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

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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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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…



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 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…

rick is cured

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.

rick decides he wont be eating seafood for awhile

“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.

benny looking at roxanna

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.

Complimenting Raven

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!

raven got this moodlet from rick complimenting her

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

solo date raven

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.

i love the unknown the spirit world

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.

well thats an interesting question

“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.

how horrible for you

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.

while they waited for dinner they danced together

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

dance batte

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

rick is a lot of fun

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.

coral is hanging out inside the restaurant raven is upset

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.


“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.

And even though Rick got sick during the date, *Gold Date Achieved*.i had a wonderful time thanks.png

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.


“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.


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.


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


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


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


“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.


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!


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.


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.


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).


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 celebrity. Oh my goodness! Must be from all the fame points he got from always ordering drinks for everyone.


Team 1: Rick vs Octavia


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.

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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)

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Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise ~ Bowling Group Date – House 1

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Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani. Today, our bachelor is heading out on a Group Date with House 1. And what a fun date this will be! We’re talking back to the ’50s, sock hops, rockabilly, malt shops, drive-in movies, juekboxes, and Elvis! *screams* I had to dust off some of my retro items just to show you how cool it really was. Of course, I, Roxanna Llama-Llama look like the winner of a dance contest on “American Bandstand” in this fab poodle skirt.

And just think, we don’t even have to use a time machine to get back to the 50s because we’re heading to the Llama Bowl-A-Rama bowling alley in Oasis Springs. And fitting with the 50s theme, the producers have delivered some “striking” fashions for the contestants to wear on their Group Date. I can hardly wait to see everyone in their 50s style.

But, before we head off, let’s do a recap of who’s left. We now have five contestants in each house. House 1: Miriam Epp, Brianna Hammond, Naomi Mahina, Lara McGowan, and Raven Xang. House 2: Cinnamon Apple, Nami Chuu, Iris Costello, Octavia Dillon, and Coral Reeves.

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The four eliminated contestants have been whisked away to Newcrest. They will be living in a house beside the first eliminated contestants. And, oh my gosh, it’s raining in Newcrest again? Quick! Let’s leave before they shout forbidden words at us. Sorry ladies.

And now that we know who’s who and what’s what, let’s Rock Around The Clock with House 1 on their Group Date. Can you dig it?

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And here they are in front of the Llama Bowl-A-Rama bowling area. And Rick is that you? Is that an Elvis pompadour hairstyle that you have? And do you have sideburns? Rick jokes that they are stick-on sideburns that came with the outfit.

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In the lobby area, Rick orders a round of Rootbeer Floats for everyone. [Oh Benny would love this. It’s his favorite drink.] None of the contestants nor Rick have bowled before. The bartender tells them that it’s an automated scoring system, so they don’t have to worry about keeping score themselves. They opt for a game of 10 pin bowling and decide to have three teams of two players. Team 1: Rick vs Brianna; Team 2: Miriam vs Naomi; Team 3: Raven vs Lara.

[Author’s Note: Four players can bowl on one bowling lane and I was going to have two teams of 3 players; however, Lara and Raven timed out waiting to bowl, so I just had them be on a team together.]

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Rick picks up a bowling ball and is the first one to bowl.

[Author’s Note: For some reason, all their bowling shoes changed from what I had them in. They may not be dressed alike, but their shoes match.]

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Or rather, attempts to bowl. “Man, that ball is heavy!” Rick says as he drops the ball and it lands in the gutter.

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Well, he may not know how to bowl, but at least Rick looks good. Right?

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Meanwhile, a townie male sim comes over and chats with Lara. His name is Gavin. Is he hitting on her? She’s on a Group Date there Gavin…move along now…

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Meanwhile, everyone else starts to bowl. Naomi is starting the bowler’s approach and is lining up her shot.


Oh no! She seems to slip and loses her balance.


But she gets some pins down! Yeah, it’s not a gutterball. She did better than Rick! You go, Naomi! Woot!

“I should slip more often,” Naomi says clapping her hands.

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And Raven…OOOF! She throws the ball a bit too high. This is bowling girl, not basketball!

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And the ball comes down with a thud and just sits there. And Raven has fallen facedown flat on the floor. Oh, the embarrassment! Obviously no points there.

“I’m just going to lay here for awhile, just don’t mind me,” mumbles Raven into the floor.

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Next up…Brianna is looking good! Look at that form! Look at that concentration!

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Look at where the ball ended up! Oops! How did it get there?

“No one saw that, right? Let’s just forget about that one,” said Brianna as she nervously looked around to see if anyone noticed her ball mishap.

Well, so far the score is Rick-0; Brianna-0. They’re tied! But not in a good way.


Miriam bowls next and it looks like she’s caught Rick’s eye. Ooh, la la!


Miriam, are you sure you haven’t bowled before? Because you look really good taking that shot.

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Oh yes! It’s ring my bell time! All but one pin knocked down!

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“I guess that’s good!” said Miriam, “♫ …Well, you know you make me wanna SHOUT! Kick my heels up and SHOUT! Throw my hands up and SHOUT! ♫” Miriam starts singing as she dances off the lane.

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And Lara now has a new admirer, J Huntington III who just went straight over to her after the last guy left. Excuse me, Lara, your teammate Raven needs help getting up off the floor. Yeah, Raven, you know, the flattened pancake that is lying prone on the floor over there…and I believe it’s your turn to bowl… *hint* *hint* Okay, well, I guess she’s missing her turn…

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Brianna is up next and it looks like she’s willing that ball to head in the right direction this time. Go! Ball Go!

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“Oh no! Not that!” shouts Brianna.

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It’s the horror of horror shots. The shot that’s the most impossible shot for bowlers.

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Yes, you guessed it. It’s the Ninja “split” shot.

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“Darn, darn and double darn. I will never make that shot!” Brianna shouts, “Go Nunchuk somewhere else, Ninja. Not in my lane!”

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Hmmm…guess J Huntington III has lost interest with Lara and has now moved on to Miriam. Maybe he’s recruiting for his bowling league?

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It sure looks like J Huntington III is checking out the competition. Little does Miriam know that she has a secret admirer behind her.

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Well, it didn’t seem to affect her bowling, as she knocked down some pins. Oh, she is good!

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“Oh look, I got something,  and that’s a good thing. It’s like charades. It’s spikes in the grass, it’s a fence, it’s a bedpost, it’s a goal post, it’s a…heck I don’t know what it is, but I got it!” Miriam exclaimed as she strutted her stuff off the lane.

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Finally, Lara decides to join the bowling fun. What? No more random male sims want to talk to you? And she’s looking good, lining up her shot.

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But it’s a gutterball. And the sad clown laments her total miss of the pins.


“I hate that clown!” Lara says out loud. Lara, will, unfortunately, see that clown a LOT tonight.

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Well, J Huntington III is sure making his rounds. Now he’s noticed Raven. I don’t think she’s too impressed with him. Move along, J….move along…

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Naomi bowls her first strike! Yes!

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And Raven in the next lane isn’t doing very well. It looks like she’s picking off one pin at a time.


Rick is having a good time and manages to glance at some of the contestants.

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Lara isn’t the only one who seems to have some admirers. After watching Naomi get a strike, Gunther Munch comes over and chats with her. But Naomi tenses up as he approaches and gets a whim to vent at someone. Poor Naomi has the Loner trait which puts a real damper on large social gatherings.

