Warning: Swearing (and it’s not even Sam’s narrative, wow).
Those days following Dellie’s death were hard for both Gemma (whose hair suddenly turned completely gray as if in grief after her father) and Hailey, but no matter how difficult it might have been to get back into the swing of things, time kept running away and not long after the funeral it struck Hannah that she was bound to leave to continue her education in a boarding school that year. Little did she know what was in store for her.
“I’m nervous, Gramma. I hope I will do well in the boarding school,” she shared her concerns with Gemma.
“You have nothing to worry about, honey, because you’re not going anywhere.” Honey coming from Gemma’s mouth sounded almost fake. Hannah was truly startled.
“What? But grandpa said…” She tried.
“The deceased and the underage don’t have a voice, I’m afraid,” Gemma had cut her short before she could finish.
“But, Gramma, you promised!” Hannah attempted to protest again.
“I’ve already called it off, hun. With the beginning of the school year you will continue your education in the Stary Community School here in Twinbrook.” Gemma was implacable; she’d made it perfectly clear she was not going to change her mind. Then she tried again, her voice a little gentler than before. “Aren’t you glad? I thought you’d be happy not to lose your best-friends.”
“No, Gramma, I’d be missing them, but the music is more important to me than anything else.”
“No one said you’ll be winding up with music, Hannah. I’m still going to pay the fee for your extracurricular school.” Hannah shook her head in disbelief. She felt like crying.
“N-no. It’s not the same. I’ve been working so hard to be accepted. It meant the world to me to study at Le Fromage.”
“You will do just fine. Look, your father was sent to Dribbledine Sports Academy and it didn’t get him anywhere far. Your talent will help you in life, Hannah, don’t you worry.”
“Y-yes, Gramma, I guess it will.” Hannah walked to her room so that Gemma wouldn’t notice the tears she’d been holding back and now couldn’t anymore.
It had not been easy ever since her dearest grandpa left, however she had made a promise to him that when he passes away, she will be strong and won’t let it get to her. Now she realized how difficult it was in practice. Internet helped her more than she’d have anticipated. On the support forums she met a woman under the username mother_to_the_broken123, who cheered her up at times when she felt like she no longer had the will to live.
haileynathifaR13: Gramma said I wouldn’t be going to that boarding school. mother_to_the_broken123: I’m sad for you, Hailey. She probably meant good for you, though.
haileynathifaR13: I feel like she only means good for herself and no one else. mother_to_the_broken123: Don’t put it like that. You know she loves you and I am also sure she does. Maybe she’s been through hard things in her life, too, and she needs you around. haileynathifaR13: I know, I know. I just wish Grandpa was there. mother_to_the_broken123: I’m here for you.
haileynathifaR13: But you can’t hug me when I need it. mother_to_the_broken123: You’re right. But you know I will be always here when you need any advice. haileynathifaR13: I don’t know what I would have done without you. Thank you for your presence. mother_to_the_broken123: What you’re still doing here? Go tell Clara, Monica and Diana that you’re not leaving them. I am sure they will be thrilled! haileynathifaR13: You’re right! I’m going to do just that. See you in the evening, then. mother_to_the_broken123: Take care, darling. I’m sending you virtual hugs.
Hailey smiled as she closed her laptop. Maybe it wouldn’t be that bad after all.
Hailey was walking through the corridors along with her best-friends – blonde Clara, Diana the brunette and Monica with her chocolate skin. Her mind was drifting off to weird places because she had just had her Physics lesson and realized she had a crush on her teacher, which she found sort of disturbing. She couldn’t focus at all throughout the whole lesson. Suddenly she was brought back to the reality by the screams of boys from another class, directed at a guy who she realized was Frank from the school choir she used to attend.
“Look who’s there. Ain’t it Franny?”
“Get out of the way, you fucking faggot!”
“We have no room for gay asses, so you’d better get outta here in a heartbeat. Bet it’s your favorite cartoon for faggots!” The other guys applauded the one who made a reference to a short animated film that was trending on SimTube at the time.
