Welcome back to Zane's Bachelorette
Challenge where there was more fighting in
the first day than I ever had in my
unpublished Asylum challenge, where my
Sims there were belligerently cheerful and
Zane was feeling tired after all of the
stressful events that had taken place in his
waking life, so he fell asleep and found that
he was dreaming about being in a
Bachelorette Challenge. The contestants
seemed to be random people that he's run
into in his life as well as the love of his
waking life, Tina Traveller.
So far, he's eliminated Lilith Pleasant, frankly
because he literally only spoke two words to
her, so she had the lowest relationship with
him...even though she was fighting with
Cassandra Goth on Zane's behalf.
As a side note, I am embarrassed to admit
that on the Day 1 cover page,
“Bachelorette” was spelled wrong. But
we're going to pretend that I didn't mention
that and I'm also going to pretend that the
“e” in this one isn't too close to the “c” of
“Challenge” because on the template it was
MOVING ON TO THE SHOW. Day 2:
Getting to know you better.
After Lilith left, the rest of the girls decided to
do a celebratory dance, glad that they
weren't the ones who got eliminated first.
Well, of course, Cassandra was just plain
dancing over the fact that Lilith was gone; but
that was neither here nor there.
Taking a bit of a breather and waiting for the
hot tub dates to being, Meadow and Sandy
rested upon the couch.
“So Meadow,” Sandy began, “how did you
manage to get Zane to like you so much?”
Meadow smiled. “I am magical in all things
that I do, Sandy. Zane and I have the same
outlook on life and I'm not nearly as mean as
Cassandra. In fact, I'm pretty sure that he's
going to choose me over everyone else. He
“What do you mean, 'he has to?'”
Meadow shrugged. “He just does. He needs
me in his life. He just needs to realize it.”
“He needs me too, you know.”
“Maybe, maybe not. He's managed to avoid
you so far.”
“He's not avoiding me! He's just...”
“Uncomfortable with you.”
“Yeah...” Sandy trailed off sadly.
Before long, it was time for the mad dash to
where the hot tubs, and more importantly,
Zane, were located. Unfortunately, not
everyone could sit in the same hot tub as
him, so three of the girls were left out, forced
to share the other one.
Sandy had a perplexed look on her face as
she looked over at one of her companions. “I
thought you were magical in everything that
you do, Meadow. If that's so, then why didn't
you manage to make it over to Zane's tub,
Meadow smiled at Sandy's snarkiness and she
shrugged amiably. “I'm not too worried. I
have a feeling that I'm going to be here for a
while, so this is only a minor set back. Why
didn't you make it on time?”
Sandy looked glum. “I could have sworn that
I brought a sexy thong for this, but I couldn't
“We all have the same bathing suits, Sandy.”
“No, Tina doesn't, and neither does Carter.”
Meadow shrugged again. “Carter is wearing
a camouflage bikini, which I guess suits her in
Zane's mind. As for Tina...”
“Speaking of you, Tina,” Sandy interrupted,
“why didn't you make it to his tub in time? I
mean, you seem to be so confident that
you're going to win this thing, but you aren't
putting forth that much effort.”
Tina, looking splendid in her flattering bathing
suit, placed a finger to her lips dramatically
while she pretended to think about an
answer. Finally, she smirked at the other
“Unlike you guys, I have no need to worry.
I'm never far from Zane's thoughts. So there.”
She primly stuck her tongue out at the other
The conversation in the main tub was rather
awkward as Zane was uncomfortably aware
of the practically naked women sitting in it
with him. Alternating between stammering
and blushing, he finally put on an excited face
and started babbling.
“So, this is a lot of fun. It is awfully neat to be
able to sit and relax and get to know everyone
better. And then after dinner, we get to talk to
each other one on one and then tomorrow,
well tomorrow is, well...”
“Tomorrow is the day where you get to start
testing out your Don Juan moves upon us,”
Lucy said with a slight smile. “I wouldn't
worry too much about it, Zane; I'm sure you'll
“You're going to flirt with us? To what end?
Oh, it just figures that you get to be the one
who will string us all along. You and your
family, thinking that you can get whatever you
want. Well, I want no part of it!” Cassandra
angrily snarled through her clenched teeth.
