Right there and then they held their wedding, just like they were.
She gently placed the ring on his finger as neither of them could stop smiling.He ran into her arms with his stretched out high above his head from excitement.
And then they said their vows.
Of course, as there was enough room in the household, the couple had to try for baby.
Orphal jogged to Hayla's house, ready to put their plan into action. She greeted him with a friendly hug to say thank you.
"Are you ready?" Hayla whispered as she felt the fear of the unknown danger closing in on her.
"Oh yeah! I've been ready ever since you payed me that visit" he replied in the same low whisper.
Little Cordelia had no idea what her parents were planning as she hammered away with the dolls.
*1 week later*
“Heard what? Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s not that bad”
“Mom, you have no idea how bad it is” a different voice spoke up, a male voice. The voice was soft and near breakpoint, ready to break into tears any moment.
Hayla looked around and found a singed Carmack carefully make his way towards them with effort, rubbing through his hair with frustration. Hayla had no idea what her babies were so upset about. She taught them to deal with every imperfection they have, and she taught them well, but if they were this touched by something it must be horrible.
“Tell me…I’m sure I can take it” Hayla whispered as she pulled her son closer.
“Michael Bachelor, my husband, is dead!”
“Anne-Stacia Adleo, my girlfriend, is dead!” Carmack cried.
“Our dads are dead!”
“Our siblings are dead!”
“Our friends are dead!”
Hayla almost lost her balance as the shock it her with a blow, everything around her spinning wildly; it was like everything turned upside down in mere hours, when everyone died.
“H…how?” Hayla barely managed to force out, tears already piling up in her eyes as she tried to steady herself.
“When I got to my house I saw my husband caught in the window; dead. The quakes the meteors caused threw him into a window and the glass cut him open. We were the only people who survived, apart from the 2 of you. How did you survive?”
“We weren’t here…we visited family in
my parents. I had no idea this would happen!” Hayla burst out in full blown tears, trying as hard as she can to stop them. Bridgeport-
The days went on and Hayla couldn’t get over the major loss of her family, just sitting at home and only occasionally painting, but mostly just blowing out a box of tissues a day. She had trouble to stop crying, all the misery overwhelming to even think of continuing her challenge.She met a nice berry sim, Custard, and it all started off innocently as friends. Willow didn't want another boyfriend yet, but one thing led to another.
and Carmack moved in with them a few days ago as their houses were completely destroyed. Willow went around town to see if anyone else worth knowing survived. Willow
“Momma?” the youngest Lavender child said in a tiny voice as she snuck into her mother’s room.
“Yes…honey?” Hayla managed to get out between tears.
Her baby didn’t say anything else, just staring at her mother with a puppy dog face. Hayla’s last resistance shattered at the sight of her face, the tears breaking through again with no sign of stopping.
Just as Hayla stood up she heard the doorbell ring, her eyes burning from the lack of sleep as she picks up her baby and walks to the door to see who it possibly is. After everyone in town died there can’t possibly be anyone she knows there.
She slowly walks to the door with her baby, so slow that the doorbell was rung a second time, and her heart started beating at a great pace as she neared her destination. When she reached the door she slowly reached out to the doorknob with a shaking hand, forcing the door open.
“Hallo?” Hayla said with a shaky voice, not really looking up at the person.
“Uh…hi?” the person said, a guy, trying to look her in the eyes. “Are you ok?”
“What’s wrong? I thought you were going full steam ahead with your 100 baby challenge.”
Hayla slowly lifted her head, a light in her eyes, accompanied by shock on her entire face, it all very noticeable.
“Don’t you know what happened?” she exclaimed.
“If it’s bringing your challenge to a halt I know it must be important. What happened?” he answered.
“A meteor fell! Meteors big enough to destroy the entire town fell! My babies’ partners are dead, their and dads are dead and the worst part is that all my babies except 6 died! Do you think that’s not enough to completely stop my challenge?!”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t know. I don’t live here at all. I came especially for your challenge”
A small tear escaped from Hayla’s eye as she heard what effort and time he put in to be able to participate in her challenge.
“I’m sorry…” Hayla said when she realised she doesn’t know his name.
“Marcus Salvator (thanks to ENTELLIGENT)” he said.
“Well Marcus, right now I have no interest in continuing my challenge at this particular time. You are welcome to stay with us for a while until you can go back.”
