Boreal Springs

July 15, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 15: ‘Polyamorous, Pt. 4′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 7:04 pm

Kate and Shang are now legally wed, which should please Florence, but she just can’t get over Shang’s inherent stupidity and lack of commitment.  Shaniqua is trying to protect Hugh from the possible trauma that a feuding father and grandmother could cause.

Florence loved Hugh dearly and that was why she couldn’t stand Shang.  Hugh had so many opportunities, but with Shang’s influence, it was possible he’d end up an ignorant, womanizing fool like his father.  Florence wasn’t about to sit idly by and let that happen.  She made sure to impress the importance of education on her young grandson, hoping to build the cornerstone of what would hopefully become a long, academic career leading to a fantastic job.

Hugh, while not completely dumb, was hardly any academic scholar.  He tried hard to please his grandma, but he really didn’t care all that much about school.

Seeing Hugh growing so fast made Kate long for another child.  When she voiced her desire to Shang, she was met with a rather unenthusiastic response.

“You’re kidding, right?” Shang replied.  He tried to smile but it came out as more of a nervous twitch at the edge of his lip.  Inside, he was screaming.

“No, why would I?  We’re both doing fine at work and Hugh could benefit from it–”

Shang shook his head, “you’re talking crazy and you know how I feel about crazy chicks, Kate.  Just be content and happy with Hugh.  He’s a good kid.”

Shaniqua knew that she had messed up a few times in her life, but she planned to do right by Hugh.  She didn’t want to see him scarred by her transgressions.  That was the only reason Florence was in such a horrible mood and why she refused to tolerate Shang’s ways.  Shaniqua knew he would never change and she wished that Kate would see that… but Kate was in love and love is blind.

So she made it her purpose to ensure that Hugh was loved and unable to see the tension that surrounded him.  She especially wanted to protect him from Shang’s nature.  Shaniqua knew how hard of an urge it was to fight… she wished only for Hugh not to suffer the same torment.

Being married didn’t slow Shang down any.  When he was home everyone else was usually at work and Hugh was off at school.  Shang didn’t waste any time welcoming Katarina back from college.  She’d grown a bit, but she hadn’t outgrown him.  Maybe if they weren’t so promiscuous, perhaps if they weren’t so caught up in the fleeting moments, they’d be good together.

But they were and so they were only happy with one another until the deed was done.  Then it was a quick kiss, a sly wink, and a closing door.

One evening, Hugh brought home in report card and stunned both his parents with all the A’s.  It seemed that Florence’s stalwart dedication was paying off.  Of course, Shang had to ruin the moment.

“That’s good, you little genius,” Shang’s face skewed up as he leaned down closer to his son, “but remember, chicks don’t dig nerds until they’re rich.”

“Shang!” Kate yelled angrily from over her book, brows set in a hard line.  “Don’t say things like that to him!”

“I’m only speaking the truth, babe.”

Hugh was growing like a weed everyday.  The years seemed to be slipping away and while Kate knew she was much younger than other mothers with children Hugh’s age, she couldn’t stop herself from feeling depressed.  She had promised Lilith that she’d leave the lamp alone, but desperate times called for desperate measures.  She tried the conventional way and it hadn’t worked… it was time to go back to unconventional methods.  At least that had proved itself before.

“Do you understand the repercussions of your request?” The genie asked, as he had before.

Kate waved him off.  She hadn’t seen any repercussions yet and she wasn’t like to anytime soon.  “Yes, yes, now can you do it or not?”

“We shall see… it is a troublesome task you ask.  It will take… time.”

“As long as it happens, I don’t care.”

“As you wish it, so then it shall be.”

Meanwhile, unaware of her daughter’s dabbling into the paranormal, Florence met with her younger sister Alyssa outside.  Alyssa was acting weird, even for her.  She insisted they go around the back to talk.  Florence was baffled.

“I did something stupid,” Alyssa said suddenly, her voice wavering.  “Really, really stupid… and I have to tell someone.  You’re the only one, Florence.  Dad is gone and you’re all I’ve got left.  So you have to listen, all right?  And you can’t get angry… not until I’ve said what I need to say.”

At this, Florence was instantly on edge.  She tried to play it off, but her tension was evident in her face, “well, say it then.”

“I slept with Shang.  It was a mistake, it was before the wedding, and it was–it was stupid.  I don’t know what happened.  I know it was wrong, and I wish I could go back and undo.  Thank everything that there wasn’t a child…”

“You what?!” Florence shouted, fists balling at her sides.  Had she ever been so angry?  Yes, and it was the same thing, over and over again.  Was it human nature to be promiscuous?  “Not only did you do something to wrong your family, your own damned niece, but you… you have children, Alyssa.  You have have a husband!  What were you thinking?  Of all the people… that idiot, that jabbering fool!  What could have possessed you to do something so stupid?”

