1.10 Who Are You?

This chapter is Rated PG 13.  Some strong language, although mildly used.

Author’s note:  Please note that I updated my credits page to reflect all use of custom CC, houses, and poses.  I find that its easier then a list on every chapter. 🙂

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The wrong side of the tracks, that term could best be described as Mika’s neighborhood.  I was pleasantly surprised that Mika’s house was the nicest on the block, I don’t know why I was slightly comforted by that fact.  I stood outside staring up at his small one story double wide, like I thought it would open up and swallow me.

What are you doing here, Madeline? I asked myself, willing myself to take a step forward.  I wasn’t sure how Mika would react.  I had ended things with him, and chose Riley.  A mistake.  But would Mika be willing to forgive me for it?

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Why are you even here Madeline? I berated myself.  You chose Riley, for better or for worse, you made your decision and should live with it.  You don’t need to drag Mika into your fucked up world, he’s better off without you.

I shook my head as if chasing away my bitter troubled thoughts.  I was here because I knew Mika was the one person I could depend on right now, and I needed him to tell me that everything was ok, and that I could be brave and stand face to face with my mother, the woman who had abandoned me without a second look back.

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With small hesitant steps I climbed the porch steps which creaked and groaned under my weight.  Before I could turn coward and run, I forced myself to knock.

I hugged myself for warmth in the fading light of the day, my bathing suit was still wet from my swim beneath my tank top and skirt.  I shivered, more from the nerves then the temperature.

The door opened, and I froze like a deer caught in the headlights, wondering just exactly what I was going to say.

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“Madeline?” Mika asked, his tone shocked.  “What are you doing here?” His expression softened when he saw the look on my face.  “Hey?” He said tenderly.  “Is everything ok?”

I stood out on the porch unable to speak, and just stood there like a cold statue.

“Come on in Madeline, everything will be ok.” He stepped aside allowing me to come in.

Inside his house was cleaner and more spacious than I had initially given him credit for.  I don’t know what I had expected his house to look like, but this wasn’t it.  Once again, I had assumed the worst about Mika, that because he lived in the bad part of town, that his house would be messy and one step away from being condemned.  I was truly ashamed of myself.  When are you going to learn to quit judging people, Madeline, I thought, feeling the tears run down my cheeks.

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“Shhhh…” Mika whispered stepping close like he was going to hug me, and at the last moment backed away.  He knew I belonged to another man, and Mika wasn’t the type to steal another man’s girl right out from under him.  His integrity was one of the things I loved most about him, but right now, a hug sure would feel nice.

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I raised a hand to my chest and looked away not knowing where to start.  The air was thick of words left unsaid, and I wanted nothing more but to fling myself into his arms, and feel his lips against mine, but that would be wrong, and I knew it.

“My mother has been found.” I began brokenly, feeling the lump in my throat dissolve into tears that streamed from my eyes.  I hugged myself for warmth, suddenly feeling very cold despite the warmth in Mika’s home.

“Have you seen her yet?” Mika asked, his face that looked down at mine, was concerned.

“No.” I admitted looking up to meet his dark eyes.  “I came right here.  You were the first person I thought about.”

“But Riley?”  Mika looked puzzled, and scratched his neck absently.

“Is an asshole.” I finished.  “I made a huge mistake.  Please forgive me.” I whispered feeling my shoulders slump with defeat.

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Mika stepped forward.  His expression was unreadable.  For a minute I thought he was going to tell me to go to hell.  I braced myself for the impending hurt his words would cause.  I closed my eyes.  Instead, he took me into his arms, and kissed my forehead gently.  I grabbed a fistful of his red sweatshirt and leaned my head against his chest and sobbed as if my heart was breaking in two.

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“Lets sit.” Mika suggested.  “Tell me all about it.”

I sat across from him on the surprisingly comfy sofa, and propped my chin up with my hands.  I wasn’t sure where to start, so I just started blabbing it all to Mika, starting with my fight with Riley, and ending with the phone call from the PI.

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“Wow.” Mika said sitting back looking slightly stunned.

“Yeah.” I murmured looking down at the floor, blinking away my tears.  “I’m scared.” I admitted, biting my lip. “Scared that after all this time of searching for my mother that I’m going to be disappointed.  Aren’t you going to tell me I told you so?” I asked tearfully.  “And tell me that I’m stupid for pursing this?”

“Never.” Mika said with a decisive shake of his head.  “Do you want me to go with you?”

