Boreal Springs

January 21, 2010

Saunders – Round 28: ‘Hold Me Now’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 1:36 pm

Sage and Daisy Saunders are left to deal with the aftermath of their close friend, Jennifer Knight’s, death. (Sorry for the lack of elder Virginia portrait… I forgot!)

Sage couldn’t help but reflect on her own life in the wake of Jennifer’s death.  It had been so sudden, a complete surprise.  She had barely believed it when she heard the news, but it was true.  Jennifer was gone.  What was Sage doing with her life?  When things could be snapped up at a moment’s notice, why was she waiting around for something to happen?

She carried the thoughts with her as she walked out of her house.  She was meeting Jared for lunch.

Things with Jared were pleasantly casual, they weren’t officially attached, but they enjoyed each others company.  It had been Sage who had prompted this casual clause, intent on finding ‘Mr. Right’ before settling down.  Now, though, she found herself questioning it.  She liked Jared and she found herself spending more time with him than any of her other suitors… she just wasn’t sure if he felt the same.

“I was wondering,” she began nervously, fingers pulling at the fabric of her pants.  “I like you, a lot… and I was just curious, maybe we could be serious?  More than just… you know, casual friends with mutual interest?”

“Is this about your friend’s death?”  Jared replied without missing a beat.

Sage suddenly felt foolish and tried to busy her nervous hands with the menu, “I… well, if you don’t want to–”

“No, that’s not it at all,” Jared said, leaning on the table, watching her intently from behind tinted lenses.  “I just want to make sure this isn’t some move prompted by your realization that death is always there, behind the door, waiting to sneak up and snatch away your life.”

She sighed, “well… kind of.  I mean, not the liking you part, obviously… but I don’t want to flounder, you know?  I don’t want to have regrets.  I want to take chances.”

“I’ve been wondering how long it’d take.  I have to say, as pleased as I am… I’m sorry it had to come in the wake of Jennifer’s death.”

“Everything happens for a reason, right?” Sage said, her eyes looking past him and instead focusing on the endless blue horizon behind him.

Their lunch ended and with it, their actual relationship began.  It would be strange, turning down dates, but Sage was sure she could manage.  She’d never wanted the lifestyle of going out all the time.  She wanted a happy home, a family.  She was hoping that Jared was the right step in that direction.

“I have to tell you, though,” Sage began, her lips forming a Cheshire cat grin, “that outfit is ridiculous.”

“Hey!  This is high fashion, I’ll have you know.  It’s what all the politicians wear.”

She laughed, “I seriously doubt that.  They’d never get elected wearing that jacket!”

Dating Jared wasn’t going to be easy.  He was in politics and there were plenty of high-class ladies surrounding him at every moment.  There was also the issue of Shelly Anderson and the rumors, but having actually known Jared, she knew they were false.  They were just campaign fodder.

Sage wasn’t particularly worried.  If he had wanted to date them, he would of.  Instead, he spent the majority of his time with her or being forced into Shelly’s bidding.

When he wasn’t running errands for the ‘Queen of Evil’, he spent a lot of time at Sage’s house.  It was a good way point and much better than driving back to Aperture everyday.  Shelly was always in need of something and Jared was always on call.  It gave him an excuse to hang around Boreal Springs more often, though, so he wasn’t going to complain.

Getting to know her family was certainly interesting.  Daisy had been the most affected by Jennifer’s death, with so much left hanging in the air when she died.  She still seemed to be in shock, though, as she went on as she normally did.  It worried Virginia and Sage, who thought she at least needed to have a good cry or something.  They may not have been “dating”, but they’d been friends forever.

Instead of turning to her sister, Daisy kept her grief hidden.  She let some of it out when she talked to Emma, but mostly, she listened to Emma complain about her inability to do anything right.  That girl was a certified mess.  She’d slept with her boss and dumped Francis.  She hadn’t been close to Jennifer, but the whole ‘death’ thing had certainly shaken her up.  Daisy did her best to try and keep her friend from flying too far off course, but it was hard, as Emma seemed so intent on failing.

Daisy mourned Jennifer in her own, quiet way.  She still wasn’t sure how to feel or what to think.  It had all been so sudden.  She wasn’t sure what she felt or what she had started to feel before death had snapped Jennifer up.  Could she really have been interested in a girl?  She didn’t know, she wouldn’t ever know, not now.

She spent a lot of time at the park, late at night.  It was always quiet.  She needed quiet.

Sage, tired of her sister avoiding her, decided to go out looking for her.  When she found her quietly sitting at the park, she suddenly felt guilty.  She had thought Daisy was running off to someone else to express her sorrows to.  The two had always been terribly close and that thought had hurt her more than words could express.  However, finding her alone, in the dark, just sitting there… it made her heart ache.

She just looked so lost and confused.

“You can’t keep this bottled up forever, Daisy,” Sage said, taking a seat next to her.  “You have to let it out sometime.”

