24. It’s Prom Night (and I’m on the swings with my imaginary friend…)

Fastening his bowtie and straightening his jacket, Dylan picked up the comb balanced on the side of the open dresser drawer and began to carefully put his hair into place, staring intently at his reflection in his parents’ huge three-piece mirror as he perfected his look. He had to look perfect. Everything had to go perfectly. This was a pretty huge occasion, and he wasn’t going to let a few stray hairs ruin things for him!

‘Jeez Dylan, you actually sound like a girl… Note to self, don’t tell Rory and Charlie you spent three hours getting ready,’ Dylan muttered as he made the final adjustments to his attire before stepping back to admire his handiwork.

‘Having said that… I’ve not done a bad job!’ Congratulating himself, Dylan took one last look at his pristine suit and carefully coiffed hair before calling his parents into the room.

‘Okay Mum! Dad! I’ve finished!’

‘About time, kid! I don’t think I’ve ever been sent out of my own bedroom before!’ Ethan grumbled as he and Ivy walked back into the bedroom they’d been hovering outside of, waiting to see their son all suited and booted for his big day. ‘Looking good, though!’

‘Oh, Dylan! You look simply wonderful!’ Ivy gushed. ‘I knew that suit would be an investment! First your Uncle’s wedding, now your prom! You’ll be getting married in that before I know it!’

‘Mum!’ Dylan felt his face grow hot with embarrassment. ‘I’m not getting married!’

‘Oh, I don’t know, you do have that lovely girlfriend of yours!’ Ethan teased. ‘We might have a grandchild within a year, Ivy!’

‘Dad!’

‘Don’t take things that far, Ethan! We’re far too young for grandchildren! But seriously love, you look very handsome. When are you going to Melody’s?’

‘Soon, I’m just waiting for Rory to text me. I’m meeting him and Charlie, then we’re going over to pick up the girls. The limo’s going from there.’

‘A limousine! Oh Ethan, our boy in a limousine!’

‘Ivy my sweet, we ride in limousines on many occasions. Gigs, premieres, you have been in one too you know!’ Ethan rolled his eyes, smiling at how his wife was getting carried away, the excitement on her face warming his heart.

Ivy grinned and nodded at her husband and son. ‘I know that, but this is his first time without us! And this is his special day, no-one elses!’

‘Mum! It’s everyone in the top year’s special day! Oh… Yep, that’s Rory,’ Dylan said as he checked his texts. ‘Right, I’m off!’

‘Okay love! Have you got enough money? Have you got some tissues? Remember your curfew’s at eleven, don’t go getting carried away and staying out too late!’

‘I won’t! Stop worrying!’

*

‘So, come on Charlie! Who did you ask out in the end?’

Charlie tossed his hair back, trying his best to look nonchalant knowing one of the most popular girls in the school would be emerging from the house soon. ‘Well, I decided in the end that the whole “finding a prom-date” thing was an archaic custom, so I haven’t asked anyone.’

Dylan and Rory exchanged looks and smirked. ‘So what you’re saying is, you haven’t found a date?’

‘No!’ Charlie looked up hotly. ‘Didn’t you listen to me?’

‘Oh, sure we did,’ grinned Dylan. ‘It’s just a bit surprising at how long it took you to actually come to that conclusion. I mean, you asked out Georgia, Leanne, Angelica…’

‘Perrie, Jade, Leigh-Ann, Jesy…’ Rory continued. ‘Ellen, Jas, Rosie -‘

‘Oh be quiet you two!’ Charlie folded his arms and scowled at his best friends, who weren’t doing anything to suppress their laughter. ‘You won’t be laughing later when I’ve got the pick of the girls and you two are stuck with your dates!’

‘Mate, are you kidding? You haven’t managed to get a date yet with weeks of preparation, what makes you think you’ll be able to get one tonight?’ Dylan joked.

Reaching out, Rory ruffled Charlie’s long, wavy hair. ‘You know, I blame this barnet of yours! I’ve been saying for ages, you need to get this cut off!’

