Boreal Springs

April 20, 2008

Saunders – Round 12: ‘Family Business, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:11 pm

Henry Saunders is nearing the end of his life and his wife, Janine, isn’t too far behind. Damien has taken over the house, but he and his wife, Aiyana, have had trouble producing an heir. Will Henry live to see his name carried on or will Damien fail to pass on his namesake?

Aiyana Saunders awoke to a strange feeling that gurgled in the pit of her stomach. Before she knew it, she launched out of bed and ran for the nearest toilet. After paying homage to the porcelain gods with last night’s supper, Aiyana decided that perhaps it would be wise to invest in a pregnancy test.

While her granddaughter-in-law was puking, Janine was busy at the computer. Her life was nearing its end, this much was certain. Her last physical had revealed some unpleasant growths. Janine felt old and tired, so she didn’t bother furthering the diagnosis. She was ready to move on and tired of living a constant lie. Unfortunately, in order to do so, she had to pass the burden onto her son, Gordon.

She wouldn’t be able to teach him everything and she was certain Thomas had his own motives, so Janine devised a plan. She began typing up a ‘manual’ of sorts for Gordon. She spent every waking hour at the computer, typing until her finger tips felt numb.

Aiyana, meanwhile, had scheduled a doctor’s visit after her test came out positive. She returned home with happy news–she was indeed pregnant. Damien, of course, was relieved. He knew that Henry was getting old and he wanted desperately for him to see the child born. While Derek was Damien’s real father, Henry had been more of a father-figure to him than anyone else. He and Janine had been there with him every step after Chuck’s unfortunate passing.

Aiyana was happy, too, but very nervous. She’d never been very good with babies. Perhaps she should study up?

One night, while Aiyana was browsing various parenting websites, she came across a strange file on the computer. She wasn’t very computer literate, having grown up in a commune, so when she accidentally minimized her browser, she began frantically clicking in an effort to get it back. She ended up opening a folder on the desktop that Janine had forgotten to lock. Laid out before her in text was a manual of crime. Aiyana blinked and panicked, closing the window.

Damien, who was washing the windows, gave her a strange look, “are you all right?”

Aiyana froze, unsure of what to say. Was her pregnancy making her crazy? Maybe her hormones were acting up, that’s all. She hadn’t seen that! “Y-Yeah… just spooked. A pop-up ad. Annoying, huh?”

He shrugged and continued scrubbing. Aiyana shut down the computer. That was enough oddities for one night.

Janine eventually finished her manual, unaware that Aiyana had seen it. She invited Gordon over one day and pulled him into an empty room. As the book left her hands, she knew that it was indicative of passing on her weight to her son. He smiled.

“What’s this? Don’t trust Thomas?”

“He’s my ex-husband, sweetie,” Janine replied, shaking her head. “Never trust an ex.”

“Of course, I knew better… but thanks.”

Janine gave him a look, “don’t go into this thinking you know everything, Gordon. Even you can’t prepare or weasel your way out of everything. You have to be careful. No one can ever know about this… about you…”

“What about you?”

“It won’t matter,” Janine smiled sadly. “I’ll be gone soon. The trail will hopefully end with me. Just promise me you’ll be careful.”

“I will, I promise.”

April 9, 2008

Saunders – Round 11: ‘The Next Generation’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 8:56 pm

Henry Saunders has led a tumultuous life, but he’s got plenty of children and even more grandchildren, so he’s happy. Janine is still struggling with her life of crime, but her time is short. Damien returns from University with his fiance, Aiyana Lam, to take over the house in his father, Derek’s, stead.

 

Damien and Aiyana's wedding

Damien and Aiyana were married in an outside ceremony. A great majority of the neighborhood attended, but their minds weren’t all on the wedding playing out before them. Gathering so many people into a large group is sure to bring about problems. Sara had to make sure to avoid Nathaniel and did so by making Gordon sit with her. Tsung gave Lilith no space, taking the seat beside her. Derek nearly jumped out of his skin when Ryu sat next to him.

The entire ceremony was riddled with tension, but the happy newlyweds hardly noticed.

