Boreal Springs

April 10, 2008

Yu – Round 11: ‘Returning Home’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 9:53 pm

Eileen Yu is nearing the end of her days. Tsung is home to take over, but Shang is proving to be a difficult task to manage.

Eileen greets Tsung

Tsung was thrilled to finally be home, both because he knew his mother’s time was nearing an end and because he was looking forward to starting work. Unfortunately, architects and engineers weren’t being sought after and he found it was difficult to land his dream job.

Eileen was thrilled to have her eldest son home. Perhaps he could talk some sense into Shang?

Lilith confronts Tsung

Of course, Tsung had some unfinished business waiting for him when he arrived home in the form of a scowling Lilith at his door. She certainly wasn’t pleased with the stunt he pulled before they had all boarded their appropriate cabs for the haul home. Tsung was nonplussed by her anger.

“What’s your deal, Tsung?” Lilith began angrily, her signature glare at its highest intensity. “What the hell was that?”

He sighed and shrugged, as if it were nothing, “I like you, Lilith. I always have… even before… before Chuck. I guess it just took me awhile to act on it.”

She blinked, clearly not expecting that, but quickly regained her composure, “you’re full of it, Tsung. That isn’t even funny.”

“I’m not joking.”

Lilith witnesses Shang cheating

Tsung insisted that Lilith come inside so they could talk, unfortunately, Shang was in the middle of ‘entertaining’ one of his guests. Lilith was mortified. It was the second time she’d caught someone cheating on one of her family! She really didn’t need to deal with this. Tsung missed it, having excused himself to the rest room, and so he was surprised when he heard all the commotion.

Tsung sees Lilith angry

“…stay away from him! He has a girlfriend, you skank!” Lilith hissed, giving the girl a hard slap across the face. It wasn’t the girl’s fault, but no one ever blames the one actually cheating. That would make sense.

“Lilith! What are you doing?” Tsung demanded, stepping in the middle. He shooed the girl off and shook his head at the enraged alien. “She’s just a kid and you hit her! Her parents could sue.”

“Let them try, see if I care,” Lilith snarled, her brown eyes narrowed. “That’s what they get for raising a little skank.”

Tsung fell quiet, knowing better than to argue with Lilith over this. Even if she was wrong, she would fight to the very end, insisting that she was right. Tsung, meanwhile, made a note to have a little chat with his brother.

Tsung tries to talk to Shang

Unfortunately, getting through to Shang wasn’t as easy as Tsung had hoped. While he went on about the necessities of being a decent human being, Shang concentrated on beating his latest high score. That wasn’t the only score he was contemplating while his brother droned on.

“Shang, are you even listening? You can’t treat people like that,” Tsung was growing aggravated with his brother’s absolute disregard. “Shang!”

“Yeah, yeah,” Shang replied, rolling his blue eyes. “They’re just high school chicks, dude. Chill. I never made a commitment to anyone. That alien chick is just bonkers.”

“Lilith is a bit extreme, yes, but she has a point… have you been seeing Kate?”

“No more than any other chick,” Shang replied, pausing the game and turning to his brother. “Look, this is kinda important, so yeah. I need to focus. Right? Great. Nice talkin’ to ya, bro.”

Tsung sighed, defeated.

Tsung and Lilith kiss

Tsung was quite surprised when, a few days later, Lilith stopped by. Somehow they had gone from talking, to arguing, to well… not talking or arguing. Mouths were involved, yes, but certainly not for talking. It was an odd situation, but Tsung wasn’t going to question it. Lilith was an oddity, an unknown variable. Trying to figure her out would give even the most renowned scholars a massive headache. She was a contradiction wrapped up in impossibility.

April 2, 2008

Yu – Round 10: ‘Risky Business’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , — Mao @ 9:13 pm

Eileen Yu is determined to bond with her younger son Shang.  Will a vacation help?


Shang likes older women

Shang Yu wasn’t too excited when his mother yanked him out of school to take an impromptu vacation to the tropics.  They had to stay in a hotel off the beach because Eileen made a hasty decision at work that lost her 11,000 simoleons.


Once they arrived, however, Shang’s mind was changed.  The local women were hot!  Older, sure, but smokin’.  Of course, they dismissed him as a ‘cute kid’… but hey, he would be going to University soon…

Shang lieks them young, too

 Shang didn’t limit himself to the unavailable older natives, there were plenty of fish in the sea his own age.  Shang was too young to settle down, but he certainly didn’t mind playing the field.  His brother and Gordon were off at University, so he had to find some way to amuse himself!


What better way then the faces and adorations of women he’d never have to see again?

