Chapter 11. The Move

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SUNDAY MORNING

I wasn’t sure how I’d managed to convince all of my friends to come out and help me move at the crack of dawn, but all of them had agreed and had even shown up on time.

Mom and Dad were back at my apartment complex, hosting the moving sale.  I decided to sell a lot of my old furniture so that I could find items that were better suited to my new space.  I’d kept a few things, but most of the large items had already been sold.
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The floors had been refinished the day before, and I was very happy with the results.  We set my belongings in the middle of the rooms so that it would be easy to put down dropcloths over everything before we began the process of sanding and painting the walls.  My kitchen was basically nonexistent at this time–Sean and Nick had already ripped out the two rotted wooden cabinets and the splintered countertop after the salvage yard took the rusty sink and stove.

I was admiring my floors for the sixty-fourth time when I heard Sean cursing from the bathroom.
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“You hit your head again?”

Sean managed a half-smile as he pressed his hand against his forehead.

“Just a small bump this time.”

“I’m glad I won’t be here tomorrow when you’re installing the shower.”

Sean and Nick would be installing a shower stall in my bathroom tomorrow morning, and my parents were going to work on getting the walls of my bedroom and the kitchen and living areas ready for painting.  Sean would have only until one in the afternoon to work on the shower, because he was meeting with the Sunset Valley High School’s technology support guy at 2:00.  He wanted to look at the web browsing histories for both Claudia Abbott and Elliott Foster before we met with the superintendent at 5:30 to discuss our findings.
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“I will get this damn leak fixed, and I will damn well get it fixed today.”

“If we need to postpone the shower installation–”

“Nope.  Not gonna happen.”

I rolled my eyes and left Sean to his negotiations with my sink.  I was so busy with the house that the rest of the day passed quickly, and it seemed like I merely blinked and it was Monday.  I went to work and met Sean after to go to the superintendent’s house.
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MONDAY, 5:33 P.M.

“They are both gay?”

“Yes, we think that Miss Abbott and Elliott Foster formed a friendship because they are both gay.” Sean nodded as he spoke.

Mr. Young settled back in his chair, still staring at us.

“That….that’s terrific.” He smiled.  “Nothing illicit about that–just the way I like it.  How did you find out?”
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“We followed both of them around for a while and we could never confirm any illicit behavior, so we started looking for reasons why he might have befriended a teacher rather than another student. We finally observed Miss Abbott out with her roommate on what turned out to be a date, and once that clicked into place, we knew what to look for.” Sean went on to describe what he’d found in their online search histories.  Claudia Abbott had been looking up support groups for gay teens, and Elliott Foster had been visiting some of those sites in addition to others with advice about coming out to family and friends.
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“I’m relieved that he reached out to Claudia.  The rates of teen depression and suicide are alarming, and if he feels like his family will not accept him, well…” Mr. Young trailed off.  “Of course, I’m also thrilled that I won’t have to take any disciplinary actions against Miss Abbott.  She is a very promising young teacher.”

“Some of the older teachers seem a bit jealous of her.” I pointed out.  “Though you’re satisfied that nothing is going on, what if the rumors about her are never completely quelled?”

“Well, honestly, I’m not sure what can be done. I can’t keep people from spreading rumors.”
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“True,” I acknowledged.  “But would it be possible to start a chapter of a gay teen organization at Sunset Valley High? Elliott can’t be the only gay teen in school.  Plus, it would provide an appropriate place for mentoring and outreach.  Miss Abbott might even volunteer to take a leadership role in it, and that would let her accomplish the same goals and keep her above suspicion.”

Mr. Young began nodding about halfway through my suggestions, and he agreed that such an organization was necessary.  He promised to do everything he could to establish one for the students.
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“I love the feeling just after we’ve finished up a case.  Even if we have ten more waiting for us to start, it’s still nice to finish even one,”  Sean grinned.

“Yeah, well I’m sure working on my house will wipe out that good feeling.”

“All I can say is that you’re very lucky I want to get into your pants,” Sean’s grin turned wicked, and he winked at me.

“Indeed I am.” I laughed.  He had no idea how close he was to accomplishing that goal.

39 thoughts on “Chapter 11. The Move

  1. Yay! A new update! I can’t wait to see how Ed’s house turns out! I understand from personal experience how daunting the home repairs can be. My house was a fixer-upper too. It looks so very different now; even the neighbors appreciate the improvements! I love the feeling of accomplishment from completing projects too! There’s something very satisfying about that. 🙂

    • Jules: I’m excited about Ed’s house, too. 🙂 Home repairs in reality are a pain, but fixing up a Sim house is fun. I love the idea of fixing up a house, but the amount of money and time that has to be devoted to it can be intimidating. You are very brave for taking on a fixer-upper!

