Boreal Springs

December 10, 2008

Anderson 3 – Round 21: ‘Turn Me Loose, Pt. 6′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 3:42 pm

Nathaniel and Sara are enjoying their quiet years, but still find themselves concerned for their children… all of which have seemed to gone down questionable paths.

Cole Anderson had thought wrong when he assumed he and Maggie O`Hanlon couldn’t get caught sneaking out past curfew. Maggie managed to escape, but Cole was caught red handed. They weren’t even doing anything wrong! Curfews were stupid.

Even worse, the cop didn’t just drop him off. She went in and ratted him out. Sara came flying out in her pajamas, not bothering to care who saw, and read him the riot act. Cole was both incredibly abashed and embarassed. He just wanted to slink off to his room and forget the world. This would be the last time he snuck out… both because he was grounded until college and because it just wasn’t worth the trouble!

Of course, it didn’t end there. No way. Cole awoke only to be drug out into the livingroom and forced to face both his mother and his Aunt Julie.

“You told Aunt Julie?!” He cried out, completely mortified now. Maggie was going to be grounded for life.

“Maggie was with you,” Sara countered. “She needed to know.”

Julie sighed, moving to leave, “and I’m going to deal with her right now.”

“Oh man…” Cole sunk back against the couch, wanting to get away from his mother’s piercing gaze.

To make matters even worse, Shelly came over a few days later to ask why Cole hadn’t been sticking to his part of the deal. She hadn’t seen him outside of school at all and they were supposed to be trying to separate Isolde and Timothy!

“I’m grounded, Shelly,” Cole tried to explain. “My mom caught Maggie and I sneaking out.”

At this, Shelly rolled her eyes, “It isn’t my fault you were stupid. Who sneaks out, anyway? And you’re supposed to be getting Timothy away from Isolde… not hanging out with his little sister.” She was remembering Maggie O`Hanlon now, she’d grown up pretty, a threat to Shelly.

“She’s my cousin,” Cole reasoned, reading her expression easily. “Don’t be gross.”

“Oh, right… because your family isn’t into the whole cousin thing.” Her brown brows rose accusingly. “Or maybe you haven’t seen Sade lately?”

Low blow. With that, Shelly turned on her heel and left.

Despite her scathing comment, Shelly came by again, only this time at night. She was taking a walk with her mother while Cole happened to be taking out the trash. They stopped and spoke for a moment and Cole was sure to apologize and assure her that he would do his best to fulfill his part of the deal. For some reason, Cole was finding himself somewhat drawn to Shelly. She was oftentimes cold and downright mean, but she had her moments. Isolde was still a mystery to him, but he was beginning to figure Shelly out.

This may have been why, when Timothy came over to bring something to his aunt Sara, Cole was not so quick to dismiss the relationship between the two. Sure, he questioned Isolde’s weird hobbies, but Timothy was unphazed. The boy just seemed… so peaceful. It was ridiculous.

“Everyone has a hobby, Cole,” Timothy said easily, then gave his cousin a look. “I’d like it if your hobbies didn’t get Maggie in any more trouble though.”

Cole sighed, “It wasn’t my fault! She wanted to sneak out.”

“I know, she tried to con me into it, too. I said no. You should, too, next time. She’s just trying to act out and get noticed. sShe gets bored and then she has to do something. It’s just Maggie’s way. Steer clear or you’ll get burned.”

That he had already found out the hard way.

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Note from Mao: Cole didn’t have a good round, LOL! Poor guy. Both he and Maggie really did have wants to sneak out. I assumed it would end badly, heh, and it did. Poor Cole. And yes, Shelly is quite mean, isn’t she? LOL

ETA – I have no idea why comments were disabled. It’s been fixed. Sorry!

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.

December 2, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 21: ‘Turn Me Loose, Pt. 4′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 10:22 am

Julie and Asia are happy with their current life, but worry about the future of their children.  Timothy has found himself entangled in an unwitting love triangle while Maggie is on the cusp of teenage hormones herself.

Timothy O`Hanlon is oblivious to the fact that his deepening relationship with Isolde Anderson is causing problems.  To him, he’s in love, or as in love as a teenage boy can possibly be.  He ignores Shelly Yu’s cold stares and doesn’t notice Cole Anderson lurking around in the background.  His sole focus is Isolde and his hobbies.

He does miss his good buddy, Marcus Yu, though.  He’s sure Shelly has a big part in that.  James Yu is too busy trying to get early acceptance into college to hang out.

