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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 3

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.

Class Reunion Part 1

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This is the first of at least three, maybe four parts. This is a direct sequel to the reunion chapter in "True Friends and Family" that introduced Willie, Paul, and Juan. Timeframe is simply last week of April roughly two weeks after Ella's surgery.

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 Zoe 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."

Book 15: Real Family

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Julio is the unwanted young son of a drug addict. In his short life he has never experienced love or friendship. Juan is a brilliant lawyer who tries his hardest to isolate himself from his family. Logan and Ella are young kids who don't know just what is really going on with members of their family. Dante and Steven are two kids with a bum rap who have never known the warmth of parental love. Mia is trapped in a world of hatred and anger at the hands of people who are supposed to be family. All of them know what it is like to have family yet have never experienced it.

Diego Part 10

I started writing this series unaware that I would have a chance to give Snowfall's amazing The Nightmare Rider a shoutout. I also continue the story that originated in The Road Phantoms with her blessing. Consider this the final act of that storyline as no further mention will be made.

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Diego Part 9

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The media was in a frenzy at the district court when Angela got there after conducting the searches. The fact that a prominent businessman and a principal were being arraigned was big news. The fact that both carried similar charges was bigger. They were arraigned separately but both would be covered.

Diego Part 7

Todwell was named by Snowfall at my request because she give me help getting this story pointed in the right direction. Todwell is based on the right hand man of the former mayor of my old hometown. Greedy, amoral developers do exist and really do hide in plain sight.

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Diego Part 6

Special thanks go out to Snowfall for helping with the major storyline that is about to start. Without it this story would be vastly different and nowhere near as interesting.

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In the morning the boys started to do their shower routine. Kyle was first then Oscar. As Kyle was getting dressed Diego entered and caught him naked and caused both to blush deeply. Diego walked out, his face red and apologizing to Kyle.

Diego Part 5

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As the law arm was working their magic Diego went right to school. Ricardo and Alex happily presented the court orders with Alex happily telling her "Diego is now officially Diego Vincent, our son and is legally male and asks that the school continue to accommodate his needs."

Diego Part 4

This is a work of fiction and a hopeful take on what would happen with the police and courts. Real life is anything but hopeful.

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Once the five 7th graders were truly out of earshot Valerie admitted "Diego told me something horrific that happened last Thursday. He was the victim of a sexual assault in school that was perpetrated by four boys. He fought back but his principal blamed him for it."

Diego Part 3

Please, no comment about spelling, grammar, or content. I get enough crap for being the site's resident snarky jerk and troll I don't want my contribution to the site to get picked apart becauses I lack the top level education of others.

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Diego Part 1

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The Worcester Hills are a cold and windswept place in the fall. Walking home from school can be tough for many. It's even tougher when you are trying your hardest to not get noticed by the crowds of students walking in the same direction after hiding out all day.

Making of A Family Part 7- Finale

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Chapter 15
Tanya was finally released a week later. She was still weak but well enough to start taking care of the children again. James did most of the work, not wanting her to push herself too much. He treated her like a queen, caring for her every need while the kids helped with the housework.

Making of A Family Part 6

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This makes a subtle reference to the story "For A Friend" which was written well after this story was initially written and marks the biggest direct change to the series as it was originally written. Joshua and Peggy were in "For A Friend" but didn't interact with Sean much so were easy to forget by him.

Making of A Family Part 5

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Chapter 10
Ingrid got off easy. She got the charges dismissed and told to stay away from Tanya and the kids. The delay in reporting the abuse was claimed but Ingrid used her usual racism claims to scare the judge into letting her go. The prosecutor didn’t even bother to talk with Sam or Virgil, it was as if they didn’t matter to them.

Making of A Family Part 4

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Chapter 8
Sam went through the rest of the week at school without incident. Fear of expulsion was strong and the kids weren’t going to let their parents’ complaints get them into hot water over something they really didn’t care about. Most had no intentions of befriending Sam and Sam didn’t bother them so it was no problem of theirs. They would let her do what she had to do as long as it didn’t affect them they didn’t care.

Making of A Family Part 3

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Chapter 6
While Sam was in school the next day Tanya James had a long discussion about insurance. The questions about what would happen got him thinking that the three needed coverage just in case something bad happened and the state wouldn’t cover them. Sam’s gender treatment was covered by the state regardless but he wanted them to have more.

Making of A Family Part 2

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Chapter 4
James, Tanya, Virgil, and Sam left the Finns and the kids after dinner. Tanya was feeling better about moving in with James after her discussion with Valerie. James sensed this relief and he himself started to feel better, he feared that the Finns may scare them off with their overwhelming kindness.

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