I am so horribly stuck on this one

“There’s been another murder.”

He remembered the punch in his gut. His train of thought had indeed been derailed. And then it had burst into flame. And melted. And the passengers had screamed as they died horribly. And then one wheel had rolled out of the wreckage, still on fire, and had come to rest in his lower intestine.

And it was still there.

the man in the back said everyone attack and it turned into a ballroom blitz

“We can go to my house for a bit and figure out what to do next. We have some time.”

At least he hoped they did.

While Lilith had been freaking out, he’d explained things to Cassandra. She’d accepted the truth fairly easy, but then it had been staring her in the face. No one had come to help her. In Sunset Valley, there was no help.

She had promised to say that they had headed for Riverview. Hopefully that would keep the guys busy long enough for him to figure something out.

so it turns out that Jason likes Franz Ferdinand

Lilith made no response. She hadn’t spoken since they left. His question had hung in the air, unanswered.

But he was used to that.

also, Existentialism on Prom Night by Straylight Run is such a Jason song

His stomach clenched again as he remembered. He’d jumped up and slammed the chair back against the desk, his heart racing and his gut burning and his mind filled with pictures of a broken and silent Lilith.

How prophetic.

I apologize for the car pictures.  EA sucks at cars.

“We’re almost there.”

Her silence continued.

The adrenalin rush was draining off a bit now, and it was taking the feeling of her as she had clung to him with it.

He pulled into the driveway and they got out. Silently. Of course.

I mean it.  EA was really really really really lazy on the cars.  So glad I've had everyone walk everywhere up until now.

“Can I take a shower and change?”

It took a few tries to find the right house for Jason.  Also, EA has some really hideous wallpaper.

Jason froze as he opened the door.

Those were her first words? Not “Thank you for saving me.” or “So I’ve taken up a new hobby of killing people.” or “Waffles are quite tasty, aren’t they?” or “So here’s the story of how I pissed off someone who seems to be very powerful.”

Or, you know, “I love you.” That would have been nice too.

I think that One by U2 is definitely the ultimate Jason song, though

“Sure. You’ve still got some clothes here, I think.”

Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is the most perfectest Seth song ever

He’d always been a bit intimidated by Tolleson, who definitely had a bite worse than his bark. So when he’d heard the older man’s voice behind him that morning it hadn’t helped the roiling in his stomach.

“Hey, Milton. Where you running off to?”

I mean, come on.  The next few mouseovers will be quotes from it so you can see

Behind him, Lilith’s footsteps stopped.

He remembered how she had looked at him when she had said “All right.” And how she had held him so desperately.

Pity it took death to bring her walls down.

He heard a small sigh and waited, hoping she’d speak. Hoping he’d hear in her words what he had felt in her arms and seen in her eyes at the Goth house.

'you'll see him in your nightmares; you'll see him in your dreams'

He thought he heard the barest whisper of a word, a word that might have been his name, and then the footsteps started again.

'he'll appear out of nowhere but he ain't what he seems'

“I heard your girl’s in trouble.”

'you'll see him in your head, on the TV screen'

He sat down to wait for her. And to think.

Everything he’d ever believed in, everything he had built his life around, had been destroyed this morning. The gilding had been mercilessly scraped off, and the rotted wood underneath had been exposed.

''hey buddy I'm warning you to turn it off'

The burning train wheel in his lower intestine had spun around a few times, blazing merrily, and then had fallen over into its current position.

He hadn’t even been able to speak. He had just looked, and waited.

he's a ghost, he's a god, he's a man, he's a guru

“Look kid, I know you just got promoted and you don’t know how things work around here yet. But listen. Them reports, the ones you said were ‘fascist’? They ain’t the half of it.”

'you're one microscopic cog in his catastrophic plan'

No, those reports certainly hadn’t been the half of it.

Tolleson had said that someone in power wanted Lilith charged with the murder of her boss and Mrs. Goth. That the guys in charge had known about Mrs. Goth’s death and Lilith’s presence at the house long before her daughter had called. And that he was expected to play ball, and if he didn’t the consequences would be very dire indeed.

