"Arrr! Welcome t th secnd part o chapter twenty-nine, mateys!" kitchen was on the first floor and Hades was playing Pirates in the second floor bathroom."Hades, what have I told you about co-opting my dialogue?" I calledsternly from the kitchen. "Sorry," he said, hanging his head and shuffling his feet."Not to do it without permission," the lad said sullenly. "Im sure they dont mind," I said graciously. Still yelling. Yes, one can yell graciously."And what do you have to say to all of the readers of our legacy?" Iprompted, still shouting. Shouting pretty loudly, actually, since the "If they do, Ill rain DOOM down on them," Hades said fiercely.
"We really need to do something about that child," I observed to myhusband, Chris, as we had leftover pancakes for supper. Yes, I was still in "I think youre just being paranoid."my pajamas. Yes, the pajamas are teh suck. Blame my innate laziness. "Yeah? Well I think you should probably call the police and report our cat"Whats wrong with Hades?" Chris asked around a mouthful of syrupy missing."goodness. "We have a cat now?""Hes scary," I said. "Our sim cat.""So he likes to sing about Doom occasionally," Chris shrugged. "Hes adeity. Hes allowed to be vengeful." "Zanzibar is missing?" Cue instant panic."I dont think having more than one vengeful deity on the island is "Somehow I dont think Im the only one whos been oblivious for a while..."necessarily a good idea," I said, chewing slowly.
I got dressed and amused our other cat, Nemesis, while Chris wentout looking for the missing Zanzibar. Apparently he decided that the "Aww... do we have to?" Chris pouted.swimming pool would be the best place to look, even though Irepeatedly assured him that Zanzibar wasnt one of those weird cats "Unless you want them to keep running away," I said.that actually likes water. "Good point," he shrugged. "Anyway, somebodys bringing Zanzibar"I was afraid shed fallen in," he said defensively. back now.""No, Nemesis attacked her again and she ran away," I said. "How on earth do you know that?" I demanded."That wasnt a very nice way for him to treat his mother." "Godly powers," he smirked."Tell me about it. I think we should give one of them to Athena when "Show-off."she graduates."
"Doom doom doom doom doom doom dooooooom! Doomy doom doom! Doomy doom doom!"Downstairs, Chris opened the door to admit the random walkby who had found Zanzibar wandering the streets of Pirate Island."Kitty kitty doom!"Hades still scares me. Probably shouldnt have named him after a death god.
"Whos the cutest little kitty in the world? You are! Yes you are! Yes you are!"Sometimes I think that Zanzibar ran away due to being smothered by Chris, but then I remember: Zanzibar is a cat, and all cats demand worship.So it must be Nemesis she disagrees with.In any case, we should probably head on to the legacy update before I get completely sidetracked. Not that youre going to see much of the legacyin this part of the chapter.In chapter twenty-eight, I revealed that the simselves had achieved mortality due to their messing around in my legacys plotline. Now lets seeexactly how theyve decided to handle it...
Across the street... "You know," Ruby said, gesticulating with her hands as she talked, "all those simselves Sarah downloaded to be Sim Spade placeholders."Theres no help for it," Jenn Ndainye said, crossing her arms Well, the ones that she didnt kill off and that arent living in the Simmomentarily across her red sweater before folding them on her lap Spade movie dormitories. Lucky saps... theyre still immortal."again. "Were going to have to ask the other three to move in withus." "So who does that leave?" Pen asked."Wait, which three?" PenguinGirl asked, flipping her long hair over "Renee, Kiwi, and Sarahs-friend-who-sims-but-not-online-her shoulders. Aerdrene," Jenn said. "Oh, and there are a bunch more simselves moving onto the island."
"More?" Michelle, who had been largely silent, felt compelled to speak up. "But were running low on Elixir as it is! One of us had better go overthere and tell them they need to start fulfilling wants and racking up those aspiration points."
"I think weve got a little time," Ruby said. "Sarah hasnt even created them in CAS yet.""Shouldnt you say something like, Sarah hasnt allowed them to step through the inter-dimensional portal yet instead?" Pen asked."She makes me have to suck down Elixir for the rest of my life, I break her fourth walls," Ruby said."Anyway...," Michelle interrupted. "Have any of the others, the ones who married into the legacy family, expressed an interest in saving up Elixirwith us?""Surprisingly, no..."
One such married-in simself, De, actually hadnt been paying all that much attention to the Elixir crisis being experienced by the single simselves.She had more pressing things on her mind. For one thing, she was pregnant. Again."Twice over a grandmother, and Im having another baby," she said in a voice that was torn between happiness and disgust. "This is actually kindof ridiculous."Her stomach growled audibly at her and she sighed. Shed barely survived her previous three pregnancies, and she could take a hint. If she didntwant to be in red-plumbbobbed distress, she should eat. Quickly.
