Hello! Welcome to the most recent (read: hideously overdue)chapter of Already in Progress! For some reason, I had bothplayer’s block and writer’s block while playing this rotation. If Ihave one, focusing on the other usually gets me through it, but withboth at once, I was stuck.Perhaps I need less restrictive play-and-write rules for myself…At any rate, I hope the finished chapter is not too much of adisappointment. We will have a brief word from our sponsors, andthen we will return to our story.
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We open today’s chapter with photographic proof that Helen cansleep through any video game you care to name.
Although since she Grew Up Well later that same day, she is nowtoo big to share a room with her fathers.Normally, I wouldn’t show a pre-makeover picture of the birthdaygirl, but I just wanted to point out that Helen actually looks asthough she could be a biological member of the family. See howshe and Celeste have the same chin?
Here is post-makeover Helen discussing her favorite topic withIsaac.
And here is post-makeover Helen congratulating Frederic on hislatest promotion. [/picspam]Frederic is climbing the Culinary ladder pretty quickly. It’s reallyjust a matter of putting in the time, as he has plenty of friends andall but one skill point for Level Ten already.
The household is a very happy and functional one. Everyone getsalong with everyone else, and evenings are filled with family time.
Mostly.ISAAC: Hey, what is up with you, pal? Can’t you see you’remaking my little girl cry?GRIM REAPER: .orr..ISAAC: Yeah, you better be!
EDGAR: Now, now. He’s just doing his job. No need to threatenhim.GRIM REAPER: ..an. .ou, .r. .ill...EDGAR: Oh, that’s okay. Emotions run high at times like these.You have to make allowances. Do you have my drink?GRIM REAPER: I .ur. .o.EDGAR: And my suitcase?GRIM REAPER: .igh. .ere, .r. .ill...EDGAR: My goodness, you certainly are professional! Okay, I’mready.
Edgar “Eddie” Miller, 75 years old. Eddie was a genuinely Niceguy… or, as loyal reader amylu1988 dubbed him, “Mr. Way-Too-Nice.” Despite that, he wasn’t a pushover, finding ways to redirectgirls he wasn’t interested in to the guys who would make themhappy, and finding creative ways to resolve all kinds of conflicts.(His greatest triumph was the conflict resolution session that nettedhim his Heavenly Bride.) There were a lot of people whose liveswere improved with Eddie’s intervention, and I won’t be the onlyone who misses him.Rest in peace, Eddie.
Now, this picture may look a bit inappropriate -- celebratingEddie’s death?! -- but it’s actually not. This is just a picture ofgrandmother-granddaughter bonding in the aftermath of loss, withthe two of them finding happiness in life again. It’s actually quitesweet.Also, I wanted to include it and couldn’t work it in any other way.
GOLDBERGIt’s a woohooing elf lord! The kind that owns people!I don’t defend people like that. (drops the case onSILENT LADY’S desk) Get rid of it.SILENT LADY picks the case up and hands it back.GOLDBERGI told you, I don’t defend elf lords! (throws thecase back on SILENT LADY’S desk)SILENT LADY picks up the case, opens the folder, andhands it back.
The rotation started out well at Buttercup and Albert’s house. Themarried couples were getting along very well, and their dates wentwell.
Although I have no photographic proof, Penelope continued to dowell in school. Bribes for grades really do work. Since she’d been aChild for a while, it was about time for an age transition.
The sparklies and the hula zombies showed up on the same day,and in the most inaccessible location in the house. (Where else?)Please accept my apologies for the Walls Down, and know thatAlbert went to the next lifestage with a big smile on his face.
Albert (Adams) Shankel, 75 years old. The son of a hugely famousrock star (Bertram McClellan), Albert chose a conservative life asan act of rebellion. One wife, three children, and years of carefulattention to the tax code later, he couldn’t have been happier.Albert was in the most separate stories of any of my Sims (three),finally settling here in Already in Progress. He will be missed byfamily and player alike, and the knowledge that his death occurredat the optimum time for maximizing tax deductions will not help toease the loss.Goodbye, Little Bertie.
I think we can all agree that Penny looks like her father, can’t we?But those pigtails don’t work on her anymore.
Much better.For those who are interested, Penny is a Popularity Sim, who likesglasses and jewelry, but not brown hair.
If the weather permits, Penny does tai chi in the yard withButtercup every morning. If the weather doesn’t permit, they do taichi in the living room, but there isn’t as much space.Penny and Buttercup are quite close, and I think it’s a good thingfor Buttercup. Of course a granddaughter can never replace ahusband, but strong interpersonal connections are a vital part of thehealing process.Gee, that sounded pretentious. (quickly, in a bright tone) Movingright along!
