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Second Chances - Apologies (Graveyard, Please...)
« on: March 22, 2013, 12:59:09 AM »
Second Chances

Prologue – Trouble in Paradise

It had been a case of love at first sight.

They had met rather by chance in the park one balmy Spring afternoon not too long after she had moved to Sunset Valley. She would never forget that day for as long as she lived, the scent of fresh flowers in the air, the dulcet sounds of childrens' laughter in the distance, the sight of a handsome stranger approaching her. One smile was all it took for her to fall absolutely and completely in love.



Six months later, Thornton and Morgana were man and wife. Theirs was a whirlwind romance to be sure, but Morgana was very much in love and knew she had found her perfect match. Thornton always seemed to know how to make her smile, make her feel loved. He was tall, dark, and handsome...and the way that he kissed her was just...wow. It felt like something out of a fairy tale.

But not all fairy tales are sunshine and rainbows, and Thornton, as Morgana was beginning to discover, was far from the knight in shining armor she had dreamed about.

In retrospect she should have known that something was wrong when Thornton's mother tried to talk her out of the marriage. Maria-Jeanette Wolff was, at least according to her son, a very bitter woman. That she would disapprove of their union was not terribly surprising; what she actually said to Morgana on the morning of the wedding came as much more of a shock.



“Morgana, you are such a smart, wonderful girl,” she had told her. “I like you...and because I like you I truly, honestly hope that you reconsider marrying my son.”

“Wh...what?”

“Thornton is a good man, but he is his father in every way. The only reason why he has even considered marriage is because it is proper to do so.” Maria-Jeanette wrung her hands nervously. “Every executive must have his trophy wife on his arm, to love him and dote on him and kowtow to his every need with little regard for her dreams and desires.”

“But...Thornton isn't like that.”

“You don't know him as well as you think you do, dear.” She grasped Morgana's shoulders, her eyes pleading. “Morgana...you are no man's trophy wife. You are beautiful, but there is a brain behind that beauty and a soul that yearns to love. Mark my words...if you go through with this...my son will break your heart.”

Despite her reservations Morgana refused to put a stop to the wedding. Only now, two years later, had she begun to understand what her late mother-in-law had told her. It was shortly after their honeymoon that Morgana made the heartbreaking discovery that her new husband in no way wanted children.

“They will only get in the way of us,” he had told her. “I don't want to ruin what we have, just you and me.”



She cried for days after that revelation. All of her life she had loved children and longed for a family of her own. No matter how many times she tried to convince him otherwise, Thornton absolutely would not budge, and the last time she brought up the subject...

“Morgana, you are not bringing this up again. I have told you several times. I do not nor will I ever want children. Either find a way to accept it, or maybe we need to reconsider our marriage, hmm?”



Never once had Morgana heard her husband raise his voice. His reaction startled her greatly and she wordlessly walked away.

Later that afternoon he was contrite. “Morg...I'm sorry. You hit on a very touchy subject with me, and I just reacted. I didn't intend to hurt you.”

But hurt her he did. She couldn't sleep that night, and no amount of kisses and cuddles from her husband could assuage the anxiety in her mind. Her late mother-in-law's words haunted her. Their marriage was wonderful in every other way. She could live without having children of her own...right? She would be able to interact with children at the hospital...and maybe Hank and Pauline would eventually have kids that she could play with. That would be just fine...wouldn't it?

Morgana slowly came to a grudging acceptance of her situation, and things seemed a lot better between her and Thornton. It was almost perfect, in fact.

And then came December...and the annual Snowflake Day party at the hospital.

Everyone was dressed in their holiday finest, socializing and dancing to the beautiful tones of Sunset Valley's premier string quartet. The food was exquisite and the nectar flowed freely. Morgana couldn't remember the last time she had been able to just relax and just be herself.

About halfway through the event she noticed that her husband was conspicuously missing. It didn't take long for her to find him...



...flirting with one of the surgical interns on the other side of the dance floor.

