Boreal Springs

March 5, 2008

Yu – Round 7: ‘Another Goodbye’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:47 pm

Sun-Tzu and Eileen Yu are happily married and now have two sons, Tsung and Shang. Sun-Tzu’s time is running short–will he be around to see the boys grow up?


Tsung befriends Gordon

Tsung was younger than most the kids in the neighborhood, so it was unusually difficult to find friends. Fortunately, Gordon Saunders had just recently joined his class. While Tsung found the other Saunders twins to be a little… off-putting, Gordon was different. Tsung learned that technically, Gordon was their uncle and his mother was Janine.

This certainly explained why Gordon was a bit more laid back and observant. Tsung was sure he had just found his new best friend.

Florence brings the twins

Florence and Eileen had grown very close over the years. Florence often visited and sometimes, she would bring the twins along with her. While they ran off their stored up energy, Florence and Eileen chatted about the recent death that had happened next door.

It was quite mysterious, regardless as to what the cops said. With that many people in the house, how could it have gone unnoticed until morning? Still, they couldn’t say much with the kids milling around and it was rather cold, so they went inside. Shaniqua would be joining them for dinner once she got off work.

Tsung meets Nathaniel and Lilith

While they waited, Tsung was introduced to Nathaniel and Lilith Anderson. They were a little bit older, but he got along quite well with Nathaniel. Lilith, however, well…

“Aliens are smarter. We’re a superior race.” Lilith said proudly.

Tsung made a face, “but you’re only half alien.”

“Ignore her,” Nathaniel sighed. “She thinks she knows everything.”

“Because I do.” Lilith countered, crossing her small arms over her chest.

Tsung shrugged, “no you don’t. If you’re such an alien, why aren’t your ears pointed like Nathaniel’s? Wouldn’t that make you inferior to him?”

Lilith was shocked. Tsung was considerably younger, yet he used big words and spoke a little too articulately for a kid his age. She had met her match, too be sure. A rivalry was formed on this day.

Shaniqua, Florence, Sun-Tzu, and Eileen have dinner

Meanwhile, the adults had dinner. Eileen paid close attention to Shaniqua. Florence had been telling her about the recent issues, but Eileen couldn’t see any sadness or anything in Shaniqua. She was happy, bubbly, and talkative. She responded well to questions and participated in the conversations.

When Eileen looked at Florence, she could see her friend was equally as shocked. Perhaps the young woman had an epiphany? It was hard to tell with someone like Shaniqua. Eileen just hoped it didn’t have anything to do with Jun.

Shang cleans up

Shang’s birthday came not long after. He took mostly after Eileen, except when it came to being playful. While his parents pelted each other with pillows, Shang cleaned up the dishes left behind from dinner. He was a quiet kid, more happy to sit and watch than participate. It was a little disturbing, but Sun-Tzu and Eileen decided it was just his way.

He wasn’t quiet when he wanted something, though, that was for certain.

Sun-Tzu tucks Shang in

While Sun-Tzu made no mention of it, he could feel his time on this world was almost at an end. He tucked in Shang and glanced over at Mr. Miyagi sleeping peacefully. This had once been Risa and Roger’s bed–they’d been gone a long time now, it seemed.

He was sad that he wouldn’t get to see the boys grow up, but his life had been a good one. He felt fulfilled and ready.

Sun-tzu and Eileen

Eileen wasn’t a young thing, either. Her big birthday was fast-approaching, something she didn’t enjoy thinking about. Sun-Tzu worried about her taking care of the boys by herself. Shang was still young and Tsung had a few more years before he’d be a helpful teenager. They were secure financially, so that was hardly a worry.

Of course, he said nothing of this to Eileen. It would only worry her and make her sad and she had enough worry with her daughter.

Sun-Tzu dies

The Grim Reaper waits for no one and he came calling. Eileen, Tsung, and Shang were beside themselves with sorrow. Even Mr. Miyagi yowled loudly. Sun-Tzu passed peacefully, with a serene smile on his face. Dying wasn’t so bad if you had a good life.

Sun-Tzu Yu

Sun-Tzu Yu’s tombstone now resides in the Boreal Springs Cemetery, across the lot from his dearly departed brother and sister. He left boo cu bucks behind from the boys and Eileen–turns out he wasn’t lying when he said he was just ‘humble’.


Note from Mao: I’ll miss you, Sun-Tzu! But you gave me a platinum tombstone, so I’m pretty happy about that. The third death and the last of the elders. Now all my gen 1 adults are set to become elders (in round eight)… whew. Has it been that long already? A month? Dang.

