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- Status Report- 10% Complete

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As per our agreement, I am sending my requested status report. At time of writing, 10% of my task has been completed. 10 subjects have been born in the name of Project Dawn.

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It has not been entirely smooth sailing. The early days were difficult financially and emotionally. Though I was more fortunate than most legacy subjects, a roof over my head did not solve all of my problems.

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With a legacy in the usual sense, founders are encouraged to leave and seek an employment and a spouse as soon as they have touched down in their respective neighbourhoods. While it is true that I had to find a partner, I was unable to form a lasting connection or companionship with him, leaving me to bring up my children alone.

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This was hampered by my lack of employment. Though I did not have to suffer the indignity of nurturing a child on a plot of land with a few scattered bits of furniture, the bills were also a struggle.

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My solution was to scavenge. Old junk yard furniture, scrap metal, gemstones, seeds, even selling various bugs to the Science Facility. My saving grace was the abundant wild flowers that grew on the Festival Grounds. In the earliest days, they were the only reason I survived. Please ask your scientist to include more gem spawners in their next project.

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I regret to report that I had to leave Strangetown early , preceding the births of subjects C2 and F1.

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Though on paper, a complete move to Strangetown appeared a viable idea, in practice, it did not work. I am aware that the town was newly settled in preparation for our arrival, there were several problems with its infrastructure. The aforementioned problems with the gem spawners, the out of control weather patterns and lack of employment in the town, among other things, that meant it began to stagnate.

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Therefore, I applied to transfer to the next location a little earlier than I had previously planned. This was not in any way ideal, as we were forced to set up home in a pair of tents on the edge of the plot of land provided whilst the house was rebuilt.

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Needless to say, it was fortunate that the safety of F1 and C2 was not compromised. Better resources are vital in instances like these, lest the entire project suffers. However, by the time the subjects were toddlers, the situation had been rectified. Subjects A1, B1 and A2 have remained in Strangetown in order to arrange job transfers, and will be joining us as soon as possible. At time of writing, the first seven subjects have aged to eighteen and can be considered successes. Currently, E1, F1, C2 and G1 remain in the house under my care. The aforementioned seven have made no notable advances to date.

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As for Midnight Hollow itself, I cannot complain. Its inhabitants are somewhat unusual, yet have been extremely welcoming. I can assume that when you have ghosts for co-workers, a woman with ten children is far from extraordinary.

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The people in town, are, to their credit, extremely diverse. There are a considerable number of supernatural creatures and varying appearances within the neighbourhood, and this can only be a positive thing for the future of Project Dawn.

My only concern is that the town appeared a little gloomy upon arrival, but I have been assured that Sunrise Inc has rectified this.

I will report in once there has been another 10% increase in progress.

Regards,

Ramona Mallon,

Notes from Project Dawn.

Notes From Project Dawn, Chapter Six- Arresting an Angel

Welcome back!

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That picture of Lu is horrible, so I’m going to get a phone picture- those ARE the bigger prints.

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Yeah, the state of the house would make me throw up too.

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Washing Machine: “That’s what you get for insulting me.”

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Ramona: “NOT YOU TOO?!”

Yeah. Sleep deprivation’s fun. isn’t it?

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Ramona: “I’m just going to say if I can’t see it, it isn’t there. It’s my new life philosophy.”

Does that include your daughter?

Ramona: “Until she can help pay the bills? Yes.”

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Delphine: “Shows what you know. I’ve been making my own clothes since I was six.”

That explains the top made out of an old curtain then.

Ramona: “Looks like I’m not going to stop being poor any time soon.”

6 down, 94 to go.

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Here’s an actual picture of Angel with his glasses on, since I keep forgetting he has them.

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I can’t say much for his prom outfit, though.

Angel: “The way I see it, if I leave my glasses at home, I won’t be able to see all the creeps asking me to dance. Or someone will take pity on the poor boy who keeps walking into walls, and will dance with me for my own safety.”

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Go home, random child. We don’t need to acquire any more of you.

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Catrin: “Have you noticed there’s a bunch of rare gems spawning in our back garden now?”

Ramona: “Yes, dear. That’s the only reason we can afford to eat this week.”