GOLDBERGI read up on you, Mr. Brightdawn. You have thehighest “attrition rate” of anyone in the EasternKingdom.TIARNAYes, I do, don’t I. Funny how nobody asks to see thebodies. Do you know, if people are willing to squashup a bit, you can fit three to a coffin?
Amy and Bryan had a pleasant-but-completely-uneventful rotation.You can tell because I actually managed to get exactly zeropictures and had to go back into the game after the rotation endedto take this one.I sincerely apologize, and I will attempt to do better next time.
TIARNAThey can search now. It’s clear. Although it mightlook good if my learned counsel were to persuade meto cooperate. (raises an eyebrow) I do have a learnedcounsel, don’t I, Mr. Goldberg?GOLDBERGYou bet your ass.
At the Couderc household, Nicholas’s campaign for a sibling isstill in full swing.NICHOLAS: Dada, I can has brudda or sissa?CHANT: Mommy wants to help with that, kiddo, and it can take awhile.NICHOLAS: Dada, I can has brudda or sissa now?CHANT: Mommy and I just aren’t that fast, kiddo. I’m sorry.NICHOLAS: Dada, you can gives brudda or sissa now? (puppydog eyes) Pwease?CHANT: Oh, okay. How can I say no to puppy dog eyes?
Plantbabies are very easy to obtain, and granting but his son’srequest was the work of a moment for Chant.CHANT: There you go, Nicholas. A little sister for you, at least fora bit.NICHOLAS (suspiciously): Sissa get big fast?CHANT: Yep. That’s what plantsims do.NICHOLAS: Want sissa same as Nico’as! Same same same!CHANT: Okay, okay. Don’t yell!
So Chant dug around in the medicine cabinet and found some(expired) Plantropic-C that Oliver has sensible bought to have onhand in case he or Oakapple got turned into plantsims again, sinceneither of them cared much for the experience.Chant poured the stuff into a bottle and gave it to the newplantbaby, who immediately became a new regular baby indesperate need of a makeover.
Chant provided one, but that wasn’t enough to help bring Phoebearound to the idea.PHOEBE (V.O.): What hast thou done?
CHANT: Nicholas wanted a sister.PHOEBE: Aye, and we were to give him one together. But nomore, now that thou hast introduced a cuckoo into the nest!CHANT: Hey! She’s still my kid! Are you really saying that you’drather raise -- raise your sister’s kid than mine?PHOEBE: At least a child of my sister’s would be blood to me!But this -- ! Ah, thou hast betrayed me!
Now, as you may or may not know, Phoebe’s older sister Leila wasthe playable in an asylum -- excuse me, a residential facility forpeople with psychological differences -- challenge. She wasclosing in on permaplat and her reward of real fairy wings.Right up to the point where I lost the challenge.
After her death, two unidentified children were found in the asy --er, residential facility, cared for only by the inma -- er, residents.Mathematically speaking, for these children to belong to Phoebe’ssister, she would have had to be pregnant a week previously.She wasn’t.Since Phoebe was connected to both the asy -- residential facilityand to her sorority sister Catherynne’s orphanage/trade school, shetook charge of the kids for a few hours.
Although Chant was actually in charge of handing the kids over,since Phoebe cried until she was sick and then fell asleep.
I can’t say that the rest of the household was in too much bettershape for most of the rotation. Heavy rains led to a bumper crop ofweeds, Fantine stubbornly refused to gain any aspiration pointsfrom Chant’s daughter…
…And Saigon’s wish for friends backfired, leading to a group ofstrangers having a poke-and-slapfest in the garden.Yes, that sounds dirtier than I meant it to. Sorry.
GOLDBERGI see. Then he must have put on a wet suit and ascuba mask and tunneled up through the ornamentalfish pond --MACDEIRFÉAR THORNLEAFHe leased her for a year and a day.GOLDBERGNo masks?MACDEIRFÉAR THORNLEAFDon’t be stupid.
Hi Sally! How’s it going?SALLY: Arrrrrr -- she be going splendiferously, me hearty!That’s good.SALLY: Aye!Er… Is there anything specific that’s going splediferously?SALLY: Aye! We be coming up on the armada, full of Spanishgold!Er… I meant in real life?SALLY: Oh, that.
SALLY (V.O): Well, there was the fire.A fire?SALLY (V.O.): Only a little kitchen one. The fire department cameand put it out in no time. And I like Cajun pancakes, so it was allgood.
