Writer Notes: Did I show enough teasers for this chapter? I don’t think a chapter has been easier to shoot.
Warnings: perhaps M for Mature is needed, suggestive content, jealousy, spying, complaining, mostly dialogue, shy C.A.M. is shy.
♫ There she goes
There she goes again
Racing through my brain
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains ♫
“I had a good time,” Goopy said. “I’ve missed you.”
“Yeah, me too.”
“I’ll see you for the meeting at Sandy’s this weekend then?” he asked. “All members of Romantic Sims United will be there. She’s just going to talk about events that we have planned.”
“No promises,” she said aloud. Internally, she didn’t want to hurt Goopy’s feelings. He thought they were rekindling an old relationship and starting anew. Nina had never been a one guy and/or girl sim. That was not about to change. Still, she didn’t want to hurt his feelings.
But was there another reason she didn’t want to join RSU? She didn’t like conflict. C.A.M. would always be connected to that place. He was born there after all.
“Aw, there’s my boys.” Nina felt herself relax. She was home. “What are we doing tonight?”
“Learning about Sim Nation history.” C.A.M. was a wiz kid for sure. After spending his time at the lab with Mortimer, he wanted learn about everything. Mortimer claimed that it wasn’t uncommon behavior with Servos or Simbots so Nina encouraged it.
“Did you get to the part about the Llama and Gnome War?” Nina snickered.
What was Goopy going on about any ways? He was a Romance Sim too. He knew what it meant. He’d helped her break up with Don, the only monogamous relationship she’d ever had. She’d never go back to that life style. It just wasn’t her. It didn’t make her happy.
“You have a good time at the club tonight?” C.A.M. asked from the door. “It must be fun to go there and dance.”
“Do you want to come with me next time?” she asked.
“I…I…” he shied away. “I don’t know. Is it safe?”
“Sure,” she laughed. “We’ll go tomorrow night. My friend, Rainelle, is working at Crypt’O Nightclub. We’ll go there. She’ll keep an eye on us.”
“That sounds nice.” C.A.M. replied. “It would make me happy to go with you.”
“Me too.” she admitted. “Now let’s read another chapter of Freezer Bunny Origins before bed.”
It was a little daunting to go into a new career. Mary-Sue had plenty of experience in a variety of jobs. She hoped this one would work out.
But to say she wasn’t nervous, would be a lie.
Kaylynn gave her this opportunity. She didn’t want to mess it up, not only for herself, but for Kay too.
And the others that depended on her.
They made small talk at first. Eventually Mary-Sue learned that the previous manager was actually the head maid, Brigit, who was MIA.
Lucy filled her in on the scandal that forced Brigit into running or hiding. She evidently had an affair with a client. It was one of the reason their uniforms kept changing, to make them look professional, but not scandalous.
Remington quickly changed the subject and discussed how wages worked, their budget per house, etc. He was definitely more focused.
Kaylynn seemed hung up on what Lucy discussed, but it hit home for Mary-Sue too. She’d thought the worse of Kay. Now it seemed silly.
Still, Mary-Sue found herself hopeful. These people needed her help. It was nice to feel needed for a change.
“I can’t believe it’s been nine years.” Darren managed.
“Thank you for coming.”
“Of course,” Cassandra replied. “That’s what friends are for. I’m here for you.”
“Yes, what friends are for…” He emphasized “friends” as he realized that’s what they’d ever be…with Don in his way.
“Darren, psychic powers aside, I can tell something’s bothering you.” Cassandra began. “You know you can always tell me…”
“I can’t do this!” Darren exclaimed. “I can’t pretend it didn’t happen. Cassandra, I heard Don…I heard him confess he cheated on you to your uncle’s grave. I know this comes as a shock, but I…”
“No, I can’t lie to you.”
“Please believe me!” he cried. “I didn’t want to tell you, but I thought then I’d be betraying you too. You must listen to me, Cassie. Don’s lying to you! I know you. I know you joke about those psychic powers, but they’ve been telling you, haven’t they? Something’s been wrong with Don. He’s been keeping things from you! Ask him, Cassandra! See if he lies!”
She didn’t say anything. She just walked away.
“Cassandra! Please ask him!” He hoped she did. If not, he’d just lost her and that was an unbearable thought.
