Boreal Springs

December 8, 2009

Yu 2 – Round 27: ‘Self Control’

Filed under: Alioto,Yu — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 10:42 pm

Marcus Yu and Valerie Alioto have no plans to get married and are quite settled into their life as it is.  Megan Alioto is a happy and fulfilled child.  Can Valerie maintain her cover while working for Gordon?

Valerie’s job with Gordon usually had her out at all hours of the night.  He didn’t have her doing anything illicit, but their meetings had to be during the night and they always had Valerie returning late into the night.  He had tasked her with keeping tabs on his grandchildren by Kit, Dominic and Nadia Knight.  It was an easy job but when Gordon said he wanted to know everything, he wasn’t kidding.  It took all of Valerie’s skills and tact to keep her cover while she kept an eye on her daughter’s new friends.

She also felt guilty.  Spending so much time with Gordon, she had developed an unfortunate crush, one that hampered her ability to think clearly.  She found herself drifting off in conversation, somewhere else entirely.  It was beginning to haunt her and make her uncomfortable.  She cared about Marcus and she certainly didn’t want to disrupt her daughter, but she couldn’t shake the feeling that overcame her when she saw Gordon.  Maybe it was because he knew what she did and she didn’t have any secrets.

Megan became good friends with Nadia, much to Valerie’s delight.  Everytime she saw Megan smile, she was reminded why her infatuation with her criminal, vampire boss was ridiculous.

Besides, it wasn’t like her life was so bad, it was great, especially compared to the majority of the neighborhood.  Most were caught up in crazy dramas and scandal, but Valerie and Marcus, despite not being married, always managed to keep their heads above water.  They were happy with their relationship, feeling no need to push it further.  They had Megan and that’s all they needed to bind them together.

Still, there was Gordon and meeting him in crowded, dark bars certainly didn’t help damper the thrill or excitement she felt near him.  It wasn’t the vampire thing, she’d never been much into that, but simply his personality.  He revealed so little, yet she knew all the textbook stuff, the marriages, the scandals, what he’d done, what he didn’t do but was accused of anyway.  She knew it was wrong, but anytime she was near him she forgot about her obligations as a mother and girlfriend, throwing them to wind as carelessly as a whimisical teenager might.

“Could you be anymore obvious?”  Gordon scolded, glancing at her.  “Stop staring, you’ll draw attention.”

“Sorry,” she whispered, turning her eyes away and focusing ahead.  She watched the red, neon light of one of the beer signs flicker on and off.  “Can we talk outside?”

He sighed, taking the disc she discreetly passed him beneath the bar, “I’ll leave first, follow after a few minutes.”

“What’s going on with you lately?  You’re slipping,” Gordon said once she joined him outside, his tone denoting his displeasure.  “If you’re going to be sloppy, I’m going to pull you out of the action.”

“No, no, don’t, I’m fine, I promise… it’s just… well, I need to ask you something.”

“This had better be about business, Valerie.”

“It’s not…”

He raised his hand to stop her, but instead of falling silent, she took it into her own.  His skin wasn’t icicle cold like she had anticipated, warmth danced beneath the surface, not as plentiful as her own, but there, nonetheless.  Some semblance of life behind the marble complexion.

“There’s something here, right?  It’s not just me?”

He shook her off like one might a child tugging at their pant leg, wanting attention, “Valerie, I do not mix work with pleasure.  Ever.  You are treading dangerous ground.”

“But…”

“While I have no love for my ex-wife’s memory, I bear her children no ill-will.  You are her son’s girlfriend, you have a child together… if my time has taught me anything, it’s the importance of family.  You would do well to remember what they mean to you and what you mean to them,” he turned away, walking towards the street.  Before crossing, he paused, glancing back at her, “no more talk of this, do you understand?  I will not say it again.”

Valerie had no chance to reply, Gordon disappearing across the street and into the shadows.  She felt an overwhelming guilt, his words ringing true in her ears.  Even so, she couldn’t push it out of her mind.  It was there, a thread hanging between them, vibrating with tension.  It wasn’t going to just go away.

Gordon refused to see her for several days, telling her instead to take a couple of days off and remember what’s important.  His intentions were good, but Valerie had no mind for it.  She spent time with Megan and Marcus, but always, lingering in the back of her mind was that single, brief touch.  It was a direct contrast to the hot water surrounding her and Marcus’ warm hands working the knots out of her shoulders.

“You feeling okay?” He asked, trying not to sound too worried.

She nodded, “yeah, just… overworked.  Glad to have some time off.”

“You’d tell me if something was wrong, right?  I mean, we’re open like that,” he said, putting his arm around her and pulling her close.  “Well, not open, but you know…”

“I know,” she said, trying to hide her guilt.  “Everything’s fine, Marcus, I promise.  We can’t all be nice and laid-back like you… some of us fall victim to stress now and again.”

He leaned back, looking up at the sky, “you think I don’t know stress?  Have you even met my sister?  Were we even at the same party?”

Valerie laughed, “oh, yeah… it’s definitely good we don’t all have people like Shelly in our life.  Poor Cole, did you see how much he was drinking?”

“Forget Cole, did you see my sister’s campaign manager?  Now there’s a man who knows how to party.”

