Chapter EightIts chapter eight, butthings arent so great.Can the new couplelast before everyonepulls them apart?
Welcome back to FindingConsort Redux by Kelyns!It’s the same old silly story,now in PowerPoint! Thischapter was originally...
~Veronicas POV~Now, where did I leave you guys? Oh, yeah, Consort proposed. Squeeeee! Youcant imagine my shock! I never th...
I mean, Im not saying youre actually a gold-digger, but... Well, you know the restof the song. And why else would you want...
*Groan* KB, I love him, okay? Im in honest-to-Plumbbob love, alright? He makesme happy. Really, really, really happy. And ...
Ah, dont you just love this picture? I do. It shows off my shiny new ROCK. *Ahem*Anyway, as I was saying before I was so r...
"Oh, Veronica, my love, you really mean it? I mean, I know Im not much- You knowmy fortune isnt as great as it once was si...
Uh, huh, well see about that when you move in with him and you start rolling wantsfor a bowling alley or band equipment.Qu...
I dont know, I never really paid too much attention to what went on when you twowere together.Then what were you doing?Oh,...
Starting with the perfect wedding and a perfect honeymoon. But Ill plan that later.Right now, its time to party!
After Consort went home to share the news with his family, I got busy inviting all myfriends over for an engagement party....
"Gilbert?""Veronica, hey, whats up? Havent heard from you in a while. Hows things withConsort?""Things are GREAT. Actually...
"What? Wow, congratulations, V!""So can you make it?"Of course! I wouldnt miss a big event like this; you know I love a go...
"I almost forgot. Hows Dagmar?""Dagmar?!""Yeah, you know, the live-in-maid on eternal punishment... Dont you remember-""Of...
"Great?""NO! I mean, uh, things are going great, according to plan and all! Dagmars, uh,shes miserable; Moms got her worki...
"I am perfectly competent and able to watch Dagmar just like you asked, andtheres absolutely no woohoo or any hanky-panky ...
"Humph, well, everythings fine.""...Right, so then Ill see you tonight...""Yeah." *PHEW* That was way too close...
~Dagmars POV~"Hey, Dagmar?""Mm, what? Cant you see Im busy? You mother wants the yard cleaned up beforedinner." Man, I hat...
"Snookums, you know Id love to help-""But you cant because your mothers home. I know. I was the one who told youthat, reme...
"I know, Angelcake, but I just wanted to let you know that I wont be home fordinner. Im going to Veronicas engagement part...
"Humph, well, I didnt exactly think it important, now that Im supposed to be thelove of your life!"Crap. I forgot. *Takes ...
"Really?" *Beams* "Thats so sweet, honey. Right, so Ill see you when I get back,okay, Snookums? Ill count the seconds unti...
Holy Crap! OMGWTFBBQ! The walls are down!
And Veronicas getting married! MARRIED! How did this happen? All my plans ruinedin one single moment. If I was to have any...
My actions might make Veronica hesitate to profess her love for me, but... But, Ithought, smiling to myself as I thought o...
So once again, I snuck out that night. Mrs. Jacquet had gone to bed early for once-Thank you old people metabolism. I didn...
Because tonight, I wasnt just sneaking up to Gilberts room. No, tonight, I was goingout. So I quickly and quietly got dres...
To Aspirational Laboratories. Oh, Free Time, how I love you! Without you I neverwould have been able to find an open lab t...
Because tonight I was here to work. The Biotech Station allowed me to piecetogether the last few puzzles of my superpotion.
Dont get me wrong- I didnt get it right on the first try. It took a couple of hours, butafter several failed attempts-
I finally got it right. I think. At least the composition was right; I wouldnt know if thepotion actually worked until I t...
Everything went according to plan, now all I have to do is sneak back in. *OpensDoor Quietly* Oh, good, Gilberts not back ...
"And just what do you think youre doing? Where have you been?"
Oh, crap. Busted.
Well get back to Dagmar later; right now, lets check out the Capp family.Consort: "Good evening everybody, Im glad you cou...
Next Door in the Kitchen:J: "Hey, Hermia, like, do you know whats going on in the dining room? Like, why areall our aunts ...
H: "You mean happy?"J: "Exactly! Like, Grandpas not supposed to act happy; hes, like, supposed to be allsulky and moody an...
J: "Well, doofus, if you, like, shut up for two seconds, you could see thats, like, justwhat were trying to figure out."Hm...
C: "First, I would like to propose a toast because tonight is a very special occasion:earlier today, Veronica and I became...
Kent: "WHAT?"Albany: "Did he just say?"
Regan: "I cant believe this..."
Cornwall: "Did you hear that? Or was it just my imagination?"
Goneril: "Are you kidding me? We ALL heard that! Why do you think were all soshocked? The real question is if hes off his ...
J: "Oh, my Plumbbob! Like, Grandpa just said hes getting MARRIED!"T: "How could he do such a thing? What about Grandma? An...
C: "What is wrong with all of you? I thought youd all be happy for me..."
K: "You really thought wed all be happy youre cheating on mom by marrying awoman half your age and whos probably going to ...
C: "Do you really think youre still getting an inheritance after our fight and thatcomment?"*Collective Gasp*
K: "Wha- What?"
C: "I cut you out of my will ages ago. Before, you would have been the heir to myestate, since you have no home of your ow...
K: "W-Wow, dad. I didnt know you could be so cold... Disinheriting your own son."
C: "What do you mean cold? Wasnt cold of you to pick a fight with me? To accuseme of cheating when Im trying to move on af...
G: "Thanks, dad."C: "No problem, mdear, just make sure you dont do anything to ruin it. AnywayKent, youve been on my last ...
K: "Dad, dont you think youre being a bit unreasonable, holding a grudge againstme for things Ive done in the past?"C: "Do...
Cornwall: "Consort-"C: "Thats sir to you, mister, I dont care how long youve been married to Regan. Iknow you only married...
C: "Not only does Veronica have her own money, albeit not much, but I know sheloves me. You on the other hand married Rega...
Cornwall: *Blushes* "Look, sir, were all-"C: "I noticed you didnt answer my question."Cornwall: *Blushes* "Regan and I are...
C: "Oh, so now youre cheating on Regan, too. Just like with the Pleasants."Cornwall: "What? No! No, thats not what I-" *De...
R: "Calm down, dad. We just want to make sure that shes not trying to swindle you."C: "Arent you one of her best friends?"...
G: "Which is why were so suspicious! This isnt some accident; she planned to meetyou and marry you, making it seem like sh...
A: "You know, Ive been thinking about it, and I actually think this might be ok."*Silence*A: "I just think that if she mak...
G: "Albany, sweetie, have you lost your mind? Oh, wait you have. I forgot. Youre afamily sim." *Rolls eyes* "Loonies, the ...
A: "I just dont see any point in standing in the way of the mans happiness. He onlywants companionship. Hes probably been ...
Cornwall: "But that companionship comes with a steep price: a house and half afortune! Im sorry, but no woohoo is worth th...
C: "Not one word. I dont even know why youre speaking; I dont like you and youhave no say in my business. So just shut it ...
K: "Im sorry, but Cornwall is right. Veronica is tearing our family apart. Shes clearlyjust out for your money!"C: "Quiet!...
C: "A year? A years way too long; I havent got much time left, I could be dead in ayear! ...Which is the whole point, isnt...
A: "People, just let it go; cant you see the mans happy? Just let him get married.Theres always room for more in this fami...
Cornwall: "Honey, have you gone insane?"R: "Of course I havent, silly. I just think Albanys right. Dads only got so much t...
A: "Exactly, no sense in causing a brouhaha. We need to keep the harmony in thisfamily, especially for the kids. Cordelias...
G: "Regan, youve lost it. I dont know whats gotten into you, but I know that as longas I live, I can never completely cond...
C: "I cant believe you people. I loved you all and supported you for years. I gaveyou everything; you wanted for nothing. ...
J: "Oh, my Plumbbob! Can you, like, believe all this? We, like, totally have to dosomething; we cant let Grandpa go throug...
J: "Are you serious? Whats wrong with you? ...Oh, wait, of course you agree withUncle Albany. Youre family."
H: *Rolls Eyes* "So are you, Juliette."J: "Yeah, but like, come on! This could totally wreck everyones life!"T: "I dont us...
T: "Oh, yeah? Face it, Hermia, Gramps is already in love with this chick. She only hasto say jump and Grandpa says how hig...
J: "Or what if- what if they, like, have a baby? Oh, eeew! Then, theyd, like, want usgone for sure!"
H: "You guys dont know any of that for sure! We barely know her; she could bereally nice!"T: "Pfft, yeah, and Nannies coul...
Back in the Dining Room:G: "Okay, Regan, Dad left. Whats really going on? I cant believe you actuallyagree with Albany. I ...
K: "Hey, will you let that go? That was YEARS ago. I thought wed all moved on."G: "Well, you thought wrong. Dads right. If...
R: "Oh, Goneril, you are so small minded. You only think about the short term; youneed to think about the big picture. The...
A: "Is that really how you feel, Regan? I thought you were on my side."R: "Oh, please, yeah right."G: "In any case, your p...
R: "Will she? Who knows how long the marriage will last? If Dad dies a couplemonths after the wedding, we could always say...
K: "A tragic accident?"
R: "Oh, come on, Kent, we dont really have to kill her; I was just using that as anexample. The point is, we can easily co...
R: “We need to catch them off guard and make the problem or fight seem naturaland spontaneous, so they dont suspect we had...
G: "Why, Regan, Im sorry I underestimated you. I like the way you think; such abrilliant plan, and youre not even knowledg...
Cornwall: "Please, like I care what he thinks. But I must say, this is a brilliant plan,honey."K: "Yeah, even Im impressed...
A: "Well, I for one dont want any part of this. I cant believe youd all willinglysabotage something as sacred as the holy ...
G: "Thats okay, dear, we wont tell you any of the details. All you have to do is keepyour mouth shut."A: "Humph."G: "Now l...
And back to the kitchen, where Tybalt, Juliette, and Hermia are still arguing:T: "Hermia, why cant you accept that this ma...
T: "Have you gone mental, too, J?"J: "Like, no. Im just saying that, like, we need to meet Veronica and, like, form ourown...
J: "Not, uh! Like, besides, didnt you, like, say you wanted to meet this chick?"H: "Yeah, but I never said we should sneak...
J: "Okay, yeah, but, like... Im still not as weird as you are. Cant you, like, see wehave to protect Grandpa?"H: "I do, bu...
