narrated by: Colin
I have been able to avoid having the kids at my apartment since the split, but Erin put a knife in that with one of her manipulating ways where she comes out the victim. Slayground Games is coming out with a new game for the holiday season and has a launch party. Something we would have gotten a sitter for if we were still in a relationship. That is a perk that I do miss, having a toddler with a dirty diaper is not.
Logan is used to coming by enough that he just hopped on the computer, he’s not so much a gamer, as all my toys are baby ones according to him. I haven’t bought anything kid-related ever, Erin did all of that before, so he’s probably right. Erin coddled Mallory like she might be afraid of her own Dad, or the home she lived in as a baby.
Mallory was pretty happy with the baby toys, and having the kids wasn’t that complicated. She’s potty-trained too, so there wasn’t even a dirty diaper to contend with. I did wish I was at the launch party to see the new game, I wish I had it in my hands already and was a beta tester like I always was in the past.
The kids aren’t best friends by any means though, and that is going to get annoying fast. Me and Luca bickered, and wrestled, but we were still buddies. I even got a long with Aidan and Caitlyn, just not my actual parents. So this is new territory.
Big kids, boys actually, are just easier to deal with. Logan can entertain himself with video games, even the old newspaper can become a plane for him. With Mallory, it’s all ‘don’t stick your finger in the outlet’ with a side of ‘don’t eat the cockroach poison’ for good measure.
All in all, the evening didn’t kill any of us, but it’s not my intent to have them over every weekend. The arrangement of every other Saturday at a public place works better for all of us I think.
Working with Chris has been awesome. No one thought it would work, Luca didn’t want to go in on the business with us, his wifey Nadia even encouraged him to stay clear. She acted as if this was a doomed mission, but people need their cars repaired, and for whatever reason, Chris is great at it, and people in this part of town tend to like him.
The only customer he’s had a problem with is an old apartment neighbor, no matter what he offered she was not satisfied. In the end he just apologized that he couldn’t please her, and told her she might be happier taking her business elsewhere.
Business has taken off so well this summer, that he hired Zoey Schehl, possibly a distant relative of my uncle Jared. She actually can fix cars, but mostly answers the phones, sets up appointments, and orders parts. We didn’t need a third mechanic, but she would be capable if we ever did.
I’ve basically told her I was not interested. Erin has turned me off of women with getting herself pregnant on purpose, without my permission. It was bad enough with Logan, and that was accidental. Zoey walks around with her legs out, and all I think is that one day, she wants kids, and I am done with that boat.
Of course that was before the month I had. It started with an ex-fling pulling into the garage with a flat tire. Avery Fink, we hooked up at one helluva party, the one where Chris proposed to Emma, and Luca threw up, wait, he always threw up, kid could never hold down his liquor. She never returned my phone calls, apparently moved away but there she was in the lot.
She seemed a bit too giddy for a lady with a flat tire, told me how she had moved away but was back in town to work at the Aquarium when it opened. She was surprised I had two kids, and I was pretty happy with the reunion, no hard feelings it had seemed. Until out popped a kid, little girl with a gaming system, and looking remarkably like Mallory.
When Erin told me she was pregnant with Logan, I had been horribly mean, and I loved her. Finding out a one night stand started me on the path of fatherhood at the age of 18, and only finding out now at twenty-eight that I had a nine year old daughter, was too much for my sensibilities.
Chris came out to investigate, and hit it off with The Kid immediately, making sure she was cool with the loud voices coming from us. I swear the kid had no clue, she was wholly absorbed in her video game.
I’m just sure that her car got a flat as soon as I got a decent job away from the gas station, and now I’m sure she wants child support and how about every other weekend at my fucking two bedroom apartment.
She swore that she’d have pushed her car anywhere else if she had known I was here, and that they were happy not ever having a relationship with me. She threw in that she bought a nice house and got her degree, she did not need me for anything.
Chris came by to calm me down, told me to act professional, and control my temper especially outside of the garage. The Kid was probably all messed up after Chris’ intervention, then Avery went over to make sure I’d feel extra horrible for being rude. It’s not like she just found out that she’d become a Dad at nineteen! That’s nearly a decade of my mini-spawn wandering around town, attending school, and I don’t know anything about it.
The Kid came over to introduce herself to me, Avery made sure she knew that I was her Biological Dad, but that it didn’t ‘mean anything’ if she didn’t want it too. She forgot to mention, that I absolutely did not want it too. Two kids is two more than I ever wanted. Apparently my daughter has the obnoxious name of Eden, like the Garden of…
Chris hooked up her car, dismissed me to the inside, and got rid of her. She left her business card and Chris gave her my number without my permission. He thinks that Eden has a right to know her Father if she should ever choose. It didn’t sit well with me, it’s worse knowing they can call me out of the blue, no matter where I am, and just drop more grenades on me.
Chris was much cooler when all we did was get drunk, and play video games. This mature, adult version that cares about kids, and loves his own is hard to handle.
Then there was Mallory’s third birthday party, I’ve never heard of anyone making a big deal out of a third birthday, but Erin did, of course. She rented tables at the Wild Congo, invited my family, and the kids ran around like the day was actually special. Mallory will not remember this birthday, but it proves that Erin has money to burn with the extravagance of this. I would have skipped it but there was free pizza.
Of course her bitchy sister, Bethany came in all her opinionated glory. If she had never come to visit, I might still be with Erin, oblivious that Mallory was not an accident at all. I wonder if things would have been better, with my job now, we would have made decent money that’s for sure.
My sister Caitlyn, went nuts for Mavis, further proving that girls are born with the innate desire to have babies. I’m surprised she hasn’t gotten herself knocked up, always thought she would, suppose there is still time.
