I split this chapter into 2, because it was so large. The other half will be coming soon!. The first half is written from Isabella’s perspective and the second from Cole’s. I’m sorry that it took me forever to get this chapter out. I’ve been busy and been dealing with some real life issues.
This chapter starts at the beginning of the last chapter, where Cole and Jewell were talking on the bench when he was breaking up with her.
Credits: Emelia’s pet rescue Center was made by Elut at the Sims Resource. Its part of the Twinbroke set.
I used one pose in this chapter, but I can’t remember where it came from, so sorry about that. 😦
I saw a familiar figure head down the stairs toward the small park on the river. Cole, I thought eagerly a big smile spreading across my face. I couldn’t wait to see him! He was going to be so surprised to see me back in Morreaux. I couldn’t wait to feel his arms around me again.
I opened my mouth to call to him when a beautiful brunette approached from the other direction. I closed my mouth and shrank back into the shadows with a sinking heart. I couldn’t hear what they were talking about, but it looked serious.
I watched from the shadows feeling like a complete stalker, but I had to see what was going on.
I felt tears prick my eyes as they stood up from the bench after they were done talking and hugged each other. My eyes started to fill with tears as Cole whispered something into her ear that I couldn’t hear. Before Cole could turn and spot me I spun around on my heel, and ran blindly with tears streaming down my face in the other direction. I pounded up the concrete steps as the sky opened up and began to rain.
Isabella, you are a fool. I berated myself. You move half way across the states just for a guy. You are pathetic, what did you expect to happen? You should have called first!
I felt my face flush with anger, not only at Cole for being a cheating lying bastard, but at myself as well, for being a naive, trusting idiot. As I stood there in the rain wanting to scream I felt like a complete idiot. I thought back to when Cole and I said our goodbyes in front of my house in Appolossa Plains.
“Will we ever see each other again?” Cole had asked. “Of course we will.” I had said. I remember watching him drive away feeling like my heart was breaking inside my chest. As soon as his Taxi had rounded the corner I went inside to pack some clothing to surprise Cole with a visit. I had missed him already! I hopped immediately on the next plane to Louisiana.
What a mistake that turned out to be, I thought sadly, my boots splashing through the puddles as I headed towards town. My first instinct was to head towards the airport and leave immediately, but go back to what?
I had nothing to go back too in Appoloosa Plains. I thought. Sure, I have to finalize the selling of the house, but that could be done from anywhere, and I already had an interested buyer for her horses. But did I really want to live in Morreaux when Cole was obviously happy with someone else? The answer was yes. As much as my heart hurt, there was something about the city of Morreaux that was drawing me too it, and I did have a couple of friends that lived in town.
A crash of thunder overhead shook me rudely out of my daydreams and it reminded me that I probably looked like a lunatic standing in the middle of the street as it poured around me. With one last longing look behind me I hurried across the street and into the bar across the street. Its welcoming lights lifting my spirits slightly.
Once inside I went directly to the bathroom. I stood in front of the mirror and dried myself off with paper towels. I used the hand dryer on the wall to dry my dress a little. As I came out of the bathroom I almost collided with another patron.
“Sorry.” I mumbled.
“Whats wrong hunny?, you look sad.” The girl asked me, her light blue eyes were friendly and direct.
I laughed, the sound harsh and sarcastic to my ears. “You could say that.” I said.
“Morreaux is a small town, you must be new.” The girl commented.
“I don’t really live here actually, well not yet anyways…” I began, and spilled my guts to a complete stranger about how I followed a guy on a whim that ended in disaster.
“Men are pigs hunny.” She patted my arm in sympathy.
“Do you know any places around that are hiring?” I asked.
“My little sister is actually looking for help. She’s a vet tech, and goes to school full-time. She rescues stray animals until they can be adopted. Her place is right next door if you want to check it out.”
“Thanks a lot, I’ll head there and check it out.” I smiled gratefully at the kind stranger. “I didn’t get your name.”
“Demi.” The girl said and waved. “Good luck.”
I hurried back out into the torrential downpour and stood before a small house. Two dogs started barking loudly as I stood there, feeling shy too shy to knock. I saw a flash of lighting that zigzagged across the dark sky, and that made my decision easy. I hurried under the covered porch and knocked, hoping it wasn’t too late.
The lights turned on and a red-haired woman who looked to be about 18 came walking out, dressed in pajamas, complete with yellow kitty slippers.
“Can I help you?” She asked yawning slightly.
