Boreal Springs

August 12, 2008

Anderson – Round 18: ‘Gold Digger, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:00 am

With Katarina gone, Alyssa is left with Nevio, Lacie, and little Isolde. Poor little Isolde, if it weren’t for Alyssa, she’d be neglected.. can her romance-oriented parents get their act together?

Lacie had mentioned several times how nice it would be to have a hottub, but Nevio was incredibly surprised when he came home one day to see contractors setting up a deck and hauling a huge jacuzzi. Alyssa said nothing, she just shook her head. Nevio was too shocked to speak.

He came around, though. The hottub was an extremely nice addition, even if it did mean he saw way more of Shang Yu than he ever wanted to. Shang had dropped by one day and told Katarina to pack her and James’ things, she was coming downtown with him. They saw more of Shang than they did of Katarina… and Nevio wasn’t quite sure he liked the looks that passed between him and Lacie.

Meanwhile, Alyssa was stuck caring for poor Isolde. She had become an adorable toddler and though she still resembled Jun Yu, Alyssa could now see that she looked quite a bit like Nevio, too. Alyssa loved spending time with Isolde, but worried that her parents had no part in her life. She’d have to kick Nevio into shape, she hadn’t raised her son to be a negligent father!

Of course, she’d have to fish both Nevio and Lacie out of the hottub, first. They spent the majority of their time out there, doing goodness only knows what. Alyssa was really sick of Lacie lazing around the house, doing absolutely nothing. She refused to get a job and she didn’t care for Isolde at all, except to complain to Alyssa that most rich people had nursemaids or nannies to care for their offspring.

Roman had planned on opening his real estate venture in Boreal Springs, but after some advice, decided to put it in Aperture. He gave the lot to Alyssa, suggesting she open a store and save up some funds so Lacie didn’t bleed them dry. Alyssa did more than that, she drug Lacie with her, putting her to work at the register. She was going to earn her keep if she wanted to stay and Alyssa would hear no more of this “don’t you want to move out” business!

(Shoppers viewed here are Aiyana Saunders and Tsung Yu)

Alyssa was happy when she finally got it through Nevio’s thick skull that his daughter needed him and that being an athletic didn’t mean he had to be a complete jerk. He didn’t dislike Isolde, quite the opposite, he just wasn’t sure what to do. Thanks to Alyssa and some help from Katarina, Nevio was slowly spending more and more time with his daughter.

Lacie eventually got out of working for Alyssa by claiming to be pregnant again. Alyssa had to hide her fury when she realized it was true. This woman having another child was just wrong. Alyssa wished her son could see what a little harpy he married, but he was oblivious. Anything she asked for, she got. Lacie had Nevio wrapped around her finger like one of the many platinum diamond bands she owned.

In fact, she even went as far as to suggest that perhaps a bigger ring would be better suited for her finger, given all the pain and tribulation she had to go through.

While Lacie was a vacuum of money and wealth, Isolde was the opposite. She was a happy and smiling child and being around her made Nevio feel considerably better about his life. He knew that perhaps Lacie was not the best choice, but even so, he loved her and that emotion often rendered even the most intelligent of beings foolish.

He just hoped Isolde didn’t take her mother’s bad example and act the same way.

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Note from Mao: Poor Nevio, he’s such a patsy. And Shang really did refuse to leave when they got the hottub. He came over once with Katarina and Lacie started swooing over him. He kept trying to put the moves on Alyssa, but she’s over that now. Lacie and him are good friends now, though… and Isolde is ADORABLE. Srsly.

August 3, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 17: ‘Polyamorous, Pt. 6′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 7:40 pm

Florence Anderson has tried hard to keep her family together, but Shaniqua Saunders, their daughter Kate, and her cheating filth of a son-in-law, Shang, hasn’t made it easy. At least Hugh is a shining star amidst all the crap Florence has had to deal with.

“Are you looking for your lamp?” Florence said, confronting her daughter. “It’s gone. I’ve thrown it out.”

Kate was too stunned to speak, “y-you threw it out?!”

