Winter, Week 2, Year 4
With heavy snow around Beckwell, Damien enjoyed expressing himself in his back garden. It was good for an aspiring actor to kick back and relax every so often.
He was on full alert when Petra arrived to help him decorate the Christmas tree. The temperatures had dropped drastically and a blizzard was predicted for later that day, so it seemed a good idea to get an early start.
“Popcorn and cranberries?” Petra asked as she helped Damien string the decorations around the tree.
“What’s wrong with that?” he asked defensively. “A lot of families do this. It stems from the German tradition of decorating the tree with fruit.”
“I didn’t know that,” Petra replied, laughing.
Damien invited Petra to join him out the back for ice skating and hot chocolate. He wanted to work on a romantic scene he was experimenting with but unfortunately, she didn’t stay. He did, however, find a willing volunteer in Leslie!
“Merry Christmas, Petra,” Damien said as he kissed her under the mistletoe. “I hope you like the present I got you.”
He led her into the lounge to start opening their gifts to each other.
“A romance novel? I love it!” she exclaimed. “Thank you, Damien.”
Petra’s presents to Damien were definitely less than inspiring. He wasn’t particularly thrilled by any of them but he didn’t want to seem ungrateful. Smiling politely, he invited Petra to stay the night. After all, he wanted to get something good out of the day!
At least the night was better than the day. Damien wondered if it might be time to make things official with Petra? They’d been seeing each other casually since the spring.
He threw a Boxing Day party to bring all his friends together for the day. It turned out to be a lot of fun and he and Jared tried out their new handshake.
With the New Year fast approaching, he decided it really was time to make things official with Petra. So he set himself the resolution to ask her to, officially, be his girlfriend at his New Years Eve party that night.
During the day, he maxed out his acting skill! It was time to sign up to an agency because he was going to be a proper actor at last!
The party was starting well and was a big success so far. As midnight started creeping closer, Damien took Petra aside to talk to her about becoming an exclusive couple…
…and she agreed! Damien had fulfilled his resolution and he and Petra were officially a couple.
Happy New Year!
Damien achieved level 10 Acting, so he unlocked a spot in the Actor career.
Up next: Nick Bradbury!