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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Ten - Little Boys Blue
« Reply #25 on: November 08, 2012, 03:22:00 PM »
I haven't updated this story for a while, but there will be one coming soon, either tonight or tomorrow night.

I'm sorry. I know I said I would update this around the 8th and it's now the 25th. A couple of things got in the way. :-[

But I will say this: The next chapter ends the first generation. After this one, Garnet will be the storyteller.
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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Eleven - Birthdays Abound
« Reply #26 on: November 25, 2012, 12:17:03 AM »
Chapter 11: Birthdays Abound


Hector and I built a small nursery for the twins. We had to create a third floor because there was no way we could make space on the second floor. Creating a third floor was the easiest way to do it.


Garnet is such a help around the house. He regularly does laundry and cleaning without so much as a grumble.


Licorice has been on the computer day and night, refining her writing skill. At the rate she's going, I won't be surprised if she has a book published before she becomes a young adult. She seems really determined and hard at work.


But of course, none of us work 24/7. There are some days we just have fun and relax. Like the weekend Hector, Pierce and I went out to Han's Tavern & Cafe. Pierce is only a child, so he can't drink coffee, but he still likes cafes. He happily played with his teddy bear while Hector and I had our drinks.


And while we were out, Garnet and Licorice spent some time together in the pool.


I can only imagine how awkward it is for two teenagers in a relationship to be living in the same house as their parents. I still think it's a little weird for Garnet to be in love with his imaginary friend, but worse things happen.

In arbitrary news, I got to enjoy the last piece of baked angel food cake we got from the bistro. I'm surprised it was still in perfect quality after it was in the fridge so long.



The twins' birthdays finally came. Babies just don't seem to stay babies for long, do they?

I brought Ryder to his cake while Hector took River to the other.



Sparkles as always...


And now, here's Ryder...


...and River!


I soon got a picture of my littlest boys together. Too bad they didn't look at the camera!


River and Ryder's birthday wasn't the only one to be celebrated. Just a day later, it was Pierce's birthday!


Like his child birthday, Pierce's teen birthday fell on a zombie night. But he didn't seem scared at all.


Pierce got long hair like Garnet, but he kept his a bit neater.



We didn't do much to Pierce's bedroom. We simply moved the furniture around a bit and bought him an exercise machine so he wouldn't have to go to the gym to gain athleticism. Speaking of which, Pierce became a supernatural skeptic. Luckily, we don't have any supernaturals in Hidden Springs, so he should be fine. Although if one moves in, I hope Pierce will be polite.


After school, I took my family out to the summer festival at Beryl Lane. We took a greeting card photo, rollerskated and even competed with one another in the eating contest! We stayed well into the night. Even Pierce, who hates the outdoors, had a great time.


Guess what we celebrated when we got back? After Pierce's birthday, it was time for Garnet and Licorice to become young adults! Oh, my goodness! All these birthdays!


Here are their new wardrobes.



Garnet became family-oriented and desired to be a Renaissance Sim, which means he has to max out three skills. Licorice, in contrast to Pierce, became a supernatural fan. She wants to be a professional author, which means she needs to have $4,000 per week in royalty checks. Licorice also had her name changed to Lauren.


I guess Licorice---er, Lauren---got tired of her blue hair. She dyed it black with highlights and tips that matched her bright blue eyes. She looks quite lovely, doesn't she?

Garnet almost immediately proposed to Lauren. I guess he had his future wife all along. You know what? It's okay. I'm not that creeped out anymore. Not that it would've stopped him from proposing to her anyway!



But now, it's time. Garnet is my first-born child and a young adult. He needs a place for himself and Lauren and with me, Hector and four other kids, it'll just be too cramped. So I decided it was time for us to move and leave the house to Garnet.

By the way, did you notice I said four other kids, not three?



Yep! I got the little girl I wanted after all. Believe it or not, it was Hector's idea. I never told anyone, but Hector knew I still had a strong desire for a girl and figured there was no reason I couldn't have my wish, so we talked it over and decided to adopt. Her name is Roxanna.

Anyway, Hector, Pierce, River, Ryder, Roxanna and I moved to nice house a few blocks away. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, it had plenty of space. A room for me and Hector, a room for Pierce, a room for the twins and a room for Roxanna. Perfect!