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A regular bowler, Tanvi, has been watching Raven bowl and gives her some tips. Raven needs all the help she can get.


Raven decides to try out one of the tricks. What a wild move! Is she going to throw the next bowling ball over her shoulder?


Whoa! Great Balls of Fire! It’s a fireball down the lane.


And Raven blasts those pins into a strike! Yes! Kapow!


“Bowling is really fun when you’re winning! Oh, yeah! I’m so HOT right now!” Raven says as she smiles and walks confidently off the lane.


This is unbelievable as yet another townie, named Parker, makes a beeline right towards Lara. Personally, I think it’s the polka dots. It’s like they are sending out a homing signal to attract all these single guys. I mean he is seriously mesmerized by the …um…polka dots. Don’t you agree?

Well, duty calls as just in the middle of his introduction, Raven signals to Lara that it’s her turn to bowl. Lara almost looks relieved as she heads over to her lane.


Lara picks up the ball and oh no! This doesn’t look good. Will this mean there will be another appearance by the sad clown?

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But wait a minute, look at that ball! Could it be? Could it be?


Yes! Finally, Lara gets a strike! Woot!


Lara looks enthusiastic!


“Woot! Woot! Look at me! I got a strike! Yesiree! Uh-huh! Call me Lara Twinkletoes,” laughed Lara.

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And the bowling tournament continues. Who knew that a 10 frame game could take so long. But after a few frames, they start to look like pros. Well, sort of.


And what’s this? A new strategy? Rick is now Level 2 in bowling and selects a new bowling ball. Ooh! A red swirl bowling ball. Let’s see if this helps his bowling.

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Looking good. Come on, Rick. It’s the last frame!


Whoopee! A strike!


And another fireball strike!

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And yet another strike! Holy Llamas! Three strikes in a row! Gobble! Gobble! Three strikes in a row is called a “turkey” in bowling lingo.


“♫ Well, it’s one for the money, two for the show / Three to get ready, now go, cat, go / But don’t you step on my blue suede shoes /♫ Well, you can do anything, but stay off of my blue suede shoes…♫ ” Rick shouts as he does a little dance. I think he’s doing his Elvis impersonation here. Look at him swing those hips! Rick’s one cool cat! Woot!





You see? What did I tell you? Rick really is “The King”!


Rick wins against Brianna, and Brianna is either bowing to the new “King” or having a temper tantrum because she lost.  Poor Brianna.


And Miriam wins against Naomi. But I am sure that it was close, as Naomi was doing pretty good as well.


And believe it or not, Raven won against Lara. Must have been all those tips Raven got from that pro bowler. Or maybe just luck since Lara missed a few turns because of her…ahem…”admirers”.

Miriam and Raven both get the Bowling Queen title.


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And it looks like Raven even beat Rick! Way to go Raven! It’s too bad it doesn’t show the score of the other players.


Rick congratulates Raven on having the highest score. Little does he know about those secret tips she got from Tanvi. Rick wants to bowl another game, but most of the contestants are kind of sore.

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So, they head out to the lobby again and Rick orders a celebratory round of drinks. Fizzy Fruity drinks this time.


And it was also chili night, so they all grabbed a bowl. Raven was famished. She had really worked up an appetite bowling.


Rick gets a whim to flirt with Raven, which he does. It’s the only whim he’s had all night for any of the contestants.


Rick sees some arcade games and challenges Raven to a game. I guess it’s also Bear Night because a bear joins them in playing.


There actually is no score when they’re done, but they do get a moodlet called “Playing for Keeps” meaning they passed a level in the game. I guess their bear opponent wandered off somewhere.


Miriam, Brianna, Naomi and Raven all enjoy some more chili and drinks while chatting together.


Rick sits down and joins them at the bar and enjoys a bowl of chili, too. Lara, however, has passed out on the floor behind him. I guess everyone is pretty tired. Time to call it a night.

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And while they were heading out, they did see Roxanna. She was wearing a team bowling shirt and had bowling shoes on. Maybe she had joined a bowling league. Or maybe she just wanted to check to see how the Group Date was going.

Until tomorrow, Wikki-Wikki Wii from Sulani.

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Author’s Notes:

I hadn’t really played groups in the bowling pack before, and so didn’t know about the lack of scoring for everyone. Also, I didn’t have Rick do much socializing during the game as I was worried it might drop the bowling sequence. So, for a family night of fun, I would recommend bowling. For a date or group date, not too good. But, we will have to do the same venue with House 2 to make it fair.

House 1 Relationships after Group Date. Brianna, Lara, Naomi, and Raven are Lovebirds. And even though there is pink in the relationship bar, Miriam has dropped down to Acquaintances again. It is so hard to keep those relationships up.


This is actually a bowling alley that I built for a story @MunterBaconSims (Munterbacon in the forums) was doing called Strike!llama bowl a rama photo credit

Fun Stuff:



1950s Slang

Rock Around The Clock, Bill Haley & His Comets (1955).

“Shout”, The Isley Brothers (1959)

Blue Suede Shoes, (written by Carl Perkins) cover by Elvis Presley (1956)

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Somebody to Love: Bachelor in Paradise ~ Rose Ceremony # 2

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Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani. Well, today, is Rose Ceremony #2, and at least we are getting closer to finding out who Rick’s somebody to love really is. The poor guy is so confused and is having whims for practically all the contestants. And that’s where we had to ask for YOUR help. A vote was conducted, and unfortunately, four lovely contestants will be heading home today.

The producers have chosen a wonderful location for Rose Ceremony #2 and with no incense burners this time I might add. Benny, Rick and I have already arrived and if you’ll excuse me, Benny and I have some prep work to do before the actual ceremony.

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Rick had wandered down to the shore to look out at the ocean and think about the contestants. He did truly like them all, but, he knew, in the end, there had to be just one. He just didn’t know which one just yet.

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Benny and Roxanna were helping out the caterer before the contestants arrived. The lot was in a unique location, set amongst some ruins. Benny had just carried out plates laden with scrumptious food. Roxanna saw a lot of meat dishes and wanted to remind the caterer that there were vegetarians amongst the contestants.

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Well, she didn’t have to worry because the caterer was making some type of vegetarian gourmet dish that smelled absolutely heavenly.

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Rick had walked back just in time as some of the guests were starting to arrive. Benny was quick to greet Lara at the front. The bartender had arrived and was busy preparing some drinks for the early birds. There was also a dance area to the left, which would probably be popular later this evening. The center area held dining tables, and the floor was scattered with rose petals leading up to the presentation area.

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Benny had done a great job of taking Rick’s photo, and as before, there were roses on display. Fourteen roses in all, four of which were yellow.


The pianist had arrived and was taking requests from some of the guests.

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It looked like everyone had arrived and they were all looking gorgeous. They had certainly outdone themselves tonight. Roxanna and Benny ordered a round of drinks for everyone.

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Raven helped herself to some of the appetizers that the caterer had put out. No matter what the event, Raven always looked very classy in her black outfits. Raven passed Cinnamon and gave her a sideways glance. Perhaps she was admiring Cinnamon’s unique dress. Cinnamon was waiting for her drink and looked radiant. Her outfit choice was a one-of-a-kind Asian-inspired gown, which she was sure would get Rick’s attention.

