Alissa: Chapter One Hundred and Forty-Four

Screenshot-429Jamil had made a trip to Crystal’s home and helped her put together a work wardrobe.  He’d laughingly told her that it was perfectly normal to have a different work style from your private style and still be herself.   So Crystal had started dressing differently for work.   Her co-workers complimented her on the change.  At least everyone did except for Misty.

“Who are you trying to impress?”

Screenshot-432“Definitely not you.”

Crystal continued walking, barely pausing to answer Misty.  Misty never failed to irritate Crystal.  Crystal had given her last serious discussion with Keith a lot of thought and decided that she still wanted to date him.  It wouldn’t hurt to get to know him better and see where it led.

Screenshot-424He walked over to her to ask her about a file.

“I like your new look.”

Screenshot-426“That’s great, but I didn’t change it for you.”

He frowned and Crystal apologized.   Keith’s strategy had worked on Crystal.

“I’m sorry.  I was just…  I’ve been thinking about what you said.   I think it would be nice to take our time and really get to know one another better.  Would you like to go get a drink after work tonight?”

Screenshot-427Keith smiled in surprise.   “That sounds like a great idea, but I can’t tonight.   Raincheck?”

Crystal nodded and Keith walked away.   Crystal asked him again the following week, and they started back dating.   Crystal was still unsure if she’d be able to make a commitment to him, but she knew that she did have strong feelings for him.

Screenshot-420June and Angelo were waiting downstairs for Crystal to finish dressing so that they could leave for the stadium.  Angelo was lead guitarist for a small band and his band was performing that night.  His band was beginning to be very successful and soon Angelo would be leaving for a tour.   June was standing very close to Angelo and despite her plan to take things slow, she tried to kiss him.    Angelo was completely caught off guard and shocked!

“No, you’re my homegirl, June.   We’re not like that.

Screenshot-421June apologized.   “I know we’re not, but we could be.   You’re not dating anyone, so why don’t you give me a chance?”

Angelo hesitated because he didn’t know what to say to June without revealing his feelings for Crystal.  Even though Crystal was dating Keith, she was still having a “relationship” with Angelo.   She didn’t see anything wrong with doing that because she hadn’t made a commitment to Keith yet.  However, Angelo didn’t know that she was dating Keith.

“I’m sorry June.  I just don’t see you that way.”

Something about the way he hesitated answering made June think that there was more to it than what he was telling her.  She started paying closer attention to how he behaved when he’s around her.

Screenshot-390A couple of weeks later,  June, Crystal and Angelo were in Crystal’s loft, listening to a new song that Angelo had composed.  He composed the songs that his band played and liked to play them for June and Crystal to get their reactions.

Screenshot-394June began to notice how he and Crystal looked at each other and the way they touched each other.

Screenshot-400She saw the adoring expression on Crystal’s face.

Screenshot-399Then she looked at Angelo and saw the special  glow in his eyes as he looked at Crystal.

Screenshot-398She wondered how she hadn’t noticed it before!  Crystal and Angelo were more than just friends to one another.  June felt sick to her stomach and decided to leave.

Screenshot-402She stood up.  “I’m gonna head on out.  I’ll catch you guys later.”

Screenshot-408She left the apartment, but her instinct made her go back.   She had to know for sure!

Screenshot-409She walked inside and saw them making out on the couch!

Screenshot-410They didn’t even notice that she was there.

Screenshot-411June could tell that this wasn’t something new.  They were very familiar with being so intimate with one another.

Screenshot-414She was furious and shouted at Crystal. “You think you’re better than Misty! Well you’re not! You’re just as much of a selfish slut as she is!”

Screenshot-413Crystal is shocked at June’s outburst of anger.  She hadn’t told June about her and Angelo because she hadn’t thought it was anyone’s business but hers and Angelo’s.  She didn’t understand why June was so upset.

Screenshot-415June was still shouting at her. “You pride yourself on not having a steady romantic relationship with a guy as though it’s some badge of honor. What do you think you’re doing with Angelo! He’s one of your best friends and you’re sleeping together! If that’s not a relationship then I don’t know what is! You’re blind if you don’t realize that he’s in love with you. Why do you think he hasn’t dated anyone else for the last year.”

Screenshot-416Crystal looked at Angelo and he looked back at Crystal but didn’t deny it.

June saw Crystal’s confused and hurt expression.  June was still upset and heartsick that Angelo is in love with Crystal.

“You don’t know how lucky you are, Crystal! I’ve gotta get out of here!”

She rushed from the apartment.  Angelo left too. He wasn’t ready to talk with Crystal about his feelings.  He didn’t think that this was the right time.  Nor did he know if the right time would ever come.

