Boreal Springs

October 22, 2009

Anderson 5 – Round 26: ‘Borderline’

Filed under: Anderson,O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:49 am

James Anderson seems to have recovered from Kit Knight’s betrayal with the help of Maggie O`Hanlon.  Unfortunately, dating your best friend’s younger sister is tricky business.  Katarina just hopes this one isn’t as messed up in the head as Kit.

James and Maggie’s relationship began rather abruptly, but despite that, they seemed to make it work.  There was one small hitch though, Maggie’s older brother, Timothy, didn’t know.  He wouldn’t look too kindly on James “taking advantage” of his younger sister, not at all.  So they had to keep their relationship quiet, which was rather easy, because Timothy rarely came into Aperture.

Katarina didn’t seem to mind the change in the house.  She knew Maggie had a thing for James, anyway, and that it was bound to happen.  She took her chance to pass on sage advice learned over her many years.

“They say you lose it once you get older,” Katarina began, her lips quirking into a smirk as she looked at Maggie.  “Not true, that’s when you really know what you’re doing!”

James sighed, “mom, come on.  We’re trying to eat.”

“Wow, that’s… how is that even possible?”  Maggie pondered aloud, unable to quell her curiosity.  “Don’t your bones and stuff hurt?”

“Sure, but like they say… what’s worth doing is gonna hurt afterwards!”

Maggie had avoided Boreal Springs since she and James had begun dating.  She hated lying to her family and it was hard to look Timothy in the eye now.  She felt so deceptive!  She wanted to tell him, but she knew he’d throw a fit and be dramatic.  She drove to Boreal Springs one afternoon on a whim, with the intent to tell him, but chickened out and had lunch with Adora and Isolde instead.

“Maybe he won’t freak out, you might be surprised,” Adora said.

“No, he’ll freak out,” Isolde corrected.  “But you have to tell him.  He’s your brother, Maggie.”

“He’ll just throw a fit and treat me like I’m twelve all over again.  No way.”

Isolde sighed, “he’s just concerned about you.  That thing with Kit was a big mess, you know that.  You can’t just get over something like that.”

Desperate for a change of subject, Maggie pulled Adora back into the conversation, asking after her political ambitions.

“Yeah, sis, what about those political ambitions?  Grandma Alyssa is probably rolling around in her grave!”

Adora frowned, “I just don’t have any interest.  It’s not in me.  I want a family and besides, Shelly is our political genius.  The family name has had enough political scandal, don’t you think?”

“Rolling, sis.  She’s rolling and screaming,” Isolde replied, smirking.  “I know this because of my witchy learnings.”

“Then let her scream.  She’s the one who messed it all up, anyway.  Dad is a wreck.”

“Speaking of which, Maggie, what’s up with your outfit?”

“W-what?  What’s wrong with it?” She replied self-consciously, looking down at her floral pattern shirt.  It was hip, the outfit was trendy right down to her ridiculous sling-back heels.  “I love this outfit!”

Adora shook her head, “no, I mean.  You’re… all big.  Look at your boobs!  Where did those come from?”

“She’s just jealous, Maggie, ignore her,” Isolde said, giving her younger sister a reproachful look.

Their lunch continued on with idle conversation passing back and forth.  It had been too long since Maggie had a chance to sit down with girls and talk, it felt good.  Of course, the longer they sat, the more scandalous their chatter became.  Isolde decided to draw the line when Maggie asked her a rather personal question.

“Was it really with Timothy?  I mean, come on, you can tell us!”

Isolde sipped her drink meaningfully, “I’m not having this discussion with my husband’s younger sister!”

“It was,” Adora supplied.  “It totally was.  I’ve slept with more men than my sister!”

Maggie turned towards Adora, “wow, really?  Who?”

After their meal was finished, Adora had to hurry back home to run some errands.  Isolde stayed behind, unable to hide her worry.  There was something off about Maggie, but she couldn’t quite put her finger on it.  She cornered her before she could leave.

