Suspect

I've started to get butterflies in my stomach whenever I think about this story now

“Hurry up and get dressed. We only have a few minutes.”

I am utterly in love with it

“WHAT?! Who are you? What’s going on? I thought you were with the police or something!”

I don't want to finish it

“I was, until this morning.”

because I'm afraid I'll be horribly depressed

Nothing seemed very real to Lilith anymore. She wanted the world to stop. And then reverse. She didn’t really mind writing the birth and wedding and death announcements. And perhaps Jason was here to make waffles for her?

She watched Cassandra standing there, shocked and silent. And she remembered a name.

grr argh - I shut down and restarted the computer and it's still doing that annoying scrolling up thing

Bella.

so today's mood music is OneJovialSim's Eat Me Drink Me video

“Lilith, I mean it. We need to hurry.”

I'm worried this one won't be very good

“Okay, look, I don’t know who you are and I don’t know what’s happening. But my mother was just fine until she came and now she won’t wake up and no one is going anywhere until I know what’s going on!”

although I do have a sequence of pretty sweet edited pics coming up

“I really am sorry about your mother. But we don’t have time to stand around and talk. I need to get Lilith out of here. Now.”

I name the folders and albums by what the scene is about, rather than by the name of the update

“Lilith? We need to go. Are you listening? Go and get dressed.”

This one is named 'Jason manly scene', lol.

“No! I said stop! I want waffles, damn it! Waffles!”

Pretty dialogue heavy, this one is

“Shh, it’s okay. Come on, I’ll go with you.”

The raging inferno retreated before the cool calmness of Jason’s voice, and Lilith’s vision cleared.

I don't know if it's good, though

She thought she vaguely remembered being mad at him about something, but that all seemed very much in the past. At the moment he calmed the fire in her mind, and that was all she cared about.

“All right.”

I feel weird

“Hey, no, strange people! You’re not going anywhere without me!”

and like this isn't as good as I want it to be

Cassandra had ran on ahead, beating both of them up the stairs.

“So, strange guy, if you were with the police…do you think you could help my mother?”

but I don't know.  I just reread Silence to compare, and eh.

“All right, I’ll look in at her if it means you’ll let us go afterwards.”

Lilith could hear the hesitation in Jason’s voice, and would swear that she heard him add something under his breath about it being too late. The flames licked at the edges of her vision.

I just feel like it's not making any sense and isn't consistent at all

She followed Cassandra into what must be Bella’s bedroom. And there she was. Her soft-voiced angel. Pale and silent and not moving.

but I don't know.  There's a lot you guys don't know yet that would make it much more clear

“You see? There, by her neck?”

Cassandra’s voice was very far away. Everything was far away. Except Bella. Who was indeed not waking up.

Lilith stared, watching for the first sign of movement. But as far as she could see, the covers were utterly and completely still. Bella wasn’t breathing.

by the way, I just want to reiterate - Seth is indeed still very much alive

“I hate to have to tell you this. But how long ago did you call 911? It’s been a while, right?”

yay whirl and pinch again!

Bella wasn’t breathing. Bella wasn’t breathing. Oh God, Bella wasn’t breathing.

The sound of Jason’s voice was muffled by the blood pounding in her head, but she heard enough.

“Sorry.” Pound pound pound. “Dead”. Pound pound pound. “Killed.”

And then she didn’t hear anything at all.

and cue awesome edited pic sequence!

I may add text to these.

I'll see how it looks in the draft

so it's 1:30 and I'm trying to decide if I should finish this

or go to bed

this pic is my new desktop background

“Hahahahahaha!”

Everybody say 'Awww.'

“Lilith?”

At this rate we might hit 40 plus pics

and if they keep taking this long

“Hey, are you all right?”

I might have to go to one update a week

I'm starting to feel better about this one

“Lilith?”

yay for the chaos mod painting!

heh, not even close to the end yet I think

She could hear Cassandra’s high-pitched wailing. She felt Jason’s hands on her arms, soft and cool and comforting. But none of it was real. The silence was real. The stark red world of death was real. The pain in her lungs as they struggled for air was real. The pounding of blood in her head was real. Jason and Cassandra and Bella’s bedroom were only shadows cast by the flames in her mind.

It wasn’t waffles that contained the abyss. It never had been. The yawning void had always been within herself. And now she was falling into it. Falling. Forever.

last pic before I have to go take a shower. Sigh.

She couldn’t look into his eyes. Not now. She struggled to get enough breath to speak.

She wanted to cry and scream and yell. She wanted to ask him what was happening, and beg him to make it stop. But she didn’t.

“Yeah, I’m fine.”

