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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 45 (3 March 2017)
« Reply #200 on: March 03, 2017, 10:48:16 PM »
Chapter 46 - Glamping



"I was worried, after all that, that it wouldn't happen. I was starting to think it would never happen. But it did, first go. Congratulations, Gerald, you're going to be a father!"

Gerald wasn't quite as excited about this as his wife was. He knew it was necessary, of course - he was just grateful he didn't have to carry the child.

"That's great news, Harley!" he replied, with as much enthusiasm as could be expected. "I know just how to celebrate, too!"

"We could go to one of those new Restaurants in town?" Harley suggested.



"A restaurant? Don't be silly, Harley. There's no such thing. We're going camping!" said Gerald. "We've all been so mopey lately, since Dad…anyways, a real getaway will do us good."

"Camping? But that's not one of the new packs?" Harley asked. "We've always had access to that one."

Her husband seemingly ignored this remark. "Yes, is this Granite Falls bookings? Yes, this is Gerald Morven. I would like to hire the Lakeside Retreat for one night, please."



"Ugh, camping," groaned Iris. This was definitely not her idea of a good time.

"I dunno, Mom," said Rose. "This hardly counts as camping. I don't even think 'glamping' begins to cover it."

"How am I going to get breakthroughs here?" asked Edith.

"Oh come on you two, have a bit of optimism," said Henry, addressing his sister and his grandmother. "This will be fun!"



"Well, the kitchen isn't bad," said Iris, after she'd whipped up some franks and beans for everyone.

"Again, Mom, this hardly counts as camping," Rose replied.

"We're only here because Gerald needs the woodworking schematic," Harley muttered.

"See," said Gerald, ignoring her. "This is just what we need! A nice, family getaway before the baby arrives."

Rose suddenly perked up. "Baby?" she asked.

"Baby?" Chimo echoed, cutely.

Edith groaned.



After a good night's sleep, everyone sets out the next morning to enjoy a little bit of what Granite Falls has to offer.

Rose was still feeling down about losing her soulmate, but the fresh air, it seemed, did wonders for her.



Gerald, of course, did the thing he came here to do, and examined the camping mascot thoroughly.



After a while, he was rather confident he would be able to sculpt one, or ten, of them.



And so he headed back to camp to spend the rest of the day playing horseshoes.



Iris spent the better part of the morning trying to pretend she was anywhere but here.



Perhaps the two sims who get the most out of their Saturday in the woods were Chimo and Henry.

Chimo decided to get a good start on the family's collections. He didn't find anything particularly rare, but he caught some bees without getting stung, and some ladybugs.



He went looking for frogs.



He also met a bear. He didn't like the bear very much, though.

"If you try to attack me," he said, "my brother Gerald will beat you up! Just like he beat up death!"



But his big brother, Henry, had no interest in beating the bear up. He just wanted to make friends.



In fact you could say that while Chimo was busy collecting, well, collectibles - Henry was running around the campground collecting acquaintances.



"Acquaintances."



By the end of the day, he'd actually managed to meet 10 sims he'd never met before, and he was ready to go home and slay the rest of the Friend of the World aspiration.



Which was just as well, because Iris had been more than ready to head home hours ago. Camping really wasn't her thing.



When they returned to Windenberg, it was back to work for just about everyone.

Chimo, with help from Rose, made quick work of the Whiz Kid aspiration requirements. Now all he needed was an 'A' in school, which he would hopefully earn next week.



On to rambunctious scamp! Ironically, this aspiration seems to involve more time sitting still at the computer than any of the others. But, it's quick and easy, so Chimo accomplishes this one easily as well.



Gerald also hunkered down to get to work on his own ambrosia requirements. Now that he had the woodworking schematic he needed, he hoped to make quick work of his museum items, and his handiness skill, before toddlerhood was upon them again.



Though it didn't seem it, Rose's provision of moral support was incredibly helpful.



"Evening, BMO," cried Edith cheerily, greeting her old friend in the basement.

Edith breathed a deep sigh of satisfied relief. The camping trip had been fun, but it was so good to be back in the lab.

Gerald had given her a list of things to make, most of which would assist him, it seemed, in his quest for world domination. She wondered how much she really wanted to help him, but she wouldn't ever be one to back down from a challenge, either. Most of it was pretty par-for-the-course.



A simray capable of mind control. A satellite dish to prevent further undesired abductions, and to paint the whole town red. A cloning device would be useful, and she also recalled a small handful of serums that Gerald had requested; need fixer, spark drive, ox strength. She'd added wormhole generator to the list herself, for she of course hoped to visit Sixam herself one day. Maybe when he was a bit older, she would take Chimo with her?

All of this would be relatively easy, and relatively harmless even in the hands of Gerald Morven. And Chimo was totally on board with helping her to collect all the ingredients she would need to craft most of these things.



It was the last item on the list that had Edith worried. He'd mentioned it before, but she hadn't really thought he was being serious about it. If she did invent one of those for him, an item of highly questionable legality, and very dangerous, the results could be devastating.

And yet, it lingered. Niggled away at the back of her mind. Could she do it? It would test her inventive and scientific capabilities to the limit - a challenge she would not readily turn down.



She pulled out her drawing board and began to draw.
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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 46 (4 March 2017)
« Reply #201 on: March 04, 2017, 12:40:34 AM »
Congrats to Harley and Gerald! Oh, oh, oh, another nooboo/toddler on the horizon!

