Boreal Springs

December 30, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 22: ‘Getting By’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 19, 2008

Yu 3 – Round 21: ‘Addicted to Love, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson,Yu — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:02 am

Shang and Katarina’s open relationship has served them well, but James is looking for a more closed type of love.

James was seriously getting tired of hearing all the news of University.  Supposedly, Kit was with Claude, but not with Claude.  Claude freakin’ Saunders.  Seriously?  James could barely contain himself.  It seemed futile, his hopes and dreams threatening to be flushed with just the simple utterance of a name.  Not just any name, though, Claude freakin’ Saunders.  Michael and Claude won out on the genetic lottery and while Michael was a recluse, Claude was not.  Every woman knew his name, even the married ones and especially the cougars.

Claude freakin’ Saunders had Kit.  That just was not right.

James was a smart kid, incredibly so, actually.  He excelled in most things he did.  Unfortunately, those small victories meant little.  He couldn’t take his mind off Claude freakin’ Saunders.  He wasn’t a chick, yet his moments of thought were occupied with images he’d sooner forget.  Kit was the same as him–a smart, driven, and with a good head on her shoulders.  Why in the heck was she with Claude freakin’ Saunders?  He was like Patrick O`Hanlon, sans the intelligence.

Did Claude even know what a brain was?  Probably not.  It isn’t like he used his that often.  Grrr, Claude freakin’ Saunders.  Couldn’t it have been anyone else?  James could scarcely wait for his early admission.

Katarina was oblivious to her son’s love woes, for her own love life was blossoming as good as ever.  It was unfortunate that James hadn’t inherited either of his parent’s finesse or ways with the opposite gender.  Katarina was getting up there as far as age was concerned, yet the men kept coming.  They always would, Katarina was magnetic.

Unfortunately, her love train was derailed one evening when she received a call from her mother.  She had know her father had passed and while she was sad, Katarina wasn’t one for mourning.  Alyssa wanted to come over, immediately.  Katarina was worried.  What on Earth did she want?  Was she going to croak, too?

Alyssa was concerned about her own remaining days and so she felt the need to pass on her business, Distinguished Designs, to Katarina.  Katarina was hardly impressed.

“What am I going to do with a business?”

“Whatever you want,” Alyssa replied, adamant.  “I’m giving this to you, Katarina, whether you want it or not.  The boys will get their own things, but I wanted you to have something, too.  I think you’ll do well with it.”

“You’re crazy,” Katarina snapped.  “Does it look like I have time for this?”

Alyssa gave her a stern look, “Don’t be impish, Katarina.  I know full well you’ve got too much time on your hands.  Maybe this will occupy you.”

Katarina went to Distinguished Designs as soon as she could.  It was obvious Alyssa wasn’t taking no for an answer and so she decided to give it a try.  Her first impression was that she was never meant to run a business.  It was already established and made quite a bit of money, it even had a capable manager.  Still, Katarina found herself falling terribly short of her mother.  She wasn’t like her or Roman, she didn’t have any natural business finesse.  Besides, that cash register is pure evil.

Unfortunately, James wouldn’t be around to help Katarina.  He was off to University finally.  He was going to confront the whole Claude freakin’ Saunders and Kit Knight situation head on.  Maggie O`Hanlon was there to see him off, she had tagged along with her brother, Timothy.  It was obvious she has a small crush, but she was too young and not Kit.  James had tunnel vision when it came to this sort of thing.

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Note from Mao: Poor James!  Claude and Kit have two bolts.  Lets see if Kit and James hit it off better.  We’ll have to wait until the end of this round, though.  ;)   As for Katarina, Alyssa had to give her business to someone and the other two are boys.  Not really into the whole ‘clothing scene’, I’d wager.  Plus, Nevio with a business?  No thanks!  If you’re wondering where Shang was during all of this, he was chilling and avoiding my camera, apparently.

December 2, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Whoa, Mags, that thing is charred!

“No thanks, I’m going to eat this.”

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

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

September 14, 2008

O’Hanlon – Round 20: ‘Turn Me Loose, Pt. 1′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:57 am

Julie and Asia O`Hanlon aren’t your convential type of couple, but they still managed to have two kids.  Timothy is on the cusp of his teen years while Maggie is enjoying her rambunctious youth.

Due to a surplus of money, Julie decided to purchase a cabin out in the woods.  It was a quaint little structure with plenty of room to roam for the kids.  It was also conveniently located next to some of the sights of the Great Lakes area.

Asia would have preferred one on a lake, but unfortunately, those types of properties weren’t offered here.

After ensuring everything was set up properly in the cabin, the family headed off to have some fun.  There was plenty of log rolling, giving everyone an ample change to win.  Even so, Julie and Timothy always seemed to win.

Of course, there was also plenty of slap dancing.  The kids weren’t quite as enthused as they should have been.  They just sort of stared and wondered, “what are these crazy grownups doing?”

