Chapter 1.11

The next morning I called Marigold to tell her about the fire.

“Hi, Marigold.  Oh, you heard.  Yes, it was an accident.  Victor was here to help. Yes, of course I saw him.  No, you don’t need to come over.  Hello?  Hello?”

Marigold came to check on me.  She must have been on her way to work because she was dressed a little funny.  I told her again about Victor.  She did not believe me at all.

“Yes, Mari…for the last time!  He was right there by the front door!”

“Look, Lydia, I know it was very traumatic.  What happened what truly awful and I am so sorry he died.  But you need to get it together.  You only talk to your plants.”

“You have rotten food all over the house…”

“Laundry and newspapers and garbage are everywhere.”

“And if you can’t do it, I will draw the line for you.  You just CANNOT use your husband’s body as a lawn ornament.  I’m sorry.  You simply can’t.”

“Sweetie, I really care about you.  I am so, so very sorry Victor was killed.  But, honey, he was a witch.  He knew the dangers of using the Transmuter.  He knew what could happen.  It’s not your fault.”

I knew she was right.  I just needed a good friend to tell it to me straight.  And give me a good swift kick in the behind.

I set to work cleaning up the house.  I did the dishes, the laundry, took out weeks of garbage.  I needed to make things right again.

That night I dreamed of Victor’s death again.  But it wasn’t a nightmare again.  It wasn’t a good dream but I didn’t wake up crying in terror like I usually did.

The next morning I was working in the garden when my phone rang.

“Mrs. Lox?”

“This is she…”

“Do you still have your husband’s ashes?”

“What kind of terrible question is that?!”

“If you do, please bring them to the Science Center.  We might be able to bring him back.”

*click*

“Hello?  HELLO?”

Chapter 1.10

Moving was a terrible idea.  I should have thought more about it.

Now I am alone in a new house.  A house filled with dreams and hopes for a future that will never come.  We bought these stupid rockers after the wedding.  We were going to sit on the front porch 50 years from now and be that cute little old couple.

At least I have my plants.  I spend hours in my greenhouse with them.  I talk to them.  They don’t say much and they listen really well.  I like my plants.

Sometimes I sit with Victor.  I made him a room off the master bedroom.  He never talks but I keep him company.  It’s nice having him so close.

Did I mention my plants?  They are becoming really great friends.  I tried to find that puppy that visited me the night Vic died.  You know…in case it was Victor trying to tell me something that night.  The dog vanished just like Victor.  If I see him again I’m adopting him.  I know it’s Victor.

After caring for my friends the plants I came back inside to find the fireplace has started a fire.  Luckily I was able to put it out before it spread.  I was more concerned about our wedding picture than I was the house but at least I saved it all.

“Vic…?”

Liddy.”

Hiatus!

So remember how I said that I was going to post more than once a day?  Yeah, that was a pipe dream.

It’s midterm week.  I have two midterm exams on Wednesday and two midterm papers on Thursday.  Also, I am having some relationship issues with friends but that is neither here nor there.

Bottom line: I need a break.  I need to get my shit together.

Next week I am traveling 10 hours away to visit family and good friends for a much needed vacation.

I have been studying late into the night during the week followed by hardcore simming on the weekends.

So there are posts queued up for 12pm CST Monday-Friday until April 10th.  Enjoy those while they appear.  Once the queue is cleared I will return with new material about the Lox family.  Hell, I might even queue up some updates.

Either way, enjoy.  See you in a month.

Chapter 1.9

The police did a formal investigation.  I listened to what they said but it didn’t stick.

I read the story in the newspaper as the pieces came together.  Victor had purchased a Transmutation Machine.  I didn’t even realize they were real machines.  I’d only heard about them in passing at the alchemy shop.  Even the most skilled alchemists don’t mess with those.  They are quite dangerous.  If you mess up the incantation, it’s very complex and easy to fumble, you…end up like Vic.

I wandered around Moonlight Falls in such a fog for the next several weeks.  I visited the beach a lot.  Victor loved the beach and there was a great fairy house there.  I was never alone with those sweet fairies by my side.

But I kept having these horrible flashbacks to Vic’s death.  Me…standing there…staring while the Grim Reaper took my husband from me.  I should have tried to stop it.  If only I hadn’t been so caught up in dreaming.  I should have asked what he bought.  I should have done so much more.

