Notes from Project Dawn, Chapter 18 – Lucky for Some

It was 6am when they finally rolled into Lucky Palms, and the sun was already blazing overhead. The house was tiny, the roads were sand, but they were safe; that was the main thing. 

It took about five minutes before Lynette started panicking. 

‘We have four cots, two beds,  a changing table, a fridge, and a stove. That’s it; we have no money for actual food – what are we going to do?! We’re fifteen, Garth, we can’t just drop school, someone’ll start asking questions!’

‘You know what we’re going to do.’

‘I’m not sponging off our relatives – ‘ 

‘He’s our brother, Lynette, and he’ll help us. Deci’s a good guy.’

‘We barely remember him!’

‘Yeah, but he’s family. He’ll help us, I know he will.’


And with that, the phonecall was made. A desperate, slightly teary phone call. And it worked. 

December “Deci,” Mallon knew what it was like to have kids far too young; he’d barely been out of secondary school when his son had been born. To be honest, he’d fitted in perfectly in Midnight Hollow, so why he’d left was a mystery. 

Garth had been right about one thing – Deci and his wife, Mariah, were genuinely good people. They’d done the exact same thing; flee Midnight Hollow with nothing but a baby and the clothes on their backs, and they’d made it work, even if Mariah’s idea of entertainment was a little… unusual, though at least it was quiet. 

Their son, Andre, was eight, and although he wasn’t much help with childcare or with setting up furniture, he was a sweet kid.

Though as good as their intentions were, December’s family had their own life, too, and it fell to more immediate family to step up to the plate. Four babies, little money, and a full time education were taking their toll.

And since jobs were scarce for teenagers with no qualifications, no documents, and no parents, their bank account often ended up supplemented via rather unorthodox means.

After all, childcare wasn’t cheap, even if the babysitters were useless.

And as for maids, well… it was definitely more than a part time job could pay for.

The real problems began when the toddler years hit; four identical girls with very different personalities. From left to right – Marigold (Neurotic, Good, Yellow), Nana (Adventurous, Insane, Black), Persephone (Clumsy, Virtuoso, Green), and Ottoline (Over Emotional, Loner, Purple).

It might have been a more hands off parenting style, but four children with two sets of hands just wasn’t enough.

December took over when he could (even though his parenting was more “Eh. what’s the worst that can happen, let ’em explore,”), the quads were mostly left to themselves.

As children, they were a little easier to manage, though the cramped house certainly wasn’t helping.

Money was tight, and thus entertainment was scarce; library books were about the only things kept in the house.

Or, of course, assist with the mounds of chores that were always steadily piling up.

Alternatively, you had good old fashioned games of tag, because athletic training wasn’t expensive when you had acres of desert to run around in.

Or playing king of the castle – at all hours of the day.

The newly built community centre was definitely one of the biggest assets Lucky Palms had to offer for underprivileged kids; free skilling items, 24 hours a day.

Now the girls were older, more of their personalities were shining through; Persephone seemed to be perpetually teased by her peers; a loser, in other words. Ottoline seemed to spend most of her time in the great outdoors, and Marigold seemed to be developing a bit of a temper.

Nana, on the other hand, kept to herself, devouring skill books; Lynette suspected they might have a prodigy on their hands.

Ottoline’s fish were small, but they made for tasty dinners, and sold paintings and book royalties were small, but useful contributions.


And the paintings were cute, if not a little abstract.

The food was free, and it wasn’t as if the quads had a whole lot of friends, so they mostly kept to themselves. A healthy imagination between four sisters was definitely enough for fun and games.

But a secondary school career and a part time job at a sleazy spa were taking their toll; particularly on Garth’s hair.

But young as they were, the girls were quick to notice the strangers gathering outside their house, and Lynette’s reaction to their appearance.

While at school, they had flown under the radar, the mysterious strangers were soon tracking the Mallon children even there.

And the fear and anxiety it was causing wasn’t exactly easy to miss.

‘They’ve been following us. Garth – one of them even tried to get into the school’s office, yesterday, until one of the teachers caught them – ‘

‘Maybe if we told the headmaster – ‘

‘Told them what, that we’re being stalked by a bunch of crazy lunatics who want to sell a group of ten year old girls, because their father was – ‘

‘Shh! They’ll hear!’

‘Look, they might not have meant us!’ was Persephone’s attempt at consolation, even if her sister was too hysterical to listen. ‘Maybe they meant a TV show or something!’

‘Yeah,’ Nana insisted. ‘Mummy died ages ago, and we didn’t have a dad; he left before we were born, everyone knows that!’

‘Oh, really?’ Ottoline accused. ‘You mean the dad that no one will talk about, the dad Lynette won’t talk about?! That dad? Someone’s not telling the truth.’

But maybe, the mysterious strangers would.

Birthdays came, in a rather unspectacular fashion.

The only trouble was, it seemed the house was getting smaller by the day, especially as adults.

Marigold’s fourth trait was Friendly – not the most interesting.

Nana, ever the sweet girl, gained Green Thumb.

Ottoline, who for some reason, wanted to join the military and become an astronaut, was now Dramatic.

And Persephone was now a Hopeless Romantic.

So since this is now technically Gen 2, I’m going to have an heir poll. This is mostly allow me to plan a little for storylines, and to also keep people tided over for July, because I’ll be on hiatus for a month due to NaNoWriMo.

