3.09 – The plan

Chapter tune: Pixies – Where is my mind

“Don’t you think I deserve an explanation about what happened before?” Yes… that would have been a million times better. Or maybe a simple goodnight paired with a glare or a hair flick – or both – would suffice. Anything than the way she really handled things after the unavoidable relapse to his icy ways. Anything that didn’t make her sound so.. desperate.

It had always been like this. Raina’s mind getting wrapped up in scenarios that would never happen, or mentally fixing her meek behavior, finding better answers a little too late, with no chance of them ever escaping her lips.

By the time her eyes were beginning to shut, the sun had already risen. And once again, her thoughts were invaded by an image of Andrew embracing her from behind, brushing his lips against her hair, her neck, her… Nope. There was no sleeping anymore.

Might as well get up, eat a couple of cookies – the big, soft, chocolate chip kind -, make a bucket of coffee with a ton of sugar and cream and finally get some work done. Oh, and pray that Andrew was still sleeping. She would definitely try to avoid him for a couple of days, at least until the sting of last night’s rejection began to mellow down.

But of course when she got downstairs, he was already in the kitchen making breakfast. Just my luck. And apart from the usual good morning he muttered when he saw her, there wasn’t another exchange of words between them. Which admittedly was pretty convenient, since she didn’t even want to face him right now; but still kinda hurt.

She approached the counter, reaching for the open box of cookies she knew was left in one of the cupboards, and stopped dead in her tracks. Whatever he was cooking smelled delicious. “…have you eaten anything yet?” he suddenly asked, apparently sensing that her stomach was one fried egg away from growling.

“Um, don’t worry about me. I’ll just grab this box of cookies and I’ll be out of your hair.”

“You have to eat well, Raina.” he said, echoing his words from the night before, although if it was intentional or not, Raina couldn’t tell.

“Well aren’t you considerate.” she hissed, partly because she was finally getting mad at him for all the emotional turmoil he was able to put her through so easily last night, and partly because sleep was her vice – or one of them anyway. And the lack of it made her cranky as hell.

There was an awkward tension between them, which apparently Raina seemed to prefer more than relenting to Andrew’s weak invitation to talk. Leaving her remark hanging in the air, he sat on the counter to eat. “I’ve made more eggs and orange juice than intended, so I served the extra for you.” he stated. “You should drink the juice while it’s still got all its vitamins.”

“Uh… thanks.”

More silence. Andrew fumbled a bit with his phone, which Raina took it as a sign that he didn’t want to be disturbed. No surprise there, she thought bitterly. She did eat the breakfast though. Just before she was ready to retreat to her room again, he spoke, not lifting his eyes off his phone. “Ah. There’s this movie being released on Simflix tonight, that I’ve been meaning to watch. They say it’s the next Simdonia in June.

“I didn’t know you were into foreign films.”

“I haven’t watched many of them, but I remember Simdonia was truly something.”

“Um… okay then. Well, have a good time watching it.”

This time, he finally raised his face to look at her. “You can also watch it tonight if you want…uh, I mean, with me. I mean… if you’re interested in this kind of a movie.”

What? What kind of hot and cold game was that? “Are you sure you want me to? I mean, you won’t change your mind later? Because – ” she abruptly stopped herself from continuing her sentence. Well done, Raina. What about a simple “No thanks” or “I already have plans”?

“The things is, I’ve not been a good roommate Raina, more like a terrible one. I would like to rectify that. And I just thought it would be a good idea to watch a movie together… as roommates, I mean.”

Oh.

She should say no. Gosh darn it, she knew she should say no. And yet – “I’ll think about it.”

I’ll think about it. It was probably the least enthusiastic response she could possibly give and yes, Andrew knew he deserved it. At least she didn’t say no. But what was he supposed to do with I’ll think about it? Would she come or would she ignore him? The uncertainty made him fidget in his seat. Breathe it out. Control yourself.

Not that he had planned on asking her to see a movie with him. That was so far away from the plan, he never even saw it coming. Until his stupid brain stopped cooperating and he blurted it out nonetheless. What was happening to him? Being that close to her… that wasn’t part of the plan. And if there was one thing he was good at, it was always being able to stick to his plans.

