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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 92: All We Needed (Dec 13)
« Reply #350 on: December 22, 2015, 04:39:15 PM »
First of all, congratulations on your new job! And good luck Maroon!


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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 92: All We Needed (Dec 13)
« Reply #351 on: December 27, 2015, 07:54:25 PM »
Congrats on the new job and welcome back! Thanks for the update.

First of all, congratulations on your new job! And good luck Maroon!



Thanks! The new job is going really well. So far, I really like the job and my coworkers are great  :D

Great to see an update. Hilarious to see Ruby grew up in that werewolf style hair. Happy marriage and looking forward for the nooboo (the last heir).

I know! I can't believe it's almost the end either. In the main challenge storyline, there are only about 75ish photos left.

Wow, I arrived kind of late to this party.  Echoing an earlier comment, Ruby's eyes are gorgeous!
I've never tried the 4x4 Dynasty.  Every time I see "medium life span," I just get scared.  Kudos for your courage and successes (and may they continue)   :=)

I felt the same way about the medium lifespan, but I actually really liked it. I find the normal lifespan to be too long now, as a matter of fact  ::)



Chapter 93- In a Flash

Shortly after our wedding, Mom and Dad both celebrated their elder birthdays.







Mom, unlike Dad, seemed pretty psyched for her birthday.



At least, she did until the back pain kicked in.





Mom and Dad both looked great in their old age. I just hope that Ruby and I could look that good when we turned old and grey!









I whipped up a huge birthday dinner for my parents and a giant birthday cake. The big meal was a little too much for everyone, as we all hit the sack shortly afterward. The next morning, I prepared breakfast for everyone while Ruby brushed up on her skills. She was apparently a little too eager to practice her charisma skill.



Uncle Viridian gave her a bit of a helping hand.



After I returned home from work, Ruby and I snatched a quick moment together to watch the stars. With all of the requirements I had on my plate, I relished in the moments that I got to spend with my sweetie pie.



Ruby and I headed back inside to head to bed, but were interrupted when we remembered that it was our adult birthdays.











Mom came home from the bistro right after Ruby and I celebrated our adult birthdays. She stayed late to whip up some delicious birthday cake for the two of us. After she came home and Dad, Uncle Viridian, Ruby and I began to indulge in some of that fabulous angel food cake, Mom stepped outside for a brief moment, though she would not be able to come back inside.





Mom accepted Grim's visit with grace and dignity. She was ready to go. And, just like that, she was gone in a flash.



RIP Rita Sakura (nee Lu).



Thanks for everything, Mom, we'll miss you.

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 93: In a Flash (Dec 27)
« Reply #352 on: December 27, 2015, 08:51:35 PM »
I'm sure that playing versus just reading updates it seems like quite a bit more time between deaths, but it's just sad to see such lovely characters leave so soon.
I adore Ruby and am now very apprehensive as I know her end will be here in a matter of updates.  Lovely update, though, and the deaths were handled with the deserved grace and dignity.

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 93: In a Flash (Dec 27)
« Reply #353 on: December 27, 2015, 10:29:48 PM »
I agree about medium lifespan. There's really no time spent just waiting for sims to finally age up.

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 93: In a Flash (Dec 27)
« Reply #354 on: December 28, 2015, 10:46:50 PM »
R.I.P. Rita :(  And yes, medium lifepan doesn't time to relax, I'm testing playing a 4x4 right now and is a little intimidating.

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 93: In a Flash (Dec 27)
« Reply #355 on: January 03, 2016, 07:35:25 PM »
I'm sure that playing versus just reading updates it seems like quite a bit more time between deaths, but it's just sad to see such lovely characters leave so soon.
I adore Ruby and am now very apprehensive as I know her end will be here in a matter of updates.  Lovely update, though, and the deaths were handled with the deserved grace and dignity.

Well, this next chapter probably won't help  :(

I agree about medium lifespan. There's really no time spent just waiting for sims to finally age up.

R.I.P. Rita :(  And yes, medium lifepan doesn't time to relax, I'm testing playing a 4x4 right now and is a little intimidating.

