Lost: Meredith's Marbles

Friday, July 16, 2010

The following week, Meredith found herself thinking a lot more about her encounter with Justin than she had initially thought she would. At first, it was just the flattery that had her falling in and out of daydreams, but once things with Jebidiah began to get even more heated than before, it was more the relief from tension that had her thinking about the young doctor and his goofy ears. She didn't really recall being that attracted to him, but looking back, part of her wished she'd taken the opportunity to get even with her husband.

"Yeah, right, like that'll happen in the next million years." However, she realized, it was not entirely Jebidiah's fault that she was angry. In fact, in hindsight, she realized that the problem had been her... And Meredith found that an even more troublesome fact. Jebidiah had the excuse of bad genes and bad parenting -- what'd she have... A bad influence? That was still her fault. She was old enough to know better.




It had all started over that silly case from that silly Beverley Castor. The local stylist was always hitting up Jebidiah with one suspicion or another -- Meredith assumed she was the town gossip here in Twinbrook -- and this time, it was about a pair of stolen shoes. It was Jeb's job to investigate the claims, no matter how inconsequential; but this time, Beverley was pointing the blame at Meredith's new best friend, Eva Drudge.




Naturally, Eva denied the accusations -- she didn't have a thieving bone in her body -- and she even dared Jebidiah to search her house for evidence.

Jeb ended up breaking in to get the job done more quickly, but all he ended up finding was a leaky faucet... which he ended up fixing out of guilt for breaking in when she was actually innocent.

When Eva returned home, he barely made it out unnoticed... But, she actually had. Eva ended up telling Meredith about it later -- she just was too amused to confront Jeb when he was trying to be sneaky.




"You went through her house? And her trash? You should've trusted her word, Jeb! Of course she didn't steal a pair of shoes!"

"I did what I had to do, Meredith, in order to prove she was innocent. I can't take someone's word a-hundred-percent just because they're your friend."

"Yeah, but it doesn't help that you don't like her! You can't lie and say you didn't at least enjoy getting to break into her house!"

"Mere, now you're just being ridiculous..."

And sadly... she knew she was. Meredith didn't want to admit it, but she had come to realize something over the course of several days and several arguments over burnt toast: she was losing her marbles. Jeb was even doing everything he could to try and make it up to her, but there was something lurking in the back of her mind, refusing to let her go back to being her normal self... And she knew exactly what the problem was.




"Please, not again," she thought as she tiredly pulled herself out of bed, grumbling as she saw the time on the clock: 3:30am. The unmistakable sound of a music box was playing in the upstairs hallway, and from the sound of the snores from the room down the hall, she painfully guessed that it was not one of her sons that had started it to play.




No... It certainly was not Travis nor Bradley that awoke Meredith that night, despite all of her desperate hopes. She would give anything for it to be a rowdy little boy playing pranks, rather than the non-corporeal form of her worst dream... Her worst memory. But tonight, something had to change.




Meredith burst out of the bedroom, and caught the ghost red-handed . "You!"

The spirit did nothing for a moment, unresponsive to her initial cry. Unfortunately, Meredith hadn't thought this far ahead. Um, um... what the heck was she supposed to say?

Finally, she mustered: "What are you doing here?! Why are you following me?! Why won't you leave me alone?!"




"Oh, so now you want me out of your life, Meredith?" The words were sickly to Mere's ears; Chandra's voice was no longer like anything she remembered... It sounded as a thousand voices whispering, sending chills up Meredith's spine. "You should have thought about that before you called me out that night... But you wanted to know the truth. Poor, poor Meredith... Don't you remember?"

"There's nothing to remember! You tried to kill me!"

"Then why am I the one dead, Meredith? Hmm? Why am I dead...?" With an eerie cackle, the ghost of Chandra Hawkins sent one last cold shiver across Meredith's whole body, and disappeared into thin air -- leaving nothing but a cold-hearted laugh that continued to resonate through her very soul.






