Boreal Springs

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.

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 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 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 9, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 13: ‘Polyamorous, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:32 am

Florence Anderson still hasn’t confronted Shaniqua Saunders about her infidelity.  She’s too busy worrying about her daughter, Kate, and her good-for-nothing fiance, Shang Yu.  Kate dropped out her senior year at B.S.U. when she got pregnant and Shang joined the house after he graduated.

Shang wasn’t thrilled at the idea of being stuck in a house with two old biddies and a very pregnant Kate.  He was quite open about it, too.  He expressed his desire to travel and be famous to Shaniqua, who was surprisingly receptive to the idea.

Florence shut him down quickly, though.  She was going to be the mother-in-law from hell.

“Travel? Don’t be stupid!” Florence growled, cornering the unsuspecting Shang.  “You’ve got a child to raise!”

Nathaniel, who had been visiting, witnessed the entire confrontation.  He wasn’t quite happy about what Shang had done to his little sister, but he didn’t envy anyone forced to take on his mother’s wrath, either.  Shaniqua remained quiet as well, knowing better than to step into the fray.

“You’ll learn a thing or two about being an irresponsible adult.” Florence finished, storming off.

Despite Florence saying otherwise, Shang wasn’t completely awful.  He was just promiscuous.  He made sure that Kate didn’t feel too badly about leaving University.

“I don’t care, Shang,” Kate smiled.  “I can still be a nurse.  I’ll just have to take some classes, that’s all.  Mom just makes a big deal out of everything.”

Despite being forced into fatherhood and servitude to a crazy mother-in-law, Shang didn’t give up his dreams of music and fame.  He practiced often and was even working as a roadie for a local band.  Soon he’d have to go out and travel.  He knew Florence wouldn’t be keen on the idea, but she’d deal.  He wasn’t about to give up his life’s ambition!  Kate likely wouldn’t be happy, either, but she’d be preoccupied with the baby when it came.

Kate gave birth to a single baby boy named Hugh.  He had all of Shang’s coloring, much to Florence’s chagrin.  Kate was over the moon and she coddled and cared for the infant constantly.  Shang had more than enough time on his hands with his wife-to-be distracted!

It helped that Florence wouldn’t let him near Hugh alone.  Anytime he had a random paternal instinct, Florence was there to sweep Hugh away.  He wasn’t going to complain.  It took the burden off of him and just made her look bad.  He wouldn’t have any issue traveling on the road now, and it was a good thing.  They didn’t just want him as a roadie, they needed a guitarist!

Kate barely noticed Shang’s absence.  She was too busy caring for Hugh.  He made everything all right and she quickly forgot about how easily Shang was swayed by the female gender.  She had even forgotten all about the lamp she had.  Hugh was her world now.

Of course, Florence was beginning to ask when they planned on getting married, as she wouldn’t let the baby be raised in a broken home.  Not a willingly broken one, that is.

When Shang was home, he took advantage of Katarina Anderson’s recent move to University.  They usually tried to meet up there, but sometimes she stopped by while she was visiting home.  Nathaniel caught them going at it on the sidewalk, for everyone to see!  He wasn’t pleased.

He broke them up and read Shang the riot act.  It was better than Florence or Kate finding out.  He warned Shang to watch his steps, he was treading on thin ice.  Florence wasn’t kidding when she said she’d make his life hell!

Hugh’s birthday came quickly and soon he was a capable toddler.  Kate was thrilled, now she could teach him things!  They were both completely oblivious to the fact that Shang was making regular visits to Katarina Anderson while also trying to wear down her mother, Alyssa.

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Note from Mao:  Shang will never change and it amuses me greatly.  Katarina strolled by the lot often, so it was only a matter of time before their side-project was rekindled!  I was greatly amused when Nathaniel was walking by and caught them.

