Boreal Springs

March 31, 2008

Saunders – Round 10: ‘Family Business, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 3:11 pm

Henry Saunders is blissfully oblivious as to the nature of his wife, Janine’s, job. He’s also completely unaware that their son, Gordon, wants desperately to follow in her shoes.

 

Janine talks to Florence

Florence had stopped by to visit her mother, completely oblivious as to what awaited her. Janine had phoned her an hour earlier, telling her to stop by, that they needed to have a talk. It wasn’t an easy thing to do, but Janine couldn’t stand to let Florence continue living a lie. Of course, Florence didn’t believe her.

“That’s ridiculous,” Florence scoffed. “Shaniqua wouldn’t do that.”

“I’m sure you want to believe that,” Janine pressed on cautiously. “I just thought you should know.”

“Thanks, mom, but you’re wrong. She wouldn’t do that.”

Gordon is determined

Gordon, meanwhile, hadn’t given up on his hopes of taking over the ‘family business’. He was quite into fitness and spent most of his days working on his flexibility. Sitting on top of the heap allowed you to send minions to do your bidding, but Gordon knew how dangerous it was. He wanted to be able to dispose of anyone who would dare try to cause him harm.

He wasn’t aware that his mother had an edge because of her ex-husband, Thomas.

Gordon gets an A+

Gordon was beyond pleased when he received his straight A report card. He quickly showed it off to Janine, trumpeting his ability to keep in tip-top-shape while maintaining his grade average. She was suitably impressed.

“Can you see I’m serious now?”

Janine sighed, “Gordon, you don’t know what you’re saying–”

“Yes, I do and I won’t stop until I prove that to you!”

Gordon proves his worth

And prove it he did. Janine decided to play along, figuring he’d drop out the harder she pressed him, but he didn’t. In fact, he excelled at every task put upon him. He scaled the obstacle course like it was nothing at all, scarcely losing a breath all the while. He was a born natural, flexible and agile as a monkey and cunning, too. Her sweet little boy wasn’t quite as sweet and innocent as he claimed to be.

Janine had no choice now. Gordon was her son, and she would never wish him harm… but he was perfect. There was no other option.

Gordon hangs out with Shang

When he wasn’t training to be the next criminal mastermind, Gordon hung out with Tsung’s younger brother Shang. While Tsung and Gordon were best friends, Tsung had left for University early, leaving him alone. Shang wasn’t too bad, they would often just sit around watching TV. Shang wanted desperately to be a rock star and spent a lot of time concentrating on music videos and trends.

Gordon, meanwhile, wondered if it would be to his benefit to extend his mother’s influence into the music business. Just think of how much power that would add to their arsenal…

March 25, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 9: ‘Every You, Every Me, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:00 am

Florence Anderson is happily oblivious to the confusion her significant other of many years, Shaniqua Saunders, is experiencing. Of the twin aliens, Lilith finds herself having issue coping with both the death of her boyfriend and witnessing the entire sordid thing. Nathaniel is a little more easy-going, though admittedly, is worried about his sibling. Kate is about the only normal one in the family.

 

Florence and Shaniqua talk to Lilith

After the incident that occurred at the Saunders house resulting in the death of Chuck Saunders, Florence and Shaniqua sat Lilith down. She had spent a week at an institution an hour away in the city in hopes of helping her deal with the situation. It didn’t seem to work very well. When she returned, she didn’t say a word to anyone.

Florence and Shaniqua tried to be reassuring, but it was of no use. Lilith just looked at them. Every now and again, she’d nod. Eventually they gave up and let her go off to her room.

Sara hangs out with Nathaniel

Even Sara found that talking to Lilith was useless. She never talked back and she just looked annoyed. It was quite difficult for Sara, as Lilith was her best friend… her only real friend, actually. One day, as she left Lilith’s room defeated, Nathaniel stopped her. Apparently Lilith had been doing this to everyone and he told her not to take it too badly. It wasn’t personal, Lilith was just dealing.

He asked Sara to help him practice (Lilith usually did), and of course, she agreed.

