City Lights - 3
Published Feb 3, 2011

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As the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into months, times moves on and in it’s movement spurs life. As we move through the moments of life, milestones occur.
In the lives of Fred and Barb their children have grown. Birthdays, graduations, transitions into adulthood. With wedding bells and grandchildren around the corner, but as with life the future is unknown.

Welcome back to part 3 as we journey further into the moments of their lives.

As the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into months, times moves on and in it’s movement spurs life. As we move through the moments of life, milestones occur.
In the lives of Fred and Barb their children have grown. Birthdays, graduations, transitions into adulthood. With wedding bells and grandchildren around the corner, but as with life the future is unknown.

Welcome back to part 3 as we journey further into the moments of their lives.
As the summer approached, so did Rowan’s graduation from SunValley High School.
And in that summer he reached another milestone... his 18th birthday.
His life was now an open road to which he could take the fork in the path if he so chose. On one path was his desire for music and passion for art. The other one lies in his slightly insane thrill for danger…
Rowan’s chosen path would lead him to the city. To his next milestone in life, The Academy of Music, (...after Fred gives her blessing of course, since she is paying the bill…) He still needs his mom just for a little longer. One is never too old to need mom…
On the other side of the world, the passage of time marks the closure of another chapter and brings in the movement of new things to come. The daughters of Fred and Barb, as you may remember, spent their college years with Tessa in Champs Les Sims. We remember a time that Fred and Barb had to travel half a world to help the girls in times of trouble... Boy trouble that is.
It was when Crystal and Holly returned home for Christmas that their engagements were announced. The boy trouble they had marked a new turn in their lives. Twins they are, Sebastian and Didier Marceau… And so it is... here ... now, that time brings us to the present.
The girls are returning home with their life partners they have chosen and new roads
will open with many new paths to take as they continue on with their journey.
“Well… I guess I will see you later Mike.”
“It will be great Rowan… I have my extra room cleaned out and stored all the stuff from China, I need to get a bed for you so you can actually SLEEP there man … Your mom and dad gave me some money to buy stuff you need. I hope you trust my taste.”

“Oh.. heck… I could even sleep on the couch Mike… I can’t WAIT to be there!”
“Morning Rowan… morning sweets. Barb, so good you could make it this morning. We need to make arrangements for the trip to the city coming weekend. Where is Nita.”
“Honey …put away the paper. Let’s do some FUN stuff together tonight Sean… Barb? Me, you… Rowan… if he’s not too busy… Nita coming too?”
”Oh… I think it be great to see a concert or so… I’d love to come! Can’t speak for Nita, but I am pretty sure he doesn’t want to miss it!” “GREAT! Afterwards pizza at Lucky’s Sports Bar… Play some darts? How about it Rowan? Wanna see if you can win from this champ here?”
“Dad… I am going to beat you! I will carry that Darts Master title for the rest of my life from tonight on…HA! Just wait and see… I’ve been practicing you know..”
“OK… I’m off to get Nita. Rowan you play so well… You are going to be really famous some day…. Do you guys EVER feed this fish?” “Rowan, remind me I took your picture so later I can start on your portrait. I need to paint my children before they leave the nest and still catch that sweet innocence on your face…”
“*sigh* ….MOM….”
“And shave Rowan… you look like a fierce biker… Good… Let’s PLAY DARTS!” “Sean, sweetie… I think you are loosing your title…” “DAD!... Mom is getting the pizza…Oops… sorry… didn’t want to break your concentration!” “OK… Let’s eat! Sean… don’t look like you had your last cheery moment hon… Ask for a revenge!” “Hey Uncle Nita… What’s on your mind? You look like you’ve just seen a ghost. Where did dad go?”
“He’s moping in the back corner, champ…God… I just love pizza… ”
“MOM!!! I’m home… MOM”
“Hi honey …I’m out back…”
“You didn’t shave… Oh well.. I guess you can leave it for now. I don’t have to paint it in the portrait if I don’t want it. It doesn’t really matter.

“Mom, would it be alright if we went to Mike’s tomorrow? Did you remember mom… you said we could register at the Academy too.

“Yes, Rowan I did but I will call Mike once more, I guess he wasn’t counting on you yet this weekend. In the morning sweetie I want you to go get a haircut … and a shave.“
Mike is well on his way. Promoted to Chief Architect and proud owner of Mike's Tavern.

