Notes from Project Dawn, Chapter 18 – Lucky for Some

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

It took about five minutes before Lynette started panicking. 

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

‘You know what we’re going to do.’

‘I’m not sponging off our relatives – ‘ 

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

‘We barely remember him!’

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Maybe if we told the headmaster – ‘

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

‘Shh! They’ll hear!’

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

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

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

But maybe, the mysterious strangers would.

Birthdays came, in a rather unspectacular fashion.

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

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

Nana, ever the sweet girl, gained Green Thumb.

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

And Persephone was now a Hopeless Romantic.

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

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

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

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

~ Viki

 

So holy shit that was longer than I meant

So no one is probably reading this blog anymore, which is entirely my own fault. I graduated uni, went to working full time, and my computer is dying on me.

BUT

I do love TS3. I do love legacy blogging. And I do love where I was going with this legacy. Plus I’m getting a new gaming PC next month, so I will be back! And I actually mean it this time. Minimum one post a month.

If anyone is reading this, please let me know! I appreciate it!

~ 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!

03

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.

04

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.

A Quick Poll for the Next Gen!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And reality ensues.

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But ignorance is bliss, apparently.

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

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Harper has taken over Cody’s role as babysitter…

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

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

Kay: ‘Shh, this’ll be hilarious.’

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Kay: ‘YOU LOST THAT GAME OF CHESS!’

Gail: ‘OH GOD, WHY?!’

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

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

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What skill is that, excessive head trauma?

Ezra: ‘With a minor in Geology.’

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

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

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

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But no good deed goes unpunished and all that…

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

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

Ramona: ‘What difference does that make?!’

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

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

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

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A brunette Ramona. Wonderful.

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

Gail: ‘Yeah, sure…’

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And up her picture goes on the wall.

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

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

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Apparently that’s the wicked stepmother role.

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

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

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

Ilse: ‘But I didn’t – ‘

Ramona: ‘Just get inside!’

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

Field trip next chapter, I promise.

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

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

Technically, you should be too.

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But hey, Ellery’s a doctor now!

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

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

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

Wow, that’s cold, even for you.

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God help you if that gets back to Florence.

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

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But look, more babysitters!

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

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

I’ll say. He got Brooding.

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

Kay: ‘Oh great.’

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ramona: ‘December, you understand, right?’

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

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

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

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

Ilse: ‘Yeah, that sounds nice.’

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

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

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

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

Ilse: ‘I – I’ll take the bins out…’

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

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

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Bruno.

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

Bruno: ‘I’m a Cancer.’

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Bruno: ‘And we don’t date Geminis!’

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Ramona: ‘Tough luck. I do.’

Bystander: ‘What have I just walked into?’

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

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It’s…sort of romantic?

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Bruno: ‘Guess I’ve lucked out today.’

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

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See what I mean?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kay: ‘You’re kidding me, right?’

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

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

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

You will, I promise.’

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

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HARPER, NO.

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

Go fishing!

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

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

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So yeah, Ramona’s pregnant again.

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In case you couldn’t tell.

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

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

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

December: ‘Maybe I can keep this one!’

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

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

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

Harper: ‘Run away and never look back.’

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

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It’s true.


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Well, this one’s broken.

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Ilse: ‘Serves her right.’

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

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

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

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

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

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And with that, Ezra ages up (again).

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Not bad at all! His new trait is Schmoozer.

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

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And finally…it’s time.

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

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

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

When I finally get shot of you.

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And now for the spares:

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02

03

At least this set of twins is doing well…

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

~ Viki.

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

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

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A perfect day for a pool party, huh?

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

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

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

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But here we go again. Number 14!

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

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

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

Dog: ‘You have no ambition, do you?’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gnome #1: ‘Wow, this is thrilling.

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

Don’t encourage him.

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

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Darron got made over too, he looks pretty nice.

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

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Florence: ‘Marry me?’

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Fairly sure that’s a yes.

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Cody, well…

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He tried.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Harper: ‘It’s so romantic!’

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

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

That’s mostly your own fault.

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

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

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

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

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So she sets off at a walk. In heels.

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

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So there’s one…

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Two…

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

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

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

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

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Pro: He has pretty eyes.

Con: He’s stealing our stuff.

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

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But who’s this?

Cecil Winchester: ‘I don’t like her.’

