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

‘Lou.’

‘Dylan!’ Louise span round and gazed worriedly into Dylan’s eyes. ‘Are you okay? I can’t believe Melody did that, right in front of the whole school!’

‘I’m as okay as I can be!’ Dylan smiled at the anxious girl. ‘Bit embarrassed, but it’s to be expected.’

‘I’m so cross with her!’

‘Yeah, Rory said you had an argument. Are you okay?’

‘Me?’ Louise faltered a little, confused. ‘Of course I am. Why wouldn’t I be?’

‘Because you’ve just had an argument with your best friend?’

‘Oh! Right. Of course. To be honest… Look, Melody and I have been friends since we were three years old, but… I don’t really like her very much anymore. She treats people like they’re dirt, like she’s better than everyone else. I stood up to her a few weeks ago, I just got so sick of it, and since then… Well, she’s been nice to my face. But Rory told me earlier than she’s been spreading crap about me around the school. She doesn’t like being told she’s not the perfect figure she thinks she is.’ Louise trailed off, a little taken aback with her outburst. ‘Sorry. This is about you.’

‘No, it’s fine!’ Dylan smiled warmly at Louise. ‘You’ve had sixteen years of putting up with her, it’s about time you got some of it off your chest!’

Louise giggled, feeling a little self conscious. ‘You’re not wrong there!’

The two fell silent for a few moments, each deep in thought as they stared at their shoes.

‘Did you know Melody was only using me?’

Looking up, Louise hesitantly nodded. ‘I had an inkling. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you, I just… I didn’t think you’d believe me.’

‘No no, it’s fine,’ Dylan replied fervently. ‘I wouldn’t have done. I was just wondering… You know…’

‘Okay.’ Louise fidgeted with the hem of her dress nervously.

‘Rory says that you two aren’t exactly the romance of the century either. Shame, really.’

‘Really?’

‘Well…’ Dylan tried to find the right words. ‘Just… You know…’

‘Rory is a really nice guy, but there’s nothing there. We both realised it pretty early on tonight, but it’s no biggie. I hope we can be friends though, he’s a really nice guy!’

‘He is! I’ve known him since he was in nappies, he’s great,’ Dylan grinned nostalgically. ‘Ah well. Such is life! So, anyone else you’ve got your eye on?’

Louise smiled to herself. ‘Maybe.’

‘Oh yeah?’ Dylan felt his neck grow hot as he became aware of Louise’s fixed gaze.

‘Yeah,’ Louise whispered, hardly realising that she was gradually leaning in towards Dylan.

‘Oh, Lou. I’ve been so blind…’ Dylan tentatively placed a hand on Louise’s waist and pulled her closer to him, smiling as she gently cupped his face.

‘You really have,’ Louise replied, her voice tinged with regret.

‘We could go for coffee? Now, I mean. There’s a place not too far from -‘

‘No.’

‘No?!’

Louise paused, her eyes searching Dylan’s. ‘I want to, though.’

‘Then why -‘

‘I can’t. I… I’m leaving Bridgeport, right after graduation.’

Dylan was stunned. ‘What? Why?!’

‘I just need a fresh start. I’ve spent my entire life here hiding away, I just… I want to leave it behind. Start anew. I’m going to stay with my Aunt and Uncle for a while, then find my own place, get a job near them.’

‘But… What?’ Dylans struggled to find his words through his shock. ‘Why, Louise? Why can’t we see each other until then?!’

Taking a deep breath, Louise pulled away from Dylan’s embrace. ‘You know why. We’ve got exams, we’ve got graduation, neither of us need the distraction right now. And then I’ll be gone.’

‘But -‘

‘No, Dylan! Look, if Melody hadn’t got so drunk tonight we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. I’m not playing second fiddle to her anymore, Dylan.’

‘But you wouldn’t be!’

‘Yes, I would! You only noticed me after she screwed you over. Dylan, believe me, if we’d had this conversation a few months ago I’d have jumped at the chance of being with you but… I… I just… I respect myself now.’

