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Re: A Bunch of Flowers (A ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Project)
« Reply #100 on: September 11, 2015, 03:25:58 PM »
Tomorrow’s World

At last, it was time to do something I’d been itching to do since early in the game: retrieve the Time Portal from the family inventory.



Ally went out to have a look.



It didn’t seem to do much.  She poked it harder.



As the portal came to life, a strangely-dressed man staggered out.



Emit Revelart introduced himself and explained that he was a traveller from the future but needed help from the present day to repair his time machine.  Then he gave Ally an odd device that he called an ‘Almanac of Time’.



Billy wandered over at about that point and Emit decided for some reason that he would be better-placed than Ally to help with the repairs.  Had there been a resurgence of sexism in the future?  Ally would have been a much better choice: she had maxed handiness.  Billy was at level 2 or 3.

On the other hand, maybe Ally’s notoriety had persisted until Emit’s time and he just wanted an excuse to get to know this fascinating woman better.  Whatever the reason, Ally and Emit had an enjoyable water balloon fight while Billy ran around the garden collecting the scattered power cells.



With his help, Emit was able to repair his damaged portal.  Billy hung around to watch, clearly fascinated by the whole process.  Ally, equally clearly bored and short of sleep, went indoors to feed Herbie and then settled down for a nap in the rocking chair.

Emit ran a few incomprehensible tests, thanked Billy for his help, jumped into the glow at the centre of the portal and disappeared.  Billy couldn’t wait to follow.  He called Ally to come and join him…



…then walked cautiously into the time vortex.



Ally woke Zinnia and asked her to look after the little ones until their return, then followed Billy and the Traveller.



Once again, Emit seemed more interested in Alison than Billy.  He gave her a jetpack, which she wasn’t at all sure she’d ever dare to use, despite the multiple deathflowers in her inventory.  Then he pointed out some of the nearby places of interest and sent her off to explore.



Alison and Billy spent a couple of days doing all of the standard things you do when suddenly transported to the future: meeting descendants…





…exploring the town, meeting the residents and getting to grips with future technology…



…with varying degrees of success.



Then Ally got down to the serious business of locating the next father.  Her collection was still missing a ghost, so she started sleeping during the day and spending her nights at the local cemetery.  She was pleased to find that deathfish had survived into the future, so she could keep herself occupied while waiting for the haunting to start.

On her second night, three of the ghosts came out to investigate their new visitor.



(And, of course, they all had to waste precious time going, “Ew! A ghost!” before they could start to socialise.)



By morning, she’d managed to convince both Nick Decker and Erik Wallace to visit the past with her.  As the sun came up and the ghosts drifted back to their graves, she picked up both of their tombstones and returned to base camp to tell Billy all about it.  Now they were free to return to their own time.



They arrived back in Hidden Springs at dawn, only minutes after they’d left.



Ally put her friends’ urns on a shelf in the bedroom where she could keep an eye on them and returned to her normal life, adding the new plants she’d collected in Oasis Landing to her garden and teaching Tiger Lily her toddler skills.



Even everyday life isn’t always routine, though.  She had a nasty mishap while repairing one of the showers and was lucky not to end up as a falling-from-the-sky ghost like Erik Wallace.



Talking of Erik (and Nick), the lack of ghostly activity was becoming slightly worrying.  Ally moved their gravestones out to the back garden to see if that would help.  Maybe it was just coincidence, but at midnight Erik appeared.



Billy tactfully went upstairs to sleep in a child’s bedroom that was currently unused, while Ally flirted with Erik.





As it grew light, I noticed that Nick Decker had also come out to haunt.



Sorry, Nick – too late.



Erik’s child was already on the way.

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Re: A Bunch of Flowers (A ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Project) - updated 8 September
« Reply #101 on: September 11, 2015, 06:06:05 PM »
Love the picture of Emit and Ally's water fight - he might have experienced advanced technology, but you can't beat a good old-fashioned water balloon :)

Talking of Erik (and Nick), the lack of ghostly activity was becoming slightly worrying.  Ally moved their gravestones out to the back garden to see if that would help.  Maybe it was just coincidence, but at midnight Erik appeared.

I had the same experience with Agnes, so possibly not a coincidence. Odd, though.



