1.0: Prologue

Mom cried the whole time.

And that made it so much harder.

Dad put on a brave face though, just like I knew he would. And so did I.

1

I wish they could understand why I have to do this. Why I can’t handle all the pressure. Why I can’t stand living with the shadow of my family’s past looming over me all the time. It’s just so damn overwhelming… suffocating, almost.

I think I was about fifteen the first time I really started to understand what the last name “Ainsworth” meant around Newcrest. My great-grandfather, Damien Ainsworth – a well-renowned surgeon with an entire wing of the local hospital dedicated in his name; my great-grandmother Becca Ainsworth – a bestselling author whose books still line shelves at bookstores around the world; my grandmother, Melanie Ainsworth, who helped manage one of the biggest software companies in the region; and my grandfather, Lucas Ainsworth, whose restaurant still draws tourists and food critics from across the nation, even to this day.

Being an Ainsworth means being successful, and driven. It means being loved, and admired. Being important.

Thank God I inherited my father’s last name.

Or at least, that’s what I always used to tell myself. Until I stopped to think about it, and I realized that being a Rosebrook was almost as bad as being an Ainsworth. My dad used to be the designated hitter for the Newcrest Knights, and helped them win the national championship two years in a row, back before I was born. Crazy, right? And my mom… Well, her artwork’s on display in galleries in over ten different states. My sister decided to follow in mom’s footsteps, and guess what? She’s already on her way to becoming just as famous… Maybe even more famous. Who knows?

I guess what I’m trying to say is that none of it makes any difference. Alexander Ainsworth, Alexander Rosebrook… It doesn’t matter. Either way, I’m living in their shadows. Expected to do so much. To be so much.

But how can I be anything when I still have no idea what the Hell I’m doing, and why I’m even here?

I still remember the last thing I said to my parents – That I’d call as soon as my plane landed, write to them every week, visit as soon as I can… That everything would be okay.

2

But would it?

Evelyn was the only one who seemed sure that it would be. It was Ev who convinced me to get away in the first place, actually. Who helped me see that this is really what I need to do to find “my way”, you know? Figure out what I’m supposed to do with my life.

And Evelyn, well, I think she understands more about life than anyone else I know… But that’s kind of a long story.

The point is, I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. When I was walking away from my parents – from everything I’ve ever known – and heading for the bus station, I remember feeling more terrified than I’d ever felt in my life. For a moment, I wanted nothing more than to turn back. And I almost did.

3

I’m still not sure if this is all gonna turn out to be the biggest mistake of my life, or the best decision I’ve ever made. But I guess I’ll figure that out sooner or later… right?

Anyway, this crappy pen I borrowed from the ticket counter’s almost out of ink, and my plane boards in ten minutes, so I’d better wrap this up.

Windenburg, here I come.

 

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82 thoughts on “1.0: Prologue

  1. Heeeeeey Alex!

    I am so excited for this legacy and not because of who his grandmother is or anything. *cough cough* Widenburg holds so much unknown for newcomers and I really feel like you captured that in this first bit.

    *waves excitedly at Krysti* I mean it was nice to see her again <_<

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    1. Thank you Joie! I’m so glad you liked it! And Alex isn’t on the gallery yet but he’ll definitely have to end up there 😉 He’s legitimately the best looking sim I’ve ever had come out of pure genetics hahaha The Ainsworth genes are magical! I just hope they stay magic throughout the legacy Hahahahaha

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    1. Thank you very much! 🙂 And yeah, Alex’s handsomeness is quite distracting. I keep staring at him in-game. XD I don’t know how he got such good genetics hahaha. Thank you so much for reading Derubelle! 🙂 ❤

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      1. Agreed! I really like the cute guys…

        Quick question: Are you going to do a patriarchy (male dominated) legacy? Or just whoever the heir is? And will you let the readers choose, or are you gonna choose?

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        1. I’m doing equality, so it can be whichever! 🙂 And I am going to do a “living will”, I think. Which means that whichever child has the highest relationship with the previous heir gets to be the new heir. The idea would kinda be that the heir chooses the child they’re closest to to be the one to carry on the family legacy. I kinda like the idea of that, so that’s what I’m leaning toward 🙂 but we’ll see what happens! No babies yet in game so I have time to change my mind haha

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          1. Ohhhhh, I never even thought that was a thing! I really like that.