(Note: The house looks a lot better than this picture shows. My game was having a little loading trouble, apparently.)
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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Twelve - The Wedding On Top
« Reply #27 on: December 01, 2012, 02:50:53 AM »
Chapter 12: The Wedding On Top


Hello, I'm Garnet. I live in a big house with my fiancée, Lauren, who used to be my imaginary friend doll named Licorice.

I have three younger brothers and a newly adopted little sister. My parents moved out and took my siblings along. They said that since I'm the first-born and now a young adult, Lauren and I get the house.

I miss having my family around, but I have to admit it feels great not having so many people living under one roof. After they moved out, Lauren admitted to feeling uncomfortable around so many people.

Lauren and I did some remodeling. First, we tore down my baby brothers' nursery. Since there are no longer eight people living here, we didn't need the third floor anymore. We turned Pierce's old bedroom into a nursery.



We took Mom and Dad's bedroom for ourselves and left it unaltered. Our old bedroom became a children's bedroom.


Don't be fooled by the pink. Lauren and I really don't care whether we have a son or daughter. Lauren just thought it looked better in pink and doesn't believe in stereotypes.

I feel embarrassed to admit it, but I don't have my heart set on anything like Lauren does. She's dead-set on becoming a writer. In fact, she's self-employed and recently started her first book. But I've got nothing.

One day, I told Lauren that I don't think I'll be a good example for our future children, but she disagreed. She told me I could set a good example by teaching them the skills I will learn and there's more to being an adult than just working. Lauren knows just what to say when someone's feeling down.



At least, I can say I have chosen my three skills: cooking, piano and nectar making. I want to learn cooking because I'm sick of outdoor food or always going to the diner. Nectar would be a nice treat for me and Lauren to share on a nice night. As for piano, I loved hearing Dad play his guitar. I can even remember it as a baby. Not much, of course, but I do. I'd love to be able to play an instrument for my own kids, but I want to learn something different, so I chose the piano.

We put the piano where Mom's inventing workbench used to be because I don't want to carry it around everywhere.



Lauren really loves the summer festival. She's become great at rollerblading.


We play a game of soccer every time too.




But rollerblading and soccer are where it ends. Lauren doesn't like face painting because it makes her feel like a toy again. The thought of competing in an eating contests make her sick.

I once asked her how it felt to be a toy.

"I hated it!" she told me. "As toys, we're sentient, but we can't move one bit. Even after we can move, we're still kind of mindless. We literally can't think much."

"So I take it you like being human?"

"So, so much!" she gushed. "It feels so good to move where and when I want and think on my own! But I know I'm lucky. Most of us never get to have human life. We stay imaginary friends forever."

I was almost scared to ask further. "So what happens when the human dies?"

Lauren's sudden sad face told me I should've kept my mouth shut. "After our human dies, we're left alone. We wander about the world. Since we can't be seen by anyone else, we never have social lives. Sometimes, we just...end our pain ourselves."

I didn't have the heart to tell Lauren about my brothers' dolls, who'd likely never be human. I just told her I loved her instead.



For a while, Lauren and I debated whether to have a traditional wedding or a private one. Lauren still felt a little uncomfortable around my large family, but she was willing to put that aside if I wanted. However, I was leaning toward a private wedding too. Pierce hates the outdoors, so he would become irritable eventually. Ryder, River and Roxanna are toddlers, so they wouldn't understand what was going on. Really, only my parents would be able to attend and I don't think they'd feel it was fair to make Pierce babysit.

In the end, a private wedding was really a no-brainer. We got married at the Redwood Peak Viewing Area. It was beautiful.


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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Twelve - The Wedding On Top
« Reply #28 on: December 01, 2012, 04:22:35 AM »
Congrats to the newlyweds. I can't wait to see their children. They definitely will be beautiful.
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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Thirteen - The Sweet and the Smart
« Reply #29 on: December 28, 2012, 01:12:32 AM »
Chapter 13: The Sweet and the Smart


Lauren finally finished and published her first book, Lyrics for the Lovelorn, and got promoted to Tabloid Typist. She stayed up almost all night to get that book done, but I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. Lauren is a night owl, after all. The only downside is she gets mad if I wake her up before ten o'clock. You don't want to see Lauren mad. Trust me.


