Tessa asks: Colt where do you see yourself in 15-20 yrs?
Colt: (shrugs as he stares at the game on his phone) Wherever Kendall is.
Kendall: (looks up from his book) I want to be a genetic researcher.
Colt: Human or non-human?
Colt: How’re you going to do that?
Kendall: There’s a lab in Moscow.
Colt: Looks like I’ll be in Moscow.
Kendall: Or Sweden.
Colt: Why all the cold countries?
Kendall: Just in case.
Colt: Of what?
Carol asks: Gage, Is college everything you wanted?
Gage: I have no complaints about my higher education experience.
Gage: (glares at Loki) No one asked.
Loki: (looks away, whispers) Horny.
Carol asks: Robbie, What is your favorite instrument to play?
Chanda: She meant a musical one.
Robbie: Your arpeggios are transcendent.
Chanda: He prefers the piano.
Robbie: The Ntu Waamelika.
Chanda: (shakes his head and walks away)
Robbie: (whispers) He’s fun.
Tessa asks: Monet I hear you’ve been giving Jennifer Cody a heart attack. Want to tell us what’s been going on?
Monet: Auggie, Luca and I will be working together and I think she didn’t expect our books to intertwine
Jen: I expected to have three different bad guys to deal with; one for each book.
Monet: And now you have a whole host of bad guys to choose from.
Jen: You’re not punny.
Monet: I am.
Carol asks: Loki, Do you take your kitten to work with you?
Loki: It turns out my building doesn’t allow pets because of some ventilation issue, so she has her own room at the Boston Hub.
Gage: He filled it with an obstacle course for her.
Loki: (blushes) I don’t want her to get bored!
Gage: He leaves the door unlocked so that anyone can go visit her.
Loki: Mookie is cute. Of course people want to play with her.
Gage: She’s becoming the mascot of the Hub. I saw her riding the shoulders of an Orc enforcer the other day. Just before said Orc saw me, screamed, and punched me in the face for existing in their space.
Loki: Thyg spent a few hours in the infirmary after I decided to teach the whole Hub how to treat my mate.
Gage: (stares at Loki) I didn’t know you did that.
Loki: I’m not working in a place with pervasive speciesism.
Gage: Why do you even put clothes on? Now I have to take them off again. (aggressive Drakon kisses Loki)
Kate asks: Tio, what's your favourite drink? And have you found your mate/s yet?
Tio: I HAVE FOUND MY MATES! Mates! Guess what my favorite drink is! C’mon, guess it!
(Luca and and Auggie smirk at each other)
Tio: Why are you looking at each other like that.
Luca: (looking at Auggie) Tecate?
Auggie: We have lime.
Tio: What are you doing?
Luca: Introducing you to your new favorite drink.
Auggie: (hands Tio a glass of light beer with a lime in it) Your new favorite drink.
Tio: (grimaces) I hate beer.
Auggie: Trust us.
Tio: (sips) Hmm. (drinks) Ummmhmmm (finishes it) Mmmmmm. Ok. I like that.
Luca: (watching Tio’s arms go a little wobbly) Tio. Do you usually drink alcohol?
Tio: (wobbly) Goes straight t’ m’ hed.
Auggie: (laughs) Oops.
Luca: We should have expected this.
Auggie: (laughs again) Next time we’ll make him sip.
Luca: And now his arms are molesting me.
Auggie: (molests Luca too)
Kate asks: Robbie, how is your littlest sister? Is she a true Naiad?
Robbie: She’s adorable. The daughters of Naiads are Naiads. Lily is eight now and already beginning to commune with the stream on the property. She’s turning it into a fishing spot for us. Tigre will eventually start exhibiting her preference for her natural element as well.
Kate asks: Deejay, how many more kidlets have you rescued? Matt, have you met all of Deejay's kids now? Did the others have a better reaction to you?
So far we’re up to 21, including a set of triplets from Felixia.
Future Matt: We adopted together all the kids that came to us after Cary, and Jazz asked me to adopt him too when he was eight.
Future Deejay: I cried when Jazz asked for that.
Future Matt: So did Tigre.
Future Deejay: She thought I was hurt. We have a bond.
Future Matt: Use your bond and convince her to stick school out. She keeps going on about her plans to drop out as soon as she can.
Future Deejay: She's only saying that to get attention from you.
Future Matt: Well she has it.
Future Tigre: (from somewhere in the house) DADS LILY IS MISSING, AGAIN!
Deejay: Oh for fuck's sake.
Matt: She told me she went for a swim.
Deejay: SHE ALWAYS COMES BACK!
Kate asks: And Loki, has your delightful kitten grown into her ears yet? How is Gage coping with lots of kitty kisses?
Loki: She will always have big ears, but she hasn’t yet. Also, she hates Gage, so he’s fine.
