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7: Ryder – ‘Scar Tissue’

Cherie Ashton (Adult), Khalid Ryder (Adult), Lily Ashton (Teen), Jessica Ryder (Child), Jack Ryder (Child)

Jack Ryder was finally in school with his older sister, Jessica.  Unfortunately, this meant that he had to deal with his friends teasing him about ‘girl cooties’.  He didn’t think Jessica had any, though.  They’d always gotten along.  Jack had two sisters.  He didn’t really believe in girl cooties.

Besides, if they did exist, wouldn’t he have a rash or something by now?

Lily had moved on to high school.  It wasn’t easy being a freshman, but Lily made the transition seem flawless.  She had always known Lucy Canales, but they’d never been close until they were in the same home room.  Now that there were girl issues to discuss, they found companionship.  Lucy was irritated with her sister and her best friend, Andrew Novak.

It was hard for Lily to understand her hesitance.  Lily had all but shackled Mark McMaster to her side.  All you had to do was walk up, grab them, and drag them behind you.  It really wasn’t that hard!

Even though she was older, Lily still spent time with her sister, Jessica.  They enjoyed pillow fighting and surprising Jack with attacks from behind the couch when he was trying to watch cartoons.  They were still a mischievous pair, pulling pranks much to the chagrin on their parents.

Khalid was getting a lot of recognition for his accomplishments.  He was now head of the entire volunteer squad in Aperture Valley.  When he went out, everyone called him ‘Chief’ and went on about his latest rescue.  He was getting quite a reputation for being unflappable in the face of even the biggest fires.  He had saved enough lives to get a medal awarded to him and he’d even been given a key to the city by the current mayor.

Having a local hero as a father did wonders for the reputations of his kids in school.

Unfortunately, not everyone likes a rising star.  Lily and Lucy were working on a shared project when Lucy dropped quite a bomb.

“Have you heard of Rosalind Redford?”

“Yeah… she’s a sophomore–cheerleader, student body president, all of that…”

Lucy sighed.  “She’s been spreading some rumors about you, Lil.  Haven’t you heard?”

“What?  She’s just mad because she thinks I’m stealing her popularity!”  With a sigh, looked Lucy square in the face.  “What crap is she talking about me?  It’s not like I’ve done anything wrong!”

“She says that you’re not a hero’s daughter at all,” Lucy began.  It was obvious she did not enjoy being the bearer of bad news.  “She says that Khalid isn’t even your real dad.”

“Ha!  Whatever.  She’s just jealous.”

“I know.  I told her to be quiet, but you know how she is.  She just started saying that your last name is Ashton.  Why isn’t it Ryder and all that crap… and then someone else started in and well… I dunno, Lily.  I don’t think she’s gonna let it drop.”

“She’ll drop it when I drop her,” Lily said, slamming her book closed. “I’ll make her already busted face even worse!”

Even if Lily didn’t admit it to Lucy, Rosalind’s accusations brought forth some questions she’d had since becoming old enough to really question things.  She’d always wondered about her last name.  It had always been explained away as a paperwork error–she’d been born before they were married.  She had thought it a badge of honor, to be the last one to carry on her mother’s family name, but now it seemed… weird.  She decided to confront her mother about it.

“Sweetie, high school rumors are just that–rumors.”

“Argh, mom!  You don’t understand… it’s Rosalind Redford.  People think she spits gold.  She’s Miss. Goody-Two-Shoes.”

“Wait… what?  Redford?”

“Yeah, she’s a total snob because her dad is in business with Aperture Labs and her mom’s a doctor.”

“Oh, Lily,” Cherie sighed.  She should have known this would happen.  Lily was always destined to find out.  It was hard to keep such a secret when she was in the same school as his children.  “I’m sorry.  Do you need me to call in to the school?”

“No!  God, mom… what are you trying to do, ruin me?  I just want the truth, so that when I get in her face Monday, I can really let her have it!”

Cherie took a deep breath.  “Things aren’t always as black and white as they seem, Lily.  Being an adult isn’t like being a teenager.  There’s all kinds of layers and–”

“Mom.  What are you trying to say?”

“Khalid loves you.  He raised you.  He is your father…”

“Mom-”

Cherie cut her off, “but he’s not your biological father.”

“A-Are you serious right now?”

“Lily, please–”

“OhmyGod,” she gasped, standing up.  “Why… why did you lie to me?”

“I didn’t!  I was going to tell you… but the time, it just didn’t seem right and now…”

“I need some air.”  Lily headed towards the door, ignoring Cherie’s cries for her to wait.  She ran out into the night.

At first, Lily just ran.  She didn’t have a destination in mind.  It wasn’t until she hit the dirt path and heard the rushing of the small waterfall that she realized where her feet were taking her.

It was a few minutes before she saw him.  Of course he was there.  Once he’d discovered the spot, he spent most of his time there, hiding from his family and his responsibilities.  He was fishing, but not really paying attention to it.  It was more of just an idle way of existing without doing anything of value.

Lily nearly bowled him over, throwing herself against him before he could completely register who the blur was running at him.  She was out of breath and she leaned on him.  The adrenaline that had fueled her run was quickly dissipating.

“Lily?  What’s wrong?”  It wasn’t concern so much as general curiosity.  Mark didn’t really express emotions like other people.

When Lily finally caught her breath, she went into the whole story.  If Mark hadn’t been trained at a young age to keep up with her frantic way of speaking, he wouldn’t have understood a word.  He nodded along until she finished, taking a long, deep breath.

