Boreal Springs

December 16, 2009

Knight – Round 27: ‘Separate Ways’

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 11:41 am

Travis and Marla Knight are trying to help out their eldest daughter and single mother, Kit.  Dominic and Nadia don’t know their father and they’re getting more curious about him everyday… can Kit keep them from finding out?

It was an unfortunate incident.  Travis was older than Marla and his health had been in decline lately.  It was no surprise when he dropped over while watching the twins.  Luckily, Dominic and Nadia were smart enough to call 911 and their missing elders.  Kit and Marla rushed home only to be told he was dead when they arrived.

Kit was distraught but Marla, surprisingly, showed very little remorse.  Instead, her first thought was that they were taking a vacation.

They stayed at a cabin deep in the mountains.  It was Marla’s way of giving the kids time to mourn and deal with what they’ve seen.  Kit, also, seemed to need some time.  She’d never been close to her father, but it’s never easy to lose a parent.

The mountains were a great place to go and just unwind to get away from it all.

Of course, it’s also fun to try and see who can stay on the log longest.  After the kids gave up trying to beat the adults, the adults went toe-to-toe.  Kit was surprised by her elder mother’s agility and found herself face first in a pit of water more than once.

Nadia and Dominic were disappointed when they were told they couldn’t throw axes.  Instead, they were forced to watch as their mother and grandmother showed immense skill with hitting the target.  It was pretty clear to everyone at the lumber yard that day–don’t mess with a Knight woman, she knows where to aim and she’ll definitely hit the spot!

They spent nights around the camp fire outside of their cabin, roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories.  The twins didn’t talk too much about their grandfather’s death.  He’d always been very active in their lives, but the mystery of their father and all the weirdness they’d dealt with as small kids kind of made them of a stronger skin.  Instead, they enjoyed the holiday with their mother and grandmother.

“Our birthday is coming up,” Dominic said, cornering Marla one morning.  “Is mom going to finally tell us about dad?”

Marla sighed, “I don’t know sweetie.  Your mom is only worried about you two, that’s all.  She’s not withholding just to be cruel.”

“We should know, everyone should know who their father is.”

“Sometimes, yes… but in this case?  I can’t help but wonder.”

When they weren’t trying to get information out of her, they were enjoying a round of early-morning fishing.  Kit wasn’t nearly as eager, deciding to instead read a book and try not to fall asleep.  Marla, herself, was quite the experienced fisherman so she gave the twins plenty of tips.  One has to be able to make their own catch to be a culinary marvel!

While the twins enjoyed the mountains, they didn’t quite understand the culture.  A round of Slap Dancing later and they were both terribly confused.

“Dom, this is silly,” Nadia exclaimed, feeling awkward amidst the crowd of slap-happy locals and their own mother.

“I know, I don’t even know how you’re supposed to do that leg thing.”

“Let’s go poke that hole over there.  Maybe a snake will come out!”

“Okay!”

“Mom, why aren’t you more upset about dad’s death?”

Marla sighed, closing her eyes, “it’s complicated, but I’m sure you know that.  I guess I’m just glad it’s over, you know?  We’ve really only stayed together these past years because we were too old to start over.”

“Dad wasn’t very faithful.”

“Not in the least, sweetie.  I’ve spent years blaming Katarina, but I guess it wasn’t just her, it was him, too.  It feels like a weight gone, I don’t have to worry about it anymore.  I feel free.”

“Do you think our family is doomed when it comes to love?  Nothing ever seems to work out.”

“I think that we make our own luck, Kit.  You can make the best of something, if you really try, or you can cling to something you know isn’t going to work out.  In the end, your luck is driven by the decisions you make, for better or worse.”

“Sometimes, I feel like a fool.  A really big joke,” Kit frowned, staring forward.  “I’m probably going to be alone forever, just because I was so stupid when I had chances.”

“You don’t know that, maybe you’ll meet someone here.”

“I don’t want to,” Kit languished.  “I feel old and I know I’m almost there, teetering on the edge.  I have two kids who I can’t even tell about their father, for fear he’ll find out or worse his father will find out.  I’m too complicated to start anything… and even that wasn’t true, I wouldn’t want to.”

“You’ll be okay, sweetie.  You’re strong, you’ve made it this far.”

“I guess so, but I still feel really stupid.  The feelings are still there and I don’t think they’ll ever go away.  It sucks, to know someone has that kind of control over you without really knowing it or even caring.”

