Chapter 4.13: Dear Diary, This is Your Life

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Generation 4

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Dear Diary, this is my house in Alpine County where I now live. It’s bigger than I need, even with a baby on the way. In despair, and still in Egypt, I’d contacted my Grandpa Leo to tell him everything.

Of course, he wanted to help me, but he also made it clear I should be filling my parents in. I’m not sure if he understood why I can’t do that or not. Either way, I knew he was in my corner and that he’d keep his lips sealed.

I applied for teaching positions at several universities and it was Providence College in Alpine County that came through with the first offer. Since I had been able to save most of my money while on expeditions, I had enough for a down payment on a house, with Grandpa chipping in a little bit. Well, actually what happened was, he didn’t like the little house I picked out and he wouldn’t take no for an answer. So, here I am.

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It is rather large, though. Kind of like me. Over the past few months, I’ve mainly found myself wandering from room to room, wishing I wasn’t so alone.

Here’s a little tour:

The kitchen and dining room.

The living room.

My room. There is an attached bathroom. The other door leads to what I suppose I will use as a nursery.

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My favorite room even though the doctor told me to cut back on my routine.

There’s a creepy basement and some other bedrooms. It’s all too much for me. I think in the smaller house I’d originally chosen, even if it wasn’t in the best neighborhood, I might not feel so terribly lonely.

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I’m learning some handiness skills and so I’ve been making some improvements. This fireplace was a raging fire waiting to happen.

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And I’ve been doing the normal things homeowners do, I suppose, like paying the bills and recycling newspapers.

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Did I mention yet that now I walk like a stuffed penguin? OMG, I’m even wearing black and white! haha

I don’t know but it’s like this hard belly lump is throwing my entire center of gravity off. At least I can laugh, right?

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It was while I was taking last night’s newspaper to the recycling bin that my phone rang.

“Hello?”

“Marty!”

Immediately, I recognized my youngest sister’s voice. “Susan! How are you? Where are you?”

She laughed heartily. Man, it was good to hear that laugh again.

“I could ask you the same thing. You’re the one off on all the crazy adventures.”

As glad as I was to be speaking to her, my heart sank just a little bit. Should I tell her? What should I say?

“Marty?”

“Oh, yeah, sorry. I’m still here.” After taking a deep breath, I decided to tell her the briefest thing I could. “You’re not going to believe this. I just moved to Alpine County and I’ve taken a teaching position at Providence College.”

“Whoa! Who is this and what did you do with my sister?”

“I’m being totally serious.”

“Wow, this is hard to believe. Do the ‘rents know?”

“No, and you aren’t going to tell them either. I will let them know when I’m ready.”

“Now you’re starting to worry me. Is something going on?” she asked.

This was not going in a good direction so I switched gears. “Hey, you called me. What’s up?”

“Oh, uh, I need a place to stay for a little while. I won’t get in your way, I promise.”

“You thought I was in Egypt,” I said, raising an eyebrow. “You were going to stay with me all the way in Egypt on a dig site?”

“If I had to.”

This was sounding serious yet I knew her well enough to realize she wasn’t going to spill it all in a phone call.

“You can stay with me, of course. When will you be coming?”

There was a pause and I could hear the crinkle of paper as if she was flipping through a calendar or something. “This weekend. Is that all right?”

“Yeah, sure. I’ll text you my address and everything.”

After she hung up, I tried to keep my mind from going in every direction as I attempted to figure out what was wrong with Susan. It was true that we’d lost touch while I was away so I really couldn’t fathom what the trouble was.

I just happened to be so lonesome, this was a good thing in my book and I couldn’t wait to see her.

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It was another Monday morning but I’d canceled my a.m. classes because I had an ultrasound appointment. If truth be told, I was ecstatic I didn’t have to go to the college this morning because it turned out, I didn’t care much for teaching.

