Welcome back to the Vetinari Dualegacy! This is Chapter 24.5: Somewhere I Belong!Last time, the usual assortment of stuff ...
At Abel and Vexs house, Vex finally goes PermaPlat. He is now a Mad Scientist. Or, since hes got 10 Nicepoints, a Slightly...
Still, family life goes on, and Vex and Kaylee teach their respective children (Gretzky and Kati) the joys ofhomework.
Kati, Abel and Kaylees daughter, got a whopping ONE Nice point, and Daddy Abel wasnt going to let that stand.I didnt let h...
A bunch of them wanted a womrat. I havent had one in ages and ages, but I do have the Caged Pet Fixes hackin place so they...
I invited Brad over with the current main house boys.Gretzky and George Smith became thick as thieves in no time at all. T...
I did manage to drag them over for a water balloon fight, which Kati won, because Kati is the mean one, andgenerally gets ...
Brad, meanwhile, wandered around the house, chatting with whoever was available, and generally ignoring themaxed-Outgoing ...
Delvecchio really wanted to join the Garden Club. I knew I couldnt get him the wishing well, but all he reallywanted was t...
I know there are a bunch of kids, and its hard to keep track. The boy-child is Gretzky. He is Vexs son withEmmy “Hairbuns ...
Mostly I was just playing the spare houses to get the kids grown up to the point where they could be aged up toTeen when I...
Conveniently enough, the next house is LITERALLY the next house, as in, right next door. This is the house withEdmund Fitz...
The two girls are Maui and Tahiti.Tahiti is the one with the long hair, on the right. Maui is the one with the short hair,...
Wydah finally went PermaPlat. She got stuck on the last skill point she needed, and then had a sort of roughpregnancy, so ...
Channon decided to stop Toast while she was out for her morning constitutional, and they spent hours andhours discussing a...
When the weather warmed up, Gretzky, Kati, and the Landgraab twins Tyler and Duncan came over for aplaydate.
At the end of the day, there was some awkwardly-positioned Smustling and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Over in Bluewater Village, Simon decided to stop by and remind everyone that hes still adorable.Yes, Simon. You are still ...
Ellie continued the long-standing tradition of pork chop pyromania. Thankfully, I always remember a fire alarm,and its bee...
Michael went PermaPlat.And there are no more pictures of this house, including the boys, because a certain visitor who did...
The last of the spare houses is Six and Inara. Six is Malcolm Landgraab VI. I think you can work that math outyourself.Ina...
Simons daughter River followed Six home from work and gleefully destroyed Inaras snowman. In Rivers world,snowmen have pit...
An exhausted Inara went PermaPlat, leaving Stevie, Francie, and Nikolai the only ones of the generation whoarent. Francie ...
Thats Kinsey there on the right. Like Duncan and Tyler, shes distantly related to both lines of the family. Shes adouble-t...
At the Prettacy, Nikolai managed to spend enough time on the phone to go PermaPlat with 20 Best Friends. Itsalways harder ...
Jojo continues to be weird and awesome.<3 Jojo.
I had Whitney retire, and she shot me a celebratory finger-gun.
Somewhere in the midst of all this mess, I installed Bon Voyage and got to play vacations for the first time. SinceWhitney...
When they got to Twikkii, Jojo made a beeline for Whitney, and Ben tried to stay as far away from his brother aspossible.I...
“Who wants to jump rope with seaweed? We can double-dutch!”
None of them have a whole lot of Creativity, so this was vaguely amusing to watch.I was also reminded how much younger Ben...
They discovered the ocean, and while Ben and Lawrinwere fairly cautious about swimming, Jojo just sort ofdived right in.
Lawrin was officially the destroyer of the most sand castles. Ben tended to jump on them only if they were builtby Jojo.
Bens definitely the shy one. Jojo and Lawrin had no problems with going to visit community lots in theirswimwear, but Ben ...
“Okay, so this isnt surprising like my brother would do surprising, right? Like, this isnt curry and peanut butterand cand...
The kids spent most of the afternoon exploring the pirate ship.Except Jojo, who got bored and decided he wanted a tan inst...
In other news, flaming palm trees look AWESOME.
The kids scarf up some pancakes in the wee hours, and Ben Ali tolerates Jojo talking.
The eye-roll is pretty much his default state of being when Jojo is around.
Once again, its easy to identify the shy ones.Actually, I dont think Arties all that shy, he just hadnt been swimming yet ...
Ben Ali became the first of my Sims to discover a crab in the sand. It did nothing to improve his generaldisposition.
“Would you just finish already, so I can destroy it?”“Its all just sand anyway, man.”
Finally, one of the locals started the hula, and everyone joined in, including a couple of other tourists.Whitney stayed j...
“Keep your food on your own plate!”“...Sorry.”
“But if I eat fast, I get to play more! Dont you want to play more?”“Not with you.”
Whitney grasped the hula pretty quickly, despite barely spending any time at all dancing with the local. Ben, whowas danci...
Ive never seen Artie do this before, but he took an instant dislike to the Pod Person tourist, and picked a fight assoon a...
Whitney wanted to learn the massage, so Artie and the kids hung out in the hot springs.Notice how Jojo and Ben are on oppo...
While the kids amused themselves, so did Artie and Whitney.
Lawrins the one everyone seems to get along with. Shes friends with both of her brothers, even if she doestend to stay out...
“Can I just wish for us all to get along?”
Hes not mean, or playful. Hes just RANDOM.
Dude. Actions. Consequences. Look it up.
Lawrin just sat there calmly for quite a while. I figured she was smart enough not to stick her fingers in thebubbling lava.
Then, sadly, temptation got the better of her, and she got a scorching.
Jojo, on the other hand, just sat down and stuck his hand in there without even considering the possibility thathed angere...
“Ouchies!”“You are so dumb. Im going over there to wait for Grandma and Grandpa to tell me that one of us is adopted. Idon...
“Okay, I am not going on this helicopter ride if I have to sit next to him.”“TOO LOUD CANT HEAR.”“GOOD.”
They found the map to the Mysterious Hut on the first tour they took, so no one had to spend hours and hoursdigging for it...
“I wish you were my only sibling!”“Well, we were unauthorized twins.”“I knew he was a mistake!”
“I am tired of going into the Captains Quarters. Please can I pee now?”
“You look like the weird guy who haunts our yard and cracks his knuckles and looks all electrocuted. Are youelectrocuted s...
The Captain taught Whitney the Sea Chantey.Then I let her pee.
“And there was a see-through guy on the boat who looks just like that guy who haunts the backyard looking allgrumpy, and h...
“Imma tell you a secret! YOURE WEIRD.”“Thats not really a secret.”
Whitney and Artie made sure to make the most of their island vacation while the kids were asleep.
On their last morning on the island, Artie watched the waves, Lawrin destroyed the last of the sandcastles,Whitney taught ...
It was all a little too much excitement for Artie and Lawrin, and they passed out in the gazebo thing.
On the ride home, Ben had to sit next to Jojo, and he wasnt happy about it.
At the Uglacy, its business as usual.Brads developed either an addiction to the hot tub or an aversion to pants. I cant te...
George and Paul arent as close as the last few sets of Uglacy twins. Georges just as likely to be playing withJack, like h...
