“Oh hey Tamara! I feel like I haven’t see you in ages! Wow have you lost weight?”
“It has been awhile and yes thanks for noticing. I have actually dropped a few pounds.”
“Nice, good for you you look great!”
“So, what have you been up to then that you’re too busy to hang out with me, canoodling with your boyfriend or something?”
“Actually, um no.”
“You know Akira is great and all but I’m just, well.. lets just say we are into different things right now and I’m thinking of ending it with him.”
“Yeah and well there’s more but eh.. I don’t know.”
“I wasn’t going to say but I kind been hanging out with someone else.”
“Well it’s nothing serious mostly just flirting and parties you know that kind of thing.”
“Tamara, are you being.. safe?”
“Don’t be silly, of course I am.”
“You know you’re like my best fiend right and I just don’t want to see you get hurt okay.”
“I know, thanks you’re such a good friend Zoe!”
“You want to come inside? Hang out for a bit?”
“Nah, I really gotta jet. Talk soon okay.”
“Bye.” Tamara reached out her arms to give me a hug. I couldn’t help but catch a whiff of juice on her breath and think just how much partying she was really doing.
I retreated back into the house and was greeted by the a delicious scent. Mitchell had cooked up some lunch for everyone.
“Thanks for cooking Mitch!”
“You’re welcome. Hey was that Tamara you were talking with outside?”
“I barely recognized her.”
“I know right!? She’s dropped a lot of weight since the last time we saw her!”
“Why didn’t she come in?”
“She said she had to go.”
“To be honest I am worried about her, she hasn’t been returning my texts lately and she’s been dodging my phone calls. Just a lot of red flags you know?”
“That’s a bummer, I’m sorry to hear that.”
“Maybe it’s nothing but she did smell like she had been drinking and it’s only like 10:30am so it’s just I don’t know.”
“You know your talking to a bartender right?”
“Yeah but that’s your job to practice drink mixing and learning new recipes.”
“This is true.”
“She told me she wanted to break up with Akira and like, the last time we talked she was head over heels for the guy. So, what gives like what changed?”
“I wouldn’t overthink it to much Zoe, it’ll make your head explode. Tamara is an adult and capable of making her own decisions. Sometimes good people make bad decisions it doesn’t make them a bad person.”
“I know, I’m just worried that’s all.”
“It’s okay to worry about her and I would keep reaching out even if she doesn’t respond she’ll at least know you are there for her if she needs, she came today right?”
“Yeah only because I caught her walking by and she wouldn’t even come in.”
“Give it some time she’ll come around and if she doesn’t, well then, that’s on her not you. You’re a good person Zoe and even better friend.”
“Thanks Mitchell, you’re so sweet to me.”
I spent the rest of the evening in my room spending way too much time creeping Tamara’s simstagram. Looks like she’s made a bunch of new friends people I’ve never seen before. I really am worried about her. Mitchell’s right about one thing though She’s an adult and is making her own decisions even if they aren’t very good ones. I just wish I knew Akira more so I could reach out to him and see if he knows what’s going on. That’s it I am going to make it a point to make sure I know all my friends girlfriends or boyfriends. You can never have too many friends right!?
“Wow! Shirley, you sure are chipper this morning.”
“You bet I am!”
“Today is a big day for me!”
“Yeah so, you know how I’ve been wanting to launch my very own magazine?”
“Well I just leased the perfect spot in Magnolia Promenade!”
“What! that’s crazy!”
“Yeah so today I am going to go down there with my team and take a first peak at the new media house and where the birth place of my dreams will be!”
“Oh Shirley that’s amazing! Aw wow I’m so happy for you!”
“Thanks I’m heading there now! Wish me luck!”
“Luck!” I smiled and Shirley was out the door.
“Hello ladies thanks for coming.”
“Hello Shirley!” Maaike waved.
“Hey! phew what a storm we got out there huh!” Carrie exclaimed dripping wet.
