Generation 5, Chapter 1

Hello all! Happy Birthday to TIDL (it was 3 years old yesterday), and today is the anniversary of me joining WordPress 6 years ago! :O

Enjoy the chapter! It feels awesome to be back for a new generation <3

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There isn’t all that much to me like everyone thinks there is. Everyone has it in their heads that I’m someone to be with, look up to, or someone to be jealous of, but in all actuality, it’s not true in the slightest. I’m really nothing special. Guys have this depiction of me like I’m some sort of God when it comes to women and they always ask me for advice or tips or whatever, but it’s so much simpler than that. All I do is treat women with the respect they deserve and men think that there’s some magic spell or something that I have up my sleeve. It’s a lot easier to not put on an act like I’ve see so many other men do, which ultimately gets them shot down.

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As far as women, it seems that I’m quite popular with them, but that doesn’t mean I’ll go home with any tail that comes up to me and bats their eyelashes. I have respect for women, but that also means I expect the same in return and even if they make it blindingly obvious that they’ll sleep with me if I so much as breath hard enough, it doesn’t mean I will. As far as looks, I’m not picky, but as far as everything else, I have my fair share of do’s and don’ts. The woman lying next to me, for example, had a lot more reasons behind the do’s.

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Although it didn’t matter all that much since we didn’t really plan on seeing one another again, her name was Jean and she was pretty fun. After I had met her at a beach party I had been invited to last night, we spent pretty much the entire time there joking around together and drinking, and then, well.. Now here we are.

I broke my view from staring at the ceiling and looked over to her, my eyes trailing from the back of her head all the way down to her pantie-less bottom and I enjoyed how her tan skin gleamed from the sunlight coming in through the windows of my bedroom. It made her look angelic. Hmm.. Maybe the guys were right, maybe I am some sort of God since all I ever have around me are angels.

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I glanced at the clock in my room and it was a little after one in the afternoon, realizing we had slept in a lot longer than I wanted to and I just remembered I had an appointment with Blair at two.

I scooted closer to Jean and put my hand on her hip, sliding it slowly down her leg and her skin was just as soft as I remembered from last night. I leaned into her a little more, her hair smelling like cherry pie and the lotion I could smell on her skin was that of warm vanilla, a calming combination that I very much enjoyed. 

“Hey.. Sweetheart.. You gotta be anywhere? Work or something?” I whispered softly and she let out a soft moan before replying ‘no’.

“Okay, well.. Normally, I’d let you sleep in as long as you wanted, but I got work in about forty minutes and I still have to shower and all that, so it’s time to get up, okay?” I added, trying my best not to be an asshole and rush her or make it seem like I was kicking her to the curb, although to anyone else, it would seem that that’s exactly what I was doing.

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I sat up when she did, a yawn forcing my jaw open for a few seconds and I cracked my neck as I watched her dangle her legs off the side of the bed. She took a moment to wake up a little more by stretching her arms over her head, my eyes finding so many little details about her skin and the way her muscles moved beneath it that I almost wanted to say screw it to my appointment with Blair and have one last go at this girl, but I quickly talked myself out of it within seconds.. I really didn’t have the time and doing things like sex more than once on separate days told them more than I ever intended to say. I wasn’t and haven’t been in the right mind for a long time to handle something as dedicated and difficult as dating, so one-time things have become a lot more frequent and normal for me.. More comfortable and a lot easier to deal with.

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Jean stood to her feet and walked around my room naked, watching her and trying to get one last good look before she covered herself. She picked up her panties first, slipping those up her legs and as she made her way over to her pants and shirt lying on the floor, she looked at me curiously.

“Can I ask you something?” She wondered as she pulled her pants up her legs and fastened them.

“Of course,” I welcomed with a smirk.

“Might be a stupid question, but last night is still a bit fuzzy, so.. Did we wear something?” She asked as she threw on her shirt, hinting at protection and I nodded confidently.

“Yeah, we did, and that’s definitely not a stupid question by any means,” I replied and she seemed relieved even though I was fairly sure she knew, but just needed a reminder to put her slight worry at ease. I’m big on any and all types of protection. There’s only been one time that I haven’t used anything and it was with the girl that took my virginity and I took hers, too. We mostly did it like that for the first half of it just to see what it felt like, but even then, we still didn’t finish without anything.

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“Well, uh.. I guess I’ll get going now and let you get ready for work,” she said with a brief and awkward giggle as she slipped her shoes on.

“All right. Maybe I’ll see you around sometime?” I threw out there casually, not really knowing what else to say and she shrugged.

“Yeah, maybe,” she replied with a sweet smile, walking over to me and kissing my cheek, “See ya,” she added.

“Bye,” I answered before watching her make her way to my bedroom door and seeing herself out.

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I let my body go limp and I fell back onto my bed, a large sigh escaping my lips and looking back up at the ceiling for a moment longer before getting up to get ready. My dad was a physical therapist and it was his idea that I go into personal training for a job since I had no desire to go to college. I still had to get some kind of certification, but it didn’t take me long at all. It was easy to get started, too, because whenever my dad was done with a patient of his, he’d recommend them to me to help keep up with their physical training and to keep their limbs and joints and everything else strong after their recovery with him. Blair was one of my dad’s patients for a long time, her knees being her weakness, and she’s tried many different personal trainers, but once I got my certification a few years ago, she started coming to me and it’s been working out pretty well. My dad told me she had a hard time finding a physical therapist when she was younger and he’s the only one she ended up liking. It’s been the same way with me, too, because she tried a lot of different people before finally coming to me. Maybe she liked the vibe our family gave off, maybe we made her feel the most comfortable, maybe she wanted to stay close to us so she could stay close to August, but whatever the reason was, it didn’t really matter in the end.. As long as she was getting the treatment she needed, which she was and has been since she met my dad and then starting coming to me, her knees would only get better and better.

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After lying in my bed for ten minutes doing nothing, I got up and finally jumped in the shower so I could meet Blair on time. I wondered if August would be there with her today? He’s a pretty jealous person and he’s protective of Blair, he didn’t even trust her being alone with me even though he had nothing to worry about. I’d never do anything with her in a millions years because of the fact that her and August had a past and she’d never do anything with me, either, for the reason that he’s my brother, but August was still kind of a freak about us together for whatever reason. I’ve told him a million times that he has absolutely nothing to worry about, but.. August never believed it. There have even been times where he’d come along and watch our routine together, but the second I’d put my hands on her to show her how to stretch or work out correctly so she didn’t hurt herself, he’d go ape-shit. She’s usually able to put him into his place whenever that happened and he’d stop being an asshole, but it still made us both uncomfortable when he’d just sit there and watch us, or rather, watch me, like a hawk. He’s been coming around a lot less when she has her appointments with me because she isn’t able to focus with him there.. Sometimes he’s good about it and stays where he’s told to stay like some kind of disciplined, trained dog, but he still sometimes doesn’t listen and shows up randomly because, well.. I don’t even know why.. Maybe he’s less of a good dog and more-so a puppy in constant training that no one wants to deal with.

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When I got out of the shower, put my contacts in and got dressed, I went downstairs through the house until I came to the kitchen where I saw my two best friends and roommates, Pia Salves and Tavish Woods, talking about something.

Pia was incredible. She was the life of every party wherever she went, she was funny and flirty and smart and beautiful and sassy and I could go on and on about her. She and I had a lot in common and although there was never a spark of romance between us, there was definitely a spark of something that drew us to one another and we’ve been together since high school. Tavish, on the other hand, was a lot different than Pia and I, but that’s what I loved the most about him. He’s funny and brash, sarcastic and incredibly smart, and we had a lot in common when it came to athleticism and especially women. It made it really easy to be able to open up to him since he’s been through a ton of the same stuff I have. Pia and Tavish were friends before they met me, so they went back a little further than all three of us combined, but they welcomed me into their duo with open arms and I’ve never regretted knowing either of them for a single second. I’ve never said anything like this to them and neither have they to each other or to myself, but we don’t need everything to be laid out on the table in order to completely understand one another. I know they care about me and they both know I’ll never stop caring about them.

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“Hey, what’s up, guys?” I announced as I came into the kitchen and the first thing I did was take Pia’s freshly poured coffee that sat in front of her.

“Pia fucked up last night,” Tavish announced as I took a sip of the hot coffee and I grew concerned.

“What, why? What happened?” I asked.

“Tell him,” Tavish encouraged with a smirk and Pia was already annoyed.

“Wipe that stupid smile off your face and I will,” she warned and Tavish chuckled.

“I’m sorry, it’s just funny,” he said with a shrug.