'designed and directed by his red right hand'

The shower turned off upstairs. He heard Lilith walking around in his bedroom, opening and shutting drawers.

He had gone with his first immediate instinct. He’d somehow gotten Tolleson off his back and then sped to the Goth house like a bat out of hell. He still wasn’t sure exactly how he’d done it. Surely they would have been watching him?

And the Riverview story was the first thing he could think of so he went with it, but what they were going to do now? All the roads out of Sunset Valley would be watched. It wouldn’t be long before someone thought to come and check on his house. They’d have to dump his car. What were they going to do, live in a cave in the mountains forever?

and now quotes from the ultimate Jason song!

Lilith came down the stairs. As he watched her he realized that it was all worth it.

'I can't be holding on to what you've got when all you've got is hurt'

He remembered. He remembered the burning look in her eyes when he had first seen her at the Goth house. He remembered how she had pressed against him, clinging to him as if he were the only thing left in the world.

omg.  I was really stuck on this, but I said that I trusted Valley to do what was right

If they had to live in a cave in the mountains forever, that’s what they’d do. As long as she was with him, it would be all right. Home was wherever she was. Heaven was wherever she was.

and look.  It knew what to do.

She came and stood by the sofa and spoke.

“So what do we do now?”

He stood up and answered her.


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74 Responses to Rotten

  1. tipix7 says:

    Aaawwwwww! Yay Jason 😀 Here’s hoping they escape to Riverview or something- though I rather doubt it.


  2. Alex says:

    I hope they get to Riverview, live a nice farm life. Oh can you check out this community lot I made, it’s an art gallery except the picture just float on their own.,2685.0.html

    It would be selfish to think or say but it could be cool if it were involved with one of Lilith’s dream sequences


  3. *sigh* Oh Jason! I just got tingles! I’m going to enjoy it for now because these kinds of stories can flip on you! LOL Yes! I want to believe in Jason forever! 🙂

    By the way…we both did new posts today! I finished my new post then noticed you updated. TeeHee!


    • medleymisty says:

      Cool. 🙂 And yes, I was hoping at least one other person would have an emotional reaction of some sort at the last picture. Maybe it’s just that these people live in my head and so I know how strained their relationship had been for the last while and so how meaningful that was, but I didn’t do a good job of portraying that to others?


  4. carnaxa says:

    You’ve certainly got a knack for words and for hooks that just don’t let go of the reader.

    I can see where he’s coming from. Lilith should have been more grateful to him but I think she had a lot on her mind and probably didn’t think of it. That he sacrificed everything for her – that’s big, real big.

    I love how you ended this chapter. It was nice to see some physical contact between them amidst the chaos that surrounds them. And good on him for taking the initiative.


    • medleymisty says:

      Thanks. 🙂 And it’s interesting writing Jason’s perception of Lilith’s behavior. Because we all know that the girl is just crazy and has issues, but he of course interprets it as coldness to him.

      And yes – when I saw where it wanted to end I got all happy and excited. I don’t know if it’s as meaningful to other people as it is to me, though.

      And someone needs to take some initiative around here. Lilith is quite passive at the moment.

      Let me repeat “at the moment”.


  5. Poph says:

    Something tells me they won’t get to Riverview!!

    This is my favourite line,

    ‘The gilding had been mercilessly scraped off, and the rotted wood underneath had been exposed’ Love it!

    Another fab one.


  6. kansine says:

    Awww… 😀 Amazing chapter, gives some insight on Jason’s personality and feelings ^_^


    • medleymisty says:

      Thanks. 🙂 Static was the last Jason POV chapter, and so it’d been a while since I wrote him. I think I managed to get him right – you can see the earlier Jason in there, but he’s also been changed by the last twenty four hours.


  7. catherinesims3 says:

    So, huh. How did the cops know? I know it has something to with Seth. But . . . huh. How did they KNOW? Can he . . . like . . . TALK to them? Or does he use the special powers of his sort-of-a-ghost brain to do ESP? Or is he like Charlie from Charlie’s Angels? Yes. That this the idea I like best. Seth talking through a speakerphone on a desk. Cops jumping to his orders. Chaos ensuing.

