25. Time To Grow Up

‘Dyl! Hey! What was all that about?’

‘My Mum’s just doing my head in! She won’t let up about me going into the fire service!’

‘Eh?’ Charlie scratched his head. ‘Since when?’

‘You heard her! Just then, in the living room! Her tone of voice, what she said, everything!’

‘Just sounded like she was taking an interest in your grades to me, mate. Good thing too, we totally lost track of time there. We should probably get started.’

Dylan was taken aback. ‘Wait… What?’

‘The assignment? We really should get -‘

‘No, not that,’ Dylan interrupted. ‘You didn’t… It didn’t sound like…’

‘Oh, your Mum? No! It didn’t sound like she was getting at you. And even if she was, it’s understandable. You’re her baby, aren’t you! No Mother wants to think of their child running into life threatening situations! She’d be the same if you were going into the army or the police or something. It’s just how Mums are, isn’t it!’

*

Sifting the sand between his fingers, Dylan sat in his childhood playpit as the sun started to lazily descend over the Bridgeport coastline. Making his Mother worried about him, Melody, Louise, Puzzle… Was nothing in his life destined to go right for him?

‘What’s up, bro?’

‘No-one says “bro”, Robbie.’ Dylan looked up smiling at his little sister, stood looking down at him with a concerned expression on her face. ‘What do you want?’

‘Just wondering what’s up, bro. You’ve been sat out here for ages, Charlie left hours ago. Don’t think I’ve seen you in here since pre-Starch.’

Laughing a little to himself, Dylan looked back down at the sand. ‘Yeah, it’s been a while. Just catching up with the old place.’

‘Before you have to move out and leave us all behind forever and ever?’ Her tone tinted with sarcasm, Robyn sat down opposite her brother and began raking through the sand herself.

‘Oh, don’t you start! You’re as bad as Mum, saying things like that.’

‘She’s only worr-‘

‘Worried, I know. I just wish she wouldn’t. It’s doing my head in.’

‘Never going to happen, Dylan!’

‘I know! I just… It feels like I can’t do anything right. I was shipped off to boarding school aged ten because they… Well, because of the out of control pranking. I start dating the most popular girl in school who dumps me in front of my entire year. I realise that I actually really like a completely lovely girl who reveals she’s leaving the city after graduation. And then I finally work out what I want to do with my life, and I’m really excited about it and feeling all positive and then my Mother starts making me feel really bad about leaving! I know why she’s worried and everything, but… I just want her to be happy for me, and feel the way I do.’

‘Never going to happen, Dylan!’

Robyn laughed as she tossed the rake back down onto the sand. ‘Look, have you actually spoken to Mum about this?’

‘Eh?’

‘Thought as much! Look Dylan, you really need to talk to Mum. You’re going out of your mind in teenage angst and she’s going out of hers panicking that you’re leaving home to be burnt to a crisp. And neither of you will do the sensible thing and actually talk to one another about this.’

Dylan rolled his eyes and sighed. ‘You’re right.’

‘I’m always right.’

‘Oh, do be quiet!’

*

Sidling into the living room, Dylan stood and watched his Mum as she stared at the television. She wasn’t watching it. It was just on, something she could claim to be doing while her mind worked a mile a minute. Gnomes, she looked so worried. Why hadn’t he seen it before, properly? Edging over, he cleared his throat a little.

‘Mum? Can… Can we talk?’

Ivy’s face broke into warm smile. ‘Of course we can! As if you need to ask.’

Dylan smiled nervously back, relief flooding through him, as he went to sit next to his Mother. He took a deep breath. ‘Mum… Look. I’m sorry.

‘What for?’ Ivy looked confused.

‘For… Well, for not understanding. For not getting that… Well, that you’re worried about me and stuff. I didn’t think about how you or Dad might feel about me going into the fire service.’

Ivy’s smile faltered a little. ‘Oh, love. Please don’t tell me you’re feeling guilty.’

‘A little…’ Dylan shifted awkwardly in his seat. ‘I just don’t want you to worry about me.’

‘But that’s my job! It’s in a mother’s job description. I can’t help it. I’d worry whatever you were doing, wherever you moved out to. If you moved into the house across the street I’d worry about you. If you got a job in an office I’d worry about you getting paper cuts.’

