Notes from Project Dawn – Into the Valley of Death

The day that Midnight Hollow crumbled was an average one. The sun set red. The night sky rolled in. And Death showed up to a birthday party.

It made sense, after all; how else was he supposed to claim that unfortunate woman who had somehow passed on from old age in the swimming pool? But no one expected him to stay.

And certainly, no one would have ever dreamed that Ramona Mallon would draw him into her web.

It all started with the offer of a place to stay. Turns out that the man under the robes isn’t a demon without a face, but a handsome young man with ever-changing eyes. And of course, Ramona Mallon was curious. An unconventional scientist, yes, but a scientist all the same, and the child of Death itself was definitely something worth studying.

He was no better or worse than any of the others she’d had, and almost to her disappointment, was polite, but not passionate.

He stood and watched her for a while, then disappeared into the ether. It was like he had never been there at all, with no trace of his presence aside from a set of rumpled sheets and the faint scent of rain.

Ramona was almost convinced she’d imagined the entire thing, until the all too familiar symptoms started up again, the nausea creeping up like a cold hand running down her spine.

They varied sometimes – she was left totally bedbound, or not sick at all, sometimes craving the most disgusting food imaginable, sometimes barely able to keep down bread. But this one barely seemed to be growing, five months in.

That was, at least, until the deaths started.

Midnight Hollow wasn’t exactly the cheeriest of places. Everywhere was draped in black, up to and including the clouds. The sky was always the colour of blood at sunset, and they had more graveyards than they did grocery stores. Death wasn’t an uncommon visitor to the town, but this was something else entirely. And it seemed to be following Ramona.

At first it was just some of the elderly, quietly shuffling off while no one paid attention.

Witnessing deaths in town was pretty unlucky, but a drowning at the local pool? A house fire night next door? And the handyman, well… that was just unfortunate.

Weirdly, she began recovering after that. Before, the baby was so small, they couldn’t even find it on the ultrasound. There had been fears of a phantom pregnancy – a true supernatural phenomenon – but after the deaths, it was almost growing overnight. First no more than a blip, then four little heartbeats. Almost like they were… feeding.

But, no matter. Ramona had resolved to carry on as normal – she had far too many sets of twins to count anyway, and four at once couldn’t be much more difficult, with the older kids to help out. The trouble was, not everyone in town was so supportive.

Demotions, protests, refusal of entry into shops. Whispers in the street, her elder children being shunned from school. As soon as Felix was old enough, he fled the town alone, leaving his mother and siblings to deal with the fallout.

Midnight Hollow’s burning grudge was a thing to be reckoned with. For all its macabre ways, they protected their own. And Ramon Mallon, with flame bright here and a stunning smile, was not one of them.

So she found herself left with no choice, but to call Sunrise Inc.

They were firm, and probably not in the least bit fair.

‘We’re a business, not a charity. This is an emergency situation; we can’t save everyone. You take what you have, then leave, understand? We’re looking out for the future of the experiment. Sacrifices have to be made.’

And with that, Ramona was forced to agree.

It was deemed an emergency situation, a necessary evacuation that started with a cover story and ended with a bang. It was nothing too surprising; attacks had been happening for weeks, and a deliberate arson attempt definitely wouldn’t be anything new. People were starting to get scared and looking for a scapegoat; the target, therefore, was obvious.

So she slipped away, in the early hours of the morning, whilst the flames engulfed the wreckage of the life she’d left behind.

The new clinic was one in Sunset Valley; quiet, discreet, and state of the art medical tech that most places could only dream of. Some smartass had codenamed the babies “The Four Horseman,” and the rumour had spread before Ramona could make it stop. Test after test, then extensive bedrest, because when you’re the incubator for the children of Death, there’s no expense spared.

Ramona herself, for the most part, was confined to bed rest, a dull, slow punishment where she had nothing to do but wait, under strict supervision.

‘Mum, can’t we just go home? You can have the kids there, that’s what you did with the rest of us.’
‘Soon. It won’t be long, okay? Sunrise’ll give us a place to say, and we can carry on, as normal. Just like before, but somewhere better.’

Less than a week later, the labour began’ earlier than usual, painful and frightening; nothing she wasn’t used to, apart from life and death tangled in a bloody paradox.

So then of course, it was really no surprise that it ended the way it did.

The children were perfect; four girls, born minutes after the other. No one was sure quite what had happened; the doctors were murmuring about a quadruplet birth being too much for the mother to handle, others whispering about curses. Death was never supposed to produce life, so he needed something fair in return.