Shang makes it look easy

The girls really didn’t make it hard for him, either.  They were clamoring for his attentions, most of them being small-town girls out on family outings.  Shang didn’t mind if they had a bit of twang or drawl, they were female all the same.  He’d be talking to one girl, only for another to check him out.  He made sure to remember their faces.

Shang's first kiss

Shang was careful, too.  He knew which girls were in his hotel and which ones could be found roaming the island at random intervals.  He dated them all separately and discreetly.  It was a vacation fling, you know.  There’s no promises made!


Eileen certainly wasn’t happy about him treating the young girls like a deck of cards to be played, but there wasn’t much she could do, either.

Eileen lazes in the sun

Eileen Yu was beginning to feel her age.  Her eldest daughter had a successful family,  hereldest son was an adult and her second son was well on his way.  She knew her time was coming to an end, but she hoped she’d be able to see a grandchild, or at least a wedding, before that happened.


She hated to think of leaving her boys, but she also missed Sun-Tzu terribly.  She had raised three fantastic kids and had a great life.  That was enough.

Shang continues

Shang continued his way of life even after returning home from vacation.  Hey, if the ladies wanted to give him attention, who was he to say know?  They knew the score, he wasn’t ready to ‘settle down’ yet.  He wanted to live life and enjoy it.  He planned to be a rock star and they didn’t have time for families.


Note from Mao: This was my first experience with the cheap hotel.  It was amusing, to say the least.  Shang really likes the ladies, but he is a Popularity sim with Romance as his secondary aspiration.  He’s quite good at it, too!

March 23, 2008

Yu – Round 9: ‘Something Different, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 5:41 pm

Eileen Yu was left to raise her two sons, Tsung and Shang, after the death of her husband, Sun-Tzu. Though she hasn’t quite recovered from the loss, she’s tried her best for her boys.


Tsung and Gordon play

Though their interests were quite different, Tsung and Gordon remained good friends. They were both a bit more reserved and quiet than the others in their age group. It was something that helped further the bond between them. Of course, Tsung had no idea about Gordon’s mother or Gordon’s own ambitions, but it was for the best.

“You call that a punch?” Gordon joked, giving Tsung a look. “C’mon, try again, violin boy!”

Tsung rolled his eyes, “we can’t all enjoy jogging every morning, Gordon.”

Tsung talks to Lilith

While Tsung had never really liked Chuck Saunders–especially not after he began dating Lilith Anderson–he was sorry to hear about what happened. Even more painful was the fact that Lilith refused to talk to anyone and basically just hid away in her room. She wouldn’t even talk to her twin Nathaniel. So when she called Tsung, he was quite shocked.

Gordon, who was plunking clumsily away at the piano next to the phone, looked up with interest, “what’s she saying?”

“She’s asking me questions,” Tsung replied, covering the phone receiver. “About… paranormal stuff.”

“Weird,” Gordon said, never abandoning his quest to make quite possibly the most awful noises with a piano ever.

“You suck.” Tsung said absently, hanging up the phone.

Gordon smiled, “thanks!”

Shang charms the headmaster

Meanwhile, Shang found that he was quite the convincing sort and managed to finagle his way into the local private academy. Eileen had done the cooking, sure, but it was Shang who had chatted up the crotchety old headmaster. The man looked like he had swallowed something sour and never recovered. Still, he was no match for Shang’s persuasiveness.

Eileen talks to Tsung

“Instead of allowing Gordon to make that awful racket with the piano, you should try playing it,” Eileen advised to Tsung, whose adeptness with instruments was becoming quite well-known. “You might like it. The strings are just hidden, but they’re there.”

Tsung sighed, “I think I’ll stick to the violin, mom. I have enough trouble tuning the piano everytime Gordon leaves anyway.”

Shang is a teen

Shang’s birthday came surprisingly quick. He realized that his persuasive nature was an asset and decided that he really liked people. In fact, he wouldn’t mind being surrounded by people for the rest of his days. Though, he’d prefer if they were adoring fans who quivered at his every word.

Yes, Shang Yu wanted desperately to be a ‘rock star’.

Shang and Tsung play together

Unlike most rock stars, however, Shang preferred percussion. Beating the hell out of the drums was more fun than strumming or singing. He was quite good at it, too. He even convinced Tsung to help him practice. The guitar was like a big violin, only you didn’t use a bow, you used your fingers. It wasn’t a surprise when Tsung picked it up quickly. It became their way to bond.

Eileen, however, didn’t quite agree that their noise equaled music. It was due to this that she had a small shack built in the back yard to house the instruments.

Tsung leaves for Uni

Tsung managed to get an early admission into college, thanks to his gifted ways with music. He was originally going to wait and attend with Gordon, but he couldn’t help but be worried about Lilith. She had asked him many, many odd questions–some that not even he could answer. There was no telling what was going on in that head of hers. She’d been acting oddly ever since she returned from the institution.

