Chapter 5.3: Dear Diary, Knowing Too Much

by Kymber
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Content Warning: Swearing, some reference to domestic violence.

Dear Diary, I know it’s been a while since I’ve written. A long while. I’ve been so busy with dance that I barely have time to think about anything else, it seems.  There is a performance coming up that I’m pretty excited about. My whole family will be there, and Fletcher, too.

He and I have been having some problems but nothing we can’t work out. Before, he was jealous of Julie. Now, he’s jealous of her and how much time I’ve been putting into ballet. It’s more than dancing to me and I thought he understood that. I guess not.

Anyway, that about sums up the past several months. Here I am now, standing outside of Julie’s house because she didn’t show up for rehearsal today. It’s not like her to skip something important like this, so I’m worried that she’s sick or something.

This is the first time I’ve ever been to Jules’ house as she never lets me come over. Not even to carpool to the studio or gym. Seeing it now, I wonder if she’s embarrassed. She doesn’t have to be – not with me. I know not everyone has the advantages in life I’ve been given.

Her townhouse is on the end. It probably should be considered a historical landmark but it’s just outside the Historic District where all the fancy gothic looking houses are. Julie is such a vibrant person, it’s hard to imagine her in this dreary place.

“I told you not to come here,” she said after letting me in.

The walls were stark white and the room was sparsely furnished. The furniture she did have seemed nice enough, although, I can’t say much for her taste.

“I’m sorry, Jules. I was worried when you didn’t show up today.”

“I… I was going to call you later. I didn’t think you’d just show up, though.”

“So you said. Are you all right?”

She glanced over her shoulder at Paisley who was playing nearby before answering me. “I’m fine. I think you should go.”

I was about to respond when Paisley realized I was there. We’d gotten to be good friends, she and I. Her pouty lips curved into a smile and she squealed, “Olen!”

Laughing, I hurried over to her and scooped her up into my arms. ‘Olen’ was how she pronounced my name and it was music to my ears. There was something about her tiny voice that melted my heart.

She was a squirmy little thing, so I threw her up in the air, easily catching her and holding her above my face.

“Be careful with her – don’t drop her!”

“Have I ever dropped you?”

“Olen!” Paisley squealed again.

Julie rolled her eyes and said, “Last time I held her like that, the stinker spit up on my face.”

“Good thing your mouth was closed!” I said brightly, grinning at the little girl.

When the fun was over and Paisley had settled down, I asked, “What’s the deal? For real? You’ve never missed before.”

Julie sighed loudly and hugged her sweater around her small frame. “Can’t you tell I don’t want to talk about it? I swear, Holden, most people require the smallest sign to figure things like this out. You need an entire billboard with flashing lights!”

It was my turn to sigh because I didn’t think I was that bad. “I shouldn’t have to tell you how much I care about you. I don’t believe you’re okay, and I’m not leaving until you can convince me.”

Julie’s eyes filled with tears and with a voice barely above a whisper, she said, “Why don’t you put her in the highchair? I need to feed her.”

Without hesitating, I put Paisley in her highchair, making sure the tray was safely locked in place. When I turned around, Julie was crying, one hand frantically wiping at the tears.

“Oh, damn it,” I mumbled, immediately trying to comfort her.

As I began to wrap my arms around her to pull her close and let her cry it out, she winced, holding her side near her lower ribcage and pushed me away.

“No, don’t – ” she said with a grimace.

Letting go, I looked deeply into her eyes, my heart beating faster than I can ever remember it doing. “Did he hurt you?” I demanded, barely containing my anger, my eyes narrowing into slits.

“N-no, I just slipped in the bathtub – ”

“Asshole! Get your hands off my wife!”

Julie jumped sky-high when she heard Brent’s booming voice. Before I could say anything, he lunged across the floor and shoved me hard against the wall, his hands on my chest, holding me there.

Julie’s first instinct was to grab Paisley, and I was glad for that. I could feel through the pressure Brent exerted against me that I was probably stronger than him and the last thing I wanted was for either of the girls to get hurt if this turned uglier than it already was.

“Who do you think you are, putting your hands all over my wife? Julie told me you’re gay! What’s the big idea?”

I glared at him, still trying to size him up since I didn’t know how far he would go with this. It would have been nice if everyone could have walked away without getting hurt but I couldn’t contain myself when I pictured Brent beating Julie.

“What did you do to her? I can tell you hurt her! You’re a real man, hitting a woman, huh? Does it make you feel strong picking on someone smaller than you?”

“You’re gonna be so sorry you talked to me this way, boy.”

