Bo headed straight over to the nightclub from the park. He was one of the only ones still in party attire.
He never spent much time in this part of Willow Creek. If his club was in this town, they were usually at Carmen’s house. But he liked the look of the place. The two story brick structure looked so Sim.
They headed inside to the bar. Bo, fresh off his decision to try and move on from Heaven, turned to the woman seated next to him. She had a pretty smile and a fluffy ponytail. She smiled when it was clear he was trying to get her attention.
Bo was happy, and it showed. As she took in his appearance, the realization that he was an alien dawned on her. She did not take it well. Bo’s happiness was not dampered by the rejection, but he quickly turned away from the xenophobe.
He focused instead on his fellow club members. He had a small petty moment to turn towards the woman, glowing bright green, and talking to all the people around her who did not mind his planet of birth.
Then another woman walked into the bar and replaced the recently vacated seat next to Bo. She. Was. Gorgeous.
After she got her drink, she stepped back from the bar. Bo thought she was amazingly beautiful and had to go talk to her.
If she noticed his glow, she did not react. Not used to Sim dating protocol, Bo peppered her with questions about herself, all of which she happily answered.
Bo was having such a good time with Mrs. Ashleigh Casillas that he did not notice anyone else at the bar, not even his wife’s rommate Bayleigh.
Bo was like a different person in that moment. He knew this woman was married. He was still married. He had just gone on a date with his wife, ostensibly to patch things up. They had not made any final decisions about their relationship. But right in front of him was beautiful Ashleigh, and he could not stop flirting with her.
Before he knew what he was doing, he was following Ashleigh up to the second floor of the lounge.
He could feel Carmen’s eyes on them as they ascended the steps, but he did not stop.
Once they reached the second floor, they headed for the closet.
“Okay, Bo, come on,” said Ashleigh. “I think the coast is clear.”
“Did you two have fun in there?”
Ashleigh ran downstairs and out the door. After shooting Luca a withering glance, Bo raced after Ashleigh. He could not just let her leave.
He caught up with her, and pulled her close. “Ashleigh, you cannot just leave like this. We just connected in an amazing way, did we not?”
She jerked away from him and pushed him. “No! Do not put your hands on me sir!”
Bo was taken aback by the sudden change and very embarrassed. He was glad the lounge music was loud, so everyone could not hear him get yelled at.
Ashleigh leaned in closer and lowered her voice. “Look, we had fun, okay? But that’s all it was. I’m married, and I’d like to stay that way. Watcher only knows how many people saw us. I don’t know what I was thinking, but it can’t happen again, you understand?”
“Yes,” said Bo, glowing bright yellow, “I understand. You should just go.”
“For what it’s worth,” said Mrs. Ashleigh Casillas, “I’m really glad to have met you. I felt more tonight than I have in a while.”
“Right,” said Bo. “Well, goodni–goodbye.”
Bo went back inside the lounge, deftly avoided his club friends’ questions, and sat and thought for a bit. He should have spent a few hours with his friends, had one drink, then went back home to his children. Until things were settled with Heaven, he had no business pursuing other women. And besides, everyone his age was married anyway. And the few who weren’t were raging xenophobes. He resolved to be a more committed family man, at least until he figured out exactly what his family was.
Bo headed home and went straight to the room Sky shared with Gem. There was only one bed in there, and he wanted to know why. Sky filled him in, “Asa left.”
Bo could not figure out what would make his son elope, but he would have to figure that out later. He decided to lean into the fact that Sky now had her own room. When he tucked her into bed that night, he promised that he would update her room the next day.
Bo finished the update in record time. The room was brighter and much more fitting for a young Sim girl. It inspired him to update his look as well. He didn’t change much, just some new clothes and a haircut, but it was fitting for entering this new life stage. He took a moment and congratulated himself in his daughter’s new standing mirror.
Sky loved her new room. And Bo loved that she had a desk to sit at while she did her homework. Back when Gem and Asa were children, helping them with their homework was mostly to spend quality time with them. Sky actually needed his help, but he still enjoyed the bonding time. He did not now how Heaven could live with herself missing these moments.
Gem updated her look as well now that she was a Young Adult. The Blanks were a simply family, a haircut was pretty much the only change they felt necessary.
Gem chose not to move out like Asa did. Her father was grateful she stayed. She told him she would never abandon her family while she was needed. She enjoyed her role as sister-and-mother to her little sister. With her new job, she didn’t get home until late, but she always made sure to tuck Sky into bed once she got home.
The Blank family looked very different from when they first arrived to Newcrest. But if you asked Gem, things were better this way.