Boreal Springs

March 6, 2009

Knight – Round 24: ‘No More Words, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 4:50 pm

Marla Knight is hardly happy about her husband, Travis’, indiscretions… but isn’t quite prepared to deal with a divorce.  Jennifer is feeling the effects of the chasm building between her parents.

Jennifer sneaks out late at night to join Sage on a bit of a joy ride.  Sage isn’t a bad kid by any means, but every now and again, it’s time for some fun.  Besides, it was mostly Jennifer’s idea.  She wants to get out of the house and away from her crazy parents for awhile.  Sage can’t deny her friend!

Unfortunately, they get busted.  Not so bad for Sage, but monumentally bad for Jennifer.  Her parents are not pleased and she gets lectured by them both.  Even worse, they pulling her out of public school!  She’s being removed from her friends and thrown into an Academy.  All they have to do is schmooze the headmaster.

The headmaster was quite impressed by Marla’s cooking and her fame, it took very little to convince him to allow Jennifer to attend, despite the recent bust.  He assures her parents that being a part of the prestigious Academy will straighten Jennifer out.  Keeping up with the requirements means hard work and dedication–no time for silly slacking off or sneaking out!

Academy life is tough, but Jennifer still manages to find time to hang out with her friends, Sage Saunders and Rosa Anderson.  Rosa and Jennifer don’t always get along, but Sage is the glue that holds their little group together.  She’s always quick to jump in and act as the mediator between the two.  Rosa is kind of upset that they didn’t include her in their excursion, but admits that she wouldn’t have gone, anyway.  Her parents would kill her if she got busted!

Kit comes over to tell her mother the news–that she’s most likely pregnant.  She has all the signs.  At first, Marla is happy, but the apprehension on Kit’s face quickly takes that away.

“The problem is,” Kit begins, taking a deep breath, “I don’t know who the father is.”

It takes everything Marla has for her jaw to keep from reaching the floor, “you’re kidding, Kit!  How could you allow this to happen?”

“I don’t know, but it has and now I’m in a lot of trouble…”

“You’d best cross your fingers and hope it is James’!  If not, well, Kit… whatever happens, you’ve brought it on yourself.”

She sighed, “I know.”

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Note from Mao: Pardon the old header image–Jennifer is suffering from the ‘no profile picture’ syndrome and I’ve tried multiple times to fix it with no success!  Sigh.  She is also a naughty teen, always wanting to sneak out.

February 23, 2009

Anderson 2 – Round 24: ‘The Look of Love, End’

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:08 am

Kate finally has the family she always wanted.  Hugh and Kenya are still deeply in love, despite their struggles.  Rosa continues to thrive despite her adversity, but Lydia is finding her own troubles as she blunders her way through being a teenager.

Kate is not willing to leave her family behind.  She’s struggled hard for this!  But Death refuses to allow her to remain another second.  Her former husband is gone and now it’s time for Kate, too.  Her struggle means nothing in the end and Death takes her as he is wont to do.

Hugh doesn’t handle his mother’s death very well at all.  He hears the news as soon as he leaves his carpool.  His long-time admirer is about to swoop in and take advantage of his vulnerability before Kenya comes out and collects her husband.  She shoos the would-be homewrecker off and tries to reassemble her family, despite their grieving.

Lydia is shocked to find that her grandma is just suddenly gone. Rosa handles it better, despite being much younger.  But her life is a simple one, Lydia’s is not.  Her best friend has suddenly betrayed her and become some kind of hormonal crazy person she barely recognizes.  Now her grandma is gone.  The dogs offer little comfort.  She needs someone who will listen and give her advice.

Lydia seeks out her father.  He’s the only one left she can think of.  She loves her mother dearly, but her father has always been her shoulder to lean on.  Despite his own mourning, Hugh does his best to be there for Lydia.  He hadn’t realized the poor girl was dealing with so much.  He had become accustomed to Gregory being around or her being there, but never really imagined that becoming a teenager changes things, even friendships.

