Winnisimmet Tales

To Thine Own Self Be True: Chapter 1

Tanya York talked with Melanie Lopez, Leslie Sylvester and Lupe Toro-Byrne on the Thursday afternoon after Carmen put in her application.

Tanya was the first to speak up, "All that we're waiting on right now is a CORI check, correct?"

Parting of the Ways Part 14.5- Muffed Punt

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Miles' story causes friction at the school forcing him away from the team. The five head east for the Vega/James wedding and give Sydney a crash course in the Finns. Miles calls in the big guns while Jaimie finally has had enough of a tough situation

To Thine Own Self Be True

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Carmen Isabela Sofia de Valencita sat in her freshly poured bath, enjoying the softly scented bubbles floating around her as she relaxed. Tomorrow was going to be a very big day for her, her twin boys, Julio Ramon and Javier Luis would be heading off to college in Georgia. She couldn't even remember which college or university they would be attending, she was doing her best to stay strong until after they had left.

Her mind drifted back to when she had first known she would have a child and what had resulted from that discovery.. 

To Thine Own Self Be True

Parting of the Ways Part 14- Like A Football

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Jaimie, Miles, Rick, and Christina start college away from home. Rick has a unique roommate while Miles gets suckered into playing football again. Success comes at a price, as is usual for Finn Family members

Parting of the Ways Part 13- Basic Training

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Will, Scott, Eric, and George endure the rigors of Basic Combat Training while the rest of their family endured personal drama. The four didn't have an easy time, with Scott having ghosts from his past and Eric having bigoted jerks haunt them.

Parting of the Ways Part 10- From the Fire

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From the abuse and assaults on his family comes a renewed fire in Cameron. Cameron's past is put before the court with the expected results. Lupe and Reyna gain guests but may gain something more.

Parting of the Ways Part 9- Byrne Bright

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Stanley explodes at Ashley causing the Eagleson/Byrne family to implode. Liam and Ashley's plight causes others to right a past wrong. Stanley's actions bring danger to the young couple.

To Thine Own Self Be True: Prologue

I had an idea for a story set in Winnisimmet, Massachusetts, so I bounced it off of efindumb and after a bit of discussion, he said that he would consider allowing this to be a Winnisimmet Tales story. I've spent the last 48 hours adjusting some bits to his approval.

So here is the start of a brand new Winnisimmet Tales story, I intend it to be novel length overall, so there will be much more to write.

My thanks go out to efindumb for allowing me to play in his universe, I hope I do it justice.

Parting of the Ways Part 7- In Need of A Friend

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Rosalind is stuck staying with the Finns, the very people she was supposed to despise. Despite being part of the family she endures isolation. She isn't alone in that feeling, her encounters with a person suffering the same may lead to something more for both.

Parting of the Ways Part 6- Family Surprises

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Carmen and Juanita have a couple of surprises in store for them after the family touches down in Winnisimmet. The two couples have grown close, but may be ready to take the next step. Addison has to face her past as she deals with her future.

Parting of the Ways Part 5- Deborah the Mom

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Deborah has a chance encounter with a ghost from her past that changes her life forever. The one thing she feared she would never experience is thrust upon her by someone who is in need. A simple request is rarely simple, but it's done out of love and affection.

Parting of the Ways Part 4- Dodging Reyna

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As Jaimie is in her coma the other contributors to "Jaimie's Place" inspect the property. Reyna and Deborah are forced to deal with old memories. Afterward, Reyna is forced to confront a terrible secret kept from her uncle as the family tries to watch a baseball game.

Parting of the Ways Part 3.5- Jaimie's Truth

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Jaimie awakens and has to deal with having her dream come true. What she wasn't prepared for is the depression and members of her family forcing her to see the truth no matter how much she fights against it.

Parting of the Ways Part 3- Jaimie's Trial

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Jaimie underwent surgery but something went wrong. Jaimie finds herself on trial for her soul, facing against those who were against her family while seeing again and meeting supporters. Whether Jaimie lives or dies hangs in the balance as the past comes to haunt her.

Parting of the Ways Part 2- John the Dad

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John endures the realization that Jaimie is finally going to undergo her long awaited surgery. He isn't the only one anxious as Logan starts to take after his father and may be just what John needs to keep him grounded during this taxing time.

Book 16: Parting Of The Ways

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Things are changing drastically for the family as the 14 graduate high school and head off to college. Many lives are changed over the summer, some more dramatically than others. Old demons come back to haunt a few while new challenges await others.

The Rival Part 5- Finale

Final thanks to T.J. for co-plotting the story and for pointing me straight. This is a long length but had a lot building up to it. It'll be directly influencing the next story so it's open-ended on purpose.
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Prom Night, outside the Finn Family home

The Rival Part 4

T.J. co-plotted this part. This is all new and the last flashback. Part 5 is entirely in the present.
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Prom night, Porter residence

The family's money woes were angering Monica as she was forced to wear a secondhand dress that she didn't know the origin of. It was beautiful and in her favorite color and fit her body perfectly.

