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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (June 1)
« Reply #50 on: June 06, 2019, 06:51:06 PM »
The Landgraabs, Curiouses, and Gotharios 4

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The next person I visited was Malcolm. No one came to the door when I arrived, but I could hear people shouting and screaming at the back. Alarmed, I hurried in.

The Landgraabs

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Siobhan had set herself and the dryer on fire, but luckily Morgan and Dominic had the situation under control. "First thing, I'm going to make that dryer lint-less," Malcolm told me later, when everything had calmed down.

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He's been busy working on his Fabulous Fortune aspiration. Harvesting plants is a big money-maker -- if he can get to them before Moira does.

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He's also found that going through pockets in the laundry hamper can yield a fair amount of ready change. "And it's not just simoleons I find," he told me. "Sterling left a llamacorn in his pocket one day. That thing's worth real money."

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Last but not least, Malcolm has taken up painting as a hobby. "So far I'm not making much of a profit," he complained. "Sure, I make a few hundred simos from a landscape, but if I took up making vet treats, I'd have a tenfold return on my investment."
"How is the family doing?" I asked.

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"Morgan's great," he said. "We became best friends the other day.

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"To celebrate, we decided to take the closet for a spin..."
"You don't need to go into details," I tried to forestall him.

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"No, this is funny. Anyway, Moira heard the noises from the hallway and came in to investigate. Luckily she left before we emerged. Otherwise, it might have been embarrassing.

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"I sometimes think it might be better if it were just the three of us. The others all contribute something to the effort, but we don't get a lot of privacy. On the other hand, there's always someone around to answer Sterling's questions.

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"We did get away from most of the family on Sun & Fun Day," said Malcolm. "Siobhan tagged along, but she let us use the water slide on our own.

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"Morgan cleaned up some of the messes that the kids had made, we had some barbecue, and then we went home."
To my surprise, Malcolm didn't have any special requests. He said they wouldn't be able to get a pet because the house was full, but they'd look into it if there was ever more room. And he thought it was great that people could get a reward when they finished an aspiration.

The Curiouses

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By contrast, it was very peaceful at the Curious brothers'. I visited on Saturday, so Vidcund and Pascal didn't have to work. Lazlo didn't start work until evening. I asked Vidcund how his little ones were doing.

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They're toddlers now, he told me. Brendon Rosa is still clumsy when it comes to walking.

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Nikita Haas likes to hide in the tall grass.

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I told Pascal about Bob Newbie's idea that children should be given pets when they get an A.
"Funny you should mention that," he said, as he went to open the front door. Someone from the animal shelter arrived, bringing a kitten for Cosma. "She came home with an A average yesterday.

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"In our other life -- in Strangetown, you understand -- she had a gray kitten, but this was as close as I could get. We're naming her Enigma."

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A few days later, Pascal sent me a picture. "Enigma's grown up now. Although she likes Cosma, it seems like I'm the one she imprinted on. She's very affectionate, which makes up for being mischievous and talkative. Not that we mind those qualities much. It's kind of fun, being able to ask her for a 'song.' As long as she doesn't wake us up, we're okay with it."

The Gotharios

It's still a bit hectic here, so you might want to wait until they're a little older, Cassandra wrote to me.

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Cornelia became a child, after maxing imagination, thinking, and movement, clever girl.

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And Claudia soon followed, with her three skills of imagination, movement, and communication. Both of them are self-assured, and why shouldn't they be? They already have a good friend at school -- each other.

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I thought that I would feel sad when they left for school the first time, but to be honest, I felt like I was finally free to pursue my creative endeavors -- violin, of course, but also painting. I've been promoted at work (and so has Don).

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Last but not least, I've finished writing my first song, "Willow Willow Crick." It's a folk song about the town, but also a bit of a tribute to you, dear Willow. It's based on the sound the rain makes when pattering through the leaves.

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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (June 6)
« Reply #51 on: June 06, 2019, 09:23:18 PM »
Aw I love the overall concept of this story! It's absolutely wonderful, I wished I had a Willow around to hand out some money! :P
I absolutely love the Newbies story, it's so sweet! I also love how Cassandra and Don got together, they make such a cute couple.



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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (June 6)
« Reply #52 on: June 10, 2019, 03:38:46 PM »
Aw I love the overall concept of this story! It's absolutely wonderful, I wished I had a Willow around to hand out some money! :P
I absolutely love the Newbies story, it's so sweet! I also love how Cassandra and Don got together, they make such a cute couple.
Glad you're enjoying it!
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (June 6)
« Reply #53 on: June 10, 2019, 03:40:03 PM »
The Strauds 4

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I ran into Vladislaus in Hare Park. He was playing a new song, rather sad-sounding, and Alexander Goth was listening to him while some rather rude young man was playing a game on his phone. Vladislaus caught my eye, and I could tell he wanted me to wait until he was finished. "The name of that song was Farewell, Jacques," he said to his listeners (a few more people had stopped and even given him tips) when he was finished. To me, he said, "I need to talk."
"I take it that Jacques Villareal has died?" I said.
"Correct," said Vladislaus, "but let me tell it the way it happened."

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"I think I'll always remember him dancing with Celeste," he began. "The two of them were so happy together.

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"I heard a cry from Hugo's room, and hurried in there. I saw at once that Jacques had collapsed, and I motioned to Luna to take Celeste to bed and keep her there.

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"The Grim Reaper moves very quietly -- did you know that?" he asked.
I shook my head.

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Vladislaus continued, "I felt an icy presence at my shoulder and pulled my hands away from my eyes.

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"Even though I felt no great fondness for Jacques and he had lived a long full life, I seemed compelled to plead for him. 'Everyone's upset,' I said to him. 'Why don't you give them a break and come back later?'

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"To my surprise, the Reaper acceded to my request. 'Sure thing, mate,' he said. 'Always happy to do a favor for another immortal.'

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"Jacques didn't live long. Another hour or two, perhaps.
I followed the Reaper downstairs. When he finished with Jacques, I spoke to him.
'What did you mean by calling me an immortal?' I whispered.
'Birthday cakes don't work for you. Am I right?' he said.
I nodded.
'Then unless you get struck by lightning or crushed by a lava bomb, you're pretty much guaranteed never to die.' " Vladislaus paused.
"Oh dear," I said.
"I've been trying to digest that ever since, along with everything else that's been going on," said Vladislaus.
"Such as...?"

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"Well, everyone was grief-stricken," said Vladislaus. "Celeste pitched a fit in her high chair."

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"Max destroyed her doll house in a rage...

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"...and beat up her stuffed bear later.

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"I'm not sure what to do about Max," said Vladislaus as an aside. "I thought he'd outgrow those childish fits, but now that he's a teen, he's still hitting the bear. I've had to have a word with him about it.

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"Anyway, Luna was most upset, and I had to console her." Vladislaus blushed.

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"One thing led to another, and it looks like we have another little one on the way," he told me.

