so the other day my husband and I were talking about our cats

“It was a beautiful night that night. The stars were…oh, but you don’t want to hear about the stars, do you? Well, I’m not sure that you really want to hear about the fire either, and I think you could use to hear about the stars. So I’ll start again.”

and how the older ones don't like it when Luna is out and about when I'm home for lunch

“It was a beautiful night that night. The stars shone with a gentle radiance as they followed their eternal paths through the sky. Summer was winding down and there was an ever so slight chill, the ghost of autumn future, in the air. The leaves trembled in a light breeze, and my soul trembled with them.

Mortimer, though – Mortimer was annoyed.”

but when he's home in the evenings they're mostly cool with her and only hiss a little bit

‘Guys, let’s go home. It’s almost curfew and Mom will kill me if the police bring me home again. You know she said that the next time it happened she’d make me eat asparagus until I threw up.’

‘Aw, come on Morty. Live a little. Or is the ickle baby afraid of a little bit of asparagus?’

he said that probably it's just because his presence has a calming effect on everyone

‘Besides, haven’t you ever dreamed of flying? Man, one more year of that stupid school and then I’m coming here. Maybe I’ll even give you kids a ride when I get my own plane. Be the thrill of your little lives, huh?’

So he has a new nickname now.

“I had tuned them out, preferring the conversation of the stars and the trees and the wind to their bickering. But then the wind brought a new message, a dark tale of fire and panic and the death of innocence.”

‘Hey guys, do you smell that? It smells like smoke.’

Bella of the cats

‘Yeah, it does. Probably someone cooking out.’

Lilith's favorite song is Lillian, Egypt by Josh Ritter

‘No, Bella. We’re going home and not getting picked up by the police and not having asparagus forced down our throats and not puking until we die. Come on, let’s go.’

you should totally check it out, because it rocks

‘I’m going to go check it out.’

so I asked my husband to guess Lilith's favorite song

‘Hey, wait up! If I’m going to be puking up asparagus all day tomorrow I want it to be worth it!’

He said, 'Soul to Squeeze'?

“We followed the scent of the smoke up the hill and to the waterfall. I can still feel the smoke burning my nose and taste its acrid foulness in my mouth. As for what we saw when we arrived at the waterfall, I am sure you can imagine it.”

and I was like NO!

Imagine it. You can imagine it. The fire. Burning, burning. The fire comes for us all. The light of the fire is the shadow of death.

Lilith isn't me

“Are you going to be all right? I know this is a tough subject for you, but it is what you came to hear.”

well, she's not

Lilith gulped and nodded. She had to stay in control. She had to stay focused. Even if she could feel the flames licking at her skin.

although I do like Josh Ritter quite a bit myself

“Mortimer was the first one to make it to the door of the house.”

‘Umm, guys? There’s people in there.’

Luna likes to play in the bathtub

‘Oh man. What do we do?’

‘I don’t know. You’re the oldest.’

is that weird for a cat?

‘What are you guys waiting for? We’ve got to save them!’

I'm staying at lunch a little late to finish this

“But when I got to the door, all my bravado disappeared and I froze.”

shhh, don't tell anyone

“I saw Emma. And she saw me.”

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76 Responses to Flame

  1. Samantha says:

    and Emma doesn’t look like she’s happy to see Bella either…you’d think she’d be saying yay now we’re saved but now I’m thinkin she’s a bit demented, or maybe she blames bella because bella convinced her to play at her house and now this is the bad thing that would happen. impressive post! love the story šŸ™‚


  2. r0b3rto0o says:

    :O Why does Emma look peeved off? I hope that she isn’t actually evil or demented as Samantha put it.


    Twas a good update. ^_^


  3. catherinesims3 says:

    Aaaaaah! Aaaaah! I didn’t realize the update was already up! I did manage to send you a PM at boolprop prior to reading this, but now that I have read it, I am much too overexcited to continue trying to not sound like an idiot. I will catch you later. Great work, as always!


    • catherinesims3 says:

      OK, well, I’ve already peed in my pants, so it’s all good. I hope you feel better soon. I can hold my excitement in abeyance if you are ill. e-Hugs coming your way.


  4. Samantha says:

    I’ve read the scroll over text but a few of the pictures won’t let me read it so I’m needing to ask what it is I need to check out because its totally awesome. My curiosity has peaked…also I didn’t learn the cats new nickname


    • medleymisty says:

      That’s weird. I don’t know what happened, but I went through and fixed all the mouseover text. I think. My husband’s new nickname is “Bella of the cats” and what you need to check is Lilith’s favorite song. Lillian, Egypt, by Josh Ritter.


  5. Mosim says:

    Woah. Woah. Wait. So they knew there were witnesses? Wow. And I have a theory about the mystery of Lillith, but I’m not sharing it cuz when I do, I’m usually wrong. šŸ™‚

    WHY DIDN’T THEY RUN OUT OF THE HOUSE?? (Nevermind, the sims never run away from fire, they stay to look at it & freak out.)