I wasn’t patient and kind like Xalen. He was the epitome of a “good professor.” More and more, I wished I could be like him yet it wasn’t meant to be. I was not made of the same stuff because when I faced a room full of bright-eyed pupils, I wanted them to understand what I was saying the first time and that never seemed to happen. The more I taught, the more I realized, though, it wasn’t the students, it was me. I’m just a sucky teacher. I’m a terrific linguist yet I can’t seem to understand how to interpret the material in the textbooks so they understand. How did Xalen do it so well and not lose his mind?

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Of course, all I’d been doing since I arrived here is think of him and how I’d probably broken his heart. I knew his had to be shattered because mine sure was.

He’d never told me he loved me, but I knew he did. And I loved him with all my heart. Isn’t that why I’m putting up with this life now? It’s for him.

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I don’t think I’ve ever been so miserable in my life. Still, I would make the same decision again if I had to… wouldn’t I? So often I had to give myself these mental shakes in order to reassure myself that the decision I made, no matter how it hurt, had been the right one.

I mean, this wasn’t so bad. I had a lovely, big house in a great suburban neighborhood…

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…Even if the basement was on the creepy side.

‘Now, there is absolutely nothing to complain about,’ I told myself in the firmest way I could manage. ‘So what, you’re having a kid and you never wanted to have kids? So what, the man you love may not even be the father so you kicked him to the curb to spare him intense pain?’

These mental shakes didn’t always go the way they were meant to and I often felt worse than I had before.

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Reluctantly, I went to my appointment at the hospital. I knew they would be able to tell me the sex of the baby and I also recognized that I was supposed to be excited. Fact was, other than the enormous amount of weight I’d already gained, I was trying very hard to ignore that there was a baby in there. Nevermind that I could feel it moving around sometimes.

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As I left the appointment, I could no longer ignore this situation. It was real. All too real.

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Over the next few days after work, I grew happier and happier that Susan was coming to visit. She would be shocked, no doubt, but I still couldn’t wait.

I made up a room for her and did the grocery shopping. These things I would normally find torturous because they were so mundane became a positive thing because it meant I was one step closer to seeing my sister.

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At the store, I tried to pick out Susan’s favorite foods and I smiled to myself when I remembered how much she loved green olives. I would definitely make sure we had a big jar of those vile things.

As I was leaving, I got this weird prickly feeling on the back of my neck. The kind of thing that happens when you think you’re being watched. I know it sounds ridiculous but even so, I couldn’t stop myself from glancing all around me. I didn’t see anything but that didn’t mean no one was there.

Shivering, I hurried to my car and then home.

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You should have seen Susan’s eyes and how round they were when she saw me on Saturday.

“Marty!” she gasped.

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I couldn’t even look at her. Not because I was ashamed but because her reaction reminded me how horrible it all was.

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Then, she pulled me into her arms and hugged me tight. “I love you and I’m so glad I’m here!”

Relaxing a little bit, I said, “I’m glad you’re here, too. More than you know.”

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Despite my protests, she made dinner while I took a long bath. I guess she could see how uptight I was. You know, I’d forgotten what a great cook she is, too! We had mushroom bolognese over spaghetti squash and it really hit the spot.

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We didn’t talk much about anything important until later that evening. The house was dark and quiet and we had a nice fire going.

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“What happened?” she finally asked. “Why are you here in this house all by yourself? Didn’t the father want anything to do with you and the baby? I love your house and everything, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that… well, this doesn’t seem like something you wanted at all.”

As I listened to her, it became harder and harder to hide the despair from my face. My emotions rose up in me, bubbling until I couldn’t hold it in any longer. I ended up telling her the entire story.

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“I’m so sorry about what you went through,” she said. “And you don’t know if Xalen or Beckett is the father?”

All I could do was shake my head because I was afraid if I spoke out loud, I would cry. And I was so, so tired of crying.

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“It isn’t too late though, is it? You could call Xalen and tell him what you’ve told me.”

Was she crazy? “I can’t do that!” I said incredulously.

“But why not? From everything you’ve said it seems to me Xalen not only has the right to know all of this, I think if he really loves you, he’ll be by your side in a heartbeat.”