April 22, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 12: ‘Every Me, Every You, Pt. 5′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 5:38 pm

Florence Anderson and Shaniqua Saunders have been together since college. So far, Florence is unaware of Shaniqua’s infidelity. Will she find out or is she destined to remain oblivious?



Florence had a lot to say about Kate’s relationship with a certain Shang Yu. He was no good and he’d never be faithful. Kate was Florence’s heir, and as such, she expected her to find a respectable mate. Shang had no respect for anything and was just plain lazy. Little did Florence know that her own situation mirrored her daughter’s quite a bit.

It was unfortunate, but Florence’s hatred of Shang caused a rift between her and Kate.

Shaniqua, of course, was a bit more understanding. She had a guilty conscience, it wasn’t like she could talk Shang down. Instead, she simply reasoned with Kate. Florence was just still upset over the death of her mother. This was made worse by all the propaganda being spouted off about Janine being the true leader of the crime syndicate. While it was true that the activity had died down since Janine’s death, no one who knew Janine could believe it.

Gina stopped by often to visit her twin, having finished her novel. She was happy that the Dramatica series had come to an end, but it also left her feeling a little empty. Thankfully, her sister had more than enough drama to fill the hole.

“Look, Shaniqua, I won’t pretend to know your situation… but you can’t keep doing this.”

“I haven’t been seeing him as much,” Shaniqua protested. “In fact, I’m planning on ending it. She’ll never have to know.”

Gina shook her head, “you’re walking a dangerous path…”

The house was empty with all the children gone, so Florence and Shaniqua made an effort to have them over often. Their spouses usually tagged along, although Sara often stayed behind. She took over babysitting duty for Zhou, letting Lilith drag Tsung along to help her through her misery. She loved her family, but they asked way too many questions.

Shaniqua’s supposed ‘final goodbye’ to Ravi turned out to be more than she had anticipated. Florence came home from work early and caught them. Ravi excused himself and Shaniqua was left to deal with a very angry Florence. Surprisingly, she didn’t go off or shout. She simply gave Shaniqua a terrible look and walked out of the room.

Shaniqua would have preferred to be yelled at than ignored. Florence gave her the cold shoulder, ignoring her when she spoke. Eventually, she’d crack, but Shaniqua would likely go crazy with anticipation.

Alyssa dropped by during her lunch break to visit with her older sister. Their mother’s funeral had brought them together after having grown apart over the years. They were both sad over her death and extremely displeased with all the rumors flying around.

Florence had called Alyssa’s cell phone and told her what happened with Shaniqua, bringing her younger sister to her door, her breathing labored. She had not overemphasized her ‘rushing right over’.

“I’m sorry, Florence,” Alyssa said, pulling her older sister into a hug. “This is just a really awful time.”

“It’s probably worse for you,” Florence reasoned. “With the slander going around about mother and election time approaching…”

“Meh, let’s not talk about that. Dad grills me enough as it is.”

“Have you spoken to Ryu yet?”

“No,” Alyssa growled, her eyes narrowed. “He’ll be lucky if I ever talk to him again! How can he say those things about mother? She helped raise him!”

They took a seat at the table, Alyssa removing her coat and settling into the chair. She sighed heavily, looking forlorn. Florence didn’t have to ask why.

“He’s just doing his job, Alyssa.”

“How can you not be angry, too? Our mom wasn’t the best, but I won’t have all this crazy talk. Mom wouldn’t do that!”

Florence sighed, “I know, but maybe someone set her up?”

“Maybe,” Alyssa said, calming down. “I still can’t believe Ryu would do something so stupid. I hate him right now. I thought he loved me… but all he cares about is that stupid job of his. If he cared about me he wouldn’t say all those things about my–our–mom! It just makes me so angry!”

“Derek, too, did you hear? Things are going crazy, Alyssa. I don’t know what to think… both our lives feel like they’re falling apart at the seams…”

Alyssa frowned, “I wish I had signed a prenup like daddy advised. Now what am I going to do?”