H: "I think we should go, Tybalt."J: "Yes! Like, now its two to one! You cant say no now, T."T: "Oh, alright fine."
"But if we get caught, Im telling Gramps it was all your idea."
And finally, back to Dagmar. We left her in a bit of a jam, didnt we? Lets see howshe gets herself out of this one.~Dagmar...
"I CAN SEE THE GARDEN FROM MY BEDROOM WINDOW! I get up to go to thebathroom, and not only were you not in your bed, but yo...
"Do you think Im stupid or something? Dont think I havent noticed whats beengoing on around here. Moneys missing from the ...
"And I dont know what youve done to Gilbert! Oh, where should I begin? When hesnot sneaking around doing all your chores, ...
Drat, I cant let her know what I was up to!*Sigh* "Or else what?""Or wha! Or else Ill suck your brains out!"*Snort* "Id li...
"Such insolence! Listen, missy, Ive just about had enough of you-""Youve had enough? Youve had enough? You have got to be ...
"Ive put up with you for long enough, and Ive finally come up with a foolproof planto set me free. And theres nothing you ...
"He was easy to fool, as were you. You both thought I was too scared of you and toohigh on cheese to plot escape. And you ...
I thought about the potion in my back pocket. *Smiles* "Positive. Bring it on oldlady.""Im so glad you feel that way."
"Look over there, its Veronica making out with Consort!"*Whirls Around* "What! No way..."
"Made you look!""ARGH, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING TO ME?""Dagmar, meet Mr. Simvac, Mr. Simvac I believe you know Dagmar; ...
"Y-Y-You w-will s-s-so p-p-a-ay f-for th-this-s-s!"
"Ha! Id like to see you try! People always underestimate the old lady! Well, this oldladys got tricks! IM in charge around...
"I give, you win, you win, geez, just stop!""Oh, I dont know... Have we learned our lesson?""YES!"
"You better have, cuz I got a million more where this came from!""AAH, get away from me, you crazy old bat!""Hmm, I dont t...
"Mr. Simvac + Mrs. Jacquet = ME CRAAAZY!""There we go! I guess it works just fine."
"Moo! Moo! MOO! More Milk! Um, I mean, cheese! Moo! Moo!"
"Pfft, and Im crazy? Youre the mooing chicken. Never saw anyone Moo whiledoing the chicken dance. Knew that one was messed...
"Have to admit though, it makes for great entertainment.""Moo! MOO!""Ah, justice tastes great.“*Struggles to Stand Upright...
"You want a second visit from Mr. Simvac?""N-No, no thanks.""Didnt think so. Now, go change while I think of more punishme...
*Sniffle* ...Old hag... Just wait... Ill get her. Enoughs enough, Im not taking thisanymore! The question is, how... *Look...
~Denises POV~Oh, Plumbbob, why doesnt anyone around here listen to me? Did that girl reallythink she could out smart me? L...
*Groan* That boys a complete idiot! He should have known better than to mess withher. I thought hed be too smart to really...
In any case, I dont know what to do with him; hes just not getting it and Ive onlygot so many years left to teach him... I...
"I was just about to go to sleep, too." * Grumble* *Grabs a Small Vial From Under HerBed* "Coming maam!"
"You can go to bed when youre done; I havent thought of any extra chores for youto do yet.""Yes, maam.""And first thing to...
"Yes, maam.“ D, to herself: Ha! Yeah, right. There wont be a tomorrow, for you.*Sprinkles Powder into the Cups*"Enjoy your...
What am I going to do with that girl? *Sighs* *Takes a Sip* I guess Ill figure that outlater.
Hmm, you know this nectar tastes funny...
Ugh, I think Im gonna be sick! But why... Oh, Crap! Dagmar!
That conniving little- *Cough, Cough* *GASP* That wench! Ill... Ill- *Chokes*
I cant be dying, not yet! Theres so many things I didnt get to do, so many places Ididnt get to see... So many things I di...
Gilbert! Oh, what is he going to do without me? And how is he going to break freefrom that witch?! I didnt even find him a...
It wasnt long after when Denise Jacquet took her last breath. She was a good sim;Plumbbob rest her soul. She was a smart, ...
And now this is all thats left of her. A small, dull, un-Platinum urn.
~Dagmars POV~What? Oh, come on, you all knew that was coming. And she was in my way! Howcould I have won Veronica back if ...
~Veronicas POV~Hey, simmers, long time no see. Some of you may remember that I am giving anengagement party tonight. But C...
Anyway, so the party went great. Everyone was there- Traci, Marylena, Robert,Contessa Breanna, Carla, Gilbert, and even th...
Oh, and KB was there, too."Hey! Im right here!""Sorry, but arent you proud of me? I mean, Ive topped two careers, and Im g...
"And Im gonna move out tomorrow! And live in a mansion!""Yeah, about that, V. Be careful.""Wha? What do you mean?""I cant ...
"No! Listen, V. The money will be a safety net. In case... Well, that doesnt matter. Itllbe like... Like a prenup. Or havi...
"But-""LOOK, just do it, okay?!""Okay, okay, geez.""Promise?!""I promise, okay?"
I didnt really get what KB was hinting at, so I just put it in the back of my mind andrejoined the festivities. There was ...
...And smustling. Because what good party doesnt include a smustle?
And finally, there was champagne.
V: "Okay, everyone, gather round."Robert: "Aw, man. Why do I have to stand next to Ravi? Someone switch places withme."Rav...
"You all helped me through a really rough time, a time when one of my best friendsbetrayed me. But you all supported me, s...
All: "To friends!" *Glasses Clink*V: "Okay, guys, back to the party!"
KB: "Wait, wait. I want to say something, too. Veronica, youve been a good friend toall of us, as well. In fact, youve bro...
"And I think I speak for us all when I say that were truly happy for you, and that wewish you all the best. To Veronica!"A...
"Aw, thanks guys. Now, lets see who can make the best smustle face!"And the party continued on late into the evening. Luck...
~Dagmars POV~G: "Mom, Dagmar, Im home! I know its a little late, but-"
"Oh, my effing Plumbbob! Mommy!"
Im guessing Gilbert saw this. I don’t know what he’s freaking out about, honestly—things are going to be great. The naggin...
G, hyperventilating: "This... This cant be happening... I have to be dreaming... I haveto be…"
"Hey, Gilbert, whats wrong?""Whats wrong? WHATS WRONG?! MY MOMMY DIED AND I MISSED IT, THATS WHATSWRONG!"
"Oh, that...""YES, that.""Look, Gilbert... um, Honey... dont feel bad. These things happen."
"How? How did she die?""Sweetie, she was an old woman.""But she had so much time left. At least... I thought she did...""M...
"Uh, it was turned on just after I was resurrected, remember? So that I could agewhile Veronica stayed young... It was par...
"Okay, but... But WHY? Why now? I still need her."*Sigh* "Gilbert, dont be such a baby; youll be perfectly fine. And, um, ...
"We could start, if you think that would help...""Dagmar, how could you be so insensitive? How could you possibly think Id...
"Sorry, I was just trying to help...""Well, dont! Youre just making everything worse!"
"Sweetie, I was just-""JUST GO! I need some time alone... to think... to cope.""Okay..." Stupid sensitive moron...
Oh, my Plumbbob, I cant believe he bought that whole it was a glitch thing. He issuch an idiot! He definitely didnt get an...
~Gilberts POV~I decided to put my Moms grave outside under the willow. She always loved theoutdoors... In fact, she always...
*Sniff* She always looked out for me... Tried to encourage me, teach me everythingshe knew... And instead of listening, I ...
If only I had listened. Oh Mom, what am I going to do without you? Whos going torun the bakery? The house? Whos going to d...
And back to Veronica, who while in her own little world was completely oblivious towhat was going on at the Jacquet house....
~Veronicas POV~The next night I went downtown on a very important shopping trip. Thats right; it wastime to buy my wedding...
And since there was a huge selection, I couldnt pick just one. So, I decided to tryon the ones I liked best. ...This one l...
But it had to be just right. It had to be me. So this one was out. Too laid back.
Money wasnt an object- and lets face it, in the Sim world, all wedding dresses areonly 400 simoleons, anyway.
But even if they werent, Id still have spared no expense. Because my wedding dayjust had to be PERFECT. This one was out, ...
And this one wasnt quite right either. Anyway, while my wedding dress didnt haveto be traditional-
It definitely had to make me feel like a princess. Because this day only happensonce.Though Consort is so old, itll probab...
ANYWHO, my wedding was going to be a chapter out of a fairy tale. I had plannedeverything out. My wedding day would also r...
Does Consort know about these plans?Shut up, KB. And yes he does. He said wed spare no expense to make Saturday thewedding...
Consort and I have an understanding; we talk about things. Anyway, I finally chosea dress, and no it wasnt any of the ones...
So I headed back home to pack- tomorrow was moving day, after all and—"WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE?"
I opened my door to find that teenagers had taken over my home. And not just anyteenagers, either; they were Consorts gran...
Tybalt: "Just chill out would ya? Ill explain after me and Herms finish this game."
V: "Uh, excuse me; just who do you think you are, breaking in like this? And its late!Does your Grandfather know where you...
T: "Alright, alright. Jules, quit playing around; shes back."Juliette: "Wha? Aw, like, come on, I was, like, just getting ...
V: "Dont you people have a curfew? Well, if not, you guys are definitely getting onetomorrow! You can get in your grove so...
Hermia: "Calm down. Gramps said no such thing. What Tybalt means to say is thatwe want to talk to you about the wedding."
V: *Sigh of Relief* "Look, we can talk some other time, right now you need to gohome; your Grandfathers probably worried s...
"And right now Im not going anywhere until I know whether or not youre just someskank out to steal my Grandfathers money."
V: "... Thats really what you came to talk about?"J: "Like, duh."V: *Shrugs* "Usually people dont ask, they just assume."H...
J: "Which is, like, why were here: to, like, get to know you and see if, like, yourereally the skank my aunts and uncles t...
V: "What kind of question is that? Of course Im not a skank!" *Sighs* "Though Isuppose I cant blame you for asking..."T: "...
V: "I mean, I wouldnt be happy about living in a trailer; I am a fortune sim, after all.But Id still marry him. We could a...
T: "Do you got anything to eat?"
V: "...Are you kidding me?"T: "No, I really am starving. Pleeeeaaase?"V: *Sigh* "Fine."
