Boreal Springs

July 15, 2009

O`Hanlon: Round 26 – ‘Satellites’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:26 pm

Julie and Asia are getting up there in years and are enjoying watching their children grow up and have families of their own.  Timothy and Isolde are perhaps one of the oddest pairings you’ll find, but you’d be hard-pressed to find two people more devoted to one another.  Their twin sons, Gavin and Tommy, enjoy keeping the family on its toes.

Things were pretty quiet for the O`Hanlons, if you didn’t count the chatter and noise that results from having two very active toddlers scrambling around the house.  For the most part, though, everything was going well.  Asia and Julie were huge helps when it came to the boys’ care and Timothy being unemployed certainly made sure the twins always had someone with them.  Isolde still worked odd hours, but no one questioned it.

She was very secretive about her work.  Keeping secrets wasn’t something Isolde enjoyed, but it was necessary.  She couldn’t let it get out that she was working for Gordon Saunders, infamous criminal mastermind and vampire.  She had inherited the job from her mentor, Lilith Yu.

Unfortunately, the worst of tragedies always seem to come when you think everything is going perfectly.  Asia had always had a fondness for the night sky.  She’d often lie out on the yard and peer up at the endless expanse of blue, at the tiny, winking stars.  No one had anticipated that it would be the very thing that killed her.  A rogue satellite crashed from the sky and directly onto her, vaporizing her on impact, leaving only her scorched wedding band several feet away.

There was nothing anyone could do but stand in shock and horror.  Asia O`Hanlon was gone.

Julie was beside herself with grief.  They had been together since they were teens.  Even with their advancing age, neither had given a thought as to who would die first.  They had always just assumed it would be together.  Now Julie was alone, for the first time in decades, without Asia by her side.

It was an empty feeling.

There was little time for the household to mourn, what with two very rambunctious toddlers running about and causing trouble.  Tommy’s favorite trick was to hide from everyone.  He would steal away to the dog house and take a nap, leaving his family to run around in a crazed frenzy, trying to find the missing toddler.  When at last he was located, everyone heaved a sigh of relief and tried to regather their frayed composure.

The toddlers definitely took the edge off of Asia’s untimely death.

Despite her necessary secrecy, Isolde and Timothy were as close as ever.  They were sure to enjoy the spare few moments they had when both the twins managed to be napping at the same time and Julie was at work.  Timothy had visions of another child, but Isolde wasn’t quite sure if that was a possibility.  Julie was talking about retirement and she hated to burden her aging mother-in-law with another child to help care for, especially after the loss she had suffered.

Maggie dropped by for a visit, Asia’s death and funeral prompting her to realize how little she had seen of her family recently.  Apeture was some distance away and it wasn’t always easy to find time to visit, especially with her work load and all the papers she seemed to be endlessly grading lately.

She was instantly greeted by the chaos of the full house, the twin boys both making their own kinds of noise, the two dogs running rampant throughout the living room.  Julie stepped over the rabbit head and gave her daughter a big squeeze.

“You look so good, Maggie,” Julie said, breaking the hug and giving her daughter a full once over.  “There’s a hitch in your step.  Something you need to tell us?”

Timothy came out not long after, still dressed in his pajamas.  The leisurely life of a stay-at-home dad gave him many benefits, once of which allowed him to traipse around all day in his sleepwear if he so desired.  He gave his little sis a quick hug before getting down to business.

“What’s this I hear about you going out with James?” His voice was firm, not matching his casual stance at all.  “Don’t think you’re being sneaky, Mags!  I know people.”

She rolled her eyes, “we’re seeing how it goes.  That’s all.”

“Uh huh, sure.  I know guys, Mags, I am one.  I should’ve known his little offer wasn’t platonic–”

“Timothy,” Maggie cut him off, exasperated.  “Let it go, okay?  I’m a big girl, I can take care of myself.”

“Sure, sure, whatever you say, Mags… but if he pulls any crap, best friend or not, I’ll break him.”

This caused her to laugh, “you mean you’ll have Isolde break him, right?”

“Don’t let the flannel fool you, little sis, there’s nothing grandpa-like about my moves.”

Thanks to the watchful eyes of their parents and grandma, Tommy and Gavin made it to childhood.  Their energy levels sure didn’t deplete any, in fact, they seemed to increase.  Gavin loved school and enjoyed making friends.  He brought Dominic Knight home from school one day, just on a whim.  He was a real people person.

