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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook
« Reply #100 on: December 16, 2012, 11:13:28 AM »
Chapter 10: Life Choices



“Yes, Ana.  Of course I understand… but I don’t know how I’m going to convince Will.  Please keep an eye on him.  Don’t let him do anything silly... afterwards.”





“Will, darling, we have to face the fact that I’m getting older.”
“But why can’t you take some more of Grandmamma’s medicine and be young again?”
“Because there’s not enough room in the house.  I’d love to stay here with you and watch our family grow up but it’s not going to happen.  I need to make way for Emily’s children… and their children.”
“Why can’t Aunt Vicky move out instead?  Why do you have to… go?”
“You all need Vicky.  She’s a better cook than I am.  In fact, she’s better at lots of things.  And she’s been here almost since the beginning.  She’s earned the right to stay as long as she wants....
"I’m not afraid of dying, Will.  I’ve been there before, remember… but I do worry about you.  Don’t get so wrapped up in your composing that you forget to look after yourself.



“You will eat properly, won’t you?  None of that junk you used to eat on tour.  Why don’t you learn to cook?  And make sure you get plenty of fruit and veg.”



“All right, TP, I will… but I don’t know how I’m going to cope without you.”



“I’ll wait for you, Will.  I promise we’ll be together again one day.”



Will was playing the guitar when it happened.



“No!  TP!  You can’t leave me so soon!”



Tina was laid to rest in the family mausoleum.







“…And it was that same evening that Emily realised she was pregnant.



“Poor girl, she must have been so confused – mourning her mother but happy about the baby.  Or babies, as it turned out.  She had twins, Olivia and Frederic.



“Children these days grow up so quickly – or maybe I am just feeling my age at last.  It seems such a short time since they were babies and now they have grown up and moved out.



“And then yesterday Emily told me that she is expecting again.”



Emily was surprised by how much she enjoyed motherhood.  She’d tried going back to work several times while Liv and Freddie were growing up but found it hard to settle to a job.  After a few days in a new career, she’d decide she’d rather be at home with the children. She hadn’t even picked up a paintbrush since before the twins were born - they were young for such a short time and she wanted to make the most of it.  She knew that neither of them was the child that Great-grandmamma Ana was waiting for but they were still great kids.  Both had inherited her mother’s love of gardening and, as soon as they were old enough, they moved out to start their own business, a plant nursery.  Freddie seemed to have ideas about establishing a vineyard, too.  Somewhere as misty as Twinbrook didn’t seem like the best location for nectar-making but Emily didn’t have the heart to dissuade him.

As soon as the twins were gone, she succumbed to broodiness.  She adopted a kitten from one of her friends but, much as she loved Marmaduke, it just wasn’t the same.





Kid wanted more children, too, and they were still young enough to raise a second family.



It was twins again, and this time they both took after their daddy.  How was she ever going to be able to choose just one as heir?





With two potential heirs to bring up, she was very busy indeed.  Kid took some time off work to help.





Georgina and Isabella were a delight and threatened to monopolise everyone’s attention, not just their parents’.



But then there was a worrying and completely unexpected development.

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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook: chapter 10 (continued)
« Reply #101 on: December 19, 2012, 07:01:23 AM »


“TP, I’m so sorry!  I don't know what to do.  I said I’d look after them and now they’re gone.  I’ve looked and looked but I can’t find them anywhere.”
“Will, calm down.  What have you lost?  Your photo collection?”
“No, not photos.  The girls.  Lee and Kate.



 “I went over to their house a couple of weeks ago and no-one answered the door.  So I looked in the window.  Couldn't see anyone.



“Then I thought, ‘might as well take advantage of being a ghost’ and sort of drifted inside.  The house was deserted, TP.  No sign of anyone living there.  I went round to all the neighbours to ask if they knew anything – but all of the houses on that end of the island are empty.  So then I really started to panic.  Had there been some sort of disaster?  A disease?  No, it couldn’t be that.  Grandmamma Ana would have told us – remember how she kept going on about that lolcosis epidemic?  In the end, I went to the cemetery to check their records.



“Nothing – which is good, I suppose – but I’ve been asking around town and nobody’s seen them in weeks.”
“Have you told the rest of the family?”
“Yes – well, I haven’t said anything to Emily yet.  The twins need all of her attention at the moment.  I don’t think she’s even noticed that Lee and Kate haven’t phoned in a while.  I’ll have to tell her soon, though.”



