Interlude: Game

Come on, come on…. Jocelyne paced back and forth impatiently in the tiny bathroom. Was it really supposed to take this long?

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She double-checked the back of the box. Two minutes, it said. Hadn’t it been at least ten? Twenty? It certainly felt that way.

How had she been so foolish, so careless? Hadn’t she and Elliot been careful? Jesus, this is a family curse or something. She thought bitterly. Unplanned pregnancies had plagued her family for years, it seemed. God, with my luck, it’ll wind up being twins, won’t it?

Jocelyne shook her head. She was jumping to conclusions. She didn’t know for sure yet, did she? Yes you do. A small voice in the back of her mind seemed to answer. This is just a formality. And you know it.

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Still, she needed to know for certain. Jocelyne couldn’t stand wondering anymore… Though if it weren’t for Clara, she probably would have put it off for even longer. For weeks, she’d been in denial. Terrified. Refusing to see the truth.

But everything changed when she went back home for her aunt’s wedding. Seeing Clara again did something to her. It made her feel so vulnerable. It made her want to open up to someone for the first time since she’d left home nearly a year ago.

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“Jocelyne, promise me you’ll take a test he second you get back, okay?” Clara had told her. “And for the love of God, TELL HIM if it’s positive. Don’t wait. You know what it did to me and Florian.”

“Yeah, I know.” Jocelyne had reluctantly agreed. “Thanks, Clara.” She knew her aunt was absolutely right. “Have I ever told you how hopelessly lost I am without you?” She’d teased.

“Yes.” Her aunt replied with a laugh. “But feel free to remind me again.”

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Jocelyne bit her lip as the memory faded and she was called back to the present. This time she knew it had to have been more than two minutes. It was now or never.

So she took a deep breath, stepped toward the tiny bathroom sink, and looked.

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“Babe, are you sure you’re okay?” Elliot’s deep voice called from beside Jocelyne.

“Yeah.” She lied. “Just tired. Jetlag sucks…”

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Her boyfriend nodded in understanding. “Yeah, that’s always pretty lame… Worth it though, right?” Elliot smiled. “I know you don’t get along so well with all of them, but it was cool seeing your family again, wasn’t it?”

Jocelyne shrugged. “I guess you could say that.”

‘Cool’ was not exactly the word she would have picked, but it definitely went better than she’d been expecting it to. And if she was being honest, Jocelyne missed her family much more than she was willing to admit. It felt good seeing them again.

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Well… Most of them.

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“It really sucked not being able to go this time.” Elliot continued. “Damn finals…” He sighed. “You know I’d love to meet your family.”

Jocelyne tried to smile. “I’m sure you will, eventually.”

Probably sooner than I’d like. Jocelyne felt sick with dread.

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She’d been working so hard to keep things casual between her and Elliot these past few months. But things wouldn’t be casual anymore. They couldn’t be.

“Um… Elliot?” Jocelyne cleared her throat softly. “I… I actually did have something that I wanted to talk to you about.” She couldn’t put it off any longer, could she? What would be the point?

Elliot’s smile faltered. “What’s up?”

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She took a deep, shuddering breath. “I… I think… No, I know… I… I’m pregnant.”

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The young man’s eyes went wide. “W-what?!”

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“I know… It’s crazy, right?” She said seriously. “But I took a test this morning. So I’m sure.”

“Shit. Wow.” Elliot shook his head slowly. “That’s… Wow. How the hell…? Well, I know how…” He paused. “Sorry, I just… This isn’t exactly something I was expecting.”

“Yeah..” Jocelyne’s voice was somber. “Me neither.”

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“But… This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, does it?” Elliot said uncertainly. “I mean, we can talk about it. And… I guess I’d like a say in things.” He admitted. “But we can work it out together, can’t we? And, I mean, if you don’t wanna…” Elliot paused for a moment. “I just mean that I’ll back you up, okay? And I won’t like, force you to do anything. Or not do anything. Or…” His voice trailed off and he left the thought unfinished.

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Jocelyne almost smiled. He’s such a good guy. She thought. So sweet. He deserves so much better than someone like me.

Or at least, he deserved someone who loved him.

When she reconnected with Elliot all those months ago, the couple had started out as nothing more than friends. But it soon became clear that Elliot’s feelings for her had not faded in the months they’d spent apart.

And finally, one day, he’d opened up to her.

