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Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise Challenge – Rose Ceremony # 3

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Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani. Today is Rose Ceremony # 3 and Benny and I have arrived early at this absolutely breath-taking venue to ensure that everything is ready for the main event.

bar and eating area

Let me give you a quick tour. On the left is the bar and eating area. Look at all those lanterns! So romantic. There is also a punch bowl area and appetizers set up at the back.

other area had a bandshell dance floor and presentation area

To the right is the entertainer area, with a huge dancefloor in the middle. Off to the side is a seating area. At the back, of course, is the presentation area. Such a perfect setting.

rick at rose ceremony table

Rick is checking the rose table to ensure there are enough roses for everyone.

benny handling last minutes setup

Benny is adjusting one of several cameras for the show. Afterall, it’s important he gets my “good” side. Although, really…all sides of me are FABULOUS!

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ceremony was in full swing

The entertainer has arrived and is playing a lively tune. Oh, I promised Benny I would help set-up some media equipment, so feel free to look around. We’ll see you at the ceremony.

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some guests need to change

Some of the contestants from House 1 and 2 have arrived, but they’re not dressed for the event. Maybe they’ll change here.

some of the contestants from house 2 arrive

Ah…much better. Iris has changed from her biking clothes. Roxanna chatting with Cinnamon, Iris and Nami.

irisd making drinks not waiting for the bartender

The caterer has shown up, but where is the bartender? Iris jumps right in and mixes some drinks for everyone. You go-getter, Iris!

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Octavia and Rick are listening to the entertainer. Oh sure! Any chance that Octavia has of getting close to Rick, she’ll definitely take it!

cinnamon looking gorgeous

Seeing Rick and Octavia together, Cinnamon decides to head on over there, and get right in the “middle” of their conversation.

FLAMING ZESTY SALT IS A HIT

Lara and Raven grab a drink. Flaming Zesty Salt is a hit! Kudos to Iris for making these.

grabbing a drink together

Naomi and Rick getting a drink from the bar, too. Wow, Iris must be making drinks for everyone.

TETE A TETE WITH RICK

A little tête à tête going on with Rick and Coral. They certainly look cozy together.

brianna chatting with rick

Brianna catching a moment alone with Rick.

chattuing with miriam and nami

Rick makes the rounds and spends time chatting with Nami and Miriam.

looks like a line up at the buffet

Dinner is served and there is a line-up at the buffet. Rick, being the gentleman that he is, waits for the ladies to serve themselves before grabbing a plate.

getting settled before ceremony

The sun had set and the ceremony was about to begin. Roxanna headed up to the microphone and asked everyone to take their seats.

welcome to the rose ceremony

“I, Roxanna Llama-Llama, welcome you to Rose Ceremony # 3. Before we begin, I just wanted to compliment all of the contestants on how amazing you look tonight. You have certainly outdone yourselves, ladies! Tonight marks a change to the dynamics of The Bachelor in Paradise Show, as, after this ceremony, the contestants who are left will merge together into one house with our handsome Bachelor, Rick. He is certainly one lucky guy! And as exciting as this is, tonight is also tinged with sadness as we say farewell to three contestants. But first, I ask that Rick come to the microphone.”

*applause from the audience*

talking about the contestants roses

“Thank you Roxanna and Benny for hosting the Rose Ceremony. And I certainly agree that the ladies look sensational tonight! I have had an opportunity to get to know you all on our Group Outings and to get to know you even better on our Solo Dates. Whatever happens tonight, I will always remember those special times. As before, each contestant will receive a rose. Yellow to those who will always be my friend, and red to those who are much dearer to my heart.”

Roxanna stepped up to the microphone again. “I now call upon the first five contestants, who were SAFE and didn’t have to participate in The Elimination Challenge. They are: From House 1, Brianna Hammond and Raven Xang, and from House 2, Iris Costello, Nami Chuu, and Coral Reeves.”

5 who are safe

The five contestants came on stage and Rick handed each contestant a red rose.

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“Congratulations ladies! But don’t get too comfy, because there are two more contestants who will be joining you at the house.”

Roxanna then summarized the rules of the Elimination Challenge for the contestants who didn’t participate.

“Before these two winning contestants are announced, Benny has prepared a slideshow on what Rick’s choices were at the “10 Things I Know About Rick” Elimination Challenge.” The lights were dimmed and Benny started the slideshow.

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There was much chitchat after the slideshow and Roxanna cleared her throat before she began speaking again. “And thank you to Benny for bandaging up our bachelor after Rick sprained his ankle on the basketball court. But I see that Rick’s ankle is as good as new now. At the end of the challenge, we had several ties and had to bring Rick back for the Pressure Cooker Challenge. Let’s see what happened.”

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5 contestants for elimination challenge

“We now have the final results of the Elimination Challenge. May I have the following ladies come on stage, from House 1 – Miriam Epp, Naomi Mahina and Lara McGowan, From House 2 – Cinnamon Apple and Octavia Dillon.” Rick took the microphone again.

ELIMINATION CONTEST WINNERS

When the producers told me the theme for this Elimination Challenge, I was pleasantly surprised that the competing contestants knew so much about me! What surprised me, even more, was their deductive reasoning on what I would choose. This was pretty impressive. If I had my choice, of course, no-one would be leaving, but then this wouldn’t be called The Bachelor in Paradise Show. So, as has been proven in this challenge, there were some contestants who knew just a little bit more about me than the others. And when placed in an empty room together, some contestants wanted to be with me more than others. So, based on these “revelations”, and the scores that Roxanna submitted, these are the contestants who will be staying.”

best score

Roxanna took the microphone from Rick. “The contestant with the highest score in the Elimination Challenge, who receives a red rose tonight is…Naomi Mahina. Naomi was tied with several other contestants, but she proved that she definitely wanted to be with Rick and was the last to leave the Pressure Cooker Room. This earned her an additional 5 points towards her score. Congratulations, Naomi!”

naomi getting a roseNaomi couldn’t move. She was in such shock. She was happy! No, make that ecstatic. She was staying! She was indeed a budding rose! She still had a chance with Rick, and she was going to make every minute count. Naomi was a jumble of emotions and all she could say when Rick smiled at her and handed her the red rose was “Thank you, Rick. I am here for you!”

 

Roxanna continued, “There is only room for one more contestant to continue. Who shall it be?” Rick took a yellow rose from the table and walked towards…Miriam Epp.

not me heading home

Miriam froze. “No, this couldn’t be possible. Not me! It can’t be me! We shared a mistletoe kiss on our Solo Date. How can I be leaving? Oh my gosh! What about those dreams I had of Rick and me in Champ Les Sims? All shattered because I left that Pressure Cooker Room to go and dance. I danced my way out of Rick’s life! This is terrible,” thought Miriam sadly.

I DANCED MY LIFE AWAY

Rick handed Miriam the yellow rose, “I am sorry to see you leave, Miriam. I will miss you.”

“And I’m going to miss, you, too, Rick,” Miriam said quietly and gave Rick a hug.

There were now three roses left on the table. Two yellow and one red. Rick chose another yellow rose.

lara not so brightlara not so bright future

Almost in a flash, Lara McGowan remembered her Love Life Prediction from the challenge room. And suddenly, she knew that it was her who was leaving tonight. That dreaded prediction was coming true.

its me isnt it

Tears were streaming down Lara’s cheeks as Rick approached. “It’s me, isn’t it? I’m heading home tonight. It’s true, isn’t it?” Lara spoke haltingly between sobs.

im sorry lara

“Yes, I’m afraid you’re right. I’m sorry, Lara. I will miss you,” replied Rick as he held out the yellow rose to her. Lara clutched the rose to her and thought about that Pressure Cooker Room. She had almost stayed until the end but had felt the urge to clean up those dishes in the kitchen. As she thought about it now, she couldn’t believe she had chosen dirty dishes over Rick.

There were two roses left, one yellow and one red, and two contestants left. One of them was leaving tonight.

the last two left

Octavia Dillon was feeling angry but reined in her temper. This wasn’t fair! She had the top score from all of them on that challenge course. She should be getting a red rose. It shouldn’t be based on their scores and the Pressure Cooker Room. She had flirted with Rick in that room, and had wanted to stay, but, heck, nature was calling and she “had to go”. Why else would she leave Rick with the other contestants? She didn’t have a choice, or there would have been a puddle on the floor. Was there a complaint form she could fill out? Because there was no way she was going home tonight. No way!

Cinnamon Apple had quietly added up her score while they were watching the video of Rick’s choices. She also knew that she had been the first to leave that Pressure Cooker Room. Thinking back, she had been too confident and thought that she had chosen all the same things as Rick. She felt she had nothing to worry about because she thought she had the best score. But now she was worried. The dreams that Cinnamon had been having of a life with Rick might be just that. A dream.

Rick picked up the yellow rose and the red rose and walked towards…Cinnamon Apple. Everyone was silent and it seemed as if all of the contestants were holding their breath.

TYRYING TO HOLD IT TOGETHER

Rick held out a yellow rose to Cinnamon, “I’m sorry Cinnamon. I was really looking forward to that trip to Selvadorada with you.”

Cinnamon bit her lip and smiled brightly at Rick, “Yes, me, too, Rick,” she murmured, “But you can still come to visit as a … as a friend,” Cinnamon replied.

“A very special friend,” added Rick, giving Cinnamon a hug.

There was now one red rose left. And Octavia breathed a sigh of relief. She was safe and that red rose was for her. Rick turned to Octavia then and smiled handing her the last red rose, “For you, dear Octavia.”

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“Oh Rick,” Octavia purred, batting her eyelashes flirtatiously at him, “Red roses are my favorite flower and you’re most certainly my favorite Bachelor.” Octavia then turned to the other contestants in the audience, “But, as happy as I am to receive this red rose, I am so very sad that some contestants have to leave tonight. I really will miss them all. They were um…*sniff*…my friends,” added Octavia, putting a hand to her face as if wiping away a tear.

10 things I like about Rick

Roxanna stepped up to the microphone again. “Well said, Octavia. As we get to know more about the contestants, it gets harder to see each one leave. We will all sincerely miss Cinnamon Apple, Lara McGowan, and Miriam Epp.” Roxanna took a deep breath and continued, “I, Roxanna Llama-Llama, want to thank you all for being here. This concludes the Rose Ceremony for this evening. Congratulations to those contestants who are continuing and good luck to those who are leaving. A new chapter starts tomorrow as the two houses merge into one and our Bachelor, Rick, moves in full-time with the remaining contestants. A new day. A new start. And another step closer to finding Rick “Somebody to Love.” And now, let’s hit the dance floor and have some fun!”

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Octavia went to the bar to get a drink. “That was too close,” she thought, “I don’t want to be in that situation again. But I have a plan to ensure that Rick only has eyes for me. Yes, a plan…” thought Octavia smiling to herself.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN RAVEN

Raven sat down beside Octavia and silently clapped her hands. “Bravo,” Raven said, “You deserve a Starlight Accolade Award for that performance.”

“I have no idea what you mean,” answered Octavia casting sideways glances to see if anyone was listening.

THAT RAVE!

“Oh, but I think you do. You may have fooled everyone else with your “sorry to see them go” spiel, including Rick, but I know what you’re up to,” said Raven as she got up, “I’ll be keeping my eye on you,” whispered Raven as she headed to the dance floor.

OCTAVIA UPSET WITH RAVEN

“Oh my plumbobs! That Raven!” seethed Octavia.

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rick and benny dancing the farewell dance

Rick and Benny dance a farewell dance with the departing contestants: Front: Cinnamon Apple (House 2)’ Middle: Miriam Epp (House 1); Back: Lara McGowan (House 1).

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Author’s Notes:

I gave the contestants some new outfits to wear for the event. The roses presented at the ceremony were “friendly gifts”. You can purchase these from the computer, and a red rose is one of the gift choices. This way, no loss in romantic relationships when presenting a rose.

Thank you to this simmer for creating this very romantic build. It is a Spark’d submission, so please give it a “♥” in the gallery. Very few changes were done, just added a bar and fridge, stove, and counter area.

windenburg rustic wedding photo credit

With each Elimination Challenge or Reader Vote, it gets harder to say goodbye to your favorite Sims. And this elimination of three contestants was especially hard. The final results were very, very close.

“10 things I Know About Rick” Elimination Challenge Results

elimination challenge results

Keep in mind that in a future chapter, all of the eliminated contestants will be competing in a Comeback Challenge. And for one lucky sim, that will mean coming back again as a contestant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise – Elimination Challenge – “10 Things I Know About Rick”

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roxanna opening elimination challenge

Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani. Now that all of the initial Solo Dates have taken place, we are at the moment that the contestants have been dreading – The Elimination Challenge. This is a very important challenge as this will bring the two houses together and the number of contestants down to seven. Yes, seven! These final contestants will be living in one house with the Bachelor.

Now, the producers have informed me that not ALL of the contestants will be participating in the Elimination Challenge. Some of the contestants are SAFE. Who are they, you ask? Well, before we get to that, let’s back up.

Once Rick was done with his date, he headed over to each house and did one friendly and one romantic interaction with each contestant to see if this would improve their relationship. Once that was done, the producers looked at the relationship panels.

House 1: Lara McGowan (Acquaintances), Brianna Hammond (Lovebirds), Naomi Mahina (Romantic Interest), Miriam Epp (Acquaintances), Raven Xang (Lovebirds)

house 1 stats

House 2: Nami Chuu (Lovebirds), Coral Reeves (Lovebirds), Cinnamon Apple (Romantic Interest), Octavia Dillon (Acquaintances), Iris Costello (Lovebirds)

stats for elimination house 2

The contestants who are “Lovebirds” with our Bachelor are SAFE. This means, unfortunately, that the other contestants will be competing in The Elimination Challenge, and the producers have decided that THREE (3) of these contestants will be heading home. Oh my gosh! Let’s head on over to the Elimination Competition Challenge lot and get started.

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competition challenge

Here are the five lovely contestants who will compete in the challenge. (From left-Naomi Mahina, Lara McGowan, Miriam Epp, Octavia Dillon, and Cinnamon Apple). The Elimination Challenge is based on “10 Things I Know About Rick” and divided into 10 room challenges. Each room has a door on either side of it, which is locked when a contestant is doing the challenge in that room. Individually, each contestant will navigate the course and in each room, they will have to do something and hope that it will “match” what Rick will do to gain a point. Let’s take a look at what they have to do.

rooms 1 2 3

  1. Challenge room 1 is outdoors and the contestants must “build sand sculpture”. They must match their sculpture to Rick’s to get a point.
  2. Challenge room 2 is a quiet reading area and contestants must “read something” to match what Rick has chosen.
  3. Challenge room 3 is to “make favorite drink.” Will their favorite drink match what Rick’s is?

rooms 4 5

4. Challenge room 4 is simply to “mold clay.” Contestants will receive 1 point if their clay creation is the same as Rick’s.

