Boreal Springs

January 13, 2009

Knight – Round 22: ‘Moving On Up’

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 3:21 pm

Travis and Marla Knight have entered their elder years, but instead of relaxing and being grandparents, they’re still parents.  Little Jennifer is just now on the cusp of childhood.

Travis had been extremely apprehensive about being  dad to a young girl with gray hair, but the more he did it, the less of an issue it became.  Jennifer was sweet and quiet, almost as if she knew her parents couldn’t quite keep up with a rambunctious toddler.  It could also be because the house was quite small and there wasn’t much room to run around.  With his new position and a ‘security deposit’ from an unnamed source, Travis had been looking around at houses.  Marla was eager to move back to the neighborhood she grew up in–Boreal Springs.

Kit came over with Sade for one last gander at the house she grew up in.  Of course, Sade was much too busy playing with the cats to bother feeling the nostalgia.  Her response was that it was a good move for them.  After all, this was the same place Travis had cheated on Marla with Katarina.  Kit had always known about that, but she would have preferred it if her best friend kept a tighter lip about it.

They were also over for Jennifer’s birthday.  She was a big girl now, able to do things on her own.  She also seemed to have a burst of energy, running around the house, terrorizing the cats and her parents.  It was a good thing the house they had contracted to be built in Boreal Springs was ready.  Marla wasn’t sure how much longer this tiny house could hold the tornado of youth that was Jennifer.

She also admired her older, gorgeous sister quite a bit.  She told her mother often she wanted to have as many ‘best friends’ as Kit did.  Marla sighed.  She didn’t have the heart to tell Jennifer that her older sister slept around to ‘attain’ those best friends…

The new house was gorgeous and roomy.  Marla had never lived in anything like it before.  She was quite ecstatic.  Travis, too, was happy.  Finally, he had a home to reflect his wealth.  Everyone knew that the rich people moved to Boreal Springs to build big houses.  Well, except select few… those who lived in Aperture were usually tied to crime.  Travis needed to distance himself, for the sake of his family and his reputation.  Dealing with Gordon was lucrative indeed, but he needed to keep a low profile or he’d get an unpleasant night visit.

After all the furniture and everything was situated, things settled down for the family.  Jennifer had more than ample room to run around, and she had a backyard.  There were also children everywhere for her to play with.  All in all, it was a good choice.  Marla tried not to think where all the money had come from, nor how the construction had been completed so… quickly.  She just sat back and enjoyed the luxury.

Besides, she was too preoccupied trying to sort out her eldest daughter, Kit.  Kit was an anomoly.  She had a great mind, very sharp, yet she degraded herself continually by just sleeping around.  Marla worried it was the fued she had with Katarina Anderson coming back to haunt her.  Recently, she’d heard that Kit was involved with no less than three people–Claude Saunders, James Yu, and Marcus Yu.

“You need to sort out your life, Kit,” Marla warned her one evening.  “I’m worried about you.  James is a good boy, he really likes you, he always has.  Do you think he’ll stand for you dating around?  He could easily go and find someone else.”

Kit sighed.  She wasn’t in the mood.  She had just seen Claude and the fact he was a vampire still… bothered her.  “Mom, please.  I’m fine, okay?”

“But I heard you were messing with Marcus Yu now, too!  What are you thinking, Kit?”

“That was… I don’t know, but it isn’t serious.  It only happened once.  Look, mom, I’m fine, okay?  If you need anymore help with the stores, let me know, but I gotta go.  It’s a long drive back to Aperture.  Love you, I’ll call you tomorrow.”

And with that, she exited.  Marla sighed.

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Note from Mao: Kit is INSANE.  I’ve never had a Knowledge sim like her.  She brought Marcus Yu with her and just, BAM.  Within seconds, steamy makeouts… WHAT?  Seriously, WHAT?  Oh boy.  This girl, I tell you.  Poor James.  And yes, I moved Marla and co to a new, extravagant house!  They needed it–they had tons of cash and that townhouse was way, way too cramped.  Jennifer scares me.  She jumps on the bed constantly.

December 13, 2008

Knight – Round 21: ‘Passing Days’

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , — Mao @ 9:51 am

Travis and Marla Knight have been surprised with a very late baby.  Will this interfere with their current plans?