I'm all sneezy

But really she wasn’t very fine at all.

I have a kitten in my lap

And then suddenly she didn’t have the energy to keep up the facade anymore. Her wardrobe of fake happiness crumbled and all her Sunday best smiles turned to dust.

She clung to him, sobbing and gasping and trying to convince herself that his gentle warmth was real.

so Shadey asked if we'd ever see the 'cry on shoulder' animation - here you go

“Hey now, it’s okay. It’s all right. Listen, go and change and meet me downstairs. I’ll take care of things here.”

She gulped and nodded weakly against his shoulder.

37 pics and still a fair bit from the ending

She tore herself from him and walked away. Cassandra was still crying, and as she left the room she heard Jason speaking to her in low urgent tones.

if only I didn't feel the need to show them moving from room to room

It was such a struggle to breathe.

but oh well.  Oh, reusing pics!  Yay!

I can sort of see the ending now

Each breath only prolonged the agony.

although, heh, reusing all of these it may end up 50 plus

should I break this up into two parts?

Wouldn’t it be easier to just stop?

hmm

one more change of clothes needed I think

To just let the fire take her?

dude, I can't even think of things to put in here anymore

But hey, almost done. Maybe

To accept the red silence?

maybe

I think maybe less than five more pics?

She stood in the kitchen, waiting for him.

Her lungs burned. The room went in and out of focus and sometimes it was in color and sometimes it was only red and gray.

She wanted rest. She needed rest. She needed a good long sleep without any visions of scary houses or creepy little girls.

A very good very long sleep. She didn’t particularly care if she ever woke up.

I love this pic

“Hahahahahaha!”

yep, 50 plus pics.  And omg they aren't cooperating on the car bit

“All right, you ready to go?”

She nodded mutely. The red receded a bit now that he was near her again.

all right, finally - I think maybe only two more pics after this

She followed him outside.

It was another glorious day in Sunset Valley. But weren’t they all?

this would be longer if EA hadn't been so lazy on the car animations

Jason was silent as they sped down the hill from the Goth house. Lilith was busy thinking about how plastic everything was. The golden gilded sunlight was just cheap paint slapped over the rotted carcass of Sunset Valley.

Her thoughts were interrupted by the sound of sirens in the distance. It had taken them long enough.

like in my imagination, Jason would have put his arm along the back of the seat and be looking back while backing out of the Goth driveway in this shot

Finally, Jason spoke.

“So, are you going to tell me why I am helping you escape from a murder charge?”

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105 Responses to Suspect

  1. Samantha says:

    Its no surprise to me that she would be a suspet in the murders, she’s the last one to see all the persons who die and after 3 deaths there is no need to find motivation because its considered a serial killer, which means Lilith already has a pretty good case against her.

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  2. Samantha says:

    Wow! I can’t believe they think Lilith killed Bella! Great story writing!

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    • medleymisty says:

      Thanks! πŸ™‚ And actually if you were looking at it from an objective point of view, it would make sense. Of course I’m not objective and I didn’t even see that until people started pointing it out in comments, but then I thought of a rather nice way to fit it into the plot. *evil laugh*

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  3. Clara says:

    Okay, the picture with the grim reaper in the background reading made me laugh! I can’t wait to see how it ends.

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    • medleymisty says:

      Yeah, I thought that might be a bit of comic relief. πŸ˜‰

      I don’t want it to end, sigh. But that’s what we’re heading towards now. There’s only one sunrise left in my Sunset Valley.

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      • DB loves her Mac says:

        I figured he was checking off Bella’s name in his book of doom.

        Great story flow! Lilith’s eyes are very expressive, and Jason is very white knightesque!

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      • Retro says:

        Actually I found that to be a rather creepy shot. Especially considering the text was talking about how not-okay she was. It was like Death was mocking her.

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  4. tipix7 says:

    I love how deep into Lilith’s mind we delve in this, really well written as always πŸ™‚

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    • medleymisty says:

      I have a lap full of cats at the moment, lol.

      Anyway – did you notice the bits from Sunset? I went back and read it today to make sure I got them right, and man – my pictures have improved.

      And, as always, thanks. πŸ™‚

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  5. Mikayla says:

    lol when Lillith said she wanted WAFFLES DANG IT WAFFLES I laughed!! thats was so funny!!! πŸ˜€
    Also I can’t believe Lillith could be charged also what about Cassandra? Couldn’t Cassandra also be charged? I don’t even think that Seth guy is dead because I think HE was in the Grim Reaper costume thing so nobody seen him? Or maybe he IS the Grim Reaper!!? AHHHHH!!!
    Also have you seen my story? I wanted to see if you have haha but I really hope you will update this soon haha you should probably build a court and stuff like that!! πŸ˜€

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    • medleymisty says:

      Heh, yeah – that’s actually a reference to the beginning of the story and the Morning and Sunset chapters.

