Chapter 1.04 – The Friend Zone

Dear Diary,

I did it! I asked Khaled to the Romance Festival! It didn’t quite go the way I’d hoped, but it was still a fun night.

When the Romance Festival came around again, I casually texted him to see if he wanted to check it out. He agreed to meet me there. I figured it was a super obvious hint that I was ready to be more than just friends who shared one kiss, and I hoped the flirty atmosphere would help him along.

When we first met up, I wanted to get us in the mood.

The first thing I did was shower him with rose petals.

When he figured out what I was doing, he laughed in delight, and I knew it was going to be a good night.

I suggested we grab some Sakura Tea to get our flirty vibe on. He joined me at the punch bowl.

But then he didn’t grab any punch! That sucked, but once I was feeling the punch, I didn’t care anymore. I started flirting with him.

He enjoyed the flirting, but he didn’t take it further. No kissing, no embracing, no asking me on a date. Just flirty banter and jokes. I was feeling so conflicted, so when he left to go to the bathroom, I decided to have a chat with the Love Guru.

I asked her about my romantic future. She was useless–and wrong–I’m sure.

After Khaled walked away, I met a few new people, Dominic Fyres being one of them. The effects of the tea took over, and I found myself flirting with him. I kinda remember him saying he was married, but I’m not sure. All I know for sure is he said something that made me put space between us. I excused myself under the guise of needing to use the restroom. When I came out of the bathroom, I saw Dominic watching me, so I pulled out my phone and texted Khaled to see where he’d gone off to.

He was just over at the karaoke bar, so I headed over there. I didn’t see him, so I sat at the bar and met some other people. Before I knew what I was doing, I was flirting with the man on the barstool next to me.

At first he seemed into it, then he blew me off. I was so embarrassed. Something about that stupid Sakura Tea brought out a different side of me. I resolved to never drink it again. 

I could only hope Khaled hadn’t seen any of my random flirts. I started to worry that maybe he was looking for me earlier, but then saw me flirting with Dominic, so he stayed away. Then maybe he saw be vibe into the bar and flirt with this other guy.

It was just harmless tea-induced flirting, but I was worried it would keep me firmly in the friend zone with already slow-moving Khaled.

Someone called out my name, thankfully interrupting my worrying thoughts. I looked up to see Don. He’d become a pretty good friend of mine. I happily hopped off the bar stool and went to say hi. I let him know I’d gotten another promotion, and he told me he was really proud of me. He asked me where Khaled was, and I blushed. I hadn’t realized I talked about him that much where someone would assume if I was out, I’d be with him.

Luckily,  before I could respond, Khaled showed up. Don faded into the background, and I made a note to text him later to say thanks for not being a third wheel.

When he said he’d been in the bathroom all this time trying to figure out how the talking toilets worked. I was relieved he hadn’t seen my uncontrollable flirting fest. I want against flirting in general, but my behavior that night definitely worked against my goals.

Thankfully, the effects of the tea were wearing off, but I gave in to the lingering effects one last time and started flirting with Khaled again.

I decided if he was going to friend-zone me, he was going to have to work hard to make that happen. We ended up hanging out the rest of the night. I went for friend interactions.

And I went for more-than-friend interactions.

We talked about everything from childhood pets to career aspirations. Well, everything except how we’d make the perfect couple.

Khaled surprised me by asking if he could accompany me home. I quickly agreed, and I was very interested to see where this would go.

Well, when we got back to my land, he told me he came home with me just to make sure I was safe. Apparently, he’d noticed that the Sakura Tea had a… strong… effect on me. Hopefully that “effect” bed noticed was just all the flirting I was doing with him, not the flirting I was doing with everyone.

Because he’s got my back (his exact words were, “because I’m your best friend and I love you”), he wanted to make sure I wasn’t feeling dazed. And he probably wanted to make sure I wasn’t feeling inclined to go home with any strangers.

We slept in my tent together, and didn’t even cuddle. I wanted to, but he’d made such a big deal about my inebriation that I didn’t want him to think the closeness was because of anything except my true desire. He woke up before I did the next morning and took out the garbage before he headed home. At this rate, he won’t be my husband one day, but I bet he’d make a killer roommate.




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20 Comments Add yours

  1. carnegielegacysims4 says:

    Omg… there’s something off about Khaled, I mean why hasn’t he made a move yet?! Or- maybe he really is being a gentleman and taking things slow. I can’t wait to find out! 😊👏🏼

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    1. I was so ready for her to move on to someone else at this point. But I can never be completely story driven, so I let my Sims decide. And she wasn’t ready to give up just yet.

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  2. ny275 says:

    Come on, Khaled!

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    1. *snorts* I know right, he’s the worst right now. But you can’t tell Nivea that, he’s her best friend.

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  3. cathytea says:

    Well , you know , some Sims are just slow . .. maybe he has a few aspirations he needs to fill first .

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    1. Lol, I love that take on his slowness. He’s working on his career first, or wrapping up some other personal goals that he feels better able to accomplish while single.

      I’m happy I’m playing on long. It gives my Sims a bit more time to make some choices for themselves. You know I like to write stories with a healthy mix of story- and Sim-driven plots.

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  4. stardustdroplet says:

    No Khaled! Why! I’m also surprised that Don didn’t try to take advantage of that flirty mood!

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    1. Don is a different man in this save! I don’t know if it’s because he’s just truly find of Nivea in a deeply platonic way. Or maybe she’s the one Sim who isn’t his type, lol.

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  5. audreyfld says:

    Awww. I just knew the Romance Festival would get him to move to second base! Guess he’s just going slooooowww. I’m surprised Don didn’t jump in there! Haha! Better luck with him next time. And no more tea?

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    1. Girl, you, me, and Nivea were all hoping the Romance Festival would get him going. She may have to move on soon if he doesn’t get it together.


    1. audreyfld says:

      heh…. That’s all you got Jes2G? LOL! A woman of few words.

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      1. Jes2G says:

        lol, that’s all I’ve got!

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  6. Rainy says:

    Darn Khaled friend zoned our girl? Maybe he just wants a deeper connection first?

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    1. If it were up to me, they’d be married by now, but it’s not, so… yeah, he’s friending her to death.

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      1. Rainy says:

        Poor girl!

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  7. SarahLouPlays says:

    Khaled is take things real slow!!

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    1. Girl, so slow! She should’ve started liking Don Lothario instead, you know he wouldn’t have moved slow, haha.


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