Nathaniel and Sara talk

It became a daily thing after that, Sara coming over and helping Nathaniel out. She had gotten better and was actually able to block a few of his kicks and make him work for goals. Lilith still refused to talk, so Sara found she spent a lot of time with Nathaniel. While she didn’t fool herself into thinking he saw her as anything but ‘one of the guys’, she still enjoyed being around him.

He was nice to her, too. Well, more so than usual. Likely because she was helping him out. Nathaniel was never mean, no. But he paid more attention to Sara. It made it more difficult to deal with the fact that Nathaniel and Lilith would be going to University without her.

Lilith ponders

Meanwhile, Lilith spent a lot of time in quiet contemplation. What she had seen had really jarred her. How many people could say they stood face-to-face with death? No one, probably. It made Lilith think about things she’d never thought about before–life, death, the paranormal. What other things were out there, waiting to be discovered?

She also thought about Damien and what it might be like to lose your twin. While Nathaniel annoyed her, she couldn’t imagine being without him. He was her twin, they were two halves to the same whole. She felt bad for ignoring everyone, especially him and Sara, but she just needed time to think and ponder and question.

Lilith seeks the stars

When she was sure everyone was asleep, she would sneak outside and gaze up at the stars. She often wondered where she came from. She was an alien, after all, and not completely of this world. What was her true purpose? Maybe she saw things others didn’t because she was an alien. She wished Nathaniel took his differences a bit more seriously, so they could talk about it, but he didn’t. He preferred to be normal and blend in and not question.

Shaniqua is fulfilled

Shaniqua came home one day feeling completely fulfilled. She had completed her life’s goal and she couldn’t have felt better. It was almost as if she was walking on air. In fact, she felt so amazing that she dared to do what she had been thinking about for days.

March 16, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 8: ‘Something Different, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 5:39 pm

Florence Anderson and Shaniqua Saunders have an… interesting relationship. Can their daughter Kate keep Shaniqua from straying? Will the alien twins, Nathaniel and Lilith, find their way amidst the neighborhood drama?

 

Lilith and Sara play video games

Lilith and Sara sat in the Anderson living room enjoying their daily, after-school gaming session. Sara couldn’t concentrate and it was obvious. She usually put up more of a fight and Lilith was quite disappointed.

“Pay attention, Sara!”

“Sorry,” Sara shifted nervously against the cushion. “Where’s Nathaniel at, anyway?”

Lilith rolled her eyes, “like I care. Hey, HEY! What are you doing? Pay attention!”

“Sorry, maybe we should quit for now. I can’t focus.”

“Fine,” Lilith relented, giving her friend an odd look. “And why do you keep asking about my stupid brother? Do you have a crush on him or something? That’s stupid and gross. He only likes girls who actually look like girls, Sara.”

It was meant as a good-natured barb, but it stung a bit more than Sara could vocalize.

Sara is alone

Nathaniel entered not long after their abandoned game with Damien Saunders in toe. Damien had come to see Lilith, of course. The two were fiercely devoted rivals when it came to video games. They went off to chat, leaving Sara alone. While she pretended not to notice, she knew that Nathaniel had moved from the door and to the couch. He was staring absently at the TV while Sara shut off the game console.

Talking to Nathaniel when they were kids was easy, but now? Sara wanted to run away and hide. She’d say something stupid or not-girly… like always.

Nathaniel challenges Sara

Unfortunately for Sara, Nathaniel had other plans. He approached Sara when she moved to leave and stopped her.

“Lilith says you’re going to try out for the girl’s soccer team,” he began, grinning. “Since when can girls play sports?”

At this, Sara forgot all about her nervousness. Instead, her pride took over and she replied confidently, “excuse me? Women can do anything that a man can, and sometimes better. Maybe I’m better than you at soccer, huh?”

That was a really, really stupid thing to say. Nathaniel was extremely good at sports and in just about every team he had time for amidst his academics. There was absolutely no way Sara was better.

“Hollow threats, hollow threats,” he laughed, waving her off. Just like he would ‘one of the guys’… Sara hated that. She did have boobs… somewhere beneath her clothing. Hidden, quite well, too. But they were there! She was female!

