The morning was here quicker than Rusty could hope. Once his living room furniture was delivered, Rusty realized he had completed his final task of the challenge. His home was now worth $50K. It was hard to believe that just under two weeks’ ago, he had come here with nothing but his wolf pack and $2,000 simoleons. Now with the house built and the challenge complete, he was free….yes free…to leave the island.But as Rusty looked around and spied Maxie chewing on a dog toy, he knew that he could not just up and leave the island without his trusty wolf pack. But, where would he go? Where could his pack be wild and free like they were here? And, in a few days, Rusty knew that some of the dogs would age to elders and that Shredder didn’t have many more days until he went to raccoon heaven. How could he just leave them? Rusty realized he could never do that. He had come to love these dogs too much and enjoyed their company.Plus, he loved living on the island. It wasn’t so inconvenient since he had the mail order company to deliver whatever he needed. And he loved that he could do anything he wanted whenever he wanted. No rules. But what about Ayaka? What about his plans with her? Even though he wanted her to, there was no room for her to move into his island house. He would just have to talk to her at dinner. He was sure she would understand. Maybe she would come up with a solution. Or maybe he would! Rusty had an idea and headed off to the dock to head back to the mainland with the mail order delivery sims.Rusty headed over to the vet clinic. He wanted to talk to Dr. Bjorn and see if he had an idea. Unfortunately, he was off today, but Johanna, one of the tech vets, told Rusty where he lived.On his way to Dr. Bjorn’s house, he saw Ayaka on her mail route and couldn’t resist a quick hug with her.Ayaka had to get going, but Rusty turned and reminded her of the dinner party tonight. Her smile said everything and Rusty knew now more than ever, that she was “the one”.Rusty headed over to visit Dr. Bjorn and was warmly invited in where he met Dr. Bjorn’s family. Rusty talked to Dr. Bjorn and Dr. Bjorn asked Rusty if he had thought of adopting out his pets? Dr. Bjorn said that there are always sims coming by the vet clinic wanting a pet, but, sadly their pet adoption board was empty. Dr. Bjorn knew a lot of sims that would give those pets a good home. In fact, Dr. Bjorn kind of had a soft spot for St. Bernards, so if Rusty was thinking of having someone adopt Aspen, Dr. Bjorn sure would love to have him. Rusty thanked Dr. Bjorn for his time and headed back to to the dock.As Rusty walked back, he thought about Dr. Bjorn’s idea. Hmmm….Rusty thought that maybe that was a good idea. Rusty would find good homes for all his pack. Well, maybe not all of them. He really didn’t think that anyone would want to adopt Shredder, the raccoon. And there was one dog that held a special place in his heart.Thunder! There he was coming to greet Rusty at the dock. Thunder loved this island, loved the swimming pond, loved everything about this place. Rusty might be able to adopt out all the other dogs, but he was too fond of Thunder.It was settled. Thunder and Shredder would stay on the island with Rusty and Ayaka. Well, that is, if Ayaka said she wanted to stay with him. Rusty kept his fingers crossed.Now that he was back, he had a lot of work to do before the dinner party tonight. Rusty had to clean the place up and get all the dogs washed. No smelly dogs tonight.
First one in the bath was Aspen, and he sure needed a bath. In turn, while each dog was bathed, the caterers came to set up.They had brought so much equipment and worked in unison to lay down a temporary floor. They had brought tables and chairs, a portable bar and some lanterns. Everything looked wonderful. He could hardly believe this was his lot!Of course, Shredder made himself right at home.Rusty gave Scotty a good brushing and Scotty’s coat really shone. Scotty was all ready for the dinner party.Maxie got special smooches and cuddles and Rusty couldn’t resist taking another photo of her.And Duke had been wanting to go on a walk all afternoon, so Rusty took the time and they headed off on a short walk.The only one left to get ready was himself. He didn’t have too many clothes, but had taken time to get a special outfit from the mail order catalog. Nothing fancy, but at least it didn’t have any rips or tears in it.Rusty lit the fireplace and thought of how tonight his life could change forever. It was almost time for everyone to arrive.So, he filled the punch bowl and set out some appetizers. He had thought about cooking the food himself, but with so many coming, he had hired some caterers. He wanted everything to be perfect.And all at once, everyone seemed to arrive. They all must have been on the same shuttle boat. He saw Ayaka leading the way.Ayaka was still in her work uniform. She told Rusty she didn’t even have time to change or else she would have missed the boat to the island. Rusty didn’t care how she had dressed, as long as she was here. And to Rusty, she looked as beautiful as ever.Rusty and Ayaka headed outside and Rusty saw that Brent was cuddling Maxie. Brent exclaimed that Maxie was just the most perfect dog, after Rosie of course, and wondered if anyone had adopted her as yet. Rusty said no, and Brent spoke up that he would adore for Maxie to become part of their family. Maxie was so playful, she would fit in so well. Rusty explained that Maxie was also a simstagram star, but that she hated swimming, and preferred bubble baths. Brent was even more ecstatic about that and said that they didn’t have a pool at their house, and Rosie was also a simstagram star. Brent said that he and Brant gave Rosie bubble baths all the time. Rusty knew that this was a good match all around.The party was now in full swing and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Even the caterer was having fun dancing. What a hoot!And in the kitchen, since the caterer was out partying, that meant all that tasty food was left unattended. Uh oh! But, not for long. Shredder is having a taco feast. For Shredder, everyday was Taco Tuesday!Outside, Rusty asked Ayaka to dance, and there were already so many on the dance floor. Some of the guests, like Nancy Landgraab, had even brought their swim suits and had taken a dip in his swimming pond.They weren’t the only ones. It looks like Fifi was cooling off in the pond as well.
