Chapter 28, Part 1: Who Broke It?

The Big Sleep Jazz Club



“Once again, my name is Sonia Bjersten,” the girl on stage announced, “This next song is a little slower and sweeter, so grab the one you love and get close.”  

A few more sims had gathered, murmuring quietly and swaying as she began strumming the guitar.

“Dance with me,” Somnus said suddenly.  

Miko hesitated. Pressed against him, moving to the music, it’d be too easy to forget all the horrors he’d visited upon her.

And all the horrors she visited upon him in return.

“This better not be a trick,” she grumbled.

He pulled her closer, resting his hands on the curve of her backside, “Lucky for you, I’m not God of Tricks.” 

“Yeah, well, don’t get any ideas. I am not your lover,” she huffed, but Somnus was undeterred, his smile slow. 

“You came to the safest place you know to seek help from the only God you trust. Am I not tattooed on your heart, Thread of Fate? Are we not in the business of saving each other?”

He was such a smug bastard. 

“You’ve never saved me,” Miko huffed.

Somnus chuckled, but the look in his eyes was reverent. “Come now, we both know the order of operations hardly matters for a being like you. Of course, I’ll save you. You’re here, aren’t you?”

She shouldn’t feel warmed by that vow, and she definitely shouldn’t flirt with him in return. Still, Miko found herself stretching onto her tippy toes, whispering in his ear, “You might save me, but I wouldn’t spit on you if you were on fire.”

His response was a laugh, a low, raspy sound that was entirely too enticing. 

“You’re such a little liar,” he teased as he spun her around. “I recall a universe where the Goddess of Sound shattered the world with her song. And you tracked back to grab me right before I burst into a million little pieces.” 

“Did not,” Miko lied. 

“And yet here I am, whole and complete,” he tilted her chin up, running his thumb along her lower lip, “Not having rebuilt myself from dust. That is an act of love.” 

Miko didn’t answer. It didn’t matter if she liked or loved him. Mostly, she tried not to think about it because it wasn’t an option.

“Tell me. Are you still carrying a torch for dear Akira?”

“Tell me. Why are all the gods hanging out in this universe?” 

His eyes sparkled with mischief as he studied her. “Now you deign to ask me for what you want.”

“I’m not asking anything for me,” she clarified, feeling his magic pressing at her temples. “It’s just a question in general.”

“Do you love him?”

Every version of Akira she ever met she broke. Now, it was as if he’d inherited that brokenness. He fell for her whenever he saw her, and the whole loop started again. It wasn’t love; it was torture, and she was doomed to repeat it. “If you cared, you’d help me,” she croaked, “And it wouldn’t matter what I felt or didn’t feel or…why are you doing this? Why do you even care? You’re a god, and he’s just…he’s just a creature!” 

And he was a mess, Miko wanted to add. He mourned and pined for her; the least she could do was honor that and, maybe this time, fix it. 

The song finished, and he stepped back from her. “I suppose I have my answer, then. I’ll show you the apartment upstairs. You’ll be safe for as long as you need to stay there.”

Vlad’s House



“I am not denigrating your plan; I’m trying to improve it,” Vlad argued. 

“You are nitpicking,” Latimer snapped. “William said we can have use of the villa. It’s on its own island, its—”

Mine,” Vlad corrected, gripping his nectar glass tightly in annoyance. He loved his brother, but it was just like that bastard to do them a favor and still not bother to pick up the occult-forsaken phone. “That he stole it off me during an illicit card game doesn’t give him ownership.” 

“Then what? We can sail to Suluani, but if you wanna go somewhere else, it’s probably gonna require an airport, and if you hadn’t noticed, you two are unlikely to get past security while Clive has his eye on you!” 

Alice jumped up, “Security! That’s where I know her from!”

“Who?” Vlad asked. 

“The bitch who killed me. She was security at the museum I robbed. She pointed me out when the cops came.”

Vlad narrowed his eyes. “Well, that changes everything.”

“How so?” 

“It means Clive does not have enough buy-in for his plan. Why go through the elaborate set-up of getting a high-ranking general’s daughter to take the fall for a crime and then cover it up? The government could’ve just seized the item you were sent to steal. It’d be cleaner.”

“No way,” Alice swiped her hand through the air. “It was a mess; my dad had to call in so many favors to get me off. And even after doing half-time, I was on house arrest.”  

“You were pregnant,” Vlad reminded her, “They weren’t being kind; they were avoiding bad press.” 

“I’m not famous.”

“You’re a general’s daughter who, as far as the public knows, had a bout of kleptomania and tried to steal some display from a museum exhibit.” 