Would he… Shaking myself again, I said, “That isn’t fair to him, though, especially if this kid isn’t his.”

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“Why don’t you at least let him decide that instead of deciding it for him?”

“Because then he would feel obligated to change his life and he shouldn’t have to.”

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Abruptly, she stood up and warmed herself in front of the fire, her back to me. Even though I couldn’t see her face, I could hear the stubbornness in her voice.

“So, what? You’re going to just continue this life like this – a life you don’t want – and be some kind of martyr?”

“Believe me, I know I’m not a martyr. I did this because I love him and I’m keeping these kids.”

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“OMG, Marty. These kids?”

“I had an ultrasound on Monday and I was told I’m having twins. They couldn’t see if they were boys or girls. So you see, this nightmare is a little worse than even I imagined.”

“You know, if this is such a horror show to you, why are you having them?”

I’d thought about this long and hard before making the decision to keep them. Finally, I told her. “Because when I talked to Grandpa Leo, he reminded me about momma. What if her mother had aborted her? You and I wouldn’t even be here.”

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Susan stared silently into the fire for what seemed ages. “Well,” she said at last, “you’re going to need some serious help because I can’t even imagine how you’ll handle this all with teaching, too.”

“That’s an understatement.” After a long pause, I voiced one of the fears I had. “Susan, are you angry at me?”

“No, I’m not angry with you at all. But I think one day, Xalen might be.”

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Tears filled my eyes and I wiped them away quickly. “I keep telling myself I’m doing the right thing. What should I do?”

She was quiet for a moment, then said, “Well, first we’re going to get some sleep. This all won’t be solved in one night. Then tomorrow, we’re going to put all of this on hold and you’re going to have some fun for once. It’s the weekend, for pete’s sake and I could use some fun, too.”

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Susan wasn’t kidding about having fun. Early the next morning, she dragged me out of bed and we went to the local festival. It was the last weekend for it because Autumn was just around the corner.

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While I was buying an ice cream cone, Susan headed for the kissing booth. The kissing booth! I guess she thought the kisser was cute.

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As the sun shone down on me, I was already feeling better. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the raspberry ice cream was smooth and cold.

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It wasn’t long before Susan joined me and I got that prickly feeling on the back of my neck again. As I looked around us, every person I saw seemed to be involved in their own thing and not looking our way at all. Why couldn’t I shake this feeling?

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“What’s up with you?”

“Huh?” I asked, looking back at her.

“They’re playing Accidental Therapy! You know we’ve gotta dance to this, right?”

“Oh, Susan, I don’t – ”

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Before I could finish my sentence, she grabbed my hand and pulled me toward the wall speakers. She looked absolutely silly, dancing like that. I glanced around us again and realized a few people were also coming over to dance.

Then, I gave myself the mental shake I really needed. ‘Since when do you care what anyone else thinks? So what if someone is watching?’ I scolded myself in my head.

So, I danced with Susan. For a little while, we giggled like little girls, held hands and spun around. And we forgot real life for a time.

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94 thoughts on “Chapter 4.13: Dear Diary, This is Your Life”

  1. No, you didn’t just do that! You didn’t just put Xalen in the window observing them! OMG.
    I’m so glad Susan visited. Marty has so many siblings and we are missing out on most of them, so it’s great to have Susan here at least. Plus she won’t be so alone. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when I read about the twins, but…The twins? YET AGAIN? You don’t say! Okay, you’re deadly serious, guess I have to believe that Leo was the only “unlucky” one. But what’s Xalen doing there, how? I need questions. Hurry up, another Saturday. I need them to meet up and explain everything!!!

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    • LOLOL! Thank you, Jowita! Can you believe this game? Yes, twins again! I took a peek at the pregnancy mod I use to see what she was having and it said chance of twins 100%. I cannot believe this keeps happening to me. LOL And yeah, how did Leo get so lucky? hahaha And poor Marty didn’t even want children. This is going to be weird. lol

      I’m hoping to get the family together for a possible reunion of some type in the future. I think it would be fun to see everyone. But trying to manage all those sims! Eep!