Of course, plans could go to hell when other people had a say in it – like starting a family; this had always been part of it, albeit it arrived much, much sooner than expected – an accident, unfortunate or not, depending on how one saw it. For Andrew, it was strangely a more than welcome detour, one that had weaseled its way into his hopes and dreams, one that would make his desire to finally have a proper, a “real” family true… and one that had ultimately blown to a million pieces when Ingrid’s psychologist showed up in front of their door one day and declared the child she had given birth to only a couple months back, was his. The paternity test confirmed it as well. Plan ruined.

And most importantly, heart ruined as well. Not that he had ever loved Ingrid desperately, not really. He was enamored by her her at first, and he did grow to love her, sure – plus, her being the exact opposite of his mother in more ways than not was a more than welcome trait. But the kind of love he felt in the long run was mostly fueled by habit; and Andrew was far and foremost a creature of habit.
The pain he felt when he discovered her betrayal though, that was 100% real. As were the tears he’d shed when he was screaming his lungs offΒ  – hopefully for the first and last time of his life – before he left both Ingrid and a new baby that wasn’t his for good. What a joke.

And now Raina… what was that strange feeling he got whenever she was around? The peculiar, warm, fuzzy kind that made his insides flutter, that happened every time she was around. Not that she or anyone around could ever realize it, because controlling his emotions was one if the things he did best. Nobody could tell, but he had totally frozen the first time he saw her again, that night he went to pick up his sister at the club. She was everything he remembered her to be, and at the same time she wasn’t. She was sweet like she used to, but breathtaking at the same time. If only she knew how much strength it took for him to walk away from her last night… that one night his emotional state almost spiraled out of control. But he had, and it was probably for the best.

He was being unfair comparing her to Ingrid, he knew it. But he found himself doing just that. They were both so… different from him. Like Ingrid, Raina was a dreamer, a romantic, a whimsical creature almost unfit for this world. And he wasn’t any of those things, never had been. Who knew how much time it would take her to get sick of his cold, practical ways and decide that someone else was a better fit? Who knew how long it would take her to realize it and, even worse, come clean about it? He’d seen how she treated that poor idiot who was lastly with her. Not even daring to tell him what was on her mind and stringing him along until the truth blew up to his face. How much time could he waste like this? Or how much time until he finally broke her heart? Because he wasn’t even sure he could do feelings again. Feelings led to attachment and attachment led to… all kinds of disaster.

He wasn’t up for any more of those.

Raina waited for Charlie at the small cafΓ© near her old home. She desperately wanted to talk to someone about everything, and that someone had always been her beloved cousin.

Charlie arrived a bit later, looking even more striking than usual. She obviously just had another photoshoot at Posh – their favorite vintage clothing store – and they obviously let her keep the dress.

“Whoa, that’s a killer outfit you have there! And… suddenly I feel underdressed.”

Charlie beamed. “Please. I’m way overdressed. And kind of freezing. But isn’t it fabulous? Do you see how it pushes up my boobs and shit?”

“I think the whole place has seen it, actually.” Raina said, motioning her hand towards a dumbfounded group of guys.

“Good. Let them stare.” Charlie replied with a wink. “So, you up for some action tonight? We could go to a bar, have some drinks… I could lend you this dress. What do you say?”

“Well, I… sort of… have a thing for tonight. Although I’m not sure if I should go or not.”

“Oooh, do tell! Is it a date?”

“Nah, it’s… Andrew asked me to watch a movie with him. As roommates, not like a date or anything like that… and I’m n-not sure what I should do.”

Charlie raised an eyebrow, then broke a huge smirk. “Dude! You like him! Did something happen between you two? Ah, I knew you had your eye on that guy – didn’t I tell you from day one?”

“Yeah yeah… I guess you were right.”

Raina then proceeded talking about everything that had happened last night, up to the very last detail.

