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De Rosa Perfect Genetics Legacy
« on: May 01, 2016, 08:35:55 AM »
Hey guys! So I'm Anna and I've been reading stories on here (mainly the Reapers and Labelles) for a while now and I always meant to write one myself, especially as I did Creative Writing A Level, so here it is! I decided to do a Perfect Genetics Legacy because I really enjoy them and have already done a few generations of another family. I've decided to use elements from both stories that I read, so the founder is my simself with crazy coloured hair, and for each generation, I'll move to a different town like the Reapers.
For the information of new readers, this post used to be Chapter 1 but with no pictures  - just thought I'd let you know so that you don't get confused by the following comments! Now I have turned it into a chapter list  :))

Contents

Chapter 1:In the Beginning
Chapter 2:Double, Double, Toil and (boy) Trouble
Chapter 3:(P)Leisure Day
Chapter 4:All's Fair in Love and War
Chapter 5:All Good Things Must Come to an End
Chapter 6:Jigsaws Suck
Chapter 7:When Will My Life Begin
Chapter 8:I Can Hear the Bells
Chapter 9:Nooboos!
Chapter 10:Toddler Life
Chapter 11:Building a Family
Chapter 12:Gratefulness is Key
Chapter 13:The Best Things Aren't Always the Easiest
Chapter 14:Sibling Bonding Time
Chapter 15:How the Years Go By

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Re: De Rosa Perfect Genetics Legacy
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2016, 11:05:21 AM »
Aw shucks!
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=) We're always glad to see someone starting up on the story boards!

I love your writing! Unfortunately I cannot see your images. Normally when you post on the forum you need to use an image hosting site (I use imgur.com) and you take the "direct" link to an image and put it inbetween image brackets - like so (remove the question marks, I'm putting them in so the forum doesn't make it impossible to see): [img?]http://[/img?]

Here's a direct link to one of my images (yay for mush): http://i.imgur.com/zSQPS5q.jpg
Put it into the forum code so the forum can read it (remove the question marks when actually doing it): [img?]http://i.imgur.com/zSQPS5q.jpg[/img?]
This makes it an image to be see in stories, so it shows up like this:

Hopefully that helps!

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Re: De Rosa Perfect Genetics Legacy
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2016, 12:19:32 PM »
Aww! I'm glad that I inspired someone! I really love your writing and can't wait to see more of it.  :)

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Re: De Rosa Perfect Genetics Legacy
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2016, 01:39:57 PM »
Hi guys!
First off, thanks for reading my story! I wasn't sure if anyone would bother looking at the new posts board so didn't expect much, but I've 30 or so views already!
Secondly, thank you so much, @LivvieLove  for the advice; I am currently setting up a imgur account and when I have sorted out my pics, I'll copy and paste the text from my first chapter, but this time with the images in.
I'm not seeing your screenshots. What hosting site are you using?
What I did originally was just try to upload the pictures straight from my computer, but they were in .jpg format so the forum wouldn't accept them, so then I tried to convert them to .zip files with winrar/winzip, but I think it just turned them into archives... But as I said above, I am now uploading photos to imgur.com so hopefully that should sort out the imaging problem.  :D
Aww! I'm glad that I inspired someone! I really love your writing and can't wait to see more of it.  :)
Thank you so much! This comment also means a lot from the author of one of the legacies I read on here  ;D. Also, I'll probably post a new chapter in the next couple of days, after I've sorted out my photos.

So yeah, thank you so much to everyone who's read and everyone who's commented on this!  ;D

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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2016, 01:52:17 PM »
I'm excited to see them in coordination with the story! =)

Glad I could help. The forum takes a bit of getting used to, but we've all been there! mpart and I are always prowling around for good stories to read. We love getting lots of love on our stories so we typically like to spread the love ourselves. =3

Good luck with everything! I'll be reading. :)

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De Rosa Perfect Genetics Legacy - Chapter 1: In the Beginning
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2016, 05:17:32 AM »
Yaaassss!!!! So I got my pics to work using Postimage.org and, as promised, here's the first chapter again with the pics! ;D ;D ;D

In the Beginning...


Meet Anna De Rosa! She's my simself, but with pink hair - I chose pink because I once saw a girl with bright pink hair and I just thought it was really cool because when it was up in a bun, it was hard to tell if she was wearing a bobble hat or just had her hair up! Traits are:
-Supernatural Fan
-Hopeless Romantic
-Eco-Friendly
-Natural-Born Performer
-Avant Garde
So here we go!


Anna stared up at her new house. It wasn't massive, it didn't have all the mod-cons, but it was good, and it was hers. She'd insisted on moving out after she finished boarding school - she wanted independence. She had a taste of it at the School of Peace and Love, which she'd attended since she was eleven, but she'd had to share a room with three other girls, some of whom weren't the most pleasant people to live with. At least here she had her own room.

Right. First things first, she needed to get a job. Her drama teacher had specifically advised her to move to Riverview as he knew the people who worked at the studios and apparently they really knew what they were doing. Anna sat at her clunky computer, which her parents had brought over from her old room, and opened up the vacancy website.

She scrolled past the business and journalist vacancies and made a face. Why would anyone want to sit at a desk all day. She'd get cramps if she did that. No, her place was on a stage, or behind a camera, being anyone or anything she wanted to be. She got to the bottom of the page and frowned. She hadn't seen any jobs for the studios. They were only down the road, and Mr Schults had insisted that there would be a spot there for her. She sat back in her chair and sighed. Her mum had always told her that she should go to places in person and ask for a job. That's what she was going to have to do now.

Before long, she was walking in the door of Plumbob Studios Riverview. People dressing in a wide range of costumes varying from deep sea monsters to imps and fairies milled around in the reception, drinking coffee on their break. Anna walked up to the front desk with as much confidence as she could muster. She reached the eccentric-looking receptionist and cleared her throat.
"Excuse me? I was wondering if you had any vacancies?" The receptionist turned to Anna and looked her up and down. He stuck his nose in the air.
"Sorry, miss, but they are only available to people with a referral," he said before turning back to the computer. Disappointment started to set in in Anna's stomach. But then an idea came to her mind.
"I think I do. Have a referral, I mean." This caught the receptionist's attention. He looked at her through narrowed eyes, unsure what this girl was playing at.
"What was the name?"
"Anna. Anna De Rosa."
"And who was the referral from?"
"Mr Schults. He was my teacher at the School of Peace and Love." The receptionist stared at the screen. Then he sprung to life, putting together a welcome pack complete with a ID card.
"Okay, Anna. So it seems your teacher thought very highly of you, and we've had a job waiting for you since last week when you graduated. You start tomorrow at seven, is that OK?" Anna nodded, speechless. "Good, then go home and get yourself some rest: you've a big day tomorrow!" He smiled up at her as he handed her her pack, his attitude completely changed. Anna opened her mouth, then closed it. A grin spread across her face.
"Thank you, sir. I guess I'll see you tomorrow, then." She took the pack and walked back out of the door, her head held high. She was an actress! Sure, she was only a background extra at the moment, but there was time for her to work her way up.
***
Back at home, Anna set about filling the boyfriend-shaped hole in her life, which had been oh so apparent to her since she let Douglas go. He'd been a nice boy, but his dream was to travel the world whereas she wanted to settle down and live her dream of acting for money. Surely there must be some better guys here in Riverview?

