I agree with a lot of the sentiment that last night was
WeirdTM as realistically imaginable. From start to finish, we got a rare peak behind the curtain in real time.
But I just want to say that I don’t think this is the end of whatever is going on behind the scenes. I think this was a power play, a strategically brilliant move to embarrass and fluster Simon on TV and in the press, while simultaneously speaking to fans. It was a coordinated effort by the boys and key players around them.
I still think we’ve got a March-July window to wind things down slowly. And that will include some uncomfortable pieces for us (and for them).
But last night, the message was heard loud and clear, by Simon and by us.
Andrew doesn’t ever respond, but doesn’t block them or ask to leave the chat either
He just straight up doesn’t acknowledge the chat
Everyone in it assumes Andrew is just ignoring them in the chat and carries on, pretty much forgetting he’s even in it
At one point they decide to have a competition to see who can get the cutest picture of Neil
They give it a week and whoever sends the cutest picture by the end of Thursday gets 10 bucks each from the others
Andrew of course doesn’t acknowledge that, just like he doesn’t acknowledge anything else they send him
But he watches the pictures coming in even more than usual all week
The one of Neil smiling after Matt called him one of his best friends
The selfie Dan took of her hugging Neil with their cheeks smushed together
The one Allison secretly took from the back of Matt’s truck of Neil staring dreamily at Andrew while he’s sitting on the trunk of his car smoking
The one Renee takes of him sitting between Dan and Matt on the couch in the girls’ room, all wrapped in a blanket
The one Nicky sends of Neil standing in the kitchen, yawning and stretching, two minutes after getting up
The one Dan sends of Matt standing behind Neil, grinning as he slouches with his forearms resting across Neil’s shoulders while Neil scowls at the camera
The one Allison takes of Neil looking super confused after she purposely referenced a movie he hasn’t even heard of
Late Thursday they’re all arguing over which picture is cutest and asking how they’re supposed to pick a winner and questioning if there was any way they could convince Andrew to judge or if they should all just have to vote for one that isn’t theirs to be cutest and see what wins that way
Andrew sends a message to the group chat for the first time ever at 11:59 pm on Thursday
It’s a picture of Neil being so cute that it physically pains Andrew and he 500% wants to kill him for daring to make him feel like this
Neil’s curled up in the fetal position asleep cradled in one of the bean bag chairs and his hair is sticking out in every fucking direction and his arm’s reaching out so that he’s still holding Andrew’s hand in his sleep and there’s the faintest hint of a smile on his lips
Neil’s curled up facing where his and Andrew’s hand are intertwined, resting on the edge of the beanbag chair, because he definitely fell asleep staring at Andrew so that he wouldn’t miss one extra second of Andrew’s beautiful face
With the picture Andrew sends “I win, fuckers.”
None of them argue and Andrew doesn’t respond to the group chat again, but they know he’s watching it
Neil looks super confused when the next morning at practice Matt, Dan, Renee, Allison, and Nicky each cough up ten bucks to Andrew without even being asked
It was odd, really. He pretended that you meant nothing to him, like he’s never met you before. He gave you that warm smile, introducing himself, saying it was a pleasure to meet you. You would think that he would at least show some kind of emotion. Sadness, hurt, joy, anything. His lack of emotion was getting on your nerves.
Maybe he forgot who you were. No, no that couldn’t be it. He knew exactly who you were and what he was doing to you. The question is, why? Why is he torturing you? Did it give him some kind of sick pleasure?
Then it happened.
You didn’t expect it, at all. Your heart breaking into smaller pieces. This is my girlfriend, Megan. Megan, this is (Y/N), an old friend. An old friend? Is that all you were to him? You looked over at her, instantly regretting it. She was perfect, much skinnier than you, taller, prettier, absolutely stunning. Of course Harry would fall for someone as amazing as her and not you. You were boring, nothing unique. It hurt much more than you’d ever admit.
TFW you realize Sims 4 is almost 3 years old, and EA announces a new Sims game every 4 years, which means they’re going to be announcing Sims 5 next year, which means TS4 is almost at the end of its lifecycle, which means…
Our unexperienced party of 6 got into their first goblin battle. And literally no one managed to hit the other – both goblins and adventurers kept missing and the group failed spectacularly against 4 weak goblins.
Tiefling bard: (OOC) Screw it. I run to the closest goblin and tackle him.
DM: …okay. You literally run over the goblin and deal 4 damage. He is now prone and VERY confused.
DM: The next goblin tries to attack (our elven warlock). …aaand it’s a critical fail.
DM: The goblin tries to shoot you, but you dodge the terribly aimed arrow Matrix style. At the same time the prone goblin next to (the bard) stands up – and gets hit by the arrow. He’s dead as fuck und has no idea what he ever did to deserve this.
DM: The third goblin tries to hit (our dwarven fighter)… …… ………… ……… …….
DM: GUESS WHAT. Critical fail.
Fighter: (OOC) He is so scared that he stabs himself!
DM: NO! …oh screw it. He looks at his friend who killed his other friend, then looks at you, looks back at his friends, and then stabs himself.
DM: Yes, he commits seppuku, and therefore is the second goblin killed by its own party. You don’t even have to defeat them, they defeat themselves.
The arrow goblin who killed his friend later on had yet another critical fail – our warlock caught the arrow in his bare hands and threw it back at him, dealing a small amount of damage. The goblins and their rolls were their own worst enemy.