The Rival Part 2

Again T.J. co-plotted this story part. References to events in "Righting Wrongs" are made but you don't have to have read it to follow along but one character's actions make more sense if you know what happened later
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Senior Year, three weeks before the prom

The Rival Part 1

Special thanks to T.J. for helping plot this series. If you haven't read "A New Finn" this features several incidents that occurred in it but from a new angle. Jeanie previously appeared unnamed but featured in "Sudden Losses" while Martin Poland was in "New Beginnings".
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Story 8- The Rival

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Monica Porter sees herself as the top girl in school. She has a huge problem: she isn't. Not even close. For four years she has tried to claw her way to the top only to get knocked down by the seven ladies in her class who actually are the top girls: the Finn Family ladies.

Four years of constant battles and losses mount. As senior prom finally arrives, Monica goes to great lengths to come out on top. Even if it costs her everything she will finally upend her bitter rival.

Class Reunion Part 5

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Melanie and the reunion committee got the reunion in order and went through the speeches that offered lots of congratulations to those in attendance. John got the most thanks as his decorating help saved them hundreds of dollars and hours of time. The fact that he also had two dozen students decorate for them while most of their classmates were busy was singled out with Melanie adding that they were all related to their group in some way.

Story 7: Class Reunion

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Several class reunions are underway with the biggest bringing surprises and lots of revelations to the participants. Juan, John, Katie, Melanie, Paul, and Willie endure a night of intrigue and annoyances as their classmates see firsthand just how the family truly is and just how much or how little their other classmates have changed.

Set between the events of "Real Family" and "The Rival"

Class Reunion Part 3

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The news spread of the engagement of Juan and Lindsay and of Lindsay's pregnancy. As he expected, Juan was called before Louis Reagan to answer why he had proposed to her without his consent. He tried to keep an angry face but seeing the genuine terror on Juan's face showed he didn't have to put on the act and embraced Juan as his new son.

Real Family Part 17- Finale

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Juan's death hit the family hard. Hannah broke down as she cradled Juan's lifeless body in her arms. Ian was angry that he couldn't catch any of the cousins and felt that he let Juan down in not stopping them right away. His wife Sheila could barely contain his rage, he had never failed at anything before.

Real Family Part 16

The real penultimate chapter. Not kidding this time. Part 17 will be the finale as I have finally exhausted all possible avenues of thought.
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The next morning Nancy was dropped off at school while Todd went to work. Mia was scared of what was going to happen but was told that arrangements had been made for her for the day. She was dropped off with her new grandparents, Joshua and Peggy Raymond, in Mattapan while Astrid went to work.

Real Family Part 15

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Things settled down for the next couple of days as the Pierces packed up everything and started the move. Oscar and his best friend Kyle Douglas were put in charge of directing everything while Steven was left to play with Dante, Logan, and the other boys. It wasn't meant to be him being pushed away, the Pierces explained that it was simply felt that he would feel obligated to do everything to earn his keep which he didn't need to do at all.

Real Family Part 14

I figured it best to end Part 13 on a partial cliffhanger than a full one, if you are observant you might see where the intended end of Part 13 was.
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Logan had been dropped off early and talked with Junior, Ethan, and Neil who all wanted to know how he was doing. Logan was feeling a lot better and was eager to move on and talk about anything else. The four walked around with Logan finally asking about how they got used to so many people.

Real Family Part 13

This is the home stretch with a couple of new twists coming. Sorry for dragging the story out, but I won't apologize for trying to write something that is a concept- real family for kids who need it. The situations are different but the root stays the same.
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Real Family Part 12

I broke one of my longstanding personal rules in this part. I was in a bind and thought it best to just do what was right and throw caution to the wind. I didn't like that I did something bad to someone but it was for the greater good.

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Real Family Part 11

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Juan was called over as well as Mark Sylvester, Anne Connors, and Chloe Daniels. This was a serious meeting and one in which the family was calling in the big guns for support. The three DCF social workers were new to Juan but their relationship to the family was strong thus they had clout, Melanie and Dan needed their help right away and Juan needed their blessing that he was in the clear.

Real Family Part 10

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Juan could not believe that his own mother had just threatened his friend, a woman who had never hurt a fly in her life and who was the sweetest person you could ever meet. Linda was a saint, and her kids were just as well mannered. He shook his head as he looked at the shocked Linda while the kids tried to figure out what just happened and why Juan was so upset.

Real Family Part 7

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Ella had tears streaming down her face while Logan was ready to protect her. Linda was afraid for the kids and moved the kids to the bedroom until it was safe for them. Rachel and Miles went in with them as Kennedy sat down with Valerie, Juan, and Ricardo to talk about what was going on and why.

Real Family Part 5

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The agents took Juan to another room to talk. Valerie joined them as Juan's legal adviser, with Ricardo overseeing the information extraction from the office computers. Juan was advised of his rights but it was simply a formality as he was felt to be the scapegoat now not an actual participant.

Real Family Part 4

More twists and turns, a third unexpected thread joins the mix. I am debating a fourth one, but it might be too farfetched even by WT's standards.

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Dan let out a laugh at the whole turn of events. Jorge wasn't one to be so manipulative but when he was he did it for all of the right reasons. Dan shook his head and told the others "Jorge can be thanked later, I think the kids need to get home for lunch while we make arrangements for Juan's move."

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