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"We set up Jacques' tombstone in the side garden, and Luna picked out a flower arrangement to go with it.
'Citrus slices?' I questioned.
'Ghosts need Vitamin C, too,' she told me, and I let it go.

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"Hugo chatted with his ghost the other night, so I guess Jacques is happy there.

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"Life goes on. Hugo has become a young adult and will start working as a chef soon.

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"Celeste celebrated her birthday.

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"She's going to grow up to be as beautiful as her mother, which is an enormous relief to me," said Vladislaus. "I don't think she inherited any of my features."

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"And what about you?" I asked.
"I keep playing the violin," he said. "I've started writing songs. The one you heard just now was the first.

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"And I'm taking care of the garden -- and the bees. If I'm going to live forever, that should be time enough to befriend the bees, don't you think?"
"Yes," I said.
"Anyway, now that I think of it, I have a favor to ask of you. Could you find out if there's some way to make me get older? Luna's not going to like it if she becomes an elder while I'm still a young man."
"There's some kind of flower arrangement that might work," I said. "I'll see what I can learn."
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (June 10)
« Reply #54 on: June 14, 2019, 09:45:42 AM »
The Zests and Cottoneyes 4

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'What a week!" Johnny Zest greeted me. "Talk about a roller coaster. My head's still spinning."
"So. Tell me about it," I said.

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"We started on a high note," said Johnny. "Mimi became a child. I think she looks like me, but she has Candy's eye color.

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"When she's dressed as a boy for her drama club meeting, she definitely looks like me.

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"Anyway, the dishwasher broke down. I had to fix it -- you can't let the dishes rot -- but I was worried about standing in a puddle of water while I fiddled with it, so Yuki was a sweetheart and started mopping, even though water kept rushing out.

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"Then all of a sudden we heard this high-pitched scream -- Mimi had set herself and the dryer on fire.

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"I rushed over with a fire extinguisher. Luckily, Candy had already grabbed one, and we put the fire out before any real damage was done."
"Oh my goodness," I said. "It's a wonder she wasn't killed."
"It's my fault," said Johnny. "I kept thinking, 'better clean that lint tray,' but every time I thought of it, the dryer was already running, so I couldn't do anything.

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"The next morning was Spooky Day, and all my girls wanted to dress up like characters out of Star Wars.

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"They wanted me to dress as Darth Vader, but he's too heavy for me, so I chose Darth Maul instead.

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"Yuki had her birthday in the middle of the festivities, and she decided to get a job as a Tech Guru -- no surprise there.

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"We had a little fire outside, and I'm happy to say that Mimi wasn't afraid of it at all.

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"Later, Candy and I went to the Spice Festival. Thanks to my comedy routines and jokes, I was able to complete my aspiration to be a joke star."
"Congratulations!" I said. "And that reminds me -- whenever you or someone in the family completes an aspiration, that person can purchase a free reward -- no points deducted."
"That's good to know," said Johnny.
"Have you thought about your next aspiration?"
"Not yet," he said.

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A while later, I got a text and picture from him. Next asp is Fab Wealthy. Just planted a money tree seed.

The Cottoneyes
I next received a very pleasant letter and group of pictures  from Hunter Cottoneye.
"Summer tells me you're a fan of Joni Mitchell's," he began, "so here is Hank illustrating one of her songs:

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Yesterday a child came out to wonder

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Caught a dragonfly inside a jar

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Fearful when the sky is full of thunder

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and tearful at the falling of a star.

Hank says he wasn't tearful at all and it was snow, not a meteorite, and he's a big boy now and doesn't cry anyway.

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He likes to draw, which is okay by me, as it can be a real money-maker.

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But I've taken him fishing, too. He even came with me to Granite Falls, which is where he caught the dragonfly.

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There's not much other news. Summer is pregnant again, so we're turning our old bedroom into a room for the baby, and I built an addition -- bedroom and bathroom -- off the front hall. That way anyone who wants to get at the children has to pass our room first.

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I've noticed there are some advantages to being 'erratic.' You can go marching all over town, and nobody notices.

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And if you spend half an hour complimenting a tree on its leaves, people just assume you're talking to yourself as usual. By the way, I like the fishing in Sylvan Glade, but not much else. It's too fruitsy-tootsy for me. But Summer might like it. Maybe I'll take her there sometime.

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Summer also says you like waterfalls (and who doesn't?), so here's a few more pictures for you. This one is from Sylvan Glade.

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This is from Granite Falls. I don't know how we got a rainbow when the sun wasn't shining, but I won't complain.

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And this is from right here in Strangerville. I bet you didn't think there could be a waterfall in the desert. This is the runoff from the fishing hole, but there's another waterfall that feeds into it. That's all for now -- wait, Hank wants to add something.

'Hi. I got a B at school today. And I akcherly caught two dragonflies so the song is wrong. When you come visit, you can see them. Hank. '
Take care, Hunter, Summer, and Hank"
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (June 14)
« Reply #55 on: June 16, 2019, 09:22:12 AM »
The Lee-Scotts and the Heckings 4

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Liberty was glad to see me when I came over. "How is everyone?" I asked.

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"Well, Travis just got another promotion," she said. "And he's proving to be a great dad. He reads Hope to sleep.

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"And he encourages her to learn about household objects.

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"Of course, he's still too slow to catch her before she sweeps her food off the high chair tray, but then Hope is too fast for me as well, so I can't complain.

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"And Faith loves running out to greet him when he comes home."
"How is Faith?" I asked.

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"Oh, she's an A student now," said Liberty. "As well as being an Artistic Prodigy. It's hard to say whether she'll want to work on computers like her dad when she grows up or become a painter."
"Have you thought about getting a pet for her?" I asked. "I promised Bob Newbie that I'd suggest cats or dogs as a reward for children who became A students."

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"I'm afraid we'll have to wait a bit," said Liberty. "She had a bad day at school yesterday and took it out on her stuffed animal -- I don't think she's ready for a pet yet.

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"And I'd like to wait for Hope to grow up a bit, too."
"Toddlers and puppies or kittens are really cute together," I suggested.
"You do have a point," said Liberty. "I'll think about it."

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"Care for a game of chess?" she suggested a little while later.
I suddenly recollected some urgent gardening I had to do. Liberty dominates the chessboard, and I was not interested in losing. I said goodbye and hurried off to meet Brent at the Sunny Side Up Diner.

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I was a little early, so I amused myself with people-watching. Vladislaus, Luna, and Celeste Straud were at one table.

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Johnny Zest, Candy, and Mimi at another. I was pleased to see that both girls looked bright and happy.

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"Sorry I'm late," Brent greeted me. "I was working on a drawing of the snow outside. Newcrest really is quite pretty in winter."

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He showed me his picture, and I agreed that it was very pretty. "How are things going?" I asked.

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"Same oh, same oh," he said. "I'm mainly working on concept art for indie games. The pay is good, but they can be pretty picky.

