Simon Millett (21 years), Milo London (21 years), Ella Carver (19 years), Lily-Mae McCarthy (19 years), Alex Welsh (19 years)
A whole summer back home, and Ella was back in Miner Hall as a sophomore now. The kinks of freshman year and dormitory living seemed easier this time around, she actually missed the freedom and noises after being gone. Monroe was on campus now, and they hadn’t talked since she’d gone away to EU. She knew he’d kept his word about college, because her sister, Marisol knew everything there was to know about anyone.
She also knew he was continuing to date Vivienne while at university, which meant the dimmest hopes she’d buried deep inside about them reuniting on campus, were dying a painful death.
It seemed ridiculous to pine over a boy, who forgot about her as soon as she left.
Simon was back, a senior this year, along with Milo. Ella sort of hoped she’d have her own place next year, so she didn’t have to make friends with the new freshmen, which would likely include Vivienne.
Simon was a nice guy, and it was easy to fall into conversation with him after living the past year in the same dorm. Social skills seemed to be something she was gaining, mostly against her will. But it did ebb the loneliness she’d felt the first year, or more honestly, most of her life.
Simon knew everyone who had come back, and he took the time to fill Ella in. Milo, Alex, Lily-Mae, they’d all returned. It kept the dorm at capacity, which meant Monroe was at a different dorm on campus.
Ella had gone all day without seeing Milo, not knowing if they were still sorta-friends or if it had all changed over the summer. She’d mostly chewed him out, and suddenly, it’d seemed they were friends. She’d spent an unhealthy amount of time over summer break, wondering what he was doing, if he thought of her at all.
Even still, it didn’t compare to Monroe, who clung to her brain constantly.
She hears a familiar voice, and is mildly disappointed when it’s Milo. He’s apologizing for losing her number, and how he lost touch over summer. Allegedly, he’d spent the summer thinking of her, in a friendship sort of way.
Oh, it’s really no big deal, she says without lie, because in her heart, it isn’t Milo she pines for.
It seems complicated to Ella, boys, attraction. Her Mom made notoriously terrible choices when it came to men, and the only good guy she’d had, Cesar, she’d treated terribly. A nagging concern that her Mother’s mistakes were a piece of her made her anxious. She doubted her feelings, wondering if she was destined to choose wrong, and if she were, was it better to never choose at all?
Milo pulled Ella outside and out of her shell, pushing daytime hours on her sleep regime, and into trying new experiences, like tossing a football.
When Ella finally did see Monroe, it wasn’t on her terms. She’d agonized late into the night over it, only to have it be nothing like she’d expected.
She comes into the studio, finally an interactive music class, one she’d been waiting to get in until she was a sophomore. The teacher was jamming out, really enjoying the tunes, and naturally, it was Monroe. He was a freshman, and he was already in the class.
He would be talented enough, well-connected, wealthy, all those things, to jump right into a second year class.
All her life choices to follow music seemed foolhardy. Monroe would be successful, because he had his Dad’s name and connections to pull him through. Plus, he was talented and bold. He didn’t shy away from exposing himself, and Ella was none of those things.
Even worse, Monroe was singing, which had always been her part, and he was doing it beautifully.
Ella went to the admin office, and dropped the class. She’d make it up in the spring semester.
Ella distracted herself with helping Milo with his studies. The 3.5 GPA the law school sought, was impossible for Milo to reach now. It was too late for his GPA, but Ella had researched, and if he scored well on his LSAT, he stood a high chance, apparently it was more important.
Milo wasn’t concerned about any of those things. He wanted to have fine treasures and always have fun, and sometimes Ella wondered why she even bothered. Milo didn’t really need her help, his Dad would take care of everything, she was certain.
His entire life was different than hers, how could they have any common ground?
Regardless of her doubts, she continued to help him, pushing him to be a better version of himself.
When they met at the library, and he immediately hugged a cute woman, Ella felt a weird pang. It wasn’t exactly jealousy of the hug, as much as the warm reception the woman received.
