I'm just not feeling these mouseover texts the way I used to

He’s going to kill her. He’s going to kill her.

The words reverberated in the cavern of Lilith’s mind. The light and warmth of Bella’s voice had been extinguished and she was alone and drowning in the freezing darkness.

the actual text just seems more important these days

She struggled to breathe as ice gripped her lungs and waves of images and voices crashed over her head.

Easter Bunny.....OF GREAT JUSTICE!!

Kill her. He’s going. Going to kill. To kill her. Her.

I'm taking more time with this one than the others. Hmm.

Flames as cold as death licked at her skin and smoke filled her nostrils. The outside world with its ornate sofas and dead tree and soft-voiced angel receded from her vision as she sunk beneath the waves.

Ghosts and fire. Fire and ghosts. Nothing else had ever existed and nothing else ever would exist. Why struggle any longer?

Everything went silent and dark as she let herself go. There was no more Lilith. There was only shadow and flame.

That's probably a good thing.

But then there came a sound. It was faint and muffled and just on the very edge of hearing, but it was real. At the core of Lilith’s soul, something heard the sound and flickered in response.

“As you can well imagine, I didn’t really know what to say to that. But she looked so sad and strange. And wild. I began to wonder if she was even real. Perhaps she was some memory of the rocks, an echo of an event they had witnessed long ago.”

yeah, definitely a good thing

‘What do you mean? Who’s going to kill who? What’s going on?’

“She startled and looked into my eyes for the first time, and I realized that she hadn’t known I was there before.”

Luna, my new kitten, is so sweet and adorable.

‘He said not to talk to other people. He said they were crazy and were out to get him and that I shouldn’t talk to them.’

where can a dead man go?

‘I’m not out to get anyone, I promise. I just came up here for fun. Are you all right? Did you want to talk to an adult? My parents are at home. They’re all right, mostly.’

“I was quite confused and a little bit scared, but I felt sorry for her and wanted to help her. She was so pitiful.”

a question with an answer only dead men know

‘He said…he said not to talk to other people. He said bad things would happen. I’m scared.’

what five letters spell apocalypse, she asked me

‘It’s okay. I’m not going to hurt you. You’re safe. Come on home with me. My brother Michael can be annoying, but he’s probably not home right now anyway. My mom’s really nice. She’ll make us peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and we can play on the swings and it’ll be fun.’

the spousal person is going to make me macaroni and cheese again, yay!

‘NO! He said bad things. He said bad things would happen. He says that they want him to die and I don’t want him to die. He’s my daddy.’

I may not have ratings to deal with anymore

‘Look, it’s okay, really. I promise my family and I don’t kill people. You look like you could use some fun. And a friend.’

but I'm still pretty freaking neurotic and obsessed with my stats page


“She stared off into the distance and I was afraid I’d lost her. Her eyes had much the same look as yours do now. But then she spoke again.”

‘Friend. I’ve never had one of those before.’

but anyway, the spousal person is making the best macaroni and cheese ever

The flickering in Lilith’s soul had grown brighter as the sound had grown stronger and clearer. The ghostly voices had faded into the background and a small circle of light was keeping the shadows at bay.

The angelic sound coalesced into one word, a word that set the circle of light expanding until Lilith was surrounded by light and warmth and reality.


even if it did give me a touch of heartburn

“There you are. Welcome back!”

Bella’s smile swept through Lilith’s mind, clearing away the shadows and silencing the whispers.

“I promise we’re getting to the interesting part soon, and you need to hear it. Stay with me now, all right?”

this is turning out to be one of the longer updates

“I loved that old swingset in our backyard. I drove by the old house years ago and noticed that it wasn’t there anymore. I often wonder what happened to it, if it’s alone in the dark in some storage shed or rusting quietly away in the woods or, hopefully, in another backyard giving another child endless hours of joy.”

but hey, longer is okay right?

“Emma had eventually ended up coming home with me that day. I don’t believe she’d ever seen a swingset before, poor thing.”

But I would like to get it out tonight

“She laughed and talked and glowed like a flower opening up to the sun. I could feel her excitement at being out on her own and having fun and meeting new people and it seemed like my own sky was a bit brighter.”

I think this is a pretty cool picture myself

“But still there was always a shadow, a secret dark place within herself that she would never show.”

Captain Kirk went to the planet, and there he fought the man lizard

“I never did see her at school. Homeschooling wasn’t really heard of much back then, you know. But I didn’t press the issue. I never wanted to see her eyes look as empty and sad as they did when I first met her again. We’d meet at the stones a few days a week and she would come over and play.”

he saved the ship, invented the gunpowder

“She never mentioned her father or the possibility of someone killing someone else again. I let it go. She seemed so happy and I didn’t want to remind her of it. Besides, it was so awful and unpleasant. Things like that just didn’t happen in Sunset Valley.”

but that's just not good enough for you, is it?

