Boreal Springs

June 10, 2008

Saunders – Round 15: ‘To Zhou, From River’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 2:35 pm

Damien’s idea of family differs from Aiyana’s, but so far, they’re making it work. River, now a teenager, finds herself facing more problems than just scientific road blocks. Basil is a curious child, but his likeness to Damien’s dead twin, Chuck, is uncanny.

River: Zhou,

It sucks being grounded, but I should have known better than to try and make a more impressive volcano with household cleaning products. Since I’m banned from everything, the only way we can communicate is through letters. Old school, I know. You wouldn’t recognize Basil now. He’s a big kid, or so he thinks, but I swear, he still acts like he’s three.

You’ve probably noticed by now, but dad is the new principal of the public school us kids in Boreal Springs are forced to endure. That’s why you haven’t seen me around school. I didn’t get a chance to tell you beforehand… sorry. It was a ‘conflict of interest’ that dad have his own kids under his tuteledge, so we were moved to that prep academy. It isn’t so bad, I like the classes… but the kids? It sucks, Zhou. You need to go with me, seriously. They’re so stuck up in the clouds, a jet liner is going to take them out one of these days.

I got the present you sent me–thanks! It sucks that my grounding went all the way through my fifteenth birthday, but what can you do? Dad claims it was lenient. I tried to “blow up the house”… I did not! Besides, who doesn’t childproof their kitchen? Seriously.

Anyway, with the new lense I can see even further! How awesome is that? I know you think it’s nerdy, but planets are cool.

Anyway, back to the academy junk. You know that Roman Anderson actually followed me home one day? I swear, it was just to put down my family. I tore into him. That’s right, I actually went off! You would have been so proud. I didn’t use any of those words you do, though, I’m still a lady, you know? But he didn’t even seem shocked. In fact, he just smiled.

I have to admit, it wasn’t my first altercation with him. We’ve met a few times at the Academy. He’s graduated by now, I’m sure, off to some prissy college. Good riddance. Stuffy rich guys think they’ve got the world in their hands…

Dad had the brilliant idea to use up the week break from school to haul us all out into the wilderness. Seriously, do I looke like a girl who enjoys the great out doors? I’m not into that organic stuff. We went and stayed in this cabin and there were lumberjacks and wood and axes EVERYWHERE! It was cold, too. Really cold.


  1. No, that is wrong. River and Roman are BLOOD RELATIVES. Henry Saunders is River’s great grandfather and Romans grandfather. Dumb game. Why can’t the game pick up all of the relatives?

    Haha, the game is kind of old now… and it was likely a concern with having it run on slower systems. Same deal with lowering AI in the last SimCity, resulting in MASSIVE traffic issues once your population gets high. /shrugs Programming isn’t easy.

    Comment by Simlover — June 10, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

  2. Hmmm.. Roman is Henry’s grandson and River is Henry’s great-granddaughter. I guess that’s enough distance in simland. Lol.

    Apparently so. I want to know who came up with that idea in production!

    Comment by emplousos — June 10, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

  3. WTF? Volcanos with cleaning products? River, my dear….use that lovely brain of yours. xD

    Though, I kinda understand…hippies don’t believe in childproof. They believe in exploration. xD

    “I didn’t use any of those words you do, though, I’m still a lady, you know?” That’s good. Zhao, as cute as you are, you are a bad influence. And methinks Roman likes ‘em fiesty. And able to throw axes o.O Scary girl.

    Your entire family tree is disturbing. xD

    Haha, very true! Zhao IS a bad influence… seriously. He is just like Lilith. Sigh. And trust me, I know. It’s so annoying, I’d rather them marry in-game sims than muddle the genetics with defaults, blegh.

    Comment by Elecy — June 10, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

  4. Nice to see Damien’s family is doing a bit better, they had me worried for a while there.
    I’m really starting to like River. Her and Roman would make an… interesting couple, if you’re not that bothered by the second cousins thing, of course.

    River is a lot of fun. The Roman thing threw me for a loop. I’d be all on board if they weren’t cousins of a sort. Bah. We’ll see.

