1.31 – Only one star is better

Chapter tune: Casanova – Ticket to the moon

“Hey, Ashley, can you pass me that lipstick? Yeah, that one.” Calla said while admiring herself in the mirror – one of her favorite hobbies lately.

“I can’t believe Eric asked me to go to Simon’s party together, this is freaking huge!” she squealed, not being able to hide her excitement. Her friends, Ashley and Laura squealed too in unison.

Hearing all the screaming coming from his daughter’s room, Jared opened the door.

“Everything ok princess?”

“Yes daddy! We’re just, uh, excited that we all got an A at an assignment…!”

“Right…” Jared said. It wasn’t hard to believe that Calla would get an A in anything as she had always been top of her class, but he knew girls her age would not squeal about it. He prefered however not to ponder about the things they would be so excited about. “Ok, gotta go. You’ll tell me all about that A tomorrow princess. Goodbye girls” 

“Bye Mr Frio!!”

“OMG. Calla, you dad is super hot! Why didn’t you say he was here? I look like a total mess!” Ashley exclaimed.

“Super hot..!” Laura agreed.

“Ok, first of all gross! He’s my dad you skanks! And second, don’t you two have boyfriends already? One of them is, you know, my brother?” Calla said staring at Laura.

“Yeah… your brother ditched me again yesterday to hang with his stupid friends. Plus, he knows I was gonna be here today and he’s still sleeping, so I’m totally mad at him” Laura said “Besides, it doesn’t hurt to just look!”

“It does when it’s my dad we’re talking about!” Calla growled “Ok, this conversation is over! Will you pass me that lipstick already? Thanks.”

“Hey…ready to leave? Will you be home for dinner?” Rose asked her husband.

“Yeah, I guess… not many reservations again tonight and I doubt there will be more customers lining up for a table. Shit babe, I wish we never got those stars!”

It all started a few years ago when Jared, in an attempt to promote the restaurant, introduced a new tasting menu of ten different experimental dishes. The menu was a huge success, but Jared did not quite enjoy making it. He reversed to the old comfort food he started his business with, but not before entering the Simmelin guide with a two star rating.

New customers swarmed into the restaurant, but were hugely disappointed, since they were expecting a formal setting and french inspired haute cuisine. What they got was greatly different, so the ratings went downhill – and fast. Plus, it’s not like Jared was begging for them to stay – quite the opposite. His frustration, pride and temper did not let him make his unhappy customers any happier.

Look, if you don’t want to eat the food that’s on the menu, you can fucking leave – the door is right there! But don’t think I won’t charge you for my time!” 

“Oh! How rude!”

And if he was behaving like that to his customers, one could imagine why his personel – except for Emma who could always handle him well – did not seem to stick around for long.

“I’ve been thinking about it…” Rose said “I know you don’t want to revoke the stars, but maybe it’s for the best. I’m sorry, I know you don’t want to hear this…”

“You’re right I don’t… it will fucking ruin me babe. Who will ever want to come to a restaurant that lost its stars? Shit, I’m at a dead end…”

“Whatever happens, know that I’ll be by your side… besides, the bakery earns enough and my dad can help us. But if you keep them, there’s the possibility it could only get worse… ”

“You’re right, I know you’re right…” Jared tried to hide his disappointment “I guess I’ll make the application to remove them. As a matter of fact, I’ll do it today. Well, I should go. We can go out tonight when I come back, I’m sure I won’t be long…”

“Well, the kids are going to a party tonight, so I was thinking maybe we could stay in? It’s been so long since we were alone together…”

“Even better baby” he finally smiled.

“Oh” he said right before he rushed to the door “please wake up Jesse… it’s already twelve o’clock. Is he gonna pass all day sleeping and strumming that guitar of his?”

“You’re being too hard on him… He loves that guitar… and it’s Saturday. Besides, were you such a well behaved teen?”

“Did I have such an amazing mother? It’s for his own good babe…Well, I really gotta go now. I love you, see you tonight!”

Things were going as usual at the restaurant: the patrons were scarce and the employees had all gone home early. Jared was enjoying a cigarette while waiting for his last customers to leave, when his phone rang.

“Hello… is this Mr Jared Frio? My name is Mia Smith and I’m a publicist. I’ve been following your career for some time and I noticed you made an application to revoke your stars today. Just to be clear, I believe that’s very brave. But it could prove disastrous if you don’t turn it around somehow. Fortunately I can help you with that. Would you like us to meet?”

Jared could not believe what he was hearing. A fucking publicist, why did he not think of this? Was that an opportunity for his career to pick up again?

“Sure. In fact I have some time right now” he replied, forgetting all about his plans with his wife. “Can you come at my restaurant? I suppose you know where it is” he said and hung up. He didn’t want to sound too excited.

A little later, a thin, dark haired woman entered the restaurant. 

“Mr Frio. It’s such a pleasure to finally meet you in person. I’m Mia Smith.”

“Yeah, I kinda picked up on that. Please, call me Jared.”

