A Christmas Eve Story 03

December 22nd, 2006

Brandee hung up the phone as she blinked back hot, angry tears. God, she couldn't believe it. If only Jason had simply listened to her in the first place!

The door to the guest room clicked open behind her and, with a few final rapid blinks, she took a deep breath then turned around to see Tahlvin and Sam coming into the hallway.

"Is everything, okay?" asked Sam.

Tahlvin's gaze sharpened as he studied Brandee's face and she realized he had probably guessed what had happened. While she had been giving them the tour, she had told them all about Jason's trip to the city.

"It looks like Jason's not going to be able to make it home after all."

"Oh, no," said Sam, as she swept Brandee into a hug. "Is he going to be able to make it back tomorrow morning?"

"I don't know. He said it would depend on the road conditions." A heavy lump lodged in her throat and, wrapped in Sam's comforting embrace, she could no longer hold back her frustration and grief. Hot tears spilled over and ran down her face as she said in a choked voice, "What am I going to tell the boys?"

Sam patted her back. "Shh…it's okay."

"Tell them the truth," said Tahlvin; his deep-voiced was uncompromising but oddly gentle.

"What?" Brandee pushed away from Sam and tried to wipe the tears from her cheeks. The back of her hand came away smudged with mascara. "I can't do that."

"Why not? Just tell them that the passes have been closed and that he's going to do everything in his power to get home as soon as he can."

"And that's all?"

"Tell them that he's safe and let them call him so they can confirm it."

"That's a good idea." She sniffed. Her nose always got runny when she cried. "I'm sorry. I should have known what to do. I'm not thinking straight today."

"Don't worry about it, sweetie," said Sam. "We can distract the boys so that they don't have too much time to dwell on the fact that Jason's been delayed."

Tahlvin nodded, a small smile of encouragement touching his lips.

"All right," Brandee said, a sigh gusting out of her. Damn Jason for putting her in this situation. At least she had understanding friends. "I'm going to fix my makeup. Tell everyone that I'll be down soon."

"Take your time," said Sam, her eyes warm with compassion; then she turned and headed for the stairs.

Tahlvin took a step forward and lifted his hand as if he was about to caress Brandee's face, but then, when she could almost sense the closeness of his fingertips to her cheek he hesitated, his fingers curling into his palm, and he dropped his hand back to his side. With a final nod, he moved to follow his wife.

Watching Tahlvin head for the stairs, Brandee touched her cheek—still damp with tears—then shook her head. Turning on her heel, she headed for her bedroom.

(To be continued…)

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21 Responses to “A Christmas Eve Story 03”

  1. Jenny says:

    Yeah, another update!…personally i like Tahlvin's first hairstyle, it just lays nicer on him……thanks again, I love your story…

  2. eva says:

    As I said on Mao's blog..Ah mi! :D There seems to be all sorts of tension brewing in the household. Saena seems to enjoy all male company it seems…even though she says that Hale is like her brother. But..that never stopped anyone before! Haha, not really. And Tahlvin and Brandee also have some tension going on there. Can't wait for this story to unfold in the last installment. Nathan is so cute…having a crush on Saena. And I hope Jason and Brandee are able to patch things up. I have a question, after the Christmas Story, are we not going to hear about this family anymore? I mean, I wouldn't mind either way, but I was just wondering.

  3. eva says:

    Oh! And I like Tahlvins old hairstyle better, but its probably because that's when I started to fall in love with him orignally :D.

  4. Kara says:

    Jenny: Thank you! The cool thing about this not being the main Worlds Apart story is I can experiment with my main characters' hairstyles. The Tahlvin in this neighborhood has always had a different style than the main Tahlvin anyway.

    Eva: You're right. I think Saena is a little in love with every guy she meets…she simply loves men. haha And, yes, I will probably revisit this family sometime in the future. I'm not sure when as I want to concentrate on Worlds Apart for awhile, but (I'm being purposefully vague here as I don't want to spoil anything) I would like to further explore how things are left after part 4 of this story. I'd also like to do something with Nathan and Tory as they get older—they are really hot when they grow up. :twisted:

  5. Mao says:

    Oooh, another update–yay! I like both hairstyles, personally… but since one of my characters uses the second one, it's definitely a favorite of mine, and it really suits Tahlvin in this storyline. I'm not sure about World's Apart, though, I haven't seen enough of him to be able to tell… ((hinthint ;))) I love Hale's new 'do, too… another favorite of mine!

    Now you've got me all anxious to see what's waiting in part three! Yay for tension! :P

  6. amalinaball says:

    Yep, I prefer his first hairstyle. But maybe that's because I'm more used to it. Both suit him, of course! :D

    Nathan is my favourite of the twins. Have I already said that? But it's like he has a big crush on Saena! That is so adorable.

    Geez, in this chapter you could cut the sexual tension with a knife! Can't wait to read more!

  7. Verity says:

    I definitely prefer his first hairstyle too… I think it is much sexier… the messy look… it suits him a bit better.

