Monday, March 26, 2012

8.12 - We Could Go Away Together

Life actually proceeds smoothly after the cancelled wedding. True to his word, Briar is there as often as he can be, and makes arrangements for the children to never be home alone. 

On the day when Briar absolutely couldn’t miss work and Mel absolutely needed to be at prom or out with her friends, Cashmere finally has the chance to meet the children she hasn’t seen since their toddler birthday.

The really do look just like her. And both are so excited when they realize their birth mother has their same eyes. 

Cashmere can’t even hold back her tears as she hugs them both. She’d lost hope of ever getting to know them long ago. This is like a dream come true for her. 

Not to say she ignores the triplets. She’s a bit hesitant to interact with them, but they’re not their mother. They have Aurora’s genetics but they’re just children and shouldn’t be treated differently because of it. 

She knows she’s won the girls over when Cadence the little loner tugs on her arm and asks for help with her homework. 

However once Briar is home from work every night she always turns down his request to stay the night. She has her own home and every night thats where she goes to sleep.

But she’s there for the youngsters’ mass birthday. 

Fair natured Dolce inherits athletic inclination. 

Attention whore Lyric embraces his inner artist as a savvy sculptor. 

Cadence remains much the same, she even retains the “constantly stoned” look.

Melisma is as lovely and quiet as ever. (Water note: The Asian culture trait ran dry during Jacob's generation. How the heck have Traxius' eyes remained in game this long?!)

Musical Harmony finally realizes how over-the-top her family is and becomes a loner. 

The first thing Lyric does is beg his mother for driving lessons. 

Cashmere regrets saying yes as soon as Lyric starts asking the dreaded “So why don’t you live with us.” question. 

The green haired girls partake in a rousing game of pool.

Cadence prefers their actual pool.

When Melody’s birthday arrives she finds that her parents have organized a party for herself and Alexandra. 

For the first time in a while Melody isn’t faking her party smile.

She becomes a beautiful young lady. 

As does Alexandra.

Cashmere and Briar are both in shock that their oldest daughter is already an adult. And such a beautiful one too.

As the party winds down Melody takes a seat next to Alexandra. Ever since her accident Alexandra hasn’t really had the energy to do much and likes nothing more than veg-ing out in front of the TV. Today its even worse seeing as her father died the night prior. 

Alexandra breaks her silence once they’re alone in the room. “You know only mom, Aolani and I came to dad’s funeral? Not even Brannon showed up!”
Melody was aware of that, yes. “I would have thought at least Aviva-”
“Aviva has an excuse.” Alexandra admits. “She and her husband just moved to this island off the coast and it would be ridiculous for them to make the trip only hours after they arrived. But still. I just don’t like this town. It changes people, makes them horrible. I don’t want to live here anymore.”

Melody smiles to herself as Alex talks. “Yeah, I know what you mean. But where would you even go?”

“Morikipo, of course! Viva says there are SO many beautiful homes there, and cheap too. The population is small, and the people seem friendly enough. I think I would really love living there... I just wish you’d go with me.”

Melody isn’t sure if thats what she wants. When Aurora still lived here she would have jumped at the chance to leave with Alex, but now everything feels better, normal even. 
“That’s a big decision to make, Alex, I’ll need some time. Give me a couple days?”

She heads outside to ask her parents for their opinion on the matter, and finds them in a private conversation. 

An intimate private conversation. Somehow the sight of them kissing makes Melody feel sick, as if everything she and Aria had to go through was for absolutely nothing. 

She’s never been a vindictive girl but right now she sort of wishes her dad would get hit by a falling space rock or something. 

She’s made her decision. She doesn’t want to be part of this soap opera family for even a moment longer. 
“Hey, Alex? How soon can we leave?”


