I will warn you in advance that this chapter was difficult to write because, well, you’ll see.
So Vlad, the plan for today is for you to have a blind date with each of the candidates. What do you think?
Vlad: I think… No.
I think… Tough luck.
I got you some light reading to do while I get everything ready.
Vlad *reading*: Show you’re interested in their life, offer an original compliment… What on earth is this drivel?
It’s a flirting ‘how-to’ guide and you’ll need it because today is the day you finally start performing romantic interactions with the contestants!
Vlad: Can’t you just leave me out in the sun instead?
My idea behind the ‘blind dates’ was that I didn’t want Vlad, the readers OR myself to know who each contestant was. The trouble was arranging things so that I couldn’t identify each contestant.
I made each candidate wear an identical bear costume but I needed to keep the candidates separate so that (1) I didn’t get confused and have Vlad either talk to the same person twice or miss out talking to someone and (2) so that a candidate who Vlad had established a romance bar with did not see him flirting with another candidate.
I ended up putting them in bear costumes then asking my mum to direct each contestant to walk into a different room by themself before locking them in there with the lock set so that only Vlad could enter and exit (if I had done this I’d have known who was in which room).
Unfortunately my mum has never played sims before and although it was funny listening to her try to do it (guided by my instructions), it did take her OVER ELEVEN SIM HOURS to get all the candidates locked in different rooms (fortunately I had disabled need decay for all of them so they didn’t get hungry/need the toilet while locked up). This meant that the blind dates did not begin until after 7pm.
I did not hover my cursor over any of the ‘bears’ to stop their name popping up and every time I had to click on them I put my hand up to the screen to block out their name in case it appeared.
Overall it mostly worked. The only problem was that I could tell who the two vampires were because Vlad had the option to perform vampire interactions with them such as vampiric spar. Also, the second vampire that Vlad talked to revealed himself to be Keoni (although thankfully after their conversation was over) because he started doing press ups.
I don’t know whether the voices would have given them away but I had my volume on mute anyway.
Anyway, Vlad spent one hour with each of the contestants and in that time performed only romantic interactions with them (unless they autonomously got in a friendly interaction).
This was hard to write because all the contestants are in disguise meaning that I can’t write in their ‘voice’.
Overall, this was an interesting idea but I’m not sure I will repeat it!
Bear #1 decided to sit on the bed in their room in such a position that I could not take screenshots without lowering the walls. And I couldn’t direct them to move without discovering their identity. Whoever you are, I hate you.
Vlad: I lost my bear. Will you sleep with me?
What the hell, Vlad?
Vlad: Hey, don’t blame me. That line came from the book you made me read and it seemed appropriate given the costume!
I’m going to regret giving you that book, aren’t I?
Looks like Bear #1 appreciates cheesy pickup likes though because the two were soon holding hands.
Vlad: Your hand looks heavy. Can I hold it for you?
Bear #1: Did he just call my hand fat?
Bear #1: He’s not seriously pulling that trick, is he? I didn’t think real people actually used this move.
Vlad isn’t people. He’s a socially inept vampire.
Then it was time for Bear #2 to be subjected to Vlad’s clumsy flirting attempts.
Vlad: Hey, you look hurt. Would you like me to kiss it better?
How many more cringey pickup lines have you got Vlad?
Vlad: I have spent the better part of today memorizing chat up lines for you and since, as a vampire I have an eidetic memory, the answer is… Hundreds.
Vlad: It’s getting kind of late. I’m tired… *yawn*
Bear #2: It’s like 8pm and you’re a vampire!
It’s probably a good thing that the contestants are wearing bear costumes so that Vlad can’t see their pained expressions.
Vlad: Is your name Elmo? Because you look ticklish!
Bear #3 also opted to sit in a position which meant that I had to keep the walls down. Darn you!
Vlad: Well, here I am. What are your other two wishes?
After that line, there’s only one wish Bear #3 is going to have and that is for you to leave immediately.
Vlad: Hey, my chat up lines are working, I’ll have you know. I must be some kind of romance genius!
Vlad: There’s something wrong with my mobile phone. It doesn’t have your number in it.
Since when do you have a phone, Vlad? I thought you were all for resisting the modern era.
Vlad: Shut up I had to buy one specifically for this line.
Vlad: Now to pull my signature move.
For the third time? You are so creative. Also that’s not your signature move, it’s the oldest trick in the book.
Vlad: Well it has a 100% success rate so I don’t see what your problem is.
Bear #4 was the only one not sitting down
Vlad: Check out my jacket. Know what it’s made of? Boyfriend material.
No, just no!
Bear #4 looks like they might agree with Vlad though.
Vlad: I can’t taste my lips. Can you do it for me?
