Romancing the Apocalypse Chapter 2 - The Outings Way (Gen 1 Eileen and Sullivan face the Apocalypse together amidst a plethora of plumbbobs.)Welcome back to Romancing the Apocalypse! Sullivan Seavey has moved in with Eileen Jones after she became a Show Biz Icon andlifted Hopelessness. Lets join our fearless couple as they begin their journey and face the Apocalypse together the Outings Way... 01/26/2008
I used to be one of those townies who constantly called sims and asked them to go downtown on outings. Of all the sims I met,Eileen was the one who enchanted me from the very first moment I saw her. Fortunately for me, she accepted all my invitations, andit wasnt long before we fell in love.After she left Sim State U, my week revolved around the Tuesdays I could see her while she was so busy trying to lift Hopelessness.
She had taken a huge risk switching to Show Business after she was so far into her Science career, and though she drank all the elixirshe brought back from college, she was more than halfway through her adult years by the time I was finally able to move in. Wewere so excited when we made our baby the first night.
I knew when I moved in that it would be difficult not to be able call and invite my group on outings, but I had no idea just howdifficult. The phone taunted me daily, always there but unavailable except on Tuesdays. I became increasingly bitter at the thoughtof all the gamers hogging the servers and tying up the phone lines.
I hoped I could find a way to update the servers and restore the phone system to its former glory.But finding any job was easier said than done. Living with a University graduate meant the job listings in the paper were even morelimited than usual. I kept my job in the Slacker career until I could find one that might really help us.
A couple of days went by, and still there were no job listings for me, but there was some good news."You got your first bump, Ei...now yours matches mine!""Aw, youre such a huggy bear."
We decided to have only one baby, so we took advantage of risk-free woo-hoo while we could.
It was a mystery to me how I could get so fat when I never ate anything. We were always full from the dates and outings we had dayand night.
"Daddy got a job in Gamer today, yes he did oojy boojy."
"After four days, its nice to feel like Im finally getting somewhere, Ei.""Im so glad now that I chose Show Biz, baby. Ill just make sure youre in a great mood everyday when you go to work, and youll beset."
"Owowowowowowowowow...heeeeerrrrrre it COOOOMMMMMMMESSSSS!"
"Oh Sullivan, shes beautiful! I want to name her Kate, after my best friend Katherine."
"Hello-o-o-o, Kate. Aw Sullivan, do you see? Shes got teeny-tiny friends."
"I dont know what I should do, Ei. I keep getting promoted thanks to you, and then demoted thanks to the chance cards that comeup all the time, and there are so many days off after the demotions! Ive been a Noob and a Button Masher twice. Its been a weekand Im not getting anywhere, and now Im really starting to worry.""Try not to worry too much about it, baby. What would our life be like without a little suspense to make it interesting? I say you keepat it. Those chance cards have got to let up at some point.""I hope youre right."
Kate was growing so fast...I loved playing Spin the Baby.
Sweet Kate got her coloring and the top half of her face from her mom and the bottom half from me. Lorin hadnt seen her type oftoddler hair before, so we were all curious to see what shed grow into.She was a Sagittarius like me, 2/7/10/9/6.
Eileen and I stayed up for days while Kate played with the bunny head and learned how to talk and walk. We started to potty trainher, but the only way we could keep her clean was by changing her diapers.
"Can you believe its Kates birthday again? Dont you think its about time we tied the knot?"
"Oh Sullivan, this is the best way to celebrate!"
"See me, huh? My head feels funny.""Woot, yeah, we see you, Kate!"
"Yay, I never have to go to bed if I dont wanna!"
"Another snow day! If this keeps up, youre gonna be the best dancer ever when you grow up."
"Daddy, can we keep playing? Im not even tired yet.""As long as you want, sweetie. Whoa, I just felt a creativity point!""I just felt a cooking!"
Eileen was right about the chance cards letting up. Once I got past third-level Trash Talker, they stopped.My climb up the Gamer career was bittersweet. Each promotion brought Eileen closer to her elder years.
I was more determined than ever to become a Game Designer, and while I focused on getting my promotions, Eileen showed Katehow to keep our family happy with outings.
