Interlude: Fun and Games

Jocelyne took a slow, deep breath. Don’t yell. She told herself firmly. Don’t make it worse.

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Unfortunately her father was making that task much easier said than done. “It’s not hurting anyone, Jocelyne.” Tobi repeated. “I’ve told your mother. I’ve told my mother… You’re all making this so much bigger than it is. So please, just mind your own business, okay?!” He snapped at her.

“It is hurting someone, Papa.” Jocelyne fought to keep her voice steady. “You. And for your information, it is my business. It’s my business whether my children see their grandfather like this! This needs to stop.”

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“Don’t tell me what to do!” Tobi narrowed his eyes at her. “I am your father. And I’m telling you, I’m fine.

Jocelyne turned away from him, disgusted. “You’re not.” She headed back to the entryway without another word.

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“Alright, who’s ready to go?” Jocelyne smiled brightly at her children, quietly tucking away her sadness and discomfort.

Charlie pouted slightly. “I guess Opa’s not comin’…”

“’Course he’s not.” Alex shook her head. “You heard how mad Mommy was…”

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“Alright girls, let’s get you ready to go.” Jonas cut in, his voice a bit louder than necessary.

Jocelyne sighed to herself. She’d planned on inviting her father to join them on their outing to the carnival that afternoon, but when she’d found him with a beer in his hands, things went downhill rather quickly.

If it was anyone else, a single beer at 2:30 in the afternoon would be nothing. But Jocelyne knew immediately where that one beer would lead. She’d seen it too many times before.

“Have fun.” Mari smiled gently at her great-grandchildren. “Tell your Tante Clara we say hello.”

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“We will!” Tony promised.

Jonas bent down to give the girls hugs. “And bring back some popcorn for Onkel Gus, okay? That’ll be a nice surprise for when he gets back from work tonight.”

“Okay!”

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“See you tonight, Honey.” Jonas smiled at his granddaughter as he pulled her into a tight hug. “And try not to worry about your father, okay?” He whispered. “We’re working on him. I promise.”

Jocelyne sighed. “I know.”

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Jocelyne and the girls did not have to wait long at the carnival’s entrance before finding Clara, Florian, and the twins running over to them. Thankfully, Mark happened to arrive with Zayne at around the same time.

“Nice timing.” Florian smiled as Mark drew closer to the little group.

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Charlie raced forward excitedly at her cousin’s approach. “You… fun… with grandfather weekend?” She asked Zayne in slow, broken German.

The little boy nodded excitedly. “Yeah! We went to the movies and played lotsa games an’ we went to the park and I played on the playground! I climbed ALL the way ‘cross the monkey bars ALL by myself!” Zayne beamed at her.

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Charlie just stared blankly at him. “Um…”

River stepped forward, smiling. “He went to the park and saw a movie.” She explained slowly.

“Oh!” Charlie smiled in understanding. “Fun!”

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Jocelyne laughed softly to herself. She loved seeing her girls adjust to speaking German. If only Zayne could learn to slow down a bit so his cousins could keep up.

“No Elliot?” Clara asked, looking around for a moment.

Jocelyne shook her head. “I invited him, but he had a project he was finishing up for work. He’s really loving his job.” She smiled. “But it’s a lot of work too.”

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Her aunt nodded in understanding. “I had a feeling he was busy. I know Auggy is too… Oh well, more overpriced carnival food for us, right?” She winked.

The other woman giggled, glancing down at the children. The mention of sweets had their eyes lighting up already. “Yes, more for us… Assuming we can fight these little rascals for it.” She teased.

All of the adults watched in amusement as the children raced forward, eager to begin their evening of fun and games.

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Their first stop was the carousel. After a bit of drama over finding the right spots, all six of the children had their mounts and were ready to ride.

“Hi Mama! Hi Papa!” “Grandpa, look!” “Mommy, Mommy!” Their cries mingled in the air with the shouts of the other children every time they made the trip around. They were practically bouncing in their seats, giggling and waving and trying their best to show off. The adults laughed heartily, waving and blowing kisses to the children until their arms grew too tired.

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Next they stopped for ice cream in one of the overpriced little cafes the park had to offer. Jocelyne felt it was still too cold for ice cream, no matter how unseasonably warm the evening was. But how could they say no? The answer, of course, was that they couldn’t.

