Boreal Springs

January 26, 2009

Yu – Round 23: ‘Still Waiting, End’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 6:43 pm

Tsung and Lilith are happy to finally have a grandchild!  Zhou and River seem to be adapting well to their new roles as parents.

River was finding that being a mom wasn’t nearly as hard as she thought.  Of course, she had plenty of support, maybe too much support.  Lilith and Tsung were there every step of the way, almost as if they feared little Fujin might just disappear if they turned their backs.  It was a bit suffocating, but River also knew they meant well.  Besides, their help was necessary if she wanted to keep her career going.

Chairman Mao wasn’t quite sure what to make of the new tot.  It ate, slept a lot, and cried a lot.  Kittens were cuter.

River wasn’t entirely responsible for Fujin’s care, Zhou helped out quite a bit, too.  He enjoyed the little bundle, even if it was hard to curb his penchant for foul words.  It certainly helped that being a father seemed to up River’s attraction level to him even more.  Another good reason Lilith and Tsung were always around to watch Fujin…

Things all seemed to settle into a pattern, and everyone was happy.  Of course, Lilith still shouted at Zhou to move his lousy butt before he caused her to lose her game.  It wouldn’t be the same if she didn’t.  It also wouldn’t be the same if Zhou actually listened to her, instead of just cooing over the cat and making his mother so angry her face became an uncomely shade of dark purple, almost like a grape.

Lilith was incredibly surprised when her time was up.  She could have sworn she still had more life left in her, but Grim disagreed.  It was her time to go.  Tsung was distraught.  Lilith moved on without much of a fight, but she definitely gave Grim quite a bit of lip.  She wasn’t one to go down without a bit of sass.  It was a shame she wouldn’t get to see Fujin grow up!

Tsung retired immediately after Lilith’s death, determined to immortalize his late wife the same way his father had.  It was a mad goal–Tsung had never painted, and yet he seemed to take to it like a fish to water.  Isolde Anderson stopped by after the funeral to pick something up.  Tsung didn’t pay it any mind.  He knew Isolde and Lilith had been involved in a world he wanted no part of.  Whatever it was, Isolde could handle it… Lilith had taught her well.

Fujin soon became old enough to toddle around on his own and so it was a good thing Tsung had retired.  When he finished his painting, he hung it up and felt some sort of peace wash over him.  He could enjoy his final years now, with his family.  Both boys had made out fairly well, even if Fou-Lu had some bumps along the way.  It wouldn’t be long for Tsung to remain, though, Lilith was waiting and everyone knew how patient she’d been living…

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Note from Mao: I was so sad when grim came to collect Lilith!  Her age bar said she still had more time.  :(   Bye bye, Lilith.  You will definitely be missed!  In order to help you with your grief, I give you a totally random picture of Zhou.  It made me crack up.

‘Why so seeerious, Zhou?’

January 8, 2009

Yu – Round 22: ‘Still Waiting, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:23 am

Tsung and Lilith Yu have been married a long time.  They’ve survived their youngest son getting his girlfriend pregnant during university, but aren’t sure they can survive going without an heir.  Zhou and River seem a bit too easy-going to really care much for traditional values.

Lilith had heard about the mishap at the Anderson manor firsthand from her friend and protege, Isolde Anderson.  Isolde was off at Uni now and she called Lilith frequently to try and get a handle on her new… abilities.  Lilith was doing her best to keep her from going entirely over to the dark side.

“Just be careful, don’t do anything hasty,” Lilith said into the receiver in a low voice, “especially anything involving dead people.  Trust me… it’s more trouble than it’s worth.”

Tsung overheard the conversation and confronted his wife.  Lilith was about as receptive as ever.

“I know what I’m doing, Tsung.”

“Do you really?” He insisted.  “The last time you messed with this stuff, someone dead was suddenly alive and my best friend grew fangs.”

Lilith rolled her eyes, “technicalities!  I’ve got this under control.”

River, meanwhile, was spending a lot of time in bed.  At first, she thought that she might have the flu that had been going around.  It soon seemed apparent that wasn’t the case.  Vaguely, she thought that she might be pregnant.  It seemed weird to think about–pregnancy.  Was she ready to be a mother, would she ever be?  She would certainly be older than most mothers of young children.