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"Brant still works at the gym. We set up an exercise room for him.

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"Rosie has been exercising, too. I'm trying to teach her to roll over.

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"And Grant is doing okay at school, while becoming quite an acrobat. He's going through a rebellious phase now, which isn't surprising because he was independent by nature even as a toddler. I hope he gets it out of his system before becoming a teen.

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"He and I went to a walk-a-thon the day after Harvest Fest. He and another kid had sort of a race, which ended well. The other kid had started by crowding Grant a bit, and I thought he might get mad, but instead he speeded up, and the other kid speeded up, and they crossed the finish line together."
"That's good," I said. "And how was your Harvest Fest?"

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"We had gnomes," said Brent. "At first it was kind of cute, having them in the kitchen.

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"And I didn't mind them joining me to watch some television.

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"But Brant and I agreed that our bedroom should definitely be a gnome-free zone.

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"And when they invaded the bathroom while I was taking a shower, that was it. We sent the gnomes back to whatever realm they came from. I may take up gardening when we have the money for a greenhouse.

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"That reminds me --" Brent handed me a box. "I thought you might like one of the seed packets they left us for your garden."
I thanked him and informed him of the new rule change -- that people could spend their satisfaction points when they completed an aspiration.
"Great!" he said. "I just finished Painter Extraordinaire, so I'll pick up Marketable, Frugal, and Creative Genius."
So that's another round of my families done. Every family has at least 40 points, and it's wintertime in the year of the Llama.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (June 16)
« Reply #56 on: June 21, 2019, 10:08:27 AM »
Willow Wisely 5

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I don't know if I've mentioned how much I dislike winter. It's pretty, but my joints ache too much for me to go out and enjoy the scenery. And Forgotten Hollow is especially cold and damp.

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When winter gets to be too much for me, I go on the computer and start fantasizing about places I might go. Strangerville? The desert would be warmer, but I've heard that the place is especially odd. Selvadorada? It's the rainy season there, and I don't need more humidity. And then I found exactly what I was looking for:

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Visit Sulani! Caldera Camp is nestled in a black rock canyon of stunning natural beauty.

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Offering two bedrooms and a detached bathroom, you'll find everything you need for your island adventure. At 20,000 simoleons, this time-share condominium won't last long!


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There was a knock at the door. I went outside and found Johnny Zest. "I think we could do it!" I exclaimed. "Do what?" he asked.
I told him about Sulani. "If every family chipped in 2000 simoleons, we could have the perfect island getaway."
"Go for it!" said Johnny. "I'll give you my share right now."
I called the agent, wired off my 20,000 simoleons, and the next thing I knew, I was traveling to Sulani.

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Upon arrival, I realized that I was greatly overdressed for the island. It might be winter there, but the temperature was a balmy 70 F.

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The real estate agent had kindly left some clothing in the closet for me. I felt a weight lift from my shoulders -- not just the weight of my winter wardrobe, but the one of cares and worries. I looked up at the starlit sky...

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...and noticed something else. Was that a...volcano? Well, that would explain why the condo came so cheaply. And I guess "Caldera" Camp should have been a clue. But surely no one would have built so close to a volcano if it was actually active.

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The next day I was up early and ready to explore. You could wade quite a long way out in the little bay at my front door. That would be good news for the parents of children and toddlers. And the reflection of palm trees in the water was really lovely.

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Unfortunately, there was some trash on the beach. It seemed like a desecration of this beautiful place, so I picked it up.

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I soon met some conservationists, who thanked me for helping. They gave me some equipment which I could use on more stubborn patches.

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The island was too big to explore in one day, but I did see a beautiful waterfall...

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...some dolphins in the distance...

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...and a large rock that had been carved to resemble a turtle.

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Late in the afternoon I found a small cave. Going inside, I was immediately pinched by a crab. But I got to see a stone wall light up with phosphorescent larvae.

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Back at camp, I discovered that the locals were a little more friendly than I was used to, but decided that I could live with that. especially when the young man told me that his wife had sent him so there would be someone around if I needed anything.

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The next day I got up so early that it was actually chilly outside. I built a sandcastle while I waited for it to warm up enough for swimming.

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Walking out to the beach, I noticed another beautiful area in need of clean-up.

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This mess took quite a bit of effort, and I was grateful for the equipment the conservationists had given me.

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I spent the afternoon snorkeling in the lagoon outside the village. I also bought a canoe, which I'll pass on to the next person who comes out here.

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Returning to camp, I caught sight of the moon through palm trees. I must say, I'm awfully tempted to buy my own home and move here.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (June 21)
« Reply #57 on: June 23, 2019, 12:07:18 PM »
The Newbies and the Calientes 5

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Ahhh... I was having a lovely nap on the soft, warm sand, when I got a phone call from Bob Newbie.

The Newbies

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"I don't understand the text you sent me," he began. "Wait a minute -- Pascal, thanks so much for the shoveling! Anyway, what's this about a time-share on Sulani?"
"Yes, I've found a cheap cottage -- it's next to a volcano that I'm pretty sure is dormant..."

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"Open -- " Bob was saying, "That's right -- good kitty! Oh, sorry Willow, I'm just trying to get Pascal's cat Enigma to take a pill."
"Maybe you should call me back when you're finished working," I suggested.

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"No, this is fine, I can multi-task -- well, aren't you a big fellow. Come on up and let me take a look at you," I could hear Bob saying. I pressed a button to end the call. If Bob called back wanting to know what had happened, I would say that we'd been cut off, cell service on Sulani being somewhat erratic.

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But he didn't call back, so after a couple of hours, I called him. "About this time-share," he began, then -- "Girls, cut the noise down. I'm on the phone.

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"Babs brought her friend Faith Lee-Scott -- or is it Scott-Lee? -- home from school," he explained.
"It's Lee-Scott," I said, "and it's very simple -- I can buy a condominium on Sulani for everyone to use if they're willing to put in 2000 simoleons."
"I guess I can agree to that. Although I should check with Betty. She holds the purse strings," Bob yawned.
"Is my conversation that boring?" I asked.

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"Not at all," he said hastily. "It's just that I was up late last night dealing with the monster under Babs's bed. The monster that we paid mucho simoleons explicitly to discourage.

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"And it was such a stubborn monster that Betty had to get up and deal with it, too. But you know -- back in a minute..."

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In the distance, I could hear Bob saying, "Buddy? Are you okay, old pal?" Presently he returned to the phone.
"Buddy just became an elderly dog," he told me. "And yes, put us down as a yes on the time-share. I'd like to take Buddy somewhere warm before it's too late for him."

The Calientes

Returning to my lodging, I found an e-mail from Katrina.

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We got a puppy for Hugh. He's an A student now, and I remembered that you asked us to do that. I wanted a cat, but Hugh was all for a puppy. She's an Australian shepherd, so we're calling her Brisbane.

