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Personality Type N (Lacking Sense) Part 2/2

Asher hoped that Liliana was exaggerating the severity of his offense. Regardless, until Adelise wanted him to stop, he was committed to trying to improve his relationship with her.

He pondered what he would do to try to recover from this latest incident: never mention anything related to Lavender again without careful consideration, get even more help socializing, drink coffee with Adelise every morning even though he preferred dirt to coffee, agree to build a truly simple home in Mt. Komorebi with absolutely no gold and no marble if she really wanted that, fill five walk-in safes wall-to-wall with money for her, become more physically attractive (no, he was already perfectly handsome, ten out of ten), and well—he would think of other things later.

All the same, he calculated that the odds of her eventually wanting to leave were 99.6% and felt cursed. Atrocious things were implied about his personality and how unintentionally hurtful he was (if she wanted to leave despite the above), so he was determined to at least make sure that he would not, under any circumstances, behave poorly when she broke things off. He knew he was capable of that much because being dumped was a predictable situation he could plan for.

He prepared a simple script of what to say. “Okay. That’s fine. I understand.”

Their relationship had been built on an unstable foundation of fear, desperation and hope, and as unforgiveable as implying he favored someone else was, he never wanted to do one worse and sound as though he were threatening her, so he would limit himself to those 5 words. “Okay. That’s fine. I understand.”

He could barely control his tone on the best days and would not risk saying anything else. “I can make you happy” too easily implied “I will force you to be happy” which with his powers was something he could do on a superficial level. In his home city, he had never heard of anyone like him having a genuinely happy relationship, so it was likely that he could not do what was necessary to have one either.

Adelise had agreed to marry Asher because she’d been desperate to escape her horrible family. His parents liked her because her blood had been rated “divine” and even though his family had a reputation for being evil, her parents were happy with the match because she annoyed them and his had paid them.

Now, she could not live anywhere without his consent. Her natural human life had expired and she was living as long as she was because of him. He wasn’t sure how it worked exactly and he’d heard tales of humans or similar transforming into nothing but spherical films of liquid filled with air and disappearing—whatever—he would see that she remained fine for at least as long as he was around.


The next morning, Asher found Adelise upstairs rearranging a room. Despite feeling that he should keep things serious, he smiled at the sight of her and greeted her enthusiastically with an offering of coffee.

Screenshot of Sims 4 moodlet. "Someone Special (from feeling enamored with someone nearby) Happiness swells within Asher's heart just being around a Sim he is enamored with."
Sims 4 UI dialogue box: Asher says, "I'm an extremely lucky man to be married to someone like you Adelise. Putting a ring on that finger was the best decision I ever made."

Asher: I regret some things I said yesterday. I was trying to tell you about what you may not know, but I ended up being cruel. I like red hair and black hair too.

Adelise sighed. He was obviously trying to be nice.

Adelise: I’m okay with you liking any hair color. What I want to hear is that you love me because I’ve fallen in love with you.

Asher: I love you.

He responded so easily and quickly that Adelise was slightly unsettled. It was this easy?

Adelise: Is that true?

Now, he hesitated. She winced.

Asher: I want it to be true.

Adelise: What does that mean?

Asher: I want to love you as you want to be loved, without asking you to sacrifice anything, but

Asher: I’m not sure I can become kind enough. I won’t give up trying.

She sighed. He moved uncomfortably.

Adelise: Asher, maybe we shouldn’t—I need some time to evaluate things.

Asher: Okay. That’s fine. I understand and Adelise—

He paused. He wasn’t deviating from his plan, but there was something else to say.

Asher: Liliana asked me to tell you that you’re invited to contact her if you want to go somewhere relaxing. She knows some good places.

5 Comments

  • Manny Likes Sims
    January 25, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    some quotes that made lol:

    become more physically attractive (no, he was already perfectly handsome, ten out of ten)

    he calculated the odds of her eventually wanting to leave were 99.6%

    For such a gorgeous opening shot, things are looking quite dismal… And seeing how hard Asher’s trying but not-quite-making-it-there is making it more tragic 😰

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    • Haneul
      January 26, 2023 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you for the comments! I didn’t intend for the 99.6% statement to be amusing, but I see how it’s tragically funny. Unfortunately, sometimes no matter how hard someone tries, they can’t get what they want, but Asher’s name means “lucky/blessed,” so we’ll see.

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      • Manny Likes Sims
        January 27, 2023 at 2:18 am

        I thought it was (tragically) amusing because it’s so on brand for Asher! Of *course* he would mathematically calculate the chances of her leaving, and with such precision. It’s an interesting mannerism at a sad time.

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  • Yimiki
    January 26, 2023 at 8:04 pm

    Oh, Asher. He’s listing so many things to try and improve things with Adelise but not once does he consider telling her that she’s important to him. Has he ever asked her if she is happy with him? What she needs from him? He’s aware that he’s bad with social cues but in his calculations, he’s also blocking himself from getting the information he needs in the simplest way. It’s honestly sad to read, because he really is trying hard.

    So that’s why she got married to him. That’s kind of heartbreaking, her own family giving her away to terrible vampires for money. And oh my gods, her lifespan has become attached to his? As in, if Asher were to (not even die) leave her alone for long enough, she’d simply pass away? That gigantic wealthy palace turned into a gilded cage real quick just now.

    That last conversation helps things… a little bit. He really is trying his hardest, but at some point the damage is too much to just gloss over with “we’ll try again next time”. Maybe some time apart will do them both some good… wait. How long can those two be apart, and how far apart can they be? 🤔

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    • Haneul
      January 27, 2023 at 1:28 am

      Has he ever asked her if she is happy with him? What she needs from him? He’s aware that he’s bad with social cues but in his calculations, he’s also blocking himself from getting the information he needs in the simplest way. It’s honestly sad to read, because he really is trying hard.

      Technically, I think the answer must be yes. He’s asked once or twice, surely (but no, he’s not asked enough times). Your observation is an important one and I imagine that part of his problem would be knowing when to ask the first question and with the second he is not completely clueless on what her needs are, but he may be clueless on how to meet them.

      So that’s why she got married to him. That’s kind of heartbreaking, her own family giving her away to terrible vampires for money. And oh my gods, her lifespan has become attached to his? As in, if Asher were to (not even die) leave her alone for long enough, she’d simply pass away?

      I will answer this clearly because I don’t think this is a spoiler: The idea is that “Asher’s wife” is immortal. It doesn’t really matter where she is or who she’s with. It’s not about physical distance. Asher is also quite technically minded, so he’d probably point out that that doesn’t necessarily mean only his current wife and could also maybe include his ex-wife. As for her parents giving her away to vampires for money, Asher frames it like that but Adelise doesn’t necessarily agree or at least she wouldn’t (and has not) framed it in exactly the same way.

      That last conversation helps things… a little bit. He really is trying his hardest, but at some point the damage is too much to just gloss over with “we’ll try again next time”.

      We shall see. It’s not a problem that can be fixed quickly, because he’s been trying for a while and there are still these incidents. There will likely be more, but maybe some mitigating solutions can be found so that no one ends up too hurt, but maybe not. Asher does get along pretty well with at least two people, so maybe there’s something to learn from that or some hope there, but…

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