She sat back at her computer and pulled up the local dating site. Faces of a dozen men smiled back at her, none her type. She flicked to the next page, though, and there he was. An angel in human form. Funnily enough, his name read exactly that. Angel. His soft, amber eyes smiled at her through the screen. Before she knew it, she was sending him a message. Now all she had to do was wait.
***
Anna padded back into what was fast becoming her study towelling her hair off, and sat back at her desk. She opened her message inbox and sure enough, he'd accepted her friend request and sent her his number. She grinned to herself. And pulled out her phone. Next minute, she was listening to his voice as he greeted her from the other end of the phone.

"Hello?" Anna just stood there for a second, taking in his husky, Mexican-hinted voice. "Hello? Is anyone there?" She snapped out of her daze and managed to spit out a reply.
"Hi, Angel. It's Anna, from RiverLove. I was wondering if you fancied having dinner round mine?" There was silence for a few seconds. Doubts started to creep into the edges of Anna's mind. Should she have asked him so soon?
"Um, yeah, that sounds cool! Where can I find you?" Anna's heart flipped as she recited her new address.
"I'm at Tish Cottage, 27 Lost Willow Road. You know where that is?" Rustling and jingling of keys echoed down the line.
"Yup, sure I do. See you in ten." *Beep* And he was gone. Anna stared at her phone, grinning madly.
Ten minutes later, there was a knock at her door. She opened it and there he was. He was every bit as attractive in person.
"Hey, Angel! Come in! The dinner's just got a few minutes left in the oven, but we can chat in the lounge." He put his coat on the sofa and turned around. " So... Let's start with simple questions, eh? What's your favourite colour?" Angel chuckled.
"Well, this is gonna sound weird, but when I was younger, Nemo was my absolute role model and therefore my favourite colour was orange. I eventually grew out of Disney, but the colour orange seemed to stick..."

***
It was getting dark by the time they'd finished dinner. Their plates clear, the couple carried on talking without any care in the world.
"...and then it hit me right on the bum!" They both dissolved into fits of giggles. Anna smiled at Angel. He was a funny guy. Suddenly, he looked at the kitchen clock and his eyes widened.
"Oh Watcher, I didn't realise it was that late!" he said. "I'm so sorry, but I have to go. Got a big game tomorrow, you see, and Coach said I might be on the starting line-up." He scrambled up and started to gather his things together. Anna stood up with him and cleared up their plates.
"That sounds cool. I've got to get up early, too, actually. My job starts tomorrow."
"Ooo good luck. I'm sure you'll do great." He winked at her cheekily before jogging to the door. Anna watched the muscles in his calves tense and relax.
"Thank you. See you around then, I guess," she said.
"Yeah. Tonight was lovely, Anna. Thanks. Who knows, maybe we can meet up tomorrow too." And with that, he disappeared into the night.
As Anna lay in bed that night, she relished the joy she felt inside. She just wished it could last forever, but of course, fate isn't usually that kind.

Thank you so much, guys for reading and I hope you all enjoy the rest of my legacy!



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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2016, 02:35:53 PM »
There we go! What a beautiful founder!

I can't wait to see where this story goes. :)

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I love pink haired sims! I can't wait to see more!  ;D

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There we go! What a beautiful founder!

I can't wait to see where this story goes. :)
I love pink haired sims! I can't wait to see more!  ;D

Hehe, thank you guys! I can't wait to see how her kids turn out!  :D Anyway, let's see how the second chapter turns out...[/size]

Double, double, toil and (boy) trouble


Anna sat in front of the TV, her favourite programme blaring out of the small screen. She checked her watch. She still had a couple of hours until her car pool arrived, yet there were only five minutes left on the TV. She'd ended up waking up ultra-early, a colony of butterflies deciding to fly in circles around her stomach. The credits rolled and she smiled. Good episode, but what should she do now? A spark escaped from her fingers, a symptom of her anxiety. She sighed. Advice wasn't all her mother had given her. Thinking about her magic, she better practice a bit, otherwise it would fade away. Anna stood and retrieved her wand from a box in the corner.

She practised until she'd learnt a new spell, more multi-coloured sparks and occasionally smoke erupting from the end of the wittled branch. Her stomach rumbled. She'd better eat something. Not fancying cereal, she got out some ingredients and started to make one of the few recipes she'd learnt before she left home - waffles.

She placed the tray in the oven and leant against the fridge, waiting for the egg timer to scream at her. But before it could, the smoke alarm above the oven blared out and flames started licking up the sides of the appliance!

What the hell? It'd been fine a minute ago! After wrestling with the fire extinguisher, Anna eventually managed to subdue the flames. She sighed with relief and collapsed against the wall. Then the sound of a car horn interrupted the silence. That would be her car pool. She'd just have to go to work hungry. She could grab a sandwich in her lunch break.
***
Five hours later, she emerged from the studios. She smiled as an idea popped into her head. She should ask Angel on a date. It was Leisure Day tomorrow so they could go to the summer festival together. She could just see them skating together, holding hands for balance...

The phone rang four times before he picked up.
"Anna?"
"Yep, that's me! Just wondering if you fancied going to the summer festival this afternoon?" There was a short silence.
"Um, I'm really sorry, Anna, but I'm at work until nine, so I can't. But I can come to yours again this evening?"
"Oh. Okay, well that sounds good. I'm afraid I won't be able to cook tonight as I had an... erm accident with my oven this morning and I can't afford a new one, but we could get pizza and watch TV?"
"Yeah, that sounds good. See you at about nine, then?"
"Yep, see you then!"
Anna hung up and sighed. So much for the skating, eh? But pizza and TV sounded good too.
***
*Ding dong* Anna smiled and got up from the TV. She wasn't sure exactly what Angel liked, pizza-wise, so she thought she'd wait until he arrived before ordering. Oh, how glad she would be of that choice in just a few minutes. She invited him in and was about to slip in a quick chat-up line, but suddenly fear struck her heart and she doubled over, gasping. A glance out of the window confirmed her fears. The full moon was here. After a few deep breaths, she turned back to Angel.
"Sorry, Angel, just stomach cramps, you know?" But the more she looked at him now, the more she was sure something was wrong.

She was pretty sure his skin hadn't been that pale before. Then a gutteral noise escaped his throat.

