Lolita was doing well in school. She had had made two really great friends. Susannah Foss AKA Sus and Tucker Abbott.
The three of them were inseparable and where there was one the others weren’t far behind. On the weekends my house was full of teenagers, but it was something I was use to and actually enjoyed. Even little Joab loved having the extra people around; especially Tucker. Joab was a very sweet and kind boy, but I’m sure it wasn’t easy being in a household of woman. Sure there was Asher, but as I mentioned before he was losing himself in work and was still talking about another move.
“Joab, Honey, it is time to go to bed.” I would call to him after putting the twins to bed. After tucking in my son I would head to my own bedroom to read or work on my blog to allow the teens some privacy.
On most weekends I would descend my stairs on a Saturday or Sunday morning and find them all crashed on the couch. I was so glad that my girl had found such great kids to be friends with.
Then at the end of her Sophomore year she told me that she had a friend who was about to graduate and ship out. He had joined the military and was already slotted to head out to the war. She had met him when she was a Freshman and he was a Junior and even though she wasn’t as close with him as Tucker and Sus she still cared for him a lot. I didn’t understand why she was telling me about him and when I expressed my confusion she took me by the hand and lead me into the living room and asked me to sit.
“Mom, the reason I’m telling you about him is because I want to throw him a graduation party.”
I gave her a puzzled look. “Wouldn’t his family do that for him?”
Lolita sat down next to me and rubbed the fabric on her pants. “Well that is the thing. He doesn’t have much of a family and his grandma can’t afford it. Donnell’s mom left him with his Grandma when he was two and she never came back to get him. His grandma was already retired, she had kids later in life, and since the day she took him in they have been living only on her retirement which isn’t much. He is such a nice guy, Mom, and I just wanted to give him something to remember when he ships out.” She chewed on her bottom lip waiting for my answer.
Really how could I say no to that? Finding out you were raising a child with such a kind heart was the most wonderful feeling of all. I agreed that we would throw this boy a party, but I had to meet him first. Donnell and I met a few days later and we went over the plans for the party. He was a very grateful young man and it was my pleasure to throw him a party.
Then it was graduation day for him and the start of summer vacation for my two and their friends.
There isn’t a party out there that doesn’t involve dancing, and dance the kids did.
Oh and we can’t forget karaoke. The kids had a great time and it warmed my heart to be able to help out a family like this.
Donnell’s grandmother, Mimi, was able to make it. She was sick, but she didn’t want to miss out on her grandson’s graduation. After the party Mimi and I became friends and we Lemi’s looked in on her while Donnell was away. He was very grateful to his grandmother for giving him the life she did and it was just refreshing to see such a great family.
A few days after the party Donnell came to say good-bye.
“Thank you so much for the great party.” He whispered into her ear as he pulled her into a tight hug.
“It was my pleasure. That is what friends do for one another.”
“I know, but just know that your kindness has been the best gift I have ever received.”
When they pulled apart her light tone changed. “Be careful out there. Come home safe and make sure you write me.” He agreed and with one last good-bye Donnell Houston left Sunlit Tides to join the troops in war.
It is a sad thinking about the men and women out their fighting for our freedom, but they are out there doing the job they choose and for the rest of us life continues.
As summer progressed so did relationships.
Tucker and Lolita started to spend time together just the two of them when Sus was out with her family or her boyfriend. They found more and more things in common.
By the end of the summer they were an official couple. It was something Lolita had to get use too, but she really, truly liked Tucker Abbott and they made a cute couple. It was a story she couldn’t wait to write to her Pen Pal Donnell about.
The summer has been great. Tucker, Sus and I have had a great time just hanging out and enjoying the sun, beach and each other.
Tucker even taught me how to play hacky sack and I am actually pretty good at it.
Oh and guess what? Tucker and I are now dating. He is the sweetest guy. I just can’t believe that I’m in a relationship. It is such a foreign and wonderful feeling. I just know that when you get home you will find a girl as great as my Tucker and you will know what I am talking about.
I hope you are well.
Well it is hot over here. There isn’t much to do, but we do get some time off. When that happens we hang around camp and play basketball….
or some ping pong. I have found out that I am pretty good at it. Not like Forrest Gump or anything, but I am undefeated in my platoon.
The guys I am stationed with are all really great guys. They tell me about their wife’s or girlfriend’s; some of them have kids and their stories makes me wish I had, had more in Sunlit Tides before I left. It just makes me that much more determined to find someone when I return home.
But to be honest is rains a lot here and I find myself just thinking. I think about you and your family. I think about how you are all wonderful people and that you should feel lucky that you are part of such a unique and amazing family.
As for you and Tucker I knew it was only a matter of time. He has always been sweet on you.
