Boreal Springs

November 19, 2009

Saunders – Round 27: ‘China Girl’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 10:33 am

Sage and Daisy Saunders return home to begin their adult lives.  (Virginia’s portrait still shows adult because SimPE decided to suddenly not work)

As soon as they had settled into their old home–which had been recently remodeled as it was in desperate need–Daisy got a job.  She was working as a teacher at the local middle school.  The thought was pretty laughable to Sage, who had never been fond of school.

“We just graduated college and you’re running back to the books!”

“I like teaching,” Daisy replied, confused.  “And books.  It’s educational.”

Sage sighed,” of course it is.  You need to do something fun!

“But it is fun…”

The two settled into their normal routines; Daisy read books and Sage looked for a suitable dream guy.  Their mother was pretty scarce, she was either out or in her room.  While neither of the girls mentioned it much, her mental state after their father’s untimely death was questionable.

Sage was determined to find her Mr. Right, even if it meant going through a ton of Mr. Wrongs.

She met plenty of nice guys, but there just didn’t seem to be that ‘spark’, that special something that made her stomach flutter and her knees go weak.  She was beginning to think it was all book and movie fairytale.  If there were truly someone right for her out there, wouldn’t she have met him already?

Of course, her terrible luck could also have a hand in it.  She had a fantastic date only to have the ghost of an old pet scare her silly.  Her date was unimpressed and a little concerned.  He hadn’t seen a thing and suddenly she’s screaming and going nuts.  With his “crazy radar” beeping high, he quickly departed.  Sage knew she wouldn’t be hearing from him.

Then, there was Jared.  She met him by chance downtown and they seemed to hit it off pretty well.  She was pretty impressed to find out he was Shelly Anderson’s campaign manager and, as he put it, a major proponent to her success.

At this point, Sage wasn’t sure what she was looking for anymore.  She just enjoyed hearing his fantastical tales of political intrigue and the dirty behind the scenes stuff.  They had fun and that was all that mattered, right?  It was just dating.

Meanwhile, Daisy was pulled out of her shell by a call from Emma.  She was surprised to find out that it wasn’t about Gregory this time, no, Emma had found herself in yet another mess.  Daisy sighed.  Would she never change?

“I’m staying away, though,” Emma assured her.  “I don’t want… I mean, it’s been a long couple of months.  I’m… trying not to repeat past mistakes.  I mean… getting ‘cut off’, it’s been a wake-up call.”

“That’s good, Emma.  It is.  If I’m downtown, we’ll have to meet for lunch.  I still can’t believe it, you realize who his father is, right?  I wouldn’t trust him.”

Emma went quiet for a minute, “…I know, I’m trying to keep level headed.  I have to go, duty calls.  I’ll talk to you later, okay?”

Emma’s latest tale of romantic intrigue got Daisy thinking.  She’d never had any kind of romance in her entire life, she wasn’t even sure what type of romance she wanted.  While she had told Jennifer she was going to think about it, truth be told, she hadn’t.  She just couldn’t.  It seemed so weird.

Of course, if she kept this up, she was going to be that weird spinster teacher who lived in her sister’s house.  She was staying in their old room with the twin beds still in it.  Even if she wanted romance, there really wasn’t any to be found in the yellow and floral print room from her childhood days.

While Daisy was mourning the nonexistence of her love life, Sage was enjoying her time with Jared.  He was very charismatic, she would give him that.  It was no wonder he was waist-deep in politics, it was a gift.  He could talk an Eskimo into buying ice.

He was handsome, too, in that clean-cut probably moisturizes before he sleeps kind of way.  She was ignorant, though.  She had heard the rumors about Shelly’s troubled marriage and all the time she spent with her campaign manager.

Sage did her best to keep her feet firmly on the floor and her brain constantly on alert.  He was charming, yes, but Sage was smart.  She hadn’t survived by being some frail little flower.  Maybe that’s why she had such a hard time finding someone, they all wanted that frail flower.

“You’re spunky, you know.  If the athletics thing doesn’t work out, you should come over to the dark side,” Jared said, pulling her out of her reverie.

She laughed, “the dark side?  I guess that’s a pretty good description.  I dunno, I’m more of a sportswoman, myself.  I’ll leave the suit-wearing to those who do it well.”

“I think that was a compliment.”

“Maybe, but don’t let it go to your head.  It’s big enough as it is.”

“See?  Spunky!  I’ll talk to you later?”

She watched him walk away and let her steely exterior fade away.  Playing it rough was getting difficult, she was genuinely falling in like with this strange, charismatic, suit-wearing mystery man.

Daisy, unable to sleep, wandered out to the playground.  She sat down on the swing and sighed.  She was there for several minutes before she heard footsteps behind her.  Fear moved up her spine before she heard a familiar, female voice call out:

“Hey, long time no see.  Are you avoiding me?”

“Jennifer!”  Daisy gasped, jumping from her swing.  “You scared me!”

“I didn’t mean to sneak up on you, but I worried if you saw me, you’d run off.”

Daisy looked abashed, “I’m sorry, Jennifer.  I haven’t been avoiding you, just been in my head a lot lately.  What are you doing here, in Boreal Springs?  It’s a long way to Aperture.”

“Visiting the family, seeing my sister, my parents, you know.  I guess it was a blessing in disguise, Kit getting everything.  I mean, my parents would have had a fit if I got it and then came out.  They’re still kind of reeling.”