“Yeah kind of took a turn foe the worst. I appreciate you guys coming despite this awful weather.” Shirley pushed her fair off her face, “Come on let me show you around.”
“So this is the lobby it’s the common area everyone in the building shares this space so for breaks and things like that.”
“It’s beautiful Shirley!” Carrie gasped, “Just look at these beautiful art pieces.”
“Stunning, I know my girlfriend Ulrike would love to see this!”
“Come on I’ll show you to our office.”
“So what do you think?”
“Lots of light.” Maaike observed
“It’s a bit empty don’t ya think?” Carrie questioned.
“I know it’s not much yet but with a few more desks and some furnishings this place will be buzzing in no time.”
“It certainly has potential Shirley.” Maaike said her footsteps echoed throughout the room as she walked towards the desk.
“So are you guys in or what?
“I’ll want to talk to Ulrike before I make any big life changes.”
“Of course! What about you Carrie.”
“I love it, I mean I do have another offer as a librarian at the school so I guess I have a decision to make.”
“Okay, well let me know I won’t be offended if you say know I just thought I’d ask you two first since you’re my friends and everything. Let me know soon so I have time to hire before I launch the first issue okay?”
“Sounds good.” Maaike chimed in.
The ladies locked up and left after that Shirley did her best to hide her disappointment. She had hoped her friends would have been a little more excited about the magazine launch then they were. Shirley grew tense and wondered to herself was she in over her head?
I had called a house meeting later in the week it had been bothering me the whole Akira and Tamara thing. The house meeting was difficult to arrange as everyone has such different schedules but I’m glad we were all able to sit down and have a chat. We discussed many things like basic house rules and things like that.
I purposed that we arrange to have a group dinner date with friends. Again difficult to plan with all our strange schedules but we managed to make the time. I can’t wait, J is going to bring his new girlfriend for us to meet too.
Because I don’t actually have a formal job I take care of the house things but I have been providing for the household in other ways. My garden has been very successful we never have to buy fresh produce. I have also been selling my flower arrangements using simlist. I looked up and realized Mitchell was just standing there, like, watching me. How long had we been there.
“Hey you lost or something?” I called out.
“Sorry, I uh, just.”
“I was thinking.. about the dinner dating thing.”
“Oh? Did you find a date?”
“Well, see there’s this girl and I really like her but..”
“See we are pretty good friends and I’m worried if I ask her and she says no then it might be weird.”
“Hm, you want to know what I think?”
“You said she’s a good friend right? So, what’s the harm in asking her she might say yes and maybe even feels the same way. If she says no and you’re as good friend as you say then it won’t harm the relationship maybe be embarrassed for a little but soon you will be laughing about it later.”
“Okay yeah, that’s some good advice. Thanks!”
“So, what are you going to do?”
“This.” He leaned in and planted one right on me! “I’m sorry uh.. I maybe shouldn’t have done that.”
“No, no Mitch.” I shook my head no. “You should’ve done that a long time ago!” This time I pulled him in. It just came out the emotion swept over me suddenly. I was feeling flirty and oh my goodness what am I doing I am kissing Mitch right now and I’m liking it too!
I was feeling flirty and oh my goodness what am I doing I am kissing Mitch right now and I’m liking it too! That whole time he was talking about a girl he liked he was talking about me. I basically just told him to ask me out and I said yes! I can’t wait to tell everyone!
Which of course we did we told everyone at the dinner date! It was amazing everyone was really happy for us! We got to meet J’s new girlfriend her name is Dina Caliente. Also our friend Paulo came out too and brought his date Jade Rosa.
It’s times like these that I feel so blessed to be surrounded by loved ones, best friends and made some new friends. We are so lucky to have such an amazing group of people. We all had so much fun! I’m just so happy everything worked out and everyone got along okay. Things are going to be a little different around the house with me and Mitch but I’m thrilled for it!