1.9 Public Displays of Embarrassment

This chapter is Rated PG 13

Author’s note:  This chapter is a little short compared to others, but a lot of things happen in it that are imperative to the story moving forward.  Things should get very exciting soon! 🙂


It was hard to say goodbye to Mika, but he took the news better than I thought he would.  I decided that honesty was the best policy after all, and it wasn’t fair to string them both along, as much as I cared about them both deep down.  Mika didn’t even seem surprised when I told him that I decided to choose Riley.  He just nodded, and smiled slightly as if he knew it was coming.  Then he gave me a hug and told me he would always be there for me if I needed a friend. I picked up the phone on an almost daily basis to call him and tell him that I was wrong.  That I did care about him, that I wanted only him.  Then I would come quickly to my senses and realize that I had made my choice, and I would have to live with it. Riley was perfect, but he had a way about him that made me feel like anything but….had I made the wrong choice?



“Hey baby, you seem like you have something on your mind.” Riley said sitting beside me on the beach towel, he was dripping wet, and despite the hot temp outside, the water was cold as it dripped on me.  I squinted against the bright sunlight and stared up at him, the water droplets dripping down his tanned and muscular chest.


“Yeah, I’ve been thinking a lot about my mother, and it’s been weeks and I haven’t heard anything yet from the Investigator.  I wonder if I should give him a call.” I dragged my hand through the soft sand and watched it trickle through my fingers. Riley sighed, looking annoyed, as he always was whenever I brought up the subject of my mother and the investigation.


“This again?” He said crossly, crossing his arms across his chest, and looking annoyed.  “I really think you should give it up.”

“Give it up?” I asked, my eyes wide, despite the hot glare of the sun.  “She’s my mother, I want to find her!  This is the reason why I came to North Port if you remember.” I said hotly, feeling my face flush from anger instead of the heat.

“And she’s also a prostitute.  Not the kind of person you should be associating with at all.”  He looked at me smugly, which angered me further.  If he was so quick to judge my mother for her mistakes, then would he one day  judge me for mine? I thought.  I had still yet to admit to Riley the fact I slept with Mika, and I knew that if he found out he would be disgusted with me.  Riley wasn’t a virgin by the traditional sense, but he had since found religion and classified himself as born again.  I used to think that was adorable, but with how superior he had been acting lately, now not so much.

I turned from him and stared out into the ocean, feeling conflicted.  Ever since I had ended things with Mika, Riley and I had practically been joined at the hip.  We spent every waking minute together, and he even had a toothbrush at my apartment.  As happy as it made me to be in a relationship, I found out little things about him that annoyed me deeply.  He was very judgemental and had a black and white attitude about what is right and what is wrong.  Every time I would bring up the subject of my search for my mother he would get noticeably upset, however this is the first time he had ever came right out and said it, and I didn’t like it one bit.


“She needs my help.” I said narrowing my eyes and flipping over on my back on the towel.  I stared up at the sky, my eyes starting to water.  “If you cared about me you would understand that.  My mother needs my help, to know that people care about her.” I felt my eyes start to burn, not from the glare of the sun, but from the tears that threatened beneath my eyelids.  I couldn’t believe we were having this conversation.  Again.


“I do care about you, and I do understand how you feel, but I don’t want to hear the words ‘I told you so’ when all this blows up in your face.” Riley stood up, brushing the sand off his legs and headed back down towards the beach.  I happily watched him go, grateful to be alone before I smacked him for being so judgemental yet again.


I should be happy, it was a beautiful summer day, probably one of the last we’d have as summer neared to a close.  Before long, it would be fall, then not long after that I would have to dig out the thermal underwear out of my wardrobe, I wasn’t ready to let go of summer and the comforting warmth it offered.

I watched Riley windsurf along the waves, and briefly wondered if I should take off and leave Riley to himself.  He would know I was mad, and we would fight about it later, and I would beg to be forgiven like I always did.  Sometimes it was easier to just give in to Riley, and go along with whatever he said.  It was easier than fighting.  Riley gave one hell of a cold shoulder, and it wasn’t worth the effort.  I decided to stay, and tried to swallow my anger like a bitter little pill.


I dug my hands deep into the sand, enjoying the feel of the cool sand beneath.  I let it trickle through my fingers and began to think about my situation.  I didn’t want to lose Riley, but I wasn’t about to give up the search for my mother.  I just hoped that once it was all said and done, he would forgive me, and understood why finding my mother was so important to me.