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I'm sending you this clipping so you won't worry if you see the picture in the tabloids. I do not have some "mysterious ailment," and doctors do not "fear for my life." It was a perfectly ordinary rash that went away when I took some medicine.

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I've been exercising, trying to get my fitness level up so I can get a part in a new series, "Detective Law." Fingers crossed that I pass the audition!


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I sent Katrina a floater to use in her pool, and reminded her that I wanted to hear back about the time-share.
A few days later I heard back from her. Thanks so very much for the floater! It's perfect for relaxing, which is what I need to do more often.

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I got the part in the detective show. The bizarre thing is that my co-star looked much like me after make-up finished with her. I'm the one on the left. I don't know why they wouldn't let me keep my hair, although I suppose it's not a style a policewoman would wear.

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I have the better figure, as you can tell when you see us in profile together. Flirting with a woman who looked so much like me was definitely awkward. The writer later explained that he was trying to convey the idea that my character was a narcissist, looking for a love interest who would be a mirror, not a separate human being. Whatever.

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My fight scene was a bust. I was supposed to take down the alien, but I slipped on a damp spot. The director yelled at me, "It says on your CV that you're a level 5 fitness! What are you, a 2 or something?" I told him I was a 5, but I slipped. I thought we'd do the scene over, but he said time was short, and they'd have to go with what they had.

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Despite my falling on my butt, they filmed me locking up the alien anyway. Case closed.

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Back at home that adorable little furball we adopted grew up.

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I think we need a bigger house. Don't worry, I plan to kick in for the time share, but it's obvious that we need more furniture in the living room than just a couch.

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Just so you won't think I'm totally self-absorbed (okay, I am, but I try to think of others), I want to brag on Hugh a little. Besides being an A student, he's reached the second level of his drama club despite choosing to portray a tiger rather than a cow as his barnyard animal. And he's officially a Rambunctious Scamp. His birthday is coming up, so I made a cake for him, which I'll share. Yes, I have a birthday coming up, too. I look forward to seeing you when you return from Sulani.


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When I showed up the next day, Katrina was still in her pajamas despite it being lunchtime.

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"My publicist got me into a party with Thorne Bailey last night," she said, as she handed me her money. "Thorne Bailey! Can you imagine? It was a charity do, and I got on the list because I'd donated to Future Astronauts of Sunset Valley.

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"Anyway, the party lasted several hours and near the end, Thorne went into the bar and started making drinks for the patrons there. He said they deserved to have a properly made Wrench rather than what the Blue Velvet usually served. And Bob Newbie said, 'It's a wrench, but I'll take it,' which everyone thought was hilarious. That's the point at which I realized it was time I went home."

I congratulated Katrina on her rising fame, thanked her for the money, and then went home myself.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (June 23)
« Reply #58 on: June 29, 2019, 09:55:16 AM »
The Landgraabs and the Curiouses 5

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Malcolm's reaction to Caldera Camp was somewhat disappointing for me. "It's way too basic," he told me. "I'm more of a resort guy. I could go for the mermaids, but Morgan wouldn't like that and neither would the voters."

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He went on to tell me about the experience that he and Morgan had at Villa Bovine the other night. "They were offering a Night-on-the-Town special," he said. "All you could eat for free. She and I were both hungry after work, so we went.

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"Vidcund Curious was there with his girlfriend Maaike, and their daughter Nikita. Vidcund works with Siobhan which is how I know him. She says he's not her type. Apparently he likes to think of himself as a ladies' man.

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"Anyway, Morgan and I are sitting there, enjoying our rack of lamb, when Maaike and Nikita come over, grab our plates, and take off with them. I mean, what? The food's free, guys. I complained to the manager, who said that he doesn't have any control over the customers, just the employees. I tell you, we won't be eating at Villa Bovine again."

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I sympathized and asked about the rest of the family.
"Mom's great," said Malcolm. "She just became an elder, and I don't expect that gray hair to last long, not if she can get her hands on something to 'restore her natural color.' And she got a promotion at work.

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"She almost froze to death after she came home, though. I don't know why she and Dad just stand around outside when they finish working. I have to call them to come in."

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"Sterling's doing great -- an A student and a Griffon scout. He's a regular chip off the old block, if I do say so myself. And that reminds me -- you're going to vote for me, right?"
"Right," I said.

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Before I left, though, Malcolm surprised me by handing me some money. "I doubt that I'll ever go to Sulani myself," he said. "But Sterling might like it. And I wouldn't want people to say I was a cheapskate."

The Curiouses

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After Malcolm's depressing reaction to the time-share in Sulani, Pascal's reception of the news was a breath of fresh air. "That sounds wonderful!" he exclaimed. "Where do I sign up?"

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He came inside to give me the money. "It's kind of dark in here," he commented. "What happened?"
"I went off the grid," I told him, "and now none of my lights work. I thought they were candles that didn't require electricity, but I guess they were fake."

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Shortly after Winterfest, I got a card from Pascal, with some pictures.
Hope you had a great holiday, he wrote. Lazlo, Vidcund, and I sang "Zwingle Fibbs" around the tree, with Cosma piping in a couple of octaves above us.

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Lazlo got a new grill, and Cosma a toy for toddlers. And I got a microscope just like the one at work.

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She was a little disappointed, so I gave her another present myself -- the first to start a fossil collection.

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Later, Cosma watched while I upgraded the dryer to be lint-less -- a Winterfest present for all of us.

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The next day, Cosma had her birthday.

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And then I had mine.

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I'm also including a picture of Vidcund's daughter Nikita. She's quite a pretty little girl.

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And here's Vidcund trying to romance Nina Caliente. I think she's out of his league, but you never know.


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Soon after that I got a call from Pascal saying that he'd been to Sulani, and he wanted to see me. We met for a game of chess at Willow Creek Archives.

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But first he wanted to talk about Cosma. "She's quite grown up now," he said. "But it's hard getting her to smile. She's embarrassed about her braces. I tell her she'll be glad she wore them when she gets to be an elder, but that's a little too far ahead for her.

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"She's doing well at school and still enjoys Scouts. She plans to go into computer programming when she grows up -- maybe as a freelance game designer. I'm trying to persuade her to work as a Tech Guru first and get the basics down.

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"We got her some new bedroom furniture -- a new desk, mainly, and a more grown-up bed."

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"And what did you think of Sulani?" I asked.
"It's huge," said Pascal. "I realize it's just an island, but the sky and sea seem to stretch forever. I went for a walk up the mountain behind the house...

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"...And there was the volcano. Absolutely amazing. I realize it's dangerous, of course, and I won't be surprised if I go back and find that the house is a pile of ashes, but still -- I'm glad it's there.

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"Anyway, after that, I went down to the beach where I found an outrigger and went for a short sail before dark. I can't wait to go back."
I grinned at him. "I want to go back myself," I said.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (June 29)
« Reply #59 on: June 29, 2019, 01:57:25 PM »
How have you set up the time share? Does Willow Wisely own it and live there and the other Sims visit? Vid as a ladies' man still cracks me up. It looks like you're having a lot of fun with this.