“Okay, we can change to a different topic,” he
responded in a hurried manner. “So, um,
Carter, what is it like traveling to different
worlds? Are they very different from this
“Zane, I already told you that the 'traveling to
different worlds' is fictional! My team and I
study deep space telemetry and nothing
Zane raised an eyebrow and tried not to
smile. “So in other words, if you tell me, you
are going to have to kill me?”
There was an awkward silence as everyone in
the tub realized just exactly who they were
He splashed some water into Carter's face.
“Oh come on! I am trying to make a joke! I
realize I am not very good at it, but the least
you can do is laugh a little!
Carter and Lucy did let out a laugh then and
Carter splashed some water back at him.
“Well, I suppose it isn't in poor taste when it's
you making the joke,” she said. Zane smiled
happily as he began to relax.
After sitting quietly for a few moments, Zane
finally turned to Cassandra.
“Am I really that bad? You do not even know
me, yet you hate me so. Why?”
She shrugged. “I don't necessarily hate you. I
just don't do well with rejection. I know, for a
fact, that I'm not going to win this. You're
going to keep me close, but in the end, you'll
reject me. You always will. It's better for me
to be mean to you so I don't get hurt.”
“You cannot say that with such certainty,
Cassandra. You cannot possibly predict the
“True, but I know you. Better than you think I
He sighed and got out of the hot tub. “I hope
that you are wrong,” he quietly responded.
“What? Are you going to choose me out of
spite? I know that you most definitely won't
Zane shook his head and walked out of the
At dinner, Zane was inwardly pleased by the
fact that Tina sat next to him again. The two
of them chatted about nothing while the
other women sat in silence, observing the
Afterwards, as everyone was clearing off the
their dinner plates, Carter approached Zane
and held his hands.
“Zane, you need to know that you can't go
down this path, okay? Remember who you
are and know that you're better than this.”
Confusion was obvious on his face. “What
do you mean, 'I'm better than this'? I am not
doing anything embarrassing,” he paused,
uncertain. “Am I? I mean, if this is a dream, it
has not gone down any uncomfortable paths.
Carter shook her head. “That's not what I'm
“I'll tell you when you are ready to hear. Until
then,” she let go of his hands, “just
“Um, okay. If you insist.”
“I do,” was her response before she walked
He walked into the room where all future
private encounters were to happen. The
'Frog Who is a Prince Underneath' wallpaper
didn't go unnoticed while he waited for the
girls to figure out who was to go first.
Five out of the six women had gathered in the
living room, trying to decide who was going
to go first. Before they had come to a
decision, Lucy noticed that Tina was missing.
“Hey, guys? Where did Tina go?”
The others looked around before Carter
sighed. “Well, it looks like she made the
decision for us,” she grumbled.
“So Zane, I decided that you should see me
first, being that I'm your best gal and all that.
So, what do you want to talk about?”
Zane's breath caught, happy. He was finally
able to ask her something he absolutely
needed to know, but had been too terrified
He hesitantly reached out to touch her hand.
“Are you happy? Are you going to stay? Do I
even have a chance? Just say something to
me about it. You know I will do anything for
you! But I need to know what you are
thinking! Your silence is slowly killing me!”
She jerked her hand away and looked at his
pasted on hopeful smile. “How can it be
killing you when you are already dead, hm?
Besides, what do you think my answer is?”
He was stunned by the casual insult, but he
ignored that in favor of her question.
Throwing his hands up, frustrated, he said, “I
have no idea what your answer is Tina! That
is why I am asking you!”
“Well Zane, because you don't know, that
means I don't know. Get it?”
“No! I do not!”
“Well, I can't answer you, because you don't
know. You can't read my mind, so you can't
even answer the question in your dream.”
“This...this SUCKS!” Zane finally screamed.
Tina shrugged. “Yeah, well get used to it.
This is your subconscious, not mine.” She
strode past him and out the door.
He was weary after his conversation with
Tina, and he really felt no desire to continue
on with the other one-on-ones, but he didn't
seem to be waking up from his dream, so
continue he did.
The next person to enter was Sandy. He
gave her a halfhearted wave. “Hi Sandy.”
“Hi Zane,” was all she said in return.