Its nice to know that Tess throws up in her mouth a little when she thinks of her grandson.Im sure that wont give him a co...
“You know youre part alien, right?”“Yeah, but Paulie got the eyes!”
The puppy is Groosalugg.Drusilla was pretty insistent that the wolf stay away from the puppy. I dont blame her.
“The house is full, so Ill sell you some of the dogs, even though you totally cant, like, own another living being,you kno...
Tess and Brad taught the twins how to do homework, while Francie entertained the headmaster.I maybe should have had Tess e...
Brad and Tess still enjoy their alone time.Brad still enjoys not wearing pants.
Groosalugg grows up, and hes got three black feet like hes been walking in soot or something.Hes a weird mix of both of hi...
More vacation!This time, Kati and Gretzky got invited along, since theyre cousins.Apparently, even with controlpets on, yo...
Brad does own proper bottoms! Hooray!
Kati decided to try making nice with George Smith, although that may just be because George gives off “befriends with me” ...
“Can I smash it yet?”“You hafta wait til Im done!”
These kids are more skilled than the last bunch, and for the most part, make things that actually look like castlesinstead...
And they sit down to a delicious meal of grilled cheese sandwiches, because Tess is cooking.
Its pretty bad when Gretzkys the most normal-looking one on the whole vacation.
I mean, I think Paulie has, like, NEGATIVE cheekbones. And no chin. I SO wish he had some of Steviesfeatures, because if h...
Paulie and George did some late-night digging, and that was about the last time anything went well for any ofthem.
Thus began the Summer of the Crab.Before this, Ben was the only Sim whod gotten clamped by a crab when he was combing for ...
Damn near every other time one of them touched thesand, they got up with a crab attached to theirfingers. All five of the ...
“Grandma, there are SO MANY CRABS.”“So stop digging.”“But I havent found anything yet! EXCEPT FOR CRABS.”
I sent them to the hotel thats basically been Our Lady of the Perpetual Hula every time Ive had Sims on the lot.No hula. N...
They did enjoy the pirate ship, though. I had no ideathat Play Pirate was a thing until George rolled theWant for it. Poss...
Tess learned the Sea Chantey and taught it to Jack at the first available opportunity.
Everyone else chilled out in the hot springs. Brad was off learning the massage, because it was an excuse tonot wear pants.
They took the parasailing tour, although what parasailing company would let small children do that, I have noidea. Sounds ...
Tess and Brad were adorable, and most of the kids got fed, so all is well.Jacks lazy, so he doesnt need to eat so much.
Then Gretzky decided it would be AWESOME to glitch in the middle of the road. He couldnt move, and noamount of Force Error...
Because Gretzky got his motives reset when everyone else got back to the home lot, Brad took him along to theMysterious Hu...
I checked in SimPE, and Gretzkys file wasnt shredded. The glitchiness went away and hasnt been back, so itwas a happily te...
George and Gretzky risked their fingers combingfor seashells. Paulie played it smart with asandcastle. Kati decided to avo...
Then Paulie just HAD to push his luck.
“I wish everyone stays safe for the next generation. I hope thats not too much to ask.”
FINALLY the nightmare is over, and they pack up and leave.Gretzky got the chinlessness from Vex. I wish Stevied gotten tha...
Jacks one Neat point was starting to get on my nerves. Ive had other slobs, but I was getting sick of thepuddles. I had Te...
Brad set fire to his dinner for the first time ever. Maybe the shorts are affecting his brain?
Stevies still around, but when hes awake, hes mostly chained to the Robot bench, working on his Gold badge,or hes on his p...
While George was bonding with his dad, Paulie was watching Brad eat charred pork chops, and Jack wasteaching his mom the S...
Rosemarie still likes to scare when she haunts, but I dont think its a malicious thing. She just misses the daysof Meet So...
I had no idea that Sims could tell the story of how they found stuff on their vacations. I think this story began with“SO ...
The night they got home, Jack was ready to grow up, and theres no sense in waiting.
A lot of the time, the faces will sort of even out a little as they hit Teen, so Im not anticipating a big facialexplosion...
Everyone who was awake and not otherwise chained to a crafting bench wandered over eventually.
“My hairs not glitching through my face yet!”Give it time.Giacomo “Jack” Vetinari, born Libra 1/8/1/10/8, currently 3/8/5/...
Tess is just glad things are going smoothly, and George doesnt care whats going on, as long as theressomeone to play with.
At the Prettacy, Jojo still likes pink. Lots and lots of pink.Also, at this time, I upgraded OpenOffice and they changed t...
I sorted out how to get the pictures in the slides, though, so thats a victory in itself.Less of a victory is Lindsay glit...
Thing was, when Gretzky glitched and I popped open SimPE to see if it was terminal? I couldnt stop fromchecking to see how...
All he really wanted to do was go on one last datewith Whitney, and how can I say no to that? So onelast date it was.Held ...
Yes, I did cheat Whitney the Mr. Mickles she earned, and I left it on the floor because I am really, really bad atcleaning...
Lilah the cat is related to Colin the Antisocial Rage-aholic Cat, and partway through Artie and Whitneys date,she decided ...
This is what they both really, really Wanted to do.Recapturing their wild and crazy college days, maybe? Just with more ri...
Of course, it all ended with a pillow fight in the kitchen, as these things do.
And when I say “ended,” I mean that literally, of course.Jojos sleep schedule is totally screwed up, so he was upstairs sl...
“Cmon, brah. Ill take ya to the sun, sand, and all thebubbles ya can stand.”“Wasnt I just at the sun and sand? And I dont ...
Arthur Formerly Schuster Currently Vetinari lived 75 days. He married Gen 7 heir Whitney and had threechildren, Lindsay, S...
Lindsay and Whitney tried to pretend like nothing was wrong, going to far as to tell a Dirty Joke through themiddle of Art...
It was all a lie, though. Dirty Jokes could not cover the sadness of Arties passing.Nikolai drowned his sorrows in cocoa. ...
Lawrin wasnt immune to the weepiness either, but she hadnt been Fearing Artie dying, and she WAS FearingWhitney dying, so ...
Jojo and Ben were both sleeping, but the adults gathered around for Lawrins transition.
Why do they never seem to transition into full-body outfits that have the benefit of actually matching?
“I finger-gun!”Of course you do.Lawrin Vetinari, Leo 5/10/5/3/5. Yup, another naked hot-tubber!Lawrin rolled Family, of al...
I woke Jojo up to grow him up and hopefully get him sleeping on a more normal schedule.He took Arties death pretty hard, b...
His siblings were asleep, but once again the adults gathered round and watched a birthday.Jojo was very angry that he did ...
“But you found pink pajamas!”And a pink T-shirt too.Joe Cotton “Jojo” Vetinari, Pisces 2/8/10/3/10. He finger-guns AND doe...
While Jojo was off making himself pretty, Nikolai got himself fat again.I dont know what his deal is—hes not particularly ...
Jojo had to go out and buy cell phones, and he took advantage of the photo booth at SupremeNerds House ofStuff.Happily, he...
Back at home, he rocked out for a while, and then seemed to understand that his grandmother was missing herhusband, and di...