February 29, 2008

Yu – Round 6: ‘It’s Oh-So Quiet’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 11:22 am

Yu Family Round 6

Sun-Tzu and Eileen Yu have a happy life outside of all the drama. Can they keep their son, Tsung, and the baby Eileen’s expecting away from the drama, as well?


Sun-Tzu feeds Tsung

With Eileen pregnant again, she found herself beyond exhaustion and left the feedings of Tsung to Sun-Tzu. Sun-Tzu didn’t mind one bit. It was nice to get some time with his son–Eileen, despite being a mother once before, was always coddling him. It was likely because of everything that was happening with Mary, the poor girl.

Tsung is a toddler

Tsung eventually become self-sufficient enough to keep himself busy while Sun-Tzu painted and Eileen slept. He was a very curious child and while he wasn’t troublesome, often wanted to go outside and see the ‘big water’. Sun-Tzu told him he could when he was bigger (and not quite able to drown in it).

Eileen and Shang

Sun-Tzu even took care of teaching Tsung his first steps. Eileen felt awful for not being able to join in, but she was just much too tired. She was getting too old to be pregnant! This would definitely be the last baby. It was hard enough worrying over whether or not Sun-Tzu would live long enough to see them grown, much less if she’d survive another pregnancy. It was time for her to settle into the role of grandma.

Shang is born

Thankfully, Shang was born on time and with little trouble early one morning. Eileen was ready to come home surprisingly early and for that, she was thankful. She would finally be able to spend some time with Tsung before his birthday crept up on them. She had also wanted Mary to come over and visit, but she’d always been much too exhausted. She was guaranteed to have more energy now.

Shang took after Eileen again, and he even had her blue eyes. Two sons was a good place to stop.

Mary plays with Tsung

Mary was delighted to meet her new little brothers, though she was sad that she couldn’t bring Sara over. It would be much too obvious and the neighborhood was too small and close-knit. Word would definitely get around. Eileen suggested that perhaps when she visits, she could bring the boys–once they’re old enough.

Things were definitely settling down and it was easy to slip into that ease of no worries of drama. Eileen just hoped that Mary had learned her lesson and would stay well away from the Saunders house.

Shang is a toddler

Shang’s birthday came surprisingly fast and he was soon able to crawl around and make mischief. He looked a bit more like Eileen than Tsung–it was a good mix. He was a bit more troublesome than his brother, though, always getting into things. Once he was able to walk, he started reaching for doorknobs!

They were definitely going to have their hands full.

Tsung is a child

Tsung had his own birthday not long after and was able to help with Shang a little. He was just a kid, but he knew well enough to keep Shang occupied and away from doors and dangerous things. He loved his role as big brother! It had so much power!


Note from Mao: The Yu house is always a nice respite from the other crazier houses and the drama. I was surprised at how quickly Tsung and Shang grew up! Also, my fiance wasn’t thinking and messed up the naming order–it should be ‘Shang’ and then ‘Tsung’. Do you get it now? Har har har. Though, Shang was also the male lead in the Mulan movie, too.

February 22, 2008

Yu – Round 5: ‘Bringing Life’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 2:42 pm

Yu Family Round 5

Roger Yu welcomes the company of his younger brother, Sun-Tzu, and his new bride, Eileen Yu (formerly O`Hanlon). Can they help cheer him up before his time comes to an end?


Eileen and Sun-Tzu talk

While Mary had still been away at college, Sun-Tzu had Roger stay at the O`Hanlon house while contractors worked on expanding the Yu residence. When it was done and Mary came home, Sun-Tzu, Eileen, and Roger could all fit more than comfortably in the modified abode.

The extra space was necessary–Eileen was pregnant. She had told Sun-Tzu after she saw the doctor and it was a happy revelation.

Roger tries to fish

Along with expanding the house, Sun-Tzu had Roger’s help in having a small garden built in the backyard. Roger desperately wanted a stocked pond that he could fish in. He spent hours out there, trying in vain to catch something other than an old boot. His skills with a fishing rod had certainly waned over the years.

Eileen wanted to try fishing, too, but as her pregnancy progressed, found she was much too tired.

Sun-Tzu paints Eileen

Despite his pregnant wife’s protests–she claimed she was bloated, tired, and awful looking–Sun-Tzu continued his hobby with painting. Eileen was pleasantly surprised when they came out looking marvelous. She knew the mirror wasn’t lying to her when it showed the bags under her eyes and the exhaustion written all over her face, but the painting was what Sun-Tzu saw. It was quite heart-fluttering.

