Night

sorry for the delay

Outside, the crickets sang a song of beauty and joy and night and Bella found comfort in it. The world was still spinning. Everything that was her, the sky and the trees and the grass and the air, all of it was still intact. And in the morning the sun would rise and there would be dew and the air would be so soft, and this whole business would have disappeared like fairy gold during the night.

She was startled out of her reverie by the sharp crack of Lilith’s heels on the floor as she jumped to her feet.

my computer sort of went 'blaaarrggghh' and fell over dead, gasping out a last series of 1s and 0s on to a jump drive

“He’s out there? Right now? Alive?! How?!”

so yeah, I saved all my Sims 3 stuff.  Yay!

“I have no idea how he’s done it. I don’t think I want to know. But he certainly is still alive, and yes, he is out there. I’ve seen him.”

And my husband's old tower has a faster processor although the other specs are the same, and apparently the faster processor makes for better graphics!  Yay!

Two days ago she had gone out to the waterfall. She’d heard Cassandra gossiping on the phone about the strange lights at the old Morrigan house and somewhere beneath the ensuing waves of guilt a faint hope had risen.

this pic is from the old computer, for comparison purposes

She had seen Emma’s mother die, seen her reduced to a pile of ashes. She would never forget the way the flames had swallowed the woman whole. The images haunted her dreams.

But she had last seen Emma alive. Had she survived? Had she come back? Was she the one behind the lights? After so many years, would she understand and forgive?

okay, so there are a lot of pics of people walking up to Seth's house in this story.  Deal

There was only one way to find out.

so anyway I want to tell you guys about this really surreal evening a few weeks back

The yard was full of weeds and the house sat empty and forlorn. The only sound was the roaring of the waterfall. Birds did not come here. Nothing came here anymore.

the sky was this really weird yellow color, and so the daylight was also a weird murky warm yellow tone.

The furniture was gone, but the cursed fireplace remained. In her mind the fire raged.

Then a light shower of fat and slow and warm raindrops started to fall.

Emma had seen her that night. Emma had known that she was there, that she had stood uselessly outside the door and watched, that she was a coward, that she had let Emma’s mother die.

Should she really be here? If Emma had survived and had come back, would she want to see her? She had no right to expect forgiveness. She had no right to expect anything. She deserved the hatred she had seen in Emma’s eyes.

She turned to go home.

then we saw a large group of bicyclists on the road.  They seemed to have nothing in common, except the very odd grimacing smile they all wore

And that’s when she saw him.

and then an ice cream van came along, merrily playing its creepy 'I'm gonna scoop ya!' music

“I went out to the old Morrigan house the other day. He was there, looking exactly as he did on the night of the fire. Luckily for me he seemed very absorbed in what he was doing and I managed to get away without being seen. Then I heard about Ms. Ursine on the news and then you came with your story.”

yep, so that's pretty much it for the story of the surreal night.  It was pretty freaky though.

“You…you saw him? And you didn’t tell anyone?”

I love how the game looks on the new tower

A hot flush of shame began to spread over Bella’s cheeks. She wanted to escape into the cool night air and commune with the stars, who never asked any questions and never had any expectations and accepted her as she was and forgave all.

“I didn’t know who to tell. I didn’t know if I should tell. You know how corrupt this place is. Why do you think Sam was scared to tell you what little he knew?”

I think this is somewhat influenced by the Mary Sue litmus test I found on S2WG last night

Bella couldn’t stand the look Lilith was giving her. The whole feeling between them had changed. It had become cold and brittle and hard.

“My boyfriend is a cop. He’s not corrupt. A lot of them aren’t. You could have told someone.”

Because it seems to be all 'Look, Bella has faults!'

Bella rubbed the back of her head. It had been a very long day and she was exhausted and she could not deal with this. Not right now.

“Your gentleman friend is a police officer? That’s wonderful! We can tell him together tomorrow, all right? Now let’s go to bed. It’s quite late and I’m sure you’re tired.”

I don't think Lilith likes Bella's voice quite as much now.

“I’ll go and ask Cassandra to get the guest room ready. Good night.”

I think I'm taking my time with these more and more

“Cassie, can you show our guest to her room and make sure she’s comfortable? I’m off to bed.”

because I'm caring more about the quality and less about the numbers on the stats page

Bella watched as Cassandra stood up and put the book she’d been reading back on the shelf.

