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29th Jul 2006, 10:02 PM
Aww well at least they have this baby
29th Jul 2006, 10:08 PM
Prabanga: I love that I'm making you happy with the updates! :) And yes, of course you can call me Vinnie.
Jasmin: Nah, Lorenzo isn't making it up. (Besides, that would be kinda stupid, cause since they wouldn't be able to have any more children there would be no need for protection, and then she'd just get pregnant again if he was making it up... hehe. ;))
Dusica: Funny, that's what my dad said when he read it, too. I mean the novel thing. Well, he has high hopes of my writing skills. He wants me to try getting my short stories published too. Dads. :P
bP: Yeah, I love her eyes too! I knew that's how I wanted the baby to look, and I also had my heart set on a girl. And she was born already the second time I tried (exited once without saving). Cool. :D
29th Jul 2006, 10:09 PM
No one has a rank anymore?
29th Jul 2006, 10:11 PM
I never thought about it that way, my brain is kinda frazzled today :)
29th Jul 2006, 10:17 PM
great update vinnie
but we want More ıll give you cookies
29th Jul 2006, 10:43 PM
LadySwig: In short: No. :(
Jasmin: Heh, I know the feeling - but it makes sense though, right?
nckw: Aaaah now you'll have to wait till tomorrow to get an update. :lol:
29th Jul 2006, 10:47 PM
Yeah it makes sense *Laughs* I cant wait for the next update ^_^ I know this baby is going to be GORGEOUS
29th Jul 2006, 11:18 PM
but but :( then you dont want cookiess LOL!
then ıll wait for tommorow
29th Jul 2006, 11:22 PM
alright then you dont want these
and these that ı made Justt for you.......(kiddin:D)
29th Jul 2006, 11:29 PM
Oh they do look delicious. ;)
But here in Denmark it's now 11.29 pm, and since I have to get up at 6.30 I should probably go to bed. But I don't know... I'm watching Simpsons and don't feel like turning it off. :lol:
29th Jul 2006, 11:32 PM
oke honey relax you can have those cookies!
take your time to update ım just kiddin;)
30th Jul 2006, 12:52 AM
30th Jul 2006, 12:56 AM
that is so sad and great update!
30th Jul 2006, 1:48 AM
aww she cant have and more kids? :weep: poor girl. nice update by the way
30th Jul 2006, 4:19 AM
I've been reading this story for awhile now, and I keep checking the forum just to see if it's been updated. The plot and plot twists are very captivating, and I love that Lorenzo and Michelle reunited before the baby was born, although I feel terrible for Claus. Hopefully he'll have better luck in the future - with a different girl of course?
30th Jul 2006, 5:05 AM
I'm hooked to this story. lol.
30th Jul 2006, 10:52 AM
oh man, where have I been that I totally missed this story until now? it is simply amazing!!!! you go girl!
Its your birthday!
No it aint!
Fake it anyway!
yes I am lame.
30th Jul 2006, 1:42 PM
I've read all the story, it's beautiful! By the way, Lorenzo is my cousin's name and Salvatore my father's :lol:
It's a shame they can't have kids anymore, but at least they have one, and they can adopt too. I think she'll get over that.
30th Jul 2006, 2:46 PM
Chapter 20: Crushed
I stayed at the hospital for two more weeks. They needed to take more tests and stuff like that. I also kind of got used to the thought of not having any more children. After all, we did have this perfect girl now, and I supposed I could live with just having her.
Lorenzo stayed with me most of the time in the hospital, and my family also came to visit me. None of them seemed mad at Lorenzo anymore, which made me glad. I did get the feel though that Jan hadn’t quite warmed up to him yet. I wondered why, but then I forgot about it. He would eventually come around.
To my surprise I found when we arrived at home, that Lorenzo had decorated the nursery. It was very sweet and it made me extremely happy. He really cared about both me and the baby.
The next few days were just perfect. Lorenzo and I were as much in love as ever, and he was happy to help taking care of the baby. We decided to name her Maja. Lorenzo had gone back to his former workplace, and he was happy there.
Claus called me a couple of days after I returned from the hospital. He didn’t sound well. He pleaded me to come see him, but I wouldn’t. Lorenzo wouldn’t like it, and I didn’t really want to go. “I still love you… so much! It kills me not to be with you. Lorenzo isn’t good enough for you! He’ll leave you again, I know it. But I won’t. I’ll always be by your side. Won’t you give me a second chance? Please! I’ll do anything. I just… I can’t live without you!” As he spoke those words, I slammed on the phone. I didn’t know what to tell him. I wanted to be with Lorenzo, not Claus.
I decided to give Claus a call back later that day. I didn’t want to be enemies with him – he was after all one of my closest friends. It took quite some time before he answered the phone. His voice was slow and blurred. “Michelle?” he mumbled. “Hi… yes, it’s me. Are you okay? I’m really sorry.” A few seconds passed. “I…” he began. I could hear he was crying. “Claus? Please answer me” I pleaded. “Sorry, Michelle… I gotta go now…” and then he hung up. I sat a few minutes just holding the phone in my hand.
Then Lorenzo came home from work – I was still holding the phone in my hand. “Hi, sweetie. Who’ve you been calling?” he asked me. “Eh… Anne” I lied.
I suppose he could tell that I was lying. “Anne?” he asked suspiciously. “Alright, it wasn’t Anne. It was Claus. I had to check if he was alright. He called me earlier and…” “Alright, wait a minute. You called Claus, the guy you almost married? Listen, if you want out of this relationship…” he began, but I interrupted him. “No! It’s nothing like that. You know I love you”. He didn’t use to be this jealous, nor so temperamental with me. I wondered where this was coming from all of a sudden. “Hmm, right… sure. Okay, if you say so” he said in a low voice. Then he went into the kitchen, grabbed a beer, and went into the living room to watch TV.
This wasn’t normal behaviour for him either – especially not the beer thing. I looked at him and wondered if I had to do something about it, but I figured that he was probably just still adapting to being a father, or something along those lines. My real concern was Claus. He had sounded awfully strange on the phone. I felt an urge to go see him… what if he was in really bad shape. But I knew that Lorenzo would not like that. Perhaps… perhaps I should bring him along? But then they’d probably start fighting again, and besides, who was going to take care of Maja while we were away?
