Chapter Seven

Heyy 🙂 Hope everyone is having a fun time around this holiday season! I have an early New Years Present! Chapter seven is here, and this was originally supposed to be broken up into two separate updates, but turns out that wasn’t going tow work. I hope you guys enjoy the update…I’m starting to get sim baby fever, and am ready for Generation Two to be born so I can see what they look like! Plus I always pre-pick names haha. I know I take things a little far with my sims. After I finish this update, I’m going to go plan (hopefully) the next two chapters and get to playing!

Also there have been some minor changes with downloads. Instead of sims3pack files being uploaded to box.net, I’ve changed the downloads into being .sim files. That seems to be the preferred file type and is probably much easier. This is a file you would put directly into your saved sims file, in case you are wondering. So all the downloads have been updated on my box.net, but if you want sims3 pack files, the ones uploaded to ts3 site are still listed.

NOTE: STRONG LANGUAGE MAY BE USED

I’m not totally sure about that warning, but I figured I’d put it up anyway. Don’t want to offend anyone.Also, POV is going to change in this chapter, but it will be noted.

Okay, I think that’s it for “announcements” Shall we get on with the chapter? I think we shall.

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It had been a week in a-half so far since he left to go back home. It still doesn’t seem real, and I keep feeling sadness about him leaving. In fact, it seems like its rained here in Apple Loosa Pie everyday he’s been gone.  I know that I’m feeling too much for this man I met and spent four-almost five days with. That’s not enough time to develop such strong feelings for someone is it?  I don’t know anymore. My feelings are all over the place, and one thing keeps coming to mind. I want to see him again. No. I want to be with him again. I never realized, until he stayed here how much I really loathe being alone. I think for all these past three years I kept telling myself I liked the quaint and quietness of my own company, when really  I was just fooling myself and everyone who asked.

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From the day he left, I check the computer multiple times a day. Looking for a message from him. Anything, even if its just a simple “hi” or “hello, how are you Sunshine?”. Even though I really hated that nickname, I liked hearing him call me it. Made me feel special. Sometimes I would find an excuse to stay on the computer all day just waiting or some notification to pop up from him. But, nothing. After two days of silence, I started to feel discouraged that he just lied to me and lead me on. I didn’t want to think that though. I couldn’t. There was something different about him. I just know it. He was genuine, wasn’t he? I don’t know. I just know I can’t give up on him so easily.

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After moping for almost two weeks straight, Apple noticed my absence from life, and invited me out to the library. I didn’t hestiate or decline, since I knew I had to get out of my own prison of a house. Plus, I’d be meeting my niece for virtually the first time. Apple was pretty protective of her when she was first born since she had that new mother syndrome. Totally understandable, I would be the same way.  But, she would always send me pics of her, and she was the cutest little girl ever. She looked just like Apple, but with December’s hair color. She even had the cutest name. They named her Clover Lime.

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I have to admit I do love being an aunt. I’m an only child, so its a role I take very seriously. Clover is a fun little girl too, just like her mother. I hope I get to see more of her, and I can’t wait to see her grow up into a beautiful, young girl. Apple is such a lucky woman to have a husband and daughter. A family. Makes me extremely jealous. I want to have someone to call my own and someone to call me “mom”.  Its not that I’m getting older and my biological clock is ticking. I’m just lonely and want change.  Something in my life needs to change. Everything seems so repetitive, and nothing good has really happened. Except for meeting Tangerine.

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“Meri my sweet yellow berry, where have you been?!” Apple delighted

“Oh you know, just been at home really. Sulking….” I shyly admitted

“Why?…is this because that guy, Tang…was it? Left?

“Umm, yeah. He said we’d keep in touch, but I haven’t heard from it. I’m probably just being too paranoid about it.I know.”

“You and your worrisome self.” she teased

“I can’t help it with him. I really like him.” I shouted

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“He still hasn’t called you yet? Its been two weeks since then?

“Yes.”

“I hate to say it Meri, but I maybe he’s just leading you on and getting your hopes up for nothing.” she blurted out

“See, that’s the thing. I just know he’s not. I can feel it. There’s something different about him.  I know it.” I explained

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“I don’t know Meri. I mean if he really didn’t want to leave you and promised to keep in touch, wouldn’t he of done so already?”