While Julie is sure that Timothy thinks he’s in love, she thinks he needs to face the true facts of love.  Love is adopting too many dogs and then having to go outside and scold them in the middle of the night when they roll around in dirty puddles.  Julie loves Asia, but she wishes that she didn’t always have to reprimand the dogs.  Asia was incredibly busy at work lately and so most household duties fell to Julie.

Maggie had enjoyed a rather energetic childhood.  She skipped rope, tried to do her homework, but mostly spent time following Timothy around.  He wouldn’t let her now, though, she was too young and when he went off to do things, it was ‘big kid’ things.  She was glad her days of being a little kid were soon to be over…

Julie wasn’t quite sure what to think about her youngest becoming a teen.  She certainly looked like Asia, though she carried the genetics of Julie’s father, Derek Saunders.  Julie hoped that Maggie took more time than Timothy did to find teenage love.  She needed time to enjoy her freedom before locking herself down.  Julie needn’t have worried, though.  While Maggie spent plenty of time on the phone, it was all with friends.

Besides, Timothy kept an eye on her and it was pretty clear she wouldn’t be dating until he was off to University.  That was okay with Maggie, she really wasn’t all that interested right now.  She had more fun competing with Timothy and being able to hang out with him and his friends.  She was also smart, so they always wanted her help with homework, even though she was two grades below them.

“Why don’t you have some cereal, sweetie?”

“Whoa, Mags, that thing is charred!

“No thanks, I’m going to eat this.”

Maggie may have been a capable and independent young teen, but she was not a culinary master.  She burnt everything she cooked, but never threw it out.  She would gulp down every disgusting piece.  Maggie O`Hanlon was definitely stubborn.

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Note from Mao: Maggie cracks me up like crazy.  She seriously burns EVERYTHING.  Even with cooking points, poor girl.  She’s a Knowledge sim, so yeah, burning things isn’t something she favors.  Asia was absent from this entry because she was mostly at work when anything interesting happened.  Timothy and Isolde are ridiculous little high school sweethearts.  It’s sickening, but cute.  An odder pair you’d be hard-pressed to find.

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 18, 2008

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

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:00 am

Alyssa has managed to keep her son, Nevio, from faltering despite the loss of his wife Lacie.  Isolde and Adora, still young, leave their grief behind.  When they think about it, their mother really didn’t have much of a relationship with them.

Despite their age difference, Isolde spent time with Adora, whether it be tickling or talking.  Adora was beloved by everyone in the house.  It was difficult to ignore her.  Thankfully, Isolde was still young enough to be enraptured by her younger sibling’s charisma.  Later on in life, though, she might end up becoming jealous of it…

“I’m not going to be here forever, Nevio,” Alyssa warned her son.  She was trying to get him to think about settling down again, for the girls’ sake.  “What will you do then?”

Nevio made a face, “why do you always have to talk about death?  You’re just trying to bully me into another marriage.”

“Your marriage to Lacie was your own fault,” Alyssa replied sternly.  “You were the one who wasn’t careful.  The girls need a mother figure and they don’t need their father catting around.”

“They have you and that’s more than enough.  As for what I do, I’m an adult.  That’s my business.”

Isolde’s birthday crept up on them all and soon, before their very eyes, she was turning into a young lady.  Unfortunately, she took this opportunity to properly express herself.  She shunned all her former brightly lit clothing and instead found things in blacks and grays.  She dyed her hair a darker shade of brown and painted her face to match.

Alyssa was horrified, but what could she say?  Isolde was still a good girl… but her eccentricity was becoming more apparent with each passing day.

Adora, too, grew up into a lovely child.  She reminded Alyssa so much of herself at that age.  She was gorgeous, too, that was undeniable.  She was the obvious heir, that much was certain.  Isolde showed no interest in the family, but Adora, even as a small child, had been keen to persue the Anderson interests.  Alyssa was thankful that at least one of the kids turned out relatively… normal.

Isolde was growing used to people shying away from her.  She had tried to keep all her curiosities and strange thoughts to herself as a child, but now, she wouldn’t do it any longer.  She was interested in ghosts, vampires, and all things paranormal.  Her neighbor, Timothy O`Hanlon, was the same age as her and while she had been friends with his sister, she didn’t know him very well.

He was woefully normal looking, but he indulged her interests and even participated in her strange conversations.  He seemed transfixed by her oddities.

Some time later, their conversations turned towards a crush.  Without thinking, Isolde took a bold step and kissed him.  She had heard that Shelly Yu was interested in him and so had tried to keep her distance, but he was always around.  It seemed he felt the same.  But they were from very, very different worlds… not to mention what Shelly would do when she found out.