Cassie still loved her, right? She still had one friend in the world.

You don't even want to know how long this one is taking

“Sure thing, Mom. Good night. See you tomorrow.”

and it keeps getting longer, lol

“Thanks. I really appreciate it. Good night.”

She smiled at her daughter. Cassie had grown up so beautiful and innocent and sweet. She was so pure, and Bella herself was so…not. Blackened by fire and guilt, she’d lost her purity long ago.

She turned and walked to her bedroom.

I don't think people mind if the updates get a bit longer

She sighed with relief as she entered her sanctuary, her own personal green and gold universe.

although they might mind if they take longer to come out

She walked to the window and gazed out at the night. It was so lovely and dark and peaceful, and the star at the core of her being longed to be with its brothers and sisters.

But there was to be no blissful union with infinity tonight. There was a screen now between her and nature.

my mother is on the phone

I do love her a lot

but she goes on and on about stuff

The same old images played on that screen. Over the years they’d worn a deep groove in her mind, but tonight they were fresh and new again. All the old wounds had been reopened, and the stars were lost in a sea of shame.

but I try to be patient, because she is my mother

She turned away from the stars that were no longer hers and went to change into her bed clothes. The pictures on the wall above the dresser were remnants of earlier happier times, when she and Mortimer had been happy and carefree and convinced that the past could never come back.

I do believe that this is going to be the longest update ever

As she closed the drawer her eye was caught by the candle on top of the dresser. She considered lighting it, and then quickly dropped that idea as in her mind the happy dancing flame became a roaring and devouring conflagration.

But that's fitting I suppose, since it's from Bella's POV

The wood floor was as cold as regret against her bare feet. She was so incredibly tired.

But I need to finish this, because we're going to a late showing of District 9

With sleep would come oblivion. The nightmare screen would fall away and she could once again dance with the stars.

and I still need to shower

At least until the dreams came.

one of my cats is hissing and growling at her own tail.  Huh.

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62 Responses to Night

  1. stalledinaction says:

    I love the new update. πŸ˜‰ Amazing, as usual.

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  2. berrybetty says:

    Amazing! Poor Bella, I have a feeling about what will happen next…
    On the bright side, Cassandra is quite pretty.

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    • medleymisty says:

      She is, isn’t she? She is actually the product of Bella and Mortimer’s genetics – I used the make a baby option in CAS when I aged them up. And yeah, it is pretty obvious isn’t it?

      Thank you!

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  3. Alex says:

    I feel sorry for Bella, and Cassie looks pretty

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    • medleymisty says:

      Yay! I was hoping that I could show that Bella does have her faults but still have her be a sympathetic character.

      And yes, Cassie is pretty. She’s on my sim page if you want to download her. πŸ™‚

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  4. discotwitch says:

    YAAAYY! NEW UPDATE!!! Worth the wait. I have to say, I was half expecting it to end when Bella said “I saw him” just to have that epic cliffhanger. You did leave us with another good one though!

    Kind of off topic, when you finish this one, maybe you could write a mystery about Riverview? It’s a creepy place and has some really nice nooks and crannys I think you’re characters would love! Maybe it could be Lilliths great grandaughter or something….she started to find out about this story and got magically teleported into the past Riverview (like Don Lothario) and woah, maybe I should just make this a story myself….but you’d do a way better job!!

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    • medleymisty says:

      If you want to write it, Lilith is on my sim page for download. Have fun! πŸ™‚

      And huh, it would have been pretty short if I ended it there.

      Glad you thought it was worth the wait. πŸ™‚

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  5. Sara says:

    Hi. Bored my parents went out. Also my brother is with me with like 6 of his friends lol. Hey Medleymisty are you Stacy? Someone named Stacy emailed me saying the next post was up. If u r Stacy… How did you get my email address?

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  6. Oh poor Bella. 😦

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  7. Oh no! Not Bella! Remember, I actually liked this Bella! And then the last image… Yikes! I still think Emma’s face is just frightening. I know you had mentioned she made it on her own, but maybe she really wasn’t all there, if you know what I mean? It’s a memorable shot!

    Also, I love how you weave in other characters’ points of views without it being choppy. It flows rather smoothly, and I’m so glad I have something to read for inspiration. (RT’s chapter three will feature other characters POV, and the way you write, you make it look easy! So I’m definately going to be coming back for more!)

