Please read the A/N at the bottom!
As the weeks went on, things were relatively going back to normal. I saw a news story about the protest pop up every now and then, but news outlets had better things to report on. Lexie herself, however, was still getting her life back together. The initial days after the protest, she was really cut off. She stayed in her room a lot and hardly ever spoke to me. It scared me, honestly. But this past week, she’s gotten more back to normal. Oh yes…she had also gotten fired, probably because she punched her now ex-boss. I had began my little campaign to get on our neighborhood board. There were only 5 spots, but not a lot of people wanted any of them. The five people currently occupying those spots had been there as long as I remember.
While my career has always been advancing, the one thing that hasn’t changed in a long time was the other aspects of my life. What I mean by that, mostly, was my romantic life. I didn’t have a girlfriend, a wife, or kids. It was just me, and these past months, my sister. And now, suddenly, I can see my future…with Dani. Having a family seemed so far off for a very long time, and now, it doesn’t seem so far away. She and I have been dating for about a month now, and it’s everything I could have thought of, and more. Some days, it still seems like a fantasy, like it’s so perfect, it would be taken away from me at any time. My non-work life is finally progressing, and it happened naturally. I wasn’t truly worried about finding a partner, after all, I’m only twenty. Then I met Dani, and everything seemed to fall into place. Some of my friends have started taking the next steps in their lives. Raini’s engaged! She and her fiancé had been thinking about it together for a little while, and he popped the question around two weeks ago! They’re so happy and are planning a winter wedding. Zoe and her boyfriend have some big news too…they’re going to be parents! Zoe told us a few days ago that she’s about six weeks pregnant, and they both think that she’s having a girl. Lyric doesn’t have any huge news like them to share, except that she’s still dating the same guy…who she really likes! She told us that she’s thinking he might propose soon, which is reasonable, they’ve been dating for a while now, not as long as Zoe or Raini, but still! This time, I had news to share too, that I was dating an amazing woman… They freaked out (through text, so all caps) like it’s really so crazy to think I’m dating. I can’t wait for the day I can call Dani my girlfriend.
Lexie and I had been talking about possibly renovating the house for a few days. We’ve both fallen in love with the style of house around here. More than just personal preference…this house was in no way suited for a family. While I figured that still was a little while away, our house wasn’t big enough, or kid-friendly at all! We have about 60,000 simoleons, probably enough for at least the small things, like a fresh look. Our garden seems to be growing all the time.
“I found a job…that I’d like.” Lexie walked up to me, holding her phone. I had been bugging her to get a new job. She couldn’t just sit at home all day with nothing to do, and she loves cooking! I took the phone out of her hand and tapped the screen because it had darkened. The job she was looking at was quite nice, a caterer’s assistant for parties.
“You should go for it.” I really wanted to convince her to get it.
“I don’t know… they’re really good.”
“Lexie!” I exclaimed. “You’re plenty good, and isn’t the point to get better?”
She outstretched her arm, wanting her phone back. I smirked, placing it in her hand. “I might have submitted it for you…”
Her eyes widened, and she started frantically pressing on the screen. “You what?”
“You needed a push! And, that’s a great job!”
“I wasn’t even considering it, Adelaide! That job is too good, they’d never accept me!”
What? She was great at cooking! Why the heck would she think they were too good, it was just a small Brindleton Bay based company that catered. It wasn’t like a big-time important business (though I bet Lexie could get a job there too..) “Well, you can’t do anything about it now.”
She rolled her eyes. “I know.”
Should I be sorry that I wanted to help her? I know she’s good enough for the job, maybe even more than good enough. She has lost a lot of self-confidence since the protest… she doesn’t think she can do this or that, and I just want to shake her and say ‘You freaking can!’ I just wish she realized those moments of weakness, of imperfection, don’t define you. Only you can decide what defines you, and the thing is, she did know that… you know? She didn’t care that she wasn’t perfect, she didn’t give a crap that she was on the larger side. And now, apparently everything she does, isn’t good enough. I can only hope she will see in herself what I see: a strong young woman who had a lot of crap thrown at her all at once, and didn’t know how to handle it. Do I think any less of her for it? No.
A/N: Hello! This is my first picture-less chapter. You may have noticed that I had to use a lot of line/cutoff things (don’t know what they’re actually called, sorry… because the WordPress app on my phone is having a problem where it doesn’t keep the new paragraphs, so I improvised and used the horizontal lines (is that what they’re called? 🙂) so, one line is new paragraph, and three lines will be new setting/or whatever I used to use the line for! Did that make sense? 😄