      The next update will most likely be from Jason’s POV and will show what happened with him between Dust and Silence and provide some exposition about why Lilith is being hunted by the Sunset Valley authorities. And no, Seth isn’t dead. Bella saw him still quite alive and looking as young as ever, remember? And I think we’re fine with the sets I currently have. If I don’t want to do a realistic police procedural I certainly don’t want to do a courtroom drama. πŸ˜‰

      And yes, your story is nice. πŸ˜‰

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      • Yes I remember when she peeked through the window and seen him just how he was before the fire, but I don’t get it because the fire happened when Bella was a kid and Seth was an adult. Well now Bella is an elder and Seth is still an adult. So if she is aging then why isn’t he. Then he probably can’t be alive! He is probably a ghost!!
        Oh haha so your not going to do a court room or anything? That would be kind of hard….hmmm haha πŸ˜€
        Thank you!
        I can’t wait until your next update!

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  6. Christian says:

    I’m still trying to figure out how all of this will add up, why is Lilith having these creepy visions? Is she linked to the evil creepy guy she’s always seeing? I keep thinking she’s the girl in the fire. Though I’m sure she isn’t.

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    • medleymisty says:

      We’re getting there. Actually I’m surprised no one’s figured out Seth’s motivation yet – there’s a hint in Legend and if you add that to…err, well, I don’t want to be all obvious about it. But I will remind you that this story is set squarely in the Sims game. πŸ˜‰

      Hopefully the next update, being expositional in nature, will answer some questions. But still, it looks like the climax is certainly going to reveal a lot of surprises. πŸ™‚

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  7. Sara says:

    wow best update ever!! Great Job!! That was so long! lol. Oh and what did waffles have to do with anything? LOL waffles. Nice Idea. First Ice cream now waffles.

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  8. DebC says:

    Oh, wow! This is just… so awesome!

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  9. Laura says:

    This update made me laugh and feel sad throughout. Fantastic. πŸ˜€

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  10. hrootbeer says:

    I can’t guess how all of this will end. That’s a compliment to you because I’m the type of person who always ruins mystery and suspense movies for everyone else because I guess the ending about 1/2 way through. I won’t even read that sort of book because I can always figure it out. This is great. I have gone back to look for the “hints”, but can’t figure it out!

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    • medleymisty says:

      I’m glad that you like not being able to figure it out. πŸ˜‰ Oh, I keep thinking of things to say but then I’m like “No, that’ll make it too obvious.” I do think that I’ve left enough hints along the way though that at the end people can go back and say “Oh, there’s that bit.” Not for everything – some things can’t really be revealed at all until the climax because no one but Seth knows about them. But yeah.

      Did you know I’ve started getting chills and butterflies in my stomach when I think about this story? I think I’d keep doing it even if no one read it, because I am totally addicted and in love.

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  11. Lilac says:

    That was a pretty good chapter but what did jason mean when he said ” I was,until this morning.” after cassandra said she thought he was with the police.

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  12. discotwitch says:

    OH gosh. I was confessing what a sims fanatic I was to my friend today. Telling all about legacies, and my forum friends, and I couldn’t stop until I talked about this. I tried to explain what was so amazing about this that it made me a fangirl, but I couldn’t. In the end I came here to show him some pictures and read some passages, but I saw there was a new update and freaked out. It was one of the longer ones so I almost felt guilty about reading it and ignoring everything else…but I didn’t. I tried to be quick, but then I felt guilty about not giving the story my full attention. Especially an update as good as this. Then I was laughing about waffles and grimmy reading and like “OMG what an AMAZING picture!” and he didn’t understand. It was sad. I’ll make him a VOTS fan eventually. Just not that into reading it all; he enjoyed the textless bit. When I was done, I noticed there were no comments yet and freaked because I’d get to be first comment….but I neglected the story to continue our Psyche AP study day ):. I’m sorry. πŸ˜›

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  13. discotwitch says:

    So that was a long comment, not really about the story as much as my little event of the day. This comment is about how much I liked this update.

    Jason to the rescue! AWESOME!
    Lillith having creepy visions! AWESOME! I wonder what’s making them happen. They seem to be getting worse and worse through the updates. Is it her psyche in frustration, or is it Seth possessing her….?
    I was also happy to see Lillith crying on Jason’s shoulder. After her apathy about Shannon’s death, Jason probably thought she was a heartless pig. Now he knows she’s not….even though she only knew Bella for one night. Thanks for giving her some humility in this update. Reminding us that SHE’S NOT THE VILLIAN, no matter what the SVPD thinks.
    Cassandra makes some cool faces!
    I wrote two giant comments. sorry. I just love this story probably almsot as much as you (or maybe not!! I don’t get butterflies yet…..)

