Sunday, December 30, 2012

7.8 - Not According to Plan


Winter dreams about babies often. She’d like to start a family soon but Nalin doesn’t seem to think they’re ready for it. So they’re just letting things happen naturally and waiting.



Even so, Prim’s the first member of the family to get morning sickness.




Sure, she and Cruz were using protection, but that doesn’t work 100% of the time apparently... still, it might be nice to have a baby. She’s almost an adult already, will be before her baby becomes a toddler. How exciting!




But when Prim tells the rest of her family, she quickly realizes she’s the only excited one.

“Prim are you crazy? Weren’t you two even thinking? You’re too young for a baby! This is going to ruin your life! Have you even told Cruz yet?”




“N-no... why does he have to know? It’s my baby.”

Topaz can only roll her eyes in frustration. “He helped make it, Prim, therefor its his baby too. You’re going to tell him before you get home tonight and that’s final.”

And suddenly... this situation is no longer exciting.




Prim’s pregnancy has made Winter’s wish for a child even stronger. “I think we should try for a baby.”

Nalin’s heard this conversation before, and he isn’t too excited for it again. “But Winter we’re still just... young. We aren’t even married yet and I want to do things properly.” 

She shifts in her seat and suddenly he wonders if maybe that was a veiled announcement. 

“It isn’t.” She clarifies, neither realizing he didn’t ask the question out loud. “I’m not pregnant. We can do things the right way if you want.”




Prim goes to school like normal, getting only a few pokes from her friends about her new clothes, but thankfully no one puts together that she’s pregnant. Cruz invites her over like he always does, but this time she doesn’t enter his house with him. “So Topaz says I have to tell you I’m pregnant.”




He reacts exactly how every normal girl wishes her partner would react, pulling her in for a hug and unable to hide his smile. “Seriously? That’s great news, Prim! I can’t wait to see our baby! Mom was offering to get me my own place after graduation, we can move in together and get married and raise our family there. It’ll be so awesome to come home to you as my wife everyday.”




Unfortunately for Cruz, Prim isn’t a normal human. She’s a fairy, and as soon as he mentions marriage she can feel a hand around her throat squeezing. She pulls away from him quickly. 

“Why would I want to marry you? Cruz, you’re fun, but I’m not going to spend the first 80 days of my life shackled to an aging human! Eeew!”




As her words sink in, he gets angry. “Excuse me? So you were just leading me on the whole time? What about being my girlfriend?”

“Yeah, I didn’t want you to cheat on me, and I wasn’t going to cheat on you, but I never said this was permanent! Come on, Cruz, that’s just crazy!”

“No Prim, YOU’RE crazy!”




“If I’m so crazy then why are you still with me?”

Instantly he realizes where she’s going with this. “Prim no, I just meant-”

“No no. You’re right. I’m so over this! I’m breaking up with you, Cruz, don’t ever call me again.”




Cruz’s only thoughts are to wonder just how and why things went from awesome to over in the span of a few minutes. 




Prim on the other hand is just celebrating freedom. Topaz raised her and Nalin just fine on her own, and Prim won’t be alone. She doesn’t need a partner to raise her baby, and she’ll be fine without seeing Cruz ever again. He was getting boring anyway.




Topaz isn’t taking her sister’s pregnancy well. “...And to make things worse, she just dumps the poor boy. Cruz’s mother may be an air head, but she’s also well connected. If she wants Prim’s baby how the heck are we able to do to stop her? My siblings both work freelance, I peddle what could in a way be considered drugs, Winter’s a fortune teller, and Prim isn’t exactly the picture of responsibility. I can’t raise her baby for her!”




“Well, its not like you’ll be alone.” He points out. “You’ve got your brother and his girlfriend. And I’m sure your sister isn’t as flighty as you think she is. I’ve been told sims have some sort of connection to their children once they hold them.”

“You’ve been told?” She asks with a smirk at him. “No experience?”

“No kids.” He reminds her.




He decides to help her take her mind off of things. 




Every time they touch, she feels her heart go all a-flutter. “You’re a dangerous man, Casey Cassidy.”

