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« Reply #350 on: February 05, 2013, 04:46:21 PM »
Occasionally a heart-shaped pink diamond will turn up at the consignment store - it's probably worth checking there. In the worst case, you're allowed to change the LTW and there are a few that are easy to pull off on short notice.
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« Reply #351 on: February 05, 2013, 05:01:52 PM »
I can't really properly express what a relief it was to not be pregnant anymore.  Perhaps it was a combination of the euphoria of creating life (you'll recall, always a goal of mine) or maybe it was just being able to sleep on my stomach again.  Either way, carrying Allegra to her nursery was a happy walk. 



Eunice crafted Allegra's nursery in secret.  She said she wanted something colorful, just in case we had a blue-haired-purple-eyed baby on the way.  It turns out that Allegra's color is spice brown (blech), so I'm quite glad Eunice went with her multicolored idea.  The nursery is super fun looking.



I knew I had to get to updating our story, but I did stay to watch her in the swing for a while, just to marvel at how little and perfect she was.  To count her toes and fingers and sigh over her perfect baby smell.



Eden had helped quite a bit with the nursery design, since she now can pull away from the garden.  She and Eunice had a lot of fun with it.  Eden, obviously, picked out all the toys.  She is particularly proud of the blocks table.

"It's a turtle!" she said.  "I named him Greg."



I'll never forget being pregnant.  I always thought the first life I'd bring to the world would be a Simbot, but it turns out it's a perfect little nooboo.  I'd decided that Mona Lisa should do my adult sculpture showing off my baby bump before it was too late.



The portrait would be done after, though.  No fat face in the close-up, thank you.

Eunice has spent a lot of time at the consignment store, buying out the entire inventory over and over again in an effort to find me a pink diamond.  After three full days of this, she finally got one.  She said it was a relief if she never had to encounter the creepy magician in there again.  I'm not really sure who she means.



So, yay!  Pink diamond, finally.  I announced to Allegra (in my new work sari) that I was off to finish the last steps of my Master Invention.  She cooed and gurgled in approval.



She is a sweet baby, but when she wants something, she somehow makes it known, even without the ability to speak.  The grandmas are frequently bathing, powdering, rocking, tickling, and snuggling her. 



I was obsessed with my work for most of her infancy, but when her birthday rolled around, I made sure it was me that took her to the cake.  I picked her up one last time as a tiny little burrito and carried her into the kitchen.



The family gathered around excitedly and I felt the pang of bittersweet emotion that all mothers must feel when their children age.



Everyone cheered.  Granny even managed to spin a noisemaker halfheartedly.  "If she has blue hair, it's all your fault," Eden sniffed, but then she went back to blowing the party horn.



Well, the sparkles came for her, as they do and we all held our breath waiting to see if she'd look like me or Humberto.  "Neither," Granny warned us.  "Our kids never look like the parents."

Well, she was right.



"Woo!" Eunice cheered.  "You guys got the redhead you wanted!"

"Oh, darling," Eden said.  "She got your beautiful eyes."



"Goodness," said Rosetta.  "She looks just like Freddie."

The room murmured in agreement.



"No," Mona Lisa said, scooping her up and hugging her close.  "She looks just like Ophelia.  Don't you, sweetheart?  Don't you?"

Allegra cooed happily and clung to Mona Lisa.



That was my indication that Mona Lisa would spoil my daughter rotten.  Out of curiosity, I spent some time down in the museum after cake and I do have to admit, Allegra does resemble her great grandmother, at least at this stage.



Mona Lisa though, often has competition.  Eunice in particular plays the "I'm not immortal" card to get time with the little one.



They are learning to walk together.



Humberto has confessed to me that he's terrified of the swarming grandmothers and will attempt to spend more time with her when she's older.



I think perhaps he'll spend more time with her when she decides she's ready for him.  If Eden was a little princess, then Allegra is a little queen.  Her whims are well known to the house, just like in infancy.  And we haven't even started on talking lessons yet!



I've stayed out of the way for now too, but mostly because I wanted to open up my opportunity slots and keep trucking toward immortality.  Guess what?  I finally did it!



Now ... she was my first attempt.  She is not very pleasant to look at.  But the point is, she's alive!



"Moth-oor?" she said.

"Oh.  Heh.  Sweetheart.  Listen ... um, we're full up in this house.  You're still my 'daughter' and everything, but ... you're gonna need to move out.  I'd totally let you live here if it were up to me."



