Chapter 15: Good Girls Get Steak

Straud Manor, Forgotten Hollow

Caleb

Bella came with a keening cry and fell back on the bed. After a few minutes, Caleb realized she was sleeping, which made sense, she’d been up with his drunk ass since 3am. He wasn’t sated, not by any stretch, but he let her rest while he turned on the TV.

If he was alone, he would have screamed. 

Some vampire in a yellow dress, that’s what Baako said. Caleb watched in stunned silence as his mother glided across the screen, joking and smiling with the host, Talib Tabley. He didn’t even need to look at the air date of the broadcast to know, the name was already echoing in his mind:

Nina Caliente.

NEXT TIME, ON THE STRAUDS:

Trailer Song: “Things I’ve Seen” by the Spooks

(I know it says, “whose telling the truth?” which is grammatically incorrect. Please don’t @ me. I didn’t notice until after I finished the video, and there was no way I was going to remake it. If you’ve ever had the experience of timing video clips to drop zones in Final Cut, you’ll understand. Just pretend you don’t see it and enjoy the vibes!)


CREDITS

In addition to the  CC I regularly use in the game and buildings from the Fleuralia Save File, I also used the following builds and custom content:

POSES & ANIMATIONS

Phone Poses (Standing Version) by evieduraine

Phone Poses [Seated] by evieduraine

Model Posepack 1 by mel bennett

Bored in Bed Poses II by Katverse

Waking Up Pose Pack by Samssims

Sims 4 Pose Pack 1 by ClaraAmy

Male Model Poses N1 by Nell

Coffee Poses by Nell

Table Manners Poses by SWS

Wine Glasses by Quiddity-Jones

Wildflowers Pose by Something Wicked Sims

Right Turns by SWS

Vampires Suck by Mememuru

Crazy about You by Cassandra Grusel

Hey Girl by Cassandra Grusel

Female 27 Posepack by Cassandra Grusel

The Drug in Me is You 7 by Cassandra Grusel

Sleepover Talks by mememuru

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

Manola Outfit by Madlen

Rosemary Outfit by Madlen

Lyra Shoes by Madlen

Tia Boots by Madlen

Classic Swim/Underwear by Margeh-75

Boudoir Collection by Sentate

  • Ophelia bra, panties, garter
  • Chris Bra, panties
BUILDS

Fountainview Penthouse by Maja20513

    8 comments
  • Ninja Pink Sex
    November 20, 2022

    FINALLY!

    Don’t know which eff session I’m more excited to have seen, but FUCK YOU, MORTIMER!

    • Dolly Llama
      November 20, 2022

      team mort fuck u bella

      • feroshgirl
        November 20, 2022

        MY GOD LOOK AT THE CHAOS I HAVE WROUGHT (continues calmly eating popcorn, watching it all play out)

      • Ninja Pink Sex
        November 21, 2022

        I know we will always agree to disagree on Mort, but for reals may he be sent to AU BBD and “fall” in front of Bernard and have some cold Bernie ghost peen shoved down his throat as the melodious sound of Hot Cross Bun fills the air, played FLUTELESSLY.

  • Snow ~
    November 27, 2022

    I laughed so hard at Penny’s ‘well if you like him he’s probably got red flags coming out of his ass’-type response XD And Penny fake-ending the call when Alice says ‘well what about you?’ : P

    I really loved the scene with Bella and Caleb. IIRC, I feel like so far he’s not really been one to a) pour his heart out or b) properly give in to actually being in love with (no matter how potentially temporary) someone. Which for a vampire is rough, because eventually you have to lose them, but sometimes you just gotta take the chance. Even I forgot Bella was married for a moment XD

    Ah yes, every werewolf’s favourite snack- oysters! I love her inner thoughts about all vampires being drama queens and the ‘understatement of the century’ XD That house looks so nice though. Bella’s ‘cut the shit and talk’ attitude is a stark contrast from Caleb’s way of dealing with things.
    I just feel awful for Caleb. It’s one thing to have daddy issues, but when they go on for a vampire’s lifespan, that’s hundreds of years of unanswered questions and ghosting and shit.