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Miriam and Octavia had sat down at one of the tables together. Octavia looked sensational in a short, gold-colored dress, which accentuated her red hair. Anyone who chose a gold dress wanted to stand out, and that is exactly what Octavia was aiming for. Meanwhile, Miriam had opted for a flowing island dress in soft shades of green which complimented her carefree, easy-going personality. Miriam looked very attractive. Octavia seemed to be watching someone at the bar. Maybe she was wondering what Cinnamon was doing so close to Rick. Meanwhile, Miriam was looking a bit awkward trying to get Octavia’s attention to chat with her.

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Brianna and Nami decided to sit down and join them. Brianna had chosen an island outfit, and even wore flowers in her hair to complement her outfit. Brianna looked spectacular. Nami had chosen a long red lace gown and looked bewitching. Red really was Nami’s best color. Let’s hope this one doesn’t get burned like the last red dress she had on. Brianna doesn’t look too happy about something, while Nami is beaming. Was it something Nami said?

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Naomi and Charlotte have become fast friends. Perhaps the green color of their dresses drew them together. Charlotte opted for a formal green and white ball gown, and she really looks enchanting in it. Naomi had chosen a modern, short green dress with a slanted hemline, accented with gold geometric designs. It was young and fresh and suited Naomi’s sparkling personality. They were both having a great time chatting with one another. Naomi seemed a lot more relaxed than she did at the last Rose Ceremony.

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The bartender was busy, first serving Coral her drink and then finishing up on Merinda’s drink. Merinda looked absolutely stunning in an all-white gown and almost looked like a Greek goddess standing there. Coral was enjoying her drink and looked especially alluring in the blue island outfit she had chosen. How the bartender was still working with these two beauties flanking him was just amazing.

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Kyra and Isla were sitting together at the end of the bar and sharing tales of the island. Kyra looked exquisite in her green one-shouldered gown. The gown had flecks of gold sparkle throughout and it’s no wonder that Rick glanced her way now and again. Isla had chosen a sea blue gown, and she certainly looked beautiful tonight. Isla was enthralled by the pirate stories that Kyra was telling.


Iris took a seat beside Rick and looked absolutely gorgeous. Her 3/4 length cream dress with a gold accent chain belt was simple, yet elegant. And, it looked like Rick liked the dress choice, too!

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Iris vacated the seat beside Rick and Lara saw her chance and sat next to Rick quickly. Lara had chosen a shimmery periwinkle beaded chiffon gown with cut-out waist panels emphasizing her slender physique. In the glow of the sunset, Lara certainly looked mesmerizing.


The sun had set and Roxanna signaled to Rick that the ceremony was about to start. The contestants grabbed another drink and a dessert from the buffet and found their seats. The chatter soon died down as Roxanna headed to the presentation area and picked up the microphone.


“Sul Sul! I, Roxanna Llama-Llama, welcome you to the Rose Ceremony. Tonight marks another milestone for the Bachelor in Paradise show, as we get closer to finding somebody to love for our bachelor. But before we begin, I just wanted to tell you all how gorgeous everyone looks tonight, and what a pleasure it has been to chat with each and every one of you. You are ALL fabulous! But therein lies the problem. All of the contestants are just TOO fabulous and our poor bachelor is having difficulty choosing just one. And so, the producers decided to hire an outside consulting agency to determine which of the contestants would be heading home tonight. And sadly, for four contestants, this will be your last night on the show. But for the others, you will have yet another chance to win the heart of our bachelor…Rick Goengeter.”

*Applause from the audience*

Roxanna motioned for Rick to come to the presentation area and handed him the microphone.


“Good evening ladies…and Benny. I just wanted to say that I wholeheartedly agree with what Roxanna just said. Indeed, you are ALL fabulous! On our group dates, I have had the pleasure of getting to know more about each of you. And, for some of you, on our Solo Dates, I have gotten to know a more….um…romantic side of you. It is certainly true that I have strong feelings for several contestants, which doesn’t make my choice any easier.  And so, as before, each of you will receive a rose. The color is the only difference. Yellow to those who will always be my friend, and red, for a friendship which has blossomed into something more.”

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Roxanna stood listening to Rick and realized that whoever he chose would be one lucky lady indeed. What a suave bachelor he was.

Rick continued, “May I ask the contestants of House 1 to please come forward…”

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“Three of the contestants in this house and one contestant in House 2 were in a tie-vote. The results of that tie-vote will be revealed towards the end of the ceremony. So, for now, I ask that Miriam, Raven, and Kyra please be seated again. Thank you, ladies.”

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There were now four contestants left from House 1. Did that mean they were all staying? Rick selected a red rose and yellow rose from the roses on the table behind him. Er…maybe not.

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Rick walked over to Naomi and handed her the first red rose. Naomi was safe. The look on her face said it all. She inhaled the rose’s fragrance and just couldn’t believe that she was still part of the Bachelor in Paradise show. “Oh Rick, I….oh, thank you, Rick!” Naomi said excitedly.


Picking another red rose from the table, Rick walked towards Lara…and handed it to her. Lara was safe. “Oh, this is so wonderful!” she gushed.

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Rick again went to the table and chose another red rose. He still had the yellow rose in his other hand. He stopped before Brianna but didn’t say a word. Brianna looked a bit startled. “No, I can’t be going home, right? Not after what we shared at the Group Date. It can’t be possible,” she thought, looking a bit worried.


Rick smiled and held out the red rose to Brianna and she sighed in relief. Brianna was safe. She was so happy to be staying that she did an autonomous hug with Rick.

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There was only one contestant left from House 1. Isla. And with a yellow rose in his hand, this could only mean one thing. Rick handed the yellow rose to Isla. “This is really hard for me to do, Isla, but know that we will always be friends,” Rick said sincerely.


“I’m going home? Off the show? I…I…” said Isla in a quiet voice.

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“…Oh, I just don’t think I can face anyone right now. I knew it could happen, but I was just hoping…just hoping…” Isla gulped for air, “…that I would be staying.”

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Rick looked at Isla and couldn’t bear to see her look so sad. He went over to her and gave her a hug. That seemed to cheer her up, somewhat.


As Isla left the presentation area and sat down, Rick went up to the microphone again. “May I ask the contestants of House 2 to please come forward…”


Almost as soon as Rick spoke, there was a strange light that suddenly appeared, and all the contestants rushed to see what was happening. There, for all to see was Charlotte, bathed in a strange light. She didn’t look too happy.


And suddenly she was lifted off the ground and seemed to float in the air. Up, up, up she went.  “Help! Throw me a rope or something!” shouted Charlotte.

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But before anyone could even think of what to do, she was gone. Abducted by aliens!


Iris was a bit shaken by the incident as Charlotte had been standing right beside her.

“Oh my gosh! That could have been me!” she thought. In fact, all of the contestants were a bit rattled by the occurrence. Well, everyone except Raven.

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“Well, that’s one way of eliminating a contestant!” Raven said laughing.

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Roxanna wasn’t sure what to do as this had never happened before, so Benny headed up to the microphone and said that there would be a short break.

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After discussing the situation with Benny and Rick, Roxanna decided to ask Nami for her opinion. Afterall, she was half-alien. Maybe she would know if Charlotte was returning anytime soon or if they would have to reschedule the Rose Ceremony.

“Oh, Charlotte will be back in a few hours. She’s fine,” explained Nami, “Nothing to worry about. They probably thought she looked really…um…interesting…and wanted to get a closer look at her.”

And so after discussing the situation with Rick and Benny again, they decided to continue with the Rose Ceremony.


