Boreal Springs

August 4, 2008

Anderson 3 – Round 17: ‘Fiery Red, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 9:27 am

Nathaniel Anderson and Sara O`Hanlon enjoy their unwedded bliss and their two children, even if they don’t understand them. Patrick is fast becoming an egocentric misogynist while Sade can’t pass a mirror without admiring herself in it. To make matters worse… Sara’s been feel a little ill lately.

Sara was distraught over the loss of her father, Derek O`Hanlon. Along with that, she was dealing with the astronomical amount of divorces currently taking place in Boreal Springs. She needed a break, that much was certain. Nathaniel took some time off work and the kids had a break in school coming up, so they were set to head off to the mountains for some R&R.

Sade and Patrick weren’t too keen on being surrounded by burly lumberjacks and towering pines.

Before heading to the shuttle, Patrick had to admire himself in the mirror. While most would remark that his collection of features was odd… it was also unique. That uniqueness would help him achieve his ultimate dream–stardom. He could use his smarts and his good looks to skyrocket himself to fame unknown. As long as he was making money and being admired, it was all good.

They arrived at their resort hotel without a hitch and the two kids realized they’d be living in the lap of luxury for the better part of a week. Warming up to the idea of the outdoors, they accompanied their parents to a nearby logging area. Patrick was sure he could throw axes without an issue, but was proven wrong when only one hit the bull’s eye. Sade claimed she could do better, if only they’d let her actually throw an axe!

Sara decided to show her son how it was done and landed each axe perfectly within the bull’s eye, much to Patrick’s humiliation and Nathaniel’s fear. Where Sara had picked up her logging prowess, none could say, but she could certainly throw an axe with the best of them.

Despite feeling ill the entire trip, Sara still managed to beat Nathaniel several times at log rolling. Of course, Nathaniel claimed she was quite obviously cheating. Sara just laughed and beat him again. She was definitely more athletically geared than her male counterpart, even if she did spend a lot of time in the court room.

Patrick decided that it might be fun to fish. Nathaniel wasn’t too keen on the idea, being a nautically minded man. Patrick was overjoyed when he caught a huge catfish, but grumbled incoherently when Nathaniel insisted he that apologize and put it back. Fish had feelings too.

Sara was feeling even worse during the last leg of the vacation, so she spent a lot of time lounging around. Sade mostly stayed with her, content to sit and watch people walk by. It was surprisingly calm, despite being in the middle of winter, and strangely warm, too. It only flurried once, though it didn’t accumulate. They didn’t even have rain. They couldn’t have picked a better time to come.

The night before they were set to leave, Nathaniel decided to voice his concerns about Sara’s state of health. Of course, being a male, he wasn’t exactly tactful about it.

“You’re looking a little bit like a beachball, Sara,” he said, eyes falling on her stomach. She hadn’t gained much weight, but her normally flat abdomen had puffed out a bit. “Are you pregnant?”

“I think so,” Sara said. “I don’t want to believe it, but it would make sense.”

When they returned home, Sara scheduled an appointment immediately with her physician. Sure enough, she was pregnant. The doctor told her to be careful, since she was older, she was more fragile. Nathaniel wasn’t exactly keen on the idea of another child–he would be an elder soon–but he supported Sara. It wasn’t like she did it all by herself.

He just hoped the baby didn’t turn out like their other two kids… which worried him immensely. Patrick the evil, egocentric genius and little Sade, the budding beauty queen.

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Note from Mao: Nathaniel and Sara woohoo’d ONCE before they went on vacation. ONCE! I thought it was safe because they were both getting up in years and InTeen puts a drop in fertiliy the older a sim gets. Gah. At least Sara is a little younger than Nathaniel… and I definitely won’t bemoan their genetics spreading.  Pointy ears, yay!

July 25, 2008

Anderson 3 – Round 16: ‘Fiery Red, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 8:26 pm

Nathaniel Anderson and Sara O`Hanlon are finding that all children are not the same. While Patrick was a well-behaved little angel, Sade is a bit more of a… trial.

Sara found herself up late again, trying desperately to get little Sade to go to sleep. She was so unlike Patrick as a baby that it was almost unbelievable. Sade cried often, demanding Sara or Nathaniel’s constant attention. It was often hard to keep up with her, as they both led very busy lives.

Sara was even busier now, thanks to the mess the whole Anderson divorce had caused. As one of Gordon’s trusted people, Sara was very much involved in his the legal proceedings leading up to his divorce. It helped that Mary’s mother was also involved. He had a legal team and a half to ensure that Michael was his. It was daunting work, though, and with Sade being such a fussy baby, Sara found herself quite exhausted.

Finally, Sade became a toddler, much to relief of both her parents. They were surprised by her pointed ears. Given that she did not have the purple skin, they hadn’t really expected her to take on any other traits. Unfortunately, Sade’s transition into a toddler didn’t make her any less needy. She still clung to her parents and cried when they dared leave her alone. It was tiring business, to be certain.

