Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Author's Note

I know that I haven't updated this story in quite a while but it has not been abandoned.  Right now a situation has come up with my job which has taken up most of my free time.  Starting in April I will have more spare time on my hands than I know what to do with as I will be taken that month off to relax and recuperate from the ordeal which has taken over my life.  Romance on the Horizon will be returning in April as I am looking forward to writing the story again.  I do apologize for the long absence.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gen #1 Chapter 5-The Truth Must Be Told

The last time that Grandpa Emmett and Grandma Holly visited they gave Katherine a gift that she was overjoyed to receive. She always felt bad that she couldn't see her sister Chelsea's season on "The One" and as luck would have it A DVD collection of the best seasons had been released. Chelsea's season was on that DVD which meant that Katherine now had a chance to see it.  Katherine was never a fan of this show but now she started thinking of it differently. Maybe it was because one of the seasons’s featured her sister or maybe it was because she finally knew what it felt like to find someone to love and have that love returned.

She had been dating Jeremy for over 3 years now and to say things were not always hearts and flowers with them would be an understatement. These two always had a way of getting on each other’s nerves without even trying. Katherine was a neat freak who wanted everything in proper order but Jeremy was more laid back and carefree. This would result in huge fights over the smallest little things like who would have control over the TV remote, which way to hang the toilet paper roll under or over, why was the toothpaste cap was always left on the sink, he could never find anything because she was constantly moving all his stuff to where he couldn't find it, the orange stains or crumbs on the sheets after he ate Cheetos or Doritos in bed and of course the toilet seat being left up. Usually these disagreements would be forgotten as soon as the heat of the argument led to night of erotic passion. Their lovemaking was as just intense as their fighting. Only once did they have a fight that lasted a couple a days and that was the time that Jeremy didn’t answer the “Do I look fat?” question quick enough. Even though the makeup sex was worth it after that argument, Jeremy learned never to make that mistake again. These two proved that opposites do indeed attract as these fights seemed to fuel their relationship and made their feeling stronger for each other after each one.

One thing that Katherine always worried about was the fact that she was hiding the truth about herself from Jeremy. Katherine was from another realm with grandparents who were born 2000 years in the future. Jeremy didn’t even know that time travel was possible and that she lived in a realm he never even heard of. Katherine knew why the rules that no one was to learn about their mission unless they married into the family were so important so she was not able to tell Jeremy anything. She felt guilty about keeping a secret from him and even guiltier when he questioned her about her past. She tried to avoid the subject which usually ended up in an argument and eventually the bedroom. After a night of making love Jeremy forgot all about his questions.

Football was not in season yet so Jeremy was always home and Katherine was anxious to see her sister on that TV. She made the mistake watching the DVD with Jeremy as she forgot that he wouldn’t recognize the show or the locales at all. Never once did she think that information she was holding back from telling him would be revealed during the show. How she could be so dumb? She regretted her mistake as soon he had questions that she couldn't answer.

Jeremy noticed that the bachelorette genie did look a lot like Kathy which he just thought was a coincidence. When they showed the confessional and he seen the name “Chelsea Wood” in big letters that Jeremy started to have questions. This girl not only looked like Kathy but she had the same last name as her. Katherine started to reach for the remote control to shut the TV off but he stopped her as he knew something was up. “Hold on. I want to see more of this” Jeremy said.

“I didn’t think reality TV was something you liked,” Katherine said.

“It isn’t but I want to see this,” Jeremy said.

The bachelorette was talking about an incident that happened earlier that day. It seemed that one of the werewolf bachelors thought it was a good idea to growl at her. She ended up hitting the werewolf over the head with a rolled up newspaper because she knew how to handle werewolves. Her father was a werewolf along with her two siblings Katherine and Nicklaus.

“Now you can shut it off. How stupid do you really think I am?  Did you really believe I wouldn't figure out that she is your sister?  In fact how come you never tell me much about your family?” Jeremy asked.

Katherine never even answered even the smallest of questions about her family because she was afraid that eventually she would have to lie to him which was something she never wanted to do. He did know about Starr and a vague idea about her family because she made the mistake of blabbing her university story all over town but that is all he knew. What would she say if Jeremy wanted to meet her family? She couldn’t tell him that they lived in an alternate universe and he would have to travel through realms to meet them. The other alternative was to say she wasn’t close to them as it was a lie. These two did disagree on many things and they had no problem voicing their opinions to each other but they were always honest with each other. Lying was never an option to either of them.