Damien and Aiyana's wedding 2

They were oblivious to the problems that surrounded them, too lost in their own wedded bliss to care. They were truly a ‘power couple’, completely enveloped in one another. It was a rare thing these days, especially in Boreal Springs, and so it was rightfully celebrated. Everyone pooled together their collective composures and applauded the union.

Aiyana sews

Aiyana kept herself busy with sewing. She was quite skilled at it and even found herself working on custom tailored suits and gowns for Alyssa Anderson to wear during her functions. This little deal was struck during her own wedding! It turned out to be a very lucrative day.

Neither Damien nor Aiyana took jobs. They had enough money to stay afloat and were much too busy with their own endeavors to really hold down a job.

Janine works with Gordon

Janine spent her time tutoring Gordon on the finer points of being a criminal. He had a lot to learn and little time. Janine could feel her age creeping up on her. The end was near. She was too old for this, too old for the sneaking and the lying. She only hoped she could die as Janine Saunders and not the criminal personal and moniker she had come to hate. She just had to continue being careful and hope, pray, that Derek didn’t do anything hasty.

Janine and Henry

While she had spent a good part of her marriage having a strange affair with her ex-husband Thomas, there was no denying where Janine’s heart lie. It was with Henry–she loved him. Thomas was something different and dangerous, but Henry was her safety, her true love. She hated lying to him and she hated being unfaithful, but it wasn’t in her to fight it. She led two separate lives and it just started to make sense that what her criminal side did had no reflection on what Janine felt or thought.

Damien and Aiyana

Damien and Aiyana shared the same type of love, though there was no adultery or twisted affairs involved. Aiyana found Damien’s family history puzzling and troubling, but decided it had no reflection on Damien. Besides, she was weird, too. Who wasn’t? It was their awkwardness oddness that made them so perfect.

Unfortunately for Aiyana, she had no idea that her step-mother-in-law was the leader of the dreaded crime syndicate. Damien was just as clueless.

Damien and Aiyana are troubled

Despite being busy with their own hobbies and quests for knowledge… Damien and Aiyana had been trying to have children. Henry had been dropping hints since the wedding that he wanted to see grandchildren before her died. They had no problem trying, who does? But it just didn’t seem to be working.

Perhaps it was stress or just the fact of trying too hard. They decided to stop focusing so hard on it and just let be what would be.

——-

Note from Mao: I’m thankful Aiyana isn’t pregnant yet, but I’m surprised. With Inteen back, I can’t force pregnancies, my ‘Try For Baby’ is gone and only ‘WooHoo’ remains. It is randomly risky woohoo or try for baby. So, we’ll see. I really want Henry to be around for the birth–it’ll be his tenth grandchild!

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 23, 2008

Saunders – Round 9: ‘The Mystery of Chuck, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 1:51 am

Henry and Janine are elders now, but while Henry may have retired, Janine hasn’t. Will her second life keep them from enjoying their final years? And what of their son, Gordon? How will it effect him? The twins Chuck and Damien still aren’t sure who will come back and take over, but they are sure they want to head to University!

 

Chuck kisses Lilith

Chuck had spent a tremendous amount of time and effort on Lilith Anderson. So much so, that she was even starting to come around a little. Well, as around as a girl like Lilith could ever come, that is. So it wasn’t any big surprise that he finally made his move when she came over one day to beat Damien at a new game he’d bought.

To say Lilith was surprised would have been a drastic understatement.

Lilith punches Chuck

Lilith hooked him hard on the arm and sneered angrily, “what are you doing?!”

“How long are you gonna keep up the tough girl act?” Chuck retorted, surprisingly calm in the face of Lilith’s anger. “You know you like me.”

“Give me a break,” Lilith shot back. “You’re a jerk.”

“Sure, if you think so. But doesn’t that make us perfect?”

Lilith and Chuck are busy

For the next few weeks, Damien lost his gaming partner. Gordon tried to pick up the slack, but he wasn’t terribly good at video games. He much preferred to be doing something active. Lilith was too preoccupied to bother and Chuck was more than happy about the situation.