“It’s not funny-”

“Ehhhh, it’s a little funny,” he gave a rebuttal.

“Okay, okay, what happened?” I broke up their little battle and Tavish kept his mouth shut so Pia could explain.

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“So, you know the girl I’ve been seeing? Tessa?” Pia asked and I nodded, “Well, last night when we were at the party we all went to, somehow the subject of ex’s came up and-”

Somehow?” Tavish accentuated with surprise, “You always bring it up. It’s like some kind of bait you use on a hook to eventually real them in, then when they’re almost there, you catch them by telling them how great it is with them now to tug at their heartstrings and hopefully get lucky,” he pointed out and I smirked.

“You do do that a lot, Pi..” I confirmed and Tavish laughed softly.

“Because it fucking works, all right?” Pia defended.

“Not this time..” Tavish said under his breath.

“I will seriously burn you with my coffee,” Pia added, going to grab her cup, but missed because I had taken it. She shot me a look as if she was going to grab a knife off the wall and stab me with it, so I gave it back to her quickly before the thought could cross her mind.

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“So, anyways.. Continue,” I said politely to stay on her good side.. I’d hate to get stabbed after only waking up a little less than an hour ago.

Anyways.. I brought up the subject and it was all going fine, we were laughing and drinking, whatever, so I continue to talk about my ex and also how stupid her girlfriend was at the time because she was dumb and completely oblivious that her girlfriend was cheating on her with me while they were still together. I must’ve called her ten different synonyms of the word ‘stupid’ and by the time I was almost done explaining everything, I let her name slip out..”

“And?” Tavish asked with a smirk still on his lips and Pia sighed.

“Well, apparently she was the stupid bitch I was talking about the whole time..”

“..No fucking way,” I said with a smile, looking to Tavish and he nodded to confirm.

“Yes fucking way,” he replied.

Pia continued, “So, on top of me calling her all different kinds of names to her face, I was the one her girlfriend was seeing behind her back.. I’m the reason they broke up.. She eventually found out after I don’t even know how many months of us fooling around, but she never new my name then or who I was exactly.. Until now,” Pia explained and I let out a soft whistle when I sighed.

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“Well, shit.. I’m sorry, Pi,” I gave her comfort, putting my arm around her and she rested her head against my shoulder.

“It’s all right..”

“So, you guys are totally done now?” I asked her and he scoffed.

“Duh.”

“Maybe it was for the best?” I suggested.

“Yeah, maybe.. It was fun while it lasted, at least. Plus, it seemed like she was wanting to get more serious and I didn’t really want that.. I just mostly wanted to fool around and have fun because she was super hot,” she replied, shrugging softly after her words.

“Want me to pick up something on the way home? Some nice vodka? We can get drunk and watch movies all night like we do sometimes, how’s that sound?” I tried to make her feel better and she eventually nodded.

“Yeah, that does sound nice,” she said with a soft smile, looking up to me appreciatively and I pulled her closer into me for a brief half-hug before letting her go.

“When do you close the gym tonight?” I asked Tavish and he shrugged.

“Depends on how many people are there later.. If there’s only a couple, then I’ll probably close at nine. If it’s full up or close to it, then it’ll be more around eleven or midnight,” he replied, “But, I’ll try to get out around nine. If you’re going to watch movies, save Mad Max for when I get home,” Tavish added.

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Pia let out a soft groan, “We’ve watched that movie, like, ten times already-”

“And it’s still a good one to watch ten more times,” he said with a grin and Pia smirked, “Besides, each of us always pick out our own, and for me, I choose Mad Max for the eleventh time. We can even make a damn drinking game out of it somehow if you want,” he teased more and Pia rolled her eyes.

“Fine, we’ll save it for when you get off work, but Luca and I are starting one of our movies with or without you,” she replied and Tavish looked to me.

“Text me and let me know if she puts some romantic comedy on.. Then I’ll definitely be home a lot later,” Tavish said to me and I laughed as Pia reached over the counter and smacked his shoulder.

“You’re such a dick!” She exclaimed and he laughed as he held the spot she hit.

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“I’m just fucking with you! And don’t do that shit near my coffee, you could’ve spilled it on my laptop,” Tavish warned and all I could do was stay out of the way of flying hands and get to work.

“All right, I gotta get to my appointment with Blair.. Don’t kill each other while I’m gone.”

“Bye, Luca,” Pia replied.

“See ya, man,” Tavish added and I left the kitchen.

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Before leaving, I ran upstairs to grab my athletic bag, which was really just my old high school book bag that held some towels, a stopwatch, a few bottles of water and some energy bars, and I tossed it into the backseat of my car before getting in and pulling out of the driveway. With my windows rolled down and the temperature at a perfect eighty degrees, I felt calm and relaxed as the wind weaved through my hair and the sound of my GTO’s engine rumbling filled my ears. I’ve been living in Sunlit Tides, California since I was born and I couldn’t even dream of living anywhere else. I’ve been on a few road trips with my brothers, but we’ve never made it further than Colorado, and even then, it was mostly just passing through, camping, then coming home. I haven’t known much of anything else besides Cali, but, it didn’t bother me in the slightest. Maybe one day I’ll have the random urge to travel and see the world, but I’ll always come back home.

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I arrived at Blair’s place three minutes before two and I grabbed my bag before getting out of the car and heading up to Blair’s front door. I knocked three times, tapping my foot on the wooden deck and making clicking sounds with my tongue against my teeth as I waited patiently for her to come to the door. A few seconds later, I heard Blair’s voice behind the door getting closer and I could tell she was talking to someone, probably on the phone.. Her front door opened and she gave me a quick smile before her face fell flat again, leaving her door open for me to come in and I was right, she was on the phone.. Let me see if I can guess who with..

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I came in and set my bag down, then shut the door behind me as I listened..

“No, I told you already, do not come by..”

As I suspected, she was definitely talking to August..

“If you come here, I’ll lose my mind.. I left the other night because you were being an asshole, like always, and you wouldn’t listen to me..”

Blair was silent for a moment and I assumed August was arguing back. I tried to stay out of it, trying my hardest not to listen, but I couldn’t help it when it involved my family. Even though it was none of my business, I cared about how August treated Blair because she’s been with him and my dad for so long that I’ve come to know her well and I care for her. Our whole family knows her well and cares for her.

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“Brreoww~” I heard at my feet, looking down and seeing Blair’s cat, Diamond, rubbing against my leg and wanting to be pet. I smiled and bent down, petting her from the top of her head all the way down to the tip of her tail.

“Hey, pretty girl,” I said to her as I continued to give her attention while eavesdropping on Blair and August arguing.

“Yes, you were! And you still are now!”

They continued to argue, my view glancing up to Blair every few seconds or so as I pet her cat.

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“August, I don’t have time for this, I gotta go,” her voice got quieter, “No, it’s not because of that, it’s because Luca just got here and I gotta keep up with my routine. Just leave me alone, all right? I’ll call you later tonight..”

I could hear his loud voice opposing somehow, though I still couldn’t hear his exact words.

“August, if you come here and ruin another routine for me, I swear to God-” she stopped and looked at her phone, “Wow.. He hung up on me,” she said to me and I chuckled.

“So, that means he’s on his way here, huh?” I asked.

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“Probably,” she said with a sigh, putting her phone back into her pocket and I stopped petting Diamond so I could stand up straight and talk to Blair.

“Wanna go somewhere else?”

“No, let’s just..” She sighed heavily, trying to collect her thoughts after being infected by Augie, “Let’s just go outside and stretch..”

“You sure? I don’t mind going somewhere else.”

“No, it’s fine. By the time we’re done with that and start our run, we’ll be gone before he gets here,” she replied and I nodded in agreement, following Blair out the back door and outside to her yard.

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Blair had set up a mat for herself outside and she began her warm up stretching as I did the same.

“Have you been running on the treadmill?” I asked as we stretched.

“Yup, three times a week, just like you told me,” she replied.

“How many miles have you gotten up to so far?”

“Only about three or four every time.”

“Good, that’s good. Did you run today?”

“Only about ten minutes, just to warm up,” she replied and I nodded with a grin. Blair always did really well with following instructions and I only ever needed to tell her things once for her to understand completely. It was obvious that she wanted her knees and legs to be in the best shape that they could be in and so far, she’s never missed an appointment with me.. Although some of our appointments together have been cut short due to August showing up and throwing a stupid fit for no reason, she still focused on what was important and that was keeping her legs in good shape, and damn, did she have a nice pair of legs.

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“You’ll probably be able to run that half marathon by the end of the year.. Still got about nine months to go, but you’ll get there by the time it starts,” I replied confidently and she smiled.

