all the stars tonight – junior/senior prom

ella
She had many regrets in her life, they piled in abundance like forgotten gumballs in an antique shop. It wasn’t new to have one now, but it was a different type. When it came to her childhood and Mom, there were many things she’d have done differently. The consequences had been heavy, but this wasn’t one of those great regrets. This was simpler, but still deep.

When he’d asked her out, she’d said no. It had seemed wise at the time; she hadn’t wanted to jeopardize the band. But on the eve of her final high school days, and no longer a band-mate, it felt like she had sacrificed too much.

It might have been the wrong choice, she didn’t expect they’d have stayed together after she left in the fall. But they might have had a year full of romance, stolen kisses, whispers, and quiet moments with the radio playing.

Everything was ending, and if she could change one small thing, it’d be saying yes to Monroe.

monroe

One day, all his betting would get him into trouble according to his Dad. When he’d rented the mascot costume, his Dad thought for sure, that he’d finally learned his lesson. But wearing a mascot uniform to his Junior Prom didn’t really seem that big of a deal.

lily-mae

She’d asked Alex to be her date, and thankfully, he’d said yes. Everyone knew that he was trying to date Eden Fink, they went to the last dance together, but only Juniors and Seniors were allowed to prom, meaning Eden couldn’t attend.

She wasn’t sure she liked Alex all that much, though they had many similarities with their parents being business owners. At the end of the day, she wanted to wear her beautiful gown. She’d gotten the dress for actual price with her Mom’s perks, and she would not let it go to waste.

ella

She had been on her way to entering the prom, but somehow she’d walked around to the back parking lot and pulled out her music.

Just a song or two, then she’d be ready to face her first and last high school dance.

monroe

Monroe was thinking of Ella when he pulled out his cellphone. His girlfriend, Vivienne wasn’t old enough to attend. Ella had promised to go with him as a friend, but she wasn’t there. He did have his buddy, Jake. Next year they’d be seniors and Vivienne would be a junior.

Next year was where it was at.

ella

It’s Manny. Somehow her little brother knew that she hadn’t gone in yet. He always knew those anxious bits of her, because he had them too. But he was braver than her, she should have been the one cheering her younger siblings on, but Manny had always done that for her.

“Promise you’ll go in now?”

Exhale.

“Promise.”

jake

Monroe made him come, plus he had to be sure that his buddy followed through with the mascot outfit. Now that he was here though, he found himself intrigued by the raven haired woman taking their photos.

Clearly she was an adult and expecting, but he felt a vibe between them.

He decided to introduce himself, and attempt some subtle flirting.

ella

He was on the phone with Vivienne when she entered, saying that he loved her, and would see her later. Did he mean tonight?

She didn’t dislike Vivienne, they didn’t really know one another.

Monroe was the only one to stick by her through the band upheaval. She’d thought maybe he still liked her, and perhaps if he showed her a single sign tonight, perhaps she’d tell him how she felt. Perhaps.

monroe

He shouted at the DJ, requesting something more hip.

He tried pulling Ella into a group dance, but she made excuses then wandered off.

Jake wasn’t even interested in dancing with him.

jake

Fueled by the music and twinkling lights, Jake decided to ask Meg to dance. She’d told him earlier that she’d never attended any dances until she did photography.

He’d never felt this alive in all his life. Her smile was arrows to his heart, her dress was gorgeous, and he didn’t mind that she was pregnant. In another year or so, he’d be even taller, and would be on his way out of this place. He could take care of her and the baby.

She had told them about her boyfriend and buying a house, but mostly, she didn’t talk. She enjoyed the attention he was giving her, he could tell.

lily-mae

They were both attending EU in the fall. She hadn’t known that. She probably wouldn’t have asked him if she had known.

Regardless, they posed for a prom photo together. She might hang it on her wall if they were in separate dorms.