It seemed innocent enough at first. After all, everyone by that point had drank a bit too much nectar and was starting to act a bit goofy. Even her boss's wife was starting to lighten up. Thornton was just having fun, and everything would be back to normal tomorrow. No harm, no foul, right?

In the last few months since then she began to notice that Thornton would frequently come home late from work. “Mr. Goth is working all of us harder these days,” he told her when she asked about it. Morgana had no reason not to believe him...until a casual conversation with Nancy revealed something else entirely. When Morgana told her what Thornton had said she flat out laughed, saying “That old skin-flint wouldn't give us overtime if we begged for it.”



Why would Thornton lie to her?

Unless maybe that innocent flirting with Jamie wasn't so innocent after all...?

The mere thought sent Morgana's mind reeling. Was she a bad wife? True, she had been a lot busier lately with classes, and Doctor Landgraab had given her a lot more responsibility that kept her working later hours than usual...but she still paid plenty of attention to Thornton and never once had denied his romantic advances. There was no reason that Morgana could think of why her husband would be cheating on her, but she still had a nagging feeling that something wasn't right--especially when he started spending hours talking on the phone to someone who he refused to identify.



Their relationship began to deteriorate. It was subtle at first, a little snip of an argument here, a feigned headache there. In the last three months they had been romantic a total of twice...and it wasn't for lack of trying on Morgana's part. It was just that whenever she got home late from the hospital Thornton was usually already in bed and rarely interested in doing anything more than sleeping.

Finally out of the blue a few weeks ago Thornton tossed out the idea of going to France to rekindle their romance. “We need to get you away from the hospital for a while, and I've got to get out of the office. Just be us for a change rather than our jobs.”



As much as she hated to leave her job and her classes for that length of time, there was no way that Morgana was going to refuse. That very next day she put in for the time off and was immediately approved. Part of her was excited for the trip and excited for the opportunity to get their marriage back on track. At the same time though, part of her was less than optimistic. Morgana wasn't about to give up on Thornton. If their marriage could be saved, she was going to do everything in her power to make it work.

The only question weighing on her mind was whether or not Thornton felt the same.

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(Author's Note: Greetings once again! I am back with another Sunset Valley townie romance, though this one is going to be decidedly different than Two Worlds. Be prepared for a little bit of everything. ;) Thanks for reading so far, and I look forward to sharing more!)

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Re: Second Chances - Prologue: Trouble in Paradise
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2013, 02:02:37 AM »
Yay, a new Raia story showing us more depth into the townies~



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Re: Second Chances - Prologue: Trouble in Paradise
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2013, 10:23:46 AM »
Most intriguing! I've got a bad feeling about Thornton's motivation for this trip to France, though. Could he be feeling a trifle guilty?
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Re: Second Chances - Prologue: Trouble in Paradise
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2013, 05:34:30 PM »
Great opening! I love the mystery behind Thornton's actions. I will defiantly be reading!

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Re: Second Chances - Prologue: Trouble in Paradise
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2013, 06:57:14 PM »
Delighted to see a new story from you.
Poor Morgana. I've always found the Wolffs situation interesting - looking forward to developments!

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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2013, 06:32:57 PM »
Glad to be able to enjoy another one of the well-written stories. I like how you can take townies and make their lives so different and interesting, especially with your screenshot and writing creativeness. :)

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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2013, 06:48:24 PM »
Yay, I am glad you are writing another story Raia. I loved your two worlds so I will most likely love this one too. :)



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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2013, 12:57:40 AM »
Yay, a new Raia story showing us more depth into the townies~

Thanks. :) I admit, I love fleshing out the personalities of the characters, and Morgana has totally grown on me!

Most intriguing! I've got a bad feeling about Thornton's motivation for this trip to France, though. Could he be feeling a trifle guilty?

Great opening! I love the mystery behind Thornton's actions. I will defiantly be reading!

Guilty? Maybe...or maybe not. The truth will be revealed in chapter two...though keep an eye out for clues in this next one.

Delighted to see a new story from you.
Poor Morgana. I've always found the Wolffs situation interesting - looking forward to developments!

