Generation Two: Chapter Three, Part Two

So, its only been a month since the last update, I apologize. I was working on it, and then I got frustrated and switched to sims 2 for a while. I was dealing with f-d up weather and crashes so my patience was limited haha. But, it’s here now and hopefully you didn’t forget all that happened in Part One….haha I know I did….

There’s not much to say, except that Part Two is a little lengthy, but I couldn’t make this chapter a three parter, and make it into one part haha, hence the two parts. Hope you enjoy the update 🙂

Oh, Elixir Rush Parfait is making a debut appearance in this update, and created by Minty, as known on wordpress or if you’re being redirected from tumblr, alfalfalegacy.tumblr.com

Thank you very much Minty! 🙂

And almost posted this to the wrong blog

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The very next night, Friday, we went out to the festival after Almond was done working and I was done with classes and got a few hours of writing in. It was so funny to see him all excited for our outing. He must of been looking forward to going since it came to town. He told me that no one else wanted to go with him because it comes every year and nothing changes. Made me glad I said yes, since he works so hard and never has anytime for himself to do anything fun.  On the ride there, he kept going on and on about how I had to try the snowcones that they have. I finally agreed and as soon as we got there, he jogged to the snowcone stand and ordered us two. I have to admit it was amusing to see his face light up.

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We arrived at the festival a little late, so while we were having our amazing snowcones, they lit off fireworks the rest of the night. It was quite beautiful and the first time I’ve ever seen fireworks. Since my family was “relocated” for whatever reasons, us kids were kept on the down low and never really saw the light of day it seemed. I sat in awe as each one went off and brightened the dark sky. It started to seem like the night was going to be a perfect evening.

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Shortly, after we finished our famous snowcones  Almond dragged me over the face painting station and told me that I had to get the “first class experience” since it was my first time. I couldn’t help but laugh the whole time as he exaggerated his seriousness and playfulness. He really knew how to make me laugh and smile. Made me forget how little number of friends I actually have, but I’m glad I can call him a friend. He is a sweet berry of a man.

“Thank you so much for coming with me.” he smiled and pulled me in a hug

“No problem, its my pleasure. Its good to finally hang out with you and see you since you work so much.” I smiled back

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“Oh my berry look they have a roller rink! We should go try it out!”

“Haha uh……sure? “

I knew going on that rink was a bad idea from the start. I’ve been known for not being so graceful. It would only take minutes before my body was flailing to the ground.

“I should let you know…I’m not the most graceful, roller girl…..” I mumbled under my breath

Uh-oh. I could feel myself starting to become reserved and close up.

Not know Clemmy. You’re having so much fun with him!  

During my own arguments with myself I was having in my head, I almost forgot I where I was and that I was with someone. I was really starting to make a fool out of myself . I just hoped he didn’t notice.

“Ahhh I’m not good at this either now that I’m remembering.” he started to frown

I couldn’t help but giggle at him.

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“Oh, now you’re laughing at me? I see how it is Clementine.”

“Hehe sorry, couldn’t help it with your whining.”

“Well, how about we skate together and you show me how its done.” he teased

“Haha alright, but you asked for it.” I laughed

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“Well, so far so good. I’m impressed Ms. Moscato.”

“Ms. Moscato? You know, you can call me Clem or Clemmy if it easier.”

“Oh? Well excuse me. I will now commence you as Clem Moscato.” he smiled

“Thank you Sir, Almond Cashew.” I laughed

“My name doesn’t have that nice of a ring to it, does it? haha”

“It’ll do.”

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“Haha if you-Ahhhh oh no! I think we’re slipping our balance!”

“Almond!” I shouted

Then of course both of us fell to the ground, face planted.

“Well, that didn’t go too smoothly.” I sighed

“Ouch. That didn’t feel so good either. Hope my brain isn’t damaged from that fall now.” He cocked his head

“Haha so you’re saying I showed you how its done then?”

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“Ha, you sure did. I have to admit I was mistaken about how rollerblading is done. Thank you for showing your wise ways.”

“You are very welcome haha.”

That’s when he pulled me into another hug, and this one felt different than the one earlier. It didn’t feel as friendly as the first time, instead more friendly. It almost felt romantic in a sense. I could feel my muscles tensing up. I’m sure he could feel my body tighten up. He really meant this hug. I could tell he wasn’t just hugging me like before. This meant something to him. Just wasn’t sure what.

“Are you okay though? I didn’t mean to make us both fall. Falling on hard food isn’t my idea of a good time haha.” he chuckled

“Yeah, I’m okay. Thanks for asking.” I said softly

Oh great, my face is starting to flush. Why does he make me feel so nervous? We’re only friends?

He smiled big, then broke our eye contact. Do I make him nervous too? No. I can’t possibly do that. Could I?

