Round 34: March 2039 (Autumn)Narrated by Mitchell Carmody
Tim is “out” to everyone now, including his parents, and I think he’s happier for it.
He still likes to get on our backs about not cleaning up after ourselves but in general, he’s more relaxed.
At least part of that has to be due to Marius, Tim’s boyfriend.
Tim and Marius have been dating for almost a year now and they seem really happy together.
Marius is a tiny bit more outgoing than Tim is, so he’s been able to encourage him to get out of the house to do things other than go to class or study at the library more often.
I don’t know how Tim could stand it before; I would go stir crazy staying at home so much.
They’re still over here often enough though. They both follow just about any sport there is, so there’s always something they want to watch on TV when they’re home.
Eddie and I have both got to know Marius fairly well, as he’s here so often.
He’s a really great guy. He’s not quite as grumpy as Tim can be sometimes, so he’s a good balance for him.
Marius is like a a permanent fixture around here these days, so getting along with him is definitely a plus.
Marius doesn’t seem to quite “get” Lauren though, which she finds a bit frustrating. It’s pretty rare for Lauren to meet anyone she can’t get on with.
She likes people and they tend to like her too. So Lauren is determined to win Marius over.
She’ll be thrilled if she can succeed. Lauren can’t really cope with people not liking her immediately.
Now that Lauren is here on campus with us, she’s taking full advantage of Eddie being so close by.
Some days, it’s almost like being back at home, under the same roof as my sister once again.
She thinks our place has a real “guy smell” about it though, so I think the novelty might be wearing off.
She and Eddie are back to going out most nights, which suits me just fine.
If I can honestly say I don’t know what she’s up to, Dad will be less likely to ask me about it, like I’m her keeper or something.
Eddie is fine anyway. Dad is just a bit nervous about Lauren being away from home for the first time.
Mum is always asking me to make sure Lauren is on top of things with her classes but there’s really nothing to worry about there. Lauren is pretty conscientious already but if she wasn’t, Louisa being placed on academic probation in her first semester would have been enough to scare her straight.
Eddie was already doing well here but his sister’s experiences have certainly put the fear of God (or the fear of the university administration) into him!
I’m a junior now, with plenty of my own work to do, so I’d rather focus on that instead of worrying about what anyone else is up to.
At the moment, Suffolk has very limited facilities for culinary arts students, so they’ve organised apprenticeships with local restaurants instead. This year, I’m apprenticing at the Front Page Cafe and my mentor is Max Nihill.
I’ve only been there a couple of weeks but I think I’m going to enjoy it. I really like Max and am hoping to learn a lot from him.
His daughter has always been really into cuisine as well (and is a sophomore who is also majoring in Culinary Arts), so he’s very passionate about passing his knowledge onto a younger generation.
But classes, on top of the internship, are not leaving a whole lot of time for my social life! I’m so exhausted every night. I feel guilty for all the non-dates Dixie and I have been on lately.
Dixie says she doesn’t mind but I wanted to do something nice for her anyway, so I took her out to Exeter, to eat at the Claudette.
She loved the place, though she was a bit worried that it was too expensive.
Truthfully, I was a tad worried myself but decided to put it out of my mind. It’s not like we live it up like that all the time.
So we both forgot about that and just enjoyed our night.
Dixie couldn’t resist sampling a little of my meal. I’m a bit more adventurous than she is but she usually likes a little taste of whatever I’m having.
It was awesome food and even more awesome company.
Eddie teased me a little the next day, saying Dixie was probably expecting a proposal, going to a nice restaurant like that when we’d never done it before.
He was just kidding, of course. I don’t think most people our age want to get married any time soon, including Dixie.
At least, I hope she's not! I do want to get married and have a family one day but I haven't really started thinking about the specifics yet.
I know Dixie wants all that too, though I've been assuming she also wants it in several years time and not right now!
I still feel like we're too young to be seriously considering anything like that. I just want to relax and have fun for a few more years yet.
- Title is from Quiet Storm King by Fig Dish.
- Top of my list to put at my uni is a culinary school! I have two culinary arts students right now and they have no place to go to hone their craft. So as a stopgap until I do that, I came up with the idea of having apprenticeships at local restaurants. Except I forgot that Mitchell wouldn't really be able to do anything at the restaurant because he's not an official employee (nor can he become one, as a YA). So in the future, I'll just have to get creative with posing.
- Marius seemed baffled by everything Lauren tried to say to him and he really doesn't seem too fond of her. I think the only other Sim who took an immediate dislike to her was Laurel, Emma's ex-girlfriend. I can imagine not being liked would be a bit confounding for a girl like Lauren.
- Mitchell has rolled an engagement want for Dixie a couple of times but they roll away pretty quickly and he didn't roll any at all this round. I don't think he's going to be the type of Family Sim to marry right out of college, at any rate. Let's hope Dixie feels the same way!