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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Love Is All Around (9 December)
« Reply #175 on: December 10, 2013, 04:36:48 PM »


I love the picture on the right! How did you get your sim to do this? Is the game paused mid-action?

The game is paused in the middle of a spontaneous action.  I'm not sure what it was, although it looked to me as though she was very pleased with herself.

The shot to the right looks like one where she's looking at her ring (newly married sims do it a lot).

Nope.  She wasn't married, or even engaged, at the time.  Maybe she was admiring her nails through the gloves?  I suspect that whatever it was comes from her snob trait.

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty
« Reply #176 on: December 12, 2013, 01:26:20 PM »
Mood Swings – and a Party to Die For

Tabitha woke up the following morning feeling a bit the worse for wear.  In fact…



Still, she wasn’t going to let throwing up every few hours stop her from inviting half the town over to celebrate both her engagement and completing her tasks.  Tansy dug out a previously unseen little black dress in honour of the occasion and made a speech about how proud she and Michael were of their lovely daughter.



Then she sprayed the lovely daughter with fizzy nectar.  Just as well Tabitha hadn’t got around to putting on her party dress.



Revenge is sweet.  Tansy hurried off to change her clothes and Tabitha briefly wondered what she’d be wearing when she reappeared.  Her father and Uncle Eduardo had both gone overboard with the dressing up.



Then the party dancers arrived and Eduardo evidently decided that he was overdressed by comparison.



Those weren’t his normal swimming trunks!  Where had they come from?

Of course, no Sim party would be complete without the unexpected death of a guest.  This time, it was Paola Romano.



When everyone rushed in to mourn, Tabitha couldn’t help but notice that Aunt Carlotta was now wearing a swimming costume that matched her husband’s, while her mother was in jodhpurs.  When had she learned to ride?  Little Princess Tabitha would have loved to have a pony.

With so many people crowded around Paola, Grim was forced to do the scythe-wielding bit out in the hall.  Oblivious, the entertainers carried on dancing in the kitchen.



Eventually they also wandered in.  One of them seemed to fancy Grim – or was it Antonio he was eyeing up?  Either way, his friend wasn’t happy about it.



Tabitha suddenly realised that she was shivering.  A soaking probably hadn’t been the best treatment for her tummy bug and she'd been too busy socialising with her guests to change out of her wet dress.  Since the party spirit had faded more than a little following Grim’s visit, she asked everyone to leave early and put herself to bed, while Goopy, still in his smart clothes, started on another round of nectar machine upgrades.



A few hours later, Tabitha woke up from her nap and realised what her ‘illness’ really was.



She hurried downstairs to give Goopy the good news.



During his big sister’s pregnancy, Richard had his teen birthday.





Teenage hormones can turn the sweetest child into a complete pain.  Richard took to pranking in a big way and grew a rather ill-advised moustache, just because he could.  Plus, it annoyed the rest of the family.



Not to be outdone, Goopy also had a birthday and launched into a full-scale midlife crisis.



Tabitha was the one who worried her parents most, though.  She didn’t see why an ever-increasing bump should stop her paddling around in tubs of squishy fruit.



She just laughed when Tansy fretted about the possible risks to her grandchild if Tabitha slipped and fell over.

“Mother, the baby’s fine.  Goopy says it’s well protected.  As long as I just make the stuff and don’t drink it, we’ll both be OK.”

Of course, even Goopy would have freaked out if he’d seen what she did next.  Pregnancy hormones can be worse than teenage ones.  Tabitha decided she wanted a massage, right now.  Goopy was on duty at the hospital.  The backache was getting worse.  What could she do?  Oh, of course!  She took herself off to the spa – on her fiancé’s brand-new motorbike.  Well, Uncle Eduardo was using the motive mobile and she wasn’t going to wait around for a taxi.



She didn’t even make it into the building.



Now what?  Home?  The hospital?  They were both equally far away.  Wearily, she climbed back on to the bike.

Carlotta was out in the garden and heard her arrive.