“Am I?” He quirks an eyebrow at her. “How so?”

“You’re the kind of guy a girl could very easily find herself crushed by.” She says it with a smile. “I doubt it takes much to fall in love with you. I’m just worried its already happening to me.”




Topaz has yet to realize she isn’t falling in love, she’s already fallen. 




Almost as hard as Casey has fallen for her.




After Prim told Cruz, Cruz told the whole school about her being pregnant. Most of the school ignores her and shuns her during class, but Cornell hasn’t. He’s a fair bit younger than Prim, and ugly like a horse, but he’s kind and that’s what she needs right now. 




One day Casey shows up at Topaz’s house unannounced. She had been hoping to keep him and her home life separate for as long as possible but she couldn’t just ask him to stay outside until she was ready for their date.




... They decide to stay in instead of go out. 

Winter figures this means she and Nalin aren’t goanna be able to woo-hoo in the backyard again tonight. Boo. Stupid Casey.




Topaz isn’t sure when things changed for her, but every moment of her day has been about Casey lately. She works when she has time, but Nalin got a lucrative work request from the local military so she doesn’t need to (at least not this week). A week ago she never would have dreamed of letting anyone into her room, but as soon as Casey has the door closed she’s the one pulling off his clothes. 




It’s not like she hasn’t done this before. She has. In high school with a witch boy whose name she doesn’t remember. And a few times while on the road to keep Nalin and Prim fed and warm. But this time it actually means something. 




Casey wakes up first the following morning, happy for a moment when he sees Topaz asleep next to him. Then he notices the missed messages on his phone on the bedside table and the guilt hits. He shouldn’t be doing this, not to Topaz, and certainly not to his wife waiting for him in Bridgeport.



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Sometimes, drama is brought on by the decision you make, knowing full well what those decisions will lead to. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

7.7 - Call Me, Maybe


The phone calls begin the very next day. Topaz isn’t even sure how he got her number, but judging from the various female voices she heard during his first call, someone must have been more than happy to give up her privacy. How annoying.



She blocks his number, but then the gifts start arriving. More precisely, one very expensive gift. It’s a painting Topaz has had her eye on for a long time but never imagined she’d be able to afford.




Topaz was hoping to avoid this, but as soon as Prim finds out who the painting is from she demands Topaz go out on at least one date with him. What’s the worse that could happen?




Well, if her outfit is anything to go by, Topaz isn’t sure she wants to know. But then Nalin offers to drive her to the club to make sure she actually goes. It’s a conspiracy to get her a social life!




Casey is ecstatic to see she’s finally accepted his offer for a date. “You look amazing! I’m really glad you decided to come.”




Topaz doesn’t mention that her siblings all but drugged her and threw her into a trunk to get her out of the house, but after a while she does begin to enjoy herself. She never realized Appaloosa Plains had such a nice night life.




As soon as Nalin and Topaz were out the door, so was Prim, headed towards Cruz’s place. His mom was spending the night out with her new boyfriend waiting for her baby to come, so Prim could stay as late as she wanted!




“I didn’t think you’d be able to make it.” Cruz smiles as he gets home from his part time job at the cemetery. “How long can you stay?”

“As long as you want me to.”




“Good.”




Cruz’s life is pretty good. A loving mom, a decent soon to be step-father, and a hot girlfriend. He’s strongly considering proposing to Prim once they’ve both graduated. 




Back at the club, Topaz is finding Casey a lot less annoying than the first time they met. He’s actually a pretty damn good dancer.




As he wraps his arm around her waist, pulling her closer, Topaz can feel her heart race just a bit. She just knows her face is flushed and looks down at their feet but Casey smiles. “You don’t have to worry about looking down, I’ll guide you. I promise I won’t step on your feet more than once or twice.”

She can’t help but smile at that, face turning even brighter when her eyes finally meet his.




The club closes early, but they don’t head out just yet. Instead Casey settles down onto the ground and Topaz takes a seat with him. 

For a long moment they’re both quiet, with him staring up at the clear night sky and her watching him. But then he speaks. “I never really realized how amazing the stars are when you can actually see them. Back home I can see the stars sometimes from my dad’s place in the country, but I never really take the time to look up.”




