Chapter 3.2 – The Lady in Red

It did not take long for Carter to get the hang of things at the Juice Bar, it turns out he was a bit of a natural.  Harvey and him joined forces and put a show every afternoon for the teenagers and adults alike. People were in awe of their talent, even though Carter still had a long way to go before he was a good as his mentor.

But that did not stop him from trying. Every night after Harvey had closed up and gone for his shift at The Brightmore, Carter would stay behind and practice. Now he had memorised the drinks, the tricks came to him more easily, though he still dropped things now and again.

Because he no longer collected glasses or swept the floor, Carter’s relegated reputation had taken a turn and suddenly the girls were throwing themselves at him. Carter drank up the attention, allowing the school-girls to flirt and chat him up. 

Harvey would watch his apprentice from behind the bar in wonder, he had never seen such little flirt in his life!  He’ll make a good barman one day, he thought to himself.

“Hey mate, it’s your birthday soon isn’t it,” Harvey asked Carter one evening when the bar had gone quite for a few moments.  “What have you got planned?”

“Err, not too sure really,” Carter replied. “It’s my brothers birthday too so I had better check with him but I doubt he would want to do much, he’s quite quiet.”

“Well then why don’t you let me throw you both a party here at the Juice Bar? It won’t be anything extravagant and we won’t be able to close it off to the public, but my mates in a band and I am sure he will play for you here.  What do you think?”

“Sounds great,” Carter replied. “As long as I don’t have to work at my party.”

“Well I guess I can give you the night off just this once.”

Harvey organised everything, even roping in his friend’s band to perform.  Carter did not really think they were that good, but they were free so he couldn’t’ really complain.

Though Charlie had not really been up for the party, Heather had managed to talk him into it. She had turned eighteen and aged up a few weeks before and she was desperate for her boyfriend to follow suit. It was embarrassing going out with a guy shorter than her.

Carter’s cousin Kitty –Boo also came.  She too was a young adult and had just gone off to college to study medicine.  She made a special trip to come home to celebrate her baby cousin’s 18th birthday though. Kitty-boo always dragged Carter onto the dance floor wherever they went. She just loved to dance and Carter seemed to be the only one who would share her enthusiasm. 

As he twirled and spun her around the dance floor a girl in the corner of the room caught his eye. He had never seen her before; she certainly had not gone to his school even though she was obviously a little older.  She must have been at least nineteen, but so exotic and striking looking that Carter could not tear his eyes away from her.

As he starred, she looked back at him if only for a moment, blushed then looked away again.  Carter had to know who she was.

“Hey Kitty,” he said pulling his cousin in closer. “Who’s that girl over there?  The one in the red dress?”

Kitty subtly turned, clocked the girl and replied: “I believe her name is Sadie Woo.  She moved here a few months ago and is staying over at Trawler Lodge. Why?  Does my baby cousin have a crush?”

“I just think she’s pretty,” Carter replied blushing.

“Well go and talk to her then, you don’t know if you don’t try.”

“You’re right,” Carter replied psyching himself up.

He felt Kitty drift off to dance on her own and took a deep breath.  He kept Sadie in his view and walked towards her.  Just as he approached she too started to walk forward. When they were almost face-face, Carter opened his mouth to say hi.  But instead of replying, she skirted around him and kept on walking past him like he had not even been there.

How embarrassing, Carter thought. But then he heard the singing and realised Charlie was celebrating his birthday and blowing out his candles. Carter stood back and watched as his twin brother was the centre of attention for once. 

Charlie quickly blew out his candles and after the insistence of Heather, grew into a young adult.

There was no time for Carter to congratulate his brother as the minute he had aged, Harvey bought out another cake and propped it on a table next to Carter.  The party-goes all launched into another rendition of Happy Birthday and Carter blew out his candles, too excited to even let them finish a verse.

After he had aged and everyone had given him a big pat on the back, he spun around to once again be faced with the mysterious Sadie.  He looked at her and feeling more confident with having aged up, he went to move towards her to finally introduce himself.

