Boreal Springs

December 14, 2009

Saunders 2 – Round 27: ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 3:08 pm

Gordon Saunders has had everything under control for a long time.  Can he continue or will everything that’s happening around him get the best of him?  Claude and Emily Saunders didn’t really plan on kids, but now they’re waiting on number 2.  Gordon certainly isn’t pleased about the new addition…

“Did you think you could hide it forever?”

Emily shook her head, “we weren’t trying to hide, Gordon.  We were just waiting for the right time to tell you…”

“Where is my son, anyway?”

“Um…”

Claude walked in, his timing as impeccable as ever.  He looked as if he had just rolled out of his coffin, taking a seat lazily next to Emily, who was showing through her dress.

Gordon sighed, hand on his temples, “Claude, can’t you be punctual for anything?”

“I’m here, aren’t I?  Besides, who is on time for a lecture…”

“Neither of you have jobs, you’re living off my goodwill, despite the foolish mistakes and ridiculous games you’ve played.  Do not think my mercy is endless.  You know what happened to Emma.”

Claude shuddered.

“He’s right, you know,” Emily said, turning to him.  “You could show a little effort.”

“What?  Babe, come on, I’m way too pretty for work.”

Gordon cleared his throat, drawing both of their attention back to him, “this won’t happen again, will it?”

“No,” they both said simultaneously.  It wasn’t said, but implied that if it did, they’d both be in hot water.

After he was done scolding her parents, Gordon went to see little Selene.  He had been fine with her, just one child was hard to mess up, especially with him around to ensure that it doesn’t happen.  Two, however, with his schedule and the knowledge of Claude’s other two children out there… well, that made things complicated.

He looked into Selene’s eyes, brushing her curly hair away from her face, “promise me you won’t grow up to be an idiot like your father.  An old vampire can only handle so much…”

She grabbed his nose and he took it as a hopeful indication that she would, indeed, be smarter than her careless father.

To make matters worse, Elena phoned in response to Emma’s punishment.  She had been all for it at first, but now that Emma had graduated and was out on her own, her apprehension was growing.

“Emma is fine, she can take care of herself.  I’m not taking it back, not until she can show she’s changed.  Elena, please, I know what I’m doing.  Don’t you dare go back on what I’ve said, either… you’re just as vulnerable as Emma.  Just focus on Emily and leave Emma to me.”

Since Gordon’s cutting off of Emma, he had warned Claude against aiding her or talking to her.  Claude wasn’t always so great at following Gordon’s directions, however, and spoke to her often.  Unfortunately, she happened to call while Gordon was in the room.

“Hey, Em,” Claude whispered into the phone, trying not to look suspicious.  “You should probably call back later…”

“Claude, is that Emma?”

“Uh, no,” he said, hastily hanging up the phone.  “Wrong number.”

Gordon gave him a look of warning, but said nothing and exited the room.  Claude shuddered, that was close.

“I want to see grandpa,” Grace Saunders said, storming into the house and nearly pushing Emily down on her laurels.

“He’s busy,” Emily called uselessly after her.  Grace, of course, ignored her and went into the basement in search of her nocturnal grandfather.

“You have to let me move in with you,” Grace pleaded, trying to don her best ‘pouty face’.  “The house is just insane with the twins.  You don’t understand, I’m suffocating… and mom’s preening… I can’t take it!”

Gordon sighed, “you’re too young, Grace.  You can’t move here, you have a family and you have your parents.  Things will get better, I promise.  You’re just… well, it isn’t easy being the ‘odd one’ out.”

“No, it won’t get better it’ll just get worse.  My tan is fading and when it’s gone, everything will just get horrible!”

“Grace, listen to me, you’re not moving anywhere.  You’re going to stay with your family and tough it out.  Do you want me to call your father and tell him what you’ve said to me?”

Grace looked sheepish suddenly, her determination faltering, “uh… you won’t, right?  I mean, you can’t, you can’t tell dad… they, he doesn’t even know I’m here!”

“Of course he doesn’t, he’d never allow you to come.  You’re too young, Grace, I’m sorry.  How did you even get here?  Wait, don’t tell me, I don’t want to know.  Come on, I’ll drive you home… it’s getting late.”

Selene was growing like a weed and before they knew it, she was a little girl.  She was talented, especially with the piano, plucking the ivories while her parents danced and laughed behind her.  Emily was at the end of her pregnancy and it showed, she couldn’t wait to get back down to a regular size.

Being the daughter to vampires and the only human in the house meant Selene got a lot of freedom.  She could jump on the couch, each pizza for breakfast, and even run laps around the house and no would yell at her.  Sure, she had Jeeves to look after her needs, but he rarely ever scolded her.  Instead, he joined in her games.

Her favorite game was to dress up in formal wear and dance on Jeeves’ large, metal feet in the upstairs hallway.  She still had to go to school, of course, but the weekends were hers to do with as she pleased.  Most children would feel lonely having so much time to themselves, but Selene relished in it.

She wouldn’t be an only child for long, as Emily soon gave birth to a baby boy they named Nicholai.  He had his mother’s fair complexion but his father’s hair and eyes.  Selene was passive about the new addition, she’d probably care more when he was old enough to do things other than cry, poop, and sleep.

