16. Breaking News

Clutching her hand tightly, Ethan led Ivy up the steps out of the underground. He was a little nervous. What if she didn’t like it? What if she was getting bored of life in Bridgeport? He knew of her love of the outdoors, naturally, but there weren’t many green spaces in the city. The odd park, yes, but that wasn’t the same as the hillsides of Sunset Valley – tamed, organised hedgerows and artistic flower bed arrangements didn’t have the same appeal as the rugged, wild outskirts of the small town they had both left behind some weeks ago. Still, he had one more ace up his sleeve, one place he hadn’t yet been able to take Ivy to. Work, work, work. He dearly loved his job, but when he had his beautiful girlfriend mooching around the streets surrounding their appartment all day while he was in the studio he did wish he could take a few weeks off to spend time with her. Still, better late than never.

As they crossed the road, Ivy was faced with a large, glass dome, not unlike the one that lay next to science facility Tristan worked at back home. She was confused. Was this Bridgeport’s science complex? Why was Ethan bringing her here?

Entering the small building to the side of the dome, Ethan took Ivy down the stair case, along the corridor, and up the next flight of stairs. ‘Well, Ivy? What do you think?’ he asked with an air of uncharacteristic shyness.

Amazed, Ivy walked over to the nearest bench and sat down heavily, gazing around her. The glass dome was like a giant greenhouse, full of blooming flowers and palm trees, with butterflies flitting around everywhere. A sweet scent filled the warm air, a far cry from the smell of exhaust fumes usually smelt on the street.

Oh, gnomes. I have to tell him. It’s not fair.

‘Well? Ivy? Is there… Is something wrong?’

Ivy took a deep breath. It was now or never. ‘Ethan… Look. We need to talk. I have to tell you something…’

Ethan’s heart sank a little. ‘What’s the matter?’

Ivy looked up at him. ‘Ethan… I’m pregnant. I took the test yesterday evening. And another.’

Ethan sat back on the bench, watching a butterfly as it landed on a sunflower opposite him. ‘Pregnant. Wow.’

‘Yeah.’ Ivy fidgeted with the hem of her dress, a little unnerved by his lack of reaction.

‘So… We’re having a baby?’

‘Well yes, that’s usually what pregnancy results in!’ she replied a little irritatedly.

‘Huh.’ Suddenly Ethan stood up, dragging Ivy up too and swinging her round in front of him.

‘Well, I had been going to do this tomorrow night when we were out after the show, but I guess now’s as good a time as any. One second.’

Ivy watched in confusion as he rooted around in his pockets, searching for something; her eyes widened as he produced a small, black box and sunk down onto one knee.

‘Ivy Rivers. Ever since I met you, looking so uncomfortable in that tight dress and heels that you drunk yourself into an unholy oblivion, I have loved you. You’ve made me into a better person. I’ve had a pretty successful life, but you are by far the best thing to ever happen to me. And now, we’re going to have a baby. I can’t think of anyone else on this planet who would make a more perfect mother to my children. Will you do me the great honour of becoming my wife?’

‘Yes, yes, yes!’ Whooping with joy, Ethan slotted the sparkling ring onto her finger. He’d barely stood upright before Ivy had flung her arms around him, pulling him into a tight hug.

*       *       *

‘Did you get hold of your parents yet, love?’

‘No, not yet. I’ve been ringing, but it’s been going straight through to voicemail.’ Ivy frowned at the phone, rubbing her slightly swollen stomach worriedly. ‘I’m a little worried. Hey, why aren’t you dressed yet?’

‘Calm down, I’ve only just got up!’

‘It’s eleven o’clock!’

‘And I have the whole day off, so I’ll be spending the whole day here with my fiancée in my boxers. Eating waffles.’ Grinning, Ethan stubbornly squeezed extra syrup onto his fresh-out-of-the-oven, mid-morning breakfast. ‘You should try them again. Maybe they’ve had problems with their phone or something. Your family needs to know!’

‘I know they do! I have been trying!’

Rolling her eyes, Ivy picked up the phone and dialled the much-dialled number back into the handset as Ethan plonked himself down and began to devour his meal. On the eighth ring, Tristan picked up.

‘Hey Trist, shouldn’t you be at work? Ah, never mind, listen, I’ve got such good news – Tristan? Tristan, what’s the matter? Tristan! What… No… And… No! Tristan, why are you telling me this! Tristan! Oh, gnomes…’

‘Ivy? What is it, what’s happened?’ Ethan looked up just as the phone slipped out of Ivy’s hand as she clutched her heart, tears streaming down her face.’

‘It’s… I… I… I can’t breathe…’

‘IVY!!’ Ethan ran over just as his fiancée collapsed to the floor, consciousness leaving her eyes as they fluttered closed.


‘Ivy?! Oh, thank god! Ivy, Dad died! He just had a cold, I swear I only thought it was a cold! The doctor didn’t diagnose it until it was too late, they only got confirmation the evening before hand… It was llama flu, Ivy, it was too much for him to take… And then… Oh, Ivy…’

‘Mum came down with it too. She was just so weak, she could barely get out of bed. I sat by her bedside, I was willing her to get better, I couldn’t leave her… I couldn’t even get up to answer the phone. She… She…

She died this morning, Ivy. They took her away at half past nine, I’ve just… I don’t know what to do. Ivy? Ivy? Ivy, are you – Ivy!’