It does seem a little intimidating at first, as it does take a little time to get used to how fast things progressed. But, as time goes on, you get the hang of it and it is far more fun because there is little to no down time where you're just waiting for your sims to age up.



Chapter 94- Center of the World

Dad took Mom's death really hard. I mean, how could he not when they had been friends for so long? I could totally understand because Ruby and I were the same way, having grown up together. We did our best to help Dad move on.



Unfortunately, it became pretty apparent that the only thing that was going to cure Dad's broken heart was to be back with Mom.





So, off he went. Dad was, hopefully, Grim's final victim.



RIP-Pewter Sakura, aged 53.



With Dad gone, I was now the one that needed consoling.



Like my ancestors before me, losing my family was the motivator I needed to push forward and complete my requirements. I flew through the rest of what I had left to do and finally finished a few days after Dad died.



The Fifteenth Heir

Name: Maroon Sakura
Born: Week 77, Day 4
Traits: Easily Impressed, Friendly, Neat, Natural Cook, Ambitious
Unique Maxed Job: Culinary
Two Best Friends: Antoine Holloway, Rene Nair
Three Skill Challenges: Menu Maven, Star Chef, World Class Chef
Four Opportunities: Create-a-Crepe, Caterer of Festivities, Perfection from the Pan, Bring the Buffet
Items Added to Collection: Food Replicators/LTH Rewards
Career Reward: Cooking Certificate

Lifetime Wish: The Culinary Librarian
Favorite Color: Black
Spouse: Ruby Sakura



Ruby and I immediately got started on starting a family together.



We both had wanted to start a family for a while now, especially before Mom and Dad died because we wanted them to have been able to meet their grandchild before they died.



The next day, Ruby said she wasn't feeling that well, but assured me that I could go off to the bistro for work that day. She said that she was going to be brushing up on her skills while at home.



After maxing out the charisma skill, Uncle Viridian gave Ruby a very special present: Dad's guitar, which he got from his father, Grandpa Sidd.



While Ruby's progress in her skills was impressive, the best news came later that day.



It was kind of cool, though a bit unnerving at times, to have ghosts in the house. Ruby got to break the news of our impending nooboo to Grandma Orchid. That was one of the moments that having ghosts had its perks.



Being scared by a ghost probably wasn't a good thing for a pregnant woman, as evidenced by the fact that Ruby went into labor a short time later.



We raced off to the hospital to bring our little baby into the world.



It was a joyous moment that Ruby and I welcomed our daughter into the family. We named her Cerulean.



Cerulean immediately became the center of all of our worlds. Uncle Viridian, Ruby and I doted on her at every moment of every day. Not surprisingly, her baby days flew by as a result.







Cerulean was a stunning little lady.




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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 94: Center of the World (Jan 3)
« Reply #356 on: January 03, 2016, 07:42:55 PM »
Awww, Cerulean is adorable!  I was hoping she'd end up with Ruby's blue hair, but she did end up with lovely blue eyes  :=)

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 94: Center of the World (Jan 3)
« Reply #358 on: January 03, 2016, 09:16:43 PM »
Aww, she is absolutely adorable.  ;D

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 94: Center of the World (Jan 3)
« Reply #359 on: January 04, 2016, 08:47:20 PM »
What an adorable cutie is Cerulean.  Waiting to see more toddler pics. And congratulations to the 15th heir. Only one(Cerulean) left to complete the dynasty. Looking forward for next update.
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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 94: Center of the World (Jan 3)
« Reply #360 on: January 07, 2016, 05:03:59 PM »
Welcome last hair! She's a cutie.

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 94: Center of the World (Jan 3)
« Reply #361 on: January 17, 2016, 10:00:46 PM »
Awww, Cerulean is adorable!  I was hoping she'd end up with Ruby's blue hair, but she did end up with lovely blue eyes  :=)

I agree with Pip. She's so pretty and those clothes are perfect.

The eyes were certainly fitting, stating that her name was Cerulean.

Aww, she is absolutely adorable.  ;D

What an adorable cutie is Cerulean.  Waiting to see more toddler pics. And congratulations to the 15th heir. Only one(Cerulean) left to complete the dynasty. Looking forward for next update.

Welcome last hair! She's a cutie.

