Boreal Springs

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.

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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…

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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!

September 22, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 20: ‘The Look of Love, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 4:32 pm

Kate Anderson is divorced, but she’s happy her only child, Hugh, was able to find the love of his life in Kenya.  Now she’s just biding her time until she’s presented with grandbabies!

Lyra gave birth to a litter of four pups, 2 girls and 2 boys, named Toph, Kitara, Aang, and Sakka.  This meant there were six dogs at once in the small house, most of them all trying to crowd into one room at a time.  Hugh was adamant that they’d give the pups to neighbors, but Kenya found it difficult to avoid not tripping over one of the pups.

Her agitation was mostly due to the fact that she found herself in a family way and her moods were swinging faster than boxing league champ.  Hugh was over the moon, as was Kate, who instantly began converting the former downstairs master suite into a lovely little nursery.  They had also recently begun construction of a pool in the backyard, too.

Kate soon was feeling her age and while most people’s hair gradually shifted to gray or white, Kate’s seemed to happen over night.  She didn’t bother with dyeing it back, she was proud of her soon-to-be status of grandma.  Hugh’s happiness was all she needed, it seemed.  She’d spent her life constantly trying to force her happiness, but all she ever needed was to stop and look to her son.  He was the best thing that could have happened to her.

Kenya spent her maternity leave taking care of the many dogs and trying to keep the house clean.  Roman had been very strict about when she would be returning to work and while she had enjoyed her job, she realized that family was more important to her.  She wanted more children after this and she wasn’t sure if she still had room in her life for the demanding job of manager.

She would discuss it with Hugh and see what could be done.

Kenya also struck up an unlikely friendship with her neighbor, Virginia Saunders.  She was also pregnant and home a lot, so the two had a bond there.  Other than that, they were complete opposites.  Kenya enjoyed Virginia’s companionship, though, and tried to ignore the comments she sometimes made in regards to family lifestyles.

Finally, little Lydia Anderson joined the family.  She had her father’s coloring, her grandma Kate’s brown eyes, and dark hair.  She was adorable and her parents couldn’t stop cooing over it.  Kenya was certain she didn’t want to leave little Lydia in the care of a nanny and so she decided she’d discuss her plans of leaving with her boss.

Hugh, meanwhile, set about giving away the now grown pups to neighbors.  He even managed to get some money for them, thanks to Kenya being home to train them properly.  They were an odd lot, but lovable and surely a good addition to the other families.  Who knows, maybe those pups would go on to have some of their own.

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Note from Mao: I was completely expecting TWINS!  Hugh has the final family benefit!  Maybe next time, because now Kenya has it, too.  She needs three kids for her LTW.

August 31, 2008

Yu 2 – Round 19: ‘Moving On, End’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 1:01 pm

Ryu and Tracey Yu are happy with their twins and thankful that they are now old enough to take care of themselves.  Will the twins prosper or join the rest of the current generation in chaos?

As with most twins at a young age, Shelly and Marcus enjoyed doing things together.  Unfortunately for Marcus, Shelly knew her twin well enough to cheat at most of the things she did.  She didn’t mean any harm by it, but she wasn’t about to lose to a boy.  Marcus was none-the-wiser.

Tracey, meanwhile, was feeling her age.  She looked into the mirror and tried to pinpoint the wrinkles and lines.  She was surprisingly youthful, but her inability to stop dyeing her hair helped with that.  At least she hadn’t changed too much.  From a distance, she still looked like her old self.  Unfortunately, her body felt differently about that fact.  She just hoped she could keep it together long enough to fulfill her dream.

Shelly was trying to make friends, but her inherent nature for pointing out the obvious made it difficult.  Cole O`Hanlon wasn’t very happy when she began teasing him about being an alien.  The two got into quite the little tiff, with Shelly feeling badly as Cole stormed off.  He was proud of his uniqueness and he wasn’t going to have anyone tell him otherwise.