————————

Note from Mao: Poor Valerie is so conflicted.  She bounces between wants for Marcus and wants to see Gordon.  Gordon is staying neutral, but ACR has them flirting whenever they’re near.  Despite this, I can’t see Gordon diving headlong into anything, especially not this.  Which is why I’m going by wants that make sense and not ACR’s constant need for flirting.  ;)

I’m just hoping that she doesn’t drop in while I’m playing Gordon’s house, because there’s waaay too many beds and I’m never quick enough to stop WooHoo’s that totally should not be happening, lol.

July 26, 2009

Yu 2 – Round 26: ‘Private Eyes’

Filed under: Alioto,Yu — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 4:18 pm

Marcus Yu and Valerie Alioto never really expected to be parents, but they’re easy relationship has survived so far and Megan has both her parents under one roof.  Will Valerie’s criminal activities put a strain on her family life?

Megan was growing like a weed.  Marcus had been considerably shocked when he found out Valerie was pregnant, he’d never really thought of himself as much of a ‘dad figure’.  Fortunately, he’d adjusted to the role well and was teaching Megan the basics of walking.  She looked a lot like him, but Valerie’s personality and facial expressions were evident, especially when she threw tantrums.

Valerie, of course, did not see the resemblance at all in those cases.

Valerie was busy trying to dig up as much dirt on her new employer, Gordon Saunders, as she possibly good.  It had been her task, something to test her mettle.  Gordon had told her that if she passed the test, she could consider herself one of his eyes and ears about the neighborhood.  She was a good neutral source for information.  She’d be expected to report on her friends and make friends with people he considered worthy of keeping an eye on.

Luckily for Valerie, this sort of thing suited her perfectly.  She was secretive, sneaky, and quite good when it came to being charming and manipulative.  She was a little surprised by what she found on Gordon, though.  She had gone back quite a ways, back to Janine Anderson-Saunders… where it all began.

She met up with Gordon at the downtown cemetery late at night to report on her findings.  It was a bit creepy, meeting up in a cemetary, but Valerie would have to get used to it.  They needed to be discrete.

“You’ve been married twice, first to Tracey Yu and the Lauren Davis, or should I say, Katy Saunders?  You have two biological children, Michael Saunders and Claude Saunders.  Claude has an illegitimate set of twins with his former lover, Kit Knight.  You accepted your mother’s criminal mantle and then tricked Thomas Anderson into aiding you, only to cross him, which led to his… untimely death that was reported as simply old age taking its toll.  You made a deal with Roman Anderson and ‘removed’ Lacie Anderson, having a contact in another city take her in, give her a new name, and then claimed she was missing and presumed dead here.”  She paused, taking a breath.  “Do I need to continue?”

“You found this all out using a computer?  I need to be more careful…”

She laughed, “no, not the computer.  I have my ways.  See?  I’m good at this.  But really, if you talk to the right people… you can find anything out, about anyone.  Even the most discrete of criminals always leave some sort of opening.”

“Hm, is that so?  I guess I should find those openings and close them,” he responded, watching her reaction pointedly.

“I don’t think you can ‘take care’ of yourself, Gordon.  That’d be counter intuitive to your overall plans.”

He was amused, “I suppose I had you pegged wrongly, then.  You’re more than capable of handling this.”

“Quite,” Valerie replied confidently.  “So, what am I doing?”

“My son, in his infinite idiocy, has twins… as you know already.  What you may not know is he is completely clueless about it.  Perhaps it is for the best, but I am a not one to let my family wander around in ignorance.  I want my grandchildren monitored.  I want to make sure their loose mother is caring for them.  When the time comes, I will approach them, but until then… I need people like you to be my eyes and ears.”

“Watching some kids, keeping tabs, should be easy enough.”

“You can’t let anyone know what you’re doing.  Your cover cannot be compromised.”

“It won’t.”

“If anyone, for even a brief second, thinks you are associated with me?  It’s over,” Gordon said, turning and walking away.

Valerie took a breath, trying to calm her nerves.  She was plenty confident in her abilities, but Gordon unnerved her in numerous ways.  If she messed up, it was over all right, in more ways than one.  She could read between the lines.  She’d heard about the other things, the things people didn’t really talk about.  Gordon wasn’t a bad guy, but crossing him was not usually a smart thing to do.

Valerie had no intention of crossing him.  She was more worried about her strange attraction to him.

Marcus was pretty laid-back about her late-night meetings and usual busy schedule.  He didn’t ask questions, he simply shrugged it off and jotted it down to Valerie being Valerie.  She’d never been an open book.  She spent as much time as she could with Megan, so he wasn’t about to raise any alarms.

“Are you ever going to tell me what you do?” he asked as she joined him in the hot tub.

“I already have,” Valerie replied, sinking down into the hot water.  “I’m am entrepreneur.”

He laughed, “that’s right… I had nearly forgotten.”

“See?  I knew I told you.”

Megan became a child and while she still looked primarily like her father, her mother’s traits were sneaking in there as she got older.  She was a lovely young lady who was polite, though a little sneaky.  If she was told to clean up her room, she’d simply shove it all under her bed and consider it done.  Of course, Marcus and Valerie were ignorant to this fact until they checked under there and found all the items she claimed had gone “missing”.