“It just feels wrong,” Lydia sniffled, the recalling of her grandma’s passing and her confusion over Gregory bringing her to tears.  “I mean, I should be able to call my friend, right?  Because my… my grandma… but I can’t… because he’ll just be thinking about that and I don’t, I mean.  I just want a friend!  I don’t want anything else…”

Hugh sighed, “boys come into these things faster than girls sometimes, Lydi.  You have to be patient.  If you truly don’t like him that way, it is your duty as his friend to not lead him on.  Be direct and perhaps your friendship will survive.”

Lydia decided to try and take her father’s advice.  Gregory came home with her afterschool and as they usually did on warm summer afternoons, they hung out by the pool.  When they were little, they used to pretend they were pirates, inspired by the beached, rotting ship out on the distant shore.  Now they were teenagers and instead, they talked.  Mostly about the weather, like awkward adults on a first date.

Lydia longed to say that she didn’t like him like that, but when confronted with him, she wasn’t quite sure what she felt.  So she said nothing.  She knew she should say something, to cut him loose, but Gregory was her friend.  She felt a selfishness wash over her as he suddenly spoke of Emma Davis.  Emma was younger than they were, but not by much.  Everyone knew she had a ridiculous crush on Gregory except him.  He was oblivious like that.

Hugh, meanwhile, was moving up in the world.  They’d never be rich, but his family would certainly be secure.  He wasn’t enjoying the longer hours, though, and missed being home with his girls.  They were growing up way too fast.  Rosa was usually coming in from school with Lyra at her heels when he was leaving for work.  They barely got to say goodbye to one another.

Lydia got a text message on the weekend to meet Gregory and she did, reluctantly.  It was at his dad’s new business, a cafe/restauraunt intended for family get-togethers and others who simply enjoy a nice, open atmosphere.  Still, the place looked way beyond Lydia’s means and she just felt… small there.  When she was finally able to focus on what Gregory was saying, she heard him mention Emma again. She had been here.  What was she doing here?  Her grandfather had helped with the place… Gordon Saunders.  Lydia felt her jaw clench tightly.  Of course.  Emma Davis was rich, Gregory was rich.  They were rich people meant for one another.

Lydia loved Gregory like a friend, but she wasn’t quite sure if she could get past the whole friend barrier.  He knew way too much to be a love interest!  Still, she wasn’t about to let Emma and her rich, spoiled brat ways to come in and ruin her friendship.  She’d steal Gregory and she’d lose her friend forever to fancy dress parties and stupid wine tasting trips!

Unfortunately, it didn’t make it any less awkward.  It was a mutually attempted kiss that ended in Lydia’s nose getting quite the knock.  Gregory was abashed, Lydia was mortified.  She could just tear Emma apart.  Let the little rich girl try a real fist fight once.

Rosa, meanwhile, was lacking in her studies.  She simply didn’t get school and had no real want to.  Her homework piled up and eventually, her teacher called Kenya.  That was the end of Rosa skipping out on her homework.  Kenya watched her like a hawk.  Rosa became rueful of her mother.

When Rosa became a teen, Kenya again tried to reinforce the importance of a good education.  Rosa shrugged her off.  She was an artist!  You couldn’t teach someone the skills she posessed.  She’d be awesome with or without straight A’s.  Kenya sighed.  She’d have to bring Hugh in on this one.  She simply wasn’t one for hard parenting and so it would take them both leaning on Rosa to get her to pay attention.

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Note from Mao: Poor Gregory and Lydia, LOL.  I have no idea where this is going.  Emma does really have a crush on Gregory… Emma and Lydia also do not like one another.  At all.  Which is hilarious.  Poor Gregory seems oblivious to it all, though he has no romantic wants for Emma, only Lydia.  Rosa is a horrible student.  She whines about homework.

January 27, 2009

Anderson 2 – Round 23: ‘The Look of Love, Pt. 5′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 4:39 pm

Kate is happy that her son, Hugh, and his wife, Kenya, have a happy marriage and two lovely girls, Lydia and Rosa.  They were hoping for a boy, though… maybe soon?

