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Since Gallagher and Sharla are both Family they of course popped up baby wants immediately. Leod undertook the post-party cleanup and took himself off to sleep in the barn in order to give them privacy for a consummation date. They had to chase Georgia and Garret out of the big bed - which they have been accustomed to treat as their own for years, but they're going to have to get over that - and there were no chimes but the evening appears to be a success anyhow. They'll have plenty of chances to make babies this winter, while the pond is frozen and the field and orchard are fallow. It's not quite clear to Sharla where they're going to put a nursery anyhow. When the twins were toddlers they mostly lived in the barn, which is nicely weatherproof till you climb to the loft, but that's not going to happen to Sharla's children.
With Hat's aging mod, the twins will be teens in five days. Gabriella could theoretically move out at any time, but as an economy measure she intends to stay until Xander Roth graduates LGU and she marries him, which will be anywhere from 8-15 days depending on how quickly he plays through each semester. Leod is an elder but has a nice long life bar. I remodeled the house early so that it was two rooms up, two rooms down, but these rooms are very small, one of them containing the double bed and a dresser with no room for more, the other containing a bunk bed, a cot, a chamber pot and basin, a toy box, and Gabriella's sewing machine. They just added a full bath downstairs (they have been bathing in the kitchen). The barn is full of toys, Leod's woodworking bench, cots, a dresser, and a bath, with all the toddler stuff stashed in the attic above the kitchen. Gabriella's job will keep her out from under Sharla's feet (they're BFF but two women cannot keep one house; somebody has to rule the kitchen), so that'll make some things easier, and Leod's recently opened a stand for selling his woodworking items, which with Gabriella's paycheck should keep them nicely through the winter. But they are going to get into each other's way and there's no way around that. It won't help that Garret and Georgia run wild and Georgia is spoiled rotten, allowed to play the piano all day long if she wants to. Leod thinks she hung the moon and is sure she's destined for fame and fortune. Garret may not try to hang onto double bed privileges, but I bet Georgia does.
The Fraternity (Andy and Hi) - Andy Bellum and JoAnn Gutenberg are in love and woohoo'd. They currently have 1 pledge named Christian. Hi Thyme and Guy Wrightly are in love. Their Greek house is level 3 at the moment.
ETA For various reasons, I decided to restart my restart of Strangetown. I am obsessed with getting the perfect neighborhood. This one has a much better proportion of gay playables, which makes me happy. Some things will stay the same, for sure, including Lazlo and Loki both becoming werewolves. Loki makes such a distinguished werewolf, and he really loves savaging people.
So this time, Vidcund's birth scene was pure chaos. He was having a difficult pregnancy, and he had just put a TV dinner in the oven when the labor pangs started. It was twins! So I'm getting the cut scene and Vidcund cuddling his new baby while literally engulfed in flames. Fortunately, the fire department did not dawdle getting there and the fire wasn't too bad--no one was harmed, and the twins are super cute. I'm afraid this may mean Lazlo may not get abducted this time around. I'm trying to keep Curiouses from overwhelming the neighborhood. Because Loki got abducted literally the first time he looked through the big telescope, that means his baby will be the same age as the Curiouses' babies--and they may not be related since I'm using a multi-PT mod this time.
With Tessa removed from office, the job of Administrator fell temporarily to Sharla Ottomas, who, as Head of the Landgraab Construction Company, is the next most senior person in the village (crime boss Malcolm and his 'Gentlemen', including David Ottomas, live in the gated community of Respite, up in the hills, while everyone else lives in Sedona). Sharla is too busy trying to get homes built quickly enough to meet the village's growing needs and really doesn't have time to be settling arguments as to who should get priority when a new building is ready, so she decided to appoint young Emerald Collensworth as Acting Administrator. Emerald had already been fired twice from the construction site for unreliable attendance, and Sharla really hadn't intended to take her back. However, it occurred to her that maybe the girl just wasn't cut out for the hard, dusty work of construction in the middle of the desert, and perhaps a desk job would suit her better.