Despite Megan’s faults, she was a good kid.  Valerie wanted to give her a medal for making her job easier and bringing home Nadia Knight from school.  She happily introduced her new friend to her mother over dinner.

“I’m so glad you’re making friends, sweetie,” Valerie said, her eyes moving to the young Saunders child.  “Nice to meet you, Nadia.”

Valerie wasn’t sure how anyone could be ignorant of Nadia’s parentage.  She looked so much like Claude is was a little alarming.

——————————–

Note from Mao: Oh geeze, Valerie’s wants for Gordon have spread to Gordon.  Bad vampire, no messing around with your minions!  Sheesh.  He’s going to try and populate the entire hood.  I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do about them yet.  Valerie is pretty casual about it, but Gordon, well, he does nothing casually.  I’m hoping ACR keeps from deciding for me, lol.  So far, everything has been purely platonic.

Marcus, as usual, is blithely unaware.  It’s better that way, really.

May 21, 2009

Yu 2 – Round 25: ‘Karma Chameleon, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Alioto,Yu — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 11:05 am

Marcus Yu and Valerie Alioto are expecting a child, but have no plans to get married anytime soon.  Will this put a damper on Valerie’s career ambitions?

During her pregnancy, Valerie tried her hardest to find some way to get in contact with Gordon Saunders.  She’d tried doing it through his daughter-in-law, Sade, but that hadn’t worked.  Michael had nothing to do with his father’s business, period.  She could try Claude, but he was just as illusive as his father.  Perhaps Elena Davis?  But she was like Michael, disconnected from the crime syndicate herself.  Valerie was hitting a brick wall.

Valerie didn’t let pregnancy hamper her in anything, even in love.  She was frustrated about not being able to pursue her dreams, but she knew she had to focus on the baby and ensure that Marcus didn’t think anything was up.  She somehow doubted he’d be completely understanding of her need for criminal acts.

Megan Alioto entered the world not long after, sporting her mother’s hair and her father’s eyes (which he got from his great-grandparents).  Valerie was happy to have a daughter, but hoped she could still try and track down those darn vampires.  She could always chance it and start out on her own, but she’d heard stories of folks who went up against Gordon without being in the clear…

Motherhood hadn’t been something Valerie expected.  She figured she’d be out planning heists and laundering money, not sitting in a nursery reading a book while her infant daughter slept.  It didn’t change her goals any, however.

Marcus was quite glad to have a little girl to fawn over.  His sister had recently given birth to twins.  All had been girls.  Perhaps a boy would have been nice, but Marcus couldn’t deny that Megan was adorable.  His heart melted everytime he held her.  She made him want to be a more responsible and well-versed parent.

Megan quickly became a toddler, much to both her parent’s joy.  She wasn’t a difficult one to manage and she giggled quite often.  It was obvious who she looked like now, but she showed hints of having Valerie’s fiery personality.

———————————

Note from Mao: Poor Valerie, still no luck tracking down Gordon!  He is very illusive.  ;)   Megan is adorable.

March 2, 2009

Yu 2 – Round 24: ‘Karma Chameleon, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Alioto,Yu — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 12:40 pm

Tracey Yu is hoping that her son, Marcus, can eventually settle down with a ‘nice’ girl… and stay away from Kit Knight.

Tracey is very concerned for her son’s future.  Sure, he’s gotten away from Kit Knight, but his habitual dating isn’t really something Tracey enjoys enduring.  She wants to see her son prosper and find love.  Marcus is just a bit too easy-going for marriage and commitment, though.  He isn’t like Shelly, who jumped at the chance to join a family with money.  He’d rather sit back and relax, following the general flow of life.

To please his mother, he introduced her to his casual girlfriend, Valerie Alioto.  They had dated briefly as teens, but moved too fast and made things awkward.  They reunited at the end of University and Valerie even went with Marcus to his sister, Shelly’s, wedding to Cole Anderson.  Now she was meeting his mother.  It wasn’t that Marcus didn’t like Valerie, he just liked the slow, plodding pace of their relationship.  No demands, no requirements, just fun and companionship.

Eventually, Valerie ended up moving in, not to put pressure on Marcus… not at all.  She felt the same way about things as he did, but simply to put his mother’s mind at ease.  Marcus wasn’t running around, dating random women, he was just taking it slow with Valerie.

Valerie was thankful, because she wasn’t much of a ‘house frau’.  She burned everything she touched.

It was, however, very nice to be always at one another’s beck and call.  They especially enjoyed the times that Tracey was at work.  Neither felt any pressure to go beyond simply boyfriend and girlfriend.  Marcus worked as a lazy photographer while Valerie was still looking around.  Truth be told, she couldn’t tell Marcus what she really wanted in life.

Instead, she opened a gaming hall that was really a front of illegal betting and gambling.  High-stakes card games were all the rage behind the hidden doors of the neon lights and pinball machines.  The business made good money on its own, but Valerie was hoping to attract some… other attention.  She wanted to meet with the illusive Gordon Saunders and offer her skills to him–she was quite adept at running fronts and even some extortion.