"Mere? .... Mere. Meredith!"

"What?!"

Meredith looked up from the pool, her eyes still glazed over from the daze she had been caught in. She was thinking of Justin... Or the previous night... Or something. She quickly shook her head to try to get rid of the awful images, but it was no use -- she still felt miserable. With a sigh, she picked herself up from the chair, and tried to head towards the bathrooms. She just had to get away!

It was Travis' birthday, and they were supposed to be having fun -- but even though Travis had been fine with just the family playing at the pool for the day instead of getting a big party, it meant there was less distraction for Meredith, and more time being absorbed in the memories she just couldn't shake.




"Mere, could you please tell me what's wrong? If you don't cheer up, the kids are gonna start wondering..." Jebidiah reached out a hand to grasp hers...




...but she instantly pulled away, as if flinching away from a painful sting. "Can you just please leave me alone? It's none of your business. I'm doing my best, and you're not helping."

He shrugged and backed away, throwing up his hands in defeat. "Alright... But don't accuse me of not trying. I'm just worried."




"You have nothing to be worried about!" Meredith stomped off, leaving Jebidiah completely confused.

"Ooookay," he thought to himself. "Must be that time of the month, or something. Probably best if I just leave it be."




Jebidiah instantly gave up his attempts to cheer Meredith up, and conked out completely on one of the lounge chairs while the kids continued to play. Travis saw that something was up, though, and rushed over as fast as he could swim.

"Mommy, it's okay, you don't have to be upset," he said, reaching up to give her a hug.

"Oh, sweetie, it's not your fault, okay? I'm just having a bad day... But it'll be much better once I see my little man grow up! Why don't we get that cake set up."




The family gathered 'round as Travis got ready to blow out the candles, taking only a moment to make his wish before giving a heaving blow: "I just want my mom to be happy."




Well, kid-Travis then became teen-Travis, which at least -- for that moment -- put a smile on everyone's face... Except Moody Meredith.

The family spent a few more hours swimming, but after getting super-soaked by one of Travis' new and improved splashes, Jebidiah thought he heard a ringing noise. Once he climbed out of the pool, he answered his phone. "Hello?"

"Jebidiah Kane? Hello, this is Harry Halbright, Mayor of Twinbrook. I'd like to be the first to congratulate you on receiving the Key to the City, from our wonderfully esteemed town! We're just getting ready to host a celebration at City Hall in your honor... Better get here quick!"

After he hung up the phone, Jeb groaned, and quickly got the family dried off and saddled up into the car. "Couldn't give more advanced notice than that, huh?" he grumbled, but he wasn't the only one that seemed rather annoyed by the news.



As he approached the steps, he realized... It was quite the celebration. Confetti? Balloons? Seriously? Everyone was chanting Jeb's name... And Jeb hadn't even known he was up for nomination on the award. Why him? At the same moment, Meredith was wondering the same exact question.

However, the kids weren't interested for long, and had completely disappeared after the Mayor still hadn't shown up after quite some time.



Finally, after what seemed like eons, Mayor Halbright descended the steps and quickly took Jeb's hand into a firm handshake. "Jebidiah Kane! It is such an honor to finally meet you! We, the citizens of Twinbrook, would like to thank you for your dedicated effort trying to free our town from the grip of crime, and strike fear into the hearts of wrong-doers everywhere! Justice finally has a name and a face, and... It's yours!"

Jebidiah was amused to say the least, but accepted the award nonetheless -- it's not like anyone had to know that he was actually a former criminal himself.




But as he turned to look at Meredith, to catch her eye as he recieved the most prestigious thing the town could award, she quickly turned her head away, her lower lip clearly being bitten to fight back the tears...



... and as Jebidiah was handed the key, he watched as his wife quickly ran, disappearing down the sidewalk, away from the crowd, and away from him.