“I know I will, too. How long are half marathons?”

“Just a tiny bit over thirteen miles,” I answered and her expression seemed determined, but also the slightest bit nervous.

“You’re going to run it with me, right?” She asked and I nodded.

“Of course I am. I wanna be there when you cross that finish line first,” I replied and she smiled warmly, knowing she appreciated my confidence in her and she knew that I wasn’t just saying it to say it, but because I knew it was true.

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After about ten minutes of stretching, Blair and I made our way down to the beach behind her little house. We stopped just before the water met our feet and I explained to her what it’s like to run in the sand, knowing she had never done it before. We’ve been working up to this moment for a long time and I thought she was finally ready to put her knees through a little more rough training to make them even stronger.

“Running on the beach is a little difficult. It’s a lot harder than running on grass or pavement because it shifts under your feet the more pressure you put into it. Your feet kind of sink into it and it’s hard to get the traction you need because it shifts. Still, it’s pretty hard to get used to and you might get tired really quickly, but when you do, let me know and we’ll take a break. This might be a little rough on your knees, too, at first, but it’ll make them stronger the more you do it and you’ll get used to it. Once you do, I’ll have you start running on the beach more often instead of the treadmill,” I encouraged and she nodded softly.

“Okay.. So, how long are we running for?”

“We’re gunna run around to the edge of the water over there, then turn back,” I nodded towards the large body of water behind her and I watched Blair take it all in.

“And.. How many miles is that..?”

“Hmm.. Maybe about three, three and a half..? You can do four on the treadmill, so you can do three on the beach, I know you can.. It’s just going to be a little more tiring,” I gave an estimate and her brows furrowed in the slightest, knowing she was a little nervous again.

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“Don’t be nervous, you’ll do great. Again, let me know if you want a break and we’ll stop immediately. How about we jog at first, then once you get the hang of it and the feel for it, we up the pace?”

“Yeah, that sounds good,” Blair agreed and I smiled at her as I then stepped in front of her and dragged the tip of my foot through the sand.

“This is the start and finish line. We’re all done for the day once we pass this, okay?”

“Okay. Let’s start this before August gets here,” she suggested and I chuckled.

“Agreed.. All right, ready? Let’s go,” I began our run.

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It didn’t take long for Blair to get the hang of running in the sand, keeping up a pretty good pace with me for now. Every time I glanced over at Blair, I noticed her expression was determined and confident, but it was also a little angry and I decided to ask about her and August, hoping to ease a little of her tension.

“So,” I began as we jogged, “What’s up with you and Augie this time?”

“I don’t even know,” she replied hopelessly, “I was making dinner for us the other night and I was telling him a funny story from when I went out with my friends. He asked what day I had hung out with them and I told him when, but he was under the impression, for whatever reason, that I told him I wasn’t going out that night and that I was staying in, which wasn’t the case at all since it was a Friday and my friends and I always go out for drinks on Friday’s.. He accused me of lying to him, then he jumped to the conclusion that I told him that because I didn’t want to see him, and because I was sneaking around with someone else behind his back and.. I don’t know.. He just gets so angry about stupid little things, twisting it all into this jumbled mess of assumptions and when I try to talk to him about it, he’s already too angry to discuss it and he storms out because he gets himself so worked up for nothing. That’s what he did the other night and he was trying to apologize as well as continue to argue about it on the phone with me.. That’s when you came over,” she explained and I shook my head in disappointment. 

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“Gah.. I’m sorry about him. I don’t know where the bug crawled up his ass came from when you two started dating, but I think puberty is what made him so short tempered.. Sometimes it’s even hard for me to believe he came from our dad’s like the rest of us did,” I said with a soft laugh.

“You know, it really does make sense.. He was never like this until we got into high school and we started dating.. Is it my fault that he’s like this?”

“God, no, of course not! He’s just Augie and Augie just so happens to be a big asshole. His behavior isn’t your fault,” I assured her.

“Why doesn’t he trust me, though? We’ve been on and off and on and off since we were fifteen and I’ve barely even looked at other men, let alone have gone behind his back with someone else.. I’d never do something like that to him but he’s convinced that I will and I don’t know why..”

“He’s probably just constantly scared of losing you because you’re the only one that puts up with his shit, so if he loses you, he has no one,” I guessed.

“He has his family,” she pointed out and I smirked.

“True, he does, but he doesn’t realize that. He talks to you and spends time with you a whole lot more than he wants to with us, anyways.. Besides, him and I aren’t really on the best of terms, Niko isn’t around like he used to be, he’s not gunna talk to our sisters, and Jiro is too inexperienced. Our parents have tried to help him, but he shuts them out quicker than his siblings, so all that leaves is you,” I explained and when I noticed Blair not running next to me anymore, I stopped and looked back.

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Blair was standing in the sand with a disheveled expression on her face, hands on her hips and taking a moment to catch her breath. I was a little winded as well, but I recovered from the mile and a half we’ve already run quicker because of the shape I was in. 

“You okay?” I asked and she nodded.

“Yeah, just.. Catching my breath-”

“-And thinking about what I said?” I asked and she hesitated a moment before eventually nodding.

“Look, don’t worry about it. Sure, it’s kind of a lot of pressure to be there for Augie, let alone put up with his stupid bullshit and I don’t know how you do it, but.. He loves you, I know he does. I worry about him sometimes, we all do, but we know he’s in good hands because, as rare as it is, you make him smile,” I continued and the slightest smirk lifted the corner of her lips.

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“He loves me?” She asked and I nodded.

“Yeah, definitely.”

“He’s never told me that before..”

“Which doesn’t surprise me given who he is, but, trust me.. He does.. Don’t you?” I asked and I noticed her expression went a little bashful.

“Yeah.. I do,” she admitted.

“Then maybe it’s time to try a new approach. Maybe he’ll stop being an asshole, or at least a little less of one, if you two talk about that together,” I suggested and I could tell she was seriously thinking about everything that I had told her.

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“Thanks, Luca. I feel like you always know what to say, or at least, understand more situations than the rest of us,” she said with a smile.

“Glad to be of help, but I think I just know my stupid brother well enough to know a few things that might make him a little easier to handle.. Had to do it my whole life and I’m still doing it to this day,” I replied with a soft laugh and she giggled, “Had enough rest? Ready to continue?” I asked and she nodded.

“Yeah, I think I am.”

“Cool.. Let’s try to get a good time still and run instead of jog so we can make up for this little break,” I suggested and Blair nodded, picking up her feet again a little faster this time and I joined her. Blair was really an amazing woman.. Beautiful, determined, smart, caring, everything that August wasn’t, but I guess opposites do sometimes attract.. I don’t know what she sees in August, but every time he loses his temper over something trivial, he risks losing her and every time that he does, it only makes it that much harder for her to come back to him because who the hell would want to? If he wants to keep Blair, which I know he does, he needs to finally kill that bug up his ass and stop getting so worked up over nothing or else the next time they fight and it gets too out of hand, he might lose her completely.. I have to admit, it makes me really nervous to think about how he’d react to losing Blair, I just hoped I’d never have to see it. I hoped none of us would have to see it.

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By the end of our run, crossing the finish line I had drawn in the sand, I threw my hands up victoriously as Blair leaned over to catch her breath. 

“Woooo! Awesome job, Blair, seriously. You did really good,” I said with enthusiasm.

“I’m so fucking tired,” she said with a smile as she panted heavily, “Running in the sand really is a huge difference than the treadmill.. My God,” she said with a soft laugh and I nodded as I snickered to her remarks.

“Hell yeah, it is. How are your knees doing?” I asked and she examined them for a moment.

“A little swollen, a little sore, but I feel amazing,” she replied and I was happy with the result.

“Awesome. Let’s go back to the mat you laid out so you can stretch and be done for the day. I’ll get you an ice pack for your knees, all right?”

“Yeah, all right,” she agreed, still trying to catch her breath and I helped her walk back to her backyard so her knees could take a long rest.

“I’ll be right back,” I told Blair and she nodded as she stretched out on her mat in the yard.

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I walked up to her deck and came inside her place through the sliding door, walking over to the kitchen and my heart nearly jumped out of my chest when I saw August standing there leaning against the counter.

“Jesus fuck, August.. You scared the shit out of me,” I told him, but he didn’t seem to care at all as he glared at me from behind his blonde hair.

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“The fuck are you doing here, anyways?” I asked, walking over to the freezer and I went to open it to grab an ice pack, but before I could even open it five inches, August put his hand to it and shut it hard. 

