I discovered sharpening!  Yay!

“Lilith, Shannon’s dead.”

Jason’s words kept repeating over and over and over in her mind until her heart beat to their rhythm.

I'm trying to not overdo it, though.

She had run out of the house, desperate to get away. To get somewhere sane, where people stayed alive and frolicked among the daisies in sun-dappled meadows and never had bad dreams and never lived in houses near waterfalls and certainly never went crazy and killed people.

when I uploaded this pic there was an ad for Coraline

“Are you okay? You sure ran out of there like your hair was on fire and your ass was catching.”

tee hee, I said ass

“Yeah, I’m fine. Listen, can we go to the library today instead of the office? I have an appointment.”

Lilith made a mental note that she really needed to buy her own car. Or start riding the bus. Sitting next to old Crazy Kevin would be better than this. Would probably smell better too.

anyway, the ad for Coraline totally freaked me out

She got out of the cab and turned towards the library doors, willing her mind to be cool and still and silent.

it was like aaaahhhh buttons for eyes!


I mean, button eyes are pretty freaky

Her vision cleared just in time. She put out her hands to steady herself.

What part of still and silent did her stupid brain not understand?

supposedly button noses are cute

“Err, nothing to see here. No one going crazy or having weird visions or cracking up, not here. I am perfectly sane. Perfectly perfectly sane.”

Lilith looked around but it appeared that the denizens of Sunset Valley thought it much too early for visits to the library. She breathed a sigh of relief and continued up the steps.

I hate my artistic integrity

“Mr. Sekemoto?”

Lilith was surprised by the steadiness of her voice and mentally cheered her vocal cords on.

“Oh, is that you Ms. Parker? I’m just up here by the science fiction. Come on in.”

I had an absolutely beautiful picture of Lilith looking out towards the lighthouse

“Yes Lilith, please do come in.”

but I just couldn't make it fit

She started up the stairs and tried to ignore the trembling in her legs.

so I had to let it go

She made it to the top of the stairs without tripping or dying or otherwise embarrassing herself. So far so good.

“Good morning, Mr. Sekemoto.”

but if it really loves me it'll come back

“Good morning, Ms. Parker. I understand you wished to speak about Seth Morrigan?”

the button eyes are really starting to freak me out, man

“Lilith, Shannon’s dead.”

once on the internet I  knew a girl who claimed to have sewn her mouth shut

“Are you all right, Ms. Parker?”

speaking of the picture that I had to let go

“Oh yes, I’m sorry. Didn’t sleep that well last night. Yes, Seth Morrigan. I was wondering if you knew anything about him. I’ve been told that you’re the person to go to for information on Sunset Valley history.”

I still have it open and can't get it to close.

“That is certainly high praise. I must ask you who said that. But for now, let’s see. Hmm, yes, Seth Morrigan. He moved here with his wife about fifty years ago.”

so maybe it does love me

“The fire comes for us all, Lilith.”

in a scary stalker sort of way

“He was a valued scientist at our local research facility and won several awards for his work on rare flora and fauna like lifeplants and deathfish.”

every time I upload a pic I see them

“Yes, I read about all that in our archives at the paper. I was wondering if you knew anything about his wife’s disappearance or a mysterious fire? I found this story online last night that mentioned things like that and I was wondering if there was any truth to it.”

the eye buttons, they taunt me

“Oh. Err. That. Yes.”

could be worse - could be eye sharks

“Lilith, we’re all dead. Especially you. Hah!”

or eye snakes

“We don’t really like to talk about that.”

I think  it's about time to start winding this chapter up

“The chamber of commerce doesn’t really like it to get around, you understand. Bad for tourism and such. They really don’t like me talking about it.”

I need to take a few more pictures in the game though

“I understand that, Mr. Sekemoto, I do. But well, you see, my boss sort of dropped dead under mysterious circumstances last night after assigning me this story. So I kind of need to know. Now.”

yeah, I'm reusing pictures.  But my artistic integrity tells me it's okay

“It’s too late, Lilith.”

so whatever, yeah, what'cha gonna do?