Eileen meets Florence Anderson

Before she’d taken off on maternity leave, Eileen found a new friend in Florence Anderson. She was only a few years older than Mary, but she was quite mature for her age. Eileen was thankful for the female company in her male-dominated job and also just for the companionship. Ever since Jun had managed to ruin two lives and Eileen told her she was wrong, they hadn’t talked.

Florence was quite different–in more ways than one–and Eileen was surprised to find out that she was pregnant, too. Especially given that her lover was female! Perhaps the most extraordinary part was that it was an alien baby. Eileen wasn’t sure if she believed that, but she liked Florence well enough.

Eileen talks to Roger

While she was on maternity leave, Eileen found herself quite lonely. Roger would sometimes eat with her, but otherwise, he kept his distance. One morning, she caught him and decided to put forth a question she’d been mulling over for days. She inquired if he would mind a pet in the house.

Roger did not refuse, in fact, he agreed and thought a pet might brighten things up.

Mr. Miyagi and Eileen sleep

Roger and Sun-Tzu went out and brought back Mr. Miyagi, a purebred Siamese cat. Eileen was quite pleased with her new furry friend and finally had someone to watch daily Soap Operas with. She swore that Mr. Miyagi watched them just as intently as she did.

Sun-Tzu jokingly said that she simply wanted a cat so she would have someone to nap with. The pregnancy made her quite tired and she spent a lot of her time sleeping.

Eileen talks to Mary

Towards the end of her pregnancy, Eileen was shocked to find Mary at her door. She had tried calling several times only to get the answering machine. Anytime she left a message, she never got a call back. She was starting to get worried when the blonde popped up at her door, looking a little under-the-weather herself. It was then that Mary told her she was pregnant and the father was Derek Saunders.

“Oh, Mary, I’m so sorry. How did this happen?” Eileen saw the look that crossed her daughter’s face and quickly dismissed the question. “I guess it doesn’t matter… if you need anything you know I’m here. Anything at all.”

“I thought you’d be angry…”

At this, Eileen was distraught, “angry? Mary, you’re pregnant and yes…Derek is married, but this was before, wasn’t it? I’m sure you have your reasons, I know you well enough to know this was an accident. Just remember, anything you need, please, don’t hesitate to ask.”

“Thanks, mom,” Mary smiled, squeezing her hand. “Gina is being really helpful, but I’m glad you’re behind me too.”

Tsung Yu

Eileen didn’t have much time to mull over her eldest child’s worries–she went into labor a few days later and gave birth to a young boy named Tsung. She was surprised to see her own freckles dotting his cheeks and the rich brown eyes his father had. Tsung’s black hair was proof enough that before Sun-Tzu had gone gray, he had hair black as night.

Tsung was a welcome addition and even Roger spent a lot of time playing with and feeding him. Mary had wanted to come over, but she was showing and didn’t want to be seen around the neighborhood. She promised to visit as soon as she could.

Eileen is sick

Eileen was quite surprised to find herself once against bent over the toilet a year later. She was pregnant again, surely, she felt it. A woman’s instincts don’t lie, they say. It was a pleasant surprise, but she worried, too. Sun-Tzu was older and he had outlived his brother and his sister-in-law. How much time did he have? Would he see Tsung grown and this new baby born?

Roger died

Roger had passed a week before Eileen found out she was pregnant again. It was a sad occasion and Sun-Tzu mourned heavily. He had been there when Roger faded, taking his brother’s hand, looking him in the eye and saying, “it’s time. Risa is waiting for me.”

He went quickly and peacefully and rested beside his wife of many, many years, Risa, in the cemetery.

Roger Yu

Rest in peace, Roger Yu. May you carry Chinese take-out to your wife awaiting you in the pixelated after-life!


Note from Mao: A very peaceful update, but sad, too. Poor Roger! At least he had some good final days, even if I didn’t get a platinum tombstone out of him. It only took ONE WooHoo to get Eileen pregnant again (I’m using Inteen and CANNOT select ‘Try for Baby’… it’s completely random), I was quite surprised. My fiance and I deduced that Sun-Tzu has ‘super’ sperm. Also, did anyone else catch the Karate Kid reference? ‘Wax on… wax off…’

February 13, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 4: ‘Finally, a Wedding!’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:28 pm

O`Hanlon Round 4

Eileen O’Hanlon and her daughter, Mary, have made quite a life for themselves in Boreal Springs. With Mary headed to college, will Eileen finally tie the knot with Sun-Tzu Yu?


