How did life change after you turned eighteen?
A lot more responsibilities were given to me, but the biggest change was that I was now allowed to have sex.
"Welcome to class. Today we are going to introduce you to intimacy now that you are of age. We will be discussing the reproduction schedule and answering questions after watching this short video about intimacy."
After the video is done, Camo pipes up as usual with an uncomfortable question that makes the teacher cringe.
"Why don't you just call it sex? That's what it is, isn't it?"
"Camo! We refer to it as intimacy because the word sex has dirty connotations. Intimacy is supposed to be the act of creating life. Sex is The Strangers term for it. The word is demeaning and takes away from the beauty of the act."
"Whatever. It's the same thing."
"ARGH! Camo! Must you be so infuriating?"
"What? You said you would be taking questions after the video, and I had a question."
Titanium laughs under his breath. The teacher's face is bright red. She looks incredibly embarrassed and uncomfortable, which is hilarious.
"Moving on. We have a Reproduction Schedule in which all residents of age are required to participate. I have an example of one here. You will be matched up with another resident and given a time to visit the clinic. It is your responsibility to make sure you do not miss your assigned time or you will be punished."
Zinfandel raises her hand.
"Is it supposed to be fun?"
"Yes, intimacy is fun and satisfying. However, having intimacy for fun is not allowed. Any residents caught engaging in intimacy other than during their assigned time will be punished. Those are the rules. Otherwise, now that you have seen how to do the act, you could be put on the schedule as early as the weekend. Enjoy this new addition to your lives."
How did you feel about this new addition to your life?
The whole situation was intimidating and awkward. It seemed daunting and I didn't like that there were yet more rules that I had to follow.
Titanium and Camo are in their room sitting on their beds.
"I feel awkward, Camo. I think it will be weird to be naked in front of someone I don't know. Especially since they're always telling us to be modest."
"Well, you're probably right. It will be weird. At least the other person will be naked too, you can both feel awkward together."
The alarm clock on the wall starts beeping, signaling that it is time for class again.
"Welcome, class. Sit down, we have a lot to talk about today. Now that you are adults, there are many more options for things to do in this house. You can get a job, so long as it does not interfere with your class schedules, or break curfew, which is at 10pm. You will be expected to keep an eye out for people who you think may need The Compound's help. Remember we are here to help save The Strangers from their miserable lives. There is also a weekly gathering that The Leader sets up in the conference room where we invite The Strangers to come and listen to music, eat free food, and talk with them. This is a mandatory gathering for adults. If you get a job, it must also not interfere with the weekly gathering."
"Will there be alcohol at this weekly gathering?"
The teacher glares at Camo, annoyed that he has interrupted her.
"No, we in this house do not taint our pure natures with alcohol or drugs of any kind."
"It's just one big party, right? Music, food, girls?"
"Camo, please just be quiet. The weekly gathering is not a party, it is a social gathering for getting to know the people in this community and saving them so they can have a chance to become pure as well."
What was the weekly gathering actually like?
It was a party of sorts, but the teacher wanted it to seem like it stood out from the parties The Strangers had, which she told us were alcohol soaked and full of impure behavior. We were helping people with our party, rather than having parties for fun like The Strangers.
The Leader has opened the doors to The Compound and set up some tables for food. Some people are listening to music and dancing. Others are mingling with each other, drinking soda and coffee. The Leader is talking to anyone who walks by and inviting them to the gathering.
Zinfandel is enthusiastically talking to someone about The Compound and the wonderful things it is doing for the community, while Titanium and Camo are sitting by the fountain.
"Look at her. She's so annoying. You can kind of hear the crazy in her voice. I don't know how she can love this place so much."
Camo points towards Zinfandel, who looks like she's enjoying the gathering a little too much.
"Camo? I checked the Reproduction Schedule, and I'm on it tomorrow."
"Wow, really? I guess the teacher was right, that it would happen soon for some of us."
"Just do what the guy on the video in class did and you should be fine."
"Thank you, Camo. How are you so confident about this?"
"I'm not really, I just pretend like I am. Not going to lie, though, I am excited about it. I am scared too, that it'll suck because I've built it up in my head like it's the best thing ever."
Camo happens to look up from his conversation with Titanium and notices the aqua haired boy from the beach.
"Titanium, isn't that your crush over there?"
"Yeah, what's he doing here?"
"I don't know, maybe you should go talk to him."
"I can't, he's a Stranger, I'll get in trouble."
"Not at this party. We're supposed to, remember?"
"Will you come with me?"
Camo nods and Titanium nervously gets up and walks towards the boy. He stands next to him and smiles shyly.
"Hey. How are you?"
"Fine. How are you?"
"I'm all right."
All three boys stand in awkward silence for a few minutes. Finally the aqua haired boy asks a question.
"You live here?"
"Yes, me and my friend Camo live here. Why are you here?"
"Free food. My dad's a drunk and I ran away from home a year ago. I'm eighteen now, but I still don't make a whole lot of money. I try to find free food whenever I can so I can save my money for paying bills."
"My name is Titanium, by the way."
I look up and see Absolon smiling at me. Remembering the first time we ever talked to each other was a fond memory in itself despite the circumstances. He's even wearing his hair like that again. I was so grateful to him for showing me what it meant to truly love somebody.
CREDIT: Mypalsim's Poses for Sims 3