Whos a true friend? Which sim is a KVAFCF spy? What’ll Veronica do now that Dagmar has shown her true colors? Chapter Four
Ch 4: All the Things You SaidWelcome back to FindingConsort Redux by Kelyns!It’s the same bad picturesand the old silly story, nowin PowerPoint! This chapterwas originally Chapter 6Parts 1 and 2, in caseanyone was wondering,and let’s get to it. I believewe left off with Veronicaand Dagmar becomingenemies…
As I got up that morning, I asked myself one question. What WAS I going to do?Id had a rough past couple of days and today things just looked worse.
Well, that might have had something to do with this. Our fight was only a fewdays ago, but Dagmar didnt wait long to start sabotaging me and stealing mypaper.
D: "Hmpf! Lets see how she finds Consort if she doesnt have a newspaper tolook for the business track in."Should I tell her that I bought a computer and already found the businesscareer track? Nah, lets not burst her bubble.
But the business track did little good. I still didnt meet Consort at work, althoughI did earn my lifetime want to become a Business Tycoon (I got promoted to thetop in a day thanks to all the skill points I earned in Show Business). But thatwasnt enough, I was slowly going insane trying to figure out what I should doabout all my problems. You know, psycho Dagmar, General CrumpleBottom,oh, and the small task of FINDING CONSORT! I decided to get some help beforeI had a complete nervy b.
"Oh, thank goodness youre here! Finally, I can talk to someone. Kel, you-""Whoa, wait a minute. Stop right there. DONT call me Kel. Or Kels. My name isKelyns. If you must shorten my name, call me KB, which are my initals. If youcall me Kel again—”
"YOU WILL DIE!"V: "Okay, okay sheesh. Its just Im so happy youre here! You have no ideawhat Ive been going through! Ive been out of my mind with worry! Ive justbeen sitting here, all alone—”
Kelyns: "Yeah, yeah, yeah. I got here as soon as I could. Whats up?"V: "Okay, so Ive been wondering... what are you going to do? What am I goingto do? Whats Dagmar gonna do? Whats CrumpleBottom gonna do? You got aplan, right? Right? RIGHT?????"
"Relax? RELAX???? I am a wanted sim! CrumpleBottom has a PERSONALVENDETTA against me! And what part of the phrase PSYCHO STALKER wouldmake me wanna relax, huh?"*Sigh* "Veronica—”
"And she beat me up! I mean, sure, I kicked her butt the second time, but shebeat me up first!"
"And I have 10 body points! TEN BODY POINTS! Shouldnt that mean Im theautomatic winner? What am I supposed to do if she wants to fight me again,huh? Its not like I can skill up anymore, because I have TEN body points!""Veronica, CALM DOWN! Sit down and breathe!"
"Okay, okay." ... *breathe in, breathe out* "So, what are we gonna do?"*Sigh* "Take it easy, V""How can I take it easy? Dagmar is a psycho who doesnt know how to take nofor an answer. If I dont do something, I could become her love slave for alleternity!""Oh, stop overreacting, V.""Im not over reacting, KB! Have YOU ever seen a sim this crazy?!"
"Well, actually, no. Dagmar is the most irrational sim I have ever seen. She takespsycho to a whole new level.""Exactly. So..."
"First, you are going to relax. How about you take today off, and enjoy a nice,long, three day weekend.""I cant, todays the day I might meet Consort. Besides, Id go insane withboredom.""This isnt a request, Veronica, its an order. You need to chill out."
"Second, you need to reevaluate your friends and figure out who you can trust.We dont need another psycho stalker flipping out on us.""How am I supposed to do that?""Call them over and talk to them, duh!""Oh, gee, why didnt I think of that?"
"But only invite those you think are trustworthy, V. You have about 15 or sofriends by now, right? So, choose from the friends you made first and the onesyou feel you can trust the most. You must choose wisely, especially since mostof your friends are townies and might already be in league withCrumpleBottom. And consider the assets each friend may or may not have andthe skills they have that could possibly aid you in your journey. But you mayonly choose seven.""Why?"
"Because that makes it sound more like instructions Kero would give Sakura onCardcaptors. That, and only eight people can sit at the long table, and youhave to be one of them.""Oh.""Once youve chosen your eight, you can discuss with them what to do aboutDagmar."
"You mean you dont have a plan to take care of Dagmar?"