      As for Xalen…. OMG is right! LOL

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  2. I’m so glad Susan is there! And we still don’t know why ! Also, Marty looks amazing ! Great muscle tone! I remember once when I was on a hiring committee for a college teaching job, one of the committee members preferred a candidate who really struggled in the field , for he said the best teachers are those who had to work to learn the subject matter because they’ll understand their students who don’t get it right away ! So, Marty may have a point about teaching linguistics !

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    • Thank you, Cathy 🙂 I think Susan needs to tell her story soon! lol Marty’s lifetime wish is physical perfection. She has a ways to go in martial arts yet and the pregnancy has put a damper on her workout schedule. lol

      I really love what that committee member said! What a good point you’ve brought up. 😀

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  3. Whaaaat???!!! Was Xalen there all along? Oh I’m not even gonna focus on how mad I’m at Marty right now… but this proves how Xalen will not be able to move on anyway, so what they’re both going through is totally in vain… ugh, Marty, just tell him for cying out loud!
    On another note, I’m very happy that the sisters are back together and on good terms. It’s crazy how different yet how close they are 🙂 Susan is such a sweetheart, I love her cute face and her floral dress ❤ And I loved that they danced together when Accidental Therapy played! 😁
    But Marty…. seriously, leave your job behind and go find your man. He's closer than you think. It's not too late!

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    • Thank you, Sempreviva! 😀 You are absolutely right that Xalen is not just going to walk away so what Marty did was in vain. It’s so frustrating because Marty doesn’t have a clue.

      Susan is definitely a sweetheart. I’m so glad you like her. ❤

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  4. XALEN! What the flip are ya doing in that window? Stop the creepy stalkeriness right now and just flipping talk to her. Also – Marty, flipping talk to him!
    That was a great chapter as always. Don’t mind me ^_^

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  5. Marjorie F Watts says:

    Holy cow, what a mess!! Marty doesn’t want to tell Xalen, he’s obviously afraid to approach Marty – the only one with any sense is Susan!! And, we still don’t know what her problems are, and they might make Marty’s seem minuscule in comparison. Can’t wait till next week!!! Darn!! 😯⁉️

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    • Thank you, Marj! 🙂 LOL Yes, Susan has the sense! You’ll find out what’s going on with her in the near future because once Marty calms down, she’s going to want to know everything! lol

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  6. Oh Marty, what mess have you gotten yourself into?? I am so glad to see Susan (I was wondering what she was up to). I wonder if it is a coincidence that made her reach out to Marty, or if there is something going on in her life as well. I noticed she didn’t mention Theo (plus she was kissing that guy at the kissing booth).
    And you sure have a gift of ending the chapter an just the right note that gives me yet another reason to look forward to next Saturday. When Marty first mentioned the creepy feeling of being watched I was worried for her. That it might me Beckett or someone he hired to kidnap her. But there is no hiding from Xalen anymore!!

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    • Thank you so much 🙂 It’s quite a mess, I agree. There is definitely something going on with Susan that made her want to reach out to her big sister but I’m afraid Marty took all the attention for the moment. haha You’re very observant, I must say regarding not mentioning Theo, etc.

      Oh, I’m so glad you’re looking forward to next Saturday! Woot! I’ll be mentioning Beckett very soon so that you know what has happened to him. But that would have been my first thought, too, that it was him following Marty and giving her the creeps. lol

      Xalen is on the trail! 😀

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      • Well Marty is the heir and the one writing the diary, so I can understand why Marty gets the attention.
        Xalen is not a dumb sim. I knew he knew not to give up on Marty.

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  7. Xalen…I am wondering why he followed her. She can feel him watching which is weird but I have my suspicions why. They have a real connection. And she saw his sister’s ghost and not everyone can see a ghost. His friend – the psychic, she probably told him he needed to go to her.

    Good to see Susan. She is so sweet, but I do wonder what her story is!