Overall, she had a good time and he seemed to as well. Perhaps they’d see one another on campus.

ella

Monroe insisted on the photo. She would have skipped it. She felt awkward in her own skin without a photo magnifying it, but she obliged.

Afterward though, she appreciated this last symbol of high school and friendships.

jake

She excuses herself to grab a salad.

He offered to eat with her, but she declined.

Maybe she doesn’t like him that way, but it had really felt like it.

ella

Ella sneaks off without a word.

Monroe seemed smitten with Vivienne; she didn’t want to be that kind of girl, so she said nothing.

Now she sits down in the middle of the field, and enjoys the city as it moves into a restless slumber.

All those years ago, everything had been intimidating. There were rumors she’d made valedictorian. She didn’t believe that to be true, but the rumor alone was an accomplishment. The fact that someone like her could actually obtain teenage greatness was baffling.

She wasn’t afraid of this field anymore, the teachers, and especially not the students. She wanted to feel fearless for her future, but that hadn’t happened.

Everything about the next few months terrified her, she couldn’t even begin to look past September.

She wondered if her Mom would have been proud, if perhaps she might have gotten help and been involved. She worried about the traps her Mom fell in, that same weakness was a piece of her; she could feel all the poor choices just a breath away.

Monroe finds her out in the field, calls out exuberantly, shattering her reverie.

He jogs across the field, chiding her for not saying goodbye.

This was a real goodbye, not a see ya later.

He announces proudly that he’s planning to attend EU himself, after high school of course. She’d be a sophomore, would she be excelling? She hoped so.

Would Monroe be accepted to EU? She didn’t feel as confident.

“You better study then; it matters.” She encourages him playfully.

“I will,” he laughs it off then quiets. “I’ll miss you, better save room in your new band for me.”

He pulled her in for a hug, and she wanted to say how much she’d miss him too, but words escaped her. Quietly she hugged him, and wondered achingly if she had made a bad choice in saying no.

She had no new regrets tonight though; she was glad she hadn’t told Monroe her feelings, and sometimes that was enough.


Notes: Jake Grimsley was ALL about Meg Schehl! They might even be 3 bolts. It was an unexpected occurrence for sure.

Ella became interested in Monroe after he was with Vivienne. If he’d made any sign/want for Ella, I would have allowed her to fulfill some of her wants for him, but he didn’t at all.

Next up, they graduate plus a million other graduations and birthdays. Then I can see if we have a valedictorian this school year and who it might be, and if Ella got a full ride.

Thanks for reading!

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14 thoughts on “all the stars tonight – junior/senior prom

  1. This post made me feel so happy for Ella because even though things are tough and she is wistful about Monroe, she seems confident and at peace with her choices. University probably looms as an unknown to most people who have any sense, and I’m sure once she gets there she’ll find her way even with the doubts about her mom and the parts of her personality she may have inherited.

    Meg and Jake was a surprise! I figured it must have come out of nowhere when they got in the same room together. That’s definitely an interesting thing about playing sims. Every once in a while it throws you a fun surprise.

    1. I’m super excited that Ella is headed to university! I’m very curious how she’ll adapt. She is in my dorm that generally roles to do well with term papers and homework. (Excluding Milo, who skates by). I haven’t looked at her chemistry with any other sims, and I’m especially curious if she’ll have chemistry with any college students. Regardless, it should be fun seeing where she’s at when/if Monroe attends university in a year!

      Meg and Jake was a surprise to me too! She seemed to enjoy the attention, but she didn’t let him get carried away. She’s pretty happy with Jaron, and about to have his baby. It’d be fun if they ran into eachother later in life, like when Jake wasn’t illegal. Not for them to have a fling, but to see if they still hit it off. Thanks for commenting Shannon!

    1. I hope good things for Ella. High school and dances weren’t her scene, I peg her for an old soul so to speak. She has a very rich history in my hood and trauma from her Mom’s untimely death. It makes her a bit more somber. Thanks for commenting CT!

