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Fortune & Romance - Chapter 13: Pain



Warning: Sexual situations, violence



bed

It was a very minty morning.



Dina didn’t like him to mention her scent, that had been clear from the first time he’d brought it up, but she didn’t seem to mind him inhaling her.

wakeup

She rolled over to face him with a sleepy smile, almost falling off the edge of the bed. “You know you can get a double sleeper from CheapEazzze for like 100 molies?”

laugh

“This one’s comfier.”

kiss

She tasted even better than she smelled. The alarm went off and Mike hit it without missing a beat of what he was doing.

“You have any early class today?” she asked, as his lips moved to her neck.

“Just on Fridays.”

“It is Friday, honey.”

surprise

“What happened to the rest of the week?”

“Must have been a time warp.” She forced a laugh. “You better get ready. I’ll find you some breakfast.”

leave

stairs

Nina

Mike bed

He hadn’t progressed very far by time she got back.

“Is something wrong?”

wrong

“I think I’m gonna skip today.” He could have offered a flimsy explanation but there was really no point in trying.

“You better not fail for my sake.”

He shrugged and sighed. “Useless degree anyway, right?”

“Isn’t it a little late for that revelation?”

“I know. Believe me, I know I should have figured this all out a long time ago.” He let himself fall back on the bed with another sigh. “It’s not like I didn’t have a plan. Everything was planned out for me. One plan, no backups, nothing else to even consider. I’ve spent most of my life trying to do what my dad wanted me to do instead of finding out what I actually want to do. I never thought I’d have a choice!”

lap

She brushed back his hair with her fingertips. “Sports?”

“Yeah, and that fell through like a meteorite. I couldn’t go into that now if I wanted to, not with my... family background and everything my sister has been up to lately.” He could feel her stiffen up as he said this and for a brief second he wondered if it bothered her more than he’d thought. She was back to stroking his hair before he could start to worry.

eat

“You’d be accused of cheating?”

“Yeah.” He gritted his teeth. “But it doesn’t matter because I don’t even want to do it anymore and I was never that great anyway.”

“Well if makes you feel any better, RatRace says that any degree is better than no degree when it comes to higher pay.” She left his field of vision for a brief moment and came back with said magazine in hand, seemingly having pulled it out of thin air.

“You take that with you everywhere?”

eat

“Everywhere.” She nodded. “And this month’s issue has a section on careers and degrees. Let’s see...philosophy, page 25.”

He sat up and looked over her shoulder as she flipped through the pages. “Professional party guest? That might be a hard one to break into.”

“I know a professional party guest, and you’d be better at than she is. You’re more charming and less, um, creepy.” She scanned further down the page. “What about journalism?”

“I don’t think so.” He swallowed. “My dad’s a journalist. Sports journalist, of course.”

“Okay... how about paranormal?”

“You mean like a psychic phone-a-friend or something?”

“Or a cult leader.”

shoulder

“I could see that actually, but I’ve kinda been trying to break the habit of living a lie,” he said. “Speaking of which, I should probably stop wearing that letterman’s jacket.”

“But then how will you pick up chicks?”

“With the potential of a promising future, I guess.”

Dina closed the magazine. “Mike, SimNation has the best employment rate in the entire world. If all else fails you can just pick up the newspaper and take whatever job is in there. The hard part is not getting fired.” She sounded like she was speaking from experience.

“Have you been fired?”

“Culinary and law enforcement. I like to take chances; my bosses didn’t.” She winced and grinned at the same time. “But I prefer to be my own boss anyway. You can come work for me when I start my own business.”

“Won’t your rich husband have a problem with that?” He felt like an ass for saying it but her smile didn’t falter.

“Oh hush.”

pounce

kiss

“We can still keep in touch, you know.” Her eyelashes were wet as they brushed his cheek.

“I...” he started. It was hard to speak while breathing her in. “I think it has to be a clean break or it’s not gonna be one.”

“Would that really be so terrible?”

“We’d be pulling each other in the wrong direction.” He held his breath for a moment. “I don’t even have a direction. You don’t want to get dragged into that. I know you don’t.”

hold

“I love you anyway.”

door

So many years later, they were pacing themselves. Plunging would have been easier.

kiss

She was somehow both guarded and vulnerable at the same time, and it was best to keep things light until he could figure out how to get through without breaking anything.

leave

There was no hurry this time. Mainly because he knew she wouldn’t fully open up to him until he did the same for her.