“Wait… are we talking about the same Andrew here? Mr Tightass? Well well well…” Charlie fanned herself with her hand “I gotta say, that was hot! Who would have thought..!”

“Right?”

“He definitely wants you.” Charlie stated.

“You think so?”

“Girl! First of all, you’re a total knockout, how many times do I have to tell you? Who wouldn’t want you? And second… well, wasn’t it kind of obvious last night?”

“Um. I guess it was… I can’t stop thinking about it actually. And the thing is…” Raina lowered her voice so that no-one else nearby could listen “I wanna do stuff with him that I’ve never done before.”

“Oh, now we’re talking! Like what?”

“Charlie, I’m not gonna tell you that!”

Charlie narrowed her eyes and put her finger on her mouth in consideration. “So do it. Just tell him. What single man in his right mind would pass up an opportunity for sex with a gorgeous woman he obviously has the hots for?”

“B-but… everything points to the fact t-that… he’s not ready for a relationship. And even if he was, I doubt he’d be the chocolates-and-roses kind of guy. I don’t know…”

“Okay, easy tiger… Who said anything about a relationship?”

“Um…”

“My dear cousin… you know what your problem is? You fall in love with guys too easily. Or more correctly, you fall in love with the idea of being in love.”

Raina stirred her strawberry milkshake with the straw. Her cousin wasn’t wrong. Did she care to admit it? Nope. “What’s wrong with that?”

“It all falls apart in the end, because you set your expectations too high right off the bat. You keep searching for your ideal prince charming, you actually forget to have any fun.”

Damn. That actually made sense. Raina did have theΒ bad habit of jumping head-first into relationships, thinking every guy as the one, until it all crashed and burned spectacularly.

For some reason, Charlie felt suddenly very inspired by her cousin’s love life, so she continued blabbering. “This situation with Andrew is perfect. You already have the chemistry, plus you know he’d make for a bad boyfriend; so that’s out of the way. And say, how much time do you have until you leave his flat, four, five months? You can screw each other’s brains out until then and then you’re done. Finito. Sayonara. And the best part, no hard feelings when it’s over.”

Well. That didn’t sound so bad. Maybe a no-strings-attached fling was exactly what Raina needed. What was the point of so many relationships if she threw her heart on the line and every single time it got a little more damaged, a little more broken in the process? Maybe she could take her cousin’s example and take sex for what it was. Something simple and fun, nothing complicated or sentimental about it. Maybe trying to push things romantically lead to more harm than good eventually. Plus, she was going through a dry spell since Zach. And even with him – hell, every man of her past actually – they weren’t really clicking in bed. Something told her this would not be the case with Andrew.

“You’re thinking about it.” Charlie was practically grinning.

“It does sound tempting.” Raina said absent-mindedly. But the truth was, she’d already made up her mind. She would make Andrew an offer he couldn’t refuse. At least she hoped so. And most importantly, when the time came, she hoped she would be brave enough to actually propose it.

“You’re late.” Andrew said, having already taken his place on the couch for who knew how long. She glanced at the watch on the wall. Fourty minutes late? Shoot. No wonder he looked pissed.

And of course Raina was late. She took her sweet time preparing herself, both psysically and mentally, for tonight. And then debated for about an hour what to wear. That lacy skimpy nightdress? Nah. She would look ridiculous and frankly, a little desperate. Next. Those cute pink pajamas with kittens and bunnies all over them? Not the kind of impression she wanted to give at the moment. In the end, she settled for a simple sweater and a pair of jeans shorts. The simpler, the better. Just like her love… no, sex life apparently.

She sat at the other end of the couch, suddenly feeling quite self-conscious under his stern gaze. She tried not to show it. “It’s not like you waited for me outside – you’re in your place!”

“Weak excuse. Also, your pizza is getting cold.”

“You got us pizza?” she squeaked.

“Correction: I got you pizza.”

“Even better – more for me! But aren’t you hungry?”

“I’ll have something light. If I’m correct, the one you usually order is brie, bacon and…” he winced before he could utter the next word “cranberries?”

“Hey, I’ll have you know that it’s the best flavor ever created! But… how did you even know that’s what I like?”

