Duckling to Swan : The Bachelor, Hasslich Edition : Day One (Introductions)

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Notes for Day One : Introductions are initiated by me, but I will not cancel subsequent actions – this way the relationships will evolve more organically, and the conversation will end whenever the participants “choose.”  Also, when The Bachelor rolls his first whim for any of the girls, that girl will be deemed “safe” from the Round One elimination.


 

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Well, it’s finally time to get this show on the road, and Derek is so excited to meet the ladies that he practically sprints up to the front door.

Come on, dude, keep your cool, he whispers to himself, smoothing his shirt, Get it together.  He takes a deep breath and wraps his fingers around the door handle when a voice rings out, and interrupts his internal pep talk.

“Hello?!” sings a female voice from behind him.  “Yoohoo! Over here!  Yes you. You must be the bachelor.”  There’s an undeniably lascivious emphasis on the last word.

Derek turns, and finds himself face to face with Norah Churchill.

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“I’m Norah,” she intones.  There’s something in her voice that suggests a high degree of elegance.  This one comes from money, he realizes immediately.  “You’re perfectly enchanted to meet me, I’m sure.”

Derek stifles a grin.  “That I am,” he agrees.  “Have you had the chance to look around?”

“Oh, yes,” she says, sounding bored.  “It’s rather primitive, I’m afraid, but what can you expect on from low-budget reality television?”

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Derek laughs.  He’s not sure if she’s kidding (she must be kidding, right?) but he excuses himself to head inside.  There are nine ladies to meet tonight, and the sun is already beginning to set.

He makes his way inside the mansion, and as he heads down the hall, a flash of bright red hair catches his eye.

“You must be the bachelor!” Marissa smiles, before offering her name.

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“Derek,” he introduces himself in return.  “It’s very nice to meet you, Marissa.”

They sit down on a bench nearby, and Marissa gratefully lets him lead the conversation.  He’s good at small talk, she thinks, and she’s glad that at least one of them is.  If there’s one thing she’s good at, Marissa has learned, it’s putting her foot in her mouth.

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Marissa realizes she’s been so worried about saying the right thing, that she hasn’t said anything at all.  Or heard half of what he just said, for that matter.  Quick, think fast! she tells herself, Say something!  Anything!

“Rocket ship woohoo!” she blurts.  “Omigod, omigod.” She buries her face in her hands. “Excuse me, I need to use the bathroom.  I mean – NOT the bathroom!  I don’t go to the bathroom!  Not that I’m constipated or anything!  OMIGOD!”

Derek laughs as he watches her flee down the hall.  A little awkward, he thinks, but awkward can be endearing.

There’s noise coming from down the hall, and Derek follows the sound to the kitchen, where he finds Deven, completely immersed in photographing her Fruit Loops.

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“Not exactly gourmet,” he teases her, “but definitely colorful. I’m Derek – the uh… the bachelor.”

“Deven,” she replies curtly.  “I can do a lot better than Fruit Loops, you know.”

“I’ll bet.”  Derek grins, but Deven does not return the smile.  This one might be a tough nut to crack.

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But Deven surprises him.  She cocks and eyebrow and continues, “There was this TINY incident with some grilled cheese yesterday, okay?  Gourmet grilled cheese, obviously.  But, uh, I’m just keeping it simple until the producers stock us with some quality ingredients.”

“Right,” Derek tosses her a mischievous grin, hoping she’ll take the bait.  And luckily, she does.

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Deven lets out a genuine belly laugh, and Derek thinks that maybe – just maybe – she’s not such a tough cookie after all.

Later, Derek wanders the second floor halls, looking for the bedroom that will be his headquarters for the next few weeks, when he spots a dark-haired beauty with a sad look on her face.

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“Are you okay?” he asks, thinking maybe she’s homesick already.  “I’m Derek.”

Walburga sniffles and sighs heavily.  She isn’t homesick, she’s just feeling blue, which is not unfamiliar territory for her.

“I’m…. fine,” she says in a way that makes it clear she’s anything but.  “I’m Walburga Mortis.  You can call me Miss Mortis, I guess.” She frowns.

Derek’s mouth also turns down at the corners.  She’s very formal, this Miss Mortis.  He’s about to open his mouth to respond, when she bursts into tears, crying all over her plate and getting her hot dog soggy.

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“Just…just…leave me,” she wails.  And so he does.

Derek realizes now that he’s tired.  He’s only met four of the nine women, but it’s midnight already, according to his watch.  He needs his sleep – the other women will just have to wait until morning.

Derek drags himself into his temporary bedroom, and flops onto the bed.  He’s just about to kick off his shoes, when a pretty blonde bounces into the room – unannounced.

“Um… hi?” he greets the blonde with some hesitation.

“Hi!  I’m Lexie, and you must be Derek.  Word gets around fast in a house with nine women!”

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“Ya don’t say!” Derek mumbles groggily.  He is exhausted, but a second look at Lexie brings him back to life.  Not that it matters, because Lexie is chattering on animatedly with little to no encouragement, and before he knows it, she joins him on the bed.

“This whole thing is just so romantic!” she gushes.  “Have you seen the gardens in the backyard?  I mean, it’s JUST like my favorite book.  Have you ever been to Shang Simla?  Or Champs Les Sims?  I haven’t – not yet – but someday I will, and it will be the most romantic thing ever, don’t you think? I’ve always wanted to go somewhere exotic with my one true love!”

Derek shifts uncomfortably at the meaningful look she shoots him.

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“I’m sure it would be very romantic,” he agrees, as he ushers her out the door.  It’s been a long day, even for an outgoing guy like Derek, and it’s time for him to get some rest.


The next morning, Derek rolls out of bed and stumbles to the patio for some breakfast.  He’s feeling a bit tense, but that changes instantly when Priya joins him at the table.

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“Will you grace me with your presence, Your Highness?” she teases lightly.  Priya is not happy to have been overlooked last night, but she will never let Derek know that.  Feeding the male ego is not part of her strategy for this competition.

Derek has the decency to look guilty.  “Sorry about that,” he appeases her.  “It was just so late….”

“I understand!” she smiles brightly.  “But if you’ll excuse me, I have to complete my daily logic puzzles.  Gotta keep my mind sharp, you know!”

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Hard to get, as it turns out, is part of Priya’s strategy.  And Derek, predictably, is intrigued.

But with Priya gone, Derek wanders to the kitchen for a cup of coffee.  He’s sipping happily away when Cam walks in.  She’s in a world of her own, and she jumps when Derek says, “Good morning.”

Cam laughs at her own jumpiness, and cheerfully introduces herself.  She’s been up since the crack of dawn, and she’s excited to finally be meeting the bachelor.

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“I’m Camille,” she says, “but no one ever calls me that.  You can just call me Cam.”

Derek nods his head in agreement.  “Okay, Cam.  I like the sound of that.  It suits you.”

Cam knows how to talk to guys.  Or at least to her brothers, and before she can stop herself, she tells Derek her favorite gross joke – the one her brothers love.  She holds her breath briefly, waiting for Derek’s reaction (this is exactly the kind of thing Kira told her NOT to do), but Derek bursts out laughing.  And Cam decides then and there, that he’s her kind of guy.

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When Cam leaves the kitchen, Derek looks at his watch and realizes that there are still two more women he needs to meet.

He runs into Emmeline first, outside on the patio.  She greets him with a shimmy and a spin, and before she even offers her name, she says, “Why bother keeping these other girls around, Derek?  I mean, we already know I’ve got this in the bag.  I mean – look at me!  And look at them.” She cocks an eyebrow in apparent disgust.

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Derek isn’t quite sure what to make of her attitude – but he thinks she’s not wrong about her looks.

Emmeline joins him at the table and leans in close.

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“I’ll make this easy on you, Derek,” she whispers.  “I know you have to play this little game – rules and all, I get it.  But I’m not some jealous little twit, okay?  We both know who you’re coming home to at the end of all this.”

Derek’s eyes widen – he’s never met a woman as forward as Emmeline.  Part of him recoils at her advances – she hasn’t exactly been nice about the other women, after all – but there’s another part of him, he realizes, that’s drawn to her confidence.  He regards her, eyeing her up and down, because, MY PLUM, that dress! — when Cam approaches them at the table.

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Perhaps Cam isn’t quite as innocent or naive as everyone thinks.  Her presence breaks up their little rendezvous, and breaks Derek from Emmeline’s spell.

“Wow!” he says, looking at his watch, “I need to go make my last introduction.  It’s been nice talking to you, Emmeline.” He goes off in search of Eiline, leaving Cam and Emmeline alone.

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“Listen up, you little nitwit,” Emmeline spews, “I don’t know what you think you’re doing here, but you might as well just admit defeat now.  It’ll be easier on your fragile ego later on, when Derek sends your tomboy plum home.  He needs a real woman, which clearly, you are not.”