"Of course I have a plan to take care of Dagmar. But my plan would take careof Dagmar permanently, if you know what I mean, and it might be kind ofharsh. Well use my plan as a back up in case whatever you guys come up withdoesnt work.""Well, whats your plan?""Doesnt matter, just be sure to get Contessa Breanna on your side. The meetingisn’t really about the plan you guys come up with—its about who’s loyal to you.Observe everyone carefully to make sure you dont have any traitors."
"And if it does?""Then we can use the traitor to our advantage.""I dont know. I dont think Ill be able to spot a spy. Surely CrumpleBottomsminions will be highly trained?""Come on Veronica, give yourself some credit. You have skills, too, you know.""Well, okay... But what will we do about CrumpleBottom?""Well, actually..."
"I havent worked that one out yet.""What do mean YOU HAVENT WORKED THAT OUT YET?!""Look, this is CrumpleBottom, were talking about here. The women probablyhas more clout than Bella Goth! She wreaks havoc in every neighborhood, inevery game, and has the Grim Reaper in her back pocket. Rumor has it, theyrelovers! Face it Veronica, there may not be anything we can do about her.""I dont believe that! There must be SOMETHING we can do. What about theTombstone of Life and Death?"
"I dont know, V. Ive experimented with the Tombstone in the past and I couldnever seem to get CrumpleBottom to stay on the lot for more than a fewseconds. Besides, even if by some miracle we do manage to get rid ofCrumplebottom, shes still an NPC. We could end up spawning a newer, moreevil, more vicious CrumpleBottom."*GULP* "A... a more v-vicious, more evil CrumpleBottom? Is that even possible?""I dont know, but do we really want to find out?"
"Look, you leave CrumpleBottom to me. Ill think of something eventually. Youjust relax and take care of the friend business, okay?""Hmm... yeah, okay."
"But what about Consort?"*Sigh* "What about him, V?""Well, its been six chapters and I still havent met him yet. And Im a BusinessTycoon and everything. What if I never meet him? What if—”
"Relax, V. Are you forgetting who I am? Just wait another week and see if youmeet him at work. If you dont, Ill step in and force HIM to meet YOU. Okay?"
"Yeah, but what if I meet him and he doesnt like me?"
"Pfft, Veronica, please! Hes a sorry, lonely, pervy old man, with about twoweeks left to live. A little love potion, some social glasses, and a touch of bust amove, and hell be putty in your hands."
"Besides, I changed his sign to a Scorpio ages ago. Since youre a Pisces, youtwo will have a totally compatible three-bolt relationship."
"Gee, thanks, KB! You really went all out for me, huh?""Eh, I try."
"Of course, V, geez! Look, I got to get back to the dorms. Youre gonna beokay, V. Just take it easy."
"Okay, Ill try... But, Kelyns, Im scared.""Dont be! You can handle psycho townies, no problem! AND youll have help."
After KB left, I did as she suggested and took the day off. Then I called myfriends over for the council meeting. Hmm, who should I choose?
Well, first up was Gilbert. He was my first friend, after all. Plus hes not a townie,so he can be trusted. It only makes sense that I trust him the most, and thus, Iput him at my right hand side.
At my left hand side is Ravi. He, too, has been here for me since chapter 1, andhas always offered me good advice. If only I took his and Roberts hints aboutDagmar...
And this is Carla, we bonded over chess early on.
This one is Tracy. We bonded over Pleasantview gossip.
And finally, theres Marylena. I didnt know her as long as I knew the others, butshe took care of me that one time I had a tad too much juice at the Hub.
There were only six of us, as my other two friends couldnt make it at theappropriated time. I could have picked others, but I felt these two would bekey to my inner circle of friends, so they will be joining us later this evening.
V: "Okay, I called you all here today to discuss a very important matter. As youall know, Dagmar is, or was, in love with me—”Gilbert: "Dagmar is in love with you?!"
G: "Why that ought to be a crime!"V: "Uh, thanks I guess..."G: "Yeah, I mean, I just cant believe that she didnt fall in love with me!"V: "Um, right. Well, after she kissed me—”
"Gilbert, where have you been for the past, oh I dont know, SIX chapters?! Canyou shut up for a second so Veronica can talk? She has a serious problem,here!"
"Geez, Ravi, dont be so harsh. You sound like youre in love with her orsomething."
"WHAT? Why would you say that? Im not in love with her, were just friends. Imjust concerned about her welfare, thats all. Were just friends. And Im NOT inlove with her..." *Glances around nervously*
Carla: "Relax, Ravi, Marylena was just kidding."M: "Yeah, geez, cant you take a joke?"
