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It was Saturday, February 12, 2022, and it was in the afternoon. Amore and Sam went ahead and walked into Amore’s bedroom. Then Amore was the first one to speak. “Man, I can’t wait to play this new game that Jake just got me as an early Valentine’s Day gift yesterday.”

“Speaking of Valentine’s Day, it’s only two days away. So, happy Valentine’s Day by the way.”

“Thanks.” Amore went ahead and turned on the desktop computer that was moved into her bedroom and she inserted the game into the computer.

“So, what’s this game called again?”

“It’s called The Sims 4.”, she said as she sat down in front of the computer.

“And what are the rules of this game?”

“It’s basically a life simulation game. You create one or multiple people, which are commonly known as sims. Then you move them into a neighborhood and simulate how their lives are gonna turn out.”

“Hey, that actually sounds like a lot of fun.”

“It better be a lot of fun for a Valentine’s Day gift. Okay, let’s see how good this game is really is.” “Now, how do you think I should create my first-ever sim?”

Then Sam thought about that question for a little while. “Hey, I know, why don’t you create yourself along with the rest of your family?”

“Works for me.” Amore went ahead and continued playing The Sims 4 on the PC. “Now, I’ll just go ahead and create myself first. Then I’ll go ahead and create the rest of my family.” “Do you wanna be in the game too?”

“I would amore to be in it.”

“Okay. Now, all I have to do is figure out how to create a sim in the first place.” Amore continued playing the game. Later, after a significant amount of time elapsed, Amore went ahead and finished creating every sim she wanted to make. “Okay, now that that’s taken care of, all I have to do now is press play and the fun will begin.” Amore pressed play as she mentioned earlier. And just like that, the fun officially began.

“Wow, you’ve done a pretty nice job making your sims. Your sims really look like your real family.”

“Thanks. Oh, and F.Y.I., I couldn’t get my Dad to become the owner of a very successful pizza restaurant. So, I just went ahead and entered him into the business career instead.”

“Well, I guess that does male a lot of sense considering the fact that your Dad technically is a businessman.” “What are you doing in the game right now?”

“Well, it’s Sunday morning right now. And I’m currently sitting in the living room watching TV. Now, I would usually be at church with my family. However, I forgot to build a church. So, I guess I’m gonna have to just settle with what I have for now.”

“Hey, now Rebecca sat down to watch TV with you.”

“Which is totally fine with me.”

“Where’s Max?”

“Oh, there’s an expansion pack for that to include pets. And that costs extra money to buy.” “But who knows?” “Maybe I’ll get lucky and get a bonus in my allowance next week.” Amore went ahead and continued playing The Sims 4. “Hey, look, there’s my big sis listening to some music in her room.”

“I’d rather not look at such a lame excuse for a human being.”

“Oh, sorry. I got so focused on this game, I forgot that she’s your number one enemy.” Then Amore kept playing while Sam kept watching.

***

Later, it was still in the afternoon. Ashley went ahead and walked into the living room and saw her Mom doing something on her smartphone. Then Ashley spoke. “Mom, we need to talk. I’m fifteen years old now. And I think that it’s finally time for me to start drinking some more mature beverages if you know what I mean.”

“But I thought the minimum legal drinking age was twenty-one.”

“I’m not talking about alcoholic beverages. I’m talking about coffee. I think it’s about time I started drinking some coffee for a change.”

“Well, since there’s only less than three more years left before you become an adult, it’s perfectly fine with me. You can officially drink coffee from now on.”

“Thanks. Now, I need you to show me how to make coffee.”

“That won’t be a problem at all. Just follow me into the kitchen and I’ll show you how to make a cup of coffee.” Donna walked into the kitchen and Ashley followed Donna into the kitchen.

***

Later, Ashley and Donna were in the kitchen before Donna went ahead and spoke. “Making a simple cup of coffee is really easy once you start getting used to making it regularly. First, this is a coffee maker. What you wanna do first is pour some bottled or filtered water into the reservoir.” Donna went ahead and poured some water into the reservoir. “Next, you insert a paper filter into the holder if necessary. Then, you put the coffee grounds inside the filter.” Donna went ahead and put the coffee grounds inside the filter. “After that, you brew the coffee.” Donna went ahead and began brewing the coffee. “And now we wait.” And Donna and Ashley went ahead and began waiting. And they both continued waiting as the coffee continued brewing. And they both kept waiting some more as the coffee kept brewing.