When Sade Saunders dropped by, needing to blow off some steam, Valerie invited her into the private rooms.  It was daylight and nothing was going down.  Still, Sade was Michael’s wife and Michael was Gordon’s eldest… a good way to get in.

Unfortunately, Valerie couldn’t have foreseen what came next.  She began to feel sick and weak, then came the afternoon naps.  She found herself unable to run the night games and instead had one of her trusted people on the job.  She sat down with Marcus and tried to explain what had happened.  That she was expecting an addition to their nonexistant family.  Marcus was quite stunned.

The worst happened after that.  Tracey Yu’s time was up.  Marcus was bereft and Valerie was speechless.  She felt for Marcus, but somehow, it seemed to work in her favor.  Tracey would have been a wedge, a wall in her path to try and get to Gordon.  It was well-known what had happened there.  So, he wouldn’t see her kindly if Tracey were still around…

It was unfortunate Tracey did not know Valerie was expecting.

—————————

Note from Mao: Sorry for the impromptu hiatus.  RL is insane right now and I’ve been very ill.  Feeling better now, but I haven’t played since I finished this update.  So they may be sparse.  We’ll see.  Valerie wants to be a criminal, but to do so, must somehow befriend Gordon.  ;)   I think she and Marcus were a victim of ACR’s risky woohoo.

January 30, 2009

Yu 2 – Round 23: ‘Karma Chameleon, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , — Mao @ 10:17 am

Marcus Yu returns to his childhood home after graduating University, where his aging mother awaits him anxiously.

Tracey was beyond happy to have someone else in the house again.  It wasn’t that she feared any retribution for her warning to Roman, but simply that she was lonely.  She knew Gordon wouldn’t pull anything against her and so far, hadn’t even acted against Roman yet.  She simply didn’t want to be alone anymore and she was excited to see Marcus settle down, like Shelly planned to.  She couldn’t wait to have grandbabies.  With Marcus and Shelly, she didn’t have to fight over the ability to see them like she did Michael.  She hated that their relationship was pretty much nonexistent now, but what could she do?

Things fell into a routine and Tracey was disappointed that Marcus didn’t seem to be in any hurry to settle down.  She had heard rumors of him messing around with Kit Knight, but had hoped them to be false.  Since he arrived, she hadn’t seen Kit, so maybe it had ended, whatever ‘it’ had been.  Instead, Marcus vaguely mentioned a girl named Valerie.  That was a nice name, Tracey mused.  When would she get to meet her?

Unfortunately for Tracey, Valerie only came over when Tracey was at work.  It was a little weird living with his mother, even if he was the technical heir and that, in and of itself, was an honor in these parts.  It just didn’t feel right to flaunt Valerie in front of her, so he waited until Tracey was gone to have her over.  They were adults now, doing adult things meant for adults.  It was a lot different, they’d changed, matured.  Marcus liked Valerie, but he wasn’t sure if he loved her.

One thing he was sure of, he didn’t love Kit Knight and he was kind of tired of the drama.  James was a good guy and Marcus was over this little ‘fling’.  When she called him up, he refused her and told her that she shouldn’t call anymore.  He may even have mentioned that he and Valerie were maybe-serious again.  Was that true?  He wasn’t sure, but anything to get Kit off his back.  Why was she so insistent on causing James so much agony?

—————-

Note from Mao: It took forever, but Marcus finally spun up a want to go on a date and so he phoned Valerie.  Up until that, he simply wanted to call and chat with Kit and Valerie, that was it.  Agh.  Kit called, as you can see above, but Marcus wasn’t responding well to the conversation.  That fling is definitely over.  Now lets see if he spins up some commitment wants with Valerie.  I was surprised, he didn’t even make any booty calls!  He is really showing Tracey some respect, LOL.  The boy went without for three days!

January 20, 2009

B.S.U. Campus – Round 22: ‘Turn Me Loose, End’

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:11 am

There’s plenty of people and drama to go around at Boreal Summit University the next two years…

The next two years at Boreal Summit University proved to be… awkward ones.  James, Marcus, and Shelly were all finishing their final years.  That was well and good, aside from the fact Marcus was sleeping with James’ girlfriend.  Of course, Marcus felt awful about it, especially because he was really interested in starting up a relationship with his former high school flame.  It was kind of hard when he kept randomly running into Kit and sleeping with her, though.

“Don’t even talk to her, don’t kiss her, just avoid her,” James suggested, surprisingly calm.

“You are handling this way too well, dude,” Marcus replied, stunned.

“You’re not the problem, Marcus, you’re a distraction.  Claude freakin’ Saunders is the problem.  Damn vampire.”

Cole wasted no time approaching Shelly.  She hadn’t really spent time trying to find romance in college.  Instead, she found herself kind of missing Cole.  She had always wanted Timothy O`Hanlon, but she was beginning to realize that may have been a shallow, teenaged girl fantasy.  She and Cole had a lot more in common and he would also cow-down and do whatever she said.  He was a bit of a pushover, the kind of person Shelly needed if she was going to make her dreams come true and become the next mayor of Boreal Springs.

So she accepted his advances and they started a true, non-fake relationship.  If anything, the Anderson name would certainly give her a leg-up in the political world.