Dylan felt tears starting to build in his eyes. Blinking furiously, he reached out a longing hand towards the girl he’d only just admitted his feelings for. ‘Please, Louise…’

‘No.’ Softly pushing his hand away, Louise took a step backwards. ‘I’m sorry, Dylan. It’s just too late. I’ll see you at school.’

Taking one last look at Dylan, Louise turned and walked down the steps onto the street and hailed a passing cab, Dylan’s eyes on her the whole time. As the taxi pulled away and round the corner, Dylan buried his head in his hands. ‘How could I have been so bloody blind?’ he muttered to himself, trudging down the steps and across the road into the park where he sat down heavily in a swing.

‘Dylan okay?’

Looking up from his depressed cloud, Dylan saw the swing next to him occupied with a familiar figure. ‘Oh. Hi.’

‘Dylan okay?’

‘Not really.’

‘Puzzle was right.’

‘So I hate to admit.’ Moodily scuffing the worn away grass under his swing, Dylan contemplated the night. ‘Guess I won’t be forgetting prom in a hurry after all. Dumped by one girl and rejected by another.’

‘Is for the best.’

‘Why’s that?’

‘Dylan free to play with Puzzle now!’

‘Oh, give over!’ Dylan rolled his eyes, smiling a little.

‘Is for the best anyway. Dylan no happy with Melody.’

‘I just don’t get it… I’ve got such strong feelings for Louise, how did I not realise I had them until Melody… Well, until she did what she did.’

‘Melody like fireworks. Everyone look at her, but she painful if you get close.’

Dylan laughed. ‘That’s pretty deep, Puzzle!’

‘True though.’

‘Very true.’ Dylan gazed at the peculiar creature as it swung a little on the swing, a look of innocent joy plastered on it’s face. ‘Puzzle… What exactly are you?’

‘Puzzle? Puzzle Dylan’s friend!’

‘Apart from that.’

Puzzle looked puzzled. ‘Puzzle Dylan’s friend. Puzzle here for Dylan.’

‘Right.’

‘Dylan?’

‘Yes?’

‘Now you no have girlfriend, Dylan play with Puzzle tomorrow?’

‘You don’t give up, do you!’ Dylan shook his head in disbelief. ‘I’m still not convinced you’re real.’

‘Who says what is real and what is not?’

‘Oh, whatever!’ Rolling his eyes, Dylan started suddenly. ‘Gnomes! What time is it?!’ Checking his phone, he jumped up from his swing and began racing towards the street. ‘It’s gone curfew!’

‘Puzzle know.’

‘Then why didn’t you say anything?!’

‘Puzzle talking to Dylan. Curfew not important.’

‘Yes it is! I’ve got to get home now, before I get…’ Dylan came to an abrupt halt as he ran out of the park and right into a police officer. ‘…Caught…’

*

‘What time do you call this?’ As the police officer dropped Dylan off outside his house, Ethan came marching out. ‘Your mother told you to make sure you were back before curfew!’

Dylan hung his head. ‘Sorry, Dad.’

‘Well, I hope tonight was worth it. I have a feeling your mother and I won’t be letting you out for the next few weeks! Being driven home by the police?!’

‘I said I was sorry!’

‘So how was your last night of freedom?’ Ethan looked at his son quizzically.

‘Well, I got dumped by Melody after she cheated on me in front of the whole school, then Louise, who I’ve just realised I actually have feelings for, rejected me and is leaving the city after graduation.’ Dylan eyed his Father, in the mood for an argument. Running into the police officer had been the icing on the cake for his night, and he was itching for a spat.

Ethan looked at his son. ‘Oh. Not so good then.’

‘Nope.’

‘Right.’

‘I’m sorry, mate.’

‘Why? You didn’t do anything!’

‘You know what I mean! Look, get yourself inside and off to bed. Your Mother turned in a couple of hours ago so she doesn’t know you broke curfew. Maybe I’ll let you off, just this once.’

‘Why bother?’ Dylan replied angrily. ‘It doesn’t matter either way! I don’t exactly have a social life any more!’

‘Oh, kid. Look, get yourself to bed. Things will look different in the morning. Everything happens for a reason, you know. One day you’ll look back on tonight and be glad things turned out the way they did…’

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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