Ghost 28 – Moving On

“Julia!” Hank called from the porch as she pulled up in front of her childhood home.

Hank and Sofia are on the porch as Julia and Bre arrive.

Even though she’d just been there a few days ago, Julia still felt a pang of nostalgia walking to the door. The house was no longer neglected and forgotten as it had been when her father had bought the place, nor was it an ongoing construction site, which is how she remembered it as a child. But freshly painted, it fit it with the rest of willow creek. No one would think it was haunted anymore. Julia hoped it still was.

“Here, let me take him,” her mother said reaching out for Max who was squirming in her arms.

Sofia smiles as she reaches to take Max.

He had such a mind of his own, she wasn’t sure he wanted to be in his grandmother’s arms. She held her breath, but today was a good day and instead of screaming, he settled down quickly.

“Boo?” he asked staring up at his grandmother a curious smile on his face.

Sophia chuckled and nodded. “I think I can find a Boo for you.”

Julia frowned, she thought she knew all of Max’s baby talk. But before she had a chance to ask, her mother had disappeared inside the house with her son and her dad was asking after the truck.

“Marq is bringing it,” Bre answered the question Julia had missed. “We lost them at a light, but they’re right behind us.”

Bre answer's Hank's question. The three are standing on the porch.

Sure enough, the moving van was squeezing down the narrow street as they spoke. It rolled to a stop in front of the house and Marq and Kellie jumped out.

“Are my sisters here yet?” Julia asked as the five of them walked into the house. “I though they said they were going to help?”

“They just called, they’ll be here soon.” Hank led them upstairs where the two rooms had been emptied for their stuff. Julia felt an odd pang seeing her room empty. It looked so lonely in there. Not even the drawing table had been left.

Julia and the rest enter her now-empty room.

“Okay, all the stuff marked bedroom goes in here, the rest can go in the room down the hall. Bed goes in here.” The troops nodded and headed out the truck.

Julia walked down the stairs with her dad. “Thanks again dad,” she said. She hated imposing on her folks, but their apartment had been foreclosed on after the landlord stopped paying the mortgage. She wondered what their rent checks had gone to, but he’d seemed really sorry that he couldn’t renew their lease.

Hank and Julia walk down the stairs.

They’d been saving for a house of their own, Max was getting too big to share a bedroom with them, but between school bills and everything else, they didn’t have enough yet to buy a home. Dad had insisted they move in with them.


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It was getting late, but they’d finally gotten all their stuff from the truck into place. Eventually, they’d have to open and empty those boxes, but that would be another day’s chore. Max had gotten to spend the day playing with his grandma outside and they’d kept Hank from carrying anything too heavy. The last this she needed was her father getting injured on her account.

A happy giggle guided Julia to where Bre was with their son, blowing raspberries on his belly while she changed his diaper.

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“We were going to head to Galatic Pizza for dinner,” she said.

“Oh, can you bring me back a slice or two?”

“You don’t want to come? Mom can take care of Max.”

“Nah, I’m a bit tired from moving and everything. Max and I will have a nice night here,” she turned back to Max, “won’t we Max?”

Max giggled again as she tickled him.

Julia kisses Bre on the cheek, behind them is a room filled with moving stuff and toddler stuff.

“Okay then, take care you two!”Julia kissed them both goodbye and headed out to eat with her sisters and Marq.


Something was different. The very air around me felt heavy. It felt like it was waiting. I didn’t like the change. I didn’t like things being different. I was used to it being one way and now it was all weird. Anger bubbled up inside me replacing my indifference with purpose.

I wanted it to go back to how it was before. I wanted to make them go away.

James in the darkness is red with anger.


Credits

  • Challenge details: CitizenErased14’s Ambrosia Challenge
  • With special thanks as normal for the Pose Player and the and the Teleport mod
  • Toddler stuff is from Around the Sims 4’s Owl Nursery mainly. I’m not sure who made the unicorn toy.
  • Also from Around the Sims 4 is the plant shelf from their gardening set.
  • Pbox’s Modular plants are also always used for the death flower – I have them all so I’m not sure which set I was using this time.

16 comments

  1. Yay! Julia is back in James’s house! It was fun to watch their moving activities. And angry ghost alert! I hope Max has the same powers of cuteness as baby Julia had so he can calm James down. Or then Julia can just talk to James and try to help him get over his grief and anger. Whatever happens, I hope it helps James reconstruct his identity at least a little bit.

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    • Poor James is a little lost right now. 😦 . Max is in that annoying, too old for infant, too young for kid phase. Sigh. Why did I plan it that way? But I wanted to give the girls a legit chance to live on their own. I cant imagine Julia being around all the time will hurt…

      Haha..it was fun but time consuming to set up the moving pictures. The entire house is now full of floating boxes.

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  2. Interesting. At first i thought her parents were moving out of the house, and i thought it would be strange because then how would julia get in touch with james?! But then you said they were moving in with her parents and i was relieved again :3

    I feel so sad for James. He’s so angry all the time and hurt because of Julia. They need to talk it through some time.

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    • They definately do need to talk, but right now poor James is literally seeing red. He’s kind of lost. 😦

      Ah – I’m glad it was made clear, I couldn’t imagine Hank wanting to move away from the house he refinished, but if it did, Julia would definately be in a panic over James. She’s reasonably sure he’s still in there even if he’s not talking. Sadly though (or not sadly depending on your view point), finances decreed they had to move in. At the moment, they hope it’s just for a couple years. (I doubt I’ll dare let them move out again though).

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    • Haha – it was fun to set up! (Most of the ‘box’ holding animations are from the detective animation, asking after suspects!)

      And yes, James – like many ghosts – is not good with change. Hopefully your office ghosts keep to safe pranks.

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  3. The moving screenshots are so brilliant! And I’m wondering what this “boo” was that Max mentioned. Hmm… I am suspicious 😛

    I feel so bad for James right now, but I’m hoping that with Julia back in the house (and Max of course) there will be hope for reconciliation soon!

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    • Thanks the shots were super fun (and annoying) to set up! I’m not a huge fan of poses, but sometimes they are needed.

      Haha – I wondered if you would catch up on that. Sadly that reference is to a “cut scene” in this movie. The bear is called “Boo.” But Julia wonders the same thing as you.

      Surely, back in the house things will go better than before. 🙂

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  4. Ahhhh I read your comment to Citizen about the boo reference not being in regards to James.

    I’m so worried about what angry James may do. But it’s nice to see Julia living in the house again.

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    • Yeah, Sofia never got to see James, and I wrote that line expecting to explain it later in the chapter or in the next chapter. But then that never happened and I forgot to fix the line. :/

      Angry ghosts can cause a lot of havoc, that is for sure.

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  5. So good to see Julia back with her parents for the time being. Excellent pics btw! I wonder how the plant is doing but more importantly, let’s hope James takes all this well.

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    • I’m sure he misses Julia as much as she misses him…I hope! Now that Julia is back in teh house all the time it should be harder to avoid her.

      Thanks, for the compliment on my pictures. I take five billion of them, but they are one of my favorite aspects to simlit. Finding the right shot for the scene.

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