Chapter 1.01 – The Duvall Name Doesn’t Carry Weight Here

Dear Diary,

I did it! I left everything.

Daddy has always said I couldn’t survive without him taking care of me, and he might be right. But I’m never going back. They’ll never forget me though. Little Miss Duvall, Runaway Bride. I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t marry Winston. I didn’t love him.

Daddy didn’t understand because broken engagements isn’t a thing that Duvalls do. Letting your life be lived for you, now that’s the Duvall way. My first day in my new life and I could see the two of us. We were standing on my new property clear as day, as if the whole thing were happening again, but this time I got to watch it as a spectator, willing myself to have the strength to walk away.

But no more! I ran from my wedding, and didn’t stop running until I got far away. Before Daddy cut off access to my trust fund, I managed to secure a piece of land for myself. But when I met with the contractor to start with the building plans, the money was gone, just poof! The money was how Daddy kept me in line. It’s what made me join Jack & Jill. It’s what made me do the cotillion. It’s what made me agree to marry Winston in the first place. It’s what made me a Duvall.

So without the money, am I still a Duvall?

With no money to build a house, I’m roughing it. I used to glamp, but now I’m camping for real. It’s just me, my tent, my cooler, and my diary.

I went out my first night here, hoping for a warm meal, I took the ferry to the mainland. I stopped at a pub and ordered fish and chips. It took me about five minutes to notice that no one there knows me. When I introduced myself as Nivea Duvall… nothing. No widened eyes, no flicker of recognition, no surreptitious checking for other more influential family members nearby.

I get to be me here.

You know what? I just realized, I don’t know who “me” is. For the first time, I get to decide what I do with my time, my energy, and my heart. I’ve never really thought about what I wanted to do when I grew up. Luckily, my prep school education has prepared me for almost anything.

Even though I’m dead broke, I feel like the world is my oyster! I can do and be anything I want here. Windenburg will be my home forever. And if I work hard enough, the Duvall name will start to mean something again. And I alone get to decide what that is!


Author’s Note {ISBI Score: 5. Most recent points come from completing an aspiration milestone}

Next Chapter:Β Making Friends And Money

22 Comments Add yours

  1. ny275 says:

    I love her already! Such a great backstory, too. I’ve never read an ISBI before, so this should be interesting.

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    1. Aww, thanks! This Parenthood thing came at the perfect time! Journals! Parents molding their kids! I can’t wait.

      I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s stories this weekend.

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  2. stardustdroplet says:

    Cool start! She is so pretty and unique. I love your backstory. Since I’m also reading your neighborhood rotation I expected a good read and got it. I’m so glad that you joined our reading circle. ❀ I'm very interesting how the ISBI part will play out!

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    1. Aw! That’s so cool that you’ll be reading both my stories. I’m looking forward to catching up on everyone’s stories today and tomorrow (I work today, but I’m off tomorrow).

      The ISBI part will be quite interesting for sure! I’ve never successfully done it without modifying what I could direct them to do, but I’m sticking to my guns this time. That will make for even better journal entries, haha.

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  3. Jes2G says:

    Well ok then! Cool start. And she’s gorgeous! I never read an ISBI story before, so this is new for me too.

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    1. Thanks! Looks like this ISBI thing is going to be a fun ride for all of us, hehe.

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  4. carnegielegacysims4 says:

    Awesome backstory and what a beautiful name for a beautiful sim!!! 😊

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for reading. I’m just getting started with this legacy story, but I’m really looking forward to it because I’ve never played ISBI before. Should be fun!

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      1. carnegielegacysims4 says:

        It’s off the a great start!!! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜Š

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      2. carnegielegacysims4 says:

        To* autocorrect 😑

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  5. cathytea says:

    Would you consider adding previous | next links at the bottom ? Makes it easier to follow a single story . ..

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    1. You make a great point! At the top of my blog page, there’s a category link that pulls up all the chapters of a particular story, but not everyone reads from the blog, so I’m thinking you’re right that I should do both!

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      1. cathytea says:

        Yeah, I was looking for the menu in Reader, and it didn’t show up. It’s a bit of a hassle to add, but not too time-consuming, I find, when I do them at time of posting. Fun story, by the way!

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  6. Rainy says:

    Awesome! I love ISBI. I’m curious though, how will you do merit? I don’t think I’ve had a kid complete an aspiration once during my ISBI.

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    1. If no aspirations are completed, it defaults to highest skills. I’ll include toddlers skills in the total. And if for some reason they manage to age up without learning a single skill, it’ll go to democracy as a backup.

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      1. Rainy says:

        Ah, okay. When I did merit in my first legacy I counted each level of the aspiration as a point so whoever got the most points won.

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        1. That’s a good way to do it, I’m just gonna give them a point for every skill point earned, 2 points bonus for maxing a skill, and 5 points if they somehow manage to finish any stage of an aspiration.

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        2. Rainy says:

          I can’t wait to see how it goes. Should be interesting.

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  7. SarahLouPlays says:

    She is so cute. I love the layout of the blog too.

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