Boreal Springs

December 31, 2008

Anderson – Round 22: ‘Sledgehammer, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 6:49 pm

Alyssa Anderson is trying to keep her family together, even at the end of her days.  Her son, Nevio, isn’t making it easy.  Thankfully she has Adora to add some sanity to the mix.  She loves Isolde, too, but worries for her.

Roman came in while Alyssa was at work.  Behind him was Patricia Moreno.  Nevio had seen her working at the store, she had been pretty hot before the whole pregnancy thing.  He wasn’t sure why he was agreeing to this, especially since Patricia seemed so disraught about it.

“It has to look completely sincere,” Roman warned.

“It will, I’ve done this before, remember?  Lacie…”

Roman tried not to cringe, “right.  Of course.”

Roman left the two to get acquainted before the wedding, which would happen at the end of the weekend.  As soon as the door closed behind him, Patricia lit into Nevio.

“You are sick,” she snapped.  “I can’t believe you’re agreeing to this!”

Nevio gave her a look, “you obviously agreed, too.”

“Out of love!  For my child,” Patricia replied morosely, looking off to the side. “The alternative… was hardly a better option.”

Nevio didn’t even want to know what the other option had been.

Despite the tensions and animosity between the two, the wedding continued without a hitch.  Nevio had to be sure that Alyssa was none the wiser to their jest.  It had been harder than he thought, living under the same roof.  Roman, Cara, and even Gregory were there.  Why wouldn’t they be?  It would have seemed peculiar if they hadn’t been.  Despite his best efforts, Roman found himself too busy with his thoughts to pay attention.

It was anyone’s guess what happened next.

Patricia had hardly been married ten minutes before she stepped off the platform and toppled over.  Alyssa was quick to come to her aid, as she’d heard the girl coughing profusely since she arrived.  Sickness and pregnancy usually don’t go hand-in-hand.  An ambulance was called to no avail.  She was pronounced dead on the scene.  It was truly a dismal day for all, for a death is one thing, but the death of a pregnant woman newly wed?  It’s too horrible to consider.

There was no investigation, for too many witnesses had seen it happen.  There was no foul-play, except on nature’s part.

It took some time for things to resume as normal in the manor.  The only thing that brought the cheer back was Adora’s birthday.  She was turning into a lovely young woman and Alyssa was determined to mold her into a true family matriarch.  It would take much, as Adora yearned to have children of her own.  Little did she know that along with those children would come an entire family to manage.

Unfortunately, Alyssa’s time came not long after.  Both Isolde and Adora were beside themselves with grief.  Nevio mourned inwardly, obvious only in that he no longer brought women home.  The house was a somber place, and the ripples of Alyssa’s death moved through the family and its branches.  She was not only the matriarch of a powerful family, but also the Mayor.  Many holes were left to fill when she died.

Isolde was not so good at handling her grief.  All she could see was death surrounding her.  It was a bit much for her fragile mind to handle and so she began to lash out.  She threw horrible tantrums and fits, refused to see Timothy, and would lock herself in her room, whispering into the phone receiver.  She spoke only to Lilith Yu and the mysterious friend she had met through the old woman.

Adora, meanwhile, made friends.  She knew that her grandmother wanted her to be in her own image, and so she did her best to be popular.  Maggie O`Hanlon and her got along great, even though Maggie was a little older.  They were both level-headed individuals and their attractiveness didn’t hurt the bond, either.

Adora was definitely happy to have a friend in her time of need.

Isolde had a friend, too.  Before she snuck off to University, she called her and requested what she had wanted for so long.  It was a shame that Lilith couldn’t be there to witness it.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to sate Isolde’s grief.  There was too much temptation, too much begging her to get lost, to go further in and innundate herself in its power.

It would have to wait until she reached Boreal Summit University.

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Note from Mao: Apparently teens CAN be witches… yay!  So Isolde was a witch before she left.  I’ve never had a witch before, so I’m experimenting.  As for Patricia’s death, you cannot imagine the face I made.  I was truly and completely SHOCKED!  She literally just dropped over.  She’s been sick for awhile, but I thought she’d make it through the pregnancy.  Not so.  I have the illness hack from MATY that makes them fatal if not cared for.  She and her baby were my first casualties.

Last update of the year!  Happy New Year, everyone!

December 19, 2008

Yu 3 – Round 21: ‘Addicted to Love, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson,Yu — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:02 am

Shang and Katarina’s open relationship has served them well, but James is looking for a more closed type of love.

