Boreal Springs

January 14, 2010

O`Hanlon – Round 28: ‘Nightshift’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:16 am

Julie is starting to feel her age while Timothy and Isolde are also forced to face that they’re getting older.  In fact, even Tommy and Gavin are getting older!

There’s a ghost problem in the O`Hanlon house as of late.  Julie had noticed the dogs now and again, but she never anticipated Asia would come back to haunt her from the grave.  While seeing her was somewhat heartfelt, she couldn’t deny being bothered by the fact her former love wasn’t resting peacefully.

Tommy and Gavin managed to avoid the ghost of their dead grandma long enough to become teens.  Tommy definitely resembled his father and his late grandma Asia.  He was a bit of an ‘indie’ kid, favoring eclectic music, painting, and other creative pursuits.  He had a bit of an athletic streak to him, though, and was very competitive with Gavin in this respect.  Still, Knowledge was his true calling.

Gavin, looking much like his mother, couldn’t have been more like Timothy if he’d tried.  He wasn’t into learning so much as experiencing life.  He loved sports and video games and eventually, he wouldn’t mind settling down with his own pretty lady to start a family…

Of course, with ambitions like that, Gavin might want to toss aside his childhood crush on Nadia Knight.  He’d seen her a few times, around town and in school.  She was gorgeous, but what one call a bit of a “bitch”.  They were distantly related, but that hardly mattered in Gavin’s mind.  Nadia seemed to take his crush in stride, she neither dissuaded him nor encouraged him.

They hung out sometimes, mostly when Dominic was off with Deidre O`Hanlon.  Nadia and Deidre were anything but friends.

Meanwhile, the ghost problem in the house didn’t get any better.  Isolde and Timothy were enjoying a late-night snack when Timothy glanced at the door leading out into the garage.  The ghost of Superball trotted through as if it were nothing.

“Babe,” Timothy began, his voice quiet.  “Is that a ghost?”

“Of course it’s a ghost!  How do you not already know this?  You were raised around them!”

Timothy’s face looked stricken, “t-that doesn’t mean I ever actually saw one for myself.  Babe, c’mon, can’t you like use your witchy stuff to get rid of it?”

“No, but I need to figure out something… it’s gotten bad as of late.  Maybe it’s Asia?”

“Not cool, mom.  Seriously.”

While Isolde dug through her magical supplies for something to help her investigate this ‘ghost’ issue, the boys were improving their friend base at school.  Tommy had an art class with Charity Saunders and every boy that saw Charity Saunders wanted to know if she was the ‘charitable’ type.  Of course, no boy ever got Charity alone long enough to find out…

Her brother, Alexander, was everywhere that she was and if she managed to escape, he found her.  Call it twin tracking, if you will.  Charity rarely left his sight.  He came calling at the door not long after they had arrived home from school.  Gavin tried to distract him, but it was no use.

“Look, I get it, okay?  My sister is hot.  That doesn’t mean I’m going to let her run around being the town bike before she’s sixteen, got it?  Now move, I know she’s in there.”

Gavin was athletic, but he wasn’t stupid.  If Alexander was anything like his grandfather, Gavin sure as hell didn’t want to find out.  He let Alexander in and Charity was gone.  It was for the best, Tommy and Charity were a really bad match.

Between working late nights and trying to figure out the ghost problem, Isolde was exhausted.  Timothy usually took care of the majority of the household tasks, but he’d taken on even more as of late in an effort to give her a bit of a break.  He wasn’t sure what she did that had her out late at night, but there had never been an issue of trust in their relationship.  He was mostly concerned for her health and sanity.

Besides, he kind of wished she spend more time on the ghosts.  Timothy really hated ghosts.

When the boys weren’t trying to get in with the ladies, they spent most of their time together.  Despite being so different, they enjoyed playing games and messing around like teenage boys have the tendancy to do.  Gavin was a bit upset that Tommy could hit harder than he could, though.

Of course, this hit to his guy ego was quickly rectified when he found his twin making a snowman.  Talk about losing serious guy points!

“You are such a girl right now,” Gavin teased.

Tommy, without looking up, replied, “chicks dig artists, dude.  You’ll see that soon enough..”

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Note from Mao: Sorry this update is so late and disjointed!  I’m still not feeling up to task with these entries.  I got my Angel of Lies update out, though, so I wanted to get this one out, too!  Expect things to be a little sporadic, though.  Everyone knows BS comes in bursts nowadays… plus Mass Effect 2 comes out at the end of the month and you bet your butt I’ll be playing the hell out of that.  I still have my save file from the first one, LOL!

As far as actual gameplay notes go, Gavin has been infatuated with Nadia since he met her as a child, wanting to talk to her, etc.  They are second cousins with Marla and Julia tying them together.  That’s just a little too close for my liking.  We’ll see what happens…

Tommy actually did bring Charity home from school and Alexander did walk by.  Seriously, he watches her like a hawk and for good reason!

Also, the ghosts in this house are INSANE.  They are driving me bonkers…

October 28, 2009

Anderson – Round 27: ‘Fortress Around You’

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:32 pm

Nevio Anderson is convinced his family is cursed, so he’s given up on finding just one lady.  Adora and Simon are newlyweds hoping to start a family.  The curse only affects Nevio, right?

Nevio continues his womanizing ways.  He’s tried to change, but the world has proved to him that it just isn’t an option.  This is what he’s meant to be, a man of many women, even at his age.  It’s been a long time, but sometimes, he wonders where Lacie went.  This whole mess started with her.  Maybe she’s a witch?

