It had been a stormy fall. Lots of rain and thunderstorms with more predicted on the horizon.
Jessica was making some changes in her life. Her four bedroom house was bigger than her family of three really needed and with taxes and loan repayments coming up, she knew she needed to make some more money. She decided to look for someone to rent the spare bedroom that they never used.
She found the perfect renter in Joy London, a recent college graduate who was looking for a place to live before she fully embarked on her own. Joy didn't remember her, but she had met Jessica back in Eden. Jessica had worked as a gardener for Joy's family while she was working her way through college. She remembered Joy and her sister Felicity as teenagers.
"I'll think about it," Joy nodded. It sounded like a good opportunity, but she was afraid if she started another career she wouldn't pursue her dream of becoming a famous actress. She promised to give herself a few months and if nothing was happening with acting, she'd look into other opportunities. She just hoped her savings would last long enough.
Teaching wasn't a bad option to consider. She did like kids. She found herself spending a lot of time with Jessica's son and daughter and volunteered to babysit in exchange for a discount on her rent.
She was especially drawn to little Bryce. He reminded her so much of her brothers and Uncle Bruce. He looked like he had what the family referred to as the Lillard nose, inherited from her grandpa Brandon. She wondered if it was coincidence or if his father was a relative of hers. Jessica was closed lipped on the subject of her children's paternity, but Joy had a strong suspicion that Bryce and Bridget might be her nephew and niece. She wondered which of her older brothers had the secret affair with Jessica before she moved to New Eden, Jimmy or Frank. If she had to bet on it, she'd have to put her money on Jimmy. She wondered if he knew.
Joy was shocked one evening when she saw a familiar name active on her instant messenger. Chase Platz, it couldn't be! She was sure someone must have been playing a joke.
The longer they chatted the more she was assured that it must really be him. So agreed to meet him on campus.
She was becoming seriously involved with Alon Carlson who she had met while at university.
She was totally smitten.
and she didn't want her home to become party central. It was her house and sometimes she wanted quiet when she and the kids came home from school.
She had a chat with Joy about making sure her visitors were at the house at appropriate times and Joy agreed to be more considerate. She already felt bad about waking the whole family on her first night there when Davis dropped by to hang out. She hadn't realized it had gotten so late while they were chatting online.
Joy started inviting her friends over in the daytime when Jessica and the kids were at school, since she wasn't working yet and made sure they knew the party would have to break up or move elsewhere when it was time for Jessica and the kids to come home.
"So any regrets about leaving university early?"
"No, none at all. I'm so happy I graduated. I'm just ready to get on with life."
"Me too. I have to admit that I was a little afraid you'd forget about me once you went out into the real world."
"No, of course not!"
"Good. I was hoping you getting on with life would still include me."
Joy wanted to swoon. She felt so much love for him. She just knew this was for real.
She grabbed Felicity aside and dragged her to the bathroom where they could talk in private. "I think Alon is the one. He is just so perfect for me."
"You two are really cute together."
"I think I want to marry him."
Felicity squealed. "Really? Are you serious?"
Before they could talk more, Alon interrupted. "What are you two talking about in here?"
"Nothing, just sister stuff. None of your business," Joy replied.
Felicity smiled and said aside to Joy, "You should do it."
"What are you doing?"
"Do you really want to go through life with me? Not just as friends or as boyfriend and girlfriend, but eventually as husband and wife?"
"Joy! Are you asking me to marry you?"
She knew it was out of the blue, but she was feeling spontaneous. "I know we would be good together. We don't have to get married tomorrow, but hopefully sometime, yes."
"Yes, Joy, I do want to marry you. Let's get engaged."
It was obvious to anyone that Alon and Joy were made for each other. After a hug, they both mocked shooting a basket and shouted, "score!" before erupting into laughter.
It was a little rougher than she thought adjusting to having Joy as a roommate, but once they established a few ground rules for visitors at the house, they got along fine. She was happy for Joy's engagement, but she knew she'd miss the young woman when she eventually moved out. She had been a lot of help around the house and with the children. They had developed a nice routine.
But she still had her children and wouldn't mind having the house just to the three of them again.
Outside, Jessica had just arrived him. Instead of waiting out the storm, she had hurried home to be with her children. As she stepped out of her car she was struck by a bolt of lightening.
Bryce heard his mom's car pull into the driveway and he hurried out of the bathroom to meet her before Joy could stop him. By this time the storm had calmed down and the worst of it had past. But the worse of the experience was yet to come as Jessica's lifeless body lay on the ground.
All of my ROS happened in the fall this time, 3 out of 4 to this household! What a season!
ROS - Joy gets engaged (this was left over from last time, since I'd already played university ahead. I'm glad I postponed it so she could get to know Alon better and that I didn't have her propose to Chase instead. By the time I got around to this one, she had rolled the want to get engaged to Alon, so I felt better about making it happen by random events.
ROS - Disaster strikes - a tornado . . this one was also for Joy.
ROS - Death by electrocution Jessica Ebadi. :( My first death ROS. I feel really bad about this one, especially since she's a single mom with young kids and I was just starting to see potential with her and James. Before I rolled this, during the last rotation, I noticed the empty bedroom and thought about moving someone in. I'm glad Joy is living in the house so the kids wouldn't be living alone and taken by social services. There's going to be a lot to sort out after this round. :(