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Hello everyone!

I've been away from the forum for quite some time now, and the Sims, too! I only got the Sims 4 a month ago! I've been too busy the past 10 months studying day and night and I suppose I will be busy again in a month when college starts, but it won't be the same as last year and I'm hoping to have some decent playing time.

Like a lot of other people, I had mixed feelings when I started to play, but it has grown on me and I like it quite a lot now. I know that I want to explore the game and try out everything it has to offer. The problem with me playing is that I can never stick to one game file for a long time and I tend to switch to another family and a different file. So I can never properly explore everything. It is disappointing that after one month of playing I have not maxed one single career! So I decided to start a long-term challenge, and also post a story so I'll be fully committed. Thank you for reading, and I do hope you enjoy the story!  :)

The Vitale Immortal Dynasty

Meet our founder, Vera Vitale!



Gen 1: Founder
Vera Vitale
Outdoor Lover, Creative, Outgoing

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Re: The Vitale Immortal Dynasty
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2015, 01:52:54 PM »
Chapter 1: Willow Creek

Well, here we are at last. Oakenstead. Calm and peaceful, just as it was promised to me. Being a nature lover, I could see myself living here for all eternity. Which is what I must do. Well, I suppose I could move, at the end, but eight generations is no less than an eternity.

So you can see that I'm quite familiar with the concept. Immortality and all. Okay, it's time we met.





Over here!
I'm cooking!







Cooking has never been a passion of mine, really. If it were up to me, I'd pick gardening. It's what I've always loved. What can I tell you, I love the green! But when it comes to founding a dynasty, you have to consider other things. For example, there wouldn't have been a proper career available for me as a gardener. I would have to get a job completely irrelevant to my hobbies and that would've have made things a lot harder. Therefore, creator and I decided I should become a master chef. Especially since we are both new to this thing. Umm, the dynasty, I mean. Not bad. I don't dislike cooking as long as I get to do it outdoors. Which is what I'm doing right now. We have not yet come to an agreement on my second aspiration. But I guess we have time for that. Plus, we've agreed not to micromanage everything like we usually do. Our plan is quite flexible. It goes like this: Founder, Helper, Spouse, Ambrosia. The rest is blah blah. And I am the founder. So we're halfway there. Or maybe not. I don't know, I've never been so good at math.





Ah, did I just say creator? Yeah. She created me. We don't get along. Okay, back to the important stuff.





So, where were we? Aha! Oakenstead. Wonderful. A little bit too quiet, though. I love the outdoors, but I also love people. So I need to get somewhere where I can have both. And I'm tired of cooking. Time to head to the park. Now, before we get there. There are two things you should know about me. First: I'm in no rush to find a husband. So, I'm not going to the park spouse hunting. Not meeting men.





And second: I don't always mean what I say.





Vera: Okay, gentlemen. I know you well. Three of you are married and we don't want any drama. And Mr. Scot is a bit too geeky to be an eligible spouse for the lover of all things natural. Let's see what the redhead has to say.





Redhead: Hello, I have a name, but your creator does not remember it because I later prove to be useless. I have decent traits, and a passion for adventure and





Vera: Okay, I pick you.
Readhead: ....and I'm happily married to my wonderful wife and have two beautiful children.
Vera: Okaaaay... you are useless. Hands off, please.





Such nice gentlemen. But they're all married. I wonder if I'll ever find a single one.
Their actions are absolutely normal and Mr. Scot over there does not at all have a freakish look on his face when he is supposed to be cloudgazing.







Vera: Gentlemen, say hello to Mr. Tommy Champion! I do not know much of him, but I intend to, assuming he's single.
Travis and Mortimer: Hiii!
Tommy Champion: I'm married.
Vera: Oh.





I guess that'll be it for today. Why start with "spouse", anyway? There's always "helper". And I'm not planning on having the heir anytime soon, which is the overall purpose of my marrying one of these men. Anyhow, helper it is! That is what I'll be doing tomorrow. I'll stop by at the Calientes', perhaps?

The story of the rest of my day at the park would bore you. I grilled some hot dogs, and chatted. And when the night came, it was time to leave.
On my way home, I heard a voice calling my name. So I turned...





Nancy??
Nancy: Well, well, we meet again!



To be continued...






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Re: The Vitale Immortal Dynasty
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2015, 02:23:22 PM »
Good luck to you and your founder!
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Re: The Vitale Immortal Dynasty
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2015, 12:01:28 AM »
Thank you both for your good luck wishes! :)

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Re: The Vitale Immortal Dynasty
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2015, 03:52:42 AM »
Do we have issues with Nancy?  Hmmmm.   I love your style and the way you are presenting your story.  More please.
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Chapter 2: A little bit of background
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2015, 12:47:57 PM »
Thanks a lot, Joria!  :) I'm glad you enjoyed it.