"BRAAAIIIINNNNSSS!!!!!"
Anna screamed. He turned towards her and she panicked.
"Go away!!!" She cried, before shoved him with all her might. But, unfortunately, all her might wasn't actually much, so he just stumbled back a few paces. She frantically looked around for a weapon.
Hey, hey hey! No need for that, love!
"What?! Who is this?" Anna said to the air, confused. A light chuckle ran through her head.
Well, I'm kind of a cross between Jiminy Cricket and a sort of God, but you can call me Anna Beth. More of that later. Right now, you've got a zombie in your hall and a wand in your pocket, but you haven't yet made the connection.
Oh. Yes. Anna fumbled for her wand and tried out the new spell she'd learnt. The Good Luck spell. She wasn't entirely sure if it would work, but hey, what's worse luck than turning into a zombie on your first date? Angel could sure use some good luck in her opinion.

The words flew from her mouth and a rainbow spurted out of the end of her wand and wrapped itself around Angel's zombie form. But nothing happened. Anna frowned.
"What now, then, crazy voice in my head?"
It's Anna Beth. Plus if I'm crazy, that would make you crazy too... But back to the task at hand. I know a Cure potion will stop the zombie illness in its tracks, but you don't have any, so I guess the only thing you can do is take a late night trip to the Magic Shop.
Anna nodded and skirted around the zombie who had the appearance of the man she'd fallen for the night before and hopped on her broom.

She arrived at the Magic Shop out of breath, but exhilarated. She stepped in the door and walked up to the cashier.
"You don't happen to have any bottles of Cure Potion, do you?" she said. The cashier chuckled.
"Funnily enough, quite a few people have been asking for the same thing tonight." She retrieved a glowing blue bottle from below the counter and held it out to Anna. "You're lucky; it's the last bottle. That'll be twenty simoleons, please." Anna's jaw dropped.
"Twenty?!"
"Well, do you want it or not?" The woman flashed pearly white fangs at her and Anna pulled out the money.
"Whatever." She took the bottle and headed back out into the night.

***
Anna let her feet touch the ground outside her house and climbed off her broom. She put it in the stand outside and opened the door tentatively.
"Angel?" She called out into the house. But it was empty. He'd disappeared. Her shoulders slumped. So much for saving him. She'd just spent twenty simoleons on a pointless bottle of potion. Oh well. Who knows if she'd need it again. Stomach grumbling, she realised that a hot dinner wasn't on the cards. Her stove was destroyed and she couldn't spend any more cash today on a pizza which would probably just end up going mouldy in the fridge.

Canned soup it was then... How did her day get so ** crazy?


So yeah! Crazy day for Anna, eh? I didn't even mean for all that craziness to happen, it just did... I guess that's what I get for playing sims  ;D

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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2016, 11:26:27 AM »
I read this yesterday and forgot to comment! Apologies! =)

Oh man, poor Anna, it sounds like she's having a rough love life.
Pro-Tip: Don't date zombies. They don't make good full-moon date partners.
Will she try again with him, or is this a sign from above to move on? Who knows.

Ah, the life of a founder.

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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2016, 09:31:44 PM »
That was scary. A zombie as a date, not a great idea. Hope she finds another suitable non-zombie man. Great legacy story. Looking forward for next update.
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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2016, 05:05:33 AM »
I read this yesterday and forgot to comment! Apologies! =)

Oh man, poor Anna, it sounds like she's having a rough love life.
Pro-Tip: Don't date zombies. They don't make good full-moon date partners.
Will she try again with him, or is this a sign from above to move on? Who knows.

Ah, the life of a founder.
Aha, no worries! And yeah, I literally didn't mean for any of the crazy stuff to happen - I thought I was going to have to make something up, but hey, the game did it for me  ;D About Angel, perhaps it was a sign from above, which she really ought to have listened to... But I've already said too much already - spoilers!  :-X

That was scary. A zombie as a date, not a great idea. Hope she finds another suitable non-zombie man. Great legacy story. Looking forward for next update.
It was pretty scary tbh. At one point I actually thought he was going to attack Anna and turn her into a zombie too! And thanks - the next update is now here...

(P)Leisure day

Anna slid out of bed and ruffled her hair. Then she looked out of the window and smiled - it was leisure day! Changing into her swimsuit, she gobbled down some organic yoghurt and pulled out her phone. A pool party was a good idea, eh? She could invite Angel - hopefully he'd be back to his normal self now. She hired the local pool, even though it ate up the majority of the pitiful amount of money she'd gathered after the last few days. After hanging up, she just stood in the hall, wondering what to do before the party started. She would try to bake something to offer her guests, but her stove was still burnt so they'd have to bring their own food.

An idea popped into her head. What about some more magic practice? But she'd dumped her wand in a box yesterday and after twenty minutes of searching, she gave up and decided to go to the pool early - no harm in that, eh?
When she arrived, she jumped in the pool. It was so hot outside and the water seemed to sizzle on her skin as she swam a few lengths.

After some time, her stomach grumbled. She really should've brought that food... But then she remembered she was a witch - she could conjure apples from the palm of her hand. So she climbed out of the pool, dripping, and started to recite the spell.

And sure enough, in a few seconds, a perfectly good apple was sitting on her palm. She grinned. Magic was so cool. She sat on a nearby lounger as she ate the fruit and popped it in the bin when it was finished. She checked the pool clock. Five minutes until people arrived. She watched the hands travel that last twelfth of the clock. Then her friends arrived. Well, everyone she had in her contacts list, that was. She didn't really know any of them very well, but Angel wasn't here yet. After a few minutes, pretty much everyone had arrived, but not him. Anna sighed. Maybe he wasn't the one for her. She struck up a conversation with the firewoman who'd come to her house the other day after she'd extinguished the flames and they seemed to get on well.

Then Anna moved on to an attractive man who had biceps the size of tennis balls. It turned out he worked for the army. She smiled cheekily, rather impressed.

But as she looked around the pool to check everyone was enjoying themselves, her eyes came to rest on the figure reclining on one of the loungers.

It was him... She apologised to the soldier and approached him tentatively. He looked over.
"Oh, hey Anna. Decent party you've got here. Your friend's really good at the guitar." Anna looked over her shoulder. The old lady she met in a bar really was gathering a crowd now. She was actually quite grateful for her as she hadn't known what to do about the music - she couldn't afford a stereo. She turned back to Angel.
"Thanks. So how you been, then, Angel?" she asked. He smiled and got up.
"Pretty good, actually. I mean I can't remember any of last night - we must've had some great fun!" He winked at her, assuming they'd drunk a little too much. Anna didn't laugh.
"Um... how can I say this? Er... you turned into a zombie when the full moon came out. I went to get some potion to cure you, but by the time I got back, you were gone. Where did you go?" Angel frowned.
"Well I'm actually not entirely sure. I mean, I woke up in someone's backyard with a mouthful of their prize lettuces, but I ran away before they could find me. Other than that, I've no idea where I was." They stood in awkward silence for a few seconds before bursting out into fits of giggles. When they'd caught their breath, Anna still had no idea what to say to that, so her thoughts were taken over by her British mind.