R: "I KNOW THAT! I was just stating the obvious. That Im not in love withVeronica, and were just friends!"V: "Look you guys, were getting off topic here. The point is Dagmars gone nuts!After I rejected her, she basically vowed to make my life miserable until Ipromise to give up Consort and join union with her. She said shes beenteaming up with CrumpleBottom and is second in command of the KVAFCF. So,how many of you knew and why didnt you tell me?"
"Look we swore to CrumpleBottom that we wouldnt tell you where Consort was,but in our defense it was CrumpleBottom, okay? You havent seen her use herKnitting Needles of Death. But we dont know anything about a KVAFCF, okay? Iswear!"
C: "Yeah, Veronica! CrumpleBottom may have made us swear, but were stillloyal to you, youve been a good friend to us."
"The KVAFCF... the Keep Veronica Away From Consort Foundation... You guysreally havent heard anything about it?“C: “Nope, not a thing other than we cant talk to you about Consort. Maybe shedoesnt trust all the townies to know about the foundation. Maybe only the eviltownies know about it."V: "Evil townies?"
C: "You know, all the townies that inexplicably hate your businesses and refuseto give any stars."V: "Oh."M: "Look, Veronica, what do you what us to do? Well do whatever we can tohelp."
"Thats the thing, I dont know what to do. I asked you all here today to get youropinion. I have to teach Dagmar a lesson shell never forget or else shell justkeep coming after me."
"Well, its obvious what we should do. We need to kill her. That way the problemwill be taken care of... permanently."*Awkward silence*
M: "Oh, gosh... dont you think murders too... extreme?"C: "Yeah, I mean I know Dagmars a psycho, but has she really done anythingworthy to be killed?"
T: "Yeah, I mean stealing papers isnt worthy of a death sentence. Cant we justlock her up or something?"
"Are you people crazy? Lock her up? Shell just get one of her friends to helpher escape! Dagmar has caused enough problems, we shouldnt give her achance to cause anymore. Sims have been killed for less reasons. I say wecowplant her!"
"Wow, Ravi. Now you REALLY sound like youre in love with V."
"I TOLD you! Im not in love with her. Were FRIENDS, okay, just friends. Im NOT inlove with her. Really! So stop saying it! Because Im NOT in love with her!"
"Yeah, well I dont think that plan is going to work, especially not if Dagmar is asattached to Veronica as we believe."
"But what are we going to do? We just cant let Dagmar get away witheverything."
"Exactly. I dont see why you guys are hesitating. We should just cowplant herand solve the problem once and for all."
Gilbert: "Geez, Ravi, whats your problem? Whats with all the death wishes forDagmar?"
"Oh, come on. Cowplanting is what all the legacy writers threaten to do totownies who cross the line."
"Well, since everyone is still undecided, well wait until everyone shows up tochoose a plan of action."
And finally, my last two friends made it. I had chosen Robert here, who hasbeen with me since the beginning,
And Contessa Breanna, who bit me in chapter three. Because who doesntneed a vampire on her side?
"Hey, you guys, Im glad you could finally make it."
"No problem, Im glad to be here. So, whats this meeting all about?"
"Let me give you a quick recap. Dagmar has been officially declared a psychowho is determined to marry Veronica at any cost, and we were just debatingwhether we should cowplant her or not."
"Whoa, whoa, whoa. Cowplanting? You wanna kill an innocent townie justbecause she fell in love? Whats wrong with you?"
Carla: "Thats the problem, we havent exactly agreed on what to do yet. We allagree Dagmar should pay, but were not sure how much she should pay...Hmm, I know! Well make her a zombie! That way shell live, but shell thinktwice about crossing us again!"
"Are you serious? Now THATS way too harsh! Youre going to make a poor sim azombie for all ETERNITY, just because you dont like her attitude? Dagmar hasnteven done anything that serious!"
Ravi: "Look buddy, just whos side are you on here? Why are you being sosympathetic to Dagmar, huh? Youre with the KVAFCF, arent you? You traitor!"Robert: "Im not a traitor, I—”Ravi: "Youre either for killing Dagmar or against protecting Veronica! And thatgoes for all of you! Just how loyal are you people? If you are truly Veronicasfriend, youd help kill Dagmar!"
Tracy: "Whoa, Ravi. Calm down. Everyone here is Veronicas friend. Why elsewould we risk the wrath of CrumpleBottom by showing up here?"Robert: "I agree! How dare you question my loyalty for Veronica! If it wasnt forher, I would have never gotten airtime in this story! She made friends with medespite the fact that this isnt an uglacy! And even after she got her promotion,she kept me as a friend."