“How long is this supposed to take?”

“That depends on the amount of water that was put into the reservoir. But don’t worry, this usually takes about five minutes.” Then after that, the entire five minutes became elapsed. “Okay, the dripping stopped, which means that the coffee finished brewing.” “Now, what you’re gonna wanna do next is turn the coffee maker off and have the filter removed.” Donna went ahead and turned off the coffee maker before removing the filter. “And finally, remove the pot and enjoy.” Donna went ahead and removed the pot.

“Wow, that was so cool!”

“The coffee can be served as-is. Or you can sweeten it with milk, creamer, or half-and-half. To make it even sweeter, add sugar, syrup, or any other sweetener.”

“Well, since this is my first time, I’m just gonna go ahead and try it as-is.” Ashley went ahead and picked up the cup of coffee.

“Okay, but be careful, coffee can be very-.”

“Ah!” Ashley set down the cup.

“Thanks for unintentionally finishing my last sentence. Ash, don’t drink it too fast or you’ll burn your mouth.”

“Well, why didn’t you say that before we walked into the kitchen?!” Then Ashley just sighed. “Fine, I’ll start drinking more slowly next time!” Then Ashley picked up the cup and began drinking more slowly.

***

Later, it was still in the afternoon. Amore and Sam were still in Amore’s bedroom while Amore was still playing The Sims 4. Then Amore began speaking again as she continued playing. “Well, I gotta admit, this game sure has a whole lot to offer. I mean, I could spend countless amounts of hours playing this game.”

“And how are all your sims doing so far?”

“So far, they’re doing the same as my family in real life. I mean, look. Dad is a successful businessman, Mom is a stay-at-home parent, Ashley is mischievous and mean, Rebecca plays the piano, Lisa is busy watching TV, and I’m playing a game on the computer.”

“Wow, whoever created and developed this game must secretly know your whole family or something.”

“Or this game is pretty accurate and realistic about life in general.”

“Hey, look, that’s me calling you to ask if you wanna hang out.”

“And I will gladly respond to that phone call with a yes.” Amore responded to the phone call.

“And there I am walking towards your front door.”

“And there you are coming in.”

“And there I am walking to you as you continue playing your game on the computer.”

“Okay, now you’re sitting down in my room and chatting with me while I play the same game on my computer.”

“Just like we’re doing right now I. R. L.”

“Where has this game been all my life?”

“Now, I want this game.”

“Well, maybe you might get lucky if you hurry up and get a boyfriend before Valentine’s Day.” Amore went ahead and stopped talking before continuing to play the game.

“Well, now what?”

“I guess we both just watch and see what happens next.”

“Or you could take even more control over your sims by making their decisions for them based on their real-life versions of themselves.”

“That sounds even better.” “Now, who do I control first?”

“Well, think of it this way, what is the most realistic thing you could do in this game right now?”

Then Amore just went ahead and began thinking about Sam’s previous question. “I got it!” Amore continued playing the game while executing her most recent idea.

“What are you doing now?”

“I’m having Ashley argue with Mom and Dad. And I also have Mom and Dad arguing with Ashley.”

“Nice!”

“But I do have to warn you, this might take a while before Ashley ends up getting grounded.”

“Well, I don’t care how long it’s gonna take as long as she gets grounded for a whole month.”

“This whole verbal argument between them might last a whole month.”

Then Amore continued playing The Sims 4.

***

It was Saturday, February 19, 2022, and it was in the afternoon. In the basement of the Cooper household, Ashley was busy exercising while Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris (featuring Florence Welch) was the name of the song that was playing from her smartphone. And Ashley continued working out as the music continued playing.

Rebecca went ahead and walked into the basement and saw Ashley working out like there wasn’t going to be a tomorrow. Rebecca continued watching Ashley work out like there wasn’t going to be a tomorrow. Then Rebecca watched Ashley work out like there wasn’t going to be a tomorrow a little while longer. Then Rebecca asked a question.

“What on Earth are you doing?”

