6.90: Interlude – Knight in Shining Armor

Almost the moment Harper and Devin stepped through the doors of the waiting room, a tiny shrill cry broke through the air. “Hi Mama! Hi Mama!”

“Hey, sweetie!”

Phoenix ran up to his mother instantly, pointing excitedly at Harper’s tiara as he did so. “Mama, you’re a pwincess!” He gasped in amazement.

Oh crap… Forgot to take this thing off! Laughing softly, she crouched down to plant a soft kiss on her son’s cheek.

Behind her, she heard Devin’s deep chuckle. “Nah, I think Mama’s more like a queen… And I guess that makes you the prince!”

Phoenix looked up at him, smiling. “Pwince Phoenix! Keen Mama!” He cried joyfully before turning to look over his shoulder at Erik. “An’ you’re the king, Papa!” His sweet little voice proclaimed.

His father laughed uncomfortably, glancing uncertainly at Harper as he did so.

“He is.” Harper assured her son with a smile before Erik had a chance to reply. “He’s King Papa… And Rubi’s his queen.”

Phoenix’s face lit up instantly. “Keen Wubi!” He looked back up at Devin this time, clearly eager to continue the little game. “You’re a king too! King Dev!”

“Ha!” Devin threw his head back in laughter. “More like the court jester, maybe…” He glanced at Harper and Erik for a moment. “Hey, um… Do you guys need a minute?” He asked uncertainly.

Harper and Erik exchanged a look. She didn’t want to keep Erik from Rubi, but it felt wrong to just grab Phoenix and run. And he seemed to be feeling the same way, from the looks of it.

“Maybe just one.” Harper replied at last.

With a nod, Devin scooped Phoenix into his arms. “Alright, let’s see how good this jester is at keeping his prince entertained…”

“Thanks again for coming.” Erik said seriously as Devin’s voice trailed away. “I really do feel like shit for ruining your birthday like this.”

“You didn’t ruin it.” Harper insisted, smiling. “How’s Rubi holding up?”

Her ex shrugged his broad shoulders. “Okay, I guess. I called you just a few minutes after we got here, so we haven’t been here long… And I’ve spent most of the time out here wrangling Phoenix.” His lips curled into a smile. “Kids his age aren’t allowed in the delivery room… So you’re seriously a lifesaver. I couldn’t imagine not being in there with her for this.”

Harper felt a sudden heaviness in her heart at his words. Guilt. Being back in that hospital brought back so many memories from when she had Phoenix… And not just pleasant ones either. There were shameful memories as well. Things she wished she’d done differently. Things she’d give anything to change.

“I guess you don’t really have to imagine anyway, huh?” She asked softly.

“What are you talking about?”

Harper took a deep breath before replying. “That night I had Phoenix… I should have called you. No matter how fucked up everything was between us, I should’ve given you the chance to be there. But I didn’t. And… okay, this is over two years late…” For a moment, she almost laughed before her smile disappeared once more. “But I really am sorry for that. I’ll always feel like shit for not making that call.”

At first, Erik seemed almost at a loss for words. “You really don’t have to apologize, Harper.” He replied at last, shaking his head. “I understand why you didn’t call… I was a fucking mess back then. Not to mention that awful shit I said when I found out you were pregnant… I’m not sure if I ever told you how sorry I am for that.” He turned around for a moment and glanced across the waiting room to where Phoenix sat with Devin.

“I still feel guilty about it sometimes. I look at his little face, and I just… I can’t imagine my life without him. And I can’t believe I ever even dreamed of…” To Harper’s surprise, his voice trembled slightly. “Sorry. This whole baby thing has got me so damn emotional.” Erik laughed softly, hastily wiping his eyes with the back of his hand before finally turning to face her once more. “I’ve gotta stop rambling anyway… I don’t wanna keep Rubi waiting any longer.”