“You are right Chelsea is my sister,” Katherine said. “My family lives far away and the commute is not an easy one.”

“That still doesn’t explain why you don’t speak of them,” Jeremy said.

“It’s a complicated situation and its best that we not talk about it,” Katherine said.

“You are not estranged from your family as I do remember you being away visiting them every once in a while so why is it complicated,” Jeremy asked.

“I love my family very much but…”

“But what Kathy! Are you afraid for me to meet them? Are you ashamed of me? I know you are from a privileged family and I’m from the wrong side of the tracks. Is that what it is? You are afraid to tell them you are slumming it?” Jeremy yelled back.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. I would be proud to bring you to meet my father but he lives too far away,” Katherine yelled.

“Well why can’t we just go there? This is the off season for me and you don’t have a time clock to punch. Between my contract and the royalty from your books we have the money to travel so why don’t we just hop on the next flight out. There is absolutely no reason we can’t go. Unless you are not that serious about this relationship” Jeremy said loudly.

“How dare you think that! You know how much I love you and if I could……Can you trust me a little while longer? As soon as I am able to tell you everything I’ll take you with me.” Katherine realized she shouldn’t have said that as soon as the words came out of her mouth.

“So there is more that you are not telling me? You are asking me to trust you but you are not trusting me at all. Well that is ok we don’t have to go at all. The only damn reason I wanted to meet you family was so that I could ask you father for his bles…” Jeremy stopped right there as he realized he said too much.

“What did you want to ask my father?” Katherine asked.

“Nothing,” Jeremy said. He wasn’t old fashioned but he knew that Katherine was and getting her father’s blessing would be something that would she would like. He was actually planning on asking her on Snowflake Day as they started dating on that holiday. Romance was her thing and for her he planned a proposal that would have been romantic. The last thing he wanted to do was yell this information out during an argument.

“Blessing that is what you were going to say! Wasn’t it” Katherine said “Were you planning on asking me to marry you?”

“That wasn’t the way I wanted this to happen but it seems like I have trouble controlling myself around you especially when we get into it. The more you infuriate me the more I seem to love you,” Jeremy admitted.

 “SO WILL YOU?” Jeremy shouted.

"YES I WILL!" Katherine shouted back.

That wasn’t the most romantic proposal ever but Katherine knew she wasn’t dating one of those guys from the books that she wrote. Jeremy was far from being “that guy” and he never would be. She didn't want him to be the type that would worship the ground she walked on and fulfill her every wish.  That was nice for a book but not for real life. Katherine wanted him to be himself no matter how much he annoyed her. What they had was perfect and this proposal reflected their relationship.

He was about to kiss her but then he remembered that he didn’t have the ring on him. “Wait here and don’t move,” he said as he ran back to his house. He was back quicker than she knew and he slipped a beautiful diamond ring on her finger. They kissed and he led her to the bedroom. They made love until they fell asleep in each other’s arms. Neither one of them remember the argument or what it was about which is what usually happened with those two.

The next morning the sun was shining but these two decided to stay in bed and make plans for the rest of their lives. They both agreed that they needed a larger house and would start looking for one as soon as possible. Werewolves were rare in Meadow Glen and they planned on forming their own pack with their own pups so they needed the extra room.

“That’s strange” Jeremy said after he seen a flash of light came from outside, “It’s a sunny day but I swear I just seen a lightening flash and I heard a strange sound."  Katherine knew exactly what that sound was and it wasn’t the weather.

“Well last night you wanted to meet my family and it looks like you are going to get the chance today. You better throw some clothes on because I’m sure my Grandparents are here,” Katherine said. She threw a robe on and walked into the living room but it wasn’t her grandparents who were waiting for her.

“I hope you don't mind that I let myself in.  You really should lock that door" Chelsea said.  "Not wearing much under that robe are you. It looks like my saintly sister is not so saintly anymore.”

“Chelsea! I thought it was Grandma Holly and Grandpa Emmett this is a surprise!” Katherine screamed in excitement.

“Well where is the hunk that Starr told me about?  I think her exact words were that you were salivating over him as if he were the blue plate special.  I’m dying to meet my soon to be brother in law,” Chelsea said.

“How did you know about that it just happened last night?” Katherine asked.

