Boreal Springs

September 30, 2008

Saunders 2 – Round 20: ‘You Turn the Screws, Pt. 4′

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

[Family image postponed until I can get SimPE functioning properly.  For some reason, sims are missing portraits and blank?  They have no portrait file!]

Elena was happily welcomed home by both Gordon and Lauren.  While Elena was not his biological daughter, Gordon treated her every bit as if she was of his own.  He had been worried about her situation with Fou-Lu and was thankful that she seemed to have gotten her head back and was persuing her dream.

Claude, meanwhile, took little notice to his half-sister rejoining the family.  He was too caught up in his romantic pursuits.  Senior year had been a whirlwind of action for him.  He was planning on going to University, so he had to get in as much time with the girls at high school as he could.  There would be newer and more mature conquests waiting for him on campus!

He was, however, amused by his mother’s constant prodding of Elena.  She was concerned about the situation with Fou-Lu, especially now.  They weren’t dating, but Lauren knew that they had been ‘seeing’ one another, despite their broken up status, in university.  Elena told her mother to mind her own business, that she was an adult, but Lauren couldn’t help but feel there was more to the story.

Michael knew better, in fact, he came over one afternoon to confront Elena.  After she and Fou-Lu had hooked up briefly in university, she had stopped calling him.  In fact, she downright refused to see him.  Michael had been shocked when this happened, but even more shocked when Elena opted out of moving into an apartment with him–as they had originally planned–and moving back home.  Now Michael was rooming with Fou-Lu and he wanted to know what was going on.

“Be quiet, Michael,” Elena hushed him, eyes narrowed.  Lauren was nearing them and she was worried she’d overhear.  “I’m already getting grilled by mom!”

“Is it any wonder?  What’s going on, Elena?  You’ve never been like this with me…”

“Just don’t worry about it, okay?  And tell Fou-Lu to stop calling.  We’re over.”

Everyone concerning themselves with Elena’s odd behavior had taken notice off Claude’s escapades.  Gordon no longer lectured him and his mother no longer sighed and looked disappointed.  He was leaving for University and the freedom would be welcome.  He’d leave Elena here to keep his parents preoccupied.

“I told you to stop calling,” Elena said harshly into the receiver.  Her hand fell on her stomach subconsciously and her heart tightened.  “I don’t want to see you, all right?  Just leave me alone.”

Fou-Lu was repentant and confused, but he eventually hung up and gave Elena her wish.  She hated to do this, but what other choice did she have?  She had found out she was pregnant shortly before leaving University.  Her dreams were crushed, the dancing troupe that had offered her a spot had revoked it.  They couldn’t wait nine months.

Elena couldn’t tell Fou-Lu, there was just no way.  He was barely responsible enough to handle a relationship, much less a baby.

September 21, 2008

Yu – Round 20: ‘Crushcrushcrush, End’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 4:46 pm

Tsung and Lilith Yu have been happily married for many years, now they welcome their eldest son Zhou and his love, River, into their home.

Zhou and River were married in an intimate ceremony held in their backyard near the pond and trees that Sun-Tzu had ordered many years before.  Family and friends were in attendance and the day was clear with not a cloud nor a even the slightest hint of rain.

A childhood crush and a troublesome courtship had ended in happy nupituals.

River was understandably nervous, she had never really seen herself as the “marrying type”, especially not with Zhou, but what they had was beyond denial.  Why should she deny happiness, even if it was a little odd?  Being around Tsung and Lilith had shown her that such odd couples truly can work.

They were oblivious to the dissension amongst the wedding guests.  In bringing together family and friends, they brought tension.  But they were too busy being newlyweds to pay attention.

Elena and Fou-Lu weren’t officially ‘back together’, but it was hard to say otherwise with the way they acted after the wedding.  Elena was living back home until she got onto her feet while Fou-Lu and the other men were looking into apartments that were being built in Aperture.

Zhou took the time to advise his brother to tread softly, so not to scare Elena away.  He knew his brother wasn’t the most reliable and steady of men, but he knew how much he loved Elena.  He just hoped Fou-Lu could pull his act together long enough to become a respectable adult.  Responsibility had never been something the younger sibling wore very well.