“Well, maybe but-“

“But, what? Don’t make excuses for him Meri. You don’t deserve this, you are worth much more than that.” she interrupted

“I wasn’t making excuses. He is a busy guy, I mean he had to take five days off, I’m sure he has a lot of catching up to do.” I finished

“Well okay, if you say so. Just don’t get your hopes up okay? For me?”

“Alright, but you’ll eventually see that he’s different.”

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After Apple basically made me feel berry hopeless and definitely pointed it out, I really just wanted to unwind. I also figured I would check my email one last time, and then start to think over my feelings  about Tangerine. Maybe Apple was right? Or she was just being overly concerned like I was with her dating December. I don’t know. All I know is that I wanted to talk to him at least one last time.

As I hopped into my wooden computer chair, my heart was racing like it always did when I thought of Tangerine or thought about seeing a message with his name next to it. It almost made me feel nervous. Even when he’s not here, he has a way of making me weak. A good kind of weak. I logged in with my username and much to my surprise there was a message from him! Received earlier today when I was with Apple. I knew he wouldn’t let me down, I just knew it! I quickly double-clicked and couldn’t wait to open it and read his words

 Hey Sunshine. I’m sorry I didn’t get to this sooner, I really am. Been busy with work and making my apartment looking like someone lives in it again. I hope I didn’t worry or upset you too much. I would of called, but most nights I don’t get home until very late and I don’t want you to lose sleep over me. Things look like they might start dying down, and I might be able to come see you soon. I hope that sounds good? I know you’re always home, so I might just pop up one day. I’m sure you wouldn’t mind. I can’t wait to see your smile again. Until then.

-Tang 

It felt so good to read his words. Even thought  I couldn’t physically hear him saying the words, I could hear his voice in them. I knew he cared about me. I read his words with a smile on my face, and there was the beloved nickname. Sunshine. I could hear him saying it now. I quickly replied back, telling him I was fine and it was good hear from and all that. I can say however, I went to bed happy that night.

*Tangerine’s POV*

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When I sent that email to Meri I wasn’t sure if I really believed what I was saying. I mean most of it was true, I was busy with work and a little part of me did miss her. I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to see her again. Or I wasn’t sure if I could face that smile. She was a sweet girl and didn’t deserve my acquaintance, and quite frankly  I didn’t deserve hers. But, in a way fate brought us together and so did my way of life. I just don’t want to hurt her, but I think its too late to be saying that now. As I’m about to walk into the worst meeting, all concerning her.

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Where or what was I walking into you ask? A meeting with my client. Errr let me rephrase that. He’s my client, but I think in actuality I’m his client. Yeah, I didn’t know it was going to turn that way when I first took on his case. Trust me, lately I’ve been starting to regret ever hearing his message on my phone. See, I’m a small-time lawyer living in the big city trying to make it big. I deal mostly with business claims, but word has spread fast that I’m a dirty player. Which I am. I won’t deny it. I’ll do anything to ensure my client’s win, and my paycheck. Sadly, that’s the exact type my client is looking for. He’s a dirty player too, and knows how to get what he wants. His name is Coffee Bean. I’m sure you’ve heard of him, he owns all of Briocheport essentially.

What does he want with me you ask? My talent, or specialties? Well as I said, he owns most of Briocheport and is looking to branch out and that my berry friends is Apple Loosa Pie. Starting to put things together yet? Well I’m hired for his business expenditures and the legal troubles he’ll run into as he starts to monopolize Apple Loosa Pie. Small town people don’t like when big companies move to town. How does this entail Meri? Well to put it simple, her lot is so far the cheapest to attain, and even though I’m his lawyer, I’ve now become his guinea pig to scope out who lived here and woo them over the idea of either moving or turning over their land to Coffee. Little did I know that met wooing over the woman that lives there. At first I was fully there for the job, but I didn’t know she would so sweet and I’d really develop feelings for her. That’s why I’m starting to regret this whole ordeal.

When I walked into his office, he was alone with a bottle of wine on his desk. He was that type, drink throughout the day and chase all the woman that want him. He also has his usual thugs in the room, but tonight was different I guess.

“Tangerine, my man!” he cheered

“Hey.” I greeted him quietly

“How goes our business deal?”

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Did I want to tell him the truth? Of course not. But, do I want to get paid, yes. Its a conflicting situation, trust me I’ve been over the choices over and over. But, I think I’ve come to my final choice in the matter.

“It goes. Everything has been going smoothly so far. Just didn’t help that you called me or an update and I had to leave. That puts a damper on our timeline. But, everything should fall into place.”