Fortunately, she was a Celebrity Chef. She had a lot of time off, and the "Me mother drank it straight er entire confinement," the bear said. If itfridge was stocked with leftovers. De hoped that this pregnancy wouldnt could have shrugged, it would have.involve her passing out in her food and peeing herself. "Well, they didnt know the detrimental effects back then," De said."Arr! Yknow, that horse food isnt exactly the most filling grub for a wenchin a condition such as yours," Captain Jack-Bear observed from the floor, "Are ye callin me mother ignorant, love?"where hed been left after a random talk-thru attempt half a generation ago. "No, Im just calling you old," De smirked."Oh? What do you recommend?" "Good one, mate.""Rum!" "I do try. Now let me eat or Ill lock you in the toybox.""Its not exactly healthy for babies in utero," De observed. "I dont think Id deserve that."
"So is this as weird to you as it is to me?" Morgan Buccaneer, Des thought that immortality wouldnt be extended to you and youroldest child, asked when she got home from work a few hours later. brother and sister.""Is what?" De asked. "Is it because were only half-simself?" Morgan always asked questions."The fact that youre still young and pregnant, and its my birthdaytonight," Morgan pointed out. "Do you think growing all saggy feels "I think its because your father is the one conferring immortality inweird? How long do you think itll be till I die? Do you think Ill start this case. Each generation of the family has one immortal: your auntlosing my memory? Whats senile feel like?" Celeste, your uncle Jack, your dad.""I doubt youll go senile," De said dryly. "And yes, it does feel weird. "Weird. But I dont mind, since Kelly will get old too," MorganI always kind of assumed Id be immortal when I first came to this smiled.neighborhood--its a normal part of being a simself. But I never
A few hours later, the immediate family had gathered in the small upstairs sitting room to watch Morgan and her beloved wife Kelly blow out theirbirthday candles.
The general consensus was that theyd Grown Up Well."Cmon, Kel," Morgan giggled as she followed her wife down the hall. "Wanna go and find out if elder woohoo is as much fun as adult woohoo?""Race you to the bedroom!"
Toshiko had stopped by the house for a few days between semesters fantastic."and took the opportunity to catch up with her parents andgrandparents, as well as celebrate the party. "But youre not one of them?""Well, how are you liking college?" Kelly asked as they watched TV "I just havent met the right guy," Toshiko shrugged. "Theres lots oftogether. "Your emails dont really go into how its treating you. nice ones there, like Ian and Hugo and my other friends, but none ofYoure just full of news about your chemistry and music classes." them make my heart go ker-flumpity. Not everyone meets their One True Love in college, you know.""Actually, I love it in Paris," Toshiko said. "Theres so much moreaction and adventure there, just in general. There was all this drama "I do know that," Kelly smiled fondly. "As long as youre happy,in the dorms with people cheating on their boyfriends and girlfriends, Toshiko, Im happy."and theres been a whole bunch of people getting engaged... its been
Any further discussion was interrupted by a loud shriek from upstairs. When everyone rushed to see what was the matter, they were confronted bythe sight of De bending over her pregnant belly in obvious pain."Is it time for the baby?" Morgan asked breathlessly."What. Do. You. Think?" De huffed."I heard if you twirl, it goes faster," Kelly, always a fountain of knowledge, said helpfully."Just shut up and let me do this!" De panted.
A few minutes later, she was cradling her infant son in her arms."All right!" Morgan said excitedly. "That was so cool! What does giving birth feel like anyway?"De chose to ignore her eldest daughter."Whats his name?" Kelly asked, somewhat more sensitively."Ianto," De said, smiling. "Yes, I think the name Bart and I chose fits him perfectly.""Welcome to the world, brother Ianto," Morgan said, smiling.
"Hello fishie-Ianto," Liv Pseudo said to one of the brightly coloured piscine forms in the large aquarium that was the centrepiece of her familysmaster bathroom. "I decided to name you after my new cousin, so youre not allowed to die. That would be tragic."Liv was definitely the oddest oddball of the extended Buccaneer family. Nobody else had taken to naming fish after all of the new additions to thefamily."No! Bad Borusa! Bad Spandrell! NO NIBBLING TAILS!"
After a few minutes of watching her fish, Liv decided she was bored and headed downstairs, determined to play some video games before all of theguests showed up for her parents birthday party.Shed no sooner stepped into the family room than she was leaving it and pulling a book off of the bookshelf in the sitting room.
"Do you think we scarred her for life?" Orikes giggled."Quite possibly," Will grinned."Well, hurry up... its six and the guests will be here any minute!"
A short time later, suitably attired against the chilly night wind, Orikes and Will gathered with their guests in the back yard to blow out the candleson their respective birthday cakes."Woo! Go simself pioneers!" Chris cheered, waving a noisemaker. "Youre approaching the final frontier--where no simself has willingly gonebefore!""Wow... thats incredibly nerdy," I observed, waving my own noisemaker."You married me," he smirked."Thats because I like nerdy," I giggled."Um, hello!" Orikes waved from the centre of the gathering. "Here I go!
