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#6. Siblings Chapter 1. It Begins!

Ch 1.6 * #6 * Mar. 17, 2019
  1. Chloe and Zia, playing checkers. Chloe: "So was anyone else in your family transformed?" Zia: "Only one."
  2. Chloe: "How many siblings do you have?" Zia: "Fourteen of us, including me." "I'm the youngest."
  3. Chloe: "Fourteen? That's a big family." Zia: "Papá liked making money." "And Mamá liked making babies."
  4. Chloe: "I've met your parents, and I really didn't need to imagine what you just made me imagine." Zia: "I know, right?"
Characters: Chloe, Zia

My Dutch grandmother was one of thirteen, and my Dutch grandfather was one of eleven, so I have to wonder sometimes too...

Update: Please, people, this is not intended as a joke about Hispanics or Latin culture. I have great respect for both, or I wouldn't have chosen to make one of the two protagonists in my series Hispanic. Zia happens to have a large family. That's less common today than it used to be, but lots of people have large families — my father and grandfather included — and that's not specific to any one culture or ethnicity, and there's nothing wrong with it. The joke here is entirely ew, your parents got it on a lot. Don't read into this something that definitely isn't there.

Also, the size of her family is important for things that will happen later: The story definitely wouldn't work right if Zia's an only child. Those of you who read Caity's World know that I plan the hell out of my stories, and there are good reasons for things, comedy or not.

— Inker