The other reason is because my computer is dying a slow death and will be replaced, and this the game will have to be reinstalled etc, and I need time to do that.

Voting will be open for a week or so, and can be done on the poll here, on the reddit thread in r/TheSims, on the WordPress comments, or on the boolprop thread. FYI the storylines will differ later in the second gen, provided who you pick.

With that in mind, please let me know what you think!

~ Viki

 

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Notes From Project Dawn – Chapter 16 – I Swear the Hiatus Was Unintentional

Obligatory “holy shit it’s been four months,” post.

Yeah, even I didn’t realise it had been that long, and I’m truly sorry. Life has hit me like a freight train; graduation, getting two more jobs and then juggling the three of them over Christmas, getting RSI in my left hand and having eye surgery…yeah being an adult is hard ):

Bur! I’m not giving up and I actually have the next few chapters planned out, so here is my New Year’s Resolution for all the lovely readers (all five of you! <3) who have stuck around this long – at least one post every two weeks. I’m going to try for one update a week, but any chapters with an actual plot and staging may take a little longer, so I’ll keep you updated. I also need to start posting photos again, so keep an eye out!

So without further ado, I present to you Chapter Sixteen, where I remember no one’s name or what the hell was actually going on:

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He looks like Darron so he must be Florence’s kid. Sorry I don’t remember who you are.

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Time for another round of “How Isn’t This Legacy Dead Yet!” Exhibit A!

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Exhibit B!

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And Exhibit C! Natural selection really should have takes its course by now.

Kay: ‘Dammit, Mother, what are you doing! The fire won’t extinguish itself!’

Ramona: ‘Hush, dear, we need the insurance money.’

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It’s no good trying to be a mother now. Most of them hate you.

Felix: ‘Yeah, this isn’t even my bed.’

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So I finally caved and bought the baby walker and playpen, so now the toddlers can skill themselves, because this challenge definitely isn’t about parenting.

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Kay: ‘Oh, quick, what’s that behind you?!’

Ramona: ‘Oh God – ‘

Kay: ‘ACTUAL RESPONSIBILITIES!’

I’m surprised Ramona hasn’t fainted from the strain.

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Yeah, she has an actual job now, which is probably breaking the rules, but it’s not like I ever paid attention to them anyway. She’s only making tea at the offices.

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Garth grew up, and only the important people cared.

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December for king.

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Lynette is just continuing her trend of being ignored, apparently.

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Loving the mix of skin tones we’ve got here! Lynette rolled Social Butterfly, Garth got Workaholic, which’ll be interesting.

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God blesss this boy. I want him for heir.

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The kids are all being weirdly studious. Maybe it’s a desire to get into uni and run for it, though the kids are smarter than the teenagers, even if they do ,match the bathroom.

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Oh, look who it is.

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December: ‘Who even let you in?’

Mayra: ‘Your mother. She said one more kid wouldn’t make a difference at this point.’

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Mayra: ‘But that’s okay, right? So, is Ezra in…?’

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December: ‘Get out. We’re through, and if you dare come back again, I’ll turn you back into a Face One.’

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Damn, that’s a pretty solid threat. I never saw her again.

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Still not the right bed, but I’ll give you credit for trying.

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Not even close to the right bed, Ramona.

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Kay: ‘Oh ancient spirits, I summon thee, offering up a sacrifice of dirty washing, mouldy food and dirt…come forth, Bonehilda!’

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Maybe this house is too much even for her.

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Mikey: ‘Hey guys, check this out! I learned this amazing new trick!’

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Mikey: ‘Hi Grim! I found a stick for you!’

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Grim: ‘Good boy, Mikey. Time to go, okay? I’ve got a new ball waiting for you.’

Mikey: ‘New ball? YES!’

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His new trick was transforming into an urn, in case you were wondering.

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Oh wow, have we got everyone in the same picture? Impressive.

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December: ‘Aaaand we’re done. Shame I have to show off the Plumbob now.’

Heartless bastards, the lot of you.

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Ramona: ‘Ah, there’s my favourite son. How are you today?’

December: ‘Slightly traumatised by seeing you in skimpy underwear?’

Yeah, I think Felix is contemplating sticking his head in the gem cutting machine.

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December: ‘Ah, what a wonderful death that would be…’

Felix: ‘Quite so.’

Morbid little shits, the pair of you.

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But hey, at least Ezra’s being normal.

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They’ll have pretty children.

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Kay: ‘So, I don’t want to freak you out, buuuut…’

Aleshia: ‘But what? I know, you’re all part of some warped genetics experiment – ‘

Kay: ‘Oh, no. Worse than that. We have a ghost in the house. And a skeleton maid’

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Ezra: ‘WHAT DID YOU DO?!’

Ending relationships, apparently.

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Ezra: ‘It’s okay, babe. The skeleton maid is lazy and never cleans anything anyway. I’ll protect you.’

I wish you lot could be heir ):

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Felix grows up and is once again ignored. His fourth trait is Avant Garde, which explains the dress sense and why he makes the best faces.

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See?

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I can’t remember if this is because I was too lazy to design a bed, or he went there anyway.

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Me too, Bonehilda. Me too.

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I installed Woohooer for some reason and put the teen pregnancy settings on, just to make things more interesting, and look at all the drama I’ve created. This is also the girl I wanted to pair December off with, too.

