May 25, 2017

Intermission: Back in Sunset Valley

The Black-Wolff home had been rocked by the huge meteorite that fell from the sky. 

Initially, the press just couldn't seem to get enough of the tragedy. The paparazzi had camped out on their doorstep, peppering for them for comments any time one of them stepped outside.

"No comment!" Jason called, grabbing the pizza quickly and ducking back inside.
"You'd think they'd find a new story and move on," he said sourly, dropping the pizza on the blackened counter-top while Moudy obsessively scrubbed at the char marks on the floor.

Gently, he approached his friend.  "Come on, man, you need to eat."

"The soot just won't come out," Moudy mumbled.  "It has to come out."

Jason took the broom from Moudy's hands.  "You've got to eat," Jason told him, adding.  "Liz would want you to."
Moudy broke down, right there in what was left of the kitchen.

"How am I supposed to live without her?" he asked brokenly.

***

Time has a way of healing all wounds.
With time, the home was gutted of the remnants of the meteor blast.

Macy and Lacie had graduated.

Lacie had even married.

Life moved on, with or without them.

***

"I called this press conference to say, publically, that I just want my daughter to come home," Jason announced, reading his canned speech.
"Nobody's mad at you. You're not in any trouble.  We love you and want you to come home," he said with a shaky voice.  The night Lacie had run had created fresh wounds for the family.

The police had explained that as a young adult, they couldn't waste resources trying to locate Lacie.  It was apparent she'd run off and didn't want to be found.  They only got involved if there was some sort of crime.

Which there wasn't.

"Was Lacy's disappearance related at all to her husband's death?  Does her family still blame her?"  He glanced to his left and saw the journalist scribbling away on her notepad. 

Jason shook his head.  This was a nightmare, he thought, swiping his hand over his face.  Far worse than the sex scandal he'd faced some years ago.
"Mr. Black-Wolff! Glance this way for a picture!" the journalist pressed.  "Just one picture!"  She snapped a series of photos, nearly blinding him with the flash.
Jason turned from her and swallowed with difficulty.  "That is all," he said quietly.  "Thank you..."

He just wanted to find his little girl so they could all heal.

 ***

 "... And that will not be a problem for you?" Mrs. Landgraab asked tonelessly.   The nerve of that man to get on the news and dredge it all back up again!
"No ma'am.  That won't be a problem."

***

It was hard for Macy to stay upstairs in the attic room she'd shared with her sister.  She often felt the ghost of Lacie had stayed behind to torment her.  Perhaps the evil in her sister would always taint the room.

Her broken arm had healed, but she would always have a permanent reminder of the night her sister had run away.

Her hand grazed the scar on her forehead.
She headed downstairs.  Dad was at work and Moudy had taken Jackson to the fair with Jackson's new boyfriend - Jeremy Vasquez. 
The night of the meteor blast, they'd gone over to the Vasquez's home and it was then that the boys claimed they'd known.

At least something good had come from that awful night.
Her sister had come from the Landgraabs, hysterically ranting that nobody believed her.  Macy had been afraid to say anything.  Her sister seemed more unhinged than normal. Macy hadn't needed to see Lacie's aura to know that her sister was in a dangerous mood.  

She should have closed the door.

Instead, the next thing she knew, Lacie had whacked her in the head with the hamp, screaming that it should have been hers.  What should have been hers? she'd wondered as she laid on the kitchen floor, blood running from the gouge in her head.

It wasn't until much later that she'd realized her sister had still been fixated on that damn Prom Queen Crown.  She should've let the bitch have it years ago!  Funny what was important to a person one day could be utterly worthless the next...

***




***

 Macy glanced up from the gardening show towards the door.  Who could be dropping by at this hour? she wondered, glancing at the clock. 
She was surprised to see the handsome man in front of her.  She narrowed her eyes, taking a moment to screen his aura.  Surprisingly, he had none.

Everyone she met had an aura... why didn't he?

"Miss Black-Wolff?" he asked in a smooth, deep voice as he held his hand out in greeting.
Realizing she was staring, she abruptly reached out.  "I'm sorry. Yes. That's me."  She shook his hand, startled by the shock of awareness that she felt between them.  "Umm... and you are?" she finally asked.
The handsome stranger grinned widely, as though she'd just told a joke.  "Leo Moffet.  I was wondering if I could speak with you."
Macy had begun to feel more uncomfortable and out of place. Something about this man just didn't feel right.  "I'm sorry, I don't talk to journalists."  She started to shut the door.
The hand reached out and stopped the closing door.  "Oh, I'm not a journalist," he told her.  "Trust me. You're gonna wanna talk to me," he said, pressing in.

10 comments:

  1. Ooh, I wonder who Leo is?? I'm glad Macy was okay. I was worried that Lacie had seriously hurt her.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Just broke her arm & knocked her in the head with a lamp. ;) Nothing too serious!

      Mysterious Leo with no aura!

      Delete
  2. Macy, why did you answer the door? Seems like bad news all around!

    Oh, Jason. Some people don't want to be found...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, hopefully next Sunset Valley update, Jason will have gotten over some of his crap & be well on his way to a happy ending.

      Delete
  3. Jason is way to forgiving towards Lacie. I'm really glad to see Macy is okay, or atleast that Lacie didn't hurt her worse. So, she can see auras or does she read sims the same way her sister does?

    Well, atleast things are going good for Jackson.

    Who is this Leo? He doesn't have an aura, so that's probably a bad sign.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think he wants Lacie to get the help he thinks she needs. I bet he's probably blaming himself for not seeing her true colors all along.

      Thank goodness Lacie didn't hurt Macy more! Macy can see auras. So weird that Leo doesn't have an aura, huh?

      Yay Jackson. It made me smile when he & Rio's son heart-farted. There's a happily ever after waiting to happen!

      Delete
  4. So glad to see that Macy is relatively okay. And she can read auras now? Woner if Jackson got any powers, too.

    This Leo guy has got to be bad news.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Macy is doing pretty well, especially with her evil twin somewhere else! Yes! She reads auras. We'll have to see if Jackson winds up with any special powers!

      Leo certainly looks like bad news, doesn't he?

      Delete
  5. I want to say it's good to see everyone again, but it's just so sad :( Good thing Jackson found a love interest at least! This family needs some happiness.

    A man in a suit with no aura? That doesn't sound good. Macy, run!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think this is the most I've ever kept going back to visit a non-heir! Lol. I really like Jason, Moudy, Macy & Jackson!

      I'm pretty sure there will be rainbows and happiness sometime soon. They just have some drama to get over! Jason is remarkably resilient. I remember when he was a teen and everything just slid right over his back!

      A man in a suit with no aura = bad news. Macy should definitely run! ;)

      Delete