She thought of her own mother, who was now dead, and felt a little guilty.  She loved her mom, but she’d always grew up knowing she was unhappy caring for them and so… she wasn’t sure she could be a good mom, either.

As she began feeling worse, she decided to go to the doctor, without telling anyone why, past the simple fact she felt sick.  It was set in stone there–River was pregnant.  She came home and waited for Zhou to get back from work to tell him.  She wasn’t entirely sure how he’d take the news, especially since she sprung it on him in the midst of their time together.  But when she had to run to the bathroom and throw up, she decided he needed to know.

“I kind of figured,” he said casually.  “Mom, actually, was the first one to mention it.  I was just waiting for you to say something.  I wasn’t sure how you’d feel about it.”

“I’m happy, just a little scared.”

“It’ll be fine, River.  You’re not your brother or your mother.  We can handle this.”

Thanks to the flu epidemic that was quickly spreading, Fou-Lu brought Elena and Emma over for some chicken soup.  It was also a good time for everyone to see how much Emma had grown.  Lilith was glad to see her granddaughter and hoped, that finally, her other son would be able to not screw up this time.

Emma wasn’t shy, despite being surrounded by virtual strangers.  She’d always seen her mother’s side as her family, but meeting her father’s side was fun, too.  She saw that her personality was more geared towards them than her grandma and grandpa Saunders.

It was also a good time to announce, officially that River was pregnant.  Not that there was much announcement required–she was already showing.

Tsung hadn’t been present for the dinner, but when he arrived home for work, he was sure to speak with Emma privately.  He wanted to be sure she wasn’t going to be another Lilith.  He loved his eccentric wife dearly, but what she did was dangerous.

“Don’t worry, grandpa.  I’m not really into that stuff.  Besides, you’re a little late.  You know my grandpa Gordon, right?”

Tsung sighed, nodding his head.  He’d nearly forgotten.  Now they shared a relation.  “Yes, Emma, he’s a–”

“Vampire!” She added enthusiastically, turning on her heel and heading off to find her mother.


Tsung didn’t have long to let it sink in that his little granddaughter already had the concept of vampires down.  Fou-Lu found him in the kitchen and cornered him.  Of course, he should have known the visit didn’t come without strings.  Fou-Lu wanted his part of the estate, in cash.  Not for anything shady, but for Elena and Emma.

“Wouldn’t you rather wait?  It will be there when you retire and you have a good job, Fou-Lu,” Tsung advised.

“Working nights and going out of town all the time–it’s okay now, but not forever.  Dad, please?  Let me worry about the future.”

Tsung sighed, “I don’t know, Fou-Lu.  It’s never been one of your strongsuits…”

The snow really started coming down, so Fou-Lu, Elena, and Emma had to leave before the roads got bad.  It was a long drive back to Aperture.  Lilith walked them out the door and gave her son and embarassingly close hug.

“Don’t worry, sweetie.  You’ll get your money–just don’t screw up this time, okay?”

Lilith had such a way with maternal endearments…

Meanwhile, River’s stomach continued to grow and so did the baby inside.  The more she thought about it, the more comfortable she became with the idea.  It was just one baby.  She could handle that.  Her job involved more thought than most normal people were capable of–surely she could care for a little infant.  And, she had the support of Zhou and her in-laws.  Lilith was quirky, but she knew her stuff, and Tsung was plenty level-headed.  It was Zhou she had to worry about.

“Remember, Zhou, it’s not a bird,” she said everytime he insisted on talking to her stomach.

“Why do you keep thinking I’m going to teach it to swear?” He said, mock-offended, before adding, “That’s a few years away!”

Finally, little Fujin Yu entered the world.  Another baby boy–the Yu tradition still kept going strong, complete with the skintone and the almond brown eyes.

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Note from Mao: Whew!  Long update.  Sorry about that and for the wait.  GTA IV kind of absorbed my soul, but that’s been going on awhile now.  ;)   I’m planning on doing some simming today, so hopefully I’ll have some updates throughout the weekend.