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    • medleymisty says:

      I like her too. πŸ™‚ And yeah, that was a pretty cool shot and it was totally on free will. Glad you like it. πŸ™‚

      Ooh yay RT chapter three! πŸ™‚ It sounds like it’s going to be good. And yeah – I think in the first update or two I switched POVS during the update, but since then it’s mostly been Lilith with Static and Night being totally from someone else’s POV.

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  8. Lily says:

    Hey! Lily again. I really like the new update. The pictures are awesome, and I like how you portrayed Bella’s feelings of shame and her connection to nature. I wonder what happened to Emma?

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    • medleymisty says:

      I’m glad you like it. It’s not a terribly exciting one, so I was a bit worried about it. And yeah – I like how the pictures look on my husband’s machine. His faster processor really helps with the graphics. And this one was basically a Bella character building update, so that’s good to hear.

      We’ll find out what happened to Emma, although I’m not sure how long it’ll be before I get to that.

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  9. Kat says:

    Thank you for letting us see Jason again! I was worried he might never com back! Lilith does realize he probobly dosen’t like her anymore 0.o…

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  10. Moni says:

    Wow…Bella has some fantastic facial expressions…hehe. Great update, once again! (Though saying that gets a bit redundant :P)

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    • medleymisty says:

      Oh yes – I definitely made sure the Chaos Mod Painting made the transition to my husband’s computer. πŸ™‚ And yay, I haven’t jumped the shark yet! πŸ™‚ Thanks.

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  11. pabo9999 says:

    I know whats about to happen…

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  12. kansine says:

    Wow, awesome chapter once again! It really makes me think, WHAT did Seth actually do – why he killed his wife and how is he alive?! So creepy… brrrrrrr! Anyway, I don’t think Bella should feel any guilt, she tried her best to help Emma 😦
    Btw, have you ever checked my other (better) blog? πŸ˜‰ I even got some inpiration from your story πŸ˜€ The link is:
    http://friendshiptale.wordpress.com/
    I’d really appreaciate a lot if you’d check it out πŸ™‚

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    • medleymisty says:

      We’ll find all that out eventually. πŸ™‚ And Bella is the type who is very hard on herself and feels guilt very easily.

      I did check out your blog this morning, and I really like the idea behind it. I’ll do my best to get caught up with it soon.

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  13. catherinesims3 says:

    Ooooo SQUEEEEEE

    Just checking in for a jiffy before I get back to my weekend activities. Was sooo thrilled to see a new update. Now I’m intrigued. What in the world? Why doesn’t he look all old and stuff? Hmmmm. Hmmmm. HMMMMM. And Bella doesn’t know if Emma is still alive? Hmmmm.

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    • medleymisty says:

      Hmm – I wonder what your weekend activities are? And as for why he doesn’t look all old – oh, I want to give hints but really it’d be a huge blinking neon sign. I guess I could say note how he’s often getting things out of the refrigerator when we see him.

      And nope – they left the Morrigan house after her mother died but didn’t see what happened to her and Bella never saw her again.

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  14. raquelaroden says:

    I hope that what I think will happen doesn’t happen….if that makes any sense. Bella’s reaction to seeing Seth alive (not telling anyone except Lillith) is understandable–anyone else would think that she is crazy!

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    • medleymisty says:

      You know, that’s true. And I hadn’t even thought of it. Of course, Lilith isn’t going to be the first person to accuse another of being crazy and with what she’s gone through lately, she’d definitely be willing to accept that and probably wouldn’t realize that other people may see something weird about it. Thank you for that insight.

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  15. Pamela says:

    I feel so bad for Bella. And I was actually pretty tense at the end of the chapter… I hope nothing bad happens to her. Awesome chapter, as usual.

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  16. Austin says:

    This is such an engaging story! Thanks for posting it. ❀

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  17. tipix7 says:

    You always leave off on the perfect note- astounding chapter as expected! Love the final shot, very well played πŸ˜€

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  18. sixseventrooper says:

    hi stacy, this post was better than ever! (i would have seen it yesterday but i was simming so much that my adult sim was an elder when i was done and her newborn triplets were children xD )
    No, i wouldnt mind if the posts took longer to come out because the quality is always worth it!!!
    Well, i would write more but gotta go!
    -VOTS (valley of the sun) #1 fan!