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Re: A Bunch of Flowers (A ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Project) - updated 8 September
« Reply #103 on: September 11, 2015, 10:43:26 PM »
Erik is one neat looking ghost!  I forget, his appearance means he died in a fire right? 


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Re: A Bunch of Flowers (A ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Project) - updated 8 September
« Reply #104 on: September 12, 2015, 02:22:52 AM »
That's one amazing looking ghost!
Erik is one neat looking ghost!

Isn't he?  I was so pleased he appeared first :).

I forget, his appearance means he died in a fire right?

No, that's death by falling from the sky (i.e. a jetpack accident).  Fire ghosts look like this:


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Re: A Bunch of Flowers (A ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Project)
« Reply #105 on: September 12, 2015, 05:31:14 AM »
Family Life

Life at the Flowers’ went on quietly for a few days.

The kids did their homework.



Bluebell, who was already approaching her next birthday, had some extra tutoring from Billy…



…and she checked under her bed for monsters every night, while she was still able to see them.



Ballet remained her favourite activity, though.  It was no surprise that she aged up at the barre.





Her parents gave her a special birthday gift from the future.





Ally’s pregnancy was confirmed…



…and had the usual effect on her relationship with Billy.



Billy is getting more and more involved with the kids.  As well as sharing the tutoring duties with Ally, he’s become much keener on baby care.  By the time his own child arrives (not so far off, now), he’ll be an expert.





Herb Robert aged up to toddler and started learning to walk and talk.



He looks to me like another one who needs glasses.



It’s odd to see Bluebell and Nightshade together now that she’s older than he is.



Because of some unexpected time off school after their parents returned from the future, it’s unlikely that any of the kids will qualify for their next birthdays more than a day early – which means that Nightshade will become a teenager at about the same time that his younger sister Bluebell grows up and has to move out.



Unexpectedly, Emit came to visit.  He hung around for a couple of days, investigating the strange old-fashioned furniture…



…and helping to celebrate Tiger Lily’s birthday.





That evening, Zinnia became a young adult.



Funnily enough, she aged up looking exactly like that – in the adult version of her teen everyday outfit but keeping the custom colouring.  I’ve never seen that before.  It wasn’t quite perfect – her matching red boots were replaced by random ITF footwear – but pretty close.

She sorted out her other outfits, which hadn’t survived the birthday, put her school stuff on display…



…and then, even though it was late, drove up the road to visit a certain little house.





Because the household was full, Zinnia couldn’t propose to Dan, so I moved her in with him using Edit Town.  I think they’ll be happy together.





Early the following morning, Ally went into labour.  You’d think Billy would be used to this by now.



Once he’d finished panicking, he drove her to the hospital.



I’d accidentally clicked on to speed 3 and couldn’t actually see what the baby looked like, even though I somehow managed to get that screenshot.  It wasn’t until they were in the limo that I got a good look.  Wow!  That’s a really cool ghostboo.



Of course, once they arrived home, Ally was suddenly revolted by the baby daughter she’d been carrying around quite happily and wishing to snuggle.



Keeping track of this one could be a problem: she’s almost invisible against those light-coloured bedclothes.



That’s a bit better.  Welcome to the family, Thyme.

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Very, very cool ghostboo - and a very, very cool birthday present for Bluebell.

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He looks to me like another one who needs glasses.

All this time I've been letting my optician tell me whether I need glasses and I could've just looked in the mirror  :-[ ;)



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Very, very cool ghostboo - and a very, very cool birthday present for Bluebell.

A sprite that colour just had to belong to Bluebell.  They also acquired a green one (seen with Ally in one of the future pics), which has been given to Nightshade.
And I'm quite ridiculously pleased with Thyme.  You'd think I'd be used to ghostboos by now  ::).

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He looks to me like another one who needs glasses.

All this time I've been letting my optician tell me whether I need glasses and I could've just looked in the mirror  :-[ ;)

Um, well, yes  :-[  :-\.  I meant he had that squinched up, can't-see-a-thing look.  As with Alan and Fluellen, Simon and Herbie Bob seem to have eyes that only look right behind lenses.  (HR's just aged up to a child in-game and does look a lot better in specs.)

The owls on the sheets still kind of act as camouflage, but from what I can see, she amazing.

