Boreal Springs

June 9, 2008

Anderson – Round 15: ‘Heir Trouble, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:07 pm

 Thomas Anderson’s days are coming to an end; will he rest in peace or pieces?  Alyssa’s guilt over her affair is causing more trouble than it’s worth, but Ryu is still oblivious.  Nevio is the heir, but Roman is looking like a better choice.  Will the Anderson name and fortune go to someone unworthy?

With the case involving Janine Anderson, Derek O`Hanlon, and Katy Saunders over, Ryu found that he had spent entirely too much time focusing on it.  He was still concerned with removing the criminal element from Boreal Springs, but he had plenty of help now.  It was time to find out what was wrong with Alyssa–she’d been acting extremely odd lately.  She gave up on arguing and kept to herself.  Something was definitely up.

Anytime he tried to talk to her, though, she just ignored him.  She didn’t start arguing, she didn’t say anything–she just sat there and pretended he wasn’t there.  That, or she got up and went somewhere else.

Meanwhile, Thomas was having his own problems.  Late into the night, he sat on a chair in his office, waiting patiently.  Soon enough, Gordon Saunders appeared via rather unconvential means.  Thomas knew he would come eventually.  In this business, the student always rid of the teacher.  That was the natural way of things.

“I hope this means you’re going to go peacefully,” Gordon said, completely confident in his own abilities.

“You’ve wove a very tangled web, Gordon.  You’re doing the same thing Janine did and you will fail, just as she did.  Only there won’t be anyone to help you stand.  I will be gone, by your hands or by the world’s.  What will you do then?”

Gordon became angry, “am I supposed to be touched?  You helped Janine to help yourself, Thomas.  Everything you’ve done your whole life has been for your own benefit.”

“And you, Gordon?  How are you any different?”

“You’re good, but not that good.  I’m better.  Your manipulation won’t work on me.  Enjoy your last days, Thomas.  Enjoy knowing that you’re going to die and nothing you can do will stop it.”

Thomas Anderson laid his head down on his pillow, content to go to sleep.  Perhaps he’d wake in the morning and sign the entire fortune over to Roman.  He’d be a much more suitable heir than Nevio.  That boy was such a flake.

Unfortunately for Thomas, it wasn’t to be.  His last hour was spent thinking back on Janine.  His thoughts always came back to her.  Would she be waiting for him in Hell or did some benevolent thing take pity on her situation?

In the wake of his grandfather’s death and the realization that he was heir, Nevio’s head was muddled.  Worse yet was the blonde girl with dollar signs in her eyes following him around.  Laci Enriquez was truly a beauty at the tender age of seventeen.  She scarcely did her own homework and she survived on the ‘generosity’ of horny young males without rewarding their efforts.

Of course, that was all cast aside in her campaign at getting Nevio and his money.  She followed him home from school and the poor boy was unable to resist her extremely well-tuned charms.

With her father gone, Alyssa felt the weight of everything on her shoulders.  Not only was she forced to deal with her own guilt and Ryu’s persistent questions, but she had also found her father dead in his bed.  She was incredibly frazzled and so it was no surprise she burned her lunch.  The fire marshall was quite surprised to get called to the mayor’s own house.

Alyssa really needed to get her act together before the tabloids had a field day.

Meanwhile, girls tried to spur Roman’s interest only to be met with cold rebuffs.  Roman wasn’t anywhere near as gullible as his brother, nor was he as starved love.  Roman knew exactly what he wanted and he certainly wasn’t some loose girl looking for a free ride.  He wasn’t in any hurry–as long as he was amassing a fortune, he was happy.  As a teen he had won several scholarships related to his business endeavors–he even had a financial consulting business going which he did online.

Heir or not, Roman would be rich.  That much was certain.

Nevio, unfortunately, did not have any of Roman’s common sense or decency.  Laci had him in a chokehold of epic proportions.  She was even going to Boreal Summit University with him.  Of course, Nevio hadn’t really much experience with females outside of their prep school, so University would be an eye-opening experience.  One that Laci wasn’t likely to enjoy.