It was like a world of separation had suddenly come between them. Jebidiah could not understand what was wrong with his wife, and Meredith was too afraid to try and understand, herself. The distance between them was so little, especially compared to that day when the law had taken Jeb away from her, but she had never felt further from him than this.

Once he returned home he went straight to the living room, avoiding Meredith for the moment, who he heard clunking around in the nursery.




She did her best to try and prepare herself before walking into the living room -- she knew what was coming... But as much as she didn't want to face it, she had no choice.

"I'm sorry, Jeb," she sighed as she rubbed her neck, still trying not to meet his gaze, even though he was turned the other way. "I'm really, really sorry."




"Meredith," he said, slamming the book down on the coffee table, and standing up from the chair to turn and approach her. "What has gotten into you? First you flip out over me doing an authorized search of your friend's house, then you're moping around at our son's party, and now you embarrass me in front of the whole town by running away from my award ceremony in tears! What the Plumbbob is wrong with you?!"

"I.. I-I-I don't know, Jeb," Meredith sniffled, still avoiding any glance in his direction. "I'm just... just so afraid..."



"Afraid of what, Meredith?" Jebidiah pressed his hands together after lightly turning her face towards his. "Please, Meredith, tell me what's going on. I know my dumb slip-ups like hitting on Tana and Eva have been bothering you, but this... This is different. You're so distant, and I... I just want to know what I can do to fix this."

But, instead of getting the answer he wanted, Jebidiah had to watch as Meredith bowed her head and turned away, her loner instinct suddenly overcoming her. She walked out the door to the deck and began to paint, as if she'd never even been asked a thing.




"Mom still being ridiculous?" Travis asked a few hours later, pulling his dad away from the computer in order to chat. "Ya know, she always listens to me, I'm her perfect little boy... I can go talk to her for you, if you want."

"Would you?" Jebidiah said, letting loose a small sigh of relief. "I can't tell you how much I'd appreciate that. She doesn't hear a word I say, and I just--"

"Say no more!" Travis laughed, sticking his thumbs towards his chest. "Travis is here to save the day."




"Your father sent you, didn't he?" Meredith grumbled, closing her eyes to listen to her son's footsteps down the back porch.

"Oooh, so close," he laughed. "No, I come of my own free will, just influenced by the mopey face Dad had while was... you know... going over wedding pictures on the computer..."




"You are not going to win me over with that sap. I don't think Dad even has any wedding photos on his computer, let alone would he actually be looking at them."

"Well, he was on your computer, not his," Travis said with a shrug. "And yes, it is gonna win you over, because Bradley and I don't want to see you guys fight anymore, and you love us all too much to keep being mad over stupid stuff that doesn't matter. You don't want to see us upset, just as much as we don't want you upset... Just go talk to him, at least... Please? For me?"




"Alright, I'll come and talk," Meredith said as she plopped herself onto the couch next to Jeb, grabbing the remote to switch off the TV. "But only because you brought our kids into this."

"Mere, that isn't it at all," he responded with a sigh. "C'mere..."




They stood up, and he took her hands into his.

"Look. I'm worried about you, and that's why I'm probing for answers. But I really shouldn't be. I know you'll tell me when you're ready to tell me... And until then, just know that I'm here for you, whenever you need me.'

"I know I'm not perfect," he continued. "But I'm trying. I mean, look, I got an award for being a 'good boy' today... and while I thought it'd make you proud, I obviously need to keep working harder to try to win you over. And I will keep trying. Because... Mere, I love you. More than anything in the world. I would do anything -- anything -- for you."




As Meredith later rested with her daughter in her lap, she found herself doing something she didn't quite expect, and hadn't done in far too long...

She smiled.

"I guess, there never really was anything wrong between us. And, you can't fix what isn't broken, Amelia... You just can't fix what isn't broke."

