The Anthology Chronicles. Chapter 1

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  • 1. The Anthology Chronicles A Legacy
  • 2.
    • It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife....
    • However, it is a truth universally overlooked, that a single sim in possession of no fortune, is always in need of one.
  • 3. Ahem... I was going to portray you as a sensible young adult with her head firmly on her shoulders. But now that is out of the window with play time, do you mind if we get back to what we were talking about this morning? Cat: W hee! Woo!.. Oh! Oops. Hello Me, don't you trust me yet? I know the new boy is moving in today and I am not allowed to motherlode him or give him a pretty house. No Interfering. I get it. Satisfied? Thank you. Hello and welcome to my second attempt at finishing a legacy. I'm going to get the boring rules out of the way and try not to use too many cliche's in my writing. This is a ten generation legacy with the handicaps of no cheats, first born male and try for a baby only. I might add more as I go but as I'm not playing for points it doesn't much matter. With that all out of the way, lets meet our founder.
  • 4.
    • ' You other brother's can't deny, that when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face you get ...'
    • Fictional Anthology ladies and gentlemen. He is the embodiment of my luck, a founding pleasure sim with a desire to get into a very unrewarding career. How many women, even sim women would find a grown man playing video games attractive? I can see him giving me a lot of hassle as one of the most high maintenance sims I've played.
    • Sim Stats: 2/8/2/6/7. A nice, outgoing, playful guy who is a lazy slob. And on that note I shall hand you over.
  • 5.
    • Dear Mother,
    • I'm going to like this town. I know that father is disappointed with my choice to move to Anthologia, but I know that I can make him proud of the life I will create here. A fresh start is just what I need and this quiet little hamlet is in the perfect location for me. The city is just a few minutes drive away and already I have found a job opening in one of the bigger gaming companies. With what little inheritance I received from grandmother I have built myself a humble abode, I have a roof over my head and my prospects are opening up.
    • I have found that there are many welcoming and charming Sims in this village, all of whom went out of their way to be here to great me when the taxi dropped me off. There was one women who was hovering across the road, she looked like she was having an internal conflict with herself as to whether to approach me. I'm sure she was just too shy to say hello, I'm sure she will become a good friend as she seemed very happy to see me.
    • My Love Fictional
  • 6. Dear Mother Today my coworkers took me to a local bar to to celebrate my joining the company, I'm pleased to say that my boss has offered me a promotion. While at the bar a young woman called upon my attention. Do you by any chance remember Jan Tellerman? She and I went to school together as children. It turns out that she moved to the city with her family a few years ago, so we reconnected over a light dinner. She is just as vivacious as I remember from school. We talked all night and I'm sorry to say I ignored the men I was with in favour of her company. I know it was very rude of me but I was just so happy to see an old face. Jan is charming and has grown into a beautiful woman. I walked her home after the bar closed. She lives very close to the bar and shares a flat with her friend Andrea, I'm still amazed by seeing her, and how easily we fell into a friendship after all this time. My love Fictional
  • 7. My Dear Fictional, Thank you for your letters, I don't know why you think you have to be so formal when you could just phone. It is always nice to get a letter however. Your father is still a little hurt by your moving but he will get over it. I'm so happy that you found someone you love and care for, I don't remember the Tellerman's that well. Jan is I am sure a wonderful young lady and I hope I will soon be hearing of many happy returns. I hope you don't mind a mothers nagging. I saw in the paper today that there was an opening in Williams and Hart, the law office. They would be lucky to have you and I'm sure your father could get you an interview. Make sure you call them dear. Mother
  • 8. [email_address] I just wanted to say that I had a great time last night, the fact that you would admit you knew me after watching me dance shows I am the luckiest man in the world. I'm sorry that I was so distracted I shouldn't let my family's interference affect me as much as it does. My parents apparently made a few phone calls to that law firm trying to get me a 'well paid, respectable job' I think you are the only one who is happy with my career choices. On that note, are we still on for our double date with Andrea and her friend? I found a great little place in the city I think you would really like. My ride just pulled up for work so I'll see you tomorrow night [email_address]
  • 9. [email_address] I never knew I could have so much fun before, You really are my dream date! I'm sorry Andy was being so grumpy all night, I really had a fantastic time. I'm so proud of you getting another promotion today! If it's any comfort my parents disapprove of my lifestyle as well. I think its a rule that parents have to disagree with what ever you decide that doesn't follow their own plans. I'm being called in to work for an extra shift tomorrow so I'll be a bit late, I'll just meet you at the restaurant if that' ok? [email_address]
  • 10. A I'm getting Married! Fictional proposed at dinner, everything has moved so fast already that we aren't going to waste our time dealing with flowers and all the details that come with weddings. I don't really like all that stuff anyway so this is perfect! Betcha never thought I would settle down and do the whole conventional thing? But it just feels so right with him. I'm moving in with him right away which is why this is such a rushed note. I've left some rent in the kitchen and I hope you can come see me soon. Love J
  • 11. Dear Father I'm sorry you couldn't come to my wedding, I know you are really busy at the firm and hopefully we can arrange a visit when you are less busy. Jan and I are settling into married life easily, I'm doing well at work but Jan felt that she wasn't cut out to be a police officer. Instead she has taken to growing a small garden and painting, At first I didn't know if she would be happy simply being a house wife but despite her free spirit nature she has taken to it with joy. She has always said that she never planned on having a family but she is really excited by our doctor telling us that we are going to have a baby. We don't know the gender yet but very soon I hope to be able to introduce you both to your grandchild. My love Fictional
  • 12. Andrea It's been six months since we last talked, you're busy and I get it but I've been calling and I miss you. When you get this I hope you will call me. Anyway, I have big news. Fictional and I just got back from the hospital. We are having twins! Bet you never thought I would be the kind of girl to have children. Money is a bit tight at the moment, the gaming career doesn't exactly pay a lot but Fictional is so happy and there are rumors that his boss might be promoting him soon. I've got so fat with these babies but Fictional tells me that pregnancy suits me. I just think I'm puffy. Jan
  • 13. You've reached the Anthology's. We're not here right now so leave a message and we'll get back to you: It's Andrea, um I'm sorry I haven't been getting your calls our machine is... broken. So I'm not going to be in town for a long time. I got promoted and have to go to a training course. I'll call you when I get back, bye. Beep Fictional. Your mother and I are proud of you. We might not have the time to come to meet your family as I've opened my own law firm after taking retirement. Write to your mother she misses hearing your news. Brent Anthology.
