Star Broke, Dawn and Dysis’ biological mother, passed away.
The family, especially the five youngest Fiers, were devastated. They’d grown close to Star and this was their first serious encounter with death.
Star was funnier and more laid-back than their immortal parents. She wasn’t bothered by trivial things and she knew how to relax and have a good time.
Star would spend some mornings and afternoons cloudgazing with Dawn telling stories of her wild youth.
She also played chess with Deli and humored Deli’s endless philosophical questions about mortality and growing old.
Star even helped the youngest three with their homework, but in a fun and non burdensome way. She never compared or pestered them about their grades.
Aster, Asher’s eldest daughter and a vampire, rushed over to comfort her younger siblings as soon as she heard the news. She tried to console Dawn as best as she could as she knew what it was like to lose her mother. Even though Dawn and Dysis, unlike Aster, considered Adelise their actual mother, Star’s loss was still harder on them than it was on the rest of the Fiers.
Since Star didn’t have a separate family of her own, the Fiers held a small funeral for her in the ceremonial room of their second home. Asher gave a eulogy. It was … well-intentioned.
At any rate, during the ceremony, Dysis couldn’t help but notice that her father, Asher, who had arranged everything with this building, including the decor, had only selected photographs of his four immortal (vampire) children to place on the walls. Aster was in so many photos. Deli, Calanthe, and Barin were also featured, but there was nothing of Dysis.
Adelise also noticed the decor and didn’t like how the photos had been selected. What had her husband been thinking? Adelise worried about her children, especially Dysis, who had already been stressed due to struggling with her university course load and Dawn, who seemed much more affected than the others.
Star’s remains were buried in the small family graveyard where Aster’s mother had an elevated place of honor.