Welcome back to a new installment of the Webb legacy. When we last went our
separate ways, the last group of Webb kids started college and moved into the
Greek house and Andrew moved out to make room.
[standing: Andy and Lidia, Cameron and Debbie's daughters and sisters to Andrew
sitting: Emma and Edward, twins of Brad and Roxie and siblings to Derek, part of
the main line]
Korey and Eris were in love. Korey had invited Eris to live in the house with them
and they couldn't keep their hands to themselves; there was no safe haven for
the other inhabitants of the house.
Derek was dating Ariadne. They preferred to spend their time away from the
crowded house and took their dates elsewhere. Their most common haunt was
the Bagel Cafe where they spent their first date.
Charles was Charles. He was still working on his 50 first dates. He tried his hardest
to tell his dates that he just wanted a date and no commitment, but it was getting
tough. He had met only one girl he wouldn't mind seeing again, but she was
elusive enough that she wasn't one of his eighteen yet.
Andrew didn't fit in with his cousins. They were much more lively and social than
he was. He had started college only thinking about money, but soon enough
realized that the pursuit of knowledge was more his style... not that he entirely
forgot about physical possessions. He knocked on the door he stood before.
"DREW!" Misty Greene jumped into his arms. "I thought you'd never make it over
here! I hope the house took you leaving well..."
"No problems there. Come on, let me get my stuff through the door." Andrew
smiled as he gently put his girlfriend and new roommate down.
Misty and Andrew met in their Marine biology course. Andrew wanted to study
the fish and Misty wanted to write about them in all of the national periodicals.
Their relationship started with study groups but as the group dwindled down to
just the two of them, they realized they felt more than friendship. Who knew two
knowledge sims could ever be kicked out of a library.
The next afternoon, right across the hall from Misty and Andrew, Britney was
making sure every little hair was in place. Today was her first date since she broke
up with Castor. Britney glanced at the clock on her desk and smiled. She quickly
grabbed her bag and rushed out the door.
Charles was already waiting for her at the park. Although neither were to keen on
nature, the day was too wonderful to spend cooped up inside.
“Finally! I thought this would never happen,” Charles exclaimed.
He let go of Britney but grabbed her hand.
"Follow me, I've got a surprise..."
Britney wasn't sure what to think of the sudden embrace and now holding her
hand. She hadn't let anybody close since Castor's betrayal. But she remembered
how Charles had been her prince on the white horse the first time they met.
Charles had a talent at making her feel comfortable around him so she let her
They came to a patch of trees with a blanket laid out. Charles turned around to face Britney and let go of her
"What do you think?"
Britney smiled warmly, "You did this for us?"
Charles was slightly confused with her response and asked shakily, "Should I not have?"
"Charles, this is the most romantic thing anybody's ever done for me. Castor would never have wanted to
surprise me like this... actually I'm sure the pig would've expected me to do the cooking."
Charles was relieved. He had been thinking about this date since he saw Britney at the party welcoming his
younger cousins. He had been thinking about this girl since met her. He wanted things to be perfect.
Neither was quite hungry yet so they sat down on the blanket and just started
talking. They each realized that although they had spent so much time thinking
about each other, neither knew much about the other. Their conversation began
as very superficial, they talked about classes and homework, but as Charles and
Britney felt more comfortable, they opened up theirs pasts and feelings.
Soon the night of their first meeting became unavoidable. Charles was curious
because of Britney's disappearance from the social radar afterward and Britney
wanted to have the night in the open. She had kept it bottled up the entire summer.
Britney began, "I was always a party girl. I loved to meet knew people and college gave
that to me. That's how I got mixed up with the Greek scene. The Tri Var house
promised a great social life, you would know, you're in a Greek... Castor's house was
close to Tri Var and we saw more and more of each other freshman year. He seemed
to be just like me, into partying and meeting people."
"Britney, what I saw at the club wasn't partying. That was self destruction."
"I guess by then I had been dating Castor long enough to suspect he wasn't entirely honest with me. I
was in denial and the drinking helped me lie to myself." Britney retold what she saw the morning after.
"After having my heart torn out by Castor and stomped on by my Greek sis I wasn't really up to the social
scene. I moved into the dorms and avoided people. On the bright side, my grades had never been better.
I wish I had let myself realize that when Castor said he was a people person he really meant a get-any-
"Britney I don't know what to say. I wish I could've been there for you earlier. I feel like I should punch
that ex of yours for hurting you so much."
"Don't worry about it, I'm over it. Hey, you know what I haven't done since I was a kid? I haven't played
on a swing set in ages!"