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    • medleymisty says:

      Lilith does have the neurotic trait. Which when I first tried to get Jason to comfort her, she was all like “No touchy!” and went all crazy and the little message “Jason has learned that Lilith is neurotic.” popped up, lol.

      I think Jason would have understood that her behavior after Shannon’s death was a negative defense mechanism. He accepts her with all her warts. And to be honest, I really don’t think that’s a Mary Sue perfect love thing (yeah, still thinking about the comment after yours on the Sims 3 forum). It comes from personal experience – my seventh wedding anniversary is later this month.

      She only knew Bella for a very short time, yes. But she got quite attached to her in that time period and she’s more vulnerable and less able to keep up her defenses now than she was when Shannon died.

      I am very touched that you love it – I admit I did cry a bit after reading your comments about showing it to your friend and everything. And I have those butterflies when I think of what’s coming in the story and of course you can’t know about that yet. πŸ˜‰ I don’t want to get to the climax because I don’t want it to end, but on the other hand I cannot wait to write it.

      Thank you, as always, for your comments. They truly do mean a lot to me. I can’t say they inspire me to keep going, because at this point I think I would keep writing even if my stats page dropped down to a flat line, but they do inspire me to try my best.

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  14. Alex says:

    That is so sweet of Jason to try and get Lilith out of trouble.

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  15. pabo9999 says:

    holy! wow, MURDER charge?

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    • medleymisty says:

      Bella and Shannon are both dead from apparent foul play. And there is a reason why Lilith has been marked as the suspect. The story is set very much in the Sims game, and then after that it’s set in my own version of Sunset Valley. And in my version – well, there’s something rotten in the town of Sunset Valley. The metaphor in the prologue has actually ended up much more meaningful than I originally thought, lol.

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  16. celara says:

    Wow!

    Let’s just say that any concerns I had about the end of the last chapter went away when got up to the info under picture #3. It’s one of the downsides of posting in serial format, I guess. πŸ™‚

    I was almost afraid for a moment that Lilith might instead of getting dressed, go up to Bella’s roof and make her red visions come true. I’m glad she didn’t though.

    I’ve got to say I’m loving Jason at the moment. I love his concern for Lilith, the fact that he got her out of there, and the fact that he knows that he’s now pretty much put himself on the line for aiding her when the cops are trying to track her down.

    Awesome job! πŸ™‚

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    • medleymisty says:

      Yay! I’m glad that you aren’t all mad at me and came back to read the update. I think I did come off a little brusque and I’m sorry about that. Like I said in my reply to kansine, I think I was looking at it more from the perspective of knowing the plot (as much as I ever know it – the story is an organic and living thing) and wasn’t being properly empathetic with looking at it from a reader’s perspective. I’m not exactly objective about this story, lol. It’s taken over my soul and I am so very addicted to it and in love with it.

      I was going to say that while Lilith may think about it, she wouldn’t actually go through with it. But then I don’t know. She is getting quite unstable. On the other hand, that’d end the story and I wouldn’t get to write Seth. And that would make me a very sad panda.

      Plus I think it’d be stretching my predilection for male romantic angst to the Mary Sue point if she attempted it and Jason saved her. So yeah. I don’t think we have to worry about her doing more than thinking about it.

      Oh yes, Jason rocks very much in this update. I so wish EA hadn’t been so lazy on the car animations, because in my head he said the last line while his arm was stretched along the back of the seat and he was looking behind him while backing out of the Goth driveway. And it was beautiful and good and I approved.

      The next update will most likely be from his POV and explain what happened between the end of Dust and the end of Silence. I’m looking forward to it – been a while since I wrote him.

      Thank you for coming back! πŸ™‚ And I’m sorry and I really do appreciate honest criticism, and if you have some to offer in the future I promise to try and not get so defensive and to remember to do my best to look at it from the perspective of a reader.

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      • celara says:

        You never lost me. πŸ™‚ As a fellow writer, I can appreciate being very much like a mother lion protecting her cub when it comes to your story.

        I’m along for the ride you’re taking me on. πŸ™‚ I appreciate you working reader’s comments into the story as you see fit, but all in all, it still has to fit your vision; your storyline. I would expect nothing less. πŸ™‚

        And, I just wanted to thank you also. I think reading your story has in some ways helped me develop as a writer as well. My own story is very much grounded in the Sim world, but there are still some unexpected moments. I’ve made a lot of progress from those first days of being very text driven because I didn’t have the pictures to back up the story, to the combination of pictures and text I have now.