Alyssa crossed her arms defensively, “I… I don’t know!  I was just so angry and he kept pressing and he was there… and I thought, I mean I was completely convinced Ryu was having an affair… with Tracey Saunders.  I know that sounds stupid, but at the time, it was completely reasonable.  I just… I needed to tell someone… you can’t tell Kate, though.  You can’t, Florence.  I couldn’t bear it!”

“You should be telling Ryu, not me!  I swear, am I the only one with a working brain around here?  Sleeping with Shang Yu!  Of all people!  Nevermind he’s Kate’s husband… I thought you had a better opinion of yourself, Alyssa.  I guess I was wrong.”

Thankfully, the next evening, Nathaniel dropped by with Sara and Patrick for a visit.  Hugh wasn’t quite sure what to make of his cousin Patrick.  They really didn’t have too much in common.  Patrick seemed a little too self-involved to bother talking about anything that he wasn’t particularly interested in.

Hugh had always thought his aunt and uncle were extremely strange and this was only solidified during their visit.  They were always hugging and being affectionate.  It was creepy.

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Note from Mao: And after so long… Boreal Springs is back, yay!  Unfortunately, in the transition from my PC to my fiance’s… some things were lost.  Don’t ask me how, I don’t know, but a few hairstyles and clothing options went AWOL.  So, until I recover them, please ignore slight changes in well-known looks and styles of certain characters.  Thanks!

June 9, 2008

Anderson – Round 15: ‘Heir Trouble, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:07 pm

 Thomas Anderson’s days are coming to an end; will he rest in peace or pieces?  Alyssa’s guilt over her affair is causing more trouble than it’s worth, but Ryu is still oblivious.  Nevio is the heir, but Roman is looking like a better choice.  Will the Anderson name and fortune go to someone unworthy?

With the case involving Janine Anderson, Derek O`Hanlon, and Katy Saunders over, Ryu found that he had spent entirely too much time focusing on it.  He was still concerned with removing the criminal element from Boreal Springs, but he had plenty of help now.  It was time to find out what was wrong with Alyssa–she’d been acting extremely odd lately.  She gave up on arguing and kept to herself.  Something was definitely up.

Anytime he tried to talk to her, though, she just ignored him.  She didn’t start arguing, she didn’t say anything–she just sat there and pretended he wasn’t there.  That, or she got up and went somewhere else.

Meanwhile, Thomas was having his own problems.  Late into the night, he sat on a chair in his office, waiting patiently.  Soon enough, Gordon Saunders appeared via rather unconvential means.  Thomas knew he would come eventually.  In this business, the student always rid of the teacher.  That was the natural way of things.

“I hope this means you’re going to go peacefully,” Gordon said, completely confident in his own abilities.

“You’ve wove a very tangled web, Gordon.  You’re doing the same thing Janine did and you will fail, just as she did.  Only there won’t be anyone to help you stand.  I will be gone, by your hands or by the world’s.  What will you do then?”

Gordon became angry, “am I supposed to be touched?  You helped Janine to help yourself, Thomas.  Everything you’ve done your whole life has been for your own benefit.”

“And you, Gordon?  How are you any different?”

“You’re good, but not that good.  I’m better.  Your manipulation won’t work on me.  Enjoy your last days, Thomas.  Enjoy knowing that you’re going to die and nothing you can do will stop it.”

Thomas Anderson laid his head down on his pillow, content to go to sleep.  Perhaps he’d wake in the morning and sign the entire fortune over to Roman.  He’d be a much more suitable heir than Nevio.  That boy was such a flake.

Unfortunately for Thomas, it wasn’t to be.  His last hour was spent thinking back on Janine.  His thoughts always came back to her.  Would she be waiting for him in Hell or did some benevolent thing take pity on her situation?

In the wake of his grandfather’s death and the realization that he was heir, Nevio’s head was muddled.  Worse yet was the blonde girl with dollar signs in her eyes following him around.  Laci Enriquez was truly a beauty at the tender age of seventeen.  She scarcely did her own homework and she survived on the ‘generosity’ of horny young males without rewarding their efforts.

Of course, that was all cast aside in her campaign at getting Nevio and his money.  She followed him home from school and the poor boy was unable to resist her extremely well-tuned charms.

With her father gone, Alyssa felt the weight of everything on her shoulders.  Not only was she forced to deal with her own guilt and Ryu’s persistent questions, but she had also found her father dead in his bed.  She was incredibly frazzled and so it was no surprise she burned her lunch.  The fire marshall was quite surprised to get called to the mayor’s own house.

Alyssa really needed to get her act together before the tabloids had a field day.

Meanwhile, girls tried to spur Roman’s interest only to be met with cold rebuffs.  Roman wasn’t anywhere near as gullible as his brother, nor was he as starved love.  Roman knew exactly what he wanted and he certainly wasn’t some loose girl looking for a free ride.  He wasn’t in any hurry–as long as he was amassing a fortune, he was happy.  As a teen he had won several scholarships related to his business endeavors–he even had a financial consulting business going which he did online.

