To Seal Our Happiness, by E.E. Nalley, is the Parents’ Day story for Fall 2007. It is in three parts; the first part was published on 2018-06-04 and the last on 2018-07-09. There is one scene on 2007-10-26; most of the remainder occurs on 2007-10-27 with one scene on 2007-10-29.
- - > Nalley residence
While Gene Nalley is preparing for the trip up to Whateley for Parents’ Day, he finds a pair of work boots in the back of the closet where his wife had relocated them. He finds a letter from his daughter, Lanie, that she’d put in there so he’d discover it just after she left for school.
Marty Penn, who is one of the greeters at the Dunwich train station for the Parents’ Express, is being extremely nervous about meeting her boyfriend’s parents for the first time. In fact, she’s throwing up in the ladies room.
Tansy Walcutt has a short discussion with her mother, Marissa Dawson, before the buses arrive from the train station with her grandparents. Tansy is wearing the special ‘senior uniform’ that the Headmistress has decreed for senior girls who are going to be showing parents around. She has her force pistol concealed in a ‘flashbang holster’.
Headmistress Carson talks to one of the school trustees, Lord Paramount, as the buses with the parents arrive. She directs parents who are here for the first time to a short presentation given by the Assistant Headmistress.
Maria and her apartment mate, Donna Fiedler, meet in the Melville coffee shop. They have a bit of a discussion and finally get to what they have been avoiding for a while - they might be in love with each other. Or at least in lust.
Harvey Calloway is working. His parents aren’t coming, and there aren’t any non-busy friends to hang out with. Besides, with his Diedrick’s, there’s no way to be safe around people who don’t know his triggers. He tells himself he’s happy being a loner.
Wyatt Cody is studying magic when he has an unexpected knock on his door. It’s his mother Catherine Cody, who he wasn’t expecting. He mentions he’s no longer seeing Maria, and goes to introduce his mother to Elaine Nalley.
Marty Penn is helping out at a refreshments table at Poe Cottage when she sees her boyfriend, Stephen Nalley walk up with two people she doesn’t recognize. They’re his parents, Gene and JoAnn Nalley. Mrs. Nalley detaches the two men so she can spend a few minutes getting to know Marty and calm her down.
Elaine Nalley is primping a bit when there’s a knock on the door. She’s expecting her brother and parents, but it turns out to be Wyatt Cody and his mother. After a bit of embarrassment, they get acquainted. Then Gene Nalley arrives. They get acquainted. Then Gene sends the rest of them to join his son and wife while he has a discussion with Lanie about the letter he had found. As he put it once he understood the situation, “you can’t get more Biblical than that!”
Assistant Headmistress Hartford watches her boss, Headmistress Carson, approach an expensively dressed man with a woman half his age and inappropriately dressed. She nudges her fiancee. “Ah, the show is about to begin.”
Tansy Walcutt is showing her mother and her grandparents the Homer Gallery when her grandmother shows signs of confusion and loss of memory. Tansy takes her to the ladies room and discovers that her mind seems to be malfunctioning. Marissa (who stayed behind) asks her father what was happing. Daniel says she has early stage Alzheimers and they’re looking at a Solon 4 trial in the EU.
Tansy Walcutt tries to get her temper under control after discovering that her grandmother has Alzheimers. Then Angelina Cromwell comes up, crying because her mother isn’t there. Tansy adopts her for the day, and introduces her to her parents. They head for the Homer Gallery. Then Marissa Dawson has to answer a call for the Legal Counsel.
John is working at matching what he sees through various materials against a color wheel. He finally gets a material that is almost perfect: it blocks his power, but still lets ordinary light through in a form he can use. It Works!
The trap around Theodore Walcutt springs shut.
Catherine Cody is awed by the sheer magnificence of the Crystal Hall. Eventually, she tells her son that she’s getting a divorce and moving back to California from Alaska.
Tansy recoils in shock on discovering that her grandmother has Alzheimers. Jadis Diabolik finds her sobbing and comforts her. Once the storm passes, they discuss what happened. Then Jadis calls her father.
Adam Carlisle discovers his brother Jack’s gift.