“Just focus on what you need to do now.  You will have to tell them, sooner or later… or they’ll find out on their own.”

Kit leaned back against the wall, closing her eyes, “I know, I know, I just… I’m not ready to open that can of worms yet.”

The get away was a success and both the twins were exhausted.  Marla tucked them in, checking their suitcases before she left the room to ensure that everything was packed.  This was the last time she’d do this as when they returned home, they’d have their birthday and be too big for grandma to tuck them in anymore.

Had it really been so long ago that they’d been born and Kit had come to their door looking a mess?

Nadia and Dominic did, indeed, have their birthday.  At this point, it was almost impossible to deny their lineage, written plain as day in their eyes, on their faces.  They seemed to have nothing of Kit in them, just a painful reminder of the past.

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Note from Mao: Travis kicked the bucket the first day of play, LOL!  Good thing I checked his age bar and had the present state of mind to call the nanny.  Kit and Marla don’t get home until late at night.  Marla couldn’t have cared less, he had cheated on her at Shelly’s party, so she was furious with him.  Go figure!

Sometimes, I feel really bad for Kit.  After hanging out with her mother in the sauna, she rolled up a “WooHoo in Sauna” want.  Sorry, Kit, no dice.

The twins turned out amazing.  It’s kind of ridiculous to think their father doesn’t show blatantly… Dominic has his face and Nadia the skintone and eyes.  Geeze.  Also, I didn’t get a picture of it, but when they were still kids… Dominic brought Selene home from school, LOL!  Awwwkward.

August 1, 2009

Knight – Round 26: ‘A Slice of Life’

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 5:27 pm

Marla and Travis Knight have a pretty rough marriage, but they put their differences aside for their eldest daughter, Kit.  She’s moved in with her twins, Dominic and Nadia.  So far, everything is going fine… but for how long?

Dominic and Nadia are energetic and enjoy active games.  They especially love cops and robbers.  Maybe they do know about their father after all?  Technically, their grandfather is a criminal.  It’s hard to say which side they favor at this point.

Nadia is the talker of the two.  She isn’t shy about anything and never hesitates to share her opinion.  She speaks with her grandmother at breakfast about how nice it would be to have lots of money.  Marla agrees that money makes things easier, but is not necessarily a requirement for a happy and good life.

“Well, I guess having a lot of best friends would be nice, too.”

Nadia’s a bit fickle with her aspirations.  Sure, she’s only six, but she likes to think ahead.  Kit is a little worried.  She doesn’t want her daughter ending up in the same situation as her.  Kit was definitely guilty of having issues when it comes to decision making.

Dominic remains silent, preferring to observe his sibling’s oddities from a safe distance.

Kit works throughout the day, so Marla is usually home with the twins after school.  She helps them with their studies.  Dominic is definitely the star student.  He always does his homework in a timely manner before doing anything else.  He seems pretty eager to learn new things.

Nadia, on the other hand, prefers to talk to her friends on the phone.  She speaks to Megan Alioto about her idea–a tiny, pocket-sized bullet-train.  Megan isn’t quite convinced of its relevance, but gives Nadia the proper kudos for her imagination.

Nettle and Gaeta have two kittens, Rincewind and Twoflower.  With five cats in the house now, it’s become a bit much.  The hallway is almost always cluttered with cats and is sometimes hard to navigate.  The twins are quite enamored with the kittens, though.

Marla thinks that it would be a good idea for Kit to get out and have a vacation.  It’d be nice to getaway with the twins and forget about all her worries.  Kit agrees, but at this moment, it isn’t exactly plausible.  Maybe when the kids are on break from school.

No one asked the maid, but she seems to agree.  Who hasn’t heard about Kit’s trainwreck of a love life?

Marla is still working on her restaurant, though it’s quickly reaching the top.  She hires on a new server, a young teen.  She wears too much makeup and grumbles about the stifling kimono, but she attracts the would-be pedos and asianophiles just fine.

As much as she loves her restaurant, Marla has to admit that maybe she’s getting a bit too old.  She wants to spend time with her grandkids.  Maybe it’s time to retire?  She isn’t sure what to do with the restaurant, though.  She can’t pass it on to Kit, she never had much skill with cooking.  Jennifer, on the other hand, was well on her way.  Maybe she’d want it?

Dominic brings home Deidre O`Hanlon from school one day.  He’s quite enthralled by her strange, black eyes and her pale features.  They talk about their respective houses and families.  It seems they have a lot in common when it comes to crazy family dynamics and large homes.