Heir or not, Roman would be rich.  That much was certain.

Nevio, unfortunately, did not have any of Roman’s common sense or decency.  Laci had him in a chokehold of epic proportions.  She was even going to Boreal Summit University with him.  Of course, Nevio hadn’t really much experience with females outside of their prep school, so University would be an eye-opening experience.  One that Laci wasn’t likely to enjoy.

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Note from Mao: Thomas finally dies, after 15 rounds!  Whew.  He’s one of the longest-living old people I’ve had, I think.  Geesh.  As for Laci, she did follow Nevio home and she did flirt with him.  Roman also had girls following him home much to my surprise and amusement.  Thomas actually died on the sidewalk, but what fun is that?  See:

May 22, 2008

Anderson – Round 14: ‘Happy?, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:40 am

Thomas Anderson’s days are coming to an end; will it be a natural end or something more dastardly? Alyssa and Ryu’s marriage is quickly crumbling beneath the weight of his case against the former Janine Anderson and now Derek Saunders. Roman remains quiet and studious, but Nevio finds himself unable to cope with the familial distress.

Thomas Anderson watched as his young grandchild Nevio slept. He would never be ready in time. With all the chaos in the house, it was nearly impossible to teach him anything. Had Thomas mad the wrong choice in an heir to his fortune and notoriety?

His days were numbered and he knew it was only a matter of time before the natural processes of life called him to the other side. What he wasn’t too sure of is whether or not Gordon would have a hand in it. The student outdoing the teacher is a common theme.

Alyssa, meanwhile, found herself bored with her life. She was tired of arguing with Ryu and she was even more tired of all the political backlash. She refused to believe that her mother was a Criminal Mastermind! There was just no possible way. Ryu was creating mountains out of mole hills, as seemed to be his thing now.

She was also bothered by the fact that he was always talking to Tracey Saunders. Tracey was young and exotic, but also very much married to Gordon Saunders. Of course, in this day and age, that really didn’t matter. The more Alyssa thought about it, the angrier she got.

Alyssa had no way of knowing that Tracey was just a part of Ryu’s plan to bring down the entire criminal empire. He had suspected Gordon for sometime, but with what Tracey told him, he was even more sure of it. Of course, he didn’t tell her this. He simply comforted her as a friend would and told her she was doing a good job. He felt bad, but Tracey had dug her own grave, really. She wanted off the island bad enough to marry the first person she came across!

Meanwhile, the twins did their best to stay away from all the familial strife. They built snowmen and spent a lot of time together. Poor Roman lost a bet to his brother and was forced to wear their mother’s old snow clothing. It wasn’t so bad, except for the daisy pockets and the pink scarf. It seemed to cheer Nevio up, though, and so Roman suffered through.

He did take advantage of Nevio walking away to put the carrot nose as something else, though.

Ryu also spent a lot of time communicating with Lilith Yu through the computer. It would be best if their connections in this upcoming trial were left secret until the final revealing. Ryu was certain that with Katy Saunders as his star witness, nothing could go wrong. He felt bad for his brother, but he couldn’t forgive murder. This was his job and it had quickly become his passion, too.

Luckily for Ryu, Lilith came through and was ready to do the ceremony. She just had to know ahead of time so she could make sure Tsung wasn’t home.

The twins grew up into hardy teens. The result of all the dysfunction caused Nevio to have pre-conceived notions of relationships. He found them stifling and frightening. People who ended up in steady relationships were guaranteed to be miserable and he swore that’d never be him. Nevio idealized love, though, and so by not tying himself down, he was free to enjoy it without it shattering his ideal. (Romance Sim)

Nevio ended up looking a lot like his mother, Alyssa.

Roman was a little too serious and introverted for such endeavors. Instead, he found that he enjoyed the life his parents and grandfather had provided for him. He was determined to make as much, if not more, than their family had accumulated. Even if he wasn’t heir, he was going to live a life of luxury. Finding a female that felt the same would truly be ideal. (Fortune sim)

Roman took more after his father’s side of the family.

May 4, 2008

Anderson – Round 13: ‘Happy?, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:51 am

Thomas Anderson is beginning to feel control slip away from him while his son-in-law Ryu is beginning to feel more empowered. Too bad Alyssa is so angry at him she’s threatening divorce. Katarina could care less about her parent’s problems, instead focusing on University and all the boys there. Roman is too quiet to say anything, but Nevio bares the brunt of their familial discord.

‘That little, worthless piece of Saunders trash,’ Thomas mused angrily, his eyes narrowing. ‘Who does he think he is?’