James was seriously getting tired of hearing all the news of University.  Supposedly, Kit was with Claude, but not with Claude.  Claude freakin’ Saunders.  Seriously?  James could barely contain himself.  It seemed futile, his hopes and dreams threatening to be flushed with just the simple utterance of a name.  Not just any name, though, Claude freakin’ Saunders.  Michael and Claude won out on the genetic lottery and while Michael was a recluse, Claude was not.  Every woman knew his name, even the married ones and especially the cougars.

Claude freakin’ Saunders had Kit.  That just was not right.

James was a smart kid, incredibly so, actually.  He excelled in most things he did.  Unfortunately, those small victories meant little.  He couldn’t take his mind off Claude freakin’ Saunders.  He wasn’t a chick, yet his moments of thought were occupied with images he’d sooner forget.  Kit was the same as him–a smart, driven, and with a good head on her shoulders.  Why in the heck was she with Claude freakin’ Saunders?  He was like Patrick O`Hanlon, sans the intelligence.

Did Claude even know what a brain was?  Probably not.  It isn’t like he used his that often.  Grrr, Claude freakin’ Saunders.  Couldn’t it have been anyone else?  James could scarcely wait for his early admission.

Katarina was oblivious to her son’s love woes, for her own love life was blossoming as good as ever.  It was unfortunate that James hadn’t inherited either of his parent’s finesse or ways with the opposite gender.  Katarina was getting up there as far as age was concerned, yet the men kept coming.  They always would, Katarina was magnetic.

Unfortunately, her love train was derailed one evening when she received a call from her mother.  She had know her father had passed and while she was sad, Katarina wasn’t one for mourning.  Alyssa wanted to come over, immediately.  Katarina was worried.  What on Earth did she want?  Was she going to croak, too?

Alyssa was concerned about her own remaining days and so she felt the need to pass on her business, Distinguished Designs, to Katarina.  Katarina was hardly impressed.

“What am I going to do with a business?”

“Whatever you want,” Alyssa replied, adamant.  “I’m giving this to you, Katarina, whether you want it or not.  The boys will get their own things, but I wanted you to have something, too.  I think you’ll do well with it.”

“You’re crazy,” Katarina snapped.  “Does it look like I have time for this?”

Alyssa gave her a stern look, “Don’t be impish, Katarina.  I know full well you’ve got too much time on your hands.  Maybe this will occupy you.”

Katarina went to Distinguished Designs as soon as she could.  It was obvious Alyssa wasn’t taking no for an answer and so she decided to give it a try.  Her first impression was that she was never meant to run a business.  It was already established and made quite a bit of money, it even had a capable manager.  Still, Katarina found herself falling terribly short of her mother.  She wasn’t like her or Roman, she didn’t have any natural business finesse.  Besides, that cash register is pure evil.

Unfortunately, James wouldn’t be around to help Katarina.  He was off to University finally.  He was going to confront the whole Claude freakin’ Saunders and Kit Knight situation head on.  Maggie O`Hanlon was there to see him off, she had tagged along with her brother, Timothy.  It was obvious she has a small crush, but she was too young and not Kit.  James had tunnel vision when it came to this sort of thing.

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Note from Mao: Poor James!  Claude and Kit have two bolts.  Lets see if Kit and James hit it off better.  We’ll have to wait until the end of this round, though.  ;)   As for Katarina, Alyssa had to give her business to someone and the other two are boys.  Not really into the whole ‘clothing scene’, I’d wager.  Plus, Nevio with a business?  No thanks!  If you’re wondering where Shang was during all of this, he was chilling and avoiding my camera, apparently.

December 5, 2008

Anderson – Round 21: ‘Turn Me Loose, Pt. 5′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:40 pm

Alyssa Anderson is trying her best to make sure her family name prevails, despite her careless son Nevio’s attempts otherwise.  Isolde seems to be a lost cause, but Adora is turning out to be more of an Anderson than anyone expected.

Isolde’s family may think she’s a ‘lost cause’, but she thinks otherwise.  She wants nothing to do with their silly familial ceremonies and rites of passage.  She’s more interested in her teenage love, Timothy, and her interests in the paranormal.  Thanks to Lilith Yu, she’s finding out a ton about the world beyond.  Thankfully, Timothy is respectful of her interests.

Nevio is making his own kind of friendships, much to Alyssa’s chagrin.  It was one thing to mess around with random women from Aperture, but to form relationships with married women from the same street?  Alyssa nearly had a heart attack when she found her son laughing with Virginia Saunders, who is also very pregnant and near her due date!

It was hard to believe she had raised a son with so little tact.

Alyssa certainly hadn’t been an angel herself.  She had ruined her marriage by cheating with Shang Yu, but she had made peace with her past mistakes and she hadn’t seen Shang in a long time.  Unfortunately, while she had meant to focus on her family, she had gotten sidetracked by another–Patrick O`Hanlon.  He was young, way too young, but he wasn’t like the other casanovas.  He was intelligent and skilled in things other than smooth talking.

