30. Settled


Practically jumping out of his skin, Dylan scrambled for his ringing, vibrating, singing and dancing mobile phone that had just sprung to life on his bedside table. Why did these things sound so much louder at night?!

‘Hello?’ he muttered groggily, blearily climbing out of bed and tiptoeing across the room, pulling his robe about him.

‘Dylan! Did I wake you?’ Clara’s cheery voice boomed down the phone. Dylan winced. He’d never understood how she managed to be so cheery at five o’clock in the morning. No, scratch that… He never understood how she managed to beΒ awake at five o’clock every morning.

Without fail.

‘Clara, hi! Of course you did,’ Dylan joked, running a hand through his bed head.

‘Sorry about that! Listen, we were wondering when you were going to be coming back to Bridgeport, if you knew? No pressure, it’s just that we haven’t heard much lately, and, well…’

‘It’s fine, Clara. I’m sorry, I’ve just… I’ve had a lot on my mind lately.’

‘Well that’s understandable Dylan!’

‘No, no, not like that. Clara, listen… I’m not coming back.’


‘I’m not coming back. I’m sorry, I should’ve told you sooner. I love it here in Appaloosa Plains, and I’m buying my house here with the compensation money. I was going to look into a transfer here. I just… I can’t come back, Clara. I’ve already got so much more here than I ever had in Bridgeport…’

Dylan could practically hear Clara’s beaming smile down the phone. ‘Well then in that case Dylan, I’m happy for you. Sad that you won’t be joining us again, but yourΒ well beingΒ is the priority! I’ll give the Plains’ station a ring and tell them you’ll pop in and see them for a chat, if you like?’

‘That’d be great, Clara! Thank you so much!’ After a quick catch up, Dylan sidled back into bed next to Louise, cuddling up close to her.

‘So you’re not leaving?’

‘You’re awake?!’

‘Of course I am. I’m really happy you’re staying, Dylan…’

Dylan smiled softly to himself, pulling Louise a little closer. ‘I am too, Louise. I am too…’

(press play!)

39 thoughts on “30. Settled

  1. Oh my goodness! Amazing!!! I loved that video! so sweet! πŸ™‚ What a brilliant chapter! I’m so glad that Louise and Dylan have such a happy life. The kids are extremely cute πŸ™‚

  2. Amazing chapter Sian! I loved the video, and the music behind it really fit. Freya and Lily are adorable. So I’m guessing Freya is going to be the heir since it said she was older? Unless you decide to do what you did with Rose and Daisy in the Emmetts. So the reason that Puzzle wasn’t in the last few chapters is because Dylan forgot about him completely? Wow! I can’t wait for more!

    • Yep, Dylan forgot him πŸ™‚ To be fair he did go through something pretty traumatic! I haven’t decided what to do with Freya and Lily with the heirship yet. May do a poll, but watch this space! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  3. Ahhh I love the video! I wish I had the time and patience to create videos for my chapters. I’m so jealous, haha!

    I’m so happy he’s engaged to Louise, but I’m even more excited about a new imaginary friend in the family! πŸ˜€ I love imaginary friends and I especially love Puzzle. I can’t believe Dylan seems to have forgotten Puzzle following his accident! ;n; Now I’m wondering where Puzzle’s been and what he’s been doing all this time. I hope he comes back. I miss that little guy. He may get Dylan into all kinds of trouble, but his heart’s in the right place.

    • I’ll categorically state now that Freya doesn’t have an imaginary friend – both she and Lily got the dolls, but I’m just using Freya’s to progress the Dylan/Puzzle story. They haven’t bonded or anything, hence the ‘look what I found under my bed’ thing rather than cherished toy, if that makes sense. Having said that, thanks for reading and I’m really pleased you enjoyed the chapter and the video! Thanks for commenting too πŸ™‚

  4. I love this chapter! The video is so great Sian!:) I love it ❀
    The girls are adorable and I'm so happy that Louise and Dylan are happy together! They're made for each other:)
    I'm curious as to what is going to happen with puzzle!
    I'm from sunny ol' England:)

    • Aw, thank you! So pleased you enjoyed the chapter and the video πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting!
      Ah, a fellow Brit! Good day to you!

  5. Hi Sian! Sorry its taken so long for me to come over here!
    Onto the chapter- After reading Chap. 29, I was beginning to warm up to Louise again, and after that video (sweetest. thing. ever! Great job on it, may I add) I’m so happy she came back into Dylan’s life.
    What I’m very interested in right now is Puzzle- where has he been all these years? I see how Dylan could have forgotten him, but why has *Puzzle* forgotten Dylan- that’s very unlike him! I am truly curious to what is going on…
    On another note- Freya and Lily are absolutely adorable! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see what sort of mischief they get up to!
    Lovely post! πŸ˜€

    • Aww, thank you, so pleased you enjoyed the chapter and the video! As for Puzzle, maybe he never forgot Dylan at all… Hmm! Wait and see πŸ˜‰
      Thanks for reading, and for commenting!

  6. Very wonderfully done. The video was beautiful and the twins are so cute! Your writing is magnificent. It really makes you connect with each character so well. That’s what made that video so special… Your readers love both Dylan and Lou, and now we get to see their “home movie” so to speak. A video can be much more powerful than just pictures when it’s done properly. You really blew this chapter out of the water. I can’t wait to see what comes next… with the wedding and Puzzle and the girls.

  7. I absolutely LOVED the video. Very lovely. πŸ™‚

    It’s funny, too, because I had been watching SIFF Spring 2012 movies earlier this week, thinking it would be so awesome to be able to put together a movie for my family — but I haven’t a clue how to do one and make it look nice, so it may be a while before that ever happens.