After Janine’s passing and all the insanity that flared up, Gordon cut himself off from Thomas. He had taken everything Thomas had taught him and brought it back against him tenfold. Gordon was working in a way opposite of Thomas, though. Instead of badgering or blackmailing people onto his side, he was using his existing friendships and charming ways. It was madness. Thomas couldn’t believe this! He never should have let that little rat into his confidence…

Meals in the Anderson household were a tense affair, when everyone managed to gather together. Thomas put on a brave face, but he was too busy with concern to bother interacting. Ryu tried to keep things upbeat, but Alyssa shut him down, hard. The kids usually pretended not to notice, but Nevio found it made him feel sick and queasy when they fought.

Ryu was investigating Derek Saunders and Janine Saunders. Janine had been Alyssa’s mother, and so, Alyssa was not happy that he was dragging her dead mother’s name through the dirt. She felt betrayed and hurt. Of course, Ryu hadn’t really handled it the best of ways, either.

Neither of them had a clue what their teenage daughter was up to, or what she was plotting. She finally gave in to her mother’s demands that she go to University. Her true reasoning, however, she shared with her best friend and cousin Marla O`Hanlon.

“You did what?” Marla gaped. “That’s illegal!”

“I consented,” Katarina huffed in reply. “That’s not important, what is important is what happens when we get to University. Twenty-four-seven party, baby! Can you feel the excitement?”

“I… I kind of want to graduate, you know, Katarina.”

“Oh, whatever. You will. Your mom has clout. We gotta enjoy our youth while we got it!”

Meanwhile, the twins had their own ways of coping. Roman was generally quiet and withdrawn, so he preferred to spend his hours playing chess… against himself. It was challenging to him, he claimed, to try and beat himself at his own game. Nevio preferred to flex his creative muscles and spent time painting. It was a calming activity and it helped him take his mind off the strife between his parents.

May 1, 2008

B.S.U. Campus – Round 12: ‘Polyamorous, Pt. 1′

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 11:57 am

Shang Yu enjoys being a swinging bachelor while Kate seems to think they have an exclusive ‘relationship’. Unfortunately for Shang, he doesn’t quite know how far Kate is willing to go to ensure that her belief is made truth.

Alyssa Anderson and her daughter, Katarina, stopped by the house during their tour of the University. Alyssa was trying to get Katarina interested in furthering her education. Sure, she wasn’t the brightest, but anyone could get into college with the right amount of money. Alyssa was determined that Katarina have a bright future ahead of her.

Shang was more than happy to welcome to the two women. Kate was out, much to Alyssa’s chagrin, but Katarina could have cared less. She was much more interested in Shang.

Alyssa, having been a previous resident of the house, went upstairs to revisit one of her favorite spots–the hot tub. Shang took this as his opportunity to make nice with the mayor of Boreal Springs. Alyssa was older, yes, but she was hot. Her marriage was on the rocks, too, so that meant she was vulnerable. Vulnerable women are always easy to jump up on. Unfortunately for Shang, Alyssa didn’t seem to be as weak and timid as he expected.

“Are you hitting on me, Shang?” She said, her voice tinged with motherly reproach.

“Hey, if that’s what you’re seeing–”

She shook her head, “no. Just no. Don’t think I don’t know about you, Shang Yu. You can take your supposed ‘charm’ and go elsewhere. I’m not some stupid little college girl.”

Shang shrugged and gave her a sheepish look, “who said I thought you were? Maybe I like them older and smart.”

She rolled her eyes, “thanks, but no thanks.”

Shang wasn’t giving up on Alyssa, he was incredibly persistent. However, Katarina was all kinds of hot, too, so he couldn’t resist making some moves on her. Sure, she was young–hell, she was illegal–but it wasn’t like it would lead to anything. Teenage girls were all big teases. When she went to University, though, all bets would be off.

Surprisingly, Katarina didn’t brush him off. She flirted right back, putting forth her own innuendo. The resident campus casanova was pleasantly stunned.

Meanwhile, Kate pondered over the item that Lilith had given her. She was hesitant to use it, but after hearing about Alyssa and Katarina’s visit and the way Shang spoke about them… she knew she didn’t have a choice. He was just confused and needed guidance. Kate was sure this would work. She rubbed the lamp and stifled her scream as the room was engulfed in purple smoke.

“You have need of me, master?”

Kate blinked, still startled, “um… y-yes…”

“I can see what your heart desires…” He grinned, his eyes narrowing. “What do you wish for, master?”

Without asking what the catch was, Kate blurted out, “I want Shang just for me, no one else!”

“As you wish it, master.”

It worked like a charm. Suddenly, all of Shang’s attentions fell on Kate and any outside interests seemed to fade away. It was almost like a dream. Kate never really thought about the repercussions of her actions, nor did she consider that there would be any consequences. She soaked up the attention, unknowing of the battle going on in Shang’s own mind. He felt like he was being controlled and was very much aware of how… out-of-character his actions were.

