"Marriage," Ryan repeats to Audrey.
"Mawidge," she replies cheerfully.
Ryan sighs and shakes his head. Already on edge, he feels his remaining patience wearing thin. He stands up and stretches, and then, for what feels like the hundredth time tonight, he pulls out his cell phone and checks his recent calls. No new messages.
"Where could she be?" he asks Audrey as he carefully picks her up. "She should have been home hours ago."
"Mawidge," she says, smiling up at him with bright, innocent eyes.
Ryan laughs and kisses her on the cheek. "Let's hope not. We need our Faye, don't we sweetheart?"
"Mawidge," she repeats again.
Ryan frowns as he gently sets Audrey down in her crib. Perhaps he shouldn't have taught her that word.
A couple of hours later, Ryan hears the slam of a car door and the familiar tap-tap of Faye's shoes on the pavement outside. He sets down his book and patiently waits for her to walk through the front door.
"You're home late," Ryan casually observes.
Faye's voice sounds faint and distant. "Yes. I- I lost track of time."
Ryan stands up and walks over to her. "Are you okay?" he asks softly, his face full of concern.
"Yes," she replies vacantly. "I'm fine."
Ryan isn't convinced. "Faye, you don't have to pretend with me. I've known Wesley Mason for years, and I've seen the way he treats women. You did the right thing, breaking it off."
"He didn't even care," she tells him quietly. "He said it was for the best and then asked me to leave. I just... I thought he cared about me."
"Oh Faye," Ryan whispers. "I'm so sorry."
He watches her closely, his eyes wide with worry, and as she begins to cry he instinctively reaches toward her and brushes a tear off her cheek. "He doesn't deserve you," he murmurs.
Faye laughs, but it sounds hollow and weak. "He doesn't deserve me? Or I don't deserve him?"
"You deserve so much better than him," Ryan replies, his eyes locked on hers. "Faye, there's something I've been wanting to tell you." He takes a deep breath, bracing himself for rejection, but before he can speak she interrupts him.
"R-Ryan," she stammers. "I- I don't f-feel so good..." Grabbing her stomach, she turns and runs toward the bathroom.
Ryan hesitates but quickly follows after her, stopping just outside the bathroom door. He can hear her violent upheavals even through the thick walls.
"Are you okay?" he calls out.
Faye lays down on the floor and takes a deep breath, allowing the cool tile to soothe her flushed face. "I'm fine," she answers weakly. "I'll be fine."
"Are you sure? I can-"
"No," she snaps. "Please. I'll be fine."
But she isn't fine. As the days turn to weeks, Faye finds herself getting sick more and more often. At first, she blames her illness on food poisoning or the flu, but the longer she waits the harder it becomes to deny the truth.
She is pregnant.
As soon as her normal clothes stop fitting, Faye decides that she can't hide it from Ryan any longer. She has been avoiding him ever since the night she broke up with Wesley, ever since she started getting butterflies in her stomach every time their eyes meet.
She takes a direct approach, not wanting to play games with him. "Ryan," she begins slowly. "I'm pregnant." He doesn't say anything, so Faye continues. "I will pack my bags and leave as soon as you've found another nanny to take my place. If you want, I can leave now, but I feel that for Audrey's sake you should hire someone before I go. I don't trust daycare, and I'm not sure how well she'd adjust to-"
"Do you want to leave?" Ryan interrupts.
"Excuse me?" Faye looks taken aback.
"Do you want to leave?" he repeats.
"Well, of course not," Faye replies. "I love Audrey, but once the baby arrives-"
"It can stay here too," Ryan finishes. "Audrey loves you, Faye. She's attached to you now, and I... I don't want to have to train another nanny. Besides," he adds, "I'm sure Audrey would love to have a little playmate to run around with."
"Oh Ryan!" Faye exclaims excitedly, pulling him in for a hug. "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"
Holding her close, Ryan breathes in her faint scent. Cherry blossom, he thinks with a smile.
With her due date quickly approaching, Faye finds herself in desperate need of cash. On her nights off, she often heads down to the local park to busk for a few extra Simoleons.
Tonight, Faye's sister Anastasia shows up.
Elijah, Faye's father, died yesterday. Faye has been so busy caring for Audrey and worrying about her pregnancy, that she didn't even get a chance to say goodbye. Anastasia seems to be taking the news particularly hard.
Faye takes a break from busking to chat with Ana for a minute. When she brings up her pregnancy, however...
Ana doesn't take the news well. Apparently, she and her husband Derrick have been trying for a baby for quite some time and haven't had any success yet.
Faye consoles her distraught sister.
But when Anastasia asks to feel her baby bump, Faye refuses. She fears her jealous sister's temper.
Ryder, Faye's grandfather, is also at the park this evening. His good friend Jedidiah tries to cheer him up after Elijah's death, but the only thing Ryder can think about is how much his son would have enjoyed this park. Elijah always did love the great outdoors.
Nadira Sabo stands nearby, watching them grumpily. They're in her way, goddammit.
Back at home, Ryan puts Audrey to bed. As he kisses her good night, he can't help but think about how much Faye has done for his little daughter, how much she's done for both of them. Ryan wonders if Wesley knew about her pregnancy, if he would change Faye's mind about staying. He hopes not.
"We need our Faye, don't we sweetheart?" he whispers to Audrey.
The toddler yawns and lays down, her weary eyes struggling to stay open. "Faye Faye," she repeats sleepily.
I always struggle to create a realistic time frame for Sim pregnancies. I never know whether to play it off as nine months or three days. It's more believable to write it as though it happened over nine months, but that's always so hard when you only have three days to take pictures.
As for my challenge updates, Ryan is still at level 2 in the medical career, and Faye only busks when I feel like it. I am really running low on cash right now, but I'll figure it out (I hope). Ryan's "hobby" for the Hobby, or Obsession? goal is reading, and Faye does painting. Although, I'll admit, I'm a tad bit behind on their hobbies for the past couple of weeks, but I will make it up soon. I just forget sometimes, lol. The It's So You miscellaneous fun will be complete once Faye's kid reaches childhood. I'm not going to makeover my nursery right now, so the children will just have to wait to have redecorated rooms. Plus I have no money at the moment. Haha.