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July 5-7, 605

Sayuri Ono is 49 and Daniel Ono is 44.  Yuki is 10.  Seiki is away at Fiesta Tech, and is 19.

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As Sayuri helped her daughter with her long division, her mind was somewhere else.

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Laney McElveen had brought Ethan in to the medical clinic for his 24-month well baby check a few weeks early, and she had told Sayuri something that had her feeling sick to her stomach.

Long story short,Laney felt it was her duty to inform Sayuri that her husband had been chasing Laney’s sister, Naomi, for months.  Laney said Naomi was not interested in carrying on with a married man, especially one who obviously still loved his wife.  She said Naomi was getting annoyed with Daniel acting one way when Sayuri was there, and another when she wasn’t.

Sayuri knew that her husband noticed women; she knew that he was not above flirting with them.  They didn’t have an open relationship, but Sayuri also knew Daniel well, and honestly, it didn’t bother her to know he paid attention to other women. As far as she knew, he’d never had an affair, and more importantly, it was obvious by his actions day in and day out, that his family was important to him.   It was just part of who he was.  When he was with you, you were the most important person in the world, but he always came home.  It was the bad with the good.

What did bother Sayuri was that Daniel was apparently pursuing Laney’s sister, making a fool of himself, and of Sayuri.

Knowing Daniel, he probably didn’t even have a plan of what he would do if he “caught” her, but Naomi obviously didn’t know that, and thought he wanted to have an affair.

Sayuri sent Yuki to bed and turned to talk to Daniel, who had been working on his latest game marketing project.  As Sayuri came towards him, Daniel went to shower, so Sayuri went to change out of her work clothes too.

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They sat down and Daniel looked at her over his glasses.  No need to waste words, she thought.

“Daniel, I know about you chasing Laney’s sister.”

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Daniel looked at her with a private kind of smile, sort of an appeal to her knowledge of him, that no one was a big deal to him but her.  But before he could speak, she stopped him.

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“No!  I don’t want platitudes.   I don’t want to hear she doesn’t mean anything to you.”

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“Daniel, you are making a fool of us.  I’m angry.  I don’t know what I want to happen now.”

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He bowed his head.

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“Maybe you should sleep on it,” Sayuri said as she got up to go to bed.  “Here.  I need the bed to myself tonight.”

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Suddenly Sayuri didn’t feel so calm.  Maybe he didn’t want her anymore; maybe he really was in love with this Naomi.  She wanted to run to him, beg him to say this woman meant nothing to him.

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In the morning, before Daniel left, he tried to give Sayuri a kiss, but she turned away.

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As she was leaving for school, Yuki stopped and looked at her mom.

“Do your best at school,” Sayuri reminded.

Thoughts she couldn’t say were racing through Yuki’s mind.

Why did dad sleep on the couch?

Why was mom angry with dad?

“Ok,” she said, as she turned to walk to school.

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The family had booked a cabin at Three Lakes, and were leaving in a couple of days.  In the meantime, Sayuri let her patients absorb her attention.

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But when she came through the gate that evening, a new dread filled her heart.   No matter how stressful the day was, coming home had always been a relief.  Tonight she felt heavy hearted.

 She wasn’t sure if she was in denial, or if she’d jumped to conclusions.  She felt a fool and questioned her own sanity.

The only solution she could think of, was to suspend judgement, at least for now.

Sayuri resolved to give Daniel a chance on this vacation.

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Across town, Daniel stared into his beer.   He couldn’t get Naomi Redbird out of his mind.  Those luscious lips, those eyes, the legs that wouldn’t stop… the promise of some kind of mind-blowing hot sex just emanated from her being.

He wanted her.  He had tried.  But Naomi wouldn’t have anything to do with him.

Daniel didn’t want to lose his family; he knew he had been in some kind of a daydream, thinking he could have both.

He couldn’t get her out of his mind.

But he knew he had to try.

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It was long after Yuki’s bedtime when he arrived home.  Sayuri was in the hot tub, and he knew she was waiting for him, because otherwise, she’d have been in bed with the door closed. She’d have clothes on.

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He wished she were Naomi.

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The next morning, Sayuri was hopeful.  Today, they were leaving for a cabin at Three Lakes, and vacations had always been their lifeline.

