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Re: The Jones Random Town Jump, "Chapter 58 - Small Spaces and Unhappy Birthdays"
« Reply #425 on: February 27, 2013, 06:39:44 PM »
I loved the horse in the house, it was so funny :) NOOOO! I LOVED LIBERTY! I WILL MISS YOU MORE THEN ANYBODY! Well, except maybe you, Mandy, Hope, Stella, Omar, and well everybody else in the house. But still, R.I.P Liberty :(

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Re: The Jones Random Town Jump, "Chapter 58 - Small Spaces and Unhappy Birthdays"
« Reply #426 on: February 27, 2013, 06:47:14 PM »
Stella and her desire to have the burglar as a pet reminds me SO much of my college roommate. LOL!

Goodbye, Libby. :( May you live on through Valentine and Nectar...
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Re: The Jones Random Town Jump, "Chapter 58 - Small Spaces and Unhappy Birthdays"
« Reply #427 on: February 28, 2013, 05:07:03 AM »
Rest in pease Libby. Mean old Grim! The horse in the house was funny lol. ;D

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Re: The Jones Random Town Jump, "Chapter 58 - Small Spaces and Unhappy Birthdays"
« Reply #428 on: February 28, 2013, 09:00:15 AM »
Rest in peace, Liberty. It's sad you didn't get to meet your granddaughter-- but wait... this is the Sims. Maybe you will if your watcher keeps your urn around somewhere...  :P

What traits did Nectar roll, by the way? Nothing involved with parties and nectar I hope?

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What I'm wondering is Valentine and Kurtis made the horse follow them... :o Same goes with the bikini lady.  ;)

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R.I.P Libby, and also I laughed at that horse, so funny.



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Announcement: Once again, semester is on and I'm back at university. Hopefully it won't affect my posting too much, but if it does I want you all to know why I've slipped up.



Goodbye Liberty. You and Barry will continue to be adorable in the sim version of the afterlife, I'm sure. :) I'm glad that Hope is still around, at least for now.

Such an action-packed episode. Valentine is an adorable child! But...that poor horse. :P

Thanks Raia, that means a lot coming from a master of dramatic storytelling such as yourself  :). Don't worry, the horse was fine. I think I've seen it wandering around Lucky Palms since then.

I loved the horse in the house, it was so funny :) NOOOO! I LOVED LIBERTY! I WILL MISS YOU MORE THEN ANYBODY! Well, except maybe you, Mandy, Hope, Stella, Omar, and well everybody else in the house. But still, R.I.P Liberty :(

Thank you, Ella! It's so strange how we get so attached to Sims, isn't it? I just keep telling myself that I can pull up a backup and save them to the bin whenever I want.

Stella and her desire to have the burglar as a pet reminds me SO much of my college roommate. LOL!

Goodbye, Libby. :( May you live on through Valentine and Nectar...

...MissPlumbBob, I think I have to hear this roomate story  :o. Did s/he have fangs?

Rest in pease Libby. Mean old Grim! The horse in the house was funny lol. ;D

Thank you, Louise  :). The horse in the house gave me quite the shock, so of course I had to put it in the chapter!

Rest in peace, Liberty. It's sad you didn't get to meet your granddaughter-- but wait... this is the Sims. Maybe you will if your watcher keeps your urn around somewhere...  :P

What traits did Nectar roll, by the way? Nothing involved with parties and nectar I hope?

Nectar rolled Brave and Athletic, I think. I usually wait until toddlerhood to announce the traits because I like having a face to go with them.  :)  As for the urn, it's a lovely idea but I prefer to keep my households relatively ghost-free (Rudolpho was an exception because he never got the join the household the normal way).

This story is the main reason I have just been lurking! I love it! Great job.

Wow, thanks so much Bde! Although I have to say that there's plenty of other reasons to stay on this forum.  ;)

What I'm wondering is Valentine and Kurtis made the horse follow them... :o Same goes with the bikini lady.  ;)

Great update!  ;D

Thank you, Corey. I think the exact details of Curtis and Valentine's amazing horse rescue are best left as a mystery.  :)

R.I.P Libby, and also I laughed at that horse, so funny.