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And the boy himself celebrates his birthday in the corner of the party. But he’s amazing so he can get away with it.

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Not too bad, for a change.

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And now for Kay! Not that Ramona cares.

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God, there’s so many ginger people. I knew I’d never get rid of that hair.

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Hi, Harper! Sorry about impaling you…

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Ramona: ‘I miss that dog more than I’ll ever miss you…’

Kay: ‘Trust me, I know.’

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She looks exactly like Ramona sans the nose, I think. Also notice Catrin and Ellery back there – the grudge still looms… Oh, and that might be Delphine in the robot costume.

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While he looks cute, I miss that mohican.

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There we go. Isn’t he adorable. His last trait is Perceptive.

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Kay also turned out lovely, and got Grumpy, which suits her fine.

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Aleshia: ‘Is this family cursed or something?’

Old Lady: ‘Nah, more like blessed! Look, I can hover!’

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Old Lady: ‘Oh.’

Twice in one chapter? Dammit.

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Ramona: ‘Still care about the dog more – ‘

Catrin: ‘Isn’t this fun! What a wonderful party!’ 😀

Catrin’s in denial.

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OL: ‘So, uh, what happens now?’

Aleshia: ‘Don’t look at me. Maybe stay away from the electric ghost.’

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OL: ‘Well, the water’s very nice – anyone else fancy a swim?’

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Grim: ‘All right, I’m coming – damn traffic, the zombies in this place, I swear…’

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Grim: ‘Just give me a minute. Great, now I’m going to have waterlogged robes for the rest of my shift, I hope you’re happy.’

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 Grim: ‘And my ride’s late. Brilliant. I hope this measly soul was worth it.’

???: ‘If you want, you can stay at ours for the night. We have a spare bed.’

Grim: ‘Why thank you, kind stranger! It’s not too often humans put up with me for long. Just let me get this stupid robe off – ‘

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Grim: ‘There we go.’

Felix: ‘YOU KILLED MY DOG, WHY ARE YOU LIVING HERE?!’

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Ramona: ‘Oh, he’s not sticking around for long. Just…nine months.’

Felix: ‘Oh no. What have you done?’

Probably broken my game, that’s what. But who cares! And I promise it won’t be four months before the next chapter.

Finally, here’s the spares:

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So Jin isn’t dead yet! Hooray.

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04

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Harper’s moving fast.

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And so is Gail! Please actually give us some second gen kids from someone other than Florence.

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Oh, there we go. Bye, Jin!

Leave a comment if you can, and I’ll see you soon!

~ Viki.

A Quick Poll for the Next Gen!

So the next chapter will be the last in Midnight Hollow, as the final babies will be born, and I’ll be moving Ramona to a new town. And because I like to involve my readers, where would you like to see her go next? I’m doing this a little early so I can prepare things in game and story wise, so I’d love to hear your input!

Remember, we’re after interesting looking kids, so I was considering Twinbrook, which isn’t known as the home of Uglacies for nothing, but if you think somewhere else is better, post away! You can vote anywhere you like, comments on here/boolprop, or on the poll, go wild.

 

Poll will close a few days after the next chapter, so get voting; I’d love to hear from you!

Notes From Project Dawn, Chapter 14 – We Ain’t Dead Yet

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So I owe everyone who is reading this a massive apology; the third year of university and working three jobs has been totally kicking my ass these last few months, but I am determined to see my legacies through. I love my Sims, I love writing them, and I love who takes the time out of their day to read them (the Laflammes were given a Liebster Award and I am so happy!), so I’m determined to update at least once a week. So without further ado, lets get on with it.

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Ramona: ‘I don’t recognise this woman. Who is she? Why does she look so well rested?’

Yeah, I wish I had a three month long break. Back to work for you, that 100 is still a long way off.

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Florence: ‘But why did she have to come back here, of all places? She’s trying to get her claws into my husband, and don’t think I don’t know. I’m not stupid. He tried to shock himself and her, but no such luck.’

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Ramona’s got a point, though; that’s one cute kid and a ton of nice genetics…

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Florence: ‘What’s she even famous for, being the town slut? All she’s doing is adding to the pile of kids she can’t afford.’

And reality ensues.

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But ignorance is bliss, apparently.

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Back at home, the kids have decided they don’t like living in a wreck of a house any more, so are trying to keep up with the chores. Kay’s taking care of the dog…

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Harper has taken over Cody’s role as babysitter…

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And Ilse is trying to leave town without anyone noticing. It’s only a few more days, you can cope.

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Gail: ‘Why is our bin halfway across the lawn? And has anyone ever used that future teleporter?’

Kay: ‘Shh, this’ll be hilarious.’

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Kay: ‘YOU LOST THAT GAME OF CHESS!’

Gail: ‘OH GOD, WHY?!’

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Ezra grew up, gained a beanie hat and the Can’t Stand Art trait.

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And apparently Ramona’s decided that if she’s waterlogged enough, she’ll drown on the water slide.

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What skill is that, excessive head trauma?

Ezra: ‘With a minor in Geology.’

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I was going to make a Neon Genesis Evangelion joke but it’s funny already.

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And no one bats an eyelid. Ah, Midnight Hollow.