Harper smiled warmly at him. “Yeah, I won’t keep you or anything…” She paused for a moment before continuing, her next words dancing on the tip of her tongue. This was the longest conversation she’d had with Erik since she’d left prison… And if she didn’t say what she was thinking now, who knew when she’d get another chance to?

“But, just so you know, you’re an amazing Papa to Phoenix. I don’t think I’ve ever told you that before… But it’s true. And I appreciate it so much.” She said seriously. “He’s so lucky to have you in his life… And I know this new baby will be too.”

For a moment, Erik appeared overcome with emotion once more. “Wow… Harper, that… That really means a lot to hear. Thank you.” His voice was soft. “And, for what it’s worth, I couldn’t imagine a better Mama for Phoenix. He’s pretty damn lucky to have you too.”

Her smile widened. She couldn’t be sure whether he was saying it out of obligation, or if he really meant it… But it felt so good to hear either way.

Harper gestured across the room toward Devin and Phoenix then, beckoning them back to her. She’d already taken up enough of Erik’s time… He needed to be with his wife. “Come say bye to Papa, Phoenix.” She called gently.

The little boy ran ahead of Devin, eagerly rushing into his father’s open arms. “Bye-bye, Papa!” His sweet little voice cried.

“Bye-bye, buddy.” Erik gave his son a squeeze. “Be real good for the Birthday Queen, okay?”

Phoenix nodded. “I wanna say bye to Keen Wubi too!” His large brown eyes darted around the room for a moment. “Keen Wubi?”

Erik shook his head. “Rubi’s really busy now, buddy. But when you see her again, your baby brother’s gonna be here too. And he’s gonna be so excited to meet you!”

“Yay! Baby Pwince!” Phoenix threw his hands in the air at his father’s words, earning laughter from all three adults around him.

“Alright, little prince. Let’s go home and get you to bed.” Harper bent over and lifted her son into her arms as she spoke.

After a moment’s hesitation, Devin extended a hand toward Erik, smiling slightly. “Good luck with the baby, Erik… And congratulations.”

The other man accepted the gesture with just as much uncertainty. “Thanks, Dev.”

Erik’s green eyes flicked back toward Harper for a moment. He gave her one last smile before turning on his heel and disappearing through the heavy double doors that led to the delivery rooms.

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“Well that was easier than I expected.” Devin whispered as Harper closed Phoenix’s bedroom door behind them.

She smiled slightly as she led him back down the long upstairs hallway. “It’s like five hours after his bedtime… I knew he’d be out like a light. Hopefully he’ll sleep in for me tomorrow though…” Harper’s words were interrupted with a heavy yawn. It had been such an exhausting day. She was more than ready for some sleep of her own.

Devin said nothing as they made their way down the stairs. He seemed just as tired as she was, and Harper couldn’t blame him. When she’d brought him back to the club after getting Phoenix, she’d expected him to just get his car and head home. Instead, he’d insisted on following her back to her place to help put Phoenix to bed. He’s always so sweet like that… God, what did I ever do to deserve him?

“Thank you again, Dev… For everything.” She said seriously as they finally reached the front door.

His lips stretched into a smile. “No problem… Sorry everything kinda fell apart tonight. But I hope you still had a good birthday?”

“One of the best I’ve had in a long time.” Harper returned his smile. “Seriously. It was perfect.”

And she meant every word. She got to spend the evening with her best friends in the world. Rylie and Katie finally found the happiness they both deserved. It felt like she and Erik finally had that last bit of closure they’d both so desperately needed. And best of all, she felt closer to Devin than she ever had before.

“I’m glad it lived up to your expectations, my queen.” Devin teased, giving her a small bow as he spoke.

Harper failed to stifle a few giggles. Shit. I STILL never took that stupid thing off! “Mm, I could get used to this whole ‘queen’ thing.” She replied with a little wink. “But what was that nonsense about being the court jester?”

“You don’t think so?”

“No way.” She shook her head slowly. “What about a knight in shining armor instead? Lord knows you’ve swept in to rescue the queen plenty of times.”

