Chapter 17: The Text Message (SDVR)

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the fifth of spring

As Jade walked up the gangplank, she was half-tempted to stop by Lewis’s home and give him a piece of her mind. Before she could decide, her phone jingled. It had been days since she checked her messages. Her reception was spotty on the farm, and she still didn’t have electricity. Alex was kind enough to let her borrow a battery pack while he rowed back to shore. She noticed an email from her dad.

The email was signed, “Thinking of you. 💕 Dad and Mom.” Jade chuckled to herself. Oh Dad. I miss you. His fatherly jokes were pretty funny, even if she rolled her eyes. There was another email from Cash’s estate lawyer. She frowned. She couldn’t open it just yet. The ‘Dear Ms. Araújo‘ in the headline was another depressing reminder that she was not, and would never be, Mrs. Cassius Landgraab.

There was an email from her old workplace, which only fueled her resolve to really go and give the mayor a rather large chewing-out, which he rightfully deserved. How dare he use her past job and family connection to engender guilt! The work email was succinct and impersonal as always. Human Resources wanted to know where to send her final paycheck. She typed her new address into the email and sent it off without a second thought. That chapter of her life needed to be closed.

The text message caught her by surprise. She could see her breath circulating in the air. She frowned, not because she wasn’t flattered, but because she had no idea how to react. Her heart inflated with many different emotions at once – grief, guilt, and the last one, an odd fleeting bit of happiness. She wasn’t sure she could allow herself to feel genuine happiness. At least not yet.

So this is gonna sound crazy… I know we’re friends and all but… well… okay, here it goes: I HAVE A CRUSH ON YOU. Phew. Okay it’s all out there. Um… so… would you want to go out with me sometime? You’re super cool. I really want to hang out with you more…?

“Oh Sam!” she covered her mouth with a moan.

It was funny. She could hear his voice in the words. They hadn’t known each other long, but the single text, all one breath, she could hear his voice. It pushed up against the voice of Cash in her head, telling her he loved her. It tugged on her heart. She liked Sam. She actually liked him and maybe someday she would be ready to be more than friends, but right now, she didn’t even know how to respond. To set aside the ache. To pull away from the loneliness and let the light in. To let go of the man who loved her and saw deep into her soul. To put herself out there and take a chance again. Cash wouldn’t want her to live like a half-empty shell of who she once was, but she wasn’t ready to take that step and explore a relationship with someone new.

“Watch where you’re going,” the voice said as a figure in all black brushed past.

Jade dropped her cell phone, startled, into her pocket. “You watch it!” she said, angrily, a little more harshly than she intended.

The figure was Sebastian. He just shrugged, and kept walking.

“Don’t you walk away from me,” Jade snapped, not fully feeling like herself, overcome with conflicting emotions and the day’s frustrations. “I’ve about had enough of rude Stardew Valleyers.”

Sebastian halted his steps, half-turned, and gave her a point-blank stare. Yes, she knew she sounded crazy. But she was tired. And sad. And annoyed. She didn’t care.

“Did you really just say Stardew Valley-ers?” he quirked a brow.

“Yes,” Jade released an exasperated sigh.

“Huh?” he replied.

“Huh, what?” she engaged, though she wasn’t quite sure why or what she was attempting to accomplish.

Sebastian retraced his steps. “Just sounds like someone’s had a bad day.”

“You think?” she snipped sarcastically, then let her shoulders drop in slight embarrassment. “Sorry.”

“Don’t be,” he shrugged. “You say what you feel. That’s more than a lot of people round here.”

“But I’m er… being kinda rude too,” Jade scratched the side of her head.

“New girl, for reals, just chill about it,” Sebastian said. “It’s no sweat off my back.”

She flushed, the sound of ‘new girl,’ oddly pleasing. “Um… okay…” she accepted, reluctantly. “So what are you doing out so late?”

“Is it late?” he glanced at his thick black wristwatch. “I guess it is. I like night walks.”

“Oh,” she replied, though she wasn’t sure how to move on.

“What are you doing?” he asked with a grin. “Trolling the docks for Voidcritters?”

“Spent the day out on Deadgrass Island.”