It was during one of her events that she met up with him again.  He had come to see if there was anything she could do for his friend, Viola.  Alyssa was saddened that she could not, for she had pulled too many strings to get him where he was.

There had been a time, before this, that Patrick had inquired about seriously being with Alyssa.  She was intelligent and interesting, all the things the other women in his life were not.  She was older, but that came with power and position.  Unfortunately, Alyssa had declined and said she was much too old to be someone’s keeper and she had to focus on her family.  It was his first break in showbiz that had been her parting gift to him.  She was only mayor, but she had many, many friends.

It was a bittersweet farewell, for Alyssa knew it would likely be the last time she saw Patrick.  She wished him well.  If she had been younger, maybe, but she knew it was senseless to think such things.

While Alyssa was away for her event, Nevio was causing even more trouble.  Cara had been jogging by one day while he was going out to get the mail.  He stopped and asked after her, noting how she’d managed to get her figure back so quickly after giving birth.  Cara asked after Roman, wondering where he was and if Nevio knew.  Nevio did not.

As she ran off, Nevio began to wonder what his brother was up to that his wife didn’t know where he was…

Isolde knew better than to think Shelly wanted to make peace when she got off the bus with her, but she ignored her instincts and went along with it.  What she got in return was Shelly going over how Timothy and Isolde were from two different worlds and how it would never last, because Isolde was obviously a freak.  Isolde hated the fact that Shelly was technically her aunt and so she couldn’t kick her out.  She had to wait until Shelly left.

Adora, meanwhile, was doing extremely well thanks to Alyssa’s tuteledge.  She brought home straight A’s and her teachers were always beaming about her progress.  Nevio was certainly impressed with his daughter, though he knew it was mostly thanks to Alyssa and not his own awesome parenting.

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Note from Mao: Poor Isolde.  Shelly really did come home with her and lecture her.  Alyssa and Patrick really did have a relationship at one point, but it never made it to the blog because Alyssa treated it casually and Patrick did not.  They dated while Patrick was in University and a little afterwards.

Every time he sees her, he rolls up that want, and then sometimes will fear it, too.  But he never wants to marry anyone else.  They went on one last date because I was sure Alyssa would be gone by the end of this round.  Seems she’s got a few hours left.

September 18, 2008

Anderson – Round 20: ‘Turn Me Loose, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:00 am

Alyssa has managed to keep her son, Nevio, from faltering despite the loss of his wife Lacie.  Isolde and Adora, still young, leave their grief behind.  When they think about it, their mother really didn’t have much of a relationship with them.

Despite their age difference, Isolde spent time with Adora, whether it be tickling or talking.  Adora was beloved by everyone in the house.  It was difficult to ignore her.  Thankfully, Isolde was still young enough to be enraptured by her younger sibling’s charisma.  Later on in life, though, she might end up becoming jealous of it…

“I’m not going to be here forever, Nevio,” Alyssa warned her son.  She was trying to get him to think about settling down again, for the girls’ sake.  “What will you do then?”

Nevio made a face, “why do you always have to talk about death?  You’re just trying to bully me into another marriage.”

“Your marriage to Lacie was your own fault,” Alyssa replied sternly.  “You were the one who wasn’t careful.  The girls need a mother figure and they don’t need their father catting around.”

“They have you and that’s more than enough.  As for what I do, I’m an adult.  That’s my business.”

Isolde’s birthday crept up on them all and soon, before their very eyes, she was turning into a young lady.  Unfortunately, she took this opportunity to properly express herself.  She shunned all her former brightly lit clothing and instead found things in blacks and grays.  She dyed her hair a darker shade of brown and painted her face to match.

Alyssa was horrified, but what could she say?  Isolde was still a good girl… but her eccentricity was becoming more apparent with each passing day.

Adora, too, grew up into a lovely child.  She reminded Alyssa so much of herself at that age.  She was gorgeous, too, that was undeniable.  She was the obvious heir, that much was certain.  Isolde showed no interest in the family, but Adora, even as a small child, had been keen to persue the Anderson interests.  Alyssa was thankful that at least one of the kids turned out relatively… normal.

Isolde was growing used to people shying away from her.  She had tried to keep all her curiosities and strange thoughts to herself as a child, but now, she wouldn’t do it any longer.  She was interested in ghosts, vampires, and all things paranormal.  Her neighbor, Timothy O`Hanlon, was the same age as her and while she had been friends with his sister, she didn’t know him very well.

He was woefully normal looking, but he indulged her interests and even participated in her strange conversations.  He seemed transfixed by her oddities.