“What’re you gonna do? Are you even gonna do anything because you haven’t yet!” I sneered at him.

“Guys, stop it!” Julie cried out as she tried to calm Paisley, who was wailing now.

“Shut the fuck up, Julie!” Brent growled, still glowering at me.

“Don’t talk to her like that,” I said, my voice low and as threatening as I could make it.

He merely smirked at me with one eyebrow raised. “I’m gonna mess you up so bad.”

Let me just say right here how it’s a really good thing I’m a dancer because, damn, I’m quick. He threw a punch at me that, if I hadn’t ducked at the right time, would have hurt really bad.

As he was regaining his balance, I threw a punch at him that connected with his right jaw and sent him flying kind of sideways and backward through the air like a leaf in the wind.

Without even looking at him, or checking to see if he was able to get back up and cause more damage, I grabbed Julie’s hand and pulled her and Paisley out of there. We were several blocks away before I finally let go of her and hailed a cab to take them back to my place.

When we got home, Chris and Rosetta were – you guessed it – drinking. I had the distinct feeling we were interrupting something. But that the ‘something’ wasn’t exactly good.

They both had strange expressions kind of like they’d both heard a stupid joke but they couldn’t groan about it out loud if that makes any sense. I was curious but had more pressing matters.

Julie was uptight, like anyone in her position would be, but she wasn’t crying anymore. Paisley was quiet and looked a little sleepy to me.

“You guys can have my room. We don’t have a crib or anything but we’ll improvise.”

“Holden, we can’t take your room. I don’t want to put you out.”

“What’s going on?” asked Chris from across the room.

“Uh, Julie and Paisley are staying here temporarily. I didn’t have a chance to ask you guys ahead of time. Sorry.”

“It’s fine,” Rosetta said with a slight smile. “Stay as long as you like.”

“Thank you,” Julie meekly said.

“You know,” Rosetta said, “I think there’s an old playpen in the den closet. I am certain that would make a good crib.”

“Good thinking, Sis.”

“You know, there’s a daybed in the den, too,” I said. “If you won’t take my room – and the offer’s still open – you and Paisley could sleep in there.”

“That sounds really good. Do you mind if I feed Paisley? I never got the chance before we left my house.”

“Oh, sure,” I said. “Um, there’s some yogurt in the fridge.. or there’s oatmeal. Does she eat bananas? There’s bananas.”

“Thank you so much,” she said with a sniffle. “I’ll find what I need.”

Julie and Fletcher passed each other as he was leaving the kitchen and she was going in. He stood in the archway of the dining room, staring at me.

I don’t know the last time I saw him with such a disappointed, pained face. He looked like he could cry but was holding it back.

He didn’t say anything until we heard the kitchen door close. “She’s staying here? How could you?”

“How could I what?” I demanded as Chris and Rosetta joined us.

“You know what!” he spat, his eyes darkening. “Why don’t you just admit how you feel about her?”

“How I feel about Julie?” I don’t think I could have been more puzzled. Why was he so damn possessive?

“Yes, Julie! You’re sweet, needy Jules!”

“Shut up, she’ll hear you!” I wasn’t doing a very good job of keeping it down either, I’ll admit.

I could feel heat rising to my cheeks as I heard Rosetta stifle a snort from behind me. I knew she was enjoying this immensely.

“I don’t give a shit! It’s time I heard the truth, Holden!”

“Uh, we have drinks for you but…,” Chris stammered, his voice cracking before trailing off.

“The truth about what? What is it you think is going on? Because there’s nothing! She’s my best friend and we’re dance partners! That’s it!”

Fletcher’s eyes moved to Rosetta and Chris and I could see the humiliation and anger building even higher in him. It was a moment before he looked at me again. “She calls you ‘boo bear!’ You call her ‘Jules’! And you’re lying to me, I can tell!”

Exasperation took my breath away, my pulse pounded in my temples. “Dude, I’ve had it with the accusations. I haven’t lied to you.”

While Fletcher continued to glare at me, I had the strange sensation that I was watching this all take place. Like in a movie. It didn’t seem real and I didn’t feel like I could stop what was happening. I glanced back at Chris and my sister again, wishing they had the sense to go away. In order to make Rosetta leave, I could threaten her within an inch of her life and she still probably wouldn’t leave. She hated Fletcher that much and found this too amusing. Chris, on the other hand, looked like a deer caught in headlights and I realized his feet were probably rooted to the spot. He couldn’t have left if he tried.

“You know what? I’m sick of trying to believe you, Holden. I’m outta here.”

