Juliana – Chapter 118 Blurred Lines

Time in Willow Creek: 1 year, 11 months, 1 week

Jase’s eyes rolled as he hoisted himself up from the desk chair. It had been a long night already. He swore Abigail knew when Hillary got home and did everything in her power to keep herself awake until then including holding her bladder until the perfect time. Hillary didn’t care, but Jase wanted Abigail to be asleep when she got home so she wouldn’t have to spend the rest of her short night getting her to sleep. But, no, Abigail wouldn’t hear of it. She fought the naps and pooped at times he didn’t think she should have been pooping. So much for keeping her on a schedule.

“Abbie…we talked about this…”

If she weren’t screaming like her life depended on it, he would have sworn she was mocking him. “I’m going to change you, and then you’re going right back to sleep, ok?”

She continued screaming.

“Heh, yeah. I bet you agree.” He got the baby girl all cleaned up and scooped her into his arms to lull back to sleep. “Heeey! You’re all good now? Ok…let’s try sleeping now…you cute little thing.”

He rocked and bounced, and rocked and bounced some more. The girl was not having it. She was calm but would not close her eyes. Jase even resorted to bribery despite knowing she had no idea what he was saying.

“Come on, Abbie. All the pretty girls go to sleep before their mothers get home. You’re the prettiest of all the girls, so why don’t you show them how it’s done, huh?” He thought he may have seen her eyes closing. “Thaaat’s right…you can do it. Allll the pretty girls go to sleep for their daddies…”

Hillary had come in a few seconds before and laughed at the show he put on. “What are you saying to her?”

Heat rose up his cheeks. She would walk in at that moment. “Oh, nothing. I’m just trying and failing at charming her.”

She laughed. “Awww, I’m sure that’s not true.”

“Hmph. If it wasn’t, she’d be asleep by now.”

She shook her head at him with the most radiant smile. “You know you don’t have to put her down for me. It’s not like I have to get up early or something.”

“Yeah, true, but…you have her all day, and you work all night. You shouldn’t have to come home and spend the rest of your night trying to get to her to sleep.” His attempts to lull the child were futile. He snuggled and kissed her a few more times before placing her back into the crib. “I love you, Abbie. Please be good. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

He made it look easy, but leaving her every night was hard. He wanted to be with her all the time, but that was the nature of co-parenting. One parent always got the shorter end of the stick. When he turned away from the crib, Hillary stood in front of him with that same radiant smile. Gosh, she was beautiful. Why did she have to stand so close? Didn’t she know it was still hard for him? Perhaps it always would be. How long could they keep doing this? When could he free himself from the prison he locked himself in? How would he know when his sentence was up?

“Are you ok?” he asked hesitantly.

She threw her arms around him. He wasn’t sure what to do and went with it. What did it mean? Was she back to playing games again? Did she have a bad day? Was she lonely?

“Thank you,” she whispered.

“Uhhh…you’re welcome?” He chuckled nervously. “What did I do?”

“You’re here.”

“I’m…always here…”

“I know! That’s why I’m thanking you.”

He was so nervous he barely knew what to do with himself. It had been a while since they’d been that close. All the alarms blared throughout the prison. He violated the rules, but it wasn’t his fault. What was he supposed to do? Pull away? “Why are you thanking me?”

“Because you don’t have to be here. Things have turned out really nice, and they didn’t have to. You could’ve stayed mad at me. You could have just given me child support and walked away. But you decided to stick around and make things work. I’m really grateful for that.”

It didn’t feel like she would let go anytime soon, so he held her and let the alarms continue to blare. He remembered those thoughts he had the night she came over and dumped the news of fatherhood on him, but he never seriously considered walking away. He couldn’t do that. Not when his own father did it to him. There was no way he’d abandon his own baby no matter what condition the relationship with her mother was in. Everything he wanted to reply with was a no-no. Either it could be construed as suggestive or something he wasn’t allowed to say yet like “I love you.”

“I know.” That was probably the lamest answer he could come up with, but it was the safest.

He enjoyed having her in his arms like that and didn’t want to let her go. What if he escaped from prison? Was life on the outside really that dangerous? They had already been through the worst of the worst in their friendship. What more could happen? Was playing it safe even helping? This hug had gone on much longer than it should have. What was the point of abiding by rules if he continued breaking them?

She pulled away, finally, and smiled at him but not the same way she smiled earlier. It was…oh no. The guards pleaded with her not to kiss him although he wouldn’t have minded. The situation was a great reminder of what prison was for. There was nothing inherently wrong with kissing and being close, but it made it hard for him to think about the important things he was supposed to be evaluating. Clearly, Hillary had grown up quite a bit. No one could deny that. But, did that make her trustworthy? He wasn’t sure yet. How did he know she wouldn’t break his heart again the minute some tall, skinny, model with perfect hair came along? She said she was all in and would be patient. Was her word enough? Could he trust it? That was still a question.