The Granite Falls seemed pretty fun and productive for everyone except Iris.
Good thing she brought her meditation stool! I loved that Henry ran around and made all 10 acquaintances.
I'm looking forward to hearing about his progress with Friends of the World! He really does seem to be living the life: loving, socializing, not-working, hehe.

Watch out, Gerald's getting down to bizness! Churn out those camping mascots! He really has matured, it seems.
And what's this new mystery about what Edith has been tasked to invent?

Hey, and why are you even posting? Here, I thought you were off shaking your groove thing on a Mardi Gras float!

P.S. I'm so happy that you're back and continuing this great story!  ;D



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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 46 (4 March 2017)
« Reply #202 on: March 06, 2017, 12:36:30 PM »
Your Mardi Gras plans sounded amazing! I'm so jealous. I hope you had a fantastic time!

No such thing as restaurants, Gerald? LOL! That cracked me up.

Loved Chimo and Henry's simultaneous collecting. They are both quite adorable in their own ways.

You named your invention constructor BMO! That's so awesome! *jumps up and down* Now, what could you be making, Edith?

I'm wildly flattered that you might be borrowing the insane sim/Watcher connection thing from my story. Wildly! I mean, your story is obviously very much your own and you're doing your own unique thing with it, but my ego is very thoroughly stroked by the reference. :)

So excited for the nooboo! Hooray!

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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 46 (4 March 2017)
« Reply #203 on: March 07, 2017, 05:55:53 AM »
@oshizu Honestly, I am so glad you brought up doing friend of the world with him. After he did the introductions part, he practically auto-completed it to Milestone 4. Basically. I had to take him elsewhere so later when Gerald and Harley went on a date (will show up in story soon) he 'met someone new' in a third location. Now all he needs is to max Charisma, but I think he's at level 9 anyways, so it'll surely happen. I don't think his working on the aspiration will ever feature in the story again. He's also done Serial Romantic and Leader of the Pack so yes, lots and lots of Potions of Youth from him! I've shuffled my aspirations-for-heirs plans so that everyone can do Leader of the Pack at some point - it's another easy one!

After all the writing Rose did, the camping mascot feels almost too easy.

@FrancescaFiori Mardi Gras was awesome! It was my sixth time in the parade with my Dad, but the first time my sister came with us, so that was pretty special. :) Also it actually didn't rain too badly, so that was a plus!

Yes, I reference lots of fun cartoons in this. Steven Universe, MLP:FIM, now Adventure Time! BMO felt like the best name for an invention constructor.

And oh yes, the watcher connection thing is definitely inspired by your story, but I am glad you appreciate the different way I'm using the idea. Still, never would have happened without your Catherine/Thaddeus. :)

I'm very excited for the nooboo myself! Gen 4 is kind of halfway, right?


EDIT: Might take some time for me to post the next update. I usually write/work in OneNote and then paste the chapters here, but OneNote crashed and refused to open, then suggested I clear the cache to solve the problem. Which resulted in all of my chapters getting wiped from OneNote. Most of them are here anyways, I think I only had one and a partial chapter ready to post, but I am still very frustrated. :(
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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 46 (4 March 2017)
« Reply #204 on: March 07, 2017, 03:45:47 PM »
@Whirligig
I only started using OneNote at a friend's suggestion when I started my first RDC. I'm sorry and shocked about the loss of your many, many chapters!
Do you have new plans for saving your work? OneDrive? I've been resisting saving my text updates, but maybe it's time to consider options.

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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 46 (4 March 2017)
« Reply #205 on: March 07, 2017, 06:55:24 PM »
Ouch, I use Google Drive.  It saves every time you type, and its online.  So if your computer misbehaves you're still good!

I'm going to read this, too, just so you know.  I'll be back to comment when I'm caught up.
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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 46 (4 March 2017)
« Reply #206 on: March 08, 2017, 03:29:17 AM »
Thanks @oshizu and @wfgodot . The notebook wasn't actually saved on my computer - it was saved on OneDrive, and I'm wondering if that was part of the problem? It looks like some of the chapters are still there - I'm guessing mainly the older ones. They just take their sweet time to load. The latest one is definitely gone, but I'm thinking I may keep the notebook on my hard drive for a while. I tried copying the notebook section to a new notebook on my hard drive but it's saying it hasn't synced yet. It's now had since I posted last night to sync so I don't really know what's going on. :-/

I use Google Drive as well, and it works a charm as long as I'm working in my browser, but when I try to use Google Drive with MS Word or Excel, well, Microsoft and Google don't exactly get along. OneNote is great for having sections so I can quickly flip back and forth between chapters, I just drag pictures in from file explorer, etc.

Also, wonderful to have you on board, wfgodot! :) Take your time, there's a lot of chapters...
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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 46 (4 March 2017)
« Reply #207 on: March 14, 2017, 07:09:17 PM »
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I am patiently awaiting an onslaught of Gerald/Harley's toddler spam...

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Re: The Morven Family Dynasty - Chapter 46 (4 March 2017)
« Reply #208 on: March 16, 2017, 05:06:45 AM »
I just spent the last week reading through all of your chapters, and I'm absolutely hooked. I love the way you add so much character and depth to your Sims. I care for them just like any characters I would read about. I can't wait to read more!