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Note from Mao: Thomas finally dies, after 15 rounds!  Whew.  He’s one of the longest-living old people I’ve had, I think.  Geesh.  As for Laci, she did follow Nevio home and she did flirt with him.  Roman also had girls following him home much to my surprise and amusement.  Thomas actually died on the sidewalk, but what fun is that?  See:

May 22, 2008

Anderson – Round 14: ‘Happy?, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:40 am

Thomas Anderson’s days are coming to an end; will it be a natural end or something more dastardly? Alyssa and Ryu’s marriage is quickly crumbling beneath the weight of his case against the former Janine Anderson and now Derek Saunders. Roman remains quiet and studious, but Nevio finds himself unable to cope with the familial distress.

Thomas Anderson watched as his young grandchild Nevio slept. He would never be ready in time. With all the chaos in the house, it was nearly impossible to teach him anything. Had Thomas mad the wrong choice in an heir to his fortune and notoriety?

His days were numbered and he knew it was only a matter of time before the natural processes of life called him to the other side. What he wasn’t too sure of is whether or not Gordon would have a hand in it. The student outdoing the teacher is a common theme.

Alyssa, meanwhile, found herself bored with her life. She was tired of arguing with Ryu and she was even more tired of all the political backlash. She refused to believe that her mother was a Criminal Mastermind! There was just no possible way. Ryu was creating mountains out of mole hills, as seemed to be his thing now.

She was also bothered by the fact that he was always talking to Tracey Saunders. Tracey was young and exotic, but also very much married to Gordon Saunders. Of course, in this day and age, that really didn’t matter. The more Alyssa thought about it, the angrier she got.

Alyssa had no way of knowing that Tracey was just a part of Ryu’s plan to bring down the entire criminal empire. He had suspected Gordon for sometime, but with what Tracey told him, he was even more sure of it. Of course, he didn’t tell her this. He simply comforted her as a friend would and told her she was doing a good job. He felt bad, but Tracey had dug her own grave, really. She wanted off the island bad enough to marry the first person she came across!

Meanwhile, the twins did their best to stay away from all the familial strife. They built snowmen and spent a lot of time together. Poor Roman lost a bet to his brother and was forced to wear their mother’s old snow clothing. It wasn’t so bad, except for the daisy pockets and the pink scarf. It seemed to cheer Nevio up, though, and so Roman suffered through.

He did take advantage of Nevio walking away to put the carrot nose as something else, though.

Ryu also spent a lot of time communicating with Lilith Yu through the computer. It would be best if their connections in this upcoming trial were left secret until the final revealing. Ryu was certain that with Katy Saunders as his star witness, nothing could go wrong. He felt bad for his brother, but he couldn’t forgive murder. This was his job and it had quickly become his passion, too.

Luckily for Ryu, Lilith came through and was ready to do the ceremony. She just had to know ahead of time so she could make sure Tsung wasn’t home.

The twins grew up into hardy teens. The result of all the dysfunction caused Nevio to have pre-conceived notions of relationships. He found them stifling and frightening. People who ended up in steady relationships were guaranteed to be miserable and he swore that’d never be him. Nevio idealized love, though, and so by not tying himself down, he was free to enjoy it without it shattering his ideal. (Romance Sim)

Nevio ended up looking a lot like his mother, Alyssa.

Roman was a little too serious and introverted for such endeavors. Instead, he found that he enjoyed the life his parents and grandfather had provided for him. He was determined to make as much, if not more, than their family had accumulated. Even if he wasn’t heir, he was going to live a life of luxury. Finding a female that felt the same would truly be ideal. (Fortune sim)

Roman took more after his father’s side of the family.

May 4, 2008

Anderson – Round 13: ‘Happy?, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:51 am

Thomas Anderson is beginning to feel control slip away from him while his son-in-law Ryu is beginning to feel more empowered. Too bad Alyssa is so angry at him she’s threatening divorce. Katarina could care less about her parent’s problems, instead focusing on University and all the boys there. Roman is too quiet to say anything, but Nevio bares the brunt of their familial discord.

