Chapter tune: Danger Danger – I still think about you

Jesse had been standing in front of the Prosper Room since six o’clock in the morning on the day the renovation was supposed to begin.

It was strange seeing Bridgeport’s downtown so empty. But it was also well known that the city came into life after the sun had reached its highest point. And for Jesse, it was better this way. He just needed to be alone. No friends, no paparazzis, nobody.

At 10 a.m. the excavator finally destroyed “his” – no, “their” – balcony. There was no turning back.

Three moves. That’s what it took for his special place to be no more. For Jesse, it was like watching a funeral. When it was over, he silently said goodbye and left.

For the next few days, it was like he magically opened a door to two years before. He just stayed in his room, sulking and once again strumming his guitar.

He only left the room when he got hungry, which lately was especially rare considering his usual appetite, or to take long rides with his newly bought luxury car. A fast ride in that car outside of Bridgeport’s main area usually managed to calm him down enough.

After one of those rides, returning to the apartment, he found just Basil playing his favorite sports video game, and Owen and Meadow snuggling on the sofa.

“Hey guys…” Jesse said “where is everyone else?”

“Calla wanted to visit the Modern Art Museum and of course Dylan took her there, and Bryce… well I don’t really know man. I guess he’s at the library? He didn’t really say” Basil responded “Hey, wanna play a one-on-one with me? I promise I’ll be gentle.”

“Nah, I really gotta work on my new melodies. Sorry, maybe another time bro” Jesse mumbled and rushed upstairs.

“Hey uh… honey, can you excuse me for a minute? I need to talk to Jesse about something” Owen said to Meadow and followed his friend upstairs.

He knocked the door but didn’t really wait for an answer. Jesse had just grabbed his guitar.

“Hey man” Owen said “Can we talk for a bit?”

“Umm… sure man. Although I was just getting warmed up to play for a while. But whatever, shoot.”

“So… how are you feeling?” Owen asked Jesse as soon as they sat down.

“What do you mean dude? I’m feeling great. In about a month we’re gonna hold our biggest concert ever, we’re spending our summer in one of the awesomest penthouses in Bridgepot, I can have a different girl each night – you could too, you know, but whatever – so… you know, what’s there to complain about?”

“Yeah… I’m gonna pretend you didn’t just say that” Owen muttered, referring to Jesse’s any girl comment.

“Come ooon, I’m just messing with you man. So what did you wanna talk about?”

“Well, it seems to me that those last days something is bothering you man… you know, like back then. Dylan noticed it too. Are you sure you’re alright? Did something happen?”

“Shit man, I told you I’m more than fine. Was that all you wanted to ask me?”

“Uh… well, not really. I wanted to tell you something else too. It happened a few days ago and… I didn’t really know if I should tell you or not…”

“Gee man, just tell me already!”

“You know how Meadow is really fond of the outdoors, right?”

“Hey don’t tell me you’re about to move with her to a seaside village and live off the grid or some shit like that!”

“What? No, nothing like that man. Well, what you said has something to do with it actually. So anyway… as I was saying, we’re often going to the woods outside of Bridgeport for picnics and stuff… Meadow really likes that. Well, a few days ago we were there again, close to the southwest area. Nothing exciting, just… you know. Hanging out, eating and taking pictures. But this time, when we got home and were looking at those pictures, I saw something weird in a couple of them.”

“Are you trying to tell me a ghost story or something?” Jesse grinned “cause I gotta tell you, pretending like you experienced it, it’s a nice touch man. Well done.”

“Jesse, just… will you let me finish? As I was saying, I was looking at these pictures and in the distance, I saw a female figure. She was hanging some laundry – I think; no, it was definitely laundry – like she lived there, in the woods. Of course it made me curious, so I zoomed in.  Her hair was covered under a hat or a beret or something like that… but I could make out her face and… I’m like ninety nine percent sure that it was -”

“Don’t say it.”

“But…”

“I don’t wanna hear her name man! Please don’t say anything more.”

“I just thought you should know… I’m so sorry… I thought you were over her but…”

“I am” Jesse blatantly lied “But I also don’t wanna hear anything about her. Thanks for telling me, although I don’t really care now man. It’s been over for too long.”

“Yeah, I guess you’re right” Owen muttered, unsure if he should believe his friend or not “Well, I’m gonna let you get back to your songs, man. See you later.”

Jesse tried to play some more, but he couldn’t concentrate. He tried to keep his mind and body occupied, but something was itching him to get out of there. As much as he tried to resist it, he got into his car and drove for hours around Bridgeport.

He passed outside his favorite bars; none of them felt like inviting him inside. As much as he hated it, the steering wheel had been taken over by something stronger than him, and it only led him to one particular place.

He had no intention or hope of actually seeing her again when he got out of his car there, in the woods. He just wanted to be alone, and think, and brood. 

But as he was walking towards what seemed like an abandonded, tiny wooden abode, he saw a female figure, apparently trying to harvest something from a nearby tree.

As he slowly approached, he felt his heart skipping a beat. And then shattering into a million little pieces, over and over again. It was actually her. Perhaps a little skinnier than he remembered her, but it was her.

