Generation Two: Chapter Seven, Part Two

Hello hello! Part Two is finally here! 🙂 Part One got such great reviews! and I wanted to thank you all for your kind words!  I really appreciate it! I hope Part Two will measure up haha, its much longer than part one and did not plan on that, so I apologize ahead of time. I’m more excited for the next chapter haha because it will be another one of those chapters I think you guys will like.

As usual some things to note haha

1. Part Two is mainly conversation, less narrating. It was hard to convey facial expressions/conversation in little pictures so I got a little overboard.

2. I don’t believe any profanity is used, but if there’s a small chance you’ve been warned.

3. There are some outfit changes that look weird and screw up the shot, but please try to ignore the green shirt you’ll see Clemmy in for two shots. Its annoying I know. 

4. There is a puddle of water in one picture, the sink just happened to break at that moment and was too lazy to move the sim to a different room. Just ignore lol.

5. POV will shift in this update, and will be noted throughout. But, just so you’re aware of the change. We will start off with Clementine’s POV as usual.

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I started to tousle around, just awaking from a deep slumber that felt like years. I could tell I wasn’t in my own bed because of how uncomfortable I was. I slowly kicked my legs around to change positions and slowly open my eyes. The room I was in was extremely bright and pure white. “I’m in the hospital I bet” I told myself.

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Sure enough I looked to the left of me and there were three chairs for visitors to sit at, and to the right a small table with a fresh flower gently suspended in a vase. That’s when I was alarmed by two people talking far off in the distance. I glanced over by the door, and it was Almond talking to a nurse. I could really make out what they were saying, but I imagine it was about my status or their conclusions of me. Made me cringe that they were talking about me without me knowing or even me being awake.

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“We gave her a sedative so she could sleep. Her body seemed to be dehydrated and like she hasn’t slept in awhile. She should be waking up anytime now.” the nurse stated

I slowly got up and changed into clothes that were laid out next to my bed. Seems Almond has been looking after me since being admitted. I slowly leaned in to listen to their conversation, curious to what their prognosis is. Almond seemed to just nod in acknowledgement of the nurse’s statements.

“Also, we’re going to keep her overnight a few days for a clinical observation. This is clearly a suicide attempt and we want to make sure she’s not clinically depressed and has the right mindset for her own health and safety.”

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“Is that really necessary? I mean, I know I haven’t known her that long and she and I aren’t exactly close, but I don’t think she’s a threat to herself.” he inquired

 “Mr. Cashew, I’m going to be frank. When someone tries to hurt their own life, there usually is more going on than what meets the eye. Now, since you are not family I can’t tell you any specific details. But, for Clementine’s best interest and the interest of others we are going to observe her behavior and hopefully have her open up to someone. Does that make sense?” the nurse reexplained

“I see. And yes, I understand. Just hard to believe her emotional state would be shaken to its core is all. Sorry for my disbelief.”

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That’s when the nurse nodded in agreement to Almond’s words. Great, someone was here with me and I was going to be bombarded with questions. I’m still not prepared for everyone’s ambush. They’re going to mean well, but still. No one can know. Never. My story is so degrading and what if they don’t believe me? I let out a large sigh. That’s when Almond’s head snapped in my direction. Well, here goes Clementine.

“I didn’t realize you were awake.” he looked surprised

“Just enough to hear your conversation with the nurse.” I admitted

“Oh….you heard that?”

“Yeah, but its okay. I was going to eventually.”

“How are you feeling?” he half-smiled

“I’ve been better haha. I’m okay, just feel very weak.” I let out a small laugh

That’s when I stood up and Almond smiled. He must be glad that I’m okay. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it yet. But, a small part of me is relieved to be breathing.

“How long have I been here?”

“Umm, just a little over twenty-four hours. They knocked you out so you could sleep and not wake up in a panic. Hope you don’t mind.”

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I smiled and then looked down at the floor. How do you explain to someone you basically just did try to end your life? Not exactly a conversation starter….then again I wasn’t exactly expecting the next words to come out of Almond’s mouth.

” Clementine, why the berry would you try to end your own life?!” He shouted out of anger and misunderstanding

I started to frown and wince at his hurtful words. Who was he to judge my actions? He didn’t know one thing about my choice and thought pattern at the time. Who does he think he is to be the one looking from the outside in and to automatically judge and demand an answer. I didn’t like his tone on top of that. At this point, I wasn’t interesting in explaining myself to anyone. Even if that meant the usually nice and gentle Almond.

