Chapter 2.4 – Stay or Go?

Even though Bella had not been single in years, being alone came quite easily to her.  She threw herself into her work proudly displayed the photographs she did not sell on the walls at home. Since a child she had loved all living creatures and the world around her, so it was no surprise that most of her work was inspired by these things.

Her parents were so proud of her.  They had now both become elders and would boast about their daughters natural artistic abilities during their games of Bridge with their friends or over a pot of tea.  They had both long since retired from the movie business but they still adored each other just as much as the day they married.

As time went by, Bella saw her best friend Gaby get married and become pregnant with her first child.  At her baby shower, Bella offered her services to take lots of pictures. 

She wanted to capture the beauty of pregnancy but what she got was a whole lot more.  What she saw was the ultimate unconditional love of a married couple on the brink of starting their own family.   As Bella watched her friend’s abundant happiness, she could not help but wish she could find that one day.

Bella drifted around the party that day filled with joy for her friend but also with an overwhelming sense of loneliness.  She did not know where she fitted in. It was like she was in no-man’s land. Too old to go out clubbing but not ready for marriage and children. She decided that “if in doubt, pig out,” and headed over to the buffet table.  While pilling her plate high with a Garden Salad, she felt a tap on her shoulder.

“Bella Star,” came the voice?  Bella spun round to a man who looked just like Gaby’s husband, Brian.

“Yes,” she replied?

“I am sorry to bother you but I am Joey, Brian’s brother.”

That makes sense, Bella thought to herself.

“Well, Gaby was telling me all about what a fantastic photographer you are,” Joey continued.  “And I need someone to take a portrait picture of me for my book and was wondering if I could pay you?  If its not too much trouble that is?”

Bella liked Joey instantly.  She did not normally do this type of work but there was such warmth in his eyes, she could not help but say yes.  “Of course,” she replied.  “Come to my studio at my house tomorrow and I will get it done for you.”

The following afternoon Joey turned up on time and Bella set him up in the small studio she had built at the back of the house. It was very basic, but for small jobs like this it did just the trick.

While Bella took a few different head-shots of Joey they chatted back and forth. Bella found out Joey was an author and was just about to have his first book published, hence the head shot for the inside cover.   Bella was intrigued by Joey’s booked entitled: Dead Simple, and Joey promised to get her a signed copy.

In was nice to be in the company of a man after so long and even though Joey was a bit more serious and clean-cut that her usual type, she found herself flirting with him. 

“So, what are you up to now,” Joey asked when they had finished for the day.

“Not much,” Bella replied feeling the butterflies.

“Well I err… wondered if maybe you would like to go and get a coffee or something?  I know this great little café in the French District on the edge of Bridgeport.”

“Sounds great.”

“Yeah?” Joey asked blushing.

“Yes,” Bella confirmed blushing back.

Joey was right about the café. It was so pretty and quaint and Bella could not believe she had not known about it before.  They chatted all afternoon and into the evening.  Joey was so passionate about his writing and Bella sometimes found it hard to get a word in edgeways when he went off on his excitement about his book.

As the sun set over Bridgeport, Joey offered to drive Bella home. Even though she had had a great time, she decided to walk home instead and enjoy the last few days of summer.  Outside the café, Joey pulled Bella into a hug.  “I would really like to see you again,” he said.

“Me too,” she replied squeezing him back.

Then she set off on the hour’s walk home.  She basked in the fresh air and let her mind run through the last few hours of her day with Joey.  He was so sweet and so nice and even though he did not make her legs go weak yet, Bella told herself that it was time she went for the nice available guy for a change.

As she approached her house on the hill, she saw a figure standing at her gate. This was not a rare thing as often fans and paparazzi would wait at the gates for her famous parents, but this did not look like a fan or photographer.  It looked like Charlie!  Don’t get excited, she told herself.  He lives thousands of miles away!

“Charlie,” Bella questioned.  “What are you doing here?”

As he turned around to face Bella there was such sadness in his face.  “Hey Bella,” he uttered.  “Sorry to turn up here like this but I just popped back to town to get some things from my parent’s house and have somehow found myself here.  I guess I did not know where else to go.”

“It’s ok,” Bella replied.  She had not seen Charlie in over two years and it was just nice to see his face. “What’s the matter?”

“It’s so stupid, I don’t want to bore you with it,” Charlie replied looking very awkward.

“Come on it’s me you’re talking to,” Bella replied. “We’re old friends right?”

“It’s just well.  She said she couldn’t be number two anymore.  Not to a toilet roll company.”

“Sorry who did not want to be number two?”

“Melanie, my girlfriend, well my ex-girlfriend. She just broke up with me.  Apparently I was putting my work before her.  But she owns her own business so I thought she would understand.  I guess not.”