Isolde, meanwhile, was still studying her ‘art’.  She’d had many talks with Lilith Yu and when she finally arrived at University, she couldn’t keep herself away from Timothy.  Together, they both brought her out of her negative spiral.  She stopped sulking and brooding and went back to what she loved.

“What are you doing?” Timothy asked one evening as Isolde tested her cauldron for the first time.

“Trying to make something for Lilith,” Isolde said, trying to concentrate.

“Screw potions,” Timothy replied, giving the globe in his hand a pained look, “use magic on this damn thing.  How did anyone ever manage to figure this thing out?”

Isolde sighed, “I don’t think it works like that.”

There were some definite perks to being a witch.  Isolde had the best transportation to class and anywhere else–a broom!  A real, flying broom.  Sure it was a gaudy blue, complete with a weird crystal at the end of it’s stick, but what could beat a flying broom?  Absolutely nothing.  She couldn’t wait until she’d studied enough to have a spectral assistant.  Timothy tried, but he really wasn’t very good at handling the reagents.

Poor Cole, meanwhile, was finding that tinkering was not exactly his thing.  The computer broke in the midst of him working hard on his term paper.  He tried to fix it only to get quite a jolt.  Thankfully, Isolde was around and she quickly hit him with a rejuvination spell.  He wasn’t enamored with her anymore, but he was certainly thankful for her helpful, witchy ways.

Shelly had different ideas of ‘healing wounds’.  Not that Cole particularly disagreed with her methods.  Perhaps it wasn’t smart to leave a bunch of unattended, young adults in a house all by themselves.  It would seem that none of their parents even considered they would do anything questionable.  Well, okay, Cole’s had.  Sara called constantly, reminding him that he was their last hope.  No pressure or anything.

Of course, you can’t have two family sims without a little trouble, either.  Sure, Isolde was knowledge-minded first and foremost, but her second inclination was family.  Perhaps that’s why she and Timothy got along so well.  They had plenty of chemistry, though it probably wasn’t wise to explore the chemistry right before an important final exam.

But then again, most guys don’t have girlfriends with witchy ways.  Timothy heads off to his final exam feeling completely rejuvenated and safe in the knowledge that he’s totally got college in the bag.

James, Marcus, and Shelly all graduated with honors, much to the delight of their parents.  Cole wasn’t about to let Shelly run off into the sunset.  He proposed to her rather spontaneously, right before she was preparing to leave with Marcus.  Of course, she accepted.  Instead of staying in a cramped little apartment, she’d go make nice with her future in-laws.  It would be awkward, but they had a nice house.  James seemed shocked by the display, wondering if Cole knew exactly what he was getting into.  Not that he was one to talk, really.

Meanwhile, outside, Marcus was chatting up his old flame, Valerie.  She was surprisingly also on campus and they had met a few times through classes and just random campus things.  She’d grown up quite well, he couldn’t deny it.  There was still an attraction there and maybe, since they were both adults now, a chance at something more.  They passed numbers and Marcus moved to leave with Shelly.  James would leave in the morning.

—————————–

Note from Mao: Isolde really wants Timothy to be a warlock, LOL.  Poor Timothy, I don’t think he has it in him to do witchy things.  He’s too confused by that silly game ball, he brings it out constantly and makes pained faces.  Cole immediately walked up to Shelly and planted one on her.  I was too shocked for a picture.  Seems he took the Tsung way of confrontation!  Either way, he wanted to get engaged and so they did.  Marcus kept having wants to talk to Valerie, so there she is.  She’s a pretty sim, despite her over-painted, pudgy-faced teen years.

January 19, 2009

Knight 2 – Round 22: ‘Addicted to Love, Pt. 4′

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 10:30 am

Kit Knight hasn’t got it all together like most might think.  She’s floundering, still trying to figure out exactly what it is she wants from life.

Kit moved into a tiny apartment across from her best friend Sade and her now-husband Michael Saunders.  She was a little startled to see that Sade actually got what she wanted and a little jealous, too.  Kit had always been the smarter one, the more ambitious one.  What had happened?  She called James and he came to visit her from University.  He was younger and still toiling through college.  Still, he was completely and wholly in love with her and probably even entertained ideas of marrying her.  It was comforting.  He was the first one she called.

Unfortunately, a few nights later, she went out on the town and ran into Marcus Yu.  They had an awkward sort of ships passing in the night things while Kit had been at college and not with Claude anymore, but with James.  He was there with his former high-school girlfriend.  He didn’t leave with her, though.  Kit knew she needed to stop acting like some woman of the night, but she really couldn’t figure out why.  It was her life, right?  Anyway, if Marcus thought she and James were seriously dating, he wouldn’t come around her, right?

The person she saw the most of was Claude Saunders, th0ugh.  At first, she had refused to do anything past being friends, but well, that didn’t last long.  Claude was a vampire, yes, and that only seem to add to his innumerable charm.  Kit wasn’t particularly sure why she was continually drawn to Claude.  He didn’t really share her level of intelligence and he wasn’t necessarily concerned about the same things or the future.  He lived for the moment.  Maybe that’s what she liked so much.  She knew he liked Emily more than her, which grated on her nerves endlessly, but Emily was missing and so Kit got most of his attention.