Nadia doesn’t think Deidre is all that special.  In fact, she thinks she’s a little freaky looking.  What did she have, eye surgery or something?  Who wants all black eyes?

Dominic is quick to defend his new-found friend.  Everyone knows that Deidre’s father, Patrick, is partially alien.  Even Deidre’s brother, Francis, has the black eyes.

Of course, Nadia is unconvinced.  Deidre is not special, she’s weird.

Travis tries to set up his wayward daughter with a doctor friend, but she refuses.  She isn’t really ready to date again.  In fact, she’s not sure if she ever wants to again.  Besides, it’d be difficult to try and introduce a man into the twins’ lives at this point.  She’s just happy being single and working.  It may not be the most social of lives, but at least it’s drama-free.

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Note from Mao: Sorry for the kickin’ it old school, recap style of this update.  I’m kind of exhausted and I have a bit of a headache, but I wanted to get this update out so I don’t fall behind, lol.  Nothing too terribly interesting happened at this house.

And yes, Deidre and Dominic are related, they are second cousins.  Unfortunately, Mao has stopped caring.  We’ll see how things go.  There’s still plenty of other options. ;)

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.

March 14, 2009

Knight 2 – Round 24: ‘Addicted to Love, End’

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:39 pm

James Anderson has pined after Kit Knight since adolescence.  The two are finally engaged, but Kit has a terrible secret.  Will the addition of Katarina, James’ mom, add more friction?

Katarina: I think it’s only fitting that I start this off.  I mean, by all circumstances, I am an uninvolved party.  Sure, James is my son, but his choices are his own.  Shang and I always sort of stood by the fact that he was a smart boy.  Just kind of stupid when it came to girls.  One girl in particular–Kit Knight.  That girl, she’s like me… but she’s in denial.  Lying to herself, like her mother, Marla does.

Things were tense when I moved in.  There’s no love lost between Kit and I.  I mean, she blames me for her dysfunction.  Which is completely ridiculous.  Never mind that I hooked up with Travis recently.  I was trying to prove a point.  But whatever, that’s not what this is about.

Against my advice, James was in a hurry to get hitched.  I still don’t see what the big deal is.  I’ve never been married and you won’t see me crying over it.  Still, my son has always had high values, despite his taste in women.  Being married to Kit made him happy and I am a mom.  I want to see my kid happy.  Shang is probably rolling over in his grave, but he did the whole divorce thing and had an aversion to marriage ever since.

I knew something was up when Kit was sneaking around.  Turns out she’s knocked up.  The landlord revealed it with James right there.  She wasn’t even going to tell him!  The look on her face was priceless! I swore she was going to faint!  James was a little upset that she tried to hide it from him, but he got over it quickly.  He had always wanted to be a dad.  Poor boy.  I had an inkling that this little one wasn’t his… call it maternal instinct.

That and the fact that during the entirety of her pregnancy, Kit would sit around looking pensive.  Some women radiate with light when they’re pregnant and others grouse around the house in sweats… but Kit?  She slunk around almost as if she was hoping to be an invisible, waddling ninja.  She was worried about something and I think I know what…

She gave birth to twins, Nadia and Dominic.  At first, everything looked normal.  Dominic resembled his grandma Marla while Nadia seemed to favor my side of the family.  Or so it seemed… Kit didn’t seem at all relieved.  Which really put things into perspective.  She would never let James or I too close to the infants.  James wrote it off as being a new mother and her nerves… but I knew better.

While Kit was off doing something, I went in to see the little ones.  I picked Nadia up and thought of James when he was that small.  Had so many years really passed?  Were these old, wrinkled hands really mine?  The vanity of youth is seriously cruel.  But I digress.  Nadia isn’t my granddaughter.  I’d know those eyes anywhere… those are Saunders eyes, Henry’s to be exact… and that face?  It isn’t an Anderson at all.

It’s a Saunders.  Claude freakin’ Saunders.  Go figure.

I may not be the best friend or the best wife or girlfriend or any of that.  You may even question my mothering abilities.  But James is my kid, and I’ll be old and dead and in the ground before I let someone use him.  I’ve never lied about who I am or what I’ve done… but this girl?  She’s in so much denial it’s ridiculous.  She’s not taking my boy down with her, he won’t pay for kids that aren’t his!