“Is there something wrong, Maggie?  Something you need to tell me?”

“What?  No, I’m fine, everything’s fine.  I’ll have to grow some more courage, for Timothy, I mean.  It isn’t happening today.”

“You know you can tell me, I won’t tell Timothy.”

“It’s all right, really, Isolde.  I’m fine.  I’ll give you a call later.”

“All right,” Isolde said, watching her walk to her car, “be careful.”

A few weeks later, Maggie found herself holed up in the bathroom at 5am.  She hadn’t been feeling well at all lately and it only seemed to get worse.  She sprinted to the bathroom so fast she nearly ripped the covers off the bed.  She barely managed to make it in time.  She flushed the toilet, trying not to stare at what swirled downwards.

“That’s just gross,” Maggie lamented, closing her eyes.  “Gross.”

She could hear James outside, gathering things for work.  He always left really early, it was probably 5:30 by now.  He probably needed in the bathroom.  Maggie just couldn’t get her head straight.  She splashed hot water over her face in an attempt to bring herself back.  It helped, if only a little.

She heard a small knock on the door followed by James’ voice, “are you all right?”

“I’m fine,” she replied, muffled behind another cascade of water enveloping her face.  “I’ll be out in a sec.”

She let the water drip off her face, onto her tanktop, not bothering with the towel that hung from the sink rack.  It was all she could do to stand upright.  She put her arm over her eyes, the room was too bright, too white.  She felt like she was spinning.


She braced herself on the sink and stared at her reflection in the mirror.  It was hard to ignore the small bit of weight she had gained in her midsection.  It was becoming ever more obvious with each passing day.  She closed her eyes and pushed off the sink.

“I’m coming.”


Note from Mao: Sorry it took me a little longer to update BS.  I seem to have come down with something that, hopefully, is NOT Swine Flu.  So I’ve been off my feet for a bit, watching series on Netflix.  Husband’s computer is hooked up to our 50″ Samsung plasma because we have yet to get satellite, LOL.  I’m all moved into the new apartment and everything, so that’s good.  Updates will continue at whatever speed I can manage.

As for Maggie’s unexpected little pregnancy… it was only a matter of time.  When I loaded the lot, James had rolled the “Have a Baby” want, so I locked it and allowed unmarried Try for Baby.  Maggie has yet to roll up any such want.  Poor girl, LOL!  Timothy is going to have a fit.


  1. Mao! Welcome back!

    Girl talk can be therapeutic; helps get your mind off your worries. Although, nothing can get your mind off that particular worry for long. Even if she holds off on telling Tim that she and James are together, she knows she’s got something to tell James, and soon.

    Comment by Fini — October 22, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

  2. Hey Fini, thanks! Yes, Maggie’s secrets are piling up…

    Comment by Mao — October 22, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

  3. Welcome back! It’s silly but I have missed Boreal Springs… it’s the only soap opera I follow ;)
    Maggie’s going to have a difficult time hiding the fact she and James are having a relationship once she pops a baby out. That’s not something you can hide forever – especially when Isolde’s bound to find out sooner or later!

    Comment by Zoë — October 22, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

  4. Ha! As soon as I read the boob comment, I knew Maggie was preggers. I bet their baby will be really cute!

    I hope you feel 100% again soon! Get plenty of rest and liquids.

    Comment by Temesha — October 22, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

  5. Yay, a BS update and it features James! A little bit of James anyway. He’s definitely become one of my favourites.

    But wow, Timothy is really not going to be happy when he finds out about this! Hiding the fact that they’re together is one thing but discovering that they’re together and having a baby – that is going to cause some major problems, for sure!

    Comment by Carla — October 22, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

  6. It’s nice to see you back! Maggie, it’s called Trojan. It shouldn’t be that hard to find you do live with Katarina. James is just adorable. I want to run over and pinch his cheeks.
    I love Katarina. She is like the best Sim ever in Boreal. Kind of ironic that when she was younger(Like child stage younger) she was all sweet and kind hugging Ryu(R.I.P) constanly and now she telling her son and her future daughter-in-law(We hope!) how woohoo is when you’re sixty-eight is.