In the evenings, the kids usually tired out and gave the grownups a chance to enjoy themselves.  The pool table was definitely a good investment.  Julie and Asia had a lot of fun challenging one another and betting favors on who won.  After their game, they’d pick up the kids, tuck them into bed, and then go to bed themselves.

It was certainly nice to have an actual home to come home to instead of a hotel room.

They didn’t always go out, however.  They stayed in and had fun, too.  Boardgames a plenty with a side of charades.  The kids’ favorite was ‘Don’t Wake the Llama’… probably because they always won.

On their last night, they abandoned the comfort of their beds and decided to sleep in the great outdoors.  They made a fire, roasted marshmallows, and Maggie told a scary ghost story about pet ghosts that Isolde Anderson had told her.  Julie and Asia weren’t quite sure what to make of Maggie’s new little friend…

When they arrived home, it was time for Timothy’s birthday.  He aged into a teen, which didn’t change his perspective on his homework any.  He still hated doing it.  He had decided that his family was so nice that he’d like to have one of his own someday.

He may have still hated homework, but he found he no longer had such an intense dislike for Shelly Yu.  He apologized and they became friends.  It’s as it always goes with boys… dislike turns to like, though Timothy isn’t sure if he should be deciding so early in his youth about his future wife.  Shelly is nice, but there’s not a big enough spark to keep his adolescent attention.

He also makes friends with James Anderson, who looks like his twin.  They bond over their shared choice in haircuts and similar personalities.

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Note from Mao: I had no idea James and Timothy had the same hair, LOL!  They look like twins. xb  Shelly and Timothy only have 1 bolt.  I’m interested to see what Isolde and Timothy will have, since they are friends and she’s his age, too.  I’m also working on updating the DB… shouldn’t take long, but I fell behind.  Still not feeling 100%, have another appointment this Friday.  We’ll see how it goes.

August 26, 2008

Anderson – Round 19: ‘Blood Money, Pt. 4′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:21 am

Alyssa is trying to keep her family afloat, but Nevio married the wrong woman when he chose Lacie. At least little Isolde is cute and normal.

Lacie spent the last part of her pregnancy eating everything in sight, and not very demurely, at that. Alyssa had been talking about remodeling the house to better suit the growing family, but Lacie would always avoid the conversation. Nevio was too busy at work. As long as Lacie kept preoccupied, she wouldn’t have to deal with any of that.

Who gave that old woman the idea that she had control here, anyway?

Meanwhile, Isolde enjoyed talking about the paranormal with her cousin James. He often accompanied his mom, Katarina, when she visited. He was a little startled by his cousin’s odd conversation topics; ghosts, crystal balls, vampires? Yeah right.

Lacie finally gave birth to a baby girl named Adora. She had the Anderson skin and eyes. Alyssa couldn’t have been happier–another girl! Sure, a boy would be better for carrying the name, but the Anderson clan would do well to have another female heir. Nevio had sure screwed it up for the males.

Lacie was just glad to have the squirming demon out of her. She left the baby’s care to Alyssa.

A few nights later, Lacie got an unexpected visit from a mysterious stranger. She was the only one awake, with everyone else fast asleep. It was the wee hours of the morning and when she saw him outside, she hurried out, not sure why. That was dangerous behavior.

She had heard Gordon Saunders mentioned in some conversations, but she had never really seen him. Had he been at the wedding? She couldn’t remember, but she knew he was related to the Anderson family.

“I have an offer for you,” he said simply.

After hearing him out, Lacie grimaced and shook her head, “are you kidding? I’m not leaving all of this! I’ve got money and plenty of it!”

“You don’t have a choice,” Gordon said firmly, motioning with his hands. “This was your last evening at this house, I hope you enjoyed it.

“Oh, right! Like I’m going to listen to you. I’m going back inside.” She moved to leave, only for him to grab her arm.

“You’re not going back in there, Lacie. Your time at Boreal Springs has come to an end.”

Alyssa woke early in the morning to care for little Adora only to find that Lacie was missing. She decided to wait until morning to rouse Nevio, but she had the worst sort of suspicion she had fled. Had she stolen anything? No, everything was here, all the money, cards, everything. It didn’t make sense, but Alyssa didn’t have time to question it… she was going to have upset children to deal with and her son, as well.

Isolde seemed to have the same intuition as her grandma Alyssa and got out of bed only to cry at the loss of her mother. She wasn’t dead, but she was very much gone. No one knew where, but they called the police and reported it. No one expected they’d find her, nor did they expect her to return.

Despite the loss of her mother, Adora grew into a lovely and happy toddler. Nevio made sure to spend more time with both girls and pushed the loss of Lacie out of his mind. He was actually a bit happier without her around, surprisingly. But he wasn’t quite ready to date seriously again, much to Alyssa’s chagrin.

