn, but I figured this would probably happen at some point. And sorry if there is a long string of XD emoji’s, my computer is going crazy for some reason.

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    1. Hahaha! I’m a huge fan of Rocky Horror, so yes, Morgyn would 1000% do that.

      At the risk of being spoilery, I do want to say that Cordelia was never physically abused. I’m not sure if/when we’ll hear the full story though, but yeah, I’m sure she appreciated the way Micah handled it, as much as he scares her.

      They can’t quite paint that, unless it’s painting from reference, it’s a painting from the gallery – I’ve gone into more detail in my response to Mona if you want to know more 🙂 Might be handy for Soto’s collection! 🙂

      There’s definitely more to Micah than just a pretty face (um, and body 😀 ).

      Of course Morgyn has already made plans for Cordelia. And it’s totally no cause for concern whasoever 😀 And nope, just one reserved XD emoji! 😀

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  8. I’m repeating this from your thread, but I will never see Morgyn in the same light again. I will forever have the Rocky Horror soundtrack playing in my head when I see them, lol.

    Oh, I will have to check out the comment about the painting. And Soto would love to paint something like that, then show it to Hailey, who would be like… yeah, that looks nice, good job boss.

    Oh good, my computer will sometimes do this thing in the comments were it keeps copying emojis. It looked like I had a string of ten emoji’s, but I’m glad they don’t actually show up.

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