Unfortunately, all good things must eventually come to an end…

Chuck is ignited

Chuck was showing off the train set that Janine had helped him with as a kid when suddenly, it exploded into flames. Lilith cried out and jumped back, but Chuck had nowhere to run. The flames engulfed him and Lilith was forced to watch as he died a slow and agonizing death.

Lilith wasn’t quite sure what came over her, but watching someone die was hardly pleasant. It was sort of like an ‘out of body’ experience–like she was watching herself watch Chuck.

Lilith meets Death

Lilith was surprised when she saw an ethereal figure appear with a large scythe in hand. It was most certainly Death, though Lilith could swear that mortals weren’t supposed to see him. He seemed just as surprised, though he continued with his duty. There was no pleading for Chuck, as Lilith could scarcely move. She could only watch. Death had put the fire out on the train set in the midst of the confusion. Before he left, he looked at Lilith and said:

“It isn’t your time.”

When Henry finally managed to get upstairs, he was shocked to find Lilith comatose and Chuck very much burnt alive. There was nothing anyone can do to save him, he was already gone. Lilith was quite traumatized, however.

Damien is distraught

Damien was inconsolable. He lost his brother, his twin, his ‘other half’. It was like someone had taken a piece of him away. It was difficult to rationalize what had happened, as it just didn’t make any sense. Why would the train set ignite? What had he done?

First their mother had died, now Chuck was gone. It was almost as if the family was cursed. At least Katy’s death was explainable, but Chuck’s? They’d never really know what happened. Lilith had been taken away to spend a week at a facility that would hopefully help her recover from the trauma. They had been advised never to mention the incident to her again.

March 14, 2008

Saunders – Round 8: ‘Dirty Dealings, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:47 pm

Henry and Janine have reached the end of their adult lives. Can they make the best of their elder years or will the lies and mystery pass down to their son, Gordon? Chuck and Damien remained behind when Derek Saunders left to become Derek O`Hanlon. Will they grow up to be well-adjusted or just plain weird?

 

Janine plays with Chuck

Janine had to admit that it was a little odd the twins stayed behind. Henry explained that one of the twins would take over the house, so it was important that they stay. Truth be told, he felt more like the twins were his own sons instead of grandchildren. They certainly acted the part!

Chuck shared Janine’s interest in tinkering with electronics, so she brought home an old, unfinished train set. They bonded over fixing it.

Gordon plays with Tsung

Gordon, meanwhile, was too busy with his best friend Tsung Yu. The two were inseparable–especially since Nathaniel Anderson had his birthday and was off to a different school. Tsung wasn’t terribly athletic, but he did have a want to know everything, so Gordon taught him about basketball (which he learned from Henry).

While Tsung’s interest in everything was understandable, one couldn’t help but question his sudden want to know about sports. It was well-known that Lilith was a secret athlete (as was her best friend Sara)… and it was also known that Tsung and Lilith had a bit of a rivalry.

Shang plays with the twins

While his brother Tsung was too serious for the twins, Shang found them to be great company. Damien was especially gifted at video games and Shang had fun trying to keep up. Sure, the twins were older, but they befriended Shang all the same. He was ‘cool, for a little kid’, they said.

Chuck wasn’t nearly as good at the games they played, so he just watched and kept score.

Janine talks to Thomas

Janine may have crossed over to the next part of her life, but she certainly wasn’t too old for her job. In fact, she felt invigorated by her gray hairs and wizened face. She had climbed to the top and even had a task force the local authorities had made dedicated to stopping her operations. That was impossible, as Janine was too good. Her double-life allowed her the comfort of an alternate identity to hide in when the cops came sniffing around. Who would ever suspect a sweet old grandmother?

“It’s fine, Derek, I promise,” Janine assured her step-son. “Stop worrying. I took care of everything. Just keep quiet and it’ll all blow over. Yes, I’m sure. No, I don’t think Mary knows and she won’t if you act normal. Okay, all right. I’ll see you. Bye.”

Henry and Janine

Henry also entered the land of gray hair and was quite happy about it. He could now fully enjoy his status as ‘grandpa’. Unfortunately, he was still worried about Janine. He knew for certain she was hiding something–military training had given him that much sense. He just wasn’t sure how to broach the subject without upsetting her.

