Boreal Springs

December 31, 2009

Davis-Knight – Round 27: ‘Telephone’

Filed under: Davis,Knight — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 3:33 pm

Jennifer Knight and Emma Davis are new graduates of Boreal Summit University, on their own in Aperture City.

Normally, the idea of Jennifer and Emma sharing an apartment would be so far-fetched it would be almost unbelievable.  Thanks to Daisy, however, it was a much different story.  They both needed help paying the rent and needed a roommate.  Daisy convinced Jennifer that Emma had changed and would make a decent roommate.  Jennifer was dubious.

“I like things clean,” Jennifer said, looking Emma over.  “I work evenings.”

“Me, too,” Emma replied.  “And I work during the day, so you’ll have plenty of time to yourself.”

“Try to keep the men to a minimum.”

“Only if you promise the same for the girls!”

The arrangement worked out and the two managed to find a nice routine.  They were complete opposites, but they didn’t have to be best friends to be roommates.  The apartment was plenty big enough for them to have their space when necessary and the companionship was nice.  It was preferable to being all alone.

It was only a matter of time before Francis stopped by.  He and Emma hadn’t really talked much since the whole blow-up with Rosa and then Shelly’s party.  It was mostly Emma keeping her distance.  Francis had enough of the gameplaying and decided to just ‘stop by’.

“Nice and I hear your roommate likes girls,” Francis commented, looking around.

She rolled her eyes, “she’s not the kind of lesbian you’d like, Francis.”

“She wears plaid?”

“Why are you here?”

He moved closer, his hand gently touching her face, “you can’t avoid me forever, you know.”

“I wasn’t avoiding you,” Emma replied, finding it hard to keep her resolve.  “I just… I’ve messed up enough.  I didn’t want to hurt Rosa anymore.”

“I’ve spoken to Rosa, we’re friends.  That’s all it is.”

“And that makes us what?”

He shrugged, “why does it have to make us anything?  Why can’t we just be two people who enjoy each others company?”

His logic was questionable, but Emma couldn’t deny that she did enjoy his company… quite a bit, in fact.  As long as she didn’t try to imagine the future, she was always happy to be with Francis.  Maybe her mind got a little fuzzy and she confused the things he said for commitments, but it didn’t matter, did it?  She was still young, she had plenty of time.

Jennifer arrived home late that evening to find Francis there.  She was surprised, to say the least.  He walked out of the bathroom like he owned the place, Emma nowhere to be found.  She was a bit startled when she came out a few seconds later, seeing Jennifer and feeling suddenly embarassed.

“Sorry to interrupt,” Jennifer said, trying not to sound awkward.  “I came home early, wasn’t feeling well.”

Jennifer made it to the counter before she collapsed without another word.  Emma was so shocked she could barely move, it was Francis that called emergency services.  They arrived and took Jennifer out on a stretcher.  Emma made a sound of pure horror as they pulled out the defibrillator–her heart had stopped beating.

Unfortunately, Jennifer didn’t make it.  The doctors were stumped and her family would have to wait for the complete coroner’s report to find out the true reason of death.

Emma returned to the apartment with Francis.  It had all happened Friday evening and now it was early Saturday morning.  Francis didn’t have classes until late Monday, so he stayed with Emma.  She was a bit of a wreck, having seen someone die right in front of her.

He studied while she slept.  It was a long weekend.  Anytime he left the room, she’d wake up or start freaking out.  By Sunday night and after a visit from her parents, she seemed to be doing better.  Francis left her in their care while he went back to University.

It took Emma some time, but she recovered.  She came home from work one day to find Daisy waiting.  She’d nearly forgotten that Jennifer and Daisy had some sort of weird friends, but maybe more thing going on.  She hugged her friend tightly, trying to comfort her.  Daisy didn’t look distressed so much as lost.

“Do you want to come in?”

“Thanks,” Daisy said, breathing slowly.  “It was a long drive.”

“How are you doing?” Emma asked tenatively.

“I’m okay, I just… it’s hard to believe, you know?  I don’t think I do, yet.  I won’t, not until I’m there and I… well, I see her go in the ground.  I just feel so terrible.”

“Why?  You didn’t do it, Daisy.  We have no idea what did.”

Daisy frowned, “I feel like maybe I should have come around earlier, you know?  Now I’m just lost.  I don’t know what to do.  I guess I just need some time…”

Daisy left a few hours later after looking around at the apartment.  Emma settled in for the evening.  She began making herself some dinner when she heard the door open and close.  She knew she locked it, so she wasn’t surprised when she looked up and saw Gordon.  He always had a way with locked doors.

“It’s so weird, mom and dad are gray and here you are… not.  What do you want?”

“I heard about your roommate,” Gordon said walking towards her.  “Life is unfortunate with its coincidence.  Are you all right?”

“I will be.”

He blocked her from the stove, “you’re still angry.”

“Not angry, just annoyed. What do you want?  Are you going to lecture me again?”  Emma sighed, pushing past him and placing the pot on the stove.  “I’m a big girl, I’ve learned my lesson.”

“That remains to be seen.  I know Claude’s slipped you money.”

She sat down with a sigh, “only a little, only because I really needed it.  It was that or live on the streets.”

“He doesn’t know that I know, I only thought you should.  You should know it’s impossible to get anything past me, Emma.”

“Consider me warned.”

“Which is why I am going to say this–Francis O`Hanlon… do you really think that’s wise?”

She made a face, “now you’re going to tell me who to date?”

