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The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (Mar 18)
« on: June 25, 2013, 05:39:47 PM »
Chapter 1: Of High School Sweethearts

This is a story of love and friendship, of adventure and new experiences, of nooboos and grandparents, and, most importantly, of awesome randomness. Random towns and traits and lifetime wishes. This is a story of following wishes and Sims as events unfold within our little family and around them in their community.

Anyone with a love of romance and stories of romance knows that there is a general sequence of events that unfolds in relatively the same order: girl meets boy ...



Girl graduates from high school as Valedictorian and Artist Extraordinaire ... (as proud Mama looks on)



Girl takes the University aptitude test and scores well enough to earn an art scholarship ...



Girl heads off for University with a bag full of clothes and a head full of dreams ... (the whole family waves good-bye)



OK, so maybe this isn't your typical high school sweethearts teen love story, but I promise, it does have a happy ever after ending. You will just have to read this story to its end to find out how everything unfolds.


*Based on judewright's Random Town Jump project.*
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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (June 25)
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2013, 05:43:01 PM »
Great start Lilygirl! :D Will be reading! ;)
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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (June 25)
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2013, 05:48:58 PM »
It is nice to see River and Ethan taking the leads in a story.Looking forward to reading more.

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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (June 25)
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2013, 05:49:08 PM »
Weeeeee! I'm so excited to hear your story  ;D

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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (June 25)
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2013, 09:11:49 PM »
This looks lovely, Lilygirl! I'm so happy you decided to do a town jump. You can depend on me being a reader.   :)

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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (June 25)
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2013, 12:25:19 AM »
Thanks for all the comments! I've been playing this game for the past couple months (since Uni came out) and am really enjoying it. I've got loads of random pictures so the challenge is creating a story to weave them together.

Since my very first TS3 game I've wanted to play Ethan Bunch, and when I rolled SV as my first town, it was like it was destiny! I didn't want to play the Bunch family though so I picked a less popular family with a teen girl.

There will be more. :)
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The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (June 25)
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2013, 01:02:32 AM »
Great start, LilyGirl! I'm happy to see another Town Jump :) I'll be following.



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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (June 25)
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2013, 02:11:04 PM »
I love romance books so am looking forward to your story.  Like how you started it, off to college to earn a degree and love will be on the way.  I like Ethan, he seems like a nice kid, if my memory is correct.

Looking forward to reading your story. 

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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (June 27)
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2013, 05:25:28 PM »
Chapter 2: It Takes an Artist to Know One

Our young female protagonist, like any protagonist, requires supporting characters to highlight her strengths and weakness, contributing to the development of her character. As River heads off in pursuit of art she is accompanied by her mother's housemate and friend, Molly French and Molly's new boyfriend, Grady Elfman. The story of their romance is one of dirty dishes, parties, and one earth-shattering kiss. But that is another story altogether best saved for a chapter of it's own.

River and Molly both major in art and share a few classes. After class, time is spent perfecting their sketching skills. Molly creates a beautifully whimsical portrait of River ...



While River, well, can anyone ever truly appreciate and understand the creative processes of a gifted artist? Is she hinting at Molly's love of racing through life like it's one big party? Perhaps, Molly should take up fishing? Either way, Molly expressed her appreciation of River's creativity by clapping. I guess it takes an artist to understand an artist.



Molly fully supports Grady's love and pursuit of the physical fitness and popularity kind by learning the school cheer. And indulging his boyish delight by performing the cheer with him. Molly is discovering that love requires an open mind, a willingness to try new things, and making a few sacrifices. Like her dignity, in a crowded bowling alley.






These first few (OK, many) updates will be short. I initially took screenshots just to take screenshots, I didn't have a story line in mind so I am piecing the story together using the limited and random screenshots I have.
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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (June 27)
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2013, 08:28:06 PM »
That is an interesting concept. I do the opposite, write a chapter or two and take photos that support; although I have at times had some that sent me in a different direction than I had planned. 

I am several chapters ahead due to the posting photo problem, haven't had a chance to check it out, as the kids are inside due to rain.  To distracting for me to focus.
Anyhow, that can be an interesting way to do it, creating a story that fits your photos.

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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (July 4)
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2013, 05:24:44 PM »
Chapter 3: Heart-breaker Reformed


Molly French, AKA party girl and food fanatic, has one mission in life. A mission held deep within because social norms frown upon such "cold-hearted mistreatment" of other Sims' feelings, one might even say it's a little bit like aiming a stiletto heel at unsuspecting toes. One girl, ten hearts lead up to cloud 9, nine hearts crushed. Molly French, heart-breaker.