Especially not a girl whose family was clearly deranged.

August 18, 2008

Yu 2 – Round 18: ‘Moving On, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:46 am

Ryu and Tracey have come a long way, leaving their former spouses behind.  With their hectic work schedules, can they ensure that the twins, Marcus and Shelly, make it to childhood?

Even after so long, Ryu was the primary caregiver.  It was quite the role reversal, as Alyssa had taken care of most of the ‘rearing’ as far as children were concerned before.  Now it was up to him.  It wasn’t particularly hard and his increasing age gave him more and more patience.

It was hard to be patient with certain things, though, like Katarina.  She held no grudges at all and would visit now and again.  She was shacked up with Shang and Ryu wasn’t quite sure how he felt about that.  He still couldn’t imagine her as a mother, though Alyssa had said she was doing surprisingly well.

Katarina only visited during the afternoon and evening, while Tracey was off at work.  She had no problem with her new siblings, but she really didn’t care to meet Tracey.

The twins’ birthday came and went, and despite being children, old habits die hard.  They still spent a lot of time at the little drawing table, having competitions as to who could ‘draw better’.  Neither one came out on top of the other, Ryu wasn’t sure if his creativity had passed on to either of them.

They saw their mother late in the evening, when they usually had dinner.  She always made sure to inquire about their day, school, and everything that would happen while she was away.  It wasn’t easy leaving them behind and going to work, but she was nearly at the top and it wouldn’t be much longer until she needn’t worry about it any longer.

Of course, by then, they’d be teens caring for themselves, but sims don’t usually plan that far ahead…

Despite Tracey being gone a lot, life was good for the twins.  Of course, not everyone was kind about it.  Timothy and Marcus were friends, but Timothy always gave poor Shelly such a hard time.  Kids would be kids and what goes on in their mind when they tease girls is always the same…

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Note from Mao: Katarina is as bad as Shang!  She stops over autonomously constantly–it’s crazy.  Timothy teased Shelly on his own, which made me laugh…

August 5, 2008

Yu 2 – Round 17: ‘Moving On, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 10:33 am

Ryu and Tracey Yu may have come together under… questionable circumstances, but they are happy nonetheless. The twins, however, are still quite a handful.

Tracey was elated to have more children, though she did miss Michael terribly. She put all her attention towards the twins, trying to push away her saddness. She was sure once Michael was more readily able to make his own decisions, she’d see him.

Just as long as Tracey didn’t have to see Gordon, that is. His threat had chilled her to the core. The less she saw or heard of him, the better. He was terrifying to her now.

Surprisingly, there had been little drama due to the result of their mutual break-ups and sudden marriage. Ryu’s children had been a little… baffled, but they were older and too busy with their own lives to really care too much. Tracey was well-aware of the fact that Ryu had been married to the mayor and made sure not to give Alyssa any opportunities to make her pay for it.

Even with the twins keeping them busy at all hours, Tracey and Ryu were quite happy.

Of course, once the twins became toddlers, their alone time pretty much stopped. Shelly and Marcus weren’t bad, they were just insanely curious, as all toddlers tend to be. Tracey solved this by putting a little table for them to play on in the living room. It kept them occupied and far, far away from the toliet and other dirty things they loved putting their hands into.

Ryu and Tracey took care of the twins in shifts. Ryu was at the top of his career, so he had more flex time. He mostly took care of the children during the day, though his phone rang off the hook and he spent a considerable amount of time hunched over his computer. He was more than happy to support Tracey’s dream of reaching the top of her field. After all, it had been Ryu himself who recruited her.

Tracey took over at night, right after she got home from work. She was defintiely busy at work, but always happy to come home and play with the twins. She wasn’t tired, she was exhausted, but having children was tiring work and it was just something you learned to deal with. She really didn’t want to miss out on anything… especially given how much of Michael’s life she was being forced to miss.