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I think this is one of my favourite outfits. She looks adorable.

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Angel came back from prom, and no, he didn’t get arrested for that. Despite the lonely picture, he did get a girlfriend!

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You’ll see her later, since they invited her over at some point.

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I should probably make this the new header picture. I think at this point they had something like 106 simoleans in the bank.

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Delphine: “…So that means no heels, right?”

Don’t worry. you’re safe.

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Ah, here’s Sheila! After I got rid of her hideous outfit, she’s really pretty.

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I approve!

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Delphine: “Does Bailey get a pool for his birthday?”

Nope. We can’t even buy a cake.

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Why are all these kids ridiculously pretty? Bailey rolled Irresistible for his fourth trait, which is an interesting mix, so I tried to get the outfit to reflect that.

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In the meantime, Beatrice has been added to the wall!

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As has Lu! That’s a much better picture.

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Tyron hasn’t given up yet, but is slowly inching towards death, so there’s that.

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He’s taken to flirting with random neighbours instead, which can only be an improvement. Thankfully, since he seems incapable of dressing appropriately for deep snow, pneumonia seems likely.

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Ramona’s been glued to the TV with the stereo on in the background, in the hope that it’ll trigger triplets without resorting to spending those precious LTH points, since the ambrosia route seems to be going nowhere.

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TV: “Haha, how about no.”

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Catrin: “This is supposed to be a park? I was expecting something a little more spectacular.”

Delphine: “Yeah, where’s the swings?”

Guys, you live in a desert in the middle of  nowhere because the rest of the world is drowning in pollutants and incessant meteor showers. Be glad you have your tiny bit of scrubland!

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Ramona: “The TV dying on me was a warning, huh?”

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Ramona: “And if I can’t have anything to distract this kid, who’ll get anything done around here?”

Ashton may have been a better parent than you. I’m surprised.

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Baby Number 7 is Ellery Mallon, who isn’t a clone! Her first two traits are Loves the Outdoors and Good, with favourites of Latin, Tri-Tip Tofu Steak, and the colour grey. AGAIN.

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I feel this house is deliberately breaking everything today. Please don’t kill off the founder, appliances. She still has 93 babies to go.

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Oh God. Don’t say the door’s broken now, too.

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Justin: “Nope, just here to see my girlfriend that I’ve known for all of five minutes.”

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This looks like one of the most awkward hugs I’ve ever seen.

Justin: “A little help? I’m glitching into her hair here…”

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Ramona: “INSTANT HEARTBREAK CURE!”

She should be marketing that.

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Well that didn’t take long.

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Ramona: “Well my day has just gone from fantastic to awful.”

I’m just glad it didn’t kill you. Failing this early on would be humiliating. Now go and shower, for God’s sake.

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Ramona: “…Do I still have to fix it?”

Yes. We can’t afford repair bills.

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The Mallon household, in one screenshot. Shouting, dirty laundry, and broken sleep schedules.

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Catrin: “Wait, he can do magic tricks now?”

Angel: “Don’t care, it’s too early for this.”

Catrin: “No, you might want to take a look, actually.”

Delphine: “Eh, I’ve seen better things from the street magicians in the park.”

Bailey: “Maybe I should be a street magician. Good way of earning money, that.”

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They’re trying to be cool. Bless.

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This looks like the result of some dodgy sleepwalking episode.

Angel: “You can laugh, but if that TV works, we can pay the bills this week.”

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Oh. Well that worked.

Angel: “Joke’s on you. I got the TV. And a broken chair.”

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Ramona: “It’s 6 am, why were they arresting you?!”

Angel: “Apparently I missed the end of curfew by about two seconds. I don’t know what they were worried about- it’s not like I managed to get any jewels or anything.”

Ramona: “You disappoint me.”

She’s joking, I promise.

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If you’d just aged up before you went scavenging, this could have all been avoided. And if I’d bothered to learn what time curfew finishes, but that’s not the point.

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Angel: “Well, that was anti-climatic-“

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Angel: “…What?”

You’re supposed to be 18, not 40.

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Much better! His final trait is Family Oriented, and I had to get rid of his lovely CC hair because I’m going to upload him to the Exchange later.