To his surprise, however, she didn’t kiss him and went to attend to her child. “Hey, sweet pea! What’s this about you not listening to daddy?”

He breathed a sigh of relief and turned toward the door. “Ok…goodnight.” I’m going back to prison…

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40 thoughts on “Juliana – Chapter 118 Blurred Lines”

  • Ohhh…he is such a good Daddy. I wish he would let the bars down. But that was a tiny first step…wasn’t it? How nice it would be to raise their daughter together as a family. Hillary has grown so much…I guess he’s still very much afraid of being hurt again, but he’s hurting like he is.

    • Yeah, as much as I would love to see them together as well, if he’s not sure of where he stands with her, I would prefer he keep the bars up. Do I think he has anything to worry about? Not really. But, if he lets the bars down right now, I think he’ll always have some doubts in the back of his mind. I want him to be able to dive into a relationship with her free and clear! BUT, I don’t think them being locked in Hillary’s room with the baby all the time is really helping him make any decisions. I think they should get out and be among adults. See how she acts around people. She’s always been more subdued at home, so what is he really witnessing? At the very least, I think they should have conversations about it. Then he could decide if he wants to take a leap of faith and trust what she says or not.

      • So very true…maybe start dating…go out to dinner. And your right, have some grown up conversations around what needs to happen. He isn’t in a good place. Hillary is in a much better place. She has grown a lot.

  • I love what a good daddy he is. I wonder how long it will be before he decides it’s safe to come out and trust her? I really hope they can work things out because I think they could be really good together.

  • Took me forever to get back to the story .. hubby came home with a man cold and I have been dutifully repeating “poor bunny” all afternoon .. sigh (this WAS my day off)

  • I always end up “discovering” stories long after they’ve completed (or abandoned -_-;)… I was surprised when there were no more “next chapter” tabs, but pleasantly surprised when I saw how recent the last update was ^^;. Put simply, I am completely sucked into this story. I’m pretty sure I read this between yesterday and today. Years from now, my eyes will hate me for staring so long at this computer, but… Anyway, I love your characters — all of them (even the ones like Trish because they seem/act like real people) — it’s really impressive! Thanks to this story, I think I’m gonna get back into reading Sims stories… and chance looking for more Sims 4 stories (you’re my first S4 story!). Anyway, thanks for the read! Can’t wait for the next update.

    • Hello! You read all of this in a day? Wow! I’m impressed and honored! Thank YOU! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. This comment warms my heart so much! Discovering Juliana is wrapping up but still far from over, so lots more chapters to enjoy are yet to come. 😀

  • Oooh dear. I’m incredibly torn on this – on the one hand…this part:

    “He enjoyed having her in his arms like that and didn’t want to let her go. What if he escaped from prison? Was life on the outside really that dangerous? They had already been through the worst of the worst in their friendship. What more could happen? Was playing it safe even helping? This hug had gone on much longer than it should have. What was the point of abiding by rules if he continued breaking them?”

    Rings soooo true. Seriously – if you’re going to continually break the rules, it’s time to move through the need for “rules”. However, she didn’t just break his heart, she shattered it, and there is a long road to recovery in their future so I completely agree with the continued need to take it slow.

    I read through a few of the above comments and have to agree that seeing one another in an adult setting, having some actual “dates” and opportunities to get to know one another again outside of just co-parents is a healthy first step.

    This couple is my favorite in the story honestly. They are so broken and full of real problems. I love this. The trust that has to be restored, the long lifetime love that evolved from true friendship etc. This is the couple that truly interests me and makes me crave more. I know the story is “Discovering Juliana” but in my mind, the true romance here has always been Jase and Hillary. 🙂

    • Jase and I often have the same thoughts on the matter lol.
      I too love Jase and Hillary! I’m constantly having to remind myself this is Juliana’s story and not theirs lol. Their dynamic is very interesting, and I want to help them but I need to let them go through whatever they need to go through lol. But yes…dating would be appropriate here!

  • I’m still rooting so hard for these two. Jase is an incredible guy. I hope we can break him out of jail soon 😉 😛 I know it’s hard right now for both of them because they’re so busy with the baby. But I’m looking forward to seeing these two reconnect even more (I still have faith that they will!)

  • There is only one way to find out, Jase. Take her out for a dinner to a fancy restaurant, expose her to those tall skinny models with perfect hair and see what happens. 😀

  • Aww Jase, doing your best to deserve to call yourself daddy (and to expect Abigail to do the same instead of wondering who he even is)

  • Poor Jase! Hopefully they can figure it out and he can at least tell her how he feels. He might be surprised and find that she likes him back or something. (I can’t remember if she does, it’s been a while.)

    • Hey you! Long time no see. Yes, Hillary loves Jase. She told him the night she dropped the pregnancy on him. He told her he needed time to get over how she hurt him and needs to learn to trust her again, so she’s just been trying to honor that request and give him space. But, it’s really really really hard sometimes. And Jase, he really wants to be free and show her how much he loves her, but he’s so afraid of opening his heart up to her again.

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