“You are not selling the couch to buy a new dress.”

“My wedding dress paid for the couch!”

“The couch is a better investment.”



“Perhaps you could sell my coffin? I can get by without it if I sleep under the covers during the day.”

“Nobody’s selling anything! Deeds can get a perfectly nice dress downtown with her heist money. If she hasn’t spent it already.”

Dina emo

“I’m gonna look so cheap standing next to Bella and Mrs. Tricou and Olive...”

eureka

“Olive! Professional party guest and bride!”

phone

“You’re really gonna bug her about this in the middle of the night?”

“She’ll be up.”

graveyard

“Hello?”

“Guess who just got a last minute invitation to Mrs. Tricou’s ball?”

goose

“Excellent. Don’t tell me you’ve found another meal ticket already?”

“Hahaha...ha.” Dina wasn’t sure why she was laughing. “Er, I’m going with Michael Bachelor. Bella Goth’s brother.”

olive

“You are aware he’s a simoleonless schoolteacher, right?”

screw

“Um... I was wondering if I could please borrow a dress for the occasion?”

walk

“Don’t get me wrong, I do like that boy more than I like most people. His mother was a close friend of mine, and he reminds me of her in many ways.”

carry

“Glad to have your approval. So...about the dress?”

“Oh, of course, dear. Name a color, silhouette, and neckline.”

dresses

Trailer park

Rainelle didn’t magivestium home that night. Sometimes company won out over convenience.

“You’d better move your truck before the gnome-kicker sees. She doesn’t like anything in her yard that’s not rotting and covered in flies.”

gnome

“Would be worth it rather than making you walk all that way, Nelly. Anyhow, I’d reckon she’s too zonked to come out and give us any grief. Always is by this hour.”

sad

“How does a slob like that get work as a maid?”

“She used to be the best there was. Kinda famous for it even.”

“You’re kidding me.”

“Swear to plumbob. She took on the CleanBot some ten years ago in an epic battle of maid vs machine.”

Brigit

kaylynn

“Mama thinks it was too poetic to be anything but a publicity stunt. The inventor was this smug-faced, misanthropic wizkid who got taken to the cleaners, so to speak, by a skittish little mouse of a girl.”

Brigit

kay

“Well if that’s true she certainly doesn’t like to take her work home with her,” Rainelle mused. “Speaking of robots, did you ever find the one you were looking for?”

“Nope. I still don’t believe this ghostly nonsense though. Headless robots don’t just spring to life and walk out on their own.”

“Well, I’d appreciate it if that witch wouldn’t come snooping around the deli anymore. Maybe she’d have found him by now if she weren’t so obsessed trying to pin something on me.”

“She’s just thinking logically, Nelly. It would be a convenient place to hide him.” He shrugged. “And I can’t say much against Mrs. Goth. Witchiness aside, I daresay I’d have been sacked for all this if she hadn’t stepped in.”

There were so many things she wished she could tell him, and so many reasons why she couldn’t. “...are robots made of iron, Eldy?”

Elden chuckled. “Well there’s a non-sequitur if I ever heard one.”

“Just curious.”

“No, robots are usually made of lightweight metals like titanium.”

doorstep

“I guess that makes sense.” She got out her keys as they reached the doorstep. “What about wrought iron fences, like down by the House of Fallen Trees? Is that real iron?”

He tilted his head. “Iron alloy, possibly a mild steel, depending on when it was made.”

“Odd thing for a fairy to decorate with,” she muttered.

“Fairies? What are you talking about? I’m pretty sure there aren’t any of those around here.”

“Oh they’re around, Eldy. Bad ones. Bad witches too, with skin as green as a plumbob.” She put a hand on her belly. “To tell you the truth, sometimes I feel a little scared for my baby.”

belly

Elden hesitated. “Any word from the daddy? He should be the one protecting you two, Nelly.”

Rainelle

“He’ll back any day now.”

He shuffled his feet as she unlocked the door. “Well, if you ever need anything, you just holler and I’ll come running.”

“You’re too sweet, Eldy.”

“Nah, Nelly, you’re just too pretty.”

kiss

dog

“AROOOOOOO!”

Brigit wakes

“You have a good night, Nelly!”

Elden runs

“Bailey, that was naughty! What on earth has gotten into you?”

“Evil,” someone whispered.

