“I just want you to be happy,” Nora said.
“Oh, Nora, thank you,” I wrapped my little sister in a big hug. “I appreciate that.”
We were standing on the front patio. Nora wanted to ensure that I was settled in the dating department, even though she hadn’t had much luck herself.
Turns out our “hot neighbor (her words, not mine… I’m not into blondes) was a bit of a loner and wasn’t looking for romance. That, of course, didn’t deter my hopelessly romantic baby sister from trying to invite him over to everything from a family barbecue to a workout session on our balcony with the new-ish exercise equipment. Julian declined. So my sister took it upon herself to try and “fix” my love life to take her mind off her own dating troubles. I still hadn’t told anyone about Joseph yet. I wasn’t sure what we considered ourselves.
Family barbecue turned into fend-for-yourself barbecue. Lee was on a date with Sammy. Dad got a promotion at work. Nora took one look at the meat and thought she would be sick. She doesn’t like hot dogs that aren’t burnt. I don’t blame her. I actually like a good bit of carbon fried onto my hot dog. And Mom was in Newcrest. I plunked one charred and one moderately dark bratwurst onto my plate. Someone had already taken the condiments, save the Duetchsim mustard inside. I was happy. I love that stuff.
I caught sight of Sugar across the street. I hadn’t seen her since before Christmas so I enthusiastically ran across the street, lunch and all, to greet her.
“Hey Sugar! How’ve you been?”
“With the busyness of the holiday season past, I thought it best to take some time to recharge my own batteries. I have been working on a variety of skills, particularly painting as of late.”
“Sounds lovely. I’ve been working on a new novel. I just self-published Bunch Ado About Nothing on Atlantis and now I’m working on another teen fiction, Hart to Hart, about a teenager with awkward parents.”
“Send me the link.”
“Thanks a million, Sugar!”
“Have you been working on your music at all?”
“Some… I’ve got a show this afternoon at the Solar Flare. Say… can you drop me off? I didn’t realize how late it was.”
“Sure. Do you mind coming in? I gotta change first. I have an interview I’m heading to actually. I might be interning for Nookstone News.”
“Say that’s great, Lizzie!”
I neglected to add that Joseph, my new… something… acquired the interview for me. Sugar followed me inside and changed as well in the downstairs bathroom.
As I dropped Sugar off at Solar Flare, I felt a headache coming on. Strong pressure pushed and tugged at my temples. I was beginning to regret eating two bratwurst before my interview. Maybe that wasn’t the best idea.
Meanwhile in another part of town… Nora, my kid sister, was up to no good. Well, maybe not, no good… but she had a plan… and a plan that involved stalking, scheming, and a pep talk.
“Hey Nora,” Rob said. “I didn’t know you work out here.”
“Oh hey Rob… funny finding you… and Marshall… here… what a coincidence!”
“Listen pal… there’s no easy way to say this so I’m just going to say it. My sister, Lizzie likes you. A lot. Like a lot a lot. And you could even say she cares about you and about Carrie.”
“Is that so?”
“Yes, and you are such a big jerk for breaking her heart.”
“Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Who said anything about breaking hearts?”
“I did… and Lizzie… she moped around for weeks after you didn’t even give her a chance.”
“Yes. And you need to get with the picture. I know you have a kid and all and I know you’re worried about dating my sister with a kid, but she’s a great sister and a good person who has been a good friend to you and a fantastic babysitter for Carrie. Dare I even say… out of this world babysitter… and I’m saying you owe yourselves a chance to try.”
“Look sister, you don’t know…” Rob started, but Nora firmly cut him off.
“Get off the treadmill… get your butt upstairs to the showers, and put on some cologne for gosh sakes, and meet my sister at the Pizza Planet tonight. She’s gonna be there around seven. And I’ll watch Carrie for you… at a discounted rate and all… after my free advice, of course.”
“You can’t tell me what to do.”
“My sister likes Old Spice.”
“So you… um… like women’s basketball?”
Rob seemed nervous. It was a wonder. Literally thirty seconds before he showed, Nora confessed she asked him to meet us here, and then promptly decided to
ditch us in favor of leave because she conveniently forgot she was hanging out with Julian. Nora had asked me to dinner tonight to celebrate my interview… which didn’t go great, but it didn’t suck either. I didn’t even have time to change since I came straight from Nookstone News so I was still dressed in my green skirt suit. Thankfully, I ditched the jacket in my car. I didn’t want to look too put together.
“Yeah, the Oasis Acres are pretty good,” I remarked, wondering if our cheesy bread order would arrive soon since I needed something to occupy my hands.
“Gah! They missed it! And such an easy shot too,” I grunted.
“Sorry. I don’t know much about the game.”
“I do like this sweet bass in this halftime song,” Rob remarked, rubbing his hands nervously against his jeans.
I smiled, deciding to throw him a bone. After all, he had the guts to show up after my kid sister lectured him.
“Yeah, this song… it’s incredible. You haven’t heard of this group? Pentatonix?” I asked, my eyes lighting up. “They do everything acapella.”
“Really? Even that wicked percussion beat?”
“And the bass?” Rob swung his head back at the television screen to catch the act.
“Yep… that guy…” I pointed. “His name is Avi.”
“Here…” I pulled out my phone. “I can show you other videos of theirs..” I gushed.
“Wow… they are talented.”
“…do you like British Invasion?”
“Then you have to hear… it’s super powerful…” I trailed off, and grinned sheepishly. “Too much?”
“What? You? Naw…” Rob waved his hands. “I could go all day talking about music.”
“Hooray!” I threw my hands in the air. “Here…”
“Did I hear British Invasion?”