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Ramona seems so choked up at her eldest son moving out.

Ramona: “Told you. Instant heartbreak cure.”

I had to cut this chapter for length, so the saga will continue next time! Any comments are greatly appreciated!

~ Viki.

Notes From Project Dawn, Chapter Five- Type-0 Is More Important Than Witty Titles

Yeah, you can tell I’m excited about Final Fantasy, can’t you?

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First of all, sorry for the delay. Life decided to be busy, so I’m catching up with everything now.

Ramona: “Don’t worry, I’m not judging. I don’t think any of us have touched this garden since the summer.”

Ah, this is why I like you. You don’t complain at me for ignoring you.

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Ramona: “Ugh, but they’re so noisy…I’m sorry about forgetting you, okay! It’s just that all the kids are too young to do it and-“

Okay, you really do need sleep.

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I think she has a favourite. She’s been rolling wishes to teach Delphine skills all the time. And wow, that crib really is hideous. Sorry.

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I’m glad to see the random kid someone bought home remembers that toy exists.

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Look, she even matches the colour scheme! Maybe we should keep her.

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Ramona: “Oh, you think it’s awful here, but just wait. Some handsome prince’ll sweep me up and away from this place. One day…”

She probably hasn’t slept in about a week, be kind.

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April: “Okay, I’ll babysit for a while.”

Ramona: “THANK YOU. I’ve been wearing those pyjamas for the past two days.”

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Ramona: “Can you believe this place? They don’t carry garlic in the supermarket! What am I supposed to do, just eat plain food?”

April: “Just calm down and go to bed. I’ll handle the kids for a bit.”

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Ramona: “I GOT A TEXT!”

Okay, now I’m a little concerned that the social isolation really has gotten to you.

Ramona: “I GET TO LEAVE THE HOUSE!”

Well now I just feel guilty.

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Beatrice: “FREEDOM!”

Oh God, not you too.

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Stop looking so happy about this.

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The outfit actually looked quite nice, so after some colour tweaks and some make up, voilà, here’s Bea. Her final trait is Party Animal, so with the rest of her traits, makes it a shame I’m not playing University Life.

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I forgot why I took this. Probably because it’s 3 am or something and he’s eating soup in pyjamas, with dirty plates everywhere.

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Yeah yeah, I get it. No need to sprint.

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I Think His Name is Sammy: “‘Sup. Just here to use your bathroom.”

Ramona: “If you make me a cheese platter, go ahead.”

Sammy: Sure.”

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This is going to be fun when she finally has triplets. I can tell.

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And look. More birthdays. And no, the skilling didn’t get finished.

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So first up, here’s Beatrice’s picture in the hallway. I think I might replace it because I prefer the full length ones- I think they’re from the mobile camera?

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To make things confusing, this is Delphine, who got Grumpy. Since her traits don’t give me a lot to work with, I was attempting to go for a budgeted country-esque look, hence the patterns she has. I quite like it.

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She’s very pretty, and not a clone! Success!

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And here’s Catrin looking wonderfully bored.

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And sadly non identical. ): Her new trait is Perceptive, which gave me no help with outfit choices, so I went with a more elegant look for her.

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Finally Ramona’s managed to scrounge up enough cash to build an extra bedroom, so here’s where Angel and Bailey are currently sleeping. No, it doesn’t have any other furniture.

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Unfortunately, it now makes the house look like this. Good thing it’s not too long until Giving Day.

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I also realised Angel’s bed never got redesigned, so he’s still stuck with a cutesy puppy duvet. Whoops.

Angel: “Hey, you don’t see me complaining.”

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Uh, Mona, you’re not supposed to wear that outfit outside of the house. That’s the “casual, I don’t care what I look like I haven’t slept in a week,” outfit.

Ramona: “I know. That’s why I’ve got it on.”

Touché.

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But hey, look! People!

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I think his name is Lu, and they actually like each other this time, which is a bonus.

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Ramona: “Someone who isn’t creepy or insane. Result!”

I wouldn’t be so sure. He’s flirting with you whilst carrying his baby son!

