Chapter One

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“Lucas? Lucas, honey, will you please come down here?”

“No! Leave me alone!”

The young boy’s shrill reply echoed down the long staircase.

Becca turned toward her husband uncertainly. “What do we do?” She mouthed.

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Damien hesitated, then glanced out the window, his eyes lighting up. “It’s still light out.” He tried, calling up the stairs to his son. “Why don’t you come on down here, buddy, and we can go –”

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The bedroom door shut with a slam that nearly shook the whole house.

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The man rubbed his temples, defeated. “Well there go our chances of winning ‘Parents of the Year’” he muttered, trying to smile.

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Becca placed a hand on his shoulder. “There’s always next year.” She smirked playfully. “He just needs a little space right now. We knew this would happen.” Her voice was serious as she continued. “Give him a couple weeks and he’ll love it here.”

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Done with his eavesdropping, Lucas backed away from the door, closing it more gently this time. He trudged toward the bed as his mother’s words replayed in his mind “He’ll love it here”… Yeah right. He thought miserably.

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It had been barely 24 hours since the Ainsworths had moved into their new home, and things were already becoming disastrous for poor Lucas.

The nightmare of his first day at his new school played over and over in his mind. First, the teacher had forced him to speak in front of the whole class.

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The boy stumbled awkwardly over his words as his classmates barely contained their snickering.

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Recess was even worse. Try as he might, he simply couldn’t muster up the courage to talk to any of the other students, and they avoided him like the plague. While the rest of the class played on the monkeybars and goofed off with their friends, Lucas sat alone, reading one of his new mystery novels. It was nice to have a bit of an escape from reality, at least.

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And, as Lucas discovered, a thick leather-bound book was quite handy for hiding one’s tear-streaked face.

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Things seemed to be looking up at dismissal. A few of the neighborhood children walked home with him, and for a moment, Lucas was hopeful. But they teased him the entire way, mocking his embarrassing speech from earlier and ridiculing the faded yellow band shirt he wore.

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His father had bought it for him at a music festival in their hometown nearly a year ago. Lucas thought it was the coolest shirt he owned.

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As soon as he made his way through the door, Lucas had charged up the stairs, his parents’ calls of concern falling on deaf ears.

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And now here he sat, alone and miserable in an unfamiliar house in a brand-new town, surrounded by a bunch of strangers who laughed at his nervousness and hated his favorite yellow shirt.

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I hate it. I hate it. I hate it!

Lucas rose to his feet, determined, and grabbed his backpack, spilling his school supplies onto the floor. The boy’s face hardened as he began stuffing it with handfuls of wrinkled clothes.

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I’ve had it with this place… I’m going home.

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69 Responses to Chapter One

  1. penguinwa101 says:

    I Love your story! This one is definitely going on my reading list!

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  2. cathytea says:

    Great start! I’m pulling for both Lucas and his parents!

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  3. ninjapigsims says:

    What an interesting start! Poor Lucas. 😦 I hope he’ll be brave enough to give it another try, and that he’ll open up to his parents soon.

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  4. Oh! Poor Lucas! I feel for you! I went to two different 6th grades and five different 8th grades. (I was bullied a lot) I can totally relate to how he is feeling. I’m excited to read more and see what happens! A great start! And I love how you added a filter to his flash backs of his day.

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  5. Jes2G says:

    This sounds interesting!

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  6. Lux Conant says:

    “Well there go our chances of winning ‘Parents of the Year’” When I first read this I thought he meant a real competition or something. If it is, I felt bad for Damien.
    Aww poor Lucas, now that I know what he went through I can see his POV.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you so much for reading! Hahaha and yeah, Damien was being sarcastic with that remark 😛 They ARE good parents though, just not perfect all of the time!

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  7. SummerFalls says:

    I’m loving this so far! It’s an interesting storyline and I’m excited to see where this goes.

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  8. Sunny Shay says:

    It’s hard out there for baby sim. Poor thing.

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  9. lunarokz says:

    I just found your blog through the sim forum. I loved the fist chapter. Will totally read on.

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  10. Anna says:

    What a great start! Have a son in Lucas’s age so I can totally relate and know how emotions can rage. I really do hope he will stick around! I know his parents are doing their best of a bad situation. I hope?

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you so much for checking out my story! I apprecite your kind comments 🙂 Poor Lucas is just not handling the move well… Little does he know that things are going to get very interesting for him very quickly! Haha thanks again for reading! 🙂

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  11. Waheedax says:

    This story is so good and im loving it so far!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you so much! I don’t get new readers too often anymore, so your comment made my day! Hahaha I hope that you continue to enjoy it and continue reading too! (But if you don’t, I also won’t judge haha) thank you for stopping by and checking out my story regardless. It’s much appreciated!!! 🙂

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  12. ezigirl says:

    Awww, like I said on the forums, I really like little Lucas – even though he seems like a handful haha. Can’t wait to see what he’s up to next.

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  13. whattheplum says:

    Aww. 😦 Kids can be such jerks.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Ahhh! You’ve made my day already haha I woke up to a million WP emails! I’m very happy you are reading my story (and it looks like you read almost all of it in one sitting!). Thank you so much for checking it out! I will read all your comments soon 🙂 (and yes! Those kids were such jerks! Especially the ones he walked home with. Oh, and I don’t think most people notice, but the kids sitting in class laughing at him are Noah, Sam, Camryn, and Laura)

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  14. alienphoenix says:

    Just found your story and I love the start so far. I’m looking forward to later when I have time to read more and see what happens with Lucas’ plan to run away.

