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…and Santa Baby made its presence felt.

And now I have that song stuck in my head :) Probably not the right time of year to be humming it at work tomorrow...  ;D

Wow, that genie really does look suspicious. Out of interest, what's Ally's reputation like at the moment?

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The genie could at least have the courtesy to say thanks as he headed toward the gnubb set...how rude! Genies these days... :o



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…and Santa Baby made its presence felt.

And now I have that song stuck in my head :) Probably not the right time of year to be humming it at work tomorrow...  ;D

Sorry  :P


Wow, that genie really does look suspicious. Out of interest, what's Ally's reputation like at the moment?

He does.  He seems to be one of those Sims who's always pulling great faces.

Her reputation's varying between 'naughty' and 'exploring her options'.  I've been getting her to break up with her partner after the pregnancy is confirmed each time (posthumously, in the case of Shorty-John  ???).  Actually, I think her reputation temporarily went off a bit more at that point, because she didn't wait to break up with S-J's ghost before putting the moves on Alec Trebo.  As a womaniser himself, he wasn't bothered.

The genie could at least have the courtesy to say thanks as he headed toward the gnubb set...how rude! Genies these days... :o

Well, quite :D.


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Re: A Bunch of Flowers (A ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Project)
« Reply #29 on: August 05, 2015, 03:26:14 PM »
The look Daisy gave toddler Rose in the walker was priceless. I hope I got the names right.

Wasn't it? ;)  And yes, you got the names right.



An Educational Interlude

I was about to send Alison in pursuit of her games-loving genie when I noticed something.  The house was now full.  I’d got so used to there only being three or four kids around that I hadn’t registered that the recent pace of baby production had had such an effect.  She’d have to wait until Daisy grew up to try for a blueboo.

Daisy was still three days away from her birthday but, as usual, there were celebrations that evening.  Jon grew up to teen and, thanks to an unexpected late drop-off in his grades, became unstable.



It was also Sage’s birthday.  He grew up into a surprisingly cute toddler.



In fact, have some Sage spam.







That’s the worst falling-into-the-potty incident I’ve seen.  Sage seemed inclined to blame Billy’s gem-cutting machine for his misadventure.



Before releasing Al from his lamp, Alison had made two other wishes: for prosperity and for long life.  Of course, that meant that all of her children from that point on (Sage, Wintergreen and all of her future kids) would also have extended lives.  From the point of view of keeping the adult offspring around for longer, that could only be a good thing.  Poppy had died a few days after her twin.  I’d found losing both of them surprisingly upsetting, given that they hadn’t been in the active household for ages.  On the other hand, from now on the kids were going to grow up half as fast.  The nursery might well need an extension, given that the baby stage can’t be shortened under the challenge rules and I’d be reluctant for the cute toddlers to grow up quickly – all of them so far would have qualified for an early age-up to child but none of them had had cakes more than a few hours early.  The child and teen stages were another matter, though.  Orchid could have had early cakes both times but she was an exception.  As Jon had just proved, my control over study and homework was distinctly variable.  Lupin, Heath and Daisy had also been given a random trait each.  Billy had made a start on logic but was still some way short of being able to tutor kids.  Anyway, I didn’t really feel it ought to be his job.  Ally, on the other hand…

There was a growing collection of university freebie buckets in the family inventory, so I got one out and asked her to take the test.



“Wow!  My first full scholarship.  Congrats, Ally!”

                                       

A technology degree seemed like a good idea.  Her maxed handiness qualified her for a distinguished award and she could boost her performance by learning logic.  She made the call to reserve her place right away.



“Erm, Ally.  Do you want to wait?  Jon’s having an episode.”
“No, he’ll be fine.  Get Daisy to drive him to hospital.”



Nice to see she’s such a caring mother.  I suppose it could have been worse.  ‘Loves to swim’ could have been replaced with ‘hydrophobic’.  (Note to self: try playing a hydrophobic mermaid sometime  ;).)  She didn’t even wait for the rest of the family to wave goodbye.





Ally arrived in Uni Town and moved into my favourite house, upgrading most of the furnishings so that she could live in the style to which she was happy to have become accustomed.



The paparazzi who followed her to university must have been deeply disappointed: she led an unusually blameless existence.  She kept an eye out for possible fathers, of course…





…but mostly she just got on with her coursework.  By the middle of her first week, she was on the dean’s list.  When she wasn’t at lectures, she ate rather better than most students…



…visited the gym, read comic books…



…and even attended a tea dance.  I didn’t realise they still existed, least of all at uni.