“Aunt ‘Lotta!  Will you take me to hospital?  Now!  Please?”

She couldn’t have made herself clear.  She wanted to be driven to the hospital.  Car, taxi, she didn’t care.  She just wanted someone else to look after her and make the decisions.  Carlotta made a decision all right.  An unexpected one.  She ran to the hospital, leaving Tabitha to follow on foot.



Alexander Gold entered the world a few hours later.



While Carlotta stood outside the hospital texting everyone she knew to boast about her new grandson, poor exhausted Tabitha walked home to bed.



Goopy was there already.  After a busy shift immediately following a day on call, he’d staggered home to sleep – and completely missed his son’s birth.



Summary – Generation 5

Parents tried for baby within 4 days of start? Yes

Heir: Tabitha
Traits: Friendly, Good, Snob, Charismatic, Hopeless Romantic*   
Lifetime wish: Bottomless Nectar Cellar

Unique maxed career: Self-Employed Nectar Maker
Two unique best friends: David Haynes & Costanzo Rossi
Three unique skill challenges: Mix Master, Flavourful Feet, Nectar Master
Four unique opportunities: Just Business, Tough Negotiating, Let’s Dine, Looking for a Friend
Buildings owned: Civic Centre, Tasty Treats and Tomes, Coliseum, Good Guys Inc., Graciella's Groceries and Delfina's Diner
Properties owned: (none)
Vacations used: 1 out of 4

*I was going to give her either party animal, dramatic or diva for her final trait but none of them seemed to suit her.  I found her hanging out on the playground after school on several occasions: it was almost as though she was trying to be a loner.  Since that would have been a problem in her political career, I went with hopeless romantic instead.


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More outtakes

Tabitha’s party almost qualified as an outtakes chapter in its own right but here are a few more.

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Mood Swings – and a Party to Die For (12 December)
« Reply #177 on: December 12, 2013, 01:37:09 PM »
Oh no! The rainbow has ended!

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Mood Swings – and a Party to Die For (12 December)
« Reply #178 on: December 12, 2013, 01:44:37 PM »
I know!  :(  I have to admit to yelling at the screen when Tabitha walked out of the hospital.  I didn't really expect to have colourful Sims all the way through the dynasty but was hoping to keep the rainboo gene longer than this.

Of course, there's always Richard...

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Mood Swings – and a Party to Die For (12 December)
« Reply #179 on: December 14, 2013, 12:00:09 AM »
I suppose it's possible that it was a glitch, but I have seen sliders skip a generation.
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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Mood Swings – and a Party to Die For (12 December)
« Reply #180 on: December 14, 2013, 04:11:27 AM »
Really? :)  I've not seen it but this is the first time I've played with rainboos and it'd be less noticeable with the normal sliders.

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Mood Swings – and a Party to Die For (12 December)
« Reply #181 on: December 14, 2013, 08:12:16 AM »

Sims can inherit skin tone from grandparents, I think, which is why in Rica's dynasty the red skin tone skipped a generation then popped back up. Not entirely sure about that, though. Go forth, Richard! Go forth and make us more rainboos to help get it back into the family! Hilarious update by the way, those pregnancy hormones are crazy, and Richard's mustache is indeed ill advised.



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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Mood Swings – and a Party to Die For (12 December)
« Reply #182 on: December 15, 2013, 06:53:43 AM »
Sims can inherit skin tone from grandparents, I think, which is why in Rica's dynasty the red skin tone skipped a generation then popped back up. Not entirely sure about that, though.

Hope so.

Go forth, Richard! Go forth and make us more rainboos to help get it back into the family!

He's working on it...

Hilarious update by the way, those pregnancy hormones are crazy, and Richard's mustache is indeed ill advised.

Thank you.  I think Tabitha was having her midlife crisis early.  Her behaviour was so out of character while she was pregnant and she didn't have a crisis after she aged up.

Isn't it? ;)  He does get slightly better facial hair as an adult.

