1.09 – Phase shift

Chapter tune: Europe – Prisoners in paradise

Weeks passed, fortunately without any more dramatic events.

Rose spent much of her time with her two closest friends after the incident, Emma and Madison, who both stepped up to make her feel better, by going swimming, shopping, or at the spa.

They were subtle enough not to invite her to the bar were everything took place, or to mention much about their work at the bistro.

 

Rose also found a new job eventually, at a small bakery near the beach.

The owner was a very sweet old lady, named miss Myrtle. She was always nice and encouraging. She also liked to give plenty of money to charity, no matter how much she earned at the end of each day.

“My sweet girl” she often called Rose.

Rose of course didn’t have any references from the bistro, so when she went to ask for a job, she simply took a plate of cupcakes that she had prepared from home. She was instantly hired.

The hours were really long but Rose didn’t mind. She loved the smell of freshly baked pies and pastries, the creative freedom that miss Myrtle gave her, but most of all she loved the fact that she was really good at this job.

Christopher also took the opportunity to hang out with Rose. He showed her his favorite fishing spots and took her out as often as he could.

One day they decided to go to the local festival which was held every three months.

They spent the afternoon chatting and doing the many activities the festival had to offer. While it was getting darker, Christopher suddenly became more serious. “Rose, about that night… when I told you that I’d be there for you… I really meant it you know.” Rose gave him a friendly hug. “I know Christopher, thank you for everything. You are a good friend.”

Christopher signed. “What if I want to be more than a friend to you?” His headed shifted towards her face.

“Look Christopher… I really like you but I can’t see you like that now. I’m so sorry.”

“No need to apologize. I know you’re still in love with him” he said -not mentioning Jared’s name- “but I believe that I can make you forget him, in time… He was so stupid to let you go Rose, I’d never do that to you. If only I had told you how I felt before all this.”

I don’t think it would be any different, Rose thought, but decided to keep this thought to herself.

She was still in love with Jared, Christopher was right. The fact that she hadn’t seen or heard from him since that night didn’t do much to turn her feelings off; on the contrary – there simply wasn’t a switch for that.

“I’m sorry” she said again “I don’t want to lose our friendship, but if you think that we should stop seeing each other I’ll understand.”

“Not at all” his expression became more carefree and cheerful again “I told you I’m there for you no matter what. Even if it means as a friend for now.”

The fall was almost at its end and Rose was happily working at the bakery.
It was a particularly busy day. At about nine o’clock though, every customer had left and Rose was helping miss Myrtle close for the night. Suddenly, she heard a voice coming from the front door: “Hey doll.”

Rose’s heart almost skipped a beat. She would recognize that smoky voice anywhere. She approached him, once again not knowing what to say. The truth is she had convinced herself that she’d never see him again.

“Hi” she finally said “What are you doing here?”

“Well, I heard that this place has great pie” he replied smiling.

“Ok then” she said coldly “What can I get you?”

“I’m sorry, but we are closed dearie” miss Myrtle shouted when she saw him “I don’t want my sweet girl to get any more tired today”

“I came to talk to Rose for a bit if you don’t mind” Jared said.

“Oh, I’m sorry dearie, are you Rose’s friend? She’s such a sweetheart I tell you, and her work here is better than I could ever hope for. We have so many customers now, you wouldn’t believe it. Although I’m sure some of them come just to see her beautiful face.”

“I find that very easy to believe” Jared said looking straight into Rose’s eyes.

“Rose dear, I’m going to go now. I suppose it will be ok for you to close the store? Goodnight dearie” she looked at Jared “it’s always nice to meet a friend of Rose’s”

When they were left alone, Rose spoke: “Do you want some coffee?”

“Sure” he smiled again “And some of your best pie too”

Rose didn’t know what to think. Why did he come here, after all this time? And so unexpectedly… Her heart was beating so fast, she thought it could stop any second.

Jared was staring at the display. “You really made all of this by yourself? I told you you had talent kiddo. I hope you remember that” his voice took a slight nostalgic tone.

“So, how are you?” Rose asked awkwardly when she brought the coffee. For some reason, she couldn’t stop herself from making small talk. Her friendly nature didn’t help much.

“I’m good, sort of. Haven’t found a decent job yet, so a little here and there until I find something stable.”

“You didn’t go to work at the diner I presume…”

Jared laughed “I wouldn’t be caught dead working there. You know Molly would come every single day just to gloat”

“Yeah, Molly…so what did you want to talk to me about?” Rose realized that she was still supposed to feel mad towards him.

“Well, not much…except…well, I’m a dad now” he said.

Rose felt her heart sting. “Oh…congratulations. It can’t be with Molly though, right?”

“No, not her, thank god” Jared laughed, feeling a little ashamed at the same time. “Claire, the one before Molly. It’s a baby girl, her name is Emily” he said with a gleam in his eyes which lasted for only a second. “Her mother doesn’t let me see her though. She says they’re better off on their own”

Rose felt her patience run thin. Had he really decided to show up just to share the news for his newborn with her?