The newlyweds weren’t the only ones in love, Tsung and Lilith were still very much aware of one another.  They enjoyed their quiet years as elders and looked forward to the possibility of grandchildren.  Her advancing age hadn’t stopped Lilith from pursuing her paranormal interests and Tsung hadn’t yet retired, either.  He was in charge of the apartment and town house plans.

Lilith was pleased to have an apprentice to pass on all her knowledge to.  Isolde Anderson had come to her sheepish, but adamant and so Lilith took her in.  It would take awhile for Isolde to truly grasp the very nature of what she believed in, but Lilith was sure she would reach the same level as she, if not even higher.

She just hoped the girl was prepared for the ridicule and everything that came with being such an ‘odd’ character.

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Note from Mao: Zhou and River are finally married, yay.  And Inteen needs to hurry up, I need Apartments for my recently graduated young adults!

September 9, 2008

B.S.U. Campus – Round 19: ‘You Turn the Screws, Pt. 3′

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus,Davis,O`Hanlon,Saunders,Yu — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 10:14 pm

Patrick O`Hanlon is womanizing his way through University while Michael Saunders hits the books and keeps to himself. Elena Davis and Fou-Lu are no longer an item, but Elena is still uncertain about her decisions and Fou-Lu is hoping she reconsiders.

Patrick decided to call Elena out on her dealings with Shang Yu, “what are you thinking? I know you’ve got some semblance of a brain up there… you’re one of the few girls I know who does.”

“Gee, thanks, Patrick,” Elena replied, rolling her eyes. “And what’s it matter to you?”

“Shang and I are cut of the same cloth, Elena. Anything you two do isn’t special or serious or anything. He’s got Kat for that, he just wants you for, well, the obvious.”

“You think I don’t know that? I don’t want anything serious with him,” Elena replied, giving her nephew a pointed look. “Anyway, here’s a question for you… I’m almost afraid to ask. Are you wearing pants?”

He grinned, “what do you think?”

“Ew…”

Fou-Lu decided to try and corner Michael into helping him get Elena back. Unfortunately, the stoic and quiet half-sibling was a little less than willing.

“Elena is a big girl, she makes her own decisions.” Michael said, barely looking up from his dinner. “Besides, I’m not so sure you’re ready to get her back.”

“Huh? What’s that supposed to mean?” Fou-Lu was a little shocked by Michael’s outright bluntness.

Michael looked up, startling Fou-Lu, “you’re immature, Fou-Lu. Grow up a little and I’m sure Elena will notice. I’m only telling you this in an effort to steer you in the right direction.”

“That’s harsh, dude,” Fou-Lu replied, wounded. “Real harsh…”

Meanwhile, Michael wasn’t having much luck with dating. There was a pretty blonde girl at the house one day that Michael thought was okay looking, but he spoke to her only to find out she was one of Patrick’s many… well, ‘visitors’. He sighed and walked away. How Patrick did it, he’d never know. Michael just didn’t feel any great attraction or attachment to these women.

He kept comparing them to someone else.

Patrick was naturally smart, in fact, he was downright intelligent. But it never showed, because he used his smarts for evil and manipulation. He didn’t have to try with his grades, all his professors were female. He just smooth talked his way into an A+ everytime. He could have easily done it the proper way, but it was so much more satisfying knowing that he had enough power to influence his way to straight A’s.

Elena, knowing his fondness for red heads, set Michael up with a girl from her class. They had plenty in common and she wasn’t awful looking, but Michael just didn’t feel that spark. She had red hair, sure, but she wasn’t, well. And it just wasn’t the same.

The date went well, but afterwards, Michael felt nothing.

Meanwhile, Elena had given a lot of thought about what Patrick had said. It was silly to mess around with Shang Yu in an effort to ignore her problems. She was glad when Fou-Lu happened to be in the hot tub. She joined him and decided they needed to talk about their situation.

Fou-Lu clearly wanted Elena back and while Elena was undecided, she couldn’t deny they had a solid history.