And so the contestants of House 2 headed up to the presentation area. Well, everyone except Charlotte, of course, who had been whisked away by the aliens. Rick also asked Merinda to have a seat again, as she was one of the contestants in the tie-vote.


Rick selected a red rose from the table behind him and walked up to Nami. As he handed Nami the rose he thought of some song lyrics and before he realized it, he said out loud, “Lovely….that’s the way you look tonight, Nami.”

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Nami was speechless. “I hadn’t expected Rick to say anything like that!” thought Nami. She felt herself blush from the compliment. Nami was safe.

[Author’s Note: As he handed Nami the rose, Rick had a whim to woohoo with her. The first whim he’s had for a contestant all night.]

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Next, a red rose for Cinnamon. She was so excited, she started clapping. Cinnamon was safe. Rick even complimented her dress. “Say yes to the dress! Woot! He noticed me! I knew this was the right dress to wear!” thought Cinnamon happily.


And another red rose for Octavia. Although Octavia didn’t look too happy about something. Maybe she was surprised that a “certain” contestant just got a red rose, too. “Seriously? Cinnamon got a red rose? I really feel that a YELLOW rose would have suited Cinnamon’s gown so much better,” thought Octavia, knowing that she, Octavia, had nothing to worry about. Octavia was safe. Octavia suddenly came out of her sulk and flashed a smile at Rick.


There were two contestants left and Rick chose two more red roses from the table. One was given to Coral who gave Rick her biggest smile. Coral was safe. “He is so handsome, I could just melt in his arms right now,” thought Coral, imagining that scene in her mind.


And another red rose for Iris. Whoa! Iris sure was feeling flirty after receiving that red rose. She autonomously gave Rick a little wink and a coy wave. Iris was safe. “I don’t think he knows how good he looks in that suit. Pink never looked so good,” Iris thought to herself.


As if on cue, suddenly there was a beam of light. Charlotte had returned!


Charlotte looked a little “out of it” when she returned but appeared unharmed.

“Did I….did I miss anything?” she stammered, as Benny helped her up to the presentation area. All the contestants asked if she was okay and she assured them she was fine.

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As Charlotte approached the presentation area, she saw Rick holding a yellow rose in his hand. Surely that couldn’t be for her. But in her bemused state, she looked at the other contestants on stage, and they were all holding a red rose.


“Well, I declare! Are y’all kidding me? I plum just got abducted and now I am getting eliminated, too? This night is the worst ever! Sugah, tell me this isn’t true!” Charlotte said in a shrill voice.


“Well, I…um…” started Rick, “…we can still be friends,” he said brightly.


“It’s true then? Y’all be giving ME a yella rose? Well, you can keep that thar yella rose. I am so hoppin mad right now, I’m madder than a wet hen and I’m just fixin’ to…I’m just fixin’ to…well, right now I don’t know what I’m fixin’ to do, but I am going to head to the bar and order me a bourbon.” And with that, Charlotte turned on her heel and headed to the bar.

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She hadn’t taken two steps when she whirled back to Rick again, “On second thought, I’ll take that yella rose. I am, after all, a lady and will graciously accept your gift,” Charlotte said as she snatched the yellow rose out of Rick’s hand. “A rose is a rose is a rose”, Charlotte mumbled as she clutched the rose fiercely to her and walked purposefully towards the bar. “…And Nami got a red rose? Oh, fiddle dee-dee! She was probably in cahoots with those aliens and planned my abduction! Tarnations, what a night I’m having!”


Rick headed back to the presentation area. There were now only four roses left on the table. Two red and two yellow. Rick called up the four remaining contestants to the front…Kyra, Raven, Merinda, and Miriam.


“This morning, before the Rose Ceremony, these four contestants competed in a tie-vote competition. The judges decided that these contestants would challenge each other to a game of foosball, and the winner of the game would be staying.”

Rick turned to Kyra and Raven. Both of these contestants were tied for 3rd place. Rick held a red rose and a yellow rose in each hand.

AND RAVEN IS SAFE.png Rick walked up to Raven. “Raven won the foosball game with Kyra 5-4.”

“I knew foosball was your favorite game and I practiced at the house. I am so glad I did, and I am happy to still be here with you,” said Raven, accepting the red rose that Rick held out to her. Raven was safe.


This meant that unfortunately, Kyra was heading home. Rick handed Kyra the yellow rose.

“I really thought I had a chance. But…” Kyra stopped and looked down at the yellow rose in her hand, “I guess not. I’m just….I’m just so sad that I’m heading home today,” Kyra said as she tried to hold back the tears.

Rick saw Kyra struggling and came over to her and engulfed Kyra in a hug. He would truly miss her.


And then there were two. Rick turned to Miriam and Merinda. Both of these contestants were tied for 4th place. Rick picked up the last red rose and yellow rose from the table behind him.


Rick walked up to Merinda first. For a fleeting moment, there was a look of hope on Merinda’s face, which was soon dashed when Rick gave her the yellow rose.

“Oh!” is all that Merinda could say.


“I guess I didn’t do too well in that foosball game…” Merinda said as she looked sadly at Rick.

“No, I’m so sorry, Merinda. Miriam won the foosball game with you 5-nothing,” Rick said as he gave her a hug. He really liked Merinda and was going to miss her.


Which meant that the last red rose went to Miriam. She was safe. Miriam just gazed into Rick’s eyes. “I should do a mistletoe kiss with him again. Right here, in front of everyone!” she thought. But somehow she controlled herself.


Roxanna went up to the presentation area. “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 I want to wish those contestants who are leaving us tonight, Charlotte, Kyra, Isla and Merinda, a fond farewell. It was a pleasure knowing you and I wish you every luck in the future. But the night is still young, so let’s have some fun and hit the dance floor!”

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Rick’s last dance with the eliminated contestants. Left front: Charlotte Eclair, Left Back: Merinda Paewal, Right Front: Kyra Kealohi; Left Back: Isla Waters

Until tomorrow. Wikki Wikki Wii from Sulani.

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Author’s Notes:

Thanks to this simmer for creating this wonderful build. It is actually a restaurant, and I just changed the lot type and spruced it up a bit by adding the bar and dance floor areas.

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“Lovely…the way you look tonight,” said to Nami by Rick, are song lyrics from the song, The Way You Look Tonight, (1936). Okay, so I was watching The Voice when I was writing this, and this is Preston C. Howell’s performance. He didn’t win in the knockouts, but I have always liked this song.

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The phrase “a rose is a rose is a rose,” (a line in a poem by Gertrude Stein), means “things are what they are.” In saying this line, Charlotte is just stating that even though it’s not a red rose, it’s still a rose. And so she was going to take that rose whether it was red, yellow or any other color, because it was still a rose from Rick.

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“Say Yes To The Dress” is a reality tv show about a bridal salon in Manhattan, and choosing the right dress for the bride.

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In the readers’ vote, there was a tie between Kyra and Raven for 3rd and Miriam and Merinda for 4th. So, I decided to have them compete in a foosball tournament, which is Rick’s favorite game. I downloaded a Maxis room, Friendly drinkery, and placed it on an empty lot. One game each. Winner stays. Results were: Raven vs Kyra: Raven-5; Kyra-4; Raven wins the game. Miriam vs Merinda: Miriam-5; Merinda-0; Miriam wins the game.