So privileged Tessa is out of work, while 'unemployable' Emerald has a new job, and is being paid as a Junior Executive with the prospect of a raise if she does well. She's gone from being a liability to her father and brother to being the one with the highest salary. It's not quite the life of fame and fortune she's been dreaming of, but if she sticks it out she could end up quite comfortably off, especially by Sedona's standards. Although, based on her past performance, that may be a big IF . . .
Nervous moved in with the Smith family, who had a free bedroom after Johnny moved out. In safety with the Smith family, the first thing Nervous Subject did with his newfound freedom was to read the paper. He wanted a job in the onceanography career and found an opening almost immediately. Family sim as he is, he wanted to be friends with Jill Smith, and vice versa. Jenny longed to hold her newborn grandson and PT9 to have even more grandkids.
Nervous got promoted after one day of work, though it didn't last long before he got downgraded again after a chance card failure in which he got a connection with one of the dolphins that he was certain wanted out, and accidentally had all the dolphins escape. The card itself claimed he got fired, though, so at least that's a step up.
Jill Smith had a want to play with Picasso Melinder, and later on he called and asked for her while she was at school. I looked at Jill's relationship panel and she only had a four or so with him. I don't even know where the two of them would have met in the first place, let alone why they had a weird bond like that.
Nervous had considered taking Tankette with him when he escaped from the Beaker's, but didn't feel good about basically kidnapping someone else's child. Instead, he let the social services know what had been going on in the Beaker household and that it wasn't exactly a good place for a kid to grow up. Coupled with Tankette sometimes going hungry or missing school, she was soon taken from Loki and Circe, adopted by the Smith's and thus reunited with Nervous.
Jenny grew up to an elder and Jill to a knowledge teen. Considering her bio I'll put her in the oceanography career. Perhaps if Nervous doesn't release any more dolphins the two of them can become colleagues.
Johnny and Ophelia Nigmos invited Jenny, P.T and Jill over to meet little Hector Nigmos, who became a toddler.
General Buzz and Buck Grunt had the weekend ahead of them. Buck wanted to take a swim so General Buzz took him with him to 88 Road to nowhere so Buck could be in the pool while Buzz bought some groceries. Before that I had to move objects Buck out of half a swingset that he was stuck in. Both he and his dad were disappointed to see the swing go however, so I bought them a new one. At home, the fish in the fishtank had died so Buzz went and refilled the tank while Buck cleaned it, and after that they watched and fed the new fish together. General Buzz doesn't have a lot in common with his youngest son, but that fishtank is sort of their "thing".
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The Nerdists (wtih Dixie Land added) - Hugh is majoring in Pscyhology and Dixie in Political Science. Sara had a thing with Cliff AND Hugh and ended up choosing Cliff. No hard feelings were had. Dixie keeps influencing Hugh to do her assignments for her. Dixie has made quite a bit of money performing music around the campus though. Hugh went on a date with Monica Bratford and it was great (apart from getting stuck in a bathroom jam at the end, but the over-all score was great anyway). Cliff and Sara are now engaged! The Nerdists are now in their Junior year of Uni.
Darren and Cassandra had barely been married a year (one in-game day) before they realised that what they felt for each other perhaps wasn't love. When they got together, Cassandra had been pretty distraught about being left at the alter by Don, and her father's death just after. She thinks that how down she felt convinced her that she loved Darren as anything more than a friend.
However, with a toddler daughter and another baby on the way, neither of them wanted to speak about this. Instead, they dealt with their problems by lying through their teeth.
Darren went on a date with Brandi Broke, who he found he liked a LOT. However, a heavily pregnant Cassandra happened to walk into the 50s Diner at just the right moment to see the two of them kiss. She was of course, furious, and immediately decided to WooHoo with Benjamin Long (one of her closest friends, who she happens to have three bolts with) in the photo booth, seemingly out of revenge. Being a Goth, Cass had enough influence to be able to rush through a divorce, after which she took Darren's house and everything he owns.
With nowhere else to go, Darren is now living in the Broke trailer with Brandi, Beau, and Skip Jr.