I have too, actually. The two of them are so fundamentally different from one another, and I have wondered what would happen if...er well, I can't give too much away. ;)

Glad to be able to enjoy another one of the well-written stories. I like how you can take townies and make their lives so different and interesting, especially with your screenshot and writing creativeness. :)

The screenshot part, I admit, is sort of an obsession. The Tab key is my friend. Thank you--I am glad that you enjoy.

Yay, I am glad you are writing another story Raia. I loved your two worlds so I will most likely love this one too. :)

Thanks. :) This story will be quite a bit different both in style and concept. All told I have three townie couples in the mix (at least so far) and numerous other cameos from the other residents.

Next up: The next best thing to having children is working with them, even if it is in a hospital environment. A glimpse into Morgana's work life and a bit into her social life as she manages a week chock-full of unexpected events, some good...some not-so-much.

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Second Chances - Chapter 1: The Coming Storm
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2013, 02:35:23 AM »
Chapter 1 – The Coming Storm

3:21 p.m.

Morgana glanced at the clock, then back at the front door. He would be home any minute now.



On the outside she was emotionless, her face an unreadable mask as she waited patiently for her husband's arrival. On the inside, though, she was an absolute mess. Morgana's mind raced with a thousand rampant thoughts and wildly conflicting emotions as she tried to reconcile what had happened.

It had been a tiring week...and it was far from over.

Monday morning started off on a sour note when she found out that her application to join the paramedic program was filed one day too late thanks to exams, which meant she would have to wait until early Summer to reapply. “My hands are tied, Morgana,” Doctor Landgraab told her. “I wish I could bend the rules, but human resources would have my head for it.”

“I...understand, sir.”

Geoffrey smiled. “Don't be so hard on yourself. You are one of the best students we've had in a while. There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that you will be accepted into the program come June. And besides, by then you won't have exams holding you back.”



Her boss's words gave her some measure of confidence, at least. Morgana didn't really mind being a nurse's aide, but she looked forward to the days when she would be saving lives instead of emptying bedpans.

At least her new assignment was a pleasant one. Geoffrey knew how much she loved working with children, and as sort of a consolation for what had happened he assigned her to the pediatric floor for the next two weeks. As much as Morgana loved being around children, however, dealing with them in a hospital environment was always a bit trying. She hated to see anyone suffer, least of all a child.

The rest of her morning was a bit chaotic as she tried to familiarize herself with the patients on her floor, though it would have been a lot less so if the young man in room 21 hadn't been so unruly.



According to VJ's chart he had undergone a routine tonsillectomy but reacted badly to the anesthesia, hence the decision to keep him overnight. He certainly wasn't acting sick, and after he got hold of a couple of surgical gloves and filled them with water Morgana and the other nurses found themselves on the losing end of a one-sided water balloon fight.



Fortunately, none of her other patients were quite so trying on her nerves. Morgana actually quite enjoyed looking after the little girl in room 23. How Darlene managed to be so bubbly and cheerful with a pair of broken legs and a concussion was anyone's guess, but she was more than eager to tell her story to every doctor and nurse that entered the room. “I was climbing on top of the jungle gym at school and slipped and fell off, and Bella ran to go get the teacher and Morty and Malcolm and Kay were there and I didn't even cry!”

But the second that her father entered the room she went from bubbly and cheerful to teary-eyed and whimpering.



“Daddy...it hurts.”

“I know, Pumpkin...I know.”

Morgana smiled inwardly but said nothing. She made a mental note to come back later when she had more time. One of the things she loved about working pediatrics was being able to socialize with the patients, and this little girl seemed like quite the character.

The rest of the day went well and Morgana arrived home that afternoon feeling very satisfied. She had even beaten Thornton home and, for the first time in weeks, had time to make dinner. When her husband walked in the door he gave her a big smile and a soft kiss.



“Let's go dancing,” he told her.

And they did. Three hours of absolute bliss at her favorite dance club. Morgana couldn't remember the last time that she and Thornton had had so much fun together, and that night as the two of them cuddled in bed she couldn't stop smiling.



