A Christmas Eve Story 02

December 18th, 2006

"Hey, get off Saena!" yelled the voice of a young child.

Beneath her hands, she felt Alec stiffen as they jumped apart from each other. She blinked trying to draw her scattered thoughts back into a coherent form and throttled the dizzying current that still raced through her.

Arrayed around the table, three faces stared back at her: a glower darkened Nathan's face as he stared at Alec, Tory peeked from around his mother's legs his eyes wide as saucers, and Brandee merely shook her head.

Alec seemed to recover himself first. "Hey. I, uh, just came by to borrow some sugar."

"So I see," said Brandee, her brow arching high above her shining dark eyes. Saena could tell she was struggling not to laugh.

"This is Alec Regret," said Saena, mortified at the thought that Brandee's children had caught her liplocked with Alec. She was glad she didn't have kids of her own. How did Jason and Brandee make time for each other? Or…maybe that was their problem?

Seeing the confusion wrinkling her friend's forehead, Saena added, "He's your neighbor."

"For a month anyway," said Alec.

"He's leasing."

"The lodge next…door…" Alec's voice trailed off in a discomfited chuckle as if he realized they were babbling.

Saena shrugged and grinned weakly when Brandee's eyes fell on her.

"…I see. Well, I'm Brandee and these are my sons Nathan and Tory. Welcome to the neighborhood. Say hi, boys."

Nathan and Tory were now nudging each other and vibrating with barely contained excitement.

"Are you really Alec Regret?" asked Tory.

Alec smiled down at the boys and it seemed to Saena that he struck a pose. "I am. At least according to my mother. I guess she could have been lying to me all these years."

"No, we mean the Alec Regret," piped in Nathan.

Alec nodded in response. "The very same."

Confused, Saena raised an eyebrow at Alec. He winked back at her as the boys ran up to him; their questions overlapped in a jumble as their excitement spilled over.

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17 Responses to “A Christmas Eve Story 02”

  1. Mao says:

    Geeze, that's some introduction to Alex! He really knows how to steal the limelight. Saena is gorgeous! I love her look… and so well done, considering all the limitations of the sims.

    I loved the "Get off a Saena!" comment. Kids are adorable. Poor Jason, stiffed by retailers… he should know better!

  2. Alicia says:

    man, i just love Saena. She's gotta be the most awesome flirt ever. XD She has such a cute face.

    Great chapter, can't wait for the rest.. and yes indeed, quite an introduction to Alec… *wink*

  3. amalinaball says:

    Aww…Alec is in love! Or rather, he has found a new conquest…or has Saena…or…agg, I'm so confused. But Alec is here, yay! I love his hair, it's beautiful!

    Oh, and it looks like some big problemos for Jason and Brandee. :( Oh dear! I hope they patch it up.

    This story is great! You really know how to grip the reader, Kara!

  4. eva says:

    WWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW! Completely speechless. I was laughing all of the way through this story. Alec..so cunning. And and and, Saena is so funny and cute. Its so funny.
    The twins are so cute, but I have to admit I love little Tory better. And I have a question..ummm..I don't mean to be a pain, but where did you get Saena's and Brandee's hair…And the twin's clothes..and Jason's. Haha, sorry, but I love everything about this house. But ok, I'm shutting up and leaving. Can't wait for the next chapter, which of course, will probably have Hale and and Tahlvin. Saena better keep her hands off of them! Even though they probably will bring dates. Or atleast Tahlvin has Sam. Haha, ok, nevermind.

  5. amalinaball says:

    Eva, I know have a bad habit of answering questions aimed at other people, but I decided to gloat about my new Peggy's membership.

    So Brandee's hair is from Peggy Sims. And so is Saena's. Both are member downloads though, so you have to pay.

  6. Decorgal says:

    "She shoved her fingers into his silky hair and pulled his lips down to cover hers. His groan vibrated through her as he took her mouth with a savage intensity that sent a jolt of electricity racing from her lips straight down to her toes."

    Whew! Is it hot in here? I love your writing prose and this promises to be a great story. I love all the coy shots you have of Saena and her eyes- so much expression for a sim. I'm looking forward to the next chapter!

  7. eva says:

    Haha, ok well thanks alot Amalinaball, I don't mind who answers the questions, I just want them to be answered. Thanks! And you have every right to gloat about your membership, I would too, if I had any money to buy one in the first place.

