Amanda Cory—Adult female popularity sim with Aries personality
Lifetime want—have 20 simultaneous best friends
Alyssa Cory—Child female sim with Cancer personality
Year 1 Season 2—Winter
Alyssa glared as Cameron walked past her in his underwear. He was spending the night, again. They acted as if she didn’t even know what was going on. She was eight, but she wasn’t stupid.
At least she hadn’t SEEN Cameron with any other women since their little talk. She’d asked Evan, and he’d said that he hadn’t seen Jan or Tara around recently. But, she was relatively certain that Evan would lie to her to cover for his Uncle Cam. She trusted Evan as her best friend, and he insisted that Cameron was really a nice guy, but what kind of man had woohoo with a woman and then went on a date with someone else?
He came and sat next to her on the couch, acting like everything was perfectly normal between them. At least he took a shower and put his clothes back on first.
“Where’s Mom?” Alyssa asked, not bothering to hide the bitterness in her tone.
“Sleeping,” Cameron replied.
Alyssa stared at him. Was he honestly going to pretend like he was interested in the cartoon she was watching? She thought about demanding to know what he wanted and forcing him out of the room, but it wasn’t worth it. She decided to give up the couch and go to her bedroom. “My mom deserves so much better than you,” she spat angrily as she passed him.
“Yeah, she does,” he whispered.
Alyssa spun around on the spot. “What did you just say?”
“Your mother is an amazing and wonderful woman. She does deserve better than me,” he answered in a quiet tone.
Alyssa was too stunned to give a biting reply. Why would he say that? What was he up to? She just stared at him with her mouth open. Her stomach took that exact moment to grumble, and it growled loud enough to echo through the living room.
“You hungry, kid?” Cameron asked as he headed toward the kitchen. He seemed to have completely shaken off her angry comments. “I think there’s some leftovers in the fridge that I could heat up for you.”
She was hungry. Both the nanny and her mother had forgotten to feed her dinner. But, she was still too shocked to even decide if she wanted Cameron to make her something or not. He didn’t wait for her reply. He already had food out on the stove heating. She followed him to the dining room as he sat down a plate for both of them. Alyssa ate it. She was hungry, and starving herself wouldn’t help her figure out what he was up to. She decided that perhaps he was trying to suck up to her so that maybe she wouldn’t reveal his secret about Tara. Well, that was easy enough to find out.
“I’m going to tell Mom about Tara,” she informed him. She watched his reaction carefully. He’d gone as white as a ghost.
“Okay,” was all he whispered.
Okay? Why in the world would he say okay? Why was he even being civil to her? Then she looked at him again. He looked almost like he was going to cry. She just couldn’t understand what the pieces of the puzzle were adding up to. “You really love her, don’t you?” Alyssa asked.
“Yeah,” he said. When he looked up at her she could see, yes, there were tears in his pale blue eyes.
“Then why are you going out on dates and having woohoo with other women?” Alyssa had worked herself up again. She was about ready to storm off to her room. But, she wanted to know the answer to this. It was incomprehensible to her, and she wanted to understand this.
“I’m not a family guy. A wife, two kids, and a picket fence . . . that’s just not who I am, Alyssa. I don’t think I CAN be that guy. But, you’re right, your mom does deserve better. I’m not trying to hurt her. I guess I should just break up with her, for her sake, but . . . I don’t want to give her up. She really is something special . . .” he trailed off.
For a moment, Alyssa could almost see what Evan meant. Cameron wasn’t a bad guy. At his heart, he actually was pretty nice. That’s why he’d fed her, and why she could remember him even holding her some when she was little. Evan said that a lot of times Cameron talked all selfish and all about woohoo, but if he let his Uncle Cam see that he was upset, he was suddenly the nicest guy in the world. He couldn’t stand to see someone hurt or unhappy. Alyssa didn’t know what had affected Cameron so deeply to make him only care about woohoo, but he wasn’t the monster she’d thought when she’d first saw him with Tara.
“I’m sorry I’ve been so mean to you, Cameron,” Alyssa apologized before going to bed.
The next morning they had breakfast, almost like a family. Alyssa was happy to spend some time with her mother, and she’d decided not to be quite so judging of Cameron.
She invited her best friend Evan over after school. They played and had a good time. She really missed her mom. The nanny didn’t honestly take very good care of her anymore. But, it was better since her friend was there.
A stream of guests continued to come and go by the house. Amanda really wanted to be popular in Emerald Isle. She wanted to have 10, no 20 best friends. She continued to invite at least one set of neighbors over every night and worked on making friends with them.
She made a very special friend when she met Will Turner. She’d thought her life was bad until she met him. He told her that both of his parents were dead and that he was trying to raise his two younger brothers with little help from his grandfathers. Daniel was Alyssa’s age. Amanda could only imagine how hard that was for a teenager. She was struggling enough with it, and she was an adult. Amanda offered that if Will ever needed someone to watch Daniel, she would be happy to watch him while he played with Alyssa.