Tank returned from college with no facepaint and a new understanding of himself. While at school he had gotten close to Frances J. Worthington III, and with him, he finally felt like he wasn't pretending anymore. Buck, who had known who he was since he was five, greatly approved. Now he only wishes Tank could heal his rift with Ripp. It might take some clever maneuvering, but with Tank's anger gone, Buck feels sure they could become friends if he could just get them to sit down for a game of chess.
Tank and Frances are engaged and living in a little trailer together. They are the cutest couple and constantly all over each other--only one bolt, but they act like three-bolters. I guess that goes to show that chemistry isn't everything.
Anyway, the Beakers are the real point of my update. Lots of drama at Erin's wedding to Jasmine Rai. Erin jumped headfirst into getting married. She had a good thing going with Lola Curious, but Jasmine was so hot and young and... hot ... that when she showed the least bit of interest in her, Erin didn't look back. Married 5 minutes, Lola's leaving the wedding early with a depressed but resigned look on her face, and Erin's already wondering if she made a huge mistake.
It doesn't help that Loki really dislikes Jasmine for unfathomable reasons of his own. After transforming and feeling a bit peckish, he attacked her at her own wedding and sent her off to bed early with her needs very low. That was the last straw for Circe, and she attacked Loki in return. He wasn't expecting that! Even though he won the fight (he is a werewolf, after all). The next day, Circe filed for divorce, packed her bags, and left. Later that night, she went on a date with Vidcund and got herself pregnant. She will get a good settlement out of Loki (who also owes damages to Jasmine for assaulting her), she will get the baby she wants from Vidcund, and she will finally get to live in peace on her own terms. She and Vidcund have a good arrangement now--she comes over to hang at his place when she feels a little lonely, and he's not allowed to set foot in her little house.
Stella Terrano/Almeric and Aldric Davis/Tank Grunt dorms - Almeric majors in literature, Aldric in drama and Tank in biology. I think Stella begins in phsyics, which I just let her stay in. Their first two years in Uni have been fairly uneventful save for Tank repairing his relationships and meeting Frances J. Worthington III and falling in love with her. They are now Juniors in Uni as well.
Frances J. Worthington III - Her OTH is Cuisine so they are thinking of starting a bakery business after Uni. They aren't incredibly social but have made a few friends and are doing very well in Uni. They are also into Games. Her boyfriend Tank Grunt moved into their on campus residence and is now fiancé.
Dorms with Blossom Moonbeam, Klara Vonderstein and William Williamson - They all fell in love during their freshmen year of Uni. Blossom with Trevor Thompson (who is in the LGU frat), Klara with Allegra Gorey and William with Brittany Upsnott.
Erin and Jasmine's marriage lasted about a minute, but I think anyone could have predicted that. Jasmine took off for the city with Sarah Love. Erin is back with Lola but they don't have plans to get married as of yet. I think Erin has realized the value of taking things slowly, but Lola may still have some hard feelings about the whole situation.
Other weddings besides Tank and Frances: Johnny and Ophelia--there's never been anyone but each other for those two. I went to open the Smiths' house to have their wedding and saw that I had a left a note to myself: Johnny and Ophelia are engaged, but does he really expect her to live with his parents?!? Narrator's voice: Yes, yes he does.
And last but not least, Lazlo Curious married Stella Terrano (she's keeping her name). Since Pascal and his daughter moved out (that's another story), Stella moved in with Lazlo, Vidcund, and Vidcund's boys. She had their first child before they were even married, and another one is on the way. (So much for my plan to keep Curiouses from overrunning the neighborhood, but I'll put them on birth control and maybe bring in some of the Bon Voyage teens as college YAs when they're old enough to keep up the marriageable population.)
There is one little wrinkle. Stella and Vidcund keep sneaking off to odd corners of the house to have conversations with each other or pillow fights or tell jokes. Their chemistry is very high. So far, it's all been innocent. Let's hope those two don't break Lazlo's heart.