‘Oh, shut up Rory!’ Charlie fended off Rory’s attack and straightened himself out. ‘Like you can talk! When was the last time your hair saw daylight before today? I’d almost forgotten that you even had any under that stupid hat of yours!’

‘Ah, come on Charlie, we’re only having a laugh. Look, let’s just all agree – we’re going to have the best night ever. Dates or no dates, we’ll make sure we stick together and have a brilliant time. Let’s face it, we’re gonna need it! Exams start next month remember!’ Dylan smiled at his friends who grimaced at the thought of the hard slog that awaited that.

‘You’re right, Dyl. Friends first,’ Charlie beamed. About to agree with Dylan also, Rory was interrupted by the sound of the door opening. The three boys turned to look as Melody strutted out onto the patio.

‘Sorry to keep you waiting, boys! You know what us girlies are like. Lou’ll be down in a minute, Rory, she’s just finishing off her hair. Hi, Dylan!’ Melody simpered at Dylan, who was staring at her agape.

‘That’s… That’s fine, Melody…’ Rory blinked several times furiously, trying to tear his eyes away from his friend’s date. Charlie was simply lost for words. Dylan, realising that he should probably talk to his potentially official girlfriend, shook himself.

‘Hi Melody! You look… You look amazing,’ he gulped, not entirely sure where to look. ‘Wow.’

‘Oh, thank you Dylan! You’re too sweet!’ Melody skipped forward happily, tottering a little in her heels, and planted a kiss on Dylan’s lips.

‘Um… What time’s the car getting here?’ Charlie found his voice, finding that he was only speechless when he looked directly at the overly exposed Melody. Melody looked at the bashful teen for a few seconds, her mind ticking.

‘Not for another five minutes, so we’re alright. By the way, Charlie… You never did find a date, did you?’

Charlie shook his head, trying to look at Melody and not look at her at the same time.

‘Well! You know my friend Sarah?’

‘Sarah? Cheerleader Sarah?!’ Melody had Charlie’s full attention.

‘Yes! Well, she broke up with her boyfriend yesterday. She thinks you’re cute, you know. I said you didn’t have a date, so she’s going to be waiting for you when we get there.’ Melody tried to hold back a sneer as Charlie’s face lit up.

‘Really? Are you serious? Cheerleader Sarah?!’

‘No!’ Melody let out a harsh laugh. ‘Of course not! You should’ve seen your face, Charlie boy!’

Dylan and Rory exchanged looks. ‘Are you kidding?!’ Rory mouthed as Charlie’s face flushed red.

‘Ah well. Maybe I’ll get a chance another time,’ Charlie tried to smooth over his shame, adjusting his tie. ‘No biggie.’

Frowning, Dylan was about to say something to Melody when the door opened for a second time.

Rory’s face lit up like a Christmas tree as Louise strolled out casually, a shy smile on her face. She looked beautiful. ‘Wow Rory, I’d almost forgotten you had hair under that hat of yours!’ she joked tentatively as she walked past everyone else and up to her date.

‘Hah, my hair only comes for special occasions,’ Rory grinned as he took Louise’s hands. ‘You look amazing…’

‘Thanks!’ Louise smiled back, trying to meet Rory’s eyes. She could feel everyone else’s on her, and it was making her feel uncomfortable. Removing her hands from Rory’s, she began playing with the end of her side ponytail.

‘You missed a properly good joke, Lou!’ Melody exclaimed, trying to regain her lost attention. ‘I almost convinced Charlie that Sarah was his surprise date for the night!’

‘That doesn’t sound very funny,’ Louise said blankly, staring at Melody. ‘Oh by the way, Charlie, a couple of my friends from the debate team don’t have dates tonight either. I can introduce you later, if you like.’

‘Really? Wow, thanks Louise!’ Charlie beamed at Rory’s date, who smiled kindly back. Dylan concealed a grin as Melody’s face creased in anger.

The limousine pulled up outside Melody’s house, and Melody tottered off to get the best seat. ‘At last, it’s here! Come on, Dylan!’ she called over her shoulder. Hardly hearing his date, Dylan hung back a little and watched as everyone else climbed in.

