Chapter 49 – His Mother’s Story

A/N: Trigger warning regarding non consensual sex between partners.  

01-26-18_8-34-51 PMBen was restless. He hadn’t slept well worrying about Sofia so he went to the office early. He wanted to be there when she got in so they could talk.

01-26-18_8-36-02 PMAs he made coffee, he thought about his feelings for Sofia. Lillie May was right. Leroy even saw it. He was attracted to her. More than just attracted. He had deep feelings for her. After the almost kiss yesterday, he was pretty sure the feeling was mutual.

Now that Jesse had confirmed that he really is a controlling ass, it brought out all of his protective instincts. He never thought he could feel this way again and it confused him. Was it just because he hadn’t been with anyone in three years? He didn’t think so. He knew it wasn’t just sex he wanted from Sofia, although the need to be close to her was real. He wanted to be with her.

01-26-18_8-48-26 PM.pngBen sat down at his desk with his coffee to think how he could get her to open up to him. Like Leroy said, he was more worried about how Jesse was treating her right now than his confused feelings for her.

01-26-18_9-00-08 PM.pngHe was still sitting there when she walked in. Ben was shocked. She didn’t look like she had slept at all and had obviously been crying. They must have had a huge argument. Shit. “Pia? Are you okay? I was hoping you would have called me. I was worried about you.”

01-26-18_9-11-28 PM.pngSofia eased herself into the chair by Ben’s desk. “I’m okay. I just came in to tell Leroy I am quitting.” Her voice broke on the last word. She swallowed hard, biting her bottom lip and continued, “Jesse won’t file charges if I quit and move in with him.”

Ben’s heart sunk.  He knew that bastard was making her quit so she would have no choice but to move in with him. He probably threatened her. “Look at me Pia. He is awful and dangerous, do you understand that. Why are you even staying with him?”

01-26-18_9-10-57 PM.png“He loves me. I should have never tried to live apart from him. I just, I just wanted to be married first. I didn’t think I was ready before, but now….well, it will be okay.  Ben, I can’t let him sue Leroy, it would destroy his business. Plus, he could file assault charges against you. I can’t let that happen.”

01-26-18_9-14-11 PM.png“Don’t you see what’s happening? He’s manipulating you, using you. He doesn’t love you. And I don’t believe you love him. How long has this been going on?”

Sofia stood up and started to leave. “Tell Leroy thank you for everything and I’m sorry for causing problems. I should never have taken the job.”

Ben jumped up and stopped her. “No. Pia, you aren’t quitting. He can’t make you do that. Leroy and I will be fine.”

01-26-18_9-27-09 PM.pngSofia turned back around. “That’s sweet, but I won’t need to work if I live with him. He makes good money. He loves me, he said we could get married.”

Married? “NO! Sofia Hamlin, what has he done to make you so afraid of him? This isn’t you. I can’t believe that is what you want.”

Sofia bit her lip again before answering, her voice flat. “I’m not afraid. I almost kissed you Ben. He was right about that.. I cheated on him. In my head.”

“No. No. No. Pia. That’s not the point. You have to get away from him – fast.

01-26-18_9-25-46 PM.png“He’s expecting me back. If I’m not back in an hour, he’s going to the cops. He said he would have come but he doesn’t trust Leroy. I need to leave now.”

She wasn’t going anywhere if Ben could help it. She wouldn’t say she loved him and he gave her every opportunity. Fuck him. Let him go to the police. He was going to take her to his mother’s house so they could talk. Get her away from here. His mom could tell her how controlling men eventually became abusers. “Come on. I need you to come with me, get out of here,” said Ben and reached out to take her arm.

01-26-18_9-32-30 PMWhen Ben touched her she arm she yelped in pain. “Owww, no, don’t Ben, please,” she begged, throwing her hands up so he wouldn’t touch her again.

Ben’s stomach clenched.  “No fucking way….No! Push up your sleeve! Let me see,” he demanded.

Sofia turned away from Ben. “No, please, it’s just a small bruise. He just got a little too rough when we….” she whispered. Then she wrapped her arms around herself and began to cry softly.

01-26-18_9-31-24 PM“Pia, Sweetheart, when you what?” asked Ben, his voice a gentle whisper, “How did he do that to you? How?” His heart was hammering in his chest waiting for her answer.

“I couldn’t stop him…he said he wanted to show me….what a real man was like….” She began to sob, unable to talk anymore.

01-26-18_9-52-12 PM.pngBen’s stomach turned. It was worse than just a bruise on the arm. He had forced sex on her. Raped her. He needed to comfort Sofia, so he automatically reached out to her before thinking. He was surprised when she allowed him to pull her to him . “Shhh,” he said, gently stroking her hair, “You don’t have to say anything else. It’s not your fault. Sofia, sweetheart, I’m going to call my mother and have her take you to the hospital.”