Adora wasn’t having much luck.  She’d been taking cooking courses, but they did very little to help her culinary skills.  She seemed almost determined to burn everything she tried cooking.  One day, she accidentally set the oven on fire.  The fire department was quick to respond.  Good thing, too, as she was home alone that day…

Adora’s inability to focus was revealed to be a side-effect of her pregnancy.  She had no idea she was expecting, she and Simon had been trying, but nothing had happened.  It was definitely a surprise.  By the time she found out, she was already showing.  Simon was estatic and Adora was pretty excited, too.

Unfortunately, Nevio did not share their enthusiasm.  He was worried.  His past experiences had made him a bit superstitious.

“You need to be careful and take good care of yourself,” he warned Adora at breakfast.

“Dad, I’ll be fine.  Those were just freak coincidences.”

“There’s no need to scare her, Nevio,” Simon cautioned, not understanding his father-in-law’s hang-up on pregnant women ending up dead.

“I’m just worried.  Promise me you’ll take it easy.”

“Okay, daddy,” Adora said, squeezing her father’s hand.  “I’ll be careful.”

Of course, careful didn’t exclude enjoying one another’s company, did it?  Adora’s pregnancy did nothing to put a damper on their amorous relations.  Simon and Adora got along perfectly, like two puzzle pieces.  They weren’t your typical married couple, neither had doubts or reservations.  Adora was certain she made the right choice and Simon was deeply in love.  He’d always been, since they had met.

It would seem Nevio’s warning wasn’t without merit.  Adora was trying to make herself a snack and somehow, caught her dress on fire.  It was late at night, both Nevio and Simon were sound asleep in their beds.  Thankfully, the fire alarm woke them and alerted the fire department, which came running.

Again, Adora was saved from a close call.  Unfortunately, she suffered some burns.  She was hospitalized and when released, put on bed rest and told to let her wounds heal.

Adora did her best to rest, but laying in bed all day was terribly boring.  Simon and Nevio kept a careful eye on her and wouldn’t allow her to do anything without their help.  It was frustrating.  She scrambled out of bed one evening, despite Simon’s protests.

“I just need to use the bathroom,” she replied wearily.  “I can make it on my own.”

Simon and Nevio couldn’t lord over her all day, though, they had jobs to go to.  During the day, Isolde walked over and checked on her sister.  Unfortunately, one day she came in to a very disturbing scene.  Adora was on the ground and she wasn’t responding.  The maid walked in shortly after Isolde and it was all she could do not to flee in terror.  Isolde phoned 911, but it was too late.

Adora had suffered complications from her wounds.  The pregnancy had exhausted her already wearied body and it wasn’t able to heal as it should have.  Isolde was beside herself with grief.

Nevio and Simon hurried home as soon as they heard the news.  Simon collapsed on the walkway, unable to face reality while Nevio was overcome with his own grief.  He had been right, the family was cursed.  Now the curse had taken his daughter.

Isolde was waiting for them inside.  She had something that would help bring Adora back.  Given her workings in the occult, she had managed to secure a rare artifact that supposedly gave whoever rubbed it the chance to bring a loved one back.  It was a risky process, this much Isolde knew from her mentor Lilith Yu’s notes.

Still, they were all willing to risk it.  They wanted Adora back.

O`Hanlon – Round 27: ‘Time After Time’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:18 pm

Julie O`Hanlon still mourns the loss of her love, Asia.  Timothy and Isolde do their best to raise their rapidly growing twin sons, Gavin and Tommy.

Tommy and Gavin made the most of the last days of fall.  Julie was always happy to walk with them down to the playground, which was always full of activity.  Boreal Springs was definitely home to a lot of children, all within the same age range.

Spending time with her young grandchildren helped her forget the untimely loss of Asia.  Being in the military and a qualified space technician, Julie still wasn’t sure where the satellite had come from.

The boys seemed to move on for the loss, they were young when they lost their other grandmother and a child’s mind isn’t one for grief.  Gavin wasn’t as outgoing as his brother, but he was definitely more of the athlete.  He spent most of his time on the monkey bars.  They were his domain… until Catelyn Anderson stepped into the picture.  She was snappy for a little girl.

“Hey, this isn’t a girl’s toy,” Gavin warned, watch the young girl hop onto a bar, somehow able to maintain her flip flops as she swung.

“I don’t see any signs,” she shot back, eyes narrowed.

“Fine,” Gavin said, moving out to the middle, staring her down.  “But you can’t hang as long as I can.”

“Yeah, I can,” Catelyn replied, determination in her eyes.  “Watch me.”

It ended in a tie, because Catelyn’s dad came calling–the girls had run off to the playground by themselves…again–and Julie was collecting her grandsons.  A rematch was promised and the two parted ways.

Isolde came home from a trip downtown to her husband digging up the backyard.  She wasn’t exactly pleased about it.  It was bad enough they had a big obstacle coarse taking up the side yard, now this eyesore in the back.

“Timothy, what are you doing?

“Gardening, babe.  It’s relaxing.”

“You don’t know the first thing about gardening.”

He laughed, “that’s why I’m learning!  It’s fun.  See?  Stuff grows and then you pick it.”

Isolde sighed, trying to remember that Timothy had a very simple nature about most things, “try not to dig up the whole backyard.  The boys need somewhere to play.”

One evening, while Julie, Isolde, and Timothy were a the table discussing the very burnt porkchops Isolde had made, the phone rang.  Julie quickly rose to answer it, wanting to avoid the charred texture of overdone pork.  She was surprised to hear Maggie on the other line.  It’d been so long since she’d called!