While neither Marla nor Travis really wanted to have another child, they still lavished Jennifer with attention.  The worst part of it was that she was a ‘late in life’ baby and soon, her parents would be graying.  Marla wasn’t quite sure how she felt about having a child and also waiting to be a grandma.  It was a little strange.

Travis, on the other hand, was mostly concerned about going gray.

Anticipating troublesome toddler days, Marla started to get in shape.  Running around the restaurant and the bakery were certainly exercise, but doing some work at home couldn’t hurt, either.  Even if Jennifer turned out to be a fairly untroublesome toddler, Marla would still be ready for anything.  Bosco supported her, in spirit, from his cat bed where he dozed lazily.

Travis was older than Marla, so he went gray first.  It wasn’t as bad as he had originally thought, he still looked good.  In fact, the gray had added to it.  His position as the DA was made for this type of appearance.  Upon seeing Travis’ transition, Marla was becoming less and less certain about her own.  Gray hair, really?  But she still had so much to do…

Thankfully, Jennifer turned out to be a well-behaved toddler.  Whenever Marla got the chance, she spent some time with her youngest daughter.  Kit even came in from Boreal Summit University a few times to see her.  Marla had heard rumors as to what was happening there and preferred not to think them true.  As tempting as it was to ask Kit about them, she resisted.

When she wasn’t at home, she was working.  Her restaurant’s ratings were soaring through the roof and it was definitely pleasing to read all the wonderful reviews.  She tried to really get in with her customers, greet them, ask them how their meal was, all of that good stuff.  Sade’s face was indifference really didn’t help Marla’s confidence, but she hadn’t ordered yet.

Of course, with popularity comes creepy perverts who only come to see women dressed in kimonos, serving him food.  Marla had to deal with several of these men, who loudly declared their love for their waitress and scared her back into the kitchen where she fetched Marla.  Chasing them out was easy, there were several large pans at Marla’s disposal back there.

She was beginning to wonder if she should hire a guy onto her staff, just to prevent these issues.

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Note from Mao: Things are pretty standard here again.  I mostly played with Marla’s restaurant, trying to get it to 10 stars.  Only one away, yay!

October 4, 2008

Knight – Round 20: ‘And She Was, End’

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 9:39 am

Marla and Travis Knight have survived a slight “snag” in their marriage and have a lovely and brilliant daughter, Kit, who is ready to go to University.

Kit had spent many late nights working on her latest obsession–the stars and space.  She couldn’t quite explain the thrill to anyone else, but she certainly felt it when she gazed up at the endless sky.  It was just inconceivable to think that there wasn’t life out there.  She was determined to find out.

She made a makeshift “beacon” out of the large and expensive telescope her parents had gifted her.  She spent many late nights trying to contact “outside life.”

Travis, meanwhile, was enjoying his new job as DA.  Mary O’Hanlon left some big shoes to fill, but he was determined to do just that.  He had clawed his way to the top and he was intent to keep himself king of the hill.  There was some messy business involving a crime organization that weighed heavily on his mind, but somehow, he wasn’t too concerned with it.

Kit was surprised when she finally met her visitors from the endless beyond.  She was lifted off the ground and floated weightlessly into what looked like a gigantic metal plate with flashing lights.  It was unfortunate that when she returned, she remembered nothing of what happened after that.

She did manage to earn a scholarship for it, though.  Sure, they deemed her story ‘creative writing’, but thought it was so well done that she certainly deserved some money.  Kit was determined to prove it wasn’t fiction.

Marla was in for her own surprise.  She and Travis had never planned on having anymore kids, but life has a funny way of surprising you.  Marla was pregnant.  She hadn’t even realized it until late.  She was older and so, she had to be more careful, but she was happy.  Kit was a wonderful child and she’d miss her.  Now she had something to keep her occupied.