I looked up at him.  “You would do that?”

“Of course I would.  I would do anything for you Madeline.” He said quietly, looking into my eyes.  My heart skipped a beat.

Emotion filled me to the brim and threatened to spill over, even after how I treated Mika he still cared about me.  I didn’t deserve him.  I closed my eyes and began to cry softly.

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I heard him stand up from his seat and sit beside me.  His familiar scent washed over me, instantly making me feel calmer, like everything just might turn out alright.  I lay my head on his shoulder, grateful for his support.  I don’t know what tomorrow promised, but maybe with Mika by my side, it wouldn’t be as awful as I thought….

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Saying goodbye to Mika was hard.  I wanted nothing more to stay with him, wrapped in his arms, forgetting all my problems.  But Mika was firm.  Until I ended things with Riley officially, all he could offer me was his friendship.

It was a hard pill to swallow, but I understood.  Riley may had been acting like a jerk as of late, but he deserved better, and I would have to end things with him.  It was the right thing to do.

I went home and crawled into bed, not that I expected to sleep, but I was surprised that when my head hit the pillow I was out like light.  All the stress and excitement had taken its toll.

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I woke up the next morning with a start.  I sat up suddenly overtaken by nausea.  Shoving the covers aside hastily, I jumped from my bed and ran to the bathroom, doubling up in front of the toilet and vomiting into the porcelain bowl until my stomach contents had been emptied.

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I wiped my mouth with the back of my hand feeling sweaty and weak.  I lay my head against the cool bathroom tiles and closed my eyes willing my stomach to settle.  I was so nervous about meeting my mother, that it was no wonder I was throwing up.

I hadn’t been taking care of myself as well as I should have been.  My grandmother would be so disappointed in me, and if she were hear right now, she’d be force feeding me hot loving spoonfuls of her homemade chicken noodle soup and dumplings.

The thought of her dumplings should have made my mouth water, but instead it caused another round of vomiting.  Lucky me.

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I crawled over to the sink, using the counter to pull myself to a standing position.  Filling the basin with cold water, I splashed cold water on my cheeks, and brushed my teeth vigorously, to rid my mouth of the sour taste.  I stared into my reflection.  I was pale, with dark circles under my eyes.  Even though I had slept well the night before,  the stress had taken its toll on my body.

I raised a hand to my cheek and examined my face.  Would she recognize me?  Would she take one look at me and instantly feel a connection between us?  Or would I just be an annoyance to her,  a long-lost memory that has come back to haunt her…

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Mika picked me up an hour later.  I was a bundle of nerves as I sat down in the front seat beside him, almost ready to call the entire thing off.  This was a mistake, I was sure of it.  I opened my mouth to tell Mika that when his hand settled on my leg.  I turned to look at him, feeling my eyes burn with nervous tears.

“It’s ok Madeline.” He said.  “I know your nervous, but you don’t have to do this if you aren’t ready.  No matter what your decision is, I’ve got your back.  No matter what.”

Unable to trust myself to speak, I just smiled tightly and nodded.  “I can do this.” I said finally, clutching a piece of paper in my hands that contained my mothers address.  How could one tiny scrap of paper change your entire life?

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“Thanks for coming with me.” I leaned back against the head rest as Mika pulled away from the curb.  “I don’t think I could do this without you.”

“Yes you could.” He smiled.  “You’re stronger than you give yourself credit for.  Not a lot of people would uproot their entire lives to move across the country with nothing more than a dream.  No matter how this turns out now you need to know that you are very brave.”

“Or stupid.” I mumbled shifting in my seat and staring out the window. “I don’t feel very brave right now.”

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“I have feelings for you.” I blurted out, instantly wishing I could take back my words and stuff them back down my throat.  I wasn’t sure where that came from.  I was so nervous about meeting my mother that I guess I wanted to think about something else for a while.  Anything else.

“I have feelings for you too.” Mika stared straight ahead as he drove.  “But I’m not the type of guy to ruin another man’s relationship.  I don’t know Riley, or what’s going on between you two, but I’m not the type of guy to steal another man’s woman.” He gave me one of his lopsided grins that made my heart melt like butter on toast.  “Even if I want too.”

“I know.” I whispered.  “I don’t know why I told you that.  I guess I just needed you to know that I was sorry.”

“For what?”