With that, he pushed past me and left.

As fast as my legs would carry me, I ran through the front door and called his name. He stopped before opening the front gate, his back still to me.

My heart was racing now beyond what I felt I could bear and I was trembling from head to toe. Fletcher had left me many times before. Technically, he didn’t even live here even though the guest room was basically his.

This, though… this felt different. It felt final like an invisible line had been crossed. Without him in my life, I didn’t think I could endure.

“Fletch, please, don’t leave like this.” When he didn’t turn to face, me, I came down the steps so I was level with him and resorted to begging. “Don’t leave. Just… please, talk to me.”

There were unshed tears in his eyes as he looked at me. “I can’t take this anymore. I mean it.”

“What does that mean?” And did I really want to know?

He stared at his feet, shifting his weight from one foot to the other.

“Fletch…”

“It means I’m sick of your snarky-ass sister. I’m tired of always wondering if you’re hooking up with Julie behind my back.” Finally, he looked into my eyes, his jaw firmly set. “It means we’re through.”

I couldn’t even respond as his words sucked the life right out of me. I was trembling harder now and felt like I could faint. My entire body was uncomfortably hot but I felt cold.

“You can’t mean that,” I whispered, barely able to choke out the words.

“I mean it,” he quietly said. “We are through.”

Then, with silent tears streaming freely down my face, I watched him walk away until I could no longer see him.

 

 


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64 comments

loladiamond01 May 19, 2018 - 10:13 am

As I saw the warning, I immediately knew that it was about Julie. She is in such a bad position. Goodness, if only Fletcher knew! You can never rant about anyone, not having the faintest idea who they are and where they’re at in their lives.
We have seen the end of this relationship coming from quite some time now, so it’s no surprise. I hope Fletcher learns to control his jealousy, because no relationship will work out for him if he continues to be that way.
Btw, I love that Rosetta had Memphis’ hairstyle in this chapter!

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Kymber May 19, 2018 - 12:09 pm

Thank you, Jowita. 🙂 You’re right about Julie’s situation and Fletcher’s jealousy. I think it’s sad that Fletcher lets his jealousy get the better of him. As you said, no relationship will work out for him if he continues that way. Perhaps he needed to break it off with Holden in order to grow a bit personally.

I knew if anyone noticed Memphis’ hairstyle on Rosetta, it would be you! LOL I originally put it on her to see how the genes were doing. hahaha You can definitely tell she’s related to our Founder. 🙂

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loladiamond01 May 19, 2018 - 12:17 pm

How did you know I would notice it? I am totally not the first one to pick up on details 😛 LOL

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Kymber May 19, 2018 - 12:37 pm

LOL Really? Because you seem to pick up on details all the time. I just said to myself, “Self, Jowita will notice this and say something.” hahaha

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loladiamond01 May 19, 2018 - 12:41 pm

I tend to be pretty obsessive. Maybe I should be a teacher or editor with skills like these 😛

Kymber May 19, 2018 - 12:43 pm

Both ideas are great, I think! 😀 I could see you doing either. Or both. 😀

NotJustaBook May 19, 2018 - 10:30 am

I had a feeling it would be Fletcher who would get mad at Holden over something to do with Julie… he’s very possessive 🙁 That said, I can see why he would be tired of the thing with Rosetta – she’s pretty mean-spirited where he’s concerned and she kind of needs to get over it. Of course his jealousy isn’t great, though. If you can’t trust your partner, the relationship doesn’t work out.
And yeah, poor, poor Julie. Such a bad situation. Hopefully, she won’t return to her husband after this :/ Her daughter shouldn’t grow up in a home like that.

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Kymber May 19, 2018 - 12:12 pm

Thank you, Louise. 🙂 Yes, you were right then. He is very possessive, it’s true. I think maybe he never had much control over his life growing up, so perhaps he is trying too hard to control things now. It blew up in his face, though.

Rosetta is the worst when it comes to Fletcher. In the game, she absolutely detests him. Chris did, too, in game, but gradually seems to have warmed up to him.

I’m afraid this might just be the beginning of Julie and Holden’s problems. More on that next week. 😀

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NotJustaBook May 19, 2018 - 12:32 pm

It seems like that’s what’s happening 🙁 He should really lighten up – he’s lost what was probably one of his most positive relationships…

She’s really mean. So… yeah, she really needs to lighten up.

Oh no 😐 oh, your poor sims! (Though I’m one to talk – considering what I’ve put all my characters through… haha!)