“Thank you” he replied a little disappointed with my answer
“Mom!” someone yelled from inside the house just as Hayla turned around to enter.
Her heart almost stopped; it felt like another piece of horrible information is about to run her over.
ran to her, wearing an odd dress. Hayla was so afraid that her daughter will bring her more bad news, to tear her life up even more. She got herself ready for the worst. Willow
“What happened now?” Hayla asked with a sinking heart as her daughter faced her.
“The most wonderful thing a mother could dream of!” she said twirling around like a little girl before looking her in the eyes. “Mom, I have a small piece of Custard inside me. I’m pregnant, mom! You’re going to be a grandmother!”
After all that happened she couldn’t believe this wonderful news; after all the bad news she could barely react when she realised its wonderful news.
“Th-that’s w-wonderful. Congratul-lations” Hayla stammered.
She could feel Marcus’s eyes on her as she realised that this would be the perfect excuse for him to try to convince her to become pregnant. After all, wouldn’t she want to be pregnant alongside her daughter? She turned around to him and gave him a faint smile, followed by a gentle shake of her head to show him she’s sticking to her answer. He was satisfied though; he knew she was going to crack and he’ll be there to help her through her decision.
Marcus had no intention in giving up and entered the room while Hayla was teaching Cordelia to talk. He sat right behind Hayla and insisted on helping with the teaching. They made the perfect team and soon she could say one gurgling word at a time.He always made her laugh and shared Carmack's sense of humour. He was scared of taking it fast though, seeing as what happened with Stace.
“Carmack, where have you been all my life?” she giggled.
“Well…I was busy being baby 7 of my mom’s 100 baby challenge” he joked.
“Wait, isn’t your mother Hayla Lavender?”
“I’ve always dreamed of meeting her.”
Carmack just smiled at her, looking at the shine in her dark eyes.
Marcus helped out around the house, especially with Cordelia as he played with her endlessly. Sadly, she wasn’t at all comfortable in the company of this strange man. She had no idea who he was and didn’t trust him 1 bit, most of all not after the mini fight him and her mother had when he arrived.
Carmack wasn’t always himself around Blackberry, feeling a little shy instead of so outgoing at times, a little tense instead of enjoying life. Her gaze always made him feel better, but she was the first girl that made him feel like that, which was a first for him.
He hesitantly moved closer to her, his eyes shining with hope, and a new feeling in his heart; he moved in and their lips touched for the first time and it felt like magic. The sparks between them were unbelievable.
Hayla painted the days away, painting in the study where there are different types of objects for all the different interests. She was still a little nervous about painting alone in her small art studio upstairs. For now she preferred it away from the bed she knew she would use if she continued her challenge, even though she doubted she would.
She was always nervous, the troubling thoughts of her dead children and non-continuing challenge taking up every open space of her head. Her biggest decision still lay ahead and she still had no answer.
Carmack stayed over at his new girlfriend’s house that evening, going through the trouble to cook her the best meal he can. It was the first time he cooked in a kitchen and he was extremely nervous, but he did it for her; the love of his life.
He warmed her heart as Blackberry walked into the living room when she watched him cooking for her. No one has ever done that for her and she felt like crying of joy.
He filled his nostrils with the pleasant and delicious smell of fresh macaroni and cheese, looking forward to the meal ahead as he piled it into the bowl for them to get as much of it as they wanted.
“This is delicious, Carmack!” Blackberry exclaimed as she took her first bite.
“Thank you. That means a lot” he replied.
“So, how’s your mother’s challenge going? Is she pregnant yet?”
“Actually, she wants to cancel it. After the accident with the meteor she’s too depressed to continue.”
Blackberry choked from shock as she listened to his answer.
“That’s horrible! How do you feel about it?”
“I’m a little disappointed. I loved hearing about how she’s doing in her challenge. I mean, if it wasn’t for her challenge I wouldn’t have been born.”
The rest of the meal passed in silence until they both headed to bed together. Even though they were asleep troubling thoughts wouldn’t leave.
By the time the fire was gone the entire lot was filled with curious strangers who came from across the street to inspect the matter. As soon as the smoke cleared everyone was amazed to see a tomb trap located right there on the ground. Hayla called someone to get rid of it right away, scared that there would be more disasters as long as it remained.
The rest of the day was pretty uneventful and when the sun set and the moon took his turn in the dark sky Carmack was teasing the sprinkler. Hayla couldn’t help but laugh at his funny actions, even under the current circumstances. These are the kind of things she will always miss as it was the end of her challenge…or so she thought. Whether she could really quit her challenge, only time will tell.
