Apocalypse in Death Valley
Back on Track – With Recap
Hello and welcome, my dear readers. That is, if there's anyone out there
still interested in a story that hasn't been updated for a year and a
I'm back on track in my RL after such a long time and finally I'm back to
Sims 2 as well. After reinstalling my computer twice during this time I
still have my Sims 2 files and reinstalled the game just a week ago...
and there they were. My dear Apocalypse family, all happy and
healthy. For an Apocalypse, of course.
I'd really love to go back and play and finish the challenge (and my
story), but I realized I can't very well just hop in and continue – I've
forgotten so many rules! Luckily I've found my notes and went
through them and the rules so I'm a bit better prepared already.
But I have to go through everything what happened already to get it all
back together... and I thought maybe someone else would enjoy a
Off we go then!
So, this is Braille. Second
generation heir, Romance Sim
and current head of the family.
The only Sim that can hear me
right now. That's right.
Something very odd prevents
normal communication with my
Sims. So far, only one Sim per
generation could hear me and
Braille and I have no idea why.
That's one thing we were trying
to figure out before I had to go
Oi! Braille! Braille! I'm back!
„Oh, heya Voice. Good you're
back, I wanted to talk to you
Uh, Braille? I have something to
talk about with you, too....
See, what you think was
yesterday actually happened
over a year ago. Real time,
that is, not Sim time.
„Hu? What? Have you been
meditating too much? I once
had delusions, too... “
Er, Braille. I don't meditate.
See, I had to leave you for a
while. Some very important
things with my own family,
especialle my mother, going
on. I'm sorry.
Braille? You're not going to stop
talking to me again, are you?
Look, I'm back. I'm sorry I
neglected you guys but I
saved your files twice when
my computer needed a new
setup and I'm back now! We
can solve this mystery, we
„Hey, hey! Stop babbling, Voice.
„Yeah... we all enjoyed the time off.“
Phew, I'm glad... wait, time off?
„Sure. Every Sim needs a break
from Apocalypse living, right?“
But... I thought you wouldn't even
notice since time doesn't pass
for you when I'm not playing...
„Do you really know what's going on
on your computer when you turn
Well, I thought I did...
„Your Mum's ok?“
Gee, Braille, I never knew you were
so caring. Why thank you for
asking, yes, she is.
„Alright, then let's get back to the
important stuff... you're back for
Still got one full nice point, as I can
see. But, yep!
„And you still want to find out who is
behind all this and way?“
I sure do!
„Not leaving again?“
„Then let's not waste any more time,
Somehow, this talk absolutely didn't
take the turn I thought it would...
„Of course, you do owe me
something, Voice. Big time.“
Yeah, that sounds like you, Braille.
„Ignoring that for now... about
Well, I have to admit that after such a
long time... could you quickly bring
me up to date with your family story?
As to who accomplished what?
„You mean you forgot?“
Um... yeah. Sorry.
„Shesh, maybe I should do this thing on
Hey! I helped you a lot in the past, too!
„Yeah, but you forgot that! Hehe.“
Now, Braille! I could also forget about
the promise I made... you only
marrying Komei if you both have the
want locked in?
*gasps* „You wouldn't!“
Actually... no. I wouldn't.
„I'd never talk to you again if you
I know. And see? I haven't
forgotten everything. So go on.
Let's recap. And after that you
can tell me everything about
„Deal. Pfff, me and getting
married, you're nuts.“
„Alright, alright, recapping!“
„Well, you do remember Kaylar,
right? My grandmother?“
I do. I remember all your family,
I'm just not so sure about who
brought back what...
„Well, Grandma Kaylar became
Space Pirate and brought the
Jumbok and Smart Milk back.
And the using of career
Oh, ok. That's good. Gotta love
Smart Milk and the Jumbok.
„She married Grandpa Drake and
he brought back energizers
and all kinds of electronics
Oh, he lifted Science?
And then they had kids.
„Yes, they had my Dad, Magellan.
And Aunt Marie. And then for
some reason Grandma Kaylar
was ok with another pregnancy
– really no idea why she'd like
that – and they had twins!
