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Abby hadn’t realized how much she had missed home until she pulled the truck up in front of the house. Dylan and her mum were waiting for her in the yard.
She came into the house to find that Andria had been cooking all afternoon in anticipation of their arrival.
They spent the evening sharing stories over delicious food. It was good to be home.
Andria had transformed her garden into a small working farm.
Xia had started taking massage classes at the spa.
She practiced on Sky, who wasn’t complaining.
Abby got to be there while Connery grew up!
He was an adorable, fuzzy, huge adult dog.
The most powerful news was that the campaign against Nemo Hodgins that Abby began had been successful.
Aminali had received most of the attention, and it had boosted her career. Abby had wanted it that way. She still did. Abby didn’t want a career boost from Nemo Hodgins, even if it came from bringing him down. That was the mistake she’d made the first time.
Still, she hoped that now that she’d chosen a path that contributed to her self-respect, that path would also produce some acting jobs.
She met with Aminali for coffee, shared stories, and wished her luck.
Then it was time to return to school for the final term.
Everyone Abby and Sawyer knew ditched student orientation for the second term. Rumor was it was poorly attended.
Abby thought there were fewer students in lecture, too, though the student roster was the same. They were all asleep anyway, so it hardly mattered.
She threw herself into her acting classes. If university was going to make her a better actress, this was her last chance.
Sawyer’s classes involved a lot more field work this term. He spent a lot of his time collecting specimens and DNA samples.
Between the team research experiment and the specimen collection, Sawyer spent more time outside in his last term of university than he had most of the rest of his life put together.
You would think his unveiled hostility would make them give up on him, but you’d be wrong.
Then there was the research project.
Manisha was still working on it as intensely as ever.
At first, he tried to ignore her. Politely.
He started spending a lot of time with his science professor.
Partly, he wanted something to distract him from Manisha while he worked on the project. Partly, she was just a fascinating person with a lot to teach him.
They got to be friends, or at least the closest Sawyer had to a friend.
One evening, he was finishing up after working until nearly midnight.
He turned around to see Manisha watching him. “I didn’t think anyone else was here,” he said.
Suddenly Sawyer’s term became a whole lot brighter.
Abby’s midterm art project also received good marks.
Afterward, with stress level reduced, Sawyer worked up his nerve to call Manisha and ask her out to a movie. That’s what normal people did on dates, right?
Manish was delighted at the invitation. They met at the university cinema that evening.
They saw a science fiction movie. Sawyer covered the movie and bought them popcorn.
Manisha leaned her head on his shoulder during the obligatory love scene. Sawyer froze. Hadn’t she rejected him? What was he supposed to do now?
“I had a great time,” Manisha said. “It’s been so good to spend time together outside of research.”
She looked into his eyes and smiled. Sawyer just couldn’t help himself. He had to try again.
With the same kind of result.
“Whoa!” Manisha said. “What are you doing?”
“I don’t understand,” Sawyer said. “I think this is what you call ‘mixed signals.'”
Sawyer had had it with women, and he didn’t care who knew it. He complained to Abby out loud in the middle of the dining room.
“What do I nee do to do get this woman to woohoo with me? These social rules are total nonsense!”
“Is this seat taken?” his dormmate asked as he finished his rant?
Abby hid her laughter behind a cough. No matter how awful Sawyer behaved, he seemed to get no less attractive — to all the women except the one he wanted.
Even the craziest parts of university life began to seem routine.
She’d been politely turning Harold down, but classes were going really smoothly. Why not?
The first think that she discovered as she walked into the fraternity was some poor chick being harassed by a guy who wouldn’t leave her a lone.
“Hey, I need your advice!” Abby called out from the other room. “I need your honest opinion. Does this dress make me look fat?”
The girl turned out to be Tammy Parker, and she was very grateful. They hit it off well and had a great time talking at the party.
By the end of the night, Tammy confessed that her real crush was on none other than party master Harold Assange himself.
“I think I might able to help you out,” Abby said. “Harold and I go way back. Ok, way back to last term. I know he’s not seeing anyone right now. Maybe I can hook you up.”
So she went to find Harold, who was really partying hearty. “What do you think of Tammy?” she asked.
“*Glub*Glub* Tammy? *Glub* Parker? I think she’s hot!”