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Eventually the festival closes about eleven, and I started walking the path to home, when Almond ran up beside me and asked if I really wanted to go home. Um? I guess not? I have to admit I was enjoying the night, and didn’t want it to end.  I wanted to say yes, just to play it safe, but something was pulling me to say no. It didn’t help that Almond was looking at me the whole time. I couldn’t help but smile when he looked at me. I was about to say something, and he started giggling and took my smile as that I didn’t want to go home. He is a clever one, I’ll give him that.

He grabbed my hand, and held it softly, but tightly and we quickly to the city park. Now, by quickly I mean we started walking fast, and then ended up jogging. Haha. I’m usually not a fan of any king of physical activity, but the whole way we were still holding onto each other’s for dear life and laughing until we got there. I’m sure all the berries we say along the way thought we were intoxicated or on something. Almond would exaggerate every time we did pass someone, just to get a reaction. I’ve never met someone so carefree, well besides Straw. It was nice to get to know him like this.

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We were out of breath by the time we reached the park, and during our huffing and puffing, Almond pointed over to the swings. I started to giggle because swinging reminded me of being a little girl and how much fun a swingset used to be. Makes you yearn for those carefree type of days. I let out a smirk and ran to the swing I wanted laughing out loud as he tried to keep up with me and beat me to the swings. We both dived into the swings, our arms flailing all around, trying to grasp the chains. I couldn’t stop giggling the whole time. Felt like I was on a high. The good kind. All I was feeling was happiness and happy thoughts.

I started to slowly bend my legs in the swinging motion you are taught as a small child. My strides kept getting faster and higher. Soon after, Almond followed after; both of us were soaring high above the trees looking at Apple Loosa Pie’s bustling nightlife. It was a beautiful sight. All the berries were out on the town having late night celebrations from the festival. It was truly, a beautiful night.

“So, Clem. I have some serious questions that have been floating around in my head since I first met you. Just haven’t been able to ask until now.” he turned to me, looking very serious

“Oh?…Okay…hope I’m ready to answer them for you.” I replied coyly

“I’ve noticed that you are a very shy berry and seem to always be on the fence.”

“Oh, you picked up on that huh?”

“Yes. Sorry? I hope that’s okay. I’ve been known to be able to read people fairly good. I was just curious if there’s a reason for that or are you just really that scared of us berries?” he quietly teased

“Um. There are reasons for why I’m that way. I don’t know if I should or can tell you why since its something that is supposed to be a private matter to ensure safety. I’m a little more skittish around people, well at least the people I’ve met so far because I’m out of my comfort zone. Like you and Straw for example. You two are so free-spirited and I envy the both of you. I didn’t grow up like that. I grew up with rules, restrictions and being under constant radar of someone. I’m really trying to open up, but it seems to be a reoccurring struggle for me.” I answered slowly

“Well, even though you can’t tell me the other reason, thanks for being honest and I”m glad that you’re working on it. I just wanted to be sure I wasn’t that scary of a man haha. Straw on the other hand, she is one, scary berry of a woman.”

“Haha that she can be.”

 We ended up talking about how we grew up and how that shaped us to be the person we are today. Almond’s mom and dad were both teachers and stressed how important having a college education was. I told him my mom was a gardener or the term they coin nowdays, modern day farmer. Then I told him how my dad, was a man of many jobs. He was a consultant of all sorts. I couldn’t tell him that really, my dad started out as a con-artist when he met my mom and has someone after him because of it. Way too much information to relay to someone you’re just starting to get to know.

A Few Weeks Later:

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Weeks after our outing to the festival, Almond seemed to have more free time as the days winded down for the year. Hard to believe my freshmen year of college was almost at a close as well as his internship. I think he enjoyed having free time and socializing with another berry whom he didn’t work with. We went to the library together, were invited to a pool party from one of Straw’s many “mail suitors” and lately we’ve been going out for dinner. It was nice to have, intelligent and informative conversations with him. I learned something new every time we talked. Whether it was about his character or the specific topic we are covering that day.

Like yesterday, he asked me about my novel. I told him that it was semi-nonfictional. This peaked his interest more, as he cocked his head to the side and inquired about how that is. I told him that the female protagonist is much like me, but the journey she is facing isn’t really happening in my life. I told him that she faces many obstacles along the way and has to figure out what she needs to gain and formulate to jump over them.

“Oh Really? I hope it goes well for you and you can find a publisher. It sounds like a great first novel.” he praised

“Awe thanks Al. I’ve hit a little bit of writer’s block lately. Can’t figure out the first major event that should happen. But, it’ll come to me eventually. I do take inspiration from my experiences and observations.” I slightly frowned

“I’m sure you’ll think of something. Everything comes with time.”