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I looked over to him after rolling my eyes, “What are you pissed off about this time?” I asked, already planning on messing with him.. I knew he was going to ask questions, but I’d only answer him with questions of my own and I knew he hated when I did that.

“Did you and Blair talk about me on your run together?” He asked and I smirked.

“So what if we did?”

“Good, or bad things?”

“Is that any of your business?”

“Uh, yeah, it is.. Especially if it involves my girlfriend.”

“Are you guys even together right now, or are you on another break because she dumped your ass again?” I asked in return and I could tell he was getting annoyed very quickly.

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“Are you going to tell me what you two talked about, or not?” He asked with a hint of anger.

“Who says we talked?”

“You did!”

“No, I didn’t, actually.. Where’d you get that idea?”

“Luca, this is starting to fucking piss me off-”

“What else is new?” I asked sarcastically with a laugh, although I finally decided I had done enough when it dawned on me that making August even angrier than he already was was fun for me, but not for Blair.. If August was going to stay after I left, which I knew he was going to, then pissing him off probably wasn’t the best thing to do..

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“Dude, this is why she breaks it off with you constantly. You can’t last one entire minute without getting angry about something and she’s fucking sick of it. Why don’t you take your anger out on something else besides her since she doesn’t deserve any of it?” I asked, expecting him to get angry about something I had said, but I watched as he looked me up and down instead and I noticed his lips twitch into a grin for a millisecond.

“Then I think I’ll take it out on you,” he replied and I raised my brow.

“Wait, what-”

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August had me against the doorway in a split second, his forearm pressing hard against my Adam’s apple and it was hard to breathe. I was pretty strong, but I always underestimated the strength that August possessed when he was angry that far surpassed any strength that I had.

“The fuck is wrong with you?” I struggled to ask, my voice slightly raspy and I saw his eyes glance at my wrist.

“Nice watch.. Where’d you get it?” He asked and I smirked, knowing just from the look he gave me that he knew I stole it from him. It was a gift from our parents for his twenty first birthday some years back and I had always taken a liking to it.

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“I got it from this douchebag I know down the stree-” I replied, but my sentence was cut short when he punched me in the stomach so hard that I was brought down to one knee, coughing and gasping for air. August took that opportunity in my weakened state to grab my wrist again and take his watch back, placing it where it belonged back on his own wrist and I caught my breath as he continued to stand over me.

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When I could breath somewhat normally again, I addressed the situation, “You almost made me puke from that one,” I said with a grin, acting as if it barely phased me even though it was still a little difficult to talk or breath.

“Stop taking my fucking stuff, Luca. The next time you come over and I notice something missing, I’ll give you a shot to the kidney that’ll make you shit your fucking pants. Hell, I’ll hit it so hard that you’ll need to be put on the donor’s list,” he warned as I slowly stood back up and leaned against the wall.

“Okay, okay.. Fuck.. I’m sorry,” I said softly, letting out a gentle groan as my stomach tried it’s best to go back to normal.

“..So?” He asked as if I owed him something besides the apology I had just given him.

“Yeah, we talked about you,” I brought up Blair and I as a way of apologizing more for taking August’s watch.

“What about?”

“How fucking psycho you are and how you got mad at her for nothing the other day. She’s still pretty pissed. What the hell is up with you accusing her of cheating all the time?” I asked and he let out an aggravated sigh.

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“I don’t like talking about this with you,” he said as if he was snarling like a wild dog.

“You’re the one that wanted to know, stupid! If you don’t wanna deal with the truth, then don’t ask for it,” I replied as I slowly stood up straight again.

“Just tell me everything you guys talked about and I’ll deal with that. I don’t need you telling me what you think about it because it’s none of your fucking business,” he demanded and I chuckled.

“How? You always do it your way and your way never works. All you do is think about yourself, I feel sorry for Blair,” I pointed out.

“Fuck you. Just tell me what she said and I’ll know what to do from there,” he repeated with a little more annoyance in his tone.

“No, no way. Figure it out yourself. I’ll give you advice if you want it, but that’s all I’m givin’ you,” I put my foot down and I knew he was angry with me, when wasn’t he? But, I could tell he knew that he wasn’t going to get anywhere with Blair unless he either knew the story, or got advice, and since only one of those options was on the table, he took whatever he could get.

“Jesus.. Fine, but this is the last time you discuss our relationship with her. It really is none of your fucking business. You’re her personal trainer to keep her knees in good shape, not one of her fucking girlfriends, got it?” He made clear and I put my hands up briefly in defense, signalling that I agreed to stay out of it.

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“So?” August asked, waiting for my advice and I smirked, stepping up to the freezer and opening it to take out the ice pack I came in for earlier. I handed it to August and he took it from me, through his brow raised in question as to what I was doing.

“Her knees are a little swollen because we ran on the beach and it was a little rough on her. Go out there and take care of her, show her that you’re not always a fucking wolverine with rabies, then apologize.. Just try to be gentle for once in your life.. And while you’re at it, it might be time to finally tell her that you love her if you want her to take your sorry ass back,” I advised and his permanent scowl wasn’t so permanent anymore.

“..What?” He seemed nervous and I chuckled.

“The sooner the better, too.. See ya, bro,” I answered, leaving the kitchen and heading for the door.

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“Wait, that’s it?” I heard August ask after following me into the living room and I turned around, continuing to walk backwards towards the front door.

“Trust me.. That’s it,” I answered, shrugging as if to say I had nothing else to give and I left August at Blair’s house to fend for himself.. I hoped he was smart enough and calm enough to handle this situation like a man and not fuck it up. Blair was the best thing that happened to him and if he doesn’t see that clearly, he truly is lost and it’s no one’s fault but his own.

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I made my way back to my car and tossed my bag in the back seat before getting in and starting her up. I had the rest of the day to myself and all that I wanted to do was go home, sit on the beach and pre-game a little with a few drinks before the movie night with Tavish and Pia, so that’s exactly what I did. I made a quick stop at the liquor store and picked up a six-pack along with a bottle of vodka for Pia, and went home straight after. It was about half after four when I got home and I figured both Pia and Tavish were still at work since neither of their cars were here. 

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I walked to the kitchen to put the vodka in the freezer and my beers in the fridge, then grabbing one of the six beers and I kicked the fridge door shut as I twisted the bottle cap. A quick and quiet ‘tssst’ sound being let out from the carbonation and I put the bottle up to my lips for a long chug. I finished about half of it before finally putting it down on the counter top, standing there for a moment to catch my breath and watching the bubbles inside the bottle weave back and forth as they ascended towards the top only to pop and disappear when they reached it. ..Oddly enough, it reminded me of all the women I’d ever been with. They’re here for what seems like only a quick moment, we have a little fun, I make them come, and then poof, they’re gone from my life.

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Although I’ll never admit it out loud, I don’t particularly like being alone. I was raised in a really big family, I have two close friends, and I have other friends scattered all throughout town, but standing here alone, even if it’s only for a moment, makes me lonely. I can’t help but feel it. All that I’ve known and grown up with is being surrounded by friends and family, so being alone is still something I’m working on getting used to. My mind tends to race a little too much when I’m by myself and have nothing to occupy myself with, sometimes I even go far back in the past to a point where I was unbelievably happy, but that also means being forced to think back on a time where I was abandoned by the one thing that did make me happy.

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I grabbed the beer I had opened as well as another from the fridge before walking through the house to the back door and walking to the beach to relax. I still thought about my family and friends and how I wished at least one of them were with me right now so my mind wouldn’t go to depressing places, but again, it couldn’t be helped when all I had at the moment was myself. There’s three things in the world that I assume everyone loves having, family, friends and a significant other, but I was missing one of the three and to be honest, it didn’t bother me all that much. I had it once, but that’s long over.

What is it about love that I find so unappetizing? I can see it for everyone else but myself. My parents have it, August has it with Blair, Niko has it with AnneMarie, Petra, Umiko and Jiro have it, or at least some sort of puppy love with the ones they’re with, but not me. Honestly, it’s okay, I can live with it just fine, I guess it kind of just makes me think that there’s no one out there that’s good enough for me.. Or maybe it’s that I’m just not good enough for anyone..?

Yeah, that sounds more accurate.