There was no reasoning for Sade’s lack of independence… she was incredibly demanding of their time and attention.

Luckily, Patrick was the opposite and was quite all right taking care of himself. The fact that Sade took all the attention didn’t bother him in the least. He was doing well at school and meeting various people. In fact, one day, he brought home Elena Davis, who was a striking likeness of his own mother.

Sara saw the similarities instantly and it all clicked together. Gordon had told her about Katy being Lauren, but he hadn’t said anything about her being pregnant. Sara knew to keep her mouth shut, but she couldn’t help but feel a slight pang everytime she looked at the child. They were almost twins in their appearance. It was a little disturbing.

Patrick became a teenager and was a great help to his parents with Sade. Unfortunately, Patrick’s normally clear head was clouded by the surge of teenage hormones. He still had deep thoughts and plenty of theories, but he was applying them to the opposite sex more than anything. Sara was a little concerned with her son’s obvious interest in girls, but Nathaniel assured her it was just a thing most males go through… which quickly earned him a hard smack upside the head and a glare.

Sade herself moved onto childhood.  She was quite the pretty little thing and while she still wanted attention, she found that there were other ways of getting it.  Even as a young girl, she took great care in her appearance, wanting her curly red hair bound up and elegant always.  It worked, of course.  Anywhere she went, she was complimented and fawned over.

Sade could definitely get used to this kind of attention.

———–

Note from Mao: Sade was an impossible baby and toddler.  I haven’t had so much trouble in ages.  Wow.  Both these kids are scaring me!  Patrick rolled Romance… arghh!  But at least there are secondary aspirations, right, RIGHT?  TOO MUCH ROMANCE! Oh and how creepy are Elena and Sara?  I never realized it until I saw them in the same room.  WOW.

July 21, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 16: ‘Mysteriously Quiet’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 5:36 pm

Mary and Derek O`Hanlon are finally able to enjoy their elder years and Gina can relax finally knowing the truth. Julie and Asia think they’re ready to be parents, but will they have the same luck that Florence and Shaniqua did with the treatment?

Sara stopped by for an impromptu visit one night after work. She said that she needed to speak with their mother, but Julie managed to pull her aside with some dinner. She hadn’t wanted to nag her older sister, but she was genuinely curious about her situation.

“So, you guys are just going to be engaged forever? What about little Sade?”

Sara rolled her eyes, “not you, too, Julie. Don’t turn into mom.”

“I’m not, I’m just curious. Why don’t you just bite the bullet and get hitched?”

“Because we’re perfectly happy as we are… and nothing anyone says or does needs to change that. Why should we change if we’re happy? Everyone else I know who is married is miserable, save for a few.”

“I guess you’ve got me there.”

Julie and Asia were doing fairly well in their respective careers. Julie wasn’t career-driven, she didn’t have the same goals as Asia, but she worked to keep her mind busy. Asia enjoyed her job a lot, but felt she was ready to make the necessary sacrifice. She wanted to have a baby.

“You’re sure? You’ll have to take time off work,” Julie warned, questioning her sincerity.

“I’m sure, Jules. The process might take awhile, anyway. So it’s best to start early, don’t you think?”

“I’m just making sure that you’re sure. I know you, Asia. You love working.”

“But I love you, too, and I’ll love having a child with you.”

Derek, meanwhile, felt as if a gigantic weight had been lifted off his shoulders. He had told Gina everything he remembered, which was a lot. The incident still haunted him. It was amazing how much weight words held. Janine had been great to him, he would never rat her out… but she was dead and so was Thomas. The truth was safe with Gina.

So, as he raked the leaves into a small pile, he felt a new sort of contentment wash over him. He truly did feel bad for what happened to Katy, but he couldn’t help thinking that it had worked itself out in the end. How that possible, he couldn’t say, it was something he just knew.

Marla stopped by to announce her pregnancy. Of course, Mary and Derek were thrilled. Julie was happy to congratulate her twin, but she couldn’t help notice that something didn’t seem completely right. Only Julie would catch it, though, it was a ‘twin thing’.

“Are you sure everything’s fine? I mean, with Katarina around…”

“I’m sure, Julie,” Marla said with a sigh. “Don’t bring down my happiness, okay?”

“All right, all right… I was just checking. I’m allowed to be concerned.”

“Well, don’t be. I’m doing great.”

One afternoon, while everyone else was off at work, Derek shuffled around the house in a daze. He was bored and there was nothing good on TV. He hated days like this. Then, suddenly, the phone rang. With hesitation, he answered it. No one ever called when everyone else was out.

“Hello, Derek. Are you enjoying your freedom?”

A sudden chill ran down Derek’s spine at the sound of the voice coming from the receiver. He swallowed hard, trying to mask his surprise. All he could manage was, “what do you want?”

“We’re family, Derek. Do I really need a reason to call?”