That didn’t stop her from feeling guilty.  She just couldn’t rationalize her own emotions.  James would be graduating soon and he’d likely want to be with her.  What would she do when threatened with commitment?

“How can you love two people at once?”

“Easily,” Claude offered casually, “love is different for everyone.  We all love someone, but differently.  I mean, I love you, but not in the way you might expect.”

“That’s for Emily,” Kit replied sourly, “and who is to say I even love you?”

“Oh, please, Kit,” Claude laughed, “if you didn’t, you wouldn’t be screwing around with me behind James’ back.  Good little boy he is.  He’s a good catch, you know.  You’re an idiot.  I wonder what he’d do if I walked up to him and told him what’s been going on?”

Kit rolled her eyes, “he’d probably hit you.”

“Hm, lucky for you I like my face unharmed.  Well, I guess he’ll find out the hard way, then… can’t say I didn’t try.”

“You’re such a jerk, Claude.”

—————————

Note from Mao: I have no idea what I’m going to do with Kit!  She sleeps with everyone and everything.  If Sade weren’t with Michael, she’d try to get with him, too.  Three bolts.  Agh!

December 28, 2008

B.S.U. Campus – ‘Carpe Diem, Baby, Pt. 1′

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 6:34 pm

Claude Saunders and Kit Knight have been at University two years now and have developed a sort of ‘understanding.’  Now joined by Marcus and Shelly Yu, they’re forced to be a bit more discrete.  Worse yet, James Yu has also come trailing along, his sights set on Kit.

James didn’t waste any time tracking down Kit.  He found her eating some burned grilled cheese–she had never been much of a culinary master, despite her mother’s skill.  He took a seat next to her and immediately launched into his anti-Claude propaganda.

“What are you doing with Claude, Kit?”

She gave him a look, “does everyone know about it?  Stupid Sade and her big mouth…”

“Forget Sade,” James interrupted, “Claude Saunders, Kit?  You’re smarter than that.”

“So what?  What’s it matter to you, James?  If you think insulting me is going to win me over, you’re wrong.”

Shelly and Marcus arrived sometime later, also greeted by the burnt grilled cheese sandwiches.  It had been a long drive and they were both hungry, so they didn’t complain.  Shelly wasn’t really sure what she was going to do now that she was University.  She knew she wanted to make lots of money, but now the how or the why.  She kind of missed her rivalry with Isolde and maybe Cole, too.

Marcus was just thankful to be away from their grieving mother.  Grief wasn’t really his thing.  He missed his father, true, but he was a guy, and guys really aren’t into tears.

Claude, meanwhile, found himself catching up with an all-too-familiar face.  The strange woman from the bar turned out to be an exotic blonde who was suddenly in his age range.  He wasn’t entirely sure how that worked, she didn’t look a day older than when they had first met years prior.  She contacted him suddenly, and he hadn’t bothered to ask how she got his number.  She was hot, what else mattered?

The funny accent certainly helped, too.

Kit, however, wasn’t nearly as impressed with the supposed ‘Countess’.  While the thing between her and Claude wasn’t serious, she refused to believe his involvement with this mysterious blonde was a good idea.  Common sense wasn’t exactly Claude’s forte and he missed the obvious signs.  As the Countess slunk away, Kit glared at her and then leveled her gaze on Claude.

“Geeze, Kit, don’t be so jealous,” was all he could manage.

“Don’t be such an idiot, Claude!” She roared, wanting to hit him, but restraining herself.  “There’s something wrong with her.  Can’t see it?”

“Not from here,” he said, watching her leave a little too closely.

Kit sighed.

At least she had some repose with James.  He was younger, yes, but it was so nice to have someone around that seemed to be from the same planet as she was.  He had always been intelligent, perhaps even more so than she, but his age had always been a deterrent.  Not to mention that Kit really never paid much attention to boys in school, either.  She left that mostly to Sade.  Now free of her best friend’s nattering, she found herself falling under James’ sway.  It was just as well, as Claude was overly preoccupied with his crazy blonde.

Claude didn’t think there was anything off about Emily.  Sure, she was pale, she had a funny accent, and she only came around in the dark… but everyone had their quirks, right?  Maybe he was just desensitized because of his father.  Of course, Claude knew exactly what his father was… maybe that’s why he had such a hard time realizing what Emily was.  It didn’t matter.  He liked her a lot more than he liked all the other girls he’d found.  She seemed to feel the same and so all was well in Claude’s mind.

It didn’t take long for Kit to educate James to the way of college.  She liked him enough, sure, but she wasn’t completely serious.  He was, of course, but Kit couldn’t have known that or maybe she wouldn’t have been as aggressive.  She simply thought they were friends with a mutual arrangement.  Kit wasn’t entirely sure why she wasn’t really into commitment, only that she wasn’t.  Poor James.

Claude got the awakening of his life late one night while he was on the balcony with Emily.  It had been like every other visit, they talked, spent time together, and went outside a lot.  This time, however, she led him purpousfully to the balcony.  When she was sure they were alone, she began to act strangely.  Claude couldn’t really remember much of what happened next, only that he woke up a few days later feeling really funny and Emily was gone.  He tried contacting her several times to no avail.  It was almost as if she had completely disappeared.