Cam doesn’t even blink.  She’s no stranger to smack talk, but she determines not to lower herself to this nonsense.  And so she only smiles, and turns her back on the venomous blonde.

Meanwhile, Derek has finally caught up with Eiline outside in the gardens, not far from Eiline’s favorite hiding spot.

“You must be Derek,” she says quietly, and Derek thinks he likes the softness of her voice.

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They chat amicably for awhile – Eilene shares her love of painting and Derek shares his love for books, and the two bond quickly over their mutual passion for the arts.  They have a lot in common, as it turns out.  Plus, Derek thinks, he likes the smell of her shampoo.

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But as the sun begins to set, Derek looks up at the sky and on a whim, realizes that what he wants most right now is to cloudgaze – with Priya Dewan.

He finds Priya inside, hanging out with Lexie in the party room.  This is a little awkward, he admits to himself, but then this is how this competition works, isn’t it?  He might as well get used to it now.

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Priya agrees to the cloudgazing, but by the time they make it outside, it’s already dusk, and more like stargazing.

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Not that it matters to Derek.  He hasn’t known Priya for long, but he knows he won’t be sending her home at Elimination.

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“Priya,” he says to her, “I have really enjoyed our time together tonight, and I want you to know that you are safe from Elimination.”


[PRIYA]

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Did you expect any less?  Of course I’m safe from elimination.  I’m a genius.  Like I said, it’s all about the strategy.


[DEREK]

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Well, at least I know I’m keeping Priya around.  She’s just so genuine and sweet.  Which isn’t to say I know who I’ll wind up sending home.  Far from it, actually.  The women are all so different, and I really haven’t had time to get to know them all yet.  But tomorrow’s another day – maybe The Welcome Party will bring some clarity…

 

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Duckling to Swan: The Bachelor, Hasslich Edition – Meet the Bachelor!

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Now that we’ve met all of our lovely bachelorettes, it’s time to meet the man of the hour, The Hasslich Bachelor!


 

 

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See that guy right there?  The one with the sweet hair?  Yeah, that’s me. I’m pretty sure this picture is supposed to make me look mysterious, or suave or something, but I’m an honest guy, so here’s the truth.  I don’t know how to play the piano, and the only thing happening in this picture is me bashing random keys and damaging my eardrums.

And this picture?

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I think it’s supposed to be romantic.  It’s supposed to make me look serious, contemplative, like I’m considering the levity of this whole “Duckling to Swan” thing, picturing my future wife and hypothetical children, and imagining the amazing ways in which my life is about to change.  In reality?  I just have to pee, and that fountain is only making things worse.

Here’s the thing, though.  I might not know how to play the piano, and I might not be mysterious, or suave, or even particularly deep. But I am a romantic.  And that’s why I’m here.

See, I’ve always believed in love.  My parents are the best example of love I’ve ever seen, and because of them I know what a marriage should be.

This is my mom and dad on their wedding day:

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Well, that’s my mom, anyway.  Tabitha Hasslich-Locke.  The goofy guy in the llama suit is my dad, Tom Locke.  Here’s a better picture of him, taken at my cousin Aurora’s wedding, way back before I was even born! This is what my dad really looked like back then, on the rare occasion he wasn’t wearing the llama suit:

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My parents have been married (and happily so) for very a long time now. They have always put each other first and been there for each other through thick and thin, and even though they’re both old and gray now, they’re almost always holding hands, and even making out when they think no one can see.

They’re a perfect match, and they have never tried to change one other, which is really something, all things considered. See, my dad is REALLY shy.  To this day, he has trouble expressing himself unless he’s in the llama suit.  But he would do anything for my mom, and my mom accepts him and loves him for exactly who he is, llama suit and all.  That’s the kind of love I’m looking for.

My name is Derek Hasslich-Locke….

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…and I’m here to find my soulmate.  That sounded cheesy, didn’t it?  But it’s the truth, and like I said, I’m an honest kind of guy.  I’m looking for the girl I can’t imagine my life without, who loves me for me, quirks and all.  And maybe – if I’m really honest – a woman who’s easy on the eyes, if you know what I mean.  I know I’m a Hasslich and all, but I’m still a guy, amirite?

Am I prepared for this whole “bachelor” thing?  Probably not.  I know how these things go down, I’m not above a little reality TV every now and again.  It’s all about the drama, the cattiness, the jealousy.  But it’s not easy finding your soulmate in a town where you’re related to 80% of the population – being a Hasslich has its perks for sure, but a plethora of dating options isn’t one of them.  “Duckling to Swan,” sadly enough, is my best chance at finding the girl of my dreams.

So here I am, ready to roll.  The moment I’ve been waiting for has almost arrived, when I’ll finally get to meet the nine bachelorettes!  I won’t say I have low expectations, exactly – I just don’t know what to expect.  Luckily, I didn’t inherit my dad’s social anxiety, or I’d be running around this mansion in a monkey suit or something.  But I’m pretty outgoing, actually more like my mom – and I’m hoping to use that to my advantage.  I know there’s bound to be a few awkward moments here or there, but my small talk game is top notch.

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So what else about me?  Oh, right.  I’m a bookworm, though most people are surprised by that, and I’m an outdoor enthusiast, too.

And one last thing –  I’m nervous as plum.

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Next time …. the competition finally begins!

 

 

 

 

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Duckling to Swan : The Bachelor, Hasslich Edition : Meet the Bachelorettes!

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Welcome to Duckling to Swan : The Bachelor, Hasslich Edition!  First off, I want to give a huge thanks to everyone over at the Sims Forum who submitted and voted for our beautiful bachelorettes.  I’m super excited to introduce you to our NINE gorgeous bachelorettes, our handsome bachelor, and to see how this competition plays out!  Secondly, I need to give credit to the creator of the amazing build being used for the challenge: Modern 1 Million Mansion by Luna3001!

Now, without further ado, let’s meet the ladies!


 

In a three way tie for 7th place….. Eiline KellerCongratulations, Marialein!

((Eiline))

 

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Am I really the first one here?  I mean, the place looks empty, but just look at the size of this house!  There could be a firing squad hiding in there, and I’d never know the difference.  On second thought, maybe there is a firing squad in there.  A firing squad of crazy women, just itching to eliminate the weakest link.  Which is me, obviously.  I’m the weakest link.  I cringe and I wonder, not for the first time – what am I even doing here?  I don’t know how to be friends with women.  And I really don’t know how to flirt with men.  This whole thing is totally out of my element. Maybe I should just turn around and march right on home…

But no.  I square my shoulders.  I’m not really that intimidated….am I?

I take a deep breath and determine to stay.  I tiptoe through the house, heaving a sigh of relief when I realize that I really am alone.  So far, anyway.  I make my way to the backyard and find an absolutely breathtaking garden, and for the first time, I smile.  The perfect hiding place!

I can do this, I convince myself.  I’ll just hide here behind this plant for a little while.  Just until I stop shaking.

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In a third place tie for 7th place……. Lexie GundersonCongratulations, Maladi777!

((Lexie))

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The first thing I see when I arrive at the mansion is a gorgeous pond and waterfall, and immediately it reminds me of the setting of one of my favorite books – so clearly, I take it as a sign that this is exactly where I am meant to be right now – fate and all that, you know?  The water sparkles and glitters and I can barely tear my eyes away from the stunning beauty of it all!  This whole bachelor thing is just so exciting.  A real epic adventure!  I wonder what the girls will be like, but mostly I’m curious to meet this mysterious bachelor.  I’ve heard all about the Hasslich family, and they’re all so exotic.  The thought of it thrills me, and I can’t help but grin.

 It will be just like a romance novel, I can sense it already.  And I – naturally – will be the leading lady.

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In a three-way tie for 7th place……Marissa Harp! Congratulations, IchigoUsagi!

((Marissa))

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I knock at the front door of the mansion, but no one answers, so I slip in unannounced.  A little awkward, if I do say so myself.  And I’m the queen of awkward, so I should know.  I was expecting a welcome wagon, or maybe a butler.  Whatever – I’ll just show myself around, I guess.

I start up the stairs and stumble over my own two feet, grasping for the railing. No one’s ever accused me of being graceful, that’s for sure.  I glance around and hope no one saw my misstep, but there’s no need to worry, because there’s not a soul in sight.

I’m more cautious as I climb the rest of the stairs, and when I make it safely to the next level, I spot a fully stocked bar across the room.  I’m liking this place already!

Nothing like a good stiff drink to calm the nerves.  So I help myself.

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In sixth place, Deven Jones!  Congratulations, Sterretjeee!

((Deven))

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Look, I don’t do drama and I don’t do catty bullplum, either.  I’m not here to make friends.  I have two of those at home, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s more than enough.  But I’m not here to stir up trouble, either.  Like I said, I don’t do drama.  My plan of attack is lay low and keep my distance, which should be easy.  I’ve got a lot of practice in that department.