“For being so judgemental.  I chose Riley because he has a good job, he volunteers, goes to church, has wonderful family values.  He was the type of guy I always envisioned myself with someday.  I was so wrong into thinking all those things mattered.  Truthfully, you scared me a little.” I admitted.  Mika raised his eyebrow slightly, but said nothing.  “You scared me because you showed me that all those things don’t matter.  That all that matters is how you make me feel inside…”

“And how is that?” Mika finally said, his voice husky with emotion.

“Like you could be everything that I always wanted, but never knew I needed.”

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“Sorry.” I apologized again.  “I just wanted you to know that I think I’m falling in love with you.” I smiled slightly, laying all my cards out on the table.

“I love you too Madeline.” Mika said with a soft smile.  “Is this the road?” He changed the subject so quickly that it made my head spin.  He loved me?

I looked down at the piece of paper and found my voice.  “Peninsula drive?” I asked looking out the window, watching the houses on the side of the street get larger and more opulent as we drove.

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Mika pulled the car to a stop in front of an impressive Tudor style house.  I looked down at the paper, and looked at the numbers on the mailbox.  This was it.  Wasn’t it? The numbers on the mailbox matched those on the paper.  Had I written it down wrong in my nervous rush this morning?

“This has to be a mistake.” I said my brow furrowed with confusion.  “Detective Hardy gave me the wrong address.”

I stared up at the house in awe, a feeling of unease making my stomach tighten like it was being squeezed by icy fingers.  This couldn’t be it, it just couldn’t.

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Mika turned to face me once again.  “You can do this.”  He took my hands in his, his thumb circling over my palm to settle my nerves.  “Do you need me to come in with you?”

I blew out my breath to steady myself.  “No.  I can do this. I need to do this alone.  I need to look into my mothers eyes and find out why she gave me up.”

“I wont go anywhere.  I’ll wait in the car no matter how long it takes.” Mika smiled.  “It’s ok.  You can do this.” He said again, sensing my anxiety.

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I climbed out of the car on shaky legs staring up at the gorgeous house like it was the gateway to hell.  With the little I knew about prostitution, I never once imagined you could make the sort of money that would be needed to afford a place like this.

I had dreamed repeatedly of the place my mother lived, and what I pictured in my head was closer to looking like a crack den next to an adult bookstore then this lovely two-story sprawling Tudor and brick Estate.  How could I have been so wrong?  Did that mean I was wrong about everything?  What had my mother been doing this entire time if she wasn’t prostituting?  Was that a lie too?

My vision dimmed slightly as I reached toward the antique knocker on the old wooden door that probably cost more than anything in my crappy apartment.

I knocked.

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The door was pulled open by a pretty young blond, who stared at me popping her gum loudly in her mouth.  “Yeah?” She asked in ways of greeting.  She stared at me expectantly, cocking her head to the side slightly when words failed me.

“I’m looking for Melissa.” I said, my voice barely above a whisper, I cleared my throat, and tried to relax.  “Does she live here?”

“Mom!  Someone’s here at the door for you!” The blond turned and shouted down the hallway, she turned back to me with a distrustful glare.  “Who the hell are you?”

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Sorry about the cliffhanger.  I’m slightly evil.  >.<

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50 thoughts on “1.10 Who Are You?

  1. Wow!!!! She has another daughter?! Oh this is really going to complicate Madeline’s feelings now. Her mother left her but not this girl? Phew. Poor Madeline

    Mika!!!! Thank you Madeline for coming to your senses!!! And he loves her…AWESOMENESS! I’m doing a happy dance right now!

    Great Chapter!!!!!

    • Yes, finding out she has another sibling is definitely going to make Madeline upset, and understandably so. The fact that your mother abandoned you as a baby was hard enough, to find out she had another child, and didn’t abandon them would be justifiably upsetting. I’m so excited to go deeper into the story. 🙂 I’m glad you are happy about Mika and Madeline. He’s a great guy. Thanks for reading and commenting! Glad you like the chapter!