“Yes,” he replied tersely, eyes narrowing.

“I suppose you’ve caught me. I need a favor… and before you say ‘no’, realize that it was I who saved you from imprisonment…”

———-

Note from Mao: A pretty boring round, until the end. It was a completely autonomous action. I have no idea why he called, but it ended up fitting with later rounds (which I’ve played already)… Also, so far no baby for Asia and Julie. :(

July 16, 2008

Anderson 3 – Round 15: ‘Purple Progeny, End’

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:38 am

Nathaniel Anderson and Sara O`Hanlon are happily unwed, much to Mary’s chagrin.  Their son, Patrick, has recently become a child and is slowly finding his way in the world.  Will Sara and Nathaniel’s abundant attention give him a good head start or will it cause him more trouble than its worth?

Derek O`Hanlon was happy to finally meet his grandson, Patrick.  Patrick was equally pleased, knowing that his grandfather was famous for several reasons.  None of the reasons really mattered all that much, though.  All that mattered was he was well-known and that was something Patrick admired.

In recent years, Patrick had formulated all sorts of opinions on the world around him.  Even Derek was stunned when Patrick began to discuss the pros and cons of robotic advances in recent years.  He even mentioned that you could download certain schematics online, though the microchips that ran them were behind closed doors.

Nathaniel and Sara weren’t really sure what to say when Patrick went off on his intellectual tangents.  They were more geared towards physical activity.  Nathaniel had hoped Patrick would follow in suit, and while he enjoyed playing around, his true passion involved crazy mathematics and probability theorems.

Even smart little Patrick couldn’t be prepared for what happened next.  Sara was pregnant again.  While they hadn’t really planned on having anymore children, it was a pleasant surprise.  It wasn’t like they were strapped for cash, not with Nathaniel’s job and Sara’s recent employment with Gordon Saunders.

Lilith dropped by frequently to visit her brother and to check in on Patrick.  She was intrigued by his odd coloring and the side-effects of such.  Neither she nor Nathaniel had experienced them and so it was an oddity.  Everyone in the neighborhood knew how much Lilith Yu enjoyed a good oddity.

“So, knocked up again, eh?” Lilith said casually, grinning.

“Lilith, don’t say it like that.  You make it sound so awful!”

“Well, if your pregnancies are anything like mine were, it probably is.  Walking around like a big blimp…” she shuddered and continued, “so do you think it’ll be purple like Patrick?”

“No,” Sara shook her head.  “The doctor said that it was a rarity and this child would likely be as normal as they come.  There were no odd readings on any of the tests like there were with Patrick.”

Despite the impending baby hanging over his head, Patrick continued to excel at everything he did.  He tried not to worry about the new baby by pouring himself into his studies.  It certainly paid off.  Even better, he had been accepted into the prestigious academy and was one of the few children there by merit.  Most parents just paid the headmaster off.

When it came time for Sara to give birth, Patrick kept a cool head.  Little Sade was deceptively cute and normal looking, but Patrick knew better.  Depending on how he played his cards, her addition to the family could be a good or a bad thing.  He planned to make it work towards his benefit.  So he hammed it up for his parents, pretending to enjoy the new baby and cooing at her as they did.  It worked.

He spent a lot of his time in Sade’s room; he was the very picture of a good big brother.  Of course, it wasn’t without gain.  If he was present for Sade, she’d trust him as she grew up.  Instead of being a bratty little sister, she’d be an obedient and loyal sister.  Instead of trashing his stuff, she’d respect it.

While he wouldn’t admit it, she was growing on him.  He was certain when she became a toddler that would wear off.  Everyone knew how annoying toddlers were.

———–

Note from Mao: Sara must have been pregnant the last time I played!  I completely forgot.  What a nice surprise.  I was hoping they’d have another baby.  I’m surprised how normal-looking she is.  She’s got everything from Eileen except her eyes, which are brown like Nathaniel’s.  Patrick is adorable, I hope he continues the attractive trend through his pixelated life.

July 15, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 15: ‘Polyamorous, Pt. 4′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 7:04 pm

Kate and Shang are now legally wed, which should please Florence, but she just can’t get over Shang’s inherent stupidity and lack of commitment.  Shaniqua is trying to protect Hugh from the possible trauma that a feuding father and grandmother could cause.

Florence loved Hugh dearly and that was why she couldn’t stand Shang.  Hugh had so many opportunities, but with Shang’s influence, it was possible he’d end up an ignorant, womanizing fool like his father.  Florence wasn’t about to sit idly by and let that happen.  She made sure to impress the importance of education on her young grandson, hoping to build the cornerstone of what would hopefully become a long, academic career leading to a fantastic job.

Hugh, while not completely dumb, was hardly any academic scholar.  He tried hard to please his grandma, but he really didn’t care all that much about school.

Seeing Hugh growing so fast made Kate long for another child.  When she voiced her desire to Shang, she was met with a rather unenthusiastic response.