"So, um, lovely weather we're having, eh? It hasn't rained since I got here." Angel chucked.
"You British people. Always talking about the weather." He paused, then sighed and opened his mouth again. "Hey, Anna, would you dance with me?" Anna stared at him.
"What?"
"Dance with me? I know your friend's guitar music isn't the best for dancing, but we can make it good for dancing." Anna smiled.
"Why not?"

So there they were. Dancing the night away in the local pool. This wasn't how Anna had imagined the night going, but she wasn't complaining. As the party drew to a close, they reluctantly separated.
"Hey, so Angel, you want to come over to mine for TV and pizza? Hopefully we can actually do it this time and I won't have to escape you evil zombie grasp," Anna said with a giggle. Angel looked at her, sadness etched into his face.
"I would, but, er... I have things I need to take care of at home. Only a few DIY jobs, but I need to do them before tomorrow. Sorry." Anna's heart sank. Maybe he didn't like her after all? Was he just playing with her?
"Um... OK, then. See you another day." She waved and walked out to the road, hopping on her broom.

***
Back at home, Anna sighed.
Cheer up, love!
There was that voice in her head again. Who did it say it was again?
Anna Beth. But you can call me Beth as it would be a bit confusing if we used the same name.
OK. But where was this voice coming from?
I'm your guardian angel, to be completely honest. I said yesterday that I was a sort of God, but I'm not quite that powerful yet. I can still talk to you and help you out, but I can't do crazy things like change the weather, or tame someone to your affections.
Anna chuckled.
"So I guess Angel's a lost cause then?"
Well, I think he likes you more than he's letting on. Sure, he has some secrets, but don't we all?
"Secrets?!"
Yes, but I can't tell you what they are - you'll have to find that out for yourself.
Anna rolled her eyes. Of course. That's how these things always went in the movies. Higher being makes contact and claims to know everything, but when the puny human asks about it, they 'can't tell them'.
Well, I would tell you, if I thought it would put you in danger, but this secret is different. I think Angel would want to tell you himself.
Anna raised an eyebrow.
"Ok. But what do I do with the rest of my evening, now I haven't got him to entertain?"
Anna, I'm not your personal assistant.
"Well, yeah, but you could at least give me an idea." There was an audible sigh.
Well, if you insist... I've actually found some new clothes for you to try on, so perhaps a makeover is in order?
Anna grinned.
"Sounds like a plan!" She crossed to her dresser and opened up a drawer.

***
In next to no time, Anna had a new top and some new jeans. She posed in front of the mirror.
Looking good, my young padawan.
Anna giggled.
"Thanks for these clothes, Beth. They're awesome!"
My pleasure, Anna. Now get some sleep - you've work tomorrow.
Anna rolled her eyes, but obediently changed into her pajamas and climbed into bed. Dreams of her and Angel dancing filled her head.

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Re: De Rosa Perfect Genetics Legacy
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2016, 08:56:37 AM »
Awesome leisure day party. And good to see Angel back in his human form. His last night story was funny. Waiting for next update.
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« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2016, 10:05:17 AM »
Oh dear, a man of secrets eh? I can't even begin to imagine what this dark secret is!
A Were-zombie, perhaps?

Poor Anna. I hope her luck gets a little better... or her paychecks get bigger so she isn't staring a burnt stove every day.

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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2016, 04:36:57 PM »
Poor Anne. I feel sorry for her.

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« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2016, 10:44:53 AM »
Awesome leisure day party. And good to see Angel back in his human form. His last night story was funny. Waiting for next update.
Aha thank you! Though hiring the pool out for the afternoon did leave poor Anna with only about $30... And yes, I was glad to see that Angel was still around as when he didn't turn up to the party at first, I feared that the game had eaten him up after he ran off! But luckily, he just had a strange experience much like Scott in the first episode of Teen Wolf  ;D Also, it's amazing to see someone is waiting on my updates! One is coming right up...  ::)

Oh dear, a man of secrets eh? I can't even begin to imagine what this dark secret is!
A Were-zombie, perhaps?

Poor Anna. I hope her luck gets a little better... or her paychecks get bigger so she isn't staring a burnt stove every day.
Ah yes, I thought it would be a good little thing to add as I've played ahead and so in a way I am sort of and all-knowing being...  ::) But anyway. Were-zombie sounds like a good idea - could end up pretty crazy tho!  ;D

Poor Anne. I feel sorry for her.
Yes, she is having a bit of a rough time atm - I didn't intend for that to happen, but hey, that's the sims for you! But never fear, there shall be some happy and cute moments in the next few updates.  :D

All's fair in love and war


Anna was woken the next morning by the sound of her phone ringing loudly into her ear. She'd put it on her bedside table, but she wouldn't be doing that again. She reached over and grabbed it lazily, her eyes drooping and pressed the button to answer.
"Hello?" she croaked.
"Hi, Anna!" It was Angel - that woke her up quickly. "So, I'm having a party of my own tonight and seeing as you invited me to yours even after I turned into a zombie on you, I thought I'd return the favour." Anna didn't even have to think about her response.
"Yeah, sure! Where is it? What's the dress code?"
"It's at mine - I'll text you the address - and it's formal dress - I got a musician in to play us some music and a bartender so we can actually have some sophisticated drinks!"
"Sounds cool! What time do you want me?"
"It starts at seven."
"Cool, I'll be there," Anna said with a smile before hanging up.
***
Six thirty. Anna had changed into her new dress and was applying the last of her mascara. She finished and sat back, admiring her freshly applied make-up. Done. She walked out the door, picking up her clutch on the way out.
When she arrived, she was immediately greeted by Angel himself.

"So, you said your favourite colour was lilac so... I got you some flowers!" Angel produced the blooms from behind his back. Anna gasped.
"Angel! Thank you so much! No one's ever given me flowers before." Angel smiled.
"Well now they have. It's getting cold, let's go inside." He took her hand and led her inside. They talked in the hall, music playing in the background and people in smart dresses and suits floating around the house.