Chapter 2: A little bit of background

So, I guess we never had "the talk". The one where I tell you why I wanted to do this in the first place. Why I wanted to become immortal. I mean, sure, there's always the privilege of living forever, but that can't be all. You can become immortal on your own and with much less trouble.

And I've always loved family. I mean, I don't have the trait, but I would, if I could pick just one more. Maybe for me it's a hidden one? I'm not sure. I just know that family has had a special place deep in my heart, for as long as I can remember. And so, to be able to keep one, of each of the generations by my side for an eternity sounds wonderful. But is that all? Is that reason enough for me to do this? Not quite.

I arrived at Willow Creek this morning. Beautiful town. All this green reminds me of a long, lost place I grew up in. Great weather, friendly people, wonderful scenery: Sunset Valley.

I was only a child, but I remember well. I remember my days, "there". Happy days. That is, until I was taken away.

Memories. Some happy, some dark. "My history".
I've come here, with lots of thoughts in my head. I know very well why I'm doing this. I know, that I'm doing this for a reason. So, am I going to tell you? Not just yet.

So, Willow Creek. No acquaintances. I could have a clean slate, a fresh start. I don't think anybody might know anything about me. That is, all except two. Former residents of my long lost hometown, who have somehow, managed to start their lives over, in this new world.
Would they recognize me? There's a chance.

So when I heard an awfully familiar voice on my return that night, I knew that trouble was on its way.
I said there were two, well, here's the first.




Nancy??
Nancy: Well, well, we meet again.





Vera: We've met... before?
Nancy: Ah! Don't play dumb with me, lady! I know what you're here for!





Vera: Umm... you do? I mean, there's absolutely nothing to know! I'm just an innocent girl trying to find her way.
Nancy: Sure you are!





Nancy: Oh, please, Vera Vitale! I may not have met you in person before, but I assure you, I know all about you! You're a dynasty wannabe, with no family or legacy of your own, you're here to capture our land and hold us as slaves and possibly, even steal my husband! Oh, the horror!
Vera: Oh, is that all you think? Oh, I am so relieved... I mean, sure, that's what it is. Darn it, you got me!
Nancy: What?
Vera: Well, Nancy... you should've said that before. I'm not here for your house, or your husband. In fact, I'm all settled, just up the road. You're quite welcome to visit at anytime. So far, I only have cooking gear, but I'm planning to buy more furniture in the morning. Speaking of the morning, do you perhaps, plan to go home and sleep anytime soon? I know I do.
Nancy: What?
Vera: Oh, the part about being a founder, that is right. I am merely here to get some of that immortality stuff, and pass it on to my descendants. Booooring, boring job. Just that. No secret intentions or backstory involved.





Nancy: Aha! dynasty founder, huh? Why don't we ever get to be founders? Don't we know how to found? I could found. Oh, I'll tell you why. For the sole reason of us "already" existing.



Nancy: I mean, is it really our fault that we already have our glorious legacy, and a beautiful mansion, upon the classiest hills of Oasis Springs? Is it, really?

Vera, to self: I thought she was a snob.





Nancy: Oh, I think I'm coming down with a headache.




Vera: Well, trust me, Nancy. You don't want any of that founding stuff! It's a lot of work. Very... headachey.
Nancy: It is?



Vera: Absolutely! Just enjoy your life and be happy you don't have to do any of this. Get yourself busy. Now, I'm not moving you in because I can't really put up with you.
Nancy: What?
Vera: But, we are gonna be close friends and make sure that your memory continues to fail you, plus you're invited to all of the five parties I'm going to throw-- ...which are not at all dynasty requirements because as I told you, that thing is boooring. Now, go on and enjoy your life.
Nancy: Enjoy my life! Yay!



Nancy: Why do I feel like a fool?
Vera: No idea.




Vera: Now give me a hug.



Nancy: Ooh, I feel so happy now. Do you feel like taking a walk? Or go clubbin'? Ya know, as buddies?



Vera: No, Nance. Sorry. Got dynasty stuff to do. Bye now!



Off to sleep.



The next morning:

I bought some more furniture to celebrate taking care of Nancy last night. Plus the 1x1 pool. Neat, huh?
I guess I didn't do much work yesetrday. Just wandered around. But you got to know me, so that's something. You could say that I'm a pretty honest and straightforward person.
 


At the moment, I'm having some breakfast and enjoying the view. Plus I'm reviewing my plans. First up: some cash. There's only about 200 left. So it's time we moved in roomies. The roomies. No, seriously, I'll give you a hint:





Tadaa!

And our secret remains.



To be continued...