“Was that Derek on the phone?”

Janine smiled, taking his hand, “yes. If I had known you were home, I would have given you the phone.”

“He seems to be doing well, despite what happened to Katy.”

“He’s happy with Mary,” Janine replied, giving his hand a squeeze. “It’s what he wanted from the beginning. Katy wasn’t as nice as she let on. But it’s over, so let’s not concern ourselves with it, okay?”

“Yes, I guess you’re right…”

Janine talks to Gordon

Gordon woke up from a late nap to find Janine laying on one of the unoccupied beds. She didn’t seem to notice him at first, so he stood their quietly until she finally said:

“Gordon, you know mommy loves you, right?”

“Yes,” he nodded, a little confused. He was young, but a quiet maturity lurked beneath his innocence. “Are you okay, mommy?”

Janine nodded, a half-smile forming on her lips, “yes, just a little tired. Mommy picked a hectic life and she worries a lot. About you, your sisters, Henry…” she stopped, and looked at him. “Just remember, Gordon… that no matter what, mommy loves you, okay?”

“Yes, mommy.” He said, noting the sad look in her eyes. Instead of saying anything, he changed the subject. “Is it dinnertime yet? I’m hungry.”

“Close enough, sweetie. Come on.” Janine moved from the bed and led him downstairs.

Damien and Chuck are teens

The twins had their birthdays and grew up to be more different than ever. Damien mellowed out a little and decided that knowledge was a pretty cool way to expand on his gaming. If he learned everything there was to learn, than he’d surely be the best! Chuck, meanwhile, decided that his ‘refined’ mind was best suited at wooing the ladies–all the ladies. It was something Chuck and Damien just couldn’t agree on.

“Dude, c’mon, you know aliens are totally hot.”

Damien made a face, “you’re talking about Lilith Anderson? She’s crazy!”

“You’re just mad because she kicked your butt online,” Chuck retorted, rolling his eyes. “Those hard-balling chicks are the thing these days, you know? Like Sara!”

“Oh, gross!” Damien was horrified. “She’s like, our… um… sister? Half-sister–yeah, that–half-sister! Stick to the aliens, you weirdo.”

Chuck made a face, “I didn’t say I wanted to date her, Mr. Uptight. Sheesh. But Lilith? That could be… interesting.”

“Yeah, if you don’t enjoy having balls. Whatever, dude. You’re crazy.”

Janine fulfills her LTW

Finally, for the first time in her life, Janine felt fulfilled. She was literally the top of the top when it came to crime. Not only did the local government want her gone, but the bigger agencies as well. It was a bittersweet victory. Now her double-life was necessary and she could never expose who she really was.

She would live out the lie for the rest of her days. If she were to tell, she’d put her family in danger.

Chuck meets Lilith

Using his charisma (and Sara), Chuck got Lilith to come over. Sara wandered into the living room to play video games with Damien while Chuck kept Lilith out in the kitchen. His charming compliments and ways had no effect on the tough-as-nails Lilith Anderson. She snorted derisively and called him names.

By the end of the visit, Chuck was certain he’d get Lilith–one way or another. Meanwhile, Lilith had to admit she was intrigued by his persistence. Most guys either backed off and ran away crying to their mommies. Chuck had courage.

———

Note from Mao: All my Gen1 adults are becoming elders! It’s amazing, haha. I’m still having a lot of fun with this, so it’s all good. As for Lilith and Chuck? Chuck’s FIRST convo after becoming a teen was, literally, about aliens. That’s all he talked about and then he brought Lilith Anderson home. Say it with me folks… three bolts. We’ll see how it goes. I had planned on having Lilith reroll in college.

March 4, 2008

Saunders – Round 7: ‘Little Secrets, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:12 am

 

Henry Saunders and Janine Saunders are finally married and though, late in life, they have a child together named Gordon. Unfortunately, Henry’s eldest son, Derek, isn’t nearly as happy with his wife, Katy. They have twin boys, Chuck and Damien, but with Derek’s newest discovery, he isn’t really thinking about their well-being. Ryu is thankful to be off to University ASAP.