“Maggie!  How are you doing?”

‘I’m fine, how is everyone there?’

“We’re all great, but we’d be better if you’d visit.”

‘Um, that’s kind of what I called about… there’s something I need to tell you, mom.’

“Is everything all right?  Are you hurt?”

‘No, no, I’m okay, it’s just… um… I’m,’ Maggie hesitated, taking a deep breath. ‘I’m pregnant.’

“What??  How is that possible?  Wait, James?  Oh, Maggie!”

‘I need to go.  I’ll… call you later.’

Before Julie could say anything, Maggie hung up.  She sighed.

Julie waited until she thought Timothy was preoccupied to visit Isolde out in her witchery hut.  She had to tell someone about Maggie and she knew Isolde would keep quiet.

“Did you know, have any indication?  You saw her last month!”

“I had suspicions, but I wasn’t sure,” Isolde replied sadly.  “This isn’t going to be good.  Timothy is going to go nuts.”

Julie shook her head, “I’m trying not to go nuts!  My poor baby is pregnant… and not in the ‘oh yay, marriage and everything and now there’s babies’… no in the Scarlet Letter variety of pregnant!  And to Timothy’s best friend, no less.”

Timothy had been coming to see Isolde, but he had heard it all.  He stormed through the door, shocking them both.

“Maggie is what?!

“Timothy, calm down, please,” Julie said, trying to placate her son.  “There’s nothing we can do about it now.  We have to be calm–”

Timothy balled his fists at his sides, “I am going to KILL him!”

“Stop!  You’re not going to do anything,” Isolde snapped, pulling out her wand.  “Don’t make me use this on you, Timothy.  You can’t let Maggie know that you know and you most certainly cannot kill the baby’s father.  She will come to us and to you, when she feels comfortable.  She’s scared.  We don’t need to scare her further.”

Timothy grumbled unintelligbly, but did nothing else.  He turned and left, followed by Julie.  Isolde took a deep breath.  What next?

Almost immediately, as if on cue, Gordon appeared at her door.  Where had he come from?  This was not the time.

“That sounded fun,” he said by way of greeting, stepping inside and closing the door.

“This is a really bad time.”

“So I heard.  Unfortunately, our problems have a similar vibe to them–unwanted attention.  It’s just a quick fix, something you can easily brew up in minutes.  So, let’s get started, shall we?  Once I’m gone, you can go play mediator once more.”

Isolde nodded, knowing that there was no way to say “no” to Gordon Saunders.  She’d agreed to the work and it didn’t matter what time it was, she had to do it.

Timothy, meanwhile, had a hard time adjusting to the news.  He tried to take his mind off of it, but it was impossible.  His little sister was knocked up by his best friend, who was still reeling from his bad relationship with Kit.  Poor Maggie.  He wasn’t mad at her, but he did want to lay James out in the ER, for sure.  He had trusted him!

If the boys noticed anything was up, they didn’t say a word.

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Note from Mao: Timothy walking in on Julie and Isolde talking was the game.  I had Julie go back and talk to Isolde and Timothy came in not long after, an action queued up with Isolde.  So, it just seemed to fit that it’d be how he found out.  Maggie also called Julie earlier in the day, which I thought was a hint as to her fessing up.

Timothy needs something to do while the boys are at school, so he gardens.  The playground is a pretty active place, too.  The thing with Catelyn and Gavin happened autonomously.  They both got on the monkeybars and stared one another down, LOL!

October 22, 2009

Anderson 5 – Round 26: ‘Borderline’

Filed under: Anderson,O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:49 am

James Anderson seems to have recovered from Kit Knight’s betrayal with the help of Maggie O`Hanlon.  Unfortunately, dating your best friend’s younger sister is tricky business.  Katarina just hopes this one isn’t as messed up in the head as Kit.

James and Maggie’s relationship began rather abruptly, but despite that, they seemed to make it work.  There was one small hitch though, Maggie’s older brother, Timothy, didn’t know.  He wouldn’t look too kindly on James “taking advantage” of his younger sister, not at all.  So they had to keep their relationship quiet, which was rather easy, because Timothy rarely came into Aperture.

Katarina didn’t seem to mind the change in the house.  She knew Maggie had a thing for James, anyway, and that it was bound to happen.  She took her chance to pass on sage advice learned over her many years.

“They say you lose it once you get older,” Katarina began, her lips quirking into a smirk as she looked at Maggie.  “Not true, that’s when you really know what you’re doing!”

James sighed, “mom, come on.  We’re trying to eat.”

“Wow, that’s… how is that even possible?”  Maggie pondered aloud, unable to quell her curiosity.  “Don’t your bones and stuff hurt?”

“Sure, but like they say… what’s worth doing is gonna hurt afterwards!”

Maggie had avoided Boreal Springs since she and James had begun dating.  She hated lying to her family and it was hard to look Timothy in the eye now.  She felt so deceptive!  She wanted to tell him, but she knew he’d throw a fit and be dramatic.  She drove to Boreal Springs one afternoon on a whim, with the intent to tell him, but chickened out and had lunch with Adora and Isolde instead.

“Maybe he won’t freak out, you might be surprised,” Adora said.

“No, he’ll freak out,” Isolde corrected.  “But you have to tell him.  He’s your brother, Maggie.”

“He’ll just throw a fit and treat me like I’m twelve all over again.  No way.”