Mary chats with Derek about Uni

Mary O`Hanlon graduated High School with high honors and looked forward to spending her summer before University working on her bank account. She didn’t need to worry about her living accommodations–she’d be moving in with Derek, Katy, and Florence. Shaniqua and Gina would join them, as well.

Derek came over to discuss the overall arrangement with her. They knew each other only vaguely, but found a common bond now that they were closer in age. The formed a friendship over their money coveting.

Mary, Shaniqua, and Derek hang out

Shaniqua was weirded out to see Derek around at first, but she eventually got used to it. She missed her big bro and it was nice to see him. Though, she had to admit, she was a bit leery about how close he and Mary were getting. They had way too much in common.

One evening, while hanging out, Shaniqua zoned out and imagined them kissing. She nearly threw up all over the place. Her reaction startled them out of their talk of the SimStreet Market and financing options.

Eileen greets Sun-Tzu while Mary trains Lady

Sun-Tzu, of course, made many visits to the house. He and Eileen had a lot of planning to do. They had decided to change their vacation over to their honeymoon and were going to marry at the end of summer. Instead of moving immediately to the Yu house, they’d remain here until Mary returned from University.

Mary, meanwhile, spent the last bit of summer training Lady up for her next promotion.

Eileen and Jun talk

Jun also took the time to visit and gossip about her latest endeavors. Unfortunately, Eileen knew all about her little triangle with Henry Saunders and Thomas Anderson. It wasn’t much of a triangle–poor Henry. She had tried to urge Jun away from the marriage, but Jun wouldn’t budge. She wasn’t about to let her free-meal ticket slip away.

Jun though it was weird that Eileen was marrying her uncle, but she was too busy talking about herself to say anything.

Eileen and Sun-Tzu's Wedding

Sun-Tzu and Eileen married on the last day of summer. Eileen O`Hanlon become Eileen Yu. It had an odd ring to it, but it didn’t matter. They also did a silly ‘culture reversal’ for their wedding; Eileen wore something ethnic (and even let her hair down) and Sun-Tzu donned a traditional tuxedo. It was a nice, open-air ceremony. They opted out of booking the chapel.

Mary was certainly happy for her mother, even if her dress was a little itchy. It kept slipping, too. Where was double-sided tape when you needed it?

Eileen and Sun-Tzu's Wedding

Eileen and Sun-Tzu's Wedding

Of course, not everyone was thrilled about the union. Off in the background, unnoticed, Roger slipped off. He wasn’t jealous, per say, but he couldn’t help the twinge he felt seeing his brother with a younger woman. Especially when Sun-Tzu has spent all his years jet-setting around the world, never caring about female companionship. He had a bachelor’s beard and Roger thought he meant to kept it forever.

February 11, 2008

Yu – Round 3: ‘Unsupervised Elders’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 9:06 pm

Yu Family Round 3

Roger Yu and his wife, Risa, came to Boreal Springs hoping to enjoy their retirement and calm their daughter. With Jun gone, now their only worry is Sun-Tzu, Roger’s immigrant brother.


Roger and Risa relax

While Roger and Risa were saddened to kick their only child out, they were also somewhat relieved. She was an adult, and had been for some time now. While they would always be her parents, there was only so much they could take. Chances upon chances had been given, but Jun always ignored them. Now it was time to face and see the world for what it was.

And, of course, now Roger and Risa could really enjoy retirement. They were old and they were tired. It was time to relax.

Sun-Tzu paints

Sun-Tzu, on the other hand, felt as if he was only just now getting his ‘second wind’. He was younger than Roger by several years and had only newly retired. It was a restless existence, he found. He’d spent the majority of his youth and middle-aged life traveling the globe and writing fantastic articles for well-known publishers. This sedentary lifestyle would surely kill him long before his time.

Thankfully, there was Eileen. Quite a bit his junior, but mature in a way beyond her own years. It was through her and her daughter that he found a new hobby–painting. It kept his mind busy and his hands, while also allowing for his creativity to blossom.

Roger and Risa discuss Ryu

“We have a grandson we’ll never see, Roger.” Risa said one day as they sat at the table.

“We’ll see him,” Roger assured her. They had heard about Ryu’s birth through the grapevine and also that the child’s father was Henry Saunders. This was a relief to both, as they knew of their daughter’s indiscretions with Thomas Anderson. “Henry is a family man… if anything, it is to our advantage Jun is with him.”

“They’re engaged, Roger. And still, nothing. I’m never going to see my grandson!”

Roger sighed, “you will, I promise. Just give it time.”