Cerulean certainly made a cute toddler. I think only Vienna and Forest could have given her a run for her money.



Chapter 95- Fast Forwarding

After Cerulean aged up, we all were looking forward to working with her on her toddler skills. Uncle Viridian volunteered to start off with potty training duty.



I had a little time before I head to go off to the diner, so I got started with teaching my little angel how to talk.



Last but not least, Ruby worked with Cerulean on how to walk.



Cerulean was such a little darling. It was hard to think that the fate of our family rested on the shoulders of my little girl.





Ruby was also very pleased when Cerulean received a special present in the mail. It was a special doll, just like I had received years ago. We were excited to see that Cerulean took to the doll, as we wanted her to know about her unusual heritage.



While Uncle Viridian was playing with Cerulean and I was off at work, Ruby continued working on her lifetime wish. She finally maxed the guitar skill and thus completed her life's dream.



The next big celebration for the family was Cerulean's child birthday.







Here is Cerulean in her new big girl gear.



She gained the Bookworm trait.



Like a fish to water or a bird to the sky, my bookworm daughter took to writing immediately. It brought a smile to Uncle Viridian's face, knowing that Grandma Lanya's computer was going to be put to good use by a new, future best selling author.



Uncle Viridian told Cerulean about Lanya's written works and she devoured them. They spent hours together discussing literary elements, plots and more.



Most of Cerulean's childhood was spent writing or in school. Not surprisingly, things flew by and it was time for Cerulean to age up into a teenager.









And here she was, my teenage daughter. Wow. A teenager...



Not surprisingly, Cerulean gained the Artistic trait.




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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 95: Fast Forwarding (Jan 17)
« Reply #362 on: January 18, 2016, 09:50:31 AM »
Wow. She is gorgeous! It's crazy how far you have come.  :)

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 95: Fast Forwarding (Jan 17)
« Reply #363 on: January 18, 2016, 11:54:33 AM »
Love her bookworm author look.  As I've mentioned, the shorter lifespan of the 4x4 has always made me hesitate, but you're making me think maybe I should give it a try...some day...way down the road...

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 95: Fast Forwarding (Jan 17)
« Reply #364 on: January 18, 2016, 03:35:24 PM »
I like her look, is bookworm but feminine. Her eyes are cerulean too.

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 95: Fast Forwarding (Jan 17)
« Reply #365 on: January 18, 2016, 03:46:30 PM »
I really liked Cerulean's child glasses. I like the medium lifespan...no wasted time. It does seem like there are constant birthdays though.

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 95: Fast Forwarding (Jan 17)
« Reply #366 on: January 27, 2016, 09:50:11 PM »
Wow. She is gorgeous! It's crazy how far you have come.  :)

I know! I can't believe that this is technically the last chapter.

Love her bookworm author look.  As I've mentioned, the shorter lifespan of the 4x4 has always made me hesitate, but you're making me think maybe I should give it a try...some day...way down the road...

I really liked Cerulean's child glasses. I like the medium lifespan...no wasted time. It does seem like there are constant birthdays though.

Yes, Pippin. You should absolutely take a stab at the medium lifespan. KRae agrees with me  :D

I like her look, is bookworm but feminine. Her eyes are cerulean too.

I'm glad that Cerulean got Ruby's blue eyes. They really looked pretty on her.



Chapter 96- What Happens Next

Not surprisingly, Cerulean spent a good portion of her teenage years in front of the computer. She was already penning many great stories, even as only a teen.



She did take a break to do things such as go to school, eat and sleep. Cerulean also did attend prom. Not that I was surprised, but I think she was, but Cerulean was voted Prom Queen. I guess quiet bookworms are now the cool ones.



Cerulean did manage to capture the attention of a classmate, but she wasn't really interesting in starting a relationship with a girl or guy for that matter.



Unfortunately, her classmate wasn't too thrilled about that.



Cerulean would come downstairs on occasion, feeling slightly annoyed. I guess it was hard to type when there was a ghost possessing your desk.





I guess Grandpa Sidd wanted Cerulean to write a horror story...



Eventually, Grandpa Sidd got bored and let Cerulean get back to writing. It was a good thing because she was able to pump out quite a few short stories before it came time for her young adult birthday.