5. Challenge room 5 is “shape” or prune the bonsai bush. A match with Rick gets 1 point.

room 6

6. Challenge room 6 will take a bit longer and contestants will “Write a Children’s Book”. Match the title with Rick’s for 1 point. Match the exact value of the book (regardless of title) for another point.

rooms 8 9

7. Challenge room 7 is a tv room where contestants will sit and “autonomously decide what tv channel or movie they will watch”. More importantly, is it the same channel or movie that Rick watched? Two choices are made, and one choice is 1 point, with two choices being 2 points.

8. Challenge room 8 is a kitchen setting. Four delectable vegetarian dishes have been prepared (tofu hotdogs, grilled fruit, veggie burger, and baked potato). All are the same quality. The contestants will “autonomously choose one meal” and hope that Rick has also chosen the same dish for 1 point.

fortune telling room

9. Challenge Room 9 is the fortune-telling room, where contestants will “Ask About Love Life” on the future cube. What will their love forecast be and more importantly, will it be the same as Rick’s? 1 point for a match.

room 10

10. Challenge Room 10 is outdoors on the basketball court. Each contestant will “dream big.” Will they “be a winner and dream big or will they sprain their ankle?” A match with Rick’s basketball luck or folly will get 1 point. I understand that Benny has brought a first aid kit for this challenge. Just in case we have a bunch of hobbling contestants with sprained ankles.

Anything can happen here, and everything appears to be totally random.

benny and roxanna at elimination lot

While each contestant is doing the challenge course, the other contestants are free to use the cabana behind me while they are waiting for their turn. Benny, of course, will be taking photos of the contestants, and I will be keeping tally of the results. In the event of a tie, a final “Pressure Cooker Room” has been added, and Rick will be called upon to help with that final showdown. The final results of the challenge will only be revealed at the Rose Ceremony; however, the producers have allowed us to show one photo op of a *Match* per contestant. So let’s get started!

cinnamon challenge thoughts

Cinnamon Apple (House 2)

“I feel really confident going into this challenge. Rick and I talked about a lot of things on our date, so I am hoping to “ace” most of these rooms. I just have to ‘think like Rick” and I’ll be fine.

turtle cinnamon

Room 1 challenge is to build a Sand Sculpture. We had to do this for a Solo Date Competition, and I remember that Rick made a Sharkman. But, will he make one again? No, too predictable. I think he’ll do something different. Something he saw yesterday morning, in fact. That turtle rock. It will be on his mind and that is what I will sculpt. I am sure he will make this, too. Turtles, Turtles, Rah, Rah, Rah…Mmmm, I love Turtles.”*

Is Cinnamon’s sand sculpture a match to Rick’s? Hint: *Match*

lara competition thoughts

Lara McGowan (House 1)

“I can’t believe I am at Acquaintance level with Rick. How did this happen? Well, I’ve been in this spot before and went from Friend to Lovebirds on our Solo Date. I can do it again. I am going to make it through this course and get my relationship up with Rick so I will never have to do another elimination challenge again!

lara shot reel her in

Alright, in Challenge Room 2, we have to “read something”. So many choices, but what would Rick choose? Well, this isn’t really so bad, I just have to think about it. Rick is an absolute romantic, I bet he’ll choose a romantic novel. But there are two…so, which one? Love in The Time of Sandwiches or Reel Her In? Of course. This is too easy. Romance and fishing rolled into one. I absolutely know what type of book Rick would read. Heck, maybe I’ll win this challenge after all.”

Did Lara choose the right book? Reel Her in. Hint *Match*

naomi thoughts

Naomi Mahina (House 1)

“Breathe, just breathe. Don’t worry…there’s no time limit for this challenge, no rush., no crowds. Just me, thinking about Rick. Remember the card…you know, that ice cream personality card from the Solo Date that Rick and I went on. I kept that card and read it over and over again. It said I was a ‘budding rose.’ And that’s what I am going to be. A budding rose, that will bloom clear and true to win Rick’s love.

naomi could this be a match

Challenge Room 3 is Make Favorite Drink. Well, mine is sparkling water, and I remember reading in Rick’s dossier that it was his, too. I am pretty sure I am right. I can do this. I am the rose.”

Is Naomi right? Is Rick’s favorite drink sparkling water? Hint *Match*

miriam competition thoughts

Miriam Epp (House 1)

“If I close my eyes, I can remember the things that Rick does and what he likes. And you know, I think that Rick is an adventurer. Definitely. He wants to explore the sim world, discover everything, and just immerse himself in different cultures. I mean, he did mention that he wanted to visit Selvadorada on his date with Cinnamon. Right?

miriam eiffel tower

So, here I am in Challenge Room 4 with a hard lump of clay in my hand trying to figure out what Rick would mold from this. It could be a few things, but I really think it will be based on a travel destination. And what better place for romance and travel than Champs Les Sims? And what better sim to travel with than Rick? Ahhh…mon amour! It would be wonderful to travel somewhere alone with Rick. Have him all to myself. I know exactly what I am going to make. Oh yes! I got this!”

So, is Miriam right? Was Rick thinking about a travel destination when he made his clay sculpture? Hint: *Match*

octavia competition thooughts

Octavia Dillon (House 2)

“Well, this is rather unexpected. All this time I have been flirting with Rick to get his attention, and now I am expected to know what his favorite tv channel is. I can tell you that when Rick is with me, watching tv is the furthest thing from his mind. Sheesh! And there are 1…2…7…15 or more different tv choices and I am supposed to just pick one! Come on! And then there are movies. Please!

octavia sims of the dead

In Challenge Room 8, I am supposed to choose two channels or movies that Rick might watch. Let me try to narrow them down. Thinking back to that ‘accidental food poisoning’ date with Raven (oh sure, and I believe that one…), Rick mentioned his favorite movie was ‘Sims of the Dead.’ That’s one. And the second…hmm…Action…yes, the Action channel. I only have to get one right for a match. And I KNOW Rick is going to choose one of these. I am so going to win this!”

So, is Rick’s favorite movie Sims of the Dead? Hint *Match* And what about him watching the Action channel? Hint *No Match* = Achieved 1 point *Match*

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benny is having a relaxing moment

It’s been a long, hot day, and Benny relaxes after a busy day of photographing the contestants.

roxie at end of challenge day

Roxanna takes a moment to tally up the final scores. And adds them up again. And a third time to make sure. Oh my plumbobs! The results are still the same. “Well, there’s still a tie, so it looks like we will have to call upon Rick to help with the final challenge. The Pressure Cooker Room Challenge.”

the tie breaker pressure cooker

When Rick arrives, he and the five contestants head into an empty room, The “Pressure Cooker Room”. I, Roxanna Llama Llama, of course, am supervising from outside the room. The contestants don’t know how the scoring system is tabulated for this room. The room has a door, and as each contestant autonomously leaves the room, a point will be added to their score, based on when they leave. So, the first contestant out gets one additional point added to their score, the second contestant out gets two points added, and so on, with the last remaining contestant getting five points added to their score. This could really help a contestant prove that they are “in it to win it!” So, which contestant wants to spend the most time with Rick? Will it be Cinnamon, Lara, Naomi, Miriam, or Octavia?

Stay tuned to find out at Rose Ceremony #3 who had the most matches with Rick, who the last remaining contestant in the Pressure Cooker Room was, and which three contestants, sadly will be heading home. Until then, Wikii Wikii Wii from Sulani.

Author’s Notes:

The idea for the title of this challenge “10 Things I Know About Rick” sort of came from the movie title “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999). But, of course, we all love Rick, so I changed that title slightly.

Because there was a lot at stake for this Elimination Challenge, as three contestants will be heading home, I wanted to have a fairly difficult challenge. I came up with the idea of a challenge course that could be done by autonomous or random actions. In this way, it would be fair to all contestants.

The most difficult challenge room was the tv room. I had to lock the contestant in that room and wait patiently while they autonomously chose a movie or tv channel. Once they did, I wrote it down, canceled the choice, and then waited for their second choice. This room and the writing room took the longest. Near the end, I had to add more desks and computers so the contestants could get going on their book. The value of the book was determined by dragging the book in their personal inventory to the sell area, which came up with a total. The books have not been sold and are still in the contestants’ inventory. In all, it took a sim day to have all the contestants go through the challenge course.

“Turtles, Turtles, Rah, Rah, Rah…Turtles, Turtles, Ha, Ha, Ha…Mmmm, I love Turtles” lyrics from the commercial jingle for Turtles chocolates. (PS – I love Turtles!)

Champ Les Sims is a travel destination in Sims 3: World Adventures.

 

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Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise – Pirate Week – Solo Date With Nami

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oh benny we have to go look at a lot

Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani! Another gorgeous day in Sulani as we await the last of the Solo Dates before the “kissing ban” is lifted. Pirate Pete’s Pastries will again be the date location. Oh, and as a special treat for Benny and I, Chef Pete sent over some delectable desserts for us. You should have seen the box my dessert came in, all wrapped in gold ribbon, with my name on a little pirate card, with hearts all around it. Of course, I had to open it and see what dessert he sent me. And I couldn’t believe it when I saw it was a slice of SimCity Cheesecake. My absolute favorite dessert! I, Roxanna Llama-Llama, am a devoted cheesecake fanatic. I don’t know how Chef Pete found that out, but I think he might be sweet on me. Who could blame him, really, since I am the hostess EXTRAORDINAIRE of this show. Of course, Benny was drooling over his chocolate lava bundt cake dessert…but I got cheesecake! Need I say more? I am off to brew a pot of tea and savor my divine cheesecake while I “peek in” on Rick’s Solo Date with Nami Chuu of House 2.

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rick going on a walk

Rick was up early as usual and decided to take a walk along the beach. He loved this time of day, with the sun just coming up, the seagulls crying overhead, and the gentle sound of waves lapping on the shore. It always seemed a perfect time to look around and appreciate everything in nature and in life.

turtle rock carving

It was also a good time to think about the ten lovely contestants who were vying for this affection, and that somehow, amongst them, he would find “somebody to love”.  He genuinely had feelings for all of them. Yet, some of the contestants stayed on his mind more than others, and his feelings for them were certainly much stronger. Which reminded him that he better head on over to the restaurant for his date with Nami. He most definitely didn’t want to keep her waiting.

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namis outfit

It had clouded over a bit when Rick arrived at the restaurant, but he could still appreciate the svelte figure coming towards him. Nami looked sensational!

“As the last of the Solo Dates before the Elimination Challenge, I REALLY wanted to make an impression on Rick. Red is one of my favorite colors and this off-the-shoulder top and white skorts is a perfect outfit for the date. It is casual, but still has that “wow” factor. And by Rick’s smile, I think he definitely agrees,” thought Nami.

nami and rick meeting at rest

Rick gets two whims for Nami almost immediately. Get to Know and Make-out. The latter, of course is canceled.

rest busier than normal

After chatting some more, Rick realized that the restaurant was quite busy today. Probably getting more business from promotion on the show. He excused himself and headed to the hostess station to request an outside table.

compliments outfit nami

As they sat down together – and on the same side of the table, too – Rick can’t help but notice how beautiful Nami looked. Rick suddenly gets a whim to “Have Frist Kiss With Nami”. Oh my gosh! Rick is certainly having some hot thoughts for Nami, and by the look of things, I think she feels the same way. I cancel that. He then gets a whim to compliment Nami, which he readily does.

that outfit looks sensational on you

“Nami, I wanted to compliment you on your outfit. It looks…you look…um…you look absolutely beautiful,” Rick said, his eyes never leaving Nami’s face.

Nami could feel herself getting a bit flushed. Well, a lot flushed. She was starting to glow pink and feeling very flirty. “Thank you, Rick. You know you look pretty good yourself. Blue really is your color. I would say that you were an Autumn or a Winter, or a bit of both.” 

telling nami a joke

“I’m a what?” Rick laughed, a bit confused.

“Oh, I’m sorry. Just a habit of mine. As a fashion stylist, I am always looking at sims and thinking about what color would look best on them. Being a “winter” is a color analysis, based on the four seasons, to determine which colors look best on you based on your skin tone, hair and eye color. So, a “winter” is a sim with medium to dark hair, brown, green or um…deep blue eyes…like you have. So, you’d look best in blues, greens, reds, even some pink. But I also think you’re a bit of an Autumn, because I really think you’d look good in burnt-orange,” Nami explained.

“Burnt-orange? Like on that Group Date we had and we were both on fire? More like flambé red, yellow and orange!” Rick laughed.

“Oh my gosh! That was so horrible! You know since then, I’ve removed all the incense burners from my bedroom hut. That was too close a call for me!” emphasized Nami.

“Yes, me, too! And I am glad that nothing happened to you, Nami, because I really..I really…um…care about you. I care about you very much!” Rick said sincerely as he looked at Nami and saw her looking at him intensely.

both are very flirty

Rick has a flirty vibe and gets multiple whims for Nami. “Kiss”, “Make-out” and “Woohoo with Nami”. Dang Rick! I think Rick more than “cares” about Nami.

“Yes..I care about you very much, too, Rick. I actually…um…I…” Nami paused. She didn’t know if she should reveal her true feelings to Rick now. She wanted so much to tell him how she really felt about him, but, no, this was not the place. She wanted to tell him when they were alone…“I think that we have a lasting connection having survived that fire together.”

flirty nami

“Right! Most definitely, a connection…” replied Rick smiling at Nami. Rick brightened up then and asked, “So tell me more about your career as a style influencer. I seem to remember you telling me that your dog got you into this profession. Maybe you could tell me more about that.”

nami talking about her business

“Oh my gosh! You remembered that? I told you that the night I, um…”revealed” myself to you. Yes, my dog. Did I tell you his name was Marvin the Martian? Yes, I used to dress him up in little outfits. I bought a few, but then I started sewing them myself. And I got a lot of compliments on them. Even started to get orders for them. It gave me a lot of confidence. And some of my customers said I had an eye for design, and they’d ask me for advice on what to wear and what make-up to use. Pretty soon, I was doing make-overs and I got a part-time job as a personal shopping assistant at a retail store. My services were in high demand, so I decided to open my own business. I have never looked back,” Nami answered, feeling good about herself and her accomplishments.