“Hope you’re right.”

The Next Day:

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“Hey are you busy tonight?” he asked

“Um, if you mean working on my book as busy, then no.” I let out a small laugh

“Oh, well this might be good then. I’m meeting one of my best friends tonight, since she’s back in town. She’s transferring the next semester. I was wondering if you wanted to come along? We’re going to go check out the new lounge that opened up in town.”

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“Wouldn’t you want to go meet your friend by yourself so you two can catch up?”

“Well sure, but I feel like you two should meet. I have a feeling you two will hit it off, plus you’re always looking for new people to meet and become friends with right?” he pointed out

“True, just clubs and lounges aren’t exactly my kind of scene and I would hate to feel out of place. But, if you really want me to meet him or her, I’ll go.” I agreed

“Okay, great!”

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Al wasn’t sure what time his friend would be arriving, just the time they would being town. We arrived about eight-thirtyish and took in the scenery of the new local hotspot. I did like it better than where Straw usually went. It was more classier and upscale. I really liked it. They played soft-rock and soft-pop music. Not too loud, and not too quiet. They had a dance floor and the decorations were elaborate. The bartenders looked classy, and they had those fruity drinks everyone would drink when they would visit the city. I can see this place gaining popularity quick.

I was curious as to why Al’s friend asked to meet here though? Seemed strange to me.

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Al and I were on the dance platform, slowly surveying the place. I would dance occasionally if the beat was good. There weren’t too many people since it was still early and the late night crowd would be piling in later. That’s when we both heard a voice behind us call out.

“Almond, is that you?” a high-pitched voice called out

I turned around to see who it was and a woman starting walking towards us.

“Oh my berry it is you!”

“Elixir! I haven’t seen you in so long!” Al chimed

“I know! I missed you so much. I’m glad you could make it out tonight. I was hoping you weren’t too busy.” she chuckled

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“Ohhhh you know me too well Elixir. How was the drive over from Briocheport?”

“Ohmyb. It was so long. I thought I wasn’t going to make it in time. But, I have to say Apple Loosa Pie has really changed in the two years I haven’t been here. Seems to be more of a college town finally. So, shall we get some drinks and catch up?” she smiled

Wait a minute. His best friend is a woman? That was a surprise. I was expecting a man. I guess I was picturing a man because they seem to be easier to get a long with. My wishful thinking wasn’t on my side this time. I just stood there examining them and their body language. She seemed nice, but then again I always assume that and look where that gets me. I could only hope that tonight would go well.

“Yeah, we can do that but first let me introduce you to someone.” he hugged her

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That’s my cue.

“Hi, I’m Clementine Moscato. Friend of Al’s.” I introduced

“Clementine? Nice to meet you. I’m Elixir Rush Parfait.” she let out a small smile

“Oh you can call me Clem or Clemmy. So you’ve known Al for quite awhile then?”

“Yes, I have. I didn’t know he went by nicknames now haha. Its a little weird hearing someone call him Al.”

“Oh really? I guess it just stuck.” I laughed awkwardly

I have to say she was a little intimidating to talk to. Made it hard to be myself.

“Oh yeah? Did you want to go get some drinks for the group?” she asked

“Sure.”

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I walked with her up to the bar. I couldn’t help but watch and study her movements. I noticed she walked with a lot of confidence and instead she had a stride. Wouldn’t be surprised if she was sticking her nose up in the air the whole time. She did seem a little a snobby. I think it was her over-confidence though.

“Here we go. I got us all the same drink. I hope that’s okay.” she stated, handing me my drink

“Yeah, that’s fine. I’m sure it’ll be good.” I half-smiled

I couldn’t tell she was really that serious or doing the same as me, analyzing. It was a chilling awkward silence between us. I didn’t know what to say, and had a feeling she didn’t want to hear what I came up with.  I turned to look across the room, and that’s when she broke the silence.

” So you like Almond?”

“What?”

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“You like him right?” she repeated

“Well, I mean…….. Yeah……I guess. He’s a very nice guy and a good friend.” I stuttered

“Well then let me tell you this. Don’t you ever hurt him. Don’t take him for granted, and treat him were. You understand? I will hear about and you will have to deal with me. He has been my friend for years, and I’ve seen a lot of girls hurt him. I don’t want to see that happen.”

“Oh you think I like him like that?…..”

“No. I mean with any kind of relationship you plan on pursuing with him. Don’t hurt him and don’t break this heart. He doesn’t deserve that. I’m letting you know that I will hear about it, and you don’t want me to.” she griped her lips together, holding back overdue anger

“Look-I won’t do that. I don’t do that. He is my friend, and I plan on keeping him as one.” I explained

She didn’t say anything after that. She just walked off. I quickly took a drink from my glass, all but in one gulp. I wasn’t sure what just happened. Was I just interrogated? Sure felt like it. My body was so tense, I thought I was going to pass out from being so overwhelmed. I definitely wasn’t liked by Elixir. Another person to prove myself to. I would never hurt Al. Never. I don’t think I’m capable of hurting someone, I’m too nice. If anyone will get hurt it will end up being me. It always is.

