Chapter 14: Resistance

It had been a mistake to let himself forget why he was truly here. Alice Martin was just a tool.

He made his voice clinical and distant. “In your opinion, Alice, which of these sims seems likely to make it to victory?”

“You mean, besides myself?” she said with a laugh. But Vlad didn’t laugh with her.

Her eyes widened. “Oh, you’re serious. Uh okay, kind of rude but–” she muttered under her breath.

Then she squealed. Without realizing it she had backed into another sim who was walking by. A young woman in expensive red dress and gold heels gave a cry of distress and put her hands on her hips. 

“Sorry!” Alice cringed.

The woman’s face was a mask of fury but she quickly smoothed it over when she noticed a crew member nearby. “Not to worry. I’m Jimena Lewis.”

Alice gave a nervous laugh and introduced herself. Vlad watched the exchange with interest. He could see the woman sizing Alice up, making note of all her weaknesses. He saw it in her eyes the moment she realized the perfect attack.

“You know Alice, you keep saying you’re a professional baker, one of the best and that I don’t have any chance at winning,” she said loudly. The crew member turned and motioned for a camera.

“I didn’t—”

Jimena cut her off. “But I won’t let you bully the other contestants, Alice. We all deserve to be here, even if we aren’t professionals.”

“Oh, I’m not a…” Alice trailed off when she saw Rory and the camera. Jimena flipped her hair and gave Vlad a wink.

In return, Vlad gave her a smoldering look that he didn’t mean. Jimena was exactly what he needed.

And not at all what I want. 

When had his conscience started tricking him into having second thoughts?

“Well! it looks like we’ve found our competitors!” Rory exclaimed. “And what a battle it will be!”

He placed a hand over his lapel, presumably to cover his mic, “You’ve both been invited to final auditions, by the way.”

Rory continued giving them instructions about the contest. Alice was frozen in place, but Jimena was nodding along, wearing a predator’s smile. 

“I’m so excited,” she purred, and then lowered her voice. “But what about a judge?”

Rory looked up from the notes he had been examining with the crew member. “You’re right…”

Vlad tamped down everything inside of him that wanted to stand by Alice’s side and encourage her to win the prize.

This is a mistake.

Still, he stepped forward and gave them a wicked smile. “I’ll do it.”


Credits

Emotions by SimmerBerlin

MLSC CH11 OFFICE by Princess Paranoia

Emotions 4 by SimmerBerlin

    11 comments
  • Dolly Llama
    December 9, 2019

    Hah! I’m beginning to appreciate the characters more, especially Vlad ping-ponging between throwing shade at everything, including the banners—leave the banners alone, for chrissakes—and learning what emotions are over 500 years too late. Jimena is totally the contestant who’s going to stay on the show for far too long because she causes drama.

    Is one of the women in the vests Summer Holiday?

    • feroshgirl
      December 10, 2019

      LOL it is 100% Summer Holiday. I have enough extras in this story that I’ve been raiding the premades. I like to imagine that she really enjoys her job while her roommate is fucking miserable.

      It’s been so fun to write Vlad discovering what it is to feel things and to have a desire to understand his emotions.

      Oh man, Jimena. Have I got plans for her!

  • theplumbob
    July 7, 2020

    Eeee! This was so fantastic. Making Vlad really grow on me, I’m loving his inner battle! Was that Jimena person confusing her with someone, or did she just use her as a random pawn to stir drama and secure herself a ticket? Either way, who cares, worked out in everyone’s favour!

    And Vlad will be a judge@. I did not expect that, but yay!

    • feroshgirl
      July 8, 2020

      Oh man, I can’t answer that question without spoiling things that come up later in the story. But I am glad that you are enjoying Vlad’s journey from bloodthirsty sociopath to slightly befuddled, lovesick fool.

      • theplumbob
        July 8, 2020

        Oh yes, I’m enjoying lovesick Vlad a lot!

  • Yimiki
    February 2, 2021

    I’m moving at a snail’s pace here but hey, slow and steady wins the race, right? 😁

    I’m loving Vlad in this chapter. He’s really been growing on me lately but this chapter takes the cake, I think. And lol, the plot twist of him being a judge! That owl statue is as good as his, especially if he “lets” Alice win. He won’t even have to seduce her then – she’s already smitten with him. 🤣

    • feroshgirl
      February 2, 2021

      HAHA! YES! I love when Vlad grows on people. Its a journey, though! I mean, I think no matter what role he was serving in the contest, Vlad would still find a reason to aboslutely “have” to seduce Alice.

      Umm, I’m grateful you’re creeping along at a snail’s pace! I’m trying to finish the last few chapters of Baking By Death Book One and its taking a little while! 🙂

  • Ninja Pink Sex
    September 1, 2022

    All’s fair in love and baked goods. That’s the expression anyways, right? It may have taken me far too long in the story to realize this, but both Vlad and Alice have an internal struggle. Alice’s is Ben and Vlad is his conscience. And BOTH are trying to rid themselves of *that* part of them. Interesting.

    In regards to why each of them are there, neither are fooling the other, but they’re both so sprung on each other that they’re not really digging THAT deep about the matter.

    Jimena is a twat. Got that out of the way.

    Does William have a turn on for glasses?

    “That throat would be the death of him” – I can’t help but wonder if this isn’t *just* an idiom, but rather foreshadowing.

    • feroshgirl
      September 2, 2022

      I AM WORKING BACKWARDS AND I’M SORRY.

      First off, it did not take you too long at all! Haha, I was learning a lot with this first story and full confession, this is about the part where that started coalesce for me too and I tried to make it more obvious.

      I wanted Vlad and Alice to be drawn together because of their mutual desires for the same thing—love and acceptance, I thought that would go a long way towards helping them understand each other. I mean, there’s gotta be a reason they click, right?

      You’re totally right about them not digging too deeply! Partially, this is me being tricky, partially this is me trying to be true to real life. We are all protagonists in our own stories so our goals and interests take precedence over someone else’s.

      Oof, I think you are gonna hate Jimena more before the story is done.

      Why yes, William does have a thing for glasses. His husband was a scholar. Now, I’m not going to say he’s in a death sprial of constantly trying to recreate the relationship he had with his dead scholar human husband but always pursuing men who seem nerdy but…

      Hehe. Vlad is just horny for sinking his fangs into her throat. And also, other things that will be revealed and omg stop me from spoiling!!!!

  • sirianasims
    September 26, 2022

    I love that we are slowly approaching the levels of epic flirting that makes The Strauds’ bar scene live in my head rent free. (I still hope to some day be able to write something like that.)

    Also Vlad, I can’t handle any more of these smouldering looks and wicked smiles. Staaahp. Actually, don’t. Please never stop.

    • feroshgirl
      September 27, 2022

      <3 this fills my heart omg

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