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Re: The Centari Legacy - The Birthday Ritual
« Reply #25 on: September 13, 2014, 07:46:52 PM »
Wow, loving the tone and personality of this story. Looking forward to following this one.

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Re: The Centari Legacy - The Birthday Ritual
« Reply #26 on: September 13, 2014, 10:30:54 PM »

I only ask when it seems important.  Otherwise I try to find it in books.  The only explanation I've been able to locate was a very confusing story about a fish person infiltrating human society by making a deal with an octopus.  She seemed to use the fork as a hairbrush, but Astrid is bald, so that cannot be it.


I'm rolling on the floor! Can't wait to see more!



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Re: The Centari Legacy - En Famille
« Reply #27 on: September 14, 2014, 10:10:19 PM »
They're both really lovely kids. :)

And I did notice how reserved and formal all of your previous founders seemed. Even Shawnya acted pretty reasonable. I was fine with those personalities but I'm having a hearty laugh at Celeste's narrative voice and that feels great.

I do have my kind of general comfort zone for putting these things together.  I'll tell you the loss of control on the traits is a learning experience for me.

Wow, loving the tone and personality of this story. Looking forward to following this one.

Thank you!  Hope to hear more from you :)

I'm rolling on the floor! Can't wait to see more!

Yes, but what *was* he doing with the fork?  :p


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**Mission Dispatch - 030** Failed First Attempts

I am happiest when we are spending time en famille.  My girls are the highlight of my life.



Astrid has become close friends with a boy named Thaddeus.  She calls him Tad.



While I support this concept of friendship, I have warned my Astrid not to eat anything Thaddeus gives her until she is an adult and ready to start a family.  I suppose I don't entirely trust the boy.



Nebula, panicking about her childhood aspiration, spent most of her free time to herself, not taking much to Tad.



Alas, completing her aspiration was not to be just simply due to ill luck of her birthday shortening her number of school days.  We encouraged her not to fret and baked her a lovely cake.



She grew into a Good teenager and rolled the aspiration "Master of Mischief."  (Here, feel free to correct Celeste, but I'm not sure if you can wait until young adulthood to choose an aspiration.  Both Nebula and Astrid went with the one they rolled as teens).



Meanwhile, as you know, I completed my ship.  I should be able to deliver all microscopic samples soon.



Once it is rebuilt, that is.



As it stands, it looks like Astrid is likely to finish her childhood aspiration, and thus take the lead as heir apparent.




**Mission Dispatch - 033** - Repairs and Improvements

The ship is repaired.  I ... will use it for its intended purpose soon.



As predicted, Astrid indeed completed her childhood aspiration.  She will officially be our heir.



She has grown up Outgoing (like me) and wishes to be a mansion baron.  Davon finds this amusing considering we are still living in "the cube."



Because she has an edge as a creative mind from her aspiration, she has purchased both an easel and an adult-sized violin.

Tad aged up into a reasonably attractive boy.  He will do if she decides to take him as a spouse.



For now, we have to work on getting this house how she likes it.  And I'm helping pay for that.  See you soon, Mission Control.



**Mission Dispatch - 040** - Alone

There's a perverse sort of pleasure in seeing yourself and the one you love reflected in your offspring.  It is not quite the same as similar aurae in bonded orbs.



This resemblance is most important when it serves as a reminder.  Something ... well, just awful happened.



This dusty old coot with a multitab showed up and stood on Davon's head.



He sighed at me and told me I was messing up his paperwork and to get out of the way, and now ... now he's gone.  Davon, I mean.  The guy in the raincoat stayed and ate some of our mac and cheese for a while.

Anyway, I'm experiencing something akin to lightlessness.  It's rather unfortunate.  All of this occurred on the eve of Nebula's young adult birthday while she was sleeping.  While they both were.

She chose to age up on her own the following day and the poor thing has become insane.  It's for the best the strain of the legacy won't sit on her shoulders.



My other daughter has some emotional support, which is lucky.