“Appaloosa Plains is a good place to remember to take a break.” Topaz smiles, not realizing she’s placed her hand on top of his. Neither even notices as the rain begins to pour down.




As he scoots closer, Casey remembers something she mentioned the last time they spoke. “You said you’re raising your siblings, and the guy who dropped you off threatened me with a wrench if I didn’t have you home by morning. If you don’t mind me asking... why are they your responsibility? Don’t you guys have parents?”

“My mom and step dad are still alive, I think.” Topaz says after a few moments. “My dad and his wife were killed the day before my birthday, and their kids were kicked out of the community for something my brother did. I couldn’t let them go on their own so I went with them and I’ve done everything I could to keep them safe and in one piece.” She almost tells him about how she was willing to sell her soul for her brother, but then he’d think she was crazy.

“Your community kicked out two little kids? What, did you live in a cult commune or something?”

“We lived in Moonlight Falls, its a sanctuary for the occult. My brother put the town in danger because of something he made, and the town’s guardian had no qualms about kicking out a human and a child-aged fairy. I’m just a human myself, but I had to take care of them.”

“If my words mean anything at all, you’re the hottest human I’ve ever seen.”




She laughs nervously, partly from his compliment, mostly out of surprise he hasn’t taken off. “You don’t think I’m crazy?”

“My step dad’s a vampire.” He admits. “We keep it out of the tabloids, but I think if vampires exist than so can other creatures.”




“My grandparents were vampires.” She smiles before pausing to point out some of the constellations she’s studied. 

Casey isn’t actually too sure if he believes her story, but she doesn’t look crazy.




Eventually, Topaz wants to head home. “Thanks for the great night, Casey.” She smiles, enjoying his hug. 

“Will I see you again?” He asks.




She kisses him as a response.




“Um... c-call me? Maybe?”




“I will definitely call you.” He smiles, pulling her in for an embrace.

It’s four in the mornings, its been raining for hours and they’re both soaked. Do either even notice? Nope.



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<3

This sappy happy romantic stuff is getting boring... can I go back to the drama now?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

7.6 - No Time for a Guy


Topaz claims her elixers are selling well, so she buys Nalin a new inventing table. Nalin almost doesn’t believe its new when some of the scorch marks look familiar, but there’s no way Topaz was hiding this at a friend’s place. What would have been the point?


While out for a walk, Nalin and Winter come across the resident gypsy wagon. It was here long before the Saris moved in, but with Winter here it finally brings up some familiar memories (for Nalin, not Winter).



“Your mom was our town’s gypsy.” He says out of the blue. “I dunno if she could actually see anything in her crystal ball, I mean my parents never payed her any visits but they didn’t mock her either. You guys weren’t short on money after she married Topaz’s uncle.”




“Wouldn’t Topaz’s uncle be your uncle?” Winter asks as Nalin takes a seat.

He shakes his head. “Topaz is my half sister. Prim and my dad was dating Topaz’s mom all through high school but broke up with her before leaving for medical school. When he got back Topaz was a baby and her mom was married. He fell for my mom after that and married her. I think they were happy together, I never saw them fight like he did with Topaz’s mom every time they were in a room together.”

“And when did you meet me?”

“When we were kids. I think your mom moved to town while you were just a toddler but I’m not sure. You had memories of snow and your old home, but I never really asked you about them. I’m sorry.” He waits for her shrug before continuing. “We were in the same class in elementary school in a town called Moonlight Falls. We were the only two non-occult kids there so our teacher set us up for the buddy program. We were pretty good friends after that.”




Winter gives him a strange look, not actually sure if he’s telling the truth about them being the only non-occult kids in their old town or if he’s just pulling her leg. But hey, his sister has friggin fairy wings, so why shouldn’t she believe him? 

So instead: “I want to go have my fortune read. Will you come with me?”




He doesn’t want to, but he obliges. 




Their fortuneteller is a sham, Nalin can tell that much right off the bat but Winter is transfixed by the process, and so too is their fortune teller when Winter starts seeing signs int he crystal ball. She’s offered a job on the spot and after only a bit of hesitation, she accepts. 




