Chapter 5.8

Violet has some big choices to make.

Alright.  I’m not one to admit that others might be right but I gotta be honest.  This shit sucks.  I’m out of money which means I’m out of food.  My mortgage payment is due…like yesterday.  I’m hungry, I’m cold, and now I’m wet because I have to scavenge for flowers, rocks, and other random crap just to get by another day and today, of course, it’s raining.  FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MONTHS.

And this is not to say that I don’t love my house.  I do!  It’s mine and I love it.  Buuuuuuuut…it might need a little more work.  That doesn’t mean Hadley and Lucifer were right.  It just means that, you know, I came to this conclusion 100% on my own.

Luckily the weather quickly changed and I was able to venture down to the community garden.  My diet these days is mostly lemons, basil, and onions.  I’m not the best smelling person but I get by.  I’ve found if I head out early in the morning, the heat isn’t quite so oppressive and I’m able to harvest and collect more than my fair share of goodies from around the neighborhood.

I was walking back home when I happened by one of the vendor stalls and there was PIZZA just lying on the ground.  PIZZA, people!

Never one to pass up an opportunity, I quickly snagged the pizza and headed home.  That would make a tasty lunch for sure.  I was so invigorated by my find that I decided there was no time like the present to clean up some of the trash and detritus from the front yard.

It’s still not perfect, but it’s a start.  I would have worked on it more but I needed to get down to the river to catch a few fish for dinner.  So far I had only been catching minnows but I had a feeling a big day was ahead.

But my luck had run out.  There were no fish to be had today.  Not even a minnow.

I went back home and dug into my pizza.  I was struck by just how alone I was these days.  The house was too quiet, all my friends and family were long gone.  It was just me.  I needed a buddy.  First, I needed to call my sister.

“Hi, Bee!  It’s me Violet.”

“Vi!  How are things?  Are you ok?”

“I’m fine.  I actually scored a great lunch.  Someone left a slice of pizza on the ground which is the best meal I’ve had in weeks!  Oh — and I’m thinking of getting a cat.”  There was silence on the other end of the line.  “Hello?  Bee!?  Did I lose the connection out here?”

No, I’m still here.  I’m just…shocked I guess.  Do you really think a cat is a good idea?  You can barely care for yourself.”

“That’s not true!  I’m doing just fine out here!”

“You literally just bragged about eating garbage pizza.  No, you’re not fine.”

“WELL I DIDN’T ASK YOUR OPINION ANYWAY.”  I hung up the phone and called the pet adoption agency.  The next available appointment was in a week.  Since I had some time to kill I decided to go to GeekFest in the city.  I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to sell some of my woodworking items and make a little extra cash.

Thank You!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Oh my gosh!  I’m totally overwhelmed by the outpouring of support I’ve gotten from everyone!  I didn’t expect anything less since fans of Eternally Yours are amazing, but it’s really been humbling to have everyone come out of the woodwork to cheer on this mess of a story.

I just wanted to give everyone a bit of an update on everything.  I’m not setting a schedule this time around.  I’ll write when I write.  That way, it still stays fun and I can check in with my other saves.

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Like the Whitings.  I mean, how cute are they?  It was Spooky Day and Dax made breakfast and they are all watching scary movies while eating.  Adorbs.

With school starting up again, a job hunt (while working full time), and suddenly becoming a full time mom, I just don’t want to push myself too hard.  I’ve made so many promises in the past and it only stresses me out and makes me feel bad when I can’t produce.  It hurts my writing.  So this time, everything will be a lot less structured, I’ll write when the inspiration hits and we’ll see what happens.

Again, I am forever grateful for your support.  It means the world to me!

Sincerely,
SweetPoyzin

Bloopers

It’s never easy to get screenshots…

Getting photos for the first TS4 chapter proved no less challenging than it was in TS3.  Of course, this time it wasn’t due to crashing, poorly made poses, bad CC, or inappropriate clothes.  The entire Eternally Yours crew seemed to be pissed at me about something (maybe ignoring them for 6 months was a bad idea?).

 

Then Lucifer and Violet forgot how to hug.

Followed immediately by Lucian showing up in his athletic gear.  I only designed his everyday clothes but apparently I needed to go a little farther in that process.

Never a dull moment in Eternally Yours.  Welcome back, readers!

Chapter 5.7

Violet’s back with a fresh start.

