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Razzle Basil (Part 1)

Razzle Basil (Part 1)

Growing up, I always felt like the fat dorky little brother who couldn’t do anything right.  My older brothers, Rolo and Orion, were both so cool and awesome.  Rolo was a talented musician and Orion was literally a walking encyclopedia, not to mention he was part fricking alien!  As for me, I could barely mix a simple drink after weeks of practicing.  Screenshot-12639Flash forward a few years later.Screenshot-12769Yeah, I blossomed, so to speak, particularly after discovering we had a gym at home.Screenshot-12707Some of it was down to genetics as well.  My birth father hadn’t been a bad looking guy, even in his elder years; it was a shame he died shortly after my seventeenth birthday.Screenshot-11656Tia, my girlfriend since high school, was still with me for some reason.  She was beautiful, but modest about it, preferring others to judge her based on her personality and talents.Screenshot-12833She was a naturally great mixologist, but had ambitions to join the army after graduating from University.Screenshot-13036Oh yeah, University, I almost forgot.  Like Rolo and Niki, we decided to go to the same University and be the lovey-dovey couple everyone hates.Screenshot-12839I chose to study business.  It seemed like a more secure qualification than studying Communications or something.I was a natural born leader, so it seemed.  Or bullshitter maybe.  Whatever it was, people always seemed to hang on my every last word.Screenshot-13018I was simply just a smart Alec.  Screenshot-13017The lecturers weren’t as convinced.  One in particular used to pick on me relentlessly, often stating I knew no better when I tried to pull him up on something he had literally just pulled out from his arse.Screenshot-12870Screenshot-12869I tried my hardest not to get up and punch him by reassuring myself that he would be dead before long.      Screenshot-12871‘You don’t think I’m being sensitive, do you?  I mean, Professor Greenwood is known for being a bit of a dick, right?’Screenshot-13026‘You want my honest opinion?’ Tia asked.  I nodded, desperate for a true answer.Screenshot-13027‘Ok then… You can be a bit obnoxious at times.  You should let other people express their ideas once in a while.  You’ll probably find that’s the reason why Professor Greenwood is being a dick to you.’ Screenshot-13025Admittedly, I didn’t take Tia’s honesty as well as I should have.  I promptly discarded my fork and left the meal she had cooked me sitting on the table as I stormed off, muttering that I was no longer hungry.Screenshot-13028Although we slept side by side that night, we didn’t speak a word to each other like we usually did.  The following morning, we ended up in the study room together, once again in a heavy silence.    Screenshot-13014Instead of coming up with a flawless business strategy for a candy store, I was mostly wondering how I could make things up to her.Screenshot-13013Tia had only been looking out for me after all and I had rudely shunned her for it.Screenshot-13012That evening, I made the most romantic gesture I could think of; ordering pizza.  What sort of girl could turn away pizza? Certainly not the lovely Tia.Screenshot-12931‘Does this make up for me being a jerk now?’Screenshot-12929‘Hmm,’ Tia mused, ‘Almost.’ Screenshot-12930So, after that, we ended up at the Loading Bar and played video games to goodness knows what hour.Screenshot-12921And then, to round up the evening, I made her feel special… Screenshot-13065…If you know what I mean.Screenshot-13064I think she forgave me after all that, which was just as well because I didn’t honestly know what I would do if she wasn’t by my side.Screenshot-13011

Almond’s Credentials (Part 1)

Almond’s Credentials (Part 1)

Knowledge was something I had always craved, which was why I was so excited to go off to University, just like my ancestors had done.  Being the first of my siblings to attend was also an achievement but mainly down to Maple unfortunately failing her final year at college, twice, thus having to stay behind until she would eventually pass.

Due to the increase of students at Simstate University, a brand new hall of residence had been built; it’s modern appeal made a change from the vintage style halls that had plagued the campus since goodness knows when.Screenshot-9797I settled in swiftly and even gave football a small try with one of my roommates.Screenshot-9802Despite his skinny build, he was a brilliant athlete and quite possibly could have given my brother a run for his money.Screenshot-9804Over the next few months I did my best to work and study hard.Screenshot-9836However, distractions soon took shape in the form of a guy called Gary Clyde, a second year Fine Arts student whom worked part-time around the campus as a magician.Screenshot-9917The fact he managed his own mini-business and schedule instantly appealed to me, and soon enough I was chatting to him about profits and margins instead of drinking myself stupid and dancing provocatively, like most other students.Screenshot-9915In classes, my concentration soon started to diminish.Screenshot-9835Things soon got heated after Gary confessed his attraction for me         Screenshot-9819Screenshot-9820Screenshot-9817And that’s when I started to panic.  I couldn’t afford to mess up my degree, but at the same time I didn’t want to throw a guy like Gary away.Screenshot-9834In the end, I turned to my love guru roommate, Mimi and expressed my woes.Screenshot-9825‘Aren’t you supposed to be the smart one?  You can still date Gary and get a decent degree; just don’t burn the candle at both ends.’Screenshot-9826‘I guess,’ I sighed, ‘it’s just the uncertainty of things that’s worrying me.’     Screenshot-9822‘That’s the point of life, hun, no one truly knows what’s going to happen.  Anyway, I’ll snap him up if  don’t, so hop to it.’Screenshot-9827The next time I saw Gary, I wasted no time reciprocating his feelings.Screenshot-9845Screenshot-9844His warm smile literally melted my heart, and I realised, to an extent, I still had control over my future and what I wanted to achieve.  Juggling a relationship with a career, it wouldn’t be at all easy, but if my own parents had managed it then I knew I could too.Screenshot-9840After that, I learnt how to relax and take things easy, whilst maintaining a decent attendance record and assessment grades.  Most my ancestors had managed it after all, so what did I have left to fear?Screenshot-9847Oh, that’s right, Maple!

 

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