I was washing dishes one night when the sink broke.  I totally lost it.  I screamed at the sink and then broke down crying.

“I AM DONE”

I phoned the bank and got the biggest loan they would give me.  ThenI got on the phone and called our real estate agent.

“Karen…?  It’s Lydia Lox.  Put the offer in on the house.”

I was approved the next day.  I packed up what was left of my life with Victor and I got the hell out of that house.

Update!

So I have spent the past five hours today adding the photos and writing the story of the Lox Family.  Yes, five hours.  There was a lot to catch up on.  Even posting once a day five days a week I still have a month’s worth of posts.  Like I said, there was a lot.

So, here’s how we will play this.  It’s gonna be a fire at will thing.  I have them scheduled for once a day Monday through Friday.  But I am also just gonna shoot some out there on occasion.  It’ll be a surprise.  Basically though, I want to get caught up so I can start writing fresh posts.  I don’t want to wait a month or more to catch up because then there will just be more to the story.

So be on your toes, people.  I am gonna hit ya’ll and I’ll hit ya good!

Chapter 1.8

That was our house.  It was too perfect to let it go.  We both got to work on doing whatever we could to get the money.  Well, whatever we could within reason, that is.

I spent hours around town picking wildflowers.  It made us a couple thousand simoleans but that was all.  It just wasn’t worth the effort or the allergies.  Although maybe if I didn’t smell them all it wouldn’t be so bad.

Victor was spending a lot of time online.  He was selling some of our old stuff and working on a volume of poetry.  He sent it off to his agent but nothing came of it.  I think that stupid agent costs more than he is worth.

After reading the paper one night Victor called me into the living room.  His book was a #1 best seller.  Which was weird because that creepy little rat agent didn’t tell us it sold.  Jerk.

“We’re going to be getting the royalties though, right?”

“Yes, yes, of course!  It’s going to be 650 simoleans every Sunday!  Can you believe it?!  We both made it!”

“Well, don’t quit your teaching job just yet, cowboy.  Those royalties still aren’t enough to buy that house.”

“Don’t worry about that, baby.  I bought us something online that will take care of all our worries.  It will be here tomorrow and by Friday we will be signing the papers for our new home!”

I didn’t know what Victor had in mind but I was so busy dreaming about our new home I didn’t care.

The next night I was working on more potions in the dungeon.  I am in high demand right now.  People keep asking for more and more.  I’m not going to complain though.  At least we will be able to get our house sooner!

“Hey, Liddy?  That thing I ordered is here!  I’m going to go try it out!”

“Ok, honey.  Don’t hurt yourself!”

I don’t know if her heard me.  You know how boys can be with their new toys.

“ARF!”

“Victor!  Victor, close the door.  You are letting all the neighborhood animals in.  You don’t want that horse* to get in here again do you?”

“NO!  GO AWAY!”

“Vic?”

“NO!  VICTOR!”

Chapter 1.7

The next morning I got a phone call from the Alchemy shop.

After I got off the phone I stopped Victor on his way to work.

“VICTOR!  OH MY GOD! VICTOR!  I have amazing news!”

Victor thought that I was pregnant.  Obviously he missed anatomy and biology in high school.

“MY POTIONS SOLD!  All of them!  $30,000 worth of potions!  I’ve made it!  Oh my God, Vic!  I’ve made it!  They just promoted me to master alchemist!  We won’t need to worry about money ever again.  Well, for awhile at least!”

“Liddy, baby, that’s wonderful!  Let’s move!”

“What?!  We just got settled!”

“Let’s move somewhere better.  Bigger!  With a nursery fit for a princess…or prince.  And a kitchen where you could cook all your wonderful meals.  And an office where I can write in private.  And a greenhouse for your garden.  And…”

Even after we cracked open the bottle of nectar he was still going.

“Oh, Liddy, I am so proud of you.  This is incredible.  I knew you could do it.  Oh, you are a wonderful, amazing, intelligent woman.  I love you!  I’m going to go look at real estate listings.  We will find the most perfect house for you.  For us.  For our family.  Oh, I love you.”

Night and day Victor searched the listings.

“LIDDY, I’VE FOUND IT!”

Two car garage.  Greenhouse with a built in composter and watering system.  A third floor alchemy studio.  A huge master bedroom.  A wonderful kitchen and dining room.  The laundry room…oh lord, it’s amazing.  The nursery is…this is the home for us.  If only we could afford it.