Eventually, the morning evolved into a dance party in the living room, aside from Ben Ali and Whitney, who wereplaying che...
“Dad? Im pretty sure that wasnt cool even in the 70s.”“Have you never watched Saturday Night Fever?”
Whitney, meanwhile, spent her time tub pirating when no one was home and shed already done her CallFriends for the day.
When a Sim greets the Headmaster like this, its a pretty good bet the kids are getting into private school.
Carver followed Lindsay home from work, and Gen 2 heir Juniper haunted for the first time since I got the gravesback, but ...
Artie haunted for the first time that night too. After the obligatory cry over his moved grave, he floated around thehouse...
Life mostly went on as usual. Nikolai and Lindsay stalked each other, and Jojo was fairly bad at a gameinvolving a rigid s...
Two days after Artie, it was finally Whitneys turn. She sang one last Sea Chantey, then started calling up therelatives fo...
Sawchuk brought Howie along as moral support. They stopped the Smustle long enough for Whitney to get alast hug in.
Just a few feet away from where Artie went, Death Spicoli showed up for Whitney.
Bell was kind of oblivious until the deed was almost done.Whitney tried to spill her umbrella drink in retaliation.
Whitney Vetinari, Gen 7 Prettacy heir, lived 77 days. She had two brothers, Carver and Bell, three children,Lindsay, Sawch...
And then there was Smustling and finger-gunning mixed in with the tears.Turns out that Lawrin is not a particularly good F...
Anyway, heres Whitney and Arties graves. Arties is really the important one, since its my only FortunePlatstone here.Still...
“Uncle Sawchuk, Uncle Sawchuk! What do you do when youre the normal one and you have to put up with theweird kid?”“Mostly ...
As I have mentioned before, I am also bad at keeping Sims home from work on the days when theres going tobe a death in the...
“My mom died!”“WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE DO NOT DIE THEY JUST STOP CALLING FOR A REALLYREALLY REALLY LONG TIME MY ...
“Hey, Im still kinda hungry. You wanna split a piece of cake or something?”
“Heh. I wouldnt trust the pastry chef here to make Play-Doh.”“Well, not everyone can be Gilbert Jacquet, Super-Baker.”“Id ...
“Uh, you do know what you do for a living, right?”“Its complicated. If youre in the mood for dessert, I have a pint of bla...
“Um... This is actual dessert, right? Not metaphorical dessert? I dont think Im ready for metaphorical dessert.”“Actual de...
“Then, yeah. Id like to see what you can do with blackberries.”
“I should probably give you the house tour, huh? Were standing in the living room and that is the kitchen. Thusconcludes t...
“It does sort of look like a little old lady exploded in here. Not really, because that would be icky, but, you know.”“Pin...
“What are those doors over there?”“Oh, thats the bathroom and Mothers room. Nothing terribly interesting, unless you like ...
“The yard looks cool, though. I bet you could throw some good parties on the deck. So whats up the stairs?”“Just my room. ...
“Oh, um, I dont think Im ready for upstairs yet.”“You dont have to be.”“Do you want me to be?”
“Cass, I dont want anything from you that you dont want. You know that.”“I dont want you to get tired of waiting.”“Im a ve...
“Ill be patient forever if thats what you need. Im not going to hurt you, Cassidy. Take things at your own pace.”
“One step at a time, right?”“Mmm-hmmm.”
“Oh!”
“Gilbert?”
“Gilbert!”
“Mother, what are you doing here? Its the middle of the day!”“A delivery truck hit a transformer box and knocked out power...
“And this is how you choose to spend your free time?”“As a matter of fact, it is!”
“And I suppose you choose to spend the rest of your free time with this... person?”
“You are starting to push your luck, Mother. This person is named Cassidy, and hes my boyfriend and I reallydont care if y...
“I want grandchildren! Your father would have wanted grandchildren, a family to carry on the Jacquet name!Think of what yo...
“When will you learn that theres more to life than having fun?”“When will you figure out that I dont have to live my life ...
“Oh, now youre just being selfish.”“Im being selfish? Ever since Dad died, youve been trying to mold me into what you want...
“Be very careful, Gilbert. You are walking out onto some very thin ice. You are going to have to choose, rightnow, whether...
“Are you really doing this, Mother? Is this really what you want to do?”“Youve put yourself into this position.”“No. Youre...
“I know whats important. And since youre so keen to make me choose between you and the man I love, Ichoose him!”
“Youre not serious!”“Completely serious, actually.”“First you have the nerve to bring that man into my home, and—““Its not...
“Gilbert—”“No. Youve said your piece. Now its my turn. Youre a horrible, hateful, spiteful old woman...”
“...and I want you out of my house. You just overstayed your welcome.”“You wouldnt dare!”
“I just did.”“You will regret this!”“I dont think I will. I believe you can show yourself to the door. Dont let it hit you...
“Im sorry, Cass. I never meant for that to happen. Certainly not in front of you.”“Its okay.”“Its not. Im sorry.”
“No, I mean... Things always go bad around me. Im just bad luck or something.”“Cass, that fight really wasnt about you. Yo...
“That was long overdue to happen. It wasnt your fault. Youve made me happy enough that I dont think youreany kind of luck ...
“Gil? Did you mean everything you said?”“I wouldnt have said it if I didnt.”
“No, but did... Did you mean it when...? When you said...?”“Did I mean it when I said I loved you? Of course I did.”
“Do you want me to say it again? I love you, Cassidy.”
“Gilbert? I think maybe Id like to see the upstairs now.”“You dont have to.”
“I think thats mostly why I want to.”
“I mean it, Cass. You dont owe me anything.”“I owe you a lot. But this just isnt how I have to pay you back.”“As long as y...
“Just shut up and kiss me.”“As you wish.”
“Cass, wait. Hang on.”“Okay?”
“I just feel like I should tell you that Ive never actually done this with another man before.”“Oh. Do you not want to?”“I...
“Oh. Well, Ive never done this with someone I loved who actually loved me back, so I guess this is sort of thefirst time f...
“You love me, Cassidy?”“I love you, Gilbert.”
...
“Cass?”“Yeah?”“Theres something I want to ask you. You dont have to answer right away. You can think about it as long as y...
“Its just that I seem to be down a roommate. I thought you might want the position.”“Are you asking me to move in with you...
“This is where I belong.”
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  1. 1. Welcome back to the Vetinari Dualegacy! This is Chapter 24.5: Somewhere I Belong!Last time, the usual assortment of stuff happened. Babies, toddlers, children, that sort of thing.Oh, and Cassidy kissed Gilbert. I guess that was sort of important too.And thats all the recap you get. Moving on!
  2. 2. At Abel and Vexs house, Vex finally goes PermaPlat. He is now a Mad Scientist. Or, since hes got 10 Nicepoints, a Slightly Annoyed Scientist.Not gonna lie, the Evil Robot Hand looks so strange on him.
  3. 3. Still, family life goes on, and Vex and Kaylee teach their respective children (Gretzky and Kati) the joys ofhomework.
  4. 4. Kati, Abel and Kaylees daughter, got a whopping ONE Nice point, and Daddy Abel wasnt going to let that stand.I didnt let him go too crazy, though. At five Nice points, shes still the meanest Uglacy descendant of thegeneration.