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“Y’ know, you really hurt me when you dumped me, Jocelyne.” He’d told her. “I tried to hide it, but I was so sad and upset… But… I was never mad at you. I just liked you too much, y’know? And it wasn’t your fault that you didn’t feel it too. But… Now that you’re not with Mark anymore. And like, since you’re all the way here in Willow Creek…” He’d been so nervous. He stumbled awkwardly over his words as he spoke.

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“Look, I don’t wanna get hurt again.” He confessed. “But… if you’d be willing to give me another chance — a real chance — then I’m game if you are.”

He was so sweet. So honest. So damn sexy.

And Jocelyne was so lonely.

How could she say no?

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Elliot was loving and kind. He was funny. Pretty smart. Amazing in bed. He was fun. He treated her well. He made her happy enough.

But she did not love him, no matter how much she wanted to.

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Jocelyne had always wanted children. She’d always imagined  she’d be a mother one day. But she also imagined the father would be someone she loves. Her best friend. Her soulmate. Someone like…

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The girl shook the thought from her mind.

I don’t love him YET, but… Jocelyne looked at Elliot intently for a moment. Could she learn to?

Maybe having a baby would bring them closer together. Maybe starting a family with someone else would help her finally get over Mark…

At last, she opened her mouth to speak. “So… the timing isn’t exactly great.” Jocelyne said slowly. “I mean, I guess I don’t feel 100% ready to be a mother yet, y’know?”

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Elliot nodded in understanding.

But…” She continued. “I think you’re right. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing.” Jocelyne took a deep breath, a small smile coming to her lips. “So, if you’re willing to give this a chance… I’m game if you are.”

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80 Responses to Interlude: Game

  1. sonniejj says:

    Hoping your child will fix your relationship? That usually doesn’t end well.

    I feel really, really bad for Eliott, though. It’s so touching how much he likes Joce and it sucks that she doesn’t share his feelings. I know you can’t force these things, but it really does suck.

    On a side note, I am SUPER excited for the nooboo. Gen 5 heir, bring it on! (I kinda really hope it’s twins, that’d be crazy). Also, Eliott is doing better in my book now than Mark. I still Judge Mark for letting himself get pressured into breaking up with Joce. At least Eliott is willing to fight for her.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Yeah, Joce is definitely not thinking straight right now, in terms of thinking the baby will somehow help :-/ And I feel awful for Elliot too! He really, really cares about her. Maybe even loves her. And she’s basically stringing him along and letting him think she feels the same 😦 He was almost too kind in giving her another a chance after she’d hurt him the first time hahaha.

      I’m excited for the nooboo too! 😀 And ha! Who’d ever thought someone would say Elliot is doing better in their eyes than Mark? 😛 Oh, how times change… XD Hehehehe Thank you for reading, Sonnie 😀

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      • sonniejj says:

        I mean, looks-wise, Elliot is definitely more my kinda thing… Mark has that sexy librarian thing going on, I’ll give him that, but plaid shirts and long hair? Swoon.

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        • CitizenErased14 says:

          I’m glad you think so hehehe. Many people don’t find Elliot attractive but personally I think he’s very hot hahaha. He’s got that long hair and those hooded “bedroom eyes” hahaha So at least we know the baby is getting good genes? 😛

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  2. Oh boy, this is not a healthy start to co-parenting. And she’s the heir, which means she can’t stay in America forever. My love of messy soapy drama prevails though… I can’t wait to see the look on Mark’s face when he finds out Joce is pregnant with Elliot’s baby, and I really can’t wait to see his reaction when he realizes how he wrong he was in thinking she’d be happier if she ended up with someone her own age.

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  3. Jes2G says:

    Tee her hee XD

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  4. DanaColourful says:

    Oh Joce… I kinda feel sorry for Elliot at this point. She’s kinda using him.