Oh, and I forgot to say that this was a great chapter, as is always the case <3

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Kymber May 19, 2018 - 12:42 pm

Everyone in this generation needs to lighten up. hahaha 😀 You’re right about Rosetta. She really does mean well, but she is sometimes rotten. LOL

Thank you so much. You’re so sweet. <3

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cathytea May 19, 2018 - 12:20 pm

Happy birthday to your son!

I know this is hard on Holden , but I think it’s for the best, long-term. He really will thrive in a healthier relationship or single. He doesn’t need that drain when he has art clamoring for him!

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Kymber May 19, 2018 - 12:39 pm

Thank you so much, CT! 🙂 I can’t believe he’s already 25! I do not know where the time went. I know people say that all the time, but it’s so true.

I think you’re right about Holden and the bigger picture. <3

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cathytea May 19, 2018 - 2:42 pm

Wow! Congratulations! 25 is amazing! 🙂

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 11:11 am

Thank you! He had a really great day, I think. 😀

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socallucyfan May 19, 2018 - 2:38 pm

I had a feeling that Julie was in this sort of situation with her husband. For her and her daughter’s sake I hope she leaves him.
I am proud of Holden for not telling Fletcher about Julie’s situation. He could have spilled the beans to try to get Fletcher to stay, but that would have been a betrayal of trust. In the end I feel like some time apart might be the best for both of them.

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 11:10 am

Thank you so much. You felt right! I hope she leaves him, too. You’ll find out more on that next week.

That’s cool that you’re proud of Holden for keeping Jule’s confidence. You’re probably right about the time apart. I think they both need a healthier relationship for now.

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socallucyfan May 20, 2018 - 6:47 pm

If it was meant to e then they will find their way back to each other (just look at Marty & Xalen).

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 11:41 pm

This is so true! Besides, nothing is over until the fat lady sings, or so they say! haha

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joliesattic May 19, 2018 - 3:20 pm

Like Jule’s said, she thought it would have been quite obvious to him! It is always hard to see someone in this situation and not do anything about it. I had a girl in my clinic once and I spotted it immediately. We couldn’t let her out after we forced her to tell us until she stopped crying so he wouldn’t know she’d told us. She eventually gave in and told her family for her and their small daughter to get sanctuary.
As for Fletch, he on the other hand, is quite capable of becoming like Brent. With his temper, especially given his past, with his father and even with Holden. Jealousy can lead people to do violent things even if it’s unfounded. Another thing too, it could be that he’s also not altogether comfortable with his own sexuality. That can cause people to lash out because they just don’t know how to deal with it. Just sayin’

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 11:44 am

Thank you, Jolie. 🙂 I agree with everything you said about knowing someone who is being abused. I’m so glad the girl you mentioned told you and eventually told her family. I hope shes doing well now.

I also think you’re right where Fletch is concerned. I could see that happening, too, if he doesn’t get a hold on his life. Perhaps you are also right that he’s lashing out because he’s not comfortable with his own sexuality.

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joliesattic May 22, 2018 - 5:29 pm

Gay or not, a person who is uncomfortable in their own skin will have issues. Do I want them back together? Not at this juncture.

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Kymber May 22, 2018 - 6:54 pm

I can see where you’re coming from and agree with you. Perhaps in the future, if they’re both more mature, or perhaps they will both have moved on. 🙂

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Simsered May 19, 2018 - 3:50 pm

Just saying, Holden would make a great step-daddy to Paisley if that’s how things work out lol. But I would actually like for Fletcher and Holden to make up. That ending was so sad. I know he’s being possessive and jealous, but I can see how Fletcher must feel. His boyfriend’s sister can’t stand him, and Chris isn’t any better. Julie does call his boyfriend “boo bear” which would raise my eyebrow too if someone was calling my husband pet names. I know Holden’s an affectionate person, but if he really loved Fletch I think he could reign it in a little where Julie is concerned. And try to explain to him the situation of her abusive husband. We already know that Holden has said that he finds her attractive, and I bet Fletcher can sense that as well. Honestly, I’d feel pretty insecure in my relationship too. Now, Holden has never given him a reason to doubt him. Fletch shouldn’t jump to conclusions that they are sleeping together, but I do understand his concern. I just hope they can work these problems out, but I’m afraid that as long as Julie is in the picture that’s not going to happen for them.
And seriously, Rosetta’s gotta loose that attitude lol. People change. Let’s move on, shall we? I also noticed that she had Memphis’ hairstyle, and you can see the family resemblance! 🙂

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Simsered May 19, 2018 - 3:54 pm

*lose not loose 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 9:49 pm

Oh, please, no worries at all on that. If you saw my typing right now, you wouldn’t worry about typos at all. hahaha 😀 <3

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 9:49 pm

Thank you so much, Simsered! Are you shipping Julie and Holden? lol I reckon you’re right about Holden and Paisley. He probably would be a good step-father. 😀 We will find out shortly how that’s going.