I’m here to meet the bachelor, end of story.  If he likes me, fine.  If he hates me, whatever.  I’m not out to impress – what you see is what you get.

I guess it would be nice if he liked me, though.  Don’t tell anyone I said that.

So anyway, I don’t do drama and I don’t do games. But I do do food.  So when I walk through the front door and my stomach grumbles, I make a beeline for the kitchen.  A fancy place like this must have some pretty fancy food, right?

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Well – not exactly.  Grilled cheese will have to do, so I set to work.

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Turns out I’m better at eating the food than I am at cooking it.  I panic and scream, and to my great relief, a bouncy redhead bounds through the door and extinguishes me.

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She’s exactly the the kind of peppy little cheer freak I would usually avoid.  But she just saved my life, plummit, and now I have to be nice to her.

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So much for keeping my distance.


 

In fifth place…..Norah Churchill!  Congratulations, Twiggy!

((Norah))

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I stand on the front doorstep of the mansion and pull out my compact mirror.  A last look at my reflection only proves what I already know to be true – I look stunning, as usual – perfectly pulled together, and elegant in a subtly sexy way.  Men have always been helpless to resist me, and the bachelor will be no exception.  The question is whether he will be worth my time.

I smile at my reflection, and wink in the mirror before heading inside. At first glance, the place is indeed impressive.  Large and spacious, which is a good start, of course, but size isn’t the only thing that matters.  Style and elegance are key, and I quickly realize that this place is in serious need of redecorating.  Sub-par accommodations, I note, and what is that smoky stench in the air?

But I suppose I can rough it for a few days until I decide if this bachelor is sub-par as well. It won’t take long.  I know exactly what I want, and I refuse to accept anything less than perfection.

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In fourth place….. Emmeline Frost!  Congratulations, Lupus95!

((Emmeline))

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When I enter the mansion, an uproar of laughter erupts from inside, and I follow the voices to the kitchen.  The competition, I see.  Not much of it, though, if you ask me, which comes as no shock.  Emmeline Frost does not compete, and especially not with the likes of them.  That silly little redhead can’t get out of her own way – unrefined is the kindest description I can think of, and that’s to put it mildly.  A girl applying for a woman’s job.

And then there’s the other one – the pretentious pretender in pearls, nose so high in the air she can’t see her own inferiority.

I nod in their general direction – it can’t hurt to be cordial, after all – but I sweep by them without so much as a word.  I’m not here to make friends.  I’m here to win, whatever the cost.

And Emmeline Frost always wins.

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In third place……Camille (Cam) Hayes!  Congratulations, IchigoUsagi!

((Cam))

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Twenty minutes in this swanky mansion and already I feel like the elephant in the room.  I mean, not an actual elephant, that would be dumb.  What I mean is, I feel like the out of place oddball, the one that sticks out like a sore thumb.  I barely even know these girls yet, but just looking at them I feel under-dressed.  That blonde chick makes everyone look like a slob, in that skintight bandaid she’s wearing – but even the other girls are wearing skirts.  All but that Deven girl – I think I like her already.

Maybe I didn’t get the dress-up memo.  Or maybe I did, come to think of it.  Did Kira mention something about high heels and lipstick?  Kira’s my brother’s fiance.  She took me shopping before I came here (read: RETAIL TORTURE), tried to give me all that girly-girl advice.  Glitter and tutus, or at least that’s what I imagine she said.  I was only half-listening, but standing here now in my boots and t-shirt, I kind of regret tuning her out.

I’ll check my suitcase later to see if she packed me some lipstick.  But right now, there’s not much to do but climb the ladder and dive (or cannonball) in.

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In second place…..Priya Dewan!  Congratulations, Sterretjeee!

((Priya))

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Statistically speaking, my chances of winning this competition are one in ten.  But anyone with half a brain knows that statistics are frequently misleading, which in this case, they are.  In reality, my chances of winning this competition are far better than one in ten.  Why, you ask?  Because most of these women think that this is a game of beauty and chemistry and compatibility.  This will be their downfall.

What these women don’t know is that this is actually a game of logic and strategy.  And that they’re competing against a veritable genius with a blueprint for quantifiable success (that would be me).

Of course, my hope is that the bachelor is a man of true substance – a man who values intelligence over aesthetics.  But even if he isn’t, I still don’t doubt my success.  I’m a double threat, after all – a complete package of beauty and brains.

All I need to do is focus.

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And lastly, in first place….. Walburga Mortis!  Congratulations, Lupus95!

((Walburga))

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Why am I here, you ask?  Why am I anywhere?  Why am I here at the mansion?  Or why am I here in this particular astral plane, inhabiting my current physical body?  The answer is I don’t know, nor am I meant to know.  That’s what my grandmother always said.  We’re not meant to know all the answers – the truth would blow up our brains! Okay, okay, that last part is my own little addition, but I think it keeps in the spirit of what grandma was saying.

Look, a lot of people think I’m crazy.  Evil, even.  But what is evil, anyway?  Is the world really so black and white?  Is there really no gray?  Even evil, crazy people want love.  Want to belong.  And I’m not really so different that I wouldn’t want that.

I know all about the Hasslich family – not that I put a spell on them or anything, if that’s what you’re wondering.  Though I could if I wanted to.  Now that I think of it, maybe a voodoo doll would give me a leg up in this competition… Nevermind, back to the point! I know all about the Hasslich family.  And if blue people and aliens can find love, then I don’t see why I can’t too.

Now if you’ll excuse me, please – I have a voodoo doll to find.

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Stay tuned this weekend to meet the mysterious Hasslich Bachelor!

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Duckling to Swan : The Bachelor, Hasslich Edition – Voting is Open!

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Voting is now open for Duckling to Swan: The Bachelor, Hasslich Edition!  A HUGE thanks to everyone who submitted – you guys are AMAZING!

Please head over to the “Duckling to Swan” thread over on the Sims Forums to meet our lovely hopefuls, and to vote for your SEVEN favorite bachelorettes!

Or, if you’re already familiar with our eligible bachelorettes, you can cast your vote directly HERE!

Voting will remain open through Thursday, April 21, and multiple votes (ONE PER PERSON PER DAY) are encouraged.  Happy voting!

 

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A Personal Announcement

Hey guys, it’s me, Peachy!

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I know I’ve been kind of MIA lately, and since this community has become such a wonderful part of my life over the past year, I wanted to let you guys know why…

I have some big news to share!  Mr. Peachy and I have recently discovered that we are expecting our first (real life) nooboo!

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This is a super exciting time for us, but it’s still pretty early – I’m just getting through the first trimester, and we haven’t even told most of our friends or family yet.

My belly definitely does not look like this yet:

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But the first trimester symptoms are in full swing – everything from fatigue to morning sickness and then some.  Hence the delay in my posts lately!

I fully intend to keep up with The Hasslich Prettacy, and am REALLY excited to begin Duckling to Swan – The Bachelor, Hasslich Edition (still accepting bachelorettes through April 13th!).  But my posts over the next few weeks will probably be a little less regular than they’ve been in the past.

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I hope you guys will bear with me through this time, and as always, I thank you all for reading the crazy little stories I write here.

Love and Llamas,

Peachy x0x0

 

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The Bachelor Experiment : Day Eighteen (Final Elimination!)

With both 24-hour dates until his belt, Corey returns to the mansion with a decision to make.  His time with Namika did not go the way he’d expected, and all those rejections have him questioning his own judgement.  Had he really misread Namika so badly?  He’d sensed such chemistry between them!  But now, Corey thinks – he must’ve been mistaken. And he wonders – had he made the wrong choice at the last elimination?  His thoughts drift briefly to Roskva, stunning in her sparkling blue gown, before shaking the image away.  No, he reminds himself – regardless of Namika, his feelings for Roskva run no deeper than friendship.  Letting her go was the right thing to do….

But Corey is exhausted now, and he trudges gloomily up to his bedroom.  Surprise registers on his face when he finds the beautiful brunette, sleeping peacefully in his bed.

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This has to mean something, he thinks to himself. She must have feelings for me if she wants to sleep in my bed!

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And suddenly Corey feels himself perk up just a bit.  He smiles sleepily at her beautiful face before climbing into bed beside her.

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Meanwhile, Jessamine sits alone and eats her dinner.  The “party” thought bubble above her head tells me she’s feeling optimistic about tomorrow’s elimination.  She chews slowly, fantasizing about the celebration they’ll have after Corey has officially chosen her as his leading lady.  Drinks and dancing and decorations, she thinks – and maybe – dare she dream it?  A wedding dress?

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As Jessamine feels her belly fill up, she wonders again where Corey has gotten to.  She’d been hoping to spend some time with him before the end of the night, but she can’t seem to find him anywhere!  She’s searched all over the mansion – everywhere but his room, that is.

