Boreal Springs

August 23, 2008

B.S.U. Campus – Round 18: ‘You Turn the Screws, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Anderson,B.S.U. Campus,Davis,O`Hanlon,Saunders,Summary — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:11 am

Zhou Yu and River Saunders have an awkward relationship, but with the addition of four others, their lives are about to get more interesting. Patrick O`Hanlon is happy to finally be free and explore his… options. Michael Saunders just wants to survive college; Elena Davis has her goal in mind, but her boyfriend Fou-Lu Yu doesn’t seem to have any ambition at all.

Elena, Michael, and Fou-Lu all traveled to University together. Michael had got stuck driving, while Elena and Fou-Lu often forgot he was in the front seat. It was a little weird to have to be in the same with car with your sister who is making out with someone you’ve known since childhood.

He was happy to be free of the confines of the car, while Elena was happy to finally be in college. Fou-Lu was just impressed with how hot Elena turned out to be.

Patrick arrived later that evening, having hitched a ride with a hot chick. Why he was so late was never put to question, as it went without asking. Patrick was pleased with his roommates, though he had wished desperately to have his own place. Still, having people to talk to was pretty cool, and he was related to some of these people, too, so meeting relatives was interesting.

It turned out Zhou wasn’t upset about Falco “flying the coop”, so to speak, and just bought about bird. It was this that brought their relationship into more official territory.

“It’s just a bird, babe,” Zhou had said, laughing. “He’s probably teaching his bird friends to swear, too. That’s cool with me.”

River chose to ignore the fact that the bird was quite possibly teaching other birds to swear and instead focus on Zhou’s unfaltering ability to be sweet.

Elena had done a lot of thinking during her time stuck in the house before coming to University. She decided to pursue her dream of being a world-famous dancer. As usual, Michael lingered in the background doing something boring and nerdy while she practiced.

It wasn’t long before Fou-Lu located her and extracted her from her practicing.

Michael had left in favor of less ‘intimate’ places while Fou-Lu pulled Elena into a hug.

“This dancing stuff isn’t so bad,” he said jokingly. “You look good in spandex.”

“Lu, stop it,” Elena scolded, though she made no move to pull away. “I have to do my exercises.”

“There are other ways of exercising if you’re that worried about it…”

She sighed, and smacked him hard on the arm, causing him to pull away. He gave her a look and broke out into laughter. She hit him again, lighter this time. He was such a joker and that worried her. Would he ever take life seriously?

As the first year came to a close, everyone fell into a routine. Michael and River had an art class together, despite their complete lack of creative skills. They found solace in one another’s company and general inepitude, muttering under their breath about the unfairness of college gen-ed courses as they hastily smeared gobs of paint on empty canvases.

Patrick and Zhou often studied together, though Zhou was horrified when his books got confused with Patrick’s. His mouth dropped when he opened the book to find a questionable picture of a co’ed… and upon dropping it, several more falling out and littering the floor.

“Dude!” Zhou said, gesticulating feverishly with his hands, unable to say anything else.

Patrick looked stunned as well, picking up a picture and admiring it, “I forgot I had this one.”

“Is that ou… our literature professor?”

Patrick grinned, snapping Zhou’s book closed and handing it over, “nice, huh?”

“Dude!!”

August 15, 2008

Yu – Round 18: ‘Hard to Handle, Pt. 3′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:23 am

Tsung and Lilith, despite their differences, have had a happy marriage. With Tsung gone off to college, Fou-Lu is left to his own devices. His brother may have been a bit of a bully, but at least he was never arrested…

Fou-Lu felt horrible sitting in the back of the police cruiser as it pulled up in front of his house. He was just thankful Gordon had been around (though he wasn’t sure where he’d come from, and so late at night, too) to save his teenaged behind. Fou-Lu wasn’t sure what he said to the officer, but it was enough for him to not press charges and give Fou-Lu a ride home. He wasn’t able to thank Gordon, as he was gone as quickly as he’d come.

He just hoped he wouldn’t tell his father. He would kill him!

Not wanting to get into trouble again, Fou-Lu opted to hang out with his cousin Hugh as opposed to Basil. It was Basil’s fault he had gotten caught, just because Basil could run faster. That jerk. He couldn’t remember whose idea it was to sneak out past curfew and tag a building, but he was sure he wouldn’t be caught dead doing it again. Thankfully, Gordon hadn’t told his father (who would tell his mom!) and Fou-Lu’s head was still firmly attached to his body.

Tsung came back from college to attend his parents anniversary party. It was quite the little gala, with Lilith’s twin brother, Nathaniel, his fiance Sara O`Hanlon, good friends Damien and Aiyana Saunders, and Gordon all present. Shang was unable to attend because he was off on tour, and Kate was hesitant to come, unsure if Shang would be there or not.

Gordon didn’t tell Tsung what he had caught his son doing, because that would involve explaining to Tsung how he got Fou-Lu out of it. Gordon wasn’t yet ready to tell his friend what he did for a living.

