Joseph and I were back together. Things were back to normal. Well, normal is overrated. Things were better than normal. I think we were better than we’d ever been before. We just needed to find the right music again.
Joseph had flown back East to take a job interview and see me. On his drive down the coast, he had horrible reception and a tire exploded on his rental. He had to wait much longer than expected to get it fixed. But he did. And he made it. Back to me. I couldn’t have been happier.
On the day I moved back, I received a text from Joseph when walking through the airport. “I can’t get you out of my mind!” I had a long layover in Magnolia Promenade and he asked me to meet him at the new restaurant across town – Limoni. I didn’t need much encouragement. I dragged my suitcase into the bathroom, fixed my hair, touched up my makeup, and pulled out the new dress I bought.
“Hey beautiful,” Joseph greeted me with the warmest hug ever.
“Joseph Joe,” I murmured.
It had only been eighteen hours since we had seen each other and I was walking on sunshine. Joseph caught an earlier flight to make plans for Carrie to move in with us. Carrie stayed with my sister since we couldn’t take her across state lines until the paperwork was signed. I promised her it wouldn’t be long. I felt bad about leaving her, but I wanted to make the apartment nice for her too. She was distracted by my nephew, Presley, and assured me she would be okay for the long weekend.
Joseph felt incredible. I closed my eyes and rocked into his shoulder, covering his neck and shoulders with kisses. He laughed.
“Lizzie, this is a tux, you know?”
“I don’t care,” I smirked, but I reached up and wiped the lipstick smudge from his collar. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen you in a tux.”
“And I look good,” Joseph bobbed his head smugly, and then reached to kiss my hands. “But not as fantastic as you.”
“Hey look, it’s the Tea-Cats,” Joseph smiled as we were seated at a table near our friends.
“Tea-Cats?” I repeated. “Hi Cathy. Amy.”
“Isn’t that the purr-fect nickname for us?” Cathy purred.
“I love it,” Amy exclaimed. “Joseph thought of it when he stayed with us.”
“It’s real good to see you back together,” Cathy added.
“Thank you,” Joseph grinned. “Don’t I have the most beautiful wife ever?”
“I don’t know,” Cathy winked at Amy. “I’m pretty biased.”
“Shush, Cathy,” Amy mock-scolded. “These two lovebirds are enjoying their night out.”
My cheeks were a pleased pink. “And I’ve got the most handsome husband.”
“He is rocking that tux,” Amy remarked.
“Stop it ladies, you’re making me blush,” Joseph cleared his throat and stretched his neck like a proud peacock.
“He is pretty handsome in this tux,” I smiled, reaching out and tugging on his bowtie. “But…” I lowered my voice. “You look good without anything too.”
“We haven’t even ordered an appetizer yet,” he coughed, as if nervous by the sudden attention.
I was enjoying every minute of it.
“But I want dessert,” I pouted teasingly. “And I’m not sure I can wait…” I winked at him. “You know what I mean? You always looked good without a shirt. Should I come fix your stereo, sir, if you know what I mean?”
Joseph indulged me. Dessert first. I think he was a little embarrassed by my bold flirting in a public establishment, but I could tell he was pleased too.
The Carter family was enjoying a night out on the town too. Marie was pregnant… again!
“Congratulations,” I exclaimed.
“Thank you,” she replied. “I hear you have news too.”
“We’re adopting a little girl,” Joseph said, and I beamed as I heard the love in his voice.
He really was going to be a great dad.
“And I’m expecting too,” I added, rubbing my belly.
“That’s awesome, Lizzie,” Marie grinned.
Joseph downed his bowl of soup. I snacked on a pretzel.
“I’ve got a surprise too,” Joseph said. “And I think you’re going to love it!”
“Really? What? Don’t tell me. You already got a promotion at work already?” I asked. “I’m so proud of you.”
“No,” he grinned. “But since I’m making more than ever before…and we’re starting a family, I figured we outgrew our old place. I found us a new home!”
