Boreal Springs

October 23, 2009

B.S.U. Campus – Round 26: ‘Love Song’

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus,Davis,O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 3:37 pm

“You’re doing a job of it on your own, why should I waste my time contributing?”  Francis said, staring her down.  The look she gave him made him sigh.  “All right, I’m sorry.  But you have to realize, life is not a Shakespearean novel.  All that stuff you listed?  Actually kind of makes you two… wrong for one another.  Doomed, and not in the romantic way, just… doomed.”

“I think I knew that all along, but once I started… I just couldn’t stop.  It was so bad, I’ve never even… I mean, well, I always just sort of assumed Gregory would be the guy I was with… so I never really bothered with anyone else.”

Francis shook his head, “I’m not going to say anything bad about Gregory, but seriously?  All you hot girls falling all over yourselves for a guy who, well, let’s face it… he’s Roman’s puppet.  Gotta feel bad for him.  Being rich isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”

“You’re rich,” Emma snorted.

“True, but my mother is also borderline insane and my father is a womanizer of epic proportions.”

“So you’re a mix of both?” She joked, calming down a little.

“Oh, you’re funny.  Real funny.  No, and I’m not a big lady killer, either.  Quite the opposite, really.  After watching the disaster that’s my parents?  I think I’ll pass on the whole ‘commitment’ thing, thanks.”  He used his free hand to move hair out of Emma’s face and smiled.  “You wasted a lot of time on one guy and you’ve pissed off almost your entire family and a vampire.  I think… maybe it’s time you let it go, huh?  It’d be different if you were ugly, but you’re not.  So don’t waste it all on some guy who doesn’t care.”

“I know, I know,” Emma sighed.  “I just, I don’t know.  Maybe my grandpa is right, maybe I am spoiled.”

“Wow, now there’s a revelation.  So glad it only took you what, twenty or more years to figure that one out?  Maybe you are actually moderately intelligent beneath all of that crazy.”

“You know, if you keep being nice to me, you might ruin your loner, mean guy reputation.”

He laughed, scooting off the bed, “perish the thought!  And loner?  Please.  I had chicks all over me.  But after my mom had her breakdown, chicks kind of scared the hell out of me.  Now I’m stuck with another crazy.  Just keeps getting better and better.”

“I’m not crazy!” She grumbled, pushing him the rest of the way off.  “Get out of my room or I’ll throw a lamp at you.”

“See?  Crazy.”

As the months wore on, Emma warmed up to her new roommate and began to re-evaluate herself.  It wasn’t easy.  Emma had never really been one of those folks without self-esteem or self-respect.  In fact, she had the opposite… too much self-esteem.  She was in the middle of her senior year before it really began to all make sense.  At least her parents were talking to her again.

“What are you reading and why is it making your face look all mental patient-y?”

“Shut up,” Emma said, though her voice lacked any malice.  “It’s for my final.  I can’t figure this… whatever this political nonsense is out.”

“Want help?”

“From you, a sophomore?  I hope you’re kidding.”

He feigned insult, “are you trying to say I’m stupid?  I’m actually rather intelligent, thanks.  My dad may be a womanizer, but he’s got a ridiculous IQ… passed it on to me.  Let me see it.”

“No!” She laughed, yanking the book away.  “I won’t be outdone by a two-year!”

“Oh, you’re definitely going to get help now.  Just to make you eat those words.”

The two wrestled over the book for a moment before it dropped from Emma’s hand and flopped down onto the floor, scattering her notes around it.  She laughed in triumph, the book out of his reach.  Her victory was cut short by his arms pulling her closer.  She nearly kissed him before Rosa came to mind.

Emma closed her eyes and bit at her lip.  She rested her forehead against Francis’, feeling his confusion at her pulling away.  It was a moment before she could find the words.

“I like you, Francis.  A lot… but Rosa is my friend and I can’t.  Old Emma would, but this Emma?  No.  I have to be better than that.  She really cares about you.”

He sighed, “Rosa and I were friends, Emma.  We did stuff, sure, but… there was no promise after I left.  We’re just friends.”

“It doesn’t matter, I know how she feels and that’s enough.” She scooted away, sitting awkwardly on the couch.

Francis was silent for a moment before finally saying, “if that’s how you want it, okay.”  He was gone when she looked up.

Things were definitely awkward after that.  Emma hated that it had to be that way.  She still spoke to Rosa on the phone and she was just too close to the situation to involve herself in such a twisted triangle.  What was she supposed to say?  “He doesn’t like you, he likes me”, she didn’t even know if that were true.  He’d made his commitment issues pretty clear.

It all came to a head when Rosa visited.  Emma’s graduation was in just a few days and Rosa had wanted to come by and congratulate her.  She also wanted to check in on Francis.  Emma tried to pretend like everything was all right, but when they went off together, she felt her chest tighten in a way it never had when she watched Gregory and Lydia together.

“What are you doing here?” Francis asked, genuinely curious.

“I wanted to see you,” Rosa said, frowning.  “I thought you’d be happy.  I missed you.  We’re still friends, right?”

“Yeah, but I mean, it’s a long drive for just a friendly visit.”