It was still a very surreal moment when I saw my little girl go up to the cake to celebrate her young adult birthday. Where did the time go?









Here she is, my little girl.



Cerulean's final trait was Perfectionist.



Well, I guess that's it for me. I can't wait for this whole dynasty thing to be over. We've all worked so hard to come to this point and now it was all up to Cerulean to bring this thing to its conclusion.

Signing off,

Maroon Sakura



Hmm? Oh, sorry. I was in the middle of a sentence. Um, I'm Cerulean Sakura. I'm the final heir in my family's dynasty. So, I don't really have much to say because all of my thoughts I prefer to record on paper or on the computer. But, I guess what I could say is that I'm excited that my family's hard work was almost done and then we could finish with the requirements put forth by Grim and then live our lives the way we wanted to.



But that couldn't happen until I finished all of my requirements. I still had quite a few books left to pen. I didn't want to waste any time, but I did have to pause and take a break to celebrate my adult birthday.







I finished up the last few chapters of my latest novel and then sent them off to my publisher. With that, I finished my requirements. Like the ending of a good book, it left me feeling glad.



The Sixteenth Heir

Name: Cerulean Sakura
Born: Week 82, Day 4
Traits: Couch Potato, Hates the Outdoors, Bookworm, Artistic, Perfectionist
Unique Maxed Job: Writer
Two Best Friends: Faith Cheek, Guadelupe Gyas
Three Skill Challenges: Speed Writer, Specialist Writer, Prolific Writer
Four Opportunities: The Glory of Vaudeville, Book Donation, A History of One, Add a Little Drama
Items Added to Collection: Books
Career Reward: Writing Certificate

Lifetime Wish: Professional Author
Favorite Color: White



So, now that it was all over, I took a special potion to return to young adulthood and then to freeze my age. I now had my whole life ahead of me. However, what was supposed to happen next? We held up our end of the bargain, so what now?







As a writer, I always hated to leave a story unfinished. I needed to know what happens afterward.



I can't believe that the challenge storyline is over! Stay tuned because the Sakura's are not finished yet. I will post a stat chapter because it's been a loooonggg time since we've seen the stats of some of the previous heirs and then there will be an epilogue. Stay tuned!


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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 96: What Happens Next (Jan 27)
« Reply #368 on: January 28, 2016, 08:02:49 AM »
So, you're finished but there's still more?!?!  Good!  Can't wait to see what the future holds for the now-immortal Cerulean!

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 96: What Happens Next (Jan 27)
« Reply #369 on: February 02, 2016, 08:36:22 PM »
It is odd way dynasties just end. I always feel like I've abandoned them.

I know, I hate that too. I have a couple of dynasties that I finished that just sit there in the main menu but I have no interest in continuing them since the challenge is over. Makes me feel bad  :P

So, you're finished but there's still more?!?!  Good!  Can't wait to see what the future holds for the now-immortal Cerulean!

Of course! I am a sucker for happy endings, so there will always be one in my stories :)



Chapter 97- A Trip Down Memory Lane

It's been a while since I did this challenge, so, before we go into the epilogue, here is a review chapter of all of the heirs. Who was your favorite? Leave a comment if you'd like to share :)

BRIDGEPORT HEIRS

The First Heir

Name: London Sakura
Born: Week 1, Day 4
Traits: Artistic, Friendly, Family Oriented, Perfectionist, Virtuoso
Unique Maxed Job: Painter
Two Best Friends: Belisama Hemlock, Vladimir Schlick
Three Skill Challenges: Proficient Painter, Brushmaster, Master Painter
Four Opportunities: The Business of Decor, Local Artists Gallery, The Study of Art, Fresco Fest
Item Added to Collection: Paintings
Career Reward: Painting Certificate, Painting Award

Lifetime Wish: Master of the Arts
Favorite Color: Irish Green
Spouse: Deidre Littler



