The Andretti Legacy
~ I have to say, I never thought I'd make it this far. For 2.5 years, I have been a slave to this legacy. I pushed through many months of writer's block, I pushed through those times where there were only a few readers...I kept pushing on, and I can't believe it. I passed that 100th chapter mark. For those that have stuck by me and this legacy, you are what keeps it alive. I appreciate you and all that you've inspired me to do. I hope that I can continue on with this, to keep going all the way until Z...or maybe more...only time will tell where this all ends up. Thanks again, for your support.
~ I have to say, I never thought I'd make it this far. For 2.5 years, I have been a slave to this legacy. I pushed through many months of writer's block, I pushed through those times where there were only a few readers...I kept pushing on, and I can't believe it. I passed that 100th chapter mark. For those that have stuck by me and this legacy, you are what keeps it alive. I appreciate you and all that you've inspired me to do. I hope that I can continue on with this, to keep going all the way until Z...or maybe more...only time will tell where this all ends up. Thanks again, for your support. "It's...gooorgeous, Liv!" Natalie gasps as she stands at the entry way of Olivia's new place.
"Thank you; I purchased it with the royalties of my last book. I'd say...I'm doing pretty well for myself to not have a 'real' job." She smiles as she admires her fantastic house as well. "I plan on remodeling a lot of it, the furniture and decorations and such came with the house...it'll do for now."
"If you're as creative with interior design as you are books, this place will be absolutely stunning." Natalie takes a few steps and then spins in a circle. "It's really, really beautiful, Olivia." She smiles proudly at the home.
"...your outfit doesn't match the house, dear." Natalie takes notice to the lack of clothing her daughter is wearing.
"Your personality sure does." Liv replies rudely. "I'm letting you live here out of the goodness of my heart...I hope that you don't forget that."
"Olivia, I know that we have an agreement...and I appreciate, very much, what you're doing for me...but, we're still family." Natalie stares back at Olivia, knowing full well that she is very much in her daughter's debt.
"Are we?!" Olivia gasps. "The last time my brother and I talked you, you wanted to make things right...but, nothing changed. We had a long talk that night...and we haven't talked since. That's family?" She laughs out loud. "Heck, sure makes me not want one!"
"Liv...come now, our first day to see each other in years...can it not be like this?" She sighs a deep sigh regretting ever asking her daughter for help.
"You gonna apologize for what you said?" She raises and eyebrow at her mother.
"I'm sorry, Liv...I just...you have so much potential, and I can't see it when you dress that way." Natalie replies softly.
"Boy, you're full insults today, aren't you!?" Liv laughs and turns to walk away. "Your bedroom is upstairs on the left, farthest door from the stairs. Don't forget our agreement, you can start whenever you like." She walks off and disappears into the house.
Natalie enters her room and finds it very plain. It seems out of place in this glamorous house. She takes in a deep breath and exhales as she stops in the middle of the room. She'd have never thought she'd lose everything and have to depend on her child for a roof over her head. It brought tears to her eyes to think that she never really fought to keep anything...including the love and respect of her children. The regrets tug on her stomach and make her nauseous. Oliver quietly walks up to Olivia at her computer. He notices his mother across the room from them, silently reading one of Olivia's books.
"Have told her about them?" He whispers quietly.
"Nope." Olivia replies flatly. "Hadn't planned on it...actually." She smiles quietly to herself.
"...I can imagine how that's going to go over." He laughs just under his breath.
Natalie dare not look up from her book in fear they'll notice she can hear every word. "She can either accept them or she won't...I don't care." Olivia replies a bit louder in frustration.
"I know...I know." Oliver rubs in neck nervously. "I just...I don't know. You're right." He sighs softly and leaves the room imagining all the terrible things that could possibly happen when they meet her.
A few days later, Natalie hears quite the commotion downstairs and heads for the stairs to investigate. As she reaches the top to head down she notices her children hugging on two strangers. It would seem to Natalie that they are all very close judging by their treatment of each other. She almost hesitates to go down, but then her nosiness gets the best of her and she stops as she reaches the bottom. Her kids turn to face her and everyone stands still in the awkward silence. Natalie simply couldn't look away; these were the people her children hung around with!? The thought sent shivers up her spine. "Uh, guys...this is our mother." Olivia breaks the silence chuckling as she speaks. "Mom, this is Orion. Oliver's dearest friend and my...fiancÚ." She looks at him lovingly. He smiles a small smile at Natalie. "And over there, that's my bestest friend and Oliver's fiancÚ, Oksana."
"What's up, Mommas!?" She giggles as she points her fingers at Natalie.
"They're twins...if you couldn't tell." Olivia laughs at Oksana's behavior.
"...uhm.." Natalie swallows hard; she can't take her eyes off all the tattoos on both of them. "Good...even...hi." She finally coughs it out and quickly turns and heads for the dining room to regain her composure.