“And so I held on to my innocence longer than I should. Those halcyon days were lovely and full of joy, but they should never have happened. I should have listened to her that day at the rocks. I should have told my parents.”


“I should have done a lot of things.”

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74 Responses to Shadow

  1. catherinesims3 says:

    Tears in my eyes now from the swingset scene. Outstanding work! Will write more tomorrow.


  2. ponzi1592 says:

    I love the first and third pictures, they are amazing!


  3. LeapsBarnes says:

    Great update, I don’t think I commented on the others, I’ve missed some comments because I am SO behind, lol. HOWEVER! Awesome update, Bella’s story is very interesting, and you’ve really made me LIKE Bella. I didn’t care for her in TS2, but she’s really won me over. Or rather, you’ve won me over for her 😀


    • medleymisty says:

      My Bella is pretty cool. I didn’t consciously think about it at all, but EA gave her the traits brave, lucky, and good. Tonight I went to see what the two traits I’d given her were. Charismatic and artistic. So they all must have been there subconsciously.

      And I understand being behind, with so many stories to keep up with and comment on – like I’ve read your latest chapter but I don’t think I’ve commented on it yet. I loved it, though. 🙂 I should add it to my blogroll. I think I’ll go do that now.


      • LeapsBarnes says:

        Oh man, I need to subscribe when I comment here -.- lol. And then trying to find it amid a mass of comments, and tiny writing…Oi!

        With TS3 I’m seeing Bella in a different light. I always saw her as young and restless and not as in to Mortimer and Mortimer was in to her, but her TS3 traits kinda make me think that I had her wrong.

        And you’re right, it is hard to comment, especially if I read the story as I’m about to leave, or go to bed, I ALWAYS forget to comment then. Like a loser. lol. 😀


  4. PurfectlyImpurfect says:

    Hey, I just started reading your story a few days ago and I finished up until this post. I can’t wait until the next post! I admire your story writing talent. I’m sucked in completely at this point. I have it saved as a live bookmark on firefox and I check it all the time to see if you updated. I love the story so far, and the cliff hangers! AGH! I hate them, but they keep me coming back for more. 😀 Great work and I hope to see you continue!


    • medleymisty says:

      I’m glad you found it and enjoyed reading it. 🙂 Thank you. I tend to average about two updates a week or so. The next one shouldn’t take too horribly long since I took a lot of the pictures I’ll be using for it back when I was writing Legend.

      I do indeed plan to continue. I’m going to tell the story until it’s finished, no matter what. It wants to be told.


      • PurfectlyImpurfect says:

        This story has me hooked so badly. I love to read. I read books, fiction, manga, mystery, horror. Good stuff! Sometimes it’s hard for me to get into a book, even when I want to know how it ends. There are books that start off great, and by the middle are sooooooooooo boring, yet I want to find out the end, so I keep reading. Yours on the other hand, all I can say is holy crap! Every chapter has me hanging on the edge of my bed (would be a seat if I wasn’t in my room.) Where did you learn to write like this? I love writing as well.


        • medleymisty says:

          Wow, thanks. That’s quite the compliment. It’s good to hear that someone likes the cliffhangers, lol.

          As for where I learned to write – I read, like you. I learned to read when I was two and have been reading ever since. So you’re on the right track. 🙂


          • PurfectlyImpurfect says:

            I never liked my story writing style. I really enjoy writing poetry though, so I guess that’s where my talent is. 😀 Someone mentioned one time that I should write one of those epic poems. I may try that one day when I’ve got more time.

            Anyways, I’ll be a continued reader. I may not always comment, but I’ll always be reading. In fact, this is the second story I’ve commented on. Keep up the great work and I hope you do get it published as a story one day. I will definitely buy it! 😉


  5. Audrey says:

    This is still by far, my favorite legacy. It always keeps me coming back for more. The story is fantastic with plenty of twists and insanity on the part of the heroine to get lost in!

    Great job, as always! 🙂


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you! Although I’m pretty sure it’s not a legacy anymore at this point. Which means I’m currently rethinking the ending. The path to the ending is still the same, though, so it’s all good. 🙂

      And again, thanks. Your comments really mean a lot and are an inspiration to keep going and learning and getting better.


  6. hrootbeer says:

    This update was sort of like the breath of fresh air that you described Bella’s voice to be like. I really hope that was planned because it was executed brilliantly! I’m excited to read the next update. I want to see if Lilith gets any peace or if she is left with a lot more questions.


  7. tipix7 says:

    Amazing pictures! I can’t wait for another chapter, they always end too soon for my curiosity!


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you. 🙂 And actually this was one of the longer ones recently.

      I took most of the pictures I’ll be using for the next one weeks ago back when I was taking the pics for Legend (if you go reread that one you’ll see one of them) so it shouldn’t be too terribly long until the next update.