They do, rather.  I briefly considered redecorating the nursery to all black just so that I could find her easily but decided it would be too depressing.  I'm looking forward to her getting bigger and a little less transparent  ;).


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Yay!!  I was hoping for a ghostboo!  Welcome to the Flowers family Thyme!  How many boos does that make for Ally now?


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That is one (very) cool ghostboo!  :D  Great seeing Zinnia and Dan together!

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Yay!!  I was hoping for a ghostboo!

So was I.  I'm normally very lucky and almost always seem to get ghost babies when only one parent's a ghost - but Ally's had so many normal kids with occult fathers that I wasn't at all confident this time.

How many boos does that make for Ally now?

That's 23 children from 22 pregnancies.  Three more kids with other men and then it'll be Billy's turn.

Welcome BACK to the world of ghost children! ;)

:D  It's been a while - and it's nice to have a new type of ghost to play with.

That is one (very) cool ghostboo!  :D  Great seeing Zinnia and Dan together!

Even better in-game, because the colours kind of ripple along her body.  A still photo doesn't really do her justice.

Dan in particular looked deliriously happy to be together again.  They make a sweet couple.

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« Reply #114 on: September 13, 2015, 12:34:37 PM »
Back to the Future

Billy had been very busy recently.  As he sometimes does, he’d remembered that he was a Renaissance Sim and rolled a wish to max a skill: gardening, in this case.



And then there was the future-changing quest he’d embarked on, with help from the Time Traveller.  (Come to think of it, that’s almost certainly why Emit turned up at the house again.)



Billy liked the meteor magnet so much that he took to using it autonomously, even after he’d completed the testing for Emit.



In the end, I had to put the magnet into the family inventory to keep him away from it.  Most of my Sims are good enough meteor magnets on their own, without help from advanced technology.

On the day of Thyme’s birth, he reached the ‘trash talk the environment’ step of the chain.  I sent him to the Summer Festival, where there’d be plenty of other Sims to talk to.  It rapidly became a much less pleasant place to be.



Fluellen was also visiting the festival.



Even though it slowed down Billy’s progress, I was delighted that he flatly refused to listen to the trash talk.  Anyway, plenty of others were willing to give Billy a hearing.

By evening, the time portal had changed to an ominous fiery glow.  Billy dived right back in, followed rather more slowly by Alison.



They emerged in a very different Oasis Landing.



(And how did she manage to arrive first?)

Even though the future now seemed like a much less pleasant place to be, they bought a home there.  Having their own place would be better than staying at Base Camp and it wasn’t as though they were short of money, after all.



Once they were settled in, Ally returned Erik and Nick to the graveyard, apologising because it wasn’t quite as pretty as when they’d left.



Then she went off to get a job.  Billy had done more than his share of joining careers, looking for potential fathers.  Here, with no children to care for, she had time to do her own research.



On her first day as part of the clean-up crew at the Bot Arena, she met someone who seemed highly compatible.



“Oh, I like this one, Hazel!”



She invited Melvin home and launched into the romantic interactions.



There was only one hitch.  Once he’d agreed to woohoo, Melvin headed upstairs to the dream pod in the bedroom where Billy was painting.  Why couldn’t he have chosen one of the others?



Fortunately, Billy, placid as ever, was happy to swap virtual canvases, continuing with the painting on his other easel in the living room, while Ally and her smelly lover Tried for Baby.



Several times.  No chimes.  Why didn’t I put the heart bed in one of the rooms here?

A few hours later, it became clear that they’d succeeded anyway…



…and I discovered that pregnant Sims can’t time-travel.  This baby was going to have to be born in the future.



Ally spent her pregnancy playing with the high-tech items around the house…



…although I think she prefers old-fashioned water-type showers.  Billy was doing rather better with the advanced technology skill but still preferred painting.  And both of them loved the pool.  Why?  Their pool at home was much pleasanter but was almost totally ignored.  Here, everything was dingy and smoggy and there was always the risk of…

Oh no!  Billy, I don’t think you should have used that magnet so enthusiastically.

Don’t duck; run! :o



At least Ally was safe. But where was Billy?  That explosion seemed to be almost exactly where he was standing.



