Chapter 1.06 – Things Are Going Better And Worse Than I Hoped

Dear Diary,

Where do I even start? So I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that I have a roof over my head. And I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that Khaled will likely be just a friend to me if I don’t do something about it.

Having more stuff and more home has been… interesting. In some ways, it’s amazing because of the additional food options, like grilled chicken, mmmm.

Not to be gross, but you know, after you eat, you do other things… And can I just say… it’s amazing–no it’s AMAZING to be able to use the bathroom in a bathroom! Having a toilet made me feel like I was the queen of France.

The toilet was nothing compared to the shower however. Both are cheap because it’s all I could afford. They’ll probably stop working properly sooner rather than later. I know this in my brain, but my heart wasn’t hearing it when I stood under that warm stream of water.

Being able to take a brisk shower to get in the perfect energized mood for work has been invaluable. I’ll get that next promotion any day.

But it hasn’t been all flushable toilets and indoor showers though. The contractor messed up with the outdoor lights. He put them too close to the campfire, and that’s when I learned that putting out a terrifying fire really boosts one’s confidence.

Over breakfast, I was thinking deeply about homeowner concerns. Can I just say that I love that I’m in a position to have homeowner concerns? Anyway, I’m clearly gonna have to tweak the outdoors to make it work better. I want to expand the garden, and I want to keep my campfire without having to worry about burning down my house.

The biggest homeowner victory came when the mail lady dropped off my bills for the week. Even after the renovations to my property, I was able to afford my newly increased bills. Now that’s a victory!

I got back home from work wanting to celebrate the small victory of being able to afford my bills. I thought about texting Khaled to meet me somewhere, but I wasn’t sure if that was a good idea. If we were going to be just friends, then I needed to put some space between us, otherwise I’d never find someone. As if on cue, my phone buzzed.

Dominic was an extremely attractive man I’d met at the Romance Festival. A lot of that night was blurry due to the effects of the Sakura Tea. I could’ve sworn that Dominic was married, but I figured maybe I was remembering wrong, so I said yes, and put on a fancy dress to meet him at Hell’s Kitchen.

I showed up to the restaurant and I was not mistaken about how good looking Dominic was. I got excited because I’ve been wanting to try this Hell’s Kitchen restaurant forever. There were several locations, and this new one in Newcrest was supposed to be the best so far.

Unfortunately, I was also not mistaken about him being married. Before we even went inside to get a table, he made sure to tell me I had to keep our “tryst” a secret as he had a family he could lose. I considered having a full blown temper tantrum, but my upbringing took over. I allowed myself only one huff.

As much as I’d been wanting to try this restaurant, I knew I wasn’t about to try it that day. I would just have to save up more money to take myself out later. I tried to decide if I was going to tell Dominic off before leaving when my phone buzzed again. I hoped it wasn’t another Romance Festival ghost resurfacing. I looked hesitantly at my phone.

Khaled was asking me out, not on a date, but on another plum friend hang. As much as I wanted to decline, I laughed in spite of myself. He knew those festival teas affected me pretty strongly, and he was trying to make a joke about it. Since I had nothing else to do in my gorgeous dress, and I certainly wasn’t staying with Dominic, I agreed to meet with him.

I told Khaled about my almost-date with Dominic. I wasn’t trying to make him jealous, I was just sharing my life with my best friend, but if he got jealous, I wouldn’t mind that as a bonus. He wasn’t pleased to hear about me dating a married man, but after I explained my confusion about the whole Dominic-is-married thing, he understood.

I couldn’t tell if he was jealous or not, and that was very frustrating to me. I gave up for the moment and led us over to the festival. I chose Jokester tea. Khaled again drank no tea.

I wonder why he never drinks the festival teas. It’s not like he’s against mood-altering substances because he joined me again at the bubble blower.

This time I was much better at it. No coughing from this debutante!

Khaled was very proud of me. It was moments like these where I realized I may never find someone as great as him. He was kind enough to not point out my inexperience the first time I tried the bubble blower, but he understood me well enough to want to celebrate me gaining experience.

Goodness, if this man doesn’t want to be more than friends, I may have to look into adoption because I’d just be wasting the time of any other man.




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21 Comments Add yours

  1. stardustdroplet says:

    No Khaled please! Come on now! The dress looks gorgeous on her, my gosh. Love the tea reference 🙂

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    1. When I saw her in the dress in CAS, I knew it was the perfect one for her.

      Lol, are you getting frustrated with Khaled?

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      1. stardustdroplet says:

        Only a bit haha, he’s so cute but also so dense!

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        1. In what world does a girl who looks like her and is constantly flirting with you, don’t you ask her out?? In Khaled’s world, that’s where, smh.

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  2. audreyfld says:

    Adoption. Lol!!!! So can she not make a move on him? He has to initiate it?

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    1. She was raised very traditionally and it’s just outside her still set to make the first move. She grew up around some pretty aggressive guys and Khaled is just not that.

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  3. SarahLouPlays says:

    I hope they can make it work. He really is making it hard work for her.

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    1. Isn’t he though? There are moments where I wish she’d set her sights on literally any other guy, haha. Well not Dominic Fyres, so any other single guy.

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  4. carnegielegacysims4 says:

    Congrats on being able to afford the newly raised bills… those are always a little scary the first time around after you make improvements to your house!

    And ughh! Khaled didn’t even bat at eyelash at her going out with Dominic. At this point… I am thinking even a married man who wants you is better than a emotionally unavailable one. lol

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    1. LMAO! I literally laughed so loud when I read your comment.

      So we’ve got one vote for stealing Moira’s husband rather than continuing to pursue Khaled!

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      1. carnegielegacysims4 says:

        I stand by my vote hahah 👏🏼😂

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        1. Allysim says:

          *raises hand* I second!

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  5. ny275 says:

    So happy she has a bathroom! It’s always wonderful when you can finally get one.
    But come on, Khaled! Get! *smack* It! *smack* Together! *smack*
    I’m glad she put her foot down about Dominic, though. He does make pretty kids, but Nivea is just not that type of woman. I’m hoping that someone (available) does come along and show interest in Nivea and that will give Khaled the push he needs.

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    1. Lol @ you smacking Khaled around.

      Dominic does make pretty kids, but Nivea is not the type of girl to steal a married man, you’re right. Nivea is reaching the end of her rope with Khaled, so we’ll see what he does about it.

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  6. Rainy says:

    I almost missed this in my list of updated stories! So glad I didn’t. She looked wonderful in that dress. I’ve only ever used it once for my sims. None of them look right in it. She totally worked it! I’m getting impatient with Khaled. Maybe she should find someone else… not Dominic!

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    1. Lol, so that’s another vote against Dominic!

      Nivea is not used to waiting on a man’s attentions. I think if Khaled were not her best friend, she would’ve moved on by now.

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      1. Rainy says:

        Isn’t Dominic an adult? Then she’d have to deal with his daughters and stuff. Naw. Khaled needs to get his act together!

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        1. Things with Dominic would be very very messy. Nivea is the same age as one his daughters, so yeah…

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