“Oh Pul-eeze Katherine you have the same Grandparents I do. They don’t give out information unless there is a reason for it no matter how much we beg for it. Believe me I have tried and those two will not crack for anything. Everything is on a need to know basis.  They asked me to come get you to see Dad and they said to bring your fiancĂ© and to tell him everything on the way over.”

“Chelsea is Dad ok?” Katherine asked.

“When I left Dad was fine but he is very old Katherine even for a werewolf. He hasn't been the same since we lost Mom. The last thing I want to do is bring you bad news today of all days but I think we have to face the facts. Grandma Holly was trying to hide her feelings but she was too upset to come herself so they sent me. I hate to say this but I think we have to prepare ourselves for the worse. I’m sure there is still some time as you know they would want to give you a chance to spend time Dad again.  This is why you need to come with me now.”

Jeremy came out to see the two sisters in a serious conversation and he immediately sensed that something was wrong. “Kathy is something wrong?” Jeremy asked.

“I hope you were serious last night when you said you wanted to leave right away to meet my family because we need to go right now,” Katherine said.

“Where are we going? You never told me where you were from,” Jeremy asked.

“It’s a place called Aurora Skies” Katherine said.

“I’ve never heard of it” Jeremy said.

“Chelsea and I will explain everything to you on the way over and this whole tale might sound far-fetched but I assure everything you are about to hear is true and top secret” Katherine explained.

“As you might have guess I'm Chelsea.  She lets you call her Kathy?” Chelsea asked with a laugh in her voice. “How did you manage that? She hated when Nicklaus and I did that as kids.”

“Because you and Nicklaus are not him. He is the only one allowed to call me Kathy!” Katherine said.

The three of them traveled to Aurora Skies and Jeremy thought the whole story was a bit crazy but he did believe it and he promised to keep it all a secret. When they arrived in Aurora Skies Jules was in perfect health but soon his condition changed.

The couple decided to get married in Aurora Skies as Jules was too ill to travel through the realms. He was still able to walk his little girl down the aisle but it wasn’t long after the wedding that he died.

Jules was able to rest in peace knowing that he left both his daughters in good hands.

Authors Note: I'm sad to say that Jules has passed away in my game.  He was always a secondary character but he was important and loved in my story for a very long time.  I would like a post a memorial to Jules here.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Chapter 4-A Change of Heart

*****DISCLAIMER-There is a sexual theme used in this update*****

Life never turned out the way Katherine wanted it too as nothing ever seemed to go her way. She always wished that she could live her life as one of the heroines in her romance novels because at the end of every story the heroine always found the love of her life. That was a dream that she knew was doomed to fail as there was only one man that she ever allowed herself to love, Spencer Kincaid. She confessed her feelings to him and to her dismay she found out he didn’t feel the same way right before he walked into her cousin’s bedroom. She hid herself from both of them until it was time to graduate and all three of them would go their separate ways. She had accepted the fact that Spencer would never be hers a long time before now and she was completely over him.  The fear of being rejected in the same manner did prevent her from ever taking that same risk again and who had time for that anyway she had a mission to complete.

But then one night Katherine thought all her waiting was for a reason as she received a surprise visitor from another universe. The man she forced herself to fall out of love with and to never think of ever again walked right into her living room. How did he find her? She didn’t know nor did she care. She was living in another universe and as far as she knew he didn’t have any access to the portal or even knew of its existence. 

He walked right up to her and told her that he made a terrible mistake that night and he begged for her forgiveness. He said that he was brainwashed by Starr’s charms and she was the one he loved all along. 

It was a scene right out of one of the many romance novels she had every written and one she ever doubted could ever really happen. It all seemed like a dream to her when he kissed her and he led her to the bedroom. His kisses were soft and gentle at first but gradually they became more and more passionate. He took off his shirt and threw it to the floor and then he started to undress her. It wasn’t long before all of their clothes were scattered all around the floor of her bedroom. 

As he climbed on top of her she held him close. His body was perfectly toned and more muscular than she ever imagined it would be.  Spencer definitely was not the type to work out so this was a surprise.  As he made love to her she knew her decision to wait for him paid off as she saved her first time for the one man she was truly in love with.

The next morning, she went to kiss him and he said “Good morning, Kathy.”

This was not a dream at all in fact this was more of a nightmare as it wasn’t Spencer who she was face to face with it was that obnoxious Jeremy who lived next door. 