Unfortunately, they didn’t get much of a chance to talk. Add together a hot tub, bathing suits, and two young adults and well, you don’t usually get a heartfelt conversation…

Patrick, meanwhile, was doing some ‘conversing’ of his own with quite as few of the available co-eds. They were at the last of their classes and ready to graduate, so he wanted to score with as many chicks as he could before he left. It was a personal goal he set for himself. He wouldn’t have enough time once he was signed to an agency and working on his acting skills.

Not that he hadn’t been improving those with every line and charm he’d done in the past four years.

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Note from Mao: This one is all over the place, sorry. I’ve played it intermittently for a week. Anyway, they’re graduated, yay. Too bad I can’t install AL yet. Anyway, if you don’t believe me, Michael really does suck at dating. He’s nice, just shy. But that doesn’t stop him from making girls cry. Note his total disinterest in her obvious distress. Cold, Michael, cold!

September 7, 2008

Yu 3 – Round 19: ‘Polyamorous, End’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 5:20 pm

Shang Yu and Katarina Anderson have an ‘open’ relationship that suits them just fine, but how will this affect James’ development into a teenager?

It hadn’t taken long for Shang to coax Elena back into his presence.  She was hot, he was hot, and their mutual hotness was enough so that two consenting adults might enjoy one another’s attractiveness.  Of course, Elena wasn’t thinking clearly at all when she got into her little ‘fling’ with Shang, but those sort of concerns weren’t something Shang dwelled on.

He preferred to dwell on more pleasant things like making out and well, you know.    Just because he and Katarina had an open relationship didn’t mean they were distant.  No, instead, they were closer than ever.  There was a mutual sort of love and understanding that neither found anywhere else and it helped strengthen that bond.  They didn’t love the other people they messed around with, so that was a good enough justification not to stop their anti-monogamy.

Shang wasn’t the only one enjoying himself, Katarina also enjoyed her share of males.  She didn’t always go nearly as far as Shang, though.  Only with select few.  Fou-Lu was a fun distraction, but she mostly felt bad for his situation and offered to help cheer him up.  It was one of those instances where she used her wiles to help another.  They didn’t do anything serious, just a little messing around.  She didn’t have the heart to tell him Elena had been visiting frequently.

Despite their amorous lifestyles, Katarina and Shang were still capable of domestic moments such as dinner.  It was one of the few times that James actually found his family life normal.  He wasn’t quite sure what to make of all the different people he saw or met, but he did know that his parents didn’t argue or fight like many others.

Still, it was a little weird.  Especially when he saw people he knew were his friend’s or relative’s parents.

Shang was especially proud of his ability to sway Cara Anderson away from her riches and pleasantries and into a world of debauchery.  It was dangerous messing with her, this was true, but who wouldn’t?  She was the epitome of hot, she was the new Alyssa.  And so it was that she fell into the destructive trap…

Cara was more than a little bothered by Katarina walking in directly afterwards.  She was worried a scene would be started or worse, she’d tell her brother.  Instead, Katarina acted as if nothing was amiss and called out to Shang.

“James wants you then, when you’ve got a moment.”

“Just finishing up here, babe.  Tell ‘em I’ll be up in a minute.”

As he had and still did with Hugh, Shang spent time with James.  It was easy to balance love and family with his current lifestyle.  It was easy-going and carefree, the way he had always dreamed of living.  His age was catching up with him, so he was thankful for this degree of pleasantness.

James would be a teen soon and Shang was preparing himself for the onslaught of questions…

James became a teen that showed no signs of his Anderson heritage, but instead, favored the Yu’s.  In fact, he looked so similar to Zhou Yu it was a little disturbing.  Thankfully, he was nothing like his love struck parents and preferred more practical things in life, like knowledge.

He, as with the rest of the Yu’s, had an natural ability with music.

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Mao edit: Things might be a little slow around here, sorry.  Still not feeling too great and I’ve been messing around with Spore.  Anyway, I played this several days ago, so I actually don’t remember James’ aspiration!  Oops.  I think it was Knowledge.  :P

August 29, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 19: ‘The Look of Love, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 2:11 pm

Kate is a single mother, but her son Hugh has turned out to be a good kid, even if he ignored going to University.  Better yet, he seems to have a pretty nice girlfriend, too.