 

Ryu wasted no time working on his early application to Boreal Summit University. He wasn’t a genius, but he was ridiculously determined. Determination had won the day and Ryu got his acceptance. While he would miss his father and the others he had grown up with and he hated that he’d never live within the house again, he couldn’t wait to be off. The tension was unnerving and he couldn’t wait to see Alyssa.

Henry saw him off. There wasn’t a single trait of Jun evident in Ryu and for that, Henry was certainly thankful.

Henry plays with Sara

Henry couldn’t say the same for his eldest son, Derek. He was quite surprised when Mary appeared with a little blonde haired girl in toe, especially when he got a closer look. Sara was unmistakably a Saunders, and a little older than the twins. He wasn’t sure when it had happened and he didn’t bother asking. He let them in–Katy was at work–and got to know his latest grandchild while Mary went to talk to Derek.

Sara may have looked like a Saunders, but she was her mother’s daughter–quick and sharp as a tack. Henry never made any claims to being a terribly smart man, and so he wasn’t ashamed when she obliterated him at chess.

Mary talks to Derek

Mary found Derek upstairs in the room they used for pretty much everything. An awkward silence hung between them before Mary finally said:

“She’s downstairs, Derek. We’ll wait for you to get cleaned up.”

Derek simply nodded. It was a strange feeling–for him to be angry at Mary. Perhaps it wasn’t so much anger as it was just pure hurt. She hadn’t told him–why?

Sara meets Derek

Derek was surprised when he saw Sara–she looked almost exactly like the twins, only with Mary’s green eyes. Of course, she was a bit more talkative and articulate. That probably came from both Mary and Gina’s influence–they were intelligent, high-earning women. It wasn’t as awkward as Derek had thought it would be, Sara seemed more interested in asking him all sorts of questions than discussing why he had ignored her for eight years.

While Mary had dreaded this moment since finding out she was pregnant, she couldn’t help but smile. She hated keeping the two apart and it was good to finally stop lying.

Sara meets her half-brothers

Sara mingled with her half-brothers perfectly, as if she had been raised with them from birth. She looked like them, so Chuck and Damien really didn’t think much of it. She was their sister, right? So what was the big problem? Damien liked her because she watched sports with him and actually knew what was going on. Chuck liked her because he could ask her what the difficult words in the book he was reading were.

Sara liked them simply because she had been an only child for eight years and the thought of having brothers was really cool. That, and she was older than them. That was cool, too.

Derek and Sara talk

Unfortunately, once they were alone, Derek and Sara weren’t mingling nearly as well. Mary had thought Derek would see Sara, be happy, and then explain to Katy what had happened. Hopefully Katy would be all right with Derek visiting Sara. She hadn’t expected him to want to leave Katy.

“You can’t do that, Derek,” she said angrily. “What about the twins? They need you, they’re your sons!”

“I didn’t say I’d leave them behind, Mary. They like Sara and they would like you, too. They’re very agreeable–”

“No, Derek. NO.” She said, crossing her arms over her chest. “What’s wrong with you? I won’t be a home wrecker. Why do you want this so badly, anyway? Katy is beautiful and perfect–she always has been. I’m, well, I’m just not, okay? Next to her, I’m that frumpy kid in glasses that people can’t seem to peg for a boy or a girl.”

Derek shook his head and moved closer to her, “to me, that’s not true. To me, you are perfect.”

Katy comes home

Katy sighed. It had been a long, long day at the hospital. Some cranky old bat had spent the past four hours insisting that Katy was too young and she demanded a different doctor. She was thankful to be home, but when she walked into the livingroom, she suddenly felt very ill at ease. Damien was seated on the couch, and next to him, a little girl who could have been his sister–they looked that much alike.

“Hi, sweetie,” Katy said, trying to hide her worry. “Who is your friend?”

“This is Sara, mommy! She’s my sister.”

Katy swallowed hard. “Where’s your father?”

“In your room, mommy.”

Katy catches Mary and Derek

Katy wasn’t surprised when she walked in and saw Derek and Mary. How could she have been? The only thing she could think of was how long had it been going? Sara looked a bit older than the boys–had they been at this since before Katy and Derek were married?