She was sweating and her heart was beating a mile a minute as she sat up in her bed. Everything felt as if it was really happening but it was only a stupid dream. She couldn’t escape from that annoying jerk no matter what she did. He invaded what should be her safe haven, her thoughts and her dreams. She at least had to admit to that she was physically attracted to him as she couldn’t deny that he was a fine specimen of a man. The problem was that he was so full of himself and he irritated her whenever she had to deal with him.

She looked at the clock and it was 5 AM and she knew she wasn’t going to get back to sleep so it she was better off getting an early start to her day. She set up the coffee maker to start brewing as she poured some cereal and milk into a bowl. Her meals were simple as she only had herself to cook for but there were times when she did feel she wanted to try new recipes and increase her cooking skills. It seemed such a waste to go through all that effort with no one to enjoy the meal with her.

Well maybe she would get her chance soon enough as Snowflake Day would soon be here. Her Grandpa Emmett was trying to send the portal to her so she could spend the holidays with her family as she did indeed miss them. Her father was getting up in age and even though he was still healthy and active she didn’t know how many more holidays she would be able to celebrate with him. Her sister Chelsea grew up while Katherine was gone and was now a married woman with a baby of her own. Her niece Catalina was the sweetest little girl who she enjoyed meeting on Feast Day.

It was so wonderful that she now had the freedom to travel back and see her family now. It was safe for her as Denny was dead but there was a problem as traveling between the universes was not as easy as it seemed. Grandpa Emmett explained to her that time travel was easier for the portal as it didn’t have to pass through realm barriers. Each trip the portal would have to pass twice in such a short period so they were limited to its use. She desperately wanted to attend Starr’s daughter’s wedding and was disappointed when the portal was still on a cool down from its most recent use.

She waited for a message from Grandpa Emmett and hoped that the portal would be available in time for the holiday. Chelsea visited for Feast Day but they would spend Snowflake Day with Neal’s family. Katherine wanted to see her sister again so she did choose Feast Day knowing there would be a chance that she would have to miss Snowflake day. Grandpa did promise he would do everything in his power to get the portal to her.

The snow had already started to fall and no word from Grandpa yet. Snowflake Day was tomorrow and she was starting to lose hope. The waiting for an answer seemed to take forever so she decided to get straight to work that morning to make the time pass faster.

She looked at her "To Do" list and cringed when she read the first entry as she was trying to avoid it. She was still contracted to write the biography on the one person she couldn’t stomach the most. Her publisher was already on her back as he extended the deadline twice and like it or not she couldn’t put if off any longer. She was going to have to set up an interview and this time it would be in a public place and certainly not in the locker room again. She couldn’t believe the nerve he had to expose himself as he did but she should have expected exactly that from someone like him. After that she avoided all possible contact with him but that was also the time when the dreams started. She hated the fact that he found a way to invade her thoughts at night and she wished there was a way to get him out of her head.

As she was going to pick up the phone to call him for the interview she noticed she received a message from her grandfather. She peeked out the window with hopes that the portal suddenly appeared but it was nowhere in sight. She already knew what the message was going to say even before she opened it.

My Dearest Katherine,

I’m afraid that I must be the bearer of some distressing news. As much as I regret having to disappoint you, I will be unable to dispatch the portal in time for the observance of Snowflake Day. 

As you do know traveling between the universe realm barriers is a difficult process and we must take all safety precautions. I hope you do understand that we would all enjoy your presence at the family gathering for Snowflake Day traditions but I cannot risk your personal health and safety as that is my upmost priority. I would never forgive myself if anything ever happened to you my dear and your father is in total agreement with me. We will miss you and we do hope that you have some close friends that you might celebrate the holiday with. Starr mentioned that you might have a neighbor who you might want to call on. 

We will all be thinking of you and I do know the portal will be ready for the Spring Festival. Grandma Holly is looking forward to seeking out festival eggs with you and you owe me a game of horseshoes. It’s double or nothing this time as I plan to be victorious this time. 

With Love, 

Grandpa Emmett

Katherine knew that this would be a possibility but that didn’t make the news easier to accept. There would be more Snowflake Days and she started to count the days until the Spring Festival. She might as well get some work done since she was going to be alone. She looked at the rest of her “To Do” list because she knew she could do the interview in the mood she was in now. That wise ass that lived next door would only make her feel worse than she did now. What annoyed her most was the fact that Starr still believed that moron could not only be her friend but more than friends with her. Katherine knew Starr didn’t mean any harm in fact she probably had good intentions, but this time she was dead wrong.