Meanwhile, Gordon himself was feeling incredibly overwhelmed.  In his long history of juggling his criminal activities and his personal ones, he had never been so inundated with both as he was now.  They threatened to collide violently, pieces of one sneaking into the other.  It was a constant juggling act just to keep them from meeting and his personal duties were suffering for it.  He had yet to even make contact with Claude’s estranged children and they would soon be teenagers.

It was just too much, he needed a break.  There was no chance of that.  He’d never leave his empire in the hands of someone else for an hour, much less a day.  He would just have to shoulder the burden and try to balance everything as best as possible until everything calmed down.

He was mixing himself a little edge softener when Valerie walked into the room.  He really needed to get a guard or something for the front door.

“If I learned anything from Shelly Anderson’s party, it’s that drinking doesn’t solve anything.”

“It doesn’t, but it makes things a little easier sometimes,” he abandoned the mixer and looked up.  “What are you doing here?  You’re on vacation.”

She shrugged, “didn’t need one… you, on the other hand, look like you need five.”

“A lifetime would be nice but we can’t all be so lucky,” he said, walking from around the bar.  “What do you want?  I’m not giving you any work, not until you’re back on the level.”

“Well, I guess that means I’m unemployed,” Valerie replied hesitantly, feeling a little uneasy.  “I can’t stop this and I can’t control it, either.”

He shook his head, “Valerie, you’re not the first one to get caught up in the mystery.  It will pass.  It’s not serious.”

“Then why haven’t you had your fun and left it at that?  What do you care about anyone I’m connected to?” She moved closer, eyes never leaving his.  “I have to do this, it’s not going to leave my mind until I do… and I know you feel the same way.”

“Val–”

“You talk too much, Gordon.”

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Note from Mao: Buuhhuuuuh, long update is LONG.  Gordon is involved in so much crap it makes my head spin, I can only imagine how his poor sim feels!  Emily has been put on birth control and as far as I’m concerned, will NEVER be popping out another spawn, ever.  Ever.  No moar babies for Claude, four is enough!

Selene is adorable.  She and Jeeves are best friends and anytime she has a free moment, she’s harassing him.  It’s cute.  She has a fondness for the robot that her mother lacks, LOL!

Elena actually called Gordon and Emma actually called Claude.  I thought it was odd, but I guess it makes sense.  Claude better not be squirreling her money or his butt is in trouble.

Valerie popping up was inopportune but the wants could not be denied.  Valerie has had consistent wants to kiss and do dirty things with Gordon that REFUSED TO LEAVE.  When she visited (ON HER OWN, BTW), I checked and they were still there.  Imagine my surprise when Gordon rolled up similar wants, though I will say one wasn’t specific.  He wanted to kiss Valerie and woohoo in bed.  I took it for face value.

Let’s just hope ‘casual woohoo’ did not result in any unnecessary surprises, hm?  And let us hope this cools the fires a bit.  Marcus is still listed as Valerie’s One True Love, so… yeah.

December 8, 2009

Yu 2 – Round 27: ‘Self Control’

Filed under: Alioto,Yu — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 10:42 pm

Marcus Yu and Valerie Alioto have no plans to get married and are quite settled into their life as it is.  Megan Alioto is a happy and fulfilled child.  Can Valerie maintain her cover while working for Gordon?

Valerie’s job with Gordon usually had her out at all hours of the night.  He didn’t have her doing anything illicit, but their meetings had to be during the night and they always had Valerie returning late into the night.  He had tasked her with keeping tabs on his grandchildren by Kit, Dominic and Nadia Knight.  It was an easy job but when Gordon said he wanted to know everything, he wasn’t kidding.  It took all of Valerie’s skills and tact to keep her cover while she kept an eye on her daughter’s new friends.

She also felt guilty.  Spending so much time with Gordon, she had developed an unfortunate crush, one that hampered her ability to think clearly.  She found herself drifting off in conversation, somewhere else entirely.  It was beginning to haunt her and make her uncomfortable.  She cared about Marcus and she certainly didn’t want to disrupt her daughter, but she couldn’t shake the feeling that overcame her when she saw Gordon.  Maybe it was because he knew what she did and she didn’t have any secrets.

Megan became good friends with Nadia, much to Valerie’s delight.  Everytime she saw Megan smile, she was reminded why her infatuation with her criminal, vampire boss was ridiculous.

Besides, it wasn’t like her life was so bad, it was great, especially compared to the majority of the neighborhood.  Most were caught up in crazy dramas and scandal, but Valerie and Marcus, despite not being married, always managed to keep their heads above water.  They were happy with their relationship, feeling no need to push it further.  They had Megan and that’s all they needed to bind them together.

Still, there was Gordon and meeting him in crowded, dark bars certainly didn’t help damper the thrill or excitement she felt near him.  It wasn’t the vampire thing, she’d never been much into that, but simply his personality.  He revealed so little, yet she knew all the textbook stuff, the marriages, the scandals, what he’d done, what he didn’t do but was accused of anyway.  She knew it was wrong, but anytime she was near him she forgot about her obligations as a mother and girlfriend, throwing them to wind as carelessly as a whimisical teenager might.

“Could you be anymore obvious?”  Gordon scolded, glancing at her.  “Stop staring, you’ll draw attention.”

“Sorry,” she whispered, turning her eyes away and focusing ahead.  She watched the red, neon light of one of the beer signs flicker on and off.  “Can we talk outside?”

He sighed, taking the disc she discreetly passed him beneath the bar, “I’ll leave first, follow after a few minutes.”