"So, Angel, what's your star sign?"
"Capricorn. Yours?"
"That's good because I'm a Taurus - we're compatible!" Angel laughed.
"I take it you're into that stuff then?"
"Well, sort of. I take it with a pinch of salt, but hey, we're compatible so what's there to complain about?" She winked at him and the corner of his mouth curved upwards. "Anyway, I take it you're single, then?" The smile went from Angel's face.
"Well. Anna." He took her hand. A crease appeared between Anna's eyebrows.
"What?" She said, unsure of what this was about. Was this the secret Beth warned about?
"Um... I've been meaning to tell you, but it never felt like the right moment."
"Oh, and this is?" Anna said, imagining the worst. Angel sighed and looked her straight in the eyes.
"The thing is, I'm married." Anna froze, confused.
"What?"
"I have a wife, Anna. And two daughters."
"Since when?!" Anger was starting to burn in the pit of her belly. He'd led her on, made her feel like she meant something to him. Why did guys always have to be so two-faced to her? Angel shook his head and held his head in his hands.
"Since I was twenty one. Look, I married her when I was young and foolish and I've regretted it since our two year anniversary when she screamed at me for getting her a green dress instead of a black dress, even though she was dropping me hints about the green dress for about six months before. Of course there were other things before then, small everyday things that I thought would disappear with time. But they didn't. I've only stayed with her all this time because of the girls. When they had their eleventh birthdays, I started to seek a way out - that's why I had the profile on RiverLove. But then I met you, Anna, and you weren't just a way out, you were beautiful and kind and funny and sweet - you were everything I ever wanted. Please believe me." Anna stood there for a second, trying to comprehend what he'd just said.
"But how do I know you won't do the same to me?" She said, still unsure. Angel sighed.
"Anna, I promise with all my heart that I would never leave you. I want a new life with you, and to leave this nightmare behind." Anna still looked uncertain and he pulled her into the lounge. He pulled her close to him and started to sway. "C'mon, Anna, dance with me." An eleven year old girl then entered the room. Anna pulled away, shaking her head.
"I can't do this, not in front of your daughter. She doesn't need to see this." But Angel was still smiling.
"It's fine, my love, she's eleven, not five; she can handle it. Life isn't perfect." And then he pulled her into a kiss.

Anna let it happen, but when they pulled away, the girl glared at her.
"Look at that, now I have an enemy. Your daughter hates me." Angel chuckled.
"She might now, my love, but she's her Daddy's girl: she'll come around to you eventually. Maybe we could invite her and her sister for dinner one night once we have our own place." Anna pulled away, rubbing her forehead.
"Angel, I have to leave. I'll give this some thought, but don't expect me to accept you with open arms." And with that, she ran out into the darkness and hopped on her broom once again, thoughts whizzing round her head.

***
The next morning, Anna was abruptly awoken once again, this time by a knock on the front door. She groaned and sat up, rubbing her head. Who was that and why were they calling at this time of the morning? She quickly shoved on her clothes and stumbled over to the door. The knocking was getting more insistent by the second. Finally she opened it to find Angel standing on her doorstep looking dishevelled, still in his clothes from last night. He let out a breath he didn't realise he was holding, his knocking hand dropping to his side.

"Angel?" was all Anna could manage.
"Anna, sorry if I woke you up. Anyway, I left Marisol last night. We had a massive argument and in the end, I just took the box I've had packed for the last week and walked all the way here. I parked my car on your drive, I hope you don't mind." Anna shook her head.
"It's fine - I don't have a car so - "
"I'm so sorry for all of this mess. I actually slept in my car all last night, because I didn't want to wake you. When it got to ten I thought I'd knock anyway... Anna, what I'm trying to say is, will you take me back? Can I move in with you? Maybe I can earn enough money for us to get a bigger house someday soon, but for now this is a palace, as long as I'm with you." Anna took in his face, his pleading eyes, his mussed suit and tie. And sighed.

"Okay. But do be warned, my cooking isn't the best so it's either pizza or salad for dinner..." But before she could finish her sentence, Angel had her in his arms and she was melting into his touch. They parted for a second and Angel cupped her head in his rough hands.
"I love you, Anna De Rosa. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise." Tears brimmed in her eyes; no one had ever said that to her before, never so sincerely.
"I love you too, Angel," she breathed, her eyes closing as he went in for another kiss.

The rest of the day passed in a blur. Angel went out to work at three and while he was out, Anna went to the hairdressers to get the new cut Beth suggested. It did really suit her, she had to admit. When Angel got home, Beth even gave him a makeover and showed Anna how to use her magic as an anti-ageing formula to allow him to age as she did. Then he encouraged her to try and make dinner.
"Look, it's my grandma's recipe for mac'n'cheese," he said, pulling out a crumpled piece of paper. "The instructions are really simple and if anything goes wrong, I'll be here to help you out." He swept the hair off Anna's face and she smiled at him, the security of his presence filling her up.
"Okay, then. I'll give it a go. But don't blame me if it tastes like puke."
She set to work and so far, everything was going fine. She'd weighed everything out correctly and was just making the cheese sauce. But then the familiar orange of flames started to fill the kitchen.

Not again!
"I'm sorry, Beth, I just can't help it! I swear the stove has a grudge against me!" Luckily, Angel heard her screams and came a-running, extinguisher in hand.

"Fudge! Anna when you said you were bad at cooking, I didn't realise that meant you set the house on fire!" Before long, though, the flames were gone and yet again, they were left with a blackened cooker which the insurance money wouldn't stretch to replace. But Angel turned, out of breath and met Anna's lips with his own.

"Don't ever do that to me again!" he breathed. "Thank Watcher you weren't wearing any polyester." He chuckled and Anna joined in.
"I guess it's pizza tonight, then."
"Looks like it."


They sat watching TV, the pizza box between them, and when it was finished, Angel pulled Anna on to his lap. She rested her head on his chest and smiled contentedly at the slow rise and fall. Finally, the programme finished and Anna somehow managed to turn it off with the remote, even though she was already half asleep. Angel slipped out from under her and helped her up. He led her by the hand towards her bedroom. Their bedroom. She was going to have to get used to that. Then in the kitchen, he stopped and turned back to her.
"Anna, I know this is sort of a bit late now," he started. "But will you be my girlfriend?" She nodded sleepily and he smiled before giving her one last kiss.

In bed, though, Anna couldn't seem to get to sleep. Images of the fire kept flying round her head and she wasn't sure why - it was over now: no one got hurt. So why did it fill her with so much pain? She rolled over onto her left side and stared at the wall. Then Angel rolled over and put his arm over her. It was heavier than she expected, but warm and safe. She relaxed and drifted off.

So yeah! Hope that was okay - I feel like some of it was kind of mixed up and parts felt a bit rushed, but I also felt like I had to get it out as I want to catch up with where I am on the game!

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« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2016, 02:33:19 PM »
Aw! Yay for Anna!
I'm still not sure about Angel... but if he makes her happy that's all that matters! What a lovely chapter! I can't wait for the next chapter! Maybe there'll be some neon hair babies soon?

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« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2016, 03:03:35 PM »
Yeah. Something about Angel just isn't right. I'm not sure why. I can't wait for neon haired babies!