"Very well, Moth-oor," she said, and shot out of the room on rocket feet.  I will need to scrub the floors.  Perhaps no rocket feet for the next one.




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Re: The Classic Immortal Dynasty - Frankensim's Monster
« Reply #352 on: February 05, 2013, 08:30:14 PM »
Did anyone else's heart leap when they saw Allegra's hair? Seriously, it's so sweet that out of all the hair colours that she could have gotten, she got that one.  ;D
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« Reply #353 on: February 05, 2013, 08:38:35 PM »
And here I thought that the awesomeness that was Freddie was gone...and here his granddaughter has his likeness. Simply fantastic!

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« Reply #354 on: February 05, 2013, 08:52:38 PM »
AHHH! IT'S THE RETURN OF FREDDIE!!! You have no idea how happy I am about that. (Well, your most likely happier, but still...) It's like his blessing or somthing. :)
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Re: The Classic Immortal Dynasty - Frankensim's Monster
« Reply #355 on: February 05, 2013, 09:04:38 PM »
Yes, Freddie's genes are back! And you all thought he had died . . . I knew it never happened! Freddie is infinite! He shall never perish!

It's nice to see that Eden is spending lots of time with her granddaughter! As are all the grandmas, I'm sure!
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« Reply #356 on: February 05, 2013, 09:33:30 PM »
"Aahhh! It's a little Freddie clone!" I said, but then I realised that Mona Lisa is right: Allegra looks just like Ophelia. I suppose she would know best. She is so beautiful. How wonderful of her to manifest those genes of such a special part of the Classic family. I'm glad at least one immortal will look like them. The nursery is...very bright. Funny that Allegra would like Spice Brown after all that. Oh well, it looks cool. Hello, Greg. Hahah I love Eden. Eden is right, verrrry creepy magician there. Burritos get washed in their blankets! Haha! One more added to all the evidence that it is really not a blanket but an outer layer of skin or an exoskeleton, if you will. Because they're caterpillars. Congratulations on the SimBot, Eureka!

Also...Um...yes. Humberto should wear his work outfit all the time.

By the way, since Eden is a witch, I would have her try to use Conversion Ritual to turn some of your surplus Palladium (or apples, or whatever) into Pink Diamonds.
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« Reply #357 on: February 05, 2013, 10:15:43 PM »

Wow, how awesome! It's like having a little piece of Freddie and Ophelia still around. It makes me happy that a part of them will be preserved in one of the Immortals. I have a feeling Allegra will hold a very special place in our hearts partly because of that. I look forward to seeing her personality and what stories you've got planned for her!

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« Reply #358 on: February 09, 2013, 08:11:36 PM »
Did anyone else's heart leap when they saw Allegra's hair? Seriously, it's so sweet that out of all the hair colours that she could have gotten, she got that one.  ;D

Well, mine did, at the very least.  I started cooing at her and expressing my approval as soon as she aged up.

And here I thought that the awesomeness that was Freddie was gone...and here his granddaughter has his likeness. Simply fantastic!

Congrats on simbot number one! Here's hoping you find more pink diamonds soon!

Me too!  I'm relieved she now qualifies for her supermax.  If I have to change the LTW, so be it.

AHHH! IT'S THE RETURN OF FREDDIE!!! You have no idea how happy I am about that. (Well, your most likely happier, but still...) It's like his blessing or somthing. :)

I am pretty happy about it.  I really can't wait to see how she looks as she gets older.

Yes, Freddie's genes are back! And you all thought he had died . . . I knew it never happened! Freddie is infinite! He shall never perish!

It's nice to see that Eden is spending lots of time with her granddaughter! As are all the grandmas, I'm sure!

The grandmas are falling over each other to get to the crib/swing/wherever she is.  It's pretty adorable.

"Aahhh! It's a little Freddie clone!" I said, but then I realised that Mona Lisa is right: Allegra looks just like Ophelia. I suppose she would know best. She is so beautiful. How wonderful of her to manifest those genes of such a special part of the Classic family. I'm glad at least one immortal will look like them. The nursery is...very bright. Funny that Allegra would like Spice Brown after all that. Oh well, it looks cool. Hello, Greg. Hahah I love Eden. Eden is right, verrrry creepy magician there. Burritos get washed in their blankets! Haha! One more added to all the evidence that it is really not a blanket but an outer layer of skin or an exoskeleton, if you will. Because they're caterpillars. Congratulations on the SimBot, Eureka!