I think the ending really broke Holden’s heart, but there are definitely things he could and should have done better. I’m glad you can see Fletcher’s side, too. As with any relationship, the mistakes were not all one-sided. I think you’re right that Holden should have realized he was too touchy-feely with Julie. I think, in a way, both Holden and Fletcher are right and wrong. lol

Rosetta really does need to figure out how to accept whomever her brother chooses to be with. She has a few hangups she needs to get over. She’s kind of possessive of Holden, too. Not in a romantic way, obviously, but I think she likes to control people in general, but especially him.

I’m so glad you noticed her hairstyle! Woot!! I’m happy dancing right now! lol

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Simsered May 20, 2018 - 10:31 pm

Actually, I would say I ship Holden and Fletcher even though first loves rarely ever last lol. Sure they have their share of problems, but what relationship doesn’t? I think some time apart may help them realize that they love one another enough to talk through their problems and work on them. Maybe they will all learn to get along, Fletcher and Holden will get back together, Rosetta will accept their relationship, Julie will leave her dirt bag husband, and they all live happily ever after. But that’s probably wishful thinking. 😅

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 11:47 pm

I think it’s cool you still ship Holden and Fletcher. You just never know what the future holds. They’re still pretty young, so it seems like some time apart to assess what they want is not such a bad thing. It’s just stinky how it happened. LOL.

I like your ideas about how this should go. <3

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Lila Remonn May 19, 2018 - 6:08 pm

Oh no, I feel so bad for Julie. I’m glad Holden managed to get her and adorable Paisley out of the situation, and get in a good punch for Brent as well. I do hope that horrible man won’t come after them.
Why does it seem like Rosetta and Chris are always drinking? I thought Rosetta would be more restrained about that. I’m really unimpressed with her right now. Especially with that line, “she hated Fletcher that much and found this too amusing.” I think she needs to grow the heck up, because to me Fletcher has been okay for a while now, and she’s just being mean and insensitive to both him and Holden. Sigh.
I agree with Simsered on the whole Fletcher situation. He is being quite jealous, but I also can’t blame him that much. Rosetta and Chris aren’t being nice and it almost seems like Holden doesn’t care very much about Fletcher’s feelings- he does overstep the boundaries a little with Julie. Holden has this I-do-what-I-want, carefree and a tad ignorant attitude, and while I do like that he is confident in himself, it’s not proving to be good for Fletcher’s more sensitive and insecure personality. I think it will be healthy for them to stay away from each other for now, both parties need to think about their action in this situation (and Rosetta).
Awesome chapter!

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 10:36 pm

Thank you so much, Lila. 🙂 The Julie storyline will continue in the next chapter, so you’ll find out pretty soon what happens with that.

Rosetta and Chris are always drinking in game. lol As soon as they get home from work, you will find them at the bar. It’s ridiculous. I’m basically just portraying her as she acts in game. She really hates Fletcher. But! I’m hoping to show a better side of her soon. lol 😀 If it makes you feel any better, I don’t think Holden is too impressed with her right now either.

I agree with you and Simsered about your feelings regarding the Fletcher situation. I think Fletcher was too quick to act, yet I can see what his jealousy stems from for the most part and it does seem like Holden doesn’t care about how Rosetta treats Fletcher. That has to hurt.

I think you’re right that it will be healthier for Fletcher and Holden to be apart.

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Rosie May 19, 2018 - 6:11 pm

I called it! I knew there was something going on with Julie’s husband. I just knew it! And I knew that it would be Fletcher that wouldn’t forgive him. I’m so sad about this. I was hoping they would last. I mean, first love’s rarely do, but they have been together for a long time. Although, his jealousy is all on him. It’s not Holden’s fault that he can’t get over that. Holden makes it very obvious that he’s just a really touchy feely kind of guy, and that makes me love him more! The thing with Rosetta is tough, but we all gotta deal with people like that sometimes. I’m hoping that since it is still early, maybe they’ll find their way back to each other in the end. If not and Julie and Holden happen to come together, which would most likely be delightful for Rosetta, then I’d be okay with that. Yet…I still want Holden and Fletcher! XD Gosh dang it!

