New to Aperture Valley? Check out the about page. You can start here.

This is a gameplay story blog for The Sims 3.

No schedule at the moment; please check the sticky post.

11: Ashton – ‘Sour Girl’

Lily Ashton (Young Adult)

Lily Ashton was dating Garrett Ackerman, a rising sports star on the same team as Dominic Cosaro. Despite being older than Lily, the two found a common ground in their shared chemistry and interests. Garrett always made sure that Lily was having a good time and he’d helped her get her foot in the door of the music industry. Big named people were looking over her lyrics and Lily could hardly contain her excitement.

Despite their time together, Garrett was still a bit of a mystery to Lily. He really didn’t talk about himself much past his career and any attempt to dig deeper was quickly dismissed. Garret had a way of changing the subject without Lily really noticing until much later. His secrecy was beginning to bother her a bit, though. For someone who was in the public eye quite a bit, he acted like an introvert and that simply wasn’t him at all.

Lily’s long-suffering best friend, Lucy, tried to talk some sense into her friend. She’d recently married–it had been a bit of a whirlwind affair–and now took it upon herself to find some stability for Lily. Lucy was certain that Garrett was not the answer.

“I asked you over for lunch, not a lecture,” Lily droned, giving her friend a halfhearted glare.

“He’s a creepy, Lily,” Lucy continued, ignoring Lily’s obvious disinterest in the subject, “I don’t know why you can’t see it. He’s a total playboy. I even saw him with Gwendolyn Mosley at a club a few weeks ago!”

“What were you doing at a club?”

Lucy refused to let her change the subject. “Why can’t you see that something is just off about him? It’s the information age, Lily! Go on freaking wikipedia, for crying out loud. His page lists him as married. I don’t want to see you get beat up by some scorned wife.”

Lily’s stomached dropped. “What?!

“Look for yourself,” Lucy sighed, placing a comforting hand on Lily’s shoulder, “you should ask him about it, just be sure.”

“That’s not something you joke about!”

“I wouldn’t joke about that. I’m not joking. I’m telling you the truth. I never trusted him and now you know why. He’s a total creep!”

“There’s got to be some mistake. There’s no way he’s married. We go out in public all the time. I’ve called him at home…”

“But have you ever actually been to his house?” Lucy said, her doe-eyes narrowed behind lashes. “Use your head!”

“Ugh, Lucy. You’re the worst. How can you do this to me when I’m already worked up over my songs? I still haven’t heard anything back…”

“You’re too talented for them to pass up. Have faith in yourself. And dump that cheater!”

Lily was conflicted long after Lucy left. Her mind was completely blown. Garrett was married? You think he would have thought to mention that. Even so, Lily couldn’t wrap her mind around it.

It didn’t stop her from seeing him later in the evening. When he left, Lily felt her stomach drop again. She felt horrible. What if he was married? She pulled out her phone and looked it up. The proof stared her in the face. How could she have been so stupid?

Her fingers jabbed the on-screen keys of her smart phone as she hammered out a hurried text. It was to Mark McMaster, one of her closest friends and the object of her unrequited love.

They met up the next day in the Valley. Mark stayed away from the city now. He’d had a bit of a run-in at a few bars and his reputation still lingered there. It was just easier to stay closer to home. He’d made some stumbles on his journey to find himself.

Seeing him was a relief. Lily desperately missed the times they could hang out and everything was okay. They’d spend an entire day in each others company. Lily would listen to his deep thoughts and monologues while he would try not to laugh at her ridiculous stories and dreams of grandeur. It was a simpler time then. Back when neither one of them understood what their closeness really meant.

“I’m freaking out,” Lily say by way of greeting, complete with an animated gesture that only she could make look sane and reasonable. “I barely slept at all.”

“Stop freaking out.” Mark’s voice was always so ridiculously even. Even when he was upset, he had a hard time showing it in his speech. “It’s not like you knew.”

“I didn’t! I didn’t have any idea! I’m an idiot. Who wouldn’t know? I am the laughing stock of Aperture City. ‘Oh look, there’s Lily Ashton, the girl who was too stupid to bother googling the guy she’s dating!’ What am I going to do?!”

“Calm down, for starters.”

“Calm down?! I’m dating a married guy! There is no calm down!”

Mark sighed and took hold of her hands. The motion stopped her mid-fit and she softened visibly. The warmth of his hands was a welcome comfort. Lily’s were always so cold, especially in winter. Even gloves didn’t help.