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There was one time where I thought I had a sure thing, someone who’d never leave my side no matter what happened and someone who I thought wouldn’t hurt me or stop loving me, but I was wrong.. I was sixteen, young and naive and completely intoxicated with this girl and I let myself get hurt.. Badly.. I let it all in without even a rational thought that I might get hurt in the end, and surprise, surprise, it ended up happening.. Falling in love for the first time made things so, so much worse the day she moved away and never told me. She never even said goodbye to me and I haven’t seen her since.. Despite that being over seven years ago, I haven’t been able to let myself feel what I felt back then, I don’t let anyone in more than they need to be and I like it like that. I feel safer that way. I avoid love at all costs and prefer the simple company of others, like my family or Pia and Tavish, rather than the company of a someone who’s only going to let me down.. Even though I was young and stupid and emotional to the point where her leaving pretty much ruined me, it still bothers me to this day to think about and I don’t ever want to feel that kind of heartbreak again. Commitment isn’t one of my strengths anymore by any means and I hope to keep it that way so I can avoid anything in the future that could cause me nothing but pain in the end. I can’t do that again.. I can’t feel what I did years ago ever again.. I won’t let myself.

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I must’ve sat out on the beach for about two hours or more because the sun was disappearing behind the horizon and the warmth it gave off was cooling down. The breeze came in over the water and I shut my eyes, taking in a deep inhale through my nose as it went passed me and the smell of the salty sea always brought back some good memories. Good memories involving my family and how often we’d have beach days to look for seashells, play in the sand, or just to simply relax in the sun.. Good memories of my friends and I growing up running along the shoreline to see who could keep going without tripping over rocks or stepping on a sea urchin, drinking and partying, skinny dipping, anything that we could think of to have fun. I even remember a time when Pia got stung on one of her big toes by the smallest jellyfish Tavish and I had ever seen and she milked her recovery for days.. I smiled just at the thought of it because Tavish and I couldn’t stop laughing while she hopped around on one foot saying how bad it stung, swearing up a storm, but it was no worse than a bee sting. 

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But, it was too good to be true for me to think that I could sit here and not think about the bad memories, as well.. I couldn’t help it, I’m a dweller.. The less I went to the beach with my family, the more I went with my friends, which then led me to meeting the one that got away.. Or really, the one that left. We met on the beach at a party Tavish, Pia and I were invited to. Pia was fourteen, I was fifteen, Tavish was sixteen, and the girl I met there was fifteen, like me. We hit it off immediately, even had our first kiss that night just off the shore in the water under a completely clear sky that was only lit by stars. Pretty romantic, I guess. I couldn’t see her for a week because I got grounded for coming home late and drunk, but I wasn’t grounded from my phone, so we constantly texted one another day and night until we hung out when I was finally off the hook. We moved fast, really fast, losing our virginity to one another that same night and we were inseparable for an entire year until she completely disappeared from my life.. She was the best and the worst thing to ever happen to me.

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“Luca! What are you doing?” I heard Pia calling to me from the house and I looked over my shoulder.

“Hey, you’re back from work already?” I asked, thankful that she was home and I didn’t have to be alone with my thoughts anymore.

“Yeah, I only worked a few hours filling in for someone. Now come on, let’s start drinking and watch cheesy movies!” She encouraged with a bright smile and I laughed softly.

“Okay, I’ll be right in,” I replied and I watched her go back inside. 

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I stood to my feet and grabbed my two empty beer bottles before heading back inside and coming into the kitchen where I saw Pia fixing herself a drink. 

“Hey, you doing okay?” Was the first thing she asked when I entered the kitchen and I tossed out my beer bottles into the recycling.

“Yeah, I’m fine.. Why?” I replied and she looked at me as if I were lying.. Well, I suppose I was..

“Because, it’s never really a good sign when you’re out at the beach alone like that. I know you, Luca, and I don’t like seeing you like that. I know where your thoughts can take you sometimes,” she said with a raised brow as if she fully believed she was speaking complete truth, but she was right. She did know me, and it was exactly what I was doing.. Letting my thoughts get to me.

“I’m okay.. Really,” I answered with a smile that I thought was convincing enough.

“You sure?”

“Yup. Okay as I can be.”

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“Well, when you say that, it makes me not believe you,” she said and I chuckled softly.

“I won’t ask what you were thinking about, because I think I have a pretty good idea, and if I’m right, then knock it off. Things in the past are meant to be left in the past, right?” She said as if she had repeated this to me a hundred times, and although she has, I still needed to hear it every now and again to remind myself. She was right, the past should stay in the past, especially when it was so long ago.

“You’re right.. Past in the past,” I said with a smile that I actually meant this time and she seemed pleased enough when she gave me an approving smile.

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When Pia had finished making her drink, I grabbed a beer and we went into the living room to start browsing Netflix and pick something to watch. I sat on the couch and Pia laid out on it with her feet in my lap, comfortable and ready to watch movies to get both of our minds off of the shitty thoughts in our heads and distract us from things that have brought us down. We ended up picking a stand-up comedian to bring our spirits up and to make us laugh, both of us believing that laughter was the best medicine  and after watching two different hour long sets, Tavish walked through the door around nine.

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“Hey, guys,” he announced, Pia throwing her hand up to wave at Tav and I looked over my shoulder to address him.

“Hey! Grab a beer or make yourself a drink, we’re on a stand-up binge,” I announced and Tavish seemed pleased with what we had chosen to watch.

“All right, I’ll be right back,” he replied, going into the kitchen and grabbing a beer before coming back out into the living room and getting comfortable on the love seat since Pia and I were taking up the big couch.

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“How was work?” I asked.

“Boring as shit, though I got a good workout in, so it wasn’t all that bad, I guess,” Tavish replied and Pia picked our third comedian to watch.

“How was your appointment with Blair?”

“Pretty good, ran on the beach today. August showed up, too,” I replied and he rolled his eyes.

“Ahh, fuck.. How’d that go?”

“As well as it could go, so pretty shitty,” I said with a chuckle and he joined me with a soft laugh.

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The rest of the night was spent drinking heavily and laughing our asses off to both stand-up comics and the more drunk we got, we usually always switched to cheesy movies that were easy to make fun of so then we could make each other laugh and continue the good times. This was all that I needed and all that I wanted.. To be happy, to be with my friends and to have nothing but good times to fill my head with more good memories than bad. I needed to grow and learn to get over whatever insecurities, bad memories, and wasted worries that I had in order to be happy, and although it’s taken a long time to get there, even though I’m not quite there yet, I still thought I was making some great progress. Really, it was all thanks to the two I was watching cheesy movies with. I honestly didn’t know where I’d be without Tavish and Pia, but I knew that if I didn’t have them, I don’t even know if I’d be the same man I was today.. I’m grateful to them through and through and even though I’ve never told either of them that, something tells me that they knew without me needing to say a word.

 

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~ by SimComix on February 22, 2016.

29 Responses to “Generation 5, Chapter 1”

  1. Well, I think we all know where August’s charming personality comes from ( ahem, ahem, the Zepeda side of the family). He needs to take a good look at what he’s dobg to his own relationship or he will permanently drive Blair away. It sure is good that Luca has friends close to him, since his break up messed him up so badly. But, who knows, maybe he will eventually meet The One.

    • LOL Could be, could be. He’s so hot-headed and his no sense of humor makes him a pretty serious guy. A little irrational at times, too. Yeah, he really does need to do that!
      Yeah, it’s really good that Luca has such good friends to be there for him whenever he may need it and vice versa. Yeah, maybe he will meet someone some day that he can love again, but anytime soon? hahaha I no think so :X
      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. I shall return for commenting later, just know I have read it. And now I must cry from the feels. Okay, bye. I’ll be back later. Tomorrow maybe. <3

    • LOL ily okay? <3

      • Okay, here I am again and here we go. :) First off, happy birthday to TIDL and blogiversary to you, or whatever. haha Idek. But YAY! (Also, ily too, okay?) Alright, I’m re-reading this as I comment so I don’t miss anything….

        Hellooooo, half naked Luca and naked lady. lol I like that he’s respectful while still having that “I’m not here for commitment, just to get laid” outlook. He’s a guy (person), he likes sex, but that doesn’t mean that he wants a relationship with every girl he sleeps with. Also doesn’t mean he’s a dick about it either. I like that, that he considers their feels, too, while still protecting his own. And the fact that he tries to phrase things in a way that isn’t so harsh, instead of saying, “Hey it was fun. Now leave.” haha

        Personal trainer sounds like a good fit for Luca. And it’s nice that Oliver can refer his patients to Luca once he’s helped them as much he can. Nice little symbiotic relationship there. Plus, keep it all in the family and what not. :) It’s nice that Blair gets to continue her therapy and the rebuilding of strength to her knees and muscles with people she’s known for so long. A lot of trust and comfort there, which is beneficial in these things. But I can already tell August is gonna be a handful. Honestly, I knew he’d be difficult once you revealed his traits for the heir poll. Poor boy has so much working against him. But it also makes him that much more interesting, I think. Because what do we know about what’s going on inside him, we and the characters just get his behavior and what he projects outward.

