Interlude: Legacy

05-31-16_10-15-43 PM

“Hello?” Stefan looked up at the sound of the opening front door. Who could that be? He wondered. Whoever it was, it sounded as though they were fumbling and struggling a great deal.

As he rose to his feet, Stefan tried his best to narrow down the options. Tobi and Colette were away with the kids, visiting Amelie in Champs Les Sims for a few days; Jonas had left with Clara to go to the park less than half an hour ago; Jade was out back in the pool; and Mari was with a piano student in the music room…

That only leaves… “Grandpa?”

05-31-16_10-21-45 PM

“Yup…” Alex’s voice called from the entry hall. He sounded almost out of breath as he spoke.. “It’s me.”

“Dad, what are you doing?”  Mari appeared in the hallway at the same time as her son, looking curiously as her father struggled with a large cardboard box. “Let me get that for you.”

The music in the other room suddenly stopped and Florian appeared beside his teacher, distracted by all the commotion. “Do you need help, Mr. Rosebrook?” The young boy asked kindly.

05-31-16_10-25-26 PM

“I’ve got it, thanks.” Alex waved a hand dismissively at Mari and the young boy. “Just need a second to catch my breath.”

Stefan locked eyes with his mother for a moment, shrugging uncertainly.

“Help him. Please?” Mari mouthed to her son before whisking Florian back to the piano.

Stefan smiled kindly as he drew closer to his grandfather. He had been right in the middle of filling out another string of job applications when Alex had arrived home. And though the interruption was a bit irritating, part of him almost welcomed it. I could use a break. He thought.

05-31-16_10-27-21 PM

“Seriously, grandpa.” Stefan laughed as he bent down, lifting the box carefully from the floor. “Let me help.”

05-31-16_10-29-59 PM

It was not quite as heavy as he’d been expecting, given his grandfather’s difficulties. But it was clearly full of some sort of large, heavy objects that rattled around a bit as he shifted the box in his arms.

“Be careful. It’s fragile.” Alex warned him.

“Do you want this out back?” Stefan moved his head, gesturing over his shoulder in the direction of the small cabin his grandparents now shared.

Alex shook his head. “Let’s take them upstairs.” He replied. “There’s more room up there.”

05-31-16_10-31-12 PM 05-31-16_10-32-43 PM 05-31-16_10-34-33 PM 05-31-16_10-36-29 PM

“Old pictures?” Stefan raised an eyebrow as he watched his grandfather dig eagerly through the box. He was not quite sure what he’d been expecting, but it was certainly not a pile of dusty old picture frames. “Where did these come from, grandpa?”

“My sister,” Alex explained, “Danica. When she passed away a few years ago, I got a few of these old family photos in the mail. I’d been keeping them in storage, until now.” He lifted the smallest of the picture frames from the box. “Now just seemed like a good time to dig them out again.”

05-31-16_10-40-13 PM

Stefan couldn’t help but smile. He knew exactly why his grandfather was doing this — Alex had been hit by a sudden wave of nostalgia, it seemed, ever since his grandchildren had returned from their trip abroad.

He watched in amusement as his grandfather hung each picture on the wall one by one, sharing old stories and anecdotes along the way.

Alex told him about his great-grandparents, Damien and Becca. They’d both died before he was born, but it seemed to Stefan that they still had a big impact on his grandfather’s life. “Every time I write,” Alex explained, “I feel like I’m making Becca proud, somehow. Or I hope I am, I guess.” The old man laughed.

Stefan smiled. “I’m sure you are, grandpa.” He assured him.

05-31-16_10-41-59 PM

“Who’s that little girl?” Stefan asked as his grandfather stepped back to admire the next photo.

“My mother. Krystina. One of the most amazing artists Newcrest ever saw. And one of the biggest hearts, too.” Alex smiled wistfully beside his grandson. “Almost every photo I had of her and my father was lost in that fire, years ago… It was a nice surprise to find this one. I even have one of her old paintings out in the car. We can find a spot for that too.” His smile widened.

05-31-16_10-43-03 PM

As they pulled the final pictures from the box, Stefan recognized the smiling couple instantly, even without having ever seen them before. “Your grandparents.” He said.

Alex nodded as he hung the trio of photos on the bare wall. “Two of the most amazing people I ever met.” He said sincerely. “They were… Well, you know.” A small chuckle escaped his lips. “Not like you haven’t heard the stories a thousand times. They both died when I was so young. I just wish I’d had more time with them.” His lips curled into a smile as his gaze shifted toward Stefan. “Not everyone’s lucky enough to have their grandparents sticking around for so long, y’know.”

05-31-16_10-45-02 PM

Stefan rolled his eyes as he leaned forward, examining the photographs more closely. She’s beautiful. He thought, staring at the face of his great-great-grandmother. Must be where Mama gets it from…

05-31-16_10-46-51 PM

“Thanks for showing me these.” He said sincerely, heading toward the small loveseat on the upper landing. “I love hearing more about your family…” Stefan paused for a moment. “They were all so interesting. And successful… They kinda left you some big shoes to fill, huh?” He asked with a laugh.