Phoenix and Robin Logren tried to keep their spirits up after their daughter Lovemore's unexpected death for a day before it was Phoenix' own time due to old age. He was buried under the tree next to his daughter's gravestone. Poor Robin. ...He's coping.
Robin needed some company and distractions and rolled wishes to chat online and get a job. I had him start working in the business career. But he also kept his husband's memory alive rolling the want to have grilled cheese which was Phoenix' favourite food and secondary aspiration. ...He also rolled a want to marry a rich guy. Oh well. As a fortune sim, he was probably flattered by the 5000 simoleons Phoenix left for him. The only other person he left any money to was his friend Brake Neighbour who got 570§.
The next day, Ducky Neighbour was taken by the grim reaper just as she got home from work.
Mother and daughter Stardust and Strummer Neighbour both had the weekend free so after they woke up well-rested around 2 at night, they headed downtown to club Caliente. Even with some juice in her system, Stardust would not let herself be convinced by her daughter to pour soap in the fountain on the roof. Strummer joined the dance competition but didn't win.
Stardust and Lola Curious got on the wrong foot with each other and eventually it was time to head home before a barfight broke out.
The next day, they had a kitchen fire and I'm so used to always having fire alarms over the oven that I stupidly just watched the flames for a few seconds before me and Stardust were alerted to action by Strummer shouting. Stardust went to call the fire department and fortunately no one and nothing was hurt save for Strummer's pancakes.
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Next up was Bianca Monty, who when I selected her household, I saw that she had a bottomed-out aspiration bar. I had barely played her at all before, how was her aspiration so low??? My best guess is that this was caused by me resurrecting and killing off Olivia Monty so she could have her unborn baby for story purposes... but I hadn't played Bianca at all during the time Olivia briefly back to life, and she hadn't appeared on any lots during that time either, so she couldn't have re-rolled her fears. Anyway, the result of this was the instant I loaded up her house, she calmly got off the couch, and proceeded to collapse into a mental breakdown. As one does. I did manage to turn her around a bit by taking her Downtown to meet new people, where she managed to beat up Albany Capp, and when she returned home to go to work, she got a promotion!
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Cassandra invited Don to Primo's birthday party and he got to talk to Frida for a bit. The next day it was Sunday and Cassandra decided to take the kids to the park and invite Don along. They had a great time together and Frida got to know her dad a bit better. I forgot to invite Primo (he had the flu). Cassandra and the kids came back in the afternoon, they rested for a bit and then Cass threw an anniversary party for her and Darren. The party was a roof raiser and it got her perma plat status and knowledge as a secondary. I was so happy for her I even let Darren make a toast to her with the champagne. Thankfully no one else got any ideas. So after all that, I decided that the Goth mansion needed some redecorating. At the end I kinda got carried away and now the Goth family has a garage...
Olive is Strangetown's resident witch. Since I don't have the EP that has witches, she is a witch of my own making. She has a magic wishing well that not only grants wishes but also has the power to either extend life or bring instantaneous death, depending on Olive's whim. This is why she has lived so long. And she has a phone direct to the Grim Reaper, giving her the power to bring back the dead. Since she befriended Jim from the Garden Club, she also has one of those wonderful cow-plants. Both it and Jim have been added to her garden.
But as time went on, Olive found herself longing to reunite with her one true love and the father of her child. Before that, however, she needed an apprentice, someone to take over her work. At first, she was grooming her niece Ophelia for the job, but Ophelia only wanted a normal family life and got out of there as soon as she could. When Olive was reunited with her son, she thought Nervous might be a candidate, but it quickly became apparent that Nervous was not capable. After renewing his relationship with his mother, though, and joining the military, he did start healing enough to give up his pathological attraction to Circe Beaker and accept that he was gay. But he's nowhere near ready for a commitment any larger than taking care of his pet molerat, Quisenberry.
