Orphan Challenge – Harkins Family 08 –Confusion

Dear Mom,

Everything has become such a mess!  Remember I told you I was dating Bradley.  Well, we pretty much broke up.  I don’t really know though because he hasn’t talked to me in weeks now.  Ever since that day at the Bluffs when I stayed with Wolfgang and Morgan and let him leave in a huff.


I thought I liked Bradley Mom, but there is something about the way Wolfgang looks at me.  It’s so exciting.  Whenever I’ve seen Wolfgang since that day at the bluffs, I just feel there is a connection.


There is also something sad I’ve seen in him that seems to call out to that same sadness in me.  I’ve only known him for a few weeks now, but I feel different about Wolfgang compared to how I feel, well, I guess I should say felt, about Bradley.  Besides, Bradley won’t talk to me at all.  Like I said, I think we’re broke up.

I cannot be certain, but last week when Wolfgang and I met at the coffee shop I think Bradley walked by.  I hope it wasn’t him, but I’m pretty sure it was, I just caught the boy out of the corner of my eye as he passed.


I tried to call Bradley that night after the bluffs and a few times since.  He hasn’t picked up.  I tried texting him too nearly every day in the beginning, but he never replied.


He even turns down another hall in school if he sees me coming.  I am feeling that sadness press in more often these days.  I wish things were as simple for me as they once were.

I’ve been trying to keep him off my mind.  I’ve been out a few times with Wolfgang, he’s come to the library when the kids and I have been there studying.


Wolfgang was studying a bit of biology while he was there.  I was happy to assist him with his homework.


Mrs. Munch also brought both Lucas and Wolfgang to the coffee shop to hang out for a while.  I got the feeling she wanted to meet me.  She is such a wonderful person.  I liked her immediately.

I also must admit to liking that Wolfgang wanted his mom to spend some time with me and the kids.


I remember Josef saying early on that Mrs. Gill wasn’t very nice, and I always got the feeling she didn’t think I was good enough for her boy Bradley.

I’ve been trying to keep my mind off these boyfriend troubles and it’s been helpful keeping my mind occupied with the garden as well as maintaining our home.


Home…that sends a thrill through me to think that word.  It’s wonderful to have actual walls around us again Mom.  We were in that tent for a long time.

Wow time really has passed!  Sophie certainly has grown up so quickly over this time since you’ve been gone.


I guess tragedy and living in secret for years will do that to a child.


She’s had to mature more quickly than I would have hoped.  I have tried to keep things as normal as possible, but it hasn’t always been easy.  I can say I’ve done the best I could though.

Sophie and I will celebrate our birthdays together this year at the bluffs in a few weeks.  I figure since our birthdays are only 10 days apart anyway we may as well.  I cannot believe she’s nearly a teenager!  My baby sister.  I still remember you telling me that she was my special birthday present when you brought her home from the hospital.  That I got to be a big sister now.  I hope she feels I’ve been as good of big sister to her as I’ve seen her be to Josef.


<tears smudge the ink a bit>

Anyway, I’ve been saving up, I am going to try getting a used computer from the PC shop in town for Sophie’s birthday present.  She’s always talking to those hacker kids in the library when we go there.


I’ve seen her taking notes in her notebook too.  She’s so smart, I know with a bit of practice she could be designing her own apps and stuff.

Josef is so goofy sometimes, he truly brings the sunshine to mine and Sophie’s life.  He’s been with us almost as long as we’ve been here in Windenburg.  I cannot imagine our lives without him.  Everyone thinks he is our cousin, but I think of him as our brother.  I know Sophie does too.  I sit back and watch him sometimes and even though I can see he’s sad, he tries not to bring others down.


If I ask what’s wrong, he says nothing and turns it around and tells a joke or makes a silly face.  He has been so good for our family.


I wish I could turn the sadness off as easily as Josef can, I miss you Mom, I miss talking with you.  I miss being able to ask for advice.  I miss turning to you to help figure out what we are going to do next.  We are doing the best we can.


