Sharlee and Noah hadn’t planned anything special for their graduations but were just relieved to be finished with classes and have their degrees. Kaylee, Cara and Shawn wanted to do something different for their graduation party. They wanted everyone to wear costumes. Cara, Kaylee and Niki chose the costumes for their families. They hired a photographer and a videographer to take pictures throughout the evening.
She wanted a kitten. She didn’t know it but her parents intended to surprise her with one after they moved into their new house. They hoped it would make it easier for her to wait until the baby was old enough to play with her.
Cara looked at her mother as her mother talked with her and Kaylee. Everyone told her that she looked even more like her mother now, and since she considered her mother to be the most beautiful woman in the world, she was pleased to hear it.
Kaylee had selected super hero outfits for her father, George, and for her brother, Devon. Devon was into superhero comic books and games. She had chosen a cute pink bunny outfit for her mother, Leslie. Her mother had laughed when she’d seen it.
Cara picked medieval costumes for Noah and Sharlee. She’d wanted something that would be comfortable and elegant for Sharlee since she was pregnant. So she’d selected a medieval knight and Lady for them to wear.
“We both have been accepted into programs outside of the country. You’ll be going for special vet training in Africa, and I’m going to uni in Italy. This will be the first time that we’ve been separated for such a long period of time. I’m going to miss you, Shawn.”
“I knew we were right to take a chance on you despite your age! I’m proud of you, Noah.”
Sharlee introduced Emily to her brothers when they came over to her.
“It’s nice to meet you both!”
“I’m a big fan!”
Emily graciously thanked them and then smoothly changed the tone of the conversation. She’d had a lot of experience over the years dealing with fans and the male relatives of her friends. By the time the evening was over, Shawn and Aiden saw her as just another friend of their family.
“Can you go home now!”
Darion smothered a laugh and excused himself.
“Skylar why did you say that?”
“Mommy say this is your party, and we can go till all the people go. I ready now, Daddy.”
Sky rested comfortably against his chest, and Noah apologized to the guest.
“I’m sorry about that.”
“Skylar is so fast! I’ll take her now, Honey. You keep mingling.”
Noah could see that Sharlee was tired too.
“This is an important night for you. I can’t do that.”
“Sharlee, between the the three of us, I’m sure that your Mom, your grandmother and I, know everyone here. We’ll mingle and help Noah keep the party running smoothly. You and Skylar go home, and you get the rest that you need. Don’t worry. We all know how important this night is for Noah.”
Sharlee agreed and thanked her. She was tired, and she knew that Skylar wanted to go home too. Noah got their things and then walked them out to the car.
Rene had noticed earlier when Darion and Noah had been talking with the redhead. The three of them had spoken together for a quite a long while, and after Sharlee left the party, Noah and the redhead had continued to talk together before he’d left her to speak with other guests.
“Noah is a married man with another baby on the way.”
“You’re one of Sharlee’s friends aren’t you?”
“Well, I’m glad that she has such a good friend as you clearly are. I’ve known Sharlee since before she was a little toddler like Skylar. I’m Lucille Richardson, and my husband, Dr. Richardson, is a colleague of Dr. Stallworth’s. Mrs. Stallworth and I are also friends. My husband was Dr. Stallworth’s mentor when they lived in Bridgeport, and he talked us into moving here to Santa Fe. We both have ridden motorcycles for years and Harley is our preferred chopper.”
My husband and I want to start a group of professional cyclists here in Santa Fe, and we’re both excited about Noah’s shop opening here. I have a BA in business administration, and I’ve done work in PR as well. So that’s why I, Noah and your husband have spent so much talking together tonight. I also have a lot of experiences on my cycle from trips over the years to which they so graciously listened. I hope to have the opportunity to get to know you better as well. I like a young woman who speaks her mind. You’ve really flattered me tonight. I’m older than Sharlee’s Mom and you actually felt that I was a danger to Sharlee’s relationship with Noah!”
Lucille was smiling, and Rene felt embarrassed. She realized that she had completely over-reacted. Rene felt a knot of anxiety melt inside her. She knew that something had suddenly changed for her. She felt free of the constant suspicion and worry that she’d had about Darion cheating again. If he did cheat again, then she would face it, but she couldn’t live the rest of her life filled with the strain of not trusting him. She’d take each day as it came and enjoy her life with her husband and children. She returned Lucille’s smile.
The rest of the night went smoothly and Noah’s grand opening week was a huge success for him. He and Sharlee were very proud of his accomplishment.
I don’t know why the game gave Shawn purple hair for graduation. I didn’t change it. Thank you so much for your patience with this chapter. I have never had more trouble with my game than I was having during this chapter. I almost quit Simming. Thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions to try to fix my game! You all kept me from giving up! ❤
Here are some more pictures, mostly of Noah’s Shop: