She Might Be the One
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity House, Peninsula State University
Narrated by Gordon Nott.
I needed to talk to Seiki but couldn’t get up my nerve. I think one of his former girlfriends might be “the One.” Of course, Seiki’s group of former flings is not a small subset of girls; and of all of his girlfriends, this one is the least likely to have any future with him. After all, he coldly ignored her after dumping her and ever since, only seems angry that she expected any kind of exclusive relationship. Hattie Granger. Hattie is completely amazing, and definitely deserved more respect than Seiki treated her with. At least he could have given her the time of day.
It all started with Hattie when we bumped into each other at the library a couple of months ago, but I haven’t asked her to the house because, well, there are a lot of good reasons not to bring her to the frat house.
In a house where half naked guys singing their hearts out is about as tame as it gets, the biggest reason not to bring Hattie to the frat house is that Seiki hurt her really badly, and is just as likely to do it again if given the chance.
Although, I must admit, Seiki seems like he’s changed a little bit this year. He seems more interested in his studies and less interested in pursuing lots of girls. When his family came over for Parent’s Day, he was attentive to his little sister, Yuki.
He also planned a sports party for Parents’ Day, which turned out to be quite chaste.
Just in case of any inappropriateness, though, I tried to entertain Yuki in the kitchen and outside, bug hunting. Maybe I think about these things more than the other guys, since I want to go into the education career.
Mostly, we overheard a lot of booing for the Llamas’ opponents for unsportsmanlike behavior.
I talked to Anand (still in his swim trunks) after everyone left, and he agreed, I should go ahead and ask Hattie out, but not bring her over to the house. He said Seiki’s still going out with a couple different girls: Tosha, and someone else, plus, he’s still heartsick over Julia Jones. So I’m sure he wouldn’t mind me dating Hattie.
I wanted to take Hattie somewhere nice, but not too serious, but also somewhere well away from campus. I decided on the diner downtown, near the hospital and the tech area.
Hattie stays in the Honors Dorm, but she and Julia are thinking of getting an apartment next year. They are both in the global business program, an Honors Economics program special to PSU.
I tried to keep the conversation clear of Seiki and frat gossip in general, because all that was a really bad memory for Hattie, even though her brother and sister are both big into Greek life. She brought it up though. She asked me, “You seem like a nice guy, more interested in getting an education, and thinking about being an English teacher. It just doesn’t fit with that fraternity, not what I’ve seen of it.”
I told Hattie that sometimes I wondered why I had pledged, but really, it came down to friendships. I didn’t tell Hattie, but Seiki and I had become friends in the freshman dorm, and when we were both pledging we became really good friends. I liked the aspect of volunteering in the community, like we did at PSU Research Hospital, and I liked pulling off parties that were fun for everybody.
My answer must have been ok, because Hattie reached out to hold my hand. Since we chatted and flirted at the library that day in March, I can’t stop thinking about her, so I was on cloud nine.
After we ate, we played a round of pool. Hattie looked serious, but she wasn’t really very good at it. But she is a good sport.
Hattie said she had a great time, but she needed to get back to the dorm soon.
We stood in the road in between the edge of the frat house property and Hattie’s dorm, like a no man’s land, a neutral territory. Neither of us wanted the night to end. We danced for moment, looking into each other’s eyes.
I kissed Hattie goodnight.
- Gordon was married to one of my favorite sims in an older iteration of Simdale Valley; Roxie Surfer. They had a baby while they were freshmen in college, and ended up having four children together over the next decade, and being very happy. I liked him, so when I saw that Seiki and he were getting to be friends as freshman, I had him “pledge” the fraternity too so he’d be a playable sim. He’s more studious and serious than most of the frat household. They are both family sims, and he doesn’t want to fall out of love with Hattie, so I suspect they may end up together.