“But Mum had an idea.  We could find more people to ask if we deliberately went out and attracted a crowd.  So we’ve both been holding autograph sessions and I’ve been playing for tips again.



“There’s still no news.  I don’t know what to do next – but, TP, I promise you I will never stop looking for them.  I’ll find them somehow.”




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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (small update 19 Dec)
« Reply #102 on: December 19, 2012, 01:34:20 PM »
Awww :( do you suppose they've moved out of town? Did you check the newspaper?

By the way, I love the old-fashioned names and cute little nicknames all the ghosts get.
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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (small update 19 Dec)
« Reply #103 on: December 19, 2012, 04:24:28 PM »
Awww :( do you suppose they've moved out of town? Did you check the newspaper?

No, I didn't check the paper.  Probably should have but I always cancel it.  I think it's one of those minor glitches I'm getting because of playing so many ghosts.  For some reason, the game doesn't really seem to be set up for it :o.   They really have disappeared.  Maybe they've just become like normal NPC ghosts.  Certainly, they're not in anyone's relationship panels even though they are still in the family tree – and they can't be invited to parties.  Rather irritating after forking out the money to buy their house  ???.  Hal and Ed are still 'alive' and well next door, by the way, although I get regular pop-ups to say that one of them is about to die and they're not in the family tree any more, despite everyone in the active family recognising them as the correct type of relative.  Jan Bingham, Hal's fiancée, died of old age a long time ago but they're still going strong.  Liv and Fred are still fine and pop over to visit frequently.  I wish I could have had one of them as heir.  As I sort-of implied in the story, I aged them up as fast as possible and accepted random traits – which were great.  Liv was brave and a slob as a baby and added never nude, green thumb and savvy sculptor; Fred started with excitable (one of my favourite traits) and absent-minded and then added snob, party animal and green thumb.  I wish the two potential heirs had traits that good.

I didn't really mean to leave a cliffhanger, by the way.  This part was supposed to be in the last chapter but I ran out of screenshot space - so I decided to put this bit in the next chapter. Except that the game decided to play out differently and the next chapter isn't coming out the way I expected.  (I have an overall plan for this story but am adjusting it to fit the game.)

By the way, I love the old-fashioned names and cute little nicknames all the ghosts get.

The old-fashioned names are all family names (I'm a bit of a genealogy geek when not Simming).

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« Reply #104 on: December 19, 2012, 08:13:10 PM »
Oh wow, that is so cool! A very cool way to honour family.
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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (small update 19 Dec)
« Reply #105 on: December 21, 2012, 11:11:33 AM »
Oh wow, that is so cool! A very cool way to honour family.

I'm not sure they'd see it that way  ;).  Given my grandfather's horror at the idea of card games (and by 'card games', I mean things like Snap), I'm not sure he'd take too kindly to having a Sim named after him :o.  Sometime, I should use some of the odder names - really obscure Biblical/classical ones and a bizarre outbreak of uber-Goth names in the nineteenth century :D - not to mention the poor kid named Victoria Jubilee.

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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (small update 19 Dec)
« Reply #106 on: December 21, 2012, 12:20:23 PM »
I'm not sure they'd see it that way  ;).  Given my grandfather's horror at the idea of card games (and by 'card games', I mean things like Snap), I'm not sure he'd take too kindly to having a Sim named after him :o.  Sometime, I should use some of the odder names - really obscure Biblical/classical ones and a bizarre outbreak of uber-Goth names in the nineteenth century :D - not to mention the poor kid named Victoria Jubilee.

I have a great-great grandfather called Edwerd. Not Edward (although there's one of those too), but Edwerd. Names are always heaps of fun, and I'd love to see more from your family. :)

I'm still reading this story faithfully. I love how you've worked in the disappearance of Lee and Kate, and I can't wait to see how Georgina and Isabella turn out. I wonder if they'll get that nose.  :o



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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (small update 19 Dec)
« Reply #107 on: December 23, 2012, 05:16:52 AM »
Edwerd?  That is unusual.

I can't wait to see how Georgina and Isabella turn out. I wonder if they'll get that nose.  :o
One of them did.  Poor girl.

