Boreal Springs

July 15, 2009

O`Hanlon: Round 26 – ‘Satellites’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:26 pm

Julie and Asia are getting up there in years and are enjoying watching their children grow up and have families of their own.  Timothy and Isolde are perhaps one of the oddest pairings you’ll find, but you’d be hard-pressed to find two people more devoted to one another.  Their twin sons, Gavin and Tommy, enjoy keeping the family on its toes.

Things were pretty quiet for the O`Hanlons, if you didn’t count the chatter and noise that results from having two very active toddlers scrambling around the house.  For the most part, though, everything was going well.  Asia and Julie were huge helps when it came to the boys’ care and Timothy being unemployed certainly made sure the twins always had someone with them.  Isolde still worked odd hours, but no one questioned it.

She was very secretive about her work.  Keeping secrets wasn’t something Isolde enjoyed, but it was necessary.  She couldn’t let it get out that she was working for Gordon Saunders, infamous criminal mastermind and vampire.  She had inherited the job from her mentor, Lilith Yu.

Unfortunately, the worst of tragedies always seem to come when you think everything is going perfectly.  Asia had always had a fondness for the night sky.  She’d often lie out on the yard and peer up at the endless expanse of blue, at the tiny, winking stars.  No one had anticipated that it would be the very thing that killed her.  A rogue satellite crashed from the sky and directly onto her, vaporizing her on impact, leaving only her scorched wedding band several feet away.

There was nothing anyone could do but stand in shock and horror.  Asia O`Hanlon was gone.

Julie was beside herself with grief.  They had been together since they were teens.  Even with their advancing age, neither had given a thought as to who would die first.  They had always just assumed it would be together.  Now Julie was alone, for the first time in decades, without Asia by her side.

It was an empty feeling.

There was little time for the household to mourn, what with two very rambunctious toddlers running about and causing trouble.  Tommy’s favorite trick was to hide from everyone.  He would steal away to the dog house and take a nap, leaving his family to run around in a crazed frenzy, trying to find the missing toddler.  When at last he was located, everyone heaved a sigh of relief and tried to regather their frayed composure.

The toddlers definitely took the edge off of Asia’s untimely death.

Despite her necessary secrecy, Isolde and Timothy were as close as ever.  They were sure to enjoy the spare few moments they had when both the twins managed to be napping at the same time and Julie was at work.  Timothy had visions of another child, but Isolde wasn’t quite sure if that was a possibility.  Julie was talking about retirement and she hated to burden her aging mother-in-law with another child to help care for, especially after the loss she had suffered.

Maggie dropped by for a visit, Asia’s death and funeral prompting her to realize how little she had seen of her family recently.  Apeture was some distance away and it wasn’t always easy to find time to visit, especially with her work load and all the papers she seemed to be endlessly grading lately.

She was instantly greeted by the chaos of the full house, the twin boys both making their own kinds of noise, the two dogs running rampant throughout the living room.  Julie stepped over the rabbit head and gave her daughter a big squeeze.

“You look so good, Maggie,” Julie said, breaking the hug and giving her daughter a full once over.  “There’s a hitch in your step.  Something you need to tell us?”

Timothy came out not long after, still dressed in his pajamas.  The leisurely life of a stay-at-home dad gave him many benefits, once of which allowed him to traipse around all day in his sleepwear if he so desired.  He gave his little sis a quick hug before getting down to business.

“What’s this I hear about you going out with James?” His voice was firm, not matching his casual stance at all.  “Don’t think you’re being sneaky, Mags!  I know people.”

She rolled her eyes, “we’re seeing how it goes.  That’s all.”

“Uh huh, sure.  I know guys, Mags, I am one.  I should’ve known his little offer wasn’t platonic–”

“Timothy,” Maggie cut him off, exasperated.  “Let it go, okay?  I’m a big girl, I can take care of myself.”

“Sure, sure, whatever you say, Mags… but if he pulls any crap, best friend or not, I’ll break him.”

This caused her to laugh, “you mean you’ll have Isolde break him, right?”