Sara O`Hanlon was passing by as Tsung left. The jealousy was obvious, but Sara wasn’t allowed to go early, as all the spots had filled up. She, too, was worried about Lilith.


Note from Mao: I think the Yu boys turned out well, though they look nothing alike. Tsung looks like Sun-Tzu while Shang is almost a direct copy of Eileen. I sent Tsung to Uni because there was a space left empty by Chuck and he was the closest to admission status. Also, I am currently uploading the DB updates, so those should be live soon enough.

March 15, 2008

Yu – Round 8: ‘Something Different, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 3:05 pm

Eileen Yu was recently widowed by her husband, Sun-Tzu Yu. Can she hold it together for their boys, Tsung and Shang, or will the grief of being alone again be too much?


Eileen tries to cope

Eileen tried her best to cope with the loss of Sun-Tzu, but it hit her hard. Sure, he was old and it was beyond his time… but mourning people never stop to consider that. All Eileen could think about was that Tsung and Shang would grow up never really knowing their father.

She did her best to hide her grief from them, waiting until they were asleep to step out and contemplate the loss. She often found herself staring at the pond for hours. She definitely needed a distraction.

Florence talks to Eileen

Luckily for Eileen, she had Florence to keep her company. Eileen enjoyed walking down memory lane and recalling past events–particularly the wedding. Florence was a good listener, but she was worried about her friend. She suggested that Eileen find some sort of hobby to keep her preoccupied. Maybe she could even do something that Sun-Tzu liked as an outlet? Unfortunately, Eileen couldn’t paint at all, so that was out of the question.

Eileen plays the violin

It wasn’t until her birthday that she found something that worked. Mary had gifted her a beautiful violin and while Eileen hadn’t touched one in her life, Mary had insisted that practicing with it would keep her occupied. Sun-Tzu had always been fond of instrumentals and orchestras, so it was certainly fitting. Eileen spent a lot of time getting to know the instrument. She was a natural.

Tsung plays the violin

Of course, Eileen wasn’t the only one who enjoyed the new instrument. She walked in one evening to find Tsung playing with it. She wasn’t about to yell at him, he was actually sort of good… for being completely inexperienced. From the moment on, Eileen and Tsung practiced together. They both found it incredibly soothing and a way to connect with the one they lost. Eileen was humble enough to admit that Tsung was leagues beyond her own talent and encouraged him to seek out the school program for playing when his birthday came along.

Eileen wakes Shang

Eileen spent plenty of time with her younger son, Shang, as well. She would wake him for school and talk to him over breakfast. He was different than Tsung, though. Eileen and Tsung were similar enough to get along, but Shang’s personality was… bizarre. Eileen couldn’t quite put her finger on it, nor did she know what to expect for the future. She wasn’t sure how much she liked him hanging out with the older Saunders twins, either.

Tsung is a teen

Tsung’s birthday came quickly and Eileen was startled by how much he resembled Sun-Tzu.  His skill with the violin improved astronomically and he was a shoe-in for several scholarships.  His passion in life was knowledge and the pursuit of it.  This didn’t mean he stopped having fun, though.

Tsung plays against Lilith while Nathaniel cheers

Tsung kept up his friendships with the Anderson alien twins. Nathaniel ran in the more popular kid circle and while Tsung was an honor student, he also found himself easily accepted. He was charismatic and friendly enough to appeal to any clique, really. Lilith didn’t dislike him because he palled around with her snooty brother, or because he thought he was Mr. Always Right.

No, Lilith hated him because he actually beat her at video games! That jerk.

Lilith accuses Tsung of cheating

“You’re supposed to suck,” Lilith said brashly, giving her signature sneer. “No one beats me!”

“I’ve beaten you ten times now, Lilith. I’m not cheating. It’s just a matter of–”

Lilith rolled her eyes, “oh, stuff it! You’re cheating and I’ll beat you. Just wait!”

Tsung laughed as she stormed off. Maturity hadn’t quite settled in on Lilith yet, but it would happen… eventually. Hopefully. Tsung wasn’t quite sure why he enjoyed harassing her so much, but he didn’t question it. It was just too much fun and good revenge for all the noogies she gave him as a kid.


Note from Mao: Ahhh, I really enjoy Tsung. He looks like Sun-Tzu before I made him an elder! If only he had the Yu skintone. I forsee a love triangle between Lilith, Chuck, and Tsung. Tsung and Lilith have two bolts without my interfering. Tsung is a Knowledge sim, by the way.

