Author Topic: The Power of Blood: The Doran Immortal Dynasty - 20: It's a Sad World (11/15)  (Read 20907 times)

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IDC's are so weird with loss.  Early on, it's heartbreaking, but as you get towards the tail end, it becomes morbidly required to clear space.
I loved the moment when the pollinators were just chatting about how the family had messed up on how pollination was done, but whatever.  Funny stuff!  Little bits like that with peripheral characters just creates so much more depth in a story!
The wedding was lovely, as I'm sure you'll read in many more comments, and I can't wait to see the beautiful nooboo(s) that Niall and Aurora produce!  Such excellent genes!

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@Shewolf13 You know, that's what kept me from doing an Immortal Dynasty for the longest time. Having to have sims fall in love and say goodbye to their life loves...It's hard. I get so attached to my sims.

@PeregrineTook I don't know, I think it's always sad, even when it's necessary  ;D I'm a huge softie when it comes to losing my sims. I totally goofed on the household size, though, so it was just kind of a waiting game for the pollinators to go, for a bit there.

Chapter 17: The First Immortal

Aislin: SoÖcloudsÖclouds are cool.

Yuki: Youíre not very good at this, are you?

Aislin: At what?

Yuki: Socializing.

Aislin: Oh, definitely not. Iím probably the most awkward sim in existence.

Yuki: Thatís okay, Iím more into video games than I am socializing.

Aislin: Oh yeah? Thatís pretty cool. I like going on trips and adventures, mostly.

Yuki: Huh. Well, I guess thatís cool, too.

Aislin: SoÖfriends?

Yuki: Sure.

Aislin: Good friends?

Yuki: Yeah, okay, why not.

Aislin: Best friends?

Yuki: Youíre kind of pushing it, but Iíll give. Sure. We can be best friends.

Aislin: Oh thank goodness!

Diego: Aw, forgotten birthday. Itís better this way, but still sad.

Niall: Moving on up! Mixing drinks! Mixing drinks is much more fun than cooking. I got all the moves!

Niall: Can you tell Iím throwing a party right now? No, you cannot. But I am, and itís just gone gold! A little boogie time to celebrate, I think so.

Zoe: Iíve heard youíre cloud gazing with everyone these days.

Aislin: Well, yeah. Itís a bit easier than talkingÖ

Zoe: Itís nice. Nice dress, too, by the way.

Aislin: Oh, thank you!

Zoe: We can be friends.

Aislin: Another thank you!

Diego: Look at you, surrounded by elders. We should start our own club.

Aislin: Hey, not long now until I catch up to you.

Diego: Oooo, sheís got a comeback now.

Aislin: Itís a defense mechanism to mask the fact that Iím very nervous.

Diego: Aw, sweetie, everythingís going to be fine, youíll see.

Aislin: And, just a bit moreÖthisíll keep me distracted for another day or twoÖ

Aislin: Ha! Another aspiration completed. Thatís good, thatís goodÖwhat now?

Diego: Iíve got a good way to distract you.

Aislin: Oh, honey, you always know just what I need.

Diego: Are you ready? Todayís the day.

Aislin: I know. I canít believe I made itÖwell, almost. I shouldnít jinx it.

Diego: Hey, no worrying remember?

Aislin: Right. Oh, youíre too good to me.

Diego: Never, ma coeur. Iím exactly as good as you deserve.

Niall: Woohoo, go mom! Blow out those candles! You did it!

Aislin: Oh god, oh god, oh god, here I go!

Bella: Right behind you!

Aislin: Annnnddddd, age appropriate shirt now, just going to check my friends list quickly to make sure everyoneís still alive. Yep! Oh wow, itís time.

Aislin: Oh, this room is cool. I havenít gotten to see it yet. Bit formal. Am I underdressed for this?

Aislin: Wow. So, this is ambrosia. Somehow, itís everything I expected, and so much more. I canít believe Iím here. I canít believeÖI did it. I got us past the first generation. JustÖjust wow.

Congrats to Aislin!

