“The Odd Couple”
Warnings: voyeurism, irate neighbors, dance montages, hairy sims, and a rekindled romance.
Sunday, Day 14
As the days grew colder in Oceanside, dancer extraordinaire Diego Bossanova put an ad in Oceanside Today for a roommate. Even though Diego hadn’t really had a problem paying the bills, the thought of saving a sexy NPC from freezing to death in the caves on the other side of the island really appealed to him. (That and it would be a way to stick it to his ex, Minka Yomoshoto.)
But instead of a sexy lady sim…
he got this guy.
Abbot Moulden, the former Tinkering sensei, was the only one to answer the ad, unfortunately for Diego.
Abbot is a 5-8-6-3-3 Popularity/Fortune Aries. He’s a handy eccentric and a perfectionist workaholic loner that somehow hopes to have 20 best friends.
Maybe he will create them. Being a loner Abbot doesn’t really jive too well with the other residents. Abbot would rather use big words and talk about mechanical things than the usual who’s burnt their dinner gossip. Being the expert tinkerer he has earned a gold badge in Robotics. After he has made enough robots — and the Business District opens — Abbot will have his own robot factory.
With Abbot moving in Diego had to put the wall back that separated his dance studio. He has a smaller dance space, but that was OK. He still had his dance academy to work on his full-out routines.
As Diego worked out his thoughts went to what has transpired between him and his main lady. Diego was so embarrassed that Minka slapped him in front of everyone at his nephew’s transition party! She knew the kind of relationship they had;
he could see any sim he wanted. It was bad enough Brodie pretends that they were never together, but to him, Minka’s behavior was unforgivable. However he couldn’t deny that he missed her and wanted her back.
Because of his exceptional mechanical skills (level 10!) Abbot was asked to take on the job as town Repairman. Politician Malcolm Landgraab has been trying to get somesim to fill the position since he was electrocuted fixing Matisse Troubadour’s dishwasher. With the job comes a shiny new work truck.
Diego usually doesn’t want to be interrupted when he’s doing his morning workout. So while Diego dances…
Abbot sets up his before-the-dawn-of-time antiquated telescope on the balcony. Abbot hopes to scour the island terrain for spare metal that he can pick up on his rounds.
Instead of scraps Abbot finds something even more interesting in the Biltmore’s window.
Abbot: My, my, my!
Abbot is mesmerized by what he sees and can’t look away!
Fearing he might have been spotted, Abbot quickly turns his telescope in another direction.
Abbot: I was only examining the rose bushes in Mrs. Killeen’s front yard… they’re in terrible need of watering.
You’re not fooling anyone, Abbot.
HOW WERE THEY BEST FRIENDS????!!!
Abbot was caught. Architect, neighbor, and spy victim Fitz Biltmore runs over to have a word with him.
Abbot: Good day, good sir! How may I help you this fine…
Fitz is so angry he stops Abbot mid-sentence and violently push him into the wall!
Abbot: Now see here, Mr. Biltmore, how dare you enter my home uninvited and shove me about! How ungentlemanly of you!
Fitz: I saw you! You were spying on me in my underwear!
Abbot: How could I have possibly seen you in your underwear, dear sir? You live on the opposite side of the house from where my telescope rests. It would defy the very laws of physics for me to “spy” into your window!
He has you there Fitz.
Fitz: *in near tears* I KNOW I SAW YOU!!
Abbot has barely moved in and he already has an enemy. 🙁
Diego: Good to see you Fitz. Say hi to Sadie for me!
Fitz: Shut. Up.
Abbot returns to the telescope this time NOT to spy on his next door neighbor.
Abbot: *thinks* I could probably break down that Land Whale and manufacture a fine MunchieBot…
Abbot peers into the telescope well into the night.
Abbot sometimes feels he was born into the wrong century. He knows the other sims laugh at his old-fashioned attire and manner of speaking but he doesn’t care. He’s an old soul, ready to bring refinement into the present day.
Abbot has a quick dinner…
then has a quick chuckle about Fitz in the bath.
After one bath the tub goes kaput. There’s only one man on the island that can fix that!
Our refined Mr. Moulden.
After back-up dancing his heiny off, Diego goes to bed.
And so does Abbot.
Monday, Day 15
Diego really hasn’t said more than two words to his new roomie. While Abbot finishes his breakfast Diego tries to find something in common.