Travis was too busy to really react.  He was hoping for a boy, but that’s about as much time as he could invest in the new baby.  It would seem that the criminal organization was a bigger threat and problem that he previously realized.  It was becoming time consuming and annoying to deal with.  Travis was a man of means and he really didn’t see any real way to topple this behemoth.  No, there had to be another way to deal with it…

Kit was in her senior year when she befriended James Yu.  He was a nice kid and he shared her interest for the ‘visitors’.  Unfortunately, he seemed to take their relationship has something more.  Kit was several years older and generally uninterested.  She tried to let him down kindly, but he insisted that age was just a number.

That may be true, but University was not a number and it was quite a distance.  She bid her friend farewell and hopped into a cab with Sade O`Hanlon.

Before Kit even got settled at Boreal Summit University, little Jennifer Knight was born.  Marla was overjoyed to have another girl.  She followed the same pattern of looks as her sister, but she had Marla’s brown hair.

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Note from Mao: I didn’t anticipate them having another kid at all.  Curse you, risky woohoo!  I miss InTeen, LOL.  Oh, and a bonus shot of Kit, post-abduction.  Hilarious!  Bosco ran out after she landed and proceeded to give that UFO what for.

September 3, 2008

Knight – Round 19: ‘And She Was, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , — Mao @ 12:09 pm

Marla and Travis have managed to make it past Travis’ ‘little indiscretion’ with Katarina Anderson.  Their daughter Kit has grown up into a lovely young lady with good business sense.

Kit: Sade, if you get this, I’m still alive.  I managed to smuggle my Blackberry to this trip from the seven circles of Hell.  I’m sending you this email while I hide in the sauna.  Whew.  It’s pretty hot in here.  It feels like I’m sweating off my skin.  But it’s the only place I know my parents won’t look for me, so I gotta be quick.

Things have been pretty uneventful here in the land of weird.  You know how you see all those ninjas on TV and stuff?  Well, apparently, they exist here.  I know because I spoke to one and he taught me this cool little trick.  Don’t worry, I’ll show you when I get back.  If you are dead set on being an actress, this is one move you won’t want to miss.

Of course, you know why we’re here.  Mom is doing ‘research’ for new dishes at her restaurant.  The foot here isn’t too bad, but I don’t know.  It really isn’t my thing.  I didn’t really get the talent in the culinary arts that mom has.  You’d probably like it, though.  Bunch of rice and vegetables and stuff.  I know how you are about “diets”.

And before you ask, no, there really weren’t any hot guys.  I mean, there were, but they were older.  One guy looked really familiar to me and I couldn’t figure out why.  So that kind of killed the attraction factor.  It was just so weird, like I’d seen him somewhere before.

I did find that I can make a killing off playing Mahjong for money!  I’m a regular, uh, tile shark?

I tried to check out this neat little shrine but all I got for my effort was attacked by BEES!  You know how I hate bees.  What a horrible trip it’s been!  I just want to go home.  I have to finish my studies and I’m hardly prepared for University yet… have you decided if you’re going yet or not?  Actresses still need to go to University and it’d be nice to have someone I know there, too.

Oh, and I know you think that helicopters are just glamorous… but they’re not.  They are noisy and annoying.  We took one on a tour and it was crazy.  I hope I never have to travel in one again!

One more thing before I go (I swear, I’m going to die in here.  It’s so HOT!), I learned this really cool technique.  It’s like ‘dance exercise’ or something.  Anyway, I’ll show you when I get home.  It’ll be good for you to ‘tighten up’ for those close-ups.  Body doubles are for sissies.  Okay, time to go before this thing melts in here.

-Kit

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Note from Mao: Contrary to Kit’s perspective, they had a good vacation and she has a ton of memories.  I wasn’t going to write this from Kit’s POV, but she seemed to be the focal point of the vacation and I kept hearing her quips in my head as they happened, so there you go.  I have been caught up with my gamplay for the past few updates, that’s why they’ve been slow.  Sorry!  I haven’t been feeling too well, so things might be a little slow.  Maybe.

August 20, 2008

Knight – Round 18: ‘And She Was, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 1:27 pm

Marla and Travis Knight had a rough patch, but after some work, their marriage has perservered. Kit, meanwhile, has been oblivious and happy.