The next couple of days were a dream. For the first time in months she actually looked forward to coming home after work. Things were finally starting to look up, and any doubts about the future of their marriage had faded comfortably into the background.

And then came yesterday...the day that it all began to fall apart.

It began pleasantly enough. Her morning rounds were easy and she managed to get in a bit of coloring book time with Darlene before her classes. One of the hospital's benefactors had even catered a fantastic lunch for all of the staff so she didn't have to brave the cafeteria (or their version of stu surprise...which she swore must have been a lab experiment). With only one class and another set of rounds left to do the afternoon seemed to fly by, and before Morgana knew it her shift was over and she was headed home.

As she walked up to her front door she heard Thornton's voice inside. He was on the phone, which wasn't all that unusual. The tone of his voice, however, made her hesitate as she was about to touch the door handle. He sounded almost...panicked?



“Are you absolutely sure?” A pause. “And there's no way that it's...? Oh Llama...”

Who was he talking to this time?

“Of course I know it's not something that can be kept a secret.” Another pause. “I've got to go. Morgana's due home any minute, and she really doesn't need to hear this. Yes of course. Good night.”

Morgana quirked an eyebrow. Exactly why was Thornton so worried about her hearing the conversation? She opened the door and saw her husband standing there, staring at his phone as if it were some foreign object.

“Hi.”

“Hey babe,” Thornton greeted her as if nothing had happened. Morgana managed a half-hearted smile as he embraced her.



“What was that all about?” Morgana asked.

“Oh, the phone conversation?” He hesitated. “That...was my boss, actually. There's a business conference in Starlight Shores that he wants me to attend. Problem being, it's the same week as our France trip.”

“Oh...oh!” Morgana's eyes widened. “You told him that you were busy, right?”

Thornton bit his lip. “Actually...no. I told him I'd go.”

Morgana's face fell. “Are you serious?”

“I've got to do this, Morg. Mr. Alto has already talked to me about becoming the next manager of the western division, and I've got to make the best impression that I can and prove myself to him.” He took Morgana by the shoulders and looked into her eyes. “If I make this conference, do you realize what that could mean? A promotion. A raise. An even better vacation later. I'm not canceling the trip, per se...merely postponing it.”

The news completely took the wind out of Morgana's sails. She tried to take it all in stride. Work was important to him as it was to her. At the very least she had to respect him for that, right?

While Thornton was taking a bath a few hours later she decided to give a good friend of hers a call, hoping to let off some steam. Pauline would understand...but as it turned out she had news of her own to share.



“You broke off the engagement?”

“Yeah. I just...I don't know if I can commit to someone like that, y'know?” Pauline spoke. “The split is mutual. I mean, Hank and I will always be total BFFs, but as far as marriage...I dunno...I guess neither of us are ready. Heck, we're still young, right? Plenty of time to settle down at some point.”

“Are you going to be okay?”

“Sure. Like I said, it was a mutual split. At least we didn't take the plunge first and then find out we weren't meant to be together. That would have been a mess.”

“Even still, I'm sorry to hear it.”

Pauline laughed. “Don't be. That means I'm a free girl for a while longer. Time to paaar-tay! Speaking of which, I'm heading over to Mick's tonight with a few of the girls. Wanna come?”

“No, that's all right. I have medical journals to read through,” Morgana replied. A white lie, but she wasn't exactly in the mood to socialize.

“You seriously need to get out more, girl. Life's boring if you're stuck working all of the time.” She paused. “Hey, I'd better let you go. Sunny's here and I still have to tell her that we're not going dress shopping on Saturday.”

“All right. Have fun tonight.”

“See ya!”

Morgana hung up the phone and heaved a sigh. Something that Pauline said had stuck in her mind and refused to let go. “At least we didn't take the plunge first and then find out we weren't meant to be together. That would have been a mess.”

“Hey babe, I left my phone downstairs,” Thornton called from their bedroom. “Could you bring it up for me?”

“Yeah, sure.”