When she realized it was Milo’s adopted sister, Itzel, she felt relieved, but there was still sadness. Her half-brothers, Flint and Jett hadn’t reached out to her in a long time. She wasn’t wounded by Flint’s lack of interest, but Jett had always been like a brother to her, supportive and attentive.
Milo seemed anxious when he introduced her to Itzel, and it puzzled Ella. They were friends, or maybe more study partners.
But Itzel was warm and kind, and Ella felt that familiar longing to belong. Even having Cesar and all her half-siblings, she wished there was a whole-sibling, a full family which would include her Mom, in a healthy state and living. Which made her feel bad, considering both of Itzel’s birth parents had died when she was too young to recall.
When Milo put his mind to school, he finished wicked quick. Ella had a 4.0, and she’d studied 150% more than Milo for his 3.0. He could have accomplished anything if he’d put his mind to it. He never worried, because he’d always had everything, and it was these moments when Ella wondered why they spoke at all.
After much persuasion, he convinced Ella to visit Audubon Island. She was adamant against meeting his parents, and this suited Milo perfectly fine. He didn’t have any interest in introducing her to anyone, and meeting his sister was uncomfortable for him.
Milo’s real love was surfing, and after two weekends of constant begging, Ella conceded to give it a try. She knew it wasn’t her scene without even trying, water was only good in a shower, but she agreed in wager for him to write a research paper.
Secretly, she admired the beauty of the island, wondering why her family had never come out to visit for a day.
Milo gave some vague instruction, then he was gone.
Standing proved impossible for Ella. Every time she’d get upright, she’d tumble right off.
She couldn’t help but laugh though, mostly at herself. Surfing. Cesar would never believe her, Manny would be proud. He always encouraged her to try new things, discover herself, and while surfing wasn’t her thing, it wasn’t a terrible way to spend an afternoon.
Milo stayed out for hours, and Ella was exhausted, struggling to lift her legs out of the water after just one hour. She wasn’t in the shape Milo was in, if she really cared, she’d jog with him and Simon in their little fitness club, but she didn’t see that happening.
Starving, they grabbed a late lunch once Milo realized she’d gone missing.
Something about the fresh air and new experience took Ella off her guard. She felt flirty, pretty, and she let her guard down.
It was her idea to try the axe-throwing, Milo had done it enough times on his family vacations to the Cascade mountains, something Ella didn’t really want to hear about.
He humored her, and her weird stance and grunts. But at the end of her throws, he was impressed and slightly intimidated.
They wandered in the cheesy museum, and it was his idea to go in the photo booth for a picture to commemorate the day.
But what followed, seemed like a mutual decision. She wished she had been drinking, so she could blame her choice to screw Milo in a photobooth on that. She wasn’t, and she couldn’t.
In the moment, she didn’t feel the shame of having her first time be with a rich boy, in a photobooth, where families were just on the other side of the curtain. His skin was soft, but tough with strength and use. She hadn’t noticed before.
In the moment, she felt seen and understood. They pushed one another to be better, trying new experiences. Although in this department, he’d had experience.
Afterward, Ella quickly sobered. Embarrassed and ashamed. They were just friends, she was sure Monroe was sleeping with Vivienne, but what if they weren’t? What if he judged her for it? She knew it was ridiculous, but she couldn’t stop thinking of Monroe, even when she was with Milo.
When the evening was ending, and he looped his fingers into hers, she knew those hands in a way she hadn’t previously. She squirmed her hands free, feeling uncomfortable at the places they’d touched and known on her. Instead of feeling seen, she felt exposed and anxious.
Milo was her first, but he had experience, just like Monroe probably had experience, and she’d been waiting all this time to loose it in a quick romp in a photobooth? She felt disappointed and confused.
The ride back to university was quiet, and she could feel the tension of her rejection. He wasn’t asking her to be his girlfriend, and she knew he didn’t want that. Milo was a fun guy, seeking fun and entertainment. But he was wealthy, and used to getting his way, and things felt changed.