Also...Um...yes. Humberto should wear his work outfit all the time.

By the way, since Eden is a witch, I would have her try to use Conversion Ritual to turn some of your surplus Palladium (or apples, or whatever) into Pink Diamonds.

Haha, I know!  I was worried the male acrobat stuff would look silly, but he looks hot!  The nursery is very bright.  Perhaps Eureka wore me out with her black and white palate, haha.  I don't know what's up with that magician's face.  It looks like he's wearing a yellow mask.  Very weird.

I have had Eden convert a lot of the rocks in her inventory.  She tends to produce butterflies and donuts at a pretty high capacity.  Useful! (not.)

Wow, how awesome! It's like having a little piece of Freddie and Ophelia still around. It makes me happy that a part of them will be preserved in one of the Immortals. I have a feeling Allegra will hold a very special place in our hearts partly because of that. I look forward to seeing her personality and what stories you've got planned for her!

It makes me happy too.  I hope she does resemble Ophelia/Freddie a bit in her features as she gets older, though the coloring alone is a really nice reminder.

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Re: The Classic Immortal Dynasty - The Pilgrims' Progress
« Reply #359 on: February 09, 2013, 08:42:07 PM »
It's been a long time since I've lost count of the days and years of my life.  Sometimes I wake up and think I'm still in the hut, that I'd just met Carlotta and soon she'd be over to help me rebuild.  That Goopy is still a gurgling baby and Mona Lisa is just a thought that hasn't been realized yet.  Then the chaos of this giant mansion wakes me, and I realize that two rooms over, sleeping angelically, is my great-great-great-granddaughter. 



The house does occasionally grow and shrink.  We recently lost Moonglow, who had lived very long for a horse.  We were sad to see her go, but hopefully she and that wild child Freddie are reunited somewhere, racing through the heavens.



It's funny.  When I dream, I'm still young, still strawberry blonde, still writing in the library to avoid Camillo's zealous Italian affection.  When I'm awake, no one even remembers my name is Coralie.  I am Granny, and will be for the next hundred hundred years.  Oddly, both are happy lives.  But only in this one can I spend a morning sipping gourmet coffee in the completed immortal museum built for my great-great-granddaughter.  The baby I watched through the window and wondered about the future of.  Only in this one am I a piece of immortality.



Eureka's museum is coming along nicely too.  I admit I'm a bit jealous of her idea to have her formal sculpture done while she was heavily pregnant with Allegra.  My sculptures are both in the same dress.



And of course, we've just added a new room.  Always a happy occasion.



What can I say about Allegra?  This isn't negative, on my honor, but she is probably the least obedient baby this house has seen.  She loves hiding from the adults and giggling behind her tiny hands when we pretend not to be able to find her.



She's also not a big fan of sleeping alone in her nursery.  She'll level whomever is putting her to bed and say, "Stay.  Till sleep." 

Most everyone will give into her, so Rosetta has taken over bed time.  She always logics her way out of the situation.  I love my stone-hearted granddaughter. 

"No, Allegra," she says.  "There are no ghosts.  We put all the urns in a chest.  It is literally impossible that one will show up."

"Umph!"

"Yes, please umph quietly."



She attempts this manipulation even at nap time, sometimes.  "Crib scary."

"Nah, it's fine."

"No, Monna.  Scary.  You stay with me."



I'm not sure what to make of it.  Toddler behaviors often change quite a lot as a child gets older.  She certainly seems to have a very early knack for getting people to behave as she wishes.



She'll even climb into that treasure chest when she hears someone coming just in case she'll have the opportunity to be fussed over.  "Oh where's Allegra!" seems to delight her to no end.



If no one comes, she makes the best of that situation and plays with one of her many, many toys.



Eureka spends more time than she likely ought to playing with Allegra rather than building widgets.  I have to admit, I do rather like the jumping squid contraption she gave me a few months ago.



Mona Lisa even moved her whole studio down to the nursery for a while so Allegra wouldn't worry herself about being left alone.



In fact, Eureka has personally seen to much of Allegra's toddler training, despite our insistence that we have it under control.



Allegra seems to have this odd paranoia when learning skills that she is being watched and judged by an outside force.  It'll go normally for a bit.