"Not bad, Voice," Zoey Legacina, a creation of Orikes own legacy, collaborating. "Maybe I should just make sure you get a chance tosaid approvingly as Orikes stepped back from the cake to cheer on see some of your grandkids..."Wills birthday celebration. "I have grandkids here?""Zoey!" Orikes said happily. "Boy, am I glad to see you! Youre longgone in Terra Lostundo, you know." "You do," Orikes said. "And theyre doing really well. Ill arrange a visit. That way Sarah will have to add them to my contact list.""And here Im forever immortal," Zoey said with satisfaction. "Hey, Iheard theres a local who likes explosives as much as I do... think you "Sarah?"could arrange an introduction?" "This verses Voice.""Err... actually, I dont think that would be a great idea," Orikes said,cringing a little at the thought of Zoey and Toshiko possibly "Ah."
Most of the guests had left, but Hugo decided to stay the night and excitement.catch a flight back to Paris in the morning. It was still the beginningof term and he wouldnt miss much. "Well, Toby and Zing saw it cause they kept trying to ruin the moment," Hugo scowled a bit at the memory. "But they promised not"So, tell me everything," Liv said excitedly, pulling him outside so to say anything until I could tell mom and dad. And that was justthey couldnt be overheard by their parents. "Did you really forgive three days ago, so I decided to do it in person. So youre the firstLainey?" person on the Island Ive told.""Yeah," Hugo said, smiling slightly at the mention of his fiancées "Splendifertastic!"name. "Actually... I asked her to marry me. But you cant tell momand dad... Im going to do that when we go back in the house." Hugo blinked. "Did you just say splendifertastic?""You mean you told me first?" Livs eyes were shining with "Sorry," Liv mumbled. "Been watching this new show..."
After Hugo broke his fantastic news, Orikes and Will got themselveschanged into some halfway decent elder clothing and fixed their hair. Will "Bah, were still plenty lively," Orikes said. "And once the other simselvesalso found he needed glasses, so he added those too. see me, theyll realize its not so bad."All in all, they both decided, they still made one smokin hot couple. "But I doubt theyll give up their Elixir quest.""Although I suddenly feel the urge for grandbabies," Orikes said. Orikes snorted. "More power to em. Maybe we should donate ours?""Oddly enough, so do I," Will scratched his head. "Weve certainly got enough of it. You and your Dream Dates...""How very strange. Maybe it has something to do with our son getting "Thats what they all need," Orikes said. "More dates. With Legacy sims.engaged." And babies!""Now that makes me feel older than these glasses or this white hair ever "Go stick your head in the Orb," Will said. "I think youve gone Family."did," Will said.
Orikes reset her secondary aspiration back to Knowledge the next morning, just in case that was what had been behind the odd wants, but the wishfor Hugo to hurry up and get married persisted. She shrugged and chalked it up to getting old."And as for you," she said, bending down on creaking knees to give some love to the family dog, Lila, "how did you like seeing your Masteragain? Not long now till he moves back home with his bride! I bet youre looking forward to it!""Wuf!" Lila yipped in a shrill voice. Hooray! Master Hugo will be back soon! Do you know how hard it is to Guardian someone when theyrehalfway across the planet from you?
"You know, it almost seems like she understands you," Will said, her husband."getting up from the couch and walking over to give Lila a friendlyrub on the tummy. "Well, Im sure Sarah has everything under control," Orikes said. "Goodness knows Im not meddling with her plots again unless she"What makes you think she doesnt?" Orikes demanded. She wants me to."scratched the puppys ears and stood up. "Im telling you, Will, ifyoud ever sit down and read Terra Lostundos history, youd know "Uh-huh."theres more to animals than meets the eye. More to supernaturals,too," she added absently. "Really!""Weve got a few more of those kicking around here," Will said "You just want her to give you more grandbabies."conversationally. "I heard Ellen Toyonaga went and got herselfvamped a few weeks back so she wouldnt have to grow old without "Err..."
A few minutes later, Lila barked to be let outside, so Will let her. The small little dog rushed to the front sidewalk, where a large black-and-whitecat sat sedately grooming himself.Okay, Moonshine... whats the word? Did Master Hugo get back to his school safely?The cat sneezed and licked his paw daintily before deigning to reply. Yes, hes fine. But I dont see why I have to play messenger... I have morepressing matters to attend to.You know as well as I do that the wolves are too busy to be bothered with something as mundane as the well-being of my family members, Lilareminded the arrogant puss. Besides, youre being well paid.
Well, there is that, Moonshine yawned, displaying a mouth full of sharp teeth. Any message youd like sent back to the womrat?Lila considered for a moment. Just tell him hes doing a good job.When this is all said and done, can I eat him? the cat asked.No!Pity.And with that last retort, the cat slinked off down the street.