Nathaniel continues to challenge Sara

The conversation continued at dinner the next day. Sara spent a lot of time at Lilith’s house–she hated being around all the baby insanity at her own. Her mother and father finally revealed it wasn’t going to be one baby… but two. The thought made her want to crawl in a hole and disappear. The Saunders twins were visiting, too. Chuck seemed to be coming around a lot lately…

“Hey, sis,” Nathaniel called out as Lilith passed by. “What are you teaching Sara? She says she can beat me at soccer, but she won’t put her money where her mouth is.”

Lilith ignore his charismatic and good-natured grin, countering with a sneer from the depths of the darkest reaches, “leave Sara alone or I’ll smear this spaghetti all over your pretty girl face.”

Sara fidgeted nervously, “no… no… it’s okay. I’ll do it.”

Lilith was shocked, but Nathaniel just smiled: “Good! We’ve got a net outback… tomorrow is Saturday. Come over at lunch.”

Nathaniel beats Sara

Sara did as Nathaniel said and was over at the Anderson house at exactly noon. Unfortunately for her, Nathaniel was ready and they were off to the net. It was simple enough–get a ball past him and he’d accept that maybe a girl could play sports past waving pom-poms around.

He caught everything she kicked. It didn’t even look like he was struggling, really. Which just infuriated her all the more. He smiled the entire time–smug and amused. If he saw her as a real girl, he’d probably be apologetic or mess up on purpose. But no, Sara was ‘one of the guys’. Well, fine then, Sara thought.

Sara summoned all her strength and sent the ball hurdling forward. Nathaniel caught it all right, with his skull. He was knocked out for five minutes. Sara was mortified! She had missed completely and given him a concussion.

Lilith gives Chuck a noogie

Sara looked to Lilith for comfort, but Lilith was too busy abusing Chuck. Sara wasn’t quite sure why her half-brother seemed to be so intent on ‘getting’ Lilith. She wasn’t exactly what you’d called a ‘good catch’ when it came to a womanizer like Chuck. Maybe it was the thrill of the chase? Whatever it was, it meant someone saw Lilith as a real girl… and Sara was still just ‘one of the guys’.

She left quietly and decided not to try out for soccer after all. Maybe basketball would be less dangerous?

Shaniqua cares for Kate

Meanwhile, Shaniqua tried to distract herself by caring for Kate. She’d been having thoughts of giving her new friend a call. Seeing Kate and holding her seemed to make the temptation go away. What would happen to little Kate if Florence caught Shaniqua? She remembered what happened when her mother ran off…

For now, Shaniqua would resist the temptation. She just hoped Florence didn’t suspect anything.

Kaye is a child

Despite the weirdness that surrounded her on a daily basis, Kate’s birthday went by easily. She was a cute and creative toddler. She enjoyed drawing pictures, catching butterflies, and just being a kid. She didn’t really notice any of the tension that surrounded her.

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.

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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 7, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 7: ‘Every You, Every Me, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 10:53 am

Florence Anderson and Shaniqua Saunders are an odd couple, but so far, they’ve made it work. The twins, Nathaniel and Lilith, are quickly approaching teenhood. Can the family keep it together through the end of Florence’s pregnancy?

 

Nathaniel and Lilith rake leaves

While Nathaniel and Lilith got along, they had their rivalries. Lilith seemed set to prove that she was better than Nathaniel–even if he did have pointed ears and a ‘pretty’ face. While Florence had tasked them with raking up the leaves, it became a heated battle of who could do it faster. It eventually ended in an epic battle of leaves that had the entire lawn covered. Florence was not pleased and neither was Lilith–there was no definitive winner.

Lilith talks to Tsung

Of course, the rivalry wasn’t helped any by Tsung Yu. He and Nathaniel had become friends and so he often visited. He was always quick to shoot Lilith down, too. Nathaniel usually just shrugged her off, but Tsung fought back. They argued about everything and Tsung always seemed to win.

Lilith wasn’t very happy about being beaten by someone younger than her.

Kate Anderson

Florence eventually gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Kate. Shaniqua’s weird moods had lessened some and she seemed happy to receive the little bundle of joy. Of course, that was probably helped by the fact that Kate definitely took after the Saunders side of the family.