‘That little, worthless piece of Saunders trash,’ Thomas mused angrily, his eyes narrowing. ‘Who does he think he is?’

After Janine’s passing and all the insanity that flared up, Gordon cut himself off from Thomas. He had taken everything Thomas had taught him and brought it back against him tenfold. Gordon was working in a way opposite of Thomas, though. Instead of badgering or blackmailing people onto his side, he was using his existing friendships and charming ways. It was madness. Thomas couldn’t believe this! He never should have let that little rat into his confidence…

Meals in the Anderson household were a tense affair, when everyone managed to gather together. Thomas put on a brave face, but he was too busy with concern to bother interacting. Ryu tried to keep things upbeat, but Alyssa shut him down, hard. The kids usually pretended not to notice, but Nevio found it made him feel sick and queasy when they fought.

Ryu was investigating Derek Saunders and Janine Saunders. Janine had been Alyssa’s mother, and so, Alyssa was not happy that he was dragging her dead mother’s name through the dirt. She felt betrayed and hurt. Of course, Ryu hadn’t really handled it the best of ways, either.

Neither of them had a clue what their teenage daughter was up to, or what she was plotting. She finally gave in to her mother’s demands that she go to University. Her true reasoning, however, she shared with her best friend and cousin Marla O`Hanlon.

“You did what?” Marla gaped. “That’s illegal!”

“I consented,” Katarina huffed in reply. “That’s not important, what is important is what happens when we get to University. Twenty-four-seven party, baby! Can you feel the excitement?”

“I… I kind of want to graduate, you know, Katarina.”

“Oh, whatever. You will. Your mom has clout. We gotta enjoy our youth while we got it!”

Meanwhile, the twins had their own ways of coping. Roman was generally quiet and withdrawn, so he preferred to spend his hours playing chess… against himself. It was challenging to him, he claimed, to try and beat himself at his own game. Nevio preferred to flex his creative muscles and spent time painting. It was a calming activity and it helped him take his mind off the strife between his parents.

April 19, 2008

Anderson – Round 12: ‘Family Business, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:56 pm

Thomas Anderson has a lot on his plate and he couldn’t be happier. Jun is feeling her end is near. Alyssa and Ryu seem to have recovered from their problems. Katarina is on the cusp of teenhood while her little brothers, Nevio and Roman, are about to become children.

Thomas wasn’t surprised to see Janine and Gordon walk through the door of his office, in fact, he had invited them. It was nearly 1 am in the morning and the entire house was asleep. Gordon had recently graduated from Boreal Summit University and was currently moving into his own house down the street. He had spent the last half of his teen years and the entirety of his college ones training to become the next big criminal mastermind.

Of course, he couldn’t take it yet, Janine was still alive and she refused to force him into the fray without preparation. So, he began doing small jobs and things under Thomas before he would move on to the more nefarious deeds with Janine.

After Gordon was excused, Janine pulled Thomas aside. At first, he was curious about this change. Janine had kept her distance from him for the past year, so for her to want to be alone with him? It was certainly questionable.

“Do you think he’s ready?” Janine asked suddenly, worried.

“Perhaps,” Thomas replied, shrugging. “We’ll see, won’t we?”

Janine looked off to the side, “I don’t think I’ll be able to finish… training him.”

“Whatever do you mean, Janine? Do you suddenly find yourself incompetent?” Thomas replied, smirking. He was kidding, of course.

“No, Thomas,” Janine replied gravely, shaking her head. “I’m dying.”

Katarina Anderson was a pretty girl; she was charismatic and easy-going. Unfortunately, Katarina Anderson was not smart by any means. She struggled quite heavily with her schoolwork as the years pressed on. She was behind in several subjects and her frustration was compounded by the fact that her mother was certainly above average intelligence-wise and her father wasn’t far behind.