Thanks Anna, I'm glad you liked the chapter.  :)

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Re: The Jones Random Town Jump, "Chapter 59 - It's Raining Men"
« Reply #433 on: March 18, 2013, 11:28:53 AM »
Hi guys! I'm so sorry for the long wait between updates! I can't promise that I'm going to be better from now on because I still have loads of study and casual work, but I hope this double update will make up for that a little.  :)



Chapter 59 – It’s Raining Men



Welcome back, everyone! After a month of silence, I’m returning to the story exactly where I last left off, i.e. the night when Omar was horribly traumatised by a horse. Valentine seems pretty unfazed by the event, but then again he’s always been slightly odd.



For example, Valentine’s favourite food is Dim Sum. Not the Vegetarian version; just Dim Sum. He really does seem to enjoy it.

“Yay, I can’t wait to throw this up all over the bathroom!”



It might be his upbringing – Great-Auntie Hope is still primary caregiver to the children in this house. It’s mostly by default because the other adults are busy, but it helps that she also has the Nurturing trait.



She’s also the only person to remember Nectar’s toddler birthday. Whoops.



Wow, that Twinbrook jaw really sticks around! It’s a shame that neither of the kids got Tammie’s eye shape or Omar’s jaw, but I’m thrilled that Barry’s eye colour came through in someone in the end. Nectar is a Brave, Athletic little girl who likes soul music, fruit cobbler, and the colour violet.
   


“So this is my kid, huh? That's new.”

If Mandy looks uncomfortable with children, that’s because she is. Even on maternity leave, she’s been too goal-orientated to interact with her kids much before now. She barely knows Valentine at all.



She seems to want to mend her ways, however; she is constantly popping wishes to teach her daughter the toddler skills, even going so far as to pop the same wishes again if I happen to cancel them. Maybe it's because they both have the Athletic trait? Whatever it is, I'm glad Nectar's getting her life lessons from one of the more normal Sims in the house.



Meanwhile, Stella grows up into an Adult with a cake and everything. Despite her amazingly enthusiastic face, she gets, you guessed it, a midlife crisis.
   


Her first midlife crisis wish is to work out until fatigued (in her actual Athletic outfit, strangely enough). Like Hope, Stella looks a bit strange to me without her usual pudginess. I hope it doesn’t take too long for her to return to her normal build.



Because I’m starting to feel guilty about all these lacklustre birthdays, Valentine gets a proper party attended by all his friends. It’s hosted by Hope, because she’s a hundred days old and I’m doing all I can to make her happy at the moment. No, that age is not an exaggeration. She could almost give her dad a run for his money at this rate.



Valentine gains the Dramatic trait, which seems appropriate enough to me, and also gets this awesome hairdo I recently picked up on sale at the store. I love how his head no longer fits in any of his little thumbnail pictures.



The party gives me a chance to check out the other teenagers in town, like the adorably batty Gerard Lancaster here. I just want to give this kid a hug. He spends most of the party (and his life, it seems) alone in the corner looking scared and confused by things.



I was hoping all Valentine’s peers would be teenagers by now, but somehow he’s wound up older than half the kids who were born before him. It's weird that he's suddenly twice the size of Sims in his student cohort.

“Valentine, Valentine, let’s have a pillow fight!”
“Sure thing, Lois!” *WHOMP*
“OW!”
“Whoops, sorry! I guess I don’t know my own strength yet. Now hold still while I pull this pillow back out of your abdomen.”

Poor Lois, as if that bald patch she has isn’t enough.



She seems pretty happy by the next time she sees Valentine, though.



“…And that’s the story of how I hid six greyhounds under my bed once.”
“Oh Valentine, that’s so mmmrrrmph!
“That’s so what? Lois?”



“Mmrrgh! HAIR!
“Oh, right. Sorry.”