Alex nodded as he took a seat beside his grandson. “Exactly. And, y’know, that’s a big reason why I left Newcrest in the first place, actually.” He confessed.

05-31-16_10-47-49 PM

“It is?” Stefan could not hide the surprise on his face. His grandfather had told him and Tobi so many stories over the years. But he was fairly certain he’d never heard this one before.

“Yeah… It just…” He paused, as though struggling to find the right words. “It all felt like so much to live up to. I kept comparing myself to them. Worrying I’d never be as good as they were.” The old man shook his head. “Pretty silly, huh?”

Stefan said nothing.

05-31-16_10-48-02 PM

“I felt so stuck back home.” Alex continued. “I never really found ‘my way’, if you know what I mean. And my Auntie Ev – well, she wasn’t really my aunt…” He paused, shaking his head for a moment. “But anyway, Ev could tell how unhappy I was. And she told me I needed to fix it. So I did.”

Stefan eyed his grandfather curiously for a few moments as he took in what he had told him. “But… I don’t get it.” He said at last. “You left your home behind, all because you felt too much pressure to be famous?” The young man let out a soft chuckle. “Grandpa, you were the head of one of the biggest newspapers in Europe. You wrote a bestselling novel!”

05-31-16_10-49-06 PM

The old man nodded. “I did.” He agreed. “And do you think I could have done any of that if I’d stayed back in Newcrest? Coming to Windenburg was the best thing that’s ever happened to me. The best decision of my entire life… Aside from marrying your grandmother, of course.” He added with a wink.

Stefan said nothing for a long time. A peculiar sensation had begun to wash over him – one he’d never quite experienced before. His heart was racing with excitement, while his stomach twisted and turned in unpleasant knots. Was it a good feeling? A bad one? No matter how many seconds ticked by, Stefan still wasn’t sure.

05-31-16_10-50-39 PM

At last, he found his voice. “That’s really great, grandpa.” He bit his lip nervously as he spoke. “But… what about your family? I mean, your parents… Your sister… Evelyn… Didn’t you miss them?”

“Of course.”

“And after you left… I mean, I know you still talked to them and stuff, but… Wasn’t it different? I mean, you weren’t close anymore, were you? Not like you used to be.”

05-31-16_10-51-22 PM

Alex let out a soft sigh. “That’s true.” He admitted, his voice quiet. “No matter how many letters we wrote or phone calls we made, it was never the same after I left. We all knew it wouldn’t be. But they just wanted me to be happy. They knew it was right, even if it hurt.” He paused for a moment, shrugging his shoulders slightly.

“My parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents… They’d left behind this huge legacy back home. One I didn’t feel like I was a part of. Or worthy of, I guess. So I thought that by coming here, maybe I could make my own.”

05-31-16_10-53-05 PM

“And you did.” Stefan said quietly. “You got what you wanted.”

A small smile came to Alex’s lips at his grandson’s words. “You’re right. I did get what I wanted… But when I got older, I started to see that I was wrong. It turns out I wasn’t starting my own legacy after all… I was continuing theirs.” He nodded his head toward some of the old photographs on the wall. “I know they’d be proud if they could see our family now.” Alex continued confidently. “None of it was easy. But when I look at your mother and your aunts, your brother, the kids, you… Well, then I know that it was all worth it.”

05-31-16_10-54-12 PM

Stefan stared down at the floor as his grandfather’s words washed over him. That peculiar feeling still had not fled – in fact, it had only gotten worse. There was a strange itch now – a sting, almost – in the corner of his eyes. He did his best to blink it away.

“Stefan… is everything okay?” His grandfather asked gently, reaching a hand for his shoulder. Stefan glanced sideways at him. There was a strange, almost knowing look on the old man’s face. “You know, if you ever wanna talk about – ”

05-31-16_10-54-56 PM

“I’m fine.” Stefan rose to his feet. “Thanks, grandpa. It was great checking out those pictures with you… But I should really get back to work. Those applications won’t fill out themselves.”

He forced a smile and turned away before his grandfather could reply.

05-31-16_10-55-50 PM 05-31-16_10-55-59 PM 05-31-16_10-57-17 PM 05-31-16_10-57-46 PM 05-31-16_10-58-49 PM 05-31-16_10-59-04 PM 05-31-16_10-59-39 PM 05-31-16_11-00-09 PM 05-31-16_11-00-14 PM

——————————————————-

05-31-16_11-00-53 PM 05-31-16_11-01-14 PM05-31-16_11-01-30 PM

“Hey Josh… Yeah. Good, good. Thanks. Look, I’m sorry to bug you like this, but…”

05-31-16_11-02-10 PM

“Would you mind giving me your cousin Luc’s number? There’s something I wanna ask him about…”

05-31-16_11-02-34 PM

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

41 Responses to Interlude: Legacy

  1. kaffepigen says:

    So this is very interesting. What i think is that he is gonna want to move to the US but i can’t figure out what he could want to talk to Luc about. Hm…

    Liked by 2 people

    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Do you remember his conversation with Luc in the previous chapter? That’s a clue! ^_^ Thanks for reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • kaffepigen says:

        Of course! Just looked it up and now i remember. Uh I can’t wait for the next update! I hope we hear about that job stuff then. When will you update it?

