Alissa: Chapter One Hundred and Forty-Three

Screenshot-25“He’s checking you out again.  Why don’t you give him another chance?”

Crystal rolled her eyes and didn’t even bother looking up. 

Screenshot-68She and Keith had already gone out a few times.   They’d gone to dinner and out dancing and drinking at Crystal’s favorite clubs.  Everything had come to a screeching halt during their last date.   They were making out on the couch.

Screenshot-70Crystal said breathlessly against his lips,  “Umm, you are such a great kisser, the best I’ve ever had.  Let’s take this into my bedroom.”  

Screenshot-71Keith had drawn away from her and just looked at her silently.

“What’s wrong?”

He answered her with a question of his own.   “Is that all you think I want from you?”

“What?  Of course that’s what you want!  That’s what I want from you.”

Screenshot-74“I admit that the first thing that I noticed about you when you started working at the firm is your long gorgeous legs.   You certainly don’t dress to hide them, but that’s not why I wanted to date you.  Well not the only reason.”


“It’s your honesty.   You say what’s on your mind no matter what the cost.   You’re unique, creative and intelligent.  Those are qualities that I admire.”

Screenshot-72Crystal was confused.   “So, what does that have to do with going into the bedroom?”

“Turning thirty last month made me really think about my life.   I’m where I want to be in my career, and now I want to settle down and find a wife to start a family.”

Crystal pursed her lips.   “I’m still waiting for the answer to my question.”

Screenshot-78“I don’t want just any woman, Crystal.   I want someone who will make each day different and interesting, a special woman to become the mother of my children.  Someone with whom I know that I will want to grow old.   You seem to have some of those qualities, and I want us to take things slowly and really get to know one another.   I want our relationship to grow and just see what happens.   I don’t sleep with a woman unless I’m in love with her.”

Crystal frowned at him in disbelief.   “How many times have you been in love?”

“Three times.”

“So, why aren’t you married now?”

Screenshot-75“The first time was as a teen.  We lost touch after graduating from high school.   We attended different colleges and ended up meeting new people.   I fell in love with a girl in college, but we really rushed into our relationship.   It was a mutual break-up.  Neither of us was ready for a long-term commitment.   We were both just getting started in our careers.”

“What about the third time?”

Crystal saw pain in his eyes.

“She died in a car accident a couple of years ago.”

“I’m sorry you lost her.”

They were both silent, momentarily lost in thought.

Screenshot-80“You said that you admire my honesty.   Well that’s good because I’m going to be honest with you.   I don’t want a committed relationship with anyone.   I don’t want to be in love or have anyone in love with me.   I don’t want to have children.   I enjoy being single and I intend to remain that way.   I’m happy with my life the way it is!  I’m not a slut, but I do occasionally sleep with the guys that I date if I’m strongly attracted to them.  If you want to continue to go out from time to time and have fun together, then that’s fine.   If you want more than that from me, then this will be the last time that we go out!”

Screenshot-84He studied her face.

“Have you ever been in love, Crystal?”

“No, and like I said, I’m not ever going to be in love with anyone.   Love and families and romance is fine for some people, but that’s not what I want in my life.”

“Opening up your heart and sharing your life with someone else is a very special thing.   It takes courage and a lot of trust, but to most people it’s worth taking a chance.”

Screenshot-85“It’s not worth it to me.   Like I said, I’m happy with my life.   You’d better keep looking for that woman that you described because that woman is not me!”

Screenshot-87He didn’t say anything else but stood up to leave.  Crystal stood up too.   He surprised Crystal when he reached out his hand and caressed her cheek.  Then he left her apartment.

Screenshot-30Crystal finally looked over at Keith.   He was good looking but not her type at all!  They wanted completely different things out of life!  

Misty Ryan slithered over to him.   Misty reminded Crystal of a snake with the way she sauntered around the office and draped herself on desks and chairs.  She made Crystal’s skin crawl and her two-faced, self-important attitude completely annoyed Crystal too.    It was no secret that Misty had slept her way into her current position at the firm.  

Keith smiled at Misty and they talked together looking at the file on Keith’s desk.  Seeing how close Misty was standing next to Keith made Crystal have an uncomfortable feeling inside her stomach.   She pushed the feeling away.

Screenshot-31 June, if you like him so much, why don’t you go out with him yourself!”

Screenshot-34June laughed.   “No, I…  I don’t want to be with anyone right now.”  