Meanwhile in Aurora Skies:

Holly walked in and viewed her husband at the hologram computer that was always used to keep in contact with Katherine. Looking over his shoulder she read the reply Katherine wrote to him message.

Holly: Why Emmett Wood who knew you could lie so well and to your own Granddaughter too. You are a genius with that portal and you know it is ready for transport.

Emmett: My lady you and I both know it is in the best interest for our granddaughter if she spends this Snowflake Day in Meadow Glen. Our Granddaughter has a destiny which we do have knowledge of and we also know she is too stubborn to admit it.

Holly: Too stubborn? I wonder where she gets that from.

Emmett: The holidays are a time for celebration but they are also a time for depression especially for people who are alone.

Holly: So it is better for Katherine to stay in Meadow Glen and be depressed and alone.

Emmett: Oh but that is where you are mistaken my lady Katherine will not be alone. Starr has confirmed that she has already become acquainted with the young man we knew she was destined to meet. Both of them will let their guards down and they may look at each other differently especially when they are forced to share this magical time of the year together.

Holly: My dear you are absolutely right! The sentiment of the season will soften them both and maybe next year we will be visiting Katherine in Meadow Glen for her wedding.

Emmett: You have time before you go shopping for another dress as those two still have issues to work out. Let us just hope that this holiday will ignite the sparks of what is to be a fiery relationship.

Emmett: You do know my lady there is plenty of time before we need to leave for Jules’ house so why don’t we have our own celebration.

Holly: I thought you would never ask.

Back in Meadow Glen:

It was Snowflake Day Eve but Katherine’s heart was not into the holiday this year. She did put up a few decorations but nothing was extravagant as she wasn't in the mood to celebrate. Her holiday plans were to make a salad for dinner, watch a movie and go to bed early. She picked up the remote control and started clicking every freaking station had holiday programming on and she couldn’t turn on the radio as all they played was holiday music. No matter where she turned messages of good cheer and joy surrounded her and she wanted no part of them. Eventually she decided on watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” due to the fact that she seen a suicidal George Bailey standing on a bridge wishing he had never been born. She knew exactly how George felt because that is exactly the way she felt right now. There was only one thing that could have made this night worse for her and wouldn’t you know that was about to happen. 

The doorbell rang and of course as almost on cue the thorn in her side was on the other side of the door. She should have expected him as he always seems to know the worst possible time to just “happen” to drop by.

Jeremy: Hello Kathy, how is your holiday?

Katherine: Fine until now and my name is Katherine.

Jeremy: I see you are still angry about the locker room even though it’s been a while since then.

Katherine: You should have never exposed yourself like that. 

Jeremy: Ok you have a point and I do apologize for that but that is not why I am here. The team sends all the members an entire catered holiday feast. I’m by myself and I could never eat all that food most of it will go to waste. I thought I could offer to send it here if you were having company tonight but I see that you are alone too. Why don’t you come over and share the meal with me?

Katherine: I don’t know if that is such a good idea.

Jeremy: I promise to keep my clothes on and can’t we call a truce in the spirit of the holiday?

Katherine had to stop to think for a moment. He did seem sincere about the apology and maybe she could work this to her advantage. She still had to do the interview with him as her publisher was breathing down her neck for taking way too long with the biography and a catered dinner did sound nice.

Katherine: I still need to ask you questions for the book and if you promise to be good and keep your clothes on.

Jeremy: As long as you promise to be good and keep your clothes on so will I.

Katherine: You see that is what I mean…..

Jeremy: Lighten up Kathy it was just a joke. I promise to be good.

Katherine: Against my better judgment I will trust you but Jeremy just one more thing.

Jeremy: What is that?

Katherine: My name is KATHERINE!

This was the first time Katherine was in Jeremy’s house and it wasn’t what she expected. She thought she would be walking into an unkempt bachelor pad with pizza boxes stacked on the counter and dirty laundry all over the place. Everything was neat, clean and he even decorated for the holiday which was something she never expected.

He did keep to his promise and acted like a perfect gentlemen for the evening and she actually started to enjoy his company.  After dinner they enjoyed some eggnog together and watched the end of the movie. The evening almost seemed to be going well to both of their surprises but of course nothing ever goes well for these two.