"Well...that went over well, don't you think?" Olivia starts laughing with the rest of them. Oliver smiles and shakes his head in disbelief. "Man, it's so good to be back home." Orion smiles happily as he jogs behind Oliver. "I've missed jogging!"
"Did y'all have a good time in China?" Oliver asks as the cross an intersection.
"It was cool...but, next time...we're totally taking you two and we're going somewhere a lot more adventurous!" Orion laughs. "Oksana wanted to see the darn dragon cave thing...or whatever, so we HAD to go to China...I don't get her sometimes."
"That makes two of us, friend. That makes two of us." Oliver laughs imagining Oksana pushing her brother around the entire trip.
"I really don't think your Mom approved of us..." Orion states after a few minutes of silence.
"...don't lose sleep over it, pal." Oliver replies. "I'm serious."
"I'm sure my sister is a little more worried about it than me...but, what do you do!?" Orion shrugs his shoulders.
"She's never been much of a mother, so her opinion of my best friend and future wife really don't matter to me. I think Liv and I kind of think of her as a live-in maid...unfortunately." Oliver's voice quiets down.
"...well, she's our mother...most people have a really great relationship with their mother, especially if their father's dead." Oliver turns his head to look back and his friend. "I mean...sure, I love her...like, I'd cry if she died...but, I don't love her like...I don't know...like Oksana loved her mother."
"...yeah, I see what you mean. Mom and Oksana were...they were best friends. Inseparable. When she died, I didn't think Oksana would ever recover...but, meeting you at base...and then introducing my sister to your's...I think it was her only saving grace." He smiles remembering their first double date.
"Hey...what are you doing out here?" Olivia asks as steps out onto the back porch and notices Oksana just standing in the yard.
"Oh...nothing." Oksana looks back at Olivia, and then back out into the backyard.
"...seriously, girl...what's wrong?" Liv smiles kindly.
"...the way your mom...I just...it kind of...I don't know...it threw me off." She shrugs her shoulders. "I was so close to my mom...I guess I expected a little different reaction, that's all." Tears form in her eyes, and she bats her eyelashes to try and dry them before they smear her makeup. "I really, really miss my mom..." "I don't want you to worry about mine. Don't let her bother you...she's not important to anyone in this house anymore...and she's just digging that hole deeper all by herself." Olivia replies painfully. Ever since she'd learned of Oksana's relationship with her mother, she had this deep jealousy. This deep emotion that she so badly wish she'd had with her mother, and it pains her to think that Oksana's wounds still haven't healed and it's been years. Olivia can't help but feel sadness for her friend, but also sadness that she doesn't have that kind of place in her heart for her own mother. "Come on, let's go inside...the guys will be back soon."
"Okay...I'm coming." Oksana wipes her eyes dry, then turns and follows Olivia inside.
(In between this screen and the next one, I downloaded some default replacements, so you may notice the sims look a bit...different!)
A few days had passed, and the group hangs out at the water front just like old times.
"I can't believe it...just a week left..." Oksana says she sighs and smiles a soft smile.
"Isn't it exciting?" Olivia smiles up at her from the bench.
"I can't believe it either...how often does that happen? Twins marrying twins?" Oliver laughs in disbelief.
"Probably more often than we think!" Orion laughs with him.
"...but, really...I can't wait for that honeymoon." Orion squeezes Liv's shoulders.
"Rion!" Liv gasps with a smile. "You pig!"
"I can't wait either..." She winks at him and kisses him quickly. A month has passed, and finally the curiosity ate away at Natalie until she couldn't take it anymore. Early one morning, she approaches Liv in the kitchen doing laundry.
"...I just have to know." She speaks as softly as possible to avoid waking the others. "Why didn't you tell me you were married...and why didn't you invite me?"
"We didn't invite anyone...it just the four of us. That's what we wanted. Don't get your panties in a twist...and don't take it personal." Liv replies flatly.
"Liv...I want to make this right." Natalie replies as she looks down at the floor. "I really do...I need to."
"...yeah, that's what you said the last time...and the time before that...and the time before that." Liv slams the dryer door shut and cross the kitchen to her mother.
"...I...I wanted to tell you and your brother that I've been going to a counselor. She's helping me deal with a lot of things." Natalie looks up at her daughter.
"...why now?" Liv asks with some concern.
"I'm an old woman, Liv. I have burned so many bridges...and I want to repair them before all the materials are gone." She replies quietly. "Besides, I have two new children...who are...visually not what I had wanted for the two of you, but...I haven't even given them a chance...I want to do that."
"...you really, really upset Oksana. I want you to know that...you burned those bridges before you even had a chance to walk them." Liv replies softly, almost feeling sorry for her mother. A part of her still loved her, but the other part didn't want to hear anymore of it.
"You've been nothing more than a broken record, Mother." Liv steps closer to her mother as she closes her eyes in sadness. "For some reason, I want to believe you this time..."
"...I want you to, as well." She replies sadly.
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