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omw!  Congrats!  To both you and Aislin ^^ I always found the first generation the craziest/hardest.  My time management can be- iffy XD So congrats.  Hehehe, love Niall.  He's really growing on me hehehe  --sigh-- And Diego is still awesome. 

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Congratulations to you and to Aislin!  Such a great accomplishment (and such a nifty looking museum space!  Very classy!

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Wahoooo! Congratulations, Aislin! You did it! And that collection. Wow! It's beautiful and no doubt insanely valuable.
I'm so happy and excited I'm not even going to think about the fact that everyone (including Diego) eldered up this chapter. Nope. Just going to stare at the pretty museum exhibit and be happy.
Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

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Whoops, I disappeared for a hot minute.

@Shewolf13 Thank you! I'm a huge micro-manager, so thankfully I had that on my side for the first generation, but it was definitely frantic for a minute there when I wasn't sure if Aislin would get both her aspirations done!

@PeregrineTook Thank you! I'm glad you like the museum space :D I'm always nervous about my building/designs.

@FrancescaFiori Thank you :D Yeah, the treasures certainly add up. I thought about trying for more different types of treasure, but she'd already been on so many different trips, I didn't want to take time away from the other requirements. I think it came out quite nicely! And yes, let's ignore the age of everyone >> Certainly no other elders around here.

Chapter 18: Soulmates and Skilling

Niall: So, whatís it like?

Aislin: Hm?

Niall: Ambrosia, immortalityÖ? Whatís it like?

Aislin: Oh! Right, of course. ItísÖstrange. The ambrosia itself is an experience I donít think I could describeóhappiness, it tastes like happiness. But immortalityÖIím done with all of my requirements, but for some reason I feel this weight upon me.

Niall: Thatís real heavy, moms. You donít regret any of this, do you?

Aislin: Not for a second, not at all. I wouldnít have you or your father if it werenít for this. All I ever wanted was a family, and not only did I get to have a traditional family, but Iím going to get to stay with generations of my family forever.

Niall: Not to sound stupid or anything, butÖI mean, I know your my mom so you kind of have to love me, butÖitís worth it? Iím worth it?

Aislin: Oh, sweetie. I love you so much. Youíre my own flesh and bloodóyouíre worth the world to me.

Niall: Aw, man, momsÖdonít make me cry.

Niall: -sniff- Be cool, be cool. The moms is just waxing poetic in her immortality, donít lose your awesome over some real touching words.

Bella: All right, plant, you listen up!

J: Yeah! Weíve got something to say, and youíre going to hear it!

Bella: A piece of our minds to give you!

J: Yeah!

Bella: ÖWeíre really old, arenít we?

J: YeahÖ

Niall: All right, gotta get some inspired essences up in here, so I can totally slay this career!

Diego: Maybe I should consider a less terrifying hobby.


Diego: All I hear is you loving me, ma coeur! Loving me fiercely!

Diego: This is much more like it. Aislin canít have a problem with this.

Aislin: I have a better idea for your next hobby, sweetie.

Diego: Oh? What would that be?

Aislin: Well, Iím immortal, so the best friends requirement is over. How about we do soulmates?

Diego: I thought youíd never ask.

Aislin: I love you so much.

Diego: Wait, hold on! Is that the first 100% free, completely not vague or implied ĎI love youí Iíve gotten from you?

Aislin: Just shut up and take it before I tense up.

Diego: Oh, Iíll take every moment I can get with you. For this day and every other we have together.

Diego: Isnít this a little dangerous, though? I thought I wasnít allowed any more near-death experiences.

Aislin: Shhh, if you get uncomfortable, Iíll send you to bed. For now, letís enjoy this.

Diego: You donít have to tell me twice, love of my life.

Aurora: Red plumbobs are not a style, I should not have one, but Iím just going to keep plucking away on this keyboard until I can write books of life.

Aislin: I know swimming too much can give a bad moodlet, but itís nice for now, isnít it?

Diego: Iím certainly not complaining about seeing you in more revealing clothing, thatís for sure.