He did, however, have to explain his current condition and the fact that Lilith had been coming to check on him. At this, Tsung was relieved. He wasn’t sure what to think when Lilith had begun to sneak out late at night–he thought the worst.

“Don’t be stupid,” Gordon said, laughing, “no one else could handle Lilith. You know that.”

“That’s true,” Tsung admitted with a shrug. “It’s weird seeing you young, and unfair. What made you make this choice, Gordon? You’ll outlive us all.”

“Always with the bad,” Gordon said, uncharacteristically jubliant. “Why don’t you focus on your good for once, Tsung? With all the divorces going on, you two should be basking in this moment.”

Tsung laughed, “lady troubles, Gordon?”

“What do you think?” Gordon replied, shaking his head.

“You really have made quite a name for yourself,” Tsung said to Lilith later as they danced, amusement written on his face. “You’re the resident paranormal guru.”

“Oh, please,” she snorted derisively, rolling her eyes in that dramatic way only she could manage. “Just wait until I have my own cult. Then you’ll all see how awesome I am.”

He was a little worried until she laughed and reassured him she was kidding.

Fou-Lu was nowhere to be found during the Anniversary party. He had snuck out to meet Elena. They were being your typical irresponsible teen, meeting in dimly lit places to makeout and otherwise rebel in their own ways. Unfortunately for them both, they failed to realize that Gordon didn’t need to necessarily see things to know them and the fact that his adopted daughter was getting more and more adventurous was sure to get back to him.

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Note from Mao: Lilith’s LTW is fulfilled, yay. I had fun with the Anniversary party, I should do more of those. Fou-Lu actually did get busted sneaking out with Basil, but he glitched and Tsung and Lilith never got memories/etc despite being awake. He just popped out of the car and it disappeared. So I had to find a way to explain it, haha. Fou-Lu is an odd one, I don’t know what to make of him yet, he’s just your typical teen…

August 9, 2008

B.S.U. Campus – Round 17: ‘Crushcrushcrush, Pt. 2′

Filed under: B.S.U. Campus,Saunders,Yu — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 12:55 am

Zhou Yu and River Saunders haven’t spoken much since the impromptu kiss when they were teenagers. Will the next two years be incredibly awkward or eye-opening?

Zhou and River knew what to expect when they arrived at campus. Everyone in Boreal Springs got the same scholarship and that scholarship led them all to the same housing arrangement. After unpacking and getting settled, they prepared their own food and sat down.

“Don’t you think this is kind of… awkward?” Zhou said finally, surprising River. She had been trying to avoid looking at him since she arrived. It was eaiser now that she saw the silver jutting out of his eyebrow and lip.

“No,” River replied, giving him a look, “though I am surprised. With as much as you deny being like your mother, you sure look like her.”

Zhou took the comment in stride and let it slide off, “I could say the same for you, River.”

This was going to be an interesting two years.

River hadn’t realized how much she missed Zhou’s ridiculously aggressive ways until the cow mascot came by and tried to start trouble. Zhou put an end to that real quick, grabbing hold of its foam hoof and twisting it. The person inside cried out, cringing backwards in horror.

Zhou shouted a few obscenties after the fleeing mascot, causing River to cringe. She certainly hadn’t missed his horrible mouth.

Of course, the shouting he had done at the cow was nothing in comparison to the match he had with the sink. Zhou was so much like Lilith it wasn’t even funny and instead of actually trying to rationally think through fixing the sink, he smacked at it with a wrench and yelled obscenities.

River eventually had to shut off the water and fix it herself. It took her a moment or two to pry the wrench out of Zhou’s clenched fist.

River was incredibly surprised when she came home from class to find a large bird cage standing in her way. She watched as Zhou gently held a bird of considerable size on his arm, talking animatedly to it.

“Zhou, what are you doing?”

“Isn’t it cool? It’s a bird,” Zhou replied, not bothering to turn around. “His name is Falco.”

River resisted the urge to roll her eyes and instead said, “Falco’s cage is blocking the phone… are we even allowed to have pets?”

“Falco’s a bird, River! What’s he gonna do?”

River really, really wasn’t fond of Falco and Falco didn’t care much for River, either. What annoyed her the most was when Zhou would walk around with Falco on his shoulder. He’d tried to teach the bird to speak, but all it could say was a rather inappropriate word River would have preferred not to hear every ten seconds.

“Zhou, put the bird away, we have to go to class.”

“I’m taking him with me,” Zhou replied happily. “It’s part of my experiment for my animal psychology class.”

“But all he does is swears!”

At this, he got really excited, “I know! Isn’t it awesome? That means it worked!

River simply blinked and followed him out of the house. She couldn’t understand how some part of her was infinitely attracted to this seemingly barbaric individual.

But then he did things to remind her why that part of her refused to let go and continued to nag at her every moment. Lately students had been trying to start greek houses and a would-be frat boy stormed into the house, naked and very proud of that fact. River was clearly horrified, especially given the fact that she hadn’t even had anatomy class yet and the one she had in high school certainly didn’t cover the basics of what he was currently putting on display.

