Interlude: One Last Time

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The moment he heard the soft knocking at the door, Mark knew exactly who he would find standing on the other side.

For one moment, he actually considered ignoring it, and pretending he wasn’t home. But what good would that do? How silly and immature would that make him? A feeling of shame washed over him at the thought.

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With a heavy sigh he placed his book beside him on the soft brown couch, not even bothering to mark his place. He had much more to worry about than remembering what page he’d been on.

Mark fought back a wave of nausea as he rose to his feet and headed for the door, just in time for a second round of knocking to reach his ears.

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He felt his heart race in his chest the moment he set his eyes on her. It had been nearly two months since he’d last seen Jocelyne’s beautiful face. God, I miss her. Mark wanted nothing more than to pull her into his arms, press his lips to hers, and never let her go again.

Instead, he forced a polite smile. “Jocelyne.”

“Hi, Mark.” Jocelyne replied, unsmiling. Her voice still sounded exactly like music… But less lively than he remembered. Less vibrant.

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“What are you doing here?” He asked softly as he stepped aside to let her in. It was a genuine question – he truly had no idea why she’d come to see him. To try to win him back? To make him feel even guiltier than he already did? To scream in his face and tell him she hates him? I deserve it…

The young girl sighed, and seemed almost annoyed. “Don’t worry, I’m not here to beg, if that’s what you’re worried about.” Jocelyne sat down on the large couch as she spoke.

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“N-no, not at all, I –”

She ignored him. “I just wanted to see you one last time before I leave. That’s all.”

Mark’s eyes widened. He’d almost forgotten – Jocelyne had finally completed her studies. She’d earned her degree. And she was moving back home to Windenburg… For good.

“I guess congratulations are in order.” He smiled gently at her.

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She just shrugged. “Yeah. I guess.”

“And I bet you’re looking forward to finally being back at home.” He continued the uncomfortable small talk.

Mark regretted his words almost instantly.

“Yeah… Really looking forward to that.” Jocelyne’s voice dripped with sarcasm as she spoke.

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Oh God, it’s worse than I thought…

Mark bit his lip, struggling to find the right words. “Jocelyne… I’ve, um… been hearing that you’re having some… difficulties with your family.” He knew he didn’t have to say that it was Hazel who had told him. “And I just want you to know that this isn’t anyone’s fault but mine, okay? They didn’t –”

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I don’t want to talk about my family!” Jocelyne snapped. “Please.”

Mark knew better than to argue. “Okay.” He said at last. “Just… Please know that I’m sorry… So sorry. For everything.”

Jocelyne nodded. “So am I.” The girl was silent for a few moments before continuing. “I wish I knew what to say. I didn’t exactly come here with any grand speech in mind or anything.” To Mark’s surprise, the girl smiled softly for a moment. “I just wanted to be able to look at you again… When neither of us are crying or sad or angry. I don’t want to remember you like that. And I don’t want you to remember me like that either.”

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Mark almost laughed. “You’re talking like we’ll never see each other again. I’ll be in Windenburg plenty to visit Hazel.” He assured her. “I’m sure we’ll bump into each other every now and then.”

“Mark, you don’t get it.” She shook her head. “I don’t want to see you again.”

Her words hit him like a punch in the gut. “What?!”

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“I never want to see you again.” Jocelyne repeated seriously. “Maybe if you’d told me you didn’t love me anymore, I’d feel differently.” She admitted. “But knowing that you do makes it hurt so much more…” She shook her head, her brow furrowing slightly.

“And I’m sick and tired of hurting, Mark. I don’t want to feel like that anymore. I don’t want to feel anything anymore.” The girl paused for a moment. “But when I look at you, I… I feel…”

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Jocelyne’s voice trailed away into silence as her gaze bored deeply into his.

Mark did not look away.

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And when she began closing the distance between them, he did nothing to stop her.

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Mark savored the taste of Jocelyne’s soft lips and supple tongue as her mouth moved with his. His nostrils inhaled her sweet scent. His ears relished in the sound of her sighs. He reached up and let his fingers tangle in her hair as he pulled her closer and closer to him.