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Daniel was making Yuki laugh with stories of bears in the woods.
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Daniel didn’t really want to leave town; he wanted to go to the Lotus or the harbor disco and see if she showed up.  But looking at his daughter, he knew he needed to wrap his head around this vacation.

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To Be Continued

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13 Comments so far:

  1. Echo Weaver says:

    Wow. This is complex. I like it. I don’t know if Daniel and Sayuri are going to make it or not. But wow, Daniel is in a really messed-up place. I’m not sure if he can come back from this in a way that really respects Sayuri.

    I also love that gorgeous fishtank behind Sayuri in one of the shots. Are those fish that you catch in the game?

    • Yes, you can either catch the fish in game or just stock the tank. I haven’t done the fishing very much yet because I haven’t had a playable sim that was a fisherman, so I’m not sure if those particular fish can be caught in the game but I think they can.

      I don’t know what will happen with them either and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be resolved quickly. Daniel had a persistent unlocked whim to cloudgaze with Naomi the whole four days I played that’s recorded here… next week I’ll post Part II. I think it is important to remember, after that time at the party when he was whispering in her ear, he has only flirted and they haven’t actually done anything else because she rejects his flirts; she wouldn’t have anything to do with him at the seedy bar again during this play session and abruptly left when he talked to her, and she was not playable at the time. (How do you like that name, Seedy Bar? Quite imaginative, it makes me laugh). Neither Sayuri or Daniel were having specific whims for each other, which is what they’ve been like in the past, but they tend to always interact a lot romantically when they are together, autonomously, and they were still like that. In fact, when I had Sayuri confront him, they both kept trying to flirt. From a gameplay standpoint, right now it would be super easy to let the whole thing blow over, unless Sayuri sees him with another woman. From a character development standpoint, I see Sayuri as being very pragmatic (she puts a lot of energy into her career and as long as they have each other when they come home, I don’t see her being terribly concerned about what Daniel’s innermost thoughts are) , but also struggling with this, because Daniel is unusually fixated on Naomi.

      From a RL standpoint, I feel like it isn’t that unusual in the course of a marriage or long-term commitment to have times when your passion for your partner is less and even times when you are intrigued with someone else. When my kids were very young and we were very stressed in our careers I once had an intense crush on this young single guy I barely knew. It was one of the low points of our marriage (even before the hot guy), and I never acted on it, and told my husband about it later. Actually, when I think of how my husband has changed over 26 years it blows my mind. He is such an empathetic listener now compared to that first decade, which is part of the reason we were at the point where I was that frustrated. I personally would hope I wouldn’t act on it, but I can understand where Daniel’s at, thinking the grass is greener somewhere else.

      To get back to Sayuri and Daniel, I don’t have an agenda nor do I know how this will turn out for them, although I have to say, when I started this update it really upset me to see Daniel so off-track! I felt really down about it! I plan to play it by ear and see what seems true to their characters and gameplay, which are sometimes hard to reconcile. I appreciate your comments… writing this has been difficult because I’d rather not delve into all this messy stuff!

      • Echo Weaver says:

        Is the bar actually called “Seedy Bar?” That’s hilarious.

        As far as real life goes, I think it’s totally natural to be attracted to other people. Being committed to one person doesn’t mean mean you stop being a sexual being. Sheesh. I have a whole rant about this.

        OTOH, coming on to another woman, especially one who has made it clear she wants nothing to do with you, is pretty messed up. It’s massively disrespectful to both women. If Naomi were into him, that might be different. That would be a genuine temptation.

        Of course, this is what the gameplay handed you, and Sayuri doesn’t know what’s in Danial’s head. I can imagine how unpleasant this might be to play through and write. I tend to want to keep my sims lives a bit blessed :).