Britney was ecstatic to relive that part of her childhood. As Charles helped push
her higher and higher, he reflected on what she had said. Maybe dating as many
girls as he could really wasn't fair to the girls he met. He couldn't help but wonder
if he ever hurt anyone he had dated.
As the sun set, they went back to the blanket and just lay there. It was relaxing to
watch the stars in each others arms. The silence between them spoke just as
much as the words spoken throughout the afternoon.
Eventually they got up to part ways. At the entrance to the park, Charles kissed
The kiss proved to both that they weren't ready to say good night and Britney
lead Charles back to her dorm room. Charles had his first WooHoo that night. He
had found someone who was worth it.
Britney woke up in the bed alone. Her first impulse was to either scream or cry.
She couldn't believe that he would just leave, he seemed better than those types
who were just looking for a one night stand. She wiped the veil of sleep from her
"Morning sleepyhead," Charles called with a smile from the couch across the
At the house, Emma was taking advantage of the rare quiet. She loved living with
her family but she wasn't much for meeting people and partying like rest.
Emma was more likely to head upstairs and hide in her room. Things were
different in high school, but she seemed to get hurt every time she got close to
Her behavior didn't go unnoticed.
"Dad, she was never like this. She was always the social butterfly of the family. In
high school Emma we would only see her at home when she decided it was time
to remind us to eat. I'm worried. She's got her whole life ahead of her and she
spends it in her room."
"Derek, she found out the boy she liked was a scumbag only a few days before
starting college. We protected her from people like that for her entire life and she
wasn't prepared for him. I know you want to help her, but I think you need to let
her have time."
"Meanwhile, fall break is coming up. Why don't you take Emma and Edward on a
vacation. I took the liberty of buying the plane tickets and making the
reservations for a week in Three Lakes. And who knows, maybe a change of
scenery will help Emma. She can't hide anywhere there."
"Get off the phone sis, we're going to Three Lakes! Pack your bags. I'll go tell
The hotel Brad had found was gorgeous. It had every convenience possible and
was in proximity to the rest of the town.
They arrived in the afternoon so they decided to spend the day at the hotel. After
dropping their bags off in their rooms, the siblings headed off to the ice rink.
Although Edward and Derek found their ice legs quickly, Emma fell on the way
...and a few times on the ice.
"Come on Em, this isn't that hard. Let me help you up. You think you'll be able to
stay up this time?"
"Let her stay down Edward, you know we'll be back to helping her up in two
minutes anyway," Derek said jokingly.
"Ha, not quite as confident now. Who's the one staying on her feet now?" A few
feet later, Emma tripped on a chip on the ice and fell down again. They all erupted
They headed over to the coffee stand after carefully making their way off the ice.
"I'll have a coffee. What about you guys?"
Edward was first to reply, "I'll have a hot chocolate."
Emma was slower. "Do you have a caramel macchiato?"
"No miss, this isn't the Bagel Cafe. I might be able to whip up a mean coffee with cream though."
Emma laughed, "Ok, that sounds fine."
Emma and Derek headed upstairs after their coffee and got sucked in by the pool
table. It was one of Derek's favorite pastimes and Emma was no stranger to the
game either. This generation of Webbs is famous for holding deep meaningful
conversations over games of pool.
"Emma, Dad told me to leave it alone, but I don't agree with him. What's wrong?
You haven't been the Em I've always known."
Emma grew silent. She pondered her next move, both in the game and with her
"I'm sorry Em, I didn't want to ambush you. If you don't want to talk about it, it's
Emma put her cue stick on the table. "No Derek, it's fine. Maybe it's time I talk
about what's been bothering me. Let's move over to the couch over there."
"Derek, I'm scared. I'm scared of trusting people. It seems like no one is
trustworthy anymore. You and Eddie are all I have.”
"Emma, just because Gavin was a jerk doesn't mean everyone is. Sure, we all have
our faults... but that's no reason to stop trusting everyone."
"Derek, it's not just Gavin. I overheard Dad talking to Aunt Debbie a little while
before I left. Dad's the reason Mom left. The same Dad that protects and loves us
so much cheated on Mom."
Derek was shocked. He had to find a way to comfort Emma, but it was hard as he
remembered the pain he felt when he saw his mom leaving in the dead of night.
"Emma, I'm sure Dad made a mistake. He's still hurting even know about her
disappearance But not all of us are jerks and liars. Listen, you have to start living
your life. Don't hide. People make mistakes and people have a past. You just have
to learn the difference between the past and present."
