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.

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.

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!

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. ;)

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.

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 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 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 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!

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