Chapter 6: Mel’s Dilemma

Melia took the bottle of olive oil and stared at it for a while. Then she stared at the fries she was making. They looked sad and uninviting. Something was missing in the recipe and Melia was determined to figure it out on her own.

A little bit of oil never hurt anybody, right?

And with that thought, she poured some into the pan.

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Luckily, no one was standing nearby. Even Melia’s eyebrows survived.

It wasn’t the oil then, I guess.

But her fries still looked sad and disgusting and she just knew that if she was about to become a better cook, something had to change. And since family funds were looking quite good, Melia decided that something was the kitchen.

She carefully planned the reconstruction and the beautiful new kitchen was ready in no time.

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‘How perfect!’ Melia thought to herself, very satisfied with the results. She couldn’t help but gush over a shiny new oven and a huge fridge for the rest of the day.

Eira, on the other hand, found the new kitchen sterile and incomplete. This was not the kitchen where she prepared her first garden salad or tried to bake the first birthday cake for Castor. This was not the kitchen where Devi said her first llama jokes and it was not the kitchen where Eira and Adrian kissed after the first night they’ve spent together.

But she was Eira The Supermother and she knew how to fix it.

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Children drawings never fail to restore the family atmosphere.

And even though house renovation was much needed and exciting, something even more exciting was going on: Melia went on another date with Alexander.

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“Hey, beautiful!”

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‘Could it be that he’s into me?’

Melia was not really experienced with boys, but she could tell that Alexander liked her. And it was a more-than-friends kind of liking.

She was flattered to know that (well, she didn’t know for sure, but it was fun to speculate about it). It made her feel so special and confident.

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“Thank you! Our restaurant is catering an important wedding today so I have to look my best. How is your day today?”

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“Well, I was feeling a little off, but you definitely turned me on.”

“Alexander!” she called out with a pretended resentful look in her eyes. Then she laughed loudly.

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“Where did you get that line from?”

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“Sorry! Way too cheesy, huh?”

She nodded with an amused smile. Alexander sighed, shaking his head in disbelief as if he was thinking ‘What did I do?’

But he was smiling, too, and he somehow managed to make the whole situation sweet and not awkward. He even had enough courage to sit closer to her.

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A: “Well…”

He started his speech as he slowly put his arm around her shoulders. Melia felt a bit weird when he touched her. She’s never made a physical contact with someone who was not related to her before. It was…new. And nice.

Alexander didn’t notice her thoughtful face and he continued:

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A: “The thing is… I’m doing all this…”

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“…because I really like you, Mel.”

Melia smiled at him again, absolutely lost. She had no idea what to say. She liked all the attention and sweet gestures, of course. But did she like Alexander? Romantically?

She was not sure about that.

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M: “Well, that’s…ehmm… very nice. I mean… yeah, very nice of you to say. But I …uh, I should be heading to work now. So…See ya!”

And then she rushed away, leaving confused Alexander in the park.

Melia was a bit distracted in work that day, but her boss didn’t notice. Or he didn’t mind. Because she ended up with a promotion.


It was about time! All those dirty dishes were getting pretty annoying. Being a caterer seemed like a great new opportunity and she had plenty of experience from all the birthday parties.

But this success hasn’t gone to her head. She knew she needed to continue with her hard work and so, she celebrated the promotion by preparing her first gourmet meal ever- Pasta Primavera.

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“Ugh, I should be arrested for cooking this.”

Even though she used vegetables from her own garden, it didn’t turn out quite well. And this time, Melia couldn’t blame the old stove – it was her fault. She just couldn’t focus on her cooking because she was constantly thinking about what Alexander said in the park.

Adrian was concerned. He knew that bad food is an unusual occurence in Melia’s life and he wanted to know what’s going on.

“Did you cook one of those meals that tastes better AFTER two weeks in the back of the fridge?” he teased her jokingly.

“It seems so, huh?” Melia laughed. “I don’t know what’s wrong. I have a suspicion that I’m just nervous because of a man I met…”

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“Oh, a man? Don’t worry about that – if he likes you he’ll stick around even if you have to use a crowbar to get your mac’n’cheese out of the pan!”

Melia frowned: “No, Dad, that’s not the problem…”

But there was no stopping Adrian after he decided to share his wisdom with someone: “I mean, look at your mother. She can mess up a salad, for Watcher’s sake! But I’m still here. Because all food is good as long as love is your secret ingredient.”

Melia sighed. Dad and his advice…

But there was something about his words that made her think. Mom and Dad, they were doing it right. Melia always knew that what they had was special. She saw the tender, soft look in her Mom’s eyes, the look that was reserved only for her husband.

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And that look in Mom’s eyes was an ultimate symbol of love for Melia. That was what love was like for her: pure and wordless, warm and overwhelming, but most importantly – simple. As easy as breathing. Obvious and natural, working perfectly at all times without thinking about it.

Melia, of course, wasn’t naive. She knew that relantionships were hard work and compromises. But love – the sole reason behind every relationship – was not.

It really made her wonder.

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“Will I ever look at someone that way?”

16 thoughts on “Chapter 6: Mel’s Dilemma

    • carovnamaruska says:

      Yay, thank you! I wanted the kitchen to look more traditional and rustic (definitely not so modern) but other counters were just too expensive! 😀
      Eira’s romance with Adrian is very fairytale-like. I don’t know if that kind of autonomous love happens often. I want Melia to find her prince but I don’t want to push it. So I’m just waiting around for her to roll romantic whims or something 😀

      P.S. Welcome here and thank you a thousand times for reading a commenting ❤

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  1. ninjapigsims says:

    I loved the screenshots in this part! So full of emotion and expression. 🙂

    I smiled when I saw how Eira added her special touch to the new kitchen! It’s so much like her to put up her children’s drawings. 🙂

    Poor Alexander! I hope he doesn’t feel too brokenhearted. And poor Melia too, in another way. Things must be pretty confusing for her right now.

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    • carovnamaruska says:

      Oops, looks like I forgot to reply to your comment last week. So sorry!

      Aaand thanks! 🙂 I’m having lots of fun with screenshots, I think sims were never more photogenic than in TS4.
      Well, I added the drawings because I was getting rid of them (since the kids are almost grown), but these two were my favourites, so I had to find a special place for them.
      Alexander and Melia… I have no words for that. I guess they need time.

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  2. theplumbob says:

    Aww Melia and Alex would have been cute together, he tends to be sweet in every story I’ve read about him (never played him myself). I hope she finds what she’s looking for!

    The kitchen remodel looks great, love the added touch with the kid’s paintings – I’ve never thought of that!


    • carovnamaruska says:

      I think the funny thing about Alexander is that he is a different sim in every story, because of the random traits and all. That’s what I like about him!
      And I agree they look good together. I kinda want them to be a couple, but I really really don’t want to push it. (sometimes it’s so hard to respect sims’ autonomy 😀 )


  3. cathytea says:

    I’m really pulling for Alexander… but I guess we’ll see! I love the kitchen redesign.

    And I really love it when you write about food and cooking! Soooo delish! I love all those details you use!

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