Sunday, November 30, 2014

Chapter 31

Scarlet Firecracker loves her wedding dress.  Simple and sweet.

She's certainly come a long way since Day 1.

I had her dance until her alligator abs disappeared, so she'd look her best for her wedding day.

But she's still visiting the gym.

It's one of their favorite places to go as a couple.

And I added a swimming pool outside for doing laps!

It happened to be a Thursday when Scarlet and Don got engaged and moved in together.  I wanted to wait until Saturday for the wedding.  

So to bide the time, Scarlet painted at home while Don went to work.  

And she did lots of cooking.  Scarlet baked their wedding cake.

When Don Lothario moved in, I checked out his romance panel.  It's amazing he said "Yes" to Scarlet's offer of marriage.  His relationship with Babs is much higher, lol.

He's flirted with Bella Goth and Nancy Morse (ex-Landgraab), but to no avail.  He's woohooed Natalia Tam in an earlier chapter, but this Katlyn and Liberty are all Don flirting autonomously while I was playing other households, lol.

(Now that Scarlet has the personality trait 'Player,' she can freely romance other Sims without having jealousy problems, but Don can't.  So I'll have to keep an eye on him when he's around Scarlet, lol.)

The day of the wedding finally dawned bright and clear.  Don looked at himself in the mirror.

I'm really doing this!  I'm getting married!

I think he was scared and happy at the same time.

I chose the big park in Oasis Springs for their wedding venue... made a few changes...

Don and Scarlet ran towards their future.  Literally, lol.

The guests soon arrived, and Don and Scarlet shared their vows and kissed as man and wife!

Don's daughter Alissa L'Amour was especially adorable in her dark blue dress.  I like to think she was the Flower Girl.

Father and daughter had a cute selfie moment...

...before Scarlet cut the cake and fed Don the first bite.

Yum.  After that, the lucky couple mingled with their guests, drinking...

And laughing...

And just having fun.

Scarlet's daughter Sarah was there (she just wouldn't wear a formal dress no matter how many times I replayed it, lol)...

Babs L'Amour was especially full of smiles.  I think I caught Don eyeing her now and then, lol.  

Efrain Hildebrand came, (although not his wife Dina, unfortunately), along with Bella Goth.

She always looks so fancy in red.

Efrain and Dina's daughters were also invited, as they are close friends with Alissa L'Amour and Sarah Firecracker.  The twins wore matching outfits, so cute!

Betsy Hildebrand...

And Zoe Hildebrand...

Their grandma Katrina Caliente was not far behind...

Nina Caliente, pretty in pink, also came to the wedding, along with Nancy Morse, and her husband Vernon.

Nancy's ex-husband Geoffrey Landgraab also attended, despite his pretty low relationship level with Scarlet.  He was sad most of the wedding, lol.

But he seemed to cheer up a little towards the end, after having a drink or two.

Malcolm Landgraab, Geoffrey's son with Nancy, also came, and perfectly behaved himself...

...except for one Evil laugh, but I think that was for good luck.

Scarlet asked Don, "Can you believe we are actually married?  It feels unreal."

"It's a dream," he said.

It was very dark by the time all the guests finally left the park.

Don was so tired, but very happy.

They hugged out of pure joy.

"Let's go home, wife."

At home, they had one more thing to do.  Their birthdays.  Time to cross into the later stages of adulthood...

"We have to be responsible, respectable adults now," Scarlet said with a grin.

At this point, I thought it'd be neat to give a Family Tree breakdown of my played families.  The Rotation!

We have Scarlet and Don's trees:

And the Landgraab/Morse trees:

And the Hildebrand/Caliente trees:

And, finally, the Goths (although I haven't directly played them yet):

And this momentous chapter just wouldn't be complete without a very special passage from a fellow Simmer.

This is from CathyTea's thoughtful blog post, which truly inspired this wedding between Scarlet and Don.  Thanks for reading, as always.

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Chapter 30

Brace yourself for some major drama, lol!

Scarlet took a deep breath.  She stood outside Don Lothario's house.  She could see his girlfriend Babs L'Amour inside.

Babs invited her in.

They were actually good friends... so that's why this was really going to hurt.  Scarlet asked, "Can we talk?"  

Babs nodded, taking her into her daughter's bedroom.

Scarlet said, "It's about Don.  I... Me and him... We're-"

"Soulmates?" Babs blurted out, rolling her eyes.

"Yes," Scarlet said, taking a deep breath.  "I'm going to ask Don to marry me.  I've completed my Serial Romance aspiration.  I want to settle down with my soulmate now."

"You?  Don?  Settle down?" Babs laughed, each word getting progressively louder.

Scarlet frowned. "I know you and him have a kid, okay?  He'll always be a part of your life.  He'll always love you.  I'm OK with that."

