In case you missed my FIRST POST about the royal family, get all caught up so you know who the players are this time!
I wasn’t even nervous.
Tying my honey blonde hair back into a pony tail and checking my make-up in the mirror, it occurred to me that I should probably be nervous. It was my first date, after all.
I was wearing a cute black miniskirt with a cranberry drape-neck top. I wondered what Phillip would wear.
When his family’s driver pulled up outside the house, that’s when I got nervous. I couldn’t stop smiling, my stomach fluttering as I made my way out of the house.
There he stood, just outside the car door. Phillip was such a handsome guy–tall and lean with broad shoulders and a narrow waist. His black hair was pulled back into a sleek pony tail, and he had a square jaw that would make Superman himself jealous. His chin had this adorable dimple, and he had high cheek bones. His best feature, though, had to be his amazing blue eyes.
I sighed a little when he smiled at me.
Yep, I could do a lot worse.
Lady Jeanette Whitely begins writing the story of her failed affair with Prince Phillip, even if she knows she can never actually publish it. The disappointment of her intended husband falling for someone else has left her a touch sad, and there aren’t a lot of other eligible men around. Despite her intellect, Jeanette aspired to have a successful lineage, and no doubt marrying Phillip would have meant a tremendously successful lineage–even if the “evil” trait seems to run in the royal family.
Attempting to move on, Jeanette throws herself into volunteering for a charity function that Lady Selina Covington is hosting. Her younger brother, Lord Stephen, tries to cheer her up the morning of the event.
“I just don’t feel like spending all day with Selina and Phillip, watching them make goo-goo eyes at one another,” she confides.
“Maybe she’ll wear a really ugly dress, and he’ll check out all the other girls when her back is turned.”
Jeanette laughs and tells him he’s terrible, but feels better nonetheless.
“Oh good, Jeanette and Stephen will both be there,” Selina tells Phillip when she gets the message from Stephen.
“Stephen, huh? Are you on first name basis?” he teases.
Selina rolls her eyes indulgently. “Don’t be ridiculous. I’ve only met him once, and you’re too handsome and wonderful to be jealous.”
“That’s true, I am pretty wonderful,” he says lightly.
“Is that what you’re going to wear?” Phillip asks, lifting an eyebrow when she comes down.
Glancing down uncertainly, she says, “Well, I was planning to… don’t you like it?”
“No, no, it’s fine… but my mother hates red.”
It’s the evening of the fundraiser and everyone who’s anyone is there! Lady Selina pauses to snap a selfie with her new fast-friend, Lady Marcella Rochester.
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Marcella snaps a selfie, and after posting it to all her social media accounts so everyone knows where she is, she sends a sexier one to Prince Phillip.
Lady Jeanette opens up the fundraiser while everyone is shuffling around, getting back to their seats.
“I want to thank each and every one of you for coming out tonight. As I’m sure you know, Children Without Violins is a very worthy cause that is close to all of our hearts. These days, it seems childhood flies right by. One minute they’re babies, cooing in their bassinets, and the next moment–boom!–they’re off to school! Not literally, of course,” she says, laughing. “That would be crazy!”
The members of the audience chuckle, as if it’s a private joke of some sort.
“But seriously, thank you for your support. Because of you good people, we’re working to make sure that no child is without a violin!”
“Now, if you want to talk about good people… they really don’t get much better than our hostess tonight, my good, good friend, Lady Selina Covington!”
More applause, and Lady Selina stands and makes her way toward the stage.
Impulsively, while Selina approaches, Jeanette adds, “We’ve been through so much together. And she does so much good, I just really…really admire her, y’know? Even if you did steal my date and make him your boyfriend.” She laughs a little too cheerfully. “No, you know I’m just kidding. I love you, girl!”
“Here she is, ladies and gentlemen!”
Selina forces a smile as she takes the stage. “Thank you for that…hilarious introduction,” she says, smile-glaring at Jeanette.
The function is a success, and Lord Stephen attempts to charm Princess Macy, but while she appreciates his sense of humor, she doesn’t seem to see him in a romantic light.
After the fundraiser, Lady Selina heads home since she has brunch with the queen the following morning, but Phillip heads out to an after party. When she questions the need for an afterparty after a…party, Phillip merely stares at her.
Lady Marcella finds her way to him during the after party, asking if he liked the picture she sent him. He says he did, and initially begins to harmlessly flirt, but when her hand skates across his thigh, he realizes maybe it isn’t so harmless and lets her know he has a girlfriend.