I took a cooking class at the bistro and a piano class at the theater to get started on my skills. The classes cost $800 total, but Lauren and I aren't tight on money, so it's not a big deal.



I have a tablet, so I could easily start on nectar-making, but I don't have the equipment. Lauren says it's only available in France, so we have to book a trip. We might also have to build another room for it, something I really don't want to do since we only recently deconstructed the third floor. The only option would be to buy a lot and build a small room there for me to use the machine. I'm not sure if that's possible.

Lauren and I have been talking about children. We know we don't want five kids like my parents had! I love my siblings endlessly, but the house felt too crowded or too loud sometimes. Not to mention Lauren's discomfort being around a large amount of people.

Lauren still rejoices at being human. If she's not at her computer, I can't keep her away from the festival! Then, I introduced her to swimming in the ocean. Bad idea. Now, there are two places she can't stay away from!



The irony is we have a pool at home, but I guess oceans and pools are different.

After Lauren got enough of the ocean and skating for the time being, we booked our trip to France. It would've cost $2,900, but since Lauren and both have the Jetsetter LTR, it was only $2,400. A $500 discount is better than none and France was worth it!



Lauren bought a laptop to take with her, so she could start working on another book while I did what I needed.


I went to the town square to purchase some skill books on nectar-making. After getting some directions, I made my way to the nectary.


For some reason, I expected it to be larger.

The store clerk was friendly. She sold me a nectar machine and some fruit and told me I could try out one of the machines they already had.



The machine really wasn't as big as I thought, though it would still take up a lot of room in our house. I put in all ten fruit, got in my swim shorts and started squishing.

It felt weird at first, but I got used to it and got all the fruit smashed. The clerk had told me to make sure nothing remains whole. It only took a few minutes and then, I started the machine up.


It took a few hours and the nectar came out bad, but that's to be expected. It was my first time trying. I was still happy and went back to the hotel feeling proud.

Lauren had gotten her second book, The Dog Barks No More, published. She works so fast! Since her book was done and I got the nectar machine and books, the rest of our trip was spent together. We decided to call it our honeymoon vacation.





Our trip was only three days long, but it was a good trip and I'd love to go back someday.

We put the nectar machine in the hallway for the time being. It won't stay there, but it'll have to do for now.



By the way, I didn't show everything Lauren and I did. But you can probably guess what else happened from this picture.


Yes, Lauren's pregnant and we are excited!
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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Fourteen - Triple the Trouble
« Reply #30 on: January 14, 2013, 08:25:34 PM »
Chapter 14: Triple the Trouble


Lauren and I have been trying to guess which gender our baby may be.


Of course, we'll be happy with whichever it is, but knowing would make it easier to decide on a name.

Lauren went to the spa because her back started hurting. I got worried, but she says it's normal and not a big deal. Besides, the spa is just one more place for her to explore.



While she was out, Lauren also went to the bookstore and bought books on preparing for a baby. She wanted us both to be as ready as possible, so she asked me to read one. I wasn't really into a pregnancy book, but I read it to make Lauren happy. Besides, it is just a book.


Pregnancy didn't keep Lauren away from the summer festival. Since it was the last day of summer, she wanted to enjoy it while she could. Unfortunately, her favorite activities, skating and soccer, were off-limits, but she did have plenty of fun.



(Lauren won and the other woman threw up.)


To celebrate the final day of summer, Lauren and I set off fireworks. It was a great way to end the season and Lauren said she had the best time.




I found this bluebird at the festival and befriended it. We brought it home and named it Azul.


Lauren went into labor that night! I was so shocked, I freaked out! I didn't know what to do!


We drove to the hospital, where Lauren gave birth to triplets! That was completely unexpected, but we were thrilled nonetheless!

Here's Aquamarina! She loves the cold and the outdoors.



Alexandria came second. She loves the heat and is a genius.


Finally, Alessandro. He's a brave, but absent-minded little one.


By the time we got the triplets home, the first day of fall had already come. Lauren and I think it started off wonderfully.

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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Fifteen - Cakes for Three, Please
« Reply #31 on: February 17, 2013, 03:19:27 PM »
Chapter 15: Cakes for Three, Please


Since we hadn't seen the family much since they left, we invited them over to meet the triplets.