He came to the realization that she wasn't
going to say more, so he put on his best,
cheery smile. “So, tell me Sandy--”
“Don't even bother,” she interrupted,
crossing her arms.
“What? What do you mean--”
“Zane, really, don't bother. I know you've
already rejected me. You've put me to the
side, and you've tried to forget about me, but
here is the weird part: you want me, and you
want me bad. It's such a shame that you can't
“But, I did not put you to the side! I gave you
the same amount of attention that I did
“No. You didn't. I'm okay with that. You're
the one who is going to be miserable without
me.” Sandy shrugged and walked out of the
The door had barely swung shut when Carter
came striding in. “Hi--” Zane began, but he
“No. You aren't ready to hear what I have to
say yet,” was all she said. She turned on her
heel and marched out the door.
Zane sighed. “Aren't Bachelorette Challenges
supposed to be where the girls are fighting
for the chance to talk to me?” He asked
loudly to himself.
“Well, yes, they are. Normal ones, at least,”
Meadow said when she walked into the
room. Zane spun around to look at her.
Meadow laughed as he contemplated her.
“Well Zane, what do you want to talk
“You are actually going to let me talk to
you?” He asked, surprised. Meadow laughed
“Of course I am, silly. Isn't that the point?”
“So,” she continued on in a vivacious, bubbly
tone, “what fun things have you done lately?
Have you played with any cool toys? Teddy
Bears are the best. They are so soft, aren't
they? Oh! Christmas time is awesome, too!
There's lots of presents, and candy canes, and
Christmas songs to sing. Eggnog tastes good.
Have you ever had that? Mmm!”
“Birthday parties are fun, too! Presents and
birthday cake and the Happy Birthday song.
Have you ever gone to a birthday party?”
“Oh! And then there is just the plain fun of
swimming in a swimming pool on a hot
summer day. Have you ever done that?”
“So, what fun things have you done then?”
Zane considered her question for a moment
before he found an answer. “I swung on
some swings recently.”
“Did you throw your head back so it felt like
you were flying?”
He smiled. “Yes, I did.”
“Was it awesome?”
“Yes, it was.”
“Yay! Having fun is so much...well, fun!
Well, I gotta go. I'll see you tomorrow
morning!” Meadow gave him a perky wave
and bopped out of the room.
Lucy was the next one. She strode
purposefully in, stood in front of him, and
glanced around the room.
“Zane, don't you find it odd that you chose
your cousin's house for this?”
Surprised, he glanced around himself. “I did
not really think about it,” he said with a shrug.
“It is a rather nice place and I have always
had fun whenever I came here.”
Lucy nodded. “You place an awful lot of
stock in happiness, don't you?”
Zane blinked. “Well, yes, I suppose I do.
Don't all people, though?”
“They do, but you take the cake on it. Look
at everything that has happened to you, yet
you try to remain happy and positive and
nice. Unfailingly nice above all else. A lesser
person would have been warped and twisted
by all those events, but not you. It's
“Nothing. I shouldn't have said anything.”
“Why do you guys keep doing that?” Zane
“It is like you guys are pushing me away on
purpose by giving me cryptic answers. In
fact, the only person who has been straight
forward with me is Meadow!”
“That's because that's who Meadow is. She
doesn't know how to act any other way.
Besides, remember that this is your dream.
So, in essence, you are the one who is
pushing us away.”
Zane smiled to himself. “You are right. This
is my dream and I can control it, even if it is
just a minimal amount. So, if I ask questions,
you, in essence, have to answer. Right?”
She shrugged. “I suppose you're right. But
it's not like we can answer questions about
the meaning of life and stuff. It's your
subconscious, so any answers given are really
just answers you already know, whether you
realize it or not.”
“Fair enough. So, when you mentioned
something being strange, what did you
Lucy hid a smile behind her hand. “Very
good. And you know what? I will tell you the
answer to that. It's strange that you place so
much stock in happiness, yet you are far from
happy yourself. You have been so kind,
sweet, nice, and you've even sacrificed your
own safety and you haven't received anything
in return. You've asked for very little, in fact,
and you haven't gotten that: Happiness.”
“So..so you are saying that I am depressed? I
“Oh, very much so. But, you will never let
anyone else know it, because you are nice,
and nice people don't burden others with
their own personal problems.”
