Boreal Springs

August 1, 2008

Saunders – Round 17: ‘Hard to Handle, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 9:49 pm

Damien and Aiyana Saunders are finally both happy in their situation. Unfortunately, River isn’t quite so happy and buries herself in knowledge in an effort to make up for all the confusion she feels. Basil prefers to grab life by the horns and take breaks to enjoy a good grilled cheese.

Aiyana found herself extremely busy. There were a lot of stresses hanging around in the air of Boreal Springs. A frequent customer of hers was her best friend, Tracey Yu. She had survived a bizarre divorce and now was raising two twins and feeling the strain. Aiyana was always happy to help her work out the stress and give her someone to talk to.

Basil was an extremely active teen. He enjoyed video games, messing around, and avoiding his schoolwork. When asked about his college ambitions, he simply laughed. Both Damien and Aiyana were concerned… Basil was to be their heir and he certainly didn’t seem responsible enough. Perhaps he’d grow into it? Until then, they’d just have to wait and hope for the best.

River, meanwhile, buried herself in books and studies. She was determined to get as many scholarships as she could to pay her way through Boreal Summit University. She was certainly doing a good job at it, too. She kept her grades up, worked hard, and didn’t let anything distract her. It was a little worrying, her unending dedication to her books, but what could anyone do? Aiyana had only inquired once about what had caused the change and the look River gave her in response was enough for her to never ask again.

Basil was a lot better at helping Aiyana out than River was, anyway. He was charming and all his words seemed to be etched in gold. Aiyana worried about how easily he got along with her female customers, though. He seemed to be particularly interest in one reoccuring customer. She was a freshman in college and worked as a DJ part-time in Aperture. Aiyana tried to keep Basil away from her, but she didn’t have eyes in the back of her head.

She didn’t need to worry about River. Any boys that showed interest in her eccentric daughter were quickly rebuffed by a very horrified River. She wasn’t entirely sure why she was horrified, just that she was. It only made her dive further into her books.

Basil enjoyed hanging out at the newly opened pool until the late hours. It was the final days of warmth and soon the pool would be closed. He often found himself marveling at Shang Yu’s animal-magnetism. Anytime he went, Shang was in the hot tub, surrounded by women. It was a little ridiculous.

After River left for Boreal Summit University, Bosco was considerably saddened. Damien brought home a kitten that soon grew into a very lovely cat named Daenerys. Bosco and Daenerys got along famously and Aiyana hinted that maybe there would be some kittens on the way and that Damien was in charge of finding a home for them!


Note from Mao: Basil cracks me up! He’s Pleasure/Grilled Cheese. He looks so much like Chuck, it isn’t even funny. Poor River. I don’t know what to do with her, all she wants to do is studystudystudy. Yawwwn. Daenerys is the prettiest cat I have ever had in the game and I didn’t even make her!


  1. Oh, River…what will we do with you? *Sigh* Yeah, Basil’s resemblance to Chuck is…uncanny. I bet he’ll be a hoot, though – especially since he seems to want to follow in Shang’s footsteps. That guy’s influence just DOESN’T STOP.

    I have no idea what River’s problem is. I plopped her and Zhou into Uni and her first instinct was to squeeze him. Bi-polar much, woman? LOL… Basil following Shang around was cracking me up, but Patrick has also taken a shine to Shang.

    Comment by Cassie — August 2, 2008 @ 12:39 am

  2. Tsk. Basil…he’s just enjoyin’ life, isn’t he? Hopefully, he slows down long enough to…you know…not run the Saunders into the ground. And poor River…she is so confused. And Shang! Dear Shang…he is the flame that draws in the moths, he is. He’s popping up EVERYWHERE it seems. xD And kittens! Yay!

    Haha, he sure is. Shang is a very social creature. He’s always up for meeting new lady friends. Can you believe he’s almost an elder?

    Comment by Elecy — August 2, 2008 @ 12:45 am

  3. Basil! I think those grilled cheeses have gone to your head to be following in the footstepd of Shang! (Although Shang makes me giggle ever other time)

    Hahaha, probably have! He’d need to be romance for Shang, though, as Shang is Popularity/Romance.

    Comment by Mohohon — August 2, 2008 @ 10:18 am

  4. Aw, River is in love and won’t admit it-ha! I can’t wait to see the uni update! I love that Basil doesn’t have a definate plan for the future-not every teen knows what they want and some simply want to enjoy themselves right now and not worry about tomorrow.

    She’s totally kidding herself. Basil is a strange one, here’s hoping he figures something out. He is the heir after all.

    Comment by starrsim — August 2, 2008 @ 10:24 am

  5. Almost an elder? OoOo! That’ll be fun for Shang! :) River must be so confused but that’ll just make Uni interesting, huh?

    She’s confused all right! And Shang, yep, he’ll be old soon..

    Comment by Tammy — August 2, 2008 @ 11:41 am

  6. Daenerys as a very pretty cat? Is perfect.

    And I, personally, think the River/Zhou thing is adorable. Especially River rejecting all the other boys without any clue why. It’s such a teenage romance novel.

    I agree, I think the name worked its magic. ;) River and Zhou, what am I going to do with them? We’ll see in Uni, I guess!

    Comment by Ri — August 2, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

  7. Daenerys is adorable! I love her name! Basil does look a lot like Chuck it’s eerie. Poor River. Why isn’t she heiress?

    Haha, I don’t normally let females be heirs. Then I have to make an excuse as to why they get to keep their last name. ;)

    Comment by Josh — August 3, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

  8. But, that’s SEXIST! Mao, I’m disappointed in you. :P

    HAHA, OMG. This has to be the ONLY time in history that a male has ever called a female sexist against females, LOL!! :lol: I’m a misogynist!

    Comment by Josh — August 3, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

  9. LOL, River’s funny. She’s got all the time in the world for boys :)

    Indeed, but she doesn’t seem to have any interest in them! LOL

    Comment by laura — August 4, 2008 @ 12:03 am

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