Bo sat in the house alone.
It really was not that unusual as of late.
Asa was out at his job as a retail sales worker, Gem was next door with the new neighbors, and Heaven… well Heaven was with her new Bros.
For the first time since they left Sixam, Bo felt truly alone.
He considered his current predicament. He decided that first thing in the morning, he was going to get a job. He didn’t know the Sim rules about a marriage breaking up, so he didn’t know if Heaven was still expected to help cover the expenses of the house.
His handbook only had a small section on divorce, and that section focused mostly on how to politely discuss someone’s divorce with them. It said nothing about a hopefully temporary separation. Bo figured he couldn’t be a stay-at-home parent if there was no longer a go-to-work parent in the home.
Bo: Why am I thinking about Sim marriages? My marriage is having Sixamian problems.
Bo did the only think he could think of to get himself out of his funk. He called a club meeting.
Five minutes into the meeting, it became clear that no one had a reason to smile. They were happy to see each other, to gather again for the first time since their garlic hunting adventure in Midnight Hollow, but a lot had happened since then.
Bo obviously had no smile because his wife had just left him.
Luca wasn’t smiling because he missed his sister and the new club clothes forced him to wear a shirt.
Laurel had no smile because her son moved out with Daniella instead of her moving in with them.
Carmen wasn’t smiling because things still weren’t settled with Hugo, and Gavin wouldn’t say what took his smile.
They realized they could all use some cheering up. Luca invited everyone to grab a bowl of his frank and beans, thinking the tasty food would help.
“If anyone is interested, we can do Row, Row, Row Your Boat in farted harmony later,” said Luca with a chuckle.
“I’ll pass, thanks,” said Gavin.
Both Laurel and Carmen ignored him.
“What is ‘farted harmony’?” asked Bo.
“It’s when our bodies respond to these beans in multiple keys,” said Carmen. Bo turned to her in amusement, not sure how to respond.
“Why Carmen,” said Luca, “I wouldn’t think a sweet Southern belle such as yourself would even know such things.”
“There’s a lot you don’t know about me,” said Carmen with a smile.
“There’s a lot we don’t know about each other Luca,” said Laurel, “but I’m sure we’ll fix that over time. For instance, neither you nor Gavin ever talk about work. And as much as I’d love to dig into that, we can’t right now. Let’s also leave the man problems alone for now too,” said Laurel in Carmen’s general direction.
Carmen and Gavin exchanged a quick side eye glance with each other at that statement.
“We’re also not here to talk about why I really should’ve laid into Quincy when he and Daniella had that pregnancy scare back when they were Teens. Now they don’t live with me or you because they’re pregnant,” continued Laurel to Luca.
At this statement, Luca just stared ahead, not willing to reply.
“We’re here because Bo invited us over,” said Laurel, “so let’s just be here for him, hmm? Can we do that?”
After Luca’s silence, she turned back to Bo. “Please, share with us what’s going on.”
Bo filled everyone in on the basics: Heaven felt betrayed by something he had done, she moved out to move in with two people who shared her Bro trait, and now she was living her musician life as if she didn’t have a husband and two kids at home. He did not know how to fix it, but he wanted his wife to come home.
“Whoa! Oh Bo, I’m so sorry you’re going through this,” said Carmen, “the breaking apart of a family can be so hard.”
“Yeah,” said Gavin, “kids don’t want to be without their parents unless they have no other choice.”
“Well if the parents they have aren’t the best for them,” said Luca,”then maybe it’s for the best.”
“I don’t know your wife well,” said Laurel, “but I imagine she didn’t make this decision lightly. How are your kids doing?”
“You are correct Laurel, ” said Bo, “Heaven took a while to think about this. She has been considering what to do since Gem and Asa aged up to Teens. It is my fault that I did not do more to influence her decision before it was settled.”
Pausing to smell the food in front him, Bo said, “this dish smells great, does it not? This is my first time making this frank and beans, it is such a unique recipe.”
Everyone but Luca smiled at him in polite confusion.
“There’s the weirdness I’ve come to expect from you,” said Luca. ” ‘Such a unique recipe’, ha! How about we pause dinner and check out the pool out back? This jacket is killing me, and swimming trunks is one of the only club outfit options that lets my body breathe. Let’s go guys.”
Bo: Right…, I am the one who delivers expected weirdness. Hey! I am getting better at this sarcasm. Heaven would appreciate this.
Laurel & Carmen: Why must he always find a reason to remove his shirt?!
Gavin: Ha, yeah, Bo is the one who being weird right now…
Everyone exchanged small smiles, then followed Luca out to the pool. Bo was one of the last to change his clothes. He decided to join the pool by jumping in. That unexpected bit of merriment improved his mood more than anything else he tried.
As his head broke the surface of the water, he had a clarifying thought. He wasn’t really going to get the support he needed from his club as long as he kept hiding his truth.
Bo considered what he was going to say, but he wasn’t quick enough. Laurel got out of the pool to head into the house.
Luca also got out of the pool to head inside. Without having enough time to think through his sudden decision, Bo acted.
“Luca, Laurel, wait! You need to see this,” said Bo.
Suddenly, his entire club was looking at him in horror, but it was too late to change it back now.
To Be Continued…