22 thoughts on “16. Breaking News

  1. I swear I actually had a tear escape when Matthew and Cassie died 😦 ha. Ohh Amelia’s quite the nasty piece of work isn’t she lol xx

    • I know, I was so gutted when Cassie and Matt died!! Matthew went one day, then the next Cassie. Devastating 😦 And yeah, she really is! Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. Grr… Amelia! I knew it! People like that make me mad! playing with the hearts of two very good guys! and bandmates none the less! I hope she gets whats coming to her! Both Andy and Leon Deserve better! sorry for the rant. I am loving the story!

    • I know, I wanted something that wasn’t just old age, and with swine and bird flu having been done I thought I’d give their deaths a little Simmy twist, bring a smile to a bad situation!! 🙂 Thanks for reading, I’m really pleased you’re loving the Rivers 🙂

      • The Prologue is officially finished. I had tried to start the story, but it just didn’t flow. So if you could read it and tell me what you think, that would be great!

  3. *GASP!* AMELIA! What a tramp! Poor Leon… (I’m kinda mad at him too though) and super poor Andy, I love him!
    I’m going to cry, Matthew and Cassie…. dead 😦
    YAAAAAAAAAY IVY AND ETHAN!!! Getting married AND having a baby….. I predict a boy! Or maybe multiples!! Squeeeeeee!!!!!
    Awesome chapter, loved it!! 😀

    • Thanks for reading, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the chapter! 😀 I haven’t played ahead in-game yet, so I don’t know what Ivy’s going to have – exciting!!

  4. Awww I nearly cried when Cassie and Matt died!:(
    I’m soooo happy that Ivy and Ethan are having a baby and getting married, they are too adorable together:)
    Poor Andy, Amelia is a skank!
    Is Maria going to be a friend to Ivy and help her through her loss? I hope she does, Ivy could do with her best friend around!
    I loved this chapter!

    • You’ll have to wait and see what happens with Maria! She may or may not be making an appearance later in the story :-p
      I’m so glad you loved the chapter! Thanks for reading 😀

  5. I was so happy at the beginning of this chapter… then I was sad… then I was angry. So many emotions running high in this chapter! I loved it!

    Grrr… Amelia’s such a scheming little bitch. I hope she gets what’s coming to her. Poor Andy.

  6. Ah no im late! Loved it to bits (as usual)!
    I am soo excited to see how their baby turns out! Yay! 🙂
    Heh…. stupid Amelia.. what is that girls problem! I have a feeling shes gonna try and hook up with Ethan…. hmmmmmmm….
    Ah, poor Leon… its not his fault hes being manipulated ;/
    And poor poor Cassie and Mathew 😥 RIP (hehe, llama flu)

    • Ah, not late at all! The story isn’t going anywhere :p Thanks for reading, and for your comment! I’m excited about the baby too 😀

  7. What a way to start your life together – with a tragedy! Poor Matt and Cassie, they really were perfect for one another and now they’re gaaaaaaaaaaaaawn! *wipes tear away*

    I’m so happy for Ethan and Ivy, but I’m afraid they’re an isolated bubble of happy within their group of friends. When Amelia’s secrets come out the band is going to implode but hopefully they’ll kick her to the curb and everyone can make amends.

    My new chapter is up, by the by 😀

    • At least Cass and Matt went together, near enough – they’re still together 🙂
      Thanks for reading and commenting! And hurrah, I’m off to read! 😀

  8. Sorry it took so long to comment! When I saw it pop up in my inbox title less, I figured you had accidentally posted it without finishing. I figured I would be getting another e-mail soon. Glad I came back and and checked!

    Guess I should have seen her getting pregnant, but somehow the thought slipped my mind! It really was depressing her parents passing, especially that it happened so fast she couldn’t get home. 😥 I hope she’ll be able to come to terms with their deaths.

    And grrr Leon! I knew I shouldn’t trust that darn mike tapper! Though to be fair, the blame existent just as much on Amelia’s shoulders as his, if not more. Makes me wonder though… I know Sunset Valley is a great deal smaller than Bridgeport, but it makes me feel so sad for Ivy that she can’t escape the fame of her single relationship,and Amelia can get away with (at least) three!

    Isabel’s first chapter is also up. Also, an afterthought: I wonder if Ria will come to her senses and come to Bridgeport to apologize, then get wrapped with a band member? Or worse, catch Amelia in the act? Or even worse, tell the pap about Ivy’s pregnancy! So many possibilities!

    • Oh, don’t worry about it! Yeah, I pressed publish without writing in the name of the chapter. Whoops!!
      Eee, I hadn’t thought about the differences between Ivy and Amelia, thanks for pointing that out! You’re so right! Poor Ivy, haha!!
      Thanks for reading!! I’m off to read Isabel’s first now 🙂

  9. Ugh, so sad for Cassie and Matthew!! I wish we could’ve seen a bit more of them before they died 😦 So sad, but at least they went together and are still together! Poor Tristan and Ria, there all alone suffering! I am a little confused though. I thought Ivy was just visiting Ethan, was she really in Bridgeport for that long?? And she didn’t visit home at all?
    Great chapter, obviously! So sad now though! 😦 I loved Cassie and Matthew so much, RIP.

    • I saw it as she went for a visit but ended up staying, haha! Cassie and Matthew were already elders when she left, so I didn’t see it as out of the ordinary that they died whilst she was away. After they’d gone and Tristan moved to Bridgeport, she had no real reason to return to Sunset Valley.

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