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 10:53 pm

Yes! You called it! 😀 Thank you, Rosie. 🙂 You’re right about first loves. You never know, maybe they will get back together someday…. or maybe they will never see each other again. 🙁

I like what you said about dealing with people that don’t like you. It’s a fact of life, unfortunately.

Don’t give up on love, Rosie! You just never know what will happen in this story. 😀

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raymondsanti May 19, 2018 - 6:21 pm

These characters are not having an easy time here. Poor poor Julie, what a terrible position to be in. Hopefully this is the last time Brent lays a hand on her. So glad that Holden managed to get her and her daughter out of there, even if it was at the expense of his own relationship. While Fletcher’s concerns do have a basis, he’s overly jealous and jumping to conclusions. Maybe a break will help him realize this and become a better person. Plus a break might help Holden deal with the whole Julie situation, although I’m sure his emotions and mind are a mess right now, so maybe not…

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 10:58 pm

Thank you so much, Raymond. 🙂 You’re right in that these characters are not having the easiest of times. On the one hand, everything Holden has wanted with dance has happened, but his personal life is a bit tricky. It would be great if this was the last time Brent could ever lay a hand on Julie. We’ll see what happens in the next chapter.

I think you’ve got a good point about Fletcher. He was quick to break up after jumping to conclusions. I do think that being apart will be a good thing for both of them for now.

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Jes2G May 19, 2018 - 7:05 pm

Dear Diary, I know it’s been a while since I’ve written. A long while. I’ve been so busy with dance that I barely have time to think about anything else, it seems.
Dear Holden…tell us something we don’t know LOL.

Here I am now, standing outside of Julie’s house because she didn’t show up for rehearsal today… This is the first time I’ve ever been to Jules’ house as she never lets me come over.
Dear Holden…you’re borderline stalking LOL.

Paisley is going to be so gorgeous when she grows up! I can tell.

“Can’t you tell I don’t want to talk about it? I swear, Holden, most people require the smallest sign to figure things like this out. You need an entire billboard with flashing lights!”
Srsly! But…that’s how stalkers are LOL.

It was my turn to sigh because I didn’t think I was that bad. “I shouldn’t have to tell you how much I care about you. I don’t believe you’re okay, and I’m not leaving until you can convince me.”
…stalker talk LOL

Brent is a slimy d-bag, but he sure is cute lol.

I LOVE that gray couch with the turquoise accent pillow, and I want it in my house.

“Uh, we have drinks for you but…,” Chris stammered, his voice cracking before trailing off.
*snickers*

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 11:01 pm

LOL I laughed throughout your comment because Holden could easily look like a stalker. Uh, is he a stalker? LOLOLOL :O

Hey, I want that couch in my house, too!

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Violincat May 19, 2018 - 8:23 pm

Bye bye, Fletcher. I get it that he has trust issues, but the fact that he didn’t even ask why this woman and her child have to leave their home and stay with Holden… yeah, that’s a major dealbreaker. Holden has never given him reason to distrust him and he overlooked the past bullying. So, yeah, Holden will be much better off without him.

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Kymber May 21, 2018 - 6:54 pm

Thank you, Violincat. 🙂 That is a really good point you made about Holden overlooking the past bullying even though it had become physical. When it came to something Fletcher should overlook, or seek answers to before judging, he didn’t. I think the best thing right now is for them to be apart.

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Marjorie Flo Watts May 19, 2018 - 8:31 pm

I guess it was inevitable! Holden and Julie have been friends since they were kids, so sure, they have silly names for each other! Fletcher’s insecurity has blinded him to any other possible explanation for their friendship and concern for each other. A break might be good for them, but nothing is going to change unless they can all learn better how to communicate. And Rosetta…well, I would love to jerk a knot in her tail!! (what my mom used to say!! lol). She is so mean spirited sometimes, that trait just comes pouring out! Her karma will not be very good when it catches up with her, I fear. I’m actually concerned about what Julie’s husband may do to Holden, now that he’s been “bested” and humiliated by him! Holden has to be very careful with his physical well-being if he wants to continue to improve his dancing. Next chapter should be a goody, too!! And happy birthday to your son! I hope you enjoy the movie. =D

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 11:12 pm

Thank you so much, Marj. 🙂 I like what you said about Fletcher’s insecurity and how that’s blinded him to any other possibilities.

My mom used to say that, too, about jerking a knot in someone’s tail! LOL Rosetta is definitely the prime candidate right now.

That is a really good point about Brent possibly seeking revenge on Holden for being bested and humiliated.

Thank you for the birthday wish. <3 We had a wonderful time.