Screenshot-433After the blow up with June, things just seemed to get worse for Crystal.   They didn’t talk outside of work anymore and no more than necessary at the office.   One good thing did happen though.

“Crystal, I really want to commend you for taking my advice.   I’ll announce it during the next staff meeting, but I just want to let you know that I’m giving you that promotion.  Come to my office before you leave today and we’ll go over the details!”

Screenshot-436“Thank you, Lionel!  This means so much to me.”

“Congratulations!  You did the work and you deserve it.”

Crystal went back to her desk.  There was a message from Keith.  He was cancelling their date again tonight.  He’d been doing that regularly now, and Crystal didn’t know what to think, but she was getting a very uncomfortable feeling.

Screenshot-440June overheard Keith on the phone having a romantic conversation with some woman whom he called Sharon.  She knew that Crystal and Keith were dating.  Despite being angry with Crystal, June still cared about her and knew that they would get past their differences.  Their friendship was too great just to end it this way.    She confronted Keith.

Screenshot-441 “Does Crystal know about Sharon?”

Keith didn’t answer and June took that to mean no.   “I didn’t think you were that kind of a guy Keith.   You disappoint me.   You’d better tell Crystal or I will!”

Screenshot-442“I’ll tell her.  I planned to anyway. “

Screenshot-445Keith stopped by Crystal’s place that evening.

Screenshot-446“Crystal, my old high school girlfriend contacted me a few weeks ago, and we’ve started dating again.  I never meant to hurt you Crystal, but Sharon and I are at the same point in our lives.  We want the same things.  She’s divorced, but she doesn’t have any children.  She wants a family just like I do.  The spark that she and I had in high school is still there.  I hate to hurt you, but I think it’s better to break things off between us now.”

Screenshot-448“Well, glad you found what you wanted.”

She stood up and opened the door.  Keith left.  Crystal tried to pretend to herself that she didn’t care, but she does.   Her confidence was shaken. She still hasn’t spoken with Angelo, and she and June haven’t really talked since the blow up.  At work, they were just professional with each other.  She decided that she needed to go and spend some time with her big Sis, Alissa to try to figure some things out.  She called Lionel and asked for a few vacation days off.

She was still upset about Miki and Jamil splitting up too.  They were really like parents to her.  So when she went to see Alissa,  Alissa helped her to dig and see how she really feels about Keith, and how she really feels about Angelo.  Would she have to change herself too much to conform to what either man wanted or would they appreciate her for who she truly is.   Alissa helped her to question whether she really wants to make a commitment to anyone.   She liked being a single woman.  Did she want to change that?

Now that she knows that Angelo is in love with her,  how will that change her relationship with him?  Before she knew that he loved her, hadn’t she noticed any difference in the way he treated her especially when they slept together.  Crystal realized that, yes, there had been a change, but she hadn’t known what it meant.  She had liked the change though.  How will Crystal feel if Angelo isn’t a part of her life anymore and she isn’t a part of his?  How will she feel if June and Angelo start dating or if he starts dating someone else again?  Alissa gave her a lot to think about.  She stayed with Alissa for a couple of days and then went back home.

Screenshot-371Dale and Alissa had gathered the family together to have a serious discussion.

Screenshot-358Skylar toddled out from the nursery.  Not long after she started crawling she’d begun pulling herself up and learned to walk.   She was still a little unsteady but walking whenever she could.   She stopped in front of Noah.

Screenshot-348“Daddy, pick me up?”

Reading to Skylar, singing to her and talking to her while she was still in the womb had paid off in a big way.  Although she sometimes mixed up her vowels and her nouns, Skylar could speak very well now.  She was extremely advanced for her age and her parents were very proud of her.  Noah leaned over and picked her up.

Screenshot-363Skylar stretched out across her parent’s laps.   She asked her Mom to take off her shoes and Sharlee slipped them from her feet.

Screenshot-367Sky was sleepy, but she was trying to fight it.

Screenshot-365She was having a hard time holding her eyes open and so she lifted her leg up into the air.   If she started drifting off to sleep, she jerked it back up into the air to try to stay awake.

Screenshot-369Until finally she was overcome by sleep.  Noah and Sharlee always laughed at the methods she used to try to stay awake.

Screenshot-370Dale was speaking.  “I know that you older ones are familiar with the organization “Doctors Without Borders”, but what about you two younger ones?”

Screenshot-379Aidan answered.  “Aren’t they the ones who go to other countries that don’t have enough doctors and help out?”

Screenshot-380“Yes, I heard about them.   Are you going to do that Daddy?”

Screenshot-375“That’s why your Mom and I wanted to talk with you all.   I volunteered years ago when Sharlee was your age Joy, and they’ve asked me to help again.”