“I just don’t know what to let out,” Daisy sighed, closing her eyes.  “I don’t know what I felt, if I felt anything… she was my friend, but I don’t know, I mean… it just seems too weird, to think about it now.  Maybe we would have always just been friends.  It just sucks that she died not knowing, that I left her hanging like that.”

Sage settled her back against the wooden planks, hands resting idly on her lap, “she was your friend, Daisy.  Above all else, she was always your friend.  She told you that all the time.  She felt terrible for telling you her secret.”

“It’s just… hard… to think about, you know?  It was so quick.  It’s going to be awhile before I fully realize it–that she’s actually gone.”

“Well, whatever it takes, you don’t have to do it alone, you know that.  I’m here for you, always and forever, sis.”

“Thanks,” Daisy said softly, taking a deep breath.  “And I’m sorry.  I didn’t meant to push you away.”

“It’s all right, I understand.”

They sat in silence, staring at the quiet, dark park before them.  Every now and again, it would catch the faint light of the lighthouse off in the distance, illuminating the swings, the benches, the shallow pond with tiny fish.  They sat there for an hour or so before the cold nipped at their fingers and their nose.  When they stood up, they didn’t say a word, but they joined hands and they walked home.  Jennifer wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

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Note from Mao: Another update, woo.  I’m so slow, I know, I apologize.  I’ve been sick and stuff has been a bit on the crazy side, so I’ve mostly been over here relaxing and wasting time with TS3.  Apologies.  I still love my BS, but it takes a bit more energy out of me.  ;)

Jared immediately spun up the wish to get engaged to Sage, so I would definitely say he’s in it to win it, which amuses me.  Shelly won’t be pleased, I’m sure.

BS turns two here in the next week or so.  I’m planning something for that.  Hopefully it’ll make up for the update gaps!

ETA — I forgot to add, but I’m sure you’ve all noticed (but were nice enough not to mention) that this entry should come after Anderson, not before.  The deal is, I realized this AFTER I’d written out the entry.  I have pictures and everything for Anderson update, but in my silly-mindedness… went for Saunders first, sigh.  Anderson update is forthcoming, I promise.  You’ll never know it was backwards… unless you, you know, browse the archives, LOL!  ;)

December 31, 2009

Davis-Knight – Round 27: ‘Telephone’

Filed under: Davis,Knight — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 3:33 pm

Jennifer Knight and Emma Davis are new graduates of Boreal Summit University, on their own in Aperture City.

Normally, the idea of Jennifer and Emma sharing an apartment would be so far-fetched it would be almost unbelievable.  Thanks to Daisy, however, it was a much different story.  They both needed help paying the rent and needed a roommate.  Daisy convinced Jennifer that Emma had changed and would make a decent roommate.  Jennifer was dubious.

“I like things clean,” Jennifer said, looking Emma over.  “I work evenings.”

“Me, too,” Emma replied.  “And I work during the day, so you’ll have plenty of time to yourself.”

“Try to keep the men to a minimum.”

“Only if you promise the same for the girls!”

The arrangement worked out and the two managed to find a nice routine.  They were complete opposites, but they didn’t have to be best friends to be roommates.  The apartment was plenty big enough for them to have their space when necessary and the companionship was nice.  It was preferable to being all alone.

It was only a matter of time before Francis stopped by.  He and Emma hadn’t really talked much since the whole blow-up with Rosa and then Shelly’s party.  It was mostly Emma keeping her distance.  Francis had enough of the gameplaying and decided to just ‘stop by’.

“Nice and I hear your roommate likes girls,” Francis commented, looking around.

She rolled her eyes, “she’s not the kind of lesbian you’d like, Francis.”

“She wears plaid?”

“Why are you here?”

He moved closer, his hand gently touching her face, “you can’t avoid me forever, you know.”

“I wasn’t avoiding you,” Emma replied, finding it hard to keep her resolve.  “I just… I’ve messed up enough.  I didn’t want to hurt Rosa anymore.”

“I’ve spoken to Rosa, we’re friends.  That’s all it is.”

“And that makes us what?”

He shrugged, “why does it have to make us anything?  Why can’t we just be two people who enjoy each others company?”

His logic was questionable, but Emma couldn’t deny that she did enjoy his company… quite a bit, in fact.  As long as she didn’t try to imagine the future, she was always happy to be with Francis.  Maybe her mind got a little fuzzy and she confused the things he said for commitments, but it didn’t matter, did it?  She was still young, she had plenty of time.

Jennifer arrived home late that evening to find Francis there.  She was surprised, to say the least.  He walked out of the bathroom like he owned the place, Emma nowhere to be found.  She was a bit startled when she came out a few seconds later, seeing Jennifer and feeling suddenly embarassed.

“Sorry to interrupt,” Jennifer said, trying not to sound awkward.  “I came home early, wasn’t feeling well.”