I cant believe this. A couple of teenagers break into my house, demand tointerrogate me, and now Im making them dinner. Wh...
V: "Okay, you guys, its ready. Take a seat."
T: "Mmm, smells good. And its not even burnt."
H: "See Jules, she can cook, thats a good sign."J: "Okay, okay, but that, like, doesnt mean anything for sure. Besides, we...
V: "Okay, what was it you guys just had to sneak out and ask me?"
*Silence, except for Tybalt and Juliette shoveling down their food.*
V: "Whoa... Dont you guys get fed at home? You cant tell me that theres no food inthat huge mansion."H: "We do, but... Its...
T: "And what Grandpa cooks is usually burnt."J: "Yeah, its, like, always burnt Mac and Cheese."T: "I havent had anything t...
V: "Well, I guess thats something that will change... Anyway, now that you havesomething in your stomach, why dont you all...
J: "You, like, didnt answer my question. Like, are you a skank or not?"H: "Jules! What she means to say is that this is al...
"Like I said, I do love Consort, with all my heart. When Im with him, time stops. Andhe makes me feel so alive. When Im hi...
V: "Sorry, I realize that may have been too mushy for you guys. But anyway, thiswasnt sudden. Consort and I have been frie...
T: "Um, no. We kinda just thought you were in it for the money."J: "Totally. I, like, thought you would spend your marriag...
T: "Yeah, we didnt think skanks had any morals or values."J: "Which, like, brings me back to the main point. Like, are you...
V: "Um... What? What plan? Im a bit confused here."J: "Hello, like, where are you going to send us?"V: "...Send you? What ...
H, J: "What?"J: "Oh, come on! Like, every evil stepmother, or, like, in your case, step-grandmother, has some grand plan t...
"...I dont know what to say. I dont have a plan. I wasnt going to send youanywhere; I didnt even think about it."
H: "Yeah, right. Even I dont buy that. Come on. Are you going to send us to AuntGonerils, Aunt Regans, or just plain kick ...
V: "Seriously, Im not sending you anywhere. Except perhaps to college."H: "Really?"V: "Yes, really."
T: "Well, what about me? Are you going to kick me out? I probably wont go tocollege."V: "Why not?"
J: "Tybalt isnt really suited for college. He could go, but hed probably flunk out hisfirst year."
V, H: "Juliette!"
T: "No, no, the pipsqueaks actually right. Im no scholar. Im destined for a rough lifewith financial and aspirational fail...
V: "She showed him the ropes, let him skill up and earn badges, and eventually hebecame assistant manager for all her busi...
V: "Anyway, if Dustin could do it, you can do it."T: "But Dustin had help. You said that Nina chick helped him."V: "Youll ...
J: "I dont get it. Why would you do that? Why do you care?"
V: "Because I think every sim deserves a chance to go to college; higher educationis the key to success. You learn most, i...
H: "Loving? I dont know if you could actually call our family loving."V: "But you are. You all look out for and care for o...
J: "Are you, like, on bubbles, or something?"V: "...No."T: "Then whats with you? Our aunts and uncles would do anything to...
V: "I dont know if I believe that. Youre probably just exaggerating; Im sure theresgood in them somewhere."J: "And, like, ...
H: "Wow. I guess we misjudged you. You seem like a good sim after all."V: "Thank you."J: "So now that were, like, all cool...
T: "This is your car? Nice."H: "Even Grandpa doesnt have his own sports car..."J: "Like, wait. Im, like, confused. Where d...
V: *Shrugs* "Yeah. So?"J: "Grandpas, like, spent the last ten years just trying to top business."V: "Um... Im sure your Gr...
I made sure the kids got home safe and sound, then came home and went to sleep.I had to get up early this morning; today i...
Still though. As I walked out the door for the last time, I felt a bit of sadness, eventhough I was moving on to bigger an...
I thought of all my townie friends. Who would I pick to have such a great place?Who would I save from the lonely, nomadic ...
"Marylena!""Veronica! I cant believe I get to stay here! No more serving drinks and waiting onpeople at the bar! How can I...
KB hooked Marylena up and gave her and the house a makeover. She didnt dothat for me... I had to earn everything...
I didnt do that for you because I was trying to play without cheats when I firststarted to play you.And now?
Now I realize its almost impossible to write a story without cheats, so I dont care asmuch.Hmph.
Oh, be quiet. You get spoiled plenty. Besides Marylena isnt a part of the mainstoryline anyway, so it doesnt matter if I u...
Oh, come on, she came with next to nothing and you took all your stuff. Would youhave one of your best friends live in squ...
Yeah, so Marylena got new clothes, too. And yes, thats a brand spanking new car.Humph.Youre moving to a mansion!Uh huh. "H...
"Ill see you then. I probably wont get to talk to you beforehand; Im going to besuper busy.“And thats it. This is where I ...
Calm down, Veronica. Excuse her, readers. She just has cold feet. Ill take it fromhere, V. So thats it for this chapter, h...
This chapter was brought to you by—okay none of these people. But dont you justlove Uni? Its the only place where streaker...
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Finding Consort Ch 8

  1. 1. Chapter EightIts chapter eight, butthings arent so great.Can the new couplelast before everyonepulls them apart?
  2. 2. Welcome back to FindingConsort Redux by Kelyns!It’s the same old silly story,now in PowerPoint! Thischapter was originallyChapter 9 Part 1 and 2, incase anyone waswondering, and let’s get toit. I believe we left off withVeronica being proposedto…Ch 8:Big Night
  3. 3. ~Veronicas POV~Now, where did I leave you guys? Oh, yeah, Consort proposed. Squeeeee! Youcant imagine my shock! I never thought hed actually propose-Because youre a gold-digger right?I am NOT a gold-digger, how dare you! You, of all people, are supposed to be onmy side!Well... thats just what it looks like.
  4. 4. I mean, Im not saying youre actually a gold-digger, but... Well, you know the restof the song. And why else would you want to marry him?How about because I fell in love with him? Because he understands me? Becausehe completes me—Yeah, okay enough of that. But are you sure you love him? You sims are so fickle...Im sure. He makes me happy. *Lovesick Sigh* Besides we have three bolts. Three.How many sim couples can say they have three bolts?Well, knowing the sims I create, quite a lot, actually.
  5. 5. *Groan* KB, I love him, okay? Im in honest-to-Plumbbob love, alright? He makesme happy. Really, really, really happy. And just the thought of losing him, whetherto death or just because we break up, makes me really scared and all mopeyinside. I dont want to lose him, KB. I dont want to live without him.Okay, V, if youre sure...Im sure.
  6. 6. Ah, dont you just love this picture? I do. It shows off my shiny new ROCK. *Ahem*Anyway, as I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted: I accepted (Of course).Consort was the man of my dreams. Id been visualizing this moment for so long, ittook me a moment to realize I wasnt dreaming. In fact, the only reason I knew Iwasnt dreaming was because Consort actually spoke.
  7. 7. "Oh, Veronica, my love, you really mean it? I mean, I know Im not much- You knowmy fortune isnt as great as it once was since Ive been supporting my family, and IAM an old man-""Consort, I dont care.“"I love you, and as long as I have you, I have everything I need."
  8. 8. Uh, huh, well see about that when you move in with him and you start rolling wantsfor a bowling alley or band equipment.Quiet! And anyway, Consort told me he plans to open his own business to rebuildhis fortune-Really? When did he say that?Uh, hello? Consort and I have been going on outings and dates for about a monthand a half now. We talked about everything, including the state of his fortune. Whatdid you think we were talking about?
  9. 9. I dont know, I never really paid too much attention to what went on when you twowere together.Then what were you doing?Oh, you know, reading a book, listening to music, staring into space...*Rolls Eyes* Glad to know youre so attentive. Anyway, now that were gettingmarrying Ill help him out with the business. With his experience and contacts, andmy skills and impeccable business instincts, well build the greatest business empiresince the Landgraabs.
  10. 10. Starting with the perfect wedding and a perfect honeymoon. But Ill plan that later.Right now, its time to party!
  11. 11. After Consort went home to share the news with his family, I got busy inviting all myfriends over for an engagement party.*Ring, Ring*
  12. 12. "Gilbert?""Veronica, hey, whats up? Havent heard from you in a while. Hows things withConsort?""Things are GREAT. Actually, thats why I called. Consort and I are engaged and Imhaving a party tonight to celebrate!"
  13. 13. "What? Wow, congratulations, V!""So can you make it?"Of course! I wouldnt miss a big event like this; you know I love a good party.""Great, then Ill see you in about an hour or so. Partys at seven so Contessa Breannacan come.""Right, Ill see you there. Bye.""Bye—Oh, Gilbert, wait!""What?"
  14. 14. "I almost forgot. Hows Dagmar?""Dagmar?!""Yeah, you know, the live-in-maid on eternal punishment... Dont you remember-""Of course I remember!""Right, so... How is she?""Shes- shes great-"
  15. 15. "Great?""NO! I mean, uh, things are going great, according to plan and all! Dagmars, uh,shes miserable; Moms got her working round the clock.“"Oh, so things are fine, then.““Of course theyre fine! Geez, Veronica, what kind of sim do you think I am?”
  16. 16. "I am perfectly competent and able to watch Dagmar just like you asked, andtheres absolutely no woohoo or any hanky-panky whatsoever! I am in completecontrol, and Dagmars miserable and absolutely nothing is going on! In fact, itsquite boring here actually, thats how great things are and how much I am in controlof everything. And whats with the questions, huh? Are you trying to say that youdont trust me? Do you think Im stupid, or something? That I cant do one simple littlejob, huh? Well?""No, no, I just wanted to check in and make sure things are fine. I dont- I wasnt- Itrust you, Gilbert."
  17. 17. "Humph, well, everythings fine.""...Right, so then Ill see you tonight...""Yeah." *PHEW* That was way too close...
  18. 18. ~Dagmars POV~"Hey, Dagmar?""Mm, what? Cant you see Im busy? You mother wants the yard cleaned up beforedinner." Man, I hate fall.
  19. 19. "Snookums, you know Id love to help-""But you cant because your mothers home. I know. I was the one who told youthat, remember? So, just go away and let me finish. You can stare and admire melater."
  20. 20. "I know, Angelcake, but I just wanted to let you know that I wont be home fordinner. Im going to Veronicas engagement party.""Engagement party?!""Yeah, she got engaged to Consort-""WHAT? She got engaged to Consort? When did she start dating Consort? Hell, whendid she meet Consort?""A couple of weeks ago, around the same time you came here, actually.""WHY THE HELL DIDNT YOU SAY ANYTHING?!"