While Nathaniel found the baby cute, Lilith was a bit more standoffish. She muttered something resembling, “great, more competition” before wandering off. Florence was becoming worried–the twins’ teen birthdays were fast approaching and Lilith was becoming a troublesome child.

Shaniqua talks to Jun

While Florence was worrying about Lilith, Shaniqua was becoming better friends with Jun Yu. While the kids were at school and Florence was at work, Shaniqua would invite her over. They mostly just gossiped–Jun wasn’t into girls and Shaniqua was just happy to have someone who wasn’t all ‘babies, responsibility, babies, bla, bla’. Jun joking told Shaniqua she picked wrong–girls were awful choices for cash cows. She needed to find a rich man.

Shaniqua didn’t agree–she loved Florence, in her own, special way. But she couldn’t dismiss the unhappiness that welled within her. She listened to jun, but she never took her advice. Men weren’t that great and besides, she was pretty much related to all the ones in the little burb.

Kate is a toddler

Kate grew into a charming little toddler who looked like she might take after Shaniqua. Both of her parents were involved in her learning, though Florence was more adamant about it. Shaniqua wanted to dress her up, but after the fiasco with the twins, Florence quickly shot down that idea. Despite her odd way of coming into the world, Kate was a healthy and normal little girl.

Of course, after Kate’s birthday came the twin’s…

Lilith is a teen

Lilith found being a teenager enabled her to express herself fully. While Florence was dubious about her choice of hair, Shaniqua was a bit more supportive. Lilith’s grades were fine, but the Academy had sent several notices home saying she was disagreeable and had nearly started fights with several people. Very opinionated and open about it, Lilith found not everyone was so easily to intimidate.

At least she could still kick Nathaniel’s butt at video games.

(Her shirt says, “a city built on rock n’ roll is structurally unsound.”)

Nathaniel is a teen

Of course, Nathaniel continued to be Lilith’s polar opposite–easy-going, and good-natured, Nathaniel fit in easily with his peers. He continued to shrug off Lilith’s silly attempts to prove she was ‘better’ (he honestly didn’t get why it mattered), and focused more on his future. He wanted to go to college so he could get a good job and make lots of money.

Until then, he needed to work on his video game skills.

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Note from Mao: For those wondering, Lilith is a Pleasure sim and Nathaniel is Fortune. Once again, my fiance named Kate. Not much to say about this update other than… doesn’t Lilith look fantastic? Girl after my own heart, ha! (need to get around to trying silver again…)  Oh, and I will be semi-absent from the web while my fiance is visiting.  Updates should continue, given how much I’ve played, but not as frequent as everday!

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’.

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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.

March 1, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 7: ‘Little Secrets, Pt. 2′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 3:42 pm

Mary O`Hanlon and Gina Saunders have been successful so far, but can they keep the secret of Mary’s illegitimate child from reaching the rest of the neighborhood?

 

Mary looks at Sara

Mary pretended to be reading her paper, but she was really looking at Sara. Her birthday and come and gone and now it was even more obvious she was a Saunders. Jokingly, Gina had said that Sara looked more like her kid than Mary’s. Of course, that wasn’t entirely true, as Sara had Mary’s blonde hair and green eyes.

She was almost a carbon-copy of her father when it came to her facial features, however.

Florence visits

Even when Florence dropped by for a surprise visit with the twins, all Mary could think about was Sara. Florence had briefed the twins prior to visiting, so it was safe. It was surprising how much Florence had changed since University–she could still be serious, but she had lightened up considerably. Lately, it seemed like Shaniqua was the one always on edge.

Of course, this was never discussed. It was just easier to let things go and pretend they didn’t exist. Shaniqua was not with Florence when she visited–she was at work… supposedly.

Gina talks to Florence

“Lookin’ big there,” Gina greeted with a smile. “How long now?”

“Too long,” Florence replied with a heavy sigh. “When did I take a turn down Family lane, Gina? This is nuts.”

“You’re the one who signed up for the testing. Speaking of which, how did Shaniqua take it? I see she’s not with you.”

Florence shook her head, “lets just say… she doesn’t remember signing the documents. I know I should have talked to her before I had it done, but we really needed the money and the success rate was dismally low.”