“That’s not what I’m saying at all,” Gordon said quickly, looking exasperated.  “Michael worked with Viola.  She’s a basket case.  Francis is very similar to his father.  Do you really want to end up like Viola?  I hear she’s in therapy, that she’s taking some sort of pills… quite the future you’re staring down.  If this is a play for money, you might want to find someone else.”

Over the next few days, Gordon’s words continually ran through Emma’s head.  Everyone knew Viola’s tragic story.  She certainly didn’t want to end up like that.  She liked Francis, she liked him a lot and not just because he was rich.  She genuinely cared about it.  Unfortunately, he really didn’t seem to feel the same way, seeing her more as a friend and a casual ‘fun buddy’.

Her boss came home with her, they were supposed to work on a speech for one of the congressmen going before the public tomorrow.  She’d seen him several times around the office, they’d spoken a few times, but she’d always been so consumed by Francis she hadn’t done anything more than talk to him.

That changed very quickly.  Emma knew it was a bad idea to just… sleep with someone you barely know, but she wasn’t exactly thinking straight.  She was still reeling from what she’d witnessed and her own insecurities involving Francis.  To say the workplace was going to be a bit awkward would be an understatement.  Sleeping with a random person, not so wise, but your boss?  Dangerous.

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Note from Mao: OMG JENNIFER!  I have no idea what happened.  I was so shocked, my husband heard me and was like, “what’s wrong?!” and then rolled his eyes when I told him, lol.  All I can guess is that she was sick and I didn’t know.  Poor Jennifer.  This is why I don’t need ROS… my freakin’ sims kill themselves!

I tried to have Emma plead for her life, but they were barely friends, so she picked the wrong hand.

As for Emma jumping her coworker, she did that on her own!  No sooner did they walk into the apartment… BAM!  Couch action, OMG.  And then she was hitting on her other coworker, too.  This whole situation has her on the fritz.  I can’t wait to see Francis’ reaction, LOL!  Emma is the only person he’s gotten busy with.  He’s not 100% Patrick.  I’m also amused that they have three bolts.

November 19, 2009

Saunders – Round 27: ‘China Girl’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 10:33 am

Sage and Daisy Saunders return home to begin their adult lives.  (Virginia’s portrait still shows adult because SimPE decided to suddenly not work)

As soon as they had settled into their old home–which had been recently remodeled as it was in desperate need–Daisy got a job.  She was working as a teacher at the local middle school.  The thought was pretty laughable to Sage, who had never been fond of school.

“We just graduated college and you’re running back to the books!”

“I like teaching,” Daisy replied, confused.  “And books.  It’s educational.”

Sage sighed,” of course it is.  You need to do something fun!

“But it is fun…”

The two settled into their normal routines; Daisy read books and Sage looked for a suitable dream guy.  Their mother was pretty scarce, she was either out or in her room.  While neither of the girls mentioned it much, her mental state after their father’s untimely death was questionable.

Sage was determined to find her Mr. Right, even if it meant going through a ton of Mr. Wrongs.

She met plenty of nice guys, but there just didn’t seem to be that ‘spark’, that special something that made her stomach flutter and her knees go weak.  She was beginning to think it was all book and movie fairytale.  If there were truly someone right for her out there, wouldn’t she have met him already?

Of course, her terrible luck could also have a hand in it.  She had a fantastic date only to have the ghost of an old pet scare her silly.  Her date was unimpressed and a little concerned.  He hadn’t seen a thing and suddenly she’s screaming and going nuts.  With his “crazy radar” beeping high, he quickly departed.  Sage knew she wouldn’t be hearing from him.

Then, there was Jared.  She met him by chance downtown and they seemed to hit it off pretty well.  She was pretty impressed to find out he was Shelly Anderson’s campaign manager and, as he put it, a major proponent to her success.

At this point, Sage wasn’t sure what she was looking for anymore.  She just enjoyed hearing his fantastical tales of political intrigue and the dirty behind the scenes stuff.  They had fun and that was all that mattered, right?  It was just dating.

Meanwhile, Daisy was pulled out of her shell by a call from Emma.  She was surprised to find out that it wasn’t about Gregory this time, no, Emma had found herself in yet another mess.  Daisy sighed.  Would she never change?

“I’m staying away, though,” Emma assured her.  “I don’t want… I mean, it’s been a long couple of months.  I’m… trying not to repeat past mistakes.  I mean… getting ‘cut off’, it’s been a wake-up call.”

“That’s good, Emma.  It is.  If I’m downtown, we’ll have to meet for lunch.  I still can’t believe it, you realize who his father is, right?  I wouldn’t trust him.”

Emma went quiet for a minute, “…I know, I’m trying to keep level headed.  I have to go, duty calls.  I’ll talk to you later, okay?”

Emma’s latest tale of romantic intrigue got Daisy thinking.  She’d never had any kind of romance in her entire life, she wasn’t even sure what type of romance she wanted.  While she had told Jennifer she was going to think about it, truth be told, she hadn’t.  She just couldn’t.  It seemed so weird.

Of course, if she kept this up, she was going to be that weird spinster teacher who lived in her sister’s house.  She was staying in their old room with the twin beds still in it.  Even if she wanted romance, there really wasn’t any to be found in the yellow and floral print room from her childhood days.

While Daisy was mourning the nonexistence of her love life, Sage was enjoying her time with Jared.  He was very charismatic, she would give him that.  It was no wonder he was waist-deep in politics, it was a gift.  He could talk an Eskimo into buying ice.