Ashley heard Rebecca, stopped what she was currently doing, and paused the music on her phone. “Hey, Rebecca.”, she spoke as she was breathing heavily.

“Once again, what on Earth are you doing?”

“What does it look like I’m doing?! I’m exercising!”

“I can see that.” “What I really wanna know is why are you exercising?”

“I’ve been drinking so much coffee during the past week that it has really boosted my energy. So, I decided to just go ahead and put that extra amount of energy to some good use by doing this.”

“Wait, hold on, Mom and Dad are letting you drink coffee now?”

“They sure are.”

“Well, how did it taste the first time you tried it?”

“It tasted amazing. And it tasted even more amazing with added sweeteners. And I’ve been drinking it every day so far.”

“Then I guess that must mean you really like it.”

“Are you kidding me?” “I’ve basically fell in love with coffee ever since. Even though it’s a very hot beverage, I’m still a hardcore coffee lover.”

“Hey, here’s a fun fact to consider as well.” “Did you know iced coffee is a thing too?”

“There’s even coffee that’s cold?!” “Well, I guess I better remind myself not to drink that too fast as well. Or else, I might accidentally give myself a brain freeze.”

“I also have a pretty strong feeling you’re really starting to get addicted to the beverage.”

“You know what?” “I really am starting to get addicted.” “Aren’t I?” “I’m starting to become a coffee addict! What do I do?!”

“Maybe you should ease up on the coffee. That way, toy won’t eat too much sugar, your normal sleep schedule won’t be disrupted, and you won’t be going to the bathroom too much. I’d start there if I were you. Or you could just stop drinking coffee.”

“Yeah, I guess you’re right. Too much of something is never a good thing. I’ll just decrease how much coffee I put inside my body. Then I’ll really be a legitimate coffee drinker.”

“That’s the spirit, Ash!” she spoke with a smile.

“Oh, and by the way, what are you doing down here?!”

“I just came down here to use the bathroom.”

“Well, what are you still talking to me for?”

Rebecca rolled her eyes, walked by Ashley, and went into the bathroom to go use it. Ashley went ahead and took her eyes off Rebecca. Then Ashley resumed her workout music from earlier, which resumed streaming from her smartphone. And Ashley resumed working out as well while Rebecca was still inside the restroom.

***

Later, it was still in the afternoon. Amore and Sam were in Amore’s bedroom while Amore continued playing The Sims 4. Then Amore went ahead and spoke. “Okay, I went ahead and bought the cats and dogs expansion pack with my allowance money. Now, it’s time to add Max Cooper into the household.”

“Are you gonna be able to make Max’s sim look like an actual golden retriever?”

“I’m not sure. So, let’s find out.” Amore went ahead and created Max/ Then she named the dog Max and started a new game with the entire Cooper household involved. “Okay, I just started a new game with the full Cooper household this time. Now, let’s just go ahead and sit back, relax, and see how everything plays out.” Then the game went ahead and was being played out automatically. Then Amore noticed something important. “Hey, there’s Ashley’s boyfriend. Well, I might as well have Ashley let him in.” Amore took control of Ashley and let Eric into the virtual house. “Okay, Eric is now inside our house. And now they’re just chatting.”

“What are they chatting about?”

“I’m not sure. This game doesn’t reveal what they are talking about exactly. But there are options that can take conversations in many different directions. They could be talking about anything based on what I chose.” Amore and Sam went ahead and continued watching Eric and Ashley. “And now they’re both leaving the living room. And now, they’re both heading somewhere else. And they’re entering Ashley’s room. Eric and Ashley entered the virtual bedroom and the virtual bedroom door closed. “And now they’re just flirting with each other.”

“I have absolutely no idea at all what that guy sees in her. He’s basically doing nothing but flirting with Satan’s daughter.”

Then Amore just went ahead and paused the game. “Now, it’s time for me to make an important decision here. And since it’s so important, I’ll let you decide what should happen next.” “What do you think I should make those two amore birds do now besides flirting and talking?”

“I have no idea what Eric should do. But maybe you should make Ashley drink some toilet water just like a dog would do. That way, you can really get your money’s worth out of the expansion pack.”

“I don’t think that’s possible in this game, but I wouldn’t have said no to that idea.”