"Psst...Lorin, I dont want to worry Sullivan, but I need to tell someone...Im really scared. I dont want to be a burden and justtolerated until its time for me to die."I know its scary for you, its scary and sad for me too. Your time with Sullivan and Kate was too short. Do you think we shouldve stuckwith Science?"No! I feel that were having a wonderful life together, and it is a great strategy for success. You know what a great mood Sullivan isalways in when he goes to work, and hes getting promoted almost daily."Is there something else youre worried about then?
"Its Kates future. Sullivan isnt getting any younger either. Hows she going to raise her kids with senile elders to worry about? Andunless Sullivan lifts Gamer, keeping friends will be a bi--- sorry. I hate the Gamer restriction!"I have an idea for a backup in case Sullivan doesnt lift Gamer. What do you think about....?
*sniff* "Really? Are you sure? That would be such a relief!"Yeah, Im sure. You and your family are most important right now."Okay, Ill talk to Sullivan about it. My big day is this coming Tuesday, you know."*sniff* Yeah, I know. *sniff*
"No matter what happens, Kate, always remember Mommy loves you so much.""I know that, you kiss me all the time.""I know...it makes Mommy feel better. You stay up here for a minute, Im going outside to talk to Daddy."
"I was worried when you disappeared last night, Ei. Are you okay?""Oh Sullivan, what do you think? Im worried sick about Tuesday! But theres nothing you or I can do about it. I really need to talk toyou about Kate and her future..."...."Youre kidding, right? Thats twisted!"
"Look, everything around here is twisted! We need to make sure Kate succeeds, and we must do everything we can to make it aseasy for her as possible. Dont you realize this could open up the world again to her?""Well, I cant argue with your reasoning, but geez, Ei, shes our little girl!""Please, I need you to trust me on this."*sigh* "Okay, you havent led me wrong yet. I just hope we, or she, doesnt live to regret this."
"Thank you for believing in me. I just have a feeling this the right thing to do."....
Tuesday started the same as any other day, but instead of it being the day of the week we most looked forward to, it was now theone we were most dreading.After noon, we invited over two of Eis best friends.
"Katherine, I need you to stay close to Kate for me. Theres a good chance I wont be able to talk to you again, and I want Kate toknow how much our friendship has meant to me.""Oh Eileen, of course I will! Ill have a nice talk with her later."
It was surreal, but Eileen had no doubts that Corey was the right choice to move in with our family. She told me how sweet he alwayswas on their outings while she was in college, and he had steadfastly remained a best friend. To top it off, he was a Flight Officer inthe military track. We were concerned about his Fortune aspiration, but with dates and outings, we hoped he wouldnt take too big ahit if he could be a little patient.
We knew this was Eileens final lucid moment, and there was no way we were going waste one second of it apart.
"Oooh sooo pretty..."Maybe this wouldnt be so bad after all.
Then her whole demeanor changed.grrrrr"Ei, its me, are you all right?"grrrrrI had no idea what she was thinking, and she wouldnt say anything. She wanted nothing to do with me. After several tries to calmher down, I left her alone and hoped shed feel better later.
I was a little mindless myself for a while after that. The hotdogs were terrible, and I didnt even care.
Poor Kate was having a tough time taking in all that had happened as well."But we dont got enough room for that guy to live with us! Wheres he gonna sleep? Mommy? Mommy?!"
I tried my best to reassure Kate."Lets give Mommy some time to get used to her new way. And that guys name is Corey, and he is very nice. Hes one of Mommysbestest friends. And dont worry about us having enough room, were going to build another room upstairs."
"Katherine, if I pay you money, can you make Mommy happy again?""Oh, Kate honey, I wish I could, but I cant. But I think I know how you can make her happy again.""How?""You talk to her, and play with her, and tickle her, and hug and kiss her. If you do those things with her, I have a feeling your Mommywill be happy again."
"Come on, Mommy, just one more. Okay one more. Again....again....again."I can...play....Red Hands. Kate...
Corey settled in without a hitch, his main quirk being his preoccupation with the mirror."Hey, Ive gotta keep up my rep as an Apocalypse hottie."Yes you do!
"So Corey, I thought with you being a Flight Officer youd be in better shape. Youre starting to look like me!""I know, man, I dont get it. Ive got 7 body points and now I look like this!""Im tellin ya, its those crazy outings. We could make a fortune if we could figure out how they work.""Youll have to do the figuring, Im taking up yoga."