The truth was that her heart was already set on someone else, but he didn’t see her in a romantic way at all.   He only thought of her as a friend.   She intended to change that, but she knew that it would take more time.   Eventually she would talk to Crystal about her feelings for Angelo, but she wasn’t ready to do that yet.  Angelo was Crystal’s friend too.  He’d known Crystal for longer than June had.

“I just think Keith is a nice guy.   So, are you going out with Angelo tonight?”

Crystal answered,  “No, he asked, but I’m tired.   I think I’ll just stay in and relax.”

Screenshot-35After talking with Keith, Misty came over to Crystal and June.   The dislike was mutual between them.

Screenshot-37“Lionel wants everyone in the conference room at 1:30 for a meeting.”

Screenshot-39As soon as everyone took their seats, Lionel began the meeting.   He was the owner of the graphic design firm.

Screenshot-41“We’ve got a new client and he wants a specific theme.”

He explained what would be needed in order to fulfill the new contract.

Screenshot-47“Keith and Crystal, I want you two to work on this together.   I expect you to have something ready to show me on Monday morning.”

Screenshot-44Crystal looked at Lionel in dismay.   She wasn’t looking forward to working on the project with Keith.   She’d been trying to keep her distance from him in the office, but now she wouldn’t be able to do that.

“Crystal I want to see you in my office.”

Screenshot-55Crystal followed Lionel into his office and took a seat.

Screenshot-48“Crystal, what do you see for yourself in the future?”

“I’m going to have my own design firm.”

Lionel laughed.   “I believe you will.”

He was quiet for a few moments then he started back speaking.

“I did have a few trepidations about hiring you, but your work has been outstanding.   Clients love your ideas because they are original and very memorable.”

Screenshot-62Crystal wondered where this was leading.

“Thank you, Lionel.”

Screenshot-56“I hesitated to hire you because of your lack of experience and frankly because your style of dressing is not exactly professional.”

Crystal didn’t say anything although she was bristling with irritation inside.

“However, I know that I made the right decision for the firm in hiring you.   I believe that your outspoken personality would appeal to certain clients that I’d like the firm to obtain.   What I’m saying, Crystal, is that I would like to give you a promotion!”

Screenshot-64Crystal’s mouth fell open in surprise!   “Wow, thank you, Lionel!”

“I said that I would like to give you a promotion.   I didn’t say that I was going to do it.   It depends on you.”

Screenshot-67“What do you mean?”

Screenshot-59“I’m going to speak just as plainly as you do.   If you stop dressing like a cheap hooker and dress more professionally then I will give you a promotion.  It will mean a pay increase and involve some traveling.   You and Misty will have the same job title but handling different clients.”

Screenshot-52“You mean if I start dressing like I’m a high class hooker like Misty then you’ll give me the promotion?”

Screenshot-65This time Lionel’s mouth fell open and he laughed.   “You’re one of a kind, Crystal!  Not everyone is fortunate enough to have talent like yours.  Personally, I love the way you dress.   It suits you, but this is a business where image is everything.   If you just change your style up a little bit…   I’m not an expert in women’s styles and I’m definitely not telling you to dress like a nun.   Just cover up a little more.  I’m not trying to offend you, Crystal.  I really like you, and I want to help you succeed in this business.” 

He really felt that Crystal deserved the promotion.  He had Keith in mind to take over running the firm when he retired, but he wanted to help Crystal progress as much as she could.  Maybe to eventually have Keith’s current position after Lionel retired.   She’d brought a new energy into the firm, and he wanted to reward her for her hard work.   She just needed a bit more polish.

Crystal was comfortable with the way that she dressed, but she understood what Lionel was saying.   She’d never tried to conform to anyone’s standards other than her own, but she did want to be progress in her career.   It was a big accomplishment for her to be working at one of the most respected firms in the business and she didn’t want to blow it!

She decided to go see Jamal and get him to help her find a look that would be more appropriate for work and still suit her personality.   She’d spent her last teen years with Miki and Jamal.  They were like family to her.  Jamal was a stylist and she trusted him to help her choose a style that would complement her personality and look professional.

Screenshot-113Miki and Jamal were arguing again about the same subject.   Usually Jamal gave in when they argued, but this was too important to him.  

Screenshot-115“Jamal, I told you from the beginning that I didn’t want to get married.   You felt the same way.   I don’t understand what’s changed!”

Screenshot-118Jamal had tried to explain to Miki, but she refused to understand how he felt.   “I know that we are committed to each other Miki!  Hell, we’ve been together for years now, but I just feel that we need to have a legal commitment too.  I can’t explain “why” anymore than I have, but can’t you just do it for me?  Can’t you just marry me already!”