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The Second Heir
 
Name: Kenai Sakura
Born: Week 8, Day 4
Traits: Genius, Brave, Family Oriented, Supernatural Fan, Nurturing
Unique Maxed Job: Ghost Hunter
Two Best Friends: Malik Hurst, Garry Werner
Three Skill Challenges: Master Chemist, Celestial Explorer, Skill Professor
Four Opportunities: Fixing the Celestial Slump, Riddle Away, A French Puzzler, Taking Down Sinclair
Items Added to Collection: Palladium
Career Rewards: Spooky Trophy, Ghost Hunter Medal

Lifetime Wish: Paranormal Profiteer
Favorite Color: Spice Brown
Spouse: Nicola Valla



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The Third Heir

Name: Aspen Sakura
Born: Week 13, Day 7
Traits: Hates the Outdoors, Easily Impressed, Perfectionist, Lucky, Born Saleswoman
Unique Maxed Job: Nectar Maker
Two Best Friends: Wogan Hemlock, Buck Mercado
Three Skill Challenges: Mix Master, Flavorful Feet, Nectar Maker
Four Opportunities: Guitar Up!, Some Hogan Rock, In the End, Musical Assembly
Items Added to Collection: Nectar bottles
Career Rewards: Nectar Making Certificate, Nectar Making Trophy

Lifetime Wish: Bottomless Nectar Cellar
Favorite Color: Hot Pink
Spouse: Lucky Sakura



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The Fourth Heir

Name: Vienna Sakura
Born: Week 19, Day 2
Traits: Loves the Outdoors, Excitable, Family Oriented, Green Thumb, Gatherer
Unique Maxed Job: Gardener
Two Best Friends: Pat Sakura, Carmen Willet
Three Skill Challenges: Master Planter, Botanical Boss, Master Farmer
Four Opportunities: Fruit Flambe, A Just-in-Time Harvest, Uncommonly Good, A Bag of Produce
Items Added to Collection: Perfect Harvestables
Career Rewards: Gardening Certificate, Gardening Hero Trophy

Lifetime Wish: Swimming in Cash
Favorite Color: Seafoam
Spouse: Nicholas Riverhawk





HIDDEN SPRINGS HEIRS

The Fifth Heir

Name: Forest Sakura
Born: Week 23, Day 2
Traits: Artistic, Excitable, Family Oriented, Savvy Sculptor, Perfectionist
Unique Maxed Job: Sculptor
Two Best Friends: Gary Shue, Athena Langley
Three Skill Challenges: Chiselmaster, Prolific Sculptor, Master Sculptor
Four Opportunities: High Quality Delivery, Banquet Centerpiece, Sculpt a Suspect, Sculpture for a Friend
Items Added to Collection: Sculptures
Career Rewards: Sculpting Certificate

Lifetime Wish: Living in the Lap of Luxury
Favorite Color: Spiceberry
Spouse: Minzi Cho



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The Sixth Heir

Name: Ash Sakura
Born: Week 29, Day 6
Traits: Athletic, Disciplined, Brave, Workaholic, Family Oriented
Unique Maxed Job: Criminal- Thief Branch
Two Best Friends: Michale Nguyen, Jewel Song
Three Skill Challenges: Timber Terminator, Sim Fu King, Master of Meditation
Four Opportunities: Meditation Benefits, A Package for You, Evolution?, Irreplaceable
Items Added to Collection: Relics
Career Rewards: The Fox

Lifetime Wish: Become a Master Thief
Favorite Color: Orange
Spouse: Ella Carlisle



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The Seventh Heir

Name: Rose Sakura
Born: Week 35, Day 5
Traits: Brave, Athletic, Daredevil, Handy, Family Oriented
Unique Maxed Job: Military
Two Best Friends: Nicole McDowell, Adele Winterly
Three Skill Challenges: The Tinkerer, Plumber, Electrician
Four Opportunities: Jog Everywhere, Martial Arts, Piloting Made Simple, Finding New Recruits
Item Added to Collection: Upgraded Items
Career Reward: Handiness Certificate

Lifetime Wish: Become an Astronaut
Favorite Color: Turquoise
Spouse: Roderick Voss



