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Chapter 4.19 I Am…the Grand Master!

Warning: Swearing.

I was so excited I could barely think properly. My 15th match was bound to happen and I just knew I was going to win it (although I took another longer break before I got back into martial arts), but a little fear of failure was left at the back of my mind and I desperately tried to ignore it. It wasn’t like I would fuck everything up if I lost, right? Okay, it was exactly how it was. Funny…

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A guy called Lee Yao walked up to me and pulled out a violet fan. I tried to tell to tell him how funny it looked, but he didn’t understand Simlish. Or maybe just didn’t listen. Whatever.

Everything worked out as well as it could, although I almost died out of laughter when I realized he had socks on as well. Seriously, what’s wrong with these guys? I was wondering whether Li Yuan lent him those, but nope, the smell was too nice for them to be his.

I let out a sigh of relief. Four more to go. I could do this. You can do this, Sam. You can do this.

My next opponent was Lin Hua. Again. I can’t say I was very surprised when I saw her. After so many other times sparring with her before, I was relaxed and self-confident. I had already known all her weak points and how to make use of them. I won.

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Delighted, I threw my hand in the air. I was almost there, almost the champion, the winner, I almost had everything I wanted. Almost. Lin Yua stared bluffly at me as she was leaving. Jealous much? Or maybe she had dreams of finally winning with me? Well…in her dreams!

I breathed slowly, waiting for my next sparring partner to show up. Oh, Shen, we haven’t seen each other for a while. You’re in for a little game with me? He glared at me right after bowing.

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“This time will be your last, Pink Shirt,” he said through gritted teeth. I smiled at his funny accent.

“I don’t think so, homophobic ass,” I replied as we began the sparring.

I won once again. I wiped my forehead and realized my whole body was wet from the sweat. Was it because of making physical effort or rather because my penultimate fight was bound to happen? Probably a fine mixture of both.

I nodded at the woman as I saw Sima Zhi walking in my direction. This wasn’t going to be as bad as I thought. I bit my lip as I noticed the black belt around her hips. Fuck it, it’s not like these belts meant anything. She and her fat ass sucked and I knew it. And soon enough I would prove it to her.

So, that was it. I won exactly nineteen sparrings in a row throughout the last 11 years I spent in China practicing, working hard and doing everything I could to ace every and each one of those ranked sparring matches. And now I was frightened as hell when I realized there was only one opponent left for me.

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The Grand Master Deng Wang, the skillful man who managed to win 20 ranked matches in a row and now could be proud of the title. I felt my heart beating in my chest at such a fast pace that I could well have been some fucking rabbit and not a man. What was wrong with me? I couldn’t chicken out. Not now. I gulped my saliva and looked the man straight in the eyes. He didn’t look scary. In fact there was something oddly reassuring about him. I just didn’t understand why in the world he put on the white belt when everyone knew of his rank. I was a bit confused, to be honest.

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It was a very important match for me, most important of them all. If I was able to beat Deng, I would be the next Great Master and prove myself worthy in the eyes of the whole China. Below I will attach you a little video where you can see how quick and yet full of twists and turns was my fight with Deng.

As we bowed, we both knew it was a legendary moment, time for Deng to pass on his metaphorical crown and the title along with it. Because of the fact that I, Samien Robinson, managed to fight my last opponent and earned myself the title. It still didn’t come to me in its fullest as I tried to ensure myself that it really was the end. I was ripped off of my thoughts by the sound of Deng Wang clapping his hands.

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“Congratulations, you made it,” he said and there wasn’t a tang of wrath in his tone. His congratulation was sincere and I found it surprising.

“Thank you,” I said, grinning widely. I FUCKING MADE IT, RIGHT?!

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I stood on the sort of a “scene”, not sure how to call it, along with some reporter and Deng Wang. Bright reflectors shone me right in the eyes and I was wondering why the fuck the people here thought they needed that much light IN THE DAYLIGHT. Were they fucking insane? I could barely see anything. Maybe the people who gathered for the celebration saw more than me, though.