    Anyway, I’m so glad that Dylan and Louise are together and happy. The twins are too cute! I can already see that Freya is going to be a handful. Haha!

    You’ve really outdone yourself with this chapter. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much! I’ve been watching some of the SIFF videos too, some excellent work there. Makes me quite jealous, haha! This little vid took me long enough, so I can’t imagine the time those creators pour into their masterpieces.

      Thanks for reading, and for commenting, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the chapter and video πŸ™‚

  8. Awwh what a great chapter, i’ve never followed someone’s stories and legacies etc who puts as much effort into theirs as you. I loved the video such a good idea to use something like that, and something different to usual legacies! Can’t wait for next one!

    By the way since people seem to be saying, i’m sure i’ve said before but i’m from the north of Ireland, but at uni in England πŸ™‚ xx

  9. If you get two posts from me, sorry my internet’s messing up, I commented under this but when I clicked post it seemed to dissapear!ha.

    Anyways, such a great chapter, i’ve never followed anyone’s story, who puts as much effort into it as you do. The video was absolutely amazing, i’ve never seen anyone do one for their story before, it came across so well! By the way sad to see Ethan go! 😦 Really looking forward to the next chapter πŸ™‚

    Since everyone seems to be saying, i’m sure i’ve said before but i’m from the north of Ireland but at uni in England πŸ™‚ xx

    • I think your profile’s changed somehow, kinda confusing! Your comment didn’t disappear, it just wasn’t recognised as being okay so it hid it until I logged on. Weird!

      Thanks! I’m so pleased you enjoyed the chapter, and you’re the first to comment on Ethan’s passing too so kudos for noticing that πŸ˜‰ Thank you for reading, and for commenting, I’m so pleased you enjoyed πŸ™‚ x

  10. Twins! They’re going to have their hands full with at least one of those girls once they hit teenagers.

    Your video was absolutely lovely, a great way to skip past the sleepless nights and potty training portions of child rearing.

    I never thought I’d say this, but I’m interested to see Puzzle come back…

    Great chapter, of course!!

    • Too right they are! To be honest, they already have their hands full with them πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for reading, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the chapter and the video πŸ™‚ And thanks for commenting, as ever!

  11. Hey Sian! Just wondering when the next chapter will be cause it’s been over three weeks. 😦 You’ve got me hooked on what will happen with puzzle and Dylan!

    • I’m sooooo sorry!! My time has been sorely limited lately, I’ve had loads of stuff on and it’s sucked up all my Simming time. I’m *hoping* to get the next chapter out within the next two weeks at the most, I’ve not even played since I finished this chapter sadly 😦 I’ve been thinking about it a lot though, so hopefully once I get to my game it’ll come together quickly! Hoping it’ll be a biggie, lots to get through in chapter 31 πŸ™‚

      Thanks for commenting, and I’m soso sorry once again 😦 ❀

  12. Hii Sian hope your well πŸ™‚ Looking forward to the next rivers chapter. Just wanted to let you know i’ve started a wishacy, it’s nowhere near as good as anything you’ve ever done, are even anywhere near good ha, but i’d love it if you’d check it out when you’ve got time and see what you think. Tell me if you hate it!ha.

    And obviously only check it out if you want to. Same for everyone else on here if you’ve got some time to kill take a peek πŸ™‚ xx


  13. Hey Sian! Just wanted to say I hope you’re well and I’m looking forward to the next update on your blog, whenever that may be. πŸ™‚

    I just got settled into my new house and finished this school year so things are much better for me now and I’ve had more time to devote to Simming and writing so updates are coming out again on my blog, which I’m really excited about!

    If anyone else is looking for new reading material or has some time to kill, it’d be great if you’d check out my legacy. I used to write the Charm Legacy, but have moved on to the Waverunners now and am in the second generation, so there isn’t too much to catch up on. The link is here: http://newreflections11.wordpress.com/

    (Sorry for shamelessly advertising on your blog, Sian, heh heh).

  14. I loved it! I thought I would have been futher behind that I was! That video was fantastic… I got a little choked up! Cant wait for the rest! πŸ™‚

  15. Hello! I think your writing and story telling is brilliant! I just found your blog and caught up to date; can’t wait for more! But I live in the states and can’t get the video; when I try it says that EMI blocked it in my country because of copyright laws : (
    Thanks for taking the time to create!

    • Awwh no! Which country are you from? So sorry to hear that you can’t see the video! But thank you so much for reading anyways, so pleased you enjoyed the bits you could get to! πŸ™‚

  16. Ugh, I can’t see the video either! Extremely sad 😦 Can u please tell me what happens in it? I feel wrong reading the rest of the legacy without knowing what happens there! Please get back with me ASAP because I’m officially addicted to your legacy! πŸ™‚

    • Ah, no! So rubbish. Quick breakdown – Dylan starts work at the firestation in Appaloosa Plains, Louise moves in with her dog, Ethan dies (:'() Louise gets pregnant and has twin girls, Dylan proposes and Louise accepts πŸ™‚
      So pleased you’re enjoying my legacy!!

      • AWWWWW!!! 😦 I’m so sad i can’t see that! Silly video laws :p Well, thanks for letting me know anyways! I’m glad you pay attention to what your readers have to say, or I’d be completely clueless πŸ˜‰ YAY for twins!! I absolutely love multiples, I’m trying to raise triplets right now! EEk! (on the sims haha) Anyway, great chapter as always! πŸ˜€

  17. I loved that film it was really great! It’s great that Dylan and Louise had kids, especially twins πŸ™‚ . It was so sad when Ethan died 😦 !!!

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