I confronted her and she feigned ignorance at first, but she broke down in tears.  Seems she did feel bad about it after all.  Good.  I can’t believe she’d drag him through this.  James is a good boy, a sweet boy.  He’s given her more chances than a cat has lives.

When James came home, they went to their room to talk.  I’ll admit it, I was outside, waiting.  They argued.  I heard James saying Claude freakin’ Saunders in disbelief and I heard Kit crying.  It was a mess, but cathartic.  James needed this.  He never got angry at Kit, he took it all in stride, but this?  This was ridiculous.  By the time it was over, Kit was packing her things and calling her parents.

My heart wrenched for my boy, it really did, but he needed this.  He needed to be rid of her.  She wasn’t good enough for him… she needed to get a clue and accept herself.  What a mess.  At least Marla will take care of those kids–she was always a great mother, despite her trip down the river denial.  I don’t know why Kit is so messed up, maybe it was me.  But I’ve fixed it.  She won’t take my boy with her, that’s for sure.

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Note from Mao: It seemed only fitting for Katarina to narrate this.  The twins are indeed Claude’s and the Anderson side related to Henry rarely ever expresses his eyes.  It’s mostly Gordon’s side that does.  Weirdly enough.  Anyway, so we have it.  Kit and James are done.  Poor James… but I’ll bet Maggie is happy to hear the news, LOL!

This lot will change to Anderson 5 next round.

March 10, 2009

Saunders 3 – Round 24: ‘Big Things in Small Packages’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:40 pm

Michael and Sade are an unlikely couple, but probably one of the most stable as of late.  Sade is finding motherhood isn’t as bad as she thought, but will she be able to handle the next surprise?

Sade wasn’t quite sure what to think when she found out she was pregnant again.  All these babies were not doing anything good for her figure, that was for sure.  She really didn’t need to worry about the masses thinking she was gorgeous–because she was–but she also hadn’t really planned on becoming a brood mare, either.  Michael assured her that the term ‘brood mare’ and ‘clown car’ were reserved for those with tons of children.  Two was hardly a ton.  Sade begged to differ.

At least being pregnant again took her mind off the recent loss of her mother, Sara.

Being pregnant and caring for a toddler was tiring.  Sade refused to be battered down.  She wouldn’t run out and chop off her hair or switch away from her non-gorgeous clothing.  She simply got up earlier and made time for what she thought was important.  She had hoped to instill her daughter with her need for constant beauty, but more and more, the little girl seemed to favor her shy and book-minded father.

Despite being pregnant and having a toddler, Sade still made time to lecture Kit, too.  From her lofty position of wife and mother, she saw it fit to perhaps give Kit a little ‘guidance’.  It was truly a bizarre thing to behold.

“I know I have tons of best friends, Kit,” Sade began, smiling, “but you’re my favorite.  You really need to calm down.”

Kit gave her a look, “you’re not serious, are you?  How far have I fallen to get lectured by you?”

“Hey!  I’m a mom and a wife.  You’re just a whore.  Who is also pregnant,” Sade sighed, “I mean, you know what I mean.”

Kit did.  Other people would have flown off the handle, but Sade and Kit had been friends too long.  Sade didn’t mince words and perhaps what she said had some truth to it… as bizarre as that concept was.

Grace soon became a child and mirrored her father all the more.  She had her mother’s pale complexion, but she acted exactly like Michael.  They were both very soft-spoken and reticent.  Grace tried to mimic his mannerisms whenever she could, which disturbed Sade greatly.  She loved Michael, but having two of him under one roof was just a bit more than she bargained for.  Perhaps the new baby would be interested in fashion or something vaguely interesting.  All this book learning was boring.

As Sade’s pregnancy progressed, both Michael and Grace were a little surprised at how…big she was getting.  Michael wasn’t about to directly say anything, for fear of losing his head or other important parts, but Grace had no predilection.  She hadn’t quite learned her mother’s temperament when pregnant yet.

“Mom, are you sure you’re all right?  You look like a whale.”

Michael was speechless.  He wanted to save Grace, but could think of nothing.

Sade was silent.  Finally, she spoke, “if my body doesn’t bounce back from this,  I am going to show your father a new use for my ballet bar.”

Other than Sade’s growing belly, life continued as normal.  Michael was quite busy with his new job as the Minister of Education while Grace was pulling perfect grades in school.  She continued to mirror her father and studied things that should have escaped her still-young mind.  Sade spent her time on the phone, always the socialite, even when stuck in the house because she was far too pregnant to be out and about.