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Seto May 19, 2018 - 9:30 pm

Fletcher needs to get a grip on himself. Holden is a keeper and Fletcher is being like, “Well if he says anything to anyone else, he must be sleeping about!” I had a friend in that same rela., and omg did it suck to be the one the crazy thought was trying to take the person. No one needs that in their life. And Julie needs to get the hell out of Dodge city. If her husband doesn’t do something drastic, I got a feeling the author will do something like it. 0_o (I’m watching you…. :D)

Nice story.

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 11:18 pm

Thank you so much, Seto, for reading and commenting. <3 I agree that Fletcher needs to get a grip on himself. The accusations get old after a while, especially since Holden is telling the truth. I can kind of see Fletcher's side since Holden is so touchy-feely, however, a relationship can't survive without trust. As we've just seen.

You're also right about Julie. Who needs that in their life? Especially when a child is involved.

Hehehe... I have another reader who says I'm on probation. LOLOL I'm so glad you like the story. <3

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bmitjessesue May 19, 2018 - 10:11 pm

Good riddance…to both men! I can’t tell you how happy I am to say that, finally. Both Holden and Jules deserve so much better and I don’t say the latter lightly, since there is a child involved. Who knows what Holden’s life will be like and what he can accomplish without being tied down by such negativity. I do hope that he does find someone who will support him and lift him up. (maybe not literally)

I was super surprised to see Jules stand up to Holden and tell him off though. I found that quite funny.

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 11:28 pm

Thank you, Bee, my wonderful editor in chief. 😀 I can totally see why you feel the way you do about Brent and Fletcher’s exits. You’ve already seen what happens in the next chapter, so I won’t say anything else here. haha

For Holden to work in dance the way he does, I think you’re right that he can’t have negativity bringing him down like that. I laughed at your “maybe not literally” comment. hahaha

I’m glad you liked Julie standing up to Holden. LOL

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sempreviva May 20, 2018 - 3:16 am

Well, I could totally this this whole Fletcher situation going down eventually! He’s always been so jealous. That said, I can also see how Rosetta didn’t make it easier for him..! Poor Holden 😦
And poor Julie! What a scumbag her husband is! Holden was right to punch him and take both her and her daughter out of that house! I hope that is the last we hear from Julie’s husband, but unfortunately I don’t think so..!
And I so ship Holden with Julie now! I hope they’ll hook up soon, lol! Although I’m sure they both need time.
Great chapter, can’t wait for what’s next! 😀 <3

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 11:35 pm

Thank you so much 🙂 Their relationship really did seem to be heading south, didn’t it? lol I feel bad for Holden, too. He really is shaken up right now.

Julie has had it the worst in dealing with Brent. You’re right that it’s probably not the last we’ll see of the scumbag. We’ll see what’s going to happen with Julie in the next chapter and then after that, too.

I’m not sure you should ship Holden with anyone hahaha. Julie is a possibility, of course, and you’ll see soon if that’s going to pan out or not. 😀

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lisabeesims May 20, 2018 - 6:30 am

WOW Fletcher WTG .. overreacting like that 🙁 Holden did not deserve such nonsense ..

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 11:36 pm

Thank you, Lisa. 🙂 It was quite the time for Holden, I’ll tell you that. LOL

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lisabeesims May 21, 2018 - 5:57 pm

Indeed 😟

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Kymber May 21, 2018 - 6:34 pm

🙁

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The Fairwood Legacy May 20, 2018 - 6:01 pm

Honestly, as much as it hurts Holden, breaking up with Fletcher was for the best. Having a relationship with someone that actively mistrusts you and constantly questions your motives is exhausting. Trust is an extremely important part of a relationship, and Fletcher absolutely refused to give it to Holden. Hopefully, Holden can find someone that won’t constantly question him…

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Kymber May 20, 2018 - 11:40 pm

Thank you so much 🙂 I think you might be right about their breakup and how it was for the best. I don’t think either of them was giving there all. I trust is probably the most important thing in a relationship. I can love someone but if I don’t trust them, it will never work out. Let’s hope the future is better for Holden than the present. 😀

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heatherfeather19 May 21, 2018 - 11:12 pm

I hope that Julie will be able to divorce him. These kind of situations can be very tough to get out of sometimes with the not only physical but mental abuse that goes along with it. Sometimes the person does not want to leave and rationalize their abuser, but at least Julie knows she has support from her friends.