Uncle Möbius and Aunt
Oh, I remember! Second
generation of an Apocalypse
and four kids! And all of them
inherited Drake's nine active
„We like to be active. And you
never bought us a TV, so no
chance for couch potatoes!“
Oh, right. You got them, too!
Aww, Magellan. He was such a
great heir. Did you know he
volunteered? And he was the
only Sim who could hear me,
until he turned elder.
„Dad volunteered? I didn't know
Yes. He was very determined to find out
what had caused this disaster and
why Sims no longer could hear me.
„Well, he didn't find out about that but
he managed to clear the phone lines
and internet. Meaning more job ads
on the computer and no more
waiting for tuesdays to call people.“
Gotta love him for that! And he married
„Yeah. Mom. I'm still not on speaking
terms with her.“
I remember... she wanted to become
Education Minister, but I had her top
Show Business first, right? Anyway,
after that she was so determined to
fulfill her life's dream that she didn't
really care much for you kids.
„No, she didn't. Dad and his
siblings raised us. That is,
Kepler there and me. And they
made time to be there for us,
even though Aunt Marie
became Education Minister –
before Mom, ha! - and installed
a high school, Aunt Mendela
cleared the roads...“
Military lift? Great!
„... and Uncle Möbius brought
Which Kepler obviously loved!
„Hehe, yeah, especially he did.
Though actually we all do.“
But Kepler and you weren't the
only children in generation
„No. Can you believe Mum? After
already having two kids she
hardly even knew she got
pregnant once again. And
She had twins. Yes, I do
remember that very well!
„She didn't really care about
„But Baily and Hawking were
raised very well without her!“
I know. You and Kepler were
great bigger siblings.
Oh, I remember the headache
those two gave me... being
very hungry all the time...
„Oh, they were. We stuffed them
with lots o' hamburgers and
there were only very few
snowdays. So they grew up
happy and healthy. They are
still teens, but Baily is working
on bringing back music and
Hawking went into Politics.“
Oh, that's great. It would be nice
to be able to expand the house
a bit further. We're running out
of floors here.
„Shortly after that picture of the two of
them was taken, I had my first
„Yes. Isn't he a cute baby? Awww, he
was so cudly and had that certain
Oi, Braille, you're a Romance Sim,
„Psh, of course. I still haven't rolled
the want to get married to his
father, have I?“
True. And I promised you, you would
have to get married unless you did.
„Yeah, if just Mom thought so, too...
she actually had the nerve to ask
Komei to move in – without asking
me first! – so I could marry him and
no longer disgrace my family, as
she put it.“
„Turned out that Komei wasn't the type
for marriage, either, so we just, well,
got along great in our way, hehe.“
No more details, please!
„Ha, that was always a good way to
scare you away!“
Pffft. Back to career lifts, please.
„How boring... ok. I topped Athletics as I
always wanted and Komei managed
to top Paranormal, something you
wanted to try Mum first, but she
Well, I guess new hairstyles and clothes
are great, too. Not to mention dates
„Yeah, everything could have
been great, but then...“
The zombie chick! I remember,
she turned up one day and
threatened the family!
„Yeah... that was scary, I'll admit
You showed her not to mess with
„Yes. But she made strange hints
about someone who wanted
our family to fail, so I thought
of a way to be able to protect
And became a vampire.
„Yes. At that point we didn't know
that the Count was actually the
one who sent the zombie
chick... and that I was playing
right into his hands by
becoming, er,... allergic to
Although, it also had advantages.
„Yes... actually, I only wanted one
more child! Three at once were
quite a handful! But I could
easily care for Bayer, Fleming
and Rouelle during the nights,
so it was ok.“
Family Sim in disguise, that's
what you are.
Sorry, sorry, taking it all back...
still hot-headed, that one...
uthor's Note: Curse that glitch! But I do love the babies!
They all grew into happy kidlets,
that's for sure.
