The April Saga

  • Summer of 2007. Nebula meets April through a mutual friend. Neither of them like each other and used the mutual friend, Jeannine, as a battleground for about a year.

  • Summer of 2008. Nebula and April, after having feuded over said mutual friend, become friends themselves. https://living-fiction.com/2020/08/14/you-know-what-they-say-april-showers-bring-may-hem/

  • Autumn of 2009. Illusion and Jake begin talking and Neb starts to see Jake within Illusion’s area of the inworld.

  • Late Winter of 2009. Nebula’s friend group breaks up for various reasons, some citing their dislike towards April. Nebula’s boyfriend at the time expresses he doesn’t ‘want to date someone without a future.’ Neb breaks up with him and finds that most of her friend circle are now taken up by April and her friends.

  • January of 2010: Illusion and Jake are married.

  • February of 2010: Sound and Calisto move from Toronto, Canada, to Illusion’s house, to lay low. Nebula begins to skip school regularly to keep April from trying to kill herself. April ‘invites over’ JaK, who begins dating Sound.

    Romeo flies into a jealous and suicidal rage over JaK dating Sound, so Calisto keeps him under suicide watch to placate them. Then Calisto and Romeo begin dating.

  • May of 2010: JaK and Sound have a wedding in Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany. Neb and April both attend over a weekend and complain of feeling ‘Jetlagged’ afterwards. Sound moves to Paris to live with JaK and Prosper.

  • Summer of 2010: Vex appears as a protective alter, along with the rest of the Atlantis inworlders and mythos. https://living-fiction.com/2020/08/30/inworld-mythos-and-how-it-developed/ Nebula becomes entirely isolated outside of April and her characters.

  • January of 2011: April physically assaults Nebula at the Ohayocon anime convention because April can’t find her own wig cap.

  • June of 2011: Nebula graduates high school. She’s unable and unwilling to take a job or apply for college due to feeling obligated to help put out fires in the inworld and April’s life.

  • Autumn of 2011: April and her mother have a violent fight. Neb comes to the house to keep April company and has to sneak out of the second story window when April’s mother returns.

  • Winter of 2011: April threatens suicide and logs off abruptly, not allowing Neb to try to beg her out of it for the first time. Neb calls the police while away from the dinner table, then comes back and eats like nothing happened.

  • Early Spring of 2012: April and her mother get into another fight. Neb helps April sneak out and they take shelter at a friend’s house, but the police find out where April is and take her away and give her to her dad’s custody for the weekend.

  • Early Summer of 2012: April is accepted to the Savannah art university. Neb also applies to the same university, but gives up halfway through the application process when Dad informs her that she would have to do her own paperwork.

  • July of 2012: Nebula makes the decision that she would follow April down to Georgia, despite having no job or housing lined up. She purchases a 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage with her graduation money and saves the rest ($300) to live on when she got there. She gets her driver’s license the same month.

  • August of 2012: April moves to Savannah, Georgia, for school. She tells Neb that she won’t bother keeping in contact with long-distance friends, but alludes to a ‘creep’ that she needs Neb to protect her from.

  • September 9th, 2012: Nebula packs meager belongings into her car and drives from Marysville, Ohio to Savannah, Georgia. Her family is led to believe that she was going to be sharing an apartment with April.

  • September 10th, 2012: Nebula arrives in Savannah and sleeps in a church parking lot. She would later move to a strip mall parking lot in order to sleep. She begins looking for work.

  • September of 2012: Nebula starts falling in with a group of welcoming homeless people, which reminds Xanthe of their own backstory. Xanthe begins waking up and sleeping under bridges rather than their car.

  • Early October of 2012: April screams at Nebula for failing to do her homework for her. Nebula falls into a spiral of self-loathing and contemplates suicide. Xanthe helpfully suggests a more dramatic way she could do it. She nearly sets herself on fire, but it saved by a homeless friend. https://living-fiction.com/2020/08/17/burning-moon/

  • Mid-October of 2012: Xanthe witnesses an outerworld fight-turned-manslaughter on River St., in which they’re nearly pulled down to their death. This intensifies their presence by further traumatizing Nebula and reminding Xanthe of their backstory.

  • Late October of 2012: Nebula is officially hired at Fire Street Food as a food runner.

  • November 3rd, 2012: Nebula moves into a cheap and shoddy duplex. She boasts to April that she managed the impossible and managed to overcome homelessness just to be with her. April is on break at this time and texts back, “Good for you. I hate my carpet.”

  • Late November/Early December, 2012: April talks to Nebula for the last time, calling her writing ‘drab and simplistic.’

  • December 17-18th, 2012: Xanthe wakes up fully fronting for the first time. They find themselves on their balcony and they’re entranced by how the lights look in the fog. https://living-fiction.com/2020/08/24/awake-late-2012-to-early-2013/

  • Late December, 2012: April and her dog, ‘Amaterasu’, have to be housed in Xanthe’s home as they wait for the [UNIVERSITY] dorms to open back up. Xanthe finds April vaguely entitled and annoying.

  • February 14th, 2013: Xanthe gets Fired from Fire for not being Asian.

  • March 9th, 2013: Xanthe is hired as a breakfast server at an undisclosed historic inn.

  • May of 2013: Xanthe is involved in a serious car accident, spraining their wrist and knee. The Mitsubishi Mirage was totaled. They used the insurance money to purchase a moped that same summer.

  • May of 2013: Xanthe meets a girl named Elisabeth and almost immediately begins an unofficial whirlwind of a romance relationship with her.

  • June 19th, 2013: After a few weeks of dating, Elisabeth disappears. Xanthe had been worried that they had been ghosted before finding out from a local barista that Elisabeth had succumbed to an illness.