6.0: Prelude – Overdue

Welcome to Generation Six! (Or at least, the prelude that will lead us into Gen 6 😉 )

I have a couple of important things I want to get out of the way first 🙂

First off, I have (finally!) updated the Rosebrook Family Tree (both the image version and the version on PlumTree… which also links to Hope’s family tree, so be sure to check it out!)

Secondly, you guys are amazing and I already have more than enough sims for my casting call! If you already started making a sim but haven’t gotten to submit them yet, I am willing to accept a couple more up until Midnight EST tonight. Then the casting call is over. 🙂

Also, you will notice a change this gen (which I alluded to previously) which is that Interludes will now be numbered like my other chapters, but will also still have”interlude” in the title, so that they are still differentiated from journals. This will make for some very long titles, but I hope this will make it easier to keep track of what chapter you are on without losing your place (especially when we have multiple interludes in a row)!

And finally, I wanted to give a huge thank you to Cement, who custom made a pose for me for this chapter. It came out PERFECTLY! So thank you to her!

Thank you all!

Enjoy the chapter. 🙂

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When Zayne and Hope returned to his grandparents’ house that night, they found Jocelyne exactly where they expected she would be.

She sat alone in the dim light of the living room, reading a thick book whose cover was worn with age. Zayne was unsure of its title, but he recognized it as one of his grandfather’s old favorites that he’d seen him read many times throughout the years. Even from the other side of the glass, Zayne could tell that his aunt was weeping. Now that the rest of the party guests had returned home and her parents were asleep, Jocelyne had allowed her calm mask to fade. He could hear her sniffling and sobbing quietly to herself as she flipped through the yellowed pages.

Despite how upsetting the sight was, Zayne could almost hear his grandfather’s deep, soothing voice teasing her about ruining the pages with her tears. A strange, strangled sound between a sob and chuckle escaped his lips at the thought.

Hope reached out to him then, taking one of his hands in hers and giving it a small squeeze. “It might be nice for you two to have some time alone.” She said softly. “Are you sure you don’t want me to head home?”

Zayne shook his head. “Tante Joce wanted to you to come.” He assured her. “I think she’s looking forward to an excuse to gush over the baby again… She really needs that right now.”

“Yeah.” His wife agreed. “Well… I know my way around the kitchen pretty well. Why don’t I go work on popcorn and give you guys a few minutes?”

“Thank you.” He pressed his lips against Hope’s cheek, and placed one of his hands on the curve of her baby bump, giving it a gentle rub.

She smiled warmly at him, but said nothing before turning and heading toward the kitchen.

Zayne hesitated for just a moment more, then gently pushed open the living room door, making his presence known at last.

As he expected, his aunt closed her book and quickly began wiping away her tears at his approach. “Hey, honey.” Jocelyne’s voice shook slightly. “Is it movie time already?”

Her nephew nodded as he closed the distance between them and took a seat beside her on the couch. “You wanted us back at 11:30, right? After we all had time for a nap?” Zayne smiled tentatively at her.

Jocelyne tried her best to return the gesture. “I didn’t get much sleeping done.” She confessed. “I just…”

“I know.” He assured her. “And… We don’t have to do the movie if you’re not feeling up to it. I totally get it.” Zayne’s voice was suddenly thick. He swallowed hard against the wave of sadness that had begun welling up inside him.

The older woman shook her head. “I want to. It’s what he would have wanted… We’re doing this for him now too.” She said softly.

Zayne blinked back a few tears, nodding. “Remember what he always used to say? That Papa and Mama are watching with us? I guess now he is too.”

Jocelyne let out something between a sob and a laugh, just as he had earlier. “Probably the only way he would have been able to watch with us again anyway, with that darn bedtime of his…”

It felt so good to be able to laugh with his aunt again. Mark had been gone for about five months now, but only recently had Jocelyne truly begun to smile or joke or seem anything like her old self again.

As painful as it had been, Zayne was so grateful that the timing with Hope’s pregnancy had worked out the way it did. Jocelyne needed something to look forward to now. They all did. And now, after the first several months of uncertainty had passed, it finally felt like they could all breathe a sigh of relief and look toward the future.

“I’m just so glad you could come back for the movie, sweetie.” Jocelyne’s voice called Zayne back to the present. “I don’t know if I could have handled tonight on my own.”