‘Louise is lots nicer than Melody,’ a voice piped up from over Dylan’s shoulder.

‘I know. Wait, what?’ Dylan whipped around before he could stop himself.

‘Dylan? What are you doing? You don’t need your dancing shoes until we hit the dancefloor!’ Rory crowed from the open door of the car. ‘Come on!’

‘One sec!’ Dylan pretended to be adjusting his tie as he turned to face Puzzle’s sly smile. ‘I didn’t mean that.’

‘Puzzle no say you did.’

‘Melody’s much nicer.’

‘Puzzle no agree. Neither does Dylan.’

‘Oh, sod off! You’d best not turn up at the prom!’

44 thoughts on “24. It’s Prom Night (and I’m on the swings with my imaginary friend…)

  1. First comment! YAY! I absolutely loved this chapter! I just cannot believe all that happened. I mean, we have been waiting for him to see to light this whole time, and he finally does, and then she rejects him? I dont blame her one bit, the timing was off. I wouldnt want to be sloppy seconds either. its sad though, because they really do belong together! Excellent post!

    • Thanks, I’m pleased you enjoyed it! 🙂 Yeah Dylan did realise what he should’ve known all along a bit too late! You never know what’ll happen though 🙂

      Thanks for reading, and for commenting! Looking forward to the next chapter of the Millers 🙂

      • Im looking forward to the next chapter of the millers too! haha. I feel like the picture taking is taking forever! I am trying to get to a certain milestone, and then the game reset Madisons age, and now she doesnt graduate for another 12 days in game…. Her and Michael are not the same age anymore and I have to replay it all over again.
        It was really weird!

      • That is so annoying! Did you have her use the Stylist station thing (in the salon) or go back into CAS using the game cheat? That’s what usually does it. I always just use Master Controller to redo their ages if that happens, haha!

  2. I have such mixed emotions about this chapter… it was just so sad!
    Melody looked pretty, eventhough she was dressed like a slut, even if her beahvior was not pretty at all! Seriously! Wine!? MELODY! And Brad! Ugh! Ew! I can almost tell she’s going to be running back to Dylan once she sobers up… cause Brad is obviously gonna cheat on her again! Louise… i really didn’t like her this chapter… she played poor Dylan! I mean, yay you respect yourself, but c’mon! You were leading him on and then reject him… AND tell him its too late!? Its never too late! >:P grrrrrrrrrr…. But I did like Puzzle… eventhough his obssession with playing with Dylan has gotten realllly old, he really does have only Dylan’s best interests in mind, which is really good! 🙂
    And Dyla has nice friends who will pick him iup, so that’s nice too!
    Great chapter 🙂

    • Hmm, I disagree that Louise was leading Dylan on! It wasn’t my intention to make it seem like that, so I’m sorry if it did come across like that! It was more a case of Louise making an ‘executive decision’ so to speak – even though she would really (really) love to be with Dylan, she feels that ultimately it won’t actually make her happy, It all came a bit too late for her! There is such a thing in the Rivers’ world 😉

      Thanks for reading, and for commenting!

      • Humph! I still think she shouldn’t have found it late, but I get why she rejected him. Thanks for clearing that up 🙂

  3. Such a great chapter! I’m glad Dylan is finally thinking clearly. It’s too bad that Lou thinks it’s too late. 😦 I’m sure it’ll all work out for both of them in the end… together or not, I know they’ll be happy somehow. Also, I love what Puzzle told Dylan about the fireworks. Great way to describe her! Anxiously awaiting the next chapter 😀

  4. I did use create a sim, but I didnt realize that is what did it! What is the master controller? I know its Twallan but what does it do? I am a bit reluctant to download it because isnt that a big mod?