“Don’t you ever wonder how the receipts you throw all over the house are magically disappearing? I already know what you usually order, Raina.”

Raina… She could listen to him saying her name for days at a time. The way his tongue rolled the “R”, the way his voice held the “a” for just a little longer… Suddenly her appetite grew stronger, although it involved something entirely different than pizza. This alone was a whole new experience for her.

Be bold… right.

“C-can we talk?” she blurted out.

“Haven’t we been talking already?”

“R-right. Um… The thing is… I-I… kinda wanna talk about last night.”

Andrew froze. He never, in a million years would expect that the shy girl – no, woman – in front of him would willingly jump into a conversation that would prove awkward at best. Plus, what on earth could he say to justify his behavior?

Still, he nodded in agreement. “Sure.”

“Do you… want me?”

Well, he did not expect that.

“Do I want you?” he repeated, his mind working overtime trying to figure out what was happening and what to do to avoid the question.

“Yeah… Do you?”

As much as he fought it, Andrew couldn’t lie. “Yes. But -”

“Good.” she interrupted him, and exhaled in relief. At least she now knew she hadn’t imagined the whole thing. “I… I want you too.”

His eyes popped open and his mouth followed, probably trying to get out of this dangerous conversation as soon as possible. How had the roles been reversed so quickly? She raised a hand to stop him from speaking his mind. So bossy all of a sudden… for some reason he liked that.

“I think w-we should uh… act on it.” she stated, her newfound way of viewing intimacy making her feel strangely empowered.

He nearly choked on his wine. “Excuse me?”

“Since we both um, you know, want it. B-but there’s no need for things to get complicated. It will be like an… arrangement… of s-sorts. In four months I’ll be out of here and then it will be over; no harm, no foul.”

Andrew couldn’t believe his ears. Could things be that easy? No messy feelings involved, a clean cut exit for both… Nah. Surely, he must had misunderstood. “Raina…”

Again, she didn’t let him finish. Now it was all out there, and she knew that if she got interrupted, all her sudden confidence would fly out of the window faster than a speeding bullet. “We c-could uh… make a… a list of everything we want to do. And then it will be over. A clean break.”

Andrew’s face was still in shock, and Raina felt a little proud she was the one that managed to make that happen. “A list… Are you talking about a plan… for sex?”

“Y-yes.”

“What, like a top ten? …that kind of a list?”

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“S-something like that. Although it should have to be more than ten if we’re going to do it until I move out.”

Andrew felt the urge to pinch himself. Had he died and gone to heaven? “And you’re sure that’s what you want? Because -”

Raina interrupted him – again. She wondered how many times she could do it and get away with it. “I know you still have some specific memories of me but… I’m not that innocent anymore, Andrew. I want this.”

She noticed his nostrils flare. She must have said something very wrong… or very right. He shot her an intense look. Probably the latter. “So it will be like a contract? With clear terms – the list, like you said – and an end date?”

“Well, it’s not like we’ll write it down or anything…”

Oh, Andrew was so overflown with ideas, he could spend hours… days writing it down. Just thinking about it made his mouth dry and his pants grow tighter. Better stop before she freaks out.

He hadn’t even realized he had been staring at her for a while, his face so unreadable, Raina stopped feeling so sure about this whole proposal. Shoot. She was so unused to stating what she wanted, she belatedly realized she might have come on a little too strong. She felt her whole face turning hot pink and her voice came out weak, but still managing to interrupt his not so innocent train of thought. “I knew it… I’m… I’m so sorry. It was ridiculous to even ask. C-can we pretend this discussion never happened? I’m just gonna go, I… I have to -”

He grabbed her hand before she had the chance to flee, his eyes so hot they could burn holes in her flushed skin, his voice so raspy it almost came out like a growl. “We could start with the couch.”

