Boreal Springs

December 5, 2008

Anderson – Round 21: ‘Turn Me Loose, Pt. 5′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:40 pm

Alyssa Anderson is trying her best to make sure her family name prevails, despite her careless son Nevio’s attempts otherwise.  Isolde seems to be a lost cause, but Adora is turning out to be more of an Anderson than anyone expected.

Isolde’s family may think she’s a ‘lost cause’, but she thinks otherwise.  She wants nothing to do with their silly familial ceremonies and rites of passage.  She’s more interested in her teenage love, Timothy, and her interests in the paranormal.  Thanks to Lilith Yu, she’s finding out a ton about the world beyond.  Thankfully, Timothy is respectful of her interests.

Nevio is making his own kind of friendships, much to Alyssa’s chagrin.  It was one thing to mess around with random women from Aperture, but to form relationships with married women from the same street?  Alyssa nearly had a heart attack when she found her son laughing with Virginia Saunders, who is also very pregnant and near her due date!

It was hard to believe she had raised a son with so little tact.

Alyssa certainly hadn’t been an angel herself.  She had ruined her marriage by cheating with Shang Yu, but she had made peace with her past mistakes and she hadn’t seen Shang in a long time.  Unfortunately, while she had meant to focus on her family, she had gotten sidetracked by another–Patrick O`Hanlon.  He was young, way too young, but he wasn’t like the other casanovas.  He was intelligent and skilled in things other than smooth talking.

It was during one of her events that she met up with him again.  He had come to see if there was anything she could do for his friend, Viola.  Alyssa was saddened that she could not, for she had pulled too many strings to get him where he was.

There had been a time, before this, that Patrick had inquired about seriously being with Alyssa.  She was intelligent and interesting, all the things the other women in his life were not.  She was older, but that came with power and position.  Unfortunately, Alyssa had declined and said she was much too old to be someone’s keeper and she had to focus on her family.  It was his first break in showbiz that had been her parting gift to him.  She was only mayor, but she had many, many friends.

It was a bittersweet farewell, for Alyssa knew it would likely be the last time she saw Patrick.  She wished him well.  If she had been younger, maybe, but she knew it was senseless to think such things.

While Alyssa was away for her event, Nevio was causing even more trouble.  Cara had been jogging by one day while he was going out to get the mail.  He stopped and asked after her, noting how she’d managed to get her figure back so quickly after giving birth.  Cara asked after Roman, wondering where he was and if Nevio knew.  Nevio did not.

As she ran off, Nevio began to wonder what his brother was up to that his wife didn’t know where he was…

Isolde knew better than to think Shelly wanted to make peace when she got off the bus with her, but she ignored her instincts and went along with it.  What she got in return was Shelly going over how Timothy and Isolde were from two different worlds and how it would never last, because Isolde was obviously a freak.  Isolde hated the fact that Shelly was technically her aunt and so she couldn’t kick her out.  She had to wait until Shelly left.

Adora, meanwhile, was doing extremely well thanks to Alyssa’s tuteledge.  She brought home straight A’s and her teachers were always beaming about her progress.  Nevio was certainly impressed with his daughter, though he knew it was mostly thanks to Alyssa and not his own awesome parenting.

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Note from Mao: Poor Isolde.  Shelly really did come home with her and lecture her.  Alyssa and Patrick really did have a relationship at one point, but it never made it to the blog because Alyssa treated it casually and Patrick did not.  They dated while Patrick was in University and a little afterwards.

Every time he sees her, he rolls up that want, and then sometimes will fear it, too.  But he never wants to marry anyone else.  They went on one last date because I was sure Alyssa would be gone by the end of this round.  Seems she’s got a few hours left.

September 24, 2008

Yu 2 – Round 20: ‘Turn Me Loose, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:49 am

Ryu and Tracey Yu are happy, despite the rocky road they’ve ventured on to get here.  Marcus and Shelly are teens now and just starting to figure out what they want out of life.

Shelly Yu was not happy to hear about Timothy O’Hanlon and Isolde Anderson being together.  She had hoped the rumors were false, but when she saw them together at school, it was too obvious to ignore.  If she didn’t act soon, they’d be official.  That just couldn’t be.  Timothy was supposed to be hers!  They had been picking on one another since childhood, surely that meant something.

That little social reject was not making a fool out of her by stealing her would-be boyfriend.  Sure, they were related, but that didn’t mean Shelly had to like her.