    The car scenes turned out nicely. Hppe they didn’t agg-RO-vate you too much. And I like the way you ended up expressing Jason’s thoughs. LOLzers. You are right. He IS emo, man. I’d never realized how much so. Sweet, though. And lovable.

    Well done, as always. After reading this, I am especially looking forward to the next update. What in the world. ANYTHING could happen to them while they are trying to escape.

    While I’m waiting, I will try to avoid calling Lilith and Jason “Bonnie and Clyde”.


    • medleymisty says:

      Heh. That bit will probably have to wait for quite some time.

      Jason’s always been a bit emo, yes. But if you scratch him hard enough you’ll find the “manly Jason scene” Jason of Suspect under the emo bits.

      God, the cars were frustrating. They’re blurry and bare on the inside and do you know what? Do you know what they did? The car magically appears in the driveway and then the sims magically appear in front of the house.

      I may have to send Seth after EA. Either Seth or zombie Virigina Woolf.

      I thought maybe you were talking about Jason’s thighs. 😉


      • catherinesims3 says:

        LOL yep I was trying to do a photoshoot of a Sim getting in a car a couple of weeks ago and boy was I annoyed! The only thing I find really interesting about the cars is that you can see the Sims’ hands on the gearshifts in the sports cars.

        Your car photos really were good, though. The angle of Lillith’s head suggested some deep thoughts going on inside her brains. And you even managed to get Jason to look at her! Oh, and he looks like he’s using the side mirror to back up when he’s turned away from her, so that works, too.

        Argh, Jason’s thighs! He just reminds me too much of Buck DeCasim for me to think THAT way about him. Haha! And that is entirely my own fault for not paying attention in the first place. I do like him, though, and I am totally stoked to see what happens next!


  8. catherinesims3 says:

    Um. That up there. It is supposed to say I like the way you expressed Jason’s thoughts. Not his thoughs. I clarify because I didn’t want you to be confused about a compliment.

    I’mma drink some coffee now.


  9. DB loves her Mac says:

    Oooh. Oh! oh….

    Definite hints at rottiness in copland. Nice touch of creepy icky underlying the sweet emotion of Jason toward the otherwise occupied Lilith. His alternate suggestions for first words are great!

    Does he really think she’s a murderer, after what that superblegh Tolleson said? That guy is too awful to have a name that is so reminiscent of Tollhouse cookies. Not fair.

    Nice ending to this chapter. I have a hard time getting a good picture of sims kissing. There’s always way too much nose for some reason. Kudos to you for getting a great shot! It almost blocks out the image of a flaming wheel on a squiggly intestine.


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you. 🙂

      No, he doesn’t really think that. He was in a bit of a sarcastic mood at that point.

      Tolleson was originally going to be all nice and helpful in a deus ex machina type of way. This was the most extensively rewritten update so far. Glad to see he turned out the complete opposite of his original concept. He is still named after his original concept though – I wanted something relatively interesting and not bland, so I turned to my old friend and looked up names with prophecy in their meanings and fashioned Tolleson out of Taliesin.

      Believe me, I took that shot from several different angles to try and find the best one.

      Heh. Why is it that the metaphors that I like the most are the ones that other people seem to find creepy and icky?


  10. All I have to say is: Aww! The fact that Jason DID take the plunge and kiss her is a nice romantic twist. I think he feels that her craziness (or coldness toward him, as you say) is how any guy would feel. Guys are odd like that, and you captured it perfectly.

    Just a note about the car scenes: I have a speed limit mod from MTS that makes all of my cars go pretty slow. I have the “25 mph” one installed at the moment. It really helps me out when I’ve got car scenes because I can navigate them to the spot I want, press the pause button, and then snap away, without them missing their mark and whatnot.