But the moment he lifted his right foot, he heard a scream.  He spun around with everyone else to see his brother Charlie down on one knee and proposing to Heather. 

“Heather my darling.  I know I am not the party animal you are or that I don’t like the colour black. But I know I love you with all my heart and will love no one else for as long as I will live.  Will you marry me?”

“YES YES YES,” Heather squealed hardly able to hold still enough for Charlie to slip the ring on her finger.

Charlie bought his finance into a tight squeeze and Carter could not help but think he had never seen his brother so happy before, he just wished he would have told him about his proposal before.  He hated it when his brother kept secrets from him.

One thing he knew was that he had to be the first to congratulate him.  He pushed through the crowds and threw his arms around Charlie.  “Congratulations brother,” he said squeezing Charlie so hard he was sure he heard a bone crack.

“Why didn’t you tell me man,” he asked. “Why didn’t you warn me you were going to propose?”

“Sorry mate, but you know me. I don’t really like to talk about my feelings openly at the best of times.”

“Well proposing so opening was pretty out of character too,” Charlie laughed.

“Yes I guess it was, “Charlie replied.  “But I know it was how Heather would have wanted it.”

“Well I think its amazing bro. I am so happy for you, for both of you,” he said giving his brother the thumbs up.

He let out a sigh of happiness and watched as Charlie was dragged away by all the ladies in the room cooing about how romantic he was. Then he suddenly remembered – Sadie!  He spun around and searched for her but the space where she was standing, was now empty.

“Hey Kitty, where did that girl in the red dress go,” he called out to his cousin.

“She left a few minutes ago,” Kitty replied turning back to her conversation with Victor. 

Dam it, Carter thought.  I really missed my chance there!

“Hey man, why so sad,” Harvey asked coming up behind Carter.

 “Nothing,” Carter replied brushing his thoughts away.  “How are you?  Thanks so much again for today, for this party. It’s been brilliant!”

“No problem mate, it was easy.  In fact I have a bit of a proposition for you.  I was wondering if you fancied a full time job?”

“What here at the Juice Bar?”

“No silly! Now you’re 18 you can come and work at The Brightmore with me.  The other barman has just left so they are looking for a replacement and I thought I’d ask you first.”

“Oh wow I would love to,” Carter shrieked jumping up and down and trying to hug Harvey.

“Whoa calm down man, it’s just a job not a marriage proposal,” Harvey said pushing Carter off him.

“Sorry man,” Carter replied pulling himself together but he could not hide his smile.

The Brightmore was an underground Jazz Bar on the outskirts of Bridgeport near to the Diner’s and rundown or boarded-up stores of the city.  Inside was a haven for all the creative folk who lived their lives on the breadline and came to the Brightmore to listen to a bit of Jazz and to let off some steam.

It was not exactly the place Carter had aspired to work in, but he was just grateful to have a job and work alongside his best friend. The two of them ran the bar every night from 9pm – 3am, mixing up cocktails for all the drifters of Bridgeport.

Carter had learnt so much since working at the bar.  How to mix alcoholic drinks, how to break up a bar fight and even how to shut down advances from drunk middle-aged woman looking for a good time. But more than anything he had learnt so much about his friend.  Firstly, Harvey did not have many morals.  He would take whatever he could get even if it meant stiffing a customer out of their change or taking a bribe to keep quiet when a wife came charging in looking for her cheating husband. And secondly, working as a barman was not the only job Harvey had.  At least twice a week a suspicious looking man would come in looking for Harvey and the two of them would stand in the corner whispering together.

Carter would watch with trepidation as the man would pass Harvey a package and sometimes it was Harvey passing the package back.  Carter had no idea what they were up to but he knew that every time the man visited, Harvey was suddenly flushed with expendable cash that day.

One evening Carter decided to confront Harvey about his shifty behaviour.  “Who was that,” he asked when the man had gone and Harvey had come back behind the bar.

“Who,” Harvey replied.

“The man you were just talking to?  I see him in here a lot and you guys are always whispering together in the corner.”