They saw her, of course, and quickly parted. Derek didn’t look terribly apologetic, but Mary seemed mortified. For this, Katy hated her. Were it not for their children being right outside, she would have tore into her.

Katy corners Mary

You!” Katy seethed, shutting the door behind her and moving in on Mary. “Get your child and get out of my house, right now. I swear, if I see you around again–”

“Katy–”

“Shut up, Derek. Just shut up,” she shot back, never taking her eyes off the frightened blonde. “Get out. Now!”

Mary silently left the room and gathered Sara. They were gone in mere minutes.

Derek and Katy

That night, Derek sat up waiting for Katy. He figured she’d scream at him and demand a divorce–in fact, he hoped for it. Instead, she acted as if nothing happened and quietly moved to go to bed. Derek gave her an incredulous look.

“You don’t want to talk about it?”

“No,” Katy said firmly. “I’m pregnant, Derek. I won’t have children from a broken home. You can stay with the boys until I’m ready to look at you again.”

Derek grumbled, moving off the bed. Before he left, he said, “I don’t love you, Katy.”

Katy sighed and looked at the door that closed behind him, “you did before she came along and ruined everything.”

February 27, 2008

Saunders – Round 6: ‘Unfortunate Ends, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 2:00 pm

Henry Saunders‘ already large family has grown. His son, Derek, and his wife Katy had twins, Damien and Chuck. Janine Anderson has also moved in. Can this chaotic household find a method to their madness?

Janine and Henry talk to Ryu

“I really think he has a chance, Henry,” Janine said, looking back at the young teenager behind Henry. “What do you think, Ryu? Could you handle the Academy?”

“I don’t know–” Henry began, but was quickly interrupted by Ryu.

“Yes!” Ryu replied,a little more enthusiastically than he had intended. He calmed himself and said, “I mean, I guess so. That would be all right.”

“See? He wants to go,” Janine smiled. “I’ll take care of everything, I promise. He’ll get in.”

Henry shook his head and gave a nervous laugh, “I am really beginning to wonder if you’re not working for some super-secret agency or something, Janine. You have friends everywhere.”

She shook him off, hiding her own nervousness at his prying, “hah, right. But I meant he’ll get in on merit, Henry. I’ll just take care of the preparations.”

“If you say so…”

Damien Saunders

It wasn’t long before the twins had another birthday, growing up to look even more like their respective parents. Damien definitely had a lot of Saunders in him! Though Derek claimed that he didn’t chew on blocks when he was a toddler, that was surely from Katy’s side.

Chuck Saunders

Chuck too more after his mother when it came to his facial structure. They certainly weren’t identical! Ryu helped out as much as he could, because Katy and Derek were busy with work. Besides, twins are a handful, even with four adults and a teenager under one roof.

Janine is pregnant

Of course, the majority of the help came from Janine. She found she was pregnant not long after she’d begun campaigning for Ryu to get into the Academy. Unfortunately, she had to take time off work and that to care for herself. It was a great help to Katy and Derek, but Janine couldn’t help but feel incredibly stupid. She should have been more careful–she was too old for babies and better yet, this interfered with her revenge plot.

No, she hadn’t forgotten about Thomas Anderson and what he’d done. He would get his, surely. Janine wouldn’t let this baby hold her back, she couldn’t. She promised that no matter what, Thomas was going down. It was a shame she hadn’t met Henry before Thomas. Now he was more caught up in it than Janine had ever intended.

Ryu is accepted

Janine decided not to let the pregnancy hold her back from helping Ryu and managed to arrange a visit while everyone was gone. It went over swimmingly and Ryu was accepted into the prestigious Academy. While most would have complained that the uniforms were itchy and stuffy, Ryu was just happy that he’d be able to get closer to Alyssa without Janine watching over them like a hawk.

Ryu knew it was weird to chase his soon-to-be-step-sister… but it wasn’t like they were actually related or anything.