“Are you saying all of this is a set-up?” she shook her head, “That’s insane…it’s…it’s too costly.” 

“For whom? It cost me a few million to my ex-wife’s lawyers to get you out, which might be a lot of money, except I’m immortal and lack scruples, so it didn’t cost me much at all.” Vlad stood, “The same goes for Clive. He signed some papers and shook hands with a few judges. In fact, you, being Cyrus’s daughter, was a boon. No one would question him bending the rules to get you out.”

“That doesn’t even make sense!” Alice fumed, “How did he know I had the skills or that I’d do it? I mean, it wasn’t even my idea to steal the Ascension Container. Salim said—” she broke off. “No. He’s a shitty baby’s daddy, but he is not…he isn’t… it’s impossible. He didn’t know I’d be any good.”

“But you are good,” Vlad held her gaze. “Better than good. Excellent. You took to it like a fish to water, and thus, the mission continued.”

“No one would sacrifice a decade to be in a fake relationship no matter how much the government paid them,” she scowled, “And for one job? I love you, but you’re nuts.”

“Am I? Ten years, and despite everything you stole, you were still living paycheck to paycheck?”

“Because we didn’t want to get caught! Salim said when the heat died down, we’d find a good fence and…” she trailed off, swiping at her eyes.

“Why you crying?” Gwendolyn asked, “Mommy need help?” She started to toddle over, “I see Daddy? Gwendolyn big girl, she help.”

Vlad stepped in front of Alice, shielding her from the Tiny Terror’s view. “No, my little hellion, your father is away, and he cannot help your mother.” He picked up his laptop and set it on the floor. “Come sit. Tonight is special. You can watch all the Voidcritters you want until you fall asleep, and then Monster will tuck you in.” 

As soon as she was settled, he turned back to Alice. “Salim gaslit you. I don’t doubt that Eliza was his exit plan.” 

She was no longer on the verge of tears. In fact, she looked determined, borderline angry. “That motherfucker.”

“Yeah, he is. But something’s been bothering me,” Latimer interrupted, “We still don’t know why. What is Clive working on? Why keep tabs on Alice even after the crime was done? And what the hell is an Ascension Container?”

 “I don’t know. It was in the space section,” Alice shrugged, “I thought it was just an expensive piece of art because, you know, aliens aren’t real. Wait, are aliens real?”

“Your guess is as good as mine,” Vlad replied. 

“And that squad you fought wasn’t completely sims; they wouldn’t lasted an hour if they had been. So Clive must know something about magic,” Latimer added.

“The question is how much.” Vlad rubbed his chin, “We’d need to know more about their research. Caleb said the lab was cleared out, but Clive must keep the information somewhere on base. We could infiltrate—”

“No,” Alice cut him off. “I’m confident, but I’m not completely detached from reality. That place is a fortress. Even on my best day, I couldn’t breach it.”

“Then we’ll just have to storm in,” Vlad leaned back on the table and tugged her over until she stood between his legs, “Fangs blazing.” 

Alice’s laugh was soft, “Slow your roll. I can’t steal information from the base, but I can steal it from somewhere less secure.”

“Like from a mobile unit sent to track you?” 

She kissed him. “It’s like we’re vibrating on the same frequency.”

“Yeah, well, I’m not,” Latimer crossed his arms, “We’ve got 48 hours before we’re supposed to leave. You can’t tack a heist on top of us trying to make a subtle exit.” 

Alice turned, allowing Vlad to wrap his arms around her. “A good heist is subtle. And look at Vlad; he’s been hiding in plain sight for centuries.” 

Vlad flashed his fangs at Latimer’s disgruntled expression, “Exactly. I am a paragon of subtlety. Now, let’s talk more about what we need and who we might have to kill to get it.” 

  • jolene_jolene
    Sep 17, 2023

    Hey Ferosh,
    It’s nice to see that you have recovered from covid. (I haven’t read this at time of writing, so expect a large comment in reply to this; but in an hour because I’m in class… shhhhhh)

    Myself: immediately sees email notification; opens up outlook; yea new chapter
    Me: inwardly cries because “part one”

    Also: “because spoilers abound” hmmmmmm I couldn’t guess… and Vlad would *NOT* let you abandon him (and everyone else, but him mostly…)

    • jolene_jolene
      Sep 18, 2023

      Ok, so much for an hour. I apologise for how jumpy it is. I’m going through the chapter again and writing this. Also not sure if my WordPress account is working but you know who it is.

      Everyone in the jazz club look so different… Miko and Somnus and the like. I get changing hair and all that but even their faces look different.