Isolde sighed, “he’s just concerned about you.  That thing with Kit was a big mess, you know that.  You can’t just get over something like that.”

Desperate for a change of subject, Maggie pulled Adora back into the conversation, asking after her political ambitions.

“Yeah, sis, what about those political ambitions?  Grandma Alyssa is probably rolling around in her grave!”

Adora frowned, “I just don’t have any interest.  It’s not in me.  I want a family and besides, Shelly is our political genius.  The family name has had enough political scandal, don’t you think?”

“Rolling, sis.  She’s rolling and screaming,” Isolde replied, smirking.  “I know this because of my witchy learnings.”

“Then let her scream.  She’s the one who messed it all up, anyway.  Dad is a wreck.”

“Speaking of which, Maggie, what’s up with your outfit?”

“W-what?  What’s wrong with it?” She replied self-consciously, looking down at her floral pattern shirt.  It was hip, the outfit was trendy right down to her ridiculous sling-back heels.  “I love this outfit!”

Adora shook her head, “no, I mean.  You’re… all big.  Look at your boobs!  Where did those come from?”

“She’s just jealous, Maggie, ignore her,” Isolde said, giving her younger sister a reproachful look.

Their lunch continued on with idle conversation passing back and forth.  It had been too long since Maggie had a chance to sit down with girls and talk, it felt good.  Of course, the longer they sat, the more scandalous their chatter became.  Isolde decided to draw the line when Maggie asked her a rather personal question.

“Was it really with Timothy?  I mean, come on, you can tell us!”

Isolde sipped her drink meaningfully, “I’m not having this discussion with my husband’s younger sister!”

“It was,” Adora supplied.  “It totally was.  I’ve slept with more men than my sister!”

Maggie turned towards Adora, “wow, really?  Who?”

After their meal was finished, Adora had to hurry back home to run some errands.  Isolde stayed behind, unable to hide her worry.  There was something off about Maggie, but she couldn’t quite put her finger on it.  She cornered her before she could leave.

“Is there something wrong, Maggie?  Something you need to tell me?”

“What?  No, I’m fine, everything’s fine.  I’ll have to grow some more courage, for Timothy, I mean.  It isn’t happening today.”

“You know you can tell me, I won’t tell Timothy.”

“It’s all right, really, Isolde.  I’m fine.  I’ll give you a call later.”

“All right,” Isolde said, watching her walk to her car, “be careful.”

A few weeks later, Maggie found herself holed up in the bathroom at 5am.  She hadn’t been feeling well at all lately and it only seemed to get worse.  She sprinted to the bathroom so fast she nearly ripped the covers off the bed.  She barely managed to make it in time.  She flushed the toilet, trying not to stare at what swirled downwards.

“That’s just gross,” Maggie lamented, closing her eyes.  “Gross.”

She could hear James outside, gathering things for work.  He always left really early, it was probably 5:30 by now.  He probably needed in the bathroom.  Maggie just couldn’t get her head straight.  She splashed hot water over her face in an attempt to bring herself back.  It helped, if only a little.

She heard a small knock on the door followed by James’ voice, “are you all right?”

“I’m fine,” she replied, muffled behind another cascade of water enveloping her face.  “I’ll be out in a sec.”

She let the water drip off her face, onto her tanktop, not bothering with the towel that hung from the sink rack.  It was all she could do to stand upright.  She put her arm over her eyes, the room was too bright, too white.  She felt like she was spinning.

“Maggie?”

She braced herself on the sink and stared at her reflection in the mirror.  It was hard to ignore the small bit of weight she had gained in her midsection.  It was becoming ever more obvious with each passing day.  She closed her eyes and pushed off the sink.

“I’m coming.”

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Note from Mao: Sorry it took me a little longer to update BS.  I seem to have come down with something that, hopefully, is NOT Swine Flu.  So I’ve been off my feet for a bit, watching series on Netflix.  Husband’s computer is hooked up to our 50″ Samsung plasma because we have yet to get satellite, LOL.  I’m all moved into the new apartment and everything, so that’s good.  Updates will continue at whatever speed I can manage.

As for Maggie’s unexpected little pregnancy… it was only a matter of time.  When I loaded the lot, James had rolled the “Have a Baby” want, so I locked it and allowed unmarried Try for Baby.  Maggie has yet to roll up any such want.  Poor girl, LOL!  Timothy is going to have a fit.

July 15, 2009

O`Hanlon: Round 26 – ‘Satellites’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:26 pm

Julie and Asia are getting up there in years and are enjoying watching their children grow up and have families of their own.  Timothy and Isolde are perhaps one of the oddest pairings you’ll find, but you’d be hard-pressed to find two people more devoted to one another.  Their twin sons, Gavin and Tommy, enjoy keeping the family on its toes.

Things were pretty quiet for the O`Hanlons, if you didn’t count the chatter and noise that results from having two very active toddlers scrambling around the house.  For the most part, though, everything was going well.  Asia and Julie were huge helps when it came to the boys’ care and Timothy being unemployed certainly made sure the twins always had someone with them.  Isolde still worked odd hours, but no one questioned it.

She was very secretive about her work.  Keeping secrets wasn’t something Isolde enjoyed, but it was necessary.  She couldn’t let it get out that she was working for Gordon Saunders, infamous criminal mastermind and vampire.  She had inherited the job from her mentor, Lilith Yu.