I thought about the problem for a couple of hours.
“Lorenzo? I’m worried about Claus. He didn’t sound right on the phone”. I hoped he’d listen to reason and stop this jealousy act. “Oh, so you’re worried about him, are you? I bet you wish you’d married him instead of choosing to be with me, right? Just admit it!” he spat at me.
I was confused. I had never given him any reason to be jealous. Well, except for the fact that I almost married someone else. But I chose Lorenzo right the minute he came back; he must have been able to see that.
He sighed and seemed to compose himself. “Listen, Michelle, I’m sorry. I just had a really bad day. Look, if it will make you feel better, just call him back. I’m sure he’s alright. Go ahead.” I took his advice and tried calling Claus again. But this time there was no answer. I tried calling him again. And again. Nothing. “Lorenzo? I’m really worried now. He’s not answering the phone.” Lorenzo looked at me and in fact also seemed a little worried now. “Perhaps you should go over there. No, wait, strike that… I’ll go with you. Just in case something’s wrong. We’ll drop off Maja at your parents’ house on the way.”
And off we went.
There was light in his apartment, so I tried the doorbell. There was nothing to hear from inside the building. I went to peek through a window, and what met my eyes – Claus passed out on the floor in the middle of the living room!
I panicked and told Lorenzo to break through the door.
He succeeded in the third try, and I ran as fast as I could inside and over to Claus. His body was a little cold. He wasn’t breathing! “Lorenzo – call an ambulance, now!” I commanded. Lorenzo did as told. “Claus? Claus?" I checked his pulse and found none. I started shaking the lifeless body on the floor, hoping that this would wake him up. “Claus? Please wake up! Claus!?!” I screamed.
The paramedics told us that Claus had died from an overdose of pain killers combined with an obscene amount of alcohol. If something were to have saved him, it should have happened several hours earlier. This meant that when I talked to him three hours ago… I could have saved his life… my best friend. My world fell apart.
30th Jul 2006, 3:00 PM
Omg, how sad, so that means he's dead? :o
30th Jul 2006, 3:01 PM
That's so sad...I liked Claus and Lorenzo didn't seem to be the man he used to be...
30th Jul 2006, 3:02 PM
Oh, poor Claus... I didn't like him much but this is so bad... and poor Michelle! I hope Lorenzo stops being jealous and help her.
30th Jul 2006, 3:03 PM
Anne: Yep. :(
Luthiies: No, Lorenzo is not quite the man he used to be. But more on that in the next chappie. ;)
30th Jul 2006, 3:29 PM
great update vinnie
bt the way ı like the nursery(and the house in ıtaly too;)) you are very gifted at decorating
30th Jul 2006, 4:20 PM
What did i miss?! Claus died?! Nooooooooo :argh: :weep: :banghead:
I was hoping you're gonna find him another love, so he wouldn't be so sad :p
O man, i'm going on vacation in three days, i won't be able to read the story :cry: wait, i got an idea- don't update for 2 weeks, so i don't miss anything :D
30th Jul 2006, 4:24 PM
I cant help thinking it was partly Lorenzo's fault
30th Jul 2006, 6:37 PM
Oh my gosh!!!!! HE'S DEAD?!!! Oh, and what a coincidence! About 2 weeks ago, my stepmom had a little girl, who was exactly 1 month premature, but healthy, baby. Her name is Sophia. Yay! I'm just glad Lorenzo is happy. BUT CLAUS IS DEAD!!! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
30th Jul 2006, 6:45 PM
Oh man... DRAMA! Thats so sad, poor Michelle :cry: Good update though.
30th Jul 2006, 6:57 PM
Well, it might be Lorenzo's fault somehow, but it's not his 'fault' since he couldn't have foreseen that Claus would do that. Funny thing about suicide.
(Well, not 'funny'-funny, but you know...)
AnyPika: I have a feeling that the others might get a bit mad at me if I keep my updates to myself for that long... :lol:
30th Jul 2006, 6:59 PM
First I have to get this out of the way: Claus! Nooooooooooooo! :(
Another sad but good update! :nod:
30th Jul 2006, 6:59 PM
:cry: poor Claus!!! This was one sad chapter... :(
30th Jul 2006, 8:13 PM
claus is dead !!!!! NOooooooooo well i must say its lorenzo's fault really
Can't wait for la suite ^^
30th Jul 2006, 8:40 PM
that was so sad!
30th Jul 2006, 8:45 PM
Vinnie: Well, then you have three days to end the story :dumbfunny :laugh: :P
30th Jul 2006, 8:46 PM
Claus is dead I'm shed a tear for him! This is for you the creator of this story to make you update!
30th Jul 2006, 9:14 PM
Chapter 21: The Change
I was overwhelmed with sorrow. Especially because it was all my fault. Lorenzo tried to comfort me and help me through it, but it didn’t help much. I was devastated. Most of my days I spent on the couch or in the bed watching TV and eating chips.
Lorenzo pretty much took care of Maja by himself. I just didn’t have the strength. He made quite the effort to make it all better – I suppose he felt guilty too. When he had to go to work, my Mom, Jan, or Anne came to help with Maja. I was in a state of darkness and pain and wasn’t much help. I didn’t even clean anymore, so if it hadn’t been for my Mom and Lorenzo, the place would have been a real mess.
When three weeks had passed, Lorenzo took matters into his own hands, and dragged me downtown to see a therapist. I didn’t feel up to it and didn’t feel like it helped matters at all. But Lorenzo insisted, and he brought me there three times a week, even if it meant that he had to miss work. I didn’t see it at the time, but this was a tremendous help. If it hadn’t been for Lorenzo’s help getting me to the therapist, I don’t think I ever would have gotten better.
I eventually did get better though. After two months I was out of my depression. Now Maja was 4 months old, and I was able to take care of her again. I felt ashamed of the time I’d missed with her, but I had enough time to make up for it now.
Lorenzo on the other hand changed. He had begun drinking more and more often and lately it had been every single night.
Whenever I tried bringing up the subject he would snap at me or cut me off with a harsh remark.