Meanwhile, Isolde was still talking about her favorite topic to all her new little friends. Maggie O`Hanlon wasn’t nearly as taken back. They both talked animatedly about ghosts and graveyards, saying they needed to visit the one down the road when they were teenagers. Their parents would never let them, but surely they could sneak out…

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Note from Mao: Do we have a new Lilith? I swear, all Isolde talks about to anyone is paranormal. It’s hilarious and crazy. Yes, Lacie is gone. No, Gordon didn’t kill her… but he did send her away. Where? Well, that’s the question.

August 24, 2008

O’Hanlon – Round 19: ‘Anxiety, End’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 9:39 am

Julie and Asia have two children, Timothy and Maggie, but Maggie was unplanned.  Asia is a little sad she didn’t get to be the ‘mother’, whereas Julie is dealing with her mother, Mary’s, ailing health.

Winter was coming to an end, but that meant nothing to the cold virus.  Mary made some chicken soup and thankfully, the house was soon plucked from underneath the foot of running noses and unnecessary sneezes.  Another fact of winter coming to an end was Mary’s age.  She was a lot more fragile now and Julie took time to spend with her whenever she could.

Reluctantly, Mary had retired from her position and now spent the majority of her time at home, caring for the children or washing Agent Superball.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, but the fact that she could no longer work and was feeling her age was dawning on her.  She had outlived Gina, Shaniqua, Derek, Florence… she was the last founding member of Boreal Springs.

It was a bittersweet thing, to realize that Boreal Springs was now completely populated by her friend’s offspring and her own.

Despite Julie’s dislike for being pregnant, she did enjoy spending time with her children.  She tried desperately to teach little Maggie to talk and it was working… she hadn’t got much of a chance to teach Timothy many things as a toddler.  Asia, Mary, and Gina all seemed to have it covered.  It was definitely a good feeling, to be teaching her child something.

Unfortunately, Mary died not long after and Julie was quite distraught.  She had to call and tell Sara and Marla, neither one responding to the news very well.  It was this event that brought Asia out of her self-depreciating fog.  She realized that it didn’t matter who gave birth to the kids and tried to comfort Julie. It would be hard without Mary around, but they would make it work.

Maggie became a rambunctious child with a love for bouncing and talking.  Asia wasn’t sure where she got all of her energy, but she sure wished she could borrow some.  The medical field was insanely competitive and she was having a hard time getting the necessary promotions.

Still, Maggie’s birthday had lifted her spirits and it was hard not to smile when she was telling you a silly joke.

Timothy got on well with his sister and they both had a penchant for the truly goofy and odd.  It was hard to keep an eye on them sometimes, with the way they ran around.  A few times Julie had to yell at them for playing on the street or running around in other’s yards.  The community was somewhat close-knit, but that didn’t mean they needed to trample all over the place.

Agent Superball got a friend in the form of Sansa, one of the puppies from Gordon’s household.  She was a welcomed addition and kept the kids busy trying to train her.  Agent Superball was not nearly as impressed.

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Note from Mao: Maaary!  :(   All my founding members are now dead.  Sniff!

August 11, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 18: ‘Anxiety, Pt. 2′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:39 am

Mary O`Hanlon has lost her husband and love, Derek, but continues on for the sake of her children and grandchildren. Gina Saunders’ time is coming to a close, a painful fact being that she outlasted her twin, Shaniqua. Julie and Asia are feeling some tensions, but of a different sort.

Gina wasn’t quite sure how to feel about the fact that she had survived her twin, Shaniqua. They hadn’t been terribly close in their final years, this much was true, too busy with their separate lives… but the bond was always there. Gina looked at one of her old novels, examining the cover with careful scrutiny.

She had led a good life, even if she had no children nor love to speak of. She regretted nothing.

Meanwhile, Julie was feeling the urge to get out of the house. She could also tell Asia was feeling a little down. Both of them getting out and about would likely lighten the mood and so Julie suggested they go downtown and visit Marla’s new restaraunt. Asia was dubious.

“But what about Timothy?”

“I’ll take care of him,” Gina called from the sink, splashing a bit of water on Timothy and causing him to giggle. “Mary will be home soon, too. You two go have fun.”

After their dinner at Exotic Dining (where Marla was much too busy running around to have a chat with her twin), Asia felt relieved enough to go home. Julie, however, had other ideas. She drug Asia to a nearby club. It took a few drinks, but Julie finally got Asia to agree to go into the photobooth. Of course, Julie’s ideas differed significantly from what Asia had expected… not that either begrudged this.

Meanwhile, Mary and Gina were more than happy to care for James while his mothers went out and blew off some steam. Mary and Gina had been close since college, but the loss of Derek had brought them even closer together. They spent a lot of time discussing the old days and spoiling little Timothy.

Sometime after their little sojourn downtown, Julie began to feel ill. It was eeriely similar to when she found out she was pregnant before, but that wasn’t possible. The treatments had ended and therefore, she should be in the safe and clear.

“I don’t know what to tell you, Julie,” Mary said from the sink, focusing on bathing Timothy. Soon, he’d be a toddler. “Maybe you should call and ask.”

Julie frowned, “I really don’t want to be pregnant again…”

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