"Can you say Eur-ek-a?" Eureka asks, for some reason assuming the mystery plate in her thought bubble.  "Eur-ee-ka."

"Mamamamama," says Allegra, fully aware that she is antagonizing her mother.  "Mama."



"Eur-ee-ka"

"Hehe.  Mama."



Then it'll get weird.

"Music?  Con-cert?"

"Dey know, Mama!"

"Who?  Knows what, darling?"

"Watching, Mama."

"We're alone here, my darling."

"Nah."



Eunice picked up a Genie themed bear at the consignment shop, which Allegra now clings to.  It seems to have helped her spooky concerns. 

Eden said, "Can we call him Kazaam?"

Allegra said.  "No.  Nonono.  Jin-Jin."

Eden said, "Well, my idea was better."

Allegra said, "Nope."



Sometimes she takes to gnawing at Jin-Jin's ear.  We're not sure why she does that.



The community is very curious about the new Classic immortal.  Mona Lisa has had to thaw out a paparazzi outside of the nursery window no less than four times this winter.  You'd think in gratitude, she'd leave us be.



Humberto, the darling boy, has stopped performing for tips due to the snow and attempts to steal his daughter away from the grandmothers when he can.  She definitely loves her daddy.



"Can you say Dada?  Dad-dy?"

"Humberto," Allegra says flatly.



"Well, I never!" he gasps in mock offense and scoops her up for a round of tickling.



I think our sixth immortal Classic has a bright future ahead of her.  She is already showing a very distinct aptitude for music and almost never tries to eat the drumstick. 



I don't mind dreaming of the old days, all in all.  I do miss Carlotta and Camillo and our little house and meagre means.  But all of this grand accomplishment ... well, that's quite something too.  Don't you think?

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« Reply #360 on: February 09, 2013, 09:14:59 PM »
Allegra is such a fun little girl. What a personality! Methinks this musician is going to be a handful. :)

It's nice to hear from Coralie again. I love her voice, her sense of perspective.

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« Reply #361 on: February 09, 2013, 09:54:15 PM »
Good luck with the musical supermax! Allegra is adorable, and I'm sure she's quite a handful!
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« Reply #362 on: February 09, 2013, 11:21:49 PM »
..... Somebody jut broke the fourth wall. ;) She will be a handful.
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« Reply #363 on: February 09, 2013, 11:37:49 PM »
Just make sure she doesn't get any other skills! That would make it so much harder to get the necessary opportunities.

This dynasty really strikes me as a happy family. When Coralie mentioned that Eureka made her a jumping squid it occurred to me. Some dynasties, everyone seems to do their own thing, or they don't get along, but more than anything this dynasty just seems like a family. RIP Moonglow. I had the most wonderful mental image of Freddie riding Moonglow through the sky. What are the round tan things in front of Eden's museum pieces? I liked the melancholy yet content tone of Coralie's missive. Those days with Camillo seem so long ago now. I really like Allegra's museum room, it's so pretty. I also like the interaction between Rosetta and her great-granddaughter. That's exactly how I am with fussy toddlers, I guess I am stone-hearted as well! I wonder why Allegra is so scared? I wouldn't be surprised if it were key later. Allegra is a little minx! She knows what each parent wants and does the opposite. Something just occurred to me. Freddie was the son of an imaginary friend. Did he have IF powers? What about Eureka? I think it's too soon to tell with Allegra. I'm just wondering if and how far they get passed down. I also just remembered that Humberto used to be blond! I guess it's not so surprising Allegra got that hair colour if her father has it. Unless he changed later? It snuck up on me, I don't remember the chronology now. I love it when Sims break the fourth wall! It's creepy though. But cool.

Does Eden re-cast the Conversion Ritual on the donuts etc.? Anything that can be created by a conversion ritual can also be changed by a conversion ritual. If you keep casting you can eventually get a pink diamond, even if it takes a long time and a lot of Essence of Magic!

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« Reply #364 on: February 10, 2013, 12:04:01 AM »
Just make sure she doesn't get any other skills! That would make it so much harder to get the necessary opportunities.