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The Eighth Heir

Name: Rain Sakura
Born: Week 41, Day 3
Traits: Excitable, Loves the Outdoors, Angler, Eco Friendly, Family Oriented
Unique Maxed Job: Science
Two Best Friends: Ranae Ashby, Reagan Wolff
Three Skill Challenges: Amateur Ichthyologist, Commercial Fisherman, Master Bassist
Four Opportunities: The Best Evaporating Dish is a Clean One, Extra Appendages are Fun, Learn a Thing or Two, A Meetings of Minds
Item Added to Collection: Fish
Career Reward: Fishing Certificate

Lifetime Wish: Become a Create Robot Cross Breeder
Favorite Color: Irish Green
Spouse: Mason Sackholme





DRAGON VALLEY HEIRS

The Ninth Heir

Name: Soleil Sakura
Born: Week 46, Day 4
Traits: Genius, Hates the Outdoors, Supernatural Fan, Lucky, Schmoozer
Unique Maxed Job: Business
Two Best Friends: Lara Eames, Buck O'Rielly
Three Skill Challenges: Master Alchemist, Excellent Elixirs, Alchemists Anonymous
Four Opportunities: Business Model, The Wright Opinion, Oh and Bring Gifts, Making Nice with the Newsies
Items Added to Collection: Elixirs
Career Reward: Skill Certificate

Lifetime Wish: Alchemy Artisan
Favorite Color: Green
Spouse: Nathan Mithrilen



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The Tenth Heir

Name: Apollo Sakura
Born: Week 52, Day 1
Traits: Easily Impressed, Friendly, Good Sense of Humor, Charismatic, Star Quality
Unique Maxed Job: Film- Actor Branch
Two Best Friends: Judson Clevenger, Diego Banks
Three Skill Challenges: Everybody's Best Friend, Comedian, Super Friendly
Four Opportunities: Learning the Lines, State of the City, Background Acting, Uncle Sim Wants You
Items Added to Collection: Celebrity Gifts
Career Reward: Sims Choice Award, The Green Orb, The Simmy

Lifetime Wish: Superstar Actor
Favorite Color: White
Spouse: Juniper Sakura



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The Eleventh Heir

Name: Mikazuki "Mika" Sakura
Born: Week 57, Day 1
Traits: Good, Athletic, Brave, Daredevil, Family Oriented
Unique Maxed Job: Firewoman
Two Best Friends: Andre Denton, Jarrett Parrot
Three Skill Challenges: Marathon Runner, Fitness Nut, Body Builder
Four Opportunities: Add it Up, No Sweat!, Bounce the Crowd, The Complete Circuit
Items Added to Collection: Career Rewards
Collection Worth: $12

Lifetime Wish: Perfect Mind, Perfect Body
Favorite Color: Turquoise
Spouse: Leonardo Beck



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The Twelfth Heir

Name: Phoenix Sakura
Born: Week 62, Day 2
Traits: Genius, Eccentric, Perfectionist, Workaholic, Nurturing
Unique Maxed Job: Medical
Two Best Friends: Saul Rivas, Bobby Jensen
Three Skill Challenges: Widget Wonder, Master Inventor, Discover the Ultimate Invention
Four Opportunities: Master Invention, A Little Give and Take, Neighborhood Outreach, It's a Genetic Thing
Items Added to Collection: Inventions
Career Reward: Medical Trophy of Honor

Lifetime Wish: World Renowned Surgeon
Favorite Color: Green
Spouse: Lanya Avilla





STARLIGHT SHORES HEIRS

The Thirteenth Heir

Name: Orchid Sakura
Born: Week 66, Day 5
Traits: Artistic, Excitable, Lucky, Rebellious, Hopeless Romantic, Avant Garde* (*Rebel Influence)
Unique Maxed Job: Art Appraiser (Acquisition Branch)
Two Best Friends: Tessa Stanford, Maria Best
Three Skill Challenges: Master Muralist, Precision Sprayer, Always Wanted
Four Opportunities: Commissioned Street Art, Side Job Delivery, Better Photographs, Al Simhara
Items Added to Collection: Photographs
Career Reward: Acquired Paintings

Lifetime Wish: Street Credible
Favorite Color: Spice Brown
Spouse: Siddhartha Best