Come to think of it, she hasn’t seen Namika lately, either.  And a dark, pained look crosses her face before she trudges off to bed, alone again.


 

It’s the middle of the night, and Corey can’t sleep.  He tosses and turns, suddenly uncomfortable with Namika’s warm body in his bed.  He thinks now of Jessamine, and springs out of bed – this isn’t fair to her.

His stomach grumbles, and Corey realizes he hasn’t eaten in hours.  He stumbles down to the kitchen and finds himself something to eat.

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His thoughts wander from Jessamine to Namika, and then from Namika back to Jessamine.  Being the Bachelor is a lot harder than he’d thought.  Corey thinks of Jessamine, and of the wonderful date they had together.  He’d never felt closer to her than he did that day in the village!  He felt so at ease with her, so comfortable – so free to be himself.  Just imagining Jessamine – smiling, cheerful, cute-as-a-button – he rolls a whim to be friendly with her.  But then there’s Namika, he thinks – sexy, exciting, hot-and-cold Namika, who keeps him on his toes and always has him guessing.  Life would never be boring with Namika, he thinks.

Corey is tugged from his thoughts when he hears footsteps behind him.

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Namika, of course.  She’d stirred when Corey got out of bed, and woke up with two whims for the Bachelor – one to be funny, and one, naturally, to kiss him (now you want to kiss him, Namika?  Really?).

She slides into the chair next to him, and opens with a joke.  Corey reacts well, and Namika heaves a sigh of relief.  So she hadn’t pushed him too far away after all!

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She’s gathering the courage to plant that kiss on him, when Corey excuses himself from the table.  He’s in desperate need of a shower (and by the trash bag thought bubble over Namika’s head, I’m sure she’s noticed).  The kiss will have to wait.

But not for long.

As soon as Corey is out of the shower, Namika pounces.  Corey is taken off guard, confused at first, but the feeling of her lips on his and her body against his chest overwhelms him, and Corey surrenders to the kiss.

Namika thinks of rocket ship woohoo.

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He pulls away, dazed, and then slowly, his senses return, and he eyes her warily.  What’s changed between yesterday and today, he wonders?

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Namika chats with him easily, as if all of this is normal.  As if she hadn’t rejected him six times just the previous day.

And then, suddenly, she (autonomously) launches herself at him again, hungry for another kiss.

But Corey’s thinking now – thinking about all those rejections, about the humiliation he’d felt each time she pushed him away.  And with her lips just centimeters from his, Corey shoves her back.

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“I just don’t get it, Namika!” he says.  “You run so hot-and-cold! Yesterday you want nothing to do with me, and now this?”

Namika pales.  “I care about you, Corey,” she says finally.  “I just don’t like competing for you, I guess,” she admits.  “I’m not acting myself.”

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Corey sighs.  Can he really blame her?  How would he react if it were him in her shoes?  But Corey hesitates, and asks himself – how can he be sure that the Namika he knows is the real Namika?


 

Meanwhile, Jessamine rises from bed and listens to the silence around her.  She’s sure she knows where Namika slept last night, and Jessamine is feeling determined. Today is a new day, she thinks.  And of course, it’s her last chance.

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Whatever developed on Namika and Corey’s 24-hour date, Jessamine knows she has to make her presence known.  She has no choice but to demand his attention.

And she knows no better way to do that than with a hot, steamy (autonomous) kiss.

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Corey eagerly falls into her arms, liking the familiar scent of her and the way she relaxes into the kiss.  This feels easy, he thinks.  It feels right. 

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It’s afternoon by now, and as Jessamine prepares herself a gourmet lunch, she’s beginning to feel very confident.  Whether it’s because of her skills in the kitchen or her faith in Corey’s feelings for her, I don’t really know.

Jessamine picks up her plate, and instead of heading outside to the picnic table or to the dining room table, she goes in search of Corey, and settles in next to him as he fiddles around on the computer.

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They chat amicably, and Corey is able to fulfill his whim to be friendly with Jessamine.

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Meanwhile, Namika is spinning a web of her own.  She (autonomously) seeks Corey out for a romantic embrace, but her aim isn’t to rile Jessamine.  After Corey’s rejection of her kiss, Namika needs to show Corey just how much he means to her….and that means an intimate, private moment.

Namika leads Corey downstairs, away from prying eyes, and draws him into her arms.

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Luckily, Corey allows it, but he doesn’t stick around long to chat.  Instead, he heads upstairs, where Jessamine makes room for him next to her on the couch.

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She blows a kiss…

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He blows a kiss….

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And then Namika enters the room.  She approaches Corey, and I notice that there’s an autonomous action in her queue for another embrace.

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She’s feeling slighted that Corey left high and dry, especially in favor of Jessamine’s company.  And so now, Namika’s aim is to rile the competition.

But Jessamine is onto her, and beats her to the punch.

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All it takes is one (autonomous) blown kiss, and Namika’s face falls.

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But she’s not giving up yet.  Namika reaches out in pursuit of the embrace…

but Corey, with Jessamine just a few feet away, shrugs off Namika’s advances.

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Where Jessamine should feel vindicated, her drama queen tendencies come to the surface.  Despite Corey’s rejection of Namika, Jessamine suddenly feels betrayed.  Both women are feeling very sad, and they each have the “drifting love” moodlet.  It seems tensions are running high, and everyone is beginning to buckle under the pressure of it all.

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Moments later, I see that Namika’s phone is ringing and I look to see who’s calling.  Surprise, surprise – it’s our old friend Paige, and she wants to come over for a visit!  In the interest of drama, I hit accept, and soon Paige arrives on the doorstep.

She immediately settles in for a little pow-wow with Namika, and it becomes obvious who she’s rooting for here.

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She gives Namika a little pep talk, but as soon as she finds herself alone, Paige wanders off in search of Corey, and I see that she’s in a flirty mood.  Maybe she’s not on Namika’s side here, after all!

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But Corey isn’t interested in Paige, especially not after the unkind words she had for him the day she was eliminated.  Still, he feels badly for hurting her, and so he chats with her for a bit, catching up.

When Paige’s visit comes to an end, she throws a flirty wink at Corey before hugging Namika goodbye.

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She squeezes Namika’s hand reassuringly, and then passes Jessamine in the hall as she heads for the door.

Paige looks Jessamine up and down, sizing her up.  “If you think he’d choose you over her,” she whispers, “you’re kidding yourself.  Just look at her, Jessamine.  And then look in the mirror.”

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And with that, Paige is gone.


 

The day draws on and finally, it is time for the final Elimination Ceremony to begin.

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Corey stands before the women, and he knows exactly what must be done.  He takes a deep breath, and calls the name of the first woman : Namika.

She stands, smiling broadly, and casts her eyes skyward.  Of course he’s chosen  her!

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She approaches Corey triumphantly, as Jessamine looks on sadly.

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Corey turns his gaze to Namika.  “Namika,” he begins slowly, “You are an amazing woman.  Your spirit and fire are second to none, and you are a force to be reckoned with.  There’s no doubt that a life with you would be full of excitement and adventure.”

Namika smiles up at him expectantly, but Corey’s expression turns suddenly serious.  “Any man would be lucky to have you,” he continues.  “But…. that man isn’t me.  I’m sorry, Namika.”

(Corey has a speech bubble with an axe in it – because he’s giving her the axe!)

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Shocked, tears spring to her eyes.  The rejection stings like a slap to the face.  She buries her face in her hands, desperately reaching for the right response.  She’s angry, she realizes – fuming.  How could he reject her like this?  And for Jessamine?!

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But as she takes a deep breath, Namika realizes something.  She’s angry, yes, but because she has lost the competition, not because she’s lost Corey.  She picks up her head and smiles.

“Whatever,” she says to him flippantly.  “There’s a million fish in the sea, Corey.  And you’re just a minnow.  I’m looking for a shark.”

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Farewell, Namika Phan.  I hope your shark has a lot of teeth.

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Meanwhile, back in the ceremony room…

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Corey draws away from Jessamine and looks her in the eyes.  “I knew from the beginning it would be you,” he tells her.  “With you, I’m happy and comfortable, and I can truly be myself.  I’ve never met a woman like you before, Jessamine.  Will you do me the honor of becoming my…..girlfriend?”

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Jessamine is giddy – perhaps a bit disappointed in the lack of proposal, but she’ll be Corey’s girlfriend any day, and she tells him as much.

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Corey kisses her on the cheek and then smiles down at her again.  “You might have won the competition, Jessamine, but I think I’m the real winner today.”


 

For reference, here are the final standings as per Corey’s romantic relationship panel:

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Namika lost a TON of romance points from all of those kiss rejections on her 24-hour date, but Corey’s rejection of her embrace (the one in front of Jessamine) was what really sealed the deal.