One black eye, a nearly broken leg, and probably a fractured rib later, the frat boy was running full tilt back to his home base with Zhou easily able to keep up with him. River remained horrified for several days, unable to look at males the same way again. Euuugh!

One afternoon, after they had both arrived home from their individual classes, Zhou stopped River. He had been good about giving her space (well, as much space as was possible given how prone he was to beating the crap out of anyone who came too close…), but was unable to gauge how she was feeling. So he decided to voice his worries.

“Did you turn gay or something after that? I mean, that’s okay, if you did–”

River was horrified, “I’m not gay, Zhou!” She practically shouted it and was suddenly very, very embarassed. “That guy just startled me, that’s all.”

“So come out with me then,” he suggested, taking her hand. “I promise, there will be no naked idiots or annoying cows. I’ll even leave Falco here.”

She laughed, “all right, but it’s just as friends, okay?”

River was lying to herself if she thought she could win the war inside her head. Regardless of Zhou’s questionable personality traits and penchant for violence, River was in love. River knew Zhou better than anyone else. It was unfortunate, then, when she walked in the door after coming home from class only to see Falco fly past her head and out the door.

Zhou had begged her to clean Falco’s cage because he had an overnight sleep lab class of some sort. River had done so, but apparently forgot to close Falco’s cage. Falco was now looong gone. River was in trouble.

———–

Note from Mao: These two were so boring in Uni. They had like NO wants for one another, but would autonomously flirt and make out. Zhou had a want to buy a bird and so I indulged him. They kept having the same wants, day in, day out. I’m wondering if it’s because I installed JM’s want/fear sanity hack. We’ll see. I may end up removing it if this continues! They did have a want to go on a date and so I did that, but no pictures. I hate how all dates must end in WooHoo, so when they rolled those wants, I ignored them. Sorry, but having no wants for one another outside the date and suddenly wanting to WooHoo? That’s careless and River isn’t that way. xb

August 2, 2008

Yu – Round 17: ‘You Turn The Screws, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 8:33 pm

Tsung and Lilith Yu are happy with their lives, even if they have a few little secrets.  Zhou is ready to get out of the crazy house and head to University while Fou-Lu can’t wait to become a teen.

Lilith was surprised when Kate dropped by for a visit.  She knew it had to be because her younger sister wanted something.  That was the only time she contacted Lilith.  Sure enough, she had questions that needed answers about the lamp.

“It didn’t work,” Kate said, anguished.  “I’m supposed to be pregnant and I’m not.  Katarina had a baby, Lilith.  Shang’s baby.”

“Color me surprised,” Lilith remarked, clearly the opposite.  “Look, Kate, what do you want me to do?  Scold the lamp?  And how do you know it was the lamp’s fault?  You probably weren’t clear enough when you wished.”

Kate blinked.  Clearly she hadn’t thought of that.  “Um… I was!  I’m sure of it.”

“Right, well, maybe you should go.  The last thing I need is mom coming here and yelling at me for giving you the lamp.”

Zhou, meanwhile, was downtown exploring Aperture a bit before heading off to University.  Being a technical adult had given him some freedoms otherwise unavailable.  It wasn’t that great and while he spoke with a few females, none of them piqued his interest.  In fact, some of them were downright ridiculous.  He’d seen River wear some ridiculous things, but that snow leopard hat was a bit much for anyone.

Tsung wasn’t worried about Zhou, he knew that despite having his mother’s attitude, he’d succeed just fine.  Provided he quit bullying everything.  Even Lilith still had that problem.  It was Fou-Lu that made him concerned, the boy spent way too much time on the phone, even for a pre-teen.  When Tsung was a boy, he was doing stuff… not hanging out on the phone all day.  It was almost impossible to receive any calls at home, Fou-Lu was always hogging up the line.

He tried to talk to Lilith about it, but she just laughed and said he was talking to his soon-to-be-girlfriend Elena.  Tsung was puzzled at this.

It wasn’t until Fou-Lu’s birthday came around that Tsung realized who Elena was.  She was Gordon’s adopted daughter.  Tsung didn’t know enough about Elena to judge her suitability for his son and heir, but he was sure that Gordon’s influence on her wasn’t a bad thing.

Fou-Lu couldn’t have cared less what Tsung thought, he was in love.  He and Elena had been close ever since they were children and even if she was a little bossy sometimes, and maybe a bit too driven, he was smitten.

When he wasn’t with Elena–which wasn’t very often–he was hanging out with his friend Basil Saunders.  They enjoyed playing video games together and generally slacking off.  Basil shared his plans to ditch University and just hang out at his house.  Fou-Lu saw some merit to that, but knew that Elena would drop him like a bad habit if he so much as mentioned it, so instead he kept his interest a quiet one and continued beating Basil’s butt into the floor.