“Um, Lily… don’t you think you overreacted a little?”

“No!  She lied to me!”

“I don’t think so,” Mark began.  His eyes moved in a way that showed he was stacking up the facts in his brain.  “If I asked you right now, who your father was, what would you say?”

“…Khalid.”

“Biology isn’t important.  He raised you.  He was there for everything.  He is the one you’ll run to if you’re in trouble.  Jessica and Jack are still your siblings.”

She frowned, the logic of it all slowly seeping into her brain.  Lily was the kind of person to react first and think later.  She was still upset and angry about it, but for a different reason.  She had been so lost in thought that she missed Mark taking her hand.  He’d never really done anything like that before.  They’d always been friends, true, but it was always Lily who did things like that while Mark sighed apathetically and just allowed it to happen.

She gave his hand a soft squeeze and he pulled back.

“Thanks,” she said, trying not to grin.  It was obvious he was embarrassed.  She’d known him long enough to see the hint of it on his face.  “You always know how to make me feel better.”

“I don’t really have a choice.  You always storm in on me with your problems.”

She laughed.  “You know, you can always talk to me about yours…”

“…I don’t have problems.”

“Sure you don’t,” she smiled, looking at him.  She was making him nervous.  He was avoiding her eyes.  It amused her, so she kept staring him down.  “Someday… you’ll talk to me and I’ll listen, okay?  I’m not going to go away.”

He made a show of giving a long sigh of exasperation.  She brushed it off.  Mark pretended to suffer her presence, but she knew better.  He cemented this fact by asking her:

“What are you going to do now?”

“I don’t know yet,” she said, the shrug rolling off her small shoulders effortlessly.  “I don’t want another dad… but I want answers, you know.  I want to know what happened.  I have to know.”

When Lily went home, Khalid was there waiting for her.  She didn’t say anything to him, she just hugged him and said goodnight.  It was enough.  She wasn’t angry at him and when she thought about it, she wasn’t even really angry at her mother, either.  She was angry at the situation, at stupid Rosalind Redford for ruining her illusion of a perfect family.

She watched them playing Gnubb together.  They were all she had ever known.  The only thing missing was Luis.  She thought about him and how she’d always known they weren’t related, but he would always be her brother.  Cherie wasn’t his mother, but she’d raised him and he called her ‘mother’.  Her children were his siblings and Khalid acted like his father.

She wasn’t alone.  She could talk to him.

And she would.  She would talk to Luis, when she was ready to.  Until then, she was going to be a teenager.  She was going to learn to drive and then she was going to run over Rosalind.  Well, maybe not run her over, but she’d threaten to if she opened up her stupid mouth again.

Eventually, Lily would find out the truth.  She’d find her biological father.

———————–

I figured it was time Lily learned the truth.  The fact that she and Rosalind HATE each other was a good catalyst to this.  They are very nearly enemies.  I do not know why.  It amuses me!

I really want to slap Mark.  He has to be bugged or something.  His sim refuses to do any of the silly animations the others do.  Is it because he’s a loser?  I remember Braydon Carmondy being really down and out, but never to this extent!  Sheesh.  As my husband would say, ‘cheer up, emo kid!’

Still, I like the way that the relationship between Lily and Mark is slowly progressing.

Also, freaking Jessica and Natalia are so adorable.  I wanted to spam this update with them being adorable everywhere.  Instead, I have to sate myself with this:

Love the hopscotch animations.  So cute!

Also, I am so in love with the firefighter career.  It’s so much fun!  Watching Khalid heroically bust people out of burning houses will never get old!

Title is Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Scar Tissue’.

8 comments to 7: Ryder – ‘Scar Tissue’

  • Josh

    YAS to Lily and Mark. I was waiting for them to get together. Lily is just amazing in general.

  • That is a great picture of Khalid busting down that door! Awesome – I’ve never seen that.

    Rosalind sounds just as sweet and kind as her name would suggest. ;) I’m really glad Lily can see now that in all ways but biological, Khalid is her dad anyway. What a way to find out though. I wish Cherie had had the chance to tell her a little more gently.

    I’m liking watching Lily and Mark’s relationship develop. It’s very sweet. If they do start dating, it could be one of the best kinds of relationships. It’s always nice to be good friends first.

    • Mao

      I had another one, but when I saw him do that, I just HAD to get a shot of it from a dramatic angle. I really, really love the firefighter career, lol.

      Oh man, Rosalind is a total pill so far! I don’t see this going anywhere good. I’m sure Cherie wished things could have been different, too. She’s always tried to do her best with the kids.

      I agree. I just hope they can weather the drama storms that seem to plague even my most stable of couples! Rosalind has been nosing around Mark, but I’m hoping it doesn’t amount to anything.

  • Khalid is kick butt!! Great action shot! Poor Lily though! Not sure Rosalind would be happy knowing what she’s opened up! Unless she knows lily is her sister. I can’t see her happy to share DNA with lily though. I love the pics of lily and mark together. I hope she can get him to feel more alive. I adore him as a kid and now he just makes me kinda annoyed.

    • Mao

      Oh man, if only Rosalind knew! She would not be happy AT ALL! She is very snooty.

      Mark is very apathetic. It drives me nuts, too. I wish he’d show some sort of drive… ANYTHING!

      I love Khalid’s fireman action shots, lol!

  • Snarkysims

    Aww… Mark and Lily are so sweet. I am rooting for them!

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