“What’s going on with you lately?  You’re slipping,” Gordon said once she joined him outside, his tone denoting his displeasure.  “If you’re going to be sloppy, I’m going to pull you out of the action.”

“No, no, don’t, I’m fine, I promise… it’s just… well, I need to ask you something.”

“This had better be about business, Valerie.”

“It’s not…”

He raised his hand to stop her, but instead of falling silent, she took it into her own.  His skin wasn’t icicle cold like she had anticipated, warmth danced beneath the surface, not as plentiful as her own, but there, nonetheless.  Some semblance of life behind the marble complexion.

“There’s something here, right?  It’s not just me?”

He shook her off like one might a child tugging at their pant leg, wanting attention, “Valerie, I do not mix work with pleasure.  Ever.  You are treading dangerous ground.”

“But…”

“While I have no love for my ex-wife’s memory, I bear her children no ill-will.  You are her son’s girlfriend, you have a child together… if my time has taught me anything, it’s the importance of family.  You would do well to remember what they mean to you and what you mean to them,” he turned away, walking towards the street.  Before crossing, he paused, glancing back at her, “no more talk of this, do you understand?  I will not say it again.”

Valerie had no chance to reply, Gordon disappearing across the street and into the shadows.  She felt an overwhelming guilt, his words ringing true in her ears.  Even so, she couldn’t push it out of her mind.  It was there, a thread hanging between them, vibrating with tension.  It wasn’t going to just go away.

Gordon refused to see her for several days, telling her instead to take a couple of days off and remember what’s important.  His intentions were good, but Valerie had no mind for it.  She spent time with Megan and Marcus, but always, lingering in the back of her mind was that single, brief touch.  It was a direct contrast to the hot water surrounding her and Marcus’ warm hands working the knots out of her shoulders.

“You feeling okay?” He asked, trying not to sound too worried.

She nodded, “yeah, just… overworked.  Glad to have some time off.”

“You’d tell me if something was wrong, right?  I mean, we’re open like that,” he said, putting his arm around her and pulling her close.  “Well, not open, but you know…”

“I know,” she said, trying to hide her guilt.  “Everything’s fine, Marcus, I promise.  We can’t all be nice and laid-back like you… some of us fall victim to stress now and again.”

He leaned back, looking up at the sky, “you think I don’t know stress?  Have you even met my sister?  Were we even at the same party?”

Valerie laughed, “oh, yeah… it’s definitely good we don’t all have people like Shelly in our life.  Poor Cole, did you see how much he was drinking?”

“Forget Cole, did you see my sister’s campaign manager?  Now there’s a man who knows how to party.”

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Note from Mao: Poor Valerie is so conflicted.  She bounces between wants for Marcus and wants to see Gordon.  Gordon is staying neutral, but ACR has them flirting whenever they’re near.  Despite this, I can’t see Gordon diving headlong into anything, especially not this.  Which is why I’m going by wants that make sense and not ACR’s constant need for flirting.  ;)

I’m just hoping that she doesn’t drop in while I’m playing Gordon’s house, because there’s waaay too many beds and I’m never quick enough to stop WooHoo’s that totally should not be happening, lol.

July 29, 2009

Saunders 2 – Round 26: ‘Is There Something I Should Know’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , — Mao @ 9:57 pm

Gordon Saunders has been a vampire for awhile now, but can he really hold it together as generations pass him by?  Claude and Emily are married, but can their commitment withstand parenthood to little Selene?

Claude had never been good with babies.  They were bald, wrinkly, and they pooped a lot.  That was the extent of his baby knowledge.  Selene seemed different somehow, probably because she was his own.  He spent time with her, something that shocked Gordon to his core.  He really hadn’t anticipated that Claude would be a suitable father.  He still wasn’t sure he was ready to be the father of three children, thus the need to keep the twins’ identities and existence a secret.

Gordon, however, had plenty of practice when it came to raising kids.  He was Selene’s saving grace.  Emily was there for her when she could be and Claude played with her like he would some kind of grown-up toy, but Gordon was the true nurturing force behind her rearing.  She seemed to know this almost instinctively, clutching him the tightest and crying when someone took her away from his arms.

It wasn’t the best solution, but Gordon knew as long as he kept Claude under his careful watch, hopefully he could keep his son out of further trouble.  He was beginning to wish Claude had never discovered vampirism and that Roman hadn’t saw fit to interfere.

Jeeves was a big help during the day, when everyone was asleep.  Unfortunately, one day he malfunctioned and spent the majority of the day running around emitting sparks and gibberish.  Emily was not pleased.  She may not win any mother of the year awards anytime soon, but she loved her daughter and did not trust that chunk of metal for all its worth.  Gordon assured her everything would be fine and spent the next evening fixing Jeeves and getting him back into tip-top working condition.

Emily was still unconvinced.  She thought it would be a much better idea to bring a human into the fold.  They could care for Selene and she wouldn’t have to worry about some mechanical brute hurting her baby.  Claude wasn’t near as apprehensive.  He trusted his father and Jeeves was pretty amusing.  He liked ghosts for some reason, despite never having been to a graveyard.

When Emily suggested that Gordon just bring that girl–what’s her name–Valerie in to do it, Gordon gave her a look that could kill.  It didn’t quite kill her, but it certainly silenced her.  Valerie was not a topic he enjoyed discussing, at all.