Isolde had insisted on giving him a haircut, despite his cries against it.  His hair was still shaggy, but not nearly as long.

Tommy was a bit more reserved than his brother, but still enjoyed Dominic’s company.  He seriously enjoyed the competition he offered, too, when it came to video games!  Gavin wasn’t nearly as good as Tommy and so Tommy was hard-pressed to find ‘fresh meat’ to beat the snot out of when it came to video games.

While everything seemed normal on the surface, Tommy knew that was far from the truth.  He was a little scared to tell his parents that maybe grandma Asia wasn’t completely gone after all.  She had died when he was still really young, so he didn’t remember her all that well, but she sure seemed keen on making an impression on him now.

Tommy wondered if she visited Gavin, too, but so far his twin said nothing of ghostly visitors.

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Note from Mao: And I’m back!  Still trying to get caught up on the loads of blog updates that happened while I was away.  It’ll probably take me some time.  I’m trying to get some playtime in, it’s a little odd getting back into the groove.  Hope everyone had a safe and wonderful fourth of July!  The whole ‘married woman’ thing is still sinking into my head.  Whew.

Asia’s death was NOT intentional.  She had a want to see a shooting star and so, I sent her out to see a shooting star.  I should have known better.  Those who have followed my many, many blogs know that I am no stranger to satellite deaths!  I don’t care how rare you say it is, I will scoff and say, “yeah, like twins, right?” because it never seems to fail, when a sim watches the stars, they meet an untimely fate!  Poor Asia.

Timothy really wants another kid, but so far, it isn’t happening.  I’ve downloaded the latest ACR and tweaked the values again using Laura’s nifty tutorial over at Lakeside Heights.  I’ve also finally added the inteenimator.  So yeah, big changes here!

May 15, 2009

O`Hanlon – Round 25: ‘It Takes Two’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:31 am

Julie and Asia are happy and eager to welcome their future grandchildren.  Are Timothy and Isolde really prepared to be parents?

Isolde loved working in paranormal and she really did enjoy dealing with all things ‘abnormal’, but there was just something very wrong about it coming home with her.  Or, perhaps, being at her home.  The ghost of Agent Superball enjoyed giving her a scare everytime she went to take a bath.  Perhaps it was the memories of all the times Mary had bathed the dog that caused this.  Regardless, Isolde didn’t think it was funny.

Isolde wasn’t surprised when she gave birth to twins.  They seemed to run in the O`Hanlon blood.  They were both boys, dubbed Tommy and Gavin.  Timothy was quite pleased to have two strapping young examples of masculinity in a house primarily dominated by females.  Isolde was just happy to finally be able to hold her babies.  Of course, twins were a bit more than the new parents bargained for.

Julie was happy to help and Asia, too.  Without them, Timothy and Isolde would have probably gone crazy.  It wasn’t that they weren’t good parents, they were, but neither had really prepared enough for twins.  Isolde just thought it would come naturally and Timothy, well, he wasn’t known for thinking about things for long periods of time.  But with Julie and Asia’s support, they made it through and even began to enjoy their little bundles of joy.

Timothy was still job hunting, but in the meantime, was quite happy to spend time with the boys.  He was the only one who was home all day.  It was a strange role reversal, all the women at work and him at home.  He didn’t mind.  It meant he could spend more time trying to imbue some manliness into his little men.  He was just thankful they’d been able to remodel all the pink stuff before the boys joined them.

Babies tend to grow like weeds and before they knew it, Tommy and Gavin were both toddlers, running around and causing all sorts of trouble.

Gavin tried to play it innocent, but Isolde wasn’t fooled, neither were the others.  These two were going to be a handful, indeed…

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Note from Mao: So, two months later, and I’m back to playing.  It’s slow going, so I’m not sure how frequently I’ll update.  I’ve also still got a lot of wedding stuff to do.  And I’m writing this after a blissful night of NyQuil (yay spring flu!), so yeah.  Apologies if it sounds kooky! The twin’s names should make it obvious what my fiance keeps naming the O`Hanlons after, lol.

February 12, 2009

O`Hanlon – Round 24: ‘A Good Life’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:01 am

Julie and Asia O`Hanlon have been married a long while and are quite pleased their son has returned to take the family reins.  Timothy O`Hanlon arrives home from University with his fiancee, Isolde Anderson.

