Olivia was determined to make friends with as many sims as she could. Eventually, she even managed to befriend Malakai, the boy who had an accident over at the playground.
Turns out Malakai is a hoot when he’s not uncomfortable, he kept cracking Olivia up. She loved spending time with him.
But her best friend was definitely her cousin Newton.
Newton: “I wish I had a bike to ride around!”
Olivia: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those…”
Newton: “Of course you have, there’s a picture of one on my t-shirt!”
Olivia: “Oh, right! You mean those thing really exist?”
Newton: “Hmm… I’m not sure!”
Olivia: “Why is your dad always dancing in his pyjama bottoms?”
Newton didn’t really have a good answer to that one, but he didn’t care. As far as he was concerned, his parents were the best parents ever. They were the smartest people he knew, but also incredibly funny and very loving.
Of course, the downside of his parents caring was that his mom always insisted on him doing his homework as soon as possible. At least she’d always help him (in another life, Chell would be a teacher).
As a senior manager, Keiko often worked overtime at the office, so she couldn’t care less about her daughter’s academic success. She needed to have a big Americano every evening just to keep herself from collapsing as soon as she got home.
This often left Olivia doing her homework on her own in the middle of the night, since she’d put her homework off till the last minute. She liked to fill up a cup with soda and pretend she’s like mommy, working on her reports with an extra strong cup of coffee.
Booker arrived home, feeling rather pleased with himself: “Guess what, I got a promotion!”
“Uh-huh,” Keiko’s head was still in the office. The targets were so steep this month!
“So there’s this big shot celebrity player that I’m going to be training now,” Booker continued excitedly. “I’ve had one session with him so far, and he’s so…”
“Cool,” Keiko glanced at her husband. “Wanna woohoo?”
Sure, Booker didn’t seem as enthusiastic about it as he once had been, but woohoo helped Keiko keep her stress levels down.
What did her husband now about stressful work? He spent his days training famous athletes and lifting heavy things. (Note: This is true. Every time I get one of the work opportunity pop-ups for Booker, it’s something along the lines of: “There’s a heavy thing, should Booker lift it?”)
“There you go Knox, that should relieve the tension in your back,” Chell finished the massage. “You’ve got to stop reading in such awkward positions though, or this will never stop!”
“I just can’t help it,” Knox replied. “I stop paying attention to everything when I get into reading!”
“I know the feeling,” Chell laughed.
“I know you do, that’s why you’re the best wife,” Knox smiled and kissed his wife on the cheek.
“Eww, guys, that’s so gross!” Newton loved his parents, but they sure needed to be more careful when it possible cootie tranfers!
“I knew you’d score the winning goal uncle Ethan,” Newton exclaimed.
The boy idolised Ethan so much; while he was interested in both of his uncles’ athletic jobs, team sports sounded a bit more intriguing to him than heavy lifting.
“Oh did you, little man? I sure didn’t! I’m not as quick as I used to be,” Ethan remarked. Not getting any younger, he thought to himself with a sigh. He noticed Olivia’s sad face next to him: “What’s wrong, bumble bee?”
“Neither mommy or daddy don’t have time to teach me how to swim,” Olivia pouted. “I’ll be the last in my class not to know how to do it; even though we have a pool right in the house!”
Yenn appeared out of thin air, overhearing Olivia’s concerns: “Perfect timing, Liv! It just so happens I was going for a swim anyway. I can teach you!”
“Can I come too?” Newton jumped in, “And uncle Ethan? I mean, I know how to swim, but…”
“No bragging, little man,” Ethan interrupted. “But we should definitely join, let’s make a day of it!”
Ethan and Yenn smiled at each other.
The four of them spent the day splashing around in the family pool.
“This looks like fun,” Chell joined in, “How is it going, Newton?”
“Awesome!“ the boy enthused. “I’m gonna be the best swimmer, just like uncle Ethan! Livvie’s not bad either though, I guess.”
Yenn and Olivia were soaking up the sun after their swim.
“Aunt Yenn, can I tell you a secret?” The little girl asked.
“I think I can keep one,” Yenn smiled softly.
“You’re my favourite aunt,” Olivia whispered.
“Aww,” Yenn was surprised at the warmth that overcame her. “You shouldn’t have favourites though, Liv. And aunt Chell is pretty cool, don’t you think?”
“She is,” Olivia agreed. “And I know I shouldn’t have favourites. That’s why it’s a secret!”
Later that evening, Ethan examined his mirror image in his jersey.
“I’ve been thinking, Yenn,” he turned to his better half. “Do you think I should retire? I’m getting a bit old to still be an active player…”
“Let’s see,” Yenn sat on the bed beside him, “Do you still enjoy the game?”