Some time later, their conversations turned towards a crush.  Without thinking, Isolde took a bold step and kissed him.  She had heard that Shelly Yu was interested in him and so had tried to keep her distance, but he was always around.  It seemed he felt the same.  But they were from very, very different worlds… not to mention what Shelly would do when she found out.

Despite being an Anderson, Isolde was ostracized from the ‘popular’ crowd due to her looks and interests.  The only time they spoke to her is when they were seeking assistance at Alyssa’s clothing boutique.  Isolde had an amazing skill with selling things, which surprised Alyssa quite a bit.

Alyssa just wished she would focus more on selling than asking silly questions.  Isolde was scolded when Alyssa caught her grilling Claude Saunders about his possibly vampiric father.  That was something no one asked about and especially not so bluntly!  There was a known strain between the Andersons and Gordon, Alyssa didn’t want it made worse by her loose-tongued granddaughter.

Isolde was a handful, to be sure.

Not near as much as her father, Nevio, though.  He spent his nights wooing fans and doing indecent things behind closed doors.  Alyssa was fed up with his actions, but what could she do?  She was beginning to feel the weight of the family on her shoulders and was worried about Adora.  How could she possibly managed to carry it once Alyssa was gone?

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Note from Mao: Okay, I’m not 100% better, but I can sit at my computer, so that’s a plus!  I played this before I got sick, the pictures were waiting to be assembled into an update… so here you go!  I really enjoy Isolde and Adora looks a LOT like Alyssa so far. Also, Isolde and Timothy?  2 bolts without trying, meaning they could easily be a 3 bolt.  She is a Knowledge sim.

August 26, 2008

Anderson – Round 19: ‘Blood Money, Pt. 4′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:21 am

Alyssa is trying to keep her family afloat, but Nevio married the wrong woman when he chose Lacie. At least little Isolde is cute and normal.

Lacie spent the last part of her pregnancy eating everything in sight, and not very demurely, at that. Alyssa had been talking about remodeling the house to better suit the growing family, but Lacie would always avoid the conversation. Nevio was too busy at work. As long as Lacie kept preoccupied, she wouldn’t have to deal with any of that.

Who gave that old woman the idea that she had control here, anyway?

Meanwhile, Isolde enjoyed talking about the paranormal with her cousin James. He often accompanied his mom, Katarina, when she visited. He was a little startled by his cousin’s odd conversation topics; ghosts, crystal balls, vampires? Yeah right.

Lacie finally gave birth to a baby girl named Adora. She had the Anderson skin and eyes. Alyssa couldn’t have been happier–another girl! Sure, a boy would be better for carrying the name, but the Anderson clan would do well to have another female heir. Nevio had sure screwed it up for the males.

Lacie was just glad to have the squirming demon out of her. She left the baby’s care to Alyssa.

A few nights later, Lacie got an unexpected visit from a mysterious stranger. She was the only one awake, with everyone else fast asleep. It was the wee hours of the morning and when she saw him outside, she hurried out, not sure why. That was dangerous behavior.

She had heard Gordon Saunders mentioned in some conversations, but she had never really seen him. Had he been at the wedding? She couldn’t remember, but she knew he was related to the Anderson family.

“I have an offer for you,” he said simply.

After hearing him out, Lacie grimaced and shook her head, “are you kidding? I’m not leaving all of this! I’ve got money and plenty of it!”

“You don’t have a choice,” Gordon said firmly, motioning with his hands. “This was your last evening at this house, I hope you enjoyed it.

“Oh, right! Like I’m going to listen to you. I’m going back inside.” She moved to leave, only for him to grab her arm.

“You’re not going back in there, Lacie. Your time at Boreal Springs has come to an end.”

Alyssa woke early in the morning to care for little Adora only to find that Lacie was missing. She decided to wait until morning to rouse Nevio, but she had the worst sort of suspicion she had fled. Had she stolen anything? No, everything was here, all the money, cards, everything. It didn’t make sense, but Alyssa didn’t have time to question it… she was going to have upset children to deal with and her son, as well.

Isolde seemed to have the same intuition as her grandma Alyssa and got out of bed only to cry at the loss of her mother. She wasn’t dead, but she was very much gone. No one knew where, but they called the police and reported it. No one expected they’d find her, nor did they expect her to return.

Despite the loss of her mother, Adora grew into a lovely and happy toddler. Nevio made sure to spend more time with both girls and pushed the loss of Lacie out of his mind. He was actually a bit happier without her around, surprisingly. But he wasn’t quite ready to date seriously again, much to Alyssa’s chagrin.