Jennifer made it to the counter before she collapsed without another word.  Emma was so shocked she could barely move, it was Francis that called emergency services.  They arrived and took Jennifer out on a stretcher.  Emma made a sound of pure horror as they pulled out the defibrillator–her heart had stopped beating.

Unfortunately, Jennifer didn’t make it.  The doctors were stumped and her family would have to wait for the complete coroner’s report to find out the true reason of death.

Emma returned to the apartment with Francis.  It had all happened Friday evening and now it was early Saturday morning.  Francis didn’t have classes until late Monday, so he stayed with Emma.  She was a bit of a wreck, having seen someone die right in front of her.

He studied while she slept.  It was a long weekend.  Anytime he left the room, she’d wake up or start freaking out.  By Sunday night and after a visit from her parents, she seemed to be doing better.  Francis left her in their care while he went back to University.

It took Emma some time, but she recovered.  She came home from work one day to find Daisy waiting.  She’d nearly forgotten that Jennifer and Daisy had some sort of weird friends, but maybe more thing going on.  She hugged her friend tightly, trying to comfort her.  Daisy didn’t look distressed so much as lost.

“Do you want to come in?”

“Thanks,” Daisy said, breathing slowly.  “It was a long drive.”

“How are you doing?” Emma asked tenatively.

“I’m okay, I just… it’s hard to believe, you know?  I don’t think I do, yet.  I won’t, not until I’m there and I… well, I see her go in the ground.  I just feel so terrible.”

“Why?  You didn’t do it, Daisy.  We have no idea what did.”

Daisy frowned, “I feel like maybe I should have come around earlier, you know?  Now I’m just lost.  I don’t know what to do.  I guess I just need some time…”

Daisy left a few hours later after looking around at the apartment.  Emma settled in for the evening.  She began making herself some dinner when she heard the door open and close.  She knew she locked it, so she wasn’t surprised when she looked up and saw Gordon.  He always had a way with locked doors.

“It’s so weird, mom and dad are gray and here you are… not.  What do you want?”

“I heard about your roommate,” Gordon said walking towards her.  “Life is unfortunate with its coincidence.  Are you all right?”

“I will be.”

He blocked her from the stove, “you’re still angry.”

“Not angry, just annoyed. What do you want?  Are you going to lecture me again?”  Emma sighed, pushing past him and placing the pot on the stove.  “I’m a big girl, I’ve learned my lesson.”

“That remains to be seen.  I know Claude’s slipped you money.”

She sat down with a sigh, “only a little, only because I really needed it.  It was that or live on the streets.”

“He doesn’t know that I know, I only thought you should.  You should know it’s impossible to get anything past me, Emma.”

“Consider me warned.”

“Which is why I am going to say this–Francis O`Hanlon… do you really think that’s wise?”

She made a face, “now you’re going to tell me who to date?”

“That’s not what I’m saying at all,” Gordon said quickly, looking exasperated.  “Michael worked with Viola.  She’s a basket case.  Francis is very similar to his father.  Do you really want to end up like Viola?  I hear she’s in therapy, that she’s taking some sort of pills… quite the future you’re staring down.  If this is a play for money, you might want to find someone else.”

Over the next few days, Gordon’s words continually ran through Emma’s head.  Everyone knew Viola’s tragic story.  She certainly didn’t want to end up like that.  She liked Francis, she liked him a lot and not just because he was rich.  She genuinely cared about it.  Unfortunately, he really didn’t seem to feel the same way, seeing her more as a friend and a casual ‘fun buddy’.

Her boss came home with her, they were supposed to work on a speech for one of the congressmen going before the public tomorrow.  She’d seen him several times around the office, they’d spoken a few times, but she’d always been so consumed by Francis she hadn’t done anything more than talk to him.

That changed very quickly.  Emma knew it was a bad idea to just… sleep with someone you barely know, but she wasn’t exactly thinking straight.  She was still reeling from what she’d witnessed and her own insecurities involving Francis.  To say the workplace was going to be a bit awkward would be an understatement.  Sleeping with a random person, not so wise, but your boss?  Dangerous.

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Note from Mao: OMG JENNIFER!  I have no idea what happened.  I was so shocked, my husband heard me and was like, “what’s wrong?!” and then rolled his eyes when I told him, lol.  All I can guess is that she was sick and I didn’t know.  Poor Jennifer.  This is why I don’t need ROS… my freakin’ sims kill themselves!

I tried to have Emma plead for her life, but they were barely friends, so she picked the wrong hand.

As for Emma jumping her coworker, she did that on her own!  No sooner did they walk into the apartment… BAM!  Couch action, OMG.  And then she was hitting on her other coworker, too.  This whole situation has her on the fritz.  I can’t wait to see Francis’ reaction, LOL!  Emma is the only person he’s gotten busy with.  He’s not 100% Patrick.  I’m also amused that they have three bolts.

November 19, 2009

Saunders – Round 27: ‘China Girl’

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

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

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

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

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

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

“But it is fun…”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I think that was a compliment.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Oh… you told them?”