Ivy paused for a second, thinking. ‘Look, son… I haven’t made this easy for you. I know I haven’t, and for that I’m sorry. It’s a big decision you’ve made, and you’re going into a noble career path. It takes guts to risk your life to save others, and I’m so, so proud of you. But yes, I am worried. When you told your Dad and I it was just so out of the blue, it took me by surprise and I didn’t take the thought of it well. I… Look, you know I grew up without family around me. I just couldn’t bear it if something happened to it now.’ Her voice trembling a little, Ivy wiped away a tear.

‘Oh, Mum.’

Composing herself, Ivy beamed at her son. ‘Right, you! Let’s not talk anymore about this. I’ll try and stop worrying, and you get focusing on graduation and becoming the best darn firefighter you can be. I know you’ll do marvellously, Dylan. I’m so proud to call you my son.’ Standing up, Ivy held out her arms to give her child a hug.

‘It’s a deal!’ Dylan hugged his mother tightly, a child again for a split second, a child who needed his mother for everything. ‘Now, about my birthday…’

*

‘Happy birthday, nephew of mine! I can’t believe you’re all grown up, Dylan. You make me feel so old! I remember when you were knee high to a grasshopper!’

‘Oh Uncle T, what does that even mean!’ Dylan laughed as Tristan faux-hobbled over to him, feigning old age. This was the compromise he’d reached with his mother –  a small celebration with his Uncle Tristan and Katya, his family coming together for his birthday.

‘You know what I mean, kid. Seems like only yesterday you were sat playing with that crazy doll of yours, and now look at you! All ready to go out into the big bad world and fight fire!’

‘To be honest, it does feel a bit surreal,’ Dylan admitted. ‘I mean, for ages it wasn’t quite real… It was all just an idea. Now it’s actually happening… Well, I am a bit nervous!’

‘That’s understandable, Dylan,’ Tristan said kindly. ‘But we’re all here for you, you know, and we’re all proud of you.’

‘Right everyone! Birthday cake time!’ Ivy called out to the small gathering as she lit the candles on Dylan’s cake. ‘Make a wish, love.’

Dylan studied his cake for a short while, contemplating his wish. Vaguely aware of another presence stood watching him just over his shoulder, he put it to one side and focused on the flickering flames dancing before him. I don’t want to let anyone down.

‘Oh, Dylan! My handsome boy!’

‘Cut the cake, bro!’

‘Robyn, stop saying bro! It’s so lame!’

Ethan and Tristan stood watching as Dylan and Robyn bickered while Katya and Ivy started dishing out the cake, grins plastered on their faces. ‘Ah, they grow up so quickly!’ Ethan sighed.

As everyone sat down around the table set up in the living room especially for cake, Dylan looked around the table at all the familiar faces sat with him. His family. They were all here for him. They were all proud of him. And for a split second, he didn’t want this moment to end… He didn’t want to move out, he didn’t want to grow up. Shaking his head, he came to his senses. It was inevitable, it wasn’t like he could stop it! Shivering a little in excitement, his thoughts turned to the firestation. He’d be moving into the accommodation this time next week… Oh, the adventures he had to come!

19 thoughts on “25. Time To Grow Up

    • Haha, I suppose that’s the funny thing – Ivy and Ethan are worried about their child risking his life, when possibly the most dangerous thing in his life is under their own roof! 🙂 Thanks for reading, as ever, I seriously appreciate it 🙂

  1. Awwh dylan’s so handsome! Great chapter. Random question and I prob’s just can’t remember but whats the story with Maria, where’s she?xx

    • Maria should be popping up in the next couple of chapters; as the legacy is moving on to Dylan I’ve realised that I’ve kind of been neglecting the gen 2 ‘extras’ (like Maria and the band) in favour of setting up his story, but they will get some sort of closure 🙂 Wait and see!
      Thanks for reading! x

  2. Whoohoo!!! Yeah!!! Whoop whoop!!! yay!!!
    Okay, spasm excitment moment over. Yay! your back! Can’t wait to see Dylan join the fire squad. Oh Robyn, don’t worry, “bro” will never go out of style (for me at least). haha! I don’t want Puzzle to go with Dylan, cuz there is a high chance of him messing something up, But I do want him to to go, cuz I’m starting to like Puzzle. Hmm…

  3. Yay! Awesome post. So excited to see Dylan all grown up and becoming a firefighter. I can’t wait to see how Puzzle decides to “rescue” Dylan this time ’round. He means well, I’m sure, but he’s always making a mess of things. The only time he’s ever gotten it right was opening Dylan’s eyes at prom, I think.

