Lyra and Lemy Loud are sent by their rockstar mother to spend a few weeks in Michigan with their Uncle Lincoln. What should be a few weeks of fun is instead turned into something far different when a terrible secret is discovered.
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Family Matters provides examples of:
- Adapted Out: In this Sin Kids AU, Leia, Lizy, and Lulu don't exist.
- Age Lift: Loan, who's usually depicted as the oldest of the bunch, is actually the third-oldest behind Liena and Lyra.
- Berserk Button: Lori apparently developed one regarding Lincoln and the insinuation that Loan is not his daughter. According to Luna, Lori broke a full wine bottle and tried to shank her with it when she did so sometime in the past.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Downplayed in that tensions have cooled to more of a "cold war" scenario, but the Loud family has become this in the years since the next generation's birth, with most of the family estranged from one another over the constant pregnancies of the older siblings from Lori to Lucy due to Lincoln. Given a bit of lampshading when Bobby calls Lincoln and reveals he got his number from Lori, who he hasn't had any contact with in over a decade.Lori had suggested him? Lori had his number? She knew he lived back in Royal Woods? She knew he was even alive?
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Loan is a recluse who would rather sit inside and play videogames than engage in social interaction and has a rude personality and messy appearance on top of it, but Lyra notes that she's enrolled in a prestigious private academy that has certain minimum requirements for entry, so she's very intelligent. She surmises at least part of Loan's behavior is due to built-up resentment of her mother and just a way to spite her.
- Broken Pedestal: Lincoln's greatest fear is becoming this nieces/nephew and his younger sisters once the truth gets out.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Averted. Lyra mentions that she's Protestant (contrary how she's usually depicted) while Lincoln mentions the main family is Catholic, even though they stop going to church after so many of them were born.
- Chick Magnet: Lincoln. How else would he have been able to sleep with six of his sisters and still able to get Ronnie Anne's eye after years of separation?
- Cool Uncle: Lincoln is this, to the point Lacy, Liby, and Lupa all view him as the father they never had (of course, not realizing he is said father), while Lyra grows to see him as a trusted person and even Lemy (despite his initial doubts) thinks he's pretty awesome. Liena seems to see him in a similar light, though it's harder to tell since they can only communicate long-distance due to Leni's work. The only exception is Loan, and that's due to Loan's distrusting nature of strangers and the fact they hadn't seen each other since she was a baby. And even she admits he's Not Bad.
- No Periods, Period: Averted in Chapter 13 where Lyra hits her most recent one. Lemy was always told she just gets sick every few weeks, and when he tells Lincoln he gets taught a few tips to make her feel better which Lincoln learned growing up with eleven sisters.
- Parental Substitute:
- "Uncle" Lincoln tries to invoke this trope with all his nieces and nephew. Then averted when it's revealed that he is their real father. note
- As Loan is actually Lincoln's daughter with Lori, this makes Bobby being Loan's "father" this by default.
- Sam, while being Amicable Exes with Luna, is in many ways a second mom to Lemy. Lyra less so, as there has always been tension between them.
- Parents as People: Lori, Leni, Luna, Luan, Lynn, and Lucy do love their children, but their own personal preferences combined with the issues they feel towards each other and the rest of the Loud family does put a hamper on their relationship with their children, some more than others. Luna and Lori have it the worst with Lyra and Loan respectively.
- Promotion to Parent: Lyra is more like a second mother than a sister to Lemy, Lampshaded by Lyra in chapter 8.
- Selective Obliviousness: Lincoln seems utterly determined to only see Loan as Lori's daughter with Bobby, rather than with him, out of guilt. He repeatedly tries to assure himself with the fact that he only had one fling with Lori, she was on the pill at the time, so the chances that Loan was his rather than Bobby's is incredibly slim. Everyone else in the know, from the other sisters to even Lori herself, are under no such delusions.
- Slice of Life: Many chapters are this, simply showing how Lyra and Lemy interact with "Uncle Lincoln", their cousins, and their aunts.
- Switching P.O.V.: While the main focus is primarily on Lyra and Lemy's POV, it also switches to Lincoln's as well as Lacy's, Liby's, Lupa's, and Loan's. There are also bonus chapters where it switches to Luna's POV. Word of God is that this is intentional, as each point of view is meant to show each character's way of interpreting events, as well as how their own personalities and knowledge color their perception of interpreting said events.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between Lincoln and Ronnie Anne, something Loan is able to pick up on pretty easily.
- Wham Episode: Multiple in Chapters 18 through 21, such as Lyra learning where her grandparents live, Lori reconciling with Lincoln and giving him Lana and Lola's phone numbers, Lyra and Lemy meeting Lily, and Lyra inadvertently overhearing the truth about herself and the rest of the sin kids' origins from Lincoln talking to Lily.
- Your Cheating Heart:
- Loan was born between Lori and Lincoln despite Lori still being with Bobby at the time.
- Lincoln once promised he was done having kids after Lacy. And then came Lupa and Lemy...