Writer Notes: This chapter was filmed quicker than expected. Fortunately for everyone, right? This takes place the day after the last chapter. Enjoy!
Warnings: Fracking Juliette appearing out of nowhere! Johnny’s butt aka shirt eater, nudity, sexual references and situations, arguing, pixelated tears, missing freckles (grr face), jealously, awkwardness, inner thoughts, blushing, little violence, unfaithfulness, and language. I also noticed that the brightness isn’t consistent in all the pictures…I must have accidentally ran some of the Sims 4 equalizers…it’s annoying, I apologize.
“Come on, dude! I’ve only had it for like five seconds!” Beau growled.
“Come here, little man!” Dina smiled at the new baby Broke. “You look like your momma.”
“The Newbie is strong in this one.” Nina snorted.
“I’ve always wanted one of these.” Dina confessed. “I know you’ve got to be exhausted, Brandi. You know I can always help out…with the baby…if you want?”
“That sounds like a plan.” Brandi smiled. “And you too, Nina?”
“I already got my hands full as it is.”
“Hello stranger.” Dina smiled.
“We need to talk.” she went on. “How this is going to work…if it’s going to work…if…”
“Hi? What’s going on here?”
Dina was a little relieved to be interrupted. She didn’t know what to say in this situation. It was scandalous in this small town. Dina, the widower of Michael Bachelor, dating his sister’s husband? They weren’t even sure Bella was truly gone, especially after this Donna Cove showed up.
“Brandi had her baby!” Dina exclaimed.
Don tried to keep a straight face. “I know. I was there when little Bobby was born.”
“How is the baby?” Mortimer asked.
“Fine, completely healthy as far as we can tell. The birth had no complications. The plumbbob split went great. Brandi’s fine too, though it might be a good idea for everyone to check on her from time-to-time because, you know, Skip being gone and all…”
“But anyhow, what’s going on here?” Don smirked. “Do I spy Mortimer Goth getting back into the saddle?”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, doctor.”
“Oh, come on. Cassandra’s not mentioned this to me.” Don chuckled. “Do I know something I’m not supposed to yet?”
This wasn’t going to be easy to keep a secret. So why were they?
“I don’t understand why that bitch thought she should matter to him.”
“She doesn’t even know him.” Ellen said. “”And he doesn’t know her.”
“So you should be more worried about people he does know?”
“I don’t trust anyone.” Ellen said. “Especially those type of girls.”
“I’ll be on Tank’s team any day.” Jill grinned.
“And I guess Stella too.” Tank said. “So we’re even.”
“Sure.” Stella frowned.
“All right, time to kick some asses.” Johnny grinned.
“We’ll see, Lightyear.”
“This is so nice,” Jenny said. “It’s definitely a break from Lazlo and Crystal’s drama. Can you believe that he decided to stay with her! Even after finding out she’s been cheating on him!”
“That’s awful. I heard your step-daughter or is she your sister? The therapist one, she and General Buzz Grunt are seeing each other.”
“Is that what’s going around?” Jenny laughed. “She’s helping him. They aren’t ‘seeing’ each other like that, but I will admit, if no else will, they are cute together.”
“Look who finally decided to show up.”
“Down by a score, Team Losers struggle against the dominating force of Team Winning.”
“That’s right, Ripp. Keep talking.” Dirk laughed.
“Last play, Tanky.” Johnny shot. “Just give up now before you embarrass yourself?”
“Shut it, asshat.” Tank replied.
“Yeah, maybe you should concentrate on the game instead of running your mouth.” Jill called. “You might miss something.”
“Yeah, like who could out run me?”
“Johnny tells me you met a nice librarian.” PT said.
“Did he?” Vidcund frowned. “Well, did he also tell you about the petition going around school?”
“I think this is proof enough; even the best athlete, can’t always prevail.”
“Do you know what time it is?”
Tank sighed. “Just get it over with.”
“Get off him, bitch!”
“What’s your problem?”
“Can’t keep your hands off of someone that doesn’t belong to you!?”
“Whoa, whoa!” Tank got to his feet. “It’s OK, Ellen. We were playing ‘football.’ It’s a contact sport.”
“I don’t care.” she replied. “What she did crossed the line!”
“You hear that, whore? Stay away from my guy!”
“Now that’s what I call a real contact sport!”
“Hey, this is Dustin. Leave a message.”
“It’s Angela…just checking on you again.”
“Hope everything is OK with you and your mom and brothers. Call me, please. Love you.”
“Still can’t get a hold of him?” Jimmy asked.
“Yeah, I guess his phone’s off or dead or something.” Angela answered.
Jimmy rolled his eyes. “He’s been gone for a whole day and hasn’t talked to you? I think that’s weird. Why wouldn’t he call you? I mean hospitals have phones. I’m sure someone would let him borrow their phone to call you. I just find it…weird.”
“What are you getting at?” Angela shot. “He’s spending time with his family. It’s not like he’s hooking up with somebody or…”
Jimmy just shrugged. “Maybe.”
“What does that mean?” she asked. “Both you and Johnny have been dropping lines about Dustin for the past month. We’re together. Why do you care so much?”