So, unfortunately, we say goodbye to four contestants: Charlotte Eclair (House 2), Isla Waters (House 1-mermaid); Kyra Kealohi (House 1 formerly House 3), and Merinda Paewal (House 2-mermaid).

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Somebody to Love: Bachelor in Paradise ~ Visit with Keala Hoapili & The Legend of the Sea Witch – Part 2

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The words of Keala echoed in her ears. Then, he will, unfortunately, perish beneath the waves with Serena and never be seen again.”

Roxanna didn’t know what to think after she heard what Keala had said. They had to save Rick. They just had to! But which contestant was his one true love?

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Suddenly, Roxanna saw a light coming from Keala’s bedroom. “What is that light?” she asked.

Keala turned her head and looked. “That’s unusual. They usually do not appear before visitors.”

“They?” asked Benny.

“Yes, the island spirits. They are ancient island spirits who inhabit this place. Do not be afraid. They will not hurt you, but I must commune with them to see what they want. Please excuse me.” said Keala as she got up.

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Keala went into her bedroom. Roxanna was curious and followed her. Keala spoke to them, but Roxanna did not hear what she said.

“They are here to speak with YOU, Roxanna. They want to impart some knowledge to you. We must all go outside now and they will appear before us,” Keala said as she ushered Roxanna outside.

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“They want to talk to me? I…I…I’m a bit nervous about this. What if I say the wrong thing?” Roxanna appeared shaken.

Lia spoke up then, “It is best to just listen and be respectful. They have come for a reason and they will let you know what it is.”

[Author’s Notes: Those lights came from the Kraken’s Grappled Arm statue. And don’t they look like a skull shape?]

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All four of them hurried outside, and there before them were three ghostly figures. Keala went over to one and bowed her head solemnly.

“These are the ones I spoke to you about,” said Keala as she waved her arm towards Roxanna and Benny.

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“The woman…she is not one of us, but she wears the traditional dress. How interesting. She is most respectful of our customs,” said the first island spirit.

A second island spirit looked at Benny, “And the male sim, he does not know his gift yet, does he?” Keala shook her head no.

“Bring her to me,” said the first island spirit. Keala motioned for Roxanna to come to where she stood.

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“What is your name?” asked the first island spirit.

“Roxanna Llama-Llama,” she said nervously. Roxanna had never spoken to a spirit before. She thought she would faint.

“Keala has told us about you and the male sim. She told me that you will do battle with Serena, the sea witch to save another. You have a strong aura, but you will need more than that to save him,” continued the first island spirit.

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The second island spirit spoke then, “You must find the Heart of Sulani. It was stolen centuries ago by a pirate who came ashore and plundered the island. The fire gods became angry and a great storm came up and they rained fire down on his ship. The ship crashed onto the shoreline. The wreckage of the ship is still there and so is the Heart of Sulani.”

The first island spirit spoke again, “Only with the Heart of Sulani can you save the other. It has great power. The power of Sulani is within it.”

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“Our time is growing short,” said the third island spirit, as she continued, “Heed my words well! To save him, his one true love must become something they are not. Only then can they defeat the evil…with the good of the other. Find the Heart of Sulani…hold it high…and summon the power within…”

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And just like that, they were gone.

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Benny came over to Roxanna and steadied her, “Are you alright?”

“Yes, yes, of course, I talk to island spirits every day…” Roxanna joked as she held onto Keala for support as she was feeling kind of woozy.

“Keala, what did they mean when they said, ‘To save him, his one true love must become something they are not.’ I don’t know what they were trying to tell me,” Roxanna said looking confused.

Keala didn’t seem to know either and just shrugged her shoulders, “When the time is near, perhaps it will be more clear to you.”

Benny turned to Keala, “So what exactly is this Heart of Sulani?” he asked.

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“The Heart of Sulani is a necklace crafted with a rare stone. A stone with magical properties. And the shipwreck is on Mua Pe’lam. But I am afraid that other sims have searched that area for centuries and have never found it,” answered Keala.

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“So why would the island spirits tell me about this necklace if it was impossible to find?” asked Roxanna rather confused.

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“Perhaps they believe that you and Benny are the ones destined to find it…” replied Lia quietly.

“Yes! Yes! That’s it!”, exclaimed Keala, “You and Benny have been chosen to help Rick’s one true love save him…” Keala added excitedly.

Roxanna and Benny were speechless.

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Author’s Notes:

Heart of Sulani-My Version:

The Admiral’s Wreckage is actually the wreckage of a centuries-old pirate ship (not a trawler as in the lot description). The Heart of Sulani necklace comes from the island of Sulani, and has mystical powers. The fire gods of Mua Pel’am punished the pirate for stealing the Heart of Sulani and caused a storm to rage and sent lava bombs from the volcano to rain upon the pirate’s ship. The pirate lost control of the ship, it crashed, and he and his crew perished, along with the Heart of Sulani necklace. Centuries later, the Heart of Sulani still hasn’t been found. Sounds good, right?

Heart of Sulani-Actual Version:

Below is the actual story associated with the Heart of Sulani. Barnacle Bay is a pirate world in Sims 3. “Jocasta” could refer to Jocasta Bachelor in Sims 3, mother of Bella Bachelor (Goth).

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The lot traits of the Chieftain’s Villa is ‘Island Spirits”: “Ancient Island spirits inhabit this lot, visiting frequently. How will Sims choose to interact with them?” These are seen in the bedroom. There is no control over when they will appear.

Keala Hoapili has the “Child of the Islands” trait.: “These Sims experience a spiritual connection to the islands of Sulani, honor the islands by partaking in their culture, summon powerful elementals and reap the rewards of their blessings—or the consequences of their disfavor.” These elementals, which Keala can summon, are ghosts.

Photo credits:

Heart of Sulani necklace & Admiral’s Wreckage, Sims VIP – The Sims 4 Island Living Guide


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Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise – Visit With Keala Hoapili & The Legend of the Sea Witch – Part 1

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Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani! Today we are heading to the Hoapili residence to find out more about these “evil siren” or “sea witch” rumors. Every sim that I have talked to said to go and talk to Keala, and so I thought that this would be the perfect day to go.


But first, we apparently needed some proper attire to wear for our visit. So while Rick was on his Solo Dates, and in preparation for our visit, I had asked Manu (Rick’s best friend), about what to wear when visiting Keala. He suggested that Benny and I visit the Sulani Marketplace, just off of Ohan’ali Town Pier, and head to Wiki Hauata’s shop. She was the best seamstress in all of Sulani and knew about its customs and culture.

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When we arrived, I asked some of the staff where Wiki’s shop was. They were polite and pointed to a corner stall.

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Benny, meanwhile, had seen a diving buddy at one of the stalls and was trying on diving suits. Benny, that is NOT what you will be wearing to see Keala.

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I headed over to Wiki’s shop and the place was already bustling with customers. There was even a celebrity there. For such a small shop, it was very popular.

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The owner of the store came over to me and I told her where I was going. She brought me over to a mannequin displaying a very striking island outfit.

“This would be the most appropriate outfit. It is respectful and pays homage to our island culture. It would be fitting to wear this to visit Keala. And it seems you like pinks and purples – it is perfect for you. But if any alterations are needed, I can do them while you wait. No charge, of course,” said Wiki proudly.