  8. Speechless with chills again!


  9. hilyer says:

    Great update! Can’t wait to see what happens.


  10. misimmer says:

    Wonderful story! Can’ wait to read more, your a very talented writer!


  11. Moni says:

    Love the photo editing!!!! 😀 You’re doing an absolutely epic job with this story. I’m on the edge of my seat!


  12. r0b3rto0o says:

    Eeeep probably one of my fave chapters so far, even though I love all the chapters, next update looks like it’s going to be pretty exciting!


  13. Kansine says:

    Great to read a new chapter, I just love this! It definitely should be published as a book!


    • medleymisty says:

      Aww, thanks. 🙂 Hopefully the next one won’t take very long since I got a lot of the pictures for it back when I was shooting Legend – which those pictures were all on free will and all I did to get them was start the fire.


  14. MadameUgly says:

    I love the story but what I really like are the comments imbeded in the photos.

    It’s like behind the scenes commentary (and it’s very amusing, too).


    • medleymisty says:

      Heh, thanks. 🙂 I haven’t been feeling the mouseover text as much with the last few updates though.


      • meezletoe says:

        Aw. I like the Easter Bunny of Great Justice.
        I’m re-reading all the mousey-overing things, since I had missed them. I’m laughing so hard. XD
        I’ve never heard a person referred to as a spousal partner. That’s so awesome. I think I’m gonna get married someday just so I can call someone that.


        • medleymisty says:

          Yeah, at the time the spousal person was talking about my chocolate bunny from Easter.

          I’d never thought of that phrase being odd and I can’t remember when I came with it. It’s sort of like when people call their parents the parental unit or something. Also, now that I think about it, I like the gender neutral-ness of it.

          I luffs my husband.


  15. raquelaroden says:

    A wonderful update, as usual (I don’t know how you could be unhappy with any of them)! I don’t know exactly what happens to Emma yet, but I’m glad that she gets at least a little bit of joy in her life in her time with Bella.


  16. Punkerbelle says:

    This was a great post day. It must be really hard to get those shots. Plus there are so many characters to capture.


    • medleymisty says:

      Thanks! It was a little hard to get the last one, and I still didn’t get Michael in it like I wanted. But it works.

      And again, thank you for your comments. They really do mean a lot.


  17. gfitz says:

    I’m a bit disappointed that I am not getting the mouseover text 😦

    This is getting more eerie by the minute and your images really drive it home. My favorite part was how Bella drew Lilith back to the present.

    Very creepy and intriguing!


    • medleymisty says:

      I was thinking of using the text widget for a “mouseover text quote of the day” sort of thing, although not all of them would make good quotes. But hey.

      Thank you, as always, for your comments. 🙂 They make me all happy and squishy.


  18. Pamela says:

    I never thought of Bella’s “voice” until you wrote about it. This update was very sweet with Bella wanting to help Emma. And your writing really puts the “Gothic” in … er… Goth. LOL. 😀


    • Pamela says:

      And thank you for adding me to your blogroll. I’m lame, I missed that until just now. But there’s some stuff there I haven’t read before, so thanks for having a blogroll too! 😀


    • medleymisty says:

      She is a very personalized Bella, I think – this is the voice I’ve given her, but others might choose something quite different based on how they see her.

      And I did read an awful lot of Poe as a kid. It shows. 😉

      And you’re on my blogroll because your story rocks. 🙂


  19. *Caitlin* says:

    When you look at the 13th and 14th pictures, the 2 of look like the same person at different points in their life. It’s somewhat creepy if you ask me.


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting. 🙂 And you’re the second person to note some parallels between Emma and Lilith. Hmm. Very interesting, and thank you for the insight.


  20. Alex says:

    ‘gasp’ So Bella & Mortimer were witnesses to the fire?


    • medleymisty says:

      And Bella’s brother Michael – there’s a pic in Legend with Mortimer and Michael standing outside the door of the house watching the fire. 🙂

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I really do appreciate it. 🙂


  21. Alex says:

    This is a series that has me screaming “When’s the next update? I Can’t Wait OMG!!!”, so when is the next update?


    • medleymisty says:

      I’m going to start working on it tonight if the kitten will let me, so probably in the next couple of days. I took most of the pics for it back when I was shooting Legend, so that’ll help.


  22. Sara says:

    Awesome! I love the third pic. That little girl doesn’t scare me anymore now i feel sad for her. Is there a way i can play as her, Sarah and Seth?


  23. Sara says:

    it looks like its over Bellas curfew lol.


  24. celara says:

    Excellent as always. I was happy to see a moment or two for Emma that was happy.

    Sigh…but know that’s not going to last….


