Boreal Springs

July 29, 2009

Saunders 2 – Round 26: ‘Is There Something I Should Know’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 9:57 pm

Gordon Saunders has been a vampire for awhile now, but can he really hold it together as generations pass him by?  Claude and Emily are married, but can their commitment withstand parenthood to little Selene?

Claude had never been good with babies.  They were bald, wrinkly, and they pooped a lot.  That was the extent of his baby knowledge.  Selene seemed different somehow, probably because she was his own.  He spent time with her, something that shocked Gordon to his core.  He really hadn’t anticipated that Claude would be a suitable father.  He still wasn’t sure he was ready to be the father of three children, thus the need to keep the twins’ identities and existence a secret.

Gordon, however, had plenty of practice when it came to raising kids.  He was Selene’s saving grace.  Emily was there for her when she could be and Claude played with her like he would some kind of grown-up toy, but Gordon was the true nurturing force behind her rearing.  She seemed to know this almost instinctively, clutching him the tightest and crying when someone took her away from his arms.

It wasn’t the best solution, but Gordon knew as long as he kept Claude under his careful watch, hopefully he could keep his son out of further trouble.  He was beginning to wish Claude had never discovered vampirism and that Roman hadn’t saw fit to interfere.

Jeeves was a big help during the day, when everyone was asleep.  Unfortunately, one day he malfunctioned and spent the majority of the day running around emitting sparks and gibberish.  Emily was not pleased.  She may not win any mother of the year awards anytime soon, but she loved her daughter and did not trust that chunk of metal for all its worth.  Gordon assured her everything would be fine and spent the next evening fixing Jeeves and getting him back into tip-top working condition.

Emily was still unconvinced.  She thought it would be a much better idea to bring a human into the fold.  They could care for Selene and she wouldn’t have to worry about some mechanical brute hurting her baby.  Claude wasn’t near as apprehensive.  He trusted his father and Jeeves was pretty amusing.  He liked ghosts for some reason, despite never having been to a graveyard.

When Emily suggested that Gordon just bring that girl–what’s her name–Valerie in to do it, Gordon gave her a look that could kill.  It didn’t quite kill her, but it certainly silenced her.  Valerie was not a topic he enjoyed discussing, at all.

Gordon had told Valerie to not make any impromptu visits to the house unless it was absolutely necessary.  Of course, Valerie was a bit of a free-spirit and was prone to doing as she pleased.  She strolled up to the house a little after twelve am.  No matter how many times she saw the house, it never failed to intimidate her.  It definitely looked like a vampire’s lair, especially from the outside with its iron wrought fences and dead trees.

Jeeves let her in and she was greeted by the sound of Gordon working the piano keys.  She hadn’t known he was a pianist, but he certainly had plenty of time to perfect his skills.  He hadn’t been expecting company and so he was not pleased when Jeeves let him know he had a visitor.

Valerie was a bit surprised when he wasn’t dressed, “I didn’t mean to just barge in but–”

“You’d better have a good reason,” Gordon said tersely, moving from the piano bench.  “However, it will have to wait.  Let me get dressed.”

He disappeared down into the basement for a few moments before emerging, fully dressed.  Valerie was thankful for this.  She wasn’t sure if she could deal with the half-naked vampire.  She had to keep reminding herself of Megan and Marcus.

There was also the fact that Gordon still wore his wedding ring.  Lauren had died some time ago and yet there it was, on his finger, an ever-present reminder of his age and truly, how little she knew of what he was.  He stared her down, waiting for an explanation.  It took her a moment to gather her thoughts.

“Megan brought home Nadia… and then Nadia introduced her to Dominic.  Both children have been to my house several times now,” Valerie began, confident.  “I figured that if you wanted to see them directly, or maybe observe them, you could come over when they are there.  You wouldn’t have to tell them who you are.”

Gordon looked thoughtful for a moment, “I can’t say that warrants a visit, but I will admit, I’m impressed.  I trust Megan has no idea what she’s done?”

“No, it was an accident that she happened to meet Nadia and bring her home.  Everything went from there.  I’m just being the supportive mother.”

“I’ll let you know, about coming over.  Until then, no more surprise visits.”