 

Later that evening, Corey and Jessamine are alone in the mansion.  They’ll have to vacate in the morning, but they still have a few hours to themselves, and Corey asks Jessamine to meet him outside by the cliff.

He still has one last trick up his sleeve.

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And they both lived happily ever after 😉


 

So, now that my Bachelor Experiment has come to a close, here are my thoughts on the experience.

  • Jessamine was the only contestant who was MY sim.  I really don’t think I favored her at all (in fact, quite the opposite), but it’s kind of strange that Corey and Jessamine were the only two sims in this competition who were created by me…and they fell for each other.  Though I don’t think this affected the outcome, I’m incredibly thankful for all the bachelorettes that have been submitted for my Duckling to Swan: The Bachelor, Hasslich Edition so that I won’t have to submit any of my own!
  • The more diverse personalities in a Bachelor Challenge, the better.  When I chose the contestants for this challenge, I basically just downloaded based on girls I thought were cute.  Unfortunately, they mostly all had “positive” traits.  I think that the more hot-headed, jealous, etc sims involved, the more the drama and the better the story!
  •  I originally wanted to give roses at each elimination ceremony, but quickly realized that was a terrible idea.  Without player interference, it can be really tough to get the romantic ball rolling – giving roses only creates jealousy and hurts the already fragile romantic relationships that develop.
  • The best ideas I had through this challenge were the one-on-one flirty dates, and then the 24-hour dates in the end.  I was glad that I waited until there were only 4 girls left for the flirty dates, because I’d been able to ascertain that Corey was at least somewhat romantically interested in each of them BEFORE I meddled.  I didn’t want to manufacture a romance where there otherwise would be none.  But the flirty dates really did help to differentiate between the girls and Corey’s feelings for each of them.

In the end, I had a TON of fun with this!  I do wish we had some kind of real attraction system for this type of challenge, but even lacking that, a Bachelor Challenge can work out with the right amount of patience, and a small amount of player interference/pushing.

I will be moving Corey and Jessamine into a household in my main save (The Hasslich Prettacy) so that maybe someday, one of my spares can marry their beautiful offspring!  Which is maybe a little weird, because, guess what?  Jessamine is ACTUALLY a made over version of my absolute favorite Hasslich lady, Emmeline!

Anyway, Corey and Jessamine are uploaded to the gallery under #bachelorexperiment.

If you enjoyed my Bachelor Experiment, and would like to participate in my next round of The Bachelor, please visit my thread on The Sims Forums – Duckling to Swan – The Bachelor, Hasslich Edition – to submit a bachelorette of your own!

Thanks for reading!

 

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The Bachelor Experiment : Day Seventeen

It’s late afternoon on Day Seventeen, and Corey and Namika are ready to head off for their 24-hour date.  Luckily for them, there’s nowhere more romantic than a beautiful tropical island (“My Tropical Island” – original by Cbear1313, reno by gothkittymimi).

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The sun is shining and the heat is rising, and as the date begins, Namika formulates her plan of attack.  She and Corey have only just arrived, but Namika immediately takes off on her own to explore the beautiful tropical paradise – leaving Corey in the dust, gaping after her.

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Corey, of course, has other plans, and he rolls a whim to cloudgaze with Namika.  He’s not on a tropical island with a gorgeous woman to hang out alone, after all, and being the Bachelor does have its perks – namely, getting your way all the time.  So I send him after Namika to initiate the interaction.

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Things are going smoothly, and it doesn’t take long for the romantic atmosphere to have an effect on Corey.  It looks like he wants to get this show on the road, because he rolls a whim to kiss Namika.  As always, I’m more than happy to oblige.

Sadly, Namika is not happy to oblige.  It seems this is step one in her extremely predictable and very risky game of hard to get.  She brushes him off with a look of disgust, and Corey is not only humiliated, but perplexed.  He thought Namika liked him!

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But Namika apologizes half-heartedly, complaining of a headache.  She says she’s just not feeling herself.  Corey buys it hook, line, and sinker – but I wonder if there’s more to this than meets the eye.

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Corey is an understanding (i.e. naive) kind of gent, though, so he accepts her apology and they move on seamlessly from the unfortunate moment.  Maybe there’s hope for this date after all.

Recovering from the embarrassment of Namika’s rejection, Corey launches into a dramatic story, and his date quickly perks up.  Namika seems fascinated by Corey’s storytelling prowess, and before long, they’re all smiles once again.

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Namika suggests they take a selfie to document their time together in the tropics, and the lean in close to get the shot.  She leans her head against his shoulder as they review the photo.  What’s all this hot and cold about, Namika?

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At this point, Namika decides to check out a little more of the lot, and she heads off on her own again.  Corey follows close behind, and they stop beside a small bridge.

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They chat awhile with the flowers and the water as their backdrop, and Corey gets Namika laughing while he tries to figure out how to score that kiss.  Despite the previous shut down, he still has the whim to plant one on her, and now he’s even thinking about rocket ship woohoo.

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Namika seems to be in a good mood, and Corey decides to take his chances.  And so, he tries again…

But Namika still isn’t having it.

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Having been rejected twice now, Corey is fed up.  He turns and trudges away from Namika without meeting her eyes.  He needs a drink now – and a little space couldn’t hurt, either.  He actually rolls a whim to be friendly with Jessamine now, and I think maybe Namika is digging her own grave here.

But as he mixes his drink, Corey begins to feel a little better – inspired, even!  He smiles for the first time in hours, his apparent talent for mixology giving him a much-needed confidence boost.

But it isn’t long before Namika follows him to the bar, and I can only hope she won’t crush him again.

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Namika slides onto the bar stool, and surprisingly, opens with a flirtatious wave.  Corey is caught off guard, but he’s thrilled to see that Namika is finally coming around.  He returns her wave with a suggestive wave of his own – lucky for Namika, Corey is quick to forgive a pretty face.

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When their tropical drinks are empty, Corey feels his stomach grumble and he looks at his watch, surprised to find that the hour for dinner has long passed. But Namika is hungry, too, and so Corey pulls out all the stops – nothing fancier or more romantic than a grilled cheese dinner!  Or at least so he hopes…

And in the end, it seems Namika is quite impressed, because suddenly, she’s full of compliments.

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They finish up their sandwiches and happily launch into easy conversation.

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Corey shares a secret…

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Namika offers a hug…

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And there’s even a fair bit of flirting!

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But when Corey leans in for the kiss….

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Talk about mixed signals!

Namika storms out of the room and outside to the pool.  Corey is feeling exhausted by now – his energy is in the red, and who could blame him?  Namika’s mind games would tire anyone, I think.

But Corey is determined to find out what’s going on.  What happened to the fun, spirited, carefree girl he fell for on that hike?  What happened to the easy chemistry that sparked between them?

He follows Namika outside, and joins her on the edge of the pool.

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“I think maybe we should talk, Namika,” he begins.

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But Namika doesn’t walk to talk.  She shoots him a sideways look, and without a word, she’s gone.

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Corey sighs heavily, defeated.  It’s late, he’s tired, and Namika isn’t acting like the Namika he thought he knew.  He shakes his head sadly, and retires to bed.

Alone.

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Early the next morning, Namika wakes grumpily to a crick in her neck.  Having spent the night cramped up on an outdoor ottoman, it comes as no surprise she’s feeling stiff and sore.

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But it’s all worth it in the end, she reminds herself.  It’s all part of the plan.  She considers her next move carefully, and rolls a whim to cloudgaze with Corey, who dutifully joins her on the concrete.

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Afterwards, the conversation begins to flow and the pair is off to a good start.  A new dawn, a new day, right?

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Corey thinks he’s got Namika buttered up pretty good by now, so it’s probably the perfect time to finally get that kiss.  Third time’s a charm, right?

WRONG.

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Namika is SO not having it, she even shoved him out of the frame!  (Actually, I was so sure it would work this time that it happened too fast for me to catch it).

Once again, Corey is leaving feeling humiliated and rejected, and he’s wondering if Namika is really worth all this pain.

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Corey looks at her warily and then walks away with a heavy heart.

Namika, on the other hand, puffs her chest and watches with satisfaction as he goes.  Operation Hard-To-Get is going exactly as planned, she thinks, cocking an eyebrow.

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But I wonder — has she pushed him too far?


 

Namika spends the next few hours practicing her yoga routine while she gives Corey a little space to cool off.

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The date is drawing to a close, and Namika is ready to bring her game to its conclusion as well.  The next time Corey tries to kiss her will be the time she lets him kiss her – and she’s sure he’ll be that much more smitten, having finally caught the mouse.  Men always want what they can’t have, she reminds herself, and Corey’s continual advances (despite her continual rejections) only go to prove her point.

It’s time to make herself available, she decides, so Namika goes to the game room, where Corey is certain to find her, clad in a crop top and tight-fitting yoga pants.