When Hayla could finally pull her son away from the sprinkler they all celebrated Cordelia’s birthday. It was the first celebration in the family’s new party section of the house. Carmack cheered so hard Hayla thought he wanted the whole neighbourhood to hear him.
Hayla finally switched to her art studio and found it so peaceful next to the windows she immediately let her inspiration, and paint, flow.
While Carmack was still in his sleepwear he invited Blackberry over for a surprise. He asked Cordelia to be their witness as he proposed and a few hours later held a private wedding. They would’ve thrown a big party for their wedding but under the circumstances they found it more appropriate to keep it small.
Marcus came up to where Hayla was painting and looked at her apologetically. They shared a comforting hug, just to make sure that the whole baby challenge-thing wouldn’t affect their friendship.
Very nearby Carmack and Blackberry got right down to business before moving out. They were eager to be surrounded by kids.
“Hayla, I have something to ask you…Please continue your challenge! I just have to participate. I cam here to be a father of at least baby 15 and I will get what I came for!” he freaked out, blowing his top at Hayla’s stubbornness.
“No Marcus! I don’t care how much you want to be part of it; I’m not continuing. If you can’t understand that, LEAVE!” Hayla screamed at the top of her lungs.
Marcus trailed off as he thought of a plan. He knew he would get what he came for, even if he had to manipulate her to continue. He was certain she would thank him in the future.
“I started practicing mixology but I don’t know if I’m any good. Could you please help me practice and share your opinion about my drink?” he asked.
Hayla gave him a doubtful look before answering.
“What are you up to?”
“Nothing! I just want to give you a treat before I leave.”
Cordelia shared her mother’s interest in painting and occupied the easel in the study.
He tried to impress Hayla with his skills, throwing the ingredients in the air and catching them perfectly; that was the first phase of his plan but as he realised it wasn’t working he was disappointed that he had to accept Hayla’s decision unless she changed her mind soon. He didn’t think the rest of his plan would work, so he just continued practicing his skill.
He gave Hayla the first drink he finished mixing that night.
Sadly, it was poorly mixed as Hayla spit it out over Marcus.
He was a little hurt, and disappointed, that his drink was so bad. However, he pulled himself together and continued his plan. 15 drinks later Hayla left for the bathroom.
After a while Hayla returned and started kissing Marcus passionately, looking deep into his eyes with a huge smile on her face, ready to get down to business.
“Are you ready to the bed?” Marcus asked.
“Of course! We don’t have a second to lose. I’m doing a 100 baby challenge, after all” Hayla said as they walked upstairs to conceive baby 15.
“Where have you been? Of course I mean it. I don’t want to fall behind with my challenge”
Cordelia tested out every toy on the playground the next morning, looking over all the houses on the jungle gym and swinging as high as she can on the swing.
The bus soon arrived and Cordelia was tense about her first day of school.
Hayla went to her daughter's house to assist her with the baby until she gets the hang of it. Hayla loved to cuddle the little bundle of joy!
"Stop it!" he yelled uncomfortably.
"No, it's fun" she replied.
"Please stop. You're creeping me out."
"I see your belly is growing. You must be very excited" Marcus said enthusiastically.
"Why would I be excited!? I told you I'm done with this challenge!" she exploded.
"That's not what you said the other night"
"It was 4 in the morning and I was still recovering from your awful drinks! Do you think I'd know what I was saying or doing when I was that tired!?"
"No Marcus! I want nothing else to do with you. If I ever see you again you better run for your life."
"I don't care. You didn't listen when I told you I wasn't looking for baby daddies."
Just as Hayla started her new painting in the living room her water broke as the baby was ready to be born.
Then followed Marcus, who sneaked into the hospital during the birth, with baby 17, Xavier (thanks to Lizzerd)
Thank you for reading. I couldn't get my game to stop crashing, even when I made a new save and put the saved family into town. Thus are Willow, Carmack, Cordelia and Hayla copies. I made Hayla from scratch in CAS and played with genetics with the fathers to get her kids. I gave Hayla a makeover because I wanted to make sure if it was corrupt CC that it doesn't get into the game again. The new save starts from the moment they enter the new house. Hayla will continue her challenge, even if she's still having doubts. Please leave comments, baby names and dads here or on the forum. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!