“Oh that’s just my uncle Bob,” Harvey replied stammering on his words.  “He’s no concern of yours,” he continued patting him on the head like a child and heading back over to his post.

Carter didn’t like it. He spun around to continue his confrontation when he noticed a customer at the bar.  His eyes nearly popped out of his head.  “It’s you,” he gasped.

Sadie, the girl in the red dress was sitting across the bar from him looking at the cocktail menu. When she heard his gasp she looked up and laughed.  “Yes it’s me,” she giggled.

“Oh…. Erm…” Carter could not get his words out.  He took a deep breath pulled himself together and approached the girl.  “Sorry about that,” he said.  “What can I get you?”

“Surprise me,” the girl replied with a twinkle in her eye.

“Make her a Cherry Casanova,” Harvey mouthed from across the bar relived that his friend had finally found the girl he had been going on and on about for months.

Carter picked up the vodka and cherry-aid spinning them on the palm of his hand and flipping them into the air.

As Sadie gasped in wonderment, Carter continued to show-off flipping, spinning and shaking the bottles and then setting light to the finished cocktail.

Sadie scooped up her drink, knocking most of it back in one.  “Yum, that was delicious,” she said.  “How much to I owe you.”

“This ones on the house,” Carter replied.

Sadie smiled and finished up her drink.  “So when do you get off work,” she asked her eyes glazing over from the sudden surge of alcohol.

Carter looked at the clock on the wall and was just about to tell her he still had three more hours left of his shift when Harvey came over and said: “his shift just finished.”  Harvey winked at Carter and Carter winked back. He pulled off his apron and threw it at him before leading Sadie to a table in the corner of the room.

Under the red light of the club, Carter sat talking to his lady in red.  He found out that Sadie was a trained hairdresser who was still looking for work since coming to Bridgeport.  She told him all about her loneliness in the big city and how she had tried everything to find work but every door was just slammed in her face.

Carter mostly listened, desperately wanting to rescue the poor girl.  He told her that now she had met him there was nothing to worry about anymore. 

When Harvey kicked them out well after closing time, Carter insisted on walking Sadie home.  “I am so happy to have met you,” she told Carter.

“Me too,” Carter replied shyly.  “And I would love to see you again.  Maybe I could take you out to dinner or something?”

“I choose or something,” Sadie replied moving in closer and gently kissing Carter on the lips.

That night Sadie came and stayed with Carter. There was no going back to her rat infested apartment, she had Carter to look after her now.


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104 Responses to Chapter 3.2 – The Lady in Red

  1. xx says:

    hehe 1st comment! W.oW carters hot!!! hehehehehe and harvey.. he seems rly nice but what about that guy he was talking 2.. hmm

  2. Glacia says:

    Yay, she is gorgeous!

  3. Glacia says:

    Oh and second and third comment!

  4. Roxy says:

    awww. thats so sweet. haha I love Sadie’s look

  5. Wow, Sadie’s really pretty!

  6. zimmya says:

    That is sooooo awsome!!!! BTW, I’m just about to write 1.4 of my legacy, check out 1.3:
    http://theghostlegacy.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/1-3-stuck-in-the-middle/

  7. antsims3 says:

    Great chapter Sarah! Carter is a very adventourus sim! I’m glad his career is going well, although Harvey does seem a bit odd with his “packages” and that mysterious man. Sadie is very pretty, and I hope the two can follow in Charlie’s footsteps. 😀

  8. coraleaf says:

    This was great. I think he’s a drug dealer, maybe I’ve been watching too much tv…. I don’t think im gonna start my legacy just yet, I’m looking into getting a ferret and I won’t have time to play sims.

  9. nightrain17 says:

    Aww Charlie, I’m so happy for him and Heather. And Sadie is so pretty, but I wonder what Harvey is up to…..?

  10. Dreamy Underwood says:

    Charlie and Heather are so Sweet, So young get so in Love. Carter and Sadie are in love as well. Bella will be happy.