Next day was Kates birthday."Yay, a present! What is it, Daddy?""Its a very beautiful secret present that Daddy kept all this time and saved just for you. But its so secret that you have to put it inyour special backpack and keep it there until you grow up.""But when can I open it?""When youre a grown-up, ask Lorin if shell let you take a peek at it. Maybe one day you might even give it to one of your own kids.""Whos Lorin?""She helps us out when we need it. Dont worry, youll know her when you grow up."
When Eileen showed up to watch Kates birthday spin, it dawned on me that perhaps she wasnt as lost to us as I had previouslythought. But she still wouldnt talk to me.
I was surprised and very happy to see Kate grow up into her moms college hairstyle. She was a sweet combination of the past andfuture.
And without missing a beat, she and her mom were at it with Red Hands again.
"DAAAD! Theres a guy down here wearing a weird helmet!""Thats Nemo, hes the one who built our house. Believe me, you want to know this guy."
"Do you know I met your mom right here the first day she moved into this house?""You did?""Yeah. I guess she hasnt been herself lately, huh?""Shes doin okay. As long as I talk to her first, she kinda talks to me."
"You know the secret to get your old mom back, dont you?""No, what?""You adopt a cat and get it a job in the Service career. If it gets all the way to the top, your mom will get a lot better.""But that doesnt make any sense!""I know! But it works soooo good."
"You know any more secrets?"bock"If you want to study before you grow up,bockhave a pet get to the top of the Show Business career."bock"That doesnt make any sense either!"bock"I know! But believe me, it works."bock"I want my mom to get better first."bock
"You rolled Fortune on your birthday, huh? Im Fortune, too.""Its a drag! All I want is to get into private school and buy expensive stereos. I cant even go to regular school, but that doesntbother me too much.""It is tough at the beginning of the Apocalypse, especially for a kid like yourself. Ill tell you another trick...dates!""But I dont like anybody to go on a date.""You will, kid, you will."
"It was fun talkin to ya, I learned a lot too.""Good luck adopting a cat.""Thanks, Nemo...bye.""See ya, kid."
The upheaval after Eileens birthday finally passed, and I was able to focus on my job again. Once we figured out that Eileen wouldjoin in as long as we approached her first, life seemed almost normal again. But I really missed our conversations.With Kate out of school, she and Ei kept all our motives high while Corey and I skilled for our promotions.
It wasnt long before Corey was a real part of our family. As hard as it was for Kate to be Fortune, it did give her and Corey somecommon ground to share, even if it was their aspirational misery.
"Can I tell you something, Corey? I really really really want to buy a really really good stereo!""Me too. This bites, doesnt it?"
"Why cant I get a handheld?"thunk"I dont even know what a handheld is!"thunk"Let it all out, kid."THUNK"Quit calling me kid!"
Kate was a living contradiction--a girl who couldnt get one single thing she wanted (she told me she was always seeing red) but whowas always in an excellent mood, thanks to our outings.
"You wanna come live with us?"*mrow*"You do? Yes! I think Ill call you Sake, like Sake to me. Hehe, youve got a loud motor.”
"Dad, I adopted a cat! Ill look in the paper everyday and get him a Service job to help Mom.""Kate honey, thats such great news! Dont forget to leave some hotdogs out for him everyday."
Eileen was surprisingly resourceful. She refused to let anyone do anything for her, and she spent much of her free time tidying up thehouse and our lot. Now if she would just get dressed before she went outside.Accidental broken rule:I assumed Eileen was stomping bugs the night before because Ive never had sims do anything but stomp on their own. I didnt realize shewas spraying them until it was too late...I tried to cancel the spray, but they were already dead. Way to go, I mean bad, bad Eileen!
"Nemo, Im so glad you called! Guess what, I adopted a cat and we named him Sake! Hes so smart, he already knows Come Here.Theres only Show Biz jobs in the paper so far...do you know any tricks for that? Oh okay, Im good at being patient."
"Guess what, you just became my first best friend!"
"Okay, youve got your picture of me in my Generals uniform. Can I quit now? I really want to be a Criminal Mastermind."
Corey and Kate teamed up to make friends for my final promotion."Hey Corey, this is Spencer, he was just walking by and I brought him up.""Thats great, Kate! Hah, Im a poet and dont know it, hehe." *sigh* "Hi, Spence."
Corey: "My hands are so calloused from Red Hands, I cant even feel em anymore. My life sucks!""You thinkin what Im thinkin?""Beer run?""Close enough, lets go!"