    Too bad Dylan can’t make Puzzle real and send him on his merry way…Sorry, Puzzle.

    • Yeah I know, I did think about having Puzzle be ‘made real’ but I think that would be too weird… Bar the final heir of my last legacy meeting the ghost of the founder I’ve tried to steer clear of anything supernatural-y, so I think that keeping Puzzle mostly in Dylan’s head is as ‘out there’ as I’m going to go. I think Puzzle does mean well, but mostly only where Puzzle himself is concerned! 😉
      Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. Hi just wanted to say how much I am loving your story! I just found it yesterday on the TS3 Forums (my username is Amy88) and have just finished reading your last chapter which I am delighted to see has just been posted today! You really have me hooked on your story, the charcters are so lovable (well most of them *coughMelodycough* and the plots are gripping. You have all the talents of a good writer, making the story interesting and adding new twists. My favourite characters are Dylan and his dad; that awkward conversation he tried to have with him about girls was so funny! Typical teen.

    I also just wanted to comment on the lovely family pics I noticed in the background of this chapter. I don’t know if you planned for them to be seen or if its just where the characters where standing at the time but it adds a nice “close family” feel to the place. I like it! Speaking of pics, whatever happened to the pics of Ivy as a baby that Cassie had? You know the ones that where taken of her before she was whisked away? Does she have them in her inventory or are they displayed in the house too?

    Great work, cannot wait for the next chapter! Amy x

    • Hi Amy, thank you so much for taking the time to read my legacy! 😀 I really do appreciate it, it means a lot 🙂 Although I must warn you that the next chapter may take it’s time in appearing, haha! Hopefully not, though.
      The family pictures are all scattered around the house, so there’s a decent chance that they’ll turn up in the backgrounds of one or two pictures. When I’m reading other legacies I always like seeing them in their screenies so I decided to do that here! I quite liked the shot of grownup Dylan on his birthday with childDylan in the picture in the background, that was accidental at first but once I noticed it in the background while I was taking pictures I went out of my way to stage that a bit more! The pictures of Cassie and Ivy are still on the walls; in this chapter you can see the one of Cassie holding Ivy in the background of the picture where Tristan is hugging Dylan 🙂 They’re all still there!

      Thank you so much, once more 🙂 I hope you continue to enjoy my e-scribblings! x

  5. Awwwwww what a sweet chapter to move us on to Dylan’s young adult life 🙂 I’ve been warming up to Puzzle, and hope he does go manage to sneak into the firestation with Dylan. Though he’s a bit too obssessed, Puzzle really does want to keep Dylan safe, and a “guardian angel, if you will, will be just what he needs! Although Puzzle does seem to make a mess of things at times…
    I’m loving Robyn and Dylan’s relationship! “Bro”… teehee
    Robyn’s so unique. I really love her ❤
    And argh!! No! Tristan doesn't have any kids… yet???
    Great to have you back Sian! 🙂

  6. Aww, loved this chapter!
    Looking forward to seeing Dylan in a firemans uniform!;) lol!
    Hope Puzzle doesn’t cause trouble for Dylan!

  7. Awwww! Such a great chapter! I am glad you got over the writers block. Well worth the wait. I know first hand how stressfrul it is to have firemen in the family, and Ivy was totally justified in her feelings. Its hard watching someone you care about just rush off and then you are constantly in a fear of will I see them again? I cant wait to follow him to the firestation, can you believe how close you are to the 4th generation? EEE! haha Anywho- hope you are doing well, I am going to try to post chap 6 tonight. Fingers crossed! 🙂
    Michelle

  8. Awww, how sweet! I’m glad he patched things up with his mom. She was really just looking out for him. Can’t wait to see how his adventures as a firefighter go!! 😀
    Awesome chapter, I loved seeing Puzzle sadness. Hope he isn’t too attached to Dylan when he goes off to the fire station!

  9. Ahhh another wonderful chapter. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be catching up on the wonderful Rivers again. 😀

    So happy for Dylan, but I hope Puzzle ends up coming along. I still adore him and feel bad for him. I hope Dylan and Puzzle can learn to have a relationship that’s good for the both of them.

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