Tansy is talking her relationship situation over with her mother when someone called “Aunt June” tries to arrest the Imp. Imp leads her out of the Crystal Hall, where Headmistress Carson joins the chase. Then Adam Carlisle, waving a sword, dressed in a full suit of armor and riding his brother, Razorback, joins the chase, with sound effects.
Headmistress Carson spends a bit of mother-daughter time with her daughter, Shelly Carson. They talk about her real father and her step-father. Liz muses a bit about the case of Jabolnski v. Delaware, which deals with situations where a person’s chronological age does not match their subjective age.
Tansy meets a number of parents near Hawthorn cottage.
Jadis Diabolik and Tansy Walcutt are having their promised sleep-over when they’re interrupted by Jill Harris, one of Arthur Lewis' operatives who has been seeded into Whateley to keep a protective eye on Tansy. She says Mr. Lewis has rejected a contract to have her and her mother kidnapped. Tansy thanks her, tells her to have the bill for his services sent to her and arranges for a contact protocol. Then she calls Assistant Headmistress Hartford.
Mostly in order of appearance.
- Nalley family
- Penn family
- Mrs. Shugendo - the Dean of Students
- Blackrose - Rosalyn Deckkard - senior
- Zenith - Zoe Nesmith -senior
- Dawson family
- Elizabeth Carson - Headmistress
- Mr. Segel of Segel, Kane and Lee, mob defense lawyer
- Lord Paramount - Fredrick Couvenu - Trustee and ruler of Wallachia
- Songbird - Maria Ricardo - almost the newest teacher (side story)
- Bella Horton - Mrs. Horton - Poe cottage house mother (mention)
- Freya - - Head of Alphas two years previously (mentioned)
- Donna Fiedler - Miss Champion’s best friend. Chronologially about 80, legally 26. (side story)
- Mega-Death - Harvey Calloway - Devisor with one of the worst cases of Diedrick’s ever seen. (one scene)
- Cody family
- Circe - yes, that Circe
- Elyzia Grimes - teacher in the Magic program
- Cover Girl - Bethany “Beth” Anders
- Jinx - Amanda Conner
- Imp - “Ms. Imp” Art teacher (mention)
- Granite - Shelly Carson - Mrs. Carson’s daughter
- Lifeline - Maggie Finson - student, healer and dupe of Nimbus
- Carlyle family
- Amelia Hartford - Assistant Headmistress of Whateley Academy
- Theodore Walcutt - Tansy’s father
- Team Awesome!:
- Ember - Angelina Cromwell
- Mega-Boy - Gene McDonald
- Peeper - John ? -
- Jericho - Joseph “Joe” Turner
- Dr. Ophelia Tenent - Doctor in Doyle Medical Center
- Dr. Alexander - First headmaster of Whateley Academy (mention, deceased)
- Gizmatic - Joe Wilkins - Supervillan, alumnus, runs Karadonia (mention)
- Falcon - Robert Turner - Superhero with STAR League (one scene)
- Oscar Bardue - “Gunny” Bardue - Crisis Simulation Team Leader (One scene)
- Mrs. Cantrel - Deborah "Debbie" Cantrel - Hawthorn cottage house mother (one scene)
- She-Beast - Jadis Diabolik - student, Dr. Diabolik’s daughter (One scene)
- Techno-Devil - Malachi Diabolik - Jadis’ brother (mention)
- Sureshock - "Aunt June" - minor Chicago hero, fixated on the Imp. Unusually clueless.
- Hugh Wells - Elizabeth Carson’s second husband, and Shelly’s father. (mention)
- Owen Carson - Elizabeth Carson’s third husband, and Shelly’s stepfather (mention)
- Langley Paulson - Elizabeth Carson’s current boyfriend - Advanced Technologies head.
- Pejuta - Kayla Franks - student shaman
- Coyote - Native American god
- Pounce - Danny/Danica Franks
- Mr. Chatterjee - bored parent
- Mahren family
- Arthur Lewis - owner of Action Tactical, Inc
- Freeze Frame Naomi Anders - student at Whateley - Marty Penn’s roommate (one scene)
- Punch Evelyn “Evie” Chambers - Naomi’s lover. (mention)
- Jill Harris - Action Tactical operative - mole in Operations
- Elaine Claire - secretary and receptionist in Administration (mention)
- Cyberkitty - cyberpath, hacker, student.
- James Melville Hooper (Mention)