A day where he was at work I called Anne to hear what she had to say about it. Jan answered. Typical. Anne wasn’t at home, so I talked to Jan about it instead. He had new information for me. While I had been in a coma he had been drinking a lot too. I didn’t fully understand – I thought he had been with me in the hospital all the time. “Yeah, he was. But he had brought his booze to the hospital, hiding a flask in his coat. I know it – I noticed it a few times. Besides, it was easy to tell that he was not quite sober most of the time.”
“I mustn’t be hearing this correctly, Jan? Are you telling me… do you think he’s an alcoholic? But he used to never touch the stuff!” I didn’t exactly believe what Jan was telling me. Perhaps he was still mad at Lorenzo and was making it up? “I’m sorry, Sis. I’m telling you the truth. Something must’ve happened to him during the time he spent in Italy.” Apparently so. But this meant that now I had to have a serious talk to him about it. And now I understood why Jan still seemed a bit cold towards Lorenzo.
As Lorenzo walked in the door I could tell he had visited a bar on the way home. He had a vague scent of alcohol only noticeable if you concentrated on it. I walked up to him. He smiled a goofy smile. “Hey… what’s up, honey?” “You are what’s up. You’ve been drinking. Don’t try to hide it.” He looked a little ashamed. “What’s wrong with a few drinks? No rule against that, not as far as I know anyway” he said and winked at me.
“But it’s not good for you. You have to cut down” I tried. “Alright, I will. No problem. Don’t you worry, I won’t drink anymore” he assured me. “It’s not like I drink that often though, don’t know where you got that idea into your head” he grinned at me.
I felt like the issue had been solved. No need to worry about that anymore. As we went to bed I kissed him on the neck just the way I knew he liked it. To my surprise he just kissed me on the forehead and went to sleep. What was going on? That usually did the trick. Well, no person is in the mood all the time… it was probably nothing. I went to sleep.
At 2 am I woke up because Lorenzo wasn’t next to me. I got up too and snuck into the kitchen… where I saw Lorenzo standing in front of the fridge hurling down a beer in about 10 seconds. I was speechless.
After he crushed the can and threw it in the garbage – aw, man, I’d told him like a gazillion times that cans need to be recycled – he popped open another one and drank it just as fast.
He paused for a moment after drinking that beer, and I stepped a few steps to the side so that he wouldn’t notice me. Then I peeked out again. He was drinking another beer. I wondered how many he had had. After that one he walked in my direction towards our bedroom, and I hurried under the covers again, pretending to be asleep. He practically threw himself on the bed and after just 5 seconds I could hear him snoring.
Lorenzo always got up before me in the mornings, since he had to be at work at 6 am. I got up around 8 am the next day and walked straight into the kitchen and opened the garbage can to check for beer cans. Empty. Now I understood why he was always so helpful as to empty the trash can every morning. I wondered how long this drinking of his had been going on right under my nose… probably ever since he came back from Italy. Oh, darn it!
30th Jul 2006, 9:19 PM
Grr I'm starting to dislike Lorenzo more and more
30th Jul 2006, 9:24 PM
Hey you don't have to be a bad person just because you drink. ;)
Anyhoo. We'll see how it goes with the two of them. Will they work out? Will he die from alcohol poisining? Will Claus return to haunt them? Will the world explode? Find out in the next episode of - If You're Not the One! :lol:
30th Jul 2006, 9:29 PM
Tut Tut Vinnie. What if his alcoholism spirals out of control and he hurts Maja. What will you have to say then? :P
30th Jul 2006, 9:35 PM
awww it must have been hard for him,his parents are so stuck up,his girlfriend falls pregnant and he knows his not ready to be a dad and then nearly losing both of them,no wonder hes turned to drink! :blink: :beer: i hope he sorts it out before he loses everything & everyone
30th Jul 2006, 10:09 PM
wow! that much beer and great update!
30th Jul 2006, 10:43 PM
Oh my gosh, Grr... I agree LadySwig! I am starting to not like him.
PLEASE VINNIE! WE MUST GET ANOTHER UPDATE!!!!!!!!
30th Jul 2006, 10:58 PM
LadySwig: Well, as I am the one who is writing the story, well... eh, you know what I mean. Maybe. :P
30th Jul 2006, 11:08 PM
Fab update but my god i want her with the dead guy more than ever!
30th Jul 2006, 11:09 PM
LL: :lol: Oh, creepy being with a dead guy actually... :blink:
30th Jul 2006, 11:22 PM
Hah hah.. That would be kinda scary...
30th Jul 2006, 11:22 PM
And now that I'm just sitting here... the time is 23.20 pm, my husband has gone to sleep, and I have too - except for the fact that I couldn't sleep, so I got up and turned on my laptop...
... I'd like to thank EVERYONE who has taken the time to follow my story, and especially the ones who has given feedback, and also the ones who've rated it. I just love you guys. You're the best. :valentine
*kisses to y'all*
30th Jul 2006, 11:24 PM
IT'S THAT LATE IN DENMARK??!! It's 4:24 PM where I am right now!!!!!
30th Jul 2006, 11:26 PM
Heh, yep, it's that late in Denmark. So if I'm not updating around this hour then it's probably cause I'm sleeping. :lol:
30th Jul 2006, 11:28 PM
Alright I won't bug you about updateing but here's the last I'll do,
Vinnie, would you petty petty peas update soo?
30th Jul 2006, 11:40 PM
Sure thing. Tomorrow. ;)
30th Jul 2006, 11:42 PM
OMG, noooo i love Lorenzo.... Probably because we are completely the same... I drink sometimes a lot too.... *ashamed*
Amazing story... :bow:
30th Jul 2006, 11:49 PM
Aaaw Dusica... our own little Lorenzo. :D ;)
And thankies! :P
Now I'm going to go to bed (again) and I hope that I'll be able to fall asleep this time. :blink:
31st Jul 2006, 2:03 AM
Vinhou! How DARE you sleep! Why, you are supposed to be working on this story day and night!
:) :) :) :)
Yes, I AM kidding. But I do wait eagerly for updates.
