2.10: Elijah Learns Juniper Got Jokes

Elijah and Aniyah arrived to the Humor and Hijinks Festival. Neither minded that their friend hang was cut short because they both wanted to spend time with the club. As the President of the Sims Success club, Elijah was always looking for ways to help the club continue to bond. As a Sim who was newly interested in the co-op in Elijah’s building, Aniyah was happy for the chance to discuss her scheme with everyone in person.

As soon as they arrived, they split up to greet everyone. The first person Elijah talked to was Juniper. When he last saw her, she was laughing at him for spontaneously hugging Aniyah at the end of the their last club meeting. He couldn’t help how the bubble blower affected him, and he didn’t take her laughter personally. Ready to turn over a new leaf, Elijah walked over to greet Juniper.

“Hey there,” said Elijah. “You’re looking well. Where’s Maggie? I was hoping to finally meet her in person.”

“Sorry to disappoint,” replied Juniper, “but Maggie isn’t coming. She had a deadline to finish a set of paintings for a gallery, the one right behind us actually. Believe me, no one is more disappointed than her that she couldn’t be here tonight. But I see you’re all smiles. Is it because of whatever you and Aniyah were doing together before you arrived here together?”

“Really? We’re just friends, Juniper,” said Elijah. “You can ask her yourself, it’s not like that for us.”

“Oh, I bet you’d really like me to ask her, wouldn’t you?” teased Juniper. “Want to pretend we’re in high school, and I’ll report back what she says?”

At his continued lack of a smile, Juniper got the point, “Sheesh, okay, okay, I’m just kidding. But it’s no fun if you’re not going to laugh along, then it’s just bullying. Let’s move on to another topic.”

“Thanks Watcher, yes, let’s,” said Elijah. “What’s new with you?”

“Well, Aniyah’s group text couldn’t have come at a better time actually. With Maggie getting so much work in the Arts Quarter, and with my career being a bit more settled so I can live anywhere, I mean, it’s perfect timing!”

“Wait, what? I didn’t read the text thread yet, you’re going to have to back up a few steps for me,” said a confused Elijah.

“Oh wow, I just thought you two were up to some weird subterfuge-y thing, especially after seeing you arrive here together, but you really don’t know, eh? This really was Aniyah’s idea? Maybe she does like you like that…”

“I’m confused,” said an increasingly confused Elijah. “What idea?”

“Oh right, well listen up, and you really should take the time to read your texts. Aniyah’s idea is that since there are four apartments in your building, and four households in our little club, that we should buy them up once it turns into a co-op! How great would that be for the club? So great, right?”

“Whoa! Now that is an idea! Why didn’t Aniyah just tell me that?”

“Based on the texts, she did try to tell you. Here’s one that reads, ‘walking over to the festival with him now, Elijah still hasn’t let me finish my sentence to tell him my idea. Whoever sees him first, please fill him in, but feel free to drag it out, his sheepish grin is adorable.’ See? Aniyah, definitely tried to tell you,” finished Juniper with a smirk.

“Oh boy,” said Elijah with a sheepish grin, “is that what she kept trying to say? Well thank you for filling me in Juniper. I honestly can’t believe that I didn’t think of it myself. None of my neighbors want to buy their places, just me. There’s one place that would be perfect for you and Maggie! You have to promise to come see it, I can arrange a viewing with my neighbors before it goes on market.”

“I would love that,” said Juniper. “I’ll let Maggie know, then I’ll be in touch to figure out a date to come see the place.”

“Sounds good to me,” said Elijah. “Okay, I’m also off to talk to everyone else.”

“Wait, before you go…” said Juniper.

“Yes?”

“Which tea are we drinking?”

“Light tea of course! Comedy over mischief, wouldn’t want people thinking Sims Success would be mean Pranksters, when we’re obliviously all charming Jokesters.”

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