  21. 21. "Humph, well, I didnt exactly think it important, now that Im supposed to be thelove of your life!"Crap. I forgot. *Takes Deep Breath* "You are, you are. Its just that, uh, I was soshocked because... Because, uh, I didnt even know she was seeing anybody.""She started dating Consort three weeks ago, but they were good friends beforethat.""Oh, well, err... Good for her... I mean now that I have you, I could care less abouther. I just hope shes found the same happiness that we have." *Mental Gag*
  22. 22. "Really?" *Beams* "Thats so sweet, honey. Right, so Ill see you when I get back,okay, Snookums? Ill count the seconds until I can see you again.""Bye, Sweetie." Ugh. This lovey-dovey stuff makes me sick. I waited until Gilbert leftand I was all alone to have my temper tantrum.
  23. 23. Holy Crap! OMGWTFBBQ! The walls are down!
  24. 24. And Veronicas getting married! MARRIED! How did this happen? All my plans ruinedin one single moment. If I was to have any hope of getting Veronica and busting outof here, I had to come up with an emergency backup plan, FAST. And I mean reallyfast. I mean she could already be- *GASP* She could have fallen in love withConsort! *Glowers* Well, no one, no one steals the love of my life out from under mynose. Consort. How I loathed that man. He was always coming between me andVeronica, even before she actually met him. But this- this was the last straw. It waspast time that son of a llama had a large dose of payback. I would act swiftly andwithout mercy.
  25. 25. My actions might make Veronica hesitate to profess her love for me, but... But, Ithought, smiling to myself as I thought of Gilbert, there were ways to remedy that...
  26. 26. So once again, I snuck out that night. Mrs. Jacquet had gone to bed early for once-Thank you old people metabolism. I didnt question my luck; I didnt have time.Gilbert could be back any moment (what if the cops broke up the party early?) orMrs. J could get a sudden urge to use the bathroom. And tonight, I needed all thetime I could get.
  27. 27. Because tonight, I wasnt just sneaking up to Gilberts room. No, tonight, I was goingout. So I quickly and quietly got dressed, grabbed my notes on my superpotion,and crept out the door...
  28. 28. To Aspirational Laboratories. Oh, Free Time, how I love you! Without you I neverwould have been able to find an open lab that I could use to finish my potion. Yousee readers, as a townie, I had been given membership to some of the hobby lotsregardless of my actual enthusiasm for that hobby. So I have membership to thehobby lot for science, which happens to be my natural talent. And the hobby lot forscience is Aspirational Labs, complete with telescopes, surgical dummies, and aBiotech Station. But Ill have to give you a tour some other time...
  29. 29. Because tonight I was here to work. The Biotech Station allowed me to piecetogether the last few puzzles of my superpotion.
  30. 30. Dont get me wrong- I didnt get it right on the first try. It took a couple of hours, butafter several failed attempts-
  31. 31. I finally got it right. I think. At least the composition was right; I wouldnt know if thepotion actually worked until I tested it. But that adventure was for another night; Ihad to get back.
  32. 32. Everything went according to plan, now all I have to do is sneak back in. *OpensDoor Quietly* Oh, good, Gilberts not back yet...
  33. 33. "And just what do you think youre doing? Where have you been?"
  34. 34. Oh, crap. Busted.
  35. 35. Well get back to Dagmar later; right now, lets check out the Capp family.Consort: "Good evening everybody, Im glad you could all make it on such shortnotice. I apologize for that, but I have an important announcement to make, and Iwanted to speak to you all before you hear the news from someone else. You knowhow gossip spreads in this town."Kent: "Oh, my Plumbbob, were broke!"Consort: "No, Kent, we are not broke. If you would shut up for two seconds, I couldtell you what this is all about."
  36. 36. Next Door in the Kitchen:J: "Hey, Hermia, like, do you know whats going on in the dining room? Like, why areall our aunts and uncles here?"H: "All I know is that Grandpa came home all excited about something, and calledan emergency family meeting."J: *Sigh* "Like, ever since he started dating She Who Shall Remain Nameless, hesbeen, like, acting all weird."
  37. 37. H: "You mean happy?"J: "Exactly! Like, Grandpas not supposed to act happy; hes, like, supposed to be allsulky and moody and stuff."H: *Rolls Eyes* "Juliette-“Tybalt: "Hey, you guys know whats going on in the dining room? I came downstairsfor something to eat, and everyone shooed me out of the room."
  38. 38. J: "Well, doofus, if you, like, shut up for two seconds, you could see thats, like, justwhat were trying to figure out."Hmm, it seems Juliette takes after her Grandpa...T: "Hey, twerp, Im your older brother; that means you gotta show me some respect,or Ill kick your butt."J: *Snort* "As if! Why should I-"H: "Shh, you guys, I think Grandpas saying something."
  39. 39. C: "First, I would like to propose a toast because tonight is a very special occasion:earlier today, Veronica and I became engaged."
  40. 40. Kent: "WHAT?"Albany: "Did he just say?"
  41. 41. Regan: "I cant believe this..."
  42. 42. Cornwall: "Did you hear that? Or was it just my imagination?"
  43. 43. Goneril: "Are you kidding me? We ALL heard that! Why do you think were all soshocked? The real question is if hes off his rocker."
  44. 44. J: "Oh, my Plumbbob! Like, Grandpa just said hes getting MARRIED!"T: "How could he do such a thing? What about Grandma? And now some strangechick is going to come in here, take over everything, and try to kick us out!"H: "I cant believe he didnt even talk to us about this... We dont even know who thiswoman really is..."
  45. 45. C: "What is wrong with all of you? I thought youd all be happy for me..."
  46. 46. K: "You really thought wed all be happy youre cheating on mom by marrying awoman half your age and whos probably going to end up with more than half ofour inheritance?"
  47. 47. C: "Do you really think youre still getting an inheritance after our fight and thatcomment?"*Collective Gasp*
  48. 48. K: "Wha- What?"
  49. 49. C: "I cut you out of my will ages ago. Before, you would have been the heir to myestate, since you have no home of your own, but then we fought, so I cut you out ofthe will, and planned on giving the house to Tybalt or Hermia. It would have gone toJuliette, but she lost favor with me, too, ever since she started dating Montysgrandson, whathisface... Oh, yeah, Romeo. Anyway, now that Im getting married,the house will go to Veronica, and my money is to be divided among my childrenand grandchildren like before, but Veronica will get a cut, too. You, of course, stillget nothing."
  50. 50. K: "W-Wow, dad. I didnt know you could be so cold... Disinheriting your own son."
  51. 51. C: "What do you mean cold? Wasnt cold of you to pick a fight with me? To accuseme of cheating when Im trying to move on after my wife died five years ago?Besides, my will has always been divided according to whom I like best. In fact,every will is divided that way; its the way the sim world works! Which means all ofyou have some serious sucking up to do. The only person at this table who isactually friends with me at this moment is Goneril, which is why she gets the biggestcut of the will next to Veronica."
  52. 52. G: "Thanks, dad."C: "No problem, mdear, just make sure you dont do anything to ruin it. AnywayKent, youve been on my last nerve for some time now. First you picked knowledgefor your aspiration, ruining the family tradition of choosing fortune, then there wasthat fling with Bianca Monty... The fight was just the last straw; you really should haveseen this coming."
  53. 53. K: "Dad, dont you think youre being a bit unreasonable, holding a grudge againstme for things Ive done in the past?"C: "Dont you think your feelings about my engagement are a bit unreasonable?"K: "Dad, were just trying to look out for your welfare-"C: "You dont care a thing about my welfare, or else youd see this marriage willmake me happy. All you care about is your inheritance. Which is why you wont begetting any."
  54. 54. Cornwall: "Consort-"C: "Thats sir to you, mister, I dont care how long youve been married to Regan. Iknow you only married my daughter for her money."Cornwall *Sigh*: "Sorry, sir. We dont mean to offend you, its just that we think thisVeronica is trying to do the same thing youre accusing me of with Regan."
  55. 55. C: "Not only does Veronica have her own money, albeit not much, but I know sheloves me. You on the other hand married Regan without a penny to your name or ajob for that matter-"Cornwall: "I had a job!"C: "But now you dont, so were back where we started now, arent we? Yourepenniless. And what about love, huh? Veronica loves me. But you- Well, lets just sayIve heard stories about your relationship panel. Can you honestly say that youre inlove with Regan right now?"
  56. 56. Cornwall: *Blushes* "Look, sir, were all-"C: "I noticed you didnt answer my question."Cornwall: *Blushes* "Regan and I are going through a rough patch right now."C: "Uh, huh."Cornwall: "All married couples have them!"C: "Sure."Cornwall: "They do! Just look at the... the Pleasants! They have problems, too, buttheyre working them out just like Regan and I are!"
  57. 57. C: "Oh, so now youre cheating on Regan, too. Just like with the Pleasants."Cornwall: "What? No! No, thats not what I-" *Deep Breath* Look, we are justconcerned about you marrying a sim less than half your age.“C: "HEY! I am NOT that old! Veronica is half my age and no less! Geez, if youre notsquabbling over my will, you all are adding years to my age... Well, may I remindyou all THAT I AM NOT DEAD YET!"
  58. 58. R: "Calm down, dad. We just want to make sure that shes not trying to swindle you."C: "Arent you one of her best friends?"R: "That was before I knew she was dating you. She betrayed me when she went outwith you."C: "She never lied to you about wanting to meet me or why she wanted to meetme."
  59. 59. G: "Which is why were so suspicious! This isnt some accident; she planned to meetyou and marry you, making it seem like shes only after you for your money."C: *Sigh* "You, too, Goneril? Look, maybe she was, before. Shes changed; maturedeven. And now I know she loves me only for me."
  60. 60. A: "You know, Ive been thinking about it, and I actually think this might be ok."*Silence*A: "I just think that if she makes him happy, he should go ahead and marry her. Hesnot too old to find love again, and he deserves to be happy after all hes done for allof us. I say- I say congratulations, Consort!"C: "Huh. Thanks, Albany. I knew I always liked you."
  61. 61. G: "Albany, sweetie, have you lost your mind? Oh, wait you have. I forgot. Youre afamily sim." *Rolls eyes* "Loonies, the lot of them."