It eventually faded and Shang was back to his old tricks. Kate was depressed. Wasn’t it supposed to last forever? She contemplated getting the lamp out again.

April 22, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 12: ‘Every Me, Every You, Pt. 5′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 5:38 pm

Florence Anderson and Shaniqua Saunders have been together since college. So far, Florence is unaware of Shaniqua’s infidelity. Will she find out or is she destined to remain oblivious?



Florence had a lot to say about Kate’s relationship with a certain Shang Yu. He was no good and he’d never be faithful. Kate was Florence’s heir, and as such, she expected her to find a respectable mate. Shang had no respect for anything and was just plain lazy. Little did Florence know that her own situation mirrored her daughter’s quite a bit.

It was unfortunate, but Florence’s hatred of Shang caused a rift between her and Kate.

Shaniqua, of course, was a bit more understanding. She had a guilty conscience, it wasn’t like she could talk Shang down. Instead, she simply reasoned with Kate. Florence was just still upset over the death of her mother. This was made worse by all the propaganda being spouted off about Janine being the true leader of the crime syndicate. While it was true that the activity had died down since Janine’s death, no one who knew Janine could believe it.

Gina stopped by often to visit her twin, having finished her novel. She was happy that the Dramatica series had come to an end, but it also left her feeling a little empty. Thankfully, her sister had more than enough drama to fill the hole.

“Look, Shaniqua, I won’t pretend to know your situation… but you can’t keep doing this.”

“I haven’t been seeing him as much,” Shaniqua protested. “In fact, I’m planning on ending it. She’ll never have to know.”

Gina shook her head, “you’re walking a dangerous path…”

The house was empty with all the children gone, so Florence and Shaniqua made an effort to have them over often. Their spouses usually tagged along, although Sara often stayed behind. She took over babysitting duty for Zhou, letting Lilith drag Tsung along to help her through her misery. She loved her family, but they asked way too many questions.

Shaniqua’s supposed ‘final goodbye’ to Ravi turned out to be more than she had anticipated. Florence came home from work early and caught them. Ravi excused himself and Shaniqua was left to deal with a very angry Florence. Surprisingly, she didn’t go off or shout. She simply gave Shaniqua a terrible look and walked out of the room.

Shaniqua would have preferred to be yelled at than ignored. Florence gave her the cold shoulder, ignoring her when she spoke. Eventually, she’d crack, but Shaniqua would likely go crazy with anticipation.

Alyssa dropped by during her lunch break to visit with her older sister. Their mother’s funeral had brought them together after having grown apart over the years. They were both sad over her death and extremely displeased with all the rumors flying around.

Florence had called Alyssa’s cell phone and told her what happened with Shaniqua, bringing her younger sister to her door, her breathing labored. She had not overemphasized her ‘rushing right over’.

“I’m sorry, Florence,” Alyssa said, pulling her older sister into a hug. “This is just a really awful time.”

“It’s probably worse for you,” Florence reasoned. “With the slander going around about mother and election time approaching…”

“Meh, let’s not talk about that. Dad grills me enough as it is.”

“Have you spoken to Ryu yet?”

“No,” Alyssa growled, her eyes narrowed. “He’ll be lucky if I ever talk to him again! How can he say those things about mother? She helped raise him!”

They took a seat at the table, Alyssa removing her coat and settling into the chair. She sighed heavily, looking forlorn. Florence didn’t have to ask why.

“He’s just doing his job, Alyssa.”

“How can you not be angry, too? Our mom wasn’t the best, but I won’t have all this crazy talk. Mom wouldn’t do that!”

Florence sighed, “I know, but maybe someone set her up?”

“Maybe,” Alyssa said, calming down. “I still can’t believe Ryu would do something so stupid. I hate him right now. I thought he loved me… but all he cares about is that stupid job of his. If he cared about me he wouldn’t say all those things about my–our–mom! It just makes me so angry!”

“Derek, too, did you hear? Things are going crazy, Alyssa. I don’t know what to think… both our lives feel like they’re falling apart at the seams…”

Alyssa frowned, “I wish I had signed a prenup like daddy advised. Now what am I going to do?”

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Note from Mao: And, as you can see, the crap is already hitting the fan! Wee! Things are getting interesting around here. This round was boring, though. I hate playing just elders!

April 19, 2008

Anderson – Round 12: ‘Family Business, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:56 pm

Thomas Anderson has a lot on his plate and he couldn’t be happier. Jun is feeling her end is near. Alyssa and Ryu seem to have recovered from their problems. Katarina is on the cusp of teenhood while her little brothers, Nevio and Roman, are about to become children.