Timothy and Isolde had been dating since teenagers.  Unlike most relationships, theirs really had no ups or downs.  To most, it would seem boringly perfect, but to them, it was bliss.  They had very little drama that seemed to consume most couples.  It was made even more hilarious because they were just so different, you almost expected them to be constantly battling.  Instead, they were quite happy and seemed to fit together like two perfectly matched puzzle pieces.

They wasted no time getting married.  Isolde did not mourn the loss of her family name, in fact, she was eager to escape it.  Her life had been riddled with conflict and death, it seemed, and taking this new name and starting this new life with Timothy promised happiness.  She didn’t have to worry about her philandering father or the mother that had abandoned her, nor did she constantly think about the grandmother she had lost.  No, she had a new life and new concerns, happier concerns.  Timothy was just thrilled to finally be married.  It was something he had pictured–with Isolde–since they had begun dating all those years ago.

Yes, a new start with family and friends all in attendance.  It was a glorious day.  They had planned on a honeymoon, but opted out due to bad weather.  They’d go another time, there was no rush.  They were happy with the way things were now.

If it was weird to be taking over his grandparents’ old bedroom, Timothy said nothing.  It was the biggest bedroom in the house, after all, and neither of them were going to complain about having a bed.  Asia and Julie had both hinted that grandchildren would be more than welcome, but Timothy and Isolde were happy to take their time and simply enjoy being together.  They had plenty of time to have kids.

A small shack was built to house Isolde’s magical oddities and to give her a place to practice her magic undisturbed.  It was directly behind the house and so Timothy could come out and see her anytime.  He tried his best to stay away, though, respecting her need for space and privacy.  For this, Isolde was thankful.  She didn’t want her husband finding out that she was aiding Gordon Saunders.  Isolde was a good girl, but something inside her stirred and demanded she follow in her mentor Lilith Yu’s footsteps.  That meant helping Gordon.

Not that she found Gordon disagreeable.  It was difficult to realize he was ‘the bad guy’… he was much nicer to her than most ‘good guys’.

Of course, dealing with a vampire crime boss and being a witch weren’t Isolde’s only steps into the realm of the paranormal.  She also had experiences with ghosts.  It would seem her new home was just as haunted as her last.  She knew the ghost of Patricia haunted her former home and now it seemed the ghosts of pets haunted this place.  It was harmless, but it still startled her quite a bit.  She explained to Timothy she simply wasn’t feeling well–she didn’t want to worry him, especially if he was clueless.  Timothy had a way of being completely oblivious to the obvious.

While Isolde was working on her witchery, Timothy took time to catch up with his old friend, James Anderson.  He was happy to hear that James had finally cornered Kit Knight into an engagement.  He kept his judgements to himself.  James was a good guy, he deserved better than Kit, especially with how she treated him.  Perhaps Timothy was biased, though.  They were friends and he barely knew Kit.

At least James wasn’t dating Maggie, that’d just be weird.  It had been hard enough dealing with her crush on him.  Creepy.

Everyone in the house was pleased when Isolde announced she was pregnant.  It wasn’t exactly planned, but not unwelcome, either.  They were pretty secure in their schedules and relationship and now it was time for things to get shook up a bit.

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Note from Mao: I had no idea Isolde was even pregnant until her belly popped after she got home from work!  Stealth pregnancy!  No surprise, though, both of them have a 60%+ chance of trying.

Also, I actually did an elaborate wedding this time, but didn’t want to bog down the update.  For those of you who enjoy this sort of thing, more wedding pictures:

I love making my sims dance!  And you can see Michael showing off back there.  He’s not always quiet and subdued…

Sibling dancing!  This was autonomous and therefore hilarious.  Isolde is dancing with her younger sister, Adora Anderson.  Timothy is dancing with his younger sister Maggie.

Do you smell trouble, ’cause I sure as heck do!  Three bolts, THREE BOLTS!  Yeah, don’t worry, Kit will pop up in the Anderson update.  Sigh.  James is RIGHT beside her, too.

January 21, 2009

O`Hanlon – Round 23: ‘Unlucky’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , — Mao @ 9:03 pm

Julie and Asia may have an unconventional marriage, but their lives are fairly normal otherwise.  Maggie is enjoying the last of her teen years before joining her older brother at B.S.U.