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I started to down my drink fast, anticipating that “feel good” mood to come over me and quickly order another drink. That’s when I felt a tap on my shoulder, and I spun right around to find Almond with his big smile.

“Hey!” he smiled  big

“Hi there.” I replied quietly

“So, what did you think of Elixir? Hopefully you two got to chat without me.”

I wanted to say that she’s a jealous person who just interrogated me. But, I can’t do that of course. As I just promised his best friend, I wouldn’t hurt his feelings even if the truth hurts. So I lied.

“She seems nice. I can see why you two are such good friends. You guys seem to look out for each other, and that’s great.”

“Oh good, I’m glad you guys get along. Elixir can come off high strong and that scares people away usually. Glad she didn’t. ” he let out a small laugh

“Haha yeah, I noticed she can be that way. I just let her know who I was and she did the same. We’re on the same page” I forced a smile

Anddd finally its done! I’m sorry that its so long haha. I had to write this over about four days. I started and then stopped for sleep and work haha. I hope that its still coherent. Thank you again to Minty for Elixir! I hope I got the personality right somewhat…if not i apologize :3

Please forgive me for length haha

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Generation Two: Chapter Three, Part One

Hello hello! I told you I’d try to get the next chapter out as fast as I could. I had problems with the game crashing, but I made it through. This chapter is in two parts, but they’re very short parts. This chapter I think is only about 27 pics long. I haven’t mastered what the preferred length is haha so to me its short.

This chapter is more dialogue, and kind of a filler, but its still crucial to the storyline/drama. Also, once again imagine some time has passed. I hope you enjoy!

There shouldn’t be any profanity used in this chapter. 

 

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After Straw and me had are talked and apologized to each other, our holiday vacation seemed to fly by. It was great to finally have a friend in the house that I could talk to. Especially who was a woman. Growing up with a farmer mom and two older brothers, you don’t get much talk about “female” things….if you catch my drift. I don’t know how to date, about men, or anything like that. Can’t say Straw is the most ideal person for that, but it will be nice to have someone to talk to. We went out for coffee and talked about guys most of the time haha. It was fun because the stories she has about guys are so funny!

Oh, and lately Straw has made it her mission to teach me how to play videogames. As she put it, this is the way to get through a college aged guy? Turns out I’m pretty good at it haha, Straw didn’t like that too much. Then again, I’m not a big fan of these video games. I don’t thinks he realizes that I’m not really into her type of guys. I like sophisticated and intelligent ones.

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“Hey, I had a question for you though.” I shouted over the game

“Oh? Sure! Hold on!” she shouted back.

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“So, what’s up?”

“Well I see that Apple Loosa Pie has a festival every season and there’s one currently going on?”

“Yep, that’s right. Everyone practically goes to them.”

“Well, I’ve never been and I was wondering if you wanted to check it out with me?” I asked

“Ehhhh well those type of festivals aren’t really my thing Clemmy. Its not that I don’t want to go for your sake or anything I just don’t want to ruin your time there because I can be kind of a downer at those type of things. You could always just go alone and try to meet more people since I now you want to make more friends and meet more berries.” she slightly frowned

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“I mean, I hope I don’t like a berryhole. I just wouldn’t want to ruin your experience is all. Plus, it would be good for you to get out by yourself and meet someone. Maybe a guy? You never know Clemmy. Or you could find someone else you to go with?”

“No no, I’m not mad. I wouldn’t want you to go and have a crappy time. Thanks for being honest. I’ll find someone to go with. I don’t really want to go alone because then I’ll be really shy around people. Its alright, I can focus on writing more on my book anyway. Its good encouragement for that actually.”

“Okay, as long as you’re sure. I don’t want to make you feel bad or anything.” her eyes narrowed, reading my expression

“I’m not mad. I’ll be fine.” I smiled

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Since the festival wasn’t until the weekend after I asked Straw to come, I just stayed at the house.  I was a little disappointed that I had no one to go with, and there was no way I was going alone. But, Straw is right. I wouldn’t want her not to have fun. I wish I did know someone else but, sadly I don’t really. I’ll admit I’m a bit of a loner, and I don’t need a lot of people in my life. Plus, my family is basically living a secret and double life. That changes you, and you learn to become self-sufficient. Except, this college experience was supposed to help me come out of my shell and meet actual berries. I’m kinda failing at that. All this week I worked on a few chapters of my book, and lugged around the house. Everyone was so busy with their internships and working an actual job that pays that I was alone most days and nights.