Robert: "Veronica has done a lot for me, and I would never betray her! But I justdont think killing sims is the answer! Dont you agree, Contessa?"
"Well, Im not completely against the idea of killing sims, but it has to be for agood reason. Im just not completely convinced Dagmar has done anything yetthat would warrant a death sentence."
"What if we let you bite her before shes cowplanted?"
"I cant believe you people! How could you be so cruel? And Contessa, howcould you sell out like that?"
"Hey, Im a vampire. I bite people. Its my thing."
"I just cant believe youd kill so easily. I mean, even if we do cowplant her, whydoes she have to stay dead? We could resurrect her, and no, not as a zombie!Wouldnt cowplanting be enough of a lesson for her? I mean, if we kill her once,we could do it again, right?"
"No, no, no. That sentence isnt harsh enough. We cant go easy on a psycho!Face it people, Dagmar must DIE."
"No, I actually like that idea. It would show that Im tough and mean business,but not cruel and unforgiving. And we definitely dont want to make her azombie—that could make her more evil. No, this plan lets me get revengewithout staining my hands with bloodshed. I LIKE IT!"
"But who would we get to call her over? Veronica cant do it, theyre enemies."
"WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS? I think you all have been hitting up the barWAY too hard. Dagmar has to pay. And that psycho is never going to learn theerror of her ways. Dagmar must DIE."
"Ravi, chill, its okay. I really dont want to kill anyone, Im a nice sim. This planworks just fine. Why do you insist on killing Dagmar? You dont strike me as theevil type."
"Hahaha... doesnt everyone have a dark side? Anyway, Im just not sureDagmar can take a hint. How do we know she wont retaliate after we bring herback?"
"Ravi makes a good point. Perhaps we should make her a grilled cheese simafter we cowplant her. That way shell be so obsessed with cheese, she wonthave time to think of Veronica anymore."
Gilbert: "Oh, please. Id get rid of that old bag in a heartbeat for cheapmeaningless Woohoo."Anyway, now that everything was settled, it was time for everyone to saygoodbye.
Gilbert: "Veronica, how can I ever thank you for entrusting me with Dagmar?"Veronica: "No problem, just try not to screw things up, okay?"Gilbert: "Oh, come on. How will she be able to resist me?"Veronica: *Sigh* "I have no idea."
Veronica: "Thanks for coming, Carla. It means a lot to me."Carla: "Dont mention it, V. You know Im always here for you if you needanything."
"And you too, Marylena, I dont what Id do without friends like you guys."M: "Aw, V, dont go all sentimental on us! Were your friends! Were supposed tohelp you when youre down. Thats what friends are for."
"Umm, Veronica...""Yeah, Robert?""I hope you dont think that... that because I didnt want to kill Dagmar, Im notreally youre friend. Because I am! I—”"I know, Robert. Sim murder just isnt for everyone.""So were still friends?""Of course!"
Tracy: "The same goes for me, Veronica. I swear Ive got your back no matterwhat!"V: "Thanks, Trace."And so, everyone left.
"Okay, you two. Now that everyone has left, lets REALLY get down to business.”Now that I knew who were truly my friends, I was anxious to set up the back upplan KB and me had talked about. When it came to Dagmar, I didnt wanted tomake any mistakes—I wanted all my bases covered.
Contessa: "What do you mean? I thought we already discussed a solution tothis Dagmar problem?"Ravi: "Pfft, you call that a solution?"
"Yeah, about that, Contessa. Well, you see, Im just not sure that plan is going towork. I know Dagmar, and I know what kind of person she really is."
"The woman is crazy; once she gets an idea into her head shell never let it go. Ijust know shell never give up her evil ways, not even for cheese."
"So, I thought Id come up with a back up plan."
"Well, okay, Veronica, I guess I could help you come up with a back up plan."
R: "Actually, Contessa Breanna, we already have a plan."V: "Right. I was just wondering if youd be willing to take part in it."
R: "You see, the back up plan involves taking care of Dagmar permanently, ifyou know what I mean."
"But youre kind of an integral part of it... We dont just want to take Dagmar out,you see, we want to take her out in style."
"Well, uh, what exactly do you need me to do?"
V: "Heh, heh... Well, I cant give you all the details, so lets just say I need yoursupernatural strength and ablities.R: “Basically you’d get to bite somebody."
