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Published Sep 17, 2011


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To Audrey - A sim-girl whose story I just can't get off my mind.

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Yes, I'm back with my Back to Pleasantview. Instead of continuing the old version I decided to write new and better one :)
It's been more than a year since the last part of the old version was published so no one remembers what happened in the story anyway, right? Basically, it's the same story with some changes and I'm really determined to finish it this time. I hope it won't be too boring for those who have read version 1. Enjoy and let me know what you think! :)

To Audrey - A sim-girl whose story I just can't get off my mind.

________________________________________________________________________________________________
Yes, I'm back with my Back to Pleasantview. Instead of continuing the old version I decided to write new and better one :)
It's been more than a year since the last part of the old version was published so no one remembers what happened in the story anyway, right? Basically, it's the same story with some changes and I'm really determined to finish it this time. I hope it won't be too boring for those who have read version 1. Enjoy and let me know what you think! :)
Landgraab Private School, Bluewater Village
September 2010
Whoever thought that Chemistry as the last lesson on Friday was a good idea, was wrong.
I could almost feel the impatience of my classmates, waiting for the school day to finish and the weekend to begin.
The teacher kept talking, not noticing or just ignoring the fact that only a few of us were still paying attention.
Pretending to be listening, I let my thoughts wander. I was trying to figure out how to survive the next seven days without my best friend. This upcoming weekend had nothing to offer to me and after that there was only school again. And several Chemistry lessons.

The long-awaited school bell finally rang. The impatience turned into excitement for everyone except me.
"So, I guess I'll see you next Saturday?" I asked Lindsay. Even though the school year had just started, her parents decided it was a perfect time for a family vacation in Three Lakes. Trees in autumn colours and something like that.
"Audrey, cheer up a little now, won't you? It's only one week. I'll be back before you even know it."
"You're probably right."
I tried to look happier. Unsuccessfully.
I hugged Lindsay and wished her a great trip.
A family vacation was what she probably needed after spending so much time with me for the last couple of months. Comforting me. Keeping me busy. Being the best friend you could ask for.
I was going to miss her. Pathetic, I know.
After about half an hour I was home, though I had tried to walk as slowly as possible.

"I'm home!" I called out, just from habit.
An unfriendly silence welcomed me as I closed the door.
I knew no one would be at home. My father and Mathilda, my stepmom, were still at work. And there was no one else. Not anymore.
I turned on the TV with no intention to watch it and stared out of the window instead.
I hated that I was so weak. Never in my life had I imagined that losing my grandparents would turn me into this pathetic little girl who couldn't find a way to move on with her life. I was trying hard not to show it but I was not okay. // During the dinner, my father looked kind of... absent. He'd only said a word or two since he got home and now he didn't talk at all, which was weird. Usually he'd at least ask about my day at school. I wasn't sure whether I should be worried or not. Maybe he and Mathilda were having problems. I decided it was better not to ask, at least not with her around. // I didn't sleep well that night. My usual nightmare was haunting me - loud knocks on the door, voices, the look on my father's face... Words, slowly sinking into my mind. Accident. Dead.
Pain.
The worst part was that waking up didn't bring any relief. You know, when you open your eyes and realize it was just a nightmare. My nightmare had really happened and for some reason, my brain was showing me a replay of this horrible event almost every night.
To my surprise the knocking I'd heard in my dream continued.
I turned to look at the clock - 1 a.m.
It didn't take me long to understand that no one was actually knocking on the door. It was something else.
I followed the voice, feeling dazed.
I found my father shooting hoops in the back yard.
"Dad?"
"Did I wake you?" he asked. "I'm sorry."
"No problem..." I replied, my voice sleepy. "What are you doing?"
He bounced the ball a few times before answering.
"I couldn't sleep. This here helps me think. Want to try?"
"Dad... It's the middle of the night. What's going on?"
"Sit, Audrey," he sighed.
I sat next to him. It was a bit chilly outside but the night was beautiful.
Dad was looking into the darkness.
"I know the last couple of months have been difficult for you. For me, too."
He paused for a moment.
"But it has also made me realize that it might be the time to change something...
You're miserable, Audrey. I can see that."
I shrugged. "I just miss them..."
We sat in silence for a few moments. I knew there was something my father wasn't telling me. I turned to look at him.
"Um..." he started, meeting my glare. "There is this... job... available. A great opportunity... Perhaps a fresh start is what we need..."
This new direction in our conversation was so surprising that I didn't know what to say.
"Here I am, sounding like my mother 16 years ago," he sighed. "I never thought that would happen."
He smiled for a second and then his face was serious again. The number 16 made alarm bells ring in my head but I didn't understand why.
"Audrey, it's been too long. I think it's time to go back."
"Back where, Dad?"
"Back to Pleasantview."
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#15MangioSep 19, 2011

Congrats on the feature, although i loved the original.. the graphics and new storytelling are much better and improved. \;\) Your screens are absolutely beautiful \:wub\: Can't wait for more.. i'm glad her father's taking the reigns this time 

#16EstaDreamSep 19, 2011

I love this! How do you get your sims to hold books and backpacks? Also, how do you get your images to be as large as that because my images are small. Love your story.

#17spitzmagicSep 20, 2011

Great chapter \:D I so enjoyed this. I loved your screen too. \:D \:rah\: \:wub\:

#18spitzmagicSep 20, 2011

\:Dopps add an s to screen and you have screens LOL \:D

#19RatRaceRobSep 22, 2011

Awesome intro-- with fabulous screens, so animated \:cool\: !  Really glad you're back \:wub\: \:rah\:

#20IAMAPERSON13Sep 25, 2011

I really liked it! Cant wait to read more!

#21kanzenOct 1, 2011

Finally! Someone with a gorgeous sims 2 story <3 I find the story quite...generic (probably because most intros are and twists happen much later) but I enjoyed it because of your lovely graphics and writing. Hope you can post the next one soon

#22asmodelOct 7, 2011

I also enjoyed the first version, so I'm happy to see that you're returning to this story.

#23mooseydoomOct 9, 2011

Can't wait to find out what happens to Audrey soon. your pics are great by the way.

#24s_sunna90Feb 9, 2012

wow! this is actually the first time i read a story on tsr, i think i'll be doing it a lot more now. 

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