Oh yes, Fifi. That reminded Rusty that Jacques Villareal had come to talk to him earlier. It seems that Jacques had gotten a call from Dr. Bjorn and when he saw Fifi, he said he would love to adopt her. He had always loved the name, and it was a French name, so it was meant to be. Fifi, as well, had taken to Jacques, especially when he called her “Fifi, cherie” and fed her some tasty morsels from his plate. He had a lot of room in his house and she would be very spoiled.Nancy Landgraab had also gotten a call from Dr. Bjorn about the pet adoptions. Nancy already knew which dog she wanted to adopt. This dog had sophistication and was a purebred. Plus, there was no doubt that this dog was the best dressed dog here. Scotty, oh yes, Scotty. This dog certainly had the breeding and looked like he could fit quite well into their home. Who couldn’t love a dog in a tux?However, earlier in the evening, she saw Geoffrey, with that bloodhound, Duke, and thought that maybe he was keen on that dog. Well, it might work. Geoffrey was already talking about taking Duke to work with him. As a Lead Detective, Geoffrey knew that Duke would be a valued addition to the force. The dog was a sleuth, afterall. Well, they could have two dogs. At least Duke was house trained.This was certainly a night for celebrating. There was even some cake! Rusty called everyone to enjoy a piece.Ooohhh…yes, a big slice. Yum!The party was drawing to a close and sims were thanking him and heading down to the dock for the shuttle boat. Rusty had talked to a lot of sims and it looked like all the dogs were able to be adopted out to good homes.
Rusty needed to thank Dr. Bjorn for all his help. Unfortunately, Dr. Bjorn was working at the vet clinic tonight and wasn’t able to attend, but Rusty would see him again. Dr. Bjorn was a true friend.Rusty had a lot of requests for Thunder. Thunder proved to be a popular request for a pet adoption. He even had a request from as far away as Selvadorada from a sim named Fox Fever Dr. Bjorn had met Fox in Windenburg at the local pub where Fox had told tales from one of Fox’s chartered jungle expeditions. But, no, Rusty was not adopting out Thunder, even to a famed explorer like Fox Fever. [Photo credit: LegacySims2017]He caught Ayaka’s eye and took a deep breath. It was now or never. Rusty asked Ayaka to stay behind. He had something he wanted to talk to her about. She looked into his eyes and readily agreed.Rusty fumbled in his back pocket and got down on one knee. He pulled out the ring and asked Ayaka to marry him. He held his breath for her answer.But he didn’t have to wait very long. Ayaka was awe struck and could hardly believe it. She said yes. In fact, she said yes three times. Rusty was so happy.Ayaka was overjoyed and lept into Rusty’s arms.Rusty told Ayaka that he was so happy that he had found her. He told her of his plans to find good homes for all of the pack and Ayaka was astounded that he would do that for her. She was so happy they were keeping Thunder, and she even liked Shredder now that he wasn’t clawing at her leg.
Rusty whispered in her ear that he wanted to take her somewhere special. He took her hand and led her out the door.She wondered where they were going, but then she knew. The lighthouse. Rusty wanted to go up to the lighthouse with her. They were both so excited and giddy that they practically ran up the pathway.Rusty had wanted to go to the top of the lighthouse from the first day he was here. Now he was going to share this special moment with Ayaka.The view from the top was spectacular. But not as spectacular as the face of the woman he loved. Love was in the air tonight. Rusty would never forget his wolf pack, but he felt lucky to have found someone to start his own “pack” with.
But that is a story for another day…
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Thank you to everyone for reading and commenting on Rusty’s journey in the Wolf Pack Challenge. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure he would make it, but he did, and Shredder is still alive and well. Kudos to Shredder for collecting all those feathers. That really raked in the simoleons.
Rusty finished the challenge with $7,617 simoleons. He also had some feathers in his inventory, as well as 2 bird statues and some frogs. He maxed the Pet Training skill, Level 4 in Charisma and Gardening, Level 3 in Cooking, Comedy and Veterinarian, Level 2 in Photography, and Level 1 in Dancing, Fishing, Gourmet Cooking, Logic and Video Gaming. He was at level 3 of Friend of the Animals Aspiration.
Since Thunder has the adventure trait and this is the dog that Rusty would be keeping (along with Shredder, the raccoon), I wanted Thunder to be a sought after dog for the pet adoption. And who better than to want an adventure dog, but an adventurer himself? Have fun reading about Fox Fever’s adventures in Jungle Ruin: A Sims 4 I.S.B.I Mini Series by LegacySims2017.Farewell to the Wolf Pack. From left to right. Maxie (asleep), Scotty (I think he is lapping up that water), Shredder (looking to chase those birds again), Aspen (enjoying being a couch potato), Thunder (He and Rusty will discover the mysteries of the lighthouse together), Fifi (there were hearts around her, maybe she will find a dog to love) and Duke (ready for another walk, this dog loves to go on walks).Umm…..Rusty….I think Ayaka may have something to tell you…!!!