“Don’t worry about it,” Gina said, guiding Florence over to the couch. “Have a seat and relax while we preoccupy your rugrats!” As if on cue, Nathaniel ran past chasing Lady out the door.

Mary tells Lilith about Sara

Mary found Lilith in Sara’s room playing with her. While she trusted Florence to inform the twins of the situation, she wanted to make sure Lilith completely understood. As she chatted with the young girl, Sara made her escape. Hearing the door creak behind her, Mary cut off her lecture and ran off after the toddler.

Mary debates calling Derek

After Florence’s visit, Mary found herself exceedingly worried. She would often stare at the phone, wondering what would happen if she made the call. Sometimes she even went over and picked it up. She always set it back down before she could dial the numbers, though. Calling would be a disaster. Sara’s birthday was fast-approaching and she’d be a child.

It just felt like it was too late and that Mary had gone this far with the ruse, so why not continue? She also didn’t want to disrupt the life of the little boys she knew Katy had. It would be wrong to tear them apart. Of course, Mary hadn’t anticipated that once Sara was a child, she could also use the phone.

Sara talks to Derek

“What? Auntie G is at work.” Sara cried into the receiver, her green eyes narrowing. “No, mommy is busy.” She rolled her eyes. “Yeah–busy. Who’s this, anyway? Huh? I don’t know you. Mommy says I shouldn’t talk to strangers.” Suddenly, her eyes lit up. “Saunders? Derek Saunders? Well, even if you are my Uncle, I can’t let you talk to mommy. She’s sleepin’. Call later. Bye bye.”

February 29, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 6: ‘Every You, Every Me, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:42 pm

Florence Anderson and Shaniqua Saunders are two very different people who somehow found love. Can they maintain their relationship while raising the twins, Nathaniel and Lilith, the result of Florence’s abduction?

 

Shaniqua cleans the counter

Shaniqua Saunders let out a long sigh as she scrubbed the grime off the counter top. When Florence had originally pitched the idea of moving in together after University, Shaniqua had visions of a carefree life. Unfortunately, that went to the wind when Florence ended up alien pregnant. The twins were adorable and Shaniqua enjoyed them, but the life of a ‘house frau’ wasn’t meant for her.

She was meant for fun and excitement, not figuring out which detergent cuts through grass stains or how to remove scuff marks from hardwood floors. Perhaps if her job were a little more demanding, she wouldn’t be stuck acting the maid, but it was easy-street and Shaniqua had a lot of time on her hands.

Florence cuddles Lilith

Shaniqua’s argument was rather one-sided, as Florence did just as much as she did with a full-time job. Florence had to take care of Alyssa as a youth, so taking care of the twins came naturally to her. The transition wasn’t so easy with Shaniqua. They were walking, talking troublemakers! Florence was away all day, she didn’t have any idea of the kind of carnage the twins could cause in just one afternoon alone!

Lilith is a child

It became even worse when the twins had their birthday and became capable of even more mischief. Lilith was the worst! She was truly an ‘evil mastermind’ and her brother was just a little puppet on her strings. She would grow up to be quite the domineering woman, Shaniqua had no doubt about that. She definitely took after Florence when it came to being ‘moody’, too. She was meaner than a starving lion!

She teased her poor brother mercilessly, calling him a ‘girl’. Lilith was rather plain looking, while Nathaniel seemed to get the best of the genes…

Nathaniel is a child

Nathaniel, unlike his sister, was kind and considerate. He was quiet and shy until he got to know you, then he would talk about obscure things–mostly animals and bugs. He took his twin sister’s ribbing in stride, replying that she was just jealous because she looked like a boy.

Despite their arguments, the twins did everything together. Nathaniel was very easy-going and followed along with Lilith’s schemes.

Shaniqua chats up the headmaster

Florence desperately wanted the twins to enroll in the Academy, but found the entrance dinner a bit too much. A mishap with the pork chops caused them to fall all over the headmaster’s lap. He was hardly impressed. Florence left to sulk in her room while Shaniqua ran damage control. She knew how much it meant to Florence and she hated to see her disappointed.