“You’re kidding, right?” Shang replied.  He tried to smile but it came out as more of a nervous twitch at the edge of his lip.  Inside, he was screaming.

“No, why would I?  We’re both doing fine at work and Hugh could benefit from it–”

Shang shook his head, “you’re talking crazy and you know how I feel about crazy chicks, Kate.  Just be content and happy with Hugh.  He’s a good kid.”

Shaniqua knew that she had messed up a few times in her life, but she planned to do right by Hugh.  She didn’t want to see him scarred by her transgressions.  That was the only reason Florence was in such a horrible mood and why she refused to tolerate Shang’s ways.  Shaniqua knew he would never change and she wished that Kate would see that… but Kate was in love and love is blind.

So she made it her purpose to ensure that Hugh was loved and unable to see the tension that surrounded him.  She especially wanted to protect him from Shang’s nature.  Shaniqua knew how hard of an urge it was to fight… she wished only for Hugh not to suffer the same torment.

Being married didn’t slow Shang down any.  When he was home everyone else was usually at work and Hugh was off at school.  Shang didn’t waste any time welcoming Katarina back from college.  She’d grown a bit, but she hadn’t outgrown him.  Maybe if they weren’t so promiscuous, perhaps if they weren’t so caught up in the fleeting moments, they’d be good together.

But they were and so they were only happy with one another until the deed was done.  Then it was a quick kiss, a sly wink, and a closing door.

One evening, Hugh brought home in report card and stunned both his parents with all the A’s.  It seemed that Florence’s stalwart dedication was paying off.  Of course, Shang had to ruin the moment.

“That’s good, you little genius,” Shang’s face skewed up as he leaned down closer to his son, “but remember, chicks don’t dig nerds until they’re rich.”

“Shang!” Kate yelled angrily from over her book, brows set in a hard line.  “Don’t say things like that to him!”

“I’m only speaking the truth, babe.”

Hugh was growing like a weed everyday.  The years seemed to be slipping away and while Kate knew she was much younger than other mothers with children Hugh’s age, she couldn’t stop herself from feeling depressed.  She had promised Lilith that she’d leave the lamp alone, but desperate times called for desperate measures.  She tried the conventional way and it hadn’t worked… it was time to go back to unconventional methods.  At least that had proved itself before.

“Do you understand the repercussions of your request?” The genie asked, as he had before.

Kate waved him off.  She hadn’t seen any repercussions yet and she wasn’t like to anytime soon.  “Yes, yes, now can you do it or not?”

“We shall see… it is a troublesome task you ask.  It will take… time.”

“As long as it happens, I don’t care.”

“As you wish it, so then it shall be.”

Meanwhile, unaware of her daughter’s dabbling into the paranormal, Florence met with her younger sister Alyssa outside.  Alyssa was acting weird, even for her.  She insisted they go around the back to talk.  Florence was baffled.

“I did something stupid,” Alyssa said suddenly, her voice wavering.  “Really, really stupid… and I have to tell someone.  You’re the only one, Florence.  Dad is gone and you’re all I’ve got left.  So you have to listen, all right?  And you can’t get angry… not until I’ve said what I need to say.”

At this, Florence was instantly on edge.  She tried to play it off, but her tension was evident in her face, “well, say it then.”

“I slept with Shang.  It was a mistake, it was before the wedding, and it was–it was stupid.  I don’t know what happened.  I know it was wrong, and I wish I could go back and undo.  Thank everything that there wasn’t a child…”

“You what?!” Florence shouted, fists balling at her sides.  Had she ever been so angry?  Yes, and it was the same thing, over and over again.  Was it human nature to be promiscuous?  “Not only did you do something to wrong your family, your own damned niece, but you… you have children, Alyssa.  You have have a husband!  What were you thinking?  Of all the people… that idiot, that jabbering fool!  What could have possessed you to do something so stupid?”

Alyssa crossed her arms defensively, “I… I don’t know!  I was just so angry and he kept pressing and he was there… and I thought, I mean I was completely convinced Ryu was having an affair… with Tracey Saunders.  I know that sounds stupid, but at the time, it was completely reasonable.  I just… I needed to tell someone… you can’t tell Kate, though.  You can’t, Florence.  I couldn’t bear it!”

“You should be telling Ryu, not me!  I swear, am I the only one with a working brain around here?  Sleeping with Shang Yu!  Of all people!  Nevermind he’s Kate’s husband… I thought you had a better opinion of yourself, Alyssa.  I guess I was wrong.”

Thankfully, the next evening, Nathaniel dropped by with Sara and Patrick for a visit.  Hugh wasn’t quite sure what to make of his cousin Patrick.  They really didn’t have too much in common.  Patrick seemed a little too self-involved to bother talking about anything that he wasn’t particularly interested in.

Hugh had always thought his aunt and uncle were extremely strange and this was only solidified during their visit.  They were always hugging and being affectionate.  It was creepy.