        • Ha, yes, the name of the bar is “Seedy Bar.” I downloaded it because I needed a, well, seedy bar. And I just couldn’t help noticing it kind of went with the funk that Daniel is in. You know, the more I think about it, it is really a tragedy caused by the game engine. Laura (Simlish Distractions on Tumblr) was ranting about this last night that the jealousy and the whole attraction system is messed up, and that’s what’s happened to Daniel. Sims 4 Naomi walked by his house one time and he has a persistent whim to cloudgaze with her for four days!? Anyway, I might ignore such foolishness to a greater extent in the future. I’m used to the Sims 2 attraction and jealousy, which really made good sense to me. And I totally agree with you that continuing to chase one woman who doesn’t like you and made that clear, while already committed to another woman and your child, is messed up and different than still being attracted to others even though you’re married. Thanks again, so much, for your input, it means a lot to me.

          • Echo Weaver says:

            I use messed up stuff like that as cues to tell a story I wouldn’t have chosen otherwise. I think it breaks me out of a rut. But if it’s been difficult like giving you writer’s block, then not so good.

            One thought I had was that Daniel may have the equivalent of the seven-year itch. He’s always been flirty but kept it in perspective. But if things have really gotten distant between him and Sayuri, as can happen naturally with two very busy people, then his obsession with Naomi might have sneaked up on him.

            It seems like something like this indicates a serious problem that needs to be addressed in the marriage, but not necessarily that they need to break up.

  2. maisie says:

    aww boo…. I was really hopeful that he didn’t have stronger feelings/attraction towards Naomi at the beginning, and that it was just like she had thought. I feel sad for her, insecurity sucks, and then to have it be true (that he does have that feeling towards Naomi), makes it cut so much more. Ugh. No matter what happens, I see a lot of hurt feelings, and time to heal and cover. Poor Yuki too.

    • I know, why couldn’t Daniel just appreciate the awesome woman Sayuri is?!! And it is so one-side, Naomi doesn’t like him, but he can’t stop thinking about her. At this point in the story, Sayuri can only wonder if he really is more into Naomi than a passing flirtation but she is smart, and with it, so I figured she would be intuitively catching on.

  3. Carla says:

    Jeez, Daniel…honestly, if he can’t put aside his attraction to another woman (and another woman who isn’t interested, no less) for his wife and kids, then I don’t know what can be done here! If he keeps heading in that direction, he’ll end up with nothing and will hurt his family immensely.

    I’m glad Sayuri knows what’s going on though and that she confronted him. I can only hope knowing she knows is enough for Daniel to finally get over Naomi.

    • Yeah, he’s being a pretty dense and foolish here, and you might expect more of a grown man with a family, but sometimes those cupid’s arrows are deadly. You’re right he’s going to end up with nothing and hurt everyone so much in the process if he doesn’t snap out of it. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Aw, poor family. While I’m one of those intensely monogamous individuals (not taking the moral high road here even, I’d just be too bloody lazy to keep up with two partners, LOL) I can definitely see where the grass is greener on the other side logic comes from. That’s not to say it isn’t shitty, but still understandable.

    I do hope they can salvage the best from their marriage and move past it.

  5. This family is very interesting, as is Daniel’s obsession with Naomi. It doesn’t sound like it’s very reciprocal though, so that leaves some hope for his marriage. Obsessions, by their nature, are powerful but temporary, and this one seems likely to pass. But I suppose it will be up to Sayuri if it’s worth it to her to wait for that.

    I loved reading your notes about the whims that inspired this. OMG I have so had that happen in my game where some random sim walks by the house and suddenly it’s all they can think about, lol! I don’t mind it when it makes sense, when there’s a story to make of it, but of course a lot of the time it doesn’t make sense.

  6. Thanks for commenting, Laura! Naomi reciprocated that one time at a party in Sims 2, I think the interaction was whisper sweet nothings, with ACR. But I haven’t seen her, active sim or inactive, reciprocate in Sims 4. This was a leftover story line from Sims 2, which, as you have described to, the bizarre whim system played into when Naomi was jogging by the house one day. When Romantic Garden Stuff was announced yesterday, I was just thinking, this stuff is nice but what we really need is an attraction system! And some stuff along darker themes would be nice too, of course Baroque is probably my least favorite architectural style and least favorite classical music that I enjoy.

    Sayuri is a wise and patient, mature woman, and she knows Daniels’ strengths and weaknesses, and isn’t going to throw away the marriage for a phase that will pass. She may also have to evaluate her family-work balance; relying on infrequent vacations to catch up with the family may be something she needs to change. But is it a phase, for Daniel?

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