“You wouldn’t understand.” I whispered

That’s when Almond’s demeanor changed. Instead of his lips pouting out and body being tensed up, he sighed with defeat and frowned along with me.

“I may not understand.  But, I want to. I want to know why the nicest and sweetest berry I know tried to submerge herself at the beach one rainy day.”

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“Please Clementine, I don’t want these so called “professionals” deeming you as a clinically insane berry. I know you aren’t one. There has got to be a reason you tried to drown herself.” he pleaded

What? How does he know-

That’s when I realized it. He was the one I felt around me. Almond is the one who pulled me out of the water that day. He’s the one who admitted me to the hospital…..

That’s when I became embarrassed. I can’t believe he watched me submerge myself in the clear waters of the beach. I felt my body start to tense up. No wonder he was so interested. He actually saw the whole thing, didn’t just hear about it.

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“Look, I can’t tell you Almond. I know that’s not what you want to hear, but I can’t.” I stuttered

“Are you sure? I’m no doctor, but talking about what is troubling you is better than keeping it in.” he looked concerned

I am truly grateful he’s this devoted to our friendship, but…

“Look.  I know you’re being nice and as my friend you’re concerned, but I’m not ready and don’t want to tell you Almond.”

*sighs* “Okay Clementine. Do you want me to get you some water? “

I nodded. Turning away from him as the tears started to stream down my face. I couldn’t stand to face the horrible crime that was committed against me. I just want to forget about it. But, that’s when Almond turned right around and came up to be again.

“I tried to have Strawberry come see you, but she told me she doesn’t want to see you or talk to you. Did you guys have a fight? Is that why did it?” he interjected

“No. That’s not the reason. Can you please get me that water.” I sobbed

“Sure thing.”

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That’s when Almond was on his way out, and then again stopped midway. This time he didn’t turn around, he just turned his head to the side so I could hear him.

“I sure do hope you tell someone Clementine.”

(Almond’s POV)

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While I was out getting Clementine’s water, I couldn’t help but shake the feeling that something terrible happened to her that lead her to take drastic measures. If she wasn’t going to speak to me, maybe she’d speak to Strawberry. The only problem is apparently they aren’t on speaking terms. I had to find a plan in which Strawberry would come down right away, so I thought I’d text her and just be blunt about Clementine’s situation.

Strawberry. Your best friend Clementine tried to commit suicide yesterday and is admitted in the hospital. She needs you. -Almond

I hated to be frank, but that was the only way Strawberry would even think about coming down.

(Strawberry’s POV)

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*Ping*

“Aghh, who is it now?” she mumbled aloud

Strawberry. Your best friend Clementine tried to commit suicide yesterday and is admitted in the hospital. She needs you. -Almond

Strawberry’s eyes widened as she read the horrifying text. Clementine? Suicide?

“Oh my berry.” she covered her mouth in shock

(Clementine’s POV)

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Being in the hospital under surveillance is tiring. Especially when they think you’re going to injure yourself with anything sharp. Never thought I’d be treated like a criminal for dealing with the agony of being a victim. Almond was right. I need to talk about what happened. But, my mouth instantly shut when I think about his face.  Its like he has his hands ready to force my lips shut and I’m imprisoned in my own misery. No matter how hard I try to forget, he keeps forcing his way back in.

During the midst of my self-loathing, my hospital room door slowly opened and a familiar face came peering around the oak door. It was Strawberry.

“Hi.” she said quick

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I was a little surprised she was here considering we weren’t speaking to one another. But, then I remembered what Almond said. He hopes I confess my deepest secret to someone. Strawberry was the reinforcement. I wasn’t sure how to approach that, but I did have to talk to her and apologize about my behavior.

“Hi.” I whispered, as I slowly got up from the bed

I started to walk towards her, and when we were facing each other a silence fell upon the room. Definitely an awkward meeting between two friends. One just tried to kill herself and the other doesn’t know what to say to soothe that thought.

“How are you holding up?”

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“Oh I’m alright, just weak. Oh, and they seem to think I’m clinically insane haha.” I chuckled at myself

“Haha, well glad you aren’t. At least I don’t think you are.” she laughed

“Look, Straw I need to apologize for my behavior a few weeks ago-“

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“No, Clemmy. Don’t. You obviously had a lot on your mind and you just took it out on me. Its alright. Please you don’t explain yourself to me.”