Emma stood up. As Derek followed her lead, she turned and gave him a bear
"Thank you Derek. I'm glad I have you around. I'll give life a second chance. But
right now, my stomach is grumbling and I smell something delicious coming
from the restaurant."
The next day, they went to explore the town. Even if one day it had been an
actual lumberjack camp, now the place was turned into a tourist trap. Emma
enjoyed looking at the sights...
...while the boys let their competitive side shine through at log-rolling.
"Ha ha little brother! Having trouble staying on?"
"Nah, I'm doing just fine... you on the other hand look like your standing shakily."
Nevertheless, Edward was still the one climbing out of the water while Derek
"Come on Em, you want to try?"
"Go easy on me, I saw what you did to
Derek kept the log still as Emma carefully crawled on.
"De-REK!" He couldn't help but sending a little splash her way though.
"Ok, now stand up carefully and we'll start out slow."
Emma quickly lost her footing.
"Come on sis, don't flail! You can find your balance!"
"Emmie!" Derek laughed. "I barely let the log move!"
She climbed out. "Let me try again." The second time, Emma stayed on longer.
But as soon as the pace picked up a little, she got flung backwards into the water.
Edward amused himself with ax throwing. He had been doing quite well until he
heard the most recent shriek of Emma. He was glad the ax at least went in the
"You guys finally got off the log rolling... I was getting worried, mostly for the
people trying to concentrate at throwing axes."
"Sorry bro. You two need to work on your balance; you know that?"
Emma smiled, "Hey, it's your fault... mmmmm, these flapjacks really are as good
as Flapjack Bill over there advertised."
"Well kiddies, it's getting dark...and cold. What next?"
They took shelter in the local bar. Derek marveled at how a bar that would seem shady back at
home actually was a respectable local spot in Three Lakes.
"So, how are you two enjoying Three Lakes?"
Derek answered first, "It's a great place you've got here. I don't know how we're going to fit
everything while we're here." Emma just smiled. The man looked a bit sleazy with his monocle
and she knew that Derek would be better at choosing his words.
"Anybody in your group going to search for our local legends? We've got Bigfoot, a Werewolf and
some have even claimed to have seen a vampire prowling the woods."
As if on cue, the bar got silent.
All eyes turned on the woman who had just stepped in. They were stunned by her
paleness and amazed that she would dare go outside so sparsely dressed. The
days may still be warm, but the evenings and nights bordered on freezing. Even
more surprising was that she didn't even look chilled.
Only one patron recognized the woman standing by the door. He looked away. He
didn't believe his eyes. Most of all, he didn't want Emma to realize he recognized
the woman. She had enough hurt.
Emma cast a glance towards the "sleazy man" as she came to think of him. "HEY! I
saw you sneak that card! Put it back... there's not going to be cheating at this
table!" She then saw the solemn look on Derek's face. "Derrie, what's wrong?"
"Nothing Emma. I just noticed that I'm losing all of my cash to you. I'm going to
grab a drink before you leave me completely broke." Darn it, who do I think I am
to fool my sister...
"Can you grab me a Coke?”
Roxie took a seat close to the bartender. It was going to be another night of
solitude. Most people felt uncomfortable around her, so few tended to sit near...
not that she blames them.
"The regular Miss?"
She was stunned when a handsome young man actually took the seat across from
her. There was something familar about his face.
"Can I get a beer?" He called out as he stole a glance at the pale woman.
Roxie took the opportunity to say, "You look familiar, have I met you
"I would hope so, Mom."
Roxie choked on the air she didn't need to breath. His face came flashing past her
eyes as a young boy so many years ago. She recognized her husbands face in his,
and even her own. She was in disbelief; this was the last place she expected to
"And the twins?"
"If you had been there, you would know they don't like to be thought of as a pair.
But you weren't. You left us. Dad is still miserable."
Derek's harshness cut deep.
"Don't start blaming it on Dad. I know he made a mistake; I've always known. But
he tried to atone for his actions even if you didn't know why. He stopped hiding at
work and resolved to make himself a better husband and father. But when you
found out, you just ran. It was old news by then, but you ran away rather than try
and talk to him."
"DEREK. I don't blame your father. I blame myself. Look at my skin. my eyes. my
teeth! I don't eat and this is the only place for miles that stocks blood for me and I
haven't seen the sun since the last day with you. It's all because I overreacted. I
was upset when I found out, you can't expect otherwise... and I fell for the
handsome stranger in the club. He wooed me and turned me into this. A Vampire.
I was ashamed of myself for even thinking of hurting your father the same way he
hurt me. I was ashamed to be a monster. Every night has been torture."
They sat in silence until Derek could find the courage to say something.
