Having had his toppled ego propped back up by his ever-loving, ever-patient champion, Dianthus Wolff was feeling perfectly content with his new self.
Actually, Dia was more than content. This new hair of his was proving to be a boon. He now thought of it as a medal, or a badge — proof of all he’d been and done, a physical symbol of his achievements. Coop seemed to like it, anyway, and that had our boy feeling mighty virile.
Dia’s creative juices were flowing as well. In his mind, “Smoky Steel” (Cooper’s affectionate term for his hair color) had already morphed into a hard-boiled detective character. After bouncing some ideas off of Coop, Dia felt like he was ready to write this character into being.
An older man, but still painfully handsome, Smoky Steel’s skill at solving mysteries was unmatched. Women would fall for him hard, but he’d never give in, because his heart had been stolen long ago by a sultry Secret Agent who may still be out there, somewhere, in deep cover. He longed to see her more than anything, but he knew that trying to contact her would endanger her life, so he retained that angsty sort of edge that makes those grumpy detective types of old so compelling. As a reader, you want Smoky to love you, but you can’t help but respect his incorruptible devotion to the absent woman, too – in fact, it makes him all the more appealing!
Dia absolutely loved to write Smoky Steel novels, and they were selling like hotcakes.
With the royalties from the first two novels, the family was able to easily afford the installation of a modest swimming pool in a corner of the lot.
The girls had a lot of fun trying on swimsuits. For Easter Lily, who aspired to be Friend to the World, any opportunity to get out there and draw attention to herself was grabbed with gusto. She chose a fun yellow & white bikini with an eye-catching floppy hat.
Edelweiss went for a more sultry look with a one-piece in classic black & a pair of matching sunglasses. (I wish she’d strut her stuff too because she’s an absolute knockout, but the shower did need repairing so I suppose I shouldn’t complain.) ;D
The actual experience of “omg swimming pools” has proved a bit anticlimactic. For all the indignation over the game shipping without them, I kind of expected a life-changing cataclysm of fireworks and unicorns, with maxed everythings and simoleons falling from the sky like shooting stars. But it’s just.. you know.. a swimming pool.
Can’t really do much once you’re in there. Just swim around. Idk, man.
The gang does find swimming relaxing and at least we don’t need to worry about spontaneous drownings too much, I suppose (they haven’t hopped in there autonomously yet). But I’m thinking we might be better off just adding a pool to the Gym community lot and letting the Wolffs have some of their yard back. 🙂