Finally, Sade gave birth to twins and the reason for her larger-than-life stomach came to light.  Alexander resembled Michael’s side of the family, as did Charity, having Tracey’s skintone.  Charity managed to nab her mother’s hair color, though, and her eyes while Alexander mirrored his father almost precisely.

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Note from Mao: Poor Sade.  She was not expecting twins and neither was I!  I am HOPING this is it for them.  And their kids are all different shades, LOL!  Which I find hilarious.  At least one of them got Sade’s red hair, yay!  And now, for some funny shots that didn’t quite fit the bill for the actual update:

What a place for your belly to pop!  Sade had just finished puking in that toilet, btw.

Only Sade could be mad at her own daughter for soiling her diaper!

Adora Anderson calls to ask if Sade can talk right while Sade’s in the middle of giving birth to Charity!  Grace’s thought bubble cracks me up.

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 13, 2009

Anderson – Round 24: ‘It’s My Life, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , — Mao @ 11:34 am

Nevio Anderson has spent his life losing wives and gaining lovers.  Adora doesn’t follow her father’s example–she wants a stable, functional family.

Despite the fact that Maggie was far off at Boreal Summit University, she and Adora still spoke often.  Adora felt for her old friend, she was so terribly unlucky in love that it was borderline ridiculous.  She listened to her woes and worries and convinced her against trying insane things like magic or silly gypsies.  Love will find her, Adora soothed.  She just needed to stop looking so hard.  What was the rush?

Meanwhile, Nevio was getting to know Kit Knight better.  They had met at his daughter, Isolde’s, wedding to Timothy O`Hanlon.  It didn’t take long for them to move to the bedroom.  He was surprised, Kit was the instigator.  She was even engaged!  He wasn’t about to look a gift horse in the mouth, though.  His birthday was fast approaching and Kit was still plenty young and plenty feisty.  How much longer could he hope to catch young ones like her?

Nevio’s big life change came upon him almost too fast.  His hair grayed and his wrinkles became pronounced.  Still, he thought as he looked in the mirror, I’m quite a dapper old man.  And he was.  None of his charm had left him and the gray hair gave him a more pronounced charisma.  He still had it.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t sure if his old heart still did.  He hadn’t always been this way… a long time ago, he had loved and lost.  Lacie.  He had loved her, even if she was horrible, contemptible, and a complete gold digger.  Roman had been right, but Nevio didn’t care.  He truly loved Lacie.

He was beginning to think that he might want to try again, to settle down in his golden years and find someone to do that with.  He had his two daughters and they were more than enough for him.  He wasn’t looking for more children, but true, faithful companionship.  He called over one of his long-time flings.  She wasn’t like him, she was sweet and caring and down-to-earth… and blonde.  Very blonde.  She also wasn’t young enough to be stupid and foolish.  She didn’t seem to care about his money.

Adora was happy to see her father turning over a new leaf.  The last time he considered marriage, well, everyone still whispered about how that ended.  This time would be different, this time it would be for love, not to help his cheating twin brother!  Audrey moved in and was happy to see that sticking with Nevio all this time was paying off.  They decided to make it quick and dirty, to save themselves the stress.  This would be Nevio’s third time down the aisle, it had pretty much lost all its pomp and cirsumstance.  Audrey also didn’t want to deal with the fuss.

So they were married, quietly, at night, with the ocean hitting against the shoreline behind them.  It was peaceful and very tranquil, lowkey, like Audrey, like Nevio was hoping to eventually become.

Adora liked Audrey, she was nice and not too young, plus she was very grounded.  She didn’t worry about silly things and she didn’t run around the house, wasting their money or redecorating or anything.  She just sort of settled into their routinue as if she’d always been there, in the background.  They all got along great.  Adora was happy to have another woman in the house again!

Especially since Adora was now an adult.  She had bypassed college in favor of pursuing her dream of being the ultimate matriarch, like her grandmother Alyssa, and also having a family.  She didn’t have any prospects yet, but that would come with time.  Until then, she’d grill her new step-mom on the interesting asides of being an adult female sim in the big, bad world.

Audrey soon had her own news to share, she was pregnant.  Panic rose in Nevio, he hadn’t really anticipated having another child.  Was he too old to raise a toddler?  But Audrey seemed happy and so her happiness spread to him.  Adora was also quite pleased, that meant she could practice her baby care on her little half-brother!  Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.  It would seem Nevio was cursed, never to keep a wife for any long amount of time… poor Nevio.