Next Chapter coming up: Making real progress, finally



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Re: The Vitale Immortal Dynasty, Chapter 2: A little bit of background
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2015, 02:02:26 PM »
OMG!  The Sim jumping in the 1x1 pool!! Priceless, but not half as priceless as your writing.  I love how she took care of Nancy.  Poor lady looked totally bamboozled.
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Re: The Vitale Immortal Dynasty, Chapter 2: A little bit of background
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2015, 02:42:43 PM »
Yeah, I tried to stop him, but it was too late!
Thank you! I'm not exactly confident about my writing, so I'm really glad it turned out well.  :)

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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2015, 03:40:06 PM »
I like Vera, cannot wait to see what else she comes up with.

I like your writing style

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« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2015, 03:39:54 AM »
Yay another dynasty story! I love that you've moved in Gavin, J, Zoe and Mitch. I can't wait to see what happens next. And the 1x1 pool whim granted...lmao.
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Re: The Vitale Immortal Dynasty, Chapter 2: A little bit of background
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2015, 08:08:28 AM »
I like Vera, cannot wait to see what else she comes up with.

I like your writing style

Thank you! I'm glad you like her.  :)

Yay another dynasty story! I love that you've moved in Gavin, J, Zoe and Mitch. I can't wait to see what happens next. And the 1x1 pool whim granted...lmao.

Thanks! They're so much fun to play!  :D


I'm currently working on building a house, so it's taking me a bit to update. I initially wanted to opt for outdoor living for this generation ( with a decent look and some nice decor, of course ), but somehow I ended up trying to build a house based off a modern farmhouse I saw online. I don't have any building experience with TS4 ( not that I had a lot of experience with TS3, but somewhat more ), so I'm really having a hard time making it look anything like the original. I'm especially having problems with the roof. I think at the end I'll just end up with a square that has a door, and no roof.

It is fun experimenting with the different tools, though. Hopefully, with some good practice, I'll get a little better.


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Chapter 3: Making Progress, Part I
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2015, 11:04:31 AM »
Chapter 3: Making Progress, Part I

I take it you already know my roommates. I met them the very morning after my little problem with Nancy. On my second day in Willow Creek. By noon, they were already settled in.

But how did I come to meet them? And why on earth did they agree to leave their gorgeous house behind and move into my vacant lot? Well, I myself am still wondering about the second question, but here's the answer to the first one.



After having my delicious morning sandwich, I called a cab and went helper-hunting. ( I do have some guesses as to why they'd leave their gorgeous house, though. For starters, their house was not all that gorgeous. Definitely used that to my advantage. ) I was headed for the Calientes', but theirs (the roommies' ) seemed much closer. Need to save up on travel expenses! Besides, flexible plan, remember? ( Okay, I'll just admit I liked them more )
Nancy tagged along. Ever since last night, she's become so attached she follows me everywhere I go. I told her it was okay, as long as she stayed outside.



And so I was in. We got off to a great start and talked for a few hours.

Hmm... I don't really like myself in this picture. Let's try a different angle.



That's better... a bit. Now, where were we?



Zoe: So, we just moved in a week ago. Mitch likes to cook and I just love hangin' out with friends. We don't exactly know each other here, though. Somehow, the four of us just ended up sharing a house.





Zoe: Mitch and I have gotten to know each other a little bit recently. We have a lot in common. And we can blink, simultaneously.



Vera: That's... cool. Where's the rest of you?
Zoe: J and Gavin? At work. Gavin's a journalist and J works in the sports industry. You're gonna like them.
Vera: I sure am. Listen, are they coming home anytime soon? Seeing that you and I just became friends ( to self: as a result of my numerous "compliment"s and "flatter"s and "ask about day"s ), there's something I'd like to ask, and it involves them, too.
Zoe: I'm not sure. They left for work a few hours ago.
Vera: Well, I guess we could do it without them! It starts with telling you that you could do better than this... house.



With my heartbeat accelerating, I knew it was time to pop the big question.



Vera: Alright... *takes deep breath* Would you be willing to...
Zoe: You're gonna ask us to move in with you, aren't you?
Vera: Whhat? Ah, great! You spoiled it! How did you even know?
Zoe: Oh, come on! We're not 2010 anymore ( when the sims 3 immortal dynasty went official  :P )! Nowadays, we know exactly what an immortal dynasty is. No psychic powers needed. Mitch, how much longer are you gonna keep the silence?
Mitchel: Sorry. She's right. We know.
Vera: Guess it's a no, then?
Zoe: Oh, don't be silly! We can't fight game mechanisms, really. Friend means friend. And all of that means we're obliged to say yes!
Vera: Super! Do you need to pack?
Zoe: Not so fast. First, are we getting a house?
Vera: Of couse! In less than a week! And it's gonna be a great one, with walls and everything.
Zoe: Excellent. We'll just tell the guys when they're back then, Mitch?
Mitchel: Suppose so.