It was hard not to feel like a complete failure. She tried, she really did, but it just never made any sense. Tutors were hired and fired, tests were done, teachers were talked with… but there was nothing truly wrong with Katarina… she just wasn’t, well, bright.

Thomas was definitely thankful that Nevio was his selected heir. Katarina was a sweet child, but he’d need someone with quite a brain to take his position. He hadn’t quite reacted to the news Janine had given him–he wasn’t exactly sure how. So, instead, he bought a cat named Caprica. Every evil genius needs a cat, right? Caprica hated Jun and Jun hated Caprica. It was a very amusing situation.

Thomas was also amused to find that Nevio was quite fond of Caprica. Of course, Caprica wasn’t quite pleased with the attentions of a toddler. Still, it was a good sign, Thomas estimated. Nevio was perfect. Now he’d just have to wait for him to grow up and help him along the way. It would take a long time for Nevio to be fit to take his place.

Alyssa, meanwhile, was completely oblivious to her father’s plans and even more oblivious to her mother’s fate. Instead, she focused on keeping her marriage from becoming like her parents. Things had slowed down for the task force so she was finally able to get Ryu away from his books and his computer. He was writing another book, but without the strain of work, Alyssa found ways of directing his attention back to her.

The twins had their birthdays and both developed in handsome little men. Nevio was the more outspoken of the two, thanks to Thomas. While he might look like Ryu, he certainly resembled his grandfather in his personality. Roman was a little more withdrawn, content to watch everything from a distance. No one was quite sure where his personality came from, only that it was different.

Katarina also had a birthday and became quite the lovely young lady. Unfortunately for her family, all she cared about were parties and boys. Marla O`Hanlon was her best friend (and also her relative, but the family tree was so convoluted they resigned to be BFFs, OMG!) She stopped doing her schoolwork entirely, finding it better to have others take care of it for her. Any ideas her parents had of her going to college flew out the window.

She was on the fast-track to becoming your stereotypical spoiled, rich kid. Thomas just hoped she wouldn’t hurt her mother’s re-election campaign.

Jun, meanwhile, felt death creeping up on her. Her time had come, she knew this. She had caused enough trouble–it’d likely last several generations. She was pleased with all that she had done, and was ready to move on to whatever was next. Before dying, she requested that nothing big be made of her death. That wasn’t hard, as she had more enemies than friends.

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Note from Mao: And another generation 1 adult dies. Sheesh! They’re dropping like flies. Alyssa and Ryu’s kids are so cute. I love genetics.

April 8, 2008

Anderson – Round 11: ‘Dirty Dealings, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:10 am

Thomas Anderson is currently the most powerful man in the area. This is made even more true by the fact that his daughter, Alyssa, is mayor. Of course, Thomas’ lover, Jun Yu, can’t seem to keep her nose out of other people’s business and his son-in-law Ryu is on the task force made specifically to bring his operation down. He’s hoping that Katarina will be strong enough to be heir.

 

A tense dinner

Dinners were tense affairs at the Anderson house. Ryu and Jun kept quiet while Thomas went on about politics, coaching Alyssa for her next speech or appearance. She would usually nod and chew quietly, though it was obviously she wasn’t listening. Her vision would drift off and at times she’d even kick Ryu under the table, shooting him a look that said, “help, please?”

At this point, Ryu would make a comment and Thomas would turn his attention away from Alyssa long enough for her to escape.

Ryu and Jun argue

It wasn’t easy for Ryu to be in the same house as his mother. She had left him as a child to come live here in luxury. His father, Henry, and Janine had raised Ryu and for that, he was grateful. He had no time for Jun now and wasn’t about to act like the past had never happened, which he let her know explicitly. Jun was startled, to say the least, when he attacked her after she made an off-hand comment about what a puppet Alyssa was.

There would be no nice resolution to this unfortunate situation, that much was sure.

Alyssa is pregnant

Alyssa had been feeling a little under the weather lately. She was suspicious as to her condition’s reasoning and phoned the doctor. Sure enough, she was pregnant again. It was very surprising, given how little time she had actually spent with her husband the past few months.