Gordon had told Valerie to not make any impromptu visits to the house unless it was absolutely necessary.  Of course, Valerie was a bit of a free-spirit and was prone to doing as she pleased.  She strolled up to the house a little after twelve am.  No matter how many times she saw the house, it never failed to intimidate her.  It definitely looked like a vampire’s lair, especially from the outside with its iron wrought fences and dead trees.

Jeeves let her in and she was greeted by the sound of Gordon working the piano keys.  She hadn’t known he was a pianist, but he certainly had plenty of time to perfect his skills.  He hadn’t been expecting company and so he was not pleased when Jeeves let him know he had a visitor.

Valerie was a bit surprised when he wasn’t dressed, “I didn’t mean to just barge in but–”

“You’d better have a good reason,” Gordon said tersely, moving from the piano bench.  “However, it will have to wait.  Let me get dressed.”

He disappeared down into the basement for a few moments before emerging, fully dressed.  Valerie was thankful for this.  She wasn’t sure if she could deal with the half-naked vampire.  She had to keep reminding herself of Megan and Marcus.

There was also the fact that Gordon still wore his wedding ring.  Lauren had died some time ago and yet there it was, on his finger, an ever-present reminder of his age and truly, how little she knew of what he was.  He stared her down, waiting for an explanation.  It took her a moment to gather her thoughts.

“Megan brought home Nadia… and then Nadia introduced her to Dominic.  Both children have been to my house several times now,” Valerie began, confident.  “I figured that if you wanted to see them directly, or maybe observe them, you could come over when they are there.  You wouldn’t have to tell them who you are.”

Gordon looked thoughtful for a moment, “I can’t say that warrants a visit, but I will admit, I’m impressed.  I trust Megan has no idea what she’s done?”

“No, it was an accident that she happened to meet Nadia and bring her home.  Everything went from there.  I’m just being the supportive mother.”

“I’ll let you know, about coming over.  Until then, no more surprise visits.”

Selene seemed to be growing faster than the rest of her family could handle.  Emily found herself becoming more and more attached to the tiny life she had spawned.  She’d been a vampire for a long time and never once had she thought to become a mother.  Now she couldn’t imagine being anything else.  Claude, perhaps, was not the ideal father figure, but she loved him for all his eccentricities.  And even if she didn’t always agree with Gordon’s methods, Selene couldn’t have possibly had a better grandfather.

Emily was happy that she’d done what she done, even if she felt guilty about it.  Were it not for Roman’s little plan, she’d never have ended up here, watching her daughter sleeping peacefully, protected and safe.

Unfortunately, not all of Gordon’s grandchildren were little angels.  Emma Davis wasn’t Gordon’s actual granddaughter, in fact, they shared absolutely no blood relation, but he had adopted her mother and that made him grandpa enough for the both of them.  It seemed Emma had been a little too spoiled in her youth, for she was acting recklessly and without caution now.  Gordon was more than well aware of what she’d been doing at college.

“I would really prefer it if you left Gregory Davis alone, Emma,” Gordon warned her.  Not only was Gregory Roman’s son, but he was engaged to Lydia Anderson.  Gordon didn’t need anymore conflict with either branch of the family.  “It’s for the best.”

Of course, Emma would hear none of his reasoning.  What did he know about love, anyway?

As if Emma’s behavior wasn’t enough to cause him worry, there was another surprise waiting around the corner.  Emily was pregnant again.  Claude was suitably shocked.  One child was more than enough for him.

“I thought we had been careful,” Claude said after some moments of shocked silence.  “How did this happen?”

Emily was a little taken back by his lack of enthusiasm, “preventative measures are never one-hundred-precent, Claude.  It just happened.”

He sighed, shoulders slumped, “don’t you think one is enough?”

“We’ll figure something out afterward,” Emily said, trying not to be upset at her husband’s reaction.  “But there’s nothing we can do about this one.  We’re having a second, whether you’re ready for it or not.”

Claude watched as Selena clumsily walked past them, oblivious to the tension hovering between her parents.  He sighed and simply said, “you’re right, but dad is not going to be happy.  At all.”

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Note from Mao: Forget about Gordon being happy, MAO IS NOT HAPPY.  Why must every descendant of Henry Saunders insist on having A MILLION KIDS?  Do I have to whip out the family tree to illustrate this for you?  I probably can’t because it’s so huge.  Arhghghg, Emily is going on birth control after this.

Also, on a super-disturbing note, Emma?  Three bolts.  Gordon has THREE BOLTS for his adopted granddaughter.  HOMG.  And here I thought Valerie was a problem.  GAH!  This is a Woody Allen situation here, totally messed up.

This was also my first servo malfunction.  Very strange.

July 26, 2009

Yu 2 – Round 26: ‘Private Eyes’

Filed under: Alioto,Yu — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 4:18 pm

Marcus Yu and Valerie Alioto never really expected to be parents, but they’re easy relationship has survived so far and Megan has both her parents under one roof.  Will Valerie’s criminal activities put a strain on her family life?

Megan was growing like a weed.  Marcus had been considerably shocked when he found out Valerie was pregnant, he’d never really thought of himself as much of a ‘dad figure’.  Fortunately, he’d adjusted to the role well and was teaching Megan the basics of walking.  She looked a lot like him, but Valerie’s personality and facial expressions were evident, especially when she threw tantrums.

Valerie, of course, did not see the resemblance at all in those cases.