Kenya was elated when Hugh visited her at the grocery store.  She ignored the looks from her boss and allowed him to embrace her in the middle of her shift.  They had met a year or two prior and had kept their relationship quiet due to the fact that she had been in college.  She left University and moved to Boreal Springs just to be closer to him.

Now he was an adult and he wanted her to come and live with him.

While she was busy giggling over his childhood room, Hugh surprised her with a ring.  She said yes, of course.  It was what she had been waiting for!  She was happy to find out that he had an actual adult bedroom he had been staying in, though.  She moved in without another thought and met his mother, Kate, who was startled by all of this, but happy for her son.

Kenya was happy to finally have the money to update her wardrobe and let her hair hang freely.  She was a lovely girl, something Hugh reminded her of constantly.  He was so sweet, who wouldn’t have waited?  She had heard stories of his lothario father, but saw no hints of that in her beloved Hugh and so never gave it another thought.  She was too busy planning their wedding and thinking of what to name their children.  She dreamed for her kids to complete college.

She brought with her a black lab named Lyra.  Thankfully, Iorek and Lyra got along famously and everything within the household was harmonius.  Kate’s head was still spinning with how rapidly everything was happening, but what could she say?  She couldn’t deny her son the love he so desperately sought.

Hugh and Kenya were married in the afternoon, under a clear, cloudless sky and in the company of close friends and family.  Hugh was glad to have his father there, and was surprised when his mother even made casual conversation with him.  It was all for his sake, he knew, but he appreciated the effort.

Most of all, he was happy to finally have Kenya.

Hugh was sure he wouldn’t be like his father, he couldn’t possibly love anyone the way he did Kenya.  Ignoring the tension of the guests (Fou-Lu was present and Elena was ignoring him, instead sitting with Michael, her half-brother and getting looks from Shang), the two enjoyed their first married moments together.

Of course, the fact that it was his son’s wedding did nothing to hamper Shang’s romantic pursuits.  Elena Davis had grown considerably since he’d seen her and he had to admit, she was one smoking hot co-ed!  His nephew, Fou-Lu, had been her beau for a long time… but they were broken up now.  There was no harm in a little flirting, something Elena did not decline.

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Note from Mao: And so the mysterious blonde’s purpose is revealed!  And Shang, you dog.  What are you thinking?  And Elena, seriously?  SHANG?  Let me tell you that this was purely autonomous and these two were heart farting all over the place.  Poor Fou-Lu, LOL!

August 23, 2008

B.S.U. Campus – Round 18: ‘You Turn the Screws, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson,B.S.U. Campus,Davis,O`Hanlon,Saunders,Summary — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:11 am

Zhou Yu and River Saunders have an awkward relationship, but with the addition of four others, their lives are about to get more interesting. Patrick O`Hanlon is happy to finally be free and explore his… options. Michael Saunders just wants to survive college; Elena Davis has her goal in mind, but her boyfriend Fou-Lu Yu doesn’t seem to have any ambition at all.

Elena, Michael, and Fou-Lu all traveled to University together. Michael had got stuck driving, while Elena and Fou-Lu often forgot he was in the front seat. It was a little weird to have to be in the same with car with your sister who is making out with someone you’ve known since childhood.

He was happy to be free of the confines of the car, while Elena was happy to finally be in college. Fou-Lu was just impressed with how hot Elena turned out to be.

Patrick arrived later that evening, having hitched a ride with a hot chick. Why he was so late was never put to question, as it went without asking. Patrick was pleased with his roommates, though he had wished desperately to have his own place. Still, having people to talk to was pretty cool, and he was related to some of these people, too, so meeting relatives was interesting.

It turned out Zhou wasn’t upset about Falco “flying the coop”, so to speak, and just bought about bird. It was this that brought their relationship into more official territory.

“It’s just a bird, babe,” Zhou had said, laughing. “He’s probably teaching his bird friends to swear, too. That’s cool with me.”

River chose to ignore the fact that the bird was quite possibly teaching other birds to swear and instead focus on Zhou’s unfaltering ability to be sweet.

