Prologue – Benjamin Murdock – Gen 1

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Ben laughed at the dirty joke Nick told. Nick’s younger sister, Sofia, hit her brother and scolded him for being crude. She gave Ben the evil eye including him in her reprimand. Ben didn’t understand why she always tagged along because she inevitably got mad at something the two of them said or did.

Even with the scolding, Ben enjoyed her company. Sofia was like a sister to him. She never came onto him like all the other girls which was a relief, not that he minded the other girls attention, but he wanted to keep being her friend.

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Plus, she helped him a lot with homework and was a damn good fisherman. In fact she was the only one that ever fished with him anymore, Nick had long ago tired of it. Sofia had even gotten him into gardening

He would miss his quiet times with Sofia, but he looked forward to getting out of Twinbrook even more – and away from all of the small town drama.

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His mother and father divorced after nineteen years of an abusive relationship, but not before his family became the gossip of Twinbrook, even making the local news.  His father had been in therapy for years to help him learn to control his behavior as was his mother, to deal with the effects of his abuse.

His parents had both remarried after their divorce and even had kids with their new spouses. So not only did he have a stepmother he tolerated and a step father he hated, he also had an older brother who thought his shit didn’t stink, a younger sister that he never saw, an adopted sister, a half sister and a half brother. It totally sucked. Nick and Sofia were more like family than any of his brothers and sisters.

Ben looked around the yard at his mother’s house. They were all here at his stupid graduation/going away party. Every. Last. One. Of them. And then some. He thought about each one as he looked at them.

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His step father Leroy -ugh – and his mother, making eyes at each other.
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His father, his wife Janet and their bratty four-year-old Connor acting like they are best friends with his holier-than-thou brother Reese and his wife Brooke.
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Perfect Dakota, Leroy and his mother’s adopted daughter – like they didn’t already have enough kids.
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Reese and Brookes two boys, his nephews, Jordan and Sam and his half sister Hailey and his sister Maddy who was the leader of some stupid super secret club she came up with.
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Then there was his Uncle Reid and his wife Shea, his mother’s therapist!  All he does now is play with their three-year-old princess Tonya. No more time for video games with him.

But that life would soon be over. He had graduated and was going to college. He just had to get through this damn family celebration first – only a few more hours left before he could escape to the Karaoke Bar along with Gemma, Nick and Nick’s steady girlfriend, Val.

10-09-17_9-34-34 PMGemma had been glued to him all day. She tugged on his arm and pouted up at him. She wanted to get him alone and was obviously as bored with the party as he was. The feeling was mutual, on both counts.

10-14-17_8-48-53 PMBen flashed Gemma his famous Murdock smile and kissed her softly on the lips

10-14-17_8-53-54 PMHe heard Sofia groaning and turned and smirked at her. Gemma snickered and said, “Shut up Sofia. You’re just jealous because no one wants to kiss you.”

10-14-17_8-58-36 PMAt that, Nick dip kissed Val to get back at his sister for fussing at them earlier. When they came up for air they were all laughing.

10-14-17_9-10-33 PMSofia kicked the dirt with her tennis shoe, “Nick, you and Ben are incorrigible!” she complained, “I don’t know why I bother with either of you.”

Ben was a little miffed at them mocking her and tried to lighten the mood. He stuck his lip out in a fake pout. “Because you luuuvvv us?” he asked. Then his eyes went wide, he smiled and said, “Hey, I know! Sofia, maybe you should go with us tonight. I bet there will be someone there you can hook up with!”

10-14-17_9-15-46 PM“Ohh yes!” squealed Gemma before Sofia could protest, “I brought a couple of outfits because I couldn’t make up my mind. You can borrow the one I don’t wear. I bet we can fix you up! Val’s great with hair and I can do your makeup. Come on Val, let’s do this! Let’s make Sofia gorg!”

Ben watched in awe as Gemma, apparently on a mission, finally left his side. She grabbed Sofia by the arm and dragged her into the house, Val hot on their heels.

The look of abject horror on Sofia’s face was priceless and he burst out laughing before quickly trying to swallow it down. Oh Shit, what have I done? he thought. If looks could kill, Ben and Nick would have died instantly from the poison daggers aimed directly at them from Sofia’s terrified eyes.

10-14-17_9-57-41 PMNick looked as horrified as his sister. “Thanks a lot Murdock! Sofia should just stay here and hang with your folks. You know she is out of her league with those two. Now I will only worry about her all night.”

Ben punched his arm playfully. “Let her have some fun Nicolas. She’s a big girl now. Besides, I saw how Val was looking at you. You don’t want to spoil your opportunity to score worrying about Sofia. She’ll be fine. I’m getting my ‘going away present’ from Gemma tonight too – one way or the other.”