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty
« Reply #183 on: December 16, 2013, 05:06:17 PM »
Family Traditions

The next morning, Tabitha carried her son to his first cake, while four proud grandparents cheered.





Apart from his hair, Alex was all GilsCarbo.



Carlotta was delighted to have a toddler around again, especially one who reminded her so strongly of baby Goopy.  She started teaching him to walk and talk, while Tabitha and Goopy put on their best clothes and went outside.  Sam and Sophia had married quietly at home; Tabitha, hopeless romantic that she was, wanted the first wedding in Monte Vista to be like just the first one in Hidden Springs.  (This garden was undeniably grander, of course, but she was prepared to ignore that little detail.)





Riley was up to his old tricks again.



His ability to send gifts through to their universe had entered family folklore.  Michael had also had a doll from Uncle Riley although, with Tansy and Bryony as playmates, he hadn’t felt the need for an imaginary friend.  He’d given the doll to Bryony before leaving Hidden Springs.  Maybe her children would play with it.

Alex named his toy May-May.



He was very fond of the doll and carried it around everywhere, at least until something else distracted him and he left May-May behind.  Then he’d realise it was missing and start crying.  Looking for the toy became a major occupation for the adults.  Tabitha was out on the terrace in search of a missing May-May when the adult sparkles hit.



Goopy was determined to make an early start on his son’s education, so he and Eduardo spent hours in the library, reading picture books with Alex.





One evening, Tabitha found herself at home with nothing to do.  All of the available fruit had been turned into nectar, the nursery was tidied, the washing done.  She started randomly flicking through channels on the TV.



It was nearly Christmas?  Really?  Cut off in their little bubble of eternal summer, they had no idea what was going on in the outside world.  Alex would be having another birthday soon and children loved Christmas, or so she’d heard.  They might not be able to afford the kind of expensive artworks her inner snob would have liked but Christmas decorations and renewing the soft furnishings were well within their budget.



Yes, that was better!

Alex had another birthday.



He grew up into a nervous little character, worried about being accepted at school.  Tabitha took him to get a proper big boy’s haircut and he picked out a somewhat conservative wardrobe.  Not quite a school uniform but pretty close.



Kindhearted Richard realised that, just because Alex had had a birthday, it didn’t mean anything else had changed.  He still loved being read stories.



In fact, he dozed off in Richard’s new bed, leaving his young uncle to spend the night in the nursery.

Typically, Alex forgot about May-May and left the doll sitting on the floor overnight – but when Alex woke next morning, he found that May-May had changed.  It – she – was no longer an inanimate doll.



May-May was eager to make friends.  She brought Alex food when he was hungry.



Then he had to go to school – but she was waiting when he returned home.

Over tea, he told his father about the strange thing that had happened to his friend and Goopy gave him an unexpected present.

Once his homework was finished, Alex spent the rest of the evening playing tag with May-May.



Laughing and exhausted, they stopped by the pool house.

“May-May?  My dad says if you drink this stuff, you’ll turn into a real person like me.  Do you want to try it?”



She did.



“Alex!  Are you still there?  I can’t see you through the bubbles…  Ooh, it tickles…  Oh!”

And there she was.  A real girl.



“Alex?  Would you mind if I changed my name a bit?  If I’m going to be a real girl, I ought to have a real girl’s name.  May-May sounds like a toy.  Can I just be May?”
“Of course you can.  Come on and meet my family.  And then there’s school tomorrow and…”