“Don’t let the flannel fool you, little sis, there’s nothing grandpa-like about my moves.”

Thanks to the watchful eyes of their parents and grandma, Tommy and Gavin made it to childhood.  Their energy levels sure didn’t deplete any, in fact, they seemed to increase.  Gavin loved school and enjoyed making friends.  He brought Dominic Knight home from school one day, just on a whim.  He was a real people person.

Isolde had insisted on giving him a haircut, despite his cries against it.  His hair was still shaggy, but not nearly as long.

Tommy was a bit more reserved than his brother, but still enjoyed Dominic’s company.  He seriously enjoyed the competition he offered, too, when it came to video games!  Gavin wasn’t nearly as good as Tommy and so Tommy was hard-pressed to find ‘fresh meat’ to beat the snot out of when it came to video games.

While everything seemed normal on the surface, Tommy knew that was far from the truth.  He was a little scared to tell his parents that maybe grandma Asia wasn’t completely gone after all.  She had died when he was still really young, so he didn’t remember her all that well, but she sure seemed keen on making an impression on him now.

Tommy wondered if she visited Gavin, too, but so far his twin said nothing of ghostly visitors.

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Note from Mao: And I’m back!  Still trying to get caught up on the loads of blog updates that happened while I was away.  It’ll probably take me some time.  I’m trying to get some playtime in, it’s a little odd getting back into the groove.  Hope everyone had a safe and wonderful fourth of July!  The whole ‘married woman’ thing is still sinking into my head.  Whew.

Asia’s death was NOT intentional.  She had a want to see a shooting star and so, I sent her out to see a shooting star.  I should have known better.  Those who have followed my many, many blogs know that I am no stranger to satellite deaths!  I don’t care how rare you say it is, I will scoff and say, “yeah, like twins, right?” because it never seems to fail, when a sim watches the stars, they meet an untimely fate!  Poor Asia.

Timothy really wants another kid, but so far, it isn’t happening.  I’ve downloaded the latest ACR and tweaked the values again using Laura’s nifty tutorial over at Lakeside Heights.  I’ve also finally added the inteenimator.  So yeah, big changes here!

20 Comments

  1. Wow, poor Asia and Julie :(
    That’s so sad that they are seperated now, maybe Isolde can arrange for Asia to return?

    Comment by starrsim — July 15, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

  2. Welcome Back, Mrs. Mao! I was thinking about you. How was the wedding?

    Comment by Temesha — July 16, 2009 @ 8:03 am

  3. I thought about it, but Asia and Julie were both close to the end of their days, so it’s not worth it.

    Comment by Mao — July 16, 2009 @ 9:52 am

  4. Thanks! It was great. There’s a picture on my blog. :)

    Comment by Mao — July 16, 2009 @ 9:52 am

  5. Poor Julie :( It’s good that she has the twins to keep her busy and from thinking too much about Asia, but it’s still sad that they’re separated after all this time together.

    Congratulations on the wedding! I’ve been married nine years and sometimes it still feels a bit weird to say “my husband” and remember that I’m actually old enough to be married! ;)

    Comment by Shana — July 16, 2009 @ 11:43 am

  6. I was so shocked! Poor Asia, I just wanted to get her into platinum. :( Thanks! My husband was my fiance longer than my boyfriend and my good friend way longer than any of it. So it’s a bit of an odd switch!

    Comment by Mao — July 16, 2009 @ 11:52 am

  7. Wow. I have yet to see a satellite death! Of course, this prosperity is the beginning of my learning the real details of the game. Regardless, sad about Asia. It seems weird not to see the two of them together.

    And welcome back! Look forward to you getting back in the groove.

    Comment by Shannon — July 16, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

  8. For some reason, if something is supposed to be rare in The Sims 2, it isn’t for me. Which is super annoying, LOL. It’s a curse I’ve had since my first family’s second birth was twins and then my third birth with another family? TWINS! Sigh.

    Thanks!

    Comment by Mao — July 16, 2009 @ 12:31 pm

  9. Ain’t married life grand! lol It takes a while to sink in, but once it does, yay. Here’s to you and your honey having a long and happy/healthy marriage.