Morgana plucked her husband's phone from the table, a legion of thoughts running through her head. Was he really talking to Mr. Alto on the phone when she arrived? Curiosity got the best of her and she pressed the power button on his phone, hoping that she was just being paranoid.



She didn't recognize the last number on the call list and there was no caller ID attached. Didn't Thornton have his boss on his contact list? Mr. Alto could always be calling from a different phone, but Morgana seriously doubted it. Not entirely satisfied, she checked the text messages and immediately wished that she hadn't. Most of the messages were either from her or Hank, but the most recent one, from about three hours ago, was from someone different.

Call me ASAP. I have to tell you something important.

She checked the number and immediately cringed. There was no caller ID attached to this one either, but the number was all too familiar. Morgana recognized it from the employee directory at the hospital.

It belonged to Jamie Jolina.

Suddenly all of the doubts that Morgana thought were gone had resurfaced with a vengeance. On Monday everything seemed so perfect, and now with the knowledge that Thornton was talking to Jamie plus the fact that he canceled their France trip...she really didn't know what to think anymore.

Sleep proved elusive. She was tempted (albeit briefly) to call in sick to work this morning so she could rest, but making a good impression on her superiors was far more important if she wanted to advance in her career. At least the Flying V wasn't too far out of her way, and this was one morning where a triple-shot mocha would definitely come in handy.

Morgana made it to the hospital half an hour before her shift began and made her way to the break room, where she came face-to-face with the one person whom she really did not want to see.



“Can we chat? Privately?”

Morgana was curt, but polite. “Yes...I believe that we should.”

The conversation that followed left Morgana absolutely stunned. Jamie told her everything that she needed to know and more than she ever wanted to hear. And now, eight hours later, Morgana sat in wait. A woman determined, she knew exactly what needed to be done.



She glanced at the clock again. 3:25.

Still no Thornton.

Morgana toyed with the wedding ring on her finger. She would wait all night if she had to.

At 3:27 she heard her husband's car pull into the driveway, and her heartbeat quickened as he made his way up the front steps. As he walked through the front door Morgana looked straight at him, her face stoic. The words that came out of her mouth stopped him dead in his tracks.

“So when were you planning to tell me that Jamie is pregnant?”

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Re: Second Chances - Chapter 1: The Coming Storm
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2013, 02:50:20 AM »
This is really good Raia! I haven't read your Two Worlds story but now I think I might have to! Poor Morgana, Thornton very unfaithful.
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2013, 07:37:46 PM »
Will the hospital patients be making reapperences? I only ask because this isn't Darleen first rodeo with you. :P
And I do love myself some VJ. One of my favorite SV townies for sure.
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Re: Second Chances - Chapter 1: The Coming Storm
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2013, 11:24:05 PM »
This is really good Raia! I haven't read your Two Worlds story but now I think I might have to! Poor Morgana, Thornton very unfaithful.

Thank you so very much. :) Given that Thornton starts out with a better relationship with Jamie than Morgana and just how different they are personality-wise, it seems almost inevitable that their marriage would be on the rocks.

Will the hospital patients be making reapperences? I only ask because this isn't Darleen first rodeo with you. :P
And I do love myself some VJ. One of my favorite SV townies for sure.

I couldn't resist bringing in one of my favorite townies for a cameo. :) Darlene seemed a good choice, since her bio states that she will do anything for attention and has the broken bones to prove it. VJ just seemed like the perfect troublemaker, which is one of the things I love about his character.

I don't really have plans to bring either of them back, but will probably have other cameos from other SV townies as the story goes on.