Unfortunately for Maggie, things don’t seem to be going too well.  Being a senior isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, it seems.  Sure, her life at school is going fine, but that’ll all be over soon, water under the bridge.  Right now, she’s stuck getting assaulted by their evil trash compactor!  She just wanted to help out and try to fix it.  She should have left it to Julie.  Maggie’s hobbies don’t necessarily include tinkering or jamming a screwdriver in the angry maw of a trash compactor.

It wasn’t just appliances Maggie had trouble with–boys also seemed to be a problem.  Maggie had it all going for her–looks, popularity, intelligence–but the boys didn’t seem to care.  Most of them were just too intimidated by her.  She came on too strong, too hard.  She was a good girl, she was just trying to broaden her horizons.  She wasn’t asking for marriage or anything!  Still, they shuffled off and avoided her like the plague.  Poor Maggie.

There was at least some bit of good news–their dog, Sansa, gave birth to three puppies!  Sandor, Catelyn, and Brienne all resembled their mother and were kept safely in the unused bedroom behind the garage.  Julie and Asia planned to give them away to any willing neighbors when the time came.

Maggie still wasn’t having much look with cooking, either.  Again, the fireman came to the rescue.  He was getting to know everyone in the house by now, especially Maggie.  He was older, but not too old, Maggie noticed with interest as she chatted him up.

“I know you probably think I’m an airhead,” she began, “but I’m not.  I’m really smart with books!  It’s just cooking that elludes me.”

It seems he heard this excuse a lot.  He simply laughed and nodded, “whatever you say, m’am.  Try not to burn the house down.”

It would seem he left his warning with the wrong resident!  Poor Julie suffered her own culinary disaster shortly after Maggie left for University.  Aang was just as puzzled by the roaring flames, unable to move.  Luckily, the fireman was still around and the damages were minimal.  At this point, it seemed a better notion to just hire a caterer… or order out for the rest of their lives.

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Note from Mao: Nothing too crazy this round.  Poor Maggie, she really does have terrible luck.  Maybe it’ll improve in Uni.

December 30, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 22: ‘Getting By’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 10:26 pm

Julie and Asia O`Hanlon have had a happy life, despite their ‘unconventional’ marriage.  Timothy is about to head off to University and Maggie is enjoying her teen years.

Julie and Asia might have gray hair now, but they’re still as happy as they were when they met.  Sure, a lot of time has passed, and maybe some arguments and bad words have been said, but in the end, they’re in love.  They’re lucky, too, with two great kids like Timothy and Maggie.

Timothy is overjoyed to find out that both he and his longtime girlfriend, Isolde Anderson, have been accepted to Boreal Summit University.  In his joy, he nearly squeezes the life out of poor Isolde.  Unfortunately, she can’t really share his festive nature, as she has bigger things in mind than just college.  Her days with Lilith Yu have opened her eyes up to a world of possibility and supernatural that not everyone can understand.  She can’t wait to embrace it fully.

Maggie, meanwhile, is still burning things.  She tries so hard to cook, but it just isn’t in her.  The fire department is on speed dial now and when they see their number come up, well, they’re not surprised.  Maggie has made friends with the local fire company, that’s for sure.  They’ve saved her life–and the kitchen–more times than they’ve fetched cats out of trees!

When she’s not burning things, she tries to find interest in boys, but it just isn’t there.  They’re all so… boring.  All they want to talk about is sports or stupid things and Maggie finds herself drifting off.  She feels like her life has find reached a lull at such a young age and hungers for something to liven it up.  She’s sure she’ll find something when Timothy stops hovering over her and goes off to college.  She had already gotten in trouble for sneaking off with her cousin, Cole Anderson.

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Note from Mao: Sorry this one is so short, all Maggie did was burn things!  That girl, I swear.  No worries, the Anderson update will… definitely make up for it.  I still can’t believe what happened, lol.

December 2, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 21: ‘Turn Me Loose, Pt. 4′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 10:22 am

Julie and Asia are happy with their current life, but worry about the future of their children.  Timothy has found himself entangled in an unwitting love triangle while Maggie is on the cusp of teenage hormones herself.

Timothy O`Hanlon is oblivious to the fact that his deepening relationship with Isolde Anderson is causing problems.  To him, he’s in love, or as in love as a teenage boy can possibly be.  He ignores Shelly Yu’s cold stares and doesn’t notice Cole Anderson lurking around in the background.  His sole focus is Isolde and his hobbies.