    Comment by Victoria — October 22, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

  7. Wow, I can’t wait until she tells her brother and of course James about the little one.

    Comment by starrsim — October 22, 2009 @ 9:54 pm

  8. Aw, thanks! Good to be back. I think I’ve given up on contesting the Soap Opera-like nature of it, haha! Oh yes, Maggie needs to come out with it… preferably sooner rather than later.

    Comment by Mao — October 23, 2009 @ 7:54 am

  9. LOL! I figured that was an early, dead giveaway! I’m excited, I am wondering which family it will take after–Yu, Saunders, Anderson, or O`Hanlon. It’s like baby roulette! Thanks, I’m feeling a lot better today. :)

    Comment by Mao — October 23, 2009 @ 7:55 am

  10. Unfortunately, James was a bit player here, but you can be sure he’ll be popping up in the O`Hanlon update next round, lol! You’re right, Timothy is going to have a fit. It’s easy to forget, too, that Timothy is the athletic type (certainly not the smart type ;) ) and could possibly resort to violence, LOL!

    Comment by Mao — October 23, 2009 @ 7:56 am

  11. Haha, unfortunately, those don’t always work. The fact that I’m here is proof enough for that one! Katarina is so fun, even as an old lady. It’ll be strange when she’s gone.

    Comment by Mao — October 23, 2009 @ 7:57 am

  12. It’ll be… interesting, that’s for sure.

    Comment by Mao — October 23, 2009 @ 7:57 am

  13. You’re BACK!!! Yay! Sorry to hear that you’re feeling unwell, get better! Aww I must say Maggie is an improvement from Kit though and sometimes I almost forget Adora and Isolde are siblings since they don’t look a thing alike. But James is going to be in for a surprise….

    Comment by Mohohon — October 23, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

  14. Hey there, Mohohon! Thanks. I’m feeling a lot better now. :D Haha, yes, Maggie is definitely an improvement from Kit. Adora and Isolde–I forget sometimes, too, LOL!

    Comment by Mao — October 23, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

  15. Welcome Back Mao! I love all the banter in this entry, Katrina is still a riot even in her elder years, and the boob comment totally gave the pregnancy away :) Hopefully Timothy takes it better than everyone is anticipating. I still get the feeling Maggie is a rebound for Kit though… but maybe it’s just me.

    Comment by Liz — October 26, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

  16. Life after Kit is a slippery slope. I mean, you have trust issues and start dating your best friend’s baby sister…slipper slope, I tell you.

    XD LAWL, KATARINA. Not while the kids are eating.

    And even more lawl, Adora is jealous because Maggie has blossomed. *pats Adora* I feel your pain. Some of us are just REALLY late bloomers.

    someone is preggers! :D

    Comment by Elecy — October 26, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

  17. Thanks! Katarina isn’t satisfied unless someone is scarred for life, it seems, LOL! And you wouldn’t be wrong. It isn’t healthy to bounce from one relationship to the next so quickly…

    Comment by Mao — October 26, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

  18. LOL! A very slippery slope, indeed.

    Comment by Mao — October 26, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

  19. Yay! It’s so good to hear from you again!

    Hope you start feeling better – I totally sympathize. I was off for a week from work with fever and coughing and soreness and general misery. Turns out it was a weird case of bronchitis and not the flu, thank goodness. Hope yours isn’t the flu either!

    As for Maggie – woohooo! They are going to have the cutest baby! Timothy will just have to deal. Also LOL @ Adora. She cracks me up.

    Comment by Shannon — October 26, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

  20. Thanks! It’s good to be back. :D Oh yeah, I’m better now… not sure what I have, but whatever it was, I survived! Ack… bronchitis! Never had that, never want that, LOL!

    Comment by Mao — October 26, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

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