    • It is quite big, but it’s seriously amazing – I couldn’t play without it any more! It does so much. It lets you go into the stylist mode or CAS without messing up your sims’ ages, you can change the age, change traits, LTWs, moodlets, not just for sims in your family but *all* sims in town. I definitely recommend it 🙂 It seems quite intimidating at first but it’s so easy to pick up (if you’re worried but curious I’d recommend backing up your save files then starting a new game just to try out all the features, not that it will mess up your game but more for piece of mind!). It’s amazing 🙂

      • I think I am going to try that! Do you know know anything about his overwatch mod? I have heard good things about that too! And are these things compatible with Pets?

      • Yes, Overwatch is ESSENTIAL! You don’t have to do anything with it in-game as it just runs itself in the background, but it clears up the game and helps with lag. Twallan’s mods are all updated really quickly after patches and expansions, so they’re all up to date atm. You just need to keep an eye on his site after game updates for when he updates his mods 🙂

  5. Wow!! What a chapter!
    I’m glad Melody has shown her true colours in front of Dylan! Poor Dylan though, so embarrassing for the poor lad!
    I can’t believe Lou is leaving:( I hope Dylan sweeps her off her feet! They can’t lose any more time, they need to be together:)
    Puzzle isn’t quite as creepy now you know he’s looking out for Dylan!
    Brilliant chapter:D

    • Aw, I’m so pleased you enjoyed it! Yes, Louise is going back to Appaloosa Plains. She may be back in the future, I haven’t made up my mind yet! 🙂
      Thanks for reading, and for commenting!!

    • Yes I am, haha! Was struggling to think of random names so I just put theirs down 🙂 Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed the chapter! x

      • I enjoy all the chapters, you are a great writer, I keep wanting to write a legacy, but i get bored of my sims and struggle for ideas haha x

      • Haha! If you get stuck for ideas, perhaps go for a Wishacy instead of a legacy? You just have to grant every. single. wish your Sims throw at you, it’ll keep you on your toes and all you have to do is log down what crazy stuff they decide they want to do! 😉 Pleased you’re enjoying the Rivers!

  6. Aww it’s such a shame that things don’t seem like they will work out for Dylan and Lou. It’s not surprising that Melody was playing him and it did give him something to contrast his feelings for Lou against, in the end, but Lou came back from her vacation stronger and more aware of herself and she has to be true to that… Even if it makes Dylan sad.

    Puzzle still creeps me out though, despite clearly having the best of intentions when it comes to Dylan, he still seems to be a “Puzzle first” kind of puzzle and that’s disconcerting.

    • Yeah, things aren’t going so well for Dylan at the moment, but you never know what the future will hold! Glad you understand where Louise was coming from with her decision to turn Dylan down 🙂
      Thanks for reading, and for commenting!! 🙂

  7. Sorry to keep bothering you! I downloaded twallans mods (yay!) and I was trying to kick Madds age up a bit, but couldnt figure out how to do it… I saw where I could trigger her age but I dont want her to be an adult, just a touch older… is that possible?

    • Yes! If you click on Madds, select Nraas, then Master Controller, then intermediate, then age, then you can set it there 🙂

  8. Ahh such a great chapter! So want Louise and Dylan to be together but I understand her decision 🙂 when Louise moves back will you be doing more chapters from her point of view? I absolutely loved the picture of Louise and Dylan, the one where we can see Louise’s face and Dylan’s back with the stars in the background, very pretty! 🙂 xx

    • No there won’t be any more chapters from Louise’s POV, but those chapters may be referred to again in the future 🙂 So pleased you enjoyed the chapter! I quite like that picture of Louise too, with the lights shining in her eyes! Literally lit up 🙂
      Thanks for reading! x

  9. Rejection??? (inhales) NOOOOOOO!!! Why Louise, why? heh. I guess I can understand her thought process. And I was wrong! I’m not eating my words about Puzzle, he’s alright. Was it just me, or did Melody look a little plain in her prom dress. Well thats just my personal opinion. Can’t wait to see how Dylan copes.

    Ps. Chapter 2 (finally) is up! Czech (check, duh!) it out?