29 comments:

M.J. July 16, 2010 at 7:03 AM  

Great Update. Travis turned out to be a handsome young boy. Wow, Jeb really has changed a lot. He even got an award from City Hall. Meredith should be proud of him, but I am worried after her encounters with Justin. Most sims cannot forget their fling if they reached to "alluring" stage. Sometimes, they must be brain washed first :D. I hope that it wasn't about Justin that made her put a distance with Jeb.
I'm glad to read the last line. I hope that Meredith will be able to get rid of her doubts, worry, and anything on her mind and will embrace the future with Jeb and her kids. Although, the past will still haunt them. Your pictures look great. I like , especially, that picture of Meredith in front of the easel and Travis was going to see her. Those pictures full of expressions.
Hey, I think we have something in common sometimes. I am just going to add the title of the next update "to fix what has already been broken" (in the contrary with the last line, that is).

Chrysame July 16, 2010 at 8:17 AM  

Meredith, Meredith, Meredith. You are not crazy. There's a ghost haunting your home, your husband wants and tries to get into any breathing woman's pants he sees (maybe even non-breathing, we haven't seen him with ghosts, yet.), you have a new baby. If all you're doing is acting irritable and fantasizing about a cute man then Jeb is darn lucky.

Siccing a child on Meredith to try to guilt her into acting happy was pretty low. I don't care if Travis offered or not.

Oh oh. This is not good, I want to reach into your game and smack Jeb. Eek! I also want to smack Meredith but for different reasons (jump that cute guy! go to the spa! have some fun!!).

I guess that means you've got me hooked!!

Kaleeko July 16, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

Thanks guys. :D

Well, neither of these two are perfect. They remind me of a pair of quarreling teenagers with raging hormones and bad attempts at logical arguments, which is perfect, because they both have rather "immature" traits. (Childish, Inappropriate)

Their relationship is far from patched up, though. However, I will say that it does eventually settle -- it just takes them a while to really "grow up", so to speak. ;)

Chrysame, I *always* want to reach into my game and smack Jeb. He's terrible! He's getting better, yes, but he still continually does things (on his own) that drive me up the wall. Meredith... well, she probably could use a good scolding... but that's because I know what she eventually does, and -- ut oh, there I go saying too much again. ^^

And thank you so much, MJ. :) I had a really hard time picking shots for this one because I tried to consolidate this chunk of the story down a bit, but I'm glad to hear that I picked the right ones. :)
Hehe! Yes, Great Minds do think alike.. I'm so excited to see your next update! I want to see what your Eva has on her mind.

Chrysame July 16, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

"Meredith... well, she probably could use a good scolding... but that's because I know what she eventually does, and -- ut oh, there I go saying too much again. ^^"

Tease! ;)

Maybe they settle when they're elders. It seems to work that way for some sims and people. Except for Hugh Hefner. And Mick Jagger. And Cher. Hmmm...

Dee July 16, 2010 at 3:54 PM  

I read this before I left this morning but didn't have time to comment. I love the pics and the story. Travis is a very cute teen and the smile he has on his face while he is outside talking to his mom is just perfect. I just can't believe Jeb would let him get in the middle of this though. Love the ghost picture on the wall too.

Anonymous,  July 16, 2010 at 4:49 PM  

You have me hooked to you blog. I love your sims and the drama! It kinda reminds me of desperate housewives but for sims! Meredith is such an interesting character, she seems crazy but she just has to live a little.

I have a legacy blog, http://halliwellfamilylegacy.wordpress.com
It would be great if you could check it out and comment!

Kaleeko July 16, 2010 at 5:20 PM  

Hehehe, Chrysame. ^^ Hugh Hefner... He would make an interesting sim, eh?

Thank you, Dee. :) Travis looks so much like Meredith... I think the only thing he inherited from Jeb was his skintone. And, I really love that ghost picture, too. It's worth about 12k Simoleans, but I couldn't bring myself to sell it, considering how long I had to wait to get that shot!

Thanks, Anonymous! Desperate Housewives is what inspired the style of blog I wanted to do (and the title), but while I would've liked to focus on more than one family, I'd be too nervous leaving the Kanes to their own devices.