“Ally?  You do know he’s supposed to be leading?”
“Why?  I’m a better dancer.”
“Yes, but…  Oh, I give up.”

The most outrageous thing she did was to play video games in the library at midnight in her swimsuit.



Hardly the notorious Alison Flower of Barnacle Bay.



“Er, Ally?  What’s wrong??”



“It’s these results.”
“Why the frown?  You passed all the exams with flying colours.”
“No. it’s this tiny print.”
“Oh.  Maybe that last batch of Fountain of Youth wasn’t quite right.  Do you want to pop into CAS and get glasses?”
“Can’t I have contact lenses?  Or, you know, just manage.  And anyway…”



“Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
I assume ‘First’ was in large letters.

The whole family, apart from the babies, turned up to see her graduate.  Since I had the sound off, I’m not quite sure what all the grimacing was about but first Rose and then several other guests freaked out, while Daisy looked as though she’d just encountered a particularly nasty smell.



Ally somehow failed to put on her gown.  Not that that was going to stop her enjoying the occasion.





When she got home, Billy had a surprise graduation gift for her – a Jar of Potent Friendship.  Just before she’d left for uni, their already rocky relationship had taken a nosedive when he’d been arrested in the course of his professional duties and had suffered his first celebrity disgrace.   But I he had finally realised that the solution to their problems lay in his own hands.  All he needed was root of red valerian and some beeswax.



They made the most of their repaired relationship.






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Ah, elixirs :D

I keep not thinking of them because I've hardly played with alchemy but they're really useful.  Ally's mostly been using social networking to repair friendships but it wouldn't work on Billy because it doesn't seem to be able to handle the idea of friends who are also partners - it can only do one or the other.  I suppose she could have made him a best friend and then married him again, between babies, but that felt like a rather long-winded way of going about things.  The elixir's a much neater solution :).

Sage is gorgeous.
Sage is such a cutie!

I was really surprised to see how adorable he was as a toddler.  He aged up bald, like his dad, but I tried putting hair on him just to see whether he'd inherited Ally's hair or something random.  I certainly wasn't expecting that lovely pale green.

Glad to see that Billy and Ally are repairing their relationship  :)

Since he threw the elixir at her, it's been like the early days of their relationship all over again.  Whenever I leave them unattended, I find them autonomously flirting :).

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Re: A Bunch of Flowers (A ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Project)
« Reply #33 on: August 08, 2015, 04:09:34 AM »
Blue and Nerdy

Al the genie was, improbably, a computer whiz.



Once he discovered computer games, Gnubb lost its appeal.  Even before Alison left for uni, his addiction to gaming had gained him enough social group influence to become an Official Nerd.  When she returned, she was a member of the nerd group herself: it seems to be almost inevitable for technology majors.  Al was delighted when she showed him how to mind-meld (and the experience boosted his standing with the group).



I’d been assuming that the genie would be a member of the occult father cluster and possibly the zodiac one, if he happened to have the right sign (which Al didn’t).  Now, though, it was starting to look possible for Al to be the Nerdfather.  He’d arrived with the One Sim Band LTW, which meant he kept rolling wishes to learn instruments.  Even though he only had a couple of days left before Daisy’s birthday, social group influence is a very cheap reward.  Fulfilling Al’s wishes temporarily became my no. 1 priority.
 


Al might be familiar with technology now but some everyday things were still astonishing.  Clearly, there had been no birthday cakes inside the lamp.



Sage wasn’t quite as cute as a child (but he’s still my favourite – don't tell the others).



Ally was keen to try out her new tutoring ability but blowing out the candles and choosing new outfits had been too tiring.  Her little half-alien needed a nap.



When he woke up, they tried again.



Jon wasn’t nearly as academically inclined as his younger brother.  Getting him to do his homework, or even to get on to the school bus in the morning, was a constant struggle.  All he really wanted to do was swim.



Baths and showers were such a poor substitute that he actually seemed to prefer to get dangerously dehydrated.  Then there was his instability.  He managed to head off one episode…



…but the following day, he had to be admitted to hospital again.



In short, he was a complete pain and I couldn’t wait for him to grow up – but there was no way he was ever going to qualify for an early cake.



Thanks to his constant flow of wishes, Al was able to buy his way to the top of the nerd group and went to work as a video game developer.  He was home in time to see two more of those wonderful birthday cakes.  This time, Daisy and Rose were blowing out the candles.







Daisy was moved out that evening, so that this could happen:



There were no chimes and they were both too tired for a repeat.