Unfortunately, the worst of tragedies always seem to come when you think everything is going perfectly.  Asia had always had a fondness for the night sky.  She’d often lie out on the yard and peer up at the endless expanse of blue, at the tiny, winking stars.  No one had anticipated that it would be the very thing that killed her.  A rogue satellite crashed from the sky and directly onto her, vaporizing her on impact, leaving only her scorched wedding band several feet away.

There was nothing anyone could do but stand in shock and horror.  Asia O`Hanlon was gone.

Julie was beside herself with grief.  They had been together since they were teens.  Even with their advancing age, neither had given a thought as to who would die first.  They had always just assumed it would be together.  Now Julie was alone, for the first time in decades, without Asia by her side.

It was an empty feeling.

There was little time for the household to mourn, what with two very rambunctious toddlers running about and causing trouble.  Tommy’s favorite trick was to hide from everyone.  He would steal away to the dog house and take a nap, leaving his family to run around in a crazed frenzy, trying to find the missing toddler.  When at last he was located, everyone heaved a sigh of relief and tried to regather their frayed composure.

The toddlers definitely took the edge off of Asia’s untimely death.

Despite her necessary secrecy, Isolde and Timothy were as close as ever.  They were sure to enjoy the spare few moments they had when both the twins managed to be napping at the same time and Julie was at work.  Timothy had visions of another child, but Isolde wasn’t quite sure if that was a possibility.  Julie was talking about retirement and she hated to burden her aging mother-in-law with another child to help care for, especially after the loss she had suffered.

Maggie dropped by for a visit, Asia’s death and funeral prompting her to realize how little she had seen of her family recently.  Apeture was some distance away and it wasn’t always easy to find time to visit, especially with her work load and all the papers she seemed to be endlessly grading lately.

She was instantly greeted by the chaos of the full house, the twin boys both making their own kinds of noise, the two dogs running rampant throughout the living room.  Julie stepped over the rabbit head and gave her daughter a big squeeze.

“You look so good, Maggie,” Julie said, breaking the hug and giving her daughter a full once over.  “There’s a hitch in your step.  Something you need to tell us?”

Timothy came out not long after, still dressed in his pajamas.  The leisurely life of a stay-at-home dad gave him many benefits, once of which allowed him to traipse around all day in his sleepwear if he so desired.  He gave his little sis a quick hug before getting down to business.

“What’s this I hear about you going out with James?” His voice was firm, not matching his casual stance at all.  “Don’t think you’re being sneaky, Mags!  I know people.”

She rolled her eyes, “we’re seeing how it goes.  That’s all.”

“Uh huh, sure.  I know guys, Mags, I am one.  I should’ve known his little offer wasn’t platonic–”

“Timothy,” Maggie cut him off, exasperated.  “Let it go, okay?  I’m a big girl, I can take care of myself.”

“Sure, sure, whatever you say, Mags… but if he pulls any crap, best friend or not, I’ll break him.”

This caused her to laugh, “you mean you’ll have Isolde break him, right?”

“Don’t let the flannel fool you, little sis, there’s nothing grandpa-like about my moves.”

Thanks to the watchful eyes of their parents and grandma, Tommy and Gavin made it to childhood.  Their energy levels sure didn’t deplete any, in fact, they seemed to increase.  Gavin loved school and enjoyed making friends.  He brought Dominic Knight home from school one day, just on a whim.  He was a real people person.

Isolde had insisted on giving him a haircut, despite his cries against it.  His hair was still shaggy, but not nearly as long.

Tommy was a bit more reserved than his brother, but still enjoyed Dominic’s company.  He seriously enjoyed the competition he offered, too, when it came to video games!  Gavin wasn’t nearly as good as Tommy and so Tommy was hard-pressed to find ‘fresh meat’ to beat the snot out of when it came to video games.

While everything seemed normal on the surface, Tommy knew that was far from the truth.  He was a little scared to tell his parents that maybe grandma Asia wasn’t completely gone after all.  She had died when he was still really young, so he didn’t remember her all that well, but she sure seemed keen on making an impression on him now.

Tommy wondered if she visited Gavin, too, but so far his twin said nothing of ghostly visitors.

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Note from Mao: And I’m back!  Still trying to get caught up on the loads of blog updates that happened while I was away.  It’ll probably take me some time.  I’m trying to get some playtime in, it’s a little odd getting back into the groove.  Hope everyone had a safe and wonderful fourth of July!  The whole ‘married woman’ thing is still sinking into my head.  Whew.

Asia’s death was NOT intentional.  She had a want to see a shooting star and so, I sent her out to see a shooting star.  I should have known better.  Those who have followed my many, many blogs know that I am no stranger to satellite deaths!  I don’t care how rare you say it is, I will scoff and say, “yeah, like twins, right?” because it never seems to fail, when a sim watches the stars, they meet an untimely fate!  Poor Asia.

Timothy really wants another kid, but so far, it isn’t happening.  I’ve downloaded the latest ACR and tweaked the values again using Laura’s nifty tutorial over at Lakeside Heights.  I’ve also finally added the inteenimator.  So yeah, big changes here!

June 15, 2009

Anderson 5 – Round 25: ‘Only Slightly Awkward’

Filed under: Anderson,O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 2:32 pm

James Anderson invited Maggie O`Hanlon, his friend and his best friend’s little sister, to stay with him as opposed to moving into the already cramped O`Hanlon house.  Katarina remains with her son through his trying time of dealing with the whole ‘Kit disaster’.

James loves his mother, he does, but he seriously wishes she’d put a tie on the door or perhaps conduct her amorous activities before he was due home from work.  He was used to this, unfortunately, but he feared what would happen if Maggie happened to walk in on such a scene.  Surely they weren’t as ‘open’ in the O`Hanlon household.  All he needed to do was scar her for life.