This dynasty really strikes me as a happy family. When Coralie mentioned that Eureka made her a jumping squid it occurred to me. Some dynasties, everyone seems to do their own thing, or they don't get along, but more than anything this dynasty just seems like a family. RIP Moonglow. I had the most wonderful mental image of Freddie riding Moonglow through the sky. What are the round tan things in front of Eden's museum pieces? I liked the melancholy yet content tone of Coralie's missive. Those days with Camillo seem so long ago now. I really like Allegra's museum room, it's so pretty. I also like the interaction between Rosetta and her great-granddaughter. That's exactly how I am with fussy toddlers, I guess I am stone-hearted as well! I wonder why Allegra is so scared? I wouldn't be surprised if it were key later. Allegra is a little minx! She knows what each parent wants and does the opposite. Something just occurred to me. Freddie was the son of an imaginary friend. Did he have IF powers? What about Eureka? I think it's too soon to tell with Allegra. I'm just wondering if and how far they get passed down. I also just remembered that Humberto used to be blond! I guess it's not so surprising Allegra got that hair colour if her father has it. Unless he changed later? It snuck up on me, I don't remember the chronology now. I love it when Sims break the fourth wall! It's creepy though. But cool.

Does Eden re-cast the Conversion Ritual on the donuts etc.? Anything that can be created by a conversion ritual can also be changed by a conversion ritual. If you keep casting you can eventually get a pink diamond, even if it takes a long time and a lot of Essence of Magic!

Long time since I wrote a comment this long...

Ahh, so much to answer.  Shall do so in numbered points, as is my style.

1.) It is a big effort to make sure all of these immortals know each other and have decent relationships with one another, but I feel like they should.  They all live together, they're all in this together, they're all pieces of one another.  It's definitely something I"m striving for and it's really nice to know it is noticed.

2.) Round, tan things are the WA floor lamps I've been using in all the museum rooms.  They cast the perfect light distribution without obscuring anything

3.) Allegra will be getting the social butterfly trait when she ages up.  I couldn't wait for her to start showing it off that long, so she's already a toddler social butterfly.  I was going to make her over-emotional too, but because I can't seem to get two traits at birth since Rosetta, she got Eden's "Excitable" trait.  Not bad, but not what I was after.  I think she'll be lots of fun

4.) The only IF power I was aware of was the ability to turn into a doll, which Freddie and Eureka don't have.  Is there anything else I should look for? 

5.) Humberto had that awful greenish brown hair.  His color is different from Freddie/Allegra's but not too obviously in the photos.  His is the dark red highlights and dark brown base from the color palate in the hair section of CAS, where as Allegra's is not on that palate, it's a more magenta-y red and it has black roots and tips, which Humberto doesn't.  It's definitely Freddie's hair and not Humbug's that she ended up with, though it is close!  I admit, I gave Humby a variation of red hair because I was so desperate for a redheaded classic :)

6.) I'd been having Eden work through all the gems she's collected before reconverting.  Do you think I'd have better luck converting one object over and over until it's a pink diamond?

7.) I love your long comments.  Please leave lots.

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« Reply #365 on: February 10, 2013, 12:14:32 AM »
The ability to turn into a doll is the only marker of if a sim is an IF or not.

It's really nice to see Coralie get another word in. I'm awful with preserving relationships between household members, so it's great to see you do it.

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« Reply #366 on: February 10, 2013, 01:46:08 AM »

It's nice to hear from Coralie again; it's been such a long time! Little Allegra is quite demanding, but nevertheless charming. A social butterfly, you say? Well, I guess if she's to be a musician she'll need those adoring fans cheering her on!

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« Reply #367 on: February 10, 2013, 02:27:56 AM »
Thank you for the detailed response. I don't know why I thought Humberto had blond hair. I'm glad Allegra got Freddie and Ophelia's hair then.

Ahhh, Social Butterfly! It all makes sense now. She wants everyone to pay attention to her and she doesn't want to be along. I can empathise, having the Social Butterfly trait myself ;)

I don't know if you have a better chance one way or another, all I know is I usually just keep converting everything until I run out and then I start over. Sounds like you had quite a bit to start out with. No, I take it back. I convert the things I want the least (such as Moths and other unexceptional things) and then after I convert them until they turn into something useful I start on the slightly more desirable. I always scoop out a fish if I convert one and then you can convert the bowl and the fish separately.
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« Reply #368 on: February 10, 2013, 04:36:30 AM »
Thank you for the detailed response. I don't know why I thought Humberto had blond hair. I'm glad Allegra got Freddie and Ophelia's hair then.