I thought about what you said in your last letter and you are right. I am blessed to have such a great family. Sometimes I feel out if place that mom has so many kids and all with different men, but she and Asher do a great job with us and we are all loved. So thank you for reminding me that my life could be worse.
Speaking of my mom’s challenge. She is pregnant with the next baby. The dad is the famous challenge father Aiden Swan. He wasn’t a planned father, but he came into town for business of some kind and looked up my mom. They had met when my sister-in-law Dawn Turner took her to his birthday party.
They went on a picnic and spent time catching up. He filled her in on the tragedy of his life as well as the love he had and she filled him in on all the good my siblings have done in the sim world.
They walked around Sunlit Tides laughing and catching up and then ended their night at the point where they indulged in some coffee.
“So who is your next father?” Aiden asked my mom.
“I’m not sure. The next birthstone dad isn’t available right now so I am going to have to figure out something else.”
“Well I am in town for a couple of days why don’t you let me be the next daddy?” Aiden blushed.
“Really? You would do that for me?”
“Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to be in the famous Ashby Lemi’s challenge?” Aiden knew the right words to say.
So they made an appointment at the A.I. facility and when Aiden left Sunlit Tides my mom was pregnant.
The prospect of new babies in the house is exciting, but it also means that it will soon be my time to move out of the Lemi house which scares me a bit.
Well be safe and keep in touch.
The letters went on and on and before I knew it two years had passed.
A lot of things had changed. The biggest being that Mimi Houston, Donnell’s grandmother, had passed away. I had brought her to my house so that she could be surrounded by people who loved her and she went peacefully. She is truly missed. We had become really good friends.
Aiden and I had twins; two healthy rambunctious kids. A little girl we called Hewitt and a little boy we call Harcus. It appears they both got my eye and hair color as well as my skin tone, but little Harcus is a witch just like his daddy.
Ireland and Kenley aged into fine young children. Kenley’s genie powers started to show and Ireland was in awe of her sisters abilities and would often ask her to show her “tricks”.
But with just a little bit of glitter Ireland could pretend she had abilities just like Kenley and that she ruled over the land with them.
However, when they played dress-up Kenley was content in just being a dainty princess.
Joab grew into a loving, nurturing teenager. He loved all creatures great and small and I have never had a teen quite like him before.
Lolita grew into a stunning woman. Her plan, after the summer, was to go to the University with Tucker and Sus. Asher and I agreed to let her stay until the semester started, but then she got some news that rocked her world.
I was excited to join my best friend and boyfriend at the university in the fall and was thrilled that mom and Asher let me stay, but then I got a phone call that changed everything.
“Is this Ms. Lolita Lemi?” The man on the other line asked.
“I’m calling from the Sims Military about Sergeant Donnell Houston.”
I couldn’t help it my breath caught in my throat, but I managed to croak out a question, “Is he okay?”
“It was injured in a blast and has been in the hospital for the past few weeks. He is healthy enough to return home and you are listed as his contact. Are you able to take him into your home during the rest of his recovery?”
I didn’t hesitate, “Yes..Yes of course I am.” I knew mom and Asher wouldn’t mind. She and Mimi had been very close so she would help out Donnell if he needed it.
Weeks went by and finally we got word that he was coming home. Asher went to the airport to pick him up.
When I saw Asher coming up the walk I ran out the door to greet them, but stopped dead in my tracks when I saw him. I was mortified as he was in a wheel chair. I fought the tears back as I helped Asher get him into the house.
Donnell told us that during a blast he had been pinned by a building beam and now he was unable to walk. My heart broke for him and all I could focus on was helping him get better and over the devastation.
That summer I spent all of my free time with Donnell. I took him to his physical therapy appointments, to the beach, to lunch and everywhere. I found myself breaking dates with Tucker and the two of us arguing much more then we should, but I had a strong obligation to help Donnell.
Then about two weeks before I was scheduled to go to the university I went into the room that Donnell shared with my brother Joab and found him sleeping. I decided I would help him get into bed so he could get a decent nights rest, but when I bent over him to pull him from his chair he woke and misread what I was doing.
(Thank you Becks Best for making this pose for me)
His hands shot to my face and he pulled me forward. Sliding his tongue between my lips he kissed me so passionately that when I finally found the sense to pull away I was breathless.
“What the Hell Donnell you know I have a boyfriend.” I was angry but was puzzled that I wasn’t as angry as I should be.
“I know you do and I know you care for him, but you can’t deny there is something between us Lolita. I love you and I have always loved you. I want you to be with me. Marry me. Have my babies and live a life with me.”
I stood there dumbfounded not knowing that to say……
TO BE CONTINUED:
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