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

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

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

“Hey, Daisy?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 25, 2009

B.S.U. Campus – Round 26: ‘What It Takes’

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus,Knight,Saunders — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 11:36 am

Sage Saunders, Daisy Saunders, and Jennifer Knight are all looking forward to graduating college.  Will Jennifer’s secret find its way to Daisy before then?

“I think we should go on a cruise,” Daisy suggested.  “I like cruises.”

“Those are a bit expensive for a bunch of barely making it college kids,” Sage replied, shaking her head.  “We need something simpler.”

Jennifer shrugged, “we’ve got a few months, we’ll think of something.”

It was a few weeks before the girls managed to decide on something–the outdoors.  They were all looking for some way to celebrate the end of their four years together.  They didn’t just want a party, they wanted something bigger–a vacation!

“Sage wants to go camping, what do you say?”

Daisy made a face, “I guess I could.  But we’re bringing bug spray… lots of it.”

So, camping they went.  The great outdoors, the forested unknown–okay, so it wasn’t so much unknown, especially considering they’d started logging already, but that’s what the brochure said!  Sage and Jennifer immediately tried out their skills with an axe while Daisy stood by the sidelines.

“I’m going to nail this,” Sage said confidently, holding her axe in a perfect stance.

“That’s kind of scary,” Jennifer said, lifting her own axe up.  She looked at Daisy, “are you sure you don’t want to try?”

“No, that’s all right.  Throwing sharp, pointy things isn’t exactly my cup of tea.”

Daisy and Jennifer found the sauna while Sage went out to look for what she called “some hot locals”.  The two were comfortably quiet for awhile until finally, Daisy spoke.

“Have you thought about what you’re doing after you graduate?”  She paused, thoughtful for a minute.  “I don’t have a clue.  It’s almost as if the closer we get, the blanker my mind gets.  I had all these grand ideas and now?  Nothing.  It seems hollow somehow.”

“To be honest, I haven’t thought about it at all,” Jennifer replied leaning forward.  “Kit kind of scrambled everything up.  Now, instead of going home, I’m on my own.  I mean, I’m sure if I needed to go home, my family would welcome me… but I don’t want to.  I guess I’ll just get an apartment in Aperture, find a job, figure everything out as it comes.”

“Yeah, I thought I wanted to go with Sage, back home… but now?  I’m not so sure.  I don’t know if there’s a place for me there.”

“That’s silly, Daisy.  You know Sage will always have room for you.”

Daisy laughed, “sure, until she actually finds this illusive hot guy she’s searching for.

“I can’t believe you convinced me to do this,” Jennifer mumbled, swatting at a wayward mosquito.  “Sleeping under the stars is for woodland creatures and crazy people.”

“Aw, c’mon!  It’ll be fun,” Sage said excitedly.  “I’ve never slept in a tent before.”

Daisy frowned, “see?  This is why I didn’t want to come camping.  Now I’m going to get sick.”

“You won’t get sick if you bundle up.  Just make sure you have a nice, warm blanket.”

“She wouldn’t get sick if we could just stay in a hotel,” Jennifer added, making a face.  “My back is going to kill me after this dirt nap.”

“You guys are no fun!  This is camping, the great outdoors, the–”

“Yeah, yeah, we read it in the brochure!” Daisy and Jennifer interrupted together, waving her off with a dismissive hand.

After the disastrous night in the tent, the three spent the rest of their vacation beneath the safety of a hotel roof.  They spent the entire day lounging in its simple luxuries, too sore and tired from their night beneath the stars–a night when it hailed, of all things–to bother going to see the sights.  The next day, rejuvenated and livened, they went to the logging yard and tried their luck with some old school log rolling.

Neither Jennifer or Daisy had wanted to play Sage, given her skills with all things athletic, so it was left to them to battle it out.  Sage worried from the sidelines while Jennifer playfully taunted her opponent.  Surprisingly, Daisy won each time.

Before they knew it, the vacation was on its last evening and they were all thoroughly exhausted.  Between hiking, checking out the local sights, and Sage’s need to find someone attractive and single, the girls were run ragged.  Unfortunately for Sage, there had been no men that struck her fancy.

“I’m beginning to think there aren’t any decent guys anywhere.”

“I think you need to focus on hitting the books, anyway.  You need to graduate!”  Daisy lectured.

Sage sulked, “the only reason I even came to college was to find some hot guy!  Now I’m still single and we’re going back home.  This sucks.”  She looked at Jennifer, “you’ve got it easy.  There’s plenty of great girls around.”

Jennifer tried not to choke on her water, “yeah, lucky me.”

Sage was the first one back to the hotel.  She wasted no time going to her room and crashing out.  Tomorrow was going to be a long day of traveling and prepping for those final exams.  Jennifer walked with Daisy to her room, which was just before Jennifer’s.  She stopped Daisy at her door.

“I need to talk to you.”