“You certainly are good at what you do. I have to admit, though, that I didn’t choose these clothes myself. Mele Kahananui actually did a make-over on me before the show,” Rick confessed.

i would love to give all the contestants a make-over

“That is what I see myself doing. To become a big Style Influencer. I love giving sims make-overs, whether it’s a whole wardrobe change or just a slight make-up change. When they look good, it makes me happy. I’d love to give all the contestants a make-over,” Nami replied with a smile.

“Really? So, do you think I need another make-over?” Rick asked winking at Nami.

“You, Rick? Honestly, you would look good in anything,” replied Nami flirting with Rick.

ordering their desserts

Before Rick had a chance to respond, the server was there to take their order. Nami took a few minutes to look over the menu and saw what she wanted.

“I’ll have these berry macaroons. Do you know how hard it is to make macaroons? I just have to taste them. And, oh a bee tea sounds good,” Nami said as she handed her menu back to the server.

“I’ll order the banana cream pie with an iced tea, please,” said Rick smiling at Nami.

odd talent

“I heard that you liked banana-anything from the other contestants. So, any other habits or odd talents that you wish to share with me?” asked Nami smirking.

“Odd talent? Now that’s an unusual question. Does being able to say the alphabet backwards without thinking count? Oh wait! A better one. What about soccer juggling? It sounds easy right, but it’s not. Keep that soccer ball off the ground for as long as you can using just your feet. I got a cramp in my leg once from trying to beat the Simness World Record. I think I managed 1/2 an hour. The record is 30 hours. Hey, I wasn’t far off. I could do it again. But this time I should limber up first. Yep, I should start training after I get that piece of banana cream pie,” answered Rick with a smirk on hs face.

Nami was laughing. “I can just picture Rick doing this. He’s such a gem,” thought Nami.

a most delicious tea

Their order arrived and the heavenly scent of bee tea filled the air. Nami couldn’t resist taking a sip.

these are so good

Nami then took a bite of macaroon. “These are soooo good. I haven’t tasted macaroons like these since I was home last. My Mom makes delicious macaroons,” said Nami between bites.

“Your Mom makes macaroons? Is she a good baker?” asked Rick.

Nami talking about her childhood

“Well, actually she is a rather bad baker. But she was determined to perfect macaroons because my Dad had tasted them once and adores them. So, she started watching cooking shows, and even took a baking class with a local chef to learn how to make macaroons. But I have to say that my Mom has now perfected the macaroon. And when she’s making them, my Dad is right there in the kitchen ready to sample them. Of course, I think my Dad would eat them if they were burnt and hard because my Mom made them. He just thinks the world of her. They’re so in love with each other still, even after all these years,” smiled Nami thinking of her parents.

that was a thought

“They sound wonderful. That’s what I would want, too. To still be in love with someone years into the future. To grow old together. For someone to make me a delicious banana cream pie…” Rick winked at Nami. Rick gets a whim to flirt with Nami.

“Oh right. You just want someone for their pie-making skills. Specifically banana pie making skills! I know your secret now!” laughed Nami.

rick blows nami an autonomous kiss

And with that, Rick autonomously blows Nami a kiss. Hubba Hubba! I think Rick might be interested in Nami for more than her possible pie-making skills. Rick also gets a whim to again “Have First Kiss With Nami.”

The bill is delivered and a card is placed beside Nami.

“What’s this?” Nami asks looking at the card.

“It’s your dessert personality based on what dessert you ordered. Why don’t you read it?” encouraged Rick.

“Oh that sounds like fun!” said Nami and she read the card aloud, “As a cookie craver, you’re very versatile and can adapt to changes without a fuss. No surprise, considering how many recipes exist! You’re easy to be around and know how to keep it low-key. Nothing will get in your way of achieving your dreams, no matter how far-fetched or outlandish they may seem. Cookies and classic movies are one of your favorite combos–and you might even enjoy a bit of history. Though you’re a big ol’ softy at heart, your nougaty center can harden if someone pushes you too far.”

“Now that’s interesting. Any truth to that?” asked Rick interested in knowing more about Nami.

“Well, sort of. I think the part about achieving my dreams is true. I think I found my calling as a style influencer and really want to be better at it. When I’m not working, I do like to keep it low-key. I like to wear my favorite faded jeans, and a comfy top and just curl up on the couch and watch classic movies on tv. That really is me. It’s one of my favorite things to do on a rainy afternoon,” replied Nami.

staring lovingly at each other

“And what about a big ol’ softy at heart?” asked Rick, moving his chair a little closer to Nami’s.

“Well, I….um…I guess so. I care about others, and even though I am more confident than I was when I was younger, I don’t think I can ever be mean to anyone…” answered Nami.

“And that is what I like about you, Nami. That, and much, much more…” Rick whispered.

“Oh Rick, if you only knew how I felt about you…” thought Nami.

they embrace

The date had ended and they got up from the table and Rick embraced Nami. She felt warm in his arms, and Rick breathed in the scent of her hair. Jasmine. Nami’s hair smelled like the jasmine that bloomed in the moonlight on his island. Such a heady scent, it took control of his senses. Rick thought how easy it could be to tilt Nami’s head now and kiss her lightly on the lips. It felt right. The whole night had felt right. But, no, this was not the right place nor the right time, so he reluctantly released her.

such a lovely date rick

They stood there and Rick sensed that Nami wanted to tell him something, but all she said was “Thank you for the date, Rick. It was a perfect evening.”

Rick has so many romantic whims right now for Nami, none of which he can do. Oh gosh! Oh gosh! Oh gosh! Rick, you and Nami are smitten with each other.

they head out together

As they head out together, Rick couldn’t agree with Nami more. Yes, a perfect evening.

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*Gold Date Achieved*

nami date thoughts

Nami’s Date Thoughts:

Is it possible to have a date that is more than perfect? Because if so, this was the date. Of course, everytime I am with Rick, it just seems perfect. Even when things go wrong, it’s perfect. Rick was right when he said we have a connection. I’ve felt it since the night I told him I was half-alien, or maybe before. I already know what a kind, sensitive sim Rick is, who cares about others around him. And how funny he is. He always tries to lighten a bad situation with a joke or a kind word. And the more I find out about him, the more I fall in love with him. Because there is no denying it, I am definitely in love with Rick. And tonight there were so many times that I wanted to tell him that, to take him in my arms and kiss him. I could almost feel that he wanted to do the same, but he resisted because of the rules. I’ve heard the other contestants say that they are “falling in love” with Rick, but I am way past that. I am so in love with Rick that I am thinking of leaning how to make banana cream pie, and quite possibly, anything made with bananas. Is this how my mother felt about my father? Could this be what true love feels like? Because if that’s the case, I am truly in love with Rick and so very determined to make him my own.

Relationship Status: Remains Lovebirds

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Author’s Notes:

The amount of whims that Rick was getting for Nami was incredible. I couldn’t write them all down and they kept coming up the same. All the types of whims he can’t do, Kiss, Make-out and Woohoo. He had the flirty vibe from the moment the date started. Nami had the flirty mood, too. It was very easy to tell, since she is an alien and was glowing “pink.” Mutual attraction? I guess we’ll see what the future holds.

Thanks to this simmer for creating this fantastic build. I just renamed it to Pirate Pete’s Pastries and changed the menu to serve just desserts and beverages.

restaurant credit photo crow's nest

What Colours Suit Me? An article on what colors look good on you based on what Season you are.

What Your Favorite Dessert Says About You. A fun article on your dessert personality.

What does choosing pie say about Rick? Read about it here:

“As the passionate pie eater, you’re understanding and wise, but still a real goofball. Sometimes people think you’re flaky or too emotional, but you’re as loyal and logical as they come–most of the time. Your smart and savvy nature get you what you want, and your presence alone has the ability to make situations better. Just like that pie recipe from three generations ago, you’re a keeper.”

For sure, Rick is a keeper!

 

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Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise – Notes From The Sulani Archives

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roxanna opening shot sulanie archives

Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani. Yesterday, I left Benny in charge to cover Rick and Brianna’s Solo Date, and I can’t believe I missed that one myself! Watching the outtakes, I was on pins and needles at the end of that date wondering what Rick would do. But, thankfully Rick stood fast and adhered to the rules. I don’t know how much more he can take! Thankfully, today is the last of the Solo Dates before the “no kissing” rule is lifted. Then watch out ladies! Rick is on the loose!

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Talking about “being on the loose”, I found some rather strange anomalies in the records at the archives yesterday. After scouring my notes and re-watching all the date videos, I found something! I had remembered that Rick had mentioned his mother’s name was “Morgana” on his Solo Date with Isla Waters.

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And, on his Solo Date with Charlotte Eclair, he ordered a “Sunset Valley” drink, which “reminded him of his childhood home”. So, I, Roxanna Llama-Llama put two and two together and may have found something!

morgana wolff

I ran a search of everyone in Sunset Valley with the name Morgana, and there was only one sim with that name. A doctor named Morgana Wolff. She had been married to a Thornton Wolff, but it didn’t last long.

~ SCANDAL IN SUNSET VALLEY ~

PHOTOS OF THORNTON WOLFF CANOODLING WITH DR. JAMIE JOLINA AT BENEFIT DINNER

~RUMORS SWIRL OF SPLITSVILLE FOR MORGANA & THORNTON~

I also found some articles about a big scandal involving Morgana’s husband, Thornton, and a sim named Jamie Jolina, who was a Trauma Surgeon at the same hospital where Morgana worked. Morgana and Thornton divorced shortly after the scandal. From everything I researched, the records showed that Morgana and Thornton didn’t have any children together. Could it have been possible that Morgana was pregnant (with Rick) when they divorced and never told her ex-husband or wrote his name on the birth certificate? Somehow that didn’t add up since Morgana still lived in Sunset Valley and Thornton would have known. Maybe there was a “special” someone in Morgana’s life and she became pregnant after the divorce? Nah, if he was so “special” why didn’t they marry? I stared at all the crossed off scenarios on my pad of paper, and then I thought some more. What if Rick was not really her “natural” son, but her “adopted” son? That made more sense to me, and from what I read, Morgana had wanted children, but Thornton thoroughly disliked children. And, financially, as a doctor, Morgana could well afford to raise a child herself, since there is no indication she ever remarried. Could it be possible then, that Rick was adopted?

thinking hard

If Rick was indeed adopted, it could pose a bit of a problem. Most adoption records are sealed, and it could be a lengthy process to have those records unsealed. As well, when a child is adopted, the original “birth records” are sealed, and a new birth certificate is done with the new name of the child and the name(s) of the adoptive parents. But some communities have public records on file, so in order to solve this, I, Roxanna Llama-Llama have sent away for Rick’s birth records. The records will take a few days to arrive, so we’ll just have to sit tight until then.

more research

If there is no revelation there, I have a contact that I may have to use. But you know, I had another thought on this. If Rick was adopted…does he even know he was? Maybe he does, with his talk of a future family of his own children and adopted children. But what if he doesn’t? Will it come as a shock to him? And will we ever find out who Rick’s real birth mother was? Is it Morgana or is it someone else? And what about his birth father?

I tell you, if it wasn’t for my vivacious personality, I, Roxanna Llama-Llama would make a fabulous private investigator. But, seriously, could you see me hiding in the bushes evesdropping on sims? Never! I am too MARVELOUS for that, and sims would recognize moi instantly. So, that is why I, Roxanna Llama-Llama, am the hostess with the mostest on this show! I prefer to do my sleuthing in libraries, on the internet and during those candid interviews. And don’t forget about all those contacts I have. Oh yes, lots of contacts.

but maybe

But wait! Now there IS someone in Sulani who knows Rick’s “real” last name, be it his adoptive last name or his birth last name. And that is Noelani Kawai. The wife of Rick’s best friend, Manu. Noelani is the one who entered Rick into this contest and changed his last name on the application. I should have thought of that sooner! But will she tell me the truth? You know, I believe it’s long overdue that I pay Noelani a visit. But that visit will have to wait until after the Rose Ceremony. So many questions about Rick. Still a man of mystery. Until next time, Wikii Wikii Wii from Sulani.

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Author’s Notes:

Morgana Wolff, Thornton Wolff, and Jamie Jolina are pre-made sims in the Sims 3 who live in Sunset Valley. Photos courtesy of Sims Wiki.

Is Roxanna Llama-Llama close to solving the mystery as to who Rick really is?

 

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Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise – Pirate Week – Solo Date With Brianna

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roxie opening solo date brianna

Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani. There are only two Solo Dates left before the Elimination Challenge and tensions are mounting in both houses. The contestants seem to think that this will be some kind of skill challenge and it appears they have all been skilling pretty hard lately. Benny and I have no idea what the producers have planned or if it will indeed be a skill challenge or some kind of random challenge. We do, know, however, that a swimming or fishing competition will not be held, as some of the contestants would have a distinct advantage or aversion to this type of competition. I can’t believe that the producers would not tell, moi, about the competition, but it’s all very hush-hush. Well, maybe I can believe it since the producers hadn’t told me much about Rick’s background either and I had to find out myself. Which reminds me, today I am heading to the Sulani Archives to research more background information on Rick. I mean I still don’t know what his real last name is or who his mother and father were.

benny talking selfie

And while I am at the archives, Benny is going to “peek in” on Rick’s date with Brianna Hammond of House 1. Right, Benny? Umm…Benny…? Benny…where are you? Oh my gosh, there he is, taking a selfie at the beach. Hmmm…and he looks darn good, too, don’t you think? I wonder if I could get a copy of that snapshot? Hmmm…maybe two copies…

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rick opening date with brianna

Rick was up early and decided to do some fishing. He enjoyed fishing. It relaxed him and it gave him lots of time to think about things. But lately, he had been more of a catch-and-release fisherman. It may have something to do with his newfound knowledge of mermaids and how they viewed fish as their friends. Yet, he still liked to fish, just maybe not as enthusiastically as he had before. It was simpler when he was on the island by himself. There, fishing was part of his livelihood, his self-sufficiency, his off-the-grid lifestyle. But being away from the island wasn’t so bad, and being in the company of the lovely contestants was even better. Which reminded him, he had better get ready for his Solo Date with Brianna.