  8. Jenny says:

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1…awesome, i love, love this story, well all your stories so far:)…….all the details, amazing……where is Jason't earphone from?….and wow, great photoshopping on the outside winter driving scenes! so realistic….I will one day write like you on my story…..

  9. Jade says:

    Okay Kara. Please, fess up. How the HECK did you get the outside shots of the car to look so real? Oh please, please share. *begs*

    You are a genius. I think I've mentioned that before.

  10. Kara says:

    Ugh…we were without internet connection all of yesterday. It's funny how much I depend on it. I think it must have been down to fix things caused by the horrible windstorm last Thursday. We are still without phone service (since Sunday)…hopefully that'll be fixed soon.

    Mao: hehe I had too much fun with Alec and Saena in this chapter. Alec's scene wasn't going to be this big, but, well, you know how it goes sometimes—he demanded more screentime and he got it. I'm a sucker for hot guys. And, I'm glad you like how Saena turned out. I struggled with her look for a long time before it finally clicked.

    Alicia: Oh, I've just scratched the surface of how flirty Saena can be. Her character was initially created along with Brandee and Tahlvin's characters back when I was roleplaying in World of Warcraft. Let's just say that Tahlvin and Saena got to know each other VERY well. hehe

    Amalinaball: I still can't decide on which hair I want Alec to wear in the main Worlds Apart story. I feel so wishy-washy. And I'm glad I've managed to keep you in a state of "grippedness." ;)

    Eva: As I mentioned before, it was fun to write Saena and Alec's meeting in this chapter. For the longest time I was struggling with how to get him over to the house in the first place and then realized he could come borrow some sugar. I mean, it's silly but surely people have to do it in real life, right?

    As for you questions (and thank you Amalinaball for the info. about the hair) : Nathan's clothes are from TSR by Ninika, Tory's outfit is by lueppi, and Jason's outfit is from Eyecandy (follow the Christmas calendar link, I can't remember which date I found it under though).

    Decorgal: I always get nervous writing sexual tension because I'm afraid that it won't come across as…hot or exciting as I imagine it in my head. So, I'm glad that it seems to have worked well for you. :mrgreen: Phew!

    Jenny: Thank you! :) It was a lot of work, but I had fun doing the special effects for the driving pictures. As for the earphones, I got those from MTS2 by funnyycats.

    Jade: Well, okay, I'll try explaining, but I warn you I'm not nearly as good at it as you. So, be forewarned that I may just spew out garbled nonsense here. ;) Anyway, as you can see in the outtakes, I took the car pictures against a blue screen. I also made sure that I'd turned off anti-aliasing (turn the graphics setting to "less smooth" or something) so that it would be easier to extract the blue background. Then, with Photoshop, I used the Background Eraser Tool to remove all the blue screen. Next, I resized a winter photo that I got from a stock photo site and slid it onto a layer below the picture of Jason and the car. To make it look like the car was moving, I used Blur>Motion Blur (for the side shots) or Blur>Radial Blur (for the long shots) on the winter photos. I'm not sure if something comparable can be done in other graphics programs.

  11. verity says:

    Hey Kara, I just found your webpage and have been avidly reading for the last few days to catch up. Your pictures are absolutely amazing… every single one is so perfect! And wow are your men hot or what =). Let me just say phwoar. Anyway, just wanted to say hi and that I can't wait to see more of World's Apart.

  12. Jade says:

    Thank you so much Kara for explaining that. You are a dear.

  13. Kara says:

    Verity: Welcome to the site! I hope you enjoyed catching up on everything…although there's not too much to catch up on yet. ;) I'm considering this story a warm-up for the main storyline of Worlds Apart. I hope to hit the ground running in 2007.

    Jade: You're welcome! Let me know if you need me to elaborate further.

  14. Jen says:

    Beautiful shots again! Amazing. I hope you have a Happy Holiday, Kara!

  15. Shawn says:

    I must say Saena is hot. This is excellent, Kara!

  16. Alimah Kali says:

    Meow, meow, MEEOOOWW! It seems that no matter how hard I try I can't seem to stop melting in Mr. Regrets gorgeous clear blue eyes. Whooo-wee! Let me get myself over to Chapter 03 before I completely lose myself. *fans self*

    Saena is a very lucky gal, indeed. I didn't think I'd be rooting for her, but–GO SAENA! And that last shot of her is freakin' awesome.

  17. alison says:

    o my god! they all look sooo real!! how do u do dat? nd i vave loads of downloads i want use dat i have saved but cant get on da game!! help mmeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!1 {please!!}


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