Interlude: Hide and Seek

Note: Before continuing the story, I wanted to let everyone know that one of my amazing friends, ra3rei, did something really wonderful and wrote a short story about Diego to give him further closure after his conversation with Mari 🙂 It is amazing, and is 100% “canon” in the A2A universe ^_^

There is actually quite a time jump between our last chapter and this one (surprise! :P) and her story takes place in-between, so now would be a perfect time to pause and read it if you can! ^_^

Thanks guys! On with the story!


“Come on! Onkel Stefan will NEVER find us in here.” Lucas beckoned his sister and Clara closer to the bedroom door.

04-10-16_10-25-38 AM

Mari and Jonas were both working that day, so Stefan had agreed to watch the children while Tobi brought Colette for her latest ultrasound. It had not taken long for the three of them to rope Stefan into a game of hide and seek.

Jocelyne could distantly hear her uncle’s voice at the bottom of the stairs as he continued counting. He’d promised he’d give them extra time to hide this round… But Jocelyne wasn’t sure how much extra. And he was already past 30…

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She raced forward eagerly to join her brother, then hesitated, biting her lip uncertainly. “Luc… That’s maman and Papa’s room… We aren’t allowed if they aren’t here.” Jocelyne shook her head slowly as she spoke.

The little boy nodded. “Exactly. Onkel Stefan knows we aren’t ‘posed to… So he won’t ever think of lookin’ in here.” Lucas replied happily.

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Jocelyne said nothing for a moment. “I just really don’t wanna get in trouble…”

Clara rolled her eyes in annoyance. “Stop being such a baby, Jocelyne.”

Beside her, Lucas snickered.

Jocelyne narrowed her eyes in anger at her brother and aunt. They always loved to pick on her, and call her a goody-two-shoes, or a baby. But she was the oldest! Maybe only by three minutes with her brother… But it still counted, didn’t it? I’m not a baby! She thought angrily.

04-10-16_10-32-56 AM

She said nothing, and instead barged forward past the two other children and into her parents’ bedroom. Lucas and Clara followed close behind, flicking on the light switch and closing the door behind them as they entered.

04-10-16_10-34-57 AM

Jocelyne’s eyes widened in amazement as she stared up at the large display of various football trophies and awards her Papa had won. Woah… She thought, admiring the sparkling metal statues and bright, shiny ribbons. Jocelyne wanted nothing more than to open the glass case and touch them… But something told her that her Papa would not be very happy if she did.

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“Hey look! Cool!” Lucas’ voice reached his sister’s ears. Jocelyne turned, and watched as he slid a large, cardboard box from beneath their parents’ bed and began digging eagerly through its contents.

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“Aren’t we supposed to be hiding? I betcha Stefan’s looking already!” Clara sighed in annoyance as she joined Lucas near the mysterious box.

“I was gonna hide under the bed.” Lucas shrugged. “Then I found this.” He reached inside the box, and pulled out a small rectangular piece of cardstock. “Cool, a baseball card!”

04-10-16_10-42-47 AM

Unable to contain her curiosity, Jocelyne drew closer, and peeked over his shoulder curiously. “Baseball?”

“One of those funny American sports.” He explained, studying the card closely for a moment. “Hey, it kinda looks like Onkel Stefan, doesn’t it? They’ve got the same smile…”

Clara snatched the card forcefully from his hand. “No way, it looks like Tobi.” She explained impatiently.

04-10-16_10-56-45 AM

“You’re crazy. That doesn’t look like my Papa!”

“Yes it does! Their hair’s the same.”

04-10-16_10-57-58 AM

While Lucas and Clara bickered, Jocelyne peered over their shoulders at the picture of the man on the card. His golden hair and handsome face reminded her of a character from a fairytale… Prince Charming. She thought with a smile. But she didn’t want the others to laugh at her, so instead she said “I dunno. He kinda looks like both of ‘em.”

The heavy booming of footsteps from the hall made all three children jump.

04-10-16_11-01-35 AM

With a soft creak, the door swung open and Stefan crossed over the threshold, shaking his head in disappointment. “What are you doing in here?!” He demanded.

“Nothing!” A trio of frightened voices replied in unison.

04-10-16_11-03-06 AM

Lucas tried to kick the box back beneath the bed as Clara did her best to conceal the baseball card behind her back. Jocelyne simply shuffled her feet awkwardly, and tried to look as innocent as she could.

Stefan shook his head slowly. “You guys know you aren’t supposed to be in here without permission.”

04-10-16_11-03-48 AM

“Well… Maman goes into MY room all the time without askin’ me!” Lucas countered.

Stefan’s expression softened slightly and a small laugh escaped his lips. “Yeah, to clean up the giant mess you make, not to snoop around in your stuff…” He furrowed his brow slightly as his gaze fell on his little sister. “What are you holding, Clara?”

The little girl hesitated for a moment, then held out the card quite reluctantly. He took it from her, raising an eyebrow curiously.

Stefan gazed down at it for several long moments. At first, he almost appeared confused. But the longer he looked at it, the paler his face seemed to become.

04-10-16_11-09-36 AM

“Hello?” A sweet voice called from down the stairs. “Anyone home?”