“Are you kidding?” He smiled warmly at her.  “You know I’d never miss this, Tante Joce.”

“And you’re sure Hope didn’t mind tagging along this time? I know she’s supposed to be taking it easy…”

“She’s fine. I think she’s really excited to finally be part of the famous Rosebrook tradition.” He added with a wink.

“And everything’s still okay with her? And the baby?” Jocelyne asked almost nervously. “Everything’s fine?”

“Everything’s fine.” He assured her. “Thank God. I can’t believe we finally made it here, after so long…” Zayne shook his head. It was still so painful to remember the years of frustration and loss that had brought them to this point. “I don’t think I ever really got to thank you for everything you’ve done for us, Tante Joce. We never could have made through this whole thing without you… Or grandpa either.”

“I’m so happy for you two.” Jocelyne replied seriously. “And I know your grandfather was too. And at least he got to hear the good news before…” She cleared her throat softly, and left the thought unfinished. “I just wish he could be here to meet her.”

Zayne felt a sudden tightness in his throat. “Me too. He’d be the best grandpa ever to our little girl. I know it.” His voice was a whisper.

“Don’t you mean great-grandpa?” His aunt corrected him gently.

Zayne shook his head. “Grandpa was always more like a dad to me. I guess I always kinda saw him that way. I just… I wish I’d told him that when I had the chance.”

Jocelyne’s lips curled into a slight smile. “He knew, Zayne. Believe me.”

“I hope so.” Zayne hesitated for a moment. This was his perfect chance.”And… Tante Joce? Could I ask you something?”

“Of course. What is it?”

He took a deep breath. “I guess… Being so close to finally being a Papa… It’s kinda made me do a lot of thinking. About what it means to be a good parent. Stuff like that, y’know?”

His aunt nodded.

“And I just… I don’t think I’ve ever told you before…” He paused again. This conversation was so long overdue… But it felt so awkward to finally say it. “I think Hazel would have been a really amazing Mama. I mean, she was one for the first few years of my life. And I’m always gonna be so grateful to her for that…

But you’re an amazing Mama too, Tante Joce. And not just to the triplets… To me too.”

He waited a moment for her to reply. But Jocelyne said nothing, so he continued.

“And I was wondering how you’d feel about the baby calling you ‘Oma’?” Zayne asked at last. “I know you’re technically gonna be her Tante Joce too… But you’ve always been like a Mama to me. And I’d really love it if Harper thinks of you like that too? If… If you don’t mind?”

He felt his aunt’s entire body trembling… but he knew she was not crying out of sorrow. Zayne felt the warm wetness of his own tears running down his cheeks as she squeezed him tightly.

“I love you so much, Zayne.” Jocelyne managed to choke out. “You’ll always be a son to me. You know that, don’t you honey?”

“I do. And I love you too, Tante Joce. Happy Birthday.”

A soft sniffling from across the room suddenly reached Zayne’s ears. He and his aunt broke apart from one another, turning curiously toward the source of the sound.

Hope hastily brushed away her tears. “Popcorn, anyone?” She asked.

Zayne couldn’t help but laugh. Beside him, Jocelyne did the same.

“How long were you standing there?” He asked Hope with a smile as she crossed the room to join them.

“Long enough to get all weepy and hormonal.” She replied, laughing softly. “I promise I wasn’t trying to eavesdrop.”

“It’s fine.” Jocelyne assured her daughter-in-law as she rose to her feet. “I’m so glad you could be here tonight, honey. Both of you.” She reached forward, placing both of her hands on Hope’s belly for a moment. “Oma liebt dich.” Jocelyne whispered.

Zayne felt a warmth in his chest as both women joined him back on the sofa. “So… Have we decided on a movie yet?” He asked them.

Jocelyne shook her head, but Hope’s eyes seemed to light up.

“I was thinking maybe Moonlight Massacre?” She suggested. “For Mark?”

Jocelyne smiled. “Perfect.”

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60 Responses to 6.0: Prelude – Overdue

  1. Senna says:

    Jossy didn’t age too great. But I’ll chalk that up to ‘because Mark finally bit the dust’.