For so many times in the past, he had imagined that she’d eventually regret everything and come back, begging for his forgiveness. That she would be the one to search for him in the end. As he moved closer, his mind regretting every single step and his heart leading his legs further forward, she noticed him.

Her hair were covered, just like Owen had described, and it was obvious that she was tired and worn out.

After a couple of seconds staring at each other, she turned around and started running away.

He shouted her name, and after a couple of times shouting, she slowed down. Just as he realized they were close to that little wooden house, she pushed the door and left it open for him to enter.

Jesse had no idea what he expected out of this. He could have the closure that he longed for, that last conversation that she owed and never granted him. It still hurt him to think about her together with another man, but a part of him had the sick desire to learn everything about her life with him until that moment. He still needed to understand why. 

He promptly entered the house and closed the door behind him.

He quickly decided it shouldn’t even been called a house. This place was disgusting, at least compared to the way he was used to living. On the right there was a bed – or rather a mattress on an old wooden palette. Jesse ached at the thought of her sharing it with that guy.

On the left he saw the worst excuse of a kitchen he’d ever layed his eyes on. Was she living in this dump? For all this time? Jesse was feeling more confused than ever.

He turned to face her. She had removed the hat, and he could again see her blonde hair framing her tired, unkempt, but still so beautiful face. And she was staring at him, with those big, sad grey eyes. It made his weak knees even weaker, and his heart was pounding so hard and so loud, that in the middle of this quiet night, it was the only thing he could hear.

PS: Hello! πŸ™‚ If you made it this far, congratulations to you, haha! I hope you weren’t bored to death..! πŸ˜• This chapter was originally supposed to have much more dialogue and more stuff was supposed to happen, but it was getting pretty long – and I wanted to get that “first encounter in the woods” thing out of the way… the next chapter won’t be as late to be posted, since it’s already been half written (and the pictures already taken). This one is definitely not one of my best (it’s sloppy and I kinda hate it already lol), but it was necessary for those two to meet in order to move the story forward already! Thank you much for reading… still! πŸ˜‚ ❀

27 thoughts on “2.19 – The little house in the woods

  1. I wasn’t bored at all. This was a great chapter, as always πŸ™‚ Oh Jesse, Jesse, Jesse… ‘I’m totally over it bro’ Mhm, yup, so over it. Honestly, he’s a gem πŸ˜›
    I’m really, really excited to see what happens with Skye, though! She doesn’t look like she’s doing so good and he’s right that her “house” is in a very shabby condition. Like I said – not boring at all and you’re way too harsh on yourself. This was great. It’s getting really exciting πŸ™‚

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    1. Hahaha, he is, isn’t he? πŸ˜‚ Totally over her!
      You’re right that Skye isn’t doing so good – maybe worse than it appears right now – but we’ll get a deeper look in what she’s been up to in the next couple of chapters πŸ˜‰
      This was one of those chapters that you have to write just to get it out of the way, lol! (So maybe that’s one reason why I feel it was so bad!) I couldn’t wait to get it over and done with, lmao!
      But I’m so happy that you liked it! πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for your comment! ❀ ❀

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  2. Why did you say it was bad? I loved it. I am so excited that he found her…I can’t wait for the next one. ❀️❀️❀️❀️ I just hope she comes clean and tells him why she ran.

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m so glad you liked it! πŸ˜€ ❀ ❀
      Honestly, I wanted to get this chapter out of the way so bad, lol! But I'm very excited to write the next ones πŸ™‚
      Hmmm next chapter they'll definitely talk, I can tell you that! πŸ˜‰ Whether or not she comes clean… hmmm! I guess we'll see 😈

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  3. Oh, Jessie, you have never been a good liar. Everyone can see through that ‘I don’t care’ facade!
    AHHHHHH it’s Skye! Oh man, she doesn’t seem to be in a good state. I mean, I guess that might be the price for keeping hidden from Sinbad, but it’s worse than I thought. I hope that the guy who she went away with (I’ve forgotten his name oops) doesn’t stay in the house with her.
    I see you have discovered The77Sims3! In all it’s shabbiness, I actually like the kitchen for some reason, maybe because of the clutter.
    Great chapter ❀

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    1. Haha, they totally can! πŸ˜‚ Now if he can work his way through some other necessary lies – as we’ll see in the next chapters!
      She’s not well – in fact, she’s a bit worse than she seems, next chapter this will be made clearer πŸ˜₯
      Travis (don’t worry about the name, I almost forgot it a couple of times myself πŸ˜…) is not currently living there – will be mentioned in the next chapter..!
      Yes, they have such awesome things! I am slowly making my way through those amazing high poly cc and I love it! (Thank you for introducing such amazing sites to find them btw)! ❀
      Thank you so much for your comment! πŸ˜€ ❀ ❀

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  4. Wow, this is all so weird. She’s living in this wooden house, hiding away from her awful step-father. It really sounds like an almost unbelievable ‘coincidence’ that Owen found her, lmao! So, Jesse and Skye are reunited. I’m waiting anxiously for what’s to come next.