Joseph was hopeful that I wouldn’t be upset that I didn’t participate in the apartment hunting process. I told him I was so excited to start our new life together that it didn’t matter where we lived. While we were at dinner, our friends helped move everything into our new place in the Arts Quarter. Ali had a long conversation with Dulcie in the hallway.
“Now you’re gonna have a whole household of friends,” she explained. “Joseph and Lizzie you already know, but they’re having triplets… do you know what that is?”
“Three,” Ali squealed and clapped her hands. “Three little babies. Oh the love,” she swooned. “And then there’s Carrie… and Dulcie?” she leaned down to whisper. “Show Carrie a little extra attention. Poor kiddo is adjusting to life without her daddy and mommy. Can you handle that?”
“Good kitty. I knew you would,” Ali squeezed her eyes closed and smiled.
Joseph and I settled into a happy routine in our beautiful new apartment. The place had three bedrooms and space for an office, two bathrooms, and a dining room. It could’ve been the tiny little cramped place back in the Spice Quarter and I still would’ve been over Luna for Joseph, but it was nice to have the space. Plus the size of our family more than doubled. Marshall moved in with us along with Carrie, whom we officially adopted. Dulcie wasn’t all that thrilled about a dog in the household, but she stuck to the countertops to avoid Marshall’s big paws.
We welcomed the triplets in the late spring. Parker Sophia was totally going to be a daddy’s girl.
Nathan Robert was going to be the apple of his mama’s eye. Oh, I breathed. I’m a mama now.
Carrie picked the middle name – Robert for her dad. It was touching. The triplets would have a built-in big sister.
And then the third one of the babies – Joseph Elliott. I could tell my husband loved all his kiddos, but he was especially pleased to have a son named after himself.
Karleen and Munter welcomed a baby girl of their own before we did – Pepper. Yes, yes, Pepper Bacon. Karleen decided to change her name too. Karleen Bacon. Oh the cooking jokes… get outta the kitchen, woman!
After a few months, Munter promised to give Karleen the big white wedding she always dreamed of. Around the same time, Akira and Riley became engaged. Bring on the double bachelorette party!
Joseph offered to watch the kiddos so I could have a night out with the girls. It was the first time I had been out in almost a year. Around eleven, he called me, sounding sleepy.
“Are you having fun?” he whispered.
I wondered which of the triplets he was rocking to sleep in his arms.
“Yes, I am,” I beamed, listening to Cathy regale the group with tales of her world travels. “Thank you for calling, Joseph Joe.”
“Good night, Lizzie,” he yawned and hung up.
When the club closed, and we were kicked to the curb, the group didn’t want the party to be over.
“Come on, Lizzie,” Karleen exclaimed. “Lead us in a dance.”
“Dancing Queen!” Riley whooped.
“You guys,” I shook my head, shyly.
Someone found a stereo.
You can dance
You can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooo see that girl
Watch that scene
Dig in the dancing queen
We took the party to Uptown. Of course, Riley, the diva she is, required an outfit and hairstyle change.
“Come on, girl, get outta the bathroom,” I yelled through the door.
All other stalls were taken and I desperately needed to relieve myself.
“Okay, how do I look?” Riley inquired, returning to the dance floor, twirling. “Fabulous? Uh huh… come on… you know I am.”
“Riley, I love you!” I laughed.
Ash was pretty pleased with herself. She and John just got back from a trip to Champs les Sims. John had never seen the Marsian Tower and he snapped a couple dozen failed selfies and sent them to me everyday. I was so glad that he found happiness. He and Ash seemed to be a solid couple.
We took the dance floor by storm.
I think we had a little too much alcohol. Riley kept checking out every guy’s butt that walked by. None could compare to Akira.
At some point during the night, Cathy and I ended up at the bar at the same time. She was amazed by the colors and lights and sparkle.
We went back to the hotel. Unfortunately for us, the pool was closed for the night. That didn’t stop us from splashing, diving, and cannonballing into the water. A little alcohol and a lot of dancing and we were rebels. Someone started a game of truth or dare. I don’t really remember who, but it was pretty fun. Cathy and Riley tried to do one hundred push-ups. Riley collapsed on the pool deck in defeat. Cathy won. She was pretty proud of herself.