"Come on, dawg, sing along!""B-double E-double R-U-N, beer runB-double E-double R-U-N, beer runAll we need is a ten and a fiverA car and a key and a sober driverB-double E-double R-U-N, beer run"**Beer Run by Todd Snider
"Hey, check it out...LuLus Blues. It must be a sign...I went on my first date with Eileen at the old LuLus."
"Kathi, long time no see! So wheres the beer around here?"
"Lemme guess...this is your first excursion to this sorry excuse for a downtown.""Yeahhh, so?""Do you see anything here resembling a drink?""No beer?""No beer, no berry punch... no anything."
"Well, the beer was really Coreys idea. I just came along to cheer him up, and I need a couple more friends to get my final promotiontomorrow.""What field are you in?""Gamer."
"EEE!!! GAMER!! Youre getting the phones back for us?!""Whoa! Well yeah, at least I hope so. If I can make enough friends tonight.""Here, let me help you...KARI!"
"Im Kari. Omigosh!!...youre getting the phones back for us?""Im trying.""I couldnt help noticing how cute you and your hottie friend are together.""Whadya mean?""Oh, come on! The tickling and admiring and hugging? Its just adorable!""I think youve got the wro..."
"Ooh, youre so sweet! See...were already friends!""Well then, gimme a hug, friend!""M! Hey Elizabeth, whatcha think? Isnt he just adorable?""Oooh, absolutely! I wanna be his friend next."......"Hey Marylena!"
"Im so excited were gonna finally have phones again! Can I be your friend too?""Sure!"This is going better than I ever couldve imagined!
Corey: "Dawg, whatre you doin? Save one for me, Im an island out here!""Okay, meet you outside."
"Hey, Nemo.""Hey. This place have a cover charge?"
Whoa, its that stringpuller dude! Jerry? Whos Jerry?
"Hey stringpuller, Im getting messages from one of my hottie bros, Jerry I think his name is, that you like to play games with ourtype."
"You tell your bro that I just might consider having a hottie ghost in the near future...and dont think you couldnt be next.""You cant touch me.""Oh, you have no idea the extent of my capabilities..."gulp
"Heheh, we were just kidding! You can take a ghost, I mean a joke, right?""........""Uhhh, ten Nice points?""........"
"Fortune eh? Youre lucky youve got that going in your favor...you guys really are perfect. Tell you what...Im feeling generoustoday. You guys just remember whos boss and well forget all about this little incident, capice?"Whoa Jerry, better not mess with stringpuller again...hes intense.
"Thank god were home. That was the worst outing of my life!"
"Are you kidding, it was great! I made four friends...the girls there loved me.""Yeah, it was great for you. I made zip friends, and the chicks were either going on and on about you and the phones or acting realweird, kept telling me what a cute couple we were. My rep is ruined, thanks to you!""What, no possible future mini hotties tonight? Sorry to hear that. I guess youll just have to wait for Kate to grow up.""Yeah...if, and thats a big if, I dont go over the deep end before then."
"Oh, stop whining! Youre not the one whos gonna elderfy in four days.""I know, I know! Im goin to bed and try to forget this night ever happened."
"Todays my big day at work, Ei. Can you help me seal the deal?""Woo-hoo?""Yeah, woo-hoo!"
"Good day woo-hoo you can do it baby..."Does that look like a stairway to heaven or what?
It seemed like it took me forever, but I finally did restore the phones and internet to Sim society. And I had absolutely no desire tomake a phone call.
"We did it, Ei! I couldnt have done it without you.""We did it..."
I finally maxed my body skill after my promotion. I couldnt bear the thought of no more outings downtown even if I might not havea full deck, and I wanted to see how long I could keep working as an elder.
"Such a good boy, Sake to me. Youll be our hero, wont ya?"*maow*I try
I spent my final morning as an adult with Kate before I went to work. I memorized every little thing I could about her, hoping I couldtake the memory of my real Kate with me.
I knew when I returned from work that evening, it could happen at any moment.
"Hey Dad, you got a letter from Mom! Can I read it?”
"Go ahead, but make it quick, my back is killing me!""It says come back to me.""Ei...Kate...Sake...""DAAAD!"
"Hi, baby.""Ei! You can talk to me.""Youre in my world now.""Whats it like?""Its...different. Lonely...but not anymore.""What are we going to do?""I have no idea. But it really doesnt matter...you came back to me."