 “Okay…” I softly replied

“I just hope our fight didn’t lead to you to…..” she started

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“What?! Oh no. No. That’s not why I umm…..did what I did. I promise.”

“Then why did you….do what you did?”

“I’m sorry Straw. I know we just cleared up the fight we had, but I can’t. I just can’t tell you the real reason. I want to, but no. ” I declined

“Are you sure Clemmy? You can trust me, you know that right?” she reassured

“I know I can, but I can’t trust myself. This isn’t something I easily admit. I want to tell you, but compelled not to.” I closed my eyes at the dreadful thought

Okay. That’s Part Two. I apologize for the length haha, I even didn’t use like four photos so its shortened some from what I originally thought 🙂 Hope you liked it, can’t say it measures up to Part One though. As I mentioned I’m more excited for Chapter Eight. Its a defining chapter, and I hope you guys like it too! 🙂

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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


Chapter Four: Part Two

Back with part two! My game was crashing so it took a while to get this out, but I solved that problem. Now I just have to figure out why my computer is acting so slow, something happened to it over the holiday? It worked Wednesday night, and then Thursday something happened over night. Might just have to work with it…also I’m trying out new eye defaults, so next chapter they might look different. I liked the one I have but, I guess I want a little more realistic? I’m not sure, if all else fails I’ll return to the ones I originally had. Also, part two is a little shorter, but there was no way I could combine both parts into one. And once again, this will be told from Meringue’s POV, otherwise noted.

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When I didn’t hear an answer from the knock that she heard earlier, I started to feel nervous. I couldn’t even hear someone breathing on the other side of the door. Was I hearing things? Great, since I’ve been so low in the dumps now my mind is starting to go too. I was about to turn around and go back to bed, when I heard the knock again. This made me jump since there was only about two fee in-between me and the door. I gasped, and tried to compose myself.

“What Do YOU WANT?” I screamed through the door, showing how horrified I was

There was a pause, and then finally someone spoke up.

“Oh? um, hello?….Uh hi there. I’m sorry I didn’t mean to scare you!” a man’s voice stammered

“Well you did and what do you want?”

“Well, I’m sorry to wake you up in the dead of the night, but my car broke down the hill and you were the only house that had a glimmer of light on, and I need to use a phone since my cellphone doesn’t have any service here.”

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So there was someone out here. I debated whether to trust the man’s voice. He sounded sincere, but what if this was some con artist or something? I know that sounds like I’m paranoid, but honestly you can’t always trust people. I and the few neighbors I have live on the hill of town, people only come up here if they live here or when its daylight out. I went over it again and again in my head, and I couldn’t just leave him out there? Plus, his story was plausible since service is pretty crappy up here on the hill.

“Uh are you still there?” he called out

“Oh! Yes I am sorry! You can definitely come in and use the phone, please come in!” I called back

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And so I did. I opened the door and stepped back to give the stranger some room. I smiled and said hello once again, and then apologized. He smiled back and told me it was alright. Glad he didn’t think I was rude. Once he finally got all settled in kitchen and I got a good look at him. He was  orange berry, very sophisticated looking. Actually he was very good-looking, and I’ve never seen him around around town. He’s dressed well too, looks like he’s somebody important. Then I looked down at myself and completely forgot I was wearing my pajamas! Ohmyberry how embarrassing! I tried to shake off my embarrassment, but I’m sure he saw it. Ugh, of course that would happen to me.

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After awkwardly staring at each other and recognizing the vibe of the room, he finally came up and started a conversation since the silence was getting to both of us. I probably looked like a rude berry for not introducing myself or saying anything, great job Meri. Oh well, he made the first move its over and done with right?

“Are you sure its no trouble? I really don’t want to impose, I know its very late and I’m sure you have a busy day ahead of you.” he worried

“No no, I told you its fine. Its hardly any trouble. Plus, you’d have to go all the way across town to find a public phone anyway.” I explained

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“Well alright then, as long as you’re okay with it.”

