Interlude: In the Moment (Part One)

I’m back! 🙂 I missed you all SO much while I was gone! But I really feel refreshed and ready to jump back in now… This was really good for me ^_^

Just a couple of quick things before we get back to Zayne 🙂 

First, I would like to extend a HUGE and sincere thank you to all of you who reached out here, on the forums, or elsewhere with love and support and encouragement. You’re all wonderful and I love you ❤

Second, during my hiatus I was nominated for some blogging awards by some lovely people ❤ I’m not big on doing those award posts myself, but I wanted to thank and give a shoutout to orangeplumbob, Nichole1011, Skcaga6, and TheoriesOfHappiness for nominating me (three nominations for A2A, one for my comedy story. But I decided to put all my thanks in one place)!

Third, just a heads-up that we have four interludes in a row coming up! Because of the lack of numbers on interlude chapters, I realize it could be easy to skip one. So be careful 😉

I am also considering numbering my interludes starting in Gen Six, as interludes have become just as frequent as journals at this point (and will continue to be quite frequent in Gen 6 — maybe even MORE frequent!), and the lack of numbers on those chapters can make it hard to keep track of your place! However I do still want to designate them as “interludes” to separate them from the journals. So my thought is that we’d start having long titles like “5.60: Interlude – Puppet”.

If anyone has an opinion on this, let me know in the comments! 🙂

And finally, there’s a screenshot warning on this chapter for a few steamy ones. 

And now, onward! Thank you all again ❤ 

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“Wow.” Hope’s eyes widened slightly as she placed her glass of wine back on the coffee table. “That’s… wow. I knew Greg was a little controlling… But what a fucking dick!” She almost laughed.

“I know.” Zayne agreed. “But what a fucking moron I was too… How the hell could I sign something without reading it first?!” He couldn’t help but laugh at his own foolishness. At first, Zayne had been so angry and frustrated at his mistake. But now, looking back on it, it just seemed funny.

Part of him wondered whether his amusement had anything to do with the three glasses of wine he’d had that evening. Hope had brought a bottle of his favorite wine with her from San Myshuno, and had stopped by his apartment after her photoshoot to share it with him.

Unlike the afternoon she’d surprised him at the restaurant, things did not feel strained or awkward between them this time around. It felt so easy being with her now — laughing together over a few episodes of their favorite show, sharing a bottle of sweet red wine, and marveling at the crazy mess with Greg and the restaurant.

Zayne smiled softly to himself. For just a few blissful moments, it almost felt like how things used to be.

“Don’t beat yourself up over it.” Hope’s voice brought him back to the present. “Everyone does stupid shit every now and then.”

He nodded. “Some of us more than others… I’ll own that.” He chuckled softly.

“Hey, you said it, not me.” Hope smiled playfully at him for a moment before letting her brow furrow in concern. “So… Do you have any idea what you’re gonna do about it? Sounds like you’re caught between a rock and a hard place right now…”

“I am.” Zayne nodded. “Or was… I actually made up my mind about a week ago. I just wanted to wait to tell you in person…” He paused for a moment, taking a slow, deep breath. Zayne couldn’t quite shake the strange feeling of déjà vu as the words finally left his lips. “I quit.”

“You did?!”

“Yup. I’m taking the loss and walking.” He replied. It felt so strange to finally speak the words out loud – he hadn’t told anyone yet. Not even his family. “I’m sticking around for a couple of weeks to train Felix to take over in the kitchen. Then I’m gone.”

Hope’s expression was difficult to read. “Wow… I can’t believe it. That’s…”

“Crazy?” Zayne finished for her. “Believe me, I know. It was probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made in my life. But I just couldn’t take it anymore. I had to do it.”

“I know… And I wasn’t gonna say ‘crazy’, you know. I was going to say ‘brave’.” She smiled slightly as she spoke. “I’m really happy for you, Zayne. You shouldn’t be stuck doing something that isn’t making you happy.”

“Thanks.” He replied seriously. “I think this could be really good for me… eventually.”

“I’m sure it will be.” Hope agreed. “But what now? You’re kinda back at square one, huh?”

“Yeah… But hopefully things will start coming together soon.” Zayne explained with a smile. “I wanna do things right this time. I’ve already been talking to a few people I met through Greg, actually. And taking a look online at some business courses too.”

“You’re going back to school?” Hope asked, almost incredulous.

“HA! Fuck no!” Zayne laughed a little bit louder than he’d planned to. He was relieved when Hope quickly joined him. “Did you forget who you’re talking to?!”

“Oh, good!” She choked out through her giggles. “I was almost worried.”

He shook his head as his laughter finally began to die away. “Yeah, no way.” Hope knew he hated school just as much as she did. “I just meant I’ve been looking up what books they use so I can check some of them out.”