He does miss his good buddy, Marcus Yu, though.  He’s sure Shelly has a big part in that.  James Yu is too busy trying to get early acceptance into college to hang out.

While Julie is sure that Timothy thinks he’s in love, she thinks he needs to face the true facts of love.  Love is adopting too many dogs and then having to go outside and scold them in the middle of the night when they roll around in dirty puddles.  Julie loves Asia, but she wishes that she didn’t always have to reprimand the dogs.  Asia was incredibly busy at work lately and so most household duties fell to Julie.

Maggie had enjoyed a rather energetic childhood.  She skipped rope, tried to do her homework, but mostly spent time following Timothy around.  He wouldn’t let her now, though, she was too young and when he went off to do things, it was ‘big kid’ things.  She was glad her days of being a little kid were soon to be over…

Julie wasn’t quite sure what to think about her youngest becoming a teen.  She certainly looked like Asia, though she carried the genetics of Julie’s father, Derek Saunders.  Julie hoped that Maggie took more time than Timothy did to find teenage love.  She needed time to enjoy her freedom before locking herself down.  Julie needn’t have worried, though.  While Maggie spent plenty of time on the phone, it was all with friends.

Besides, Timothy kept an eye on her and it was pretty clear she wouldn’t be dating until he was off to University.  That was okay with Maggie, she really wasn’t all that interested right now.  She had more fun competing with Timothy and being able to hang out with him and his friends.  She was also smart, so they always wanted her help with homework, even though she was two grades below them.

“Why don’t you have some cereal, sweetie?”

“Whoa, Mags, that thing is charred!

“No thanks, I’m going to eat this.”

Maggie may have been a capable and independent young teen, but she was not a culinary master.  She burnt everything she cooked, but never threw it out.  She would gulp down every disgusting piece.  Maggie O`Hanlon was definitely stubborn.

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Note from Mao: Maggie cracks me up like crazy.  She seriously burns EVERYTHING.  Even with cooking points, poor girl.  She’s a Knowledge sim, so yeah, burning things isn’t something she favors.  Asia was absent from this entry because she was mostly at work when anything interesting happened.  Timothy and Isolde are ridiculous little high school sweethearts.  It’s sickening, but cute.  An odder pair you’d be hard-pressed to find.

September 14, 2008

O’Hanlon – Round 20: ‘Turn Me Loose, Pt. 1′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:57 am

Julie and Asia O`Hanlon aren’t your convential type of couple, but they still managed to have two kids.  Timothy is on the cusp of his teen years while Maggie is enjoying her rambunctious youth.

Due to a surplus of money, Julie decided to purchase a cabin out in the woods.  It was a quaint little structure with plenty of room to roam for the kids.  It was also conveniently located next to some of the sights of the Great Lakes area.

Asia would have preferred one on a lake, but unfortunately, those types of properties weren’t offered here.

After ensuring everything was set up properly in the cabin, the family headed off to have some fun.  There was plenty of log rolling, giving everyone an ample change to win.  Even so, Julie and Timothy always seemed to win.

Of course, there was also plenty of slap dancing.  The kids weren’t quite as enthused as they should have been.  They just sort of stared and wondered, “what are these crazy grownups doing?”

In the evenings, the kids usually tired out and gave the grownups a chance to enjoy themselves.  The pool table was definitely a good investment.  Julie and Asia had a lot of fun challenging one another and betting favors on who won.  After their game, they’d pick up the kids, tuck them into bed, and then go to bed themselves.

It was certainly nice to have an actual home to come home to instead of a hotel room.

They didn’t always go out, however.  They stayed in and had fun, too.  Boardgames a plenty with a side of charades.  The kids’ favorite was ‘Don’t Wake the Llama’… probably because they always won.

On their last night, they abandoned the comfort of their beds and decided to sleep in the great outdoors.  They made a fire, roasted marshmallows, and Maggie told a scary ghost story about pet ghosts that Isolde Anderson had told her.  Julie and Asia weren’t quite sure what to make of Maggie’s new little friend…

When they arrived home, it was time for Timothy’s birthday.  He aged into a teen, which didn’t change his perspective on his homework any.  He still hated doing it.  He had decided that his family was so nice that he’d like to have one of his own someday.