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rick and brianna first meet

It was a good thing that he had left when he did because he arrived just a few minutes before Brianna. And he couldn’t help but notice the admiring stares she was getting from other male patrons as she walked towards him. To put it mildly, Brianna was totally gorgeous.

“I really planned my outfit carefully for this date. I have been so looking forward to this, and I think my choice has hit its mark. Rick can’t seem to take his eyes off of me, and that was the plan. But seriously, he’s pretty good-looking himself, and I can’t quite take my eyes off of him either,” Brianna thought.

first whim be funny

Almost immediately, Rick gets his first whim to “Be Funny” with Brianna, so he tells a joke about barnacles and she thinks it’s rather funny, too. He then gets “Get To Know” and “First Kiss.” The latter, of course, is canceled.

celebrity table

Rick had requested a table for two by the water, but it seems that a certain celebrity already had it reserved.

tell me more abut yourself

But no matter, he was given an outdoor table in the shade with a water view. And in fact, he liked this table better as Brianna sat down right next to him. He got another whim to “Tell a Dirty Joke” to Brianna. Oh, Rick! So bad! Even though you’re not supposed to look, I took a peek to see what whims Brianna was having, and she had a whim to “Have First Kiss With Rick”. Dang! These two are smitten with each other.

“I’m so glad that we came here. I heard that the desserts are just divine. I can, of course, make desserts, but not like this. My specialties are more in appetizers and main courses. Chef Pete is a true Pastry Chef and has won some major culinary awards. I can’t wait to taste one of his creations,” enthused Brianna.

“Yes, the desserts are pretty sensational here,” agreed Rick as they took a moment to look at the menu choices.

woohoo whim for brianna

“But you know, too many desserts could ruin my boyish figure,” Rick laughed patting his stomach, “I’m more into freshly grilled foods myself. The smell of bar-b-q makes my mouth water. And my absolute favorite meal is garlic herbed grilled tuna. My own recipe actually. Tuna marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and a pinch of thyme from my garden. That coupled with freshly grilled pineapple skewers over rice is superb,” nodded Rick.

Brianna wasn’t quite sure if she heard Rick correctly. His favorite meal was grilled tuna? She couldn’t believe it. Meeting Rick had to be kismet.

i would be your most attentive student

“I can’t believe I just heard you say that your favorite meal was grilled tuna,” said Brianna, still astonished by his words. “I have a secret recipe for grilled tuna that I have been wanting to make for you. I guess I wanted to wow you with my culinary skills, but you sure surprised me. I didn’t even know you could cook,” exclaimed Brianna.

Rick laughed heartily, “A cook…nah…I just dabble. I wouldn’t even call it cooking, more like grilling simple foods. And most of the time hoping that I don’t burn the place down!” Rick said laughing again.

Rick gets 3 whims in a row for Brianna, “Woohoo”, “Make-out” and “Woohoo” again. All are canceled.

brianna really enjoying the date

Brianna must have sensed what Rick was having whims about and did an autonomous flirt with him.

“Well, I could certainly give you some pointers in the kitchen,” flirted Brianna.

“And I would be your most attentive student,” Rick said looking at Brianna intensely.

Brianna felt herself blush suddenly. “Oh my gosh! The way Rick looks at me with those blue eyes, it’s like…it’s like he knows what I’m thinking…and right now, I’m having some rather “hot” thoughts about him,” thought Brianna.

waiter takes their order

The waiter arrived to take their order. Brianna took a moment to compose herself before speaking. “I absolutely must order the Nutella brownie. I just love Nutella!  And a macchiato, please.”

“I’ll have the banana cream pie and a Buffalo Wing Tea,” Rick said and returned the menu to the waiter.

Oh gosh, here we go again with Rick and his “banana-something” orders.

tell me more abut yourself

“So, tell me more about this Nutella obsession you have…” smirked Rick.

“Oh, Nutella,” laughed Brianna lightly, “Well, when I was growing up in San Myshuno, I saw a commercial on tv about Nutella, and I had to try it. I just couldn’t get enough of it. I would spread some on toast, waffles, anything and everything.”

ive been wanting to ask you something

“I loved Nutella so much, that I created a chicken and Nutella recipe. On World Nutella Day, (February 5th for those who don’t know), the company had a cooking contest, and the sim with the best recipe using Nutella would win a trip to Sulani. There were so many entries, but the judges were impressed with my recipe and I won the contest. I couldn’t believe it myself! And that’s how I ended up here. And after that, I fell in love with the place, got a job as a chef, and decided to stay,” smiled Brianna.

“Wow! I didn’t know I was on a date with a Nutella celebrity chef!” smirked Rick, “Do you serve that dish at the restaurant where you work?”

“Unfortunately not. But if I open my own restaurant one day, it will certainly be on the menu,” replied Brianna.

“So, is that your dream? To someday open your own restaurant?” asked Rick.

“Well, that and a few other things…” replied Brianna vaguely.

you dont like peanut butter

Their order arrived and the smell of warm chocolate wafted over them. Brianna closed her eyes as she took a bite of brownie.

“Heavenly….” she said, “Yum! This is THE best brownie I have ever had. This is so good!”

“So, you were saying that there were a few other things that you had dreams about. Care to share?” asked Rick.

Rick gets whims to “Get to Know” and “Tell Joke” to Brianna.

“Well, if I ever find the right guy…” Brianna paused and looked at Rick, “…I would like to have a family with him,” answered Brianna.

“Yes, I have always wanted to have a family of my own, but not just my own kids, also adopting some kids. Like the Kealoha family. They have their own child, cute little Nani, and their adopted teen son, Duane Talla. That is what I see as my future family. Of course, I need to find someone who wanted this type of family, too,” Rick smiled winking at Brianna.

Rick gets two more whims for Brianna, “Make-Out” and “Kiss”. Both are canceled.

having a great date together

“Oh, of course. Makes perfect sense. A shared vision. So, just a hypothetical question for you, what would a normal, typical day with your family and your lovely…um… wife look like? You know..sometime in the future,” asked Brianna.

Rick gets several whims to “Ask To Be Girlfriend” and “Woohoo” with Brianna. Tsk Tsk, Rick. All are canceled.

brianna you are a marvelous sim

“Oh that’s a good question. Never really dwelled too much on that one, but since you asked…hypothetically…I see myself living here in Sulani, back on my island, but I think I would have to make some improvements. There’s not really a house there now, so that would be my first priority. But I’d want to keep everything natural, still living off-the-grid, so to speak, and perhaps using some eco-friendly technology, like solar panels. And, as for my…um…wife…she would have a love for the outdoors, like me. Together we would teach our children about Sulani and how they can protect it. The outdoors and the environment are rather important to me, so I would like to pass that same wisdom to them. I’m not really sure what a typical day would look like, some swimming or snorkeling, perhaps some fishing, or sailing to one of the many islands of Sulani and doing a beach clean-up. Maybe head to town to ride some bicycles and visit with some friends, or help at some of the festivals. Community and helping one another is very important in Sulani, and I’d want to share that with my…er…wife…and family,” Rick responded thoughtfully.

“That sounds..so…that sounds wonderful. A very relaxing lifestyle, but filled with a sense of purpose” Brianna replied thinking of the possibilities.

“And, of course, I’d have to teach everyone my famous garlic herb grilled tuna recipe. Family secret you know…” he joked and Brianna laughed with him.

Rick gets a whim to “Flirt With” Brianna, and I have no trouble convincing him to do so.

rick flirting with brianna

The waiter came with their bill and placed a card beside Brianna’s plate. Brianna looked at it questioningly.

“It’s a personality card, based on the dessert you ordered. It will reveal your innermost thoughts,” smirked Rick, “Go ahead and read it!”

Brianna laughed and certainly hoped that the card wouldn’t reveal the smoldering thoughts she was having about Rick right now. “Sure,” Brianna replied brightly and started to read the card, “As the brownie believer, you might be low maintenance, independent, and easy-going. People love being around you, but you also value your alone time. You’re a great companion with a comforting shoulder to cry on–or a brownie to offer as comfort food. Once someone gets to know you, they might discover the slightly nutty nature beneath the surface–and it’s just as fun as the nuts in your favorite brownie recipe. People believe in you as much as you believe in the brownies.”

“So, any of that true?” Rick asked.

i think that sounds rather nice

“Well, I think most of it is. I’m pretty low maintenance, and prefer to spend time at the beach, scuba diving or surfing. I would say I was pretty easy-going, well, except when it comes to my work. I’m pretty intense about that. I do need some alone time, now and again, and enjoy strumming tunes on my guitar. And a nutty nature? Well, that must be my love for Nutella!” laughed Brianna.

“But you forgot one thing…” replied Rick.

“I did?” Brianna asked wondering what Rick was going to add.

“Yes! That sims love being around you!” said Rick staring at Brianna, “And I SO love being around you, Brianna…”

Oh, Rick! I can almost see Brianna blush after that compliment!

it was the perfect moment to end a perfect date but he couldn't

The date was over, and as they got up from the table, they faced each other and just stood there staring at each other. Neither one moved. Neither one wanted to leave. Rick thought that this would be the perfect moment to end a perfect date. The whim didn’t go away — “Have First Kiss With Brianna”. Rick had to admit that he was genuinely attracted to Brianna. She was beautiful, they got along very well and shared many interests. He so wanted to…oh how he wanted to…but he couldn’t. And, it’s as if Brianna knew the moment had passed and was the first to move. Brianna thanked Rick for the date and they bid each other good night as they headed out of the restaurant together.

these two have a genuine mutual attraction for each other

*Gold Date Achieved*

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brianna in love

Brianna’s Date Thoughts:

“I am floating on a cloud after that date. At the end, I could almost sense that Rick wanted to kiss me. I know I certainly wanted to kiss him. But he probably is sticking to the “no kissing rule” until after the Solo Dates are done. But after that, my lips will be ready, because Rick is very kissable, and one kiss just wouldn’t be enough. Besides, Rick is a keeper. When he was describing a typical day with his..er…wife and family, I could imagine that happening. I was lulled by his voice and drifted off to that not-so-distant future, and, yes, I saw myself there with him. It’s a dream that I would like to see become a reality. Everything he said about teaching his children to love the outdoors is exactly how I feel. His values are my values. His likes are my likes. I believe that things happen for a reason. Me being in this contest and Rick being the Bachelor. We’re meant to be together. But with his easy-going nature, I am sure most of the contestants feel that way, too…that he is the one for them. So, I will have to work harder to win his love. Because, the problem is, I am falling in love with Rick and really do feel he is the one for me. And his talk of an off-the-grid lifestyle and plans for a family, I could handle a life like that. And with Rick, life could be a dream.”

Relationship Status: Remains Lovebirds

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Author’s Notes:

Rick kept having the same “Have First Kiss With Brianna” whim, even though I kept canceling it. Over and over and over, it kept showing up. And at the end when they got up from the table, they just stood there looking at each other, not moving. I am not sure if it was a glitch in my game, or perhaps something else. Only time will tell.

There is an actual recipe for chicken and Nutella. Read all about it here. Nutella and Chicken? Strange Food Combos That Really Work.

“Life Could Be A Dream”, song lyrics from the song “Sh Boom Sh Boom, by The Chords, 1954.

 

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Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise Challenge – Pirate Week – Solo Date with Cinnamon

ROXANNA EXCITED 2

Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani. After an exciting day yesterday at Admiral’s Wreckage where, I, Roxanna Llama-Llama, actually found the fabled Heart of Sulani necklace, we are back! Now, don’t you worry about that necklace because Benny has headed over to Keala Hoapili’s house to have her hold it for safe keeping. Benny figured that the island spirits would add an extra layer of protection to guard that necklace, and I couldn’t agree more. So, with the necklace taken care of, and Rick now fully recovered from his bout of food poisoning, do you know what this means? Yes! Rick is ready to head off on Solo dates with the lovely contestants again! I can hardly contain my excitement. And the producers of the show have come through with a new date venue, located right here in Sulani, called Pirate Pete’s Pastries. A restaurant serving just pastries and beverages. And it’s even rumored that the owner, Pete, is a real live descendant of the pirates who inhabited Sulani. Can you believe it? Well, whether he is a pirate or not, he is the best pastry chef on the island, and just looking at some of these delectable desserts has me wanting to go there with Benny.

business as usual

Oh right! About Benny and yesterday. Well, you know, being out in the hot sun most of the day and then finding a treasure that no-one has found for centuries does something to you. I guess you could say we were feeling euphoric, and that gorgeous sunset certainly created a romantic mood….but I can tell you that there is nothing between Benny and I, and this morning everything was business as usual. Yes, indeed, business as usual. And so, without further delay, let’s head on over to peek in on Rick’s date with Cinnamon Apple of House 2.

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rick at the dock

Rick arrived early for his date with Cinnamon and decided to wander down to the dock. He noticed how busy the marina was with boats arriving from surrounding islands to compete in the Sulani regatta that was part of the Pirate Week celebrations. Since coming to Sulani he had always marvelled at the beauty of the various sailboats. One day, maybe, when he had enough simoleons, he would purchase a sailboat and sail the ocean for a few months. And just maybe he would have someone to sail with him. He thought about all the contestants and wondered if this “someone” was among them.

octavia calls rick to ask on date

He was deep in thought as he gazed out to sea when suddenly his cell phone rang. It was Octavia asking him to go on a date. He kindly declined and hung up. Plus, he already had a date. He walked quickly towards the restaurant in case Cinnamon was waiting for him.

rick and cinnamon on solo date

It was only a few minutes after Rick walked there that Cinnamon arrived. And what an entrance she made! Rick had a sharp in-take of breath and thought that she looked incredibly gorgeous.

“While Rick was out with food poisoning, I thought I would spruce up my wardrobe a bit and headed to the Sulani marketplace and bought this outfit. I think it was a wise choice, as I could swear I saw Rick’s mouth drop when I arrived,” thought Cinnamon.

BE FUNNY BE FRIENDLY

Almost immediately, Rick gets several whims for Cinnamon. “Be friendly”, “Tell joke”, and “First Kiss.” Rick does the first two whims and the third is cancelled. Their conversation continues to flow very smoothly.

A LITTLE FLIRT GOING ON

And then all of a sudden, they both burst into song autonomously after which Cinnamon does an autonomous flirt with Rick. Cinnamon is not wasting any time on this date! The heat is on!