“That’s really smart.” Hope’s tone was suddenly serious once more. “It’s awesome, actually… And I hope you don’t take this the wrong way… But wow. You’ve changed so much, Zayne. In a good way, I mean.” She added quickly.

Zayne felt a warmth washing over him at her words. “I knew what you meant.” He assured her. “I’ve really been trying. I… I’ve been talking to a therapist.” Zayne felt a new warmth now, this time in his cheeks. “And it’s given me a lot to think about, I guess. Like, I’m kind of re-evaluating stuff?” It felt so awkward to talk about, yet strangely refreshing too. “I’m still working on it.” He confessed.

“Well, I think you’re doing amazing. Seriously.” Hope replied. “I’m so proud of you.”

“Thank you.” Zayne hesitated for a moment before continuing. There was so much he wanted to say to her – things he’d been holding on to, waiting to tell her in person. This was his chance, wasn’t it?

“And… I just want you to know that I still feel like shit for how I fucked everything up between us. I’ve had a long time to think about it. And I’d give anything to take it all back.” For a moment, it was a struggle to keep his voice steady. “I know I can’t. But I feel like I never really got to apologize the way I should have for how much I hurt you. I was a selfish, jealous jerk, and you deserved better.” Zayne paused for a moment. “And I’m so proud of you for everything you’ve done. You’re amazing. And I’m sorry I held you back for so long.”

He hoped she realized just how much he meant it. The seconds Hope waited to reply seemed to last for an eternity.

“I appreciate that. Thank you.” She spoke at last. “And for what it’s worth, there’s a lot I regret too… I know I made plenty of mistakes of my own when we were together. I guess I just wasn’t ready to own up to them back then.” Hope looked almost guilty. “And I’m really sorry I didn’t. It wasn’t fair to you.”

“It’s okay.” He assured her. “I’m not sure how much it would have changed things anyway, if that helps.” Zayne gave her a small smile. “Things were already so broken between us…” He paused and shook his head for a moment. Why ruin their evening together talking about things they could never change?

“But there’s no use dwelling on the past anymore. It never does any good.” His tone was suddenly much brighter than it had been a few moments before. “You’re the one who taught me that… Remember?”

Hope nodded, her lips stretching into a smile. It was still the most beautiful smile in the entire world. “I do! You always used to dwell so much on everything… It was kind of cute, actually.” She confessed with a small laugh. “I loved seeing how much you cared.”

Zayne couldn’t help but notice the slight blush of her perfect cheeks. Was it the alcohol, he wondered? Or something else?

“And while I was busy dwelling, you never looked back.” Zayne leaned closer to her as he spoke. He could smell the hint of wine on her breath, intertwined with the intoxicating scent of her perfume. “Or forward, really.” He chuckled softly to himself.

“Well, you know me…” Hope’s voice was barely above a whisper as the distance between them became smaller and smaller. “Always living in the moment…”

Zayne would have lived in every moment of that night, if he could.

Forever. On repeat. For eternity.

It all seemed even more perfect than he remembered — Her beautiful sighs, the soft warmth of her body, the sweet taste of her skin…

He’d almost forgotten just how deeply his body ached for hers. But Hope wasted no time in reminding him.

And after they stumbled, naked and giggling, into his bedroom, she reminded him again.

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55 Responses to Interlude: In the Moment (Part One)

  1. Very happy to see you back ❤ And happy to see Hope as well.
    🙂

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  2. witchazard says:

    Shipper WitcHazard: Yes! First chapter back with this potential Hozay revival!🤣

    Anti Shipper:Calm down this is a drunken night of passion of two people who are sex deprived nothing more nothing less! But. Now that Greg is going to be out of the picture my prediction lives again we just need to keep Hope out if it!

    Nooboos WitcHazard: My Nooboos Semses are tingling! Could it be?😊💗💗💗

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahaha just the reactions I predicted from the court! 😉 Anti and Shipper will learn which of them is right tomorrow… Does this mean they’re back together? Are they gonna wake up and regret it? Find out in the next chapter 😉

      And as for Nooboos, well, you’ll have to wait longer to figure out if THAT prediction comes true or not haha 😛

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  3. audreyfld says:

    Well, well, well. First welcome back! We all missed our A2A fix! 🙂

    Zayne – Hope. Not good to do this while drinking with your ex….I hope this is truly them reuniting. But if not. Ugh….Not sure how Zayne will handle it.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you, Audrey! 🙂 I missed all of you guys too!