“What’s wrong?” Daisy asked, genuinely curious.  “You’re not mad at Sage, are you?  She didn’t mean–”

“No, I’m not mad at Sage.  There’s something I kind of need to tell you…”

Daisy was shocked, to say the least.  After that, she was embarrassed.  Not because Jennifer was a girl, but because no one had really told Daisy anything like that before.  She felt suddenly shy and awkward.  What was she supposed to say?  She’d never dated or anything, but had always assumed that… well, she liked boys.

“You don’t have to say anything,” Jennifer said.  “I just wanted you to know.  Don’t feel like you have to do anything about it.  We’re friends first.”

“I’m just… I don’t know, I guess, I just always thought…”

“It’s okay.  I’ll see you in the morning.”

“Yeah, okay…”

Things were understandably awkward when they got back.  Sage could sense it, but thought it best not to ask at this particular moment.  They put all their remaining energy into cramming for exams.  It wasn’t until they were over and graduation approached that they had a moment to relax.  Daisy laid outside, staring up at the stars.  Jennifer joined her.

“I probably shouldn’t have said anything, I’ve made us awkward.”

“No, it isn’t that,” Daisy replied, still staring up at the sky.  “It’s just… I don’t know what I am or what I… like.  I never dated or did anything that would give me an indication.  I just always assumed.  Now I’m just confused.”

“I’m sorry.”

“Don’t be,” Daisy said, crawling to her feet.  She brushed herself off.

“I just need to figure it out and… I don’t want to mess up our friendship if it’s, well, not that,” Daisy continued with a sigh.

“It’s not an instantaneous thing.  It won’t come jumping out of the dark at you.  Whatever you  feel or whatever it is that’s inside you is there and has always been there.  You can’t change it.”

“I know, but I’ve never even tried to figure it out.  I guess now’s the time.”

Jennifer laughed, “seriously delayed, too.  Oh well.  Come on, let’s go inside, it’s getting cold.”

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Note from Mao: Jennifer and Daisy have three bolts without my interference.  Unfortunately, while Jennifer spins up wants for Daisy, Daisy has yet to spin up any romantic wants for Jennifer.  That doesn’t keep her from heart-farting all over the place or flirting, though.  Sigh.  She needs to make up her mind!

And with that, round twenty-six is over… woohoo!

July 18, 2009

Saunders – Round 26: ‘Unfortunate Finality’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 2:21 pm

Basil and Virginia Saunders haven’t been the best parents.  Will their passage into elder hood make them realize the errors of their ways?

Basil did feel remorse for the way he had acted during his adult life.  He had two beautiful daughters and he’d all but ignored them until it was too late.  Now that he was an elder–and losing his hair–he tried his best to build a shaky bridge between them.  He even smiled and nodded when Sage mentioned that she maybe wanted the house to have a full-scale makeover.  The house had remained the absolute same pretty much since Henry Saunders was in residence and boy… that was a long time ago!

The passing of beloved cat Daenarys was a big wake-up call, too.  Life was finite.  Basil hadn’t been feeling too well lately, either.  Maybe he’d caught a cold or something at work?  He rested as much as he could and swallowed down plenty of cough medicine.

Meanwhile, Virginia was feeling her youth slip away.  In an effort to prove to herself that she was still as foxy as ever, she made the mistake of trying to make a pass at James Anderson, her coworker.  He was quick to shut her down.  Virginia’s ego deflated slightly.  He had married the town doorknob, yet he wouldn’t come near her?  Maybe she was losing her touch…

Of course, there was always Nevio.  Living across from one another, their affair had been an easy and casual one.  He was older, sure, but Nevio had always had that certain charm a lady couldn’t deny.  He made her feel better.  She still wasn’t looking forward to getting old and wrinkly.

Basil decided that after the loss of Daenarys, he missed having a pet in the house.  He’d always had cats, but maybe a dog would be fun.  He called the local pet shelter and found Roku, a lovable and playful dog in need of a home.  He certainly had fun training him and it took his mind of his illness, which seemed to be getting progressively worse.

Virginia wasn’t nearly as thrilled about the latest addition to the house.  She’d never been much of a pet person and Roku’s incessant need to roll around in the garbage about had her tearing her hair out!  How disgusting and worse, pushing the garbage can over and spilling it everywhere so she had to pick it up.

No one anticipated what happened next… Basil fell to his unexplained illness.  It turned out to be a very aggressive flu strain that developed into pneumonia, which went untreated.  Virginia found Basil crumpled up in the bathroom and called 911 only for it to be too late.  Daisy and Sage came home to mourn their father’s passing, sad that they hadn’t gotten the chance to really see him since they left.

Virginia was left alone in the house with Roku.  She was quite upset about Basil’s passing, she hadn’t anticipated that it would affect her as much as it did.

Even worse, the stress of the incident seemed to have turned her hair prematurely grey all over! She was horrified.  Getting old was one thing, but losing her lovely, red locks?  It was too much.  Now she was an old, widowed woman with a dog and gigantic house.  Who would want to be romanced by such a sad and pitiful thing?