Yeah, probably a bit late to run now – but I’m so glad you’re OK.  (In fact, he didn’t stop running until he’d reached a shower and got rid of the ‘singed’ moodlet.)

After that, I kept them both indoors and doing nothing in particular until…



Since Billy went into full-on panic mode again, it seemed like a good idea to try out the hospital facilities in Oasis Landing.



Is that just a random horse following Ally home or is there some kind of equine-assisted birthing in the future?  ???



As soon as they were back in their future home with little Thistle, they left it again for the portal on the roof of the base camp – and the safety of their own time.



Yes, Billy, it’s a baby.  Haven’t you seen enough by now to recognise them?  Now go and pick him up off the damp grass and put him in a cot.



Because Ally’s pregnancy happened in the future, Thistle and Thyme are effectively twins.  It’s going to be a while before the nursery has room for another child.


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Most of my Sims are good enough meteor magnets on their own, without help from advanced technology.

Having read some of your other stories, I concur  ;D

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The random horse omg...can't stop laughing!  Maybe the horse thought he might be the father?  Oh dear :/


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Oh dear, I was almost expecting Billy to continue painting while his wife was busy :P . Surely he's used to such things by now. Glad the meteor didn't squish him!

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That was a close call with Billy *big sigh of relief*.

In fact, when I thought about it afterwards, he should have been OK anyway: he had two or three deathflowers in inventory - which still doesn't make me feel any better.  The poor man deserves so much better than narrow escapes from meteor strikes.

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Most of my Sims are good enough meteor magnets on their own, without help from advanced technology.

Having read some of your other stories, I concur  ;D

:D.  In fact, the mother in one of the false starts to this project was another one on my scoresheet.  She got thoroughly crisped on day 2 but survived - at least, until I abandoned the game :(.

The random horse omg...can't stop laughing!  Maybe the horse thought he might be the father?  Oh dear :/

Really don't want to think about that.  Even Ally has her standards :P.

Out of interest, are their descendents descended from Billy as well as Ally?

About half seem to be descended from both of them - the ones with the surname Flower.  There are also a lot of families of descendants with assorted other Hidden Springs surnames (Carlisle, Vanderburg, Preston etc.) who seem to be descended only from Ally.  The pop-ups about changing the future would seem to be a clue to which child is the ancestor of which family - I haven't checked all that thoroughly but am pretty sure it doesn't all hang together.  I have noticed that the ones called Flower get a bigger relationship hit from her infidelities, though.

Maybe Pony's a doula?

Maybe  :-\

Oh dear, I was almost expecting Billy to continue painting while his wife was busy :P . Surely he's used to such things by now.

So was I.  Maybe he would have done if I hadn't intervened and sent him downstairs.

Glad the meteor didn't squish him!

Me too :)

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Re: A Bunch of Flowers (A ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Project)
« Reply #121 on: September 16, 2015, 03:55:27 PM »
Even More Birthdays – and More Messing With the Future

Before we get on to the excessive number of birthdays in this chapter, here is Bluebell going to Prom.  I think it’s the first time in this story I’ve manged to snap someone heading for the limo.



While she was away, getting into fights and rejected for dances but somehow being crowned Queen anyway, there was a double birthday celebration going on at home.

First Herbie Bob blew out his candles, with a lot of help from Ally…



…and then it was Nightshade’s turn.  He seemed disconcerted to see his little brother growing up…



“Hey, you’re supposed to be smaller than me!”

Herbie was unfazed.  Maybe he couldn’t see well enough to realise he’d just antagonised an evil vampire.  Not a good idea, Herbs.

When they’d finished growing taller, they both headed for the mirrors and dressers for makeovers…



…which were followed by the inevitable night of tutoring in slightly odd locations.





Nightshade was disgruntled.  There he was, rolling wishes to read minds, hypnotise Sims and hunt – but apparently his supernatural powers were still another birthday away  :(.  Humanity was such a pain.  Not to mention his own mother photobombing his birthday pics  >:(.



And then that weird Time Traveller reappeared and started scanning stuff around their home again as though he owned it.  Nightshade couldn’t even be as rude as he’d like, thanks to his new ‘proper’ trait.  Now he had to be polite.  Well, really!  It was enough to send his blood pressure (do vampires even have one?) into the stratosphere.



