Etta wanted to surprise John when she showed up to his party. Unfortunately, she was the one that was surprised when she saw him kissing his ex girlfriend. She was speechless. It felt like someone had punched her in the gut as she took a deep breath.
She laid there in the sun outside in the backyard to get some sun. She closed her eyes as she felt the warm calm her. She hadn't notice John had pulled up to the drive and was now standing in front of her with his guitar. He began to play and it nearly startled her as she looked at him.
John: I wrote this for you. [he told her when she was done]
John: I've been trying to call you but you never picked up. I thought you were sick or something so I just came to check on you.
He sat the guitar down and walked closer to her. She moved out of her seat and tried to walk away but he caught her by the arm.
John: Whoa. What's wrong?
Etta: I saw you.
John: Saw what?
Etta: Friday night, you, Lola.
John looked down. John: You were there
Etta: Is that all you can say? John: Etta. It just happened. We were there and she kissed me. It was just a kiss that's all.
Etta: Some kiss John. It didn't look like you were tearing to get away from her. You know when you were away all those times I never doubted you, never question is you were being honest to just me. Then she comes along and now I don't know.
John: Etta I'm sorry. I never meant to- Etta: You broke my heart John. I trusted you. I let you around my children and welcome you in my home. And this is what you do to me? I was sooo, soo stupid for believing that fame would not get to you. That you were different and that I was someone special.
John: Etta. I don't know what I can do to make things better. It was a mistake that I never want to make again. John: Etta. I did not want to hurt you. She kissed me and at first I wanted to kiss her and then I stopped. There was so much history between Lola and I but once we kissed, I knew it. I knew that we would never be that way again. And I could think about was you. You mean everything to Etta.
She slapped him. Etta: It should have not taken a kiss for you to know how you feel about me. What have we been doing the past 2 years. I fell for you John. My kids, oh my goodness....my kids.
Etta grew angry.
Don't come near us again. I don't want you John. John reached for her
Etta: Don't touch me. It's over John. You're too much for me. I liked you before all the fame. And when the man I met years ago return, then let me know. Otherwise, I don't want any part of this. I'm tired of the cameras and everyone around us. And I'm tired of you. Get out! She wiped the tears from her face and sat back down in the chair.
He looked at her but she would not look back at him. He walked to his bike and drove off. For months he had tried to contact her. He left her at least 4 message a day until she blocked his number from her phone. He sent her flowers and gifts to her job only to have them returned.
When she finally did respond to his call it was to tell him to not contact her anymore or her children.
Etta: I need to move on John.
John: Etta, please don't do this.
Etta: I need to be alone. And being with you will only make things work. I can't allow you time to hurt me again. A year had passed and he had not talked to Etta. He would drive past the house and see no one there. He even tried seeing if Blu would be sitting at the window as he had done before when he heard his bike riding by. He would make special appearances around venues in different places as his career continued to soar. To keep his mind off of Etta he went on tour for an entire year when his second album reached number 1. It was getting harder for him to enjoy alone time because when he wasn't touring he was always interviewing, and promoting. At night he would go to the spot where he and Etta went to get away from the busy city. There he would play his music and practice better work. He was making songs after songs. The more he wrote the more fame he was getting. By now he was beginning his senior album. His last 2 had gone double platinum.
He was moving up. He had moved from the condo to a big house and had a collection of cars. But there was always something missing. He was lonely.
Then he got a phone call out of nowhere. Meanwhile, Etta was also building a big clientele amongst the celebrities. It had already gotten around about her break up with John and so she was on the mouths of the press for the beginning of their break up.
With the help of the news friends in the business, she decided to buy her own salon. It only took two years for her to begin making a significant profit and by then she and the kids moved into a better place in another suburb outside of SimCity. During that time she had sworn off dating. She did not want to just jump into another relationship and wanted to pay more attention to her kids that were getting older faster.
Just as she was beginning to close up the shop. In walked a familiar face. Lola: We're on top of the world you and I. Me with my modeling, you and your singing. We're like Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley.
John: Uh..you do realize they are all not together.
Lola: But we always will be.
Part V to come
FAME! Part IV
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