  • 14. Merry Christmas from the Anthologys! Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy new year From Fictional, Jan, Colin and Mary
  • 15. To Grace Anthology, Colin and Mary are now two years old and are growing strong. The kids are still a little wobbly on their feet. Colin said his first word and Mary is getting very good at getting about on her own. They were both very excited by their presents from grandma, thank you for the gardening tips they have been very helpful. Fictional has received a promotion in work, his title is now Platform Jumper. The Gamez company have him working extra hours for the latest release but the bonus he received has meant that we were able to built the extension for the twins. I'm still pursuing my art, some of them have sold for quite a lot. Give my best to Brent. Jan
  • 16. Dear Fictional Your father and I are very pleased with the progress of your family. Janet tells me that the children are growing fast. I presume that the children will properly educated in private school? I looked into a number of establishments that are a convenient distance from our house so the children can visit after school. I have taken the liberty of contacting your former school and they have places for them, when you have short interview with them we can get all the formalities out of the way quickly. Your father has also seen a property that has plenty of potential and room for expansion as and when you and your wife decide to have another child. You have proved yourself admirably as an independent man. Don't you think it is time you came home, you can even keep that job of yours, there is a programming firm that promises to be at the forefront of technology. Well I'm late for the club. Goodbye darling Mother
  • 17. Mother I am going to tell you something in no uncertain terms. Jan and I are staying where we are. We are very happy here and so are the children who have just started school, a local primary school. I am sorry that you will never approve of my life, I had hoped over time you would both come to respect my choices. The children are very happy and I'm not going to send them to a private school unless they want it. Jan and I are planning to expand the garden and do some work on the house. I want you to know that I am incredibly happy and I hope one day you can see that too. Fictional
  • 18. That woman! That disgusting woman! She had the nerve to tell Fictional that he was only pretending to be independent. He's been walking around the house with the saddest look on his face. I wish I could help him but his parents really hurt him. We've been getting phone calls from pompous headmasters and law firms for months all saying the same thing. 'Mrs Anthology made the appointment.' How dare she take it upon herself to decide our lives? The children haven't been affected by Fictional's depression thankfully. Mary, mummy's little girl has taken to doing the cutest thing. She found my dresses and walks around wearing them. She is very outgoing and is constantly greeting all the children that come by. Colin is just like his father, and enjoys nothing like jumping on the sofa or on the bed. I'll find him climbing the fridge if we're not careful. I've been venting, sorry Andy. I heard you are coming home as a lieutenant. Congratulations! We have to meet for a coffee when you get settled. J
  • 19. *unsent. Dear Jan. My Dear J. JJ. Jan I cannot contain this any longer. The instant your beautiful eyes looked into mine I was hopelessly and completely in love with you. From the moment we met I have felt a burning desire for you, you are the most captivating creature I have ever met. I love you with all my heart and I know you feel it too. You can't pretend that you didn't know. I never tried to hide my feelings and the strength of those feelings cannot be denied. You are not happy with that man, I know you too well for you to pretend you are. Leave him my darling, come with me and live out your life in bliss. Yours Andrea. My love. A
  • 20. Dearest Andrea Your stories of Strangetown are really exciting! I still can't believe you had the chance to arrest an Alien! Are you sure it wasn't just a drunk teenager wearing a mask? Anyway it was so great to see you again, a lot has happened since you left. You've seen the children, they have gotten so big. I still can't believe I'm a mother. I'm sorry you weren't feeling very well over lunch. I hope it wasn't the food? Fictional actually has a few more questions about your adventures in Strangetown. He's asked me to get details of all the encounters and weird things that happened there. Colin and Mary are both asking for more bedtime stories involving Aliens and there are no new books so we've been making them up. Which isn't the best idea. I can paint I can't tell stories. I'll show you a few of my paintings next time I see you. Jan
  • 21. Fictional I saw your boy whilst driving to a merger meeting. He looks like a very handsome young man, a testament to his father I'm sure. I do regret losing this time to your disagreement with your mother, recent health issues have made us re evaluate our situation and I just wanted to tell you that I am very proud of you son. You have made a wonderful life for yourself and that boy of yours seems to be an engaging young man. I'm going to be in the city for a few days and if it's convenient would you possibly have time to go to dinner with your father so that I can finally meet your wife and be introduced to your children. The last picture I have of them is the Christmas card from when they were infants. I am staying at the SimMariot room number 536. I leave it to you to decide upon an evening meal. Your Father
