Kelsey rises ad turns to face the speaker, "I've never seen the ocean before," she says, "It's amazing." But maybe not as amazing as his gray eyes. "My name is Kelsey Bowman," she introduces herself.
"Chayton Hinto," he replies, and their hands touch. It's just a handshake, but her skin against his tingles with promise.
For moment it seems that he's run out of stories to tell, and they stand in silence, looking into each other's eyes.
"I came here just to see the ocean," she says softly, "But I've found something even more wonderful."
They hike back down to the shore to have dinner and a few drinks at the local watering hole by the beach.
"I'm leaving for Shang Simla tomorrow," he tells her sadly, "I wish I had met you earlier, that we could spend more time together."
"Tell me about Appaloosa Plains," he asks, "I want to know where you're from."
Kelsey tells him about the colors of the hills, about the waterfall and the wild horses, about lizards and birds.
"I notice you don't mention the buildings or the people," Chayton says when she's finished.
"There are buildings and people in Appaloosa Plains, too," she says, "What do you want too know about them?"
"Nothing," Chayton says, "You are a lot like me. Most people will talk about buildings and people when they are asked about their hometowns. But you and I see places differently. We're free, unattached to the things that hold most people in place."
"I would love that," Kelsey says wistfully, tempted to throw off her life, her family, to live on the road with him.
"But you won't," Chayton says, "I see it in your eyes. You have deep roots in Appaloosa Plains, you have a home you wish to return to."
"I have a son," Kelsey says, "I can't abandon him."
Chayton nods, "Maybe we'll travel together someday, maybe our paths will met again on life's road. But for now, we must part ways."
Kelsey wraps her arms around his waist, "You have time to make love to me once more before you go," she says.
"I'll make time," Chayton says with a smile.
Kelsey returns home with one souvenir, a snapshot she took of Chayton. She places it on her dresser along with her picture of Lukas.
She gets a new tattoo, another phoenix. Birds are a symbol of freedom; she used to choose them to mark her body because she believed she was free like they are. Now they serve as a reminder of the ties that bind her and the freedom she no longer has.
"Note to self; when traveling, bring protection," Aimee quips.
Kelsey decides not to tell Aimee about her strange visions, hearing Chayton's voice, seeing him with her. Aimee would just make fun of her. It's probably just hormones, she reasons, and it will stop when she has the baby.
Aiden has decided to help his son on his chosen path and share with him the tricks his own father taught him, the escape dust and the teleportation spell. "I'm very serious, son. Our family...we have a rich and interesting ancestry. Now, when do we get to meet this wife of yours?"
"Alana's working tonight," Rory says, "The restaurant keeps her busy. On the plus side, we both work nights, so we have our days together."
"And how is living with your brother?" Aiden asks, his voice solemn.
Rory understands the meaning behind the question; he's a criminal and his brother is a cop. "You know Jacy, family is everything to him, more important that duty. If he knows anything, he stays quiet about it."
I used Twallan's Traveler mod to have Kelsey visit Redwood Harbor, a custom world by My Sim Realty.
It's an unoccupied world. I moved Chayton Hinto into it, and besides the bartenders and other service NPCs, he's the only inhabitant. Because I didn't see the point in populating the place and just bloating my save with extra Sims.
I know I'm not the only one to have problems with getting pregnant on vacation. Kelsey got pregnant while in Redwood Harbor, but when she got home she was not pregnant. I was not able to impregnate her with MC using Chayton as the donor. So I had to invite him over for a visit and get her pregnant there. So, the visions and dreams Kelsey has of Chayton are pictures from that visit.
So, that's Kelsey's two required children. Sage is the heir.
The roll for Gen 6 is Second Chance, 2 kids, primary career is Adventurer. The secondary careers are None for 1st partner and Artist for the 2nd. The goal is party to remember and Misc Fun is Tattoo Addict (again).
SP married Rory to a new immigrant to town, Alana Dozier. I wanted to get a pic of her, but she wasn't home when I sent Aiden and Tearney visiting.
Jinx's boyfriend Ted has become a YA and they still live together, no marriage yet. Jacy's high school girlfriend is still in high school, we'll see what SP does with that eventually.