And thus we have come to the end of the Sabo Legacy. Melody's story will be continued on in the Sari Legacy. (Click the name to be taken to the new blog)

First chapter should be up by Friday. Saturday the latest. I'm planning on using Bakasims' Morikipo island Showtime version but for some reason after the initial game set up and exit it won't let me re-enter the save. So if I can't get the pets version to work I may have to use another world. Either way the Sari legacy WILL begin soon. 

And I'm done with happy endings. Bring klenex and lots of it. Heaven has been challenging me and I do NOT back down from a challenge. *Cap -> Sideways*

Aria, Lyric, Harmony, Cadence, Melisma and Dolce will be up on the legacy sims exchange momentarily as TEENS. Mel an Alex will be on the new Sari Legacy page by Friday or Saturday. 

... I think thats it for my notes. Thanks everyone for sticking with me through this glitch-tastic legacy and I really am sorry for having to end it early. Your comments cheer me up every day and I just love knowing that people enjoy my writing. I hope you all stick with me during my next legacy. I'm challenging myself with it, trying to make it my best work yet. No promises it will actually be, but its worth a shot. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

8.11 - A Second Chance

Paris will never be as gifted musically as Teddy or her son, but she knows how to play enough to entertain the children with some old kiddie songs. 

Unfortunately Paris never did return to her chemistry after moving to Starlight Shores. If she had perhaps death wouldn’t have come so early. Only days after her 90th birthday.

The kids don’t take it well. At all.

Paris’ death hits Briar like a wave of emotion and all the tears he’s been holding back since Cashmere left him just come out. 

“I’m glad you’re here with me.” He says honestly, but not quite feeling the happiness he should be. “I don’t know what I’d do if I were alone right now.”

“You just lost your mom, Briar. I’m not going anywhere. I wish you’d accept that.”
He smiles at that, taking her hands in his. “I know that. And I guess you’re right, as usual. I’ve been fooling myself into thinking Cashmere will just come back into my life like she never left. It’s time I moved on.”

“What are you saying?”
He smiles at her awestruck expression as he steps back, lowering himself onto one knee, a small box in hand. “Aurora Starr, will you marry me?”

She says yes, of course.

They set the wedding date for a few days later. Melody wishes the house would get hit by a meteor right about now.

Briar calls the military school he sent Aria to, to make sure she’s given time off so she can be here for the wedding. 

Instead he learns she never even arrived. His daughter’s been missing for days and no one had the sense of mind to inform him. 

Fernando Best invites Melody over one afternoon, the day after Alexandra was released from the hospital. She'd talked to Fernando on the phone the day after she'd told Melody about her pregnancy. Apparently the call itself went fine but when Alex's parents had arrived home they'd found Alex at the bottom of the stairs with a broken arm, and at the hospital they'd found out the baby hadn't survived the fall. 

Alexandra was always the most graceful person Melody ever knew. She didn't believe for a moment that Alex's fall was accidental, and went home with Fernando to find out just what had happened on the phone. 

He knows Melody has the skills to kill him and hide his body where no one will ever find it. So he wanted to be able to tell her in a safe environment that he did NOT break up with Alexandra over the phone. He’d promised to be there for her and the baby, but he just wasn’t going to give up his life to get married as a teenager. He was going to be a doctor, damn it!

Melody wants to beat him up, but Fernando’s dad is a cop, and sitting in the next room. So he escapes harm... this time. Plus if Fernando gets beat up people will think Alex asked Melody to do it, and the poor kid doesn’t need any more shunning from her classmates. 

With everything thats been going on in their family, Briar and Aurora opt for a private wedding. Aurora’s own parents might not even be able to make it. They found Alexandra unconscious the previous day and most likely won’t be out of the hospital until tomorrow or so. They don’t even know what happened. 
Briar just hopes nothing else goes wrong today.

He never has been that lucky.

“So you’re really going to marry her?”
They haven’t spoken since the twins were toddlers, but he can hear the hurt in her voice, and it feels like the wound in his heart has been stabbed all over again. “I think so, yes.”
“You think so?”
He hadn’t even realized he’d said that. “It just feels like the right thing to do. Plus its what she wants so why shouldn’t I?”