“Wahoo! Good for you Dagmar!” Chloe shouted from the balcony.
Donna rolled her eyes. Her girlfriend was bored. Rather than unpacking the rest of the boxes, like Donna had asked, Chloe took up a pair of binoculars and found her own simsburbia.
“And they said Pleasantview is a boring neighborhood.” Chloe snickered. “They don’t know Ms. Crumplebottom’s dark side.”
“OK, I’m ready to go.” Donna said. “How do I look?”
“Spanking.” Chloe beamed. “Where are you going? Another interview for the magazine or a photo op?”
“No silly,” Donna shook her head. “Remember, I’m having dinner with Mortimer Goth.”
“Again!” Chloe’s jealousy was apparent on her face. “Don’t tell me you are trading me in for some old rich guy who’s only mistress is science!”
“Chloe…” Donna sighed against her skin. “I’m only going over there for research. To better understand my character. Bella was his wife. Besides, why would I trade one old rich guy for another old rich guy? I have you.”
That’s all she wanted to hear. Did that make Chloe easy? No, keeping up with her emotions was a daily struggle, but Donna did it. She wanted Chloe there with her.
She wanted someone to come home to. Someone she trusted. Someone she knew would never leave on their own. Did she love Chloe? That was an entirely different subject to Donna Cove.
“I don’t like it.” John Burb said. “It was fine when they were all children, but now they’re teens. Teens do things.”
“John, you’re overacting.” Jennifer sighed. “Alex and Beau are just Lucy’s friends. They’ve always been friends since we moved here.”
“They’re boys.” he returned. “And I know how boys think.”
“Boys think?” Jennifer giggled.
“You guys look ridiculous.” Beau scoffed.
“Hey, at least we know how to have fun!” Alex shot.
“Come on, Broke,” Lucy said. “Get loose. Have some fun. I mean, you know the plan tonight…”
“I don’t want any part of it.”
“But you promised!” Lucy and Alex said simultaneously.
Beau sighed. “Fine. I’ll help you escape.”
“Thanks for driving me home, Kaylynn.” Mary-Sue said. “Won’t you come in?”
“Well, this is my last stop on my route today.” Kay replied. “Unless…you don’t think it’s appropriate for me to work for you anymore?”
Mary-Sue honestly hadn’t thought about that. “We’ll tackle that another day.” she said instead.
“I wonder what mess my husband has made.” she continued. “Today starts his off season.”
“First day! How’d it go?” Daniel asked.
“I think it went well,” Mary-Sue confessed. “I’ll have to redo the books for this quarter to make sure wages are right and taxes for benefits are being taken out…”
Generally, Daniel wouldn’t have been shy about being in his underwear in front of anyone. But ever since his wife confessed her jealousy of the maid, he’d taken it serious. He didn’t want her to feel that way ever. So he took precautions for himself.
Mary-Sue didn’t even seem to notice his effort as the phone started to ring.
It wasn’t lost on Kaylynn. “I’m sorry, Mr. Pleasant.”
He evaded the conversation. “When did we get back to titles?” he chuckled. Then he thought better of it. Maybe it would be better if they weren’t so personable with each other. “I kind of like Mr. Pleasant, though. Sounds authoritative.”
“He what!” Mary-Sue exclaimed. “Slow down, Cassandra, back it up. What exactly did Darren say about Don?”
Mary-Sue was quiet for a moment as she listened. “Why would he say that?” she asked. “Accusing someone of being unfaithful is a big deal, Cassie. No, no, I’m coming over.”
“What was that about?” Daniel asked.
“Darren Dreamer told Cassandra some wild story. He claimed Don’s cheated on her.” MS sighed.
Kaylynn felt her stomach fall to the floor. “Oh no.” she whispered.
“I’m going to walk over there and see if I can make sense of this mess.”
“OK, just…” Daniel tried to think of something to say. “Don’t go beat up Don until we get the facts.”
That left the maid and the man of the house alone again. “Are you all right, Kaylynn?” Daniel asked.
Was she? If Mary-Sue found out the truth, she wouldn’t have a job, not only at their house, but all the houses in SimValley. Her only hope was that they didn’t believe Darren Dreamer.