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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (June 29)
« Reply #60 on: June 29, 2019, 02:23:17 PM »
How have you set up the time share? Does Willow Wisely own it and live there and the other Sims visit? Vid as a ladies' man still cracks me up. It looks like you're having a lot of fun with this.

The time-share is actually a generic community lot. My Sims don't have to pay for it at all, but I'm having them chip in something. I'd intended them to give Willow 2000 simoleons each, but it turns out that you can give money in 100, 500, 1000, and 10,000 increments, and I haven't been able to give a second gift of 1000.

Vid cracks me up, too. I imagine he's the kind of guy who's really obvious in his flirtation, but that works with some people, especially some Sims.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (June 29)
« Reply #61 on: June 29, 2019, 05:00:23 PM »
Vid's hair and glasses crack me up! He reminds me of that type of guy that thinks he's super suave, but he's really not and scares off most of the ladies. haha

And I'm thinking Sulani is probably one of my favorite maps to date. I'm glad they made their way there- or at least some of them have so far. I like the time-share idea!

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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (June 29)
« Reply #62 on: June 29, 2019, 09:26:02 PM »
Vid's hair and glasses crack me up! He reminds me of that type of guy that thinks he's super suave, but he's really not and scares off most of the ladies. haha

And I'm thinking Sulani is probably one of my favorite maps to date. I'm glad they made their way there- or at least some of them have so far. I like the time-share idea!

Glad you're enjoying Vidcund. I tried to make him look like the one from TS2, but none of the hair was quite right.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (June 29)
« Reply #63 on: July 03, 2019, 12:30:39 PM »
The Gotharios and Strauds 5

When I talked to Cassandra, she asked if she could wait a bit to pay me for her share of Caldera Camp.

The Gotharios

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"We just added a second story to the house with an exercise room for Don, so money's tight right now," she said.

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"The girls and I actually enjoy winter."

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"We made a snowpal together -- a punk with an icicle mohawk. I don't think they'll be ready for Sulani until they're in their teens."

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"There's a shipwreck near Caldera Camp," I said. "It's not a pirate ship, but they might get a kick out of exploring it."
"Claudia does love playing pirate," said Cassandra. "We'll definitely go sometime.

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"And Don just got promoted, so I should have some money soon," she added. "You know what he said when he showed me his SIB suit? 'I make this look good.' And actually, he does."

The Strauds

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Vladislaus surprised me by giving me 5000 simoleons instead of the 2000 I'd asked for. "It's the least I can do," he said. "Without your help, I wouldn't have Luna and the children in my life. "
"Children?" I said.

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"I have a son now," said Vladislaus. "Francis, but we're calling him Frank."

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"He's inherited some of my features -- the white skin and eyebrows at least. We won't know about the nose and chin until later.

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"He and Hugo have become good friends. Hugo looks after him while I work on my songs.

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"He's a wild little thing, though. We caught him one winter morning running outside without any clothes on."

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"And how is Celeste doing?" I asked.
"Great!" said Vladislaus. "Frank might have inherited my looks, but she got my love for the violin.

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"She stayed up with me to watch the New Year's celebrations on television.

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"And she helped pick out the decorations for the house."
"Any other news?" I asked.

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"I was nominated for some kind of award," Vladislaus said. "I went to the ceremony, but all the awards went to younger people -- Dirk Dreamer and a couple of teenagers from Sulani whose names I won't even try to pronounce.

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"What's more important is that my bees are becoming more cooperative. I think we're actually beginning to bond. There's just one thing --"
"Yes?" I prompted.

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"I'm worried about Max. He still beats up  on Celeste's stuffed bear even though I've told him not to.

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"And the other night he threw a fit because the shower needed cleaning. We just never know what will set him off. I'm afraid he's going to grow up to be emotionally unstable and insensitive."
"You might encourage him to do some volunteer work," I said. "That might help."
I thanked Vladislaus again for his contribution to the time-share and wished him a happy Year of the Dog.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (July 3)
« Reply #64 on: July 09, 2019, 10:10:55 AM »
The Zests and the Cottoneyes 5

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When the phone rang, and I saw that the caller was Eliza Pancakes, I was very tempted not to answer. The last time we'd talked, the conversation hadn't gone well.

"Why can't you include us in your legacy families?" she asked. "We're almost synonymous with The Sims 4. We're the iconic family."
"You say that like it's a good thing," I thought, but I couldn't say that. "I already have my ten families," I told her.
Eliza, being Eliza, didn't let it go. "Well then, why didn't you include us?"
"Because I don't like you," I thought. "Your lot isn't big enough," I said.
"We could have moved," she responded. "The Heckings moved."
"Well, the name Pancakes just doesn't sound like a legacy family name."
"And Newbie does?"
"Besides, it ends in 's' and that's tricky to work with for a writer," I added.
"Curious ends in 's' too," said Eliza.
"Okay,I'll make you a deal," I said. "If you and Bob have a baby, I'll see to it that the child becomes the spouse of one of the heirs. That way your grandchild will be in the legacy families even if you aren't."


"You'd better come over here," Eliza said when I answered the phone.
I did some mental arithmetic. If Eliza and Bob had tried for baby after our last conversation, she would certainly be pregnant by now. She might even have had the kid.

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"What kind of spell did you cast?" she demanded.

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"Nothing," I said. "I just made it possible for you and Bob to come together."
"Are you sure?" she asked. "No little boost to my fertility? No little extra magic?"
"None," I said. "And judging from this little one, it looks like everything went well."

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"Look around you," said Eliza. "How many babies do you see?"
"Well, three," I said, "but it's not anything I did."
"Do you know what it's like taking care of triplets?" Eliza wasn't interested in getting an answer from me. "All I can say is that you'd better make sure all three of them become spouses. That's the least you can do."

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I was beginning to get tired of Eliza and her whining. "One of them will definitely become a spouse," I said. "Whether the other two make it depends on the heirs. I'm not going to force anyone into a marriage. And if you don't quit complaining, I'll give your house the Grody lot trait."
That shut Eliza up. It also sent her from the room just as the babies began to cry.

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I managed to feed all three of them -- Elsa, Heath, and Ericka -- before they could be taken away.

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To cheer myself up after the encounter with Eliza, I went over to the Blue Velvet to catch Johnny Zest's act. He'd become quite the accomplished comedian, and his latest book, Crazies of Sol Valley was moving up the bestseller list.

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I noticed that his fame had even spread to Sulani, because I recognized some of the islanders in the audience.

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It was late when he wound up his act, but I met him the next day to tell him about my trip to the time-share in Sulani.
"It sounds wonderful," he said. "By the way, I have a small favor to ask. I'm running late, but we can talk after the show.

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I had a chance to escape while Johnny was delivering his monologue in the Solar Flare, but I was curious about the "favor." And also, I didn't want to appear in his next book with a thinly disguised pseudonym. I mean, "Throne Laibey" -- who couldn't figure that one out?