But nonetheless, they were loved in return. Family was family, no matter who the parents were.

Unfortunately, there were some who would disagree.

 ‘B – but they’re my sisters, I can’t just give them to you to be lab rats! They’re babies.’

‘Your mother signed a contract – ‘

never signed any contract – ‘

‘You have no idea, do you? You just see this as pointless cruelty – these children could prove everything! Years of study, years of experimentation, and you just want to waste their potential?!’

‘You’re pathetic. I would have expected better from you.’

‘And I think my mother would have expected a bit of common human decency – ‘

‘Your mother was going to hand them over anyway. She knew what was at stake.’

Garth stayed silent throughout the exchange, waiting, planning, counting on an opportune moment to whisper his plans when his twin was alone.

And in the dead of night, the desperate, half thought out plan, borne of love, came to fruition.

Hooray, reboot time! As you can probably tell, these chapters take longer to produce since it’s now going to be story based, and there’s a lot of staging and such. I’m working on my novel right now and don’t want to prioritise one or the other, so I’m aiming for two chapters a month, week on/week off.

It’s still a 100 Baby Challenge, but it may use the DITFT outline; I’m not too sure. But if you like what you see or have any feedback, please leave a comment.

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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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.

Notes from Project Dawn – Chapter 15 – Florence Wins This Round

I actually kept my promise this time! Also I just posted the neighbourhood poll for the next round of kids, so please go and vote. Ramona’s life depends on it! Sort of. Or she’ll just end up in Twinbrook, which is funny for me, not so much for her.

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So back to stalking strange men. I think his name is Jin. Or it is now.

Ramona: ‘That’s such a pretty name! Mine means “goddess of the moon,” and it suits me so well, don’t you think?’

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Jin: ‘Uh, ma’am, I’m a linguistics professor, and no, it doesn’t. It means “wise protector,” and it’s probably Spanish – ‘

HA

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Jin: ‘What’s the point in lying?! You aren’t going to impress me.’

Ramona: ‘Did I mention I have a degree in Computer Science?’

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Ramona: ‘Tell me what you see. I’ll turn it into code.’

Jin: ‘So perhaps I was wrong…she may have some flickering of intelligence…’

Nope, run while you can and before I remember your real name.

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Jin: ‘My apologies. It appears we got off to a bad start.’

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Ramona: ‘Apology accepted.’

In the most invasive way possible.

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Jin: ‘What the hell was that?! I barely know you!’

Ramona: ‘You’re breaking my heart, here. We’ve been friends for weeks!’

Jin: ‘That isn’t the point!’

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Ramona: ‘Well, if you really feel that way, I can always find someone else to help me with this experiment. See that traveller guy over there? He’s pretty cute.’

TG: ‘Oh, Miss Ramona, if only you knew how I long for you…’

Jin: ‘Well wait just a second! Maybe I can reconsider…’

If only because you’re single, lonely, and close to death.

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An almost kiss and shacking up in a cinema. How romantic.

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Well that didn’t take long.

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I finally figured out why she’s so damn attached to that formal wear; it’s her Proper trait bleeding through. December, on the other hand, opts for his workout clothes. In minus 16 degrees Celsius.

December: ‘It’s cool, no one can tell I’ve got hypothermia anyway.’

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Ramona: ‘Oh great, a celebrity can see me puke in the gutter. Maybe he’ll remember me now.’

On the one hand, he has very pretty blue eyes. On the other, he’s Catrin’s boyfriend. Is it worth it?

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So Christmas arrived, I threw a party, and nothing happened except family members. Ilse managed to fly under the radar, but Delphine…

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Delphine: ‘Oh God – Mum, call Jin, tell him to get over here so he can come to the hospital with me, I don’t know how long either of us have!’

Ramona: ‘Wait, wait, Jin…long hair? Green t shirt?’

Delphine: ‘YES, my boyfriend and the father of this kid, which I don’t want to be born on the bathroom floor! CALL HIM!’

Ramona: ‘Oooh Christ…’

On the bright side, at least it wasn’t Darron. And I had no idea about this until now, in genuine honesty. Not until I saw that Death had spared Jin long enough to see his child via Delphine born. Apparently he doesn’t give a shit about Ramona, which is completely understandable.

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Ramona: ‘Might as well try and do something useful, since she wouldn’t let me in there with her.’

Yeah, maybe Jin died on the way over. He didn’t turn up.