A/N: Hey guys! I’m finally back after… wow, four months of absence! I am so sorry about that! The truth is, this chapter has been rewritten at least five times – I guess inspiration wasn’t on my side this time… but I now have a clear view of how the story will go, so that’s something at least lol! Be prepared for some saucy content very soon, hehe! πŸ˜‰
I’d like to apologize for being greatly behind on the reader too… work was being a total b#&%$ again those months (the company that I work for is a healthcare one, so we were busier than usual), but things are finally cooling down at last! So if I haven’t yet commented, expect loads of comments soon! πŸ˜€
Anyway, I hope everyone is well and safe! Thank you so much for reading! ❀ ❀

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  1. Shew! It’s gettin’ hot in here! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯. Let’s start with the couch. He’s not gonna be able to keep his heart closed off. And of course there’s zero chance Raina can.

    But wait …. he has a kid???? Dang. So Ingrid is the woman that broke him. She was seeing a psychologist and wound up having an affair with him? Breaking up with Andrew and she was pregnant, presumably with the psychologist’s kid. But then later he found out the psychologists daughter was actually his. But does he have any relationship with her? Maybe not, maybe that’s partly why he’s so badly broken. Not only did Ingrid cheat on him she stole his daughter? Damn he has a lot of baggage.

    But Raina is perfect for him anyway. These are two of the most gorgeous sims so far. And all of them have been handsome. I just love looking at them. ❀️

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    1. Yup, things are heating up and fast! 😏πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ Hmmm, both of them are determined to stick to “the plan” for now – let’s see who will be the first to crack..! πŸ˜‰
      Oh no, the kid is the psychologist’s – maybe I didn’t phrase that correctly, my bad! πŸ™‚ Actually Ingrid cheated on Andrew and got pregnant, then didn’t say anything and behaved normally until the kid was about two months old (and all this time Andrew believed she was his – Raina’s bedroom is actually the kid’s room). Then the psychologist showed up and everything was revealed… I’m sorry if I my writing didn’t make sense and I mislead you! 😳
      Awww, thank you so much! ❀ I do have a weakness for them myself, haha!
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! 😊 πŸ’•

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      1. I should’ve reread it! Thanks for clarifying it. When he said he showed up and said the kid was his, I thought he was saying the baby was Andrew’s! Ugh …. now it’s makes total and much more sense. DUH! He had the baby ripped from his life. Poor Andrew….. even worse.

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        1. Ah yes – I totally get the confusion – I might try to rephrase that if I can πŸ™‚ It’s totally okay – I’m not expecting you to reread my chapters! ❀ That's what happens when I take so much time to write one, lol! But I swear the next will be out much, much sooner πŸ˜‰
          But yeah, he thought he had a family and it all proved to be a sham… poor Andrew indeed πŸ˜₯

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  2. Oh yessss. I am HERE for this, girl. Things are heating up. πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ I think, like Audrey, that it’ll be hard for these two not to fall for each other once they get down to doing the do, but at the same time it’ll be good for Raina. Girl needs to learn to calm the flip down and just enjoy herself. πŸ˜… And honestly, maybe it’ll be good for Andrew as well – he’ll chill a bit, too. Maybe he’ll be a little less cranky lol.
    Oh and don’t think you’re being let off the hook for cutting off the chapter like that, girl! You’re being mean. 🀣 But I guess it’s because you know I have to come back for more… SIGH. OH well, you know I will. This was so great and I can’t wait for more! πŸ˜πŸ’•

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    1. Yesss, I have been dying to get to this point for so long (but struggling on how to make things progress – but I finally managed to get my head out of my @$$ lol)!
      Things are definitely heating up 😏 πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ I’m debating on how I should present the next part though… maybe I’ll follow your example and make the juicy parts password protected, hmmm… in case someone is not a pervy perv like us lmao! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      You bet they’re gonna fall for each other πŸ˜‰ And you bet Andrew is going to get more and more relaxed, lmao!! 😊 But I think Raina also needs that, because her fairytale obsession is making her missing out on a lot of good 😏 things.
      Ooops! Sorry about that, hehe! I will not let you wait long for the next part, I promise! πŸ˜‰
      Thank you sooo much for reading and commenting! 😘 πŸ’•