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So while Ramona was out, Ilse grabbed everyone and took them out for dinner, as a nice treat before she and Harper moved out. She actually managed to get quite a few family members together; I think that’s Karen on the right.

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But no good deed goes unpunished and all that…

Ramona: ‘Why would you waste money on food when we have a synthesizer that’ll make anything we want!’

Ilse: ‘Because I wanted something real, for a change, something that a person took time to cook!’

Ramona: ‘What difference does that make?!’

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Ramona: ‘Stupid girl. We need money for a decent nursery, not fancy restaurant food.’

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But hey, I think the painting mod is working again.

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Just in time for Gail to run away as far as she can.

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A brunette Ramona. Wonderful.

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Ramona: ‘Go forth, little clone. Make me grandchildren and contribute to the insanity of this experiment.’

Gail: ‘Yeah, sure…’

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And up her picture goes on the wall.

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Ramona got a makeover too, though I’m honestly not sure why; that outfit is much too nice for this place.

Ramona: ‘I’m dressing for the life I’d like to have.’

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Apparently that’s the wicked stepmother role.

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I think that’s the most impressive bit of karma I’ve seen in a long time.

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Ramona: ‘I guess the jetpack still needs a little work…’

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Ramona: ‘And how dare you mock me?! I saw you laughing!’

Ilse: ‘But I didn’t – ‘

Ramona: ‘Just get inside!’

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Kay: ‘I wish I could have gone with you, Gail. You’re more of a mother than she is.’

Field trip next chapter, I promise.

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Meanwhile, Ramona’s on the hunt for Father #17.

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Ramona: ‘Ugh, no. That guy was old. And dead.’

Technically, you should be too.

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But hey, Ellery’s a doctor now!

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Is this guy’s name Sammy? He looks like a Sammy.

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Ramona: ‘Oh, don’t worry, I’ll call you whatever you like…’

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Ramona: ‘Like Darron! Hey there! Still not over the electrocution, huh?’

Wow, that’s cold, even for you.

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God help you if that gets back to Florence.

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Harper, stop pretending that’s your mother and actually weed the garden. We’ll never get to ambrosia at this rate.

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But look, more babysitters!

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She looks like Florence in glasses. Her fourth trait is Born Saleswoman, so I’ll guess she’ll be trying to make some money off elixirs. December, on the other hand…

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Ramona: ‘Such a beautiful, unique looking boy.’

I’ll say. He got Brooding.

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Ramona: ‘Okay, everyone, I’ve called a family meeting for a very good reason – ‘

Kay: ‘Oh great.’

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Ramona: ‘Now before you protest, I know some of you are still in school, but, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, money is pretty tight at the moment – ‘

That’s why you’re still sitting on milk crate furniture.

Ramona: ‘ANYWAY, so there needs to be a few changes around here, you understand?’

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Kay: ‘What?! We’re already living in austerity measures as it is!’

Ezra: ‘Yeah, I don’t even have my own bed.’

January: ‘How many sisters am I sharing a room with?’

Ramona: ‘December, you understand, right?’

December: ‘I don’t know. Maybe. Is that why I didn’t get a birthday present?’

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Ramona: ‘Look, the point is, we need to save money so I can actually conduct this study properly. You kids aren’t thriving in this environment, and we need to relocate. But we can’t do that without cash.’

December: ‘So…like, if we build a proper nursery, we won’t have to train the little ones any more?’

Ramona: ‘Exactly. You can all devote proper time to your friends, hobbies, and LifeTime Wishes.’

Ilse: ‘Yeah, that sounds nice.’

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Ramona: ‘So essentially, use anything that’ll get you money. Painting, fishing, gardening, sell those potions cluttering up the inventory, I don’t care, just do it.’

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Ramona: ‘Even you, Ilse, though you aren’t good for much.’

Kay: ‘Why won’t she have a go at January instead, she’s barely done anything this chapter.’

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Ramona: ‘I know you’re not smart enough to get a real job, so get back to painting. Or do some chores.’

Ilse: ‘I – I’ll take the bins out…’

You poor thing. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure you get a good makeover, a husband, and a house when you move out.

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Meanwhile, this is Ramona’s next target. I have no clue what his name is, so let’s call him…

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Bruno.

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Ramona: ‘You know I’m the most beautiful woman in this town, right? A constellation, a meteorite, a shooting star – ‘

Bruno: ‘I’m a Cancer.’

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Bruno: ‘And we don’t date Geminis!’

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Ramona: ‘Tough luck. I do.’

Bystander: ‘What have I just walked into?’

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B: ‘You know what, never mind. I don’t want to know.’

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It’s…sort of romantic?

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Bruno: ‘Guess I’ve lucked out today.’

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Hopefully Ramona has too, even if she’s being judged by the townsfolk.

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See what I mean?

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But at least she’s persistent. We haven’t had a ghost baby yet, and I’d like one of each occult.

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The lot is one hideous mess. This is why I want to build an actual house, hence the 50k budget.

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Even the zombies don’t think the garden is worth destroying, that’s how bad it is.

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At least she’s sticking to her word, though, even if widgets probably won’t sell for much.

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I do love the school, though. Such a shame it’s a rabbit hole.

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I decided to put Kay’s Born Saleswoman trait to the test, see if we could get anything decent for the potions.

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Clerk: ‘We only buy a handful of your potions, all of your gems, and none of your produce. And we’re closed now.’