Despite being an Anderson, Isolde was ostracized from the ‘popular’ crowd due to her looks and interests.  The only time they spoke to her is when they were seeking assistance at Alyssa’s clothing boutique.  Isolde had an amazing skill with selling things, which surprised Alyssa quite a bit.

Alyssa just wished she would focus more on selling than asking silly questions.  Isolde was scolded when Alyssa caught her grilling Claude Saunders about his possibly vampiric father.  That was something no one asked about and especially not so bluntly!  There was a known strain between the Andersons and Gordon, Alyssa didn’t want it made worse by her loose-tongued granddaughter.

Isolde was a handful, to be sure.

Not near as much as her father, Nevio, though.  He spent his nights wooing fans and doing indecent things behind closed doors.  Alyssa was fed up with his actions, but what could she do?  She was beginning to feel the weight of the family on her shoulders and was worried about Adora.  How could she possibly managed to carry it once Alyssa was gone?

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Note from Mao: Okay, I’m not 100% better, but I can sit at my computer, so that’s a plus!  I played this before I got sick, the pictures were waiting to be assembled into an update… so here you go!  I really enjoy Isolde and Adora looks a LOT like Alyssa so far. Also, Isolde and Timothy?  2 bolts without trying, meaning they could easily be a 3 bolt.  She is a Knowledge sim.

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 24, 2008

O’Hanlon – Round 19: ‘Anxiety, End’

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 9:39 am

Julie and Asia have two children, Timothy and Maggie, but Maggie was unplanned.  Asia is a little sad she didn’t get to be the ‘mother’, whereas Julie is dealing with her mother, Mary’s, ailing health.

Winter was coming to an end, but that meant nothing to the cold virus.  Mary made some chicken soup and thankfully, the house was soon plucked from underneath the foot of running noses and unnecessary sneezes.  Another fact of winter coming to an end was Mary’s age.  She was a lot more fragile now and Julie took time to spend with her whenever she could.

Reluctantly, Mary had retired from her position and now spent the majority of her time at home, caring for the children or washing Agent Superball.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, but the fact that she could no longer work and was feeling her age was dawning on her.  She had outlived Gina, Shaniqua, Derek, Florence… she was the last founding member of Boreal Springs.

It was a bittersweet thing, to realize that Boreal Springs was now completely populated by her friend’s offspring and her own.

Despite Julie’s dislike for being pregnant, she did enjoy spending time with her children.  She tried desperately to teach little Maggie to talk and it was working… she hadn’t got much of a chance to teach Timothy many things as a toddler.  Asia, Mary, and Gina all seemed to have it covered.  It was definitely a good feeling, to be teaching her child something.

Unfortunately, Mary died not long after and Julie was quite distraught.  She had to call and tell Sara and Marla, neither one responding to the news very well.  It was this event that brought Asia out of her self-depreciating fog.  She realized that it didn’t matter who gave birth to the kids and tried to comfort Julie. It would be hard without Mary around, but they would make it work.

Maggie became a rambunctious child with a love for bouncing and talking.  Asia wasn’t sure where she got all of her energy, but she sure wished she could borrow some.  The medical field was insanely competitive and she was having a hard time getting the necessary promotions.

Still, Maggie’s birthday had lifted her spirits and it was hard not to smile when she was telling you a silly joke.

Timothy got on well with his sister and they both had a penchant for the truly goofy and odd.  It was hard to keep an eye on them sometimes, with the way they ran around.  A few times Julie had to yell at them for playing on the street or running around in other’s yards.  The community was somewhat close-knit, but that didn’t mean they needed to trample all over the place.

Agent Superball got a friend in the form of Sansa, one of the puppies from Gordon’s household.  She was a welcomed addition and kept the kids busy trying to train her.  Agent Superball was not nearly as impressed.

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Note from Mao: Maaary!  :(   All my founding members are now dead.  Sniff!

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 11, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 18: ‘Anxiety, Pt. 2′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:39 am

Mary O`Hanlon has lost her husband and love, Derek, but continues on for the sake of her children and grandchildren. Gina Saunders’ time is coming to a close, a painful fact being that she outlasted her twin, Shaniqua. Julie and Asia are feeling some tensions, but of a different sort.

Gina wasn’t quite sure how to feel about the fact that she had survived her twin, Shaniqua. They hadn’t been terribly close in their final years, this much was true, too busy with their separate lives… but the bond was always there. Gina looked at one of her old novels, examining the cover with careful scrutiny.

She had led a good life, even if she had no children nor love to speak of. She regretted nothing.