Screenshot-120“No, I don’t need or want a piece of paper to prove that I love you!”

Screenshot-121Jamal sighed unhappily at the realization that she was still completely opposed to the idea.    Miki left the apartment and headed to work.  Jamal had been trying to convince Miki to marry him for the last few months.    He loved her and he knew that she loved him too.   However, now that they were older, he wanted a legal commitment.

Screenshot-122It was time for Jamal’s contract with the studio to be renewed and he wanted to check his insurance coverage to see if he needed to increase it as a part of the contract negotiations.   He went over to the desk to find a copy of it.   Normally, Miki took care of their bills and important papers, but she was already at the studio.   He pulled out some folders and accidentally knocked one to the floor.   He picked it up and started to put it back when the hospital’s name caught his attention.   As he read it, his face paled.   It was a copy of a hospital bill indicating that Miki had had an abortion three years before.

He’d understood that children were not in her life plan, but this was different.   She’d been pregnant, aborted their baby and never even told him about the pregnancy.   That was a decision that they should have made together.  

Screenshot-123He felt like he’d been punched in the gut!   Clearly, he didn’t know Miki as well as he’d thought he did.   Now this coupled with her refusal to marry him, convinced Jamal that Miki didn’t love him as much as he loved her.  

Jamal  left the papers out on the desk and went into the bedroom.   He packed his things and then called Matthew.    Matthew had been trying for years to get him to come out to Santa Fe and work at the studio there.   Jamal decided that it was time to take Matthew up on his offer.   He called and talked with Matthew and then headed to the airport.

Screenshot-127Miki tried to reach Jamal when he didn’t arrive at the studio.   Her calls went straight to his voicemail.   He was too upset to talk with her calmly and so he ignored her calls.  At lunch time, Miki went to their apartment.   She saw that suitcases were out and all of his clothing was gone.   He’d left the apartment.   He’d probably gone to Santa Fe.  She called Alissa.

“Jamal left me.”

Screenshot-132“What!  Why?”

Screenshot-128Miki told her about the disagreement they’d been having over getting married.

Screenshot-133“Miki, I understand that it isn’t important to you, but it has become important to Jamal.   Maybe it’s not something that you need in order to feel secure in your relationship, but it’s something that Jamal wants now.  How is marrying Jamal going to hurt you?   What would really change in your relationship?   Isn’t it something that you could do for him to show him that his feelings do matter to you?  He’s not even asking for a big ceremony.   Just going to the courthouse to get a civil ceremony is enough for him.”

As they were talking, Miki went downstairs to the desk to see if Jamal had left a note for her.   The first thing she saw on the desk was the paperwork about her abortion.   Jamal knew what she had done, and she knew that was the true reason why he’d left.  

Screenshot-129She collapsed into the chair, and told Alissa about the abortion.  

Screenshot-131Alissa was horrified that Miki had not told Jamal about the pregnancy.   How could she keep such an important thing from him!   Miki didn’t know what she could do to make things right again between herself and Jamal.  As soon as the abortion was over, she’d known that it was a mistake.  If she could do it all over again, she would have handled things differently.

“Miki, you’re going to have to beg him to forgive you if that’s possible for him to do.  You can’t do that over the phone.  You need to talk with Jamal face to face.

Miki felt tears sliding down her cheeks.   Jamal had stayed in Bridgeport for all of these years because she wanted to do it.  He’d have gone to work for Matthew a long time before this if not for her.   He’d made many sacrifices because he loved her and she’d been so selfish.  Now she was experiencing the consequences.  She didn’t know if she would be able to repair the damage to their relationship and restore his trust in her, but she had to try.

When she arrived in Santa Fe, Jamal refused to see her.   He said that right now he couldn’t bear to even look at her.   Dale told her to give Jamal some space and some time to try to work through his feelings.  Miki returned home to Bridgeport alone and afraid that it was the end for her and Jamal.

Screenshot-89Keith and Crystal were in Crystal’s apartment working on the project.    They were both being extremely polite and clearly uncomfortable with one another.   It didn’t help that Crystal’s home office shared space with her bedroom.  Crystal finally decided to clear the air.  

Screenshot-92“Look, it was a mistake to date a co-worker in the first place.  Let’s just forget that anything happened between us and get this project done!  We’re both adults and professionals.”

Keith agreed although he hadn’t given up on having a romantic relationship with her.  June and Crystal were close friends and he’d spoken with June in confidence about his growing feelings for Crystal.   June really liked Keith and thought he would be good for Crystal.   June had told him that it would be a huge mistake to pursue Crystal.  Crystal would lose any interest in him at all if he did that.  A better strategy would be to make Crystal think that he had no interest in her and then let Crystal do the pursuing.  