For me, I will simply hold to my memories and my transcripts.  I knew this day would come.  It's okay.  When I am dead and no family members remain who remember us, we will be released into the ether and will return to Centari together.

Excuse any delay in my upcoming reports, mission control.  I just need some time to remember what it was like en famille


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Re: The Centari Legacy - En Famille
« Reply #28 on: September 14, 2014, 10:15:29 PM »
RIP Davon. :(

Something about TS4 makes teens look a little too mature, which makes Neb look like she's 30 already. Astrid is super-pretty though. Glad she got picked for heiress.
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Re: The Centari Legacy - En Famille
« Reply #29 on: September 15, 2014, 05:21:51 AM »
Your writing style is really hilarious. And the two parasites :P are adorable :D

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Re: The Centari Legacy - En Famille
« Reply #30 on: September 15, 2014, 05:40:57 AM »
Astrid is lovely; she'll make a wonderful heiress.  And curse you, Celeste for making me cry before I've finished my coffee!

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Re: The Centari Legacy - En Famille
« Reply #31 on: September 15, 2014, 01:43:44 PM »

Excuse me, mission control; I appear to be leaking.  :'(



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Re: The Centari Legacy - En Famille
« Reply #32 on: September 15, 2014, 02:39:47 PM »
Awww, poor Davon. I was really getting to like him. I feel like all the townies are all adults, I have yet to read a story where the first townie was a Young Adult. I do like Astrid as Heiress, and I look forward to seeing her take on things soon. Will she continue corresponding to Mission Control?

I too fell like the teens look much too mature for their intended life state, I really hope they fix that.

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« Reply #33 on: September 17, 2014, 11:09:35 AM »
RIP Davon. :(

Something about TS4 makes teens look a little too mature, which makes Neb look like she's 30 already. Astrid is super-pretty though. Glad she got picked for heiress.

I could not agree more.  I really wish there was some differentiation between the life stages, especially since teen has usually been pretty substantially different than adult.

Your writing style is really hilarious. And the two parasites :P are adorable :D

Thanks!  I am really pleased with how pretty the girls are.

Astrid is lovely; she'll make a wonderful heiress.  And curse you, Celeste for making me cry before I've finished my coffee!

Aw.  I tried to keep it light but death is always an unpleasant subject.

Excuse me, mission control; I appear to be leaking.  :'(

Mission control understands.

Awww, poor Davon. I was really getting to like him. I feel like all the townies are all adults, I have yet to read a story where the first townie was a Young Adult. I do like Astrid as Heiress, and I look forward to seeing her take on things soon. Will she continue corresponding to Mission Control?

I too fell like the teens look much too mature for their intended life state, I really hope they fix that.

There are townie teens, they just look identical to everyone else.  the only hope of having a teen love interest is meeting him/her as a child, since you can't actually make friends at school.  Sigh.

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**Mission Dispatch - 101** - This is stupid

Dear Mission Control,

You are the product of my mother's nervous breakdown since Papa died.  I don't believe in you but the therapist says I have to take over writing these letters for my  mother to give her peace of mind.  The therapist also says Neb will never have peace of mind again because she's crazy.  Great.

Love,

Astrid Centari, extra human, all the time




**Mission Dispatch - 102** - Adjustments

Okay.  So.  I got your response.  In my brain last night.  Maybe I'm insane too.  All the same, I apologize for my tone, Mission Control, whoever you are.  We are coping here.

As unofficial leader of the household I have begun my lifetime goal of becoming a mansion baron by rebuilding the cube.  Our floorplan will eventually have two stories, but we only could afford the ground level for now.




I have taken up painting with the intention of making it my career after high school.  Being creatively gifted makes it an easy target goal and I know it's a lucrative one.  Unfortunately my paintings don't register on the wall for the "buy 25 pieces of art" goal, so I had to get around that.



Neb was disappointed when I sold them all immediately after advancing to my milestone.  I've tried to put her to work as our new cook, but every time she attempts to make something, even salad, she ends up outside sobbing over Papa's grave.