“When Joy was sick, your Daddy and I felt very helpless.   If it hadn’t been for doctors who specialized in the areas needed to get Joy well, we might have lost her.  Those parents in the country where your Daddy and I are going need your Daddy’s specialized skills so that their children will get well too.”

Screenshot-384“You’re going too, Mom?”

Screenshot-374“Yes, I’m going.   I want to help them as much as I can too.   I’m going to volunteer at the clinic and I’m going to do a story for my show about the plight of the women and children living in those refugee camps.  I think that the more people are aware of the desperate need the more help will be provided.”

Screenshot-378“Is it safe?  How long will you be gone?”

Screenshot-373“We’ll take safety measures and we’ll be gone for three weeks.  I’m sure that you all know children at your schools who have parents that serve in the military.   They provide a necessary service for us that sometimes places them in dangerous situations.   However, they are gone for months at a time.   Compared to that and the dangers that they face, your Mom and I will have it much easier.  We’ll be just fine.”

He paused looking at each of them to gauge their reactions.   Working with this organization was important to him, but he didn’t want to do it if it was too much for his own children to handle.  They seemed to be accepting of the news and not unduly concerned.

Screenshot-372Alissa continued, “Your Grandmother Valerie and Grandfather Robert are coming to stay with you while we’re gone.   Yes, we realize that Cara and Shawn are old enough to take care of things alone, but we thought it’d be easier this way.   You have your part-time job, Shawn; and Cara we didn’t want to put too much on you either.   Joy and Aidan have their activities and need to be driven back and forth.   So your grandparents are coming.”

Screenshot-386“If either of you want to spend time with me and Noah, you know you’re still welcome like always.”

Screenshot-385“That’s right guys.  We’ll help out as much as we can.

Dale and Alissa talked with them for a while longer and then they dispersed.

Screenshot-383Cara stayed to talk with her parents.   “Mom and Dad, I want to go with you.  Please don’t say no right away.   Soon I’ll be eighteen and going away to college.  I want to help those people too.   Mom, I can take pictures for you to go along with your story.  I’m not a little girl anymore, and I know that I could help.”

Dale and Alissa told her to let them talk it over.   Alissa didn’t want her to go, but Dale talked Alissa into it.   He said that Cara was right.   Soon she would be old enough to go away do something like this without their permission.   This way she would be with them, and they could make sure that she stayed safe.   He was proud of Cara for wanting to help even when it required so much of a sacrifice of her time and energy.   Alissa agreed and they started to make the arrangements for their trip.

 

 

34 thoughts on “Alissa: Chapter One Hundred and Forty-Four

  1. Fantastic Chapter. I feel for Crystal and in indecisiveness(sp?). I am excited to see what they will do while on their Doctors WIthout Boarders adventure. Wonderful update 😀

    • Thanks Michelle!

      She isn’t used to feeling so indecisive. She’s always known before what she wants, but this situation is throwing her off balance.

      Thank you for reading my story, Michelle! 🙂

    • Thank you, Jess! Their trip will start in the chapter after next. Yes, I feel sort of sad that I had to let Skylar grow up. 😦

      Thank you for reading, Jess! 🙂

  2. Loved the chapter. So glad to finally see the stallworths. cara is so pretty! and Sky is so cute, she seems to be one smart little girl. Will she be the family’s next child prodigy! Lol. Loved the chapter. The whole family has new hairstyles and they all look so different!

    • I’m glad you loved it, Layla! I hope you have fun on your trip! 🙂

      Cara is a really pretty girl!
      Yeah, Sky is very smart like her parents. Child prodigy! LOL
      I did try a few new hairstyles for them. Alissa’s is one of my favorites from when I first started using CC, but I never really liked the original creator’s hair texture. A friend of mine started re-texturing hair and I grabbed that one for Alissa.

      Thanks for reading, Layla! 🙂

  3. Great chapter! I feel bad for Crystal in a way D: I think she would look Great with Keith! I hope Dale, Alissa, and Cara are safe on their trip! Can’t wait for the next chapter!:D

    • Thank you, Rhiannon!

      So, you really like Keith? Crystal liked him too.

      I should have the next chapter ready on Monday! I really have to get back on schedule now.
      Thanks for reading my story, Rhiannon! 🙂

  4. Awesome chapter! I loved every bit of it though I am sad about Miki and Jamel I loved them as a couple! They were so cute together.

  5. You Do Not KNOW How Long MY Face Was WHEN I Saw SKY…….. CUTE!!!!!!!!!

    Anyway, I love how Cara is super adventurous and loves traveling, I mean France, c’mon who wouldn’t want to go to France, and Doctors without Borders is really cool too.

    Does this mean Cara and Shawn are becoming young adults… EEP, I cant wait to see Cara, I mean Shawn to, but CARA!

