If You Can’t Stand the Heat
Falls Bridge, Old Farm Road
December – March 2019
First, it was the miscarriage scare, and then later, Karina’s doctor diagnosed her with preclampsia and advised partial bed rest. Karina felt like she spent all her free time resting, eating, bathing, or sleeping. It was very lucky for her, and the baby, that Bee was there to cook and Erle and Jack took care of Oz and the farm. But Karina hadn’t planned on this baby, and to tell the truth, she was incredibly bored. She was bored because she wanted to do something else, anything else — see a wolf, become a werewolf, become a space pirate, for crying out loud. She was incredibly bored with her limited wardrobe, since she really couldn’t justify buying cute maternity wear to lay on the couch all day. She missed her job and she missed driving her sports car. She wanted adventure.
Bee made a wonderful soup that was soothing and filling, and sometimes eating was the highlight of Karina’s day.
One day in January, while Bee was cooking and Karina had joined Jack and Oz in a board game, the stove caught fire.
Thankfully, the fire rescue came quickly and extinguished the flames, just as Jack was telling Bee to take Oz and Karina outside, and getting ready to pour baking soda on the stove.
Oz ran outside to see the big truck drive off.
While Jack turned to Karina, and the baby, to see if they were ok.
“I’m fine,” she said, irritably. Not that she really was, fine, but Jack wasn’t the kind of person you could really have a deep conversation with. It bugged her that he was so happy about this baby.
As usual, Karina’s thoughts turned to food, and she got some leftovers from the fridge.
Oz was happy and thriving. He’d made straight A’s in school, after all the homework help from his grandparents, and was getting really good at improvising on the piano. Whenever Jack was home, he also made sure that Oz got a little bit of special attention, although Oz quickly learned to fear his dad’s red hand skill, because Jack was so competitive he didn’t hold back.
As the months went on, and Karina made it to the third trimester, she woke several times in the middle of the night, having to run to the bathroom. During one of those trips to the bathroom she resolved that after this baby’s birth, she would get her tubes tied.
She looked forward to her prenatal visits with Dr. Farai, which was the only time she got out of the house. At her February visit, she’d realized she felt quite giddy when he entered the office to go over her chart.
He was such an interesting change from Jack, with his thoughtful and insightful comments.
One day in March, he asked Karina how she was feeling, emotionally, noticing that she seemed stressed. He privately wondered if her tension had anything to do with the rumors about Jack’s criminal activity.
At first, Karina didn’t know what to say. It felt like it had been so long since she’d been able to express what was going on with her, or talk about her own needs. For a minute she thought she might break down sobbing, picturing falling into his arms.
But being Karina, she quickly regrouped. When they stood up, she flirtatiously asked, “are you worried about me, doctor?”
Dr. Farai warmly took her hand and looked into her eyes. “Of course, you’re my favorite patient,” he replied with a twinkle in his eye.
Karina thinks Dr. Farai is hot, according to the in-game pop-up. And Dr. Farai brought up the theft bubble when they were talking earlier in the visit. Dr. Farai did not reject her flirt, either, but I didn’t check to see how much he was attracted to her.
Jack has been really sweet, autonomously playing with Oz and helping out with the raking and composting when directed. He and Karina don’t really interact unless I tell them to, or when ACR kicks in, which happens just about every game day, probably due to his aspiration. He truly is happy-go-lucky, and Karina is a knowledge sim who wants to skill and do the adventurous things like see a wolf, become a werewolf. She also has the life dream of getting to the top of the Adventurer career. I’m beginning to think Jack would be content with the way things are, indefinitely, while Karina is restless and not really invested in family life.