Aislin: Oh, you!

Aurora: Ooo, youíre close to a high score!

Aislin: Thatís right! You donít run out of things to do and start playing darts obsessively and not get good at it.

Shanaya: -butlers seriously-

Aurora: SoÖthatís a dirty counter.

Shanaya: -butlering!-

Niall: You know I love you, right? And that youíre the most awesome part of my life? You havenít forgotten that?

Aurora: Of course not!

Niall: Oh, good. I donít deserve you.

Aislin: Itís been a good life, hasnít it? A pretty good one.

Raj: Relax, itís been great. Weíre all playing games all day long, itís all good.

Aislin: I hope so. Iíd hate to think anyone regretted being a part of thisÖ

Raj: No way, donít even think it.

Niall: And weíve all got boogie fever, Ďcause Niallís got them sick beats!

Niall: All right, Iím gonna show you how this is done. Bowling for the awesome is a very serious business.

Diego: Is it?

Niall: Yes. And it would benefit from being fully clothed.

Aislin: Shhhh.

Raj: -grunt- I thought we were playing games now. -grunt- But nooooo, now I have to upgrade another rocket for a last minute aspiration. -grunt- Why me?

Niall: Promotion achieved, booyah. Whoís the best? Iím the best. This career is mine.

Aislin: ZzzzzÖso many gamesÖZzzZzzzz

Aislin: There we go, something productive to do! Iím useful again.

Aislin: -sparkles-

Raj: Um, why are you sparkling?

Aislin: Iím a super parent! I seem to have gone into full parent mode.

Raj: But, Iím not your child.

Aislin: Do not question the sparkling.

Raj: Yes, maíam.

Bella: And you have to make sure to check the babies every hour, because they are very needy.

Aurora: I appreciate the parenting tips, mom, but do you need to give them to me in your towel?

Bella: No time to waste if we want you to max parenting!

Niall: And more boogie tió

Bella: Niall, get over here!

Niall: Wha-?

Bella: Now buckle in, itís your turn for parenting tips.

Niall: Oh, okay. I can jive with that. Thanks for changing.

Bella: Yes, well, if itíll help you pay attention.

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Bahahahahahaha! Man, Diego and Aislin are just amazing.  I don't even wanna think about- later.  I may bawl like a baby XD And Niall and Aurora are just too cute!  Missed you around here, rika!

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Loved how we got a little "check in time" with all of the elders in this one.  The clock is ticking for everyone except Aislin.  Loved how carefully she was handling Diego and managing his mood and such.  Pretty adorable!
Looking forward to more from this lovely family now that you've made your triumphant return  ;=)

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Heya, I just wanted to pop in now that I have a [very] quick second and let everyone know that I haven't disappeared/died/forgotten about y'all! I am experiencing a bit of a life hiccup at the moment and really missing both my game and the community. I haven't even been able to read stories because I have no time at all :( But this story is not going to die, I promise!

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Heya, I just wanted to pop in now that I have a [very] quick second and let everyone know that I haven't disappeared/died/forgotten about y'all! I am experiencing a bit of a life hiccup at the moment and really missing both my game and the community. I haven't even been able to read stories because I have no time at all :( But this story is not going to die, I promise!
Real life always comes first and we'll be here waiting for you when you come back.  Hope things smooth out/become more manageable/get better soon!

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It happens to all of us!  I had something similar happen for a few months.  Just take your time.  Hope everything works out for you, Rika!

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Hellooooooo and welcome back to another chapter!

I really appreciate y'all being patient with me<3 Things are settling down in what has been a really hectic past few months, and I've had some time to mourn the loss of my Yoshida Legacy, so I'm finally feeling ready to jump back into things! I've got a ton of posts to catch up on, like oh my goodness. I'm a little embarrassed to tell you how many posts worth of pictures I have saved on my hard drive(all beautifully organized into folders of ~25 images each, labelled 'post 1', 'post 2', 'post 3', etc.) but the good news there is that we have a lot of material to go through! It's so nice to be writing again. I'm binge writing and saving posts on my hard drive so I have them ready to go in case I have a down week, haha.

