Monday, October 22, 2012
Overlord Legacy - Chapter Twenty-Seven - Will You Be There For Me
Oh well. Life goes on, she supposes. She can't change the fact that she's pregnant, so she might as well embrace and prepare for it. First she needs to relay the news to the father, of course.
Feeling a bit better, Amaranth drives to the tavern. She wonders how Zack will react to the news. She assumes he'll probably be very surprised, much like she was. Maybe it'll take him a few minutes to get over it. But hey, it just gives them incentive to get married sooner.
Amaranth: "Thank you! This dress is really comfy too. How was work yesterday?"
Amaranth: "Ugh, yes. Older delinquents too. Rainflower Ivy stole a little boy's mouthwash."
Zack: "Yeah, the town is crazy like that."
Amaranth: "Well, it's...it's pretty big news. It really surprised me at first, but now I'm kind of excited about it."
Zack: "Did you get a promotion too?"
Amaranth: "No, not that. Something even bigger."
Amaranth: "We're having a baby. I know, a bit surprising. I was really startled too when the Sim Deity told me last night. But...we have a bundle of joy coming."
Amaranth expects there to be a pause as the news sinks in. She's startled out of her mind when Zack reacts entirely differently.
Amaranth: "No, Zack. I'm really pregnant. We're going to start a family together."
Zack: "A family?! But....no! No. We're not starting a family. I am not going to be a father."
Amaranth: "But Zack...it's your baby."
Zack: "Is there any way you can get rid of it?"
Amaranth: "Get rid of...? No! I know this is unexpected, but we can get through it--"
Zack: "We're not getting through it. This is not...I'm not dealing with this."
Confused and hurt, Amaranth decides to go visit her parents. Maybe that will get her mind out of the fog. Her father at least deserves to know she's with child. She can only imagine her mother flipping out much like Zack did. Midnight had told her time and time again not to mess around with boys while trying for her world domination plans.
Jakkson: "I really like the fireplace. Gets real cozy at night."
Amaranth: "Is Phantom just visiting?"
Jakkson: "Yeah, his wife's at work so he stopped by to hang out."
Amaranth: "I can't believe he's married already. I mean, he and his wife are an adorable couple, but I would never picture him as the first one of all of us to be married....Hang on, dad. I have to answer my phone."
Zack: "Hey, honey. I, uh, just wanted to know if you wanted to hang out."
Amaranth: "Oh, um...yeah, sure. Have you thought about what we talked about?"
Zack: "....Wait, Amaranth?"
Zack: "Um....sorry, this...wrong number."
Amaranth hangs up, trying not to let the shock reveal in her face.
Amaranth: "Oh, that...that was, um...that was just my doctor. He just had to tell me something."
Jakkson: "Doctor? Are you feeling sick?"
Amaranth: "No, not sick. Just....sigh. Dad, I need to tell you something, and I don't think I can tell mom yet."
Phantom: "Oh, hey, Midnight! I like your bathroom!"
Midnight (offscreen): "You're not even in the bathroom."
Phantom: "The Sim Deity left the walls down again."
Amaranth: "Yes, dad. I just learned yesterday."
Jakkson: "Oh...is it Zack's?"
Amaranth: "Yes, it is. It's...a bit unexpected."
Jakkson: "Does Zack know?"
Amaranth: "...Yes, he knows. He and I still have to really talk about it."
Jakkson: "I imagine so. Having a baby is a big deal. Do you....are you going to be okay living in the castle? If you need to move back in with me and your mother..."
Amaranth: "...I think I'll be okay. I still have to make decisions with Zack. I'm strong enough to do this."
Jakkson: "I like your attitude, Amaranth. This is a bit unexpected, but...it's something you have to go through with. I'm always here if you need me, Am."
Amaranth knocks firmly on the door of Zack's mansion. She has to know what that phone call was about. She has to know why Zack freaked out so bad. She has a feeling there's a deeper truth behind this and she has to know. Just two days ago she was so sure of everything - of herself, of Zack, of their relationship. Now everything is confusing and frightening. Does she not know him as well as she thought she did?
Amaranth: "You have to be honest with me, Zack. Tell me the truth. Who did you mean to call when you called me?"
Zack: "Don't do this, Amaranth. You just...just need to leave me alone for today, alright?"
Amaranth: "No. Not until you tell me the truth. Not until you're completely open about what's going on."
Amaranth: "I thought you loved me! I know it's unexpected. I didn't want kids yet either, but it happened, and you're just as responsible for this as I am. Everything will be better if we work through this together."
