I just put that picture of my most-despised townie there to make the cover look… erm... pretty. (Or acceptable at least.) The real purpose of this first slide is to recap the last chapter! I think we need it by now. Heck, even I need it. :) By the way that townie’s name is Graeme, he’s a garden club sim, I think, and I hate him. He’s a loser. So, last chapter, Quartz broke up with his teenhood girlfriend, Lina, and found love in the mail carrier Dagmar Bertino. Aerie moved out and is now living with her cousin Willow. We just found out that she’s pregnant. Coral moved out, too, and hopes to rise up in the business world. And finally our heir, Rowena , got married to Clare’s good friend Clarence and they had a baby daughter, Egypt. Well that’s that then. Let’s get on with the new stuff.
“ Quartz is going to be so mad…” Aerie mumbled as her cousin marveled over her swollen belly. “Why, that you’re pregnant? I don’t think he’d be—” “No, no… that I don’t know who’s the father.”
Adam was reading the newspaper, his spiky grey hair sticking out the top. “Ah… the gossip section!” he chuckled. The gossip section of the newspaper was his secret indulgence; he only dared to look when no-one was around, such as on this particular morning.
But what he read shocked him: “Clarence DeBateau, recently Spiff, has been rumored to engage in romantic activity with his mother-in-law, Clare…”
Clare gaped. “You must be out of your mind! Surely you know by now that I wouldn’t cheat on you with anyone, especially not him. We’re just friends and I’ve never felt that way about him. Really. What’s got into you?”
Adam sighed. She did sound sincere. “It was just the… er… gossip column. In the paper. It said—”
“ You believed the gossip column? Why were you even reading that junk in the first place?”
“ Really, of all the ridiculous– well, I suppose it doesn’t matter. It was all a misunderstanding. But we should probably talk to Clarence and make sure he really is faithful to Rowena, don’t you think?”
“ Listen, Clarence, Adam and I have been a bit concerned over an article we saw in the newspaper.”
Adam cleared his throat self-consciously.
“ It insinuated that you were cheating on Rowena with… well, with me. Now I know that was a lie,” she said quickly as Clarence opened his mouth, looking outraged, “But we just wanted to rule out the possibility of you being unfaithful to my daughter…”
“ First off, no, I am not cheating on my wife– why would I do that? Secondly, Adam, I am not interested in Clare like that. And really… I just wish…” he was surprised to feel himself tearing up. “I just wish people would see past my exterior and not judge me like this! I am capable of love. I do love my family, beyond anything! Why can’t people see that?”
Clare bit her lip. “Well I suppose that settles it,” she said softly, and she and Adam left Clarence alone. He looked like he needed it.
She backed off, disgusted. “How many times do I have to tell you, I’m not Aerie! ” she was losing her cool. “Uh... Aerie... um... died. Of a broken heart. Because, um, her husband... walked out on her. Yeah.”
“ Ugh! Get off me, you freak!” Rowena gasped, breaking apart from the delinquent man with as much force as she could muster. “What the hell do you think you’re doing?” She was panicking. “Clarence! Clarence, help me! This man is molesting me!”
“ Oh, I see you’ve noticed the new clothes I bought you. That looks much better than the old ones, Beaux. I have a photo of your father wearing something just like that.”
“ I liked the old ones! I don’t like this. I look like one of those smelly truck drivers who always swear at you.”
Dagmar was taken aback. “Well,” she said, “Why don’t you try...”
“ ...This?” “Eh. I guess it’s okay. But why couldn’t I wear my old shirt with the flower on it?” “You mean, you liked the flower?” “Yes! It made me pretty.” Dagmar opened her mouth, and shut it. This was unexpected. “Let’s just go with this for the time being, Mmkay?”
Meanwhile, Egypt met her cousin Beaux for the first time. She decided she liked him, because he didn’t mind playing Mary Mack with her, or even with the dolls house. Most boys at school considered that sort of thing too girly and silly.
Oh well, boys are stupid anyway, was what she told herself.
Ooh, random picture! It is time to end the chapter! Hooray, I was right!
Well, guys, I hope you enjoyed this chapter—I know it wasn’t the longest, but please leave a comment anyway if you wish to make my day.
School started today, anyway– it’s already a nightmare. I tried to hurry this chapter a bit so it wouldn’t get caught up in back-to-school confusion, but just letting you know that updates might not be so frequent for the time being. For now, goodbye and happy simming!