Bear #4: Well er that’s not really possible while I’m wearing this suit.
And aren’t you glad of that excuse?
Vlad: If you win there will be baby-making (I’m told that’s compulsory) but don’t worry, I get the feeling I’ll be just as good at that as I am at flirting. Here, you can have a preview.
Bear #4: Why did I want to win this thing again?
No idea but you signed a contract. No escape now!
I know I said that there would be no solo date for Arthur’s favourite and that was because by the time the blind dates finished it was after 1am (the contestants did get an hour each but there was also all the time it took for Vlad to get from room to room).
But I decided to do a solo date anyway. It began at 1:15am so the rose ceremony had to be delayed by quite a bit but I came to the conclusion that that didn’t matter.
As you will see below, Turner won the solo date! Given the late hour, I sent him and Vlad out to a nightclub in Windenburg. I believe it is called something like Bathe de Rille.
Vlad: Do you know CPR? Because you’re taking my breath away.
Turner: Please Vlad, no more awful pickup lines! That one doesn’t even work for you anyway – you’re a vampire, you don’t breathe!
Thank you for voicing what everyone was thinking, Turner.
Vlad: What? I thought they were good!
No one else did.
After that unfortunately incident, I had Vlad and Turner go inside and dance together for a bit…. Which apparently they had to do meters apart from each other.
Candy Behr turned up in the nightclub riding a bike and ran down Jade Rosa. Why?!
Turner: I’m sorry about earlier, Vlad. I didn’t mean to embarrass you. It’s only that all the one-liners just aren’t you and I want you always to be authentic with me. Goodness knows I’m fake enough in my own every day life.
Vlad: You mean because you pretend to be your father?
Turner: Yes, I have to keep up the pretense that I am him because I took over his blog when he died. At the time it seemed like a good idea to make a quick buck, but keeping up that facade has become very wearing. I’m just not cut out for that kind of deception.
Vlad: I don’t say this often, but I like you, Turner. People usually don’t want me to be myself so it means a lot that you do.
Turner: I’ve never met anyone like you before and honestly I enjoy your quirks. I don’t think you should feel that you have to change for whoever you end up marrying.
Vlad: Thank you. And by the way, I get the feeling that you could still be successful even if you did drop the alias Turner Senior. You’re a clever a guy, the fact you even thought of assuming your father’s identity shows that.
Aww Vlad you’re being nice for once! I think this is a first.
Vlad: Well there’s no need to make a big deal of it.
Turner: Hey, I’ve always wondered. I know vampires are undead and all, but can they still be ticklish?
Vlad: No of course not… Hehehehehe!
After the date ended, it was time for the rose ceremony.
Vlad: Caly, my first rose is for you. As you pointed out to Arthur, some would say we’re both weird. Maybe that makes us compatible.
Caly: A flower?! Couldn’t you have come up with something more befitting to a demi-goddess?
Vlad: Candy, according to my cousin you think that I have the makings of a good unlife partner. I’m not totally sure that I agree but I like your confidence in me. Will you take this rose?
Candy: I only get the second rose? After her?
Chill, Candy. The order of the roses is totally random.
I forgot to take a screenshot of the last two contestants standing together but it doesn’t take a genius to work out that only Keoni and Turner are left. Turner just had a solo date with Vlad, but it got off to a bit of a rough start and Keoni has also had a solo date. So who will it be?
Vlad: The last rose is for…
Vlad: … Turner. I feel like we connected during our date tonight. It’s nice to be accepted for who you are.
And look at that, Turner is actually happy to receive a rose unlike the girls who both threw hissy fits about it. Good boy!
Uh oh Keoni wasn’t happy.
Vlad: Keoni, I think that our uh dietary preferences are too incompatible for things to work out between us. Oh and before you go I should probably admit that I’m the reason why you’re a vampire – I bit your mother while she was pregnant with you.
Way to break the news tactfully Vlad.
Keoni: You WHAT?! And you thought that NOW would be an appropriate time to tell me?!
Vlad: Er anyway nice knowing you, the door’s in that direction…
Ouch look at that stink-eye Keoni is throwing Vlad.
Turns out that Roland and Caleb are expecting a baby boy! I bet he’ll be really cute!
Oh and here are relationship stats that each of the contestants had with Arthur:
Caly autonomously ended the conversation with Arthur before her time was up which is probably why she came bottom.
I’m so sorry MonaSolstraale. Keoni is an awesome sim and he got really far. It’s so sad to have to say goodbye to him. I hope that MCCC blesses him with lots of beautiful yellow-eyed children.
Next chapter will be the final challenge and the three remaining contestants will battle it out for a solo date. I am so excited for this challenge, I have to say I think it’s one of my better ideas!