Billy was due home from work soon, so I woke Al and sent him back to his own bed.

The following night, they tried again.  More than once, which I don’t think they minded in the least.



On the third attempt, there were chimes – which meant that Al had to move out.





I’ll miss him.


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Blue and Nerdy

:D. :D :D :D.

How could I resist, with a nerd called Al?  ;)

I like Al: his birthday cake excitement is adorable. But Al and Ally are so confusing.  :-\

I know.  I kept trying to write the chapter in a non-confusing way but I'm not sure it's possible.  That's what happens when you don't get to choose all of the names.  (In my legacy, a story-progression cousin had exactly the same name as one of the heirs.  They were at school together and became best friends  ::).  At least they didn't look alike.)


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Re: A Bunch of Flowers (A ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Project)
« Reply #37 on: August 11, 2015, 02:50:10 PM »
Blue and Nerdy. Best. Title. Ever.  ;D

Thank you.  *Bows*  :D



Business As Usual

After two whole birth-free updates, it’s back to business as usual.  First, though, some birthdays: Wintergreen became a toddler.





(I’m not sure whether it was having repaired his relationship with Alison or pure coincidence, but Billy suddenly seemed much more interested in the children.)



And, not before time, Jon aged up to young adult.



Awkward to the last, he managed to disappear from CAS while I was sorting out his new wardrobe  ::).





He graduated in his parents’ bathroom…



…being voted Most Likely to Become a Rock Star.  Then he moved out.  Yay!





Once again, Ally failed to get to hospital on time and Al’s daughter Iris was born in the frosty front garden.  She was neither blue nor a genie  :(.



Once they were both inside and had warmed up, Ally called one of her university friends.  Ludo Vicco was the only person she’d met who shared her star sign.  Obviously they were fated to be together, if only temporarily.



The school held its first Prom in quite a while.  Rose was queen but somehow managed to pose for her photo in her outerwear, despite swanning around the house in her ballgown for hours while she was waiting for the limo.



She acquired a romantic interest as well.



Sadly, when I checked up, it wasn’t The King.  Instead, he was one of those odd EA clones with very dark skin and blond hair.

While his big sister was out celebrating, Wintergreen had another quiet birthday at home.





Alison took him off in the motive mobile for a night of tutoring in the park, ready to start school on an ‘A’.



In the morning, her guest arrived.  Ludo seemed delighted to see her again and was all too willing to go along with her plans.



Ally, though, seemed to be having doubts – especially when the chimes repeatedly failed to sound.

Meanwhile, Billy was amusing the children.



“…And then they all froze to death!”

Sending Ludo off to amuse himself for a while, Ally went to help him out.  Rose was about to age up but her school performance wasn’t all it should have been.  A tutoring session in the sandpit was clearly in order.



That evening, it became clear that chimes aren’t everything.



Ally was pregnant.  Again.



Rose became a young adult.





She’d chosen Master of the Arts as her lifetime wish and I was letting her borrow Billy’s guitar to build on her xylophone skill when the thought belatedly occurred that all of these graduations weren’t doing a whole lot for the younger siblings’ school performance.  So poor Rose was kicked out in the middle of the night – and I’ve changed my mind: when the Flowers move towns again, the settings are going back to permanent summer.



Edelweiss was born in the kitchen…



…mere minutes before her sister Iris aged up to toddler.





And the challenge is now officially half over.  The stats at this stage aren’t exactly impressive: I’ve still to complete a single father cluster, although the zodiac one is getting close (two more signs needed).

The name Edelweiss is hard to justify, especially given that her father’s probably of Italian descent  :-\.  It’s purely an excuse to use the Oktoberfest clothes, which I picked up for free quite a while ago but haven’t yet used.   Alex, I apologise if another song’s got stuck in your head  :-[.

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Alex, I apologise if another song’s got stuck in your head  :-[.

It hadn't until you mentioned it (I was still on White and Nerdy!) - but now it has :D

Love Wintergreen's gnome costume :)


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Yep, the moment I read that Edelweiss was the name, I immediately heard the song too. Glad it wasn't just me  :P

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Re: A Bunch of Flowers (A ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Project)
« Reply #41 on: August 21, 2015, 02:04:08 PM »
Yep, the moment I read that Edelweiss was the name, I immediately heard the song too. Glad it wasn't just me  :P

Oops again  :-[.  If it's any consolation, it's stuck in my head as well.



On the Move Again

Ally spent the following day rolling wishes to teach Iris her toddler skills.  After all, she had to do something while she was waiting for the next potential father to finish work.  That evening, she lured him into the hot tub.