"Oh, is that all? No problem, of course Ill help you."
"Sure, Ravi. Ill probably need you to lure Dagmar over again."
"Okay, but now that everything is settled, theres just one thing I wanna getstraight with you, Contessa."
"Dont screw this up. Veronica may trust you, but Im not so sure. I rememberhow you turned her into a vampire. If anything like that happens to her again,Ill make sure youll pay! Do you hear, me, Contessa? Im watching you. So, nofunny business."
"Whoa, whoa, whoa. How dare you question my loyalty. I was trying to makeVeronica an invincible creature of the night last chapter! Id never hurtVeronica, shes my friend, too, so back off, buddy, before I ‘take care of’ yourpuny Uni butt, if you know what *I* mean."
V: "Okay, okay, guys, calm down. Ravi, why do you always have to try andstart something?"
"I was just trying to protect you...""Thats sweet Ravi, but stop, okay? Just stop."
"And you, Contessa, you know better than to goad Ravi."
"Hey, this isnt my fault! That puny Uni twerp challenged me."
"Yeah, but you know what hes like, Contessa. Ravi means well, but hes just alittle... Well, a little too sensitive."CB: "Hmpf, fine, whatever."
"Right, well thanks for agreeing to help Contessa."
"No problem, its my pleasure, V. You know how I love to bite people."
"And you too, Ravi. Thanks for being such a good friend. Its nice to know theresone sim I can truly count on."
"Your welcome, V. Just take care of yourself, Im worried about you."
After Ravi and Contessa Breanna left, I decided to do some deep, relaxingmeditation to calm my nerves. I was supposed to be resting, after all.
I had a big empty weekend ahead of me, and since I no longer needed to skillfor a promotion, I decided to work on some badges. A sentry bot would helpwith the Dagmar problem for now... And it would be kinda funny to see her getzapped.
Well, it didnt take me long to get a sentry bot, so...
To keep myself busy, I worked on some other badges.
Sigh. Why cant I use this hammer to bash Dagmars face in? Sir-Bricks-A-Lotdidnt do anything to me, he doesnt deserve this torture.
Anyway, I soon moved on to work on my Flower Arranging badge. I could usesome nice flowers to help cheery up that dreary Capp Mansion after I movedin. I was working for a while when it started to rain...
But after that I wasnt taking any more chances! I put a fire detector outside.
And stayed indoors for the rest of the weekend. I could brush up on my skillsinside, thank you very much.... What? Thats not a study book, you say? Of course it is! Here Im brushing upon my, uh, um, cooking...
"Do you need this stuff back at a specific time, or something?"
"Pfft, please. No one even knows this stuff is missing. Keep it as long as youneed it. Just make sure to feed Princess until youre ready to cowplantDagmar.""Princess?""The cowplant. Every pet needs a name, you know."
I was glad part of the plan was completed so quickly, but it did nothing to curbmy boredom. So, the next day I complained to the one person who couldmake the boredom stop."KB, can you do something? Im slowly going insane here. I wanna meetConsort!"
"V, werent you supposed to be waiting a week to see if you met him at work?And youre supposed to be relaxing."
"But I dont wanna relax. Relaxing is BORING. And I dont wanna wait a week.Waiting is BORING."
"Okay, fine. Come over, Ill see what I can do."
"Well, I think everyone that was there is a true friend; they just dont believe insim violence.""Thats not surprising. Townies and NPCs can be subject to some of the worstviolence in sim stories."
"So... since I cant find him on my own,... when are you going to introduce me toConsort?""Me? Im not going to introduce you. I dont know Consort, either.""WHAT?!“"Relax, V. I got a big plan worked out. Ive got connections inside the Cappfamily.""So do I."
"Yeah, but come on? Theyre not going to listen to you. Youre trying to stealtheir fathers money, which is their inheritance.""HEY!""The point is, theyll listen to me. Especially since one of them owes me.""Hmpf, well okay.""Now you go home and rela- on second thought, just go paint or something.Make some money. Try out a new hobby. Anyway, Ill go put this plan inmotion, ‘kay?"
After Veronica left, it was time to make a phone call."Hello? ... Hey, listen, I know we havent spoken in a while, but I need you to dome a favor..."Yup, thats where Im ending it, folks, so tune in next time. Happy reading!
In case anyone was wondering, Veronicas natural talent is for science. Didntthink Veronica would have fun watching ants? Yeah, me neither. Go Figure. Oh,well. At least it makes for cute pictures. Later, simmers :).