Lois seems like a nice girl, but to be honest I just don’t find her very interesting. I’d much rather have Valentine marry someone else. I could look around for other girls, but there’s just one little problem…



“So Curtis, I don’t want to brag–”
“But?”
“But you’ll never guess which cute little redhead has a compatible star sign with me!”
“What, Crazy Gerry?”
“...No, his niece. Lois.”



“Wait, you mean Lois Lancaster? As in, the only teenage girl in Lucky Palms, Lois Lancaster?”
“Yeah, that’s her.”
“Dude, she’s got maxed-out chest sliders and about four other guys she can choose from! What makes you think that she’ll want to go out with YOU?”
“Because she’s nice, and she’s pretty, and she left eyeshadow in my hair…”
“Come on Val, I bet she gets entangled in the scalps of loads of guys.”
“Maybe so, but I’m the only one of those guys who’s in the active household. If I want to be the heir, Lois and I will have to end up together.”



What these two have just demonstrated is one hundred per cent correct – apart from Lois and some older premades, there are NO additional spouse options for Valentine. Five pregnant townies, and only one of them had a girl.

Let’s all take a moment to look at Curtis. Isn’t he strangely attractive when he’s frustrated? Wouldn’t he be the perfect spouse if my Lucky Palms heir was female? I mean, I guess I could save him for Nectar, but they wouldn’t be adorable high-school sweethearts and he’d probably die before she could marry him anyway. This is exactly the sort of dilemma I was hoping to avoid in Lucky Palms. *sigh*



It’s not just the younger generation that has a surplus of masculine Sims - there’s even an all-male protest at City Hall. And what, do you ask, is the tyrannical institution opposed by men everywhere?



Marriage. How typical.

Okay, I’m sorry about that one. It was an easy joke, and I’m nothing if not opportunistic. And speaking of being opportunistic…



“Why, I have never seen so many fine young men in one place in all of my life! Tell me, which one will be least likely to flee from serious romantic commitment?”
“Uh, I think you may be at the wrong protest.”
“Nonsense! I am very opposed to the silly, fussy jewellery depicted on your signs!”



Poor Stella. Once again, she is romantically disappointed.

(By the way, what’s up with the Tanners protesting together back there?)



“Hey, Dad?”
“Yes, Glenn?”
“…Are things okay with you and Mum?”
“What? Don’t be ridiculous, of course they are! Why would you even ask something like that?”
“Uh, no reason.”



Gerard: “Why are all these people here? Isn’t this the library? I’m so confused!”

Have I mentioned how much I love having townie offspring around? Anyway, back to Stella:



“...And then they all surrounded me and sarcastically threw rice and hummed wedding tunes!”
“Oh, Stella.”
“And all I want is a dutiful lover who’ll do everything I dream of! Is that too much to ask?”
“Well, actually, yeah.”
What?!



“Stella, I know you’re lonely, but you can’t just force someone into loving you. That’s the reason why men don’t want to date you – you need to understand that male Sims are actually people. They’re unique and valuable individuals with traits and wishes of their own, not just big hunky ornaments that hang around to fulfil your every wish.”



“Fulfil my every wish? Why, that’s it! Thank you, sister, for showing me the way!”
“Uh, Stella, I’m not sure that’s–”
“No no no, you must not fret about me anymore. The next time we meet, I will finally be in looooove!”

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« Reply #434 on: March 18, 2013, 11:29:44 AM »


“Here you are, and here am I. Oh wishing well, how did it take so long for us to arrive at this point in life together? Why is it only now that I am desperate enough to resort to magic tricks? Is it my advancing middle age, or just the end result of the pent-up frustrations of the eternally alone? But enough of that - Oh benevolent fountain, hear my plea! It is with my every scrap of longing that I ask you to grant me a man of my own unable to resist my charms!”

“…”

“Oh, and I am sorry for writing scientific papers to discredit you all those times.”



*splash*
RIBBIT!
“Oh! I understand! Thank you, wishing well, for reminding me that Frog’s Legs are Omar’s favourite food!”