Ahhh, Social Butterfly! It all makes sense now. She wants everyone to pay attention to her and she doesn't want to be along. I can empathise, having the Social Butterfly trait myself ;)

I don't know if you have a better chance one way or another, all I know is I usually just keep converting everything until I run out and then I start over. Sounds like you had quite a bit to start out with. No, I take it back. I convert the things I want the least (such as Moths and other unexceptional things) and then after I convert them until they turn into something useful I start on the slightly more desirable. I always scoop out a fish if I convert one and then you can convert the bowl and the fish separately.

What I usually do is set up an end table with three things to convert and chain them together, before letting them go to town and focusing on other sims, while also keeping an eye on the witch. Whatever ends up un-useful (generally things that are nothing ex IF cookies and insects unless they're rare) I leave before I add new apples (the conjuring apples gives you ready-made items to play with) and chain the four conversion rituals again. In the end, I end up with things that I want more such as gems, fishes, and metals sometimes, and not things I don't want^^

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« Reply #369 on: February 10, 2013, 09:26:29 AM »
Woah! I picked the story up at "Absolute Zero" and finally caught up. It left me breathless.
I very much admire you for the depth and emotion you bring to this story. Excellent writing! :)

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« Reply #370 on: February 11, 2013, 07:50:59 PM »
I'm sorry if I'm being dense, but what is the connection between the name Allegra and music?
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Re: The Classic Immortal Dynasty - The Pilgrims' Progress
« Reply #371 on: February 11, 2013, 08:05:29 PM »
I'm sorry if I'm being dense, but what is the connection between the name Allegra and music?

You're not dense if you don't know. "Allegro" is a musical term meaning quickly, as in to play quickly. Allegra is the feminine equivalent.
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« Reply #372 on: February 11, 2013, 10:28:27 PM »
You're not dense if you don't know. "Allegro" is a musical term meaning quickly, as in to play quickly. Allegra is the feminine equivalent.

I feel silly now; I didn't recognize it in a feminine form. I play two instruments, so I should know that. Thank you, though.  :)
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« Reply #373 on: February 16, 2013, 03:37:37 PM »
Allegra is such a fun little girl. What a personality! Methinks this musician is going to be a handful. :)

It's nice to hear from Coralie again. I love her voice, her sense of perspective.

I do feel like Coralie ends up by the wayside fairly often, even though she is constantly cooking and child rearing and overall serving the family.  I need to bring her out more.

Good luck with the musical supermax! Allegra is adorable, and I'm sure she's quite a handful!
..... Somebody jut broke the fourth wall. ;) She will be a handful.

She does break the fourth wall with unsettling regularity!  She also loves spamming the baby monitor until someone comes to pay attention to her.  Her little personality is developing really well with very little input from the Watcher.

The ability to turn into a doll is the only marker of if a sim is an IF or not.

It's really nice to see Coralie get another word in. I'm awful with preserving relationships between household members, so it's great to see you do it.

I am a teensy bit disappointed that either the IF genes nor Eden's witch ones got passed down, but I'll live.  Only reinforces how much I want to do a Life States dynasty next ;)

It's nice to hear from Coralie again; it's been such a long time! Little Allegra is quite demanding, but nevertheless charming. A social butterfly, you say? Well, I guess if she's to be a musician she'll need those adoring fans cheering her on!

Absolutely.  I am wondering if playing in the park will give her the attention moodlets.  It'll be an interesting experiment.

What I usually do is set up an end table with three things to convert and chain them together, before letting them go to town and focusing on other sims, while also keeping an eye on the witch. Whatever ends up un-useful (generally things that are nothing ex IF cookies and insects unless they're rare) I leave before I add new apples (the conjuring apples gives you ready-made items to play with) and chain the four conversion rituals again. In the end, I end up with things that I want more such as gems, fishes, and metals sometimes, and not things I don't want^^

This is what I've started doing.  I dumped a bunch of gems and metals and harvestables that I'm never going to use on the floor of the greenhouse and I just let Eden go at them.  No pink diamonds yet, but I don't devote too much of her time to it at present since Eunice is still around.

Woah! I picked the story up at "Absolute Zero" and finally caught up. It left me breathless.
I very much admire you for the depth and emotion you bring to this story. Excellent writing! :)


So glad to hear from you again!  How are you liking your expansion packs?