And with that, we had our roomies. I have to say, despite our rather unpleasant and bizarre conversation, Zoe and I quite hit it off. I felt like I was finally going to have a real friend to share my troubles with. She was funny and friendly. And we had so much in common. Later that day, while we were waiting for J and Gavin to return, we watched the clouds together and had a few good laughs.





Meanwhile, Mitchel took up fishing. Do not look at me like that. I didn't force him to fish. I just pointed it out to him that he'd make an excellent fisherman, and a lousy cook. So he decided to leave his job at the restaurant and dedicate his life to fishing. Which is great, because I got to fill his position. He was surprisingly easy to convince. I can't be sure, but it might have to do with me carrying out my manipulation process at his nap time. He is kind of lazy.



Mitchel: Hold on, I think I'm catching something.



Whoohoo, I'm coming for you!



What? Where's my fish? Oh, man! This pole isn't working!



WHY IS THIS POLE NOT WORKING!!!



Nope, definitely not working. But, that bench over there seems to be in pretty good order.



Zzzzz...



A few hours later, the guys were back. Mitchel had already called them to say they should head straight to Oakenstead and not where was previously known as "home".




Had to split update in half because I was pushing my 25 image per post limit. Please move to part II!

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Re: The Vitale Immortal Dynasty, Chapter 2: A little bit of background
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2015, 11:08:37 AM »
Welcome to Part II!

The rest of the crew seemed to take the news pretty well.



Zoe: ... and here we are! New home. Guys, what do you think?
Gavin: This is a nice neighborhood! I couldn't disagree! And we get to build a house from scratch!
Zoe: J?
J: I'm guessing this new neighborhood makes a good jogging area.
Zoe: Excellent!



Mitchel: Um... Gavin? My hand's stuck in you?
Gavin: OK, I'm a pretty calm guy. I'll wait for you to remove it.




The next few days were spent each of us picking a few points in our dedicated skills.

Or maybe more than a few. Whoohoo! Check me out!



You may or may not have noticed that we've turned the kitchen around. It's just that with the roommies bringing in so much money (89,000  :D ), we went out of our way buying furniture we needed which are currently laying there in the grass, in front of me. So the kitchen was turned around to make sure you didn't see any of that mess while watching me cook. Right now, you have a wonderful view of nice and tidy trees and bushes behind me.



I've been following up on my roommates' activities. I need to get to know them a bit more.

I'm not so sure about J. I've been told that he used to be this really cute guy.



But, ever since he moved in and found out he can't complete his aspiration, he's gotten a bit... depressed.



J: No, I haven't been on fire. I've been sweating all night, jogging around town to drain my sorrows, and apparently, that's how you should look like when you sweat so much. I don't feel smart enough to figure out whether that makes sense, at the moment. Need to take a shower.



J: Great, somebody's already in.

I guess I could use my manipulating powers to make him feel better, but he keeps avoiding me and I'm far too busy to follow him around. The other guys told me that he used the computer we got for Gavin's writing to go online and read about the dynasty terms. Hmm... did not know people could do that. I should set up parental control.

Anyway, I'm cutting him some slack. I've bought him some good exercise equipment, and I'm leaving him be. With Mitch fishing and Zoe gardening, we're going to be just fine, without any more help.


So... Zoe Gardens. We don't have any pictures of her gardening, so how about one with her taking a walk in the pond? Nothing weird here. She comes in, she comes out. And with such grace.





This happens after a great conversation with Mitch. It doesn't take long to understand that these two have something special going on.




As for Gavin, well, he's a very sweet guy. We both have creative minds, and we tend to find ourselves, talking for hours, exchanging ideas. I think I'd like to get to know him more.





Zoe: Umm... Mitch? Weren't we supposed to keep this area unseen?
Mitchel: Sorry, just had to catch my latest episode of "House with walls".
Zoe: Aww, can I watch?



The following night, our house was finally done! It still needed work, but it would be enough to please my friends.

We're not quite sure what we'll be doing with the room at the right. Might be using it for storage.




Quick tour.



My room.




Mitch and Zoe's. We'll see Gavin and J's later on.





Vera: Now, that's what you call a kitchen!



After getting everybody settled in, I sat down for my favorite cooking show.

It was a great night. But for some unknown cause, I had a strange feeling inside of me.
I looked at Mitchel, standing outside, bizarrely starring at our new pool.



After reluctantly remaining on the couch for a few more minutes, I turned off the TV and went straight to bed.

Oakenstead, 3 a.m.

On our first night in the new house, I woke up to a constant clicking noise coming from outside my room. I got up, and approached, on the tip of my toes.

What is that? Is it maybe Gavin, working on his short story so late?



Afraid not. He was in a deep sleep. There was nothing unusual in that room, except maybe J, who was sleeping soundly in his bed, with a goofy smile on his face.



