SOL: Generation Zero – Chapter Eleven


“I don’t want you to go,” Jessica groaned, opening her eyes as James placed his hands on her cheeks and leaned over her. “Stay in Scotland for the summer.”

James chuckled and she felt his breath brush over her lips. “Why don’t you come down to England?”

“England sucks,” she said cheekily.

“Technically, you are English.”

“Shh, don’t tell. You’ll ruin my street rep.”

“You don’t need my help with that, sweetheart,” he murmured, finally closing the gap and kissing her. She would have protested but found herself with a far better activity to do.

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The flat was soon bare enough for Connor to play around with his football inside without worrying about breaking anything, though at the end of the day there were several dirty marks on the walls that hadn’t been there before.

Well, it wasn’t Jessica’s problem anymore. Next year they had a flat – a real flat, not owned by the university, which meant bills and other adult stuff that sounded no fun. She was going to share with Courtney (of course), Connor and Aja. It was going to be a blast.


“You’re looking awfully presentable and smart today,” Jessica said, closing her eyes and tilting her head to the side, stretching her neck so James could press his lips to her skin.

“New university year, new me. Gotta get our heads down and study.”

Jessica snorted. “Yeah, right, I’ll see that when I believe it.”

James grinned. “Ah, I missed your constant insults and disbelief.”

“Yeah, well, I guess I missed you too.”

“Don’t sound so unsure.” He dug his fingers into her side and she squealed, twisting away from him. He laughed brightly, backing away when she brandished a cushion from one of the many unpacked boxes.

“Well, when I said I missed you, I meant that I missed the sex,” she teased.

James held a hand over his heart. “Ouch. That was harsh even for you, sweetheart,” he gasped, but he was smiling.

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“I have to study,” Jessica murmured, though in reality it was a weak protest when James ran his warm hand over her thigh.

“I’ll help you study,” James said, gaze trailing down. He pointed to her knee. “What bone is that?”

“Oh, my god,” she laughed. “I’m doing Biochemistry, you idiot.”

“It sounds like it has biology in there somewhere,” he said airily.

“Don’t you have to study too?” Jessica pointed out, reaching up and brushing some of James’ fringe behind his ear.

“I am studying. Moments ago I was whispering French insults into your ear.”

“And here I thought you were being romantic.”

“Never.”

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“Hey, Aja, did you see – oh my God, Aja?!”

“What… why are there flowers sitting there?”

Aja arched an eyebrow. “Well, it is good old V-day.”

“B-but… Aiden…?”

“Afternoon,” he greeted, a little nervously.

“This doofus decided to wake me up at nine this morning and send me on a treasure hunt to find them. He’s lucky that I’m a curious person by nature.”

“I seem to remember a lot more excited squealing,” Aiden muttered. Aja flashed him a grin, though he only rolled his eyes.

“So… Are you guys together now?”

“That’s what we were talking about before you came in,” Aiden protested, at the same time as Aja grinned again and said ‘yes’.

“You were kissing when I came in,” Jessica pointed out.

“The best way to talk things through,” Aja said with a decisive nod.

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The best thing about this news was that Jessica could finally double date, given that it was only Aja that shared her enthusiasm for the idea.

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Jessica sidled up in front of the TV and waited until James turned it off.  “Everything okay?” he asked cautiously.

“I was thinking…”

“Steady on.”

“Ass – anyway… It’s not long until we’re in fourth year,” she said, fidgeting uncomfortably. “And then after that – what are we going to do?”

James tilted his head to the side. “Okay, sit down, sweetheart.”


Jessica slipped down on the sofa and perched on his lap. She felt his hand press reassuringly against the small of her back.

“Are you scared?”

“Of course I am,” she murmured. “But I want this to work. Even if the thought of it makes me panic.”

“You know that we don’t have to live together, or get married, or any of that shit. I don’t need that, and I know you don’t want it.” He studied her carefully. “What’s bothering you?”

“I do want to live with you,” she blurted. “But I’m scared that this means the next step is marriage and I don’t want that. I don’t think I ever want that.”

“You’re operating under the assumption that I do. I don’t care about it either. Except for the legal purposes of it, I think it’s a load of bull.”


Her shoulders slumped in relief.

“C’mere, you idiot,” he chuckled, pulling her closer to him and hooking his arm over her shoulder. “Communication is the key, remember?”

“Okay, okay,” she sighed, “I get it. Talking is good.”

“Aw, I’ll make a functional girlfriend out of you yet.”

“You’re an asshole,” she huffed, wiggling away when he began to kiss up her neck. “No, I haven’t forgiven -” She gasped as he began to tickle under her top and ended up sliding onto the floor. She pouted up at him when he stretched out to take up the whole sofa.
“Mine now,” he grinned like a smug, satisfied cat.

“I -ugh – you’re a dick.”

“So you keep reminding me.”

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Okay, so their flat for fourth year was nothing spectacular, and they shared with two other couples, but it was still theirs, in a way, at least for a little while.

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Time sped by, as it tends to do, and soon enough the graduation ceilidh was on them.

And – well, that’s all, folks, as they say.

It was time to be thrust into true adulthood. A terrifying prospect, but at least she had this idiot by her side.

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Nate, who had talked his fianceé into moving back to the UK with him, put the two of them up while they began to look for a neighbourhood to settle down in. It was a prospect that both terrified and excited Jessica.

Nate was actually involved in real estate and the like, so he was happy to talk it over with them. They already had ideas forming in their heads: they needed to be close to a city that had research jobs available (James could get a job almost anywhere, given he had graduated with a 2:1 in Marketing and two languages), but they didn’t want to live in the city. The reason for such was not something that they had voiced to one another, as it was a barely formed thought that had yet to even make itself known: they wanted somewhere safe for children to grow up.