As for Lorenzo, I don't dislike him as much as I'm wondering what on earth is going on. What specifically inside is causing him to self-medicate? The baby? Being a father at a young age? His parents? Claus? Some or all of the above? Why is his attitude changing so drastically? Did something else happen in Italy that we don't know about yet?
I am NOT a fan of psychiatrists, but methinks he needs some sort of help. If not a shrink, then AA, a clergyman (though he isn't religious, so I guess he wouldn't consider that) ... someone. He needs to sort it out before he kills himself or hurts his wife and child. And oh, it would help to admit he had a problem first.
But this is the Sims world, not the real one, so I have to wait and see what you're going to be up to next. :)
31st Jul 2006, 4:25 AM
uh-oh....I hope lozeno realizes his problem...and it was so sad to see Claus commit suicide..great updates,I can't wait for more!
31st Jul 2006, 5:13 AM
I miss Claus.
31st Jul 2006, 10:57 AM
So, I've just ended reading. I am SOOOOOO happy for the many updates!!! I could almost start crying! :weep: oooooooooh, it's wonderful!!!
But please, since I am thinking about making a story too, can you tell me how can you take shoots so good? I mean, when they are speaking, the pictures just tell you what they are saying. The face expressions are perfect! How can you been able to do that, please? Explain, tell us your secrets!!! By the way:
spaghetti allo scoglio :P
31st Jul 2006, 11:57 AM
great update vinnie
31st Jul 2006, 12:11 PM
Vaal: Regarding the pictures thing, I just zoom in on them while they are talking, and the expressions just pop up one after another. I've spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect expressions, but other than patience I haven't got any good tips on it. :D :P
PS: Oh that looks delicious!!! :P
31st Jul 2006, 12:12 PM
I bet he was drunk when he came to her from Italy :eviltongu
OT: Good news :p ! I'm not going on vacation! Now i can read the whole story without missing any updates :notlisten :slow: !
31st Jul 2006, 12:18 PM
AnyPika: That sounds weird - I mean, that not going on vacation can be described as 'good news'... :lol:
31st Jul 2006, 12:20 PM
Really? No hacks? You should have an incredible amount of patience! I've been in a contest... about 30 pictures and I almost killed my computer! I get so bored!!!
By the way... I am reading... forward... I've almost finished and I am sooooo curious! Thank you very much again for your kindness. And Kaja is really cute ^^
31st Jul 2006, 12:21 PM
Chapter 22: Development
I was prepared for a quarrel with him about his drinking when he would return from work, which was usually around 4 pm. However, when it was 7 pm he still wasn’t home, and I was worried. But I calmed myself down – after all, he often had to work late in the garage. I spent the time with Maja playing with her and cuddling her. I was so happy I had her, my beautiful baby girl.
Then the phone rang. It was one of Lorenzo’s co-workers, Nicholaj. He wanted to talk to Lorenzo. Apparently he hadn’t shown up for work today. I was stunned. I told Nicholaj that Lorenzo wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t come to the phone. “Alright, I hope he gets better soon… he’s been sick quite often lately”. Then I hang up… dear lord, what was Lorenzo getting himself into?
He came home around 8 o’clock, as usual with a scent of alcohol. I asked him where he had been for 4 hours. “You know, there was a lot of work at the garage… we had to finish 5 cars before we were able to go home, so…” he excused himself. “Nicholaj called” I informed him. His face turned a little pale and he looked worried. “What did he want?” he asked, and I told him what Nicholaj had told me. “Oh, Nicholaj is quite the prankster. I’m sure he was just kidding” he smiled at me, but I didn’t believe his words one bit. “You’re still drinking, aren’t you?” I asked him with a cold voice. He looked baffled. “No. You told me to quit, so I quit. I don’t drink. At all” he tried convincing me. I sighed. I had seen it with my own eyes just the night before. I honestly had no idea how to deal with this situation, so I dropped the subject.
The next day was Friday, and I got up at 8 am as usual. I went into the nursery to check on Maja. She was sound asleep. Then I went to the phone to call Jan, since he already knew about Lorenzo’s drinking. I told him everything, and he didn’t sound surprised at all.
Then he told me that him and Anne had gone out to a bar last night, just to unwind a little after work, and they had seen Lorenzo there. He was sitting at the counter, gulping down one scotch after another. Jan had walked up to him trying to figure out what was going on with him, and Lorenzo had gotten up from his chair and shoved him angrily, telling him to mind his own business.
Jan had sat down next to Anne again, and after a while, a girl had approached Lorenzo. As Lorenzo was quite good-looking, the girl had begun hitting on him. Lorenzo hadn’t encouraged her, but he hadn’t brushed her off either. She had whispered something in his ear, and they had left the bar.
I didn’t like this new information one bit. Not only was he drinking more in one night than I did in a month, apparently he was also cheating on me. I didn’t have the courage to face him with these facts though… what if he left me again? I couldn’t bear the thought, so I kept it to myself.
He didn’t come home Friday evening. I was extremely worried about him.
At 5 am Saturday morning I got a phone call. It was from the hospital. Lorenzo had been drinking way too much, so he had been admitted. He was out of the woods now, but it had looked pretty serious for a while there. The reason they hadn’t called me sooner was that Lorenzo had no ID on him, so they’d had to wait for Lorenzo to wake up.
Of course I went to the hospital to visit him. He was in very bad shape.
“Michelle, I… I’m sorry. I don’t understand what’s going on with me. I can’t seem to stop drinking” he admitted. He looked very ashamed and sincerely sorry.
“What about that girl you left the bar with the other night?” I asked him. He looked confused. “What girl?” he asked. “Oh, come on Lorenzo. Jan saw you leaving with her! Yesterday, remember?” “Yesterday… hmm. I honestly don’t remember. Are you sure?” He looked like he really concentrated on remembering. “Oh! Now I remember! That was Tina… or something like that. She tried scoring with me”, he grinned.
I couldn’t believe this… was he actually laughing at the fact that he was cheating on me? “Jan told me that they saw you two leaving the bar together…” I began. “Of course. Her hitting on me reminded me of you and that I needed to get home. It was 7.45, and I was home at 8, remember?” His excuse sounded believable, but of course I’d have to check with Jan about the time of the events.
