Bitter Melon scoffed, "Oh that's great. ME being the drama queen!"
Citron pulled out the jelly. "Oh, no need. I was going to make pbj's."
Acai threw the sponge towards the sink.
Jocasta stared at me blankly, finally managing to stammer, "You've got to be kidding me."
"No, seriously! The poor kid slipped away in the sewer system!" I said defensively, pulling out the note I'd found the prior night. "Look!"
Jocasta glanced at the note and then got a gleam in her eye. She grabbed my arm and determinedly dragged me towards City Hall. "We have got to tell the mayor!"
An hour later, a little dazed from the publicity whirlwind, I was leaving City Hall with an Investigator's Ribbon of Bravery in recognition of my hard work and impressive, my words, investigative skills during the Fish Kid case.
Tamara Donner, recently vindicated mayor, made sure there were plenty of reporters for the photo opp.
"Gotta do my hair, Mom!" Acai called out.
Bitter Melon glanced over her shoulder, "Yeah, ditto!"
"But.. I really wanted to tell someone!" I protested as the front door slammed.
"I love you," I told him with a quick buss on his cheek.
Carmen laughed. "Is that what you wanted to tell the kids?"
Acai hissed back in embarrassment, "Moooooooom!" She nervously glanced towards Bryant as he grabbed a slice of cake, "He might hear you..."
I threw my hands up in the air. The girl had been mooning over him for years!
Bryant smiled and shrugged, "Oh, this and that," he answered. "My dad wants me to go into business with him, but I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life."
"Ah, sounds exciting," I said, glancing over my shoulder and motioning towards Acai.
She whirled around in embarrassment.
Sheesh, I thought, poor girl had inherited my coward gene! "Excuse me a moment," fixing Bryant with a brilliant smile.
"I don't know," Acai said hesitantly, glancing over towards her high school crush. "What if he doesn't like me?"
I rolled my eyes. "I can tell he likes you! He keeps glancing over here looking at us."
"Oh for the love of... go talk to the boy!"
Hallelujah, I'd finally managed to convince the girl to take a chance!
"Hi," Bryant said back.
"One bouquet isn't large enough for you!" Bryant told her.
"Me, too," Bryant said, "I guess we'll just have to make up for lost time," he said, pulling out another bouquet.
"I know. I don't want to go," he said, reaching for her hands.
The new couple held hands, attempting to prolong their romantic night.
Torch Holders: +1 (1) = 1
Painting of Torch Holder: +5 (1) = 5
Sim Failing School: -5
Visit from Service Sim: -5
Passing Out: -5 (1) = -5
Self-Urination: -5 (1) = -5
Accidental Deaths: -10
Social Worker Visit: -15
Births: +5 (3) = 15
Twin Births: +10
Triplet Births: +15
Fulfilling LTW: +40
Achieving Honor Roll: +5 (1) = 5
Randomizing LTW choice and trait for a generation: +10
Not using spares Happiness points for a generation: +10
Every 100,000 dollars: +20
NPS Spouse reach the top of their career: +40
Cheat Penalty: -10 (2) = -20
Total = -4