SALLY (V.O.): And then there was the burglar.A burglar?SALLY (V.O.) (soothingly): Not a very good one. And we have analarm. I think she thought Gran still lived here.Your grandmother the criminal mastermind?SALLY (V.O.): Uh-huh. They used to do that sometimes, try tobreak in to impress her. But like I said, we have a good alarmsystem. The cops came right away.
SALLY (V.O.): I mean, they weren’t a whole lot of help, but theydid show up right away.POLICE OFFICER: Excuse me, ma’am. Have you seen a burglararound here?The police officer wouldn’t have happened to be a Centowski,would he?SALLY (V.O.): I don’t know. Why?No reason.
SALLY (V.O.): Oh! And Troy was planning to open a gym, but wewere a few thousand short on the liquid assets needed.Do you want a loan?SALLY (V.O.): No, thanks. Once I catch these Spanish galleons,we’ll have all the gold we need. (laughs) Or, you know, we’ll justwait until Troy’s next paycheck. Whichever comes first. But thankyou for the offer.
SKLAVENHÄNDLERMy system is better than that, Mr. Goldberg. I havetrolls recording a three hundred point list ofdistinguishing characteristics of every body involvedin every trade, which is compared against a list ofthe same characteristics for every owned body in theEastern Kingdom. More than seventy-five points ofsimilarity will trigger an automatic investigation,with genetic sampling if a master sample is on file.The body in question had such a sample in thedatabase, and there were no matches. It’s a verycomprehensive system, Mr. Goldberg. This is very bigbusiness.
Now, the problem with running an orphanage is that sometimesyou have a lot of kids to take care of. And when three of them areToddlers, other things can get neglected. Unimportant things likeeating, sleeping, peeing, or taking pictures. Generally speaking,only one adult in the household had a green energy bar at any giventime, and it usually wasn’t all that green.
Charlie is probably having the hardest time of it. She doesn’tactually hate kids, but they’ve never been all that important to her,and they don’t raise her Social meter much.As you can see.
I have been thinking about playing a Toddler Mania challenge, butnow I’m not so sure. I mean, Lavinia, Trudy, and Paul areadorabubble, but right now I’ve got a one-to-one ratio of adults toToddlers and it’s plenty hard enough. I don’t know if I can handlea one-to-seven…
Poor Dongsool was rather neglected for most of the rotation. I’mnot even sure he’s learned to study yet, which for the child of acollege professor is kind of scandalous. He’s pretty good-naturedabout it all, though, and frequently rolls up Wants to play withTrudy.
He was able to take care of himself anyway (must be all those yearsof fending for himself in Townie Limbo)…
…and he Grew Up Well on the last day of the rotation. He pickedout his own clothes, and I think they suit him well. He can keepthem.Dongsool likes aliens who like to walk around in their underpants,although not so much if they’re athletic. When someone works outenough that they have a six-pack, they’re awfully uncomfortable tohug.
GOLDBERGNow, if this were a trial for criminal negligence ofMr. Thornleaf’s property, then you could convict him.Absolutely. If this were a civil trial for breach ofcontract, nobody could be more guilty than my client,because he cannot produce Lucinda as set forth in theagreement. Corrupted files, if this were a trial forbeing a slave-owning piece of censor blur, I wouldurge you to convict without hesitation! But this is atrial for theft, ladies and gentlemen of the jury,and by the legal definition of theft my client isclearly not a thief. I must therefore regretfully askyou to acquit him. Thank you.
At Rose and Dmitri’s house, the bulk of the nighttime childcare hasfallen to Mommy lately, so while she took a much-deserved nap,Daddy and Alexander went out to play in the snow. Alexander hada fine time digging a little hole for himself, while Daddy showedhim how to build a snowman.
The end result came as a complete surprise to me. I’ve alwayswritten Dmitri as a sweetie, and I’ve never seen him steal a paper,kick a trash can, or prank anybody. After seeing this, I actuallychecked his stats and sure enough: one Nice point. Go figure.
No matter who’s on childcare duty, though, Alexander will headright for the kitty treats if left to his own devices for too long. Hedoesn’t even have to be particularly hungry to go for it.On a completely unrelated note, I’m not sure whose nose he has.One thing’s for sure though: whether it’s Rose’s nose or Dmitri’s,it will certainly be impressive!
And here, for your viewing pleasure, is a completely gratuitousshot of Alexander being adorable while dancing to the stereo.
