Boreal Springs

March 4, 2008

Saunders – Round 7: ‘Little Secrets, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:12 am

Henry and Janine talk

Meanwhile, Janine and Henry were having their own kind of issues. Henry had never felt the need to pry into Janine’s career. She had always been rather quiet about it and looked positively pained whenever he asked, so he let it go and just stopped asking. Lately, though, she was out all night and anytime she was around, she seemed to avoid him. It was incredibly worrying. He caught her before she was about to run off, holding onto her hand gently, though showing she wasn’t getting away until she answered him.

“Is something wrong, Janine? You’ve been acting a little off lately.”

“I’m fine, Henry, really,” she said, trying not to look guilty. “I’m just… exhausted. Work is quite… taxing lately.”

“I saw the package, Janine… by accident. It was on the top and I knew it couldn’t be Katy’s–”

Janine closed her eyes, “I am and I’ve made an appointment with the doctor.”

“Why didn’t you tell me?”

“Because I wasn’t sure if it was a good thing or not, Henry. We’re getting older–too old for children.” She smiled and squeezed his hand. She couldn’t tell him the real reason–that she was sleeping with her ex-husband behind his back and she wasn’t sure if it was even his.

Gordon is a toddler

Amidst all the drama in the house, Gordon had grown into a toddler. He was nearly a child, actually, but the drama took forefront to his transition. Janine took care of him and he looked quite a bit like her–breaking the trend that all Saunders ended up looking like Henry. He was a sweet child, and quiet, too.

Katy dies

Unfortunately, not even sweet and quiet children can save face when there’s tragedy afoot. Katy, who was showing her pregnancy quite obviously, found herself in a very bad situation. She had been up late, like always, and was taking out the full trash when something startled her. In fact, it scared her so much she keeled over. It was so late that everyone was asleep and they didn’t know until the paper girl shrieked in horror at 5am.

Janine had been gone all night and Derek was off with his team at a game. When Janine returned home, Henry had taken care of everything and Derek was on his way back after finding out. The death was mysterious, to be certain, but the police ruled it as accidental.

Derek and Chuck mourn Katy

The next few months were troubling ones. The boys weren’t quite sure how to handle their grief–they didn’t cry, but they did often go out to mourn in their own way. Katy remained on the family plot, in an effort to be closer to the boys. There was also a policy in action in Boreal Springs that said only those tied to the bloodlines of the founders could be moved to the cemetery. Derek had said they were separated, so she wasn’t ‘technically’ connected.

Derek and Mary

Of course, Derek wasn’t overly distraught. Katy had been a thorn in his side for a long, long time. He had liked her, once, and then she became an overbearing wall that stood between him and what he really wanted. He felt for the boys, but they liked Mary and Mary would be better than Katy. He just wished Mary felt the same way. Everytime he hinted at it, she looked horrified.

“Derek, it’s barely been a year! How can you think that?”

“It’s all I’ve thought about since University, Mary. Katy’s death has no factor in that–can’t you see?”

“I’m sorry, Derek. Not now. It’s too soon–your poor boys…”

The family together

Despite her rebuttals at his proposals, Mary was always around. Sara would often come with her, unless she had a lot of homework. Then she would stay with ‘Auntie G’ while Mary came over. Chuck and Damien were saddened by the loss of their mother, but they were only six, and couldn’t full comprehend it. They liked Mary and Chuck had even accidentally called her ‘mom’. That was likely because Chuck really like Mary. She was so educated and Chuck wanted to be educated, too. Though he didn’t know what it meant, really.

Damien was a bit slower–he had been Katy’s baby. He missed his mother, but he was young and Mary was nice. She would hug him when he looked sad and tell him silly stories she said came from her step-father, Sun-Tzu.

Janine surprises Henry

“I think you should get married already,” Janine said, her chair scooted back to accommodate her growing stomach. “It’s been a year–that’s enough time.”

“Janine,” Henry replied, clearly stunned. The way she said it had been so… cold. “Katy was his wife.”

“I know, Henry,” she said with a smile, her voice softening. “But it’s time to move on, don’t you think?”

Derek was happy with Janine’s support. He looked at Mary and took her hand, “you already know I’m in total agreement.”

Mary sighed, “I… I don’t know… maybe, maybe it’s okay now.”

While they talked, Henry couldn’t look away from Janine. He wasn’t the smartest man out there, no, but he was a military man and he knew when something was strange. Something was definitely up, though he couldn’t quite put his finger on what.

Janine miscarries

Unfortunately, he wouldn’t have a chance to figure it out, either. Tragedy struck again. A week later, Janine lost the baby. The details she gave Henry were sketchy, but her tears kept him from asking any further questions. He let her mourn and felt his own sadness quietly.

If only he knew that the sadness wasn’t for the baby at all. If only he knew that Janine was crying because she felt so conflicted she was driving herself mad. She loved Henry–truly and deeply… but she knew she could never tell him who she really was. He would never love her if she was a criminal. Thomas knew who she was, he embraced it, and they worked entirely too well together. She was leading a double-life and it was killing her.


Note from Mao: I’m sorry this update was so FRIGGIN HUGE! You have no idea how crazy this house is, wow. And Katy dying? ARGH! That teen ghost scared the jeepers out of her! I couldn’t have Derek plead, because they were furious and weren’t in love anymore. And Janine getting pregnant? DOUBLE ARGH. I was actually happy when she lost the baby. Ugh. I should rename this ‘Boreal Springs, a SOAP OPERA’. WTF, seriously. At least the quiet Yu house is next.