    Still, Jason’s expressions are great whilst driving. Clarissa just tends to stare into the distance like a zombie when she’s in a car. 😉


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you. 🙂

      I pulled from my marriage for Suspect, but I admit that this one had some origins in my high school crush. Who was named Jason, actually. I had to think about using that name, but I went with it and I’ve always felt that they were quite separate. And I still do. But I do still remember seeing RL Jason looking at me one morning in the hall before class. He didn’t know I was watching him watch me, and his eyes were burning. So I imagined Jason thinking about seeing that look in Lilith’s eyes. Plus, you know, Lilith and burning.

      I’ll think about the car mod. I need to think about where they go from here and what mode of transportation they use.

      Also – did anyone note that she changed into the outfit from the dreams and visions? This is important, you know. 😉


  11. DebC says:

    Yay for Jason!

    Also – did anyone note that she changed into the outfit from the dreams and visions? This is important, you know.

    I noticed it, but am waiting patiently to see where the visions lead us.


  12. ricslady99 says:

    Once again, beautifully executed. My only complaint it that it left me hanging. I want more 🙂


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you. 🙂 As for the more – I’ll be on vacation week after next. 😉 It is my anniversary week and so every day can’t be all story all day, but I hope most of it will be.


      • ricslady99 says:

        Well Happy Anniversary ahead of time. Why don’t you do something fun that you can write about later, hypothetically of course. 😉

        Actually I’ll be on vacation the 24th – 28th so I doubt I’ll be reading much. 😀


        • medleymisty says:

          I think I fixed my settings so I can reply to this without it going all funky and weird.

          I don’t do exciting things, lol. People at work are like “So where are you going?” when I tell them I’m on vacation the week after next and I get weird looks when I answer “Staying home and working on my Sims story.”

          I figure I’ll use the extra time to play Seth some, since we’re getting close to his grand entrance and he’s not ready yet.

          So I’m guessing you are going somewhere on your vacation?


          • ricslady99 says:

            Yes, we are heading to the beach. I’m hoping the weather will be nice. For our last vacation in May, we visited Savannah, GA. It was horrible. It was cold and rainy there while it was 80 degrees and sunny at home. I’ll have my laptop so I may have to find some time to work on my story as well since my readers are always anxious for the next chapter. Personally, I wouldn’t mind staying home for vacation but the hubby needs a get away 🙂


  13. raquelaroden says:

    I noticed the clothes and started worrying….the dreams are prophetic. 😦

    I have a bad feeling about Jason’s fate…I don’t know why, but I do. Argh.


    • medleymisty says:

      Oh, I get it! It took me a while to figure out what you meant about the clothes and the prophetic-ness. Heh – I guess that’s a clue that I wasn’t consciously aiming for that.

      As for the other bit – I suppose we’ll have to wait and see. 🙂

      Also, your story is awesome. (If anyone wants to read it, it’s the Edith Prescott story in my blogroll.)


  14. Amber says:

    I just started reading this today and…wow. Amazing story. I was actually really sad when I saw this was the last post. 😦 I’m completely hooked and am subscribing to this for sure. Oh, and LOVE that last picture.


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you! 🙂

      I’m glad you found it and gave it a chance. I love it so much, and it’s nice when I can share a bit of that with other people.

      And I just reread the whole thing while writing this update, and I had been thinking that’s why the last pic was more meaningful to me. So I guess I was right. 🙂 You need to have their earlier tension fresh in your mind for it to properly pop.

      I hope you continue to enjoy it. I tend to update about twice a week.


  15. AmyJoBee says:

    Very interesting, not where I imagined this post leading to.

    I like Jason from the very first time you mentioned him. I just knew there was something about him. I felt so bad when Lilith would ignore him or get angry with him.


    • medleymisty says:

      Where did you imagine it leading to? I’m always interested in other people’s impressions of the story because they frequently give me new insights and ideas. And this one actually took an entirely different direction in the last hour before I posted it.

      I’m glad you like Jason. 🙂 Several people didn’t at first. And yeah, their relationship is somewhat complex. Like I said in the mouseover text, One by U2 is the ultimate Jason song. “Well we hurt each other, then we do it again.”


      • AmyJoBee says:

        Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. I think I just saw the story getting a little darker before it got lighter. I know I am crazy and probably sound like a psycho depressed person.