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Note from Mao: This round FLEW by, seriously. I barely got these pictures. It was like clockwork and before I knew it, it was over. Sheesh! Twins keep them busy, that’s for sure. And how funny is it that this lot is “yu 2″? /snickers

Note about the Site: Perhaps you noticed that BS was down/blank for the past 15 hours. Issue with WP. Now fixed. Also, I used an online genealogy thing to make an interactive hood family tree. It is very, very cool. You can see it here.

July 26, 2008

Saunders 2 – Round 16: ‘Message in a Bottle, End’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:16 pm

Now that Tracey has found out about Gordon, what will happen? Poor little Michael is going to be very confused.

Tracey sat on the couch, trying to focus on the paper. Everytime she saw a police report, she couldn’t help but wonder as to what Gordon’s involvement was. She hadn’t meant to find out, but when she pulled the wrong book from the bookcase and it slid aside, her curiosity demanded she search deeper. It was there she found the secret basement, the little ‘room’, everything. She was horrified.

The only thing left to do was… well, Tracey wasn’t sure about it anymore. She was starting to get a little scared.

Of course that fear dissipated when Gordon walked through the door. He had been off in Aperture, working on ‘business’ again. Tracey knew that was a lie, his business was criminal and that’s what he’d been doing.

“Someone has been nosing around,” Gordon said, his voice calm and completely the opposite of Tracey’s frenzied tone. “What are you going to do about it, Tracey? Tell your cop boyfriend?”

“What?” She hissed, trying to push back the sudden rush of embarassment. How… how did he know about that?

“Don’t look so surprised, it makes your nose look crooked,” he said, leaning forward, grinning. In his hands, he held a document. “And this? That’s cute, real cute.”

“Where did you get that?!” It was the evidence she’d gathered from his room beneath the house. She had turned it directly into the police. “You criminal!”

“Ah, ah… clever criminal, Tracey. The police department is mine. Remember that Ryu isn’t a cop, he’s an agent. I can’t claim to have anything on the federal bureau… but when there’s no evidence, why should I worry?”

Tracey narrowed her eyes, “there’s me! I’ll testify!”

“No, you won’t,” Gordon replied, the charm gone from his voice. “I don’t necessarily care that he slept with you… we Saunders men have an indirect way of passing our wives around. No, it’s simply the fact you thought you could get away with it. You’re wrong, Tracey, wrong. You’ll get your divorce… but Michael is mine.”

“I have a reputation to uphold. You can have the house, I’ll give you that much, but everything else is mine. I hope you have some savings, Tracey… or you may just have to sell and move back to those dear islands you so love.”

Tracey walked away from him, trying to restrain her sobs, “y-you can’t take him–”

“I can and I am,” Gordon’s voice was cold as ice. “I have evidence, Tracey. Evidence of adultery. I can take anything I want. Michael is mine and I suggest you say your goodbyes. We’re leaving as soon as my driver arrives.”

“This isn’t right, Gordon!” She wailed into her hands, unable to look up. “He needs a mother!”

“A mother, perhaps… but you? No. Be glad I’m letting you live, Tracey. Be thankful. And remember what I said, should you ever find yourself even thinking of walking into a courthouse.”

Tracey wasted no time. She quickly wiped away her tears and ran into Michael’s room. He was packing his things into a suitcase and the image of such a thing was monstrous to Tracey. She yanked him away and into her arms, hugging him tightly and sobbing.

“Mommy loves you, Michael. Always remember that. I didn’t mean for it to be this way.”

“It’s all right, mom,” Michael said in that same calm voice that Gordon had. “I know.”

“I will see you again, I promise I will. Somehow.”

Michael said nothing. He gave his mother a soft, hesitant smile and picked up his bag. Tracey watched as he left through the door, joining Gordon who had several men moving things out of the house at a rapid pace.

July 22, 2008

Anderson – Round 16: ‘Happy?, End’

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:40 am

Alyssa and Ryu’s marriage has been on the rocks for awhile now. Can they settle their differences or is it time to call in the lawyers?