At least he could steal candy from the Future Babies.  That helped a bit.





The following day, Bluebell had another cakeless birthday at the barre.







Since ‘dancer’ wasn’t a career option, she rushed over to Flying V’s and registered as a professional acrobat.



(I have absolutely no idea why she was talking about fishing.  Maybe it was a new act she was working on.)

She moved out that night, leaving behind her school souvenirs and the statuette that had been her lifelong inspiration.



(She ought to have had stuff from Ballet Club as well.  I know she was registered for it but either the game forgot or it crashed soon afterwards and I didn’t remember to sign her up again when replaying that part.

She’d probably have done well – she maxed the child dancing skill in about five minutes.)



Then there was a quadruple birthday.  The Not-Exactly-Twins became toddlers…





…and Thyme was suddenly a lot easier to keep track of, thanks to her glowing yellow hair.  You’ll notice that I kept changing my mind about her hairstyle – the one she aged up with made her more visible but I’d used that one rather a lot recently.  Nobody had had the wispy one since Primrose.

Talking of poor Prim: this time. Ally wasn’t playing favourites.  The wishes to teach toddler skills were piling up as fast as I could promise them.

An hour or so later, Tiger Lily aged up in front of the TV – and Billy reached middle age yet again while she was picking out her new wardrobe.





TL has an astonishingly arched browline – those are the straightest eyebrows available for female Sims and yet she still looks surprised  :o.

Nightshade immediately started initiating Tiger Lily into the mysteries of high school life.  Billy looked on in mild fascination but then apparently decided that toddlers were a lot less complicated.


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« Reply #122 on: September 16, 2015, 04:01:54 PM »
It had been nearly a week since Billy had meddled with the future.  Some kind of interference was clearly long overdue.   After consulting with Emit, he measured the family’s happiness repeatedly and then started throwing funny dew stuff around.





Hidden Springs was becoming a much more colourful place…



…but at least he did have the decency to turn Bluebell blue.  Bluer.

(Incidentally, what is going on with the utopian future?  Meteor strikes and pollution producing dystopia is all perfectly fine and sensible but a kind of Holi-gone-mad leading to utopia?!  Nope, still don’t get it.)



At home, the Twins That Weren’t were learning to walk and talk.





Thistle didn’t seem all that impressed by Ally’s choice of conversational topics.

He also seems to be on to watchers: “You’re not seriously going to watch me learning to use the potty, are you?”



“You are!  That’s sick, that is…”



“Eeargh!  Is this thing full yet…?

“Well, I’m off to read a book.  I’m told they can really help your development.  Why don’t you hang around here and watch that smelly potty while I go and do something more interesting instead?”



I thought it was only evil toddlers that were so aware of being in a game.  Apparently, grumpy and neurotic ones are just as bad.



And then, out of the blue, Nightshade had another birthday.  What was going on?

I thought for a moment that it was something to do with his vampire heritage but it appears that Tiger Lily has also been affected.  After having their childhoods prolonged by an inherited genie wish, they were both back to the basic medium lifespan as teenagers.  I think the poor game is a bit overstretched.

A somewhat fragrant Nightshade aged up by the treadmill, came into his full vampire powers and sorted out a suitably threatening new wardrobe.



Then, while he was still in the twelve-hour grace period before having to move out, Alison and Billy went out into the garden to investigate the new, improved, rainbow-hued time vortex.


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Lots of birthdays! Love Thistle's look! He seems a lot more aware than Nightshade ever was!  :P

Thyme doesn't look any less see-through to me, but her hair definitely helps! Still a cute (?!) ghostboo though!

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« Reply #124 on: September 20, 2015, 12:34:05 PM »
Lots of birthdays! Love Thistle's look! He seems a lot more aware than Nightshade ever was!  :P

He does  ::).

Thyme doesn't look any less see-through to me, but her hair definitely helps! Still a cute (?!) ghostboo though!

Ghost toddlers and babies are mostly awful to keep track of in bright lighting, particularly outdoors.  Thyme's hair is definitely a big help.



Back to the Future Part II – The One That Wasn’t

Except it didn’t quite work out quite like that.