    KEEP UPDATING!

    -Carrie

    • I think Sky is cute too! I think she got the best features of her parents. Although I did sort of hope she’d have Noah’s eyes. She does at least have his eye color though. 😀

      Cara does want new experiences and to help others just like her Dad does. He’s set a very good example for them in that area.

      It’ll be a few more storylines before I age them up, but Cara and Shawn will be going off to college before much longer. Joy and Aidan will be aging up to teens too. I am so sad at how they are all growing up! 😥

      I’ve started on the pictures for the next chapter and so far it looks like I’ll have it ready for Monday. 😀

  6. Noooooooooooo!!! I really liked Kieth! I hope someone like him will come along for crystal. As for June, well she should’ve seen this coming, I mean crystal just goes around sleeping with the whole town it seems like. Skylar is Such. A. CUTIE!!!!!! My mind just bursts looking at her. I really like where the story lines are heading. I don’t know how you come up with all this! I wouldn’t last a day! But anyway, great chapter as always Daisie! Cant wraith for the next one. If you need any help you can always ask me. My summers free! Anyway loved it as always! Bye.

    • Awww, you did Ali? I did too, but they wanted different things out of life. Crystal sleeps with the whole town! LOL No, she isn’t quite that bad, but June didn’t think that Angelo and Crystal had that kind of relationship. Probably if she hadn’t had feelings for Angelo herself, she wouldn’t have been so upset. 😦 This situation for Crystal is not quite over yet though! 😉

      I am so happy with the way Skylar looks. I always hold my breath when it comes to Sims born in game because you never know how they’ll turn out!

      Thank you so much for helping me Ali, and thanks for reading my stories! 🙂

  7. Wow, where to begin…I hope Crystal realizes how much a certain someone cares for her before it’s too late. Angelo could be her one and if she don’t get it right it could be too late. I do hope her and June can mend fences and be friends again. I hope that Dale, Alissa, and Cara will all be safe on their journey with Doctors Without Borders. I can’t wait to see what awaits them. Sky is so cute and I can’t wait to see what her future holds. I as ecstatic to see this chapter up and can’t wait for the next. As always you never disappoint me. Great job! 🙂

    • Crystal does have a lot to decide. She needs to see what she really wants. 😦

      I’ve been looking forward to doing the “Doctor’s Without Borders” storyline. 😀 It’ll really get started in chapter 46.

      Isn’t Sky adorable!

      Thanks Whitney, and thank you for reading my story! 🙂

  8. I really like this story and think that maybe something is gonna happen when they are on the trip… maybe Alex (the sim, not me) is there and he starts going after both alissa and cara… hmmm… or maybe sharlee and joy and sky are kidnapped and dale has to rescue them and be all knight in shining armor and stuff… or what if they adopt a pet soon… that would be so awesome! wow, i think that i may have been overly adhd right now

    • Thank you so much, Alexandra! I’m really happy that you like reading the story. 🙂

      Alex! LOL

      They are supposed to have a pet. I haven’t showed him for a while now. They had a little dog called Domino. I’ll have to find him again. I think I still have him saved on my old computer. I was thinking of giving Skylar a pet too, but I haven’t decided if it should be a dog or a cat. 😉

      Thanks for reading my story, Alexandra! 🙂

  9. Misty is just–ugh! There aren’t enough words in the dictionary to describe pretty much everyone’s feelings toward her! I feel so bad about the whole situation with June. I can so relate with her on the level of ‘having a crush on a friend’ thing, though she overreacted to the whole situation. I’m happy Crystal took some time to figure out how she felt about he whole situation. I just love the bond she has with Alissa (reminds me of me and my little sis). I really like Crystal being independent. 😀

    I love that Alissa, Dale, and Cara get to go on a little family adventure and the cause is amazing too. I hope they stay safe, wouldn’t want another collapse, unnecessary funeral, and crazy psychopathic woman incident to happen again!

    Great chapter, keep up the phenomenal work! ❤ ❤ 😉

    • You are so right about Misty!

      Yeah, it is very hard for June. 😦

      Crystal isn’t having an easy time in the situation either. Awww, that’s so nice that you and your sister are so close. I hope it always stays that way for you! 🙂

      I found out about that organization years ago, and I really admire them! I also found a world that is beautiful and I thought it’d be good to use for this storyline. Collapse, unnecessary funeral, crazy psychopathic woman incident! The story wouldn’t be the same without those! :LOL:

      Thank you Lunaryivy! I’m so glad that you’re enjoyed reading it! ❤

  10. OMG! I haven’t read this for absolutely ages! I am going to read the chapters I haven’t read so I can catch up ❤ Amazing chapter, Daisy, keep up the good work 😀
    P.S. This is simlover, just with a different email address 🙂

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