Bella’s heart sunk.  So he is here because he has a broken heart. 

“And then she said that…” 

Bella did not want to hear any more about Melanie.  “You know what,” she interrupted.  “I have an idea, follow me.”

“Where are we going?”

“Just follow me, you’ll see.”

Charlie followed Bella to her car and as they drove, Charlie continued to moan about the demise of his relationship.  “I just don’t get it,” she said she loved me and we were living together and…”

Bella just sat back and listened like the good friend she was.  When they had reached the beach, Charlie followed Bella out of the car and trailed beside her.  She felt him looking at her and smiling when he saw where they were.

At one stage his hand brushed against hers and she truly believed that he was going to take it in his, but then his hand swung back again and the thunder bolt evaporated.

They arrived at the water’s edge to a burnt out fire pit and a few tree stumps.  “Sit there,” Bella instructed bending to re-light the fire.

Charlie watched in silence and when Bella finally sat down next to him she could feel his eyes burning into her.  “This is amazing, how did you find this place,” Charlie asked.

“K.C. used to bring me here when we were younger and then I have been coming down here on my own for years.  It’s the only place I can really relax and get away from everything. It has healed many a broken heart for me.”  They watched the crackling of the fire for a while comfortable in each other’s silences.  “I came here after you left a couple of years ago,” Bella continued.

“Yeah I’m sorry about that Bella. I was going to leave you a note but I did not know what to say.  I never stopped thinking about you though.  Wondering….. What if?”

“Me too,” Bella replied.

They starred each other in the eyes and Bella’s legs went wobbly.  She leant forward and kissed him. His lips were just as soft as she remembered.

It was Charlie who pulled away.  “Gee Bella. It’s not that I don’t want to. It’s just that i don’t think we should.  I don’t want to complicate things….”

“Shhhh,” Bella said putting her fingers to her lips.  She did not care about anything else at the moment. She just wanted to be in Charlie’s arms.  She pulled him forward again and kissed him even deeper. This time Charlie relaxed and tightened his grip on her too.

Clothes were ripped from each other’s bodies and they made love there and then on the beach under the stars and moonlight. 

They slept on a wooden tree bench next to the roaring fire.  When Bella woke the next morning the fire had gone out and she was freezing cold.  She crept up quietly and clamoured for her clothes quickly getting dressed. She did not want to wake Charlie as she knew he would then be gone, so she just sat and watched him sleeping.

Eventually he began to stir.  Bella got up and tried to pretend that she was busy tidying up rather than watching him. 

He stretched out and then stood up.  “Hi,” he said letting out a shy smile and wave.

“Hi,” Bella replied blushing from ear to ear.  She did not know why, but she had never felt so awkward in her life.

She turned her back while Charlie got dressed then they trekked up the beach together in silence.

When they arrived back at Bella they had still not said anything more than “hi” to each other.  They stood by the gate and Bella rocked back and forth on her heels waiting for Charlie to say something.  Eventually he broke the silence. “I have to go,” he said. “My plane goes in a couple of hours and I have to say goodbye to my folks.”

“I understand,” Bella replied.  “You have to go.”

But still he did not move. Instead he took Bella’s hand in his.  “Listen Bella I’m really sorry.  I have so much going on in my head right now with work and Melanie…” he stumbled at her name.  “I’ve just still got some feelings to sort out.”

“It’s ok,” Bella replied.  And even though she was sad, she really was ok.  She knew that this was going to happen and the night before would not change anything.  “You’re in Sim City and I’m here.  I understand.  You go.” 

Charlie looked Bella in the eye and she thought she was going to cry.  She leant in and brushed her lips against his. 

Then she watched him walk away.

Bella had not noticed that her sister had been collecting the post and had seen the whole thing.  April’s heart went out to Bella, she was one of the only people who could really tell the difference between love and lust in her sister and she knew that this was love.

“It’s ok,” she said pulling Bella into a hug.  “If it’s meant to be, it will happen.”

As Bella’s eyes glazed over she wished her sister was right.

At the airport Charlie was wondering the same thing.  Am I making the biggest mistake of my life not staying, he thought to himself. 

“Final Calling for Flight 2503 to SimCity,” came the tannoy.  Charlie stood and headed over to the air stewardess to hand her his tickets.  “Welcome Sir,” she said waiting for him to pass the ticket over.

Charlie hesitated.  He clutched onto his ticket and turned around looking at the exit door to Bridgeport. To Bella.  Should he stay or should he go and sort his life out?

“Sir? Sir?” the air stewardess called.  “Last calling for the flight.”

Charlie took one last look at the door then turned round and marched onto the place refusing to look back.