“Do not despair, my little entrée. I promise that you will barely feel a thing.”
Ribbit?
“Fine, you may feel something. It will be quite the trip to get to Omar’s heart via his stomach, after all. Oh hush, you will not be ribbiting when you’re lightly battered in flour with a lemon juice and garlic sauce and… and…”





“Dear heavens, what on Earth am I saying? I am an Animal Lover, not EVIL! Has… has my obsession with finding a mate cost me my one, slim shred of empathy? NOOOOO! I would rather die old and alone than in the arms of a lover if the way is paved with the tiny bones of innocent, slaughtered creatures! Forgive me, my darling amphibian, I am sorry! I am– ”





“What just happened? Who are you?!”



“I am Jan Bean, and what you witnessed was the breaking of my curse. For hundreds of years, I was bound to the form of a frog to punish me for my sins.”
“Sins?”
“Well, ‘sin’ to a frog. I’ll give you a hint: You got pretty close to committing one just now.”
Oh.
“Yes. Anyway, your compassion has finally freed me from my prison of a body. I know not who you are, strange woman of the desert, but you have my eternal gratitude.”



“I would be happy to receive it. I am Stella Jones, and you, my friend, are one attractive frog.”



And so, Stella found happiness not just from being in a relationship, but from the knowledge that she could indeed feel selfless love for another living being (specifically, a Bean being). Having initially known Jan Bean as a frog, she was able to see him first for his mind instead of his abilities or physical attributes. And they all lived happily ever… Actually, no, he just moved in with the rest of the Jones household. This ought to be interesting.



Jan Bean (who I’m just calling “Bean” from now on, because it’s cute) gets new look fit for a former frog to make his generic features more exciting.  His traits are Brave, Party Animal, Neat, Ambitious, and Lucky, and he aspires to become a Master Mixologist. You're not going to believe it, but his favourite food? Is Frog’s Legs. Now that’s just not right.



One of the cacti is sold to make room for a special professional mixology bar. Judging by the look on Bean’s face, he’s already reconsidering his Lifetime Wish.



“Excuse me, sir! It may be my daughter’s birthday, but I don’t recall hiring a bartending clown.”
“Ah, you must be Amanda. I am Bean, companion of Stella.”
“Companion of Stella? Wow, just how long have you been drinking?”
“I do not think you understand. I was rescued by the beautiful Stella from an eternity of torment in a water feature.”
“…Right, whatever. Anyway, now that you’re here you might as well join us for a slice of cake.”



And so he does. Clown or not, you have to admit Bean adds to the festive atmosphere.



Nectar becomes an exotic-looking girl, as well as a total Slob. Yeah, don’t let the delicate features fool you; she’s actually quite the tomboy. One of the first things she wishes for is a block table.



Mandy continues to lavish constant attention on her daughter. They have one of the highest-level relationships in the house and all of it is because of Mandy’s persistence.

“Hi there, sweetheart! Come and give Mummy a hug!”
“Again?”
“Yes, again. How's your day going, pumpkin?”
“Exactly the same as it was going ten minutes ago, Mum.”
“Okay, just checking, dear. I'll be back again in five.”



Hey, you know who hasn’t gotten much attention this chapter? Omar. That’s because he’s been busy, but not for very much longer. All alone at Diamondback’s, Omar strums one last chord and breaks into a smile. That’s the sound of a Level 10 Guitar player, and a Master of the Arts! Congratulations buddy, now you can paint all day and monitor your son for suspicious animal-related behaviour!



“Valentine, what have you got behind that curtain?”
“Nothing!”
“Are you sure there’s not a cat there?”
“Yeah yeah, of course!”

This is a rather humorously-posed picture, and I get that those can arise through coincidence. What seems a bit more suspicious, however, is THIS happening moments later:



Yes, that's a stray cat that I swear I didn't see earlier passing away from old age. The really strange thing is that the thumbnail for the Mourn interaction shows its ghost to be blue, which means it had a suspiciously good life for a stray cat living on the streets.