She's already enough trouble trying to level a criminal career and a mischief aspiration with the Good trait.  I thought we should maybe marry her off, but Mama says no, we have to take care of her because she's crazy and also beats people up at random and we're keeping her out of prison.



So for now, she's just working on her goals and taking care of Papa's garden.  At least it keeps her busy.



I'm just grateful to have Tad to talk to.  He's evil but somehow more agreeable in general than my sister.



Mama has been working on her social goals in all of her spare time.  It is a distraction from the grief at the very least.



Uh.  Astrid out!


**Mission Dispatch - 103** - Death Death Everywhere

Adulthood has been uneventful so far.  Thank you for the piano.  I am learning to play it very quickly with my creative bonus.  So far, no obvious benefit from having graduated school with As in both levels.




Tomorrow, Mama will take me up in the rocket for a face-to-face debrief.  I look forward to meeting ... whatever you people are.  And I hope it doesn't sound the way she describes it.  Because I'm legitimately kind of scared of you.



To everyone's surprise (and no small horror of my own), I rolled the bro trait.  I am a geek, creative, bro.  I like everything and everyone.  I guess there are worse things in life.  Tad grew up ambitious.  We're still best friends, but I asked him out on a real, grown-up date as soon as we were both aged up!



Mama knows, of course.  She's been really smug about the succession and says that her mission has been a great success, even though she's not even done with her aspiration yet.



Either way, she's not wrong.  The family is running smoothly.  I've taken over keeping us fed, as it doesn't send me out to the gravesite in tears.



Mama is the handy one.



And Neb ... well.  You know, she's ... she's around the house.  Being Neb.



Truly she's struggling with her goals.  Every time she tries mischief interactions on strangers, they are charmed instead of offended.  For anyone else, this would be a good thing.  Not for my sister, oh no.

This afternoon she went to the gym with the idea that she'd find a victim to add to her dislike list.  The first thing she saw upon arriving was this:



No bodies or urns nearby.  Guess he was just getting pumped up.  So being utterly unhinged as my sister is, she decided to say hi.  It got weird.



She then left in favor of antagonizing a woman on the treadmills.  It somehow ended in being good friends with the woman and being mentored by her.  Leave it to Neb.



Later that night, on my first date with Tad, we saw him too!  The guy just won't leave off.



So, I decided that a reminder of my mortality was literally doing the smustle six feet away, I might as well make my move.



So I did.  To great success.



I'm sure he'll get along great with my extra super normal family.  Once I convince him to move in.



**Dispatch Closed**

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Re: The Centari Legacy - The Lingering Nature of Death
« Reply #34 on: September 17, 2014, 12:11:19 PM »
None of the last updates pictures showed up for me because my Samsung was being mean but even so I didn't need them because your writing is so good! Can't wait for more!
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Re: The Centari Legacy - The Lingering Nature of Death
« Reply #35 on: September 17, 2014, 01:30:02 PM »
I'm loving this! The flirty Grim Reaper made me crack up, and I needed the laugh right now.

Keep up the great work!

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« Reply #36 on: September 17, 2014, 01:45:03 PM »
I guess taking the dead is a physical job!
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Re: The Centari Legacy - The Lingering Nature of Death
« Reply #37 on: September 17, 2014, 04:00:52 PM »
Flirty Grim - that is just weird. Is he supposed to be around when no one has died?

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« Reply #38 on: September 17, 2014, 04:36:00 PM »
Poor Neb, she tries so hard but no luck. And a sad day when Devon left. I'm looking forward to learning more from Astrid about her meeting.

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« Reply #39 on: September 17, 2014, 08:59:04 PM »
I've also encountered sims becoming friendly through mischief interactions, I think it depends on how the sim already feels towards the person preforming the interaction.  When I tested it on a sim who was neutral or friendly and my sim was in a good mood the relationship went up.  If the mood of my sim was bad, it went down.  If the relationship was already in the red but mood was good, it went either positive or negative, depending on the mischief interaction chosen.  If the relationship was in the red and mood was poor, it went down faster.  Hope that helps.