Ethan’s mind went back to when he scored the deciding goal earlier. “Immensely,” he answered.
Yenn swept aside a loose lock of Ethan’s hair that fell out of his bun and smiled: “Well, then what are we even talking about?”
In another part of the house, Keiko was getting jumpy after her routine evening coffee: “And you wouldn’t believe what my boss said to me…”
“Sure thing,” Booker replied mindlessly. He was exhausted after his extensive training. Did Keiko not realise his whole body was aching?
“Are you even listening to me?” Keiko snapped. Another migraine hit her. Must. Sit. Down. The pain was piercing through her skull.
Booker watched his wife drop onto the futon, bemused. What is she playing at, pretending to be all tired. She doesn’t have to lift a thing all day!
“That’s rich,” Booker frowned. “When do you ever listen to me?”
They sat in silence for a few moments. Finally, Keiko stood up: “I’m going to bed.”
“Whatever,” Booker mumbled to himself. He leaned back on the futon and fell asleep within a few minutes.
Aww I love the Bloomers so much! I really hope Yenn and Ethan have a baby in the end, they would be fab parents and how cute would the child be?!
Thank you 🙂 I did experiment with their genetics in CAS out of curiosity and they would have gorgeous kids. But I just don’t see it for them to be honest.
*is actually really happy about Booker and Keiko’s relationship problems* They’re the most “realistic” Sim couple I’ve read yet. Like, marriage isn’t all rainbows and sunshine all the time. Especially when they have no common interests, like Booker and Keiko. The irony is that I’m not really rooting for either of them. Booker’s like, “big tough man must lift heavy things” and Keiko’s like, *cue Material Girl song* … They’re both so shallow and self-absorbed, I’m really just rooting for the divorce (let’s hope Booker was smart enough to get a prenup, lol). Omg, or is that your evil way of getting back down to 0 funds ??? xD
I’m glad Olivia has Yenn. I don’t think I even need/want Yenn and Ethan to have kids of their own, because I kind of consider Olivia *their* kid xD I mean, let’s be real, she looks like she could be their kid.
Muahahahaha! No, I kid. It was never any kind of an evil plan, I didn’t intend for their marriage to fail actually. When they got married , I figured they’ll be fine and give me some cute mixed babies. But apparently, even sim marriages can’t work if the two have nothing in common and only focus on themselves. The two of them are constantly miserable in game. Booker pretty much had the same miserable expression ever since the wedding. I feel like he regretted it from the get go. Oh well. At least I have Olivia now!
Yeah I also think of Yenn and Ethan as Olivia’s surrogate parents in a way. Though she definitely looks like her actual parents – she has Keiko’s eyes and Booker’s chin/jaw.
Can’t wait to see what will happen to Booker and Keiko 🙂 !!!!
There will be some form of a resolution in the next chapter 🙂
It makes me sad that Booker and Kaiko don’t seem to get along anymore, but I guess not every relationship can be perfect! Hope everything works out for them at the end, for Olivia also!
Yes I’m hoping all of them will figure out how to find their own happiness. Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂
I love this….I agree with Jordan–Booker and Keiko have very realistic issues and I enjoy how you portray them.
I love Yenn and Liv. They’re so sweet and it’s great that she has other family she can turn to when she needs it!
They do, though this was not really planned, it really just turned out that way in the game. I guess they were never really a good match. I mean, Booker’s face on his wedding day kind of spoke for everything.
It’s really not ok to assume your partner doesn’t work as hard as you, just because you do different things than them. Both Keiko and Booker should be ashamed!
Yeah, that was their biggest problem, they never really considered how the other one was feeling.
Well, Keiko and Booker are both villains in this relationship. They are just so uncaring! Not that I’m surprised – I’ve always thought they would end up problematic after the physical attraction fades… But I really hope they’ll work it out somehow. For Olivia.
Most definitely, they’re not very good at this marriage thing it seems.
All these family dynamics! I’m glad little Olivia has some good, kind and attentive relatives to support her and teach her things.
Uh oh. Trouble in paradise for Booker. Saw this coming the moment he laid eyes on her.
Yep. Keiko was never good news. Then again, was Booker?
Oh my goodness! They are a combination of Jayden & Maliyah AND Brandon & Amira! Yikes!! I hope they don’t end up like either of those couples.
In other news, Yenn and Ethan would make incredible parents!!! I hope to read about a non-Bloomer child soon 😉
They couldn’t stand to be around each other. It was such a mess… I was so glad Yenn and Ethan were around.