Chapter 1.05 – Home Shopping and Building

Dear Diary,

So I’m just about at the point of giving up on Khaled.

I mean, he’s my best friend, but maybe that’s all he supposed to be. We flirt and we have more romance interactions than some married couples, but we’re still no more than… what’s a good word for it? Lovebirds. We’re not even friends with benefits. Just friends who flirt.

In one of my endless efforts to get him to see me more as more than a flirty friend, I invited him to the flea market. It was the perfect time to go because the contractor was on my property, working on a small building. I couldn’t afford anything more than a room for a bed and a bathroom, but I had to start somewhere.

Going to the flea market was not very romantic, I know, but we were there to shop for cool pieces for my house. I was hoping that thinking about me in a house might lead to thinking about me in a bed. Stupid, I know.

We met up by the flea market, and he was in full friend mode.

He even called over one of the sales ladies so I could meet her. So much for my plans for flirty banter followed by exploring furniture hand in hand.

She was actually a nice lady. She was dressed how I dress for work. After seeing multiple women in those clothes, I decided that this past Friday would be the last time I’m ever wearing those threads.

Khaled saw another one of his friends and went over to say hi, so I ended up exploring the furniture by myself. I saw a pretty cool armchair that could work. I wasn’t sure of my color scheme yet, but the chair could be easily reupholstered to match any décor.

I headed back to find the nice if poorly dressed flea market saleslady. I haggled with her and she agree to give me 25% off. She wanted to do something nice to help “the cute newlywed couple furnish their new house.” I wasn’t about to correct her and lose my discount.

I went to claim my armchair and another cute outdoor chair, and felt heartened. Khaled and I must have hope if a complete stranger thought we were newlyweds after spending just a few minutes with us.

I wanted to celebrate my first furniture purchase of my new life. In my other life, furniture purchases had to be approved by the interior decorator, and they never agreed with my taste. I hated the way my childhood bedroom looked, and I wasn’t very fond out how it looked through my teen years either.

I looked around the flea market for something that could accomplish my goals of celebration. I was feeling rebellious because of the memories of life before Windenburg, so when my eyes landed on the corner of the flea market, I knew I’d found my celebration activity.

I walked quickly over, beckoning Khaled to join me. I wasn’t sure if this behavior fit his image of me, but I was ready to try something I’d never had the nerve to try before: the bubble blower.

He didn’t say anything when he arrived at my side. He simply grabbed the bubble blower and took a hit.

He clearly was no novice at this. I was impressed at the way he blew out the bubbles. And I was no longer worried about my image.

I took another hit, but I think I inhaled too deeply that time. I did not look as cool as Khaled when I exhaled.

We decided to call it quits on the bubble blower. We headed over to the basketball court and shot a few hoops. That didn’t last long as the effects of the bubble blower settled in. I would not recommend dazed basketball to anyone.

I spent the whole day with Khaled and he didn’t flirt with me once. So I put some space between us and went to meet some interesting strangers.

The contractor told me not to head home until after sun down. I decided to leave the flea market, and I headed to the library to finally file some reports for work. I was close to another promotion, so I figured it couldn’t hurt.

When I arrived home, it was jarring but excited to see my flowered hedges at the front of my property. And there was a building!

I just stood there for a moment taking it all in.

I don’t have anyone to share this space with yet, but in that moment, I didn’t care.

I’m sure when Daddy emptied my trust fund, he thought he’d force my hand. I’m sure he thought I’d be back home, begging him for a warm bed, a Birkin bag, and three chef-quality meals a day. But I’d managed to stay afloat and take care of myself. I had the equivalent of a studio apartment with a lovely outdoor space.

I don’t know if I’ll get back to the life I grew up in before I die, but I’m certainly going to setup my descendants to have it. And they’re going to grow up without all the requirements I had. I’m changing what it means to be a Duvall. Starting today, it’s going to mean working hard to accomplish your dreams, whatever those dreams are.




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26 Comments Add yours

  1. Allysim says:

    Love the cute little house! Kahled…pfft. That’s all I could think of to say! 😂

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    1. Lol, house is such an overstatement when it comes to that structure. But it is the start of something beautiful. She has a much more funky sense of style than she’s ever been able to express before. I’m going to have fun with what she builds in her lifetime!

      And yeah… Khaled… I can’t even with him. He’s just lucky she didn’t meet any cute single guys when she ditched him at the festival.

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      1. Allysim says:

        For. Sure! Khaled doesn’t know what he’s missing, but I hope he finds out soon!

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        1. Allysim says:

          Hello! I nominated you for a Leibster award on my blog! 🙂

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        2. Sweet! I did a Leibster post back in June-ish, but I’ll check out your post. I love reading everyone’s answers to the questions.

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        3. Allysim says:

          LOL, that means you get to do another! 😉

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  2. cathytea says:

    Khaled is funny. Maybe he’s aromantic.

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    1. Sometimes he seems interested, but then he never makes a move. This is my first time waiting for Sims to move a relationship forward autonomously, it certainly makes me think about how differently their relationships would go if we left them alone a bit more.

      Well, not you, you’re already good at that.

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      1. cathytea says:

        Yeah–I pretty much only do autonomous romances. I have so many asexual, single Sims! LOL! But those romances that do happen are really something! Asaoyoru is taking this approach in her legacy, and it’s amazing to see how it’s coming about!

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        1. As frustrating as Khaled is, I’m enjoying watching and waiting. I may continue this going forward in future generations

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  3. audreyfld says:

    Such a cute starter home! I really like Nivea more and more. Khalid? Really dude!

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    1. Lol, the wannabe builder in me chicks at you calling that two room shanty a starter home. It dies gave a certain charm to it, I’ll give you that. 😉

      About Khaled, I don’t know what I was thinking having a founder who’s written as a woman who won’t make the first move, lol. Let’s just say lesson learned.


  4. ny275 says:

    I love the last paragraph! Things are progressing, which is good. Now if only Khaled would get his head on straight and see the gift the Watcher is trying to give him in Nivea!

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  5. Jes2G says:

    Sooooo…perhaps a conversation is in order. After all, most men don’t pick up on subtle hints anyway. Cute house!

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    1. Definitely not a house, lol, just two rooms. But it’s certainly a style template for what’s to come.

      And yes, men do not catch subtle. Poor Nivea was not raised to handle a man who doesn’t follow traditional courting interactions.


      1. Jes2G says:

        I see lol. She needs another friend to tell her these things.

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        1. She has another friend. Don! Somehow I don’t see him sharing secrets with her about how men can be obtuse.


        2. Jes2G says:

          LOL She’s screwed.

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  6. carnegielegacysims4 says:

    Yay, cute house! Congrats, Nivea – and that outdoor space is awesome. 🙂

    Now… Khaled needs to seriously step his game up before she finds someone who actually wants to take the next level. We’re looking for a spouse here not a flirty friend!! haha

    Can’t wait to read what happens next!

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    1. Khaled really doesn’t seem to get that Nivea is looking for a spouse. They’re best friends, so she’s shared with him her ideals for her future generations. How can he not know she’s plotting on him?


  7. SarahLouPlays says:

    Nivea is growing up. What great aims to have.

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    1. Yeah, she’s starting to realize that she’s made a bigger change than just running away from home.

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