Turns out Lorenzo was telling the truth. I felt ashamed that I had thought he’d cheat on me. After Lorenzo had admitted to have a drinking problem, he also agreed to follow a program to help him quit drinking. He got a leave of absence from work so that he could concentrate on getting better. Twice a week he went to a psychologist, and thrice a week he went to some AA-like group meetings. I went with him a few times in the beginning for support, and after three months it seemed as though he no longer had any urges to drink, and he went back to work. He still went to the meetings once a week and it seemed as though things were really getting better.
He told me the reason why he had never been much of a drinker. Already when he was 16 he had felt the urge to keep drinking whenever he got more than a single beer. So he had pretty much steered clear of alcohol altogether. But in Italy when I had told him about the pregnancy, he had just snapped. He couldn’t deal with the situation, so on that night he had been drinking a little just to get his mind off things. But one thing led to another, and he couldn’t stop again. It was out of his control. And he was so sad because of losing me that one thing led to another - and he used the alcohol as a form of self-medication.
“This combined with my parents and… my upbringing. I…” he got tears in his eyes. “I haven’t had the best childhood. I mean, we had enough money, but… and my… my uncle… he…” Lorenzo choked. I put my arms around him to comfort him. My poor Lorenzo…
Despite this new information, I felt good that he finally told me about this. Apparently it had been nagging in the back of his head a long time now. And even though he wasn’t quite capable of telling me everything, I knew that they had worked hard on those things at the psychologist’s. And now everything was going to get better; I could just feel it!
31st Jul 2006, 12:21 PM
I'm so sorry for Lorenzo, I hope he can stop drinking... and I hope that it's just that, even touh I don't think so, I think that something happened in Italy.
Read the new chapter, I'm glad it all sorted out (apparently or really? I hope really) They deserve some happiness.
31st Jul 2006, 12:29 PM
Ok... just ended... :cry: it is wonderful!!! Thaaaaaaaaank youuuuuuuuuuuuuu!
31st Jul 2006, 12:30 PM
oh great update vinnie
ım happy that lorenzo is better now:)
31st Jul 2006, 12:35 PM
Thanks all. :)
And thank you Vaal. I'm so glad you liked it. :P :) :P
31st Jul 2006, 12:39 PM
I'm glad he's better. I was starting to get worried
31st Jul 2006, 12:41 PM
I am so glad you wrote it!!! I am searching for other interesting images of italian food... and believe me, I am very sad I cannot send them "as real food"
One of my favourite food: lasagne alla bolognese
31st Jul 2006, 12:41 PM
Yaaaaayyy! He`s feeling better! I`m glad you decided to make him all better, cause when you said something about alcohol poisoning, i was stoned. How many chapters are left Vinnie?
I so love this story!
31st Jul 2006, 12:51 PM
Vaal: Well, I do have the Hula Mod, but in the 'talking pictures' I haven't used it. I don't normally have a lot of patience, but I guess when it comes to pics for my story, it's better. ;) And oooh lasagna... *droools* (how do I download it? :lol:)
(I couldn't find it in English, but it says "I just ordered us a pizza online - how do I dowload it?") :P
Dusica: Well, only 1 chapter left - but I've parted it in two, so really there are 2 chapters left. :)
31st Jul 2006, 12:58 PM
I've just finished reading all of the chapters - great work ^^ And nice to read a story that is giong on in Denmark :)
31st Jul 2006, 1:01 PM
Sawcarn: Oooh another member from Denmark. Sweet! I can see you haven't written much, so - welcome! And thanks so much. :)
31st Jul 2006, 4:55 PM
Good, he's on the way to truly healing.
And only one chapter? I hope you write more stories soon!
Thanks for updating!
31st Jul 2006, 8:11 PM
AHHH! It's almost towards the end...
I can't believe it...
Excellent story Vinnie. Just please take your time on...
THE LAST UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
31st Jul 2006, 8:13 PM
I will be writing another story. Actually I AM writing another story, but I'm not sure about it. I might start another one.
Anyhoo, you won't be getting another update till tomorrow. Don't wanna rush the last chapter/s. :P
31st Jul 2006, 9:54 PM
Yay!!! Another story!! When?!
I thought I saw it in your signiture once..
31st Jul 2006, 10:06 PM
Yes, you remember correctly. That's the one I've started writing that I'm not sure I will continue. But don't worry - I will write another one. This one only took me like three days to write, so when I finally do get my inspiration for the new story, you'll most likely see it fairly soon afterwards. ;)
1st Aug 2006, 2:15 AM
I really enjoyed reading this. I'll be sort of sorry to see it end. Wonderful writing style!
1st Aug 2006, 3:58 AM
Wow, two updates, great! I'm glad that Lorenzo is getting better!
1st Aug 2006, 4:18 AM
aw poor Lozeno...I hope hes on the road to recover soon, I'm rooting for them, I know they'll make it through together!
1st Aug 2006, 6:03 AM
Aww it is nice to see that Lorenzo is getting better... Great update!
1st Aug 2006, 7:48 AM
:blink: What!?! I just find this story and I see it is almost over!? NO!!
I love this story, you are a great writer and really know how to toy with my feelings! I'm angry, I'm happy, I'm sad, I'm worried, I'm sad again and now maybe happy again. That depends on whether Lorenzo is really cleaning up his act.
Well, I guess the one good thing about getting in on this late is I got to read the last 22 chapters straight through. :D
1st Aug 2006, 9:37 AM
Great chapter. Please update soon. :)
I'm glad Lorenzo told the truth.
1st Aug 2006, 11:58 AM
Chapter 23: All Is Good, Part I
Slowly but steadily Lorenzo returned to his former self, and he no longer had any urges to drink. Well, occasionally he did, but then he’d tell me, and we would talk about it. This worked well for us. We really enjoyed life together with Maja. She had grown up into a toddler and looked absolutely adorable. Lorenzo in particular enjoyed teaching her to walk and talk.
I couldn’t help but feel incredibly lucky as to how well everything turned out in the end. It did look very dark for a while there – but now all was good. I even had a job now in an office – only part time, which suited me very well. Lorenzo made good money so we didn’t really need my income; however, I liked having a job and this one was perfect, with friendly co-workers and a nice boss.
