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Theme Seasons and Celebrations - posted on 1st Oct 2017 at 1:52 PM
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Instructor
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#1 Old 19th Sep 2017 at 11:32 PM
Default The Guy Next Door - Chapter 1: The Storm
I'm back with writing stories. My old story as some of you may know was going well until my neighbourhood got lost after an issue I had. I've had to discontinue it but you're free to read what I had put so far. I had nearly 30 chapters, too Here's a new one that will hopefully be as liked as the last.

The rain was heavy, storming and hitting Jenna on every single part of her body, drenching her as she carried her bags through the torrenting street. The thirty minute walk from the coach station felt like thirty hours; she couldn’t wait to be inside her new house just to be able to open her eyes without the fear of them being hit with the droplets coming from above.



She noticed a bus shelter and rushed over to get some dry for a moment. She slumped down on the hard, rusting bench and took a deep breath. As she saw a bus in the distance, she admitted defeat and scrambled for her purse for some change.



Carrying two suitcases and several handbags on the bus was pretty horrendous, but at this rate, all Jenna wanted was to get home… or what she wanted to now call home. As she threw her bags and suitcases down at the back of the bus, she slammed onto the seat and let out a sigh. Patting her pocket for her phone, she took it out and looked at it. “0 messages”. No one had noticed she had gone yet, but soon they would come in from her worrying friends who would notice that her stuff had gone from her flat in London and left an obscure note.



As the bus pulled up by the lighthouse, she walked up to the house she had bought cheap on a whim. With the rain still pouring, she got up to it as fast as she could; the hills felt steeper than anything, though. She sprinted to the steps, getting out her keys from one of her bags, opening the door and falling in. She looked around; not her dream house but she could make it so.



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Theorist
#2 Old 20th Sep 2017 at 2:49 AM
I like the storming rain effects on your pics and the dark and kind of foreboding atmosphere of this first chapter. I also adore how you built the set for the back of the bus. Also very sorry to hear your old hood crashing I can only imagine how devastating that would be! Anyway, this is a promising start! It's good to see new sims 2 stories on the site :D

Uh oh! My social bar is low - that's why I posted today.

Instructor
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#3 Old 20th Sep 2017 at 9:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Charmful
I like the storming rain effects on your pics and the dark and kind of foreboding atmosphere of this first chapter. I also adore how you built the set for the back of the bus. Also very sorry to hear your old hood crashing I can only imagine how devastating that would be! Anyway, this is a promising start! It's good to see new sims 2 stories on the site :D


Thank you! I thought the rain in-game wasn't so "stormy" looking so I just added it in Photoshop, had to do some photoshop magic on the bus as well to give it the "feel" of driving away. Glad it worked well! It was heartbreaking to lose all that work but a fresh story may be just what I need! :D

Hoping to get another chapter out soon, if my cat would stop trying to get on my keyboard

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Lab Assistant
#4 Old 20th Sep 2017 at 4:18 PM Last edited by Lady Lily : 20th Sep 2017 at 4:44 PM.
Sounds good, wanna know more about Jenna...

I love your other story, it's one of my favorite that's sad you can't continue it, I wanted to know more about Caitlin and her boyfriend and her mom and her friend with cancer.
Instructor
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#5 Old 20th Sep 2017 at 6:29 PM Last edited by TotallySimsCrazy : 21st Sep 2017 at 9:14 AM. Reason: Updating from help with con/crit
Default Chapter 2 - Relaxing... and Unrelaxing
She climbed up the stairs to the living room, dragging her bags up the stairs, banging with the most excruciating sound. As she forced herself up the last step, she let out a sigh, rested for a moment then let the bag drop to the floor as she walked over to the sofa that she fell into.



“That’s more like it” she blurted. She finally sat alone, left with and the sound of the rain hitting the windows. It was a very cold, November evening. She rested her hand on her soaking head as her hair dripped onto the sofa. She was tired but the wetness of the rain was annoying her. She headed up and had a shower.