———

Note from Mao: And after so long… Boreal Springs is back, yay!  Unfortunately, in the transition from my PC to my fiance’s… some things were lost.  Don’t ask me how, I don’t know, but a few hairstyles and clothing options went AWOL.  So, until I recover them, please ignore slight changes in well-known looks and styles of certain characters.  Thanks!

May 28, 2008

Anderson 3 – Round 14: ‘Purple Progeny, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 1:25 pm

Nathaniel Anderson and Sara O`Hanlon have their first child who also bears the alien skin tone that Nathaniel inherited from his otherworldly father. Can little Patrick grow up happy and healthy?

For a long time, Sara had desired a pet. It had been difficult to convince Nathaniel that a pet was worth it; all he saw was puddles on the floor and destroyed furniture. With the arrival of Patrick, however, Nathaniel’s resolve softened and Sara was able to adopt a little puppy she named Starbuck*.

Starbuck was meant to be an outdoor dog, but the winter chill hadn’t ended and so Starbuck remained inside until spring finally sprung.

The arrival of spring was a happy occasion for both Nathaniel and Sara. Most of their favorite things in life required them to be outside and the snow only served to hamper them. Spring meant they could once again get into silly shouting matches over games of shootout–where Sara insisted that Nathaniel was obviously cheating.

It also meant that Patrick’s birthday was drawing near and soon he’d be a fully-functional toddler, ready to cause chaos where ever he roamed.

Nathaniel was incredibly pleased to see that his small son had also inherited his unique, pointed ears. Lilith had always been jealous of Nathaniel because hers were normal. It served to make Patrick stand out even more as the unique little guy he truly was.

Of course, he was spoiled. Sara and Nathaniel doted on him and anything he wanted, he received. It likely wasn’t good planning for the future; Patrick was already showing signs of thinking he was overly entitled and he refused to share with anything or anyone. But he always put on an angel face for his parents, so they really didn’t see it.

He adored Starbuck and would spend more time playing with her than his toys. His interest seemed to be science and at a young age, he showed a startling amount of aptitude. Nathaniel attributed it to the alien part of him. Poor Nathaniel never claimed to be incredibly intelligent, but he did know what he knew to a startling degree. Lilith was the same way, though her stubbornness definitely got in the way of her intelligence.

Patrick seemed to be without both of those faults and his intelligence shone through.

After spending a month away from Sara and Patrick, Nathaniel returned happy and fulfilled. He couldn’t exactly explain what he did or what he had saw, all he could say was he answered to nature now and his job was more important than ever. He wanted to relocate near the beach, but Sara didn’t want to move poor little Patrick. So they remained, but Nathaniel did not abandon his plans.

Tracey Saunders stopped by now and again to visit with Sara. She was incredibly thankful for the introduction to Aiyana Saunders, who had quickly become her best friend. Sara had done it only to quiet her husband, but she was finding her vast connections to everyone throughout the neighborhood was an alarmingly good resource. She knew everyone and was good friends with most.

Nathaniel was busy talking over his awards appearance for his work on cleaning up the local ocean.

Time progressed and soon, little Patrick wasn’t so little anymore. He stilled enjoyed Starbuck, but he spent a lot of time on his little ‘experiments’, too. Sara wasn’t as sure about them as Nathaniel. He encouraged Patrick’s curious mind while Sara worried he was going to blow something up.

Note from Mao: Patrick is acting like my fiance as a child. Scary. Oh, and updates may be sporadic or nonexistent for I’m not sure how long. My fiance’s connection is satellite (we’re out in the BOONIES) and we went over our dl/ul limit, so they cut our connection back hardcore. It’s impossible for me to upload ANYTHING, I’m glad I had these uploaded before hand. It’ll expire and we’ll go back to normal speed… just not sure when. Gah.

*Starbuck is a character from Battlestar Galatica.

May 20, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 14: ‘Lies, Lies, Lies, Pt. 3′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:39 pm

Mary O`Hanlon is finding herself in a difficult place in her life.  Her daughter is an unwed mother and her husband, Derek O`Hanlon, is on trial for the murder of his first wife.  Gina Saunders, his sister, isn’t talking, but she definitely seems to know something.

Despite her better judgment, Sara agreed to come over and talk with her mother.  They chit-chatted idly about the recent house remodel until Mary finally brought up the topic forefront on her mind.

“When are you and Nathaniel planning to get married?”

Sara sighed, “mom, I told you.  We’re happy as we are–”

“But what about Patrick, Sara?  And how can you guarantee that Nathaniel will stick around and won’t leave you?  Could you be a single mother?”

“Yes, I could,” Sara replied angrily, offended.  “Easily.  And Nathaniel isn’t going anywhere.  We don’t need rings or legality to keep from running off.  We are happy the way we are and Patrick will be happy because we’re happy.”