Diego: So what kind of music do you listen to? I bet you like country music! Man those fiddlers can really play!
Abbot: A “fiddle” is just a violin played incorrectly.
As Diego heads out he thinks: I have got to get that asshole out of my house!
A trip to Diego’s Dance Academy will help him blow off some steam.
Some of his regulars — Beautician Brodie Mason…
and Politician Malcolm Landgraab, X stop by for a lesson.
Reporter Beckett Graham is here to review the DDA! Diego hopes he receives a Best of The Best Award!
Diego warms up at the barre before class.
Diego invites Beckett inside and explains in full detail what he hopes to accomplish with the DDA. His hope is that no sim will be laughed at or called crazy because they have low dance skills.
Day Care provider Angie Killeen — also a DDA regular — is ready for her next lesson as well.
However, before they can dance their cares away, Brodie still has some issues she needs to work out. Getting a pep talk from the Cup On A Stick should do the trick… we hope.
Cup On A Stick: You is kind. You is smart. You is important.
*/start smustle montage*
*/end smustle montage*
Diego takes the cash prize.
Angie is really getting the hang of the smustle!
Malcolm stops smustling to do a little barre work. Maybe he is finally becoming serious about losing that extra weight he put on.
These guys are still at it!
SMUSTLIN IS SRS BZNS YO!
As soon as Brodie’s boyfriend, Musician Kendrick Troubadour, arrives…
she leaves! Maybe she doesn’t want to have an awkward conversation about why she’s at Diego’s.
After Angie leaves…
Diego closes for the day.
Back at the house…
Abbot just can’t get enough of Fitz.
Abbot: Oh crumbs…
Fitz: I caught you red-handed this time! I SAW YOU SPYING ON ME THROUGH THE WINDOW!!
Abbot: You touch me again, dear sir, and I will rip out your tongue and feed it to the wild hyenas!
Fitz: I’m going to tell everysim what you did. You’ll never get another job around here! You-You… WEIRDO!
Those are some tough words coming from Fitz Biltmore!
Abbot: I RATHER DISLIKE THAT SIM!
Even stronger words coming from Abbot!
As Abbot leaves for work he thinks about what Fitz said. Will he not be able to get work around town? He was only having a bit of fun. He doesn’t understand why Mr. Biltmore became so upset!
As soon as Diego returns home he sends his taxes to the treasury.
Diego thought that having a roommate would ease the feeling of loneliness he had but, of course, that wasn’t the case. He felt more lonely now than he ever had. Seeing Brodie today — seeing how their time together meant nothing to her — made him realize what he already knew, deep down…
that he needed Minka.
With her new income as a live-in Nanny, Heaven Gallo can now complete her Mrs. Claus cosplay properly!
Heaven: Hey there Diego!!
Diego: How did I ever think that chick was hot?
Doctor Minka Yomoshoto, Diego’s on-again/off-again love, is smitten with Diego as soon as she walks on the lot. Minka has always had feelings for Diego — even when they were furious with each other. She hopes that this time they can really talk and see if they can make it work.
Minka: I’m really glad you invited me over, Diego. I think it’s time we talked… about our relationship.
Serious talk makes Diego seriously nervous. Instead he lures Minka inside for an impromptu dance off.
Which leads to slow dancing.
But when Diego goes in for the kiss he’s denied!
Minka: Wait Diego! We can’t just rush into things like last time!
Diego agrees to take it slow. If she wanted to talk about their future he would, just not right now. Right now he only wants to stare into her eyes.
Diego hopes to dazzle Minka with a Mac & Cheese dinner for two.
Abbot: You really shouldn’t have the fire on so high. It will burn.
Diego: I got it. Don’t worry. *Know-it-all*
Abbot is starting to take Fitz’s threat seriously. He had very little work to do today. What if he made a huge mistake angering one of the Founders? He’s only been a resident for two days. What if they decide to kick him out? He knows one thing, he will not go back to the caves and live like a miscreant! He would scrap together his own home if need be!
Minka and Diego have a relaxing meal together. It was nice to have a civil conversation again instead of arguing. If there was any sim that Diego would settle down with it would be Minka. But was he ready for that?
Paragon Barrett, baker, Draco Malfoy look-alike, and Brodie’s other hit-and-run, devilishly plots something devious by the front yard. What is that little turd up to?
Paragon: Payback’s a bitch, Moulden. You
Hey! He was only looking for scraps. You meanie!
