Boreal Springs

April 20, 2008

Saunders – Round 12: ‘Family Business, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:11 pm

Henry Saunders is nearing the end of his life and his wife, Janine, isn’t too far behind. Damien has taken over the house, but he and his wife, Aiyana, have had trouble producing an heir. Will Henry live to see his name carried on or will Damien fail to pass on his namesake?

Aiyana Saunders awoke to a strange feeling that gurgled in the pit of her stomach. Before she knew it, she launched out of bed and ran for the nearest toilet. After paying homage to the porcelain gods with last night’s supper, Aiyana decided that perhaps it would be wise to invest in a pregnancy test.

While her granddaughter-in-law was puking, Janine was busy at the computer. Her life was nearing its end, this much was certain. Her last physical had revealed some unpleasant growths. Janine felt old and tired, so she didn’t bother furthering the diagnosis. She was ready to move on and tired of living a constant lie. Unfortunately, in order to do so, she had to pass the burden onto her son, Gordon.

She wouldn’t be able to teach him everything and she was certain Thomas had his own motives, so Janine devised a plan. She began typing up a ‘manual’ of sorts for Gordon. She spent every waking hour at the computer, typing until her finger tips felt numb.

Aiyana, meanwhile, had scheduled a doctor’s visit after her test came out positive. She returned home with happy news–she was indeed pregnant. Damien, of course, was relieved. He knew that Henry was getting old and he wanted desperately for him to see the child born. While Derek was Damien’s real father, Henry had been more of a father-figure to him than anyone else. He and Janine had been there with him every step after Chuck’s unfortunate passing.

Aiyana was happy, too, but very nervous. She’d never been very good with babies. Perhaps she should study up?

One night, while Aiyana was browsing various parenting websites, she came across a strange file on the computer. She wasn’t very computer literate, having grown up in a commune, so when she accidentally minimized her browser, she began frantically clicking in an effort to get it back. She ended up opening a folder on the desktop that Janine had forgotten to lock. Laid out before her in text was a manual of crime. Aiyana blinked and panicked, closing the window.

Damien, who was washing the windows, gave her a strange look, “are you all right?”

Aiyana froze, unsure of what to say. Was her pregnancy making her crazy? Maybe her hormones were acting up, that’s all. She hadn’t seen that! “Y-Yeah… just spooked. A pop-up ad. Annoying, huh?”

He shrugged and continued scrubbing. Aiyana shut down the computer. That was enough oddities for one night.

Janine eventually finished her manual, unaware that Aiyana had seen it. She invited Gordon over one day and pulled him into an empty room. As the book left her hands, she knew that it was indicative of passing on her weight to her son. He smiled.

“What’s this? Don’t trust Thomas?”

“He’s my ex-husband, sweetie,” Janine replied, shaking her head. “Never trust an ex.”

“Of course, I knew better… but thanks.”

Janine gave him a look, “don’t go into this thinking you know everything, Gordon. Even you can’t prepare or weasel your way out of everything. You have to be careful. No one can ever know about this… about you…”

“What about you?”

“It won’t matter,” Janine smiled sadly. “I’ll be gone soon. The trail will hopefully end with me. Just promise me you’ll be careful.”

“I will, I promise.”


  1. Geez…that’s basically almost all of the generation 1 adults, gone. xD It’s so sad. We’ve seen these people grow and evolve and now they’re dying. It is bittersweet…bitter, because they are awesome…sweet because…even in death, they cause so much drama xD

    Even in death, the drama remains. Behold! The power of drama. ;)

    Comment by Elecy — April 20, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

  2. Mao, your new site design is rockin’!

    Awww, thanks, Jade!

    Comment by Jade — April 20, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

  3. i cant believe how many gen. 1 people are dying!!

    I know, it doesn’t feel like that long…

    Comment by Brit — April 21, 2008 @ 3:34 am

  4. Woah – talk about drama. So Henry told on Janine. Interesting. Obviously Janine can’t exactly get caught, but what about Derek? And could it lead to Gordon or Thomas? (not that I care about Thomas ;D)

    Also, I read that studying parenting only lets you see the baby’s lowest need. I don’t think that sounds very useful :\.

    Gordon has everyone fooled–even the incredibly intelligent Tsung–that he’s you’re everyday goof. Thomas, well, we’ll see. Derek’s butt is also on the line. That sucks about the parenting thing. Boo!

    Comment by Simlover — April 21, 2008 @ 7:55 am

  5. Aw, that’s so sad that almost all of the generation 1 adults are gone! :( Hmm, I’m curious about what Ryu’s going to do with the information Henry sent him — especially since it involves his wife’s parents!

    Me too! Too bad it’ll take forever to get to their house again, lol.

    Comment by Shana — April 21, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  6. Awww, so sad to see Henry and Janine go. They were one of my favorite couples, mainly because I rooted for them to get together since day one! I can’t believe Henry told on Janine! Doesn’t he know that’s going to lead right to Derek?! Oh boy.

    Ahhh, yes… Derek. Well, Henry couldn’t let it rest on his shoulders any longer. We’ll see if they can put the pieces together. Either way, Derek didn’t kill Katy, Janine did. But he did conspire! Sorta. We still don’t have the whole story.

    Comment by Mandie — April 21, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  7. I love the new site. I’m finally caught up! I haven’t posted comments in a while cause I’m going on vacation and I’ve been busy helping my dad plan. Anyways, I got a chance to catch up last week. I like the name Aiyana chose. :) River’s cute, but of course all Sim babies look basically the same. She’s still cute.

    Thanks! I’m glad you like it. I hope you have an awesome vacation. :D

    Comment by Samantha — April 21, 2008 @ 11:30 am

  8. Well, the secret was gona coem out eventually. And I love the new skin xD

    Haha, thanks! I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted it to happen, but Henry literally wanted to send an email.

    Comment by L3w1s — April 21, 2008 @ 11:56 am

  9. Oh wow. The Hit Hits the fan indeed. At least we know Henry wasn’t as clueless as Janine thought him to be. Although, their death makes me sad, its good to know he died having done the right thing.

    It’ll be fun to see how this affects the rest of the houses. ;)

    Comment by Josh — April 21, 2008 @ 5:16 pm

  10. River’s supposed to be a hippie name? I thought Chris was going with a Firefly theme or something. :D

    Love the new look for the site. I can’t believe you’re on round 12 already. Wow, I really need to work on my prosperity…

    That was actually my choice, Chris said the same thing as you did, LOL! I’ll usually mention in notes who named them. ;) Thanks! And you really need to.

    Comment by Christina — April 21, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

  11. *Moment of silence for Janine and Henry* sniffle

    So Henry knew all along! and reaches out from the grave to feed the drama! Obviously Ryu knows now but will Aiyana ever mention what she found so he can put 2 and 2 together?! I love the email, nice touch :)

    That’s the only benefit I’ve found to “study parenting” and they still seem to feed them needless bottles even if hunger isn’t in their thought bubble. Grrr

    I hate the baby harassment! It literally makes me want to start killing sims. Nothing makes me angry quicker! The email screen is actually a cap of Windows Mail. I was feeling lazy.

    Comment by Ann — April 22, 2008 @ 1:43 am

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