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Re: The Centari Legacy - The Lingering Nature of Death
« Reply #40 on: September 21, 2014, 07:10:47 PM »
"Grim Reaper is Flirty" Hah!

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« Reply #41 on: September 22, 2014, 09:44:47 PM »
None of the last updates pictures showed up for me because my Samsung was being mean but even so I didn't need them because your writing is so good! Can't wait for more!

That's a lovely compliment.  Hopefully you got to see the photos later on, though!

I'm loving this! The flirty Grim Reaper made me crack up, and I needed the laugh right now.

Keep up the great work!

I can't take any credit for that one.  Maybe punching things puts the guy in the mood!

I guess taking the dead is a physical job!

Maybe some those denied please for mercy end in fisticuffs.

Flirty Grim - that is just weird. Is he supposed to be around when no one has died?

I have no idea, but I know I'm not the only one having him randomly show up around the neighborhood.

Poor Neb, she tries so hard but no luck. And a sad day when Devon left. I'm looking forward to learning more from Astrid about her meeting.

I'm fond of Neb.  She's been a great demonstration of the new insanity trait.

I've also encountered sims becoming friendly through mischief interactions, I think it depends on how the sim already feels towards the person preforming the interaction.  When I tested it on a sim who was neutral or friendly and my sim was in a good mood the relationship went up.  If the mood of my sim was bad, it went down.  If the relationship was already in the red but mood was good, it went either positive or negative, depending on the mischief interaction chosen.  If the relationship was in the red and mood was poor, it went down faster.  Hope that helps.

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It seems to be random for Nebula, maybe due to her insanity?  It definitely helps if the relationship is already negative before she starts pestering them, but even if someone is an enemy or a stranger, sometimes it results in positive movement.

"Grim Reaper is Flirty" Hah!

I suppose there are worse things he could be.  ;)

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**Mission Dispatch - 115** Flying Time

Oh, Mission Control.  It's so hard to go back to how things were now that I've seen the other side of my heritage.  With Mama at the top of her career, we're building a second shuttle to keep in the yard so visits can remain steady and frequent.



I tried the potion given to me by your apothecary.  True to promise, it made me immediately very slender.  Almost too slender if you ask Tad, but I'm a fan.  And he's not all that put off when it really comes down to it!



Mama became an elder shortly after Tad and I got engaged.



You'd never know but for her hair color.  This is her at the wedding.



We explained to her that she could just dye it back but she found the idea "flagrantly dishonest."

We decided there's some sort of family glitch regarding wedding dresses.  I didn't get one either and got married in my casual wear.  It's the only time I've ever seen Neb cry.



I got pregnant almost right away.  Tad was thrilled.



I was a bit worried knowing how some sims react to finding out their lady is expecting, but it wasn't a problem here.  He says he wants at least 3.



Mama is fascinated by pregnancy in someone other than herself.  She delights in feeling the kicks.



She's kind of given up on ever accomplishing her lifetime aspiration.  It was a really bad fit to go with the astronaut career as it turns out.  She got through stage 2 at least and now spends her elder years with her family.



(It's pretty hard to manage a bunch of lifetime aspirations when there's no open world.)

I gave birth to Estella early in the morning before work.  It was terrible to have to leave right after putting her in the family crib.



But of course, there are lots of grown ups around to dote over her.  Also, check out Neb's waistline!  She's lost it all the old fashioned way, no fancy space potions.



As for parenthood, Mission Control, I knew what to expect, but it has its ups and downs.



**Mission Dispatch - 115** Expanding

Neb likes to tease that she's sometimes reminded of how glad she is that the baby is mine and not hers when it comes time for a bubble bath or locking herself in her room.  I don't mind the teasing.



I'm making good progress on becoming a mansion baron.



I need to fix the uneven roof later.  We've only built an en suite bedroom for Estella so far upstairs.