It had been a long wait.  Morgan Inkbeard, intended to be her first Barnacle Bay partner, actually became her final one.  (Lee-Roy Johnkins had also turned into a fairy and was still around as a possible Business Dad but the game in general and, more worryingly, Ally in particular had become decidedly glitchy and moving towns as soon as possible seemed like a good idea.)

While his mother was busy elsewhere, Sage got on with the business of growing up.



He rushed outside to try out his new alien powers before curfew.



Space rocks didn’t taste as good as Ally’s key lime pie but they were oddly satisfying.  Energized by his new brain food, Sage helped his little brother with his homework…



…and then stayed up late playing with his beloved chemistry set.  Billy, meanwhile, had had a wish to read a charisma book, so he stopped off at the library before work – and ran into Jon, who asked for his autograph.



Given that Jon was a three-star celebrity himself and had had been living in the same house as Billy until recently, I have no idea why he was being such a fanboy.  He seemed happy, though  ::).

When Billy’s shift was over, Ally and Morgan were still occupying the master suite.  Given that he was tired, I was worried that Billy might walk in on them – but no.  As usual, he headed straight to the sandpit to relax after work ;).



(As if the combination of that cap and the cat burglar’s uniform wasn’t silly enough already.  Really, I don’t think he’s doing much for The Organisation’s fearsome reputation  :P.)



Edelweiss had her first birthday:



I don’t think Iris liked sharing her nursery with another toddler (and I’m pretty sure she’s been communicating somehow with Topeka Townsend).



Since she’d already learned all three skills and the nursery would have another new occupant to annoy her soon, an early birthday cake seemed like a good idea.



Already insane, she became a diva because it seemed to fit her personality. 



Her favourite activities were presiding over the royal court, riding and pulling faces (usually when it was too dark to get a decent screenshot).



Then she discovered that her parents had a much comfier bed than the one in her room and took to sitting or napping on it whenever she got the chance.



Ally may find this a little inconvenient later…



The last Barnacle Baby arrived and was named Valerian.  True to family form, he’s a normal human Sim rather than a fairy.



Morgan turned up at the hospital for his son’s birth – the first time that’s happened in this game.  The ride back to the house in the limo looked a little awkward  :-\.



The following morning, the family moved to Bridgeport, in search of vampires, who have been in short supply relative to the other occults, and more celebrity fathers.  This time, they took the house with them.





Leaving the rest of the family to settle in without her help, Ally took off on her magic vacuum to meet the neighbours…



…and, just a few hours after their arrival in town, the first Bridgeport baby was on the way.





Again, all of the grown-up kids were moved as well, along with the tombstones of the eldest three  :'(.  This can’t be helping with the smooth running of the game but I like bumping into them around town now and then – and I’m trying to get the badge for having 20 children.

Ally acquired a ‘player’ reputation when she broke up with Morgan but some of the stats seem to have reset when they moved towns and she’s now back to alternating between ‘naughty’ and ‘exploring her options’.  The game’s still keeping track of the number of times she’s cheated on Billy, though.  In contrast, he’s cheated just once (by the game’s definition, anyway), through planting an inappropriate kiss on someone he met at the elixir store.  Clearly, an extraordinarily tolerant man.

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(As if the combination of that cap and the cat burglar’s uniform wasn’t silly enough already.  Really, I don’t think he’s doing much for The Organisation’s fearsome reputation  :P.)

That's what They want you to think: much easier to get away with murder if you look that silly.


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It's a good place to hide stolen goods, too - no Super Spy's going to mess up their pretty evening wear digging through sandpits.

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That's what They want you to think: much easier to get away with murder if you look that silly.

Come to think of it, that burglar of yours must have been one of Their star performers :).

It's a good place to hide stolen goods, too - no Super Spy's going to mess up their pretty evening wear digging through sandpits.

Oh, of course :P.  Hadn't thought of that one - although some of the criminal outfits don't look all that hardwearing either ;).

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Oh dear, that limo ride :P . Best of luck in Bridgeport, I can't wait to see the new kids!

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Hi, Ausette.  Nice to see you around again :).

I suppose they don't usually do much in limos but that ride did look particularly awkward. I'm sure it can't have been physically comfortable for Morgan, either, with his wings sticking out through the side of the car  ???

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Re: A Bunch of Flowers (A ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Project)
« Reply #48 on: August 22, 2015, 10:58:33 AM »
The Search for Desert Dad

Wintergreen became a teenager.