Inside the house, Liv watched the curious exchange through the window for several minutes before shrugging and heading upstairs to do herhomework. She preferred to do that in Hugos room, though she said it was because he still had all his old notes in his desk and she could copy. Shestoutly averred that it had nothing to do with the fact that she missed him like crazy.
And anyway, she was still much too busy dating anyone (of eithergender) who caught her fancy--or who the Gypsy, Valerie Tse, "You poor thing," Liv said sympathetically.brought her. "Oh, e was a good date," Candice shrugged. "e knows ow to show a"Oh hey... I know you!" Candice Nott said excitedly after the girl a good time."matchmaker had left. "I dated your cousin!" "Well, I dont think talking about your past dates is the best idea of a"Which one?" Liv asked, wrinkling her nose. good time," Liv complained."Toby," Candice said with a smile. "Hes from my ometown, Paris." "Oops," Candice blushed. "Sorry. Lets start over, Liv."
And, in the end, the two of them wound up having a nice afternoon after all. But Liv didnt think she would date Candice again.
On the very same evening that Will and Orikes transitioned to elder,it was time for Wills twin brother, Nick, to grow up. After their party "You mean everyone can finally tell you two apart?" Grace, who hadended, Will and Orikes stopped by the house known affectionately by also stopped by for a piece of cake, asked.the family members as "Maries Cabin" for the private celebration. "Just cause we dont look identical anymore...""Whoa!" Nick yelped as he turned to silver in a burst of confetti. "...doesnt mean we cant still talk in unison to annoy you," both of"Better pull out the glasses," Will advised. "When I grew up a few them chorused, and then burst out laughing when their eyes met.hours ago, I suddenly couldnt see!" "Just dont be giving Borusa and Spandrell ideas," Grace said"I can see just fine," Nick shrugged, squinting experimentally. disgustedly.
After Nick transitioned, his husband Green stepped up to his own cake and made a wish. A burst of confetti, and he was done too.All of the senior siblings and their spouses chatted companionably as they sat in Nick and Greens kitchen, but when the clock struck midnight theyall departed, leaving Nick and Green home alone with their pets.
Speaking of pets, their dog Rags finally had her puppies. There were three of them: Oliver, Nell, and a third whose name escapes this deity at themoment. They were identical little balls of white fluff who constantly got lost under the drifting piles of snow in Nick and Greens yard.
Once Nick had gone to bed, Marie decided to make an appearance. She was a relatively harmless ghost, and didnt show up all that often.Presumably she was enjoying the white sand beaches of the afterlife with Roche. But she did like to check in from time-to-time, and the aging ofher child to elder was certainly a worthy enough cause.
So Marie floated around the cottage for a few hours, scaring the pets and generally lowering the inside temperature enough to have a substantialimpact on Nick and Greens monthly heating bill. A few months later, when they finally figured out the cause, Nick was heard to wish aloud that itwould be nice if Marie could haunt during the summer ... maybe shed save them some of their AC costs.
In any case, Marie rounded off her night of haunting by scaring the pee out of Green, which wasnt hard with his elder-sized bladder. Then,chuckling, she vanished into her tombstone and didnt reappear again--at least for that night.
"Lucretia! You came!" Erroneus Marius launched himself at his older sisterin a fierce hug as soon as the airport taxi sped away. "Lu, I already am a Fortune sim," Erroneus said solemnly. "Hey, how many scholarships do you think I can get?""Whoa!" Lucretia giggled. "How could I not show up for the birthday of myfavorite baby brother?" "Arent you a little young to be worrying about university?" Lucretia blinked."Im not a baby," Erroneus said a bit sullenly, "and Im your only brother!" "Its never too early to start planning for ones future," Erroneus said."Exactly," Lucretia said. "Actually, I have to talk to dad about that tonight--I want to start depositing money into a guaranteed investment portfolio.""Wait till you see what Im getting for my birthday," he grinned. "AComputer Worth $2,000!" "Youre weird," Lucretia said. "But I love you. Happy birthday, kid.""Oh, you poor thing," Lucretia said. "Youre going to be a Fortune sim, "Thanks!"arent you."
As Erroneus dashed inside to count the contents of his piggy-bank daughter," Flavius said, sticking his fingers in his ears. "Just makeand contemplate whether he could afford to buy a new computer sure you bring whoever you date by the house if you get the chance.game with his birthday money, Lucretia decided to check out her old Im always eager to Meet Someone New."bedroom. "Some things never change.""I thought Id find you here," Flavius said. "Feeling a bit nostalgic,are you?" "Nope. And say, have you ever considered dressing more like a Roman?""Well, maybe a little," Lucretia admitted. "Dorm rooms are gross,and it sucks trying to woohoo on one of those narrow little beds." "...no, not really.""There are some things a father never wants to know about his "Well, I tried."