While she was happy, she knew that her father would have something to say about it.

Thomas talks to Alyssa

Sure enough, Thomas approached her not long after she arrived home. She was nearly three months along and not quite showing, but he still knew. It was Thomas’ way to know everything that happened, especially under his own roof.

“You’re pregnant again, aren’t you?”

She sighed, “yes, daddy, but I’m happy–”

“Excellent,” Thomas said with a sly grin. “This will be very good for your approval rating–mother of three and mayor! They won’t be able to deny your dedication–”

“Daddy!” Alyssa snapped, but quickly quieted her voice. “I’m sorry… but my children aren’t political stepping stones. Just stop, okay? I have to go lie down…”

 

Katarina is a child

Meanwhile, Katarina’s birthday had come and gone and she was now a beautiful little girl capable of individual thought. Her personality wasn’t quite definable–she enjoyed a vast array of things. She seemed particularly enthralled with Science, but the active side of her had a penchant for Sports activities. Her favorite thing to do was to watch movies with her father. He was a literary buff and while she wasn’t nearly on his level, she idolized him enough to want to emulate him.That’s right, Thomas had lost Katarina. She loved her family, but it was obvious who she seemed to trail after the most–Ryu. Anytime he was home, she was usually with him. The fact that Alyssa was pregnant made Thomas not feel the loss. There would be others…

Ryu talks to Alyssa about the baby

Ryu was also quite pleased by the news. He was Family-oriented, after all. All his work towards ridding the town of its criminal leanings was for the benefit of family welfare. Unfortunately, it took him away from his own, something he realized quite quickly after Katarina’s birthday and her insistence on following him everywhere.

He had nearly forgotten that Alyssa was still her father’s little puppet and felt badly. He would need to pay more attention and be a bit better at allocating himself in different areas of his life.

April 7, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 11: ‘Little Secrets, End’

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

Mary O`Hanlon has no idea that Derek is involved in the very criminal organization she’s trying to out. Gina Saunders is becoming quite the prolific author, while Marla and Julie are enjoying their oblivious years as children.

 

Mary talks to Derek

“I don’t understand what the big deal is,” Mary said, giving her husband a look. “I’m doing this to protect our children.”

Derek sighed, “it’s too dangerous, Mary. You should just let the task force do their job and stay out of it.”

“I couldn’t do that even if I wanted to, which I don’t. I’m the District Attorney, I need to support the task force and make sure that everything is according to the books. I can’t just sit by idly and wait for something to happen.”

“It isn’t worth talking about it now, especially not in front of Julie.”

Mary talks to Ryu

Later that day, Ryu Anderson turned up. Of course, they met in secret. It wasn’t the first time and it certainly wouldn’t be the last. They stood in the garage, Mary making sure the door was locked. Ryu was at the head of the task force and they had been working together for months.

“You’re not going to like this,” Ryu began, giving her a sympathetic look. “Even I’m having trouble believing it.”

“What? Have you found out the identity of the crime lord?”

Ryu shook his head, “not exactly… we’ve just found some sketchy evidence involving the Katy Saunders case.”

“Excuse me?”

“It wasn’t an accident, Mary,” Ryu began somberly. “She was murdered.”

Mary confronts Derek

Mary took some time to let what Ryu told her sink in. Katy Saunders was murdered. Her husband’s ex-wife was killed in cold blood, in her own home, while she was four months pregnant. It was a sickening thought. She couldn’t help but question Derek’s involvement, despite better reasoning. She pulled him aside in an attempt to confront him.

“What’s going on, Mary? Why are you looking at me like that?”

“Did you know?” Mary began, ignoring his questions. “Did you know that Katy was murdered?”

He blinked, clearly stunned, “wh-what?”

“The case was re-examined for any possible ties to the criminal syndicate we’re investigating… and it’s been found that Katy was murdered, she didn’t die accidentally.”

Before Derek could respond, Marla came bounding into the room. Derek and Mary shared a quiet look before addressing their daughter, who insisted that one of them help her with her homework.