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Suddenly it all began. I regained my posture, trying to make anything out of the reporter’s words. All I could understand was “Samien Robinson” (said very weirdly) and “Deng Wang”, which I learned I pronounced quite differently to them. Not that I cared, though. Finally the man stopped talking and an interpreter standing beneath us next to the scene started translating his words to Simlish. Nice of them to have thought of me.

“Welcome to the special ceremony, in which we are going to pass on the martial arts Grand Master title from our latest master Deng Wang to the new master, Samien Robinson. He’s a foreigner and spent the last 11 years of his life working hard to earn the title. We are pleased to see that a foreigner managed to master our favorite sport.”

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I sent some kisses to the audience, while the reporter was readying himself for another speech and Deng Wang seemed like he wanted to get it done with as soon as possible. It sounded so fake, but I was still proud of myself. The presenter started talking shit again and when the reflector stopped shining me in the eyes for a moment, I spotted Adaeze sending me her dissatisfied look.

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I realized that from now for sure she’d for sure never be satisfied. I was her last hope. I sent her a smile in return. See, Adaeze, it’s not your work, it’s mine.

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For the biggest part of the celebration the presenter talked and talked and talked about the history of martial arts. The interpreter was relentless and kept on translating. I thought I’d fall sleep right there. People there must have heard this story a million of times, but they still seemed quite attentive. Were they brainwashed or something?

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Anyway, when I closed my eyes and almost took a nap there, I suddenly realized that the presenter was looking at me with a gift in his hands.

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I heard the interpreter saying that I now needed to get changed for I was given a new martial arts uniform. This sounded interesting.

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I turned to the audience and thanked for the gift, wondering how the hell they folded the uniform to fit it in the rather small box. Oh, whatever, I was going to see how in a while. I turned to leave the scene and headed to the room behind us to get changed.

When I came back, everyone was cheering and checking out my brand new black-yellow uniform. I have to admit it was rather stylish, but not as fancy as I thought it’d be.

“Thank you, Samien. And now it’s time for you to perform a traditional bow in front of everyone present as a symbolic gesture of giving away the title,” announced the interpreter, so I approached Deng and performed the “traditional bow”, which, to me, wasn’t any different than a normal bow.

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In the end I showed off the traditional martial arts movements and observed the crowd with pride. Adaeze avoided my gaze, looking to the side, and apparently desperately wanting to be somewhere else. I imagined she was silently nagging Biyu, who seemed to rather enjoy the celebration, to go home.

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Anyway, soon enough it really was time to go to our houses and when I say houses I really mean it, because I gained a huge amount of money and a certificate of partnership along with my new uniform and was finally able to buy myself a real house in China and leave this damn base camp. I was the king there, the most famous persona everyone looked up to. I was so respected that no Shen or Adaeze could make fun of me anymore.

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The house I chose was the farthest from the town center I could get. You know, I liked fame, but I wanted solitude at times, too. Plus I got too used to living far from people because of my previous house on the swamps of Twinbrook. Of course these could not be compared with how fancy this one was. Do they even have ugly houses in China?

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I finally got what I wanted. I must say I hadn’t felt that satisfied before in all my 35 years of age. Surprisingly, I didn’t even feel old, not at all different to my 24-year-old self who arrived in China eleven years before earning the title.

It is fine. Everything is fine. Now that I have so much time on my hands and I can properly think about other things that are not martial arts-connected, it’s new phase of my life, a happier, less stressful one…

I need a love triangle, alcohol and a thousand packs of cigarettes.

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Fuck.

