Long Lost and Happily Ever After - Pilot
Published Oct 11, 2016

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Hey guys!

The 130 odd people who had read the original story are probably wondering where their chapter 4 is! I am sorry guys, but there are a couple of reasons why I pulled the old one and reinvented Marianne to be better than ever before.

1. I discovered poses, and felt they would add a lot to the story to make the images more realistic.

2. The story trail went in a different direction than what I would have liked it to go, and to have made a u-turn in chapter 5 wouldn't have worked.

3. Kristyn, poor dear Kristyn. Can we talk about how her clothing totally did not fit? Her attitude didn't come through in her appearance, nor did any of the other characters really.

4. My photos sucked. So, I have recaptured all images to be consistently 4:3 and 1024 x 768. High quality baby!

5. I pulled all the CC from my game and I am slowly building my collection again but by placing everything into folders to make it easier to get to if I need to!

And my writing was horrific, I don't know why I wrote it like I did. But, here's hoping I made a positive change by rewriting this story, and I hope you will all like it! Feel free to leave me a comment and tell me if this one is better in your opinion!
Sometimes you win and you are on a high and you feel like you can achieve anything and you are happy and confident and you feel like you will never lose again, but then you lose. You lose and you feel like you are worthless and a failure and you can never win again, and what seemed to matter to you once no longer matters, but then something happens that makes you go on again. Something happens that makes you feel better, and gives you the strength and the courage to move on to bigger and better things. And that’s called life.
Marianne Cleaver waited in the grand gardens with a sense of excitement. Tonight was the night, when just after 9pm as they had previously agreed, Marianne Cleaver would become Marianne Ramsay when she ran away with and married her sweetheart Evan. She was nervous, but they had belonged together and everyone knew that – everyone except their parents. Like a modern day Romeo and Juliet, the two lovers were not permitted to see each other. Marianne’s parents were of old money, and Evan’s parents what they called new money and people with old money did not mix with new money.
She grew more and more nervous as the time grew closer to 9pm, and when the clock ticked over she felt her heart stop. She waited until twelve and then called him. There was no answer. Was he okay? Something must have happened to him. She called again.

“Hi, you have reached the phone of Evan Ramsay.” His voicemail started. “Unfortunately I cannot come to the phone right now, but leave your name and number and I will get back to you as soon as I can.” There was a short beep. She hung up and tried again.

“Hi, you have reached...” His voicemail started. Fighting back tears, she tried again. She couldn’t go back home now. She had gone too far.

“Hi, you have reached...” She let out a cry, but quickly threw her hand over her mouth as she tried again.

“The number you have dialled has been disconnected.”
Marianne sat on a nearby bench, glancing at the vibrant red flowers in front of her. She was frozen, she couldn’t move, she couldn’t think, she couldn’t breathe. What happened between that afternoon and that night? She was completely gobsmacked by how the events unfolded and how he could just leave her there in the middle of the night, without a word, or a message, or a dove. He just left her to sit on that bench, and cry and wonder what was happening, and how she would go on with her life. Her life, which was perfect that morning still, but now seemed to be non-existent.

She stood up and regained her composure. There was only one place she could go now.
“Oh my God,” The blonde sparkled in a golden bikini that matched the inside of her house as good as it matched her personality. “What happened?”

Marianne broke down in tears.

“I am sorry,” She said through the sobs. “I have nowhere else to go.”

“Come on, come inside.” The blonde said and pulled Marianne inside before closing the door. “I’ll make you a cup of coffee and you can tell me everything that happened.”
They sat in the blonde’s kitchen eating yogurt and cereal in silence for a moment, before Marianne started telling her about her day.

“Kristyn, what did I do wrong?” Marianne plead for an answer. “I had always been there for him, I did everything he has ever asked of me, oh God – maybe I was too much. Should I have given him space? I did give him space when he wanted to do something with his friends, or when he wanted to be alone.”

“Oh, darling. Men are animals! You’re better off without him, trust me.” The blonde hugged her cousin. “You’ll be okay, Marianne. Trust me.”
“Why are you wearing a bikini at 3am?” Marianne asked a while later.

“I hosted yet another fabulous pool party, which ended shortly before you arrived. I didn’t quite have time to change into something else before you arrived.” Kristyn laughed. “Keen to continue with me? I have a really good grey swimsuit that would look perfect on you.”

“Oh, Kris.” Marianne laughed. “Now I remember why you were my number one choice of where to go.”
“You know, the owners of the house next door is in Europe, and they wanted me to see if I could rent it out to someone until they got back.” Kris said.

“When are they back?” Marianne asked.

“Quite likely not coming back for at least another six months.” Kristyn said.

“Oh, I don’t know Kris. I am not sure how I feel about settling down right now.” Marianne sighed. She didn’t know what her next steps were going to be.

“Well, that’s great – because I have actually found renters, but they are only moving in in a month’s time. That should give you enough time to figure out your life.” Marianne laughed at her cousin’s response.

“Okay,” She nodded. “What the heck. It probably doesn’t matter anyway. It’s not like I have somewhere else to go, and your couch looks mighty uncomfortable.”
The next morning, Marianne woke up in a stranger’s bed. It took her a moment to recollect herself and to remember where she was and why.

