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

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!

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!

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 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 21, 2009

O`Hanlon – Round 23: ‘Unlucky’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , — Mao @ 9:03 pm

Julie and Asia may have an unconventional marriage, but their lives are fairly normal otherwise.  Maggie is enjoying the last of her teen years before joining her older brother at B.S.U.

Unfortunately for Maggie, things don’t seem to be going too well.  Being a senior isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, it seems.  Sure, her life at school is going fine, but that’ll all be over soon, water under the bridge.  Right now, she’s stuck getting assaulted by their evil trash compactor!  She just wanted to help out and try to fix it.  She should have left it to Julie.  Maggie’s hobbies don’t necessarily include tinkering or jamming a screwdriver in the angry maw of a trash compactor.

It wasn’t just appliances Maggie had trouble with–boys also seemed to be a problem.  Maggie had it all going for her–looks, popularity, intelligence–but the boys didn’t seem to care.  Most of them were just too intimidated by her.  She came on too strong, too hard.  She was a good girl, she was just trying to broaden her horizons.  She wasn’t asking for marriage or anything!  Still, they shuffled off and avoided her like the plague.  Poor Maggie.

There was at least some bit of good news–their dog, Sansa, gave birth to three puppies!  Sandor, Catelyn, and Brienne all resembled their mother and were kept safely in the unused bedroom behind the garage.  Julie and Asia planned to give them away to any willing neighbors when the time came.

Maggie still wasn’t having much look with cooking, either.  Again, the fireman came to the rescue.  He was getting to know everyone in the house by now, especially Maggie.  He was older, but not too old, Maggie noticed with interest as she chatted him up.

“I know you probably think I’m an airhead,” she began, “but I’m not.  I’m really smart with books!  It’s just cooking that elludes me.”

It seems he heard this excuse a lot.  He simply laughed and nodded, “whatever you say, m’am.  Try not to burn the house down.”

It would seem he left his warning with the wrong resident!  Poor Julie suffered her own culinary disaster shortly after Maggie left for University.  Aang was just as puzzled by the roaring flames, unable to move.  Luckily, the fireman was still around and the damages were minimal.  At this point, it seemed a better notion to just hire a caterer… or order out for the rest of their lives.

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Note from Mao: Nothing too crazy this round.  Poor Maggie, she really does have terrible luck.  Maybe it’ll improve in Uni.

December 30, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 22: ‘Getting By’

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

Julie and Asia O`Hanlon have had a happy life, despite their ‘unconventional’ marriage.  Timothy is about to head off to University and Maggie is enjoying her teen years.

Julie and Asia might have gray hair now, but they’re still as happy as they were when they met.  Sure, a lot of time has passed, and maybe some arguments and bad words have been said, but in the end, they’re in love.  They’re lucky, too, with two great kids like Timothy and Maggie.

Timothy is overjoyed to find out that both he and his longtime girlfriend, Isolde Anderson, have been accepted to Boreal Summit University.  In his joy, he nearly squeezes the life out of poor Isolde.  Unfortunately, she can’t really share his festive nature, as she has bigger things in mind than just college.  Her days with Lilith Yu have opened her eyes up to a world of possibility and supernatural that not everyone can understand.  She can’t wait to embrace it fully.

Maggie, meanwhile, is still burning things.  She tries so hard to cook, but it just isn’t in her.  The fire department is on speed dial now and when they see their number come up, well, they’re not surprised.  Maggie has made friends with the local fire company, that’s for sure.  They’ve saved her life–and the kitchen–more times than they’ve fetched cats out of trees!

When she’s not burning things, she tries to find interest in boys, but it just isn’t there.  They’re all so… boring.  All they want to talk about is sports or stupid things and Maggie finds herself drifting off.  She feels like her life has find reached a lull at such a young age and hungers for something to liven it up.  She’s sure she’ll find something when Timothy stops hovering over her and goes off to college.  She had already gotten in trouble for sneaking off with her cousin, Cole Anderson.

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Note from Mao: Sorry this one is so short, all Maggie did was burn things!  That girl, I swear.  No worries, the Anderson update will… definitely make up for it.  I still can’t believe what happened, lol.

December 10, 2008

Anderson 3 – Round 21: ‘Turn Me Loose, Pt. 6′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 3:42 pm

Nathaniel and Sara are enjoying their quiet years, but still find themselves concerned for their children… all of which have seemed to gone down questionable paths.

Cole Anderson had thought wrong when he assumed he and Maggie O`Hanlon couldn’t get caught sneaking out past curfew. Maggie managed to escape, but Cole was caught red handed. They weren’t even doing anything wrong! Curfews were stupid.

Even worse, the cop didn’t just drop him off. She went in and ratted him out. Sara came flying out in her pajamas, not bothering to care who saw, and read him the riot act. Cole was both incredibly abashed and embarassed. He just wanted to slink off to his room and forget the world. This would be the last time he snuck out… both because he was grounded until college and because it just wasn’t worth the trouble!

Of course, it didn’t end there. No way. Cole awoke only to be drug out into the livingroom and forced to face both his mother and his Aunt Julie.

“You told Aunt Julie?!” He cried out, completely mortified now. Maggie was going to be grounded for life.

“Maggie was with you,” Sara countered. “She needed to know.”

Julie sighed, moving to leave, “and I’m going to deal with her right now.”