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  3. Yay, welcome back πŸ˜ƒ
    Things are about to get hot in here πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
    I just hope that they both know what they are doing. Neither one seems like the kind to keeps emotions out of the situation for long,

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    1. Thank you, it’s so nice to be back haha! ^_^ ❀
      Yup, things are definitely gonna get hot 😏😏πŸ”₯ And no distracting phone calls this time, lol! πŸ˜‰
      Hmmm you'd think that they know what they're doing… buth they really don't! πŸ˜‹ Who knows how messy things can get 😈
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! ❀ ❀

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  4. I’m telling you Raina is such a pretty sim. She has such an innocence to her face and a sweetness too. “Girl! First of all, you’re a total knockout….” Charlie has that so right. But then for Charlie and Andrew to both call her a dreamer….they know her so well and it definitely fits. So to see her struggle with that whole sex conversation, it pulled at my heart while being cute at the same time! I would hope no matter what happens after this in the physical department, she doesn’t lose any of those lovely traits she has now. That look of his was priceless.

    Thank you for using my poses in this chapter!

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    1. Man, can’t believe you’re all caught up! πŸ˜€ I have to get caught on your awesome story too asap!
      Awww thank you so much! ^_^ I also think she’s super sweet (I also think she’s my favorite character of mine so far) πŸ’•
      Haha, that conversation was indeed supposed to be hard for her (but also kind of cute, like you said)!
      Yes, losing that doe-eyed dreamer side of her would be a shame… let’s hope that will never happen!
      Thank you for your poses! They’re truly awesome (especially the emotions ones, so handy)! ❀ I have used so many of them already (especially in a couple of chapters back)! πŸ˜‰
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! ❀ ❀

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      1. Well now I feel terrible. I’m not all caught up…sigh, I’m sorry. I have so many stories I love and want to read from the beginning. But the idea of catching up is overwhelming so I’m trying to decide what to do. But in the meant time I have certain stories, like yours that I want to see right now, so I don’t get more behind. Until I clear mom’s estate, my time is very short and I’m looking forward to it all being done so I can move on with my life. I’m so very glad my poses have been helpful for your story! More poses are coming.

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        1. Oh no, don’t feel bad at all! I’m just really happy you enjoy reading my story – that means a lot! ❀ I totally understand how overwhelming catching up can be πŸ™‚ Also, you can entirely skip gen 2 of my story (or if you want to read it, just skim through it), because it had gotten pretty dark anyway and I'm not proud of it at all, lol!
          Real life comes first always, and my story will stay here whenever you feel like reading it! πŸ˜‰
          I hope you will soon be free to move on with your life πŸ™‚
          I can't wait for the new poses! πŸ˜€
          And again, thank so so much for taking the time to read and comment! ❀ ❀

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  5. Chocolate chip cookies for breakfast?! Oh, Raina and her terrible eating habits πŸ˜‚ I’m surprised she’s still in good shape haha.
    It’s interesting to see an awkward and fumbling Andrew. He always has this cool, indifferent ice prince image, so it’s quite cute that he secretly gets nervous butterflies around Raina. Perhaps in the future she will allow him to relax with his stringent emotional control and be open with soft feelings like this.
    Honestly, Charlie’s 100% right. Raina being so desperate and trying sooo hard was pushing her backwards rather than forwards. And to her sex seems like a super important part of the relationship (I remember her being disappointed with Zach, lmao rip) so this is a solution I actually didn’t expect but definitely makes sense for her.
    YES GO FOR IT RAINA πŸ‘ I was surprised by how bold she was in that conversation, for once, I laughed a bit at how shocked and struck dumb Andrew was. Although I doubt it will be ‘that easy’ to keep feelings out of their arrangement, once they get physically intimate…
    Great chapter ❀