Ramona: “Maybe he’s divorced. Or widowed.”

Ever the optimist.

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Ramona: “But our signs match! This was definitely meant to be.”

Lu: “I’ll say. I’m just going to conveniently forget about my wife and child for a bit, okay?”

Ramona: “Sounds good to me.”

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Ramona: “You don’t mind if I take your picture? For research, of course?”

Please put the child down.

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Ramona: “And you know, we have a HD widescreen TV at our place-“

Liar.

Ramona: “-and you could come back there and have a movie night, just you and me. What do you think?”

That poor child.

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Lu: “Well, you’ve got me convinced.”

You’re tying with the Marshalls for the title of “worst parent ever.”

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But look, the scenery is pretty.

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Ramona: “So I know you’re totally heartbroken over your wife and all, but this’ll help. Trust me.”

Lady in Pink: “I’m judging them.”

Don’t worry. So am I.

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Ramona: “I like you. You’re co operative and don’t run away.”

Lu: “What?”

Ramona: “Nothing.”

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I don’t know. Maybe he’s won that award from the Marshalls after all.

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HAHAHAHA

Ramona: “What? Square censor blurs are all the rage this year.”

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Ramona: “I don’t even think I can afford to feed this kid…what am I doing?!”

Lu: “Science, remember?”

Ramona: “Oh yeah, true. Hey, shouldn’t they pay me for this?”

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Lu’s Daughter: “Well this is awkward.”

Yeah. She’s wrecking marriages but skilling at the same time. I don’t know whether to feel ashamed or proud.

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Bailey: “So Mum’s been gone all evening and we had cold macaroni and cheese for dinner…fancy being a substitute parent for a bit?”

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Angel: “Sure. As long as you sleep here so we can make it that bit more inconvenient for her.”

I can’t blame them for being resentful, can I? ):

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Ramona: “I can’t believe I bought this thing. It’s hideous.”

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Washing Machine: “Fine then. Have fun cleaning up.”

And now it’s sentient. Fantastic. Next it’ll start killing people.

That’s all for the moment- any comments would be very much appreciated!

~ Viki.

Notes From Project Dawn, Chapter Four- Minus One Triplet

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Angel now has a bed, and someone got a free mirror/night light from a theatre trip. Must be a birthday in the house.

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Gregor, albeit now old and grey, has been added to the wall!

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Gregor: “This one can’t paint. She isn’t mine, I hope?”

April: “I don’t mind. Once you walk out that door, you’ll never be back.”

What a happy household these kids live in…

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Ramona: “Y’know, I have connections down at the science lab. I bet I could get a star named after you.”

Andre: “Uh, what?”

That’s the biggest lie I’ve ever heard.

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April: “Aaand nobody cares about my birthday. Again.”

): If it’s any consolation, I do. You’re the only one making any money.

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April: “I dunno, maybe this guy’s not so bad. Mum can keep him.”

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And here’s her new outfit! I think she looks lovely.

April: “And that’s the cab company on the other end of the phone, getting me out of this dump!”

Love you too, kiddo. Enjoy not being an easel slave or a permanent babysitter any more.

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Just a couple more shots of her face as she leaves- all I can conclude is that she’s a Ramona clone, with Tib’s nose.

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The Try For Baby option in the public venues seems to be a lot less hassle than anywhere else, so sorry if the pictures are boring.

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Angel’s been relegated to chore duty in the rain. Ah, the joys of not being able to afford a maid.

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Bea’s helping out in her own way, though fishing isn’t really profitable very quickly. Still, anything helps. Not sure why she’s wearing pyjamas, though.

Angel: “Why not abuse that scavenger hunt opportunity I have sitting in my quest panel?”

Because this map doesn’t have any gem spawners. D:< I may resort to cheats and stick some in there.

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This garden is now my new favourite place because money literally grows on trees.

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Angel: “…So we can’t set the place on fire?”

Beatrice: “No. But maybe if we torch the house, we can buy better furniture with the insurance money.”

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More babies! I’ve forgotten how many we have right now…

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Please don’t steal the easel, repo woman. That’s the only source of income we have.

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Andre: “Hug?”