Hey-o!  It’s me, Violet.

Did ya miss me?  Probably not.  That’s ok though.  Since running away from home, I’m trying to keep a low profile.  Is it considered running away if you’re an adult?  Who knows — it doesn’t matter anyway.

What does matter is my new life.  I packed my stuff — well, actually I didn’t.  I really just up and left after Nana died and I didn’t take jack shit with me.  In hindsight, that was a mistake.  However, I wasn’t about to go crawling back to Mom and Lucian just so I could grab some childhood knick-knacks.  No, instead I hightailed it over to Oasis Springs and bought the cheapest (read: only) house I could afford.

It obviously needs a little TLC.  But I have a microwave!  That’s more than some people could say.  So I got that going for me.  I’ve decided I’m not ready to get a job yet.  I’ve got a little money left over from my home purchase so I can ride it out a little bit.  It’s giving me time to work on my hobbies.

I’m into woodworking now.  It seemed like a good idea since my house needs some elbow grease and a little love.  And who knows — maybe I’ll be able to sell a few things here and there when I need a little extra cash.  Never hurts to know a thing or two.

You may have noticed my new tattoo.  Hadley convinced me to get it.  It’s an anchor.  I wanted something that was useful.  I might be a little adrift right now but somewhere out there is an anchor to help ground me.  Cheesy, huh?

Hadley and I have an interesting relationship right now.  See, she’s into some not so savory business deals these days.  But it pays for her apartment in the city which is better than my house in Oasis Springs…

…But only just.  I guess you take what you can get.  It’s not like she brings clients back to her place anyway.

I finally got the nerve up to invite my sister over to my house.  It had been a few weeks and I thought it was ready to show off to the only family member I’m still talking to.

She was unsure about the plan but agreed to come out to visit the following week.

“Holy shit!  Vi, you live here?!” I never really told her that much about the house.  Other than it needed a little bit of love.

“Yes, what’s the problem?”  I asked calmly.

“Uh…nothing.  It’s lovely.  Just needs a little work, just — just like you said.”  She plastered a huge fake smile across her fake-filled lips.

“I, uh, didn’t have time to go grocery shopping this week.  Would you like some animal crackers for dinner?”  I mean, to be fair, I haven’t been grocery shopping since I got to Oasis Springs.  Animal crackers are fortified so it’s fine.

“Ooooo I can’t.  Er, I have an appointment.  I have to run.”  She turned to face me, “Bee and Xantus miss you, you know.  You should go visit them in Willow Creek.  It would mean a lot to her if you did.”

“I’ll think about it,” I mumbled as Hadley walked away.

It’s not that I didn’t want to see Bee.  It’s just, she married Xantus (which surprised exactly no one) and he is Lucifer’s brother.  Luce is still in my life as much as someone touring with a band for 10 months out of the year can be in your life.  I don’t know.  It was just weird.

But like any good sister, I did think about going to see Bee and Xantus.  In the end I went to visit.  It was good seeing Bee again.  She and Xantus live in an adorable little trailer with the most amazing garden.  Bee’s photography career is taking off too.  Xantus wasn’t as happy to see me.  After all, I did break his brother’s heart when I dumped him and the left without so much as a goodbye or see you soon.  I can’t really blame him.

As I was leaving, Xantus handed me a slip of paper with Lucifer’s phone number on it and told me to give him a call.  Chat for a bit or whatever.  I said I’d think on that too.  Bet you can guess what happened?

Yeah, I called Luce to chat — but just chat.  That was all.

“VIOLET YOU CAN’T STAY HERE!”  The very next weekend Lucifer was in my front yard, apparently on break from his tour.

“Why the hell not, Luce!  It’s my house!”

“It’s a God damned dump, Violet and you know it!”

“Take it back!”  I growled at him.

Instead of taking it back, he left.

I went inside to think.  As I sat on my bed-couch, in my bedroom with no windows I decided Hadley and Lucifer were wrong.  I don’t live in a dump.  I bought myself a fucking prison.

Remembering Penny and Finn

Penny and Finn’s Memory Video!

I very carefully picked the music for this one.  The song is You’re Still You by Josh Groban.  The lyrics stand for so many things in Penny and Finn’s relationship — Penny’s fear of life after losing everything, Finn’s dementia.  I knew as soon as that happened to Finn that this would be their song.

Enjoy!

 

Thank You, Bee!