It was close to graduation and while Claude tried to hide the changes he now recongnized as vampirism, he couldn’t hide from Kit.  She snuck into the unused upstairs bedroom to find a coffin.  Her suspicions were confirmed.  She drug James up there, much to his chagrin.

“What is this supposed to prove, Kit?”

“Claude’s been turned into a vampire, obviously,” she said, as if James had been suddenly struck dumb.  “That idiot, I told him not to mess with that blonde weirdo…”

James sighed, “Why do you care, Kit?  It isn’t your problem anymore.  You’re graduating soon.  Come on, let’s go downstairs.”

When the time came to leave University, Kit would leave alone.  She planned to leave in the afternoon the next day, while Claude made separate arrangements.  He really didn’t look forward to the phone call, but knew he didn’t have a choice.

“I’m fine dad, really.  I don’t see why you’re so worried, it’s just University… what’s the worst that could happen?  No, I’m sure.  Nothing’s wrong.  I just have some things to do.  I’ll see you in the morning.  Tell mom not to worry.  Okay, yeah, I know.  Bye.  See you then.”

Claude was not looking forward to his homecoming, but he had no idea what else to do.  Only his father would know anything about what he’d become and even if he had to face his wrath, it’d be better than going through it blind and ignorant.

———————-

Note from Mao: Shelly and Marcus will have a bigger part in the next round of Uni, no worries.  As for Claude and Kit and James… ugh.  Three bolt love triangle.  HOW?  I do not know, so don’t ask.  Claude is obsessed with Emily, though, much to Gordon’s chagrin.  It’s the reason he’s a danged vampire.  Revenge plot or stupid luck?  We’ll see.  Sorry it’s taken me so long to update… holidays, sickness, work… you get the picture.

December 11, 2008

Yu 2 – Round 21: ‘Turn Me Loose, Pt. 7′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 1:11 am

Ryu and Tracey Yu have both come a long way.  Ryu’s days are quickly coming to an end and he only hopes that Tracey will be able to manage once he’s gone.  Marcus and Shelly, meanwhile, are finding their own bits of trouble to get in.

Marcus was sick of being trapped in his sister’s unnecessary web of intrigue.  He decided it was time to branch out and find his own sort of fun.  He met Valerie at school and they seemed to hit it off so well that she even got off the bus with him.  While Marcus hadn’t yet perfected his skills with women–thus frightening poor Valerie with tales of cops and robbers–he and Valerie had enough in common that they went on a date that ended dreamily.

Shelly, meanwhile, decided to put her frustrations into cooking.  Mostly, it was prove that she still had something on Maggie O`Hanlon.  Shelly sure was glad she was off to University, because Maggie was really stealing her thunder at school.  To think, a freshman, of all things!  To say that Shelly was appalled was an understatement.

Ryu and Tracey enjoyed quiet time together, ignoring their children’s teenage plights and focusing on their last moments.  It was no secret that Ryu was quite a bit older than Tracey and so he could feel his time coming to an end.  He didn’t outright say anything, but the way he acted was enough of a hint.  They were both intent on enjoying every moment they could.

Unfortunately, such a blind focus left them ignorant of what mischief their kids were up to…

Marcus and Valerie got along so well that they decided that perhaps it was time to see what television and movies were talking about when it came to behind-the-doors action.  It wasn’t quite what either of them expected, unfortunately, and was certainly nothing like the movies!  After it was all said and done they both felt kind of disappointed and confused.

Of course, Shelly knew what her brother had been up to and she certainly wasn’t impressed.  He had taken to lecturing her on her devious plot to wrest Timothy O`Hanlon from Isolde Anderson.

“Don’t even get all moralistic on me,” Shelly snapped, knocking over one of his pieces with her rook.  “I’m not the one trying to get myself stuck with a teen pregnancy!

Marcus was mortified, “don’t be so loud!  Our parents are in the kitchen.”  He lowered his voice to a whisper, “It was a mistake, okay?  Things happen.”

“Sure they do,” she sniffed, taking his piece.  “Don’t bother me again about it or I’ll tell them.”

When Shelly wasn’t tormenting her brother or trying to get Cole to take action, she was blogging about her woes on the internet.  She was beginning to think that it was never going to happen.  She’d be leaving for University soon, as the school year was nearly over, and as such, leaving Timothy behind.  They were all a year behind her.  It was a sad loss and not one she was happy taking, but what more could she do?  That darn freak show had him hook, line, and sinker…

Marcus, meanwhile, was on damage control.  Things with Valerie just weren’t the same.  They could barely speak to one another now, everything was awkward and confusing.  He was heading to University, too.  They decided to end it.  Valerie was sad to see it end, but Marcus just didn’t want the guilt anymore.  He just wanted to leave it all behind and start college with a fresh, clean slate.  Silly teenage hormones…

Shelly seemed to have the same idea.  She called Cole over and told him that the plan was done.  He tried to hide his disappointment, but he had trouble hiding his sadness.

“What’s wrong with you?  You looked like someone just kicked your puppy,” Shelly laughed, eying him.  “You’re not the only one who lost something here.”