He may have still hated homework, but he found he no longer had such an intense dislike for Shelly Yu.  He apologized and they became friends.  It’s as it always goes with boys… dislike turns to like, though Timothy isn’t sure if he should be deciding so early in his youth about his future wife.  Shelly is nice, but there’s not a big enough spark to keep his adolescent attention.

He also makes friends with James Anderson, who looks like his twin.  They bond over their shared choice in haircuts and similar personalities.

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Note from Mao: I had no idea James and Timothy had the same hair, LOL!  They look like twins. xb  Shelly and Timothy only have 1 bolt.  I’m interested to see what Isolde and Timothy will have, since they are friends and she’s his age, too.  I’m also working on updating the DB… shouldn’t take long, but I fell behind.  Still not feeling 100%, have another appointment this Friday.  We’ll see how it goes.

August 24, 2008

O’Hanlon – Round 19: ‘Anxiety, End’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 9:39 am

Julie and Asia have two children, Timothy and Maggie, but Maggie was unplanned.  Asia is a little sad she didn’t get to be the ‘mother’, whereas Julie is dealing with her mother, Mary’s, ailing health.

Winter was coming to an end, but that meant nothing to the cold virus.  Mary made some chicken soup and thankfully, the house was soon plucked from underneath the foot of running noses and unnecessary sneezes.  Another fact of winter coming to an end was Mary’s age.  She was a lot more fragile now and Julie took time to spend with her whenever she could.

Reluctantly, Mary had retired from her position and now spent the majority of her time at home, caring for the children or washing Agent Superball.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, but the fact that she could no longer work and was feeling her age was dawning on her.  She had outlived Gina, Shaniqua, Derek, Florence… she was the last founding member of Boreal Springs.

It was a bittersweet thing, to realize that Boreal Springs was now completely populated by her friend’s offspring and her own.

Despite Julie’s dislike for being pregnant, she did enjoy spending time with her children.  She tried desperately to teach little Maggie to talk and it was working… she hadn’t got much of a chance to teach Timothy many things as a toddler.  Asia, Mary, and Gina all seemed to have it covered.  It was definitely a good feeling, to be teaching her child something.

Unfortunately, Mary died not long after and Julie was quite distraught.  She had to call and tell Sara and Marla, neither one responding to the news very well.  It was this event that brought Asia out of her self-depreciating fog.  She realized that it didn’t matter who gave birth to the kids and tried to comfort Julie. It would be hard without Mary around, but they would make it work.

Maggie became a rambunctious child with a love for bouncing and talking.  Asia wasn’t sure where she got all of her energy, but she sure wished she could borrow some.  The medical field was insanely competitive and she was having a hard time getting the necessary promotions.

Still, Maggie’s birthday had lifted her spirits and it was hard not to smile when she was telling you a silly joke.

Timothy got on well with his sister and they both had a penchant for the truly goofy and odd.  It was hard to keep an eye on them sometimes, with the way they ran around.  A few times Julie had to yell at them for playing on the street or running around in other’s yards.  The community was somewhat close-knit, but that didn’t mean they needed to trample all over the place.

Agent Superball got a friend in the form of Sansa, one of the puppies from Gordon’s household.  She was a welcomed addition and kept the kids busy trying to train her.  Agent Superball was not nearly as impressed.

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Note from Mao: Maaary!  :(   All my founding members are now dead.  Sniff!

August 11, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 18: ‘Anxiety, Pt. 2′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:39 am

Mary O`Hanlon has lost her husband and love, Derek, but continues on for the sake of her children and grandchildren. Gina Saunders’ time is coming to a close, a painful fact being that she outlasted her twin, Shaniqua. Julie and Asia are feeling some tensions, but of a different sort.

Gina wasn’t quite sure how to feel about the fact that she had survived her twin, Shaniqua. They hadn’t been terribly close in their final years, this much was true, too busy with their separate lives… but the bond was always there. Gina looked at one of her old novels, examining the cover with careful scrutiny.

She had led a good life, even if she had no children nor love to speak of. She regretted nothing.

Meanwhile, Julie was feeling the urge to get out of the house. She could also tell Asia was feeling a little down. Both of them getting out and about would likely lighten the mood and so Julie suggested they go downtown and visit Marla’s new restaraunt. Asia was dubious.

“But what about Timothy?”