Elena had done a lot of thinking during her time stuck in the house before coming to University. She decided to pursue her dream of being a world-famous dancer. As usual, Michael lingered in the background doing something boring and nerdy while she practiced.

It wasn’t long before Fou-Lu located her and extracted her from her practicing.

Michael had left in favor of less ‘intimate’ places while Fou-Lu pulled Elena into a hug.

“This dancing stuff isn’t so bad,” he said jokingly. “You look good in spandex.”

“Lu, stop it,” Elena scolded, though she made no move to pull away. “I have to do my exercises.”

“There are other ways of exercising if you’re that worried about it…”

She sighed, and smacked him hard on the arm, causing him to pull away. He gave her a look and broke out into laughter. She hit him again, lighter this time. He was such a joker and that worried her. Would he ever take life seriously?

As the first year came to a close, everyone fell into a routine. Michael and River had an art class together, despite their complete lack of creative skills. They found solace in one another’s company and general inepitude, muttering under their breath about the unfairness of college gen-ed courses as they hastily smeared gobs of paint on empty canvases.

Patrick and Zhou often studied together, though Zhou was horrified when his books got confused with Patrick’s. His mouth dropped when he opened the book to find a questionable picture of a co’ed… and upon dropping it, several more falling out and littering the floor.

“Dude!” Zhou said, gesticulating feverishly with his hands, unable to say anything else.

Patrick looked stunned as well, picking up a picture and admiring it, “I forgot I had this one.”

“Is that ou… our literature professor?”

Patrick grinned, snapping Zhou’s book closed and handing it over, “nice, huh?”

“Dude!!”

August 19, 2008

Saunders 2 – Round 18: ‘Blood Money, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:36 am

Gordon saunders, now a vampire and a criminal mastermind, has spent his life trying to balance being both a criminal and a father.  With Elena ready to leave for college, Michael entertaining thoughts about the wrong women, and Claude developing into a teen… how is supposed to handle the fact that Roman, too, is seeking him out?

“Elena’s in trooouuuuble,” Claude said in a sing-song voice, emerging from the bathroom.

“Claude, please,” Lauren interrupted, giving her son a firm look.  “Go check on the puppies.”

Once he was gone, Elena began her frantic attempt to plead innocence, “how could he know all of this anyway?  Does he have people following me?”

“Gordon and I know plenty of people, Elena, and those people have mouths.  I can’t believe you’d allow yourself to be so…” she sighed, closing her eyes.  “It doesn’t matter, it’s unacceptable and until you leave for University, you are not to leave this house.”

“But mom!”

Lauren gave her a look, “Gordon will be home in an hour–would you rather have this talk with him?”

She frowned, head hanging, “no…”

Michael Saunders had always been incredibly quiet, but Sade O`Hanlon was a welcome change from the normal.  Unfortunately, she was also entirely too related to him to ever entertain romantic thoughts about.  It was probably for the best, as she was outgoing and enjoyed being free, whereas Michael preferred the idea of settling down.

He was heading to college early, with Elena.  He had advanced a grade and passed the tests with flying colors.  Perhaps there would be someone there warranting interest.

Michael had no idea Elena was grounded until he found her seated on the couch, chowing down on leftovers late at night.

“So, grounded, huh?”

“Yeah,” she said inbetween bites.  “It sucks, but I’m thinking.”

Michael rested against the couch, “about?”

“Just stuff, Michael.  Girl stuff.”

He cringed, “enough said.”

Despite being up late, they hadn’t heard the visitor enter the downstairs, nor had they heard the door to Gordon’s private room open and close.  No one was allowed in there but him and it was always locked.  It was with a begruding sort of reluctance that Gordon welcomed his technical newphew in.

“What do you want, Roman?” Gordon wasn’t one for beating around the bush.

“I have a delicate matter on my hands and I am fully convinced that you are the only one who can rid me of it.”

Gordon’s eyes narrowed, “…murder?”

Roman nodded solemnly, “yes, precisely.  Lacie Anderson… my brother’s wife.”

“Are you nuts?” Gordon hissed, clearly displeased.  “Do you think that just because I’m a vampire and a criminal, I’ll happily prance off and stab someone?  Hardly!  I deal in business, I move and launder money, and occassionally, I bully people into paying me for protection… but murder?  My mother was Janine Saunders… you think I’m an idiot?”