Meanwhile, Ryu was trying to talk some sense into his son.  In a surprising act, Alyssa had phoned him and told him of Nevio’s behavior.  Ryu had hoped that perhaps he could make Nevio see reason, but it seemed fruitless.  He was spoiled and set in his ways.  Ryu was definitely regretting all that time he spent trying to nail down Gordon Saunders… he had almost had him, but well, he couldn’t act now.  Gordon had them right where he wanted them.

“It’s raining, Shelly,” Timothy said, giving her a look.  “Aren’t you worried about your hair?”

Shelly laughed and tried to pretend his was kidding, “Oh, you’re hilarious!  Now, don’t avoid the question…”

Timothy looked uncomfortable, “I was actually going to ask Isolde to the dance, Shelly… sorry.”

“That’s fine, I was only asking because I didn’t want you to be dateless.  That’s what friends do.” Shelly replied, trying not to look as angry as she felt.

Tracey fulfilled her dreams and became the head of the SCIA.  Unfortunately, it meant little.  In fact, it made her feel guilty because she’d never be able to do anything.  Gordon had her firmly in his grasp, any action against him threatened her family.  She sighed and carried the groceries in, as if it were any other night.  She was as much in his pocket as the corrupt officers and city officials.

Shelly was still sore over Timothy’s rejection, but what could she do?  And then, one day at school, Marcus introduced her to his friend, Cole Anderson.  He had the same last name as Isolde, but they weren’t related.  How weird is that?  Anyway, they got to talking and it seemed Cole had a thing for Isolde and was surprised when he saw her with Timothy O`Hanlon, who he assumed to be Shelly’s boyfriend.

Together, they schemed.  They would pretend to be a couple in the hopes of making the other two jealous… and perhaps inadvertantly try to break them up in the process, too.

“I don’t think you should do this, Shel,” Marcus reasoned, giving his sister a look.  “It isn’t right.  Just let them be.  It won’t work anyway, Timothy doesn’t like you like that.”

Shelly rolled her eyes, “For being a boy, Marcus, you sure are clueless.  He’ll care once I’m taken!  Just make sure you keep your mouth shut about it, all right?”

“Fine, whatever, but I still think it’s stupid.”

Marcus and Shelly would often walk to the park and hangout.  Usually they’d be joined by their friends, but with this whole mess, that had stopped.  Marcus missed hanging out with Timothy, but he couldn’t reason with himself that lying was okay, so he avoided his old friend.  Even Cole, too, seemed too busy with Shelly.

At least they still had family time.  Tracey and Ryu had recently added a deck onto the house and with it, a hot tub.  Everyone enjoyed clustering to it after a long day’s work or homework.  It was definitely a place of ‘family bonding’, though Shelly and Marcus didn’t want to venture a guess as to the real reason their parents had purchased it…

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Note from Mao: Cole and Shelly have THREE bolts without any trying from me.  Wow.  I was definitely shocked, lol.  Poor Marcus, he’s losing his friends to Shelly!

September 14, 2008

O’Hanlon – Round 20: ‘Turn Me Loose, Pt. 1′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:57 am

Julie and Asia O`Hanlon aren’t your convential type of couple, but they still managed to have two kids.  Timothy is on the cusp of his teen years while Maggie is enjoying her rambunctious youth.

Due to a surplus of money, Julie decided to purchase a cabin out in the woods.  It was a quaint little structure with plenty of room to roam for the kids.  It was also conveniently located next to some of the sights of the Great Lakes area.

Asia would have preferred one on a lake, but unfortunately, those types of properties weren’t offered here.

After ensuring everything was set up properly in the cabin, the family headed off to have some fun.  There was plenty of log rolling, giving everyone an ample change to win.  Even so, Julie and Timothy always seemed to win.

Of course, there was also plenty of slap dancing.  The kids weren’t quite as enthused as they should have been.  They just sort of stared and wondered, “what are these crazy grownups doing?”

In the evenings, the kids usually tired out and gave the grownups a chance to enjoy themselves.  The pool table was definitely a good investment.  Julie and Asia had a lot of fun challenging one another and betting favors on who won.  After their game, they’d pick up the kids, tuck them into bed, and then go to bed themselves.

It was certainly nice to have an actual home to come home to instead of a hotel room.

They didn’t always go out, however.  They stayed in and had fun, too.  Boardgames a plenty with a side of charades.  The kids’ favorite was ‘Don’t Wake the Llama’… probably because they always won.