  11. funnyfuzzy96 says:

    Aaaaawwwww. It was sooooo cute when Charlie Proposed.
    I hope Harvey isn’t going to get into trouble.
    Great chapter, as always 🙂

  12. Dahlia says:

    Good chapter, I’m glad Carter is heir!
    I agree with Coraleaf, he probably is a drug dealer. He always seemed a bit sketchy to me.
    Your writing has inspired me to make a sims story (me and legacies don’t really work out hehe) and I would love for you to give me some feedback, thanks!

  13. risastorm says:

    Those two twins sure are jumping into things a little fast. lol
    love the chapter! c:

    • Poodle says:

      Well Charlie and Heather were together for a while, and her bold partying type style evens out his quiet loner type style. Thats what I always try to do for my sims. Find out someone who evens out their bad traits and shares their good ones. 🙂

  14. kama674 says:

    Great chapter! Sadie is so pretty but so is Kitty-Boo! You have got to try and upload the young adult Kitty up, Sarah 😉 Anyways, I’ve enjoyed the chapter and I’m looking
    forward to reading more so have the next one out soon!

  15. Lindsey says:

    I love sadie, she is beautiful, but something is off too me. I think Sadie is a scam artist. Carter is rich and Famous and She’s new and broke! Maybe she’s a friend of Uncle bob’s?

  16. Slushie says:

    Carter looks a lot like his dad! He and his brother are really cute. Oh, and Sadie is really cute too! All of your sims are cute!

    • Poodle says:

      I KNOW RIGHT???
      How on EARTH do you manage all the glitches? Do you…give everyone you know a makeover so they look like a god/dess!???

  17. snapcarolina says:

    Harvey’s dealing drugs, that’s no good 😦
    Excellent! An asian in the family! 😉

  18. Caite says:

    i think Harvey’s a drug dealer. :O
    also, Sadie seems a little shady to me.

  19. cooldragon says:

    Love the chapter per usual. Charlie and Carter both madly in love. Are we going to be able to see Charlies wedding?

  20. dorkney says:

    Sadie is beautiful. I always epicly fail at getting sims to look asian. -_-

    I wish your sims were real…some of them were in a dream of mine, along with a few berry sweet sims. 🙂

  21. rissanicole says:

    Ehh i don’t think i like Sadie.She seems to sketchy to me.I think she is after his money.And to be honest , she is pretty , but i don’t think she is drop dead gorgeous like Charlie’s girlfriend.
    No !I hope Harvey isn’t a drug dealer , i really like him : -/

  22. soundtrackradio says:

    i think Harvey’s gay with that guy, just a hunch… 🙂
    maybe because i refuse to believe he’s a bad guy. hes just been so sweet to Carter…

    • Roxy says:

      That’s what I thought Sarah was going to write. That when getting to know Harvey, Carter discovered “Uncle Bob” and Harvey were together.

      • gabbyg says:

        sorry to spoil the optimistic-ness going on, but then what r the packages they exchange? eh? im pretty sure its drugs but i could be wrong….

  23. Emy says:

    Ohh, Harvey! D: What are you doing? D:

  24. Bianca says:

    On the last panel, should “rest infested” be “pest infested”?

  25. vampsimsx says:

    Awww they’re such a sweet couple. Even though I voted for Charlie, I really like Carter as heir.

  26. Poodle says:

    Or maybe its suggesting that there was no rest at the Starr hose for that the night… 😉

  27. Poodle says:

    In the one picture, Harvey is using “whisper in ear” am I right? O.O Harvey isn’t gay is he??? *worried for the beloved Harvey*

  28. Em says:

    Sadie is pretty but Heather is stunning. I voted for Charlie as heir but I think Carter was the right, more interesting choice. Wow Kitty Boo is gorgeous =D

  29. Poodle says:

    WOW My sim just had TRIPLETS!!
    *NOTE: I am freaking out because A: Never had Tripps before B: NO FERTILITY TREATMENT!!!

  30. omg, why do i have a british or australian accent in my head with harvey. Thats just weird. Hahah.

    Lovely update, can’t wait for more! Wondering how this is gonna turn out (A)

  31. Glacia says:

    NEW CHAPTER?