——-

Note from Mao: Not much happening here.  Fou-Lu and Elena were only a matter of time, I wasn’t surprised when they had two bolts with zero tweaking from me.  Poor Zhou, he’s still so puzzled over River’s rebuff.  We’ll see how things go in Uni…

July 24, 2008

Yu – Round 16: ‘Crushcrushcrush, Pt. 1′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:55 am

Tsung Yu and Lilith have somehow found a way to be in love despite their very different personalities. Zhou takes mostly after his mother, but denies it vehemently, while little Fou-Lu has yet to really show his true personality.

One night, at dinner, the family found themselves discussing the possibility of a new pet. Fou-Lu had been campaigning, in his own quiet way, for several days. After some serious consideration, Tsung and Lilith decided to grant his request.

“Just know that it’ll die,” Lilith said bluntly, looking up from her porkchops. “Everything does.”

“Lilith!” Tsung cried, mouth agape. “Don’t say things like that, for goodness sake, he’s just a boy.”

“He needs to know, regardless.”

Fou-Lu nodded fervently, desperate to get the kitten he so desired. Zhou just rolled his eyes, muttering beneath his breath how nuts his family was.

And so it was that ‘Chairman Mao’ joined the family. When questioned about the name, Fou-Lu simply said he found it appropriate. Where a child of his age had learned the word ‘appropriate’, it was hard to say. But he was perfectly content to play with Chairman Mao every chance he got and that was enough. He certainly was a dedicated little pet owner.

Zhou walked into the living room after a long day at school only to see his parents engaged in unnecessary PDA. With a groan, he tried to ignore them, smiling and remembering how he had managed to somehow ace that geometry test he never studied for. All thanks to River, mind, as she hadn’t spoken to him since that impromptu kiss. It wasn’t like he’d initiated it, what was she so upset at him for?

Of course, Zhou was too much a bullheaded teenager to realize that girls are strange. He was also too much so to see that he was deeply hurt by her slight and that beneath it all, he had a crush on her since they were children, in all her awkward, ungainly glory.

Lilith was having her own sort of trouble. The phone rang while she was home alone with Fou-Lu and the voice on the other end was one she had hardly expected.

“What do you want?” She spat, her fingers clutching the receiver tightly. “Just because my husband is your best friend doesn’t mean I have to talk to you.”

“Even if I have interest in your little tricks?”

“Tricks? Ha! I know all about you, Gordon… who, no what, you are and you’re damn lucky I haven’t told Tsung. Look, pal, your little charm won’t work here. So step off.”

“Now, Lilith, honestly,” Gordon continued, unrelenting. “You’d think you’d be more hospitable in someone who actually believes all that stuff you dabble in.”

She faltered, unable to think of a comeback. His voice sounded sincere enough… why would he be interested though? What would a criminal want with the paranormal?

“I don’t like where this is going, Saunders.”

“Oh, but you will, Lilith, you will.”

Meanwhile, Fou-Lu made friends with Elena Davis. She was headstrong and independent, but Fou-Lu was amiable and easy-going. They really enjoyed playing active games like tag or catch and on the odd occasion, they’d have a water balloon war.

Elena enjoyed the scenery of Boreal Springs. It was so much different than her place in the city.

Zhou finally managed to corner River, only for her to ignore him. He sighed and looked down at her.

“River, seriously, what’s your problem? You’re the one that kissed me.”

River focused intently on the logic ball in her hands, trying to avert her eyes away from Zhou’s, “just… forget about that, okay? I need… I need to focus on college and stuff. I shouldn’t have done that.”

“That’s fine, but why can’t be friends again? This is stupid.”

“Sorry, Zhou.” She said, moving down the street, never once gazing up from her logic ball.

Chairman Mao grew up into quite an adorable cat. Lilith, despite herself, was smitten. She’d never replace Fou-Lu has Chairman Mao’s number one person, but she came in a very close second.

Zhou let go of the whole River ordeal and just focused on his scholarships. He found a love for fitness he hadn’t known existed and poured all his excess energy into it. School was a lot less fun now, but he was quickly gaining a reputation without River hanging around him. He was a bit of a brute, bullyish even, and his excessive need to be fit only heightened the fear he enstilled.

He’d enjoy his few years of power left before High School ended.

——–

Note from Mao: Poor Zhou! Neither River nor Zhou have ANY wants regarding one another at all, so there you go. Maybe that’ll change in college. I wasn’t necessarily surprised to find that Zhou’s beloved hobby was fitness. Chairman Mao turned out seriously adorable. Also, Gordon autonomously called Lilith and by the time she hung up, they were friends. Seriously, Gordon, what’s the deal? He’s pooling his resources for sure.

July 23, 2008

Saunders – Round 15: ‘A Family Way, End’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:39 am

Damien and Aiyana have managed to work out their differences. River is ungrounded and enjoying her freedom while Basil is just hanging out in the background.

River wasn’t quite sure how to respond to her parents new-found fervor for one another. While she was certainly pleased they were getting along again, she rather wished they’d keep the PDA to a minimum. River was nearly a woman grown, but poor Basil would be scarred for life if his innocent little eyes somehow glimpsed at such wanton displays of affection.

Seriously, what were they, teenagers?