    Now I’m scared to send my sims out to watch the stars. I have yet to have seath by satellite, and I don’t want it to happen. Poor Aisa. What a way to go. And I love how the only think left was her wedding band. lol And biy is she a nasty ghost. Scaring her granchildren like that.

    There’s a new version of ACR? I need to go check that out!

    Comment by GoldenBuffy — July 16, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

  10. Haha, thanks! :D I’m usually pretty cautious about sending my sims out, but I figured everything would be fine. NOT! Back to being super cautious for me, LOL. Asia is a really nasty ghost, she scares everyone… I don’t get it!

    Comment by Mao — July 16, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

  11. Oh, wow! I haven’t ever had a satellite death naturally. Awww, RIP Asia! Poor Julie :(

    I’m glad Timothy and Isolde are going strong. Is there any way to play the witches without the glowing? I was thinking of trying it out with somebody in my hood. It looks cool, but I don’t think I’d want it there all the time.

    I just got the new ACR recently too. Did you know with the new ACR, you have to set their ideal family size before they’ll try? I miss the old family planning ACR had, with the weighted aspiration and children values. I liked my intricate formula and the randomness of whether they would try or not – now with the set ideal family size, there’s not as much variety to it. They’ll just pop out as many kids as you have them set for (and without any spacing too). Blah. *done ranting, lol* :)

    Comment by laura — July 16, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

  12. I had heard about that, but I didn’t see it in any of the options… I think my sims are still trying. I will have to check. Okay, I checked, I’m NOT using the new version and with that info… I don’t think I will. Thanks for the warning, LOL!

    Comment by Mao — July 16, 2009 @ 6:44 pm

  13. awww Poor Asia! I hope the family can recover from the loss. The image of Tommy sleeping in the dog house with the dog sleeping outside is way adorable. I hope that Timothy and Isolde will be able to have another baby, maybe a girl favoring the O’Hanlon genes.

    Congrats on married life, I hope you’re enjoying it so far. The wedding pic on your blog looks beautiful :)

    Comment by Liz — July 18, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

  14. I thought that picture was cute, too, LOL! The poor dog lost his house to the tot. Thanks! :D

    Comment by Mao — July 18, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

  15. Hi Mao! Glad to see you back, congrats on getting married and all that jazz! My browser died and I forgot to update my RSS feed, so I forgot about this till today. Whoops.
    No matter what you say, I still say death by satellite is rare. Your game is just weird. Bye Asia. But they certainly don’t have time to mourn, with the toddlers and all. I had the same reaction as Maggie to Tim acting threatening. He’s more like a teddy bear to me, lol.

    Comment by Fini — July 19, 2009 @ 8:54 am

  16. Thanks, Fini! No worries. It probably is, but like you said, my game is weird, LOL. Timothy being threatening isn’t nearly as scary as he’d like it to be… now Isolde? She can scare you.

    Comment by Mao — July 19, 2009 @ 10:48 am

  17. Poor Asia! That’s…that’s a crappy way to go, no less.

    And Maggie, I’d listen to your brother. Flanel is very manly. Lumberjacks, grunge bands…very manly folk.

    Oh, the dreaded mother haircuts. How I remember those D: I feel your pain, Gavin.

    *cling* Glad you’re back.

    Comment by Elecy — July 21, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

  18. Thanks! It’s good to be back. ;) LOL, I had forgotten about lumberjacks… probably a good thing, would have found an excuse to include a Monty Python quote!

    Comment by Mao — July 21, 2009 @ 2:13 pm

  19. Oh, well, now I’m scared! I asked once for a no satellite death hack and everyone replied telling me it was so rare and they’d never had it happen in all their years of playing. They’d obviously never read any of your blogs, I guess! Poor Asia. And poor Julie, alone on her own for the first time.

    Comment by Carla — August 5, 2009 @ 12:10 am

  20. Don’t be scared! Rare things tend to not be so rare for me in TS2, I have no idea why. :( But it really is rare.

    Comment by Mao — August 5, 2009 @ 10:44 am

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