I’m so glad their child has the Yu traits!  I was worried they’d have an alien baby, LOL.  I should note that while I say that skintone is Yu, it isn’t.  But it’s what all the friggin’ Yus end up with because of Eileen O`Hanlon marrying into the brood way-back-when. ;)

December 8, 2008

Yu – Round 21: ‘Still Waiting, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 2:22 pm

Tsung and Lilith Yu continue to be happily married, but are beginning to worry about the prospects of their son and new daughter-in-law’s future children.  With not even a hint of a possibility on the horizon, they are beginning to worry that Fou-Lu’s illegitimate daughter, Emma Davis, will be the only blood tie they have left.

Secure in their careers, Zhou and River head off for a belated honeymoon to the islands.  It’s mostly so they can spend some time together, away from work, but also to get away from the nagging stares of Zhou’s parents.  If he’d known being the heir would be filled with this much pressure, he would have given it over to Fou-Lu readily.

While it was meant to be a romantic getaway, Zhou couldn’t help himself and indulged his prankster side.  Unfortunately, it resulted in River getting a nasty burn on her hand.  After seeking medical attention and finding out it wasn’t nearly as bad as they thought, they resumed their vacation.  River made sure to stay far away from any fountains, however.

All was quickly forgiven and forgotten once they found the wrecked, old pirate ship on the coast.  River had to admit, playing captain was quite fun.  It fulfilled her inner-need to dominate.  She gave a hearty laugh and inhaled deeply only to nearly choke on the salty air.

During their little pirate adventure, they happened upon a ghost of the former captain.  Zhou was beginning to think he’d never escape his mother’s penchant for the paranormal.  He mused that perhaps they should have brought them along after all.  River just thought it was a joke and played along.  Ignorance is bliss, as they say…

While they were away on their trip, Chairman Mao gave birth to four kittens named Gaius, Gaeta, Six, and Apollo.  The addition of the kittens certainly kept Tsung and Lilith busy.  They were also trying to find them homes, as there was no way their house could possibly contain them all once they were fully grown.

When she wasn’t cleaning up after the kittens, Lilith was trying her best to lecture her wayward son, Fou-Lu.  She had hoped that he would settle down after University, but was quite surprised to find he had done the opposite.  His girlfriend at that time, Elena, had ended up pregnant and now he was a father.  It was a difficult situation.  Lilith insisted that he find a way for Elena to take him back so he could do the right thing and take care of them, but Fou-Lu knew better.  Elena was far too independent and stubborn for that.

Fou-Lu didn’t just come to listen to his mother’s lecture, he also came to pick up a cat.  He ended up taking Six back with him.  He wasn’t quite sure how Michael would react, or Sade, for that matter… but he wanted to help his parents out and he also really liked cats.  His original intent was to give Six to Emma, but that would have to wait.

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Note from Mao: River and Zhou are driving me insane.  Still no babies.  ARGH!  Bad sims!  ACR makes it worse because their chance to try for a baby is only like 30%.  Buh. Fou-Lu visited all by himself and bonded quickly with Six, so I let him take her.

September 21, 2008

Yu – Round 20: ‘Crushcrushcrush, End’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 4:46 pm

Tsung and Lilith Yu have been happily married for many years, now they welcome their eldest son Zhou and his love, River, into their home.

Zhou and River were married in an intimate ceremony held in their backyard near the pond and trees that Sun-Tzu had ordered many years before.  Family and friends were in attendance and the day was clear with not a cloud nor a even the slightest hint of rain.

A childhood crush and a troublesome courtship had ended in happy nupituals.

River was understandably nervous, she had never really seen herself as the “marrying type”, especially not with Zhou, but what they had was beyond denial.  Why should she deny happiness, even if it was a little odd?  Being around Tsung and Lilith had shown her that such odd couples truly can work.

They were oblivious to the dissension amongst the wedding guests.  In bringing together family and friends, they brought tension.  But they were too busy being newlyweds to pay attention.

Elena and Fou-Lu weren’t officially ‘back together’, but it was hard to say otherwise with the way they acted after the wedding.  Elena was living back home until she got onto her feet while Fou-Lu and the other men were looking into apartments that were being built in Aperture.

Zhou took the time to advise his brother to tread softly, so not to scare Elena away.  He knew his brother wasn’t the most reliable and steady of men, but he knew how much he loved Elena.  He just hoped Fou-Lu could pull his act together long enough to become a respectable adult.  Responsibility had never been something the younger sibling wore very well.