    As for those last pictures involving Hope? There’s no way she’s going into labor (Hell, she’s barely even showing). Were it not for Zayne stating it’s Harper, I’d have assumed she was having a miscarriage or premature birth.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Yeah, I’m pretty sure losing Mark had a bad effect on poor Joce 😦

      And as for Hope… well, she was a little smaller than normal I think because she is so skinny and little. She’s supposed to be around 7 months pregnant at this point. We’ll have to wait and see what was happening 🙂

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      • Trip says:

        Also, Hope is tall and tall women tend to show less when pregnant (one of my high school classmates was 5’11” and I didn’t notice that she got teen-pregnant until her third trimester).

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    • Bugsie2016 says:

      the second one is still an option, even if it was harper.

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  2. Bugsie2016 says:

    Awww, Joce and Zayne nearly made me cry. 😥 Mark……Nooo…

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  3. lisabeesims says:

    Ohhhhhh sooo exciting … come on baby have red hair

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  4. Luna says:

    Oh, Mark. had some lingering thoughts in mind, when I saw him all grey and old at the wedding, but that seems too soon. Poor Jocelyne. She was so happy with Mark, they build themselves a family. Realistically they missed out like ~15 years. But in their mind, they missed out a most important time. The time of Joces young love, the time to have children of their own. They got happy with the triplets and Zayne, they were good parents, but I wished he could have at least lived a little longer, to be a little more together before Mark passes, so they can be happy and enjoy what they build out of a bad starting situation.

    I really like Hope in this chapter. This soft and caring side of hers. She always had that, but it stayed hidden between all the troubled, angry Hope and her problems. She will make such a good mother.
    And Zayne finds exactly the right words. I don’t know if he ever put his feelings in words for her, even if he related to Joce and Mark as parents before. He was so repelling as a kid, he missed his parents, felt not understood, he wanted no mother, but to do everything by himself if he can’t have his parents back. He needed to grow up to understand how much Joce and Mark cared about him, how much they did for him and how they wanted him to be happy, even when he constantly hurt their feelings. It sure feels good to have him putting his thankfulness, his love in words. It’s not easy for many adults to express things like ” I love you, mom”. We give flowers and presents and talk for hours, but those little words of love and gratification mostly disappear. We know that we love each other, but rarely talk about it.

    I hope Hopes and Zaynes little daughter will be okay and ready to call Joce her Oma. The way they all look when they leave just doesn’t say “happy birth ahead”. It feels like something has happened. Like something went horribly wrong. Good luck.

    But I love the fact they still do that movie night. The movie nights I remember young Stefan sharing with his kids. And it’s always that trashy moonlight massacre. It’s a tradition, but it’s also more like this. More like routine, meeting up and sitting together. For Joce, it is a feeling of home, to be able to enjoy these nights again after leaving her family. I can’t really put it in words, but there is something important lying here.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you, Luna! This chapter had so many emotions in it haha I was basically a wreck when I wrote it.

      You’re right that Joce and Mark missed out on many important years together 😦 It’s something they could never get back. It really broke my heart to have to do this. Hopefully Zayne can be there for his aunt now.

      And speaking of Zayne, I do think this is the first time he’s actually told Jocelyne how he feels about her and sees her as a mother. This was a moment I’d been eager to write, ever since his bratty days when he totally didn’t appreciate Joce!

      Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts ❤

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  5. Jes2G says:

    I enjoyed this. Thanks for the indirect approach with Mark’s death. I think you handled it nicely and with the sensitivity it deserved.
    Usually, I like being shown things rather than being told something happened, but I do like the way you kinda caught us up on what’s been happening with HoZay. At first, I was confused with how much time had passed, but you got around to telling us that with the unfortunate news and it was satisfying though, of course, heart breaking to learn. Nice job with all of this.
    I hope Hope has gone into early labor and not something else. I was born at around seven months so Harper could be perfectly fine!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you Jess, I’m glad you enjoyed this one 🙂 And I’m happy you like the way I handled Mark’s death as well!

      As for Hope at the end of the chapter… we will see soon 🙂 And it sounds like you were very lucky! Preemies are always such a roll of the dice. I have a couple friends who are also 100% fine who were preemies, and then my sis-in-law’s friend has a little girl who’s 12 now and still has lingering health problems from it. So sad!

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      • Jes2G says:

        I can’t believe I forgot to say this…especially since I talked about this previously. Love love love the grandma and parent discussion! He’s right…it was long overdue, but I’m glad he’s realized who his real parents are. It kinda struck me when he said “Hazel.” I was like whoa…he really doesn’t know her, to be honest. After getting over the shock of him saying it, I thought it was appropriate. I was half expecting him to want to call her mama, but grandma was enough. Besides, Tante Joce is part of him. It would be difficult to call her anything else. I’ve called my mother “mommy” my entire life. It’s not exactly the most adult thing to say, but I couldn’t change now.