“No! Ben, you can’t tell anyone. I shouldn’t have said anything.” She seemed ashamed as much as she was afraid.

01-26-18_10-03-17 PM1.pngBen wrapped his arms around her and she leaned into him. “Sweetheart,” he whispered, “they need to examine you and collect evidence. They will call the police and have him arrested. Do you understand?”

“No, you can’t do that. They won’t believe me anyway. We have been dating for three years. I can’t. Please don’t tell anyone, especially Nick or my parents.”

His heart broke in a million tiny pieces at her request. “Okay, I won’t. But please, let me or my mother take you to the hospital.”

“I am afraid. He will be here soon to get me.”

“Of course you are. But he can’t get to you. It’s over Pia. Just say the word.”

01-26-18_10-19-06 PM.png“Just keep holding me Ben, please, don’t let me go,” she said and buried her head in his shoulder fresh tears sliding down her cheeks.

Ben could barely breathe he was so upset. He knew he hated that jackass from the first time he met him. He didn’t understand how someone as independent and sweet as Sofia got mixed up with someone like him. She really did need to talk to his mother, but in her absence, he would have to do.

01-26-18_10-30-32 PM.png“Sofia,” he said as gently as he could, “Come into Leroy’s office and sit down with me. I need to tell you a story.”

He guided her into Leroy’s office and sat her on the couch. “Is it okay if I lock the door? I just don’t want anyone walking in on our conversation. Okay? Do you trust me?”

Sofia nodded her affirmation to Ben’s questions.

01-26-18_10-40-02 PMAs soon as he sat down, she snuggled up close to him. He let out a sigh of relief. He didn’t know what he would do if she hadn’t let him touch her. Ben desperately needed to touch her, to comfort her and himself too. He didn’t know what he had done to earn that kind of trust, but he was thankful for it. In that moment of mutual need, he realized what he was feeling for Sofia was love, not just a physical attraction. Soul deep love. He loved her and would do whatever he could to help her. He had no doubt he had loved Grace. But what he felt for Sofia seemed different, deeper somehow, and it scared him. Maybe because he was different. But right now, he didn’t care, all he knew was that the woman he loved was broken and hurting, and somehow, he needed to fix her. That’s why he was going to tell her his mother’s story.

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60 thoughts on “Chapter 49 – His Mother’s Story

  1. Pingback: Chapter 48 – Jesse | New Beginnings

  2. Oh my dear, Jesse is a rapist?! No…That’s horrible, I knew he was bad, but I never expected this kind of behavior. I am so relieved that Sofia has Ben and he is going to help her through it. My heart melted when I read about how he loved her and I thought how different this Ben is from the heartbreaker who didn’t want to admit his feelings he used to be. I hope that now Ben can find his happiness with another woman (I mean Sofia) and if there is a heaven out there, then I bet our angel Grace is rooting for Ben and Sofia, too. After all, she always wanted him to be happy. ❤

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    • I think this was the first time Jesse used that kind of force with her. Although he has been very controlling and she may well have felt obligated to be with him other times. But it wasn’t violent. We will see little bits and pieces of how their relationship came to be and what set him off even more.

      On a more positive note, Ben is so much in love with Sofia. He has been trying to deny his feelings for awhile, but this brought them all front and center. It was good he recognized its different than it was with Grace although he loved her too. I guess you always think you could never love another person. They were still in the honeymoon phase of their marriage. So it had to seem like the perfect love to him. So I think his love for Sofia is indeed deeper and different. They have known each other for almost 10 years unlike Grace and Ben who only had a little more than a year together. And most definitely Angel Grace is cheering him on. She most certainly wanted Ben to be happy. She saw past his playboy, happy go lucky facade and tried to get to know the real Ben.

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  3. That slimy bastard, I knew it! I knew he would hurt Sofia eventually… all the signs were there! 😡 It’s a good thing Sofia has Ben to help her get through this – if only she lets him! 😯
    I’m so happy Ben realized his love for her… and it’s perfectly natural that his feelings are deeper than with Grace, Sofia is his childhood friend after all, a friend he’s now in love with – the perfect combination ❤

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    • I hope she is able to let Ben help her. She seems to be clinging to him like a lifeline so I hope that continues. There is nothing more perfect than falling in love with your best friend, someone that you already know very well. The perfect combination for sure. ❤️

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  4. That’s it, I’m writing the chapter where my simself murders him. I hate him. I can’t believe he did this to her.