“Lily. Look at me, okay? You didn’t know. It’s not your fault. It’s only wrong if you keep going from here.”

“What am I supposed to do?”

Mark rolled his eyes. “What am I, your life coach? I can’t even get my own stuff together. Don’t look at me for answers.”

Lily snickered. “I’d guess not, hanging out with trash like Rosalind Redford and all.”

“At least she’s not married.”


They walked to the coffee shop, Lily expounding her worries while Mark listened quietly. He always listened quietly. There was no judgement there. He’d grown up quite a bit from the rueful teenager who felt slighted by his family. Perhaps the loss of his mother had propelled this. Either way, it didn’t help Lily any. She wanted him to be awful and mean, that way she could hate him. She also never wanted him to stop grabbing her hands.

“Are you okay now?” He asked after they’d warmed up over coffee and Lucy had run a gauntlet of emotions.

She squeezed his hands affectionately. “Yes, thank you.”


She released him and sighed. “Sorry. It’s just… I really miss this. Us. Hanging out. I love Lucy, but she’s so busy with her husband now… and we were always so close.”

Closer than normal people. It was hiding there, in-between the lines. It had always been that way. Their relationship from its inception had been an odd one–two complete, polar opposites coming together to form a shared consciousness. The way their differences melded together was inhuman. It should be impossible to find the harmony that they had shared for many, many years.

“I know.” Mark said. It was a sad reply, even if his words were monotone. It was in his eyes. He missed her, too, but it was just easier this way. Less complicated. Even in her current situation, she was better off than if she was weighed down with him. “Good luck. Let me know what happens, okay?”

Lily frowned and gave a small nod. That was what they were now–distant friends who texted more than than spoke. At least it was better than not speaking at all.

Lily’s meet up with Mark had convinced her of what she had to do. She still loved Mark, more than anything. Garrett had been a distraction, one that had been a complete and total disaster. She had to end it. There was no way she could go on knowingly dating a married man.

They met up at their usual spot and Garrett acted as if nothing was wrong. Lily was unable to keep up the facade. She confronted him as soon as she could will her lips to usher out the words. Garrett’s reaction was one that shocked her. He simply shrugged and said:

“Let me explain, okay? It’s not what you think. We’ve only been married two years and I only did it because she’s loaded. I needed someone to fund my career.”

“Ugh! Is that supposed to make everything okay?” Lily was aghast. What kind of monster was he? How could he admit his deception without even a hint of guilt? “You lied to me and you’re married!”

“I never said I wasn’t married, Lily. You never bothered asking.”

“That doesn’t make it okay!”

“The world is an ugly place. You’ll learn that, eventually. And besides, it’s not like you weren’t using me, too.”

“You’re such a sleaze! I can’t believe I ever thought you were a decent human being.”

“Don’t get all high and mighty on me!” Garrett snapped angrily. “You’re the one who wanted contacts for your career!”

“I didn’t date you because of that, you pig!” Lily shot back.

“I’d have thought you’d be used to this kind of thing. Your mother being a whore and all.”

“Oh you did not! You did not!” Lily’s voice rose above the music, calling the attention of nearby patrons.

Lily threw her drink on him in a rage, watching as the drink moved down over his smug face. “You’re insane! You’re nothing but a worthless user! I pity your wife. If she’s smart, she’ll dump you back in the alley she found you in!”

“That was a mistake,” Garrett seethed, wiping his face to little avail, “I can destroy you.”

“I don’t even care. I just want as far away from you as I can possibly get.”

“You’re disgusting. Stay away from me. Don’t call me anymore. I want nothing to do with you.” Lily said firmly, putting what little was left of her drink on the bar. She walked away without another word and didn’t bother looking back at Garrett.

Lucy had been right. Garrett was a total creep. How had she missed it?

Garrett didn’t stick around. Their little tiff had caught enough attention that Garrett quickly exited before he gave the paparazzi anymore fuel. It would be in the tabloids tomorrow, this Lily knew. She always knew that he could make good on his threat, but she didn’t care. She felt as if a massive weight had been lifted off her shoulders.

Her fingers moved across the keyboard of her smart phone as she texted Mark automatically. He was always the first person she wanted to talk to after anything happened, good or bad. It was late, but she didn’t care. He’d be awake. He always was.