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Re: Second Chances - Chapter 1: The Coming Storm
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2013, 07:02:35 AM »
*sigh* I was hoping Thornton was getting better, but I suppose that was too hopeful to think. Definitely a major revelation, though! Didn't see that one coming!  :o

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« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2013, 09:28:17 AM »
It was nice seeing the Bunches again. I really like the hospital "set".
Oh dear, poor Morgana. I wonder what story Thorton is going to come up with to excuse his unfaithful ways. ::)

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« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2013, 04:04:20 PM »
You have really written a great story so far.
I love it how you give the townies a backstory.
To be true, in all of my games where I've played Thornton and Morgana they ended in a divorce. I'm curious to see what will happen to them in your story. What will Thronton say about the fact that Jamie is pregnant and he never wanted to have children? Yeah, I'm really curious!  ;)

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Second Chances - Chapter 2: Landslide
« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2013, 11:07:37 PM »
*sigh* I was hoping Thornton was getting better, but I suppose that was too hopeful to think. Definitely a major revelation, though! Didn't see that one coming!  :o

Thornton is an interesting character. Given the backstory from his in-game bio I can almost understand why he is the way he is. At the same time though, autonomously flirting with Jamie whenever she's in the same room is not a terribly nice thing for a married man to do. :P

It was nice seeing the Bunches again. I really like the hospital "set".
Oh dear, poor Morgana. I wonder what story Thorton is going to come up with to excuse his unfaithful ways. ::)

Thank you! I had fun creating that set. It will definitely be making repeat appearances. Don't worry too much about Morgana. She will have a happy ending...eventually. ;)

You have really written a great story so far.
I love it how you give the townies a backstory.
To be true, in all of my games where I've played Thornton and Morgana they ended in a divorce. I'm curious to see what will happen to them in your story. What will Thronton say about the fact that Jamie is pregnant and he never wanted to have children? Yeah, I'm really curious!  ;)

Thank you so much! Yeah, it's actually pretty rare for the two of them to remain together in my games.

What will Thornton say to Morgana's accusation? Well...

Chapter 2 – Landslide



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With a sigh Morgana closed her browser window. It was getting late, and she probably should be getting to bed.

If she could manage to get her mind to stop racing.

This afternoon's confrontation had gone about as well as could be expected. At first Thornton had adamantly denied any sort of wrongdoing, that “Jamie is just doing this to get back at me for rejecting her,” but faced with the evidence he soon acquiesced.



“It wasn't supposed to happen,” Thornton sighed. “I saw her at the dance club on one of the nights when you were working late. It was just innocent chatting at first, a bit of dancing...and before I knew it we were in the back of the club making out.”



“I kept telling myself it was just a one time thing. It was a harmless bit of fun. We kept running into each other back at the dance club, and it would happen all over again. She gave me her phone number and we started meeting a bit after work.” He fidgeted nervously. “Finally, one afternoon, it went too far. We...met at Mick's for a few drinks, one thing led to another, and before I knew it we were in the photo booth doing...things.”



“The photo booth?”

“Yeah.”

Morgana cringed.

“After that I realized what was happening. It didn't feel right. I called Jamie the next day and broke it off then and there. Until she texted me yesterday we hadn't so much as spoken for over two months.”

Morgana pursed her lips and shook her head. “The story that I got from Jamie was a little different. She told me that she was the one who broke it off with you, and that you were the one who kept texting her.”

“And you're going to believe Jamie over me?”

“You really have the nerve to ask me that? After you hid your relationship with Jamie, lied to my face about the reason why you were always home late, and gave me some bogus story about why you were canceling our France trip? Why should I believe a word that you say?” She took a deep breath. “Jamie has no reason to lie to me. You, on the other hand, do.”



“Hold on, hold on. The business trip is completely legitimate,” Thornton defended himself. “Mr. Alto have me an ultimatum. Go to the conference or he promotes Iliana instead of me.”

“But that was not who you were talking to yesterday afternoon.”

“No, you are right...it was Jamie.” He shook his head. “Look, I wanted to take that trip, Morgana, to at least try to make up for my mistake!”

Morgana could hardly believe what she was hearing. “Your mistake? Forgetting to pay a bill, that's a mistake. A speeding ticket is a mistake. This is far more than just a mistake, Thornton. You cheated on your wife and got another woman pregnant. A woman who, mind you, is living off of an intern's salary and can scarce afford a child. Your so-called “mistake” has changed her life forever!”

“That was the last thing that I ever expected would happen!” Thornton snapped. “You know how much I dislike children.”