Despite Crystal’s protests, June believed that Crystal wasn’t as indifferent to Keith as she professed to be.  June had seen Crystal watching Keith and Crystal would look away if Keith looked up.  Crystal wasn’t like that with any other guy.  June really hoped that things would work out between them.   She wanted her friend to be happy.

Screenshot-91As they worked, their hands touched and Crystal immediately jerked hers away from his.   He’d looked at her in surprise and then grinned at her.

“I’m not going to bite you, Crystal!”

She looked embarrassed.   This was a new feeling for her.   The way that he was smiling at her made her have another funny feeling in her stomach.   It made her angry and confused.   “Let’s just finish this!”

They worked for a while longer and then Keith got a call on his cellphone.   He answered the call and Crystal clearly heard a woman’s voice on the line.

“Excuse me just a moment.   I need to take this.”

He walked away from her and Crystal heard him laughing and talking although she couldn’t make out the words.   She didn’t like that it bothered her that he was so clearly enjoying talking with another woman.  She wondered if he was dating the woman.  When he came back Crystal asked him about the call.

Screenshot-93“So who was that?”

Screenshot-95Keith smothered a smile and then answered.   “Just a lady that I know.”

The call had actually been from his sister, but Crystal’s reaction of displeasure was just what he wanted.  “Shouldn’t we get back to work?”

They started back working and they made a lot of progress.   They were both pleased at how it was turning out.   Crystal heard her front door open and her friend Angelo called out to her.   “Hey Crystal!”  

She called back!

“I’m up here!”

He came up into the bedroom and walked over and kissed her.  

Screenshot-103He eyed Keith.   “Who is this?”

Crystal introduced the two men.  Angelo was her friend, but they were friends with benefits.

Screenshot-96“So are you two almost finished?   I ordered  a pizza and I brought some beer.   I think we finished off what you had in the fridge.   I know you haven’t gone shopping.”

Screenshot-98“Yes, we’re almost finished.”  She looked at Keith.  “Keith I’ll come in early tomorrow and get the project ready to present to Lionel.”

“No, I can do that at my place tonight.   I’ll see you tomorrow, Crystal.”


Screenshot-97She noticed his displeased expression as he looked at Angelo.  

Screenshot-101“You had your chance, you know.   I told you how I feel.”

Screenshot-102He looked at her.  “Yeah, you told me how you feel.”  

He had a bit of doubt that June had given him the right advice.  He gathered everything up and left her apartment. 

Screenshot-104Crystal went with Angelo down to the kitchen.   She felt relieved that Keith was gone.  Keith made her feel very unsettled when she was in his presence.  

Screenshot-108She was glad that Angelo had come over even though she’d told him that she didn’t want to go out tonight.   She didn’t feel like being alone.   He always seemed to know when she needed him!  She was so grateful to have such good friends like him and June.  Her stomach let her know that she hadn’t eaten dinner.  She hoped the pizza would be there soon!

Screenshot-105Angelo knew better than to question Crystal about Keith.   It was clear that there was something between Crystal and Keith.   It made him feel very troubled.    He had hoped that his own relationship with Crystal would become something more.   He hadn’t planned for it to happen, but somewhere along the way, he’d fallen in love with her.  He knew that telling her how he felt would spell the end of their friendship and that she would cut him out of her life.   So, he kept his feelings to himself.

Screenshot-140Alissa walked into Dale’s office and sat in his lap.   She saw what he was reading.

“That’s from “Doctor’s Without Borders?” 

Dale had volunteered to work with that volunteer aid group years before.

“They’re asking me to come to the Central African Republic and assist with the refugees.  There are several children who could use some specialized surgery.”

She asked him, “Isn’t there a war going on between different factions in that area?”

“Yes, that’s why the refugee camps have been established.”

Screenshot-134Alissa was quiet with a lot going through her mind.   She knew that Dale wanted to go and help, but she also knew that he wouldn’t go because of the dangerous situation.   He’d been lost to them before, and he wouldn’t want to take a chance on that happening again.  Of course Alissa couldn’t bear the thought of losing Dale, but at the same time she knew that if one of their children were desperately ill, she would want a doctor, a surgeon to do everything he could to save her child.   Thoughts of the helpless desperation they had felt during Joy’s illness came back to her.  Alissa had been feeling restless in her career lately.   She’d wanted to do something different.   An idea came to her.

Screenshot-137“Dale let’s both go.”