He seemed like a nice guy to me anyway, if he really wasn’t here because his car broke down then he wouldn’t be so friendly right? He sure knew how to make a girl smile, I can’t seem to stop every time I look at him directly. Then again I did mention he was good looking? One of the best berries I’ve seen that’s for sure. While I was keep in thought analyzing his looks he broke into my thoughts.

“Oh, my name is Tangerine Sherbert by the way. But, please call me Tang. Its a pleasure to meet you.” he smiled

“Nice to meet you as well Tang. I’m Meringue Moscato, but I go by Meri.” I smiled back, feeling bashful

“That’s a very pretty name, are you originally from the area?”

“You mean Apple Loosa Pie?”

“Yes, sorry I’m not actually from here.” he laughed

“Oh, well yes I am. This is the house I grew up in actually.”I marveled

Interesting how he wanted to know more personal information, but again he seemed like a nice guy and its not like I’m giving him my bank account number.

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After I answered those two questions, his face became more reserved. Then once again awkward silence fell upon us again. I wasn’t really sure what to say since I already told I him he could use the phone. He eyes darted to the floor, as if he was embarrassed or too nervous to say something to me. I thought that was odd, especially since he was being so social. Then the scary thoughts came rushing back to my head about maybe he was some kind of con-artist. I tried not to think that way, so I thought I would just ask him.

“Is something wrong? Other than the predicament you’re in at the moment?” I asked

“Oh well yes and no. Since I won’t be able to call a two truck in the morning and I’m not originally from the area, I was visiting today I don’t really have anyone to call until the morning and no place will check me in this late in the night. I was wondering…if maybe I could room here for the night? I know that’s probably creepy and a lot to ask of from you, but I don’t know what else I could do.” he explained

My first thought was no, but then I thought of his situation and his reasoning and he was right. This was the only option for him. I didn’t really think it over since I highly doubt he’s a bad person and will take my kindness for granted.  So I nodded in agreement he could spend the night, but only the night I’ll make sure of that.

“I have a spare bedroom, so let me show you it.”

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“Its not much, but it’ll work. It actually used to be mine some years ago.” I smiled

“No, its fine. It’ll do for tonight. Its cozy looking and once again thank you very much. You’re very kind for letting me stay the night, even though you just met me.” he thanked

I couldn’t help it, but I just kept smiling and felt comfortable wit him. Like he said, I just met him. But, somehow its like we’ve known each other for decades. I’ve never felt that about anyone, not even Apple. It was definitely a strange feeling.

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“Used to be your room huh? Well I’ll be sure to take good care of it then”

“Haha well I certainly hope so!”

“Hopefully it won’t be too weird having company though.” he let out a small frown

“Oh no it won’t be. I was starting to feel a little lonely to be honest. My friend just got married and moved out not too long ago.” I admitted

“Oh, well I don’t know if I’m sorry to hear that since I”m sure you’re happy for her, but I’m sure you’ll find something to fill the void.”

“You’re probably right.

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Eventually we were once again just standing in front of each other running out of small talk topics, and that’s when I realized I wasn’t really tired anymore and he didn’t look close to passing out either. I suggested that we chat in the living room, and I could make some coffee. He agreed that it sounded like a good idea. So we sat down and talked until we finally both tired enough to go to bed .

“It’s just the craziest thing. I was about to go up the hill out here and my car died. I wonder if my battery went bad or something. Sure doesn’t make my first visit here very welcoming haha, but hey, the worse things sometimes happen in the best places right?” he joked

“Hmm that is weird. I don’t own a car, so I can’t tell you anything other than that. I usually walk everywhere or bike, and if necessary use the taxi. You’re first time visiting Apple Loosa Pie eh? Well welcome! Hopefully you have a better stay starting tomorrow.” I reassured

“Haha well thank you.”

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“I’m actually in town for work, so I don’t know how much fun it will be, but I’ll try my best.”

“Oh, well that doesn’t sound like much fun at all. Hopefully you’re client or whoever you came to see will understand you’re situation.” I frowned

“Oh I’m sure he will, if not I can always reschedule since technically he works around mine. Work is work though, right?” he smirked

“Yeah, definitely. It has to get done, whether rain or shine.”

Alrighty! That’s part two for you! I didn’t realize how long it actually would become, but I”m glad its longer. I’m not sure when the next update will be out, but I’m hoping it won’t be another month. Otherwise, enjoy the downloads available, and everything else 🙂 Hope you guys are getting ready for the Christmas Season!