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Except for one night, I was watching some late night talk show with a rude berry whose main objective was to criticize every berrywood star. Hard to believe get paid to do that. That’s when I heard the front door open and waited to see who was coming home. I was going to be surprised if it was Straw. Its a Friday night, and she is never home then. That’s when Almond, the other roommate (who’ve I literally only talked to that one time since he’s so busy) plops down on the couch and lets out a big sigh.

I started frowning to myself because I was hoping it would be Straw, but I know that would take a miracle for that to happen. I casually moved my eyes to look at Almond. He was totally disregarding my presence. Then again, he’s so busy I don’t know when he as time to breathe. That’s when I started analyzing what I actually knew about him. He was a political science major, and has an internship at the local city hall working on a campaign for the upcoming elections. That’s when I started thinking to myself, he’s the type of guy that I like. Determined, hard-working, and intelligent.

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I don’t know what compelled me to strike up conversation, but I figured this would be a good chance to finally get to talk to him again and maybe we could get to know each other more. Let’s just hope he’s responsive.

“Hey Almond, so how’s the internship going?” I blurted out

“Oh  hey, Clementine. Sorry I knew you were there I was kinda in my own little world. Sorry. The internship? Its going great! Definitely glad they chose me to be apart of this big campaign.” he smiled big

“That’s great! Its nice that you’re getting experience now right?”

“Ha, yeah. Just keeps me really busy and I miss casual contact with other people. You’re writing a novel or something right?”

“Yeah, I am actually. I got in two chapters this week. Its about a strong, female character overcoming many fears and struggles. I just hope its as good as I think it is.”  I explained

“I’m sure it will be.”

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That’s when we were having a nice conversation of our projects, and I think Almond hasn’t spoke to anyone besides his coworkers or classmates and he needed to unleash his feelings on someone. Because next thing I know he’s pouring out all he feels about his internship and the people he works with. I was glad I could be there to give him someone to talk to. It was nice to have our second conversation. We each opened up a little bit more.

“Okay, I’m sorry but I have to just unload some things that have been weighing on my mind.” his hands start flailing as he talks

“Uh, okay?…” I said quietly

“My coworks are the dumbest berries I’ve ever worked for. How they were accepted for this internship is beyond my mind. I work with three other guys and there’s one girl. All that these guys care about is betting on who can score with her first? I”m sorry but this is an internship of a lifetime and critical to our future careers. It just makes me so mad. I’m the only that is taking it serious and they’re just acting like its a game. “

“Are you serious? I’m really sorry that you have to experience that. Some people just haven’t grown up like you have I guess.”

“I know right? We are adults and need to start acting like this. I mean you’ve seen how corrupt our society is. I mean they didn’t tell us in school that we are the future for nothing. It just really irks me that no one can be serious.” he complained

“No I agree. I’ve noticed the same thing around here. Its like everyone just cares about having fun, getting drunk and having sex with everyone? I don’t get it either to be honest. ” I agreed

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“You know you’re really nice to talk to, thanks Clementine.” he said quietly

I could start to feel my face flush. Oh great, now I’m getting shy and quiet. You have to say something back Clem…don’t freeze up.

“Same to you. I’m happy to listen anytime you want.” I smiled back

“I’ll have to take you up on that offer then.”

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An awkward silence fell upon us and the room turned really quiet. I guess we didn’t know what to say, and that’s when I noticed Almond look at the clock and he quickly jumped up and started scratching the back of his neck nervously.

“Whoa! I am so sorry! I didn’t mean to keep you up this late! Sorry, I guess I didn’t realize I was pouring out my feelings that long. I should probably let you sleep then.” he started rattling off

Almond gets nervous? Hehe…its kinda cute. I didn’t think I could make anyone that nervous. He is so nice, hehe and cute.

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“Oh no no, its fine! I was up anyway, I don’t mind staying up to talk. Plus, its not like we’ve talked much. That is only the second conversation we’ve had. It was nice to get to know you a little bit more since you do live here and its usually a good thing to know  your roommate right?” I smiled

“Haha okay good, because you’re the only one who lives here that I’m willing to spill my feelings and thoughts too. Strawberry isn’t the really the one I’d want to tell stuff too haha. But, thanks again.” he smiled big

“No problem!”

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“Hey! I just got a great idea!”

“Oh? What’s that?”

“I don’t know if you know, but there’s a festival that’s in town that celebrates the current season and we should totally go!” he said

“Really? I was trying to get Straw to go but she didn’t want to! That would be great! I really wanted to go.” I said

“So that’s a yes? You’ll go with me?”

“Haha yes. It should be fun. Can’t wait.”

