Boreal Springs

December 5, 2009

Anderson 3 – Round 27: ‘Miss Independent’

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

Cole Anderson feels overwhelmed and unappreciated by his career-oriented wife and his two very active daughters.  Will Shelly’s recent campaign win give her an attitude adjustment?

“This is a very important day for me,” Shelly began, checking her appearance for the fiftieth time in the mirror.  “Try not to ruin it.”

Cole wasn’t really sure how to respond to that.  As far as he knew, he hadn’t ruined anything yet.  Shelly was on such a tear lately, even winning the election hadn’t calmed her down any.  In fact, it made her worse, the pressure and spotlight pointed solely on her now.

“I’m not a child.”

She rolled her eyes, still watching her reflection, “really?  Sometimes it’s hard to tell.”

Shelly’s campaign manager, Jared, was the first one to arrive.  Shelly was surprised when he hadn’t come alone.  As the guests filtered in, she cornered Jared and decided to get to the bottom of this ‘mystery girl’.  She looked terribly familiar.

“Oh, that’s Sage,” he said, turning to watch as she walked towards them.  “We met awhile back.”

“You’re dating her?  Really, Jared, don’t you have any love for my campaign at all?”

He laughed, “plenty of love, Shelly… but Sage is nice.  Don’t be mean.”

Shelly and nice weren’t exactly something that went hand-in-hand, but she plastered on her fake smile and approached Sage Saunders with a cool, in control attitude.

“Sage Saunders?  My campaign manager speaks highly of you.”

“Really?  There’s a surprise,” she replied easily, laughing.  “Congratulations on your win.”

“Thank you,” she said, sizing her up.  “Enjoy the party.”

“Sure,” Sage said, watching her walk away and move into the crowd.

Jared watched the exchange with keen interest, thankful when Sage made it out alive.  She rejoined him and they moved to mingle.

“You know, Kit, if Shelly were me and she had my Awesome Tan, there’d be no reason to campaign at all,” Sade began, her perfectly bronzed skin out for all to see in her tight, but somewhat modest dress.  “She’d win by default.”

Kit sighed,” good thing you didn’t go into politics then, Sade.”

“I know!  Just think of it!  There’d be no competition, just me as mayor… year after year…” She looked past Kit and towards the door.  “Oh, hey, that’s James… and Maggie… and she’s pregnant.  Wow.”


“Keep ‘em coming,” Cole said, fetching a glass from the serving man’s tray.  “It’s going to be a long day…”

The man watched him walk away, “dude…”

Of course, his second drink didn’t go unnoticed by Shelly.  She quickly cornered him.

“Getting drunk, Cole?  That’s your answer to making me look good?”

Cole gave an exasperated sigh, “me?  I’m the one making you look bad?  Give me a break, Shelly.  Your campaign manager has had so many already that he’s behind you acting like FAME is casting.  Get off my back.”

“W-what?” she spun around, horrified to see Jared dancing drunkenly amongst a crowd.  “Damn him!”

Cole watched as she stormed off, grabbing another glass from the tray.

“How are you doing?” Isolde asked, on her second drink.  She only came because she wanted to check in on them and Timothy liked parties.  “You don’t look so good.”

“I’m fine, really,” he replied, emptying his glass and setting it down on the counter nearby.  “Everything is just great.”

Isolde frowned, “it’ll get better, Cole.  It’s just all the stress.”

“Yeah, sure.  I’m gonna go get another drink.”

“So… nice party,” Kit said, also on her fourth drink and starting to feel a little tipsy.  James and Maggie were here and James had made it a point to glare at her everytime they were in the same room.

“Not really,” Cole said flatly.  “At least there’s an open bar.”

Kit nodded, taking a sip, “yeah, open bars are good.”

“What’s taking so long?” Viola demanded, literally breathing down Valerie’s neck.  “There are people in need of a drink!”

“Yeah, really, come on,” Emma said, sidling up to the bar.  “I’m not buzzed enough to deal with all of this yet…”

“Hold on, ladies, hold on!  I’m preparing my specialty… guaranteed to knock you out of your heels and make you forget all about your philandering husband, your morally ambiguous lover, and my smokin hot, way older vampire boss!”

“What?” Viola and Emma said simultaneously.

“Huh?  I didn’t say anything…”

The party went on well into the evening, Catelyn and Renee tucked in bed and Cole drunkenly stuck cleaning up the mess.  Shelly glanced into her hand mirror, pleased with how the evening went.  Everyone was pretty hammered, but it was a good time.

“That went well, but maybe we shouldn’t have an open bar next time.”

Cole tried to focus on balancing all the dishes despite his lack of equilibrium, “yeah, wonderful…”

Cole awoke in the morning with a hangover that could kill.  Of course, to make matters worse, Shelly was hovering over him before he was even able to brush the sleep out of his eyes.

“Look, you lush, the headmaster for the Academy is coming and I need you to clean up and look respectable.  I’ll be late, but I should be here in time to schmooze him a bit.  I need you to do the rest.”