“What!   No!  There’s no way that I could let you go, Alissa.”

“You’re going, and I’m going with you.   My show won’t start production again until the fall, and I can do a story on the plight of the refugees.  I want to do something that makes a difference, Dale, and I know that you want to help those children too.   I can assist at the clinic or hospital.   I’m sure that they need all of the volunteers that they can get.”

Screenshot-136“Alissa, no offense, Honey, but I know that the living situation there will be rough.  We will probably have outdoor showers and maybe even outdoor latrines.   We’ll probably sleep in huts or tents when we have time to sleep.   You don’t even like camping.”

“No, but I do it for the enjoyment of the family.  Also, you seem to be forgetting that I’ve not always had a luxurious life.   I know that I can handle it, and I really want to do this.  You have to help those babies, those children and I want to help too!”

“Let me look into it some more and then we can decide.”

Alissa agreed.


Maddie thanks for giving me your sims to use for Keith and Angelo.   Thanks Ali for giving me June and Misty/ Caroline.   They made this chapter so much easier to do!   🙂


64 thoughts on “Alissa: Chapter One Hundred and Forty-Three

  1. Your welcome for the sims daisie. I love making sims anyway. Great chapter as always. You always give us what we’re waiting to see, and it’s worth waiting for. Bye!

  2. Aww I hope Crystal comes around lucky her to have two men in love with her and she is so insistent that she not get into a committed relationship. Poor Mikki has gotten herself into a mess now with Jamal first with not wanting to marry him and then hiding the pregnancy and terminating it without even talking to him. I really hope these two girls can get it together and realize all they have and all this is possible.

    • Yeah, she doesn’t see the need for that type of love in her life. 😦

      Miki really messed things up for her and Jamal. She really shouldn’t have handled that situation in the way that she did!

      You’re right. Hopefully they can get it together!

      Thanks for reading my story, Whitney! 🙂

  3. Oh will Crystal ever settle down?
    I don’t know but I feel like she’d accidentally get pregnant. I’m not saying she’s a slut but ya know. I don’t know how I feel about Keith yet and his name sounds really familiar. Maybe I’m just going crazy. Also I’m not sure about Angelo. I don’t like him so far but we’ll see. Aww, doesn’t June feel jealous because Crystal and Angelo are…you…know..?

    And I feel sorry for Jamal and Mika. That was a pretty sad situation. But why didn’t she throw the bill out? Or shred it? Or rip it up?

    And I guess the Stallworth’s are going to AFRICAAAAAA 😀

    But yeah this was an awesome chappie and I can’t wait for the next one. Also how long have you been writing Alissa?

    • Settling down would be very hard for Crystal. She thinks that she has her whole life planned out. Keith sounds familiar? I don’t know. I might have used that name for another character in the story! LOL It’s hard for me to keep names straight sometimes. I know I kind of messed up with the name, Remi! 😀

      June might would feel jealous, if she knew that Angelo and Crystal were friends with benefits, but they’ve kept that private between the two of them. June just thinks that they’re friends. If she finds out there’s more between, it may be interesting to see what happens. 😉

      Yes, it is very sad for Miki and Jamal! Maybe Miki kept the paperwork to remember what she’d done. Maybe deep down she wanted Jamal to find it. Or she might have overlooked throwing it away. It was in her personal papers that Jamal ordinarily would not have seen, but he accidentally found it. She made a big mistake either way. 😦

      Yes, Africa! I found a world that I really want to use, and I found out about the organization Doctors without Borders! I think its an amazing aid group and I thought it would be nice for Dale to volunteer. 😀

      Awww, thanks Arielle! I’m glad you liked it. Sometimes, I’m not sure about them after I write them.

      May makes the three year anniversary of writing Alissa! I can’t believe that I’ve done it this long! 😀

  4. Great chapter! And you’re welcome for the sims :). Personally I hope Crystal ends up with Angelo. I like their chemistry a lot and he seems to have more sense. Actually the sim I gave “Angelo” as a romantic interest in my game looks a lot like Crystal!

    I feel for Crystal…not everyone wants to settle down and get married. Personally I see nothing wrong with her enjoying her single status, but the story must go the way the story must go :).

    Poor Miki and Jamal! I can see why he wants to get married…legal benefits and all that, plus being taken more seriously as a couple by society. Personally I think that Jamal is right and Miki doesn’t love him as much as he loves her. I think there’s a part of her, even if she’s in denial about it, that wants to hang onto that possibility of leaving. There’s no shame in that, either, IMO. But it is sad when issues like that come into the picture, because it’s not always easy to tell when it’s time to part ways.