Note: Hope you enjoyed Sam’s adventure with martial arts. Fortunately, this is the last time we hear about these bloody martial arts. Are you tired of them yet? Well, anyway, the music used in the video of Sam’s last sparring can be found here. Game sounds were recorded in such a crappy way I decided to put some Chinese music from the WA EP there instead. And I’m sorry but I messed up while changing Deng’s outfit and he wears the white belt instead of black, but he really is level 9. Here on the bottom are some bloopers from this chapter.

44 thoughts on “Chapter 4.19 I Am…the Grand Master!”

  1. I would congratulate Sam right now if he were a normal human. hahaha Either way, he wouldn’t care one iota if I congratulated him or not, so I don’t feel too bad. LOLOL

    Adaeze is so pretty! Sam really doesn’t even know what he’s lost.

    And the ending made me laugh. Of course, he can’t stand a serene life. He needs people and situations to control! LOL 😀

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    1. You are right, he probably wouldn’t care anyway, LOL. Don’t feel bad, Sam is not worth feeling bad about.
      Well, Adaeze wouldn’t want him anyway and not even because he’s a jerk, but because she has Biyu and doesn’t care about men. But yeah, he could have had a great friend in her if he’d been kind.
      “More people and situations to control, please! My life is lacking!” Lol.
      You have no idea how it is with Sam being a normal human. I wrote the epilogue yesterday and I kept telling myself that I wouldn’t ever think something like that, and I just had to compose myself: “it’s just Sam, it’s just Sam”. Hahahaha.

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  2. Oh Sam, Adaeze had nothing to do with your success, is that right? Underneath it all he’s just the same mean arrogant person he was when he first arrived in China, the only extra is a shiny new uniform and title. No personal growth, nothing! And now that this is all over, he has the same needs, the same urges as before: sex, cigarettes and alcohol..! *facepalm*
    Will there be a time jump in the next chapter? Because if Hannah is 17 and we see her, it will have to be a little later, right? I wonder the state Sam is going to be in then… but I doubt he’ll be honouring his Grand Master title! 🤔
    Can’t wait for what’s next!

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    1. I don’t think even Sam believes Adaeze had nothing to do with his success. He would lose so long ago if it wasn’t for her advice!
      He is the same person. That’s exactly my stative character. He doesn’t go through any personality development and I sort of think that this is what makes him unique. Wouldn’t it be boring if he just changed himself for a woman or a man? I wouldn’t believe it, not with Sam.
      Sex, cigarettes and alcohol, all that Sam needs to be happy! Uh…or is he ever happy?
      Yes, a little time jump. Sam is 39 when he meets a 17 year old Hannah. She was born when he was 22. Uh…the state of him isn’t great in the beginnig of the next chapter.
      I hope you will enjoy it! I have scheduled everything until the Epilogue and have not yet decided on doing another bonus (not Hannah this time), but I may work on it 🙂

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      1. Of course! You did an excellent job portraying him! 🙂 You’re so right that only him would stay the same after all this, and with his messed up character, that’s the only way his story could go.
        Man, I knew he would be a mess… the only reason for feeling kind of happy was because he had a goal that prevented him from looking inside his ugly unsatisfied self – now he has nothing.
        I’m sure I’ll enjoy very much! Looking forward actually to what’s in store for him! 😀

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      2. Thank you so much! I love to hate Sam, it’s true that I feel very connected to him depsite all his obvious flaws. He’s messed up, but that’s not all his fault, he just is unable to feel empathy and that destroys him…In that, he’s truly tragic, so I guess fits perfectly into my tragic story.
        Yes, he was so focused on martial arts that it helped him forget about everything else for a while. But it couldn’t last forever. It takes serious discipline and devotion to win the title, though, and in that it’s kind of admirable what he did (even though he’s such an unhappy, awful person).
        Thank you for talking about the years, too. I tend to mess it up, because I always think that Hailey’s age=Sam’s stay in China, but he actually left for China when she was two years old. So he was there 11 years, not 13, haha.
        You may be surprised as to what causes Sam to feel depressed in the next chapter. It’s not even alcohol, sex and cigarettes anymore.