“Yes, I did. And I don’t want to see it in this house again. What were you thinking, Kate? What have you used that vile thing to gain?”

Florence didn’t wait for a reply. She simply sighed and said, “even that lamp won’t change who and what Shang is, Kate. And it won’t make you any happier and sure won’t make Hugh turn out all right. He needs a mother, Kate… and you need to fix this mess you’ve made.”

“But I can’t,” Kate frowned, suddenly saddened. No more lamp? What was real without it? “If I don’t have the lamp, I can’t–”

“I shouldn’t have pushed this marriage,” Florence admitted slowly. “It was wrong, but so were you, so is Shang everytime he does something stupid… which is like breathing for that idiot. Oh, Kate, of all the men… why him? He’s no good.”

“I don’t know, but I can’t help it,” Kate sniffed, allowing Florence to hug her. “It’s just not fair, mom. Katarina has the baby… it was supposed to be mine.”

“Don’t worry about her, Kate. Take care of the son you have and for goodness sakes, get that bafoon out of this house before he ruins Hugh.”

Florence wasn’t about to let it pass that Shang had somehow been stupid enough to knock someone else up. She lit into him the moment she saw him downstairs. Poor Shang was so caught offguard he nearly fell backwards. She had interrupted him admiring himself in the mirror. He was a Rock God now and he definitely looked good.

“You selfish little bastard!” Florence roared, backing him into a corner. “I swear, one of these days, I’m going to knock that smirk right off your face!”

“Geeze, chill out,” Shang replied, trying to evade his mother-in-law’s rage. “I don’t even know what you’re talking about, you crazy old bag!”

Before Shaniqua could say, “that really wasn’t wise” Florence pounced on Shang and took him to the ground. Shang was a little more than shocked by Florence’s ability to sweep the floor with him. Truth be told, he spent so much time just looking good that he really didn’t bother much with actual physical strength. Florence beat him up one side of the room and down the other and by the time they were through, Shang thought he needed to be rushed to the ER for possible damage to his face. That bag would pay if he had to cancel the tour.

Ignoring his dysfunctional family completely, Hugh continued his progression towards adulthood. He met and befriended his cousin, Fou-Lu. Hugh wasn’t particularly fond of his girlfriend, though. Elena was a bit too pushy for Shang’s taste. She reminded him way too much of his Aunt Lilith and Aunt Lilith was terrifying to poor little Hugh.

Unfortunately for Hugh, Florence died only a week later. It was heart failure and there was nothing they could do, it was simply her time. As if that weren’t bad enough, Shaniqua fell ill and soon died as well. It was two collective blows the strained family could have done without. Shang was glad that Florence was six feet under, but he didn’t like how upset it had made Hugh.

That wasn’t to be the end of it, though. Since Florence’s death, Kate had made a decision. She and Shang had begun talking about possibly separating or even divorcing. It would be rough on Hugh, especially with the loss of his grandparents, but it was necessary.

“So does that mean I won’t see you anymore?” Hugh asked sadly.

“No, I’ll just be down in Aperture. You can see me anytime you like, even stay, if you want. But your mom needs you here and you need her, too, more than me. We both know that, Hugh, I’m not winning any dad of the year awards.”

Hugh sighed, “it’s gonna be hard… without grandma Florence…”

“You’re stronger than you think, kid. Don’t sell yourself short.”

Kate didn’t like the fact that she had to give up her ‘rights’ to Shang, but what choice did she have? It was like trying to keep a wild animal caged. No matter what she did, Shang would never be faithful to just her. It was a harsh reality that made Kate feel completely and wholly sad.

“Don’t look so broken up, babe. Doesn’t mean we can’t still fool around. Shang is in demand and you can’t expect to keep that demand at bay with a ring.”

Kate frowned, “no, Shang. I’m just not that kind of person… and I’d rather you not be so open about it with Hugh.”

He shrugged, “Hugh will be who he is meant to be… and I doubt it is anything like me.”