Hannah watched it all with growing dismay. She felt bad for the boy, whom she may not have known that well, but he attended the school choir with her and she believed him to be rather kind albeit tranquil. She had to do something. As it was often for Hannah as soon as an idea popped into her mind, she took no time to think it over.
Hannah ran to Frank and, to everyone’s consternation, kissed him.
“How dare you call my boyfriend a faggot!” She turned to the other boys with an agitated expression.
It was clear that the bullies were all at loss for words. But no one was probably as confounded as Frank, whose face showed it all, as easy to read as an open book. Still, all eyes were on Hailey now as though everyone had instantly forgotten about Frank.
“Apologize, now!” And just like that Hailey made all the bullies apologize. As they were gone, her best friends were still eyeing her and Frank up with shock.
“You never told us,” Diana said aloud what all the girls were thinking.
“We wanted to keep it between us two, but you see, it just needed to be stated.” She looked at Frank, who looked very out of place. “Sorry, but we need to talk now,” she quickly said and dragged him to the boys’ bathroom.
“Why did you do that?” He asked as soon as they were alone.
“I wanted to shut them up. Now, can you tell me how it all started?”
“Well, uh…they thought they noticed me checking out the other boys when we were changing clothes for the PE classes,” Frank awkwardly admitted. Hannah started giggling.
“What’s so funny?”
“My friends probably think we’re making out now or something,” she said. “Don’t worry, I got ya. “ And before Frank could even think of where Hailey wanted to take it, she left kiss marks all over his face and purposely messed up her lipstick.
“There we go. We look like we’ve just had a heavy make out session.”
As they walked out of the bathroom, Frank looked as though he’d put on make-up himself for his cheeks were so red he could well have used a blush.
After more time spent “dating” Frank decided it was time to introduce Hailey to his parents. They decided to present themselves as friends as they really were only friends. He was also hoping they would have a chance to finally talk in his house, because at school there really weren’t any places in which they could freely discuss their fake relationship and not accidentally give their secret away. It was horrible for him because he felt like Hailey lost her chance to date a boy she wanted to date because of her trying to make the bullies forget about him, which proved to be rather successful. So as they set a date, Hailey said she was going to visit Monica because she knew her grandmother would never let her visit a boy’s house.
When they got to his home, his parents came to greet Hailey.
“Welcome, Hailey. Joanne Parsons,” the woman introduced herself and shook her hand.
“I’m pleased to meet you, Mrs. Parsons,” she kindly replied.
But as soon as she saw Frank’s dad, Hailey could not focus on anyone else. She went weak at the knees, sweat spreading all over her body, warmth finding its way beneath the clothing. Boy, was he a handsome man. Why did he stir so many feelings in her at once? Almost like they were meant to be, she felt as though he had been the one she was to spend the rest of her days with. The sound of his voice suddenly made her aware of the situation she was in.
“Cedric Parsons,” he introduced himself. “I’m glad my son has finally found himself a girlfriend. We were getting worried.” She cringed at the word girlfriend almost as if Cedric’s wife wasn’t standing next to her. Quick, she thought, I need to correct him, but the sentences weren’t fast-coming and she stumbled upon her words – she, who had always been the one with the clearest diction out of the whole class.
“I-I’m Hailey. And we’re just friends.” The man winked at her, to which she felt a cold shiver wending its course down her spine.
“I remember when I had my own ‘just friends’,” he said lightly.
During the lunch Hailey’s mind was full of Frank’s father. Only then did she finally begin to realize why she didn’t mind pretending to be Frank’s girlfriend. It was because the boys at her school didn’t interest her at all. Not as much as her Physics teacher or Cedric. Only grown men much older than her could give her a thrill. If only she could get rid of Frank and Joanne and live her own fairytale with Cedric…
After the lunch Cedric encouraged his son to show Hailey around his room. It crossed her mind how desperate he must’ve been for his son finally finding himself a girlfriend. As they got to Frank’s room, Hailey began the talk.
“I know you worry about me pretending, but that’s okay. As long as you don’t have another girlfriend, I could protect you from the hatred. People are cruel and just because you can sing…”
“And what if it’s true? If I like boys as they say?” Frank looked like he was about to cry.
