Of course, what Alice used to do as a child after visiting the playground was to move on down the road to the Joy household. They always invited her in, and didn’t mind too much when she slept in their bed. They never once lost their patience with her or asked her to leave.

So that’s where Alice went. She found the family in their garden, and asked to be let in. They refused.

She was rejected by the only adults that had never said a bad word to her. The only people she thought accepted her.

She had nowhere else to go, and no energy left to go wandering. So she curled up in the Joy family’s back garden and went to sleep.

Next: Confidence is key

21 Responses to “Rejected”

  1. 1 fontgoddess June 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I bet the Joys like kids, and now that Alice is a teenager she’s no longer cute or lovable to them. People can be really hard on teenagers, thinking they’re almost adults while forgetting they were recently children. I feel sad for Alice, and even more sad for the many non-fictional teens that face the same problems.

      • 3 J.L. Odom June 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm

        Seconded, that is one of the best descriptions of teens I’ve read in my life. This and the one from the Animorphs series, which I guess I’ll post now that I’ve mentioned it, to save anyone curious the trouble of looking it up:

        Jake’s Mum: You know, when I was your age and feeling upset, my mother, your gram, would always just say ‘You don’t know what unhappy is, your just a kid’ like anything a kid would feel is less difficult then what an adult would feel.

        Jake: That’s probably true.

        Jake’s Mum: No, it isn’t. In a lot of ways being a kid is worse then being an adult. You have the same things to deal with: friends, temptation, love and hate, stress, and all that. Only you don’t have the two great weapons that adults have to help them

        Jake: what two great weapons?

        Jake’s Mum: Well, the first is experience. Experience maybe doesn’t make you smarter, but it means you can think, ‘Hey, I had something like this happen once before, and I survived’

        Jake: Okay I’ll ask: What’s the second great weapon?

        Jake’s Mum: You are, Jake. Because as your mom, I can look at you and think ‘oh man, as bad as I feel right now, as bad as things may be, at least it isn’t as bad as being a teenager.

    • 4 saw June 27, 2009 at 6:08 am

      very nice comment, i am literally almost crying here, this is one of the saddest stories ive heard, even if it is from a computer game!

  2. 5 Alex June 12, 2009 at 3:17 am

    That little boy is checking Alice out

  3. 8 JMBIndy June 12, 2009 at 5:11 am

    Since they have kids, they may be afraid of her influence on them.

  4. 9 Angelia June 13, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Oh dear … :O(( Stupid Joys! Can’t they see that she NEEDS someone?! And they go an reject her. *shakes fist*

  5. 10 :goonsay: June 14, 2009 at 5:13 am

    Actually, the reason they rejected her is probably because of her low hygiene, as can be seen bu the stank clouds around her. NPCs generally don’t like that.

  6. 11 Mad God June 18, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Oh man… *fans my face* Here come the waterworks! I’m close to crying with her. Great job on the story!

    I have a question though… If I so happened to kick a sim out (I had the max 8 Sims four kids are too young, and I like to stick to my tradition of eldest gets the house, so the second child kind of lucked out), and he only runs one block away before stopping and standing there.. soes that mean that he is now homeless?

    • 12 Mad God June 19, 2009 at 10:43 pm

      Forget my last question. He wouldn’t move anywhere because my computer was in the process of rebooting. :/
      So I loaded it back up and kicked him out again, and now he lives inthe swamp house. 😀 I thought that was neat.

  7. 13 Rolyn June 21, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    wow.. this is like a soap opera.

  8. 14 Wilted June 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    She just gains more woobie points by the moment.

  9. 15 Raine July 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    You are amazing at this. They way you write the story, and the way they are is truly incredible. I seriously want to cry for Alice.

  10. 16 cartoonfansparadise August 8, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    on the plus side… looks like a nice bench..?

  11. 17 Not a party animal February 18, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I really have a lot of animosity for people who, in the “real world”, blame real people like Alice and Kev for their problems. Obviously Ken has behavioural/psychiatric problems that prevent him from functioning. And Alice is a victim of a country that thinks it’s her fault that she’s so tired and stressed that she can’t study. The radio commentators would say that ‘if she wasn’t lazy and immoral, she’d be able to work for a better future. And if we give her handouts, she’ll never be motivated to help herself. She’s better off if we leave her to get ahead or fail by her own efforts.” Which to me, translates as “I enjoy seeing people suffer”.

  12. 18 Jess May 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Poor girl, she needs a friend. Somebody who’ll love her no matter how different she is, no matter how horrid her dad is. =-(

  13. 19 dynaboyj June 1, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Awww…I really feel bad for Alice. I’m practically tearing up here.

  14. 20 Joshua June 27, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I love this:)

  15. 21 olive December 29, 2011 at 6:20 am

    This is great! And a bit sad too for the little girl. I found myself actually laughing out loud because of Kev and his craziness lol!!!!

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