Despite her ballet lessons, Kit still wasn’t nearly as feminine as other girls. She spoke of baseball like any boy child would, knowing all about the bases and the lingo. Marla would usually just stare, trying not to pass any judgement. She wanted Kit to be happy, but she also wasn’t quite sure how she would handle it if Kit turned out to be like Marla’s twin, Julie.

But then Marla thought of her older sister Sara and realized that it wasn’t always good to assume.

Shelly Yu was younger than Kit, but they were friends all the same. Kit would usually put off her lessons in favor of talking to Shelly. There was a lot of gossip flying around, some not appropriate for children’s ears, but they heard it nonetheless.

Shelly always managed to wow Kit by trying to explain her ‘strange’ family and how her uncle was also her mother’s ex-husband.

Marla, meanwhile, kept working on her restaurant. She made sure to please her patrons by personally chatting with them after their meals. She was a little surprised to see Claude Saunders stop by… she had spoken to Gordon a few times, and they had a tenuous agreement.

Claude was refreshingly kind and complimentary.

Travis also continued working on his respective career. He was so close to becoming the new DA he could taste it. Of course, his fervor for his job did not get in the way of his relationship with Kit. He was even more thankful for Marla’s patience and quick-thinking. Had they divorced due to his silly lapse in judgement, he wouldn’t see Kit running out to hug him everyday he came home from work.

Kit soon became a teenager and quite a lovely one, at that. She was eager to help her mother out and so Marla opened her bakery in Boreal Springs. She couldn’t have done it without Kit’s help, who proved to be quite the little saleswoman. She was keen and quick, with a healthy thirst for knowledge and all things unknown.

She especially liked trying to figure out how to get people to buy things they didn’t necessarily need.

While Marla spent her time baking up a storm, Kit took care of restocking. Sometimes she’d handle the cash register, too, but once business got too hectic, they’d need to hire an employee. Kit had already started compiling a spreadsheet of possible candidates.

One of Kit’s customers turned out to be a local reviewer, who was happy to give the business not only a good review, but a Best of the Best award!

Another one of Kit’s suggestions was the possibility of holding a cooking contest. It would draw a crowd, give the local talent some time to shine, and also give Marla the opportunity to panhandle some of her mechandise. She wasn’t far from becoming a celebrity in the world of food and it would certainly do wonders for her publicity.

Marla was beginning to wonder who was better suited to be the businesswoman here, herself or her daughter.

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Note from Mao: Kit is quite quick, I’ll give her that! She did really good helping Marla, despite having no badges. I think I see businesses in her future…

August 7, 2008

Knight – Round 17: ‘Paralyzer, End’

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 12:52 am

Marla is determined to make her marriage work, despite her husband, Travis’, indiscretion with her former best friend, Katarina Anderson. Little Kit is just trying to grow up.

Travis was constantly apologetic and it was a little sad, but who could blame him? Marla hadn’t lied when she said it wouldn’t be easy. Any kindnesses or nice things she had done beforehand were revoked and as such, Travis was left fixing his own meals and cleaning up his own messes.

At first, Marla could scarcely stand to be in the same room as him, but she kept thinking about Kit and her resolve strengthened.

It was hard not to be completely furious with Travis for what he had done. Poor little Kit, what if she had witnessed something? At such a young age, it would likely warp her mind. Marla was comforted by the fact she hadn’t and was constantly doting on her little girl. Of course, Kit looked a considerable amount like Travis and so Marla found herself becoming slightly less enraged.

Mary stopped by a few times to check in and to see her new granddaughter. She spread the news of Sara’s third pregnancy and lamented on the fact that she still refused to get married. Marla humored her mother and said nothing of what had happened with Travis. She said she wouldn’t and so she kept her word. There was no reasoning for it. With her father’s recent death, poor Mary was still on edge and mourning.

Having plenty of money of her own, Marla decided to start a business venture that would be fueled by her good name. She was becoming a big name in the culinary world and it was only right that she open up a restaurant. It was hard work, first messing with the contractors, getting the deed, having it all built to specification. And then hiring people? That was the worst part. But she got rave reviews and loved doing it so much she worked off nearly all her anger at Travis.