    Can’t wait until the next chapter. Twins! Awesome. lol

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    • Thank you, Audrey! 🙂 Your suspicions might just be right. They do have a real connection and there is a reason, other than a relationship, that Xalen wanted Marty to join the Neptune Foundation. You also might be right about Shelly the psychic having told him he’d better find her.

      Susan’s story is coming up! 😀 😀

      I didn’t feel so awesome about twins, but I’ve learned to accept what the game throws at me. haha

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  8. Marty and Xalen really need to communicate! I’m sure Xalen knows she’s pregnant now that he’s following her (um…). Poor guy probably would help, if they just talked!!

    As for Susan – I’m so glad she’s with Marty and that they’re having a good time. I wonder what bad circumstance caused her to move in with Marty all of a sudden :0

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    • Thank you so much, Raymond. 🙂 You are so right, of course. Xalen is on to her, for sure. So, someone needs to give!

      Susan’s story is coming up soon. I think she and Marty will be good for each other right now. Maybe Susan can even put some needed sense into Marty. haha

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    • Thank you, Lisa! ❤ I know what you mean about that last pic. I took the far away one then thought perhaps no one would see him there in the window. So I took one a little closer and still thought it wouldn't work. So, finally, I took the close up. I put all three pics up so you could see where exactly he was standing; in which building.

      Twins. *sigh* Yes, it is twins. Again. lolol Actually, I'm getting more and more used to the idea.

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  9. I almost missed this as it showed up as Boomcha rather than Nobel Doubt in my spam folder. Did you change something?

    Wow! I’d forgotten she was pregnant and Susan is right on about her martyr state of mind. She thinks she’s being “noble” but is she? I just knew it was going to be twins! You know, a woman can have twins by two different men, if conceived closely? Wouldn’t that be something? Wouldn’t that add a twist? Actually, perish the thought.

    A part of me is glad Xalen’s love is such that he would not let her go so easily. This time anyway. His keeping an eye on her at the same time, is kind of creepy. Like something Beckett would do. Perhaps the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree? Hmmmmm… Sorry to throw so much negativity out there. Nevertheless, I wait with bated breath for the next installment.

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    • Thank you so much, Jolie! 🙂 The spam folder! The dreaded spam folder! I’m lucky you check your spam folder. I do, too, every couple days. I’ve found so many comments in there since starting this story. lol

      What I changed was the name of the blog. It will be a long time before Noble Doubt is finished, but I thought that when it is, I would like to do another story. So, since Noble Doubt is the name of the story, I changed the site name to match the url of booomcha.com. I’m sorry for any confusion.

      OMG yes! I’ve read about the two daddy’s one set of twins thing! Yes, let’s perish the thought, although, that would be crazy interesting! LOL

      I couldn’t agree more about what you said about the whole “martyr” situation. I think you’re right that Marty isn’t being as noble as she thinks.

      That’s an interesting point, too, about the apple not falling far from the tree. It does seem a bit Beckett-like, now that you mention it.

      You’ve given me a lot to think about! 😀

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  10. Xalen! Well, on the plus side, he already knows about the pregnancy. Too bad he’s pulling an Edward Cullen and watching her like this.
    I hope Susan isn’t in any trouble.

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    • Thank you, Violincat. 🙂 Yes, that is definitely a plus that he knows about the baby. LOL @ “… pulling an Edward Cullen…” 😀 One of them needs to make a move, for sure.

      As for Susan, you’ll find out what’s going on with her really soon.

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  11. First off I would just like to say….”I knew it! I knew he would follow or come back for her!”

    Marty looks great I would like to add. If this had happened to me, I would be a wreck. I’m happy Susan has gotten there to provide some support and company for her…but why is she there…..you are keeping us in the dark so far. Oh my gosh, she isn’t preggers too is she? JK

    I so can’t wait to see what you give to us next. She had better give him a chance if he presents himself to her! She let him go, now he came back so she had better swallow that pride and let them be together.

    New banner looks awesome too!……and gives us hope….right?