At least she wasn’t grounded anymore. That meant that she could get away from them and better yet, talk to Zhou through something less archaic than a letter and more personal than an IM. She was sure to explain just how burly the lumberjacks really were and especially how passionate they were about their flapjacks.

It took Zhou a moment or two to realize what exactly River meant by “fur shirts”. Being as he was, he wasn’t privy to the nature of extremely hairy men. For this, he was most surely thankful.

Aiyana was quite happy about the arrangement she had worked out with Damien. She began a home business with the intent of working out all the kinks of the residents of Boreal Springs. This way, she would always be home and yet have something to keep her from going stir-crazy. It worked out for the best and she found she greatly enjoyed bringing in some income of her own.

River tried to help her mother out as much as she could, unfortunately, River wasn’t much of a saleswoman. She even had trouble convincing Julie O`Hanlon to take the plunge. Of course, that may have been because Julie already had an appointment and was just amusing herself by messing with poor River. River would never understand why everyone felt the need to pick on her when she was down!

Adults were so cruel.

The new arrangement certainly made life around the house a lot better for all. Aiyana was happy, which made Damien happy, which in turn, made the children happy. It was a strange hierarchy, happiness, but somehow the Saunders brood managed to achieve it. River was still upset about being shoved into the stuffy Academy, though, especially since Damien had left the school system and moved over to the University.

River hoped he transferred out before she attended. She really didn’t want her dad cramping her style on campus.

Despite her claims at nearly being an adult, River found herself indulging her inner-child quite often, a fact Zhou Yu wasn’t about to let her forget.

“You’re such a kid, River,” Zhou laughed, watching his friend play in the leaves. “Only kids enjoy that.”

“Shut up, you,” River snarled, pelting the taller of the two with a faceful of crisp, musty leaves. “We’re the same age. You can’t call me a ‘kid’.”

“I can if you’re being childish,” Zhou replied, trying to remove the taste the stale leaves had left. “And you always are so I can always say it.”

Angered for real now, River stood straight and glowered, “I am not a kid and I’ll prove it!”

Before Zhou could so much as laugh, River was not only directly in front of him, but her lips were against his own and engaged in a very, very awkward sort of kiss. When he was able to think again, River gave him a very aghast look and rushed off into the house, unable to speak.

Zhou blinked. He had just been teasing her, where had that come from?

———–

Note from Mao: Yay, first business in BS. Oh, and if you’re wondering… the thing with Zhou and River? Completely autonomous. I was paying attention to Aiyana and her business and I saw Zhou and River playing with leaves. I never see sims do that unless I direct them too. Anyhoo, next thing I know, bam! Smoochfest! Geeze! Neither even had their first kiss yet. They have three bolts, but wow. Seriously.

June 13, 2008

Yu – Round 15: ‘To River, From Zhou’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 10:04 pm

Tsung Yu is content with his life, but worried about his business. Lilith enjoys prodding at all things supernatural while her eldest son, Zhou, denies he’s related to such a crazy person. Poor Fou-Lu is just finding his way in his bizarre family.

Zhou: River,

Things have been crazy here. Zhou was a toddler, now he’s a kid. But he was an insane toddler. I blame mom, because anything involving her is insane. Dad says I shouldn’t say that, because I act just like her… which is total crap. I’m sane!

It all started when dad got his big promotion. He’s in charge of a bunch of big building projects down in Aperture and that’s apparently something to write home about. Whatever. Anyway, with the new influx of money, he had this brilliant idea. Why don’t we go visit the ‘home country’. What the hell? Home country? Apparently his dad was all up in his culture and it was our turn.

The only culture I need is music television!

All it did when we got there was rain. I’m telling you, it poured for DAYS! It seemed like everything we did revolved around drinking really strong tea and pretending to enjoy it while our knees cramped. What the hell kind of birthday present is that, seriously? I was heavily disappointed. Fou-lu was a bit more into it, but he’s a fruitcake. Little brothers, I mean seriously. You know all about that, though.

Mom is all into that weird and creepy stuff, as you know. She was reading some book she has about ancient secrets of the whatever place we’re at. Something to do with a ritual and a shrine and some sage guy. Whatever. Anyway, she tells me to go throw a coin in the shrine and see what happens. You know where this is going, don’t you? Why do I have to be her lab monkey? I swear, that’s the only reason she gave birth to me…

BEES, RIVER! FRICKIN’ BEES EVERYWHERE! THERE WAS NO END! And while I was running away from the KILLER BEES my mum just shrugged and tossed the book into the garbage. NEVERMIND THE FACT I WAS BEING TERRORIZED BY HUGE BEES! I hate my family. Seriously.

The trip wasn’t a total bust. I learned how to gamble! Of course, my parents weren’t intending that. It was dad who did it, actually. There’s this game with tablets and symbols drawn on them. You can win a lot of money if you’ve got an eye for the game and boy do I ever. I even kicked dad’s butt. I waited around and swindled some stupid tourists out of their goods, too. Awesome stuff, seriously. Who needs a job?

