I continue to experience massive frustration trying to get Bella Goth reincarnated and added into my family. I didn’t quite make it there this week, but some interesting things happened along the way.
For example, I learned something new about Girbitz, Jr. While we were waiting for Bella to appear, his brother-in-law Terrence (Hat’s husband) stopped by the graveyard. After only a few minutes of chatting, Girbitz Jr. was completely gaga over Terrence – and the feeling was apparently mutual.
They were only about three interactions away from salacious Romantic interactions like “whisper into ear.” That may be a new record!
After they broke it off for the night, Terrence stood around thinking about how he was a married man.
While Girbitz Jr. struck up a conversation with Irene Su about his feelings for Terrence.
Coincidentally, the next ghost to manifest was male. Out of curiosity, I set Girbitz Jr. on him. And amazingly enough, their relationship soared – far faster than it ever had between Girbitz Jr. and Bella Goth.
And then Bella showed up! FINALLY.
As Sims players no doubt know, there is a cheat you can use to adjust the relationship strength between two Sims manually. But the target Sim has to be there in order for this option to appear. And I had to wait for about five Sim-days before she showed up.
Even using cheats, this is a really tough assignment!
But we caught a lucky break: it turns out that if your relationship is high enough (they are just Friends, by the way), you can pocket an unrelated Sim’s headstone and take it home. This means no more hanging out at the graveyard waiting for her to show up.
It also means better chances of talking to her, since ghost Sims only seem to zip away in a cab from the graveyard. If they manifest in a home, they are apparently happy to hang around until the magic time is up at 5AM.
(I don’t yet have the ability to take her tombstone to the Perigee to have her reincarnated. Apparently, every time you move to a new town, you have to once again wait for the Opportunity after a loved one dies.)
By the way – random note – Hat’s little dog grew into his thought bubble. I guess he was just a puppy then. Now he is all growed up (and scared of fire).
I noticed that Hart had, at some point, befriended a hunky military guy. I had Hart invite him over to see how Girbitz Jr. would react.
In emoticon, I think that’s :-0
For his part, the hunky military guy (whose name I apparently neglected to write down) was quite smitten, as well.
Unfortunately there was a bit of a misunderstanding. Bella Goth materialized at about this time, and the military dude got hugely offended. Which I guess is technically my fault, since I’m the one who cheated up the relationship between Girbitz Jr. and Bella Goth.
Girbitz Jr. wandered off and ate the Ambrosia that I had prepared for Bella Goth. Not only did Bella not get any, but now Girbitz is a Young Adult again, with a whopping 57 days until he hits the next stage of adulthood (thanks to his Genie blood). ARGH.
By the time I caught him at it, he had already finished and was leaving the table. YEAH YOU BETTER RUN.
The next day, Hart’s wife died. She drowned suddenly in the pool. I was over in another lot, so I didn’t see what happened. Weird!
Hart was pretty broken up about it. But I was indifferent. After all, she was past Sim Menopause, so she couldn’t have born him an heir.
That night, I had Girbitz Jr. invite the military dude over to apologize, but the military dude was all, “Sorry, I have to wash my hair.” Then I had Hart (who is still best friends with the military dude) phone him up and invite him over, and he was all “Sure, I’d love to!” GOTCHA.
Girbitz Jr. and the military dude had a nice reconciliation on the breezeway, as Hart stood awkwardly by.
Then Bella materialized! I set down a plate of Ambrosia in front of her, because the internet says that’s how you get a ghost to eat it.
Then I put the Ambrosia in Girbitz Jr.’s inventory, and had him give it to her as a gift.
She was flattered, and she accepted it, but she didn’t eat it. Frustrating!
Next, I introduced her to Hart.
Soon they were whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears. (And a few naughty nothings, too!)
But before the option for a marriage proposal appeared, the clock struck 5AM. Bella remembered her tombstone.
And then she was gone, returning to her urn in a golden swoosh.
Meanwhile, Fern woke up and died.
Leaving the two remaining Alphabettis to stand beside the pool and be sad.