She looked guilty, “I don’t know, I guess… I was hoping that maybe we could talk.”

“You know what I’m going to say.  I like you, Rosa, I care about you… we’ve been friends for awhile, but you know how I am, what I come from.  I just don’t want to get into anything right now.”  He moved to get out of the hot tub.

“Wait, I didn’t meant to upset you,” Rosa called out, trying to get him to stay.  “I… I just didn’t want you to forget about me.”

Rosa was left alone with her thoughts.  She sighed, leaning back against the rim, arm resting lazily.  When they had first started messing around, it had all been in good fun… but it grew.  She wanted more, more than just friends with benefits or something silly like that.  She was grown now, no longer a girl.  She wanted…

She sighed, closing her eyes.  She wanted something he’d never want.

Emma was getting ready to go to sleep when her door opened and Francis walked in.  She put her hand on her hip and made a face.

“What are you doing?  Shouldn’t you be violating the hot tub or something?”

“You really need to learn when to shut up, Emma.”

Before she could make another remark, she found herself locked in an embrace, one that she wasn’t about to fight her way out of.  Her thoughts tried to stop her, but she pushed them out.  She didn’t pull away when he kissed her this time, she returned the kiss and didn’t bother to look back.

Emma knew that Rosa would be upset, but Emma wasn’t in control anymore.


Note from Mao: Sorry this is so long.  My GOD.  Why is this so long?  If I had known all it would take to change Emma around was add Francis to the mix, I would have done it a LONG time ago.  These two completely took over, completely.  They refused to be ignored and drove me NUTS.  There’s still another part to Uni before the round ends, so it isn’t over yet.

We have ourselves a good old fashioned love triangle… that’s going to drive me BONKERS.  Although, Emma hasn’t spun up a single Gregory oriented want since, so yay for that.  She and Francis have freaking 3 bolts and that’s with contrasting turn ons.  What the hell?!

Also, I told you Gordon would lay the smack down.  You all probably didn’t think I meant literally, LOL!


  1. Yay, Boreal Springs is back :D I really admire you for deciding against abandoning it – if I were you, and as busy as you claim to be, I would have, a long time ago.
    And so Emma finally grows up. I have to say I loved this update, it actually made me like her. Francis and her make a surprisingly cute couple and seem like good enough an idea… I just hope his Romance tendencies and family history, not to mention Rosa, don’t get in the way of the two of them being happy togather.

    Comment by Monika — October 23, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

  2. Hey Monika! Haha, yup, I’m back. My time is a lot more limited now, but I still love my sims. This update was definitely necessary to sort of humanize Emma, I just didn’t expect it to go where it did… or to be so long, LOL!

    Comment by Mao — October 23, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

  3. At least that slap took away the heart farts that Emma had for Gordon. She and Francis make a hot couple. Not to be mean or anything but I really don’t like the ponytail look for Francis. His old hair made him cuter. That or he got uglier when he aged up. Don’t hurt me!

    Viola still is psycho? And Emma I never thought you were a homophobe! Rosa is very pretty. She can(can’t) do better than Francis.

    Nice to see Emma become human!

    Comment by Victoria — October 23, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

  4. Haha, Francis actually has the same EXACT face as Patrick. It’s kind of eerie. No worries! Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    And no, it didn’t take away the heart farts. She did it while he left. ARGH! Three bolts… NO! Not happening. So gross.

    As for being a homophobe, she’s not, but it is a little weird. Unfortunately, she forgot that both girls in question were related to Gordon, Shaniqua and Florence. Tsk, tsk…

    Comment by Mao — October 23, 2009 @ 7:36 pm

  5. Mao, are you using the new ACR? There’s an option under Casual to “Add to Friend Zone”. I don’t know if that would get rid of the heart farting but it would mean you wouldn’t have to worry about Emma and Gordon being gross and wrong and flirting with each other (or worse). I had to use it on my Cordy and Galen, because he’s her great uncle, no matter what the three bolts may suggest!

    Anyway…Emma and Francis, eh? There was a lot of sexual tension in this house, from the very beginning it seems, and I think something like this was bound to happen. Poor Rosa though…I can’t wait to see what happens with her and Francis now.

    And wow, Gordon sure fixed Emma, didn’t he? If anyone could (literally!) slap some sense into her, it would be Gordon.

    Also, I have had The Cure song “Love Song” stuck in my head since I opened this post a good hour ago. I think it’s lodged itself quite happily into my brain for the day – good thing I like it!

    Comment by Carla — October 23, 2009 @ 8:20 pm

  6. I’m actually not using the new ACR. I don’t like the “ideal family size”, I’m more for randomization of how many babies my sims have. I don’t actively like to decide, even if they make me mad by consistently breeding, LOL! Gordon and Emma don’t try to flirt, surprisingly, but I’m waiting for it… it’s bound to happen, argh. So nasty! Gordon is NOT Woody Allen!