“I’m sure.” Dina said firmly. “Go have a good time.”
“All right, but just remember I asked.” Nina said.
“I will. Have a great time, C.A.M.!”
“Wahoo! We did it!”
“Hurry, Alex. Why did you lock the doors in the first place? We’re supposed to be making a quick getaway.”
“Now can I celebrate?” Lucy asked. “That was SO exciting!”
“Where to now?” Beau inquired.
“We got T-minus six hours. What’s open this late?”
“I know a place.” Alex responded and sped away.
“And he calls me spoiled!” Fricorith cried. “That pampered boy doesn’t know exactly how hard I’m trying. I can’t do everything on my own. He’s got to help out.”
“True. Relationships are a two-man job.” Rainelled nodded. “Did you confront him?”
Fry sighed. “What’s to confront? He’ll just walk away from me, telling me I’m being a jerk.”
“If it wasn’t for his mother and my grandmother, I’d already be done with him!”
“Sounds exactly like Gvaudoin’s problem with Puck.”
“Gvaddy didn’t like they were already planning the future for them.” Fry replied. “But, yes, I don’t think she was that into him in the first place. It was supposed to a fling, a crush, but Titania got with my grandmother and you know how Jennicor is…”
“Fry, they’re friends. They’d like to see their families united in marriage. It’s been their dream for a long time.” the bartender explained.
“I don’t care if I ruin their plans” he said. “I’m not happy.”
“And you deserve to be happy.” Rainelle nodded. “Maybe Puck just isn’t the one, Fry. But give it a lot of thought.”
“What’s to think about?” he asked. “If I can be free…”
“You live in the same house as Puck.”
“He can room with Hermia, if he has to, or move out. I don’t care. It’s my family’s property.”
“Don’t get ahead of yourself.” Rainelle said. “You still have to do all you can to work things out, at least, for your grandmother’s sake, Fry.”
He nodded. “I’ll try. Don’t you get off in a couple of hours?”
“I’m watching out for a couple of friends right now.” she answered. “And then I’ve got to do my…other job. I’ll see you later.”
“Are we sure this is the place?” Beau asked. “I mean, do we fit in?”
“Come on, Broke,” Lucy tugged at his sleeve. “Lighten up! We didn’t sneak out so you could wimp out on us.”
“No, that would not do.” Fry smirked. “Well, well, what do we have here? A trio of underage teenagers looking for a night of excitement and trouble. My, what fun times.”
“Uh…hi?” Alex studdered.
“No reason to get nervous Alexander Goth,” Fry looked him up and down. “We’ve met before, darling. I’m Fricorith Tricou.”
“Yes…I remember.” He also remembered the butterflies in his stomach when they first met. It seemed they had returned.
“You graduated with my cousins, Angela and Lilith.” Lucy pointed out.
“Can we go now before this weirdo calls the cops on us, or worse, our parents?”
“My family owns this nightclub.” Fry went on to say. “So I give you my permission to have as much fun as you wish.”
“What is this some kind of trick? Minors in a nightclub and bar is kind of illegal”
“I’m guessing he’s the friend that ruins everyone’s fun?”
“Something like that.” Alex smiled.
“Ignore him then.”
“Good evening, Fricorith.”
“It seems you want to disrupt my plans.” his grandmother frowned. “Might we talk about it first?”
The evening had gone astray from Donna’s plans. Of course, it hadn’t helped that she asked how long he’d been dying his hair. No one liked to be reminded of their age after all. But she’d been curious. He should have been all gray by now.
Still, they recovered a bit. Science was his mistress, right? So she asked about his work. It lightened the mood a bit.
But she didn’t see the spark Mortimer Goth had for her their past date with Dina Caliente. Had Dina told him what they discussed in the bathroom? Or was it because they were in the public and he felt he needed to act the part as Donna had?
When they moved to the living room for a glass of wine, he turned the tables and asked about her. Where she came from? Her interests? She kept her answers short and vague, like Malcolm taught her for magazine interviews.
What was Mortimer Goth without Bella? Donna could play that part for him, if he wished.
He obviously wasn’t over his late wife.
Photos, paintings, illustrations, statues of her were found adorning the walls and hallways. Donna thought of no reason to remove them if she moved in.