  32. carebear728 says:

    Yah something about Sadie I don’t trust and now I’m a little suspicious of Harvey! I can’t wait for the next update

  33. seaweedy says:

    Thanks for reading my legacy and I am glad you referred me to yours, it is great.

  34. Radke Legacy says:

    I feel like some of the people on here…there is something off with Sadie. I like her and she is really pretty but dang..that just happened to easy. Something is up!

    • kama674 says:

      Agreed! In the birthday ‘scene’ it almost looked like she was watching/spying on the Starr twins… I have a feeling that Harvey might be a drug dealer but I hope that he’s not! He’s such an awesome sim 😀

  35. Slushie says:

    Forgot to ask this, but how do you get so many people at your bars and clubs and stuff? In my game, the most people at a bar at once was four people, and that was the bartender, secruity guard, and two of my sims that were in the same family.

  36. ohlordlegacy says:

    Great story Callie! Looking forward to following it, and I absolutely love Harvey, I hope he’s not the bad guy he seems to be. And also, agree with the others thinking Sadie is a bit shady…

  37. lavendergrrl83 says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your legacies! I’m new to this and just started my own:

    http://argyleacreslegacy.wordpress.com/

    if you find some time to read my first chapter so far, I would love to hear what you have to say.

    Thanks again for your great stories!

  38. Hee hee! At first I didn’t like Sadie but the more I looked at her the prettier she got. And the boys grew up really well. When I get third gen sims age up they all are so ugly! 😛 I’m so happy for Charlie and Heather! Can’t wait to see their wedding. 🙂

  39. gomar6 says:

    I hadn’t realized you had a new one!! 🙂 It’s just as great as the last!! They’re all gorgeous as well.

  40. Poodle says:

    LOL my sim who hates the outdoors, just decided, HEY, why dont i teach my daughter to talk outside, just because i will hate it 😀

  41. Sophia says:

    Oh come onn. Harvey’s too hot to be gay lmao. >;o

    is he smuggling? The story between Harvery and “Uncle Bob” reminds me of the old guy and Mary-Kate Olsen’s boyfriend in “Holiday and the Sun.”

  42. Poodle says:

    Hey Sarah, I recently (as in twenty minutes ago) downloaded Angel Falls from The Seraphine Legacy, and noticed…Nobody lives there. Do I have to stock it myself, because the only family who lives there is the Randolph’s… which is only one guy…getting lonley…. 😉

  43. billy says:

    SARAH SARAH did u hear about the new sims 3 expansion coming out this summer (well where u live anyway) and its called sims 3 generations it about like a cool stuff like teens can play really cool pranks kids can hang out in there new tree house with a tree house tool!!!!!!!!!!!!! and adults can have mid life crisis and more it looks soooooooooooo kool

  44. Poodle says:

    Lol i was JK! Anyhoo, i still want to know when it is coming out here! dont u?

  45. Jillian says:

    Another great chapter, Sarah! Are you going to have any vampires in this legacy? Sadie looks like she could be one.

    – Jill
    http://wallacelegacy.wordpress.com

  46. Poodle says:

    On the Sadie thing i have two theories…
    1. Sadie was drunk.
    2. Sadie was trying to trick him into getting in bed with her so that she would have his child and he would be forced to be a gentleman and let her move in with him, so shes in it for the $$$

  47. Thea says:

    A marriage proposal and a hook up! And wow Charlie is good looking! Carter is too but I really like how Charlie turned out

  48. billy says:

    Sarah i wont be getting it i dont even own sims 3 because im laptops to old to handle the sims 3 but i got all the sims 1 and sim city 4 and my sims 2 packs on it so its not to bad 🙂

  49. lckygrl1975 says:

    I love the mixologist skill it looks brillant 🙂

  50. jaec52609 says:

    tht was fast…..they actaully meet 4 the 1st time nd shes moving in with him the nxt day….lucky gurl…lol

  51. dinkyjen says:

    Aww this was so sweet at the end, loved it! x

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