March 5, 2008

Yu – Round 7: ‘Another Goodbye’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:47 pm

Sun-Tzu and Eileen Yu are happily married and now have two sons, Tsung and Shang. Sun-Tzu’s time is running short–will he be around to see the boys grow up?


Tsung befriends Gordon

Tsung was younger than most the kids in the neighborhood, so it was unusually difficult to find friends. Fortunately, Gordon Saunders had just recently joined his class. While Tsung found the other Saunders twins to be a little… off-putting, Gordon was different. Tsung learned that technically, Gordon was their uncle and his mother was Janine.

This certainly explained why Gordon was a bit more laid back and observant. Tsung was sure he had just found his new best friend.

Florence brings the twins

Florence and Eileen had grown very close over the years. Florence often visited and sometimes, she would bring the twins along with her. While they ran off their stored up energy, Florence and Eileen chatted about the recent death that had happened next door.

It was quite mysterious, regardless as to what the cops said. With that many people in the house, how could it have gone unnoticed until morning? Still, they couldn’t say much with the kids milling around and it was rather cold, so they went inside. Shaniqua would be joining them for dinner once she got off work.

Tsung meets Nathaniel and Lilith

While they waited, Tsung was introduced to Nathaniel and Lilith Anderson. They were a little bit older, but he got along quite well with Nathaniel. Lilith, however, well…

“Aliens are smarter. We’re a superior race.” Lilith said proudly.

Tsung made a face, “but you’re only half alien.”

“Ignore her,” Nathaniel sighed. “She thinks she knows everything.”

“Because I do.” Lilith countered, crossing her small arms over her chest.

Tsung shrugged, “no you don’t. If you’re such an alien, why aren’t your ears pointed like Nathaniel’s? Wouldn’t that make you inferior to him?”

Lilith was shocked. Tsung was considerably younger, yet he used big words and spoke a little too articulately for a kid his age. She had met her match, too be sure. A rivalry was formed on this day.

Shaniqua, Florence, Sun-Tzu, and Eileen have dinner

Meanwhile, the adults had dinner. Eileen paid close attention to Shaniqua. Florence had been telling her about the recent issues, but Eileen couldn’t see any sadness or anything in Shaniqua. She was happy, bubbly, and talkative. She responded well to questions and participated in the conversations.

When Eileen looked at Florence, she could see her friend was equally as shocked. Perhaps the young woman had an epiphany? It was hard to tell with someone like Shaniqua. Eileen just hoped it didn’t have anything to do with Jun.

Shang cleans up

Shang’s birthday came not long after. He took mostly after Eileen, except when it came to being playful. While his parents pelted each other with pillows, Shang cleaned up the dishes left behind from dinner. He was a quiet kid, more happy to sit and watch than participate. It was a little disturbing, but Sun-Tzu and Eileen decided it was just his way.

He wasn’t quiet when he wanted something, though, that was for certain.

Sun-Tzu tucks Shang in

While Sun-Tzu made no mention of it, he could feel his time on this world was almost at an end. He tucked in Shang and glanced over at Mr. Miyagi sleeping peacefully. This had once been Risa and Roger’s bed–they’d been gone a long time now, it seemed.

He was sad that he wouldn’t get to see the boys grow up, but his life had been a good one. He felt fulfilled and ready.

Sun-tzu and Eileen

Eileen wasn’t a young thing, either. Her big birthday was fast-approaching, something she didn’t enjoy thinking about. Sun-Tzu worried about her taking care of the boys by herself. Shang was still young and Tsung had a few more years before he’d be a helpful teenager. They were secure financially, so that was hardly a worry.

Of course, he said nothing of this to Eileen. It would only worry her and make her sad and she had enough worry with her daughter.

Sun-Tzu dies

The Grim Reaper waits for no one and he came calling. Eileen, Tsung, and Shang were beside themselves with sorrow. Even Mr. Miyagi yowled loudly. Sun-Tzu passed peacefully, with a serene smile on his face. Dying wasn’t so bad if you had a good life.

Sun-Tzu Yu

Sun-Tzu Yu’s tombstone now resides in the Boreal Springs Cemetery, across the lot from his dearly departed brother and sister. He left boo cu bucks behind from the boys and Eileen–turns out he wasn’t lying when he said he was just ‘humble’.


Note from Mao: I’ll miss you, Sun-Tzu! But you gave me a platinum tombstone, so I’m pretty happy about that. The third death and the last of the elders. Now all my gen 1 adults are set to become elders (in round eight)… whew. Has it been that long already? A month? Dang.

February 29, 2008

Yu – Round 6: ‘It’s Oh-So Quiet’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 11:22 am

Yu Family Round 6

Sun-Tzu and Eileen Yu have a happy life outside of all the drama. Can they keep their son, Tsung, and the baby Eileen’s expecting away from the drama, as well?