What was that? I got out of the room. It was definitely coming from outside the house. I managed to have a few good trips in the living room, constantly hitting the furniture on my way to the back door.

The backyard was peaceful. And for a few minutes, the noise was gone. I turned around to reach for the door and go back to sleep, but there was yet another noise, coming from near the storage room.

I went forward, slightly frightened. I was at the door. With the noise now being stronger, there was no doubt it was coming from inside.
"Should I wake others? Should I get help?" I said to myself.




I turned the knob...

To be continued...

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Re: The Vitale Immortal Dynasty, Chapter 3: Making Progress
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2015, 11:37:47 AM »
oh... suspense, please do not make us wait  :)

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« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2015, 04:19:20 PM »
Omg cliff hanger. lol Noooo!  Great house though. :)
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« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2015, 12:01:49 PM »
Aaaaaagggghhhh!  Cliff hanger!!  Great story as usual.  Zoe is so adorable, isn't she?
So now we get to guess who, (or what), is behind door number  1.
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Re: The Vitale Immortal Dynasty, Chapter 3: Making Progress
« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2015, 03:02:19 PM »
oh... suspense, please do not make us wait  :)

Suspense indeed! I'll do my best to get the next chapter up soon!  :)

Omg cliff hanger. lol Noooo!  Great house though. :)

Thanks! The interior turned out to be a bit small for everyone to have their own rooms, but I guess it'll do for some time, at least until we have nooboos.  :D

Aaaaaagggghhhh!  Cliff hanger!!  Great story as usual.  Zoe is so adorable, isn't she?
So now we get to guess who, (or what), is behind door number  1.

Thank you! I'm excited to show you what/who's behind!  ( hint hint, it's the latter! )
Zoe is indeed lovely! She resembles a good friend I have in real life that haven't seen for a while, so she just cheers me up.  :)



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Chapter 4: Meet "C."
« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2015, 09:11:52 AM »
Sorry about the delay! I was somewhere with little internet access and my online time was limited to reading only.

Chapter 4: Meet "C."

Earlier that night...
Oakenstead, 10 p.m.

J: Gav? I think I saw something outside.



J: Gavin?
Gavin: Hmm... ?
J: I said, I thought I saw something outside.
Gavin: Heard you the first time, J. Go to bed. You're not in a good state of mind.



J: I feel perfectly fine.
Gavin: What did you see then? A "passing shadow"?!
J: Maybe. I'm serious, Gavin. Something's not right.
Gavin: Just go to bed, J. It'll take you some time to get used to living here. Everything's normal.
J: Really? How do you explain the storage door, then, hein?
Gavin: What about it?
J: Well, I'm almost certain that it used to be a different kind of door. I'm not familiar with the door names, but the last one had glass on top so it could be seen through. This one's... plain wood.
Gavin: We've only been in this house for two hours, J. It's likely that you're mistaken.
J: Oh, I don't know. Maybe you're right. I'll just go to bed then.
Gavin: Good move, bro. That should give me some calm to finish my novel.



Oakenstead, 3 a.m.

Continuing where we left off...

I woke up to a constant clicking noise coming from outside my room. I got up, and approached, on the tip of my toes.

What was that? I got out of the room. It was definitely coming from outside the house. I managed to have a few good trips in the living room, constantly hitting the furniture on my way to the back door.







The backyard was peaceful. And for a few minutes, the noise was gone. I turned around to reach for the door and go back to sleep, but there was yet another noise, coming from near the storage room.



I went forward, slightly frightened. I was at the door. With the noise now being stronger, there was no doubt it was coming from inside.
"Should I wake others? Should I get help?" I said to myself.

I closed my eyes for a moment, turned the knob and went in, with little hesitation to let the fear take over.



Expecting to see all sorts of nasty things inside, I opened my eyes to a rather empty storage room.



Feeling slightly more confident, I took a quick look around the room.
"Was that just a bad dream?" I said to myself, getting ready to leave, when I was shocked by a loud voice.



Hiya, pal!
Vera: ... whaaat! WHO IS THERE?
Do not freak out, Vera! We've already met, haven't we?
Vera: Is that ... you? C. ?!
What's C. ? I can't think of anything I'd call myself that would start with that letter.
Vera: Umm... "Creator"?



You have a point, but I'd much prefer it if you would just call me watcher.
Vera: What is the difference? You nearly gave me a heart attack!
I don't really think you guys can have heart attacks. So, no worries.
And there is a huge difference. Creating you was a very trivial job compared to what I'm doing now. "Watching You".
Vera: Now I'm "trivial"?



I never said that. You know what Vera, I really feel like we're getting off on the wrong foot here. Let's get you some fresh air.



Vera: I don't see what's different.
A lot. For starters, you look happier. A little. You might want to take a deep breath and count to 10. Then we can talk.