Sun-Tzu proposes to Eileen

That weekend, Sun-Tzu invited Eileen O`Hanlon over for a perfectly innocent visit. She was over quite often, so it was hardly out of the ordinary. They had some of Risa’s pie and discussed random subjects until Sun-Tzu quietly took her hand, a small smile hiding behind his beard.

“I have a surprise for you.”

“Well, what is it? Don’t keep me waiting.” She teased, smiling. She had anticipated another painting or something like that, but was surprised when he pulled out a little black box. “Is that…?”

“I could not wait until the trip. If you need some time to think–”

“No, I mean… er, yes. No to the time, yes to the ring!” Eileen took it out of the box and slipped it onto her finger. “How did you afford this?”

“Do you think they paid me in fortune cookies for traveling the country?” He smiled. “I am not poor, Eileen. Only humble.”

Eileen leaves

Sun-Tzu had warned his brother beforehand, but still, Roger couldn’t wrap his mind around it. He loved Risa dearly, but seeing your gray brother with a beautiful young lady as his fiancée was a little jarring. Sun-Tzu was a lucky bugger, that was sure. He had been born during a blessed year.

It was no question where the two would go when they got married–Eileen would move in here, allowing Mary to have the house after she graduated from University. Roger and Risa were more than happy with the arrangement.


Note from Mao: Having just elders can be a snore, but it was kept interesting with constant dates between Sun-Tzu and Eileen. I’ll likely never get her LTW, but it’s worth trying, right?  Next up… Uni!

February 8, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 3: ‘A Quiet Calm’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , — Mao @ 1:26 am

O`Hanlon Family Round 3

Eileen O`Hanlon, and her daughter Mary, came to Boreal Springs looking for something better. So far, so good. Can they continue to prosper while avoiding the drama their other neighbors seem to be facing?


Mary cuddles Lady

Mary: So, I guess it’s my turn… I’m Mary, my mother is Eileen. Which, you probably know, right? Sorry. I’m not very good at this, I guess.

I’m not a little girl anymore, as you can plainly see. In fact, I’ll be ready to go to University soon. I can’t wait. I really want to get out and get an awesome job. I’ll really miss Lady, but mom said she’d take care of her while I was away. Plus, I can always come back and visit!

Mary confronts Eileen

As you probably also know, my mom is dating that guy, Sun-Tzu Yu. I mean, sure, she denies it… but it’s plain as day! In fact, one day, she slipped. I asked her how her date with him went and she replied it went well. She didn’t catch it until it was too late!

I’m cool with it–she’s an adult and she’s done everything for me. It’s about time she enjoys herself. Sure, he’s old, but that just means he’s all wise and stuff. I guess? He is kinda cool, though. He has all kinds of stories.

Eileen and Sun-Tzu spend time together

Now that mom knows I’m cool with it, Sun-Tzu spends a lot of time over at the house. Well, a lot more time, really. I’m mostly at school or at work, so they’ve got plenty of time to themselves. While I know about it, most others don’t. I’m not sure even Sun-Tzu’s brother and sister-in-law know!

I’m sure they’ll find out soon enough. They’re making plans for some kind of vacation. I’m not really sure, as I’ll be off to University by then!

Lady grows up

In the meantime, Lady left her puppy days behind her. She turned out really cute. She’s kinda noisy though, and she has a weird fondness for knocking over the trash bin. Worst of all, she rolls in the garbage! I thought mom was going to have a heart attack when she saw it.

We’re trying to break her of it. At least she isn’t peeing in the house anymore!

Lady gets a job

Mom suggested that Lady get a job. Of course, I was all for it. More money would certainly be welcome! Plus, it’d give poor Lady something to do while we were both away. I’m sure she gets lonely.

Somehow, I don’t think mom’s motives were as altruistic. She said that Lady howled so loud she could probably get some kind of record deal! Mom was being a bit over dramatic, but Lady did get a part in a pet commercial.

Mary is an overachiever

I was having my own successes at work, and mom, too. But I had managed to do as well as I could at the law firm–as a teen–while also keep my A+ average! Mom jokingly called me her little ‘overachiever’, but I was beaming. I was definitely ready for college now! Stupid age restrictions… I want to go make some more cash!

Sun-Tzu and Eileen plot, Mary watches

Sun-Tzu and mom are finalizing their vacation plans. They’re trying to plan it around me leaving, so I won’t be home alone. I told them it was fine, but mom said that it would be rude. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind the break away from all the lovey-dovey stuff. Focusing on my education and scholarships hasn’t left much time for any romancing. Not that I’m really into that stuff… but sometimes, maybe it’d be okay.