  62. 62. A: "I just dont see any point in standing in the way of the mans happiness. He onlywants companionship. Hes probably been lonely since Contessa died. "C: Thats exactly right."
  63. 63. Cornwall: "But that companionship comes with a steep price: a house and half afortune! Im sorry, but no woohoo is worth that much! Cant you just get a mistress?Or better yet, call the matchmaker! I hear she gives away dates for next to nothing!"C: "And you would know firsthand, wouldnt you?"Cornwall: "No, I-"C: "Look, thats enough out of you."Cornwall: "But-"
  64. 64. C: "Not one word. I dont even know why youre speaking; I dont like you and youhave no say in my business. So just shut it or Ill cut you and Regan out of my willentirely."R: "Daddy!"C: "Im sorry, Regan. I love you, but Id do it, just to spite him. So not another word,you hear?"Cornwall: "Yes, sir. Sorry, sir."
  65. 65. K: "Im sorry, but Cornwall is right. Veronica is tearing our family apart. Shes clearlyjust out for your money!"C: "Quiet! You dont get a say either."G: "Be reasonable, dad. How do you know for sure that she really loves you? Cantyou wait a while? Why dont you wait a year, and if shes still around, then marryher."
  66. 66. C: "A year? A years way too long; I havent got much time left, I could be dead in ayear! ...Which is the whole point, isnt it?" *Sigh* "Look, Im getting married in a week,and thats final."K: "But, dad-"G: "You cant-"
  67. 67. A: "People, just let it go; cant you see the mans happy? Just let him get married.Theres always room for more in this family-"G: "No there isnt. Im sorry, but I cant just sit back and let my father make such ahuge mistake."A: "But this is only going to cause more fights in the family; just let it go."K: "NO!"R: "I agree with Albany."K, G, and Cornwall: "WHAT?"
  68. 68. Cornwall: "Honey, have you gone insane?"R: "Of course I havent, silly. I just think Albanys right. Dads only got so much timeleft; I dont think we should spend it fighting. You know the old saying: you must pickand choose your battles. Dads obviously not going to let this one go, so I think wedall be better off if we just back off and give his marriage our blessing. You know, tryto regain some sort of peace in the family before he goes."
  69. 69. A: "Exactly, no sense in causing a brouhaha. We need to keep the harmony in thisfamily, especially for the kids. Cordelias children have already been through somuch. Theyve already lost their parents and the last thing they need is a fight totear the rest of the family apart. Family is everything and we have to stick together,even if its just for their sake."R: "Right. And anyway, Goneril, we both know Veronica. Shes really not a bad sim.The marriage might actually turn out ok."
  70. 70. G: "Regan, youve lost it. I dont know whats gotten into you, but I know that as longas I live, I can never completely condone this marriage."K: "The same goes for me. I will fight this marriage with my every last breath."
  71. 71. C: "I cant believe you people. I loved you all and supported you for years. I gaveyou everything; you wanted for nothing. But now, the one time I want to dosomething for me, you all act like this?"G: "Dads its just-"C: "Its nothing. I cant sit here anymore and listen to you insult me like this. I canteven look at you right now." *Storms Away*
  72. 72. J: "Oh, my Plumbbob! Can you, like, believe all this? We, like, totally have to dosomething; we cant let Grandpa go through with this. It would, like, ruin his wholelife! Or, like, whats left of it anyway."H: "I dont know, J... I think I kinda agree with Uncle Albany. We should just letGramps be happy."
  73. 73. J: "Are you serious? Whats wrong with you? ...Oh, wait, of course you agree withUncle Albany. Youre family."
  74. 74. H: *Rolls Eyes* "So are you, Juliette."J: "Yeah, but like, come on! This could totally wreck everyones life!"T: "I dont usually agree with the pipsqueak, but Herms, you have to admit shesright. I mean, whats supposed to happen to us? If Gramps gets married, weregoing to get tossed out-"H: "Grandpa would never do that!"
  75. 75. T: "Oh, yeah? Face it, Hermia, Gramps is already in love with this chick. She only hasto say jump and Grandpa says how high. She just has to convince him that sheneeds more space or that she wants more alone time with him, and Grandpa willkick us out."H: "But-"
  76. 76. J: "Or what if- what if they, like, have a baby? Oh, eeew! Then, theyd, like, want usgone for sure!"
  77. 77. H: "You guys dont know any of that for sure! We barely know her; she could bereally nice!"T: "Pfft, yeah, and Nannies could actually be competent!"J: "Like, face it, Herms, we, like, have to stop this wedding."*Argument Ensues*
  78. 78. Back in the Dining Room:G: "Okay, Regan, Dad left. Whats really going on? I cant believe you actuallyagree with Albany. I mean, youre a good, smart fortune sim like the rest of us. Well,except for that black sheep over there. Had to go and choose knowledge. Loonies,the lot of them..."
  79. 79. K: "Hey, will you let that go? That was YEARS ago. I thought wed all moved on."G: "Well, you thought wrong. Dads right. If you had choosen fortune, you mighthave been able to make something of yourself. But nooo, you choose knowledgeand look where it got you: no house, no job, no girlfriend, and youre living in yoursisters attic. And I thought knowledge was supposed to make you smart. But werenot discussing that now. I want to know whats up with you, Regan. Was it a lack ofsleep? A heat stroke? Temporary insanity?"
  80. 80. R: "Oh, Goneril, you are so small minded. You only think about the short term; youneed to think about the big picture. There is absolutely no point in arguing with Dadnow; it will only lead to heartache and less money for us. But if we go along with thismarriage, Dadll be happy and well get more money."
  81. 81. A: "Is that really how you feel, Regan? I thought you were on my side."R: "Oh, please, yeah right."G: "In any case, your plan wont work. If Dad gets married, Veronica will get most ofthe money."
  82. 82. R: "Will she? Who knows how long the marriage will last? If Dad dies a couplemonths after the wedding, we could always say he was tricked into the marriagebecause he was senile and have the marriage annulled. Or we could persuadeVeronica to leave. We could cause a few fights between her and Dad, show herhow hard being married really is. We can even arrange for an illicit affair or a tragicaccident, insuring Veronica will never see Dad again. The possibilities are endlesspeople! We just have to be discreet."
  83. 83. K: "A tragic accident?"
  84. 84. R: "Oh, come on, Kent, we dont really have to kill her; I was just using that as anexample. The point is, we can easily come up with ways to make Dad see thatmarrying Veronica wasnt a good idea. Hell, we could probably even figure out away to make Veronica leave him."Cornwall: "And why cant we do this before the wedding?"R: "There isnt enough time, if Dads getting married in a week. Besides, itd be toosudden- Right now, theyre wary and dont trust us. Theyd expect something likethis. They know a fortune sim would do anything to get his hands on some money.”
  85. 85. R: “We need to catch them off guard and make the problem or fight seem naturaland spontaneous, so they dont suspect we had anything to do with it. If we plan itright, Dad and Veronicas marriage could be finished in a month or two."
  86. 86. G: "Why, Regan, Im sorry I underestimated you. I like the way you think; such abrilliant plan, and youre not even knowledge. Its a wonder Kent didnt think ofsomething sooner. And hes supposed to be the brains of the family-"K: "Hey-"G: "Can it. Well all go along with your plan, Regan. One by one, each of us willcome around and accept that Dad has the right to make his own decisions. Well allmake up with him by the end of the week. Except for you, Cornwall. I dont thinktheres any hope for you."
  87. 87. Cornwall: "Please, like I care what he thinks. But I must say, this is a brilliant plan,honey."K: "Yeah, even Im impressed. Its way sneakier than your normal stuff."R: "Aw, thanks you guys."
  88. 88. A: "Well, I for one dont want any part of this. I cant believe youd all willinglysabotage something as sacred as the holy bond of matrimony."
  89. 89. G: "Thats okay, dear, we wont tell you any of the details. All you have to do is keepyour mouth shut."A: "Humph."G: "Now lets toast to something we can really support: to the end of Consort andVeronica!"All, except Albany: "To the end of Consort and Veronica!" *Glasses Clink*
  90. 90. And back to the kitchen, where Tybalt, Juliette, and Hermia are still arguing:T: "Hermia, why cant you accept that this marriage will ruin our whole lives?"H: "Because I just dont think it will. We barely know Veronica, how can you be sosure that shell change anything? Besides, you know how much Grandpa cares forus. He swore hed look after us when Mom and Dad died. I just dont think hell lether kick us out."T: "But-"J: "No, no Tybalt, like, Hermia is right. We wont, like, know anything for sure until we,like, meet her."
  91. 91. T: "Have you gone mental, too, J?"J: "Like, no. Im just saying that, like, we need to meet Veronica and, like, form ourown opinion. Preferably, like, before she moves in. Then, like, if shes all Cruella andstuff, we still have time to persuade Gramps to dump her."T: "Gramps would never let us go. Hed think were trying to sabotage hisrelationship."J: "Like, duh. Thats, like, why were not going to tell him."H: "Are you kidding me, we will so get caught!"
  92. 92. J: "Not, uh! Like, besides, didnt you, like, say you wanted to meet this chick?"H: "Yeah, but I never said we should sneak out!"T: "Exactly. Besides, Id get in so much trouble if anything happened to you guys."J: "But its, like, the only way to get this family sim to see Veronica is bad forGrandpa!"H: "Okay, Jules, for the last time, YOU ARE FAMILY, TOO!"
  93. 93. J: "Okay, yeah, but, like... Im still not as weird as you are. Cant you, like, see wehave to protect Grandpa?"H: "I do, but what if this is good for Gramps? You know how unhappy he was before,do you really want him to go back to that?"J: "Well... Like, I guess not..."H: "You dont. None of us want Gramps to be unhappy. But youre right." *Sigh* "Theonly way well know if this marriage will hurt Grandpa is if we meet her forourselves."
  94. 94. H: "I think we should go, Tybalt."J: "Yes! Like, now its two to one! You cant say no now, T."T: "Oh, alright fine."
  95. 95. "But if we get caught, Im telling Gramps it was all your idea."
  96. 96. And finally, back to Dagmar. We left her in a bit of a jam, didnt we? Lets see howshe gets herself out of this one.~Dagmars POV~"I asked you a question. Where have you been?""Uh, in the garden, um, I was, uh, night gardening... Never can tell when thoseweeds are gonna sprout, heh, heh...""...Do you think I was born yesterday?""Um, is that really a question?"