Meanwhile, Isolde was still talking about her favorite topic to all her new little friends. Maggie O`Hanlon wasn’t nearly as taken back. They both talked animatedly about ghosts and graveyards, saying they needed to visit the one down the road when they were teenagers. Their parents would never let them, but surely they could sneak out…

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Note from Mao: Do we have a new Lilith? I swear, all Isolde talks about to anyone is paranormal. It’s hilarious and crazy. Yes, Lacie is gone. No, Gordon didn’t kill her… but he did send her away. Where? Well, that’s the question.

August 21, 2008

Anderson 4 – Round 18: ‘Blood Money, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:10 am

Roman Anderson is becoming quite a powerful man, can Cara keep up?

With the success of his last business and the deeds to lots in both Aperture and Boreal Springs in his hands, Roman opened another business. It was a simple grocery store nestled in Boreal Springs. It was a success and Roman hired on a young woman who desperately wanted to be close to Boreal Springs. Why he didn’t know or care, but she proved to be a good worker, albiet unskilled.

One evening, during dinner, Cara decided to question her husband. She had seen him acting oddly and skulking about, she even had others tell her about it. She didn’t think he was the type to have an affair, but what else could he be doing?

“It’s business,” Roman said sternly, “that’s it. Who is filling your head with this garbage?”

Cara shrugged meekly, “I… I wasn’t trying to imply anything, Roman, I was just worried.”

“Well don’t,” he snapped, angry that others had been talking and not quite pleased as his wife’s distrust. “Why would I sully the name I’m trying to restore? Honestly, Cara, sometimes I wonder where your brain is.”

Cara frowned and stared down at her plate, ashamed. She should have known better. Perhaps she was projecting her own thoughts onto Roman…

Katarina stopped by one day to thank her younger brother for the awesome pad he had hooked her and Shang up with in the heart of downtown. Roman wasn’t fond of his sister’s ways, but she was his sister, and despite herself, she had a brain.

“You shouldn’t thank me, Katarina,” Roman replied, showing a rare bout of humility. “It was Tsung Yu’s design and Gordon Saunders that made it truly possible.”

“Well, whatever, you had a hand in it someway, so thanks. I know how you feel about Shang, and with Nevio marrying Lacie–”

Roman laughed, “it’s fine, don’t worry about it…”

Roman’s luck wasn’t all good, one night, while they were asleep in their lavish bedroom… a burglar broke in. Fortunately, Roman had the foresight to install an extensive security system. The police were called to the scene before the striped fiend could make off with anything. Unfortunately for that burglar, that particular cop was also in Gordon Saunders’ pocket… and well, you don’t mess with someone under his protection.

There were definitely perks to working with criminals…

Cara enjoyed throwing parties, epsecially those that involved the other ladies from Boreal Springs. Alyssa frequented these and Roman pulled her aside one afternoon to tell her of his plan.

“Lacie won’t be a problem for much longer,” he confided.

Alyssa gave him a look, “what are you saying, Roman? She’s pregnant!”

“The baby will be fine, mother. Just trust me–I’ve taken care of it.”

Alyssa shuddered, remembering the propaganda involving her mother all those years ago… something in the back of her mind shouted for her to take notice, but she ignored it.

Cara, meanwhile, was having lunch with one of her guests. River Saunders was an interesting type of girl, not particularly feminine, but incredibly keen. Cara grilled her on sciences and her studies at university.

While she enjoyed all the guests she invited, Cara had to admit, she didn’t get along very well with Lacie. She really didn’t like Lacie’s blatant flirting with her husband or her attitude.

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Note from Mao: The blonde in the first picture is important for a reason you will find out later. ;) Katarina is like Shang, she constantly drops by uninvited. It’s insane.

August 12, 2008

Anderson – Round 18: ‘Gold Digger, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:00 am

With Katarina gone, Alyssa is left with Nevio, Lacie, and little Isolde. Poor little Isolde, if it weren’t for Alyssa, she’d be neglected.. can her romance-oriented parents get their act together?

Lacie had mentioned several times how nice it would be to have a hottub, but Nevio was incredibly surprised when he came home one day to see contractors setting up a deck and hauling a huge jacuzzi. Alyssa said nothing, she just shook her head. Nevio was too shocked to speak.

He came around, though. The hottub was an extremely nice addition, even if it did mean he saw way more of Shang Yu than he ever wanted to. Shang had dropped by one day and told Katarina to pack her and James’ things, she was coming downtown with him. They saw more of Shang than they did of Katarina… and Nevio wasn’t quite sure he liked the looks that passed between him and Lacie.

Meanwhile, Alyssa was stuck caring for poor Isolde. She had become an adorable toddler and though she still resembled Jun Yu, Alyssa could now see that she looked quite a bit like Nevio, too. Alyssa loved spending time with Isolde, but worried that her parents had no part in her life. She’d have to kick Nevio into shape, she hadn’t raised her son to be a negligent father!