Even with a job, the pay is minimal and only four days of work, three days a week. It’s a part time job in the loosest form of the word, and Winter still feels the need to help around the house to earn her keep.




Prim’s class cut up some pumpkins to make faces and put lights in them for the upcoming Spooky Day festivities. When her own garden produces a fair sized pumpkin she decides to make a silly pumpkin or two for the house.




Nalin just enjoys the last few days of warm weather in the pool.




it isn’t rare for Topaz to run into visitors from out of town while on her walks. Appaloosa Plains is such a beautiful town that much of its money comes from tourism rather than food production. But even then, the visitors are usually families who visit for the day, none of them come even close to the man waving for Topaz to wait up as she crosses the street.




“Hello!” He greets her with a smile, extending his hand. “My name is Casey Cassidy.”

Something about the name sounds familiar but Topaz can’t really put her finger on it. “Topaz Sari, pleasure to meet you. Is there something I can help you with?”




He seems taken aback momentarily before repeating himself. “I said I’m Casey Cassidy... don’t you recognize the name?” 

She shakes her head, giving him a strange look. “Should I?”

“I was voted SimLiving’s sexiest man alive this year! I’m a rockstar! Headlined in Bridgeport’s benefit concert earlier this summer... nothing? My agent said this was a good place to take a break but this is ridiculous.”




“Oh! THAT Casey Cassidy.” Turns out Topaz DOES know of him. “Yeah, my kid sister was into you for a bit. I don’t really like pop music myself so I guess that’s why I haven’t heard of you.”

Casey just glares at her. “I’m a rockstar, not a pop star.”

“Sure, whatever, now where were you headed to?”




He was looking for the beach... on the completely wrong side of town. Seeing as the town’s only beach is pretty out of the way she offers to take him there herself, otherwise he’ll just get lost again.




Thankfully by the time they get to the beach he heads off on his own and Topaz decides to take the rest of the day off and just enjoy the water. Things are getting chilly, and she knows Winter is coming. It was part of Gaia’s actions, in order to fix what Nalin had made she’d been forced to bring about seasons to all of sim nation. The upcoming snow will undoubtedly bring up bad memories for all of them. She isn’t looking forward to it.

But for now, life is good, and she’s brought out of her thoughts completely when Casey sneaks up behind her to splash her.




As the evening arrives and the night begins to dawn on them they leave the water, laughing over the fun. 




“You’re quite a babe, you know that?” Casey smiles, gazing into Topaz’s purple eyes. “You’ve got some of the nicest eyes I’ve ever seen. I came here because I thought I could get a break from the celebrity life, but I will totally use it if it’ll get me a date with you. What do you say, babe?”




She groans. “Casey you’re really attractive, but I’m so not attracted to you right now. I like being called by my name, Topaz, and I’m really not looking for a relationship right now. I’m raising my younger siblings and we’re barely making the rent every week with me working around the clock. I don’t have time to dedicate to a guy.”




“I won’t take up every minute of every day.” Casey promises, taking Topaz’s hands in his. “Just promise you’ll see me again one time. Just once.”

She knows what that means. “I’m not looking for a one night stand either.”




He lets her go, and after a quick change she’s out of the park and on her way home. It’s getting late but she should have time to make a few more elixers before bed. The skill boosters are selling pretty well right now, and if she can just make another five they’ll be able to make the rent easily.




Back home, Nalin and Winter are having a very different night. 

“Are you sure no one will see?” Winer asks, voice hushed. “Topaz could be home at any minute!”




“And she’ll be coming through the front door and then to her studio or up to bed.” He points out. “And Prim’s in bed. No one will see... I promise.”

With Winter convinced, Nalin closes the distance between their lips.




As soon as her saw the giant leaf pile in the yard he knew what he wanted to do in it.




Winter honestly just finds the whole idea rather gross, but hey... the actual act is pretty fun. “Fine... but only if I’m on top.”

He can’t keep the smugness out of his voice. “Well... if you insist.”



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Big thanks to Heaven for the delicious rockstar, Casey Cassidy. He'll be back. : )