Valerie was busy trying to dig up as much dirt on her new employer, Gordon Saunders, as she possibly good.  It had been her task, something to test her mettle.  Gordon had told her that if she passed the test, she could consider herself one of his eyes and ears about the neighborhood.  She was a good neutral source for information.  She’d be expected to report on her friends and make friends with people he considered worthy of keeping an eye on.

Luckily for Valerie, this sort of thing suited her perfectly.  She was secretive, sneaky, and quite good when it came to being charming and manipulative.  She was a little surprised by what she found on Gordon, though.  She had gone back quite a ways, back to Janine Anderson-Saunders… where it all began.

She met up with Gordon at the downtown cemetery late at night to report on her findings.  It was a bit creepy, meeting up in a cemetary, but Valerie would have to get used to it.  They needed to be discrete.

“You’ve been married twice, first to Tracey Yu and the Lauren Davis, or should I say, Katy Saunders?  You have two biological children, Michael Saunders and Claude Saunders.  Claude has an illegitimate set of twins with his former lover, Kit Knight.  You accepted your mother’s criminal mantle and then tricked Thomas Anderson into aiding you, only to cross him, which led to his… untimely death that was reported as simply old age taking its toll.  You made a deal with Roman Anderson and ‘removed’ Lacie Anderson, having a contact in another city take her in, give her a new name, and then claimed she was missing and presumed dead here.”  She paused, taking a breath.  “Do I need to continue?”

“You found this all out using a computer?  I need to be more careful…”

She laughed, “no, not the computer.  I have my ways.  See?  I’m good at this.  But really, if you talk to the right people… you can find anything out, about anyone.  Even the most discrete of criminals always leave some sort of opening.”

“Hm, is that so?  I guess I should find those openings and close them,” he responded, watching her reaction pointedly.

“I don’t think you can ‘take care’ of yourself, Gordon.  That’d be counter intuitive to your overall plans.”

He was amused, “I suppose I had you pegged wrongly, then.  You’re more than capable of handling this.”

“Quite,” Valerie replied confidently.  “So, what am I doing?”

“My son, in his infinite idiocy, has twins… as you know already.  What you may not know is he is completely clueless about it.  Perhaps it is for the best, but I am a not one to let my family wander around in ignorance.  I want my grandchildren monitored.  I want to make sure their loose mother is caring for them.  When the time comes, I will approach them, but until then… I need people like you to be my eyes and ears.”

“Watching some kids, keeping tabs, should be easy enough.”

“You can’t let anyone know what you’re doing.  Your cover cannot be compromised.”

“It won’t.”

“If anyone, for even a brief second, thinks you are associated with me?  It’s over,” Gordon said, turning and walking away.

Valerie took a breath, trying to calm her nerves.  She was plenty confident in her abilities, but Gordon unnerved her in numerous ways.  If she messed up, it was over all right, in more ways than one.  She could read between the lines.  She’d heard about the other things, the things people didn’t really talk about.  Gordon wasn’t a bad guy, but crossing him was not usually a smart thing to do.

Valerie had no intention of crossing him.  She was more worried about her strange attraction to him.

Marcus was pretty laid-back about her late-night meetings and usual busy schedule.  He didn’t ask questions, he simply shrugged it off and jotted it down to Valerie being Valerie.  She’d never been an open book.  She spent as much time as she could with Megan, so he wasn’t about to raise any alarms.

“Are you ever going to tell me what you do?” he asked as she joined him in the hot tub.

“I already have,” Valerie replied, sinking down into the hot water.  “I’m am entrepreneur.”

He laughed, “that’s right… I had nearly forgotten.”

“See?  I knew I told you.”

Megan became a child and while she still looked primarily like her father, her mother’s traits were sneaking in there as she got older.  She was a lovely young lady who was polite, though a little sneaky.  If she was told to clean up her room, she’d simply shove it all under her bed and consider it done.  Of course, Marcus and Valerie were ignorant to this fact until they checked under there and found all the items she claimed had gone “missing”.

Despite Megan’s faults, she was a good kid.  Valerie wanted to give her a medal for making her job easier and bringing home Nadia Knight from school.  She happily introduced her new friend to her mother over dinner.

“I’m so glad you’re making friends, sweetie,” Valerie said, her eyes moving to the young Saunders child.  “Nice to meet you, Nadia.”

Valerie wasn’t sure how anyone could be ignorant of Nadia’s parentage.  She looked so much like Claude is was a little alarming.

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Note from Mao: Oh geeze, Valerie’s wants for Gordon have spread to Gordon.  Bad vampire, no messing around with your minions!  Sheesh.  He’s going to try and populate the entire hood.  I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do about them yet.  Valerie is pretty casual about it, but Gordon, well, he does nothing casually.  I’m hoping ACR keeps from deciding for me, lol.  So far, everything has been purely platonic.

Marcus, as usual, is blithely unaware.  It’s better that way, really.

May 22, 2009

Saunders 2 – Round 25: ‘Carpe Diem, Baby, End’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 4:28 pm

Gordon Saunders is still mourning the loss of his late wife, Lauren Saunders.  Claude and Emily still haven’t completely tied the knot, but seem to be heading in that direction.

Claude wasn’t sure why his father was so moody these days.  As far as Claude was concerned, being immortal was awesome.  Sure, he missed his mom, but he knew she had enjoyed her life and she was happy to have experienced death.  It didn’t help any that Tsung recently passed, too.  Gordon and Tsung had been close for a long while.