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Ramona: ‘We’ll just see about that.’

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How many university gift baskets does one lot need?!

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

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

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

Cecil: ‘But she’s my soulmate!’

Changed your tune a bit, haven’t you?

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Ramona: ‘All thanks to my charisma skills.’

Then can you persuade him to change his ugly outfit?

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On with the birthdays!

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

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

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

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

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

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And of course, Mikey gets a seat.

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All praise the lighting mod.

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

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

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

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

Comments, thoughts, questions? Leave a message below!

~ Viki.

Notes From Project Dawn- Chapter 11- The Gnomes Have Their Show Back

I sincerely apologise for the absence. NaNo was hell.

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Back off, paparazzi lady. Ramona needs those genetics.

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Ramona: ‘Oh Jack, I dream of us…in a house with clean dishes and no dirty laundry…’

Well, you have a date soon. That’ll get you out of the house, at least.

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Jack: ‘So, uh, is this some kind of new grunge fashion trend?’

Says the one in the ugly tracksuit,

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Jack: ‘Well, it can slide this time. I’m not looking for perfection.’

Yeah, you have that with your creepy girlfriend, the one who looks like a doll. The best you’ll get here is the ‘half asleep uni student,’ look.

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Yeah, there’s definitely no subtlety here.

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Jack: ‘I guess perfection isn’t everything.’

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You guys are so classy. They’re in the middle of the library,

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Unfortunately, he ran off right before they could get down to business, so Ramona tried tracking him down the next day. It was not to be.

Jack: ‘I can’t be seen with her here- I have a reputation to keep up. Perfectly creepy looking girlfriend, a pure white blanket of snow…’

Yeah, Midnight Hollow’s a little weird.

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Ghost Girl: ‘Oh hey, Ramona. Looking for the next victim?’

Ramona: ‘Yes, actually. Jack ran out on me. But then again…can I come over? I’ve just remembered an old friend…’

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Bonding over cleaning. Trust you.

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Ramona: ‘But we both love modern art! It’s meant to be!’

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Oh for God’s sake, what did I say about ‘How did you die?’ not being an appropriate conversation starter?!

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Not that he seems to mind…Maybe we’re in luck.

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Gail…how does that even work?

Gail: ‘They could be hiding IN the wood. Or the carpet, you can never tell with monsters!’

I suppose this IS the equivalent of Strangetown…

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Ramona: ‘So, can you guys drown? Or do you just get electrocuted again?’

Please stop.

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Human: ‘Freaks. The lot of you.’

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These are supposed to be futuristic foods, but all they look like is bread rolls to me.

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Time for date #2!

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Guy: ‘I don’t remember you, but I’m sure you’re cheating on me now!’

Ramona: ‘But that was YEARS ago, we’re not together any more!’

Guy: ‘The relationship panel never forgets!’

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Policeman; ‘Sorry about that. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure he won’t harass you any longer. Did he break your umbrella?’

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Ramona: ‘And my heart.’

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I’m not sure what happened to Jack. He probably ran off again.

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Ramona: ‘YEAH! SCIENCE! THAT’LL SHOW JACK! I DON’T NEED THAT GUY, I HAVE PH LEVELS!’

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Harper: ‘Where’s Mummy?’

Florence: ‘Off meeting strange men.’

It’s sad, but true.

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In the meantime, she’s back to try and woo Jack. Don’t get any ideas, we can’t afford to get you a dragon.

Jack: ):

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Ramona: ‘YO!’

Trenchcoat: ‘He’s cheating with her? Well, at least she doesn’t look as terrifying as his usual girlfriend…’

She seriously does look scary. Go look her up.

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I feel bad for the twins. They do little but babysit.

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Ramona: ‘What do you think this represents? Love? Beauty? Me?’

Jack: ‘Infidelity.’

This should be the title picture for the whole challenge, if you think about it.

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Bonehilda: ‘Before you say anything, I’m a maid, not a nanny. Where’s her mother?’

You’re only asking this now? These kids practically raise themselves.

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Florence: ‘Yes, Ilse, scream! If you scream loud enough, maybe Mother will come back and fire that thing we call a maid!’

Good luck. She and Cory are the only ones who do any sort of work around here.

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Ellery: ‘Hey, look! I’m doing things this chapter!’