The newlyweds weren’t the only ones in love, Tsung and Lilith were still very much aware of one another.  They enjoyed their quiet years as elders and looked forward to the possibility of grandchildren.  Her advancing age hadn’t stopped Lilith from pursuing her paranormal interests and Tsung hadn’t yet retired, either.  He was in charge of the apartment and town house plans.

Lilith was pleased to have an apprentice to pass on all her knowledge to.  Isolde Anderson had come to her sheepish, but adamant and so Lilith took her in.  It would take awhile for Isolde to truly grasp the very nature of what she believed in, but Lilith was sure she would reach the same level as she, if not even higher.

She just hoped the girl was prepared for the ridicule and everything that came with being such an ‘odd’ character.

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Note from Mao: Zhou and River are finally married, yay.  And Inteen needs to hurry up, I need Apartments for my recently graduated young adults!

August 28, 2008

Yu – Round 19: ‘Crushcrushcrush, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 3:25 pm

Tsung and Lilith Yu are enjoying their elder years, but are happy to have Zhou back home to take his place as heir.  Even more delightful is the fact that he and his childhood friend, River Saunders, are now officially dating.

Tsung and Lilith were happy to welcome River into their home.  They were very good friends with her parents and knew that Tsung couldn’t have picked a better girl.  River felt instantly at ease, having been in the house so much in her earlier years.  It was hard to think that she lived here now.

Of course, the fact that they were adults did not keep Tsung from talking about the embarassing times when they were children.  River took it in stride, laughing along with them, while Zhou wasn’t nearly as amused.

“C’mon, dad,” he whined, looking mortified.  “Can the nostalgia.  That stuff is just embarassing!”

Zhou was happy to be in his old home, though, even if his parents were annoying.  He was also pleased that River had come to terms with whatever it was that had kept her from acknowledging her feelings.  He could be a bit of a brute, this was true, and his mouth was quite possibly rated R most of the time… but River brought out the softer side and it just didn’t feel right when she wasn’t there.

River enjoyed cuddling Chairman Mao and she was happy to see that Tsung had bought Tigh from her parents.  It only helped the familiarity of it all.  She wondered if it would be possible to bring a female cat into the mix… as kittens would be quite nice.

When she wasn’t playing with the cats, River was working with Tsung at his architecture firm.  She was just biding her time until a position in the Science field opened up.

Zhou spent most of his off-time enjoying the outdoors and working on his fitness.  He wasn’t entirely sure what he wanted to do yet, to be honest.  He dabbled a bit in the Entertainment field, but being a smiling, happy work out person just wasn’t in him.  So, instead, he just waited for something that looked interesting to pop up and strike his fancy.

One night, Zhou dragged River out of the house and they went on a date to a somewhat fancy restaurant.  River felt a little out of place, but was more distracted by the mischevious look in her partner’s eye.  He was up to something, a fact made clear when he pulled out an obvious black box and nearly shocked her into a heart attack.

She said yes, of course, after she regained her ability to breathe.

“Where did you get this from?” She couldn’t help but asking, knowing he had given up his job a month prior.

“They’ll pay anyone insane amounts to look buff and smile on camera, River.” He laughed.  “You think I gave up my dignity for nothin’?”

It was River’s turn to laugh, “no, but I had no idea you were planning this.”

“Exactly.  See?  You don’t have to be a genius to be spontaneous.”

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Note from Mao: And so Zhou and River are engaged.  Awww…

August 16, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 18: ‘Moving On, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 3:47 pm

Newly divorced, Kate isn’t quite sure how to handle being alone and Hugh’s recent decision not to attend University has her doubting her decision.

It would be a lie to say that Hugh wasn’t upset about his parents’ divorce, but what could he do? It wasn’t his fault or anyone’s, really. He had a brain enough (thanks to Florence) to see that, it was just a bad situation that went too far.

Most of all, he missed his grandma Florence. She had taught him so much and it was because of her that he was able to handle this all in stride. At least he still had Iorek.

He still saw his father–he would visit when Kate was at work. She preferred not to see him and that was fine. Hugh wasn’t angry at Shang, he understood better than anyone you couldn’t deny who you were. He was just certain he wouldn’t be the same.

“Are you happier now, with Katarina?” Hugh asked, surprising him.