Brigit background

Rainelle turned to see a haggard figure knee deep in the fresh snow. “Do you know what that thing is?”

“That ‘thing’ is a dog and his name is Bailey.”

“It’s a monster! Or did you not notice the evil glowing eyes?”

Rainelle tried to scoff, but it came out as a squeak. “What are you talking about?”

wand

“My parents used to hunt that creature. I can recognize it by its howl alone.” Brigit’s eyes caught the gleam of the moonlight. “A cursed wizard out for revenge.”

“Revenge on who?”

“The one who cursed him, of course! His evil is limited in this form, but he can still make you as monstrous and worthless as he is with just one bite!”

“He hasn’t even tried to bite me.”

“Witch flesh is sweet to smell but bitter to the taste,” she growled. “But he’ll rip out your little boyfriend’s throat out as soon as you turn your back.”

“...I’m not a witch!”

“Oh, I’ve been trained to spot your kind as well. Dark magic is probably what brought that thing here.” She was slowly drawing closer, her face spreading into a mirthless grin. “Who are you trying to curse?”

“Not all witches curse people!” Rainelle struggled to keep her voice low, hoping against hope that the Hicks couldn't’ hear them.

“Oh even I’ll admit to that, but if that’s the case here, why do you smell like essence of vipers?”

Those eyes came a bit too close and Rainelle’s wand was in her hand before she could even think.

wand

“Is that really the best thing to have around with a little one on the way?”

wand

wand

attack

wake

“OW!”

“What’s wrong?”

nina

“I’m sorry to wake you,” he groaned.

“What’s going on? Are you going to break again?!”

He felt bad making her sound so worried. “No, no, it’s just pain... in my chest and stomach. It’s almost gone now.”

Nina narrowed her eyes. “You don’t have a stomach.”

“It still hurts sometimes.”

curious

looming

“You keep out of my business! Unless you want the police to know what you’ve got buried under your trailer.”

enter

reagents

robot

Author's Notes:
Cut-text is "Just Like Heaven" by the Cure. <3

The ending scene was actually shot a while ago but didn't really fit into the previous chapter. But since it's kind of important I ended up making this whole new chapter for it.

By the way, the new LJ scrapbook is the worst thing ever, so let me know if you see any missing pics with just alt-text. :)

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lirenyi
Aug. 17th, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
This was excellent! The flashback to Mike and Dina was very sweet, and I was completely unsettled by Olive surrounded by all those dresses. The 'Clean-Off' made me laugh, looking forward to more already!
skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 07:17 am (UTC)
Thank you! I've gotten some questions about Dina and Mike's previous dalliance, so I decided to show a flashback to make things more clear. I love Olive so I'm glad whenever I can give her something to do.
xsayuriuchiha
Aug. 17th, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
Woo what an ending! I hope nothing happens to Rainelle.
And Brigit and Servo are connected? o.o

Your writing and pictures are amazing as always :)
skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 06:54 am (UTC)
Thank you! Hopefully what happens next will be worth it after all this build up.
doda_lani
Aug. 17th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, such a short chapter but so lovely. I hope Kane is not up to something bad. Because Rainelle seems cute enough not to die.

Poor Brigit, she was set on fire and buried in snow. She must had frozen. HAHA. I wonder if Kane something to do with Servy's stomach and chest pains? You're teasing.

It's weird that Olive has two colors of the same dress. That means she is rich enough to afford buying all these dresses. And why the earth is her husband begging her? Did she kill him with magic?

Last not least, Dina wearable panty and taking rat race everywhere is super cute. :)And how can someone sell a dress to buy a couch, unless this dress is truly expensive.

Is it Parker, Nina & Florence in pic 9? :)

ETA: Noticing another commenter's comment. Is Brigit and servo mentally connected? I hope they're not.

ETA 2: WCIF Brigit's hair (both)? :) And Kaylynn's hair please. Too much I know. :) :)

Edited at 2012-08-17 01:09 pm (UTC)
skellington7d
Aug. 18th, 2012 07:33 am (UTC)
There were also bees in Rainelle's attack. She's pretty hardcore.

That is indeed Florence with Nina and Parker. They had a wild time. ;)

Brigit's braid is here:
http://vadie.livejournal.com/4073.html#cutid1

And the messy hair is here:
http://skellington7d.livejournal.com/41310.html#cutid1

Kaylynn's is from the teenstyle stuffpack.
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eveningsupper
Aug. 17th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
I love it when you update. Great chapter!
skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 06:57 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! :D
zeussims
Aug. 17th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
A wonderful chapter!!!
In the next chapter will see the mansion Tricou?