            However, the only problem I find with that is the results can easily be swayed to your favorite child. I might do a random roll and get the relationship up there…

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            1. That’s true! That was a thought I have… if I get super biased, I can intentionally make them interact a lot XD I will try very hard to keep things mostly autonomous/based on whims. So like, for example, if Alex has lots of whims to interact with one child over the other, I’ll assume that’s the one he “wants” as the heir haha

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  2. And to think you were worrying about the quality of this. 😉

    It’s a great lead-in for a legacy, and works fantastically outside of Dust to Dust’s context (good for beginning readers and stuff, always gotta think about them!).

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I can’t help stressing all the time, I’m a perfectionist hahaha! And yes, I wanted to be conscious of new readers who don’t know anything about D2D while still tying it in well enough that D2D readers feel like it all fits together 🙂 I’m glad you checked it out, thank you!

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I hope the powerful Ainsworth genes hold throughout the legacy XD No nooboos for Alex in-game yet, so we will see… thank you for reading and for your encouragement 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much!!!! I’m very excited to see the family continue for several more generations 🙂 I’m trying to do this as unscripted as possible, which is SO outside my comfort zone haha but hopefully I can keep it interesting! 🙂 thanks for checking it out!

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    1. Thank you so much for checking out my story! I am loving writing Alex. He appeared in my other (now-complete) SimLit story very briefly as a child. I thought it would be cool to explore him more as a YA and I’m really having fun with it 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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  3. I supposed to go to sleep, but just wanted to check “Ashes to Ashes” too and it’s a wonderful beginning to the Legacy, I love it! Now, I will read Dust to Dust and Ashes to Ashes in the same time 🙂 You are a great writer! But now, I need to sleep, so continue the next day 😉

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  4. It’s about time I checked out your amazing legacy! I have to say it’s an excellent start!! Hope Alex has a safe trip to Windenburg. Since I don’t have Get Together, the best way is to experience it through your story! 🙂

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    1. Oh yay, thank you for reading, Simslover! I hope you enjoy! Generation One is very casual and light. Generation Two starts with the usual heavy sort of drama you’d expect from me 😉 Both are quite different from D2D, but I love writing this story! I’m glad you’re here reading, thank you!

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  5. Oh wow, I already love your writing! I wasn’t sure if I should start with the original or this, but I wanted to stick with the most recent one and then maybe go back and read the other as a prequel. I really like your style!

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    1. Oh thank you! ^_^ I appreciate you reading! You don’t necessarily have to read them in any order 🙂 There are some spoilers for Dust to Dust within this story (simply because of references to the past generations of the family) so as long as you don’t mind that, it’s all good haha

      I hope you enjoy! ^_^ My first gen is pretty light, then things start to get heavy in gen 2 and it basically never stops being a melodrama 😂 Hehe thank you again for checking out A2A!

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    1. Yay! I really hope you enjoy it 😀 Alex’s generation is pretty light but things get very heavy and dramatic (basically a soap opera) in the later gens 😛 Brace yourself for a bumpy ride! Hehehe And thanks again for reading. 🙂

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  6. Started over with reading 🙂 just felt like reading the whole things Again hehe 😉 but why wouldn’t i? You’re an amazing writer Who understand to make readers addicted to your stories. I actually considered reading D2D a third time, just to get the before story. Still debating that…

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    1. Oh thank you so much!!!! I’m so happy you loved D2D and have decided to check out my legacy too! ^_^ fair warning now (haha) things start out really light in gen 1, but from gen 2 onward it’s basically a soap opera with drama and some heavy stuff… very different from D2D, but I really hope you enjoy following Lucas and Mel’s descendants in their crazy lives haha ^_^

      Thanks again for reading!! ❤️

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  7. I told myself that I wouldn’t jump into this story today but I’m weak 😭 and couldn’t resist! It’s starting off great and making me smile with the D2D references (seeing that I just finished reading that so everything is so fresh in my head). And can I say how handsome Alex grew up to be mhmmm 😍

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    1. Hehehehe welcome to A2A! ^_^ I’m happy to see you here 🙂 And yes! Alex grew up to be quite the looker 😍😍😍 (I miss him 😦 he’s been dead for a long time now in this story. So this is a huge nostalgia trip ❤️)

      Thanks so much for reading! ❤️❤️

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  8. What if a certain someone said they were finally coming back to the sim story community and decided to start from the beginning of their favorite ongoing legacy i.e. Ashes to Ashes 😉

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    1. Awww Celty Girly! I’ve missed you! It’s wonderful to see you again!!!!!!!!! And I’m so flattered that you decided to start my legacy from the beginning ❤ Thank you!

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      1. 😀 Hiya! I need to change my username on here if I can, but yes I’m back :3 I kept getting emails whenever you updated and I was like eventually I’ll get back to it, eventually, so now I have!

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