It took a few years, but Marla realized that she did love him, even if he was an idiot. She also realized that if he did that again, he’d find himself with cement shoes in the river. But that went without saying. Kit had become a child and while she was happy her parents were getting along, she was more perplexed by the fact they hadn’t assembled her ‘big girl’ bed yet.

“I’m tired!” She cried in frustration. “Isn’t it done yet?”

Despite her penchant for being boisterous, Kit was a serious child who enjoyed structured activities and neat schedules. She enjoyed the wealth provided to her by her lawyer father and celebrity mother. There was a certain status attached that Kit would never begrudge. She took ballet lessons in an effort to increase her ‘femininity’, but wasn’t quite sure if it was working. She also wasn’t quite sure that pink was “her color”.

Things for Marla kept looking up. She won blue ribbons like no one’s business and there were few who could rival her skill in the kitchen. It was when her pie one its third award that she realized what she had to do. She still worked quite a bit at the restaurant, but she needed something else, too. A bakery? She’d have to wait until Kit was a little older. She wanted to teach her the wonderful feeling one got from doing what they love.

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Note from Mao: Marla literally worked off her fury at Travis. She opened the restaurant and went to the lot completely furious and came back from it after it reached Rank 5 not furious at all. Yay. Oh, and a funny aside. Gordon came to the restaurant and had dinner with a vampire buddy before Marla closed. That night, the Knight family was robbed. Is Gordon trying to rustle up a protection money trade? LOL!  Oh, and for those curious… Kit Knight was named “Kit” because my fiance and I are huge dorks and could only think of Nightrider, lol.

July 29, 2008

Knight – Round 16: ‘Paralyzer, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson,Knight — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:48 am

Marla is happily married, completely unknowing of her husband, Travis’, transgressions with her best friend Katarina. Katarina is feeling the weight of the guilt, though, and tensions are high in the house.

Marla was happy that little Kit had come along peacefully. Her pregnancy, though her first, had been surprisingly effortless and she was able to come home much sooner than anticipated. She and Travis had converted the spare bedroom into a nursery for the new baby. Kit looked a lot like her father, only having her mother, Marla’s, eyes.

Katarina, unable to handle the guilt any longer, decided she needed a break. Little baby Kit had only made things worse. Katarina had never been a terribly considerate person, but she knew that being with Marla’s husband was a line even she hadn’t truly wanted to cross. Marla had been her only true friend through both thick and thin and it was with a heavy heart Katarina packed up her bags and headed off to the tropics.

Shang was out there with the band and they had intended to meet up for a little impromptu ‘fun’. Katarina never felt guilty about messing around with Shang, even if he was her cousin’s husband.

Of course, going anywhere with Shang meant dealing with his fans, both young and adult. The band was quite popular now and it was impossible to take a step without being interrupted. Katarina ignored them and laid out in the sun while Shang flirted and spoke with his ‘adoring fans’. It went on like this the entire time they were at the beach. At least Katarina had gotten some sun.

The adoring fans didn’t keep them from making full use of their hotel room, though. Katarina really didn’t care about Shang’s flirting and meeting up with his fans. They did the same thing, they were naturally promiscuous and monogamy wasn’t exactly something they understood. As long as she knew that he was her first pick, that’s all that mattered.

It wasn’t easy going home, but Katarina knew she couldn’t stay at the island hotel forever. She was a little surprised, though, when she realized she wasn’t coming home alone. Checking herself in the mirror, trying to see if it was obvious, she found herself unable to come to terms with the reality of the situation. Travis chose that moment to walk in.

Of course, it didn’t take him nearly as long to see what was happening. His eyes nearly bugged out of his head.

July 19, 2008

Anderson-Knight – Round 15: ‘Paralyzer, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Anderson,Knight — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 3:40 pm

Marla Knight, formerly O`Hanlon, reveals her secret lover Travis Knight (aka Mr. Big). Katarina Anderson is along for the ride and finds herself in a very awkward situation.

Marla was happy to finally introduce her best friend to her boyfriend. She knew Katarina wouldn’t judge her for going after a slightly older man. Instead, Katarina seemed to approve quite readily. Older men had money and the girls definitely needed some cash to improve their bachelorette pad.