I'll be sure to go and check it out. :) Thanks for reading, hope to see you back again!

Marty Rojo July 16, 2010 at 7:18 PM  

Travis looks just like meredith, and i know bradley is jeb's mini me... i know olivia wasn't in this post much, but i'm very curious to see who she takes after. I think I would probably behave like Meredith in a situation like hers. I was kind of hoping she would hook up with the doctor, just because of all the scandalous things jeb has done. But i also want their marriage to work. guess i can't have both, lol.

Kaleeko July 16, 2010 at 8:15 PM  

Yep, pretty much, Marty. :)

Bradley did inherit Meredith's skintone, but otherwise, he looks quite a bit like Jeb. Amelia (Olivia is Dee's newest little one, teehee) is almost a complete blend of the two parents, except with purple eyes. No idea where those came from... Maybe Jeb's father. I edited him in CAS before Farah got pregnant, but it's possible that his real genes actually went into the bloodline instead of the ones I created. Hmmm...

I love sim genetics. ^^

I also had mixed feelings about whether Mere should pursue Justin or not, but she kinda answered the question herself; she started flirting with him, but once he tried to lay on some thicker moves, she rejected him and threw out a "Stop being friends with Justin" wish. So.. I decided, if it was going to happen, it would have to wait for a bit. ;)

M.J. July 16, 2010 at 9:05 PM  

She wish for it? Good girl ;) Mere.

PiB July 17, 2010 at 6:44 AM  

Hey Kaleeko, great update. I'm getting very attached to the Kanes. I think it helps that they aren't perfect. Jeb is at least trying to behave...mostly. Meredith...so hard to see if she will forgive him or not.

I love Jeb's puppy eyes when he's trying to convince Meredith to stop being so angry.

BTW - I put the Kanes in a house in Twinbrook. I've seen Meredith and Travis once and heard that Jeb was employed.

Kaleeko July 17, 2010 at 7:18 AM  

Thank you, PiB! <3

I do my best to make them seem as "human" as possible. But, it means I've gotten ultra attached to them, too... With how long their lifespans are and how much I try to develop their character, I always dread the day when the Reaper comes knockin'. :S

Ooooh! It'll be interesting to see what they get up to. :) It's always so neat to see your creations in someone else's game... I've been considering putting some of y'all's Sims in my neighborhood, since they've been growing on me too, but I'll have to move some people out and do it incrementally so I don't have an influx of young adults all at once.

I've never had any player-created Sims in my game before (other than one or two of my own), so maybe it's time to try something a bit different!

PiB July 17, 2010 at 4:04 PM  

Kaleeko,

It's absurdly fun to watch your Sims in someone else's game. Sometimes they'll behave as you expect and sometimes...no. You have no control at all. I'll put the Kane family here and there and see how they go in a couple of different games.

You've seen that Dee, Chrysame and I do this all the time and our games are more fun for all of this because of it.

BTW - do you set up email comments? Cause I wouldn't mind some to remind me to pop by quicker. :)

Chrysame July 17, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

PiB is absolutely right. It's so much fun using each other's sims. Once you've downloaded them, they're yours to make over and use as you wish. Seriously, do what you need to or want to with any of my sims. That's part of the fun!

Kaleeko July 17, 2010 at 6:27 PM  

Yeah, it really does look like a lot of fun. :) I'll have to pick a few from each of you to add, but I'm going to have to figure out how to add some more accommodations so they have somewhere to live... Guess I'll just have to get creative!

As for email comments, do you mean the thingie that sends you an email every time I post an update? I can add you to the list if you want, just need your email. :)

If you're talking about something else, you'll have to explain, I'm still a bit of a newb when it comes to all the quirks of blogspot. :)

Chrysame July 17, 2010 at 7:05 PM  

That is what we mean by email updates, Kaleeko. You can find out email addresses on our profile pages.