Mary asks Gina

Mary just couldn’t get the idea of Derek being involved off her mind. She went to Gina, hoping to find some answers. Unfortunately, Gina wasn’t nearly as receptive to Mary pegging her brother as a murder as she thought.

“Are you crazy? What kind of question is that?” Gina replied, clearly offended. “Derek wouldn’t do something like that.”

Mary looked sheepish, “I… I know… it’s just… everything is so crazy. I don’t know what to believe anymore. I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have asked.”

“No,” Gina replied, softening, “it’s okay… I understand. What happened to Katy was tragic, but Derek could never do something like that.”

Mary nodded, heading towards the door, “you’re right. I’m just being silly.”

Derek calls Janine

That evening, when he was sure everyone was asleep, Derek snuck out of bed and went for the phone. He quickly dialed Janine’s cell phone and waited for her to pick up.

“Derek, I told you not to call from your house!” Janine scolded, her voice a quiet whisper. “What is it?”

“She knows, about Katy,” Derek said hastily. “They know it wasn’t an accident.”

Janine took a deep breath, “damn it, Derek. Where is your head? Hang up the phone!”

Derek did as he was told, not noticing that Gina had woken up and was headed for the bathroom. Upon seeing her brother, she quickly moved back into her door and waited for him to return to his room.

March 31, 2008

Saunders – Round 10: ‘Family Business, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 3:11 pm

Henry Saunders is blissfully oblivious as to the nature of his wife, Janine’s, job. He’s also completely unaware that their son, Gordon, wants desperately to follow in her shoes.

 

Janine talks to Florence

Florence had stopped by to visit her mother, completely oblivious as to what awaited her. Janine had phoned her an hour earlier, telling her to stop by, that they needed to have a talk. It wasn’t an easy thing to do, but Janine couldn’t stand to let Florence continue living a lie. Of course, Florence didn’t believe her.

“That’s ridiculous,” Florence scoffed. “Shaniqua wouldn’t do that.”

“I’m sure you want to believe that,” Janine pressed on cautiously. “I just thought you should know.”

“Thanks, mom, but you’re wrong. She wouldn’t do that.”

Gordon is determined

Gordon, meanwhile, hadn’t given up on his hopes of taking over the ‘family business’. He was quite into fitness and spent most of his days working on his flexibility. Sitting on top of the heap allowed you to send minions to do your bidding, but Gordon knew how dangerous it was. He wanted to be able to dispose of anyone who would dare try to cause him harm.

He wasn’t aware that his mother had an edge because of her ex-husband, Thomas.

Gordon gets an A+

Gordon was beyond pleased when he received his straight A report card. He quickly showed it off to Janine, trumpeting his ability to keep in tip-top-shape while maintaining his grade average. She was suitably impressed.

“Can you see I’m serious now?”

Janine sighed, “Gordon, you don’t know what you’re saying–”

“Yes, I do and I won’t stop until I prove that to you!”

Gordon proves his worth

And prove it he did. Janine decided to play along, figuring he’d drop out the harder she pressed him, but he didn’t. In fact, he excelled at every task put upon him. He scaled the obstacle course like it was nothing at all, scarcely losing a breath all the while. He was a born natural, flexible and agile as a monkey and cunning, too. Her sweet little boy wasn’t quite as sweet and innocent as he claimed to be.

Janine had no choice now. Gordon was her son, and she would never wish him harm… but he was perfect. There was no other option.

Gordon hangs out with Shang

When he wasn’t training to be the next criminal mastermind, Gordon hung out with Tsung’s younger brother Shang. While Tsung and Gordon were best friends, Tsung had left for University early, leaving him alone. Shang wasn’t too bad, they would often just sit around watching TV. Shang wanted desperately to be a rock star and spent a lot of time concentrating on music videos and trends.

Gordon, meanwhile, wondered if it would be to his benefit to extend his mother’s influence into the music business. Just think of how much power that would add to their arsenal…

March 30, 2008

Anderson – Round 10: ‘Happy?, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 6:30 pm

Thomas Anderson still has everything in the palm of his hand, including his girlfriend Jun Yu and his daughter Alyssa. Will the arrival of Ryu and Alyssa’s first child cause an issue?