“Oh man…” Cole sunk back against the couch, wanting to get away from his mother’s piercing gaze.

To make matters even worse, Shelly came over a few days later to ask why Cole hadn’t been sticking to his part of the deal. She hadn’t seen him outside of school at all and they were supposed to be trying to separate Isolde and Timothy!

“I’m grounded, Shelly,” Cole tried to explain. “My mom caught Maggie and I sneaking out.”

At this, Shelly rolled her eyes, “It isn’t my fault you were stupid. Who sneaks out, anyway? And you’re supposed to be getting Timothy away from Isolde… not hanging out with his little sister.” She was remembering Maggie O`Hanlon now, she’d grown up pretty, a threat to Shelly.

“She’s my cousin,” Cole reasoned, reading her expression easily. “Don’t be gross.”

“Oh, right… because your family isn’t into the whole cousin thing.” Her brown brows rose accusingly. “Or maybe you haven’t seen Sade lately?”

Low blow. With that, Shelly turned on her heel and left.

Despite her scathing comment, Shelly came by again, only this time at night. She was taking a walk with her mother while Cole happened to be taking out the trash. They stopped and spoke for a moment and Cole was sure to apologize and assure her that he would do his best to fulfill his part of the deal. For some reason, Cole was finding himself somewhat drawn to Shelly. She was oftentimes cold and downright mean, but she had her moments. Isolde was still a mystery to him, but he was beginning to figure Shelly out.

This may have been why, when Timothy came over to bring something to his aunt Sara, Cole was not so quick to dismiss the relationship between the two. Sure, he questioned Isolde’s weird hobbies, but Timothy was unphazed. The boy just seemed… so peaceful. It was ridiculous.

“Everyone has a hobby, Cole,” Timothy said easily, then gave his cousin a look. “I’d like it if your hobbies didn’t get Maggie in any more trouble though.”

Cole sighed, “It wasn’t my fault! She wanted to sneak out.”

“I know, she tried to con me into it, too. I said no. You should, too, next time. She’s just trying to act out and get noticed. sShe gets bored and then she has to do something. It’s just Maggie’s way. Steer clear or you’ll get burned.”

That he had already found out the hard way.

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Note from Mao: Cole didn’t have a good round, LOL! Poor guy. Both he and Maggie really did have wants to sneak out. I assumed it would end badly, heh, and it did. Poor Cole. And yes, Shelly is quite mean, isn’t she? LOL

ETA – I have no idea why comments were disabled. It’s been fixed. Sorry!

December 2, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 21: ‘Turn Me Loose, Pt. 4′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 10:22 am

Julie and Asia are happy with their current life, but worry about the future of their children.  Timothy has found himself entangled in an unwitting love triangle while Maggie is on the cusp of teenage hormones herself.

Timothy O`Hanlon is oblivious to the fact that his deepening relationship with Isolde Anderson is causing problems.  To him, he’s in love, or as in love as a teenage boy can possibly be.  He ignores Shelly Yu’s cold stares and doesn’t notice Cole Anderson lurking around in the background.  His sole focus is Isolde and his hobbies.

He does miss his good buddy, Marcus Yu, though.  He’s sure Shelly has a big part in that.  James Yu is too busy trying to get early acceptance into college to hang out.

While Julie is sure that Timothy thinks he’s in love, she thinks he needs to face the true facts of love.  Love is adopting too many dogs and then having to go outside and scold them in the middle of the night when they roll around in dirty puddles.  Julie loves Asia, but she wishes that she didn’t always have to reprimand the dogs.  Asia was incredibly busy at work lately and so most household duties fell to Julie.

Maggie had enjoyed a rather energetic childhood.  She skipped rope, tried to do her homework, but mostly spent time following Timothy around.  He wouldn’t let her now, though, she was too young and when he went off to do things, it was ‘big kid’ things.  She was glad her days of being a little kid were soon to be over…

Julie wasn’t quite sure what to think about her youngest becoming a teen.  She certainly looked like Asia, though she carried the genetics of Julie’s father, Derek Saunders.  Julie hoped that Maggie took more time than Timothy did to find teenage love.  She needed time to enjoy her freedom before locking herself down.  Julie needn’t have worried, though.  While Maggie spent plenty of time on the phone, it was all with friends.

Besides, Timothy kept an eye on her and it was pretty clear she wouldn’t be dating until he was off to University.  That was okay with Maggie, she really wasn’t all that interested right now.  She had more fun competing with Timothy and being able to hang out with him and his friends.  She was also smart, so they always wanted her help with homework, even though she was two grades below them.

“Why don’t you have some cereal, sweetie?”

“Whoa, Mags, that thing is charred!

“No thanks, I’m going to eat this.”

Maggie may have been a capable and independent young teen, but she was not a culinary master.  She burnt everything she cooked, but never threw it out.  She would gulp down every disgusting piece.  Maggie O`Hanlon was definitely stubborn.

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Note from Mao: Maggie cracks me up like crazy.  She seriously burns EVERYTHING.  Even with cooking points, poor girl.  She’s a Knowledge sim, so yeah, burning things isn’t something she favors.  Asia was absent from this entry because she was mostly at work when anything interesting happened.  Timothy and Isolde are ridiculous little high school sweethearts.  It’s sickening, but cute.  An odder pair you’d be hard-pressed to find.

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