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    • Thank you, Bee! 🙂 The banner…. thanks so much! 😀 I put it on the home page. You can hold on to hope if you want to but I thought Marty looked full of “doubt.” LOLOL

      I think Marty looks great, too. Her appearance does not reflect what is going on inside of her, thankfully. LOL

      Susan preggers? :O :O I will not answer that question either way. 😀

      Wouldn’t that just be the worst if Xalen approached her and she let him go again? I don’t know if I could stand that. LOL

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  12. Oh yay! Leo is still alive! I love the house. I think it’s my favorite one so far.

    “Good professor” 😀

    I would definitely make sure we had a big jar of those vile things.
    LOL! I’m so glad Susan is with her. Not sure how she would be alone in that big house.

    These kids?! OMG! Oh, Marty!

    Awwww! The kissing booth! There are so many things I miss about TS3.

    Yeeeeees! Xalen is watching! [insert maniacal laughter]

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  13. I actually screamed when I saw Xalen! You almost made me drop my slushie. What is he doing there? Shouldn’t he be off traveling the world? And what is happening with Susan? It has to be something because she gained a lot of weight since the last time so she must be super stressed. I’m just happy to see Susan and Marty being happy together again.

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    • Thank you so much! 😀 You made me laugh just now. lol Okay, so apparently, I owe someone hair dye because this story has turned her hair gray, I owe someone else a computer because someone else wanted to throw theirs after Marty broke up with Xalen, and now, I almost owe you a slushie! 😛 😀 Hey, I want a slushie…. what kind is it? lol

      Yes, Xalen should be off traveling the world! You are right 😀 Me thinks you will find out soon what he’s doing there instead.

      Oh, Susan…. yes, she’s been stressed, that’s true. Poor girl. You’ll learn about her very soon, too.

      I love seeing the sisters together again, too. ❤

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  14. Rosie says:

    What a cliffhanger! I’m so excited to see Susan, though. I’m glad the two of them are so close and that maybe Susan will stick around to be awesome aunt!

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    • Thank you, Rosie! 🙂 I’m glad you’re excited about Susan. I couldn’t wait to bring her back into the story because last time, the sisters didn’t get along so well. I am so glad they’re close again, and you just never know…. maybe you’re right about Susan sticking around to be that awesome aunt. 😀

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  15. Oh dear…
    Marty has really gotten herself into a predicament here. I totally agree with Susan that Marty should have talked with Xalen, rather than making all the decisions herself. And that last picture… what a cliffhanger!
    It was great to see Susan again though, and the two sisters having fun. I bet Susan will be a great aunt. I’m still not sure about Marty because she seems like she wouldn’t be able to deal with one baby, let alone two, but perhaps she will prove me wrong!
    Great chapter 🙂

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    • Thank you, Lila. 🙂 You couldn’t be more right about Marty and the mess she’s in. lol Susan is the voice of reason right now.

      I thought after all that complaining Marty was doing, the thing to do was to send her to the festival. lol I know Susan needed a break! LOL I think she’ll be a terrific aunt, too.

      You’re right about your concerns about Marty’s parenting skills. I have no idea, quite honestly, how this is going to go for her since I usually let the game decide these things. Like you said, maybe she’ll prove us wrong. 😀

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  16. Oh man! So many things to touch on, and where to start?

    I know that Marty says she didn’t tell him because she didn’t want to cause him to drop his lifestyle “especially if it isn’t his.” But it sounds like the chances are just as great that it IS his, in which case she’d be denying him the chance to even know his child. I know she’s sort of an act first, think later kind of girl LOL but I hope she thinks about it before it’s too late and decides to give him the chance to decide for himself. (And even if it is Beckett’s.. that makes it Xalen’s sister’s grandchild., and you know he’d want to be there for them.)