One day Lorenzo surprised me in the morning. “Honey? Why don’t we go out to dinner tonight? We can get your parents to baby-sit. What do you say?” he asked me. It had been a long time since we had been alone together, so of course I was thrilled at the idea of going out.
He picked me up right after work, and then we went for a long walk in the woods. We were just relaxing and having a great time together. Just like when we had first begun going out. Then we went dancing, which was both fun and very romantic.
Afterwards we went to the restaurant, where we had a delicious meal. After we’d finished eating we just sat there, gazing into each other’s eyes and making funny remarks about the people at the restaurant. All of a sudden, Lorenzo’s eyes turned serious. He looked me deep into my eyes and caressed my hand.
“Michelle… I know I haven’t been the man you deserve…” he began. I tried contradicting him, but he wouldn’t hear of it. “No. You know I’m right. I… I’ve done some horrible things to you, and I’m genuinely sorry. I am incredibly grateful that you decided to forgive me” he smiled at me. I smiled back. “And… and I love you so much. I’ve never loved anybody this much… you are the only one for me; the only one that I’d ever…” he paused for a moment. “What I’m trying to say here is that… Michelle? Will you do me the great honour of becoming my wife?” he asked – looking very anxious and a little scared.
I was very surprised – I didn’t even know he was thinking about proposing! Of course I was ecstatic, and when he pulled out the velvet box and showed me the ring, it took my breath away. It was gorgeous! “Yes! Oh, of course, Lorenzo, of course I’ll marry you!”
We set the date to August 20, and despite the past events all my relatives were very happy about it. I guess they had realized that Lorenzo and I were supposed to be together. My Mom and Anne helped me plan everything, and 10 days before the big day, everything was taken care of, except for the honeymoon. My Mom told me that she had a surprise for us regarding that, so we weren’t allowed to plan anything. I never doubted my decision to marry him, not a single time. I was completely head over heals with him, just as I’d always been.
The night before the wedding I slept at my parents’ house of course. It’s customary not to see your future spouse on the day of the wedding. The next morning, on the day of our wedding, I was a bit stressed out, but I suppose that’s also customary. The wedding in itself was beautiful. My father gave me away of course. There were lots of flowers and beautiful decorations, the priest gave a beautiful speech, and of course there were two confident “I do’s”.
We just had a small party afterwards, with delicious food and several speeches. Lorenzo gave the most beautiful speech that made my heart pound several times faster. A few people had made songs for us, and in general the wedding was a great success. Lorenzo’s parents weren’t present though. I could tell he was a little sad about it, but when we opened up the presents we were in for a real surprise. Lorenzo’s parents had sent us a letter in which they had included a written apology for their actions – and also two tickets to Egypt at a luxury hotel for our honeymoon! My parents told me that they’d had a little chat with the Salvatores, among other things telling them that we hadn’t planned our honeymoon.
The wedding night was of course magical, even more than usual. I could hardly believe that I had finally married my Lorenzo! I was now Mrs. Michelle Salvatore. Oh, the happiness.
We had hired a professional photographer to take some pictures in a beautiful garden. It turned into a beautiful collage, which is now hanging above our bed to always remind us of this perfect day.
... Part II will be up a little later.
1st Aug 2006, 12:03 PM
YAY They got married. Did Maja take her fathers surname?
1st Aug 2006, 12:04 PM
awwww so sweet!
1st Aug 2006, 12:06 PM
wow I love the pictures in the collage! and the story is great!
1st Aug 2006, 12:20 PM
LadySwig: Yep - they are now all Salvatores. :P
1st Aug 2006, 1:06 PM
yay! I am so happy for them oh and great update.
1st Aug 2006, 1:19 PM
omg they get married
very heart warming part vinnie thank you honey!!
1st Aug 2006, 1:25 PM
Yeah, well, I'm a sucker for happy endings... :D
1st Aug 2006, 1:31 PM
Alright, here is the FINAL chapter. That means that the story is completely OVER. Sorry you guys. :P
Chapter 24: All Is Good, Part II
The honeymoon was… well, absolute perfection! We left Denmark two days after the wedding and stayed down there for 3 weeks. The hotel was incredible, with an amazing pool, delicious food, and friendly staff. We spent a whole day snorkelling in the beautiful, bright blue sea, and another day on quad bikes through the desert. Everything was exceptional, and even though we were sad when we had to go home, we also missed our friends and family – and of course, most of all, Maja.
On the way home on the plane, I started getting stomach cramps. I figured it was due to food poisoning, but when it continued for two more weeks I started to worry, so I went to the doctor, who had very surprising news for me. I was pregnant again! I could hardly believe it. Wasn’t this supposed to be impossible? Apparently not. The doctor told me that it was a miracle. I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to tell Lorenzo. I had a small fear in the back of my head that he’d react the same way as he did the last time, but his reaction was far from that.
“Oh, honey! Really? But, wasn’t this impossible? Oh, wow… that’s… that’s incredible. Wow!” and then he held me in his arms and kissed me romantically. I was so unbelievable relieved!
Finally our lives were on the right tracks… everything was perfect. But Lorenzo had another surprise for me. One Saturday morning he hired a babysitter, grabbed my hand, put me in our car, and drove for about 20 minutes until we were a few kilometres away from the city. He parked the car next to a wonderful house.
“Look, honey. This is our new home.” I was stunned. He had bought a new house for us! “I figured that our apartment was just a little on the small side for a family of four, so… I bought this for us.” He smiled and awaited my answer. “Oh, Lorenzo… I absolutely LOVE it!” and I threw myself in his arms.
It was a small farm, something I’d always wished for, and Lorenzo had even bought three horses for me. Life was perfect.
Maja was also happy with our new home. She really enjoyed playing in the sandbox especially.
This time, Lorenzo was with me all the way during the pregnancy – and he enjoyed every minute of it! We had a lot of fun discussing baby names and how we’d decorate the nursery for him or her.
A few months later I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl – without any complications. My pregnancy had also been a lot easier than the last one, luckily. We named the girl Freya. She looked a little more like me, but luckily she, too, had Lorenzo’s gorgeous eyes.
