I glanced over at my fairy guardians and they shrugged as if to signify they didn't have a clue on what to do. He had gotten over his initial shock and overload but who knew what would happen if I tried to push him farther. I brushed some hair behind my ears as I thought for something to bring my friend back. At that moment I felt a sensation crawl up through my spine and spread throughout my body.
"A festival?" I blurted. "Wait---what? Did I say that out loud?" Apparently the programming in this world wanted to let me know that there was a carnival going on in town.
"Yes.You did." Grace brought her hand to her face woefully. "You're certainly unpredictable. Gregory said you would be but I do not think we will ever fully grasp it."
Sebastian's eye twitched at the sound of Gregory's name. Whether that was a good or bad thing was anyone's guess. He shook off the unnerved feeling he obviously had and touched my arm with a softness that, given the past few minutes, was entirely unexpected.
"I would like to go to the Festival. If you wouldn't mind." He asked politely.
Deep down I knew that this was the only option at this point. It was worth a shot. I turned to Seb and curtseyed.
"Would you do me the honor of accompanying me to the Festival tonight?" I asked with a flourish. A hesitant smile spread across the lavender face. He nodded slightly so I snatched hand and pulled him towards the door.
"Alright, my fine purple fellow!" I laughed. "I'm taking you on a date."
We approached a nearby park where kiosks and decorations were scattered about. I could see the light of curiosity that I had always admired in Sebastian deep in the familiar imposter's eyes. He took in each sight and smell. He dashed over to a snow-cone machine and looked at me in confusion.
"What is this?" he asked blankly.
"A snow-cone maker." I chuckled. "Here." I scooped him up a splash of ice and poured grape flavoring into his cone. His eyes lit up. I made myself a Lime flavored cone and sat next to Seb on a picnic bench. He sat and ate his snack enthusiastically as I struggled to find the right words to say.
"You are a pretty curious guy, aren't you?" I took a lick of my snow-cone.
"I suppose so." He wiped a bit of snow off of his face. "I want to know everything I can so I can take care of---" He paused.
"Care of what?" I finished up my snow-cone and threw away the garbage but when I can came back Seb had dashed over to the skating rink.
"Oh no..." I shuddered. "I am a clumsy Sim, Sebastian! I can't do this!"
He took my hand and pulled me onto the rink.
"Neither can I!" he laughed loudly and attempted to keep his balance. His laughter was infectious and I finally was feeling at ease. It felt like old times as we skated, or rather attempted to skate, around the rink.
After a while of falling. laughing and a few tears being shed we decided to take a break from the rink to see what other adventures the park had in store. I saw something I could actually do! An eating contest. I grabbed Sebastian by the arm and pulled him forcefully to the competition table. Payback for making me fall on my butt skating. He reluctantly agreed to compete with me.
"I do believe I'll regret this." He grabbed his stomach in an attempt to prepare it for the task at hand. You'd think he wouldn't be able to handle normal food but Sebastian at home was able to so I wasn't worried about it harming him. The competition bell rang and I began eating the hot dogs as fast as I could.
I closed my eyes and tried my best to finish when--- DING.
Sebastian lifted his arms up enthusiastically!
"We have a winner!" the carnival worker hollered, sending a pang straight through my pride. Sebastian patted my back and attempted to console my wounded spirit but only made me choke on what I had left in my mouth. I brushed him off teasingly and walked to a nearby booth to get some water.
"Hello! How can I help you, pretty lady?" The charming kiosk worker welcomed me. I let out a small giggle and asked for some water.
He handed me two glasses of water.
"One for your friend there." he pointed to Sebastian who was coughing to clear his throat of hot dog. "You seem like you fit pretty well together, Miss. You look like you could use his company for a while."
"You look ridiculous." Sebastian smirked at me as I exited the face painting booth.
"You don't look so hot either."
We laughed as we finished off the last of our raffle tickets on some solid food.
Every bit of my body ached from all the activity during the day. I examined all the bruises that had formed on my legs and ignored the fact that I shouldn't have been getting bruises in the Sims world. I shrugged off any negative feelings and forced myself to enjoy the night.
We covered every inch of the park. Faces painted. Pictures taken. The works but Sebastian didn't seem satisfied.
He stood in the middle of the darkening park and took my hand. I shivered. Whether that was because of the touch or the cold I can't be sure. I looked up into Sebastian's eyes. They seemed conflicted. He wasn't unhappy... Just unsure.
"Dance with me." he looked down at the ground but kept hold of my hand.
"What?" I laughed and attempted to pull my hand away. His grip tightened as he looked up at me with pleading eyes. I listened to the soft music echoing through the now empty park. I smiled and squeezed his hand. "Alright."
He pulled me closer to him. He seemed to be softer than he was earlier. A kindness was emanating from his touch as he wrapped his arm around my waist. The familiarity in his eyes was comforting but also made my heart yearn for my friends. For what I had before.. He tightened the grip around my waist as if to bring me back to him. The park seemed to fill with a light mist and the lights changed to a ominous purple glow.
"This is me." he muttered. "Not your friend. Not some clone. I am an individual and I want you to see me for who I am. Not what everyone else wants you to see."
"Sebastian, what do--" He cut me off and spun me into a dip before I could try and decipher what he was saying.
"May I ... kiss you?" he uttered softly before dipping me lower and brushing a hand against my cheek. I was surprised but my senses didn't know how to respond... But I didn't resist. Before I could even mutter a word I felt our lips finally touch with what seemed like a whirlwind of air spinning around me.
It was by far the most vivid sensation I had felt so far in the Sims world. Warmth spread through each nerve and each bit of programming. I felt my eyes close and my body relax as I felt the strong hands that held give me support. The world around me was spinning and I staggered to find my footing. The grasp around my waist tightened to give me assurance that I was safe. I felt Sebastian pull away and the sensation and flowing air encircling us came to a soft end. I felt my body return to normal but when I opened my eyes...
"Hello again, Miss Sarah."