One month later Tom Starr, Bella’s father suffered a fatal heart attack and passed away.  It was a shock to everyone, especially Allie who could not remember a time without her husband at her side.  They had a private funeral and unfortunately Brendan did not make it back from touring in China on time. 

That evening, Bella could not face going home with her family. There were just too many tears. Instead she went to Gaby’s who had just given birth to a healthy baby boy they named Billy.

The first thing Bella did when she arrived was call Charlie; she just needed to hear his voice.  He was wonderful as always and even made her smile through her tears.

When Bella eventually hung up, Gaby asked what was going on now between her and Charlie.

“Oh Gaby it’s hopeless,” she sighed. “How could we ever be together if I don’t even have my thing figured out and he doesn’t have his? You know? And we were both clear with each other from the start.  He is in Sim City and I am here. It would never work.”

“What about Joey,” Gaby continued probing. “How did your date go the other week?  Brian said that he really liked you but he has not heard from you since.”

“Joey’s great,” Bella replied feeling guilty about snubbing him. She remembered his face and how sweet he was to her that day at the café. “He is great,” she confirmed to herself.

“Well Joey’s here and he likes you, so maybe you should see how that goes instead.”

“You’re right Gaby. You’re so right.”


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58 Responses to Chapter 2.4 – Stay or Go?

  1. BAAAAAAAAA! says:

    Woop First I am on a roll 😉
    Great chapter , I hope things work out for bella and joey 😀
    NOOOO Tom died 😦
    Rip Tom Starr
    x

  2. Esther says:

    First! 😀

    No, no no no! She has to wait for Charlie! I loved the scene on the beach, it was so romantic ❤ I want them to be together, she is not being so stupid to go back to Joey I hope! Oh, the drama 🙂 I'm loving it, and what a quick update!

  3. Esther says:

    Damn, just a bit too late 🙂

  4. Esmée says:

    I hope Joey and Bella come together, but I also hope for Bella and Charlie, I just don’t know about Charlie.

  5. I really feel for Bella.

    I hope she doesn’t get together with Joey, then Charlie comes back for her… Drama!

    • snapcarolina says:

      I’ll bet that will happen! But she’ll be pregnant, and she’ll think its Joey’s baby- but really its Charlie’s!
      Gasp! more drama! xD

  6. Esmée says:

    Always drama ^^

    We like drama, hihi.

    I hope for a quick update again tomorrow, ❤

  7. Emy says:

    Aw, Joey seems really nice. But then there’s Charlie.

    Eee. Wonder if she got pregnant from that little escapade on the beach.

  8. Radke Legacy says:

    I think I might be the only one who likes Joey! He is so cute! But I think when the ten years are up Charlie will come back!

  9. pineapple275 says:

    She doesn’t like Joey. It’s obvious. And Bella and Charlie both like each other. She’s going to get pregnant with Charlie’s baby and then tell Joey and he’ll be somewhat understanding and then they will get married and start a family but Bella won’t be happy and Charlie will finally come back and Bella will break up with Joey to be with Charlie. THAT is my prediction.

  10. Megamog says:

    Gah. I was shouting in my head at Charlie not to get on that plane! Stupid git.

    Poor Tom. It’s always hard to see your founders get old and die. =(

  11. Roxy says:

    I like Charlie but Bella needs someone who can be there for her all the time instead of running a business in SimCity. It seems like they get along great, absolutely. But it seems to me like they are just close frriends.

    I like Joey and I think she could be very happy with him especially since that would include spending lots of time with Gaby and her family.

  12. Slushie says:

    Joey seems nice, but I still want Bella to end up with Charlie. If she ever does end up with Charlie, I hope Joey can find someone else. I want everyone to end up happy in the end!

  13. sundancer16 says:

    She needs good, stable Joey. Charlie is fickle and doesn’t know he has a great woman right in front of him.

  14. mmmmmmmhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!! says:

    HEYY! WOO JOEY! dont make them cheat together!

  15. Bella, Joey does seem like a great guy, but you and Charlie are meant to be wait for him!

  16. Glacia says:

    She better be pregnant with Charlie’s baby!

  17. billy says:

    WOW great chapter i hope Bella gets pregnant with charlies baby anyway i like how you wrote “bringing in the post” i loled at that part you brits and your words, no offense XX
    oh and Billy is my name to YAY 😛

  18. hannahthesimmingfool says:

    TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM!!!! 😥
    I can’t believe that we all hated him at first, and then, we all grew to love him.
    RIP Tom!

    And Charlie, get you’re a** back here! Grrrr! LOL!