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  5. Marialein says:

    All those unexpected pregnancies. But hey they just made really good storylines :p
    We all thought that Joce would follow in her families footsteps just the father was the surprise. Also as you said it is really not the best thing by keeping Elliot like this. Now I am saying it. Take an example on Mari. She decided against Humberto for her and his best. See how it ended. She got probably the nicest husband you could wish for 😉

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      (Oh yay! WP-Marialein! :P) Yes, it’s almost laughable that there is yet another unplanned pregnancy, but… gah. It’s too good for the story hahahaha (And according to google, 45% of all pregnancies are unplanned… I wonder if the Rosebrook luck skews those numbers LMAO)

      I like your point about Mari and Humberto. So we’ll have to see what Joce ends up doing… A baby is definitely gonna complicate things! :-/

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  6. CitizenErased14 says:

    Yeah, I knew you wouldn’t like this one 😦 Hopefully your broken heart will be mended eventually 🙂 Can’t say whether or not the story or time will end up doing it haha

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  7. azzywoods says:

    Oh my… Jocelyne, I love you but you’re being selfish. Poor Elliot…

    (Would laugh if it was twins tho)

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  8. Mumei No says:

    The moment I saw the title I heard : ”Are you playing a game with me, girl?” And I guess I was right, gosh, things are going really bad with the past of time…it’s one of thoses moments where they smile but your is like:”Oooh, noooo, I think it would be better the other way around…” i just imagine Jocelyn with that 60´s hair style and Elliot like ”I’m home baby”!” And she coooking dinner for him…and At least her family will be happy for THIS marriege, but not as much when a divorce come and she goes back to oldy Mark…and I wonder when she is going to realize she don’t love him, and being the ”Real housewife” of Willow Ceek will not make things out…

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I’m laughing at what you’re imagining the future will be like. It’s true — the family would totally approve of Elliot… But clearly it’s not what’s best for either Joce or him. Ugh 😦

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  9. why do I except somewhere in the time jump that if Elliot and Jossy marry that they;ll divorce or break up?

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  10. Clarity says:

    Is it bad that I’m really hoping the baby is a girl? I just want the heir to be Jocelyne’s child with someone she loves… but then again Tobias and Stefan weren’t. Still, I’ve always been lukewarm about Elliot (I think most of us have) so I’d rather Mark’s baby be the heir. But I have faith in your story-telling abilities so I bet whatever the gender, Jocelyne’s baby will be great!

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    • Clarity says:

      Oh yeah, I forgot to say that I hope this baby makes Joce feel happy and not like she has to be tied to Elliot when she doesn’t love him and can’t really see herself with him permanently.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahaha it’s not bad to hope that! I think most people are hoping the heir will be Mark’s son. We’ll have to wait and see ^_^ We’ll find out soon!

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  11. peacesign101 says:

    Woah, that was pretty sudden. Good job Elliot for backing up Joce.

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  12. theplumbob says:

    Lol! Does anybody in this family procreate on purpose? 😀

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  13. audreyfld says:

    No doubt Jocelyn will be a good mother and love her child. Elliott will want to get married. I think she will say yes, but then maybe leave him at the alter or if not they simply won’t last. Babies don’t bring you closer unless there is already love. They will only add stress to the relationship. It might even be Elliott that finally leaves her. Poor Elliott. She knows she doesn’t love him and I think he probably knows as well. I hope she confides in Clara and tells her how she really feels about Elliott. I don’t think she has. When Mark finds out he will be sick. Our poor Jocelyn is still broken. If they break up and she moves back home, then maybe they will be able to pump the water out of the Marklyn and repair it so it can sail into the sunset. Jocelyn needs some happiness. So sad. 😦

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Yeah this whole situation is so upsetting. I feel bad for all three of them — Joce, Mark, and Elliot. Jocelyne still has not found true happiness, you’re right. Though hopefully the baby will help bring some light to her life 🙂 Beyond that… we’ll see.

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  14. fairlyvocal says:

    HAHAHAHA I TOLD YOU SO. Okay sorry. I shouldn’t laugh at unplanned pregnancy. BUT IT’S KINDA FUNNY BECAUSE I TOTALLY THOUGHT THIS WOULD HAPPEN!!!!!!!!
    Again, I’m glad Joce made up with her family, but I don’t approve of what she’s doing to Elliot. I don’t think she’ll learn to love him, and she’ll end up hurting him and her child(ren) if she stays in this relationship.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahahaha you definitely called it. Those Rosebrooks need a sex ed class…

      I agree that what she’s doing to Elliot is so unfair to both of them. :-/ Hopefully things will get better, somehow.

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  15. kaffepigen says:

    I can’t believe i’m gonna say this but… BAD Jocelyne! I know she’s kinda lonely, and it isn’t easy being in her shoes… with losing Mark because of her family and all… and moving to a whole other continent. BUT… how can she “lie” to Elliot like that? He feels so strongly about them, and he deserves so much better. He deserves someone who loves him, and no matter how much Jocenlyne wants to care for him as much as he cares for her, it just doesn’t work that way. She’s still so caught up in Mark that she can’t see clearly. I can see them getting those babies and from all the stress of being a new born mother, i can imagine she cracks and tells him she doesn’t love him and he will be devastated! Oh the calamity!