Rosa, despite her eccentricities, enjoys timid and calming things.  She spends a lot of her time painting in a corner, all by herself.  She’s not nearly as outgoing and loud as her older sister, Lydia.  Instead, she’s creative and subtle.  As much as they all hate to admit it, sometimes, they even forget she’s there!  That’s okay with Rosa, though.  She isn’t overly fond of this branch of the Anderson name being brash and overbearing.

Hugh and Kenya manage to go out on a date, the first time in what seems like forever.  Kate agreed to watch the girls while they headed out to Aperture for some unwinding.  Kenya was no good at singing, but indulged her overenthusiastic husband.  Hugh, on the other hand, had music in his blood.  It had been so long since he’d done anything really, truly creative with music.

The two greatly enjoyed their night together–the quiet, the calm, the ability to have adult conversation without little voices constantly interrupting.  There was love there, love that seemed completely endless.  Kenya had been a little worried, she knew Shang’s reputation and dating one of his sons?  Oh boy.  But Hugh was different and completely oblivious to the lascivious stares of the coworker that drove him home every night.  He was definitely unlike the rest.

Lydia and Rosa were sisters, but that didn’t mean they got along.  Rosa was too weird and Lydia was too energetic.  They clashed constantly, but never to the point of fighting.  Instead, it would begin with Lydia asking Rosa to go play, and Rosa quietly saying she’d rather paint.  Then Lydia would laugh and ask if he she planned to paint forever and hide away in the house.  She was already pale as a ghost!

They were sisters, but they’d never be best friends.

Lydia’s birthday came quickly, too quickly, for her parents and grandma.  Now she was a teen and while she matured a bit, she was still the same old Lydia.  She loved playing video games with her grandma and still picked on her little sister for being a weird nerd.  She still wrestled with the dogs and most of all, she still hung out with her very best friend, Gregory Anderson.

It was hard to say how long they had been friends, it seemed like forever.  Gregory had grown, too, like Lydia.  They were teens and their minds had changed, but not their friendship.  Best friends, thick as thieves, and yet so very different.  Gregory was obedient and driven, yet kind.  Lydia was a powerhouse of unbounding energy and wit, yet beneath it lie great knowledge and intelligence.  Together, they were an odd pair.  They often hung out in the park, even when it snowed.

“Do you think anything will ever change?” Gregory asked.  He always liked asking random, weird questions.

“Like what?”

“I don’t know, nevermind,” Gregory replied, wistful.  “It’s nothing.”

“You’re so weird, Greg.”

While Rosa may not have gotten along with her sister, she certainly enjoyed her mother’s company.  Kenya and Rosa were similar in their attitudes, the quiet strength behind the more boisterous front of their siblings or spouse.  They loved making strange and weird snowmen, using random things from around the house.  They both favored wearing raincoats instead of snowgear.

Like mother, like daughter?

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Note from Mao: Lydia is adorable.  She’s a Knowledge sim, if I remember correctly.  Anyway, she and Gregory have chemistry, we’ll see what happens.  Rosa and Lydia really do not see eye-to-eye.  They don’t hate each other, but they don’t particularly care for one another, either.  Most indifferent siblings ever!  Kenya and Hugh both had the want to go on a date, so they did.  Still no boy.  Boo!

January 25, 2009

Saunders – Round 23: ‘Hard to Handle, End’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:36 pm

(Sorry for the lack of updated family picture!  My own fault, forgot to extract the twin’s child pictures before they aged to teen.  D’oh… and as for Aiyana, well, I figured it was already messed up, so why bother, LOL)

Despite their parents almost complete indifference to their existence, the twins managed to get along all right.  They did their homework together and generally spent quite a bit of their time in one another’s company.  School was okay, but they were having a hard time separating and getting along with other kids.  Their bond was a bit stronger than most due to their parents negligence.