“I really hope you keep me around, Zane.
You need a lot of me in your life.”
“Lucy, you're married to Alexander in real life.
Whatever are you talking about?”
Lucy shrugged. “Zane, you don't get it. But
you will. I apologize for being 'cryptic', but
that's the way it has to be. For now.” She
gave him a small smile and left.
Zane sat upon the couch with a sigh. He
honestly didn't think that he was depressed,
so it was a shocking revelation to him. A little
sad? Maybe. But depressed...?
As he was turning it over in his mind,
Cassandra entered and stood in front of him,
giving him a blank look. She sighed heavily
and turned to walk away when he didn't
immediately greet her.
Her walking away snapped him out of his
reverie and he quickly walked over to her.
“Cassandra, I am sorry--”
“And so it begins: the distance, the lies--”
“I am not lying about anything! I make it a
point not to lie!”
“Mmm,” was her response. Zane sighed.
“Look, I know you really do not want to talk
to me; most of you guys do not, but you in
particular. If you would like, I can eliminate
you tomorrow so you can leave my
Then, she did something that surprised him:
she smiled. “Oh, no, don't be too hasty! Did
it occur to you that maybe I just want you to
work for it? That maybe you have to earn
me? I'm not really one to give myself away so
easily to someone like you, Zane. I can be
worth it in the end, you ought to know.”
Zane blinked. “So, you consider yourself a
prize to be won? That just sounds...wrong! I
mean, I am sure that you are indeed a
perfectly fine pick, but I would never consider
anyone to be merely a...a trophy! That is
“You are taking it the wrong way and when
you put it like that, then yes, it sounds
degrading. But that is not how I mean it.
Work for me Zane. Prove that you can have
“Goodnight,” was her simple response to his
confusion and she left the room. He watched
her leave and shook his head. He was tired
and he wanted to think about everything the
girls had said to him, so he went to bed.
Conversation the next morning was rather
lighthearted as everyone chatted cheerfully
about the upcoming “dates.”
“So who is going to go first? Is it going to be
“Well, I think that seeing as she went first last
night, that today we should go from the top
of the alphabetical list. That means that
Cassandra goes first. Is that okay with you
Cassandra shrugged. “First, last, it doesn't
“Well, then you go first. Not Tina,” Lucy
“Just so you know, I'm on to you. I'm not
going to let you do this to him. I think you
should know that,” Carter casually said to the
woman sitting next to her.
“Pfft. Whatever. He's going to reject each
and every single one of you. He's already
chosen me; he just needs to symbolically get
rid of all of you. But trust me on this: I'm the
“I'm going to inform him that--”
“This breakfast was very filling,” Tina
interrupted, raising her voice slightly. “I'm
Zane, who was clearing up his own plate,
stepped over and picked up Tina's as well.
Giving her a shy grin, he said, “Seeing as I am
up, I will just grab yours as well.”
Tina spared him a glance. “Thank you, Zane.
That's awfully kind of you.” Zane ducked his
head with a happy smile and took the plates
to be washed.
Tina smiled smugly at Carter. “Well, I think
I'm going to go get some coffee before the
flirt dates come up. I need to be in top form.
I do like winning, but I just want to make sure
that I blow the rest of you guys out of the
Carter shook her head and fumed.
Sandy had watched the entire encounter with
fascination. “Man, I'm stuffed too,” she said.
“Is there a Prince Charming who will wash up
my plate as well?” Zane had walked into the
private room though, so he hadn't heard her.
“Frammit,” she muttered, disappointed.
Though it had been agreed upon that
Cassandra would go first, Zane was still
surprised that she came in willingly, even
“So,” he began.
“So I have been thinking about what you had
said last night, about proving myself to you.”
“Yes, I did, and something occurred to me
that you should know.”
He leaned in and spoke softly. “Yes, I want
you to know that I am not Don Lothario and I
would never treat you like that.”
Cassandra blushed. “I know you aren't, Zane.
But..but thank you for saying so. I really
He smiled at her. “Good, I am glad.”
Ducking her head shyly, Cassandra let the
next person in.
“Wow, way to go! You actually made her
smile! What did you say to her?” Lucy asked
as she walked in next. Zane shrugged.