Ramona: “Uh, no. I have to tell you something.”

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Ramona: “You’ve contributed to the experiment. Congratulations.”

That’s an original way to tell someone they’re a father.

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That’s probably not a good idea, Mona. I’m having flashbacks to the evil stereo.

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Ramona: “But we can still be friends, right?”

Nah, he’s gonna be one of the “walk out the door and never come back,” guys. Which is every guy, to be honest.

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And Andre gets added to the “Wall of Fame.”

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I decided to take photos of the kids once they hit YA, so here’s April for you.

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Oh, that was quick.

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Beatrice: “Oh, this again?”

You aren’t even the tiniest bit concerned?

Beatrice: “Nah. I have grades to keep up.”

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Beatrice: “And this is Beatrice Mallon live from that ramshackle dump of a house on the edge of the city…”

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Beatrice: “According to the weather report, it’s going to be sunny tomorrow. Which is pretty normal, y’know, since we live in a desert.”

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Meanwhile, in the bathroom:

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It’s a girl! This probably stopped being interesting about two chapters ago,

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Ramona: “There’s more?!”

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you were supposed to be triplets

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So yes, twin girls that I’m pretty sure aren’t identical, and no ginger hair this time! This is Catrin, who has the Brave and Good traits, and favourites of Soul music, Spaghetti with Veggie Sauce, and the colour grey.

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Her sister, Delphine, is Good and Clumsy, and likes Indie music, Stu Surprise and Violet. It’s annoying they aren’t triplets, but I’ll take what I can get.

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Tyron: “Ah, I remember when I was young and pretty…and could afford a coat.”

Yeah, he can’t really stalk Ramona at the moment, since she’s forced to stay in the house because they can’t afford a babysitter, and it’s against the rules of the challenge.

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And another birthday gone completely unnoticed. At least he’ll be useful now.

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Well look who grew up pretty! And yeah, I realise I forgot about his glasses. I could have sworn I amended this and took a photo, but now I can’t find it, so they’ll be back next chapter. His fourth trait is Virtuoso.

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I feel this is the perfect example of this house in one screenshot: mess, screaming toddlers and forgotten birthdays.

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Bailey gets the cool futuristic outfit and sandals because he’s eccentric, I guess? His third trait is Workaholic.

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Yeah, now that Angel’s a teen, he’s resident babysitter and handyman. It must be fun growing up in this house.

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The one gem on the entire map. It feels like a conspiracy to keep them poor.

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I think the best thing about the festivals is not only the flower spawners and the fact the tickets can be sold, but free food and bathroom facilities, so the kids can stay there all day!

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Ramona: “And what is this legacy?”

Catrin: “A joke!”

Ramona: “That’s right, well done!”

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Beatrice: “So you have a job? And money? Yeah, what’s that like?”

Bea’s making friends with strangers because she’s so desperate to get out of the house.

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Beatrice: “I swear, that isn’t one of ours. And look, something that’ll keep us in food for the rest of the week!”

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Floating Kid: “What, yours haven’t figured this out yet? Amateurs?”

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Bailey is the new easel slave, so we’ll see how that goes.

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Ramona: “How’d you like to be my next specimen?”

We’re still working on those pick up lines. Since I can’t use the Master of Seduction LTW, I’m attempting to do it the old fashioned way.

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Ramona: “I hope you can paint. It’ll be more useful than a computer science degree.”

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Bailey: “I’m bored of this, can’t I do something else?”

I think it might be wise to give him a break: he’s painted the exact same picture three times in a row.

I’m going to leave it here: please leave a comment or like before you go!

~ Viki.

Notes From Project Dawn, Chapter Three- The Magical Garden of Free Things

This challenge just goes from bad to worse…

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Ramona: “So…you know we’re rich enough to afford a bathtub now?”

I Forgot Who This Is: “Uh, what?”

Ramona’s flirting skills are getting better. Can you tell?

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Gregor: “Wow, your house is so BIG! The one I’m living in only has about three rooms.”

Ramona: “Yeah, Sunrise only gave me the nice house, sorry.”

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Ramona: “But hey, at least you have free will. Y’know, you can go wherever you want, get married…”

Hey, you signed up for this.