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Why do they age up in the most boring colours they can find? Sigh…

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Much better! Ellery’s final trait is Dramatic, so she managed to escape most of the mental scarring.

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Ellery: ‘I’ll miss you, Mikey, but I can’t stay. I’m finally free of being a wage slave.’

Just wait. You have to get a job now.

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Oh yeah, Cody got a girlfriend at prom…but I can’t remember what her name is, plus I’m pretty sure she’s a Face One…I can’t seem to find the MasterController option to fix that?

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Ramona: ‘Oh God, here we go again.’

Unlucky 13?

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LIGHTING MOD! 😀

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Florence: ‘She’d better not emotionally scar my twin. Only I’m allowed to do that.’

You’re a good sister, Florence. I think.

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Pregnancy, birthdays and rotting laundry. Should be the challenge tagline.

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And now for Harper!

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They both have the ghostly white skin tone, but look how adorable Ilse is!

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Harper’s third trait is Diva, and Ilse has Lucky.

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Next up is Gail, who is also adorable.

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At least the nameless girlfriend cares.

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And after the makeover…

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I tried to keep the outfit sweet and simple, and I think it worked. Her fourth trait is Bot Fan, hence the goggles.

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I really wonder if my game is broken, hence the lack of triplets.

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See? Even Gail’s mad.

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Gail: ‘Yeah! I broke my wrists, too! Give me triplet siblings, or my feet are next!’

That’s…sweet, but more than a little bit morbid.

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NG: ‘Yeah, I’ve leaving before I can get snared into a legacy house.’

Probably wise.

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Snow paw prints! ❤

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Gnome #1: ‘Can you believe it? I thought this show was gone for good!’

Gnome #2: ‘I know! The poor garden…so lonely and neglected.’

Gnome #7: ‘WE LOVE YOU, RAMONA!’

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Gail: ‘Okay, just stand nice and still and don’t get all that horrible dirt all over me…’

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Mikey: ‘Let’s be realistic, the only reason you’re doing this is so someone actually uses the bath for once.’

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Gail: ‘Sit!’

Mikey: ‘Why?’

Florence: ‘Good boy. Fight authority.’

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…That’s not how you cook, Ramona.

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Ramona: ‘It is in the Sims 4!’

Yeah, well I’ll have to wait until Christmas to find that one out.

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Ramona: ‘You still look so creepy and beautiful!’

Guy: ‘I’m too tired for this.’

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Ramona: ‘I can’t remember why I’m yelling at you, but it raises my Charisma skill so I’m doing it anyway!’

Cody: ‘I just turned the radio on!’

Ramona: ‘WELL, I DON’T LIKE IT!’

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Ramona: ‘And stop standing there! Go do something useful!’

Florence: ‘ME?!’

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Florence: ‘Me, not doing anything? I’ve practically raised the girls myself- where were you when I didn’t have a childhood? And now you’re having more?! I have half a mind to take Gail and the twins with me when I move out!’

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Ilse: ‘Hi, Mum. Why is everyone screaming at each other?’

It’s a normal day in this house, what do you expect?

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Gail: ‘Why are you acting so surprised? This is the 13th time you’ve done this.’

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Ramona: ‘Yeah, and just 87 more to go…’

You signed up for this yourself.

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For some reason, this is the next picture I have, so I guess we’ll do the introductions in a minute.

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Ramona: ‘Hey, Jack! I’m covered in blood and sweat and I can have your kid now! Come on over!’

Gail: ‘Yeah, we’ll just…go out for a few hours.’

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Look at that gorgeous reflection. 😀

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Yeah, kids, you just keep playing with the water balloons. It’s for the best. You don’t want to see this.

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But at least I’m playing the challenge correctly for once.

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But this is January Mallon. who has Loves the Outdoors and Athletic for her first two traits, and Pup music, chilli con carne and the colour black for her favourites. She’s a pretty decent mix!

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Florence’s hair magically disappears when she’s asleep. It’s hilarious.

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But she does have a boyfriend, Darron! Also known as the guy who lives with all the ghosts.

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Florence: ‘I don’t care.’

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Florence: ‘Want to be my boyfriend and run far, far away from crazy town?’

Darron: ‘You read my mind.’

I’m going to leave it there- please leave a comment if you have the time!

~ Viki.