On their last night, they abandoned the comfort of their beds and decided to sleep in the great outdoors.  They made a fire, roasted marshmallows, and Maggie told a scary ghost story about pet ghosts that Isolde Anderson had told her.  Julie and Asia weren’t quite sure what to make of Maggie’s new little friend…

When they arrived home, it was time for Timothy’s birthday.  He aged into a teen, which didn’t change his perspective on his homework any.  He still hated doing it.  He had decided that his family was so nice that he’d like to have one of his own someday.

He may have still hated homework, but he found he no longer had such an intense dislike for Shelly Yu.  He apologized and they became friends.  It’s as it always goes with boys… dislike turns to like, though Timothy isn’t sure if he should be deciding so early in his youth about his future wife.  Shelly is nice, but there’s not a big enough spark to keep his adolescent attention.

He also makes friends with James Anderson, who looks like his twin.  They bond over their shared choice in haircuts and similar personalities.

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Note from Mao: I had no idea James and Timothy had the same hair, LOL!  They look like twins. xb  Shelly and Timothy only have 1 bolt.  I’m interested to see what Isolde and Timothy will have, since they are friends and she’s his age, too.  I’m also working on updating the DB… shouldn’t take long, but I fell behind.  Still not feeling 100%, have another appointment this Friday.  We’ll see how it goes.

August 31, 2008

Yu 2 – Round 19: ‘Moving On, End’

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

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

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

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

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

Especially not a girl whose family was clearly deranged.

August 20, 2008

Knight – Round 18: ‘And She Was, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Knight — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 1:27 pm

Marla and Travis Knight had a rough patch, but after some work, their marriage has perservered. Kit, meanwhile, has been oblivious and happy.

Despite her ballet lessons, Kit still wasn’t nearly as feminine as other girls. She spoke of baseball like any boy child would, knowing all about the bases and the lingo. Marla would usually just stare, trying not to pass any judgement. She wanted Kit to be happy, but she also wasn’t quite sure how she would handle it if Kit turned out to be like Marla’s twin, Julie.

But then Marla thought of her older sister Sara and realized that it wasn’t always good to assume.

Shelly Yu was younger than Kit, but they were friends all the same. Kit would usually put off her lessons in favor of talking to Shelly. There was a lot of gossip flying around, some not appropriate for children’s ears, but they heard it nonetheless.

Shelly always managed to wow Kit by trying to explain her ‘strange’ family and how her uncle was also her mother’s ex-husband.

Marla, meanwhile, kept working on her restaurant. She made sure to please her patrons by personally chatting with them after their meals. She was a little surprised to see Claude Saunders stop by… she had spoken to Gordon a few times, and they had a tenuous agreement.

Claude was refreshingly kind and complimentary.

Travis also continued working on his respective career. He was so close to becoming the new DA he could taste it. Of course, his fervor for his job did not get in the way of his relationship with Kit. He was even more thankful for Marla’s patience and quick-thinking. Had they divorced due to his silly lapse in judgement, he wouldn’t see Kit running out to hug him everyday he came home from work.

Kit soon became a teenager and quite a lovely one, at that. She was eager to help her mother out and so Marla opened her bakery in Boreal Springs. She couldn’t have done it without Kit’s help, who proved to be quite the little saleswoman. She was keen and quick, with a healthy thirst for knowledge and all things unknown.

She especially liked trying to figure out how to get people to buy things they didn’t necessarily need.

While Marla spent her time baking up a storm, Kit took care of restocking. Sometimes she’d handle the cash register, too, but once business got too hectic, they’d need to hire an employee. Kit had already started compiling a spreadsheet of possible candidates.

One of Kit’s customers turned out to be a local reviewer, who was happy to give the business not only a good review, but a Best of the Best award!

Another one of Kit’s suggestions was the possibility of holding a cooking contest. It would draw a crowd, give the local talent some time to shine, and also give Marla the opportunity to panhandle some of her mechandise. She wasn’t far from becoming a celebrity in the world of food and it would certainly do wonders for her publicity.

Marla was beginning to wonder who was better suited to be the businesswoman here, herself or her daughter.

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Note from Mao: Kit is quite quick, I’ll give her that! She did really good helping Marla, despite having no badges. I think I see businesses in her future…

August 18, 2008

Yu 2 – Round 18: ‘Moving On, Pt. 3′

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 5, 2008

Yu 2 – Round 17: ‘Moving On, Pt. 1′

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 26, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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