        Omgggggggg! asdfghjk I didn’t realize how much I’d enjoy seeing Tavish in your story until this moment when he shows uuuuuup! T_T Okay, this whole scene is amazing. I’m laughing so hard. And the way that Tavish is teasing Pia about her little blunder? Lmaoooo It’s adorable and you can tell the deep friendship they all have and it all just feels so natural. I love it. Every single bit of it. XD And lol I thought Pia was entertaining before, but my god! This is hilarious! She’s such a character. And not about to back down or say sorry to anyone about anything. Geez. I love it. And just the report among the three? You did such a wonderful job! Seriously, I loved it. So so much…I also got a kick out of Tavish’s computer screen. ;) That was unexpected and a fun little surprise. Also, I love how you dress him. So his style. Aaannnnd, Mad Max. lol Ily okay? Just know that. You nail him on the head and it’s perfect and amazing and just…yeah. Thank you.

        Aww, Blair’s such a cutie. Sucks that August is so jealous and possessive and kind of an ass to her. :( I like how Luca and Blair get on though. Then again, they’ve known each other for such a long time, it makes sense. Especially given her relationship with August. And when August hangs up on her my thoughts were Luca’s exactly, “So, that means he’s on his way here, huh?” haha Oh, August. I smell trouble. The kind of anger and possessive behavior Blair describes August as having is really not good at all. I worry. But I like how Luca cares and tries to help both August and Blair work out their issues. Or just points out things that it’s easy to miss while being a part of a relationship. You love one another but haven’t said it? Yeah, can’t just assume the other person just knows.

        Mhmm. How’d I know he’d be there when Luca went back into the house? haha Of course he is. But wow, I guess maybe I wasn’t expecting August to take it out so roughly on Luca? You know, he kind of reminds me of Gareth. His being quick to anger and violence. August is kind of scary and a bit of a bully, no? I like how Luca takes it in stride then walks out backward, almost tauntingly/teasing after giving August his advice.

        Aww, Luca’s so melancholy and disillusioned already. I feel so bad for the boy. And to think that he lost love and someone he cared so much for so early in life and it hurt to such a degree when she left that he no longer believes or thinks he deserves a loving caring relationship with someone whom he loves and who loves him?? I’m going to cry. ;_; The poor baby. Honestly, Luca is much different than I thought he’d be. I like it though, don’t get me wrong. It’s a different approach to the commitment issue thing and I like it. Different is good. I also think it’s more relate-able and makes him less of a douche. So there’s that. :) But at least he has family and his friends. Good that Pia showed up when she did and was able to help distract him. I love Luca’s best friends. They seem to be really good for him and I love that you decided to go with more than one, just seems to fit best somehow. And just…the three of them hanging out and all the feels that are there nut left unsaid–I’m just filled to bursting with emotion right now. This moment is so full of emotions: love, companionship, understanding, and yes, even sadness. It’s beautiful. Great job, lovely. This chapter was so well done, I enjoyed it immensely.

        P.S. I was going to say also, Luca’s faceeeeee! lol I was so shocked at first because I wasn’t expecting to see it just then, but then it was like, *bam* Side view of Luca’s face! Then when he goes inside and is talking to Pia and I see his eyes?? He has Oliver’s eyes??!! T_T Am I wrong? They look like them? And I can see both Isaiah and Oliver in him equally and it’s such a good mix. <33

        • Hello again hehe <3

          Yeah, he's very respectful and knows what he wants and doesn't want, and a relationship is the first thing on his list of "don't wants", so he's a fan of casual sex with people that he enjoys, just doesn't enjoy enough to make it anymore serious than that. Haha yeah, he does try to phrase things to maybe make it sound a little less like "gtfo" LOL but he's just really not that kind of person, one to be harsh and uncaring. He's actually a lot like his great grandfather, Jason, just less of a dick about things and yeah, more respectful XD

          Ahh yes, "keep it in the family" and such haha it's kind of one of those things where it's like "well, if you love working with me, then you're going to love working with my son after you've recovered". They're just a good team like that, I guess haha and Oliver likes to help out Luca any way that he can since Luca seems to need a little more guidance than the rest of the kids. Niko's at college, Petra wants to be an interior designer, and both Umiko and Jiro are going to go to college when they're old enough, too. And August, he just doesn't want any help, so he does everything by himself, but yeah Luca’s the “troublemaker” that needs to be guided or whatever, so that’s why Oliver helps him out. Luca isn’t really ecstatic about his job, like, he kind of just does it because Oliver said it suited him the best and Luca couldn’t think of anything else to do XD though he likes helping Blair and a few other people, I guess it still just isn’t his first choice for a job (he doesn’t really even want a job, he just kind of does it for the money and it’s also something else to keep his mind occupied). Ugghhh Augustttt haha he is quite the handful because yeah, like you said, the traits he’s been dealt aren’t really that good of a combination for a great personality XD but you’re right, you guys have no idea what’s going on is August’s mind because it isn’t his generation, so the only things you guys have to go off of is what his actions say.

          Awww awesome T_T I’m so glad you liked the scene with Luca, Tavish and Pia and that you were so happy to see him! I’m glad their conversations seemed really natural, too, I’d hate for it to be unbelieveable, even in the slightest, so I’m glad I pulled it off haha and I’m glad that I was able to do Tavish justice in your eyes, that makes me really, really happy <3 LOL Mad Max XD I still have that questionare you filled out for me, so I'll probably be using some of the answers throughout the generation, if I hadn't used them already during their talk-time in the BFC. It's still very helpful hehe ;D And I'm glad you like Pia, too! She's really fun to write. She kind of reminds me a little of Katalina, like she's hard and doesn't take any shit from anyone, but Pia's a little more fun to be around than Kat because she's a lot more humorous and easy-going XD

          I'm glad you like Blair! I really love her, too, but you're right, it kind of sucks that she has to deal with how crazy August is. I think he takes after his mother a little when it comes to his worry and possessive behavior, but at least he's not AS bad as her LOL When Jody was mad or jealous or whatever, she put on a straight face and hid it well, but August just let's his emotions flow and you definitely will know what kind of day he’s having because it’ll be written all over his face and actions. There’s honestly a LOT I want to say about August, but alas, I feel like I shouldn’t haha it’s not his generation and I’d feel like I’d be taking away from Luca if I went on a huge rant about August XD maybe one day I’ll post something on tumblr about it through him or Oliver’s POV idk.. maybe one day *shrug* But anyways, yeah, Luca is a pretty good friend to Blair, and although August wants him to stay out of him and Blair’s relationship, Luca knows what he’s talking about. Hopefully August lets Luca’s words sink in a little and he does the right thing.

          Ahh, August.. Hahaha Honestly, the roughness he portrays is mostly just “brotherly love” in my opinion.. To anyone else, he wouldn’t have done anything like that, even if it involved the exact same scenario. Well, maybe it would’ve been WORSE, actually LOL he took it easy on Luca because they’re brothers, and Luca’s stolen stuff from August a bunch of times, so him getting knocked around a little is kind of called for according to August hahaha And idk.. I wouldn’t really say Gareth was quick to anger, I think he more so just enjoyed being violent, so it makes it seem like anger is the trigger, but really it’s not. He just really, really likes violence LOL And well, Luca is used to getting a little roughed up by August, same with all of the brothers towards each other. Luca loves taunting August and likes to make a game out of it. He thinks it’s more being playful with his brother, whereas August likes to discipline his younger siblings by being top dog (since he’s the oldest) and he likes making examples of them XD Like I said, he COULD be a lot harsher (which is actually saying a lot), but he isn’t because they’re his family.

          Yeah, the boy has been hurt already, at a super young and delicate age, too. Luca’s the type of person who believes that he can kind of adjust to any situation and he can make anyone like him, he’s really good at being social and someone really good to know, so when he was abandoned by the girl he loved, all of that kind of went away and it’s been a long recovery to get himself back to what he used to be, fun and lovable and level headed, but he still just isn’t QUITE there yet. He’s definitely made a lot of progress, though, and even though the healing process has been long, he’s finally started to act like himself again and that’s always a good thing. <3 LOL I'm glad he's more relate-able and less of the douche than you thought he'd be XD He's just a pretty genuine person that gets into a little trouble every now and then, but it's all in good fun and never because he wants to get caught haha And I’m glad you like his friendship with Pia and Tavish, they really are good for him and they’ve helped immensely get him back to where he once was and get him back to WHO he once was. I’m glad I chose two best friends, too.. Now that I’ve written about them, it seems just completely ludicrous for him to have one without the other.. It’s like, it doesn’t make sense for him to only have Tavish or only have Pia, you know? The trio just makes me so happy and it feels right.
          Aww, thank you so so much, I’m really glad that you enjoyed it!