"Mom, come home. Dad still loves you. He waits everyday for you. He hired every
detective from here to Sim City to look for you. And we need you. Who cares
what you are. Look at my brother and sister sitting over there. They may be
grown, but they would still want a mother to be there. Especially Emma. There's
only so much a big brother can say to comfort his little sister."
Roxie stole a glance at the table where Edward and Emma were enjoying robbing
the locals blind in poker. Looking at them, she felt so much remorse for missing
Emma walked over to the bar. "Derek, where's my coke? I'm
"Sorry Em. It's coming."
In one swift movement, Roxie got up and hugged Emma. She whispered, "I'm
sorry my baby girl..."
As fast as she had embraced her, she transformed into a bat and flew out the
"Uhh Derek.... who. was. that?"
"That was our Mom. Who ran away. Again."
As Edward got up to rejoin his siblings, a bright woman approached him.
"Hey! You look adventurous! I'm teaching a slap dancing class on Thursday
afternoon. It's a big hit with the tourists. Why don't you and your group come join
me for something you'd never see in the city!"
Edward was so excited for the lesson with the gorgeous woman that the rest of
his family couldn't help but join him. At first, their untrained feet had a hard time
catching on to the local beat...
... but soon the students became the teachers and they were making up their
own smustle inspired moves to show their instructor.
Their last day at Three Lakes was coming to a close. Soon, they would be on the
flight that would drop their title of tourist and return the name of student.
Edward pulled another marshmallow from the bag and poked his stick through. "I
can't believe this week is over. Now I have that term paper to get back to. We had
fun..." The marshmallow looked ready so rather than finish his statement, he
popped it in his mouth.
"Yumm, I think I want another marshmallow too. I bet you're just regretting you
didn't say more to that teacher of ours... don't deny it, I saw how you looked at
her. I think she liked you too." He thought for a moment. He was going to tell
Edward about their encounter with their mom later but he knew that it would
hurt Edward to leave him out of the loop for so long. "Edward, I want to talk to
you about something before we get caught back into college life... since it's just us
Emma could feel where the conversation was going and just stared across the fire
into the trees. That's when she saw.
Roxie was hoping to steal another glance at her kids before they left. She was glad
that they were happy, but seeing their closeness was only making the guilt that
had eaten at her for her entire self-exile. She started imagining how she could be
there with her babies, enjoying gooey marshmallows and laughing about the
week with them.
Lost in her imagination, Roxie didn't notice that Emma had gotten up from the
"Mom..." The warmth in her voice even after all these years was hard to take.
"My baby girl. Look at you. You've grown into such a gorgeous young woman."
Roxie sighed. She was afraid to face her past and wanted to turn and run, but
seeing Emma before her turned her feet into cement.
Emma sensed her mom's reluctance to stay. "Mom, don't go. Please." She was
holding back tears. "I need you. I need you to come home. We all do. Dad won't
go out anymore. He never took off his ring... and by the looks of it you didn't
Roxie was afraid to say anything. She wasn't ready yet. She turned to leave and
Emma didn't make anymore moves to stop her.
"Mom, you can't keep hiding. You need to make amends with the past. And I'm
not going to hide seeing you or ask Derek and Eddie to. I'll tell Dad where you
When Derek, Edward and Emma returned, they found that their were a few new
regular guests at the house. Ridley had a hard time staying away from the toga
parties after he met Andy.
Ridley was fascinated by her. Not only was she gorgeous, but she was different
from all the other girls at school. She wasn't as concerned with how other people
saw her; she always acted like herself... this goofy klutzy girl that wasn't afraid to
go outside and get some grass stains on her jeans.
Ridley was fascinated by her. Not only was she gorgeous, but she was different
from all the other girls at all the schools. She wasn't as concerned with how other
people saw her; she always acted like herself... this goofy clutzy girl that wasn't
afraid to go outside and get some grass stains on her jeans.
"Aww, come on Andy! You throw like a girl! You can do better than that." Ridley
threw the football back to her.
She didn't catch it so she picked it up and threw it with all her strength before
Ridley picked on her again.
"How was that? Manly enough for yah?"
Ridley grabbed the ball just as it bounced off him.
"Ouch! That one kind of hurt! I think I liked girly throws better."
Andy giggled, "Well you asked for it!"
Surprisingly, the other regular was Charles's new girlfriend, Britney. The entire
house was surprised since they were used to seeing Charles with a different date
every party. But now, nobody knew the last time he brought home somebody
other than Britney.
"Hey there son! How was your trip? Tell me all about it. I want to hear everything,
I've never been at Three Lakes."