High school was a blur for young Molly, boys and parties and hormones were the perfect ingredients for her heart-breaker drink of choice. A few notches on her heart-breaker belt left her hungry for more but with each break-up it became harder to find a new heart to play with. One might think that with all the bridges she burned during high school, a young adult Molly might question her goals and methods. But it was not the embarrassment of being voted Most Likely to Regret Last Night, Every Morning at her high school graduation that reformed our heart-breaker.

Molly recognized her need for a change of scenery and set her sights on the blue skies of Sunset Valley, confident she would make it to number ten before too long. She believed in the power of confidence, epic parties, and great food.

It wasn't her new culinary career that reformed our heart-breaker, it merely added more males to her list of choices (Jared, to name one). It also wasn't the argument between Claire and Jared at one of her parties that resulted in Claire raising their daughter on her own. It wasn't the kindness of a stranger who took her in when Molly found herself pregnant too. It wasn't even the pregnancy itself or the beautiful little girl Molly became a mother to. A little girl, named Sandi, who grew up as all nooboos tend to do, skating with friends ...



And having a slumber party or two.



It took a man, a man with a set of traits and a lifetime wish that would send any family oriented or good female running the other way. Good thing then, perhaps, that Molly was neither of these.

When Grady Elfman proposed, Molly covered her face as her heart pounded in her chest, goose bumps covered her arms, and every cell in her body seemed to vibrate. What shocked her to her very core wasn't the ring, though it was beautiful, nor the proposal itself, nor the man proposing. No, what caused time to stand still for our Molly in this moment was a feeling, so unexpected yet obvious, that tiptoed out from behind what she thought to be her mission, buried deep within her heart, and spread out on tiny wings of hope throughout her body, touching each and every cell until it fluttered out in a single breath.



Molly knew, in this moment, that loving this man for the rest of her life was her life's mission. She said yes!




(Edited to correct content, for some reason I thought Molly was in the music career. *Face palm*)
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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (July 9)
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2013, 05:29:03 PM »
Chapter 4: Parties - Boring, a Baby, and Bouncing Early

The boy's proposal always sets off a cascade of parties and planning; errands to run, people to call, venues to book, dresses to try on, food to taste. The poor boy soon finds his head spinning and longs to hid under the covers until his best friend tells him "it's time".

Grady is no different but finds solace in the new rituals of grooms-to-be brought out by the new distinctions of generations. When he finds himself up to here in white satin and ribbons and cake, he does what every groom-to-be now has the right to do. He plans what is sure to be an epic bachelor party, complete with female police officer dancers.



The success of the party can be adequately judged by teenage Michael finding his homework more interesting, the confused look on Connor's face, and Jared's valiant attempt of infusing more fun by dancing on the bar counter.

Our bride-to-be, Molly forgoes the rowdy bachelorette party for a *family-friendly dancing party at the house and inviting coworkers and friends alike. Fiona talks to the young Autumn Cusack (pizza deliverer), while River listens to Pauline and Hank's unborn baby. *The family-friendly nature of the party is reinforced when Pauline goes into labour.



The following photographs are on loan from Molly's wedding album.







Choosing to surpass the ensuing rush for wedding cake with the inevitable foot stomping, Sandi, River, and Fiona share a delightful picnic on the beach instead.



The party runs well into the night with dancing and good food, but not for our Molly. This night, for the first time in her life, Molly chooses to leave a party early.
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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (July 9)
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2013, 06:14:00 PM »
I have never seen Grady as a spouse or even in a household! Great job with the wedding!

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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (July 9)
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2013, 06:21:31 PM »
It took me another read-through to notice the tattoos on River's arm. Cute!

That's quite a line to end the chapter on too. I'm anxious to see where everyone's stories lead.
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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (July 9)
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2013, 09:05:15 PM »
Thanks for the comments, Trip and Jessie!

Grady was a surprise addition to my household. Initially, I wasn't going to have Molly 'settle down' but she kept rolling wishes for the maid (Grady) so I gave in. She only gets to live one lifetime in this story so I thought I'd better give the Sim what she wants. :P

After she became a young adult, River kept rolling the Get a Tattoo wish. I decided to develop a theme so she looks artsy tattooed instead of biker chick tattooed. It seemed more her style.
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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (July 9)
« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2013, 10:57:16 PM »
Admittedly the tattoos work very well on River.

This is a lovely story so far. Grady Elfman pretty much never sees the spotlight, and it's nice to see a deviation from the usual suspects. Other than the klepto trait he's a pretty reasonable sim.