Ryu sneaks out

Of course, with everyone busy with twins and being pregnant, Ryu had no problem sneaking out on school nights. Ryu wasn’t a bad kid, not in the least, but you do not turn down chances like this. The Academy had definitely opened doors. Alyssa finally realized who he was (other than ‘that creepy kid where my mom lives’) and ‘trusted’ him. Well, that’s what she said, anyway. Trust basically meant he was the only male allowed within two feet of her… on a purely friendly basis, of course.

Ryu was in charge of making sure Alyssa enjoyed herself no matter what. When Jun and Henry left for vacation, Alyssa demanded that Ryu abandoned his AP class homework and help her have fun. Ryu knew he’d get in trouble if he got caught, but that was the price one paid. It was definitely worth it.

Janine is uncomfortable

Completely oblivious to the fact that Ryu was fast-becoming Alyssa’s little patsy, the adults of the Saunders house sat discussing crime and politics one morning over breakfast. Janine was especially uncomfortable when Derek started talking about something that hit a little too close to home.

“So, they say that the criminal activity has declined in the past months,” Derek said, a grin on his face. “I bet they caught the ringleader and threw ‘em in jail.”

“No, Derek,” Katy replied, rolling her eyes. “Don’t you remember? The ringleader was thrown in jail two years ago. He was set up by an insider… someone else is at the helm now.”

“Whatever, it’s been quiet for months… he’s either plotting on jailed up like a sucker.”

Janine looked down at her growing belly and hoped they wouldn’t put two-and-two together. In her pregnant state, Janine was hardly fit to participate in her syndicate… but she could still control their every move. She’d have to create a diversion before anyone got wise.

“Janine, are you all right?” Henry said, drawing all attention towards her. “You look sick.”

Janine rose up from her chair, “I feel a little tired, that’s all. I’m going to take a nap.”

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.

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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 21, 2008

Saunders – Round 5: ‘Unfortunate Ends, Pt. 2′

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Saunders Family Round 5

Henry Saunders has a crowded house, what with his fiancee Jun Yu, their son Ryu Yu, and his newly graduated son from his first wife, Derek Saunders, moving in with his fiancee, Katy Fuchs. Can they make it work? And will the news of Thomas and Jun’s affair spread to Henry?

 

Derek and Katy hug

Graduation was bittersweet for Derek Saunders. On one hand, he could finally pursue his career and make money. On the other hand, he lost Mary and was now engaged to his teenage love, Katy Fuchs. Derek liked Katy, but what they had was nothing compared to how he felt about Mary. She was in his every waking thought, making it incredibly difficult to be amiable with Katy.

Katy was surprisingly understanding and patient. To her, she had Derek and he wasn’t going anywhere. Mary was a respectable girl, after all, she wouldn’t be a ‘on the side fling’. She and Derek would get married and he’d eventually forget all about Mary O`Hanlon.

Henry sees for himself

Meanwhile, Henry found out for himself how troublesome relationships could be. Especially when your significant other is cheating on you with the enemy. Henry had taken a vacation day and apparently Jun hadn’t noticed he was still home. He nearly walked in on them in the kitchen. Instead of confronting them and kicking Thomas out of his house, he sat on his hands, waiting for the right moment.

Ryu sees for himself

Of course, Henry wasn’t the only one who knew. Ryu had seen it, as well. He had come home from school a day or two earlier and there it was, right before his young little eyes, his mother was embracing a stranger! He was torn up, but Jun nor Thomas seemed to notice him. He scrambled inside and tried to rationalize what he saw in his head.

Should he tell dad? But that would make them fight. Derek and Katy argued enough, the house didn’t need more fighting. He reasoned that maybe he saw wrong and kept quiet.

Derek and Ryu talk

Being quiet isn’t easy for a kid on the cusp of their teen years, though, and Ryu ended up confiding in his half-brother Derek.

“You should tell dad,” Derek said sternly. “Why didn’t you?”

“I knew she was no good,” Katy said quietly, muttering from behind her book. Suddenly, she looked apologetic, “Sorry, Ryu, but it’s true. Your mother is… well, maybe it’s best if your father knows.”

“I can’t tell him!” Ryu replied angrily. “He’d never believe me… I’m just a kid. Why don’t you do it, Derek?”

“No way, little dude. I didn’t see a thing.”