10-14-17_10-04-30 PM“Geeze Murdock, is that all you ever think about?” asked Nick, “Don’t you ever want to settle down? Have a serious relationship? I mean I even thought about asking Val to marry me before we leave next week. I’m going to miss her.”

10-14-17_10-11-39 PM“Dude! Get a grip! I’m never getting married and never having kids. Not worth it. You are looking at a confirmed bachelor for life,” said Ben puffing up his chest, “I will say goodbye to Gemma when she leaves tomorrow morning and I will be just fine. Think about all the new girls – no women – we will meet!”

Nick just groaned so Ben went on, “I can’t wait to get out of college and really be on my own. Running my own business. Doing what I want, when I want, with who I want. A nightclub might be fun, but I think I want to break the Murdock/Chapman/Neilson mold. Maybe something outdoors. Hey, I know, I will buy a fishing boat and take groups out deep sea fishing. Then I can use it to pick up chicks in the off season. We could start a business together”

10-15-17_6-25-03 PM“You’re full of shit Murdock!” laughed Nick, “Bet you can’t beat me at horseshoes!”

“You’re on!” said Ben always up for a challenge.

10-14-17_10-28-33 PMWhile they were playing horseshoes, everyone started leaving. They had to get the kids to bed. That was just fine thought Ben as he said bye to everyone.

10-15-17_7-07-49 PMAs the last of them left, Ben grabbed a beer out of the ice chest and tossed it to Nick. They sat down in the suddenly quite backyard and Ben offered a toast to their new freedom. “Here’s to tonight and the next and the next!”

Instead of chugging his beer Nick let out a low whistle…  “Damn!” he said as his eyes lit up. Ben got up and turned around to see what he was looking at.

10-15-17_9-24-06 PMThe girls had finally emerged from the house ready to go.  Gemma and Val looked hot. The two got up and walked towards their dates for the night.

Both Ben and Nick suddenly stopped in their tracks when Sofia walked out from behind the two girls.

Sofia? thought Ben, man she cleans up good. But he didn’t like it. Not at all. Maybe because he knew she would attract the wrong kind of attention and she was totally inexperienced. Or maybe he was just worried about Nick’s reaction.

10-15-17_9-34-12 PMRegardless, when he looked at her his smile quickly turned upside down and he spouted off without thinking. “There is no way in hell you are going anywhere looking like that!”

At his words and the sudden change in his expression, Sofia turned around and ran back into the house.

10-15-17_9-38-26 PM“Shit…” mumbled Ben under his breath and chased after her.

Gemma threw her arms up, “What the hell Ben? She was hot!”  Ben ignored her and kept going after Sofia.

Nick grabbed Gemma’s arm.  “Let him face the music Gemma. He deserves it.”

10-15-17_9-54-23 PMSofia ran in the bathroom and locked the door. “Sofia!” he called through the door, “I’m sorry. You look awesome.”

10-15-17_10-02-34 PMHe was answered with a sob and the sound of water running.

“Sofia don’t cry, I was just shocked is all. Please open the door,” begged Ben.

“I look ridiculous. Go away. Go to your stupid party,” she said still crying.

“I’m not going anywhere until I’m sure you are okay. Unlock the door – please Sofia.” Ben heard the click of the lock and his shoulders slumped in relief. He turned the knob and opened the door.

10-15-17_10-12-07 PMSofia had washed off the makeup and pulled her hair back into a bun. She still didn’t have her glasses on and he could see her eyes were red from crying. She hadn’t changed clothes yet and the tight short dress she still wore did nothing to hide her curves. Curves Ben had never noticed before. He tried to stop himself from looking but he was too late.

10-15-17_10-13-00 PMSofia noticed and tugged self consciously on the hem of her dress which only served to pull it down in front enhancing her ample cleavage. He forced himself to meet her eyes, then pulled her to him in a hug. She struggled at first but then relaxed and let him comfort her.

10-15-17_10-23-33 PM“You are beautiful Sofia,” whispered Ben as he rubbed her back, which was bare because of the revealing dress. She was so soft and she melted into his embrace.

When her sobbing had calmed, he pulled back and looking into her eyes he added, “Never, ever think you aren’t.”

10-15-17_10-27-56 PM.pngSofia licked her lips, swollen from crying. Ben looked at her quivering lips, just an inch away and had an overwhelming urge to kiss them better. Her tongue snaked out again and it nearly undid him. He moved ever so slightly closer effectively breaking the spell they were both under.

