Laurel Donovan Refuses to be Boring

Brayden was surprised when he saw Laurel jogging up to him.  He hadn’t really known her to jog or be athletic, never mind the fact that it was rather late to be out jogging.  He’d just returned home after a rather long shift at the hospital and was hoping she wasn’t here to yell at him again.  Brayden hadn’t seen her since the whole “I need space” lecture.

She stopped just in front of him, looking more than a little winded.  It took her a moment to catch her breath before she could speak, “I-I’m glad I caught you.”

“Is something wrong?  Why did you jog over here?  You have a car.”

“Davina has it, she’s working late and… I felt really bad.  I was going to wait until tomorrow… but I couldn’t.”

“Did I miss some–”

Before he could finish his sentence, Laurel was kissing him.  He wasn’t really able to respond, too completely shocked to do anything but be, well, shocked.

“What was that?  Did I miss something?”  He was dumbfounded.  She didn’t pull away or take off into a sprint back home.  Instead, she allowed him to hold her, her hands not straying from his shoulders.

“Consider it a spur of the moment realization,” she replied, trying not to feel awkward.  It was hard to tell if she was flushed from running or what she’d done.  “I’ve been really difficult, I’m sorry.”

He laughed, “You, difficult?  Never.”

“Shut up,” she grumbled, smacking him in the arm.  “You’re ruining the moment.  I’m trying to be apologetic and sweet.”

“I appreciate the thought, but I prefer you as your are–difficult and stubborn.”

Laurel followed Brayden inside and allowed him to change out of the ridiculously blue scrubs he was forced to endure.  She wasn’t entirely sure what she had hoped to accomplish with her impromptu kiss, but she was certain she hadn’t planned to it leading to more.  And she definitely hadn’t planned on ending up in a pretty awkward situation with someone she once considered her best friend.

“This is awkward,” Laurel said, the events catching up to her.  She wasn’t sure how she felt about it yet.  “It feels fast.”

“It does, but we can just sleep, you know.  It doesn’t have to be anything else.”

“That would be boring,” she replied, moving closer.  “I’ve had enough of boring.  I’ve spent my entire life being boring.”

He laughed, giving her a quick kiss, “you’re not boring.”

“You’re saying that because you’re boring, too,” she sighed, but it was betrayed by a small smile.  “We’re going to be that boring couple that reads separate newspapers at breakfast.  The cycle demands to be broken and, well, we can start now.”

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The next morning, Laurel had Brayden drop her off at home on his way to work.  Davina, of course, was waiting in the living room.  She nearly pounced on Laurel as soon as she walked in the door, her eyes wide, her demeanor frantic.  She looked frazzled and unkempt, completely different from her usual appearance.

“Where have you been?  I thought you got kidnapped or something!”

“Don’t be dramatic, I’m fine,” Laurel said, yawning.  “Now you know how I felt.”

“How you felt–wait, what?  You… I mean, seriously?  Awww!  I’m so proud!”  Laurel was unprepared for the bear hug Davina gave her.  “You’re a real grown up now!”

Laurel grumbled, making a face, “would you stop?  It’s no wonder I’m leaving.”

“Leaving?  What?” Davina was stunned, but silenced by Laurel’s ringing cell phone.

“That must be Harmony, hold on,” Laurel turned her attention to the phone.  “Are you on your way?  Good.  Davina’s about to have a mental breakdown.  You’ll want to be here for this.  Okay, see you soon, bye.”  She turned back to her sister.  “I called Harmony, she needs a place, she’s taking mine.  She can help with the rent.”

“This isn’t fair,” Davina frowned, lips pursed.  “He can sleep with you, but he can’t take you away!  We’re twins! We can’t be separated–it’s like, a law or something!”

“There’s no law and you’re being ridiculous.  At some point, we’d have to separate.  It’s not like we’re identical.”

“This hurts, Laurel.  You’re abandoning me!”

Laurel was busy boxing up her stuff when Harmony arrived.  She hadn’t been prepared for the bear hug Davina gave her.  They had never been terribly close, but Harmony was desperate to get out of the house.  She wanted to be a real adult, on her own and in the real world, away from her parents sheltering umbrella.

“I can’t believe she’s leaving!” Davina lamented into Harmony’s shoulder.

Harmony just sort of gave her an awkward pat on the back, not really familiar with the whole ‘comforting’ thing.  She wasn’t sure how this was going to work out, but she figured it’d be better than living at home.

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Laurel missed Davina, but she had to admit, the new place was really nice.  She had a huge balcony for her easel and she spent a lot of time out there, just painting.  The scenery was definitely inspiring–old world expensive houses as opposed to the suburban pre-fabs she’d been surrounded by before.

Brayden worked long hours, but he was becoming ever-closer to being an actual doctor, which meant Laurel really didn’t need to be concerned about a job.  She could spend her days contentedly painting.  It all fell into a nice, comfortable routinue.  It was difficult for her to believe that she’d lived any other way.

One night, after they had been together for nearly a year, Brayden started acting weird.  He had come home, tripped before he had even come through the door, and then had somehow managed to break the sink.  Laurel was getting a little grumpy, having to clean up his mess.  She wondered where the clumsiness had come from, she’d never noticed him having issues before.