Of course, she’d have to fish both Nevio and Lacie out of the hottub, first. They spent the majority of their time out there, doing goodness only knows what. Alyssa was really sick of Lacie lazing around the house, doing absolutely nothing. She refused to get a job and she didn’t care for Isolde at all, except to complain to Alyssa that most rich people had nursemaids or nannies to care for their offspring.

Roman had planned on opening his real estate venture in Boreal Springs, but after some advice, decided to put it in Aperture. He gave the lot to Alyssa, suggesting she open a store and save up some funds so Lacie didn’t bleed them dry. Alyssa did more than that, she drug Lacie with her, putting her to work at the register. She was going to earn her keep if she wanted to stay and Alyssa would hear no more of this “don’t you want to move out” business!

(Shoppers viewed here are Aiyana Saunders and Tsung Yu)

Alyssa was happy when she finally got it through Nevio’s thick skull that his daughter needed him and that being an athletic didn’t mean he had to be a complete jerk. He didn’t dislike Isolde, quite the opposite, he just wasn’t sure what to do. Thanks to Alyssa and some help from Katarina, Nevio was slowly spending more and more time with his daughter.

Lacie eventually got out of working for Alyssa by claiming to be pregnant again. Alyssa had to hide her fury when she realized it was true. This woman having another child was just wrong. Alyssa wished her son could see what a little harpy he married, but he was oblivious. Anything she asked for, she got. Lacie had Nevio wrapped around her finger like one of the many platinum diamond bands she owned.

In fact, she even went as far as to suggest that perhaps a bigger ring would be better suited for her finger, given all the pain and tribulation she had to go through.

While Lacie was a vacuum of money and wealth, Isolde was the opposite. She was a happy and smiling child and being around her made Nevio feel considerably better about his life. He knew that perhaps Lacie was not the best choice, but even so, he loved her and that emotion often rendered even the most intelligent of beings foolish.

He just hoped Isolde didn’t take her mother’s bad example and act the same way.

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Note from Mao: Poor Nevio, he’s such a patsy. And Shang really did refuse to leave when they got the hottub. He came over once with Katarina and Lacie started swooing over him. He kept trying to put the moves on Alyssa, but she’s over that now. Lacie and him are good friends now, though… and Isolde is ADORABLE. Srsly.

August 1, 2008

Anderson – Round 17: ‘Gold Digger, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:24 am

Alyssa Anderson is newly divorced and has a lot on her plate. Her eldest daughter, Katarina, has returned home very pregnant with the same man Alyssa herself has slept with. Nevio managed to knock-up his girlfriend, Lacie, in University. With a wedding to plan and babies to prepare for, things at the Anderson residence are hectic.

Alyssa wasn’t completely sure how to react to Katarina’s news. The fact that Katarina was pregnant was enough of a surprise, but that it was Shang’s baby? Alyssa felt a little sick inside. Messing around with Shang had been very, very wrong. She could never let Katarina know now.

“Of course you can stay here,” Alyssa said, trying to reassure her daughter. “Just know that Lacie is here, too, until Nevio returns home from University.”

Katarina smirked, “why am I not surprised?”

Nevio came back to the house a few months later to find his sister very pregnant and his soon-to-be-wife just barely showing. Being surrounded by hormonal women wasn’t exactly something he looked forward to, nor did he enjoy the conversations at the dinner table.

“So, am I going to get that big?” Lacie asked, eyes wide. “I hope not, I’ll never get my figure back.”

Katarina ignored the dig and simply said, “it all depends on how big the baby is. I’m actually quite small for how far along I am.”

“It would have been nice if you had told us all sooner, Katarina,” Alyssa interrupted giving her daughter a look.

That night, Lacie took it upon herself to have a talk with Nevio. She was concerned about Katarina being there and was hoping that the eldest child would leave and find her own place to live. It was bad enough Nevio’s mother was still present, but Katarina there threatened her place as head of the house even worse.

“I don’t know when Kat’s leaving,” Nevio replied easily. “She can stay as long as she likes, as far as I am concerned.”

“It isn’t good for us all to be here at once, Nevio. You’re the heir, this is technically now your house. Shouldn’t your sister and mother leave?”

Nevio laughed as if she was joking, “don’t be stupid, Laci. Mom helped build this house, this is her home. She isn’t going anywhere and I don’t want her to.”

Katarina wasn’t quite sure what she thought about her room remaining the same as when she had left it. She had tolerate the uncomfortably small bed and overly pink room for long enough. With the baby coming any day now, it was more than time for a remodel.