Roman quirked his eyebrow, “an idiot?  No, but I would think you could see a lucrative proposition when one is given, Gordon… and what is this madness about murder?  You killed my grandfather.”

“That was different and I’d really, truly like to see you try and take that one to court.”

“I wouldn’t dare, there is no evidence, but I know you did it… and that is why I am sure you would have no problem helping me here.”

“You say you deal in business, Gordon?  I am business and in a few years, I will own everything, including the things you claim to have your hands in.” Roman stated firmly, confidence paramount in not getting bulldozed over by Gordon the Vampire.  “I can offer you a piece of that, without the trouble, the threats, everything… if you do this for me.”

Gordon couldn’t deny it’s appeal, not one bit.  He was who he was and if he dared turn this down, word would spread.  Roman would destroy him.  So, he would do this… but he’d do it his way.

“Don’t contact me again, Roman,” Gordon said waringly, his face deadpan.  “You’ll know when it’s done… and then, and only then, will we meet again.”

Roman nodded, a reply unnecessary, and slinked out of the backdoor of the house and into the taxi, driving off.

August 15, 2008

Yu – Round 18: ‘Hard to Handle, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:23 am

Tsung and Lilith, despite their differences, have had a happy marriage. With Tsung gone off to college, Fou-Lu is left to his own devices. His brother may have been a bit of a bully, but at least he was never arrested…

Fou-Lu felt horrible sitting in the back of the police cruiser as it pulled up in front of his house. He was just thankful Gordon had been around (though he wasn’t sure where he’d come from, and so late at night, too) to save his teenaged behind. Fou-Lu wasn’t sure what he said to the officer, but it was enough for him to not press charges and give Fou-Lu a ride home. He wasn’t able to thank Gordon, as he was gone as quickly as he’d come.

He just hoped he wouldn’t tell his father. He would kill him!

Not wanting to get into trouble again, Fou-Lu opted to hang out with his cousin Hugh as opposed to Basil. It was Basil’s fault he had gotten caught, just because Basil could run faster. That jerk. He couldn’t remember whose idea it was to sneak out past curfew and tag a building, but he was sure he wouldn’t be caught dead doing it again. Thankfully, Gordon hadn’t told his father (who would tell his mom!) and Fou-Lu’s head was still firmly attached to his body.

Tsung came back from college to attend his parents anniversary party. It was quite the little gala, with Lilith’s twin brother, Nathaniel, his fiance Sara O`Hanlon, good friends Damien and Aiyana Saunders, and Gordon all present. Shang was unable to attend because he was off on tour, and Kate was hesitant to come, unsure if Shang would be there or not.

Gordon didn’t tell Tsung what he had caught his son doing, because that would involve explaining to Tsung how he got Fou-Lu out of it. Gordon wasn’t yet ready to tell his friend what he did for a living.

He did, however, have to explain his current condition and the fact that Lilith had been coming to check on him. At this, Tsung was relieved. He wasn’t sure what to think when Lilith had begun to sneak out late at night–he thought the worst.

“Don’t be stupid,” Gordon said, laughing, “no one else could handle Lilith. You know that.”

“That’s true,” Tsung admitted with a shrug. “It’s weird seeing you young, and unfair. What made you make this choice, Gordon? You’ll outlive us all.”

“Always with the bad,” Gordon said, uncharacteristically jubliant. “Why don’t you focus on your good for once, Tsung? With all the divorces going on, you two should be basking in this moment.”

Tsung laughed, “lady troubles, Gordon?”

“What do you think?” Gordon replied, shaking his head.

“You really have made quite a name for yourself,” Tsung said to Lilith later as they danced, amusement written on his face. “You’re the resident paranormal guru.”

“Oh, please,” she snorted derisively, rolling her eyes in that dramatic way only she could manage. “Just wait until I have my own cult. Then you’ll all see how awesome I am.”

He was a little worried until she laughed and reassured him she was kidding.