“Oh no, don’t even say anything like that. Don’t let them trick you into believing you’re someone you’re not.” Frank couldn’t hold it anymore. He stood up and as Hailey did the same, he fell straight into her arms, crying.
“But it is true! I’ve never liked a girl in a special way, not even you even though you’re so pretty…” He whined, his voice shaking. Hailey was shocked, she never suspected Frank to really be gay. But her grandpa used to say that you have to accept everyone for who they are.
“You know, I also am not exactly like the rest. I…I don’t like boys our age,” Frank stopped crying and looked at her, startled.
“Ugh…no, but I sort of have a crush on Mr. Headwell.” Frank’s eyes grew wide as he pictured the Physics teacher in his mind.
“He’s like 40 or 50!”
“See, this relationship might be beneficial for us both…” Said Hailey quietly, thinking about a way to make his father take an interest in her.
The chance to finally talk to Cedric when they were alone came two years later when he said he needed to discuss something with her without Frank around.
“I’d like to thank you for staying with Frank for so long. I and Joanne thought he might have been gay so we’re glad that’s not the case.” Hailey was totally shocked as soon as his father said it to her.
“Oh, you’re wrong. We’re just friends.” She deliberated whether to tell him or not and finally decided Frank would not be brave enough. “And I, he…he came out to me.” Cedric seemed devastated.
“No…not my son. Not him. How could he resist a girl like you!” It wasn’t until he said it when he realized what had just slipped his mouth. “I’m sorry, I just…” But Hannah saw it as her chance.
“Don’t be. Because I, too, think you are a gorgeous man if I was to be f…honest, if I was to be honest,” Hailey let out a sigh of relief as she realized she almost said “frank” and spoiled everything. She reached for Cedric’s hand, but he recoiled.
“No, girl, it’s just a phase for you. I can’t hook up with a freaking 15-year-old, what would it look like? I am married and I could be your father!” Hailey didn’t give up that easily, though.
“Does it really matter when love is involved?” She leaned forward and kissed the man, who, hesitant at first, returned it with passion.
They both couldn’t deny the inexplicable attraction they had for one another.
Hannah’s life as a 17-year-old probably couldn’t get any crazier with her fake relationship with her gay best friend, her real relationship with his father, her virtual relationship with a mysterious woman hidden under the username mother_to_the_broken123 and her complicated relationship with her grandmother. However the real storm was just about to happen.
Hannah got tired. Tired of many rules that her grandmother set for her. Tired of the fact that Gemma couldn’t stand any men being around her granddaughter. Tired of the fact that she had to hide both Frank and Cedric from her. She couldn’t endure it anymore so she went straight to the hairdresser to dye her hair tips blonde. Then she asked Cedric to drive her home. As she walked out of the car she kissed his cheek.
Gemma was watching and she burst out as soon as Hannah got home. In one minute Hannah was banned from everything she could be banned from. But she had a plan.
Her grandmother was sleeping soundly as Hannah walked out of the house that day with a plane ticket to China hidden in her bag, in which she invested all her pocket money and some money stolen from Gemma. She was going to find her father no matter what.
Note: So it’s here and it’s rather lengthy when you compare it to my usual posts, but I had so much I needed to include here, all of my crazy ideas, and I think it is a good introduction to Hailey’s character. This was super time-consuming to set it all up! I literally added all the Twinbrook teens to my family and it messed up my game, fortunately I could just quit it and if not, it still wasn’t an important save. On some photos of the school corridor you can see a blond guy with medium length hair in the background, who is actually a relative, son of Raymond and grandchild of Eddie. “In a heartbeat” is obviously real, you can watch it here, it’s very famous. This is the last bonus of Hailey, now we are going to focus on Sam until one day they may just clash onto one another as you probably gathered from the ending. Here, on my bloopers page (when you scroll to the bottom), you can see a little funny behind the scenes picture from this bonus. Oh, and of course bonuses are always CC-heavy, so if you need anything shown here 🙂