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As the children raced off to explore the pirate ship, the adults stood back and watched, finishing their ice cream cones. Jocelyne’s eyes lingered on Zayne’s scarred little face, smiling and laughing without a care in the world. It had been a long time since she’d seen him so happy. Too long.

“It’s great seeing them like this, isn’t it?” Jocelyne asked the others with a smile. “We’ve gotta get them all together more often.”

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Clara nodded in agreement. “We really do. I promise we haven’t meant to be so MIA lately… things have just been so busy getting ready for the new munchkin.” She placed a hand on her belly for a moment as she spoke.

The other woman smiled. “I get it.” She replied. “And I know things with the blog have been busy too…”

To her surprise, Mark chimed-in. “I noticed the new site layout the other day, Clara.” He said kindly. “It looks great.”

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Clara’s eyes widened. “You read my blog?”

“Doesn’t everyone?” He laughed heartily.

Jocelyne watched with great amusement as Clara’s cheeks reddened. She’d always been rather shy about her celebrity.

“He’s got a point, babe.” Florian nudged his wife playfully. “How many Twitter followers do you have now? Like a million?”

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Two million.” Clara mumbled, much to the amusement of the others.

“I won’t even ask how many hits your blog gets every day.” Jocelyne teased.

She paused for a moment then, thoughtful. She could still remember a time when she’d scoffed at Clara’s ‘silly blog’, and believed that she was the one destined for fame and fortune one day. Yet here she was – single, raising four children, working at a restaurant, and living in her parents’ home. And Clara? Married to a rockstar, happily expecting a new baby, running a famous blog, and living in the lap of luxury.

You never know where life will take you, I guess… Jocelyne sighed. For a moment, she thought of Luc. She did her best to will her sadness away.

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Jocelyne soon found herself called back to the present by the appearance of an unfamiliar figure approaching the group, smiling happily.

“Mark? Hi!” The older woman waved cheerfully in his direction. “Long time no see!”

“Hey Angela!” Mark laughed. “Fancy meeting you here!”

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“I’m here with my niece and her son.” She explained. “They’re over on the bumper cars… And that must be little Zayne over there?” The woman nodded toward the redheaded boy on the pirate ship.

He smiled warmly. “Yup, that’s him. Playing with his cousins.”

Jocelyne eyed this “Angela” curiously as Mark continued speaking with her. She was mature and confident. She held herself well. And the way she was looking at Mark…

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“Well, I’ll let you go.” Angela said at last, finally stepping away from them. “It was really nice to see you, Mark.”

“You too!”

As the woman left, Jocelyne stepped toward Mark, raising an eyebrow at him. “Angela?”

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“Oh, uh, yeah.” A small nervous laugh escaped his lips. “Sorry for not introducing you…”

“Who is she?” Jocelyne’s tone was much more accusatory than she’d intended.

Mark shrugged. “Just a friend I hadn’t seen in a while.”

“A friend?”

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Before Mark could reply, Jocelyne felt a sharp tugging at her elbow.

“Um, Jocelyne? Could I talk to you for a second?” Clara asked through clenched teeth. She dragged Jocelyne away before the other girl even had a chance to argue.

“Jesus, Jocelyne! Will you leave the poor guy alone?” Her aunt sighed in exasperation as soon as they were out of earshot.“This has been a really fun night. Don’t ruin it by getting all jealous, okay?”

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Jocelyne’s eyes widened. “Jealous?” She shook her head. “Why would I be jealous?”

Clara rolled her eyes. “Because Mark obviously banged that lady.” She spoke slowly, as though addressing a small child. “And you’re insecure about it because you still have feelings for him.”

In an instant, Jocelyne felt as though her entire face was on fire. “Banged her?! You really think they slept together?!”

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The other woman shrugged, smirking. “How the hell would I know? But thank you for confirming the second part of my statement.”

“B-but… y-you… I…”

Clara just giggled.

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Despite her frustration, Jocelyne had to laugh too. “You bitch.”

“And proud of it.” Clara confirmed. She paused for a moment, her expression softening slightly. “Look, all I’m saying is play nice, okay? I know things between you guys are still weird or complicated or whatever… But can’t you put it aside for one night and just have a little fun?”

Jocelyne sighed softly, but smiled. “Okay.”

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“So…. No House of Mirrors for you either?” Jocelyne asked with a smile as she sat beside Mark on the bench.