Kay: ‘You’re kidding me, right?’

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On the bright side, we can train Mikey to hunt.

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Are they really that famous, or are the stalkers just bored?

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Ilse: ‘ – sigh- I’ll get out of here soon, won’t I?’

You will, I promise.’

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Kay’s quite the opportunist. Hopefully we’ll make a bit more money cutting the gems than just selling them raw.

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HARPER, NO.

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Harper: ‘Oh c’mon, it’ll only take a minute…’

Go fishing!

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Clerk: ‘You’ll get ten simoleans for all this.’

Kay: ‘I will cheerfully murder you in your sleep.’

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So yeah, Ramona’s pregnant again.

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In case you couldn’t tell.

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Mikey: ‘It’s time to go out! And play! And walk! And hunt! And…’

January: ‘Nope, you don’t exist right now…’

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Bless his little heart. You keep being excited by those fish, December.

December: ‘Maybe I can keep this one!’

January: ‘Ugh, as if. I should be going to prom, not doing this.’

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Harper: ‘Now you listen to me; you are not brainless, you’re just as smart as anyone else in this house. Don’t pay attention to her.’

Ilse: ‘And how do I do that when she’s screaming at me every minute of the day?’

Harper: ‘Run away and never look back.’

Ilse: ‘While she breeds more children to ignore?’

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It’s true.


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Well, this one’s broken.

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Ilse: ‘Serves her right.’

Nah, this is Felix. #18, Brave, Clumsy, likes Irish Green, Chinese music, and mushroom omelette. Welcome to hell.

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Ramona: ‘I’m sorry, Ilse. I’ve been to harsh on you lately…’

Ilse: ‘Save it, I don’t care any more.’

I never claimed she was any good at being a mother, just a scientist.

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But here he is. I don’t think he’s a clone.

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And with that, Ezra ages up (again).

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Not bad at all! His new trait is Schmoozer.

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She’s far too attached to that dress for her own good.

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And finally…it’s time.

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She’s so pretty! Her final trait is Artistic.

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They’re the least likely set of twins ever, but who cares. Harper got Athletic.

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December: ‘When do get to go on the wall?’

When I finally get shot of you.

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And now for the spares:

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At least this set of twins is doing well…

I’m going to leave it there, and I promise, I will be back next week. Comments are always appreciated!

~ Viki.

Notes From Project Dawn, Chapter 13 – Where the Sims are Undead and Rainbows Glitch Through Mountains

So I’m back! I’m well aware it’s been a stupidly long time, and I apologise. NfPD will be finished, I promise you that. Also, I really, really want to do a more story based legacy, a Differences in the Family Tree one, as well as telling the stories of NPCs ala Strangetown, Here We Come, which is fantastic and an absolute must read. I’ve been playing the Ursine’s lately, and it was so interesting, it felt like a shame not to share it. Let me know if you guys want to read them; I might start earlier than planned if there’s enough interest.

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Well at least there’s good news somewhere!

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According to my notes, this is the sixteenth. Good thing I found some more maternity clothes.

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It’s a miracle; everything is clean for once.

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Wow, look at all those beautiful pixels. Come to think of it, why aren’t there any TV dinners any more? They should be a staple food for these kids.

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I’m not sure who this is, so assume it’s an aged paparazzi with nothing better to do.

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Oh, so now the aliens appear. Where were they when I was trying to knock Harvey up back in Gen 8? Damn game.

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That’s no good, Ramona. You’ll just end up kidnapped and used as a test subject, like Bella Goth.

Ramona: ‘No different to now, really.’

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Oh my God, Ilse’s face. Poor baby.

Harper: ‘I don’t know who did this to you, but I will kill them. Just say the word.’

Bonehilda: ‘Ditto.’

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Harper: ‘I really hope you’re so angry just because you’ve got triplets in there. And not because the house is a mess.’

That or she’s somehow equated anger to skilling.

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Paparazzi: ‘This could be sold for millions; my first big break! CHILD DOES HOMEWORK!’

Ilse: ‘I get enough of this at home, thanks.’

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Oh God. Please don’t tell me that’s Darron.

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I have a horrible feeling that it is.

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Florence: ‘Yeah, well, if that bitch comes after my husband, I’ll fight her. Hat and all.’

I don’t doubt you.

Ramona: ‘Oh hey, time for a quick diversion tactic.’

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Ramona: ‘Oh come on, look at him! Can you blame me?’

Florence: ‘Dammit, Mother, yes I can. Get out of here!’

Darron: ‘Don’t glare at me, I wasn’t going to do anything!’

Florence: ‘You let her in here, that was enough!’

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Florence: ‘God, I think I’m going to throw up. My mother and my husband…’

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Florence: ‘Sod this. I’m done for today.’

Darron: ‘Don’t worry, babe. We have a nicer house, no way am I living in that hideous pink thing.’

So there may be hope yet.

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Ramona: ‘…I don’t think I’m going to make it to the hospital; this one’s coming quickly, and there aren’t any cabs around. Well, it’ll do. Nice and quiet, roomy too…’

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Ramona: ‘On the other hand, they actually have science at the hospital. My one true love…all those sparkling clean lab beakers and sterile equipment…’

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Ramona: ‘Yeah, I’m out.’

That painting is judging you so hard right now.