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    • medleymisty says:

      I need to reply to your email – I’m still feeling a bit social-interactioned out and drained at the moment.

      I also simmed a lot yesterday – I played my just for fun family. When I started they had two infants, and when I went to bed they had three teenagers and two toddlers (the mother’s LTW is to raise five kids).

      That’s good to know – the next one requires a lot of staging and editing and I’m not going to start on it until Tuesday (need to finish up a competition entry tonight, although it does feature Seth and will be posted on my LJ so it’s still Valley stuff.)

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  19. Audrey says:

    Oh another wonderful update. The pictures, as usual were chilling.

    But I noticed in the picture of Bella seeing him through the window…Well, she only saw him from behind. Hmmm. Or am I way off here? πŸ˜‰

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    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you. πŸ™‚ I do appreciate that.

      Yes, but he does still have his original hair color and doesn’t have the elder body mesh so I think it’s a reasonable assumption that he hasn’t aged.

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  20. Christian says:

    Chilling to the bones! I am ready for the next update, poor Bella. Something smells like our good ol’ pal Grimmy!

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    • medleymisty says:

      Indeed. Thank you – I’m honored that you read and commented.

      Next update will be later this week. I’m going to get started on it Tuesday night, so maybe Wednesday or Thursday?

      If the pattern of time in the story and updates holds, then I should be pretty close to the climax by the last couple of weeks of September and I’ve asked for a vacation then. πŸ™‚ Of course that week is also my seventh wedding anniversary and tenth anniversary of our first date but I imagine I’ll still get plenty of story time.

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  21. carnaxa says:

    When I started reading the prologue, I thought I would just space the chapters out over the next few days. I couldn’t stop reading. Now, at the end, I feel as though I’ve emerged from this world you’ve crafted so well and I’m wanting to dive right back into it again.

    I like your writing style, the screenshots enhance the story so well and the post processing on some of the images are creatively executed. It really focuses the scene you’re writing about and gives it that little extra ‘zing’.

    When a writer is able to create a character that connects with a reader, they’ve done their job and done it well. Lilith connects with this reader. I am not only curious about what will happen to her, I also feel a certain level of fear for her. In short, I care what happens to the character.

    It has been a long time since I’ve read a sim story that has sucked me in with every word and it’s been a pleasure to read what you have done so far. I am certainly looking forward to what happens next.

    I also love that you interwove what is inherent in the game into the story, it merges that line between the sim world and the story world in a perfect balance.

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    • medleymisty says:

      Please let me know when you get your blog up, because I think I’d want to link to it as well. πŸ™‚

      That’s certainly a compliment. I’ve actually been sitting here for a while trying to think of an adequate reply. I can tell you that it really meant a lot and I even brought my husband over to show it to him. πŸ™‚

      Thank you, most deeply and profoundly. I certainly hope that I continue to live up to your comments.

      I’m going to get started on the next bit tomorrow night and should hopefully get it done and up by Thursday if not Wednesday. They’ve started getting longer and taking longer to finish as we get closer to the climax.

      Again, thank you so much. I wish that I had better words, but I can’t find them at the moment.

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  22. missplumbbob says:

    I love;
    this blog,
    the writer (you!),
    this story,
    those pictures,
    your style,
    your enchanting writing,
    and most of all…
    THIS POST!
    Amazing and one your of best ones! This is a truly great blog and you are a truly great writer.
    Hope I made tears of joy! πŸ˜‰

    THANKS FOR THIS WONDERFUL ENTERTAINING STORY!!!

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    • medleymisty says:

      Oh dear, I think the software is getting screwy again. I can’t reply in my comments tab so I’ll try replying here.

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ You did indeed create tears of joy. That was lovely.

      I’m getting started on the next update – I actually wrote out most of the text bits today at work, which is a first. I think it’s going to be a good one.

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  23. celara says:

    Stacy,

    I’ve been away from reading for a few days, so I was pleased to see a post from you.

    Excellent as always, and I am very afraid for Bella right now.

    Since at this point we don’t know if Emma is alive or dead, it makes me wonder how she turned out with Seth raising her alone (shudder).

    I look forward to the next chapter. πŸ™‚

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  24. Ashlyn says:

    My mouth hangs open from this!!! I love this update I mean the readers begin to think that Bella would be ok until they see Seth in the shadows!! Im scared now!