Vera: I don't see that happening.
The talking? I do. By any chance, Vera, do you remember that we are in this together? And weren't we supposed to hold the first founder-watcher meeting a few days after your arrival? We have so much to discuss.
Vera: Well, I've been busy.
Yes, I can see that. Busy is the word.



Vera: There's just so much work I have to do, you know?
Yes, I do. It's just important for you to remember that we are on the same page here. Now, It's time you sat the guys down for a chat and explained this to them. We have to bring me in. I'm running out of ways to present the story from your point of view, so it's time we tried mine.



Vera: I guess we are on the same page. Please keep in mind that next time you want to talk to me, you don't have to use scary movie methods. What was the clicking noise, anyway?
Um... me "clicking"? Excessively, of course, to attract your attention. But I won't do that again, surely. This time I had to, because you were obviously neglecting the founder-watcher rapport.
Vera: Didn't know such thing existed.
Of course it does. It's the most important part.



Time to go back to bed, Vera! It was nice to talk to you, finally.
Vera: You, too, watcher. See ya!



Off she went. With the cheerful nature that she had, it was hard for her to stay angry for long. ( actually, just checked and cheerful isn't one of her traits, oops!  :-X I have so many cheerful sims I just forgot which was which. let's keep that line, though  :P )

The following morning in Oakenstead, she did in fact gather the household round to have a little "chat". She explained to them how there was a pair of eyes that would follow them wherever they went.
The family ( if I may call them so ) took the news as well as they could.



Oh well. With the awkwardness of my presence out of the way, I think I'll take it from here.


Author's note: I really hope this chapter wasn't a lame ending to a cliff hanger.  :P  I don't have much story-telling experience and at first I thought I'd do the story without the watcher. But then I realized it would be more fun to bring the watcher in and have more conversation between the characters.
I also had to take some unofficial screenshots for the last chapter. The storage room scenes. All of the other screenshots are from the actual file and I just take them as things happen ( even the Nancy thing wasn't pre-planned! ) I don't think I'll be taking any more of those unofficial ones any time soon though, I'm eager to play the dynasty file and make progress!  :D

I have a couple more chapters (almost) ready to go, and hopefully, with just a bit of editing, I should be able to upload them in a day or two. Thank you for reading!  :)

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Re: The Vitale Immortal Dynasty, Chapter 4: Meet "C."
« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2015, 03:50:13 PM »
That was a cool way to intro the watcher. It's always fun to read other people's stories and I know what you mean about using another file for screenshots... all good and well but meantime your dynasty isn't moving forward at all. Sometimes I get these really 'great' ideas only to be stymied by the actual sims themselves, all part of the challenge.
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Re: The Vitale Immortal Dynasty, Chapter 4: Meet "C."
« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2015, 08:54:15 PM »
I thought that was a neat way bringing yourself into the story. Your writing is great, if you ever feel you want a weird dynasty just bring in insane sims. I love insane sims.  :D

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Re: The Vitale Immortal Dynasty, Chapter 4: Meet "C."
« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2015, 03:13:06 AM »
That was a cool way to intro the watcher. It's always fun to read other people's stories and I know what you mean about using another file for screenshots... all good and well but meantime your dynasty isn't moving forward at all. Sometimes I get these really 'great' ideas only to be stymied by the actual sims themselves, all part of the challenge.

Thank you! I'm guessing I'll need to keep a balance between the two, the story and playing. Slightly leaning towards playing, though. I'm more of a nooboo to the sims 4 and really want to have my playing time.  ;D

I thought that was a neat way bringing yourself into the story. Your writing is great, if you ever feel you want a weird dynasty just bring in insane sims. I love insane sims.  :D

Thank you!  I'm considering insane for later generations. I need to have a little more experience with the game before I feel confident enough to handle those mood swings!  It'd definitely be fun to experiment with the trait though. :D
( I actually had to give Vera the insane trait (in a separate file) for this chapter's screenshots. The" Talk and Tell story to self" animations were very helpful  :)  )

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Chapter 5
« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2015, 06:24:19 AM »
Chapter 5: A Typical day at Oakenstead

Oakenstead, lunchtime

Um... Hi. Watcher speaking.
As mentioned before, Vera spoke to the guys during breakfast. At lunch, the questions continued.

Mitchel: Even the bathroom?
Vera: Umm... technically, yes. The watcher can see you everywhere, but won't zoom in on you while you're taking care of your, well, business, surely.
Mitchel: Still awkward.



Vera: Well, in case you had any more questions, you can ask the watcher directly.
Watcher: Yep.



Vera and Gavin get to spend some time together since Gavin took up mixology as a second hobby. It helps him get his mind off things when he's not writing. He's not the best mixologist, but he tries.