He was handsome, too, in that clean-cut probably moisturizes before he sleeps kind of way.  She was ignorant, though.  She had heard the rumors about Shelly’s troubled marriage and all the time she spent with her campaign manager.

Sage did her best to keep her feet firmly on the floor and her brain constantly on alert.  He was charming, yes, but Sage was smart.  She hadn’t survived by being some frail little flower.  Maybe that’s why she had such a hard time finding someone, they all wanted that frail flower.

“You’re spunky, you know.  If the athletics thing doesn’t work out, you should come over to the dark side,” Jared said, pulling her out of her reverie.

She laughed, “the dark side?  I guess that’s a pretty good description.  I dunno, I’m more of a sportswoman, myself.  I’ll leave the suit-wearing to those who do it well.”

“I think that was a compliment.”

“Maybe, but don’t let it go to your head.  It’s big enough as it is.”

“See?  Spunky!  I’ll talk to you later?”

She watched him walk away and let her steely exterior fade away.  Playing it rough was getting difficult, she was genuinely falling in like with this strange, charismatic, suit-wearing mystery man.

Daisy, unable to sleep, wandered out to the playground.  She sat down on the swing and sighed.  She was there for several minutes before she heard footsteps behind her.  Fear moved up her spine before she heard a familiar, female voice call out:

“Hey, long time no see.  Are you avoiding me?”

“Jennifer!”  Daisy gasped, jumping from her swing.  “You scared me!”

“I didn’t mean to sneak up on you, but I worried if you saw me, you’d run off.”

Daisy looked abashed, “I’m sorry, Jennifer.  I haven’t been avoiding you, just been in my head a lot lately.  What are you doing here, in Boreal Springs?  It’s a long way to Aperture.”

“Visiting the family, seeing my sister, my parents, you know.  I guess it was a blessing in disguise, Kit getting everything.  I mean, my parents would have had a fit if I got it and then came out.  They’re still kind of reeling.”

“Oh… you told them?”

She shrugged, “better late than never, right?”

An awkward silence passed between them.  Daisy wasn’t sure what to say and Jennifer wasn’t sure where to begin.

“I should go, I have work tomorrow,” Daisy said, turning to leave.

“Hey, Daisy?”

She paused, but didn’t turn around, “yes?”

“Keep in touch, we were always friends first.”

She nodded, feeling suddenly guilty, “I know… I will.  I promise.”

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Note from Mao: Okay, I know I said I’d update this month… but it’s been a horrible, awful month.  Bad news after bad news after bad news.  I’m not even done with my NaNoWriMo yet and we leave next week to go visit my family (which I am not looking forward to).  I played this back in October, but I’m just now getting around to assembling it and posting it.

Sorry I’ve been so absent lately.  Trying to deal with twenty million things at once.  I’ll get caught up, it just might take me some time.  Until then, I’ll try not to disappear… but updates will be sporadic.

Also, in regards to SimPE, I have NO idea what happened.  It isn’t loading data.  The progress bar just zips by and when I open the ‘Sim Selector” everything is blank and “unknown”.  The game itself is fine and the hood, too.  Buh.  May try re-installing.  I even tried updating, nothing.

October 25, 2009

B.S.U. Campus – Round 26: ‘What It Takes’

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus,Knight,Saunders — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 11:36 am

Sage Saunders, Daisy Saunders, and Jennifer Knight are all looking forward to graduating college.  Will Jennifer’s secret find its way to Daisy before then?

“I think we should go on a cruise,” Daisy suggested.  “I like cruises.”

“Those are a bit expensive for a bunch of barely making it college kids,” Sage replied, shaking her head.  “We need something simpler.”

Jennifer shrugged, “we’ve got a few months, we’ll think of something.”

It was a few weeks before the girls managed to decide on something–the outdoors.  They were all looking for some way to celebrate the end of their four years together.  They didn’t just want a party, they wanted something bigger–a vacation!

“Sage wants to go camping, what do you say?”

Daisy made a face, “I guess I could.  But we’re bringing bug spray… lots of it.”

So, camping they went.  The great outdoors, the forested unknown–okay, so it wasn’t so much unknown, especially considering they’d started logging already, but that’s what the brochure said!  Sage and Jennifer immediately tried out their skills with an axe while Daisy stood by the sidelines.

“I’m going to nail this,” Sage said confidently, holding her axe in a perfect stance.

“That’s kind of scary,” Jennifer said, lifting her own axe up.  She looked at Daisy, “are you sure you don’t want to try?”

“No, that’s all right.  Throwing sharp, pointy things isn’t exactly my cup of tea.”

Daisy and Jennifer found the sauna while Sage went out to look for what she called “some hot locals”.  The two were comfortably quiet for awhile until finally, Daisy spoke.

“Have you thought about what you’re doing after you graduate?”  She paused, thoughtful for a minute.  “I don’t have a clue.  It’s almost as if the closer we get, the blanker my mind gets.  I had all these grand ideas and now?  Nothing.  It seems hollow somehow.”

“To be honest, I haven’t thought about it at all,” Jennifer replied leaning forward.  “Kit kind of scrambled everything up.  Now, instead of going home, I’m on my own.  I mean, I’m sure if I needed to go home, my family would welcome me… but I don’t want to.  I guess I’ll just get an apartment in Aperture, find a job, figure everything out as it comes.”

“Yeah, I thought I wanted to go with Sage, back home… but now?  I’m not so sure.  I don’t know if there’s a place for me there.”

“That’s silly, Daisy.  You know Sage will always have room for you.”