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  15. Simslover163 says:

    Just started reading and I’m starting to enjoy it! I look forward to seeing what happens to Lucas! 🙂

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you so much for checking out my story! I really appreciate it!!!!! There is a LOT to come for Lucas 🙂 Thanks again for reading (and commenting!)

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  16. Senna says:

    So I finally found the time to do some reading of this story!

    Poor Lucas. But I think I’ll read on and see what happens!

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  17. beckycat1221 says:

    Just started reading and like it

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  18. kaffepigen says:

    Awesome Chapter! I will definitely keep reading between my own writing.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you so much for checking out my story! I really appreciate it so much! I am posting my epilogue later today, and it’s very bittersweet for me. So seeing a new reader start from the beginning makes me so happy 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

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  19. Oh, this is going to be a good story. I like how this chapter started with the story already happening. We don’t know much about Lucas other than he has a bad day at school and his family just moved to this new neighborhood. The flashback was a great plot device. I’m looking forward to reading more especially after the advert banner “We live. We love. We die. But not always in that order.” I can’t wait to see how that all ties in.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you so much for checking out this story too! 🙂 This story was very near and dear to my heart so I’m happy you’re checking it out! 🙂 thank you!

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  20. Aww, poor Lucas trying his best to fit into a new neighborhood, school and make new friends. It’s hard for kids his age. I never had a problem with moving but no matter what school I went to, I was the outsider whom everyone picked on. The best thing to do is to ignore them and let your parents help you as well as make a close friend outside of the school environment. Running away won’t help as there will always be those who make fun of others.

    Great beginning to your story.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thanks! It can be super rough, especially if you’re the “new kid”. Poor Lucas doesn’t know how to deal haha. Thanks for checking out my story! I know it’s super long haha but I hope sometime you get the chance to read more of it!

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  21. blamsart says:

    This is so interesting! ~
    I’m hooked! *heads to next chapter*

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you so much for checking out my story! I appreciate it so much! (Also, hello! I saw you post in the Writers’ Lounge! Yay!)

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      • blamsart says:

        Well I saw you in the Writer’s Lounge and the Writer’s hangout and I keep seeing your signature and going “that looks really cooooll” and then there were all the people who commented on your story, with comments of having cried at the end and that’s just my type of story. T_T
        Even though really I don’t really have time to start reading new stories, my curiosity got the better of me and I’m not regretting it so far XD

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      • CitizenErased14 says:

        That’s so sweet of you to be so interested! And I’m so glad you decided to check it out! I’ve been feeling very sad about my story being over, so having new readers discover it makes me so glad!

        And I totally understand about not having much time for new stories haha but I always get sucked in myself too! And my “to-read list” is growing every day. There are so many amazing stories out there! 🙂

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  22. lovesstorms says:

    Well, Simmers Gab has inspired me to finally do it. Read your story, I mean. I’ve been meaning to, but I always find something else to do…like write. lol Or edit screenshots.

    Back to the story. So, I love the beginning. Your screenshots are awesome (I’m impressed with excellent graphics cards…you know important things like that). 😉 Poor Lucas, though. He doesn’t care about screenshots. He cares about his new move. I’m curious to find out what he does next.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Ahhhh! Lovesstorms, I’m so excited that you’re here and reading! ❤ Seriously, I have the biggest smile on my face right now ^_^ Thank you so much! I'm glad you like the beginning. Poor Lucas has a very long road ahead of him. Thanks again, it means a lot to have you reading! Take your time though 🙂

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  23. It’s a very nice beginning to the story 🙂 And I love Lucas so much, he is such a cute boy! I’m going to read all of your story, but it will take a while because I’m just in the beginning, but it’s a wonderful story and I’m really enjoying to read it 🙂 Please check out my story too if you like https://simsstoriesmyblog.wordpress.com/

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  25. ARoseInBloom says:

    Daaaaaang. Awesome start! I’m already hooked and I want to know what happens to this boy! Lucas–the infamous Lucas!

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  26. alphabetagama8 says:

    Dang! I just went back to dust to dust just for the feelz and I recognise people here! Some people have been here for the whole time! That’s dedication and that’s how you know how awesome and gripping your story is! 😀

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you for saying that 🙂 I do love my readers who have stuck with me! (And newer readers too of course! :D) And that is so sweet of you to go back and re-read! 🙂

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  28. Something to binge! If I can binge Jes2G’s Pruett Legacy, I’m hoping I can binge this. Heard a lot of good things about this story.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you so much for checking out Dust to Dust! This story is very near and dear to my heart. I hope you enjoy it! ^_^

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  29. kaffepigen says:

    It’s so nice to revisit D2D! I’m gonna re-read through the whole story 😀

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  30. SilentWolf101 says:

    Whoa… Lucas had brown hair… O.O

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      That was the perfect patio hair glitch! Haha these shots were taken back when there was a glitch that didn’t let children with that hairstyle have black hair 😛 So lucas’ hair gets darker as he gets older haha (btw, I feel confused XD didn’t you already read D2D? O_o Or am I remembering something that never happened? Haha)

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  31. kaffepigen says:

    Surprise! I’m back for a third read😁

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