Thomas wasn’t surprised to see Janine and Gordon walk through the door of his office, in fact, he had invited them. It was nearly 1 am in the morning and the entire house was asleep. Gordon had recently graduated from Boreal Summit University and was currently moving into his own house down the street. He had spent the last half of his teen years and the entirety of his college ones training to become the next big criminal mastermind.

Of course, he couldn’t take it yet, Janine was still alive and she refused to force him into the fray without preparation. So, he began doing small jobs and things under Thomas before he would move on to the more nefarious deeds with Janine.

After Gordon was excused, Janine pulled Thomas aside. At first, he was curious about this change. Janine had kept her distance from him for the past year, so for her to want to be alone with him? It was certainly questionable.

“Do you think he’s ready?” Janine asked suddenly, worried.

“Perhaps,” Thomas replied, shrugging. “We’ll see, won’t we?”

Janine looked off to the side, “I don’t think I’ll be able to finish… training him.”

“Whatever do you mean, Janine? Do you suddenly find yourself incompetent?” Thomas replied, smirking. He was kidding, of course.

“No, Thomas,” Janine replied gravely, shaking her head. “I’m dying.”

Katarina Anderson was a pretty girl; she was charismatic and easy-going. Unfortunately, Katarina Anderson was not smart by any means. She struggled quite heavily with her schoolwork as the years pressed on. She was behind in several subjects and her frustration was compounded by the fact that her mother was certainly above average intelligence-wise and her father wasn’t far behind.

It was hard not to feel like a complete failure. She tried, she really did, but it just never made any sense. Tutors were hired and fired, tests were done, teachers were talked with… but there was nothing truly wrong with Katarina… she just wasn’t, well, bright.

Thomas was definitely thankful that Nevio was his selected heir. Katarina was a sweet child, but he’d need someone with quite a brain to take his position. He hadn’t quite reacted to the news Janine had given him–he wasn’t exactly sure how. So, instead, he bought a cat named Caprica. Every evil genius needs a cat, right? Caprica hated Jun and Jun hated Caprica. It was a very amusing situation.

Thomas was also amused to find that Nevio was quite fond of Caprica. Of course, Caprica wasn’t quite pleased with the attentions of a toddler. Still, it was a good sign, Thomas estimated. Nevio was perfect. Now he’d just have to wait for him to grow up and help him along the way. It would take a long time for Nevio to be fit to take his place.

Alyssa, meanwhile, was completely oblivious to her father’s plans and even more oblivious to her mother’s fate. Instead, she focused on keeping her marriage from becoming like her parents. Things had slowed down for the task force so she was finally able to get Ryu away from his books and his computer. He was writing another book, but without the strain of work, Alyssa found ways of directing his attention back to her.

The twins had their birthdays and both developed in handsome little men. Nevio was the more outspoken of the two, thanks to Thomas. While he might look like Ryu, he certainly resembled his grandfather in his personality. Roman was a little more withdrawn, content to watch everything from a distance. No one was quite sure where his personality came from, only that it was different.

Katarina also had a birthday and became quite the lovely young lady. Unfortunately for her family, all she cared about were parties and boys. Marla O`Hanlon was her best friend (and also her relative, but the family tree was so convoluted they resigned to be BFFs, OMG!) She stopped doing her schoolwork entirely, finding it better to have others take care of it for her. Any ideas her parents had of her going to college flew out the window.

She was on the fast-track to becoming your stereotypical spoiled, rich kid. Thomas just hoped she wouldn’t hurt her mother’s re-election campaign.

Jun, meanwhile, felt death creeping up on her. Her time had come, she knew this. She had caused enough trouble–it’d likely last several generations. She was pleased with all that she had done, and was ready to move on to whatever was next. Before dying, she requested that nothing big be made of her death. That wasn’t hard, as she had more enemies than friends.

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Note from Mao: And another generation 1 adult dies. Sheesh! They’re dropping like flies. Alyssa and Ryu’s kids are so cute. I love genetics.

April 8, 2008

Anderson – Round 11: ‘Dirty Dealings, Pt. 3′

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

Thomas Anderson is currently the most powerful man in the area. This is made even more true by the fact that his daughter, Alyssa, is mayor. Of course, Thomas’ lover, Jun Yu, can’t seem to keep her nose out of other people’s business and his son-in-law Ryu is on the task force made specifically to bring his operation down. He’s hoping that Katarina will be strong enough to be heir.

 

A tense dinner

Dinners were tense affairs at the Anderson house. Ryu and Jun kept quiet while Thomas went on about politics, coaching Alyssa for her next speech or appearance. She would usually nod and chew quietly, though it was obviously she wasn’t listening. Her vision would drift off and at times she’d even kick Ryu under the table, shooting him a look that said, “help, please?”

At this point, Ryu would make a comment and Thomas would turn his attention away from Alyssa long enough for her to escape.