“Catch anything good?”

“No… I didn’t go to fish.”

“Oh. That’s really all people do out there. And check out the boring-as-hell museum,” Sebastian kicked a chunk of brick.

“Is it?” her eyes widened.

“Yeah,” he confirmed. “If you ask me, they should plant more trees.”

“Trees?” Jade repeated.

“The logging industry is wrecking the economy and environment over there,” he grabbed a cigarette out of his pocket.

She shook her head when he offered one.

“Suit yourself,” Sebastian said. “Have a good night, New Girl.”

“Yeah, you too… er… Sebastian,” she waved awkwardly after him.


Author Notes: The letter from Jade’s dad is a mod I use in Stardew Valley by Lumisteria called ‘Letters from Parents.’ It adds some fun things for the mailbox, and sometimes the parents send items or gold. Sam sent the text message all on his own in The Sims, and I loved it. What a surprise and right out of the gate a bachelor is eyeing our girl, Jade. Also Sebastian randomly confessed that he feels strongly about Speak for the Trees. I have my own theories about why that is, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, what do you think of Sam? Should Jade go for it? Or do you think she’s wise to wait? Thanks for reading.

5 thoughts on “Chapter 17: The Text Message (SDVR)

    pluffy1995 said:
    March 23, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Sorry posted on the wrong post, REALLY mad about it. Maybe you can delete it because I apparently can’t, I don’t want to spoiler other people.
    I think Jade is wise to wait, I mean Crash died month or few months ago, I do think Sam is the best for her though, they do have great chemistry but even so there’s a bit of an age gap, so every time I think of them I can’t help but think of this.
    “Sam is the best, but he’s 21. When Sam was born I was already in third grade, which means if we were friends back then I would have been hanging out with a baby. I don’t know anything about infant care. Oh my god I could have killed him.”
    Also love how Careless Sam was about asking her out, like he know that her fiancée died recently, yet he didn’t even mentioned it when asking her out LOL, the quote is from Parks and recreation BTW.

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      livinasimminlife responded:
      March 24, 2022 at 7:31 am

      No worries. I fixed it for you. Thanks for commenting. Welcome to the story. Haha. Like the quote from Parks and Recreation. Sam asked her out in Sims because well… Sims. 😆 They don’t grieve very long. But I rolled with it.

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    Sims 3 Stories by Em said:
    March 23, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    I think Jade is wise in taking it slow before getting serious with someone. Recovering from the loss of your first love is a long grieving process and I know personally I would hate to just jump right into the arms of the first man who shows interest in me (and maybe I have a little interest for him) only to ease my inner pains and ache from being alone and wanting the security of a man’s love again when…they may not *really* be the next person that’s meant for me. 🤷‍♀️ She and Sam should get to know each other better and explore a deeper friendship first before moving into a relationship, imo. Also, I feel Jade is a little too mature for him, but then again, he could become more mature with time, or simply by spending more time with her. He really is a sweetheart ❤ and I know she doesn't want to ever hurt his feelings. I know she'll come up with a way to kindly and sensitively tell him she needs some time for herself still. (If that's what you decide to have her do. You know what's best for your characters. ❤ )
    And out of left field – okay, not really 🤣 – I think she should explore possible relationships with the other single guys in town, namely a nerdy, but quite attractive doctor. 😏 If I recall she had some pretty strong feelings there and I think that may be worth exploring.
    I've always thought that Sebastian would be a little bit of an environmentalist too because he's such good friends with Abigail and I feel she totally is! And she's probably shared some convincing points with him. 😊 Anyhoo, sorry to write a novel here! I look forward to whatever you decide to do and know that I will enjoy this story still no matter what. 👍

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    cathytea said:
    March 23, 2022 at 11:01 am

    I think she should take it slow with romance. It’s a small community, and she’ll probably want to keep good relationships with everyone there, and I don’t see her wanting to be with Sam long-term, but he offers too much as a friend for her to do anything to jeopardize that. Now Sebastian…. That’s a different story!

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      livinasimminlife responded:
      March 25, 2022 at 6:17 pm

      Haha. Sebastian fan, hmm? We will see more of him. 😀 Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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