Jeremy: So Kathy I know you have family and that you visited them on Feast Day. How come you aren't with them tonight?

Katherine: We had a little transportation issue but I will be there for the Spring Festival. What about you? Don't you have any family to visit?

Jeremy: If you don't mind I rather not talk about it.

Katherine: Well I do have to find out for the biography, why not just tell me about your family?

Jeremy: Listen Kathy I know how much you must be dreading to write the book so why don't I be a gentleman and back out of this project. My publicist forced me into this so I can ask him to get me out.

Katherine: You know just because I haven't interviewed you yet does not mean I haven't worked on the book at all. I have been doing research into the team and everything written about you. I have already put some time into this and as much as I hate having to deal with you I want to finish this.

Jeremy: Well maybe it's me who doesn't want to deal with you! Ever since we met I have been trying to be your friend as you seem to need one but all you ever do is push me away. Maybe I don't want to open up to a person who can't stand to be around me when I am sure there are many other who would.

Katherine: Why don't you go and find those "many others" and leave me alone for a change.

Jeremy: I really should but it's you I prefer to be with! I wish for the life of me that I didn't.  For some strange reason I actually like you and I thought we could be friends or maybe more.  I guess I was wrong.

Jeremy: Why don't I just give you my background information for the book and then I promise to stay away from you forever if you like. I grew up with my mother alone and I haven't a clue who my father is. The only thing I know about him is that he left my mother the minute she found out she was pregnant. My mother rarely talked about him and I never pressed her for any information. I would appreciate if you mention this in the book as little as possible. She had to work two jobs just to pay the rent for people who constantly put her down and ridiculed her. She had a child out of wedlock so they considered her trash and treated her as such.  She accepted the constant abuse just to put food on the table and make sure I had an education. She was on a mission to make sure that I had a better life and no one was going to stop her. She denied herself simple pleasures just to make sure she could pay for me to attend the better schools which happened to work for me as the football coaches noticed me right away. One day I ran home to tell her some wonderful news, the university offered me a full football scholarship. That should have been the happiest day of her life but she wasn't home she was in the hospital as she was ill longer than either of us knew.  Her disease spread to stage three and was progressing quickly. She neglected her own health as she always put my needs before her own. She was the only family I had ever known and she died two months before I graduated high school. On her death bed I promised that make her proud and she told me that she already was.  That was my last memory of her.

Katherine had stopped taking notes half way through his story and she looked at Jeremy as if it was the first time they met. She never knew what a tortured soul he was and she wished she had treated him differently the entire time.

Katherine: I'm so sorry about your mother, she sounded like an amazing woman.

Jeremy: Yes she was an amazing woman which is why when I first seen you whining in the bars about your life I had the wrong impression of you. I seen you as a whiny brat who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth who wouldn't do anything to help herself.

Katherine: I guess I never realized until now how fortunate my life really was.   Then why did you say before you preferred to be with me than look for others.

Jeremy: Because I seen another part of your personality that I was attracted to. You may have whined about all the books you submitted but could never get published yet you continued to try no matter how many times you were rejected. It was like you were on a mission to become an author and no one was going to stop you. That day when you received that letter about your first book being published I wanted to celebrate with you but that didn't go so well. I do admire your perseverance and I think you are an amazing woman.   I'm sorry for all the bad words that ever flew between us and I do hope that you can forgive me.

Katherine: Isn't that mistletoe you have hanging up there?

Jeremy: That it is.

Katherine: Aren't you going to kiss me?

Jeremy: Only if you like me to Katherine.

Katherine: I would and my name is Kathy.

Author's Note-Katherine must do the following for the challenge:

Join the writer career 
Write a romance book
Create a best seller
Date one person through the young adult stage
Marry as an adult (Must be the same person dated as a young adult)
Have one kid as an adult  (must happen after marriage) 
Write at least 10 romance stories
Have a date night every week
Stay with spouse until death do us part.

Katherine has written 11 romance novels so now all she needs to do is marry and have a child in order to satisfy the I'm a Lover part to the challenge.  For the Going Solo part her ltw is Illustrious Author, she has maxed writing and is working on painting now.  She has two skill points in painting at this point.  She is on Level 8 of the writer career so she still has to finish that too.  For the Going Solo part Jeremy's ltw does not count and I have basically been leaving him on his own. He did complete his ltw of becoming a superstar athlete and is on level 9 of his career.