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"You know my daughter Mimi?" he said. "She's a great kid, inheriting her mother's looks and talent. But she's still just a kid. And tomorrow evening, I have to go work at 5, Yuki doesn't get home from work until 7, Candy doesn't get home until 8, and Mimi gets out of Drama Club at 5:30. So if you could just look in on her for that hour and a half, make sure she doesn't try to put clothes in the dryer or anything..."

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How could I refuse? And actually we had a great time. She showed me her Sims game and told me all about Bella and Mortimer.

The Cottoneyes

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Soon after I left the Zests, Hunter reported that he had a new addition to the family -- Dale Cottoneye, a surprisingly angelic little fellow. Giving birth left Summer a bit rundown, though.

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Hunter was promoted to lieutenant and said that he looked quite smart in his uniform, although he missed his camos.

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To celebrate, he took everyone to Sulani, where the fishing, he'd heard, was fabulous.

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I do wish he'd said something to me first -- I could have warned him that hanging around in the yard of Caldera Camp might be dangerous. Luckily, there was no eruption while the Cottoneyes were there.

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And Hunter assured me later that he cleaned up every bit of the mess that Dale made.

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He apologized for taking the family there before paying his way, and I told him that was fine. "We added a potty chair to the back deck," he said. I told him that was fine, too.

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Hunter went on to tell me about their Wonder Day. He had helped Hank build a medieval castle, which had boosted Hank's academic progress.

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Hank had successfully appeased a gnome.

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Hunter had been less than successful with his gnome, who had broken the television set in addition to giving him a nasty shock. But Hunter said the gnomes that Summer and Hank appeased provided plenty of seed packs that he could use for bait. "I sold the gnome who stung me," he said. "That should teach him a lesson.

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With a little help from Hank and Dale, Hunter was able to amass a collection of decorative eggs that rivaled Malcolm Landgraab's. "You managed to get both bonus eggs, while he got only one," I said, "but don't tell him -- he'll be jealous." It was hard to tell what Hunter was thinking behind those sunglasses, but I got the impression that Malcolm's jealousy was something he didn't intend to worry about. And when Hunter said, "He's a politician, isn't he?" I realized there might be trouble ahead. Politicians and the military don't always get along.

We had another lottery drawing, and none of my families won. Jesminder Bheeda was the lucky recipient of one million simoleons. But it occurred to me that she has a son...

I think I have a tentative list of future spouses:
Brendon Rosa, Nikita Haas, Claudia Gothario, Frank Straud, Dale Cottoneye, Hope Lee-Scott, Elsa or Ericka Pancakes, Heath Pancakes, and now Roy Bheeda. I'm hoping that Cosma can find some nice blue, green, or purple young fellow from Sixam. Of course, that's all subject to what the heirs want.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (July 9)
« Reply #65 on: July 09, 2019, 02:52:56 PM »
Eliza is a hard sim to say no to.  Congrats to Willow for standing her ground.   :D

I enjoy seeing all these townies through Willow's eyes.  Cottoneye is my favorite right now.  I never had the Sims3 so he's new to me.

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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (July 9)
« Reply #66 on: July 09, 2019, 03:24:09 PM »
Eliza is a hard sim to say no to.  Congrats to Willow for standing her ground.   :D

I enjoy seeing all these townies through Willow's eyes.  Cottoneye is my favorite right now.  I never had the Sims3 so he's new to me.

Not to toot my horn or anything, but Hunter Cottoneye was the founder of my Sims 3 Townie Decadynasty. He appears in the first few chapters of my story, When the Zombies Come. He was great to write about.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (July 9)
« Reply #67 on: July 11, 2019, 11:07:18 AM »
Man, Eliza is something else. Haha I guess that's what she gets for complaining- triplets! I haven't had many sets in my game, just mostly twins and those are hard enough.

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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (July 9)
« Reply #68 on: July 14, 2019, 08:52:47 AM »
The Lee-Scotts and the Heckings 5

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It didn't take Liberty long to show up with her payment on the time-share. "The girls will love it when they get a little older," she said. "And maybe it will help Travis and me get some exercise. Travis really needs it now that he's middle-aged."

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The children were doing well, she told me. Faith's friendship with Babs Newbie was solidifying, especially since both of them were in Scouts together.

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Little Hope wasn't so little any more.

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"Summer says she looks just like I might have looked as a child," Liberty said. "Except for the hair color, of course."

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But the real focus of Liberty's life recently has been her rocket ship.

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She finally finished it.

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Once it was finished, she had to take it for a test drive.

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Out in space, she was challenged to a race by a couple of aliens. "It was my fault," Liberty said. "I tried to make the ship do more than it could."

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But any crash you can walk -- or in Liberty's case, crawl -- away from is a good crash.

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"Travis was very upset," she said. "He said he hoped I wouldn't try to go up in the rocket ship at GeekCon. He said they weren't well maintained, and they were always having equipment failures.

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"I didn't even know they had a rocket ship at GeekCon," she continued, "so of course I had to try it. It handled pretty well, but the GPS system broke down, and I had to ask some aliens to repair it for me." Liberty is thinking about going back to her job as an astronaut as soon as Faith becomes a teen.

The Heckings

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It's not often you get to see Brent, Brant, and Grant all together, so I got this picture when I went over to tell them about Sulani.

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They're doing well -- Grant is a B student at school now and a Griffon scout.

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He's made friends with Brendon Rosa, who seems to have Vidcund's coloring, but his mother Jade's features.

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Brent has become good friends with Penny Pizzazz, who's a frequent visitor to the house. I thought they might make a cute child together, but Brent says that Brant is his one true love, his soulmate.

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Maybe Brendon will become another charmer like his father?

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The only real news at the Hecking household was that Rosie is now an elderly dog. She's still learning new tricks, though. Besides being able to fetch, she can also roll over.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (July 14)
« Reply #69 on: July 26, 2019, 09:09:09 AM »
The Newbies, Calientes, and Landgraabs 6

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As it turns out, my visits to the Newbies, Calientes, and Landgraabs fell neatly into the first quarter of the Year of the Dog. I look upon this as the lull before the storm. Next time around, there will be lots of teens.

The Newbies

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Bob and Betty celebrated Love Day.
 
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Babs worked on her drawings, trying to become an Artistic Prodigy before aging up.

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Bob tried to teach Buddy how to play dead.

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When he succeeded, he suddenly realized how terrible he was going to feel when Buddy actually succumbed to old age.

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Bob went back to work and finally maxed his skill as a veterinarian. Now he could make an ambrosia treat for Buddy if he needed to.

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To celebrate, Bob decided to take up bowling. His first attempt brought up a picture of a long-forgotten former acquaintance.