  5. 5. A bunch of them wanted a womrat. I havent had one in ages and ages, but I do have the Caged Pet Fixes hackin place so they dont die just because you put the game on pause for half an hour.Anyway, his name is Caliban and he looks like a panda.
  6. 6. I invited Brad over with the current main house boys.Gretzky and George Smith became thick as thieves in no time at all. They spent most of the afternoon playingtag and thoroughly enjoying themselves.
  7. 7. I did manage to drag them over for a water balloon fight, which Kati won, because Kati is the mean one, andgenerally gets what she wants.
  8. 8. Brad, meanwhile, wandered around the house, chatting with whoever was available, and generally ignoring themaxed-Outgoing antics of Abel and Kaylee.
  9. 9. Delvecchio really wanted to join the Garden Club. I knew I couldnt get him the wishing well, but all he reallywanted was the membership.I like to think giving the Garden Club lady as much of a view as possible helped his chances.As long as she kept her eyes below his neck, because lets be honest, Vex does not have a pretty face.
  10. 10. I know there are a bunch of kids, and its hard to keep track. The boy-child is Gretzky. He is Vexs son withEmmy “Hairbuns Hippie” Wood. Vex is an Uglacy spare, and Gretzky is a first cousin to the current Uglacy boys.The girl-child is Katarina, aka Kati, and she is Abels daughter with Kaylee. Abel is Vexs twin brother, makingKati a first cousin to the Uglacy boys as well. Shes also distantly related to the Prettacy crowd through Kaylee,who is Connors daughter.Indy--> Bee--> Connor--> Kaylee-->KatiIm sure you dont need a refresher on who Indy is.
  11. 11. Mostly I was just playing the spare houses to get the kids grown up to the point where they could be aged up toTeen when I needed them to.I left these two Smustling and headed off to the next house.
  12. 12. Conveniently enough, the next house is LITERALLY the next house, as in, right next door. This is the house withEdmund Fitzgerald and Channon and Wydah and Mitch, and their daughters.Edmund Fitzgerald is a tub pirate addict.They make a 12-Step program for that, but Tub Pirates Anonymous is for QUITTERS.
  13. 13. The two girls are Maui and Tahiti.Tahiti is the one with the long hair, on the right. Maui is the one with the short hair, on the left.Theyre double first cousins, since their mothers and fathers are siblings.It doesnt matter which one goes with which parents, although Im pretty sure Tahiti is Wydah and Mitchsdaughter. I cant keep them straight either.Edmund Fitzgerald and Wydah are Bells children, and Bell is current Prettacy Elder Whitneys twin brother, soMaui and Tahiti are sorta-cousins to the Prettacy kids.
  14. 14. Wydah finally went PermaPlat. She got stuck on the last skill point she needed, and then had a sort of roughpregnancy, so she was a little behind everyone else.
  15. 15. Channon decided to stop Toast while she was out for her morning constitutional, and they spent hours andhours discussing all manner of Pleasure Sim things.EphemeralToast wrote the Apocalypso-A-Go-Go.
  16. 16. When the weather warmed up, Gretzky, Kati, and the Landgraab twins Tyler and Duncan came over for aplaydate.
  17. 17. At the end of the day, there was some awkwardly-positioned Smustling and grilled cheese sandwiches.
  18. 18. Over in Bluewater Village, Simon decided to stop by and remind everyone that hes still adorable.Yes, Simon. You are still cute.
  19. 19. Ellie continued the long-standing tradition of pork chop pyromania. Thankfully, I always remember a fire alarm,and its been a while since anyones set themselves on fire.Except for Wydah in college. But that was a daily occurrence, and it really got to be a bit boring.
  20. 20. Michael went PermaPlat.And there are no more pictures of this house, including the boys, because a certain visitor who did not need tobe in Bluewater Village hung around for a very long time and got in all of the pictures.So there are two boys, Duncan is the blonde who looks like Michael, Tyler is the brunette who looks like aLandgraab, they are Mals grandkids and Malcolm IVs great-grandkids, and very very distantly related to thePrettacy kids through Sycamore. And also distantly related to the Uglacy kids through Malcolm IVs liaison withCoco (which produced Archie and Xander).
  21. 21. The last of the spare houses is Six and Inara. Six is Malcolm Landgraab VI. I think you can work that math outyourself.Inara is Kaylees sister. If you need that refresher, go back a few slides.Six went PermaPlat almost immediately, after waiting a week for the career he needed.
  22. 22. Simons daughter River followed Six home from work and gleefully destroyed Inaras snowman. In Rivers world,snowmen have pitchforks.
  23. 23. An exhausted Inara went PermaPlat, leaving Stevie, Francie, and Nikolai the only ones of the generation whoarent. Francie and Nikolai are working on it, but Stevie wants 5 Top Level Businesses, and Ill have to cheat himPermaPlat after one more business, since I lost three to the partial rebuild.
  24. 24. Thats Kinsey there on the right. Like Duncan and Tyler, shes distantly related to both lines of the family. Shes adouble-threat: cute as a bug and mean as a snake.
  25. 25. At the Prettacy, Nikolai managed to spend enough time on the phone to go PermaPlat with 20 Best Friends. Itsalways harder with the Townie types, since they havent had their whole lives to build up those relationships.
  26. 26. Jojo continues to be weird and awesome.<3 Jojo.
  27. 27. I had Whitney retire, and she shot me a celebratory finger-gun.
  28. 28. Somewhere in the midst of all this mess, I installed Bon Voyage and got to play vacations for the first time. SinceWhitney and Arties life bars were getting painfully short, I decided to extend their lives with a little GrandparentVacation.In this case, that was only Lawrin, Jojo, and Ben Ali tagging along, but that totally still counts.Whitney was just irritated that she had to carry the suitcase in her finger-gunning hand.
  29. 29. When they got to Twikkii, Jojo made a beeline for Whitney, and Ben tried to stay as far away from his brother aspossible.Its weird. Jojo and Ben have almost totally opposite personalities, and Bens the more playful of the two, but heACTS so much more serious than Jojo does. Ben does not share my appreciation of Jojos nonlinear nature.
  30. 30. “Who wants to jump rope with seaweed? We can double-dutch!”
  31. 31. None of them have a whole lot of Creativity, so this was vaguely amusing to watch.I was also reminded how much younger Ben is than Lawrin and Jojo. Normally, the kids are 3 or 4 days apart,but the twins are one day from being able to Teen up, and Ben just turned Child. Lindsay did NOT want to getpregnant again.
  32. 32. They discovered the ocean, and while Ben and Lawrinwere fairly cautious about swimming, Jojo just sort ofdived right in.
  33. 33. Lawrin was officially the destroyer of the most sand castles. Ben tended to jump on them only if they were builtby Jojo.
  34. 34. Bens definitely the shy one. Jojo and Lawrin had no problems with going to visit community lots in theirswimwear, but Ben had to cover up before hed leave the lot.For the house, I took one of the existing lots, knocked down a few walls, redecorated, and then cloned it andused it for the Uglacy as well.Im going to use these lots ONCE. I figured Id save myself the hassle of building them myself.
  35. 35. “Okay, so this isnt surprising like my brother would do surprising, right? Like, this isnt curry and peanut butterand candied yams?”“...Just surprising pineapple.”