As the hour neared sunset, the family gathered in the Roman-themed party room. Erroneus fairly quivered in anticipation as he stared at thebrightly glowing candles atop his birthday cake."Okay everybody," he said. "Im blowing them out now!"
"Woohoo, go Erroneus!" the many invited guests--mostly friends of Flavius--cried, waving their noisemakers.
"Its uncanny," was the Professors first reaction once she could actually speak. "He looks... normal.""A chip off the old block," Flavius said. "But I bet it will be confusing when hes older.""That shirt looks like something Cassius would wear, though," the Professor said disapprovingly. "Where do clothing designers get their ideas,anyway? I mean, his shirt has a picture of a ceiling fan with lingerie hanging from it!""I think they get their ideas from people like Cassius," Flavius said."Hmph. Figures."
That night, Lucretia decided to spend the night so Erroneus wandered across the hall to his sisters room before hitting the hay himself. To hissurprise, Lucretia wasnt there... but one of the party guests hadnt actually managed to go home yet."Ummm... Sunny? I think the partys over," Erroneus said awkwardly."Really?" Sunny Goodytwoshoes blushed. "Oops. I guess I just lost track of time when I started smustling with your cats in here. Your sister has agreat CD collection."
From that point on, Erroneus threw himself into his schoolwork. The Professor often found herself remarking to Flavius that the similaritiesbetween Fortune and Knowledge sims were actually quite uncanny."All he wants to do is earn scholarships," she said. "And that means skilling his brains out. Not much difference at all, if you ask me."
But she did caution her son to be careful not to overdo it."Oh, its okay," Erroneus assured her. "Im always platinum these days, so theres no risk of the hat or the Energizer backfiring.""Still, you should sleep at least occasionally," the Professor said."Sleeping is for people who arent go-getters, and who get stuck in dead-end jobs," Erroneus said."Are you saying Im working in a dead-end job?" the Professor asked dangerously.Erroneus gulped. "Err... let me rephrase that.""Good thinking."
The Professor headed into the master bedroom and spent a few minutes playing with her youngest cat, Raiden Beaker (son of Loki and CirceBeaker)."Tell me, Raiden," she said, "do teenagers ever outgrow that whole superiority complex?""Mrow."
In Paris..."Mom... dad... this is certainly a surprise," Peregrin Avidreader said when he opened the door and found his parents standing behind it."Not that its not lovely to see you," his wife, Jersey, added. "But what brings you to Paris?""Were moving in with you," Denise Avidreader said brightly, after exchanging a glance with her husband Aspen."What?!?"
"Well, you know Im a simself," Denise said. you remodel."Her son and daughter-in-law nodded. "Well, that covers that part of it," Jersey said, "but what about the fact that were older than you, now?""Well, simselves have been stripped of immortality," Deniseshrugged. "We figured, if we have to grow old, we might as well "Only slightly," Aspen said. "Denise and I ran out of Elixir quite agrow old with our grandbabies and great-grandbabies." while ago. It should be our birthday pretty soon.""But this house... its way too small for the four of us, plus Snoopy "Well... I suppose there isnt much other choice," Peregrin said. "Andand whichever girl he ends up marrying, plus any kids they might anyway, it will be nice having you near. But there will have to behave!" Peregrin protested. some ground rules.""Its okay," Aspen said. "We brought our lifesavings. We can help "Whatever you say, landlord!"
"N-n-n-now I s-s-see wh-why th-they d-d-d-d-didnt w-want us using th-the h-h-hottub d-during snowstorms," Aspen chattered."M-m-maybe w-wed b-b-b-b-est head ins-s-side," Denise agreed.
And back on Pirate Island...The house was huge, and the five simselves walking up to the front door were properly appreciative."This place is gorgeous!"
"Sarahs awfully generous," Doctor SimNerd, or Doc Nerd, or justplain Doc, said as she led the way into the palatial manor. "Why?" Jonny asked. "Sarah told us to make ourselves right at home.""This place is spiffy," Jonny Jwoodsbuzz agreed. "Yeah," Stacie said, "and thats what worries me. Simselves are"I call dibs on the master bedroom!" GintasticNecat, or Gin, said as hardly ever nice like that. Theres got to be a catch."she navigated the front steps. "Stacie, dear haddock, I think youre being a trifle paranoid," Gin"Why do you get the best room?" Lea Barsoom (tlhs0) complained as said.she followed on Gins heels. "Have you even read my legacy? Of course Im paranoid!""I think you guys are getting a big ahead of yourselves," StacieWhedonberry called warningly from the foot of the stairs. "Nah, Sarahs not eeevil," Doc said.
The five of them spent some time exploring their new digs before settling in the living room to chat for a few minutes."So, I think we should split the chores evenly," Lea said."Why not just hire a maid?" Jonny asked."Because that costs money, and we dont have any," Lea said. "Motherloded just enough to buy this place." She turned to Doc. "Are you sureSarahs not eeevil?"