Of course, now I can't wait to see where Ethan comes into the story. ;)

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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (July 9)
« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2013, 10:58:41 PM »
I had a female sim meet Grady at the consignment store with a town that is on hold right now.  He is a great person but was hard to get them married. Finally found out that I had to have a party and invite him to get him to come over.  They had been romancing for over two weeks, so the groundwork was already laid out.  He is definitely a good catch.  Didn't have the klepto trait, must be reserved for maids?

I am really enjoying the story, am looking forward to reading it, I don't respond to all of the stories, but do read them all.

Like it that the teenage found the homework more interesting than the party!  Poor Grady.

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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (July 9)
« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2013, 01:08:44 AM »
Chapter 5: In Pursuit of Higher Education

Ask and you shall receive.

All this talk of weddings and love and honeymoons and babies made River's young heart break. It has been so long since her and Ethan last spent an evening gazing into each others' eyes, holding hands, and dreaming of weddings and honeymoons and babies. Our young protagonist decided it was time to visit the Bunches and see if Ethan would like to hang out.

A quick drive down the street and River found herself standing on the sidewalk staring up at the house where her high school sweetheart lived. She rubbed her sweaty palms down the front of her jeans, took a deep breathe to slow her racing heart, and stepped forward to ring the doorbell.

"River?" A familiar voice asked from behind her.

River's heart stopped for a second, then started beating again, much faster than before. She turned around slowly, being careful not to fall off the edge the the Bunch's front porch. There he was, all grown up! River gave a shriek, bounced down the porch steps, and did what she had been dreaming of doing ever since her birthday.



Ethan stumbled back a half step but managed to stay upright as River launched herself into his arms. Having buried himself in school work to take his mind off her, Ethan hadn't even seen River over the past few days since her birthday and high school graduation. A vision in green, her dark hair escaping from its braid, he almost didn't recognize her standing on his parents' front porch. Nothing mattered now as he felt her soft lips pressed against his. He kissed her back with all the feeling he had locked away inside his heart.

This fluffy puppy is Lady Bunch. She is the puppy Ethan adopted to try and fill the void left behind when River had her birthday. Along with the extra credit work, Lady provided the necessary distraction for Ethan to make it to his birthday with his sanity still intact. So when Ethan accepted River's invitation to move in, Lady moved in too.



The very next day, after a long talk about hopes and dreams, young Ethan and River took the University Aptitude Test. River decided to retake it in hopes of receiving a larger scholarship this time.



River qualified for enough money to cover her course load and a bit of Ethan's. Ethan, in an attempt to 'catch up' to River, signs up for a full course load. River opts for a lighter load in hopes of having more time to complete odd jobs around campus.

Ethan, enrolled in the Science and Medicine program, spent most of his spare time researching things of the scientific manner. The plants River picked are put to better use in Ethan's studies than River's attempts at adding that 'something special' to their dinners.



During their second term, Ethan and River, tired of dorm life, rent a 2-bedroom cottage away from the busy campus life. The romantic in River yearned to fill that second bedroom with a mini-Ethan but practicality won out when their first rent payment came due. River posted for a roommate and the next day, she arrived. After introductions, the two went over some ground rules and settled back into University life.



Ethan and River's third term brought more studying and more experimenting. River, after accepting a job for a work of street art, is forced to stop half-way through by a less than friendly police officer who didn't even bother to critique her work before fastening the hand cuffs.



All the way home, River hoped beyond all hope that Ethan has already gone to bed for the night as River saw no need to share her embarrassment. Would Ethan even want her anymore? She was a woman with a criminal record now; thank goodness there wasn't a police station at University or she may well have spent the night in jail. Head hung in shame, River clung to the hope that someday this would be the story her grandkids would be asking for at bedtime. Surely this had to be one of those 'hilariously funny after the fact' type moments?



When their marks came in, River was happy beyond words that her arrest hadn't factored in to the final grades. Both she and Ethan passed the term with flying colours and headed home for more family time before coming back for their fourth and final term.



At home, River couldn't resist trying out her new 'bad girl' rebel status and lead a protest. Ethan's youngest sister, Darlene came to check it out along with some of Sunset Valley's finest.



During their fourth term, both Ethan and River have a little bit more free time. They take up activities such as Juice Pong. River won this particular game. At least, she was the first to get juiced and throw up. Ethan escorted his young, juiced love back to their home (roommate free this time) and tucked her tenderly in to bed.



Whether it was the juice still hanging around in young River's veins, or her heightened sense of rebel-ness, but River finds her man glued to the science machine at the Student Union one afternoon and convinces him to take a short break. In her best serious artist voice, with just a hint of mischievousness, River asks Ethan to pose for her. Ethan, a young man in love with this delightful young woman, finds himself suddenly without an excuse. One look into her big green eyes and he can't deny her her request.