———-

Note from Mao: And, as you can see, the crap is already hitting the fan! Wee! Things are getting interesting around here. This round was boring, though. I hate playing just elders!

April 13, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 11: ‘Lilith’s Choice, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 10:21 am

Florence Anderson is feeling her age and her lover, Shaniqua Saunders, isn’t far behind her. Kate can’t see Shang because he’s off at University, so she feel’s idle and restless. Lilith rejoined the house to collect her thoughts, not wanting to stay with her twin.

Lilith: So, I’m back home. Mom got… old. I wasn’t expecting that, but I was really glad to see her. I wasn’t really ready to ‘strike out on my own’, so I asked if I could hang out for a little while. At least, until I get my feet on solid ground and all that other boring adult talk.

I didn’t say anything about what I had seen way back before I left. It just… wasn’t worth mentioning. Mom probably wouldn’t even believe me.

Lilith ignores Shaniqua

That doesn’t mean I want to sit down and have a ‘pow-wow’ with the cheating liar, though. I know she helped raise me and has always kinda been like my second mom, but what she did is just unforgivable, you know? I don’t bother making nice with her. I just give her one of those ‘I-know-what-you-did’ looks and eat quietly. Ha! See how she likes that, the cheating bag.

Lilith plays a game

I don’t spend all my time hating on my supposed ‘other mom’. I have a job. What? No, seriously! It’s just at night, so I have to find something to do during the day. I don’t just sit around playing video games all day. C’mon, give me some more credit than that. I’m not completely useless.

Truth be told, I’m trying to avoid Tsung. I’m not quite sure how, what, or why… but things got real complicated real fast there. I’d rather not deal with it right now. I’ve got plans–goals!

Tsung talks to Shaniqua

That doesn’t stop him from ‘dropping by’. Right, okay. It’s like being trailed by the mafia for owing them some money or something–I just can’t get rid of him. When he does come over and I’m busy with something else (or trying to pretend I didn’t notice he’s there), Shaniqua talks to him. That’s… not cool. I mean, I know she was with a guy and she’s totally having an affair. So, she likes guys.

I mean, they talk way too much. She acts like everything he says is revolutionary and vital information. Yeah, right! She’s such a kiss-up. She just needs to back off. What’s her deal, anyway? Can’t she see he isn’t into older women? Geeze.

Lilith talks to Nathaniel and Sara

When I’m not busy trying to keep Shaniqua’s tentacles off of Tsung, I’m on the phone with either Nathaniel or Sara. I didn’t move in with my brother because he had this huge sports career ahead of him… only to have a very bad accident after their first brilliantly won season. It really messed him up and now he can’t be in athlete. He got an amazing settlement, though, and a fantastic house. It’s just… I don’t want to intrude, you know? Even twins need their space.

The whole accident humbled him considerably, so I’m hoping he stops being an ass. Sara, too. What’s up with those two? They’re ridiculous. They just need to make up their minds already and stop putting me in the middle. Can’t they see I have my own problems?

Lilith goes to work

See, I told you I had a job–it’s just at night. It’s really great, I’m learning a lot. I bet I know even more than Tsung now. Not that he was ever a ‘paranormal whiz kid’ or anything to begin with. I’ve seen all kinds of crazy stuff that I know no one would ever believe. I’m almost certain my plan will work. See, this is why I can’t get all homemakery with Tsung. I’ve got things to do, you know?

Florence and Kate spend time together

Mom and Kate have been hanging out a lot. I think Kate finally forgave her for the whole ‘Shang’ thing. He’s a cheating liar, too. I haven’t said anything, though. He’s off at University and Kate is safe here with us. She says she’s leaving soon. It’s a big campus, though. What are the chances they’ll run into one another? Besides, would she really be stupid enough to get messed up with him again?

Lilith talks to Tsung alone

The only quiet place in the house when everyone is home is my room, so I decided to talk to Tsung. I was going to tell him why this whole little marriage thing couldn’t happen, but I felt really sick. I almost fell over. What the hell is up with that? Tsung made me sit down and then I couldn’t really say it.