I decided that would be the perfect time to make my entrance.Being a deity has its perks."Did you guys hear something?"
I strode into the living room and picked the only free chair, which was extremely comfy."Welcome to Pirate Island," I said, spreading my arms wide magnanimously.
"Why do I suddenly have an ominous feeling?" Gin asked nobody in particular."Eeevil," Jonny said.
"Now, theres no proof that shes eeevil," Lea said. "But it is possible, I suppose.""Likely, even, given her stylish entrance," Stacie added."Um, guys... Im still here," I said. "Anyway, I dont think Im eeevil. Just mildly vengeful."
"That could be eeevil," Doc said. "By some definitions of the word. But its not Cypress or even Larch-esque eeevil.""So whyd you drop by ahead of the Welcome Wagon?" Gin asked."Thatd be because there are a few things different about my world compared to some of the other Legacy universes," I said. "The main one being...recently, a bunch of simselves meddled with my plot. The end result was, they sucked themselves into the time stream--theyre mortal. And well, tobe fair..."
"Youre making us mortal?" Jonny blinked."See, I told you we should be paranoid," Stacie said. "She really is eeevil.""Oh, its not that bad," I said. "It just means you have to work for your Aspiration points and your Elixir instead of having me cheat it for you."
"I think that qualifies as the Diet Coke of Eeevil," Doc said. "Okay, we agree to your terms."There were a few choked protestations at her statement, but she stared at everyone levelly. "What? Its not like we have that much choice. Werehere now. We implicitly consented by making our simselves available for download. Its part of the contract."
"Good point," Lea said. "I suppose we should make the best of it." She turned to face me. "Anything else we should know?""Yeah," I said. "Stay away from Toby. Hell just break your heart in the end.""We do read your legacy," Lea pointed out. "Anyway, I think we can handle things from here."
"I can see when Im not welcome," I joked. "Ill just leave you all to settle down and start filling those wants. Oh... and you might want to find jobs.The bank of Motherlode is closed."Amid all the gasps of outrage, I vanished. And I couldnt help but laugh to myself. Theyd be fine.
"Okay, I think you should look for a job first, Jonny," Stacie said."Me? Why me?""Oh, dont be so offended," Lea said. "Were all going to find jobs, at least until weve got lots of money saved up. We just need to be able to paythe maid and the bills, and it shouldnt take us long to save up enough for that.""Well, I guess," Jonny said. "But youd all better be signing up right behind me.""Dont worry," Lea said. "We have our priorities in order."
Priorities indeed."Here fishie fishie!" Gin said, waving at the brightly coloured animals. "Oh, youre all so shrew.""What does that mean, anyway?" Lea asked."If I have to tell you, you wont understand."
Everyone else hurried to find jobs that would fulfill their LTWs... or at least something in their want panel, though.... I said, Everyone else hurried to find jobs.Doc coughed, put Larch back in his cage, and sat down in front of the computer.
"Well, Id say our first few days on Pirate Island have been to work together, wave at each other, and then come home together.moderately successful," Stacie said a few days later as those who Meeting people--were doin it rong."were home from work sat down to lunch. "Well, do you want to go home? I suppose we could go on strike,""Yeah, but we have to work," Gin complained. Gin said."Oh, its not so bad," Jonny shrugged. "Its a good place to meet "Nah... this place might have its own weird rules, but it definitelypeople. And there are a lot of good-looking people on Pirate Island." seems safer than Strangetown," Stacie said."All we meet are each other," Stacie said. "Four of us rolled wants "Famous last words," Jonny said.for the Adventurer career track--everyone but you. So all we do is go
He may have had something there--when Gin was making supper that evening, she managed to set the kitchen on fire."Call the fire department!" Lea shrieked. "Hurry up! Its spreading!"
"Thanks to the doofus with the bear standing in front of the stove, I cant get to the fire!" Neil Letourneau complained when he finally arrived. Bythat time the adjoining counter was engulfed as well."Oh, let me handle this!" Lea cried, and pulled out a fire extinguisher."Quickly!" Gin said. "Its spreading!""I dont know what youre all panicking about," Holstein said. "I only feel a mildly pleasant tickling sensation.""Move it, old dude!"
Meanwhile...A long-anticipated wedding was finally taking place in the back yard of a pretty little house in a different area of Pirate Island.Rose Buccaneer, daughter of Bart and De, fifth generation Greek house placeholder, was finally free to marry her very patient Two Curtin, adistant descendant of Celestes branch of the family tree.All of the Greek house alumni made sure to visit, as well as both of their families.