Despite Katarina’s little escapades, everything seems to be going smoothly… though there is some obvious tension.  Maggie has had a crush on James since she was young.  He had always been under Kit’s little spell, though, and completely oblivious to her puppy love.  Of course, there was also the dangerous thing of he being Timothy’s little sister.

Still, she was an adult now and no one’s little sister.  Kit was gone and as far as James was concerned, completely nonexistant.  Maggie found it hard to be completely platonic, despite her wish not to complicate things.

Unfortunately, the apartment they had been staying in had been overrun by termites and they were forced to relocate immediately.  Luckily, one of Katarina’s lovers had a spare apartment that was fully furnished and uninhabited for them to take over.  Sometimes it was good to have a mother with connections… unfortunately, the decor in the place could definitely use some work.

“It’s a bit stuffy, but better than living in a box, right?” Katarina told her son, glancing around the room.  Maggie was at work, she was a Science teacher at the Boreal Springs high school.  “Now, this girl you have living with us… Maggie?  She likes you, James.  A lot.”

“She’s Timothy’s little sister.”

Katarina rolled her eyes, “everyone is someone’s sister, brother, daughter, uncle, aunt… doesn’t seem to stop the way the world works, now does it?  Stop making excuses to sit and mourn something that never had a chance anyway.”

James was loathe to admit his mother’s logic made sense, but it did.  Still, he couldn’t hurt his friend or possibly Maggie if his head wasn’t completely in the right place.

To take their minds off of all the drama, Maggie and James met up with Timothy and Isolde downtown on a Friday night.  Isolde and Timothy hadn’t really had a chance to go out since the twins were born.  Of course, upon meeting up, James just had to make a joke about Isolde’s ‘sparkly’ countenance.

“You look radioactive!”

Isolde made a face, “I have a broom, James, and I won’t hesitate to use it.”

Timothy and Maggie watched in amusement.  Finally, Timothy spoke up, “you’d better listen to her, dude.  She’s brutal with that thing.”

Once they got inside, they had a couple of drinks at the bar… and of course, what’s drinks without some drunken karoake?  Isolde and Maggie were the first to go, the ‘lightweights’ when it came to drinking, they were already laughing obnoxiously.  Maggie swayed and sang questionably while Isolde belted out the lyrics like a would-be Diva.  The mixture of the two created a very… interesting sound.

James, thankfully, had inherited the patented Yu talent for all things musical and lyrical, and was quite a capable singer.  Isolde and Timothy somehow managed to make dancing into making out and Maggie was having a hard time keeping upright in her heels.  It felt nice to cut loose and have a little fun.

May 15, 2009

O`Hanlon – Round 25: ‘It Takes Two’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:31 am

Julie and Asia are happy and eager to welcome their future grandchildren.  Are Timothy and Isolde really prepared to be parents?

Isolde loved working in paranormal and she really did enjoy dealing with all things ‘abnormal’, but there was just something very wrong about it coming home with her.  Or, perhaps, being at her home.  The ghost of Agent Superball enjoyed giving her a scare everytime she went to take a bath.  Perhaps it was the memories of all the times Mary had bathed the dog that caused this.  Regardless, Isolde didn’t think it was funny.

Isolde wasn’t surprised when she gave birth to twins.  They seemed to run in the O`Hanlon blood.  They were both boys, dubbed Tommy and Gavin.  Timothy was quite pleased to have two strapping young examples of masculinity in a house primarily dominated by females.  Isolde was just happy to finally be able to hold her babies.  Of course, twins were a bit more than the new parents bargained for.

Julie was happy to help and Asia, too.  Without them, Timothy and Isolde would have probably gone crazy.  It wasn’t that they weren’t good parents, they were, but neither had really prepared enough for twins.  Isolde just thought it would come naturally and Timothy, well, he wasn’t known for thinking about things for long periods of time.  But with Julie and Asia’s support, they made it through and even began to enjoy their little bundles of joy.

Timothy was still job hunting, but in the meantime, was quite happy to spend time with the boys.  He was the only one who was home all day.  It was a strange role reversal, all the women at work and him at home.  He didn’t mind.  It meant he could spend more time trying to imbue some manliness into his little men.  He was just thankful they’d been able to remodel all the pink stuff before the boys joined them.

Babies tend to grow like weeds and before they knew it, Tommy and Gavin were both toddlers, running around and causing all sorts of trouble.

Gavin tried to play it innocent, but Isolde wasn’t fooled, neither were the others.  These two were going to be a handful, indeed…

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Note from Mao: So, two months later, and I’m back to playing.  It’s slow going, so I’m not sure how frequently I’ll update.  I’ve also still got a lot of wedding stuff to do.  And I’m writing this after a blissful night of NyQuil (yay spring flu!), so yeah.  Apologies if it sounds kooky! The twin’s names should make it obvious what my fiance keeps naming the O`Hanlons after, lol.

February 12, 2009

O`Hanlon – Round 24: ‘A Good Life’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:01 am

Julie and Asia O`Hanlon have been married a long while and are quite pleased their son has returned to take the family reins.  Timothy O`Hanlon arrives home from University with his fiancee, Isolde Anderson.

Timothy and Isolde had been dating since teenagers.  Unlike most relationships, theirs really had no ups or downs.  To most, it would seem boringly perfect, but to them, it was bliss.  They had very little drama that seemed to consume most couples.  It was made even more hilarious because they were just so different, you almost expected them to be constantly battling.  Instead, they were quite happy and seemed to fit together like two perfectly matched puzzle pieces.

