Boreal Springs

February 1, 2010

Anderson – Round 28: ‘Human’

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 11:14 pm

Nevio’s bad luck seems to have rubbed off on his daughter, Adora.  Can she get her memories back in time or is her marriage to Simon doomed?

Things in the house hadn’t improved.  Nevio was stuck playing referee to his daughter and son-in-law’s frequent ‘disagreements’.  To his own merit, Simon hadn’t instigated any of them.  He’d simply been there and giving her “a look” and she got annoyed enough to poke him.  He never fought back.  Nevio thought he looked a bit like a wounded puppy in those moments.  He felt bad for him.

Unfortunately, Nevio didn’t have enough time left to feel bad for long.  He went out in his favorite way, with one of his favorite girls.  When the ambulance arrived, he was well past dead and his former love, grief-stricken and mildly horrified, was forced into therapy to deal with her unusual loss.  Nevio’s family was left to mourn him quietly.  The way he had gone was rarely discussed, though Nevio’s ways weren’t exactly a mystery to the rest of the neighborhood.

He’d gone out with a smile on his face, that much was certain.

In the wake of her father’s death, Adora found herself feeling even more hollow.  She could almost feel the gaps in her memory, their open, empty expanses gnawing at her soul.  Would she ever get her memories back?  She looked down at her son, she barely knew him, barely felt the maternal connection, but even so, something told her that he was hers and he was Simon’s.  She was bereft, both with grief for her father and for her lost life and memories.

Things changed in the house, but perhaps not for the immediate better.  Adora’s weakness after Nevio’s death and her loss of memories left her in a delicate place.  She sought momentary comfort in Simon.  For Simon, it was a regretable action.  He wanted his wife back, not a meaningless ‘fling’ with the shadow of her former self.  At least she’d stopped mentioning Ocean.  Maybe that was a step in the right direction…

Eric was growing, despite the distance between his parents.  He didn’t seem to notice, usually happy and content, a goofy smile plastered on his mostly toothless face.

Isolde and Adora found comfort in one another during their time of loss.  Even before Nevio’s death, Isolde had been visiting frequently in ana ttempt to get her sister to remember.  She felt bad, causing all this mess.  She sometimes wondered if perhaps she should have left it all alone… but the thought of being without her sister was a hard one to bear.

“You just have to let it come to you naturally,” Isolde advised softly.  “You can’t force it.  It’ll come to you… just have faith that it’s not gone forever.”

Adora sighed, “that’s easier said than done.  I’ve got a son to think about.  I just feel so confused…”

“Sometimes, I think I can remember.  I have dreams that almost seem real… but when I wake up, I can barely recall them.  I’m just so tired of all this up and down.  I just want it to be over with.”

“It will be, soon,” Isolde said, taking her sister’s hand.  “You just… you need to be strong, Adora.  And you need to go at this with a clear head.  You can’t be distracted.”

“I want this to work,” Adora confided.  “At first, I wasn’t sure… but now, I know.  This is right, something deep down inside of me wants this… I just have to find it again.  I have to start all over.”

Adora met with Ocean for a casual dinner.  It wasn’t as it seemed, she’d snuck out, but not for a romantic affair.  Quite the opposite, actually.  She was going to stop it before it’d even had the change to begin.

“Look, Ocean… I have to be honest, I asked you here for selfish reasons,” Adora began.

Ocean moved to interrupt her, thinking he knew where this was going, “I knew you’d come around–”

“No, ocean, you don’t understand.  I… I want my marriage to work.  I’m going to fight for my memories, for my life.”

It was hard to miss the look that passed over his face.  He reached across the table and took her hand before she could snatch it away.

“It should have been me, Adora.  This was our second chance…”

Adora watched his hand on her arm, fingers clutching desperately to what they could, “…I made my choice a long time ago, Ocean.  I can’t tell you know why, but I know… deep down, it was the choice I wanted.  I wanted to be with Simon.”

The words were hard to say and as she said them, Adora felt her resolve faltering.  She looked at Ocean for a good, long minute before pulling her arm away.  The waitress came with their food, platter perched precariously on her nimble hand.

It was almost as if the universe itself had heard Adora’s doubts, because at that moment, the skilled waitress fumbled and the platter slipped.  It fellt towards Adora, showering her in salad greens.