The flower shop is doing well enough that Dmitri was able to hirean extra employee: the blonde girl now handles the restockingwhile the redhead sells things. Both girls are college students, and Ihave completely forgotten their names. The cashier is Jerry Ryan, atownie, and he’s not improving all that much.After finishing up with this household, I put in Pescado’ssmartercashier hack, which makes cash register badges easier toearn. Normally, I would think of this as kind of cheaty, but Iworked retail for eight years in my youth, and registers just aren’tthat hard. And when you look at some of the kids working ascashiers nowadays, well… It shouldn’t be that hard a badge, that’sall. [/grumpy-old-lady rant]
At the end of the rotation, Alexander Grew Up into a handsomeyoung fellow. He looks an awful lot like his father, I think, butthere’s some Rose in there around the chin area.
Predictably, his Family Sim parents immediately (andsimultaneously) rolled the Want for Another Baby, Please. I toldthem to Try for one, but then I had to go to the bathroom, so I leftthem to it. When I got back, they were sleeping peacefully. Isuppose we’ll find out next time if they were successful or not.
GOLDBERGI wonder if you could beat Sklavehändler’s database.You’d need to cover up scars. And birthmarks. And getownership tataus removed. (yawns) Or altered. Butwhat would you do about your fingerprints?SILENT LADY shrugs and holds out her hand for thedeposit slip. GOLDBERG hands it to her, glancing ather palm has he does so. SILENT LADY leaves,pointedly turning off the light. GOLDBERG looks athis own palm and then just sits, thoughtful, in thegathering dark.
Do you remember Phoebe’s sister Leila, who used to be in an asy --a residential facility challenge? Of course you do. That was only afew slides ago.Okay then, do you remember Abhijeet, who used to informallybunk in with Amy, Adam, and Bryan before moving out on hisown? Yes? Excellent.Did you know that Leila and Abhijeet were dating?Well, they were, and this file photo provides proof of it.
You may or may not have gathered from previous chapters thatAbhijeet is a brujo*: a man who can use magic. Needless to say, hewasted no time in using a Bone Phone to resurrect his lady love.Okay, so using a Bone Phone technically just requires a lot ofmoney… but they don’t sell the Phones in your local electronicschain superstore. Or even in your local mom-and-pop electronicsboutique.*Pronounced more-or-less like “BREW-hoe.” Because I like brujo better thanwarlock, that’s why.
Abhijeet proposed, and was immediately accepted. Leila’s lifebarwas even reset to the beginning of the Adult lifestage, and if therewere nearly two game-weeks of retrograde amnesia that camealong with that, well… At least she doesn’t have two evil twins,one of whom is a nun? And there’s not a portal to Hell in herbedroom closet? And she didn’t offer her hand in marriage assecurity on a loan from her own mother?**The first two options are actual plot points from modern American soapoperas. The third option is from The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, a showthat amply demonstrates why they are called soap operas.
Leila’s first act (after accepting Abhijeet’s proposal and moving in,of course) was to make friends with the most important figure inthe house.LEILA: Well, aren’t you a handsome kitty cat?CAT: Yes, I am, actually. Good of you to notice.*LEILA: And he talks! How clever! (fumbles in her pocket) I thinkI’ve got a fish-flavored treat for a clever cat somewhere in here…CAT (to Abhijeet): Fine. I approve. You can keep her if you like.*Abhijeet cast a spell on Cat so he could talk some time ago. Loneliness canlead people to do some unusual things.
Leila’s motivation for working in the, ah, residential facility in thefirst place was to earn enough money for body modificationsurgery to get fairy wings implanted. But as it turns out, there’smore than one advantage to having a brujo for a boyfriend.LEILA: Squeeeeeeee! Fairy wings! Oh, Abhijeet, you’re the bestguy I could ever ask for!
It was a short rotation for this household: only one day, to get themin sync with the rest of the ’hood. But that’s okay -- it was aneventful day, and they deserve a nice little rest after all the events itheld. I think we’ll leave them to their rest.Until next time, Happy Simming!
The Grim Reaper’s lines, in order:Sorry.Thank you, Mr. Miller.I sure do.Right here, Mr. Miller.
The Goldberg and Silent Lady sections used a lot of custom content andposeboxes. All custom content is from Mod The Sims unless otherwiseindicated. In addition to the clutter advertised at the beginning and contentadvertised in other episodes, I used:“Timeless Office” set by jgwoodsLong drapes and recolors by KiaraRawks“Hacked Coat Hook” by Mary-Lou and Numenor“Custom Modeling Poses Hack V2 w/Facial Overlays” by decorgal21572SimBlender by TwoJeffs, from Simbology“Parts Posing BOX” by Tsukiko_LProp hack and accessories by Decorgal and Adele (a two-download set)Police file folder 3to2 conversion by delonariel, from their LiveJournal