Where I can get the mannequin with purple dress?
How do you get the pose of the husband of Olive?
doda_lani
Aug. 17th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
The husband is a normal alive sim made ghost via hack. And a posebox is used.

IDK where you can find the dress, but I think it's at BPS. Skell knows best. :)
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lover_of_bacon
Aug. 17th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Wait a minute...

Did Brigit activate Servo?
Like, the nice, young Brigit?
skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 06:47 am (UTC)
He felt her being blasted; that's all I can say. :)
meetme2theriver
Aug. 17th, 2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
This was so awesome, as usual. :) I love how you put so much detail into the background of your pictures. I loved spotting all those little things in Rainelle's trailer... Is she secondary grilled cheese?

And oh man, Olive is terrifying. The lack of eyebrows is so unsettling.

Always happy to see a new update from you! <3
skellington7d
Aug. 18th, 2012 07:41 am (UTC)
Yep, that's Rainelle's secondary. So fun!

Heheh, I knew I wanted to have a scene where she didn't have them painted on just for the creep factor.

Thank you!
miss_amaretto
Aug. 17th, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
This was awesome! And ughh! I keep rooting for Rainelle and Elden! I was so excited when I thought they were going to kiss!

And Michael is a total stud. <3 Whoo!
skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! Rainelden is something that kind of wrote itself. I didn't plan for it, but it makes sense to me!

I had fun shooting pictures of him lounging around bare-chested. ^_~ I think the body hair overlay really adds something.
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spyroeldragon
Aug. 17th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
hiding these under spoilers because I think...?
[Spoiler (click to open)]OMG RAINELLE IS HIDING KANE??!?! AND SHE'S TRYING TO RESURRECT JON? AND FAIRIES WHAAAAT.

AND DID BRIGIT ACTIVATE SERVY OMG OMG WHAT


I love this story so much, and it's not just because of the amazing pictures, it's this plot with all these little loose ends and each step you take us to finding out the big mystery is like WOW. I just... :D

Edited at 2012-08-17 06:36 pm (UTC)
alessandrae
Aug. 17th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah that's exactly what I'm thinking! I'm pretty sure that's where Skell is taking this story :)
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alessandrae
Aug. 17th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
OMGGG New Chapter!! I've been waiting for this! It's amazing, as always.

“I know a professional party guest, and you’d be better at than she is. You’re more charming and less, um, creepy.”

Laughed at the Olive reference :) And I will never get tired of saying how amazing your pictures are! I hope you don't get tired of hearing it hahah! Cheers :)
skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 07:21 am (UTC)
Heh, yeah Olive's career choice has always amused me. It makes sense, but I'm not sure if I would pay her to come liven up a party. (Or Mr. Big for that matter!)

Thank you for commenting! :D
zx_ta
Aug. 17th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Great chapter!!! ♥
skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 06:45 am (UTC)
Thank you, Zx!
keoni_chan
Aug. 17th, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
Whoo! New chapter!

I really like this one, it feels a lot darker than your other chapters and it feels like we're getting close to something. And as always I'm in total admiration of the amount of detail you put into your story, and I'm not just talking about the pictures.

I know why Rainelle asked about iron (so clever of you!)and I think I know where you're taking this. Can't wait!

And WTH did Brigit bury? Is it the head? Or something else?

As always, you did an amazing job. This chapter is just perfect!
skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 07:13 am (UTC)
Yes, I've had that last scene shot for a long time but I felt it was too dark to fit into the last chapter. I had to add a little comic relief with the dress scene. ;)

Rainelle was referring to Kane's head, yep. Blackmailing Brigit in case she tries to interfere with her plans.

Thank you!
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skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 07:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! I've got big plans for the next chapter! Hopefully I'll be able to pull it off!

That was Brigit at the end, but I can see why you'd think that and in fact it may be clue for something. ;)
mdpthatsme
Aug. 18th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
Beautiful chapter, can't wait for more!
skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 06:45 am (UTC)
Thank yoU!
carizzo08
Aug. 18th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
All of the pictures worked for me, by the way. And I loved the flashback with Mike and Dina and Olive surrounded by the dresses.
skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
Thank you! Hopefully Olive can find Dina a good dress for the occasion!
Vanessa Warner
Aug. 18th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
Ohhh the pieces are falling in place.

