Sunday, September 25, 2011
Chapter 13: While We Have the Time
"Life just kicked you in the nuts, didn't it?" Rio commiserates with his friend. Hawke turned to him for consolation and support. His sister would no doubt just point out how it was all his own doing, and that she'd warned him about Zhenzhen.
"I was just maybe getting to a point where I wasn't thinking about Sun all day, every day. And then I get seduced into some fantasy where I saved her from the infection and we were living together. It's like she just died again.
"She's been gone a long time," Rio says, "Your daughter is almost a young woman. It's past time you let go, and let yourself live."
That's what Zhenzhen said to him, Hawke thinks. "It's not like I can just forget her."
"You won't ever forget, but you can go out and have a life. Even if it doesn't feel right at first, it will come eventually."
"I thought you didn't care," Li Feng sobs.
He's been too absorbed in himself, Hawke thinks, it's time he pulled his head out of his ass and saw to his daughter.
"I know," she sighs, "I'll miss you. Come back as soon as you can."
"Zhenzhen, thanks for meeting me."
"I was surprised you called me," Zhenzhen says, "You have every reason to hate me, but you don't."
"I don't hate anyone," Hawke says.
Hawke hugs her fondly, "I was in a bad place them, Zhen. I'm sorry I said that. How are you doing, out here in the world of humans?"
"I'm well, Hawke. Especially now that I know you can forgive me."
Hawke asks her to join him for lunch, but she has to leave soon for work; she's taken on a career in sports. "I get off at nine," she says, smiling hopefully, "Maybe we can meet for drinks."
"My agent set up a publicity gig for me tonight," Hawke says, "I'll be at the Coco Bongo if you want to meet up."
His agent made a bad call on the publicity gig; the Coco Bongo is nearly dead. But when Zhenzhen shows up, Hawke at least has a dance partner.
"You're smiling, Hawke," Zhenzhen observes, "Are you happy?"
"I guess I am," Hawke says, only now realizing that he'd been having a good time all night. He'd dropped his burden of grief somewhere on the dance floor. They stop dancing, then, as Hawke leans forward to kiss her. After a long, passionate kiss, Hawke's forehead drops to her shoulder, "I'm sorry," he whispers, "You could do so much better than a broken, middle aged man. I shouldn't..."
"I'm thousands of years older than you," she laughs, "I've been with more men than you can count. There has never been one like you."
"I love you, Hawke," she insists, "Love me while we have the time." In the end, he gives in.
Her brother-in-law looks uncomfortable. "I try getting away from all that fae crap, but it just keeps coming back," he sighs. "I'm sorry they snatched Thierry out from under you like that. He never wanted any part of it, either. I can talk to Moth, and get a message to him for you. You don't talk to my wife about this stuff, do you?"
Amelia laughs, "Hardly. She gives orders, and I follow. We don't chat at the water cooler."
"You need me, beloved?" Thierry asks, and doesn't wait for an answer before pulling her into a deep kiss. "I've missed you so."
"Hawke has been seeing Zhenzhen," Amelia tells him, "After what you did to get him away from her...I don't want it to have been for nothing."
"She's human now, she has no power over him," Thierry explains, "Well, no more powerful than a human woman has, anyway. The worst she could do to him is break his heart. What I saved him from...whatever goes on between them now, my sacrifice, your sacrifice, was worth it."
"Are you going to stay with s now?" Li Feng asks as Thierry cleans up after dinner.
"I wish I could," Theirry answers, "But I must return to...France...tomorrow."
Since there isn't any 'fae' for me to send Thierry into, he lives with his mother. Sad, I know. He and Amelia are still married, he just doesn't live in the house.
Oddly enough, Amelia doesn't get many opportunities. (Her goal is Opportunist) I do them all when they come. Her meeting with Fricorith was from an opportunity. A Charismsa skill opportunity to use 'Get to Know' on a random Sim. It worked into the story.
She also doesn't roll many wishes related to her Athletic trait, the trait I picked for her Live Your Trait fun roll. Sheridan used to roll 4 or 5 workout related wishes a day, but Amelia doesn't. Still, I fulfill the ones she does roll, and make her swim, jog and/or workout everyday for that.
She needs to have one more kid for this generation.
My roll for Gen 3 is couple, 4 kids. Primary career is Political. Secondary is Job Hopper. The ten rolls for that are Music/Rock - None- Author- Busker- Freelance Science- None- Mixologist- Busker- Farmer - Farmer.
The goal is Living Green and the misc. fun it Tattoo Addict.
So, yay, a hippie politician. I look forward to that.
Tristan will not be the heir. I didn't roll for it, because I want to keep any hidden traits I can, and Tristan was born too early for the 'Can Salute' trait that Amelia will pass to the second child. Both kids will have Thierry's French Culture trait.
Li Feng facepalms more than any Sim I've ever played.
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