“It certainly is getting hot out here,” Rick says as he wipes the sweat from his brow,  “I think I’ll go and get us a table. Oh, and I hope you like desserts, because this restaurant serves the best in Sulani…” said Rick as he walked towards the restaurant entrance.

“Hmmmm….” thought Cinnamon smiling, “…maybe by the end of this date, I’ll be Rick’s favorite dessert…”

Rick requests an outside table

Rick gets another “First Kiss” whim, followed by “Woohoo” for Cinnamon, while he is waiting for their table.

“Geez, it must be this heatwave we’re having or maybe I haven’t fully recovered from that food poisoning, but being around Cinnamon is sure making me have strange thoughts!” thought Rick.

they sit on the same side of the table how cute

They are seated at an outdoor table under shade by the water. And they both sit down on the same side of the table. How cute is that?

“I hope this table is alright. I thought a view of the water would be nice,” said Rick as they sat down.

“Oh yes. It is perfect. Since I arrived here, I have been fascinated by the ocean. I like to get up early at the house before anyone else, and just sit on the deck with my tea and stare out at the water. The ocean is so mesmerizing with its clear and turquoise water. I know this sounds crazy…but it’s like it beckons you to it…” Cinnamon almost whispered.

Rick looked at Cinnamon quizzically for a moment before commenting. “Yes, that is exactly how I feel. I have often thought about sailing the ocean for a few months. Well, if I had a sailboat that is, which I don’t,” replied Rick.

“So, is that like a secret wish that you have? To own your own sailboat and sail the ocean?” asked Cinnamon.

“Yes, I guess you could call it that. A secret wish,” said Rick, “Ah, but it’s not a secret anymore now that you know…” Rick smiled and winked at her.

“You’re secret is safe with me,” replied Cinnamon quickly.

“And so, you must have some secrets, too, don’t you Cinnamon? Care to share any?” Rick said as he looked intensely at Cinnamon.

Cinnamon felt herself melt a bit at the intensity of Rick’s stare.  “I….um…where I live….um…” Cinnamon uttered.

But, before she could continue, the waitress arrived at their table to take their order.

rick i cant believe they have these here

Cinnamon hadn’t even had time to look at the menu so she quickly scanned the menu and then saw something familiar.

“Rick, I can’t believe they have this dessert here! It is my most favorite dessert from Selvadorada, Buñuelos! They are basically fried dough coated in cinnamon and absolutely delicious. I’ll order that and a glass of fruit punch.”

“Oh, that sounds good, but I really can’t resist a good piece of banana cream pie. I’ll order that with a Fizzy Fruity Drink,” finished Rick.

rick doing autonomous flirt with cinnamon

With the order in, Rick looked at Cinnamon again

“So…now I’m all ears…you were just about to tell me one of your secrets…” Rick prompted winking wickedly at her.

it really is true

Cinnamon was in shock and her face felt flushed. “I thought he would forget about “my secret” when the waitress came. What had just happened? I was going to tell him the secret of the Omiscan ruins. Just like that. Under his spell. But I feel in my heart that I could trust him. I could tell him anything, and I so want to, but I can’t. What am I going to do?” thought Cinnamon and she remained silent.

the date was going well other than the dropped food

Rick spoke up then, “From your silence, you must have some BIG secret that you are keeping and are debating whether or not to tell me. It’s okay. You don’t have to say anything and perhaps this isn’t the best place to tell me anyway. Maybe one day you’ll tell me, but for now, why don’t you tell me more about Selvadorada,” Rick smiled warmly at her.

Cinnamon couldn’t believe what he had just said to her. She remembered how he had handled Nami’s secret that she was an alien, and Coral, Isla, Merinda and Naomi’s secret of being mermaids. He was so understanding and non-judgemental. She decided right then and there that if she was one of the seven contestants left, that she would tell him in private then. She didn’t want to keep any secrets from him, especially with how she was starting to feel aboout him.

waitress drops their tray

The waitress came with their order then and promptly dropped it. Oh gosh! The waitress was very apologetic and quickly cleaned up the area and headed back to the kitchen to put their order in again. Let’s hope their order comes before the date ends.

im so sorry ill get you another

Cinnamon felt rather confident now talking to Rick and even flirted with him as the waitress left. In no time at all, their ordered appeared again in front of them.

After oohing and ahhing about their desserts, Cinnamon told Rick a bit about where she was from. Rick gets several more whims of “Be Friendly” and “Cloudgaze.”

in selvadorada there are myths legends

Cinnamon started to talk about Selvadorada, “I live in the Belomisia Jungle region in Selvadorada with my parents. My mother is an archaeologist and my father is a linguist. We have travelled extensively throughout Selvadorada and often visit the marketplace of Puerto Llamante. It is a great place and there are food stands, local crafts to buy and a cantina. Every sim dances the rumbasim, and every sim knows you by name. I have had a lot of fun there!”

“The rumbasim? Do you know that dance, too?” asked Rick.

“Why yes. It is part of my culture. Every Selvadoradian knows that dance. The word “rumba” itself means party,” explained Cinnamon.

“Maybe you could teach me the rumbasim?” said Rick.

“Yes, I could, but I warn you, it’s a very energetic dance. Are you sure you can keep up?” Cinnamon said laughing a little.

“Ouch! Are you saying I’m not in shape?” laughed Rick faking a wounded look.

They both laughed and continued joking with each other. Rick also got some more whims for Cinnamon, another “First Kiss”, and “Flirt With”. Things were going rather well on the date except for their first dessert order being dropped.

and their dessert arrived 2

Rick ate a piece of his pie and exclaimed that it was the best banana cream pie he’s ever had.

“My mother prepares a wonderful dish called plantanos fritos, which translates to fried plantain. You’d like it, since you love bananas so much. And it tastes so much better when you hand pick the fruit yourself.” Cinnamon smiled warmly.

“Oh that sounds yummy and Selvadorada sounds like a wonderful place. I would like to visit one day,” said Rick sincerely.

“Yes, we could stay at the Belomisia Field Station, which is a jungle hostel for budding archaeologists, and then hike to the National Park trailhead. From there, I would be your personal guide and reveal all of the mysteries of the jungle to you,” replied Cinnamon coyly.

i would love to go there some day

“And would we have to stay in the deep jungle overnight while we hike this trail?” asked Rick as he raised a questioning eyebrow.

“Why, of course. But you don’t mind sleeping in a tent for two, do you?” answered Cinnamon playing along with him.

“No, not at all. But I do have one question for you…do you SNORE?” laughed Rick.

Cinnamon burst out laughing herself.

looks like coral has decided to try some pastries too

While Cinnamon and Rick were laughing at the joke, someone familiar entered the restaurant and headed to the bar. Even with those dark sunglasses on, it looked like one of the contestants. Oh my gosh, it was! Coral, is that you?

cinnamon looked radianty

The bill was delivered and a card was placed beside Cinnamon’s plate.

“What’s this?” Cinnamon said as she looked at the card.

“I would say it’s a personality card based on the dessert you ordered. Why don’t you read it?” Rick said.

Cinnamon smiled as she read her card out loud, “If you’re a donuts nut, people are often jealous of your awesomeness. You’re great in all situations with all types of people–which makes sense because donuts are a dessert that is appropriate for multiple situations. You’ll get fancy every once in a while, but you’re typically a no frills kind of person. If others don’t like you, it doesn’t matter ’cause you know your self-worth.”

“And, any truth to that?” asked Rick smiling

“Yes, it is eerily true. I do have an inner-strength. I guess some sims might be jealous of that. But it’s how I grew up. In the jungle, you need to be self-sufficient, and my parents did instill a great sense of confidence in me. I always felt I could do anything. And although I do like to dress up, I am happier in shorts and a t-shirt, camping, fishing and being in the outdoors.”

cinnamon was beautiful smart and loved the outdoors

“Ah, so true. But you forgot one thing,” said Rick.

“Oh, what’s that?” asked Cinnamon, wanting to know what Rick thought of her.

“The awesomeness part,” whispered Rick, “Because I think you’re pretty awesome myself.”

Hubba! Hubba! Rick! You most definitely have made Cinnamon’s night with that compliment.

the date was over but that didnt mean rick wanted it to end

The date was over, but Rick really didn’t want it to end. He could spend all night talking to Cinnamon. She was intelligent, loved the outdoors and was an adventurer. They had a lot in common. Rick glanced over his shoulder one last time as she headed down the path. And besides that, Cinnamon was “smokin’ hot”!

*Gold Date Achieved*

cinnamons thoughts on rick

Cinnamon’s Date Thoughts:

“Rick is really the kind of guy I could settle down with. He’s so “hot” and he doesn’t even know it. And kind. I can understand why the sims in Sulani all like him so much. The sims in Selvadorada would all like him, too. He could go anywhere and sims would like him. And funny. Rick has the most amazing sense of humor. I bet he could even make a grueling trek into the jungle fun. I kind of wish we were in Selvadorada now. Together. Alone. And after putting out the fire and heading into that tent, I know that we would have …um… much…um…more “fun” together. *Fans self* Rick needs someone like me. Some of the other contestants don’t even like fishing or the outdoors. That is Rick’s life, his passion. How can he be with a sim who doesn’t share his interests? He wouldn’t be happy. And telling him the “secret” of the Omiscan ruins would only bring us closer together. I am sure of it. I am now, more determined than ever to be “the one” for Rick. Because I know, in my heart, that I am his one, true passion.”

Relationship Status: Remains Romantic Interest

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Author’s Notes:

I found a website on what ordering your favorite dessert says about you, and although buñuelos aren’t mentioned, they are close to donuts. I thought that it suited Cinnamon’s personality quite well.

With all the autonomous flirting that was going on, I really thought that their relationship at the end of the date would be much higher.

Bachelor Challenge · Island Living · simchallenges · SimLit · sims4 · Uncategorized

Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise ~ Pirate Week -Travel to Admiral’s Wreckage

bachelor in paradise kigi

rox intro shot admiral

Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani! It’s another gorgeous day, but filming for The Bachelor in Paradise Show has been postponed due to Rick’s unfortunate bout of food poisoning on his date with Raven. And let me tell you — it is nasty! Of course, the producers have decided that a change of venue is needed for Rick’s next dates, and they are investigating several possibilities in Sulani while Rick is recovering.

poor rick good one

Poor Rick! Look at that sad puppy face. Thank goodness Afu is there to help Rick recover. But never fear, the show will go on. And that’s where Benny and I come in. Yes! You get to see us in action again. Benny was keen on heading to that shipwreck, Admiral’s Wreckage, and begin the search for the Heart of Sulani necklace. I, myself, Roxanna Llama-Llama, was not too thrilled to head to that lava-spewing Mua Pel’am island, but Benny convinced me that it would be a beach day with a little treasure hunting thrown in. After thinking it over and buying a divine new swimsuit, of which I, Roxanna Llama-Llama, look utterly fabulous in, having a bit of a beach day sounded like a good idea. Plus, if finding this Heart of Sulani necklace would somehow save Rick from this mysterious sea witch, we should give it a go and try to find it.

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admiral's wreckage shot

Benny and Roxanna arrived at Admiral’s Wreckage, Mua Pel’am, Sulani. 

arrival at admirals wreckage

After unloading the gear, Roxanna and Benny took a look around. Well, Keala had been right, there was a shipwreck here, and although Roxanna was not a historian, this wreckage didn’t quite look like a pirate ship. But maybe it was.

The wreckage was designated a national park on Mua Pel’am and there was an old oil drum set up as a bar-b-q with a rustic table and chairs nearby. On the other side, there was a bonfire set-up.

benny and gear

Benny had laid out a tarp under a palm tree and was busy unpacking. He had purchased some treasure hunting equipment and had packed several backpacks laden with metal detectors, sand scoops, a probe, some pails, a sieve, and shovels. He looked like he was going on a SimSahara expedition.

roxanna and essential supplies

Of course, Roxanna had also packed essentials such as beach loungers, picnic items, water bottles and, of course, suntan lotion. But this time, she was going to apply the suntan lotion herself, as we all remember what happened the last time Benny applied suntan lotion on Roxanna.

they descended the stairs

When everything was set-up, Benny suggested they explore the ship first. Maybe something had been overlooked inside. Roxanna really didn’t think that anything would be there, but she went along with Benny’s plan.

They descended the stairs and came to a large area with a table and some chairs set up. A door was to the left and they headed towards that area.

the galley

Opening the door revealed the ship’s galley. They looked behind and under cabinets. Nothing.

It looked like most of the floorboards had been replaced. Probably the original ones had rotted in places.

sleeping quarters

Next, they headed into the ships’ sleeping quarters. Benny noticed some bolts on the wall and thought that maybe other beds had been above the ones on the floor. For some reason, they had been removed. Perhaps they were deemed unsafe if perhaps some tourists wanted to climb up on them. There were some swords on the wall, and there was a night table with a plaque on it.

The plaque read: pirate chest table

So, was this Rodrigo De Pablo’s ship? Was this the pirate ship that sank? For some reason, Roxanna thought it was another pirate ship that had sunk. They continued exploring and entered another room.

the facilities

This room was the restroom or the “head” in pirate slang.

some buried crates

The last room they entered seemed to have a lot of sunken crates in it. Probably the old cargo hold. Was Benny planning on digging these up and seeing what was inside?

While Benny carefully pried a board off of one of the crates, Roxanna went over to the bookcase.

bookshelf secret passage

Roxanna spied a book called The Adventures of Pink Ruffles and was curious to see what type of book this was in amongst all the ancient maps and logbooks. She went to pull the book from the shelf, and suddenly the bookshelf swung open. Oh my gosh! She had discovered a secret room! She called to Benny to come and have a look, too.

what is in this chest

The room was small, dark and musty. It didn’t appear that anyone had entered this room. Were they the first ones to discover it? As they held their lanterns high, Roxanna spied some type of chest. Could it be….could it be a treasure chest? Locked away in secret, perhaps with the mythical Heart of Sulani necklace inside? There was only one way to find out, they had to try to open the chest.

But no matter how hard Roxanna and Benny tried, they could not open the chest. Benny tried to drag the chest through the doorway, but it wouldn’t fit. He then ran his hand around the chest and realized it had been welded shut. They realized they had been duped. It was a fake treasure chest, probably placed here by the Maxis Historical Society for the tourists to show where pirates might hide their treasure.

Roxanna shook her head. The whole ship was a gimmick. There wasn’t any treasure in here. The Heart of Sulani must be elsewhere.