She sighed, fingering her limp hair.  Could things get any worse?

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Note from Mao: I really fail at trying to get sims better without the use of soup!  Poor Basil came home from work with a cold.  I had him rest, sleep, and bathe constantly, but nothing worked.  :(   I missed his death because I had the game running in the background on FF while I was checking my email, sigh.  Poor Basil!

Although, the scene I came back to was pretty funny.  Virginia seems to be pretty upset that she didn’t get her kiss before he died, LOL!

June 24, 2009

B.S.U. Campus – Round 25: ‘The Reflex’

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus,Knight,Saunders — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 11:33 am

Sage and Daisy Saunders had a somewhat neglectful upbringing, will their time in college give them a chance to redeem what’s been done to them or will they complete the cycle?  Jennifer Knight’s family is just as messed up.  Can she overcome everything she’s seen and what’s up with her attitude lately?

Sage, Daisy, and Jennifer had all been friends since they were young teens, so it was no surprise when they decided to all get a rental together.  Unfortunately, the only thing they could afford was this old house that had once been inhabited by hippies.  Despite the ever-present smell of patchouli and the bizarre decor, it was big enough for the three of them and very close to their class buildings.

Sage tried to be the house mother, but her cooking skills left a lot to be desired.

Jennifer wordlessly took on the role of the house chef.  Unlike her sister, Kit, Jennifer had inherited her mother’s ability in the kitchen, even if she’d never admit it.  Jennifer didn’t like talking about her family and she especially didn’t want to talk about her parents.

It wasn’t because she hated them.  She’d long gotten used to the dysfunction… it was because her sister, Kit, had once again come in and taken over.  Kit wasn’t leaving, she’d get the house and Jennifer would get nothing.  Maybe Jennifer should’ve gotten knocked up by a playboy vampire, too.

Daisy was friends with Emma, despite her solitary nature.  She met up with her friend at a local karaoke club at her insistence and listened to her plan.  Daisy was horrified.  She couldn’t believe Emma was still going on about this whole Gregory and Lydia thing.

“That’s a really bad idea,” Daisy said, recovering from her surprise.  “This isn’t just about what you want, Emma.  You could hurt people.”

“Lydia doesn’t really like him, anyway.  I’m doing her a favor.”

Daisy shook her head, “it’s not up to you to decide.  Besides, if Gregory loves Lydia, that isn’t going to change… no matter what you do.  You have to give it up.”

Emma was adamant, “I’m not going down without a fight.”

Meanwhile, Sage was trying to get to the bottom of Jennifer’s recent changes.  They’d been in college a full year now and Jennifer never went out, she didn’t date, she just went to class and came home.  Several times Sage had pleaded with her to go out ‘guy hunting’, but Jennifer refused.

“So, what’s going on?  I need a wingwoman!  Being single sucks.” Sage mumbled, poking her spaghetti with her fork.  “College boys are so weird.”

“I’m just… not interested.  Why don’t you ask Daisy?”

Sage choked back her laughter, “are you serious?  I love my sister, but come on.  No, I need you.  What happened to 0ld times, Jenn?  What’s going on with you lately?”

Jennifer closed her eyes and took a breath.  There was no time like the present, right?  She didn’t notice that Sage had taken a big bite of a meatball when she said:

“I think I’m gay, Sage.”

Thankfully, Jennifer was well-versed in the Heimlich remover and Sage was all right.  She was still quite shocked, though.  Jennifer… a lesbian?  Since when?  But then again, she never did date and she always had an excuse to not flirt with boys — acne, video games, etc.  It all made sense.

Daisy was a little more understanding.  Sage told her everything and she was quick to support her friend.

“You know you could have told us sooner,” Daisy said, smiling.  “It isn’t like we’d suddenly hate you.  Whatever makes you happy!”

That was all well and good, but Jennifer was pretty certain Daisy wouldn’t think that when she found out Jennifer’s feelings on the matter.  Jennifer couldn’t be certain, but she was pretty sure that Daisy was straight.  It was a very unrequited love and she wasn’t about to mess up everything by blabbing about it.

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Note from Mao: Sorry this took so long.  I seriously have had very little computer time lately.  :(   As for Jennifer, she’s never really shown interest in either and it wasn’t until I checked her token that she revealed she could go both ways… but started heart farting over Daisy.  I assume they could easily be three bolts, but I’m not too sure Daisy is into chicks.  Only time will tell.

Of course, the hippie house was purely for my own amusement.  Hehe.

A very disturbing outtake.  Emma did this while on her outing with Daisy.  One of these bubbles is not disturbing… the other is.  Can you guess which one it is?

WTF EMMA? That’s your adoptive grandfather, for crying out loud!  He bought you a piano.  Dirty thoughts = NOT COOL.  This girl has issues.  Serious ones.

May 17, 2009

Saunders – Round 25: ‘Night and Day’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 11:03 am

Basil and Virginia aren’t spring chickens anymore, but they still act pretty irresponsible.  Daisy and Sage are preparing for their life in college.