I’m sure I’ll feel differently at University when I have stuff that’s challenging. I do love a good challenge! Plus, I’ll be with Shaniqua and Gina. We don’t get to hang out much now, but that’ll change at Uni!

Mary paints

Until then, I’ve found some solace in painting. I’m not very good, but I do like doing still life! Plus, it makes some money and that’s always good. Things are really calm and quiet here, it’s nice. I’m sure it’s boring to you, but I’m glad we’ve managed to side-step the drama storm that’s swept the neighborhood.

Yeah, I know about Jun. She and mom are friends, after all. What a mess! I heard mom whispering into the phone about a pregnancy. Poor kid.


Note from Mao: This family is really drama-free.  It may be a boring read, but it is a nice respite!  No worries of messed up family trees and whatnot.  Though I am trying to figure out how this is all going to work while retaining the O`Hanlon name and hopefully getting an heir for the Yu family…

February 6, 2008

Yu – Round 2: ‘Dishonorable Intentions’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:17 pm

Yu Family Round 2

Roger Yu and his wife, Risa, moved to Boreal Springs in an attempt to escape the problems their daughter, Jun Yu, had encountered. Tagging along is Roger’s newly immigrated brother, Sun-Tzu. So far, it doesn’t seem that the boondocks has calmed Jun any…


Jun Yu and Henry Saunders...

It had taken some time, but Jun Yu finally found some respite from the dull days of work and sleep. The answer to her boredom was none other than Henry Saunders. He’d been a hard one to reel in at first, but his resolve eventually crumbled. Men weren’t one to deny themselves for too long. Besides, that torch he held for the very married–and pregnant–Janine Anderson was beginning to dim.

Henry would turn out to be the answer to more than one of her problems…

Jun makes Henry an offer he can't refuse

Jun had found herself enjoying the various uniforms he was forced to wear while on duty. She told him not to change before their dates. Surprisingly, it took a little longer than Jun would have liked to make him the offer he couldn’t possibly refuse.

He was hesitant, but Jun knew exactly what to say. They were both consenting adults, what was the harm? Neither was attached. With logic like that, why was there cause for concern?

Henry regrets, Jun plots

Of course, quickly made decisions are often regretted. Jun seemed to be thinking the same thing as Henry, only with a different spin. Henry was concerned with what his friend, Janine would think. Jun was only plotting how she was going to get her claws into Thomas without Janine finding out.

Roger, Risa, and Sun-Tzu converse over cornflakes

Meanwhile, the elders of the house had an intense conversation over their cornflakes. While Jun may have thought her little indiscretions had gone unnoticed, she was very wrong. Roger and Risa had seen Henry Saunders leaving. They weren’t happy.

“What happens if she gets pregnant?” Risa sighed, shaking her head. “Who will pay for the doctor visits? Or the baby itself? Poor thing.”

“Risa, you’re getting ahead of yourself. Jun isn’t pregnant.”

“Yet, Roger… yet.”

“Her actions are without honor, Roger. You should have disciplined your daughter better.” Sun-Tzu offered. His English was getting leaps and bounds better with each passing day, though his old-country knowledge remained.

“If only it were so easy, brother.”

Eileen comforts Sun-Tzu

While his niece’s actions may have been dishonorable, Sun-Tzu’s were the exact opposite. He and Eileen got along famously, though neither would admit to being anything but ‘good friends’. Eileen often visited, sometimes to talk to Jun, but mostly to see Sun-Tzu.

“Jun is a burden on her family, Eileen.”

“She’s young, Sun-Tzu. I was like her once. She’ll grow out of it. She’s really not a bad person, I promise.”

“Let us hope what you say is true.”

Jun is caught flirting with Thomas

Unfortunately, Jun Yu was hardly Eileen. Jun Yu thought only of herself and what she wanted. Nothing else really mattered, especially not the sacred bond of marriage. Roger caught her speaking rather provocatively to Thomas Anderson, who swore he was just passing through.

Roger was unconvinced. He tried to follow them, but Jun led Thomas into her room and locked the door behind them.

Sun-Tzu rebuffs Thomas

Thomas eventually emerged to get something from the kitchen, only to encounter a less-than-pleased Sun-Tzu along the way. The elder regarded him with an accusatory stare.

“You dishonor your wife and child, Thomas Anderson.”

Thomas gave him a look, “things are different in this country. You’ll see that eventually.”

Sun-Tzu ignored him, turning his back and heading towards his own room.