Your loving daughter, Victoria

A/N – I know Sophie basically went from 9 (in Chapter 3) to a teen…but yeah, you know Sims age up to teen in like 8 game days so I tried to do something.  Not the best time jump…sorta wish I hadn’t said her age to be 9 in that early chapter!  It would have been better for her to be 11 or so…There isn’t as much physical difference between a Teen and a YA so it wasn’t as big of deal with Victoria.  Ah well, pretend about 3.5 years total had passed before Bradley’s party ok?  As a note, Josef is also close to teen, so I’ll say he’s roughly 1 year younger than Sophie.  Thanks all for giving me a bit of grace on this!  🙂

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16 thoughts on “Orphan Challenge – Harkins Family 08 –Confusion

  1. Although Wolfgang can be mean at times, I think he is a much better match for Victoria than Bradley is. I agree that his mom is such a wonderful person and caring mother! I did recall Bradley’s birthday party when Josef said that his mother isn’t nice and that she said that Victoria isn’t good enough for Bradley.

    Sophie aged up very well! She’s such a gorgeous girl. 🙂

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  2. I agree about Wolfgang being mean sometimes but I’ve only seen it with his little brother, Lucas and he has autonomously hugged Victoria so I really liked them together.

    I have to agree. Wolfgang has that rougher more edgy look about him, and I always thought Bradley had a wholesome look about him and because the Harkins family is poor, Mrs Gill didn’t seem to like her “golden” boy (literally with his blonde hair haha) being involved with that ‘poor’ girl (and just WHO are her parents anyway??? I bet they are good for nothing’s!) His Mom had the mean trait and his Dad had the materialistic trait so I figured together they would create a kind of snob thing within their family.

    And I absolutely love Milla Munch! She’s wonderful!!

    Thanks so much for the grace about Sophie, yeah total brain lapse when I wanted about a year total to have passed and then realized she would be aging up WAY to soon so yeah. Thank you. 😳

    I’m so excited you’re reading this!! Thank you!

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  3. I’m glad Tori is enjoying her time with Wolfgang!! I know he’s a bit rough sometimes, but I think she is definitely his soft spot, ahaha!

    Lots of time could have passed between the start of your story and now! It’s hard to include “time” and “ages” in sim lives, with their aging being so quick. I generally try to mark time with events in life. In my current story, my main character had aged up to YA and I lapsed a couple years to when her boyfriend was thinking of proposing to her. So it gives the effect of a 20-25 year old without really having to say it! It’s best to stay away from ages unless you have a certain plot set 🙂

    But Sophie is so pretty! I’m so glad she’s aged up with interests and has something to start occupying herself with. Josef is such a little cutie, too. ❤

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    • You are sooo right about making the error of stating an age! Trust me lesson learned and unless necessary for plot for some reason I won’t be doing that again! Thanks for being so gracious about that awkward time jump!

      Also I totally agree. Wolfgang and Victoria have such chemistry. It doesn’t take more than a flirt or two to get them both flirty when they are together. 😍

      Thanks again for reading it means so much!

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  4. I just caught up on your challenge. This sounds like an interesting challenge and this is a very entertaining read.

    I do think she has more chemistry with Wolfgang but Bradley’s warnings about this group she joined is worrying me. If she gets into any kind of trouble she could be blowing their cover. I look forward to seeing what happens next.

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    • Piazzagirl!! I’m so glad you made it over, you mentioned you would on the drifter thread!! Thank you for stopping by and reading.

      Interesting thought about the Renegades! We’ll see what happens in the coming chapter.


      • I may not make it to catch up on a timely basis as I work irregular hours at my job but I make a note of the stories I like. I was very interested to find out what this challenge was about once you mentioned it. This challenge sort of reminds me of the teenage runaway but with a different twist to it. I will be following to see what happens next 🙂

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      • Yeah I know JoieWilder developed this as a slightly different and possibly more challenging version of the runaway challenge. Thanks again for reading, in case you missed it, this story is on hiatus for two weeks next 3 chapters are written, I just have to edit and screenshot them!


    • Thank you so much!!! I appreciate the overlooking that it’s only been about a year that Sophie was 9 as I say in a previous chapter. Haha.

      Yeah I will admit to taking that queue from Citizen. It’s nice to be able to show inner struggle and personal thoughts with a character writing instead of just 3rd person narration.

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  5. The kid-to-teen jump is indeed pretty difficult to handle in the Sims. But I think you did well. Yeah, it was a quick passing of time, but it does make sense that saving up money for the house and such would have taken a lot of time so it’s not too abrupt in my opinion, and there was already some hints that she was growing up, so it works. Sophie is a pretty teen! I hope Victoria can keep her and Josef on the right track!

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  6. Honestly, Sophie could be 11 or 12 in the teen pictures. Kids now look so much older than what they are. She turned out beautiful!! I like Victoria with Wolfgang. He seems to care a bit more about family. Bradley wasn’t always nice to his little sister.

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