The Calientes

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Katrina is an adult now, and trying out a new hairstyle. "I don't like this one," she told me. "It makes me look like I have wrinkles." I refrained from pointing out that actually she did have a few wrinkles, which in no way detracted from her beauty.

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Hugh celebrated becoming a teen.

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He looks just like his father, but with his mother's red hair.

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Katrina started helping him improve on his acting.

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She also worked on learning the guitar for her upcoming movie about zombies. Brisbane is the only member of the family who enjoys listening to her at the moment.

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She also worked on her action scenes, not wanting to embarrass herself by losing a fight with a zombie.

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After practicing, Katrina and the whole family went to the Pectoral Fitness gym, where Katrina caused a fan to faint. Ah, fame!

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The actual movie went well, and Katrina's guitar-playing was deemed acceptable enough to win her a promotion. More important, she found a hairstyle she can live with.

The Landgraabs

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Malcolm made his first speech -- to several rows of empty chairs. He made a few promises, told a few lies, and declared it a huge success.

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At home, it was time for birthdays. Dominic became an elder first.

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He was followed by Moira.

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Malcolm was next.

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Siobhan and Morgan came last. Sterling became a teen as well, but his exploits will have to wait until the next update.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (July 26)
« Reply #70 on: August 01, 2019, 03:34:50 PM »
The Curiouses, Gotharios and Strauds 6

I had brief reports from everyone this summer. They're all busy with work and children.

The Curiouses

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There's no doubt about it: Pascal's been working hard. His slob brother Lazlo seems to leave a grimy ring every time he uses the tub.

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There's always some project that needs to be done at work.

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And Cosma can't zip through her homework any more now that she's a teen.

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So on Freedom Day, Pascal decided to cut loose. Relishing the wind as he ran, he finally responded when Vidcund reminded him that the rest of them would like some fun, too.

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They all went to Desert Bloom Park where they enjoyed the water slide.

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The next day was a different holiday, Night on the Town. Pascal took advantage of the offer of free food at Chez Llama to improve his relationship with his co-worker, Zoe Patel.

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While waiting for her to return from the ladies' room, he noticed the Gotharios sitting at the next table. He and Zoe had a lovely dinner, and no one stole anyone's food.

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Tired after a long week of work and play, Pascal went to bed as soon as he got home. But only a few minutes later, he was awakened by some strange lights outside. Had he forgotten to adjust the satellite dish?

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A few hours later he was returned to earth, dazed and oddly happy.

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Would there be any lasting results of Pascal's abduction? Only the cat Enigma knows, and she's not telling.

The Gotharios

Raising twins has had its difficult moments.

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Upset in being left out of the dinner at Chez Llama, Claudia acted out a bit.

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Cornelia found a television program that neither of her parents would have wanted her to watch, as they found out when she asked, "When people bounce around under the covers, does that mean they're trying to have a baby?"

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But Cornelia, or Corny, as the kids at school call her, is a good kid most of the time, helping out with the laundry.

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With help from Cassandra, she's developing her creativity.

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Although she's not an A student like Claudia, or Cloudy, she's making progress in her drama club. Here, she's using the thunderstorm to work on her fearful expression.

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Both girls are fond of each other. Cloudy, in orange, is a Unicorn Scout and working on her motor skills.

The Strauds

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As far as Frank is concerned, every day is Freedom Day, even when there's a thunderstorm raging outside.

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His father is usually quick to retrieve him.

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After being scolded for stuffed animal harassment, Celeste had to explain to her bear that when she yelled at him, she was really yelling at her teacher.

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Later, Corny Gothario came over for a visit.

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Vladislaus has been making progress at becoming friends with the bees, although he still gets stung a bit when he removes their honey.

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But Luna makes him forget the pain with a kiss.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (Aug 1)
« Reply #71 on: August 05, 2019, 09:43:05 AM »
The Zests, Cottoneyes, Lee-Scotts, and Heckings 6

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"So once again I'm putting you four together in a single chapter," I told Johnny Zest. "I hope you're all right with that."
"No problemo," said Johnny.
"I'm planning for next time around to let everyone have a full week. Some of you make your point totals so quickly that you really don't get much time."
"Sounds good to me," said Johnny.
"Good," I said. "What's been happening in your world?"

The Zests

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"For starters, my money tree is starting to produce," he told me. "It seems to attract a lot of bugs, though.

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"Mimi is now officially an Artistic Prodigy.

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"She's working on becoming a Rambunctious Scamp as well.

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"I gave her a push on the swing, but after that, she took off on her own.

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"And, oh yeah, I'm a full grown-up now. I'm thinking my next comedy book will have a title like Mid-Life Crisis -- How to. Something like that."

The Cottoneyes

Summer was my informant on the Cottoneyes.

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"Hunter went fishing over in Desert Bloom Park the other day and caught an enormous tuna. I've been making variants of tuna noodle casserole ever since.

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"His fishing time was cut short, though, when some teen heartthrob from Sulani showed up. He said their photo shoot made so much noise that they scared all the fish away.

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"Hunter has been good at looking after the boys while I work at night as a mixologist.

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"He runs a tight ship, making Hank clean up his own messes.

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"But he also takes time to read Dale to sleep.

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"He's been promoted to Captain now, but it's led to a very bad habit. He starts giving me orders. 'I'm not one of your recruits,' I remind him, but a couple of hours later he's ordering me to clean the house again. You need to talk to him, Willow. If he keeps this up, I'm leaving."
I told Summer that I would see what I could do.

The Lee-Scotts

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At the Lee-Scotts, Faith is a teen now. Her ambition is to become a Painter Extraordinaire, and she's become a bit squeamish.

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When the family went to Sulani for Sun 'n' Fun day, she didn't enjoy it much. Wet sand was too squishy, there was no telling what was lurking in the water, and don't get her started on the insect life.

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Actually, no one enjoyed Sulani much: it was the monsoon season.

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After some discussion about all the things they could be doing at home:  Hope could draw pictures and Travis could work on his mobile app, for example...

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They decided to go home. Liberty upgraded the dishwasher, washer, and toilet.

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That evening she maxed her requirements for becoming a Nerd Brain, and Travis got to the point where all he needs to do is spend another 30 hours on the computer to become a Computer Whiz. Be it ever so humble, etc.

The Heckings
It was birthday time at the Heckings':

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Brant became an adult.

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As did Brent.

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And finally Grant became a teen. A Rambunctious Scamp no longer, he loves music and wants to become a Friend of the World.

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Brant isn't sure whether he approves of the earrings, but on the whole, Grant seems to be settling into adolescence.

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They all went to the Burners & Builders gym to celebrate. Brant is still trying to reach level 8 Fitness so he can get a promotion at work.