Fou-Lu was nowhere to be found during the Anniversary party. He had snuck out to meet Elena. They were being your typical irresponsible teen, meeting in dimly lit places to makeout and otherwise rebel in their own ways. Unfortunately for them both, they failed to realize that Gordon didn’t need to necessarily see things to know them and the fact that his adopted daughter was getting more and more adventurous was sure to get back to him.

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Note from Mao: Lilith’s LTW is fulfilled, yay. I had fun with the Anniversary party, I should do more of those. Fou-Lu actually did get busted sneaking out with Basil, but he glitched and Tsung and Lilith never got memories/etc despite being awake. He just popped out of the car and it disappeared. So I had to find a way to explain it, haha. Fou-Lu is an odd one, I don’t know what to make of him yet, he’s just your typical teen…

August 6, 2008

Saunders 2 – Round 17: ‘Family Business, End’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 2:19 pm

Gordon Saunders is Boreal Spring’s resident criminal mastermind and entrepreneur, Lauren was formerly Katy Saunders and quite dead. These two already make an odd couple, but will Gordon’s newest… interest only prove to heighten the strangeness? Michael misses his mother Tracey, but he’s happy to be with his dad. Elena wants to prove her worth, but she isn’t sure to who or why. Claude is just trying to keep his head above water amidst this busy and crazy family.

Lilith had been coming over to check up on Gordon for awhile now. Gordon wasn’t a trusting sort of individual, but he did trust Tsung and therefore, by default, trusted Lilith. He had to. She was the only one who knew anything about his new ‘condition’.

“Your vulnerability to the sun light will fade,” Lilith assured him. “You just have to give it time.”

“It’s hard to do business when I can’t go out in the daytime.”

“Sheesh, you’re a workaholic. Just don’t overdo it. The changes are still going through their cycles. It isn’t instantaneous. You might want to tell your family, though. I mean, not to be rude, but you’re pasty as hell and the fangs? They show, trust me.”

Meanwhile, Lauren was frustrated. She had been trying to teach Claude to talk for awhile now with no success. She knew that he wanted to see Gordon, but that wasn’t possible right now. He wasn’t home. She sighed and took a break. Leaving her in a house with three children? Not cool.

Of course, Elena was enjoying her freedom. Gordon probably would not have taken a particular liking to the fact that she had Fou-Lu Yu in her room. She wasn’t untrustworthy, but everyone knew that teenage hormones turned good-natured children into beasts from hell.

Elena wasn’t sure why she liked Fou-Lu. They had been friends forever, but he was a little too lazy and carefree for Elena’s usual tastes. So why did she feel the way she did? It didn’t make any rational sense.

He had his moments, though. He would play her violin while she worked on backlogged homework. He was better than her, music was a natural talent with the Yu family. Fou-Lu’s own uncle Shang is a rock musician and Tsung had dabbled a bit in the violin professionally. She wasn’t envious, though. It calmed her and helped her get through the work quicker.

For being so driven to succeed, Elena sure did end up falling behind on a lot of things.

Gordon popped up at night, nearly scaring Tracey to death. The change in him was immediately noticeable, dark tan skin suddenly pasty white and the way he moved was completely unnatural. He explained to her his plan quickly as he could, as he could see she was ready to pass out.

“It just doesn’t make any logical sense to me,” Lauren lamented, unable to wrap her mind around what exactly Gordon was plotting. “How does not being able to see your family during the day help?”

“That will change with time,” Gordon said, completely confident. “Don’t question my plans, Lauren. I warned you before you even started talking about marriage.”

Lauren sighed, “I know, it’s just… I can’t understand how you could ever want to outlive your children.”

“Perhaps not… which is why it is better we stick to things we have a common understanding in.” He said suggestively.

Michael’s birthday came soon after and as he grew up, they realized that there were hints of Tracey there. Especially with his proclaimed desire to have a family. Michael was quiet still, that didn’t change at all, but he was more jovial when he spoke. After Gordon had revealed himself, Michael wasn’t sure what to think or what to say. A vampire? He hadn’t even thought they were real until that moment.

He and Elena managed to work through their own confusion together. They were more like siblings than most siblings with their close bond and eerie understanding.