And with that, Shang left his home in Boreal Springs and headed off to his swank pad in Aperture. Of course, before arriving, he’d have to stop by the original Anderson house…

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Note from Mao: And so it ends. Poor Kate! She was really tired of catching him cheating. She kept slapping him and fighting with him, almost as bad as Florence! Let us hope Hugh can brave the difficulties and be the grandson Florence hoped he’d be.

August 1, 2008

Anderson – Round 17: ‘Gold Digger, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:24 am

Alyssa Anderson is newly divorced and has a lot on her plate. Her eldest daughter, Katarina, has returned home very pregnant with the same man Alyssa herself has slept with. Nevio managed to knock-up his girlfriend, Lacie, in University. With a wedding to plan and babies to prepare for, things at the Anderson residence are hectic.

Alyssa wasn’t completely sure how to react to Katarina’s news. The fact that Katarina was pregnant was enough of a surprise, but that it was Shang’s baby? Alyssa felt a little sick inside. Messing around with Shang had been very, very wrong. She could never let Katarina know now.

“Of course you can stay here,” Alyssa said, trying to reassure her daughter. “Just know that Lacie is here, too, until Nevio returns home from University.”

Katarina smirked, “why am I not surprised?”

Nevio came back to the house a few months later to find his sister very pregnant and his soon-to-be-wife just barely showing. Being surrounded by hormonal women wasn’t exactly something he looked forward to, nor did he enjoy the conversations at the dinner table.

“So, am I going to get that big?” Lacie asked, eyes wide. “I hope not, I’ll never get my figure back.”

Katarina ignored the dig and simply said, “it all depends on how big the baby is. I’m actually quite small for how far along I am.”

“It would have been nice if you had told us all sooner, Katarina,” Alyssa interrupted giving her daughter a look.

That night, Lacie took it upon herself to have a talk with Nevio. She was concerned about Katarina being there and was hoping that the eldest child would leave and find her own place to live. It was bad enough Nevio’s mother was still present, but Katarina there threatened her place as head of the house even worse.

“I don’t know when Kat’s leaving,” Nevio replied easily. “She can stay as long as she likes, as far as I am concerned.”

“It isn’t good for us all to be here at once, Nevio. You’re the heir, this is technically now your house. Shouldn’t your sister and mother leave?”

Nevio laughed as if she was joking, “don’t be stupid, Laci. Mom helped build this house, this is her home. She isn’t going anywhere and I don’t want her to.”

Katarina wasn’t quite sure what she thought about her room remaining the same as when she had left it. She had tolerate the uncomfortably small bed and overly pink room for long enough. With the baby coming any day now, it was more than time for a remodel.

She’d have to speak with her mother about it in the morning. Katarina hadn’t planned to stay as long as she had, but she didn’t exactly look forward to being a single mom, either. She hadn’t even told Shang yet.

Of course, Katarina didn’t have to. Alyssa had enough, she knew that it was messy business, but Shang had to know. She phoned him up without Katarina knowing.

“You need to come over, Shang. There’s something you need to… see.”

‘Well, that’s an interesting way of saying it, babe.’

Alyssa sighed heavily, “no, Shang. I told you, that’s over. I’m talking about Katarina.”

‘Kat? Is she okay?’

“Just come over and you’ll see for yourself.”

Katarina was hardly impressed by her mother’s little stunt. She met Shang in her very pink room and let him know that this was not her idea at all.

“I can’t believe she did this,” Katarina sighed, unable to hide her anger.

“I’m glad she did, why didn’t you tell me?” Shang replied, humor gone from his voice. “How long, Kat?”

“It was during the tour, at the island. I came back and well, there it was.”

“Were you ever going to tell me?”

“…I don’t know. I figured it was best you didn’t know and I really didn’t want you seeing me like this. I feel like a beached whale.”

“For being a beached whale, you look pretty hot to me, babe.” Shang replied jokingly, pulling her into his arms and kissing her. “You know I can’t help you out directly… but I wanna be involved, all right?”

“Fine, but don’t get all serious on me about this. It doesn’t change things.”

He laughed, kissing her again, “and that’s why I love you, Kat.”