        But it’s like Bella just died, the whole worlds falling down on Lilith, and Jason just had to pretty much give up everything he’s worked for so he could save Lilith. So I guess I just didn’t see something good coming from all of that. But I guess a person can only face so much bad before they need some light in their life.

        Anyway, I usually pinpoint exactly what the outcome of a story is going to be, but this time I am stumped. I have no idea whats going to happen. I thought I knew until this post, now I am totally lost.


        • medleymisty says:

          You don’t sound crazy at all. And it is a very dark story – actually I’ve been wondering if maybe I should relax my ideals and principles a bit and put a warning or two on it. It gets even darker from here on out. The idea of writing Seth may make me all happy and giggly but he is not a very nice person.

          But yes, I suppose they do get a break for a bit. I think that at this point Jason deserves a little kissyface. 😉 And it makes sense for this to be the time for Lilith to realize a few things about him.


  16. meezletoe says:

    DAMMIT JASON, WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU, YOUR MORALS OR SOME POSSIBLY PSYCHOPATHIC GIRL WHO DOESN’T APPRECIATE YOU?! YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO INTERROGATE HER….Ok, at least mayble caaaalmly ask some questions before helping a potential murderess! That’s just foolishness, you! This whole devoting yourself totally to love without regard to ethics is just ridiculous! Skraaa, fraa, moo! He should’ve squeezed an answer out of her! (not physically, I mean, just talking-wise maybe)…


    • medleymisty says:


      Interesting reaction.

      I love how everyone’s brains work in different ways.

      Jason certainly is impulsive and an act before thinking type of person, especially where Lilith is concerned.


    • Sara says:

      Wow I don’t know to say your reaction surprised me or shocked me. Lol that would be weird to see… him physically squeezing an answer out of Lilith. I’m also 92% sure Lilith is not a murderess!!The other 8% is she might be a Murderess. 🙂


  17. kama674 says:

    Love your story!


  18. Sara says:

    I love two lines in here. The first one is ”Heaven was wherever she was.” The 2nd one is the picture but here’s the second line I love “He stood up and answered her.” This one is so sweet. After I read it I got butterflies lol. The butterflies were good though.


  19. Sara says:

    I just love the last picture! Its so sweet!


  20. odddude1 says:

    That last picture was amazing.

    Lovely update, as usual. You inevitably leave me wanting more. In a good way, of course.


  21. Andrew says:

    AWESOME UPDATE! I loved it! You really are THE BEST SIMS 3 WRITER. and I am so happy Jason and Lillith are together! They are so cute! Here’s hoping they escape to Riverview!


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you! That really made me feel ever so much better and I truly appreciate it.

      And aww, it makes me feel all fuzzy that you care enough about them to want them to escape and be happy.


  22. Moni says:

    AWW! This is awesome…


  23. Rebecca says:

    I’m all caught up and WOW!! Things are really in high gear now – Lillith is as crazy as ever and Jason…

    Well Jason is in love (deeply so). Run off to a cave? Some how I don’t think even a cave will be safe enough for the two of them. After all Seth has a connection to Lillith and he’s alive and he’s out to make her into his servant, tool?

    Did he use her to kill Bella somehow? And how did he do that while they were both sleep? Questions, questions and more questions – you’re keeping us on edge in a totally good way m’dear.

    I’m glad to have had such a fine read and look forward to more!


    • medleymisty says:

      Yay! I missed you and had been wondering if you were okay.

      Oh yes, Jason loves Lilith very much. One day I’ll have to write the history of their relationship. I think that’d be fun. I can see Jason noticing her, maybe when she’s sitting on a bench in the park reading, and becoming completely obsessed and scheming ways to meet her and stuff. And of course she’s oblivious. Then he manages to ask her out, and he’s very sweet and gentlemanly and she does feel fond of him, and over time they just become an item. She never appears to be as into him as he is into her but they rub along all right for a while. Then she starts to feel restless and a strain starts growing, and that’s around when we meet them.