    I know Jocelyne doesn’t mean anything bad, she’s just looking out for herself. And i do know that she believes she can learn to love Elliot. And perhaps she can. But she should really be honest with him. He doesn’t deserve this…

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I 100% agree with you here. This is a bad, bad move on Joce’s part 😦 She’s being selfish staying with him. And my heart breaks for Elliot because he really does love her. You’re right that she doesn’t mean anything bad by it, but yeah, what she’s doing still just isn’t right :-/

      We’ll see soon how having a baby changes things (for better or worse…)

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  16. bennihickschloe says:

    Oh no…Joce please don’t make this baby a “Band-aid” Baby…those kids always seems to end up suffering in the end as it never works. Oh no…oh no….*worries* Poor Elliot….poor unborn BoE (baby of Elliot)….Citizen what are you doing to us!!! *collapses dramatically on the couch and waits impatiently for the next chapter*

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I know, it’s awful, isn’t it? I’m a monster hahaha. No, but seriously. This is a really tough situation for everyone involved. :-/ We’ll see soon how things go from here. Thanks for reading 😀

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  17. Clarity says:

    Oh man… I just noticed the new header and I am so nervous.

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  18. maladi777 says:

    My initial reaction to her being with Elliot was, What the hell is she thinking? But I think I understand. It’s such a welcome change when someone loves you and doesn’t push you away and out of their life. She may even have a happy life with him, but there will always be something missing.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Yeah she was just very lonely and Elliot offers her love and companionship (and like you said, doesn’t push her away!) But still. This is so not fair to either one of them 😦

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  19. Spottydog714 says:

    Heh, we could be like in Victorian times and Joce and Elliot could have had an arranged marriage and Joce has to learn to love him.

    But still, I bet, due to the above banner, Elliot is gonna die pretty soon and then Joce will feel guilty. But I’m slightly more optimistic that this will end won’t end awfully. Because, a baby! New life! Yay!

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  20. SpurklyNinja says:

    Hmm.. Congrats on the nooboos I suppose. :/ Yay life!

    Elliot is a great guy and all, but Joce shouldn’t be using him because she’s lonely. That’s not fair for him! Hoping that the baby will MAKE her love him doesn’t work, either. Seems like she’s settling…. 😦

    She’s shortchanging them both.

    😦

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  21. CitizenErased14 says:

    Yeah this is definitely a “new” Joce. Maybe not necessarily for the better haha. And now we know that Elliot is the real deal! Too bad Joce isn’t… :-/

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  22. lisabeesims says:

    Oh alas … poor Elliot … no bueno

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  23. Virtualee says:

    Ya Nooboo’s Booo-not-feeling-any-love-for sexy-man.

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  24. raerei says:

    Ah, Joce Joce. This is probably not a good way to start a serious relationship. I’d agree with you that sometimes love unfolds slowly….but you’ve been with him for what 6 months? and you still don’t think you love him? You’re not even doing a good job at fooling yourself.

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  25. I like the pictures… You did the 3D work yourself?

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Oh, I wish I was that talented! Haha I use the video game The Sims 4 to make the pictures. 🙂 I create the characters and I use the game itself (as well as mods and custom content) to pose them to take pictures to illustrate the story. Thanks for taking a look!

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  26. That’s awesome. I would love to get some of them on my posts. How do we link up so I give you the theme and you send me the poses?.

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  27. theceltygirly says:

    Oh dear, this isn’t going to end well is it 😦 Maybe my long time ago prediction will actually come true even though I abandoned it. The one where she’ll have babies with Elliot for the good genes, but end up with Mark for the happiness eventually. Or she’ll just be stuck with someone she doesn’t love. 😦

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  28. Hmm, are Rosebrooks strictly religious or something? There’s simply no other explanation for this lack of sex-ed. 😀

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  29. Lisha says:

    Nooooo.

    I was like :/ when I realised she’d gone back to him because I knew she didn’t love him. A baby is going to complicate things more. I don’t think Joce is ready to be a mother, she still has so much shit she needs to resolve within herself. I don’t know if she should be adding a child into the mix…

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  30. candycotton says:

    okay, now I really cry ;_;
    this whole situation is so sad.

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