  2. Nice moving shots! LOL @ admiring her floors for the sixty-fourth time!

    And hey, Ed’s branching out… no stripes this time. 😉

    Almost forgot… love that all three couples (sorry, Ed’s mom and dad, you’re not quite the same) are featured in the vignette! Very nice party shot.

    • DB: Thank you! I am enjoying the pose player the more I learn how to incorporate the poses into the story. I think if my floors had looked the way hers did before the refinishing, I would be admiring the new floors a lot!

      I knew you would say something about Ed’s lack of stripes (though the plaid is very close to stripes)! 🙂

      Aww, thanks! I figured they would celebrate not only with Nick and Erica, but with Kendra and Connor too. I also just wanted to play around with the poses, LOL. Thank you very much for reading and commenting.

  3. Oooohhh, sexy office party!

    I like how you solved the case and brought about the idea of a l/g teen support group, personally I think all r/l high school and middle schools need them.

    The house is sure starting to come together. Yay more smexy times coming up! ;D

    Can’t wait for the next chapter. 😀

    • Ladyravenhawke: I thought, “Hey…who would Ed and Sean celebrate New Year’s Eve with?” and this is what happened. 🙂 Sometimes my covers are seasonal, even though my story isn’t, LOL.

      I’m glad you like the resolution to the case–Ed would have been concerned with preventing this sort of situation from arising again, so it seemed fitting.

      The house is coming together (though realistically, the kitchen will have to take more time–I keep having to remind myself that this isn’t a show on HGTV). Ed’s main goal is to make it somewhat habitable (she’s willing to live off microwave dinners), and to get the details right later. LOL at the smexy times… *blush*

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

  4. Loved it with a vengance. Ed and Sean are forever cute together, so much so that it inspires me to make hideous rhymes… 🙂

    I’m happy that they finished the case, and it didn’t take too long or wasn’t too hard and didn’t have some awful ending.. That wasn’t what I was expecting really! It was a subtle twist methinks, but a good one because it left the story with a pleasant outcome.

    All of your pictures are gorgeous of course! And the cover page was lovely, all romance and cuddles and Dawh… I love how all three of those main couples are in there. Even Erica and Nick. Those problems they’re having are still on aren’t they? In a way im sad about it, partly because I think things are only gonna get worse – she’s not the right person for Nick. And I get the feeling that when they do split it’s going to be terribly messy and awkward and awful. I mean uh, assuming they splity. Hem. Ehem.

    The scene for the moving was really well done too! It seemed so, I dunno realistic maybe. Just brilliant.

    So yeah, loved the chapter! 🙂 Can’t wait for the next one, and for Ed’s house to be all done up!

    • E: Thank you! I’m happy you liked it! I wanted a twist that wouldn’t be over the top (I have plenty of those, you know), and that would take it in a different direction than expected. 🙂

      Erica and Nick’s problems are ever present and we’ll be hearing more about them. They’re trying to avoid splitting up at the moment.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! 🙂

  5. Laughing so loud right now! I really understand Sean’s determination to fix that shower. NOTHING will stop him from fixing the leak LOL! And Ed with her floors…ok.

    This is such a sweet and compassionate way to wrap up their case. Not all of them will have such happy endings, so it’s a treasure to have at least one.

    And yes, I can’t wait to see the finished house either!

    • Beth: Sean had probably been wrestling with that leak all morning LOL. And in Ed’s defense, shiny new floors are a lovely thing. 😉

      I wanted this case to go in a direction that was somewhat unexpected. It’s so easy to jump to the wrong conclusion. I was happy that the superintendent was a reasonable man. 🙂

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

  6. I loved the moving shots, and I liked the superintendent a lot too, and love Sean at the end – so good to see an update 🙂

    • Rad: Thank you! I actually used a romantic pose on Ed in the first picture, when she looks like she’s lifting a chair. I was very happy with the way it turned out! Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

  7. You know how much I love Ed and Sean but with this cover, I’m quite charmed by Connor and Kendra in the back there! Aww, they look very sweet!

    Anyway, yay, another case down! Good detective work from these guys, once again. And that ending just makes me so keen to see Sean’s reaction to Ed’s seduction. He has no idea what she has in store for him!

    Also, randomly, but I love Mr Young. Did you make him or did you repurpose an EA Sim?

    • Carla: I love that pose! It’s part of this package: http://sims3s.ru/pose19.php

      Yay indeed for the end of that case! I am excited to move on to the next things. I think Sean’s reaction to the seduction will not disappoint. 😉

      You know, I actually can’t remember whether I repurposed an EA Sim or created Mr. Young from scratch, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I repurposed him. I’m so glad you like him!