Daisy laughed, “sure, until she actually finds this illusive hot guy she’s searching for.

“I can’t believe you convinced me to do this,” Jennifer mumbled, swatting at a wayward mosquito.  “Sleeping under the stars is for woodland creatures and crazy people.”

“Aw, c’mon!  It’ll be fun,” Sage said excitedly.  “I’ve never slept in a tent before.”

Daisy frowned, “see?  This is why I didn’t want to come camping.  Now I’m going to get sick.”

“You won’t get sick if you bundle up.  Just make sure you have a nice, warm blanket.”

“She wouldn’t get sick if we could just stay in a hotel,” Jennifer added, making a face.  “My back is going to kill me after this dirt nap.”

“You guys are no fun!  This is camping, the great outdoors, the–”

“Yeah, yeah, we read it in the brochure!” Daisy and Jennifer interrupted together, waving her off with a dismissive hand.

After the disastrous night in the tent, the three spent the rest of their vacation beneath the safety of a hotel roof.  They spent the entire day lounging in its simple luxuries, too sore and tired from their night beneath the stars–a night when it hailed, of all things–to bother going to see the sights.  The next day, rejuvenated and livened, they went to the logging yard and tried their luck with some old school log rolling.

Neither Jennifer or Daisy had wanted to play Sage, given her skills with all things athletic, so it was left to them to battle it out.  Sage worried from the sidelines while Jennifer playfully taunted her opponent.  Surprisingly, Daisy won each time.

Before they knew it, the vacation was on its last evening and they were all thoroughly exhausted.  Between hiking, checking out the local sights, and Sage’s need to find someone attractive and single, the girls were run ragged.  Unfortunately for Sage, there had been no men that struck her fancy.

“I’m beginning to think there aren’t any decent guys anywhere.”

“I think you need to focus on hitting the books, anyway.  You need to graduate!”  Daisy lectured.

Sage sulked, “the only reason I even came to college was to find some hot guy!  Now I’m still single and we’re going back home.  This sucks.”  She looked at Jennifer, “you’ve got it easy.  There’s plenty of great girls around.”

Jennifer tried not to choke on her water, “yeah, lucky me.”

Sage was the first one back to the hotel.  She wasted no time going to her room and crashing out.  Tomorrow was going to be a long day of traveling and prepping for those final exams.  Jennifer walked with Daisy to her room, which was just before Jennifer’s.  She stopped Daisy at her door.

“I need to talk to you.”

“What’s wrong?” Daisy asked, genuinely curious.  “You’re not mad at Sage, are you?  She didn’t mean–”

“No, I’m not mad at Sage.  There’s something I kind of need to tell you…”

Daisy was shocked, to say the least.  After that, she was embarrassed.  Not because Jennifer was a girl, but because no one had really told Daisy anything like that before.  She felt suddenly shy and awkward.  What was she supposed to say?  She’d never dated or anything, but had always assumed that… well, she liked boys.

“You don’t have to say anything,” Jennifer said.  “I just wanted you to know.  Don’t feel like you have to do anything about it.  We’re friends first.”

“I’m just… I don’t know, I guess, I just always thought…”

“It’s okay.  I’ll see you in the morning.”

“Yeah, okay…”

Things were understandably awkward when they got back.  Sage could sense it, but thought it best not to ask at this particular moment.  They put all their remaining energy into cramming for exams.  It wasn’t until they were over and graduation approached that they had a moment to relax.  Daisy laid outside, staring up at the stars.  Jennifer joined her.

“I probably shouldn’t have said anything, I’ve made us awkward.”

“No, it isn’t that,” Daisy replied, still staring up at the sky.  “It’s just… I don’t know what I am or what I… like.  I never dated or did anything that would give me an indication.  I just always assumed.  Now I’m just confused.”

“I’m sorry.”

“Don’t be,” Daisy said, crawling to her feet.  She brushed herself off.

“I just need to figure it out and… I don’t want to mess up our friendship if it’s, well, not that,” Daisy continued with a sigh.

“It’s not an instantaneous thing.  It won’t come jumping out of the dark at you.  Whatever you  feel or whatever it is that’s inside you is there and has always been there.  You can’t change it.”

“I know, but I’ve never even tried to figure it out.  I guess now’s the time.”

Jennifer laughed, “seriously delayed, too.  Oh well.  Come on, let’s go inside, it’s getting cold.”

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Note from Mao: Jennifer and Daisy have three bolts without my interference.  Unfortunately, while Jennifer spins up wants for Daisy, Daisy has yet to spin up any romantic wants for Jennifer.  That doesn’t keep her from heart-farting all over the place or flirting, though.  Sigh.  She needs to make up her mind!

And with that, round twenty-six is over… woohoo!

June 24, 2009

B.S.U. Campus – Round 25: ‘The Reflex’

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus,Knight,Saunders — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 11:33 am

Sage and Daisy Saunders had a somewhat neglectful upbringing, will their time in college give them a chance to redeem what’s been done to them or will they complete the cycle?  Jennifer Knight’s family is just as messed up.  Can she overcome everything she’s seen and what’s up with her attitude lately?

Sage, Daisy, and Jennifer had all been friends since they were young teens, so it was no surprise when they decided to all get a rental together.  Unfortunately, the only thing they could afford was this old house that had once been inhabited by hippies.  Despite the ever-present smell of patchouli and the bizarre decor, it was big enough for the three of them and very close to their class buildings.

Sage tried to be the house mother, but her cooking skills left a lot to be desired.