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        • CitizenErased14 says:

          Thank you 🙂 This is actually a scene I’ve been planning since the start of gen 5, it felt great to finally write that moment for them ^_^

          You’re so right about the name thing, by the way. Even though he acknowledges Joce is his “mom”, he’s not gonna start calling her Mama because it’s just way too late in his life to make that change. She’ll always be his Tante Joce, but in his heart, she’s his Mama ❤ *ugly crying* (No seriously this scene got me so bad LOL)

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  6. I hate you, Citizen. :CRYING!:

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  7. Trip says:

    MY SHIP MAKE THE PAIN STOP. 😭

    Much love for their babby. Hang in there, Harper!

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  8. witchazard says:

    Mama WitcHazard: Aw Joce really needed to hear those words tonight especially with Mark’s death and another birthday without her brother! The feels I think my old heart just got a crack in it!

    Emotional WitcHazard: I know Mama Gen 6 is definitely starting in a emotional high note! Let’s hope Harper brings back some calmness channeling the founder!

    Nooboos WitcHazard: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkk! I scream for nooboos! Yay! You may have had some trouble but adorable Nooboos are always worth it! Can’t wait to meet the adorable Harper! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkk!!!💗💗💗

    Dark WitcHazard: Hehehehehe!😈

    Lover WitcHazard: Dark this isn’t the time why are you laughing give your condolences!

    Dark WitcHazard: Why bother I’ll wait a little longer after all we only have about another decade or so before Stefan Tobias and Colette kick then bucket then besides Clara gen 3 we’ll be gone from the main story hahahaha hahahaha! I can almost taste the agony!😈

    Lover WitcHazard: You’re a sick puppy!

    Dark WitcHazard: Woof!😎

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  9. julyvee94 says:

    I’m not crying, you’re crying!!! *sniff* I’ll miss Mark, he was awesome. This whole chapter made me so emotional. Hope and Zayne are having a baby… and then Zayne called Joce Mama! It was so sweet. I just wonder about the end? Is something wrong with Hope and her baby? Now I’m worried 😮

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Yeah, this one was a total feels-trip hahaha Sorry for the tears! I’ll miss Mark too 😥 Hopefully the Joce and Zayne sweetness helped balance it out a little 🙂

      As for the end, you’ll see what happened soon!

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  10. skcaga6 says:

    Damn onions!

    I am so glad that Mark and Jocelyn got their happy ending. I really liked Mark. You know I was all for those two being together from the beginning.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you, skcaga! It really hurt to finally have him pass away 😦 But he and Joce had a lot of happy years together. Maybe not as many as either of them wished they could have had. But they had a lovely few decades together as a couple ❤

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  11. Cement says:

    B-But Mark was supposed to live forever 😭 he was part lobster!!1

    Also BABY
    BABY TIME YES

    Wondering what the news is going to be when they see the doctor 🤔 maybe Harper is gonna be a premature baby?
    Or premature baBIES?

    Doctor: “Well Mr. and Mrs. Rosebrook, it seems that your little girl suddenly became your little GIRLS. That’s right Mrs. Rosebrook, your oven’s now cooking up a grand total of 3 little girlies. Not sure why that happened, where those extra heads came from, or how we missed it the whole time you were pregnant, but heck, ain’t that wild?”

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      LOL! Oh no, I’m not sure if we can handle another unexpected set of triplets in this legacy 😛

      Sorry about Mark 😦 It really hurt. But he shared some really wonderful years with Joce ❤

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  12. Colourofmusic says:

    I’m so excited to see what the new generation holds. ^_^

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  13. OnyxRaven says:

    I feel so heartbroken for Joce. But I also am excited for a new generation, to see how Harper grows up. Do you think Parenthood is going to change some of how your gens turn out? Oh, and is the string of twins/triplets finally breaking??

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Haha well, Harper was planned, and the curse tends to only effect unplanned pregnancies (so far!) so we will have to wait and see if the curse is truly broken hahaha.

      The parenthood pack has been fun for me! I like some of the new interactions a lot! But I’m not sure if it’s going to have a significant effect on the story or anything. 🙂 We’ll see!