It was the easiest fixup ever. Abby wished them luck. First of all, she wished them luck remembering everything in the morning.
“Did you see that?” Manisha exclaimed. “That was amazing!”
“Oh,” Manisha breathed as they separated. “That was really good.”
After that, Sawyer had a girlfriend after all.
At last there were finals. And freaked out pre-finals antics.
Was that Sawyer, Abby wondered as she celebrated with her dorm mates, with Manisha? Headed to the room on the top floor with the big bed?
Could that really be happening?
When Sky and Xia came looking for them, Abby told them he was indisposed.
Abby took them out to the Sim U hangout just for fun.
“I’ll call you when I get settled,” Sawyer promised. “We’ll make this work.”
“You’d better call,” Manisha replied, “or I’ll come looking for you.”
Abby and Sawyer packed up their dorm room for the last time.
They said goodbye to their dorm mates in their own peculiar ways.
Sawyer was, at last, relaxed around the women.
Woo! These university posts were long! Apparently when I try to consolidate into fewer posts, I just write longer ones.
University was fun, though, and it played through quickly.
Sawyer could NOT make any progress with Manisha using normal romantic socials. “Heat of the Moment Kiss” finally did it! Apparently, Sawyer only makes a romantic connection if he completely shuts his brain off.
I have a bunch of outtakes of me trying to get him to hit it off with other girls — since they were all attracted to him — but Manisha was the one and only.
Go, Sawyer! I'm glad he finally got a chance to WooHoo. It's nice that he is apparently such a good kisser that he won her over with the Heat of the Moment kiss. I'm not sure he would have gotten a fourth chance!
Also, I love the streaking.
Since nobody is attracted to Sawyer in his home town, I figured this was his one chance at love. And I was determined to figure out how one could possibly have a romantic relationship with the Socially Awkward trait. All my sims learn the first point of Charisma, and I let them learn additional points by interacting with people. Otherwise, it takes days to build any relationships. So Sawyer already had Charisma, but I had him study to get it to a fairly high level. All his kiss attempts still failed.
Manisha is nearly as awkward as he is. I'm not really clear why, story-wise, she kept drawing him in and pushing him away.
The streaking is awesome. It pops up so randomly. Abby had a wish to do it, so I finally indulged her :).
Although I'm angry at Manisha for messing with my little Sawyer's head, I'm glad he managed to win her over. I'll forgive her though as she's as awkward as he his. I can imagine the awkward/nerdy kids they would have!
Going to uni is the best thing that could have happened for both of them. Sawyer has come out of his shell and become more confident and Abby has gained some self-respect and distance after the Nemo saga.
Yeah, I didn't come up with a terribly good reason that Manisha kept pushing him away. I'm just going to chalk it up to two awkward people.
I think it was interesting and fun how different things were for Sawyer at Uni. He definitely is better equipped to take on the world now.
Yay, they made it! I am so proud of both Abby and Sawyer. This experience definitely helped them grow., in their unique ways.
Oh yay! What a great chapter! I'm so happy that Sawyer got his girl. Also everything amhranai said; just pretend I said it. 😉
This two chapters from the University were so much fun! I’m so happy for Sawyer, he got to woohoo at last! Let’s keep them crossed for this awkwardly cute couple!!!
I hope that Abby’s career will have a better start this time. She deserves to become a successful and recognized actress. I really loved the screenshot with Abby and other students drawing in the park by the statue of the naked Sim holding the giant plumbob. Two naked butts in one shot! LOL 😀
Also, I don’t know if you noticed, but I’ve nominated you for the Spirit Animal Award! Check my blog for details 😉
Haha! The amount of random streaking at University was hilarious. Thank goodness it’s only at University. Apparently, sims get randomly Juiced in homeworld, but at least they don’t run around naked all the time.
Thank you for the Spirit Award nomination!! Wow! I have had a hugely busy month, and I’m just catching up on my reading, so thanks for letting me know! I’m thinking about my animal now 🙂 :).
LOL. Random streaking is so much fun! I’m looking forward to play the University again 🙂
You’re welcome! I’m curious what your animal will be! Oh and btw, if you happen to check out my blog sometime soon, don’t miss the poll regarding Kate’s past 😉
You have a poll up? I’m out hiking and on my phone, but I’ll check that out as soon as I get home. Thanks for giving me the heads up!
Great, thanks Susan! 🙂