Sun-Tzu feeds Tsung

With Eileen pregnant again, she found herself beyond exhaustion and left the feedings of Tsung to Sun-Tzu. Sun-Tzu didn’t mind one bit. It was nice to get some time with his son–Eileen, despite being a mother once before, was always coddling him. It was likely because of everything that was happening with Mary, the poor girl.

Tsung is a toddler

Tsung eventually become self-sufficient enough to keep himself busy while Sun-Tzu painted and Eileen slept. He was a very curious child and while he wasn’t troublesome, often wanted to go outside and see the ‘big water’. Sun-Tzu told him he could when he was bigger (and not quite able to drown in it).

Eileen and Shang

Sun-Tzu even took care of teaching Tsung his first steps. Eileen felt awful for not being able to join in, but she was just much too tired. She was getting too old to be pregnant! This would definitely be the last baby. It was hard enough worrying over whether or not Sun-Tzu would live long enough to see them grown, much less if she’d survive another pregnancy. It was time for her to settle into the role of grandma.

Shang is born

Thankfully, Shang was born on time and with little trouble early one morning. Eileen was ready to come home surprisingly early and for that, she was thankful. She would finally be able to spend some time with Tsung before his birthday crept up on them. She had also wanted Mary to come over and visit, but she’d always been much too exhausted. She was guaranteed to have more energy now.

Shang took after Eileen again, and he even had her blue eyes. Two sons was a good place to stop.

Mary plays with Tsung

Mary was delighted to meet her new little brothers, though she was sad that she couldn’t bring Sara over. It would be much too obvious and the neighborhood was too small and close-knit. Word would definitely get around. Eileen suggested that perhaps when she visits, she could bring the boys–once they’re old enough.

Things were definitely settling down and it was easy to slip into that ease of no worries of drama. Eileen just hoped that Mary had learned her lesson and would stay well away from the Saunders house.

Shang is a toddler

Shang’s birthday came surprisingly fast and he was soon able to crawl around and make mischief. He looked a bit more like Eileen than Tsung–it was a good mix. He was a bit more troublesome than his brother, though, always getting into things. Once he was able to walk, he started reaching for doorknobs!

They were definitely going to have their hands full.

Tsung is a child

Tsung had his own birthday not long after and was able to help with Shang a little. He was just a kid, but he knew well enough to keep Shang occupied and away from doors and dangerous things. He loved his role as big brother! It had so much power!


Note from Mao: The Yu house is always a nice respite from the other crazier houses and the drama. I was surprised at how quickly Tsung and Shang grew up! Also, my fiance wasn’t thinking and messed up the naming order–it should be ‘Shang’ and then ‘Tsung’. Do you get it now? Har har har. Though, Shang was also the male lead in the Mulan movie, too.

February 22, 2008

Yu – Round 5: ‘Bringing Life’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 2:42 pm

Yu Family Round 5

Roger Yu welcomes the company of his younger brother, Sun-Tzu, and his new bride, Eileen Yu (formerly O`Hanlon). Can they help cheer him up before his time comes to an end?


Eileen and Sun-Tzu talk

While Mary had still been away at college, Sun-Tzu had Roger stay at the O`Hanlon house while contractors worked on expanding the Yu residence. When it was done and Mary came home, Sun-Tzu, Eileen, and Roger could all fit more than comfortably in the modified abode.

The extra space was necessary–Eileen was pregnant. She had told Sun-Tzu after she saw the doctor and it was a happy revelation.

Roger tries to fish

Along with expanding the house, Sun-Tzu had Roger’s help in having a small garden built in the backyard. Roger desperately wanted a stocked pond that he could fish in. He spent hours out there, trying in vain to catch something other than an old boot. His skills with a fishing rod had certainly waned over the years.

Eileen wanted to try fishing, too, but as her pregnancy progressed, found she was much too tired.

Sun-Tzu paints Eileen

Despite his pregnant wife’s protests–she claimed she was bloated, tired, and awful looking–Sun-Tzu continued his hobby with painting. Eileen was pleasantly surprised when they came out looking marvelous. She knew the mirror wasn’t lying to her when it showed the bags under her eyes and the exhaustion written all over her face, but the painting was what Sun-Tzu saw. It was quite heart-fluttering.

Eileen meets Florence Anderson

Before she’d taken off on maternity leave, Eileen found a new friend in Florence Anderson. She was only a few years older than Mary, but she was quite mature for her age. Eileen was thankful for the female company in her male-dominated job and also just for the companionship. Ever since Jun had managed to ruin two lives and Eileen told her she was wrong, they hadn’t talked.

