Previously on Besties
Life sure has been different. Yeah let’s go with different. I didn’t exactly see my life going quite like this, being a single mom. I had every intention on being much further in my career before starting a family and in hindsight I could have been if I wasn’t doing so much partying with the group Partihaus. I just feel like I wasted so much.
Then I look at my beautiful daughter Jayla and I stop regretting. She is my whole world and I just want to give her the best life. That may mean she doesn’t have her father in her life and I am sad for that but ugh I can’t even go there just thinking of him makes my tempers flare again. I have never had to declare enemies with someone before this.
At least I have my best friend Jade with me. I never would have met her if it wasn’t for Partihaus so I can’t really talk about my life at Partihaus like it’s all bad. We had a lot of really really good times!
“Bella! Thanks so much for coming! Come in!” I greeted.
“Thank you Eva.”
“Come sit here with us. Sorry it’s a bit of a disaster we are still setting up. We are fairly new to Willow Creek.” I gestured towards the kitchen table where Jade was waiting.
“Thank you.” Bella smiled as she took her seat.
“So as you can imagine Bella we have a few questions.” I started as Jade nodded in agreement.
“I will try my best to inform you.” Bella looked from Jade to me. “Before I explain I need to ask that anything we discuss remain confidential. As you can imagine this is a delicate topic.”
“Agreed.” Jade shook her head.
“Absolutely this is between us.” I added.
“Good, why don’t we begin by you telling me what you know about Vampire Lore.” Bella suggested.
Jade Shrugged her shoulders, “Not much I didn’t think there really were any, I mean we all saw Penny’s Vlog right? We first encountered Lilith the night we moved in here.”
“Oh?” Bella’ raised an eyebrow.
“Yeah,” I chimed in, “We had only just moved in what was it the night before.” I asked and turned to Jade.
She thought for a moment. “It was freezing blizzard when we moved in so I am having trouble remembering the time of day. I remember we came in and ate breakfast food so maybe it was in the morning? It becomes a blur in my memories.” Jade’s brow furrowed.
“Interesting… Did you by any chance invite her in?” Bella asked.
“No” We both answered almost in unison, we looked at each other after and laughed a little.
“No, we talked on the porch I believe. I can’t imagine why though it was the dead of winter.” I recalled.
“I can. See, Vampires can only enter your home if they are invited, at least most Vampires. See Vampires are unique individuals meaning they have different vampire powers and different Vampire weaknesses. Judging by your story, and well, I guess the lack thereof because neither of you can fully recall the event she may have used vampire powers on you.” Bella explained.
“I don’t think so, Caleb said she doesn’t have a taste for female sims.” As I said the words I could see the look on Bella’s face change.
“Caleb?” Bella asked.
“Uh yeah, Lilith’s brother Caleb.” I answered.
“How do you know Caleb?” Bella’s gaze was fixated on me.
“Actually I uh, work with him at the lab.”
“At the lab?”
“Yeah. but Caleb is not like Lilith. I mean he’s not a predator he can’t even hurt a spider we had a plant die and he cried. Like, I mean, knowing him.. I didn’t really think his kind was all that scary, until recently.” I looked back and forth from Bella to Jade. I could tell Jade was feeling really uncomfortable.
“I find it very interesting that Caleb a known Vampire has a job and that he is working at the lab.”
“When you say it like that, yeah that does sound strange.” I agreed with Bella.
“Do you know what he is working on?” She asked.
“Honestly, no. I mean, I found him at the microscope the other day other day but I didn’t see what he was looking at.”
“Well, I think it’s time to find out.”
“I agree.” I nodded
“Just try to keep a safe distance.” Bella warned.
“Please!” Jade added.
“I must go it’s getting late but first, take this garlic. Plant it by your exits and eat it I’ll send you some recipes. Remember, a Vampire can’t enter your home unless you have invited them in. Once you have invited them even if it was only one time they are now free to come and go. Most vampires have a weakness to the sun so don’t be going out late at night. Move your beds away from the windows. There’s no way to fully protect yourself because some vampires have different weaknesses. The more precautions you take the better. Eva do let me know anything you find out about Caleb, anything that we can add to our records.” Bella spoke as she stood and collected her things.
“Maybe one day you can show us those records?” Jade asked. “I just feel like there’s still so much we don’t know.”
“We’ll be in touch.” Bella replied as she made her way for the door.
“Thank you so much Bella for coming.” I said following her to the door. “Expect to hear from me soon.”