10-15-17_10-31-20 PMSofia suddenly jumped out of his arms embarrassed and started talking fast. “I’m sorry Ben. That was silly of me. I don’t know what I was thinking. You and Nick – ya’ll take Gemma and Val out to the club. I will stay here and help your mom clean up. Then I will catch a ride back to Twinbrook tonight with Reese and Brooke or one of the others.”

10-15-17_11-48-19 PM“Sofia, no…” Ben started to protest, but Sofia stopped him.

“Congratulations Ben,” she said with a sigh, “See you around, if I can find my glasses that is. I don’t know why, but I’m gonna miss you two goons. Tell Nick I said goodbye.” She stood on her tiptoes and kissed Ben on the cheek leaving him speechless and wondering what the hell had just happened between them.

10-15-17_11-29-21 PMAs Sofia was walking off Gemma walked in and grabbed him around the neck, “There you are handsome,” she cooed and nodded towards Sofia. “Looks like we are once again a foursome. It’s a shame. She cleans up good. I guess she did get some of her brother’s genes after all.”

“Yeah,” was all Ben could say still thinking about the almost kiss.

Gemma wrinkled her nose. “Ewww, Ben, go shower,” then she purred, “I would get in with you, but I’m already ready – to go.”

10-15-17_11-17-27 PMBen didn’t let her go. Instead he kissed Gemma full on the mouth. He needed to get Sofia out of his head. Gemma eagerly parted her lips for him and he immediately pushed his tongue inside, hinting at what was going to come later that night. At the same time he grabbed her from behind and pulled her up against him showing her just how ready he was. Gemma moaned into his mouth.

Ben broke the kiss and smirked at her. His going away present was wrapped and ready and he fully planned to unwrap it that night.

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A/N: Thank you for reading! I hope you continue to join me as we follow Ben on his journey. Raise your hand if you are already mad at Ben. Yep. I knew it! 

73 thoughts on “Prologue – Benjamin Murdock – Gen 1

  1. What a great start!!!! Ben is… kind of a jerk, but I’m loving the way you write him already! Tentatively wanna ship him and Sofia, but I think he’s got some growing up to do before he’s worthy of a nice girl like her anyway 😉

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    • Yes. I am a little worried about turning everyone off because he is being such a jerk. And yes, he definitely has a lot of growing up to do before he would be worthy of Sofia, but he doesn’t want a relationship anyway. Just wants to be a perpetual playboy.

      He is still a petulant child in my opinion with a huge chip on his shoulder.

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  2. I’m actually not mad at Ben because I don’t like Gemma and I like Sophia. I’m glad she pulled away from him because he’s got a bit of growing up to do before he ever deserves her. He reminds me of a male form of Abby Greene. Ha!!!

    Great start, girlie! I’m hooked!

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  3. Hahaha, oh Ben, you little shit 😂 Sofia seems like she’s going to be one of many someday, but would be someone that’d make him change the way he thinks. Or not? I’d love to see him realize he’d be a pretty awesome dad.
    …But first, his downfall. 😂
    Nice move of weaving in Ben’s prologue with the epilogue! Nice to see his thoughts (though bitter) on how his current family is now!

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    • Haha! Ben is a little shit isn’t he? He likes Sofia as a sister so I don’t see Sofia ever being one of many! If she wasn’t already his friend and his best friend’s sister he may have pursued her. He cares too much for Nick to go after his sister. Even Ben knows that wouldn’t end well!

      So yes, if ever it would be a very long time. But she is Nick’s sister so maybe we will see more of her. Everyone seems to really be taken with her already. She’s just so cute!

      Im glad you liked continuing from the Epilogue of Starting Over with Ben’s perspective on things. We got a glimpse of that in the Epilogue but in case no one read Starting Over, it helped put his feelings in perspective before we dive into his story.

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    • Yes. Did you read Pammie’s comment! I thought it was hysterical. She said he was like a female Abby Greene! He is definitely lucky in the looks department. ❤️ Thanks for reading!

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  4. Ugh, the Commitment Issues/Perpetual Playboy/sleep around and never get married and have kids attitude is so annoying. BUT, I understand it, a little, coming from a person who had a tough childhood. However, I’m sorry and no offense, I understand it from someone who was in an abusive relationship/bad childhood who recognized what was going on and is either afraid of it happening to him/her or doesn’t want to experience it themselves. Ben is someone who denied everything and thought his perspective was the true one, so his whole attitude is irritating.

    I gave the Prologue a chance. Might read the next one, or might wait until Ben grows up a little, then catch up. Otherwise, it was good. Your transition from Sims 3 to 4 was seamless. If I ever did something like this, the transition would be rough and painful. So, good job!