He shook his head. “Those things always give me headaches.”

“Me too.” Jocelyne agreed.

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They sat in silence for a short while after that, taking in the sounds of children’s laughter and cries of excitement that filled the night air around them. It was loud and chaotic, but strangely calming too. Jocelyne couldn’t quite explain it.

At last, Mark broke the silence with a soft clearing of his throat. “I know you were wondering before… About Angela. We dated about two years ago.” He said with a small shrug.

“Oh.”

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He was right – Jocelyne had been wondering. And now part of her was dying to know even more. How did they meet? How long had they been together? Why didn’t it last? But she held her tongue.

Beside her, Mark looked up at the sky, smiling. “It’s a nice night.” His voice was barely above a whisper.

Jocelyne nodded in agreement. “It is.”

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“And y’know, this was a lot of fun.” He continued as he turned to face her. “It’s been a while since I’ve laughed so much.”

“Me too.” She nodded again. “I think I really needed this… We both did.”

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“We definitely did.” Mark’s smile widened. “I’m really glad you invited me tonight. Thank you, Jocelyne.”

Even in the darkness, she could still make out the soft crinkles at the corner of his eyes.

“You’re welcome.”

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46 thoughts on “Interlude: Fun and Games

  1. *sigh* Well, why can’t they just get together!!!! I want my Markyln to sail. They both still love each other. It is time Citizen. Let them be happy and then move on to Zayne! Clara maybe got through to her. I hope.

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    1. The feelings are definitely still there, I will confirm that! I think right now it’s. It about me letting them be happy, and more about Joce deciding whether or not to let Mark in again (because these characters definitely have minds of their own!)

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      1. Yeah, she’s quite pale and doesn’t have that Bright nose. Maybe she could pass as a cousin though…makes me think about the nature of their breakup in the worst possible way. 😛

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  2. THAT WAS SO COOL and BITTERSWEET!!!! Nice to see them at the carnival! It did bring back some childhood memories. I used to go to the carnivals and ride in the merry go around, play the game booths, ride the bumper cars, and ride the fun slides!! 🙂

    My favorite screenshot is Joce, Mark, and Zayne in the bumper cars. It made me smile because that was epic cuteness. 🙂

    Nice to meet you, Angela. I thought she was Mark’s sister at first. 😛

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  3. I love how much this really feels like it was Winter! Seasons! And leaving the house, wow! Luckily not a bitter winter cold place, but enough for comfy sweaters and snowflakes among the rides. I loved seeing things…hopefully?… starting to develop between Jocelyne and Mark again? Dare I hope? It feels like life might just be moving on whether everyone is ready for it yet or not…(hurry up Tobi!).

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    1. Haha Tobi is definitely being left behind while things move forward! And as for Mark and Jocelyne, the feelings are definitely still there for both of them. But feelings only go so far. So things are still up in the air for them at this point. We’ll see!

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  4. *exhales*
    Mark and Jocelyne make me so nervous when they’re around each other! I hold my breath when reading their scenes lol. I liked that one pic with jealous Joce in it lol. That was nice. I’m glad everyone had a good night…everyone except for the Rosebrooks left at home that is. Pfft. Looking forward to the Tobi drama being over!
    (as for the other matter you are expecting…I’ll post it you know where 😀 )

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    1. Hahaha it’s making me laugh that they make you nervous! 😛 There is a definite tension (of the romantic/sexual variety haha) whenever they’re around each other though, that’s for sure!

      And I am also looking forward to the end of the Tobi drama! Haha hopefully it’s in sight?

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  5. Yes, it would be lovely for Mark and Joce to resolve their issues. But, there’s so many complications if they do end up back together. Imagine Zayne’s confusion!

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    1. Well, I will say, another reader pointed out in a previous chapter that Zayne is only five. If they did get back together, he’s not old enough to understand that it’s unusual.

      I think Joce’s hesitation is more to do with herself than Zayne

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    1. Hahaha there are a lot! 😛 The two R-names are Clara and Florian’s kids 🙂 Then the generic boy names are the triplets (who, as we know, are girls) and then there’s Zayne 😛

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  6. Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed this one — that Clara moment was definitely a personal favorite of mine! 😀 And so true — Jocelyne had kids with another man, so she definitely cannot be jealous that Mark dated without her hahaha.