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Wiki told me it was hand-dyed silk and she pointed out the elaborate hand stitching on the bodice. It was gorgeous and I could already see myself in it. I was about to try it on, when out of nowhere, the celebrity, Holly Alto, snatched it up and purchased it. I have to say that it did look rather good on her, but I know that it would have looked even better on moi. Unfortunately, Wiki told me that it was the last outfit in that color. Oh my gosh! What was I going to do? Did she have anything else that would be suitable?

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Wiki told me not to worry and that she had another one in an even better color. In fact, she said that the other color would look so much better on me. And it did! I bought it right away in case anyone else had ideas of purchasing that one. While I was trying it on, Benny came over and whistled softly when he saw me and told me that I looked every bit an islander now.

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I asked Wiki if she had anything for men, and she said she would be able to find Benny the perfect outfit, too.

Benny and Roxanna in their island wear

And don’t you agree that I, Roxanna Llama-Llama, look absolutely marvelous? I also purchased this fab jewelry at one of the booths. It just accents the whole outfit, don’t you think? And Benny…well…I never knew he could look so good in island clothing before. And what did he do to his hair? Wow! He seemed to have gone all out. In fact, Benny looked…umm…rather…er…different…yes, that is the word I am looking for. *clears throat* And so, NOW, I think we are ready to visit Keala.

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The Hoapili household lives at Cheiftain’s Villa in the Ohan’ali Town district of Sulani. Keala, who is an elder, and her granddaughter, Lia, live there. Keala watches over the townsfolk who look to her for guidance. She has taken young Lia under her wing to pass on the knowledge and cultural history of Sulani through the generations. Lia has a different surname than Keala, and they may have spiritual, rather than biological, family ties.

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Benny and Roxanna trekked up the path to the Chieftain’s Villa. There were several buildings on the property and Roxanna went to the largest one and knocked.

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The view from the Chieftain’s Villa was spectacular. It was high on a hill that overlooked all of Ohan’ali Town.

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They entered the hut and there was a main kitchen with a seating area towards the back.

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To the left of the area, was a living room.

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And through a set of doors from the living room was Keala’s bedroom.

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Across from the main hut were two smaller huts. One was Lia’s bedroom. Several books were stacked on her dresser.

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The other hut held a very clean, simply furnished bathroom.

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Roxanna walked around the kitchen and saw a full bowl of kava. Did Keala know they were coming today? Before she could think about it, the front door opened and in walked Keala and Lia.

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“I was wondering when you would find your way here. The island spirits told me you would be paying a visit. I am Keala and this is Lia. Welcome to our home.” said Keala as she moved towards them.

Roxanna looked sideways at Benny with a quizzical look at the mention of “island spirits”.

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Please, help yourself to some kava. And since it is such a nice afternoon, let’s sit outside,” said Keala as she helped herself to a cup of kava.

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Keala continued speaking as she led them outside, “Lia has duties and I must supervise her if she has questions. She is preparing a traditional island feast for dinner. I hope you like fish. It was freshly caught this morning.”

Benny and I both nodded that we did. Benny asked Lia if he could take a photo of her and he snapped a quick pic. I noticed that Lia was wearing a similar bodice as I had on, which confirmed that my outfit was indeed appropriate.

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As they sat down together, Benny showed everyone the photo he took of Lia.

Keala turned to Benny, “So you are the photographer,” Keala said looking at Benny closely, “Manu was right when he told me you had a gift.”

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“Oh, thanks. I just love to take photos. Pretty happy that I get to do something that I enjoy,” Benny replied with a smile.

“That is not what I meant. You have a deeper gift that you may not be aware of yourself,” said Keala.

“I do?” answered Benny looking surprised, “Ummm…so what is it? Is it like a horoscope reading or something? Like, I’m a Pisces and I love water?” laughed Benny.

“I do not jest. Your gift will be your greatest strength. Very soon your gift will be needed, and you will know when the time is right,” explained Keala.

“So, I have a gift and will use it someday, but it’s a mystery until then,” Benny repeated, not quite sure what Keala had meant.

“Yes, I am afraid I am unable to tell you more as there are many shadows in the future of what may or may not occur,” explained Keala.

Lia told everyone that the feast was ready and they got up and piled their plates with the delicious smelling dinner.

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Roxanna spoke up then, “Does this have anything to do with Rick Goengeter. Um, Island Rick?” asked Roxanna, already knowing the answer before Keala spoke.

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“Yes, it does. He is in grave danger. I had warned him of this several years’ ago, but I am afraid he didn’t believe me. I gave him an amulet to wear, but I see he does not wear it every day,” said Keala shaking her head.

Roxanna looked alarmed, “Grave danger? What is he in grave danger from?”

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“You may have heard the mermaids talk about her. It’s the sea witch. The siren. I have seen her several times and sometimes I have seen her take other shapes of other sims. She has that power. But I can see her true self, her evil heart betrays her. I was fearful when Rick lived on that island that she would visit him. But perhaps she didn’t. But she will not have a true hold on him until the ‘blood moon’,” Keala explained.

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“The what? A blood moon?” asked Roxanna not liking the sound of that.

“It is…how can I explain it….” Keala thought, trying to find the right words.

Benny spoke up then, “A blood moon? Oh yeah, I know what that is…”

Roxanna looked at him in surprise, “You do?”

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“Well, I took some astronomy courses in college, because I was trying to impress this girl I had an eye on who was all brainy-like. But she ended up going with someone else. But I really enjoyed that astronomy class and did rather well in it.” Benny said nodding his head as he told his story.

“Um…and so….what is a blood moon?” Roxanna asked again.

“Oh right! So, if I remember correctly, a blood moon ‘is a phenomenon whereby the moon in total eclipse appears reddish in color as it is illuminated by sunlight filtered and refracted by the earth’s atmosphere.’ It’s a rare occurrence,” said Benny as if he was quoting from a textbook.

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“That is a very good explanation, Benny. Thank you,” Keala said looking at Benny fondly.

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Benny beamed with pride and continued, “…oh…and did you know that a blue moon is not really blue, well it could be if there is smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere. You get two full moons in a month, and the second one is called a blue moon. And then, you have a supermoon…”

Roxanna cleared her throat, “Um, that’s all very interesting Benny, but, we really need to know more about this blood moon. So, Keala, when is this going to happen?”

“Right…the blood moon…Rick and the evil sea witch…gotcha…” nodded Benny as he continued eating his dinner.

Keala looked to the sky before she answered, “At the time of the autumnal equinox. The blood moon will be stronger this year as it will happen at the same time as the Harvest Moon.”

Everyone was silent when she said this.

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Keala continued, “The last time the blood moon occurred was the night that Rick was attacked by that shark and saved by Dolphina. I don’t think it was a shark that pulled him under, although sharks are her minions and she can call them to attack. No, I believe it was the sea witch herself who was trying to pull Rick under and claim him as hers. But she had not done the ritual and he had escaped her grasp.”

Roxanna asked quietly, “There is a ritual?”

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“Why, yes. You see, the sea witch, Serena Tempest, is the sister of King Triton* and at one time, they both controlled the Kingdom, in different sections of the seven seas. But Serena was jealous of Triton and plotted against him. She wanted complete control of the Kingdom herself. However, Triton found out about her treachery and took away her title and banished her from the Kingdom forever. It is said that at that point her heart became filled with hate and she became evil. The only way she can return and reclaim her rightful place is to return with a sim who bears a certain trait,” Keala said as she waved her hands wildly about.

“And you think that Rick has this trait she needs?” asked Roxanna listening intently.