“Oh… you told them?”

She shrugged, “better late than never, right?”

An awkward silence passed between them.  Daisy wasn’t sure what to say and Jennifer wasn’t sure where to begin.

“I should go, I have work tomorrow,” Daisy said, turning to leave.

“Hey, Daisy?”

She paused, but didn’t turn around, “yes?”

“Keep in touch, we were always friends first.”

She nodded, feeling suddenly guilty, “I know… I will.  I promise.”


Note from Mao: Okay, I know I said I’d update this month… but it’s been a horrible, awful month.  Bad news after bad news after bad news.  I’m not even done with my NaNoWriMo yet and we leave next week to go visit my family (which I am not looking forward to).  I played this back in October, but I’m just now getting around to assembling it and posting it.

Sorry I’ve been so absent lately.  Trying to deal with twenty million things at once.  I’ll get caught up, it just might take me some time.  Until then, I’ll try not to disappear… but updates will be sporadic.

Also, in regards to SimPE, I have NO idea what happened.  It isn’t loading data.  The progress bar just zips by and when I open the ‘Sim Selector” everything is blank and “unknown”.  The game itself is fine and the hood, too.  Buh.  May try re-installing.  I even tried updating, nothing.


  1. Poor Sage. She’s so unlucky in love. Mysterious stranger is mysterious. He also makes me laugh. I like him, but I remember wondering about how much time he spent with his boss. Poor Daisy. Don’t use the word spinster; it has such a negative connotation. I prefer happily single. I’m sure she will find her happiness in her time. Best not to rush.

    Comment by Fini — November 19, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

  2. Haha, those were Daisy’s own words. I was estimated to be a spinster up until I actually got married. ;) Although, Daisy isn’t happily single. She’s always just distracted herself with books because she didn’t think it was a possibility. Sage got all the male attention.

    Comment by Mao — November 19, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

  3. The romantic tension between Daisy and Jennifer is off the chart! I hope Sage finds that elusive dream guy. Took me a while.

    Where does the title of the post come from?

    Comment by Victoria — November 19, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

  4. Daisy has finally rolled up Jennifer related wants, woohoo!

    As for the title… hehe… I have a bad habit of listening to the 80s station when I play TS2. :)

    Comment by Mao — November 19, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

  5. I hear ya, Sage. Trying to find Mr. Right in a haystack of Mr. Wrongs is tough. I’m a bit surprised to see Virginia acting the way she is to Basil’s death. xD mean ol’ ghost cat, making Sage look like a crazy woman.

    I say Daisy and Jennifer need to hook up. But that’s just me. :3

    Comment by Elecy — November 19, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

  6. “Oh baby, just you shut your mouth!” I love me some David Bowie!

    I’m sorry you’ve had such a crappy month but hey, you said you’d update this month and it is still this month! Real life comes first anyway but you delivered what you said you would, so don’t feel too bad about it. I hope things improve for you soon.

    I think once Daisy figures out exactly what her feelings for Jennifer are, this is going to be very interesting, no matter what direction it goes in.

    As for Sage, I hope Jared isn’t too good to be true. They so often are, even in the Sim world!

    Comment by Carla — November 19, 2009 @ 7:22 pm

  7. LOL! Virginia is just kind of scarce in general. She putters around the house and does little else. Daisy and Jennifer may get some movement. ;)

    Comment by Mao — November 19, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

  8. Haha, yes! Got to love David Bowie. :)

    It will get better. When you’re all the way down, there’s nowhere to go but up. Just sort of kept me from the things I would rather have been doing. Daisy is giving me such a hard time, but she’s finally rolling wants–finally!

    Jared is… well, we’ll see. I mean, he is tied to Shelly’s campaign, after all!

    Comment by Mao — November 19, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

  9. Poor Daisy. Such a conflicted girl. I hope she either finds brand new love or finally decides she wants to give it a go with Jennifer. All this in between is painful!

    Comment by Shannon — November 20, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

  10. Me, too! She needs to make up her mind, but she has started spinning up some new wants. ;)

    Comment by Mao — November 20, 2009 @ 9:37 pm

  11. Jared is… intriguing. Can’t wait to see what happens there! Daisy had better hurry up and make up her mind, Jennifer is pretty, she’ll have the single lesbian ladies of Boreal Springs knocking at her door if Daisy’s not careful.

    Good luck finishing NaNoWriMo! I got about 15,000 words in this year but then I ran out of plot :(

    Comment by Zoë — November 21, 2009 @ 8:05 am

  12. I am also pretty intrigued. I didn’t expect they would hit it off. LOL! Yes, Daisy needs to make up her mind.

    Comment by Mao — November 21, 2009 @ 11:57 am

  13. I’m finally getting caught up! I hope Sage isn’t blinded by Jared’s charisma and her desperation to look at things rationally – anyone who spends that much time with super-bitch Shelly could potentially be trouble. I wish Daisy would stop dilly-dallying and make up her mind about Jennifer. Jennifer has been through way too much and doesn’t deserve to be strung along by Daisy IMO.

    Comment by Liz — December 9, 2009 @ 5:05 pm

  14. Hey there, Liz! Hope you had a nice trip. :) Sage isn’t one to get blinded easily, but you’re right, maybe she’s just accepting whatever comes her way at this point. Daisy is coming around, she’s always been a bit hesitant about new things.

    Comment by Mao — December 9, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

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