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April: “Hey, anyone paying attention to me?”

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April: “Nope, thought not.”

She rolled Unflirty, but I don’t think I have a made over picture of her, for some reason. You’ll see her outfit later, though.

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This guy came wandering up to the front door one dark, snowy night, so I once more assumed that he’d volunteered himself.

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Sammy Costa: “Happy to oblige.”

Wait, really? That’s a first.

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And of course, poor April gets stuck with toddler skilling. With this and the paintings, she’s pretty much the only one keeping this family afloat.

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Ramona: “But I’m holding hands with a cute guy! Surely that counts for something?”

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I’m just wondering how he hasn’t got frostbite yet.

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I like Sammy. He wasn’t anywhere near as annoying as Tyron.

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I bet the town hates clearing up all these paper hearts every few days.

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And Sammy’s picture gets added to a somewhat dubious hall of fame.

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April: “Wait, you mean I actually have to go to school now?”

Yeah. Sadly, I doubt the school board’ll let you pursue a full time career as an artist yet.

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In other news, the gnomes appear to be multiplying.

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Just in time for Beatrice’s birthday!

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Game logic: You only learned two skills, but we’ll give you Genius anyway. Brilliant.

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Ramona: “Oh, this is getting old.”

You can sleep when you’re dead, Mona.

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In a weird way, it’s almost cosy.

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April finally got the alchemy table she’d been angling for since she was a kid, so hopefully we can make some money out of it.

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Ah, hazy mornings in Strangetown, which reminds me that I need to find a good lighting mod. It’s never actually cloudy and dark when it rains.

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Beatrice: “Ready for your first day, age 15?”

April: “One more word and the hat gets it.”

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Baby Number Three!

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Bea’s imaginary friend manifested as the usual creepy rag doll. I think everyone else just assumes she talks to herself out of boredom. And hatred of school buses.

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Now here’s where I was attempting to play strategically- queueing up the next lover early, so there wouldn’t be a gap between babies.

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Ramona: “I’m the cure for a broken heart. Trust me.”

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Gregor: “I think you may be right.”

Ginger babies! 😀 not like there aren’t enough of them already but oh well

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Ramona: “So you actually have something to do apart from paint all day!”

April: “Yeah…goodbye, stable income. I miss you.”

I think I should have Ramona paint…at least then there would be someone consistent to do it. Oh, and this is April’s real outfit.

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I have no idea what this is, but it looks fun.

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Tyron: “Oh, fancy seeing you here! Quite the coincidence, no?”

GO HOME, TYRON.

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Patches: “No, I’ve had it with you! Quit following me!”

Even the figments of her imagination are tired with her. Poor Beatrice.

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Ramona: “Why did I agree to do this?”

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Our first boy!

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This is Angel Mallon, and although you can’t see very well, he does have Ramona’s eye colour. He’s Disciplined and Friendly with favourites of Island Life, Egg Rolls and Irish Green.

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That’s his wife on the left. Homewrecking, yay.

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Ramona: “So if genies did actually exist, I’d be your wish come true.”

Scrubs Lady: “Oh God, really?”

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Peacefulness, for once. It probably only lasted five minutes.

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So now the try for Baby Number Four, in the tomb. How romantic.

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A birthday where you look exactly the same. Moving on.

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Since the steamy night in the tomb hadn’t paid off, I tried inviting Gregor over again, and he never showed…until I found him, stuck inside. Typical. So much for strategic playing.

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Ramona: “Yeah, great. I love it.”

I love your new hair.

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I like to think the steadily growing gnome pack are having a meeting or a lecture.

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Ramona: “You’re so romantic, “The Blond Guy Who’s The Next Father But I Forgot His Name.”

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Oh wow. That’s awkward.

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And Angel ages up!

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Angel: “Ta da!”

Don’t expect a prize, kid.

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And here he is made over, with Dog Person as his third trait. He looks adorable.

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We’re back to the magical garden of free things, where the kids are all skilling and I’m desperately trying to earn enough LTH points so I can de age Ramona without cheating.

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Another birthday?

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I should just leave you like this, really.