  2. Ella was breathtaking. I was sure Monroe would have been moved by how lovely she looked, but I guess not, lol! That mascot costume on him during their sad goodbye scene, OMG!

    Poor sweet Ella. This is just full of so much heartache. But I agree with her choice not to say anything, since he’s obviously over the moon for Vivienne. Better to be simply heartbroken than mortified, rejected, and heartbroken, and then make their friendship awkward, too. She is very mature to realize that.

    But who knows what might happen in the future? I can’t wait to see what the next year brings for her at university, and if he does end up at EU in the following year, how much they both will have changed. Maybe he’ll even do some growing up too?

    Lily-Mae looked adorable! And Jake was hilarious, ready to take care of a woman and a baby, too funny!

    What a fun night!

    1. The mascot costume was too funny. He’d rolled the ROS to lose a bet, and prom seemed like the opportune time to fulfill that! Ella was so pretty with her hair like that, and the nice gown. She cleans up nicely.

      I’m excited for her year at university as well, and how she will be if/when Monroe makes it. He really is pretty smitten with Vivienne, but teenage hearts aren’t always so secure. Perhaps in the future? Or maybe there’s a hunk at college waiting for her that I haven’t noticed yet. Monroe could definitely do some growing up too!

      Thanks for commenting Laura!

  3. This was uniquely done and I love the format. So many things happening but of course Ella stole the show for me and I hope she does become valedictorian – that would be awesome. I’m so surprised at Meg and Jake! I wonder if it will go anywhere…

    1. Thanks Starr!! It took me a few tries to find a way that flowed well, and (ahem) wasn’t entirely about Ella. πŸ˜€ She stole the show for me as well. Meg and Jake was surprising to me too, I don’t think it will lead to anything. Meg is pretty happy with her boyfriend, Jaron. But who can say? Maybe when he’s of legal age. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for commenting!!

    1. Bittersweet was the sweet spot I was hoping for, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I hope college goes well for Ella too, I’m looking forward to playing her first semester soonish. Thank you for commenting Jane; it’s good to see you again!

  4. What a lovely end-of-high-school update for some of these kids. I love Ella as always, liked Lily-Mae’s attitude towards her date and LOL:ed at Jake fawning over Meg. πŸ™‚ That’s one of my favourite part of those hacks, that teens can swoon over adults. Which they do all the time IRL, no matter how inappropriate it is. (It’s less cute when adult sims whistle at teenagers but that’s another story…)

    1. I love that part of the hack too! Like Linnea crushing on her older sister’s husband! Or when Aidan crushed hard on his older brother’s baby Mama, Erin! It adds a great bit of reality and spice to the game for sure. I don’t think it’ll lead anywhere for poor Jake, Meg seems decently happy with her boyfriend, Jaron. But who knows for sure. Thank you for commenting Simnovoris!!

  5. Oh, I loved how you wrote this, flitting back and forth between the different teens and their perspectives! I also enjoyed the comic relief of poor Monroe forced to wear a mascot outfit to prom and Jake trying to flirt with Meg!

    Honestly, I have hope for Ella, whether she ever ends up with Monroe or not. She might meet someone amazing on campus, or she might just continue to come into her own and totally blossom as an individual. She is so aware of her mother’s flaws and worried they’re a part of her too but I think just that awareness might serve her really well in avoiding them. I’m really keen to follow her as she grows older.

    1. Thanks Carla! Poor Monroe, thanks to ROS he got to add some humor to the post.

      I’m looking forward to playing Ella and seeing if there is chemistry in college for her, or possible bandmates (music hobbyists) on campus. It’d be great if she continued focusing on her self though, and I know that’s what her counselor, Alice would encourage. She has a ways to go before she’s really ready to commit in a relationship. Roman would love it if Ella waited for him, lol. He has a big crush on her too, but he never showed it like Monroe had. Pretty sure Monroe would kick his butt if he had! Thanks for commenting Carla!

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