    And speaking of Xalen, if he’s seen her, chances are decent that he has at least a guess as to why she might have left. He’s a sharp guy. I’m curious to see what he decides on for his reaction to this. I assume he’s still processing this, or maybe he’s hoping that she’ll reach out to him first. At any rate, I’m glad to see him there.. it gives a larger chance that she’ll have to clue him in, and also that us poor readers will eventually get to learn about the Neptune Foundation. LOL

    As for Susan, I’m glad to see her again too! And also glad to see that she’s no longer uncharacteristically thin. I’m eager to hear her story. Hopefully she’ll update on things for everyone back at home. (I’d even love to hear about Dax. LOL I get so invested in all of your characters.)

    And… twins! The baby-loving side of me is squeeing happily, while the part of me considering Marty’s situation is feeling overwhelmed. I did think about the (admittedly unlikely) chance that the twins could each be fathered by the two different guys. I kind of hope not though. I’ve got my fingers crossed for Xalen.

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    • Thank you so much, snazzle! 🙂 You are so right about Xalen! He is probably hoping she reaches out to him, plus, now that he obviously knows she’s pregnant, he’s still trying to wrap his mind around it all. In my mind, there was no way he would just give up so easily and walk away.

      We’re getting so close to the Neptune Foundation part of the story! I’m geeked! 😀

      I’m glad you’re glad to see Susan. I miss the big family a lot and wish I could include them. It’s just so difficult having so many sims. haha I am hoping to have some kind of reunion though, in the future. 😀 I’d like to get that in before the current elders die.

      Oh, and thanks for the reminder! I need to update the Dax in Paris situation. 😀 Things have changed for Dax in a good way since that run in with Matthieu some time ago. 😀

      I highly doubt I’ll be going down the road of two different fathers for the twins. I’d rather not go there, I guess, even though that could make the next heir really interesting! lol

      I’ve got my fingers crossed for Xalen, too. 🙂

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  17. Does it really matter, who the father is? Was Beckett a bad guy from the beginning ? Will the babies be bad? No.
    Marty knows Xalen loves her, she loves him from the start and yet she makes all more complicated and sad to all, who are involved. If Xalen loves her truly, could he go on with his life, as if there was no Marty in his life before? No, of course not.
    Actually, I think it’s kind of selfish and yet so comprehensible. Susan is very sweet and look like herself again.
    She found the right words for her sister too.
    Looking forward to the next chapter, curious about Susan’s story and what Xalen has in his mind.
    Fingers crossed for two healthy babies and a mommy, who is able to love them.

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    • Thank you so much. 🙂 I think you’re right that it doesn’t really matter in the long run who the father is because the baby is still a member of the family and Xalen loves Marty.

      Marty is so good at complicating things, isn’t she? lol I love how you said Xalen couldn’t go on with his life as if there were no Mary because he loves her. That is so true.

      My fingers are crossed, too. ❤

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  18. I thought it might be him… We could see a side view in the pictures when she last felt eyes on her.
    I have the feeling he never really stopped watching over her, except for maybe a brief time when his heartbreak overwhelmed his mind…

    That being said… I CAN’T BELIEVE I’VE REACHED THE NEWEST CHAPTER T_T now I have to wait for more with everyone else T_T no more binge reading for me. But, it has been the greatest week ever!!
    Love your writing and, I even have a couple suggestions for interviewees. Do I need to use that contact thingie? Or, can I just lay ’em all out here?

    OK. Back to the story… (oh, in case you didn’t notice it, I’m addicted to …’s lol). My favourite heir by far has been Leo. There’s just something about him. He screwed his life up so holy and then managed to rise above (Thanks Aunt K) and make something of himself. I absolutely bawled my eyes out over Jilly. And, when he took Blue to her grave… OMG waterworks of note!