Hmmm. Whatever else happens, I'm definitely going to have to keep an eye on these two.




Note on the number of images: These two posts contain less than 50 pictures between them, but because of the way the story came out I wound up having slightly more images in the first post and may have gone over the limit a little. I hope it's OK to leave it as it is, but otherwise I'll shuffle things around to work it out.

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Re: The Jones Random Town Jump, "Chapter 59 - It's Raining Men"
« Reply #435 on: March 18, 2013, 02:14:22 PM »
“Hey, Dad?”
“Yes, Glenn?”
“…Are things okay with you and Mum?”
“What? Don’t be ridiculous, of course they are! Why would you even ask something like that?”
“Uh, no reason.”

Too funny! And, OMG...Bean?! I love it :) Great update, Ausette!

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Re: The Jones Random Town Jump, "Chapter 59 - It's Raining Men"
« Reply #436 on: March 18, 2013, 05:30:23 PM »
LOL, I love the name "Bean" and Omar's hair, its just so... big :D

“Hi there, sweetheart! Come and give Mummy a hug!”
“Again?”
“Yes, again. How's your day going, pumpkin?”
“Exactly the same as it was going ten minutes ago, Mum.”
“Okay, just checking, dear. I'll be back again in five.”
This was my favorite part! Oh, and seriously Bean? Your favorite food was your own legs? Sheesh, I would never eat my own legs, they would taste HORRIBLE :P

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Re: The Jones Random Town Jump, "Chapter 59 - It's Raining Men"
« Reply #437 on: March 19, 2013, 08:06:04 PM »
Valentine's hairstyle is awesome. The curtain picture was hilarious!  ;D

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Re: The Jones Random Town Jump, "Chapter 59 - It's Raining Men"
« Reply #438 on: March 20, 2013, 12:01:05 AM »
Thanks guys, I'm glad my crummy jokes are still hitting the mark  :). I love the name Bean as well; it, and a lot of other humourous moments, were actually generated by the game this time.

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Re: The Jones Random Town Jump, "Chapter 59 - It's Raining Men"
« Reply #439 on: March 20, 2013, 12:25:36 AM »
Thanks guys, I'm glad my crummy jokes are still hitting the mark  :). I love the name Bean as well; it, and a lot of other humourous moments, were actually generated by the game this time.

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I do hope Stella procreates with her frog prince before she gets all old  :D

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« Reply #440 on: March 20, 2013, 07:10:03 AM »
Stella got someone! Lol, I hope there will be a nooboo. I love the updates. :)

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« Reply #441 on: March 20, 2013, 09:52:53 AM »
Hilarious update! I love Bean and his kooky outfit. Love Valentine's hair, too.

Too funny about Bean's favorite food being frog legs! Loved the protest pics and dialogue, too.

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« Reply #442 on: March 20, 2013, 10:21:16 AM »
That protest may just be why Lois is the only female teenager in town. :P

Welcome to the insanity family, Bean! Poor guy doesn't know what he's in for being attached to Stella. I can't believe that Hope is still around. I've always loved her...

Very cute and hilarious as usual. :D

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Re: The Jones Random Town Jump, "Chapter 59 - It's Raining Men"
« Reply #443 on: March 22, 2013, 06:07:35 AM »
Hilarious updates! It's nice to see that Stella finally has someone. Loved every bit.  :)

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« Reply #444 on: March 22, 2013, 09:57:34 PM »
^^
I do hope Stella procreates with her frog prince before she gets all old  :D
Stella got someone! Lol, I hope there will be a nooboo. I love the updates. :)

You're not going to like this, but I don't think it will be possible for Bean and Stella to have a child in this town jump. Both Valentine and Nectar have love interests in my game, so if I add another Sim then the house will be full and I'll have to leave a Sim or two behind when I move to the next world. By then, all the Sims of the older generation will be elders and unable to reproduce. I'm really sorry  :(. Maybe I could have them establish a family in an alternate file when I'm finished?

