"Oh my gosh, wait until the kids see this. I suppose we should wait until tomorrow to let them know, otherwise they'll be all over them," I suggest. Luke nods in agreement.
"Then we should find homes for them right away," he adds. Unfortunately, I know him all too well and I can't help but notice how attached he seems to be to the kittens. Even tough guys crack sometimes, I suppose.
"This one looks just like Prism," Izzi exclaims.
"I wanna train this one to kill bugs," Ash thinks aloud.
[Yes! I finally got default skin for Calista. I'm just trying this out to see if I like it or not.]
Quickly, I call Luke who helps me to round the cats up. We put them in the nursery until only two are left roaming around the house. I leave out Illusion because he's very calm and the perfect kitten for Laura to meet. Prism is nowhere to be seen so I just brush the thought of him off.
Of course, right when Laura starts to calm down, she panics again.
"Shhh, Laura, it's okay," I console her like a child. She lays her purple head on my shoulder as I wrap my arms around her. I grab Prism and just barely manage to put him into the nursery without the other cats escaping or pinching any paws in the door.
"Okay, it's clear Laura."
She nods, silently, still traumatized by the whole ordeal. This is not going well.
"What's that noise?" She crinkles her brow.
"He's purring. He loves to be held and petted," I explain.
"Come here and pet him, he's very friendly," I coax her like a puppy. She stands there and fiddles with her fingers, picking at her nails.
Tentatively, she walks over to me and reaches her hand out slightly. She takes a deep breath and reaches even closer. Almost touching my hand which is petting Illusion.
"You can do it," I whisper.
"Oh god, he's not hissing!" She realizes with wonder.
I set Illusion down and Laura lets him sniff her hand. Then she picks up the little kitten and pets his head.
"I think I'm ready for the big cat," she says.
"Seriously? Okay!" I agree.
Before she leaves, she gives a big good-bye hug to Prism.
"Bye bye sweetie pie," she coos before handing him to me.
"Laura, you're one of my best friends, I can't help but help you out," I say. Then we hug, squishing Prism in between us. He yelps and jumps out of my arms and Laura doesn't even flinch.
"Grumpy guy, isn't he?" We both laugh and then she walks out to her car and drives away, waving as she leaves.
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Thanks to Izzi for helping me name Brite and Tapestry and for Amanda for letting me have her sim, Laura Johanson, in my game. I enjoyed curing her phobia (and I do realize that phobias in real life are not so easily cured).