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I forgot the kid’s name it’s actually Kenny, but we’ll check in on him when he’s a bit more interesting.

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Felix grew up with no fanfare for some reason, but he rolled Neurotic, which means every time he trips over or walks into something, he’ll be down A and E thinking he broke every bone in his body. Wonderful. But on the bright side, he’s shaping up to be a pretty good artist.

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He’s just sad and lonely while his older siblings head off to prom, and his mother screams in pain.

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Here we go again.

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Ramona: ‘Great, just the one! Now I can sleep with Darron and really piss Florence off.’

???: ‘Not quite.’

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Catrin: ‘You can’t ignore your other daughter, Mother. Don’t forget I work here now.’

Yeah, Ramona straight up tried to abandon the twin at the hospital. Luckily Catrin knew what was up and brought her home.

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So on the left is Lynette, unloved from birth because her mother wants to steal her daughter’s husband. She’s Brave and Disciplined, who likes disco music, aloo masala curry and the colour white.

The adorable ball of sunshine to your right is Garth, the older twin, who’s an Artistic Slob who might actually make us some money. Rap/spaghetti with veggie sauce/lilac. At least your mother loves you.

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So prom was…interesting. January got a pop up saying she was going steady with someone called Elisha, which I thought was cool because I’ve never actually had a gay Sim apart from Cass. So I checked the relationship panel, and THIS is Elisha. I feel cheated.

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Poor December failed miserably and a got a Face One girl called Mayra, so I ran her through the randomiser in CAS.

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Eh, she’ll do for now. I’ll set December up with someone better.

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Ezra, on the other hand…

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Yeah, don’t let this one get away.

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Even if she has no idea how to dress herself.

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Ezra: ‘So Aleshia, how about making this official?’

Aleshia (I think): ‘Sure, why not? My boyfriend’s a moron anyway.’

A home wrecker, just like his mother. But seriously, look at her made over:

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Yeah, we want those genetics.

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I guess now Ilse’s gone, the family has moved on to other targets. Not that December cares.

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But hey, at least January’s classy about it.

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Wait, what are you doing? You have the synthesizer, remember?

Ramona: ‘Yes, but Ilse got me thinking. I am supposed to be a mother, after all. They need some sort of nourishment.’

Even if it’s burnt spaghetti?

Ramona: ‘It’s a work in progress.’

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Three seconds later:

Ramona: ‘Oh God, Ilse, what made you think I wanted to talk to you?’

Yeah, you’re a bad mother.

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Combined with December being an adorable cinnamon roll, Ezra finding the prettiest girl in Midnight Hollow, and Felix’s paintings, the boys are my favourite at the moment. Shame we aren’t doing heir polls any more.

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Ezra: ‘So once that guy leaves, I’ll be able to put my revenge into place.’

Say what now?

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Ezra: ‘Oh, you’ll see…’

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Ezra: ‘Take that, Caleb! For daring to date my girlfriend before I even met her!’

Your aim is impressive from that far away, I’ll give you that.

Ezra: ‘But wait…why isn’t the wish being granted?’

I don’t know, the house says Winchester, that’s his surname.

Ezra: ‘Shit.’

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Ezra: ‘THIS is where the rich creeper lives?! That’s not fair! I just egged an old man’s house and I can’t reach Caleb’s front door from here!’

Bless him. He tried.

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Felix: ‘You know, I’m beginning to feel this room is a prison, designed specifically for me. I never leave, just paint…the acrid smell seeping into my nose…the colours swirling before my eyes…’

Yeah, that’s because you’re the only one making money. Off you go.

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Kay: ‘I just realised – no more toddlers until after I’ve moved out! I can finally achieve my dreams of CEO! NO CHILDREN!’

Garth: ‘But I thought you loved me!’

Kay: ‘Only when I’m obligated to.’

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Ezra: ‘Hmm, I wonder where Aleshia is. Sure is cold, too; weird place for a date.’

???: ‘Hi ~ !’

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Ezra: ‘Wait, who the hell are you? Where’s my girlfriend?’

Mayra: ‘I may have stolen her phone. I made a mistake at prom – I wanted to talk to you, not your freak brother.’

Ezra: ‘Oh, because that’s really going to make me like you, isn’t it?’

Mayra: ‘So you’re okay with him talking to himself, all mopey in the corner? Last I heard, he was lamenting about soap operas.’

Ezra: ‘Uh, he’s my brother and I love him, and if you dare try anything to hurt him, you’ll regret it. I’m a genius, I have my ways.’

