Chapter Seventy

Krystina lay on the soft, cool bed of grass and stared up at the thousands of twinkling stars above her. She sighed softly, enjoying the peaceful stillness of the night. A small smile came to her lips as she relished in the feeling.

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“I missed this.” She whispered. “And I missed you.

“I know.” Evelyn agreed. “Me too.”

As Krystina had predicted so many years ago, keeping up her friendship with Evelyn had become more and more difficult as time went by. It had been months since Krystina had come to visit her friend. In fact, now that she thought of it, Krystina had only seen Evelyn a dozen or so times over the past three years. It was hard not to feel guilty.

“I wish we could see each other more often…” She muttered sadly. “It’s just not as easy as it used to be, y’know?” Krystina paused, and could not help but smile as she recalled the countless evenings she’d snuck out of her parents’ house. “Things were a lot less complicated when I was still living with my parents.” She shrugged her shoulders slightly.

Beside her, Evelyn smiled, though her tone revealed her disappointment. “Don’t worry. I understand… Not quite as easy to sneak out of bed now, huh?”

Krystina shook her head. She’d learned the hard way just how difficult it was to sneak out of bed without waking the person you shared it with. And then, even if you did, there was the worrying – what if they got up for a drink of water, or to use the bathroom, and found you missing? How could you possibly explain yourself?

One of the only things that had saved Krystina from stopping her visits with Evelyn altogether were those rare times The Newcrest Knights played a game just far enough away to have to spend the night in the rival team’s city. Normally the games were all within a few hours’ drive. But some nights, like this one, the players would not return until the next morning, and Krystina would have the tiny house all to herself… And plenty of opportunity to pay Evelyn a visit.

“So… I’m gonna assume things are still going pretty well for you guys, huh?” Evelyn asked, stifling a giggle.

Krystina was not quite as successful. She laughed softly to herself, nodding. “They are.” She confirmed, her laughter finally beginning to subside. “What was your first clue?” The girl teased.

They were going amazing, actually. Things had changed so much for Krystina over the past few years, and wonderfully so.

But it wasn’t always wonderful.

After nearly seven years together, Krystina and Silas had broken up a few weeks shy of her 22nd birthday. Krystina was absolutely devastated, but she knew that it was for the best. The young couple had been struggling for a long time with reconciling their visions for the future – Krystina had always dreamed of getting married and having children. Silas, on the other hand, was not so sure that a lifelong commitment was right for him. After years of tiptoeing around the subject, Krystina finally gave Silas an ultimatum – and his response was to walk away.

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It took a long time for Krystina to feel “normal” again. She’d always foolishly hoped that she could find a way to change Silas’ mind – that her love would be enough to make him want the same things she did. And when she learned that it was not the case, her whole world seemed to fall apart. And there by her side to help her pick up the pieces was Mitch.

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Along with Lily, Mitchell had been one of Krystina’s best friends for as long as she could remember – almost as long as she’d known Noah and Sam’s kids. Between his support, her parents’ encouragement, Lily’s comforting phone calls, and a series of late-night heart-to-hearts with Evelyn, Krystina got through it.

During the next several months, Krystina and Mitch grew closer than they’d ever been before. And then one night, nearly a year after her break-up with Silas, Krystina’s eyes finally opened to what had been in front of her all along…

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Her parents were thrilled, of course. They’d known Mitchell just as long as Krystina had, and he already felt like a member of the family. He was smart, caring, funny, and very driven in his career as a minor league baseball player – all qualities which the Ainsworths valued greatly (and, they now finally shared with their daughter, they had failed to see much of in Silas).

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“So… have you guys set a date yet?” Evelyn continued, her tone almost hopeful.

“Not yet.” Krystina replied. “We’re gonna wait until things, uh… settle down, I guess you could say.” She laughed. “But not too much longer.” She assured her friend. “We never really planned on a long engagement. We’ve got a kind of a big to-do list at the moment though…”

The ghost nodded beside her. “What about the gallery?”

“Still a work-in-progress.” She explained. “Just another item on the list…” Krystina sighed. “But that money from Grammy is definitely burning a hole in my pocket… Hopefully I’ll have some better news on that front this time next year.”

After graduating from school, Krystina had chosen to make painting her career. She had a deep love for her artwork, and a real talent for it too… But Krystina was learning just how difficult getting a start in the business could be.

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Nearly a year ago, however, her grandmother surprised her with an extremely generous gift, and made Krystina promise that she would use it to follow her dream of opening her own gallery. Krystina was floored by her grandmother’s generosity, but wondered the reason behind the incredible gift.