This time the two-time offender was caught in the act!
Diego: What The Hell?? Get out of here!! GO!!
Diego lets the perp get away. He has more important things on his mind.
Diego and Minka talk through the night slowly building their relationship back to what it was. They also get a few digs in at Brodie’s expense.
Diego: I heard she woohoo’d that trash kicker in the Bakery’s photo booth!
Whatever, you still wanted her!
Beat, Diego calls it a night.
Tuesday, Day 16
“Dancing With The Stars”
A little predawn cleaning…
and predawn wave watching helps to clear Diego’s mind.
It was great spending time with Minka again. He never should have gotten so angry at her. She shouldn’t have hit him, of course, but both of them have to learn to control their anger. He knows that Minka wants to marry him but Diego is unsure if that’s what he wants. But what if that’s the only way he can be with her…
Abbot starts the day the same as all the rest — spying on the Biltmores.
Mailman Lars Shadow really needs warmer clothes for his morning route!
Diego leaves something special for Abbot…
Oh Heaven, you got no game in that Granny outfit, girl!
Another slow day.
Why wouldn’t Diego share his love of new wave indie jam-pop? What the hell is new wave indie jam-pop?
Whether Diego likes him or not, Abbot is a great sim to have around the house.
Oh Abbot!! Can we not have round three with you and Fitz?!
As usual Cindy Lou Killeen sits her happy ass down and watches TV — uninvited!
Abbot does invite Garden Clubber Tiara Hough, though.
Here we go…
I don’t know if it was because of Cindy Lou’s glitchy butt or because Abbot was no longer at the telescope but Fitz didn’t attack Abbot. He just walked back home!
Fitz: *grumbles* I’ll get him next time!
Now that is was night Abbot could focus his telescope on more heavenly bodies.
Abbot: I don’t think you can get more heavenly than Mr. Biltmore!
Cindy Lou: I’m thinking about writing a children’s book. Maybe about a witch that goes to school in space?
Ho don’t do it.
Hot Damn! Abbot and Achilles might become scientific rivals!
HA! SimJazzer! Can he please wear a headband and a neon unitard? *crosses fingers* #totally80s
Diego is pleasantly surprised to see two lovely ladies in his condo.
Unfortunately he has to say good night to them…
and get some sleep.
Abbot receives a science hobby membership and Oceanside has another red-headed Science Guy™.
Abbot: I think I just found Sixam!
Wednesday, Day 17
*Darn! No spandex!*
Abbot finally has enough money to make his first robot!
No fancy name this time. SentryBot will do.
He’ll have to finish SentryBot when he returns.
Diego takes a quick shower…
then tries to get charismatic with a mirror…
when a pretty lady shows up at his door.
Their relationship is slowly on the mend.
Not so slow today! Abbot thinks he had nothing to worry about. Sims will always need someone to repair their stuff.
Diego’s signature “slow dance” move tugs at Minka’s heart.
*Best Roommate Ever*
Already a robotic genius, Abbot finishes the SentryBot lickety split.
Now to test SB to make sure everything is functioning the way it should.
Everything is running smoothly.
Abbot should be happy but he’s not. Even though today went wonderfully he’s scared of what Mr. Biltmore will do to his reputation. And he’s lonely. Abbot has no friends other than his underage love, Newsie Calvin O’Gill. Until Calvin ages up Abbot has no one. His own roommate doesn’t even want to spend time with him. 🙁
Abbot stops feeling sorry for himself. He’s a master mechanical engineer. If these sims didn’t want to be his friends he can make his own…
or maybe find one on another world.
While Diego makes shrimp gumbo…
Minka makes her way to the hot tub.
This is where I belong, thought Diego, in Minka’s arms.
Minka had his heart now but for how long? Diego will always have a wandering eye. But as long as he didn’t act on it…
she was his.
- So, I basically moved Abbot in so I could have Edwina and Lars playable sooner (Abbot was next in line to become a resident, then Edwina).
- Abbot’s career “Repair Service” takes a lot of logic which, weirdly enough, he didn’t have. That’s why he’s on the telescope every other second. Well that and he apparently likes looking at Fitz ;P
- Abbot is my only gay male (Calvin is bi). I randomize all of the sims’ sexual preferences with ACR and although I have a lot of gay females he’s the only guy. It makes his romance pickings pretty slim. 🙁
Thanks for reading!! ^.^