They're actually having a very pleasant conversation. But without the speech bubbles, it's hard to believe they're talking at all.

Vera: So, mixology, huh?
Gavin: Yup. Mixes well with writing.
Vera: Well, Gav, while I do appreciate your taste in clothes, I'd say that as a mixologist you should try new ones. Shopping trip, say, this weekend?
Gavin: Sounds good.



Watcher: Look! Here comes J. This is a great chance to make nice to him.
Vera: Are you sure about this?
Watcher: He looks happy enough.



Vera: He does. Okay, here goes.



Vera: Hey, J! I've been meaning to talk to you. How you doin'?
J: Doing just fine, thanks!
Vera: Great! How are you liking your new bedroom?
J: It's great.
Vera: Well, you tell me if you need anything, alright?



J: Aww, thank you! Shake hands?





J: Heh, sorry. Just trying to work some humor in. Hope it's alright.
Vera: *still shaking* Yeah, sure. Very funny. Look J, there's something I want to...



J: Oo, what's that over there?
Vera: What?



J: *Boo*!



Vera: Okay, I think I've made enough nice for today. This guy here doesn't look like he's letting go of his grudge anytime soon. Back to my tiered cake.

J is doing better. In fact, he's chosen a whole new aspiration, quit his job, and is feeling marvelous. He's learning a few skills here and there and most likely will be a jack in some trades, instead to sticking to a single career. ( aka: the Renaissance Sim aspiration ) That was him practicing his new skill: mischief. (  ;D  ) That will be one of his specialties, along with the athletic skill ( obviously ), and handiness. If he's going to go around the house pulling pranks breaking faucets, he might as well be the one repairing them.

Could you ever imagine him being so calm? He's completing his aspiration's first milestone, finishing three books.

( He's actually so calm I almost feel guilty for making him do this. But then again, reading is good for all people, right? Including J.  )



Watcher: Um... J? I think it's the faucet.
J: It is? Don't know watcher. All of this repairing stuff is really complicated. Plus, seeing how often these sinks break I'd say the problem stems from elsewhere. Ya know?
Watcher: Yeah, I can see that. You carry on.



Watcher: Upgrading the toilet, are you?
J: Yes.
Watcher: You sure that's the way to go? Whack the surface with your wrench and we have "Superior Flush"?
J: Watcher, would you mind? Trying to focus here.
Watcher: Okay, I'll leave you to it then.



And of course, he's been exercising as well. Alright, that's enough about him, I suppose.



Mitch seems to be getting better at fishing. He doesn't yell at the fishing pole anymore.



He even caught the angelfish we yearned for. 1/3 way there? ( As it appears, getting the fish is not the most difficult job. I'm more concerned about the deathflower. Not having much luck finding the cherry tree -- Edited to say: just got the cherry, all is well  :P )

Mitchel: Anglefish, huh?
Watcher: Yup! Great job.
Mitchel: Doesn't look like an angel.
Watcher: Well it's an angel fish. And it does look like a fish.
Mitchel: We're not getting anywhere with this conversation. Might as well put the fish in my back pocket, along with the 14 kilogram trout and 59 kilogram salmon.
Watcher: It's called an inventory.
 


Zoe has really gotten into gardening. She seems to enjoy what she's doing.

And at the moment, everything seems to be going quite smoothly at the Vitale Residence. No surprises, everyone's committed to their work. And...



... and whoaaa!! What do we have here?!



To be continued...

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Chapter 6
« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2015, 05:58:46 PM »
Chapter 6: A little bit of romance

... or maybe too much of it.

So we can't (publicly) discuss what's going on under those blankets, but surely, we can know about the people involved.

We'd have to go just a few seconds back..



When these young lovers decided to make use of the sole WooHooing object available in the house.

I would've bought them their own bed, but they were in a rush and Vera was at work, so they "borrowed" hers. Yes, I'm thinking, change of plans, we'll switch bedrooms and Vera will move her stuff out. This room makes a good couple's room, anyway.



This wasn't entirely out of the blue. They've been together for quite some time now. We've just failed to notice ( or mention  :P ) it.
Zoe: Watcher, would you mind? These are private affairs we're talking about.
Watcher: What are private affairs good for if I can't use them in the story?
Zoe: It's okay to talk about them, just let the right person do it.
Watcher: You want to tell your story? Well, you go ahead, Zoe.
Zoe: Thank you.

*clears throat* Well there was definitely chemistry between the two of us from the time that we first met. Which was a few days before we moved here. But none of us would make a move. That is, until we took a little trip to our hometown together.
Watcher: Hometown?
Oasis Springs. We went to the lounge. All of us went, except for Vera. She had to work.



The four of us talked a bit at the lounge, but then separated to take a walk around. I was planning for a nice evening together with Mitch, but let's just say I wasn't the only one looking for romance. J met Nina Caliente. He's not a romantic kind of person, but what he saw definitely caught his eye.
 