Katarina gave birth to little James Anderson a few days later. He looked everybit like Shang, only his eyes were big and brown like Shang’s brother’s and his father’s. There was no mistaking it, that much was sure. Katarina idly wondered if he had any of her in him at all. He definitely didn’t look a bit like his namesake would have you believe.

July 30, 2008

B.S.U. Campus – Round 16: ‘Heir Trouble, End’

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 2:18 pm

Roman Anderson is trying to keep his family name from dropping below its faculties, but his twin, Nevio, isn’t helping any.  To make matters worse, Laci’s plan seems to have worked.

Laci did her best to hide her happiness.  Her plan had worked, not that she had ever doubted herself for a single second.  Nevio didn’t have the same intelligence or cautious nature his brother did and so it was only a matter of time before all their fooling around got them into trouble.  Laci had him right where she wanted him, that money would be hers.

“Are you sure?” Nevio replied, shocked.  His face was nearly as white as his shirt.

“Yes, of course.  I even took two tests and I’ve already scheduled the visit.”

Nevio swallowed, unable to think of a fitting response.  This was not good at all.

As any son would do in a situation like this, Nevio phoned his mother immediately.  Alyssa made the drive as soon as she was able and met with her very anxious son.  She knew what her father, Thomas, would do in this situation… but Alyssa wasn’t Thomas.  She sighed and with a heavy heart, said:

“She can’t stay here, Nevio.  College is no place for a pregnant girl.  She’ll come home with me and then you’ll marry as soon as you finish the accelerated program they offer.  You’re a senior, it won’t be that difficult.”

“B-But, mom–”

“No buts, Nevio.  You can’t just cast her out on the street.  You have to make this right…”

“This is preposterous, mother!” Roman raged, unable to contain himself.  “You’re giving Laci exactly what she wants, she wants the money!  That’s the only reason she allowed herself to get knocked up in the first place.  That lustful skank will bleed you dry!”

“Roman Anderson!” Alyssa scolded, arms folded over her chest.  “I did not raise you to speak like that.  Regardless as to what Laci is or is not, it no longer matters.  She’s now carrying my grandchild.  I will do what I must to ensure that poor thing’s future.  Surely you can understand…”

“No, I can’t,” Roman snapped, turning away from her.  “You’re making a mistake, mother, a very big mistake.  You’ll lose everything.”

Despite Roman’s protests, Alyssa and Nevio went through the motions.  Nevio proposed and Laci was suitably pleased.  She packed up all her belongings and put them in the car with Alyssa.  She had no qualms about quitting University.  It wasn’t like she’d actually need an education–Laci didn’t even plan to work.  There was absolutely no reason to!

Alyssa knew that Roman was right, but she couldn’t bring herself to cast the baby aside.  If anything, it could be saved.

Roman, fueled by his anger, bought a community lot within Boreal Springs and opened it to the public.  It was the end of his senior year and he had plenty of time to devote to it.  With his careful management and financial savvy, it climbed the ranks.  The once lowly general store was now a pivotal business within the small suburb.  Even Mary O`Hanlon came by to congratulate him on his endeavor

A reviewer from Aperture stopped by and was pleased enough to give Roman an award for service and reliability.  Of course, Shang Yu was passing by at the time and more than happy to give his two cents.

“Congrats, dude, and hey, she’s hot!”

Roman rolled his eyes and accepted the award.  He was sure to hang it over the door so that everyone who entered would see it.

With his business ventures begun, it was time for the next thing on his list.  He had kept in contact with Cara Nanale and they had built a relationship, though hardly to the extent of his brother’s.  He proposed to her with the intent of marrying her as soon as the house he had bought was built enough to be a suitable home to the two of them.  Cara was beyond overwhelmed, but certainly happy.  She’d be off the islands and Roman seemed to be very kind and respectful.  Not once had he tried to cross any lines and Cara could wear a white dress with pride.

Of course, she had no idea that Roman was simply protecting his own interests in doing so.  There would be no bastard children to take his wealth, that much was certain.

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Note from Mao: Laci’s pregnancy threw me for a loop!  Never have I had YAs get pregnant so easily.  Yikes.  I think I fixed my community lots, which is good.  I really missed having them!!  Roman’s business is almost rank 10 already, haha.  As for Cara, he had a want to get engaged, but never rolled any woohoo wants.  Fortune sims, haha, what are you gonna do?