Bella looked back from the porch smiled back before turning to leave. I shut the door and leaned on it. Jade was standing at the other end of the hallway. I knew what she was feeling because I was feeling it too. We were both very tense and scared. I could feel my lower lip trembling. The corners of my eyes watered I fought it back and none fell out. Jade proceeded down the hall towards me I reached out my arms for a hug. We both held tight before saying goodnight and heading off to bed. I checked in on Jayla she was fast asleep. I realized her bed was right up against the window where Bella had told us not too. I then realized all our beds were in front of windows and that we had better move them. The furniture was so heavy it took Paulo Jade and me to move it. I sat in the chair in Jayla’s room and napped there all night. If something were to come in here they would have to get me first.
The next morning came and I barely slept a wink. It was going to be a rough day that’s for sure. When I arrived to work I found Caleb where I usually find him, in Botany.
“Good Morning Eva!” He sang.
“Your here early.. and chipper.”
“Actually I’ve been here all night, now that it’s daytime it’s probably best I stay here for the day.”
“You were here all night?” I asked in a challenging tone.
“Yeah it wouldn’t be the first time. I kind of like it, no one’s around to bother you. Or there’s no line up for the microscope. I get a lot of work done.” He answered.
“Fair enough. So what did you find?”
“You were up all night working whatcha working on?”
“A bust, back to the drawing board.”
“Shame, well I better get to it.” I walked away awkwardly really knowing nothing more than I did before. I’ll have to make a note to investigate the botany lab later.
I tinkered with some of the equipment around the lab to see if I could find out anything more on Caleb and what he’s been up to but I didn’t really come up with anything. Either he wasn’t doing anything or he’s really good at covering his tracks. I was so tired the day really dragged. I decided to leave work early because I literally couldn’t stay awake much longer. I left through botany again to see if Caleb was still there. He was.
“Home time Eva?”
“Yeah, I didn’t get much sleep last night.” I said as I rubbed my eyes.
“Me either.” Caleb smiled coyly.
“Yeah but y’ y’ your a.” I stammered
“Shh Eva I really don’t want anyone else knowing what with everything going on.”
“Yeah, about that.”
“Not here Eva but I promise we will talk about it.”
“Fine, but I need to know.. am I safe?” I asked.
“I’m not going to hurt you if that’s what you mean.”
“Caleb don’t forget you owe me. I think I’m ready to collect on that.”
“What do need?” he asked.
“A DNA sample.”
“Fine but what if someone here sees that…”
“If anyone asks what I’m working on I’ll say it’s a youth serum.” I interrupted.
“Youth serum I like that.”
“Okay let’s get this over with.”
“Yes! Open up!” I ripped open the swab protection packaging as he opened his mouth and leaned in.
As tired as I was I forced myself to analyze the DNA.
Unfortunately it failed and my sample was contaminated. When I went back to ask Caleb for another he was gone so I just left feeling defeated.
When I got home Paulo and Jade were both there. Jade had already put Jayla down for the night. I went straight to the kitchen and grabbed a plate of dinner before joining Jade and Paulo.
“Thank for coming Paulo.” I said in between bites.
“Hey no problem anytime. I am kind of curious though.. why do you want to move the furniture around already?” He asked.
A valid question I mean it was not that long ago we had him here helping us set up and choosing where things went. My brain must be already done thinking I’m so tired I couldn’t come up with an answer.
“It’s the windows, they are a bit drafty when the wind picks up so we just want to move the beds away from them.” Jade answered. Nice one too I thought. Paulo looked satisfied with that answer.
“That’s fair.” he replied.
“So how’s it been for you still living at Parthaus?” Jade asked.
“Yeah the usual it’s been pretty tense between Marcus and me. I don’t agree with what he is doing. Plus all the parties that’s been going on I feel tired and tense all the time.” He explained.
I shook my head, “You need to get out of there.”
“You could always stay here.” Jade batted her eyelashes at Paulo.
“Thanks, I’ll think about. Well let’s get those beds moved looks like you are ready for bed there Eva.”
“I sure am Paulo. It’s been a long day.” I said.
“Did you find out anything new?” Jade asked.
“No unfortunately it was not a very productive day but I am hoping I made some ground to have more productivity soon.” I answered.
After moving the furniture it was pretty late so we insisted Paulo stay the night Well Jade at least did. I can see they are really falling for each other. I think it’s sweet they make a cute couple. He agreed to stay and we all went to bed. I felt much better about sleeping the night as we were all safe away from the windows as Bella had instructed.
The next morning.
“Thanks for breakfast Jade, I really should get going now.”
“Okay, but first take this. It’s the spare key. I want you to know you can come over anytime, like if the partying gets too much and think about it if you want to move in with us we’d me especially would love to have you around.”
“Thanks Jade. I’ll think about it.”
He pulled her in for a tight embrace and a long kiss goodbye.
Stay Tuned For Chapter 3