Claude was very similar Michael, except where Michael was shy, Claude was the most friendly and talkative person you could ever hope to meet. He was also intensely curious. He constantly followed Gordon around, asking him questions. While Gordon wanted to be annoyed, he couldn’t. Claude was still a child and his questions were harmless. He entertained them until Claude got bored and wandered off.

Lord Snow and Princess had three puppies; Rob, Sansa, and Arya. While they remained in the basement, they definitely made the house more lively. Gordon made sure that no one got attached to the puppies, as they would leaving as soon as they were old enough. It was up to them to find good homes for them. Claude wasn’t pleased with this, he enjoyed running around and chasing the hyperactive puppies.

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Note from Mao: Yay, my first litter of puppies in this hood! And yes, Gordon is a Vampire, now referred to as ‘Vampire Gordon’ anytime I talk to my fiance or Christina on Xfire. Mostly because Vampire Gordon insists of visiting all my community lots with his vampire buddies and trying to get protection money, LOL! That or he’s meeting Roman Anderson in shady places. My sims are so strange.

August 2, 2008

Yu – Round 17: ‘You Turn The Screws, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:33 pm

Tsung and Lilith Yu are happy with their lives, even if they have a few little secrets.  Zhou is ready to get out of the crazy house and head to University while Fou-Lu can’t wait to become a teen.

Lilith was surprised when Kate dropped by for a visit.  She knew it had to be because her younger sister wanted something.  That was the only time she contacted Lilith.  Sure enough, she had questions that needed answers about the lamp.

“It didn’t work,” Kate said, anguished.  “I’m supposed to be pregnant and I’m not.  Katarina had a baby, Lilith.  Shang’s baby.”

“Color me surprised,” Lilith remarked, clearly the opposite.  “Look, Kate, what do you want me to do?  Scold the lamp?  And how do you know it was the lamp’s fault?  You probably weren’t clear enough when you wished.”

Kate blinked.  Clearly she hadn’t thought of that.  “Um… I was!  I’m sure of it.”

“Right, well, maybe you should go.  The last thing I need is mom coming here and yelling at me for giving you the lamp.”

Zhou, meanwhile, was downtown exploring Aperture a bit before heading off to University.  Being a technical adult had given him some freedoms otherwise unavailable.  It wasn’t that great and while he spoke with a few females, none of them piqued his interest.  In fact, some of them were downright ridiculous.  He’d seen River wear some ridiculous things, but that snow leopard hat was a bit much for anyone.

Tsung wasn’t worried about Zhou, he knew that despite having his mother’s attitude, he’d succeed just fine.  Provided he quit bullying everything.  Even Lilith still had that problem.  It was Fou-Lu that made him concerned, the boy spent way too much time on the phone, even for a pre-teen.  When Tsung was a boy, he was doing stuff… not hanging out on the phone all day.  It was almost impossible to receive any calls at home, Fou-Lu was always hogging up the line.

He tried to talk to Lilith about it, but she just laughed and said he was talking to his soon-to-be-girlfriend Elena.  Tsung was puzzled at this.

It wasn’t until Fou-Lu’s birthday came around that Tsung realized who Elena was.  She was Gordon’s adopted daughter.  Tsung didn’t know enough about Elena to judge her suitability for his son and heir, but he was sure that Gordon’s influence on her wasn’t a bad thing.

Fou-Lu couldn’t have cared less what Tsung thought, he was in love.  He and Elena had been close ever since they were children and even if she was a little bossy sometimes, and maybe a bit too driven, he was smitten.

When he wasn’t with Elena–which wasn’t very often–he was hanging out with his friend Basil Saunders.  They enjoyed playing video games together and generally slacking off.  Basil shared his plans to ditch University and just hang out at his house.  Fou-Lu saw some merit to that, but knew that Elena would drop him like a bad habit if he so much as mentioned it, so instead he kept his interest a quiet one and continued beating Basil’s butt into the floor.

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Note from Mao: Not much happening here.  Fou-Lu and Elena were only a matter of time, I wasn’t surprised when they had two bolts with zero tweaking from me.  Poor Zhou, he’s still so puzzled over River’s rebuff.  We’ll see how things go in Uni…

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