Sage, who never had any problem with boys, managed to net her first kiss.  Daisy was understandably a little jealous.  She wished she had the same charisma, but she didn’t.  Not only that, boys made her feel awkward and weird.  She was much more comfortable just hanging out with their friends.

Sage and Daisy continued to get along, but Daisy wished her sister wouldn’t point out things she was pretending not to notice.  Like when Sage asked her if she’d looked in the mirror lately, because she was having a complexion malfunction.  Sage, naturally, didn’t get pimples… but Daisy?  They were next to her best friend at this point.  Life was unfair.

While Sage chatted on the phone, Daisy spent her time with the cat.  They would be leaving for college soon and everyone was excited.  Daisy wasn’t sure how to feel.  It would be the same as always.  She’d excel at the academia, but fail when it came to being social.  And let’s face it… being social is what college is all about!

Sage often had parties and invited their mutual friends over along with boys.  Daisy could only sit and watch her friends mix and mingle.  Sure, Jennifer was at her side, but only because she had recently had her own complexion malfunction and was pretending to be more interested in video games.  Even Rosa was finding her niche with boys, and Rose was definitely an odd duck.

Daisy hoped that college would give her the chance to really open up and let loose.

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Note from Mao: Poor Daisy, she really does often hang out in the background.  And she really has NO luck with boys, period.  Short update.  Virginia and Basil keep autonomously going to the trainset.  I am beginning to regret bringing it back!

March 12, 2009

Davis – Round 24: ‘Emma’s Way’

Filed under: Davis,Yu — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:36 am

Fou-Lu Yu and Elena Davis have been together, on and off, for what seems like a lifetime.  They were perfectly happy with their daughter, Emma, but Elena had a surprise pregnancy and now Emily has joined them.  Will they all be able to adjust to the changes?

Elena had been dubious about another baby, she worked enough as it was, would she miss seeing this one, too?  She had been there for practically all of Emma’s firsts.  It almost seemed wrong to deny little Emily that right, too.  Still, Elena had been “alone” then.  Her parents had helped.  Fou-Lu was here now and he had every right to seeing the things he missed with Emma.

Babies were a new concept for Fou-Lu.  He vaguely remembered Zhou as a baby and he’d completely missed Emma’s early years.  Babies weren’t nearly as fun to interact with as toddlers or children, though, and he could certainly do without the dirty diapers.

Emma wasn’t nearly as accepting as her parents had hoped.  She stayed in her room often, citing that she needed “time alone”.  She didn’t necessarily dislike her younger sister, but her mind was preoccupied.  Gregory Anderson had gone to college and she was left here.  She had been convinced she had a chance, but if he was alone with Lydia?  That chance was dying with every passing day.  Emma still couldn’t wrap her mind around why Gregory was so adamantly going after a girl who didn’t seem to want him.  Sure, they had been friends forever, but she was poor and Gregory had things to accomplish.  Lydia couldn’t help with that, she wasn’t charming and cultured like Emma.

Elena and Fou-Lu tried to spend time with Emma, to show her that it wasn’t all about the new baby.  It was then that she revealed the baby wasn’t the reason for her being so sullen.  She told them to just leave her alone.  When she got up and went upstairs, Fou-Lu looked at Elena.

“When did she become a teenager?”

Elena cringed as she heard Emma’s door slam, “I don’t know.”

“I feel old,” Fou-Lu sighed.

“Me, too…”

Emma made a new friend, Daisy Saunders.  She was nice and smart, too.  Daisy had a twin, Sage, who was really popular but Emma didn’t really know her all that well.  From what she’d heard, she hung out with Jennifer Knight and Rosa Anderson.  Rosa was Lydia’s sister.  That was enough to make Emma stay away.

With her parents working a lot, Emma often got stuck babysitting her rapidly growing sister.  Emily was getting big, fast.  Emma was almost sad that she’d be leaving for college soon, probably not long after Emily was a child.  She’d miss really getting to bond with her sister.  Maybe having a sibling wasn’t so bad after all.  It was just too bad Elena couldn’t have had her earlier!

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Note from Mao: It seems strange to me that Elena and Fou-Lu will be elders soon.  That just seems wrong.  LOL!  Another generation in, another generation out.  Emma is a strange girl.  I’m interested what trouble she’ll cause next round in Uni.  She’s younger than Lydia and Gregory.

Also, a sidenote, I have a new blog Ocean’s 10.  I know, I know, another blog?  But it’s an easy one–it’s a VERY simple legacy type challenge where everyone uses the same founder.  Check it out for more info.  It won’t take away from BS.  I have too much free time right now, I’m already on round 25!

February 18, 2009

Saunders – Round 24: ‘Twin Differences’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 11:53 am

Basil and Virginia haven’t been the best of parents.  Can Daisy and Sage still managed to be well-adjusted teens and eventual adults?