    How did you ever come up with this story? It’s so fabulous & I’m always on the edge of my seat waiting for the next post!


    • medleymisty says:

      I like hearing people’s theories because they give me new insights and ideas. šŸ™‚

      And yeah, sims are pretty stupid. Actually, except for the scene at the beginning and the bit with Bella reflecting the fire from behind the tree, these pics were all taken back when I was filming Legend. I didn’t do anything except sell the fire alarm and tell Seth to start a fire in the fireplace. Everything else was totally free will, including Bella and Mortimer and Michael coming to check out the fire and Emma’s look.

      But I’ve had time since then to think of plot and character reasons for that look.


    • Sara2573 says:

      It wouldn’t be fun if they ran away!


  6. What a great ending to the chapter! My eyes about popped from their spaces when I saw Emma’s face! And I love how you really threw Lilith into the moment with the flames!



    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you! šŸ™‚ And that shot of Emma was entirely free will. I don’t think the chaos mod painting was out yet when I was taking those pictures.

      I did use the chaos mod painting for the pic of Lilith. But I like it quite a bit. šŸ™‚


  7. Brigid Keely says:

    This is one of the most engaging Sims stories I’ve read. Thanks for your hard work and effort in putting it up. šŸ˜€


    • medleymisty says:

      Aww, thanks. šŸ™‚ Although I wouldn’t call it hard work and effort. More like the most fun I’ve ever had and a very enjoyable addiction.

      Thanks for taking the time to check it out and read it and comment. I do really appreciate that.


  8. gayl says:

    Oh wow…I know I keep saying it but this is seriously creepy…and I love it! You have such a way of drawing the reader in with your writing and the shots are just amazing.



    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you. šŸ™‚ I’ll reply to your email soon – I am feeling sort of drained socially at the moment and need a bit of hermit-y time to recharge. Silly introversion.

      I realized the other day that all the Poe I read as a kid may have influenced me just a tiny bit. šŸ˜‰

      I always appreciate your comments. Thank you for reading and taking the time to reply.


  9. missplumbbob says:

    I am always amazed at well you write, but this time I am simply stunned. You can keep people on the edges of their seats, begging for more.
    I truly believe that engaging is not the proper word; I mean, honestly.
    Thank you for all the time this has taken to put together. Please, don’t stop! I really enjoy you and your incredible writing.


    • medleymisty says:

      Wow, that really means a lot. I wrote the first 8 pics last night, but I hurriedly dashed off the rest today while I was home for lunch so I wasn’t sure if it was really the best I could do.

      I don’t plan on stopping until I’m finished, and then I’m going to keep writing it as a text story. Hmm – if I share the text only version online somewhere I could put a link to it here, or maybe keep updating this with bits of the full text version.

      It’s my favorite way to spend my time. šŸ™‚

      And thank you very much for the compliment on my writing. Writing is pretty much who I am, so that’s certainly a compliment that goes to the marrow.

      I hope you keep enjoying my little story and I am so very glad that you’re reading it and commenting. You are awesome.


      • yhdyfghfghfghfghfg says:

        Yeah, you really are an amazing writer!
        BTW, If you make a text version then you’re going to have to change up the text a little because some of the text soley relies on the picture or else it might not be understood by the readers.


        • medleymisty says:

          Yes, I know. The full text version may end up looking nothing like this, since a lot of the plot is based on things in the game.

          Have a draft saved with 12 pictures, 11 of them captioned. Going to hopefully finish and publish the next update tonight. šŸ™‚

          And again, thanks.


  10. Jenny says:

    Okay, I have a lot of good writing, but this story takes the loot! I mean its really good if you don’t understand me. šŸ˜€

    But back to my rant!

    This story is amazing! I love the drama, the cliffhangers, the charcacters, the horror! Its like a bunch of elements of a piece of artwork being put together the right way into something beautiful. You’ve got me hooked on this story and I love how long it takes for each update to come because the longer it takes the better you made it. Don’t stop or quit whatever your doing on this story because its wonderful. -wipes eyes- Just great. -gives two thumbs up-

    Really marvelous.

    And this was my first comment.


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you for commenting! šŸ™‚ And wow, what a comment.

      I hope it’s epic lewtz, lol. (WoW joke, sigh.)

      I do think of it very much as art, so that certainly means a lot. And I thought that I was a bit of an update machine, considering it’s a plotty story with scenes that I have to set up and film. šŸ˜‰ And I’m not stopping until it’s finished.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting, and I really really appreciate your wonderful comment. It’s certainly motivation to keep going. šŸ™‚


  11. LeapsBarnes says:

    Great chapter Stacy! I’m super intrigued about that face Emma made. Gosh I’m liking Bella more and more. She’s cute and adorable and awesome. šŸ˜€


    • medleymisty says:

      Yeah, Bella is pretty awesome.