“Nothing that she did not already know,” he
“Well, either way, great job.”
Zane blushed. “Thanks.”
They stood looking at each other, Zane a bit
awkward, for a moment.
“All right, give it to me. Give me your
cheesiest, laughable pick up line ever. I
promise to laugh at it.”
Zane's brow creased. “I do not want to be
“I don't mean it like that. Come on, it'll help
you relax. Have some fun with it.”
He smiled slightly. “Okay,” he said and he
cleared his throat. Leaning into her he said in
his deepest voice possible, “Your legs must
be tired, because you have been running
though my dreams all night!”
“Oh Zane! You have such a way with
words!” Lucy fake swooned in response. The
two of them laughed and Lucy nodded,
satisfied. “You're doing fine. There's hope for
Feeling confident, Zane had managed to
relax a bit when Meadow came in. “Hello
Meadow. I was thinking about what you
were saying last night about having fun,” he
“Really? You were? That makes me so
He cleared his throat and smiled. “Yes. I was
also thinking that it would be fun to get to
know you better.”
Meadow happily grinned. “I really hope you
mean that. You and I can have lots of fun
together. Lots and lots!”
“I believe that you are truly honest when you
“I am, Zane, I really am!”
“You really seem to be taking to heart what I
said to you last night,” Carter began without
preamble, patting him on his shoulder. “The
last thing any of us wants to see is you go
down the path of self destruction. Well, most
of us don't want to see that, at least.”
Zane looked to where she had touched him
and then raised his eyebrow. “Is that what
you had meant last night?”
“Are you going to tell me more?”
“In time, I will.”
“You know, um...Samantha, I find myself
really wanting to find out about a lot of what
you have to say.”
Carter was obviously flattered. “Oh, that's
right, you're part Knowledge Sim, aren't you?
So you would find a lot of my work
interesting, wouldn't you?”
“Yes, I'm very interested in...'deep space
Carter smiled. “Zane, please, call me Sam.”
“I will then, Sam.” They both smiled at each
His confidence was flying high by the time
Sandy entered. Giving her an easy smile, he
began with, “You know that you are wrong,
Sandy. If I ignored you, it was not on purpose
and I sincerely apologize. I really would like
to get to--”
“Zane, I'm flattered that you want to make
the effort, but I know it's too late for me. At
least for right now. I really do hope that you
invite me back into your life in the future,
though. But, as it stands, I'm expecting you to
eliminate me today.”
“No, I mean it. You aren't comfortable with
me; I get that. Hell, you may never be
comfortable with me considering everything
that's happened.” She shrugged. “Goodbye,
“But, Sandy,” he started to say, but she had
turned and left the room, ignoring whatever
else he had to say.
Last, it was Tina's turn. She stood in front of
him with a mysterious smile on her face and
said, “It just occurred to me: I'm your first,
Her smile widened slightly. “Yeah. You
know, your first kiss, your first love...”
His face brightened. “Yes--”
“And I would have been your first WooHoo if
my parents hadn't come home early that
night as well.”
Zane blinked his eyes, startled, and blushed
furiously. “No. We were only teenagers!
Neither of us was ready for that sort of thing!”
“But you wonder, don't you? I mean, making
out heavily leads to other activities. It's the
natural progression of things.”
He opened his mouth, but nothing came out.
“But here's the messed up thing, Zane. There
we were, getting hot and heavy. You had to
leave so I wouldn't get in trouble. You went
to your house, flying high with love, not to
mention revved up...and your mother killed
you. That's got to mess with your head!”
He felt the color drain from his face. “Please,
stop,” was his pained whisper, as he violently
tried to control where the dream was going.
The tone shifted slightly, and he saw Tina
swooning a bit before him with a smile.
“Zane, you're so sweet. If you keep saying
things like that, I just might actually fall in love
He smiled wanly in return. It was a bit better;
not much, but a little.
He followed her out the door, dragging his
feet, fiercely wishing for the entire dream to
end so he would wake up.
Zane looked wearily around at everyone
gathered. He stood there for a few moments,
willing himself to wake up. He noticed Tina
giving him a special look, but for once it
didn't make him feel happy. In fact, for some
reason, it downright hurt.