  36. 36. The kids spent most of the afternoon exploring the pirate ship.Except Jojo, who got bored and decided he wanted a tan instead.
  37. 37. In other news, flaming palm trees look AWESOME.
  38. 38. The kids scarf up some pancakes in the wee hours, and Ben Ali tolerates Jojo talking.
  39. 39. The eye-roll is pretty much his default state of being when Jojo is around.
  40. 40. Once again, its easy to identify the shy ones.Actually, I dont think Arties all that shy, he just hadnt been swimming yet that day.
  41. 41. Ben Ali became the first of my Sims to discover a crab in the sand. It did nothing to improve his generaldisposition.
  42. 42. “Would you just finish already, so I can destroy it?”“Its all just sand anyway, man.”
  43. 43. Finally, one of the locals started the hula, and everyone joined in, including a couple of other tourists.Whitney stayed just long enough to get the memory of it, then ran off to pee.
  44. 44. “Keep your food on your own plate!”“...Sorry.”
  45. 45. “But if I eat fast, I get to play more! Dont you want to play more?”“Not with you.”
  46. 46. Whitney grasped the hula pretty quickly, despite barely spending any time at all dancing with the local. Ben, whowas dancing with the local for a lot longer, still had trouble. Then again, Whitneys got almost full skills, and Benhas a handful of Charisma and however many Creativity hes managed to gain from building sandcastles.The poor kid just cant catch a break.
  47. 47. Ive never seen Artie do this before, but he took an instant dislike to the Pod Person tourist, and picked a fight assoon as she stepped onto the lot.Theyd never met before, she didnt interact with him at all, let alone Pranked him or did something elsenegative. He just walked right up and started to Argue.Artie has gotten a bit weird in his old age.
  48. 48. Whitney wanted to learn the massage, so Artie and the kids hung out in the hot springs.Notice how Jojo and Ben are on opposite sides of the pool.
  49. 49. While the kids amused themselves, so did Artie and Whitney.
  50. 50. Lawrins the one everyone seems to get along with. Shes friends with both of her brothers, even if she doestend to stay out of the middle of their drama.
  51. 51. “Can I just wish for us all to get along?”
  52. 52. Hes not mean, or playful. Hes just RANDOM.
  53. 53. Dude. Actions. Consequences. Look it up.
  54. 54. Lawrin just sat there calmly for quite a while. I figured she was smart enough not to stick her fingers in thebubbling lava.
  55. 55. Then, sadly, temptation got the better of her, and she got a scorching.
  56. 56. Jojo, on the other hand, just sat down and stuck his hand in there without even considering the possibility thathed angered the idol and maybe the flaming red lava would be hot.
  57. 57. “Ouchies!”“You are so dumb. Im going over there to wait for Grandma and Grandpa to tell me that one of us is adopted. Idont care which one.”
  58. 58. “Okay, I am not going on this helicopter ride if I have to sit next to him.”“TOO LOUD CANT HEAR.”“GOOD.”
  59. 59. They found the map to the Mysterious Hut on the first tour they took, so no one had to spend hours and hoursdigging for it.Whitney fixed all his stuff, but she had to pee when he wanted to give her the Voodoo Doll, and it timed out. Sheended up leaving without Mr. Mickles.She was ROBBED. ROBBED, I tell you.But she earned it, so I totally cheated her one later.
  60. 60. “I wish you were my only sibling!”“Well, we were unauthorized twins.”“I knew he was a mistake!”
  61. 61. “I am tired of going into the Captains Quarters. Please can I pee now?”
  62. 62. “You look like the weird guy who haunts our yard and cracks his knuckles and looks all electrocuted. Are youelectrocuted sometimes?”“Arrr, yer a strange one, arent ye?”
  63. 63. The Captain taught Whitney the Sea Chantey.Then I let her pee.
  64. 64. “And there was a see-through guy on the boat who looks just like that guy who haunts the backyard looking allgrumpy, and he and Grandma were singing!”“Are you sure your brothers the odd one?”
  65. 65. “Imma tell you a secret! YOURE WEIRD.”“Thats not really a secret.”
  66. 66. Whitney and Artie made sure to make the most of their island vacation while the kids were asleep.
  67. 67. On their last morning on the island, Artie watched the waves, Lawrin destroyed the last of the sandcastles,Whitney taught Jojo the Sea Chantey, and Ben stayed somewhere Jojo wasnt.
  68. 68. It was all a little too much excitement for Artie and Lawrin, and they passed out in the gazebo thing.
  69. 69. On the ride home, Ben had to sit next to Jojo, and he wasnt happy about it.
  70. 70. At the Uglacy, its business as usual.Brads developed either an addiction to the hot tub or an aversion to pants. I cant tell which.
  71. 71. George and Paul arent as close as the last few sets of Uglacy twins. Georges just as likely to be playing withJack, like he is here, as with Paul. Or anyone else his age whos over.Except the BV kids. Theyve turned into my Marsha Bruenig. And theres a self-imposed restriction on makingfriends with Townie kids who will never, ever grow up, so its sort of a wasted trip every day when they show upon the bus.
  72. 72. Its nice to know that Tess throws up in her mouth a little when she thinks of her grandson.Im sure that wont give him a complex or anything.
  73. 73. “You know youre part alien, right?”“Yeah, but Paulie got the eyes!”
  74. 74. The puppy is Groosalugg.Drusilla was pretty insistent that the wolf stay away from the puppy. I dont blame her.
  75. 75. “The house is full, so Ill sell you some of the dogs, even though you totally cant, like, own another living being,you know?”“I know. But Kati and Gretzky will love the dogs anyway, even though they really belong to Mother Earth.”“Right on.”
  76. 76. Tess and Brad taught the twins how to do homework, while Francie entertained the headmaster.I maybe should have had Tess entertain the headmaster, since shes friends with pretty much everyone, but inthe end, it didnt matter, since the boys all got in anyway.Also note the BV child standing in a corner, ignored.
  77. 77. Brad and Tess still enjoy their alone time.Brad still enjoys not wearing pants.
  78. 78. Groosalugg grows up, and hes got three black feet like hes been walking in soot or something.Hes a weird mix of both of his parents, although I sort of miss the eyebrows.
  79. 79. More vacation!This time, Kati and Gretzky got invited along, since theyre cousins.Apparently, even with controlpets on, you still cant force them to go to bed. Or maybe thats because of theSmarter Beds hack. Sadly, that was one of the LEAST annoying things about the vacation.
  80. 80. Brad does own proper bottoms! Hooray!
  81. 81. Kati decided to try making nice with George Smith, although that may just be because George gives off “befriends with me” vibes that no one can resist.Paulie showed off a cartwheel for Tess.Or maybe thats Jack. Hard to tell from here, when theyre in their school uniforms. Lack of discernible chinmakes me think Paulie, though.
  82. 82. “Can I smash it yet?”“You hafta wait til Im done!”
  83. 83. These kids are more skilled than the last bunch, and for the most part, make things that actually look like castlesinstead of heaps of sand.
  84. 84. And they sit down to a delicious meal of grilled cheese sandwiches, because Tess is cooking.
  85. 85. Its pretty bad when Gretzkys the most normal-looking one on the whole vacation.