Virginia was much too busy trying to turn a profit off of Basil’s obsession.  It was going well, so far.  I mean, it was just a tiny business run out of a side room of their house.  Maybe if they made enough, they could have a bigger venue.  It was also a way to keep Virginia and Basil from having to enter the workforce.  Neither of them were too keen on that idea, as much as Damien tried to push it.  Sometime after Aiyana’s death, he retired and now they were living on his pension.

Of course, the old can’t go on forever, no matter how much they wish they could.  Damien was forced to leave his granddaughters in the care of their inept parents.  Death wouldn’t take no for an answer, and wasn’t too keen on Damien’s excuses.  He shoved a tropical drink in his hand and drug Damien off to the other side.

Basil dealt with the death of Damien the only way he really knew how, but spending even more time obsessing over his pottery wheel.  It had truly become a worrisome habit, he rarely left.  The girls were growing rapidly, but he’d have no idea, because he never left that room.

Virginia saw them, but paid them no mind.  She was much too busy trying to make the business work.  Damien was dead and his pension with him.  She had to find a source of income that didn’t involve hard, manual labor.  She was much too pretty for that!  The twins had come to ignore her as much as she ignored them.

While they had issue making friends at first, Daisy seemed to come out of her shell much quicker than her twin, Sage.  She met the eccentric Rosa Anderson.  The two bonded in the fact that neither of them looked like they belonged in their respective families.  Rosa was odd and Daisy was friendly.  They get on quite well.  This was definitely a good thing, as tensions had been growing between Sage and Daisy recently…

Sage had begun bullying Daisy, not out of cruelty, but simply as an outlet.  They were siblings and as a rule of nature, siblings fought.  At first, Daisy took it in stride, but eventually, enough was enough!

She began to fight back, much to Sage’s surprise.  The two tormented each other quite ruthlessly, but it didn’t seem to change anything.  They’d be angry for awhile and then resume their usual routinue.  It just seemed to be a way to let off some steam.

At the end of the day, they were still together.  Daisy was the only one who could sleep through Sage playing noisy video games.

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Note from Mao: Torment is hilarious!  I love it.  The pocket thing and then the hands in the face thing.  I keep imagining them going, “I’m not touching you!” over and over.  Silly kids.  But they get along, nonetheless.  Basil and Virginia really do ignore them.  These kids live off leftovers!

January 9, 2009

Anderson 2 – Round 22: ‘The Look of Love, Pt. 4′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 12:21 am

Kate Anderson may be divorced, but she’s happy to have her son, Hugh, living with her, along with his wife, Kenya, and their children Lydia and Rosa.  It’s the family she never got to have.

Things were definitely busy in the household.  Lydia was already climbing through the ranks of Elementary and seemed to be growing up faster than both Hugh and Kenya thought possible.  Still, she was young enough for a surprise tickle here and there.

Kate was thoroughly enjoying having another baby in the house.  There was just something about that baby smell she couldn’t get enough of.  Things were a little hectic, what with herself, two adults, a child, a baby, and three dogs… but she certainly hoped for just one more grandchild.  Maybe a little boy to mix things up.

Lydia wasn’t concerned with her family expanding, she was too busy enjoying her youth.  She was the one who got the most use out of the pool in the backyard.  She loved being active and swimming was definitely high on her list of favorite things.  She was a bit rough and tumble for a girl, even her best friend Gregory Anderson, had said so… but Lydia didn’t see anything wrong with that.  There were too many girly-girls around anyway.  She’d leave that up to girls like Emma Davis.

Rosa became a toddler, surprising both her parents with fiery red hair.  Neither were quite sure where it had come from, but it definitely made her stand out!  She took after her mother most of all, with her small face and little nose.  She had the brown eyes of an Anderson, though.

While most of the childcare fell to Kenya, as she had given up work to be a stay-at-home mom to her kids, Hugh worked long and thankless hours in various bit jobs.  He wasn’t particularly ambitious and was more concerned with simply having fun and spending time with his family.  Sometimes he juggled, other times he was decked out in armor, serving as entertainment at a themed restaurant.  Nevertheless, he had the same colleagues… ones that would certainly entertain the idea of a little… affair.