“It is not too late! It’s not it’s not it’s not! Don’t you see?! She’s not dead! She’s just off frolicking in a freaking damn sun-dappled meadow!”

almost done

“Okay, I can see you’re upset. Anyone would be. I’m truly sorry for your loss. But I cannot speak of that here.”

oh god, the button eyes again!

“Why the hell not?!”

Lilith threw up her hands in frustration. She’d totally lost her cool and blown any pretense of professionalism, but she didn’t care. It wasn’t like there was anyone to fire her.

the buttons - they pop out of my screen and try to eat my brain

“Well, there is one thing. Do you by any chance know Bella Goth?”

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54 Responses to Breakdown

  1. Gayl says:

    Oh that was creepy…and your shots are amazing! I am thinking Jason better keep a close watch on Lilith…those flashes of memory are scary!

    OK Lilith cracks me up. She has such a skewed way of looking at things.


    • medleymisty says:

      I’m going to start trying to reply to comments on here even if it is a bit overwhelming.

      Thanks! I did worry a bit about over-editing and reusing pics, but like I said in the mouseover text my artistic integrity said it was okay and the story needed it.

      Thank you for reading and commenting – it really does mean a lot.


  2. squishyg says:

    Oh my gosh… Bella?! What else are you gonna throw at us?!

    *pulls hair*

    Loved it!


  3. raquelaroden says:

    You’re great at building suspense. Poor Lilith! One wonders whether she’ll be able to keep it together long enough to get any answers.


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you! We’ll see – I think Bella will feel more free to talk than Sam Sekemoto. And do recall the picture of Mortimer and Bella’s older brother in the Legend chapter. πŸ˜‰


  4. Debbycus says:

    Oh my, I love all the suspense you are putting your readers through. Also, your style of writing is something most pleasantly unusual, yet still close to ordinary people (in my opinion at least — I can closely relate to Lilith’s thoughts).
    Will continue reading, and thanks for sharing! πŸ˜€


    • medleymisty says:

      Yay! I’m grateful that you like it enough to keep reading, and the compliment on the writing style certainly goes straight to my little writer’s heart. Lilith is an ordinary person, I think – she’s just going through some extraordinary experiences.


  5. hrootbeer says:

    I know I said it before, buy your story-telling is so cinematic. I love how the pictures and story go together. You are a master of suspense. I am still on the edge of my seat.


    • medleymisty says:

      Wow, thank you! πŸ™‚ I take pictures until I feel like I have enough to start and then I look through them and choose some to start with and edit and upload them. Then I write the caption in the caption space on photobucket and copy and paste it over here. If the story seems to call for any shots I don’t have yet I’ll load the game up and take them.

      I’m definitely not the sort who writes the story out beforehand and takes pictures to fit.

      I really do appreciate all of your comments – they’ve given me the inspiration to continue this until I’m done and then actually go for my dream of one day publishing something. πŸ™‚


  6. Ning says:

    Yay! I’m gonna comment here since you’ll be replying here. πŸ™‚ Or do you prefer comments on SWG?

    I think the picture where Seth’s wife glares at her and says β€œThe fire comes for us all, Lilith.” was the freakiest! Are the ghosts sending mind messages to her?

    Bella Goth?? She’s just a kid in TS3 right? D8 That makes it even scarier, what has a kid gotta do with all this?


    • medleymisty says:

      It’s fine if you want to comment here.

      Yeah, I’ve been wanting to use that pic forever. πŸ™‚

      Bella is a child when you start the game – and Sam Sekemoto is a toddler and Shannon’s mother, Claire Ursine, is pregnant. πŸ˜‰ The story is set about fifty years after the start of the game.


  7. yhdyfghfghfghfghfg says:

    oh gosh o: this just gets more and more interesting every time I read them o:

    And if you ask me I think something is up with the Mr. Sekemoto ….


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you! That certainly helps because I’ve been worried that I’d jumped the shark with the last two updates. I think it’s going to get better, though.