“Me either. We’ll finally get to hang out and hopefully have fun haha.” he laughed

“Yes, hopefully haha.”

Alright, that’s part one and I’m going to try to work on part two! I have to work a few kinks, but it should be out soon! I’m shooting for this weekend haha but never know.


Chapter Three

Turns out I took enough pictures for chapter three in the last time I found time to play (which was like an hour). I’ve been so busy with school I hardly have the time to play sims, not even on the weekends since I’m too busy doing homework. Medical terminology-my time consist of making notecards and memorizing them. I have a hybrid class which I just realized I forgot to the do the assignement for this week (fml). I have chemistry which isn’t really time consuming, but it is and then another health science class. Doesn’t seem like a lot, but it has been for me. Plus, ontop of that I work at school too.

I’m so ready for Christmas vacation needless to say.  But, this weekend I am determined to sim and update my projects since I’m a little behind. This chapter may be a little short, but I have to get back into the swing of things.

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It seemed like time passed slowly between the time I said farewell to Strudel  and me finally walking into the house. I knew Apple was watching, I can always tell when her eyes on are on me. She can’t let things go sometimes. But, I didn’t go into the house right away. I watched Strudel drive off and I waved back. I couldn’t help but smile and stand here enjoying the moment. I don’t want to say that “my life” flashed before my eyes or anything of that nature, but I stood there reflecting on all that’s happened these few months since Apple has moved in. I can’t see myself being any happier than what I already am. I never thought it could happen.

“OMB YOU’RE FINALLY BACK!” Apple squealed

“Yes I am, but its not like you didn’t know. Don’t think I couldn’t see your eyes peering out the window at us.” I playfully scolded

“Oh come on! You know me haha. So did you have a good time? Do you like him?”

“Whoa slow down Apple. I’ll answer every silly question you have. Yes, we had a great time, especially me I’m sure. I don’t think I was that exciting, but he seemed enthused. And yes, I do like him. He’s very nice and charismatic.”

“Are you guys going out again?!” she asked

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“Oh of course I want to! I mean look, he even gave me flowers, and their yellow!” I pointed toward the bouquet

“Awe he’s so sweet! I told you!”

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I couldn’t help but stay smiling, but then Apple’s eyes narrowed. This made me confused since all I was doing was gushing about Strudel and how he doesn’t have any flaws.

“What is it?” I asked

“I know you want to go out with him, but my question was are you going out again?” she repeated

“Oh sorry. He said he was going to call me, and he seemed definite in his answer. So, I’m sure he will.”

“Oh hehe good! You guys are so cute, I’d hate to see you or him let something good go.”

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After that night, Apple was on my case everyday asking me if Strudel has called. I told her to give him some time and credit. He is a busy man after all from what I’ve learned. He’s a business man, its not exactly easy for him to get much free time like me. Then again, I have a lot of patience, much more than Apple.  But, sure enough a few days later Strudel called as he promised. I knew he would. My face instantly lit up when I saw his name on the Berry ID. He really left an impression on me.

“Hey Strudel! How’s it going?” I cheerfully asked

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“Yeah, I figured you were busy. I completely understand, no need to explain.”

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“Oh really? When? I’m pretty much free throughout the day except mornings.” I replied

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“Hehe okay, so tonight? Alright, I”ll wait until then. Hope you have a good day.”

It was settled, we were going out, or having our “second date” later tonight. He told me to think of some ideas since he picked the first spot.  Easier said then done, I must say. I’m not that creative, but we’ll do what I enjoy. The great outdoors of course! I don’t want to say he’s uptight, but I get the vibe that he needs to unwind.

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Eventually he came and picked me up that night, even though it was a little later than expected. I didn’t mind since he came to the door with a smile on his face, I couldn’t turn him down regardless of my schedule. After all I told him that I was free too. I was just a little apprehensive to what I chose for us to do, he didn’t seem too excited.

“I know it doesn’t sound like fun, or even seem so but I’m not that creative. Plus I thought some fresh air would be nice.” I shyly admitted

“Oh its alright Meri, I don’t mind. Being stuck in an office all day, fresh air sounds nice. I’m just sorry it has to late at night is all. Good thing we don’t have curfews huh?” he laughed

“Haha I guess you’re right.”

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“Well its a good thing you came prepared! I have to hand it to you, grilling out sounds like a fun idea.”

“Hehe yeah, I didn’t want to eat early just in case. Plus, grilling for the two of us sounds nice.” I giggled quietly

“Let me fire up that girl then!” he shouted

He sure did know how to make a girl laugh haha. Eventually he made all the hotdogs I brought, and we were ready for our late night dinner.

“Thanks so much for grilling them, I’m not the best at it.”

“Oh no problem, what’s a man for right?”

