SOL: Generation Zero – Chapter Five



The three week break from university came at a bad time. Jessica didn’t want to leave this hanging over her, but she had little choice. She would have to leave it to Court and enjoy the holiday as best she could.

JAMES WILLIAMS: Chilling in my xmas sweater. Fucking cold here, but no snow.

JESSICA HOPE: Are you kidding me? Soft southerner! It’s way colder up here, so I’m staying inside for the whole holiday. Also, no xmas jumper for me 😦

JAMES WILLIAMS: Ha, loser.


[simchat]
JAMESY: My step brother surprised us by turning up out of the blue!


[simchat]
JAMESY: Nate is over all the way from Australia!


[simchat]
JAMESY: Traditional Christmas Eve Eve at the beach with the fam!


[simchat]
JAMESY: Keeping warm & roasting marshmallows ❤


[simchat]
JAMESY: Who told these guys they could canoodle with each other, ew.


[simchat]
JAMESY: Sooo ready for bed!


[simchat]
JUSTCOURT: re-dyed my hair!! thx jess 4 the dye O: xx

[simchat]
LOVEHOPELIFE: Sooo tired! Happy XMAS MORNING EVERYONE!


[simchat]
LOVEHOPELIFE: Make up from Court, boots from ma and books from pa!


[simchat]
LOVEHOPELIFE: HAPPY HOGMANAY!! #streetparty


[simchat]
LOVEHOPELIFE: Look who I ran into! Hey Jasper!! Xo


[simchat]
JUSTCOURT: I spy with my little eye… 😉


[simchat]
LOVEHOPELIFE: Gotcha back, Courtney! 😛


[simchat]
LOVEHOPELIFE: street party piggy back race! Court and Amelia won!!


[simchat]
LOVEHOPELIFE: -video- THREE, TWO, ONE! HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVERYONE! #bringonrefreshers

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It was good to be back.

The flat started refreshers quite modestly, with a flat party and a few extra friends invited along. Aja had only been to their flat a couple of times, but did not hesitate to make herself at home (a trait about her that Jessica thought fantastic). Aiden was invited by Sam and Brian, given that they were all on the football team, and Ash Aster and Leia invited by Kelsey. They played the usual drinking games – Ring of Fire (and Aja demanded they play with the Australian drinking rules, which were far harsher); Uno; Never Have I Ever; and Devil’s Luck.


It was good to catch up with everyone, too. Jessica had stayed in touch with Connor and Aja, though had mostly kept tabs on everyone through simchat and simbook. It made her wonder how many she would actually stay in contact with over the summer – but that was a long time away. Who knew what could change by then?


Luckily, Courtney had sucked it up and had a video call with both Sam and Ashley individually. From what Jessica had heard, Ash had also apologised for how she had reacted. As was with the way with most arguments, no one was completely blameless.
The two of them acted as if it hadn’t happened, and bonded over how bad they were at beer pong.


When they weren’t playing games, someone was practicing a keg stand. James was highly amused by all the times people were dropped.

Aja, in particular, was enjoying herself. “You helped me pass first semester, so I’m teaching you how to party as a reward.”

Aiden coughed as beer spurted up his nose. “I regret helping you,” he spluttered, though she only laughed.


There was one thing Jessica had to do before she could enjoy herself at the party. She caught Sam’s gaze and jerked her head towards the living room, which was surprisingly empty. He pressed his lips into a thin line but followed her obediently.

Jessica fiddled with the hem of her jacket and saw his shoes at the edge of her vision. She forced herself to meet his eye. “Sam,” she said evenly. “I was wondering if we could talk.”

“I kind of gathered that this was the talk,” he said, scratching his head. “But I don’t know what we need to talk about.”

“I don’t want things to be awkward,” she said firmly. “Because of what I saw.” She made sure to drop her voice, but Sam still cast his gaze about to make sure they weren’t being overheard.


Sam looked up to the ceiling and gave a long, deep sigh. Jessica had heard that sigh often enough from her mum and knew exactly what it meant: she was being difficult.

“Things aren’t awkward between us, Jess. It would never bother me if you knew, because you’re not the person whose opinion matters to me.” It was said bluntly, though Jessica kept a straight face. She saw his point and nodded. “Good,” he said, with another expulsion of breath – this time short and sharp. “I know you mean well. So… thanks, or whatever.”

Jessica nodded, a stilted and awkward movement, and wondered how she could have misjudged this so badly.

“Wanna do a keg stand?” she squeaked. Sam smiled and led the way.


The rest of the night was surprisingly peaceful, though Kelsey’s squeals interrupted that peace occasionally. Brian cackled behind her, as did Connor and Ashley, who were watching her play one of the Amnesia titles at Brian’s insistence.

Needless to say, she regretted that almost immediately.

17 thoughts on “SOL: Generation Zero – Chapter Five”

  1. All the simchat and simbook updates were cute. Why isn’t your simchat that interesting 😛 Kidding, I’m kidding. You’re a very interesting person.

    That was kind of blunt from Sam, but I understand what he means. Little opinions of people you aren’t close to don’t especially matter.

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  2. I’m glad that Courtney and Ash talked and apologized. Hopefully things will be less tense between them. I understand why Jess wanted to talk to Sam even though it didn’t seem to go very well. I guess she should have just let it go.

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  3. The simchat pics at the beginning were fun. It was nice that everyone was able to keep in touch.

    I feel like such a loser, because I have never heard of these drinking games. The only one I know is Never Have I Ever (which I always did well at).

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    1. They were great fun to do! I probably wouldn’t do them again though, they were quite a hassle.
      Haha I was introduced to them all at university, I think beforehand I would only know never have I ever too! (I also do well at that game :P)
      Thanks for the comment!

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  4. I loved the simchat updates, they were so fun! Though I don’t do snapchat in real, it seems so stupid to give away your life, I’m too much of socially awkward 😛 Glad things are straightened up between Ash and Court.

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  5. I’m glad that Courtney and Ash made up, it would be really awkward if they didn’t. And ouch Sam, that was harsh. Especially when Jessica just wanted to make him feel better.
    I think I’ve said it before, but I love how your sims look! I’ve never used extra sliders (only if some of them come with Nraas MC – I can’t recall) because I’m terrified of them, but maybe I should give it a try!
    I loved the simchat updates! 🙂

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    1. Yeah, and they both had the sense to bury the hatchet!
      Thank you 😀 I tried to make them all look individual. Sliders are great BUT they don’t suit kids, so if you are planning to have in game kids then it’s worth going lightly on them. I don’t believe any come with MC but it does have the ability to up the number of sliders and the power that they have (e.g. you can set it to 2, so the slider values are doubled in CAS if that makes sense. You can make more obvious features that way!)
      THanks for the lovely comment!

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  6. Yikes, Sam certainly didn’t hold back any punches there, but he had a fair point. I’m beginning to notice Jessica tends to over analyze situations occasionally. Good thing Courtney and Ash were able to patch things up, it’s awkward when your at odds with someone you live with. The simchat photos at the beginning were so cute, as were the captions 😆 This group is quite endearing

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    1. Yup. Plus he’s afraid, and that tends to make people lash out.
      Thanks! I had a lot of fun with them. I never really continued that, but oh well. I guess Simchat had it’s time 😉
      Thanks for reading 😀

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