The universe clearly did not favor her doubts.

Her resolved bolstered, Adora ended the meal before it could truly begin.  Smelling of salad and unknown flavorings, Adora said her final goodbye to Ocean.

“I really wish you’d reconsider, Adora.”

“I can’t, Ocean.  This is the way it is, the way… the way I want it.  I hope you find happiness.”

With that, she turned and left, proud of herself despite her sullied clothing.

Adora returned home to find Simon passing by the doorway.  She didn’t waste a single second.  She approached him, taking his hand into hers.  He was visibly startled.  His nose twitched and his eyes narrowed a bit–not out of anger, but curiosity.

“Why do you smell like salad?”

“Long story,” Adora said, her voice quick like fire.  “Nevermind that.  I just, I want this to work.  I want to remember, I want to remember everything… I want my life back… with you, with Eric.  It… it won’t be easy, but I hope that you’ll understand and you’ll support me.”

Simon smiled, squeezing her hand, “I’ve been waiting for you to say that since Isolde brought you back.  Anything you need, I’m here.  I’ve always been here, Adora.”

Life resumed a normal pace, though daily tasks were somewhat burdened by Adora’s missing memories.  She didn’t dwell on it, however.  They would come as they wished, as Isolde had told her time and time again.  For now, she would just make an effort to see what she had seen before, what she had loved about her life before this incident had changed everything.  She focused on Eric’s smile and his laughter, on the way Simon looked at her when she walked into the room.

It would be a slow progression forward, but at least she was on the right track, finally.


Note from Mao: And so we have the Anderson update!  Sorry if the writing is a bit odd.  I usually keep things moderately light with this.  It’s still gameplay driven in every aspect.  I’m just a bit out of practice, unfortunately.

I’m still planning to do something for February, so keep your eyes peeled.  I’m still not sure what to do, though.  I’m horrible at honoring anniversaries!  God save me when my wedding one comes up, yikes.

Anyway, Adora had zero wants for Ocean and she autonomously kept flirting/etc with Simon.  She even intiated woohoo with him, so I took that as her wanting to move forward.  Nevio’s death caught me by surprise, so I had to improvise a death picture, lol.


  1. All I could think for most of this update was poor Simon. Poor, poor Simon.
    I seriously lol’ed at Nevio’s death, while still getting horrible mental pictures.
    Adora is actually really gorgeous, I love how all the genetics play out.

    Comment by gloomaphobia — February 2, 2010 @ 5:00 am

  2. Poor Simon, indeed! I’m glad Adora decided to make things work, lol.

    Comment by Mao — February 2, 2010 @ 11:11 am

  3. LOL! Nevio would go out that way, sometimes I hope my husband and I go out that way-together of course :P I’m glad she’s attempting to make it work with her family and not having her memories return at the same time.

    Comment by starrsim — February 2, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

  4. I’m so happy things worked out! I was so worried. My mom has One Life to Live, I have Boreal Springs, LOL. Though in OLTL, it would have gotten even more complicated. At least Ocean is being a decent guy this time and respecting Adora’s decision. That was the perfect, if not squickiest, way for Nevio to go.

    Comment by Fini — February 2, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

  5. Hahaha! It’s an interesting way to die, that’s for sure…

    Comment by Mao — February 2, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

  6. Hahaha, Fini! That’s hilarious. Ocean has gone away for now. I’m hoping he stays that way, but things rarely go the way I hope in this hood.

    Comment by Mao — February 2, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

  7. Well, I’m glad to see Nevio died happy, LOL! ;)

    I’m also glad that Adora is trying to get her life back and make things work with Simon. The poor guy has stood by her this whole time, it would be terrible if she decided to dump him for Ocean.

    Comment by Shana — February 2, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

  8. LOL! It was the only way to go for for him. ;)

    Comment by Mao — February 2, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

  9. LOL, Nevio went out with a bang! Love it!

    I’m glad Adora is ready to move on with Simon now. I felt so awful for the poor guy! I think “Why do you smell like salad?” appropriately lightened the mood here!