She aged up evil, bless her, just like her father.  So it's rather a trail to keep her from alienating everyone she speaks to.  She wishes to be a whiz kid.  Nebula is pretty pessimistic about her odds.



The second baby is already on the way, timed with my decision to continue on with being an artist rather than a patron. 



Mama has used the new equipment I picked up from my most recent trip to Centari to great effect.



Tad likes to change the outcomes of the good vs. evil battles in Estella's stories to prevent them both from getting the angry emotion.  I suppose that's all right.



Our second daughter's name is Europa.  Mama convinced Tad that it was essential to bring a fork when handling a second born infant.  I'm not sure if he was humoring her or convinced of the necessity.



Sadly, she will never know her grandmother.  It pains me to report that Mama passed away while sodering new propeller jets onto the rocket.



She looked up as though she knew it was coming ... and then ...



I did my best to keep her with us, but Grim was not swayed.



She's with Papa again, at the very least, and someday soon we'll have a party to send her back to Centari in style.



Rest well, Mama.  Say hi to Papa.


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Re: The Centari Legacy - Flying Time
« Reply #42 on: September 22, 2014, 10:55:49 PM »
Wow, Celeste's death actually hit me pretty hard. Your story telling is good enough to keep me with the story so that it's not just reading "yet another legacy." I like that about your story and your writing, and I appreciate what you're putting together here.

I also had problems with the Whiz Kid aspiration due to the dependence on school days and the requirements to earn an A in school. It wound up not being worth it to me to keep working on completing it, and I gave up. My second generation heir has turned into a real pain in the rear end anyway and I'm almost eager to get on with generation 3 so that I don't have to worry so much about him.

Since I'm playing for points, this pains me.

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« Reply #43 on: September 23, 2014, 12:14:21 AM »
RIP Celeste. Losing you founder is always tough. I find that I get especially fond of my founders.

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« Reply #44 on: September 23, 2014, 01:13:18 AM »
The end of an era - let's see how the decedents keep the connection to Centari alive.

I also find that accomplishing some aspirations will be a hassle when it comes to the no-open world thing. But, I also think this is because we are so used to one way of playing... I hope I will get better at managing my game...

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« Reply #45 on: September 23, 2014, 05:20:41 AM »
The aspirations *are* super tough, especially the childhood aspirations.  Congratulations on a great chapter, Saltpastillen, and condolences about Celeste.

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« Reply #46 on: September 23, 2014, 09:08:24 AM »
Goodbye to Celeste, good she has this amazing daughter and grandchildren to keep her legacy going.

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« Reply #47 on: September 23, 2014, 01:53:08 PM »

New rule in choosing heir: baby who gets the fork wins!  :P Tilia, you seriously know how to give readers the feels. Rest in peace, Celeste.

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« Reply #48 on: September 23, 2014, 05:59:29 PM »
The aspirations *are* super tough, especially the childhood aspirations.  Congratulations on a great chapter, Saltpastillen, and condolences about Celeste.

I'm sorry, Tilia; I shouldn't post when I'm ill.  Anyway, great chapter!

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« Reply #49 on: September 23, 2014, 09:57:02 PM »
Wow, Celeste's death actually hit me pretty hard. Your story telling is good enough to keep me with the story so that it's not just reading "yet another legacy." I like that about your story and your writing, and I appreciate what you're putting together here.

I also had problems with the Whiz Kid aspiration due to the dependence on school days and the requirements to earn an A in school. It wound up not being worth it to me to keep working on completing it, and I gave up. My second generation heir has turned into a real pain in the rear end anyway and I'm almost eager to get on with generation 3 so that I don't have to worry so much about him.

Since I'm playing for points, this pains me.

I actually said "Nooooo" out loud when the camera cut to her.  Social Butterfly is my least favorite childhood aspiration.  In fact all the social aspirations are a giant pain because of loading screens between locations.

RIP Celeste. Losing you founder is always tough. I find that I get especially fond of my founders.