“Well, other than that, I don’t know.”

Then Amore came up with another great idea. “I know!” “I’ll just have them make out. I guess that decision wasn’t so hard after all.” Amore went ahead and made Ashley and Eric make out.

“And how long are they gonna be making out?”

“Knowing those two love birds, probably all night in both sims time and real-life time. Plus, all I gotta do is keep selecting the make out option to have them keep making out.” Amore went ahead and made the couple continue making out.

***

It was Sunday, February 20, 2022, and it was in the afternoon. Ashley was sitting in her bedroom while listening to some heavy metal music on her bed while wearing headphones. Ashley continued listening to the music that was coming from her smartphone. Then Ashley went ahead and took off her headphones and stopped the music that was playing.

Then Ashley went ahead and put her phone inside her pants pocket, got up off the bed, and left the bedroom. Ashley closed the bedroom door so the dog wouldn’t be able to get inside. Then Ashley began rushing towards the bathroom and Rebecca quickly beat her to it. Then Rebecca began using the bathroom.

Ashley began knocking on the bathroom door multiple times. “Hey, can you come out of there for a quick second?” “I really need to use it.”

“There’s a bathroom in the basement.”

“But I can’t use that bathroom right now! The toilet is clogged up down there! Please! I really need to use it!”

“Don’t worry, Ash, I won’t take too long.”

“If you don’t get out of there within five seconds or less, I’m gonna make the remainder of your childhood a living nightmare! And I will make sure of that! Now, get out!”, she spoke angrily. Rebecca went ahead and flushed the toilet before washing her hands. “Get out of there right now or I’ll destroy everything you own!”

“Hey, how about a little respect since I’m the one that is currently holding your bladder hostage?!”

“I’m not gonna respect a stupid little second-grader who has no clue about what’s good for her! Now, you’re gonna come out of there right now! You, no-good, dumb, stupid, little girl! And that’s final! Or else, I’ll force you to eat any leftover food from Max’s dog bowl! And make you get on the floor and eat it like a dog! Out!”

“Say you’re sorry and I’ll let you in.”

“What?! No way! I refuse to bow down to someone who is seven grades lower than me! Out! Now!”

“Well, then, I guess you just lost the only bathroom you had.”

Ashley started trying to open the bathroom door to get inside and force Rebecca out of there, but the door was locked. “Ugh! Come on, Rebecca! I drank a lot of coffee today! I feel like my bladder is about to explode! Let me in!”

“What’s the password?”

“What?!”

“I said, what’s the secret password?” “I’m not gonna repeat myself again.”

Then Ashley just went ahead and sighed. “I don’t know! Pizza?!”

“Nope. Sorry, try again.”

“Breadsticks?!”

“Wrong.”

“Cheese?!”

“Nope, try again.”

“Ah!” Then Ashley began whispering to herself. “Okay, Ash, you can hold it until you can find a way to get that little demon child out of there. Just think happy thoughts. Just think happy, peaceful, loving, and homicidal thoughts.” Then Rebecca went ahead and made Ashley suffer a little while longer.

Later, Ashley was still walking back and forth outside the bathroom while her bladder still felt very uncomfortable.

“So, did you wet yourself yet?” Rebecca asked Ashley.

“This is not a game, Rebecca! You’re gonna make my bladder fail if this goes on for too long!”

“I know. I just love being in charge.”

“Please.”

“Pretty please with sugar on top?”

Then Ashley went ahead and sighed heavily.

“What was that?”

“Yes! Yes! Pretty please with freaking sugar on top! Now, let me in!”

“Good. Now, I think we both have made some real progress here. And what I want now from you is one last thing and you’re in.”

Then Ashley sighed heavily. “And what’s that?!”

“Give me forty bucks.”

“Excuse me?!”

“You heard what I said! Don’t act like you’re deaf or something!” “Oh, and I want it on a debit card.”

“Have you completely lost your freaking mind or something?! I don’t have forty bucks! Mom and Dad stopped giving me allowance money because of my recent bad behavior lately!”

“Well, it looks like you’re gonna be using the restroom outside the actual restroom.”