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“Does that mean you like cooking then?” I asked

“Ah no? That’s a woman’s job, not mine. I go to work to make the money and support myself, and eventually a family someday.” he spit back

I was little taken back by his response and the tone of his voice. He made it seem like I should of known that from the start, as if it was a stupid question to ask. It made me feel really uncomfortable and I couldn’t figure out what to say throughout the dinner, so we sat their eating in silence.  I felt so bad, but then again their are two of us here and I wasn’t trying to upset him. I just hoped the date would end smoothly.

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Eventually after finishing our dinner and cleaning up, I couldn’t help but stand there looking at the ground feeling bad that I even asked him a simple question. I could feel his eyes on me, and I think he could tell I was feeling uncomfortable. He smiled at me, I couldn’t help but give him a half-smile back. He walked over to me and wrapped me in his arms, I looked up at him, surprised he still wants this date to continue.

“Look, I’m sorry I snapped like that. I didn’t mean to respond that way.” he apologized

“Its okay, I just didn’t want to make you mad by any means.” I whispered

That’s when he moved in closer to kiss me. I didn’t object this time. My first kiss. It was so passionate, but yet romantic. I didn’t want it to end, his kiss made my whole body go numb, but yet tingling at the same time. I couldn’t help but hold onto him tighter and I felt my body wanting more.  Eventually our bodies parted and he had a huge grin on his face. I began to blush, but he reassured me that it was quite alright.

“Do you want to watch, err or see all the stars light up the night sky?” he stammered

“Hehe sure, as long as its with you.”

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At first I could feel his body tensing up, he suddenly became nervous. I was a little surprised considering he just kissed me quite passionately, but I guess I still made him nervous.  I grabbed his hand and held it tightly, he was taken back but smiled at me. He had the cutest smile in the world.

“I didn’t want to make you feel uncomfortable sorry.” he admitted

“Don’t worry about it, now that you kissed me I feel more comfortable than before to be honest.” I smiled back

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He smiled back at me and moved closer, wrapping one arm around my lower back. He was so sweet, I couldn’t stay mad at him. We both looked up at the night sky, it was still so bare and made it quite dark out.  We were laughing and sharing secrets the whole time. Along with displaying our knowledge on astronomy.  I thought this was the end of the date, but Strudel had one more surprise for me. I’m not sure if it was planned or him just trying to make up for the snapped reaction earlier, either way I was excited.

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He told me that Apple mentioned I was a self-proclaimed farmer and enjoy fishing as a favorite passtime. He told me that he figured he would take me late night fishing, just to see how good my skills are. I couldn’t but laugh at him and boast how awesome of a fishermen I am. He knew it was a complete lie but laughed along with me.  It was a great ending to a wonderful night. I wouldn’t want it to go any other way.

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He gave me a ride home, and we sat in silence the whole way. It wasn’t a that bad silence though. It was enjoyable. This is going to sound very cheesy, but we were taking in each other’s presence. Every so often he would glance over and give me a smile, I couldn’t help but smile back at him. It was a nice car ride home, I felt like I could be myself unlike before. I was being guarded earlier because I don’t like letting people in early. I wish I did, but I was taught not to trust everyone at a young age.

“Sooo I know its only the second date, but I think its safe to say we’re becoming an item. Don’t you think?” he suggested

“Hehe, I think you’re right. I don’t have any objections either.” I giggled

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“Well, I’m certainly happy to hear that. I can’t wait to spend more time with you.”

“Awe me too Strudel. You’re such a nice guy, how could I say no?” I wrapped my arms around him, pulling him in closer.

“You’re definitely full of surprises aren’t you?” he teased

Once again, perfect ending to the perfect night.

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Shortly after that, we went on numerous dates. We were officially a couple and even associated ourselves and boyfriend and girlfriend. I have to admit it was weird at first, but  I did like the idea of having someone always thinking about me. Or gushing about how romantic he was. Every girl loves to gush about their man right? Haha at least I know me and Apple do. Plus, I can’t help but always have him on my mind, and I know he feels the same way. We went out to dinner a lot after he got done with work, one night we went swimming, another day we went to the farmer’s market and even bike riding. I never thought we would be so busy with each other.

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Hehe sometimes he even spends the night with me. We d on’t go too far though, since I’m more traditional and plan on waiting until marriage. Its nice having him to spend the night with. Plus, who doesn’t love a little cuddling and a little kissing? At first Strudel understood, but I get this feeling he is starting to irritated with that fact, along with other small things. At first I just brushed it off, but then it became apparent I couldn’t ignore it any longer.

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It first started with Apple. She still currently lives with but is on the verge of moving out, which I don’t mind by any means.  But, she told me that Strudel and a few choice words about the matter. I have to admit I didn’t accept the extreme accusation because I got the feeling she truly didn’t like him.  But, I gave her the benefit of the doubt and heard her side of the story.