      As for the Seth bit – we shall see. 🙂 And fairly soon – I’m thinking three more updates maybe until his grand entrance. Which, at my current schedule, means that I should spend most of my week of vacation next week working on that update. That is certainly well-timed. 🙂

      I think that the why and how of Seth will surprise a lot of people.


  24. Sara says:

    😦 😦 😦 My cousin… 😦 ki…ll…ed her sel…f 😦 😦


    • medleymisty says:

      I’m very sorry. ((((hugs)))) You’ll be in my thoughts. And maybe you shouldn’t read the story for a while – it is a pretty dark story with lots of death after all.

      Not sure what else to say – virtual hugs don’t seem like much, after all.


      • Sara says:

        thanks anyways. at least I have my boyfriend and parents. I agree I shouldn’t read this for awhile cause it has death in it too but its so good I don’t think I can stop reading it!


  25. hilyer says:

    Wow! This is such a great story!! I love that Jason quit his job and went on the run to help Lilith. Too sweet. I just hope he can keep them both safe!


    • medleymisty says:

      Thanks. 🙂 And yeah, that’s definitely a Jason thing to do.

      As for the keeping them safe bit – I imagine not. I’d never forgive him for not letting me write Seth, you know. 😉


  26. amyjobee says:

    Hey, I just wanted you to know I got an account on wordpress and this is still the same amyjobee that has been reading! I will be commenting with this username from now on! =]


  27. amyjobee says:

    Ugh ok, well my avater thing will be different, eventually lol.


  28. kiko722 says:

    Hey medleymisty I love the update. All I could say is awww at the end, I’m rooting for the Jason team 🙂


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you. 🙂 I was going through a bit of a rough patch self confidence wise, so that really helps.

      I’m working on the next update now. 🙂 I’m taking my time and trying to make it good but it should be up in a couple of days hopefully. Got lots of Jason being all sweet and Jason-y, of course.


  29. Brigid Keely says:

    You have a real way with words, I must say.


    • medleymisty says:

      Thank you. 🙂 It is fun writing Jason with his verbose and interesting internal monologue. I was writing his part of the update after this one in my head while I was working on it and it was great.


  30. Valerie says:

    Wow, Jason is quite a sweetheart. He’s saving the day! Or attempting to, anyways.

    “Heaven was wherever she was.” ❤ Aw.


  31. Katrea says:

    Aww Jason finally got the kiss he had been wanting since the beginning of the story.
    But Seth is coming for them! Dun dun dun! I’m really enjoying this story 🙂


    • medleymisty says:

      I remember feeling so excited when I took that pic, lol. I was all “Boom, tension resolved!”

      Yay I’m glad you enjoyed it! Goodness knows I certainly enjoyed writing it. Since going back to these characters last week with the new story I have been all happy and bouncy and smile-y. I love these people so much. 🙂


  32. lilac16 says:

    Yay Jason!!!!!!! 😀 I am so happy and I reallllly enjoyed this chapter. Jason is one of the best characters in all of the stories I’ve ever read. His determination and caring nature make him so lovable ❤


  33. Oh wow! Someone is framing Lilith from the police department or the “higher ups” (politicians maybe?) What happened to cause all this corruption in town? It makes for a fantastic story, but I feel like I’m missing something. Maybe if I just am patient, I’ll learn why soon. 😉

    Jason is so sweet, taking care of Lilith. I think everything is pretty surreal for him right now, especially with the description of the fiery train wheel out of control in his gut. He kissed her?!? Well, I didn’t expect that, but I’m glad he did. I hope Lilith responds okay. I think she needs someone grounded like Jason. I’m glad he didn’t side with the police and “play ball.” Sheesh! I’m saying glad a lot. Drr… new adjective. Happy? Pleased? Oh I’ll shut up here and read the next chapter. Lol.


    • medleymisty says:

      Seth is the source of the corruption and the framing. As for how that happened – again, maybe a story I could tell one day if I felt like it.

      Yeah, Jason was pretty cool. There are still a few living copies of him in my game, don’t worry. 😉

      Yeah, I guess I’m not much of one for filling in the concrete details.


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