narrated by: Alice
I moved in with Lainey after graduating from Eastborough, and we are finally getting into a rhythm. It wasn’t what I would have expected of living with my lifelong best friend.
Neither of us are exceptional cooks, but she has more experience in the trenches of the kitchen then me. Most of our life we had a butler and a maid, they took care of these things. It wasn’t until Grandma moved in that Mom allowed meals to be prepared by Grandma instead, and it required great insistence.
I drink coffee, and usually grab a danish on the way to work. I’m not fond of cereal, and am far too fussy to eat burnt eggs, or fire-stricken toast.
I spend more time cleaning the kitchen, then I actually do eating anything in it.
Lainey thinks I’m spoiled having all that help growing up, but I was still responsible for my own messes, and I can’t stand any type of filth. I don’t know what Lainey’s excuse is, seeing she had to do everything herself. My guess is that her Mom did it all.
She also started seeing a guy, and I only found out because I spied them out my bedroom window, while I lamely played a game on my laptop. I don’t have guys interested in me, I didn’t in high school, and back then, I optimistically thought I might in college, and that didn’t happen ether.
I have an inkling that she’s hiding this new beau because she realizes that I’m pathetic in love, and utterly hopeless. I never had strong feelings for saving myself for marriage, but I’m well on my way to winding up a virginal spinster.
I’ve been tempted to look up profiles on an online dating site, just to get experience in an actual relationship. But I always revert to gaming, and it’s not even my one true love in life ether. It’s just easy and distracts me from other things that aren’t quite how I want them.
It’s not that I don’t get out of the house. I had to drag Lainey down to the nightclub for the Halloween event. I’ve always been big on All Hollow’s Eve type of thing, and she obliged only because I can be rather persuasive.
I broke my own rule, and didn’t technically dress up. I just had this killer dress in my favorite color that I’ve never actually gotten to wear. So I christened myself a ‘water elf’ and prepared to explain my “costume” to anyone that asked.
Lainey slipped into a red gown, and threw on some cheapo vampire teeth and was set. She’s merely a year older than me, but she’s dated multiple guys, and just seems to really have a handle on this adult world gig. I hate feeling like I’m the baby in this apartment, clumsy and still inexperienced other than the simple peck I got from Isaac before he became sleazy.
Apparently, Lauren got hired at the nightclub, she greeted us with a giant whoop, we were in the same grade until she flunked at university. I haven’t spoken with her since high school though, after Julia got pregnant, it just seemed natural to shun Lauren for being so awful. But now it seems long ago, and Julia doesn’t need anyone to have her back anymore.
This guy came over, and started dancing with us. I thought perhaps he might like me. Then he put his back towards me and tried making moves on Lainey, who rejected him because she has a secret boyfriend!
A guy dressed as a paramedic made moves on her while she got a new drink as well.
Later in the evening, I saw him take Meg into the photo booth, and I don’t think they were taking photos, at least not PG ones.
He tried hitting on me later, and at some point, Lainey would say that it counts, but it totally didn’t. He had hit on every girl before me, I was a last resort.
I ran into Julia and Cabot on the dance floor, but they were pretty occupied with each other to get a drink, and it would have been awkward to try and dance along with them.
I seemed to be surrounded by people that came with someone, or wound up leaving with one, that after a few drinks, I just told Lainey to stop hiding her boyfriend. I’m used to her dating guys, though shallowly, I don’t know why all these guys like her. She can be such a narrowminded snot, and a betrayer, like dating Isaac in college after he’d abandoned his son, and Julia. It was very low class of her, but whatever.
By the end of the night, I was just glad to get home, and spend sometime with my cat. Thinking I should pick up a few more, just to get a head start on the ‘crazy cat lady’ persona.
I soon regretted giving Lainey permission to bring around her guy. Michael was his name, and he barely left to go home.
He was nice, and he cleaned up after himself and Lainey even. He even complimented my coffee, so I usually made extra so he could enjoy it. I confessed that it was all about the beans and being freshly ground.
I actually don’t mind the person, Michael. I mind the gnawing jealousy that I have never had anything like it. I want a hot guy to bring me coffee in bed too.
The best part going for me is work. I rented an office down in Old Town, and found that the flower shop downstairs was hiring, and immediately recommended my Grandma. She sold her Farmer’s Market when she moved in with us, and living on the shore, there just isn’t a good area for her to garden. I know how she’s missed it, she really hates just wasting time around the house, and jumped at the opportunity to get back into the work field.
She will pop in and share lunch with me once or twice a week, and it’s nice seeing family on a regular basis. But mostly, I stay at work until after all the shops have closed but the art gallery immediately below me. They host fancy wine walks, and are a constant dull roar of pretentious laughter in the evenings.
I don’t have many clients, but there are more coming in regularly. My main client is Ella. She’s thirteen, and everything seems to be rather gloomy with her.
I’d like to help her with coping with the things in her past, but also in finding the positive bits that were in there. But first, it’s this slow, up-hill process of getting her to just respond to me about mundane things.
She spends more time gazing out the window then anything else, and I usually get shrugged shoulders for any type of response. She only started doing that when she realized that I wouldn’t just move on because she chose to ignore my questions entirely.
All of my schooling, and I do not feel adequate for her. I can tell there is a great divide between us, she knew my family’s name without knowing me. That is something that comes from having my Dad be a past Mayor. I think she fears that I will judge her, but I am genuinely the most non-judgemental person I know.
I hope that the more we meet, the closer we might get to breaking the ice. I want to speak with my old professors to see if they have any suggestions, but until then, I’m going to suggest she gets a Big Sister to be there for her in a way that I professionally cannot. I think a casual friendship might be more beneficial than me, at this point.
Irregardless, our meetings are DHS required, so we will continue to trudge on, while she barely humors me. If the day ever comes that she opens up to me, and what her mind is thinking, that will be a day that I greatly relish.
Notes: Alice is a family sim, that doesn’t have great chemistry with anyone! She’s like Lorelei was, and while Lorelei did find a nice guy to settle down with, they still don’t have that high of chemistry, it doesn’t seem to matter with them thankfully. Alice’s aspiration moodlet was pretty low.
As for Lainey, Michael Abbot used to live in the apartment below them, she ACR’d herself right into his apartment on the very first day she moved in. Now Brooklyn lives there, but she kept up wants for him, and so she’s dating him for now. When these two girls were little, I had expected their love lives to be polar opposite to what they are now.
Some of the things that Alice is working with in regards to Ella, excluding the death of her Mom which is pretty big:
I am going to do a Big Sister type relationship for her. I’m going to pair her up with one of my current university students, I think a friend that is female would be great for her, especially one that is doing well. Ideally, Caitlyn would be great for this job, but she is seriously beyond swamped to even notice an advert on a campus billboard, let alone find the time!
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