Boreal Springs

August 16, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 18: ‘Moving On, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 3:47 pm

Newly divorced, Kate isn’t quite sure how to handle being alone and Hugh’s recent decision not to attend University has her doubting her decision.

It would be a lie to say that Hugh wasn’t upset about his parents’ divorce, but what could he do? It wasn’t his fault or anyone’s, really. He had a brain enough (thanks to Florence) to see that, it was just a bad situation that went too far.

Most of all, he missed his grandma Florence. She had taught him so much and it was because of her that he was able to handle this all in stride. At least he still had Iorek.

He still saw his father–he would visit when Kate was at work. She preferred not to see him and that was fine. Hugh wasn’t angry at Shang, he understood better than anyone you couldn’t deny who you were. He was just certain he wouldn’t be the same.

“Are you happier now, with Katarina?” Hugh asked, surprising him.

“I know it’s kind of weird and hard for you to understand, but yeah,” Shang confided, shrugging. “I’m not the marriage type, I’m not even the monogamy type. We understand each other, we’re the same.”

Hugh sighed, “you’re right, I really don’t get it. I couldn’t imagine sharing someone I loved with anyone.”

“That’s probably a good thing,” Shang laughed. “Your mother would have a heart attack if you turned out like me!”

Kate meanwhile, wasn’t dealing with the transition as easily as her son. She was worried and more than ever, she missed her parents. She had isolated herself from her siblings in her mad attempt to get and keep Shang and now she was alone. It was a crappy feeling. Hugh would leave her soon, too. She was depressing to be around.

She was surprised when Lilith stopped over. She wasn’t quite sure what to say, all she could do was apologize.

“Don’t apologize to me,” Lilith said, rolling her eyes. “You didn’t do anything to me, you did it to yourself, Kate. Did you honestly think the lamp would make everything right forever? Doesn’t work that way.”

“I know, I was stupid,” Kate frowned, ashamed. “I’m just sorry for using you and not listening to you.”

“Eh, it happens, you know? But don’t think you’ll be getting anymore lamps from me!”

Kate laughed, “no, I don’t think I ever want to see another lamp again…”

After her talk with Lilith, Kate was convinced she needed to stop wallowing and confront the issues facing her. She couldn’t let Hugh throw his life away, not with the amount of work he and Florence had put into his education.

“I’m sorry, mom,” Hugh said, looking her straight in the eye. “It just isn’t an option, I know I could go, easily… but I don’t want to.”

“Why?” Kate demanded. “This is your future, Hugh! Not going to college could hurt you for the rest of your life.”

Hugh shook his head, “you just don’t understand, mom. It’s my choice and I’ve made it. You can kick me out if you’d like, but I won’t go. No matter what.”

Kate frowned, “I would never kick you out, Hugh. I just want what’s best for you…”

“Then let me make my own decisions.” He said, leaving to catch the bus. He couldn’t tell her he didn’t want to go because then she would be alone and he knew that was what she feared most. She was his mom, through better or worse, and he couldn’t put her through that.


Note from Mao: Hugh actually has no interest in college. The want stopped popping up after Florence died. And Shang stops by constantly, he doesn’t even ring the bell, just drops in and makes himself at home, lol.


  1. I see snowmen! :D Okay, enough of that. Hugh is so sweet. Giving up his chance to be awesome at college to stay and keep his mom from crying all by her self. Sweet boy. Florenece might’ve been a bit overbearing but her influence did him good. Mmyes.

    Hehe, too bad the snow was mysteriously absent. :P Hugh is growing on me.

    Comment by Elecy — August 16, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

  2. Aww poor Kate, she hasn’t had a good happy life now has she? Thank God for Florence, Hugh turned out completely opposite of Shang! Come to think of it, I wonder if Eileen or Sun-Tzu are spinning in their graves because of Shang…

    Hahaha, Eileen knew Shang was going to be a handful. Good old Shang…

    Comment by Mohohon — August 16, 2008 @ 8:12 pm

  3. I gotta say, the way you play and write based on what wants they have, and even what wants they DON’T have, is really impressive. ^_^

    Aww, thanks! It’s really fun for me.

    Comment by L3w1s — August 17, 2008 @ 4:49 am

  4. Hugh is so responsible, staying with his mom instead of going to college. He can always start a business :D

    Hehe, we’ll have to see about that!

    Comment by Kyri — August 17, 2008 @ 6:19 am

  5. Aww, I was wondering- I remember you said you had some criteria for a Sim going to Uni, but I don’t remember what it is. :P

    Poor Kate- like I said, she has no idea what to do without the only thing she’s ever wanted.

    Yeah, I’m not entirely sure what Kate will do now! As for Uni pre-reqs, Hugh meets them–he has a lot of scholarships and skills.

    Comment by Josh — August 17, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

  6. I feel for Kate. Not only has she lost Shang (though she never really had him in the first place), but now she’s the reason Hugh’s not going to Uni. Florence would be barrel-rolling in his grave if she knew. He should think about that. It’s nice that Shang comes by to visit his son, and that Kate realizes she’s been drowning in self-pity. I guess we’ll see about Hugh. Uni’s not exactly required.

    Yeah, Kate is kind of at a loss. Florence, LOL! In reality, I just want good excuses for some sims not to go to Uni, because I don’t think everyone should be going at this point.

    Comment by Fini — August 18, 2008 @ 8:58 am

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