They wasted no time getting married.  Isolde did not mourn the loss of her family name, in fact, she was eager to escape it.  Her life had been riddled with conflict and death, it seemed, and taking this new name and starting this new life with Timothy promised happiness.  She didn’t have to worry about her philandering father or the mother that had abandoned her, nor did she constantly think about the grandmother she had lost.  No, she had a new life and new concerns, happier concerns.  Timothy was just thrilled to finally be married.  It was something he had pictured–with Isolde–since they had begun dating all those years ago.

Yes, a new start with family and friends all in attendance.  It was a glorious day.  They had planned on a honeymoon, but opted out due to bad weather.  They’d go another time, there was no rush.  They were happy with the way things were now.

If it was weird to be taking over his grandparents’ old bedroom, Timothy said nothing.  It was the biggest bedroom in the house, after all, and neither of them were going to complain about having a bed.  Asia and Julie had both hinted that grandchildren would be more than welcome, but Timothy and Isolde were happy to take their time and simply enjoy being together.  They had plenty of time to have kids.

A small shack was built to house Isolde’s magical oddities and to give her a place to practice her magic undisturbed.  It was directly behind the house and so Timothy could come out and see her anytime.  He tried his best to stay away, though, respecting her need for space and privacy.  For this, Isolde was thankful.  She didn’t want her husband finding out that she was aiding Gordon Saunders.  Isolde was a good girl, but something inside her stirred and demanded she follow in her mentor Lilith Yu’s footsteps.  That meant helping Gordon.

Not that she found Gordon disagreeable.  It was difficult to realize he was ‘the bad guy’… he was much nicer to her than most ‘good guys’.

Of course, dealing with a vampire crime boss and being a witch weren’t Isolde’s only steps into the realm of the paranormal.  She also had experiences with ghosts.  It would seem her new home was just as haunted as her last.  She knew the ghost of Patricia haunted her former home and now it seemed the ghosts of pets haunted this place.  It was harmless, but it still startled her quite a bit.  She explained to Timothy she simply wasn’t feeling well–she didn’t want to worry him, especially if he was clueless.  Timothy had a way of being completely oblivious to the obvious.

While Isolde was working on her witchery, Timothy took time to catch up with his old friend, James Anderson.  He was happy to hear that James had finally cornered Kit Knight into an engagement.  He kept his judgements to himself.  James was a good guy, he deserved better than Kit, especially with how she treated him.  Perhaps Timothy was biased, though.  They were friends and he barely knew Kit.

At least James wasn’t dating Maggie, that’d just be weird.  It had been hard enough dealing with her crush on him.  Creepy.

Everyone in the house was pleased when Isolde announced she was pregnant.  It wasn’t exactly planned, but not unwelcome, either.  They were pretty secure in their schedules and relationship and now it was time for things to get shook up a bit.

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Note from Mao: I had no idea Isolde was even pregnant until her belly popped after she got home from work!  Stealth pregnancy!  No surprise, though, both of them have a 60%+ chance of trying.

Also, I actually did an elaborate wedding this time, but didn’t want to bog down the update.  For those of you who enjoy this sort of thing, more wedding pictures:

I love making my sims dance!  And you can see Michael showing off back there.  He’s not always quiet and subdued…

Sibling dancing!  This was autonomous and therefore hilarious.  Isolde is dancing with her younger sister, Adora Anderson.  Timothy is dancing with his younger sister Maggie.

Do you smell trouble, ’cause I sure as heck do!  Three bolts, THREE BOLTS!  Yeah, don’t worry, Kit will pop up in the Anderson update.  Sigh.  James is RIGHT beside her, too.

February 10, 2009

B.S.U. Campus – Round 23: ‘Love Hurts’

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:15 pm

Timothy O`Hanlon, Isolde Anderson, and Cole Anderson are all on their final years of University and eager to begin their adult lives.  Maggie O`Hanlon has just joined her older brother, Timothy, at University.

Timothy wasn’t quite sure how he felt about his little sister joining him at University.  On one hand, he had missed her, they had always been close… but on the other hand, he wasn’t really ready for her to show an interest in boys yet.  When Maggie arrived, that’s all she seemed to talk about.  Who could blame her?  It was no secret that poor Maggie, despite her looks, had been terribly unlucky in love and romance during her teen years.  Would being a young adult change her luck any?

Having family join him at University gave Timothy the push he needed.  He had always known that Isolde was a one-of-a-kind type of girl and while most people thought she was odd, he thought she was amazing.  He had wanted to propose immediately, as soon as they had gotten out of the cab and before they laid eyes on the house, but thought better of it.  He was glad he had waited.  There was no apprehension and he wasn’t scared–he knew what she’d say.

Maggie, meanwhile, was stuck fixing things.  She wondered if Timothy had heard about the whole ‘shocking’ incident involving the trash compactor at home.  Obviously not, or he wouldn’t have her fixing things!  She sighed.  It wasn’t fair.  Timothy had Isolde, Cole had Shelly, what did Maggie have?  A soaked shirt, because the stupid shower sprayed water all over her when she turned it wrong!

Cole was rarely seen by the others.  When he wasn’t at class or working on a term paper, he was with Shelly.  She would come to campus now and again, but with her new job, it was becoming impossible to travel.  More often than not, Cole ended up driving back to Boreal Springs to visit her on weekends.