“I’m not getting any younger, honey.” Becca had explained. “And while inheritances are a lovely gesture, I’d much rather be around to see you enjoy it.”

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Unfortunately, Krystina had not gotten far in her research of finding the perfect spot for her gallery when circumstances had changed, and fulfilling her dream had to be put on the back-burner. For now, at least.

With a heavy sigh, Krystina rose rather clumsily to her feet. Evelyn floated up from the ground, reaching out instinctively to help her friend. But of course, she could do nothing.

“I’ve got it, Ev.” Krystina laughed. “Don’t worry.”

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She paused, looking thoughtfully at her friend for a few moments. It was so strange sometimes to see just how completely unchanged Evelyn was from the night they’d first met all those years ago. Krystina could still remember a time when the ghost had felt like an older sister. And now…

I’m five years older than her. Krystina thought. It made her sad, somehow. She almost wished she could slow down time, just for a little while. But of course, she could not. Things were never that simple.

“I wish I could stay.” Krystina said softly. “But I really should get back… I’m so tired.” She confessed. “And my dad’s coming over for lunch tomorrow, so I don’t wanna sleep in too much…”

For nearly a decade, there’d been something of an unspoken understanding between the two friends. Krystina knew Evelyn had been friends with her dad, and she was pretty sure that Evelyn was aware she knew… But neither one ever acknowledged it. Despite Evelyn’s poker face, Krystina knew she liked hearing news about Lucas from time to time, so she always tried to drop a few bits of information.

“Just your dad?” Evelyn asked kindly. “Is your mom working?”

Krystina shook her head. “No, she’s away all this week, actually. Dad’s got the house to himself.” She laughed. “He’s loving it… He’s been having Noah and Sam over a lot, he says. ‘Guy time’, or whatever.” The young woman rolled her eyes with a smile.

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“But I think he’s secretly a little lonely too.” She added. “He’s been calling me all the time, and finding excuses to come over…” Krystina shook her head.

“Well I’m glad he’s keeping busy.” Evelyn smiled. “Where’d your mom go? Business trip?”

Krystina’s face fell. “No…” She said sadly. “She flew out to Bridgeport. She’s visiting her friend… Well, maybe ‘friend’ isn’t the right word…” The girl paused. “My mom used to be married.” She explained. “A real long time ago, when she was even younger than me. He was killed in a car accident years ago, way before she even met my dad.”

She took a deep breath. “Even after all this time, she’s still close with her first husband’s mom… And she’s a really sweet woman, actually. I’ve met her tons of times when I was growing up…” Krystina felt her voice shake slightly as an unexpected wave of sadness welled up inside her. “But she’s dying… And mom wanted to go see her one last time.”

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Evelyn nodded sympathetically. “That’s so sad… But it’s nice that your mom gets to say goodbye.”

“I guess…” Krystina agreed, managing to compose herself. “I talked to her on the phone last week, and it was just so sad to hear her sounding so weak, and frail…” She shook her head. “It’s hard to think that it could be the last time I ever talk to Caroline again.”

Evelyn furrowed her brow. “Caroline?”

Krystina nodded. “Caroline Bouchard.” She explained. “She’s actually a pretty famous scientist… Pharmaceutical research. My grandfather used to love talking to her about it.” She smiled. “But I think she’s a little, uh… after your time… So maybe you’ve never heard of her.”

The expression on the ghost’s face indicated otherwise.

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“Caroline… Bouchard?” Evelyn was suddenly muttering under her breath. “Jimmy Bouchard? From sophomore chemistry?! No way…”

“Um… Evelyn, is everything okay?” Krystina asked nervously. “Did… Did you know her?”

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Her friend seemed to be ignoring her. Evelyn furrowed her brow for a few moments, as though struggling to remember something. Then finally, she continued muttering under her breath distractedly. The ghost’s eyes widened with every word she spoke. “She’s a scientist… In Bridgeport… And she had a son who died…” Her entire face suddenly lit up. “So if that was him, then his wife was…” Evelyn shook her head, looking almost amused.

But her amusement quickly gave way to something else. Krystina watched as her friend’s face suddenly fell. “You say she’s dying?” She asked, addressing Krystina once more.

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She nodded, watching as the bright, happy green of her friends’ form quickly faded away. Krystina gave up trying to ask Evelyn what was going on – her friend’s reaction had said enough. “She lived an incredible life though.” The girl explained. “She’s leaving behind quite a legacy…”

Evelyn was thoughtful for a moment. “Good.” She said finally. “That’s great to hear, actually…”

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The ghost was silent for a few more moments, her dull gray slowly brightening back to green.