“I know it’s kind of weird and hard for you to understand, but yeah,” Shang confided, shrugging. “I’m not the marriage type, I’m not even the monogamy type. We understand each other, we’re the same.”

Hugh sighed, “you’re right, I really don’t get it. I couldn’t imagine sharing someone I loved with anyone.”

“That’s probably a good thing,” Shang laughed. “Your mother would have a heart attack if you turned out like me!”

Kate meanwhile, wasn’t dealing with the transition as easily as her son. She was worried and more than ever, she missed her parents. She had isolated herself from her siblings in her mad attempt to get and keep Shang and now she was alone. It was a crappy feeling. Hugh would leave her soon, too. She was depressing to be around.

She was surprised when Lilith stopped over. She wasn’t quite sure what to say, all she could do was apologize.

“Don’t apologize to me,” Lilith said, rolling her eyes. “You didn’t do anything to me, you did it to yourself, Kate. Did you honestly think the lamp would make everything right forever? Doesn’t work that way.”

“I know, I was stupid,” Kate frowned, ashamed. “I’m just sorry for using you and not listening to you.”

“Eh, it happens, you know? But don’t think you’ll be getting anymore lamps from me!”

Kate laughed, “no, I don’t think I ever want to see another lamp again…”

After her talk with Lilith, Kate was convinced she needed to stop wallowing and confront the issues facing her. She couldn’t let Hugh throw his life away, not with the amount of work he and Florence had put into his education.

“I’m sorry, mom,” Hugh said, looking her straight in the eye. “It just isn’t an option, I know I could go, easily… but I don’t want to.”

“Why?” Kate demanded. “This is your future, Hugh! Not going to college could hurt you for the rest of your life.”

Hugh shook his head, “you just don’t understand, mom. It’s my choice and I’ve made it. You can kick me out if you’d like, but I won’t go. No matter what.”

Kate frowned, “I would never kick you out, Hugh. I just want what’s best for you…”

“Then let me make my own decisions.” He said, leaving to catch the bus. He couldn’t tell her he didn’t want to go because then she would be alone and he knew that was what she feared most. She was his mom, through better or worse, and he couldn’t put her through that.

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Note from Mao: Hugh actually has no interest in college. The want stopped popping up after Florence died. And Shang stops by constantly, he doesn’t even ring the bell, just drops in and makes himself at home, lol.

August 15, 2008

Yu – Round 18: ‘Hard to Handle, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:23 am

Tsung and Lilith, despite their differences, have had a happy marriage. With Tsung gone off to college, Fou-Lu is left to his own devices. His brother may have been a bit of a bully, but at least he was never arrested…

Fou-Lu felt horrible sitting in the back of the police cruiser as it pulled up in front of his house. He was just thankful Gordon had been around (though he wasn’t sure where he’d come from, and so late at night, too) to save his teenaged behind. Fou-Lu wasn’t sure what he said to the officer, but it was enough for him to not press charges and give Fou-Lu a ride home. He wasn’t able to thank Gordon, as he was gone as quickly as he’d come.

He just hoped he wouldn’t tell his father. He would kill him!

Not wanting to get into trouble again, Fou-Lu opted to hang out with his cousin Hugh as opposed to Basil. It was Basil’s fault he had gotten caught, just because Basil could run faster. That jerk. He couldn’t remember whose idea it was to sneak out past curfew and tag a building, but he was sure he wouldn’t be caught dead doing it again. Thankfully, Gordon hadn’t told his father (who would tell his mom!) and Fou-Lu’s head was still firmly attached to his body.

Tsung came back from college to attend his parents anniversary party. It was quite the little gala, with Lilith’s twin brother, Nathaniel, his fiance Sara O`Hanlon, good friends Damien and Aiyana Saunders, and Gordon all present. Shang was unable to attend because he was off on tour, and Kate was hesitant to come, unsure if Shang would be there or not.

Gordon didn’t tell Tsung what he had caught his son doing, because that would involve explaining to Tsung how he got Fou-Lu out of it. Gordon wasn’t yet ready to tell his friend what he did for a living.

He did, however, have to explain his current condition and the fact that Lilith had been coming to check on him. At this, Tsung was relieved. He wasn’t sure what to think when Lilith had begun to sneak out late at night–he thought the worst.

