Sunday, 14 January 2018

2.43 Date Night


Very late the next afternoon, Tula is up. She was going to spend her Saturday at home, but glancing at Jessica and Rafael hovering so close to each other, something tells her she should make herself scarce. 




Neither of them seem to notice Tula hurrying up the stairs. 

"Let's go on a date," Jessica suggests, smiling softly. 

Rafael grins, "That sounds like a great idea. Any place in mind?" 


***




Tula's decided to go on a date of her own. William was more than happy to see Tula again. With Jessica and Rafael out for most of the day, Tula felt comfortable asking William to join her at Mick's Master Karaoke in the early evening. It also just seemed insensitive to ask a vampire to meet her under the full, summer sun. 



William breathes deeply before taking the first shot in pool. He has the worst luck in this game, always managing to sink the cue ball or the 8 ball on his first try. 



Thankfully, this doesn't happen here. 



Tula must be his lucky charm! 



"You enjoying the show?" William asks, flexing a bicep. 

Tula giggles, "Too bad you can't show off much more in a game like this." 




Tula, however, can. She looks at the position of the various balls on the table. The kind of geometry needed for this game isn't too complicated. She could probably sink three balls if she hits the cueball at just the right angle.

Tula takes her shot and... 




"Ow! Damn it," she swears under her breath, rubbing her bruised shin. When did the pool table get so close? 




She looks up, seeing that her slip-up still got the cueball to move. Unfortunately, it didn't hit anything else, meaning her turn is over. 

"Guess tonight's just not my night," she says with a smile. 

He looks at her and returns her smile, "At least it seems to be mine..." 



On the other side of town, Jessica and Rafael walk out of the movie theatre, tightly embracing. 

"Did you like the movie?" Jessica asks teasingly. They spent most of the film locking lips like a pair of teenagers. Jessica's pretty sure the movie wasn't that good, anyways. 

"Wasn't paying much attention to the movie," Rafael smiles, and kisses Jessica lightly. Before she can return it, he pulls away. 

"You are so beautiful..." 

Jessica quirks an eyebrow, "Well, you're not too bad yourself." 

He shakes his head, still smiling. How lucky is he? Holding the woman he loves, being happy... 

Reaching towards his pocket, his resolve solidifies. 



"Jessica Talon..." he pulls a small velvet box out of his pocket. He bought it just before their vacation to China, planning on having this conversation during a romantic vacation. He just couldn't find the time. Then when they got back from vacation, they were both so busy with work... he's been keeping it on him whenever they go out, just in case, but it never did. Not until now. 

"Rafael..." Jessica has sensed this question building up in Rafael for over a year, but wasn't sure if he'd ever ask. She was content in their life together, living together as committed partners, so she never pressed the issue herself. 

"Being with you, seeing the world together has been absolutely wonderful. I love you, and I want to be with you for as long as my measly human life will let me." 



He gets down on one knee. 

"Will you marry me?" 

Jessica's only answer is enthusiastic nodding and a broad smile. 




Back at Mick's, the pair has moved downstairs to get some drinks. 

But noticing William's uncomfortable fidgeting, as well as his slight sluggishness, Tula wonders if he's truly enjoying himself. 

"William, is there something wrong?" 




William looks over her shoulder at the patrons starting to trickle in. 

"I...I'm not used to crowds of people," he admits honestly, "They make me uncomfortable." 

Tula nods understandingly, "Then let's go outside. I'm sure there are less people there." 



Once they get outside, William is feeling much better. Without so many prying eyes, William is more than confident enough to go in for a deep kiss. 




When his hands begin wandering a bit too much, Tula pulls away. 

"We should go somewhere more private," she suggests with a sly smile. 

William's smile becomes teasing, "Well, there are a few bushes over there..." 

Tula rolls her eyes, "I'm not feeling too at-one with nature right now. I'm feeling something more... indoors."