“Why shouldn’t you?” Cashmere repeats, anger rising. “Briar she HATES our children! Do you have any idea how many times Melody has come to me crying her eyes out? Have you even seen how she gives the triplets everything and practically ignores our twins?”
He says nothing. He doesn’t even know how she knows this when he’s barely noticed it himself.
“And what about Aria, Briar? Whose idea was it to send such a strong headed young girl to the airport in a taxi and trust her to go to the one place she didn’t want to go?”

He sighs. “Cashmere I don’t know what to do. I just can’t say no to her... what if she leaves me?”
“You moved on just fine when I left you.”
He turns to look at her, smiling softly. “You really think that? Cashy, I’ve been heartbroken ever since you left. The only thing keeping me going was knowing that our children needed me. The only thing keeping me from kicking Aurora out after you left was the fear of being left to raise all of the children on my own! I don’t really want to marry her, but I don’t want to be alone either.”
She doesn’t want to look at him anymore, but she can’t move. “Briar just... you need to learn what you want, and then you need to do whatever needs to be done to get it. You have to stop letting her push you around, no matter the possible downfalls. You won’t ever be happy if you don’t get a backbone.” 

She disappears as quickly as she came, leaving Briar to wonder if she’d even been there at all. But he knew one thing... he had to know if what she’d said about Aurora was true. 

He found her downstairs, already dressed and having a snack before the wedding. The kids were all upstairs dressed in their best clothing and playing together, waiting to be called downstairs for the ceremony. 
He takes a seat beside her. “So uh, Harmony is a little hungry. Should we let them eat before the ceremony?”

Aurora sighs, looking down at her pie with contempt. “Didn’t she eat at school? I’m sure one more hour won’t kill her.”

Okay. Ouch. But maybe she’s just having a stressful day. 
“Oh wait, Harmony has the braid. Dolce’s the one with your wave, right? It must have been her who was hungry. I really can’t tell them apart sometimes.”

Again, Aurora sighs. “Harmony looks like your ex-wife. Dolce looks like me. They’re nothing alike.” She stood up before Briar could say anything further. “Call them downstairs, I’ll grab some leftovers from last night for a quick snack before the ceremony.”

Instead Briar rises to meet her. “You really do treat them differently, don’t you.”
She looks confused. “Excuse me?”
“My children by Cashmere.” He explains. “Aria always complained about you, but I thought she was just being rude, and Harmony and Lyric don’t realize that you’re not their mother. Even Melody hinted that you were unfair to them but I didn’t want to believe it.”

She steps back as if in disgust. “You spoke to Cashmere, didn’t you. What lies did that bitch tell you?”

“I have talked with Cashmere.” He admits. “And she told me to do what made ME happy, and I realize now that... that doesn’t include you. I thought this would be hard but honestly I feel nothing.”

Aurora recoils in disgust. “Are you... breaking up with me?”
“Yes.” He admits. “I am. This hasn’t been working out and if I married you I’d never forgive myself. I want you out of the house by nightfall.”

“What about our daughters?”
Even that stirs nothing in him. No desire to keep her close any longer. “They’ll be alright with just me. My job brings in a higher income than yours does, I actually own this house, I’m home most evenings, and Melody can watch them when I have to put shows on. If you want them you can see me in court.”

She just scoffs. “Forget it. You can keep them.”


Briar gets a backbone! Finally! Let's see if its too little too late.

Story > Rules. ALWAYS. 'Sides, he had kids by her and they were "boyfriend/girlfriend" ever since his break-up with Cashy. It counts in my books >_>

I really did TRY to get Alex into a scene for this chapter, my plan was to have her in tears telling Melody about her accident and what had happened, but she didn't want to behave. 

Please please please don't let my game issues continue on to my next legacy. I beg you random legacy gods. Let me have this break!