The morning after I gave birth to Ginn and Tequilla, I immediately checked the newspaper. Having two children outside of marriage wasn't quite a problem in Sunset Valley, but back then I was a challenge mother... here, everything could be different. To be honest, I had a bad feeling.
And I was right! There, right on the front page, was a photo of me with big tummy. I was quite taken aback, since I couldn't remember the time I went out with a paparazzi around... then a picture flashed on my mind.
Either way, I decided to go to the City Hall. I wasn't sure if I could win this case, but at least I could try. I could feel my hands shaking... really, who wouldn't? My Celebrity status wasn't the only thing on my mind; if I lost the case, I'd probably lose everything I had as well--my apartment, Malvolio (they'd make sure he'd hear about this, after all), and... my kids. Although they were really annoying, I just couldn't picture them being taken by the social workers.
When I got out of the building, it was evening already. But it was all worth it... because I won!
"Ginn, I won! I won, boy!" I nearly screamed once I got home. Call me childish, but I was very relieved by the fact that at least now, me and everything I had were safe.
In my joy, I couldn't help but woke Tequilla up and hugged her as well. Her velvety skin felt so soft against my own, and her body smelled like fragrance... I took a deep breath, enjoying the nice scent in the air.
I was so foolishly happy that I didn't realize there was another person in the room... and he was staring at me with his red eyes.
"Malvolio!" I gasped, turning to him. It didn't even cross my mind what he thought about this all. He once asked me politely whether I wanted to continue my challenge or not... and I said no. These babies weren't even part of the challenge, but he didn't know that. All he saw was me and a baby in my arm.
I was trembling when I faced him. He always looked so evil, since he was a vampire, but I had never seen him so... cold. Towards me. He was always so gentle. And standing there in the baby room, his eyes almost looked glacial.
"What are you doing?! I thought you said no more babies?!" He confronted me, causing Ginn to wake up again.
"N-no! Malvolio, this was purely accidental!" I stammered, struggling to find the right line to say. My own mind kept cursing myself the whole time: Of course he would be mad! What did you expect, Leah?
"Aaaah!" He growled. "Purely accidental! Of course! Only that I know you're a liar--and you must have planned this since the beginning! Wasn't that what you wanted? To have a baby with me to complete your stupid baby challenge?"
"NO!" My fist clenched, but my hand stopped in thin air. I was so angry... how could he judge me like that? He knew that I loved him, and it was so easy for him to say the opposite! He even stated that I wasn't done with the challenge yet... I was, I really was. And he really thought I was a liar.
"Ha! What are you gonna do, Leah? Slap me? Beat me to bits? And you said you loved me... yeah, right." Malvolio laughed, his fangs looked shiny under the lamp light.
I bit my own lips, trying not to punch him right there. My eyes shut in attempt to get rid of the tears that started to fall down my cheeks. I just couldn't cry in front of him, after all he just said..
"You can't do that, can you? Because all I said was true... you're just another liar, another woman who does everything to get what she wants. You're just a typical b***h at heart! You think you can fool me? You wish, Dear. I already know you never loved me... you never, never did." He sneered coldly. The smile I used to love, but now seemed so humiliating.
"J-just get out of here!" Really, what could I say? He thought I was a liar, and our love life was entirely a lie. My heart was broken to bits... if he didn't get out soon, I'd most likely break down right in front of him. And I didn't want to give him the pleasure of seeing me in that state.
"You really think I need your words? I'm all ready to move out!" With those words and one more cold glance, Malvolio walked out of the room, slamming the door behind him.
When I went to my bedroom upstairs, I noticed the twins. It seemed like our fight had woken them up. Liam reluctantly walked towards me and asked, "Mom? Are you okay?"
I sobbed, trying to hide my tears although it was too late. "Yeah... just go to bed, you two. Tomorrow you'll have school to attend." I didn't say it, but their concerns actually made me feel better for a bit. Even though Liam just said four words, I was so heartbroken that his words immediately comforted me.
When the twins were at school, I threw the vampire babies' birthday early. Because everytime I saw the pink blanket that wrapped around Tequilla, I couldn't help but play back the fight on my mind.
As the days passed, I realized I'd never really get Malvolio out of my mind. Too many stuffs in the house reminded me of him... the bar, the TV, the bed... don't even let me mention the hot tub! It seemed like everytime I walked around the house, I could hear his laugh and see his smile. It was only on my mind, of course, but staying in this house really drove me crazy.
So one evening, I decided to wear my formal dress and went to a club nearby. I crossed my fingers, hoping that somehow, I could forget Malvolio even for just an hour.
The bartender waved at me as soon as I sat down. "Hey! I'm Jack Porter. Can I help you?"
I smiled half-heartedly, "Oh... I guess I'm having some Simsmapolitan, please." My heart ached at the word. I realized it too late... Simsmapolitan was the drink Malvolio ordered when we first drank together.
"Okay, wait a minute!" When Jack mixed my drink, he asked me casually, "Can I ask what's your name? I don't know, but your face kinda rings a bell... You're not a regular customer, are you?" He gave me the yellow drink.
I sipped the Simsmapolitan before answering, "Well... no, but probably you've seen me in the newspaper. I'm Leah Sierra." I already could feel the buzz running in my blood, even though I only had a little of alcohol.
"Wait... that Leah Sierra?" Jack looked at me with a shocked expression on his face. "A 100 baby challenge mother who came from Sunset Valley?"
I had to stay calm, but the alcohol made it really hard. "Well, yeah! But I'm not doing the challenge anymore, any problem with that?" I was shocked that people around here still knew me as... a "challenge mother". I wasn't even one. I had quit the challenge. Seriously, I thought rumours spread fast around Bridgeport!
I was still upstairs, but I wasn't sleeping. In fact, I could barely sleep through the night. I felt like a zombie back then, instead of a vampire: I felt nothing. My heart wasn't even aching anymore. It was empty. And I refused to come downstairs. Because the whole time I just wished for something impossible, Please, please don't let them leave now...
But then I started to think about Achlys. How she actually cared about me, how she never really gave up on me... that, overall, was one thing that convinced me to hang on and stay alive. For my kids.
I was too tired to think of anything else, but maybe, just maybe, I could get through this. Fix my mistakes... and be Leah Sierra again.
No, not another apology! I just want to thank you for reading this update, and... I have a few things to tell you guys.
1. I decided to continue this challenge again. I'm pretty happy with my decision. :) And if I ever go on a hiatus again without telling you, just punch me.
2. I actually took most of the pictures of this post before my hiatus... so yeah, Dawn's hair was still brown. ^-^' Sorry about that, Dawnie. You know I'm still a big fan of you!
3. I decided to get rid of the cbox... tomorrow, probably, my hands are still screaming in pain. But I will. Cbox is a great place to leave short, lovely comments, but I hate those blogwalkers.
4. Sorry for the usage of strong languages! D: I know I had it censored, but in case you feel uncomfortable about it... just tell me, really. But I think once Leah is cured, she won't use any strong language anymore.
5. Thanks to Christy Quinn for the name Talia, and Kori Bergstrom for the name Zoey. Really, I just realized that their names were just alternative spellings of Thalia and Zoe (Percy Jackson characters) after naming them. xD
6. Just saying... I think I wrote that last line-in the story, not in this little note-not as Leah, and more as myself... so glad to be here again. :')