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  14. sonniejj says:

    Oh no, my poor Joce has to go on without her love now 😦 Somebody else mentioned she didn’t age too well, but I think she looks beautiful and graceful. You’ll always be my favorite heir, Joce, keep your head up high. It’s what Mark would want you to do ❤

    I have to say, seeing Hope and Zayne together and settled makes me happier about them as a couple. They seem calm and loving and like their relationship has evolved well. Good for them!

    I do hope Hope (I'll never get over the awkward double-hope sentences :P) and the baby are okay… Their faces looked a little concerned, but everything might turn out okay?

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you, sonnie 🙂 I think she’s beautiful too. Just more wrinkled and a little gray. I think Mark would definitely want her to keep her head up, you’re right!

      Glad you’re warming up to HoZay a little 🙂 They’ve been married for about five years at this point, so they’re definitely settled!

      We will find out in the next chapter how things went with Hope and the baby 🙂 They were definitely concerned, that’s for sure! 😦 Thank you for reading!

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  15. raerei says:

    Such a sweet chapter, simultaneously wrapping up the last…. Whooo for figuring out mom’s and dad’s aren’t always blood and easing us into the excitement of the next.

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  16. nichole1011 says:

    Rude. Mark was supposed to live forever. FOREVER!!!! MAAAAARKKKK!!!! It’s fine. It’s fineeeeeee. I’m not upset or anything. It’s not like Mark was one of my favorite sims of all time or anything. 😭😭

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  17. DanaColourful says:

    No, I just have something in my eye, I promise. Or maybe it’s allergies.

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  18. megiare says:

    I had to stop and ask my husband to stop cutting onions next to my PC.

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  19. sourocha1 says:

    Poor Jocelyn…At least they were able to spend some time together! And with hope…Well, this could be the problem in their lifes! I did read that she is 7 months pregnant, and I actually had a relative that had a baby when she was around 7 months too…But there was a lot of pain and fear within.

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  20. So many feels! *SOBS* Poor Joce. I knew it was gonna happen sooner rather than later, since Mark is older, but it still got me. DAMN IT *SNIFF*

    Zayne and Jocelyn bonding was so sweet, too. It’s kind of full circle, which I appreciate. Joce was in every milestone of his, painful (though sometimes joyful) as it may have been for either (or both) of them. Now Zayne is there to support Jocelyn in a painful milestone of hers.

    Those two have more than a lifetime if sadness and pain accumulated already. Silver linings are essential. Like, oh, I don’t know, a baby being born, perhaps? 😀

    Good luck to Hope. I wonder if Zayne is the type to faint in this kind of situation? Hmm… Probably not. Would be hilarious, though. Maybe someone else will faint.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      That was really insightful, thank you for sharing! I love the parallel you made between Jocelyne being there for Zayne, and him being there for her now. As for Zayne fainting…. Thankfully not haha. I think just a lot of fear and panic…

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  21. kaffepigen says:

    Amazing chapter. Did Hope go into premature labor??
    I’m so sad that Mark has passed and Don’t get to meet his great-grand daughter.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed this one, thank you! ❤️

      We will find out what happened with Hope… but premature labor is a pretty safe bet 😦

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  22. azzywoods says:

    😦

    RIP Mark, poor Joce. I hope that Hope makes it through what looks like premature birth safely…

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  23. maladi777 says:

    I’m glad we didn’t have to actually witness Mark’s death. I think this was a sensitive way how to do it. Now I’m all nostalgic thinking about him and Joce. Probably my most favourite couple so far.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I’m glad you liked how his death was handled, thank you 🙂 I wanted us to have a little moment to mourn along with Joce, but I didn’t want to linger on it too much either. I don’t know if my heart could have taken it 😦 I will always miss him (and Marklyne!)

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  24. I’m gonna miss Mark so much! I had such a Sim crush on him. Even elder Mark was hot!

    I look at Joce and I still picture her in her teens and college years. She’s still so beautiful. She’s just a real grown up now.

    I feel like I do when I read an epic novel. I feel the emotion of all those years that have passed, even though it’s clearly not really been years.

    Also, Hope’s pregnant belly has me quite worried.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I’m gonna miss him too 😭 He was really special! I’m glad Joce is still beautiful in your eyes! I think she always will be to me, no matter what 🙂

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