Once again, Ally offered to tutor him to give him a head start at school.  They’d barely got started when…



Ally suffers badly from morning sickness, which is very unfortunate from her point of view (especially given the challenge she's doing) but great from mine, since the pregnancies get confirmed long before the spin.  This time, she was even worse than usual.  It’s just as well Sim pregnancies are so short – the poor woman did very little other than throw up for the next day or two  :-\.

Valerian aged up for the first time.



I’m not sure where that hair’s come from – it’s certainly not a standard colour but doesn’t match either parent.  I thought his skintone looked a little unusual, so popped him into CAS to check and, yes, he’s inherited his grandfather Shorty-John’s very light red skin.



The teenagers went to prom together with their friend Bronson Littler, who’d come home from school with them.  Or, at least, they did after they’d finished getting stuck in the gate.



The boys didn’t seem to know what to make of Bronson’s formalwear.  They spent a lot of time staring at his clothes but I couldn’t make out whether they were envious or quite the opposite.



Iris knew what she thought – although someone who goes out on a warm summer’s night in a coat and scarf isn’t perhaps the best judge of other people’s clothing choices.



(Sorry these pictures are so dark, by the way – this version of Bridgeport seems to be particularly murky and the house is a long way away from the bright lights of the town centre.)

At last, the Pregnancy from Hell came to an end.



The baby was named Fluellen, which seemed appropriate for the son of a scriptwriter (but no, he won’t speak with a ‘comedy’ Welsh accent when he grows up).

The teens had been left in charge of the younger ones.  Oddly, Sage, the eccentric alien genius, tends to be much better with the babies than Wintergreen, who is supposedly family-oriented and nurturing.  Maybe he’s secretly inherited his dad’s dislike of children anyway.



As soon as the new baby Flower was settled into the nursery, Edelweiss had a birthday cake and left it.



And somebody else also joined the household, although only Edelweiss could see him.





Sadly, even Eryngo’s human doesn’t have much time for him – he’s an ambitious loser, which seems like a really sad combination of traits, and Edelweiss isn’t exactly riveted by his choice of conversational topics.



Alison decided that she deserved a holiday in the sun.



A working, looking-for-potential-fathers holiday, obviously.   This time, she didn’t limit herself to the single men…



…or even to the living.



Although even Ally seemed to hesitate at the prospect of flirting with a half-naked married man.  In his bedroom.  With his wife present.  Not that she let that hold her up for long.

Every single person she met was attracted to her: she could have had a whole string of half-Egyptian babies – and there were plenty of women who’d have been happy to pair up as well.  The leading candidate emerged when Hassan Badawi told her his star sign.  Yes!  A Leo at last!



Ally cut short her holiday, returned home and invited Hassan to visit.  It didn’t go well.



Hassan was far more interested in Ally’s books, TVs, computers and new games room than he was in her – and Ally seemed oddly reluctant to use her usual methods.  After all, Rainia Badawi was her best friend.  Eventually, she pulled herself together.  It wasn’t as though she was stealing Rainia’s husband, really.  Just… borrowing him for a while.

At last, she managed to catch up with Hassan just after he’d fallen off the climbing wall and did her best to distract him from his bruises...



…but he insisted that he was too tired for anything more than a kiss and took himself off to the spare bedroom to sleep.

In the morning, she finally persuaded him to join her in the bathroom.



Even then, he seemed to have the impression that she was merely offering him the use of her shower.  Ally wasn’t going to be put off that easily.  She opened the shower door, squeezed in and made her intentions known.  Chimes first time!  Thank goodness.



I don’t think either of them enjoyed it particularly.  Ally marched off to the kitchen with a very determined look on her face.  And as for Hassan, he got dressed and promptly reset back to his home in Al Simhara.



Tired after the pursuit of Hassan, I left everyone on free will for a while.  Billy showed off his ball-control skills to Alison…



(Incidentally, what could she possibly be learning here?)

…until I remembered he had a job opportunity to complete and sent him off to the science lab.  Wintergreen offered his mother a massage…



…while Sage spent the evening failing to make potions.  (I forgot to take any screenshots but he somehow managed to get singed four times in a single evening, which may be some kind of record.  A bad kind.)

Edelweiss had gone round to the Hemlocks’ after school.  It was no surprise how she and Belisama chose to spend their time once their homework was finished  ::).



After a few hours, I realised that Billy ought to be home by now and found him, still at the lab.



And poor Valerian, abandoned by the rest of the family, passed out on the nursery floor.



 

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