Cathy Tea plopped down at our table, without an invitation, but like she needed one. We were happy to have her join us.
“Yeah…you gotta hear it…” Rob enthusiastically pulled out his own phone and found the video to show off.
I couldn’t help but grin. I had converted yet another person to one of my favorite music groups.
“Hey, look! It’s Sugar! Now if you want to her some mind-blowing music, catch Sugar’s violin!”
“What are you all doing?” Sugar appeared, in her gorgeous evening attire.
She must have changed from earlier.
“Rob, this is my friend, Sugar Maple Bough… and oh, how clumsy of me… this is her roommate and my friend, Cathy Tea.”
“It’s nice to meet you,” Rob smiled.
“Sugar, what’s with the gown?” I asked.
“I’m playing a set later. CPE Bach. I transcribed his solfegettio for violin.”
“That’s awesome!” I exclaimed.
“Whoa! Transcription is an incredible skill,” Rob remarked.
“Thanks,” Sugar said, seeming embarrassed by the attention. “Do you play anything, Rob?”
“Not really. I noodle on the guitar every once in awhile. But what I really like to do is sing,” he replied.
“What?” my eyes widened. “You sing?”
“What do you sing?”
“Anything really… but I like… well… would you like to hear?”
Rob erupted into a Mr. Wonderful song, surprising us all, and shocking me, most of all. Who knew he had such talent! He even did all the voices.
I’m gonna be a mighty king
So enemies beware!
Well, I’ve never seen a king of beasts
With quite so little hair
I’m gonna be the mane event
Like no king was before
I’m brushing up on looking down
I’m working on my ROAR
Thus far, a rather uninspiring thing
Oh, I just can’t wait to be king!
(You’ve rather a long way to go, young master,
if you think…)
We all clapped loudly when he was finished.
“Thanks,” Rob said.
“Mr. Wonderful!” I practically swooned.
“Well… I do have a kid,” he smiled and shrugged.
“Wow… Rob… a man of many hidden talents…” I said.
“That was impressive,” Sugar added.
“Nice!” Cathy exclaimed, squeezing my hand approvingly. “I like this guy.”
Yeah no kidding!
“Now, excuse me, I feel that Blicblock game calling me,” Cathy said, standing up from the table.
“I’ll leave you two to your dinner,” Sugar said. “Nice to meet you Rob.”
After we stuffed our faces with cheesy bread and pizza slices topped with earthy green bell peppers and hearty mushrooms, Rob and I retired to the couch to be more comfortable.
“You really do have a great voice,” I complimented.
“You think so?” Rob ducked his head toward his water glass in a bashful way.
“Absolutely,” I encouraged. “Have you thought about music as a career? Obviously, you’ve got the talent and the passion.”
“I don’t know…” he shrugged. “What if I just like mixing drinks?”
I laughed awkwardly. “You could do both.”
“I have to think about Carrie,” he remarked. “But it is a thought. It helps to know someone believes in me.”
“Of course, Rob,” I replied, unsure about what else to say.
“It’s great to be out here tonight. You’re so easy to talk to and be with,” he smiled broadly.
“Why Rob! I think you paid me a compliment,” I said in mock fluster.
“Don’t joke,” he said, catching my hand. “I…mean it.”
“Thank you,” I flushed, dropping my gaze down to my hands.
I wasn’t sure how to act or what to say. Rob walked me down the stairs, his hand hovering over the small of my back. This was venturing quickly into dangerous territory.
“Well good night…”
“What? No goodbye kiss?” Rob teased from behind me.
“I…uh…” I stammered.
He didn’t want to date now, he had said. Nothing serious.
“Lizzie, I think we should date.”
Or so I thought.
I spun around as Rob approached me.
“We’d have fun together,” Rob explained. “My kid likes you, and that’s saying something. She hasn’t liked anyone I’ve dated since her mom.”
“So… uh… we should date because Carrie likes me?” I cocked my head in confusion.
“No… plummit! I’m not doing this right… uh…okay… I like you, Lizzie Green, and I know you like me too. Will you go out with me… as my girlfriend?”
What am I doing? I’m out with Joseph. I’m out with Rob. Joseph and I aren’t all that serious yet, but I enjoy being with him… and Rob… well, shoot! I enjoy being with him too. I can’t do this… to both of them. I need to pick, don’t I? Oh plummit!
“You are amazing,” he breathed as he stepped back from the surprising kiss we just shared.
“Oh…” was all I could say.
Aww… plummit all to hell!
Author Notes: Thanks for reading. I previously decided in another story to call the Beatles – The British Invasion in my Simworld because Simtannican Invasion didn’t quite have the same ring to it. LOL. Also I could figure out no way to give Pentatonix a good Simworld name befitting their music group so I left it in as is. I guess, Simterrans get Pentatonix all the way out in the Daleth system. Haha.
Why did I pick Pentatonix? Well, I’ve been looking for a way to slide their group into the story naturally, and when I heard their cover of Can’t Hold Us, I knew I had to add it, not to mention I’ve heard this song played at a basketball game, hence the tie-in.
In my Simworld, Mr. Wonderful is my version of Disney. I came across this amazing version of I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, and I threw it in here. Rob did spontaneously burst into song, and I didn’t know Sims could do that in TS4. It was so adorable, I had to throw that in there.
The Oasis Acres are a play on the Las Vegas Acres women’s basketball team. And Lizzie autonomously kissed Rob after he kissed her… it would be cute, except now we have a love triangle. 😛 This chapter featured MINEZ‘ Julian DeBateau, CathyTea‘s Sugar Maple Bough and Cathy Tea, and InfraGreen’s/Trip’s Rob Buckley and Marshall.