Kaleeko July 17, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

Okay! I just wasn't sure because she said 'comments', so I thought she might be talking about subscribing to the Comment RSS feed or something. :) I'll go put you on right now, PiB.

Dee July 17, 2010 at 8:47 PM  

Me too please. I'm always having to back track because I forget to subsctibe.

Chrysame July 17, 2010 at 8:51 PM  

You can set it up so people automatically receive the comments as well as the email update, Kaleeko.

Kaleeko July 17, 2010 at 9:02 PM  

Aha! I just found it! I didn't see that box way down at the bottom. :) I'll add you guys.

Did you want on there too, Chrysame?

Also: just downloaded two sims from each of you, currently working on how I'm going to set up their living arrangements. :) This could be veeerry interesting... Bwahahaa!

Dee July 17, 2010 at 9:14 PM  

Thank you.
I have a feeing this will be very interesting. As you can see, we don't always show all the sims in every game but it is more interesting for me when I'm playing and have other peoples sims downloaded.
I'm hooked and can't enjoy my game if I just play with my own sims and pre-mades.

PiB July 17, 2010 at 9:18 PM  

Hey, I got a comment. Hurrah!

If you are grabbing Sims - and you love red hair - do consider Thomas from my studio. My cute, flirty red-head. He's such a sweetie - I think he was my first CAS and still a fav.

Kaleeko July 17, 2010 at 9:33 PM  

Ooh, how did I miss Thomas?! The ones I grabbed were Carolina and Wyatt from Dee, Marta and Oliver from Chrysame, Maryanne and James from MJ, and Sam and Camille from PiB. I think I am gonna have to put in a Thomas clone too, though, because I cannot ever have enough Sims with red hair.

Though, what I need to figure out now is whether to wait until Travis is a bit closer to y-adulthood to put them in, start them out as adults so they're closer to Jeb & Mere's age, or just put them in as-is now and tell my generation-ocd to take a hike...

... I over think things too much. ;)

PiB July 17, 2010 at 9:43 PM  

:) It's hard to make decisions like that. I have some Sims waiting for some games in case the population takes a sudden dive. Or there was the time that the Grant family in World adventures had triplets and I was ready with some spare females in case the boys didn't find a potential partner in school.

I think we all have at least one red head. Chrysame has Macy Monroe and Dee has Benjamin Lee. Macy and Benjamin have been a couple in a number of games now. :)

Kaleeko July 17, 2010 at 11:56 PM  

My population only ever seems to go up, because no one *ever* seems to die in my games (the RealLife age mod changes the way that elders die off), so I have to be really careful about how much I let it grow. I don't want to stick too many people in at once, because it could cause like.. a baby boom.. but I guess I can tackle that hill when I come to it.

My very first Sim was a redhead. :) I think it's hard to go without, because they just add so much color to the population. My hoods always seem to get dominated with blonde over time, though.

Dee July 18, 2010 at 7:08 AM  

Just want to say that once downloaded they are yours to do with as you please. Change, torture, kill, love, ...
Thanks for downloading Wyatt and Carolina.

Jennifer August 11, 2010 at 11:24 PM  

Wow was Meredith rude to Jeb! I have to agree I too, seeing Jeb with those puppy dog eyes trying to calm her down, it's very sweet and who wouldn't be able to give into him. lol

Travis is now a teen. He really does look like Meredith and what a cutie. Is he bound to break hearts like his father?

I'm getting closer to the end. Very determined I am. lol ;)

Kaleeko August 12, 2010 at 10:56 AM  

When Meredith gets really stressed out, she turns into a totally different person... I blow her neurotic trait a bit out of proportion in those cases. ;)

Travis and Mere are practically carbon-copies outside of his skin-tone. I was fooling around in the MC's CAS tool and made Meredith a guy -- she looked almost identical to Travis. Was kinda funny!

I'm so excited! You are definitely getting really close to being caught up. :D Hooray!

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