Adora felt horrible.  She had been out getting groceries and Nevio had been at work.  When she arrived home, Audrey was already dead.  The coroner said that she’d been sick too long and fell to the flu.  Her pregnant state had weakened her considerably.  Neither Nevio nor Adora had noticed!  They both felt a great loss.  Poor Nevio, he was truly cursed.

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Note from Mao: Nevio is TOTALLY the Black Widower.  I swear, he IS!  This guy is either cursed or subconsciously sinister.  I even joked to my fiance that Audrey made it past the wedding, that she’d surely last.  Nope.  She made it to the first trimester of her pregnancy and just dropped dead.  She was barely even sick!  Adora had chicken soup waiting for her when she awoke.  Augh.  I think that hack makes pregnant women have like, a 90% of death daily or something.  Poor Audrey.

The only reason Nevio got married was because the dang want would NOT go away after he aged.  It was annoying.  I didn’t even lock it.  Audrey was the only non-Romance lover he had.  I even aged her halfway through adulthood.  Oh well, 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 9, 2009

Knight 2 – Round 23: ‘Addicted to Love, Pt. 6′

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:41 pm

Kit Knight and James Anderson have had an odd sort of on-again, off-again relationship.  James may be the right guy for her, but Kit just can’t get over Claude Saunders.

James and Kit have moved into the same complex as the O`Hanlon and Davis family.  Kit and Patrick are distant relatives whiles James and Fou-Lu also share some blood ties.  Of course, as soon they move in, James makes it clear that he’s not an idiot and he’s very much aware of what Kit’s been doing while he was in college.  He pleads with her to stop what she’s doing and be faithful to their relationship.  Kit takes it all in stride.  She cares about James, she knows she needs to cool down and stop acting a fool, but love is blind and she can’t help herself.  She is in love with Claude, as stupid and senseless as it is.

So when Claude calls her late one night while James is sleeping, Kit immediately agrees to meet him.  They meet at a platonic place and Kit is startled.  He’s sitting alone, but it looks as if he’s been there since the sun set.  She joins him.  He looks at her out of the corner of his eye.

“I’m glad you came, Kit.  I care about you and I didn’t want to do this over the phone, you know?”

Kit’s chest tightens, she looks at him and then past him.  It’s obvious what’s going on.

“I’m a guy with a lot of love, but unfortunately, I have to give you up.  You need to be with James and, well, I need to–”

“…be with Emily,” Kit finishes, seeing the pale vampiress standing there, completely complacent, completely cool.  There would be no scene, no cat fight.  Kit was sure she could take the old biddy, but Emily was composed.

“I’m glad you understand!” Claude smiled, finally facing her.  It wasn’t an easy thing to do, he and Kit had been attached a long time.  He cared about her a lot, but he was in love with Emily.  She was his match, his perfect fit.  James was Kit’s.  He wished she’d realize that.  “It’s for the best, Kit, really.”

Of course it was, but that didn’t mean Kit felt like jumping up and down for joy.  She enjoyed her last night with Claude and left him to run off with Emily.  It was over.  She felt empty.

James, however, was quite overjoyed when it seemed Kit turned a new leaf.  She agreed to a complete commitment and even accepted his offer of engagement.  James wasn’t an idiot, though, he didn’t ask her before he was sure that Claude freakin’ Saunders was out of the picture.  He’d heard through the grapevine that Claude had been seen with a very lovely, old-world classy type vampire lady.  Kit was old news and now, officially, James’.  Hopefully she would see that they were right for one another and finally accept his love and return it.

Unfortunately, James couldn’t completely enjoy his victory.  News of his father’s death reached him via his mother and he found himself feeling guilty.  She was all alone now and while she assured him she was all right, he insisted that she come and stay.  He knew Katarina and Kit did not get along  at all, but Katarina was his mother.  He wouldn’t let her live her last days alone.  Their fight was a silly one, anyway.  Whatever happened with Kit’s family was her parents fault and didn’t involve Kit or maybe James had just grown up with infidelity so long he didn’t see it as a big, horrible thing.

Maybe that’s why he was still in love with Kit, despite all her transgressions.