Defeated, Mary turned her attention to her husband.  The trial had started and so far, the prosecution had a pretty solid case.  Even worse was the surprise witness they had planned to pull out of thin air.  No names had been called but everyone was definitely worried.

“I didn’t do it,” Derek said defiantly.  “If they want to stick me in jail, fine.  But I didn’t kill Katy.”

“It’s not us that has to believe it, Derek.  It’s the jury.  If this surprise witness is as big as Ryu is claiming, then your ship might just be sunk.” Mary confided sadly.  She was stuck between her duty and her husband.  “If you didn’t do it, then who did?”

Derek shrugged, “you saw that email Ryu got, didn’t you?  Do then you know who did it.  It wasn’t me.”

“There’s still conspiracy, Derek.” Gina interrupted.  “They could charge you with conspiring Katy’s death.”

Derek was thankful for a break from all the legal talk.  Between meetings with his lawyer and constant badgering from Mary, he needed the intermission.  He was always happy to see Sara, she visited him often and was the bright point of his otherwise dismal days.  He just wished she and Mary could get along better.

“I wish you could see Patrick, daddy,” Sara said sadly.  “I’ll have to bring him over once he’s capable of withstanding the cold.  The doctor said due to his skin he might be a little sensitive.  Nathaniel doesn’t remember it, but I don’t want to risk it.”

“It’s all right, I’m sure he’s fantastic.  I’m not going anywhere.  You just bring him around when he’s ready.”

Sara nodded, not mentioning the fact that by that time, Derek might be behind bars.  Instead, she smiled, “he has grandma’s red hair.  It’s really a sight.”

Gina, meanwhile, was unable to take her mind off her brother’s possible guilt.  She had heard the phone conversation, but Derek still denied it.  If he hadn’t killed Katy with his own hands, had he conspired with Janine?  Did he ask her to do it so he could be with Mary?  Was it just a matter of Janine hearing him wrong and doing what she did because she wanted him to be happy?

It was like one big murder mystery.  Gina was a writer by nature, but even she couldn’t figure this one out.  She’d just have to trust in Derek and hope that he was telling the truth.

Mary tried to keep her mind occupied with gardening.  Legally, she wasn’t really supposed to discuss details of the prosecution’s case to Derek.  No matter how much she wanted to warn him, she couldn’t.  She could talk to him as a wife, but not as the DA.  She was dubious as to whether or not Ryu could actually deliver.  Lilith Yu was a strange and bizarre woman, but hardly trustworthy.

To ease their mind, Julie visited with her ‘friend’ Asia.  Marla had remained behind, too busy with her studies.  Mary and Derek found Asia very charming, but couldn’t help but wonder why exactly she had accompanied Julie home instead of Marla.  At the very least, she could have brought home a prospective husband for them to meet!

Anytime they tried to ask Julie, though, she distracted them or turned the conversation elsewhere.  Eventually they gave up and just let it be.

When the dinner ended, Asia went to the bathroom only to be stopped by Gina.  She pulled her into her room and smiled.

“Is Julie going to tell her parents?”

Asia was startled, “w-what?”

“That she’s gay.  You’re her girlfriend, right?  My sister was gay, it’s all right.  But I can see it written all over your faces.”

“I-I don’t… know.  I mean, I want her to tell them, but she’s worried.  All the stuff that’s happening–”

“It doesn’t matter.  She needs to tell them… especially if she wants to keep her spot as heir.”

———

Note from Mao: Wow, an elder only round that didn’t put me to sleep!  As for Sara visiting, she did it EVERYDAY on her OWN.  It was weird.  As for Asia and Gina, Gina actually did follow her into her room and stop and talk to her.

May 12, 2008

Anderson 3 – Round 13: ‘Purple Progeny’

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 6:59 pm

Nathaniel Anderson and Sara O`Hanlon are happily unmarried.  While Sara is still reeling over the drama surrounding her father, Nathaniel is finding quite a bit of success in his chosen career.

Sara spent a lot of time alone.  Nathaniel left early in the morning and wouldn’t return until late evening.  Sometimes he had to leave for several days at a time.  It wasn’t a terrible situation for Sara, she enjoyed her alone time.  Being stuck in her house with her younger siblings had been stifling.  Now she had enough room to move around and do as she pleased.

It also gave her a lot of time to think.  She definitely needed all the time she could get.  Ever since they’d returned home from their pseudo-vacation, she’d been feeling under the weather.  Something told her it wasn’t related to her family problems.

She wasn’t quite sure how to bring up the possibility to Nathaniel, though.  They hadn’t really discussed children or even marriage, really, past the fact they weren’t ready.  Sara still didn’t want to jump into marriage, but she didn’t feel badly about the possibility of being pregnant, either.

Deciding to keep quiet until she was certain and had seen a doctor, she made sure to act normal and pretend nothing was amiss when she did see Nathaniel.