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    1. Haha, yes! It was weird because that was me being sloppy, lol! That’s one of the reasons I hate this chapter so much – and I hope we can soon forget about it! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ά
      I thought about making her find him instead, but I didn’t really see her giving up her decision to leave him after all this time..!
      Anyway, I hope you’ll like what’s coming next πŸ˜‰ ❀ (let's hope it won't be as awkward as this chapter, lol!😁)

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      1. Mine is coming out in less than 20 minutes. It’s kinda weird, too, because with an HQ mod Hailey looks like a digital drawing. And also poses didn’t work out. But we’re going to see Frank and the twins, so it’s always exciting! β™₯
        Ha, ha, sometimes we come up with ideas just to cover things up and they aren’t that thought-out. I want to cry when I think how obvious it was that Freddie was the murderer. Don’t even get me started on it, lmao!
        Yeah, I think it makes more sense that he found her.
        I’m sure I will like it!

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  5. I don’t know what you are talking about because I loved this chapter! I especially enjoyed the shots of Jesse – who isn’t fooling anyone into thinking he’s over Skye πŸ˜‚ – driving around Bridgeport, so nice~ It was good of Owen to tell Jesse that he’d seen Skye because I would’ve figured he could see that Jesse isn’t over her and maybe decide it would be better to keep that to himself. But thankfully he didn’t do that. I’m guessing Skye has been hiding out solo after Travis took her away, hopefully Jesse will be able to put two and two together even if she doesn’t come clean which I’m expecting her to… Good news is Sinbad hasn’t found her, but at what cost?… Yay, I’m glad to hear the next chapter is already underway as I’m very curious as to how this next conversation shall play out! Great chapter 😊❀️

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    1. Thank you so much! πŸ˜„ ❀
      I am so relieved that you liked it – I am still not 100% sure of it, lmao!
      Owen had a special relationship with Skye (or just a thing for her) so maybe that's one of the reasons he noticed her – of course, he may have been to that place again many times in the past without noticing πŸ™‚
      He knew his friend was hurting, but Owen is a decent guy, so he fortunately decided that Jesse deserved to know and decide himself what to do with that piece of info! πŸ˜‰
      Yep, Sinbad is currently still out of the picture! But you're totally right about the cost of that πŸ™
      I think next chapter should be ready this week, hopefully before the weekend!
      Thank you so much! 😘 ❀

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  6. Poor Jesse watching their balcony being destroyed. I would totally be sentimental about it, too. I hope he doesn’t get in a car accident, though. So, he found her and….. CLIFFHANGER! LOLOL

    This was a really good chapter!

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    1. Thank you so much! πŸ˜„
      Yes, it was like they were ripping off a part of his past life too – it was only natural that he became so emotional about it! πŸ™‚
      He found her! πŸ˜€ Now to see how their encounter will go…! 😈
      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  7. Jesse’s not fooling anyone, we all know he’s still pining for Skye. And agh what a cliffhanger! What will they say to each other now?! Is it weird that I kinda like shabby sims houses? You see so many gorgeous ones, but not every sim is rich, ya know? πŸ˜› Great chapter, I really can’t wait to see how this goes down!

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    1. Yes we do, lol! He still thinks it doesn’t show though, lmao!
      Hmmm let’s just say that Jesse still has some supressed angry feelings he didn’t deal with when he was supposed to, so this may not go as smoothly as it could! πŸ˜₯
      I love shabby sim houses too – although this one’s probably *too* shabby, haha! But in the past, I loved to play in little village worlds, where all my families would live in tiny shabby homes like that ❀
      Thank you so much! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Awww thank you so much for saying this! ❀ ❀ I probably won't ever like this chapter but the good news is that it's out of the way now, haha!!
      I can't wait to have the next chapter ready πŸ˜‰ Things will definitely get intense, I can tell you that 😈

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  8. Thank goodness for Owen. And Jesse saying he’s over Skye when he clearly still has feelings, lol!

    Idk, I don’t think Skye would have stuck with her ex for so long. I think she’s on her own now hiding out, but we’ll see.

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    1. Lol! Yeah… poor fella, he was just too obvious! 😁 Owen is a nice guy – despite what happened between them.
      Skye might be stuck somewhere in between… but you’ll very soon find out about her! πŸ˜‰

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  9. This chapter was not boring at all, if you read my lastest chapters they are boring more than this and my last one is totally horrible I avoid to write anything about.
    I love Skye house and she was right, to be safe leave as a werevolf in the wood lol.

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  10. This chapter wasn’t boring, in fact, I doubt I find any of your chapters boring.
    Aah, Owen. I’m glad he’s helping Jesse out, since it’s pretty clear he isn’t over Skye yet.
    I hope Skye’s safe, but she definitely isn’t looking healthy. Hopefully, when Sinbad is out of the picture when he pays for the horrible things he has done, Skye can return to Jesse and get back to her healthy state.
    Great chapter!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! ❀
      Owen wasn't sure, but fortunately decided to share the news just in case! πŸ™‚
      Skye is not healthy, you're right… The way she's living now (and for those past two years) is definitely not agreeing with her..! Let's hope they both can eventually be happy – and together. And that Sinbad will pay for what he's done!
      Thank you so much! ❀

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