Next chapter



Alex is named after two other Sims.  The first Alexander (who definitely never shortened his name) was another Legacy Sim.  I think he was from generation 8, although I tend to get the later generations confused.  By that stage, I was confident enough to play larger families and was trying to complete most of the lifetime wishes I had available.  Alexander’s mother was a former babysitter called Constance, who was the Surrounded by Family Sim.  She ended up with seven kids but was always obsessed by her eldest.  Maybe it was because of her inappropriate trait, which certainly seemed to dominate her personality.  Edward was her favourite (read: almost only) topic of conversation and she made him late for school on a number of occasions by urging him to work on his skills or giving him hugs.  He grew up to be the doctor of the family, which probably made Connie very proud.  Alexander and his twin, Nicholas, were her next children.  Both were neurotic loners, which probably didn’t endear them to their outgoing mother.  Alexander grew up to be almost the perfect author.  He wasn’t a bookworm but all of his other traits were suited to a career in writing.  He remains my only Sim to max the self-employed writer career.  He registered at City Hall as soon as he aged up to teen and wrote the final few paragraphs of his first book immediately afterwards.  He eventually reached level ten, with no help from travelling (this was pre-WA), or lifetime rewards other than a steel bladder, in his late eighties.  Poor Nicholas became an unlucky loser and was undoubtedly my most unfortunate Sim ever.  Several times a day, messages would pop up telling me about his misfortunes at school.  He was bullied and accident-prone; even the teachers despised him.  I was glad when he grew up to young adult.  He had his portrait painted and moved out: the only member of the family not to achieve a lifetime wish.  I just felt he'd be safer out of the active household.

Alex is also sort-of named after my very first Sim, Alys Green.



Alys was also a writer.  (No prizes for guessing Alex’s major skill.)  She was an illustrious author, who specialised in children’s books.  Until recently, I’d assumed Alys was long lost but a library save surprisingly turned up when checking through an old hard drive before scrapping it.  She was one of the possible back-up founders for this dynasty and I may play her again in something else, because she was one of those lovely Sims who are really easy to look after.  Also, I spent ages on her clothes and appearance ;).

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Family Traditions (16 December)
« Reply #184 on: December 16, 2013, 08:18:35 PM »

Aw, what a sweet update! Alex and May are so cute, and the Christmas decorations look great. Lovely wedding: simple but beautiful!

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Family Traditions (16 December)
« Reply #185 on: December 20, 2013, 12:10:39 PM »
Im sad to see you running out of rainboos that fast. Else I really enjoy your story, its amazing. (Just like your other stories)
I have a question though. You took the whole graveyard with you when you moved your family, do they even recognise them as there ancestors anylonger? Because if they don't, we cant get their genes right?

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Family Traditions (16 December)
« Reply #186 on: December 22, 2013, 04:11:23 AM »
Aw, what a sweet update! Alex and May are so cute, and the Christmas decorations look great. Lovely wedding: simple but beautiful!
I really enjoy your story, its amazing. (Just like your other stories)

Thank you  :D.

Im sad to see you running out of rainboos that fast.
I have a question though. You took the whole graveyard with you when you moved your family, do they even recognise them as there ancestors anylonger? Because if they don't, we cant get their genes right?

At least Alex still has the non-standard hair.  I was pleased that he inherited Goopy's very blue eyes, too.  I've been saving the odd hair colours as defaults, so it's possible that the black-and-green hair will also make a comeback.

I didn't quite take the whole graveyard.  The ones who were left behind no longer appeared on the family tree but the ones who moved were still recognised.  In fact, they also appeared as options for Tansy's relationship transmogrifier app, even though the graves were in the family inventory - I took them out briefly for that screenshot then put them away again.  As for the genes, Richard definitely has the same eye colour as Emmaline (and Cassidy, although I think she's too far back in the family tree to be the source).

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Family Traditions (16 December)
« Reply #187 on: December 22, 2013, 04:48:54 AM »
I didn't quite take the whole graveyard.  The ones who were left behind no longer appeared on the family tree but the ones who moved were still recognised.  In fact, they also appeared as options for Tansy's relationship transmogrifier app, even though the graves were in the family inventory - I took them out briefly for that screenshot then put them away again.  As for the genes, Richard definitely has the same eye colour as Emmaline (and Cassidy, although I think she's too far back in the family tree to be the source).

Okay, because I took them all with me and placed them again, none of them showed up in the family tree (this was in a test file) So in the original I have not taken them with me.

