Wednesday, 26 January 2011

City Lights - Chapter 8 - Dreams and Nightmares

My feet echoed down the corridor as I sprinted along it calling out her name.

"Patina!" My shouts became more and more frantic as I threw open door after door looking for her. Each empty room sent another wave of fear stabbing into my heart. She was here somewhere, I knew she was, but this place was a maze. My shoes squeezed on the highly polished floor as I turned another corner a bit too sharply.

Before me stretched another long corridor and I squinted in the too bright light trying to see then end of it. "Patina!" I cried again. Where was everyone! "Somebody help me! I need to find my wife!" I could no longer stop the tears as I ran, more frantic than ever, to open the first door.


I woke with a shock sitting blot upright. I was bathed in sweat my heart racing racing as if I had just finished a marathon. Panicked I looked around trying to get my bearings.

Seeing the peaceful sleeping form of Patina lying next to me allowed me to catch my breath. I sat there watching her sleep as I tried to calm my heart and shake off the nightmare. It was a week before the wedding and the dreams were coming more often now. The weren't always the same and mostly they faded quickly but in those moments of first waking the absolute terror of the dream was excruciatingly vivid. It was ironic that the closer we got to being bound together in marriage the more my subconscious feared the loss of her. Moving slowly so as not to wake her I curled up next to her and watched her sleep not daring to close my eyes again.

People who think time flies have it wrong. Flying would mean that there was a smooth and gentle transition from one moment to the next. If you want to get closer to the truth it jumps. One moment I was lying in bed watching Patina sleep and the next I was attempting to loosen the too tight collar of my wedding suit with no knowledge of what had happened in the intervening week.

"You ok son?"

"Fine, yep completely fine." I tried to stop the shaking in my hands and gave my supremely relaxed dad a weak smile in hopes of convincing him. The look in his eyes told me that I wasn't successful. "Ok I'm completely I'm not fine. I'm freaking out. I don't know what the problem is. I have never wanted anything in my life more than to be married to Patina but I have never been more nervous than I am at this moment."

He chuckled softly to himself as he put his arm around my shoulder and steered me to the door. "I would have been worried about you if you actually had been fine."

"You would have?" Surely me being nervous was a bad thing. Wasn't I supposed to be prepared to make this change in my life, to meet it without fear.

He continued to move me slowly towards the door as he spoke. My heart raced and my feet dragged ever so slightly feeling as if they each weighted a ton. "Nervous is very good right now. Nervous means you care. It shows that you realise how much it means to you to have this moment and every moment from this point on be perfect. It shows how deeply and truly you love Patina. So if you hadn't been a nervous wreck I would have worried if you were doing the right thing. As it is," he looked me up and down taking in the shaking hands, the constant darting of my eyes and the beads of sweat that I couldn't seem to stop rolling down my forehead and laughed. "Well I have no doubt that you love her more than anything in the world and you would do anything to make her happy."

Huh? Who knew being a complete mess was a good thing but what he was saying made sense. More than anything I wanted to make sure that I gave Patina the perfect life that she deserved and, as always, I was terrified I would screw it up. My revery was interrupted when we stopped walking and I looked up to see the alter in front of me.

With a quick slap on the shoulder my dad turned and was gone leaving me at the front of a very crowded room. Luckily I didn't have long to wait. Just as my heart started beating at a fever pitch the music changed and my dad began to walk up the isle with the maid-of-honour.

In what seemed like no time at all they were standing up with me and the music changed once again. The doors open and she floated through them, a vision in white.

My heart kicked up another notch and I was finding it difficult to breath. How did I deserve such a glorious creature. I turned to fully take in her beauty taking an involuntary step forward.

And nearly fell off the raised step of the alter. Glancing around nervously I was relieved to see that everyone was turned to Patina watching her walk slowly towards me. Everyone but Patina who had a smile twitching at the corners of her mouth as she tried not to laugh. Smiling sheepishly back at her I got back up on the step and attempted to look dignified. Or at least not to knock anything over. With an elegance that I could never possess she came to stop beside me. A breath of fresh air swept over me in that moment taking all my nervousness and fear away with it. So it was with a calm hand that I placed the ring on her finger and said the words that made her mine forever.


I'd like to say that we had a romantic honeymoon. Somewhere tropical and warm with white sandy beaches and drinks with little umbrellas in them. But we didn't. Instead we spent it in poorly lit and smoke filled rooms. Pretty romantic, eh?

See something unexpected happened when we got back from France. The phone rang. Now this perhaps seems like an ordinary event, especially considering Patina had been tweeting, texting and emailing everyone she know about the engagement. In fact I was quite prepared for the person on the other end to be offering their congratulations and asking me when the big day was.

"Bondi! Great I'm glad I caught you."

"Oh hi Jaffa. How are things?"