The hot, steamy water was such a relief after having icy water soaking her clothes on the way there. She stood in the shower and leaned against the wall. She couldn’t believe she had done it. One minute she’s in London and the next she’s in some Cornish town by the sea. She also couldn’t believe that she moved onto a the semi-secluded "Lighthouse Island", with two houses to the side of her. She wondered what the neighbours were like. She was so engaged with the flowing, relaxing water and her thoughts that she couldn’t hear what was going on in the next room.





She looked across at the clock; it had already been twenty-five minutes? Grabbing and turning the tap, it made a squeaky noise on top of the noise of an object being dropped. She turned her head to the door, rapidly. “It’s nothing,” she whispered to herself “probably the pipes”. She went to the radiator and grabbed a towel, wrapping it around herself, then going to the bedroom.

As she opened the door, she saw a man going through the drawer of the bedside table and let out a scream and flew back in shock, as did he. “Who the hell are you?” she yelled at him.

His face turned a little embarrassed as he saw the strange woman in the bathroom doorway with nothing but a towel. “Erm, yikes,” he began, “sorry”

She started waving her arms about yelling “Erm, yikes? I bloody live here!”

“Wait, please. I can explain…” he said trying to stop her from yelling any louder.



“My mate, Darren? He lived here before. He left the key for his suitcase in his drawer here. See it? Bit too tiny for anything here, right? He's got the suitcases but he forgot the one thing he needed," He glanced over at the key, trying to point out this tiny object to her, "I don’t expect he can get changed into pajamas when he can’t access them”

He let out a small chuckle and she stared at him with the most controlled anger he had ever seen.

"How the hell did you get into my house?" she snapped.

"I had a key, it was given to me by Darren when he lived here so I could pop in whenever he needed... In fact," he reached in and grabbed the spare key from his pocket then put his hand out for her to have it, "Here you go"

As she grabbed the key and tried to let it all make sense to her, she started to relax. She then grabbed her head while grinding her teeth, “Oh” she finally whispered.

He had to be telling the truth, she met Darren the day she bought the house and he did mention locking all his suitcases before going to make sure that nothing falls out of the dodgy closing ones.

“I’m Lucas,” he announced, “...or Luke. I live next door, 77?”

He looked away as the towel started slipping. She grabbed it as fast as she could, “Sorry, I… erm… just got out the shower. I’ve only just got here but needed one after being out in that”

She pointed towards the window, still being hit with drops of rain pretty heavily. “Oh wow, in that? No wonder you needed a shower…”




Jenna smiled, slightly. “I’m Jenna, here at 78”

He smiled back and put out his hand to shake. “Nice to meet you”

He wasn’t bad for a next door neighbour, pretty good actually. He seemed to have a nice personality... as well as everything else. His face was stunning and she didn’t know what type of aftershave he used but damn it smelt good. She coyly stroked her hair and looked at him. He got increasingly coy and crossed his arms.

“Damn, it’s dark in here,” he examined, “where are all the bulbs?”

She shrugged, “Your mate Darren took them all. He did warn me, but when your local shop had none, you can’t be arsed to go to another shop just for bulbs. I can live in the dark; I have candles, anyway”

“Darren did love his energy saving bulbs, expensive ones too. Not surprised he took them with the price he paid, haha.” He joked, “Seriously, though, if you need any bulbs, I can pop some over tomorrow if need be, save you the trip to the hardware store on the other side of town”.

She grinned. Another chance to see him? Go on then. “You sure?”

“I’m sure”

“Alright then, it’s a date. Not literally, but you know erm. See you tomorrow?”

She gripped her neck and was all shy. He waved, “see ya, it’s been nice to meet you in what were odd circumstances. Bye!”

“Bye” she said, quietly.

Well, he was pretty great, wasn’t he?

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Lab Assistant
#6 Old 20th Sep 2017 at 7:06 PM
I hope this guy is a nice one.
Instructor
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#7 Old 23rd Sep 2017 at 12:01 PM
Default Chapter 3 - Early Birds
It was the next morning and Jenna was in bed, buried into the pillow. Outside all she could hear was seagulls crying and the sound of the sea. She lifted up her head and looked at the clock. 6:13 in the morning. She took a deep breath and slumped her head back into the pillow. Suddenly, she heard an engine revving up, then dying down again. It wasn’t too loud, but loud enough to waken Jenna’s interest.