Since Lauren is uncomfortable around lots of people, she shied away in our room. But my youngest brothers weren't interested in the babies, so she ended up spending a little time with River.


Ryder was bored out of his mind. I think he was tired of all the fussing.


Even Pierce played with the triplets.


I also played the piano for everyone. Even River and Ryder came in to listen.


It wasn't until after everyone was about to leave that I realized Dad and Roxanna hadn't come. Mom said Roxanna wasn't feeling well, so Dad stayed home to watch her. I guess they'll meet the triplets another time.

Taking care of three babies at a time might be tiring, but Lauren still made time to work on her writing.



I do my best to keep the triplets content until she's done for the day.


Our babies weren't babies for long. Those days passed by fast and before we knew it, it was time to celebrate their birthday!

Alessandro went first.




Then, it was Alexandria's turn.



Finally, Aquamarina went.



And here's what our three little ones look like now! It looks like they get along already.

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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Fifteen - Cakes for Three, Please
« Reply #32 on: March 01, 2013, 11:01:55 PM »
Here is the Gemstone family so far:

Sapphire Gemstone - Gen 1 (Founder)
Traits: Absent-Minded, Eccentric, Vegetarian, Easily Impressed, Handy
Favorites: Latin, Autumn Salad, Blue
LTW: The Tinkerer
Sign: Virgo

Hector Mendoza - Gen 1 (Spouse)
Traits: Great Kisser, Virtuoso, Mooch, Schmoozer, Kleptomaniac
Favorites: Custom, Grilled Cheese, Spice Brown
LTW: Hit Movie Composer
Sign: Aquarius

Garnet Gemstone - Gen 2 (Heir)
Traits: Neurotic, Family-oriented, Proper, Frugal, Friendly
Favorites: Classical, Spaghetti, Yellow
LTW: Renaissance Sim
Sign: Capricorn

Pierce Gemstone - Gen 2 (Spare)
Traits: Good Sense of Humor, Hates the Outdoors, Athletic, Supernatural Skeptic
Favorites: Classical, Vegetarian Fish and Chips, Grey
LTW: N/A
Sign: Aries

Ryder Gemstone - Gen 2 (Spare)
Traits: Loner, Good, Hydrophobic
Favorites: Classical, Mushroom Omelette, Black
LTW: N/A
Sign: Taurus

River Gemstone - Gen 2 (Spare)
Traits: Loves the Outdoors, Disciplined, Diva
Favorites: Dark Wave, Lobster Thermidor, Green
LTW: N/A
Sign: Taurus

Roxanna Gemstone - Gen 2 (Spare)
Traits: Loves the Outdoors, Good, Snob
Favorites: Hip Hop, Spaghetti, Grey
LTW: N/A
Sign: Leo

Lauren Gemstone - Gen 2 (Spouse)
Traits: Adventurous, Supernatural Fan, Night Owl, Bookworm, Daredevil
Favorites: R&B, Fish and Chips, Irish Green
LTW: Professional Author
Sign: Libra

Aquamarina Gemstone - Gen 3 (Heir)
Traits: Loves the Outdoors, Loves the Cold
Favorites: Classical, Shawarma, Lilac
LTW: N/A
Sign: Aquarius

Alexandria Gemstone - Gen 3 (Spare)
Traits: Genius, Loves the Heat
Favorites: Kids, Chili Con Carne, Purple
LTW: N/A
Sign: Capricorn

Alessandro Gemstone - Gen 3 (Spare)
Traits: Brave, Absent-minded
Favorites: Chinese, Cheesesteak, White
LTW: N/A
Sign: Libra
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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Fifteen - Cakes for Three, Please
« Reply #33 on: March 03, 2013, 11:17:59 AM »
Neat how your triplets all got different hair colours and genders! Usually my twins/triplets are all the same gender, with some hair colour variants. Never had three completely different nooboos though!

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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Sixteen - Winter Rolls
« Reply #34 on: March 24, 2013, 03:06:41 PM »
I'd been wanting to update this story for about two weeks now, but I was having trouble with the game file. Thankfully, I got it fixed and it's working well now.
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Chapter 16: Winter Rolls


Lauren and I have been busy, trying to teach the kids all their skills before their next birthday. Anyone who says triplets aren't exhausting is lying! I have to admit they did learn fairly fast, especially Alexandria, but they have more energy than us.