She's back on her home planet now.  *sniff*

The end of an era - let's see how the decedents keep the connection to Centari alive.

I also find that accomplishing some aspirations will be a hassle when it comes to the no-open world thing. But, I also think this is because we are so used to one way of playing... I hope I will get better at managing my game...

It's a good thing I'm not overly obsessed with points.  It's more a learning experience through multi-generation play.  Otherwise I'd be rather upset.  But yeah, I'm hoping that experience makes managing the aspirations easier.

The aspirations *are* super tough, especially the childhood aspirations.  Congratulations on a great chapter, Saltpastillen, and condolences about Celeste.
I'm sorry, Tilia; I shouldn't post when I'm ill.  Anyway, great chapter!

Haha, noooo worries.  I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Goodbye to Celeste, good she has this amazing daughter and grandchildren to keep her legacy going.

I'm surprised something isn't influencing babies because they've all been female thus far!

New rule in choosing heir: baby who gets the fork wins!  :P Tilia, you seriously know how to give readers the feels. Rest in peace, Celeste.

Fork babies are best babies.


**Mission Dispatch - 129** Dear Mama

Mama.  I hope you're settling back into your old life and helping Papa adjust as well.  He seemed fairly uncomfortable with orbal form last time I saw him.  I think you're just the cutest couple up there.  I've used it as inspiration more than once.



I've included a lot of grandbaby pictures for you two.  Europa grew up a little genius like her Daddy.



The girls get along well as long as Estella isn't giving into her evil streak.  Sometimes I think she's quite like her Dickens namesake.



And the new baby is named Callista, for that moon we got stranded on during my second space flight, remember?  I still have one of the rocks.  Europa dotes on her.



Those two will likely be partners in crime, while Estella remains a daddy's girl.  I suppose it's the evil thing.



Callista, though.  She aged up looking just like you, Mom.  Seeing her sometimes makes me freeze in my tracks.  She's a genius too.  Just like you.



I'm helping the girls work toward their aspirations, so I'm sending Estella up with the reports when she ages up to a teen.  We love you.


**Mission Dispatch - 130** Dear Papa

Papa!  Estella tells me you're adjusting.  The others wanted to say hello.

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Morning, Daddy!  Is it morning in space?  What's it like with two suns?  I am growing a cow in the garden.

Love, Neb.




Dear Grandpa, I am the writer and also the oldest.  I'm named Estella and it means stars.  My sisters are the best.



Today is my birthday!  My cake is made of strawberries from the plants you put in the ground a long time ago!



My sisters will still be just kids.  That's okay. I'm ready.


Dear Grampa,

Hi!  We are your best granddaughters, Europa and Callista, the Jupiter moons!



We're probably going to be co-heirs.  That's what we decided.  Estella's too old and cool to play now.  So we play alone.



Thank you for the red coral plant!  It's creepy and weird and we love it!  There's a cow plant outside named Esteban.  He's ornery.



That's Estella.  She only plays with Brady now.  He's cooler than us, we guess.  They go smoochy smooch.



Ooooh, Brady.  He's such a dreamboat!  barf.



Just like Mom and Dad.  It's pretty gross.  Not like you and Granny gross with the eyes and the tentacles, just blech gross like black licorice.




**Mission Dispatch - 133** Instructions for Safety

I mean it, Estella, no pit stops.  And you still have to go to your retail job when you get back.  you made a commitment and you have to stick to it.



You've been very good with your sisters, which is why we're trusting you with this big job.



Just don't mention to the girls about Esteban.  We've told them you're returning him to Centari.



Uh, we're telling Auntie Neb that too.  You know how she was about the cow.  We just ... will have to feed the next one more often?  Ask Grog for an owner's guide.



Don't forget the birthday pictures of your sisters either!



Tell them Europa wants to be a writer.  They'll like that.



And tell your Gran about the hamburger cake.  She would've gone gaga for it.



Not to mention her doppleganger of a granddaughter.



Be safe, Stell.  I love you.  - Mom


 

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