      As for Zayne and Hope… We’ll find out tomorrow now things go. Honestly, it could go either way right now. We’ll see in the next chapter 🙂

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  4. azzywoods says:

    While previous Gens had sex in weird places (like the woods, and closets, and bushes), Zayne and Hope’s thing seems to be really spontaneous sex at a perhaps-not-so-appropriate time. Is this three times now?

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahahaha! I can see that 😛 And yes, I think it’s three times now! There was the spontaneous sex that jumped them from friends-with-sexual-tension to in a relationship, the spontaneous breakup sex, and now the spontaneous… whatever-this-is sex 😛

      Their chemistry is electric, and their love refuses to fade haha What can I say? 😛

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  5. OnyxRaven says:

    I’m so glad Zayne is getting through this well. Quitting was the best decision. Also, I’m curious to see how things turn out with Hope and Zayne. Will they decide to give it another go, mutually agree that it would be better to go their separate ways, or will one leave the other heartbroken? We shall see.
    When I saw that you had posted again I was SO excited. I hope you had a wonderful break. 😁

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    • OnyxRaven says:

      Also I LOVE the new banner.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you so much, Onyx! ^_^

      Zayne definitely made a good decision with Greg, I think! But yes, as for Zayne and Hope, there are so many ways it could go right now. In tomorrow’s chapter, we’ll see how their conversation the next morning goes!

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  6. Lia says:

    Welcome back!!!! ❤ so glad you feel refreshed from your break! And this was a lovely chapter with real steamy screenshots like you promised ;p
    And I can't wait for more *hint hint*

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Glad you enjoyed those steamy ones 😉 They were fun to take! 😛 But will there be more? We’ll see! 😀 Thanks for Reading! ❤

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  7. sourocha1 says:

    Hum…Well, they did it in the heat of the moment, so, I doubt they ever were some kind of protection…We shall see if Hope is taking pills, or, anything like that…but, again, Zayne needs to have a child, and I really doubt that some other person will make him have a relationship, as he seems to be more focused on his work, so, i guess the baby mama has to be Hope…we shall see! And glad you are back! Hope you got even more energy to make us, and your sims, suffer.:P

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hehehehe I always have energy to induce suffering… Muahahaha 😛

      *ahem*

      We will see whether or not this encounter leads to any nooboos! I know everyone is quite anxious for them at this point 😉

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  8. raerei says:

    I loved seeing Zayne so confident in himself and in his decisions. That’s been lacking previously as he always second guessed and dithered. So woot for him!

    And woot for Zope? (I still like that ship name better than Hozay 😛 ) I’m interested to see if you’re going to let your poor folks be happy yet…or rather if they are going to let themselves be happy.

    Also, welcome back!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thanks, Rae ^_^ It feels great to be back!

      Zayne is definitely making a lot of important strides lately. I actually think this failed restaurant (well, failed for him!) is the best thing for him right now. It’s really put a lot into perspective and helped him grow!

      As for “Zope”… we will see tomorrow what happens for them 🙂

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  9. Jes2G says:

    I enjoyed their laugh about Hope thinking he was going to school. I appreciate her apology, but I kinda wish she would have actually admitted what she was sorry for like he did. It kind of cheapened it, but he accepted it, so I guess it doesn’t matter.
    Congrats, Brat Prince, on walking away! I know that was hard to do but glad you were brave enough to do it.
    “Forever. On repeat. For eternity.” I liked that one. 🙂
    I can’t help but keep in mind both of them are a little bit tipsy lol. I would like to say “yay, they’re back together,” but that is not certain. Like Hope said, she gets caught in the moment…and that was one moment lol. Guess we’ll wait and see what happens in the following days.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I get what you’re saying about Hope’s apology for sure. It was definitely glossed-over a bit for now. I can’t give details, but there will be another future discussion in which she’ll be a little more specific in her apology. But you’re right… for now, he accepted it haha

      And yes, walking away from Greg was huge for Zayne! ^_^ He’s finally growing a spine 😉 Hehe Also glad you enjoyed their little joking about the idea of Zayne going to college hahaha TOTALLY not his style 😉

      As for whether or not they’re back together… Tomorrow’s chapter will shed some light on where things are gonna go from here for the two of them. Like you said, it’s a little up in the air right now… We’ll see how they feel after they’ve sobered up a bit 😉

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  10. julyvee94 says:

    Does that mean this ship is back?! Wooh! I seriously hope (haha) the two of them can make it work 🙂 it would be awesome now that they’re both in much better places.

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  11. nichole1011 says:

    Is this the start of gen 6?! Hopefully the start of a happy and healthy relationship between my boy and Hope! I don’t see him anywhere else. With Hope is where he belongs! They’re both much more mature and grown up. It’s perfect timing. I hope! ❤️

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahaha we’ll have to wait and see whether this actually leads to either of your predictions (pregnancy or getting back together!) Both are possible! But not guaranteed 😉

      I knew the HoZay shippers would appreciate this one regardless though 😉 Glad you did!