Hilarious update! I love Bean and his kooky outfit. Love Valentine's hair, too.

Too funny about Bean's favorite food being frog legs! Loved the protest pics and dialogue, too.

Thanks ilovebakedgoods  :). I'm really happy that Bean is getting a positive reception; the frog prince was always going to be a risk with his random traits and appearance, and I get the feeling you guys would accept only the best for Stella.

That protest may just be why Lois is the only female teenager in town. :P

Welcome to the insanity family, Bean! Poor guy doesn't know what he's in for being attached to Stella. I can't believe that Hope is still around. I've always loved her...

Very cute and hilarious as usual. :D

Lol, good point! Lucky Palms must be slowly evolving into some kind of bachelor colony. It's a good thing we won't be spending multiple generations there.

I'm glad you share my fondness for Hope. I know she doesn't do much, but I'm going to miss having her around.

Hilarious updates! It's nice to see that Stella finally has someone. Loved every bit.  :)

Thank you, Roxanne. Loving every bit is one of the best compliments you could give me.  :)

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Re: The Jones Random Town Jump, "Chapter 59 - It's Raining Men"
« Reply #445 on: March 22, 2013, 10:07:29 PM »
You're not going to like this, but I don't think it will be possible for Bean and Stella to have a child in this town jump. Both Valentine and Nectar have love interests in my game, so if I add another Sim then the house will be full and I'll have to leave a Sim or two behind when I move to the next world. By then, all the Sims of the older generation will be elders and unable to reproduce. I'm really sorry  :(. Maybe I could have them establish a family in an alternate file when I'm finished?

Thanks ilovebakedgoods  :). I'm really happy that Bean is getting a positive reception; the frog prince was always going to be a risk with his random traits and appearance, and I get the feeling you guys would accept only the best for Stella.

I think that would be nice, and that Stella would enjoy having children.....(Maybe Stella could be a founder of a Dynasty or Legacy? She could be eccentric in her old age lol)

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« Reply #446 on: March 23, 2013, 10:42:07 AM »
I think that would be nice, and that Stella would enjoy having children.....(Maybe Stella could be a founder of a Dynasty or Legacy? She could be eccentric in her old age lol)
It will be awesome if Stella get her own story. It can be a short story. :)

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« Reply #447 on: March 31, 2013, 06:41:30 AM »
I think that would be nice, and that Stella would enjoy having children.....(Maybe Stella could be a founder of a Dynasty or Legacy? She could be eccentric in her old age lol)
It will be awesome if Stella get her own story. It can be a short story. :)

Those sound like good ideas! As much as I love the idea of Stella in a Dynasty, I don't think I'd be able to play a challenge with actual rules. I'll definitely throw "Stella Story" on the pile with the other two or three story concepts I have planned for after the Joneses.  ;)

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« Reply #448 on: March 31, 2013, 07:54:27 AM »
Chapter 60 – Cactus Court[ing]



Will you look at that - It’s the night before the school dance and Valentine doesn't have a date yet. I decide to throw a last-minute sleepover with all the Lucky Palms kids to give Valentine a chance to talk to Lois. In retrospect, inviting all the other boys she can choose from probably isn’t the most competitive strategy.

Glenn: “That’s the girl we’re all competing for? Niiiiice!



That said, don’t think that this is going to be a crazy teenage party. After dinner, all the kids autonomously sit down and have a little study session together. It’s good to see that everyone here is well-adjusted and responsible.



Except for the adults, that is.

“Hey, kids! Who wants drinks?”   

NO! Bad Hope! Wait, on second thoughts go ahead and get Lois drunk. Valentine needs all the help he can get, because it looks like he'll only have the morning hours - as soon as they've finished their homework, all the teens get out their sleeping bags and settle in for an early night's rest. OK, just what kind of teenagers are these guys?! Even I wasn't this boring in high school!



Luckily, Rudolpho periodically drifts through and wakes everybody up.