Selene seemed to be growing faster than the rest of her family could handle.  Emily found herself becoming more and more attached to the tiny life she had spawned.  She’d been a vampire for a long time and never once had she thought to become a mother.  Now she couldn’t imagine being anything else.  Claude, perhaps, was not the ideal father figure, but she loved him for all his eccentricities.  And even if she didn’t always agree with Gordon’s methods, Selene couldn’t have possibly had a better grandfather.

Emily was happy that she’d done what she done, even if she felt guilty about it.  Were it not for Roman’s little plan, she’d never have ended up here, watching her daughter sleeping peacefully, protected and safe.

Unfortunately, not all of Gordon’s grandchildren were little angels.  Emma Davis wasn’t Gordon’s actual granddaughter, in fact, they shared absolutely no blood relation, but he had adopted her mother and that made him grandpa enough for the both of them.  It seemed Emma had been a little too spoiled in her youth, for she was acting recklessly and without caution now.  Gordon was more than well aware of what she’d been doing at college.

“I would really prefer it if you left Gregory Davis alone, Emma,” Gordon warned her.  Not only was Gregory Roman’s son, but he was engaged to Lydia Anderson.  Gordon didn’t need anymore conflict with either branch of the family.  “It’s for the best.”

Of course, Emma would hear none of his reasoning.  What did he know about love, anyway?

As if Emma’s behavior wasn’t enough to cause him worry, there was another surprise waiting around the corner.  Emily was pregnant again.  Claude was suitably shocked.  One child was more than enough for him.

“I thought we had been careful,” Claude said after some moments of shocked silence.  “How did this happen?”

Emily was a little taken back by his lack of enthusiasm, “preventative measures are never one-hundred-precent, Claude.  It just happened.”

He sighed, shoulders slumped, “don’t you think one is enough?”

“We’ll figure something out afterward,” Emily said, trying not to be upset at her husband’s reaction.  “But there’s nothing we can do about this one.  We’re having a second, whether you’re ready for it or not.”

Claude watched as Selena clumsily walked past them, oblivious to the tension hovering between her parents.  He sighed and simply said, “you’re right, but dad is not going to be happy.  At all.”


Note from Mao: Forget about Gordon being happy, MAO IS NOT HAPPY.  Why must every descendant of Henry Saunders insist on having A MILLION KIDS?  Do I have to whip out the family tree to illustrate this for you?  I probably can’t because it’s so huge.  Arhghghg, Emily is going on birth control after this.

Also, on a super-disturbing note, Emma?  Three bolts.  Gordon has THREE BOLTS for his adopted granddaughter.  HOMG.  And here I thought Valerie was a problem.  GAH!  This is a Woody Allen situation here, totally messed up.

This was also my first servo malfunction.  Very strange.


  1. The Emma/Gordon situation is so creepy. Gordon ending up with Valerie would probably be the lesser of two evils when compared to that! Oh Emma, you are TROUBLE and that’s why I kinda love you. More babies?! As pretty as this branch of the Saunders family’s genes are, the idea of Claude as a father of four is really quite terrifying!

    Comment by Zoë — July 30, 2009 @ 6:51 am

  2. Haha, yes, that is just a little too weird… even for me! And trust me, you’re not the only one freaked out by the idea of Claude having FOUR kids. Man!

    Comment by Mao — July 30, 2009 @ 10:28 am

  3. WTF?? Three bolts? That’s screwed up, right there. Hopefully ACR doesn’t decide to step in on this… xD

    Poor Claude doesn’t want another baby… I wonder what his reaction would be to having two other kids he doesn’t know about?

    Comment by Helen — July 30, 2009 @ 10:30 am

  4. I know! I was quite shocked when I checked his panel and saw that, sigh. ACR needs to step off… that’s just, no. Gordon would never! As for finding out about the twins, he’ll probably throw a fit, haha.

    Comment by Mao — July 30, 2009 @ 10:41 am

  5. Talk about insensative, Claude. That’s not how you respond to a pregnancy with your wife. BTW-aren’t vampires supposed to be barren? I guess not in the sim world.