“Maybe… But she’s gotten pretty good at saving herself too, y’know.” He replied seriously. “Not sure she really needs a knight in her court anymore.”

Harper felt her heart warm at his words, but she couldn’t help another small laugh. “Okay, this royalty metaphor is getting really freaking weird.”

“Aw, you think so? I was kinda getting into it, actually…” Devin chuckled softly for a moment. “Seriously though, I’m glad you had fun tonight. And… And I’ve kinda been thinking about that stuff you were saying to me earlier. Before Erik called…”

“You were?” She asked almost hopefully. Harper knew she was awful at explaining her feelings… But she hoped he’d understood what she was trying to say.

He nodded. “So I was thinking… Do you wanna get dinner together sometime this week?” He asked. “I think we’re both off Tuesday? If, uh.. If you want to, I mean.”

Harper blinked. That definitely hadn’t been the response she was expecting. Why was he changing the subject all of a sudden? “Um… sure, I guess!” She replied at last. “Richard’s, maybe? Or the tavern?” She rattled off the names of a few of their usual hangouts.

“I was actually thinking somewhere a little fancier… Like The Front Room, maybe?” Devin eyed her significantly as he spoke.

The Front Room? That’s one of the swankiest restaurants in the entire city! Harper’s eyes widened as the true meaning behind his words finally hit her. It was as though her heart had stopped beating.

“Dev… Are… Are you asking me on a date?” Her voice was barely above a whisper.

He chuckled nervously. “Um, y-yeah… I guess I am.”

Harper let out a breath she hadn’t even realized she was holding. “You ‘guess’, huh?” Her cheeks almost hurt from how much she was smiling. “Well, then… I ‘guess’ I’ll see you Tuesday, then.”

Devin’s smile was just as wide as hers. “So… I take it that’s a yes?”

She nodded. “It’s a date.”

76 thoughts on “6.90: Interlude – Knight in Shining Armor

  1. Shipper WitcHazard: two tickets for the Harvin cruise please!

    Anti Shipper: Don’t worry I got life insurance for everyone you never know when we will all go down to a watery grave!

    Nooboos WitcHazard: I sense a nooboo isn’t eh future time skip please! 🙏

    Lover WitcHazard: Something about these Rosebrook heir women and their spectacled hotties! And you know having kids with other people but what are you going to do! Let’s keep the tradition going!

    Dark WitcHazard: Aw closure good for you Harper! Erik …. 🤮🤮🤮 Nope you still make me sick!🤮🤮🤮!

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    1. All aboard! Does Anti want to assist with handing out life jackets? 😈

      And LOL we will see if Lover is right and Nooboos gets her wish 😉

      Poor Erik. Be sure to clean up all that puke, Dark 😛

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    2. OHMIGOSH you are so right about the glasses.

      Jonas, check!
      Mark, check!
      Devin, check!

      Damn. Next female heir, we know she’s gonna end up with someone who has glasses!

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      1. WHOOPS, I’ve revealed myself as having a thing for guys with glasses (and beards! Even Dev got a little one 😂)

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  2. Aww! Harper and Dev! Sittin’ in a tree! ❤️

    I mean, I’m not sure I’d be admiring my ex’s *broad* shoulders though, Harpster, right before he goes to hang out with his labouring wife 😜

    It’s so sweet that Phoenix is equally excited for Mama now ❤️❤️❤️

    Ok, I’m excited for the date… and congrats on the womb-beast Erik and Wubi

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    1. But what are they doing in the tree? That is the question 🤔

      And lol I don’t think Harper was necessarily admiring 😛 The only shoulders she’s interested in right now are Dev’s 😉

      The next two chapters are the date! 🙂 It was gonna be one long chapter but it’s more fun to split it and make you guys wait for it 😈

      And yes, Phoenix most definitely loves his Mama just as much as he loves his Papa… finally! 🙂

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  3. Happy for Harper. It kind of made sense that it would be Dev (I say this mostly because I guessed the little girl in your banner was Harper/Dev’s kid, and also because it was too late to introduce a new love interest at this stage in the game). It looks like we’re nearly done with this generation, which is coocoo for coconuts – excited to see what happens next!