Rudolpho: “Look, a ghost!”
Gerard: “WHERE?”



“Lois, I want to ask you… Uncle Rudy? Do you think you could give us some privacy?”
“No, I am quite content where I am.”
“You sure?”
“Yes. Don’t worry, I won’t listen.”
“…Uh, whatever then. Lois, do you want to go to the dance with me?”



Yay, she accepts! In the least romantic way possible! ...That's not very promising, but maybe they'll hit it off better at the actual dance...?



“Wow Valentine, I can’t believe you hired a limo just for us! But why did you make me sit in the front with the driver?”
“Oh, no reason. It’s not we were smuggling a deer in the back or anything.”

Despite her attitude, Lois does indeed share a kiss with Valentine, and even asks him to go steady during the slow dance. Our little Prom King should be as happy as a clam, but something about the whole arrangement doesn't sit right with me. It feels less like a whirlwind romance and more like a "Let's get all this out of the way offscreen". I hope they warm up to each other or this is going to be a very long and unfulfilling marriage.



Valentine and Lois are nothing like Stella and Bean; if I leave those two on free will, all they do is dance around the house being all silly and romantic with each other.

“How’s my beautiful scientist today?”
“I am well. And how is my little tree frog?”

These two are ridiculous. They don’t just pop wishes; they satisfy them. Autonomously. I didn’t even know the makeout option could BE autonomous, but there you go! These guys are so amorous that they even try to invent NEW options:



New, incredibly disturbing options.

“Embrace me, my love! Right here in the kitchen!”
“Oh Stella, I have no idea how you did that and I do not even care! My luscious temptress, how could I possibly resist your rounded, supple bod–“



“…There’s a child right behind me, isn’t there?”
“Do not worry, dear. I am completely pixelated, ergo this is fine. Now kiss me!”

This is the point where I pull out my hair and chant "It's just a game! Sims can't get scarred for life!" over and over to myself.



“Nectar, sweetie, could you play in your room for a bit? Mummy doesn’t want you to see this.”
“See what?”
“See me scream like a banshee at Auntie Stella for traumatizing my daughter and defiling my lovely kitchen.”
“But Mum, you tell me everything! I'm just going to hear about this from you later anyway!”



Don't worry, Bean survives his indiscretion and even strikes up an arrangement with fellow Party Animal Hope. See, Bean can ask Sims to help him practice Mixology, and since Hope has nothing to do all day it makes perfect sense to put her decades of experience into teaching him the way of the perfect cocktail.

“What do you think, wise master?”
“I think I feel my tastebuds crawling off my tongue! You have much to learn, young grasshopper.”
“Such as what, master?”
“Such as how to make a Grasshopper that doesn’t taste like curdled toothpaste.”

Hmmm, maybe Bean isn’t quite ready to bartend at the next birthday party.



The next birthday party turns out to be Nectar’s, and I’m pleasantly surprised to discover that she’ll be a teenager at the same time as all the boys in town. Perhaps we can get her a high school sweetheart after all!



She looks a lot like Hope, doesn’t she? Nectar gains the Natural Born Performer trait, cementing her future as the perfect acrobat. I’m running out of hairstyles that look good on the Jones-Brown-Jones jaw, so please excuse me for using the one that makes Nectar look like she has a monobrow.



It’s at this point that I start scouting the party for boys for Nectar to flirt with, including the lovely Curtis Shaw pictured here. I was planning on having a nice meet-and-greet session, but Curtis… Curtis kind of takes things into his own hands.

Okay. Remember when I made that joke about Curtis mistaking Valentine’s “hot little redhead” for Gerard Lancaster? After I wrote that, I reread my notes and thought “Hey, wouldn’t it be funny if Curtis actually WAS attracted to Gerard and they ended up together through Story Progression?” I bring that up because, well, it turns out I wasn’t far off the mark. See, Curtis is Inappropriate, and Inappropriate Sims tend to plant kisses on Sims they like. So you can imagine my surprise when Curtis spontaneously expresses his passionate love for…



Valentine.