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The Fourteenth Heir

Name: Pewter Sakura
Born: Week 71, Day 4
Traits: Hates the Outdoors, Genius, Computer Whiz, Workaholic, Virtuoso
Unique Maxed Job: Music- Symphonic branch
Two Best Friends: Angela Fraser, Cara Espisito
Three Skill Challenges: Free Range Scientist, Experienced Experimentalist, Master Pianist
Four Opportunities: Filing the Application, A Skilled Guitarist, Music Class, Audio Study
Items Added to Collection: Plasma Bugs
Career Reward: Speaker

Lifetime Wish: Hit Movie Composer
Favorite Color: Orange
Spouse: Rita Lu



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The Fifteenth Heir

Name: Maroon Sakura
Born: Week 77, Day 4
Traits: Easily Impressed, Friendly, Neat, Natural Cook, Ambitious
Unique Maxed Job: Culinary
Two Best Friends: Antoine Holloway, Rene Nair
Three Skill Challenges: Menu Maven, Star Chef, World Class Chef
Four Opportunities: Create-a-Crepe, Caterer of Festivities, Perfection from the Pan, Bring the Buffet
Items Added to Collection: Food Replicators/LTH Rewards
Career Reward: Cooking Certificate

Lifetime Wish: The Culinary Librarian
Favorite Color: Black
Spouse: Ruby Sakura



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The Sixteenth Heir

Name: Cerulean Sakura
Born: Week 82, Day 4
Traits: Couch Potato, Hates the Outdoors, Bookworm, Artistic, Perfectionist
Unique Maxed Job: Writer
Two Best Friends: Faith Cheek, Guadelupe Gyas
Three Skill Challenges: Speed Writer, Specialist Writer, Prolific Writer
Four Opportunities: The Glory of Vaudeville, Book Donation, A History of One, Add a Little Drama
Items Added to Collection: Books
Career Reward: Writing Certificate

Lifetime Wish: Professional Author
Favorite Color: White





The epilogue should hopefully follow soon!

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 97: A Trip Down Memory Lane (Feb 2)
« Reply #370 on: February 10, 2016, 05:50:24 PM »
I cannot believe that this story is finished. I'll be waiting for the epilogue (and the reason why you make Celurean immmortal).

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Chapter 97: A Trip Down Memory Lane (Feb 2)
« Reply #371 on: February 13, 2016, 03:12:39 PM »
I cannot believe that this story is finished. I'll be waiting for the epilogue (and the reason why you make Celurean immmortal).


I know! It's been a long road, but there is still more to come.



Epilogue Part I- Seeing the Rainbow

I just barely finished braiding my hair in my preferred style when I was suddenly teleported someplace. I was no longer in Starlight Shores, for sure.



Looking around, the place seemed like something out of a sci-fi or fantasy novel. It was pretty amazing, I had to admit.



It took me a moment but I was able to discern what this place was. I remembered reading about it in one of Grandma Lanya's books. She recorded what Grandpa Phoenix told her from his ancestors about the dynasty and our family's agreement with Grim.



"Cerulean Sakura," a pretty blond woman greeted me. "Welcome. We've been expecting you."



"And who might you be?" I questioned.
"My name is Julie. I am Grim's assistant," Julie explained. "I have to admit that it was quite a treat to discover that your family had progressed through Grim's challenge will determination and courage."



"You've been keeping watch?" I asked, surprised.
"Of course," Julie confirmed. "Grim had an office poll going on what generation your family would fail the challenge at."
"Gee, thanks for the vote of confidence," I retorted.
"It can get pretty dead around here-excuse the pun-so we need to entertain ourselves. No offense," Julie said. "Anyway, Grim would like to meet with you."



This was it. The moment my family had been waiting for. The final heir was going to meet with Grim, the person who forced us to undertake this challenge, and show him that we held up our end of the bargain.



"Ah, Miss Sakura," Grim greeted me in an oddly cheery manner. "Please, have a seat."



"So, Grim," I began to say, though not really entirely sure what to say in this situation.



"A dynasty challenge, really?" I blurted out. "That was the dumbest idea ever! Do you know how much crap you put my family through?"



"Okay, yeah, not my best moment," Grim agreed. "But, seriously, those immortal dynasties and things are killing my business! I had to do something!"



"I mean, I couldn't really just sit around with all of you sims just becoming immortal, now could I?"



