Writer Notes: Happy late Simsmas!
Warnings: mostly dialogue, inner thoughts, caption-less photos, Gilbert Jacquet, plottiness, lingerie, punishment, and teenagers.
Donna Cove wasn’t stupid. She used her eyes.
Malcolm used her, but she didn’t know why or for what purpose.
She didn’t have many friends and a lot of that was her fault.
Reminders were literally everywhere.
Donna wondered if Lazlo knew Crystal Vu wasn’t as innocent as she made out.
Donna wasn’t innocent either, but she was resourceful.
Perhaps she had to make a mess to clean it up.
“Donna, I’m so glad you came!”
“I can’t stay long.” she replied. “Malcolm has spies everywhere, but I need your help.”
Titania smiled. “I knew you would.”
Nina Caliente wasn’t exactly a socialite like her sister, but she was appealing.
At least she thought so. She never had a problem with insecurity and wondered why her sister did.
Perhaps it was confidence. Perhaps it was because Nina took charge. She didn’t know, but she did know she looked absolutely hot.
“Why are you pouting?” she asked her sister. “Tonight we’re going to have fun!”
“Sure.” Dina frowned. “It’s just…bad timing.”
“You have to get over it.” Nina said. “It’s not like anyone is allowed to see her.”
“It’s not just that.” Though even Dina thought it was ridiculous that Malcolm Landgraab forbid anyone to see “Bella” while they were shooting the movie. “It’s also the anniversary of…Michael’s…”
“His death, Dina.” Nina finished for her with a sigh. Why couldn’t she say it? Michael had been dead for years.
“I don’t want to go out.”
“You’re going.” Nina sighed again. “And so is Brandi. We’re going to have a good time tonight.”
But even Nina didn’t quite believe it herself.
Brandi was Dina’s friend that she met in her widower group, but Nina thought she was ok. She just didn’t like her kids.
She brought them to Crypt O’Night Club. Her friend, Rainelle, was watching over the bar tonight for her employers the Tricous.
“Kaylynn!” Nina shouted over the music.
“Why is she here?” Dina hissed.
“The more, the merrier?” Nina rolled her eyes at her sister.
Kaylynn was a nice girl, but she was shy. Nina had no idea why. She thought Kay was absolutely beautiful.
Nina handed her a camera. “Get lots of photos tonight. I want to remember this one.”
Dina gave up and let herself get lost in the music, but Brandi couldn’t. Her mind was elsewhere.
Which left her open to “romantics” like Ajay Loner. “Girl, you’ve struck me dead with three lightning bolts.”
Brandi wasn’t ready for the dating scene again. Sometimes she still forgot that Skip was dead.
“Are you ok?” Dina asked.
“No, not really.” she replied. “I know that Nina’s just trying to help us get our minds off…Skip and Michael, but…I’m not ready.”
“I know the feeling.” Dina smiled. “Why don’t we get out of here?”
“She won’t even notice we’re gone.”
She didn’t. And maybe in the end, she regretted bringing them in the first place.
“Rainelle’s still in contact with Malcolm Landgraab.” Jon Smith Tricou grinned. “She needs to be punished.”
“I think I can help with that.” Jennicor returned the grin.
“Jennicor,” Kvornan entered without knocking. “Titania is here.”
“What ever for?” she asked.
“She would not tell me.”
“Jon, will you please continue punishing Rainelle for me until I return?”
“Of course, my love.”
Titania Summerdream was like family to the Tricous.
At one time, they might have actually joined families. Gvaudoin and young Puck had only dated for a couple of weeks, but during that time her grandmother and his mother had already planned their wedding and names for their future children. Gvaudoin broke up with him promptly after learning this information. He was upset, but understood.
“Titania, it’s been too long!”
Their friendship was solid.
It was built over centuries of fighting witch hunters and vampire executioners. In this world, the only way to survive was to have powerful friends.
Titania was most certainly powerful.
“What brings you here?” Jennicor asked.
“I have news.”
“I met with Donna Cove yesterday.” Titania answered.
“That actress portraying Bella?”
“Malcolm is attached to her.”
“Why wouldn’t he be?” Jennicor questioned. “He obsessed about the real Bella since her career began. If it wasn’t for Mortimer, I imagine he would have tried to seduce her long ago.”
Titania smiled. “But if we got Donna Cove on our side…”
“We could control Malcolm.” Jennicor laughed.
“Gvaudoin, dear, someone’s approaching the door.” Jennicor called. “Will you please answer it?”
She gladly accepted.
Between her cousin and her ex, Gvaudoin was more than uncomfortable.
Perhaps that was too premature.
“Ripp Grunt.” she narrowed her eyes. “What do you want?”
“Hello?” he chuckled. “I want to see if you wanted to catch a movie with me, Johnny, and Ophelia?”
“Why?” she asked.
“I don’t know.” he smirked. “To have a good time with some friends?”
“Gvaudoin, who are you talking to?” her mother called.
She introduced him to her parents, but wasn’t happy. Perhaps he was nice, but Gvaudoin just found him frustrating. When had his interested in her began? Perhaps she shouldn’t have marked him during that painting session.
Perhaps she should have been paying attention to their conversation.
“Of course she can go out to the movies with you.” Nylissit said. “Have a good time.”
She didn’t understand the movie, Werewolf in SimValley, and why all the other sims were having such a good time. Most of them hadn’t even watched it.
Angela and Dustin talked about the future and college.
Lilith complained how stupid it was and how fake everything looked. She was one of the first to leave the theater.
Mercutio’s date, Melody Tinker, talked about how they made the models the whole time. Romeo and Juliette sat in the back making out.
Nervous ran out of the theater. Erin followed, of course. Natasha and John were late to the movie because she couldn’t decide on munchies. The theater didn’t sell grilled cheeses.
Then Johnny, Ophelia, and Ripp. They actually watched the movie and Ripp retold most it in dramatic fashion.
“What’d you think?” he asked her.
She shrugged. “It was boring.” What she wanted to say was: it was a disgrace. Gvaudoin was half-lycan. They weren’t savages like the movie showed.
“Well, maybe we can find something that won’t bore you?”
Why wouldn’t he just leave her alone?
Additional: In each chapter, I will try to feature a career that Pat Newbie is working on to keep with the Bustin’ Out theme. In this chapter her featured career was Counter Culture. You can find information about Bustin’ Out and the main story’s careers HERE.