      Lilith is acting cute. “… so I can kill you now and get it over with.” How sweet! What a step-mother and daughter bonding moment! Also, confused because Alice has sunnies on to hide her eyes, but doesn’t but a high shirt on to hide her silver spiderweb… I mean the average idiot might think that it’s a tattoo, but…

      Since when was Miko promoted? “I’m not a thread. I’ve had a promotion, as you well know.” She must be overworked, being the one and only Fate…

      What does Lilith have against Ben and Grim? I mean, they’re a pain in almost everyone’s ass, but, seriously? And *then* making them go find and seek? HOLD UP GRIM HAD A HUSBAND??? (Never though he’d be gay) Also, never realised that Ben had sharp teeth..

      Gwen is too cute… no seriously, if she was a kid I’d legit steal her. Hmmm “Gwen was in rare form.” Did she squeal or scream or something? Wait, why does Alice need to hunt? After her new-found “dead form”? And please excuse my horrible memory, but why are they fleeing?

      What’s with grandma? She seems… awful. She can *TELEPORT* but she makes Akira bring up her suitcases. AND THEN she throws him out of a window. Of course she does. Also, I love Titiana. *examines nails while her brother threatens to fight grandma*

      I just realised that Somnus’ moustache is black and his hair is white blonde… Ok, if my memory serves me, SOL is the goddess of sound. She shattered the universe? That’s… impressive, let’s put it that way.

      Ok, Vlad is possessive. We know that. And I’m afraid to ask what that illicit card game was, and why it was *illicit.*

      I completely forgot that Alice “died.” Still don’t get that. My mind is still chugging on, thinking about BBD lore. And the fact that the murder lady was security when Alice was arrested is the absolute CHERRY on top. Hold up… ascension container? Ooooooooo

      *gwen being cute alert* “Gwen big girl, she help!” Since when was Vlad so nice?! Tells her to watch all the Voidcritters, and could be like the bestest dad ever if he’s like that every day.

      Milk pulled on a bra; that basically said that she never had one one, or took it off! Aaaaaa I do not want that in my brain!! “Every thread that runs through me is screaming it. Everything is tangled,” so Miko is admitting that it’s too much! Called it. And Somnus dreams of universes? Well, it would make sense given that he’s the god of sleep… freaky though.

      Huh. That was long.

      • feroshgirl
        Sep 18, 2023

        Oh I LOVE this comment. I’m absolutely delighted. Let me see what I can answer and what things you’ve sussed out that I can’t answer because its coming later hehe.

        First of all, you have a good eye! I gave Miko and Somnus a makeover before I shot this chapter. EA really did them dirty in their design and I am CLEARLY devoted to making everyone a thirst trap so I had to make adjustments. Miko in particular seemed designed on purpose to make her more “kawaii” which…gross. I’ve been slowly but surely updating everyone for Season 2. I don’t think it’ll be anything too drastic, but I got better skin details and finally learned how to actually use the sliders in CAS.

        Hahaha thank you for loving Lilith. Her conversation with Alice is completely unhinged, but she is protective of her dad. And yeah, Alice is just going with the “its a tattoo,” vibe. For me, its a nice way to signal who she finds trustworthy. If Alice is showing off her full form, she’s probably pretty comfortable…

        Ah yes, Miko’s promotion. The three Fates retired at the end of BBD—they literally snipped the Threads binding them to the Universe and left Miko to pick up the pieces (which I’m sure is *fine* and didn’t screw anything up at all). As for whether she is the one and only Fate? Well, there are definitely three Fates and there are clues in this final chapter even if they other two have not been named…

        YAS to Ben’s sharp teeth finally getting the attention they deserve! And yeah, in the BBD universe Grim fell in love with a zombie named Deacon and they did get married, although this happened “off-camera,” so it’s not something you missed. Don’t worry, you’ll get more of them and their story in Season 2. I cannot wait for the insane romance tropes I’m going to put them through.

        TBH almost everyone’s sexuality in my story is vibes.

        ABSG = ALWAYS BE STEALING GWENDOLYN. Honestly, she is the best. And she was screaming bloody murder when Alice and Vlad came home from the battle in the woods which is not great if you’re a vampire with excellent hearing and sensitive ear drums like Vlad. Alice died in the woods fighting that military force (Chapter 26 I think) and as for what she is or what she survived it? Well, I’ll tell you that Caleb is on his way to get answers so you’ll find out more in Season 2…

        GRANDMA IS A QUEEN. I feel like Titania has a lot of her same vibes. I’ve got some scenes with the two of them in Season 2 and I cackled the whole time I was writing it.

