I’m sorry I couldn’t get this up sooner. I had a specific picture I wanted to include (3rd image) and had some trouble finding it in my unorganized mess of a file system. I also apologize for the shortness of this chapter in comparison to recent chapters.
“What do you think?” Chloe asked.
I didn’t trust myself to answer.
Go back to Sunset Valley?! The place where all our troubles had started?! Where we’d been running from for four years?! Where She was.
Unbiased, Thomas, unbiased, I reminded myself. But damnit! I wasn’t good at purely logical like Chloe was! All I could think was seeing…Her. Actually seeing her! Talking to her! Watching her lips move as she spoke.
“I know it’s a bit contradictory to everything we’ve discussed previously, but…” Chloe trailed off, chewing her lip. Then she took a deep breath. “I’d really, really like to settle down!”
“In Sunset Valley?” I asked, just to be sure. She gave a sharp nod.
“Oh, god…you know I’m all for this!” I ran a hand through my hair. “I just don’t know if it’s a good idea for Donovan!” Unbiased, unbia— “Chloe! What’re the odds that we’ll have problems with Funke if we move back to Sunset Valley?”
Chloe was probably the most unbiased person I knew. Even if she was for something, she could still analyze it without emotional attachment. If she says it’s not good, it’s not good. We’ll stick with—
I stared at Chloe, my entire thought process derailed. “What?”
“Dr. Funke retired from Landgraab Industries.” She passed me a printout of a newspaper article. The newspaper was the Valley Daily.
“She’s retired,” she repeated as I read. “Dr. Bunch took over for her.”
“Holy shit,” I murmured. I glanced back up to Chloe. “We can go home!”
She smiled and nodded, looking as giddy as I felt.
It took time. Getting everyone’s travel papers straightened. Transferring funds from my cyber-storage into an actual bank account. Finding the right house. But six months later, we were on the road again. This time traveling home.
Surprisingly, it was Medea who caught on first.
“Is that…” she trailed off, then leaned forward. “Was that the Simica border?”
Thomas and I kept carefully silent. She pursed her lips and leaned back. She continued to stare out the window, unmoving.
“Holy shit! That’s the Valley!” Medea hollered several hours later. “I fuckin’ knew it!
“Medea! Language!” Thomas immediately chided, but his words were swiftly drowned out with the shrieks and babble suddenly emitting from the back of the van as four excited teenagers fought for window space.
I smiled as we drove through the town square.
“The Valley’s really expanded,” Thomas muttered to me, staring out his window. “I don’t remember so many shops being on main street.”
“No,” I agreed, glancing at the once empty lots, now filled with shops of all kinds. “Those are definitely new.”
We drove through the main town before taking the road up towards Summer Hill. That had been expanded as well.
“The Altos have company now!” Thomas whistled softly.
“I heard that Mrs. Alto is considering retiring from the political scene.”
“Yes, Malcolm was talking about it. Apparently, his mother was ecstatic.”
“You got back in touch with Malcolm?!”
“Of course. Why wouldn’t I?”
Thomas didn’t respond. He peered backwards, down towards the main valley, a wistful look in his eyes.
I followed the road past the Alto’s huge and very pink estate and back down towards the ocean front.
“So,” Medea began. “Where’re we going?”
“Well,” Thomas responded, turning in his seat to face her. “We’re going to our new home.”
I’ll always treasure the absolute speachlessness that came over Medea the moment our new house came into view.
Woo! They’ve landed safe and sound back in Sunset Valley! Kind’ve…>.>
The world I’m using is Sunset Valley Second Edition by LynxAQ, specifically the Final version (thank geeks for higher laptop specs!). It’s a regular Sunset Valley map that’s been opened up, with more space for houses and new lots. Things have been rearranged a little, but I’ve tried to make sure everything matches up with the original Sunset Valley. If you’re interested, the new abode of the Mayfields is located at 100 Landon’s End.
Everyone from the original Sunset Valley is included, all relationships have been preserved, courtesy of NRAAS Porter (use with care). There are some new families that come with the world. I, for one, am very excited about getting to know the Rackets and Wheloffs up close and personal! I also placed down one of my favorite families from Moonlight Falls, the Ivy family. 😀
The plan from this point onwards is to fulfill everyone’s LTWs and get some romance kindling. Thomas will be making his move soon as SP gave me a popup displaying Bill Racket’s romantic interest in Thomas’s girl. And we can’t have that. 😡
As for the new house, you’ll get to see more of that soon. Whether it’ll be in story or as an intermission update, I’m not sure yet.
Thanks for reading! ^_^