It was perfect. She was perfect. And Mark wanted nothing more than to stay in that moment forever.

But he knew it couldn’t last.

Mark was called back to reality by the feeling of one of her small hands fumbling with his belt buckle. The other was already working on the zipper of his jeans. Oh God, what are we doing?

Mark pulled away from her, shaking his head slowly. “Jocelyne, no.”

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Please. I need you.” Jocelyne had said she wasn’t there to beg – but that was exactly what she was doing. “Can’t we be together?” She whispered. “One last time?”

He rose to his feet, unable to meet her gaze. “We can’t.” Mark’s voice shook slightly as he spoke. “You know we can’t.”

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He wanted to, more than anything. But he couldn’t… Because if he did, he knew he would never be able to let her go again.

Mark stood there uncertainly, waiting for the girl’s reaction. He expected her to cry, or scream, or argue. He expected another scene.

But there wasn’t one.

Jocelyne simply rose to her feet, taking a few steps toward the door. “It was a mistake to come here.” She said softly. “I’m sorry.”

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“Don’t be.” He replied seriously. “I’m really glad I got to see you before you left.”

“Me too.” For one fleeting moment, Jocelyne almost smiled. “Goodbye, Mark. I love you.”

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A million possible responses flooded his mind.

“I love you too.”

“Wait!”

“I’m sorry.”

“Don’t go.”

But she was already gone before he could make up his mind.

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48 Responses to Interlude: One Last Time

  1. Senna says:

    Hoo boy… :/

    Well, let’s see if my predictions (and hopes?) end up holding any water in the next few chapters.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      We’ll see! The end of this arc is coming soon…

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      • audreyfld says:

        The end?….Soon? That means a sinking ship….I am all teary eyed….Poor Jocelyn and Mark….Is she really going home? Or home to say goodbye? She said goodbye to Mark…It feels like she is tying up loose ends. I can see her saying something similar to her family – I love you but I don’t ever want to see any of you again. I am leaving. Don’t try to find me.

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        • CitizenErased14 says:

          Well we’ll have to wait and see what happens. I think there are multiple paths it can take (though obviously I’ve already chosen which one 😂) I think this theory is definitely a valid one!

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        • kaffepigen says:

          You know, as far as i know, for the next generation there have to be babies, so i think that either mark somehow comes around and they get back together and she gets pregnant OR she goes home and after a while she finds out she’s pregnant… I’m really curious about what might happen…

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          • shamanarza says:

            Or she moves home, finds someone else to love, marries them, and views Mark as the one that got away. First love isn’t the only love you’ll get in the world, and while the theoretical new guy will never have the part of her heart she gave Mark, she hasn’t run out of heart to give.

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  2. maladi777 says:

    Way to torture the Marklyne ship crew…

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  3. sonniejj says:

    Soooo my birthday is tomorrow… How about, as a birthday gift, you reunite Mark and Joce and they live happily ever after? Maybe? 😀

    (Just kidding, of course, keep on torturing us and breaking our hearts, we love to hate you for it <3)

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  4. Simslover163 says:

    I’m so sad. Poor Marklyne. At least you were nice enough to show them saying goodbye to each other.

    Since I’m a passenger of the SS Marklyne, this ship is bound to sink any minute now. So, I’m going to get on a lifeboat and go to the SS Clarian. From there, I’m watching the Marklyne ship with my periscope. There’s no way I’m boarding the RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Luzel until Lucas’s attitude gets better.

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  5. Spottydog714 says:

    Hmf. How many chapters (including interludes) do we have left? About 20?

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  6. Jes2G says:

    Jocelyne Rosebrooks is going hoooooome. We gotta teach her how to say goodbye, to say goodbye, you and I.
    Poor Mark. Just trying to sit under his own vine and fig tree, taking a moment alone in the shade at home in the mess that they made. LOL, ok, enough Hamilton.