We also made time to play with them when we could. Aquamarina loves the xylophone, Alexandria loves the peg box and Alessandro seems to enjoy playing inside the toybox most. I really can't wait to see what they'll grow up to be.


After learning and playtime, I put Alessandro and Alexandria in the swings because they were getting a bit fussy.


Aquamarina played with the block table and she was content, so Lauren and I got some time to ourselves. Lauren worked on a book while studied and mastered nectar making, one of my three chosen skills. Two more to go!


We really love how well the kids get along. Hopefully, it stays like this and sibling rivalry won't be much of a concern.


The next day, one day before their birthday, we took the toddlers for a stroll with their carriage. I didn't think Alexandria, who loves the heat, would enjoy being out in the cold, but she had as much fun on her stroll as her siblings.


I got some more studying in and mastered cooking. Now, only piano is left!


On their birthday, we didn't start things until a bit late because Alexandria wasn't feeling too well during the morning and slept until the afternoon. After she was feeling better, Lauren and I let her watch television with Aquamarina and Alessandro while we got the cakes.


Alessandro went first.


Then, Alexandria had her turn.


Finally, it was Aquamarina's turn, but I guess she got impatient and couldn't wait for her cake.


Here's Aquamarina...



...Alexandria...



...and Alessandro.



Aquamarina became a diva, Alexandria became a bit of a snob and Alessandro got rebellious. So Lauren and I have a diva, a snob and a rebel on our hands. Looks like Lauren and I are in for it during the next few years.

We were going to turn the nursery into a bedroom Alessandro because we didn't think it was appropriate for him to share a room with his sisters now, but he didn't like the idea and, surprisingly, neither did the girls. They begged us to let them keep sharing a room. I still wasn't sure about it, but Lauren figured it would be okay since they're only sharing a room and not beds. Plus, the nursery could become their playroom. It was settled then.

We stored the baby furniture in inventory and bought a few more toys.



Then, we bought a bunk bed for Aquamarina and Alexandria to share. And no, Alessandro doesn't mind the pink wallpaper.

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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Sixteen - Winter Rolls
« Reply #35 on: March 25, 2013, 01:14:54 AM »
Glad to see you fixed your problems! Happy birthday to the triplets! Lauren and Garnet sure do have their hands full with a Diva, Snob and Rebel!
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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Sixteen - Winter Rolls
« Reply #36 on: March 29, 2013, 09:25:50 PM »
The kids all look nice! I'm curious, are any of them Imaginary Friends, or are they all regular Sims?

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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Sixteen - Winter Rolls
« Reply #37 on: March 30, 2013, 05:06:37 PM »
All of the kids are imaginary friends and can turn into toy form. I didn't know that was genetic!
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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Sixteen - Winter Rolls
« Reply #38 on: April 29, 2013, 04:50:45 PM »
Some bad news:

I am going to continue this story, but for now, it has to be put on hold. The game is fine. Nothing devastating has happened. There's no tragedy. I just have some things going on in my life right now that need my attention. I can't say when I'll be back because I really don't know myself. What I can say is that I won't be back until July, at least. It depends on how things turn out.
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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Sixteen - Winter Rolls
« Reply #39 on: June 16, 2013, 09:47:09 AM »
No worries Kaye :) We all understand you perfectly, so take your time. Hope everything works out in real life ! :D *thumbs up*

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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Seventeen - Aqua Finds A Talent
« Reply #40 on: August 04, 2013, 11:53:21 PM »
I know this is a small update, but I really wanted to add a chapter to this legacy. The next chapter will have more detail.
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Chapter 17: Aqua Finds A Talent


So far, our little diva, our rebel, and our snobbish genius haven't caused us any trouble. They still get along well as children just like when they were toddlers. When Lauren and I are busy, the kids like to dance in the dining room together.


Lauren enrolled Aqua and Alex in ballet, and Andro in scouting. I'd think she'd have chosen scouting for Aqua too because she loves the outdoors, but Aqua was happy.

I am still practicing on the piano. I'm so close, but still have a long way to go before I master this skill.



The next day was declared a snow day, so the kids didn't have to attend school. Lauren suggested we go out to the winter festival for some fun.