Maggie tried her luck with a fireman that came to put out a fire she had caused while trying to cook.  It was moot.  He responded, at first, and then realized he wasn’t into attractive brunettes.  Maggie grumbled and wallowed in her defeat.  Was there no one out there for Maggie?

Before Isolde, Timothy, and Cole all left for graduation, Maggie tried to get Isolde to help her with her love woes.

“Can’t you just wiggle your fingers or something?  What about a love potion?”

Isolde tried to hide her amusement, “that’s not how it works, Maggie!  Besides, haven’t you heard of Kate Anderson?  She tried that stuff on Shang Yu and well, I think we can all see how that worked.  I don’t see what the rush is.  You’re acting like you’re forty and single!”

“What’s the rush?  You and Timothy have been together since puberty.  I haven’t even dated.  I just want to see what it’s like.”

“All right, but I can’t help you.  Why not try a matchmaking service?”

Maggie sighed, “because that’s for forty-year-olds who are still single!”

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Note from Mao: Poor Maggie!  She has negative chemistry with that fireman from her many, many fires as a teen.  What a bummer.  She’s all alone at Uni now, too.

February 2, 2009

Saunders 2 – Round 23: ‘Carpe Diem, Baby, Pt. 4′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 10:07 am

Lauren is finding herself neck-deep in vampires.  Gordon, the resident criminal mastermind and self-proclaimed underworld mayor of all that he surveys, isn’t too happy about Roman’s meddling with his son.  Claude, meanwhile, is quite enjoying his life as a creature of the night.

Claude was shocked when he managed to get the door to his father’s ever-exclusive study open.  He must have left it unlatched when he left for work.  Even more surprising was the familiar, yet peaked face of Emily.  She was seated on the high back chair looking wholly defeated and hopeless.  Their eyes met slowly and recognition washed over both their faces like an electric pulse.

“Emily?”

“Claude?”

“What are you doing down here?” Claude asked, helping her out of the chair.  Suddenly, he had a thought, “my father found you, didn’t he?”

“I’m sorry, Claude.  I didn’t know what I was getting into… but even so, I mean, despite it all, I’m glad I did.” She smiled, taking his hand.  “Otherwise, I’d still be out there… alone.  Being a vampire isn’t always easy, it’s a very solitary, lonely existence.  I can’t even begin to count how many years I’ve endured.  My parents were vampires and so, I was inducted quite early.”

“It’s all right, I’ll make this okay.  Dad will understand.  I’m not mad, I’m actually kinda happy with this–I mean, being a vampire and all.  And I’m really glad he found you.”

Making it ‘okay’ wasn’t easy.  Emily joined the ranks in the Saunders home, but was forced to go through the gauntlet of dealing with Gordon and explaining herself to Lauren.  Lauren wasn’t immediately accepting of yet another vampire in her home, the one who had changed her baby boy, but what could she do?  Emily made Claude happy, and she seemed genuine.  At least, Gordon assured her she was… and well, if she wasn’t…

For now, Lauren would tolerate it.

Claude, being the type of guy he is, wasn’t quite sure how he’d adjust to the lifestyle of having a ‘serious’ significant other.  They weren’t married or anything, but Emily was really fond of him and he of her.  Still, after awhile, he didn’t even think about it.  Emily was hot, she was technically an older woman, and her accent was hot.  She was all around hot, a straight ten, what more could he ask for?  The vampire thing was a catch with the ladies, but with Emily, it was a shared, mutual experience.  Emily’s reaction everytime they crawled out of their coffins at dusk was evidence of her agreement on the matter.

Plus, they had a lot of fun doing cliched, vampire things like making out (amongst other things) in a graveyard.  They enjoyed lurking in dark clubs and luring away innocent, admittedly stupid, club-goers.  The town was their oyster and while Gordon pleaded with them to be discreet, they also managed to enjoy themselves quite a bit.  Emily wasn’t new to this, she knew how to keep a low profile, but she wasn’t above making the best of the time she had with Claude, either.

When Gordon wasn’t corralling his vampire son and his much older girlfriend or trying to placate his very anxious wife, he was cleaning up other messes and securing friendships that would aid him in the future.  He had been immensely saddened to hear of Lilith Yu’s death, not simply because they had an agreement, but she had become a friend, and she was Tsung’s wife.  Her apprentice and protege, Isolde Anderson, was quick to come to him.  Apparently Lilith had let some thing slip and surprisingly, Isolde was happy to help him with Claude’s problem.  She even brought a potion.

Gordon was hesitant to deal with another Anderson, especially one so closely tied to Roman, but what choice did he have?  For now, Roman was safe, because as much as Gordon hated to admit it, he needed Isolde and her skills.  Isolde had single-handedly saved her uncle’s butt without even knowing it.

Still, Gordon wasn’t sure what he’d do about Claude.  Claude seemed adamant to continue this little play of being a vampire, but Gordon knew better.  The fancy would wear off and his fickle son would grow bored with the life he chose.  What would become of him then, and what of Emily?  Gordon idly stuffed the potion Isolde had given him into the locked drawer.  He would need it, eventually, but not now.

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Note from Mao: Emily is quite pretty, I’m surprised.  She and Claude are ridiculous… but hilarious, too.  Poor Gordon, his hands are tied!  And now you know why Roman hasn’t gotten any payback… Isolde to the unknowing rescue!  Lilith created peace by dying.  She wouldn’t be pleased, we all know much she loved a little chaos!

On another note, Boreal Springs is a year old.  Wow.

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