He groaned, “…that’s today?”

“Yes, it’s today.  Don’t mess it up.”

Cole didn’t mess it up, he never messed anything up.  He was the perfect husband, father, and host.  That went unnoticed, of course, and Shelly jumped in just in time to grab all the glory.  The girls were accepted and the headmaster even mentioned that he was ‘honored’ to have the newly elected mayor’s children in his institution.

Cole felt like putting his head in the microwave and pushing ‘start’.  Shame it wouldn’t close with his neck in the way.

Despite his lingering depression and temptation to just give up entirely, Cole decided to give it one more try.  He thought that maybe a night out on their own would loosen Shelly up and she’d return to being her normal, pushy self instead of the super wench she’d been lately.

“We need to figure something out, Shelly,” Cole began earnestly.  “The girls are getting older, they’re going to start noticing something is up.  We’re getting older, too…”

“What’s that supposed to mean?  Now you want a divorce?”

“That’s not what I said at all.  I’m trying to build a bridge, here.”

“Go build it off a cliff, Cole.  I’m really sick of dealing with your sniveling.  Why can’t you just accept that I’m an empowered woman?  Why do you have to be so jealous of my achievements?” Shelly said, staring at her menu, unwilling to face him.  “It isn’t my fault you lost your job.”

He sighed, this was going nowhere.  “It’s not about that at all!  It’s about you being a huge, mega bitch.  At first, I thought maybe you and your campaign manager were hooking up on the side, but now I know that’s ridiculous.  There’s no way someone having illicit sex could possibly have a bigger stick up their–”

“Cole!” Shelly snapped, cutting him off.  “What’s wrong with you?  Keep your voice down, we’re in a public place.”

“You can just funnel more of my money into making your image better,” he shot back.  “You know, like you did your campaign.”

Your money?”

“Yes, my money.  Did you forget about that?  It didn’t magically appear because of your job… in fact, your job has cost us way more than it’s earned.  But, you knew that, didn’t you?  It’s the only reason you wanted this.”

Shelly fell silent, looking at him, “I…”

“Yeah, that’s what I thought.  You should have just told me.  I would’ve just given you the money instead of wasting my time all these years.”

The night ended on that note, tense silence falling between them.  They both went home, unsure of where things were headed.  Whatever lied ahead certainly wasn’t going to be pretty.


Note from Mao: The next time I decide that it would be “cool” to throw a party and invite almost all of BS, slap me.  Please.  As soon as I hit ‘play’… all hell broke loose!  Seriously.  I have a ton of pictures, but I’m only going to show the ones I particularly liked.

Also, Shelly and Cole refuse to get along.  All they want to do is argue and woohoo, which is pretty hilarious.  Cole drinks quite a bit, too… probably shouldn’t have installed that bar.

Anyway, onto the pictures!

Kit and James got into it several times throughout the party.

Roman spontaneously decided to torment Patrick about his alien heritage! SO MEAN!

Michael does not approve of Francis dancing so closely to Sade...

Emma and Francis being cute in the foreground with Patrick getting slapped by Viola because Katarina flirted with him.


  1. That looked like a fun party, maybe not for you, Mao, but it was fun for us! :)

    Gosh, I still feel bad for Cole. It doesn’t look like things are getting any better. I wonder if Shelly would even miss him if he left.

    Comment by Temesha — December 6, 2009 @ 7:49 am

  2. It was funny to see the reactions, not so fun to have to deal with the furious states afterwards…

    Poor Cole. He had a want for a date, so I gave it a shot. Not sure what’s going to happen to these two. Cole is younger than Shelly and since he was drinking (autonomously) most of the time, he was getting chatted up by younger women. ;)

    Comment by Mao — December 6, 2009 @ 9:19 am

  3. Wow-I love the outtakes from the party and I hope Cole walks out and takes the girls as well. Screw her image!

    Comment by starrsim — December 6, 2009 @ 10:18 am

  4. Shelly, there’s a difference between being an empowered woman and being a bitch. It’s a fine line, you have tresspassed into bitch terriotry.

    The party was epic. I want to be pixelized so badly right now.

    Comment by Victoria — December 6, 2009 @ 11:37 am

  5. Haha, we’ll see what happens. ;) I’m glad you liked the outtakes!

    Comment by Mao — December 6, 2009 @ 12:44 pm

  6. This is true, I think Shelly has kind of lost sight of things with her big promotion and power craze. Glad you liked the party!

    Comment by Mao — December 6, 2009 @ 12:45 pm

  7. God Shelly, stop being so mean! I wonder why Cole put up with you as long as he had. And while you’re at it, leave Jared alone too. Huh, but she listens to him more than she listens to her own husband. That’s not weird at all.

    I was sure you were going to show Kit pitching a fit in the entry. Oh well.

    Poor Cole. Drinking will not make your problems go away. At least it will distract Shelly for a while. Jared is a funny drunk.

    Valerie must be pretty hammered already to mention that little detail, lol.

