Warren Dennis (49 years), Jessica Picaso (38 years), Jett and Flint (18 years)
She had been twenty when she’d had the boys, they were the beginning of her family, and she had expected another baby to follow after them. But none had. Matt hadn’t wanted another baby, but it hadn’t stopped him from fathering that girl when the boys were just five.
She’d fought for her marriage, pleading and yearning for a man that was less affectionate than a goldfish. She hadn’t agreed to the divorce until she was twenty-nine years old. He had tried to get full-custody out of spite, and was rewarded partial custody that he regularly failed to uphold.
She disliked the bastard daughter, but there had been a sort of irony when he was awarded partial custody of her too, and then his mistress died from addictions. Jessica didn’t wish the woman dead, well, she had, but never literally. But it still didn’t soften her anger towards the child, even as the boys had embraced her as a sister, she was still jealous that she existed, and her own daughter never had.
But now, on the eve of her second wedding, she doesn’t know if a third child is a dream she should follow.
Flint despises Warren. Should it matter? She can’t decide. He leaves for boot camp and to follow in his Dad’s footsteps in just a month. Despite all she has done to raise his empathy and compassion, she has failed. He idolizes his Dad, and treats Warren horribly. But he’s her son, she can’t disregard his feelings. Perhaps underneath his anger, he actually feels hurt that she’s marrying again.
She can’t stop Flint. No matter how much Warren says that she needs to do just that, he’s too strong for her. He was always remarkably strong, even at a young age. On the cusp of adulthood, there just isn’t much more she can do.
Jett has always been her favorite. She can’t admit it outloud, but he’s sensitive, and thoughtful towards her. He wouldn’t dream of hurting her by hating Warren. She can tell that Warren isn’t his favorite guy in the world, but he wants her to be happy, and he puts her first. He actually says those types of things too. He’s a good boy, in all sense of the word, and makes her heart swell with pride.
She worries most about Jett, though Flint has the most left to learn in life. She doesn’t want the world to eat up her tender-hearted son, or for his girlfriend, Bea to break his heart. She’d like to put him in a bubble and keep him there, or turn him back to a toddler when all the worlds problems were unknown, and a kiss could fix anything.
Warren doesn’t understand these heavy thoughts. He’s forty-nine, and never married. He’s an uncle but that is his extent of involvement with kids. He can’t relate to the boys, and tends to rock between treating them like ignorant children and thinking they are adults with full capacity for understanding responsibility. He doesn’t mean to be obtuse with them, he means well and tries his best; it’s just a constant friction.
The countdown is days before Flint is gone, and Jett’s future is unknown. A hardcore session of summer school lay at his feet if he wants to attend college, but if he chooses to stay behind, what will happen with him? Warren’s Mom, Angie insists that the boys will still need Jessica in the years to come, that the need for a Mother never leaves.
Jessica hopes that it is true, but will they need her more than they did as children? Because she can’t imagine that to be true, and a second start in life seems selfish to want despite the boys leaving her.
Warren doesn’t understand, but he doesn’t snub. He works to encourage smiles from her, and is always willing to listen. He gets hotheaded over Flint, and her lack of involvement with it, but that is their only disagreement. He’s good to her, Jett even says as much.
But when they climb into bed at night, she has qualms about a second marriage. Statistically they don’t last, and besides that, she’s been a single Mother for the past nine years, even longer considering Matt had long before checked out. Perhaps instead of marriage, she should date, enjoy her thirties before she leaves that decade.
Even her apartment doesn’t make sense anymore. She rented it because the playground. It was perfect when the boys were little, but now she’s the oldest woman in the complex, while it fills with those that are just like her, or how she used to be. She can relate so easily to their pains, and concerns, but they don’t see a comrade in her. She doesn’t fit in the complex anymore, or the crowd of single Mom’s that she’s related to over the years.
When Warren wakes and finds her staring outdoors, he questions her with concern, worried that she is getting sick with their wedding in mere hours. She feels guilty as she lies, blames indigestion.
She stops worrying about herself as he begins softly snoring again, and starts making a checklist of all the things Jett needs to do for summer school. She hadn’t decided if she’d encourage him to attend university. They can’t afford it, and he didn’t qualify for any scholarships. But to allow him to settle into nothingness seems wrong, so she prepares what they need to do. Jett will be on the right track, with full Mom-approval, if he chooses.
Warren had hinted heavily over their relationship that he wouldn’t be opposed to having a baby with her. She wonders if the baby would be a girl, and who it would resemble. The boys look like Matt. There are bits of her in there, but mostly they all, including the bastard daughter, look like Matt.