When they got back to the dorm, she invited him to have dinner in the cafeteria, and he made an excuse to linger outside. Not feeling like eating alone, she went to the second floor vending machine and took chips back to her room.
Ella was right about Milo, but while she’d pined for Monroe all summer, he’d been thinking about the drowned mouse of a girl, who had the gall to tell him he was a fool. Staring at the girl, who had lost just about everything, he felt ashamed to be such a wasteful cliche.
After sleeping together though, she’d withdrawn. Milo felt confused, and she had been right, he didn’t want a girlfriend. He’d dated Maxine for months, and he wanted to have fun before he dived deep into another relationship. And Ella Carver was a relationship, she was work.
Milo wasn’t ready for such commitment, and he wasn’t ready to be humiliated on the pier in front of other islanders either.
Notes: So Ella’s first time was with Milo, in a photobooth… and it was ACR. Ella is still smitten with Monroe, he is still dating and smitten with Vivienne. And Milo likes both Ella and the random girl walking by… seriously, he met her, and now he wants to date and kiss her.
As I’ve mentioned, Ella and Milo have 1 bolt, while she has 3 with Monroe. Not that boltage exactly matters, but she has a stronger pull to Monroe. Personally, I don’t think either of these guys are a good choice for her, as their backgrounds are really quite different, and at this point, I think Ella is too insecure.
Milo pulled off a 4.0, which brought him up .1 on his GPA. I was doing some research, and it looks like scoring really high on LSAT gets you accepted into law school, so I’m going to play with that a bit after he graduates in the spring.
Simon is still dating Cassia, and he’s still constantly connected to his family. They come by and call him all the time. Cassia seems bored, like she expected something else for their evening. I am not rooting for this couple, but they would likely get me a redhead so I’m not forcing them to stop.
And Ella met up with Kenzie for a lunch on campus after Kenzie called. They are still good friends after all these years. (Kenzie was Ella’s social worker for those who don’t know/recall).
Lily-Mae is still dating Alex, and she’s pretty happy with him, and this is another relationship I’m not digging, but we will see what happens. (Mostly its his black/blonde hair, because Finn McCarthy’s family is all blonde, and they’ve primarily married black-haired sims, and it’s SO dominant!)
Grades this term: (Simon and Milo are seniors)
Simon – 4.0
Milo – 3.1
Ella – 4.0
Lily-Mae – 3.1
Alex – 3.5
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10 thoughts on “eastborough university – miner hall”
I’m so drawn to Ella! Her face is so expressive! Deep thoughts. I really enjoyed this chapter.
Thanks CT! I really like Ella too, her expressions are great on their own. I’m glad you enjoyed the chapter! Thank you for commenting!
I’m all caught up!
I’m a sucker for unrequited love, so part of me hopes Ella and Monroe work out. But I like Monroe and Vivienne too, so I’m torn.
I love that Ella and Kenzie keep in contact. I know Kenzie is getting up there in years, but I hope they continue to stay close and maybe Kenzie could be a surrogate mother figure for her.
I should have seen the Milo thing coming, but I did not. For some reason, I don’t remember Maxine. I can check his profile after I post my comment, but I’m wondering if he’s a Pleasure or Romance sim, because he’s behaving like it. I agree that he’s probably not good for Ella. I also agree with the other ladies that he is a cutie, lol.
ah, unrequited love… I’m a sucker too! I do like Monroe and Vivienne together too, she’s such a sweet girl with a tough Mom.
I love that Ella and Kenzie keep in touch too. Kenzie is 68, and hopefully, she has many years left. I think of her sorta like a surrogate mother figure for Ella, because she’s the only adult woman invested in Ella’s life.
He dated Maxine his freshman year I think. She didn’t have much on the actual blog, but here’s her picture. Milo is a fortune sim, and I can’t recall if I gave him secondary yet or if I was waiting until he graduates college. He is way too active to match for pleasure with my parameters, but I think in real world ways, he seeks pleasure. I think in some ways it boils down to a boy who raised spoiled, and he hasn’t had to face any consequences yet, not about things he truly cares about, and until that day comes, I don’t think he’s in the place to date anyone seriously.