“Ha! Excellent. I knew this plan would work perfectly. And its so berry-fudging easy! Ha, man I love being me.” he soaked in his own ego

“Oh, and I’m sorry or calling you. You weren’t giving me any updates, and you know what happens when I don’t know what’s going on with my jobs.”

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He was truly a vile man. I had no berry idea why I agreed to work with him.

“Yeah I had a few things to say about this particular “job” actually.” I sighed

“Oh? You have an even better way of doing this? Gah! I love how great minds think alike!” he gushed

“Uh, not exactly. I’ve decided that I want to opt out of this business agreement. I’m sorry, but I’m not cut out for your way of working. I thought I was, but I can’t.”

I didn’t want to tell him the actual truth because Meri doesn’t need to even more involved with this man than what she already is. Plus, she doesn’t even know she is.

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“What did you just say to me?

“I said I can’t do this anymore. I’m quit-” I started

“QUITTING? You don’t just work for me and then quit! What do you think you’ve reached the ranks to do that all of sudden, I don’t think so!” he interrupted furiously

“I-Look, I-“

“No one quits out on Coffee Bean, especially my lawyer! You WILL FOLLOW THROUGH with the job you have to do, do you hear me?”

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I jumped back at his anger. I had no idea he was going to flip out like that. I can imagine I looked like a deer caught in the headlights about to meet his demise. I took a deep breath, but couldn’t say anything to counter him. I admitted defeat too easily, but what do you say to that? I wasn’t sure what to say, or even what to do.

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“I don’t think you fully understand the guidelines or our agreement. When you know the inner workings of Bean Industries, you can’t just opt out.You better take a good look at your choices here. There’s only one way out, and I think you know what it is. If you cross me, expect the same back. I have a feeling that girl is very precious to you now? It’d be a shame to lose that wouldn’t it?.”  he warned

He was right. I did know that “one way” but I never actually thought it would be used one me. I mean, what did he expect when we were done working with together? So many questions came flowing to my mind, and the thought of Meri being hurt angered me. No one would hurt that wonderful berry of a woman.

“You wouldn’t dare to touch her. She has no part in this, leave her out.” I spat

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“Oh she has everything to do with this. If it wasn’t for her or you, you wouldn’t of toyed with this idea of “quitting.” Remember that the next time you see me. I don’t hesitate and always follow through. “

“We’ll see about you. Remember I’ve been to the lowest of the low, and I’m not afraid to take certain measures if I have to. You think you can threaten me and I’ll just take it? I don’t think so. You better watch what you say around. I may look polished now, but I was once a thug just like you.”

“Oh don’t be so naive Tang.” he shook his head at me

I didn’t say thing in return. I said what I had to. I was done. Done with him, done with this corrupt job of mine and done with this town. I had to see Meri and tell her the truth. The truth will hurt her, but she needs to hear it from me. I can’t handle this burden I’m carrying anymore. So I walked right out that door, and drove straight to the only sunshine in my life.

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I drove all night to make it in time to Apple Loosa Pie. I’m sure Coffee Bean knows by now I’m not backing down. I intend to get out of this mess one way or another. By the time I reached Meri’s house it was already midday. I forgot how far apart we really are. I parked down the street  a ways. I don’t know why, but I felt like I should. As I started walking up towards her house, seeing that yellow siding put a smile on my face. I forgot how being close to her is like a big, gust of fresh air. As I approached closer, I noticed she was outside on her wooden lounge chair. She looked so happy and peaceful.

This was going to be harder than I thought. How do you tell the woman you developed feelings for her that everything they did together was a lie? I wasn’t prepared, but it had to be done.

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I was about to approach her, when I saw her legs swoop to one side of the chair and she perked up her head. She must of heard my feet shuffling through the grass. Nothing gets by her sometimes. That’s when she turned around. Her eyes widened at the site of me. I could see my orange reflection in her eyes. She smiled, but it quickly turned into a frown she seemed to be fighting. I could tell she really missed me. It was bittersweet to see her. I missed her too. She quickly got up and rushed over to me, pulling me in a gentle, but heartfelt hug.

“I can’t believe its really you.” she whispered

“I can’t believe I’m here either.” I said

“I’ve missed you.”

Those words meant so much, but hurt so much. I took a deep breath, and prepared myself for a broken heart.

“Sunshine…I mean, Meri. Listen, there’s something I need to tell you. Its very important and you deserve to know.”

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“Oh..umm alright.” she was puzzeled

“Here goes nothing.” I mumbled under my breath

……….