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Ramona: ‘La di da da da…’

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Ramona: ‘No need to rush…’

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Ramona: ‘Just going for a nice drive to the hospital, in the late stages of labour, after trying it on with my daughter’s husband…’

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At least she’s well co-ordinated.

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Ramona: ‘I really should get this umbrella fixed – need to put it somewhere it won’t drip, as well.’

So are you just forgetting about the baby, or…?

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Oh, there we go.

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It’s a boy!

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And no, this isn’t a mistakenly grabbed photo of Angel.

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He’s such a little clone. Our 16th is Ezra Mallon, who is a genius that loves outdoors, and favourites of yellow/country music/cobbler.

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In other news, Kay has lost it. Must be the haircut, I really need some CC hair.

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She’s awfully cute, though.

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Poor Ilse. With all the pale lighting in Moonlight Hollow, she just blends in.

Ilse: ‘Hey! Mermaid, not ghost. Get it right.’

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Kay takes after me already; eyesight so bad, she needs glasses from three feet away.

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Must be Midnight Hollow, where all the Sims look undead and rainbows glitch through mountains.

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Surprisingly, a lot of the kids like fishing, so I packed them off with Ilse for some money making sibling bonding. She looks like such a proud big sister.

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December: ‘So…you going to read me a story?’

That isn’t your bed.

December: ‘Or my house.’

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Nice try, Harper, but you’re a little young for that.

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Ramona: ‘What day is it? What year? What town are we in?’

Sleep deprivation can do that to a girl. And excessive childbirth, I guess.

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Gail: ‘And here’s my rebellious phase. Go me; Mum’s going to flip.’

Actually, I quite like it. It suits you.

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Lighting mod~! Ilse fits into Midnight Hollow perfectly.

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Gail is basically a mother to her little sisters, and she does a damn sight better job of it than Ramona, even if January’s still wearing her hat. At least it’s the right bed.

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See? She’s such a bad mother, she can’t even provide a ceiling for her kids.

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Gail: ‘Why do you think Jan’s wearing the hat? She’s a smart kid. Sweet girl: just wish Mum was around to see it.’

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Kay could probably use her attention, too. She’s more than a bit loopy.

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The annual book club and a kid trying to strangle herself. Welcome to Midnight Hollow.

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Cody: ‘So get this: I’ve created a rocket ship, that’ll get us to the moon. We can harvest it for space rocks and minerals and…’

Mikey: ‘Didn’t we pass the tent he was living in on a walk the other day, Gail?’

Gail: ‘Yes. Yes we did.’

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So basically: gorgeous lighting shots, and Cody’s still a loser.

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But at least I have a decent photo of him this time.

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Upon pondering, I can only conclude this must be Florence’s son? I have no idea what his name is, though.

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And so January ages up alone. In the bathroom. Classy.

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Continuing the family tradition of glitching in an ugly outfit.

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Her new one, on the other hand, is much prettier.

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Still yellow eyes, but not a clone! Success!

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Meanwhile, in Sunset Valley…

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Two red-haired twins, raising their alien half sister, while their mother tries to become a criminal mastermind. Such is the woes of the Ursine family, whose story I really hope I can tell.

That’s all for now; please leave a comment after the tone.

~ Viki.

Notes From Project Dawn, Chapter Twelve- Starring Cody as Himself

So I’m back! And I also have a copy of the Sims 4. I’ll be blunt, I don’t like it. Bland and no customisation, all my Sims look the same. Might be good for the apocalypse challenge, though…

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A perfect day for a pool party, huh?

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Ramona: ‘Are you kidding me? I’ve just managed to wear this for the first time in years!’

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The problem with this massive gap in between chapters is that I really have no idea who these men are.

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Ramona: ‘Can you believe this is the first time in years I haven’t walked into a house and heard screaming children? It’s a weird feeling.’

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But here we go again. Number 14!

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I think he does this just to irritate me. He knows full well where his bed is. It’s like how my dog tries to convince me that no, the sofa really is where she sleeps.

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Gail got invited over to some house, but no one was in, apart from the TV and the dog.

Gail: ‘Well, this is nice, sort of. At least the furniture matches. I’d like to have that someday.’

Dog: ‘You have no ambition, do you?’

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As punishment, I shipped Cody and Harper off to the art museum. It isn’t that bad.

Cody: ‘But it’s so bright and colourful, how do they stand it?!’

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Harper: ‘Huh. Well that’s…interesting, I guess.’

No, I don’t get it either. Maybe it’s Willow’s old guitar.

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Florence: ‘Oh thank God, I can finally get out of here.’

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That is one amazing outfit, if I do say so myself. Her final trait is Hopeless Romantic, which is weirdly fitting.

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And now for Cody. I’ll miss his babysitting.

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Gnome #1: ‘Wow, this is thrilling.

Gnome #2: ‘I know. 20 simoleans on Cody picking a stupid outfit.’

Don’t encourage him.

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I finally got to use the Katy Perry clothes for something- if you colour the cookie hait right, you can pretend it’s a beanie. It’s great.

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Darron got made over too, he looks pretty nice.

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Florence: ‘I agree, so while I’m at it…’

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Florence: ‘Marry me?’

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Fairly sure that’s a yes.

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Cody, well…

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He tried.

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Cody: ‘Now don’t get me wrong, I only turned you down because wanted to propose.’