    I personally think that if Jamal is unhappy being unmarried but Miki doesn’t want to marry him, they should break up instead of either having to live unsatisfied. But it is sad for them to lose each other. Sometimes these things happen, though :(.

    Doctors Without Borders…in Africa! Hm, that will be exciting! Alissa is so compassionate and brave, thinking of other parents who went through what she did with Joy instead of thinking of herself. But at the same time, she and Dale do have five kids and a grand baby of their own, and I hope they remember that those six people deserve for their parents/grandparents to be safe!

    Will there be an Africa chapter of Alissa, just a few pictures, or will Alissa and Dale be gone while other story lines are going on? And are you going back to a regular update schedule? I know you just released this chapter but I’m always excited to read what’s next for the Stallworths and company! ❤

    • Thank you Maddie! 🙂

      Yes, Crystal does enjoy being single, and maybe that won’t change. We’ll see soon! 😉

      It is a big mess between Miki and Jamal right now. She took Jamal and his feelings for granted for too long. 😦

      I did think of Alissa’s and Dale’s family, and it’s true that they do need them too. I know it is probably a hard decision for those with families to make when it comes to endangering themselves to benefit other people. We’ll see soon what they decided to do. 😉

      I’m trying to decide if I should work on Mutation this week or do the next chapter of Alissa. I still don’t have either story completely set up on my new computer yet. I’m on the old one right now.

      Thanks for reading my story, Beachbear! 🙂

      • I was wondering if you were still continuing Mutation…I’m glad to see that you are! How many more chapters left in that?

      • It will only be around twenty chapters. Maybe a few more than that. I’m getting a savefile set up for it now. 😀 I have to find my blogger sign on info too. It’s been so long since I even went on it, that Blogger has logged me out! LOL

  5. I like the new direction !! no offense, but if I ever made such a huge decision without my SO, or if he ever made such a decision without me, that would be the end of the relationship! That is almost as big of a breach of trust as cheating. I think Miki brought that on herself.

    I like Crystal’s new story line! I wonder if she will ever get married? Some people just don’t have that desire!

    Good update!

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying it Sarah! 🙂

      I agree, that is a decision that could end a relationship. It is a very serious situation in a relationship. Miki did bring it on herself. 😦

      I thought it would be nice to spend some time with Crystal too! You’re right. I never saw myself as getting married either. I was happy single! It just didn’t interest me, but my husband changed my mind! 😀

      Thanks Sarah! 🙂

  6. I loved this chapter. I kinda hope that Crystal settles down eventually, but with someone that can appreciate her need for freedom, maybe they travel a lot or something. She’s only known people who come and go in her life(except Alissa and family, of course) but it’d be nice to have someone of her own. 🙂 Keith seems like a nice guy who would take care of her! She’s just being stubborn XD

    I can’t wait to see Sky as a toddler! I know you said the next time we saw her she would be aged up! I bet she’s adorable. It’d be a crazy plot twist is Sharlee accidentally ended up pregnant again while still having a toddler XD I actually named one of my sims Sharlee the other day. My sim family had a little girl and, since I had just recently read this chapter, I named her Sharlee! She’s not as dazzling as yours, but I still like her. 🙂

    I can’t wait for the next chapter! I hope the foreshadowing love triangle between Angelo, Crystal and Keith doesn’t spiral out of control!

    • Thanks Anika! I’m happy that you loved it! 🙂

      It would definitely take a special person to understand Crystal. It’ll be hard to have her trust in that area because of her upbringing with her mother. Yeah, Keith does seem nice. 😀

      Yes, Sky isn’t our little tiny baby anymore. 😦 I aged her up in my game save. I had free will on when I aged her to toddler. I usually do unless I’m taking pictures. Dale had just come home from work when I aged her up. He walked around Alissa and Noah in the nursery and picked Sky up off the floor. Then he took her outside for a ride on a springrider. I thought it was the cutest thing and it surprised me because he never did that autonomously with any of his own children! He’s always seemed very attached Skylar and he was the same with Sharlee when she was a baby. I’ll post a picture of it in the next chapter.

      Thanks for reading, Anika. 🙂 I have to update Mutation before I update Alissa again, and I’m kind of slow pokey lately. 🙂

  7. Finally! I’ glad that we are getting to know Crystal more, I’ve been so curious as to how she lives her daily life. Misty rubs me the wrong way, I usually like giving characters the benefit of the doubt, but judging from past chapters, I’ve learned that those characters always seem to come back and stab me in the back. This was a wonderful chapter, I can’t wait to see more on Crystal’s life! 😀

    • I thought it was time to get to see a bit of Crystal’s life too! 😀

      Misty is annoying to Crystal too. Definitely not the kind of person that Crystal likes.