I mean, he wouldn’t understand. He’s all logical and living in the now. He’d never understand my obsession with death. So I just told him he needed to back off. Which was moot, as he never listens.

Shaniqua is an elder

I didn’t have to worry about Shaniqua harassing Tsung. She was too busy celebrating her birthday. Maybe now she’ll realize younger guys aren’t her style. Sheesh. When I asked her about it, she said she was just being friendly. Right! What a bunch of crap.

Oh well. I guess I have to go to work… once the world stops spinning. What is up with that? Buh. I feel like I’m going to puke…

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Note from Mao: And so we have another Lilith chapter. I know the others weren’t focused on much this time around, but we’ll see Kate after Nathaniel’s house and Shaniqua and Florence really haven’t done anything new. ;)

April 4, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 10: ‘Every You, Every Me, Pt. 4′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , — Mao @ 11:47 am

Florence Anderson is nearly an elder and thinks life has gone pretty well. She isn’t aware of her partner, Shaniqua’s, infidelities. Kate is blissfully oblivious to everything.

 

Florence isn't convinced

Despite the fact that Janine had tried to warn Florence about Shaniqua’s little ‘fling’, Florence continued on like nothing was wrong. When would Shaniqua have time? Anytime Florence came home, she was busy entertaining Kate. She would never do something like that with their daughter in the house, nor would she have done it with the twins. Especially not after what happened to Lilith!

Florence was convinced her mother was delusional.

Shaniqua meets Ravi

Of course, she was wrong. Shaniqua was having an affair. It wasn’t a ‘one night stand’ deal, but an ongoing relationship. It may not have been as emotionally invested as the one she shared with Florence, but that was a technicality. In recent times, Shaniqua had spent more time with Ravi than Florence.

She felt badly about that, but Ravi was always happy to see to her needs. He wasn’t busy at work or preoccupied with children. He was also a little differently made…

Gina visits Shaniqua

Gina had heard the rumors flying around about her twin and decided to pay her a visit. The two had once been inseparable, but adult life had made them both far too busy. They were still twins, though, and Gina was concerned.

“Is it true, Shaniqua?”

Shaniqua gave her twin a look, “how can you ask me something like that?”

“Because I know you,” Gina replied quickly. “Why are you doing this? It’s going to end badly.”

“She doesn’t ever have to know…”

Gina sighed, “yes, she does. And eventually, she’ll find out. You might want to stop it now and cut your losses while you still can. You should tell her.”

Kate is a teen

Kate’s birthday passed and she was completely oblivious to the tensions surrounding her parents. She was knowledge-minded like her mother, but her true passion was cooking. She enjoyed learning everything she possibly could about it. Maybe someday she could even have some sort of business or cooking show. She dreamed of winning a cooking contest and studied the culinary arts every chance she got.

Florence asks Shaniqua

Unnerved by the things being said around the suburb, Florence decided to confront Shaniqua. Of course, Shaniqua talked her way out of it. That’s what people like her did, they smooth talked their way out of anything disagreeable. It was an art form she had perfected over the years. It worked, of course. Florence just didn’t have it in her to believe that Shaniqua would do something like that. She craved stability and given what a dysfunctional mess her family was, wasn’t about to give up her idea of her own happy home.

Kate kisses Shang

Kate, meanwhile, was making her own kind of happiness. She had a crush on Shang Yu since she had been a little girl. Now she was old enough to let him know. She knew he was known as a womanizer–they went to the same Academy, after all–but she didn’t care. She was young and foolish. She was still under the impression people could change.

Florence is not pleased

Florence wasn’t so pleased by her daughter’s youthful naivety. She had no idea that Kate was seeing Shang until she came home one evening. Needless to say, he was chased out of the house with some angry words and Kate was sent to her room. Kate was far too young to be getting messed up in that business and Shang was the last person Florence wanted her to date. Even she knew he wasn’t much for commitment when it came to girls.