July 29, 2008

Knight – Round 16: ‘Paralyzer, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson,Knight — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:48 am

Marla is happily married, completely unknowing of her husband, Travis’, transgressions with her best friend Katarina. Katarina is feeling the weight of the guilt, though, and tensions are high in the house.

Marla was happy that little Kit had come along peacefully. Her pregnancy, though her first, had been surprisingly effortless and she was able to come home much sooner than anticipated. She and Travis had converted the spare bedroom into a nursery for the new baby. Kit looked a lot like her father, only having her mother, Marla’s, eyes.

Katarina, unable to handle the guilt any longer, decided she needed a break. Little baby Kit had only made things worse. Katarina had never been a terribly considerate person, but she knew that being with Marla’s husband was a line even she hadn’t truly wanted to cross. Marla had been her only true friend through both thick and thin and it was with a heavy heart Katarina packed up her bags and headed off to the tropics.

Shang was out there with the band and they had intended to meet up for a little impromptu ‘fun’. Katarina never felt guilty about messing around with Shang, even if he was her cousin’s husband.

Of course, going anywhere with Shang meant dealing with his fans, both young and adult. The band was quite popular now and it was impossible to take a step without being interrupted. Katarina ignored them and laid out in the sun while Shang flirted and spoke with his ‘adoring fans’. It went on like this the entire time they were at the beach. At least Katarina had gotten some sun.

The adoring fans didn’t keep them from making full use of their hotel room, though. Katarina really didn’t care about Shang’s flirting and meeting up with his fans. They did the same thing, they were naturally promiscuous and monogamy wasn’t exactly something they understood. As long as she knew that he was her first pick, that’s all that mattered.

It wasn’t easy going home, but Katarina knew she couldn’t stay at the island hotel forever. She was a little surprised, though, when she realized she wasn’t coming home alone. Checking herself in the mirror, trying to see if it was obvious, she found herself unable to come to terms with the reality of the situation. Travis chose that moment to walk in.

Of course, it didn’t take him nearly as long to see what was happening. His eyes nearly bugged out of his head.

July 25, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 16: ‘Polyamorous, Pt. 5′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:04 am

Florence and Shaniqua have an unsteady relationship while Kate and Shang’s makes theirs look like couple of the year material.  Poor little Hugh is still oblivious to the strangeness of his family, but how long will it last.  (pardon the outdated picture of Hugh, woops.)

As was usual for this particular household, Florence and Shang were in the middle of a rather loud row.  Florence had lit into him for his indiscretion with Alyssa while Shang had shot back with the implication that Kate had been dabbling in unseen forces.  Florence balked at this claim.

“A golden lamp?  Honestly, Shang, do you take me for that much of a fool?”

“Hey, I’m being real.  That girl of yours is sneaky.  You think I was really so careless as to knock ‘er up at college?”

Florence scowled, “you’re foul, Shang Yu, foul and disgusting.  I can hardly stand the sight of you.”  She stormed off.

Despite her initial anger at her son-in-law’s claim, Florence decided to seek out further counsel.  She spoke to her son, Nathaniel, who had been passing by one morning.  Of course, he was clueless.  Poor Nathaniel got the looks, but he certainly wasn’t the brightest of bulbs.

“A lamp?  Are you kidding?  I don’t know anything about that stuff, ask Lilith.”

Finding nothing on the lamp front and too proud to contact her daughter Lilith to inquire further, Florence relented.  She instead shared with Shaniqua what Alyssa had told her.  Shaniqua’s response was quite warranted.

“They what?” She gaped, completely aghast.  Shaniqua had screwed up in the past, but never with family.  What the hell were they thinking?  “That’s insane.”

“Isn’t it?  And I don’t know what to do.  If Kate were to ever know…”

“Alyssa should know better, too.  No wonder her marriage is over.  Sheesh.”