“…I…” Angela was angry. He’d never seen her this way.
“What? Don’t got an opinion now, hot shot?”
“I don’t want to hurt you.” he began. “I don’t want to lie to you either because I think you’re cool. It’s hard to mind my own business when Dustin’s sharing the room beside me and I know things…I know he’s had…he’s been…”
“What are you talking about?” He didn’t answer that question. He could tell she already figured it out.
“Angela, no, I…”
“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t…I…I’m so sorry. I should have told you before…but…”
“I know. How could I not know? I pay more attention to my studies than him. He said so. He said that I needed to change.”
“That’s fucking crazy.” Jimmy pulled her into his arms. “You are awesome, kid. You shouldn’t have to change for someone who takes you for granted.”
“I would never ask you to do that. You wouldn’t be you and that’s what makes you awesome.”
She wasn’t surprised by his eagerness.
She didn’t care what was appropriate. She knew what she wanted. Hadn’t she all along?
It was Jimmy that broke away. “I want to.” he admitted. “But I can’t. I’m not that kind of guy. And I know you’re not that type of girl.”
“I understand.” she replied.
“But I’ll be here, when it’s over.”
Stella was really surprised by her friend. Ophelia confessed her many times back at La Fiesta Tech she wasn’t over the infamous Johnny Smith.
Yet, Stella didn’t see the struggle in Ophelia anymore. Maybe seeing him after all this time finally brought closure? Ripp definitely made it easier. Stella might have chosen him over Johnny, if she got a choice.
But she had a feeling Gvaudoin wasn’t someone to cross, no more than Ellen had been with Tank.
Tank…he was a different breed for sure.
She’d never met someone that both frustrated and interested her. Maybe that was all her? Tank, from the beginning, showed no interest in her kind.
She couldn’t help, but believe there was more to the story. After all, why would Ophelia be friends with someone that despicable?
“I’m beginning to think I picked the wrong school. Green grass, colorful trees, tall buildings for juicing up and blowing bubbles?” Stella said. “What no rebuttal?”
“What do you want?” he asked.
“Just appreciating the sights, ya know?” she looked him up and down. “But I suppose since you’re sitting there and I’m sitting here, we could have a chat. So…why do you hate aliens so much?”
“Why do you think I hate aliens?” he asked.
“It’s pretty obvious.” she snorted. “You can’t stand Johnny and you don’t like me, for sure. I think I remember something about your dad being a hater too.”
“My father is a general.” Tank began. “He’s seen some…bad stuff. Maybe it began that way. He didn’t trust the Smiths. I followed his lead, but, I grew up. I hear, he has too. But I don’t ‘hate’ Johnny. Maybe I still don’t like him, but it has nothing to do with him being green and everything to do with him being an ass.”
“And you? Well…I guess I’m just not that good at reading people or taking a compliment.” he shrugged. “I think it has a little bit to do with how our dad raised us and maybe because I feel Ellen’s watching me from every corner.”
“That’s a little…” Stella tried to think of an appropriate word. “Honest.”
Tank shrugged. “I’m an army guy. We’re evaluated all the time. We have to know the reasons for why we do things. I won’t lie. It’s been healthy for me.”
“So you’re not an insensitive asshole on purpose. Gotcha.” she shrugged. “So explain how a well-thought out guy like you winds up with Miss Bitch-He’s-Mine-or-You-Die?”
“That’s…that was a mistake.”
“In truth, I’ve been trying to get rid of her since day two.”
“Day one must have been fun then.”
“She wasn’t crazy on day one.”
“You know, if you ask nicely, I could think of a way to help you break up with her.”
“Why would you help me?”
“Because I’m into you.” she shrugged. “And you’re being wasted on her.”
“Ripp, we need to head out.” Gvaudoin said. “We have an extremely early flight in the morning.”
“Hey, my Tanky-wanky-cutie-pie!”
“And no one should have to endure that!”
“Shit, she’s heading this way! We’ve got to act fast!”
“Whoa…what are you doing?”
“Make a choice.” Stella said. “Either you kiss me and put on a good show or you’re stuck with her for all eternity. I mean the Grim Reaper will take you both at the same time and keep you together forever and ever and ever and…”
Now all she did was look for faults in Don and their relationship. When had this night occurred when she wasn’t with him, when he could cheat on her?
She didn’t like feeling distrustful of her fiance. She’d always known him as a romantic.
That’s what made him exciting in the beginning, finding out how romantics thought and behaved. He was a science experiment, she realized. But the results were she fell in love with him.
But being unfaithful? That had never occurred to her. Sure she knew most romantics didn’t generally date one sim, nor wanted to get married. Did that make Don an anomaly? Then again, her own mother had been a romantic. If what Darren said was true that no romantic could truly be monogamous, what did that mean for her parents? What did that mean for the future of her relationship with Don?
“We better get to the restaurant.” Don said. “Josie and Kristen are waiting.”
“Hey,” Angela tried her best not to flinch when he kissed her cheek. “How’d it go?”