 

Ryu and Thomas argue

Tensions between Ryu and his father-in-law, Thomas, had been building since he moved in. It had only gotten worse with the arrival of Katarina. Thomas spent a lot of time with his granddaughter, though Ryu questioned his motives. Ryu was on the police force and was becoming more and more aware that Thomas’ business dealings were hardly what one would call legal.

“You’d best watch it, Ryu,” Thomas warned. “I’ve allowed you here only because my daughter seems to have grown fond of you… but I’m sure if something were to happen, she’d recover.”

“Are… are you threatening me?” Ryu said, quite surprised. “I thought you were smarter than that, Thomas.”

“We’ll see who is smarter,” Thomas said casually, turning towards the door. “Remember what I said.”

Ryu is fulfilled

Thomas’ threats couldn’t bring Ryu down. He reached the top of the heap. He was part of the secret crime fighting unit–the leader of the task force that had been formed to combat the recent upswing of organized criminal activity. He was certain Thomas was involved, though he didn’t have any proof.

If only he knew his step-mother, Janine, was in the same boat.

Jun is fulfilled

Jun, too, found that she was quite fulfilled in her life. Sure it had been a little rocky now and again, but then she found someone rich and now she didn’t have to worry about anything. She really didn’t care if he was doing shady dealing or screwing his ex-wife. What did it matter to her? As long as Jun had an elegant roof over her head and didn’t have to exert herself, she was quite content.

Alyssa plays with Katarina

Katarina’s birthday crept up on them and soon she was a mobile toddler ready to wreak havoc on the house. She was quite cute, though and seemed to favor Ryu when it came to her facial features. Alyssa was unsure about being a mother, but she did try. She meant well and spent time with Katarina when she wasn’t working on her campaign. She was so close to becoming mayor she could taste it. Once she reached her goal, she could take some time off and maybe enjoy life a little more.

Ryu teaches Katarina a nursery rhyme

Ryu was over the moon, of course. He was a bit more family-oriented than his wife. He spent as much time as he could with Katarina, trying to broaden her horizons. She didn’t care too much for nursery rhymes, though. Ryu was surprised that she much preferred when he read her books. Perhaps she took more after him than just her looks.

He tried to keep Thomas away from her, worried that he’d try and brainwash her like he seemingly did to poor Alyssa. Ryu was determined that Katarina wouldn’t become one Thomas’ subservient little puppets.

Alyssa is fulfilled

Alyssa returned home one afternoon walking on air. She was finally mayor! It felt good to be on top, though the only thing she could think of now was taking a vacation. She had missed out on a honeymoon, thanks to her father. She was completely oblivious to Thomas’ true motives.

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.

March 13, 2008

Anderson – Round 8: ‘Dirty Dealings, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:36 pm

Thomas Anderson has everything in the palm of his hands; his daughter, Jun Yu, and even his ex-wife. What could possibly go wrong?

Thomas and Janine talk

To say Janine was surprised when Thomas called her directly would have been an understatement. Worrying that something had gone awry with their questionable dealings, Janine hurried over only to find Thomas seated smugly behind his desk. The knowing look he gave her was unnerving.

“I never thought you a murderer, Janine.”

Janine was unmoved by his false sincerity, “it isn’t something I take pride in and I’m not about to take it up as a hobby, so if you’re–”

“Oh, no,” Thomas replied quickly. “I have no desire to get my hands dirty with any of that. Which is why I’ve called you here. Don’t do it again, or our deal is off. That’s risky business and it could ruin everything.”

Janine didn’t reply. Instead, she moved to leave the office.

Janine and Thomas

“Not a word, Janine? Not a single tear of remorse?” He said, stopping her. “You’ve become as cold as me.”

Janine rolled her eyes, “I did what was necessary, Thomas. I’m not about to deny it.”