Meanwhile, Julie was feeling the urge to get out of the house. She could also tell Asia was feeling a little down. Both of them getting out and about would likely lighten the mood and so Julie suggested they go downtown and visit Marla’s new restaraunt. Asia was dubious.

“But what about Timothy?”

“I’ll take care of him,” Gina called from the sink, splashing a bit of water on Timothy and causing him to giggle. “Mary will be home soon, too. You two go have fun.”

After their dinner at Exotic Dining (where Marla was much too busy running around to have a chat with her twin), Asia felt relieved enough to go home. Julie, however, had other ideas. She drug Asia to a nearby club. It took a few drinks, but Julie finally got Asia to agree to go into the photobooth. Of course, Julie’s ideas differed significantly from what Asia had expected… not that either begrudged this.

Meanwhile, Mary and Gina were more than happy to care for James while his mothers went out and blew off some steam. Mary and Gina had been close since college, but the loss of Derek had brought them even closer together. They spent a lot of time discussing the old days and spoiling little Timothy.

Sometime after their little sojourn downtown, Julie began to feel ill. It was eeriely similar to when she found out she was pregnant before, but that wasn’t possible. The treatments had ended and therefore, she should be in the safe and clear.

“I don’t know what to tell you, Julie,” Mary said from the sink, focusing on bathing Timothy. Soon, he’d be a toddler. “Maybe you should call and ask.”

Julie frowned, “I really don’t want to be pregnant again…”

July 31, 2008

O`Hanlon – Round 17: ‘Anxiety, Pt. 1′

Filed under: O`Hanlon — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 7:24 am

Mary and Derek O`Hanlon’s days are ending and they still don’t have a grandchild. Julie and Asia are starting to feel the strain, while Gina worries that everyone is too worried about things they can’t control.

Julie sat on her bed, contemplating the issue at hand. Asia still wasn’t pregnant and they’d been trying for a long while now. Something had to be wrong. Before her thoughts could wander, Gina joined her and offered some sage advice.

“Maybe it is better if you don’t think too hard on it, Julie. Why does Asia have to be the one to get pregnant?”

“She volunteered, she said she wanted to know what it was like,” Julie replied, a little sadly. “I really don’t want her to be upset if something is wrong.”

“You both want a baby, right? So what does it matter who carries it? Think about it, Julie. Asia would be more upset if she was the reason you two didn’t have a child.”

Julie took Gina’s advice and went to Asia. While Julie wasn’t exactly the type to enjoy maternal things like pregnancy, it was a small price to pay to have a baby. She only hoped Asia was as willing.

“I… I guess it makes sense,” Asia admitted, though reluctantly. “But I really wanted to experience the miracle of childbirth.”

“You still will, just from the safer, viewer perspective,” Julie smiled. “We’ve been trying forever, Asia. It’s worth a shot, isn’t it?”

“I guess so…”

It worked like a charm, Julie was soon pregnant and Mary was overjoyed. She ignored the oddity of two females biologically making a child and instead focused on the fact that she was going to have a grandchild to inherit the property.

“How do you feel?” Mary asked, looking up from Julie’s belly.

“Like crap,” Julie confessed wearily. “This sucks, I hope it’s a boy. I don’t want to have anymore.”

Mary laughed, “try having twins!”

“No thanks.”

Marla stopped by to offer her support. She didn’t get a chance to visit very often anymore, not with little Kit at home. When she did come over, she and Julie enjoyed reconnecting. Julie knew all about Travis’ little indiscretion with Katarina.

“You haven’t told mom, have you?” Marla asked, giving her twin a hug and minding her belly.

“No, of course not,” Julie replied, pulling back. “How is it going?”

“Slow, but better. Anything is better than a divorce though, right? We’ve had plenty of those lately.”

“Yeah, that’s true. But I think you should do whatever is best for you, Marla.”

“This is what’s best… for me and for Kit.”

Derek did not get a chance to see his next grandchild born. He died late one night in his sleep. The doctors said his heart simply stopped working. He was old and it was his time. Mary was inconsolable and Gina was equally distressed. When Sara found out, she cried so hard Nathaniel thought she was dying.

The saddest thing of all was perhaps that Derek died never knowing his final daughter, Elena.

Timothy O`Hanlon was born a month later, to everyone’s happiness. His presence in the house brightened the mood considerably, everyone busy trying to keep him happy and healthy. He had all the O`Hanlon features and was the first boy born that would inherit the house. Mary was over the moon with pride.

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Note from Mao: Deeereeeek! I was so sad when I saw death come sweeping in to take him away. :( Julie getting pregnant was a freak occurence, no clue how it happened. At least it did, yay!

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