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  25. Mikayla says:

    oooooooooooh!!!!!! Cant WAIT to see what the dream is!

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    • medleymisty says:

      Sadly, we don’t get to see Bella’s dream. However, I do think that the next update is going to be Lilith’s dream – but it’s going to be a very different dream than Nightmare. I’m going to start shooting it after breakfast.

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  26. The writing in this chapter is wonderful. I love all the talk of nature and the stars. “All the old wounds had been reopened, and the stars were lost in a sea of shame.” Lovely.

    I think this paragraph is great too: “She smiled at her daughter. Cassie had grown up so beautiful and innocent and sweet. She was so pure, and Bella herself was so…not. Blackened by fire and guilt, she’d lost her purity long ago.”

    Now, I’m scared for Bella. 😦 I think I might stop here for now to keep her alive in my mind a little longer.

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    • medleymisty says:

      Oh wow, it’s been a while. I don’t even remember the lines you’re quoting – I think it’s still a fair few chapters until you get to the parts that are permanently emblazoned on my memory. πŸ™‚

      But yay thank you for liking them! πŸ™‚ That helps beat the Suck Monster back a bit.

      Looking at your other comments – I never even thought of Lilith as having a panic attack when I wrote that. But now – yeah. I’m pretty anxious myself and I have been known to call my husband when I’m having high anxiety and it definitely helps to talk to him. Hmm.

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  27. Katrea says:

    Oh no… it seems Bella will get to dance among the stars in oblivion after all…
    I like how you showed Bella’s guilt coming back full force after she felt like Lilith was putting her at fault. She tried to bury her guilt but it never actually went away. So now we know Seth is alive, but what about Emma?!

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  28. marsar2 says:

    Wow, these last few chapters have been… *gasps*

    Emma’s pic never fails to send me shivers down my spine! And that last image… it was very powerful, and great, and scary… Oh, and that reminds me…, I don’t think I’ve ever told you how much I love your use of polysyndeton –it’s probably become part of your style already :D.

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    • medleymisty says:

      I had to look up polysyndeton to see what it meant, lol. I always thought of it as run-on sentences meant to show great emotion, usually panicking and fear, which just seemed to make sense to me. I didn’t know it was an actual thing! Man, it’s like when I googled “rule of three” and found that I was definitely not the first person to think of it.

      Those pics were all totally autonomous free will, btw. πŸ™‚ The only reason Bella and her peeps are in the story is because when I set the fire, the three of them autonomously came to watch.

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      • marsar2 says:

        Oops, sorry. I should have explained myself better. Too many classes on literary theory and criticism have spoilt my vocabulary, hehe. *blushes*

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        • medleymisty says:

          Oh no! I like learning things! πŸ™‚ I have not had any classes on literary theory and criticism, so it’s all very interesting. No apologies needed. πŸ™‚

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          • marsar2 says:

            Ah, it’s alright! :D. I took a lot of classes because English is my major and we were expected to learn, you know, our literary stuff… Knowing the theory behind it is of great help to my writing sometimes, becaus it can also be a hindrance…

            It’s so cool you like learning new things :D, by the way.

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  29. That’s a horrible secret for Bella to live with – no wonder she’s scared. And I wonder how Mortimer and Michael felt after too. I’m sure they were terrified also. I wonder if they made some sort of pact never to tell what they saw.

    And then Bella goes and sees Seth in his home and somehow he survived the fire. Bella is scared of the corruption. I wonder how SV got so corrupt. I’m assuming she means politicians, police, and people in power. I wonder if that’s part of why Seth went insane (I mean, I think you’d have to insane to burn your house down with your wife and daughter in it).

    Now Bella is having terrifying dreams. Oh poor dear! She’s been so kind to Lilith and telling her story when she didn’t have to. I wondered if Cassandra knew anything and now I’m guessing she doesn’t. I wonder what happened to Alexander.

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    • medleymisty says:

      Yeah, I think they never told anyone.

      Seth has a very long and involved backstory. I’ve written a few shorts with him that explains more.

      No, Cassandra doesn’t know anything. As for Alexander – I just didn’t make him, honestly. My Cassandra is the result of aging up the child Bella and Mortimer and combining their genes in CAS.

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