I can totally relate about the whole ‘staying with the younger bro’. The place we’re staying is real swank and fancy, but the rooms are set up funny. We have a little condo split into an upper and lower floor. Bro and I on top, parents on bottom. It’s cool to have the freedom, but with Fou-Lu, yeah. It sucks. How can a man breathe with a little boy watching his every move?

Dad decided to teach me a lesson when mom caught me gambling. She ratted me out! I’ve seen her do worse. Anyway, dad thought that raking through gravel would do something for me. Seriously, what? That’s like the most useless task I can think of! Who does that?! Our culture sucks.

It wasn’t all bad, though. Hot springs are fantastic! I mean, I’m not all into that relaxing stuff, but wow. Seriously. Everyone should get in one at least once in their life. Lucky for me, mom stayed home a lot towards the end of the trip. She was feelin’ bad. Who knows, maybe she has something against hot springs. It wasn’t so bad spending more time with dad, even if he is totally boring.

For the last stretch, we mostly hung around the condo and swam in the pool. Dad sucks at Marco Polo, but I think he cheats! I totally wouldn’t put it past him. Mom lounged around the pool. She wasn’t much into the swimming. She looked a bit green. Maybe she’s sick after all. Probably some funky tropical virus! That’ll teach her to stick her nose where it don’t belong.

See you soon,

Zhou

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Note from Mao: Lilith’s needs were acting funky towards the end. She shouldn’t be pregnant, but who knows! Sorry if things are slow right now… I am in PA with DSL… but I am just. I don’t know. In a funk, fed up, RL is kind of crazy right now. Don’t mean to act rude/etc, just bleed-through from stuff. No offense to anyone intended. Things might be slow, who knows.

May 24, 2008

Yu – Round 14: ‘Lilith’s Choice, End’

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mao @ 12:37 pm

Tsung Yu is quite the successful architect and thanks to Gordon Saunders, work is rolling in. Lilith is having her own kind of success while Zhou finds himself enjoying the freedoms allowed to him.

“Okay, one last time… are you sure you want to do this? Bringing the dead back can be pretty risky.”

“The court date is set and she’s our star witness, of course I’m sure.”

“Ha, okay, let’s do this then. No promises, remember. This is my first time…”

Much to Lilith’s surprise, her contraption actually worked. She spoke to death directly and after offering up some personal affects of Katy’s and the enveloped filled with 10k from Ryu, Katy appeared. It took her a moment or two to realize she was alive and after that, she was walking on cloud nine.

“Welcome back, Katy.” Lilith said, beaming with pride. It worked, it really worked!

Lilith excused herself. Tsung would be home soon and she’d need to distract him while Ryu and Katy tiptoed out the back.

“I’m really back, wow,” Katy said, baffled. “And you, you’re… my age.. how much time?”

“Derek is an elder and married to Mary O`Hanlon with three children, Chuck is dead, and Damien has a wife and two children.” Ryu explained quickly. “I’m sorry to do this to you, Katy, but we have to leave.”

“Leave?”

“We’re relocating you to Aperture until the trial. I’ll have to explain everything there. We can’t remain here for much longer, if Tsung finds us, he might tell Gordon.”

“Gordon?”

“Later,” Ryu said, leading Katy out of the room. “Lets go.”

Tsung was completely oblivious to his wife’s extracurricular activities. He had absolutely no idea that Katy Saunders had returned and with her, information on her death and the truth behind Janine Saunders. He also had no idea that it would likely affect his business dealings with his best friend Gordon. Instead, he was too busy scolding his son for cheating at chess.

“Did you just cheat?”

“No,” Zhou replied without a hint of guilt. “I didn’t.”

“You did!” Tsung replied, his eyes wide. “You cheated!”

“I did not! You can’t prove it!”

“Yes you did and I can; your piece was there and now it’s over here and that’s an illegal move, Zhou!” Tsung sighed, exasperated. “What has Lilith been teaching you?”

Not only was his son learning the early ways of being a conman, but his brother was readying himself for a political scandal. Shang stopped by to visit his older brother and to boast about his recent ‘conquest’. Tsung was hardly impressed.

“You did what?!” Tsung nearly yelled, quickly lowering his voice so Lilith wouldn’t hear. “Are you insane? Do you realize how twisted that is, Shang? Ryu is a Yu, he’s related to us, albeit distantly…but still! And she’s the mayor! What’s wrong with you?”

Shang shrugged, “don’t hate, Tsung! You’re killing my high.”

“I’m going to kill you if you keep insisting on sleeping with every woman in Boreal Springs!”

“Nah, don’t worry,” Shang replied easily, a smile on his face. “I’m not gonna do anything to Lilith.”

Tsung’s face dropped–he couldn’t believe the ignorance of his own brother. Were they even related?

Lilith found out she was pregnant again. As with the last time, she had to take off work and spend her days waddling around the house. Of course, when Tsung and Zhou were fast asleep, she would steal out into the night and travel to Aperture to talk to Katy. It was her discovery, after all! She had to monitor her progress and everything. She couldn’t just leave it to Ryu, goodness only knows how he’d mess it up…

“Are you eating cake… for breakfast?” Tsung asked skeptically, giving Lilith an odd look. “Is that even healthy?”