“I know you’re not going to want to hear this, and might not even believe me but you deserve to know. The other day Strudel came over when you weren’t home, and of course I let him in so he could wait for you. During that time, he first told me that I was a pathetic berry for living with my bestfriend even though I had a job. Then he proceeded to go on about my weight and whole life choices. I’m sorry to say Meri, but it really hurt me and I no longer have any trust in him. I don’t think he is good for you.” she explained

I told her that I understood and I would talk to him about it. I got the feeling she didn’t believe me, but I intended to. No one treats my friends that way. Not even my own boyfriend.

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I didn’t want to confront him, but I had to get to the bottom of this quarrel. I don’t need my bestfriend and boyfriend arguing, nor hating each other. That’s not my ideal relationships to hold. I have to admit I was very nervous and scared. What if he overreacted, or thinks I’m accusing him with no knowledge. I don’t want to ruin this relationship over something so minute. I tried staying calm, but I went their with my emotions running high.

“Strudel, did you insult Apple earlier today?” I gritted through my teeth

“Meri, you know I wouldn’t do that.” he pleaded

“Are you sure? I know my friend wouldn’t lie to me and you seem rather calm of me accusing you of this?”

*Sigh* “Okay, I did say some nasty things to her, but I just don’t understand her and I was trying to understand. Honestly. I’ll go apologize, I didn’t at the time because she overreacted over the whole thing.”

“Sweetie, please you can’t confront people like that. You have to bring things up gently, and please do go apologize. It makes me feel bad that you and her can’t get along. I believe you and forgive you.” I hugged him

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At the time, I thought that was the only little problem we’d have, but berry I was wrong. Way wrong. I never honestly saw it coming, even though I should of. I was so blind, and stupid. The man I’ve been dating these past few months I found is good at disguise and deceit. I never thought our relationship would come to this, or end in such a volatile way. I honestly saw a future with him, but he hurt me in such a way there was no getting past it. My connection with him had to be severed. I never thought I would love and hate him at the same time, I didn’t think it was possible.

“You know what I don’t understand Meri? You. That’s right you. I don’t think you understand how our roles play out in our society. If this relationship is going to work, you need to start following some of these guidelines, as every woman should.” he argued

“Excuse me? What are you talking about, and why are you attacking me? I have never done anything to upset you.” I fought back

“What have you done? Are you that blind Meri? Everything about you is wrong. I tried sticking it through and laying down hints, but you are oblivious to it all. First off, if this relationships is going to continue, you need to be less devoted to your job. Women aren’t meant for the working force. You stay home and make sure everything is ready when I’m done with work. That’s a woman’s role. Lastly, when I have sexual desires to be fulfilled, I expect you to come calling.”

“WHAT? How dare you defy my gender for your own ideals! In this day in age, berry women shouldn’t and aren’t meant to be treated like we once were. That is disgusting to even hear, let alone imagine. I don’t know any woman that is willing to do that and its definitely not me. I’m sorry but relationships aren’t about one person trying to convert the other.”

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“What? How DARE you raise your voice to me! I am a man and your boyfriend. I will not be treated like this from some inkling. Its probably a good thing I brought this up now. Wouldn’t want to marry some woman with absolutely no respect. Daring to question and man and his ideologies? Frowned upon in my book. I can’t believe I’m having this conversation with you and its turning out this way. I told you out of kindness about these things, and you’re making me seem like some berryhole when I’m showing nobility. ” he yelled

I couldn’t help but frown. Who have I been dating this whole time? He was right, I was blind. How could I not see his true feelings? I could feel tears working their way out of my eyes. I wanted to scream, but only sobbing let out. I couldn’t help myself. I was both hurt and relieved at the same time. I felt so wrong about everything and wanted to rewind the clock. It was too late for that now. I had to do what needed to be done.

“Well if that’s how you truly feel, then we’re done. I’m not that woman, nor will I ever be. You an’t change someone just for you own liking Strudel. That’s not how relationships work. And if you think someone will obey you, think again. You will never meet a woman like that and you need to get a new outlook. You’re ridiculous and outrageous. I hope I never see your face again. Get out of my house and life. I never though our relationship would resort to this. I thought you were the perfect man, but in fact you are far from being that.” I sobbed

That was the last time I saw Strudel’s face. I’m happy it was too.

Yay for an update! I’m SO sorry it took so long (even to write this). Its kinda long, but since its been like two months I figured this made up for loss time.  I hope you guys enjoyed the update, I thought it would be short, but guess I was wrong. Again, Meri and Apple are up for download and look forward to next update. Hopefully it won’t be 2 months though. Thanks for sticking with me! 🙂 I appreciate it.