Despite seeing his father’s long face, Claude wasn’t sure he would ever be sad about not dying.  Not aging and constantly looking hot was pretty awesome to him.

Of course, marrying someone equally as immortal and hot was quite a bonus, too.  Claude never really saw himself as the marriage type, but to Emily?  Well, sure.  She was the second part to his equation.  They just seemed to fit so nicely together, like two puzzle pieces.  It was only suitable that they spontaneously decided to make it official at the graveyard where Lauren was buried.

Claude was too busy with his new wife to notice that his father had been cornered by one of the locals.  They didn’t come to Boreal Springs often.  Valerie Alioto had just been walking by on a chance for a late-night walk when she saw Gordon.  At least, she thought it might be Gordon.  She only had other people’s descriptions of him to match, but when she approached him, she was certain.

He was a bit scarier than she anticipated.  Then again, he was also a vampire.  She stuck it out, though, and made her intention of joining his criminal empire obvious.

“You could definitely use someone like me,” Valerie began, confident.  “I’m smart, savvy, and I don’t mind getting my hands dirty.”

Gordon wasn’t really sure what to say.  He wasn’t really in the right mindset to be thinking about this now.  He gave her the address and told her to come by and they’d talk.

Of course, if Valerie did come over, she’d be faced with three scary vampires.  Gordon assumed she’d be frightened off and go get some normal job.  Didn’t she have a child to worry about, anyway?  Meanwhile, Claude never considered consequences.  He thought of the now and right now, he’d never see a downside to being a vampire!

Of course, someone forgot to tell him that vampires still get pregnant.  Claude was a little shocked, but eventually warmed up to the idea.  Babies couldn’t be that bad, right?  He was completely oblivious to the fact that he already had two children to Kit Knight, which had resulted in the anullment of her marriage to James Anderson.

Gordon, upon hearing about the impending baby, decided that they needed someone who could be up during the day.  He’d been working hard in his little lab and finally, had come up with a solution.  A robot.  He was a little hesitant when it came time to activate it, but closed his eyes and pressed the sequence of buttons, listening as it rumbled to life.  It stood before him, the very picture of a subserviant being imbued with his own personality.  It was a bit strange to get used to.

Emily wasn’t sure how she felt about a robot caring for her child.  Sure, he was a great house servant, but could he really give a baby the tender loving care it needed and deserved?  Gordon assured her that the baby would be in safe hands with Jeeves, but Emily wasn’t so sure.  She trusted Gordon’s intellect, but no so much the robotic thing hovering over her, communicating in a mechanical monotone.

Much to Gordon’s surprise, Valerie came over later in the week.  She was determined to join his criminal underground, though unprepared to enter the actual lair of a bunch of vampires.  Emily played the piano, as she often did in the night, lost in the rapture of the notes.  It was full-disclosure in this house, Gordon didn’t need to hide his comings and goings from these two.  Even so, they were advised not to listen and mind their own business.  Emily did just that.  She didn’t hear Gordon give Valerie a task to test her mettle.

Selene Saunders was born not much later, looking very much like her father and grandfather.

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Note from Mao: Valerie seriously did just walk by while Gordon, Claude, and Emily were at the graveyard!  I was quite shocked.  So she’s friends with Gordon, but I’m a little worried.  I don’t think she anticipated her future employer to be so… well, dreamy.

Hold fast, Valerie!  Remember, you have a boyfriend and a daughter at home!

May 21, 2009

Yu 2 – Round 25: ‘Karma Chameleon, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Alioto,Yu — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 11:05 am

Marcus Yu and Valerie Alioto are expecting a child, but have no plans to get married anytime soon.  Will this put a damper on Valerie’s career ambitions?

During her pregnancy, Valerie tried her hardest to find some way to get in contact with Gordon Saunders.  She’d tried doing it through his daughter-in-law, Sade, but that hadn’t worked.  Michael had nothing to do with his father’s business, period.  She could try Claude, but he was just as illusive as his father.  Perhaps Elena Davis?  But she was like Michael, disconnected from the crime syndicate herself.  Valerie was hitting a brick wall.

Valerie didn’t let pregnancy hamper her in anything, even in love.  She was frustrated about not being able to pursue her dreams, but she knew she had to focus on the baby and ensure that Marcus didn’t think anything was up.  She somehow doubted he’d be completely understanding of her need for criminal acts.

Megan Alioto entered the world not long after, sporting her mother’s hair and her father’s eyes (which he got from his great-grandparents).  Valerie was happy to have a daughter, but hoped she could still try and track down those darn vampires.  She could always chance it and start out on her own, but she’d heard stories of folks who went up against Gordon without being in the clear…

Motherhood hadn’t been something Valerie expected.  She figured she’d be out planning heists and laundering money, not sitting in a nursery reading a book while her infant daughter slept.  It didn’t change her goals any, however.

Marcus was quite glad to have a little girl to fawn over.  His sister had recently given birth to twins.  All had been girls.  Perhaps a boy would have been nice, but Marcus couldn’t deny that Megan was adorable.  His heart melted everytime he held her.  She made him want to be a more responsible and well-versed parent.

Megan quickly became a toddler, much to both her parent’s joy.  She wasn’t a difficult one to manage and she giggled quite often.  It was obvious who she looked like now, but she showed hints of having Valerie’s fiery personality.

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Note from Mao: Poor Valerie, still no luck tracking down Gordon!  He is very illusive.  ;)   Megan is adorable.

