Adelise liked her husband enough to want to nap beside him. At times, something as simple as that was worth pointing out.
Countless years ago, when their engagement was announced, those around accused her of being many things: 1) a gold digger, 2) naïve beyond comprehension, 3) a snake, 4) a stubborn idiot, and 5) unjustifiably lucky. To be fair to those people, it was curious that almost no one was interested in the, by all accounts, intelligent, hardworking, ambitious, and physically attractive second son of a wealthy, powerful (i.e., vampire) family. Why was a human stranger from a poor family with an equally poor reputation acceptable to him? Wasn’t that a red flag? Yes—
Adelise hadn’t been unaware of everyone’s comments: If she wanted to get married so badly, why not stay on her own level, marry a normal human, and be satisfied with that? Why let her evil family delude her into marrying a dangerous stranger who probably wanted to use her as his personal blood bank? Did she actually believe that this rich guy would keep his promise to give her time/space to pursue her own interests. LOL. No one would. He only said that because he was a liar. And most importantly, wasn’t she aware that his family (who was being criticized at a dangerously audible level solely for her benefit) was borderline demonic and likely had literal human skeletons in their closets. Girl, run.
But she was already running, just from her own family, and didn’t have much capacity to care about rumors when a relationship with Asher was a viable way out of her then-current terrible situation, would make her family wealthy enough to leave her alone, and there was a fair chance that what kept others away from him wasn’t him, but his extremely strict and patriarchal family. There were also rumors that his family was pressuring him into an engagement because he intended to move far away, leaving his family (and, more to the point perhaps for some of his potential partners, much of his family’s wealth behind). Besides, she’d met him a couple of times and he’d seemed okay. They’d quickly bonded over a mutual desire to physically distance themselves from their toxic families even if they couldn’t completely cut ties and even if it meant losing out on a small fortune.
Thus, Adelise resented that so many thought she was conniving or otherwise out-of-line for wanting what she felt was just decency and employed impolite language to tell them to mind their own business (which should have been at least a yellow flag to Asher’s family given that her father had promised them an “obedient and virtuous” daughter-in-law). Anyway, she stood by her engagement to the rich guy and left town with him without looking back.
In doing so, she leapt on a figurative rollercoaster. Her relationship with her fiancé began comfortably enough, climbed spectacularly high even.
But then, before she was prepared, it rapidly plummeted to terrifying depths that had her worried that someone would soon die
because he was a dangerous vampire with only the faintest conception of empathy. Initially, she hadn’t been able to care about that and since then, she’d been crafting fairytales based on fantasy about him in her mind.
Asher didn’t recognize a single one of her feelings, outside of fatigue. He also didn’t understand why or even that his saying he wanted to postpone their marriage so that he could first marry and live with someone else for that person’s entire life had upset Adelise. Nor did he find anything problematic with his declaration that he wanted lots of children but that he wouldn’t be that interested in his human children or daughters because such children either lived lives that were too short to be interesting or were generally less valuable, even though Adelise was already pregnant with a human son.
Humans weren’t exactly human to him. On a whim, Asher could paralyze someone, manipulate their emotions, erase their memories, and drink their blood. Considering his lack of empathy and how unfamiliar people were with vampires here unlike where he was from, Adelise recognized that he was likely doing all of those things and tore herself from her fairytale fantasies. Ironically, it seemed like her savior wasn’t going to actually save her. She began growing garlic, made it her aesthetic by plastering her room with it, and devoted her spare time to learning how to protect herself and her son from vampires.
Adelise also feared her fiancé’s resentment because she was an obstacle to the family he apparently wanted.
Asher didn’t resent her. He was confused. He thought that he and Adelise were (and should remain friends) because he gave her space to pursue whatever interests she wanted and had not and would not use any of his vampire powers on her. After all, she was his “friend” and there was a history of mariticide in his family, so he had tried not to bring that kind of bad energy into his own home and yet…
There were obvious problems. Lavender, the person he’d wanted to marry first, rejected him and Adelise treated him as if he were a monster. Adelise had even told him, albeit hesitantly, that Lavender would never accept him because “you are delusional on top of being unkind and no one could ever love you after getting to know you.”
Asher had never given any thought to being kind, so it was true that he was unkind. He insulted people. He got in fights. He bit people. He said outrageous things. He went around doing whatever he wanted and if it created too much of a fuss, he erased memories. But so what?
He hadn’t killed anyone and even if he had been unkind (or killed someone), he hadn’t intended to be unkind to Adelise.
Still, he wanted to be liked by those he liked (and not, you know, despised) so he made an effort to be thoughtful and kinder. Regardless, no one was obligated to forgive him, much less like him. Even if he filled figurative friendship and romance bars completely from 0 (or -100) to 100 and never did anything to upset a certain person again, some things stuck. Lavender always rejected Asher, but we can’t say for sure why. Maybe she just didn’t like him; maybe his lingering arrogance was too much; maybe he wasn’t persistent enough; maybe his heart wasn’t in it; maybe she wanted nothing to do with the drama of a love triangle; maybe she knew she deserved better…
With Adelise, things were different. First, they were already engaged. They were physically broken up and separated, but the engagement contract, which made Adelise’s life at least as long as Asher’s, remained intact. It’s unclear why Asher didn’t break the contract, but Adelise didn’t want to tempt fate by tattling on him to his family when at best they’d probably blame her. At any rate, she’d made it clear that whether they married eventually or not, there’d be no more children until he sorted out his previous statements regardless of whether he was thoughtlessly parroting his family’s practices or actually believed them.