Shy greened eye girl, nice to see others picking up the shards. So that is how they meet. Love it! Interesting to see the beginning of interest leading to friendship and love. I'm curious to see how brother gets involved.

Speaking of which ... Anita Blake pack moment with Parker, Nina, and ??? Little voodoo princess with her pet ... who will love the moon next: Elden, the Lone Wolf man, or someone new? Then of course is there a grrr, shuffle, shuffle in the future. My Brain is being teased. *Riddling away*
skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 07:43 am (UTC)
I love your speculation!

That's Florence Delarosa with Nina and Parker. Too often in people's games Nina only gets to be with Don while he gets to be with everyone, so I wanted to show she's a romance sim too (even if she's trying monogamy for now).

Heheheh you are on the right track with some of your guesses.
red_and_blue1
Aug. 18th, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
Aw, Eldy and Rainelle. <3 They would make such a cute couple. :) Also, is this the first time that Rainelle has had a speaking part or did I miss something?

Is that Kaylynn 1 who went up against Briget?

Good chapter as always! :D
skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
I think she had a line when she found Bailey, but this is indeed the first time she's had a conversation with someone.

Yep, that was a teenaged Kaylynn I and her CleanBot vs Little Brigit.

Thanks for commenting!
(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2012 09:40 am (UTC)
Was Dina serving those toaster pastries on a dirty dish? o_o

Nice chapter, things start making more and more sense!
skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
I think the dirty dish texture is just underneath any food that's on a plate. She might not have cooked them though!

Thank you!
Fabbian RuffiNelli SyKes
Aug. 18th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
Darkened Heart
I love Ranielle and Elden as a potential couple :) Lovelyy!
And I love young Brigit too!
Lovely chapter as always!
But I just don't get the scene with young Brigit and... Kaylynn?
What is that? ._. Some kind of contest?
skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 06:39 am (UTC)
Re: Darkened Heart
Thank you! Yep, it was a cleaning contest. Kaylynn wanted to prove that her CleanBot was better than a real maid, but Brigit proved her wrong. I'll probably show the whole thing later.
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skellington7d
Aug. 19th, 2012 07:07 am (UTC)
You'll have to find out what he's up to in a future chapter. >:D
crunchycactus
Aug. 19th, 2012 09:57 am (UTC)
Errmaghawdd was Brigit in love with Kaylynn?! Maybe a bit of a stretch but it just seems odd having pictures of your ex-husband's sister all over the wall, and Kaylynn was married to the Servy that was activated by Brigit. It's all starting to fall into place :O But why is Rainelle hiding Kane?!!! Squeeee can't wait :D
skellington7d
Aug. 21st, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Brigit and Kaylynn were close, and she did name her daughter after her. ;) Glad you're excited about this!
annek2
Aug. 19th, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
Another awesome chapter! I so so so love Dina and Michael together. They're just perfect. The part with Rainelle and Elden was a bit confusing, which makes it all the more interesting. :)
Your photos are gorgeous, as always :)
skellington7d
Aug. 21st, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I can understand how some of this stuff would be confusing. :)
jeeks
Aug. 19th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
I read through all your chapters and I love how you've incorporated TS1 and TS3 into your story. You make the characters lovable, yet fallable. You're a wonderful storyteller and sim-photographer! I'm glad I found your story :)
skellington7d
Aug. 21st, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this nice comment! I'm blushing. :D
hurricanetaylor
Aug. 21st, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Woo!! I've just got around to reading this. It was awesome.....also my theories about servo are totally right :) *smug face* lol.

I love Rainelle and Brigit's little trade off, it was very informative about witches and werewolves and it was lovely to see more of vulnerable Brigit. It is getting hard to hate her.

Looking forward to more <3
skellington7d
Aug. 21st, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Taylor! Brigit definitely has some layers that need to be peeled away, and I'm looking forward to doing more with her.
frellingblonde
Aug. 22nd, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
So I'm assuming there's something to the fact that in her previous appearances, Olive had eyebrows, but now she's without them like she is in TS2?

And is Mr. Tricou somehow possessing Kane's body? Agh can't wait for more!
skellington7d
Aug. 22nd, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
Olive's eyebrows are usually painted on, she just doesn't have her makeup on at home. ;)

Thanks for your comments and speculation!
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