Mayra: ‘Whoa, okay. You’re scaring me.’

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Mayra: ‘So did I ever tell you my name means “goddess of the moon – ” ‘

Go home, Mayra.

Ezra: ‘And expect a breakup text from December.’

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Back home, January aged up, but Kay found the door more interesting.

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Her final trait is Genius, and she turned out very pretty. Hopefully she can have a good life.

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And up her portrait goes.

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Lynette: ‘So did you ever use that degree?’

Ramona: ‘…I’d rather not talk about it.’

And as we come to the end, have some spares:

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Damn guys, again? I think the baby’s name was Kizzy. We can go see them next chapter.

02

So Cody isn’t a complete loser!

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Catrin finds love again! Her boyfriend was the guy watching Ramona throw up in the park; he was considered for the challenge (he had lovely blue eyes) but died at Christmas, so Catrin dodged that bullet.

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Wait, you’re still alive? Hooray!

Okay, so I’m leaving it there. Please vote on the poll; I can’t do the next chapter until you do! I’ll close it once the next chapter’s done, since the all kids need to grow up to YA before Ramona can move. You can vote anywhere you like, so please take five seconds out of your day! And as usual, I’d love to hear your comments.

~ 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 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.

Notes From Project Dawn, Chapter Nine- The Delphine Show, Guest Starring the Evil Legacy Items Club (and Cody)

Welcome back!

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I will forever sing the praises of this lighting mod, it’s so beautiful. It even makes the pink monstrosity look nice.

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Delphine’s blending in too. She probably wants to get away from all the chaos at home.

Delphine: “Whatever gave you that idea?”

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Yeah, Ramona’s attempting to make some money, make use of her degree and fulfil some of her LTW, so inventing it is.

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Ramona: “I’m not sure what this does exactly, but if you add fire to it, it makes everything better, right?”

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Ramona: “See, it melted the can a bit! Now it’s definitely worthy of being called contemporary art!”

Sadly, she’s probably not too far off the mark.

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Delphine: “It’s hard to pretend to be cool when you’re hanging out on a slide that’s painted all of the primary colours…”

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I haven’t just taken a picture of the living room- the Mallons have a coffee maker now, which will hopefully help keep Ramona sane. Just a shame you can’t feed it to the toddlers.

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I’m not sure you’re actually getting any cleaner, Mona.

Ramona: “But I’m skilling! You can’t say anything!”

That’s true.

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Ramona: “I bought this thing two days ago!”

I blame the mermaid. Or the orchids. or the kids

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Gnome: “Nope. Totally not watching her shower. Nope. Not at all.”

Ellery: “Can I drop kick him into the yard?”

With pleasure.

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Ramona: “No, we’re not short of money, of course not! We don’t need new stuff, anyway. This umbrella that I’ve had for the past sixty years still works fine, see! And the lack of roof just gives us free air con.”

Denial like yours is a beautiful thing.

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Ellery: “Oh my God, I got a fish that I can keep! I don’t have to sell it or eat it or anything!”

): You poor kids have had such a deprived childhood. I should get you a dog.

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They’re so used to a lack of basic housing, it’s sort of sad. Or funny.

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It’s Bailey’s birthday!

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Bailey: “Who did you sacrifice to make me this gorgeous?”

My computer’s motherboard. His final trait is Clumsy, so good luck keeping that outfit clean for longer than five seconds.

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Ramona: “And now I finally get to go on a bender. Yes.”

In a manner of speaking…

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Ramona: “I’m 21 again! This is a miracle!”

Yep, and we actually have space for babies now, so get going.

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She didn’t even bother to change her clothes. Atta girl.

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Ramona: “He bought me a new dress too. Score.”

Cody: “What about me?”

Not until I get another Origin cash card.

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The return of the Evil Legacy Items Club. Meet the murderous shower.

MS: “I’m only trying to help you out! This saves space, see?”

They have to live until they’re a YA before they count, but thanks for trying.

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That didn’t take long. Baby number 10!

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Ramona: “Hmm. Do I take this piece of junk, that bit of debris, or this random hunk of metal?”

Ask yourself which would look better glued to a cardboard box.

Ramona: “The metal, I think.”

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I’ve forgotten this guy’s name, but he’s the new room mate, and kind of adorable.

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Hat Man: “Sure, I’ll help out. I love kids.”

Ramona: “So did I, before I gave birth nine times over.”

