Everyone has been occupied with Peter and his engagement with Elise that no one was watching Lauren. She came around with her boyfriend, the one with the reputation for getting Julia pregnant despite his denial. The one who cheated multiple times on different girls. He was a fellow Millwood neighbor, with rude parents but not in a socially unacceptable way. They didn’t have trash on their lawn, dress inappropriate, or skip out paying their bills, they just weren’t friendly and was that really a crime?
The Gavigan’s had a college graduate, they had a son in grade school, and their middle child was one that everyone just breezed over. He was a hiccup, a boy that wasn’t on the right path, but parents can’t win them all, can they? And don’t they have to cut them some slack that two-thirds of their children are doing well. They felt they had to, because they wanted the same forgiveness for their own daughter, Lauren.
She was reckless, impulsive, chasing her gut that was always, absolutely always wrong. But what more could they do for her? Telling her she was making mistakes seemed to push her after them.
She was away at university, no one was watching her, no one was asking the truly relevant questions. She was legally an adult, and her parents were hoping for the best for her all the while keeping their eyes squeezed shut.
She always responded to texts in a prompt enough manner that no one was utterly concerned for her well-being. She was a strong C+ student, which is more than anyone ever expected of her, did they really have to hound her when she’d already exceeded their expectations? What harm could she really get into while at university.
They were just too busy. Elise had the ring, there should be no rush for marriage, but the kids weren’t listening to reason. They had to focus all their energies on postponing the wedding. They didn’t want it to end, they thought Elise was a fine girl. Couldn’t they see that they just wanted them to take it slowly, think things through?
Lauren had never been open, or affectionate. She’d hidden candy in her desk drawers despite their being no rules against it, Jared hadn’t ever had time to micromanage that sort of thing when the kids were little, with Delaney working all hours. He was just satisified that they were fed sandwiches, showered, and homework completed.
They didn’t meddle with Lauren, they didn’t even really visit her. It wasn’t that they didn’t care or want to, they just knew that Lauren didn’t want it, and it was easy to postpone it with their work schedules and Lizzie at home. It wasn’t personal that Lauren wasn’t lovey towards them, it was just her personality, she didn’t want gifts, no matter how nice or well-thought the presents were.
Isaac was a phase. They were certain of it, he was not a guy that committed, he was not a threat. Lauren was on birth control, they had made sure of it themselves, even if he denied paternity for Nolan; they were not convinced. They could not believe that the Millett girl had miraculously procreated with herself, all signs pointed to Isaac. But their Lauren was safe.
Besides, they had Lizzie. She was more calm than her older sisters but it didn’t mean she didn’t have a knack for flare or tantrums. She could very loudly object at any given moment, and Christmas happened to be her target. She hated her gifts, thought they were too babyish, she wanted electronics like the big kids had all gotten. How could they worry about Lauren’s heart when she seemed fine, and Lizzie currently wasn’t.
But, since no one was watching, and no one was guiding, it had given Lauren freedom that perhaps she wasn’t quite prepared to handle.
Always leaping, and never questioning hadn’t served Lauren well, but it hadn’t served her poorly ether. Maybe she wasn’t the top student but she didn’t really care about that, maybe her high school friends weren’t there for her anymore, but she was back with Isaac, that was all she needed.
She had no friends, she had her sister Meg, but she wouldn’t approve. Isaac had to call his big brother, Isaiah, they needed someone that knew them to sign the legal documents. Lauren didn’t have time for this nonsense, she hated being in South Port, terrified of running into her parents. They would spoil her plan, that’s why she didn’t tell any of her family.
This didn’t feel wrong. It just didn’t feel orthodox, and while she was never that way, it didn’t stop her parents from wanting that for her, pushing it on her.
Isaiah came, he was anxious about his parent’s disapproval, but forced jovial for the Judge. He would not be able to avoid the conflict but he wouldn’t be the focus of it ether. Lauren didn’t fret even a second about the fallout. If she never went to Millwood again, it would not be sadness that she’d feel. Isaac could easily disown his parents too, she had decided. The lot of them were no use to them now that they had each other, the parents were always pushing and shoving their way like it was the only option.
This felt right, more right then stealing him from Julia and Lainey. He was hers, it was meant to be.
She didn’t feel bad about this at all, she felt thrilled as if this moment was the exact beginning of the rest of her life.
Notes: It’s been in the cards for Lauren to elope with Isaac, she had the marriage want and I just could not ignore it. She’s a Fortune/Romance for pity sake! Why is she in university rolling for this crap? Because it’s Lauren, always impulsive Lauren. Her parents are going to be livid. I think this will work in Peter and Elise’s favor actually.
True love…. and his wants panel is quite full of those romance wants for multiple sims as well. Maybe they will have an open relationship? Thought I highly doubt Lauren would ever approve of that!
She also got cold feet pretty quickly after proposing as well.
But it’s done. They are living off campus in a small house near Hadley. Both are still in university, both seniors, but only because Isaac has flunked twice! in non-consecutive semesters. Sadly their semesters got reset when I moved them. We will see if they graduate and what happens to them from there.
Thanks for reading!