        Yes! You remember Sol! I’m sure someone who has the power to destroy an entire planet with the strength of her song nothing to worry about ::looks directly into camera::

        lolololol calling out the God of Sleep for clearly dying his hair


        Vlad is a total and absolute softie when it comes to his kids. And Gwendolyn has had him wrapped around her little finger since the day they met. I mean, is he also a complete monster, unrepentant murder, with an unhealthy co-dependent relationship with the rest of his family including his adult children? Yes. And let me tell you, it’s been fun to write him navigating all of this.

        LOL I like the idea that Miko just rolled out from prison in the Underworld with no bra. And you are absolutely right, she is in over her head.

        As for Somnus…well…let’s just say that God of Sleep has many secrets…

  • jolene_jolene
    Sep 20, 2023

    Hey Ferosh,

    I made a realisation in the middle of the night, so I apologise for the fact this is coming three days later. I also couldn’t reply to your comment so, you understand.

    I didn’t realise the fates disappearing would affect all universes. Like, I’m confused because the gods in BBD universe have teleported themselves over to the Strauds, but… ok? That kinda makes sense, I just didn’t realise that there were THREE fates for, I dunno, a thousand universes…

    • feroshgirl
      Sep 21, 2023

      Cue my evil laughter! HAHAHHAA omg yes I’m thrilled you spotted it. The Fates wear many faces and may even hop from body to body, but there are only ever three.

      Or at least…that’s what we’ve all been told 😈

      Ok now I’m really going to hush up because you will have me revealing secrets!

      • jolene_jolene
        Sep 24, 2023


        Ok, you may hush up for now… but spill it. More or less than three? I’m going to take a bet on more… (that would explain how Miko was absoultely wrecked being the one and only fate for a thousand universes)

        Also didn’t check this in a while because for some reason I don’t get emails for you replying.

  • Yimiki
    Sep 26, 2023

    Season finale time! Season finale time! 🤩

    Miko, aren’t you the one that keeps messing with things to begin with? Wasn’t that a thing? Or did I misremember that? I might have misremembered that. But I do distinctly remember having a lot of anger towards her last time around, and not just because of how she was treating Akira. Hmm….

    Oof, Alice’s talk with Lilith is a tough one alright. She seems to be projecting a hell of a lot, too. Lilith, I mean. That “but he doesn’t love you” and her being convinced that Alice is a problem say enough. Alice handled her like a champ xD

    Yes, I would also very much like to hear about Akira! Go Somnus! Words I’ll probably end up eating before too long, but still!

    Bwahahaha omg their heads on the shelves like that, still talking 😂
    [“I think she’s insufferable and needy, and she’ll ruin my father’s life.”] 🪞.🪞.🪞.🪞.

    Gwendolyn wanting to pack Vlad and nothing else is the cutest thing ever <3 To be fair, Latimer, Vlad’s only been up for 5 seconds. Packing in 5 seconds is a big ask even for a vampire 🤭

    Miko and Somnus’s conversation is going way over my head, but it sounds all kinds of perilous. And full of double meanings. Yikes.

    A casual mini-heist in between moving plans? Heck yes! Easy. What’s the worst that could happen?

    [“I don’t see anything after this. It’s…it’s like the worlds have been devoured, and there’s not a speck of anything left.”] Yes, the shadow of Baldur’s Gate will do that to you, Other Games 🤭 on a more serious note, didn’t Ben happily say earlier that they “obfuscate”? Like, the exact same thing? Does that make Ben and Grim the Fates? And who’s the third… Alice? Her deadbeat ex-partner? Is that why they keep mentioning a container of Ascension? 🤔 Gah, need more info. Not enough data. Onward!

    • feroshgirl
      Oct 1, 2023

      I love that your eye is on Miko hahahah as it should be. Somnus calls her a little liar, which is not wrong. The question is if Miko is lying to herself.

      Every talk with Lilith is difficult for everyone…well…maybe not everyone, but that’s for next chapter hehe. I love that Alice won’t take any shit!

      I will be laughing at that mirror emoji for a thousand years.


      Also, I promise the mini-heist is going to be fine and they are definitely not going to try and do too much and make a mistake that they’ll pay for later down the line.


      “Didn’t Ben happily say earlier that they ‘obfuscate’?” Why yes he did. Congrats, you’ve found the second Fate.

      What container of Ascencsion? ::blinks innocently::

  • SirianaSims
    Sep 26, 2023

    Gods… can’t make deals with them, can’t live without them. Or so they want you to think.

    First of all YOU MADE IT TO THE FINAL STRETCH! Yes, this is a two-parter, but you can see the finish line, and I know you have so much good stuff in store for Season 2, so I am HYPED.