  97. 97. "I CAN SEE THE GARDEN FROM MY BEDROOM WINDOW! I get up to go to thebathroom, and not only were you not in your bed, but you were most certainly notin the garden!""Um...""Ive put up with a lot from you; youre an incompetent fool who cant ever getanything right! But tonight was the last straw!""Wha-What do you mean?"
  98. 98. "Do you think Im stupid or something? Dont think I havent noticed whats beengoing on around here. Moneys missing from the bakery, theres new clothes in thecloset, and there isnt enough produce in the fridge. With the amount of time youvespent in the garden, the fridge should be overflowing, but it isnt. Tonight I finallytook a look back there, and what I found growing are NOT proper gardeningplants!"
  99. 99. "And I dont know what youve done to Gilbert! Oh, where should I begin? When hesnot sneaking around doing all your chores, hes following you around, trying to stealkisses like some lovesick puppy! Its absolutely disgusting! I dont know whatsgotten into him... But Ill have a talking to with him later. I know you did something tohim, and youre going to tell me what right after you tell me where you weretonight."
  100. 100. Drat, I cant let her know what I was up to!*Sigh* "Or else what?""Or wha! Or else Ill suck your brains out!"*Snort* "Id like to see you try."
  101. 101. "Such insolence! Listen, missy, Ive just about had enough of you-""Youve had enough? Youve had enough? You have got to be kidding me! Ive hadenough! Ive cooked, cleaned, gardened, sewed, ironed, and danced for you! Idanced to your silly little tune for almost two months now, and Ive had it! I cateredto your every whim and fancy, and IM FED UP! Yes, I snuck out tonight! Why?BECAUSE IM TRYING TO BUST OUT OF HERE, LADY!"
  102. 102. "Ive put up with you for long enough, and Ive finally come up with a foolproof planto set me free. And theres nothing you can do to stop me! Ive been running thishouse for the past three weeks while you were completely oblivious. Too caught upwith your jogging, your myshuno, your bakery, and your search for Gilberts spouse.You didnt see a thing coming! And dont even get me started on Gilbert. The sim isa complete fool, you couldnt possibly think it took much effort to control him! ANDhes romance! Totally obsessed with the mere possibility of hot sim loving!"
  103. 103. "He was easy to fool, as were you. You both thought I was too scared of you and toohigh on cheese to plot escape. And you gave me so much control of the house thatit was simple, and lets face it, downright easy, to take control.""A fact Im soon going to remedy. You wont fool me again.""Oh, please! What are you going to do now? Youve done all you can to me! Face it!Im not afraid of you anymore, and I can handle anything you throw at me.""Are you sure?"
  104. 104. I thought about the potion in my back pocket. *Smiles* "Positive. Bring it on oldlady.""Im so glad you feel that way."
  105. 105. "Look over there, its Veronica making out with Consort!"*Whirls Around* "What! No way..."
  106. 106. "Made you look!""ARGH, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING TO ME?""Dagmar, meet Mr. Simvac, Mr. Simvac I believe you know Dagmar; youre alreadysucking her face. ...And her aspiration points, tee hee!"
  107. 107. "Y-Y-You w-will s-s-so p-p-a-ay f-for th-this-s-s!"
  108. 108. "Ha! Id like to see you try! People always underestimate the old lady! Well, this oldladys got tricks! IM in charge around here, and dont you forget it!"
  109. 109. "I give, you win, you win, geez, just stop!""Oh, I dont know... Have we learned our lesson?""YES!"
  110. 110. "You better have, cuz I got a million more where this came from!""AAH, get away from me, you crazy old bat!""Hmm, I dont think it worked right...""What do you mean, I feel like my heads about to explode!" *Swoon*
  111. 111. "Mr. Simvac + Mrs. Jacquet = ME CRAAAZY!""There we go! I guess it works just fine."
  112. 112. "Moo! Moo! MOO! More Milk! Um, I mean, cheese! Moo! Moo!"
  113. 113. "Pfft, and Im crazy? Youre the mooing chicken. Never saw anyone Moo whiledoing the chicken dance. Knew that one was messed up..."
  114. 114. "Have to admit though, it makes for great entertainment.""Moo! MOO!""Ah, justice tastes great.“*Struggles to Stand Upright* "I hate you.""Feelings mutual. Now dont think youve gotten off easy. You think youve workedhard before, well, starting tomorrow, your work doubles. You wont have a minute offree time to yourself, and Ill be watching your every move.""And what makes you think Ill still listen to you?"
  115. 115. "You want a second visit from Mr. Simvac?""N-No, no thanks.""Didnt think so. Now, go change while I think of more punishments for you. I think Illask around the neighborhood and see if anyone has any toddlers you can takecare of..."*Shudders* "Please, Plumbbob, I hope not.""Well, thats not up to you so, scram!"
  116. 116. *Sniffle* ...Old hag... Just wait... Ill get her. Enoughs enough, Im not taking thisanymore! The question is, how... *Looks Out Window at the Garden* Hmm... I think Iknow just the thing.
  117. 117. ~Denises POV~Oh, Plumbbob, why doesnt anyone around here listen to me? Did that girl reallythink she could out smart me? Like I would just sit by and watch her take over thingsaround here... I know I was busy, but really, this is too much. Stealing money,poisonous garden plants, sneaking out... *Sigh* But this is partly my fault; I shouldhave known that girls mind was too strong to be brainwashed by cheese. I shouldhave known shed try to rebel. But Gilbert...
  118. 118. *Groan* That boys a complete idiot! He should have known better than to mess withher. I thought hed be too smart to really fall for her, or anyone else for that matter.But hes completely besotted with her; practically worships the ground she walks on.I dont know whats gotten into him! I taught him better than that! I taught him tonever get too close to a romantic interest hes not serious about. Heck, I taught himto be his own accountant, and double check the books. And I know I taught himabout loyalty to friends and family. Why would he betray Veronica by hooking upwith, Dagmar of all people? *Sigh* Somethings just not right...
  119. 119. In any case, I dont know what to do with him; hes just not getting it and Ive onlygot so many years left to teach him... Im gonna have to knock some sense into thatboy if its the last thing I do! Ugh, just thinking about it gives me a headache."DAGMAR! GET OUT HERE AND MIX ME A DRINK!"
  120. 120. "I was just about to go to sleep, too." * Grumble* *Grabs a Small Vial From Under HerBed* "Coming maam!"
  121. 121. "You can go to bed when youre done; I havent thought of any extra chores for youto do yet.""Yes, maam.""And first thing tomorrow, youre going to dig up all that stuff you put back there andreplant the garden.""Yes, maam.""And dont think for a second I forgot about the money you stole. Youre going togive that back tomorrow, too."
  122. 122. "Yes, maam.“ D, to herself: Ha! Yeah, right. There wont be a tomorrow, for you.*Sprinkles Powder into the Cups*"Enjoy your drink, Mrs. Jacquet.""Wha? Are you giving me sass?!""No, Mrs. Jacquet, I was just trying to be polite, you know, like you taught me.""Humph, well, scram.""Yes, maam. Goodnight."
  123. 123. What am I going to do with that girl? *Sighs* *Takes a Sip* I guess Ill figure that outlater.
  124. 124. Hmm, you know this nectar tastes funny...
  125. 125. Ugh, I think Im gonna be sick! But why... Oh, Crap! Dagmar!
  126. 126. That conniving little- *Cough, Cough* *GASP* That wench! Ill... Ill- *Chokes*
  127. 127. I cant be dying, not yet! Theres so many things I didnt get to do, so many places Ididnt get to see... So many things I didnt get to teach my son...
  128. 128. Gilbert! Oh, what is he going to do without me? And how is he going to break freefrom that witch?! I didnt even find him a wife! Oh, I am SO haunting her for this...
  129. 129. It wasnt long after when Denise Jacquet took her last breath. She was a good sim;Plumbbob rest her soul. She was a smart, cunning, and tough old lady, but end theend, Dagmar outsmarted her once and for all.
  130. 130. And now this is all thats left of her. A small, dull, un-Platinum urn.
  131. 131. ~Dagmars POV~What? Oh, come on, you all knew that was coming. And she was in my way! Howcould I have won Veronica back if she told my secret? Plus you know that mean olwitch deserved it! She made my life miserable!*****
  132. 132. ~Veronicas POV~Hey, simmers, long time no see. Some of you may remember that I am giving anengagement party tonight. But Consorts not coming; he doesnt like parties. Hesmore of a sit-by-the-fire-and-chat kind of guy. Say, you think Ill still get presents?Um, no.Hey, why not?Sim parties dont work that way.Hmm, I think that you and my other friends are really just a bunch of cheapskates...
  133. 133. Anyway, so the party went great. Everyone was there- Traci, Marylena, Robert,Contessa Breanna, Carla, Gilbert, and even that blond chick that Contessa bit in Ch4, whose name I cant remember.Veronica, shes one of your best friends!Yeah, but its not like I really even talk to her anymore... I just needed her for thepromotion. And I only invited her over to cure her vampirism. And for the presents. Iwas really hoping shed bring presents. Anyway, we were all having a good timejust hanging out.
  134. 134. Oh, and KB was there, too."Hey! Im right here!""Sorry, but arent you proud of me? I mean, Ive topped two careers, and Im gonnaget married. The storys practically over!""Um, yeah..."
  135. 135. "And Im gonna move out tomorrow! And live in a mansion!""Yeah, about that, V. Be careful.""Wha? What do you mean?""I cant really say... Itd kinda ruin the whole plot... Its just that... Well, the Cappsdont really like you and theres... Look, just promise me you wont sell all your stuff;keep some of it...""I dont know. Ill probably need the money to renovate Capp House. I see whatConsort says."
  136. 136. "No! Listen, V. The money will be a safety net. In case... Well, that doesnt matter. Itllbe like... Like a prenup. Or having separate accounts! Yeah, lots of married couplesnowadays keep some separate assets.""But the house-""Ill help you out if you need more money for the house.""But couldnt you do that later if I need more money?""No, cuz then itd be Consorts money, too, but this will just be yours."
  137. 137. "But-""LOOK, just do it, okay?!""Okay, okay, geez.""Promise?!""I promise, okay?"
  138. 138. I didnt really get what KB was hinting at, so I just put it in the back of my mind andrejoined the festivities. There was gossip, pool, chess... Rock, Paper, Scissors...
  139. 139. ...And smustling. Because what good party doesnt include a smustle?
  140. 140. And finally, there was champagne.