"Couldn't be better my boy, couldn't be better. Listen, I know you are just back from your trip to France and probably in completely the wrong timezone but I really need you at open mic night tonight."

"Um, well to tell you the truth I was kind of planning on spending tonight just relaxing."

"And you will, you will. I just need you here for a very short time. I wouldn't be asking if it wasn't important."

"Well ok then. I guess I'll see you there." What could I have said? He had never asked me to be there before I had always just gone when it suited me. The fact that he was asking now, and that he said it was important made me curious and although you couldn't have dragged me there ten minutes ago I was now dying to go.

No amount of speculation prepared me for what happened when I got there. I played my set, one of the last to play that night, and when I was leaving the stage Jaffa was there gesturing for me to join him.

Jaffa introduced me to Wayme Bumble. Puzzled and yet completely unsuspecting I was not prepared for what happened next. Mr. Bumble, it seemed, was an agent. An agent who wanted to represent me. Apparently he had seen me play on that fateful night that Lin and Patina both watched me sing and had been intrigued. When he heard me for a second time he decided he wanted to sign me. It was utterly incredible and without Patina I don't know if I would have had the courage to go through with it. So I spent the next couple of months cycling between the many clubs of Bridgeport while Patina planned the wedding.

Most musicians talk about the clubs they play with a haughty disdain. Well, at least the famous ones do. They say that all the clubs look the same and they some times have no idea where they are. I guess, if I needed any confirmation other than the obvious, that was a clear clue that I wasn't famous. I had no problem at all telling them apart.

There was Sport Zone better known as the Den of the Flying Darts.

No matter where I stood they always seemed to head straight for me with a nearly uncanny accuracy. I mean seriously who thought it was a good idea to darts in a club!

And there was Banzai Lounge aka Wall of Immovable beads.

I always seemed to run into it. I would be looking around carefully, fully aware of my surroundings and then BAM there it was. I swear it was on tracks of some kind and it moved around when I wasn't looking.

Plasma 501 was an up scale place full of staff and clientèle who were always beautiful and sophisticated. It was the goal of other starting musicians I talked to that the beautiful people would notice them and take an interest. To be honest it wasn't an interest I wanted.

The staff always seemed to look at me as if I was a tasty treat. Patina giggled every time she caught them looking at me and never failed to point it out. She stated called it me fresh meat when ever I went in there.

And of course there was the place that started it all, Eugi's.

Eugi's would always be my first and favourite but would it kill them to fix that step? Every place I played at had a step up to the stage and I could handle them no problem but Eugi's was different. Why, oh why must I trip on that step nearly every time?

So the clubs of Bridgeport took on new names for me as I tried to avoid their individual pitfalls. Although Mr. Bumble was fine with me taking some time off for a honeymoon Patina wouldn't have it. She insisted I finish the mini-tour of Bridgeport and she was there with me every night braving the dangers at my side. That is until......


My last night playing in Bridgeport I was back at the Wall of Beads. The crowd was good, although there seemed to be a rather uncomfortably large amount of young women in the front, but I was worried by the fact that Patina wasn't in her usual spot.

I hated to worry it seemed silly. Nothing could have happened to her, right? As I played I kept telling myself that it was nothing, there was a good reason for why she wasn't there and I would have a message waiting in her cheerful voice when I got done. Since the wedding the nightmares had slowly started to fade and I was determined not to let my night time fears get the better of me.

"Mr. Parfait?"

"Yes." I couldn't keep the fear from my voice. It was irrational to be so worried at the sight of a police officer but as she had approached me my blood had ran cold and panic gripped my stomach.

"Mr. Parfait, I'm sorry to tell you there has been an accident." My eyes, already wide from the mere presence of the officer, now became the size of dinner plates as I heard the words that I dreaded more than anything else in life. "She's been taken to the hospital. I don't know what state she's in...."

I didn't let her finish. I couldn't. I ran for the door.

The long hallway in the hospital brought into stark focus all those months of dreams. This was my nightmare, my hell. Where was my wife?

"Mr. Parfait?"

A calm and controlled voice from behind be startled me out of my downward spiralling thoughts. I turned to find a doctor standing behind me. Frantically I tried to take in his expression as if I could devine what he had to say. He must have sensed the mute panic in my expression because his softened.

"She's been in an accident. A car ran a red light and it hit her as it went passed. Luckily it wasn't going very fast and it only clipped her so there was no severe damage. She's resting comfortably now and as soon as we finish the last tests you can see her."

Relief washed over me and my shoulders sagged. "She's ok?" I asked needing to here the words again.

"She's fine."

With that he turned to walk away but before he had gone two steps he looked back at me. "Oh and so is the baby."

BABY?!? The hall started to spiral around me. Great there goes any chance I had of looking in control of the situation I thought as the floor rushed up to meet me.


