Here is the house where the Singles have been living ever since Erin and Subject moved out of the Beakers' place shortly after they were married:
Only Nervous and his eldest son Shaun remain of the family. Erin died last round, and Shaun's younger twin siblings tragically died in their youth.
Nervous is now 76. He has been on Permanent Platinum from the moment he maxed out all seven skills last round.
Shaun, too, is on PP, since had 20 best friends already 25 days from Elderhood.
This means of course that I largely leave the two men to their own devices. Sometimes they do the house work, sometimes they don't.
On this Monday, I decide to send them travelling, hoping for a chance to meet new NPC Sims who could be eligible to move to New Max - or even a 3-bolt-lady for Shaun.
They arrive at the Flaming Dragon hotel in Takemizu Village in the pouring rain.
While Shaun checks them in, Nervous grooms the Zen garden - only to be struck by lightning. Not the best start for their holiday, is it!
But all is well again after Nervous has had a shower, and they take a taxi to the Pagoda. There at the shop, they meet several natives and other tourists, but nobody with a playable surname. Souvenirs are bought before they go back to their hotel.
The next morning, Tuesday, they order room service for breakfast. Nervous watches fondly as his son devours the omelettes with a healthy appetite.
Shaun looks up. "Isn't it great, Dad, that you and I are on this trip together? I just wish Mum could be with us... and of course Selma and Stig."
Today, our tourists visit the Lucky Shrine. Again, several tourists and native have had the same idea, but they are largely the same people they have already met yesterday.
They go on a historic walking tour (which ends uneventfully)...
...try a local specialty and then...
On Wednesday, a visit to the Immortal Zen Garden produces the same results as all their sightseeing so far.
They have tea there together before heading to...
...Three Corners Food Mart.
One last time, they order room service. The next morning, they are on their way back home.
It is Thursday, and on returning home, they proudly display the small pagoda they bought in Takemizu Village on the small shelf.
Feeling a bit sorry for Shaun, who wants a date but has no current suitable love interest (and no 3-bolt-lady) in his relationship panel, I allow him to ask the Matchmaker for a blind date. Townie Jeannie Johnson appears - and Shaun has 3 bolts for her.
(Sorry - I don't know why Jeannie's picture won't be centred - I've tried a few times but have now given up.)
Shaun is not exactly an expert in flirting and decides to play it safe, telling Jeannie of his and his Dad's recent trip to Takemizu. The date ends "okay", but since there are three bolts between the two of them, I shall watch whether Shaun is going to roll wishes about Jeannie for the rest of the week.
On Friday, Shaun prepares omelettes for breakfast for himself and his Dad on his own accord. The day goes by with nothing worth of note, really.
I find Nervous looking at Erin's portrait early on Saturday morning. Again, the day passes without anything interesting happening.
It is still dark early on Sunday morning when Nervous joins his son in the garden. While Shaun uses the telescope for some stargazing, Nervous enjoys birdwatching.
A bit later, Shaun talks to his Dad about their recent trip on his own accord. "It is so great that we did this together, Dad, I shall never forget it!"
That evening, Nervous is met by the Grim Reaper. He is OK about it - for him, it will mean being reunited with his dear late wife and two younger children on that big lot up in the sky. But poor Shaun is devastated.
He is now all alone and really suffers. Between lounging listlessly on one of the two settees, he gets up and cries. It is always a bit sad seeing a Sim grieve so much, isn't it, and somehow it seems extra hard on poor Shaun.
The week ends on this sad note.
Is Shaun going to see Jeannie again, or will someone else be interested in him as I continue playing this round?
I did enjoy the trip to Takemizu, even though no new future New Maximilianians turned up.