  86. 86. I mean, I think Paulie has, like, NEGATIVE cheekbones. And no chin. I SO wish he had some of Steviesfeatures, because if he did, hed be heir, no question.
  87. 87. Paulie and George did some late-night digging, and that was about the last time anything went well for any ofthem.
  88. 88. Thus began the Summer of the Crab.Before this, Ben was the only Sim whod gotten clamped by a crab when he was combing for shells.After this?
  89. 89. Damn near every other time one of them touched thesand, they got up with a crab attached to theirfingers. All five of the kids caught multiple crabs.Sometimes two or three in a row. After a while, myfingers started having sympathy twinges.
  90. 90. “Grandma, there are SO MANY CRABS.”“So stop digging.”“But I havent found anything yet! EXCEPT FOR CRABS.”
  91. 91. I sent them to the hotel thats basically been Our Lady of the Perpetual Hula every time Ive had Sims on the lot.No hula. Not even a hint of a hula.Not this time, or the two other times I sent them to this lot.And this is the only lot Ive ever had locals hula at before.So this crowd did not learn the hula.It goes without saying that they did not learn to Hang Loose. Ive never had ANY Sim learn the local gesturewithout me making the local controllable. I am unconvinced that its even possible to autonomously learn thelocal gestures. Ill believe it when I see it. And I wont hold my breath.
  92. 92. They did enjoy the pirate ship, though. I had no ideathat Play Pirate was a thing until George rolled theWant for it. Possibly he thought hed get to play WITHa pirate, but he was sadly mistaken.
  93. 93. Tess learned the Sea Chantey and taught it to Jack at the first available opportunity.
  94. 94. Everyone else chilled out in the hot springs. Brad was off learning the massage, because it was an excuse tonot wear pants.
  95. 95. They took the parasailing tour, although what parasailing company would let small children do that, I have noidea. Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen to me.
  96. 96. Tess and Brad were adorable, and most of the kids got fed, so all is well.Jacks lazy, so he doesnt need to eat so much.
  97. 97. Then Gretzky decided it would be AWESOME to glitch in the middle of the road. He couldnt move, and noamount of Force Error would fix him. Being a community lot, I couldnt move him in Buy Mode, and he couldntleave the lot. I ended up deleting him and hoping he wasnt completely borked.Also I seem to have downloaded the Yellow Pee hack in my last trip through Pescados DC.
  98. 98. Because Gretzky got his motives reset when everyone else got back to the home lot, Brad took him along to theMysterious Hut, where the Witch Doctor once again failed to produce a genuinely earned Mr. Mickles.Gretzky was still glitchy, and I had to delete him again.At this point, I think we were all counting the hours until it was time to leave.
  99. 99. I checked in SimPE, and Gretzkys file wasnt shredded. The glitchiness went away and hasnt been back, so itwas a happily temporary thing.
  100. 100. George and Gretzky risked their fingers combingfor seashells. Paulie played it smart with asandcastle. Kati decided to avoid the sandaltogether, as did Jack.
  101. 101. Then Paulie just HAD to push his luck.
  102. 102. “I wish everyone stays safe for the next generation. I hope thats not too much to ask.”
  103. 103. FINALLY the nightmare is over, and they pack up and leave.Gretzky got the chinlessness from Vex. I wish Stevied gotten that. It would look SO NOT GOOD with the mouth.
  104. 104. Jacks one Neat point was starting to get on my nerves. Ive had other slobs, but I was getting sick of thepuddles. I had Tess Encourage him up to three, just to cut down on the messes in the bathrooms.
  105. 105. Brad set fire to his dinner for the first time ever. Maybe the shorts are affecting his brain?
  106. 106. Stevies still around, but when hes awake, hes mostly chained to the Robot bench, working on his Gold badge,or hes on his phone, keeping his friends.I do occasionally let him off his leash.
  107. 107. While George was bonding with his dad, Paulie was watching Brad eat charred pork chops, and Jack wasteaching his mom the Sea Chantey.
  108. 108. Rosemarie still likes to scare when she haunts, but I dont think its a malicious thing. She just misses the daysof Meet Someone New +1000.
  109. 109. I had no idea that Sims could tell the story of how they found stuff on their vacations. I think this story began with“SO MANY CRABS.”
  110. 110. The night they got home, Jack was ready to grow up, and theres no sense in waiting.
  111. 111. A lot of the time, the faces will sort of even out a little as they hit Teen, so Im not anticipating a big facialexplosion with this one. Im betting itll get bad when he gets to college. You can see the echoes of it, though—the eye bags, the lack of cheekbones, the busted nose.
  112. 112. Everyone who was awake and not otherwise chained to a crafting bench wandered over eventually.
  113. 113. “My hairs not glitching through my face yet!”Give it time.Giacomo “Jack” Vetinari, born Libra 1/8/1/10/8, currently 3/8/5/10/8.Jack rolled Romance, of all things. He has to get married so his kid will have the Vetinari name, and I feel like Imight do the college re-roll for him. Even if I dont do the re-roll, he rolled a career-related LTW (Visionary; Idownloaded the hack that enables them to get Uni careers as LTWs), so getting married wont make him gocrazy-go-nuts no matter what.
  114. 114. Tess is just glad things are going smoothly, and George doesnt care whats going on, as long as theressomeone to play with.
  115. 115. At the Prettacy, Jojo still likes pink. Lots and lots of pink.Also, at this time, I upgraded OpenOffice and they changed things that were already OK, and now I cantfigure out how to get the text to left-justify properly, and it really, really wants to put bullet lists EVERYWHERE,but its still better than PowerPoint.
  116. 116. I sorted out how to get the pictures in the slides, though, so thats a victory in itself.Less of a victory is Lindsay glitching Nikolais crotch through the kitchen table while Lawrin is still trying tofinish her breakfast.
  117. 117. Thing was, when Gretzky glitched and I popped open SimPE to see if it was terminal? I couldnt stop fromchecking to see how long the Elder types had left.Turned out, for Artie, it was not long at all.Not long as in, a few hours.
  118. 118. All he really wanted to do was go on one last datewith Whitney, and how can I say no to that? So onelast date it was.Held in the utterly romantic location of the front hall,because I am too lazy to send them to a communitylot for this sort of thing.
  119. 119. Yes, I did cheat Whitney the Mr. Mickles she earned, and I left it on the floor because I am really, really bad atcleaning out Inventories when people die.Like I meant to pass Arties cell phone along to one of the grandkids, which utterly failed to happen. Its not likethey dont have the money to buy more cell phones, but its easier just to hand them down. When I remember todo it, that is.
  120. 120. Lilah the cat is related to Colin the Antisocial Rage-aholic Cat, and partway through Artie and Whitneys date,she decided to pick a fight with the visiting wolf, and lost. Badly.Watching the family pet get beat up by a wild animal doesnt affect the date score. Good to know.
  121. 121. This is what they both really, really Wanted to do.Recapturing their wild and crazy college days, maybe? Just with more risk of a broken hip and having to stop topee.
  122. 122. Of course, it all ended with a pillow fight in the kitchen, as these things do.