“So, Jared” Mia said “things are not looking good right now for you. Your… personality does not help much either from what I’ve read. But, it suits the solution. You know, there is nothing I can’t turn around and your case is very intriguing. So here’s the plan. We’ll make it look like an act of rebellion against the old ways and all the unnecessary formalities. We’ll not try to hide it under the carpet, we’ll advertise it. I’ll throw a party right here for you and arrange a couple of interviews and photoshoots.”

“This is the plan? A party and some photoshoots? What am I, a fucking actor?”

“Oh, you’re so much better” Mia smiled “People are growing tired of those fake things. You, on the other hand, you’re a gorgeous, hardworking man who can also cook exquisitely. You’re mature and intense, like a top quality wine. You’re moody and raw. You’re perfect. The press will love you, so people will adore you too.”

Jared thought about it for a moment before replying. “And you’re saying that with this shit you’re gonna save my business?”

Mia stared at him with her grey eyes which, as Jared noticed, were quite charming. “Not only that. Jared darling, what I’m saying is that I’m gonna turn you into a fucking rockstar”

PS: So, this is the beginning of gen 1 final arc! πŸ˜„ Also…umm…it will take a little more than two chapters! I’m not sure how many yet, but I guess no more than 5…? Sorry! πŸ˜• I was actually in the middle of writing this when I got very inspired and changed some things (which is why I was a bit late to upload it)… I think it’s a better way to where the ending is headed, and it’s also a means of getting more invested in gen 2, because I’m not quite there yet lol! I hope you’re not sick of Rose and Jared yet… sorry again! πŸ™‚ The teens will also be more involved in the next chapters! Thank you for reading!! ❀

32 thoughts on “1.31 – Only one star is better

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  1. Ahh man… why do I feel like this will not end up good? I mean, even the fact that he forgot about his plans with Rose sounds like an omen. I really really hope that this will not affect Rose and Jared’s relationship- I don’t quite trust Mia.
    “You’re mature and intense, like a top quality wine. You’re moody and raw. You’re perfect.” <<< I really like this line!
    I'm definitely not bored of these two, in fact I'm more than ever intrigued to see what will happen to them. And the teens sound interesting too, despite Calla and her friends sounding a little full of themselves.
    Great chapter! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you!! ^_^ That’s a relief to know you’re not sick of them yet!
      You’re right not to trust Mia, she’s even more trouble than what she looks like… Jared forgetting about Rose is not worrying – yet -, he loves her but maybe was too excited about this meeting. But you’ll see! πŸ™‚
      Thank you! I really liked writing that line, hehe! Mia is a schmoozer so it suits her to butter Jared up like that! She also has other worrying traits… which will be soon revealed! πŸ™‚

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  2. Yes! Hell’s Kitchen Sims Edition!

    But let’s back up…
    Ew, girls… Come on… He’s definitely eye candy, but that’s your friend’s dad. Oy vey.

    Calla is gorgeous! I vote her as heir! Even if there’s no vote. Yes. I’m not even giving Jesse a chance. Plus I like Calla’s name better. AND Jesse seems to be shaping up to be a Leo/Eddie/Samien hybrid. Not sure how much I’ll like him. Love how the twins are such reflections of their parents though.

    Mia… Uhhh… Hmm… Just please don’t go down the route of a Jared cheating on Rose storyline, because I think we’re past that.

    Loving where you seem to be taking this though! It’s so like Jared to throw “Simmelin” stars out the window to keep his culinary integrity (never thought I’d use the word integrity in connection to Jared). It’s so him. But seriously… Does he not know how hard it is to get one star, much more two?! Ah well, Jared… Integrity… Who knew?

    (Oh and please… How can we get tired of Jared and Rose? I saw this update and literally went, “squee!! Jared and Rose update! Yay to us!”)

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    1. Haha, the girls made me remember how in high school some of my classmates were in love with a couple of teachers and I could never understand why, since they were all the same age as our parents! Oh well. But I must admit that Jared aged up pretty well..! πŸ˜‰
      Please, give Jesse a chance lol!! He’s really not as bad as he sounds – and he’s a looker too! ❀
      Hmm… you're right about going down that route again! But Jared seems like the type to go through a midlife crisis, doesn't he? Haha, but you're right..! You'll see how Mia will play out! πŸ˜€
      I was researching about those famous stars for the story and I read somewhere that several restaurants have asked for them to be revoked, as they saw them more like a burden than an honor and I thought "well this is interesting" lol! And you're right, it suits Jared that he would only cook what he wants, that's totally like him!
      Oh, and I'm so glad you're not sick of those two yet! ^_^

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      1. Looks like Calla’s not gonna be the heir! *gasp* *inner drama queen faints* I was invested in her in the five or so paragraphs that I’ve known her. Lol. But sure… I trust you. I’ll give Jesse a chance. Oh I’m sure he is a looker! Can’t imagine having parents like Jared and Rose and not look amazing!