“Okay, I’ve been keeping you here long enough.” She said at last, with a laugh. “You need to get some sleep! I’m not even sure it was the best idea for you to come here tonight…” Evelyn confessed. “I’m thrilled to see you, of course! But, I mean… in your, uh… condition…

Krystina just rolled her eyes. “Condition? Seriously?”

Her friend laughed. “You know what I mean! Ahhh, this is so exciting though!” Evelyn grinned as she floated forward, reaching out for Krystina’s stomach. “I can’t believe it!”

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“How much longer again?”

“Three more months!” Krystina beamed proudly. “I’ll find a way to bring her here to meet you. I promise.”

“I’ll hold you to it!” The ghost laughed. “God, I haven’t seen a baby in…” She shook her head. “It doesn’t matter. Just… a really long time.”

Krystina couldn’t help but giggle as she pulled Evelyn in for a hug. “I miss you, Ev. But I’ll try to come visit as soon as I can… And I’m so glad I got to see you tonight.”

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“Me too.” Evelyn replied warmly. “Good luck with the baby, Krysti. I love you.”

“Thanks, Ev.” Krysti smiled. “I love you, too.”

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36 Responses to Chapter Seventy

  1. ninjapigsims says:

    Aww another generation! I love seeing how Krystina and Evelyn have remained so close despite all the changes in Krysti’s life. Love their friendship!

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  2. theplumbob says:

    This was fun, I kept thinking what is up with Krystina until I realise she must be pregnant about half way through the chapter 🙂 It’s crazy to see her all grown up, wow. I’m glad she’s happy though, and hope she gets to open that gallery eventually. She deserves it.

    Also, how nice that Evelyn got some resolution about her mysterious encounter years back, and that she got to hear all about her friend’s life. I especially enjoyed her initial reaction about the last name haha, that seemed so real!

    Too bad things didn’t work out betweeen Krysti and Silas, not that we knew that much about him in the first name, but I’ve always been fond of the name 😀

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      She’s growing up so fast, I know! 😛 And I’m glad you liked Evelyn’s reaction about the kid from high school chemistry class XD I was worried people would think it would be too much of a stretch for Evelyn to make the “Caroline” connection so quickly, but learned from Christian that her friend grew up to be a scientist in Bridgeport, so I figure when she hears that THIS Caroline is a scientist in Bridgeport too, it’s like “How many Bridgeport scientists named Caroline can there be?” 😛 Thanks for commenting! (And yes, goodbye Silas! We barely even knew you… XD I feel bad that the “side relationships” (including Lucas’ friends, now that he’s older!) get kind of pushed aside… but they just aren’t very “relevant” to the story, so they just get mentioned in passing unfortunately 😦 Oh well…

      Sorry, my comment replies always get way too long 😛 Thanks again!

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  3. O'jenn says:

    Aww so sweet, I enjoyed this update. This family makes me so darn happy and I wonder if Ev will see Caroline on the way “out” so to speak. That would be amazing.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      I’m so glad you love this family too! The Ainsworths are fantastic ❤ (Though Krysti will be a Rosebrook soon… I stole my legacy family's last name, I couldn't help it :P). Thank you for your sweet comment! I'm excited to see what the baby will look like!

      Speaking of the baby… Since the meaning behind her name is too complicated to actually bring up in the story… I'm very excited about what her name will be 😛 It's going to be "Danica". I figured Krystina would be VERY choosy about the perfect baby name, so I decided I would be too 😉 It's the perfect combination of her parents and grandparents — It starts with "Da" like Damien, ends with "Ca" like Becca, and means "morning star". Lucas means "light" and Melanie means "dark"/"blackness". And what's a light in the darkness? A star! (Plus, what activity has she always done with Evelyn, who's like a sister to her? Watching the stars!). Okay sorry, I'm overly excited about this baby name 😛 Presumably Mitch likes the name too though 😉

      Sorry, tangent! Thanks for reading! 😀

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  4. Jes2G says:

    What chapter was all the Caroline stuff in? I need to go back and read it. I know Evelyn knew her from back in the day and some kind of way makes her a really really really distant friend of Mel’s because of her relationship to Christian (lol), but I don’t remember all the details.

    I figured out the pregnancy halfway through too. I was like hmmmm…dreams on hold? Wait…why are all these pictures cropped?? lol, I love it.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahaha it was fun to take these screenshots! And I was totally thinking “they’re gonna notice I’m more zoomed in than usual…” XD I’m glad you enjoyed it! 😛

      I can give a brief Caroline lesson XD Caroline has been mentioned here and there throughout the story, but we don’t get all the details all at once. She’s mentioned probably in the most detail in Evelyn’s character bio. We also see her WAY back in Evelyn’s interlude chapter (where she’s just a nameless friend in the screenshots) and she’s mentioned here and there in later chapters (in more detail only recently.

