Cider House Rules
Peninsula State University, Port Prominence
Tuesday, September 8 – Wednesday, September 9
Julia and Hattie had found the perfect apartment; well, it wasn’t perfect, except in the sense that any apartment you could find within any commutable distance of PSU in late summer was perfect.
Julia wanted as much independence from her mom as she could muster, so they had advertised for a third roommate to defer more costs.
They were so excited about being in their own place, even cooking dinner seemed like an exciting event.
Their third roomie was Jenny Blue, another student in the Honors Global Business program. They hoped she would work out ok. She was ambitious, but a little more into the social scene than either Julia or Hattie. Jenny wanted to start a business as a personal trainer once she graduated, and had come across as a person that would be a reliable roommate, even if she kept a little different hours than them, and didn’t organize her sock drawer, or pencil that mundane task into her planner quarterly.
Julia’s mom was covering some of rent, so they agreed it was only fair that Julia got first pick of spaces to call her own in the tiny apartment, and she had picked the alcove in the living room that they had partitioned off with a screen.
That left Jenny and Hattie to share the bedroom, which gave them the added benefit of being next to the bathroom, and the privacy of a closed door, but very small personal spaces.
Jenny put away most of her stuff and then sat down to take a break. Hattie was filling out paperwork for her internship, but Jenny thought to herself, she looked like she was watching cat videos, or chatting with a cute guy, she was so happy about it.
Hattie’s area was extremely neat. Jenny didn’t have room for a desk of her own, but she had said that was no problem because she either studied with friends, or in the living room, or if Hattie was there, she might break out her lap desk and work on the bed. She certainly didn’t want to be holed away in her room by herself studying.
Tuesday afternoon, Alexis and Moira, Julia’s mom and grandma, came over to see the place. Julia introduced her mom to Jenny.
“What’s your major?” Alexis asked.
“She’s in our program, mom,” Julia told her.
Alexis looked relieved, knowing the prerequisites to get into the Honors program required at least some discipline on the part of students. She didn’t want anything standing in the way of Julia finishing the program with top grades and glowing references, and she also didn’t want to have to cover Jenny’s rent if she were irresponsible.
Jenny, not enjoying Alexis’s scrutiny, and only indebted to her in an indirect way, excused herself.
Moira slid in next to her granddaughter, and began to ask where they found different pieces of furniture. She was impressed with how well the girls had done with collecting and refinishing various thrift items and stuff from the attic to furnish their first place.
Hattie got up to go fix supper, and Moira went to help.
Alexis reminded Julia, and Jenny, who had returned to the room, that she was setting a “No Boys overnight” rule.
Julia was getting a little weary of her mother harping on this theme. But she respectfully said, “Ok.” She had no intention of having boys over, but she also had no intention of enforcing the rule with her roomies. After all, the rule was being imposed by someone who didn’t live in this house. Julia was surprised her mom didn’t set a rule concerning drinking. Or drinking on the fire escape. Or drinking with a certain number of people on the fire escape.
Then, just to get a predictable reaction, she began to tell her mom some of the stories of stuff that went on in the dorms while they lived there.
Hattie called everyone to dinner, and they heaped their plates with scrumptious french toast.
When Alexis and Moira finally left, Hattie said, “Girls night! Let’s make some popcorn!”
“So, is your mom serious about the rule?” Jenny asked.
Julia was thoughtful. She said she didn’t really expect her mom to pop up that much, because she was busy with her own nightlife. Her mom loved going out dancing at night, and she worked long hours, too.
“I’m not worried about it,” Julia said. “Just keep it low key.” She hated arguing with her mom. The real rules would be worked out by the girls, as they figured out how to get along in this small space, with the pressures of school and work, and the shifting and growing circle of attachments they would form.
Anyway, Julia wasn’t going to share it with Jenny at this point, but she knew why her mom was so worried about boys, since she’d gotten married young and regretted it. Although Julia wondered, if her mom were young again, if she might make the same choices all over again.
The next morning, Julia and Hattie started their internships, but Jenny’s wasn’t until late afternoon, since she had the evening shift helping manage a gym for hers. She went for a jog and then went shopping, something she really loved doing, one of the few things she preferred to do alone.
Hattie came home from her internship and hopped in the shower. Gordon was coming over.
“Have you seen my Bella’s Secret shower gel?” Hattie called to Jenny and Julia, who were discussing what Hattie should wear. “I put it right here… but it’s gone.”
When Gordon arrived, Hattie asked Jenny and Julia, if they’d mind if they had the room to themselves for a while.
“No problem,” Jenny said, grinning.
Gordon and Hattie had a great first date at the end of sophomore year, and had been taking it slow all summer, and they’d pretty much made up their minds, they were ready to officially be together. In fact, they were certain, this was it for them, even though neither had said it yet.
As soon as the door closed, Hattie pushed him down on the bed.
Sometime later, as he was sleepily drifting in and out of consciousness, Hattie studied Gordon’s face. She thought he had a kind and sincere face. Right now, she felt completely fascinated by every shadow, every bit of stubble, the curve of his well-trimmed beard.
Hattie laid her head on his chest and fell asleep.
When they didn’t come out after three hours, Jenny asked Julia if she minded if she crashed with her.
“No problem,” Julia said. I like the window side.”
“So much for the rule,” Julia thought. Her real concern was not so much her mom’s rule, but that Hattie, who had unwisely jumped into serious relationships before, was jumping more wisely this time, than in her freshman year.
- The apartment lot is by Anik431 on the Gallery, and it’s called Warehouse Loft. I gutted and redesigned the middle floor for the girls’ apartment. The rest of the building is locked so the girls can only access their apartment.
- Gordon and Hattie are now officially girlfriend and boyfriend, and they are really serious about each other, already soulmates, not surprising for two family-oriented sims. Alexis would have a fit, if she knew. Gordon stayed till 6:00 AM.
- Also, you might recognize Jenny Blue from my Tumblr; she’s the girl Gordon was raving about this summer, to Miguel, at the bakery. But he didn’t know Hattie, gameplay-wise, yet at that point so I am not holding it against him. I have a good feeling he’s going to be a loyal and reliable boyfriend for Hattie.
- You guys may have noticed, I had to have Gordon and Hattie move to Jenny’s bed for the poses to make them look as much on the bed as possible– I think they’re designed for the couch, really.