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty
« Reply #188 on: December 22, 2013, 06:27:12 PM »
Changes

Mike and Tansy knew they didn’t have much time left together.  Carlotta had made Ambrosia for herself and Mike – Richard couldn’t yet manage the garden on his own and Mike still felt that his best work as a sculptor lay ahead of him – but the other two had resigned themselves to making way for younger family members.  Eduardo was well into borrowed time and Tansy had now reached the end of a normal lifespan.  Mike left his sculpting stations and spent one last day enjoying his wife’s company.



But then, right at the end, it all went sour.



“No, Mike.  Not now.  It’s been a lovely day but I’m exhausted.  There’ll be time for WooHoo tomorrow.”

Except that there wasn’t.  The next morning, Tansy was admiring the new Christmas decorations when she felt herself starting to float.





“Please, Grim, give me just a little longer.  You see, last night…”
“Tansy!  Our son-in-law’s listening!  Please don’t!”

And then she was gone.



Mike threw himself into his sculpting.  He was determined to leave the family a good legacy but he certainly wasn’t going to extend his life any further.  The rest of the family tried to get back to normal: there were two children relying on them, after all.





Then Alex and May were children no longer.





The day after their shared birthday, Eduardo ran out of time.



“Please!  I’ve almost finished harvesting.  Can’t you wait another hour or so?”
“Come on, mate!  You’ve already lived longer than anyone else in this family and anyway, you’re right next to a load of life fruit.  You could have avoided this if you’d really wanted.  Stop wasting my time and get in that grave.”



*   *   *   *   *



Teenagers are always a trial but these two were odder than most.



After a day or two of pranks, May settled down (apart from her odd wardrobe choices).  She begged someone to help her with her schoolwork: having started primary school late, she’d only achieved a B grade to Alex’s A.  She was determined to beat him this time around.  While Alex worked on the school newspaper and socialised with classmates, May spent her evenings being tutored.  Not entirely coincidentally, it also gave her an excuse to spend time with Richard.  Soon she’d reached an A and was allowed a birthday cake.





It didn’t take long for Richard to notice that his best friend was now an attractive young woman…





…with inevitable consequences, this being a dynasty family.





Alex’s progress through high school was rather slower.  He finally reached an A on the day of the newspaper club’s reward ceremony.  Tabitha, Carlotta and May went to watch him being presented with his participation trophy.

“Alex, what are you doing?”
“Homework, of course!”
“Right here?”
“I seem to remember you doing the same thing.”



“Shhh, Aunt ‘Lotta.  Come on, get up off the ground, Alex.  You don’t need to do any more homework.  There’s a cake waiting at home.”

Goopy got back from the hospital just in time to join his son’s birthday celebrations.





While Alex was sorting out his new look, the others prepared to tuck into the birthday cake.  Then May clutched her bump and groaned.



“Goopy, do something!”
“Mum, I’m a neurosurgeon, not an obstetrician.  I don’t know what to do!”

May, for once the sanest member of the family, wandered outside and left them to stop panicking and eat their cake.

Some time later, Tabitha and Carlotta followed her out but now they barely seemed to notice the labouring woman on the terrace, even when she started to sparkle.





Welcome, Jane Gold.

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Changes (22 December)
« Reply #189 on: December 22, 2013, 07:46:18 PM »

Yay! Greenboo! *does a little dance* By the way, Alex is quite handsome. Poor Mike; that's not a very good last memory to have of the woman you love.

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Changes (22 December)
« Reply #190 on: December 23, 2013, 04:11:32 AM »
Jane is very much a greenboo, as you'll see when she ages up :).  Alex is almost a clone of Goopy, apart from the Hidden Springs ghost hair.

I always try to give my elderly Sims a romantic last day (or several) as the end approaches.  This is the first time it's gone wrong :(.

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty
« Reply #191 on: December 23, 2013, 02:30:55 PM »
Growing Up and Growing Old

May took her baby daughter to her first cake in the early hours of the following morning.





As usual, Carlotta was keen to take on most of the toddler-training duties, while Tabitha helped May to pick out a very special outfit.  As soon as it was fully light, May joined Richard out in the garden.  Like Tabitha and Goopy, they had a quiet wedding by the fountain.