  123. 123. And when I say “ended,” I mean that literally, of course.Jojos sleep schedule is totally screwed up, so he was upstairs sleeping, but everyone else was there to saygoodbye to Artie.
  124. 124. “Cmon, brah. Ill take ya to the sun, sand, and all thebubbles ya can stand.”“Wasnt I just at the sun and sand? And I dont reallydo bubbles.”“Just take the drink, brah. Thats how it goes.”
  125. 125. Arthur Formerly Schuster Currently Vetinari lived 75 days. He married Gen 7 heir Whitney and had threechildren, Lindsay, Sawchuk, and Aurie, and three grandchildren, Lawrin, Joe Cotton, and Ben Ali. He maxed atleast one career and utterly doted on his grandkids. He died still wanting MOAR GRANDBABIES.He left inheritance to 10 people, including 20K to Whitney, 8K to Aurie, 2500 to Lawrin, 6800 to Sawchuk, and9700 to Lindsay.Artie, you were low-maintenance and inoffensive, and you actually wanted to potty-train the toddlers. Kudos.
  126. 126. Lindsay and Whitney tried to pretend like nothing was wrong, going to far as to tell a Dirty Joke through themiddle of Arties urn.That would be the Platinum Fortune urn I needed to make the full set of graves, of course.
  127. 127. It was all a lie, though. Dirty Jokes could not cover the sadness of Arties passing.Nikolai drowned his sorrows in cocoa. Lindsay and Whitney went the more traditional route of crying hystericallyevery few minutes.
  128. 128. Lawrin wasnt immune to the weepiness either, but she hadnt been Fearing Artie dying, and she WAS FearingWhitney dying, so I grew her up as soon as I could, so that I didnt have to deal with death-related Aspirationredness if I waited.Not that Whitney was ready to drop dead that day, but it was coming.
  129. 129. Jojo and Ben were both sleeping, but the adults gathered around for Lawrins transition.
  130. 130. Why do they never seem to transition into full-body outfits that have the benefit of actually matching?
  131. 131. “I finger-gun!”Of course you do.Lawrin Vetinari, Leo 5/10/5/3/5. Yup, another naked hot-tubber!Lawrin rolled Family, of all things. Third time ever! Happily, she rolled a job-related LTW, so even if I dont re-rollher Aspiration in college, she wont freak out if she doesnt get to breed. Which she wont. Shes Gen 9, so noneof these kids are guaranteed offspring, aside from the heirs.Ill just have to see how traumatized she is at the prospect of NO BABIES. Besides, I think shed make a prettygood Pop Sim, just like her parents and grandmother.
  132. 132. I woke Jojo up to grow him up and hopefully get him sleeping on a more normal schedule.He took Arties death pretty hard, but at least Founder Orson didnt scare the cookies out of him while he wasemotionally vulnerable.
  133. 133. His siblings were asleep, but once again the adults gathered round and watched a birthday.Jojo was very angry that he did not transition into pink pajamas.
  134. 134. “But you found pink pajamas!”And a pink T-shirt too.Joe Cotton “Jojo” Vetinari, Pisces 2/8/10/3/10. He finger-guns AND does the Creepy Nice Point Smile.Jojo rolled Pleasure, which I might normally get irritated about, since hes so Serious, but honestly, I think it suitshim. He also got a career-related LTW, so I dont even have to re-roll that in college or deal with one of those“million zillion dates yay!” LTWs.And if anyone has a problem being thrown to him for Aspiration Fodder in college, let me know, because hellprobably want loads of dates anyway, and I will probably give them to him just because I like him.
  135. 135. While Jojo was off making himself pretty, Nikolai got himself fat again.I dont know what his deal is—hes not particularly lazy or sloppy, and I have noeatcrap in, so he stops eatingwhen hes not hungry, but somehow, he keeps managing to get fat.And then he rolls the Want to Get Fit, which in the past Ive done because he wasnt PermaPlat and I needed tokeep him happy.I explained to him that I would Get him Fit one more time, and after that, hes on his own. He can eat what hewants and use the Dance Sphere if he chooses, but its up to him.I should mention that no one can make lobster. If they get up to 10 Cooking, I cheat them back down to 9. EvenLindsay, whos a Celebrity Chef.
  136. 136. Jojo had to go out and buy cell phones, and he took advantage of the photo booth at SupremeNerds House ofStuff.Happily, he was not Taking Advantage of it in the way that so many other Sims have in the past.
  137. 137. Back at home, he rocked out for a while, and then seemed to understand that his grandmother was missing herhusband, and did a little bonding.
  138. 138. Eventually, the morning evolved into a dance party in the living room, aside from Ben Ali and Whitney, who wereplaying chess upstairs.
  139. 139. “Dad? Im pretty sure that wasnt cool even in the 70s.”“Have you never watched Saturday Night Fever?”
  140. 140. Whitney, meanwhile, spent her time tub pirating when no one was home and shed already done her CallFriends for the day.
  141. 141. When a Sim greets the Headmaster like this, its a pretty good bet the kids are getting into private school.
  142. 142. Carver followed Lindsay home from work, and Gen 2 heir Juniper haunted for the first time since I got the gravesback, but managed to spend the whole night in the house without scaring anyone.
  143. 143. Artie haunted for the first time that night too. After the obligatory cry over his moved grave, he floated around thehouse, as mellow in death as he was in life.
  144. 144. Life mostly went on as usual. Nikolai and Lindsay stalked each other, and Jojo was fairly bad at a gameinvolving a rigid set of rules requiring a logical plan of attack.
  145. 145. Two days after Artie, it was finally Whitneys turn. She sang one last Sea Chantey, then started calling up therelatives for one last game of Rock Paper Scissors.
  146. 146. Sawchuk brought Howie along as moral support. They stopped the Smustle long enough for Whitney to get alast hug in.
  147. 147. Just a few feet away from where Artie went, Death Spicoli showed up for Whitney.
  148. 148. Bell was kind of oblivious until the deed was almost done.Whitney tried to spill her umbrella drink in retaliation.
  149. 149. Whitney Vetinari, Gen 7 Prettacy heir, lived 77 days. She had two brothers, Carver and Bell, three children,Lindsay, Sawchuk, and Aurie, and three grandchildren, Lawrin, Joe Cotton, and Ben Ali. She topped at least onecareer in her lifetime and spent much of her free time in the bathtub making “Arrrr” noises.She left money to 29 people, including 9600 to Lindsay, 9100 to Aurie, 2475 to Jojo, 2400 to Ben, and 960 toNikolai.Whitney, you were pretty chill and didnt let Bucky or Fair get under your skin, and you were always there forTess. Thanks.
  150. 150. And then there was Smustling and finger-gunning mixed in with the tears.Turns out that Lawrin is not a particularly good Family Sim. Larch and Xander would have been inconsolable atthis point.
  151. 151. Anyway, heres Whitney and Arties graves. Arties is really the important one, since its my only FortunePlatstone here.Still working on getting the portraits of the current generation up. Theres one of Nikolai there that I might notkeep. I havent decided yet.
  152. 152. “Uncle Sawchuk, Uncle Sawchuk! What do you do when youre the normal one and you have to put up with theweird kid?”“Mostly you just keep your mouth shut and your head down.”“Theres not a better way to do it?”“Nope. Sorry.”
