With Ada’s birthday came her other big day.
“How do I look, Daddy?” she asked eagerly.
“I don’t know how to answer that,” Fabian answered. “All I see is a baby girl I lost a long time ago.”
The ceremony was long and filled with speeches. But Ada got the most important part.
She was voted, “Most Likely to Offend Others,” and she seemed ridiculously pleased about it.
Jabari Keaton graduated the same day. He’d finished his credits a while ago, but he hadn’t been able to attend the ceremony with the rest of his class.
Charles jumped at the chance to catch up with his best friend. “Hey man! I haven’t seen you at the dojo yet!”
Jabari answered with a lovestruck smile. “That’s because I just got married!” he said. “To Latisha Langerak!”
“Isn’t she amazing?”
“Whoa,” Charles said. “I didn’t even know you were dating anyone.”
“It did happen a little bit fast,” Jabari admitted, “but we wouldn’t change anything. Would we my dear?”
Ada watched the conversation, but she didn’t try to say anything to Jabari herself. Jabari had tutored her in Math and English and helped her make a B average by graduation. Had she felt anything else for him?
Halfway through the quiet and awkward drive home, she just said, “I’m happy for him, then.”
That evening, it was time for two more birthdays.
Zahra and Fabian were dragged into their golden years. They might not be thrilled about getting older, but they took it cheerfully.
At least they had each other, with all their flaws, and that wasn’t looking too bad these days.
The game crashed right as Zahra was aging up, and I didn’t get the picture of her makeover. (Notice the clothing change between her birthday and Fabian’s :).) You should see what she looks like in future screen shots.
This update doesn’t advance Charles’s romantic crisis at all either, and it deals a blow to Ada. Poor Gen 4 has been terribly unlucky in love. Ada couldn’t get Lavar Andrews to give her the time of day. So she turns her attention on Jabari, and I got the notification that he married Latisha Langerak RIGHT after the end of Ada’s birthday party. Good grief.
Rest assured. There will be progress :).