“You know when my car broke down just along the road here?”

“Yes, it was only a month ago.”

“Yeah…it didn’t really break down. That was a lie.  I actually had different intentions when I rang your doorbell that night.” I let out a breath of relief

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“Then what were your intentions? I’m confused.” she asked

“Before I tell you, I want you to know my feelings are true for you. I do have feelings for you, just the things we did weren’t genuine. The reason I came that night was because of my-“

Just as I was about to pour out the truth I’ve been hiding for a month, I saw him walking up behind her, toward us. No. This can’t be happening, he’s already here!? But, how? This can’t be happening. I just stood there, frozen. I couldn’t speak. I had the words right there but my mouth wouldn’t open. I was waiting for him to make his move.

“Yes, Tang please tell us what were your real intentions with this young woman.” he smiled at me like a sly dog

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“Wh-who are you?”

“Who am I? I’m his employer dear. And I’m sorry to hear that one of my employees would lead on you romantically for his own personal gain.”

What? No! That’s not true, I had to put an end to this!

“What? Meri no, don’t listen to him. He’s lying. Meri, don’t you dare think that’s true!”

Meri just looked at me clueless to what’s going on and what’s being said to her.

“I can’t believe I had some berry scum like that working for me.” he  played

*Meringue’s POV*

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Did I just hear this man correctly? Tang used me for his own personal gain? I couldn’t help but shutter at the idea. Once again, another berry man that has walked all over me.  What is with this repetitiveness? Why would he do that? I just closed my eyes and wished for everything to go right for once. To be taken away from this moment in time, and having something good happen to me. I really liked him. I needed to know why. I didn’t care at this point. I need to know why he would fill my heart up with so much love, and then tear it out without hesitation.

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“Why in the berry would you do that to me!?” I snapped

“What? Meri are you seriously going to listen to him? I came here to confess this to you, he’s trying to fill your mind up with lies! He’s a vile berry, listen to me!” he pleaded

“That doesn’t matter. Why would you lie in the first place? I don’t care about your confession. There should be no confession!”

“Meri, at least I had the confidence to come up here and tell you myself. He doesn’t want you to know the truth because its about how corrupt of a man he is!”

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I just looked at the ground in disbelief of his lies. I can’t handle anymore lies. I just need the truth from him.

“No more lies Tang. Tell me the truth. Now.” I softly asked

“Are you serious? I’m not lying! What can I do to make you believe me? Honest to berry I am telling you the truth. I already lied once, I don’t need to keep digging myself a bigger hole. He’s the liar. He wanted me to come here so he can try to obtain your property!  But, you don’t deserve this, that’s why I came here tonight.” he frantically argued

“I don’t know if I can believe you now. I don’t know who or what to believe anymore. I’v been lied to so much, and your’e not helping.”

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I kept looking at the ground until I could tell Tangering walked off in distress. I couldn’t even look him directly in the eyes anymore. His eyes were once a safe place, but now are desert of lies. I wish I knew what to do, I really did. I’m just so confused and don’t know what to think. I want to crawl up in a ball and cry until I can’t anymore. That was until the other man walked up to me with sympathetic eyes.

“Meri is it? I’m sorry you had to witness this man and his true intentions. If I knew that’s what he really had in mind, he wouldn’t be employed for me. You don’t deserve this kind of treatment. Please, let me know if there is anything I can do for you. ” he offered

“No, there’s nothing you can do for me. I don’t want to see another berry man ever again. Especially on my property. You can both leave. I don’t need to see you two ever again. I’m done.”

Alright, that is chapter seven! I am so sorry about the length! I didn’t expect it to be that long. But, you can see why I couldn’t break it up into two parts?  I hope you enjoyed the update, and now I have to figure out the next events that are going to occur so it flows smoothly 🙂 Happy New Year!

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3 Comments on “Chapter Seven”

    • Gah, sorry. I should probably write out a comment more coherent than a bunch of emoticons, but– but– GAH! Everything I thought I knew about Tang has been completely turned upside down! Of course, I am glad that he had a change of heart because he really does care about Meri, but but now she’s mad at him, of course, and and gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

      I really do like these two! DANG YOU COFFEE BEAN *shakes fist angrily*

      • bethysims says:

        haha no no that’s fine. I could tell what you meant by the emoticons.

        Life is rough for Tang, that is for certain. Hopefully his troubles don’t follow his family forever….;P


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