Florence was quite different–in more ways than one–and Eileen was surprised to find out that she was pregnant, too. Especially given that her lover was female! Perhaps the most extraordinary part was that it was an alien baby. Eileen wasn’t sure if she believed that, but she liked Florence well enough.

Eileen talks to Roger

While she was on maternity leave, Eileen found herself quite lonely. Roger would sometimes eat with her, but otherwise, he kept his distance. One morning, she caught him and decided to put forth a question she’d been mulling over for days. She inquired if he would mind a pet in the house.

Roger did not refuse, in fact, he agreed and thought a pet might brighten things up.

Mr. Miyagi and Eileen sleep

Roger and Sun-Tzu went out and brought back Mr. Miyagi, a purebred Siamese cat. Eileen was quite pleased with her new furry friend and finally had someone to watch daily Soap Operas with. She swore that Mr. Miyagi watched them just as intently as she did.

Sun-Tzu jokingly said that she simply wanted a cat so she would have someone to nap with. The pregnancy made her quite tired and she spent a lot of her time sleeping.

Eileen talks to Mary

Towards the end of her pregnancy, Eileen was shocked to find Mary at her door. She had tried calling several times only to get the answering machine. Anytime she left a message, she never got a call back. She was starting to get worried when the blonde popped up at her door, looking a little under-the-weather herself. It was then that Mary told her she was pregnant and the father was Derek Saunders.

“Oh, Mary, I’m so sorry. How did this happen?” Eileen saw the look that crossed her daughter’s face and quickly dismissed the question. “I guess it doesn’t matter… if you need anything you know I’m here. Anything at all.”

“I thought you’d be angry…”

At this, Eileen was distraught, “angry? Mary, you’re pregnant and yes…Derek is married, but this was before, wasn’t it? I’m sure you have your reasons, I know you well enough to know this was an accident. Just remember, anything you need, please, don’t hesitate to ask.”

“Thanks, mom,” Mary smiled, squeezing her hand. “Gina is being really helpful, but I’m glad you’re behind me too.”

Tsung Yu

Eileen didn’t have much time to mull over her eldest child’s worries–she went into labor a few days later and gave birth to a young boy named Tsung. She was surprised to see her own freckles dotting his cheeks and the rich brown eyes his father had. Tsung’s black hair was proof enough that before Sun-Tzu had gone gray, he had hair black as night.

Tsung was a welcome addition and even Roger spent a lot of time playing with and feeding him. Mary had wanted to come over, but she was showing and didn’t want to be seen around the neighborhood. She promised to visit as soon as she could.

Eileen is sick

Eileen was quite surprised to find herself once against bent over the toilet a year later. She was pregnant again, surely, she felt it. A woman’s instincts don’t lie, they say. It was a pleasant surprise, but she worried, too. Sun-Tzu was older and he had outlived his brother and his sister-in-law. How much time did he have? Would he see Tsung grown and this new baby born?

Roger died

Roger had passed a week before Eileen found out she was pregnant again. It was a sad occasion and Sun-Tzu mourned heavily. He had been there when Roger faded, taking his brother’s hand, looking him in the eye and saying, “it’s time. Risa is waiting for me.”

He went quickly and peacefully and rested beside his wife of many, many years, Risa, in the cemetery.

Roger Yu

Rest in peace, Roger Yu. May you carry Chinese take-out to your wife awaiting you in the pixelated after-life!


Note from Mao: A very peaceful update, but sad, too. Poor Roger! At least he had some good final days, even if I didn’t get a platinum tombstone out of him. It only took ONE WooHoo to get Eileen pregnant again (I’m using Inteen and CANNOT select ‘Try for Baby’… it’s completely random), I was quite surprised. My fiance and I deduced that Sun-Tzu has ‘super’ sperm. Also, did anyone else catch the Karate Kid reference? ‘Wax on… wax off…’

February 13, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 4: ‘Finally, a Wedding!’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:28 pm

O`Hanlon Round 4

Eileen O’Hanlon and her daughter, Mary, have made quite a life for themselves in Boreal Springs. With Mary headed to college, will Eileen finally tie the knot with Sun-Tzu Yu?


Mary chats with Derek about Uni

Mary O`Hanlon graduated High School with high honors and looked forward to spending her summer before University working on her bank account. She didn’t need to worry about her living accommodations–she’d be moving in with Derek, Katy, and Florence. Shaniqua and Gina would join them, as well.

Derek came over to discuss the overall arrangement with her. They knew each other only vaguely, but found a common bond now that they were closer in age. The formed a friendship over their money coveting.

Mary, Shaniqua, and Derek hang out

Shaniqua was weirded out to see Derek around at first, but she eventually got used to it. She missed her big bro and it was nice to see him. Though, she had to admit, she was a bit leery about how close he and Mary were getting. They had way too much in common.