During one of Nathaniel’s week-long excursions out into the ocean, Sara visited a doctor.  She came home with the knowledge that she was nearly two months along.  It was frigid outside, so she called Lilith over instead of just walking down the street for a visit.  She was the first person Sara told.

“It isn’t that bad,” Lilith confessed, laughing.  “Though you won’t like it one bit, you’re a big wimp!”

“That’s not funny!” Sara frowned.  “I’m really worried–what if Nathaniel’s upset?”

Lilith made a face, “if he didn’t want to knock you up, he should’ve been more careful.  How are you feeling about it?”

“I… I don’t know yet.  I never really expected to be a mother.”

“Me either, but it grows on you; kinda like a fungus.”

Sara made sure to tell Nathaniel as soon as he returned.  At first, he was stunned.  He had thought they were doing their best to prevent any possibility, but it seemed it wasn’t so.  There had been a night or two where neither of them had been in a state to really make sure they used countermeasures, much less stand.

In the end, it wasn’t like it was the end of the world.  They had plenty of money and Sara wasn’t pushing marriage, so there wasn’t any real consequence.  Babies weren’t so bad and the thought of having someone to pass his knowledge and wealth onto appealed to Nathaniel.

What didn’t appeal to Nathaniel was the constant phone calls he was getting from Aiyana Saunders.  They had become casual friends during University, but recently, he had somehow become her defacto confidant.  At first, it wasn’t so bad, but then she started having kids and everything went to hell.  Now he had to sit and listen to her rattle on about stuff he scarcely understood.  Anytime he advised her to talk to Damien, she acted like Damien didn’t speak English.

Nathaniel sighed.  Lady issues were not something he excelled at.

One afternoon, he implored his very pregnant wife for help.  She was staying home from work now, the baby was only a month or two away.  There had been some slight complications, though, so the doctor advised a lot of bed rest.

“Can’t you talk to her?  She’s driving me crazy, Sara.”

At this, she laughed, “me?  No way.  But maybe I could get her together with Tracey–Gordon’s wife.  She’s new here too and doesn’t know many people.”

“Whatever, I don’t care, as long as she stops.” Nathaniel sighed, closing his eyes.  “I don’t have an effeminate bone in my body.  I am the last guy a girl should ever go to about… girly stuff.”

Sara laughed again, “I can’t argue with that kind of logic.  I’ll give Tracey a call… but you owe me.”

Sara eventually gave birth to a very purple baby boy named Patrick O`Hanlon.  He had his grandma’s red hair and the trademark green O`Hanlon eyes.  His skintone was particularly odd, though.  Lilith’s baby had come out completely normal, but Patrick definitely showed his alien heritage.  Nathaniel couldn’t have been happier–he just hoped he had the pointy ears, too.

Sara was just overjoyed that it was over.  The entire experience had been far more painful than any of Lilith’s horror stories.

Patrick had a lot of visitors during his first months, but no one so frequent as his own parents.  Sara and Nathaniel slipped easily into the role of parental figures, despite their lack of marital bonds.  The little tot was definitely loved and doted on as much as possible.  Mary warned Sara of spoiling him, but Sara paid her no mind.  He was a special little baby and he deserved to know it.

———

Note from Mao: I can’t believe it.  My FIRST baby to show the alien skin when one of the parents was the baby of an abduction.  Sure, I had an all alien hood, but they were alien/alien parents.  This is Sara O`Hanlon, who has a family tree firmly rooted in custom content, and then Nathaniel, with custom content as well.  Fantastic!

April 28, 2008

Anderson 3 – Round 12: ‘Something Different, End’

Filed under: Anderson,O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 4:40 pm

Nathaniel Anderson and Sara O`Hanlon are finally together, but have no plans to jump into marriage. Can Sara keep her head amidst all the chaos that’s come up in regards to her father, Derek O`Hanlon, and Janine Saunders?



Sara walked into the livingroom, grumbling loudly. She kicked off her heels and looked over at her boyfriend, who was typing hurriedly on the computer. A few minutes of silence passed between them until Sara sighed heavily and Nathaniel took that as his cue to say something.

“Everything okay?”

“No!” Sara huffed angrily. “Have you heard, about Derek? Can you believe that? And my mom! What is she thinking?!”

“C’mon, Sara, what do you expect? The evidence is there.”

“So you believe it?! My dad would never do that!”

Nathaniel sighed, pushing away from the computer, “I didn’t say he did, just that, well… your mom is the DA. She has to do her job.”

“That doesn’t mean she has to expect me to help her!” Sara cried out in frustration, balling her fists. She had been working at her mother’s old law firm and was on her way to a government position, but she wasn’t sure if she still wanted it. “He’s my father!

“Stop thinking about it,” Nathaniel said, standing up and pulling her close. “There’s nothing you can do right now. If he’s innocent, then his lawyer will get him off, okay?”

Sara frowned, biting her lip, “it just… it sucks. I didn’t have my dad for half my life… now I have him and they want to take him away.”