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« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2016, 11:15:33 PM »
Good for Anna. Hope Angel treats her right. Another stove burnt. I think it's time for them to work on their cooking skill. Looking forward for next update.
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Re: De Rosa Perfect Genetics Legacy: All Good Things Must Come to an End
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2016, 04:11:50 PM »
Aw! Yay for Anna!
I'm still not sure about Angel... but if he makes her happy that's all that matters! What a lovely chapter! I can't wait for the next chapter! Maybe there'll be some neon hair babies soon?
Yeah. Something about Angel just isn't right. I'm not sure why. I can't wait for neon haired babies!
Yes, I didn't plan to write this chapter in a way that makes Angel suspicious, but as I was writing it, I got more suspicious of him myself! Perhaps it was me sub-consciously trying to soften the blow that will come in this chapter... And as for neon-haired babies - they are so cute! Can't wait for one to arrive  :D

Good for Anna. Hope Angel treats her right. Another stove burnt. I think it's time for them to work on their cooking skill. Looking forward for next update.
Yes, he's a good man, really; just hard to trust. And yes! In my game at the moment, I'm now at the part where Anna no longer sets the kitchen on fire every time she cooks so that's a relief!

All good things must come to an end

The next morning, Anna bounced out of bed and, feeling positive, decided to have one last go at cooking before she gave up forever. I mean, she did enjoy it - it just so far had always ended in disaster...

She frantically mixed the waffle batter, wisps of her hair falling loose. When it was smooth, she poured it carefully into the moulded tray and placed it into the oven, closing the door behind it. She stood up and crossed her fingers hard. Please don't catch alight, please don't catch alight, please don't catch alight! After cleaning up the work surface, Angel padded into the room, his hair all cute and dishevelled.
"Morning, baby," he said. Then he caught sight of the remains of the batter and raised his eyebrows worriedly. "You're trying to cook again?" Anna smiled and nodded.
"Yep. And they're almost done." And sure enough, right on time, the egg timer beeped. Anna turned it off and opened the oven. She removed the tray with her eyes half closed, wanting the vision of perfect waffles made by her to stay intact. Grabbing a plate, she shifted them all over on to it, her grin stretching from ear to ear.

"I did it, Angel! I made waffles!" Angel chuckled and gave a little round of applause.
"Well let's tuck in then!" And so they did.

The conversation over breakfast turned to their money problems. Only three simoleons remained in their bank account after replacing the stove Anna burnt yesterday.
"I mean, we both work and all, but I just don't think it's enough. My salary's pitiful and yours is only slightly better," Anna said, her good mood having disappeared after checking her balance.
"Yeah, I'm not sure what to do either, baby. It's a tough world."
*cough* *cough*
"What is it, Beth?"
Well, I told myself I wouldn't do this because it's kind of cheating and I'm not sure if it's allowed, but watching you live off a pittance is just depressing.
There was a slight pause. Anna frowned. What did she mean?
Check your bank balance now.
"Why? It'll just depress me more."
Just do it. Trust me.
Anna sighed and pulled out her phone. She brought up the banking app and put in her log-in details. What???!!! The balance was now way over two hundred thousand! More than enough to buy themselves a new house! She jumped up and pulled a confused Angel into a victory dance.
"What just happened, baby? I'm lost." Anna could barely get her words out to answer him.
"Beth got us a heap of money - look!" She pointed to the phone on the table which still showed a ludicrous sum. Angel's eyes widened.
"Watcher! How did she do that?" Anna giggled.
"I'm not too sure but, hey, it's money all the same!" Angel chuckled and joined in the dance.
Once the joy had died down to a respectable level, Angel volunteered to do the dishes while Anna searched for a new house.

"Ooo, that one looks cool. Ah, but it only has one bedroom... What about this farm-ey one?" She raised her voice. "Angel! Come see this house - I think it's the one." He jogged up behind her and put his head on her shoulder.
"Ooo, yes, that looks good. Go for that one." Anna clicked buy and bing! The house was theirs. She ran through to their bedroom and whipped their high school diplomas off the wall before changing into her clothes.
"Come on, Angel - let's go!" Angel grinned at her enthusiasm and obediently pulled on his shoes.
***
Half an hour later, they were on the other side of town, walking into a magnificent barn inspired house.

Once they'd settled in and placed the few things they'd brought from their old house, Angel settled down to read his book for work in the lounge...

...and Anna decided to acquaint herself with the fruit and vegetable plants growing in the backyard.

She actually turned out to be quite a natural, and it made her feel good because she was giving back to mother nature, in a way.

After dinner, the couple fell into each other's arms. And I think we all know what they did to christen the house...


Eventually, they fell into bed, exhausted and sleep came easily.
***
The next morning, Anna went downstairs to make breakfast - she was sure she could crack pancakes too.

When Angel woke up, he heard her cooking and left her to do it alone. Instead, he stayed in bed and read his book for work while he waited for her to finish.

Anna slipped the blackened pancakes onto the plate. Darn it.

And there was her car pool for work. Never mind. She could chuck them later. Running out the door, she shouted a quick bye up the stairs to Angel and jumped into the waiting car outside.
Angel padded downstairs and made his way into the kitchen, his belly rumbling. A plate of charred pancakes sat untouched on the side. He chuckled, his girlfriend's cooking skills (or rather lack thereof) the subject of the unsaid joke. He dutifully cleared up her cooking, a story about how he'd loved them already forming in his brain.

Then an idea popped into his head. He'd surprise her when she got home from work.

An important phone call later, he made some additions to the house... He also built a wedding arch in the backyard - he'd ask Anna to marry him that evening.

And before he knew it, the present had arrived - a small ball of fluff which went by the name of Noodle.

After carrying Noodle inside and introducing him to his bed, bowl and toy basket, Angel found himself in the lounge. The empty hearth stared at him from the other side of the room and he decided to light the fire. He was a bit chilly and rubbed his hands before warming them in front of the flames. He turned around to warm his back. All of a sudden, a spark flew onto his head and he instantly regretted wearing hair gel. He screamed as his head was engulfed in flames. Somehow, he managed to see the time on the mantelpiece clock - Anna would be home very soon. She'd put him out and they'd be laughing about this later. Finally, Anna arrived home and got to him just in time, wielding the extinguisher.

He was singed, but no more than that.
"Go and have a shower!" Anna shouted above the roar of the flames which had now taken hold of most of the lounge. "I'll deal with this - the fire brigade'll be here soon - I'll be fine!" Angel nodded and started to retreat up the stairs while Anna turned the extinguisher towards the roaring fire. But then he changed his mind. He was a man. He needed to at least help his girl, if not do it for her. He returned to the lounge and edged around to the other side of the fire - getting it from a different angle might help to extinguish it once and for all.

But then the worst happened. He caught fire once again. This time the flames spread all over his body quicker. Anna screamed. She ran over to him and sprayed him some more, but it was no good. Within ten minutes, her boyfriend was no more than a pile of ash.

...


What have I done? Well, actually, I didn't strictly 'do' this as the fire literally did happen out of the blue, but it was Angel who was the idiot who went back to try and extinguish the flames. Sorry this update has taken a while - I've just spent an age trying to sort out the photos - postimage was messing around so I ended up using imgur instead as it now works for me! *sigh* Technology, eh? Well, anyway, hope you enjoyed (well not too much, I hope) this update!