          LOL I’m glad that you like how Luca looks! I seriously couldn’t be happier with how he turned out. I think he’s the only child that got the perfect 50/50 mix of both Oliver and Isaiah. He’s just.. Ugghhh I love him ;A; Noooo haha he definitely has Isaiah’s eye color. If I were to give them an html color, Oliver’s would be 19AEA8, kind of a intense aqua, and Isaiah’s would be 95E2DF, like a light blue iceburg-y color, if you’re curious, and Luca’s eyes are definitely a lot like that iceburg color. I think that they’re such a light blue that (when he’s in the kitchen talking to Pia) they almost appear completely white because they’re so light.

          Thanks for reading and commenting! <33

          • Ahhh, I see. Makes sense. I think there was one photo where I thought they looked the aquamarine type color rather than lighter blue, which I had originally thought they were, and I just latched on that or something. Haha So that picture threw me off. But good to know! :) Thanks for answering my long ass essay, too. Lol Guess I got carried away there. >_<

  3. asdoifhoahetew;otho!!!! So excited to see this chapter!!!! (Sorry! I’m just really super excited.) :)

    I love how you’ve connected this generation with the last: How Blair is now working with Luca and seeing August. It’s nice to see that continuation.

    Geez August! Wow! He reminds me of his great uncle, Gareth a little. His volatile personality and lack of trusting people. I hope he listens to Luca, but I’ll honestly be surprised if he does.

    Luca. . .he’s gorgeous, smart, amazing, gorgeous. . .oops I already said that, but it’s true. :) I love his friendship with Tavish and Pia and that they all seem to be there for each other. If I had one wish for him it would be that he didn’t feel so lonely and, as he said, didn’t dwell on his past so much. But that’s easier said than done.

    So excited to see what happens this generation! Amazing start!

    • Oh! And Happy Birthday to TIDL and Happy WordPress Anniversary!

      • Ahhhhhhh! I’m glad you’re so excited, as am I to even start this new generation! <3
        I love connecting old generations with the new ones, it makes for such great filler, and plus, it's always fun to see kids from a past generation all grow up and stuff and still involved with the family. I think Blair is the first one I've actually brought into the next gen that was a child NOT from the Dubois line?? Hahaha But, that's what I put her there for in gen four, I was mostly just trying to establish relationships before this gen even started, seeing as I have so many kids to deal with, so might as well be prepared, right? XD
        LOL He does seem a lot like Gareth, doesn’t he? I guess the only difference really is Gareth had a decent sense of humor whereas August literally has none and he’s a straight forward, rough kind of guy. Might even be worse than Gareth? (well, actually, let’s not be too hasty.. LOL)
        Aww, I’m soooo glad you like Luca so much! He is SUCH a perfect combo of both Oliver and Isaiah. I was so happy with how he turned out and he really is so gorgeous, thank you! T_T But, he needed a little of his “badass” to show through, so he got some tattoos and even a scar on his left eye, which may be explained later down the road on how he got it. O_O hehehe Yayy, I’m glad you like his friendships with Pia and Tavish, too! They’re his rocks <3
        Hmm.. Well, maybe eventually he'll find a way to calm down his dwelling mind and find some happiness soon. We can hope, at least.
        Thank you so much, I'm so happy you liked the beginning!
        Ahhhhh thank you! It's such a milestone for me haha I'm glad to have made it this far!
        Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. So happy this is back! Happy Blogaversary! And a new generation! My, my Luca is handsome. And Augie turned out hot too. I am excited to see how this generation plays out.

    • Eeee I’m happy that your happy it’s back! hahaha and of course, I’m also happy to be back to writing this legacy. I really missed it <3
      Aww, I'm glad you like Luca! He's such a doll and I think he's really the only one of the kids that got a perfect 50/50 of both Oliver and Isaiah! I'm so happy with how he turned out T_T I'm glad you like Augie, too! He's so handsome and rough and mysterious behind that blonde hair of his. It's a shame it hides his intense, gorgeous blue eyes, but it's how he likes to wear it *shrugs* hahaha
      I'm happy to hear you're excited for more! As I am to write more!
      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  5. Happy anniversary to your WordPress and happy Birthday to TIDL! :) ♥ Yours is my favorite story to read. Heehee.

    I got to admit I wish Luca had no pants on in the beginning, LOL, *dirty thoughts* I like his personality that you’ve revealed so far, and I really really love how respect is a large part of what Luca finds important. I think respect is way too overlooked these days, so it’s refreshing to see someone feel that way. I love his job too, it’s cool that Oliver helped him out with that.

    Not going to lie, I totally missed your initial face reveal of Luca, but that’s because August was there when you did it, LOL. ♥ And… I know that you know how I feel about August. Mmm… baby, why you so insecure? That hair… those eyes… that bod… *touches August, makes out* BOY, you have NOTHING to be insecure about. Ugh. Haha. *sigh* I am always so attracted to angry men, it’s ridiculous. But I am. Heh. XD

    Blair’s come so far, I love it. It’s nice to see her able to run and function as normal as she can be given her injury.

    Pia and Tavish are so good for Luca, I love that he can feel so comfortable with them. It’s sad that Luca feels like he had a major heartbreak at such a young age, I mean, it’s just, he’s still so young, I feel sad that he’s so jaded already. T_T *hugs Luca* It’ll be ok.

    Lovely awesome intro to generation five, MrsOB. ^_^ ♥

    • Aww, thank you! You’re too sweet T_T
      LOLL Well, at least you got to see a little of him with nothing on in the shower? XD Don’t worry, there will be future times where he’ll be wearing nothing at all, so there’s that to still look forward to hahaha Aw, I’m glad that you like that he’s respectful, I feel like it really suits him given what he’s been through.. I guess you could say he follows the “treat others how you yourself want to be treated” rule. Oliver and Isaiah did an excellent job raising him. And I’m glad you like Luca’s job! He doesn’t really have that many people he has to train, but hiring a personal trainer is verryyyy expensive.. It pays for his rent and booze money, as well as pays for his baby (the GTO) to stay in good shape, so he’s happy XD
      It’s okay, I don’t blame you for not really noticing the ‘big face reveal’, I knew that the second August came into the picture, you’d be completely distracted by him LOLL I seriously adore your love for him. He holds a special place in my heart, too, cause he’s Oliver’s first baby ;A; But then again, Luca has a special place in my heart, too, cause he’s Isaiah’s first baby with Oliver.. Who am I kidding, ALL of them have a special place in my heart >_< And yeah, August really has nothing to be insecure about, it's just that damn temper of his that can get him into trouble. He's always angry about something *shakes head* LOL
      Yeah, Blair's done pretty well through her recovery with Oliver, and now she's bettering her knees by working out with Luca. He's great for her, very supportive and he cares about her on top of it. She isn't just some random person that he trains, so that makes her recovery better, too, because Luca actually really cares about her getting better and she's important to August, so she's important to Luca.
      Hehe yesss, Pia and Tavish are really good for Luca, he definitely needs them in his life. Yeah, Luca’s already had his heart broken, he took his first love leaving him pretty hard. Still does. They were practically connected at the hip 100% of the time and then one day, no more? It’s been hard for him to accept it. Really hard. It gets one thinking like, “what did i do?” “what was wrong with me?” you know? You start blaming yourself, and that’s exactly what Luca’s doing.
      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for reading and commenting! <3

  6. It’s good to have you back! :)

    Wow, August is a tool, but I guess no surprise there. Luca is adorably handsome! I feel bad for him, losing the love of his life like that. I hope he’s able to find her again someday or at least find someone who he’ll love just as much or if not more.

