Bo was upgrading the refrigerator while Gem peppered him with questions about the wedding he attended. She had never been to a Sim wedding and was excited to know if it went like it did on television.
Bo thought he knew what went into the construction of a Sim marriage, but after seeing Luca Holloway meet and marry a woman in less than a week, he was not so sure anymore. The only other married couples he knew well were Summer & Candy Holiday and Kurt & Laurel Epstein.
He knew the Holidays fell in love after dating for a bit, then married. He knew the Epsteins were high school sweethearts who married early because they found out they were having a nooboo. He did not know how to easily explain what happened with the Holloways.
“You ask a good question, Gem,” said Bo, “but I honestly do not know how to answer it.”
Gem did her best to focus on her father and not the arrival of Olivia to their house. Gem avoided watching her brother joking with Olivia. The two of them were laughing it up in the living room. What they always found so funny, Gem would never understand.
Making his first ever attempt at flirting, Asa said, “wow, you aged up well, Olivia. I didn’t know it was possible for your smile to become even more beautiful.”
“Oh! Thanks, Asa,” said Olivia, “that’s so sweet. You haven’t aged up bad yourself.”
“Heh, yes, I think so too,” said Asa with a wink. “You know, we should hang out some time, away from everyone else, just you and me.”
“I’d like that,” said Olivia.
Gem: Oh plum.
Gem didn’t really have a lot of time to worry about what Asa and Olivia might be up to. High school didn’t feel any more challenging to her than Elementary School, but she still had to keep up with the homework. And because she wanted a true Sim Teen experience, she got a job. Every morning before school, she was out of the house by 5am to head to her job as a Barista.
As she headed out for work, she considered Olivia. She was a bossypants, but she’d never been purposely mean. And if Asa really liked her, who was Gem to not support it? Her brother was her best friend, so she knew if there was anything to tell, she’d be the first to know.
After Gem finished work, she came back home, changed into her school clothes, then she and Asa headed to school for the day. Bo heard them leave as he started his day.
He noticed that Heaven was already out of bed. That was unusual for her because she did not have to be at work until later in the afternoon. He listened for sounds of her practicing her guitar, but all he heard was their old school radio playing in the living room that he had just repaired the night before.
As soon as he got dressed and entered the living room, he could tell that Heaven was not in a good mood. She was standing there staring at a pile of rubble near the radio.
“I see you’ve fixed the radio, but you left a huge pile of repair rubble on the floor,” said Heaven. “Husband you know that makes everyone uncomfortable.”
“Yes, I am aware,” said Bo,” and I do not wish to make anyone uncomfortable. It was very late when I finished my repairs.”
Bo fought rising irritation. Heaven was never concerned about things in the home, as he always saw to making sure everything was taken care of. He felt like she was trying to pick an argument.
“I thought I would have time to clean up before you woke up,” said Bo.” You usually do not start your day this early.” Bo knelt down to begin sorting through the rubble to look for upgrade parts.
“What are you doing now? You should just throw the garbage out,” said Heaven.
Bo sighed. “I’m looking for upgrade parts. If I can find them after doing repairs, it means it’s one less thing I must purchase when working on the house. It makes your salary go even further. This is a good thing.”
“As the only major breadwinner in this house,” said Heaven, “I do not need you to remind me of how far my salary goes. I see my bonuses disappearing into furniture and electronics, including the larger screen TV you spend so much time sitting in front of.”
Heaven seemed to be growing angrier with every exchange.
“Heaven, what is this really about? Let us sit and discuss what is really on your mind,” said Bo.
Heaven huffed, but sat down on the couch. Bo walked past and settled in to hear what was really bothering her.
Without thinking, Bo automatically turned on the television. Hope reacted physically with something halfway between a convulsion and a silent pantomime of frustration.
“I cannot believe you turned on the television. You said you wanted us to converse, so I am going to talk,” said Heaven.
Bo turned off the television and gave Heaven his full attention. She explained how she put a lot of thought into his deception. Bo went around revealing himself as an alien to multiple Sims. He confessed to her about using Sixamian gardening knowledge in public, but kept the rest a secret.
He was “abducted” for a status report and convinced their management to alter the mission to suit his behavior. He’d done so much and left her out of it like she didn’t matter.
On Sixam, a person is allowed to decide the retribution for deception. She decided since Bo had been selfish, she would respond in kind. Heaven was leaving the family.
She’d found some Bro roommates, and she was moving in with them.
And she was moving today. Heaven had no intention of compromising the mission, but she just couldn’t support it in its current form.
“It is time for me to branch out from this family. I feel like I need a chance to live my dream, take some risks, like you have been doing this whole time.”
“I cannot believe you want to leave us,” said Bo.
“It is not that simple,” said Heaven.
“It could be.”
Heaven stood to move away from him.
He followed her around to the other side of the couch.
She watched him smile, unsure of what to say.
When she turned to leave, Bo blocked her exit.
“Do not go.”
To Be Continued…