Thankfully, Hugh was too busy with his kids to notice.

It was certainly a good thing, because there wasn’t much romance to be had in the house.  Kenya was much too busy trying to keep up with toddler Rosa and Hugh found himself being stuck with odd tasks around the house.  It seemed that little Rosa enjoyed playing ‘clog the toliet’ with rolls of toilet paper.

By the end of the day, they were both exhausted and even then, not alone.  Lydia would sometimes come in and jump on the bed before being shooed off to her own room.  She was a ball of energy.

Rosa soon joined her older sister in elementary school, much to her parent’s relief.  They loved children, truly, but she had been a troublesome little toddler.  Thankfully, she seemed to be a much more somber child.

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Note from Mao: This house was surprisingly hectic.  I was having a fun time trying to keep up!  I think Kenya might be pregnant again, but I can’t be sure.  Kate sure wants her to be.  Poor Kenya and Hugh, though, I don’t know.  They went between fearing and wanting more children!  Oh, and that coworker comes home with Hugh every night.  Sheesh.

December 9, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 21: ‘The Look of Love, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 10:36 am

Kate is happy that her son has found the love of his life and she’s even more overjoyed that they’re having children.  Hugh is thankful for his mother’s help, but he wishes she’d spend more time on herself.

Hugh and Kenya were quite happy with their life thus far.  They were especially pleased with the addition of their baby, Lydia.  It had been a pretty effortless pregnancy, but Kenya was sure she didn’t want to find work and would instead remain home and care for the baby.  Kate had to work and Hugh preferred to give his mother some free time, even if she didn’t want it.

It was a good thing that Kate was around.  Kenya seemed to have fallen sick rather quickly after Lydia was born.  The flu had been going around, both Kate and Hugh had suffered from it briefly.  Kenya felt as if she’d got the worst of it.  It was all she could do to lie on the couch and watch rerun movies on network television.

When Lydia’s birthday came around and Kenya still felt sick, she was sure something else was up.  Lydia was adorable, though she looked more like her father than anything.  Kate loved playing with her and was even less prone to ‘take time off’.  Kenya needed her help, Kate was sure that she wasn’t sick, but pregnant again.  Kate would get the house full of babies she always wanted, even if she wasn’t necessarily the one giving birth to them.

Of course, Kate had been right about Kenya–she was pregnant.  She began to feel a little better, but not much.  Even so, she spent as much time helping and playing with Lydia as she possibly could.  She refused to miss out on her first baby’s first just because she felt horrible.

Even with her stubborn declaration of helping, most of the work still fell to Hugh or Kate.  Kenya was simply too busy eating everything in sight and then trying not to throw it all back up.  This pregnancy was completely opposite of the one she experienced with Lydia.  It was horrible!  Kate joked that it could be twins and Kenya thought that it must if it was such a trial.

Everyone was quite shocked when Kenya returned with only one baby.  It was another girl they named Rosa.  She had red hair and the almond brown Yu eyes.  It was quite startling, especially since she had Kenya’s coloring otherwise.  Old genetics are funny like that, they’ll sneak up when you least expect them.

Lydia became a child not long after, hyper and happy.  She shared her father’s enthusiasm for the dogs, much to Kenya’s chagrin.  It wasn’t that she didn’t like them, but the house didn’t seem big enough for three!  Especially with Lydia running around with them and chasing them all over.  Kenya was forced to tell Lydia to take it outside more times than she cared to and things had certainly been broken since Lydia had grown into a rambuncious youth.

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Note from Mao: Lydia is adorable!  After I loaded their house, Kenya and Hugh immediately went at it on the couch, lol.  Kate was sleeping.  Horrible!  Apparently that was enough to result in Rosa.  I really have no idea how these two are not having twins when they both have the ‘twin’ family benefit.  Very strange.  Rosa’s coloring surprised me.  I’m always glad when those almond brown eyes pop up!

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