She’d have to speak with her mother about it in the morning. Katarina hadn’t planned to stay as long as she had, but she didn’t exactly look forward to being a single mom, either. She hadn’t even told Shang yet.

Of course, Katarina didn’t have to. Alyssa had enough, she knew that it was messy business, but Shang had to know. She phoned him up without Katarina knowing.

“You need to come over, Shang. There’s something you need to… see.”

‘Well, that’s an interesting way of saying it, babe.’

Alyssa sighed heavily, “no, Shang. I told you, that’s over. I’m talking about Katarina.”

‘Kat? Is she okay?’

“Just come over and you’ll see for yourself.”

Katarina was hardly impressed by her mother’s little stunt. She met Shang in her very pink room and let him know that this was not her idea at all.

“I can’t believe she did this,” Katarina sighed, unable to hide her anger.

“I’m glad she did, why didn’t you tell me?” Shang replied, humor gone from his voice. “How long, Kat?”

“It was during the tour, at the island. I came back and well, there it was.”

“Were you ever going to tell me?”

“…I don’t know. I figured it was best you didn’t know and I really didn’t want you seeing me like this. I feel like a beached whale.”

“For being a beached whale, you look pretty hot to me, babe.” Shang replied jokingly, pulling her into his arms and kissing her. “You know I can’t help you out directly… but I wanna be involved, all right?”

“Fine, but don’t get all serious on me about this. It doesn’t change things.”

He laughed, kissing her again, “and that’s why I love you, Kat.”

Katarina gave birth to little James Anderson a few days later. He looked everybit like Shang, only his eyes were big and brown like Shang’s brother’s and his father’s. There was no mistaking it, that much was sure. Katarina idly wondered if he had any of her in him at all. He definitely didn’t look a bit like his namesake would have you believe.

July 30, 2008

B.S.U. Campus – Round 16: ‘Heir Trouble, End’

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 2:18 pm

Roman Anderson is trying to keep his family name from dropping below its faculties, but his twin, Nevio, isn’t helping any.  To make matters worse, Laci’s plan seems to have worked.

Laci did her best to hide her happiness.  Her plan had worked, not that she had ever doubted herself for a single second.  Nevio didn’t have the same intelligence or cautious nature his brother did and so it was only a matter of time before all their fooling around got them into trouble.  Laci had him right where she wanted him, that money would be hers.

“Are you sure?” Nevio replied, shocked.  His face was nearly as white as his shirt.

“Yes, of course.  I even took two tests and I’ve already scheduled the visit.”

Nevio swallowed, unable to think of a fitting response.  This was not good at all.

As any son would do in a situation like this, Nevio phoned his mother immediately.  Alyssa made the drive as soon as she was able and met with her very anxious son.  She knew what her father, Thomas, would do in this situation… but Alyssa wasn’t Thomas.  She sighed and with a heavy heart, said:

“She can’t stay here, Nevio.  College is no place for a pregnant girl.  She’ll come home with me and then you’ll marry as soon as you finish the accelerated program they offer.  You’re a senior, it won’t be that difficult.”

“B-But, mom–”

“No buts, Nevio.  You can’t just cast her out on the street.  You have to make this right…”

“This is preposterous, mother!” Roman raged, unable to contain himself.  “You’re giving Laci exactly what she wants, she wants the money!  That’s the only reason she allowed herself to get knocked up in the first place.  That lustful skank will bleed you dry!”

“Roman Anderson!” Alyssa scolded, arms folded over her chest.  “I did not raise you to speak like that.  Regardless as to what Laci is or is not, it no longer matters.  She’s now carrying my grandchild.  I will do what I must to ensure that poor thing’s future.  Surely you can understand…”

“No, I can’t,” Roman snapped, turning away from her.  “You’re making a mistake, mother, a very big mistake.  You’ll lose everything.”

Despite Roman’s protests, Alyssa and Nevio went through the motions.  Nevio proposed and Laci was suitably pleased.  She packed up all her belongings and put them in the car with Alyssa.  She had no qualms about quitting University.  It wasn’t like she’d actually need an education–Laci didn’t even plan to work.  There was absolutely no reason to!

Alyssa knew that Roman was right, but she couldn’t bring herself to cast the baby aside.  If anything, it could be saved.

Roman, fueled by his anger, bought a community lot within Boreal Springs and opened it to the public.  It was the end of his senior year and he had plenty of time to devote to it.  With his careful management and financial savvy, it climbed the ranks.  The once lowly general store was now a pivotal business within the small suburb.  Even Mary O`Hanlon came by to congratulate him on his endeavor

A reviewer from Aperture stopped by and was pleased enough to give Roman an award for service and reliability.  Of course, Shang Yu was passing by at the time and more than happy to give his two cents.

“Congrats, dude, and hey, she’s hot!”