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« Reply #108 on: December 23, 2012, 10:13:47 AM »
Chapter 11a: Life of Brian

They were twins – and so were their special friends.  They’d been paired almost since birth.  Babyhood was a vague, confusing time.  Separation from the twin who’d always been there.  Warmth, comfort, snuggling.  Darkness.  Light.  Colours, gradually settling into patterns and then recognisable objects.  Occasional cries from the other cot.  Is that you?

Toddlerhood brought more comprehension and new experiences.  Now they could all start to play together.



At least, they could play when their friends weren’t being taken away by their parents for lessons.  Why did they need to learn how to walk and talk?  Didn’t everyone know that already?  All it took was being placed on the ground at the right time: then they’d be able to do everything.  Apparently it didn’t work like that for humans.  Georgie and her sister had to be taught.  Then they were taken off somewhere for a whole day to ‘read books’, whatever that meant.

Now that Georgie could talk, she gave him a name.  He'd had a vague idea that he was called Puzzle but now that Georgie had chosen a different name for him, that became his real name.  The special name.  His only possible name.  He was Brian.

Then, one day, there was a cake.





That was the trigger he needed.  Brian asked Georgie to put him down on the floor.





At last!  Now he could talk to her properly.  She seemed pleased, too.



She had to do a lot of studying…





…and homework…



…but they had plenty of time for fun as well.



Sometimes, when Georgie wasn’t around, Brian heard the grown-ups talking.  Something about air – and they seemed worried.  He listened harder.  It seemed that either Georgie or Izzy was an Air.  He knew they weren’t as solid as he was but he thought they were a bit more substantial than that.

Later, Georgie taught him to read and he realised how silly he’d been.  It was ‘heir’, not ‘air’.  So what did that mean?  He wasn’t quite sure whether to ask Georgie about it but eventually decided to wait until they were both bigger.  Sometimes, though, Brian had a feeling that his brother knew more than he did.  He’d certainly become very secretive lately.







As teenagers, Georgie and her sister had more freedom but also more to do.  They both had part-time jobs at the graveyard after school.  Brian and his brother had to learn to wait patiently at home until their friends came back.  On their days off, the girls went to the library instead.  Once, they stayed there too long.





The grown-ups were furious but Georgie told Brian it was fun anyway.  He wished he had a curfew to break.

Growing up also brought new interests.  Brian tried not to mind.



Playing it cool was probably right.  Soon Omari was just a friend again and Georgie had taken up a new hobby instead.  It involved a lot of trampling around in tubs of fruit (and slipping over frequently).





Next to the fruit tubs were funny machines that steamed and whistled – and Georgie spent a lot of time fiddling with them.  She said that the machines produced a nice drink that made people happy but it seemed an odd way to go about things.  Couldn’t she just tell a few jokes instead?

And then they all grew up.





After they’d finished eating their cake, Georgie’s great-great grandmother took both human twins off for A Serious Talk.  Brian wondered whether he’d finally find out whether Georgie was the heir – and just what that meant.  As soon as she was free, he asked her.

Georgie was upset.  It seemed that either she or her sister would have to move out of the house.  The heir could stay but would have more tasks to do.  Family was very important to Brian.  He hoped Georgie would stay with hers, whatever it took.  He asked her who had been chosen as heir.

“Great-Great didn’t tell us what to do.  She says we’re evenly matched and it’s up to us.”
You must stay, Georgie.  It’s your family, after all.



“Stop going on about family all the time.  You sound just like Great-Great.  It’s our choice.  Ours!  Mine and Izzy’s.  Not yours, Brian.”

It was the first time she’d ever yelled at him.



Georgie and her sister stayed up all night talking – and eventually they reached a decision.

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« Reply #109 on: December 23, 2012, 10:47:09 AM »
Chapter 11b: Life of Riley

Riley hated being a toddler.  Izzy’s affection was so… physical.  The hugs and singing were nice enough but being used for drum practice wasn’t fun at all.  Of course, he wanted to be best friends with her – but couldn’t she confine the domestic abuse to her teddy?  At least she wasn’t one of those children who wanted to name their toys themselves.  He was Riley, as he always had been – which was only right.



Izzy had a lot of things to learn.  It seemed that humans had to be taught simple things like walking and talking – and then there was all that business with the potty.  If they didn’t keep giving her bottles, she’d probably be all right.  Riley didn’t need a potty.

At last, Izzy had a birthday.  Not before time – he was sure some of his stuffing was getting damaged.





As soon as the cake was eaten, she was taken off for tutoring – and put Riley on the floor nearby to watch.