She started crying and pulled the covers over her head again. She didn’t feel like standing up, all she wanted to do was lie in bed and cry and hope she never had to go out again.

She reached for her phone and checked her messages and her emails, and went onto Facebook. There was nothing new, even Facebook had seemed to freeze with time.
“Marianne!” Kristyn exclaimed and knocked on the front door. “Marianne, stop crying. I know you’re in there. Come out and open the door.”

When Marianne did not come down, Kristyn unlocked the door with her key and stepped inside.

“Marianne, come on. You need to get some fresh air; it will make you feel better – I promise.” Kristyn said as she walked up the stairs. She opened the bedroom door and found Marianne still in bed. She pulled the covers off of her and went to sit on the bed with her. “Come on, get dressed. We’re going out.” Marianne sat up.

“I feel like I have been run over.” Marianne cried.

“I know the cure and I am willing to share it – if you are willing to be cured.”
They sat outside, in the sun of the quaint little coffee shop. Marianne wouldn’t admit it to herself, but it was really nice sitting outside in the sun, watching people walk by that she didn’t know and who didn’t know her.

It was a nice change from where she had come, where everyone on the street knew the rich and the powerful.

“So, what would you like to do today?” Kristyn asked her and ate a croissant.

“Honestly Kristyn, I do not feel like doing anything today.” Marianne sighed. It was very unlike Marianne to have given up on life, but yet she did – and she didn’t care.
“I know you’re hurting, but Marianne you are never going to get over him if you stay cooped up in that house alone. I know you don’t want to hear this right now, but I told you I would provide the cure if you were willing to be cured. So tell me, are you willing to be cured or am I wasting my time with you?” Kristyn lashed out at Marianne.

It was harsh and Marianne felt a bit offended at first, but she realised that Kristyn was right. She was never going to get over him if she lingered in the past.

“I am ready to be cured.” Marianne shouted, and Kristyn smiled.
She was making some progress.

Kristyn had allowed Marianne to eat a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Cookies and Cream while they watched The Notebook. Marianne cried, but Kristyn encouraged her to telling her that that afternoon would be the last time she cried about Evan. She treated Marianne as if she was on heartbreak boot camp, but it seemed to work and Kristyn got a secret kick out of it, so why not?

They then spent the rest of the afternoon outdoors, before they went out with some of Kristyn’s friends.
“Hi, I am Evelyn and this is James and Cordon.” A beautiful blonde with radiant skin introduced their group when Marianne and Kristyn arrived.

“Hi, it’s nice to meet you all.” Marianne smiled.

“Be nice to Marianne, she’s my cousin as well as my best friend and she’s just come out of a tragic breakup – and if you see her crying, get her another drink until she’s happy.”

Marianne was shocked at Kristyn’s words, but giggled anyways as it was quite funny. She had missed her cousin’s very witty and kind of inappropriate way of speaking.
“So, you have just come out of a relationship?” Evelyn asked a while later when she went to get herself a drink and found Marianne alone at a table. “Don’t worry, honey. I just got divorced. I have two beautiful children but my oldest chose to stay with his dad in the city, in some trashy apartment his dad is renting because he couldn’t grow up with me. We married young, and I think we were stuck in that lifestyle for far too long. When I realised we had to grow up, unfortunately I was the only one who wanted to.”

“My life seems perfect.” Marianne laughed and moved her drink over to Evelyn. Evelyn laughed.

“You’ll get over him, it will take time, but eventually you will.”
“Come on, dance with us!” Kristyn shouted at Marianne and pulled her onto the dance floor.

Marianne realised why Kristyn had done what she could to get Marianne to go out with them. While she danced, she saw people looking at her and it felt good. She felt like she was worthy of attention, and love.

It was a great confidence boost, and she couldn’t thank Kristyn enough.
Marianne woke up the next morning, feeling better than the morning before.

“Good morning,” She smiled as she made the bed. “Today is a new day and it’s better than yesterday and it’s going to be a good day.”

She went for a run, for the first time in her life. After a couple of blocks she stopped at a park. She had realised it was the first time she had been in a park since that night. The park looked a lot better in the daytime, she established.
Later that afternoon she went back to the park. She wanted to find herself, and decided that she could only do it in the great outdoors. The fresh, summery breeze of Oasis Springs gave Marianne clarity.

She loved the hot sun and the desert feel, but yet when she stepped into a park or even glanced at her neighbours’ lawns, she saw the lush greenery and she absolutely loved that.

She went to sit on the soft desert sand and pulled out a book.
She found a blank space and started writing:


1. Read a book
2. Make a new friend
3. Go on a date with someone random – NO FANCY DINNERS
4. Learn to cook
5. Go camping
She spent the rest of the day in the park, reading the book she had started earlier that day. She lost track of time and looked up for the first time when it started to get dark.

She had read about half of Jane Austen’s Emma and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a book she had read as a girl, but never again after that.

Marianne walked to a nearby restaurant for dinner where she finished her book in the dim light and went home.

That night she dreamt of Evan proposing, but she said no.

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