Roman rolled his eyes and accepted the award.  He was sure to hang it over the door so that everyone who entered would see it.

With his business ventures begun, it was time for the next thing on his list.  He had kept in contact with Cara Nanale and they had built a relationship, though hardly to the extent of his brother’s.  He proposed to her with the intent of marrying her as soon as the house he had bought was built enough to be a suitable home to the two of them.  Cara was beyond overwhelmed, but certainly happy.  She’d be off the islands and Roman seemed to be very kind and respectful.  Not once had he tried to cross any lines and Cara could wear a white dress with pride.

Of course, she had no idea that Roman was simply protecting his own interests in doing so.  There would be no bastard children to take his wealth, that much was certain.

——–

Note from Mao: Laci’s pregnancy threw me for a loop!  Never have I had YAs get pregnant so easily.  Yikes.  I think I fixed my community lots, which is good.  I really missed having them!!  Roman’s business is almost rank 10 already, haha.  As for Cara, he had a want to get engaged, but never rolled any woohoo wants.  Fortune sims, haha, what are you gonna do?

July 22, 2008

Anderson – Round 16: ‘Happy?, End’

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:40 am

Alyssa and Ryu’s marriage has been on the rocks for awhile now. Can they settle their differences or is it time to call in the lawyers?

Alyssa found herself at a loss. She had confessed to Florence, but she really didn’t feel any better. In fact, she felt worse. Her guilt was transposing itself into anger and she found herself frequently lashing out at the wrong people. She had to bite her tongue when Roman called to report that Nevio was bringing his gold-digging girlfriend Laci to dinner.

“How can you be so sure, Roman? Maybe you are misunderstanding her..”

“No, I’m not, mother. She’s even gone so far as to hit on me. She’s disgusting and she needs ejected as soon as possible.”

Alyssa sighed heavily, “you know we can’t do that, Roman. If Nevio loves her…”

“Grandfather would have. You know it, too, just as well as I do.” There was shuffling on the other end of the line. “I’ve got to go. We’ll see you Sunday.”

Talking to Ryu was as awkward as it had ever been. They mostly kept their distance, though Ryu had made attempts to build bridges, Alyssa always declined. She just couldn’t get over her own guilt. She knew she had to tell him, but it would have to wait until after the kids visited. No need to make things messy for them, too.

“You need to tell me what’s going on, Alyssa.”

“No, not yet. After the kids have come and gone, I’ll tell you. But no sooner than that. It’s for the best.”

And so Sunday came and Alyssa finally met Laci. She had to admit, Laci certainly looked the part. Was Nevio serious about this girl? Alyssa couldn’t help but notice how much makeup Laci wore. That really wasn’t appropriate. She tried her best to make nice, though, for her son’s sake. She also needed to have a talk with Roman. If there was anyway to remove this woman from Nevio’s life, it needed to be done. She wasn’t fit to be an heir’s wife.

Alyssa went downstairs to see where Ryu had gone to only to find him talking to Tracey Saunders. Inwardly, she bristled. The mere sight of Tracey was enough to set her off. She glared angrily at Ryu and walked into the kitchen, ignoring the fact that Tracey seemed frightened.

“Hold on a minute, Tracey. I’ll be right back,” Ryu assured, patting her on the shoulder.

“A…All right…” she replied, visibly shaken.

Ryu entered the kitchen only to be met with a shower of water. He pushed it out of his face and looked at Alyssa, his own anger flaring.

“What the hell is she doing in the house, Ryu? When the children are here, no less!”

Ryu shook off the water, “what are you trying to say, Alyssa? Tracey just came by because of work. She found something–”

“I’m sure she did!”

“That’s it!” Ryu yelled back, getting in her face. “What is your problem? Why don’t you just tell me so we can stop this stupid charade and get it all over with. Just say it, Alyssa.”

“You act like you already know,” she huffed back, crossing her arms over her chest. Inwardly, she felt as if she might faint.

“Maybe I do,” Ryu retorted, not backing down. “Maybe I figured it out myself and despite that, tried to make this work. But you’ve killed that. So just say it!”

“Fine! I slept with Shang,” she shot back, eyes narrowing. “Are you happy now? But it wouldn’t have happened were it not for that stupid wench in the livingroom!”

“Don’t blame Tracey for your own weaknesses, Alyssa.” Ryu replied, his tone low and full of warning. “I don’t think we need to discuss this any further, do you? I tried, I did, and you threw it in my face.”

“I never should have married you!” Alyssa raged, fists forming at her sides. “Father was right! It’s a shame he won’t be here to see the divorce.”

Ryu shook his head and exited, “I should have known you’d go crazy without your puppet master here to rule your every move.”

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