Ryu and Jun argue

It wasn’t easy for Ryu to be in the same house as his mother. She had left him as a child to come live here in luxury. His father, Henry, and Janine had raised Ryu and for that, he was grateful. He had no time for Jun now and wasn’t about to act like the past had never happened, which he let her know explicitly. Jun was startled, to say the least, when he attacked her after she made an off-hand comment about what a puppet Alyssa was.

There would be no nice resolution to this unfortunate situation, that much was sure.

Alyssa is pregnant

Alyssa had been feeling a little under the weather lately. She was suspicious as to her condition’s reasoning and phoned the doctor. Sure enough, she was pregnant again. It was very surprising, given how little time she had actually spent with her husband the past few months.

While she was happy, she knew that her father would have something to say about it.

Thomas talks to Alyssa

Sure enough, Thomas approached her not long after she arrived home. She was nearly three months along and not quite showing, but he still knew. It was Thomas’ way to know everything that happened, especially under his own roof.

“You’re pregnant again, aren’t you?”

She sighed, “yes, daddy, but I’m happy–”

“Excellent,” Thomas said with a sly grin. “This will be very good for your approval rating–mother of three and mayor! They won’t be able to deny your dedication–”

“Daddy!” Alyssa snapped, but quickly quieted her voice. “I’m sorry… but my children aren’t political stepping stones. Just stop, okay? I have to go lie down…”

 

Katarina is a child

Meanwhile, Katarina’s birthday had come and gone and she was now a beautiful little girl capable of individual thought. Her personality wasn’t quite definable–she enjoyed a vast array of things. She seemed particularly enthralled with Science, but the active side of her had a penchant for Sports activities. Her favorite thing to do was to watch movies with her father. He was a literary buff and while she wasn’t nearly on his level, she idolized him enough to want to emulate him.That’s right, Thomas had lost Katarina. She loved her family, but it was obvious who she seemed to trail after the most–Ryu. Anytime he was home, she was usually with him. The fact that Alyssa was pregnant made Thomas not feel the loss. There would be others…

Ryu talks to Alyssa about the baby

Ryu was also quite pleased by the news. He was Family-oriented, after all. All his work towards ridding the town of its criminal leanings was for the benefit of family welfare. Unfortunately, it took him away from his own, something he realized quite quickly after Katarina’s birthday and her insistence on following him everywhere.

He had nearly forgotten that Alyssa was still her father’s little puppet and felt badly. He would need to pay more attention and be a bit better at allocating himself in different areas of his life.

March 30, 2008

Anderson – Round 10: ‘Happy?, Pt. 1′

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Thomas Anderson still has everything in the palm of his hand, including his girlfriend Jun Yu and his daughter Alyssa. Will the arrival of Ryu and Alyssa’s first child cause an issue?

 

Ryu and Thomas argue

Tensions between Ryu and his father-in-law, Thomas, had been building since he moved in. It had only gotten worse with the arrival of Katarina. Thomas spent a lot of time with his granddaughter, though Ryu questioned his motives. Ryu was on the police force and was becoming more and more aware that Thomas’ business dealings were hardly what one would call legal.

“You’d best watch it, Ryu,” Thomas warned. “I’ve allowed you here only because my daughter seems to have grown fond of you… but I’m sure if something were to happen, she’d recover.”

“Are… are you threatening me?” Ryu said, quite surprised. “I thought you were smarter than that, Thomas.”

“We’ll see who is smarter,” Thomas said casually, turning towards the door. “Remember what I said.”

Ryu is fulfilled

Thomas’ threats couldn’t bring Ryu down. He reached the top of the heap. He was part of the secret crime fighting unit–the leader of the task force that had been formed to combat the recent upswing of organized criminal activity. He was certain Thomas was involved, though he didn’t have any proof.

If only he knew his step-mother, Janine, was in the same boat.

Jun is fulfilled

Jun, too, found that she was quite fulfilled in her life. Sure it had been a little rocky now and again, but then she found someone rich and now she didn’t have to worry about anything. She really didn’t care if he was doing shady dealing or screwing his ex-wife. What did it matter to her? As long as Jun had an elegant roof over her head and didn’t have to exert herself, she was quite content.

Alyssa plays with Katarina

Katarina’s birthday crept up on them and soon she was a mobile toddler ready to wreak havoc on the house. She was quite cute, though and seemed to favor Ryu when it came to her facial features. Alyssa was unsure about being a mother, but she did try. She meant well and spent time with Katarina when she wasn’t working on her campaign. She was so close to becoming mayor she could taste it. Once she reached her goal, she could take some time off and maybe enjoy life a little more.

Ryu teaches Katarina a nursery rhyme

Ryu was over the moon, of course. He was a bit more family-oriented than his wife. He spent as much time as he could with Katarina, trying to broaden her horizons. She didn’t care too much for nursery rhymes, though. Ryu was surprised that she much preferred when he read her books. Perhaps she took more after him than just her looks.

