Chapter Sixty-Two

As time went on, Krystina stayed true to her end of the bargain, and Evelyn stayed true to hers.

The little girl continued practicing diligently each time she visited her grandparents’ house.

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And, on the nights she slept over, Evelyn began to teach her.

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As she’d expected, it was much easier to give Krystina lessons after she’d developed a foundation to build upon. And though she was not quite the prodigy Evelyn had been, Krystina was a quick and eager student with a genuine desire to learn.

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Krystina’s parents and grandparents marveled at how quickly the little girl’s musical skills had begun to develop, though it was not entirely surprising to them – Krystina had a love of all things having to do with creativity or imagination.

She had a deep passion for visual art, and loved spending hours at her drawing table making new creations.

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She spent long, lazy weekend afternoons laying in the backyard with her parents, taking turns finding new shapes hidden in the big, fluffy clouds.

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She loved playing make-believe and coming up with her own games and stories to act-out with her toys and stuffed animals.

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Of course, she loved playing make-believe with her friends too. Krystina had so many fun adventures with Noah and Sam’s kids and her two best friends, Lily and Mitchell, who both lived on her street.

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But there was another friend, too – a special, secret friend who Krystina thought was the coolest person in the world… Evelyn.

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Between all the violin lessons, the two girls would play games together, share funny stories, and even have the occasional dance party (with the music turned down low, of course).

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Though they only saw each other once a month or so, it was not long before a strong bond formed between the two of them. Evelyn looked forward to every evening spent with Krystina more than the little girl would ever know.

There were still times when the pain would come back, of course – The way Krystina would smile, or pronounce certain words, or crinkle her nose when she was concentrating too hard – It would bring back so many memories… Ones Evelyn had hoped she would never have to think of again.

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It was hard to look beyond all that at first – to be able to look Krystina in the eye and not see Lucas staring back at her every time. But eventually, Evelyn was able to appreciate Krystina for who she was, too – not just what she represented. Because as much as she was like her father, Krystina differed from him in other ways.

Krystina was louder than Lucas, and a little less shy. She had an ear for music and an eye for artwork where her father had none. She was more curious, and, in many ways, more clever too. But she was also not quite as deep or sensitive in the way she looked at the world. Krystina seemed to always be looking outward, while her father looked within.

She was a completely different person – but still wonderful, in her own ways. Evelyn loved watching Krystina grow and change as time went on. And, just as it had with Lucas, it happened fast.

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One year went by. Then two. Then three. In the blink of an eye, it seemed, Krystina went from a bright-eyed little third grader to a spunky sixth grader – the same age Lucas had been when he’d moved to Newcrest all those years ago.

Krystina was now a member of her school’s orchestra, and received professional violin instruction after school every Tuesday. But while her lessons with Evelyn gradually came to an end, she still played for her friend often, eager to show off all she’d been learning. And Evelyn was thrilled to hear it.

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As the girl got older, however, the frequency of her sleepovers with her grandparents began to slowly diminish – she was simply getting too old for them. So Krystina began staying up later and later each time, desperate for as much time with Evelyn as she could manage.

Every time her parents came to pick her up, poor Krystina would be exhausted. But whenever she was asked about it, she’d simply shrug, and say she slept just fine.

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Lucas and Mel were not convinced. They even sat down with Damien and Becca, and tried to explain (gently, but firmly) that Krystina had a bedtime for a reason.

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But they had been sticking to her bedtime, Lucas’ parents explained, confused. Every night.

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Unaware of her parents’ suspicions, Krystina’s sleepovers continued, and so did her long nights with Evelyn.

They played round after round of chess together.

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They watched silly movies on TV.

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And when things got rough (which, as Krystina learned the hard way, they so often did in Middle School), she had someone to confide in about all her worries and problems.

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Evelyn was so easy to talk to, and always gave the best advice. To Krystina, she was like the big sister she never had.

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And to Evelyn, Krystina helped fill a deep void in her heart that had been empty for a long time.

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38 Responses to Chapter Sixty-Two

  1. I loved the side by side photos of Lucas and Ev and then Krystina and Ev! I wonder how Lucas will react when/if he finds out his daughter has met Ev! I love this story! 🙂

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  2. Derubelle says:

    Nooooooo 😥 I reached the end…I need more!!! Write woman, write! haha x You got me hooked

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      You are the best! Seriously. I am going to make a ridiculous thank you post on the forum for not just taking the time to read, but like and comment too! 🙂 (And don’t worry, I am writing away! I update 4 days a week!)