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      3. Yes, he is tragic, you’re right… I guess in a way he can’t do anything to fix his damaged self because for one thing, he doesn’t believe he’s damaged!
        Wow, now I’m even more intrigued..! Can it be next Saturday already? Lol!

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      4. No, as is very apparent in his last chapters, he believes that everyone else should change their way of thinking, not him. But I will not say anything else or I may accidentally spoil a thing.
        Yes, next Saturday, last chapter before the whole big drama! And we get to see Hailey 😀

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  3. Lol at the socks in the beginning again XD
    Well this journey was interesting to say the least, despite Sam’s personality, I found myself kind of routing for him at the end, just because he’s dedicated so many years to this (even though seeing him react to losing would’ve been interesting as well, haha)
    Poor Adaeze, she deserved better *sigh* Sam really doesn’t know how to appreciate people. I wonder how he’s going to take to having all this free time on his hands now, he seems to be the type that needs to obsessing over something…
    Yay! Next chapter is the one I was looking forward to, I wonder how their reunion is going to go down. Great chapter 🙂

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    1. These socks always crack me up! EA didn’t know what they were doing when they gave these poor townies socks that were later transferred to their martial arts uniforms XD
      I am so glad you liked the journey. Myself, I breathed a deep sigh of relief as I no longer had to take shots of Sam doing martial arts in different colored uniforms. I think I’ve already taken pictures of every martial arts animation out there (and some a lot more than one time)!
      Adaeze…She should have won the title, if only her grandmother died a while later :/ He has no idea how to appreciate people, because he only appreciates himself (although there are not many reasons to appreciate him, he always seems to find them). Obsessing over something…that’s what gives his life a purpose!
      Yes, it’s the one you’ve been looking forward to. Hope it doesn’t disappoint. It has quite the twist at the end…

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  4. I liked the sparring video- I don’t have WA so that was interesting to watch!
    Oh man, even Sam felt that he hadn’t changed throughout those many years. Once again, he’s living alone with no purpose, just now with a nicer house and more money. I would feel sorry for him if he wasn’t still that arrogant, horrible character. It really seems that he will never change.
    Great chapter!

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    1. I’m glad you liked it. Well, I’ve had enough of sparring animations when taking photos for so many of Sam’s chapters. I thought that for the final sparring I would make a video instead, so there’s something new.
      No, he hasn’t changed at all. And it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for Sam, because he is so destructive to himself and others. It’s horrible to watch him ruining everything in his life. Seems like he will never grow out of his ways.
      Thank you so much.

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  5. Looks like, despite his accomplishments, Sam is going to have trouble letting go of his demons. It’s kind of sad, really. Perhaps, he should continue training. It kept his mind of these things in the past.

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  6. I guess I am proud of Sam, but I am not surprised. He has always done everything that he has set his mind to. He is for sure the most determined sim that I have ever known.
    And when he should be at his happiest he is still miserable. All of the demons that he has been suppressing for so long have finally come back.

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  7. Oh Sam. You’re the most popular guy in all of China, but you’re still a dummy face 😛 And it looks like his issues are coming back because he didn’t actually solve anything but just distract himself. *Sigh*
    This was great as usual. I liked the little sparring video – a nice change from the usual. You do many cool different things with your story. Now I’m just looking forward to when his daughter makes it there.

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    1. Lol, Sam won’t stop being a dummy face, will he? 😛
      Yes, it was just a mere distraction, unfortunately.
      I’m glad you liked the video and other extras I do in my story. I thought it’d be fun to do something different for the final sparring. Yes, we will soon find out.