My heart gave an almost painful lurch when I thought about Mika.  I knew he would understand, and have my back no matter what decision I chose.  It was becoming glaringly clear that I had made the wrong choice.  How could I have been so stupid?  I stood up and walked towards the water, almost running over the hot sand that scorched the soles of my feet.


I had made my bed and had to lie in it, I thought diving into the refreshing yet cold ocean waters.  I swam out deep until I could hardly see the shore.  I felt very much alone.  I flipped over onto my back and started to float, closing my eyes and allowing my thoughts to wonder.

Distantly I saw Mika’s dark almost black eyes, and could almost feel his hands stroking the side of my face gently.  Our time together had been short, but somehow I knew he would understand and support my decision to find my mother.

Suddenly I felt ashamed, more so then I had ever felt in my life.  Mika may not have been perfect, but he was everything Riley was not.  Understanding, and patient, and knew that people made mistakes, and didn’t judge them for the wrongs they have made.  How could I have missed that?  I was so caught up in how “perfect” Riley was.  Good job, responsible home owner, volunteer, religious man, who talked about his mother like she was the second coming of  Mother Theresa!  How could I have been so incredibly stupid?  I really was no better than Riley, just as quick to judge people harshly as he was!

I turned towards shore and out of the corner of my eye saw Riley waving at me from the beach.  I sighed, and began to swim towards shore, anxiety making my stomach turn.


“You had me worried out there.” Riley said his golden eyes soft as I approached him.  “You went out past the buoys.”

“So?  I’m a big girl, I do know how to swim.” I said crossly.

“They are there to keep you safe.  There is no life guard on duty today.  Madeline, you need to use your brain a little more.”

I opened my mouth to tell him exactly what I thought about that, and shut my mouth when I saw my phone flash which signaled that I had a missed call and a new voice message.


I stooped picking up the phone, my heart beginning to race when I recognized the Private Investigators phone number on my screen.

I entered in my password, and listened to the message.

“Detective Hardy here.” He said in his quick, gruff tone.  “I’ve got some good news for you.  I’ve found your mother.  Please give me a call, or come into the office at your earliest convenience, so I know how you want to proceed.”

With shaking hands, I pressed the end call button.  I felt like I was going to vomit, and faint all at once.


I pressed my hands to my face, feeling my eyes widen.  I couldn’t believe it.  After all this time, effort, and money, I finally accomplished what I set out to do.  Find my mother.  She was alive.  I had known it all along.

My legs shook as I looked up to meet Riley’s slightly annoyed expression as if he knew what the voice message was about.

“They found my mother.” I said simply.  I sounded tired.  Exhausted.


Riley said nothing, but by the set of his shoulders I could tell he was angry and frustrated.

“Riley, this is good news.  My mother is alive.  Aren’t you happy for me?” I asked my voice growing louder with every word.  “This is important to me.  Why are you so upset about this?”

“You really want to know why?” Riley spit out, his face flushing red.

“Of course, I didn’t ask just because I love the sound of my own voice!” I yelled, ignoring the annoyed looks from the other beach goers.

“It’s embarrassing” He looked down at the sand.  “I’m embarrassed.” He looked up to meet my eyes.

“Your embarrassed of me?” I whispered, feeling my hope float away like a balloon.


“I’m sorry my life isn’t as perfect as yours.” I spit out.  “Sorry that my mom isn’t as perfect as yours!”

Riley looked around, embarrassed, raising his hands as if he was telling me to keep my voice down.  He looked around wildly, looking like he wanted a hole to open up in the sand and swallow him whole.

“Oh do I embarrass you?” I yelled, beyond the point that I cared how he felt.  I didn’t care that I was making the problems between us worse, all I cared was how good it felt to finally get some of this anger off of my chest.


“I’m sorry if my mom being a prostitute embarrasses you!” I glared up into Riley’s shocked face.

I felt my shoulders slump in defeat, and I began to cry.  “You think I like this?” I sobbed.  “Do you think I asked for this to happen?  I’m not happy at the fact that my mom abandoned me, and chose instead a life on the streets, but I at least thought that you as my boyfriend would be supportive of my decision.”

“I don’t want to talk about this here.” Riley said, stooping to pick up his shirt off the beach towel.  He faced me again, his eyes glinting angrily.  “I’m not going to talk about this here.”  He glared at me once more.  “I’m leaving.  Call me when you can think rationally.”


I watched him go, feeling a strange mix of sadness, and elation.  Maybe this was for the best.

“Grow up Riley.  People aren’t perfect!” I yelled out, wanting to get in one last parting shot.  I watched him pause, then his back stiffened, and then continued walking away.