Daisy had found a great joy in her scholastic requirements.  She did her homework dutifully and always loved learning new things in class.  While she was quite the stunner when it came to intelligence, she was awkward and jilted when it came to other people or making friends.  It seemed Sage had taken the berth of that ability.

Sage was a natural with people, both charismatic and endlessly amusing.  She gesticulated wildly and her eyes would widen to the point of madness.  She laughed joyously and always had the best jokes.  She even managed to melt the ice around Jennifer Knight.  They were good friends.  Everyone was good friends with Sage.

It seemed their parents had finally seen the light, too.  Sure, they weren’t model parents, but they did try to somewhat put themselves in their twins’ lives.  They had dinners, they provided for them, they even got them into Private School.  Neither of the twins were quite sure where this change of heart had come from, but weren’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth.  They’d enjoy the companionship of a real family, even if it was a bit too late.

While the twins got along quite well, their differences often caused a rift to form between them.  Sage wasn’t just good with people, she was good with boys, too.  They loved talking to her and she was so witty!  Daisy never knew how to start a conversation, much less how to approach them.  Boys were like some unfathomable mystery to her.  Still, it didn’t help her feeling of loss any.

Of course, once they got bored with Sage–which is to say that Sage’s interest in people was rather shallow–they came to Daisy and that is where they remained.  While Sage only showed a tiny interest in them, Daisy dove headlong into deep, riveting conversations about their hobbies, interest, their life, everything.  She was deeply interest in people.

Meanwhile, Basil had been distracted from his pottery wheel by an abandoned and slightly charred trainset he found hidden away in the house.  With much effort, he brought it out and slowly began to restore it.  It definitely had the whole of his attention.  Virginia wasn’t nearly as interested, more apt to sit and widdle away her days online while her husband absentmindedly played with the train.

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Note from Mao: Sorry for the break, RL sucks.  But we’re back.  Virginia and Basil actually showed an interest in the teens.  Daisy is Knowledge, Sage is Family/Popularity.  The trainset?  Well, I just think it’s really neat, LOL.

January 25, 2009

Saunders – Round 23: ‘Hard to Handle, End’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:36 pm

(Sorry for the lack of updated family picture!  My own fault, forgot to extract the twin’s child pictures before they aged to teen.  D’oh… and as for Aiyana, well, I figured it was already messed up, so why bother, LOL)

Despite their parents almost complete indifference to their existence, the twins managed to get along all right.  They did their homework together and generally spent quite a bit of their time in one another’s company.  School was okay, but they were having a hard time separating and getting along with other kids.  Their bond was a bit stronger than most due to their parents negligence.

Virginia was much too busy trying to turn a profit off of Basil’s obsession.  It was going well, so far.  I mean, it was just a tiny business run out of a side room of their house.  Maybe if they made enough, they could have a bigger venue.  It was also a way to keep Virginia and Basil from having to enter the workforce.  Neither of them were too keen on that idea, as much as Damien tried to push it.  Sometime after Aiyana’s death, he retired and now they were living on his pension.

Of course, the old can’t go on forever, no matter how much they wish they could.  Damien was forced to leave his granddaughters in the care of their inept parents.  Death wouldn’t take no for an answer, and wasn’t too keen on Damien’s excuses.  He shoved a tropical drink in his hand and drug Damien off to the other side.

Basil dealt with the death of Damien the only way he really knew how, but spending even more time obsessing over his pottery wheel.  It had truly become a worrisome habit, he rarely left.  The girls were growing rapidly, but he’d have no idea, because he never left that room.

Virginia saw them, but paid them no mind.  She was much too busy trying to make the business work.  Damien was dead and his pension with him.  She had to find a source of income that didn’t involve hard, manual labor.  She was much too pretty for that!  The twins had come to ignore her as much as she ignored them.

While they had issue making friends at first, Daisy seemed to come out of her shell much quicker than her twin, Sage.  She met the eccentric Rosa Anderson.  The two bonded in the fact that neither of them looked like they belonged in their respective families.  Rosa was odd and Daisy was friendly.  They get on quite well.  This was definitely a good thing, as tensions had been growing between Sage and Daisy recently…

Sage had begun bullying Daisy, not out of cruelty, but simply as an outlet.  They were siblings and as a rule of nature, siblings fought.  At first, Daisy took it in stride, but eventually, enough was enough!

She began to fight back, much to Sage’s surprise.  The two tormented each other quite ruthlessly, but it didn’t seem to change anything.  They’d be angry for awhile and then resume their usual routinue.  It just seemed to be a way to let off some steam.

At the end of the day, they were still together.  Daisy was the only one who could sleep through Sage playing noisy video games.

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Note from Mao: Torment is hilarious!  I love it.  The pocket thing and then the hands in the face thing.  I keep imagining them going, “I’m not touching you!” over and over.  Silly kids.  But they get along, nonetheless.  Basil and Virginia really do ignore them.  These kids live off leftovers!

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