        If you haven’t had a chance to visit lately, I invite you over to http://celara.wordpress.com to visit and read.

        Thanks again, and I look forward to hearing what Jason was up to! πŸ™‚

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  17. Alex says:

    Have you ever thought about downloading mods to ‘spice’ up your story settings? Mods such as classy looking furniture and stuff and maybe hairstyles if you like.

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    • medleymisty says:

      The nightgown Lilith borrowed at the Goth house is a download. For the most part though I like using what came with the game. The story itself is set in the game, and I find that the limits that the game sets on the story actually really helps my imagination.

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  18. Sims2Fan5921 says:

    I love this chapter! I’m so glad you brought Jason back! πŸ˜€

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  19. -Lulu- says:

    ooh. i love this!!

    Is it just me or does lilliths hair look more gray when it’s
    tied up compared to when shes in her pj’s?
    Can’t wait for the next update!!

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    • medleymisty says:

      No, it’s not just you. They’re both EA meshes, but maybe there’s something a bit wrong with the one where it’s tied up?

      I can’t wait for the next update either. I generally take the day after an update off, but I’m thinking about getting started on the next one later today.

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      • kansine says:

        I made a new colour for the black hair myself, ’cause EA’s vision of black hair has always been more or less gray! In sims 2 I could never use the black hair ’cause it looks just absolutely gray, and I had to make A LOT of new black hairs in the bodyshop XP Luckily it’s easier to make new colours in sims 3!!!

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  20. Kat says:

    Wow dosn’t Jason just look breathtaking? I know he does…lol I some weird thing about falling in love with fictional characters…its sorta strange… O well

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    • medleymisty says:

      Heh. This update does show him at his best, I think.

      And if it’s strange I’m right there with you. *stares at pics of Seth and drools*

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    • kansine says:

      Lol, I’m there with you too πŸ˜„ Especially sims characters… they’re so real! O_O Btw, misty, did you create Jason completely unique? I was just wondering ’cause one of the ready made adult sims looks a lot like him…

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      • medleymisty says:

        No, he is indeed straight from the sim bin. Which is why I was surprised that people wanted me to upload him when they already had him in their games.

        In my defense, at the time I thought he’d pretty much only be in the first chapter. After all, this did start out as a legacy and he was going to have to go so that Lilith could find a townie spouse.

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        • Kat says:

          Lol yeah I find it hard to see Seth as attractive saying as Seth is my brothers name lol

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          • medleymisty says:

            I can see how that would be a hindrance, yes.

            Plus I reread the whole thing while working on the most recent update, and I can see why people wouldn’t like Seth as much as I do yet. He’s barely been in the story so far. We’re getting there though.

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  21. Andrew says:

    AWESOME! OMG! Poor Lillith, She can’t stop having visons. This keeps getting better and better! Can’t wait for the next chapter!

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    • medleymisty says:

      You could rephrase that as “Stacy loves pretty pictures and can’t leave GIMP alone.”, lol.

      Thanks. πŸ™‚ I’m still not sure about the quality of this update. But yeah – I went back and reread Sunset for the waffles references in this one and the pics have definitely gotten better. But really the early stuff is better than I thought it was, and so maybe after a while I’ll realize that this one is better than I currently think it is.

      Thank you!

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  22. carnaxa says:

    Damn, I keep forgetting to check my Readomatic on here. I was just thinking, “Wonder if Misty’s updated.”

    The depth of Jason’s love for Lilith is enormous. Helping her escape a murder? That’s really big.

    As I was reading this particular chapter, two questions popped up in my mind. Was Lilith actually being haunted or … is she partly posessed and maybe she did kill Bella unknowingly.

    Ah, I will be sad when this story concludes but a good story always ends and that’s what makes it so good. After it concludes and the reading is finished, we’re left with a pleasant aftermath and will always look back fondly on the story and think, “That was a great story. I’m glad I read that story.”

    There I go, babbling again.

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    • medleymisty says:

      Heh.

      Yeah – I am pulling on personal experience for that relationship. Not that either one of us has ever been charged with murder, but my husband has definitely been there for me in my emotional rough patches.

      The possessed theory is a popular one, yes, and I can see where it comes from.

      And aww, thank you. πŸ™‚ I am dreading the end myself on one hand, but on the other I cannot wait to write the climax. Seth is so freaking awesome and I ache to write him.