  1. I'm glad she's okay...and WEEEEE! Baby! :D

  2. You had me worried for a sec! But babies are good :)

  3. !!! Wah what a lovely wedding x3 Patina and Olivine looked amazing! Ohhh I get the feeling Grandpa has passed on a little part of his gift/curse. Interesting!!! <3

  4. Oh what a relief, I was on the verge of yelling when I read about the police officer. Whew!

    BABY!!! YAY!!!

  5. A BABY!? And they had a beautiful wedding!! I hate dreams like that.. I have dreams like that all the time!.. Amazing Chapter!! I can not wait to see what will happen next!!

  6. Thanks so much you guys <33 I get the feeling you are all as excited about the baby as I am!

    Berry well picked up on ^__^

  7. I'm glad everything turn out alright with Patina. And a Baby!?! :D

  8. Aw, such a beautiful wedding! I loved her hairstyle for the wedding. What a scary dream to have to actually 'live' through! But yay for a baby on the way!!! Love Bondi's descriptions of the clubs, that was cute, so Him!

  9. I loved the wedding and BABY!!!! Like other's I was worried for a moment LOL

  10. Such a gorgeous wedding! I'm so glad that Patina is OK and a baby Squeeeeee Can't wait to see what he/she looks like :D

  11. shirtlessBondishirtlessBondishirtlessBondishirtlessBondishirtlessBondishirtlessBondishirtlessBondishirtlessBondi ~ ok, I'm fine now.. maybe? @_@

  12. Kitty you make me laugh!
    I can't wait to see what the baby looks like either Kim. And thanks everyone for your comments on the wedding <3

  13. The wedding was so beautiful! :)
    And the bit you wrote about all the clubs made me laugh lol.

    And of course there's a baby on the way! Eeeeep! <3
    Amazing as always Thea!

  14. I really only have one word.... AMAZING

    Jen AKA Ashby Starr

  15. LOVED IT! Now THIS is the reason I have two Noir Nights on my top sites page, just saying. Wow, I can't wait to see what the babe looks's sure to be a good mix of genetics! Awesome post, keep on writing!

  16. i keep forgetting about the dreamwalker thing, that explains why they are coming true for him.
    I totally expected him to pass out from nerves at the wedding.
    And i was also sure that the chapter wasn't going to end well.
    Bondi is such a clumsy dork, and just love him for that <3

  17. Awesome update! So exciting!!! =D

    I'm not sure if the email update worked or not. Maybe it doesn't send it til the next day? I just happened to look & see if you've posted an update & caught it. Will let you know if I ever get something though.

  18. I count myself lucky I made it past the third picture... :) because the rest of the chapter was so amazing!!! (I need to find new words of praise - you've worn out my other ones) I especially love the "Wall of Immovable Beads" place :)
    And I'm sosososooooo excited for the bubbah!

  19. I've been grinning like a fool at all your comments, thanks so much <333

    Candace it would be great if you could let me know. I have no idea how these things work :S.

    Gracie lol yeah that third picture does have the ability to stop you in it's tracks!

  20. I never did get an email, and I know I put my email in correctly, because it made me confirm that I wanted to receive email updates before they would email me.

    P.S. After the 2 new comments, I had to go back and find out what the 3rd picture was LOL

  21. Darn it I was so sure I got that right. Hmmm I'll have to have a look. And lol about the 3rd picture. It's Kitty's fault for pointing out topless Bondi on her thread ^__^

  22. dude great post i almost cried when they said there was an acciedent i was all like OMG NOOOOOOOO!! and then i was chill after that i was again like O_O A BABY!! great post by the waaay!! your stories are soo touching and keepin me glued to my laptop

  23. P.S. i hope the baby has Patina's hair color and Bondi's skin color that would be epic! (hopefully it's a girl!!)

  24. ^__^ I loved your comments! Patina's hair and Bondi's skin would be great but I have a feeling no matter what it will be cute (and no I haven't peaked yet ;-))

  25. The moment I saw the maid of honor I thought "She looks familiar..." and then I was like "Oh it's Olivine!" I love how you incorporated her friendship with Patina into your story. Fantastic job as always! :)

  26. R, that's a pretty common theme i've noticed in a few different stories, the mixing of legacies. It kind goes to show, how tight the simming community is (and how small the berry world is lol).

  27. I couldn't have picked anyone else considering how much Patina was in Berry's story :D.
    musicbooksandvideogames you are very right that the sim community (and the Berry world within that community) is very tight and I for one love it!

  28. Was that a young Olivine Chiffon i spotted at the wedding? AND OHMYGOSH, a baby? I actually had a feeling that a baby was on its way but she didnt look pregnant...hmm i guess we will find out.

  29. :) lovely a wife and baby and budding music career.

    Love the way he describes the clubs.