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  8. Sparring socks! It must be a thing… 😛 Maybe like support for ankles or something while sparring?
    So I of course know Sam is going to win, but for a moment I wonder how he would react if he didn’t? Would he double down and try again or throw all his toys out his pram?
    Ah-ha, so Adaeze is there! Man I’d be so bitter if I was her so I can’t blame her for glaring.
    Aaah, and now I realise my question should have been, what will he do once he does have the title? He really does need something to drive him – usually revolving around proving things to himself/other people (he really seems to believe other people’s opinions don’t matter to him, which is endlessly amusing). So now back to the bad lifestyle I suppose? What will his daughter find…

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    1. Yeah, I guess EA just didn’t think when they gave all the Sims the socks to wear for everydady and they started wearing them for martial arts. Or maybe their feet felt cold?
      Uh…double try would’ve been so difficult since he needed to win 20 sparrings in a row. But I guess he’d be so disappointed he’d come back to Twinbrook to live his messed up life again.
      Yes, she was very bitter, I felt sorry for her. But Sam was triumphant.
      He desperately needs something to drive him. I also think it’s so amusing that he holds onto the belief that other peoples’ opinion don’t matter to him when they so obviously do. But that’s just our same old Sam.
      Well, I will confide in you. My initial thought was for Hailey to find him making out with a guy and she’d have been like: “woah, my dad…” But Sam found himself another reason to be miserable instead, which you will find out in the next chapter.

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  9. I’ve finally got here. I knew Sam win the tournament. I believed he will be a Grand Master and he didn’t dissapoint me, especially himself. Deng reaction was weird, he should have be mad, and he congratulated Sam. What a strange guy… I’m glad Sam showed Simnese people that some foreigner can be the best in matrial arts. We can be proud of him. Adaeze surely wished him loss but Sam was too close to become a winner and nobody could stop him. Sam must be happy to have a new house and have a lot of money. I’m curious what he will be doing next because sparrings ended and he has to do something new. Maybe his daughter will help him with discovering new hobby. Does fatherhood sounds good?

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  10. cool story Jowita 🙂 I like that you got lots of sims watching the stage, I know that must have taking a lot patience to do, I had a picture I wanted to do like it, but in the end I just did a stage shot, but I’m hoping to revisit this in the new part of the story, just wanted you to know that I see all the hard work that you have done to make the you`re story, and I admirer and appreciated it all the more 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. Hi, Darren.Thank you lots, I had 23 Sims in my family, I added them using Master Controller and had easy access to them because of Portrait Panel. It sure have cost me quite some time to get there.Thank you so much and I’m glad you see and appreciate it.

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  11. I miss Adaeze!!! Biyu probably thought going to the ceremony would be emotionally healing, but I just think it must have been painful for her.

    I love that last part so much! After all these years, he’s going back to his addictions.

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  12. Haha! That last word sums it up. He worked hard but still isn’t satisfied…I wonder what will happen when he meets his daughter….

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  13. Once an addict, always an addict…and I’m no necessarily talking about the cigarettes. He lost his focus, of course he will fall back into bad routines and habits. It’s what they do. If he had listened to her all these years, perhaps he could have become a better person in the end. But he knows best..always.

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    1. He is an addict. Addicted to so many things. He got through this eventually, but since he lost his focus, he was in a really bad place. He doesn’t listen to anyone so Adaeze’s no exception.

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    1. Don’t worry, he’s not an administrator here.
      Sam: “How am I not? Pff, congratulations are not needed. It was obvious all along that I would win the title. Fucking black belt everyone!!!”
      Whoops.
      Sorry, I just couldn’t get him to shut up. 🙄

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  14. Well, to be honest, Sam really did spend a lot of time and effort working to get to this point, so for that, I am genuinely happy for him. He does deserve the title. But everyone he’s hurt on his way there…. I wish I could ask him if it was worth it. I know he’d say it was… but still. And now that it’s over, he wants his crazy life back?? I was glad that martial arts was able to take up so much if his life so he wouldn’t get into trouble…

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    1. He’d definitely say it was worth it… But Sam is not a sane person and his thinking patterns are different to ours. Back? Yeah… he won’t really get it back the way he wants. But it will get crazier…

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