Unfortunately for Curtis, Valentine is a bit taken aback.



“WHAT do you think you’re trying to do?!”
“Gee, I wonder. What kind of question is that?”
“It… Curt, I have a girlfriend! She’s holding a plate of seafood right behind me as we speak!”
“Lois eats meat? Really? You honestly think you could be happy with a carnivore?”
“It’s not a big deal. Lois is my friend and we even have compatible star signs.”
“So do we.”
“We –  Argh! Just… We’ll talk about this later, OK? It’s my baby sister’s birthday, and this is way too sudden.”
“Sudden? Val, we’re Sims. This is like a decade-long affair in human years.”
“I SAID LATER!”



Curtis at least has the courtesy to autonomously leave early and give me a bit of time to think. Oh Curtis, why do you have to make things so hard for me? I was planning on making Valentine the heir for this generation! I suppose now that Nectar’s a teenager she's actually a valid alternative as the heir. There's still three boys to pick from, so I think I'll introduce her to them and see how things work out.



Naturally, I send Nectar to meet my favourite option first.

“You live in a theatre? I can’t believe I didn’t know that!”
“Huh?”
“That is SO cool! I love performing arts and stuff!”
“Oh, right. Well, I suppose it IS appropriate for all the hand-puppet shows my Insane trait forces me to conduct. Isn’t that right, Thumbsy?”



Hallelujah, we have attraction! Apparently they’re compatible because both of them have the Brave trait.

Wait a second – Gerard Lancaster, Brave? This must be a Cowardly Lion sort of thing, because the emotion that Gerard most commonly expresses can be best described as “panic”.



“Hey, Gerry! Pillow fight!”
“Huh? What’s going on? What are these fluffy things? Nectar, help me! I’m so confused!”

Oh, Gerry. You’ll make a fine addition to the family. With that relationship established, Nectar has also granted her brother a little flexibility. That night, Valentine invites Curtis out to the pier to see if they’re actually compatible.



“Hey Valentine! You know, I didn’t mean to freak you out in front of everyone. I'm sorry.”
“No you're not.”
“Ha, you’re right. So I guess this means you no longer want to be friends?”
“Kind of.”
“Ouch. I really like you, Valentine, but I guess if that’s what you want…”



“Actually, what I want is to be more than friends.”
What?
“Yeah. You did freak me out at first, but the more I thought about things, the more I realised that I’m not in love with Lois and I probably never will be. I mean, I pretty much knew that already, but I reasoned that none of the other heirs in my family had much choice in spouses either, and they all ended up pretty happy anyway. I just felt like I had to date Lois because that’s what anyone else in my place would do, and it’s not like I had much of a reason not to either.”
“But how do you feel about me?”
“Well, you’re my best friend. We’ve grown up together, we’ve got common interests, and now that we’ve tried romantic interactions, I realise I find you Attractive Company.”



“So, you’re saying you think this could work?”
“Yeah, that’s pretty much what I’m saying.”
“Wow.”
“Indeed.”
“So… now what?”
“Do you want to break curfew and try to get arrested?”
“Do I ever!”

And that’s exactly what they do. And all the teens live happily ever after, except of course for poor slighted Lois Lancaster (who I’m going to give a boyfriend out of guilt once the Joneses leave town).



You’re breaking up with me?!”
“Lois, I’m sorry! Even if I was attracted to girls, you’re just not a very interesting character.”
“I don’t HAVE to be interesting! I’m the only Sim in town you can make babies with! We should end up together by default!”
“Look, I said I was sorry! I’m sure there’s someone else out there for you. In fact, I think Ted Hudson shares your Loner trait. So you can be utterly alone for the rest of eternity… together?”
Uuurrgh!

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Re: The Jones Random Town Jump, "Chapter 60 - Cactus Court[ing]"
« Reply #449 on: March 31, 2013, 08:17:57 AM »
Way to go trading one redhead for another. I think Valentine is going to be much happier with this arrangement.

 

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