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      • celara says:

        I can relate to having to wait to write a particular story sequence. I had to wait for a few weeks to write one chapter I was so anxious for because I had played ahead that much. When I got to it, my fingers were flying over the keys to get it out there. πŸ™‚

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  23. kansine says:

    Awesome chapter, once again! πŸ˜€ I’d like to say something less trivial, but I just can’t think of what anything πŸ˜„

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  24. kansine says:

    Just a random guess: Is Seth’s motivation that somehow, when he makes other sims die he doesn’t age or die himself? (something like the cowplant in the sims 2 – i don’t know if there’s a such thing in the sims 3… ) O_O

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  25. kansine says:

    And when you gave that hint, I didn’t really get it… it only made me think that the Valley of the Sun + Seth is Sunset(h) πŸ˜„ Sunset valley?! O_O It still makes no sense… does seth want the sun in the valley to set or what, lol πŸ˜„

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  26. kansine says:

    And is the ghost of Emma or her mum posessing Lilith? Or does she only have a sixth sense? O_O

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  27. catherinesims3 says:

    What? What? Where did this come from? How did I miss this for two entire days?!?!?!? My goodness. I specifically LOOKED for an update this morning and did not see one. I must not be drinking enough coffee.

    Anyway. You know I think it’s fab, as I always do.

    Wonderful, wonderful “I’m fixin’ to jump off this roof” pictures. Big kudos on your posing there!

    And this is now officially my favorite line of the whole story:
    “It wasn’t waffles that contained the abyss.”

    I must think of a reason to SAY that sometime.

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    • medleymisty says:

      My favorite line of the whole story came to me today. You won’t see it for quite a few more updates though. It’s Seth’s first words to Lilith, and omg they make me shudder and gasp and laugh and go squeee.

      I do love those pictures. The one with the giant Seth face is of course now my desktop background, and I shudder and gasp and laugh and go squee every time I look at it.

      I’m doing a lot of that lately, lol.

      I had missed your comments. Sadface. But I feel much better now. πŸ™‚

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  28. yhdyfghfghfghfghfg says:

    Wow, you have amazing writing. You can bring anyone and anything on the edge of there seats!

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    • medleymisty says:

      Awww, thank you. πŸ™‚ That especially means a lot because I wasn’t really sure about the quality of this update.

      *shudders and gasps and laughs thinking of what’s coming*

      I don’t want this story to end. I know that when I publish the last update I will most likely go into the bedroom, put my head under the covers, and sob brokenly for hours. But I am so looking forward to writing the climax.

      The conflicting desires create a nice balance that keeps me moving towards the climax but not too fast. πŸ™‚

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  29. AmyJoBee says:

    WOW, ok I just came across your blog and just wow. I can’t wait for more. This storyline is phenomenal!

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    • medleymisty says:

      Aww. thank you. πŸ™‚ I’m having trouble with the next bit right now. I haven’t found the right sense of it yet. So you don’t know how much I needed to hear this. I’m glad you found it and checked it out and very happy that you like it.

      Off back into the game now. Once more unto the breach, dear friends.

      Alas, poor Bella. I knew her, Jason.

      Seth is but mad north northwest.

      Look at what you’ve got me doing, Catherine! πŸ˜‰

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      • AmyJoBee says:

        I have been searching for good blogs alot lately. Most of my sims updates come through Facebook. I believe that is where I found you. But I was so excited, I have only found one other blog I enjoy (http://woodlegacy.wordpress.com/) but it is just a regular legacy and I don’t believe she updates nearly as much as you. I have been thinking about creating a story/legacy blog for a while now. I just have so many ideas I don’t know where to start!
        But thank you for the inspiration! I won’t doubt I will be coming back daily to check for updates, and consider yourself bookmarked! Haha!

        Thanks so much again.

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    • kansine says:

      If you’re looking for blogs to read, welcome to check out my story too ^_^ (just click on my name). The beginning with all the introductions might seem boring, but later on the story gets really surrealistic πŸ˜€ It’s not an ordinary sims story, ’cause I’m basically just illustrating a story with the sims 3 πŸ˜›

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  30. Ben says:

    Yet another brilliant chapter, I love the line “But really she wasn’t very fine at all”, while it is one of the smallest sentences in this chapter, it tells you so much. And, the fact it is so simple, almost elementary, it juxtaposes the inocence of the simplicity with the darker meaning behind it. I don’t know if your using this purposely, but its pretty damned amazing.

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    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you! And yes, I am a believer in the idea that less is more, although I don’t think I was conscious of doing anything like that. But then I’m rarely conscious of anything.