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    1. Lmao!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Yes, she has to eat better (as Andrew would say) – well, she’s the protagonist so she *has* to stay in good shape if I have a say in it, lol! (Those sims are so lucky – while here I am, eating yogurt for dinner for the past week in order to lose my quarantine weight πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­)
      Andrew was always secretly smitten with Raina and I have to agree, it’s super cute ❀ And hmmm… that's very possible! πŸ˜‰
      I'm so glad the solution makes sense! I mean, it did to me too but I wasn't 100% sure to be honest… lmao, Zach and Raina had zero chemistry, lmao!
      Haha, I really enjoyed writing that dialogue! πŸ˜‚ And you're right, keeping feelings out of the arrangement will definitely be hard… although it might prove harder for one of the two parties involved 😈
      Thank you sooo much!! 😘 πŸ’•

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  6. OMG!!! πŸ’‹πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ’‹

    I thought Andrew was panty-melting hawt from the beginning but after the last few chapters I’m starting to think he’s even better than that… Daymn gurl! You good!!! Even got my totally asexual engines revving lol although admittedly I’m more interested in seeing them fall in love with each other while they have their clothing disintegrating fling!!!

    As a lifetime reader of romance novels (I started reading them at 11 and never looked back) I can tell you that you are on the right track here! And contrary to what you might believe, you’re a damn good writer! I don’t waste exclamation points on just anyone ya know πŸ˜‰

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    1. Oh my, thank you so, so much!! You have no idea how happy your comment made me! πŸ˜„ ❀
      Hehe, I think Andrew is the hottest sim I ever made – so much that I dread how I'm going to outhot(?) him in future gens, lol! Plus I find myself enjoying writing him so much ❀
      Falling in love might be a bit quicker than expected πŸ˜‰ But of course not without all the necessary drama to go with it! πŸ˜…
      Wow, I am so happy to read that! πŸ˜€ I admit that I just started reading romance novels a couple of years back and I still ask myself how I kept on living without them, lol!
      Again, thank so much for your comment! You really made my day! πŸ˜€ ❀ ❀

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  7. My apologies for the lateness, but I’m here at long last and ready to read!
    Completely off topic before I delve into the chapter itself, but their kitchen is sooo nice 🀩
    I expected Andrew to ice Raina out, so I’m pleasantly surprised he initiated the conversation in the morning. His movie invite was so awkwardly cute. Like Lila, I’m surprised at how different his inner thoughts are compared to his outer self. Poor guy is jumping so far ahead and these two haven’t even kissed yet XD Given his history, it’s understandable. He doesn’t want to be hurt, or hurt Raina. Dang, Ingrid cheated on him with her psychologist? That seems unethical, lol.
    My girl Charlie was looking like a bombshell πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ And she came through with some excellent advice: why don’t our two lovebirds act on their attraction first since they are supposed to be together temporarily. As for whether or not that remains the case, I suppose we shall see, hehe. I doubt it’ll be as easy as they think it’ll be to just be intimate and then move on. I think both of them shall find themselves wanting more… Hmm… I’m looking forward to seeing how things continue next chapter. If you skip ahead and don’t show us the good stuff I shall dust off my pitchfork πŸ˜‡ Great chapter ❀️

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    1. Hey Amy! I’m also really sorry for my super late reply! 😳 I’ve been on vacation so the signal was really crappy! But I’m finally back! πŸ₯³
      Haha, I also love that kitchen so much!
      Lol, Andrew is so awkward sometimes πŸ˜‚ You’re right about that contrast between his outer and inner self. I always kind of imagined him as icy on the outside, but hiding a storm on the inside… if that makes sense! πŸ˜… And he *is* jumping to conclusion really fast! Who told you Raina even wants to be with you, man? Lol! I guess he does that because he has a habit of being two steps ahead of everyone… even though Raina seems to take him by surprise lately, lol πŸ˜‰
      Yup, Ingrid did that. Not the most ethical thing, you’re so right! πŸ˜‚
      Charlie looked so amazing in that dress, I had to give her some screen time, haha! 😍 Hmmm, we’ll soon(-ish?) see if they both ultimately follow her advise or want more (although, who am I kidding? We both know how Charlie’s advice is going to pan out πŸ˜‚)
      Hehe, I will *not* skip ahead, I can promise you that! 😏
      Thank you sooo much for your comment (and, again, I’m so sorry for my super late reply)!! ❀ ❀

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