Taste of Summer
Take Me to the Moon 5.4
Oasis Springs’ main strip had grown; the city had rezoned the area where Delaney grew up into a commercial district. They had razed Uncle Barnaby’s trailer, and commissioned a new city pool there. It was built with practical, economical materials, but provided shade, plenty of swimming space, a playground kids were drawn to, and lots of bathhouses.
Across the street, there was an abandoned old monastery, a new diner with a parking lot full of cars, and a new public library. The land Delaney and Cacey had lived on for years, was now the location of the Rattlesnake Juice Bar, lined with benches where Cacey’s front door had stood.
Summer vacation was so close, everyone could taste it. Ewan invited Chloe Patel to a pool party his parents were throwing. He and Zoe were complete opposites, but got along beautifully. With the romance of the moonlit balcony scene, just the night before, they both felt like they would float away on the sheer happiness of being together.
No one would have guessed that the brooding, perfectionist Ewan would so enjoy the company of cheery, playful, sometimes clumsy Zoe, or that Zoe would like him. But Zoe enjoyed the fact that Ewan took her seriously, and he felt light and happy when he was with her.
Eric, who had recently had his teen birthday, noticed that Simone wasn’t her usual happy self, and took it upon himself to cheer her up, but she could not be consoled and finally left without even getting in the pool, along with Desmond, who went home without even checking in with Delaney or Bella or Alexander.
It wasn’t long before the heat started driving everyone into the pool.
Delaney swam over to meet the first girl she had ever seen Ewan laugh with.
Zoe looked like she wasn’t sure what to say when Delaney introduced herself.
Soon she realized, though, that Delaney could be a bit of a goofball, herself.
Although Ewan didn’t seem to appreciate the splashing.
Delaney went to find her Aunt Cacey. She was sitting under an umbrella with her oldest son, Dashle, who had incredibly pale skin and wasn’t used to the bright desert sun.
Dashle was excited to tell his older cousin, Delaney, that he had found a job as a musician, at the Crystal Club piano bar on the main drag in Oasis Springs. After a while, Alexander joined them, and Cacey, Delaney, and Alexander discussed all the neighborhood changes, with Uncle Barnaby’s trailer and Cacey’s house being razed, and made into commercial and public areas.
Bella, looking eerily young for her ninety-something years, was enjoying a little bit of flirtation.
Ewan was cutting loose, probably for the first time in his life.
Don’s charms couldn’t remotely compete with Bella’s favorite grandchild, and she gave Elise a big hug.
Ryleigh stopped by during her lunch to say hi, although she couldn’t stay long. She was still trying to juggle running Roll With It, hers and Dante’s bakery, as well as her VP job.
Dana Pancakes showed Rachel Arias a funny cat video, but neither of them laughed.
And meanwhile, his mom, Eliza, was splashing Eric and laughing at him.
Eric wasn’t sure what to think about Eliza, and when he saw Dennis had stopped by, he took the opportunity to get out of the pool and go say hi to his cousin. Dennis, who was in a pre-med program and about to take final exams, also couldn’t stay very long.
Eric said something to Dennis that confused him, and embarrassed both of them,
but Dennis is a really personable guy and just changed the subject.
Dennis and Eric sat down with Eric’s sister, Elise. She was feeling quite glum, and they tried to cheer her up.
It wasn’t long till Dennis had Eric laughing
Zoe said goodbye, and Ewan went and found his grandma, and sat down with her. He wanted to know what she thought about Zoe. Just as Ewan anticipated, his grandmother just wanted to know how he thought about her. Bella would be sure Ewan would never be privy to the fact that she and Zoe had a very strained relationship. Bella and Zoe, even with their great difference in age, had a falling out over Don Lothario at some point in the past, but now that Zoe was with Ewan, and Don was occasionally going out with Bella, she was ready to put their disagreement behind her. She hoped Zoe felt the same way. For Ewan’s sake, she hoped Zoe was ready to put all her romantic interests behind her.
Eric tried to join in dancing with a girl, but she gave him a weird look
And once again, for the third time that day, he found himself in an awkward situation.
Vicente Pancakes noticed Elise sitting by herself.
He tried to think of something to say to her. He really liked her, but she was known to have a sharp wit. He’d rather not experience it’s sting. He saw that she was in a quiet looking mood and tried to think how he could start a conversation with her.
“Hey, did you know that our old teacher, Ms. Rolle, was seen at the Rattlesnake Bar doing the Llama Leg?”
At that, Elise laughed.
She and Vicente didn’t even notice as the sun set and the mosquitoes started to hum.
The incredible pool lot in this post, is by Ktejj on the Gallery, and is called “Sunny Day Swimming.” The family is soon going to be buying a gallery/studio for Ewan, and as an unknown painter, I didn’t think he’d be prestigious enough to have a gallery on the main drag in Oasis Springs, Willow Creek, or Magnolia Promenade, so I rezoned Delaney and Cacey’s old neighborhood into a somewhat revitalized, slightly run down/fringe commercial area with the public pool, public library, a diner, a bar, and of course, the tiny old run-down monastery which Ewan will gut out and use for a gallery/studio.
I built the monastery for a re-build challenge on The Sims Daily a while back, specifically designed for this lot which has a gorgeous view of cliffs and river in the back. When I was researching art galleries and studios, it seemed like most are in re-purposed old/run-down or inexpensive buildings, and this little lot seemed like a great spot.
The awesome retro diner which you can see in a lot of the shots and the picture above, is “Don’s Diner” by Jenba, her Origin ID is “Silrosse” on the Gallery. No cc.
You can only see a tiny bit of the public library, beyond the diner, but it is called Greenwood Library, by Tinytearz, on the Gallery.
Since I drafted this post, after deciding to go ahead with the relationship, I moved Zoe in to the Tesla’s and got a look at her relationships and aspiration. She had four romantic interests at the Lovebirds level, other than Ewan! She does not have a romance trait or romance aspiration though. She has the Friend of the World aspiration. She and Bella don’t like each other at all, but so far it seems to be in the past, because neither has tried to keep the negativity going. I think Bella would be very happy for Ewan, to see him so happy, and willing to give Zoe a chance.
Eric was such a sociable child, and always seemed so charismatic, but he was struggling at the pool. Every time I checked in on him, he had made someone else feel awkward. I loved the expression on his cousin Dennis’ face!
Both Rachel and Dana are serial romantics. Neither of them was “playable” at the pool and it was interesting to see how they interacted. I certainly didn’t expect them to look so stressed around each other.
Vicente Pancakes is an alluring cheerful goofball, with the soulmate aspiration. I think he and Elise are going to be good friends, now that he broke the ice with her, which was all autonomous since he was not selectable at this party. Back when all the woohoo weekend babies were born, I used this randomizer for their aspirations and traits. The results of this randomizer have seemed much more varied than the Sims Legacy Challenge Randomizer, to me. Vicente and Dana are twins who were born to Eliza and Bob while I wasn’t playing their household. That’s when I learned babies could be delivered and named by the game while not playing the lot. I have to admit it would be a lot of fun to tie in the Pancakes with the Teslas…. although I always thought that Dana was the cutest Pancake, but he’s not interested in commitments.