"You know, this would have been our last one if we hadnt had Ianto," De said."Oh, are you telling me that youre not fighting every urge in your body to go running home to him at this moment?" Bart smiled."Oh, you know I dote on him," De said. "But it would be nice to actually be retired. Endless woohoo without having to worry about scarringsomeone for life.""Yeah, but you can only say that since we moved out and in with Celeste, Jack, their spouses, and Susanna," Bart pointed out. "If we hadnt, theredstill be Morgan and Kelly to scar.""Point," Des lips quirked upwards in a grin. "Anyway, Rose is a beautiful bride, and she and Two are very happy. And I think well be gettingmore grandbabies soon!"
The party was a great one... the first wedding thered been on Pirate Island in nearly a generation. They all partied till the cows came home.And nobody really minded Toast and Justinian making out in the middle of the dance floor. They just figured it was a good omen, since this was awedding, after all.
A few days later, in Paris..."Now, Toby, when you asked me out I thought you meant this was a study date," the redheaded co-ed said, scolding him."Of course its studying," Toby said. "Studying anatomy!""Seriously?" the girl, whose name was something starting with a K, blinked. "You actually thought that line would work?""It has before," Toby shrugged. With everyone but Ophelia, his subconscious continued."Well, its not working this time," the girl said, putting her hands on her hips and glaring at him.
"In fact," she continued, glaring at him, "Im downright offended that you would think Im that kind of girl.""Whoa, no need to take any offense," Toby said, putting his hands up defensively. "I wouldnt have asked you over here if I didnt think you werehot.""Pretty words cant smooth over the insult," the girl sniffed, crossing her arms over her chest. "You think Im some kind of... of... of commonfloozy!"And with a sniff and a stamp of her feet, she whirled around to leave. Then she stopped. She sniffed the air cautiously."Do you smell... cake?"
When he went outside to rake the leaves later that afternoon, Toby was forced to conclude that girl-whose-name-starts-with-K probably wasnt thebrightest lightbulb on the Christmas tree.
That evening found Zing poring over books in the study upstairs. As his eyes travelled over one particularly battered-looking volume, he found histhoughts drifting towards Shere Khan, as they often did....and while naysayers continue to insist that male pregnancy is, in fact, impossible without the intervention of alien technology, I am confident thatmy invention, the...Suddenly, the meaning of the words on the page hit home."Holy carp!" Zing squeaked. He continued reading for several more lines before very carefully putting the book back on the shelf. Then he raceddownstairs.
He grabbed the phone off of the base and started dialing as fast as he could. "Shere Khan? Its me. You need to get over here right now!"
"O hai!!1!" Shere Khan said, smiling and taking Zings hands in his own. "Is can be explaining time nao? Whats so important that you have visiblepajamas?""You have to see this," Zing said, keeping hold of one of SKs hands and leading him upstairs. "I can hardly believe it..."
"Epic Wow," Shere Khan said several minutes later when hed read the book silently for several minutes. "Do you know what this is?""Yeah," Zing said. "Its Edward Buccaneers lab notebook. And he discovered the secret of alien-male pregnancy.""Well, he theorized some things, anyway," Shere Khan said. "But this is amazing, Zing! No more invisible theories! Visible theories! It can bebaybeez tiem soon! Genius Eddie was genius--he figured it all out! Now we just have to test it!"
"Almost all of his journals and published articles are here too," Zing said. "This is terrific! And just think of it... since the real find is in thejournals, and he never published those... we can patent it. And get rich!""Zing, we already has lotsa cheezburger," Shere Khan pointed out. "And I dont think we should charge money for technology like this. This issomething that can benefit all of simkind... we no can eated all the cookies ourselves."
The two read in silence for several minutes while Zing contemplated the idea of being entirely philanthropic with their discovery, but in the end henodded agreement. "My car dealership should keep us rolling in cash anyway.""Zing, we have to find some volunteers to test this technology on," Shere Khan added. "My lack of ethics, let me sho u dem. We needz aminaltesting fud. Erm, guinea pig.""I suppose," Zing said. "But I dont mind being the test subject.""No riskingz u," Shere Khan shook his head. "Irrelevant person is irrelevant. Irreplaceable Zing is irreplaceable. So dere."
"Besides," he added in a relatively normal tone of voice. "I cant exactly operate on myself, and I kind of want to get pregnant. Its a knowledge simthing. So I have to do it on someone else first, so I can teach you how to do it."
"Anyway, hes pretty sure of the idea," Zing said to Toby later that day. He was so excited, he still hadnt changed out of his pajamas. "So we werewondering if we could run a few scans on you to see if youve got a natural one of these andro-wombs.""Why would I have one?" Toby asked. He looked a little creeped out by the idea."Two reasons," Zing said. "First of all, youve got alien blood from your grandmother Irony. And secondly, when your parents had you it was yourdad who got pregnant.""Youre getting kind of creepy," Toby said, giving Coxinga a sideways look. "I think some of your boyfriends Knowledge aspiration is rubbing offon you. But sure, you can scan me, as long as you promise never to tell any of my girlfriends the result of the scan."