“Don’t be stupid, Tsung,” Lilith shot back. “I’m pregnant, healthy isn’t a concern. As long as it’s chocolate, we’re good.”

He sighed, “the baby is going to come out a diabetic.”

Lilith shrugged, “at least it got to live large in the womb!”

When Zhou wasn’t getting scolded for cheating at chess, he was playing video games with River. Of course, being beat by a girl was simply unacceptable and he made this fact clear. River, however, was adamant that girls could be just as good, if not better, than boys. Their rivalry at the game became heated and both their competitive natures finally had a chance to shine.

In the end, it came out a tie, much to both children’s chagrin.

Mr. Miyagi was an old cat, a really really old cat. So it wasn’t any surprise when his time came. He had been around for the birth of both Tsung and Shang, so Tsung was reasonably saddened by the loss. Mr. Miyagi just seemed happy to get out of this crazy voodoo house.

Lilith eventually gave birth to another healthy, baby boy named Fou-Lu. He looked almost identical to Zhou when he had been that age, but he had Eileen’s blue eyes. Lilith was thankful none of her children inherited her skin. She didn’t need any extra attention on the house with the whole Katy resurrection thing happening. Tsung was bound to find out eventually and boy he wouldn’t be happy…

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Note from Mao: Whew, getting Katy back was a pain, but I couldn’t drop it from the storyline as the sims had spent too much time developing it.  If you don’t recognize the Fou-Lu name, then you’ve never played Breath of Fire 4. ;)   I’ll miss Mr. Miyagi, sniff.

May 23, 2008

Saunders – Round 14: ‘A Family Way, Pt. 2′

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 10:59 am

Damien Saunders is quickly on his way to becoming Education Minister. Unfortunately, he has no idea that his wife, Aiyana, is quickly on her way to going crazy. River ignores her weird parents and prefers to spend time with her ants.

Aiyana gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Basil Saunders and was happy to be home, until she realized she was surrounded by children again. It was impossible to have time for herself with Basil crying late into the night and River needing breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Two was more than she can handle–she barely managed to raise one!

It was even worse when River brought home a friend from school.

River and Zhou Yu were about the same age, so they shared a class. While River was seen as a big nerd, Zhao was seen as a bit of smart-mouth. Together, they found unity into their forced obscurity. River helped Zhao with his studies and Zhao tried to help River be more outspoken. She rarely stood up for herself when kids teased her about her glasses.

River did well in school because she had a natural aptitude for logic and scientific thought. She also got a lot of help from Damien when it came to her studies. He was determined that she capitalize on the smarts gifted to her. She could definitely make something of herself, even if she wouldn’t be heir to the house. Of course, River had no desire for that. Everyone that lived here seemed to have babies, babies, and more babies. It wasn’t necessarily something River found herself desiring at the age of eight.

Family dinners were tense enough as it was. Every now and then Aiyana would make a plea that perhaps she could get a job once Basil started school. Damien was adamant. His grandfather had been very family-oriented and this was imprinted on him. He wanted his children to be happy and well-adjusted and they needed a proper mother for that. Aiyana would love to stay home and study, but it was impossible with the children! She needed a break.

Tracey was her only saving grace. She would often come over during the day and visit. She always showed such skill with the kids, especially when they were babies. Aiyana was wowed that she didn’t have any of her own. Whenever she inquired, Tracey simply shrugged and said:

“It just hasn’t happened. I’m happy just being around any child, though. They’re just fantastic.”

“Until they wake you up at 3am…” Aiyana groused.

Eventually, Basil became even more of a handful, growing into a toddler. He definitely had his grandmother Katy’s eyes and he looked quite a bit like Chuck, right down to his curly mop of hair. That was a Saunders trademark for males, though. Damien tried to help out, but with his career on the upswing, a lot of his time was spent at work or focusing on increasing his position.

He wasn’t able to get up at 3am with Basil and hold him and feed him. Damien had to be at work in the morning, after all. Aiyana sighed. She barely got any sleep anymore–she probably looked like the walking dead! She was tempted to chop off her hair, as Basil seemed obsessed with grabbing onto it and pulling as hard as he could. Even their cat, Bosco, could sense her exhaustion.

One night, Aiyana was just too tired and couldn’t bring herself to get out of bed. When she finally managed, she realized that Basil had stopped crying. River’s room was right next to the nursery and she had heard his cries. She got out of bed and let him out of the crib. She was even soothing him with smiles and silly faces when Katy came in.

Perhaps River would be even more help when she became a teenager…

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Note from Mao: River interacts a lot with Basil on her own, which I rarely see sim kids do with toddlers! It’s very cute. Anytime I can’t find her, I know to check the nursery. Also, Tracey does visit a lot and the first thing she did was pick up a baby. Everytime. I get it, Tracey, okay? Seriously. Sheesh.