    Comment by Carla — February 2, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

  10. I’m definitely glad she made a decision that doesn’t add to the population, LOL!

    Comment by Mao — February 2, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

  11. Now that Nevio is gone, maybe the curse went with him.

    Comment by Laurel Crossing — February 3, 2010 @ 2:31 am

  12. I love how Nevio goes out with a smile on his face! Poor girl he was woohooing though, she must’ve been frightened! Eric is adorable and glad to see Isolde knocked some sense into Adora!

    Comment by Mohohon — February 3, 2010 @ 11:53 am

  13. Here’s hoping…

    Comment by Mao — February 3, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

  14. Hahaha, I’m pretty sure she’s scarred for life now. All I could think of was the bathroom scene from Clerks.

    Comment by Mao — February 3, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

  15. At least Nevio went out with a bang!

    Eric is the cutest sim toddler ever! Seriously. Simon’s kind of ugly(I was rooting for Ocean because he has a sick name and is cuter) but he can make some good looking kids. Must be the Anderson genes lol.

    Comment by Victoria — February 3, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  16. Haha, Simon has the same face template I used for Eileen O`Hanlon. I modified her, but only slightly. She has a major part in the Yu genetics. Michael Saunders’ mother, Tracey, also had this face. :)

    Comment by Mao — February 4, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

  17. I’m glad that Adora decided to do the “right” thing and ditch Ocean, although, considering the Anderson curse, something tells me that we haven’t seen the last of him. Eric is such a cutie hopefully the curse breaks so he’s not affected by it!

    Comment by Liz — February 4, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

  18. Well at least Nevio didn’t try to marry the girl, or she’d be dead too, lol! (Whoa, bad joke, I know, lol!) Really though, RIP Nevio, such an interesting character!

    I still feel so bad for Simon :( But at least Adora is trying to move forward. Man, that Ocean didn’t want to let it go!

    And awww, Eric is adorable!

    Comment by laura — February 4, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

  19. Poor Simon. I feel for him. I really do.

    Lawl. Of course Nevio would go out after woohooing with some random lady. That’s just lovely for her. Poor random lady is gonna need therapy for the rest of her life.

    Eric is a doll! :D I just hope his parents’ situation won’t hurt him too much. I am really rooting for this family!

    Semi-related, I just noticed something odd that happened in my game and is similar to what happened here to Adora…only kinda not. When Stephan died in my game, it is like everyone forgot he even exsisted. It is weird!

    Comment by Elecy — February 5, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

  20. Hoorah for Adora reducing the Boreal Springs drama quotient a bit! It must be a relief considering everything else going on. And what a fitting death for Nevio, even if it was improvised!

    Comment by Zoë — February 5, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

  21. Haha, we’ll have to wait and see… but somehow, I don’t think the curse is over with.

    Comment by Mao — February 6, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

  22. LOL! This is so true. xD

    Comment by Mao — February 6, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

  23. Oh, she’s going to be in therapy forever! Someone should have warned her about the curse. ;)

    I think Eric should be fine, provided things continue to go well. He’s still too young to really absorb the bad vibes.

    That IS weird! Adora’s fixed herself, thankfully.

    Comment by Mao — February 6, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

  24. LOL! Yeah, there’s plenty enough without them adding to it. ;)

    Comment by Mao — February 6, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

  25. I am so glad things are sorting themselves out for Adora. I’m glad she picked Simon, again. It would have been too heartbreaking if she’d gone back to Ocean and broken up the family just because she didn’t remember anything. Great entry.

    Also, @Elecy… when one of my sims died while no one was on the lot with her, no one knew she died. It was like she’d just gone on vacation for a really long time. No bad memory tokens, no crying, no red spinning tombstones…nothing. I brought her back to live with the Reaper Phone, and then everyone she knew had a “Tara was resurrected” memory token, but they never had a “Tara died” token! Very weird. If you figure out why that happens, please let me know!

    Oh, Mao, also!! I’ve never seen a server spill food on a sim before! Is that custom content, or does it come in the game? Too funny! If it comes in the game, I’m going to have to send my sims out to eat more often to see if I can get something spilled on them too. :)

    Comment by Shannon — February 7, 2010 @ 7:46 am

  26. Haha, that’s actually a part of the game. Nightlife, actually. It happens to me at an increasingly annoying rate, always when I’m trying to take pictures for something! This time, it happened to work in my favor. ;)

    Comment by Mao — February 8, 2010 @ 11:27 am

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