Jennifer wordlessly took on the role of the house chef.  Unlike her sister, Kit, Jennifer had inherited her mother’s ability in the kitchen, even if she’d never admit it.  Jennifer didn’t like talking about her family and she especially didn’t want to talk about her parents.

It wasn’t because she hated them.  She’d long gotten used to the dysfunction… it was because her sister, Kit, had once again come in and taken over.  Kit wasn’t leaving, she’d get the house and Jennifer would get nothing.  Maybe Jennifer should’ve gotten knocked up by a playboy vampire, too.

Daisy was friends with Emma, despite her solitary nature.  She met up with her friend at a local karaoke club at her insistence and listened to her plan.  Daisy was horrified.  She couldn’t believe Emma was still going on about this whole Gregory and Lydia thing.

“That’s a really bad idea,” Daisy said, recovering from her surprise.  “This isn’t just about what you want, Emma.  You could hurt people.”

“Lydia doesn’t really like him, anyway.  I’m doing her a favor.”

Daisy shook her head, “it’s not up to you to decide.  Besides, if Gregory loves Lydia, that isn’t going to change… no matter what you do.  You have to give it up.”

Emma was adamant, “I’m not going down without a fight.”

Meanwhile, Sage was trying to get to the bottom of Jennifer’s recent changes.  They’d been in college a full year now and Jennifer never went out, she didn’t date, she just went to class and came home.  Several times Sage had pleaded with her to go out ‘guy hunting’, but Jennifer refused.

“So, what’s going on?  I need a wingwoman!  Being single sucks.” Sage mumbled, poking her spaghetti with her fork.  “College boys are so weird.”

“I’m just… not interested.  Why don’t you ask Daisy?”

Sage choked back her laughter, “are you serious?  I love my sister, but come on.  No, I need you.  What happened to 0ld times, Jenn?  What’s going on with you lately?”

Jennifer closed her eyes and took a breath.  There was no time like the present, right?  She didn’t notice that Sage had taken a big bite of a meatball when she said:

“I think I’m gay, Sage.”

Thankfully, Jennifer was well-versed in the Heimlich remover and Sage was all right.  She was still quite shocked, though.  Jennifer… a lesbian?  Since when?  But then again, she never did date and she always had an excuse to not flirt with boys — acne, video games, etc.  It all made sense.

Daisy was a little more understanding.  Sage told her everything and she was quick to support her friend.

“You know you could have told us sooner,” Daisy said, smiling.  “It isn’t like we’d suddenly hate you.  Whatever makes you happy!”

That was all well and good, but Jennifer was pretty certain Daisy wouldn’t think that when she found out Jennifer’s feelings on the matter.  Jennifer couldn’t be certain, but she was pretty sure that Daisy was straight.  It was a very unrequited love and she wasn’t about to mess up everything by blabbing about it.

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Note from Mao: Sorry this took so long.  I seriously have had very little computer time lately.  :(   As for Jennifer, she’s never really shown interest in either and it wasn’t until I checked her token that she revealed she could go both ways… but started heart farting over Daisy.  I assume they could easily be three bolts, but I’m not too sure Daisy is into chicks.  Only time will tell.

Of course, the hippie house was purely for my own amusement.  Hehe.

A very disturbing outtake.  Emma did this while on her outing with Daisy.  One of these bubbles is not disturbing… the other is.  Can you guess which one it is?

WTF EMMA? That’s your adoptive grandfather, for crying out loud!  He bought you a piano.  Dirty thoughts = NOT COOL.  This girl has issues.  Serious ones.

May 29, 2009

Knight – Round 25: ‘Difficulty Levels’

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 1:16 pm

Kit Knight has been forced to move back into her parents house after the messy end of her relationship to James Anderson.  With her, comes the twins, Nadia and Dominic.  Jennifer never signed up to be a babysitter, Travis thought his baby days were over, but Marla?  She couldn’t be happier.

Marla couldn’t have been happier to have Kit home with her babies.  Sure, their birth wasn’t exactly ideal and their father had no idea and let’s not forget the fact that he’s the son of Gordon Saunders… but whatever.  They were grand babies and they were adorable.

Travis was a little less enthused.  He was looking for peace and quiet… which wasn’t readily available with twins.

“It’s only temporary, dad,” Kit assured him.  “Just until I get back on my feet.  I don’t like this anymore than you do.”

He sighed, “it’s nice to have you home, Kit.  I just wish… you’ve put me in a tight spot here.”

Travis had dealings with Gordon.  It was why he was so successful as the DA.  Kit knew this, but was adamant.

“Claude can’t know.  Not yet.”

“He might not, but Gordon will.  Whether I tell him or not.”

Jennifer wasn’t happy, either.  She never signed on to be an extra babysitter.  She was young!  She didn’t want anywhere near babies right now.  The twins were walking and needing pottytrained.  She wanted to be out with friends.

Needless to say, Jennifer left home early and fled to college.

Kit was finding that even with her parents help, raising twins wasn’t easy.  She was exhausted all the time.  She rarely ever saw adults outside of her own family.  She loved the twins, she did, but sometimes she just wanted to get away and be free for awhile.  It was hard.  She’d have to swallow it down and not let them see it, lest they think they were some horrible mistake.

Even if they were, Kit didn’t want them to feel that burden.

She did her best not to rely too heavily on her parents for help.  She wanted to prove to them she wasn’t a huge screw up, though she hadn’t done such a great job of that so far.  She taught the twins to walk, talk, and use the potty.  She even took care of their evening bathes.  The only time her parents stepped in were to cuddle and coo, or watch them while she went to work.