    I really like the way you’re addressing RL issues as well as the fantasy aspects. It makes it all mesh into a story that you could believe is happening right there in the World right now (although, who’s to say it isn’t?!? Maybe we’re the Aliens’s version of Sims… That would definitely explain the “step into a room and forget what you’re there for”pandemic *Click. Action cancelled*
    Alrighty then (tell me you did NOT just picture Ace Ventura right there? Liar! Lol well, unless you’re way out of my generation… ZOMG I’M OLD!!!!!!!) I’m gonna love and leave y’all since it is almost 23:00 and Blamsart can give testament to how loopy my crazy person meds make me on my insomniac nights… So, I’m going to call it a night (it’s a night) before a repeat of the infamous League of Legends comments from Whitelight chapters passed lol

    Live long, and write on…
    Steph/Mags (Magpie2012)/Oi you/RavenAngel888

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    • Thank you so much, Mags! And hello! 🙂 I’m so, so glad you like the story and how it’s written. I was afraid that if I delved into the paranormal, it wouldn’t be the same. But in the end, I had to write the story I imagined, so there you have it. LOL

      You read a lot! 😀 I really love Leo, too. And I miss him loads. I’ve felt connected in some way to all the heirs, but he was so special to me because his story came from a place of real pain yet the need to make something of himself so he could be a parent to a child unwanted by her mother. ❤

      As for the advice for interviewees, I'll let you handle that however you deem appropriate. 😀

      Thank you again for all your kind words and encouragement. To a writer, these things are gold.

      Oh, and P.S. I DID have Ace Ventura in my head when I read that! LOLOL

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      • I guess I’m one of those people that really doesn’t mind paranormal/extraordinary tales. I’ve experienced too many of my own to ever call these things bunk. Plus, sometimes a good ol’ ghost really shakes things up a bit 😉

        As I was reading your reply, it hit me: everyone is finding Louise’s stories from your interview of her, and I’m the opposite lol it was her blurb on her blog, thanking you for the interview, that actually led me here 😁 so totally stoked it did though!

        Interviewees… Hmmm… Well, I guess I can mention them in comments since they know I love and adore them. But, I’ll have to link to their sites when I have a chance to get online with a laptop (my phone doesn’t always like playing along with links lol)

        1 – Livvielove – her Reaper’s and Keeper’s (if you read up to the trial in Light the way to Heaven, you would have met Alec Keeper… Yummy! And, his brothers are even more so! Sheo is strong but shy, silent type. Kefka is… Not… Lol he is the most glorious example of Simhood that could ever be #ILoveKefka. And Del is… Well… See for yourself 😉 don’t wanna give it all away) and you will see Agatha Crumplebottom in a whole new way!

        2 – mpart – “twin” to Livvielove (well, not really, but, they’re twins of the heart). She writes a story that goes hand-to-hand with Liv’s stories. They have created a fully formed Universe called Atalan and their stories all take place there. I’m not fangirling here because m has returned her story and I haven’t had a chance to see what has changed. But, let’s say that she is amazing and she writes like a dream!

        3 – Trip – Angela is wonderful. She writes a story that is very Adult Audience only, but, her writing is just the bee’s knees. I think most people would know her from her Waverley’s Immortal Dynasty, which started on Carl’s Forum and then moved to WP as Eight Cicadas.

        I have more, but, it’s 04:50 here so the brain hasn’t quite woken up yet lol if you’re reading and I’ve said before that I love your story/stories, please know that I will definitely be plugging your work in my other comments lol

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        • Meant to say that mpart has retuned/refurbed her story lol autocorrect amirite!

          Oh and Kefka could also be termed strong and silent like Sheo, but, he is also more outgoing than Sheo. Not the shy type really. Except when it comes to a certain *redacted due to spoilers*

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        • Thank you, Mags! I follow so many sims blogs, I’m not sure I know of Livvielove or mpart, but I do know Trip and read her story. She is amazingly gifted, as I’m sure the others are as well.

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  19. Aw, Susan is so pretty. I wonder why she was coming to stay though, it seems like she’s trying to get away from something too if she was going to go all the way to Egypt! Or did she just want to see her sister?
    Aaaah and Xalen in the window. Well, at least he knows now haha. I wonder if he’ll confront her or not. I would be so incredibly mad if I was him. If there’s even the slightest possibility that the child is his then it’s so, so wrong to keep that from someone!

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    • Thank you so much. 🙂 I love Susan and can’t wait to tell you more about her and what she’s been doing.

      I think you’re right about Xalen… he is probably mad and shocked! lol

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