*   *   *   *   *



Alex was busy with his writing and his career but all of the other adults took turns looking after and teaching little Jane.  With all this attention, she was soon ready for another birthday.





As a child, it became obvious that Jane had inherited more than just her hair from May.



Her father rapidly tutored her to an A, so she was free to spend the rest of her childhood enjoying herself.  She was a delight – lively but no trouble.  She’d rather learn to cook with the toy oven or play with blocks than set booby traps.  All too soon, she was ageing up again.



Time wasn’t standing still for anyone else, either: half of the household were now elders.  Now that Goopy had reached the top of the medical career and retired, and Tabitha had completed her wish to make five hundred bottles of nectar, they were rarely apart.  In their youth, they’d both been too busy to spend much time together; now they were trying to make up for it.



As Jane neared the end of her teens, Grim came for Carlotta.  She was ready to go; ready to be reunited with her dear Eduardo.



Jane missed her terribly.  Although their family relationship was tenuous at best, Carlotta had been like a grandmother to her and they’d been best friends as long as she could remember.



Even before they’d finished grieving for Carlotta, Grim was back again, for Mike.



Like Carlotta, he was happy to go  – life felt pointless without Tansy.  He hadn’t placed a hundred sculptures as he’d wanted but he was still leaving behind an impressive legacy for their descendants.



A few days later, Jane had another birthday.





While Jane was still changing her mind about which new clothes to wear, Tabitha, who’d had an early night, got out of bed and started to sparkle.





Like her father, she left a notable collection in the basement.



Goopy survived his wife by less than a day.



And then there were four.

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Growing Up and Growing Old (23 December)
« Reply #192 on: December 23, 2013, 03:08:20 PM »
RIP... okay, let's see. RIP Mike, Tansy, Eduardo, Carlotta, Goopy, and Tabitha. That's all, right?
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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Growing Up and Growing Old (23 December)
« Reply #193 on: December 23, 2013, 03:40:28 PM »
Oh my. Grim came all in a flash, again?! RIP Golds.

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Growing Up and Growing Old (23 December)
« Reply #194 on: December 23, 2013, 03:51:05 PM »
RIP... okay, let's see. RIP Mike, Tansy, Eduardo, Carlotta, Goopy, and Tabitha. That's all, right?
Oh my. Grim came all in a flash, again?! RIP Golds.

Yep.  Depressing, isn't it?  :'(

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It's nice to have some fun images to cheer up the gloom. It's always so sad when a lot of your sims die at the same time.

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Wow! Those did cheer me up.

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It's nice to have some fun images to cheer up the gloom. It's always so sad when a lot of your sims die at the same time.

It is sad.  Extending Carlotta and Mike's lives meant they ended up about the same age as Tabitha and Goopy (in fact, Mike was the youngest, according to the game).  I half-expected them all to go on the same day.  They mostly had a good innings, though.  I think Mike only made it to 50 or 51 but Tansy got to 53, Carlotta to 55, Tabitha to 56, Goopy to 58 and Eduardo to 64 (a record for this game so far).

Wow! Those did cheer me up.

The random madness is one of the best things about the game, I think :).

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« Reply #198 on: December 27, 2013, 10:00:27 AM »
Detective Fiction



It was just after midnight when I left the station.  I was dressed for business: new trenchcoat and trilby, trousers a tasteful shade or two darker, shoes definitively free of gum.  The tie and hatband matched exactly – a nice touch, I thought.  The red clashed slightly with my hair but you can’t have everything.



My contact in the force had sent me to interview a woman about a missing car.  I’d thought I’d have to wait until morning but there she was in the garden.  To me, the night felt too chilly for a strappy dress but, hey, she had good shoulders.  And the rest.  I wasn’t complaining.



As she talked, I kept an eye out for trouble.  It seemed a quiet neighbourhood but you could never tell…



The latest book was going pretty well, although not as well as Alex’s real-life career in investigation.  Unfortunately, the not-so-mean streets of Monte Vista provided little in the way of material and Sam Argent, his hardboiled alter ego, led a far more exciting life than he did.  He spent more time in the library than on stakeout.



