As the truck drove down the street and around the corner, Grace caught one last glimpse of Fred and Gene standing in front of the house, waving goodbye. It was another beautiful day in Starlight Shores. Grace had been looking forward to this day for what seemed like an eternity, and everything was going smoothly, as planned.
What was missing, however, was her twin sister beside her.
Jamey reached over to squeeze her hand and gave her a reassuring smile.
After many hours, they finally saw it spreading out before them: Sim State Campus. They had crossed the entire country to get here, from one shore to another, and Grace couldn't have been more excited.
They arrived at their dormitory just as the other students did.
Grace and her assigned roommate, Calista Montgomery, instantly became friends.
They wasted no time decorating their shared room to match their shared tastes.
With Grace's outgoing personality, their room soon became an area for everyone in the dorm to hang out. Luckily Calista didn't mind.
Grace smiled to herself whenever she entered the room and found yet another guy vying for Calista's attention.
"Always the wrong ones though," Calista told her with a wry smile.
Jamey had a room all to himself, but quickly became friends with Nathaniel Wright as they bonded over a shared love of obscure music and dressing ironically.
Jamey was a model student. Even though his main interest lay in writing, Communications included various other courses, and he wanted to excel at all of them.
Grace also endured many subjects that didn't directly pertain to her ultimate goal of directing movies. Unlike her classmates however, who preferred to catch up on sleep during boring lectures, Grace strove to get the most out of everything that was offered to her.
The young couple didn't have any classes together, but they made a point to spend every last minute of their free time in each other's company.
And if they got tired of staying in Jamey's room, there was always a party going on somewhere. Usually right downstairs at their dorm!
University life was all Grace had ever hoped for and more.
Calista was the best roommate anyone could have asked for.
But still, Grace couldn't help wondering how it would have been with her sister around.
When she was feeling down like this, Jamey always offered a strong shoulder to lean on.
They arrived slightly early, so Grace got to work preparing some tofu dogs.
As if drawn by the smell of food, sims started arriving. Nathaniel and Calista greeted Grace before walking off to mingle.
Grace's tofu dogs were a great hit, particularly after someone had 'enhanced' them by sprinkling some strange herb over them.
Grace wasn't so sure if she was ready for this side of university life, so she decided to grill another round of tofu dogs.
A purple haired girl walked up to her and asked, "Hey, do I know you from somewhere?"
Grace glanced at the girl for a second and then returned her attention to the grill. "Uhm, I don't think we've met. I'm a freshman."
The girl was insistent. "No, no... I'm sure I've seen you somewhere... wait! You're that girl from the cereal commercial! Come on, say the line. Please?"
Grace winced. This was not the first time this had happened, and it wouldn't be the last. She had come to regret her brief career as a teen actress. She would never escape the embarrassment of Plumbob Crunch. She sighed. "Plumbob Crunch - Gotta have my Plumbobs or I'll go unsta-a-able!" Grace recited in a spiritless mumble.
The girl seemed pleased nonetheless. She laughed heartily, then pulled out her phone and snapped a quick picture of the blushing Grace. "Oh man, I'll have to show Jason... he won't believe it!"
Finally, Grace sat down with a plate of her own and gazed out over the water. Calm waves, gently stirred by the warm summer breeze, lapped against the sandy shore.
A hot dog joke.
A hot dog choke.
What a party!
Long after midnight, a very juiced Nathaniel decided to go back to the dorm in a 'borrowed' sailboat.
Grace and Jamey danced late into the night. Those would be crazy times ahead.
I had to include that Liz cameo XD Whenever I saw her or Mahmoud around campus, I had to think of Hiding Out In Sunset Valley :D
Grace is the first heir to go to university since Bloom, so it was a lot of fun playing with all this stuff again. But as entertaining as it is, it gets repetitive so quickly. I think my UL hunger is satiated for another couple of generations now.