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Note from Mao: I know this update doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is, trust me.  Kit… is pregnant.  I know she is.  There are three possible fathers.  Yes, THREE!  Why do I know this?  Because she’s she’s woohoo’d with both James and Claude in the span of a day, AND, during her date with Claude, she went on the dance sphere.  OH HAHA, SILLY ME, I had forgotten about her teenage abduction.  ARGH!

Here you can see Claude and I BOTH wondering WTF Kit went.  ARGH!  COME BACK KIT, NO ALIEN BABIES FOR YOU!  Also, note the peeing memories.  From when she was HELD CAPTIVE at her former apartment building.  Yargh.

Poor Kit, she really is/was/whatever in love with Claude.  This was her want panel before the date.  Note the MARRY CLAUDE want.  So, now she has baby daddy drama.  I refuse to spoil it and find out WHO the father is.  To recap, it’s either JAMES, CLAUDE, or AN ALIEN.  This is some straight up Springer crap right here.

February 8, 2009

Saunders 3 – Round 23: ‘Haunting Me, End’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 12:07 am

Michael and Sade Saunders haven’t been married long, but Sade has found herself in a family way.  Will the well-known narcissist be able to handle bringing another life into the world?

Sade had heard people say before that being pregnant was a mysterious miracle and a pleasure.  Unfortunately, Sade did not think it was any of the above.  It was annoying and it made her feel increasingly ugly and whale-like.  She had striven to be absolutely gorgeous her entire life only to end up a fat, beached whale?  No way!  This baby needed to come out and it needed it come out right now!

Michael, too, was counting down the days to the end of Sade’s pregnancy.  She was not an easy pregnant woman to deal with at all.

It didn’t help that Sade could swear her belly was ten times bigger than most women.  She claimed that it was the world’s way at getting back her for being so outrageously gorgeous.  Michael just nodded and smiled, something he had done recently to avoid any horrific meltdowns.  Sade had her moments, though, and it allowed Michael to enjoy the thought of being a father.  He just hoped Sade was up to the challenge of being a mother.  Maybe somewhere in there, buried deep down, she had the ability to really, truly care for another human being.

One thing that did excite Sade about the upcoming baby was moving.  The apartment was too small for a baby and Michael was insistent on moving back to Boreal Springs.  Their house was in the process of being built and thanks to Michael’s income (and some of Sade’s, too), it was quite stately.  Sade was ecstatic.  She couldn’t wait to tell Kit.  Kit wasn’t nearly as thrilled.  It mean they would see one another less and that Sade was becoming a suburban mom.

“Give me a break,” Sade scoffed, eyes narrowed.  “Suburban moms only wish they could look like me.  Please.”

Kit sighed.  She’d miss Sade’s self-importance and companionship.

Grace came into the world after a grueling labor in which Sade said things that were not fit for young ears (or old ones, either).  Despite being such a pain to get out, Grace herself was cute as a button.  She had her father’s eyes and hair, but her mother’s fair coloring.  She didn’t fuss much and so moving was a cinch.  It wasn’t long until the new family of three was safely nestled in their new home in Boreal Springs.

Unfortunately for Sade, she went out to get the mail one morning only to get the shock of her life.  It hadn’t looked like a bad storm, but apparently, she had been mistaken.  She was lucky to have survived.  It didn’t change her, though.  She was still Sade, no big turn around, no ‘oh my God, I almost died’ change for the better.  Sade was Sade and that was all there was to it.

Still, Sade found that she didn’t exactly mind being a mom.  She kind of enjoyed it.  Grace was beautiful and, obviously, a testament to Sade’s own genetics and gorgeousness.  She was also incredibly soft and she made cute cooing noises.  Sade found herself bonding with the little infant.  She was a mother.  It was difficult to imagine–her in charge of another life, having given birth to the small being she held in her arms.

She loved Grace, but she didn’t love changing diapers.  Ew.

Grace soon blossomed into an even lovelier toddler and was quite spoiled by both her mother and her father.  Michael spent a lot of his spare time with her, teaching her the basics a toddler should (and being harassed by Sade when she insisted he wasn’t doing it right–nevermind that he had been a professor once).  All-in-all, despite having been brought into the world by an eccentric and a narcissist, Grace was off to a good start in life.

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Note from Mao: Poor Sade!  That’s the first sim I’ve had struck by lightning on their home lot before.  She barely made it out of the door when she was struck!  Grace is adorable.  So far, she’s a good mix of both her parents.  I can’t wait to see her as a child!  Also worth noting, Grace is officially tied to EVERY bloodline in Boreal Springs.

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