Their relationship first recovered to an uneasy truce because despite what he said and despite how he had acted outside, he had always been decent to their son, he gave Adelise space to do what she wanted, he wasn’t a killer, and she thought he had the potential to be likeable in a platonic way as he was less feral and generally okay.
Time was also on their side. A tumultuous few years didn’t matter as much after decades. They still mattered—Adelise decided to get off the rollercoaster once it reached a comfortable plateau. She was done with it. Maybe.
Now, after several lifetimes had passed, they were comfortably married, good friends. Through their observations of others, including their own children, they were beginning to realize that even for them marriage could be more than just comfortable. But it wasn’t clear if that meant they needed to work together to separate or something else. Their relationship wasn’t necessarily as exciting as a rollercoaster, either. It could just be an elevator ride that they jumped on too early, while it was on its way to the fourth floor basement, even though their destination was actually quite high like the 123rd floor.
Note: For those who like something extra or music, I created a playlist/soundtrack for Adelise. The YouTube version is linked here. The original Spotify playlist is here and below. Be aware: there are lots of non-English songs, but the YouTube version had subtitles for most things.
MannyJanuary 11, 2022 at 4:02 pm
Finally, we get to see their whole story! And it was worth the wait! I like the depth of your character’s backstories and how they’ve grown from strife into a remarkable couple (re: the first screenshot <3)
HaneulJanuary 17, 2022 at 3:43 pm
Thank you! I don’t know about their future as a couple, but they’re getting along well at the moment.
sims_YimiJanuary 16, 2022 at 4:16 pm
WOO! I’m all caught up! 😃😄
And it was well worth the binge to catch up. So that is what happened between Adelise and Asher way back when. Oh my gods, that’s way worse than I was imagining. Poor Adelise. Running from your own toxic family only to end up with a man who literally does not understand empathy and shoves you aside -while you’re engaged- because he wants to marry someone else first. Dear lord. I’m glad that Adelise has some backbone because that would easily crush so many people beyond repair.
Oooh, so it’s the engagement contract that is increasing Adelise’s life span? I wonder how it’s doing that. Is it a magic thing? Or is it a blood contract kind of thing, seeing how she married into a vampire family?
They’ve come a long way since those tumultuous first years but I can understand Adelise (and Asher too, to an extent) being very cautious even now. A marriage can grow strong through friendship. If nothing else, Adelise has been very good for Asher as he seems to have changed massively for the better already. I wonder if Asher has ever told her he loves her. I wonder why he was so obsessed with Lavender. Aster isn’t Adelise’s daughter, right?
HaneulJanuary 17, 2022 at 8:37 pm
Hmm… I’m not sure what a blood contract is, so I think in their case it’s just a contract. Either one of them is free to break it (with consequences of course). I cut many details from this chapter because it was too long, but the contract itself isn’t increasing her lifespan. Asher is (according to the terms of the contract/what he’s contractually obligated to do) through in-game mechanisms that I may or may not describe later, but it’s supposed to be mutually beneficial because he really struggled (struggles?) with finding someone who tolerates him long-term.
Regarding Aster – that’s right – Aster’s parents are Asher/Lavender. Ironically and kind of sadly, her parents’ relationship was both created and fundamentally cursed by bugs in the game. I didn’t realize this at the time but there was a bug in 2018-2019 that caused all marriage proposals to fail if the proposing Sim had had a past romantic relationship or if the game thought that Sim had cheated with the Sim being proposed to… Current relationship status and friendship bars didn’t matter at all.
I think Asher/Adelise have come a long way, but it’s still… They’re not into showing a lot of vulnerability, at least not yet, and that includes all verbal straightforward confessions of love.
THANKS so much for all of the comments!
Snow ~February 16, 2022 at 1:52 am
Ooh we get to see the backstory stuff of Adelise and Asher.
I bet everyone made all sorts of jealous comments about her as well as everything else they said about her. It’s so awful that she did it all trying to get her family off her back. I like that that’s what they share in common, wanting to get toxic family off their backs. I’m glad Adelise managed to get away at least.
I can see why she made her decision though. Folks were probably like ‘But he’s a big scary vampire!’ but the desperation to get away from a toxic situation means any other situation will do, even if that situation might not seem better at first.
I’m not surprised with what Asher used to be like. I can picture a lot of it comes from what his family were probably like as well- passing down toxic ideas from generation to generation. It seems in the present he’s doing what he can to unravel all of the awful stuff he’s learned from his upbringing. Even back then he was trying to give Adelise space and knowing not to use his powers on her, already likely doing a better job than others in his family.
I like that he never expected forgiveness, and that his promise to be a better person was to better himself and not in some attempt to get people to forget what he’d done to upset them. That and he was always good to his son. The way you’ve written their relationship is great. It’s not a case of going from disliking each other to full-on lovers, and the ups and downs are realistically messy. I really enjoyed reading their backstory 🙂
HaneulFebruary 19, 2022 at 5:05 am
Thanks! You’ve always known/suspected that Asher’s family background wasn’t the greatest. He only seemed to know two things 1) she needs sleep and 2) she needs space/time to do things outside of being his wife/taking care of his kids/the house/whatever. I guess the question for now is even though he’s better, is the current situation good enough for either of them? Asher is also still over the top, a bit wild, and easily made upset/tense.