Zack: "No, Amaranth. I'm not dealing with a freaking baby."
Amaranth: "Zack!....You mean you just used me the whole time? You didn't love me at all, you just used me!"
Amaranth: "You....you what? But I thought I was..."
Zack: "You're sexy, Am, but you're also blissfully ignorant. I've been dating Haley for a long time."
Amaranth: "...Then what was I? Why would you ever pursue me if you're dating someone else?"
Zack: "Well, I liked you. You're hot, you're gentle, you're a lot of things I like. I never asked you out. I thought you knew it was just a fling."
Amaranth: "But you told me you loved me!"
Zack: "It's just something guys say, Amaranth."
Amaranth: "...So this whole thing. It was all a lie. You just wanted me for my body, and now that you've used me and impregnated me, you think you can just throw me away! This is as much your responsibility, Zack! You need to call Haley, tell her what you did, and be a responsible adult!"
She cries and cries all day. It's only after the sun comes up again that she feels well enough to look for more cases to investigate. Life goes on, she tells herself. Things are going to be much more difficult from here, but not impossible. Your mother and father believed in you for a reason. You can do this.
Amaranth: "I'm here to investigate your case, Mrs. Wolff."
Erika: "Right out of high school and you're already knocked up. Tsk tsk."
Amaranth: "Mrs. Wolff. The case."
Erika: "...Sure. There's a family in town. They've got connections with an underground crime group. But I'm not sneaky enough to go find proof. I'm sure you'll find something in their mail or their trash. Can I count on you to find those things for me? It shouldn't take you longer than an afternoon, unless your belly gets in the way..."
Amaranth: "Please, Mrs. Wolff. I'm just fine. Thank you for your...concern."
Erika: "You figured out what, the father of the baby?"
Amaranth: "I know the...ugh, never mind. I got the evidence for your case. It's right here."
Erika: "Thank you. Hopefully you didn't have to spend too much time bending over the trash can. Can't be good for the precious little bun you've got baking in the oven there."
Amaranth: "I was alright, thank you."
Too exhausted and disheartened to take on another case (or stage a stakeout), Amaranth decides to take a short walk in the park. Maybe her mind will be clearer. Maybe she just needs a couple of minutes to herself to gather her strength again.
As she walks, she bumps into a familiar friend whom she hasn't seen since high school.
Amaranth: "Oh goodness, I know! I've been so busy with...well, a lot of things. How have you been?"
Gator: "You know, just working on school."
Amaranth: "Ugh. I don't miss it."
Amaranth: "Well, that happens with young adulthood."
Gator: "You've also gotten, uh..."
Amaranth: "Um...yeah. That doesn't exactly happen with young adulthood, but...you know."
Gator: "It's Zack's, right? Are you guys starting a family already? I didn't even know you were official yet."
Amaranth: "Well, it's...it's kind of a long story."
Amaranth stops her rambling to bite her lip, trying to hold back the tears. She doesn't need to start bawling in front of Gator. She needs to be in control...she's the adult here...
Then Gator remarks, "That's really low. Zack should never have treated you like that. It isn't right." Somehow the words make Amaranth lose it.
Amaranth: "Sniff...thank you, Gator. I'm sorry I broke down on you."
Gator: "Don't worry about it. I don't mind it."
Amaranth: "...Sophie's really lucky to have you, you know."
Amaranth: "I will. Thanks for being here to talk to. Next time I see you, you'll be taller, right?"
Gator: "Hah! Yeah, my birthday's almost here. Then it won't be quite so awkward to try and talk to you."
Amaranth: "Oh, you never know, I'm a pretty awkward kind of person. But then you know that."
Gator: "Yep. And you hate swimming."
Amaranth: "And I hate swimming."
Author's notes: There's a price to pay for being an innocent, naive Overlord, I guess. I'd kept Amaranth and Zack at romantic interests for a while, then as I planned to get them together, Zack began dating Haley, whom he'd been on and off with through high school. Gator has been with Sophie for quite some time. So yeah, the story kind of plays out this way.
And you'd think by now I'd be a pro at taking photos and REMEMBERING TO LEAVE THE WALLS UP. But this is the Sim Deity here, and what's the biggest trait she has? Let's all say it together. Absent-minded. Still gets her sometimes.
Anyway. If you thought this chapter was dramatic, wait till you see the next one! I typically go with the flow in the game, and things just turned out this way.