My mother was alive, I couldn’t believe it.  I turned and stared out over the ocean feeling a strange mix of excitement and fear.  Finally after all this time, I was going to get to meet the woman who had given me life, and then abandoned me choosing to live a life of drugs and prostitution.  I would finally get to ask the questions that have haunted me since I found out about my mother.  I wasn’t sure if I would like the answer….


I know there were a lot of you that were on Team Mika, and are probably a little upset that she chose Riley, for all the wrong reasons.  I promise you that I’m not finished with Mika yet, and that he’ll be back.  Madeline is definitely a very flawed character that often doesn’t think things through, and tends to make the wrong choice.  I know she can be frusterating at times, but I enjoy writing about deeply flawed slightly annoying characters who end up growing in the long run from the problems they over come.  I hope you will continue on with this story, even despite the fact that Madeline, is, and can be a total pain in the ass!  ROFL.


48 thoughts on “1.9 Public Displays of Embarrassment

  1. i knew it! riley was too perfect to be true. like the saying goes if something is too good to be true it probably is. i’m glad she learned from her mistake and realize he is bad for her. now send that judgmental ass packing and call mika

    • Yes, Riley was too perfect to be true. He’ s got a good heart deep down, but he’s so focused on perfection, and doesn’t care for the flaws in others. Thanks so much for the comment!

  2. Oh god, I can’t wait for her to meet her mother! It sucks that Riley is a jerk, he may not agree with her mother’s decisions but he doesn’t even know her. I hope Madeline can figure out all her boy drama on top of meeting her mom.

    • I’m glad you are looking forward to meeting Madeline’s mother. Yes, it does suck that Riley is a jerk, he basically is a pretty good guy, just is so full of himself and so caught up in being perfect that causes him to act the way he does. Thanks for reading!

  3. I love Madeline. She is completely human and accepts it. Riley on the other hand, well, the more he is in the story the less I like him. I am so glad you are not done with Mika and greatly anticipate those two coming back together again. I just hope Madeline ends one relationship before resuming another.
    I bet we meet her mother in the next chapter. I just hope that Madeline’s hopes are completely dashed. She is envisioning herself as her mother’s savior and her mother may not want/need saved.
    I just love Madeline and your writing of her. Please keep the chapters coming. I am hooked.

      • Yes! That’s exactly what I was going for. Madeline is far from perfect, she doesn’t always think things through, she leaps before looking, and makes bad choices. She’s human. Well…she’s a sim, but you know what I mean. Haha!!!! I’m so looking forward to introducing her mom to you guys. 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting!

  4. Honestly. I’m glad that she chose Riley. I mean, obviously he isn’t good for her, but that’s the point isn’t it? You can’t exactly have a good story without the main character making bad choices every now and again! It makes them seem much more real. I find that I can really identify with Madeline, you’ve really done a good job bringing her, and the other characters, to life!!
    Also, I am glad that she finally has some hope of meeting her mom, that is a scene that I’m seriously looking forward to! The confrontation after years of separation, how will they both react! Haha 🙂

    • You are very right! Life isn’t always perfect, and people make mistakes. That’s how we learn and grow as people 🙂 I’m glad that you feel like Madeline has been portrayed as a real person. That was my goal. I wanted to make her flawed, but ultimately grow from all her mistakes she’s made. Thanks for reading!!!

  5. I knew Mika would eventually come back just based on how Riley’s attitude and how she was becoming affected by it. He doesn’t seem like the right fit for her anyways. I really love the fact that you give your characters a lot of personality and life that I can actually imagine such people in real life. This is why you inspire me so much. When I read a book or a story of some sort, I want to be taken away from my reality and be placed into the story and feel what the main character feels and you have definitely accomplished that for me. Very awesome and amazing writing skills you have! Seriously, amazing. 🙂

    • Thanks so much! I wanted Madeline to have the personality she does. I went into the story wanting to portray her this way, and I think I’ve done a pretty good job. LOL. Sometimes she annoys me even, but then I think, well life and people aren’t perfect, so why should there be perfect sims. Thank you so much for liking this story, it really means a lot. When I get comments like this, I just blush and feel foolish. LOL. I’m very hard on myself, and every chapter I publish I end up hating.

      • You’re very welcome. 🙂 I completely understand because I’m the same way with everything that I do. Lol. The story I have now I’m ready to scrap, but I refuse to do it this time. The story goes along so much better when you first go into knowing how you want the storyline to be and how you want the characters to be. Do you write your chapters before you take your pictures or afterwards? I use to take my pictures beforehand and then write my chapter, but since I’ve changed the way I write with the Sims, I’ve noticed a huge difference.