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« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2016, 04:51:50 PM »
Wow! That was an awesome update! Haha. That feeling always shows up when you kill a character. Poor Anna.

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« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2016, 05:03:41 PM »
Oh my gosh!

Ok so I accidentally cheated. I usually do the "To Bottom" button and I saw Grim and got really sad... but Angel, you fool!
Perhaps Anna is pregnant? Man that's sad.

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Yes, I didn't plan to write this chapter in a way that makes Angel suspicious, but as I was writing it, I got more suspicious of him myself! Perhaps it was me sub-consciously trying to soften the blow that will come in this chapter... And as for neon-haired babies - they are so cute! Can't wait for one to arrive  :D
As for writing Angel, welcome to the writing club. @mpart and I joke about this all the time. We want our characters to be a specific way and then suddenly they write themselves for us.
It's kind of a magical experience. XD

I can't wait to see how Anna handles the death of Angel.

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« Reply #23 on: May 09, 2016, 09:12:59 PM »
Great update. The last part of Angel death was shocking. Poor Anna. Hope she come out of this trauma as soon as possible. Looking forward for next update.
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De Rosa Perfect Genetics Legacy: Jigsaws Suck
« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2016, 01:18:34 PM »
Wow! That was an awesome update! Haha. That feeling always shows up when you kill a character. Poor Anna.
Thank you! And yeah, it took me about two days to actually get over the fact Angel died... Is that bad?  ;D

Oh my gosh!

Ok so I accidentally cheated. I usually do the "To Bottom" button and I saw Grim and got really sad... but Angel, you fool!
Perhaps Anna is pregnant? Man that's sad.

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Yes, I didn't plan to write this chapter in a way that makes Angel suspicious, but as I was writing it, I got more suspicious of him myself! Perhaps it was me sub-consciously trying to soften the blow that will come in this chapter... And as for neon-haired babies - they are so cute! Can't wait for one to arrive  :D
As for writing Angel, welcome to the writing club. @mpart and I joke about this all the time. We want our characters to be a specific way and then suddenly they write themselves for us.
It's kind of a magical experience. XD

I can't wait to see how Anna handles the death of Angel.
I know right! Angel was literally gonna be my legacy spouse, but I guess I'll have to find someone else now.  :( And aha yeah, I've heard people talk about doing that before, but never actually done it myself, but here we are!  :D

Great update. The last part of Angel death was shocking. Poor Anna. Hope she come out of this trauma as soon as possible. Looking forward for next update.
Thank you!  :D And yeah, it was shocking for me too as I didn't plan for it to happen! Anna should be fine eventually, but she does have some grief to get through, as I am about to tell you about...

Jigsaws Suck

Anna just stood there, frozen, for a good twenty minutes after Grim came, her eyes glued to the spot where her boyfriend had just disintegrated. Then, an ambulance whizzed past her house and the noise broke her out of her stupor. She had to get him back. She had to. She would. She'd heard that her great-grandma had used her magic to bring someone back from the dead by raising them as a zombie, then curing them. But Anna's magical abilities so far still only stretched as a good luck charm, so she needed to practice more.

Anna set to it, the only thing on her mind the image of Angel's face when he looked at her just before he died. She practised through the night, not stopping to do anything. She had to learn the re-animation spell. She had to. The sun rose and her eyelids drooped.
Anna, you need to sleep.
"Go away, Beth. I don't need to sleep - I just need to practice." Anna felt Beth dither in her mind, unsure whether to push it or not, before leaving her to her grief.

Anna stayed in a sort of spell-casting trance, flicking her wrists and chanting words over and over. She only snapped out of it when the sound of a car horn rang throughout the house. Her wand dropped to her side and she looked out of the window, frowning. Who was that? June, her co-worker, sat in her car outside the house. Anna swore. Her carpool! She had work today. But she wouldn't be able to face everyone so soon after the accident. All of a sudden, the guilt she felt for making June drive all the way out here for nothing, the smell of smoke that still lingered in the air and the full force of the grief she felt for Angel caught up with her and tears started pouring down her cheeks.

Eventually, she managed to stay calm for long enough to ring up the studios. The receptionist she met on her first day answered.
"Hello, Plumbob Film Studios, how can I help?"
"Um, hi, it's Anna." She sniffled back a wave of snot.
"Oh yes. Anna. The Best Girl. What can I do for you?" Anna gulped back fresh tears.
"Well, I'm really sorry, but I'm going to have to take some time off work."
"What's wrong, love?"
"Um, well, there was an accident and - " a sob escaped from her mouth, "a fire, and Angel..." Another sob came. She took a few breaths to calm herself and wiped her eyes. "Sorry about the crying. Can I have two days off please? I've got some, well, thinking to do." There was a pause at the other end.
"Honey, are you sure you're OK? Do you want me to send someone over?" He sounded worried now.
"No, no, I'll be fine. I just need some time to myself."
"Okay. Well, I've put you down for two days holiday. But you rest up, now and I hope you're feeling better soon."
"Thank you," Anna said, fighting another sob. She hung up. Right. She needed to get a grip. She took more deep breaths and wiped her sleeves under her eyes furiously until her cheeks were raw. First things first, put out the fire that was still burning in the hearth.

Check. Scrub all the ash out of the carpet. Check. Anna dropped the now black cloth into the bowl of murky water sitting beside her and sat back on her heels to admire her handiwork. She'd done a pretty good job actually. Then she used the dust pan and brush she'd brought in to sweep up those of Angel's ashes which hadn't made it into the urn that Grim left.

She tipped them carefully into the kitchen bin, a tear escaping down her cheek. She winced as the salt water washed over the blister she'd made earlier and dabbed at it with her sleeve. No more crying, she told herself. When she went back into the living room to retrieve the bowl of water, she nearly jumped out of her skin. A large black, brown and white poodle puppy was playing in the greyish water. When she jumped slightly in shock, it jumped out, shook itself off and looked up at her cheekily. Slowly, Anna knelt down, careful not to frighten it, and checked the label hanging around its neck.
Noodle Lobos
For my Anna.
Her hand flew to her mouth. Angel had bought her a puppy. Now she thought about it, she had wondered why there was a dog bowl in the kitchen. This bundle of fluff was his parting gift. She gave the animal a tentative smile and held her hand out for it to sniff.

It nosed her fingers cautiously, then decided she was safe and nuzzled her hand. Anna gave a watery laugh. It was so innocent. She caught sight of Angel's urn in the middle of the floor and stopped. She needed to find somewhere to put it. She would've put it on the mantelpiece, but she didn't want to put him right next to the thing that had killed him. Turning away from Noodle, she took the urn in her hands and held it to her chest.
"Where should I put you, then, baby?" She whispered to it. Then she had an idea. She could bury the urn in the garden, by the sunflowers, and put a gravestone above it. That decided, she walked out the back door and ran down the steps. It was getting dark now - she'd lost track of time. Then she looked up and her knees crumpled. A wedding arch stood at the end of the garden.