She watches TV while she waits…

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And waits some more, until she begins to grow impatient.

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And just when she wonders if she should relocate, Corey enters the room.  And he’s feeling frisky.

He offers her a hug, and Namika jumps at the chance to get close.  It won’t be long now, she thinks, until his lips are on hers!

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She lingers a bit, but Corey gently extracts himself from the hug, engaging her in conversation instead.

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But Namika is tired of talking.  She’s ready for her kiss now, and she bats her eyelashes and looks up at him, doe-eyed, willing him to lean in.

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When Corey grabs her hand, Namika’s heart flutters in her chest.  This is it!  This is her moment!

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Namika closes her eyes and tilts her chin up, waiting…

But Corey’s lips land not on hers, but on the back of her hand.

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Afterwards, Corey heads off for the bathroom, leaving Namika to wonder what just happened.  He’d been trying to kiss her for the past 24 hours!  What had changed?  Had she actually pushed him too far?  Had she blown her last chance with The Bachelor?

Namika sighs and goes to shower.  The date is over in just a few hours now, and she might as well clean herself up, ready herself for her inevitable defeat at Elimination tomorrow.

But when she’s showered and dressed and mere minutes from the end of the date, Corey seeks her out again, and compliments her appearance.

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Namika rallies internally.  It’s not over til it’s over! she thinks.

She pulls him in for a long, close embrace, and struggles with an internal debate – should she wait for him to try to kiss her again, or should she just go for it herself? (note: she can’t go for it herself, because she hasn’t rolled the whim to kiss Corey).

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They’re both in flirty moods now and I’m playing beat the clock as the seconds tick by.  Just as I’m about to instruct Corey to try to kiss her one last time, the date ends and I’m forced to send them home.

Still, Namika looks confident as she exits the premises, and Corey seems intrigued by the entire experience.

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Namika smirks as she walks out the door.

I’ve got him just where I want him, she thinks.  Watch out, Jessamine!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Bachelor Experiment : Day Sixteen

After Elimination the night before, Corey immediately wandered off to bed, feeling a mixture of emotions.  He was sad to have let Roskva go – he would miss his new friend – but also sure that the decision he made was the right one.  And as he drifted off to sleep, he thought of the two women remaining, and wondered how he ever would choose between them.

Shrewdly, Namika suspected that Corey might feel this way, and hoped to give him a little push in the right direction – the “right direction” being her direction, of course.   And so she waited until she heard his snores from the hallway, and crept (as usual) into bed beside him as he slept.

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She slipped gingerly under the covers, careful not to wake him. Her nightly “bonding ritual” had worked for her (more or less) so far, and as she touched her chilly toes to his warm feet, she felt certain it would only bring them closer.

Meanwhile, somewhere far away in the great expanse of the mansion, Jessamine also climbed into bed, none the wiser to her third wheel status.

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Oblivious to the shenanigans going on two floors above her, she dreamed peacefully of what the next few days would bring.


 

On the morning of Day Sixteen, Corey is the first to wake.  He is startled at first to find Namika in his bed, but truthfully, he’s gotten used to her night-time company.  He looks down at her pretty face, sleeping peacefully, and smiles.

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Nonetheless, there are only two days left in this competition, and today, Corey will leave Namika behind.

The next two days will consist of 24-hour overnight dates with each of the remaining women.  This time, all bets (okay, most bets) are ON – woohoo is now allowed, and the “ask to be girlfriend” interaction can be initiated by Corey only, IF he rolls a whim to do so.  The only thing that is still not allowed is engagement.

Since Corey wakes up with a whim to flirt with Jessamine, I take this as a sign that her date should come first. He immediately flips into a confident mood, perhaps working himself up to his impending date, and goes off in search of breakfast.

Namika rises soon after, and she has rolled two whims for Corey – one to “be friendly” and one to “flirt.”  But today is not her day (my goal is to fill Corey and Jessamine’s needs and immediately send them to their destination), and besides, Namika is feeling energized and heads directly for the treadmill.  She jumps on and begins to run in a show of feigned nonchalance – no way in hell will she let anyone see her nervousness, or her heaven forbid, her jealousy.

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When Jessamine finally wakes, she is in a flirty mood, but it lasts only seconds (wonder what she was dreaming about!).  She is feeling happy, at least, and I send her off to tend to her needs bars before her overnight date will begin.  This includes giving her a new outfit (Namika will get one, too), since I really like styling the women and decide this last date should be their last chance to put their best foot forward.

I send Corey to the computer to plan his date with Jessamine, and the two of them are promptly swept away to the surprise destination.

Alone in the house, Namika lets out a groan of dismay.

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The stress has finally caught up with her, and she breaks out in a rash of unsightly hives. She scratches at herself, desperate to soothe the incessant itching, but all she can do is pray that it’s gone before tomorrow.


 

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When Corey and Jessamine arrive at their destination (Chinese-Asian Village by Zita1966), Jessamine stares in wonder at the beauty and charm of their surroundings.  She loves the outdoors, but the first thing she wants to do is hug Corey (autonomously), and when he heads directly inside, she follows him there.

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They chit-chat a bit (gloominess, dollhouses…you know, the usual), and Corey rolls a whim to kiss Jessamine.  I order him to initiate a kiss, but first I send them outside to take advantage of the beautiful scenery of this location.

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Corey doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet, and he goes in for the kill right away.  To his (and my!) surprise, Jessamine shoves him off in disgust!  I think she’s still mad at him for the Roskva incident, or maybe she’s just playing it up a little bit.  If we know Jessamine by now, we know how she loves drama.

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Poor Corey is humiliated, but Jessamine seems oblivious.  She whips out her camera to document his embarrassment, and I wonder what kind of sociopath this girl really is.

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Jessamine quickly moves on, laying down to take in some cloudgazing (solo) and Corey just watches her awkwardly.

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But when Jessamine stands back up, Corey can see from the look on her face that she’s feeling inspired – and now, so is he.  Corey decides to take another chance on that kiss, that maybe she’ll be more receptive after pointing out the heart-shaped clouds in the sky.

And luckily, he’s right.

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By now Jessamine is hungry, and Corey’s fun meter is declining a bit.  They both head inside, her to find lunch, and him to the television.  After she eats, Jessamine settles into the couch, sliding into the spot just beside him.  She opens – strangely – with a joke about divorce.

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Corey doesn’t make too much of it, though, because he laughs and rolls a whim to compliment Jessamine on her appearance.  It seems her new outfit has elicited the desired response.

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Jessamine, feeling flattered and sufficiently adored, rolls a whim to embrace Corey.  He’s back in her good graces now, it seems.

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But Corey needs to use the bathroom (terrible timing, Corey!), and Jessamine finds her way to the computer (located in the master bedroom) in his absence.  She must do some major soul-searching while she stares at that computer screen, because she rolls a whim to “ask Corey to be boyfriend.”  Ironically, Corey has rolled a similar whim – to “ask someone to go steady,” but without a specific name, Jessamine is plum out of luck.

Corey does roll a whim to hug her, though, and so I send him to initiate the friendly hug interaction.  In the bedroom.  As soon as Corey sees that bed, he flips into a flirty mood.

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Corey takes this as a sign.  He (autonomously) whispers seductively to her.  No coincidence, I think, that they’re standing two feet from the bed.

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But instead of inviting her to join him between the sheets, Corey lays it on thick with the romance.  He’s a gentleman, this one.

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In the middle of this cutesy little interaction, they’re startled by the ringing of a cell phone.  Corey feels his buzzing in his pocket, and impatiently glances at the screen, and grimaces.

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Anything important? Jessamine asks.

Not at all, he replies.  It’s no one.

He shoves the phone back in his pocket.  Now, back to the task at hand.

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But the spell, for the moment at least, has been broken.  Jessamine is still feeling inspired from her cloudgazing earlier, and enthuses animatedly about the outdoors.  She’s talking about her favorite kind of flower when suddenly, she sways, dizziness overtaking her.

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Corey steadies her, concerned, and asks if she’s okay.  Maybe it’s the stress, like Namika, or maybe she’s coming down with something, but there’s no way Jessamine is going to ruin this date because of a little cold.  She squares her shoulders and smiles broadly.  And then, on a whim, she asks him to join her outside for a little stargazing.

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Afterward, Jessamine rolls a whim to be mischievous with Corey, and so (naturally) she dares him to streak.  What’s the harm in getting a little peek of the goods? she thinks.  And Corey, who is no stranger to exhibitionism, strips down to his birthday suit and goes for a leisurely run.

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Jessamine, watching from afar, thinks she could do worse.  A lot worse.

But as she heads back inside, Jessamine feels a bit faint again.

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She gathers herself yet again. She doesn’t want Corey to see her like this, and sure enough, by the time he rejoins her, she’s back to her normal self.