I totally understand Fletcher’s side. This is a person that Holden is really close to being invited to live with them when he knows how Fletcher feels about it already. But I think Fletcher might understand if he knew the story of why she was invited there. I am really baffled why Holden did not tell him what had happened, but maybe he thought it wasn’t his to tell? It is an irrational jealousy, but I understand him. However, I think he’s totally right about the way Rosetta treats him and she seemed so petty here. I’m really curious about what happened there before Holden and Julie walked in. It looked really awkward, lol.

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Kymber May 22, 2018 - 11:17 am

Thank you, Heather. 🙂 I hope the same thing for Julie and agree with everything you said about abuse. It’s very hard to break away, that’s for sure.

I really have enjoyed your point of view regarding Fletcher. I think Holden did not want to betray a confidence. In some regard, he thought Fletcher would trust him to do what was best. However, I think you’re right that Fletcher would have understood if he had known the whole story. Instead, he was left thinking that Holden was throwing this in his face even though he knew how Fletcher felt about it.

Rosetta is indeed petty. Oh, gosh, it was soooo awkward. Chris will probably be talking to Holden in the future about this. hahaha

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lifeslemonslegacy May 23, 2018 - 8:21 am

Oh no! I really like Fletcher, I was hoping they would work it out. I understand the confusion when it comes to Julie. If I didn’t understand a situation, I would probably act that way as well. Honestly, I’m surprised that Holden didn’t just tell him. I think if Julie is Holdens best friend, she would allow Holden to tell Fletcher. Especially if it meant the end of their relationship.
I still have hope! And poor Julie. This chapter has me a little down 🙁 but great writing Kymber! I’m always left wanting more when it comes to you.

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Kymber May 23, 2018 - 12:38 pm

Thank you so much for reading and also for providing such thoughtful feedback. 🙂 Honestly, I really like Fletcher, too. You just never know what the future may bring for Holden. Perhaps this time apart will benefit them both in ways they never realized. You’re not the only one who wondered why Holden didn’t just tell him what was going on with Julie. And that’s an interesting point that if Julie and he are best friends, you’d think she wouldn’t mind him telling his boyfriend what’s going on. Don’t ever lose hope! 🙂

I’m sorry the chapter ended on a downbeat. The next couple might be a little difficult but I promise things will look up again soon. 🙂 Thank you for the compliment; it means a lot to me.

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Simsophonique May 23, 2018 - 2:02 pm

Fletcher is obsessively jealous and that makes him very despicable . If only he would had listen to Holden, if only he could understand Julie is beaten by her husband.
I understand Fletcher wants to leave because of Rosetta she hates him but
And happy birthday to you son !

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Kymber May 23, 2018 - 3:50 pm

Thank you so much. 🙂 Fletcher doesn’t know what Julie’s story is unfortunately. I think it would help if Holden told him, but he won’t. Rosetta is so awful to Fletcher, it’s too bad she would treat him that way when Holden loves him.

Thank you for the birthday wishes! He had a really good birthday! So much fun! <3

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twinsimskeletons May 31, 2018 - 3:49 pm

Aw, Fletcher. He needs to work on his issues. Otherwise there’s no way he’ll manage a relationship. I wonder if knowing about Jules’ home life would change anything. I’m not all that sure it would.
I get that Rosetta is protective, but at this point it’s past petty. Mean-spirited at the very least!
I do like Jules, and I can’t help but wonder if anything will develop between her and Holden now that Fletcher seems to be out of the picture (I think you mentioned he was pan?) but I much prefer them as friends and hope they stay that way, supporting one another platonically!

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Kymber May 31, 2018 - 8:09 pm

Thank you so much <3 That is a really interesting idea regarding Fletcher and Holden. I think that could work out nicely. It might be a while before we see Fletcher again and I already miss him. lol

Rosetta is definitely mean-spirited. Hopefully, she will grow up. lol

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freja64 June 14, 2018 - 5:09 pm

So sad that Fletch left, jealousy is ugly but so difficult to manage… And I knew Jules’ husband beat her, you’ve succeeded in painting the portrait of her, letting something “bad” shine through!

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Kymber June 14, 2018 - 5:29 pm

Thank you so much. 🙂 You’re so right about jealousy and what it can do to a relationship. You were right about Jules’ husband all right. Let’s hope she gets out.

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Kater Creation July 20, 2018 - 1:15 pm

I am late to the party, like always. lol..

I feel bad for the break up. Maybe it’s best that he left. There a saying, “If it’s meant to be, it will be.”

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Kymber July 20, 2018 - 1:54 pm

Thank you so much! 🙂 Hey, better late than never, right? 😀

This break up was hard but I think you’re right that maybe it’s for the best. I like that saying and think it’s true.

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