  141. 141. V: "Okay, everyone, gather round."Robert: "Aw, man. Why do I have to stand next to Ravi? Someone switch places withme."Ravi: "Like I want to stand next to you. Youre a wuss and a traitor."V: "Cool it you guys, Im trying to make a toast here." *Ahem* "You all have beenvery good friends to me."
  142. 142. "You all helped me through a really rough time, a time when one of my best friendsbetrayed me. But you all supported me, stuck by me, and helped my defeat megreatest enemy. And now that Ive met the man of my dreams, and as Im about tobecome married, I just wanted thank you all for being such good friends to me. Forbeing there for me when I needed you. To friends!"
  143. 143. All: "To friends!" *Glasses Clink*V: "Okay, guys, back to the party!"
  144. 144. KB: "Wait, wait. I want to say something, too. Veronica, youve been a good friend toall of us, as well. In fact, youve brought us all together and helped make us eachwho we are today."
  145. 145. "And I think I speak for us all when I say that were truly happy for you, and that wewish you all the best. To Veronica!"All, except V, cuz that would be conceited: "To Veronica!"
  146. 146. "Aw, thanks guys. Now, lets see who can make the best smustle face!"And the party continued on late into the evening. Luckily, there were no cops. I justhope everyone had as good a time as I did.
  147. 147. ~Dagmars POV~G: "Mom, Dagmar, Im home! I know its a little late, but-"
  148. 148. "Oh, my effing Plumbbob! Mommy!"
  149. 149. Im guessing Gilbert saw this. I don’t know what he’s freaking out about, honestly—things are going to be great. The nagging old witch is finally gone—thankPlumbbob—and my superpotion is complete. Things are going quite smoothly,actually, and I really think that Veronica will be mine in a matter of-G, in a high pitched girly scream: "Mommy! Oh, Mommy, what happened to you?!"I guess I better go deal with this.
  150. 150. G, hyperventilating: "This... This cant be happening... I have to be dreaming... I haveto be…"
  151. 151. "Hey, Gilbert, whats wrong?""Whats wrong? WHATS WRONG?! MY MOMMY DIED AND I MISSED IT, THATS WHATSWRONG!"
  152. 152. "Oh, that...""YES, that.""Look, Gilbert... um, Honey... dont feel bad. These things happen."
  153. 153. "How? How did she die?""Sweetie, she was an old woman.""But she had so much time left. At least... I thought she did...""Mistakes like that happen all the time. Many people misread the life meter. Theythink they have several days left, then BAM! The Grims calling their names.“"But, how? I didnt even know aging was on in this house. Weve never agedbefore..."
  154. 154. "Uh, it was turned on just after I was resurrected, remember? So that I could agewhile Veronica stayed young... It was part of the revenge, you know? Sort of like ajoke..." Please buy that..."Oh... Okay, but... she was platinum. If she died of old age, why isnt her urnplatinum?""Um, because... It must have been a glitch! Yeah, thats happened loads of times;the Grim loves to rob people of their platinum graves. And she definitely wasplatinum! I saw the hula zombies and everything! It was definitely a glitch; she wasrobbed, I tell you! Robbed!”
  155. 155. "Okay, but... But WHY? Why now? I still need her."*Sigh* "Gilbert, dont be such a baby; youll be perfectly fine. And, um, youll haveme. ...I mean, I know we havent woohooed before, but..."
  156. 156. "We could start, if you think that would help...""Dagmar, how could you be so insensitive? How could you possibly think Id careabout woohoo right now? My mother just died!"
  157. 157. "Sorry, I was just trying to help...""Well, dont! Youre just making everything worse!"
  158. 158. "Sweetie, I was just-""JUST GO! I need some time alone... to think... to cope.""Okay..." Stupid sensitive moron...
  159. 159. Oh, my Plumbbob, I cant believe he bought that whole it was a glitch thing. He issuch an idiot! He definitely didnt get any of his Mamas brains. And that crying!What a wuss! Oh, man things are going perfect! Now all I have to do is steal aninvite to the wedding, and that shouldnt be a problem considering Gilbertsemotional state. The Mamas boy wont want to go anywhere alone. Hee hee, I ama genius!
  160. 160. ~Gilberts POV~I decided to put my Moms grave outside under the willow. She always loved theoutdoors... In fact, she always l-l-loved this t-tree....
  161. 161. *Sniff* She always looked out for me... Tried to encourage me, teach me everythingshe knew... And instead of listening, I spent these last few weeks ignoring her,sneaking around with Dagmar, and trying to get away from her as often as I could.B-b-but now... S-shes n-n-not here a-a-anymore.... WAAHHH!
  162. 162. If only I had listened. Oh Mom, what am I going to do without you? Whos going torun the bakery? The house? Whos going to do my laundry? ...Oh, yeah. Dagmar. Istill got her. Shell help me through everything... At least when Im with her, I-I wontbe s-s-so a-alone.... *Sniff******
  163. 163. And back to Veronica, who while in her own little world was completely oblivious towhat was going on at the Jacquet house. Or any other house for that matter. Stillelated from the party and her engagement, the next night Veronica wentdowntown to do what a fortune sim loved to do best: spend money.
  164. 164. ~Veronicas POV~The next night I went downtown on a very important shopping trip. Thats right; it wastime to buy my wedding dress!!! SQUEEE! And naturally, to make such an importantpurchase, I went to my favorite store: The Corner Shoppes.
  165. 165. And since there was a huge selection, I couldnt pick just one. So, I decided to tryon the ones I liked best. ...This one looked nice, but I still wasnt completely sold. Iwas looking for the perfect gown- it didnt have to be the most expensive, or themost elaborate...
  166. 166. But it had to be just right. It had to be me. So this one was out. Too laid back.
  167. 167. Money wasnt an object- and lets face it, in the Sim world, all wedding dresses areonly 400 simoleons, anyway.
  168. 168. But even if they werent, Id still have spared no expense. Because my wedding dayjust had to be PERFECT. This one was out, too. It was too... *Sigh* Its just not me.
  169. 169. And this one wasnt quite right either. Anyway, while my wedding dress didnt haveto be traditional-
  170. 170. It definitely had to make me feel like a princess. Because this day only happensonce.Though Consort is so old, itll probably happen twice.Shut up, KB; there are elixirs.
  171. 171. ANYWHO, my wedding was going to be a chapter out of a fairy tale. I had plannedeverything out. My wedding day would also reveal the renovations to Capp Manor,complete with a new wedding chapel, which would also be spectacular.
  172. 172. Does Consort know about these plans?Shut up, KB. And yes he does. He said wed spare no expense to make Saturday thewedding of my dreams.
  173. 173. Consort and I have an understanding; we talk about things. Anyway, I finally chosea dress, and no it wasnt any of the ones you saw. Its going to be a surprise. But Ifound a perfect dress for my perfect wedding, and everything was going to begreat, and absolutely nothing was going to ruin it.
  174. 174. So I headed back home to pack- tomorrow was moving day, after all and—"WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON HERE?"
  175. 175. I opened my door to find that teenagers had taken over my home. And not just anyteenagers, either; they were Consorts grandkids.
  176. 176. Tybalt: "Just chill out would ya? Ill explain after me and Herms finish this game."
  177. 177. V: "Uh, excuse me; just who do you think you are, breaking in like this? And its late!Does your Grandfather know where you are? I demand an explanation! NOW!"
  178. 178. T: "Alright, alright. Jules, quit playing around; shes back."Juliette: "Wha? Aw, like, come on, I was, like, just getting into my grove..."
  179. 179. V: "Dont you people have a curfew? Well, if not, you guys are definitely getting onetomorrow! You can get in your grove some other time. Preferably at your ownhouse. ...Which is soon to be my house, too, I guess..."T: "Yeah, about that. We arent too sure thats going to happen."V: "WHAT?! Y-you- Consorts called off the wedding?!"
  180. 180. Hermia: "Calm down. Gramps said no such thing. What Tybalt means to say is thatwe want to talk to you about the wedding."
  181. 181. V: *Sigh of Relief* "Look, we can talk some other time, right now you need to gohome; your Grandfathers probably worried sick about you! So lets go right now!"T: "Um, yeah, lets get one thing straight, toots; I do what I want when I want."
  182. 182. "And right now Im not going anywhere until I know whether or not youre just someskank out to steal my Grandfathers money."
  183. 183. V: "... Thats really what you came to talk about?"J: "Like, duh."V: *Shrugs* "Usually people dont ask, they just assume."H: "Well, we dont really know you, so we couldnt really make that judgment."
  184. 184. J: "Which is, like, why were here: to, like, get to know you and see if, like, yourereally the skank my aunts and uncles think you are. So, like, are you or arent you?"
  185. 185. V: "What kind of question is that? Of course Im not a skank!" *Sighs* "Though Isuppose I cant blame you for asking..."T: "So if Grandpa lost all his money tomorrow and had to move to... lets say a trailer,would you still marry him?"V: "Of course! I love your grandfather!"
  186. 186. V: "I mean, I wouldnt be happy about living in a trailer; I am a fortune sim, after all.But Id still marry him. We could always make more money and buy a new place.Though now that I think about it, if he were living in a trailer, wed just live here, thatway we could- Oh crap, were gonna have to talk about this arent we? Fine, bringon the questions."T: "Awesome. By the way..."
  187. 187. T: "Do you got anything to eat?"
  188. 188. V: "...Are you kidding me?"T: "No, I really am starving. Pleeeeaaase?"V: *Sigh* "Fine."
  189. 189. I cant believe this. A couple of teenagers break into my house, demand tointerrogate me, and now Im making them dinner. What twisted world am I in?
  190. 190. V: "Okay, you guys, its ready. Take a seat."
  191. 191. T: "Mmm, smells good. And its not even burnt."
  192. 192. H: "See Jules, she can cook, thats a good sign."J: "Okay, okay, but that, like, doesnt mean anything for sure. Besides, we, like,havent even tasted it yet. It could be, like, disgusting."
  193. 193. V: "Okay, what was it you guys just had to sneak out and ask me?"
  194. 194. *Silence, except for Tybalt and Juliette shoveling down their food.*
  195. 195. V: "Whoa... Dont you guys get fed at home? You cant tell me that theres no food inthat huge mansion."H: "We do, but... Its mostly just take out, crappy buffets, or whatever Grandpacooks."
