Boreal Springs

December 22, 2008

Saunders 3 – Round 21: ‘Haunting Me, Pt. 1′

Filed under: O`Hanlon,Saunders — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 9:08 am

Michael Saunders is trying to keep to himself, but between Fou-Lu’s problems and Sade O`Hanlon forcing herself constantly into his life, he’s finding it incredibly hard to do so.

“A cat, really, F0u-Lu?” Michael grumbled.  “In an apartment, no less.”

“You got something against cats?”

“Not at all, but seeing as you didn’t even ask me beforehand–”

“It’s for Emma, no big deal.  It won’t be here long.  I promise.”

Behind them, Sade was already cooing over the cat, “It’s so cute!”

“Don’t even start,” Michael said quickly, looking over Fou-Lu’s shoulder at Sade.  “A cat is one thing, but you?”

“Awww, c’mon, don’t be a scrooge.  You gonna kick a cat and a girl out on the street?”

Of course, Michael was a loner, but he wasn’t heartless.  He didn’t kick Sade out or the cat.  He tolerated them both as well as anyone could hope to.  Especially when Sade refused to leave him alone.  She had a job, this much he knew, but what and when it took place, he couldn’t say.

“You can’t avoid me forever,” Sade said daringly, eyes narrowed as if plotting something devious.  “I don’t see why you even bother.”

“Some of us have a sense of decency,” Michael replied, though defeat was obvious in his voice and face.  “I don’t see why you have to be so… pushy.”

She smiled at this, “Maybe because you’re shy and I like watching you twitch.”

Meanwhile, Elena and Fou-Lu weren’t quite having the same issues.  Elena visited frequently, both with and without Emma.  While they had both tried to be as casual as they could, old habits die hard.  Elena found herself reliant on Fou-Lu constantly being there.  She began to wonder if perhaps her own doubts had just been fear.  Fou-Lu was immature, but he tried, and he’d grown, despite himself.  Keeping him away was hurting Emma.

Perhaps there was something to be said for second chances.

Sade’s techniques needed definite work.  Michael was resisting her as fervently as ever and it was frustrating.  Worse yet, when she tried to back off and attempt more subdued methods, she failed.  Burning breakfast was only the beginning.  She decided to quit before she burnt the entire apartment down around them.  Why did he have to be so stubborn? Had Sade hit on anyone else, they’d have been flattered and smitten instantly.  She was Sade, after all.  Gorgeous, and while not skilled in the culinary arts, extremely good arm candy.  What the heck was wrong with Michael?

Elena was trying to figure out just that.  In her visits, she’d noticed what was going on and decided to confront her step-brother about it.  He was reluctant to talk, but Elena knew him and his weaknesses.  He had no choice.

“If you don’t like her, just tell her so she leaves you alone,” Elena said, trying to be sisterly, but her annoyance was obvious.  “What you’re doing is just mean, Michael.”

“I’m not trying to be mean,” Michael said sadly, unsure of what else to say, really.  “I just, I mean.  I don’t get it.  I was supposed to be alone, right?  And I keep getting lost in these situations and I’m surrounded by people and I just–”

Elena rolled her eyes, “accept it.  Life isn’t what you want.  You take what you can get.  You think I wanted to get knocked up in college?  But I love Emma, and I wouldn’t go back and change it.  Who says you have to be alone?  Being weird doesn’t mean you’re not like the rest of us.  You were born that way, Michael, and we all except it.  Why can’t you?”

“…I don’t know.”

“Well, figure it out quick.  Sade may be full of herself, but you are who you are.  Girls won’t exactly fall over themselves for you forever, Michael.  Not once they figure out how truly strange you are.  Sade knows and doesn’t care.  For some reason, she likes it.  Don’t take advantage of that acceptance.”

Michael tried to take Elena’s advice to heart, but his personality was what it was.  He couldn’t change that and so he simply avoided Sade as best he could.  She eventually cornered him and instead of being annoyingly pushy, she approached him carefully.

“Will you come with me?  I want to take a walk, but it’s dark…” Her confidence was faltering, but she hid it well.  “Someone like me?  I’ll get kidnapped if I go alone.  Please?  I’ll be good, I promise.”

He sighed.  His first response was to refuse, he did have to work early in the morning and it was already nine.  Who goes for walks at nine when its cold?  But he was weird in his own way, too.

“Fine, but this better not be a trick.”

“Of course not!” She grinned suddenly, taking his hand and pulling him towards the door.  “Let’s go!”

They walked to the park, which was surprisingly populated for it being so late at night.  Sade moved instantly to the brightly colored swings, flopping down on one of the plastic seats that dangled helplessly from the chains.  It rattled beneath her weight and creaked as she moved.

“Swings, Sade?” Michael asked incredulously.  “You brought me out here to swing?”

She stuck her tongue out at him, “what’s wrong with swings?  Don’t be such an old man, Michael.  You’re barely thirty!  Everyone loves swings.”

“So says the twenty-something who dropped out of college,” Michael grumbled, giving her a small push, the creaking of the chains worrying him.  “Is this even safe?

“Don’t you ever stop?  It’s fine!  Now push harder, that last one was lame.  It’s not like I weigh a ton,” she laughed, dainty and yet mocking all the same.  “Unless you’re too weak–”

The push she receieved sent her high into the air, eliciting a sudden squeal.  She gripped the chains hard, coming back down, scuffing her feet against the dirt and digging her heels in.  As the fear dissipated, she laughed and was surprised when it intermixed with Michael’s own laughter from behind her.