Meanwhile, Shang had been feeling the weight of married life.  Sure he had some fun with some ladies, but it wasn’t enough.  The stifling atmosphere he suffered at home was enough to kill a man.  He sought comfort outside, in the one person who could always provide it in endless quantities.

“This married life is killing me, babe.  I’m not sure how much longer I can take it.”

Katarina smiled and moved towards him, “poor baby, I know just what you need…”

Unfortunately for the both of them, Florence had been home at the time.  Busted was truly an understatement.  Shang hardly wanted to crawl out of the bed, knowing what awaited him when he did.  Goodness only knew what Florence would do to Katarina.

Florence lit into Katarina like a vengeful flame, only to be snuffed out before she began, “how could you do this–”

“You, shut up!  No one tells me what I can and what I can’t do,” Katarina hissed in response, giving Florence a sharp jab.  “You wanna blame someone, blame Kate.  She’s the idiot in this mess, not us.”

“Ladies, ladies, can’t we resolve this with kindness?”

“Shut up, Shang,” they said in unison, the Anderson tones in their voice quieting him instantly.

“Get out, Katarina.  If I ever see you in my house again, I swear…”

“I’m leaving,” Katarina said, rolling her eyes.  “Don’t bother with threats.”

“As for you,” Florence said, whirling around to face Shang, who had found his clothes on the floor and put them on.  “You are shameless!  In this bed, in my house!  I regret ever bringing you into this family.”

“It was a forced thing, I would’ve been happier has a bachelor,” Shang admitted, crossing his arms over his chest.  “Find the lamp yet, Florence?  Might want to, before Kate screws us all over.”

“There is no lamp, that’s just an excuse for your carelessness!”

“Is that so?  Then what is this?” Shang said, pulling the lamp from beneath the bed.  “Go ahead, look at it.  I’m outta here.”

Florence could scarcely believe her eyes.  The thing was huge and unmistakable, its golden sheen catching in the bright daylight.  How had Kate kept this so carefully hidden?  Florence didn’t want to venture a guess as to where it came from, she already knew.  It had to have been Lilith, but why?  Lilith was a lot of things, but she wasn’t stupid.  Didn’t she know what Kate had done with this vile thing?

With great effort, Florence hefted the lamp out of Kate and Shang’s room and hid it away in her own.

Meanwhile, Hugh had somehow managed to become a teen.  It was likely thanks to his grandma Florence’s tireless efforts.  While he hadn’t understood at first, he know knew that she was guiding him down the right path.  He was old enough to see how crazy his family was.  No one could say he wasn’t Shang’s son, though, as he was a remarkable likeness, though with softer features.

He desperately wanted a family, despite the nature of his father dwelling within him.  He would strive to fight it and he would succeed.

Hugh was happy to announce his first scholarship to Florence.  She was the one who had started him on the path towards college.

“I’m so proud of you,” Florence said, hugging him tightly.  Her time was short, she knew she’d never see him actually go, but the pride she felt knowing he would was enough.  “And so early, too.”

“It’s all thanks to you, grandma.  I don’t know what I’d do without you.”

“Don’t say that, sweetie.  You’re a good kid, you’ll always do fine, as long as you try and keep your wits.  Don’t be like your dad.”

He laughed, “but I like music!”

“Well, that’s fine, but you know what I mean.”

——–

Note from Mao: Phew, long update.  Katarina and Shang got buuuusted.  Woo!  And the lamp is revealed, ohnoes.  Hugh is, well, yeah.  Wow.  Where did he come from?  He’s a family sim with a LTW of golden anniversary, but a randomized roll of the dice has designated him to have a secondary as Romance.  Dun, dun, dun… Florence is on her last day.  She’ll die next round. :’(

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.”

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.

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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 26, 2008

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

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:52 am

Florence Anderson forced Kate to leave University and finish out her pregnancy at home.  She also threatened Shang Yu with incredible violence if he didn’t make her daughter an honest woman.  Shaniqua stands in the background, not wanting to face Florence’s wrath while Hugh is completely oblivious to the family turmoil that surrounds him.