Just in case.

Slowly but surely, they began to work through the list of places Nate thought they might like.

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Cascade Shores was a little too far out from the city; Jessica wanted to get away from the tiny community that she had growing up. Sure, it was safe, but rural places had a way of holding onto the worst values of the past.


And in some places it was a challenge to find areas untouched by urban spread.

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And it turned out that maybe the perfect place wasn’t too far away, after all.

Anne Arbour was used to refer to the city and the town next to it, though it was almost entirely cut off from the city except for a small coastal road that curved around the tall hills. It was here that they found a secluded spot, with a house that looked as if it had been waiting just for them.

That niggling thought about children only got louder.

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It was strange. In the month it had taken them to find a house, and the two months it had taken them to settle in and score jobs, already some of their old flatmates were marrying or settling down. Even Courtney was beginning to get angsty for it.

The news came that Sam and Jeremy were engaged, and that his parents were understanding enough to attend the wedding. Jess suspected Brian and Kelsey wouldn’t be too far behind. Aja was like Jess, and though she didn’t think either of them would get married, she also knew that they were lucky with their boyfriends, who also didn’t seem to care much about the idea.

Anyway, they were happy – that’s all that mattered.

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It didn’t take all that long for the thought about children to be voiced, and acted upon…

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James kept different hours to her – while Jessica worked the usual nine to five, James tended to be asked to travel and attend meetings abroad, usually in Spanish or French speaking areas. She missed him, but it was never for too long – and this time when he arrived back she had good news for him.

She had waited by the window and watched the taxi pull up. She ran out of the door and down the stairs, grinning widely, and was in his arms before he could even pull his luggage out of the vehicle.


“Afternoon, sweetheart. You’re unusually excited to see me.”

Jessica scrunched her face up and he chuckled. “I have good news.”

“Is it that the takeout got here before I did? Because I ordered one, by the way.”

“No,” she said, stretching up to whisper in his ear. “I’m pregnant.”


“Seriously?!” James gasped, eyes going round. When she nodded, he pressed his lips to her forehead. “Oh my god, that’s fantastic news. I – I can’t – oh my god!”

“I know.” As the sun dipped lower, Jessica happily stayed in the circle of his arms, sharing his warmth. “I have to warn you about something, though.”

“Hmmm?”

“I do have a history of multiple births in my family. I’m the only kid in the family not to have a twin or a triplet. My mum is a triplet, both of her sisters have had twins, and her grandmother was a quad, seriously, a quad -”

James laughed. “I bet you twenty quid that we’ll have just one, then.”

Jessica giggled. “I’m not sure this is something we should bet on.”


“You’re just afraid I’m going to win, yet again.”

“Fine!” She tilted her head back and looked at the darkening sky above them. She could hear a car climbing the steep slope up to this part of the neighbourhood, and wondered if that was their take out. “I’ll bet on twins, then.”

And that, of course, was why they had triplets.

26 thoughts on “SOL: Generation Zero – Chapter Eleven”

  1. That was a sweet ending. I’m so glad they made it work between them. So their little lie to nan wasn’t so much a lie as the beginning of something good. They’re going to have their hands full with triplets.

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    1. I think I wrote that because at the time I was reading the “pretend you’re going out and then end up going out” trope sort of things, so I got inspired xD
      Oh yeah, definitely have their hands full!
      Thanks for reading and commenting ❤

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  2. You know just last night I was losing my mind trying to recall if TS3 allowed triplets. I couldn’t for the life of me remember and I’m far too proud to ask Google when I know damn well i should know.

    They are the cutest. I actually do remember the very beginning of SOL now that I’m thinking of it; I remember their house and I remember the triplets. I can’t remember details though. I’m excited for this. It’s gonna be a nostalgia trip.

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    1. There were no details, very little drama, I didn’t know how to write then! But yes, the game allows triples, and also quads I believe, but that’s very rare. Anyway, from generation 3 onwards I used master controller, I think!

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  3. Oh my, triplets!! Can’t wait to meet them, I’m sure they’ll be so cute! ❤ James and Jessica are both really beautiful so I know the babies will have inherited their parents' good genes! 😀
    I loved this chapter, everything seem to go so well for everyone (which always scares me a little, I fear something's bound to happen…oh well)!! *off to read generation 1!*

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    1. They are very pretty, I have to say. But with parents like that… 😛
      Haha, no need to be suspicious! It’s all just normal drama for now, and therefore tame and not at all like the storm that’s coming 😛
      I love reading your comments so much, they make me smile at the end of a work day (currently using their computers to keep up with what internet I can, lmao)

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      1. Awww thank you, I love your story, that’s why I leave them!
        And I know what you mean about internet issues, I’ve been there too (and using my pc at work too, lol)!

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  4. Well, well, well. This chapter started out with cute double dates and fears of getting married and ended with triplets. I like how things progressed naturally for James and Jessica. A quick exhale of relief on my part because when I started reading their story, I wasn’t sure if they’d make it out of that will they, won’t they phase. I love their continuous expression of affection via insults, it makes them special 😆 I’m super excited to see this next gen, my only regret is not finishing up sooner!

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    1. Sometimes I think this is the most unrealistic part of the legacy.
      By the way, I’m still totally planning to keep catching up on your story, I just like a binge read and the last few days have been super busy. But I’ve thought about your story pretty much every day, no word of a lie. Expect a bunch of comments from me, hopefully, at the start of next week!!

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      1. D’aww, that’s the sweetest thing I heard all month!
        Don’t worry about it, though—it’s long as dick skin, so I don’t feel like anyone owes me their time. It’s just nice when someone new connects with the story emotionally ❤

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