He tried to keep Thomas away from her, worried that he’d try and brainwash her like he seemingly did to poor Alyssa. Ryu was determined that Katarina wouldn’t become one Thomas’ subservient little puppets.

Alyssa is fulfilled

Alyssa returned home one afternoon walking on air. She was finally mayor! It felt good to be on top, though the only thing she could think of now was taking a vacation. She had missed out on a honeymoon, thanks to her father. She was completely oblivious to Thomas’ true motives.

March 21, 2008

Anderson – Round 9: ‘Misery Business, End’

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:22 pm

Thomas Anderson has the world at his finger tips, including his girlfriend, Jun Yu, and his daughter, Alyssa Anderson. Now that Alyssa has graduated and is preparing to marry Ryu Yu, can Thomas maintain his hold?

 

Alyssa and Ryu get married

Alyssa and Ryu were married immediately after graduation, as per Thomas’ orders. It was the only way he’d allow it to happen–Ryu would not live in their house otherwise. Oddly enough, during the ceremony, Thomas found himself seated next to Gordon Saunders. It was a bit odd, seeing his ex-wife’s spawn with his hated enemy. So much so, it nearly distracted him from the rest of the ceremony.

Alyssa and Ryu get married 2

As Thomas watched, he couldn’t help but think Alyssa hadn’t been so foolish after all. If Ryu really did care about her, he’d be less inclined to cause trouble. Everything had to be in perfect order for Alyssa’s political career to take off. She was on her way to becoming a judge right now, but that was only the beginning.

If Alyssa could keep Ryu in line, everything would be fine. Nevermind that Ryu’s mother, who left him as a child, was Thomas’ own live-in girlfriend.

Janine talks to Derek

The wedding party was huge and included Alyssa’s mother, Janine, and her step-siblings. Janine situated herself next to Derek. He’d been getting jumpy lately and it didn’t sit well with Janine. Wedding or not, he needed to be reminded that what happened to Katy could not be made public.

“Just keep quiet and everything will be fine,” Janine said through her teeth, smiling broadly.

Derek did the same, “I think Mary suspects something.”

“Nonsense,” Janine replied. “She’s busy with the twins. Just act normal and forget about it. Everything will be fine as long as you keep quiet.”

Ryu talks to Alyssa

There was no time for a honeymoon, Alyssa had to be sworn in as a judge the next day. Alyssa had wanted a nice few days on the beach, especially since Thomas had recently purchased a vacation house, but it wasn’t finished yet. They’d have to wait until Alyssa was secure in her seat as Mayor to take their belated honeymoon.

During his stay at the Anderson house, Ryu caught on quick to the ‘way of things’. Thomas ran everyone. He told them what to do, when to do it, and how it should be done. It was unnerving and Ryu couldn’t help but suspect Thomas’ motives for pushing Alyssa’s platform when it came to her career. He confided this to her one afternoon.

“Daddy just wants what is best for me,” Alyssa responded, brushing off his accusations. “Sure, he’s controlling, but it’s his way of showing he cares. It always has been–ask Florence!”

“It just doesn’t make sense,” Ryu countered, not falling for it. He didn’t trust Thomas, but he certainly feared him. “He’s up to something, Alyssa. Just be careful.”

Alyssa rolled her eyes, “just because you’re afraid of him doesn’t mean he’s a bad man, Ryu.”

Jun Yu is an elder

Meanwhile, Jun Yu found herself much older and not so much wiser. She certainly didn’t feel like an old granny, so she refused to dress like one. She dyed her hair and bought some new, flattering clothes. Why dress like an old biddy? She was still young at heart and certainly the best looking woman of her age group, to be sure.

Ryu is worried about Alyssa

Several months after the wedding, Ryu began to notice a change in Alyssa. She was taking frequent naps and would run off without explanation, only to emerge sometime later with a pale face and glassy eyes. To say he was worried would have been an understatement. When he heard her get up from her nap and stomp through the hall, he hurried up the stairs and caught her in the bathroom.

“Are you all right?”

She jumped, and turned to face him, clearly surprised, “wh-what are you doing?”

“I heard you get up and run, I just came to check on you,” he said, giving her an odd look. “Are you sick?”

“No, I’m fine. Just some bad lobster–that’s all.”

Thomas trains Alyssa

Truth be told, Alyssa had been feeling ill for nearly two weeks now. It made it hard to concentrate when he father ran her through her speeches. She was a senator now, only a step away from election. She really need to be on her best when it came to preparing, but she just couldn’t focus.

“Alyssa, what’s wrong with you? What has any of this got to do with violins?” Thomas said, his eyes narrowing.

Alyssa sighed heavily, “violins? Was I talking about violins?”

“Yes,” he replied, eyebrows raised. “You were.”

“Oh, I’m sorry–” Suddenly, her face paled. She ran off towards the bathroom without another word.

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