Even though the work was mundane, odd details made their way into the books.  He just hoped his clients thought he was making notes about the cases, rather than their faces, clothes and houses – and that none of them read his stories.



Some things, though, were just too bizarre for fiction.  The Grim Reaper as a witness?



Despite doing far more reading and writing than investigating, he soon made it to fully-fledged Private Eye and the mayor presented him with the key to the city.  It didn’t actually seem to open anything but at least it provided the title for his next bestseller: The Door to the Key to the City.



With his career maxed, he turned to writing full-time, pseudonymously experimenting with a variety of genres.



He dreamed of achieving literary greatness but time was just too short for producing masterpieces.



His adult birthday brought home the realisation that he’d have to concentrate on shorter forms and commercial, rather than artistic, success if he was going to finish his tasks in time.  Finally, he achieved his lifetime wish of becoming recognised as a professional author.



With the arrival of his royalty payments the following Sunday, he completed his skill requirements and suddenly realised what he’d been neglecting all this time.  The only people he knew were ex-clients and his own family – and he barely spoke to them.  Now he needed best friends and a mother for his future heir.  It was time to leave his study-bedroom and get out into the world again.

In his early days as an investigator, he’d met a wonderful woman, Helena Bannerman.  She was married but it was obvious that she was as attracted to Alex as he was to her.  Helena’s husband was much older than she was, so maybe later…  He hadn’t realised then how long it would take for ‘later’ to arrive.  Helena was an old lady now and his own final birthday was looming.  His ‘little sister’ had already had hers.



‘If in doubt, go to the library’ had always been his motto.  He spent a night studying charisma and then a day meeting people around town.  Maybe it was having been cooped up in his room for so long: he fancied everyone.  Most of them were too old, too married or too male, though.  He was about to head back to the library when he met her.  Eunice Church, the postwoman.  He’d vaguely noticed her delivering letters and complimentary copies of his books but they’d never spoken before.  Suddenly, the famous author was lost for words.



Did I really just use llamas as a chat-up line?

Eunice seemed to like him, llamas or no llamas – but then she said she had to go.  Maybe she was just changing out of her uniform, because he invited her over as soon as he got home and she accepted.  While he was awaiting her arrival, he got into the hot tub, hoping the bubbles would soothe his nerves.  It turned out to have been one of his better ideas.



Eunice was clearly impressed by his muscles.  They weren’t bad for someone who sat at a computer all day, he had to admit.  Their relationship progressed rapidly from there.



Very rapidly.





And before long, Eunice was throwing up.





Alex happened to come downstairs for a snack just as her suspicions were confirmed, so she was able to give him the good news at once.





Eunice spent most of her pregnancy relaxing, either at home or at the spa, although the mysterious compulsion to ride the family motorbike struck again…



…and she was at the library, fulfilling a wish to learn charisma, when the labour pains started.



With a surprising last-minute attack of sense, she drove home in the Motive Mobile.  She arrived just in time and baby Robert made his appearance in the conservatory.






Next chapter



Summary – Generation 6

Heir: Alexander
Traits: couch potato, neurotic, bookworm, perfectionist, loner, no sense of humour (from honorary degree)
Lifetime wish: Professional Author

Unique maxed career: Investigator
Two unique best friends: Elisabeth Bailey & Miki Stallings
Three unique skill challenges: Prolific Author, Speed Writer, Specialist Writer
Four unique opportunities: Add a Little Drama, The Case of the Footsore Floater, The Case of the Tattooed Thief, Digging for Dirt
Buildings bought this generation: Teatro Fantastico, Simcatti Industries
Properties owned: still none
Vacations used: still 1 out of 4

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Re: End of the Line Dynasty: Detective Fiction (27 December)
« Reply #199 on: December 27, 2013, 10:38:30 AM »
As, no rainboo.  :(
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