Oh no… Maman and Papa!

04-10-16_11-12-45 AM

“What’s going on in here?!”

The three children simply stared helplessly at one another. Stefan continued staring at the card.

Tobias’ eyes fell on the cardboard box beside the bed. “How many times have we talked about privacy in this house?” He asked sharply.

04-10-16_11-15-23 AM

Jocelyne stared down at the floor, ashamed.

“You know better than to do something like this.” Colette chimed in seriously. “You all do.”

“Sorry, Maman.” Lucas was the first to break the silence. “We promise we’ll never do it again.”

“That’s right. You won’t.” Tobias nodded firmly. “Now go.” He gestured toward the door.

04-10-16_11-18-25 AM

Jocelyne and Lucas didn’t need telling twice. The twins scurried out into the hallway, but lingered in the doorway for a few moments, waiting for their third partner-in-crime to join them.

Clara put her hands on her hips. “You might be their Papa… But you’re just my Bruder. You can’t tell me what to do!”

04-10-16_11-21-37 AM

Tobias smirked and gave a small shrug. “Maybe not. But I can tell Mama and Papa what you were up to…”

The little girl left the room without another word.

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While the other two children headed down the hallway toward the playroom, Jocelyne hesitated, and instead leaned in close to the bedroom door, trying to listen to the conversation on the other side. She could only make out bits and pieces of what was being said.

04-10-16_11-29-44 AM

It was her mother who spoke first. “– you doing with that old thing?” She asked.

“How long have you –” Her uncle’s fragmented reply was stern and serious. “—never shown me before?”

Then finally she heard her father’s voice, strong and clear. “Stefan, it’s just an old –” Jocelyne struggled to make out the rest of the sentence. “—matter so much anyway?”

“Come on, Joce.” Lucas called to his sister, breaking her concentration. “We don’t wanna get in even more trouble.”

04-10-16_11-30-32 AM

Jocelyne knew he was right. The little girl let out a soft sigh and abandoned her eavesdropping.

But try as she might, she just couldn’t stop thinking about the peculiar look on her uncle’s face when he saw that card, and the strange bits of conversation she’d heard through the door.

04-10-16_11-39-50 AM

There’s something really funny going on. Jocelyne realized.

She just wished she knew what it was.

61 thoughts on “Interlude: Hide and Seek

  1. Awwwww, cute chapter with the kids playing together. I’m speculating that what Jocelyne might be hearing is the three talking about the twins’ biological father. Uh oh.

    Popcorn Express ticket. ✓
    Excitement ✓

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  2. Are they figuring it out?!? Oh my! You hinted Mari wouldn’t speak of it so i figured they might not get to know, but now! This is very interesting, to say the least. Looking forward to read what happens next.

    Btw i finished the other story about Dieo this morning. It’s really well written and i definitely recommend poeple to read it!

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    1. Hehehehehe they might be figuring it out, yes 😉 There are definitely intesting things ahead! 😀 (And I’m sure Rae will love knowing that you enjoyed her story so much! I love it 🙂

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    1. Hehehe thank you! I loved incorporating the kids into this! 😀 (And I will need to invest in a freaking popcorn factory for my readers at this point hehehehe)


    1. Get your popcorn ready! XD The kids are so adorable, aren’t they? I love them! 😀 And yes, another nooboo for Tobi and Colette (planned this time 😉 hehe)


  3. The kids are so cute! So Mari still hasn’t told them her suspicions? This will be interesting. Btw where are you finding the boxes and stuff? I need a trunk for an upcoming story but I guess a box could work.

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  4. (ahem)

    a. Ultrasound? Sheesh! Tobi is very serious about that family aspiration lol.
    b. Hi, Jocelyn. Don’t mind me, but you’re new here. Here’s a tip…there is ALWAYS something funny going on around there! Carry on.
    c. It looks like the kids have Colette’s nose! Nice to see some Diego DNA living on for another generation.
    d. ummmmmm…I forgot
    e. Everyone stay out of my popcorn!! :-p

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    1. A. hey, you need at least three kids to complete the aspiration and Tobi and Colette didn’t want another giant age difference 😛

      B. these kids are still learning hehehe

      C. Diego’s DNA lives a bit! ^_^ I have peeked in CAS. Jocelyne looks more like Tobi/Mari, but Lucas seems to favor his mother 🙂

      D. Lolol

      E. I blame you for the popcorn madness around here 😛

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      1. Hey, I can’t help if people think my popcorn is communal LOL. I don’t mind sharing, but ummmm…it’s getting crazy! And that’s your fault. :-p

        Yeah, I can tell Jocelyne looks like Tobi. Can’t tell who Clara looks like.