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So her new trait is Social Butterfly! Should be interesting.

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Ramona: “What happened to my hair?!”

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Ramona: “And I’m starving!”

Priorities, Ramona.

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And another boy!

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This is Bailey! We’re never going to get rid of Ramona’s hair, are we? Anyway, he’s Good and Eccentric, with favourites of Grey, Geek Rock and Fish and Chips.

I’ll leave it here- drop me a comment on the way out!

~ Viki.

Notes From Project Dawn, Chapter Two- The Woes of Wooing Tyron

Welcome back!

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The paparazzi have been standing outside, constantly ringing the doorbell in the hopes that Ramona will give them an interview. It’s a little pitiful, really.

Ramona: “Yeah, if they want to run a story on “How to Get Baby Sick Out of Carpets,” they can come in. Or maybe they’ll think “How to Make Three Day Old Clothes Look Clean,” is more interesting.”

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Ramona: “Ah, my bed. Sweet, comfortable, clean bed. How I’ve missed you.”

Enjoy it for the next three or so hours. You have men to meet and toddlers to skill.

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April’s sleeping in the cheap freebie university pyjamas because that’s all they can afford. Hence why Ramona’s decked out in her old uni gear.

Ramona: “Well there’s no point wasting perfectly good clothes, is there? Just a few stitches and alterations, a little fabric dye- good as new!”

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She keeps getting silent calls. I like to think it’s Tiberius from beyond the grave.

Ramona: “Halloween was last week, Tib. Go home.”

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As a testament to how poor they are, the only toys April has is Ramona’s old teddy bear, and the imaginary friend doll, which is kind of depressing.

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Ramona: “Okay, maybe skilling at the library wasn’t the best idea.”

April: “What do you mean? I can make friends with her!”

Just take the kid and run, Mona.

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Ramona: “Now remember, the quicker you finish this, the quicker I can go earn money for food.”

Several hours later:

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Ramona: “And what does Mummy want for Christmas?”

April: “A bath! With bubbles!”

Your wish is my command, once we have more than £500 in the bank.

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As per last chapter, Tyron is up for Father Number 2.

Ramona: “So you get what this entails, right? You can’t be my boyfriend, or move in with me.”

Tyron: “Oh great, there goes that plan- I mean, yeah. Sure, no problem.”

You’ll see what I mean soon enough, believe me.

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And then April aged up early and spoiled all my skilling plans. It’s your fault if you end up with an awful trait, kid.

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She had Supernatural Fan locked in, so she’s going to be butting heads with her mother a lot.

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And here’s madeover!April. I really do need some more custom hairs for toddlers and children, so if anyone can recommend some sites, I’d gladly take a look.

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Flirting with Tyron was not going well, to say the least.

Ramona: “So, do you like music? Any particular type?”

Tyron: “No. That’s for interesting people.”

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Ramona: “Oh screw it. LOVE ME!”

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Tyron: “What the hell was that?!”

Ramona: “So…you don’t love me?”

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Tyron: “Why can’t we just be friends?!”

Ramona: “Pleeeaassee can we have him move in for five minutes so I can steal all his stuff and sell it?”

Ah, priorities.

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Wait, an actual romantic action from this guy? Maybe there IS hope…

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Ramona: “So does that mean you’ll take me to Paris?”

One thing at a time, dear.

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Tyron: “So let me get this straight- you went to university, but you don’t do anything with the degree.”

Ramona: “TELL me about it…”

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Ramona: “THANK YOU for finally agreeing to a date. Do you know how hard you are to contact?”

Tyron: “It’s the job. I have to harass celebrities all day, or I don’t get paid.”

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Ramona: “If I pay you in nachos, will you date me then?”

Tyron: “Now you’re talking…”

Unflirty Sims. I hate them.

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That only took forever. As you’ve probably guessed, I’m not going to use the Master of Seduction LTR because that really would make everything too easy.

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Tyron: “So does this mean we get to go to the moon for our date?”

Not quite.

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Ramona: “We aren’t in Oasis Landing any more. I’ll paint you a picture of the moon instead.”

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Ramona: “You just make me waste £40 on a movie. This had better be worth it.”