As parents we may not always get it right but we strive to give them the best that we can providing the tools and knowledge they need to lead a life of their own.
“Hey there, Hi… I’m Mike, I saw you sometime ago at a club.”
“You did, which one?”
“The Docks.”
“Oh yes, you’re the guy that ordered a pizza, the one with a kid.”
“Yes, that was me... hey could I buy you a drink?”
“Sure that would be nice…I’m Summer.”
“Well, Summer, I’ve waited a long time, is it my pleasure.”
And so it was that Mike had met his other half. Arriving home that night…Mike said out loud to himself…
“Buddy I suppose it’s time for your check up, your brakes seem to be failing.”
“Hi Aunt Fred, sure oh yes, we can have dinner here too. I have the spare room ready for Rowan. You’ll be here tomorrow, that’s great. Is mom coming too? Great... I’ll see you all tomorrow then. I have someone special I’d like you all to meet” “Mom, Aunt Fred, this is Summer.”
“Summer, Hi It’s nice to meet you. What brings you to Bridgeport?”
“The Music Academy, I teach music and Art there. I wanted to re-model my
classroom and that’s where I met Mike he was standing outside the Architect Building downtown where he works”
“Well my dear it is a pleasure to meet you.”
“Rowan, you have your registration papers with you? You will need them
when you go to the Academy on Monday.”
“Thanks mom, I’ll keep them in a safe place.”
“This will be your room while you are here. Make yourself at home.
Aunt Fred, does it pass your inspection?”
“Mike this splendid I’m sure Rowan will be just fine. You sure put my money to good use.”

“Thanks Aunt Fred, glad you like it. Rowan, man.. do you like it.”

“Yeah Mike this is great.”
“Rowan, you be sure to pick up after yourself. I’m not far away, you just call
and I’ll be here in a flash.”
“OK mom…I will.”
“Rowan, my big boy, you be sure to call me now you hear. I love you”
“OK mom..I will…no worries….I love you too.”
The next night, with so much energy and excitement Rowan couldn’t sleep. “I wonder if Mike would mind if I took his bike for a spin….I’ll be back
before he even wakes up. He’ll never know I was gone.”
Grabbing the keys on his way out the door. “Alright you mean machine you ready for a spin.
One day I’ll have one just like you.”
“Now this is the ticket, come on baby let’s see what you got.” “Can’t stop…..OH MY GOD……….CAN’T STOP…BRAKES…
***SUNSET VALLEY*** "Are you Mrs. Collina?.... "We are sorry to inform you that your son had a fatal accident."

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#16spladoumFeb 6, 2011

I hope that Mike won't have "survivor's guilt."  He meant to take care of the bike and didn't, but how could he have known that Rowan would impulsively borrow it?

#17Midnight222Feb 6, 2011

A fatal accident. Wow what a way to go Rowan .... and you never got the red eyes! Fred will be devastated, the whole family will. What a blow but I have to say it will give greater depth for continuing storyline. I hope Fred paints his unshaven portrait!. Fantastic chapter guys, \:rah\: and congrats on being featured!

#18EifaFeb 6, 2011

This was just awesome! And congrats on being featured, well deserved! Love it!\:cool\:

#19mogan44Feb 7, 2011

NO WAY!  It couldn't have been fatal!  I hope he is in the hospital recovering! *crossing fingers*

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#21simsjeanieFeb 10, 2011

Fatal??? Are you mad? - No, no, calm down Jeanie, you'll find out that there is something that can be done about that. I think if the two of you - Barb and Fred - don't manage to show Rowan at least as a ghost who can be fed with Ambrosia some day all your readers will go for you. You know what happened to Paul Sheldon after Annie Wilkes found out that he wanted Misery to die... *badevilsmirk*  You are two but we are a many... too many for you...

#22RatRaceRobFeb 16, 2011


#23Jennifer_RFeb 17, 2011

Oh no! How tragic! \:eek\: Naughty boy taking his cuz's bike with out asking! Another wonderful chapter, you two never fail to entertain! \:wub\:

#24FlatterApr 25, 2011

What? Hey, this is supposed to be another great fun story, there is NO PLACE AT ALL for fatal accidents here!!! I just knew something was wrong when I saw the disturbing room furniture at pic 31. Its daring mix of different styles had a foreboding of doom in it... \;\)

#25HellsaintAug 26, 2011

Aww jeez... I feel sorry for Fred the most \:\( And poor Mike, he's definitely gonna be feeling guilty about himself... Argh! What a twist \:eek\: Really amazing plot you have there \;\)

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