“And that's what makes it worse!” She threw up her hands in exasperation. “Ever since we married you have made it painfully obvious that children were out of the question for us, and now I find out that you are about to be the father of someone else's child. Do you have any idea how that makes me feel?”

Thornton grimaced, but said nothing. At this point adrenaline had taken over and Morgana's heartbeat was racing. Steeling her resolve, she took a deep breath and dealt her final blow. There was no going back now.

“We're through, Thornton.  I've already contacted our lawyer and am filing for divorce.”

Morgana watched as his expression went from guilt to utter shock. “No, don't say that, Morgana. I...I will take responsibility for what I did. I will do what I can to make it up to you.” He moved to embrace her but she recoiled, shaking her head.



“Please, just don't,” she spoke, her voice beginning to quiver. “This is not something you can just make up to a person. You betrayed me. You betrayed my trust, you betrayed the sanctity of our marriage.” She held up her left hand and pointed at the diamond ring still adorning her finger. “This was supposed to mean something!”

Thornton sighed deeply, shaking his head. “I never meant for this to happen, Morg...you know that!”

“Neither of us did,” Morgana responded with a sigh of her own. “I've been doing a lot of soul-searching lately. We jumped into this marriage hardly even knowing each other, and I don't think that either of us realized...” Her voice trailed off. “Tell me, Thornton. Be honest with me, and be honest with yourself. Even if this hadn't happened, do you truly believe that we could have lasted?”

“Part of me would like to believe that we would...but the other part of me knows better.” Thornton looked her directly in the eyes. “Now it is your turn to be honest with me. Had you known my thoughts on children, would you have even accepted my proposal?”

“I...honestly cannot say.”

Silence reigned for what seemed like several minutes. Morgana could hear her own heartbeat as it continued to pound hard against her chest and the uncomfortable rumbling of an uneasy stomach. She didn't know how much more of this she could handle.



Finally Thornton sat down, the expression on his face pensive. “Then maybe...this whole thing was a mistake from the beginning. I'm not sure that I was even thinking in the long term when we made our vows.”

Morgana rolled her eyes. Somehow this didn't come as a shock.

“I won't contest the divorce,” Thornton continued. “I want to make this as easy on the both of us as possible. It's...the least I can do given what happened.”

“I appreciate that,” she softly replied. She stepped behind the couch to where she had laid out a pair of suitcases and her laptop bag. "I've already made arrangements for lodging for tonight. I...suppose that I will hear more from the lawyer when everything is finalized."

“For what it's worth, Morgana...I am deeply sorry.”



As she grabbed her luggage and opened the front door for what she imagined would be the final time, Morgana turned back and gave Thornton one last look. “I just hope that you can learn to love the child that you and Jamie have created. The baby deserves that much from you at the very least.”

With those words she walked out the front door and out of Thornton's life.

Morgana checked into the local motel about half an hour later. Her plan for the moment was to spend the next few nights there until her paycheck hit, then put down the security deposit on an apartment.

Beyond that, however, she had no idea.

There was no doubt in her mind that leaving Thornton was the right thing, but the uncertainty tied with it left her with a measure of uneasiness. Money was going to be a serious issue for a while, at least until the divorce was finalized. Morgana did have one fallback though; she still had the wedding ring. She cast a rueful glance at the diamond-studded band sitting on the desk in front of her. A ring that once symbolized a promise was now nothing more than a simple piece of jewelry. It would probably fetch a decent price at the consignment shop, at the very least.

Morgana yawned and glanced at the alarm clock on the nightstand. It was already after ten.

Might as well at least try to get some sleep, she thought. Chatting with her friends online for a while had done much to steady her nerves. She only hoped that it was enough to allow her to rest.



Morgana pulled back the covers on the bed and cringed at the musty odor emanating from the sheets. It had been two years, eight months, and an odd number of days since she had last slept alone. Tonight was just the first of many nights, she imagined, that would follow.

As she drifted off to sleep, though, Morgana couldn't help but think that things could only get better.