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Oh, be quiet and eat your weird potato food. Most legacy sims are still eating stale birthday cake at this point.

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And Bailey is up on the portrait wall!

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Hat Guy turned up again, though sans his trademark. Actually, I think his name might be Ernest, now I think about it. What happened?

Ernest: “I went partying with a bunch of fish, down by the lake. You’d be surprised how well they can hold their liquor.”

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Ellery: “Wild night, Ernest?”

Ernest: “You have no idea…”

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Why are so excited to go fishing in the pouring rain? In pyjamas, no less.

Ellery: “Because we actually have lakes! Real lakes! This is so incredible!”

I guess it must be when you grow up in an artificial desert.

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I think most people stand on the riverbank.

Ellery: “And miss out on this gorgeous coloured water? Not a hope.”

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Why does this house keep attracting dead children?

Ellery: “If I give them sweets, they leave. We’re cool.”

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Delphine: “Hey bro…I know you’re poor and sleeping on Angel’s sofa, but spare some chocolate for your beloved sisters?”

Bailey: “Ha. Hahaha. Get out.”

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I finally tried taming Nuthatch because I felt sorry for the poor bird, super-glued to the lawn like that.

Delphine: “C’mon birdy, come inside to the house of mess and chaos.”

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Nuthatch: “Not a chance.”

Delphine: “He BIT me!”

That ungrateful lawn ornament.

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Stop looking so abandoned. You both have bikes.

Cody: “But it’s raining and the bus left without us…”

Florence: “Wuss.”

See, this is why you’re the least favourite, Cody.

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Ellery: “We’ve got the right idea.”

What, not going at all?

Delphine: “Exactly.”

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I finally invested in a gem cutting machine because it’s quicker and cheaper than sending them off, so long as Ramona doesn’t break it.

Ramona: “Rude. I’m perfectly capable of tipping a few tons of precious metal into a flimsy looking machine. I’m a scientist.

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Ramona: “Don’t worry, it’s supposed to be making those noises. I have a degree in messing around with high tech equipment.”

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It actually worked and you didn’t break anything!

Ramona: “Today’s a good day.” 😀

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Now for a massive slew of birthdays that will finally open up some house slots.

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One…

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Two…

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Three…

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Four…

and one awful hairstyle

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In age order- Catrin, who got Bookworm for her last trait.

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Delphine ended up with Childish.

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Florence is now Rebellious.

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And Cody got Slob. No wonder I don’t like him.

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And this will be baby number 10!

Ramona: “Brilliant.”

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Delphine: “But this place doesn’t even have lights! What kind of hospital is this?!”

Why are you even here?

Delphine: “I don’t know, someone had to have the screen time this chapter.”

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But hey, at least Robby showed up, disgusting outfit and all.

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Another lot of beautiful lighting! girl!

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This is Gail Mallon who is Neurotic and Loves the Cold! Her favourites are RnB, Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich, which coincidentally sounds like the most disgusting concoction on the planet, and the colour turquoise.

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Like father, like daughter. They’re incredibly cute. 😀

That’s all for now- I’d appreciate a comment!

~ Viki.

Notes From Project Dawn, Chapter 8- A Pink Monstrosity

Welcome back!

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Bailey: “Why is there a dead child in our house?”

Quite honestly, I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner.

Ramona: “Both of you, stop it. We’re in a different neighbourhood now, you need to be more open minded. This is one of our neighbours.”

Bailey: “…Who just walked through our table.”

And mysteriously made the rings on the hob all flat and 2D. Spooky.

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Ghost Girl: “I only came for the TV, but yours looks like it was ripped straight out of the 90s. No thanks. I’m gonna go sneak into the cinema.”

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If you didn’t notice before, the gem spawners are working. That’s the only reason they’re eating.

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Catrin: “Is that a new feature? Death by soap?”

No, but I’m a little worried. No Handiness skill and all that water…we actually need you lot to survive the challenge, you know.

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This really is a miracle. Ellery’s in the right bed. I cannot tell you how much I hate the bedtime story option. 

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Ramona, you can actually afford a bed. Your camping days are over. I hope.

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Ramona: “Oh, hey, sweetheart, nice to see you too-“

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Ramona: “Wait, what?”

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Ramona: “This isn’t fun.” ):

I figured I’d let her be old for a while, since there’s no point wasting time as a YA when there’s no more room for kids right now.

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So in the meantime, she can seduce Robby. While her daughter sleeps two feet away.