      I’m trying to get started on the next update. It was giving me so much trouble last night and I ended up only getting one picture edited and captioned. But then today at work Jason came and grabbed my collar and pulled me up to his face and rasped “Make it good.” and then let go and walked off. I must admit it made me a bit jealous of Lilith. πŸ˜‰ So I think that after dinner it will come. πŸ˜‰

      You know, at first I thought Josh Ritter’s Lillian, Egypt was a Lilith song, but it’s clear to me now. It’s a Jason song.

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  31. quanta1000 says:

    First off, let me say that your story is incredible. I have been hooked on it since I read the first entry. Amazing, incredible, simply unbelivable. I applaud you. You have inspired me to create my own Sims 3 blog. I am new to wordpress so it’s a little bit overwhelming and confusing. The link is quanta1000.wordpress.com if you would want to visit it. If you do look it over, do you have any advice for me? I would appreciate that greatly coming from such a great writing from you, but I know you’re busy and have a life so no pressure AT ALL.

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    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you! πŸ™‚ That certainly means a lot and I really needed that as the next update has been giving me fits.

      I’ll send you an email tomorrow with WordPress help and stuff. It’s way past bedtime now.

      Status of next update = 8 pictures done and captioned and a hope of having it up tomorrow night.

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  32. Poph says:

    This is by far my favourite update!!!!!!! Amazing, really really good. Wow, you are super talented. SUPER. Love it! Gosh get on with the next one quick! (please πŸ˜‰ hehe)

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  33. Ambree says:

    I second the first comment, and add a WOW! This was awesome, can’t wait for the next one!!!

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  34. Why the heck didn’t my blogroll update me about your update!? Gosh! All I could think about while reading this was: YES!!!!

    How in the world did you capture death like that!? And Lilith: Poor, derranged Lilith. I’m glad Jason was there, although, how he knew is beyond me. Especially since he’d left the police force? Perhaps it all ties in. I think Bella knew Lilith was coming, knew she was going to meet the flames of death finally. My goodness, but I’m out of breath from cheering!

    Another great chapter!

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    • medleymisty says:

      I did think from your last PM on Boolprop that you hadn’t read Suspect yet. πŸ˜‰

      There were two copies of Bella on the lot. I killed one with the chaos mod painting in the bedroom (lol, Clue) while the other was in the bed. Death came and everyone had the appropriate moodlets and interactions available. πŸ™‚

      I’m writing the next update now and it’s from Jason’s POV and his thoughts will include memories of what happened with him between the end of Dust and the end of Silence. I’m hoping to finish it tonight, but we’ll see. My mother called and stole a lot of story time with inane blabbering, sigh.

      By the way, person on the Sims 3 forum who said my characters all sounded alike – I do have a consistent style, yes, but Jason is very different to write than Lilith. It may be a subtle difference, but it’s there.

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      • What!? Your Lilith certainly sounds different than Jason, or Bella. Hell, even different that Seth. I love that at random moments Lilith can be thinking about her visions, and then the next it’s waffles and ice cream. And Jason: He’s obviously the voice of reason here. He seems to be the only calm one at the moment. Bella, well, as I said in previous comments: I liked this version of Bella. She was vastly different than the “other” Bella.

        I may be biased, but I’m a huge fan of your writing because it’s good, and original. Your characters are well fleshed out and realistic. And by goodness, if VotS was a big pile of Sim poo-doo, I wouldn’t be coming back time and time again!

        There. Have that Sims 3 forum guy! Have that! –proudly waves her Team Lilith flag– πŸ˜‰

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  35. Sim Goddess says:

    Ooooooooohhh – this is getting really good (and just when I thought it couldn’t get any better)!

    Lilith really seems to be losing herself, or at the very least, her grasp on reality. I love it. πŸ˜›

    I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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    • Sim Goddess says:

      Also, I LOVE the pic you have as your new desktop background (Image Properties FTW!).

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      • medleymisty says:

        As soon as I finished editing it I knew I had to have it as my background. It’s the entire theme of the story in one picture, and it gives me shivers whenever I look at it.

        Thank you. πŸ™‚ Your comments especially mean a lot because your story is awesome and I respect you as a fellow writer.

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  36. Sim Goddess says:

    Aww, thank you! You’re quite worthy of respect yourself, what with you being so talented and all. πŸ™‚

    This really is a fantastic tale. You can always tell when the writer enjoys the characters and the story – it really shows through. And I can tell you LOVE this story. The care and effort you put into it is obvious, and that makes it very enjoyable for the reader. I love my story as well, and I realize that sounds conceited but really, I don’t care. πŸ˜› I think it’s nice to know that the writer cares about his/her characters. I love coming up with new plot ideas, seeing the characters grow, and I love that burst of inspiration that sometimes wakes me up in the night and forces me to grab a notebook and pen before I fall back asleep. It is so nice to know that there is someone else out there like me – someone who loves writing what they write.