I had my Lorenzo, two gorgeous children, and Lorenzo and I loved each other more than I had thought possible.
… And we lived truly happily ever after!
I hope you all enjoyed the story. :)
1st Aug 2006, 1:46 PM
awww im glad they were happy,see never trust the doctors!i know so many people who have been told they will never have kids!and then they do!!! ;) where did you get the horses from?and the cat? :confused: :blink:
1st Aug 2006, 1:53 PM
oww so sweet
but but ıs ıt really finished then ı will read over and over again
thanks for everything vinnie
1st Aug 2006, 1:55 PM
Great ending! it's good to see them happy, at last. Their daughters are beautiful and I love the collages you made!
1st Aug 2006, 2:09 PM
End :blink: ? Already :weep: :weep: ?
It is a great story :anime: and i like the ending sooo much :anime: :anime: where did you find :weep: :weep: that pic :blink: of the hotel it look gorgeous :argh:
1st Aug 2006, 2:18 PM
Thanks a bunch. :)
Joanne: There are a bunch of animals at MTS2. I know I got both the horses and the cat overthere somewhere. :P
AnyPika: I did a search on Google - http://www.google.dk/search?hl=da&q=%22grand+resort%22+hurghada&meta=
That is actually the hotel my husband and I spent our honeymoon at, and it WAS incredible! :P
1st Aug 2006, 2:20 PM
you lucky thing!!!!wish my hubby would take me somewhere!!! lol
1st Aug 2006, 2:23 PM
Really great ending I loved the whole story!
1st Aug 2006, 2:45 PM
It's finished... :(
Amazing story.. I really loved it... I'm hoping that you'll write another one, because you're really good at it... :D
1st Aug 2006, 2:47 PM
Thanks and thanks and thanks. :D
Squash: Thanks. :P Don't worry, I will. :)
1st Aug 2006, 2:59 PM
Aww it's finished. :valentine
This is the first time I'm posting here because I've been speechless all this time. I really enjoyed reading your story, made me feel warm and fuzzy inside! XD Looking forward to your new story, I'll definitely be reading that one too !
1st Aug 2006, 3:04 PM
Aaw thanks so much Dorka! :P
1st Aug 2006, 3:04 PM
Great story those girls are so gorgeous! I've been mad lately because all my cute couples have been having ugly babies! Oh well, can't wait for a new story!
1st Aug 2006, 3:18 PM
Awww...I'm so so so sorry your story finished, Vinnie! It was really great and contained facts that happnen in real life and this is a thing that made me like it even more! :) I'll be looking forward to your new story, I bet it's going to be just as good, even better than this one! (I'm not saying this one is bad, just that through practice you refine your writing style) :luff:
1st Aug 2006, 4:09 PM
I loved this story and I loved the ending I wish it could go on though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1st Aug 2006, 4:25 PM
OMG I love you. That was such an awesome story..wow Perfect ending ahh :)
1st Aug 2006, 4:56 PM
wow great story vinnie!!!I really enjoyed reading it!!
the girls are beautiful!!!
1st Aug 2006, 4:56 PM
Awww, end allready? THANK YOU Vinnie for such a wonderfull story :bow: ! I enjoyed it so much! And Lorenzo is such a sweethart, i am glad that you chose a happy ending for this story.
1st Aug 2006, 5:06 PM
I'm happy that you all enjoyed the story - and the ending. :P
Alright, the inspiration to the story came from my friend, who's pregnant - and her boyfriend wants her to have an abortion. That's why I made Lorenzo act that way, it was all planned out from the beginning - but as I wrote the story I just fell in love with him :valentine so I was sad to have to make him such a meanie.
So of course I had to choose a happy ending. Otherwise I couldn't live with myself. ;)
1st Aug 2006, 5:36 PM
OMG...you are an amaizing story teller...you've created such a great story...BRAVO :clap: :clap: :clap:
1st Aug 2006, 6:01 PM
Aww what a great ending Vinnie!!! Brava!!! And the kids are gorgeous!!! Any chance of another story perhaps?
1st Aug 2006, 6:19 PM
Ulp ... it's .... OVER???
Thanks for sharing such a sweet story!
1st Aug 2006, 7:35 PM
Great ending to a great story! I like the new house they moved into, if they ever get pets (as in real pets that come with the Pets expansion) then it looks like a really good house for them!
1st Aug 2006, 8:44 PM
Dont know how i managed to miss this before, but amazing story!
1st Aug 2006, 8:59 PM
This Is such a good story... I dont know how I didnt see it before...I dont want it to be over...I want to read more...But any how It was a terrific story.
1st Aug 2006, 11:27 PM
I love the ending!! So beautiful. And they had another baby, that is so great!! :weep: But it's over!! I want more!!
Oh well i guess I'll have to wait for you next story! :D
2nd Aug 2006, 12:08 AM
awwww......i've been out of town for a while and just caught up with the rest of the story.....great ending....i'm just sad that it ended...
2nd Aug 2006, 12:36 AM
OH MY GOD!! That was SOO awesome..
I can remember being the official 2ND Person to post on this story!!
YaY! Great job!!!! PLEAZE WRITE A SEQUAL!!!!!!!!!!!
PERFECT JOB!!! *Sobs and Laughs and the same time*
2nd Aug 2006, 12:52 AM
WONDERFUL ending... Im so glad you decided to wrap up everything in the last two chapters. Well done!
2nd Aug 2006, 3:42 AM
I really loved the story. Thanks for sharing it with us.
2nd Aug 2006, 5:10 PM
great story loved it!
2nd Aug 2006, 7:59 PM
What a wonderful story! :beer: I absolutely loved it. Nicely written.
Oh -> May I ask where you got Sarah's hair and top from? I love them both! :anime:
2nd Aug 2006, 8:11 PM
Jules: Yes, feel free to ask. But I can't remember off the top of my head... I'll look at it when I get to my "Sims computer" (my husband is playing Counter Strike on it... :D).
EDIT: Just remembered where I got the hair. It's from XM Sims - here: http://www.xmsims.com/sims2/ehtm/hair/hair26.htm
2nd Aug 2006, 8:41 PM
I can't WAIT for your next story. This was has been by far my favorite. Your pictures are beautiful and your characters are so well thought-out. Keep them coming! Any ideas on your next story or a timeframe?
