Writer Notes: Well, I wanted to get this out before I went to work tonight…sorry guys, but the wait is over!
Warnings: flashbacks, switch in scenes, doctor patient confidential, language, teenagers, a lot of arguing and frustration, and perhaps suggestive content, because.
“And how did that go?”
“It started fine.” Ophelia Nigamos said. “I told him I wanted to talk and he said yes, but then he tried to distract me.”
“Men always do that. It’s an automatic defense mechanism when they hear talk.” Lola Curious laughed. “How did things esculate?”
“I broke away from him.”
“I knew he accepted a scholarship to Sim State University. I just wanted to know why he didn’t tell me. I mean, I know that I’m just going to La Fiesta Tech and I know it’ll be hard on us both, but I just wanted to talk about it.”
“He didn’t want to worry about those things now while we’re still in high school.”
“And how do you feel about it?” Lola had to ask.
Ophelia sighed. “I think it’s important for us to know if we’re staying together or not before we graduate.”
“I love Johnny, I really do, but some times he’s immature.”
“I don’t know if he can do this long distance thing or even stay together.”
“Do you want to?”
“I…don’t know.” she honestly replied. “I want more than ever to stay with him and Ripp and keep our group together, but I know that’s not logical. We’re going to go our separate ways eventually.”
“I think I’m just afraid to lose them.”
Lola nodded. “Like your parents?”
“You can’t go in there!” Hannah Bell, the secretary, shouted.
Dina Caliente didn’t care. She was beyond upset as it was.
“No, it’s fine, Hannah.” Lola said.
“Ophelia, I’m afraid we’ll have to cut our session short today, but I’ll tack on our remaining time to the next session.”
“Ok.” Ophelia sighed. “See you then.”
Ophelia didn’t mind. They were about to get into a subject that made her uncomfortable. She had suffered loss at a young age. Perhaps the reason why she was so afraid to lose Johnny was because of that loss.
“Your appointment is bright and early tomorrow Mr. Grunt.” Hannah said. “Do you need to move it?”
“No, just checking.” he answered.
“Hi, Buzz.” Ophelia smiled.
He looked at her with wide eyes then formed a smile of his own. “How are you, Phi?” he asked. “You haven’t come to the house in awhile. Is everything ok?”
“Yeah, just got finals coming up so I’ve been grounded in my room studying.” she replied.
“Right, right, the boys were talking about those tests the other night.”
Ophelia Nigamos was actually a friend of Ripp that Buzz liked. She was smart and very sweet. Her aunt, Olive Specter, and Phi had been there for the Grunts during Lyla’s passing. Though Buzz didn’t mind Ophelia, Olive was a different story.
“She would like to have dinner with you all before the boys go off to college.” Ophelia uneasily smiled. She knew how her aunt was.
Though reluctant, Buzz knew it would be rude not to accept the invitation. “I’ll see what I can do.”
Dina Caliente was a basket case. She quite possibly had suffered more losses than anyone in SimValley. First her parents, then her husband, and finally her sister-in-law. She lost her car, her home, and got robbed when she moved back in with her sister.
She may have been a tough case, but she was also a tough woman. Lola knew of cases where people had lost a lot more and removed their pool ladders.
But Dina Caliente was no quitter.
“All right, where did you go?” Lola asked.
“Freshman year.” she sniffled.
“That’s when you met Michael?” Lola inquired.
“Yes, he was actually my college professor.”
“I was just there because Nina was taking the course.” Dina said. “I can’t even remember what subject it was.”
“Michael, at first, favored Nina over me because she was great in class.”
“I think he expected me to fail or drop out, but…”
“That’s when he got to know you.” Lola said.
“I wasn’t aiming to fall for my teacher. I wasn’t even on my radar.” Dina replied. “He was just so…everything.”
“I loved him. I still love him.”
“When does that ever go away?”
“It doesn’t.” Lola said. “But after some time, it gets easier and easier to deal with.”
“I’m going on a couple of years now, Lola.” Dina sighed. “How long?”
“Just breath.” Lola said. “Where are you now?”
“Michael was, of course, cremated, but Bella wanted a grave too. I think she just didn’t want to come to my house to see him.”
“The first anniversary without him was the hardest.”
“I remember crying for weeks.”
“And now only for a couple of days.” Lola returned. “You have made a lot of progress, Dina, but what triggered it this time?”
“Nina, Mortimer…I don’t know.” Dina exhaled. “Bella, yeah, definitely Bella. It’s always about her.”
“Why don’t you think about it some more.” Lola said. “And for your next appointment, we’ll talk about it.”
“Yeah, I’m sorry about before. I’ll try to never do that again.”
Lola didn’t mind Dina. It was sims like Julien Cooke, whose obsession with food that bored her.
Or misunderstood teens that couldn’t understand how immature they sounded. “I’m not good enough, so I’m not even going to try.”
Yeah, Lola preferred people who actually worked on their problems, not just come to her because they didn’t know what to do with their life.
Then there was Don Lothario. Basket case number two.
They called him a romantic. He was in many ways, but he was more than they realized. He loved deeply, probably too deeply. It was one of the reasons, she believed, he couldn’t let go of the past.
“After the break up.” he began.
“Yeah, Nina.” he breathed. “I was a mess. My grades were just…horrible. We had lived together for almost a year and suddenly I was back in the dorms. And I was unhappy, so unhappy.”
“I didn’t want to do anything. I just wanted to…I don’t know.” he sighed.
“It was weeks…months maybe before I even got up. Then I was angry and afraid all at the same time.”
“You didn’t want to be alone.”
“No. I did not.”
“And I did some foolish stuff.” he said. “I was a loser. I wanted to be that way.”