One evening, while hanging out, Shaniqua zoned out and imagined them kissing. She nearly threw up all over the place. Her reaction startled them out of their talk of the SimStreet Market and financing options.

Eileen greets Sun-Tzu while Mary trains Lady

Sun-Tzu, of course, made many visits to the house. He and Eileen had a lot of planning to do. They had decided to change their vacation over to their honeymoon and were going to marry at the end of summer. Instead of moving immediately to the Yu house, they’d remain here until Mary returned from University.

Mary, meanwhile, spent the last bit of summer training Lady up for her next promotion.

Eileen and Jun talk

Jun also took the time to visit and gossip about her latest endeavors. Unfortunately, Eileen knew all about her little triangle with Henry Saunders and Thomas Anderson. It wasn’t much of a triangle–poor Henry. She had tried to urge Jun away from the marriage, but Jun wouldn’t budge. She wasn’t about to let her free-meal ticket slip away.

Jun though it was weird that Eileen was marrying her uncle, but she was too busy talking about herself to say anything.

Eileen and Sun-Tzu's Wedding

Sun-Tzu and Eileen married on the last day of summer. Eileen O`Hanlon become Eileen Yu. It had an odd ring to it, but it didn’t matter. They also did a silly ‘culture reversal’ for their wedding; Eileen wore something ethnic (and even let her hair down) and Sun-Tzu donned a traditional tuxedo. It was a nice, open-air ceremony. They opted out of booking the chapel.

Mary was certainly happy for her mother, even if her dress was a little itchy. It kept slipping, too. Where was double-sided tape when you needed it?

Eileen and Sun-Tzu's Wedding

Eileen and Sun-Tzu's Wedding

Of course, not everyone was thrilled about the union. Off in the background, unnoticed, Roger slipped off. He wasn’t jealous, per say, but he couldn’t help the twinge he felt seeing his brother with a younger woman. Especially when Sun-Tzu has spent all his years jet-setting around the world, never caring about female companionship. He had a bachelor’s beard and Roger thought he meant to kept it forever.

February 11, 2008

Yu – Round 3: ‘Unsupervised Elders’

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Yu Family Round 3

Roger Yu and his wife, Risa, came to Boreal Springs hoping to enjoy their retirement and calm their daughter. With Jun gone, now their only worry is Sun-Tzu, Roger’s immigrant brother.


Roger and Risa relax

While Roger and Risa were saddened to kick their only child out, they were also somewhat relieved. She was an adult, and had been for some time now. While they would always be her parents, there was only so much they could take. Chances upon chances had been given, but Jun always ignored them. Now it was time to face and see the world for what it was.

And, of course, now Roger and Risa could really enjoy retirement. They were old and they were tired. It was time to relax.

Sun-Tzu paints

Sun-Tzu, on the other hand, felt as if he was only just now getting his ‘second wind’. He was younger than Roger by several years and had only newly retired. It was a restless existence, he found. He’d spent the majority of his youth and middle-aged life traveling the globe and writing fantastic articles for well-known publishers. This sedentary lifestyle would surely kill him long before his time.

Thankfully, there was Eileen. Quite a bit his junior, but mature in a way beyond her own years. It was through her and her daughter that he found a new hobby–painting. It kept his mind busy and his hands, while also allowing for his creativity to blossom.

Roger and Risa discuss Ryu

“We have a grandson we’ll never see, Roger.” Risa said one day as they sat at the table.

“We’ll see him,” Roger assured her. They had heard about Ryu’s birth through the grapevine and also that the child’s father was Henry Saunders. This was a relief to both, as they knew of their daughter’s indiscretions with Thomas Anderson. “Henry is a family man… if anything, it is to our advantage Jun is with him.”

“They’re engaged, Roger. And still, nothing. I’m never going to see my grandson!”

Roger sighed, “you will, I promise. Just give it time.”

Sun-Tzu proposes to Eileen

That weekend, Sun-Tzu invited Eileen O`Hanlon over for a perfectly innocent visit. She was over quite often, so it was hardly out of the ordinary. They had some of Risa’s pie and discussed random subjects until Sun-Tzu quietly took her hand, a small smile hiding behind his beard.

“I have a surprise for you.”

“Well, what is it? Don’t keep me waiting.” She teased, smiling. She had anticipated another painting or something like that, but was surprised when he pulled out a little black box. “Is that…?”

“I could not wait until the trip. If you need some time to think–”

“No, I mean… er, yes. No to the time, yes to the ring!” Eileen took it out of the box and slipped it onto her finger. “How did you afford this?”

“Do you think they paid me in fortune cookies for traveling the country?” He smiled. “I am not poor, Eileen. Only humble.”