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    • Wow! Your description of Ben is so on the mark. Yes, I agree, his attitude is irritating. He has a lot of growing up to do and is totally clueless. I promise he has some redeeming qualities but no desire for a commitment. Some of it might be hard read as faces challenges he never expected to face.

      I’m so happy you felt the transition was relatively seamless. It was a challenge for sure!

      Thanks for giving Ben a chance! ❤️

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  5. I ship him more with Sophia! Even thinks she might me the one to end up with him…( Or he could be a barchelor for ever and this was the big twist for the story! There is no second gen!) I was thinking Ben would end up like this…But I wish in the future, he start’s to talk more with his family. ( Althought I can only see that when he has his own kids…)

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    • Haha! One chapter and we are already shipping Ben with Sofia! Wouldn’t that be like kissing your sister? And he is a self proclaimed bachelor. So no kids in his future. But this is a challenge . . . Sooo 😂

      It is disappointing that he isn’t close to his family. He just never felt a part of anything. And they were all always so wrapped up in their own personal dramas that they didn’t really notice.

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  7. man, even as an adult i dislike ben ahahah i do hope that sofia doesn’t get wrapped in his charms because she seems too down to earth and like she deserves far better! after falling in love with kate and leroy’s story, i can’t wait to delve further into ben’s!

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  8. Hi there. I was in and out on your blog for the longest time, just because I have a thing with TS4 stories…These are hard for me to read, because I don’t like the game at all 😛
    But…I am finally here and I enjoyed it. I just…uh, raising my hand! Because Ben needs to grow up and fast.

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    • Hi! I am glad you decided to give it another shot. I had a hard time moving to TS4. I worked so hard to get away from the cartoonish look of the sims. 😛 lots of mods! So yes, Ben needs to grow up really fast! 😂 He is a hot mess.

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      • He is! I can’t imagine moving anywhere, Sims scare me off with their looks and everything seems so plastic. Only a ton of mods can make it seem more similar to beloved TS3, but I can always tell the difference. So, nope, TS4 is not for me, but I don’t think I should scare away from the TS4 stories just because I can’t play it!

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        • Yes, soooo plastic and ridiculously comical. I don’t think I could actually play the game. Only using it to illustrate my story. Too bad. TS3, I can play that for hours and hours and get totally immersed in the game.

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  9. Woah, what a great start. I’m already invested in Ben and his potential future with Sophia but I’m assuming that will happen wayyyy down the line XD
    Ben is a cutie, but he definitely needs a personality adjustment, but I can already tell he’ll be a lot of fun to say the least.
    I’m looking forward to catching up!

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  10. Whoa Nelly (Benny?)…all that, eh?
    Well alright then!

    Ben, no woman considers your dick a gift…well, no, maybe Gemma does (the moaning and grinding suggests she may)…in any case, maybe it’s not his dick? Maybe it’s some nice cookware or something, and he’s planning to make her a fabulous dinner! 😏

    Poor Sofia! Just as well, sweetie; he’s not ready for a nice girl ❤️

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  11. Hey! I like the prolouge.
    Nick’s being quite a hypocrite here, talking already about settling down while hoping for a farewell gift himself, huh? xD
    They’re just about to go to university. Let them have some fun c: It’s rare to think about a family when you’re just about to start enjoying your freedom.

    Also poor Sofia. That comment must have hurt her. I hope she’ll get more self-confidence. No matter what style she’ll wear.

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  12. I’m finally here and ready to read! 😀 And we’ve got a player on our hands. Seeing as there’s a generation 2 to this, I’m guessing his ‘bachelor and child free for life’ isn’t going to work out so well for him, lol 😛
    Sofia is a sweetheart and she was so right to back away from that kiss. She seems too smart for his nonsense 🙂
    Can’t wait to get stuck in on this. Sorry if I don’t always leave a comment for every chapter (my anxiety acts up sometimes), but I’ll definitely drop a like and when I just can’t keep my thoughts to myself, I’ll make sure to blabber 🙂 Yay, this’ll be so great! 😀

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  13. Geez! Ben sure has a chip on his shoulder about his family. He has a lot of growing up to do, and I hope he changes his tune before he messes up his relationship with them. They will all be gone one day, and then, how’s he gonna feel?

    He put his foot in it with Sofia, didn’t he? Poor girl. But I like her a lot more than Gemma, and Ben is attracted to her. A lot can happen though and there’s much more story to tell.

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  14. *raises her hand* I mean, yeah, you called it… 😆
    That’s just not a way you treat a girl (or anyone else, really). It’s good he backpedaled but honestly, letting her go instead of inviting her to the club as well and taking care of her was outright mean. You don’t do that to a real friend
    And of course you don’t kiss your girlfriend after falling for another. Like, seriously. That’s not fair to either one

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