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  5. Oh no! This will be trouble! And why do Clara and Lucas wind Jocelyne up? Hmm… This will cause drama. Awesome chapter! And you shouldn’t go hiding in your parents’ room if they tell you not to! Jocelyne, next time ignor them. Then you won’t get into trouble! (If you can’t tell, Jocelyne is my favourite character! She reminds me of myself! Not wanting to get into trouble, always being the goody-two-shoes… Hehehe 😀 ) I can’t wait to see how generation 4 will pan out! Have you dislodged your writers block yet, Citizen? 🙂 I need to check their traits so I can predict the dynamics! Ooo, so excited! new characters to get to know and love! *Does a little happy dance* Love the update! ❤

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      1. Hahaha they have character bios that will be going up later today or tomorrow 🙂 Their traits don’t really come into play right now. Music Lover, Active, etc haha it’s mostly about their interests, not their personalities. So I am taking a lot of creative license there hahaha


    1. I’m so happy you love the kids (and Jocelyne!) There is definitely an interesting dynamic between the three of them that we will see more of in Gen 4! ^_^ (and yes, Rae helped me overcome my writer’s block, thank you for asking!)

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  6. Okay, I’m excited that now Stefan has a little bit of info Maybe it’s time for another talk with Mari? Maybe with Tobi?

    The twins and Clara are so stinking adorable. Looks like Jocelyn may be a bit of a hot head like her grandma and uncle. Can’t wait to see.

    Also, did that entire family get hit with the sexy stick in CAS?! You said Tobi was definitely a hunk as a YA, which is true, but I definitely wasn’t expecting Stefan to grow up to be so handsome. I guess I just have a thing for intellectual Sims…lol

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    1. “did that entire family get hit with the sexy stick in CAS?” Best. Comment. Ever. Hahahaha! Stefan is so dashing ❤ I think Mari's sister Lina is proof though that not all of the genes in this family are perfect lmao but I am hoping that they stay attractive for generations to come XD (Jocelyne, Lucas, and Clara are pretty attractive when they're older, so my hot-streak continues! Hehe) And I'm glad you liked the kids!!! We'll see what Stefan does with this info….


  7. This was cute and evil at the same time! I’m so excited to see if Stefan and Tobi will find everything out. And as always, it was wonderfully written! I really liked the story about Diego too.

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  8. Woah, I read this post on the train home from a night going out ar 6 am and it was intense… But I was too tired to comment lol. So here’s my comment (after about 4 hours of sleep)…

    Part of me can’t believe Mari didn’t tell the boys anything in all these hears. But then again, it’s Mari, she’s good at kidding herself. Poor Steran, though, having to find a first clue like that. I don’t think he’ll be happy at all if/when he finds out Mari has had suspicions for a while… I just read the entire Thoreau legacy in two days and I loved it! Secretly hoping for a crossover where boys and dad meet …. 😉

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    1. Hahaha thank you for commenting! ^_^ Yeah, Mari is in super denial right now, and i think that made is easier for her to keep the secret… Oh, Mari. XD I’m so excited you got caught up with the Thoreaus too! Josh is my favorite character so having his DNA in my legacy makes me so happy hehehe


  9. Great chapter. The children are sweet.
    I don’t think Stefan would be able to figure things out from a baseball card in real life. But I’m definitely happy he is able to put one and one together in your story or at least getting suspicious. 🙂


    1. Haha I will fully admit to this whole plotline being unrealistic. But if I didn’t include convenient coincidences and stuff like that, this gen would be terribly boring XD

      We’ll see in the next couple of chapters what comes of it. Stefan is definitely HIGHLY suspicious right now, and will probably start doing more research to see if his hunch is true.

      I think that a big part of it is that Stefan is always on high-alert searching for some clue to his father’s identity. And then, when he sees the picture, well… Josh’s mouth is pretty darn distinct (I’m still shocked no one ever noticed that connection before XD). So I imagine his brain going “Woah, this guy’s mouth looks a lot like mine. Wait, and his hair and skin are the same color as Tobi’s… Oh my God this is really weird and I need to do research on this guy NOW.” 😛

      Thank you for reading!

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    1. OMG I saw her baby bump, too! I thought she’d gained some weight at first, but now I’m so happy to know that she’s preggo! YAY! 😊👏

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      1. Hahaha yes, she is pregnant! 🙂 That’s why Tobi was taking Colette to an ultrasound ^_^ Nooboo #3 is in the works! (Planned this time 😉 )

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  10. Loved this chapter! The kids are so cute! And especially how the twins’ aunt Clara is being all sassy and bossy around them… that’s freaking adorable! 😁
    Eagerly waiting to know what happens when Tobi and Stefan finally find out about their dad! That chapter’s going to be epic! 🙌

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed!!! ^_^ I loved writing the kids in this 🙂 And there are definitely interesting things ahead for Tobi and Stefan 😉

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  11. You’re so good at depicting various personalities. Jocelyne is a little sweetie ❤
    (I'm determined to finally get caught up in the next few days, so prepare for a bombardment of comments.)

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    1. Yay! 🙂 I love your comments! 🙂 Pace yourself though! Your heart may not be able to handle some of what’s ahead haha drama and heaviness lie in store, fair warning 😛

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      1. Haha, I love the sim drama!! I’m writing a new legacy now where I’m trying to be more soap opera-ish. Lots of serious stuff, and intense drama B) probably inspired by how much I love this legacy XD

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  12. I’m finally back to my three favorite munchkins 😀 These three were probably my favorites, though they’re all lovable in different ways.

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