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Note from Mao: Shang and Kate have two bolts and yes, they actually have been friends since childhood. I just never got a picture of them together. Poor Kate, she has no idea what she’s getting into…

March 25, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 9: ‘Every You, Every Me, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:00 am

Florence Anderson is happily oblivious to the confusion her significant other of many years, Shaniqua Saunders, is experiencing. Of the twin aliens, Lilith finds herself having issue coping with both the death of her boyfriend and witnessing the entire sordid thing. Nathaniel is a little more easy-going, though admittedly, is worried about his sibling. Kate is about the only normal one in the family.

 

Florence and Shaniqua talk to Lilith

After the incident that occurred at the Saunders house resulting in the death of Chuck Saunders, Florence and Shaniqua sat Lilith down. She had spent a week at an institution an hour away in the city in hopes of helping her deal with the situation. It didn’t seem to work very well. When she returned, she didn’t say a word to anyone.

Florence and Shaniqua tried to be reassuring, but it was of no use. Lilith just looked at them. Every now and again, she’d nod. Eventually they gave up and let her go off to her room.

Sara hangs out with Nathaniel

Even Sara found that talking to Lilith was useless. She never talked back and she just looked annoyed. It was quite difficult for Sara, as Lilith was her best friend… her only real friend, actually. One day, as she left Lilith’s room defeated, Nathaniel stopped her. Apparently Lilith had been doing this to everyone and he told her not to take it too badly. It wasn’t personal, Lilith was just dealing.

He asked Sara to help him practice (Lilith usually did), and of course, she agreed.

Nathaniel and Sara talk

It became a daily thing after that, Sara coming over and helping Nathaniel out. She had gotten better and was actually able to block a few of his kicks and make him work for goals. Lilith still refused to talk, so Sara found she spent a lot of time with Nathaniel. While she didn’t fool herself into thinking he saw her as anything but ‘one of the guys’, she still enjoyed being around him.

He was nice to her, too. Well, more so than usual. Likely because she was helping him out. Nathaniel was never mean, no. But he paid more attention to Sara. It made it more difficult to deal with the fact that Nathaniel and Lilith would be going to University without her.

Lilith ponders

Meanwhile, Lilith spent a lot of time in quiet contemplation. What she had seen had really jarred her. How many people could say they stood face-to-face with death? No one, probably. It made Lilith think about things she’d never thought about before–life, death, the paranormal. What other things were out there, waiting to be discovered?

She also thought about Damien and what it might be like to lose your twin. While Nathaniel annoyed her, she couldn’t imagine being without him. He was her twin, they were two halves to the same whole. She felt bad for ignoring everyone, especially him and Sara, but she just needed time to think and ponder and question.

Lilith seeks the stars

When she was sure everyone was asleep, she would sneak outside and gaze up at the stars. She often wondered where she came from. She was an alien, after all, and not completely of this world. What was her true purpose? Maybe she saw things others didn’t because she was an alien. She wished Nathaniel took his differences a bit more seriously, so they could talk about it, but he didn’t. He preferred to be normal and blend in and not question.

Shaniqua is fulfilled

Shaniqua came home one day feeling completely fulfilled. She had completed her life’s goal and she couldn’t have felt better. It was almost as if she was walking on air. In fact, she felt so amazing that she dared to do what she had been thinking about for days.

March 21, 2008

Anderson – Round 9: ‘Misery Business, End’

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:22 pm

Thomas Anderson has the world at his finger tips, including his girlfriend, Jun Yu, and his daughter, Alyssa Anderson. Now that Alyssa has graduated and is preparing to marry Ryu Yu, can Thomas maintain his hold?