  1. LOVED the update and yay Katy died (no offense but i never really liked her) and poor Janine, i didn’t know you could lose a baby on The Sims 2? Also i can see some more drama surfacing here but i cant quite put my finger on where yet.

    Mao edit: Inteen allows for many pregnancy ‘enhancements’–fertility lessens with age, risky woohoo, birth control, miscarriages, etc. I like the randomness and the risk, hehe.

    Comment by Sanna — March 4, 2008 @ 12:35 pm

  2. Oh Mao, I know this house is the hardest for you to play…but it is my absolute favorite house!!! I love all the drama, and sometimes I even scream at the computer if the sims do something I don’t like (like Janine sleeping with Thomas again) or clapping if something happens that makes me happy (like Derek and Mary getting together finally!). So, I hope this house does NOT calm down, but keeps up all the neighborhood gossip! Long live the Saunders!

    Mao edit: It won’t be nearly as bad once I figure out who is moving out/etc. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    Comment by Mandie — March 4, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

  3. Awwz! Poor Janine, I feel bad for her. ARGH, Derek, why must you be an asshole! I understand that he didn’t love her anymore, but gosh, thats just cruel. I’m not so sure I like Mary much anymore either. :\

    Mao edit: It’s funny that you sympathize with Janine, the one who is actively doing bad things she can control and not Derek and Mary, who have no control over the bad things that happen in regards to them. Sorry, I just find different views/etc interesting… especially when they are unusual.

    Comment by Josh — March 4, 2008 @ 3:34 pm

  4. WTF indeed! That was the spazziest most messed up update in the whole freakin’ world! And lol Gordon barely got mention at all. Seriously though, Janine is messed up now. Although to be honest i hope Jun finds out and goes mental so she gets kicked out to live in a barn! [/rant]

    Mao edit: Poor Gordon, he’s a child now! You’ll see him in the Yu update. Janine has quite an issue on her hands, to be sure.

    Comment by L3w1s — March 4, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

  5. Katy died? FINALLY. All she did was put Derek down from real happiness, so HA!
    Poor Janine, so confused. I seriously need to watch lil’ Tommy die. She’s sleeping with him behind Henrys back? KILL HER. sorry, but i don’t like people cheating on one another anymore (Theres wayyy too much of it in my game)
    Random note: I LOVE Sarah!

    Mao edit: There’s a whole lotta cheatin’ going on in Boreal Springs, too, haha. It’s insane! Bad sims, very bad sims! I like Sara, too. :)

    Comment by Tammy — March 4, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

  6. Katy died? Well, that’s one way for Mary and Derek to be together. Though it is awful of him that he wasn’t even a little bit upset about it.
    And wow, Janine really is messed up. I would feel sorry for her except she’s really to blame for all of it.

    Mao edit: Haha, that’s what I thought… and there’s a reason he didn’t appear upset. ;)

    Comment by Amy — March 4, 2008 @ 9:31 pm

  7. Poor Katy. I know she wasn’t the most sympathetic character, but… seeing your husband fall in love with someone else can’t be easy.
    I used to like Derek very much, but all the unhappiness seems to have made him a bit sour. Maybe Mary will sweeten him up again.

    Mao edit: Yeah, poor Katy, indeed! But she knew beforehand that it was a bad idea to marry Derek, she was just too stubborn, lol.

    Comment by Claire — March 4, 2008 @ 9:50 pm

  8. YEAH!!! Katy died I really did not like her and i’m happy that Mary and Derek are getting together but i am also kind of happy that Janine lost the baby because it could have been Tommys and that would have broken her and Henry up.:(

    (Hopefully he dosen’t find out)

    Mao edit: Yeeeah, but things have a way of getting exposed in Boreal Springs, it seems. Maybe she’ll eventually come clean…

    Comment by monica — March 4, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

  9. you know, reading these updates make me very tempted to do a similar project, allowing free will to take its course. :P

    on the other hand…not sad to see Katy go. WTF? as if she took out her rage on Mary. yes, she did fool around with Derek and made a baby but MY GOD, why do women always get mad at the other woman? um, what, Derek isn’t at fault at all? [/rant] haha

    so much drama. <3 haha

    Mao edit: Hahaha, it’s a lot of fun… it isn’t so much Prosperity as me playing like I normally do, only without doing every single thing for my sims! :D Yeah, Katy should have been going after Derek, but really, she blames Mary. Katy and Derek were happy and fine, and then Mary pops up and suddenly it isn’t. Despite Mary trying NOT to be ‘the other woman’, the homewrecker, or the seducer… Katy saw her as that.

    Comment by Riot — March 5, 2008 @ 6:17 pm

  10. Wow, this was a great update. Bring on the drama!
    What ghost scared Katy to death? I didn’t remember a teen dying.
    And whose baby was it really? Was Janine preggers by Thomas or Henry?
    Oh I feel so bad for Mary. This will “haunt” her forever. Pun intended lol. To gain happiness from another’s misery, especially when you didn’t mean for it to happen. That’s gotta suck. ;)


    Mao edit: A random teen keeled over and died during Katy and Derek’s Wedding–it’s shown at the bottom of the entry. As for the baby… I have no idea. I usually try not to check their status and let it be a surprise (InSim will give you a read-out of their current info and preggo status if you click a certain thing). As for Mary and Derek, don’t worry… not everyone is convinced it was an accident!

    Comment by Tiffany — March 5, 2008 @ 7:05 pm

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