    As for my height mod, I use this one: http://modthesims.info/t/571799 It sounds way more complicated than it is haha. Basically after it’s installed, you select the sim whose height you want to change (make them active) then open the cheat bar and type “add_slider height #” and instead of the number sign, you put a number between -100 and 100 (0 is the default sim height). It’s handy because you can easily change their height in-game. I have to do this a lot for kissing and other animations like that because their lips don’t line up if their heights aren’t right LMAO. So I will put them both to the same height for the shot, then re-set the heights to what they should be. The only tricky part is remembering the height everyone was! I used to have a list, but now it’s memorized haha.

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  7. Oh gosh, Joce, you never learn, do you? But it’s nice to see everyone getting out. And that comment about Joce’s carreer made me remember that for quite some time I thought she might one day become a doctor and I have no clue why. I just saw her like that 😀

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    1. Hahahaha I could see her like that! 🙂 Her real dream is to do something theater-related, of course. And being a waitress is definitely not where she ever imagined herself, poor thing!

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  8. I laughed pretty hard at Clara teasing Jocelyn.
    This chapter felt nice. Very much a relief for both characters and readers.
    I’m really excited to see how the kids look as teens! (Jumping the gun I know haha)

    I hope Tobi pulls himself together before he causes the family more grief. 😦

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    1. Yeah, I figured both the characters and readers could use a temporary break from the sadness 😉

      I’m very excited to show them all as teens too! We have an attractive cast of characters this gen 😉 I’ve peeked! Hehe.

      And yes, hopefully Tobi can overcome these demons. Ugh. 😦

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  9. Awww, Mark and Jocelyn having an amicable conversation and some happiness was a nice relief. I so want them to get together!!! Love how Clara pulls Jocelyn up on her jealousy. I don’t blame her being jealous. Mark is still so gorgeous. Clara is the coolest! All the kids are so cute! I really enjoyed this chapter and all of the lovely pictures.
    I don’t want to see Tobi get better in a hurry. Realistically, I think it’s going to take him a while. I want to see him get worse before he gets better. I know that probably sounds cruel of me. It just adds to the drama and keeps things interesting.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this one so much 🙂 It was really fun to write. ^_^ And that Clara moment was probably my favorite part hehehe

      We will have to wait and see what happens with Tobi! Either way, I’m happy you’re enjoying the drama there 😀

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  10. I finished D2D yesterday (loved seeing Alex as a kid!) and between these two stories my eyes are drained. This update, though, was uplifting. I know it won’t last for long as we get closer to seeing Tobi’s family intervene with his drinking habits more and more.

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    1. Aw I’m glad you read and enjoyed D2D! 🙂 Now you have “met” the sim love of my life — Lucas (the original :P) Poor guy is probably pulling his hair out in the afterlife as he sees all the mistakes his descendants are making 😂

      This chapter definitely offered some much needed relief 🙂 Hopefully Tobi will work out his issues soon!

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  11. Aw, Clara looks so cute! 😀

    Toooooooooobi….. I’ve said it too many times now: get a move on your life.

    The day out was really cute. I love seeing all of the kids and their close relationship with one another! I am a little nervous for Marklyne, though. As much as I ship them, I don’t want anything rash that will cost them even more years of sadness. Enough!

    It’s nice to be able to take a break from studying for finals by reading your posts! 🙂

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    1. Yay! I’m glad to see you catching up, Ninja 😀 And I’m really glad you enjoyed this chapter. It was fun to write some happiness hahaha 😛 (Good luck with your finals!)

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  12. Lol Joce. You can’t have it both ways hon. She’s such a control freak… she has most men in her life on a short leash and yet she’s unhappy. Perhaps she should learn from that and finally start looking inward rather than accusing pretty much every single person around her for everything she can think of… At least she calmed down a bit towards the end, sigh.

    The family moments were adorable though. Loved Clara in this chapter (and she really does seem radiant, what a contrast with her first pregnancy!) and Charlie trying so hard to communicate with Zayne was precious ❤

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    1. Haha well we know she still has feelings for Mark, so the green-eyed monster reared its ugly head the moment his ex appeared. I think that was a total knee-jerk reaction, rather than conscious. You’re definitely right that she can’t have it both ways though. She needs to figure out what she actually wants and then stick with that.

      And this pregnancy is most definitely different for Clara than the first one! haha How time can change things…

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