 

Alyssa and Ryu get married

Alyssa and Ryu were married immediately after graduation, as per Thomas’ orders. It was the only way he’d allow it to happen–Ryu would not live in their house otherwise. Oddly enough, during the ceremony, Thomas found himself seated next to Gordon Saunders. It was a bit odd, seeing his ex-wife’s spawn with his hated enemy. So much so, it nearly distracted him from the rest of the ceremony.

Alyssa and Ryu get married 2

As Thomas watched, he couldn’t help but think Alyssa hadn’t been so foolish after all. If Ryu really did care about her, he’d be less inclined to cause trouble. Everything had to be in perfect order for Alyssa’s political career to take off. She was on her way to becoming a judge right now, but that was only the beginning.

If Alyssa could keep Ryu in line, everything would be fine. Nevermind that Ryu’s mother, who left him as a child, was Thomas’ own live-in girlfriend.

Janine talks to Derek

The wedding party was huge and included Alyssa’s mother, Janine, and her step-siblings. Janine situated herself next to Derek. He’d been getting jumpy lately and it didn’t sit well with Janine. Wedding or not, he needed to be reminded that what happened to Katy could not be made public.

“Just keep quiet and everything will be fine,” Janine said through her teeth, smiling broadly.

Derek did the same, “I think Mary suspects something.”

“Nonsense,” Janine replied. “She’s busy with the twins. Just act normal and forget about it. Everything will be fine as long as you keep quiet.”

Ryu talks to Alyssa

There was no time for a honeymoon, Alyssa had to be sworn in as a judge the next day. Alyssa had wanted a nice few days on the beach, especially since Thomas had recently purchased a vacation house, but it wasn’t finished yet. They’d have to wait until Alyssa was secure in her seat as Mayor to take their belated honeymoon.

During his stay at the Anderson house, Ryu caught on quick to the ‘way of things’. Thomas ran everyone. He told them what to do, when to do it, and how it should be done. It was unnerving and Ryu couldn’t help but suspect Thomas’ motives for pushing Alyssa’s platform when it came to her career. He confided this to her one afternoon.

“Daddy just wants what is best for me,” Alyssa responded, brushing off his accusations. “Sure, he’s controlling, but it’s his way of showing he cares. It always has been–ask Florence!”

“It just doesn’t make sense,” Ryu countered, not falling for it. He didn’t trust Thomas, but he certainly feared him. “He’s up to something, Alyssa. Just be careful.”

Alyssa rolled her eyes, “just because you’re afraid of him doesn’t mean he’s a bad man, Ryu.”

Jun Yu is an elder

Meanwhile, Jun Yu found herself much older and not so much wiser. She certainly didn’t feel like an old granny, so she refused to dress like one. She dyed her hair and bought some new, flattering clothes. Why dress like an old biddy? She was still young at heart and certainly the best looking woman of her age group, to be sure.

Ryu is worried about Alyssa

Several months after the wedding, Ryu began to notice a change in Alyssa. She was taking frequent naps and would run off without explanation, only to emerge sometime later with a pale face and glassy eyes. To say he was worried would have been an understatement. When he heard her get up from her nap and stomp through the hall, he hurried up the stairs and caught her in the bathroom.

“Are you all right?”

She jumped, and turned to face him, clearly surprised, “wh-what are you doing?”

“I heard you get up and run, I just came to check on you,” he said, giving her an odd look. “Are you sick?”

“No, I’m fine. Just some bad lobster–that’s all.”

Thomas trains Alyssa

Truth be told, Alyssa had been feeling ill for nearly two weeks now. It made it hard to concentrate when he father ran her through her speeches. She was a senator now, only a step away from election. She really need to be on her best when it came to preparing, but she just couldn’t focus.

“Alyssa, what’s wrong with you? What has any of this got to do with violins?” Thomas said, his eyes narrowing.

Alyssa sighed heavily, “violins? Was I talking about violins?”

“Yes,” he replied, eyebrows raised. “You were.”

“Oh, I’m sorry–” Suddenly, her face paled. She ran off towards the bathroom without another word.

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