Chapter 1.09 – Hot Like Fire

Dear Diary,

I promise, I love having Khaled here with me. He’s more than fine with our house that’s really a studio apartment. And having him in my home, and in my bed, has been better than I imagined in a lot of ways. But… he does little things that are tough to deal with. For instance, he moved the campfire over closer to the expanded garden.

I now know for the future that he loves outdoor spaces and we’ll need to have some real landscaping for him to hang out in, but that does not help me now. Luckily, he put out the fire he started. Even though this counts as one for the cons column, there are more pros.

Plus, that moment was one of the ones when I knew I really truly loved Khaled. I lost my garlic plant and my plantain tree. Garlic is so expensive to grow, and plantains take so long to grow. But I didn’t even care, I was just happy Khaled was safe.

Plus, he was nice enough to clean up the ash from the destroyed plants so I could plant more when I got the chance.

Another point in the pros column for Khaled is that he loves my cooking. He’s happy when he eats the leftovers of any and everything I make.

After a while, it felt like he spent most of his time by the campfire enjoying the warmth on his hands. When I gardened, loving on my plants and coaxing them towards perfection, he was by the campfire.

When I was enjoying fish tacos, the bounty of another fishing outing, he was there at the campfire.

One morning, I was rehearsing how to ask him to pick up some hobbies. He was, of course, heading over to the campfire. He had a bit of an accident, but I refuse to count this as him catching himself on fire.

After he made sure he wasn’t about to burn himself or the house down, we sat and chatted by the campfire. He agreed he needed another hobby. He was actually looking for a career change, and he thought he could combine the two. He’d always wanted to be an artist. Living out on the Windenburg Island inspired him, and he finally felt ready to make that switch.

I thought about how Daddy would cringe at the the thought of me having a boyfriend who was an artist instead of something like a tech guru or investment banker. Well, I don’t just have him as a boyfriend. We live together, and we plan to marry one day. Part of me wanted to contact my daddy just to shove my new happiness in his face.

Then I realized something. This new life of mine isn’t about Daddy. It’s about me. I only left because I couldn’t have the life I wanted. Had my family been less oppressive, I would’ve been this exact person, just not in Windenburg.

I have to shake my head at myself a bit here. Poor little rich girl, sad because her money comes with strings attached. That’s why things are going to be different for my kids and their kids. If I have anything to say about it, no other Duvall will have to run away from home to be themselves.

Daddy wouldn’t get that my current life means something to me. He would see it as an extended period of acting out. And it just might kill me if the first man I loved didn’t accept the last man I’ll love (unless I have boys!). That would break my heart, and I don’t think I could handle it.

I think I’ve just decided. My daddy and Khaled will never meet.



AUTHOR’S NOTE {ISBI SCORE: 0-10=-10. Because of the campfire catching the plants on fire. SERIOUSLY DUDE?? YOU JUST GOT HERE AND NOW WE’RE IN NEGATIVE POINTS?!}

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. audreyfld says:

    That’s sad that she has cut off all communication with her father. When push comes to shove children will most often chose their lover over their parents. Why do so many parents fail to see that. 😦

    On the other hand, I’m so happy she is finally with Khalid. Hopefully cute little nooboos to come soon! 🙂

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    1. When she first moved to Windenburg and her father retaliated by cutting off her access to her trust fund, she cut off any future contact.

      I think this is just get moment of accepting that is permanent and they likely will never reconcile. She’s assuming a lot about her father, and unfortunately she’s probably right that he wouldn’t accept or respect her current life.

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  2. Jes2G says:

    This new life of mine isn’t about Daddy. It’s about me.
    That’s right! Still, it’s kinda sad that made the decision for both her boyfriend and her father not to meet. I know she says she thinks daddy will be upset, but I think if he could see the joy on her face and learn that she is truly happy, he’ll be glad although he probably still won’t like it. But he’ll be a bit more open minded about it. However, as these legacy stories go, I totally get why they won’t meet, and that was probably the best way to explain it. Kinda like X’s mom dying before he could apologize to her lol. Convenient! 😀

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    1. *nods* unless your Sims are game aware, it’s hard to just ignore the non-existent parents.

      Nivea is trying her best to protect her current life, and she’s not doing a lot of critical thinking about how best to do that.

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  3. carnegielegacysims4 says:

    They are definitely kindred spirits and I’m so glad they’re adjusting well with living together (besides the plants- lol).

    I’m happy Nivea is so accepting of Khaled’s dreams to be an artist and doesn’t let what would have been expected of her family influence her- not that I thought it would anyway! 😂

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    1. This is another small example of her breaking with her upbringing. Previously, she would’ve been concerned about dating an artist. But something about weeks of camping in a tent and barely having a roof over your head teaches one that money (or lack thereof) won’t control your outlook on life.

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      1. carnegielegacysims4 says:

        I’m glad she’s breaking free!! She’s definitely setting a good example for generations to come!!

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  4. ny275 says:

    Go Nivea! I love that line Jes pulled out, too! Your parents are a big part of your life- whether they were around or not- so Nivea might never be able to chase her father from her memory, but I’m glad she’s not going to let that memory hinder her or affect her and her decisions.

    She’s so empowered and I love that about her. Now that she finally (finally! geez) has Khaled living with her, I get the sense that she’s feeling a lot more confident. Or maybe it has nothing to do with Khaled and she’s just allowing herself to grow and discovering herself without any worry now. I LOL’d at “but I refuse to count this as catching himself on fire.” Girl, you know he caught himself on fire wearing long sleeves and putting his hands near the fire!

    I don’t care what anybody else says, campfires in TS4 are the most dangerous thing ever!

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    1. Lol, those campfires really ARE dangerous, especially to my ISBI points.

      Nivea really is coming in to herself. Khaled is my the source, but he’s definitely a part of it. There’s a bit of comfort in knowing that what you feel is the best version of yourself is also loveable and live-with-able and future marry-able.

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      1. ny275 says:

        I’ve always enjoyed your stories and writings but especially so recently. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve really been drawn in. Whatever it is you’re doing, don’t stop!

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        1. That’s so sweet of you to say! Ill try to keep it up and keep you interested. 😊

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