Arjan graduated from culinary school, receiving the class valedictorian and ‘most likely to be become a millionaire’ awards. I don’t know about that; maybe by generation two or three.
Some of the other graduates gathered outside City Hall after the ceremony. Arjan finally met Betty’s elusive boyfriend Bob.
That evening, they were all invited to a party at Laurel’s house. The invite called for swimwear, but Laurel herself felt more comfortable disguised as a plumbot.
Argus, now also a young adult, was up to his usual nonsense.
Arjan learned some recipes from the other guests – bouillabaisse and egg rolls. High quality fish are going to be hard to come by, but I can see us having the rolls a lot.
I got Arjan a job in the culinary career. I thought about having him self-employed as a sculptor, but decided it would be good for him to have a bit more structure in his life. He’ll be able to meet some new friends at work, and he’ll work evenings all the way through so his night owl trait won’t be a problem. Plus, as a ‘loser’ sim, every promotion will give him a great self-confidence boost!
Arjan continued to sculpt in his spare time, creating a masterpiece armchair on his first attempt. I’m going to hang on to this one. It’s made of wood but do you think it could pass for leather if I buy him a sofa the same colour?
Then it was on to topiary.
To bring some variety to his sculpting and cooking, I accepted all the opportunities for them that came up. I recently installed a mod to fix the bug where your sims never get any opportunity phone calls, and it’s great!
Unfortunately, the first sculpting opportunity seemed to be broken. George Dean got in touch to commission a sculpture, explaining that he’d exaggerated his own proficiency with the skill and now needed something to pass of as his own work. I had Arjan create a stone statue for him because I assumed that, as with the painting opportunities, a more valuable creation would earn him a greater reward. He completed the opportunity successfully and got a relationship boost with George, but for some reason ended up getting paid zero simoleons. I guess something went wrong with the way the game calculated the value of the sculpture?
Arjan’s first cooking skill opportunity, to make some cookies for the school bake sale, was less frustrating, earning him two hundred simoleons for two plates.
For the rest of the week, Arjan continued to work hard at the restaurant and do a bit of sculpting after each shift. When his first day off arrived, he invited Betty and Bob round for dinner. The couple were expecting a baby.
Arjan tried out his new egg rolls recipe with ingredients from the farmers’ market.
The next day, he asked Laurel out on a date to the art gallery. She was still in her bot form when she arrived, but I used Master Controller to delete the moodlet and change her back.
Arjan wasn’t too impressed by the work on display. Maybe he prefers art to have a practical purpose, rather than being purely decorative. Laurel is handy and artistic, so she probably likes both.
They had a nice chat about the gallery and about the restaurant, where Laurel works too.
Next, Arjan took her out for a meal at the diner. They’d had a wonderful time together so far, but he wasn’t about to pay bistro prices.
After dinner, he walked her home and kissed her goodnight.
Arjan woke up the next morning with a wish to move in with Laurel! That was fast, even by sim standards. My first instinct was to wait until his next day off the following week, to give the relationship a bit of time to mature. But then at work he received an opportunity to go to Champs les Sims and to learn how to make crepes, and I thought, why not send Laurel with him? If it was no fun, I could always kick her out afterwards.
I had Arjan quickly get the recipe purchase out of the way. He bought the cheese plate one too. That one’s nice for parties I think, and the cow at the market has been giving us high quality cheese.
Arjan isn’t a daytime person and Laurel hates the outdoors, so Champs les Sims wasn’t really their scene (plus, I wanted to avoid running into any premades we’d met generations ago!), but they enjoyed a couple of late nights drinking complimentary nectar followed by lazy mornings in bed.
When they returned to Riverview, it was back to cycling through the different sculpting media to complete the master sculptor challenge of completing five of each. This achievement will make his sculptures 25% more valuable.
When he’s created thirty five in total, all of Arjan’s materials will be free, but until then he has to get his scrap for the metal ones from the local dump.
Before his next restaurant shift, he made the crepes. For his efforts, he received a raise and performance boost.
Just as things seemed to be going well, Arjan received sad news: his mum had passed away.
He and Laurel went to visit his dad and siblings.
Anika had given birth to a little fairy girl called Faye.
The family shared a meal of dim sum together and talked about their happy memories of Mira.