Eileen leaves

Sun-Tzu had warned his brother beforehand, but still, Roger couldn’t wrap his mind around it. He loved Risa dearly, but seeing your gray brother with a beautiful young lady as his fiancée was a little jarring. Sun-Tzu was a lucky bugger, that was sure. He had been born during a blessed year.

It was no question where the two would go when they got married–Eileen would move in here, allowing Mary to have the house after she graduated from University. Roger and Risa were more than happy with the arrangement.


Note from Mao: Having just elders can be a snore, but it was kept interesting with constant dates between Sun-Tzu and Eileen. I’ll likely never get her LTW, but it’s worth trying, right?  Next up… Uni!

February 8, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 3: ‘A Quiet Calm’

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O`Hanlon Family Round 3

Eileen O`Hanlon, and her daughter Mary, came to Boreal Springs looking for something better. So far, so good. Can they continue to prosper while avoiding the drama their other neighbors seem to be facing?


Mary cuddles Lady

Mary: So, I guess it’s my turn… I’m Mary, my mother is Eileen. Which, you probably know, right? Sorry. I’m not very good at this, I guess.

I’m not a little girl anymore, as you can plainly see. In fact, I’ll be ready to go to University soon. I can’t wait. I really want to get out and get an awesome job. I’ll really miss Lady, but mom said she’d take care of her while I was away. Plus, I can always come back and visit!

Mary confronts Eileen

As you probably also know, my mom is dating that guy, Sun-Tzu Yu. I mean, sure, she denies it… but it’s plain as day! In fact, one day, she slipped. I asked her how her date with him went and she replied it went well. She didn’t catch it until it was too late!

I’m cool with it–she’s an adult and she’s done everything for me. It’s about time she enjoys herself. Sure, he’s old, but that just means he’s all wise and stuff. I guess? He is kinda cool, though. He has all kinds of stories.

Eileen and Sun-Tzu spend time together

Now that mom knows I’m cool with it, Sun-Tzu spends a lot of time over at the house. Well, a lot more time, really. I’m mostly at school or at work, so they’ve got plenty of time to themselves. While I know about it, most others don’t. I’m not sure even Sun-Tzu’s brother and sister-in-law know!

I’m sure they’ll find out soon enough. They’re making plans for some kind of vacation. I’m not really sure, as I’ll be off to University by then!

Lady grows up

In the meantime, Lady left her puppy days behind her. She turned out really cute. She’s kinda noisy though, and she has a weird fondness for knocking over the trash bin. Worst of all, she rolls in the garbage! I thought mom was going to have a heart attack when she saw it.

We’re trying to break her of it. At least she isn’t peeing in the house anymore!

Lady gets a job

Mom suggested that Lady get a job. Of course, I was all for it. More money would certainly be welcome! Plus, it’d give poor Lady something to do while we were both away. I’m sure she gets lonely.

Somehow, I don’t think mom’s motives were as altruistic. She said that Lady howled so loud she could probably get some kind of record deal! Mom was being a bit over dramatic, but Lady did get a part in a pet commercial.

Mary is an overachiever

I was having my own successes at work, and mom, too. But I had managed to do as well as I could at the law firm–as a teen–while also keep my A+ average! Mom jokingly called me her little ‘overachiever’, but I was beaming. I was definitely ready for college now! Stupid age restrictions… I want to go make some more cash!

Sun-Tzu and Eileen plot, Mary watches

Sun-Tzu and mom are finalizing their vacation plans. They’re trying to plan it around me leaving, so I won’t be home alone. I told them it was fine, but mom said that it would be rude. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind the break away from all the lovey-dovey stuff. Focusing on my education and scholarships hasn’t left much time for any romancing. Not that I’m really into that stuff… but sometimes, maybe it’d be okay.

I’m sure I’ll feel differently at University when I have stuff that’s challenging. I do love a good challenge! Plus, I’ll be with Shaniqua and Gina. We don’t get to hang out much now, but that’ll change at Uni!

Mary paints

Until then, I’ve found some solace in painting. I’m not very good, but I do like doing still life! Plus, it makes some money and that’s always good. Things are really calm and quiet here, it’s nice. I’m sure it’s boring to you, but I’m glad we’ve managed to side-step the drama storm that’s swept the neighborhood.

Yeah, I know about Jun. She and mom are friends, after all. What a mess! I heard mom whispering into the phone about a pregnancy. Poor kid.


Note from Mao: This family is really drama-free.  It may be a boring read, but it is a nice respite!  No worries of messed up family trees and whatnot.  Though I am trying to figure out how this is all going to work while retaining the O`Hanlon name and hopefully getting an heir for the Yu family…

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