We sneaked onto the roof and roasted marshmallows that Karleen had in her bag. I don’t think we were supposed to do that over there heat boxes, but no one seemed to care. The night was coming to a close and we were enjoying living in the moment. Riley broke into a spontaneous serenade – Walkin’ on Sunshine. Whoa!
“And starshine,” Riley warbled. “And moonshine! Whoooaa! Ooo…” she threw her hands up. “Moonshine!” She tripped over the corner of the heat box. “We should get some.”
“Someone’s a little juiced,” I teased.
“I might have a flask in my bag,” Ash said.
“Ooo… and don’t it feel fudd,” Riley belted.
“Food?” Karleen tilted her head.
“Good,” I corrected.
“No fudd….” Riley shook her head. “Fun aaaaannnd good. We are young… and on fire.” She hit her chest dramatically. “This girl is on fi-ire.”
“Alright,” I reached for Riley’s arm. “You’re really gonna be on fire if you keep singing and swinging around. Sit down please.”
Munter and Karleen’s wedding was beautiful. Karleen wore a shockingly modest dress. Well, she was a mama now too. It was stunning. She wrote Munter a poem. In typical Karleen fashion, it was quirky and silly and slightly inappropriate. I think I heard Munter’s mom gasp. She wasn’t particularly thrilled with her new daughter-in-law, but Munter was an only child and Pepper was her only grandchild. For now she would tolerate the woman, and hopefully grow to love Karleen like we all did. Munter’s dad was a little bit more relaxed and open. He even joked around with Joseph about keeping Munter in line.
Karleen picked pretty bridesmaids dresses too. Ash had an emergency and wasn’t able to be a bridesmaid so Riley stepped into fill the spot in his white suit so I was the only one in a bridesmaids dress. I was loving the minty green, and I think Joseph enjoyed it too. He kept glancing over in my direction and winking at me.
While Riley and Akira were engaged, they didn’t do the official proposal and ring deal until Karleen’s wedding day. Karleen didn’t care. She was so excited for them, and honored that Akira chose her special venue as the site of his official proposal.
Munter decided to do a few push-ups while waiting for Akira and Riley to move along so he and Karleen could take wedding photos on the bench.
“What are you doing, babe?” she inquired.
“Working up a healthy shine for the picture, love, so I can match your glow,” he explained.
“Hello gorgeous!” Joseph came up and stole a kiss while we waited to see off the newly married couple.
“Aww… you’ve upgraded from beautiful,” I beamed.
“What do you think, Lizzie?” he nodded toward the wedding party. “Should we do it? Should we get officially hitched?”
“What are you saying?” I giggled as he nuzzled my neck.
“I’m saying you and me… a wedding… for our family and friends. We did the whole legal ceremony, but I never got to give you a big day,” he remarked.
I smiled. “But I’m already your wife.”
“I know, but you deserve a day like this,” he said, grabbing my hands. “What do you say, Lizzie? Stand up with me? Be mine… forever? Marry me?”
“Joseph Joe?” my voice cracked with emotion. “I’d be honored to officially marry you.”
Author Notes: Yay! Happiness! I’m so glad things are working out for the better. Oh the roller coaster of emotions with these two. They’re back together and happier than ever. 🙂 FYI, the game picked Pepper Bacon as a name. I loved it. So punny! Lol. And then the game also decided the proposal at Karleen and Munter’s wedding because my game glitched out and Akira and Riley hadn’t gotten engaged yet somehow. It all worked out. 🙂
This chapter featured so many Sims… friendsfan367‘s Ali Morrison, MadameLee‘s Anne Charming,Shadami’s Amy Cat, TheYayToast‘s Ash Toast and the Carter family, InfraGreen‘s Carrie Buckley and Marshall Buckley, Cathy Tea’s Cathy Tea and Sugar Maple Bough, LegacySims2017‘s Joseph Simself and Dulcie, Munterbacon‘s Munter Bacon, and simscognito‘s Riley Cognito. Congratulations Karleen and Munter and Akira and Riley! And welcome to the Green-Simself babies! 🙂