    Thank you so much for writing this story, and for sharing it with us!

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    • Sim Goddess says:

      Shoot. That was supposed to be a reply to your reply.

      Damn it. LOL

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    • medleymisty says:

      Oh my gosh, I’m all tingly now. πŸ™‚

      I do indeed love it. A lot. I don’t see anything conceited in loving your story. If you don’t love it, why write it?

      That’s why all my previous attempts failed, I think. They didn’t have whatever this has that has me obsessed and in love and ecstatic and thinking and talking about it constantly and living in it.

      And aww – thank you for checking it out and reading it. πŸ™‚

      I’m trying to get started on the next update now. I want to take my time and make it good, so it might not be up for a couple of days. We’ll see.

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  37. MoSim says:

    OMG that pic looking down from the roof & the ground is all red – I actually got vertigo looking at it!! Of course, I’m afraid of heights anyhow. lol.
    This story is THE BEST. Seriously. I’m sorry it’s coming to an end, but I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END! Every chapter makes me all tingly. Ooooh I love a good horror story. Ok, this is really a suspense story, but some of it is horrifying! Like Death reading a book or pointing at Lilith. *Shivers*

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  38. Jenn says:

    How come that police officer knew that Bella was murdered? No one else knew!

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  39. glee111 says:

    I want waffles, damn it! Waffles!
    lol
    i love how in one of the pics the grim reaper is sitting on a chair, reading a book. In one blog that i looked at, he insulted somebody’s home. How very rude. πŸ™‚

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  40. Rigaud says:

    My gosh. Jason is such a committed boyfriend. I don’t think I’d be able to put it with all that for so long.

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    • medleymisty says:

      Yeah. He really did love her.

      And I pulled from my own experiences there – I am married to a guy who’s really committed and has put up with way more than most guys probably would have. πŸ™‚ Okay, so he’s never tried to help me escape from a murder charge but I think he would if the situation came up.

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  41. Katrea says:

    You wonderfully used words and pictures to get the emotions of this chapter (and previous chapters) across. I was seriously envisioning the ebb and flow of insanity/sanity that poor Lilith was switching between. This doesn’t seem to be the supernatural story that it originally appeared to be (with ghosts) but is it sort of supernatural since Lilith is having visions. Or maybe she’s just crazily envisioning the things she’s heard about lol.
    – I think your horror story is just starting to mess with my head. Kind of like Edgar Allan Poe and his stories that delve into insanity. They just drum into your mind!

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    • medleymisty says:

      Wooo thank you! I do think this is one of the better chapters.

      And yeah – I had no clue what was going on when I started it. Beginning is like….I’d delete it if I didn’t feel like Valley should be saved whole and entire as it was when I wrote it. It changed so much as I wrote it.

      I’ve embraced that with the new story. It’s participatory, with the readers offering suggestions on what Lilith should do and then I incorporate their suggestions into the plot.

      OMG yay! I LOVE Poe! He’s my literary hero. I wore out my collection of Poe poems and stories in middle school, like the cover came off and it was all wrinkled and everything. So that means quite a lot. πŸ™‚

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  42. violincat says:

    Jason is a sweetheart. And a reliable person to have near in a difficult time.

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  43. RipuAncestor says:

    I love how the pictures illustrate Lilith’s inner turmoil. As a bonus, the pictures are really nice-looking. And the awesome writing style is of course helping with that.

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  44. Cassandra’s eyes are really big. I can understand she’s pretty scared. Lilith looks pretty in the picture where she’s staring at Jason right after her vision clears (I think it’s the 11th or 12th picture in). I’m glad she let Jason comfort her. She needs it. I wonder who murdered Bella and how she really died. I mean, I’m assuming it was Seth or has something to do with it. The death and fire pics are just wicked. It really captures the terror in Lilith’s mind. Ok I have to sleep now. I know I said I couldn’t just leave it. I should’ve known better. Murder charge? Did Cassandra say something to the police? Was evidence planted? Did the police just assume? Or are they talking about Shannon’s death since Lilith stayed aT the office until late that night? Why did Jason quit?

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    • medleymisty says:

      As for how Bella died – someone around here has the green thumb trait, and some plants are poisonous. πŸ˜‰

      I do love those pics. Even after all those years they’re still some of my favorite screenshots and they don’t make me cringe.

      I think you find out why Jason quit in the next chapter? And also all the other stuff?

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  45. Opps accidentally unnecessarily liked one of the posts below when trying to exit the page.

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