“Your manor is even more beautiful than I ever dreamed.” Donna said.
“So your daughter and son still live here, right?” Donna asked. “I suppose she’ll be moving out after she marries? And your son will be going to college soon enough…”
“It would seem.” He answered. “I don’t know what I’ll do when they move out. I’ll be alone in this big house and…”
“Who says you have to be alone?”
The knocking woke her. At first she wanted to ignore it, but it continued.
She remembered they had a glass front door. Whoever it was could see her laying on the sofa. Dina really needed to talk to Nina about getting another door.
She could barely manage to breath. “Mortimer?”
“Dina, please let me in.”
“What’s going on?” she asked. “It’s late.”
“It’s never too late.” he replied.
“DAMN! I hear you from here, girl! Squeak that mattress, rock that bed, yep, there’s the fireworks and confetti.”
“Chloe! Why are all the boxes still packed?!”
“Because we haven’t unpacked them yet.” she shrugged.
“You mean you haven’t unpacked them.” Donna snapped. “I told you yesterday, and the day before, and before that to unpack them!”
“I don’t work my ass off everyday so you can sit here and spy on the neighbors’ woohoo lives!” she continued. “What good are you then! Why do I even bother with you!”
“Please, Donna, please, give me another chance! I’ll unpack the boxes, I promise!” Chloe pleaded. “I’ll be good. I’ll stop watching the neighbors. I’ll even wash the dishes. Please, please, give me another chance!”
Donna sighed. “Fine, but you better keep your word, Chloe Curious.”
“Besides, spying on people is illegal. Don’t you remember when that man from Desiderata Valley used his telescope to monitor people? He’s the laughing stock of that town. In fact, he’s working for Malcolm Landgraab now. Nobody likes him…either of them.”
As much as she didn’t want to move, she had to.
“Mortimer,” she smiled, just saying his name. “You need to get moving.”
He murmured something.
“Alex is at Lucy’s.” he said.
“OK, but do you want to have breakfast with Nina?”
He shook his head.
“I don’t want you under the impression that this is a one night stand, darling.” Mortimer said. “I know how impulsive, even for me, it was.”
“We’ll take it one day at a time.” Dina assured him. “We have the kids’ feelings to consider.”
“What would I do without you, Dina?”
“Hey, you’re up?”
“Couldn’t sleep.” Cassandra admitted. “I would have covered for you, but Dad wasn’t home. He still isn’t home.”
“I’m sure he’s just at the lab, overworking like usual.” Alex replied. He could tell something more was bothering his sister, but he knew better than to pester her about it. If she wanted to talk to him about it, she would.
“I had a good time.” he said. “Beau is such a stickler though, but I think by the end of the night, he enjoyed it too.”
“Did you go to the crypt like I suggested?”
“Yeah,” Alex beamed. “And I think, I met my soulmate.”
“Hello, children.” Mortimer smirked. “Alexander, I had an interesting talk with John Burb this morning.”
“Oh, you’re in trouble now.”
“What happened to having my back!”
“Dina! You’re up! You’re dressed!”
They sat down and talked. Katrina listened attentively.
“I’m glad Mortimer and you are both moving on. And I couldn’t be happier that you are doing it together.”
“I love you, dear.”
“You too, step-mommy.”
“I have to make a quick phone call and then we’ll celebrate!”
“Oh, I didn’t know you guys weren’t home.” Dina confessed.
“It was a long night.” Nina said. “We stayed at Sandy’s place.”
“Yes, dear, it’s good to hear from you too.”
“But, we have a problem.”
“So Christopher has calmed down about the whole C.A.M. being here with me thing.” Nina said. “He’s moved on, even trying to get back into Shining Things Lab. They agreed to meet with him.”
“But what do I do?” Katrina said. “This definitely changes some aspects of the plan!”
“You’ll never guess what happened last night.”
“Soap opera star fainted?”
“Hey, C.A.M. how’d it go? Nina said it was your first time at the club. Did you meet nice people?”
“My, what did I say?”
“Oh, no, no, no, no, what now?”
“You are absolutely right, Jax.” C.A.M. said. “I have to warn them.”
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 particular chapter, she is searching for a new job. You can find information about Bustin’ Out and the main story’s careers HERE.