Kate spent a lot of time trying to teach Hugh the necessary skills to function in the world.  It wasn’t easy, as she was working long and daunting hours at the hospital, but it was certainly worth it.  There was nothing she enjoyed more than spending time with Hugh.  Hugh didn’t seem to mind one bit, either.  He even let Kate teach him how to walk.

Shaniqua was less than impressed with Florence’s treatment of Shang.  She decided to confront her, fearing that it may result in a backlash, but what else could she do?  This couldn’t go on, not when Hugh was getting old enough to see it.

“You really need to calm down on Shang, Florence.”

Florence became immediately defensive, “I’m not doing anything wrong.  He got Kate into this situation, he can damn well stick around and deal with it.”

“It wasn’t just him, Florence.  Kate had a part in it, too.  Besides, you’re going to chase him off anyway if he keep acting like the harpy from hell.”

“What would you know about any of it?  You’re just like him.” Florence shot back, only to finish with: “I’ll lay off when he marries Kate.”

Lilith dropped by for a surprise visit, but Kate was luckily heading out to work.  She knew she was going to get lectured about the lamp again.  She refused to give it up–what if she needed it?  So she waved politely and hurried out the door at the honking ambulance waiting for her.

Florence cornered Lilith and was not pleased with what she had heard.  Lilith’s job was questionable, to be sure, but to be helping Ryu Anderson condemn Janine?  Florence wasn’t happy at all and she let Lilith know it.

“Look, I don’t care about these family politics,” Lilith retorted, a mirror of her mother with her angry face and crossed arms.  “I did it for my own gain.  If Janine’s a criminal, who cares?  She’s dead.  And Katy is back so the murder is irrelevant.  So just drop it.”

Florence shook her head, “are my children trying to kill me early?  You’re all going to drive me to a heart attack!”

“Why don’t you just deal with the real problem–Shaniqua cheating.  Yeah, you found out, but I knew, too.  Stop putting it on us and just deal with it already.”

Shang avoided the two arguing females as he came through the door and headed straight to Hugh’s room.  Florence was suitably distracted, so he was able to spend some quiet time with his son.  He didn’t dislike Hugh, not in the least.  Shang wasn’t the marrying type, but he wasn’t the type to make his children feel like crap, either.

How could he ignore Hugh when it was like looking into a mirror?  He was a tiny version of him!

Unfortunately for Shang, he did end up having to tie the knot.  It wasn’t that he disliked Kate, not at all, it was just being married was like putting a noose around his neck and hanging him out to dry.  It was stifling and constricting.  Who knew how long it would last.  Now he actually had to be somewhat concerned that his advances towards other woman couldn’t be seen by others, lest they pull the whole “but he’s married” deal.

Not to mention the wedding band–what the heck was he going to do about that?!

Hugh’s birthday came shortly after the wedding.  He turned into quite the talkative little child and he shared his father’s love of music and drums.  He still looked like Shang, there didn’t seem to be a tiny bit of Anderson or Saunders in him.

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Note from Mao: Kate spun the ‘Get Married’ want and Florence has had the ‘Relative Gets Married’ want locked awhile, so they are married, bahaha.  Hugh is a tiny Shang.  I’m scared.

May 24, 2008

Yu – Round 14: ‘Lilith’s Choice, End’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:37 pm

Tsung Yu is quite the successful architect and thanks to Gordon Saunders, work is rolling in. Lilith is having her own kind of success while Zhou finds himself enjoying the freedoms allowed to him.

“Okay, one last time… are you sure you want to do this? Bringing the dead back can be pretty risky.”

“The court date is set and she’s our star witness, of course I’m sure.”

“Ha, okay, let’s do this then. No promises, remember. This is my first time…”

Much to Lilith’s surprise, her contraption actually worked. She spoke to death directly and after offering up some personal affects of Katy’s and the enveloped filled with 10k from Ryu, Katy appeared. It took her a moment or two to realize she was alive and after that, she was walking on cloud nine.

“Welcome back, Katy.” Lilith said, beaming with pride. It worked, it really worked!

Lilith excused herself. Tsung would be home soon and she’d need to distract him while Ryu and Katy tiptoed out the back.