Chapter 1.6

Things quickly got back to normal after the wedding.

Well…except for the fact that I AM MARRIED NOW!  I still can’t believe it.  Every time I see my ring…I just can’t believe it!  It was a little disappointing that we couldn’t go on a honeymoon.  We talked about going to China but we just couldn’t swing the cost.

I read about our wedding in the paper.  Apparently it was big news.  It was a little embellished, however, because it said our reception was six figures.  That is so not true.  The venue cost $200 and we had a $50 wedding cake.  We couldn’t even afford a caterer.  Oh well.  It’s the thought that counts.

We ended up getting some really expensive wedding gifts…about $10,000 worth of gifts!  There was no way I was going to let that go by without recognition.  Our friends are amazing.  They really care for us, obviously.  We are two lucky kids.

Victor has started writing poetry.  He’s always enjoyed writing so I guess if he wants to write for fun I won’t stop him.  He talks about maybe quitting his teaching job one day to write.  We’ll see how far that goes.  I probably need to make some more money with that stupid alchemy thing first.  Ugh.  Yeah…it’s going well.

“I just don’t know what is wrong with me, Vic.  Why am I not doing well in the shops?  My garden is doing well.  I just grew a perfect mandrake.  My potions are fantastic.  I’m a level 9 alchemist.  What is my problem?!”

“You need more confidence.  I’ve got an idea.  Get in the car.”

So off we went.  I had no idea what Victor had in store for us.  We drove into town to the salon where I went before our wedding.

“I got you a makeover appointment.  I’m paying.  No complaints.  You get a new wardrobe, new makeup, new haircut.  Enjoy, baby.”

While I got my makeover, Victor also got the tattoo he’s always wanted.

We went to the Summer Festival after our trip to the salon.  Victor really wanted me to join in the hotdog eating contest.  I so lost.  He put away hotdogs like nobody’s business and won us a week supply of hotdogs.  Yay?

Later that night we snuggled on the sofa.

“You look amazing!  I mean…you were gorgeous before — but wow, Liddy.  You are incredible.  Why are you looking at me like that?”

“What if we started trying for that whole family thing, Vic?  We’re married now, we still have that empty nursery upstairs, I don’t know…it just feels like the right time…”

“You mean it, Liddy?”

What have I started?  Are we really ready for this?

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Chapter 1.5

After several months of planning the big day finally arrived!

I told Victor I would meet him at the wedding venue.  Then I ran off to the salon to get my makeover.  Marigold was my maid-of-honor and she helped me with my dress, hair, and make-up.  My alchemy business is still not doing too well so this wedding is on the cheap.

When I was ready, Marigold drove me to the Wedding Chapel Extravagana.  You can tell Victor and I stand out even here in Moonlight Falls.  We have the only colorful cars.

We decided to do a viewing before the wedding.  I wanted to have a close-up reaction when Victor saw me for the first time.

Yeah…totally worth it.  I have to admit…I looked way more beautiful that I ever thought possible.

“Liddy…you look…wow.  Liddy…you know you can still back out.  I am not going to make you marry me if you really don’t want to do it.  I won’t hate you.  We can wait until you are ready.”

“Oh, Vic shush.  Everything is already paid for so we have to go through with it. Of course I want to marry you.  Now get under that wedding arch!”

And so it happened.  I got married.

When Victor put that ring on my finger though…I knew this was right.  I knew he was the only one I ever wanted to be with…forever.

It was an incredible moment.  Good thing we had to kiss because I was totally speechless.

Victor gave a silly speech and then cut the wedding cake.  A couple people peed on themselves…but that seems to be a tradition here in Moonlight Falls.  We just went along with it.

For our first dance we chose Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.”  Cheesey, I know.  But, it was perfect.  We are kinda cheesy anyway.

“Hey, Liddy…let’s blow this popsicle stand.  You look too good to be true.  You should probably take off your clothes so I can make sure you are real…”

“Victor!  Shut up!  And what the heck kinda pickup line is that?”

“I really don’t know.  You are just so beautiful that my brain don’t work so good anymore.  So we better leave before I make a fool of myself.”

We left our own reception early.  The guests didn’t seem to mind.  I’m sure they all knew where we were going on our wedding night anyway.