Thomas and Jun have an affair

Thomas had no idea that Jun was also seeing Henry Saunders. If he had, that might have changed his reaction to Jun’s proposal later that evening. He wasn’t overly fond of the father of three, and surely wouldn’t be happy to know he was sharing anything with him.

Jun had her own reasonings for her relationship with Henry. She genuinely cared about Thomas, but he was married. Jun suspected her family was about to kick her out and Henry was divorced. Soon, his kids would be gone. He had plenty of room for Jun.

February 4, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 2: ‘Blissfully Poor’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 5:00 pm

Round 2

Eileen O`Hanlon and her daughter, Mary O`Hanlon, are adjusting well to Boreal Springs’ unique environment. Will they continue to prosper?


Eileen fixes the shower

Eileen: Ugh, stupid plumbing! I knew when we got this house so cheap there was a catch–turns out, it’s the cheap plumbing. My bathroom is currently a lake and this shower keeps spitting out water!

Aside from the ocean forming in my bathroom, I guess things are going pretty well. We’re still pretty hard-up for cash, but it’s not so bad.

Eileen and Sun-Tzu have lunch

You probably already heard through the grapevine that there’s something going on between Sun-Tzu Yu and I. It’s not true, we’re just good friends. Jun is great, but Sun-Tzu is a better person to talk to about ‘adult’ stuff–like bills, jobs, etc. Speaking of which, it turns out he was an author in his country. He has all kinds of amazing stories and he’s traveled a lot, too.

What? Oh, you’re probably wondering how I can understand him, right? Well, his English isn’t that bad. I mean, it’s getting better. He’s been reading books and stuff. He’s learning.

Sun-Tzu meets Mary

He gets along really well with Mary, too. She loves all his bizarre folk tales. I was really surprised, I figured Mary would think he was here to take me away. I’ve never dated anyone–not since that fiasco with Mary’s father.

Not that Sun-Tzu and I are dating or anything.

Sun-Tzu helps out

He’s really very sweet… he helps out a lot with the stuff I just don’t have time for. Work is getting really hectic, but it is worth it for more money. Gamers really don’t get paid much at all! I guess because the job is fun? I haven’t quite found the joy in “ganking n00bs” yet.

Eileen goes to work

I’m even working weekends now. I hate leaving Mary with a nanny, but we really need the money. I have a surprise planned for her and I want to make sure we have enough saved up. Hopefully it’ll make up for not getting to spend weekends together anymore…

The repo man cometh

Unfortunately, while I was at work, we got a visit from the Repoman. Why do they always come when the adult is at work? That’s creepy. Apparently, in all the chaos, I’d forgotten to pay the bills. Oops.

He didn’t take much. In fact, what he took worked out nicely…

Mary and Shaniqua play

Thankfully, Mary’s friend, Shaniqua Saunders from down the street, was visiting so Mary didn’t really notice. It was the nanny who informed me of the Repoman’s visit, while giving me a weird, old-lady eye. I guess she was worried I wouldn’t be able to pay her! Stingy old woman.

Eileen brings home Lady

Shaniqua was still there when I stepped through the door with Mary’s present. I picked up a puppy at a local pound and bought the necessities on my way home from work. Mary had wanted a puppy since I could remember, but our old place was an apartment with restrictions. Now that we had a house and land of our own, there was no reason she couldn’t have one.

Mary greets Lady

Mary: It’s the best present ever! I named her Lady. She’s so cute.

Eileen: Just make sure you don’t coddle her too much, Mary. You don’t want her to get too dependent. She’ll miss you while you’re at school.

Mary: I’ll take her to school with me! And we can all play with her at recess–

Eileen: Er, no. I’m sorry, Mary, but Lady has to stay home. Schools don’t allow pets… but your friends are more than welcome to come over and play with her here.

Eileen cleans up Lady's mess

Of course, puppies aren’t all fun and games. I’m stuck cleaning up the messes… but Mary’s birthday is fast approaching and soon it’ll be her worry. Lady will be her introduction to responsibility and nurturing a life.

I had a cat when I was a little girl. Mr. Whiskers taught me a lot… he was a good cat. I miss him.

Mary and Eileen build a snowman

Mary’s birthday came and went. I’m afraid there wasn’t much fanfare, we just don’t have the money. I guess our situation inspired her to focus on money. She’s determined to get us out of this rut and while she wants to go to college, she’s trying to get all the scholarships she can to cover the cost. She’s a sweet kid, but I hope she doesn’t spend too much time worrying over money. It isn’t everything.

At least the snow distracted her. It was beautiful and perfect for building a snowman. She isn’t a little kid anymore, but she still agreed to build one with me.