So, for the first time in years, Shaniqua used her charms on a man. Surprisingly, it was new and exhilarating. She didn’t feel repulsed or confused by it. Instead… it made her feel good in a way only Florence had. It troubled her, but she pushed it to the back of her mind when the headmaster shook her hand and accepted the twins. Shaniqua was hardly surprised he had managed to slip her his number during the handshake.

When Florence inquired how she did it, Shaniqua simply said they had a nice chat and left it at that.

Nathaniel cuddles Lord Frey

“You’re such a girl! Only girls like cats,” Lilith said, giving her brother a nasty look.

“You’re just jealous because he hisses at you,” Nathaniel replied, grinning. “If you’d be nice to him, maybe he’d let you pet him.”

Lilith rolled her eyes, “who says I wanna bother with stupid cats?”

“Suit yourself.”

The Anderson girls have dinner

While the twins were busying themselves, Florence spent her time entertaining her mother and sister. They often gathered at her house to chat, as it was neutral ground and Thomas had no qualms with Alyssa visiting Florence. As they sat chatting over pie, Florence brought up Alyssa’s misuse of poor Ryu Yu to their mother Janine.

“Alyssa, is this true?” Janine said, giving her a look. “Ryu is your step-brother, Alyssa. You… you can’t date him.”

Alyssa rolled her eyes and gave a dramatic sigh, “I’m not dating him, mom. He’s my minion–all ‘it’ girls need minions. The fact that he’s my step-brother makes him perfect, ’cause he’ll never want to date me.”

“What is that man teaching you?” Janine said, shaking her head. “You can’t do that, Alyssa. That’s not right. Other people are not your slaves.”

Florence is busted

“Oh, whatever,” Alyssa replied, sticking out her tongue. “Why are we talking about me, anyway? You should be asking Florence when she was going to tell us she’s pregnant!

“What?” Janine and Florence said in unison. If Shaniqua heard, she didn’t say anything.

“Puh-lease,” Alyssa snorted derisively. “It’s so obvious–you’re all bloated and icky looking. What did you do? Sign up for that fertilization testing stuff?” When they both gave her a look, she quickly added: “daddy made me read it–he says a mayor has to know about that stuff.”

Florence swallowed, watching Shaniqua. Shaniqua said nothing, she finished washing and simply walked away. Janine placed her hand over Florence’s sympathetically and gave Alyssa a terrible look.  Alyssa simply shrugged and said:

“Oh come on, you couldn’t hide it forever!”

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Note from Mao: I am in love with the twins. Their personalities just came so easily. Expect to see a lot of them (and Alyssa, too, I adore her even if she’s a total witch). And YES Alyssa really did out Florence. I had no idea she was pregnant NOR did I realize I had the same-sex pregnancy hack! Florence, Janine, and Alyssa were chatting when Alyssa’s bubble popped up that pacifier that only appears when a sim is pregnant. I nearly freaked. Florence’s belly popped that night. Sheesh…

February 23, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 5: ‘It Takes Two’

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:00 pm

Anderson 2 at Round 5

Florence Anderson and Shaniqua Saunders met at University. The definition of a ‘opposites attract’, can these two stick together through Florence’s otherworldly pregnancy?

 

Shaniqua says 'hi' to the unborn

Shaniqua didn’t waste any time joining Florence after graduation. She moved in and while the idea of Florence being pregnant with aliens was a bit bizarre, she couldn’t help but think it was perfect for their situation. Babies were fun! And these would be purple with pointy ears–even more fun!

Florence worried that Shaniqua really didn’t understand the gravity of the situation, but it was hard to dissuade her. She seemed to happy to talk to Florence’s stomach–she didn’t have the heart to mention her worries.

Florence warns Shaniqua

One day, while they were having lunch, Florence felt it was best to warn Shaniqua of their impending visitors. The neighborhood had been in a whirl lately–what with Thomas and Janine’s divorce, Jun moving in and Janine staying with Henry.

“Our parents are coming over,” Florence said as Shaniqua rose from her seat. “I hope you don’t mind.”

“I still have to tell dad,” Shaniqua said with a sigh. “He thinks we’re just roommates…”

“What? I thought you told him!”