There must still have been some juice in Ethan's veins as well, or he really did love River enough to do anything for her because there, in the middle of the afternoon, in the back room of the Student Union building, he agreed to pose for her. Pixelated.



This masterpiece now holds a special spot in River's private collection.

Soon graduation came once more for our young man and woman, this time they could celebrate together. River graduated with a degree in Arts,



While Ethan now holds a degree in Science and Medicine.



Our young couple is ready to return home and discover what's waiting for them as they begin the rest of their lives.


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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (July 9 - a second one)
« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2013, 01:15:01 AM »
I have never seen Ethan and River together, but they are work well together! I still wonder from the last update where Molly went??

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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (July 18)
« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2013, 12:38:59 AM »
Whoa! I didn't realize it has been so long since the last update. Real life is crazy: a toddler, working part-time, and getting everything in order to move into our first house at the end of the month. Feels like some days I pass myself in the hall going to and from bed.

I have never seen Ethan and River together, but they are work well together! I still wonder from the last update where Molly went??

Jessie, I wrote Molly's leaving her wedding day party such to imply that she, and Grady, left early for their honeymoon.

Chapter 6: She's so Fluffy!!

Home at last with still-warm degrees in hand, our young protagonist and her man, together with their party animal housemate, throw an epic gift-giving party. Although the generations installment gave the Sims universe bachelor parties and wedding gifts, the addition of University didn't include the capability to shower new graduates, of the high school or University type, with gifts. The only solution is a perfectly timed gift-giving party. Extended family (the Bunches) and friends are invited, the gifts and food brought are shared by all.



Love, especially, young love, has a way of softly stealing into hearts and changing the way the affected boy or girl sees their peers. After her teen birthday, Sandi French holds no immunity to love and finds herself enamoured by one Sam Sekemoto. When he stumbles over the wonders and beauty of snowflakes, with a giggle she agrees to watching the stars in the light snowfall. He failed to mention that the snow was waist deep.



Other hearts, non-Sim hearts, are growing as well. Young Lady Bunch, a mystery as to her breed and and adult size since moving in as a puppy, reveals her secrets when she grows up into an adult.





It turns out, little fluffy Lady isn't so little after all. Beautiful, but not little.

When the honeymoon ends and real life begins again, newlyweds often find themselves with too many activities and too little time. There's work and co-workers, skills to learn, friends and family to stay in touch with. How newlyweds find time to nurture their relationship is any Sim's guess. Only the watchers know the secrets of haystacks, photobooths, and showers. Young Molly soon finds herself re-enrolled in the crash course on all things nooboos - diapers, feedings, cooing, and operating on next to no sleep. But first, she must navigate the challenge of labour, including and not limited to the helpful advice of nearby friends.



As a new mother and party animal, Molly decides to introduce her new baby to Sunset Valley by throwing a costume party. Molly, dressed as a diver, shows off her dance moves, while young Sandi entertains on her guitar dressed as a cheerleader. Nooboo Dillan Elfman takes in the festivities from his spot on the floor near the dining table.


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« Reply #20 on: July 19, 2013, 09:43:22 AM »
I like both of your parties, romancing out in the snow?  I wonder, did they make it melt later on?

Costume party as a diver dancing with flippers; gotta take some balance there to be able to do that.  Wonder if she slapped anyone accidently as they walked or danced by.  Glad no one stepped on the baby, I like the name of Dillan.

Didn't they take the time to look at Lady's paws?  A sure sign if the dog will be big or small.  Big feet, big dog, medium feed, medium dog, little feet, little dog. 
Learned that the hard way,  :)

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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (July 18)
« Reply #21 on: July 19, 2013, 05:45:32 PM »
Sam and Sandi...an adorable match made in sim-heaven. :)

Wow, Lady turned into a big--but still lovely--dog. Some sort of terrier mix...? I hope she plays well with little Dillan!

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« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2013, 11:38:52 PM »
Chapter 7: In Pursuit of River

As a teen, Ethan was the top of his class and would have been the Valedictorian if he hadn't been distracted by one brown haired, green eyed teen from down the street. With a passion for books and people, Ethan easily excelled in school, charming teachers and peers alike. Ethan had plans of heading off to study at the best University his academic scholarships could afford, hoping to find/create his adult self away from the shadow of his rather large family. Young Ethan had dreams of a career in Science or Medicine, something that gave him the opportunity to help other Sims while continuing to do research and learn new things. He dreamed of a life of pursuing new ideas and family game nights when even Darlene was all grown up.