Think of the science, Ramona. Now get inside before he vanishes again.

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Yep, it took a good hour or so for Tyron to agree to go on a date. He’d show up, stay long enough for one action, then run off again. T_T

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Ramona: “Just let me take a picture, for memory’s sake.”

Tyron: “But won’t you see me again next week?”

After the annoyance you’ve been? Not a hope.

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April: “We have a WASHING MACHINE now! Oh my God, look how shiny and smooth it is! Imagine how clean our clothes will be!”

Okay, now I feel guilty. We need to get you some books.

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Ramona: “I’ve taken what you said into consideration: to save money on water bills, so I can save for a nice pair of red heels, I’m now throwing up outside.”

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I hope the shoes are worth it.

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It was then I remembered that I’d stuck a tomb in Strangetown, and hey, tombs have things to loot, right?

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Ramona: “I should probably feel more guilty about ransacking an ancient piece of history, but I want those heels.”

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Ramona: “Do you think I should try dragging this home? April can sleep in it when she gets a little older.”

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Ramona: “AND it’s a night light. This thing is perfect.”

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Speaking of April, this is what I found when I focused on her. Apparently waltzing with a robot is the best way to earn Festival Tickets.

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Why is it snowing inside the temple?

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Ramona: “Ugh, I don’t know, but it’s making me feel ill, all this cold…”

Sure it is…

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To keep the household afloat, April is constantly painting. Since it was almost Snowflake Day, I considered holding off until then, since Laflamme Christmases have ALWAYS yielded easels, but I was getting desperate.

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Aaaand Baby Number Two! I rather like that outfit, so she can keep it.

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April: “Another lie in tomorrow, then?”

Yeah, but after that? Straight back to the easel. Since she aged up right at the beginning of winter, they’ve had heavy snowfall constantly, so as a result, she’s never been to school one day of her childhood.

April: “What a shame.”

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Ramona: “This is what you get for a story, I’m afraid: an old science textbook from my glory days.”

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Ah, being chained to a skill object. That’s how you know you’re a legacy Sim.

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Similarly ha Ramona’s taken to writing non fiction novels, in the hope that’ll bring in some cash. Whether she actually gets the time to ever finish one, though, is another matter entirely.

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Ramona: “Yeah, you’re all invited, even if we’ve only talked for about ten minutes on the street that one time!”

Merry Christmas, everyone.

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Ramona: “All right, come and open the presents!”

Yeah, always throw Giving Day parties. You get free stuff.

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Tyron: “I don’t like that guy- he keeps staring at MY girl.”

Red Jacket Woman: “Tyron! Not while we’re in a house, please! Take it outside!”

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April: “Oh thank God! We have something to DO in this house now!”

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Ramona: “Oh how…thoughtful. Something expensive that we can’t even use. I’m sure the Consignment Store will appreciate it.”

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RJW: “Do you think you could ask your Mum to turn on the heating? It’s a little chilly in here.”

April: “With the current state of the house? We’ll be lucky if we don’t resort to dragging the duvets into the front room.”

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Another great thing is the free food- Ramona got a load of that weird potato stuff she likes.

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They got different gifts than the Laflammes: a teddy bear, which I decided Baby Number 2 can have, since April already has one, a weird llama thing that I thought was a toy, but apparently needs to be put together, the aforementioned expensive video game console, which got sold because they need money and they don’t even have a TV, a fancy lamp for the front room, an awesome rainbow lamp which April didn’t like, and an alarm clock. Weirdly practical, so I kept them.

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Ramona: “Oh, this is perfect. We’re snowed in, too.”

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Ramona: “No need to panic, sweetie. I know what to do.”

April: “But you dropped rubbish all over the floor! What if it stains the carpets?!”

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Ramona: “I’m already tired of this.”

2 down, 98 to go…

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Another girl!

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Ramona: “Whatever, I’m done. Wake me when she’s interesting.”

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And this is Beatrice Mallon! Her two traits are Couch Potato and Lovers the Outdoors, with favourites of Hot Pink, Aloo Masala curry and…epic music?

That’s all for now- I’d love to see you next time! Please drop a comment in on your way out!

~ Viki.