Finally, they settled down to watch TV and he kept fidgeting.  She was about to elbow him, but thought better of it, and instead decided to voice her concern.

“What’s wrong with you?  Did they give you some sort of experimental drug or something?” She asked, good naturedly, but the hint of annoyance in her tone did not go unmissed by Brayden.

“No, sorry, just… jumpy.  That’s all.”

“You’re acting as if my entire family just walked through the door and invaded your house.  What’s wrong?  Did something bad happen?”

He shuddered at the thought but quickly assured her, “no, I’m fine.  I promise.”

“If you say so…”

“There is one thing, though…” He said, standing up.  He took her hand and she followed him off the couch, curious, but remaining silent.

Laurel nearly died when he got down on one knee in front of her.  It felt as if the entire room had suddenly shrunk and the walls were closing in on her.  It took her a moment to catch her breath and she barely managed to utter, “w-what are you doing?”

“I’m not very good at this stuff, I’ve been trying to think of something nice and meaningful to say for a month… and well, I’ve got nothing.” Brayden began, pulling something out of his pocket.  The little black box felt like it weighed a ton in his hands.  “So, I’ll just say this… I promise not to be boring and read newspapers in the morning…”

“Brayden–”

He cut her off, offering the box and taking her hand, “if you promise to marry me and also not be boring.  We can be not-boring together.  Like now, only more official.”

Laurel smiled, genuinely and fully smiled.  It was the most unromantic proposal ever, but it suited her just fine.  She nodded, still nervous, still feeling as if her legs might give at any moment, and allowed him to slide the ring on her finger.  When he finally stood up again, she hugged him tightly, both out of emotion and fear that she was going to faint.

“You know what this means, don’t you?”

Brayden felt his own nervousness suddenly be washed away by terror.

“My family.”

It was his turn to feel like he might faint.

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12 comments to Laurel Donovan Refuses to be Boring

  • Josh

    I’m all caught up now! *wipes forehead* :D

    I love that Laurel and Brayden ended up together. They are so cute together, and I LOVE their dialogue. Being boring together- SO PRECIOUS.

    It seems like Melody to get married and move far away, the poor thing. i hope she’s happy.

    Harmony! I wonder what she’ll end up doing. What’s her Lifetime Wish?

    Hehe, Davinia is fresh. I still love her.

    And Lila looks so fierce as an elder.

    • Mao

      Hooray! They are cute. I enjoy them a lot. They save the game for me. :P Melody is plenty happy, but her family isn’t, LOL! Harmony’s Lifetime wish is Perfect Mind, Perfect Body. She’s currently going down the wrong track… she’s flirting with a married guy!

      Davina is a riot and Lila is still going strong even after all these years. ;)

  • Wonderful update. I love the whole, let’s get all the updates in one so “they’re more connected and have more of a “all of this happened over the same span of time” feel to them.” Sometimes we don’t need all the nitty gritty details and it makes the story more alive, like we’ve missed out on some details, but we still get the story from our nosy neighbor.

  • Awww, I’m really glad she took the leap finally! These two are just perfect together! Yay! And yes, I agree, super cute dialogue between them! :)

    Does Lila have dyed elder hair? Is that part of the game as default, because if so, yay! I’ve always hated having my elders go from full color to pure white in the space of an hour, lol!

    Wow, Melody’s knocked up already! That is fast!

    • Mao

      Haha, thanks, Laura! They are a lot of fun to play. :D

      Nope, it’s not game default. I did that myself, LOL. I made her red hair lighter and fade to gray. It looks really neat. Definitely a part of the game I like.

      Melody sure didn’t waste any time (and neither did the indie stone mod!)

  • Monika

    I don’t usually comment on this blog, but I just couldn’t resist saying how strangely compelling I find Laurel and Brayden’s storyline to be. They feel unusually real for a couple of marionettes in a simple gameplay experiment – it shows that you’ve put some thought into their dialogue. They remind me, insanely so, of a RL couple I know, which goes to show how well developed and easy to relate to their relationship is.

    • Mao

      Hey there, Monika! Thanks. In all actuality, I’m not much of a contemporary writer, nor am I very good at well, ‘normal’ relationships. Almost all of my writing has some sort of paranormal aspect to it (even my huge story I do for NaNoWriMo), so writing my prosperity and this is a challenge. But a fun one. It’ll never be something I’m good at, but I’m always happy when it isn’t terrible! Brayden and Laurel have really grown on me.

  • Hi, Mao! I’m really enjoying reading about your Sims 3 families. I got caught up on them all over the weekend. I love the story you have written for them. Sims 3 seems even more conducive to soap opera than Sims 2 did. haha It’s fun. :)

    • Mao

      Hey there, Kara. Thanks! Yes, this game does seem to lend itself to the Soap Opera sort a lot easier. Everyone knows, I love me some drama in my gameplay, LOL!

  • Hey Mao. I’ve been reading from the beginning, but I’ve held out on commenting till now. I couldn’t help it this time; I’ve been rooting for Brayden and Laurel all this time and they finaly said “I do!” I’m cheering here in my soul-sucking cube.
    The Donovans are a hoot, and I do like the way the story has progressed. Can’t wait for more!

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