It sure as heck couldn't get much worse.

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(A/N: Yes...the title does indeed refer to the Fleetwood Mac song. I thought it appropriate. :) Thank you all so much for reading. Things will get better for our Morgana, I promise.

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Re: Second Chances - Chapter 2: Landslide
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2013, 03:03:28 AM »
That was a great chapter. So sad to hear that Thornton knew the marriage wouldn't last and that Morgana wouldn't have married him if she knew he didn't want children.
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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2013, 07:01:49 AM »
Did you make that pose in Poseplayer of Thornton sitting in the chair with his hands together? I feel it really captures his regret at how quickly things dissolved.

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« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2013, 08:11:28 AM »
Thanks for the Fleetwood Mac reference  :=)  They're one of my favorite bands.  I saw them at Fiddler's Green about 8 years ago.
I'm really enjoying how you're delivering this story.  Very nicely fleshed out characters and it's dramatic without becoming like a soap opera.

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« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2013, 08:12:13 AM »
Very intriguing -- I can't help wondering what Morgana is going to do next.
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« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2013, 11:07:11 AM »
I really enjoying your story, Raia. I love how you put these words together, that make this story even more beautiful.
I'm starting to read your story as well. As I am a fans of Alto and Wolff family too >w<

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« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2013, 02:09:42 PM »
I can't wait to see what you'll do with Morgana. As usual, your writing style is excellent. I love how you make dialogue flow so naturally.
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« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2013, 09:40:29 PM »
That was a great chapter. So sad to hear that Thornton knew the marriage wouldn't last and that Morgana wouldn't have married him if she knew he didn't want children.

Thank you. They seem like the classic case of a couple that jumps in far too quickly only to regret it later. Given that Morgana's LTW is Surrounded by Family I can imagine the whole "no kids" thing would be more or less a deal-breaker.

Did you make that pose in Poseplayer of Thornton sitting in the chair with his hands together? I feel it really captures his regret at how quickly things dissolved.

I can't help but-- Never mind. I just figured out who NerdDude is. (Silly me, I was trying to think of a Wolff nerd. :P)

Yes--Thornton was most definitely posed. I tried not to make him out to be a bad guy. He's just so incredibly different from Morgana that they're near-incompatible.

Mmm yes, NerdDude. Chances are you probably have him pegged so long as you know who Morgana actually knows at the beginning of the game. He's not the guy I have in mind for Morgana's romantic interest though. You'll see. ;)

Thanks for the Fleetwood Mac reference  :=)  They're one of my favorite bands.  I saw them at Fiddler's Green about 8 years ago.
I'm really enjoying how you're delivering this story.  Very nicely fleshed out characters and it's dramatic without becoming like a soap opera.

They're one of my favorite bands as well. Would you be referring by chance to the Fiddler's Green outside of Denver, Colorado? I was actually planning to go to that very concert but couldn't get the time off of work, darnit. :P A friend of mine was able to go and had a blast.

Very intriguing -- I can't help wondering what Morgana is going to do next.

You shall see. I plan on having a bit of fun with the next chapter. ;)

I really enjoying your story, Raia. I love how you put these words together, that make this story even more beautiful.
I'm starting to read your story as well. As I am a fans of Alto and Wolff family too >w<

Thank you for your kind words. I'll almost bet that there will be at least one Alto appearing somewhere. I can't just leave my favorite families out of the spotlight totally. :P

I can't wait to see what you'll do with Morgana. As usual, your writing style is excellent. I love how you make dialogue flow so naturally.

You are very kind--thank you. :)

Next up: In our lowest of lows our friends are always there to pick up the pieces. Morgana tries to move on with her life by clinging onto the one bit of normalcy she has left--her work. But even that throws her for a loop when she meets a young patient who tears at her heartstrings...

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« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2013, 09:46:55 PM »
That is exactly the Fiddler's Green I meant.  You missed a fantastic show!  Lindsey Buckingham is pretty much my guitar idol.

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« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2013, 06:53:30 AM »
I love your story! Poor Morgana, she deserve some happiness.