  19. karly says:

    oh nooo! Charlie left!!! 😦 and Tom died, its so sad 😦 i hope you update soon! 😀 do u have any idea when the next chapter will be out? 😀

  20. wellslegacy says:

    Really great chapter :3 The beach scene was wonderful.
    It’s quite sad that Tom died tho :<

  21. rockit4 says:

    Tom = sad 😦

    Beach scene = beautiful, yet awkward

    BELLA WAIT FOR CHARLIE

    k, done 🙂

  22. Poodle says:

    Arg, i need help! As an avid sims player, i love to download new things and all that. Only, ever since i started, these glitches have showed up, like this one shirt that shows up that gives guys boobs and babies, toddlers, and children a…deformation you might say. And these high-heeled boots! I tried to find them in my installed content so i could delete them, but they just arent there! I feel like the Sims community is trying to screw me! And this glitch shows up more often then not…Its so frusterating! Has this ever happened to anyone else? Can it be fixed?
    HELP MEEEEE!!!!!!

    • Poodle says:

      OH YEAH and i was reading the comments…lot of controversy there…
      Its like Edward and Jacob all over again! Goodness Gracious!

    • rockit4 says:

      I get that a lot, you just have to customize their outfits to not have the boobed shirt, and the glitched deformation on younglings. if babies get it, you have to age them up manually using testingcheatsenabled true/shift click. sorry, there’s really not much you can do.

    • StarSarah says:

      I have the same problem but i dont know the solution sorry x

  23. lindseypie says:

    I really like charlie and but I don’t think we’ve seen enough of Joey to dismiss him quit yet. I think we need more joey in our lives!

    -Lindseypie

    http://fordlegacy.wordpress.com/

  24. no! no joey! charlie only charlie

  25. Brogan says:

    Aw. I want her to be with Charlie. I think that it’ll be some time before they get together, but it’ll happen in the end… I HOPE!

  26. HoneyBear says:

    Am I the only person here that isn’t all that fond of Charlie? Something about him just makes me… I don’t know mad? Ah well. Poor Bella anyway. I hope she finds a good man to settle down with soon 🙂

  27. risastorm says:

    I think Joey could be better than Charlie, Charlie just doesn’t know how to stay..
    I think since he keeps leaving her, she should give Joey a chance. who knows maybe he will be better! ^-^

  28. Esther says:

    http://crinrict.blogspot.com/2010/07/bad-cc-kategorisiert-fur.html

    Look at that site, search the clothes you have in your game, and search for them in your files by copying and pasting the codes. Make sure you also delete them from your back-up files.
    I hope you can get rid of it this way!

    PS The site is Deutsch, but you don’t to read things, just only search for your bad CC.

  29. Evelien says:

    Not the best time for Tom to die 😦 Since Bella has all those problems with love and stuff… But I think Joey’s great, and I think Bella will choose him, and they get married, she gets pregnant, but it turns out Charlie’s the father. Then they see eachother again and Bella will choose him instead of Joey. And they live happily ever after… or not.

  30. Natt says:

    I like Joey and Charlieand though I wish Bella could happily choose Joey I feel like it would be wrong because she really loves Charlie. Bella shouldn’t lead Joey on like that, lol

  31. rissanicole says:

    Hey Sarah, i noticed that in the picture where Charlie is leaving he was using the “propose to go steady” or whatever it’s called.Does this mean they are dating in your game?Or did you make them break up right after ?

    Anyway , great chapter as always.My favorite part was Charlie and Bella reuniting.I hope he stays around, i think he’s the one for Bella.Joey sounds nice but they just don’t seem to connect as well .I think he should just stay friends.(:

  32. swimswam16 says:

    I dont know if it is just me but i don’t really like joey. i guess it is because i have already made up my mind that Charlie and bella were meant for each other.

    I liked this chapter and i have a feeling that bella will be pregnant and the baby will reunite them once and for all!
    I would love if you could comment on my legacy
    http://macylegacy.wordpress.com/

  33. Amy says:

    Team Charlie

  34. rissanicole says:

    are you still going to update today?

  35. Lolo:) says:

    Hi 🙂
    I was just wondering when you where going to post your next chapter?? I can’t wait to see what happens 🙂
    By the way, I really like the chapter, and i hope Bella will be happy! She won’t have much trouble since both Charlie and Joey are really cool!

  36. Thea says:

    Charlie has got to get his butt on a plane and get back to her that’s all I’m saying!

  37. STARZ says:

    I Want some Ginger’s Now!
    No but seriously.. Redheads.. ❤

  38. madzo13melanie says:

    TOOOOOOMMMMM! But seriously: poor Allie, she must be so lost.

    I really hope things work out with Bella and Charlie

  39. lckygrl1975 says:

    RIP Tom. Bella should go and get him

  40. bananablitzz says:

    NOOOOOOO not brian!!!! i hope charlie comes back!!! they were so cute together!!!
    awesome job sarah
    charlie is cute in a geeky sorta way 😉
    rip tom
    x

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