    Build a bridge off a cliff? Now that’s just an evil, hateful thing to say. Are they going to divorce?

    In my opinion I say he should leave the girls with her. If he’s gonna get out of life with big Shelly, he shouldn’t have to take the mini-Shellys with him.

    Comment by Fini — December 6, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

  8. Fini is out for blood! Watch out, Shelly, LOL! I’ll preface by saying that Cole kind of knew Shelly wasn’t exactly Miss. Nice when he married her, but she has gotten worse. As far as gameplay is concerned, they went from three bolts to two. They argue and can’t have a conversation, but ACR still has them woohooing. It seems to be out of convenience, though. We’ll see what happens, that will decide if they get divorced and who the children go with.

    As for Kit, all she and James did was poke one another, LOL! And yes, Valerie was hitting the bar almost as hard as Cole with Marcus hanging out in the background trying to avoid his sister. xD

    Comment by Mao — December 6, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

  9. Omg this party was a hot ass mess. Shelley is such a bitch, jfc! The end had me loling though, “you’re just ~jealous~ because I’m an empowered woman”. Okay, Shelley. You keep at it. I would have slapped her.

    Comment by Josh — December 6, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

  10. Haha, Shelly is quite something… it’s hard to figure out what exactly is her problem!

    Comment by Mao — December 6, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

  11. That party looked like awesome fun. Furious states are a pain though, especially seeing Sims seem to take *so long* to get over the slightest faux pas!

    When I saw that first picture of Sade, I was like, when did she become a witch? I didn’t realise the sparklies were coming from Isolde behind her. Duh!

    I’ll be interested to see what happens between Shelly and Cole now that Cole has finally confronted Shelly about her behaviour. Poor Cole…seems like all he does is make himself look pretty so Shelly can keep up appearances.

    Comment by Carla — December 6, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

  12. Her awesome tan is so awesome, it sparkles, LOL!

    Poor Cole… but at least he’s sticking up for himself. Way past due! It’s quite the role reversal, too, with him being the one having to maintain Shelly’s appearance. ;)

    Comment by Mao — December 6, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

  13. “Your campaign manager has had so many already that he’s behind you acting like FAME is casting.” GENIUS. I’m liking Jared more and more! Shelly, though… ooh, she needs to get some perspective. That party looks crazy, I’m surprised there weren’t even more fights than ended up happening with that guest list!

    Comment by Zoë — December 6, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

  14. LOL, thanks! I’m glad my humor isn’t lost on everyone but me. :D

    Jared isn’t such a bad guy. Shelly, on the other hand, needs an attitude adjustment!

    Comment by Mao — December 6, 2009 @ 7:34 pm

  15. Poor Cole but…you knew how Shelly was when you married her!

    Lawl at the bartender xD Just blame it on the booze.

    Argue and woohoo? Sounds like angry makeup sex to me! Nothing is hotter. xD

    Don’t think you need to worry about Francis, Michael. Sade is his aunt, after all xD

    Comment by Elecy — December 6, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

  16. Hehe, this is true… but once you break ONE tiny family “rule”, you have to be on the look-out for others willing to do the same. Sade is Sade, after all. ;)

    Comment by Mao — December 6, 2009 @ 9:27 pm

  17. My computer isn’t powerful enough to have parties that big, but even when I get ten or more sims in a room together, I always end up missing crap! Like I played a university party the other day, and when I opened the lot of two of the invitees, the girl was mad at the guy for cheating, and he had a memory of being caught cheating. I figured out that it was the stupid cow mascot flirting with the guy, and she must have caught it, but I never heard the little BWONG noise that typically happens… sigh.

    Poor Cole. I feel like he should just get out now; Shelly is being so wretched!

    Comment by Shannon — December 7, 2009 @ 1:52 pm

  18. The party was hilarious! But I’m sure it’s not so fun dealing with the aftermath among all those Sims. ;)

    Wow, Shelly, being an empowered woman doesn’t mean you have to be a complete bitch. Poor Cole, I don’t know how he’s put up with her for this long. :(

    Comment by Shana — December 8, 2009 @ 11:11 am

  19. LOL! I try to keep a good eye on everything, but I miss stuff, too. Makes me thankful for memories, I definitely miss them in TS3. The BOIING! noise is always dreaded, I heard it way too much at the party. :lol:

    Comment by Mao — December 8, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

  20. Shelly wasn’t always this bad, but she has elevated to the bitch level lately. I’m interested in seeing what Cole does…

    Comment by Mao — December 8, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

  21. Mao, you are a brave, brave woman putting all those drama kings and queens in a room together! How’d you get them all in formal wear? I love the out-takes, they were a nice laugh after wanting to reach through my monitor and punch Shelly! Cole should just kick her ass out, Nate and Sara are no doubt rolling in their graves right now.

    Comment by Liz — December 10, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

  22. Oh, they definitely are! Sara would never have stood for this bull honkey. ;)

    Comment by Mao — December 10, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

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