“C’mon, babe, don’t depress yourself. It’ll be okay.”

After a weekend off, Sara was beginning to feel a little better. Nathaniel was busy with work, so she spent a lot of time at home by herself. When he finally got the day off to spend with her, he absently mentioned he would be leaving for a trip to the islands for a week or so to do some research on whales for his job.

“Without me? You’re going to leave me here while you go to the beach?!”

“It’s not a vacation,” Nathaniel explained carefully. “I’ll be busy all week.”

“So? At least I’ll be able to enjoy it! You weren’t even going to ask?”

“…Er, so you want to go, then? I’m serious, you’ll be alone in the hotel all day, Sara. I can’t be with you–I have to work.”

“I’m a big girl, Nathaniel.” She said, glaring. “I can take care of myself!”

Sara, determined to get away from all this propaganda involving her father, decided to phone work and tell them she was taking a week’s vacation. Sure, she hardly gave any notice, but who cared? She didn’t even really want to be in law, she only did it because he mother offered after she graduated. Sara wasn’t sure what she was passionate about yet, but it certainly wasn’t a law that pegged her father a murderer.

While Sara was on the phone, Tsung dropped by to visit with Nathaniel. He had come with a strange question for the other half of his alien wife.

“Are you kidding, Tsung? Seriously?” Nathaniel laughed. “‘Is Lilith really that strange?’ That’s a loaded question!”

“I’m serious, Nathaniel.” Tsung replied gravely. “She’s worrying me. She’s acting strange and building some… weird phone thing.”

“Oh come on, you knew she was crazy when you married her. It’ll pass. She’s a mom now, she’s got responsibility. Don’t worry too much about it, all right?”

“Can you at least tell Sara to talk to her?”

“I’ll try.”

April 21, 2008

Yu – Round 12: ‘Lilith’s Choice, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 5:19 pm

Tsung Yu has always held a torch for the extremely difficult Lilith Anderson; will she finally give in or will Tsung find his hopes misguided?

Lilith: Okay, so yeah, I know this is ‘Yu’ and all… but technically, that’s what I am now. What a weird name… Lilith Yu. Oh well. I guess it really doesn’t matter. That’s right, I married Tsung. Why? Well… um… how about we talk about something else? Like the fact that I’m wearing black. What? You think I’d actually wear white? Please. Even I’m not that presumptious–I’ve got no business in white.

After the whole ceremony shindig, Gordon Anderson, Tsung’s best friend since forever, pulled him aside. Tsung is big into architecture and all that. What? I’m not kidding–he’s making some serious cash… not that money has anything to do with my reasoning. Please. Do I look like a Fortune minded girl to you? Anyway, Gordon was talking about his house or something. I guess Tsung built it for him and now he’s got some other things for Tsung to work on.

Now, I get that Gordon is Tsung’s buddy for life or whatever… but I don’t get it. Gordon is… I don’t know. I can’t put my finger on him and that’s what bugs me. Even Sara likes him, but she’s related to him. I guess I am, too… in a weird way. Whatever. I think he’s up to something. Takes one to know one.

Tsung is really good at what he does, I’ll give him that. I’ve got him drafting a plan for me. I’m no good with that stuff–I’m an idea person, not an executor (not the one with the axe!) I’ve got this idea for a device that will let me settle the score with Death once and for all. Of course, I haven’t told Tsung this. I think he’d be a little upset over the fact that I’m still sore over that whole thing with Chuck. I just can’t let it go, you know? I was there, I saw it all… kinda hard to just pretend it didn’t happen.

I guess I should answer the whole ‘why did you suddenly agree to marry Tsung’ question already. Well, you remember that time? It turned out it was enough and I was pregnant. I’m finally showing and of course, instead of telling Tsung first, I had to tell Nathaniel and Sara. What? Don’t look at me like that!

Sara just laughed and asked if I was serious. Nathaniel was horrified. He said that me giving birth should be illegal. I take heavy offense to that! I can be nurturing and caring, that jerk! I hit him real good for that. He’ll be sore for days!

When I finally told Tsung, his reaction mirrored Sara’s. What’s so odd about me being pregnant? I am female you know. I may be half-alien, but I’ve still got all the right plumbing, sheesh. He of all people should realize that!

“It’s just… well,” I could tell he was trying to find a ‘nice’ way of putting it, but he failed. “You’re not, well, nurturing, Lilith… have you ever even held a baby?”

“Oh, that’s great, Tsung,” I had every reason to be upset! People were calling me an unfit mother before I was even technically a mother! “I tell you I’m not ‘marriage material’ and that’s bull, but now you can tell me I’m not mother material? Surely your logical brain can see a flaw in that.”

“I didn’t mean to sound cruel,” he said quickly, looking genuinely apologetic. “It’s just… well, I’m not sure. I’m happy, but worried. Are you sure you’re all right with this?”

“Not like I have much of a choice now.”

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