      Emma’s face was entirely and completely free will – that whole scene was. šŸ™‚ It happened back when I was shooting Legend. I set the fire and then noticed Bella and Mortimer and Michael had come to watch the fire. It was bizarre.


  12. celara says:

    There is something distinctly unsettling about the look on Emma’s face in that last picture. In part of it I can see traces of Nellie Olsen from “Little House on the Prairie” when she used to look down her nose at Laura Ingalls. It’s got touches of disdain; she’s looking at someone that she feels is clearly inferior to her.

    There’s part of me feeling that if she were to speak at that moment, she would be saying something like:

    “You. It’s all your fault. If I had been here earlier instead of with you, I could have stopped this. I hate you; I wish you were dead.”

    There is a certain malevolence there. Also, I have never seen a Sim not panic in a fire unless they were putting it out. I’ve never seen one calmly turning their back to it. Even Seth, who we all know isn’t firing on all cylinders looks to be panicking. But Emma doesn’t look rattled in the least…spooky!

    (applause) Absolutely wonderful! You’ve got me on the edge of my seat again. šŸ™‚


    • medleymisty says:

      My, aren’t you just the perceptive one? šŸ˜‰ *won’t say anything else spoiler-y*

      She did that on her own. It was a few weeks back, but IIRC I found it more hilarious than creepy. But then I also didn’t see anything weird about the ice cream metaphor in Legend, so who knows?

      And yes, Seth is freaking out in the background. Again, very perceptive.

      Thank you. šŸ™‚


  13. Alex says:

    I can never wait for the next chapter after each post


  14. Rivah says:

    This is amazing! You are so talented I really can’t wait for the next chapter! This has got to be my favourite story so far. I really love the captions on the pictures too šŸ™‚
    Great work


    • medleymisty says:

      Aww, thanks. šŸ™‚ I’m all happy that you like it.

      Hopefully the next update won’t take too long, although it looks like it’s going to be a busy weekend so I might not get a whole lot of time to work on it.


  15. hrootbeer says:


    Insert any and all of my previous comments. Feel better. Recharge. You know all of us will be waiting for the next bit šŸ™‚


  16. Sara says:

    OMG look at Emma’s face. Shes either bored or unhappy. Seth is freaking out but wheres Sarah? I dont see her. Also I knew Seth was Emmas father rite when I heard about her. Poor Emma. Oh and how did u get the pic of Lilith close to the fire? That pic was awesome.


    • medleymisty says:

      Sarah is around, just not in that pic.

      For the pic of Lilith – she was already just standing around on the porch in that particular save file. I used the chaos mod painting to set the lot on fire and she was just like “Whatever.” and kept standing there. So I used an animation from the chaos mod painting to get her expression – can’t remember exactly which animation it was at the moment.

      I do like that pic. šŸ™‚


  17. Kansine says:

    Oh my!!! Great, creepy post! Was it Emma who caused the fire? O_O


  18. raquelaroden says:

    Hmmm….maybe Emma is trying to kill Seth because she thinks he will kill her mother? Or because he just killed her mother? Poor Bella–that has to be a traumatic event.


  19. A-Sha says:

    I jst found your blog and I’m amazed. Of all Sims 3 blogs that I’ve read, yours is more of a story-like and I love the cliffhangers and all. Keep up the good work šŸ™‚


  20. Samantha says:

    I’ve been writing a story called a Klepto’s Legacy I’d really like to see what you think (and anyone reading as well)


    I’ve been writing another story but this one has me really excited because its actually turning out better than I thought it would.


  21. yhdyfghfghfghfghfg says:

    You know what I hate about your updates? ):<…
    I always have to wait for the next update D:
    And even worse, you always leave it on a cliffhanger. x_x


  22. Heather says:

    I am completely hooked on this story! Can’t wait for the next update. šŸ˜€


  23. Kayla says:

    wow!! I CANT WAIT until the next post! Im biting my nails lol this is REALLY interesting! You have really awesome talent!! šŸ™‚


  24. Ning says:

    Eek! Emma looks crazy! She looked like she was the one who started the fire! :S Creepy…

    I’ve grown to like Bella a lot, by the way. šŸ™‚ I’m hoping that she’ll stay for a big part of the story.


  25. tipix7 says:

    AAAAh! What a note to end on! I really love how this is developing, keep up the amazing work.

    How does Lilith manage to look amazing in every picture? It’s quite cute how she always seems to be flattering her eyelashes.