Mallory was oblivious to the party, to the fact that she was older, and that all of these adults were gathered and wandering around this kid-infested chaos for her benefit. She had no clue.
And someone told Erin the news about Eden, she found it all quite humorous. I’m sure it was Luca’s wife Nadia; punk brother never keeps anything from his meddling wife.
Kids had fun, which I guess means it was a success.
I went outside for a smoke, and Luca came out to apologize for telling Nadia, as I suspected. He let me know that me having another daughter affected the rest of them too, that there was a niece out there that he didn’t know was hurtful to him. Caitlyn was upset that she didn’t have the opportunity to babysit her like she did my other kids.
Yeah forgive me for not being hurt over my brother not being a good uncle to a kid I didn’t know exsisted. What a putz.
Dad came out, he didn’t give me grief, he understood that I didn’t know she existed! He even said he might have kids out there of his own that he knew nothing about, no way to be held responsible if no one gave you the chance to know.
Then he told me that I knew now, so I had responsibility.
Because he was such a miserable Dad, I want to take his advice. Deep down, I hate that I got strapped with a family, because I never wanted to be my Father, and Erin forced this onto me. I don’t want to do anything with Eden, that kid is better off without my influence, everyone that has their eyes open can see that.
Perhaps I responded wrong, but the events led to me calling Zoey, and asking for a ride home. I didn’t want to stay to watch Erin blow the candles out for Mallory. What a fraud the entire party was.
I’m not sure what got into Erin, but she got flirty with me when I came back in from my Dad and brother’s tag team of shame and encouragement. Apparently being emotionally distraught was attractive to her. But I’d already called Zoey, and when she showed up Erin lost her cool, like I was cheating on her. I know she went out for her thirtieth birthday looking for guys!
She acts like she is always innocent, that I’m atrocious, but why did she even date me if I’m so awful? She could have kept Logan’s pregnancy from me like Avery did, and ran away. Instead she got pregnant a second time, on purpose, if that isn’t selfish then I don’t know what is.
Maybe it was petty, and not fair to Zoey, but I left Erin yelling, and kissed Zoey for the first time. I may or may not have kissed her in the way that Erin loved the most.
To end the month, my Aunt Delaney hosted Thanksgiving. I didn’t bring the kids, Erin hadn’t called me since I left Mallory’s birthday party, and I wasn’t itching to call her ether. The kids in the family were disappointed, but they made do.
My cousin Meg looks like she’s succumbing to the baby fever too.
Peter announced his engagement to Elise and pretty much his parents said nothing. Elise looked stressed as hell over it. I don’t get the stick up my aunt and uncle’s bum, at least they aren’t pregnant or have kids out there that they don’t know about. They are pretty freaking perfect, going through the socially-acceptable steps.
I spent most of my time outdoors, hanging out with my cos Lorelei and husband Marshal. They should thank me that they are even dating, it’s only because I thought Erin had the hots for her boss, that she hooked them up on a blind date.
Lauren even brought home her schmucky boyfriend, Isaac Gavigan, and no one seemed to care about his foggy parentage towards Nolan Millett. They just cared that precious Peter was engaged at twenty-four. I see why my Dad didn’t come around them much when I was a kid, I couldn’t fit in less if I tried. Poor Dad has put an effort towards it since turning gray, and he still wound up with the dog trying to bite him.
They all seem perfectly happy, I know this is the life that Erin wanted, who knows why she ever thought she could get there with me.
I already know Aunt Kenzie is going to reach out to Avery and Eden, being a social worker means that her heart bleeds for children with a lousy parent. I’m surprised she’s still alive with my poor kids out in the world, disadvantaged. At least Erin is a good Mom, no one could say she wasn’t, and Avery looked well-to do, she wouldn’t date a guy like me these days that’s for sure.
As for Eden, I’ll just wait until they give me a call, all the while hoping that they never do.
Notes: I’m back east at my sister’s wedding so comments will be likely be late. But man am I SUPER excited about this update!
Colin got a new aspiration, previously he was knowledge/pleasure, and the first part never fit him. He matches for romance and pleasure though, so romance is his new primary.
But I’m sure the Eden-baby-Bomb is where curiosity lies. So rewinding back, I did not know that Avery got pregnant. She lived on a lot of PNPC’s that I have since deleted, at one time I went to fix up their lot, and lo, she was pregnant. This was a few years after, he was with Erin, and so I had to fast forward Eden to be her correct age, which is 9, born May 2014. Eden started showing up on the school in this update, bottom right corner, and is in fourth grade currently.
Avery will work at the Aquarium once I get around to building/remodeling one. And that’s why I allowed Colin to find out he had a near-teen (oh man!) daughter. Lainey and Avery will be working together, so Avery/Eden won’t be disappearing. Her story is that she got pregnant, left South Port, then only came back to get her oceanography degree, and came back for the rumors of the aquarium. I really want her to marry one of my sims, but there isn’t really anyone that’s on her radar.
Photos of the girls:
and Eden, who likely will look very much like Mallory once she has her fourth birthday.
She had her baby SO long ago, I lived in Indiana back then, two states ago! And Eden was named after a bratty girl that lived on our street, and I had to keep sending away cause she was a mean to my littlest kids. This was a link to Avery and Eden’s house I decorated before we moved here.
And for the irate customer, when Emma and Chris moved into their last apartment, they made enemies with two of the tenants, the one on the left was originally wearing a tiara. In this photo they were queued up to fight with Emma and Chris, but absolutely LOVED Chaz.
One on the left before her makeover…
So they really are not friends, though that’s not the one that came into the shop, they are still enemies. And I can’t imagine that Chris likes paying more for anything especially after buying a new house and furnishing it! Humored me that she was in the shop, throwing a fit, probably misses tormenting Chris since he bought his own house and left the apartment complex behind.
Thanks for reading!