      But basically (most of this comes from random details throughout the story, a couple things can be kind of inferred)… Caroline was Evelyn’s best friend ever since they were very little. Caroline loved science and discovery, and they used to always dream about the future together. Before her death, Evelyn convinced Caroline to apply to a special school for science, and she was accepted after Evelyn’s death. Caroline graduated from school, got married, and had a son named Christian (who met and fell in love with Mel). While her son stayed in Newcrest, Caroline moved to Bridgeport, opened a research center, and became a very famous scientific researcher.

      Even after Christian died, Caroline stayed close with Mel (who she still thinks of as a daughter-in-law). She was at Lucas and Mel’s wedding (before we fully realized her connection to Evelyn)

      And… I think that’s it. 😛 Sorry that became a novel XD

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  5. mana94 says:

    Wow how do you do this?! I reeeaally didn’t see that coming!

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  6. mana94 says:

    I really hate how fast time is passing and Lucas doesn’t even know that Evelyn hasn’t moved on and is still here!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      (I “liked” your comment, but I like that you CARE, not that you’re unhappy!) I’m sorry things are moving quickly — I just am the type of person who likes to keep things moving, so if all the major relevant plot-points are finished, I jump ahead to the next time when things get “interesting” again (I am not a fan of “filler”, but that’s just me!)

      I can’t say what will happen, except hang in there! Please stick with me, and there will be a light at the end of the tunnel! Thank you for reading!

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  7. The Ghost says:

    Happy for Kristi, not happy that you a terrible procrastinator XD But seriously at least before Lucas dies of old age sort out the Lucas, Ev reuniting thing. 🙂

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Not a procrastinator! 😛 Just didn’t make sense for Krysti to tell the truth at this time… Had to stay true to my characters! 🙂 I can’t say anything in regards to the second part of your comment except keep reading! Haha

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  8. whattheplum says:

    Whoa! it’s like you heard me yelling “Hey, her boobs look different – show us the belly!!” midway through! haha ;D

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahahaha darn TS4 and those massive pregnancy boobs! (though tbh, they’re kind of giant in general lmao she got Mel’s curves for sure!)

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      • whattheplum says:

        I’d never noticed.. But now I kinda feel like going back and looking, lol. That’s not awkward at allll.

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      • CitizenErased14 says:

        Hahahahaha! I only know because I play them so much XD But yeah, Mel has big boobs and a big butt (and Lucas has a nice little butt too, like I won’t lie… By the way, in case you didn’t notice, I have a massive crush on Lucas. No shame! XD) and Krysti has inherited both too lmao (it’s so bad that I tried to use a pose for her and Mitch in one screenshot (instead of the standard kiss I used) and his arm went THROUGH her boob because it was just so obscenely huge. So I couldn’t use it XD (and this wasn’t even when she was preggers! XD)

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      • CitizenErased14 says:

        (Oh my god, I just posted a detailed description of my sims’ anatomies… send help!)

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      • whattheplum says:

        I can relate, believe me. *snort*

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  9. Poor Ev…but it’s really neat how you spun that in here! Brilliant and unexpected!

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  10. raerei says:

    Sneaky sneaky, you. The pregnancy surprised me, although it shouldn’t have. You cut off each picture perfectly. Can’t wait to catch up this evening.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thanks! I had a lot of fun doing these screenshots and trying to hide it, I must say 😛 I’m excited for you to catch up too! And also excited that you’ll be coming back soon, we missed you! 🙂

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  11. cathytea says:

    Time is so weird–I mean not in this story, in life! And this chapter does a great job of showing the temporal and eternal side by side. Time moves SO fast for everyone except Ev.

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  12. beckycat1221 says:

    Time gaps too fast for me but good luck

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  13. Simslover163 says:

    I love how Evelyn and Krystina are becoming friends!! 🙂

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  14. lovesstorms says:

    Definitely a jump in time, but I didn’t have a problem with it. In fact, I caught on pretty quickly that she was with someone and assumed marriage or at least living together. It is hard to sneak out without them noticing (not like I do that…lol).

    Anyway, I’m excited to see what the next generation will look like! Another adorable black-haired kid? Hopefully so! I wish everyone would form connections, but it’s obviously not time yet.

    Gotta go for now, but I’ll be back another time to read. ❤

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  15. Brass Buckles says:

    Such a sweet chapter. Kind of sad too… so much time passing and Evelyn is still basically alone…

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Yeah, it’s a rough existence for poor Evelyn. 😦 And everyone moves forward and gets old and changes except for her!

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