When it became apparent that he wasn't
going to wake up, he cleared his throat. “So,
I guess it is time...”
Immediately everyone went to their seats.
Everyone except for Tina, that is.
“Are you okay? What's wrong Zane?”
He looked blandly at her. “Nothing,” he
finally replied, softly.
“Are you sure?”
“Yes. I am fine.”
“You...you aren't going to eliminate me, are
you? You wouldn't hurt me like that, right?”
He hung his head and shook it. “No. I am
not eliminating you today--”
“Good,” she interrupted, “then you don't
mind if I just skip this entire decision process,
do you? I mean, I don't particularly care who
goes next. It's not as if I really like any of
them. So you won't care if I just go upstairs
and read a book then? Good, I'll see you
later.” Before Zane could answer, she made
her way to the stairs without giving the other
girls a glance.
“Oh! She did not just do that!” Cassandra
“I'm afraid she did,” was Lucy's response.
“But, that's not fair! Why does she get to skip
this part?” Meadow asked.
“Because she's right. She's not being
eliminated. Besides, Zane's getting rid of me
“Sandy, you keep saying that. You don't
know for sure,” Carter patiently replied.
“Yeah, I do. I know for a fact.”
“You guys? I am standing right here. I would
really appreciate it if you would stop talking
as if I were not.”
Nobody said anything and they expectantly
waited for him to continue.
He rubbed his neck and sighed deeply.
“Sandy is right. She is the one who is going
to be eliminated. She has been rather
insistent throughout the entire day that either
I am going to 'get rid' of her, or that I do not
'want' her. I never got the chance to talk
about anything else; that is the reason why--”
“You want me, but you can't have me. So
instead, you're going to eliminate me. Just
like I predicted you would.” She shook her
head in disappointment. “Oh, Zane. I feel
sorry for you.”
“But, you practically told me that you wanted
to be eliminated!”
She gave a half shrug. “I know I did. That
doesn't mean that I thought you would take
me seriously, and that's why I feel bad for
you.” She walked over to the computer and
prepared to leave.
All of the women, except for Tina, gathered
around her in silent support. “Don't let her
win,” Sandy said, “whatever you do. He's too
good for her.”
“We'll try our best,” Lucy replied. Sandy
nodded and headed out the door.
She had only made it a few steps when a bolt
of lightning, identical to the one that hit Lilith
the day before, struck Sandy right where she
She looked down in dismay at the puddle
that had suddenly appeared. “It's bad form to
kick someone when they're down!” She
shouted before she winked out of existence.
Completely unaware of the unnatural lighting,
Carter and Lucy looked at each other grimly.
“So, which one of us is next to go?” Lucy
asked. Carter shrugged.
“I don't know. I certainly hope it's Tina,
though. She rides on my last nerve.”
Lucy nodded in agreement.
“The readings on this are absolutely
fascinating! With just a mere thought, you
are able to trigger what appears to be a
lightning bolt at a designated target. I believe
that this is the most important discovery
“Alright. Listen here, you. If Angela finds out
that you've been messing around with this
thing, she going to be super pissed. I mean, I
get to play with it because I'm married to her.
She doesn't even like you. In fact, she
downright hates you and she cheered every
time you got killed. So, I seriously suggest--”
“This is unbelievable! It appears this box
serves other functions as well. It's almost
like...almost like this would be a utility device
to make life easier for the...gods, as the Sim
race might refer to them. Astounding!”
“Daniel,” Jack said impatiently, “it's a box that
has the Batman symbol on it. You can't
possibly be taking this so seriously.”
Daniel, however, continued to babble on
incessantly. He was completely ignored by
everyone else in the room.
Thanks for reading!
The scores are as follows:
Meadow: 100/27=127 Friends, Both Crush
Carter: 91/32=123 Friends, Both Crush
Tina: 82/23=105 Friends
Lucy: 79/14=93 Friends
Hearts were surprisingly quick to appear,
even though I specifically put in the “Harder
Loves” hack. It's very frustrating.
As you can tell, the challenge is taking a turn
towards the dramatic, despite the fact that I
really just wanted this to be funny. Blah.
I hope you liked it, and Day Three should be
out relatively soon. Until then, Happy
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