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benny starting the search

Coming up from the ship, Benny suggested they start beachcombing with the metal detectors in a grid pattern. He would start near the ship’s area and work towards the beach.

roxanna starting the search

Roxanna headed over near the rock edge and started there.

searching benny

They searched…

shade i need shade

And searched…

how were they going to find it

They found some shells…and other things…

TOUCHED SOMETHING GROSS

 

this wasn't the type of beachday that roxanna had imagined

And some seagull “pooped” on Roxanna. This was not her idea of a fun beach day! She went back to her supplies and got out a disinfectant wipe and wiped the offensive “poop” off her shoulder. Ugh!

rox got pooped on

rox having sad thoughts about finding the heart of sulani necklace

After wiping herself off, Roxanna decided to have a break and grab a bite to eat. She emptied the contents of her collection bag, and she had certainly found some nice shells.

But these weren’t what they needed to find. The Heart of Sulani necklace could be anywhere. If it was lost centuries ago, it could be under tons of sand, or even have washed out to sea. Or maybe it was somewhere that they hadn’t even looked yet.

Although Roxanna seriously had doubts that she and Benny were chosen to find this necklace after centuries of it being hidden. It really seemed like an impossible task.

benny i got stung by something

The search seemed hopeless, but for Rick’s sake, Roxanna continued to beach comb. She was searching near some rocks near the water when suddenly something stung her.

benny come quickly something stung me

“Benny! Something stung me! Help!” cried Roxanna.

did you pack a first aid kit

Benny came running over.

“My foot…I stepped on something…it stings so bad…” cried Roxanna hobbling over to Benny.

Benny looked at the affected area and said that probably Roxanna had stepped on a sea urchin near the rocks.

“Yeah, they told us about this in dive school. There doesn’t appear to be any spikes, so the sea urchin just bit you. I packed a first aid kit and some apple cider vinegar just in case this happened.”

While Roxanna sat down on a nearby rock waiting for Benny to return with the first aid kit, she thought she saw something behind her.

what is that behind me some type of cave

Was that some type of cave? A hidden sea cave? Oh gosh!

some type of mural on the wall

Forgetting about the pain in her foot, she walked over to the cave opening. It was really dark in there. Roxanna also spied some type of mural on the wall next to the cave, although it seemed incomplete. Was it a clue? Roxanna had a sudden feeling that what they had been searching for was in this cave.

When Benny returned with the first aid kit, Roxanna showed him her discovery and also the wall mural.

bringing a flashlight benny entered the cave

“This could be it, Roxanna! I’ll grab a flashlight and head in!” exclaimed Benny, almost running to get his gear.

heading in the cave

“Be careful in there!” shouted Roxanna, but Benny had already entered the cave.

light in the dark bennydistracted walking

The day was hot, and as Roxanna’s foot was feeling a bit better, she decided to go down to the water’s edge. On heading there, she spied some garbage on the beach.

all this garbage on the beach

She decided to clean it up and saw Benny come out of the cave heading toward his supplies tarp. After grabbing a towel and drying himself off, Benny gave her a wave and then headed back into the cave.

Oh gosh! Now Roxanna cut her finger on the debris. While applying several bandages to her finger, Roxanna just felt sad about all the garbage on the beach. Sulani is such a beautiful island with a frail eco-system, and sims don’t realize how they are impacting the environment. Roxanna thought about organizing a beach clean-up, but perhaps everyone should wear gloves when they help out.

“That would be a wonderful community project for the contestants. Maybe I’ll talk to the producers about that idea. I’m sure Rick would think that was a wonderful idea, too,” smiled Roxanna.

Meanwhile, in the cave…

benny found mermadic kelp 2underground pools cave

Roxanna saw Benny exit the cave again and plunk something down on the supply tarp. “There’s some underground pools in there…” Benny shouted to Roxanna as he headed back in the cave.

bat colony cave 2bat bites cave

cave choices

Benny went in and out of the cave several times. There were underground waterways and lava tubes, but he hadn’t found anything. He would give it another attempt as he thought he saw something at the end of one of the tubes.

strange noise cavebenny exploring the cave

benny feeling sad he hadnt found it

Benny exited the cave. What he had thought had been the silhouette of a ship had actually been something else. He hadn’t found the Heart of Sulani necklace. Maybe it wasn’t even in there. Maybe it was somewhere off-shore. Of course! He should have been searching the water all along. The ship sunk off-shore, and it was probably hidden underwater somewhere!

benny heading out into the water

With renewed hope, Benny put on his scuba gear and headed off to explore the bottom of the ocean near the island.

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roxanna taking a swim

While Benny headed off to treasure hunt, Roxanna went for a refreshing swim. She stayed close to the shoreline, so she could find her way back again.

roxie came upon a small sandy inlet

Roxanna came upon a sandy beach outcrop and decided to beach comb there. 

She found another shell and saw a baby turtle. Wasn’t seeing a turtle a sign of good luck? Roxanna recalled reading somewhere that turtles symbolized luck and longevity. Suddenly, Roxanna had a very good feeling about today as she swam back to Admiral’s Wreckage.

maybe roxie should try her luck

With Benny searching underwater, Roxanna wondered if she might have luck finding something in that cave. She really had no desire to enter this big dark cavern, but something was pulling her towards it. She hastily wrote a note to Benny, and brandishing a flashlight, a rope and a collection bag, Roxanna tentatively entered the cave.

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benny was going to scuba dive for treasure

Benny had laid some gridwork for his search underwater and with a hand-held magnetometer (an underwater metal detector), searched the grid area. This had taken a few hours, but he had found nothing.

benny treasure hunting

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Roxanna came across some cave graffiti.

roxanna immortalizedurban artwork moodlet

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benny diving

Benny had been underwater for quite a long time and suddenly saw a golden glint in the sand. He plucked it up. It wasn’t a necklace, but some sort of coin. It looked old. He sensed he was getting close.

benny finds a gold coineyes of sulani story

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Roxanna continued to explore the cave and went deeper still. She came across an amazing sight.

glow worms cave roxstrange lights cave

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benny diving for treasure 2

Benny realized he had to dive deeper, so wearing his rebreather, Benny continued to dive all afternoon. He had unearthed another treasure, some type of wicker comb that was surprisingly intact. But still, not the necklace he was looking for.

the fingers of sulani storyfingers of sulani benny

benny heading out to go treasure hunting

It was getting late, and his muscles were sore and he was getting quite hungry. He hopped on his aqua-zip and headed back to Admiral’s Wreckage. He was feeling disappointed that he had to tell Roxanna he had been unsuccessful in his search. Perhaps they would be able to come back another day.

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Roxanna wasn’t sure what time it was, and she knew she should get back, but something kept pushing her on. She knew she was on the right track. And then ever so carefully rounding a bend, she saw it! It was an ancient ship…more like a pirate ship. This could be it! After searching the ship, she saw something caught on the tip of a sword in one of the crew’s quarters. Although from what was left, it looked like this was the Captain’s quarters. She snatched her prize and headed back to the outside of the cave.

ancient ship discovered

roxie finds the treasure

oh my gosh was this it

Roxanna exited the cave and held up the necklace to the light. Oh my, how it sparkled. Was this really the Heart of Sulani necklace that had been hidden for centuries? Had the island spirits really been right that Benny and she would be the ones to find it? It certainly looked like the picture that Keala had shown her.

She heard Benny come up from the beach. He didn’t look too happy, but she had exciting news to tell him.

benny i found it

“Benny, I think I found the necklace!” she shouted as Benny came towards her.

the mural on the wall had changed

As Benny ran towards her, and saw the glittering necklace Roxanna held in her hand, he noticed that the wall mural had changed.

“I think you’re right, Roxanna. Look at the mural. It’s changed. It’s complete now. Oh my gosh, you did find it! You found it, Roxanna, just like the island spirits predicted!” Benny was almost jumping up and down from the excitement, but instead, gave Roxanna a big hug.

who would have guessed we would find it

As they ate some grilled fruit that Roxanna had prepared, Benny told Roxanna about what he had found.

i wanted to thank you for having faith in me

As they were packing up the gear, Benny came over to Roxanna and noticed the bandages on her finger. Roxanna explained what had happened when she was cleaning up the beach trash. Benny looked at her for a moment and took her hands in his, “I always knew you were special, Roxanna, and today just proves it. Even if we hadn’t found that necklace, you are truly a one-of-a-kind sim.”

maybe it was the sun but suddenly benny seemed quite good looking

Maybe it was the setting sun, or perhaps the exhilaration of finding the Heart of Sulani, or Benny giving her that unexpected compliment, but Roxanna thought that Benny looked so good all of a sudden. Why hadn’t she noticed this before? He gave her another hug and parted, but still held her in his arms…like he didn’t want to let her go. He looked at her as if he wanted to say something, but instead just looked deeper into her eyes. Was he going to…oh, gosh, look at those muscles! He leaned closer to her…she could feel his breath on her face…feel her cheeks getting flushed…could feel his grip tighten slightly on her waist pulling her ever so closer…oh my…her lips parted for what she felt was sure to take place…

And then Roxanna’s cell phone rang…

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It was Rick. He was fully recovered and he wanted her to be the first to know. Roxanna smiled as she took the call, but the moment with Benny was broken as he released her from his arms and went back to packing up the gear.

“Super fabulous, Rick! The producers will be thrilled to know that you’re ready to go on more dates,” enthused Roxanna.

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“Oh, and just so you know, Raven made a personal visit to check up on me,” replied Rick happily.

raven herself came over to see him

“Oh really? Raven did…did she?” smiled Roxanna thinking that Raven was taking every opportunity to get close to Rick. Raven was one determined contestant, that was for sure.

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Roxanna hung up the phone and her mind was suddenly a whirlwind of thoughts. So much to do now that Rick was better. Lining up more dates, getting the Rose Ceremony location planned, and making sure she put the Heart of Sulani necklace in a safe place. Roxanna’s mind was filled with so many thoughts that she didn’t see Benny giving her an appreciative look. Wikki Wikki Wii from Sulani.

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Author’s Notes:

I  hope you enjoyed this. I had no idea that there was an Ancient Wreck when exploring the cave. It just added to the story.

And for all the beachcombing that Benny and Roxanna did, I completed the Seashells Collection. I think this is the first collection I’ve ever completed.seashell collection complete

 

 

A few changes were made to the Maxis build of Admiral’s Wreckage, and one was placing a “bookshelf” door to the hidden treasure. In the actual build, there isn’t one. I chose this book title, which is an actual sims book, because it fit the pirate theme.

The Adventures of Pink Ruffles by Ace Montegue is a children’s fantasy book. It is listed as a sims book found on this website. Shamed by the pirate community solely for his name, Pink Ruffles sailed the seas with his trusty crew. Vitamin C infused cotton candy kept the crew free of scurvy and teeth. Follow Pink Ruffles and crew as they search for treasure and ultimately… redemption.

I have no idea if that secret treasure chest can be opened. I read that you had to be at the top of the diving career to open it, but Benny is at the top of the Diving Career and couldn’t open it either. I think it is just an unopenable truck. However, if anyone knows how to open this trunk, let me know.

And what luck that Roxanna found the Heart of Sulani necklace! And she even found the rare one worth $1,200 simoleons! Woot!

And what is developing between Benny and Roxanna? Do you think that Benny is falling for Roxanna? Things seemed to be heating up before Rick’s phone call. But, nah, it must just be my imagination. Right?

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Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise ~ Pirate Week – Solo Date with Raven

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The same day, later that evening…

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Rick and Raven arrive at Ye Olde Pirate Restaurant for their dinner Solo Date. Rick gets his first whim “to get to know” Raven. They chat a bit and then Rick heads inside to request a table.

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For some reason, Raven decided that she wanted to take a swim before dinner.

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After a quick dip, Raven joins Rick at the bottom of the stairs. She fully approves of the restaurant choice, and Rick fully approves of Raven’s new dinner outfit!

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Raven takes a moment to change (did she change behind the sign?), and then does an autonomous flirt with Rick.

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Raven sure knows how to strut her stuff.

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And it looks like Rick noticed too, as he compliments Raven on her outfit. And then she gets this moodlet. Nice start to the date!

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Rick was going to ask Raven if she wanted to play some cards, but their table was ready, so they headed inside.

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There are only two tables inside at the bar area, and they are seated at a table for two near the dance floor. Rick gets a whim to “be friendly” with Raven and they continue to chat. They are getting along very well and don’t need any prompts to keep the conversation flowing. Rick gets a whim to “flirt” with Raven, which he does.

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Rick and Raven exchange numbers and Raven is super pleased to get Rick’s private number on her phone.

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Rick must be, too, because he gets a flirty vibe and a whim to “woohoo” with Raven. Uh, no. He also gets a whim to stargaze with Raven and I tag that for later.

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Rick wants to find out more about Raven and asks her to tell him about a favorite thing she likes to do. Raven looks at Rick almost as if she is debating on whether to tell him something. She decides to go ahead.

“You know, Rick, I am not like normal sim gals. I mean, my likes and hobbies are different. Maybe you’ve noticed I like the color black. I’m a goth and like to dress like one. I like strange and spooky. I like horror movies…” Raven stopped to see how he would react to this.

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“Well, we all have different likes and dislikes. And that’s what’s so interesting about you. You’re NOT like the others, and I find that refreshing. And who doesn’t like a good horror movie once in awhile? ‘Sims of the Dead’ is my all-time favorite classic horror film. Who doesn’t like a good zombie movie? Right?”

i have a question for you rick

Raven was surprised at his response. Rick liked her because she was different. Wow, no-one had ever said that to her before. She decided to trust him and proceeded to tell him about how her mother had died giving birth to her and how her father was found dead in a forest and how she was sent to an orphanage where kids made fun of her.

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Rick couldn’t believe what he had just heard. How horrible for Raven to have gone through that at such a young age. And kids can be cruel. He wished he had been there to help her through all that. Rick told Raven how sorry he was to hear that, but before he could say anything more, their server came to take their orders.

i am definitely ordering this

Rick hadn’t even looked at the menu but saw that they had a dish called “Stranger Tides.” Mysterious waters and stranger tides bring you this fantastic dish. Fried “catch of the day”, marinated in buttered shallots with a hint of dijon mustard, served with fresh asparagus spears, potato rounds, and a lemon wedge. Rick thought that sounded good and not spicy like the lunch dish he had. He also ordered a Tang & Zing.