“I’m really back, wow,” Katy said, baffled. “And you, you’re… my age.. how much time?”

“Derek is an elder and married to Mary O`Hanlon with three children, Chuck is dead, and Damien has a wife and two children.” Ryu explained quickly. “I’m sorry to do this to you, Katy, but we have to leave.”

“Leave?”

“We’re relocating you to Aperture until the trial. I’ll have to explain everything there. We can’t remain here for much longer, if Tsung finds us, he might tell Gordon.”

“Gordon?”

“Later,” Ryu said, leading Katy out of the room. “Lets go.”

Tsung was completely oblivious to his wife’s extracurricular activities. He had absolutely no idea that Katy Saunders had returned and with her, information on her death and the truth behind Janine Saunders. He also had no idea that it would likely affect his business dealings with his best friend Gordon. Instead, he was too busy scolding his son for cheating at chess.

“Did you just cheat?”

“No,” Zhou replied without a hint of guilt. “I didn’t.”

“You did!” Tsung replied, his eyes wide. “You cheated!”

“I did not! You can’t prove it!”

“Yes you did and I can; your piece was there and now it’s over here and that’s an illegal move, Zhou!” Tsung sighed, exasperated. “What has Lilith been teaching you?”

Not only was his son learning the early ways of being a conman, but his brother was readying himself for a political scandal. Shang stopped by to visit his older brother and to boast about his recent ‘conquest’. Tsung was hardly impressed.

“You did what?!” Tsung nearly yelled, quickly lowering his voice so Lilith wouldn’t hear. “Are you insane? Do you realize how twisted that is, Shang? Ryu is a Yu, he’s related to us, albeit distantly…but still! And she’s the mayor! What’s wrong with you?”

Shang shrugged, “don’t hate, Tsung! You’re killing my high.”

“I’m going to kill you if you keep insisting on sleeping with every woman in Boreal Springs!”

“Nah, don’t worry,” Shang replied easily, a smile on his face. “I’m not gonna do anything to Lilith.”

Tsung’s face dropped–he couldn’t believe the ignorance of his own brother. Were they even related?

Lilith found out she was pregnant again. As with the last time, she had to take off work and spend her days waddling around the house. Of course, when Tsung and Zhou were fast asleep, she would steal out into the night and travel to Aperture to talk to Katy. It was her discovery, after all! She had to monitor her progress and everything. She couldn’t just leave it to Ryu, goodness only knows how he’d mess it up…

“Are you eating cake… for breakfast?” Tsung asked skeptically, giving Lilith an odd look. “Is that even healthy?”

“Don’t be stupid, Tsung,” Lilith shot back. “I’m pregnant, healthy isn’t a concern. As long as it’s chocolate, we’re good.”

He sighed, “the baby is going to come out a diabetic.”

Lilith shrugged, “at least it got to live large in the womb!”

When Zhou wasn’t getting scolded for cheating at chess, he was playing video games with River. Of course, being beat by a girl was simply unacceptable and he made this fact clear. River, however, was adamant that girls could be just as good, if not better, than boys. Their rivalry at the game became heated and both their competitive natures finally had a chance to shine.

In the end, it came out a tie, much to both children’s chagrin.

Mr. Miyagi was an old cat, a really really old cat. So it wasn’t any surprise when his time came. He had been around for the birth of both Tsung and Shang, so Tsung was reasonably saddened by the loss. Mr. Miyagi just seemed happy to get out of this crazy voodoo house.

Lilith eventually gave birth to another healthy, baby boy named Fou-Lu. He looked almost identical to Zhou when he had been that age, but he had Eileen’s blue eyes. Lilith was thankful none of her children inherited her skin. She didn’t need any extra attention on the house with the whole Katy resurrection thing happening. Tsung was bound to find out eventually and boy he wouldn’t be happy…

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Note from Mao: Whew, getting Katy back was a pain, but I couldn’t drop it from the storyline as the sims had spent too much time developing it.  If you don’t recognize the Fou-Lu name, then you’ve never played Breath of Fire 4. ;)   I’ll miss Mr. Miyagi, sniff.

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