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To really drive the point home, she even breaks into song, serenading a smitten Corey, who listens happily with stars in his eyes.

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But when time comes for bed, Jessamine doesn’t head for the master bedroom.

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Leave ’em wanting more, that’s her motto.  She climbs into a twin bed, alone, leaving no room for misinterpretation.

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She closes her eyes, but she doesn’t fall asleep.  Instead, she waits.  She waits until she hears the door creak open, until she hears his heavy footsteps on the wooden floor, and the rustle of the sheets as he climbs into the twin bed beside her.

She smiles, and she’s right to.  Because Corey has chosen to sleep, his broad frame crammed into a tiny twin bed, not to sleep with her, but to merely sleep next to her.

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The following morning, Jessamine wakes first.  She jumps out of bed, and tries not to wake Corey, but he hears the squeak of the bed, and blinks away the sleep.

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She looks beautiful, he thinks.  Especially in those cheeky little underwear!  He immediately rolls a whim to compliment her.

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There are only a few hours left in this date, and Jessamine intends to make it count.  She sure loves being admired, because once Corey has sufficiently complimented her beauty, Jessamine rolls a whim to embrace him.

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Corey flirts autonomously, and Jessamine compliments his appearance, telling him she likes his taste in clothes.

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They chat happily until the gnawing in their hungry bellies gets the better of them, and they take off in separate directions in search of breakfast – Corey wants pancakes, while Jessamine is in the mood for shish kebabs.

They sit down to breakfast together, however, and they chat and flirt as they eat.

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After breakfast, there are only two hours before Jessamine and Corey will return to the mansion.  Corey makes his way outside, where he hopes to take in some last-minute cloudgazing, but Jessamine has other ideas (I notice there’s a “kiss Corey” interaction in her queue).

Corey settles into the grass, but Jessamine beckons.

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With only minutes to spare, she leads him all the way up to the third floor – to the master bedroom with the double bed.

It’s here that she kisses him, and when she does, she melts.

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His kiss elicits a physical reaction – Jessamine is on fire, her skin burns to the touch.  She is thinking about rocket ship woohoo, but glances sideways at the bed and decides that it will do.

She pulls away from Corey, and watches as concern registers in his eyes.

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Jessamine looks down at her arms, covered in spots, and realizes – she wasn’t on fire.  She’s sick, and the bug she’s been fighting has caught up with her.  Embarrassed, she frowns, but Corey just tucks a piece of hair behind her ear, and whispers, Come on, now.  It’s time we get you home.


 

 

 

 

 

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The Bachelor Experiment : Day Fifteen (Elimination #5)

On the morning of Elimination #5, Corey wakes up with a whim to cloudgaze with Jessamine.  Time is a precious commodity for The Bachelor, especially on elimination day, and so he immediately seeks Jessamine out. Luckily, she is already awake.

Unluckily, she is not particularly happy.

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Jessamine is still feeling very sad after seeing Corey flirt with Roskva the previous night.  As Corey approaches to invite her to cloudgaze, she is thinking about how badly her heart has been broken.

Still, she accepts, and the two head out to the deck, Jessamine hanging her head dramatically as she goes.

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But as they lay out under the shining sun, and Jessamine enjoys the beautiful morning, she begins to feel a little better.  Inspired, even!

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But their time together must come to an end, and as soon as they part ways, Jessamine once again flips back into her very sad mood.  She’s in good company, though, because Namika, who somehow found out about Roskva’s flirt fest last night, has spent the bulk of the morning crying uncharacteristically in the closet.

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Honestly, I didn’t expect this from Namika.  One, she didn’t even witness Corey’s flirtation with Roskva (I guess gossip get around fast in this house), and two.. well, she’s Namika. She’s never shown us a chink in her armor before!

Meanwhile, Corey is on his way to the bathroom when he is intercepted by Roskva.  She’s really pulling out all the stops as Elimination draws closer. From the look on his face, Corey seems surprised, but definitely in a good way, right?!

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She does a little flirting…

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And since no man can resist a beautiful woman in a black garter belt, Corey does a little flirting of his own.

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Morning quickly turns into afternoon, and Corey seeks out some lunch. He has a pretty good idea about his choice for elimination, but he certainly has his doubts, and is hoping for a quiet moment to deliberate a little further.

Unfortunately, peace and quiet are definitely not in the cards for Corey today.

Jessamine joins him, and boy does she have other plans!  She has spent her entire morning in a terrible, horrible, no good, very SAD mood – and she wants Corey to know exactly who’s fault that is.

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Poor Corey! He’s feeling pretty exhausted after getting an earful from Jessamine, so he excuses himself and heads to the bar for a drink.  Maybe he’ll finally get a little time to himself to think and unwind…

But of course, no such luck.  Roskva has somehow flipped into a flirty mood, and comes sauntering out to the bar to meet him. She slides on to a barstool and I can just hear her hitting on her “sexy bartender.”

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Corey takes the bait, and sits down next to her.  Even when she has clothes on, Corey is happy to chat with Roskva.

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She’s throwing out every single signal there is, but Corey just won’t throw her a flirt interaction.  And to be fair, she’s not exactly flirting with him either.  I think she’s trying to tempt him into making the first move, but unfortunately she runs out of time because it’s time for everyone to prepare for the Elimination ceremony.

I break the two of them up and send everyone off to tend to their need bars, and when the sun begins to set, Corey meets the three remaining ladies in the Ceremony Hall. As usual, he’s looking dashing, but for the first time, he’s also feeling confident. I’m glad to see that he’s feeling good about this elimination, because there is no question as to which bachelorette is going home.

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The ladies all make their entrances.  Jessamine is in a happy mood, finally. Maybe all she needed was to get things off her chest.  The only question is how much that little tirade hurt her relationship with Corey.

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Roskva also arrives in a happy mood.  She’s had more time with Corey in the last two days than she’s had in the the entirety of the competition, and she’s feeling pretty confident that she’s finally made the right impression.

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Only Namika shows up feeling sad. She’s still pretty mopey, and keeps thinking about her broken heart.  I find it hard to believe that our wily Namika is really so lovesick, but who knows?  Either she’s playing it up for Corey’s benefit, or she really is hurt by his “betrayal.”

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At any rate, the women find their seats and the ceremony begins.

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Corey clears his throat and calls the name of the first woman he wants to keep in the house for the final round : Jessamine. Her one-on-one date may not have gone as well as she’d hoped, but it was just enough to edge her way to the top. Jessamine stands and walks gracefully to the front of the room to greet Corey…

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But Namika doesn’t take the news quite so gracefully.

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She’s been called first so many times now that she’d grown to expect it.  If Jessamine has stolen her place in Corey’s heart, will she make it to the last round at all?

Corey gives Jessamine a friendly hug, and Jessamine happily accepts her place in the last round.

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She chats briefly to him about cooking – maybe she’s offering to make him a home cooked meal? They do say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…

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And then she heads back inside the mansion, feeling relieved. It turns out that speaking her mind at lunch wasn’t such a bad thing after all.

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Corey is left alone with the remaining two women.  Namika looks petrified, but Roskva seems ready to accept her rose.

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The only problem is, when Corey calls the name of the second woman to stay in the house, it isn’t Roskva.  It’s Namika.

Namika’s romance bar with Corey is exactly the same as Jessamine’s, but since Jessamine’s friendship bar with Corey is completely full (and Namika’s isn’t), Namika gets the second spot this week.

She makes her way to the front of the room, and while you’d think she’d be happy with this outcome, it’s clear from her face that she’s anything but. Namika doesn’t like being chosen second, but it’s poor Roskva I worry about.  The expression on her face looks pretty disgruntled.

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Corey gives Namika a friendly hug, which she accepts with a smile.

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But as soon as Corey pulls away, Namika’s face falls once again.

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For someone who didn’t get sent home, she sure is laying it on thick with the guilt.  Namika quickly heads back into the mansion, and she hangs her head sadly as she goes.  And I thought Jessamine was the resident drama queen!

Roskva shoots her this look like, What do you have to be sad about?! and Corey just looks entirely confused.

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With Namika gone, Corey must turn his attentions to Roskva.

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This was a difficult decision for him, but actually more so for me.  I admit, I orchestrated a few of their interactions toward the end there – I wanted to really make sure there was nothing there between them, and unfortunately, I think they’re just missing the chemistry.  Corey is listed as “lovebirds” with both Namika and Jessamine, but only as a “romantic interest” with Roskva.  Their romance bar is also significantly lower than his romance bars with the other women.  While Corey really seems to like Roskva as a friend, he has never rolled a whim for her and she really hasn’t rolled many romantic ones for him, either.  Sadly, I think the relationship panel is accurate when it says “just good friends” – at least on Corey’s end.

 

He asks Roskva to join him at the front, and she keeps her composure as she obliges.