His reply came within seconds. Lily smiled, gripping her phone. She left the bar and headed home, her phone beeping intermittently as they continued their conversation.

Something in Lily changed after the incident with Garrett. She’d realized that distractions weren’t going work anymore.


I have University Life installed now, but I haven’t actually had a chance to check out any of the ‘real’ University options. I have to say, I do love the new smart phones and all of the social networking interactions. Lily is addicted to blogging. It’s hilarious!

Also, Garrett and Lily are officially over. They were never really boyfriend and girlfriend because he was married, but they did have a bit of a relationship for awhile. Unfortunately, between being married and the fact that Lily got the ‘Commit to Sim with the highest relationship’ ROS, their days together were numbered. Her highest is Mark, surprisingly. I do not know how that is possible, but there you go!

Lucy’s spontaneous marriage is because Twallan’s SP changed drastically right before University Life released. He added the whole ‘Caste’ thing and it buggered all my settings up, allowing my sims to run around and get married/hook up/etc. I’m still cleaning up the wreckage. It even happened to some of my PLAYABLE sims. If I can’t make it work, I’ll likely switch back to awesomemod SP and making households ‘Sacred’.

I also forgot to setconfig ts2aging when I started and by the time I remembered… Sacha had already given birth, d’oh! xb So no preggo Sacha for the birth announcement that will come in Summer. Oops.

Normally, this is where the round would end… but we’ve got some new households to throw into the mix!

8 comments to 11: Ashton – ‘Sour Girl’

  • New households, yay!

    Good riddance to Garrett! I’m really glad Lily listened to Lucy and didn’t just get all defensive. I think when you get right down to it, she has her head screwed on straight. Now I’m just going to wait for her and Mark to get their act together. ;)

    I haven’t played my TS3 world since the new SP but I’m really scared to now! I haven’t heard anything good about this caste system (don’t even understand what it is!) and am hoping I can get my hood to run the way I want it to. I don’t think I can use AM. For one thing, I stopped using it because it kept crashing on me but for another, I use too many other Twallan mods that I’m not willing to part with and I think some are core. :\

    • Mao

      He really was a sleaze. I was upset when I found out he was married, but then happy, because it was OBVIOUSLY the game telling me that Mark and Lily are meant to be. :P

      I really don’t like it or understand how it is better than the settings before. I mean, it might be useful if you’re playing some sort of alternative hood (like old ages/etc), but otherwise… blegh. It also defaults to allow males to get pregnant, which is ANNOYING.

      As for AM and Twallan’s mods, I use just about every single one of his mods and they work fine. The only things you cannot use are any of the SP modules. All of his other mods work. I’ve had no issues yet!

  • Wow, what a whirlwind! First, I had to go and listen to Sour Girl… I haven’t heard that song in years, and I totally forgot that Scott Weiland was so weird in that video, swaying around all odd like. Fun kick back memory there. And man am I ever proud of Lily! About freaking time! And uh… didn’t ask?! I’m sorry, I think there is a common unspoken language about hitting on a girl, and dating, that being that you *arent* married!! Durgh. What a creep! I also loved Mark’s quip about life coach, haha. And wow on Lucy being married, I can see why that happened now. That is some of the stuff that has kept me from TS3, for stories/real play. I do play it but very little, I just like to watch the horses run, LOL. All those hacks make my head hurt, and bring out an ADHD that I don’t technically have. ;)

    • Mao

      Oh man, I had forgotten about the video so I had to go and look it up on youtube. Wow. I do enjoy the song, though!

      Twallan’s mods can be confusing, but most of them you don’t even need. His SP has recently went from pretty easy to ridiculously difficult to manage. I really don’t have the patience or time to sit and tweak things expertly, so I prefer it when things are easy to manage, lol!

      Watching the horses is one of my favorite parts of TS3!

  • Garrett is vile, glad Lily dumped him!

    Sims getting married of their own accord, giving birth ect is what puts me off TS3. I like my sims to be exactly how I left them when I load up the lot!

    • Mao

      Garrett is a bit of a cad. Definitely not suited for Lucy at all.

      You can disable and turn that stuff off. If you use Awesomemod, you can even use TS2 style-aging and play. I utilize it when my sims are pregnant to freeze their pregnancies!

  • Josh

    I need Lily’s career to take off. I feel like she’s been in a rut forever! Shake that man out of your hair, girl!

Leave a Reply




You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>