For some reason, it took us a while to realize we weren't dressed for weather. That didn't stop us from having fun, though!



Aqua took to the snowboarding half-pipe. I'm neurotic, so I was really worried about her hurting herself, but Lauren convinced me she'd be okay. The snow would cushion any falls.


She did fall a few times, but she kept getting back up, so I guess Lauren was right. And she looked like a natural at it, to be honest.

Alex and Andro engaged in a snowball fight.



And Lauren stood by to watch them have fun while drinking hot chocolate.


Aqua spent so much time on the half-pipe, she won enough tickets to buy to her own!


Our lot wasn't big enough for a half-pipe, but Lauren had a solution to that, although she was afraid I might consider it too much. Her idea? Buy a second lot for the half-pipe.

A whole lot for only a half-pipe did seem like much, but it couldn't fit on our home lot and Aqua clearly loved snowboarding, so why not? Plus, we lived a considerable distance from the festival grounds, so she wouldn't have to come all this way when she wanted to snowboard.

The lot we purchased was right down the street. Now, she has a place to snowboard all her own.


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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Seventeen - Aqua Finds A Talent
« Reply #41 on: October 03, 2013, 11:52:14 AM »
I think the Rebel is going to cause problems with the snob and diva, and by the way I love the way you're writing, keep it up!
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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Eighteen - Snow and Rox
« Reply #42 on: October 18, 2013, 02:04:26 AM »
Chapter 18: Snow and Rox


The kids had another snow day, so they spent it at the lot where Lauren and I placed Aqua's snowboarding half-pipe.






I may have been anxious about it before, but I'm glad Lauren came up with the idea to buy a second lot. The kids have their own place to play now and they're not too far away.

While the children were playing together on the lot, I caught up with my sister Roxanna, who's all grown up.



She was cheerful and I learned she got a degree in physical education. She was eager to talk about almost anything and wasted no time in telling me how the rest of the family was doing.


Eventually, Roxanna had to get home, so I had to say goodbye, but I was glad to have spent a bit of time with her. We're a little closer now.


Lauren made a big accomplishment today. She achieved her lifetime wish of becoming a professional author. She'd written ten novels, one in almost every genre, and her checks now totaled to over $4,000. She was even promoted from a Paperback Pauper to a Work-for-Hire Wordsmith.


I'm so proud of her and gave her congratulations when I later got home.


She also showed me this picture of Aqua complimenting herself, apparently for washing the dishes. Would she like to thank the academy or her parents?


The kids must've been exhausted from their day of fun because they were all fast asleep in next to no time at all. Lauren said they'd seen a movie before coming home as well.


Since the kids were asleep, Lauren and I spent some special time together downstairs. That doesn't sound like much, but with three children and skill work, it's harder than it seems.

The outside is quiet, but the inside is on full blast.

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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Nineteen - Rainy Birthdays
« Reply #43 on: December 02, 2013, 04:55:49 PM »
Chapter 19: Rainy Birthdays


The triplets still get along fairly well, but they are starting to grow apart. They've had their squabbles from time to time.


But their fights end as quickly as they start and the kids are back to playing together and having fun.



Alex seems to be taking after her mother. Lauren still writes books and whenever she gets on the computer, Alex grabs a book from the shelf.


Meanwhile, the rebel is coming out in Alessandro. He's begun pulling pranks around the house. Lauren's gotten hit with three already. His favorite seems to be spraying water.


As for Aqua, she's still attached to her snowboard, but when she can't be on her half-pipe, she shows off her ballet moves to Lauren and I.


I have finally mastered piano. That's the final of the three skills I've chosen, which means I've achieved my lifetime wish.


Out of all three, piano was the hardest. It took the longest time, and I was so close to giving up. I'm glad I didn't, but I think I'll stay away from  the piano for a while. My fingers need to rest!

Lauren is the only one who had something bad happen to her. Our bird Azul died.


I offered to buy her a new bird, but she didn't want any more pets for the time being. And if she changes her mind, she wants a dog.

The day before the kids' birthdays, and on their last day of elementary school, they had a field trip to the police station.


Alessandro tried the jail food - and vomited - while Aqua and Alex accidentally locked one of the officers in the cell. They each got a souvenir to hang on their wall.