Gage: It’s because she hates flying; I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.
Loki: We should go flying.
Loki: I just got redressed.
Gage: WHY DO YOU BOTHER?
Heather asks: Qis do u ever get fed up with people thinking your Tio.
Qis: (blinks back tears) That’s not really a problem anymore.
Monet: (hugs Qis)
Tio: (wraps them both up in all his arms) We haven’t had much time to process the scars, Heather. We’re still both a little emotional about it.
Carolina asks: Tio: when will you tell Deejay that you're family? And why have you never told him?
Tio: If it were up to me, never. Unfortunately, things have happened. QIS! You vile betrayer and Breaker of Promises! Explain to the lovely reader what happened.
Qis: I think that would be spoilers.
Tio: I’m fine with spoiling this.
Chanda: You spoil everything, so…
Auggie: I will eat your viscera.
Luca: As soon as I’m done eviscerating you.
Tio: (hugs his mates with six arms around each of them) He’s only teasing. He loves me.
Qis: Of course he does; we’re all brothers here.
Jen: Ssssh. It’s fine. Just look at your shiny sword.
Monet: It is shiny.
Den: (side-eyes everyone)
Tessa asks: Kendall what do you guys plan on doing after highschool? College? Other?
17-year-old Kendall: (Grabs Colt’s hand)
Colt: Hi, Tessa. Kendall speaking. I want to attend the University of Texas in Austin. After that, we don’t know yet.
Colt: Whatever we do; we’ll do it together.
Future Colt and Kendall: (snicker)
Tessa asks: Colt you and Kendall have a connection. When did you know Kendall was yours/his ?
Future Colt: When we came into our powers, we made a pact to help each other with our disabilities. Our current relationship naturally progressed from there, and we came out to Papa when we were nineteen. Matt had already known for a few years because our auras turn pink whenever we’re in the same room together. Not sure why he didn’t tell Papa.
Matt: Not my story to tell.
Future Colt: Thanks.
Future Kendall: (hugs Matt)
Heather asks: Loki does your kitten have a leash and do you take it for walks outside. One of my neighbours walks her cat around the neighbourhood on a leash.
Loki: Mookie doesn’t have a leash, and she has the run of the Boston Hub.
Non-humans do not leash their pets. They say it’s because they have better trained pets, but it’s really because everyone is wary of adopting a pet and then it turns out the animal is a shifter or a familiar, or something else equally awkward. I hope your neighbor isn't leading around a cat-shifter on a leash. That would be embarrassing for both of them.
Carol asks: Matt, How are Deejay's older sons treating you now? Did they grow up?
Matt: Planning the wedding helped us get to know each other better. We got off on the wrong foot, but once everyone finally got on board, we figured out we get along just fine. It helps that I work at the Hub full time now and have installed a personal portal for our family. No one has to drive from out of town now. They can just pop in whenever.
Deejay: Having friends in high places sure has changed some things for us.
Carol asks: Deejay, how do you like having daughters?
Deejay: I GET TO BUY FRILLY DRESSES!!!!
Matt: He loves the girls as much as he loves the boys.
Deejay: Girls clothes are so much more fun!
Robbie: Lily keeps making me buy her “real” clothes.
Deejay: She’s so cute in that blue satin dress.
Matt: It’s been replaced three times because he keeps putting her in it and sending her outside to play.
Robbie: She abhors the frilly dresses unless we’re going to a formal event, in which case she requires the fanciest gown available.
Tessa asks, Qis how do you enjoy living with Tio?
Qis: He’s a mess, but I love him.
Tio: I work all day to pay the rent, I think I’m allowed to not have to work when I get home too.
Qis: So if I got a job, you could quit yours and clean up your own messes?
Tio: If I have to do chores, I’m going to get paid to do them.
Luca: I will give you a BJ if you pick up all the laundry you’ve left on the floor.
Tio: I will give you a BJ if you pick up all the laundry I’ve left on the floor.
Luca: (sighs) Yeah ok.
Auggie: And I thought Luca would be the one to train you.
Tio: I put your coffee cup in the sink this morning; you owe me a BJ too.
Auggie: You stole my cup out of my hand and dumped my hot coffee down the drain and then made me late for work. I don’t think that constitutes a debt owed.
Luce: (from the laundry room) Laundry is in the wash! Tio!
Tio: (picks Auggie up) We’re coming, mate!
Carol asks: Chanda, Are you enjoying having your family close by again?
Robbie: We don’t talk about that.
Chanda: (flops around like a dead fish) He’s sooooo boring.
Robbie: He doesn’t even live with us.
Deejay: He told me he plans to move in when he’s done being Overseer.
Chanda: (flails) Whyyyyy?
(Jasper, Cary, Lily, and the Twins dogpile Chanda, and he’s better)
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