Mary goes to work


Eileen: What’s this picture doing in here? Mary!

Mary: What’s wrong, mom?

Eileen: This picture! Look at it–I’m dancing with the dog in the background. I really don’t want everyone to see that!

Mary: Oh, I didn’t even notice. It’s me going to work for the first time, remember? The Law Firm is great–I want to be a lawyer and make tons of cash! Then you’ll see, mom, the good life. You won’t have to fix our crappy shower or work with a bunch of geeks ever again!

Eileen, sighing: That’s nice, Mary. But remember, you’re still a teenage. Why don’t you go have some fun?

Mary: Can’t! Homework is calling… see ya!


Note from Mao: Sun-Tzu and Eileen get along incredibly well, but they are taking their sweet time. Sun-Tzu is supposed to be several years younger than Roger and Risa, so I’ll be taking measures to ensure that in gameplay. Oh and you may have noticed the new link at the top–Neighborhood Files! It’s a ‘database’ of all the residents. I’ll be linking their names to their pages at the beginning of each entry. I’m hoping that makes it easier to keep track of them!

February 3, 2008

Yu – Round 1: ‘Unlikely Roles’

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Yu Family Round 1

Roger Yu moved his culturally-infused family to Boreal Springs hoping that a change of scenery would inflict some change elsewhere. Unfortunately, it seems to have backfired. Jun is just as wild as ever and Sun-Tzu is still baffled by the cultural differences.


Jun gets a job

Jun: Right, like moving out here in the middle of NOWHERE is going to slow me down! I don’t think so. So what, I had a little trouble with the law? Who hasn’t? If you’re going to party, you gotta go all the way… and Jun Yu goes all the way.

My parents should be glad I got a job. Sure, I’ve dated the owner of the Record store, but still. It’s a job, right? That’s all that matters. It isn’t like any of these other old geezers is pulling in any cash.

Roger and Risa have a chat

Why don’t they have a job? Because they’re too busy plotting. They’re trying to ruin my life, I swear. I’m a grown woman! I don’t need my parents nattering over me. I sure as heck don’t need them trying to marry me off! I’ve got too much love to give to restrict it to just one person.

If they wanted me to recognize their customs and all that, they never should have left the old country. But they did. So they better deal!

Jun starts a fire

Okay, so maybe I started a fire… so what? Who hasn’t? Fires happen. At least I wasn’t the only one screaming like a little girl! My father and weirdo Uncle Sun-Tzu were screaming right along with me! It was my mother that called the fire station.

Crazy old coots…

Roger and Sun-Tzu enjoy retirement

What right do they have to rag on my life choices when all they do is sit around in their underwear eating burnt pastries all day? Sure, it’s easy to talk about money, but to actually earn it? Retirement my foot! Does it look like we can afford retirement?

I sure wish they would have thought things through before they moved me out here. Blegh. I can’t even get downtown!

Roger and Sun-Tzu have a pillow fight

Sure wish I could enjoy myself. Unfortunately, pillow fights don’t quite do it for me. Well, not unless I’m naked and with another consenting adult. Heh. Now that’s what I call fun.

I’m really getting sick of burnt food, too. If they’re going to lay at home all day while I’m working hard they can at least learn to cook!

Jun gets fired

Guess I spoke too quickly about working hard. Truth be told, it wasn’t my fault. Some jerk with his stupid piano had it out for me. Sorry, dude, but Jun Yu doesn’t date fat guys. I do have standards!

I got my Record Store gig back, though. So that’s good. See why it’s nice to date your manager? And my mother says it’s ‘dishonorable’! Pfft, what’s honor ever gotten me? This isn’t Feudal Japan!

Jun and Eileen hang out

At least one person in this neighborhood isn’t completely nuts. Eileen O`Hanlon is pretty cool. Turns out we met awhile back while she was DJing at some hot-spot. We’ve become best friends–it’s nice to have a like-minded individual. Sure, she’s tamed down a lot because of her kid, but she’s still got it in her heart.

She’s a heck of a lot more understanding than those old bones back at the house!

Eileen and Sun-Tzu meet

Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m the only one who has noticed that Eileen’s pretty cool. I think I saw my Uncle Sun-Tzu giving her weird eyes. That’s so gross! He’s old! Eileen would never go for it, she isn’t into that…

Besides, how could he even flirt with her? In broken English? Oh, that’s sexy. Right. Pffft.


Note from Mao: Sun-Tzu and Eileen automatically flirted. I was a little disturbed… but given Eileen’s turn ons and Sun-Tzu’s turn ons… it was inevitable. We’ll see!

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