Chapter 02: Regret

July 28th, 2007

Oh, God! Her stomach clenched in fear, once again threatening to spew its contents, and her leg muscles seized up rooting her in place. She just couldn't do it. She wasn't willing to take the chance that she might be shot while jumping through the veil.

The rustle of grass alerted her to movement behind her. Before she could turn, a heavy hand fell on her shoulder and jerked her around. The first thing she saw was the barrel of a gun pointed at her by a man she would probably find attractive in almost any situation other than this. He was huge—his long coat hanging from massive shoulders and his linen shirt stretched tight across his bulging chest. Of course, trust her to notice something as shallow as that even during the direst of circustances. What was wrong with her?

"Is she dead?" asked the man with the gun.

"Um, I…" Brandee started, thinking he was talking to her, but then trailed off when she noticed movement from the corner of her eye.

She looked over to see another man crouching above the fallen woman, his fingers at her throat.

There were two of them! She bit her lip to keep from whimpering. And here she'd thought that this day just couldn't get any worse.

The other man sighed as he stood up, rubbing his hands together as if trying to rid them of contamination. The strange markings on his bald head, most likely tattoos, seemed incongruous with the tailored tweed coat and expensive shoes he was wearing. The moon's light highlighted his frame and showed that it was just as massive as his friend's. It was like a bodybuilders' convention for killers.

But what caught her attention the most was his pointed ears. Even though they weren't as long or severely pointed as the pair she remembered, they were a sight she hadn't seen in over two decades.

"Yeah, she's dead."

"Shit!" said the man training his gun on her.

The bald man walked over to join his partner. "I told you not to shoot her. You've never been able to hit moving targets."

The gunman's lips tightened, "It was a warning shot."

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19 Responses to “Chapter 02: Regret”

  1. Yicke says:

    This just totally keeps me wondering… BUt then again, that will have been the plan all along, right?

    The pictures are wonderfull, I can't wait for the next installment!

    Kara said: A lot more questions should be answered next chapter. Well, at least some of them.

  2. Kelly says:

    I love that Alec has my phone ;-) Fantastic chapter as always and I will be sitting on pins and needles until the next chapter is up! Beautiful forest by the way.

    Kara said: My husband has a black moto too. Mine is pink with cherry blossoms on it. Something tells me Alec wouldn't have been too happy with a direct copy of my phone.

  3. Decorgal says:

    Yay! I'm so glad this chapter was released quickly but now I want to know what happens next. :D It must've taken you hours upon hours to play with all the animations to get the right ones to set up the shots as you have- they were effective and convincing. Great job.

    And I thought that was Nate! I recognized his cheeks of all things. He looks great in this and he looks completely different and appropriate for this role- not at all like the sweet Nate in AinD. How fun to see him in my favorite sims story!

    Kara said: Aw, thanks, Judy! And, you're so right. It did take ages to find all the right animations for each shot. But, I think it was worth it in the end.

    Isn't it funny how different Nate looks? I love him to death in AinD (he's my fave male character…I have a total crush on him), but it's fun to see what he'd look like as a bad boy.

  4. amalinaball says:

    Alec! Alec! Alec! Alec! Yaaaaaaay! :D
    I've missed him since the last time I saw a new shiny piccie of him – but phwoar, it was worth the wait. Even if you can't really see his face – hint hint. When I saw the chapter was called "Regret" I thought that maybe…just maybe…he might be in it. Then my heart sank when I flicked back a bit because I'd remembered one of your dolls had Regret in his name. But it is Alec! Huzzah!
    Ahem…enough about Alec (I never thought I'd type that, lol). The forest is gorgeous, and I loved the lighting. Poor Brandee – she must be scared witless! I wonder what will happen next?

    Kara said: So, Alec was a hit with you, huh? Well, you should really enjoy the next chapter then. That's all I'm going to say about it. ;)

  5. Dektora says:

    Wowowo, Ben is Nate? *flicks back a few pages to look at Ben's face features* Oh, yes, there he is, I would have never guessed. No wonder I find him cute

    Great chapter, I was wondering if veil-Brandy was the girl from the prologue or it is was yet another Brandy. I really want to now what's coming next. Your story's plot is getting thicker by the second. Oh, and outer colonies? *does the sci-fi geek dance*
    Your use of animation really feats the action. Your forest set is gorgeous (and forest set are hard to make convincing). I love the framing of the first pic on page 2, with a worried Brandy on the foreground. And I think this is enough rambling for one comment ;) Good luck on making chapter 03

    Kara said: I love Nate so I just had to get him into my story somehow! And, yes, I'm a major sci-fi geek as well so expect a lot of it stirred into the pot of this fantasy story.