He did more than watch.  At last he had the chance to show her he was more than a toy.  Take that, Teddy!



As soon as she noticed him changing, Izzy asked if she could stop studying for the day.  Now they could be real friends.



The adults in the house were worried.  They didn’t talk about it when the girls were around but Brian and Riley had overheard snatches of conversation that made it clear that something was going on.  Then, one afternoon, he was on his way to welcome Izzy home from school when he stumbled on a family argument and found out what had happened.



People had disappeared!  They’d moved house and now they’d gone completely.  Obviously, moving out was dangerous.  He wanted to live!  He’d better make sure that Izzy stayed here for ever and ever.



Gradually, he discovered more.  Izzy and her sister were in competition, although they didn’t know it yet.  The one who did best would stay in the house.  The other would have to leave.  Well, he’d better make sure that Izzy won.  She was doing well so far.  Although they were equally good academically, Izzy was better at ballet.



She was picked to dance the lead at the end-of-term performance, while her sister was just in a group dance.

Then they all became teenagers.



Izzy started writing a book, which seemed like a sensible hobby.  According to Brian, his human was spending most of her free time in the cellar, sitting in tubs of squishy fruit.  The girl was clearly mad.



Writing took a long time, though, and it made Izzy bad-tempered.  When he could, Riley lured her away from the study to have some fun.



Georgie might be a bit odd but she was doing better than Izzy in high school.  And she had a boyfriend.  Clearly, Izzy needed a pep talk.  Maybe she should give the writing a rest for now and concentrate on other things.



Ah, yes.  That was better.

Soon, Izzy was standing in front of another cake and making a wish.





Don’t wish to leave home!

Unnoticed by the rest of the family, Riley had a birthday, too.



It was time for some serious family discussions.  Riley made sure he was there, even if he couldn’t join in.  Ana praised Izzy’s book… and the strange drinks Georgie had made.



She congratulated them on their achievements so far and then she went on to talk about the future.  One of them would be heir and would have more tasks to perform as an adult.  The other could do what she wanted – but would have to move out of the house.  The family thought Georgie and Izzy were equally well suited to being heir, so it was up to them to choose.

It was a tough decision: a secure future but with tasks mapped out – and an arranged marriage – or freedom but having to make their own way in the world.  Only Riley knew that there was rather more than security at stake.  He wanted to tell Izzy but she was too busy talking to her family.  Saying goodbye?  Then she and her twin locked themselves in the living room.

Georgie talked about what she’d do if she stayed.  She was very convincing and Izzy seemed impressed.



Oh no!

Riley was furious with himself – why hadn’t he insisted on Izzy going to debating club with her sister instead of working on the school paper?  Then Izzy put her case.  That was better.



But then she started talking about why she was better suited to moving.  Peace and quiet for writing.  No Great-Great interfering in her life.

Izzy, don’t say that!

Georgie came right back with Izzy’s hatred of the outdoors. She didn’t mind being outside – and she liked flirting.  If she stayed here with all those relatives watching, her opportunities were going to be severely limited.

Go Georgie!

The arguments went backwards and forwards all night but by morning they had reached a decision.


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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (updated 23 December)
« Reply #110 on: December 23, 2012, 03:36:19 PM »
I wonder who the heir is. Personally, I want Georgie to be heir.

I love how the chapters were in the imaginary friends' points of view. I'm guessing that is the next life state?
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« Reply #111 on: December 23, 2012, 04:25:05 PM »
I have a feeling I know who the next spouse is going to be (really, the choices are rather slim by now).

I know that they'll make the right decision about who gets heiress'd. :)

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« Reply #112 on: December 23, 2012, 05:09:17 PM »
I have a feeling I know who the next spouse is going to be (really, the choices are rather slim by now).

I know that they'll make the right decision about who gets heiress'd. :)

Considering there's only fire, drowning and old age left, there's not many ghosts left, lol

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« Reply #113 on: December 23, 2012, 10:18:11 PM »
Considering there's only fire, drowning and old age left, there's not many ghosts left, lol
We only have two left. Fire was gen 2.
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« Reply #114 on: December 23, 2012, 10:34:46 PM »
Generation two was electrocution, not fire. So there are three ghost-types left, but I think Hazelnut said that she wants to avoid old age. So two left; fire and drowning. Funny how they're opposites. :P

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« Reply #115 on: December 24, 2012, 03:37:47 AM »
I love how the chapters were in the imaginary friends' points of view. I'm guessing that is the next life state?