Before this game, I’d only played briefly with ITF and had only sent Sims into the normal future.  I knew travelling through time had a reputation for being at least as buggy as the spatial variety but hadn’t hit any problems, probably because I was playing simple games with a single Sim.

Alison and Billy also had a bug-free visit to the normal future but Dystopia was painful, even before Billy’s brush with death.  It took something like eight attempts to get as far as conceiving the baby because of a variety of glitches, generally one or both of them being unable to interact with other Sims or, even more frustratingly, potential fathers disappearing from the relationship panel just after they were invited over (including a purple-haired one who would have been perfect as Thistle’s dad).  Maybe they’d been hit by meteorites…



To start with, the Utopian future looked as though it was going to be fine.  (And very pretty in a sugar-overdose kind of way.)  The only slight irritation was that astronomy is a Monday-to-Friday job and they arrived back in the future on a Friday, meaning that Ally’s new career and serious father-hunting would have to wait a few days.  Billy, who’d been holding a wish to become a business partner, bought the Observatory and confirmed, though the ‘Fire Sim’ option, that Ally’s only human colleague was male.  He fired two of the plumbots, in the hope it that would encourage more humans to join the career (in fact, they weren’t replaced, at least in the few days before Ally resigned).

Since they’d been forced to have a holiday, Alison and Billy made the most of it.  It was almost like a much-delayed honeymoon.



They explored the town and met more descendants.  Ally was delighted to find that some were fairies, although they also seemed to have imaginary friend genes (from Bluebell, perhaps?) 



Alison again proved irresistible to the equine population of Oasis Landing.



That particular horse followed her around for half a day, while she was shaking Ridiculously Delightfully Oversized Flowers and meeting famous residents.



She met quite a few people with familiar names, although they mostly seemed to be at least as excited to meet her as she was to meet them.



Obi-Wan Bennett Obi even invited her to a party, where she completely upstaged the host by thrashing him at chess (clearly the Force wasn’t with him on that particular evening) and then having a particularly sparkly adult birthday.

Billy and Alison had an epic dew fight on the Sunday.



Of course, the best thing about fighting is making up afterwards…



I was almost sorry when Monday rolled around and Ally had to go to work.  Billy filled in the time by investigating a Rainbow Knoll that had appeared across the road from the Observatory.  (Kind of flat for a knoll but hey.)



He found a rainbow butterfly, which I suppose makes a rainbow-ish kind of sense, although I’m amazed that a butterfly could survive being buried and dug up again.

Ally finished work, having met only plumbots, and topped off an unsatisfying day by narrowly missing a promotion.  She was met outside the building by a little brat of a descendant, who threw some rainbow dew at her.



Oh!  So the demented-IF walk is just an expression of happiness  ???.



A weird and rather annoying one, although the mood boost was nice – and Ally, who seems to have a strong stomach when not pregnant, managed to avoid the rainbow-vomiting bit.

When she wasn’t walking oddly or hugging everyone, she danced.



Does the ‘whimsical waltz’ remind anyone else of the beginning of The Sound of Music:-\

On her second day at work, she met Edwin Archibilt and went into action.



Oddly, as soon as they Tried for Baby, they both teleported backwards through the wall and found themselves standing on the roof outside.



Ally seemed to be either upset or embarrassed by the occurrence.  Maybe she was hoping that the paparazzi-bots weren’t looking up.

Edwin, on the other hand, walked calmly downstairs and started talking to his sprite while doing his best to ignore Ally’s plate-licking husband.



Then he said he had to leave.

Despite the glitch, Ally did turn out to be pregnant.



It appears that the silly walk continues even during labour.  Billy was waiting outside the hospital for ages while Ally made her whimsical way from the car.  It’s a wonder the baby didn’t pop out before she’d reached the doors.



At least carrying a baby resets the gait to normal…



…although Billy still raced off ahead of her on his windcarver.



They drove straight to base camp and jumped into the portal…



…but only Ally made it home – and even she just stood there unresponsively, possibly wondering where everyone else (including those who were supposed to be safely at home) had gone.



Given the rather creepy niceness of the Utopian future, I suppose not being able to escape makes a nasty sort of sense.  Still a game-breaker, though  :(.

I tried going back to earlier and earlier saves, but the same thing happened every time they came home.  After nearly a real-life week of frustration, I decided it was time to do something drastic.