Giving credit where credit is due because I forgot to do it right the first time.

Please let it be known that I am a terrible person.  I even tried really hard NOT to forget to credit Bee this time and then I forgot to credit Bee.

The amazing Bmit created a custom pose pack for Chapter 5.6 and I totally forgot to give her credit.  I needed poses for sleeping in chairs and Bee delivered many choices.  Only two ended up in the chapter but they were seriously lovely.

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If you want some awesome poses for your own games, check out Poses by Bee!  You won’t be disappointed!

Remembering Penny (Hanks) Sutton-Pagano-McNamara

Bring your tissues — this one is a doozy.

Did you all bring your tissues?  You’re going to need them — I know I did.

Typically, the lead’s partner also get s a video when the pass away.  However, Penny and her three husbands create a bit of a special predicament.  And since Violet took off like a banshee, who knows if we will Finn again before he passes.

Regardless of who is alive and who isn’t and this and that, all the leading men get a video.  Let’s be honest, they all touched us whether we loved them (Peter) or hated them (Finn) or felt indifferent about them (Xander).

Stay tuned for those adorable tear-fests.  Is adorable the right word?

Chapter 5.6

This was not the chapter I wanted to write.  It’s not a very good welcome back chapter either.  We all knew this was coming so let’s think of it as starting Eternally Yours anew as difficult as that may be for everyone.

Dear Readers,

This was not the chapter I wanted to write.  It’s not a very good welcome back chapter either.  We all knew this was coming so let’s think of it as starting Eternally Yours anew as difficult as that may be for everyone.

This was not the send off I intended for our beloved and fearless leader.  I wanted her to go down with something grand, but my computer had other plans.  As such, the images in this chapter were taken between October 2017 and March 2018 as I battled crash after crash after crash.  Continuity is lacking to say the least.  I hope you are willing to excuse the issues and the heartbreak as we look to the future of Eternally Yours.

Your grateful author,
Kate (SweetPoyzin)


I was about three hours away from home when I encountered some snow flurries – and by some I mean freakin’ blizzard.  When I finally arrived home, four hours behind schedule thanks to Old Man Winter, all my grinchiness melted away.  The snow had already visited my neighborhood and left behind a gorgeous landscape.  Dad had outdone himself with the holiday decorations this year, too.  The whole roof was lined with bright, multi-colored icicles.  Even the posts leading up the stairs to the porch were decked out this year.  Hard to bah-humbug when even the house demands that you smile.

Since it was nearly midnight when I got home, I didn’t expect anyone to be awake, and I didn’t bother announcing my arrival but opted instead to creep in like a grounded teen.  Despite the hour, I was greeted with a swirl of excitement.  Everyone had waited up for me.

Finally,” Hadley groaned as she hugged me.  I noticed her gothy-stage appeared to be over, replaced instead with a strange combination of pink-haired rocker chick and slutty nurse.  “Now I can go to bed.”

“Nice to see you, too, Hadley.  Or whoever you are right now.”

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!  Oh my GOD it’s YOU!”  Before I even had a chance to turn around, I was tackle-hugged to the floor.

“What the fuck?!”  I tried to extricate myself from the squealing mess that was squishing me but I was having little luck.  “Get it off me!”

“Sorry,” the shrieking banshee stood back and pulled me off the floor.  “I kinda missed you, Vi.”  She launched herself at me again.

I tried to place the woman who was still hugging me.  I sure didn’t recognize the blonde, tan, perky thing that started squealing again.  Then it hit me – the recollection, not the woman.

“OH EM GEE!  BEE!  What the hell happened to you!?”

“I got a tan and a box a hair dye!  Hard to tell I was ever that weirdly pale fairy, huh!?”

“Can your old man get a hug?”  I realized then Mom and Dad were nowhere to be found.  “We were worried sick about you!  I need some reassurance!”

To say I was blown away by the decorations in the living room would be an understatement.  We’ve never been the decorating type of people.  I’ve heard that great-grandma Mollie would go all out but that gene seems to have died somewhere between Mollie and Mom.

“Your grandma decided we should have a proper holiday this year,” Mom said to my obvious astonishment.  “That’s even a real tree that your Dad and Xantus cut down!”

“I might be an old guy but I can still wield an axe with the best of them!”

“Xantus did all the work,” Bee whispered in my ear.  “But let’s not tell him we know.”  I squeezed her hand in a silent sisterly promise.