        Well, that’s interesting… At least Jared’s not alone in this path he’s taking. Go, Jared! (I think) Just don’t sleep with Mia, coz I don’t think I’ll be able to forgive you if you do. Even if you do something as big as buying Rose a country. She’ll probably forgive you, but I won’t! Not that Jared cares what I think about him… Lol.

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        1. Ooops!! Oh shoot, I didn’t want to reveal my plans but there you have it lol!! (although I’m still not 100% sure, I must admit I’m indeed gravitating towards Jesse) The certain thing is that both siblings will be almost equally involved in gen 2, no matter who becomes heir (did I save it? Lol!!)
          I agree, it would be painfully difficult for anyone to forgive Jared if he did that… but who knows, maybe sometimes – rarely – he cares about what others think of him, hehe! πŸ˜€ But I agree with you about not forgiving him… I know I wouldn’t either! πŸ˜‰

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  3. Oh no, this Mia person seems sketchy and I hope Jared doesn’t do something he and Rose will regret later. I’m biting my fingernails!

    I do really like the storyline about Jared’s restaurant, though, despite my uneasiness about Mia.

    I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of Rose and Jared. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! πŸ˜„ I’m so happy you like this storyline (and Rose & Jared still)! πŸ˜€
      Mia is sketchy, you’re right! Let’s hope that she won’t ruin everything, as she found a pretty stressful time to appear..!

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  4. Pssht how could we ever get sick of Rose and Jared after having been with them for so long~ It’s going to be hard to let them go. Mia is an attractive sim, but I’m hoping she’s not around for too much, though I’m sure Jared has evolved from his past self fully by now, the fact that he forgot about his plans with Rose is not a good sign… Hmm, because we didn’t see Jesse at all this chapter it makes me think you’ll be pushing Calla in the next gen, but I suppose it’s still too soon to be sure – I can’t wait to see how his older self looks, I don’t doubt he’ll be handsome XD

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    1. Jared has evolved, but he’s in a weird age (and phase)…plus he’s entering into dangerous waters with Mia!
      I’m so glad! πŸ˜„ It will be hard for me to let them go too, but I was playing a test save with the kids the other day and I must say I’m way more excited now! Jesse is so handsome as a YA ❀

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  5. Wow, Calla looks a lot like Rose. Can’t wait to see her brother as well! I’m sure they are both gorgeous.
    Did I just see gray hairs in Jared’s hair? Oh, dear Sempreviva, don’t tell us you were hyperventilating while doing that to him? I know I was when I turned one of my characters in another story bald, lol.
    Gosh, Mia kind of reminds me of Ms. Reddings. That’s most likely the haircut. But she indeed doesn’t seem like good news. I hope Jared had enough of trouble-making when he and Rose were still not married. Judging by the looks of it, I… Please, oh, please, just don’t take things too far, won’t you, Jared?

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    1. She does! Although she has taken the lips and (I think) the eye shape from her dad..! Her brother is such eye candy too lol! 😍
      Yes, I gave him grey hair… oh why did I do that? I was about to start sobbing lol!! This will be kind of fixed though in the future πŸ˜‰
      Mia is one dangerous woman and definitely bad news, let’s hope Jared will realize that before it’s too late..! πŸ˜•

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  6. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks something is off about Mia. Let’s hope it’s nothing, shall we?

    Calla and Rose are absolutely gorgeous! Rose especially- she’s aged beautifully.

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    1. Hehe, there is something off about her for sure! Let’s just hope she won’t cause *too* much trouble..! πŸ€”
      Fortunately Rose aged very well, she’s still so pretty ❀
      Thank you so much for your comment! πŸ˜„

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  7. Sorry I took so long to read this! I’ve been quite busy recently 😞
    Calla looks so much like her mother, I was a bit confused at first haha!
    Hmm, who is that Mia girl, she’s quite pretty, but I have a feeling she’s bad news… And Jared! I guess he can’t help having a bad temper, but he needs to calm down!
    It’s funny how different Rose and Jared are. Opposites attract, I guess!
    Great chapter πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh, no worries! I’m glad you’re here πŸ™‚
      She does, doesn’t she? It’s funny because at first I was only seeing the similarities with her dad… I guess she’s taken more from Rose after all!
      Haha, Jared will always be Jared, that’s for sure 😁 ❀

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      1. I am sorry I really thought of he was rebellious about getting the star at Michelin’s guide because the cooking was too much traditional and he was bounded to follow traditional cooking and he wanted to destroy everything to start over as he wished.
        *roll eye*

        So what kind of cooking he’ll do?

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        1. Well, that was the reason, yes! πŸ™‚ He didn’t want to cook the gourmet dishes that were required. The food I pictured him making was more on the “grilling” and comfort food side: steaks, burgers, the occasional mac & cheese lol! But done more creatively than the average cook of course πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha, he is!! Doesn’t care that he’ll lose the stars, he just wants to keep on cooking the things he wants! Classic Jared lol.
      Calla is very pretty, and Jesse (as you’ll see in the next chapter) is looking pretty cute too πŸ™‚ ❀

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