Alyssa found herself at a loss. She had confessed to Florence, but she really didn’t feel any better. In fact, she felt worse. Her guilt was transposing itself into anger and she found herself frequently lashing out at the wrong people. She had to bite her tongue when Roman called to report that Nevio was bringing his gold-digging girlfriend Laci to dinner.

“How can you be so sure, Roman? Maybe you are misunderstanding her..”

“No, I’m not, mother. She’s even gone so far as to hit on me. She’s disgusting and she needs ejected as soon as possible.”

Alyssa sighed heavily, “you know we can’t do that, Roman. If Nevio loves her…”

“Grandfather would have. You know it, too, just as well as I do.” There was shuffling on the other end of the line. “I’ve got to go. We’ll see you Sunday.”

Talking to Ryu was as awkward as it had ever been. They mostly kept their distance, though Ryu had made attempts to build bridges, Alyssa always declined. She just couldn’t get over her own guilt. She knew she had to tell him, but it would have to wait until after the kids visited. No need to make things messy for them, too.

“You need to tell me what’s going on, Alyssa.”

“No, not yet. After the kids have come and gone, I’ll tell you. But no sooner than that. It’s for the best.”

And so Sunday came and Alyssa finally met Laci. She had to admit, Laci certainly looked the part. Was Nevio serious about this girl? Alyssa couldn’t help but notice how much makeup Laci wore. That really wasn’t appropriate. She tried her best to make nice, though, for her son’s sake. She also needed to have a talk with Roman. If there was anyway to remove this woman from Nevio’s life, it needed to be done. She wasn’t fit to be an heir’s wife.

Alyssa went downstairs to see where Ryu had gone to only to find him talking to Tracey Saunders. Inwardly, she bristled. The mere sight of Tracey was enough to set her off. She glared angrily at Ryu and walked into the kitchen, ignoring the fact that Tracey seemed frightened.

“Hold on a minute, Tracey. I’ll be right back,” Ryu assured, patting her on the shoulder.

“A…All right…” she replied, visibly shaken.

Ryu entered the kitchen only to be met with a shower of water. He pushed it out of his face and looked at Alyssa, his own anger flaring.

“What the hell is she doing in the house, Ryu? When the children are here, no less!”

Ryu shook off the water, “what are you trying to say, Alyssa? Tracey just came by because of work. She found something–”

“I’m sure she did!”

“That’s it!” Ryu yelled back, getting in her face. “What is your problem? Why don’t you just tell me so we can stop this stupid charade and get it all over with. Just say it, Alyssa.”

“You act like you already know,” she huffed back, crossing her arms over her chest. Inwardly, she felt as if she might faint.

“Maybe I do,” Ryu retorted, not backing down. “Maybe I figured it out myself and despite that, tried to make this work. But you’ve killed that. So just say it!”

“Fine! I slept with Shang,” she shot back, eyes narrowing. “Are you happy now? But it wouldn’t have happened were it not for that stupid wench in the livingroom!”

“Don’t blame Tracey for your own weaknesses, Alyssa.” Ryu replied, his tone low and full of warning. “I don’t think we need to discuss this any further, do you? I tried, I did, and you threw it in my face.”

“I never should have married you!” Alyssa raged, fists forming at her sides. “Father was right! It’s a shame he won’t be here to see the divorce.”

Ryu shook his head and exited, “I should have known you’d go crazy without your puppet master here to rule your every move.”

June 9, 2008

Anderson – Round 15: ‘Heir Trouble, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:07 pm

 Thomas Anderson’s days are coming to an end; will he rest in peace or pieces?  Alyssa’s guilt over her affair is causing more trouble than it’s worth, but Ryu is still oblivious.  Nevio is the heir, but Roman is looking like a better choice.  Will the Anderson name and fortune go to someone unworthy?