It would be nice to have a daughter that resembled her, with a husband who was invested. Then she worries about that though, she’s done it on her own and there is a bit of enjoyment in that freedom.
She’s still awake when the sun finally rises, and Warren wakes.
He’s concerned that it might be more than indigestion, though he doesn’t come close to what really ailed her. He had worked through his qualms before he asked her to marry him. They’d been dating since 2019, the same Valentine’s that Marshal proposed to Lorelei, her coworker at the time.
He’d never been involved with the boys as he was now though, and that had all been on Jessica. She hadn’t wanted his help in raising them, she didn’t want to give reason for Matt to retaliate more, or to stop being a Father completely. Warren hadn’t agreed, but he’d respected Jessica’s decision.
It all might have gone smoother if they’d gotten married sooner, or he’d been allowed to interact with the boys regularly. But none of that could be changed now, and he felt prepared to take on Jessica and her nearly-grown sons just the same.
After a night of reflection, Jessica had found herself feeling ready for another new beginning, even if it seemed late in life to start everything over.
They rented out the chapel in Millwood, mostly because it was affordable, and she refused a second courthouse wedding. That was where she’d married Matt, and it seemed like bad luck to repeat history.
Jett invited Bea, she knew how serious he was for her. She wondered if she had a baby this late in life, if it might be close in age to Jett and Bea’s future children, if they made a go of it. She didn’t wish her son to marry, but she also didn’t want him hurt.
She was gaining a mother-in-law in Angie, and a sister-in-law with Miriam, plus a niece and nephew. She’d never had any of these things previously, and it was overwhelming.
She adored Miriam though, her gentle ways that made her a wonderful kindegarten teacher, plus the fact that she’d divorced her cheating, doctor husband. They were sisters in more ways than a soon marriage, and Jessica hoped they’d become close over the years.
Angie was gracious for the wedding, and toward the woman who was stealing away her son after all these years. She helped Jessica prepare, and picked at wrinkles that had stubbornly formed, and Jessica felt warmth all through.
She had spent the night anxious over the day, and instead of that fear creeping into the sunlit hours, she felt like she was being welcomed home.
Miriam answered Shira’s question in the bride’s room, mostly if her own Mom was going to be getting remarried. Her and Asher were turning eleven in June, and it seemed their lives might be similar to Jett and Flints. Angie suddenly had two sets of twins for grandchildren, as she had already graciously welcomed the boys into her family, even if Flint was less than courteous towards her.
Not everyone was happy with the big day, and Jessica had not expected otherwise. Flint had come, but only because Jett had guilted it upon him. They both had a strange power over one another, that Jessica could never replicate. He was disgruntled though, and didn’t attempt to hide it.
But the rest of the faces looking up towards them were happy and intuned to the moment. Though she felt Bea was distracting her son a bit too much. She really didn’t dislike the girl, just the power that she held over her son, and his emotions.
When Warren pulled her into his arms at the start of the ceremony, all her awareness for the audience dissipated.
It was in those moments, with his words that felt more true and honest than a single thing Matt had ever muttered, that Jessica thought having a baby, even with a man near fifty, might not be so terrible.
In fact, it might be quite wonderful.
As soon as the ceremony was complete, Angie was the first to welcome Jessica into their family.
To new beginnings, they all reiterated, and Jessica hoped that the beginning of a new life might not be past their reach. She would just have to worry about Flint’s reaction later, but first, she had to help Jett realize his hopes or whether he was college-bound or not.
Notes: I was concerned this wedding might not happen. I loaded the lot to prepare and Warren (who recently moved in), was being shoved by Flint (who wants to drink Warren just to show his serious hatred). And Jessica had the want to woohoo with 3 different sims. Thankfully it disappeared the next morning, and a baby want promptly rolled into play after the wedding. I’ll let them try, but no promises.
With the marriage, two pnpc families have merged – the Dennis and Picaso family.
I never realized until this wedding how similar Jessica and Miriam’s lives are, even down to the twins. Shira and Asher turn to teens in the next update, and there is boatload of birthdays to celebrate in it!
I changed my theme over break, the previous one didn’t have a static image size, which made the quality poor sometimes. And then most layouts by wordpress only allow small image sizes anyway, and I’m not paying the hefty fee that allows me to edit my CSS. I have considered going to a domain… but I just have no inclination of investing my time in that right now. So hopefully this works for everyone, if you do have issues though, please let me know, and I’ll see what I can do!
Thanks for reading, and hope you all had a happy new year!