      We’ll see about Sam. πŸ™‚


  8. Audrey says:

    Wow. I’m so hooked. This is definitely the most unique, and one of the most well-written legacies I’ve seen so far. And I think I’ve actually read more than I’ve played by now. >.>

    And Sam fears….The Chamber of Commerce? They must have an iron thumb they keep on the community. πŸ˜›


    • medleymisty says:

      Wow, thank you! πŸ™‚ Oh yes, the Chamber of Commerce. I did sort of have “For the greater good.” from Hot Fuzz rambling around my brain at that point.


  9. Izzy says:

    This is amazing, I love it! Although I’m kind of confused as to why Lilith was so silent when Jason was talking to her in the previous update. Hmm…I wonder what Bella has to do with this and why do I get this feeling that poor Sam will end up dead :/


  10. tipix7 says:

    Gorgeous shots as always! The flashbacks are genius and Sekemoto’s faces are priceless! Looking forward to seeing where this is going and how it affects Lilith.


  11. Sotc says:

    My goodness. I remember your stories from what seems like way back in the day. I liked them then, and I like them now. What a great beginning! I’m certainly looking forward to more.


  12. Velvet says:

    Okay, so I was going to leave a comment on your liverjournal but I don’t have an account and really didn’t want to create yet another account to do so (I have way too many :D).

    So, here goes….

    I waited for a while to come back because I like long reads and figured you’d post at least two before I made the trip over and boy was I surprised! I’m so loving this story and it’s a definite non-legacy story.

    Lilith – is just a little weird okay. I’m not diggin’ the way she’s treating poor Jason. I think her personal issues make her a prime target for the ghosts of the house. Those scary nightmares and images during the waking hours have me really concerned for her well-being.

    Jason – I love him! The poor dear is definitely in love in a major way. He doesn’t want to be a door mat but he just can’t leave Lilith alone to suffer. I think he’s going to play a major role in her rescue from this assignment eh?

    Your prose – stellar!
    Your pics – super stellar!
    Your humor – just my style.

    Four stars m’dear and keep ’em coming.


    • medleymisty says:

      I’ll email you a reply soon. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much – it really means a lot to me. And yes, I am continuing to update this one and write more for you to read. Amazing what the lack of star ratings will do for one’s motivation, eh?


  13. sixseventrooper says:

    OMG you are the best writer ever!!! If I were you I would actually consider writing a novel! You would be like FAMOUS!!! Oh and I also like reading the text overs in these XD button eyes scare me too 0.o


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you! πŸ™‚ I actually am seriously considering taking the bones of Valley and trying to turn it into something publishable when I’m done with it.

      Heh, I do like the mouseover text. It gets less inspired as you go on and I start to focus more on the actual text, though.


  14. Sara says:

    OMG BELLA GOTH?! ok this is weird. My heart starting racing and thumping when i heard this “β€œWell, there is one thing. Do you by any chance know Bella Goth?” It was crazy! Ur including Bella Goth?! I so frickin love her. By the way that little girl kinda freaks me out. lol. I read too much horror stories πŸ™‚


  15. Samantha says:

    okay this time I decided not to read all the comments (i tend to but i had to leave my own so badly after reading the first comment’s reply) I didn’t realze you had comments on your pictures and after reading that you did i went through and read all the comments. Totally solved the creaped out problem i was having. It was like watching a comedy after a horror film, no nightmares after that, lol.


  16. Punkerbelle says:

    Ahhh I love this!
    Ghost stories are always my favorite.
    I’m definitely going to keep checking and reading everyday.


  17. hilyer says:

    Wow! This story is great! I just found it tonight and am reading the whole thing through! LOL I know I’ll be dying for updates!!


  18. Alex says:

    I love this storyline, it’s so spooky but in a good way. I suspect that Sekemoto is possessed by a spirit


  19. Okay, this is my second favorite chapter. Lilith is totally losing it, and the other realm is starting to blend into her reality. I like it!