My heart sank. “I’m so sorry to stop over announced and so late. I hope I didn’t wake you?” I apologized.
“I wasn’t asleep, don’t worry.” The redhead smiled at me.
“You are soaking wet, come in.” She opened the door wider and I gratefully followed her inside.
“So what brings you over?” She asked tilting her head in an inquisitive manner.
“Well I heard you were hiring, and I really need a job.” I was embarrassed, I felt my cheeks flood with color and I looked down at my shoes.
“Do you have experience with animals?” She asked.
“definitely. All kinds.” I said honestly. “Back home, my father used to raise horses, but we also had many dogs and cats growing up. I’m a little bit of an animal nut.” I laughed.
“Well let me tell you about the job and we’ll see if your still interested after that.” She laughed warmly. “First off I’m going to vet school full-time, but I work as a vet tech in the mean time. As you can imagine that keeps me very busy, but what I do here is rescue strays of all kinds, dogs, cats, horses you name it. Animals that nobody wants, I rescue them from shelters, or abusive situations. I have a dog here now that I just rescued, he was to be put to sleep the next day.
I frowned. “How sad, but I’m glad you could save him.”
“My ultimate goal is to find them forever homes, and until they can be adopted by loving families I take care of them and love them.” Her green eyes filled with tears that she quickly blinked away. “Sorry, to get emotional on you. I guess this is just something that means a lot to me.”
I smiled at her. “I think its wonderful what you are doing. I would definitely like to help in any way I can.”
“I can’t offer you much in form of payment, but I do offer you free room and board if you need it. I just need someone to look after the dogs when I’m at school, make sure they are fed and watered. Are you interested?” She asked, her green eyes staring into mine hopefully.
Free room and board? Interested indeed! “Yes!” I said hopefully not too loudly and enthusiastically.
“My name is Emelia by the way.” She said with a friendly smile.
“Isabella.” I said in return. “Thank you so much!”
“Well let me show you to your room so you can get some sleep. You look exhausted.” Emelia laughed.
“Does it show that badly?” I laughed feeling the tightness and stress in my chest lighten slightly.
“Well here it is.” She opened the door revealing a small little room, that was as big as my closet back home. “I know it’s not much.” She said apologetically.
“It looks just fine.” I said honestly.
It was true, the room wasn’t much, it consisted of just a small twin bed, and a dresser and mirror along the back wall. A potted plant brightened the dark room up, and filled the room with its fresh fragrance, but I didn’t need much. Having to watch the bank foreclose on my dads house made me realize that money wasn’t everything. I was grateful to have a bed to sleep in at all!
“Common Bear, off the bed now.” Emelia said waving her arms at the dog that lay on the bed. The St. Bernard puppy looked up at her with an intelligent expression on his furry face and jumped down his tail wagging happily.
“This is Bear, one of my rescues, he was actually brought to me the other day. He was a family pet, but they didn’t expect him to get so big and wanted to get rid of him.” She said sadly. “What did they expect, St. Benard’s are big dogs. I wish people would think before they choose to adopt.” She scratched Bear on top of the head. “He’s my sweet baby.”
“Well I’ll let you get some sleep now.” Emelia smiled at me. “If you need anything don’t be afraid to ask. Make yourself at home.”
I sat down on the edge of the bed and looked around my surroundings, once again I was plagued with doubt. And it wasn’t because of the small room, or the job. My doubt came from sadness and loneliness. I was bound to run into Cole sometime, and I took this job without even thinking it through.
Maybe I should just go back home to Appoloosa Plains, I thought bitterly. But then I thought of Emelia, and even though she was a lot younger than I, she seemed friendly and eager, and I didn’t want to let her down.
I’ll just stay as far away from Cole as I can, I thought as I tucked myself into bed. The bed was soft, and cozy, and the sheets smelled like they had been freshly laundered. I guess I could have done worse, I thought as I closed my eyes, hoping I would fall asleep quickly.
I tossed and turned the entire night, and was awake when I saw the first signs of dawn creeping through the window shades. I pulled off the covers and crept out into the hall trying to be quiet so I wouldn’t wake up Emelia.
“Good morning!” Emelia chirped setting down a plate of waffles down on the counter. “I made breakfast if your hungry.” I stood there stunned for a few minutes, first shocked that someone could be so chipper so early in the morning, and second because she was kind enough to make me breakfast.
“Thanks.” I said finally rubbing the sleep out of my eyes. “That’s so sweet of you!”