  6. Tanya says:

    Poor Brandee, she really should have made a run for the veil :( I love the veil by the way! I have to confess that I didn't make the connection between the chapter's title and Alec at first though *ooops!* Can't wait for Chapter 3 and finding out what the possible rescue plan involves – and who's going to be involved *coughTahlvincough* ;)

    Kara said: I love the veil too! I was so lucky to have found something that exactly fit what I was looking for on MTS2–the forcefield by Xanathon. It's saved me a lot of time. I was afraid I'd have to photoshop it in.

  7. E. Black says:

    Brilliant chapter. Poor Brandee. If she wasn't rooted to the spot I think she would have made it, but where's the fun in a smooth getaway? ;) Can't wait to see what you cook up next.

    Kara said: Thank you! I so enjoy giving my characters a hard time.

  8. Pandora Moon says:

    Hi. Great chapter. ok so now both Brandees are in trouble. I can't wait to see how Brandee is rescued.

    Keep Simming!

    See ya.

    Kara said: Thanks! I had fun doing this one even though it was hard to get the pictures the way I wanted. Hopefully, chapter three will be a little easier.

  9. Strawberrie says:

    Totally love this chapter. Finally something to look forward too. So hard finding great stories on the internet that obeys the English grammar.

    Kara said: Thank you, Strawberrie! I try really hard to make sure my grammar and punctuation are correct. I even have an editor (thanks, Sis!). I'm sure some mistakes slip through but hopefully they are few and far between.

  10. Jenny says:

    WOW, awesome!
    I have to admit I am a tad confused but your writing skills and pictures are soo worth all of it!…amazing work…

    Kara said: I'm glad you're enjoying it so far! I'm afraid, though, that you'll probably be confused for awhile longer, but everything will be explained in time.

  11. Amber says:

    Fantastic story line so far! :O
    Amazing pictures as well.

    I just started my own blog not to long ago, and I put your site on my blogroll if that's alright. ^_^

    Keep up the good work.

    Kara said: That's all right with me! Thank you! I look forward to reading your stories when you get everything up and running at your site. It looks good so far.

  12. Verity says:

    Omg… totally hooked… when's the next post *grin*. It's not looking that good for Brandee, might be a little awkward to try and pretend she's the leader of a crew. But at least help is on the way.

    Btw… I find the gun-toting guy totally sexy too. Something is wrong with me as well :)

    Kara said: Thank you for giving me the new address to your site, Verity! I updated the link on the right. I'm afraid to say too much about what will happen to Brandee–I don't want to spoil it. So, I guess I just shouldn't say anything at all. :twisted: And, yeah, I find that guy sexy too. hehe To me, he looks a little like a very muscular Keanu Reeves.

  13. Eva says:

    OMG! Alec's phone looks exactly like mine. And by that, I mean that we have the exact same wallpaper. Ain't that a coinky dink? We ARE meant for each other. Haha. I loved this update, and I finally got to read it quickly without having to wait for pictures to load. Now I can look forward to updates!

  14. Anghard says:

    Brilliant update. Action packed, pumped with a nice balance of fear and mystery. You ended on a cliffhanger that has me chomping at the bit to see what happens next.

    And a nice twist. I am beginning to suspect Brandee from the Veil is from a different world to Brandee the Pirate Queen.

  15. Kara says:

    Anghard: I'll say this for you: you're very smart. And not just because you like the story. ;)

  16. xtinabobina says:

    wow, i mean, it's like you take story telling with sims to a whole new level. everytime i finish a chapter, im left asking, how did she do this? how did she do that?

    I have to say, im in love with brandee. her expressions just tickle me to death! i assume either you use a face overlay, either that or Brandee is just a really animated sim :D

    would you mind telling me what you use to take screenshots? i use Fraps, but I feel like your screens are much more vivid!

    anyhoot, on to the next chapter!!

  17. Kara says:

    Thank you! :D I use facial overlays or sometimes just the facial animation that goes with the body animation. It really depends. And, I use Fraps as well to take my screenshots. However, I do edit them in photoshop to make the images pop a bit more.

  18. xtinabobina says:

    haha thanks for letting me know. you do a great job with your screenshots!!

  19. Destinee says:

    Fantastic storyline, and wonderful pictures. I'm starting to get somewhat inspired, I've just started doing a story of my own, I have to admit, it's a lot of work. It takes me a while to get the right picture of the sim/s that I want. And keep up the good work. ^^


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