(For some previous SSU-related Neighborhood One stories, see for instance Gina Raptor's College Years, Unsticking Jennifer, The Bright Household, Sleeping Through College, Taylor and Candice, Randy and Regina, etc, etc.)
As we saw previously, George McCarthy (long-time Neighborhood One cashier) arrived at SSU with Sophie Miguel; but she hated the dorm and moved out first chance she got, going to live with her teenhood boyfriend Zachary Langerak.
George found dorm life much more bearable than Sophie had.
He kept up with his studies and still had plenty of time to meet people.
George turns out to be quite the gallant gentleman.
George also found himself missing the old neighborhood. On a whim one afternoon he called up some friends and acquaintances to chat. One of them was very friendly, and he found himself inviting her to visit the dorm.
When it was time to go, Eleanor bade him an exceptionally fond farewell.
At the same time, Sheila continued to hang around the dorm, and sometimes George would call and invite her over. One romantic twilight, up in the little game room on the roof of the dorm...
But Eleanor was also a frequent visitor. She was so urbane, so much more polished than Sheila.
Before long, it happened.
She even did an assignment for him.
One bright SimSeason day, George invited Sheila out to a local park.
"She's really into me."
Because Eleanor was very much still around, and still excitingly aggressive.
Eleanor persued George relentlessly. One day she invited him to her place, and as soon as he was inside she ripped off her clothes and threw him onto the bed.
Not that he was actually resisting.
Hanging around there had a lot going for it: Eleanor, wealth, constant parties, Eleanor...
After that first time between the sheets, though, George thought he sensed a change in her. She was still tender and amorous...
But her eyes would slide past him, and even when they were kissing she sometimes seemed far away.
In his other life, George also continued courting Sheila (and, impressively, keeping up his grades). One night on a friendly outing...
It got serious enough that he phoned quickly back to the dorm for an emergency double-bed installation.
With the common (but always unique) result.
What to do? George isn't really a two-gal guy (that sounds expensive, if nothing else), but...
As it turned out, no hard decision was required of George. A lack of new invitations to her place, and stories filtering back to him from the neighborhood, made it clear that Eleanor had Moved On.
George just shook his head. It made things easier, really.
And although there are things about Sheila that remind him (disturbingly or delightfully) of Eleanor (in fact she's Romance, too; poor George!) on the whole he's very happy.
And just as things were settling down perhaps a bit too much, a new face appeared in the dorm.
Will Sheila's aspiration come between her and George? Will Gabriel enjoy the dorm more than Sophie did? Will George have time to show him the ropes, while still keeping up his grades and keeping Sheila sated? Will he find some decent clothes before being permanently traumatized? Many more pictures no doubt to come in later weeks!