„Yep. I'm very proud of them. But
it was tough sometimes, caring
for three tots and not
neglecting my firstborn at the
„Around this time Kepler asked me
to make him a vampire, too. Back
then we still didn't know about the
„And then, as if she hadn't done
damage enough, Mum came
back in our lives. Well, at least
she tried to. She moved in with
Dad and Marie (they had left a
while ago and Mum, too) and
tried to make friends with Baily
and Hawking. After not caring for
them their whole childhood! The
And did they connect with her?
„Well, there wasn't really much
chance for talking because that
was the day when things
became really dangerous!“
„Oh indeed! The zombie chick
attacked again. Well, she was
a zombie-vampire chick now...
and being a dead undead she
could attack in daylight!“
So that was the Count's plan! Oh,
„I hear ya, Voice! Even if I had
been there I couldn't have
helped them. I dread the day
they come to this house and
Me too, Braille, me too. But Baily
and Hawking are ok, yes?
„Yes, they are. Thanks to her.“
Uh, Braille, she looks like...
„She's not grandma. Apparently
she is her twin sister. And she's
been watching over us the
And she's a...
„Yep, she's a zombie, too. But a
Oh. Ok. If you say so.
„Trust me, Voice. Kaya is ok. She
seems to know more about what
is going on.“
Oh. Good! Did she tell you?
„Not everything. The most important
thing is that we keep working to
restore the order in Death Valley,
she said. Oh, and she told me
one very encouraging thing, too!“
Oh, what's that?
„The Count is going to attack
Not what I'd call encouraging,
„Will you listen to me? Sheesh. She
said the Count is going to attack
again, but he can only do so once
Now that's good news!
„That's what I've been wanting to tell
you. It seems his... minions aren't
so invincible after all. They don't
die in the sun, but they need a
long time to recover.“
That's really good news!
„She said one more thing.“
And what's that?
„She said: 'The girl that brings
green into the family will save
Any ideas what she could mean?“
Um... not right now. Bring green
into the family... bringing back
Well, to bring back the plants we's
need to lift Natural Science
and to do so, we need a
college student... and a girl,
obviously. Which brings us to
„Bleh! My children are only kids! You
don't want to discuss heirship right
Well, if we take what Kaya said
seriously... you only had one girl,
„I said Bleh, Voice! I'm not sending any
of my children to college, anyway.
It's way too dangerous!“
I understand you, Braille, but obviously
we need Natural...
„Pssh! The spouse can do that. Komeii
knows enough college students! My
children stay where I can protect
them and that's that!“
Alright, alright, Braille! Woah! I suppose
I don't have a say in this matter.
„No, you don't. They are my children,
after all. Bleh!“
Alright. No need for any more bleh-ing!
I guess your way is just fine, too.
“Of course it is.“
So that's settled. Now let's go
back to raising these kidlets of
yours, what do you say?
„I say – you could change the
diapers for once.“
Heh – I would if I could, Braille. I
would if I could.
No cliffhanger this time! Well, almost.
So there I am back again with my Apocalypse family. Some good news,
some mysterious hints and a bit of a memory helper.
The girl that brings the green into the family... I wonder who that is going to
And of course, when will the Count and his minions attack again? We'll have
a bit of peace for a while, but for how long?
And not to forget - restrictions… are Baily and Hawking going to lift Music
and Politics? *crosses fingers*
Everyone who came back to read this after such a long break – thank you.
And if you just discovered this story and read it – thank you as well. I
hope you enjoyed this little chapter.
After a year, I still can‘t decide on a heir for the next generation…
By the way, Hawking and Baily truly were my hungriest Sim kids ever.
By that time I thought I was used to nine active points and only one
serving of burgers but oooh, I was wrong. Luckily enough, I had
energizers for the adults and all of them were also able to meditate.
The Nine Active Points of Doom from Drake stuck around until the
glitchy triplets were born. And now I kinda miss them... ^^
Uh. Since not much actually happened this chapter, I have none.
Ok, one thing – despite what she just said Braille never ever rolled the fear
of changing a diaper. Romance Sim? Yeah, sure.
Not much but oh well. Next time for sure!