    Comment by starrsim — July 30, 2009 @ 11:02 am

  6. Not necessarily, it depends on the lore. Some vampires are the blood disease/risen from the dead/zombie-esque (and thus, undead) whilst others follow the ‘original vampire was a human who consumed/fornicated/was possessed/whatever with or by a superior being (read angel/demon/etc)’ and therefore, still retain ability to procreate because their body is changed, but not dead (although some, like Anne Rice’s, tend to go into a stasis). I tend to follow this one with my lore, only to me, they are a species. It’s hard to say what EA was going for, though. Looks like stereotypical Nosferatu, which means they shouldn’t have babies, but do. So, we’ll say blood disease, but not necessarily undead. ;) There’s a LOT of older lore confusion between zombies and vampires, surprisingly. And don’t ask me why I know all this crap, because I do not know. And vampires aren’t even my favorite supernatural creature! I prefer werewolves.

    Claude isn’t known for his sensitivity, LOL!

    Comment by Mao — July 30, 2009 @ 11:12 am

  7. Ohh… no not another Woody Allen situation. Creepy.

    I would love to see a family tree for your hood. I am sure there are lot of interconnectedness. The whole hood must be related in one way or another.

    Comment by Monique — July 30, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

  8. Seriously! But there is a family tree already, I’ve had it for about a year now. It’s pretty neat and you can see everyone’s descendants/etc. Making a fully graphical one would be impossible at this point, too many interwoven lines.

    But you can see all of Henry’s descendants by clicking here. It’s pretty crazy!

    Comment by Mao — July 30, 2009 @ 1:05 pm

  9. While I was reading the update, before I even got to your note, I saw the picture of Gordon talking to Emma and I thought, “Wouldn’t it be funny if Gordon and Emma were attracted to each other?” Then I saw your note. D’oh! Okay, not FUNNY, just REALLY DISTURBING. LOL.

    Selene is absolutely adorable!

    Comment by Shana — July 30, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

  10. I guess it’s one of those cases of, “be careful what you wish for!” LOL!

    Comment by Mao — July 30, 2009 @ 3:27 pm

  11. I guess this is the point where I’m supposed to be shocked and disturbed with Emma and Gordon. I’ll get there as soon as I stop laughing.

    Anyway, I’m not surprised by Claude. And maybe I’m the only one. One must keep in mind that at the bottom line, he’s a Romance sim. There are aberrations, but Romance sims, as a general rule, don’t like or want children. He has a kid (that he knows about), and that’s enough, if not too many already. Come now, Mao, four isn’t a million.

    Am I the only one suspicious of Valerie’s true intentions for coming over?

    Comment by Fini — July 30, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

  12. Yep, at his core, Claude is Romance. He’s not really interested in being the driver of a clown car. As for a million kids, just wait until those kids start breeding, and their kids start breeding. It’s a lot. Too many!

    She wanted to see shirtless Gordon? lol

    Comment by Mao — July 30, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

  13. *sigh* Gordon. That is all.

    Poor Emily. That’s a terrible reaction to receive. Claude will come around once the baby is born, though.

    I once had a servo that went amok all the time. I finally had to drop a satellite on him. RIP ServoSteve.

    Comment by Lisa — July 31, 2009 @ 8:30 am

  14. ROFL! Dropped a satellite on him. I can just imagine you saying that as if you were talking about doing the dishes… hilarious! He’s only done it once so far, when his needs dipped down.

    Comment by Mao — July 31, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

  15. Oh Claude, you’re lucky you’re a little dense (and can’t go out during the daytime)… I’m not looking forward to seeing how Claude will react to having 2 children with Kit… With Selene reaching school age it’s going to be trickier for Gordon to keep the secret from him though. Emma needs to listen to her grandpa Gordon he knows best! That’s totally disturbing and gross that he has 3 bolts for her ::shudder::

    Comment by Liz — August 3, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

  16. Haha, yes! Ignorance is bliss, for the time being. But you’re right, it won’t be easy to ignore for long. Gordon is trying to prepare for the moment. He is really only concerned about his own part in their lives. He’s a problem-solver like that, LOL!

    Comment by Mao — August 3, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

  17. I stopped using Servos a long time ago because I had nothing BUT malfunctions!

    Selena is so adorable. I know you’re annoyed about Claude’s super-fertility but he does make adorable children!

    How fortunate for Valerie that Megan has brought Nadia and Dominic to her. Sounds like it might make a pretty convenient cover story.

    Comment by Carla — August 5, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

  18. This is really my first time experimenting with them! So far, so good, except that one time. Selene is cute, she seems to favor her mother so far. I’m happy about Gordon genes, not so happy about all these dang kids I’ll have to play, LOL!

    Comment by Mao — August 5, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

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