I'm going to try to ease back into things with about 1-3 posts per week, depending on mood and energy levels, but at least 1 post per week. :) Again, thank you so much for being patient and supportive, I really appreciate it!

Some belated remarks:

@Shewolf13 I'm still just so glad people like Diego and Aislin! ;D They're just so cute to me, and I love them so much. Oh, definitely don't think about that! Not that I know what you're alluding to--there's certainly nothing to worry about or think about or anything like that. Nope, not at all. Everything's fine here, why would you ask?

@PeregrineTook Aw, yay, yes check in time with the elders was fun. They don't do a whole lot now, so they don't get a lot of screen time, but I really am very fond of them--their presence is rather comforting.

Chapter 19: Goodbyes and New Beginnings

Aurora: A truly captivating subject to paint a portrait of. But Iíd better not let him hear me say it, or Iíll never hear the end of it.

Diego: This, ma coeur, this moment is worth the entire world to me.

Aislin: DiegoÖIÖ

Diego: Shh. Itís all right, you have nothing to fear.

Aislin: Thatís not true, Ió

Diego: No, ma coeur. Do not speak of such things.

Aislin: -giggles- What are you doing, stop! Oh!

Diego: -grins- I will always be here whenever you are in need of cheering up.

Aislin: Always?

Diego: Always.

Aislin: Deep breaths. Everythingís okay. Iím not panicking. Oh, oh, wait, thereís a panic. No, no, breathe. No panicking.

Niall: This part of the master plan isnít as exciting. Wait, is any of it exciting? The look on the moms face will be.

Raj: Are you nervous?

Diego: No, I do not think I am.

Raj: I amÖ

Diego: We must face the challenges of the world with bravery, Raj. There is no real other option.

Aislin: -sighs happily- I canít remember the last time I got to sleep, let alone beside my husband.

Niall: -coughs violently-

Aurora: -giggles- That isnít doing much for your cool guy pretense.

Niall: Hey! Itís not a pretense. I am, in fact, a cool guy.

Niall: You all right, moms?

Aislin: I am deeply regretting my decision to live more authentically and not rally the troops so much.

Raj: AkiraÖare youÖokay?

Akira: Fine, why do you ask?

Diego: You look like you spent a week in an industrial freezer, thatís why.

Akira: OhÖ

Raj: Bubble blower newbies.

Aislin: Is it time for this again already? Iím not complaining, this is divine.

Akira: Ready?

Raj: As Iíll ever be.

Raj: Here goes nothing!

Akira: Right behind you!

Diego: Ma coeurÖyouíre crying.

Aislin: I justÖItís all so overwhelming. Raj and Akira at the same time. AndÖand it only meansÖ

Diego: Shh. Itíll be all right.

Aislin: It wonít!

Diego: Trust me, ma coeur. Have I steered you wrong yet?

Aislin: WellÖno. No, I suppose you havenít.

Diego: Good. Just remember that.

Niall: Sup moms!

Aislin: Darling, I, um, I wanted toÖ

Niall: What?

Aislin: ErrÖ

Bella: Well, I suppose the awkward does pass from mother to son.

Niall: It was really weird, she just kept babbling at me and making no sense at all.

Aurora: Really, sweetie? You really didnít get it?

Niall: Get what?

Aurora: Come here, Iíll explain itÖ


Aurora: Youíre adorable.

Aurora: Guess what!

Diego: I donít like to play guessing games, theyíre generally rather embarrassing.

Aurora: Oh, well, youíre going to be a grandfather.

Diego: Yes! Fantastic!

J: No, thatís cool, weíll all just forget that Iím here. I think Iíll take a little snooze.

Aurora: Mmm, this is a good song.

Diego: Quite invigorating, Iíd say!

Aurora: This part of pregnancy, though, I do not enjoy.

