Boreal Springs

March 13, 2008

Anderson – Round 8: ‘Dirty Dealings, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:36 pm

Thomas Anderson has everything in the palm of his hands; his daughter, Jun Yu, and even his ex-wife. What could possibly go wrong?

Thomas and Janine talk

To say Janine was surprised when Thomas called her directly would have been an understatement. Worrying that something had gone awry with their questionable dealings, Janine hurried over only to find Thomas seated smugly behind his desk. The knowing look he gave her was unnerving.

“I never thought you a murderer, Janine.”

Janine was unmoved by his false sincerity, “it isn’t something I take pride in and I’m not about to take it up as a hobby, so if you’re–”

“Oh, no,” Thomas replied quickly. “I have no desire to get my hands dirty with any of that. Which is why I’ve called you here. Don’t do it again, or our deal is off. That’s risky business and it could ruin everything.”

Janine didn’t reply. Instead, she moved to leave the office.

Janine and Thomas

“Not a word, Janine? Not a single tear of remorse?” He said, stopping her. “You’ve become as cold as me.”

Janine rolled her eyes, “I did what was necessary, Thomas. I’m not about to deny it.”

“Necessary for that little family you hold so dear. Why don’t you tell them about what you do, hm? And where you go at night? Perhaps Henry would be interested–”

Janine pushed past him, “you’d best watch what you say to a murderess, Thomas.”

Thomas and Jun

The next morning, Jun was quite interested in knowing why Janine had come over. She was completely oblivious to Thomas’ real schemes and he planned to keep it that way. She was a nice little accessory and her fame definitely helped him pull some necessary strings. If she found out, though, he’d likely have to call in Janine’s little ‘murderess’ expertise.

“It was just about Alyssa,” Thomas lied. “Her University dealings and whatnot. Nothing terribly important.”

Jun quirked an inquisitive brow upward, “is Alyssa coming back here when she graduates? The house will be crowded.”

At this, Thomas’ jaw tightened, “she is my daughter, Jun. She’ll go wherever I go. Perhaps you’d best recheck your standing when it comes to importance.”

Thomas finds out

Unfortunately for Thomas, his little daughter was not being the good girl she was taught to be. When she visited, she brought Ryu Yu with her. Jun was his mother, true, but they hardly had a relationship. Instead, he came with Alyssa and for reasons Thomas did not like.

“I’m not marrying that old guy, daddy,” Alyssa said firmly, though with a smile. She tried to subtly cuff Ryu in the shoulder, but he just silenced the moue of pain and kept quiet. This gave Thomas a moment to speak.

“And why is that, Alyssa? He has more than enough money to fund your political campaign.”

Again, Alyssa hit Ryu. This time in the ankle. He jumped, calling attention to himself. Thomas stared at him, his eyes narrowed. This was a bad, bad idea. Why had he agreed to this? Though, it was better than eloping–Thomas surely would have killed him then.

“Er, because,” Ryu managed, finding his courage. “She’s already engaged–to me.”

Thomas and Alyssa talk

The door slammed so hard it nearly came off its hinges. Thomas had drug poor Alyssa into her old room and had planned a stern talking, but found she was ready for him.

“I don’t care what you’re going to say, daddy. It won’t change anything.”

Thomas was unable to bridle his anger, “how can you do something so stupid, Alyssa? Didn’t I teach you better than this? Ryu is hardly suitable to be your husband! He’s–”

“He does everything I say, daddy.” Alyssa shot back. “He always has and he always will! What could possibly be more suitable? An old man who will likely beat me? I’d sooner die, daddy. I’m marrying Ryu and that’s that.”

She stormed out of the room in a huff, leaving Thomas to wallow in his defeat. He knew letting Ryu near Alyssa was dangerous. Though Alyssa’s reasoning was somewhat good, he had to question if there wasn’t more she was hiding from him.

Jun makes a match

Meanwhile, Jun was making her own matches. She introduced Shaniqua to one of her friends from the studio. He was a nice guy, Shaniqua had to admit, and they got along quite well. Jun knew Shaniqua wasn’t completely happy with just women, so she decided to make her broaden her horizons.

At first, Shaniqua was extremely hesitant. She was with Florence, after all, and she loved her… in her own way. But when she started meeting men, she couldn’t help the way she felt. They were only friends and she hadn’t done anything wrong… yet.

Thomas is an elder

Thomas aged gracefully and couldn’t help but be happy with the way things were going. Sure, the Alyssa and Ryu thing was a setback… but perhaps he could find a way to make it work. Ryu was palpable enough, he guessed. He could be shaped. That’s what Thomas did, after all, he shaped people into greatness.

He shook the ants in their tiny house, grinning. This little suburb was his ant farm and the people were his obedient little ants.


Note from Mao: This was the first lot I played after installing Free Time! Given the drastic changes to the core programming of the game with FT, I figured the hacks would take forever. I replaced InTeen with risky WooHoo and am using the OBJ version of InSim. Supposedly, SimPE works with FT… but we’ll see. I am also now safely in WV/Ohio and all set up. This was a backlogged entry I forgot to write. From here on out, we’re up-to-date with my current playing!


  1. great update and i still think Janine is going to do something to Henry. Poor Ryu is he really happy with this? Also Alyssa has something else up her sleeve, but i wonder what?

    Mao edit: With Alyssa, it’s hard to tell! ;)

    Comment by Sanna — March 13, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

  2. I do not like Thomas at all.>:(
    Janine should have just killed him. And i am starting to like Alyssa but i’m still hoping Ryu will get some backbone.
    :) Great update!

    Mao edit: Haha, Thomas is quite the mastermind. I’m glad Alyssa is growing on you!

    Comment by monica — March 13, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

  3. Janine is a murderer? tsk tsk tsk… this family is the most messed up of all i think. i actually thoguht Jun was my faurite, even though she was encouraging Shaniqua to cheat :P

    Mao edit: Jun is quite a character, to be sure. :)

    Comment by L3w1s — March 13, 2008 @ 5:22 pm

  4. I am starting to like Alyssa more as well, but only because she’s standing up to her father. Poor Ryu, he doesn’t deserve this. :(

    Mao edit: Hehe, Alyssa isn’t so bad. She’s just… different.

    Comment by Josh — March 13, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

  5. Thomas, you horrible manipulative man, I hope you get squashed by a stray meteorite!! Now that’s out of my system…
    I don’t think Ryu is going to be the pushover they all imagine. I think he’s going to suprise everyone, especially Alyssa. Come on Ryu!

    Mao edit: Hahaha, well, it is true. He is quite manipulative! As for Ryu surprising everyone, I’m not so sure. We’ll have to see.

    Comment by Claire — March 14, 2008 @ 1:19 am

  6. Hi Mao,

    love your blog! I’ve been reading for a while but never commented. Just wanted to let you know that SimPE has been updated for Free Time. They were fast :)

    Mao edit: Hi there and thanks! I already have it, but it doesn’t seem to be working 100%. I can still extract the profile pictures, so that works. SimSurgery, however, is… not fully functional.

    Comment by Kyri — March 14, 2008 @ 10:56 am

  7. Thomas is still a poop-head, but he’s turned into one cool guy to read about. He’s the ultimate “man holding all the strings” and it’s fun to see the things he plans for everyone else!

    Mao edit: Thomas is quite interesting, even if he is a big old jerk.

    Comment by Mandie — March 16, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

  8. well, Thomas keeps things interesting that’s for sure!

    Comment by arcadata — February 19, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

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