Lauren's birthday fell on the same day as the children's, so we held a party for all of them at the lot where Aqua's half-pipe is and invited the whole family. Unfortunately, the party got caught in the rain, but everyone still had a fairly good time.



Aquamarina become artistic and gained a liking for lipstick. Somehow, I never noticed before, but she's the only one who has my hair color. Alex and Andro have Lauren's.


Alexandria became a bookworm. That's no surprise. I wonder if there'll be a second writer in the future.


Alessandro became hydrophobic. Irony doesn't even begin to describe that. He's brave, he likes pulling water pranks, but he's afraid of water? Not to mention we have a pool at our house.


Since they're teens, Andro finally got his own room. The girls kept the bunk bed to save space. Andro was a little upset, though. Not because he's no longer sharing a room with his sisters, but because their room is bigger than his. Well, we can't really do much about that.

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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Nineteen - Rainy Birthdays
« Reply #44 on: December 02, 2013, 07:00:59 PM »
I'm sure is Alessandro doesn't want the small room, he can share the larger room with one of his sisters.  ;D They're such a cute family.
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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Twenty - Prom Night
« Reply #45 on: January 04, 2014, 09:14:29 PM »
Chapter 20: Prom Night


It seems like the Aqua and Alex have taken some interests. Aqua joined the shop and art clubs at school, and she spends most of her free time on her easel outside. Even if it's cold, she'll be out there, as long as it's not raining.


Alex joined the newspaper club, but she's also been taking classes at City Hall and spending a lot time practicing her speaking in front of the mirror.



Andro wasn't sure what he wanted to do, so he got a part-time job at the grocery store.


I told him not to fret over it because he has plenty of time to figure something out. There's no need to rush anything.

Our children have been spending more time with us as well. Either just chatting with us or asking us to help them with their homework. No reason as far as I  know. They're just doing it.



Lauren and I aren't whining about it, of course. We appreciate it. And all three made honor roll.

Prom came on Friday night. Neither of the triplets had a date, so they went as their own group.



Andro had to work on prom night and couldn't take off, so after an argument with his boss, he quit. I'd disagree with that, but prom does only come once. Can't blame him, really.

From what we heard when they came back, it was a very...interesting night to say the least. Here's the rundown I was able to put together:

Andro and Alex were voted prom king and prom queen, Andro and Aqua got into fights, all three were rejected for dancing at first, they eventually found schoolmates to dance with and started relationships, Aqua and Alex were momentarily mesmerized by the dance lights, Aqua had a drink thrown in her face, and Andro fell flat on his face. So all in all, Alex had the best time, Andro was second, and Aqua had the least, although still a good time there. And all three went in single and came out partners.

I don't remember my prom being as exciting.
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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Twenty-One - A Troublemaker Stirs
« Reply #46 on: May 12, 2014, 04:40:13 AM »
Chapter 21: A Troublemaker Stirs


While the girls seem to have some clear goals, Alessandro is still trying to figure out his. That's okay. What's not okay is he's been causing some trouble.




He's become the town prankster. Lauren and I weren't aware at first, but Aqua and Alex came home one afternoon and told us how some of their schoolmates complained to them about Alessandro because their parents had complained about his pranks.

Alessandro probably knew he was in trouble when he came home from school that day. For a second, he looked remorseful, but that wasn't going to get him any sympathy.


And copping a bad attitude wasn't going to help him either!


For about a minute, we had an argument, but in the end, he knew he was busted and he was in more trouble for arguing and talking back than he would've been for just the pranks.

He was grounded for a week and he had a long list of chores to do to keep him busy for that week. He whined about that not being fair, but when he went to Lauren, she had no sympathy for him either.


Why he thought playing us against each other would work is beyond, but needless to say, Lauren agreed with me. From what Lauren told me later, he felt like I was treating him like a child. What does he think pulling pranks is? Childish.

But after that, he didn't try any more stunts and accepted his punishment.



A little while later, I caught Alex and Aqua looking sad as they came down the stairs. I asked them what was wrong. They weren't being punished.

"Nothing," Aqua told me, but her face said otherwise.

"Come on," I insisted. "Out with it. Why are you two upset?"

"Well...we wanted to have a slumber party," Alex finally admitted.

"So why didn't you ask?"