That afternoon, during yet another of the Greek houses infamous toga parties, one of Tobys non-girlfriends decided to stop by.Despite herself, Ophelia had managed to become pretty good friends with Toby. But she still held him at arms length."Eventually youre going to give in," Toby said knowingly as he paused to catch his breath. Pillow fights could be tiring, and this wasnt the sort ofpillow game he was used to playing. "Tell you what, if I can get you to beg for mercy from my mad pillow skillz, you owe me a kiss.""Oh, is that the game youre playing?" Ophelia chortled. "What do I get if I win?""Whatever you want," Toby winked."Youre on," Ophelia said, flashing her teeth at him. "Prepare to go down, Biggs."
Instead of smacking him immediately, Ophelia lowered her pillow, put her hand on her hip, and deliberately licked her lips. Tobys eyes glazedover, and she took the opportunity--faster than lightning, she laid him flat."Ouch!" Toby protested. "I thought we agreed Syndicate pillows were off-limits!""Sorry, dimples... this is just a regular old pillow," Ophelia said sweetly. "And I believe a protest like that constitutes a forfeit. Now you have topay my price.""Oh, really?" Toby winked. He followed Ophelia into the dining room. "And just what might that be?"
"Well, just one kiss couldnt hurt," Ophelia said.Tobys jaw dropped, but he didnt hesitate to take advantage of the offer--much to the chagrin of Lainey Kosmokos, a dormie who was carrying abit of a torch for him.
"Whoa..." Ophelia said, trying to catch her breath. She looked away. "I think that was... a singularly bad idea.""What?!?""Ive got to go," she said hurriedly, and pushed past Hugo out the back door."That was, like, so deep," Lainey K. said, frowning slightly."Hey, why dont I show you my ... err ... pillow collection?" Toby asked, eying her speculatively. Or trying to. His head kept turning to watchOphelia walk away instead."Nope, even I can see when somebodys got it bad," Lainey K. said regretfully. "If you ever get over her... give me a call. Otherwise, not goingthere."
"And so she totally shot me down!" Toby complained to Hugo the "So which one are you pining after?" Hugo asked. He very kindlynext morning. didnt bring up the fact that Hugo had mocked him ceaselessly for working out in a similar outfit a couple of terms back. "Lainey K. or"Toby?" Ophelia?""Yes, Hugo?" "Which do you think?" Toby said plaintively."That spandex makes you look ridiculous." "I think that for the first time in your life, a woman is saying no to you and its driving you nuts," Hugo said, sinking a jump shot easily."Spandex?" Toby blinked, then looked down. "Errr..." Toby really couldnt come up with a response to that.
My Dear Ching Shih,Congratulations on finishing high school. It is a tremendous accomplishment, to be sure. When do you start college? You must be very excitedabout moving to Paris... such an exotic city! You will have to remember to write to your old friend often and not forget me when youre caught upin all your new adventures. Oh, and that reminds me... now that you are moving on to bigger and better things, I think its past time that you startedcalling me Jim. I would be honoured if you would do so.I hope to hear from you soon.-- Jim
"Ching Shih?" Grace called softly. Shed heard stirring in the hallwayand stepped out quietly to see if it was her daughter who was moving "Hes been a very good friend to you," Grace said. "And... speakingaround so late past midnight. of that... your father and I thought that you might like to visit him when youre on your college break at the end of next term, so weve"Mom? What are you doing up?" decided to give you the beach house as a graduation present. Would you like that?""I could ask the same thing of you," Graces soft laugh filled the airbetween them. "That would be excellent!" Shih said excitedly."Oh, just finishing up packing," Shih said. "And responding to an "Well, the key is already in your bag," Grace smiled. "And now,email from Jim. He congratulated me on graduating." youd best get to sleep. You have a long day ahead of you tomorrow."
Thirty-six hours later, after several delayed flights, Shih finally arrived at university.In a chicken costume.
"Ahhh... thats better," she said happily. Professor Butters / loolooloo16play (Squeaky Clean Legacy) Denise / avidreader2466 (Puritanical Green Thumb)To be continued... Stacie / stacierearden (Whedonberry Legacy) Jonny / Jwoodsbuzz (A Grave Legacy)Credits Gin / GintasticNecat (Science of a Legacy)Ndainye / Jenn / Jnnfr123770 (Familiar Faces) Lea / tlhs0 (Barsoom Legacy)Pen / penguingirl0384 (Penguino Legacy)Ruby / Ah Rubyblue (Goldilocks and the Nine Heirs) Ophelia is from Orikes Pseudo LegacyMichelle / Michael Fobbs (Planetary Apocalypse) Flavius Marius is from Blite/Ben/netsfn1427s Ten Caesars LegacyDe / fireflower314 / http://fireflowersims.livejournal.com (Morgan & Sunny Goodytwoshoes is from Professor Butters Squeaky CleanPierce Legacies) LegacyOrikes / orikes360 (Pseudo Legacy)