“Oh, I’m going to order this!” exclaimed Raven. Raven was more adventurous and ordered an experimental dish called “Artisan Fish Trio”. An explosion of flavor featuring dragon roll sushi, herb baked salmon and purple potato chips with creme fraiche and caviar. Served atop a bed of shredded beetroot salad and drizzled lightly with a honey balsamic vinaigrette. Lemon wedge, soy sauce, and wasabi on the side. It certainly was different. Raven also ordered a Dim & Gusty drink.

The server took their orders and complimented Raven on her bold choice of entree. While they were waiting for their dinner, Rick asked Raven if she wanted to dance.

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Rick realized that Raven was a really good dancer. He decided to step it up a bit.

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Rick had some moves of his own and Raven stopped dancing not quite sure what he was doing. Rick, is that the “funky chicken”?

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He’s doing the “Dougie” now. Rick, you certainly have Raven’s attention. But she’s not dancing…isn’t that what you wanted to do…dance with Raven?

Well, thankfully, they see the server heading to their table, so they sit down again before Rick embarrasses himself further. Rick gets a whim to “make-out” with Raven. Um, no loveseats around, so that’s a no.

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Their dinner arrives and Raven can’t get over how beautiful her dish looks.

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Rick was already eating his meal, but Raven wanted to get a picture of her dish before she started. “If I told anyone, they wouldn’t believe I ate this!”

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“Um, Rick, do you mind if I ask you a question?” asked Raven taking a sip of her drink.

“Sure, ask away,” Rick replied not sure what Raven’s question was going to be.

“If you could come back from the dead to haunt anyone, who would it be?” Raven asked quietly.

Rick almost choked on his food. He never expected a question like that!

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“Well, to be honest, I have never really thought about that. I don’t think there is anyone I would want to haunt. But maybe I’d like to “possess” a fridge. That way, I’d never be hungry in the afterlife,” laughed Rick as he took another mouthful of his fried fish. Raven thought Rick was quite funny and laughed at his answer.

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Rick continued, “But maybe if I had found a special sim in my life, I would want to come back to them. Not in a scary way. As a loving partner to look out for them. Afterall, they say love has no boundaries…”

Raven looked at Rick then. “That is the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard,” replied Raven feeling very emotional at the moment.

rick blew raven an autonomous kissAnd with that, Rick blows Raven an autonomous kiss. Oh my gosh! They are both star-struck with each other.

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“Dang!” thought Raven, “I’m in love with the guy! How did this happen?”

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“Maybe it’s this food that I ate. Were these aphrodisiac foods or something? Why am I so overwhelmed by these feelings of love and desire for Rick? I’ve never felt this way before,” Raven was very confused.

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And suddenly, on her perfect date with Rick, Raven spies a familiar sim. It’s Coral! What is she doing here?

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And before Raven can suggest they head outside, Coral comes over and starts to chat with Rick.

 

 

 

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“I can’t believe this is happening! On my date! And just when Rick and I were getting cozy. I should just tell Coral a piece of my mind. Hmmm…but that wouldn’t look good in front of Rick…” thought Raven.

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“And is she flirting with him now? Unbelievable!” Raven was at odds as to what to do. Should she play it cool and just chat with Coral as if nothing had happened? Or, should she shout forbidden words at Coral? The latter was tempting, but Raven decided to play it cool.

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“Oh Coral, so nice to see you again. Rick and I were just going to do some stargazing outside together. Weren’t we Rick?” laughed Raven casually. Smooth, Raven, very smooth.

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That got Rick’s notice! Coral said she had to leave anyway and just wanted to say hi to Rick.

“That’s right! Move along there, Coral. Rick is on a date with ME! And you’re ruining the mood. I have plans…oh yes, plans…” thought Raven to herself.

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As they headed outside together, Rick suddenly felt like he was going to be sick. Oh my plumbobs, now what? Rick quickly excused himself and told Raven he had to use the facilities. I have never seen a sim run so fast to the restroom!food poisoning for rick

rick spends the rest of the night in the bathroom.pngRick makes it just in time and…well…let’s just say that it was really NASTY!

Even afterwards, Rick’s stomach is still rumbling and churning. He feels soooo ill. It must have been something he ate. As he comes out of the restroom, he sees the server that served them and told him that he thought he had food poisoning. The server was appalled and apologized profusely and then headed to the kitchen and Rick heard him yelling at the chef.rick complained to the waiter

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Rick felt weak and shaky as he slowly climbed the stairs. His face was hot and clammy and he was still feeling nauseous. Rick didn’t think he could stargaze with Raven tonight. He would have to give her a rain check. Raven was understanding and thanked him for the date. She said they could stargaze another night, and that she hoped he was feeling better soon.

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Despite the queasy sensation in his stomach, Rick embraced Raven and said goodbye. He then quickly fled in the direction he had just come from. And just in time!poor rick stuck in the bathroom.png

Egads! This is definitely NOT how Rick had envisioned the ending of his date with Raven. Ah, poor Rick.

Author’s Note: Food poisoning takes 24 hours to overcome, so Rick will be out of commission for awhile.

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Raven’s Date Thoughts: “From the first moment I met Rick, we had a connection. Call it karma, call it chance, call it destiny…call it whatever you want. But all I know is that for some reason I am drawn to Rick. I have never known another sim who was so accepting of just…well…everyone. But more so, a sim who likes me for just being me. Rick is definitely a keeper, and I know a lot of the other contestants think so, too. Like Coral. What was up with that? I can’t believe Coral showed up on our date and tried to flirt with Rick! She was actually using my own strategy against me! Sheesh! Well, it didn’t work, did it Coral? Because Rick was more interested in doing some stargazing with me…umm…well, he was, until that bizarro food poisoning incident. You don’t think that Coral had anything to do with that, do you? I mean, maybe I underestimated her. It would be rather clever to add something to the food and cause some stomach ailment to cut the date short. Hmmm….could it be that the poison was meant for me instead of Rick? Nahhh….I’m overthinking this. Well, even though we didn’t get to stargaze together, Rick did give me a rather luscious goodbye embrace before he ran down to the bathroom again. Believe me, he will definitely remember this date! I will be more on his mind now that I ever was before! And that’s how I want it, because he’s on my mind, too! Get better soon, Rick, so my plan of having a first kiss with you will come true.”

Relationship Status After Date: Romantic Interest to Lovebirds

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Author’s Notes:

The “Funky Chicken” is a dance inspired by Rufus Thomas (1969) and the “Dougie” is a dance inspired in part by Rapper Doug E. Fresh (1980s).

Other contestants showing up on dates continues. As this was the same day as Octavia’s date, Coral was already on the lot outside singing. I guess her throat was parched from all that singing and she decided she needed a drink at the bar and came inside. What I hadn’t anticipated was that Coral would come over and start chatting with Rick. She did leave once Raven joined them. Coral was doing a “Raven”, which I thought was amusing. I thought I would put that in the story since Raven was always appearing everywhere on other group dates.

Rick getting food poisoning at the restaurant was rather unexpected. I was planning on using this build for all of the Solo Dates, but I really don’t think that Rick will want to come back here again. Poor Rick. I tried to have him phone the restaurant to put in a complaint about food poisoning, but it wasn’t giving me that option. So, when I saw their server cleaning the green toilet after Rick…um… “used” it, I had Rick just tell the server to deliver an “insult to the chef.”

I had added the lot trait of “Chef’s Kitchen” to this build, but I guess getting food poisoning is a random occurrence at a restaurant. I also added “Haunted”, but no ghosts ever showed up.pirate restaurant photo credit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise ~ Pirate Week – Solo Date with Octavia

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Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani. Over the next two days, our bachelor will be taking out the contestants who haven’t been on a Solo Date as yet. They are Cinnamon, Octavia, Brianna, Nami and Raven. And, do you know what this will mean once the last of the Solo Dates are done? The no kissing rule will be removed! Yes! Pucker Up, ladies!

But first, where are they heading today? Well, this week is a special week in Sulani. It’s Pirate week to celebrate the pirate legends and history of Sulani. Did you know that Rodrigo de Pablo, one of Princess Cordelia’s pirate boyfriend’s had engaged in a sea battle for Sulani? It’s true! And so it seems fitting that they are heading to ‘Ye Olde Pirate Restaurant.’ The restaurant is rumored to be an actual pirate ship. Of course, now, it’s been converted to a seafood restaurant, but there are still many vestiges of the original ship and there are historical markers throughout. Some even say it’s haunted. Ghostly!

Now let’s go and peek in on the date and see if anyone dares to walk the plank.

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First up for a Solo Date with Rick is Octavia Dillon from House 2. When Octavia heard that there were five contestants going on a Solo Date, she was determined to be the first to go out with Rick. So, to be fair, they all chose straws, and Octavia was lucky enough to draw the longest straw.

“I have to set the bar high so that Rick will think of only me,” Octavia stated firmly, “And I can guarantee that this date will be sizzling!”

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As Octavia’s relationship had dropped to Acquaintances, Rick chatted with Octavia first. Rick got his first whim to “get to know” Octavia and after that, Rick asked her on a date and Octavia accepted.

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At the restaurant, they headed up the stairs and Rick went into the bar area. He spoke to the host and since it was a nice day, requested a table outside. The restaurant was busy, and it would be a little bit of a wait.

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Rick came back outside and saw that there were some card tables set up on deck. Rick thought that this was a good place to wait and asked Octavia if she wanted to play some cards.

“Do you know how to play Gin Rummy?” asked Rick.

“Oh most definitely. My favorite game. You seem to be a gaming sim, Rick. Care to wager a little bet on who might win?” Octavia asked giving Rick a wink.

“Ok, sure. What shall we bet on?” replied Rick.

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“Well, the Winner will choose what the Loser will have for dinner,” laughed Octavia.

“Well, that doesn’t sound so bad,” Rick answered.

“You do know that I like HOT and SPICY food don’t you? Are you up for a few shakes of Tobasco on your food?” winked Octavia.

“No problem! You’re on!” said Rick as he shuffled the cards. After some tense concentration, Rick chose a card from the deck. Nothing. It was now Octavia’s turn.

Octavia moved her cards around in her hand and then placed them on the table with a flourish. “Gin” said Octavia grinning, “I guess we’ll see if you can stand a little heat!”

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“Does that mean I should order a glass of water with my meal?” asked Rick playing along with Octavia.

“Maybe a few glasses of water,” said Octavia laughing. The host came over to them to let them know their table was ready.

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“Oh, so nice. What a terrific view of the water! And what is that over there?” Octavia said, pleased with the table location.

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Octavia got up from the table and read the sign behind Rick and then walked out on a wooden plank.

“Rick, would you save me if I had to walk the plank?” asked Octavia, doing a little turn on the walkway. Rick thought that Octavia looked, um…rather enticing standing there.

“I would think that the pirates would need saving from YOU!” laughed Rick, “But, arr…matey, I would arrange a parlay with the scurvy bunch. A lovely lady in exchange for a few barrels of rum” answered Rick trying hard not to laugh.

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“Oh, a good trade. I think they would much prefer the rum,” laughed Octavia softly.

“Then they would definitely be foolish pirates,” added Rick giving Octavia an appreciative look. Octavia returned to the table and seemed rather pleased with Rick’s response.

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As they sat chatting, Rick suddenly got a flirty vibe and had two whims for Octavia. The first was to flirt with Octavia and the second was to make out with Octavia. Rick did a little flirt with Octavia, and she definitely loved the attention.

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Rick took a look at the menu and tried to figure out what Octavia was going to order for him. Everything looked pretty good as far as he was concerned.

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The server came over to take their orders, and Octavia ordered for both of them.

Oh, this sounds like the dish for you, Rick. “Fire on the River” Cajun-spiced Haddock Sandwich. Haddock lightly crusted with paprika, green chilies, cumin, coriander, cayenne, crushed red peppers and a dash of hot pepper sauce. Served on a hoagie roll with tartar sauce and topped with homemade slaw. And it comes with a Warning! Order at your own risk, No returns. Now, THAT is my kind of food!” said Octavia to the server, “And maybe a Salty Llama to drink, and you better get this landlubber a few glasses of water with that, too!”

“Um, yeah, that does sound kind of spicy. So, what spicy dish are you ordering today, Octavia?” Rick inquired.

“Oh, this sounds good…Calypso’s Salt and Pepper Shrimp Cocktail. Jumbo shrimp as big as Calypso’s love for the sea lord Davy Jones,” Octavia paused and batted her eyes at Rick, “Sauteed with ginger, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper and served with cocktail sauce and a wedge of lemon,” read Octavia out loud, “And, um…a simsmopolitan to drink, and if you could also bring a bottle of hot sauce to the table. I always add some more spice to my dish,” Octavia added handing the menu back to the server.

“You really do like hot and spicy food,” Rick observed.

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“Oh, yes! The hotter the better!” replied Octavia as she did an autonomous flirt. Ooh la la! Things are really heating up on this date!

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“Aside from your love of hot and spicy foods, what else do you like?” asked Rick, wanting to get to know Octavia a bit better.

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“Well, being from Oasis Springs, I do prefer warm climates, although I’ve never seen snow. I am not sure I want to be cold and chilled. I much prefer sunny weather. Like Sulani. This place is paradise. I could be convinced to move here…um…with the right person,” answered Octavia giving Rick a meaningful look.

Rick returned her gaze, “Yes, I have certainly made Sulani my home now. But snow is nice, too, especially if you are bundled up.”

“Well, I don’t know. Maybe if I had a simArctic parka on, woolen mittens and a toque, it would be different,” answered Octavia, still looking uncertain.

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“‘And snowflakes that stay on your nose and eyelashes’ would make you look so adorable…” teased Rick.

“It would? Well, in that case, maybe I’ll have to go somewhere with snow one day…”

“Most definitely! When I was a kid, I would love to go outside in the snow and build all kinds of snow sculptures. Especially snow forts! In fact, all the neighborhood kids would build snow forts and we would have snowball fights. We would run from one snow fort to the next for cover trying to dodge the snowballs. It was a lot of fun. It’s something I’d like to share with my own children someday,” Rick said looking off in the distance.

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“Oh, so you like kids?” asked Octavia, “It was something that I was meaning to ask you, but I wasn’t sure how to get around to that question. You know, when I babysit for my friends, I kind of…now this sounds silly…but I often find myself fantasizing about a little family of my own. I mean, when I was young, we were kind of…um…well, less fortunate than others, but my Dad always made things fun for us. That’s what I remember the most. I always felt like we could do anything as a family. So, yes, I think I’d like to have a family, too, with the right sim,” Octavia replied with a wistful smile.