With the case involving Janine Anderson, Derek O`Hanlon, and Katy Saunders over, Ryu found that he had spent entirely too much time focusing on it.  He was still concerned with removing the criminal element from Boreal Springs, but he had plenty of help now.  It was time to find out what was wrong with Alyssa–she’d been acting extremely odd lately.  She gave up on arguing and kept to herself.  Something was definitely up.

Anytime he tried to talk to her, though, she just ignored him.  She didn’t start arguing, she didn’t say anything–she just sat there and pretended he wasn’t there.  That, or she got up and went somewhere else.

Meanwhile, Thomas was having his own problems.  Late into the night, he sat on a chair in his office, waiting patiently.  Soon enough, Gordon Saunders appeared via rather unconvential means.  Thomas knew he would come eventually.  In this business, the student always rid of the teacher.  That was the natural way of things.

“I hope this means you’re going to go peacefully,” Gordon said, completely confident in his own abilities.

“You’ve wove a very tangled web, Gordon.  You’re doing the same thing Janine did and you will fail, just as she did.  Only there won’t be anyone to help you stand.  I will be gone, by your hands or by the world’s.  What will you do then?”

Gordon became angry, “am I supposed to be touched?  You helped Janine to help yourself, Thomas.  Everything you’ve done your whole life has been for your own benefit.”

“And you, Gordon?  How are you any different?”

“You’re good, but not that good.  I’m better.  Your manipulation won’t work on me.  Enjoy your last days, Thomas.  Enjoy knowing that you’re going to die and nothing you can do will stop it.”

Thomas Anderson laid his head down on his pillow, content to go to sleep.  Perhaps he’d wake in the morning and sign the entire fortune over to Roman.  He’d be a much more suitable heir than Nevio.  That boy was such a flake.

Unfortunately for Thomas, it wasn’t to be.  His last hour was spent thinking back on Janine.  His thoughts always came back to her.  Would she be waiting for him in Hell or did some benevolent thing take pity on her situation?

In the wake of his grandfather’s death and the realization that he was heir, Nevio’s head was muddled.  Worse yet was the blonde girl with dollar signs in her eyes following him around.  Laci Enriquez was truly a beauty at the tender age of seventeen.  She scarcely did her own homework and she survived on the ‘generosity’ of horny young males without rewarding their efforts.

Of course, that was all cast aside in her campaign at getting Nevio and his money.  She followed him home from school and the poor boy was unable to resist her extremely well-tuned charms.

With her father gone, Alyssa felt the weight of everything on her shoulders.  Not only was she forced to deal with her own guilt and Ryu’s persistent questions, but she had also found her father dead in his bed.  She was incredibly frazzled and so it was no surprise she burned her lunch.  The fire marshall was quite surprised to get called to the mayor’s own house.

Alyssa really needed to get her act together before the tabloids had a field day.

Meanwhile, girls tried to spur Roman’s interest only to be met with cold rebuffs.  Roman wasn’t anywhere near as gullible as his brother, nor was he as starved love.  Roman knew exactly what he wanted and he certainly wasn’t some loose girl looking for a free ride.  He wasn’t in any hurry–as long as he was amassing a fortune, he was happy.  As a teen he had won several scholarships related to his business endeavors–he even had a financial consulting business going which he did online.

Heir or not, Roman would be rich.  That much was certain.

Nevio, unfortunately, did not have any of Roman’s common sense or decency.  Laci had him in a chokehold of epic proportions.  She was even going to Boreal Summit University with him.  Of course, Nevio hadn’t really much experience with females outside of their prep school, so University would be an eye-opening experience.  One that Laci wasn’t likely to enjoy.

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Note from Mao: Thomas finally dies, after 15 rounds!  Whew.  He’s one of the longest-living old people I’ve had, I think.  Geesh.  As for Laci, she did follow Nevio home and she did flirt with him.  Roman also had girls following him home much to my surprise and amusement.  Thomas actually died on the sidewalk, but what fun is that?  See:

June 3, 2008

Davis – Round 14: ‘Dearly Departed, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Davis — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 9:10 am

Formerly known as ‘Katy Saunders’, Lauren is given a new name and records, thanks to Ryu Anderson and the government for her help in the trial. Unfortunately, they failed to realize their witness had been tampered with.