    Gah so much I want to say about the …you know…scenes damnnnn ;o; I’ll keep it PG LMAO
    I had a feeling the rough exterior was there for a reason, but interesting to see Ana’s vulnerable moments as always. The joys of becoming a newly-fledged vampire in a house full of vampire hunters…

    • feroshgirl
      November 27, 2022

      LOLOLOLOL Yes, ummm, there were a lot of good scenes. Very plot. Much development.

      Penny is definitely the least willing to be vulnerable, which is funny because you’d think Ana would play her feelings close to the chest. But she is a lot like Vlad: no chill whatsoever.

      I am DYING at you forgetting Bella was married. So did Bella! I’m interested to see what you think of Caleb as the story progresses. I think he believes he is very closed off, but I would point to his parents and ask if that’s really possible.

      Ah yes, the age old “daddy issues.” I mean, you’re right, they don’t have a few decades of unresolved issues, they’ve got centuries worth. I think though, it’s still a question of what’s worth holding onto…

  • Yimiki
    November 29, 2022

    Woo! It’s early morning, I have a cup of hot tea and cake and nothing to do until right before office hours. Time to catch up! 😁

    Penny is giving out some quality advice and normally I’d giggle at Alice immediately going to complain to her about Gwendolyn but my gods that jumpsuit is distracting as all heck. Ha, something tells me that just toasting to her guest appearance is not what Ana has in mind for that night.

    Drunk Caleb is such an angsty moody teenager 😂 aw, and he’s calling Bella out of all people. Not sure if that means that he’s just really into her, or that Bella is the only person he has. Maybe both. That’s oddly sad. Oof – yes, as terrible as her marriage is, she is still married. Her coming over in the dead of night wearing barely anything after a drunken slur on the other side of the phone speaks volumes, though. This won’t end well will it? 😅

    Did… did Ana really not realise that going into a sixty-year slumber after leaving him (and doing whatever it was that she did) is not a sign of anger but of being utterly broken? 😅 Yeah, I’d be annoyed over oysters, too, Pen – oh. Oh geez 🙈

    Aaaaah fudge. Salim’s name pops up again. That’s not good. I don’t like how he’s quickly going from sleazy to deadbeat to criminal to possible murderer and is still connected to Alice 😣

    Not dating an actual sociopath? Are you absolutely sure about that, Penny? 🤣 I’m blushing all shades of red from both, erm, “encounters”, there but I’m also mildly disturbed by that little snippet of Penny’s mother actively knowing what her daughter is like in bed and scolding her for it/attempting to control her horizontal behaviour. That’s… that’s not normal.

    Huh. Part of my was wondering if Anastasia would drop Penny after bedding her, if her interest would fade after she got what she wanted, you know? Seems like the opposite is true. She’s opened up considerably. Some real backstory insight into her and Vlad there, too. Ah. Oh, Penny. Ana just bared her heart for you and at the first tug of her wanting you to do the same, you bolt. Literally. Ana might be unable to understand emotions very well but Penny is definitely the one in denial about them.

    Oooooh, gods, here we go. He’s connected the dots to his mother 😣

    • feroshgirl
      December 3, 2022

      YES! Hot tea is the perfect drink for this chapter. Well, I guess anything hot (hehe).

      Penny is a great giver of advice, but taking it? Not so much. Her mom is definitely not normal. Penny has a ton of shame and a lot of fear of losing control, and it came from somewhere. You’re for sure picking up on her vibes with Ana. She’s got a lot of walls!

      I love that you thought it was going to be Ana who broke Penny’s heart! That’s what I was going for! Really though, Ana and Vlad are more similar than not. They might be, uh, monsters, but when they fall, they fall hard.

      Speaking of which, Caleb has fallen. Both because he is a little drunk and because he’s got it for Bella bad.

      HAHA you noticed Bella’s choice of outfit, huh?

      Don’t worry about Salim! It’s um…all gonna be fine! Just like I’m sure it will be totally chill when Caleb confronts his mother. 🙂

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