    Emma and Francis actually get along surprisingly well. Outside of the sims… their characters just kind of latched onto one another. I have no idea. I thought it would be purely sexual and that’s it, but it’s grown into a beast that’s much worse. Which makes me sad, poor Rosa. :(

    LOL, Gordon sure knows how to put the hammer down. And I’m always so happy when people recognize the song titles! Yay! It’s stuck in my head, too. It started playing when I began writing.

    Comment by Mao — October 23, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

  7. So he likes Emma then… LOL, good luck with that one, Francis! :)

    I hope she’s learned a lesson or two from all of this. I wonder if she’ll be better suited to him than Rosa was.

    And poor Rosa… but maybe it’s for the best. She’s a family Sim, isn’t she? I’d hate to see them repeat the same troubles his parents did.

    But how pretty did she grow up though!!! Maybe I just love redheads :)

    Comment by laura — October 24, 2009 @ 12:23 am

  8. Haha, good luck, indeed! But, we’ll see. The wants will decide.

    As for being better suited, Emma and Francis would get along better due to their natures and personalities, but Rosa really likes Francis. I mean, her first romantic want for him was to fall in love, lol.

    But it’s true, the Family/Romance combination is dangerous. Rosa grew up beautiful, I love red heads, too!

    Comment by Mao — October 24, 2009 @ 9:54 am

  9. Well, I didn’t see that coming. Live, Monday Night Smackdown! Go Gordon go! At least that woke her up.

    I dunno, those two just… work. I do feel bad for Rosa, but I think it’s for the best. She showed amazing restraint, stopping herself the first time things got hot and heavy between them. I clapped aloud. And every time since, I thought it would be then, but they surprised me till the very end, which surprised me since I was no longer expecting it. Ahh, sims. Gotta love ‘em.

    Comment by Fini — October 25, 2009 @ 1:23 am

  10. Yes, Gordon and the smack down I knew was coming. Plus, he’s a vamp. physical discipline is in their nature. *meow* ROFL

    I’m glad Emma has finally pulled her head out of her butt and is growing up. Thank god!

    Comment by GoldenBuffy — October 25, 2009 @ 6:32 am

  11. LOL! Gordon does not mess around.

    I know, they just seem to work and I have no idea why. Sure, they are three bolts, but you would think it would be your standard girl-meets-romance-sim thing… and it isn’t. Poor Rosa, though! I can guarantee you, this probably isn’t over yet…

    Comment by Mao — October 25, 2009 @ 9:43 am

  12. Gordon would be the only one who could get through to her, haha. He’s not one for hitting girls, but Emma was being a brat.

    Comment by Mao — October 25, 2009 @ 9:44 am

  13. Yay! I’m glad Gordon laid the smack down! Emma really really needed that. I can’t wait to see how she handles the change in events.

    Comment by starrsim — October 25, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

  14. LOL, Emma has been liberated from her insanity. Let’s see how she does…

    Comment by Mao — October 25, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

  15. Pssh. Emma. You can’t resist the alien charm! DON’T EVEN TRY!

    But you go, Gordon! You put that spoiled princess in her place! And of course, Francis has no filter and the best thing he can say in that situation? “You cry really loud” xD

    poor Rosa. There are other fish in the sea!

    Comment by Elecy — October 26, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

  16. Haha, no, no you can’t! That charm is infallible.

    Gordon, of course, would be the one to put the screws to Emma. And Francis, well, he’s not exactly Mr. Sensitivity.

    Comment by Mao — October 26, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

  17. I am really anxious to see how Emma turns out. It’s kind of shocking to see what a good influence Francis is on her! Are Emma and Francis both Romance sims? Fortune and Romance?

    Comment by Shannon — October 26, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

  18. Francis being a good influence on anything is shocking, LOL! :lol: Their main aspirations are listed at the top of each entry. Surprisingly enough, Emma is Knowledge. I know, right? I forget what her secondary is… maybe Popularity?

    Comment by Mao — October 26, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

  19. That Gordon is a forceful one! Wow Emma got set straight. Francis and Emma are kinda cute but what’s going to happen with Rosa?

    Comment by HeredonCove — October 26, 2009 @ 10:41 pm

  20. Oh Emma… I just don’t know about her. I’m glad Gordon could smack some sense into her (literally!) and she totally deserves what she gets. I’m still an Emma hater though, she deserves to get her heart smashed to bits by Francis imo… also I’m anxious to see how she explains the situation to Rosa. She certainly isn’t making lifelong friends is she…

    On a sidenote: Rosa turned out to be stunning as an adult, I’m glad she ditched that goofy hat :)

    Comment by Liz — October 27, 2009 @ 5:15 pm

  21. LOL, Gordon doesn’t mess around! I’m not sure what’s up with this love triangle yet. Only time will tell!

    Comment by Mao — October 27, 2009 @ 9:59 pm

  22. Me either. I’m hoping she’s changed, but it’s hard to say. She certainly isn’t starting off well with the whole Francis thing. To be honest, though, she and Francis make more sense than Rosa. Rosa is very much a family sim. :( Rosa is gorgeous! She looks like her mummy… the red hair adds.

    Comment by Mao — October 27, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

  23. Oh, duh. Color me unobservant. :p

    Comment by Shannon — October 28, 2009 @ 3:18 pm

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