"Glad for what we've got"

>> Friday, April 10, 2009

Alberta seemed hesitant when Kate put the guitar in her hands and the strap over her shoulders. "What're we doing?"

Kate smiled at her. "I'm gonna teach you how to play." Alberta had been back a week, but things were different between the two of them. Alberta was hesitant as if she feared saying too much or much of anything at all. Kate had dragged her to the music room with the hopes of sorting things out under the comfort of the some-what sound proofed walls.

The guitar whined under Alberta's inexperienced fingers as Kate manipulated her hands to explain the idea of chords.

Gabe, as usual, was tied up finishing his work. (Kate was starting to think that Ms. Kerr actually gave him extra work to keep him in his seat longer.) It was the perfect time to be alone with Alberta and hopefully set whatever was broken between them straight.

Kate stood close enough to Alberta to smell the soft scent of roses which lingered in her brown curls. It was faint, but it reminded Kate of the sweet smell of the rose water Kate's mother had once used in a recipe of baklava. The entire kitchen had smelled of honey and other sweet things with the odd scent of roses mixed into the stove warmed air.

Alberta looked up from the guitar strings, an embarrassed smile on her face. "I don't think I'm going to be as good at this as you are."

Alberta's face was so close, Kate could see the pink beneath the soft skin of her cheeks. It was closer than they had been in weeks. Almost subconsciously, Alberta had been pulling away and staying away for the entire week she had been back. But now she was near with her warm scent and soft cheeks and even a sweet smile. Kate reached over and gently caressed Alberta's soft pink cheek. The heat that suddenly rose from Alberta's cheeks burned the backs of Kate's fingertips and she drew her hand away.

Kate felt herself blushing at her own folly. "Sorry! I just... I mean..."

With one of her small hands on her cheek, Alberta looked at Kate in such surprise, Kate wanted to kick herself. "But, but Gabe..."

Kate turned away as Alberta put the guitar down. Now she felt really foolish. The first thought on Alberta's mind after a gentle touch from Kate was Gabe.

Alberta's voice was soft and meek. "You two are going out, aren't you?"

"WHAT?" Kate turned on Alberta. "Where'd you get that idea? Did Glenda tell you that?"

Alberta's cheeks would have glowed in the dark. After another hesitation, she nodded silently.

Kate could not control the roll of laughter. The idea was absurd! Kate's heart had broken that first day back when Alberta had refused to sit or even stand near her. And it had broken each day since Alberta had returned as a sad shell of her former self with a huge invisible wedge stuck between the two girls. But now, after finally finding the missing piece, all she could do was laugh.

"Oh, Berta." Kate took Alberta's hands even as Alberta blushed bashfully. "He's been hanging around 'cause he's worried about you-- not to hang out with me. I'm probably the last person he'd hang out with if he had a choice."

"He was?"

Kate's own heart hit her in the chest as if it were shouting for her to shut her trap. Don't tell her, it yelled. But Kate loved her too much. "And he still is, you silly girl. Listen, school's almost over and the dunce is still working on his school work. There's going to be a get together at the beach over the weekend. Can you come? We'll sort things out with him then."

Alberta still looked hesitant. "I don't know. Maybe." Suddenly, Alberta looked at Kate with her large eyes and lifted eyebrows as if a thought just occurred to her. "But Kate..."

Kate waved her hand. "We'd better go get our stuff. It's almost time to go home."


Sullivan Sims April 10, 2009 at 6:36 PM  

Do you use the in-game camera or run your pics through Photoshop or other? I always like your pics.

Anyway, I enjoyed this update. It was an interesting look at Alberta and Kate's relationship, especially in light of how you were speculating about what Alberta might feel for Kate in the Comments of the last update.

T.Irwin April 11, 2009 at 3:58 AM  

I agree with Sullivan Sims: very interesting given your comments. hmmmmmmmmm.

As usual: nice writing. and the baklava smells.....wow.

The Lunar Fox April 11, 2009 at 7:54 AM  

Hey guys. ^_^

Thank you, Sullivan. I use Gadwin to screen cap my shots. Basically it makes hitting "print screen" easier by saving the screen caps into a file. It also saves the screenies at a larger and better resolution than the in game camera, so I can really do whatever I need to it like chopping it up and only using a small portion of the actual scene.

Then I use Infraview, which I highly recommend as a basic choping and editing tool. It's very easy to use. I just use it to crop, though. That's the extent of my prowess with photo editing (unless I really need to do something, then I will find a tutorial and learn it).

And thank you again, T. Irwin. I hope the smells part was realistic. In real life, I actually cannot smell! So I sort of have to fake those parts, but I know that smell is a rather important sense for most people.

sims2fan08/tacy00p April 14, 2009 at 3:53 PM  

Awww, what a sweet moment! I'm trying to catch up on everything here, I see it's gonna take me a while, but it's worth it! And I started backwards...LOL

The Lunar Fox April 14, 2009 at 6:21 PM  

Ooh! Welcome, Sims2fan. ^___^

I do have links along the side there for the major story arcs, if you just want to read those.

This story arc is For the Love of Alberta.

It's a little haphazard towards the beginning.

simstate April 20, 2009 at 1:31 AM  

I'm back! Oooh - poor Kate. She just proved that she really loves Alberta.

And methinks Alberta's a bit confused right now too.

The Lunar Fox April 20, 2009 at 6:05 AM  

Yay! Welcome back, Simstate. You got everything fixed, I hope. So we'll be getting more updates from you?


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