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you. 🙂 I’m all honored that you read it and continue to comment and feel all warm and happy about that. 🙂

      I edited and uploaded the pics that I took while filming Legend today. I just need a couple of pics of Bella and Lilith and I’ll start writing the next update tomorrow.

      Something clicked today and I fell even more in love with this story than I had been. I think part of it is that I had a clear insight into where the story is going and made a decision on the ending. It’s going to be a full stop ending. No legacy or second season or anything. Just posting the last update and then getting started on making it into a full text publishable sort of deal.

      Don’t worry, we’ve still got quite a ways to go before then. 🙂


  25. starsarahs says:

    WOW this is the best story i have read using the Sims. I cant wait for the next installment. I am waiting with baited breath.

    How do you get such good/clear images??



    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you. 🙂 I am getting started on the next bit at the moment and hopefully it’ll be up tomorrow or at least Friday – it’s going kind of slow at the moment.

      I have a fairly decent computer that runs the game pretty well, and then around Breakdown I figured out that using unsharp mask brings the colors out a bit more.


  26. EmLi44 says:

    Wow, that’s really deep, I’m hooked onto this story, actually. You deserve a lot of popularity. It’s nice to see a fellow author writing horrific thrillers, its amazing. I write some stories myself, but I just leave them to myself, Word documents, and thats it, I want to put them on, and some other places, but I like to keep them to myself. Anyways, I’ve trailed off, sorry, but the magnificent way you use the pictures is amazing. I’m truly utterly amazed. I really have no words to describe this, knowing me I would, hehe, but still, this is nice, at some parts though, I seem to trail of and read the next line, because it bores me a bit, but you undefinability make up for it! I hope to see more from you, and until then, I’ve bookmarked this. 🙂 Keep up the good work. 😉


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you. 🙂 WordPress is pretty cool if you decide to share your stories.

      I do so like pretty pictures. So much that my job is taking pictures too – I take pictures of rental properties for the company website.

      Well, off back to work on the next update and seeing if I can find a way to start the words flowing.


  27. Mosim says:

    Oh I love this story!!! I’m glad to hear it’s going to have an actual ending, none of this ‘well, we might want to do a sequel someday so we need to have a foreshadowing event RIGHT AT THE END before the credits roll’ (like The Collector – don’t see it, the end sucked. Movie was great though, so I guess maybe everyone who loves a good scary movie should see it. Oh dammit, I think I just gave up the ending.)
    Anyway, fabulous job as always & I really really wish I could write like you. You seem to have a great knack for sucking us all into your story & really identifying with all the characters.


  28. I feel so sorry for Emma. This chapter reminds me a lot of that old movie Elle, or Emma? About the girl forced to live in the dog house because of how her parents treat her. She eventually finds a friend, and that friend goes through the same rollercoaster of emotion: Should I tell? Should I not tell?

    Great job! Now I’m off to read “Flame”!


    • medleymisty says:

      I’ve never heard of that movie. I’ll have to use my google-fu and see if I can find it. Sounds very interesting.

      Thank you again. 🙂 I’ve got a window open with your new update and am quite eager to read it.


  29. Kayla says:

    this is REALLY great!!! im so glad I found it, could you also check out my story? thanks! 🙂


  30. Christian says:

    aww poor thing has never seen a swing set. On to the next chapter!! (:


  31. SweetDalilah says:

    Absolutely great post. Is that Bella running towards burning house in the last pic?
    By the way great work with the first and third picture. What program did you use?


    • medleymisty says:

      I use GIMP. I just like to play around with its filters and effects and things until I discover something that works.

      Yep, it’s Bella and Mortimer. 🙂 And thank you.


  32. “But still there was always a shadow, a secret dark place within herself that she would never show.”

    I love the picture going with that. It’s great.

    There’s a really lovely picture of Lilith in the middle of this chapter!


  33. Katrea says:

    I love the character you created as Bella. She appeared to know when the fog had taken over Lilith’s mind. She was like “Hey, welcome back to reality.” lol. I wonder if she gained that knowledge from being friends with Emma since Lilith seems to have the same shadow hovering over her. It’s interesting how Lilith is using Bella as her lifeline to reality but the moment Bella mentions something unpleasant, Lilith’s fog takes over.


  34. This is so sad. Poor girl. She was scared to death of something happening, and I’m glad she made a friend in Bella.I feel like I won’t have to wonder for long why Bella wished she told her parents. I love how you portray older Bella – soft and sweet and gently intruding on Lilith’s mind which is what Lilith needs I think. She desperately wants to cling to reality and Bella seems like her anchor. Bella’s story just flows nicely, even if it has a sinister edge to it. I can just imagine her tone soothing Lilith’s nerves too.


    • medleymisty says:

      Yep, Bella here is like an anchor. 🙂 I had a genteel older Southern woman in mind when I was writing Bella.

      Thank you! 🙂 And if I remember correctly, no, you don’t have long to wait.


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