    And poor Blair–who is absolutely gorgeous, I might add. She shouldn’t have to deal with such a psycho like August. I’m wondering the same thing Luca was wondering…what does she see in him?! I can’t wait to see the rest of the family! :D

    • Great to BE back! :D

      LOL Yeaaahhhh, he’s a little difficult to deal with.. His traits make him a pretty serious and rough guy, but sometimes he can be sweet?? Though Blair’s the only one that sees it.. XD Aww, thanks! I’m glad you like Luca, he’s such a cutie T_T Yeah, maybe one day he’ll find someone he likes just as much, or maybe even more? But, for now, he’s content on not dating anyone or even really looking for a girl he could call “the one”.. Definitely living the Bachelor’s life right now hahaha

      Aw, thanks! Blair is really pretty, isn’t she?? I just love her. Yeah, Blair has to put up with August and his temper and everything else, but she loves him because of the soft side he has that really only she’s seen hahaha they’ve been together for a long time, that counts for something to her, too, and she doesn’t want to get rid of all that. Oh, and you’ll most likely get to see the rest of the family either in chapter 2, or chapter 3, I haven’t decided what to do yet XD

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  7. Im totally in love with this chapter. Great work! Dont you EVER go without writting for this long again. I finished about 5 sims stories in the time betwee the last chapter of gen. 4 and the last chapter of the BFC and think I may know why August is always assumimg Blair is cheating(because he *partly* is)

    • Aww, good! I’m so glad you liked it! ^_^

      Hahaha I’ll try not to! I really did miss writing for the Dubois, but it feels really awesome to be back at it again. I can’t wait to write more about Luca!

      Ehh, and August isn’t exactly cheating on Blair, he’s only with Lien when him and Blair are broken up, not still together (and for those of you who read my comments and don’t know what we’re talking about, read the Gen 5 update before this chapter), so he never really cheats on her, he just has a side lady for whenever they do break up. It’s like.. If him and Blair fight and break up, he goes to Lien. If Blair wants to “talk” or get back together with August, Bam, out goes Lien and he’s right back to Blair haha

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

      • Your welcome 😄 and omg sidenote: ALL OF THE DUBOIS MEN ARE HOT 😍😍🔥🔥🔥Im really missing Oliver though, my shy loner

        • Aww, thank you! Haha I’m really glad you like them! They’re my babiessss T_T And don’t worry, Oliver will be featured in this new gen soon enough, along with Isaiah and the rest of the kids ;D

  8. Beautiful, perfect, amazing—yes! So freaking awesome to see the Dubois legacy back and with such a perfect heir too. I love Luca—like so, so much. He’s perceptive and caring; sexy and outgoing; fun and just like, a really cool guy. He IS good enough, far and away good enough, and I’ve no doubt that one day he’ll dare to trust again and find someone who he’ll fall desperately in love with and who will love him back just the same and not betray him this time. In the meantime though, I feel his situation 100% and can only say for now that I’m really glad that he’s so close with his family and friends. You can tell how much he cares about them and them in return, and though Luca is currently missing that romantic connection (and is currently too hurt to pursue it), he does at least have so many others. Others who will also hopefully help him to heal and maybe put himself out there again!

    I don’t blame him for being cautious though—moving away and never even telling him? That’s so freaking strange. It makes me wonder what really happened honestly, as in this day and age with all the technology we have, it seems way too weird that you wouldn’t at least say something or send SOME kind of message. Will we find out more about this, or is it something that Luca will simply have to come to peace with? Either way, just bleh, I’d feel super betrayed and reluctant to trust again too. Again, I’m really glad Luca has his family and especially Tavish and Pia by his side. Goodness knows that with the Dubois curse he will need as supportive of a network as possible x_x

    Gosh though, what IS up with August? He was such a freaking sweet kid, and I’m sure that he still has that sweetness in him, but it seems to be currently entirely overshadowed by his anger and temper. This of course begs the question: Where does this anger come from? Is it a “Zepeda” curse, so to speak, or did something else happen to trigger this? Hopefully he does take Luca’s advice, otherwise there’s going to be that point when even though Blair loves him, she may just decide that she just can’t take it anymore. And then where will August be? I gotta say, like Luca, I’m not sure that I want to find out.

    Anyway, loved this chapter 110% and am really excited as always to see where this generation will take us. Your story is amazing and so are you! Also, of course, happy birthday to TIDL! <3 <3 <3

    • Aww, thank you so much, lovely! I’m so happy to be back and writing more TIDL. I think all of us have missed it ;A;

      Yayyy I’m so glad you like Luca! He really is everything that you’ve stated, very accurate. Yes, he definitely is good enough, and yeah, let’s hope one day he’ll find someone that can fix his wounded heart and love him for who he is and he’s able to love them back. Until then, he’ll have his fun hehe Yeah, it really is good that he has so much family and so many friends to distract him away from the past. He really needs the distractions and stop letting his mind wander pack to a time that just plain doesn’t exist anymore.

      Ikr? It really is strange.. You’re right, in this day and age, we have so much technology that it just seems completely unheard of that no contact at all was made when she left, but, who knows the reason behind her leaving, either. Maybe later on you guys might find out about what happened, or maybe this could just be him starting new, needing to look to the future and try to get of the heartbreak he went through? *shrugs* LOL you’re so right, with the Dubois curse, the heir needs all the support he can get XD

      Puberty. LOLL but really, who knows what’s up with August. Guy’s had a pretty good life and was raised well enough, but that hot-headed trait of his really shows itself a lot and he’s so quick to anger that it’s almost impossible to have a deep, let alone normal, conversation with him. Yeah, he still has some sweetness in him, though sadly, Blair’s the only one now a days that sees it. Hmm, yeah, maybe it could be a “Zepeda” thing.. August really is the only child of Oliver and Isaiah that is temperamental and mean like this, but then again, he isn’t a child from both of them like the rest of them because yeah, Isaiah isn’t his father and he didn’t get anything really beneficial from him like the rest of them did. Yeah, hopefully he takes Luca’s advice or else evenatually, yes, he will lose Blair for good and that won’t be a good thing at all O_O

      Aww, thank you so so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! ^_^ And thank you, stop showering me with compliments! LOLL but ily, okay?
      Thanks for reading and commenting! <3

  9. Congrats on your WordPress anniversary and for such a great opening chapter to Gen 5. I loved learning a bit of background on both Luca and Augie. You always do such a fabulous job of using your sims’ traits to form their personalities. Don’t think I didn’t notice you slipping in Luca’s kleptomania very subtly with Augie’s watch. Nicely played.

    The BFC was a great idea, and I can already see that including Pia and Tavish as Luca’s roommates will add a lot to his story line. I’ve already decided to call them “The Three Amigos.”

    Luca and Augie are both cuties. I do miss seeing Augie’s vibrant eyes, though his haircut suits him. Guess I can’t have it both ways. As for Luca, when I first saw the profile shot of him, I immediately thought, he is definitely a Dubois, though I can see hints of Isaiah in him, too. Anyway, I look forward to seeing more of him. ♥

    Great to have you back, and Happy Birthday, TIDL!

    • Aw, thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it and liked learning about both Luca and August! And thank you, that really means a lot knowing I pull off their traits through their personality! <3 Ohh, hehe you noticed that, huh? ;D I don't know if anyone else noticed that or not, that little scene where Luca's klepto trait came through, but I'm glad someone noticed it! Thank you, thank you.

      Thanks! I'm really glad I did the BFC and found some amazing best friends and roommates for Luca! Ceceiliyus and MsMidnightBlonde did a great job making their Sims, as did everything else who participated! And I like that.. "The Three Amigos" hahaha

      Yeah, it's a little hard to see how beautiful August's eyes really are behind his hair, but you're right and I do agree, that haircut suits him hehe Maybe eventually he'll be pictured a little better in better lighting so you guys can see just how pretty they are <3 Yesss, you're right, Luca's profile definitely shows that he's a Dubois boy! But yes, there is definitely some Isaiah in there, too. He got Isaiah's light blue eyes and I'm sure a few other things, but his eyes stick out to me the most about what he got from him. <3

      It's great to be back! Glad you’re looking forward to more! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  10. Hi!
    I recently found this and I’ve been catching up this past week, and I just wanted to let you know that I think this story is incredible!

  11. Somehow not surprised August is a total dick hahaha. Luca is adorable though, he seems like he has a good head on his shoulders. No doubt from his awesome dads! Hopefully he’ll find that someone he can love again, commitment issues do seem to plague the family a bit, easily burned but they also seem to fall easy when the person is right (thinking of Jason here mostly and Gareth’s massive obsession with Hannah as time went on). Congrats on the annaversary here at wordpress and the legacy!

    • LOL Well, August did roll the traits no sense of humor and also hot-headed, so pretty much every little thing that he doesn’t like is going to piss him off XD Aw, I’m glad you like Luca! And yeah, he did have a pretty good upbringing, so it’s a given. True, everyone has a commitment issue to some extent, but when they find someone, they usually hold onto them no matter what, whereas Luca never got that option and now because of that, he’s been avoiding getting into a relationship for seven long years. But, you’re right, hopefully he’ll find someone that’ll give him confidence in actually trying to make it work instead of running away from it.

      Thank you! And thanks for reading and commenting!

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