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      1. Oh yeah, it’s always nerve-racking! Crazy how close it all is to being done (in the grand scheme of things – given some people’s longevity, Harper could realistically still be alive when the 10th gen baby is born).

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  4. Super excited for the date!!! Can’t wait. I’m beyond ready for some Devin action! 😍😍😍 Phoenix is so cute! And obviously he is as comfortable with Devin as he is with anyone which is good since they are going on a DATE! ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Hehehehehe I’m glad you’re so excited!!!!!

      And yes, Phoenix loves Devin (and Rylie) a lot! ❤️ Which is probably a good thing 😉

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  5. Damn, Harper must really like wearing that crown–I don’t buy that she forgot she was wearing it. At least Phoenix liked it too. 😉

    Woo, some progress on the Harper-Dev front! Is there gonna be some payoff at the end of the date? 😈 Or maybe Dev’ll be too much of a gentleman to make a move, and the ball is in Queen Harper’s court.

    Sounds like Phoenix is really excited for a brother…

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    1. Lol I think maybe part of Harper liked being princess… erm, I mean QUEEN for a night 😉 But Phoenix definitely appreciated it (and maybe even Dec a little too :P)

      I am cruel and split the date into two chapters, so you’ll get the answer to your payoff question in a week 😛

      And yes, Phoenix is looking forward to having a baby brother 🙂 I think he’s too young to understand some of the downsides that come with having siblings haha

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  6. Loved the last bit–made me laugh. Dev and Harper are very cute together and it’s great to see them getting along and being…sweet on each other! FINALLY!

    A date! ❤

    Cannot wait for that!!! And at a very nice place. Way to go, Dev! ❤

    Erik and Harper are being civil. That will help for the future with Phoenix as he has to go between houses.

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    1. I’m glad this one made you happy! ^_^ the date got split into two chapters, so the next two are the Harper and Dev show! 😉 Hope you enjoy them!

      And yes, Erik and Harper are in a very good place, all things considered. They both love Phoenix so much and they have a genuine respect for each other as coparents. Phoenix is a very lucky little boy!!!!!

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  7. Phoenix is so cute omg my heart ❤

    I'm glad Erik and her are civil now at least.

    Also, I take back being mad about Harper and Erik breaking up. Devin and Harper already have my heart.

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    1. He is a sweet little thing, isn’t he??? ❤️

      And I’m glad you’re liking Devin and Harper together 🙂 And yes, things are pretty good with her and Erik, all things considered! Thanks for reading!

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  8. It is soooo nice to see Harper calm and understanding and ready to apologize. I am so proud of her and it really reached a high point in this chapter ❤ Calling Rubi Erik's queen, YES HARPER, that's the type of support I'm looking for!!

    Also, have her boobs grown? They look bigger. Anyways….

    I love Phoenix. I want a Phoenix-shaped cookie. He is adorable. Please stay that way for a looooong time, kid haha.

    I'm glad Harper and Devin are at least taking it slow, going on a date first. I have a feeling things will work out between them but it's nice that they are not rushing into it.
    Although you know nobody in this gen could ever beat my love for Erik 😉

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    1. LMAO Phoenix-shaped cookie. Love it!

      Harper has really transformed, it’s awesome! And I think it really shows in her interaction with Erik. I’m proud of my girl! ❤

      And yes, I know Erik is your #1! 😉 ❤ My baby.