Henry confides in Janine

Fortunately for Ryu, he never had to say a word. That evening, Janine Anderson came over at Henry’s request. He had called her cell phone, as always, and was surprised to hear she wasn’t at home. When she arrived, he pulled her into the quietest place and told her everything.

“I know, Henry,” she said with a frown. “Thomas and I are divorced. It’s been a week. I had him followed and he was off on vacation with Jun.”

Why didn’t you tell me?” Henry was understandably hurt. “All this time…”

“I didn’t know how to,” she replied quickly and sadly. “I… I didn’t know if you’d believe me…”

Henry confesses to Janine

“Of course I would have believed you,” Henry responded, gently touching her face. “You’ve always been honest with me.”

“Henry…” she began carefully, but seeing the look on his face, found the confidence to continue. “I haven’t really. I mean, there’s things that–”

“It doesn’t matter. Where are you staying, are you all right?”

“He took everything, even Alyssa.” Janine sniffled. “I’ve been staying at a hotel, but my money is running out. I’m sorry, I shouldn’t trouble you with this.”

Henry shook his head and took her hand, “you can stay here… for as long as you like. It’s a little crowded, but there’s plenty of room.”

February 15, 2008

Yu – Round 4: ‘Give and Take’

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Yu Family Round 4

Roger and Risa are finally able to enjoy their retirement… but is it too little, too late?

 

Risa is fired!

The Yu family wasn’t making out too well this week… Risa came home from work and was told not to return. She was fired! It wasn’t necessarily her fault–her mind had tricked her into making the wrong decision. She was just too old for this stuff.

She didn’t get another job. She spent the rest of her days enjoying the peace and quiet.

Ryu visits

It worked out to her benefit, as Henry brought Ryu over to visit not a day later. She had plenty of time to spend cooking a nice cake and getting to know her grandson. Roger was equally as pleased. While Ryu looked nothing like them, he had bits and pieces of their personalities… more than Jun had, at least. It was certainly a relief to know her influence wasn’t messing the kid up any.

They probably had Henry to thank for that…

Everyone has a chat

Risa was thankful to finally see her grandson, she couldn’t stop thanking Henry. He laughed it off and told them it would have happened sooner had he not been working. He also seemed surprised that Jun hadn’t brought him over–didn’t he know about the fight?

Then Risa remembered, of course not. Thomas was there and Jun was being a little more than friendly. She idly wondered if she should tell him, but thought against it. He was a nice man and while he deserved to know… Ryu didn’t deserve a broken home. Plus, Henry was actually willing to marry Jun… that opportunity wouldn’t come by again.

Risa talks to Sun-Tzu while Roger looks on

Henry and Ryu weren’t their only visitors; Sun-Tzu stopped by often, as well. He was regaling Risa with the sea chantey he’d picked up from the ‘ghost’ pirate when Risa started acting oddly. She clutched her chest and doubled over. Roger came over, worried, and the two older men rushed Risa off to the nearest hospital.

Unfortunately, it was Risa’s time. She died happily, having seen her grandson finally and knowing her daughter would be taken care of.

Risa's Funeral

They had her placed in the newly built cemetery by the ocean and the chapel. Am empty plot lay beside her, waiting for Roger. If he noticed it, he didn’t let on. He just stared at the tombstone, unable to believe it. They’d been together since they were adults and now she was gone.

Jun even came, trying to pretend she didn’t feel guilty for her treatment of her mother. She also tried to pretend that she hadn’t argued with Henry something terrible after Ryu told her he saw grandpa and grandma. Henry tried to offer a word of comfort, but Jun pulled away.

Eileen came with Sun-Tzu, though neither of them said anything. Eileen took his hand and he returned her motion with a gentle squeeze.

Risa Yu

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Note from Mao: Poor Risa, but it was her time. Truth be told… it was Roger’s time, too! But he was in platinum when I loaded the lot so he hit the elixir that Sun-Tzu had left behind. Roger will likely go the next round… meaning I have to change how I’m doing Uni. Sigh.

Risa is the first death of Boreal Springs. It always took me longer to reach this point before… I never started out with elders. I got lucky with the platinum grave–they had a date just before she died.

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