“Yeah, okay,” Cole relented, not really paying attention.  “I guess I’ll see you next year, then?”

“Maybe.  If you can even get in,” she offered, turning on her heel and heading back inside.  She really didn’t think it had meant that much.  It had all been a ruse, anyway.  Her focus was Timothy, she really hadn’t given Cole much notice.

Just as the twins were ready to head off to Boreal Summit University, Ryu’s time ran out.  He died peacefully and happily in his home, though the same can’t be said for those he left behind.  Poor Tracey is all alone in the house now.

——————–

Note from Mao: Looks like Alyssa gets the final word!  She outlived Ryu, lol.  Poor dude, I didn’t realize his time was up.  I can’t believe so much time has passed!  Also, sorry if the shots are ‘weird’.  I’m still trying to get used to my new 22″ widescreen monitor.  It’s insane.

Anyway, onto more interesting things.  Did you know teens could woohoo in ACR without any hacks/etc?  I sure as heck didn’t!  Imagine my complete horror and surprise when Marcus phoned his new girlfriend Valerie up for a booty call.  WTF???  I let it go through just to see what would happen.  I kept thinking it was a bug or something and they wouldn’t actually woohoo.  Uh, yeah.  They did.  You can see it via my lovely madden-esque screenshots…

So, uh, yeah…keep an eye on your teens.  Sorry, but I do NOT like teen woohoo.  I will have to find a way to prevent this in the future, lol.  Ewwwww.

September 24, 2008

Yu 2 – Round 20: ‘Turn Me Loose, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:49 am

Ryu and Tracey Yu are happy, despite the rocky road they’ve ventured on to get here.  Marcus and Shelly are teens now and just starting to figure out what they want out of life.

Shelly Yu was not happy to hear about Timothy O’Hanlon and Isolde Anderson being together.  She had hoped the rumors were false, but when she saw them together at school, it was too obvious to ignore.  If she didn’t act soon, they’d be official.  That just couldn’t be.  Timothy was supposed to be hers!  They had been picking on one another since childhood, surely that meant something.

That little social reject was not making a fool out of her by stealing her would-be boyfriend.  Sure, they were related, but that didn’t mean Shelly had to like her.

Meanwhile, Ryu was trying to talk some sense into his son.  In a surprising act, Alyssa had phoned him and told him of Nevio’s behavior.  Ryu had hoped that perhaps he could make Nevio see reason, but it seemed fruitless.  He was spoiled and set in his ways.  Ryu was definitely regretting all that time he spent trying to nail down Gordon Saunders… he had almost had him, but well, he couldn’t act now.  Gordon had them right where he wanted them.

“It’s raining, Shelly,” Timothy said, giving her a look.  “Aren’t you worried about your hair?”

Shelly laughed and tried to pretend his was kidding, “Oh, you’re hilarious!  Now, don’t avoid the question…”

Timothy looked uncomfortable, “I was actually going to ask Isolde to the dance, Shelly… sorry.”

“That’s fine, I was only asking because I didn’t want you to be dateless.  That’s what friends do.” Shelly replied, trying not to look as angry as she felt.

Tracey fulfilled her dreams and became the head of the SCIA.  Unfortunately, it meant little.  In fact, it made her feel guilty because she’d never be able to do anything.  Gordon had her firmly in his grasp, any action against him threatened her family.  She sighed and carried the groceries in, as if it were any other night.  She was as much in his pocket as the corrupt officers and city officials.

Shelly was still sore over Timothy’s rejection, but what could she do?  And then, one day at school, Marcus introduced her to his friend, Cole Anderson.  He had the same last name as Isolde, but they weren’t related.  How weird is that?  Anyway, they got to talking and it seemed Cole had a thing for Isolde and was surprised when he saw her with Timothy O`Hanlon, who he assumed to be Shelly’s boyfriend.

Together, they schemed.  They would pretend to be a couple in the hopes of making the other two jealous… and perhaps inadvertantly try to break them up in the process, too.

“I don’t think you should do this, Shel,” Marcus reasoned, giving his sister a look.  “It isn’t right.  Just let them be.  It won’t work anyway, Timothy doesn’t like you like that.”

Shelly rolled her eyes, “For being a boy, Marcus, you sure are clueless.  He’ll care once I’m taken!  Just make sure you keep your mouth shut about it, all right?”

“Fine, whatever, but I still think it’s stupid.”

Marcus and Shelly would often walk to the park and hangout.  Usually they’d be joined by their friends, but with this whole mess, that had stopped.  Marcus missed hanging out with Timothy, but he couldn’t reason with himself that lying was okay, so he avoided his old friend.  Even Cole, too, seemed too busy with Shelly.

At least they still had family time.  Tracey and Ryu had recently added a deck onto the house and with it, a hot tub.  Everyone enjoyed clustering to it after a long day’s work or homework.  It was definitely a place of ‘family bonding’, though Shelly and Marcus didn’t want to venture a guess as to the real reason their parents had purchased it…

——————

Note from Mao: Cole and Shelly have THREE bolts without any trying from me.  Wow.  I was definitely shocked, lol.  Poor Marcus, he’s losing his friends to Shelly!

Older Posts »

Powered by WordPress