2nd Aug 2006, 8:44 PM
blackdn: Aaw, thankyou so much!! :) :P
Yes, well, I have already written 6 chapters of the new story - the one I'm not sure whether or not I'll post. ;) IF I decide to post it, it will probably be within the next few weeks. If I'm not gonna post it I'll have to wait for a good idea to show up. :D
2nd Aug 2006, 9:06 PM
I am not sure if it was answered i didn't see where, but near the beginning of the story you were asked where Lorenzo's hair is from. I'm pretty sure it's Sim Cribbling. I have it too and there is only the one color of it.
(If I'm wrong or it has already been answered just ignore me. :D )
And YAY!! Already 6 chapters into the next story! I like the sound of that. ;)
2nd Aug 2006, 9:14 PM
Heh, cool. I hope you will also enjoy my next story. It's way different from this one. ;)
It's from Simcribbling? Oh, cool - that hadn't been answered, so thanks for that info! :P I wish it came in other colours too though. :( It's so pretty. :)
3rd Aug 2006, 2:13 AM
I just read this whole story! I couldnt beleive I didn't see it earlier! I loved how there were so many problems. Lol :P
I loveeeed it! Please write another one soon!:D
3rd Aug 2006, 3:11 AM
aww its over
i liked the whole story, cant wait for your next one:):):)
3rd Aug 2006, 7:35 AM
what an awesome story!!
3rd Aug 2006, 11:27 AM
I loved that story, it was great! I hope mine turns out just as well...
it's called. a glimpse of the future.. well thats the thread but the story is called ryrs in the future.
3rd Aug 2006, 2:00 PM
it was the best story I have ever read! hope to see a new story from you soon.good luck!
5th Aug 2006, 7:10 AM
Awesome story!!! I am sorry to see it end but I am glad it ended well. Will be anxiously awaiting your next story.
6th Aug 2006, 6:50 PM
Thanks for this story Vinnie !
I just loved it ! Glad to see <lorenzo did overcome his little problems with alcohol !
6th Aug 2006, 7:18 PM
I loved this story!!!!!! o i do love happy endings!
7th Aug 2006, 6:19 AM
such a great story. I couln't stop reading it until I got to the epic conclusion.
7th Aug 2006, 3:08 PM
This story was ssssssssssssssssssssoooooooooooooooooooooo cool!!!!!! Oh and thank you Vinnie for naming the new baby after MOI!!! Yes, its true my name is Freya lol sorry about the bragging lol. In the last pic which one is Freya?? Just wondering!! :)
7th Aug 2006, 5:30 PM
ffoakley: Thanks!! And, oh, such a pretty name you have. I have a cat named Freya. She's the prettiest cat in the whole world! :D
In the last pic, where the two sisters are sitting together, Freya is on the left. And Freya is also on the top right and bottom left as a child/toddler. She's very pretty in fact. :)
6th Sep 2006, 9:23 PM
This has to be the best story I've ever read! EXCELLENT!!! You're very clever in the way you take your snapshots and write the story!
7th Sep 2006, 12:50 AM
This is one of my favorite simStories of all time! It's beautiful, really wonderfully told. I love the ending!
7th Sep 2006, 4:38 PM
Aaaaw thanks so much!! :P :P :P
18th Sep 2006, 2:33 AM
Oh my goodness!! I found your story through someone else's, and I was surprised how quickly I got involved with the story!! Amazing characters, and amazing sets! Thank you for sharing your vision with us!! I am sad that the story is over, though... I wish you'd do a sequel, with the girls, or something...
18th Sep 2006, 6:05 AM
I read the whole story in just under an hour, I am sure it took you much, much more longer than that to organise everything.
I can't believe I missed such a fab story. I hope you continue to write please Vinhou.
13th Oct 2006, 9:12 PM
i wonder what happened to peter.
lol, anyway, great story. =)
14th Oct 2006, 12:21 AM
awwwwwwwwwww i loved this story!!!
14th Oct 2006, 4:50 AM
I just finished reading this story Vinnie-great job!! I enjoyed every minute. I have an uncle named Jan, so it was amusing for me to see a character with that name, since it's considered a girl name for most. :)
BTW, when Lorenzo was confessing to Michelle about his bad childhood, he mentioned his uncle...what did his uncle do??
12th Nov 2006, 4:57 PM
Thank you Vinnie for this precious story!!! We want another one! ^____^
27th Nov 2006, 8:02 PM
I just found this story (yea, I know I'm a little late) and I loved it. It was so sweet, I almost cried (I didn't though, so my pride is intact). I wasn't eactly sure about Lorenzo though. I wanted to hug him at points and hit him at others. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your creation with us.
30th Nov 2006, 6:56 AM
I love the story but I do have one question..........ok two but someone else asked my first question concerning what Lorenzo's uncle did to him...my second is about cc..where did you get the horses?
1st Dec 2006, 4:41 PM
Thanks so much for your feedback. I love it. :D
Regarding Lorenzo's uncle, well, it's pretty much up to the reader to decide what happened there. :P ;)
Um, about the horses... I remember that I found them at modthesims2.com, but I don't remember who made them. :)
By the way, to anyone interested, I AM in the process of writing another sim story, but I haven't got much time, what with school and all, plus I have no internet at home anymore, AND I'm on the verge of getting a divorce - so it's pretty hectic here unfortunately. :( But I promise I'll be back with a new story some day... :)
15th Dec 2006, 10:18 PM
Hey, wanted to drop you a line and tell you that I enjoyed reading your story. And to thank you for sharing it with us.
11th Mar 2007, 9:07 PM
Beautiful story hun, take as much time as you need. Goodluck with your divorce, I hope everything goes ok :)
Simtinkle: I'm very confused by your post, O.o
11th Mar 2007, 11:27 PM
What a wonderful story! This is one of the best ones ive read in a while! Well done!
17th Jun 2007, 3:12 AM
Wow. great story, I loved it <333333
18th Jun 2007, 12:07 AM
Wow, I just finished ths story, and I have to say, you have talent!
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