“Necessary for that little family you hold so dear. Why don’t you tell them about what you do, hm? And where you go at night? Perhaps Henry would be interested–”

Janine pushed past him, “you’d best watch what you say to a murderess, Thomas.”

Thomas and Jun

The next morning, Jun was quite interested in knowing why Janine had come over. She was completely oblivious to Thomas’ real schemes and he planned to keep it that way. She was a nice little accessory and her fame definitely helped him pull some necessary strings. If she found out, though, he’d likely have to call in Janine’s little ‘murderess’ expertise.

“It was just about Alyssa,” Thomas lied. “Her University dealings and whatnot. Nothing terribly important.”

Jun quirked an inquisitive brow upward, “is Alyssa coming back here when she graduates? The house will be crowded.”

At this, Thomas’ jaw tightened, “she is my daughter, Jun. She’ll go wherever I go. Perhaps you’d best recheck your standing when it comes to importance.”

Thomas finds out

Unfortunately for Thomas, his little daughter was not being the good girl she was taught to be. When she visited, she brought Ryu Yu with her. Jun was his mother, true, but they hardly had a relationship. Instead, he came with Alyssa and for reasons Thomas did not like.

“I’m not marrying that old guy, daddy,” Alyssa said firmly, though with a smile. She tried to subtly cuff Ryu in the shoulder, but he just silenced the moue of pain and kept quiet. This gave Thomas a moment to speak.

“And why is that, Alyssa? He has more than enough money to fund your political campaign.”

Again, Alyssa hit Ryu. This time in the ankle. He jumped, calling attention to himself. Thomas stared at him, his eyes narrowed. This was a bad, bad idea. Why had he agreed to this? Though, it was better than eloping–Thomas surely would have killed him then.

“Er, because,” Ryu managed, finding his courage. “She’s already engaged–to me.”

Thomas and Alyssa talk

The door slammed so hard it nearly came off its hinges. Thomas had drug poor Alyssa into her old room and had planned a stern talking, but found she was ready for him.

“I don’t care what you’re going to say, daddy. It won’t change anything.”

Thomas was unable to bridle his anger, “how can you do something so stupid, Alyssa? Didn’t I teach you better than this? Ryu is hardly suitable to be your husband! He’s–”

“He does everything I say, daddy.” Alyssa shot back. “He always has and he always will! What could possibly be more suitable? An old man who will likely beat me? I’d sooner die, daddy. I’m marrying Ryu and that’s that.”

She stormed out of the room in a huff, leaving Thomas to wallow in his defeat. He knew letting Ryu near Alyssa was dangerous. Though Alyssa’s reasoning was somewhat good, he had to question if there wasn’t more she was hiding from him.

Jun makes a match

Meanwhile, Jun was making her own matches. She introduced Shaniqua to one of her friends from the studio. He was a nice guy, Shaniqua had to admit, and they got along quite well. Jun knew Shaniqua wasn’t completely happy with just women, so she decided to make her broaden her horizons.

At first, Shaniqua was extremely hesitant. She was with Florence, after all, and she loved her… in her own way. But when she started meeting men, she couldn’t help the way she felt. They were only friends and she hadn’t done anything wrong… yet.

Thomas is an elder

Thomas aged gracefully and couldn’t help but be happy with the way things were going. Sure, the Alyssa and Ryu thing was a setback… but perhaps he could find a way to make it work. Ryu was palpable enough, he guessed. He could be shaped. That’s what Thomas did, after all, he shaped people into greatness.

He shook the ants in their tiny house, grinning. This little suburb was his ant farm and the people were his obedient little ants.

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Note from Mao: This was the first lot I played after installing Free Time! Given the drastic changes to the core programming of the game with FT, I figured the hacks would take forever. I replaced InTeen with risky WooHoo and am using the OBJ version of InSim. Supposedly, SimPE works with FT… but we’ll see. I am also now safely in WV/Ohio and all set up. This was a backlogged entry I forgot to write. From here on out, we’re up-to-date with my current playing!

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