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Eeeee! There's gonna be a Niarora boo! Can't wait! Except --sniffle--

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I'm so very sorry to hear about your Yoshida Legacy!  I wanted to comment but it got sent to the Graveyard before I realized what was happening.
Just want you to know that I'd been planning to offer sending you Ayato as a "legacy love of sorts" when you returned to your Yoshida Legacy.
Best wishes with your immortal dynasty!

And, just in case you didn't know, this forum's Challenge Team will be unveiling a new multi-gen challenge next month. ;D

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@Shewolf13 Yes, Niarora boo(omg I love that they have a ship name, you have no idea how happy that makes me) incoming! Not quite yet, but I think next post :D

@oshizu Oh geez *sniffle* To think that catastrophe made me miss out on having Ayato for my very you think maybe in the future I will ever do anything to be worthy of such a reward again?


And here we go...deep's all gonna be okay. Just remember, we're ripping the bandaid off here.

Chapter 20: Itís a Sad World

Diego: Whatís that? Oh, yes, of course. At least Iím going out in style.

Aislin: Diego? Diego? No! No, please, no!

Bella: Oh, Aislin, Iím so sorryÖ

Aislin: I canít, oh god, this hurtsÖthis hurts so much.

Niall: IÖhave a feeling I shouldnít go inside right now.

Aislin: The bed just isnít the same without you. Oh, DiegoÖ

Aurora: What do I do? I want to help, but I donít know how to make any of this better.

J: I now suddenly feel incredibly guilty for being an active sim.

J: HeyÖ

Aislin: -sighs- Hi.

J: How are you holding up?

Aislin: To be honest? Not well. Not well, at all.

J: Iím sorry. Iím sure heíll be back to visit soon, though.

Aislin: I hope so.

Bella: Sweetie, I know this hurts, but itíll get easier.

Aislin: I donít know that I want it to get easier. It doesnít seem fair, or right, that this pain eases.

Bella: But it has to, Diego would want it. He wouldnít want you to spend the rest of your immortality mourning.

Aislin: I know, I knowÖI justÖ

Bella: It isnít over, Aislin. It isnít goodbye, not forever, not really.

Aislin: What do you mean?

Bella: I canít say more right now, but I just couldnít watch you hurting so much any longer.

Aislin: Iím still sad, but I have to say, the hope Bella gave me is helping. I know that I made a promise when I started this, I know the deal I made, and Iím going to uphold it.

Niall: Sad boogie tunes. Wait, my phoneís ringing?

Niall: Pops! Itís you!

Diego: Of course it is. What did you expect?

Niall: Why are you so uncomfortable, though?

Diego: You didnít notice what room I was walking toward when I died? No, I shanít tell, itís not a very elegant way to go.

Niall: How about a few heartfelt compliments to cheer you up, then?

Diego: There we go!

Niall: Youíre a super baller shade of green now, pops!

Niall: The moms is really cut up about you leaving, you know. You really should have called her up instead of me.

Diego: Son, I just couldnít. It would hurt her too much to see me so soon after my departure, it would refresh the pain in a way I couldnít justify putting her through just for my own selfish need to see her.

Niall: Super chill explanation.

Diego: I love you, son, Iím so glad I got to see you again. Thanks for taking my call.

Niall: Aw, pops, youíre gonna make me cry! I love you too!

Niall: The popster is tired, I see. Rest well, youíve earned it.

Diego: Hehe, fooled him. Donít fret for me, dear ones. My life has been long and filled with joy.

Aurora: More strawberries, of course. At least this smock covers my baby bump well!

Aislin: -sobs quietly-

Niall: MomsÖyouíve gotta stop crying. Youíre breaking my heart.

Aislin: Iím sorry, sweetie. I really am. Iím trying.

Niall: I told you, heís doing really well, and he misses you a ton. He said heíll come visit you real soon, too.

Aislin: He will? He said that?

Niall: Of course!

Aurora: Hmmm, what to paint, what to paintÖOh god, Iím so uncomfortable, I donít know if I can paint today.


RIP Diego. You were an amazing sim, full of life and color and happiness, and you really made a difference in Aislin's life. We're all going to miss you.