    Kudos to Mark for exercising restraint. Kudos to Joce for not acting up (although that little stunt with the belt and puppy eyes “I need you” caused some demerits lol). I know Mark is older and wiser, and could figure out how to be civil around each other, but why did he act surprised when she said he never wanted to see him again? (rhetorical, of course) At least they parted on a good note this time even though they were both left wanting.

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  7. CitizenErased14 says:

    It’s so sad 😦 This one hurt almost as much as the break up to me

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  8. Mumei No says:

    It’s has it logic, if they continued to see each other, it would be just a metter of time that they would be kissing each other in christmas, it also show’s how adult Jocelyn is, she is dealing with it like and adult now…I think at least for now, they wo’nt be together, maybe after Jocelyn founds someone that’s ”good enought” to marry and have kids, and than, she meets and marry’s the elder Mark, It would be pretty interresting, in my opinion ,to see an arc thtat takes a long time to be completed.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      We’ll see! I like your prediction for Joce’a future. It’s definitely possible! I can’t say much about how long this arc will last… But there’s definitely a lot that could happen from here!

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  9. kaffepigen says:

    😥

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  10. theplumbob says:

    I don’t know, I’d kind of like to see Jocelyne with someone else. I think they will reunite, but The evil me is cackling and hoping they won’t lol

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahahaha well you never know what will happen from here. There’s a good chunk of Gen 4 left, plus all of Gen 5 (before Joce probably meets the usual Rosebrook fate of fading into the background hehe). Anything can happen *wiggles fingers mysteriouslY*

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  11. Tizy says:

    I’m not leaving the MarkLyne. I prefer to sink with them instead of going to SS Luzel.

    I didn’t liked too much what Joce did tbh but I can understand her.
    To mark I just wanted to say cmoooooon mark do it and get her pregnant please e e

    XD i know I am weird.
    Sorry

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  12. fairlyvocal says:

    Well, I’m glad they can talk like the adults they are? I think Joce’s decision was a bit dramatic, but I also think it’s what she needs right now, and I respect that. After the last chapter, I sort of understand Mark’s reason for breaking it off with her, so I wasn’t really expecting him to give in and … uh … make out with her (winks).

    I sang the Arianna Grande song this entire chapter. I am horrified that I didn’t have to google the words.

    I’m kinda suspicious though … pretty sure she’s pregnant. And if she’s not THEN SHE WILL BE. EVENTUALLY.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      This was kinda like “closure” for Joce, so I think that’s the real reason behind her being all dramatic. Her hope is that she can move forward and put mark behind her. So this was something of a last goodbye. And Mark had such a hard time saying no… Haha

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  13. raerei says:

    Oh gosh, if he had gone her way and not stopped you, you just know this would end in pregnancy, sims are always fertile….yes I know theses aren’t sims, but the chances of you giving us an oops baby from that event would be far too high.

    Ah Mark, thought you could sneak some peaks at Joce when you visited? Nope. She might not hate you, but she is tired of being hurt by you. She’s going to grow into a magnificent woman from this… And you have only yourself to blame for letting her go. Sadly, I fear you may think that martyr suit fits you…

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      You are so right that she is tired of being hurt — by everyone, really. She’s tired of it. And I think she will definitely come out of this stronger. Though it may take some time for the true strength to shine through fully…

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  14. SpurklyNinja says:

    I like the dramatic talk initiation by Joce.

    Mark, why did you sound so shocked at the fact that Joce wouldn’t want to see you again? Hmm..

    Good on Mark for being civil.

    Joce, good on you for having the strength to go to him and get some closure (though I think trying to get him to woohoo with you isn’t the best of ideas :P)

    </3

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Glad you enjoyed this one! Joce definitely wanted closure (and sex… but yeah, you can’t always get what you want lmao). This was such a painful one!

      And I think Mark has a crazy dream of them co-existing as friends… wake up, buddy. Haha

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  15. theceltygirly says:

    “I don’t want to feel anything anymore.” That is so incredibly depressing. It hurts to read these chapters XD
    I’m so invested.

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  16. Lisha says:

    I’m half-proud/half-heartbroken. 😦
    I just want them to be together.

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