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  12. *On board the repair submarine*
    WE DID IT!
    Look, it floats! Everyone board it. HURRY!
    *Runs back on my ship*

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  13. Bugsie2016 says:

    I’m a little worried how this is going to go. My main worry is they wake up and realise, it recks what they have now and then she leaves again. Fingers crossed i’m being too negative and it won’t go like that. 😉 Still clinging on to the ‘hope’ for HoZay

    As for Greg, he did the right thing there. 🙂

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      That’s definitely a possibility right now. Honestly it could go really well or really badly or anywhere in between! We will find out in tomorrow’s chapter what happens in the morning 🙂 Thank you for reading, Bugsie!

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  14. Welcome back! I’ve had the busiest day, and so it’s taken me 8 hours and several tries to read through the whole chapter, but I digress.

    This living-in-the-moment thing they’re doing is sexy and messy. So much fun, but so much potential to end poorly, lol.

    But there are signs they’re both better than they last left each other. Zayne was able to tell her about the therapy, they both apologized (though Hope’s was a bit lacking, lol), and they were more real with each other without fear of upsetting the other. Move over orangeplumbob, I’m getting on the newly repaired ship.

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  15. gilplum says:

    Oho! I’m happy you’re back! Also very happy to see Hope and Zayne again! It’s good you’re feeling so much better, as well ^^

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  16. Simslover163 says:

    OMG, you’re back!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Also, love the new banner!!

    By the looks of it, the HoZay ship is running! I'm hoping this will last long and that there will be nooboos on the horizon.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you for the warm welcome back! ^_^ And I’m glad you like the banner!

      We will see in the next chapter what lies ahead for the HoZay… 🙂

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  17. sonniejj says:

    Yaaay you’re back! I’m ashamed to say I never got around to commenting on your decision to take a small hiatus (got caught up in school and forgot to come back and comment), but I think it was a great decision if it gave you some peace of mind and a fresh start! I Always love your updates, but your personal well-being is Always most important 🙂

    I have a feeling this little ‘slip-up’ (as they’re still broken up) might result in some big struggles and have major (or, you know, very small ;)) consequences. Although I’m glad to see how much Zayne has grown as a person!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Oh, don’t feel bad about not commenting, sonnie! You are so sweet 🙂 And as for your prediction… It’s a definite possibility! I mean, whether or not she’s pregnant, I can confirm that they were wayyyyyyy too caught up “in the moment” (lol see what I did there? 😉 ) to think of grabbing a condom or anything. Let’s hope Hope is on the pill! 😛

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  18. Kaffepigen says:

    Welcome back! 😀 I’m so happy to see you back again, and refreshed 😉
    Love your new banner ❤

    I loved this chapter so much. The way they got closer to each other again, that Hope said she was proud of him and stuff… and she seemed to be very attracted to him. She might have only acted because she was drunk, but there had to have been something more. I'm still rooting for them to get together again. They have a chance to be happy together. But I fear that they (mostly Hope) won't take that chance when sober. She might have to have a little thinking time, but at first i don't think she will be very accepting of it.

    Anyway, gonna read the next chapter now and hopefully get some clearance.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you! ^_^ I’m really happy you enjoyed this chapter! In the next one, you’ll see what sort of decisions are made in the morning 😉

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  19. lisabeesims says:

    Nice to have you back and nice to have THEM back too

    Liked by 1 person

  20. addbratlove225 says:

    Yaaaay for Hozay!! And yay for Zayne realizing that he’s been an idiot!

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  21. zombiegums says:

    AW YISS. I’M SO GLAD THAT ZAYNE DITCHED THAT PRICK, GREG.

    ALSO HAPPY THAT HE AND HOPE ARE HOPEFULLY BACK TOGETHER. ❤

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  22. maladi777 says:

    One point for Zayne for apologizing.
    I’m afraid that unlike everyone else I’m not that pleased about him just walking away and throwning away – how much was it? two millions? – money that his parents put aside for him, without fighting harder to get it back. Makes me wonder if he knows the value of money and whether he learned anything from his lesson as teenager, when he was living on his own and struggled. As for Hope’s reaction – if my ex told me he lost two millions because he was reckless, I surely wouldn’t compliment him on being brave. Maybe Zayne and Hope don’t care about money, well, they both come from legacy families so they don’t have to, right?

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  23. kaycee39 says:

    HoZay YAY! Ok let me calm down before you pull the rug out from underneath me with the whole “What were we thinking? We were drunk! It meant nothing! Just letting off some steam” . Blah blah blah They needs to be together and bring on some nooboos already.

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