Angel had planned to marry her that weekend. He'd built them a wedding arch. A new wave of grief struck her and she let the tears flow again.
***
After about fifteen minutes, Anna's stomach groaned at her. She hadn't eaten since breakfast the day before. Dabbing at her sore cheeks, she pushed the urn into the ground and headed back into the house. Rummaging through the cupboards, all she could find was a can of soup. Here she was again, with nothing but canned soup for dinner.

When her bowl was clean, she rinsed it out in the sink and returned to the lounge. She picked up a book from the table on her way. It was a book her boss had asked her to read and, seeing as she wasn't going to be in for the next couple of days, she thought she might as well get ahead in the reading material. She sank into an armchair and began to read.

It was about eight o'clock when she heard noise outside. At first she dismissed it as just a raccoon, but then she heard an unmistakable 'Ow!' and 'Bleeding mailbox'. Anna closed her book and went to the door, treading carefully so as to not make any noise. She opened the door quietly and peered outside. There was a man dressed in army uniform. It was the soldier she met at her Leisure Party. Frowning, she approached him.
"Hey, what are you doing outside my house?" The man looked up from holding his toe which he'd obviously stubbed on the mailbox. He straightened up to talk to Anna.

"Um, hi. I'm Sherman. Sherman Bagley," he held out his hand for Anna to shake. "I was sent to check up on you because I volunteer for Samaritans and your boss said you sounded upset on the phone this morning. I came as soon as I could after my shift ended." Anna considered him, arms crossed.
"Why you? Why couldn't they have sent a woman?" she demanded, still unsure of this random man who'd turned up in her front yard.
"Well, they mentioned that you were English and I'm Irish so they thought it would be as close as a friendly face as they could get."
"And who are 'they'?"
"My supervisors at Samaritans. Look, I just came to check that you're OK. Are you?" Anna sighed.
"Yes, I'm fine, I told the receptionist at work that this morning. And now I'm gonna have to invite you in for a cup of tea, aren't I? Because that's the polite thing to do."
"Was that an invitation?"
"Yes! Now stop making me feel cold and come inside." Anna turned and walked back into the house. She showed Sherman into the lounge and then popped into the kitchen to turn the kettle on. Back in the lounge, Sherman was hovering, unsure what to do with himself. When Anna re-entered, he turned to her.
"So what happened? You can tell me, I won't tell anyone else if you don't want me to." One look at the sincerity on his face made Anna relax. And she found herself telling him everything. All the tiny details of her time in Riverview so far.

He just stood there, taking it all in, nodding at the right moments, and when she started to well up for what seemed like the gazillionth time, he produced a handkerchief - a handkerchief! - from his pocket.
"Hey, hey, don't cry." He pressed the soft hankie into her hand. "Do you want a hug?" He held out his arms and Anna nodded, scared that she'd start crying again if she said anything. She nestled into his chest and a few tears trickled onto his t-shirt. They stood there, in each others arms for a few minutes. Then Sherman held Anna out at arms length.
"You have got a hankie for the tears - you don't have to use my freshly washed uniform instead!" he said jokily. Anna managed a watery chuckle and obediently used the hankie to wipe her eyes.
"Thank you, Sherman. I really needed that hug."

They talked for ages, the topics ranging from their alma maters to family to the weather. It turned out that Sherman lived with his 'Ma', as he called her, and sister in a house across town. He also confessed to possessing magic too. Anna squealed at that.
"Really?! I thought I'd never meet another magic user!" Sherman smiled.
"Well here I am. Not used it much though, so I can't really do anything but shoot sparks from my fingertips."
"Oh, don't worry, I'll teach you. I haven't done much to improve my own skills, but I have this kind of Guardian Angel - please don't think I'm crazy - and she could help you."
"A Guardian Angel?"
"Yeah, well, she speaks to me telepathically and... you just think I'm going mad, don't you?" Sherman was looking at her strangely.
"Do you mean a Watcher?"
"Well, yeah, but she says that she's not that powerful yet." Sherman's jaw dropped.
"You're one of the Watched families?"
"Um... I guess so. What does that mean?"
"Your family never told you? It means that there's someone up there looking out for your family in particular. Watchers are few and far between so you're really lucky to have one." He beamed at her.
"Yes, but she's not a Watcher yet."
"Well, yeah, but she will be some day, I can tell you that much, and until then she'll act exactly like one so I don't see the difference."
"That's really cool! So you say she'll just look out for me?"
"Well, you and anyone in your household." Anna stopped for a minute.
"But what about Angel - if she's looking out for me, then why did he die?" Sherman sighed.
"Ah. There's the question to ask right there. Maybe Angel made a decision that she couldn't help which led to his death. I guess we'll never know. But let's stop talking about Angel - it'll only make you cry, and that's not something I want to see again if I can help it." Anna smiled up at him gratefully.
"Say, Sherman, what's your star sign?" she said softly. He smiled back at her.

"Scorpio. You?"
"Taurus!"
"We're compatible!" Anna frowned, but the smile stayed on her face.
"How did you know that? I thought guys weren't into that kinda stuff." Sherman rubbed the back of his neck, embarrassed.
"Well, my ma's rather into it so I kind of end up absorbing it." Anna chuckled at his embarrassment.
"It's nothing to be ashamed of, I've just never met a guy who's reacted like that!" They laughed together, then Anna glanced at her watch. "Oh Watcher! It's so late! Er... do you want to kip here for the night, save you going home in the dark and then waking up your mum and sister when you get in?" He grinned.
"That'd be great, Anna, thank you."

She looked at the floor, feeling coy. Was this what love should feel like? Feeling guilty for asking herself that question so soon after Angel's death, Anna let her hands drop.
"Um, the spare room is the second door on the right when you go upstairs. I'll be in the room behind the first on the left." She hurried up the stairs and once she was in her room, shut the door and lent back against it. What had she got herself into?
Nothing. You've got yourself a lovely young gentleman.
"Beth!"
That's my name, don't wear it out.
Anna chuckled.
"Thank you."
What for?
"For leaving me earlier. I needed that time to pull myself together. And thank you for being my almost-Watcher." A laugh tinkled in Anna's head.
That's okay, my love. It's my pleasure. Now you get some sleep and you might be feeling up for work tomorrow, though you don't have to go.
"Okay. Maybe I will be up for it."
Good.
Anna smiled as she changed into her pajamas and slipped into bed. Not long after that, she heard footsteps come up the stairs. They hesitated at her door and her heart jumped at the thought of sleeping in Sherman's arms, but then they carried on down the corridor to the guest room. Smaller footsteps pattered up and came round through the bathroom. Noodle appeared, jumped up onto the bed next to Anna and promptly fell asleep. Anna grinned and stroked her hand through his fur before settling down under the covers, feeling glad that the receptionist had been so concerned.


 

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