  10. Oh man, what a whirlwind of emotions! At first, I was angry with Melody for being such a !@#$%. Then I was so happy that it looked like Lou and Dylan were going to be together. Then I was heartbroken to find out that she’s leaving Bridgeport. 😦

    Oh and that shot of Puzzle dancing with everyone on the dance floor made me giggle. Too cute! I know I’m in the minority of people who like Puzzle, but I feel so sorry for him. Sure, he’s being kind of selfish for wanting Dylan to himself, but he’s an imaginary friend with a child’s mentality. He’s lonely and just wants his best friend back, like any child would want.

    Wonderful chapter, as always! You’ve inspired me to start working harder to get good screenshots and make my own sets and NPCs, though I’m finding it hard to do all the plot stuff I want with my Sims because their motives drop too low to do much. Do you use maxmotives to put them in good moods for your scenes?

    • Aww, thank you, it’s nice to know I’ve inspired someone! 🙂 I occasionally use maxmotives on sims who I’m not controlling, if it looks like they’re going to fall asleep or something, but for sims in the family I just try and get all the motive-based LTRs as soon as possible! Makes things a lot easier. Can’t wait to see all the new characters coming up in the Waverunner Legacy!

      Thanks for reading, it means a lot 🙂

  11. Lou will somehow be an important part in Dylan’s life, I’m sure. And Melody…I hope Brad dumps her almost immediately and that she loses her popularity and ends up by herself. Although it sounds a bit harsh, she deserves to feel what she’s made others feel.

    Puzzle…I really want Dylan to turn him real. I made me smile when in the end, Puzzle wanted to play with him and how he was really sincerely trying to cheer Dylan up and hey, Dylan smiled and actually let Puzzle in! I’m hoping Puzzle is a girl, because Puzzle would be a good match for Dylan(:

    I also liked how even though Ethan never had these types of problems he still understood Dylan. You can tell Dylan is headed for a better place in his life(:

    • Hahaha, I know what you mean about Melody! She’ll get some comeuppance, mark my words 😉
      Puzzle’s a boy, I’m afraid! No IF/Sim relationships here. The Puzzle storyline will have a good (I hope!) ending though!

      Thanks for reading, and for commenting 🙂

  12. Oh wow…. Melody finally showed her true colors to Dylan! But of course Lou has to leave right when Dylan comes to his senses!! But good for Louise for realizing that she doesn’t just have to take people’s junk. You go girl!
    But, please somehow get them back together!
    Anyway, I really loved this chapter, especially Ethan’s talk with Dylan at the end. Hopefully Dylan will cheer up… somehow. :/

    • Thank you, I’m so pleased you enjoyed it! 🙂 I’m sure Dylan will cheer up, he’ll be graduating soon so he’s got the grown up world of the Sims to look forward to!
      Thanks for reading 🙂

    • Okay actually! A lot to learn and take in, my induction pack is ENORMOUS. My shifts have all been in the evening though which is when I usually sim, still trying to get my simming-clock to let me play in the mornings! Thank you for asking 🙂

      • I understand, with school being done this year, and having the holiday breaks and such I was on sim overload! I have been playing every night! haha! I am so happy you are getting the swing of things at work! I wish they hadnt messed with your sim clock though! 🙂

      • Me too! Glad to hear you’re playing lots though, I’m excited for new chapters of the Miller Diaries 🙂

  13. Aahhh! Melody is sickening! I can’t wait for her to get a taste of her own medicine, but at least this allowed Dylan to see her for the mistake she is…and recognize his feelings for Louise. It’s just horrible timing, though.

    I’m so proud Louise finally found her backbone. I just wish it wasn’t at the expense of her future with Dylan — because they really belong together, they do. I hope Dylan runs to AP and sweeps Lou off of her feet. So romantic!

    And I hate to admit it, because Puzzle was REALLY creepy in the beginning, but I’m kinda glad he was there to look out for Dylan at prom…even if it’s for selfish reasons. Who knew Puzzle could be deep? Haha.

    Wonderful chapter! 🙂

    BTW, Chapter 6 is up! I’m so sorry it took me forty forevers to get it together, but I hope you enjoy it.

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