“Alright!  Everyone up to bed!  Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and we have to go caroling, look at the neighborhood decorations, and wrap gifts!  Go, go, go!”  Before I knew it Mom had shooed us all up to bed and tucked us in like the little bits we used to be.


“Alright, Violet.  Now, when transmuting apples into gold, what do you do first?”  Instead of doing all the fun holiday stuff with my family, Nana was droning on and on and on about some witchery or whatnot.  We’d been at it for the better part of 12 hours and it was quickly turning into the wee hours of the morning.

“Nana, why does any of this matter?  It’s Christmas Eve!  Don’t you ever slow down?”  I was at that very moment falling asleep in my chair.

“We haven’t much time, Beanie.  We must forge on.  You have much to learn.”

“You sound like Yoda without the backwards-speak.  Nana, please, can’t we rest and keep going after Christmas?”

She sighed.  “If you remember nothing else, Violet, remember this: Do not let any man, woman, or child stand in the way of your dreams.  The women in this family have been held back for far too long.  You must succeed where we could not.”

“Nana, you and Mom are surgeons,” I mumbled through sleepiness.  “Pretty sure you didn’t fail at anything.”

“You’ll be just fine, Vi.”

And then I fell asleep.


Do you ever have the feeling that someone is watching you in your sleep?  I was having one of those feelings.

I stretched.  “Ow.  Christ.  This chair sucks as a bed.”  I looked over to see my parents staring morosely but they refused to meet my eye.

“Alright.  What’s going on?”

Mom opened her mouth but nothing came out.

“Honey,” Dad finally looked at me with tears in his eyes, “your grandmother passed away last night.”

“No.  She was teaching me about witchcraft.  She’s fine.  She was teaching me!”

“It was after she went to bed, Vi.  She just fell asleep and never woke up.”

LIAR!”  Suddenly, everything was too loud.  I ran towards Nana’s room.  I had to prove to myself that they were wrong.

“Violet — NO!”

I flung the door open.

There are moments in your life that change you forever.  Seeing my Nana like that?  Well, I don’t remember much after I flung the door open, really.

Somehow, I would up back in the study.

“I’d like to take the family Christmas card photo now.”  Mom was gathering her camera gear from the closet when I looked over at her.

“Are you fucking kidding me, Mom?!  Nana is dead!”  I was furious that she would want to do something so frivolous while Nana lay in the next room.

“Yes, and we have to wait for all the shit that comes with that.  We might as well take the God-damned Christmas photo while we wait.”

“Well, I sure as hell won’t be in your photo!”

“Violet?  Can you come to the laundry room, please?”  Now what the fuck did Dad want?  Had everyone lost their minds?

“Violet, you will take that photo for your mother.”

“Are you nuts now, too!?”

“You mother is going through a very traumatic moment and you will do what you can to make this easier on her.  If that means taking a photo you don’t agree with, then you’ll just have to suck it up for a bit and do it.”

I was furious.  I felt a rage forming inside me that I had never known before.

“I don’t have to do anything.  It’s not like you’re my real father anyway!”

Lucian looked like I’d slapped him but he quickly regained his composure.  “You get your ass out there now and you take the fucking picture with your mother.  What you do after that is your choice.”

I posed for exactly two photos.

Then I packed my bags and I left Van Crest forever.

Happy Birthday, Eternally Yours!

I missed a big birthday! Happy belated 5th birthday!

Eternally Yours turned FIVE on February 11th.  With everything going on, I kind of forgot that the blog’s birthday was even approaching.  I usually have elaborate posts planned, a party, a giveaway, yadda yadda yadda.  This year, I have nothing.

At this point, Violet has completed her term at University.  She got all A’s for the semester.  Yay, Violet!  She had to finish out the term in that God awful dorm but if she returns to university I’ll make sure she has a proper house.

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I was concerned that returning to the homeworld would completely destroy the tenuous hold on reality that my game had.  I imagined returning to my CC-laden homeworld and everything would just be borked.

But this was not the case.

I made it back to the homeworld and played around a little bit to make absolutely sure that everything worked as it should.  And so far, everything is working as it should.  The invisible keyboard in the backyard even reappeared!  I don’t know what made it vanish in the first place but I take this as a good sign.

Oh, wait.  I do have a birthday gift in my closet.

Eternally Yours is returning.

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See you next week, lovelies.