Birds of a Feather
Narrated by Naomi Redbird
This is Naomi’s first post.
It’s almost a year and a half now since I moved to Simdale Valley. Sometimes it feels like ten years. I miss Ripp, and I’m still ambivalent about living in this small town. My sister, Laney, settled here, and told me about the low cost of real estate. “It will be so good for Charlotte to grow up knowing her aunt,” she said. “And you can finally have your own salon, like you’ve always wanted.” So I took the leap. I figured, if it really doesn’t work out, Port Prominence is only an hour away by ferry, and after living here a while, I’ll have some connections that will help me get settled in the big city. But for now, this is where I live and work. I do enjoy being able to pop over and see my niece, Charlotte, and I even got to meet little Ethan, my nephew, the day he was born. He’s about 20 months old, now.
Aubrey called me one morning from Birds of a Feather, my salon. She’s my receptionist. “There’s a couple new customers here, asking for you,” she said. “I went ahead and let them in even though we weren’t open yet.”
“I’m on my way,” I said as I grabbed my shoes. No breakfast this morning, I guess.
Luckily, my house is right behind the bakery next to my salon, through an alleyway. I was really lucky, too, to get a business right on the square. I get the local customers, but I also get lots of tourists, which puts me right over the margin of being able to stay open.
Honestly, I don’t think the guy looked any different after his makeover, but he seemed happy. Other than those two customers, it was crazy slow the rest of the day.
Finally, at 5:30, we decided to close up.
When I got home, I called Sandy Bruty. We met the day she came into my salon, distraught about her unexpected pregnancy. I gave her a new look, and we’ve been best friends ever since. In this small town made up of June and Ward Cleaver clones, we need each other.
We talked a while. She’s got her little boy, Zach, who’s two, so she needs an adult (other than Zane) to talk to sometimes too. Zane can be a poor listener, between running Jack’s Place, and just his personality. From what I’ve gathered, the two strengths of their relationship right now are chemistry, and Zach, rather than understanding each other.
I told her I was feeling kind of lonely, and she suggested throwing a get together at my house. “I haven’t even hung my pictures yet,” I said.
“This will give you a good reason, right?” she replied. “We should invite the Onos and your sister. That’ll be a good size group. Zane can’t come. He’s training new staff at the restaurant.”
“Sandy, I don’t know if you remember a couple months ago, at Chelsea’s party… Daniel was really coming on to me. Do you really think inviting Daniel and his wife to my house is a good idea?”
“What I remember,” she said, “was a harmless flirtation. Besides, I know you. You don’t like having this between you and Dr. Ono, and you’d rather get any conflict out in the open.”
After no breakfast or lunch, I was starving. I opened the fridge, planning to scarf some food before cleaning up and showering.
I called for some Chinese food and wondered if anyone would come to the party, in the rain.
Twenty minutes later, I had rearranged the furniture, hung the pictures, and showered and changed.
Sandy was so excited about this party when she arrived, with all the other guests with her.
I was a little reserved around Dr. Ono, but apparently she didn’t harbor any ill feelings towards me. I knew, in this tiny town, word of our indiscretion must have gotten back to her and would have given my favorite shoes to know what she was thinking.
Laney gave me a big hug, as if I hadn’t just been at her house last week, watching Charlotte and Ethan.
Doctor Ono was definitely keeping an eye on Daniel, but I don’t know if it was because she’s suspicious, or just because she’s only got eyes for him. But he didn’t look at me, or say a word to me, the whole get together.
Then he kissed his wife, right in front of me. I’m really glad I never tried to contact him after Chelsea’s party. Staying clear of him is for the best. Johnny and I both had a lot of flings after college, but we were never homewreckers.
Soon I forgot about the whole drama with Daniel, and Sandy and I were having a blast. She was telling me about some of the funny things that happen at Jack’s Place. Most of the time, the place is full of tourists waiting for the next ferry.
Then she told me that Chelsea Finnbar’s been taking the ferry to Port Prominence and Summerton, and not coming home for days at a time. She’s Senator Phillips’ new campaign manager, and she might move to Port Prominence soon, rather than commute.
“What about Julien?” I asked, “Is he going to move too, do you think? ” I asked.
“Julien just took a job at Market Street,” Sandy replied. “So I don’t know if he’ll want to give that up.” Market Street has the fanciest restaurant in Simdale Valley and one of the best in the state; for an aspiring chef like Julien, working there is a real opportunity.
The Chinese food finally arrived, and I dashed out into the rain to get it.
When I went back inside, Laney and Dr. Ono had started dancing, and everyone was cheering them on.
This was not a scene I had ever envisioned of my uptight sister.
Declan, Laney’s husband, seemed to be in a bit of shock too. I love her, but it’s true. She’s a type A person.
It was quite entertaining. Dinner and a show.
Whether to put a stop to the exhibition, or overcome with affection for her, Declan eventually swept her into a dip and kissed her.
After that, everyone began excusing themselves. I had hoped they’d stay a lot longer.
I think I might adopt a cat.
- In the last incarnation of Simdale Valley, in my Strangetown ‘hood (which I lost a few years ago due to Store Edition and SecurRom, grrrr!), Naomi Redbird and Ripp Grunt were one hot item. They finished Fiesta Tech at about the same time, moved into apartments near each other in the city, and had a smoking hot chemistry. I felt so bad for their other dates, because if either of them were on a date with another sim, and one of them walked in, they’d usually ditch their date (not the event, but they’d turn all their attention to each other). I had thought to bring Ripp back in this neighborhood, but I might wait until they all move to Sims 4.
- My game still seems to have that glitch where the only way to get new customers is to close and open the store.
- I realized after playing half this update that I’d not correctly installed the clean/empty templates Sims 2 needs to keep from generating all the pre-mades and townies. So I replaced the neighborhood folders in the program files with empty templates, then put my game from 2014 back in, and tested it again. Finally, no extra townies or premades! That’s how I prefer this neighborhood.
- Naomi didn’t roll any wants to interact with Daniel, and he seemed to avoid her. She wanted to go on a date, become friends with Senator Phillips, and become best friends with a guy named Toby. Daniel and Dr. Ono must have kissed in front of everyone about four times, and Dr. Ono pinched Daniel’s rear, too. From Dr. Ono’s behavior, it doesn’t seem she is too worried about Daniel’s flirting at Chelsea’s party, if she knows about it. I’m interested to see what it’s like when I play next time–they will be visiting Seiki at PSU for Parent’s Day for the May 605 update, which means they still won’t be the active household.
- This was sort of a “get my feet wet” kind of post. I had forgotten how to do basic things like send sims to community lots!