Milo’s traits – aquaphile, ambitious, adventurous, athletic, charismatic, perspective
Thanks for commenting! I’m impressed you got all caught up, and I appreciate you powering through, means a lot to me! Hope you and yours are staying healthy!
Oh, I’ve always had the softest spot for Ella and I feel so much for her here, her confusion and hesitation and the messy development with Milo and her pining for Monroe.
Me too, Annie and her daughter, Ella always pull on me. I thought Monroe might roll wants for her once he made it to college, and I’ve been disappointed with Ella that he hasn’t, but I still don’t think either boy, in their current phase of life, would be a good fit for her. Thank you for commenting!
Boltage definitely isn’t everything but I do put quite a lot of stock into it when I’m figuring out what a sim really wants sometimes, especially with all other things being equal. But I can see your perspective about Ella and Monroe/Milo. I wonder if she needs more of a clean slate sort of guy. Someone she has no history with and who has no history with her? I think that’s what I’m leaning towards, when I think about what might be the best path forward for Ella.
But the photo booth encounter with Milo does throw a spanner in the works! I don’t know if Ella is the kind of girl who will be able to move on from that easily, however much she might want to. I’m curious how that will all work out.
Sidenote but I just looked up the LSAT and it turns out the University of Melbourne uses it, which surprised me! I figured universities here would have their own admissions criteria! Anyway, I can definitely see Milo going that route.
LOL at allowing Simon and Cassia to continue for the potential redheaded babies! I can’t lie…you know I’d do the same thing!
Seems like Lily-Mae and Alex would have a decent chance for blonde kids, no? Although you could definitely get unlucky and end up with all black-haired babies too.
I didn’t realise Ella was doing so well with her studies! That’s awesome!
Agree about bolts. I have many 2-bolt couples, but I can’t think of a single 1-bolt couple (not that I don’t have one, but they aren’t readily coming to mind). In my hood, most of my mature couples are 2 bolts, because there weren’t many options, while twenty-somethings in my game have many more options. I don’t feel like Ella has many options as some of her peers, but Lorelei didn’t either, and she found Marshal in the end.
I recently saw Milo on another lot when checking some stuff, and he had wants for Ella all over again, and she still didn’t. I don’t think she’s the type to let things go, something she inherited from her Mom, but I also don’t know if she’d deal with it either.
Yes, Lily-Mae and Alex would have the chance for blonde babies because Lily-Mae is blonde/red and Alex is black/blonde. With my luck, they’d all be black-haired!
Ella is at the good dorm, where typically sims do well. It’s like the studious dorm vs the party dorm which I currently put the latter out of commission for a spell. I needed new scenery.
Thank you for commenting Carla!
The scenery out on the island is so beautiful! I really enjoyed seeing it and watching Ella learn to surf. You conveyed the confusion, insecurity and isolation of Ella after the day with Milo, and the photobooth, so well. I feel heartbroken for her but she does seem so resilient, that I know she will be ok. Milo is so flippant and privileged, I think that is what makes me so aggravated about the situation for her.
I am curious if you’ve ever looked into the equal genetics mod? I have considered it but it is too fascinating having the recessives be less likely.
I have looked at the genetics mod, but I really love the actual genetics in the game. It’s one of my biggest draws to the game, so I wouldn’t be as intrigued if it was equally assigned.
Thank you for your comment, it was a complicated, entry to write. I really enjoy getting into Ella’s head, and she never fails with giving me things to explore with her.
I really like Milo, but he is very privileged, and he’s never had consequences or loss for anything he truly cared about. I think he will be a great man one day, but he’s young now, and he’s been raised spoiled. When I spotted him recently in the game, he did have wants for Ella again, and a piece of me thinks it’s really sweet, considering their only 1-bolt, she really seems to have gotten into his head. But I don’t think Ella is in a place to reciprocate love in a healthy way, she’s too uncertain in herself and caught up with Milo.
Thank you for commenting Shannon!