“It’s amazing,” Dustin beamed. “I have another little brother. Everyone’s doing OK. I don’t think Beau is ready for the long nights though. Man, he’s shot up like a foot since the summer! Dina and Nina came by too. They’re going to help Mom out. Nina’s got this cool robot-guy named C.A.M. He’s awesome, but really child-like.”
“That’s…great.” Angela said. “I’m glad your mom is going to get some help with the baby.”
“Bobby looks just like her. It’s amazing! The little guy already has such personality.”
“The last couple of days got me thinking though.” Dustin continued. “About what I want and our future, ya know? We’ve been together through some stuff and I know I’m ready for the next step.”
“You aren’t seriously proposing to me.” She made it into a question.
“Why shouldn’t we get married?” Dustin shrugged. “I mean, we’re together right? We love each other. And I don’t know about you, but we should, especially before we start having kids, ya know?”
“Kids?” Angela shook her head. “I don’t want to have kids right now. I don’t want to get married right now. I have a lot of things I want to do before then. I’m not in the same space you are in, Dustin.”
“Then what’s the point of us?” he asked. “We’ve been together for years. Is the next step not getting married and starting a family?”
“We’re just freshmen in college.”
“My parents got married right after high school.”
“I will not end up like your mother,” she said. “Or like my mother, who put her whole life on hold to raise kids while my dad furthered his career.”
“So what life do you want?” he asked. “To chase this unrealistic dream until your old and alone? I don’t want that for you, Angela! I want you and me and a future together. Or is what I want not important anymore? Was it ever?”
“You stand there and say you want me when I know that’s not true. If you want me, then why are you woohooing someone else!?”
“The truth, Dustin? I’m done. I can’t anymore. You don’t support me. You never have. You just thought it was a phase and I’d be done with it. Well, my dream isn’t a phase. You are! And I’m done with you!”
Had she made up her mind? Was she going to confront Don about what Darren revealed?
Shouldn’t she be able to look in his eyes and see the truth? Or was love blinding her?
“Hey, you’ve been in your head all night.” Don said. “Were you really that nervous about your ex-girlfriend and me meeting?”
“I…guess so.” she lied. “Josie is really pushy. I didn’t want you to feel inadequate.”
“I don’t,” he replied. “Maybe she didn’t realized it, but Josie gave me some great pointers and I want to explore more.”
He knew how to distract her, to manipulate her. It was apart of trusting someone. You were completing in their hands. It was hard for Cassandra in the beginning, but she grew. At least, she thought she had.
But she had to wonder if she was just projecting. Don didn’t know what Darren had said to her. So what he did wasn’t uncommon for him. She was his fiancee after all. Of course he’d want to romance her.
Or was it just distracting her so she wouldn’t figure out his secrets?
Did she care?
No, she decided. She’d never been happier than with Don and she didn’t want to screw that up by throwing accusations from Darren Dreamer. Maybe he’d misunderstood what Don was talking about at the graveyard? For now, she let it go.
“You promised me. You made a deal!” Titania Summerdream claimed. “You said we would join families. I let it go that it didn’t work out with Gvaudoin, but now Fricorith? You’ve got to be kidding me! Fix this!”
“I can’t force my grandson to marry someone he doesn’t want to marry.” Jennicor answered.
“Can’t or won’t?”
“Both. His happiness means more to me than my own.”
“They’re kids, Titania. I’ve not always like my now husband. We had our ups and downs and still do from time-to-time.” Jennail said. “Right now Fry and Puck don’t like each other. Tomorrow they might be back together. You never know what the future holds.”
“By the way you’re behaving, why should we want the likes of you joining our family?” Kvornan asked. “This is most inappropriate.”
“A deal is a deal.” Oberon said. “You should make Fricorith understand the consequences of his actions. Do you really want this to be the reason we’re no longer friends? Stop spoiling the boy. Make him understand duty over pleasure.”
“You do not get to dictate my son’s life!” Jennail growled.
“You really don’t want to go there, Oberon.” Kvornan said. “He’s our son, not an object for your gain!”
“Life is not always fair.” he replied. “But this is too important to ignore. Would you really insult us like this? Haven’t we been friends for decades?”
“Yes, but family before all.” Jennicor stood. “We stand by our little Fry. We have always respected the decisions our young ones make, even if we don’t necessarily agree with them. It’s something I’ve learned by my daughter, Nylissit. We grew to love Kiernan, despite what he is.”
“Remember this moment, Jennicor.” Titania warned. “You’ll need our help one day, but on that day, you’ll find yourself alone and without friends.”
“Puck, dear, do it. Put it all up! Let the world know! We will not let the Tricous play us any longer. We take the cards from their hand and use the ace up their sleeve.”
“Hello, hello, hello!”
“Oh no, Ms. Cove, I meant to call you…” Kimberly Cordial began. “We’ve been cancelled.”
“What do you mean we’ve been cancelled?” she asked. “We’re the hottest topic in all of SimNation!”
“Well, maybe you should have thought about that before making a woohoo tape, whore.”
“What are you talking about?”
“So how many of us were you woohooing?!” Robert Kim asked. “The photographer too? It’s out! Everywhere!”
Additionally: Newbie had the day off. You’ll see much of her in the upcoming chapters.