Babs got mad. "Why are you telling me this?  Some sick twisted sense of humor?

Babs threw up her arms, angry.  "All I care about is my daughter.  She needs her father."

Babs cried, "Get out of my house!"

That's when Alissa walked in, home from school.

"Hi, Mommy!  Oh, hi, Scarlet!  Is Sarah here, too?  Can we play outside?"

"I'm sorry, Alissa.  But I have to leave," Scarlet said, forcing a smile.

Alissa could tell the adults had been arguing.  "OK, bye," she said, sad.

At dinner, Babs could barely eat. 

Don asked, "What's wrong, babe?"

"Nothing... I... I'm going to the gym."  She had been gaining weight.  Too many neighborhood parties and dancing.  "Can you watch Alissa?"

"But I have to practice programming.  I'm looking at another promotion-"

"Just be a father and watch her!" Babs yelled, angry.  

Don freaked out.  "Okay, okay."  What's wrong with her?

At the gym, Babs ran off some steam.

And did a lot of thinking...

She and Don had a lot of great moments together.  That must be love, right?  She believed he must love her too... in his own way.  He was a noncommittal Sim... just like her.  But why did she feel so wrong?

She called up someone very special to her.  "Can we talk?"

Kristian Fry suggested they meet at the renovated library.  They found a nice spot outside, quiet and private.  She felt comfortable being herself around him.

She was honest.  "I think I have to let Don go.  But I'm scared.  I want to do what's right for my daughter and me.  I'm not sure if I can do both.  I want to be with you... but... I haven't let myself believe I could.  Because of Alissa.  I just wish I had all the answers."

Kristian said, "You are the best Mom in the whole world.  You don't need all the answers in life.  You just need to love her.  And if you need me, I'll be here for you.  Always."

Babs smiled and hugged him with all her might.  "You're my best friend."

That's when Don appeared.  Sometimes they met after work at the library.  It was a good place for Babs to work on her writing, Don on his programming, and Alissa on her homework.

"Hey Babs.  Oh, hi, Kristian.  What's going on?" Don asked.

Kristian said, "Babs has something to say... Babs?"

She tried to be gentle about it.  "Don, I've had feelings for Christian for a while now... I think it's time you and me went our separate ways."

Don cried, but a secret part of him was relieved (Lol).  He always felt trapped in relationships.  It was a curse.

As they hugged, Don felt envious.  Did that mean he wanted love like that?  Lasting love?  Him, a noncommittal Sim?  Was he cursed forever to feel unsatisfied in relationships?  To always feel trapped?

Don left them alone.

Babs and Kristian celebrated at the Rattlesnake Juice bar.

To my happy surprise, Nancy was at the bar.  She's still working on that mixology skill, lol.

Babs and Kristian found a comfy little spot by the window.

They had a great time... talking, laughing... She even recited some of her love poetry.  She's a writer after all!

She gave him a big kiss.

Babs brought him home.  Kristian read his book while Babs made a taco casserole.

Don was no where to be found.

Kristian poured himself some tea.  "Hey, Babs, honey, I see Scarlet at the door."

"It's okay.  I invited her," she said.

Scarlet came in.  "Babs... I was surprised you invited me over... I was hoping we could talk again.  I'm sorry I upset you."

Babs called everyone to eat and said, "No, I'm sorry.  I was wrong to get angry.  You were right.  You and Don belong together."

Scarlet went bug-eyed.  "We do?"

Kristian added, "Just like Babs and I belong together."

Scarlet asked, after a moment of awkward silence, "Is it okay if I sleep over?  You know, wait for Don to come home?"

"Sure," Babs said, smiling.

Alissa was very happy to see her Mommy smile again (well, sort of, lol).

That night, Babs and Kristian had their first Woohoo.

Scarlet accidentally walked in on them, lol.  Who knew pee breaks were so dangerous.

Early next morning, Babs said to Kristian, "I want you to move in with me.  Let's make it official between us."

He said, "I'd love to... but what about Don?  This is his house, too."

Babs smiled, hearing a door open and close downstairs.  "I don't think we have to worry about that."

Don was finally home.

He looked distraught, tired.  He made himself some coffee and went upstairs, ignoring Babs, ignoring Kristian.

He had his punching bag on the 3rd floor balcony... his favorite place in the whole world.

He was surprised to see Scarlet.

She was tending to the garden.  

"Scarlet, what are you doing here?"

"I slept over," she said. 

She got to her feet.  And gave Don a big kiss.

"Good morning," she said kissing him again, harder... longer... until he couldn't even remember why he was sad.

She got down on one knee.

"I love you," she said. "Will you marry me?"

"Let's do it!"

Scarlet's eyes lit up like the rising sun, lol.

Scarlet said, "Let's go home."

Thanks for reading!

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