Sade eventually came over to cheer her up, though she was busy with her own set of twins.  Kit had no idea how she did it.  But then again, she had Michael.  Kit still couldn’t quite figure that out, why someone like Michael would be so completely infatuated with someone like Sade.  It just didn’t make sense.

“You look rough,” Sade said, giving her friend a once over.  “How long has it been since you got a full night’s rest?”

“Thanks, but it’s been awhile.”

“Are you going to tell him?”  Sade watched her friend carefully and followed up with, “he has a baby now, you know, with Emily.”

Kit sighed, “I know and I don’t know if I should tell him now.”

“You should.  Gordon already knows, I think.  He has ways, you know?  You don’t want him with leverage over your head.”

“He’s your father-in-law, Sade!”

Sade gave her a look, “and that’s exactly why I know you don’t want him on your bad side!”

As the twins got older, they came to be even more of a handful.  Nadia was especially difficult, often wandering off and sleeping in the cat beds.  Kit was so exhausted and at her wit’s end.  She counted the days until they could take care of themselves and give her a bit of space.

Of course, the younger years pass by quickly and soon, the twins were ready for school.  There was no denying who their father was, it showed on their faces as plain as day.  Kit was going to have one heck of a time trying to keep them underwraps.

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Note from Mao: Poor Kit!  She really isn’t good at this mothering thing.  The twins are SO CUTE!  Sade and Michael also randomly visited, which was hilarious.

May 17, 2009

Saunders – Round 25: ‘Night and Day’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 11:03 am

Basil and Virginia aren’t spring chickens anymore, but they still act pretty irresponsible.  Daisy and Sage are preparing for their life in college.

Sage, who never had any problem with boys, managed to net her first kiss.  Daisy was understandably a little jealous.  She wished she had the same charisma, but she didn’t.  Not only that, boys made her feel awkward and weird.  She was much more comfortable just hanging out with their friends.

Sage and Daisy continued to get along, but Daisy wished her sister wouldn’t point out things she was pretending not to notice.  Like when Sage asked her if she’d looked in the mirror lately, because she was having a complexion malfunction.  Sage, naturally, didn’t get pimples… but Daisy?  They were next to her best friend at this point.  Life was unfair.

While Sage chatted on the phone, Daisy spent her time with the cat.  They would be leaving for college soon and everyone was excited.  Daisy wasn’t sure how to feel.  It would be the same as always.  She’d excel at the academia, but fail when it came to being social.  And let’s face it… being social is what college is all about!

Sage often had parties and invited their mutual friends over along with boys.  Daisy could only sit and watch her friends mix and mingle.  Sure, Jennifer was at her side, but only because she had recently had her own complexion malfunction and was pretending to be more interested in video games.  Even Rosa was finding her niche with boys, and Rose was definitely an odd duck.

Daisy hoped that college would give her the chance to really open up and let loose.

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Note from Mao: Poor Daisy, she really does often hang out in the background.  And she really has NO luck with boys, period.  Short update.  Virginia and Basil keep autonomously going to the trainset.  I am beginning to regret bringing it back!

March 6, 2009

Knight – Round 24: ‘No More Words, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 4:50 pm

Marla Knight is hardly happy about her husband, Travis’, indiscretions… but isn’t quite prepared to deal with a divorce.  Jennifer is feeling the effects of the chasm building between her parents.

Jennifer sneaks out late at night to join Sage on a bit of a joy ride.  Sage isn’t a bad kid by any means, but every now and again, it’s time for some fun.  Besides, it was mostly Jennifer’s idea.  She wants to get out of the house and away from her crazy parents for awhile.  Sage can’t deny her friend!

Unfortunately, they get busted.  Not so bad for Sage, but monumentally bad for Jennifer.  Her parents are not pleased and she gets lectured by them both.  Even worse, they pulling her out of public school!  She’s being removed from her friends and thrown into an Academy.  All they have to do is schmooze the headmaster.

The headmaster was quite impressed by Marla’s cooking and her fame, it took very little to convince him to allow Jennifer to attend, despite the recent bust.  He assures her parents that being a part of the prestigious Academy will straighten Jennifer out.  Keeping up with the requirements means hard work and dedication–no time for silly slacking off or sneaking out!

Academy life is tough, but Jennifer still manages to find time to hang out with her friends, Sage Saunders and Rosa Anderson.  Rosa and Jennifer don’t always get along, but Sage is the glue that holds their little group together.  She’s always quick to jump in and act as the mediator between the two.  Rosa is kind of upset that they didn’t include her in their excursion, but admits that she wouldn’t have gone, anyway.  Her parents would kill her if she got busted!

Kit comes over to tell her mother the news–that she’s most likely pregnant.  She has all the signs.  At first, Marla is happy, but the apprehension on Kit’s face quickly takes that away.

“The problem is,” Kit begins, taking a deep breath, “I don’t know who the father is.”

It takes everything Marla has for her jaw to keep from reaching the floor, “you’re kidding, Kit!  How could you allow this to happen?”

“I don’t know, but it has and now I’m in a lot of trouble…”

“You’d best cross your fingers and hope it is James’!  If not, well, Kit… whatever happens, you’ve brought it on yourself.”

She sighed, “I know.”

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Note from Mao: Pardon the old header image–Jennifer is suffering from the ‘no profile picture’ syndrome and I’ve tried multiple times to fix it with no success!  Sigh.  She is also a naughty teen, always wanting to sneak out.