    • I know how that goes! The first few stories I did were so god awful that I scrapped them. This was before the Gallagher Legacy. They were just so awful. lol. And yes, I agree, a story goes much better when you have some idea about the story line, and the direction you want it heading in. For my story, I usually take pictures first, then write afterwards. It’s much easier for me. I’ve prewritten in the past, and although it went well, I found that I had to go back and rewrite a lot of it, because there are just limits to what you can do in the sims, and you can’t always find the poses you need. I go into every chapter with a basic idea about how I want the story line, and then direct my sims the way I see fit. Everyone is different though, just gotta find out what works for you. 🙂

      • True, it is easier to do the pictures first, but for some reason my writing is better when I write first. But yes, it’s like you said, I always have to go and change up some things afterwards. Lol

  6. I really like that she chose the wrong man first. It’s more realistic. Everyone has to kiss a few frogs before they find their prince. Or just settle for yet another frog.

  7. I KNEW that Mika was a better choice. I can’t BELIEVE that Riley is EMBARRASSED about talking about Maddie’s mother. Good chapter, even though it was full of emotions. O_O 😀

    • Yes, Riley was embarrassed because he is so full of himself. If he’s so perfect, he doesn’t want to be dating someone who’s mother is a prostitute. What would the people at church think?!?!?! LOL. *Slaps Riley*

  8. asjdfoiegeoijewaoijfadofaweofij. That’s me. . .taking my frustration out on the keys of my computer. OH MADELINE!!!

    Well, I’m glad she got it out of her system. Now go back to Mika and beg for forgiveness. Great Chapter!

    • ROFL!!! Calm down on your poor keyboard or you wont be able to write your amazing stories no more!!!! Yes, Madeline will definitely be seeing Mika again, so simmer down now!!! ROFL!

  9. Should have listened to me girly. Mika all day, everyday! Screw Riley. Also, you need to go eat a sandwich. I can see your ribs and that’s not sexy.

    Also, I still think her mom moved on up. She’s in for a shocker!

    • ROFL. Yes, She should have listened to you. Mika FTW! Yes, I noticed from the last pic when I took it that she was pretty boney. You can totally see her hip bones protruding. Maybe its the camera angle? Either way, yeah, she totally needs to eat a sandwich!!!

  10. Madeline, you really know how to make the wrong choice. It’s actually horrible that the perfect guy wasn’t so perfect once she got together with him, but it was even worse that Riley was embarrassed for her mother that he never meet and who made her own choice, still he’s ashamed of Madeline?! Asshole.
    😀 Happy that Mika isn’t gone but will come back and really looking forward to that as well when Madeline meets her mother and how it all goes down! 🙂
    Love this and so looking forward to the next chapter ^^

    • Madeline is the queen of wrong choices. She feels a little foolish for making such an awful mistake, but also doesn’t want to go running back to Mika just because her choice failed her. I’m glad you are looking forward to meeting Madeline’s mother. I’m so itching to finish up that chapter! I can’t wait!

  11. Madeline is good at getting herself into complicated situations, isn’t she? Hahaa 😀 I personally preferred Riley at first but he’s too judgmental! Eugh, not for me! Mika all the way ❤ Loved the chapter, fabulous as always 🙂

  12. Huh… born again religious people are always like that, it’s pretty accurate how you portrayed Riley if that’s what he is now. They claim to be “there for you” and whatever, but they’re really only there for you if you fit into their tiny box of how you “should behave.” *rolls eyes* If I’d known about his *cough attitude problem cough* earlier, I would not have felt like he was the right choice.

    • Yes, exactly. In my experience, born again people are like that. Or at least the ones I’ve seen. I actually dated a guy like that, and that’s kind of what I based Riley off of. He was a total momma’s boy. Seriously, at 18 years of age he would sit on his mom’s lap and she would rub his ear because that was something he liked as a child. Yeah……So yes, Riley was based off this a little. I’m kind of flirting with the idea of going more into depth with that but we’ll see. If I end up doing that though, this generation will be a gazillion chapters long, but I don’t care. This generation will end when I finally feel that Madeline has no more stories to tell and its time to pass the drama torch to one of Madeline’s poor offspring. LMAO!!! Thanks for reading!

  13. Hi, sorry I haven’t been commenting, I just read the last three chapters in a row. And wow, were they drama-packed! :O Riley has turned out to be a huge dissapointment >:-(. I despise those allegedly religious people who are all the time telling you how you “should” behave, but are incapable of being supportive when you need them the most.