“I know,” she says, smiling.
He moves away from her and manages to lose her until it’s time to leave, and she tags along with his crowd back to the castle for some Pop-tarts and 60 year old wine.
Everyone else eventually disperses, but Marcella is the last to leave. She continues to come onto Prince Phillip, and he eventually has to ask her to leave.
Over the next couple of months, things go really well. A full week before her birthday, Phillip surprises Selina with a rose and a pair of diamond earrings.
“I’m not sure if I’m going to be back in town to help out with the party, but I’ll definitely be back for your party,” he tells her.
The prince is going to Europe on vacation with his family, and despite her many hints about how lucky he was and how jealous she was that he was going to Europe, she is not invited along.
She knows Phillip would want her there, but Lacey probably told him he couldn’t invite her. For some reason, the queen just didn’t seem to like her, no matter how hard she tried.
When Jeanette is over visiting Selina, she meets her younger brother, Cruz. Cruz is not a lord, since he is the result of their mother’s affair with a commoner, but he is pretty cute, and he follows Jeanette around like a puppy dog. It’s cute, but he’s also way too young for her to take seriously.
Their brother and the Covington heir, Lord Richard, on the other hand…
Jeanette thinks he’s kind of cute, and he’s about the only other titled guy around she has a shot with, so she goes over to his house one evening and makes her famous ‘okay salad’ to wow him with her mediocre cooking abilities.
She can’t tell if he likes her or not by the time she leaves, but makes a note to stop by to visit Selina on occasion, even if she does occasionally hate her.
But when Jeanette overhears Selina and Phillip talking after dinner, it gives her pause.
“No, really, I have some great ideas for improving the military,” Selina says.
Laughing, Phillip says, “Babe, come on. You don’t know anything about the military.”
“Well, that’s not exactly true. I actually studied–”
“Babe, you’re so adorable. Why don’t you tell your mom about that party my mom invited you to? You should probably buy a new dress or something.”
Serina’s lips thin for a moment, but then she nods and pastes a smile on, turning to tell her mother about the party with a convincing attempt at cheerfulness.
Meanwhile, Jeanette realizes she might not have been as happy with Phillip as she always imagined.
It’s finally the night of her 18th birthday party and Selina is so excited!
Her family ordered her favorite strawberry/vanilla bean cake and all the guests are there–everybody except for Phillip.
Fashionably late was expected, but after waiting for him for an hour and a half, she finally calls him and asks if he’s almost there.
“Babe, I’m so sorry. I’m not gonna make it.”
“Seriously? You promised.”
“I know, I know, but it’s not gonna happen. I’m in Paris still! I’m having a great time. I’m thinking of you.”
“Gee, thanks. It might have been nice if you would have let me know earlier. I’ve made everybody wait for you, the frosting on my cake is melting, half of the balloons have deflated–”
“I’m gonna make it up to you,” he interrupts smoothly. “I promise.”
“Yeah?” she asks, still sulking a bit.
“Yeah. I had an appointment with my Paris jeweler earlier today….”
“Oh yeah?” she asks, a tiny small starting.
“Yeah. I thought it might be nice to add to the collection of royal jewels… something nice for your 18th birthday.”
She shakes her head indulgently. “Well, it won’t be as good as having you here,” she insists.
“I’ll make sure it is,” he promises.
Selina makes the best of it, and when it’s time for Phillip’s party two weeks later, everyone is in attendance.
Phillip runs into Jeanette halfway through the party, after a little too much punch, and she is none too pleased to see him.
“Why are you in such a bad mood?” he asks casually.
“Are you kidding me?” she snaps, but doesn’t elaborate since his baby sister Kylie just came in. “You’ve got to be kidding.”
“All right, sorry I asked,” he replies, ducking out of the kitchen.
Younger brother Prince Gabriel leads the way on the birthday song with Marcella lingering nearby, Jeanette glaring at him over a cup of punch, and Selina eying his birthday cake a bit resentfully.
“To another great year!” he shouts, before blowing out the candles.
* In the event that you saw items that made you go, “HEY! I don’t have that in MY game!” I don’t have it in my game either, I Photoshopped it in ’cause I felt like it. 🙂 (The Sims 4 party planning decor leaves much to be desired, and you will see more of that at weddings.)