“Rebecca, just hear me out for a quick second.” “Okay?” “A bathroom break is not worth forty bucks! I’ve been using it for free for the past fifteen years!” Ashley saw her father walking over to the bathroom. “Dad, thank God you’re here! You need to do something about Rebecca! She’s making me hold it because she claims that I didn’t give her the respect that she deserves! You gotta help me out here!”

“John walked over to the bathroom door and knocked on it. “Okay ma’am, open up, this is the police. Come out with your hands up. Failure to do so will result in you being grounded for one week along with a hefty fine coming out of your allowance.”, he spoke playfully (and seriously).

Then Rebecca went ahead and finally came out. “Dad, let me explain what really happened.”

“No, need to. Ash already told me about the respect that you deserve. But you gotta remember that Ashley doesn’t have enough common sense to respect the people that have more power and authority over her. Still, that’s no good enough reason to hog the bathroom just to get back at her.” “Are we clear, young lady?”

Then Rebecca just went ahead and sighed. “Yeah, we’re clear.”

“Hey!” Ashley exclaimed.

“I’m sorry for making you hold it, Ash.”

“And I’m sorry for not giving you the overwhelming amount of glorious respect that you deserve, Queen Rebecca.” “Now, can we all end this conversation so I can make my bladder feel normal again?!”

“Of course, Ash. But I gotta use it first.”, John told her. John went into the bathroom and closed the bathroom door. “Seriously?!”

“I unclogged the toilet in the basement, so you better hurry up and get down there before someone else does.”, John spoke.

“Ah! Noted!” Ashley ran to the other bathroom as if she were Usain Bolt’s daughter.

***

Later, it as Sunday evening. All members of the Cooper household gathered around the dinner table to say grace and eat dinner. “Amen.”, John spoke. Then the remaining humans said the exact same word. And Max barked.

Then everyone began eating some KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) for their Sunday dinner. Then Amore went ahead and spoke. “Hey, you all won’t believe what my boyfriend got me for Valentine’s Day.”

“Don’t know. And don’t care.”, Ashley spoke while eating.

“Shut up, Ash!” Amore exclaimed.

“I’ll shut up when you shut up!”

“Make me shut up!”

“Girls, girls, girls!” “That kind of behavior is not going to be tolerated in this household.” “Of course, Amore, you can share with us what Jake gave you for Valentine’s Day.”

“Thanks, Dad.” “As I was saying, Jake gave me a new video game for Valentine’s Day.”

“Hold on a minute, you’re a gamer now?” Rebecca asked her.

“What?! No!” “Jake just got me this really cool computer game where you get to basically simulate life. I went ahead and created myself along with all of you and put all of us under one roof and let everything play out all by itself. I also took control of some other people along the way and stayed true to everyone’s real-life personalities.”

“We’re all glad to hear that, Amore.”, Donna replied. “So, what’s this new game called?”

“It’s called The Sims 4. And it might just be the best thing ever created since the TV. You also can do so many things in the game that you can also do in real life. You can go to school, get a job, start a career, watch TV, play video games, listen to music, drink coffee, and so much more.”

“Speaking of coffee, I know someone that still has a coffee addiction.”

“I do not!” Ashley exclaimed as she kept eating. “Ah, who am I kidding?” “You’re absolutely right, Rebecca. I do have a coffee drinking problem. But going through what I went through earlier when I had to use the restroom, I got a real good learning experience out of that whole situation. From now on, I won’t stop drinking coffee for good. But I will decrease how much coffee I drink so I won’t have to go to the bathroom as much. And besides, there are way more important things in life other than coffee to worry about.”

“Like kissing your boyfriend?” Amore asked her.

“Shut up!” Ashley told her.

Donna spoke. “Well, we’re all glad to hear that Amore enjoyed her Valentine’s Day gift very much while Ashley finally overcame her coffee addiction.”

Amore added, “Also, I just learned that KFC and Sunday night dinner is such a great combination. We should all start doing this every Sunday night from now on.”

John replied, “Well, not every Sunday night. But I do know that this will not be our last KFC Sunday night dinner.”

Amore continued, “What a wonderful time to be alive. And not be a simulation inside of a computer game.” And after all that, it turned out to be a happy ending for both Amore and Ashley after Amore got a cool game and Ashley overcame an addiction.

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