“Don’t be stupid,” Gordon said, laughing, “no one else could handle Lilith. You know that.”

“That’s true,” Tsung admitted with a shrug. “It’s weird seeing you young, and unfair. What made you make this choice, Gordon? You’ll outlive us all.”

“Always with the bad,” Gordon said, uncharacteristically jubliant. “Why don’t you focus on your good for once, Tsung? With all the divorces going on, you two should be basking in this moment.”

Tsung laughed, “lady troubles, Gordon?”

“What do you think?” Gordon replied, shaking his head.

“You really have made quite a name for yourself,” Tsung said to Lilith later as they danced, amusement written on his face. “You’re the resident paranormal guru.”

“Oh, please,” she snorted derisively, rolling her eyes in that dramatic way only she could manage. “Just wait until I have my own cult. Then you’ll all see how awesome I am.”

He was a little worried until she laughed and reassured him she was kidding.

Fou-Lu was nowhere to be found during the Anniversary party. He had snuck out to meet Elena. They were being your typical irresponsible teen, meeting in dimly lit places to makeout and otherwise rebel in their own ways. Unfortunately for them both, they failed to realize that Gordon didn’t need to necessarily see things to know them and the fact that his adopted daughter was getting more and more adventurous was sure to get back to him.

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Note from Mao: Lilith’s LTW is fulfilled, yay. I had fun with the Anniversary party, I should do more of those. Fou-Lu actually did get busted sneaking out with Basil, but he glitched and Tsung and Lilith never got memories/etc despite being awake. He just popped out of the car and it disappeared. So I had to find a way to explain it, haha. Fou-Lu is an odd one, I don’t know what to make of him yet, he’s just your typical teen…

August 6, 2008

Saunders 2 – Round 17: ‘Family Business, End’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 2:19 pm

Gordon Saunders is Boreal Spring’s resident criminal mastermind and entrepreneur, Lauren was formerly Katy Saunders and quite dead. These two already make an odd couple, but will Gordon’s newest… interest only prove to heighten the strangeness? Michael misses his mother Tracey, but he’s happy to be with his dad. Elena wants to prove her worth, but she isn’t sure to who or why. Claude is just trying to keep his head above water amidst this busy and crazy family.

Lilith had been coming over to check up on Gordon for awhile now. Gordon wasn’t a trusting sort of individual, but he did trust Tsung and therefore, by default, trusted Lilith. He had to. She was the only one who knew anything about his new ‘condition’.

“Your vulnerability to the sun light will fade,” Lilith assured him. “You just have to give it time.”

“It’s hard to do business when I can’t go out in the daytime.”

“Sheesh, you’re a workaholic. Just don’t overdo it. The changes are still going through their cycles. It isn’t instantaneous. You might want to tell your family, though. I mean, not to be rude, but you’re pasty as hell and the fangs? They show, trust me.”

Meanwhile, Lauren was frustrated. She had been trying to teach Claude to talk for awhile now with no success. She knew that he wanted to see Gordon, but that wasn’t possible right now. He wasn’t home. She sighed and took a break. Leaving her in a house with three children? Not cool.

Of course, Elena was enjoying her freedom. Gordon probably would not have taken a particular liking to the fact that she had Fou-Lu Yu in her room. She wasn’t untrustworthy, but everyone knew that teenage hormones turned good-natured children into beasts from hell.

Elena wasn’t sure why she liked Fou-Lu. They had been friends forever, but he was a little too lazy and carefree for Elena’s usual tastes. So why did she feel the way she did? It didn’t make any rational sense.

He had his moments, though. He would play her violin while she worked on backlogged homework. He was better than her, music was a natural talent with the Yu family. Fou-Lu’s own uncle Shang is a rock musician and Tsung had dabbled a bit in the violin professionally. She wasn’t envious, though. It calmed her and helped her get through the work quicker.

For being so driven to succeed, Elena sure did end up falling behind on a lot of things.

Gordon popped up at night, nearly scaring Tracey to death. The change in him was immediately noticeable, dark tan skin suddenly pasty white and the way he moved was completely unnatural. He explained to her his plan quickly as he could, as he could see she was ready to pass out.

“It just doesn’t make any logical sense to me,” Lauren lamented, unable to wrap her mind around what exactly Gordon was plotting. “How does not being able to see your family during the day help?”