I feel silly now; I didn't recognize it in a feminine form. I play two instruments, so I should know that. Thank you, though.  :)

Not silly at all!  Allegra's name is probably the least obvious of the Classics so far.  I was originally going to name her Lyric, but the two hard c-sounds with her full name sounded awful when I said it out loud, so I switched to Allegra.  I think it suits her :)

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Re: The Classic Immortal Dynasty - Maid of the Mist
« Reply #374 on: February 16, 2013, 04:02:52 PM »
I don't much like thinking about things that are not permanent.  Well, about people that aren't permanent.  I don't mean just the obvious stuff, like the fact that one day, my Eunice will go where Prince Freddie went.  I try not to think about that at all.



It's not just her.  It's other stuff too.  Like my little grandbaby, and how soon she'll be bigger, and that sweet, squealing, mischievous toddler girl will be as vanished as this morning's mist. 



The smallest comfort can come on occasion when I see the two of them together.  I watch has hard as my eyes will let me and try to burn the image into my brains to last forever and ever and ever.



It's no secret that the two are attached to each other.  Eunice is the first person Allegra wants when she wakes up.



I've asked her if she wouldn't rather accomplish her lifetime wish.  She is nearly 94 now.  She says happiness points seem so frivolous next to tickling her granddaughter.



I hear them giggling together and I can't help but agree.



Eunice is keenly aware of her impermanence.  She is the one who sent Mona Lisa out all winter to save that old paparazzi lady from freezing to death.  Fat lot of good it did in the end.



Grim stuck around like he usually does and played a round of pool with himself.  Maybe I'd hate him a little less if he weren't so anti-social.



I want him out of the house.  I don't want to think about him coming for Eunice.  Or any of our other dear, mortal household members.



Mona Lisa tells me to take it easy, but death seems evil and evil isn't supposed to win.  Mona Lisa says to focus on the real evils of the world, like fleas and clogged toilets, and to stop being all worked up.



So I do as she says.  I fix the toilets and sinks and whatevers with my magic and I don't bring up what she DOESN'T say.  Which is that they've all lost their loves, and why should I be any different at all?



And she's right.  There's no need for me to poo-poo all over everyone's happy day to day life.  I watch my little Allegra play blocks with Turtle Greg sometimes and it calms my worries. 



For now, at least, I can reach out and cuddle with Eunice every night.  And my pillows and hairbrushes and closet all smell like Eunice and she's here and solid and real and everything is OKAY.  For now, Allegra is still small enough to pick up, to snuggle, to tickle.  For now, everything is permanent, right?



Sometimes I go to the performance park with my son-in-law to get away from it all.  I enjoy watching him perform.  He's almost as attractive as Freddie when he wears that costume.



The knife tossing is awfully brave, don't you think?



I think Eureka did well.  Very well indeed.  And I think he did well too.  They seem very happy together, and all of us old ladies enjoy watching the young man do his daily exercises.



The morning of Allegra's birthday came and I believe I'd come to terms with her getting bigger.  As always, she woke and called out for Nini.



They waited patiently for us at the cake while all the old fogies in the house ambled to the kitchen.



I could see the excitement on baby Allegra's face.  I could feel the pleasure coming off of my wife that she'd see her granddaughter become a child.  Suddenly, I couldn't hold onto my wish to freeze time any more.  This is the way the world works.



So when it came time to blow out the candles, I cheered and I even elbowed Granny until she cheered too.



I glanced at my daughter and her husband, young and strong and living in the moment and I felt really happy.  Really very happy.



And I thought, maybe that's what makes those sparkles.  Maybe they are made of happiness.  Even the last ones.  Nothing sad ever shimmered like that.



Allegra stretched and grew and was a toddler no more, but a pretty child who looked so much like those we've lost in this house.  Those we've loved.



"Nini," she said to Eunice.  "Will you help me pick out clothes?" 

"Naturally, baby," she said, and they clasped hands and ran to the bedroom, Allegra chattering about wanting to look colorful and unique. 

"I want everyone to see me and think WOW!" she said.  That's our Allegra.

They've been at it for hours.  Rosetta shouted, "you're going to crash if you take much longer!" but they still haven't come out.  The one thing they've decided on is her hair, so I'm allowed to show that to you. 



And as soon as they're done, I'll be stealing my wife away for a midnight date. 

I must make the best of the time I have, before it scatters into mist, like all time does.


 

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