      Thank you for reading, sonnie! ❤

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  9. If Phoenix’s grows up to look like his dad he will be in hot sim.
    I’ve wanted Harper and Devin to get together since they starting hanging out. Erik was cute and sweet, however when he supplied achohol and drugs to underage kids he lost my respect. He continue to spiral down hill getting more into drugs losing more of my respect. He knew Harper was getting money from somewhere to pay the bills, buy things, and keep him supplied in drugs and he didn’t care. I lost all respect for him when he wanted Harper to have an abortion. Devin on the other hand has always been there for Harper. He has always been willing to help her and when she does wrong he stands up to her no matter how hard it is or hurts him. He is always there to pick up the pieces.
    I have to give Erik credit for getting his life back on track. Harper seems to have forgiven him and Devin, always the most mature of the three, shock his hand.
    Now that I through being serious, yes, yes, yes, Devin just marry Harper already. I want some little Devin babies. He is such a hottie, hunk, babe etc,………….

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    1. Yeah, it’s totally understandable to lose respect for Erik after what he did. As he put it, he was a “fucking mess” lol But he’s definitely turned it around and stepped up as a great father to Phoenix 🙂

      And as for Dev, well… you said it all! Haha he’s really a wonderful guy. And so dreamy! Guess we’ll see whether we’ll ever get any Devin babies though… 😛

      Thanks for reading! ❤

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  10. Yes for closure! It was long overdue.
    Can’t wait to be a little fly and spy on Harper and Dev in a date…
    Erm …this sounded wrong. Well you know what I mean, LOL ❤

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    1. Yes, this closure was a long time coming! I think it was a huge relief for both Harper and Erik to finally have that talk!

      And LOL I knew what you meant 😉 The date is spread out over the next two chapters… So there will be plenty of spying to be had 😛

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  11. Yay! Such a good chapter to leave on as I head out to Mexico for my sister’s wedding. Can’t wait to see what I come back tooooooo!

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    1. Enjoy and have fun!!!!! We will probably be in gen 7 when you’re back! 😀 Thank you so much for reading! ❤️❤️❤️

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      1. It was. I’m so impressed with Harper at the moment. She’s grown into an extraordinary person, who’s really making the most of her life. I’m interested to know if she’ll ever pursue her writing dream, however?

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  12. I just spent a week reading EVERY SINGLE THING to get caught up. This happened because I started my own Sim legacy game, and then found out people were writing stories about their families. I’m absolutely in love with the Rosebrooks and only hope my legacy family can be just as amazing!

    Though, maybe a little less dramatic… I think that’d be fine. 😀

    Loving this story so far, and I can’t wait for more! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I appreciate you taking the time to read ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Good luck with your legacy! And thank you again for your kind words ❤️

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  13. Oh my god, finally!! I might have shrieked just a little.

    Also—because this is always fun to hear as a writer: My daughter also reads A2A, and A couple of weeks ago we started randomly discussing the story and Harper, and whether we thought she was actually getting her shit together! Just thought you’d like to hear. 🙂

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    1. Oh that’s really awesome! ❤️❤️❤️ I love that your daughter reads too, and that you guys were discussing the story! That’s such a huge compliment and I appreciate it very much ❤️❤️ Thank you! ^_^

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  14. Yeaaaass! Finally Harper is in a good place, and they are both ready to have a relationship! I do wonder how will the dynamic with Phoenix work, as he will have two homes, ( and hopefully, two baby siblings!) to deal with… Either way, I think, just as Harper said, both homes are nice. Speaking of nice, it was good that did not simply…sleep together, in the heat of the moment, or something like that, a kiss on the cheek is way more sweet.

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    1. Yes, they had a lot of restraint! Ha!

      And Phoenix’s family situation will definitely be interesting… hopefully the little guy handles it well!

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  15. salt salt salt salt salt
    I just don’t like them XD I’m sorry 😛 Am I in the minority here? I see a lot of shippers in the comments lol

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    1. Yessss Toddler Phoenix was so precious. ❤️

      And I’m glad you like Harper and Dev together 🙂 I’m not sure there’s anyone else out there who could ever be as good for her as he is. Probably better than she really deserves… but with all the work she’s finally been doing on bettering herself, maybe she does… or will, eventually.

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