“I’ll take care of him,” Gina called from the sink, splashing a bit of water on Timothy and causing him to giggle. “Mary will be home soon, too. You two go have fun.”

After their dinner at Exotic Dining (where Marla was much too busy running around to have a chat with her twin), Asia felt relieved enough to go home. Julie, however, had other ideas. She drug Asia to a nearby club. It took a few drinks, but Julie finally got Asia to agree to go into the photobooth. Of course, Julie’s ideas differed significantly from what Asia had expected… not that either begrudged this.

Meanwhile, Mary and Gina were more than happy to care for James while his mothers went out and blew off some steam. Mary and Gina had been close since college, but the loss of Derek had brought them even closer together. They spent a lot of time discussing the old days and spoiling little Timothy.

Sometime after their little sojourn downtown, Julie began to feel ill. It was eeriely similar to when she found out she was pregnant before, but that wasn’t possible. The treatments had ended and therefore, she should be in the safe and clear.

“I don’t know what to tell you, Julie,” Mary said from the sink, focusing on bathing Timothy. Soon, he’d be a toddler. “Maybe you should call and ask.”

Julie frowned, “I really don’t want to be pregnant again…”

July 31, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 17: ‘Anxiety, Pt. 1′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 7:24 am

Mary and Derek O`Hanlon’s days are ending and they still don’t have a grandchild. Julie and Asia are starting to feel the strain, while Gina worries that everyone is too worried about things they can’t control.

Julie sat on her bed, contemplating the issue at hand. Asia still wasn’t pregnant and they’d been trying for a long while now. Something had to be wrong. Before her thoughts could wander, Gina joined her and offered some sage advice.

“Maybe it is better if you don’t think too hard on it, Julie. Why does Asia have to be the one to get pregnant?”

“She volunteered, she said she wanted to know what it was like,” Julie replied, a little sadly. “I really don’t want her to be upset if something is wrong.”

“You both want a baby, right? So what does it matter who carries it? Think about it, Julie. Asia would be more upset if she was the reason you two didn’t have a child.”

Julie took Gina’s advice and went to Asia. While Julie wasn’t exactly the type to enjoy maternal things like pregnancy, it was a small price to pay to have a baby. She only hoped Asia was as willing.

“I… I guess it makes sense,” Asia admitted, though reluctantly. “But I really wanted to experience the miracle of childbirth.”

“You still will, just from the safer, viewer perspective,” Julie smiled. “We’ve been trying forever, Asia. It’s worth a shot, isn’t it?”

“I guess so…”

It worked like a charm, Julie was soon pregnant and Mary was overjoyed. She ignored the oddity of two females biologically making a child and instead focused on the fact that she was going to have a grandchild to inherit the property.

“How do you feel?” Mary asked, looking up from Julie’s belly.

“Like crap,” Julie confessed wearily. “This sucks, I hope it’s a boy. I don’t want to have anymore.”

Mary laughed, “try having twins!”

“No thanks.”

Marla stopped by to offer her support. She didn’t get a chance to visit very often anymore, not with little Kit at home. When she did come over, she and Julie enjoyed reconnecting. Julie knew all about Travis’ little indiscretion with Katarina.

“You haven’t told mom, have you?” Marla asked, giving her twin a hug and minding her belly.

“No, of course not,” Julie replied, pulling back. “How is it going?”

“Slow, but better. Anything is better than a divorce though, right? We’ve had plenty of those lately.”

“Yeah, that’s true. But I think you should do whatever is best for you, Marla.”

“This is what’s best… for me and for Kit.”

Derek did not get a chance to see his next grandchild born. He died late one night in his sleep. The doctors said his heart simply stopped working. He was old and it was his time. Mary was inconsolable and Gina was equally distressed. When Sara found out, she cried so hard Nathaniel thought she was dying.

The saddest thing of all was perhaps that Derek died never knowing his final daughter, Elena.

Timothy O`Hanlon was born a month later, to everyone’s happiness. His presence in the house brightened the mood considerably, everyone busy trying to keep him happy and healthy. He had all the O`Hanlon features and was the first boy born that would inherit the house. Mary was over the moon with pride.

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Note from Mao: Deeereeeek! I was so sad when I saw death come sweeping in to take him away. :( Julie getting pregnant was a freak occurence, no clue how it happened. At least it did, yay!

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