Then Olive heard about Pascal Curious's alien abduction and his precocious half-alien daughter. She bewitched Pascal into thinking he was in love with her and they would get married--which Olive did not intend to do, as she is promised to another--and they moved in with her. She also gave Pascal longer life (he is now younger than his brothers). Olive and Liana formed a close bond, and Liana agreed to be her apprentice. After Liana graduated from college and moved back in with them, Olive knew she was ready to go. While everyone in the household was asleep, she met Grim at the front gate and happily traveled into the hereafter.
Unfortunately, Nervous was heartbroken at losing his mother, and it has set his recovery back quite a bit. Pascal too was pretty shaken by the breaking of the spell, and it's uncertain whether he will recover.
Liana Curious ready to become Strangetown's resident witch
Olive reunited with her one true love--she was happy about it, even though there she doesn't look it
La Fiesta Tech Fraternity (Mickey Dosser/Matthew Hart/Guy Wrightley) - Mickey declared an art major, and apparently he actually does want to pass. I'm playing him by wants and such because he's apparently lazy and started on academic probation. We will see if he manages to graduate. He has managed to get to Junior year! Mickey has fallen in love with Gunnar Roque. They had a couple toga parties where they mostly just sat on the floor and chatted, but it was a good time and the greek house is level 5.
I made 14 adoptable toddlers, 9 adoptable cats and 9 adoptable dogs in CAS (first 6 cats, then 6 dogs, then 3 dogs/3 cats). The obligatory adults became townies. I have made some studio apartments as well.
Jenny Smith was devastated when her husband passed away and wanted to fall in love again. Then Matthew Hart came into her life. Matthew had been hanging around Strangetown looking for wealthy, older ladies who might be easy marks. He tried with Olive, but she is (was) the kind of person who uses people herself, and she saw right through him. Jenny, though, fell for him hard. Matthew convinced her to marry him, and immediately upon moving in, he asked her to put in a hot tub, some fitness equipment, and a more expensive bed, and to buy him the most expensive sportscar. He is a Family Sim who acts like a Romance and Fortune Sim combined. At least he cleans house. And Jenny seems happy in her elderhood with a young, handsome man in her bed.
The first person I want to talk about is Ajay Loner. I thought that he would be boring. He wasn't, thankfully. I checked his relationship panel, and I quickly learned that he has at least one bolt for every woman he knows, and has three double-bolters! Instantly, I became convinced Ajay is insatiably horny, and made him a Romance secondary on the spot. I love when the game organically creates a storyline like this! So, do you guys think he should date Marissa Bendett, Brandi Broke, or Lola Curious? For reference, Marissa is the one he has the best relationship with, and I've started to think of plans for Brandi to get with Lazlo Curious when I saw they were double-bolters.
I didn't think anything could really top that, but then I got to Regan Capp's family. Hoo fucking boy. It started with Regan going off to work, and then Cornwall and Kent attacked each other. Twice in a row. Thankfully for me, Kent won both times. Then later that evening, Cornwall answered the phone, and heard Oberon Gossamer invite him for a Downtown outing. "Okay, sure. It'll at least stop Cornwall and Kent from beating each other up!" Oberon invited Albany Capp, Romeo, Mercutio, and Isabella Monty. I mean I guess Oberon was trying to reconcile the feud, but that went over like a shit in a punch bowl. Poor Isabella must have been attacked at least five times! After a bit of that, I decided I had had enough of the violence, and I took everyone home (which took a while because everyone was too busy fighting to get in the taxi) and FINALLY shooed everyone home. And then two cherries on top of the shit sundae, Cornwall got (non-fatally) electrocuted trying to fix Mr. Humble's computer, and he turned down Regan's request to try for baby. That was dizzying, but I can't wait for this chaos to start again!
Mike Ottomas's girlfriend, Meadow Thayer, dropped out of college at the end of her Fresher year and has moved in with him in Sedona. She has no particular ambitions so has joined the construction crews. The last remaing roommate, Michelle Kierney, still has her senior year to go.
John Picaso also graduated. He has no interest in following in his father's footsteps as a Landgraab Gentleman and has moved downtown to work in Entertainment - though he's a spelunker for now. His girlfriend, Brandi Letourneau, is a 'Gentleman' but has joined John downtown.
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