March 2, 2009

Yu 2 – Round 24: ‘Karma Chameleon, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Alioto,Yu — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 12:40 pm

Tracey Yu is hoping that her son, Marcus, can eventually settle down with a ‘nice’ girl… and stay away from Kit Knight.

Tracey is very concerned for her son’s future.  Sure, he’s gotten away from Kit Knight, but his habitual dating isn’t really something Tracey enjoys enduring.  She wants to see her son prosper and find love.  Marcus is just a bit too easy-going for marriage and commitment, though.  He isn’t like Shelly, who jumped at the chance to join a family with money.  He’d rather sit back and relax, following the general flow of life.

To please his mother, he introduced her to his casual girlfriend, Valerie Alioto.  They had dated briefly as teens, but moved too fast and made things awkward.  They reunited at the end of University and Valerie even went with Marcus to his sister, Shelly’s, wedding to Cole Anderson.  Now she was meeting his mother.  It wasn’t that Marcus didn’t like Valerie, he just liked the slow, plodding pace of their relationship.  No demands, no requirements, just fun and companionship.

Eventually, Valerie ended up moving in, not to put pressure on Marcus… not at all.  She felt the same way about things as he did, but simply to put his mother’s mind at ease.  Marcus wasn’t running around, dating random women, he was just taking it slow with Valerie.

Valerie was thankful, because she wasn’t much of a ‘house frau’.  She burned everything she touched.

It was, however, very nice to be always at one another’s beck and call.  They especially enjoyed the times that Tracey was at work.  Neither felt any pressure to go beyond simply boyfriend and girlfriend.  Marcus worked as a lazy photographer while Valerie was still looking around.  Truth be told, she couldn’t tell Marcus what she really wanted in life.

Instead, she opened a gaming hall that was really a front of illegal betting and gambling.  High-stakes card games were all the rage behind the hidden doors of the neon lights and pinball machines.  The business made good money on its own, but Valerie was hoping to attract some… other attention.  She wanted to meet with the illusive Gordon Saunders and offer her skills to him–she was quite adept at running fronts and even some extortion.

When Sade Saunders dropped by, needing to blow off some steam, Valerie invited her into the private rooms.  It was daylight and nothing was going down.  Still, Sade was Michael’s wife and Michael was Gordon’s eldest… a good way to get in.

Unfortunately, Valerie couldn’t have foreseen what came next.  She began to feel sick and weak, then came the afternoon naps.  She found herself unable to run the night games and instead had one of her trusted people on the job.  She sat down with Marcus and tried to explain what had happened.  That she was expecting an addition to their nonexistant family.  Marcus was quite stunned.

The worst happened after that.  Tracey Yu’s time was up.  Marcus was bereft and Valerie was speechless.  She felt for Marcus, but somehow, it seemed to work in her favor.  Tracey would have been a wedge, a wall in her path to try and get to Gordon.  It was well-known what had happened there.  So, he wouldn’t see her kindly if Tracey were still around…

It was unfortunate Tracey did not know Valerie was expecting.

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Note from Mao: Sorry for the impromptu hiatus.  RL is insane right now and I’ve been very ill.  Feeling better now, but I haven’t played since I finished this update.  So they may be sparse.  We’ll see.  Valerie wants to be a criminal, but to do so, must somehow befriend Gordon.  ;)   I think she and Marcus were a victim of ACR’s risky woohoo.

January 30, 2009

Yu 2 – Round 23: ‘Karma Chameleon, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , — Mao @ 10:17 am

Marcus Yu returns to his childhood home after graduating University, where his aging mother awaits him anxiously.

Tracey was beyond happy to have someone else in the house again.  It wasn’t that she feared any retribution for her warning to Roman, but simply that she was lonely.  She knew Gordon wouldn’t pull anything against her and so far, hadn’t even acted against Roman yet.  She simply didn’t want to be alone anymore and she was excited to see Marcus settle down, like Shelly planned to.  She couldn’t wait to have grandbabies.  With Marcus and Shelly, she didn’t have to fight over the ability to see them like she did Michael.  She hated that their relationship was pretty much nonexistent now, but what could she do?

Things fell into a routine and Tracey was disappointed that Marcus didn’t seem to be in any hurry to settle down.  She had heard rumors of him messing around with Kit Knight, but had hoped them to be false.  Since he arrived, she hadn’t seen Kit, so maybe it had ended, whatever ‘it’ had been.  Instead, Marcus vaguely mentioned a girl named Valerie.  That was a nice name, Tracey mused.  When would she get to meet her?

Unfortunately for Tracey, Valerie only came over when Tracey was at work.  It was a little weird living with his mother, even if he was the technical heir and that, in and of itself, was an honor in these parts.  It just didn’t feel right to flaunt Valerie in front of her, so he waited until Tracey was gone to have her over.  They were adults now, doing adult things meant for adults.  It was a lot different, they’d changed, matured.  Marcus liked Valerie, but he wasn’t sure if he loved her.

One thing he was sure of, he didn’t love Kit Knight and he was kind of tired of the drama.  James was a good guy and Marcus was over this little ‘fling’.  When she called him up, he refused her and told her that she shouldn’t call anymore.  He may even have mentioned that he and Valerie were maybe-serious again.  Was that true?  He wasn’t sure, but anything to get Kit off his back.  Why was she so insistent on causing James so much agony?