She threw off the sheets and jumped out of bed, walking into the bathroom and to the window. She rubbed her eyes and slightly moved the curtains to see what was going on. Outside was Lucas, surrounded by tools and messing with a motorbike.

“Bit early” she whispered.




She grabbed her bathrobe and after rushing down the stairs went outside. He had a sweat shine on his face. Despite this, she stared at him, fixated. After a while of looking at him screwing up bits on the bike that she didn’t even know existed, her courage grew and the words finally came out.

“Having fun?” She chuckled, twirling her hair.

He looked over and saw Jenna standing in the doorway. His pained and strained face changed into a contented smile. He wiped his brow. “Hey, Jenna. Didn’t wake you, did I?”

“Nah,” she said, “I was awake anyway”



She walked over to him and examined the bike. Not in the best condition but looking at it, he was doing his best. “Beauty isn’t she?” He stated, “Well she will be, once I’ve had her done up. Was my dad’s. He loved it until it broke down...”

“He must have been a nice man”

“He was. Honest to God, the best dad ever,” He looked at the bike, vividly, “I miss him a lot. I feel like fixing this bike would make dad proud somehow. Like his soul is in this bike and repairing it would give me part of dad back”


Jenna could see the tears in his eyes; he clearly missed his father quite a bit. She put her hand on his shoulder and looked at him. “He’d already be proud, I bet”
He looked at her. He felt things he’d never felt before, like he’d known this girl all his life and was just waiting for her to arrive. Her eyes were the most beautiful green he’d ever seen. He took every word of her voice into his head, dreamingly.

“I hope so” he muttered after several seconds of silence.



Suddenly, all they could hear was a loud bark. They looked down and there was a dog, looking at them both and Lucas bent down and gave him a cuddle. “This is John, my dog. I usually call him Johnny”

“He’s cute. Mind if I stroke him?”

“Yeah, go for it. He’s usually friendly with people”

She gave him a cuddle and he became the softest pooch ever. He rolled over onto his belly and had a belly rub for around two minutes.

“He likes you”

“I should hope so, I love dogs”

John popped his head up and ran after a falling leaf in the distance. Jenna got up off the ground and crossed her arms and watched him for a bit.



“Right,” Lucas said “I better go off to the shop and get some more food. I’m running low. Need anything?”

“Shouldn’t do, I might pop into town later and have a look around, see what they have to offer”

“Nice. I’d get some sleep.... It’s only twenty-five past six. I’ll pop those lightbulbs round later, once you’re fully awake”

She brushed the hair off her face and gave him a peck on the cheek.

“Later”

“Later, Jen”

Jenna walked back into the bedroom with a huge grin on her face. He was simply the most wonderful guy she had ever met. She threw off the bathrobe onto the chair and flew back into bed with joy and throwing the sheets back onto her, she went back to sleep with a smile from cheek to cheek.

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Lab Assistant
#8 Old 24th Sep 2017 at 1:59 PM
Great chapter, Lucas seems attracted by Jenna..
Instructor
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#9 Old 7th Oct 2017 at 9:10 PM
Hey guys, I'm afraid this reply isn't a chapter for now. Don't worry, everything is fine with my neighbourhood and I have several backups this time. I just came to explain why my chapters have come to a stop.

So I was ready to start taking pictures for the story - in fact, I had already taken some - but unfortunately, I went on a downloading spree and downloaded a lot of content. I need a lot of this content for the story so I thought "hey, this'll be fine". Nope. I opened my game and buy mode is crashing clicking on items, garden centre is crashing and live mode crashes after about 5 minutes (Though this is likely caused by a mod I installed a couple of days ago which I'm going to remove). I'm currently doing the 50/50 method on the new content that I got and am checking what is causing the issue. Load times are an issue, real life is an issue and halfing 20k odd files is monotonous so it takes time. I can't wait to get a new chapter up so keep tuned.

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Theorist
#10 Old 7th Oct 2017 at 9:34 PM
Good luck! Ugh crashing is the worst, especially in the middle of a story. I hope you find the culprit.

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