Chapter 1.03 – So Far From My Favorite Steakhouse

Dear Diary,

Being out here in the middle of nowhere, I’m starting to realize who I am. Okay, I’m not in the middle of nowhere, but I am on huge plot of undeveloped land on an island off the coast of Windenburg. Being where I am gives me a lot of time to myself that I’d never had before.

There are no more private fitness trainers and one-on-one classes with renowned yoga gurus. Now I’m on my own, realizing I never really knew how to do boat pose properly.

There are no more gardeners and landscapers, making sure every bit of the estate is manicure. All I have now are five plants I’m quite fond of. I’m thinking of expanding the garden soon, I just have to figure out how to get my hands on more seeds. Having that small garden has been a lifesaver. Just when I think I can’t stand one more bowl of yogurt or granola or cereal, I can eat a couple of pears and strawberries, and I’m in a much better mood.

I’ve still been exploring my area, just in case something new grows.

So far, nothing has. But harvesting what’s there is still useful because it’s brings in good money.

There are rocks around that have fossils, gemstones, and other fun surprises. Those get me so dirty and seem more trouble than they’re worth, so I don’t know if I’ll be digging those stones up too many more times.

I can just see my etiquette teacher now, fussing over my mud-caked nails and dust-covered brow. Nothing in my past life prepared me for having to forage to get extra money to pay the bills.

Another thing my past life didn’t prepare me for? A man who isn’t trying super hard to get into my pants all day every day. Those trust fund brats I grew up with really only had one thing in mind when dating. No wonder I was able to walk away from Winston and never look back.

But now, I have something different. Things with Khaled are so different. He is truly my best friend. If anything, he moves a bit too slow. I wonder sometimes if he’s as interested in me as I am in him. I asked him about it one day when he was hanging out with me by my tent, and he told me that he only wanted to be married once in his life, so he wanted to make sure when he embraced love, it was real and lasting.

He told me he was also was feeling protective of my heart because of everything I had gone through before moving to Windenburg. That’s when I knew I really cared about this man. That day, we shared our first kiss.

After we shared that kiss, he didn’t spend the night anymore. I hope it’s because he didn’t want to rush the rest of a physical relationship, and not because I’m being friend-zoned. Either way, having space to myself at night helped me with being focused on work. I got another promotion!

I have to say, I am not a fan of these stuffy work clothes. But you have to dress for success, right?

As I watched my bank account grow, it was like I could finally breathe a sigh of relief. I had nowhere near the amount of money I was used to having, but it was a start. I had enough to start planning to put a roof over my head. I decided to move my hedge area to the front of my property. I only ever had it in the back to be near my neighbors, but they literally never come by anyway, so what’s the point?

All this new clarity included something else! I could use the campfire for more food options!

I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me before, but that first bite of hot dog was like eating prime rib at my favorite steakhouse to celebrate the end of finishing school.

With a stomach full of something-like-umami goodness, I awoke the next morning with an ambitious plan.

My land was on a cliff overlooking the edge of the island. I ran all the way down to the shore beneath my cliff, said a quick prayer to the Creator, and cast my line.

I had no fishing skills, but I had luck. I caught a small minnow, which I was able to sell for a bit of money. But then I caught a very large fish. A tuna!

I thought that hot dog was something, but it had nothing on that first bite of fatty, juicy, flavorful tuna!

I’m in such a good mood from all this food variety, that I’m thinking of going out on a limb with Khaled. I’m going to ask him to the Romance Festival the next time it comes around. As friends of course. I’ve changed a lot since I moved to Windenburg, but I haven’t changed that much. Even though we kissed, we’re not doing more than that until he pushes things forward.




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28 Comments Add yours

  1. Allysim says:

    Oh, I reeeeeally liked this insight we got into Nivea’s past and mindset! Great chapter! Also, Khaled is such a great guy. Nivea’s so freakin’ lucky she met him. I just hope things stay steamy for them!

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    1. Thanks for reading!

      Yes, Khaled is great, and Nivea really is lucky to have met him. I’ve got my fingers crossed that he feels as lucky having met her.

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  2. audreyfld says:

    I like her! Too bad she is surrounded by idiots! Lol. Seriously maybe she will get Khalid to push things further after the romance festival! Sneaky girl!

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    1. I’m so used to having Sims who are doing all sorts of relationship things autonomously, I forgot that they don’t ALL do that, lol. But our girl Nivea is an old-fashioned(ish) girl for better or for worse, so we must wait for Khaled. Or we must move on if he doesn’t make a move.


  3. ny275 says:

    I love Nivea! I hope her romance with Khaled turns out to be successful!

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    1. I’m so glad you love her! I hope so too. We’ll see because Khaled isn’t the most… aggressive man, lol.

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  4. cathytea says:

    You’re doing an ISBI ! How did I miss this ? My WordPress reader has been skipping stuff lately . .. I’ll back up and read chapter 1!

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    1. Well, it’s on a different blog than my neighborhood rotation one, so maybe that’s why…?

      I’m glad I’m only a few chapters in so you don’t have much to catch up on.

      This is the legacy I’m writing for my reading circle The Long Haul. I decided to do ISBI because I thought it would be fun to write, plus is gives me, a chronic micro-manager, a fun challenge.

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      1. cathytea says:

        Oh! That could be! I think I follow it, since this chapter showed up in my reader, but maybe I followed it late? I was having weird WPReader issues…

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        1. I added in the links! Thanks for the great suggestion.


  5. Rainy says:

    No points for personal growth? LOL That tuna does look juicy. It’s funny, I’m doing my Robinson Legacy on that same lot so I see that same view when my Elise is fishing! Khaled needs to step up his game Nivea needs an heir!

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    1. I’m playing on long luckily, so Khaled’s slow motion won’t ruin things just yet.

      I love reading stories that use lots featured in my story. It’s like seeing an alternative life for the land/apartment.

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      1. Rainy says:

        I never thought of it that way!

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      2. stardustdroplet says:

        You’re playing on long? I guess you’re really in it for the long haul, then … *badum tss*

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  6. stardustdroplet says:

    Love that chapter! The tuna is GIGANTIC oh my god. I really like how you give us so much inside into Nivea’s personality. Khaled you have to step up your game! With her being so gorgeous I can’t understand why he wouldn’t make any moves! I especially love the screenshot where she comes out of the tent and the sun is shining in the background! It’s so pretty! ❤

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    1. I’ve never played on that lot before, and it is gorgeous all the day and night long. I’m excited to show more of it through photos as the estate grows.

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      1. stardustdroplet says:

        Are you building the estate yourself? I’m really looking forward to seeing it!

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        1. I am! I’m looking forward to it. I love building and I’d probably do it more if I had better vision when it comes to roof lines.

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  7. carnegielegacysims4 says:

    Go girl!!! I liked learning more about Nivea’s past and also seeing all the growth she made in this chapter. Now- Khaled needs to step up his game!

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    1. I’m trying to weave it in since her upbringing has had such a big influence on how she sees the world. But I also want to balance it so that her focus is more on the life in front of her, you know?

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      1. carnegielegacysims4 says:

        Yesss! You’ve done an amazing job 🙂

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        1. Thanks! That’s so sweet of you to say.

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  8. SarahLouPlays says:

    Nivea is so strong! She seems really able to tackle this new life and also seems to be growing up a bit.

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    1. She’s a strong lady for sure. She’s never had to be independent before, so each success is a pleasant surprise to her.


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