Chapter 9

Sophie and Grace headed back into the house and left Alex and Hazel to their packing. Walking past Miss Derby’s bedroom door, Grace saw that it was open and she could hear a drunken Miss Derby inside.

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Grace called Sophie over. “Look.” She whispered. Sophie tip toed over. Exchanging an excited glance, Grace put her finger to her lip to tell Sophie to be quiet and slowly opened Miss Derby’s bedroom door just a little more. The girls were furious.

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Rumors were confirmed as the girls looked about and saw opulent furnishings, a large comfortable bed, and a big screen TV. They were living in filth and sleeping on cots and here was Miss Derby, living like a queen. Placing her hand gently on Sophie’s hand, she pointed to Miss Derby’s beloved statue as if to say, “There it is!” And there it was, just as weird and mysterious as the rumors had said.

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Miss Derby, completely unaware that the girls were there, was slouched on her overstuffed couch as she watched her favorite movie, “Roman Holiday.” Drunkenly reciting the movie by heart in between nibbles of her cheese.

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Slowly scooting out of the doorway, the girls headed back outside. The desert evening was cool so they stepped inside the shed. Walking inside, they saw that Alex and Hazel weren’t there. It wasn’t midnight yet so Grace figured that they were just somewhere making final plans. Sophie stepped in and opened a dusty box to see what was inside.

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“Wow. There’s a lot of stuff in here.” Sophie remarked. Grace, seeing another box, opened it up and found a dusty and tattered old dress. It was so full of moth eaten holes, you could see through it. She laid it over her arm to show Sophie.

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“Isn’t this beautiful?” Grace sighed, happily. Grace had never seen an Audrey Hepburn movie before. Watching the few minutes of Miss Derby’s movie gave Grace hope. Hope that maybe there was life after the orphanage. A better life.
“Don’t you think Audrey Hepburn is the most beautiful girl ever?” Sophie didn’t say anything, she just stood up, looked at the dress, grunted, then squatted down and continued digging through boxes. Tossing the dress aside, Grace could tell that Sophie was angry, but couldn’t figure out exactly why. Was it because they saw how Miss Derby was living? Sure, their situation was bad, but there was always the hope of being adopted. Grace couldn’t figure out this change she had seen in her friend.

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“Do you think we’ll ever get out of here and find true love?” Graced asked, hopeful. Sophie stopped rummaging through the boxes, and with a heavy sigh, stood up, and pointed her finger at Grace.

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“I can assure you one thing. I hate being here. I hope we do get out of here and live better lives.” Sophie was gritting her teeth, angrily. “All I know is that the next family that walks in here, I’m going to jump on them.”

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29 thoughts on “Chapter 9

  1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who enjoys stuff made seemingly thousands of years before I was born, although the only Hepburn work with which I am familiar is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

    Yeah “Moon River” and all that.

    Maybe I lived a past life watching old movies.. Hey maybe I used to be Miss Derby!!

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    Anyway really nice chapter.

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    • I’m a HUGE fan of Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. (A trillion years before we were born πŸ˜‰ ) Old movies, rainy days, and a cozy blanket! As for Miss Derby, no way! You are too sweet! πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and commenting. πŸ™‚

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      • Only a billion years before my time as I’m 30, and I tend to think you’re a “bit” younger than me. (Since it ain’t the Sims forum I don’t see any issue with giving my age. And I certainly am not one who will say I’m “30” for the next 30 years. Coyness about heading to Toothless Old Hag territory is so last-century!
        Anyway as for good ol’ clickety-clack films I’m big on Rodgers and Hammerstein classics.. Dusty old stuff like Carousel, State Fair (which I watch nearly every autumn.. How corny!) South Pacific, The King and I..

        The list could go on, but you get it by now.

        Me? Sweet? Couldn’t have been Miss Derby in a past life?

        Heh heh heh I got ’em ALL fooled, don’t I??!!?!

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  2. I love this movie, too–did you really use a still from the movie on the screen? I couldn’t tell. I love the way you use the objects and your editing–it’s so skillful that it’s only noticeable when one knows what the game will do and what it won’t.

    The character development is really engaging, too.

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    • Yayyyyyyy!!!!!! I was hoping someone would notice the movie on Miss Derby’s TV! πŸ™‚ I played the movie on my phone, took a picture, then used Photoshop to make it fit on the TV. πŸ™‚ another hint, one of the stills is a hint into what happens in Grace’s future! πŸ™‚ So glad you caught that! πŸ™‚ Hugs. πŸ™‚

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      • Yeah–it’s amazing! I always check out the photos of movies in Sims stories, because I’m a bit of a movie geek–both Classic movies AND Sims movies, so I always want to see which Sims movie they’re watching. I didn’t recognize this specific scene from Roman Holiday, but it looked like it could be from the movie. You’re a PhotoShop genius–you can really get the perspective right, which is so hard to do. Also love what you did with the dress hanging from her arm… I’m becoming so blown away by this whole endeavor!

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      • I don’t think I can be considered a genius. πŸ™‚ I just like to add nuggets that will be revisited or can be used as a reference. Or add little things that give the story depth. This is a theme that gets repeated. Like little Easter Eggs for people to find and think, “Oh remember when…” Or when people find The Sims 3 items. It’s fun. πŸ™‚

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  3. I wish I was more familiar with that movie so I could have an idea of what it was hinting at. πŸ™‚ All I know is you did a fantastic job with it, and with this chapter in general. Excellent storytelling.

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  4. Wow- I wondered about that too, if you had photo-edited it. After reading Cathy Tea’s comment I went back and clicked on the stills to see what they are but I can’t make out the details of the one when Miss Derby is on the couch. You did get a great expression on the girls’ faces as they first caught a glimpse into her room.

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    • Thank you. πŸ™‚ One of the stills is Audrey Hepburn sleeping on a bench in Rome. I thought it would be a fun added touch for Miss Derby to watch a real movie. As for the girls’ faces, that took almost a solid hour. I really wanted to capture their disgust. Thank you for reading. πŸ™‚ And commenting! πŸ™‚ I love the nuances you are picking up.

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      • So you know that scene in The Grinch where something touches his heart so much that it “grew three sizes.” Your comment that you enjoy this story totally made my heart grow! πŸ™‚ I’m so happy you’re here. A new hidden object from The Sims 3 gets Photoshopped every week into a random chapter. πŸ™‚ Like a little game of, “Where’s Waldo.” πŸ™‚

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  5. You’re so good! I’m glad I know you and have the chance to read your stuff.

    This update was great and I’m so curious to see what happens next. I love your creativity with your TV and all of that stuff. Guh! Amazing.

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  6. Nice update and sad that the children live in squalor while Miss Derby lives in riches compared to the kids. Hopefully Sophie & Grace will learn that their so-called caregiver is just trying to cover up her messed up life behind the guise of her ‘queen’ lifestyle. Hugs to these two girls and I’m sure that anyone of my Sim families would love to adopt these little girls and shower them with the love they crave.

    Maybe we could collaborate on that sometime with one of my next stories where the founder and future generations adopt some child from your orphanage. I do know that you’re into the next episode by now but it’s an idea.

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