  196. 196. T: "And what Grandpa cooks is usually burnt."J: "Yeah, its, like, always burnt Mac and Cheese."T: "I havent had anything this good in ages. Usually, the only decent meal we get isbirthday cake."H: "Lucky for us, we have a lot of birthdays in this family."
  197. 197. V: "Well, I guess thats something that will change... Anyway, now that you havesomething in your stomach, why dont you all tell me whats on your minds?"
  198. 198. J: "You, like, didnt answer my question. Like, are you a skank or not?"H: "Jules! What she means to say is that this is all very sudden. We just want to makesure that you actually love Grandpa."
  199. 199. "Like I said, I do love Consort, with all my heart. When Im with him, time stops. Andhe makes me feel so alive. When Im him, my hearts content and-"T, H, J: "EW!"
  200. 200. V: "Sorry, I realize that may have been too mushy for you guys. But anyway, thiswasnt sudden. Consort and I have been friends for a while before we got together.Technically, we have been seeing each other for about... six weeks. Do you knowhow long that is in the sim world? Its... Well its a really long time; its practicallyunheard of. And we both thought about this a lot before we decided to get married.I mean, dont you think I had some concerns about marrying someone so mucholder than me?"
  201. 201. T: "Um, no. We kinda just thought you were in it for the money."J: "Totally. I, like, thought you would spend your marriage wondering, like, whenGrandpa was going to croak."V: "Thats awful! Give me some credit!"H: "Well, we thought you were a golddigger..."
  202. 202. T: "Yeah, we didnt think skanks had any morals or values."J: "Which, like, brings me back to the main point. Like, are you a skank or not. You,like, havent really given us much evidence youre not."V: "But I-"J: "Yeah, yeah, yeah. You, like, say you love Grandpa, but you know, theres, like,no real way we can tell. So, like, just come out and say what you think of us. Just,like, tell us whats your grand master plan."
  203. 203. V: "Um... What? What plan? Im a bit confused here."J: "Hello, like, where are you going to send us?"V: "...Send you? What are you talking about? Im not sending you anywhere."
  204. 204. H, J: "What?"J: "Oh, come on! Like, every evil stepmother, or, like, in your case, step-grandmother, has some grand plan to, like, ship all the kids off to Siberia orsomething. So, like, whats yours?"
  205. 205. "...I dont know what to say. I dont have a plan. I wasnt going to send youanywhere; I didnt even think about it."
  206. 206. H: "Yeah, right. Even I dont buy that. Come on. Are you going to send us to AuntGonerils, Aunt Regans, or just plain kick us out?"
  207. 207. V: "Seriously, Im not sending you anywhere. Except perhaps to college."H: "Really?"V: "Yes, really."
  208. 208. T: "Well, what about me? Are you going to kick me out? I probably wont go tocollege."V: "Why not?"
  209. 209. J: "Tybalt isnt really suited for college. He could go, but hed probably flunk out hisfirst year."
  210. 210. V, H: "Juliette!"
  211. 211. T: "No, no, the pipsqueaks actually right. Im no scholar. Im destined for a rough lifewith financial and aspirational failure. Its just how my story goes, just like DirkDreamer, Ripp Grunt, or Dustin Broke.“V: "Well, I dont know about those other kids, but KB told me about Dustin. The kidsalready made at least 100,000 simoleons, and hes still a teen. And you can bet hesgoing to college."T: "Really?"V: “Yeah. Apparently, Nina Caliente took him under her wing when she started herbusiness empire.”
  212. 212. V: "She showed him the ropes, let him skill up and earn badges, and eventually hebecame assistant manager for all her businesses."T: "Well, how many businesses does she have?"V: "She only has two now, but at one point she had six. But anyway, the point isDustin overcame his surroundings and made something of himself, without any helpfrom his mother. But being the good kid that he was, he supported his mother andtook care of his younger siblings, paying for renovations for their house, and evencreating a trust fund for his two brothers, all while his mother was sleeping aroundtown looking for men with good genes to make more babies. Stupid family sim..."
  213. 213. V: "Anyway, if Dustin could do it, you can do it."T: "But Dustin had help. You said that Nina chick helped him."V: "Youll have help, too. Consort and I will do everything we can to help make sureyoull succeed."T: "But my grades are in the toilet."V: "Stop making excuses. Well get you a tutor and help you skill. You might go tocollege a little later, but youll go. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. All of youare going to college."
  214. 214. J: "I dont get it. Why would you do that? Why do you care?"
  215. 215. V: "Because I think every sim deserves a chance to go to college; higher educationis the key to success. You learn most, if not all, of the skills need for your chosenprofession or professions, you make good contacts, and... Well, its fun. And withyour privileged backgrounds, theres no reason why any of you shouldnt go.Besides, family is important to Consort, and I respect that. Except for my friends, Ihave no real family of my own, and I would love be a part of a family thats as bigand loving as yours."
  216. 216. H: "Loving? I dont know if you could actually call our family loving."V: "But you are. You all look out for and care for one another. The reason why youraunts and uncles are so wary of me is because theyre all concerned for Consort.They want to make sure he doesnt get hurt. That same reason is why you all camedown here to talk to me isnt it? You have a very loving family, Hermia, and when Imarry Consort, his family will become my family. So, Ill do everything I can to lookout for all of you and your other relatives. Because no matter what, family stickstogether."
  217. 217. J: "Are you, like, on bubbles, or something?"V: "...No."T: "Then whats with you? Our aunts and uncles would do anything to stop yourwedding, and here you are talking about how much you admire them for being socaring. Theyre not caring, the only people they care about are themselves; theyrein it for the money."
  218. 218. V: "I dont know if I believe that. Youre probably just exaggerating; Im sure theresgood in them somewhere."J: "And, like, Im sure youre in denial."H: "Youre one of those nice sims, arent you? It must be the nice points."V: *Shrugs* "I guess. I do have seven nice points."H, J, T: "Seven?"V: "Yes, seven. Now come on, its past time I got you kids back to your Grandfather."
  219. 219. H: "Wow. I guess we misjudged you. You seem like a good sim after all."V: "Thank you."J: "So now that were, like, all cool and all, youre not, like, going to tell Grandpa onus, are you?"V: "Ha ha, nice try. Of course Im telling your Grandfather. Now lets go."
  220. 220. T: "This is your car? Nice."H: "Even Grandpa doesnt have his own sports car..."J: "Like, wait. Im, like, confused. Where did you get the money for this?"V: "Um, I work? I bought it for myself when I topped the Show Business career."J: "But I, like, thought you were in Business?"V: "I am. That was my old job. Now Im a Business Tycoon.“H: "Wait, youve topped two careers?"
  221. 221. V: *Shrugs* "Yeah. So?"J: "Grandpas, like, spent the last ten years just trying to top business."V: "Um... Im sure your Grandfather just lacked the motivation."H: "Yeah, right. ...I guess youre not really a golddigger after all."V: "I told you I wasnt. I mean, I dont have as much money as your family... But Idont exactly make chump change either..."T: "Hey, so... Can I drive?"V: "Hahaha! No. Now lets go."
  222. 222. I made sure the kids got home safe and sound, then came home and went to sleep.I had to get up early this morning; today is moving day after all. I packed all mystuff, and left anything I didnt want. Then I cleaned the place from top to bottom sothat the next person who moved in would have a nice clean home. *Sigh* I wasgoing to miss this place. I mean, it wasnt much, but it was mine. And there were alot of memories here. Not all of them good, mind you. Lets see... I died here. Icaught on fire. Twice. I turned into a vampire here. I cured my vampirism here. Andthen there was that whole thing with Dagmar...
  223. 223. Still though. As I walked out the door for the last time, I felt a bit of sadness, eventhough I was moving on to bigger and better things. Well, I guess this is it. So long......Oh, Crap, Veronica I forgot! You need a placeholder for all the pictures!Way to ruin my dramatic exit, KB.Oh, shut it. Just get someone to move in here.
  224. 224. I thought of all my townie friends. Who would I pick to have such a great place?Who would I save from the lonely, nomadic life of towniedom? And then it hit me.
  225. 225. "Marylena!""Veronica! I cant believe I get to stay here! No more serving drinks and waiting onpeople at the bar! How can I ever thank you?""Theres no need. Im just doing for you what KB did for me. She saved me from CAS,I saved you from towniedom. Its what friends do."
  226. 226. KB hooked Marylena up and gave her and the house a makeover. She didnt dothat for me... I had to earn everything...
  227. 227. I didnt do that for you because I was trying to play without cheats when I firststarted to play you.And now?
  228. 228. Now I realize its almost impossible to write a story without cheats, so I dont care asmuch.Hmph.
  229. 229. Oh, be quiet. You get spoiled plenty. Besides Marylena isnt a part of the mainstoryline anyway, so it doesnt matter if I used cheats to liven up her place.Mmhmm.
  230. 230. Oh, come on, she came with next to nothing and you took all your stuff. Would youhave one of your best friends live in squalor?Im not buying it...I just got IKEA Stuff, okay? I wanted to decorate things!Sure.
  231. 231. Yeah, so Marylena got new clothes, too. And yes, thats a brand spanking new car.Humph.Youre moving to a mansion!Uh huh. "Have fun in your new place, Marylena." I bet she will; shes romance, didyou know?"I will. Tell KB I said thanks, will ya? And good luck with the move; Ill be there onSaturday for the wedding."
  232. 232. "Ill see you then. I probably wont get to talk to you beforehand; Im going to besuper busy.“And thats it. This is where I leave you, simmers. Im off to my new place and my newlife. The next time you see me Ill be living in a newly renovated Capp Mansion, andit will be my wedding day. Can you tell Im nervous? Its a big step, and, well... therest of the Capps dont like me. In fact, they barely like each other right now, so Imsure there will be a fight or tw- Oh my Plumbbob, is there going to be a fight at mywedding?!
  233. 233. Calm down, Veronica. Excuse her, readers. She just has cold feet. Ill take it fromhere, V. So thats it for this chapter, hope you enjoyed it; the next one’s gonna be adoozy.And why is that, huh? HUH?!Breathe, V, breathe.
  234. 234. This chapter was brought to you by—okay none of these people. But dont you justlove Uni? Its the only place where streakers stalk you in your sleep.Streaker: "Hey, Hal, I see you!"Hal: *Snore*Streaker: "Dump, Kendra, Hal. You know you want meee!"Hal: "I am so awesome... ZZZ ...I can pick up girls in my sleep... ZZZ"Later, simmers. Happy reading.

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