 William grins and pulls her closer, "Well, my place is pretty empty right now..." 



And a long cab ride later, they are at William's place. 

"Wow, nice place," Tula comments, an awe-struck expression on her place. They even have a security gate! 

"It looks much better on the inside, trust me." 



Tula agrees. 

William looks at her slip, "Very nice."

"Me or the outfit?" 

William grins, "Both." 



Tula's surprised at how warm William is; she had always been told that vampires were cool to the touch. Aside from a few hugs from Jessica, she's never had an opportunity to verify this information for herself. 

It's nice to be proven wrong, sometimes. 



Come morning, Tula rolls out of bed, shivering as she straightens the covers. She would have been perfectly content to stay in bed longer but her stomach's growling just won't permit that. 



She eventually finds her way to the kitchen. She's mildly surprised to see someone else there. 

"Oh, good morning! Sorry to invade your kitchen like this," she apologises to whom she assumes is a housemate of William's, "But I'm starving. Is it ok if I make myself some breakfast?" 

"Sure, sure," the man says. After swallowing his bite of salad he adds, "I'm Romeo, by the way." 

"Tula. I'm a...well, friend isn't exactly accurate, but let's say a close friend of William's, if you catch my meaning." 



Romeo nearly chokes on his salad. 

William bringing home a girl? A hot girl?! All those times Romeo tried to wing-man for William in clubs and facepalmed as he embarrassed himself with a stupid pick up line or a dumb comment... not even the best wingman can save someone from themselves.  



Tula pretends to be oblivious to Romeo's astonishment and goes about making herself breakfast. 

"So, Romeo, how did you and William meet?" she asks casually. 



"We, uh, work on the police force together. I used to be his boss..." 

"Used to?" 





Romeo shakes his head, pulling his mind out of the gutter and his eyes away from Tula's legs. 

"Yeah, he got promoted last week." 

"Ah, I see. Lucky William." 

Lucky is right, Romeo thinks, taking one last glance at Tula's shapely legs. 

"Well, feel free to make yourself at home. The bathroom's next to William's room if you need to freshen up. And don't worry about dishes, I can wash them later." 

"Oh I wouldn't want to impose..." 

Romeo shakes his head. Tula looks over her shoulder and he smiles brightly at her, "You're a guest. I'll take care of it, don't worry. Anyways, I'll be in my room. Just shout if you need something." There was no way Romeo was going to let William mess this up with bad manners. He better thank me later, he thinks to himself with an internal sigh. 



With that, Romeo leaves Tula to making pancakes. 



Tula decides to eat in the dining room. If she wanted to eat in the kitchen she could do that perfectly well at home. 



Then she passes by William's room. He's still out like a light, so she takes the liberty of running herself a bath. There's no rush for her to get ready, it seems. 



Once she's dressed and freshly made up, she finds William gone. She finds him upstairs in another bedroom- she guesses Romeo's- doing jumping jacks. 

"Ah, there you are," Tula says in greeting. 





William whirls around, a guilty smile on his face, "Oh, I thought you were Romeo for a second." 

"Would that have been a problem?" 

"Well...I might not exactly be allowed in here without him. But he's using the our bench press and I don't like working out downstairs. Too many windows, too much sun." 



Tula nods and then pulls him into an embrace. 

"Last night was great, but I have to head home now. I have a pile of paperwork with my name on it." 




"Oh, so are you a corporate drone or something? I guess you do look like a rich-bitch." 

Tula raises an eyebrow, "Well, not so sure about the bitch part, but I'm definitely not rich. I wish. No, I work at town hall. I count ballots." 

"Oh no, you're definitely not a bitch. Definitely not," he trails off, running a hand down her arm, "You sure you don't want to stay? I could drive you in the morning." 

"Aw, you're so sweet. No, I'll be fine. I can order a cab myself." 

"So, will I...see you again sometime?" 