  8. Nina says:

    I absolutely love your stories! I check for updates as often as I can, especially now you're working on the Christmas Eve Story. Keep up the great work! :D Oh, and personally, I think Tahlvin's previous hairstyle suits him better. Bit more sexy. ;)

  9. E. Black says:

    This is getting so good. I can't wait for more. I love when the piggy randomly flies by in my neighborhood. It makes me laugh every time.

    As for Tahlvin's hair, I like them both (even though I'm partial to the hair he has on in this chapter…I just love that hair).

  10. Alicia says:

    Poor Brandy! But I also feel bad for Jason, it's not like he was doing that to be mean to Brandy. He just wanted to give something to his boys for Christmas. Part of me wants them to patch things up and be a happy family again, but another part of me says, "Tahlvin! Tahlvin! Tahlvin!"

    And I like his older hair-style best.. the second one looks a tiny bit too flat on his face. It doesn't look bad, but it's not the best in my opinion. :D

  11. Kara says:

    I'm so glad everyone is enjoying the story so far and that you're looking forward to part four. I also really appreciate everyone letting me know their opinions on Tahlvin's hair. I still don't know which hairstyle he'll end up with though. haha

    I guess the reason I'm a little hesitant about having him wear the first (older) hairstyle is the last time we saw Tahlvin in the story it was twenty years ago. I'm not sure someone would keep a hairstyle that long. Or perhaps, he's just come back to the hairstyle again after twenty years…hmmm…

  12. Dektora says:

    I missed your last update so I got to read parts 2 and 3 today today, no waiting. Yeah!
    This is again really good in my non-writter but big-reader opinion. We get a good idea of the characters personalities and relationship with each other. The plot thickens. But will a 4-parter be enought to untangle everything? ;)

    As for hair styles, I liked how they reflected the brothers' state of mind in the prologue: messy/untammed vs smooth/in-control. I kind of identify Tahlvin with the wild hair style now. But I wouldn't mind if he changed it.
    It's understandable that you have better things to do and think about when you just burried your wife than run a comb through your hair…

  13. MSR-EPH says:

    Girl, you just made my morning, my Christmas Eve morning, with this!!!

    Alec and Tahlvin!!! *dies* A-a-and, I hope my eyes are not deceiving me, but Tahlvin's wearing the recolored wristband, right? Speaking of the sexy Tahlvin, I love his old hair, always will, imo.

    And yay for the piggy! :D

  14. Kara says:

    Dektora: Yes, you got it exactly right when you said "it's understandable that you have better things to do and think about when you just buried your wife than run a comb through your hair." That was the initial reasoning behind his messy-do. I'm glad you caught that little detail. :)

    As for the question: "will a 4-parter be enough to untangle everything?" Oh, definitely not! hehe But, I will have accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish in this little story arc.

    Eph: That is indeed your recolored wristband that Tahlvin is wearing! He wanted something a little more Christmas-y than his usual black wristband. ;)

  15. Choco says:

    This is so griping. I actually wish there was more Christmas left so I could see more of how the story plays out. But cliffhangers are just as good. Well done. I'm curious how part 4 is going to turn out myself.

    Just recently, my sister and I saw the piggy. Something about that is a bit exciting, isn't it? =P

  16. Alicia says:

    Happy Christmas, Kara!

  17. alyssa says:

    fantastic story so far!
    i love the characters, plotline, everything!
    i look forward to reading more and i must say, holy crap, you have amazing graphics.
    i drool at them, honestly.
    practically PINE for them.
    what is your graphics card?

  18. Kara says:

    Choco: hehe I never get sick of seeing that flying piggy. He actually made another appearance in the neighborhood just the other day and, once again, he flew over the Ramsey's cabin. I didn't get a shot of it this time, but still, it made me smile.

    Alicia: Thank you so much! And Happy Holidays to you as well!

    Alyssa: Thank you! Here are my computer specs if you're interested in seeing what graphics card I use.

  19. Bunnisteffi says:

    The first hairstyle! He looks more… rugged (?) in it. Great story! I've been putting off visiting this site as I couldn't bear seeing you not update. And when I came by, it wasn't the choker post, but -surprise!- a couple of chapters from you! Yay!

    P.S. Piggies are cute (ugly; adorable).

  20. Alimah Kali says:

    Gahhhh! I should've checked your site on Christmas. I missed out on so much! My Christmas would've been sooo much happier with the arrival of the lovely Hale. I am a little sad that his hair is shorter and that Tahlvin now sports the 'do he had in "Boys of Summer"… But hey! Hale is Hale and I'll take any bit of him I can get my little paws on!

    This story is hot, hot, hot. Ya got me squealin' over here! I'm off to give myself a fever with Chapter 03… ;D

  21. Mandy F says:

    Hey! I love your story. You're a great writer. And the images are fantastic. If I didn't know that you could download custom content for the sims I would never have thought it was from the game.

    I have a question: Where did you get Hale's pants from? They are really cool. And all the christmasy stuff?

    Great story, keep it up ^^


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