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

  8. What a sweet and happy ending to this case. I love how you wrapped it up and the students of his school are lucky to have Mr. Young, he seems to really care about them and about his staff. 🙂 I also love Ed’s old house, I’m eagerly looking forward to the renovation! I’m hoping for a before and after picture spam in some kind of behind the scenes special! 😉

    • Willow Weeds: Thank you! I think those students are lucky to have Mr. Young, too. The world isn’t all bad, and Ed’s universe isn’t either. 🙂

      I’m really excited about the renovations–a behind-the-scenes special post is a great idea! I’ll definitely do that now. 🙂 Thank you for reading and commenting!

  9. Hey, me again. Just wanted to say how much I LOVE these stories. You’re such a great writer (I, on the other hand, get writers’ block just typing comments :P) I’ve read tons of other Sims stories/blogs, but yours just has a certain charm to me. Maybe it’s because I’ve always wanted to be a detective? Can’t wait for the next post! 🙂

    • Pineapplechick: Aww, thank you so much! You have no idea how important comments like that are to me–it makes me really, really happy. I, too, have always wanted to be a detective, so that keeps these stories fun for me. I know what you mean about writing comments–sometimes it is hard to figure out what to say! Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

  10. I was SO excited to see a new chpt out! I found your site & read thru everything in a few days during Dec and noticed u posted around the start of each month so I’ve been lurking…
    It was short but totally worth it; I’m anticipating what’s gonna happen when the repairs are done and Ed gets to snooze in her new bed… =p

    • Leokatca: I’m so glad you like what I write! I’m so excited to be back to writing this story, and I’m always thankful for more readers. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

  11. Well I had an entirely inspired comment here that managed to disappear in one accidental click. I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the way you combine every case with the growth of each relationship (although I said it better the first time). I had to laugh at Sean’s determination with the bathroom.

    Thanks so much for sharing. I always look forward to these chapters. Glad you are finding time to write!

    • Gayle: Aww, well I think your comment is plenty inspired as is! 🙂 I am trying to make the relationships grow at a steady, realistic pace, so making them grow with every case seems the best course of action–I’m so glad you like it!

      I think we’ve all had that task that became an enemy–something we thought would take a few minutes that turned into hours and had us cursing and deciding that if we did nothing else, we’d get that one thing done that day. Poor Sean met his match in that sink. 🙂

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

    • Gayle: Aww, thanks! The idea actually came from a post that LunarFox made on Ruin, when she was celebrating the anniversary of her blog. She dressed all of her characters up in clothes that they would never really get to wear in the series, and it looked so fun! 🙂

  12. I agree with Gayle, I am always looking forward to your covers. They are always creative.

    I am happy that this mystery was solved so easy. Edith suggestion about starting an organization for homosexual teens at the school was good. That why Miss Abbott will not have to deal with rumors and Elliott will have support from his peers.

    • Monique: Thank you! I’m so glad that you like the covers. 🙂

      I know Ed and Sean are relieved that the case had a happy ending, and that the superintendent is taking steps to prevent the problem from cropping up again in the future. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

  13. Hello! I have been reading and very much enjoying all of your stories! So, as per usual, I clicked next to go on, and it said that I needed a password. I don’t know if this was meant to happen or just an accident, but I’d really like to read the rest of your stories! 🙂

    • Eyelubyew: Thank you very much! I’m always happy to hear when people like my stories. The password is meant to happen, because some of the content is graphic. You can read the explanation about why it is password protected and get the password in the post that follows that password-protected post, found here. I do the same thing for the Chapter 13 post as well, so when you get to that one (if you choose to read it), you can just skip to the next post to get the password.

      Thanks for reading!

  14. Ah! This case was nicely wrapped up. I liked how you introduced the topic of teen homosexuality, and to see all characters talking about it so naturally was really refreshing :D, just as it should always be dealt with, in my opinion.

    • Marsar: I wanted a good “twist” ending case, and I didn’t want it to be the usual cynical case of a teacher preying upon a student–so the idea of having something in common that would be hard for a teen to go to their parents or even friends with led me to consider broaching the topic of teen homosexuality. Being a teen is hard enough, but worrying about whether your parents will disown you or your friends will shun you because of your sexuality must be terrifying. Sometimes, Ed is able to influence the people she helps to do things to address their problems, and I thought this would be one of those situations. 🙂

    • RipuAncestor: It was difficult to make the renovations progress realistically in the story, because I was so eager to get it done. 🙂

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