      Thank you so much Lunarivy! It makes me happy to know that you enjoyed reading it! 🙂

  8. I’ve been waiting for a storyline with Crystal in it. She seems like she’s such an interesting character. I love how she’s so stubborn about what she wants in life. I bet she’s wrong. 😉

    • Yes, this is the first time that I’ve really done a storyline about her life. I’m glad she’s interesting to you. Yep! Stubborn describes her perfectly! 😀

      Thanks for reading, Cheryl! 🙂

  9. “You mean if I start dressing like a high-class hooker like Misty” made me laugh out loud for some reason! 😀

    Amazing chapter as I thought it would be! 🙂 My favorite part was the beginning though, and I also loved that blue sweater Alissa was wearing at the end! I’m glad you did a storyline about Crystal, it was really interesting but I still love all the other sims! I guess Crystal’s not ready to have a proper relationship yet, but I think she’s just being a bit stubborn at the moment. I think Keith woukd be a good partner for her though and then they could have a little family. They could have their own cosy house as well but Crystal seems to be more of a… crazy part animal but I like that about her 🙂 I don’t think she would be comfortable being a mom AND a wife LOL 😀

    I can’t wait to see Sky as a toddler, I bet she’s adorable oh and when are you posting the next chapter??? By the way, Alissa is so beautiful! I can never make pretty sims 😦 LOL

    Wow, sorry for such a long comment! -simlover99 (BTW I just added numbers to my name ’cause I felt like it LOL :-D)

    • That’s funny Simlover! 😀

      Thank you so much! I think that sweater set was a part of the store hipster set. I do like some of the clothes in the store too!

      Yeah, Crystal isn’t ready. She may not ever want a committed relationship with anyone, but we’ll find out soon. 😉
      I don’t think she’ll ever want children of her either. Some women don’t.

      I’ve aged Skylar up in my game and she is a cutie! 😀 Alissa is still my favorite Sim. I didn’t make her though. LOL

      I enjoyed your comment! It wasn’t too long at all! You added the numbers because you felt like it! You’re making my sides hurt from laughing! 😆

  10. Awesome chapter as always. I hope they do join doctors without boarders I think that would make for some neat chapters. I like that this chapter was mostly about Crystal, at first I hated that character but I am starting to like her now. I look forward to more 🙂

    • Thank you Mick Mack! 🙂

      I think it’s an amazing organization and they really do a lot of good!

      I don’t blame you at all for not liking Crystal. She wasn’t very likeable at all, but she’s changed a bit. Or maybe we understand her a bit more now like Sharlee does.

      Thank you so much for reading my story, Mick! 🙂

  11. hi. It’s so interesting to see how Crystal has changed over the years. Can’t wait for the next chapter. also will you be updating mutation soon? Please don’t abandon it, or if you have could you wrap it up so we know what really happened to Jaden and the weird mutated alien babies!!. 🙂

    • She has changed, hasn’t she!

      I’m working on Mutation today. I hope it’ll be ready by the weekend. Nope! LOL I haven’t abandoned it. Just super lax with updates! 😀

      Thanks for reading my stories, Layla and for the encouragement to update! ❤

    • Hi Simlover!

      Your comment didn’t show until today under my spam. I don’t know why it went to the spam folder. 😯

      I’m not starting on Alissa until next week. I have to finish my Mutation update first. 🙂

  12. Beautiful as usual Daisie, please post again soon!!!! Now I have a lot of time to read since school is over 🙂 I like Crystal’s appearance and Miki… why did she have to abort the baby? I really wanted to see Jamal and Miki”s baby! Please post again, I want to see Sky

    • Thank you so much Smartblonde! 🙂

      I hope you have a fun summer vacation, and I’ll try to do better with posting updates. I’m working on Mutation first and then next week back to Alissa. I don’t think I’ll start posting another new story for a while after Mutation ends. I’ll just do updates for Alissa until I get more time for two stories.

      I don’t think Sky is in the next chapter, but maybe I’ll sneak in a peek of her. I haven’t done a new house yet for her family though. Maybe she can visit Alissa and Dale in the next chapter. 😀

      Thank you so much for reading my story! 🙂

    • I have to admit that I’ve been very lazy this past week.