No.  The next unique best friend is likely to be imaginary but the spouse will be a ghost.

I have a feeling I know who the next spouse is going to be.

I have a feeling you're right :).

Considering there's only fire, drowning and old age left, there's not many ghosts left, lol

But they are the three types of ghost that are most widely available if everything goes pear-shaped and I end up having to move towns.  I'd really hate to have to move at this stage - especially given the story title - but the file is getting glitchy and I've been planning for the worst, just in case.

I wonder who the heir is. Personally, I want Georgie to be heir.

I know that they'll make the right decision about who gets heiress'd. :)

Choosing the heir was practically impossible.  Serves me right for moaning about not having a choice in earler generations :P.  This time I had two who were equally (un)suited.  Every birthday, I expected one of them to roll a definitely good or bad trait but they kept getting pretty neutral ones.  Georgie is disciplined/perceptive/dog person/klepto/flirty and Izzy is disciplined/hates the outdoors/heavy sleeper/over-emotional/clumsy.  They both rolled the Renaissance Sim LTW as teenagers (on the same day, naturally :) ).


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« Reply #117 on: December 26, 2012, 11:15:00 AM »
Happy Christmas to you and to all the Twinbrook ghosts!
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Chapter 12: A Life for a Life

Izzy had started to feel that she’d made a horrible mistake. It had seemed like the right decision at the time but was it really?  They’d spent so long talking around in circles that maybe they’d just got confused.  They were certainly exhausted by the time morning broke.  And then they had to go to graduation.



Izzy graduated as valedictorian, much to her surprise.  Georgie had seemed to be doing better all through high school.  Their classmates didn’t seem to have much respect for them, though: Izzy was voted most likely to burn down her own house and Georgie was most likely to get arrested.  After the ceremony, the sisters hugged goodbye and Georgie moved out.



It was lonely without her twin.  She still had Riley, of course, but he was such a weirdo.  He’d be friendly one minute and then mean the next.  He didn’t like her new hobby either.  Georgie had given her a book before she left and now she was putting what she’d learnt from it into practice.



Riley didn’t really understand about food and drink – how could he?  He couldn’t believe that anyone would pay to drink something that had had someone’s feet in it.  And then he laughed at her when she fell over.  Which, she had to admit, she did rather a lot.  It was a relief to go back to her writing.



With her tasks progressing nicely, it was time to start thinking about the next generation of Gooles.  Reluctantly, she visited the graveyard at night.



The ghosts were getting concerned.  First Steward had left the graveyard and never been seen again, then the same thing had happened to Kid.  When Lacy came over on one of her periodic visits from the other side of town, she’d told them there were rumours of ghosts going missing from other places, too.

A few of them had seen strange ghosts around the cemetery from time to time and little Wilhelmina said she’d seen one of them talking to Kid just before his gravestone disappeared.  What was going on?



Bob-Andy Baker had had a happy life.  An adored young wife, two small sons and great plans for the future.  What more could anyone want?  With his love of plants and her love of cooking, he and Mary were going to start their own restaurant one day.  Excellent ingredients, cooked to perfection.  In the meantime, they were bringing up their boys and saving every Simoleon they could.

He’d decided that angling would be a useful extra skill – Mary could cook the best fish and the extras would make good fertiliser.  But then, one foggy morning, he got lost in the swamps in pursuit of the one that got away.  The mud was very cold, very soft and very, very deep.

And then he was a ghost.

He’d heard it said that people with unfinished business came back as ghosts.  He certainly hadn’t finished with life – but how was he ever going to do anything about it?  He guessed someone must have found his body eventually, since he was in the cemetery rather than out in the middle of nowhere.

Once or twice, he’d sensed Mary crying at his graveside but he never seemed to be able to make contact with her and now it was a long time since he’d seen her at all.  What had happened?  Had she moved out of town?  Remarried?  And were their sons grown men now?  What were they like?  Had growing up fatherless scarred them?

None of the other ghosts could help.  They’d all been in the cemetery longer than he had and knew very little of what had happened in the world since their deaths.  Being the newcomer, he was very much the junior member of their society, too.  Maybe that was why they left him to talk to the unfamiliar ghost who appeared one night.