    Also I am a frustrated with you cause you did that to poor Sofia! She didn’t deserve that! Ugh….

    But I am glad she trust him and that he is finally recognizing he loves her. I hope after this they can start to sail slowly and she can heal with his love.

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    • Their ship definitely got a hole blown in it for now. Jesse didn’t make any friend that’s for sure. He better run and hide far, far away.

      Sofia does trust Ben. She has known him for so long and he has never done anything to hurt her. He always protected her. And she likely has feelings for him too as evidenced by their almost kiss. I don’t think that is what is on her mind though. Just his presence helps her feel safe.

      Jesse – did this…..not me! Yikes…

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  5. This is ghastly; more terrible than I even thought. I really, really hope Ben telling her about his mother convinces her to leave Jesse. I know how scary this is for her, but she needs to get out of there ASAP. If Jesse is willing to go that far to control her, he might end up killing her.

    On a side note, I’m really glad Ben is in love again. If he and Pia do get together, I hope she isn’t so scarred that they can’t have a good relationship.

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    • Thank you. I know, it was heartbreaking. 💔 Leroy had him pegged for sure. And Ben knew something was off, but didn’t think it was that bad based on Nick’s assessment and simply the fact that Sofia was with him.

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  6. Oh my God. This breaks my heart 😥 Sofia looks so broken, and the way you wrote this was so emotional. Gahhhhhh Please give me five minutes alone with Jesse after this one. What a scumbag. Ben needs to keep her away from him — permanently! I’m glad he’s going to share what happened to his mother. Maybe that will help the poor thing 😦

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    • Get in line…everyone wants a piece of Jesse! Thank god it’s not a ‘let’s slap Ben’ line anymore! I think my Baby has grown. Hopefully sharing what he knows of His Mother’s Story will help,her understand she needs to stay away. ❤️ Love that Ben is there for her and she is letting him comfort her.

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  7. I knew Jesse was an asshole, but a rapist?!?! No, he cannot get away with that!!! I am going to reach through my computer and kick his ass!! I’ll hold him down, and Ben can beat the $$@@%# out of him!!
    I hope hearing Kate’s story will help Sofia do the right thing and go to the cops. And I think telling the story will help Ben as well have a better understanding of what his mother went through with Newt.

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  8. Oh no, it’s even worse than I thought. Sophia needs to go to the doctor, her body will tell the truth of it’s assault. Jesse needs to be arrested not just for Sophia but for any future woman he tries to control. Even if you are married, no means no.

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  9. When if first read th trigger warning I wa slike : ”Oh no…oh noooooo!” and reading throught it I was like : OH NONNONONONONONONONONONo” Oh my! Jesse is such an idiot! Ben will have to help Sofia get ahould of herself while making sure she know’s that everything that happened wasn’t he fault. At least ben is more emotionally instable now, so he can help her in the best way possible. It will take a while fo Sofia to be better, I meant not even Katilin had to endure what she did. And unlike Newt, I do NOT think Jesse will change for the better. Poor girl. And like many woman, she think’s it’s her fault…

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    • She totally feels guilty. Of course she does. She lied to him and almost kissed Ben. The biggest guilt trip ever.

      Ben is in a very much better place now. He has had to endure so much that he has grown up a lot. He still has some demons. But still in a much better place. I am glad he is telling her about his mother and what they went through so she can be sure to stay away. Just having told Ben what happened and not leaving was a huge step for her.

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  11. I hope he dies like…a slow, brutal death.
    If it hasn’t already happened yet since I’m behind, I’d like to request this. Thanks.

    (also side note – the first sims 4 legacy I ever wrote was the Hamlin legacy! I loooove it as a surname!)

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  12. My wife and I had to help a woman go to a battered womans shelter from an possible abusive relationship. We helped her move and hide there. Sorta like the witness protection program. Things like the above are more common than you realize. It takes courage to break away.
    Yup it is nailbiting time as I hurry to look at the next chapter. What will happen next?

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    • I know. 🙁 Sadly there is a reason for all of those shelters. And yes it does take courage to leave. More nail biting I’m afraid. 😮

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  13. Oh no that’s just heartbreaking. Jesse needs to go die in a hole. I absolutely love how you’re playing with our heartstrings by making Sofia look so small and vulnerable with her messy hair, red eyes, and big sweater. It just made me want to hug her!

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  14. Yeah… Jesse is straight up trash. Poor Sofia </3 I kept on saying "Nooooooo" when she said she was going to quit and move in with him. Ugh.
    The hardest part is taking the first step out of such a situation. From here on, things can only get better. It's hard to overcome that fear that makes you stay. Luckily she has Ben to help her move forward ❤

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