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Rick gave Octavia a heartfelt smile and agreed that good times with family were important. And then Rick gets this whim for Octavia. Wowzers! Rick certainly has some hot and spicy thoughts about Octavia after that conversation!

Luckily, the server arrives with their lunch and I squelch those “woohoo” thoughts.

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Rick is feeling very flirty. It must be because he was near Octavia’s smoldering beauty.

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Octavia thinks her dish looks absolutely perfect and waits for Rick to take a bite of his sandwich.

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And as soon as Rick takes a bite, his mouth is on fire! Yikes!

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Octavia, of course, is laughing at Rick and thinks he is so amusing.

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“I think I may need a few more glasses of water! Just…you know…rather thirsty. Whoa! But I’ll be fine. Yes, I will finish this. No problem. Not spicy at all!” Rick squeaks out a response.

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Octavia has a good chuckle and takes a sip of her drink while Rick takes another mouthful of sandwich. He was determined to finish this even though his mouth was burning. Gah! And how much hot sauce did Octavia just dump on those shrimp? And she just ate them like it was nothing.

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Octavia saw how Rick was struggling to eat such a spicy dish but how determined he was to finish it. “Okay, so Rick can’t eat really spicy food like I can. But that’s not a problem. I can always add more hot sauce to a dish. But I must admit, Rick is still a very HOT dish, and that’s one dish that I wouldn’t mind having!”

Oh my plumbobs! Octavia looks very determined to make Rick hers. The other contestants had better watch out!

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Rick has a flurry of whims for Octavia as he tries to finish his lunch. Another “get to know”, “ask to be girlfriend”, and “have first kiss.” Rick and Octavia are autonomously talking and things are definitely going well on this date. The meal ends and Rick pays for the lunch.

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There is still a bit of time on the date, and Rick asks Octavia if she would like to have another drink at the bar. I mean, she looks so HOT and he doesn’t want her to leave. That, and his mouth is still burning, and he can’t seem to get enough to drink to quell that burning sensation.

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So they head to the bar and Octavia orders her favorite drink, Wutaheftabir, and Rick orders some type of flaming drink, Flaming Zesty Salt, I believe. Rick, didn’t you have enough spicy, hot food for lunch? He’s obviously trying to impress Octavia. His mouth is still on fire, so what’s a little more heat, right?

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The date ends and Rick embraces Octavia. He would have loved for this date to continue, but he has another dinner date lined up. *Gold Date Achieved*

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Octavia’s Date Thoughts: “Rick is a “hottie” and even before this date, I knew he was a keeper. Okay, so my romantic life hasn’t been the best and I tended to drift from one guy to the next. Well, I have a theory on that…maybe they all bored me. But with Rick, he is just full of surprises. I just never know what he is going to do or say. And I just think that might be the thing I need. He is witty, and a natural conversationalist. And he is good looking, so very, very good looking. He probably looks really good in his skivvies, too! Oops! Sorry…I just can’t keep these hot thoughts I have of him on the back burner for much longer. I soooo want to kiss him…badly…in a good way. *wink* I can see us together. Having a family together. Oh, we’d make beautiful children. And I might even want to go on a vacation with Rick to a ski lodge or something. I’ve thought about it…snuggling before a fire, sharing some cocoa after a brisk walk in the snow, and I mean, I’ve heard they have hot tubs outside at some lodges…now that would really heat things up! Oh yes, Rick is the one that I want, and the one that I will have.”

Relationship Status Changed: Acquaintances to Romantic Interest

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Author’s Notes:

‘Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes,” song lyrics from “My Favorite Things”,  Julie Andrews, The Sound of Music movie (1965).

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Did any other contestant show up on the lot during Rick’s date with Octavia? Yes, they did! Here is Coral singing in front of the restaurant. Maybe she was singing for tips?pirate restaurant photo credit.png

Thanks to JOL1990YT for creating this great pirate ship restaurant. I added the card tables and a dance floor to the bar area. There is a below-deck dining area as well, but I wanted some shots of the water, to kind of pretend it was in Sulani. I placed the build on the Tail’s End lot on Whiskerman’s Wharf in Brindleton Bay.

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Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise ~ Bowling Group Date – House 2

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Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani.  Oh, I look different? I am so glad you noticed because along with all my nostalgia momentos, I dug out a copy of the movie Grease. And yes, there are those who loved Sandy and of course, Danny *swoon*, but my favorite was always Frenchy. And so here I am decked out as a “Pink Lady”. I just need some pink bubblegum to complete the look.

Now wasn’t that a fun time with House 1 yesterday? And some of those contestants can really bowl. Today, the fun continues as House 2 heads on a Group Bowling Date with Rick. Maybe Rick will even surprise us and bowl the “Perfect Llama.” Let’s head on over and peek in.

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And here they are! House 2 has arrived at the Llama Bowl-A-Rama bowling alley. And Rick has changed his outfit. He looks like a sim right out of Riddell High from Grease. And I bet a lot of these contestants would want a school ring from him! Can we say “I wanna be your girlfriend, Rick?”

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They all head inside and Rick orders a round of drinks for everyone. This time he orders cream cola. None of the contestants have bowled before, and Rick has a bit of an advantage as he already has Bowling level 3. They all discuss possible teams and Octavia takes up the challenge to bowl against Rick. They grab their drinks and head to the lanes.

RICK IS NOW A NOTABLE NEWCOMER

Rick is now a Notable Newcomer celebrity. Oh my goodness! Must be from all the fame points he got from always ordering drinks for everyone.

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Team 1: Rick vs Octavia

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Team 2: Iris vs Nami.

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Team 3: Cinnamon vs Coral.

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And the first balls are thrown and they all look really good on their first shot.

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Rick seems to be doing a “slam dunk” on the bowling lane. You would never know that Rick had any bowling skills with this shot.

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And Rick hits the floor with a thud. That’s gotta hurt. Maybe he was just making Octavia feel better choosing to bowl against him. In the background, Octavia is trying to stifle her laughter seeing Rick’s bowling attempt. Ah, poor Rick.

*muffled sounds* “I’m just checking out the flooring. Yep, just admiring the woodgrain. Don’t mind me. I’ll be able to crawl outta your way in a moment.” *grunts*

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Whoops! Iris’ delivery looked better at the start. Oh no! Iris senses she’s in trouble with this shot.

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But maybe not. Some pins up and some pins down.

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Not a strike, but not a gutterball either. “Go me! I got some pins down!”

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Rick gives Iris an appreciative glance, “Come here often, good looking?” “he says half-jokingly. Iris just smiles and bats her eyes at him in response and thinks that Rick looks so dreamy.

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Meanwhile, Cinnamon is up. Not only does Cinnamon look good in that dress, but her delivery also looks terrific.

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Oops! Not as good as Cinnamon had hoped. One pin at a time.

“I have to get better if Rick is going to notice me. I mean, I wore yellow to stand out. How hard can it be to get a strike in this game?”

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After helping Rick up, and trying to compose herself from laughing, it’s Octavia’s turn to bowl.

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And, oh my gosh, Octavia gets a strike on her very first shot! Unbelievable!

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Octavia can hardly believe it herself! Rick might have seriously underestimated Octavia. Beginner’s luck is in her favor.

“Holy guacamole! Did you see that? I got a strike!”

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“I’m just a natural at bowling. I just love this game!”

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A townie noticed Octavia’s superb bowling skill and has become her number one fan. She sits down and watches the tournament cheering Octavia on.

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Nami notices that Octavia just got a strike and has more points than even Rick. Nami lifts one of the bowling balls. “Gosh! They’re heavy!”

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She needs both hands just to lift the ball and does a two-handed throw. Will it work to her advantage?

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Nami has a powerful throw, but maybe too powerful as it just takes out the middle pins. It’s the “Big 4” split.

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“What does this mean? I need a bowling ball in each hand to make that shot!”

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Next up is Coral. What a delivery! So smooth, so confident. Coral looks good and Cinnamon is bemoaning the fact in the background. Will it be a strike?

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But something has gone wrong.

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And the sad clown makes an appearance for Coral. What looked good going in turned out to be a gutterball.

“I thought clowns were supposed to be happy. I don’t think I like this sad clown.”

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Rick is up and he has chosen a new bowling ball. A gold bowling ball. So fancy! Octavia is looking confident in the background after her strike. Will this new bowling ball help Rick’s game?

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And there it goes!

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And yes, it’s a strike for Rick! He is back in the game!

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And what’s this? Some random townie is making a move on Coral. Hmmm…the guy looks familiar. He looks like the same sim who was hitting on Lara from House 1. I am certain of it now. It’s the polka dots, I tell you, attracting all the “Lane Lizards”.

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Iris is concentrating really hard on her game. She can feel it. This is the strike she’s been waiting for.

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Oh no! What’s this?  Something is coming. It’s like a bowling horror flick, like The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

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“Did you see that? There was some ninja creeping into my game. So scary!”

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Nami and Coral sneek a glance at Rick as he prepares to bowl. And Rick has chosen another new ball, a blue marbled bowling ball this time. Rick is taking no chances in this tournament.

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It’s Coral’s turn and it looks like she’s talking to herself. Maybe she’s giving herself a pep talk. She has to keep bowling. It’s only a few more frames.

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Her arms are so sore, she can barely lift the bowling ball. And when she does, she trips and the ball goes flying.

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“Oh, I feel dizzy. That was close, I almost fell.”

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But, miraculously, she got a ringer. Yes!

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Despite her sore arms, Coral is feeling confident. “I can do this! A few more of these and I could win this!”

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“Great Balls of Fire!” Octavia’s lucky streak continues.

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Octavia is on fire as she rolls another strike. No other contestant is even close to her score.

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Octavia catches Rick’s eye and she knows that no-one else exists for him tonight, except her. Octavia is on top of the world…and then IT happens.

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Raven shows up in a team shirt with her bowling league. Say what?

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And just happens to choose the lane right beside Octavia and Rick to bowl. And is that Afu behind her? Did Raven convince him to come bowling?

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Rick sees Raven and immediately gets two whims for her. Embrace Raven and Make-out with Raven. It’s like Rick has forgotten all about the Group Date with House 2 and only has thoughts of Raven.

“♫ You are here / And so am I / And I only have eyes for you….♫”

Look at him, he’s in a daze. I tell him to concentrate on the game and the House 2 contestants. But does he listen to me? No!

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In fact, Rick can’t seem to take his eyes off of her. Raven, was this planned? OMG! Now, instead of Rick having whims for any ladies in House 2, he only has whims for Raven. What a disaster!

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And then Octavia sees Raven, too, and she doesn’t look happy. “What is SHE doing here? I had all of Rick’s attention, and now SHE shows up!”

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And it’s like the appearance of Raven has jinxed Octavia’s perfect game. Suddenly, she was a slippin’ and a slidin’

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Right onto her back. “I lied. I hate bowling.”

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“Ow, my back!”

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And on the next frame, she trips.

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And then, she got a gutterball! Unheard of! Well, thankfully Raven has now left. It’s a good thing because Octavia’s game has really suffered.

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But who is that? Sitting there on the couch beside Iris? Oh, my word! First Raven and now Tabitha. What is going on?

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Why is an eliminated contestant even here? Was Octavia really seeing this? Tabitha (formerly of House 3) – where did she come from?tabitha to rick

[Author’s Note: Maybe this explains it. Rick had received this pop-up earlier and I guess Tabitha decided to just show up.]

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Suddenly, Octavia’s head hurt. “Why is this happening to me? I was doing so well. And then those two show up! Oh, my head! I need a moment.”

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Nami is up and she’s hoping to get a good score for this frame. Maybe this time she’ll bowl a strike. She holds her breath as she releases the ball.

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And the bowling gods favor Nami with a strike.

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And it looks like she got Rick’s attention, too! Ooh la la, Nami!

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And Cinnamon is next. Look at that stance. This has got to be it!

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And although not a strike, she gets the “goalpost” and is pretty pleased with herself.

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“I feel like a winner!”

And the games are over and the final scores are in.

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Team 3: Coral wins the game over Cinnamon, but Cinnamon doesn’t feel too bad about it. That last frame really made Cinnamon’s day.

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Team 2: Nami wins over Iris and Iris is a good sport about it. They had a good game together.nami wins over Iris

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Team 1: Rick wins and Octavia is having a meltdown about it. Oh, Octavia is in a real tizzy!

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Rick gets the Bowling King, and Coral and Nami get the Bowling Queen titles.

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Rick heads over to congratulate Coral on her win and follows her into the restroom to do so.

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They all head back to the lobby area and get some more drinks.

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They also grab some food that the caterer has put out.

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Rick takes a moment to congratulate Nami on her victory and gets his first whim for someone in House 2. He wants to embrace Nami, which he does.

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Oops! It looks like Iris saw that interaction between Nami and Rick and is rather sad about it.

iris has this moodlet what

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Since Nami is the only one that Rick had a whim for in House 2, he asks her to play an arcade game with him. He then gets two more whims for Nami. One is to ask her to be his girlfriend.

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And the other…ahem…to woohoo with Nami. Both are canceled.

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Rick is having a great time playing video games with Nami and Dustin Broke joins them.

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The night ends as Rick does the pee-pee dance to the restroom.

Until tomorrow, Wikki-Wikki Wii from Sulani.

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Bonus Pic

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Rick has now maxed bowling and is level 5. He can now choose the clear skull ball. Pretty spooky!

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Author’s Notes:

And here are the relationship bars after the Group Date for House 2. Nami and Iris are Lovebirds, Coral and Cinnamon are Romantic Interests, and unfortunately, Octavia, even though she has a bit of pink in her relationship, has dropped down to Acquaintances.

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Depending on what level you are at, you can choose different colored bowling balls. Each bowling ball has its own specific perks:

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Fun Stuff:

Grease, (1978) starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta was a box office smash and the highest-grossing musical at that time. It was a movie set in the 50s.

“Lane Lizard” a play on words, meaning “Lounge Lizard,” – a ladies-man that frequents nightspots where drinks are served.

The Creature From The Black Lagoon, horror movie (1954)

“Great Balls of Fire”, Jerry Lee Lewis, (1957)

I Only Have Eyes For You, cover by The Flamingos (1959)

Slippin’ and a Slidin’, Little Richard, (1956)