  2. I have too many emotions inside of me right now, feels like I’m gonna explode!! YAY!! Thank you Madeline for coming to your senses even if it took some time. Now she just have to break up with Riley, then get together with Mika and of course present him for her grandmother! ^^
    Wait whyt?! :O Madeliene’s mother have…. another daughter…? This just wow! When did her life turn for the better? I had a feeling when it was a fancy house the adress was at, that her mother had it much better or something, but this just felt… weird. Another daughter… so step-sister for Madeline? :O

    This was just so great and I can’t wait to see how this turns out!!! 😀

    • Ahhh the emotions! Yes, this chapter was full of them, some good, some bad. Glad you like the direction that Mika and Madeline are heading in. 🙂 As far as Madeline’s mother, yes, her life did ‘get better’ but at a cost, and it’s not as perfect as it seems. I can’t wait for the next chapter so I can explain without giving anything away 🙂

      • I love your story!!! Did I pick up on something when she was throwing up? Is she pregnant??!!!!! Hopefully the baby is Mika’s if she is! Hopefully the next chapter is soon 🙂

  3. Umm… I suppose I should start from the beginning? I read the Gallagher Legacy all the way to the end and I also did the same with the Hunts. I love your writing and I’m sorry I haven’t commented at all. I was devastated my favorite legacies went down, but now I’m here 🙂

    As most the chapters,
    I liked Riley at the beginning, but I started hating him after the accident of Madeline had while trying to look for her mom. I always liked Mika so I’m glad he was so cooperative while they kinda got together. I would be devastated to find out I had another sister out of the blue after soo many years 😥 I hope her mom doesn’t do something rash or somethin’ but I just hope for the best for Madeline!

    • I’m sorry about the Gallaghers and the Hunts. Stupid buggy sims 3 game. It still makes me mad and sad when I think about those stories, because I really enjoyed them. Especially the Gallaghers, I had gotten so far on that legacy. I still have the saves on my computer even though they wont work. I keep hoping that some day maybe. But I try not to think about it. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this story and comment!! 🙂

  4. Oh shit! i did not expect that.. so Madeline has some kind of half sister? I honestly thought that her mother would be living in some disgusting hovel or like.. in some hole in the wall or something. I hope that everything is good between her and Madeline now! Weird that she started a whole new family once she got back on her feet and didn’t contact her mother or her daughter 😦
    AND IS MADELINE PREGNANT? that’s the first thing that came to mind but it’s like, who’s the dad? It could be either Riley or Mika (Obviously I hope it’s Mika’s kid because Riley is a bag of dicks but *shrug*) I loved Madeline’s outfit in the opening scene too, btw, it was adorable 🙂

    • Glad I could surprise you! I was worried it would be very predictable, and that everyone would figure it out before I got there. LOL. And as far as Madeline possibly being pregnant *Cough* She’s only slept with Mika, she never slept with Riley as he is a born again virgin and is saving himself for marriage. So there is no way the baby could be Riley’s baby, unless it was a divine birth. LMAO. And yes, Riley is a bag of dicks. I laughed so hard at that, ROFL. Thanks for reading and commenting!!!! 🙂

  5. Your not slightly evil, your just plain evil O_O. IS MADDIE PREGNANT!?!?!?!?! I hope she is. MIKA!!!!!!!! Riley-the worst person on the planet, no wait IN THE UNIVERSE!!! Can’t wait till the next chapter, oh and i’m glad you post frequently.

    • ROFL! Ok, yeah I may be evil. Hehe. And as far as Maddie being preggo, you’ll have to wait and see. Glad you are excited for the next chapter. Yeah, I do post frequently, or at least try too. Sometimes real life gets In the way though. I’m in nursing, and I come home from work some nights too exhausted to even turn on the sims. 😦 Thanks for reading!!!

  6. Ahhh! I am so happy that Mika is back in the picture! I’ve predicted that she was pregnant with Mika’s baby since their hookup, but I guess we’ll know for sure soon enough (hopefully REALLY soon, if you aren’t too busy). It could be really dramatic if Riley finds out she is pregnant (if she really is) before she breaks things off with him. Also, WHAT? Her mom has another kid and didn’t even try to reach out to Madeline? That’s all kinds of messed up! I hope that she can be happy with just Mika (and maybe a baby…can you tell I really want her to have a baby?), if things with her mother and half-sister don’t go so smooth. It would be sad for Madeline to have this expectation about what meeting her mom would be like and then have it go so much worse 😦

    • I’m glad that you are happy that Mika is back in the picture. 🙂 And yes, you did predict that she was preggo after her night with Mika, I remember the comment. 🙂 Yes, Madeline’s situation is all sorts of messed up. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to go through everything she’s going through. Things are going to get very dramatic and worse before they get better for sure. Thanks for the comment!!!