Delphine: “Maybe he’s rich…if she marries him, he could build us a bedroom…”

Keep dreaming.

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Robby: “I don’t understand the fitness freaks in this town. Just one zombie chasing them on the full mood, and they’re sprinting across town. Idiots, I tell you.”

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Ramona: “That’s interesting…you ever thought about witch hunting as a form of exercise. Burns lots of calories!”

“Enthuse about witch hunts,” is rarely an appropriate topic of conversation, Ramona. Especially not in Midnight Hollow, of all places.

Ramona: “I’m just trying to save them from their delusions. Everyone knows witches aren’t real.”

You lived in Strangetown, which was famous for its aliens. What about those?

Ramona: “Face paint. And contacts.”

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You’ll go travelling eventually. You know, when you actually have money.

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On a brighter note, this guy looks interesting.

Ramona: “Just ignore the bug infestation. That’s really getting to be a problem lately…”

Bailey: “Not if it’s keeping the house heated, it isn’t.”

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Bailey: “What was so important you dragged me outside at 7 am to talk?”

Ellery: “I go to school with two ghosts and a werewolf. Can you make me a pair of faerie wings?”

At least someone’s taking the move well.

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This is literally all the kids have been doing, and it’s helping the monetary situation a lot. Also this is an adorable photo.

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Also, Nuthatch as this bird is apparently called, seems to have set up permanent residence here. I wonder if we can actually bring him inside.

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Oh God. Tyron #2 is back, even here.

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Pony: “Hey, guys. Just checking out the crazy spawners you guys are supposed to have around here.”

Ellery: “Oh, thanks, that’s nice.”

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Other Two: “Hey, wait for us! Don’t hog all the wild flowers for yourself!”

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Delphine: “So if I beg, will you let me keep you and brush your mane and plait ribbons into it…”

Run, horse, as fast as you can.

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Birthdays!

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So Florence got Neurotic, which is probably a side effect of Ramona’s parenting style- “The best I can, but someone’s going to fall through the cracks.”

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Cody turned out a little better. He rolled Equestrian.

Cody: “Haha, I’m more well adjusted than you!”

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Thanks to the deluge of gems, the girls actually have a room now! It’s pretty sparse looking, but 20k isn’t a lot.

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You know a town is dead literally and figuratively when the allotment is the most popular hangout spot. That little house is just a box with a table and chair in it, by the way. God knows why.

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Ramona: “You know, when I was young and pretty, I always wanted to be an astronaut.”

Liar. You wanted to have a fancy office job and mess about with computers all day.

Ramona: “Sssh, I think he’s impressed.”

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Ramona: “I told you so!”

Well at least she’s being productive.

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Wow, that’s harsh. She’s only ten, she has no fashion sense yet.

Catrin: “I’ve just realised how long the boys have had a room when we haven’t.”

Don’t kill me! In my defence, we had more boys than girls at one point.

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Map view was looking exceptionally pretty today, even with the random splodges that are puddles littered about everywhere,

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Ramona: “I guess we could use another lamp? Or maybe a rug…”

Yeah, she’s been in the house too long.

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A massive pile of laundry, siblings in pyjamas, and a birthday. Sounds about right.

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Shut up, Cody. She looks better than you do.

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Quite pleased with the outfit. She rolled Schmoozer as her fourth trait. Plus her hair took forever to find and redownload…

Ellery: “Trust me, I’m grateful.”

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Wow, I’m impressed. In the right beds, twice in one chapter. This is a miracle.

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I knew it wouldn’t last. Cody’s officially the unfavourite from now on.

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This lighting mod is a godsend. I put in on my Mods page, go and download it for Midnight Hollow. The skies are so much prettier and you can actually see now!

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Oh yeah, there was enough money to build a bathroom on the second floor, in all its pink glory.

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Bus Driver: “That’s okay, take as long as you like. It’s not as if anyone’s waiting or anything.”

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God, the house is a monstrosity. A pink monstrosity.

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I’m still using leftover gifts for decorations because we can’t afford real ones. Or decent shoes, thanks for that, Ellery.

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I don’t know where she got the car from. It’s probably Justin’s.

Ramona: “Can I paint this pink too? It doesn’t match, otherwise.”

Go wild.

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Ramona: “So where is this guy? And why am I meeting him in a deserted park in the middle of the pouring rain?”

See, this is why you don’t agree to dates over the phone.

I’ll leave it here for now- if anyone could leave a comment, I’d appreciate it!

~ Viki.