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While Brent is trying to find out if dancing will make his wrinkles disappear. He had a disappointment at work: Electrified Artists wouldn't give him credit for the gig he completed. He had to cancel that gig, which lowered his progress. So he decided to go back to the Painter career as a palette cleaner. He's been promoted once already, and figures he'll make rapid progress.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (Aug 5)
« Reply #72 on: August 08, 2019, 07:34:37 PM »
Willow Wisely 6

With most of the heirs teens now, I decided to hold a party so that they could all meet each other before becoming young adults. Corny Gothario and Mimi Zest were still too young, but all the others were old enough. I invited:

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Babs Newbie, who wants to become a Jungle Explorer;

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Hugh Caliente;

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Sterling Landgraab;

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Cosma Curious;

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Celeste Straud;

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Hank Cottoneye, who is an outdoor enthusiast, like me;

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Faith Lee-Scott;

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and Grant Hecking. I also included Nikki Haas and Brendon Rosa, Vidcund's children, and Roy Bheeda, offspring of the two lottery winners, Arun and Jesminder.

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Even though it was a little early for Spooky Day, I decided on a Spooky Day party. I asked Celeste to start carving a pumpkin.

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Sterling Landgraab began work even without my asking. They both look so much like their parents that I kept thinking of them as Luna and Malcolm instead of Celeste and Sterling.

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I didn't do much in the way of match-making. I did encourage Babs to become acquainted with Roy, and I may have introduced Nikki to Sterling -- or was it Hank? But mostly I just wanted them all to get to know each other.

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It was difficult to tell Hank and Brendon apart because they both wore helmets that completely covered their faces.

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Neither of them had any reason to hide his face. Hank has Summer's coloring and his father's features, and Brendon is an attractive mix of his mother Jade Rosa and his father Vidcund Curious.

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Mostly all the teens danced, but Nikki Haas and Celeste did talk to each other.

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I noticed them sharing pictures later.
 
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On the whole, a good time was had by all, and I got a prize for a gold party at the end of it. As soon as some of the younger children become teens, I'll try another party for them.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (Aug 8)
« Reply #73 on: August 10, 2019, 12:26:34 PM »
The Newbies and Calientes 7

Before the party ended, I told the teen heirs about an idea I'd had. I wanted each of them to write me an essay on one of three topics: "An Emotional Experience," "My Most Unforgettable Character," or "The Most Important Thing is..." Anyone who got an A on their essay would get a prize of 1000 Simoleons.
It wasn't long before the essays started rolling in...

An Emotional Experience, by Babs Newbie

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When I was growing up, our dog Buddy was like my brother. My older brother, because there never was a time in my memory when he wasn't there, and he was part of the family before I was even born. Buddy was always ready to play, and he was smart, too, learning how to fetch and roll over and shake paws.

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As a child, I had friends and activities, but Buddy was always there for me when my friend Faith couldn't come over or when I was having trouble learning the violin.

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Buddy was getting old, though. One day my dad, who's a vet, had to take him to work to find out what kind of illness he had. Dad cured him, but Buddy was soon sick again.

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And one day he died.

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When the Grim Reaper came for Buddy, I wanted to plead for a longer life, but the Reaper shook his head. "He'd only get a few more hours," he said in that horrid growly voice. "Don't waste my time."

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I pleaded with my dad instead. "You're a vet. Can't you make some kind of medicine that would bring Buddy back?" Dad was sympathetic, but he shook his head. "That's possible, but I'm not going to do that," he said.
"Why not?" I demanded.
"Because we would have to let go of Buddy sometime. Suppose the day came when you had to choose between having a grandchild and letting Buddy die? Would you want to have to make that choice? No, it's better to let Nature take its course."
Dad was right, but that didn't mean I was happy about his decision.

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For a few days I moped around. Even watching my favorite program, the one about ancient China (I'm going to explore jungles when I graduate), couldn't cheer me up.

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Then one afternoon, when Mom was at work, Dad suggested we go bowling. I didn't want to go. Having fun seemed like it would be disloyal to Buddy. But I knew that Dad missed Buddy, too, probably even more than I did.

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The first time I bowled, I knocked down almost all the pins, and that was cool. The second time, I fell flat on my face, and the ball just slowly rolled into the gutter. But I was laughing when I got up, and Dad was laughing, too. And it was totally my imagination, but in my head, I could hear Buddy barking excitedly, the way he did when he was wildly happy about something. I miss Buddy. I probably always will, but the missing doesn't hurt any more.


My Most Unforgettable Character, by Hugh Caliente

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Lots of people know my mother, or at least recognize her name. She's even been the answer to a few questions on Jeopardy!

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But mostly they only know her as that detective on TV...

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Or as Lady Lilith in the movie Battle for Advorton.

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In fact, most people who think they know her think she's a brunette. They don't realize that the make-up person changes her hair color "because redheads are thought to have fiery tempers, dear, and the characters I play are usually supposed to be cool, competent, and emotionally stable." That's what she told me when I noticed that her hair color was always different in the movies.

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Don't get me wrong -- she can act emotionally unstable with the best of them, especially when she's coaching me for the drama club.
 
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But mostly she only loses her temper when trying to fix the toilet. Something most people don't know is that she's actually quite handy around the house.

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Also, she loves to play the guitar (but our dog Brisbane is the only one who enjoys listening to her).

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She also likes going to festivals in San Myshuno, especially the flea market.

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And lately, she's started throwing parties for charity. So, that's my mom. And if you ever meet her, you won't forget her.


Later, when I read them, I wasn't surprised that Babs's essay received an A, or that Hugh's got a B.
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Re: The Wisewoman of Forgotten Hollow -- Legacies in Rotation (Aug 10)
« Reply #74 on: August 11, 2019, 12:45:49 AM »
First of all, I love all the make-overs, second chances, and oftentimes surprising pairings.
How wonderful to see all of the now-borderline-overly-familiar premade sims looking younger, fresher, living new and unexpected lives.
Second Chance Corral.

Not surprising (to me, at least), Katrina Caliente is my least favorite character.
I am sad to see that Malcolm--who was a bit of a cad to your lovely scientist lady character with Vlad's nose and chin (I can't remember her name)--manages somehow to flub his second chance and ends up disappointing Willow anyway.
Many great creative decisions, such as the time-share in Sulani!
I laughed at how you had Willow spouting flimsy excuses to Eliza for not including the Pancakes as a founding legacy.
It's great that all your households (except the Newbies & Curious Brothers?) are newly formed.

And now my questions: I see that the subject heading is Legacies in Rotation.
Is this self-created challenge an extension of your ten-gen dynasty challenge but played with 10 different households?
You really know how to ramp up the complexity of a challenge for yourself.
In fact, I have yet to install Get Famous,have never played a game which includes washing machine & dryer, and giggled that the addition of a pet rewards the school-age children but makes the game harder for the player.
Looking at your household stats, may I assume that you are playing your 10 households like your Ten-Gen Townie Challenge?
Whether your answer is yes or no, you make this playstyle look deceptively easy. I will enjoy it vicariously, thanks to you!
Wonderful storytelling and great screenshots, Marian!

P.S. I didn't mean to write so much but I ended up binge-reading the entire story so far tonight, hehe.

 

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