Let's not judge me for thinking that there's no future for them. Because I'm not the only one. From what J told me later, their suggestive conversation was interrupted by Nina's sister, Katrina, to warn her about falling for noncommittal guys.



Meanwhile, Gavin stayed in the building to practice mixing drinks.

Watcher: Hey, how you doin', Gav? Bartending?
Gavin: Yep! Linda here was kind enough to let me take her place for a few hours. She rocks, and says I'll be just as good with a little practice. She's very encouraging.





Watcher: The bar looks awfully deserted. Got any customers yet?
Gavin: I did at first, but most of them scattered after having one drink.



Gavin: ... or all of them.





Watcher: It doesn't mean you're not good. Keep going, Gavin. You're doing great.
Gavin: Aww, thanks, watcher. I'll ask Linda for tips.

But all of this wasn't the reason we came here.

I looked for the perfect romantic spot for me and Mitch, we sat down and talked as time flew by.



Was it time? I thought it was. After a long silence, looking deeply into each other's eyes, I held his hand and made my move, aiming for a gentle cuddle.



Mitch: Um... oh Zoe, I don't think...
Zoe: What, Mitch. I don't understand.
Mitch: Zoe, you're great. It's just that...um... I think the guys are waiting for us in the cab, to, go home, I guess? Oo, is it them? Not sure. Um well...



Zoe: Whatever, Mitch. I wasn't going for what you think anyway. I was just stretching my arms. Yep. Definitely stretching.



Rejection! Much to my ( and watcher's ) surprise, Mitchel was not at all ready for this.

We continued feeling awkward for the rest of our stay ( and for a few days after ).



We were all tired when we came home -- except for J, who was feeling particularly hopeful about his relationship with Nina.



The next two days were spent Mitch and I mostly avoiding each other. But we happened to go for brunch at the same time on the third day, so we got to chat.

Zoe: I'm gonna go look for the cherry tree in our old neighborhood. I think I miss our old place a little, do you?



Mitchel: I think I do. Care for some company?
Zoe: I'd love that.



And so we went together. Nope, no plans this time. I was just gonna go, find the tree, take the cutting, and go back. But apparently, not everything plays out as you thought it would.

Zoe: Here's the so-called "tree". Hmm, don't think I'll be getting any cuttings from this one.
Watcher: Apparently, you're supposed to hang out in the neighborhood for a while for it to grow. *shows guide page*



And so we did. We hung out in the park nearby. This time, it was Mitch who made the move that I wasn't by any means, anticipating.



Zoe: What are you doing, Mitch?
Mitchel: Oh just stretching. Hope it's alright.



Zoe: Stretching, huh? It's all kinds of alright, Mitch.

It was the perfect time, for the perfect first kiss.



Zoe: Oh, watcher, my bladder's suddenly so full. Any bathrooms nearby? Can't afford to have bladder failure tonight.
 
Watcher: Right on that, Zoe! There's a bar just across the street. You hang in there!
Zoe: Will try!



I made it to the bar...



Went inside...



And after using the bathroom and freshening up in the mirror, I went straight back to Mitch.

Zoe: Mitch, I hope you don't find me too forward for doing this.
Mitchel: Doing what?





( Okay, so yes, they had their "first kiss", first, but let's skip that and keep Zoe's really cool move  :P )

Mitch: Oh, Zoe! I 'm so glad you "brought that up". Because I was just about to ask you, will you be my girlfriend?



Zoe: Are you kidding me? Of course I will.

Watcher: Oh, there's all that goofy romance I wanted to avoid.
Zoe:Let us have this moment, will you watcher?
Watcher: Sure.



And so, there it was. The perfect night. We capped it off with a kiss back home under the full moon.



Watcher: It was lovely of you to tell the story, Zoe.
Zoe: Welcome watcher. *runs off to browse wedding dresses online*

She does seem to be in a rush. Unlike her boyfriend, who wants to take his time. ( This is definitely not a one-sided relationship. They both have been popping whims to talk to each other from the start. But ever since they've gotten romantically involved, it's Zoe who's popping all the wishes. First, it's "First Kiss with Mitch", then "Go steady with Mitch" and then "Get engaged to guess who, Mitchel". Mitch's whims are just about hanging with J and Gavin, at the moment. He's a great guy but I guess he's not ready just yet) Who am I listening to, then? Definitely her. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a wedding to plan.

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Re: The Vitale Immortal Dynasty, Chapter 6: A Little Bit Of Romance
« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2015, 03:26:18 AM »
Aww, this is so good. I love Zoe and Mitch's budding romance, how cool.  Your characterization of J is cracking me up, poor guy seems like there isn't too much going on up top. lol
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