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“We’re just better as friends,” Corey says. “I am so glad I’ve gotten to know you, Roskva, but the spark’s just not there.”

Which is a shame, because I do think Roskva’s still holding a torch for Corey… ah, unrequited love.

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At this point Corey autonomously takes a seat on the “bachelorette bench” and begins talking with Roskva.  She keeps getting the “home/domestic/family” speech bubbles, and I think she’s telling him that neither of these women are marriage material.

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“Look, Corey,” she says, “I care about you, but this is one really stupid decision you’re making.  Have you met these girls?  Jessamine is a total drama queen, and Namika is a conniving manipulator! But if that’s what you’re looking for, then to each his own I guess.”

Corey just nods along, not really hearing her.  All he can say in response is, “Friends?”

Roskva sighs and agrees.  She gives him a friendly hug, and wishes him luck.  Class act all the way, our Roskva.

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Only, I can’t help but wonder if she’s just making a show of it.  If and when these other girls crash and burn, guess who’ll be waiting in the wings?

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Cheers, Roskva –  you’ll find Mr. Right someday. And if it isn’t Corey, then I have a pretty handsome Hasslich for you!

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Chapter Ninety Eight : Harmless

Jessalyn was very happy, eating her breakfast alone in peace. She chomped away on her cereal, liking the way the crunching sound rang in her ears. In a house this size with this many people, silence was a rare and welcome occurrence. She couldn’t remember the last time she heard herself chew. The rhythmic crunch was music to her ears.

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Enjoying the silence, Jessalyn embraced the opportunity to think and to reflect, and to maybe – just maybe – make the decision she’d been avoiding. But Lucas’ face flashed in her memory, and then Stanley’s big blue eyes after that, and Jessalyn promptly shook them away. Maybe the commotion was better, after all – noise to drown the sound of her indecision. And her guilt.

Because she was guilty – and not just because she still hadn’t told Lucas about Stan, or Stan about Lucas. That was part of it, yes – a pretty big chunk of it, actually. But more than that, she still hadn’t told Theo, and keeping something like this from her twin felt like the biggest betrayal of all.

Jessalyn chomped again, concentrating on the sound the cereal made as it popped in her mouth. Better not to think about it just now. Anyway, she still didn’t understand why she had to make this decision at all. Why did the world have to be so uptight, so structured? So “you-can-only-have-one-boyfriend” judgmental?

She sighed and turned her thoughts back to cereal, the crunching, and the silence around her. She’d have to enjoy the peace and quiet while it lasted, because if Jessalyn knew anything for sure, it was that peace and quiet never lasted long in this little house.

But as the silence drew on, her thoughts returned to Stan and Lucas. Again she brushed them away with a dramatic huff, and turned her frustrations on the family’s small kitchen instead. Why did they even still live in this tiny house after all this time? They had the money to move – she knew they did. She’d seen her mother’s bank statement once when Coralie left the page open on the computer. Something about tradition, she imagined, about this mindless legacy they all were compelled to fulfill based on the whims of some long dead relative. Not that Jessalyn minded, really – she thought she’d be quite a good heir, in fact, considering her penchant keeping for multiple men.

The air stirred beside her, a stool screeched across the wooden floor, and Jessalyn was jarred abruptly from her thoughts. She’d been so caught up in her worries that she didn’t even notice her father come into the kitchen.

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“Penny for your thoughts?” Kody asked smiling, as he slid into the chair beside her.

Jessalyn laughed despite herself. “Do you always have to be so corny?”

“Always,” he replied with a grin. “It’s a father’s right. So, I’ll ask again – penny for your thoughts?”

Jessalyn hesitated. She didn’t need to ask to know her dad wouldn’t want to hear about her recent makeout sessions with two different boys. So finally she sighed, and responded simply, “Nothing, Dad.”

But Kody knew better. “It’s about those two boys,” he said, cocking an eyebrow and laughing at the surprised expression on her face. “Oh, you thought I didn’t know, did you? Well I’m onto you, chick-a-dee. And I can’t say I’m terribly surprised, either. I mean, for one, you’re a teenager and I hear that means your hormones are ratings. And for two, you’re a Hasslich, which is all I care to say on that particular subject.”

Jessalyn stuttered, her face flushed.  At last, she asked the only thing that really mattered : “Does Theo know?”

Kody shook his head. “Theo is oblivious, Jess. You forget, but he’s a teenager too – he’s so wrapped up with Elsa he wouldn’t notice a dinosaur if it swallowed him whole.”

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Jessalyn sighed in relief. “Well, thank the Watcher for that. He’d be so mad if he thought I was hurting Stan, you know?”

Are you hurting Stan?”

“I don’t really know. We never really talked about being exclusive or anything, but I never said I wasn’t, either. And I really do care about him, Dad. I don’t want to hurt him. But I care about Lucas too.” She looked at him sideways, a wry smile playing on her lips. “I don’t suppose you’d tell me I can keep them both?”

Kody released a hearty belly laugh. “They’re not puppies, Jessalyn! You’re going to have to make a decision sooner or later. I suggest sooner, personally, but if it’s later,” he cast his eyes downward, blushing “my best advice is to not get too …serious… with either of them until you decide. Do you understand what I mean, Jessalyn?”

She felt the heat rush to her already crimson face. She knew she’d be in for “the talk,” sooner or later, but she never expected it to come from her dad! She swallowed hard, quickly assured her father that she caught his meaning – and then promptly excused herself from the table.


Meanwhile, Jessalyn wasn’t the only Hasslich with a decision to make.

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Diego was struggling with an equally important choice of his own.

So? What did she say?” Sheena asked excitedly. “Am I in?”

Diego stared at the ground. He’d asked Libby – pleaded with her, really – to let Sheena join her club. But Libby (as any respectably bossy sister would do) denied the request – time and time again – solely because she could, and also, of course, because she saw how much it mattered to Diego. Libby insisted that she was only looking out for her “little brother,” a title Diego detested, but that was undeniably true nonetheless. Technically, she was three minutes and 24 seconds older than him – an age difference that, according to Libby, meant she outranked him in both age and in club hierarchy. And so as her brother’s keeper, and as the self-proclaimed club president, Libby was the sole determiner of new applicant approval. Sheena, naturally, did not have Libby’s approval.

And so Diego had two options. Either he could tell Sheena that Libby said no, and face the wrath of Sheena, or he could lie and say Libby said yes, and try to keep Libby from finding out. Ever.

“Well…..” Diego started, shuffling his feet uncomfortably.

Sheena pursed her lips, and her eyes glazed over in anger.

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She stared at him, wide-eyed, in shock. “She said no, just like I told you she would! And you didn’t even stand up for me, did you?”

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Diego paled at her anger, and he felt himself break out into a nervous sweat. But behind the rage, Diego recognized the hurt in her eyes. He didn’t like to see her sad. But Diego knew he couldn’t lie.

Instead, he said something true. Or something that would be true, at any rate.

“She said no -”

Sheena’s eyes welled up, and Diego hurried on.

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“But I thought of something better! I’ve started a new, even better club! Me and you are the co-presidents, and anybody can be in it. We don’t need Libby’s snooty club, anyway, do we?”

Sheena grinned and threw herself at him in hug.

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Libby was going to hate him for this, and he knew she’d make him pay the price. But if anyone was worth it, it was Sheena.


The sun was setting, but earlier in the day, Jessalyn had made a decision. It wasn’t THE decision, exactly, but it was a step in the right direction. One more date with Lucas and one more date with Stanley, and then she would make THE decision. She just needed to be sure.

She met Stan at the bar for a few virgin drinks, and they quickly fell into their usual banter. Joking, laughing, flirting – all the things she loved about hanging out with Stan. Not to mention those piercing blue eyes.

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Things were going well, and Jessalyn heeded her father’s advice. She reminded herself to keep a cool head, and not to lead Stanley on. Because her dad was right, of course – it was in no one’s best interest to let things go too far.

But when Stanley took her by the hand and asked her to dance, Jessalyn felt the electricity pass through their fingertips. The chemistry was undeniable, but it was only holding hands, Jessalyn reasoned. Surely hand-holding wasn’t “going too far.”

It was harmless, really.

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And honestly, if she’d gone as far as holding his hand, was there really any harm in a kiss? Just one measly kiss, that’s all it really was. And they’d kissed before – they’d kissed plenty of times! One more couldn’t hurt anything.

It was harmless, really.

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And, well – as long as they were kissing, they might as well do it somewhere a little more private. She didn’t want to be that girl, the one making out in the corner in front of an audience. At least this way she was keeping it classy.

And in the end, it was harmless, really.

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And seriously, as long as they were down here, they might as well sit down somewhere. She’d been on her feet all night, and these heels were killing her!

It’s only a bed. It doesn’t mean anything. It’s absolutely, completely harmless!

Really!

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