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Note from Mao: It took forever, but Marcus finally spun up a want to go on a date and so he phoned Valerie.  Up until that, he simply wanted to call and chat with Kit and Valerie, that was it.  Agh.  Kit called, as you can see above, but Marcus wasn’t responding well to the conversation.  That fling is definitely over.  Now lets see if he spins up some commitment wants with Valerie.  I was surprised, he didn’t even make any booty calls!  He is really showing Tracey some respect, LOL.  The boy went without for three days!

January 20, 2009

B.S.U. Campus – Round 22: ‘Turn Me Loose, End’

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 11:11 am

There’s plenty of people and drama to go around at Boreal Summit University the next two years…

The next two years at Boreal Summit University proved to be… awkward ones.  James, Marcus, and Shelly were all finishing their final years.  That was well and good, aside from the fact Marcus was sleeping with James’ girlfriend.  Of course, Marcus felt awful about it, especially because he was really interested in starting up a relationship with his former high school flame.  It was kind of hard when he kept randomly running into Kit and sleeping with her, though.

“Don’t even talk to her, don’t kiss her, just avoid her,” James suggested, surprisingly calm.

“You are handling this way too well, dude,” Marcus replied, stunned.

“You’re not the problem, Marcus, you’re a distraction.  Claude freakin’ Saunders is the problem.  Damn vampire.”

Cole wasted no time approaching Shelly.  She hadn’t really spent time trying to find romance in college.  Instead, she found herself kind of missing Cole.  She had always wanted Timothy O`Hanlon, but she was beginning to realize that may have been a shallow, teenaged girl fantasy.  She and Cole had a lot more in common and he would also cow-down and do whatever she said.  He was a bit of a pushover, the kind of person Shelly needed if she was going to make her dreams come true and become the next mayor of Boreal Springs.

So she accepted his advances and they started a true, non-fake relationship.  If anything, the Anderson name would certainly give her a leg-up in the political world.

Isolde, meanwhile, was still studying her ‘art’.  She’d had many talks with Lilith Yu and when she finally arrived at University, she couldn’t keep herself away from Timothy.  Together, they both brought her out of her negative spiral.  She stopped sulking and brooding and went back to what she loved.

“What are you doing?” Timothy asked one evening as Isolde tested her cauldron for the first time.

“Trying to make something for Lilith,” Isolde said, trying to concentrate.

“Screw potions,” Timothy replied, giving the globe in his hand a pained look, “use magic on this damn thing.  How did anyone ever manage to figure this thing out?”

Isolde sighed, “I don’t think it works like that.”

There were some definite perks to being a witch.  Isolde had the best transportation to class and anywhere else–a broom!  A real, flying broom.  Sure it was a gaudy blue, complete with a weird crystal at the end of it’s stick, but what could beat a flying broom?  Absolutely nothing.  She couldn’t wait until she’d studied enough to have a spectral assistant.  Timothy tried, but he really wasn’t very good at handling the reagents.

Poor Cole, meanwhile, was finding that tinkering was not exactly his thing.  The computer broke in the midst of him working hard on his term paper.  He tried to fix it only to get quite a jolt.  Thankfully, Isolde was around and she quickly hit him with a rejuvination spell.  He wasn’t enamored with her anymore, but he was certainly thankful for her helpful, witchy ways.

Shelly had different ideas of ‘healing wounds’.  Not that Cole particularly disagreed with her methods.  Perhaps it wasn’t smart to leave a bunch of unattended, young adults in a house all by themselves.  It would seem that none of their parents even considered they would do anything questionable.  Well, okay, Cole’s had.  Sara called constantly, reminding him that he was their last hope.  No pressure or anything.

Of course, you can’t have two family sims without a little trouble, either.  Sure, Isolde was knowledge-minded first and foremost, but her second inclination was family.  Perhaps that’s why she and Timothy got along so well.  They had plenty of chemistry, though it probably wasn’t wise to explore the chemistry right before an important final exam.

But then again, most guys don’t have girlfriends with witchy ways.  Timothy heads off to his final exam feeling completely rejuvenated and safe in the knowledge that he’s totally got college in the bag.

James, Marcus, and Shelly all graduated with honors, much to the delight of their parents.  Cole wasn’t about to let Shelly run off into the sunset.  He proposed to her rather spontaneously, right before she was preparing to leave with Marcus.  Of course, she accepted.  Instead of staying in a cramped little apartment, she’d go make nice with her future in-laws.  It would be awkward, but they had a nice house.  James seemed shocked by the display, wondering if Cole knew exactly what he was getting into.  Not that he was one to talk, really.

Meanwhile, outside, Marcus was chatting up his old flame, Valerie.  She was surprisingly also on campus and they had met a few times through classes and just random campus things.  She’d grown up quite well, he couldn’t deny it.  There was still an attraction there and maybe, since they were both adults now, a chance at something more.  They passed numbers and Marcus moved to leave with Shelly.  James would leave in the morning.

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Note from Mao: Isolde really wants Timothy to be a warlock, LOL.  Poor Timothy, I don’t think he has it in him to do witchy things.  He’s too confused by that silly game ball, he brings it out constantly and makes pained faces.  Cole immediately walked up to Shelly and planted one on her.  I was too shocked for a picture.  Seems he took the Tsung way of confrontation!  Either way, he wanted to get engaged and so they did.  Marcus kept having wants to talk to Valerie, so there she is.  She’s a pretty sim, despite her over-painted, pudgy-faced teen years.

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