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“Oh most definitely, yes. He is essentially a good sim and that is the trait she needs. But that isn’t all. Under her spell, she must convince him to eat the mythical mermadic kelp.”

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“The ritual starts at the sacred waterfall on Mua Pel’am. She must place a lock of her hair and his hair into the water as an offering to the fire gods of the island. If the offering is accepted, the sacred frogs will begin to jump and frolic in the water. This will also indicate that one of them is pure of heart. She will then sing the ‘Charmer’s Lullaby’ to put him under her spell and have him eat the mermadic kelp. From there, they will enter the ocean together. And when he heads into the deep water, his form will change to a mersim. In the deep water, Serena will impart the “Mermaid’s kiss” to keep him under her spell. And finally, she will use the ‘Siren’s Call’ to summon him to her. This will seal the bond between them. And, at that point, she will take him down below with her to reclaim her Kingdom.

This ritual can only occur on the night of the blood moon, when her powers are their strongest. The catch is that he must take the mermadic kelp of his own free will and want to be with her,” said Keala emphasizing the words as she spoke.

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“Why do you think that Rick would do that? He could just say no,” said Roxanna quickly.

“Oh, but it is not that easy. Serena can use many mermadic spells to convince him to do as she bids. She can also take many forms. The ritual must be done precisely, or she will have no hold on him. And, Serena will stop at NOTHING to take him this time,” Keala said narrowing her eyes.

Roxanna thought for a moment, “So, she may trick him into thinking she is someone else?”

“Oh yes, I wouldn’t put it past her to use some sort of trickery to convince Rick to take the mermadic kelp from her. She is evil personified!” Keala said in distaste.

Roxanna looked at Benny, her eyebrows knitted together in worry.

Benny interjected and asked, “So, um, this gift I have…can it save Rick?”

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Keala answered, “You are very clever, Benny. And, yes, it plays a factor.”

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Lia spoke then, “There is a way to save him, though.”

“There is? How?” asked Roxanna with renewed hope.

“It is not up to us to save him. I am afraid there is only ONE who can save him…his one true love,” Keala said as she spread her hands before them.

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“His true love? But…but…what if he doesn’t find his true love?” asked Roxanna nervously.

Keala shook her head sadly before she spoke, “Then, he will, unfortunately, perish beneath the waves with Serena and never be seen again.”

Roxanna felt grief-stricken. Surely, one of the contestants in the contest will end up being his one, true love? Wouldn’t they?

…to be continued…

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Author’s Notes:

Sims can become Mermaids by ingesting Mermadic Kelp. Once a Sim ingests Mermadic Kelp, they will be given a “Strange Sensations” +3 Energized moodlet; then the Sim must enter the water and swim in order to complete the transition and grow a tail. If the moodlet runs out, the Sim will no longer turn into a Mermaid upon entering the water and must eat Mermadic Kelp again if they wish to become one.

  • Charmer’s Lullaby (-30 Hydration): This lullaby makes the target Sim flirty.
  • Mermaid’s Kiss (-30 Hydration): A Mermaid’s Kiss grants whoever is kissed the “Aquatic Breath” moodlet, which temporarily gives Sims the ability to dive underwater for longer periods of time. This ability can be used in and out of water, but is more powerful in water.
  • Siren’s Call (-100 Hydration): Mermaids can lure a Sim to them in the ocean and once near, the Mermaid will dive underwater and drag the Sim down into the water. If repeated enough times can cause the Sim to drown. (Unavailable to Mermaids with Good trait). Mermaids will regain all their needs by performing this action.
  • Credit: SimsWiki

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Wiki Hauata is an in-game townie who just happened to show up at the right moment and became the proprietor of the clothing stall.

King Triton is the name of the underwater King from Disney’s The Little Mermaid (1989). In one plotline for the animated movie (which was not used), King Triton is a half-sibling with Ursula, the sea witch, and they are each given half of the sea to control. In Greek mythology, Triton is the son of Poseidon. Serena Tempest did not exist in Greek Mythology, I just created her for this story.

Photo credits:

Photo of “Blood Moon”,

The definition of a blood moon is from the dictionary.

Build Credit:

A fantastic market build for Sulani. Thanks to this simmer for creating it. The only thing that was changed was the outfit on credit sulani market.png


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Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise – Reader Vote – Elimination # 2

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Rick stared into the fire after Iris had left. He didn’t know what to think anymore. How could he have feelings for so many of the contestants? This wasn’t like him. He was just a one-gal type of guy. But, this was different. He had never had 14 women vying for his love and affection before. And they were all so beautiful and unique. And they all wanted him. He thought of each contestant in turn and smiled. How could he choose? He picked up a stick in the sand and poked at the fire as he thought of some song lyrics…

“…A little bit of Monica in my life
A little bit of Erica by my side
A little bit of Rita is all I need
A little bit of Tina is what I see
A little bit of Sandra in the sun
A little bit of Mary all night long
A little bit of Jessica, here I am
A little bit of you makes me your man…”*

MAMBO NUMBER FIVE, Lou Bega (1999)

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Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani. You see our bachelor up there? The guy is lovesick, lovestruck, and TOTALLY confused. He’s a nice guy, but maybe too nice, because the guy is having a problem choosing. And he seriously needs YOUR help to find somebody to love. Because let’s be honest, we can’t go through the whole show with Rick and a harem of female sims after him. Well, we could, but then we wouldn’t find “The One” for Rick. And that’s what this is all about, right? Finding Rick somebody to love.

So, having said that, today is a rather sad day, as four contestants will be leaving the show. And it’s up to YOU to decide who will go home. Now the producers and I chatted and we decided that whichever contestants had a relationship status of “Lovebirds” with Rick would be safe! Since some of the relationships had changed and to give a last chance relationship boost, Rick went over to each House and did one Brighten Day and two Flirts with each contestant (in the bathroom). And so here are the results:

Lovebirds Status – in alphabetical order – (these contestants are SAFE) 🙂

  • Cinnamon Apple (House 2)
  • Nami Chuu (House 2)
  • Iris Costello (House 2)
  • Octavia Dillon (House 2)
  • Brianna Hammond (House 1)
  • Naomi Mahina (House 1)
  • Lara McGowan (House 1)
  • Coral Reeves (House 2)

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From Left to Right: Front: Cinnamon Apple, Middle: Iris Costello, Nami Chuu, Back:  Octavia Dillon, Lara McGowan, Naomi Mahina, Brianna Hammond, and Coral Reeves.

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Romantic Interest (RI) & Acquaintances (A) Status – in alphabetical order – (up for elimination) – sorry 😦

  • Charlotte Eclair (RI – House 2)
  • Miriam Epp (RI – House 1)
  • Kyra Kealohi (RI – House 1)
  • Merinda Paewal (A – House 2)
  • Isla Waters (RI – House 1)
  • Raven Xang (RI – House 1)

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From Left to Right: Miriam Epp, Isla Waters, Merinda Paewal, Kyra Kealohi, Raven Xang, and Charlotte Eclair.

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It really makes me sad that any have to be eliminated, but we do have to get down to one. Vote for FOUR (4)  to go home. Voting will close on Thursday, October 31st at midnight EST.