That was, until young Ethan fell head over heels for our River McIrish, the girl next door. Well, down the street but when you're in love, just how far you have to walk doesn't really matter. Suddenly, Ethan found himself hurrying through his homework so he could meet up with River for a movie, or swimming at the pool, or roller skating at the park. Dreams of University now included River, thoughts of late nights doing research for work now included River, and plans for get-togethers with his family now included River.

Young Ethan's heart broke the day he watched from across the street as River tossed her high school diploma in the air. When he heard she's gone off the University without him, he vowed to never leave the house except for school again. When news of a wedding came through the gossip his Mom loved to indulge in, he went out and got himself a fluffy little Lady to fill the hole in his chest where his heart had once been.

After his own high school graduation, Ethan immersed himself in his new job at the Science Center, spending his days there in a dusty basement lab. His evenings were filled pouring over research papers, browsing the internet, and taking Lady out for her pre-bedtime walk. On these walks, he found his mind always seemed to wander back to the painful topics. He knew his mother was worried, Darlene told him so, but he just couldn't find the energy to meet up with his friends. Last he heard, Parker had gotten married to his high school sweetheart Holly, and Michael was trying out for the Llama's soccer team. He wished them all the best, he really did.

When Lady took off running the last couple meters to the house, Ethan bent down and tightened a loose shoelace. When he stood up, Ethan took a deep breath in. Tonight he had the latest issue of Guinea Pigs and Lab Rats to read. He was most looking forward to the article on the ethics of participating in in-house experiments after Gobias had approached him with an idea last Wednesday. Having heard Lady barking, Ethan looked over at the front of the house.

There, on his parents' front porch was the brown haired, green eyes love of his life. "River?" The question had barely escaped his tongue when his mouth was suddenly busy being kissed and his arms found themselves busy holding a living, breathing River. It took all his strength to stay upright under River's energetic embrace, but he managed somehow. Then, he kissed her back.



Accepting her invitation to move in removed the last few remaining doubts Ethan had about their relationship. Hearing that it was Molly who had gotten married helped tremendously as well. River's family even welcomed Lady, with Sandi's delightful squeals of "she's so fluffy!" making everyone laugh.

Life with River gave Ethan the opportunity to study at University that he had once dreamed of. She studied art, while he studied both science and medicine. Between their classes and study groups and odd jobs around campus, there wasn't any time for parties. They barely even found time to have breakfast together. Ethan got so caught up in the awesomeness that it was living his dream of attending University, going to classes and using the science machine, that he actually forgot, yes forgot, about River. Some days, when he finally tore himself away from the Science machine in the Student Union building and rode his bike home, he remembered River and felt guilty for not making it home for supper, or even her bedtime. Sometimes she would be waiting up for him and that just made him feel worse. He barely noticed the night she wasn't home when he got there, but he was so tired he fell asleep before his brain could get the message through that maybe he should be worried.



It was during their break before heading back for their final semester that Ethan got the smack upside the head he needed, and from Darlene of all Sims. Darlene, as teens often do, found herself in an awkward situation. She happened upon a rally being lead by River, the content of which left her feeling afraid for her brother's relationship with River and sat him down for a much needed heart to heart.

Their fourth semester found Ethan with a reorganized list of priorities, and having a lot more fun in the Student Union building (juice pong and posing nude). He still didn't have breakfast with River very often but that was because her first class didn't start until noon. He did make sure to be home before bedtime though so they could spend some time hanging out. River liked to rib him about the roommate she said they had last semester that he knew nothing about.

Home at last with degrees in hand, Ethan, with the help of Darlene, devised a 3-Step plan to woo his River.

Step 1: Ask her mother for permission to marry the love of your life, her daughter.



Step 2: Take the love of your life to the Spring Festival on Love Day and try out the Love Tester Machine.



Step 3: Propose to the love of your life beneath the glow of the Love Tester Machine.



Darlene, hiding behind a kissing booth, managed to snap a couple pictures of River's response.





Darlene's squeals of "She said yes!" could be heard throughout the park and far down the street as she ran home to tell their mother.
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Offline Tipi

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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (July 28)
« Reply #23 on: July 29, 2013, 12:20:34 AM »
Aww, this is so sweet and you are a great writer. And it's nice you feature sims that are seldom seen in stories.

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Re: The McIrish Bunch - Random Town Jump (July 28)
« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2013, 12:36:40 AM »
This chapter made me all warm and fuzzy inside. :D You have a wonderful knack for description and portrayed Ethan's emotions beautifully.

That last part with Darlene was adorably funny. I can absolutely see her doing that!

 

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