“That will change with time,” Gordon said, completely confident. “Don’t question my plans, Lauren. I warned you before you even started talking about marriage.”

Lauren sighed, “I know, it’s just… I can’t understand how you could ever want to outlive your children.”

“Perhaps not… which is why it is better we stick to things we have a common understanding in.” He said suggestively.

Michael’s birthday came soon after and as he grew up, they realized that there were hints of Tracey there. Especially with his proclaimed desire to have a family. Michael was quiet still, that didn’t change at all, but he was more jovial when he spoke. After Gordon had revealed himself, Michael wasn’t sure what to think or what to say. A vampire? He hadn’t even thought they were real until that moment.

He and Elena managed to work through their own confusion together. They were more like siblings than most siblings with their close bond and eerie understanding.

Claude was very similar Michael, except where Michael was shy, Claude was the most friendly and talkative person you could ever hope to meet. He was also intensely curious. He constantly followed Gordon around, asking him questions. While Gordon wanted to be annoyed, he couldn’t. Claude was still a child and his questions were harmless. He entertained them until Claude got bored and wandered off.

Lord Snow and Princess had three puppies; Rob, Sansa, and Arya. While they remained in the basement, they definitely made the house more lively. Gordon made sure that no one got attached to the puppies, as they would leaving as soon as they were old enough. It was up to them to find good homes for them. Claude wasn’t pleased with this, he enjoyed running around and chasing the hyperactive puppies.

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Note from Mao: Yay, my first litter of puppies in this hood! And yes, Gordon is a Vampire, now referred to as ‘Vampire Gordon’ anytime I talk to my fiance or Christina on Xfire. Mostly because Vampire Gordon insists of visiting all my community lots with his vampire buddies and trying to get protection money, LOL! That or he’s meeting Roman Anderson in shady places. My sims are so strange.

August 2, 2008

Yu – Round 17: ‘You Turn The Screws, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:33 pm

Tsung and Lilith Yu are happy with their lives, even if they have a few little secrets.  Zhou is ready to get out of the crazy house and head to University while Fou-Lu can’t wait to become a teen.

Lilith was surprised when Kate dropped by for a visit.  She knew it had to be because her younger sister wanted something.  That was the only time she contacted Lilith.  Sure enough, she had questions that needed answers about the lamp.

“It didn’t work,” Kate said, anguished.  “I’m supposed to be pregnant and I’m not.  Katarina had a baby, Lilith.  Shang’s baby.”

“Color me surprised,” Lilith remarked, clearly the opposite.  “Look, Kate, what do you want me to do?  Scold the lamp?  And how do you know it was the lamp’s fault?  You probably weren’t clear enough when you wished.”

Kate blinked.  Clearly she hadn’t thought of that.  “Um… I was!  I’m sure of it.”

“Right, well, maybe you should go.  The last thing I need is mom coming here and yelling at me for giving you the lamp.”

Zhou, meanwhile, was downtown exploring Aperture a bit before heading off to University.  Being a technical adult had given him some freedoms otherwise unavailable.  It wasn’t that great and while he spoke with a few females, none of them piqued his interest.  In fact, some of them were downright ridiculous.  He’d seen River wear some ridiculous things, but that snow leopard hat was a bit much for anyone.

Tsung wasn’t worried about Zhou, he knew that despite having his mother’s attitude, he’d succeed just fine.  Provided he quit bullying everything.  Even Lilith still had that problem.  It was Fou-Lu that made him concerned, the boy spent way too much time on the phone, even for a pre-teen.  When Tsung was a boy, he was doing stuff… not hanging out on the phone all day.  It was almost impossible to receive any calls at home, Fou-Lu was always hogging up the line.

He tried to talk to Lilith about it, but she just laughed and said he was talking to his soon-to-be-girlfriend Elena.  Tsung was puzzled at this.

It wasn’t until Fou-Lu’s birthday came around that Tsung realized who Elena was.  She was Gordon’s adopted daughter.  Tsung didn’t know enough about Elena to judge her suitability for his son and heir, but he was sure that Gordon’s influence on her wasn’t a bad thing.