      I still haven’t finished pictures for Mutation and it was supposed to be posted last week. 😯

      I hope I’ll have a chance to finish Mutation tomorrow night. I’m going out of town for the day tomorrow, but I’ll be back home tomorrow night. I am sorry for being so lax with updates now.

  13. This is great, as always! Love every single chapter.

    How do you get your pictures to look so amazing? They’re just… yeah. Good 🙂

    I’d do my own story, but it’s the pictures. The ones I take aren’t that great… Frankly, I’m really confused on how to download that Pose Player thing, and a little scared I’ll get a virus…

    Sigh. And I had so, so, SO many ideas!

    Well, if you ever need an idea, come to me! I’d be happy to help you out, whether you’ve got writer’s block or you want to start a new one.

    Again, nice chapter!

    (P.S. I’m also a grammar Nazi, so I’m a “proofreader-for-hire-for-free”!)

    • Thank you so much, Claire! Such a nice compliment! ❤

      Sometimes my pictures don't turn out the way I plan them either. 😦

      It's really sweet of you to offer to help. Would you believe that English was my favorite subject in school many, many years ago! LOL My grammar is a bit rusty now, and it would be nice to have proofreading sometime. The only problem is that I'm always behind lately, and I can't ask anyone to do that for me at such short notice.

      Thank you for reading my story, Claire! 🙂

  14. Finally caught up on all your updates. It took me the whole morning, but it was well worth it.

    I enjoyed this update very much. I love the main story-line with Alissa and her brood, but I loved the focus on the side characters in this update.

    Crystal sure knows what she wants, and I like that about her. But I worry that her being so set in her ways, might just cause her lose out on finding true love, or that special someone. Keith seems like a nice guy. And there’s def something there between him and Crystal. It’s just too bad they don’t want the same things. Angelo is hot, not sure I like him though. And I can see him being the thorn on Keith’s side.

    What Miki did was just plain wrong. I know it was her decision, and her body. But Jamal had a right to know. I don’t know how they’ll survive this.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed reading them, Val! 🙂

      Yeah, Crystal is very sure of herself, and hopefully she’ll continue to really know what she wants. Yes, he does seem to be nice, but you’re right that they want very different things. Angelo? You might be right about him. 😉

      What Miki did was very wrong. Maybe if she hadn’t been in a committed relationship, then it might have been more understandable, but she was wrong to make that decision without discussing it with Jamil. 😦

      Thanks for reading my story, Val! 🙂

  15. Wow this story rocks so far! When the next chapter I can’t wait!
    Miki shouldn’t of done that. I can imagine how Jamal feels. Probs a bit… Well, betrayed. I hope Miki gives in to Jamal ‘cos then I can read about another sim wedding!

    • Hi Anna! I’m sorry you’ve had to wait so long!

      I’ve almost finished the pictures, but I do have a few more to do. I should have the last ones done tomorrow. I want to post it on Monday. 🙂

  16. First off, I want to say that I think you’re a great writer and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the story so far. The only complaint I have is that it seems, with Crystal’s storyline, there’s parts that might imply a person needs a significant other to feel completely happy. While you may not be trying to purposefully convey this, it caught my attention and just rubbed me the wrong way. Regardless, I think this story is very good and I hope to seem more updates. I apologize if I came off as rude, I just wanted to share my thoughts. Keep up the good work! 🙂

    • Thanks Cury!

      I’m sorry it rubbed you the wrong way. I certainly don’t believe that everyone has to have a significant other in order to be completely happy. Marriage and even dating aren’t for everyone. There have been other characters in the story who never married or developed committed relationships. For example, Sharlee’s father, Bronson. There will be other characters who are single and happy that way. However, this is what I consider to be a romantic suspense story and that calls for a lot of romance. 😀

      Crystal definitely doesn’t feel that she needs to be with someone in order to be happy. We’ll have to see how the storyline goes for her.

      Thanks for reading my story, Cury! 🙂

    • Hi Anika! I promise that there will be more chapters. I just don’t want to make a promise of an exact day and then not have it ready again. I’m working on some poses for it today. 😀

    • Hi Furry! Thanks you! 🙂

      I’m working on the next chapter some more today, and I hope to finish it this weekend. I’m planning to post it next week. 😀

      Thanks for reading my story! 🙂

  17. will there be any new chapters on Alissa. Could you please please post a chapter before tuesday cos i go back to school on tuesday and I won’t have time to read any more updates :(. thanks 🙂

    • Oh, I’m sorry Layla! I’ll try to finish it by Monday! 🙂 There will definitely be more updates. I’m just not able to do them as frequently as I did before.

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