  153. 153. As I have mentioned before, I am also bad at keeping Sims home from work on the days when theres going tobe a death in the family. I caught Lindsay just a few seconds too late to stop her from getting in the car, so off towork she went.She took it pretty hard when she got home, and Kestrel is no help at all in these situations.
  154. 154. “My mom died!”“WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE DO NOT DIE THEY JUST STOP CALLING FOR A REALLYREALLY REALLY LONG TIME MY PARENTS AND MY BROTHER ARE NOT DEAD THEY ARE JUST SUPERBUSY.”Elsewhere in Riverblossom Hills...
  155. 155. “Hey, Im still kinda hungry. You wanna split a piece of cake or something?”
  156. 156. “Heh. I wouldnt trust the pastry chef here to make Play-Doh.”“Well, not everyone can be Gilbert Jacquet, Super-Baker.”“Id rather bake sweets than eat them anyway.”
  157. 157. “Uh, you do know what you do for a living, right?”“Its complicated. If youre in the mood for dessert, I have a pint of blackberries in my fridge at home. I could dosomething amazing with them if you want.”
  158. 158. “Um... This is actual dessert, right? Not metaphorical dessert? I dont think Im ready for metaphorical dessert.”“Actual dessert. No metaphors in sight.”
  159. 159. “Then, yeah. Id like to see what you can do with blackberries.”
  160. 160. “I should probably give you the house tour, huh? Were standing in the living room and that is the kitchen. Thusconcludes the house tour.”“I like it. Its cozy.”“Sorry about the décor. Not my choice.”
  161. 161. “It does sort of look like a little old lady exploded in here. Not really, because that would be icky, but, you know.”“Pink floral prints do not scream Bachelor Pad?”
  162. 162. “What are those doors over there?”“Oh, thats the bathroom and Mothers room. Nothing terribly interesting, unless you like pink floral toilet seatcovers.”
  163. 163. “The yard looks cool, though. I bet you could throw some good parties on the deck. So whats up the stairs?”“Just my room. Literally. Its a loft. I could show you if you want.”
  164. 164. “Oh, um, I dont think Im ready for upstairs yet.”“You dont have to be.”“Do you want me to be?”
  165. 165. “Cass, I dont want anything from you that you dont want. You know that.”“I dont want you to get tired of waiting.”“Im a very patient man.”“Nobodys patient forever.”
  166. 166. “Ill be patient forever if thats what you need. Im not going to hurt you, Cassidy. Take things at your own pace.”
  167. 167. “One step at a time, right?”“Mmm-hmmm.”
  168. 168. “Oh!”
  169. 169. “Gilbert?”
  170. 170. “Gilbert!”
  171. 171. “Mother, what are you doing here? Its the middle of the day!”“A delivery truck hit a transformer box and knocked out power to the whole street! And Im not the one whoshould be answering questions about what Im doing here!”“Its my day off!”
  172. 172. “And this is how you choose to spend your free time?”“As a matter of fact, it is!”
  173. 173. “And I suppose you choose to spend the rest of your free time with this... person?”
  174. 174. “You are starting to push your luck, Mother. This person is named Cassidy, and hes my boyfriend and I reallydont care if you like that or not.”“It is high time you got over this, this silliness, Gilbert. You need to find yourself a good woman and settle down.”“The hell I do!”
  175. 175. “I want grandchildren! Your father would have wanted grandchildren, a family to carry on the Jacquet name!Think of what youre doing to his memory!”“Dad would have wanted me to be happy, which I am!”“He never would have approved of your hedonism!”“I seem to remember Dad enjoying the hell out of his life.”
  176. 176. “When will you learn that theres more to life than having fun?”“When will you figure out that I dont have to live my life by your rules? I dont want a wife and 2.5 kids and awhite picket fence! Thats your dream!”
  177. 177. “Oh, now youre just being selfish.”“Im being selfish? Ever since Dad died, youve been trying to mold me into what you want me to be, andenoughs enough! Im through letting you tell me what my life should be!”
  178. 178. “Be very careful, Gilbert. You are walking out onto some very thin ice. You are going to have to choose, rightnow, whether youre going to keep walking.”“Is that some sort of threat?”“You just have to decide whats more important to you. Family? Or him?”
  179. 179. “Are you really doing this, Mother? Is this really what you want to do?”“Youve put yourself into this position.”“No. Youre the one whos forcing my hand here. And if you dont back down, you might not like what happensnext.”“If Im pushing you, its only to make you see whats really important.”
  180. 180. “I know whats important. And since youre so keen to make me choose between you and the man I love, Ichoose him!”
  181. 181. “Youre not serious!”“Completely serious, actually.”“First you have the nerve to bring that man into my home, and—““Its not your home! It never was! This is my house and Ill bring into it whomever I please!”
  182. 182. “Gilbert—”“No. Youve said your piece. Now its my turn. Youre a horrible, hateful, spiteful old woman...”
  183. 183. “...and I want you out of my house. You just overstayed your welcome.”“You wouldnt dare!”
  184. 184. “I just did.”“You will regret this!”“I dont think I will. I believe you can show yourself to the door. Dont let it hit you in the ass on the way out. Ordo. I cant be bothered to care.”
  185. 185. “Im sorry, Cass. I never meant for that to happen. Certainly not in front of you.”“Its okay.”“Its not. Im sorry.”
  186. 186. “No, I mean... Things always go bad around me. Im just bad luck or something.”“Cass, that fight really wasnt about you. Youre not bad luck.”“But if I hadnt been here, that wouldnt have happened. See? Its me.”
  187. 187. “That was long overdue to happen. It wasnt your fault. Youve made me happy enough that I dont think youreany kind of luck but good.”
  188. 188. “Gil? Did you mean everything you said?”“I wouldnt have said it if I didnt.”
  189. 189. “No, but did... Did you mean it when...? When you said...?”“Did I mean it when I said I loved you? Of course I did.”
  190. 190. “Do you want me to say it again? I love you, Cassidy.”
  191. 191. “Gilbert? I think maybe Id like to see the upstairs now.”“You dont have to.”
  192. 192. “I think thats mostly why I want to.”
  193. 193. “I mean it, Cass. You dont owe me anything.”“I owe you a lot. But this just isnt how I have to pay you back.”“As long as you know that.”
  194. 194. “Just shut up and kiss me.”“As you wish.”
  195. 195. “Cass, wait. Hang on.”“Okay?”
  196. 196. “I just feel like I should tell you that Ive never actually done this with another man before.”“Oh. Do you not want to?”“I want to. I just thought you should know that this is sort of... my first time.”
  197. 197. “Oh. Well, Ive never done this with someone I loved who actually loved me back, so I guess this is sort of thefirst time for both of us.”
  198. 198. “You love me, Cassidy?”“I love you, Gilbert.”
  199. 199. ...
  200. 200. “Cass?”“Yeah?”“Theres something I want to ask you. You dont have to answer right away. You can think about it as long as youwant.”“Kay.”
  201. 201. “Its just that I seem to be down a roommate. I thought you might want the position.”“Are you asking me to move in with you?”“If you want to.”“Okay, then, yes.”“You can take your time and think about it.”“No, I know, but I dont need to...”
  202. 202. “This is where I belong.”
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