If there are any ties, an Elimination Challenge will then take place. Please do not let others know in the comments who you voted for to go home. Thanks 🙂



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Somebody To Love: Bachelor in Paradise – Iris & Miriam Solo Dates

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Sul Sul! This is Roxanna Llama-Llama reporting to you LIVE from Sulani. Wasn’t that such a fun night for everyone last night? I tell you, I should pick more of the challenges rather than the producers, don’t you think? And we even got a chance to hear Rick’s singing voice.  I mean he seriously has this deep, sexy…umm…er…husky…singing voice. Any of the contestants would be lucky to be serenaded by him.

And even though none of the contestants won the actual Karaoke Contest prize, two lucky contestants did win a Solo Date with Rick. Now the producers firmly told me that after these Solo Dates, that there needs to be a decision made and four will have to head home. Can you believe it? Four! Oh my plumbobs!

So, good luck to Miriam Epp (House 1), and Iris Costello (House 2) on their Solo Dates. Let’s hope that they can make an impression on Rick. This will also be our last Solo Dates at the Pineapple Lanai Restaurant, as we will be having another sponsor host the next dates.

So let’s head on over and see what’s happening!

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Rick invites Miriam Epp to the Pineapple Lanai Restaurant and they travel there together. Since Miriam’s relationship has dwindled down to Acquaintance, Rick has to get the relationship up before he can ask her for a date.

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So, a few interactions of Brighten Day, Are you Single and Get to Know and Rick is ready to ask Miriam on a date. And she says yes! Well, thank goodness for that, because it would have been rather awkward if she had said no, having won this Solo Date.

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And just like that, their date starts. And it’s like a switch has been turned on because all of a sudden Rick gets a flirty vibe. He also gets his first whim for Miriam to be “friendly” with her. That sounds like a good start for the date.

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Things start to heat up and Rick gets a whim to “kiss” Miriam. I mean, Miriam certainly does have kissable lips, just like all the other contestants that Rick has had whims to kiss. I usher him over to request a table as there are a lot of sims arriving.

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As they are heading towards the podium, some guy passes Miriam and glances flirtatiously at her. Miriam isn’t quite sure what to think. Um…hey you there, Mr. Green Flowered Shirt, get your own date! Miriam is with Rick right now.

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The hostess recognizes Rick and tells him what a pleasure it is to have him visit them again. She brings him over to a picnic table.

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In the meantime, it seems that Miriam has changed for the date! Va-Va-Voom, Miriam!

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They sit down together, on the same side of the table! How cute! And, Miriam is sitting really close to Rick. It doesn’t look like Rick minds at all. And do I detect some flirting going on here? Rick compliments Miriam on her outfit, and then gets a whim to have “first kiss” with Miriam. Darn, I have to cancel that.

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It looks like Miriam has moved over a bit to give Rick some breathing room. I think she was trying to have Rick take a whiff of some perfume she was wearing. You know, so he thinks of her every time he smells that scent. Smart move there, Miriam. Rick then gets two whims for Miriam at the same time, “kiss” and “woohoo”. Sorry there Rick, canceled those.

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Throughout their whole date, Rick and Miriam have been telling jokes to each other. Rick’s jokes must be getting better because Miriam really likes them. She even claps at a few.

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The server comes and Rick orders for the table. “I love chocolate ice cream,” says Miriam. And we already know what Rick is ordering, don’t we? Mr. Banana-nana-bo-bana-Rick-banana.

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While they are waiting for their order, Rick asks Miriam about her art and as she talks Rick gets a whim to ask Miriam to be his “girlfriend”.

“Have you ever thought about being an art model?” queried Miriam.

“You mean…um…pose for art students…in the…buff…?” Rick looked around to see if anyone was listening to their conversation.

“No, silly… I was thinking that maybe you’d be interested in posing for a portrait. You have very mesmerizing eyes and I’d like the chance to capture your features on canvas,” Miriam said laughingly.

“Oh, a portrait? No-one has ever wanted to paint my portrait before. That would be interesting,” said Rick quickly.

“Of course you would have to sit still for long periods of time. Do you think you could handle that?” smirked Miriam.

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“Sure,” said Rick striking a funny pose, “Is this what you had in mind?” asked Rick in a pseudo-serious voice. They both burst out laughing a few minutes later.

“Needs work,” Miriam chuckled.

Rick then got a whim to “woohoo” with Miriam again. I think their relationship has now gone beyond the Acquaintance stage as Rick gets a “Hot Breakfast Date” moodlet.

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And as if someone knew that things were getting rather hot between Miriam and Rick, his cell phone pings with a text. Guess who it’s from? I guess Iris is excited about her date with Rick that she can’t wait to chat with him! Nice try Iris.

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Thankfully their order arrives. Maybe eating ice cream will cool Rick off a bit. However, I’m not sure that’s possible with the looks that Miriam is sending his way and the three whims of “make-out” with Miriam that I have to cancel.

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“What’s this? A card on my ice cream personality?” Shall I read it?” Miriam looks at Rick enquiringly.

Rick nods and says he’d be very interested to know what liking chocolate ice cream says about Miriam.

“You are the life of every party! Charming, enthusiastic, theatrical, extrovert, flirtatious, innovative, artistic, are words that best describe you. You are very joyful and love your life the way it is. With your sunny disposition and lively aura, you tend to be the center of attraction and you keep the crowd cheering on.  True lovers of chocolate are *devoted* lovers of chocolate, so you’re about as loyal as they come (albeit a little flirtatious). All of this, in addition to your appreciation for intensity and richness in life, means you’re a total romantic. On the other hand, you often get bored with a humdrum routine.”

Miriam laughs nervously and places the card on the table. Rick laughs, too and raises his eyebrows towards Miriam. “So, a total romantic, huh?”

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“What can I say? It’s true. I’m a sucker for candlelit dinners, roses, snuggling before a fire, fairy tales, and happy endings. Yep, all that mushy stuff. And yes, I believe that love is powerful and it can bring you magic. I’m a hopeful…not a hopeless…romantic,” gushed Miriam.

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“So, you wouldn’t mind if I fed you a bite of my dessert, would you?” said Rick coyly as he scooped up a small bit of his banana ice cream and offered it to Miriam to taste.

“It’s not chocolate, but I guess I can try some,” smirked Miriam as she let Rick feed her a bite.

[Author’s Notes: This is the only date that Rick got the “feed a bite” interaction option. I think it had something to do with the seating arrangements.]


It looks like she is thinking that banana might be her new favorite.

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And then Rick does an autonomous action that makes my jaw drop. He does a “tease flirtatiously” interaction. Hubba hubba, Rick! But how is Miriam feeling about this?

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Oh yes! She is totally okay with this, too. Then they talk about the weather. lol

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The date is going smoothly, no awkwardness, no quiet moments, they just chat and chat and joke constantly throughout the whole date. Miriam seems quite enamored with Rick on the date because, for someone who loves chocolate, she doesn’t even take one bite of her dish.

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The date is almost over and Rick gets a whim to cloudgaze with Miriam. Rick pays for the food and Miriam looks sad that the date is almost over.

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Rick and Miriam head down the stairs to cloudgaze.

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But Miriam seems to have something else on her mind. And before I know what she is doing, she pulls out something from her pocket.

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What the? Oh my gosh! She is autonomously doing a mistletoe kiss. Noooo… don’t kiss her…!

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Too late. She’s too quick for me! And Miriam sneaks the first kiss with Rick! Pucker Up!

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Sneaky, sneaky Miriam! I think the other contestants may have underestimated Miriam. She may be sweet,