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Caryn: ‘Ha! For making me sit through this twice? Not a chance!’

I just left them to it, but I think SP told me they got married a few days later, so it’s all fine.

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Florence: ‘You’d better not have that baby during my wedding, or else.’

Ramona: ‘I do have to admit, I seem to be the queen of inappropriate timing…’

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At least we can all be thankful Ramona isn’t thinking about using Darron as her next subject.

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But let’s leave that for now- on with the wedding!

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Harper: ‘It’s so romantic!’

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Ramona: ‘Oh, my sweet little girl, all grown up!’

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Cody: ‘Oh good for you. At least someone’s proposal gets accepted around here.’

That’s mostly your own fault.

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And she didn’t go into labour during the ceremony and upstage her daughter! Success!

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And behold the portraits with Cody in his formal wear because he’s a moron.

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In the meantime, I’m gluing Ramona to the TV in the hope for triplets.

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Ramona: ‘I think you’re about to find out.’

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So she sets off at a walk. In heels.

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Also, I never noticed how unintentionally close the house is to the hospital, haha.

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So there’s one…

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Two…

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And three! Just kidding, it’s some abandoned toddler. I have half a mind to take it home with us.

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Twins again. I’m sure the game is glitched. Is anyone else having this issue? In the meantime, I think the rules say you can give the fertility treatment after the halfway mark, so I’ll have to see.

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This is December, who clearly got Jack’s colouring. His traits are Brave and Loves the Heat, with favourites of indie music, hot dogs and violet.

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His twin, Kay, looks nothing at all like him, haha. Her traits are Insane and Evil (hooray) and likes rap music, falafel and hot pink.

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Pro: He has pretty eyes.

Con: He’s stealing our stuff.

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I now present to you another episode of Gardening TV. The garden is dying. It has been neglected for centuries. The gnomes are taking bets on which poor soul falls next. The tomato plant is long gone.

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But who’s this?

Cecil Winchester: ‘I don’t like her.’

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Ramona: ‘We’ll just see about that.’

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How many university gift baskets does one lot need?!

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So while Ramona’s off ensnaring another victim, here’s some more birthdays- first, January haha

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In the meantime, before poor Cecil could even get in the front door, the girls were interrogating him.

Gail: ‘I don’t know- are you smart enough to be part of this legacy? You don’t really look it.’

Cecil: ‘But she’s my soulmate!’

Changed your tune a bit, haven’t you?

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Ramona: ‘All thanks to my charisma skills.’

Then can you persuade him to change his ugly outfit?

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On with the birthdays!

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Harper turned out really interesting looking, actually. Her new trait is Frugal.

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Ilse, on the other hand, got Supernatural Sceptic. How this is possibly growing up in Midnight Hollow. I have no idea.

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Speaking of birthdays, I’m trying to save all the Mallon kids so I can upload them to the Bin, only I can’t for the life of me find April, Beatrice, and Angel, so I’m respawning them in another save. Ramona is delighted.

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Oh, and here’s January. She got Dog Person. uuggggh I hate that trait so much

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Off to the park for skilling! Mostly because they all need fresh air and a change of scenery.

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And of course, Mikey gets a seat.

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All praise the lighting mod.

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Training dogs to hunt worked quite well for the Laflammes, so I figured these guys could give it a go, since they’re infinitesimally poorer.

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Anyone remember the “Sim Women Laughing With Salad,” meme? We should start a new one. Sim Woman Scowling Angrily at Workbench.

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This guy was walking into the lake on the edge of the lot. Trying to save himself from being sucked into the pink monstrosity of a house, I presume.

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Wow. She truly is Willow 2.0. I’ll have to get her a guitar.

Comments, thoughts, questions? Leave a message below!

~ Viki.

Notes From Project Dawn, Chapter 10- The Amazing Vanishing Triplet

First up, I apologise for being away for so long. Uni life isn’t fun in third year.

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Me too, Ellery. Me too.

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You can always look after your sister, Florence.

Florence: ‘I should be out spraying graffiti on buildings, not doing laundry.’

Welcome to the life of a legacy Sim. Enjoy.

Florence: ‘The joke’s on you. I’m setting the washing machine to a short spin instead of a long one.’

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Ramona’s Advanced tech skill is honestly pathetic right now. It’s about level 2.

Ramona: ‘Yeah, but now I can tell it to make pizza. That’s better than nothing.’

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Florence: ‘Oh God, are you another one of Mother’s ‘subjects?’ Number 11?’

Green Shirt Man: ‘I might be. I can’t even remember why I’m here…’

That’s what happens when you leave screenshots in the folder for a month between chapters.

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Florence: ‘I’m doomed just to become another trophy, aren’t I?!’

Sadly, yes. That’s sort of the point of this challenge.

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She doesn’t seem too disappointed by it all, though.

Florence: ‘Well, yeah- I’d be far too lazy to redecorate this place if I ever got voted heir.’

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Ramona: ‘Nope. Not buying anything in here, just walking away before I can be tempted…’

Those chairs would look hideously out of place, or get wrecked by toddlers. It’s probably for the best.

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Spouse hunting begins again, and first up is Gym Failure guy. Or should that be ‘Jim Failure?’ Haha.

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Ramona: ‘So maybe we could go out sometime- wait a minute. You’re shorter than me…Does that mean?’

