“Damn baby, you had a hard day, huh?”
“I did,” sniffed Liz. “I deserve that promotion, and I don’t know why my boss wouldn’t give it to me.”
“You work so hard!”
“I do work hard!”
“You deserve this,” said Luca. “Listen, this is what you’re going to do. You’re going to call you boss right now. And you’re going to demand a promotion!”
“Oh, I couldn’t do that.”
“Yes, you can. And you will! What’s the point of working hard if you don’t get rewarded for it?”
“You’re right,” said Liz. “What would I do without you? You make me stronger Luca Holloway. Okay, I’m calling!”
Liz picked up the phone and called her boss, determination etched on her face.
Luca smiled to himself as he listened to his wife explain to her boss why she deserved a promotion.
Luca: I have my moments as a good husband, if I do say so myself.
Luca: If this works, maybe she’ll pay attention to me tonight rather than those apple trees.
Liz got off the phone and took a deep breath. Luca couldn’t see her face so he silently wished for good news.
“Yes!! I can’t believe it, he actually said yes! Oh yeah, see that confetti? That’s for me!”
Luca considered sweeping his wife up in a big congratulatory hug, but then he decided to be even more smooth. He grabbed her hand and bowed deeply, telling Liz how proud he was to be her husband. She ate it right up.
He kissed her hand and knew he’d made the right interaction choice when he heard her giggle.
“Yes, my love?”
“Let’s have a baby.”
“Oh wow, well, you know we’ll be there soon, but let’s just stay in the woohoo moment, and we’ll talk about it real soon, okay?”
“Okay,” murmured Liz as she followed Luca to their bed.
Liz: I don’t know how I ever lived here. You can’t even see one complete cloud without a building blocking half of it. It’s fun to come to the city, but man, am I a country girl through and through.
The Holloways were in the city to hang out with their couple friends, Baby and Lesley Branham. Liz and Lesley had been friends since high school, and their husbands hit it off right away.
As soon as they got into the apartment, Liz went straight upstairs to play with the baby, Luz. Baby and Luca greeted each other like they’d been friends since birth as opposed to just a handful of Sim days.
The men sat on the couch. They talked about sports.
They talked about work.
They talked about having great hair.
They specifically avoided talking about their wives and the reasons they got married in the first place.
Upstairs, Liz was cooing over Luz.
She really wanted a baby of her own, and she wasn’t sure if spending time with this baby made that feeling better or worse.
After Luz was all attended to, Liz headed downstairs to see her husband and let him know it was baby time. Baby-making time, that is.
Baby stood to join their conversation. He was happy to see Luca and Liz be so into each other. He couldn’t remember the last time he and Lesley interacted like that. He cracked a joke, but Liz didn’t laugh. He wondered if Lesley had been talking to her about him and that’s why she was giving him such a sober face.
He didn’t want to go down that path, and even Luca sensed the tension, so the subject quickly changed to sports. Baby pulled up a video of yesterday’s soccer game on his tablet. That put them all in a much better energy right away.
Lesley finally joined them, but with her came the tension they’d just gotten rid of. Something was definitely up with her and Baby.
They sat back down and caught up like only couple friends can. Jokes about which way to put the toilet paper on the roll.
Arguments about whether it’s the woman’s job to make breakfast.
Consideration of PDA-while-married.
And talks of when is the right time to get pregnant.
At that point in the conversation, Baby excused himself. He said he had to work on his Daily Tasks for work, but Lesley clearly wasn’t happy with that excuse.
Not long after Baby excused himself, Luca whispered something to Liz.
“Really? Oh wow,” giggled Liz. “Now?”
Luca stood and Liz stood too.
“What made you decide you’re ready? Ah, you know what? It doesn’t matter! I’m in if you’re in,” said Liz.
They laughed conspiratorially and headed for the stairs.