    Comment by Monika — June 10, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

  5. Wow talk about blood relations, at this rate everyone will be marrying their cousins like in the old days!

    That’s an issue with me and prosperities. I hate adding in NPCs/Game sims. I’d rather marry my own to one another. If they’re clueless then it works, right? haha.

    Comment by Mohohon — June 10, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

  6. Coming out of lurking to say I totally get you with the whole Roman/River thing. The second my prosperity hit Gen 3 I started worrying about cousins flirting and sure enough, the first pair of teens flirted autonomously. They are first cousins once-removed, just like River and Roman. Ugh. Stupid game.

    Hi there! Haha, sorry that you’ve shared in this pain. It’s annoying, but what can you do? I’d rather marry cousins than random townies… which makes me a sick, sick individual!

    Comment by Laura — June 10, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

  7. I am just the opposite. I hate for my sims to marry each other. I would rather they marry townies or NPC’s so I can mess with the genetics.

    I’m big on genetics, that’s why I gave the starting families very distinct and non-default skins/eyes. I hate to see them overcome by defaults. :|

    Comment by Monique — June 10, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

  8. River and her attitude are really growing on me but she seems too nice and hippie-ish to get involved in a Roman romance.

    River isn’t a very good hippie, she’s just… strange. We’ll see how it goes. Roman is actually very nice, just… stoic. He has to protect his money, you know? ;) He has more ‘nice points’ than Nevio.

    Comment by Ann — June 11, 2008 @ 10:04 am

  9. Mao I just caught up on this blog today! I don’t want to think about how much time I actually spent reading this instead of doing what I needed to…It was too much fun. Sorry I didn’t comment on each entry I just wanted to get as far as I could! I really love how each character has their own unique personality apparent to the reader. I really really want to start over now… Great job.

    Wow! You really went through all that? You deserve an internet cookie. Thanks! I’m really glad you enjoyed it.

    Comment by Hucklekree — June 11, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

  10. They’re only First cousins, once removed, so I think its a little too close for marriage. ;)

    But I like River, she’s really cool. Too bad we didn’t get to see much of Aiyana’s sucky parenting this update, LOL. :D

    I don’t know much about family tree stuff, especially that removed nonsense. All’s fair in The Sims 2, though, so we’ll see what happens.

    Comment by Josh — June 12, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

  11. Dear Mao:
    I really like Boreal Springs, and I’ve been reading it regularly since it started with lurkerly vigor, but there’s one thing that’s been driving me insaaaaannnewedyjgwqfhffblgre.
    I don’t mean to be rude or anything, but you’ve been using them interchangeably, so I don’t know which one is his real name! (Plus, if it’s Zhao, is he going to try to ascend to the title of Zhao The Moon-Slayer? DON’T DO IT, ZHAO/OU! YOU KNOW ZUKO AND IROH WILL JUST KICK YOUR BUTT FOR IT.)

    It’s Zhou, but I keep accidentally typing Zhao. I keep having to go back and change it. Tempted to just name him freaking ‘Zhao’ and deal. I have no idea why I keep typing the wrong name. It’s as annoying to you as it is to me. I haven’t been able to correct it here due to shitty internet, though. But rest assured, it’s Zhou. No worries about Iroh and butt-kicking. ;b

    Comment by Blu — June 13, 2008 @ 7:22 pm

  12. Aww Mao, its not nonsense! ITS A GENERATIONAL GAP- DEAL WITH IT. ;P

    I became really good at the genealogy stuff after I become obsessed with it as a kid, I learned ALL about how to make family trees and generational gaps. I still want to see this family tree for B.S. ;)

    Josh, you should know by now, given everything you’ve read of mine, I do things my way. Regardless. And this is hardly RL, this is The Sims 2. ;) As for the family tree, I’m temporarily in PA so I’ve uploaded it. I DID NOT MAKE IT nor do I EVER plan on making one (I have a lot on my plate, folks, sorry). This is what you get. It’s outdated. Thank Emplousos. Family tree.

    Comment by Josh — June 13, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

  13. River is such a cute nerdy girl! The log rolling is so much fun. Whenever my simmies go log rolling I can’t help but smile.

    Hehe, I love the log rolling too! The animations are just fantastic.

    Comment by brittybe — June 14, 2008 @ 10:45 am

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