        Liked by 1 person

        • CitizenErased14 says:

          We have a chapter tomorrow, a chapter Tuesday, and chapter Thursday (then the cycle continues again — Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday 🙂 )

          Liked by 1 person

  2. Senna says:

    Oh, don’t mind me. Just…got something in my eye is all…

    …I miss all those guys…

    Liked by 2 people

    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Me too! I had tears in my eyes when writing and screenshotting this. 😦 When I sent the twins to Newcrest I realized that, via cheat codes I could take the photos from inside Lucas and Mel’s house. I got so excited. And then emotional XD

      Like

  3. Apple says:

    Is this what you meant by saying you would come back to Newcreast after getting Windenburg out of your system? But in that case what about the gen 4 pic? Does anyone else not understand or am I just slow to catch on?

    Like

    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hi Apple! Thank you for reading my story!

      I don’t remember saying anything about coming back to Newcrest? I love Windenburg, so the legacy will be staying here for the foreseeable future ^_^

      Like

  4. Spottydog714 says:

    Again, I am crying. Genuinely. I might go back and read gen 1. I missed Alex so much. And he is so like Stefan. *hugs them both and comes away with wet cheeks*

    Liked by 1 person

  5. SilentDreamer says:

    This is my first time posting so I just want to say I love your story it’s amazing😊 It makes me what to make a story myself but sadly I don’t have the game or a working computer😭 But I was just wondering do interludes count as chapters? Cause I feel like they don’t but if they do then my countdown to the start of generation 4 isn’t off. Also I totally get how even though Alex doesn’t know what Stefan is thinking he still ended up making him feel that his decision to possible leave isn’t such a bad thing. My only fault with this is eventually he’s going to have to tell Mari😰 And we both know she’s not a big fan of change.

    Liked by 1 person

    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you so much for reading! ^_^ I appreciate it very much! And I’m really glad you enjoy it 🙂 My interludes don’t count as numbered chapters, but I think you are correct that the end of this generation is near (though I do not have a totally even number of chapters this time around)! I loved having Alex have this heart to heart with Stefan 🙂 But Mari’s reaction is certainly something to be afraid of… 😮

      Thank you again for reading! I am so happy to have you here 😀

      Like

  6. audreyfld says:

    I enjoyed the walk down memory lane! I am glad he is going for it! Get the job you want and start living YOUR life! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. azzywoods says:

    I hope Stefan gets his happy ending… but if he moves to Willow Creek…the fallout would be huge. I like the new banner. I’m guessing it’s Jocelyne with the pulled-back Dine Out hair, Clara with the undercut, Lucas in the middle of them and then Auggy as a child.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. SilentDreamer says:

    Hey my first post I’m so excited😝 I just want to say I love your story! I was just wondering if interludes count as chapters? Cause if they do then my calculations for the start of generation 4 is correct. Also I’m glad Alex was the one to basically tell Stefan it’s okay to leave home even if he didn’t know he was doing it. Stefan respects his grandfather so it probably made his decision a bit easier. But the one thing in worried about is what will happen if Or when Mari finds out😱 We both know she’s not to fond of change.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Hm…maybe, just maybe, Stefan will find his way very soon…but if he leaves we had better get some pics in an interlude!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Jes2G says:

    I still wave the #TeamAlex flag.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. lisabeesims says:

    Sigh! Onward ….

    Liked by 1 person

  12. alphabetagama8 says:

    Hmmmmm…. I predict that Florian and Clara will probably date in the future! I mean you have said that Florian will be part of Gen 4 so it would be perfect! Either way, I love this Legacy! #TeamClarian! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahaha That’s an interesting prediction for sure! (Love that team too :P) Thank you so much for reading! I appreciate it! 😀

      Like

  13. I love how history repeats itself. It’s so great that his grandfather was able to help him decide what to do with his life. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. silentwolfy101 says:

    I feel like Florian will become a future spouse…

    Liked by 1 person

  15. silentwolfy101 says:

    Go Stefan! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Bethan says:

    Alex ❤ So happy for Stefan – change is scary, but I think Willow Creek will be so wonderful for him. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  17. I BLOODY KNEW IT (but yeah, Alex did it, so…)

    Liked by 1 person

  18. So good to read Ev’s name again. This conversation brought back so many memories from D2D and gen 1. I see where you’re getting with Stefan, but I will keep reading.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. theceltygirly says:

    ALEX BETTER NOT DIE ANYTIME SOON (I know you have little control over that, BUT STILL)

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s