Emelia kept up a steady stream of conversation throughout breakfast, thankfully she did most of the talking. I was still a little shell-shocked and depressed from seeing Cole with another woman yesterday, something I wasn’t yet willing to talk about, and was glad she wasn’t prying into my personal life.
After breakfast Emelia headed off to class promising she wouldn’t be long. I looked around the empty house feeling a conflicting mix of emotions, feeling welcome, yet out-of-place at the same time. Emelia had been nothing but good to me so far, and I would show her how thankful I was by making this place shine from tip to top. I headed off towards the dog pens…
It didn’t take to make sure all the dogs had food and water. I took them each out to go to the bathroom, and even walked them around the yard a couple of times. Still not feeling like I was earning my keep, I washed the windows until they shone, and even mopped all the floors in the house and back out by the pens.
I was catching a breather out in the front when Emelia returned. I felt slightly embarrassed to be relaxing on the job, surely there had to be something that needed to be cleaned!
“Welcome home, don’t worry while you were gone everything got done. I also mopped all the floors, and cleaned the windows. Is there anything else you’d like done?” My sentence running together and coming out in one big whoosh.
Emelia laughed. “Oh Isabella, You didn’t have to go do all that. I just want someone to be here with my dogs while I’m away, you don’t have to clean. I don’t want you to feel like you need to be my maid.”
“Oh I don’t feel like a maid.” I apologized, worried I insulted her. “I just wanted to do a little extra because you’ve been so nice to me.” I said honestly. Emelia sat beside me on the log that was surprisingly comfortable.
“So whats your story?” Emelia asked leaning back against the wall and stretching out her legs.
“There isn’t much to tell.” I said awkwardly, not sure if I wanted to hang my dirty laundry out on the line for her to see.
“Let me guess, boyfriend issues huh?” Emelia nodded knowingly.
I smiled sadly. “Am I that obvious?” I asked.
“Aren’t men usually the cause for all our troubles?” Emelia laughed lightly.
“Well a couple of months ago I met this guy, and he came to see me when I moved home. I was so happy to see him, and we really got along wonderfully. Maybe I read more into things then he did. Cause when I came back to Morreaux I found out he had a girlfriend-I saw them hugging by the river.” I felt my eyes well up with tears at the not so distant memory.
I gave an embarrassed laugh annoyed at my pathetic showing of emotion. It didn’t take much to make me cry, but I was embarrassed to do so in front of not only a stranger, but my boss.
“Wow what a jerk.” Emelia said. “I got my heart-broken before too, it’s never easy. But in time I promise it will get better.”
“I know.” I said in a voice barely but a whisper. “I just hope I don’t run into him as all. Its embarrassing enough I followed him half way across the country, but knowing he doesn’t even have the same feelings I do is a whole other story.”
“There are other fish in the sea.” Emelia said. “I know there is a perfect guy out there waiting for you, but you just gotta get past the guy that hurt you so you can find him.”
I smiled through my tears feeling lighter already. “Thanks.” I said flicking away a tear. “You give good advice.”
“My brother says the same thing.” She laughed.
“Hang on a sec.” Emelia said reaching into her pocket to grab her cell phone when it rang. “Its my brother.”
“Hey Cole!” She answered.
My heart froze. I felt my face grow pale. How could I have been so stupid! Emelia was Cole’s little sister. He had told me about her once, but I had forgotten her name. I thought about the blond girl I met at the bar last night, I remembered that her light blue eyes reminded me of Cole’s eyes. Now I knew why.
Emelia’s voice drowned out as she talked to Cole. I sat on the stump feeling shocked and slightly angry. Not with Emelia, but with myself. How could I have been so stupid? Why did I even follow Cole to Morreaux in the first place? And how the hell was I going to explain this messed up situation to Emelia?
To be continued…
Again, I’m sorry that this chapter took so long to come out. I hope this chapter and the next was worth the wait. The next chapter is already half done, so it should only be a day or two. I’m also going to get to work adding more to the first generation. I’m not going to change the story line or anything, I’m just going to flesh it out a little, and make it better!! Emelia, who made a cameo in this chapter aged to a young adult the day before this chapter. I think she turned out pretty! 🙂
Also, this chapter talks about Emelia’s organization she runs. This is an actual organization in my area called H.A.A.N.D.S to the rescue, and they help save unwanted, and neglected dogs that would otherwise be euthanized, and make sure they go to loving homes. I have a real life friend who fosters for these dogs, and they are all so sweet and thankful.