Jim: ‘Yep. Year 11. Sorry.’

And your hair looked so interesting, too. ):

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So now she’s resorted to trawling dating websites. Please don’t get murdered.

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Well, this guy looks interesting…

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Dreadlocks Guy: ‘Yeah, but she can’t even afford a car. No way am I dating her.’

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She’s not quite dead yet, Guy Whose Name I Forgot.

Ramona: ‘But you’re perfect challenge fodder…’

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Grey Skinned Guy: ‘Thanks! That’s a lovely thing to say!’

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Ramona: ‘So you know how this works, right?’

Bailey: ‘I’ll just ignore this and try to get over the mental scarring later.’

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All praise the lighting mod.

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Wow, Ramona. Subtle.

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Also, this pose is weird, has anyone else seen it before?

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Ramona: ‘You’re looking for who? Sorry, she’s not home. She’s moved. Far away.’

Last time you ever use a dating site?

Ramona: ‘Most definitely.’

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Florence: ‘You know, when I was going through that rebellious phase three seconds ago, I was planning on hiding a spaniel, not a husky.’

Mikey: ‘Whoops.’

Yeah, we now have a dog. It’s all Florence’s fault.

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GSG: ‘You know, you could just move into my place. Peace, quiet, no screaming children…’

Ramona: ‘Don’t tempt me.’

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I bet the council loves you.

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But at least the snowmen approve.

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Ramona: ‘So, do you think you could hook me up with Grim? I mean, he must hang around you all the time, right?’

Don’t be cruel.

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Cody is still the babysitter because I don’t like him, but that’s slowly changing. At least he’s being useful.

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Everything matches. It’s beautiful.

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What are you-

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Oh.

Ramona: ‘You were the one making a big deal out of everything matching.’

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Ramona: ‘…Wasn’t there something I was supposed to be doing?’

Mikey: ‘Find a job! Earn some money! Hire a babysitter!’

Stop encouraging her to cheat.

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Looks like we won’t be needing that cot any more.

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She’s got really interesting colouring and features, so it’ll be interesting how she looks as a teen. Her third trait is Virtuoso.

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In other words, the lighting mod.

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Just in time for baby number 11!

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Cody: ‘It’s all I want for Christmas…’

We aren’t that poor. I think that’s doable.

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Ellery: ‘For God’s sake, do you have to be so loud?!’

Ramona: ‘Especially so late!’

Cody: ‘B-but I was just cutting these so we can pay the bills-‘

Ramona: ‘No excuses, go to bed!’

Even I feel bad for him now.

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I’m not sure if he’s blaming Gail or trying to be cute, because I’m shooting for triplets again and it doesn’t appear to be working: is this a glitch? I’ve tried a better quality TV, so maybe that’ll work.

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Florence: ‘I think he’s stuck like that.’

Gail: ‘Yeah, are you okay?’

Mikey: ‘Should I lick him? Or give him a toy?’

I think his brain just gave out from all the toddler skilling, relax.

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This was Cody’s friends’ idea of a sleepover. Bless them.

Cody: ‘But aren’t we supposed to get drunk and go party?’

Jacket Guy: ‘Not when there’s algebra homework to finish.’

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I’m pretty sure that’s not your boyfriend, Florence.

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Cody: ‘Oh for God’s sake, FINE, I’LL DO THE MATHS HOMEWORK!’

Zombie: ‘Too late, bro, you missed the uprising.’

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Then they all passed out in Ramona’s room, because they definitely don’t have masses of empty hallways to sleep in.

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Ramona: ‘Can’t I sleep now?’

Not until MasterController says you’re having triplets.

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And all of a sudden, it’s Christmas: Cody complaining how poor they are, and Bailey trying to get the ghost to write angsty poetry.

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Ponytail Guy: ‘Okay, this isn’t what I signed up for- how humiliating!’

Ghost: ‘Yeah, where are the presents?’

Red Dress: ‘Oh get over yourselves- this is the best party I’ve been to in years!’

Priorities, guy, priorities.

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PG: ‘I’m going to sue you for the worst party ever!’

Good luck. You’ll get about 10 simoleans and an old newspaper.

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PG: ‘I’ll accept the house instead. The colour scheme isn’t that bad when you get used to it.’

Ellery: ‘Hey, free food!’

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Ramona: ‘What on earth was her problem? I put the music on and cleaned the house…’

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Ramona: ‘Oh, that must have been it! She was offended by the broken washing machine. God, I’m so embarrassed.’

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Ramona: ‘See, dying of embarrassment, right here.’

Best get to the hospital then, huh?

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Wow, it’s like a party out here.

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Ramona: ‘On second thoughts, it’s cold out there. No hospital for me.’

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Ramona: ‘You just…go play outside, sweetie…I’ll- I’ll be fine!’

Of course. You’ve done this ten times over already.

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Ramona: ‘Okay, so how many more of these have I got coming?’

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Just the one. ): Still no triplets. But, this is Harper, who’s Artistic, Friendly and likes Digitunes, fruit parfait and brown.

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Her twin, Ilse, is a Brave Heavy Sleeper who is a fan of Digitunes, Tri Tip Tofu Steak, and white. But they aren’t triplets, so they aren’t much good. T_T

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Brown Dress: ‘I disapprove. Of everything.’

You and me both. Drop in a comment on the way out?

~ Viki.