Amanda really wanted a promotion. She was working as a Blog Writer, which had really bad hours. She worked 1-6 PM, which meant that she had no time to spend with Alyssa. She worked and worked at building her skills up enough to get a promotion. But, it was hard to balance keeping the house in decent shape, keeping up with her friends, and working for that promotion. Day after day she went to work sure she would get it, but day after day she came home without it.
Yet again, Alyssa was growing up without her. She was almost a teen now. How the time had flown. Amanda realized that if she wanted her daughter to live the type of life she wanted, she had to work on getting Alyssa into private school. Only then could she get accepted into the best college, and that time was approaching sooner than she realized. She called the headmaster of the most prestigious school in Emerald Isle. Unfortunately he could only meet with her at 5 PM, and that was definitely out with her job. Of course she could call in sick, but they needed the paycheck she brought home to pay the bills. If only she could get that promotion, then she could get Alyssa into private school and have more time to spend with her daughter. Amanda suddenly became obsessed. She worked at improving her job performance even more, but still she did not get the promotion.
Finally it was almost too late. She was going to have to make a desperate decision. “Alyssa,” she began to explain, “I’m going to invite the headmaster over tonight. We have got to get you into private school, and time is running out before you become a teen.”
“Are you going to stay home from work, then?” Alyssa asked.
“Baby, I can’t. You know I can’t. If I stay home I’ll ruin any chance I have of getting that promotion.”
“But, you have to work until 6, and he insists on coming at 5.”
“You’re just going to have to entertain him until I get her,” Amanda informed her of the plan.
“What?” Alyssa asked. Her mom couldn’t even be there for something this important? And how was she supposed to entertain a headmaster? She wasn’t outgoing like her mother, and she had no idea what interested headmasters.
“It’s only for an hour. Give him a tour of the house. I know we don’t have much, but he’ll expect that. It will keep him entertained for an hour.”
“What if he expects dinner first?” Alyssa asked.
“I’ll premake a dinner now and leave it in the fridge. If he asks for dinner first, you can pull it out and heat it up for him.”
“You expect me to serve the headmaster of the most prestigious school in Emerald Isle leftovers?” Alyssa asked incredulously.
“Well, with any luck he’ll be interested in the tour. That will give me time to get home and make him something fancier before he’s ready to eat anyway.”
The plan was set. Alyssa was rather worried about it; it left a lot of room for things to go wrong. But, she wanted to go to private school, too. If she had to entertain the headmaster herself . . . well, she was independent. She could do it.
Alyssa got home from school that day with an A+ report card. That would definitely impress the headmaster. She wanted to run and show it off to her mom, but of course her mom was at work. She didn’t even think the nanny would be excited for her, so she jumped up and down for herself on the sidewalk.
The headmaster arrived at exactly 5 PM as scheduled. Alyssa put on a brave mask and approached the man with confidence.
“Alyssa Cory, sir, pleased to meet you,” she introduced herself with a handshake.
“Ahh, yes I’m Vince, the headmaster of Emerald Isle Academy. So nice to meet you, Miss Cory. Now, where is your mother?” he asked.
“She not here, right now,” Alyssa explained.
“Not here?” the headmaster asked, quite perturbed. “I did inform her that I would only meet with her at 5 PM.”
“Yes, but unfortunately my mother has to work. However, I’d be happy to show you around, would you like a tour of my home?” Alyssa asked hopefully.
“Yes, yes, I would like a tour of your home, but you do realize that it is customary for the parent to give the tour, not the child.”
“Yes, I realize that,” Alyssa admitted. “There are a lot of things that it is customary for an adult to do that you just have to do yourself if you are the child of a single, working mom.” Alyssa hoped that she hadn’t offended him, but she was an honest person, and the truth was all that she could think of to say at that moment.
“Of course, then please begin the tour, Miss Cory.”
The tour went well. He wasn’t that impressed with their house, who would be, but Alyssa did manage to get some points out of it. The best part, though, was that he seemed to be impressed with her. She talked to him about school a lot, and the conversation seemed good. Talking about school was easy for her.
Amanda arrived home from work in time to learn a new recipe and get it cooked before she had to serve the headmaster dinner.
Right after eating the headmaster stood up. “I think I’ve seen enough here. Mrs. Cory, I am not at all impressed with you or your home . . .”
“Please reconsider,” Amanda interrupted him. She had to get Alyssa into private school, she just had to.
“I am NOT impressed with you,” he repeated, “but I am rather impressed with your daughter. Any little girl that can get an A+ report card and who can entertain a headmaster by herself when there is obviously no parental supervision in her life, well that is a very impressive little girl. Alyssa is welcome to attend my school. Congratulations, Miss Cory.”
1. Alyssa isn’t furious at Cameron anymore.
2. Amanda couldn’t manage to get a promotion.
3. Amanda continued to make several friends.
4. Alyssa got into private school.
I have no idea how Alyssa found out about Cameron and Tara. She must have heard about it from Evan or saw the date reward. Anyway, she was furious at Cameron. I find it really funny that I had to have her apologize to him to have them make up.
I’m really struggling with this family more than I should be. Amanda’s job hours are getting in the way, but I want to keep her in journalism. I have no idea why I couldn’t get her promoted when it’s easy for my other sims.