February 18, 2009

Saunders – Round 24: ‘Twin Differences’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 11:53 am

Basil and Virginia haven’t been the best of parents.  Can Daisy and Sage still managed to be well-adjusted teens and eventual adults?

Daisy had found a great joy in her scholastic requirements.  She did her homework dutifully and always loved learning new things in class.  While she was quite the stunner when it came to intelligence, she was awkward and jilted when it came to other people or making friends.  It seemed Sage had taken the berth of that ability.

Sage was a natural with people, both charismatic and endlessly amusing.  She gesticulated wildly and her eyes would widen to the point of madness.  She laughed joyously and always had the best jokes.  She even managed to melt the ice around Jennifer Knight.  They were good friends.  Everyone was good friends with Sage.

It seemed their parents had finally seen the light, too.  Sure, they weren’t model parents, but they did try to somewhat put themselves in their twins’ lives.  They had dinners, they provided for them, they even got them into Private School.  Neither of the twins were quite sure where this change of heart had come from, but weren’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth.  They’d enjoy the companionship of a real family, even if it was a bit too late.

While the twins got along quite well, their differences often caused a rift to form between them.  Sage wasn’t just good with people, she was good with boys, too.  They loved talking to her and she was so witty!  Daisy never knew how to start a conversation, much less how to approach them.  Boys were like some unfathomable mystery to her.  Still, it didn’t help her feeling of loss any.

Of course, once they got bored with Sage–which is to say that Sage’s interest in people was rather shallow–they came to Daisy and that is where they remained.  While Sage only showed a tiny interest in them, Daisy dove headlong into deep, riveting conversations about their hobbies, interest, their life, everything.  She was deeply interest in people.

Meanwhile, Basil had been distracted from his pottery wheel by an abandoned and slightly charred trainset he found hidden away in the house.  With much effort, he brought it out and slowly began to restore it.  It definitely had the whole of his attention.  Virginia wasn’t nearly as interested, more apt to sit and widdle away her days online while her husband absentmindedly played with the train.

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Note from Mao: Sorry for the break, RL sucks.  But we’re back.  Virginia and Basil actually showed an interest in the teens.  Daisy is Knowledge, Sage is Family/Popularity.  The trainset?  Well, I just think it’s really neat, LOL.

February 3, 2009

Knight – Round 23: ‘No More Words, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:05 am

Things have been going pretty all right for the Knight clan, but could it just be the calm before the storm?

Marla wasn’t quite sure what happened.  One minute, she was chatting with Kit while her daughter sampled her latest suggested dish for the restaurant, the next minute, everything just went to chaos.  Travis was still in his pajamas and Katarina had popped up out of nowhere.  She had brazenly made a move on Travis, to which he had groggily responded to.  Marla was infuriated, Kit was too shocked to do anything but stare.  Katarina sauntered into the living room.

“I’ll be waiting for you when you’re done here, Marla.”

“What do you think you’re doing, Katarina?!” Marla raged, so furious she felt her chest constrict and tighten.  “This is my house and you walk in here and accost my husband in front of me and my daughter?  Haven’t you done enough?”

“Obviously not,” Katarina said indignantly, “because you’re still as blind as ever.  Can’t you see?  Travis is a lout, he always has been.  He was at my store, Marla… and friendly conversation quickly became–”

Marla silenced her immediately, “shut up, just shup up! You’re nothing but a tramp and now you’re coming in here, messing up my family and trying to make yourself look like some sort of fidelity messiah?  Give me a break, Katarina.  Everything you’ve ever done in your entire life has been selfish.  All you care about is yourself!”

“The same could be said for you, putting your family through the tension of your quickly dissolving marriage…”

Get out!” Marla demanded, her voice reaching new octaves, “NOW!”

Before Katarina could leave, Kit came to have her say.  Unlike Marla, though, she wasn’t nearly as disciplined not to attack the woman that had made her life extremely difficult.  Her infidelity, her inability to commit–she blamed it all on her mother’s former best friend.

Katarina laughed her off, pushing her back, “you’ve got the wrong woman, Kit.  Your mother is the one who made you what you are!”

“You evil witch!” Kit snapped back, jumping on her.  Katarina was older, but skilled.  Kit found herself on the losing end of the battle.

Meanwhile, Jennifer was having her own trauma.  She heard the commotion downstairs and awoke abruptly from a vivid nightmare.  She worried that her father was gone and that her family was crumbling all around her.  The new house was built of a flimsy foundation, it seemed.  Would she suffer the same fate as the adult Kit?

Moving back to Boreal Springs had enabled Marla to reconnect with her fraternal twin Julie.  She called her the next morning and they met for coffee.    Julie was saddened to hear about what happened, but happy to see her twin again after so long.

“You could always move out,” she suggested.  “We have room.”

“Move my entire family out of the house I’ve been working towards my entire life?  No,” Marla sighed, taking a long sip.  “I’m too old to start over, anyway.  Jennifer’s nearly grown, Kit’s on her own now… and me?  I’d be all alone if I left Travis.”

“You could always come stay with us, Marla.”

“That’s all right.  I made my bed, I’ll just have to lie in it.  Thanks, though, Julie… I appreciate it.”

The aftermath was a simple one, Travis and Marla avoided each other.  They were cordial in front of the kids, but otherwise, went about their own lives.  They were both too old to divorce, but after what happened, Marla would sooner douse herself in gasoline and set herself on fire than talk to Travis.  It was strenuous on Jennifer, who was nearing puberty with amazing alacrity.  She looked to Kit for guidance.  She idealized her so much.

