This time, it was Alberto who called on Ada. She jumped when the buzzer at the gate sounded. “Hey, it’s me!” came the familiar voice on the intercom. “I was, you know, just in the neighborhood and thought I’d drop by.”
Ada rushed to the gate, but hid behind the carport to catch her breath. When she emerged where he could see her, she had a stern expression. She eyed him critically as the gate slowly opened.
“We don’t have a neighborhood,” she said. “The closest subdivision is 20 minutes away.”
Alberto cringed. “You’re right,” he confessed. “It’s a line. I looked up your address and drove all the way out here in hopes that you’d be home. You’re not mad, are you? I thought, you know, we had something going the last time.”
Ada’s face lit up. “You thought up a pickup line just for me?” she said. “That’s so thoughtful! I picked you some flowers in our garden yesterday. I hope they’re not too wilted.”
“Wow!” Alberto said. “Nobody’s ever given me flowers. Usually it’s a thing I do for girls. Thank you!”
“It’s not too weird to give you flowers?” Ada asked anxiously. “I know I’m weird, and guys usually aren’t around when I call, or they won’t call me back. I don’t want you to do that. I really like you.”
Alberto chuckled. “Weird doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You make me laugh.”
They stood talking until dusk. “I have to get to work. Some girl has a bachelorette party tonight, and she wants me to be a barbarian in a loincloth.
Ada raised her eyebrows. “Too bad I don’t know her. I’d love to see that.”
“You know, next time you could invite me in. We don’t have to stand in the driveway all day. Not that I minded or anything.”
“Oh!” said Ada. “I’ll remember that next time! I hope next time is soon.”
The next night, she called again. “I hope it’s not too soon! I wanted to invite you over and let you in the gate this time.”
Alberto laughed on the other end of the phone. “Sure! I don’t have a job tonight. I’ll be right over.”
This time, when he buzzed the intercom, Ada chirped, “Come on in! The water’s fine!”
When he walked into the yard, he found her sitting in the hot tub.”
“This is a nice place,” he said. “You know you’re tubbing in a running jacket, don’t you?”
“Yeah, I think it’s more comfortable in the water than a swimsuit. Besides, I wore my swimsuit to Charles’s wedding.” Then she dropped her eyes and said nervously, “Would you like to join me?”
“I don’t really like to go hot tubbing in my clothes like you do,” Alberto said. And when her face fell, he added, “But I think I have a costume in the car that will do the job. So, um, give me a minute to change into something more comfortable.” He dashed away and came back surprisingly quickly.
They had fun splashing about for a while, and then Ada wrapped her arms around him, laughing. Alberto looked at her huskily and said, “Uh, how far were you thinking about going tonight?”
“I didn’t plan to go very far,” Ada said. “Not out of the yard anyway. Are you bored with the hottub?”
Alberto flushed. “That’s not what I meant.”
“Am I being too forward?”
“Too forward? No! I just wanted to know what you had in mind.”
Ada thought for a minute. “Well, this is what I’ve been thinking about all the time since we met at the Art Museum.” And she kissed him.
Then very quickly, one thing led to another.
“Yahoo!” Alberto gurgled.
“Whee!” Ada squealed.
They clung to each other afterward, flushed and breathless. Ada nuzzled close and breathed into his hair. “That was so much fun! Can we do it again?”
Alberto sighed contentedly. “I’ve never met anyone like you. I’m sure there’s nobody like you.”
This hot tub gets a lot of action! The original event was lost in the missing pictures, which infuriated me. This is a recreation from much later in gameplay. And then it took so long to actually GET them to woohoo because of every possible distraction possible in the game that I quit without saving. I was NOT going to lose this moment between them!