“So… what now?” Katy asked, visibly saddened. “I’m here in this ‘new’ house with a new name… but what am I supposed to do now?”

“It isn’t completely done yet, Ka–er, Lauren,” Ryu corrected himself. He had spent a lot of time with Katy over the past few months and so the name change was jarring to him, as well. “Your appearance–you look exactly the same. We need to modify that.”

“You don’t mean… plastic surgery?”

“Nothing that drastic… just different hair and clothing–you’ve been dead a long while. The only one to remember you would be your son and former husband, both of which you are never to see.”

“See? That isn’t so bad, is it? A fresh look for a fresh start.” Ryu attempted to be comforting, but it wasn’t easy. This was the last time he would see her. To say he had grown attached would have been an understatement. “How… do you feel?”

“The same,” Lauren frowned, looking at herself in the mirror. “I’m sorry, Ryu. I mean, about the trial. I know… how disappointed you must be.”

He shook his head, letting the unspoken words pass by, “no, it’s fine. You did your best… I’m just glad the mystery is over.”

Lauren found herself in a very difficult place. She could feel Ryu staring at her and while she wanted desperately to ask him to stay, she knew he couldn’t. He was married, he had a family, and he had to go home. “Goodbye, Ryu. Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.” He said with considerable difficulty.

Lauren gave birth to a healthy baby girl with her hair and her grandfather Henry’s eyes. Little Elena was definitely a Saunders by all appearances, but Lauren would have to keep that fact a secret, even to the little baby nestled in her arms. She was Lauren Davis and this was Elena Davis, their former lives no longer mattered.

Besides, things were going to look up soon. Lauren felt awful for lying to Ryu, for lying to everyone in court… but she didn’t know what else to do. He had offered her something none of them could. What was one little lie? Janine was dead, there was no reason to get revenge on her innocent family.

He visited her after the birth of Elena, to make sure she was all right and adjusting well. He was sure to time his visits so not to run into Lilith, who still insisted on visiting. Lauren didn’t mind, but she didn’t want Gordon getting busted. That would have them both in jail–her for purgery and him for witness tampering.

Lauren hardly remembered Gordon, but he certainly looked like Janine. It didn’t make her angry. It was almost as if he was Janine’s offering for peace and forgiveness. He came offering her money and a better life for her daughter. Lauren had a job as a teacher, but she’d be stuck in this tiny house with that salary. Gordon had plenty of hidden funds to throw around.

Not to mention the fact that she had somehow managed to become romantically involved with him. It was bizarre and wrong, he was her children’s techncial uncle… but then again, so was Ryu and she had nearly fallen for him, too. Lauren definitely had a soft spot for taken Saunders men. Gordon was easier, though. His marriage was mostly a facade and he would definitely make sure she was well taken care of.

Being the mistress of a criminal hasn’t always ended well, but it definitely came with its perks. Besides, the police had to leave her alone now that everything was over. They’d never suspect she’d been on Gordon’s side all along.

As Elena’s third birthday came and went, Lauren was secure in her decision. She wanted the best for her child to make up for the fact that she could never do anything for Damien and Chuck. Chuck had died early because she wasn’t there to save him and Damien had grown up. She could never contact him, but she could take care of and provide for Elena.

“Don’t worry, baby girl,” Lauren cooed, cuddling Elena. “Mommy isn’t going anywhere. I’ll make sure you have the best life I possibly can.”

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Note from Mao: Bahaha, did you see this coming? Neither did I until Gordon walked by the damn house three times. I finally had Katy greet him and viola, two bolts instantly. She had the same with Ryu, but she flirted with Gordon. Hilarious. This is seriously a Soap opera now. There’s just no sense in denying it, I am defeated…

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