Tula smiles triumphantly, "Oh, definitely. I'll call you." She pecks him on the lips and loops her arm around his. 

"Walk me to the door?" 

William grins, "Gladly." 



While Tula waits for her cab, Jessica and Rafael finish up one of their many rounds of celebration of their engagement. 

"This weekend has been amazing," Jessica sighs, "We really need to do this more often." 



"Well, I guess I'll just have to buy more rings," Rafael beams. 

As they gaze into each other's eyes, Rafael's grin turns into a smirk, "Hey, Jessica?" 

"Yes?" 

"...will you marry me?" 



He doesn't really give her a chance to answer. 




When Tula comes home, the apartment is oddly quiet. She's about to head upstairs when she hears faint giggling. 

Guess Jessica and Rafael are home, she thinks. Well, while she's alone, there is an important call she can make. She pulls out her phone and dials the number Jessica gave her on Thursday night. 




"Beau Merrick? Yes, this is Tula Winterly. I was wondering if there was any word on that job offer?Getting closer to Fangmann this weekend was no problem. I'm sure whatever it is you want me to propose to him, or get from him, I can do it." 

There's a pause, but after a moment, Beau's answer comes, "Excellent. My former employer is quite interested in meeting you. You will be contacted in several days." 

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AN: So I was not expecting Rafael to propose marriage. But a wish was rolled and well... there it is. 

William actually tried to leave the date halfway through! I had to send Tula to intercept him and send them both to his house immediately. I was surprised to see that William lives with his boss, Romeo Rake. Romeo is romantic interests with Jun Xu in my game (Jun being a doctor in Bridgeport) and is still a triple agent. 

So I have a decision to make, and I need some input from you guys; should Rafael and Jessica have a wedding or not? I've never done a proper sims 3 wedding in this blog (as in, with a cake and arch and everything) and it seems like a pain. But a club wedding would be quite something XD It's up to you! 

Monday, 8 January 2018

2.42 Promoted


It's Friday night at the Grind and the club is packed. Tula's here to celebrate her promotion to Ballot Counter and Rafael's promotion to Department Head and Jessica's promotion to Squad leader. The trio is moving up in the world, it seems. 

But Tula's priority tonight isn't her pay raise. 




"Hi, you must be Beau Merrick. Jessica says you have a work proposition for me," she gets straight to the point. Rafael warned her that Beau has a large appetite for women and has "always given him the creeps". She figures she should err on the side of caution for now. 




"I do. It's a recruiting position for my former organisation. Jessica tells me you have excellent people skills." 

She stares at him with a smile, waiting for him to continue but he doesn't. She takes this as a cue to elaborate on her personable nature. 

"I suppose you could put it that way. I was a tour guide- might I say quite a successful one- for a year in Shang Simla. That's how I met Rafael and Jessica. Now I work at town hall. Not one of my coworkers doesn't know me, and I can say with confidence that none of them has a single complaint against me. In fact, they rather like me. Enough to chip in to hire a special DJ for tonight." 

Beau nods, but Tula senses that he isn't convinced. "I see. Well, there's a small test for you to pass. To verify these...skills you have. There's a man over there, William Fangmann. Red eyes, bulging muscles, he's pretty hard to miss. We're interested in doing business with him. See if you can get friendly with him." 

Tula glances behind her and sees him, chatting with some people at the bar. 

"Sure. But let's wait for him to finish up with his friends, shall we? I'll see you around." With that, Tula saunters off to mingle. 

Beau squints at her. Jessica better be right about her charisma. 




"Aria! I'm so happy you came!" Tula greets Aria Trill, the woman she met at the park during her first day in Bridgeport. 

"I'm surprised you invited me! It's not often I get invited to clubs anymore. I must admit, it's quite a bit louder than I remember." 






"I guess it's no concert hall, huh? How about next time you have a performance, you invite me?" 

Aria smiles, genuinely now, "Sounds like a plan." 