  • 22. Dear Father Thank you for taking us to a lovely meal last night, I'm sorry to hear that you are having health problems. I'm sure that everything will work out fine though. Mary was very excited to meet you and to see all the sims dressed up in evening wear. This kids were very difficult to calm down and put to bed after the excitement of meeting their grandad, they even snuck out to play catch while I was looking for a storybook. The children are both in a play at their school, that you and mother are both invited to of course. The play is a production written by one of the students of the local university. It's part of an activities project that the school put together for the children. They have after school activities and this play is to show off what they did for the past few months. I'm sure it will be wonderful and it would be great for you both to come. Love Fictional
  • 23. Mr Brent Anthology I hope you enjoyed the children's performances. They were so happy to see you both in the audience, our little princess has taken it upon herself to decide that she is going to be a movie star and spent an hour in the bathroom practicing for when she was rich and famous. I think you really made an impression on her in your finery and how elegant you and Grace were at the school. Half term is coming up and we were planning on trying to take a trip somewhere, Fictional and I wondered if you would like to join us camping? We'll be going hiking and roast marshmallows and possibly taking the kids into the mountains for some outdoor adventures. Please let us know if you can come and we can book the campsite. I was wondering if you knew of an art gallery that showed local artists? The Fictional has been telling me I should try to show my art more often, and honestly the extra money wouldn't be a bad thing. Yours Jan Anthology
  • 24. Jan Anthology I'm afraid that Mrs Anthology and I will not be able to attend your family excursion. I wouldn't recommend camping in this weather, I wouldn't have thought the children would enjoy sleeping on the ground in the cold. At least they didn't in my day. As to your question about the gallery there is one called Deh'Javu Modern Art Museum, I don't have an particulars as to how they chose who to display. My wife and I were invited to a show a few weeks ago and it was a very elegant affair. You would do better to contact a local coffee shop or other such establishment. I'm given to understand that they often display artist from all backgrounds. My love to the children and I hope they have an enriching half term. Brent Anthology
  • 25. This is Andrea, and here comes the beep: Hello stranger, did I see you on a date yesterday? I'm sure I saw you with a certain sim we both know. You'll give me the gossip tomorrow of course, and if you happen to want to bring your 'friend' to watch the game tomorrow that will be more than fine. Annyway... I heard from one of the coffee shops in the city and they are going to show my paintings so you have to help me pick some! Love you babe! It's JJ You've reached the Anthology's. We're not here right now so leave a message and we'll get back to you: We keep missing each other JJ. Great news on the coffee shop! I would love to see more of your paintings. Maybe one day you can paint me...maybe like the one you did in college? And no I was not on a date, honestly he is not My type and you know it. Cole does like sports so I might bring him to watch the game. The men can talk sports and we can catch up properly. Andy
  • 26. Dear Father Thank you for all the help you gave Jan with her art. The coffee shop has already sold three of her pieces, one to the art gallery you told us about. We had a few friends over last night to watch the championships, Colin noticed one of the sponsor messages was from Anthology and Smith Law Firm. He was a little upset to hear that his grandparents would be moving to Simerica, but I hope you both enjoy it immensely It's a shame we won't get a chance to say goodbye before you leave but rest assured I will keep you fully updated on my little family' lives. I wish you a fond good luck and good journey, father. All our love to both yourself and Mother Fictional, Jan, Colin and Mary
  • 27. Dear Reader I hope you enjoyed this first installment of the Anthology Chronicles. The writing style was inspired by Jane Austen's unfinished work Lady Susan. A short novel written solely with letters. I decided to modernise that a little by including phone messages but the basic idea is still the same. Any and all notes are greatly appreciated and I promise a better quality in pictures for the next chapter. Please enjoy a few outtakes. Good bye for now dear reader, The Author
  • 28. While playing with the graphics on my laptop I discovered that the in game camera wasn't exactly a great quality... Screen grabs however, are a lot better. So my next chapter will be on a much better quality.
  • 29. Colin is so adorable when he plays with his sister. He gets all serious and then bursts into giggles! This dream occurred five times in one night, me thinks she might be self centered. Just a little bit...
  • 30. Jan is the most monogamous romance sim I've ever played. When Andrea hits on her she just turns away and heart farts for Fictional. And she is always stalked by her daughter who seems fascinated by kissing and flirts. Whenever her parents kiss she is there and she follows Jan around all the time. Creepy girl.