Sunday, September 11, 2011
Chapter 6: Letting Go
"Hui and I have decided to stay in Brooklyn Heights," Ho announces. "Our parents are long gone, and we feel it's more important to stay with Li Feng than to return to Shang Simla." BeforeHawke leaves, Ho gives him an old doll he says belonged to Sun. "She always called her Zhenzhen, it means 'precious'," Ho tells him, "She'd want Li Feng to have her."
"Yes, that's Amelia," Eleanor answers, "Don't worry, she's not interested in bothering us while we play chess."
"I'm not worried," Thornton says, his brow furrowing, "But perhaps you should be. The Tricous are more than a little odd."
Eleanor laughs, "I work with Kvornan, remember? He does weird the office up a bit, but my own family has produced stranger people than that. Amelia will be fine."
"Why?" Eleanor asks. Now that she's reached the top of her career, it no longer matters who knows who her parents are, but the secret has been kept so long, she sees no reason to tell it now.
"Because I want to know," Thornton says, looking down at the board, avoiding her gaze. "I've told you about my family."
That he did, told her all about his successful father and his neurotic mother and their failed marriage, and the whole sad story revealed a lot about Thornton's own issues with family and children. "The past isn't important," Eleanor says. Thornton doesn't look up, doesn't say anything, and Eleanor senses in his silence that this isn't some trivial conversation he's making. This matters to him, and her answer will make or break the relationship. "My real name is Raven," she says, choosing trust, "Raven Enmity."
He looks up at her. "Enmity? As in Trent Enmity? The artist?"
"He's my father," Eleanor says, somewhat surprised that he's the parent Thornton finds most memorable. Her mother, Aislin, is a celebrated movie star, and a household name. But of course, Eleanor realizes, Thornton's ex-wife is a collector, and has several of her father's pieces. "My brother and I didn't want our family name to give us any advantages, so we changed it when we moved here. Is there anything else you want to know?"
Thornton gets up from the chess table, "Yes, I want to know everything. Everything about you. I want you to invite me to your place."
"You know the deal," Eleanor says, "I don't want my daughter to be involved with my outside life."
Thornton pulls her into his arms, "That's just it, Eleanor, I don't want to be outside of your life. I want in."
After some negotiating, Eleanor invites him back to her place that night, but only after she's put Amelia to bed. The time hasn't come for her daughter to be involved in this yet.
"I don't know what to say," she answers. He groans. "Don't take it that way. I'm just not the romantic type. I didn't think you were, either."
"We aren't 'types', we're people," Thornton answers, "You must feel something. If not love, then what?"
What does she feel? she wonders. She went after him because he represented what she wanted most from life, success, wealth, power. But those are all things she can get for herself, that isn't ultimately why she stays with him. Why then? "I do enjoy being with you. You understand me, even better than my brother...he tends to project his own feelings onto me. And the sex is amazing, I can't imagine being with anyone else. Is that love? I wish I knew..."
Thornton laughs, "All right, I'll take that, for now. Let's get back to the amazing sex and save the awkward conversation for another day."
Hawke remains broken hearted and grieving.
"I'll never let you go," Hawke vows.
I use a mod by claudiasharon that makes it much less likely for my Sims to get IF dolls. I haven't gotten one since I started using the mod. And how fitting is it to finally get one for a baby that just lost her mother? And how cool was it that Sun should pick that object to haunt?
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