Izzy probably shouldn’t have brought up the subject of marriage so soon.  She knew she had to marry this man – or have a baby with him, anyway – but how could he be expected to know her unusual circumstances?  Without that knowledge, she must have seemed completely mad.  No wonder she’d scared him off.



Mind, she hadn’t expected that answer.  He was married!  What was she going to do now?  If only Georgie had been heir instead.  She’d probably have seen a married man as a challenge.





Bob-Andy had a plan.  Why did he have to father that strange girl’s baby?  There were other male ghosts.  What about S. Windle?



Not exactly the answer to a maiden’s prayer, admittedly, but he was single – and ruthless enough to make the most of whatever it was that she was offering.  A few nights later, she came back to the cemetery and he introduced them.



This time, she explained what was going on.  She told them about her family and their strange bargain with the Grim Reaper.  She couldn’t marry S. Windle because there was already an electrocution ghost in the family.



“The two remaining deaths we have to undo are fire and water.  There are several fire ghosts around town but they’re all women.



“You’re the only possible choice.  We can’t find any other ghosts who drowned, so it has to be you.  I’m not asking for marriage – or even love.  I just need to have a baby.  Please.”

Bob-Andy thought fast.  He felt sorry for her – but he still loved Mary.  Oh!  Maybe this girl could find out about his family.

“…So if I knew what had happened to her, I might be able to help you.  If she remarried, maybe I can, too.  I’m sorry, Isabella.  I need to know.  Please help me.”





And then he was gone.  Now what? Well, maybe here was a good place to start.  She could check the records in the mausoleum.



She found a Mary Baker and two male Bakers, Lincoln and Newton, who might be Bob-Andy’s sons.  She realised that he’d mentioned ‘the boys’ but not actually told her their names.  From the dates, all three had died of old age.  Then she looked at the dates again.  If she remembered her family history correctly (and she should – it had featured in several of her books), all three Bakers had been alive when Great-Great first came to Twinbrook.  Maybe she’d known them – or known of them, at least.



“Mary Baker?  Yes, of course I know of her.  She was one of the rich people in town back then.



“She lived in one of those big houses on Puddlewick Drive.  I worked for her once – she had a poltergeist infestation.  That was before I went into medicine, of course.”
“She was rich?  I had an idea they were short of money.”
“Mary Baker, short of money?  She was the Mary Baker, author of Mary’s Book of Baking.



“That book alone must have made her a fortune and she wrote several others.  I think we have some of them.  The library in town certainly has the full set – local celebrity and all that.  She had a sad life, though.  She was widowed tragically young and her two boys were a handful, by all accounts….
"Isabella, why do you suddenly want to know about Mary Baker?”



“Oh, you poor child!  I am so sorry.  Is there really no alternative?”



“Well, if finding out more about his wife will help, I suppose the newspaper offices would be a good place to start.  I seem to recall a somewhat flowery obituary.  That might give you a few leads.  Christabel might be able to help, too.  She used to be a private investigator, remember.”





“So it turns out that my great-great-grandmother knew Mary slightly…



“…She never opened her own restaurant, although she did carry on working at the bistro in town, even after she was a famous food writer.  Wanted to keep her hand in, I suppose….



“…and she never remarried.
“I’m afraid we couldn’t find out much about your sons.  They don’t seem to have married or had children but they did both live long lives.”



“I know you still feel as though you’re married to Mary and obviously she always felt the same about you.  As I said, I don’t want love or marriage.  In fact, if things had worked out differently…
“No.  We’re both in love with other people but maybe we can be friends – and still bring up children together.  And afterwards, when this is all over, I’ve worked out a way that we can all be happy.  You see…”



Summary – generation 5

Heir: Isabella Goole
Life state: starvation ghost
Traits: disciplined, hates the outdoors, over-emotional, heavy sleeper, clumsy
Lifetime wish: Renaissance Sim

Toddler requirements: best friends with both parents, reached  level 3 in two skills (logic books, writing books)
Child requirements: on honor roll, one opportunity completed (Quest for the Lead)
Teenager requirements: on honor roll, reached  level 3 in mausoleum clerk part-time job, had a romantic interest (Benjamin Ezell)