    I love Miko’s new look, less bubblegum and more bad bitch. And Diego, I mean Somnus’, new look. Honestly, I love everyone’s looks, and I am probably missing a shitload of things because I still haven’t read BBD even though I totally should, but like, the brain goblins keep distracting me and… wait, where was I? Right, the finale!

    “What are your intentions with my father?” is hilarious, Lilith may think she’s being clever and reversing the roles and being protective of her poor dad, but she’s being a spoiled brat and SOMEONE needs to set her straight. As straight as anyone ever is in this universe, at least.
    (I do love her “I don’t like rules.” Truly Vlad’s daughter.)

    I’m really into Somnus and Miko’s interactions. There’s something very American Gods (which is highest praise, you know my love for Neil Gaiman) about the careful dialogue, neither trying to show any weakness or give the other the upper hand, and the very human needs like having a place to stay despite being such a powerful being. I am also into the hint at some sort of love triangle drama. Sorry, Miko, but I think this Akira is over you. He has someone he needs to set straight 😈

    A million paragraphs of appreciation for the Ben/Grim scene. I was laughing so hard. So many hilarious but also horrifying lines like “The Reaper thought stumbling through a field while having his appendages sliced off randomly was a stressful experience.” 😂😂😂
    Lilith is a threat, truly, but this was not what I expected after her terrifying display back when she told Gwen she’d keep an eye on the babysitters. This is pure Straudcore shenanigans and I am here for it!

    Ben is SUS. He obfuscates. He knows they’re exactly where they’re supposed to be… so that things unfold like they… should? I SEE WHAT YOU’RE DOING TWIN

    “Mommy, I pack Monster! I all done!” BE STILL MY HEART. Gwendolyn is the best character, anywhere, and I would steal her if I could.

    Of course Vlad would use the word “penchant”. I can respect that, one word nerd to another. And also he may have trauma and he may not really need sleep, technically, but I think it’d do his little autistic head some good to turn it off more often, so I’m Team Alice on nap time!

    [“Quit shouting, or you’ll wake up Grandma before it’s time!” the Queen of the Fae shouted.
    “I am not fucking shouting!” Akira shouted in response.]
    This. This is how you tell someone everything they need to know about the Fae and their interpersonal relationships. Perfection. I am so proud! 😭
    I love the banter here (and grandma also shouting!) and how utterly out of his element Caleb is. Serves him right, he needs to shape up to get with Titania. SHE IS THE QUEEN AND DON’T YOU FORGET IT YOU HIMBO
    “examining her nails as if the sight of her brother nearly falling to his death was a regular occurrence” To be fair, considering his exit from Lilith’s window, it probably is.

    “A good heist is subtle. And look at Vlad; he’s been hiding in plain sight for centuries.” ALICE. Alice. I’m not saying you’re wrong, but Vlad is not… subtle. He is the opposite of subtle. DID YOU NOT HEAR THE FANGS BLAZING PART??

    I like Miko’s room but I also don’t trust it. And I know you’re unhinged and nothing is left to chance (BOATBOATBOATBOAT) but I also see the Cordelia bust(!) and some… seedlings? 🌱 (I also have those seedlings and you know exactly what I plan to do with them!)

    “The Fates don’t lie; they obfuscate.” OH DEAR SOUNDS FAMILIAR?? 🙈

    • feroshgirl
      Oct 1, 2023

      Do you know I cackled at this comment and mined it for dopamine for DAYS. Gahhhhh you see my story so clearly and it gives me wings.

      Excuse me while I expire from you mentioned American Gods and Neil Gaiman anywhere near me.

      DING DING DING You have also discovered the second of the Fates.

      Also, Vlad can be chill! I mean…we’ve never seen it…he’s also never said a chill thing in his life…so…uh…

      (I think the room with the boat and bust will be very fun to go back and look at after the beginning of season 2)

      ahhhhhhhh thank you for the comment <3

  • Snow ~
    Oct 11, 2023

    I like the discussion between Alice and Lilith, and how Lil seems to think Alice is getting in the way of her and her dad actually spending any time together. Alice seems to be trying to find a way to keep things…as civil as they can be whilst also reminding her not to fuck about. But also Lil doing the same thing. Fun combo. Oh fuck the severed heads XC Grim. But of course the banter still continues. XD
    I love the Fae realm pics so much < 3

    You know, I feel like everybody would do so much worse without Latimer around to keep everybody relatively in line : P Yes Alice and Vlad leave! GO! NOW! Ohh so much I want to say about the Owl but can't…BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I'M THINKING…NOBODY KNOWS YET. DO THEY?

    I did notice the obfuscate bit echo at the end…

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