"Um, do you realize all of the grief that my family had to go through? Not once, not twice, but three times? My great-grandma Shiroi was tasked with completing an immortal dynasty and then my great-grandma Haiiro did the same. They completed their dynasties to make a better life for us," I shouted. "Instead of finally getting to live their lives how they wanted, you come in and screw it up! Not cool, Grim! Not cool."



I was nowhere near done with giving Grim a taste of his own medicine.

"Listen, we held up our end of the bargain," I continued before he could even get a word in. "Now, I get to set the terms. You are going to go into your time machine or whatever it is you use to sabotage my family and bring them back. Now."

I folded my arms across my chest and stared at Grim, making sure that he knew that I was serious. Reluctantly, he went over to his time machine and did what he needed to do to make things right.



I was a little scared when the machine began shake and glow. Was something going wrong? Was this it? Was my family never coming back?



Seconds later, a figure appeared before my eyes. I knew immediately who it was.



The woman that appeared looked around, seemingly disoriented or at least not entirely in control of her senses yet.





"Hello Grandma Niji," I said.



Niji said nothing. She looked at me for a moment, but then, she pulled me in to the biggest hug I'd ever been given.



"We did it, grandma," I whispered. "We did it."

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Epilogue-Part I: Seeing the Rainbow (Feb 13)
« Reply #372 on: February 13, 2016, 04:52:52 PM »
Awe... the last scene is very touching.

I'm with Cerulean is this: "Not cool, Grim! Not cool."

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Epilogue-Part I: Seeing the Rainbow (Feb 13)
« Reply #373 on: February 13, 2016, 11:43:33 PM »
Pretty amusing watching Grim be put in his place.  Well written stuff for sure!

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Re: The Sakura 4x4- Epilogue-Part I: Seeing the Rainbow (Feb 13)
« Reply #374 on: February 27, 2016, 05:29:55 PM »
Awe... the last scene is very touching.

I'm with Cerulean is this: "Not cool, Grim! Not cool."

Pretty amusing watching Grim be put in his place.  Well written stuff for sure!

If only someone like Rain or Apollo would have met with Grim...it wouldn't have been pretty!



Epilogue Part II- Confused

"I can't believe I'm really seeing you," Niji said. "It's felt like an eternity..."
"I can't even imagine," I replied honestly. "And that's saying something for a writer."
"You're a writer?" Niji asked me with genuine curiosity.
I nodded.



"I feel like I've missed out on so much..."
I smiled at her.
"Don't worry," I assured Grandma Niji. "I'll fill you in on everything."



And so I did. If there was one thing I was good at, it was telling stories. I told Grandma Niji all the stories that had been passed down from generation to generation, telling her all about her descendants, my ancestors.





We talked uninterrupted for what felt like hours. However, I spied something materializing behind Grandma Niji. I had no idea what was happening and, admittedly, was a little fearful of what it might be.



My fear was quickly quelled and replaced with laughter when I discovered that it was my Grandpa Makoto that suddenly appeared, looking quite befuddled.



"Okay, this is definitely not Flying V's Coffeeshop..." he mumbled as he rubbed the back of his head warily.



Upon hearing Grandpa Makoto's voice, Grandma Niji froze. Slowly, she turned around to face her long lost love.



Seeing them reunite for the first time in centuries was better than any romance novel that had ever or would ever be written.



"What in Simlandia is going on, Niji?" Grandpa Makoto asked.



Grandma Niji gave a brief introduction of me to Grandpa Makoto and then urged me to take the reigns and explain what happened.



The three of us continued talking, probably into the wee hours of the night.





"You held up your end of the bargain," Grim spoke up, walking over to where the three of us were conversing.
I turned around to face him.
"Yes, we did," I said sternly, hands on my hips. "Now it's your turn."
With an annoyed sigh, Grim gave me the instructions on what to do to remedy what he had done.
"You know, if you ever get tired of that whole writing gig, you could come work for me," Grim said afterward.
I just stared at him.
"Um, no."
"Well, it was worth a shot," Grim said with a shrug.
Amazingly, Grim requested a high-five before sending us on our way back to Simlandia.





With Grim's instructions in hand, it was time to finally end this dynasty.