“Because you thought since you couldn’t have Nina…”
“Because I thought I wasn’t good enough for her.” he said.
“I convinced myself that’s why she…was with those other guys.”
“And what did you do?” Lola asked.
“What any idiot would.” he snorted. “I was angry so I decided to get even.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever been rejected so many times in one night.”
“That’s when you saw her?” Lola inquired.
“Yeah, Kaylynn Langerak. She was one of Nina’s friends that I really didn’t know. I thought if I went out with Kay it would hurt Nina more.”
“We hit it off.”
“But she wasn’t into…some of the things I was.”
“And why is this bothering you now?” Lola had to ask.
“I don’t know.” he honestly answered. “It just came out of nowhere. I don’t even think Nina ever found out about us.”
“I guess there really wasn’t an us, hey?”
“But, Kay definitely made me feel better about myself and I think without her…I know without her I would have never picked myself off the ground.”
“Well, that’s good.” Lola nodded. “So…where is this headed, Mr. Lothario?”
“I think it’s made me realize that Kay was a major impact on my life and that Cassandra is one too.”
“I’m going to marry her.”
Usually Lola would have enjoyed her lunch alone, but Chloe and Erin offered Chinese food and Lola couldn’t resist. She was also trying to contain her excitement of what Don Lothario had told her. She couldn’t tell her roommates because of doctor-patient confidentiality.
It was probably the juiciest gossip she could ever have. And she had to remain silent.
“You don’t have to be a brat.” Chloe hissed. “So what if I didn’t feel like cleaning the kitchen. When’s the last time YOU did?”
“Hey, I’ve been helping out a lot.” Erin said.
Lola sighed. Just for a moment had she forgotten the tension in her own household.
There it was in Chloe’s eyes. She was so angry. The world hadn’t been fair to her, so she wasn’t fair to anyone else.
Erin was always the victim for her anger. She was young, blonde, white, and rich. Everything that Chloe wanted.
Lola ignored it because she wasn’t being paid to deal with Chloe’s issues, but she wondered how long she could be silent.
Erin wasn’t. “And you’re the reason Kristen left! Maybe if you weren’t such a bitch moping about Donna, you would have noticed that Kristen actually wanted you!”
“Now, she’s gone.”
Lola sighed. Kristen moving out is why she had to see more patients. Neither Chloe or Erin wanted to pick up another job.
And she had had enough.
The rest of the work day went as scheduled. Whiny heirs whined about their fathers.
Grilled Cheese sims tried to appease their appetite.
And more misunderstood teens were misunderstood.
Lola should have been happy to be home.
But she was more than tired of it all.
At least there is one place she could relax.
But what would the morning bring?
“What are you doing?”
“I…I just need some time away.” Erin replied. “I’ll be staying with Loki.”
She couldn’t tell her no. She couldn’t force her to stay.
But she would definitely miss her.
“Don’t start.” Chloe warned.
“I didn’t make her leave.” she said. “And I didn’t make Kristen leave either.”
“Oh, but you didn’t force them away?”
“What the hell does that mean!”
“I don’t care.” Lola shook her head.
“I don’t have time for this. I have to go to WORK!”
“I don’t know what to do, Jenny.” Lola said into the receiver. “She’s out of control.”
Who does a therapist turn to? For Lola it was Jenny. The only other mature sibling she had besides Pascal, but she didn’t bother him why he was on maternity leave.
“We’ve seen worse, remember Vidcund?” Jenny answered.
“I promise you, she’s even worse than when he and Circe split.”
Jenny was silent on the phone for a moment. “How?” she finally asked.
“Kristen moved out a month ago and Erin this morning.”
“Well, you always said Erin wouldn’t stay.”
“Ok, but she rather live with Loki and Circe than Chloe?”
“That is…” Jenny sighed. “I’ll come over and talk to her.”
“Can I ask what you have in mind?”
“I don’t know.” Jenny answered. “But we both know it’s about Donna.”
Jenny was quick to change the subject. “Pascal told me that Lazlo and Crystal are getting married.”
“Joy, but that reminds me…” she let her voice trail off, remembering she couldn’t say anything about Don Lothario. “Johnny.”
“Yeah, I know.”
“Ophelia and him had a pretty bad argument the other day.” she exhaled. “He’s another that I need to have a talk with.”
“He needs to either make a commitment or let her go.” Lola said.
“That’s what I was thinking.”
“Well good morning.” Hannah Bell smiled. “I already got the General waiting in your room when you’re ready.”
“Great,” Lola rolled her eyes. “Just what I need, an hour of silence.”
It wasn’t Buzz’s fault that Chloe was being a pain, nor that Erin moved out. For some reason though, his presence just made Lola furious.
“So what do you want to talk about today?” she began. “Your wife, bratty kids, bosses coming down on you?”
“How about your hate for all alien-kind?”
Buzz said nothing and that made her even more frustrated.
“What’s your problem, Buzz?”
“You usually would strike me as a man of action, but all I see is you sitting on your ass cowering away from dealing with your issues!”
“Do you got anything floating around in that noggin?” she asked. “Does it not bother you that your wife is dead? That you don’t like your neighbors or that Ripp may not go to college?”
Lola stood up. “Fine, you win.” she shrieked. “You’re a model citizen and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with you. I’ll sign your papers and be done with you.”
“Is everything all right, sugar?” Hannah asked.
“No,” Lola growled. “I’m taking off for the rest of the week.”
“If Sigmund Boggle has a problem with that then he can fly out of the sky and stop me.”
Additional: Usually here I’d tell you about Pat’s exciting job, but today was her day off. You can find information about Bustin’ Out and the main story’s careers HERE.