  20. Poph says:

    One thing I am LOVING is your text commentary on your images…genius! (I’m probably the last person to notice them, but still). Good stuff…


  21. Lilac says:

    Oh, i absolutely love bella goth! I really think it’s cool that you are including her in the story. This is even better than aliceandkev!(aliceandkev is a really popular sim blog/story.)


  22. kama674 says:

    Ohh this chapter is really creepy! The shots are amazing and I like the whole mystery! Good work:)


  23. Voexum says:

    First off I so love these stories! 5 *****

    My question was, is the “Crazy Old Kevin” from the bus the same kevin from Alice and Kev?


  24. glee111 says:

    I love your rant about the button eyes. Very amusing. πŸ˜€ Coraline IS freaky. We had to read it once in class. I still have nightmares.


    • medleymisty says:

      I like the book, actually. πŸ™‚

      Thanks. πŸ™‚ Although I think you’re fairly close to where I started putting more effort into the story than the mouseover text and it’s sadly not as amusing.


  25. SweetDalilah says:

    β€œThe fire comes for us all, Lilith.”
    That sentence really freaked me out. Great work with the flashbacks.
    It’s good that Bella will be showing up in this story. Can’t wait to see her.
    I just discovered that you have comments on pics too. I love the part with button eyes. It was pretty funny to me.


    • medleymisty says:

      That’s one of the themes, I think – that fire does come for us all. We all suffer. There’s a couple more parts to that but they don’t really show up until Daydream.

      Ah yes, Bella. I liked my version of her very much. She was fun to write.


  26. SuziMae says:

    Your blog is my new favourite. It has amazing suspense and I love the mouseover text. It is sooo hiliarious!


  27. Poor Lilith is starting to lose it. 😦

    By the way, I don’t think I’ve mentioned how great I think your pictures are. I can’t seem to ever get good Sims 3 screenshots, and here you have gorgeous ones! ^_^ I’m so jealous. Hehe.


    • medleymisty says:

      *must not type spoilers*, lol!

      Sims 3 is a very very pretty game. My secrets, they are these: hideHeadlineEffects on, four years of experience with cameraman mode in Sims 2, and also four years of taking pics of rental properties for the company website. πŸ™‚


  28. Katrea says:

    Uh oh, hold it together Lilith! It was almost as if she was poisoned somehow in that nightmare world of hers. Question is, who is doing the poisoning?
    I love how the nightmare is beginning to mix with the reality to the point where Lilith is actually speaking to the visions/ghosts she’s seeing. Can’t wait to see what Bella has to say!


  29. Tori says:

    OMG Bella Goth!! Lol my favorite part was β€œIt is not too late! It’s not it’s not it’s not! Don’t you see?! She’s not dead! She’s just off frolicking in a freaking damn sun-dappled meadow!” that made me laugh πŸ™‚ you are a amazing writer, you totally have talent. πŸ™‚


    • medleymisty says:

      Awww, thank you! πŸ™‚ Yay I am all happy and blushy now! πŸ™‚

      Yeah – I like inserting the occasional bits of humor into my dark angsty allegorical horror stories, lol. πŸ˜‰


  30. lilac16 says:

    Love the cliffhanger/tie in to the next chapter! ❀ Genius! πŸ™‚ Wow I'm such a blog stalker


  31. Creepy visions? Fires? Dead people talking? And now a tie to the Goth family? O_O This is getting good. Pretty sure Mr. Sekemoto was a little freaked out by Lilith’s meltdown moment. I would be too. I mean, Lilith hasn’t properly processed her boss’s death.


  32. msmarvel98 says:

    OOoohhh my god! I love this story so much! You write so incredibly well – I was actually going to stop reading this before I go to bed, because it’s freaking me the fuck out (your writing and choice of screenshot placement is brilliant). But then you had to mention Bella Goth, and I both do and do not want to read the next chapter!

    Liked by 1 person

    • medleymisty says:

      Yay! It makes me happy when people still enjoy Valley all these years later. πŸ™‚ Bella…well, it’d be a spoiler to tell you why I had to include her. But I liked her and writing her was fun. πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

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