"Because you and Mom were fussing with Alessandro," Aqua answered.

"You still could've asked," I told them. I talked to Lauren and we gave them permission to have their party. Alessandro didn't need to be told not to try to join. I guess he figured the punishment he already had was enough.

The girls had their party the next night and only invited one guest, a classmate named Mindi Adams. Considering how small their bedroom is (not that we would've confined them there), three is probably all they can fit!



The triplets' birthday is soon approaching and we're hoping no more punishment will have to be administered because we want to plan something big for all three of them.
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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Twenty-One - A Troublemaker Stirs
« Reply #47 on: May 20, 2014, 12:28:39 PM »
I really love this story and your style of writing!

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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Twenty-One - A Troublemaker Stirs
« Reply #48 on: June 02, 2014, 02:01:48 PM »
Nice job on your story so far.  The triplets are lovely!  The photos you had of the triplets as children where each one was waving after they received their new hairstyles/clothes were extra cute.  I also really like the name theme of Gemstones.  Very good idea!  I like doing name themes myself and might have to give this one a try in a dynasty somewhere down the road.  Looking forward to more :)

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Re: The Gemstone Legacy: Chapter Twenty-Two - Birthday Bash
« Reply #49 on: September 12, 2014, 04:58:46 AM »
Chapter 22: Birthday Bash


Alessandro toned down his prankster self and kept his pranks reserved for us around the house. Alex and I didn't exactly laugh, but Lauren and Aqua didn't mind. He was never in trouble with his pranks to begin with. He'd been in trouble being a nuisance to others, especially since Lauren and I had to learn about it through Aqua and Alex after the complaints were taken to them.

We heard no more complaints after that, and Alessandro even apologized to the classmates who'd complained, so we let it go. He served his punishment and apologized, so holding it over his head was unnecessary.

Lauren and I had a special surprise for the triplets' upcoming birthday. It fell on Saturday, so we were able to get most of the work done while they were at school.




We hadn't finished when school was dismissed. Alex and Andro have clubs after school, but Aqua doesn't, so we asked her to collect some seeds for us to keep her out a little longer. Thankfully, she didn't ask why!


About an hour later, Lauren and I had everything ready for the party. All the guests were called, the tables were set up, and most importantly, the triplets had no idea.

When everyone was finally home for the night, we told the triplets they had to be awake by nine o'clock tomorrow. They did ask why, but we simply told them it was an important event they couldn't exist.

The next morning, everyone was up by nine and ready by ten. The party was supposed to start at eleven, so we arrived ten minutes early. Lauren and I told the triplets to close their eyes. They did, we led them inside, and let them open their eyes. The second they did, all of the guests yelled, "Surprise!!"

And surprised, they were! The party kicked off great. For a while, everyone danced and skated in the rink, but soon enough, the guests started to get hungry. The triplets decided it was a good time to blow out their cakes.

Aquamarina.





Alexandria.





Alessandro.





The party continued into the night, so it was getting close to being time for everyone to close home, but the triplets didn't want the party to end before they'd done the firewalk!

Andro and Aqua were nervous going over it, but Alex just strolled across like she couldn't feel a thing.





After their burning soles were cooled, the party was over. Everyone enjoyed themselves and thanked us for inviting them. They gave the triplets some final congratulations as they left out. Lauren, the triplets, and I were all tired too, but there was one more surprise before the day was over.


Lobster Thermidor! It was a favorite dish for all of us and I'd made it just for the triplets' birthday. Thankfully, we weren't too full from the cake and party food to have some.

A little later, when the triplets were getting ready to go to bed, Lauren and I went into the girls' room to talk to Aqua (Alex wasn't there yet).

"Aqua, listen, honey," Lauren had said. "A few days from, your father and I will be leaving."

"What? Where are you going?"

"Don't worry," I told her. "We're not going far. We'll be close by. But you and your siblings are adults now, and as the oldest, you are going to be in charge of the house."

"So Alex and Andro have to leave too?"

"No," Lauren told her. "That's up to them. The three of you have to work that out. We're not leaving right away. It'll be a few weeks. Don't worry about it."

"How close is close by?"

"Next door," I told her.

She smiled at that and we left, so she could sleep for the night. For all of us, it'd been an amazing day.
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