Unique best friend: Riley (imaginary friend)
Two career rewards: Nectar Maker's Symbol of Honor, Author's Honor Trophy
Three unique opportunities: Fixing the Books, A Public Speaking Event, A History of One
Four unique Lifetime Happiness Rewards: Meditative Trance Sleep, Acclaimed Author, Long Distance Friend, Fertility Treatment
Five unique 5000+point wishes: master nectar-making skill, make nectar worth §150, make nectar worth §250, make at least §10000 a week in royalties, write a masterpiece
Six unique skill challenges: Mix Master, Flavourful Feet, Master of Nectar-Making, Children's Book Author, Prolific Writer, Speed Writer
Seven items for mausoleum: nectar

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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (updated 4 January)
« Reply #120 on: January 05, 2013, 04:35:54 AM »
Oooh, what could be the plan? And whom does she love? So many questions!
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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook
« Reply #121 on: January 13, 2013, 10:37:36 AM »
Chapter 13: Living for the Future

 “…So Robert Andrew agreed to join the family.  I believe he and Isabella have worked out some sort of bargain, although they both refuse to discuss it.



“There have been other changes in the household, too.  Dear Charles died at the age of 92.  I find it ridiculous that the rest of the family still called him ‘Kid’ when he was an old man.



"We laid him to rest near Vernon and Cecily.



“But the biggest change concerns my daughter Victoria….”





Vicky met him in the library one day.



There had been other romantic interests before, of course: a schoolgirl crush on a games teacher, whose name she had long forgotten; Damion, who was off limits because he was her big sister’s boyfriend; Isaac, in her early days as a chef.  She was pretty sure Isaac would have liked to take their relationship further than longing looks across the prep table but Vicky had been very much aware of her own longevity back then, and of how much the rest of the family depended on her.

She had probably been right not to marry a short-lifer – she’d seen the effect that losing Tina had had on Will.  The effect it was still having.  But maybe it was worth it: during Tina’s lifetime, she and Will had been happier than anyone else Vicky had ever met.

And now Vicky had met Alonzo and knew he was The One.



They spent a day together at the Spring Festival and, as night fell, Alonzo persuaded her to try the love tester machine.



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Well, in that case…



Vicky asked him to go steady.  Now she had to talk to Mamma.



“…and I want to have my own family while I’m still young enough.  You see…”

Vicky had started to feel the changes in her body some time back.  She was starting to age, even though it wasn’t visible to anyone else yet.



Ana understood.  She herself had felt different as soon as Christabel was born, although it had been some time before the mirror had shown any changes in her appearance.  In her case, of course, it was happening very slowly, but she was growing older.  With half of her genes from Vernon, Victoria was worried that she would age almost normally now that the process had started and she wanted to enjoy life – her own life – while her youth lasted.

With her mother’s blessing, Vicky invited Alonzo over to meet the family – and to ask him a question.







After Aunt Vicky moved out, Isabella took over the housework.  While she was spring-cleaning, she found a staircase hidden away in a corner of the nectar cellar.  What could be down there?  Along with the dusty crates and tatty old furniture, she found a strange machine.



She didn’t stay thin for long.



Izzy had twins, Joseph and Thomas, who both took after their father.



Both parents spent hours playing with the boys and teaching them to walk and talk.





As they grew older, it became obvious that they had inherited more than looks from Bob-Andy.  Tom in particular loved being outdoors and asked their father to teach them both to fish.



Tom decided almost immediately that he wanted above all else to catch perfect fish.  Joe also enjoyed fishing but decided he’d rather become a scientist.  They both joined the scouts in search of like-minded friends – ballet was far too girly and indoorsy.





Bob-Andy was proud of his young sons but couldn’t help being reminded of his first family and wondering how Lincoln and Newton had grown up.  Had they been interested in fishing and gardening, too, or had they inherited their mother’s love of cooking?

He missed Mary so much.


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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (updated 13 January)
« Reply #122 on: January 13, 2013, 11:34:48 PM »
Aww, Bob-Andy is sad :( I wish he didn't have to be. Congratulations on the boys, at any rate! Two possible heirs to choose from again.
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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (updated 13 January)
« Reply #123 on: January 14, 2013, 11:40:13 AM »
Congrats on the twins!  Such a multicolored family they make up

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Re: The Ghosts of Twinbrook (updated 13 January)
« Reply #124 on: January 14, 2013, 03:43:33 PM »
I've been reading your story for a while but only just registered today. I really love your writing! :) My favorite chapter so far was the one told from the Invisible Friends' points of view, it was brilliant!
I also enjoyed the newest update very much! Poor Bob-Andy. I wonder what his plan is! Can't wait to read! :)

 

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