  26. Kal says:

    O_o I’ve been looking forward to this blog all week while I was at camp, and you did not disappoint! Great updates. šŸ™‚


  27. EmLi44 says:

    WOw! Great job! šŸ™‚


  28. Rebecca says:

    Wonderful update! I just knew that there’s more to Emma that meets the eye. I’m beginning to think that she may be the cause behind her father’s weirdness. Is she an evil influence on those in her house? Perhaps a conduit for evil spirits, hobgobblins and the like?

    I can’t wait for the next chapter because this has me on the edge of my seat. What else did Bella see?!


  29. daftyland says:

    What a great update! I always have shivers crawling up my spine when I finish reading, I think they are as eager for the next update as I am!


  30. Pamela says:

    I did wonder what Mortimer was doing there. I’m loving Bella’s story so far. So looking forward to the next chapter!


  31. Samantha says:

    so i’m curious…this was suppose to be a legacy prologue…if it still is i don’t know but either way I’m wondering how this was/is suppose to lead into a legacy?


    • medleymisty says:

      It’s not a legacy now. But this was supposed to be the story of how Lilith ended up alone and broke and homeless like a proper legacy founder.

      I think I’ve pretty much decided on a different ending now though.


  32. kama674 says:

    Your story get even more intresting with every chapter! I love it! But why is Emma not happy to see Bella?


  33. Alexis says:

    The light of the fire is the shadow of death.

    That is a terribly powerful line. I *love* that.

    I love this legacy. Some of the best writing I’ve read in a long, long time.


  34. SweetDalilah says:

    Wow, again unspeakable, especially expression on Emma’s face. And the picture with Lilith standing next to the fire is fantastic.
    I also like how you add bits about yourself and your cats on the comments on the pictures. In that way we can get to know you a little better. I hope Luna is doing great now.


    • medleymisty says:

      Thanks. šŸ™‚

      Unfortunately the mouseover text gets less interesting as you go on and I become more and more obsessed with the story itself. And actually I haven’t posted any pics of Luna on LJ lately either. I should do that.

      She’s growing and is completely integrated with the other cats now. šŸ™‚ They all give her baths and hang out with her and it’s all good.

      The Lilith pic was all the chaos mod painting, but the Emma one was entirely autonomous free will. I don’t think I had the chaos mod painting yet when I took it, actually – most of the pics of the fire were taken when I was shooting Legend. I sold the fire alarm and had Seth start a fire in the fireplace and just took pics of what happened from there – Bella and Mortimer and Michael all came to watch completely on their own.

      Thank you, as always. šŸ™‚


  35. SuziMae says:

    It’s like Emma is staring into your soul… with button eyes.


  36. SuziMae says:

    And my new kitty was strongly disliked by my other cats for a long time before he started to fit in.


  37. “Imagine it. You can imagine it. The fire. Burning, burning. The fire comes for us all. The light of the fire is the shadow of death. ”

    I love the colouring on that picture.

    And I agree with some of the comments. Emma really does not look happy to see Bella. :/


  38. Sara2573 says:

    oh God Emma is staring at me and it is freaking the crap outta me lolz its like she wants to get me or something stalker! lolz No Emma isn’t a stalker but she is creeping me out. Thanks for putting them up for download. Im making a story with them in it kind of like your not as much horror though.


  39. Katrea says:

    Ouch, why does little miss Emma look so angry? lol. It’s almost as if she’s blaming Bella for the fire. Unless Emma’s father found out about her having a friend so he went crazy and started the fire? Or maybe he blamed it on Bella somehow?
    But yet… Why is Seth the one freaking out in the background and not Emma?


    • medleymisty says:

      Those pictures were all complete free will. I just started the fire and then started shooting pics. The only reason Bella is even in the story is because she and Mortimer and Michael came to watch the fire. On total free will – I wasn’t controlling them and wasn’t planning on using them.

      So yeah. Seth freaked out because that’s what he did on free will. Same with Emma’s face. We can come up with story reasons for it, though. I think that once Seth set the fire, he sort of…completely lost his mind for a while. Like he’s freaking out here, and once the fire stopped he went completely catatonic. He can’t actually deal with having killed Sarah. He’s buried the guilt incredibly far down inside himself, but it’s there.

      As for Emma’s face – I don’t really remember but she may have actually seen the three of them, or at least looked in that general direction. Really though, this being Bella’s memories, I think over the years she’s projected the guilt that she feels and she imagines Emma accusing her.


      • Katrea says:

        Hahaha Sims can do that sometimes. They take it upon themselves to do impromptu changes to the story. My Sims have often done that to me but I quite like the changes so far.


  40. Wow! Emma looks miffed… beyond miffed… almost angry to see Bella and the others. I wasn’t expecting that. The brother-sister and friend conversation felt very real. I have a feeling people are going to die. I was wondering when we’d see the “fire.” The flames comments have been foreshadowing this for some time now. The part about Lilith seeing the flames was freaky. Great chapter!


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