Katarina’s parents had given her some money, but kept the rest locked away for an emergency. They knew she couldn’t be trusted to use it wisely, especially when she was so far away in Aperture.

Shang was more than happy to help Katarina break in her new place. In fact, he was envious. She wasn’t married and she got to live and party in Aperture.

“This is a great place, Kat.”

“Sure,” Katarina said, moving closer, “but I know how we can make it better…”

Travis Knight had met Marla O`Hanlon one night in a bar. His divorce was quite the trying process and he desperately needed a night-cap. Marla was there to listen to him ramble and their friendship grew into more. Travis cared a great deal about Marla, but he couldn’t deny the fact that Katarina was ridiculously attractive. She wasn’t the brightest bulb in the pack, but what she lacked in intellect she more than made up for in beauty, sophistication, and allure.

He did his best to keep his attraction quiet, though something told him Katarina saw right through his attempts.

Eventually, Travis moved in. He did his best to avoid Katarina, instead focusing all his attention on Marla. It wasn’t that she wasn’t just as attractive–she was, just in a different sort of way. Marla was the kind of woman you settled down with. She would care for your children and love you even when you were old and wrinkly. Katarina was like a really fast and expensive sports car–every man’s secret fantasy. It wasn’t easy to deny that, especially since Travis had just gone through a divorce with a woman like Marla.

One night, instead of immediately jumping him, Katarina began to talk to Shang. He was surprised by this interlude, but decided to run with it. Katarina was his favorite person, with or without the sex.

“What do you think about love, Shang? Do you think what we do is right? I mean… I know you don’t mess around with married folks, but still. Don’t you think about the relationships your messing up? The love your abusing?”

“Babe, what’s with this philosophical crap all of the sudden?” He replied, trying his best to ignore the lump in his throat. He had messed with a married woman… Katarina’s own mother. “Do you feel bad for being with me knowing I’m married to Kate?”

“No, but you don’t love Kate, silly,” she retorted, giving him a look. “Everyone knows that.”

“That’s not true… I’m not in love with her, but I’ve got love for her. She’s my kid’s mother, Kat. There’s something to that… but it doesn’t mean I can deny my nature. And neither can you. We’re not monogamous creatures… we’re wild and untamed. And we like it that way.”

Katarina wasn’t completely convinced by Shang’s explanation. He didn’t know the situation, the guilt associated with wanting to do incredibly bad things to your best friend’s boyfriend. But in the end, he was right. Katarina couldn’t deny her nature. She knew Travis was attracted to her and that made it all the more harder to fight.

Meanwhile, Marla was finding herself in her own sort of situation. She and Travis had talked a little about getting married but it wasn’t until Marla woke up and immediately planted her head in the toilet bowl that those talks turned to serious consideration. Marla knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that she was pregnant and that it was definitely Travis’. She’d never been with anyone else.

Travis had no children to his ex-wife, so the news was quite a shock to him.

Everything seemed to happen in fast forward. All their careful plans went barreling forward. Travis met Derek and Mary and gained their approval. He proposed to Marla with them there, which definitely earned him brownie points. As long as they didn’t figure out that Marla was pregnant, that is.

They had a short and intimate wedding, where Marla’s family gathered to celebrate the event. Mary was definitely relieved that at least one of her children was normal enough to get married. Unfortunately, Nathaniel and Sara couldn’t make it due to baby Sade, but sent their best wishes.

After the ceremony, Travis found that his head was spinning. He could scarcely think. This was made worse by the dress Katarina was wearing and the fact that she was walking up to him. No one else was around. She whispered as she walked by, “I have a wedding present for you…”

Travis followed Katarina into the house and up the stairs. He hardly hesitated when she saw where he was leading him. It wasn’t until it was too late that he realized he was in her room and cornered. There was no way out. It was dangerous, it was risky–Marla was downstairs, along with her entire family… yet what could he do? He was in such a panic, everything had happened so quickly…

“Ready for your present?” Katarina purred, moving closer.

He was only married a few hours and already he was making big, big mistakes.

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Note from Mao: This was NOT planned. I realized all too late that Katarina and Travis have THREE full bolts while Travis and Marla only have two. Sheesh! Katarina is a man eater. This can’t end well…

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