Edward smiled as he remembered the week... or at least most of it. "It was great
Dad, thanks for sending us!" He proudly told of their adventure, but excluded
anything about Roxie. "How are things at home?"
"Everything is pretty good. Your Uncle Aaron and Aunt Hannah celebrated their
Golden Anniversary while you were gone. Quite a party. I finally met Lindsay and
"Lindsay and Jason had a quiet ceremony with just their parents so I had never
had a chance to meet them. They're so proud of their two daughters, Amber and
Jade. It's incredible to see young love, even in after six years they're still sneak off
"Tiffany is a delight too, but I'm sure you know that since she spent so much time
at the house."
"Of course I didn't see much of them after that introduction... but that's
understandable. Their wedding is soon... trying to fit it in before the warm
weather completely disappears.”
"Which is why I'm calling. I want to make sure you're all coming. How many beds
should I get ready?"
"Of course we're all coming. Emma and I are coming alone, but as far as I know,
Derek is bringing Ari with him."
Brad peeked into the hall. It's too bad he and Roxie didn't have enough money to
throw such an extravagent wedding back then. He headed to his seat.
Tiffany and Brandon stood happily under the wedding arch. They were glad to
have the entire family present. They exchanged their vows and slipped their rings.
Everyone congratulated not only the bride and groom but also the parents.
Hannah made no secret of how much she loved both of her daughter-in-laws and
Aaron was just happy that his family was growing.
"Thanks Derek, but when am I going to be able to congratulate you and your
Emma chimed in, "Don't count the days, Ari and Derek are in no hurry. They don't
mind waiting to work on their careers first."
In the reception hall, Lindsay was making sure there were no strangers at the
wedding. "Emma, meet Noah Summers. He graduated with me and Jason. Noah
works in... well actually, Noah has always been quite elusive in his job."
"Elusive, huh? What are you, a big bad spy or something like that?"
Noah laughed awkwardly at the gorgeous girl sitting next to him. "Yeah, let's go
with something like that. What do you do?"
"I'm still a student. I'm aspiring to be a chef though..."
Emma and Noah spent a lot of the dinner ignoring everyone else and getting to
know each other. Despite their age difference and career choices, they had a lot
Brad walked over to the stage and picked up the microphone. "Everyone, a toast!
I see that we're slowly finishing up dinner so I have a few words to say. I've known
Brandon since he was in diapers, but I'm sure he doesn't want me talking about
that... but Brandon was always a reserved kid until he met his gorgeous bride. I'm
sorry to say I don't know Tiffany well, but I can see that she is a perfect match for
my nephew. She puts a smile on his face and he feels more comfortable around
her than anyone." He raised his glass along with everyone in the hall. "And now
without further ado, I ask the bride and groom to come out on the dance floor for
their first dance."
Tiffany pulled her husband out of his chair and lead him out on the floor. Once
there, he held her close and they danced to the song they picked together.
As the many couples crowded the dance floor, Emma was content to sit and eat
her dessert with her Aunt Debbie. Cameron had stayed home sick.
She hadn't gotten far in her gelatin when Noah came up behind her.
"Emma, would you like to have this dance?" Emma gave him a skeptical look. He
was sweet but she wasn't sure whether to let him in.
Debbie saved the moment. "Go sweety, I'll be fine here. Don't waste your youth
talking to old geezers like me."
Emma had no choice but to join the dancing with the rest of the couples.
She found that she was comfortable dancing with Noah. She found her mind
straying as she thought about seeing him again in the future. Who cared that
there were six years between them. The slow dance ended and she reluctantly let
go and moved on to a faster dance.
She spent the rest of the celebration flirting with Noah. Turns out he really was in
the spy business like she guessed although he was no where near James Bond
level. He knew all the stories that made her laugh, even if she could tell some
where slightly embellished.
The day was passing and Emma realized she would need to get back home if she
was to finish the paper that was due Monday. Noah walked her to the door.
"Emma, I had fun tonight. I hope that we don't have to say good bye for long.
How about you call me the next time you're in town... and I'll do the same if I'm
ever up around Sim State."
Emma was overjoyed. "Of course. I would love to see you again."
Brad was pouring his heart out on his newest hobby. When you work two days a
week and don't have many other plans you find times for things like mastering
the piano. The doorbell rang.
That's it for this chapter. I didn't realize I had so many pictures ready! I've got
more time to spend on my legacy now that exams are done and the summer has
begun... it doesn't look like I'm taking more than a week long vacation. I hope you
enjoyed this. I love feedback, so don't forget to leave a comment here or on
boolprop.com. 'Til next time!