Aria suddenly trails off, her attention caught by a blonde woman staring daggers at Tula. 

"Is there something wrong, dear?" 




The woman stays silent before stalking off. 



"What's her problem?" Aria mutters. 

Tula was told by Jessica that Beau's girlfriend, Marina, came with him tonight and pointed her out to Tula earlier on. Tula guesses Marina's unhappy to see her boyfriend "fooling around" with yet another woman. 

 "No idea. If you'll excuse me, Aria..."



Her main focus tonight isn't Marina. 

"Hey, do I know you from somewhere?" Tula speaks her first words to William Fangmann. 

William is surprised that, for once, a girl is approaching him in the club. Looks like his luck is finally looking up! 

"I-I like your smile," he blurts out. Then he winces- what the hell was that? 

This just causes Tula to grin, "Oh really? Not too bad yourself..." 



Beau watches, impressed, as within a matter of minutes Tula has a complete stranger howling with laughter. 

"Plumbob, I'm sorry, that pickup line was pretty bad, wasn't it?" 

Tula giggles, "Maybe I just need to get used to it. Say it again..." 



Rafael was told by Jessica to "make nice" with her co-workers who showed up for the party. This is no hardship for Rafael. He quickly tears up the dance floor with Pin Yin, Jessica's former squad mate. 

"Jessica is lucky. A man who can dance is quite the catch," Pin yells over the music. 

"You're not too bad yourself!" Rafael says with a wink. Pin laughs as she spins around Rafael. 




"You know," Tula says, catching her breath after a round of cheesy compliments, "I could've sworn I knew you from somewhere... do you know Rafael or Jessica?" 

William shrugs, "My boss told me to come here. Some relations thing with the military I guess. Since I just got promoted a few days ago, I was invited to rub shoulders with our buddies in the army." 

"A promotion? Congratulations! I'd love to help you celebrate." 




Jessica grins at Beau. 

"Told you she was good, didn't I? To believe you described Fangmann as 'an anti-social recluse' who was 'impossible to befriend'. Your old boss should be pleased.





Beau pins Jessica with a face that would make almost anyone else shiver with fear. 

"Yes. Your friend is quite talented, and she seems interested in the job. And you really don't think she'll have any...moral complications?

"I highly doubt it. But your colleagues would be a better judge of that than me.

Beau shrugs. That'll be up to them, not him. 



For the time being, Tula has passed her test with flying colours. 

"That dress looks amazing on you," William compliments her. 

"And I'm loving the sleeveless look," Tula returns, running a hand slowly up William's side and then languidly down his muscular arm. 



"I have to go soon," Tula lies, "But we should see each other again sometime. Can I have your number before I go?" The truth is she's physically exhausted, but she doesn't want to offend him by suddenly leaving. 

William attempts to hide his shock. Unlucky William, no more! He tries and fails to suppress his smile as he enters his number into Tula's phone. 

"I'll call you sometime," Tula promises. She kisses his cheek before they part ways. 




"Are you ready to go?" Jessica shouts over the music, noticing Tula hovering near her. 

"Yes." 

"Did you have fun?" 

A grin spreads slowly across her face, "Definitely.

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AN: Staging that party was so hard. I had it 3 different times at 3 different clubs. Trying to get multiple sims to the correct floor of the club was impossible. Finally I just had it at the Grind which only has 1 floor. All the guests (except Marina, who left early, and the Cooks, who divorced during the party- ouch) had a good time. 

Fun fact- according to the Sims Wiki, William Fangmann is one of the only vampires in all of Bridgeport to not have the evil trait. He does have; 

-Unlucky
-Loner
-Innappropriate
-Athletic
-Brave 

He's currently a patrol officer. 

Beau Merrick is; 

-Loner
-Evil
-Genius
-Frugal
-Hates the outdoors 

In game Beau is now going steady with Marina, but is still seeing Lilly-Bo Chique and Bianca Rubble as romantic interests.