Fou-Lu couldn’t have cared less what Tsung thought, he was in love.  He and Elena had been close ever since they were children and even if she was a little bossy sometimes, and maybe a bit too driven, he was smitten.

When he wasn’t with Elena–which wasn’t very often–he was hanging out with his friend Basil Saunders.  They enjoyed playing video games together and generally slacking off.  Basil shared his plans to ditch University and just hang out at his house.  Fou-Lu saw some merit to that, but knew that Elena would drop him like a bad habit if he so much as mentioned it, so instead he kept his interest a quiet one and continued beating Basil’s butt into the floor.

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Note from Mao: Not much happening here.  Fou-Lu and Elena were only a matter of time, I wasn’t surprised when they had two bolts with zero tweaking from me.  Poor Zhou, he’s still so puzzled over River’s rebuff.  We’ll see how things go in Uni…

July 28, 2008

Davis – Round 16: ‘Dearly Departed, End’

Filed under: Davis,Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:09 am

Gordon has relocated to the house he gave Lauren, along with his son, Michael. With Elena already firmly rooted in the belief that Gordon didn’t have another wife or an actual son, can this family get along and adjust?

Gordon had finally finished setting up the basement as was needed for his ‘job’. To be honest, the relocation couldn’t have worked out better. Living in Aperture was the best thing he could have done, as now he was able to keep an eye on his people at all times… and they certainly needed it. A few were getting lax, some were murmuring, and others, well. Let’s just say Gordon wasn’t taking any chances. Unfortunately, his biggest battle of the day would be Lauren’s own ambitions.

“I just thought that maybe you’d want the baby to have your last name,” Lauren was curbing her own aggressiveness in favor of a more subtle approach.

Gordon sighed, “I just got divorced, Lauren. The last thing on my mind is getting re-married.”

“Yes, but I know you’re a criminal and I don’t care.” She began desperately, squeezing his hand. “And I’m risen from the dead, for goodness sakes! If anything, we’ve both got something to hide and we both know what that is. What problem could there be?”

Gordon relented, standing up from the couch and sighing again, “fine, fine. But it’ll be quick and quiet. You’ll have to get the rings yourself, I’m not going through that again. What do I know about jewelry? I already had Tracey’s pawned off for some jobs I’m planning.”

Despite his lackluster response, Lauren was jubilant. She nearly bowled him over, leaping into is arms–she’s quite agile, even when pregnant–and hugging him tightly. Suddenly a thought came to mind and she pulled back, her features inquistive.

“Is there a budget on my rings?”

“No.”

She leapt at him again, “yay!”

Elena wasn’t quite sure what to think about having a brother, or better yet, that Gordon had a child of his own. At first, she was angry. Gordon was supposed to be her father and hers only, but then… she met Michael. She waited for him to get off the bus. He was younger than her and unlike her, he looked exactly like Gordon.

Michael hadn’t had any preconceived notions about Elena. In fact, he still wasn’t sure what to think about his dad seemingly having a second family. He knew Elena wasn’t really his sister, but he wasn’t about to say anything about it, either. She looked an awful lot like his ‘Aunt’ Sara.

Being newly remarried did not hamper Gordon’s plans any. Lilith came to the house, late at night, and met with him on the porch. While she didn’t enjoy working with a criminal, she had to admit, it was nice to have someone interested in her work as opposed to berating it. Tsung would never understand, so she hadn’t made it a point to tell him and neither had Gordon.

“I have the information,” Lilith began, hesitance lingering in her voice. “But… I need more time. This isn’t something you just do, Gordon. They’ve been hiding for millenia. It’s going to take some work.”

“As long as it is in progress, that’s all that matters.”

“I’ll let you know when I’ve made contact.”

“Good, let’s hope it doesn’t take until the end our lives.”

“Ha! You’ve never seen me work,” Lilith boasted, eyes shining. “I’d make your two-bit lackeys beg for mercy in a heartbeat. Just watch and see, Gordon. I never fail.”

Unknowing of her new husband’s plans, Lauren gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Claude. He had all the same features as Michael, except his hair was brown, like Gordon’s. Lauren was happy to have another boy of her own, though she was fast considering Michael to be the same. He didn’t look anything like Tracey. In fact, he looked and acted like a copy of Gordon. Sometimes it was disturbing, but most of the time, it was charming and cute.

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