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      • Derubelle says:

        Aww no worries, it has truly been my pleasure haha! Your story has gotten me hooked, it’s just so nice and I honest to Overseer do not know what will come next, and it’s driving me crazy! (in a good way)

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      • CitizenErased14 says:

        Hahaha you’ll know soon! My update days are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday! 🙂 Thanks again for reading! 😛 I’m trying to imagine what it would be like to read the whole thing like that, and see Lucas go from cute little child to super handsome mature adult with a kid (Sorry, I’m basically in love with Lucas. Is that creepy? XD) all in one day! I look back at the first few chapters sometimes and feel so nostalgic :’) Haha

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      • Derubelle says:

        Psssst….I’m kinda in love with Lucas too! Some of those photos…phew *fans herself* And it was fast paced of course but quite nice.. I like fast-pacing things (when watching a movie on my laptop I keep pressing the forward button-bf hates to watch movies with me). But could I ask you actually, how come you write to easily and quickly?

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      • CitizenErased14 says:

        I’m glad it’s not just my blind love because he’s my character haha 😛 He had good genetics! I honestly don’t know how I write so quickly though haha… I just feel SO inspired by the story that most chapters come easily to me 🙂 I have the entire plot outlined already, which helps too! I’ve only ever finished two stories (not sims ones) before, and my goal is to make sure this one becomes the third! I think that helps keep me motivated too! 🙂

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      • Derubelle says:

        Oh I see so you have written before too! Well that definitely shows in this story. You see, english isn’t my mothertongue and although I’ve studied in the UK for 3 years, I feel like I know less english than when I first arrived haha. So maybe that’s why writing is taking a bit longer for me.. But keeping motivated must sure help too, so I will be sure to work hard on that! 🙂

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      • CitizenErased14 says:

        Honestly your English is wonderful! 🙂 But I totally understand how it would make writing a little more difficult/time consuming. I’m really excited for more of your story! Good luck with it! 🙂

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      • Derubelle says:

        Ty very much, I’m very insecure about it. I may not be able to explain myself in as beautifully constructed phrases as I would like, but I will try! And ty very much, am writing Ch 1.3 right now and will take pictures tomorrow for Ch 2. So tired tho and its past midnight already so will have to go to bed soon 🙂

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  3. ninjapigsims says:

    I love their friendship! I really hope they won’t be parted – poor Evelyn can only take so much! 😦

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  4. whattheplum says:

    It’s neat how we can really feel the relativity of time in relation to mortality in this – things are almost unchanging for Ev, where the “real” world just zooms by; our flesh ages & decays, while the soul (if one believes that sort of thing) is eternal.

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  5. Virtualee says:

    Busted by the Grandfolks….oh boy.

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  6. RipuAncestor says:

    Oh, hey, Evelyn did become the cool aunt! Yay!

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  7. Simslover163 says:

    Uh oh, Grandma and Grandpa caught Krystina outside. Could this be a sign of something?

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  8. lovesstorms says:

    It’s good for Evelyn that she sees Krys as a completely different person because she is. You wrote very well about the differences between her and Lucas. As a reader, I wasn’t sure what they were, so it helped to know. I am feeling a dreaded feeling and I don’t like it. 😦

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  9. ARoseInBloom says:

    Well, now hopefully they’ll say something to Lucas and he’ll realize that Ev hasn’t gone yet. Not that I want that to happen, just that maybe he can make up because it’s good for the soul.

    And also…I love how you aged her. She’s still a child, but she did look older to me and I enjoyed that!!

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  10. CitizenErased14 says:

    We’ll see 😉

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  11. When Lucas figures out, I hope he feels so guilty… He forgot her… He forgot his best friend.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I still want to know why you think he forgot her! Haha I don’t get it

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      • Because he hasn’t even tried to find what he needs. And…and in his POV he says NOTHING about her. Not at all. I hope Krysti tells him. Or something! I’m still on TeamEv!

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      • CitizenErased14 says:

        You have to remember that he thinks Evelyn’s spirit is gone/in the afterlife. How could he possibly bring her back then? He stopped working on the cure because he thinks she’s gone forever.

        And he doesn’t think of Evelyn every moment of every day haha so I’m not sure what you’re expecting there 😛

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