    Can’t wait to read how this interview with the detective will go :D.

    • Aww hun, don’t worry about feeling like you have to comment! Hell I’m just happy that anyone would be willing to even read this! ROFL. And YES! I know EXACTLY what you mean. They claim to be so perfect, but are the first to turn their back on you when you need them the most. I’m glad you liked the chapters!! 🙂

    • Your spidey senses didn’t fail you!! Riley can be an asshole. His heart is in the right place, and he means well, but he comes across as being very judgemental. Thanks for rooting for Mika. 🙂 Team mika all the way!! hehe 🙂

  14. lol. Just as she realizes it, she keeps going on making the same stupid mistakes. Doesn’t know Mika and assumes she knows he’s so much better. Doesn’t know her mother and assumes she knows what she needs and who she is… so silly little girl. so silly.

  15. What nooooooo 😦 I just finally had a chance to catch up on updates! Lost my respect for Riley now, he shouldn’t be embarrassed of her. We don’t choice where we come from, he needs to be a big boy about this.

  16. I’m glad Mika will be back. I liked Riley but after he believed Zoe and then came to Maddy’s doorstep sobbing (okay maybe not literally,but still) I was defiantly not rooting for him. Im glad that Maddy’s mother was found, hopefully she’s glad that she was found, and I wish that Riley was a little more supportive! Everything didn’t have the picture perfect life he had… Maddy keeps making mistakes and I kinda want her to be happy… Also, I think if Melissa talked to her mother and explained everything it would be nice. 🙂

    I’m loving your story and added it to my list of fave stories on my legacy blog (thejaneslegacy.blogspot.com), if that’s alright. 😀

    • Oh wow! Thank you so much. 🙂 Of course that’s ok!!! I’m flattered. It still shocks me that anyone even reads this story. I started it for fun, because I thought it would be fun to have a record of what my sims did and have pretty pictures to go along with it. I never thought people would actually enjoy reading it. Thanks again! I’ll be by shortly to check out your story as well. 🙂

  17. “Madeline, you need to use your brain a little more.” Okay Riley is right! And that’s all I’m agreeing with him about. I hate judgmental people. They must forget that they’ll be judged too like everyone else in the world. Riley can just go somewhere and never come back again. Better yet, he can take his mom too and they can be happy together. Maddy was so so wrong. I didn’t think Riley would be this bad, but I had no idea she would make her decision so quick. Poor Mika..poor poor Mika. Maybe he got off easy though, Maddy is kinda a mess lol. OR maybe he can fix her. Idk. The girl needs help and should really start to think things through, but like she said people aren’t perfect. Soooo I’m trying to like her again. Idk how I feel about the detective finding her mother. I’m pretty sure it won’t be what she expected again, but good luck to her.

    • Yes, Madeline does need to use her brain a little more then she does. She’s making a lot of stupid decisions in her personal life lately. I too hate judgmental people. They drive me crazy. I can tolerate a lot of shit, but judgmental people are the worst sort.

      Maddy is a hot mess, but I promise one day all her issues will be resolved. Thanks for your comment TIff 🙂

  18. I felt a bit blindsided by this characterization of Riley to be honest. Maybe cause I was attached to him and I wanted to think the best of him. I don’t know. =(

    But it’s good to see Madeline’s search bearing fruit! Sorry love triangle, the plot is calling. lol

  19. Yay Maddie’s mom has been found. Hopefully this is a good thing.

    I knew she would choose Riley over Mika. Riley just seemed like a better choice. Riley does need to grow up and realize that nobody is perfect, not even himself. He seems to have very high expectations and wants to change Maddie into fitting his ideal instead of excepting as she is. Never a good thing in a relationship. Why get upset over her search for her mom? He knew this was a driving force in her life, it doesn’t make sense to be embarrassed by it. The only thing he said that made sense was that Maddie needed to use her brain.

    Not sure I want Mika getting involved with Maddie, at least not at this point. He to have it together a bit more than she does. She just needs to grow up and figure out who she is before she can hope to ever make better decisions.

  20. Ahh well, she never would have found out the kind of person Riley was until she got to know him better anyway I think. In her head he was this profoundly perfect person, and I don’t think she would have seen otherwise WITHOUT having gotten to know him.

    That being said, now that she sees these flaws, I’m hoping things don’t continue much longer with Riley…not unless he gets rid of his God complex at least, haha.

    But oh my goodness! The private investigator found her mother! I’m realllllly stoked to see how that’ll turn out! I’m feeling probably badly, at first, but I’m hoping that it does turn out alright eventually.

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