  7. Mika … Mika … Mika! 😀 He’s the sweetheart I thought he was. Yay! I’m glad Madeline came to her senses. So, is she preggers? Sure seems that way. *pictures little baby Mikas and smiles* As for Madeline’s mother and stepsister, yowza. Surprise, surprise, surprise. I’ll bet there’s more to the story there as well. I’m all caught up now and will have to wait like everyone else. Boo. 😦

    • Yes, Mika is a sweetheart, he’s a very decent guy, who has feelings for Madeline, but he wont make a move until she’s a single woman. He has integrity. 🙂 And yes, between her mom, there is a lot more to the story, but we’ll have to wait and see. 🙂 Aww yes, now that you are caught up you’ll have to wait for the next chapter. LOL. I should have it out soon. I’m aiming for today or tomorrow to give people something to read while I’m working all weekend.

  8. I had a dream the other night (before the chapter came out). Maddie found her mother but it turned out that her mom left because she was going the future but I dont think thats very realistic lol.

    • Crazy dream! That would be interesting, but I don’t have back to the future expansion. LOL. It just didn’t strike my fancy, but I’m sure i’ll break down and get it like I always do. hehe. Thanks for reading!!

  9. Wow, lots of things happened here. Awww, Mika…, it seems he was the ‘good’ one all along. I love how sweet he’s with Madeline, even though they barely know each other <3.

    Hehe, the second generation is in the oven, or so it seems… And I don't think Madeline was ever intimate with Riley, so I'm assuming (hoping) it's Mika's baby.

    But, :O, that encounter at the end of the chapter… Her mother has another family? That's too sad for poor Madeline… 😦

    • Yes Mika was the good guy all along. Yes, they hardly know eachother, but when you connect with someone I guess its like that sometimes. 🙂 And yes, the second generation is definitely in the oven, and you are correct! Madeline never slept with Riley, so the baby is indeed Mika’s. No doubt. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!!!

  10. Her mama has another daughter? *gasp* Now that’s really curious why she gave Madeline up, perhaps because at the time she was too young or something… that’s my guess, LOL. Mika’s such a kind soul, helping her out like that. She’s already pregnant? o.O That’ll cause drama between her and the boys, ROFL. 😀

    • LOL, yes, the pregnancy will definitely cause the drama between the boys. 🙂 Madeline’s mom is definitely a very complicated soul, but she’s not a very good person either. Thanks for reading!

  11. BAHDAHDUN!!!

    Oh, I can’t wait to hear. She has another kid, one not much younger then her…. I can’t wait to hear what she has to say.

  12. This is defiantly going to be interesting. Maddy has a half-sister (I’m assuming) and may be expecting a child of her own. I’m glad that Mika’s her friend and am now going to continue catching up! 🙂

  13. That was really sweet of Mika to be there for Maddy like that. It just sucked that she had to go through all of that with Riley to see the mistake she made. But hey you live and you learn. Uh I have a question though, when did Riley and Maddy get married. For better of for worse? and all of that..I’m sure they haven’t even been dating that long. It’ll be hard but she can let go. She NEEDS to let go. And she really shouldn’t jump into something right away with Mika either. She needs to get to know him a bit more and just enjoy being his friend. The whole I love you thing was weird too. Sweet, but weird. I’m not saying they don’t love each other but again she could know him a little better too. Uh oh..Maddy is judging people again, didn’t she tell Riley not to do that lol. Mama has hit the jackpot and snagged her a rich fool looks like. Oh I wonder if he knows about her “past”. Her little sister doesn’t seem to happy about her visit. I wonder if she can spot similarities in their looks or she just wants Maddy to go away just because.

  14. Maddie does things kind of backwards doesn’t she? I’m thinking she should have ended things with Riley before telling Mika she loves him. But why am I surprised? It’s so in character for her. Mika is a nice guy and I like the fact that he insists that she end things with Riley before committing to her as anything more than friends. I see trouble brewing between the boys though.

    I don’t think things are going to go well with meeting her mom and finding she has another that she kept. I would be wondering why abandon me and not her?

  15. “Who the hell are you?” Lol, wow, what an attitude on that girl! A definite cliff-hanger indeed–I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. Luckily, I can click on the next chapter right away, but I think I would have been freaking out a little if I’d been caught up at this point, lol.

    I am SO happy about how things are now going with Mika and Madeline. OMG, their names even sound cute together, haha. I about died when Madeline said that she felt like Mika “could be everything that I always wanted, but never knew I needed.” YES HE CAN BE, MADELINE! YESSSS!!!

    Now she just needs to break things off with Riley definitively o_o

    Off to the next post!

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