As they moved to leave, Sade stopped and turned to Michael, her face twisted in mock anger.

“You tried to kill me,” she said, laughing, unable to keep up the guise.

“Obviously not hard enough,” he countered, surprising her.

She moved towards him, dangerously close, arms catching him by surprise, “ooh, that would be scary… you know, if you weren’t so meek!”

“I scared you, didn’t I?”

Instead of replying, she took the opportunity and kissed him.  It had been nearly ten years since this scenario had played itself out in the basement of Michael’s childhood home.  Of course, then it had been awkward and much shorter.  Neither had gained any experience, but adulthood tends to change things nonetheless.


Note from Mao: Sorry this is long.  Sade and Michael drive me nuts.  Seriously.  Sade is push, push, push and Michael is running away like a scared little boy.  He’s 100% shy, she’s 100% outgoing.  The mixture of the two is VOLATILE.  Sade also fails at cooking.  FAILS.  Fou-Lu is moving out to join Elena the next round, hooray.  Here’s hoping it lasts, lol.


  1. I’m really pleased that Fou-Lou and Elena are going to finally get together. Yay! Sade and Micheal crack me up, I can’t imagine how funny/annoying it must be to play two such opposites in the same house.

    Hopefully the two of them can make it work! As for Sade and Michael, they are a hilarious headache.

    Comment by Beverly — December 22, 2008 @ 9:28 am

  2. Wow! This update is so awesome! I’m extremely happy FL and Elena are going to get back together. I was hoping!!

    I was on the edge of my seat until the end with Sade and Michael! I KNEW she’d get him, it was just a matter of time! MWAHAHAA I love their relationship!!!

    I really hope they can work it out, for Emma’s sake. Elena is just so… well, she doesn’t know what she wants. She really doesn’t, LOL.

    Comment by JMW — December 22, 2008 @ 12:14 pm

  3. Yes! Finally! I’ve been waiting so long for those two to come together. They’ll be if nothing else hilarious to play. So Fou-Lu is being given a chance to prove himself? I’m rooting for him. I’m assuming he’s taking the cat with him. *g* Michael can cook, right? If not, then I worry about them.

    Haha, you know it! As for Fou-Lu, he’s being given a chance. Let us both hope he doesn’t mess it up! Michael is, thankfully, a good cook.

    Comment by Fini — December 22, 2008 @ 1:10 pm

  4. Michael and Sade’s relationship is hilarious! Kinda like a mix of the old Alyssa and Ryu and Lilith and Tsung…Sade must definately be happy at getting Michael after so long!

    It’s definitely funny to watch, that’s for sure!

    Comment by Mohohon — December 22, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

  5. Aww, poor Michael. Sade is so ridiculous, but it’s nice to see her calmed down some.

    Yay for Elena giving Fou-Lu a chance!

    And I like the new layout, Mao. It’s awesome. :D

    Aw, thanks! It’s always nice to have a change.

    Comment by Josh — December 22, 2008 @ 2:46 pm

  6. Michael and Sade remind me of River and Zhou. But only one of them was trying to deny the attraction, whereas both Zhou and River didn’t. But of course, they gave in… it was only a matter of time. xD

    Hahaha, Zhou didn’t really deny his attraction after awhile, though. River was the one in denial. ;)

    Comment by Tammy — December 22, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

  7. Sade is my favourite Sim in Boreal Springs! I like having opposites attract couples. I like to think they balance each other out but 9/10, the chemistry doesn’t seem to go that way in the game.

    I’m glad Elena and Fou-Lu are going to get their own place together too.

    Sade is definitely a character. They do balance one another out, it’s just finding that balance in the first place, LOL. My fiance and I are the same way. Elena already has her own place, so Fou-Lu will be joining her there.

    Comment by Carla — December 22, 2008 @ 5:11 pm

  8. Sheesh, that Sade is really persistent! Elena and Fou-Lou moving in together? Thats good news!

    She really is! As for Elena and Fou-Lu, here’s hoping.

    Comment by karen — December 22, 2008 @ 11:46 pm

  9. I totally heart Michael. He kind of reminds me of myself, with his avoidant tendencies and all. If I had a coin for every time one of my friends gave me the speech Elena delivered to Michael… XD
    Aww, I think Mike and Sade might have just become my new OTP. <3

    Haha, yeah, I can agree with the avoidance tactics. ;)

    Comment by Monika — December 23, 2008 @ 8:32 am

  10. Yay, I’m happy for Fou-Lu and Elena. I hope everything works out for them. And LOL that Sade and Michael will be left alone together. She’s going to eat him alive! :)

    Hahaha, poor Michael. I think he may be able to handle it. Hopefully.

    Comment by laura — December 23, 2008 @ 10:14 am

  11. FINALLY!!! Let’s see how they’re relationship progresses, well for both couples.! Wow, You started with four families (If my memory serves me correct) && now you have more than ten families to play. That’s a lot. I bet, there’s never a boring moment, but I’m sure there’s a tiring moment. =) BTW, I’m in love with Sade’s outfit when she was at the park, do you have any idea where I could find that?

    Umm, if I remember correctly, I think it may have come from, but I have no idea where precisely. Sorry. :( It’s pretty crazy! I can’t believe it’ll be a year soon.

    Comment by jacqueline — December 23, 2008 @ 11:49 am

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