May 6, 2008

Yu – Round 13: ‘Lilith’s Choice, Pt. 4′

Filed under: Yu — Tags: , , , , , , — Mao @ 9:52 am

Tsung Yu has finally convinced Lilith to marry him. Somehow, they ended up with a child. Can Lilith step up to motherhood or will she falter and become obsessed with the unknown?

Being a father wasn’t terribly hard for Tsung, he had always been the responsible type and he had helped with Shang a little in his youth, too. However, he was concerned about Lilith. She was extremely busy working on whatever it was she did in her little ‘secret’ room she had made him build. He was worried that whatever it was, it was highly dangerous and needed to stop.

Lilith tried to assure him that it wasn’t. It was simply her own little device to make the unknown suddenly become known. This made no sense to Tsung, but Lilith wasn’t about to elaborate and blow her entire secret.

“Just trust me, okay? It isn’t anything crazy.”

“That’s like saying a bomb is a child’s toy!” Tsung replied, a little flustered. “Why is this so important to you and why are you refusing to tell me the whole story?”

Lilith rolled her eyes, attempting to feign disgust, “because you wouldn’t understand. Just let it go. It’s not some all-consuming obsession. I’ve already finished it. It’s done and over with. Just drop it.”

What she hadn’t told Tsung was that it was that Ryu Anderson had emailed her and would be dropping by while he was at work. It was purely a business-related visit. He had heard of her dabbling in the paranormal and decided that she could help them find out what happened to Katy Saunders.

“I can’t just summon her,” Lilith said, making a face. “What do I look like? A nutjob?”

“What do you need, then?”

“Items, personal affects, something… oh, and money.”

Ryu shrugged, “that isn’t an issue. We have some of her things and well, yes, money isn’t a problem at all.”

“Good. Get ‘em, let me know, and then we’ll arrange it, all right? But it won’t be instantaneous. This stuff takes time.”

Lilith may not win any ‘mother of the year’ awards, but she did her job fairly well. She cared for Zhou when he cried and cuddled him. He was the deciding factor when it came to whether or not she would help Ryu. She had every intention of bringing Chuck back, but now it seemed moot. She didn’t want to be like Shaniqua or Shang. The machine could only handle one resurrection and that would be the one of Katy Saunders.

If anything, she’d have oodles of fun watching the drama storm that would surely follow.

Zhou’s birthday followed not long after Ryu called to confirm he had the personal affects. Tsung was oblivious to his wife’s deeds and happily enjoyed his son. He was fine with Zhou being their only child. He had goals and personal wants, too, and while he loved children… he had no desire to have oodles of them.

Little Zhou seemed to agree. He enjoyed having the entirety of his parent’s attentions.

Lilith tried in vain to teach him nursery rhymes, but he seemed less-than-interested. It was something that Florence had done with her, so she was adamant. Tsung laughed and asked what she was trying to do to their son–boys didn’t need that kind of influence. She threw a toy at him, causing him to make a hasty exit.

Amusingly enough, Lilith could already see a lot of herself in Zhou. She wondered what exactly what would mean in the years to come.

One afternoon, Lilith came in from the backyard to find Tsung home from work and Mary O`Hanlon in their living room. They had been remodeling the house, but Lilith was sure they had a permit. Tsung was an architect, after all, they didn’t forget those kinds of things!

As soon as she entered, Mary turned and left, a grave look on her face. Tsung looked abashed.

“What was the DA doing in our living room, Tsung?” Lilith demanded, feeling worried.

“Nothing,” Tsung shrugged it off. “She just had some questions about recent developments.”

Lilith’s eyes narrowed, “the ones for Gordon, right? She was here about him, wasn’t she?”

“Just let it go, Lilith.” Tsung said, heading for Zhou’s room. “He’s awake, I’ll get him.”

To further exacerbate Lilith, Kate dropped by later that evening. Lilith wasn’t pleased to see her. She had heard about the whole University debacle and was quite angry.

“You look like you’re smuggling goods, Kate!” Lilith growled. “What were you thinking?”

“Why are you so mad? The lamp worked!”

Lilith’s eyes widened, “are you insane? You’re pregnant, Kate! To a perma-cheat! What did you do to the lamp? Don’t you know anything about consequences.”

Kate ignored her, instead she smiled happily, “we’re getting married, too.”

“Kate, please, listen to me,” Lilith’s anger calmed and her tone became serious, “you need to give me the lamp back. You can’t go around irresponsibly making wishes. Don’t you see?”

“Don’t worry, Lilith. I won’t use it again, I promise.”

Zhou’s move into childhood had been a swift one. Lilith could hardly believe it–she was the mother of a child. She felt old and crotchety. Tsung told her to stop being so melodramatic.

As it turned out, Zhou was a lot like Lilith in many ways. How he chose to channel that, however, would shape his eventual future. For now, he was content with fishing.

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Note from Mao: For there being no drama in the actual house, this house sure is tied to a lot of other dramas! Zhou is adorable, he looks like Tsung. I almost wish they’d have another kid, but that’s up to them.

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