River dreams of running. She isn’t sure if she’s running to something or away, but it feels so right. The wind in her hair, her heart racing. In her dream she can hear police sirens in the background, but nothing else. How strange.
She’s always been full of energy, even as a toddler and dancing is one of her many passions.
Which is why daddy buys her a radio for her room. (As well as that dragon hunter portrait she wanted since he knows he’s in the doghouse with her for missing her birthday.)
Liam feared he wouldn’t be able to look River in the eyes anymore, that he’d hate her. But the moment he sees his little girl as a little girl all he feels is pride and joy for how well she grew up. He wants to give her the world, and the only person he really resents is Pablo for putting them all in this situation. But then again if it weren’t for Pablo he wouldn’t have River here in front of him.
River may not be his daughter biologically but he loves her just as much as he loves Brooke. He just hopes he never has to explain anything to her. If Pablo leaves them alone River will never have to know Liam isn’t her dad, but of course this is Pablo we’re talking about.
So Liam starts focusing on building up good memories so that when the shit does hit the fan a second time (as he knows it will) he’ll be able to call on these memories so that River will be able to forgive him.
Lunch went nice, even with their disagreement over vanilla or chocolate ice cream for desert.
Liam forgets his strength sometimes. He used to hurt Serena when they played catch as kids, but now that he’s an adult...
“Oh gosh! River, are you alright?”
“If you’re trying to kill me just aim for my head next time!”
She forgives fast. Liam catches himself thinking she got that from him before remembering everything. Dammit Serena, why’d you do it?
Meanwhile back home grandma and grandpa are watching Brooke.
Serena’s down in her basement, staring at her time machine sadly.
It took her everywhere but where she wanted it to. She’d tried tuning it, re-visiting her notes, even kicking it! But no mater what she tried she could never get the damn thing to take her to a specific point in time. All she needs it to do is take her back to her own life, to stop herself from sleeping with Pablo and everything will be better.
Last time the machine took her to a wedding in some city named Meadow Glenn where a blue haired groom was marrying his blonde and pregnant girlfriend. They had strange hippie names, Raindrop and Sky but seemed quite happy together. And Serena did enjoy herself, but it was still too far in the past.
Perhaps this trip with be more fruitful.
Liam’s a starter so as part of his job he is required to play every game. So River is sent home and helps her grandparents with baby Brooke.
Brooke loves having fun as toddlers tend to. Peek-a-boo is her favourite game ever!
Liam’s morning was spent with River so he makes sure to spend time with Brooke after the game (His team won. They always win. They have him.)
Serena’s latest trip was as unsuccessful as the others. But this time she met with her grandfather Briar Sabo and as a heartbreaker himself he managed to talk some sense into her. Not that he knew he was talking to his future granddaughter or anything like that.
“Liam, can we head to the bedroom for a minute? We need to talk.”
He doesn’t want to hear her talk, but he does want answers. Just looking at her hurts his heart and yet she manages to act as if they’re heading off to have sex, not yell at each other.
He slaps her the second they’re alone in the room.
She recoil in pain, holding her face and instantly he feels ashamed. He wanted to hurt her, but slapping her just makes him feel like an animal. “Serena, I just...” He sighs, he can’t apologize to her but he isn’t sure how to word his feelings either.
“Look at me, Li.”
He won’t until she physically grabs him. Her cheek is slightly pink from his slap and it makes him feel worse.
“Please Li, just hear me out. I am so so sorry for what I did. I should have talked to you, I should have told you after it happened but I was so scared of what you’d say. I never thought about how it would hurt you, and I’m glad you slapped me. I deserve everything you want to do and more. What I did will never be okay but I hope one day you can forgive me for not telling you.”
He pushes her away. “I can’t, Ren. You have no idea how badly I want to just grab you and hold you close, pretend this never happened but I just can’t. You hurt me, and if not for the girls I’d leave you and never come back. But they don’t deserve to have their family torn apart because you lied to me. I’m not leaving, but I don’t think I can forgive you. At least not yet. I need some time, and some space.”
It takes all of Serena’s strength to say “Okay” and let him leave.
She slides down the wall after he’s done, her hand reaching up to touch her sore cheek absentmindedly. It still hurts but she welcomes the pain. She knows she had it coming, but the guilt Liam felt from hitting her just makes her feel worse too. He deserves so much better, and she just wishes she’d been able to give him that.
Serena’s room is all the way on the other side of the house, but Liam can imagine her crying and it takes all his self control not to go back to her. He needs to have some self respect, but not forgiving her hurts him more than her actions did.
I love Liam. I feel so bad for what I put him through.
Also: I have been wanting an inventor sim for SO long just so I could use his/her inventions in the plot. <3 Time machine.