“I don’t understand what all this has to do with me” she said while standing up from her seat “Why are you here? In fact no, don’t even answer that. It was good to see you, I guess. Now I have to close the shop and go. Please leave too.”

When she returned from the bathroom where she was supposed to change from her work outfit, Jared was gone. She decided to go to the beach nearby to clear her head.

She felt awful. She couldn’t stop torturing herself with questions. Why did he have to come back and mess with her emotions again? It really hurt all this time when she didn’t see him, but it hurt even more now that she did, even for what it felt like a moment.

Again, while she was alone, her tears somehow started to find their way out.
Suddenly she heard footsteps on the sand.

“It’s me, don’t be scared doll” Jared said. “I was babbling before, you know. I’m sorry. It was good to see you again, to talk with you… I didn’t mean to make you upset.”

“I came because I can’t stop thinking about you. I know I screwed up, I always do. You trusted me, you shared everything from your past with me and I held back. It’s probably too late… but can I tell you everything too?” he asked. One could tell that he was not waiting for an answer.

PS: How lucky was I that the week Rose started working at the bakery, icemunmun from modthesims released a new mod with tons of dessert recipes!

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  1. Awww that bakery is so cute, along with Miss Myrtle! And Rose fits the job well, it seems very much like her to be baking cakes and sweet treats all day. I feel sorry for Christopher though, he obviously likes her a lot, but I am glad that he is being good-natured about it. I can’t wait to learn about Jared’s history!

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    1. Yes, the bakery is really cute!! ❤ I've updated my disclaimer page to include the link where I found it 🙂 I think it really suits Rose too! I'm really excited to write the next chapter, hopefully it won't take too long! 😀

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  2. Aww, Miss Myrtle is such a cute and caring woman. Jared’s back and it’s so awkward, I mean, he could have dragged his newborn with him, lol, just to make things go even more awkward. That child will always be Hilary for me, though. I wonder what you’re going to include as in Jared’s backstory 🙂

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    1. I love miss Myrtle!! ❤ And I was not so sure initially if I should make her or not, but I'm glad I did! And I just had to bring up Jared's newborn, she is a part of his story after all lol!! Now that it's the weekend I'll try take the pictures that remain to make the next chapter! 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting, I look forward for your next chapter! 🙂

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  3. The bakery and miss Myrtle are both adorable! Everything looks so delicious :p Rose mentioned she wanted to learn sweets I believe, so a bakery suits her^^ Glad she didn’t completely give up on Jared yet too, but he’s going to need to redeem himself. It’ll be interesting to hear more of his story.

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    1. Yes, she found some balance and peace there, the last events really did a number on her! I think the bakery really suits her too! 😁 As for Jared, he really needs to try harder!

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  4. Oh, Rose. I hope you don’t get pricked too hard by Jared.

    And Jared! If you want to be a part of Emily’s life, you better shape up! Claire’s got a right to keep Emily from you, what with getting drunk and getting into fights!

    Looks like Jared’s got his work cut out for him if he wants to be a part of his girls’ lives.

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  5. I’m so glad that Rose found the perfect job for herself, the bakery looks so cozy, with the lamp and the candle sitting on the refrigerator. Lovely touch! Miss Myrtle reminds me so much of Lia, it’s good to see both our heroines have found a kind soul to help them in the very beginning 🙂

    I can’t wait to hear what Jared has to say. If the mother of his daughter is really the girl he dated before Molly, that means she was well into her pregnancy by the time Rose started working at the restaurant. I wonder if he knew then…

    PS: I love that picture of Rose at the pool!

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    1. I love that little bakery too! ❤ I have included the link at my disclaimer page if you want to go and grab it! 🙂 And miss Myrtle is so much like Lia in your story, I thought about it when I was writing this chapter! 😀 As for Jared, hopefully today or tomorrow I will have the next chapter ready with his story! But he really didn't know about the pregnancy! 🙂
      That photo of Rose was the last one I added at this chapter, I wasn't sure if I should include it or not. I'm very glad you like it! 😁

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      1. I’m so happy to hear a character from my story inspired you to create such a lovely lady, I like Miss Myrtle a lot 🙂

        Unfortunately, I have been having some issues with the bakery station in my game. I desperately need to find a way to fix that! I love baking cakes in the real life so much!

        The lens flare really made the picture stand out. I love the summer feel it gives to it. Great job with that!

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  6. The bakery and Mrs. Myrtle seem perfect for Rose. I am so happy she found that place. The link from the table of contents to chapter 8 didn’t work for me and so I didn’t get to read about the disaster.

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  7. I love icenumnum’s food mods really appreciated in my game as well 🙂
    Myrtle is so sweet and Rose desired to learn sweet French food and she’s pretty good at it.
    Jared leave her alone , turn back to fight for seeing your daughter you hurt Rose hard.

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      1. No he see a certain interest in Rose so he won’t give up on her for sure ahah. I don’t see which kind of interest he has on her but he as a goal.
        Myrtle is better than Molly as boss.

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