“You don’t want to be like me, Jen,” Kit confided, sighing.  “Just be you.”

Jennifer was adamant, “but you’re not unhappy like mom!  You have so much fun!”

“Not really.  It’s all a mess, everything.  Just be you.  In the end, it’s all you can do.”

And so, with her visions of her parents and Kit crushed, Jennifer was Jennifer.  She was angry, impulsive, yet had a very quick wit.  She sought knowledge–perhaps some explanation as to why she had been dealt such an unlucky hand.  Still, beneath her rough exterior, Jennifer was incredibly fragile.  It would just be incredibly hard to see, covered with all the… other stuff.

Marla was determined to have someone inherit her legacy, but it seemed highly unlikely.  Jennifer just wasn’t into it.  She didn’t really care about cooking.  When she would goof up, she’d just shove it all in her mouth, much to Marla’s horror.  Why couldn’t she have had at least one child inherit her natural talents?  Her businesses would die with her, it seemed.

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Note from Mao: I have no idea WTF happened.  I was playing and then I heard the BOOOING!  And I look over and there’s Katarina, come out of NOWHERE, and Travis is getting slapped and it was just insane.  Then Kit attacked Katarina and Jennifer was having a nightmare and wow.  Jennifer is a Knowledge sim, and she has ZERO nice points.  Fun.  She’s also very angry at several people, thanks to all the house fighting!

January 13, 2009

Knight – Round 22: ‘Moving On Up’

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 3:21 pm

Travis and Marla Knight have entered their elder years, but instead of relaxing and being grandparents, they’re still parents.  Little Jennifer is just now on the cusp of childhood.

Travis had been extremely apprehensive about being  dad to a young girl with gray hair, but the more he did it, the less of an issue it became.  Jennifer was sweet and quiet, almost as if she knew her parents couldn’t quite keep up with a rambunctious toddler.  It could also be because the house was quite small and there wasn’t much room to run around.  With his new position and a ‘security deposit’ from an unnamed source, Travis had been looking around at houses.  Marla was eager to move back to the neighborhood she grew up in–Boreal Springs.

Kit came over with Sade for one last gander at the house she grew up in.  Of course, Sade was much too busy playing with the cats to bother feeling the nostalgia.  Her response was that it was a good move for them.  After all, this was the same place Travis had cheated on Marla with Katarina.  Kit had always known about that, but she would have preferred it if her best friend kept a tighter lip about it.

They were also over for Jennifer’s birthday.  She was a big girl now, able to do things on her own.  She also seemed to have a burst of energy, running around the house, terrorizing the cats and her parents.  It was a good thing the house they had contracted to be built in Boreal Springs was ready.  Marla wasn’t sure how much longer this tiny house could hold the tornado of youth that was Jennifer.

She also admired her older, gorgeous sister quite a bit.  She told her mother often she wanted to have as many ‘best friends’ as Kit did.  Marla sighed.  She didn’t have the heart to tell Jennifer that her older sister slept around to ‘attain’ those best friends…

The new house was gorgeous and roomy.  Marla had never lived in anything like it before.  She was quite ecstatic.  Travis, too, was happy.  Finally, he had a home to reflect his wealth.  Everyone knew that the rich people moved to Boreal Springs to build big houses.  Well, except select few… those who lived in Aperture were usually tied to crime.  Travis needed to distance himself, for the sake of his family and his reputation.  Dealing with Gordon was lucrative indeed, but he needed to keep a low profile or he’d get an unpleasant night visit.

After all the furniture and everything was situated, things settled down for the family.  Jennifer had more than ample room to run around, and she had a backyard.  There were also children everywhere for her to play with.  All in all, it was a good choice.  Marla tried not to think where all the money had come from, nor how the construction had been completed so… quickly.  She just sat back and enjoyed the luxury.

Besides, she was too preoccupied trying to sort out her eldest daughter, Kit.  Kit was an anomoly.  She had a great mind, very sharp, yet she degraded herself continually by just sleeping around.  Marla worried it was the fued she had with Katarina Anderson coming back to haunt her.  Recently, she’d heard that Kit was involved with no less than three people–Claude Saunders, James Yu, and Marcus Yu.

“You need to sort out your life, Kit,” Marla warned her one evening.  “I’m worried about you.  James is a good boy, he really likes you, he always has.  Do you think he’ll stand for you dating around?  He could easily go and find someone else.”

Kit sighed.  She wasn’t in the mood.  She had just seen Claude and the fact he was a vampire still… bothered her.  “Mom, please.  I’m fine, okay?”

“But I heard you were messing with Marcus Yu now, too!  What are you thinking, Kit?”

“That was… I don’t know, but it isn’t serious.  It only happened once.  Look, mom, I’m fine, okay?  If you need anymore help with the stores, let me know, but I gotta go.  It’s a long drive back to Aperture.  Love you, I’ll call you tomorrow.”

And with that, she exited.  Marla sighed.

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Note from Mao: Kit is INSANE.  I’ve never had a Knowledge sim like her.  She brought Marcus Yu with her and just, BAM.  Within seconds, steamy makeouts… WHAT?  Seriously, WHAT?  Oh boy.  This girl, I tell you.  Poor James.  And yes, I moved Marla and co to a new, extravagant house!  They needed it–they had tons of cash and that townhouse was way, way too cramped.  Jennifer scares me.  She jumps on the bed constantly.

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