“I meant to, but with all the chaos, I just kinda… forgot. I’ll do it today, though, I promise.”

Shaniqua, Florence, Janine, and Henry

Janine, of course, already knew. She had visited with Florence when she first returned to Boreal Springs and they had a nice, long talk. Janine was a little worried that Florence would be upset about the divorce, but it was quite the opposite. Florence confessed she kinda knew what was up, but could never find any proof.

Shaniqua was true to her word, she confessed to Henry. He took it surprisingly well, laughing, and saying: “Well, I did tell you to stay away from boys…”

It was a pleasant visit and both parents mooned over Florence’s belly.

Ryu talks to Shaniqua

Ryu even stopped by, Shaniqua was his big half-sis, after all. More importantly, she knew a lot about girls. He definitely needed her help. He confided in her about Alyssa Anderson. Shaniqua couldn’t help but wonder how messed up their family tree was going to be when it was all said and done.

She gave him the best advice she could, having dealt with an Anderson woman herself, and sent Ryu on his way. She was worried, of course. Florence had told her about Alyssa–who kept meaning to visit, but was busy–and Shaniqua wasn’t sure Ryu fully realized the dangerous line he was treading. The Saunders and Anderson families had a weird relationship.

Florence is bored

Florence found herself quite bored being pregnant. She couldn’t go to work and sitting down for long periods of time was out of the question, so she couldn’t work on her quest for more knowledge, either. She wandered around the house, tending to the plants and trying to find something productive to do. Knowledge sims just weren’t meant to be pregnant.

Finally, the day came and Florence was surprised when she gave birth to not one, but two, alien babies.

Lilith Anderson

The first was Lilith Anderson. She had her mother’s eyes, but everything else about her was alien.

Nathaniel Anderson

Her twin brother, Nathaniel, followed the same pattern. They were both very cute, though. And very cooperative babies!

Shaniqua feeds Nathaniel

Florence and Shaniqua found that it worked out best if they went in shifts. Florence worked during the day while Shaniqua was home, she cared for them. It was surprisingly easy, the babies were very agreeable. Shaniqua enjoyed their cute little purple faces and tiny pointed ears. They were definitely aliens.

She idly wondered if they’d show any of Florence’s traits–past her eye color–as they grew older.

Florence cares for Lilith

Florence was a natural mother–she had taken care of her younger sister Alyssa. She tended to the babies at night while Shaniqua was working. At first, it was odd waking every few hours, but she got used to it. It was surprisingly comforting to hold the little babies in her arms and cuddle them.

They were aliens, but they were cute and they had a part of her. That was all that mattered.

Shaniqua plays with Lilith

Finally, the twin’s became toddlers and it was much easier to tell them apart. They were still very similar though, and did very similar things. If it weren’t for their different clothes and gender, it would still be very difficult to tell them apart. Lilith was quite fond of giggling, though. She loved to be tickled, much to Shaniqua’s joy. She insisted on fussing with her hair and putting the cute little bow in it… even if Lilith just pulled it right out and started chewing on it.

Nathaniel is a toddler

While the twins were very similar, Nathaniel was a bit more of a loner. He liked to be cuddled, but not nearly as much as his twin sister, Lilith. He much preferred to be off on his own, hammering on the xylophone or getting into trouble. That didn’t stop Shaniqua from dressing him up, though. They later found the cute little yellow scarf clogging the toilet. Florence was not nearly as amused as Shaniqua.

Lord Frey sees a fly

Shaniqua and Florence agreed that maybe the twins would like a little pet and so they adopted Lord Frey. When Shaniqua inquired about the silly name, Florence just laughed and said it was from a book she’d read.

——-

Note from Mao: Yes, twins, AGAIN! Why am I not surprised? This always happens to me… Anyway, it seems weird that the twins are toddlers already, but that was truly four days of playing. They are so cute! I’m disappointed they don’t have alien eyes, but they remind me of my alien hood this way (RIP, sigh)… Oh, and I’ve decided all pet names will be obscure references to books, tv, etc. And again, my fiance named the twins, lol. I don’t think there’s any Matrix reference hidden there this time.

February 22, 2008

Yu – Round 5: ‘Bringing Life’

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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…’

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