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Chapter 10 - Birthdays Galore
« Reply #25 on: June 18, 2019, 07:19:35 PM »
Chapter 10 -  Birthdays Galore

Respected Watcher of All, It seems our Amanda truly has a heart of gold.  After the strange and wonderful birthday she had had the night before, she took it upon herself to rise even earlier than usual and began a marathon baking stint.  There was no way even a single member of her little household was going to miss their very own birthday.  Unfortunately, not much time to be able to have the big party they all deserved, but at least there would be cake and celebration.  The first to wake up, being the early bird gardener type, Kelly was the first to arrive to find his cake ready and waiting for him.

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He was surprised and touched deeply by her kindness and wasted not a second in doing what was required!  Taking the deepest breath possible........ 

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and ignoring the inevitable consequences.....

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our handsome gardener became a silver fox, which is just a kind way of saying he aged up to an elder with all the hopes and dreams of his youth behind him.

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The look of shock and horror on his face was heart breaking.  Amanda had forseen this, of course, being the sensitive person she was, and came prepared with a gift to soften the blow.  Perhaps a new hobby so he wouldn't mind quite as much?

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He opened the carefully wrapped package at once and discovered, to his great delight, a prepaid gift of a brand new stradivarius violin!  Amanda had seen how much he admired her and often caught him humming a tune or listening to music and felt this was the perfect gift.......

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And it was!

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At that moment, Kelly spontaneously reached out toward Amanda, to give her the big hug she deserved, only to pull back as quickly as he started.  Darn that unflirty trait!  He felt so bad and it really showed.

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Once again Amanda to the rescue!  No way she was going to allow something as silly as being unflirty spoil the moment.  She reached into her pocket and pulled out her camera!  Why not celebrate the moment with a selfie?!!  Much more lasting than a hug, after all.

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It seemed like the crowd was about to descend on them.  First, or should I say next, was Leland Britt.  Always the skeptic he pondered as to why there was a yet unclaimed birthday cake sitting on the table right in front of him.  Hmmm, could it have been Amanda making one for his birthday?

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Apparently so!  To the tune of great fan fare, provided by Amanda of course, he blew out the waiting candles.

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Somehow Amanda's rendition of the Happy Birthday song didn't quite make up for the results of that mighty blow!  If only she would take voice lessons perhaps it wouldn't be quite as painful.

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The next one to wake up was Dylan.  I rather think he thought Amanda would do something of the sort, he had the most faith and trust in her, so it didn't come as a big surprise to him.  While a choir of noisemakers cheered him on he contemplated what his life was going to be like next. 

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You know, oh leader of us all, I've often wondered why our Sims make such funny faces when doing something like that.  Really, does it take such an effort?  Something to ponder as I watched Dylan blow out his candles.

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What a joyful positive man he is!  Well, after that they all sat down to eat the wonderful cake Amanda had made.  Kelly was on his way out to the garden but was convinced to come back and join them all.  After all, it was the last birthday celebration they would have, and in their shorter Sim life, had probably been the first celebration.  Unwatched Sims don't always get the advantages our Watchees get. 

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There seemed to have been an undercurrent of something really big and wonderful about to happen.  They dug into their cake, and never minded the calories at all.  Kelly sort of cleared his throat as if signally for someone to speak up and just say it.

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Leland took the hint and began one of his longer dissertations on how wonderful life had been here and how much they have appreciated, yada yada yada. 

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Finally it was said.  Two of the three of them had gotten "Connected", but one had not.  Through accomplishing many things, whims and aspirations there were plenty of reward point they could harvest.  They had chosen one to save them all to be able to give to Amanda as a thank you for all her caring, shown even more so by this birthday event.

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Dylan modestly told her, he was the one.  The one to not get a career.  The one who would spend his hours working on the house, maxing handiness for their good, building one thing after another so that Amanda's future would always be safe and secure.  He gave almost all his reward points to gift the girl who had made life worthwhile for them all.  Amanda was over come and darned near speechless.  (Yes, I know I should shut up now!)

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That, oh benevolent Watcher of All, is a picture of Amanda, tears streaming down her face as she plants her first and most precious Money Tree Seed the boys, especially Dylan, had given to her.

 I leave you joyfully,
 DV (Disembodied Voice, how cute is that?)

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Re: Alternately - new update 6/18
« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2019, 09:24:52 PM »
Aww Happy Birthday to all the boys! They seriously are all the sweetest, Amanda included! I've been bad about keeping track of my sims birthdays lately, just had to deal with the sad moodlet. Oops!

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Re: Alternately - new update 6/18
« Reply #27 on: June 20, 2019, 08:27:51 PM »
When I saw how many points he had racked up I was over the moon delighted!  Had to get a money tree and work it in to the story.  Oh, if it were only true in RL!!
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Chapter 11 - Reluctant Romance
« Reply #28 on: June 20, 2019, 09:53:09 PM »
Chapter 11 - Reluctant Romance

After all the birthdays celebrated and enjoyed, not to mention the gift of the money tree, the only fly in Amanda's ointment was there still wasn't any romance.  Oh sure Vihan was gorgeous, and kind, and doing his best to fit in, but in the romance department it was a big zilch, nada, no body home.  Nooboos, or at least one nooboo and an heir, was not just something desirable but also completely necessary.  Amanda decided something had to be done.

Amanda:  Uh, Vihan, could we talk for minute?  It's kind of important.

Vihan:  Hmmm?  Oh, sure Amanda.  Any time.

Amanda:  Like, now?

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Vihan:  Sounds serious.  Is anything wrong?  Did I do something....?

Amanda:  No, no, not at all.  You've been a wonderful addition to our group.  Very helpful and a good influence on the others.

Vihan:  Phew!  Had me worried there.  Ok, so what's up?

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Amanda:  Well, you know I told you about the whole dynasty thing, right?  You know, that day at the library?

Vihan:  Yeah, *chuckles*, I sort of remember.  Like, just before you dashed off to work?  Seems you do that a lot.

Amanda:  Yes, I do.  Again, it's all part of the dynasty thing.  There are rules I......er....we....have to follow. 

Vihan:  And?......

Amanda:  Well, we've become very good friends, you know.  Almost best friends.......

Vihan:  And?........

Amanda:  Ok, about the rules.   I personally have to max out my career, max several skills, have friends, do parties, all kinds of things.

Vihan:  And you are doing a great job so far.......

Amanda:  And I have to have an heir.  With luck I'll find someone who is the love of my life, get married, and .......well.......part of why I searched till I found you was I was kind of hoping you might fit that bill.

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Vihan: Why me?  I mean, I guess I'm not all that bad looking and I think I'm an ok guy but, why me?  I mean, I'm flattered, and honored that a watched Sim like you would choose me, but....?

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Amanda:  Why not you?  You've got all the traits I could want in a husband, you're attractive, you're kind, hard working, and.......well, I did look around.  There were a lot of guys that might make my day, but you do.  You've gone out of your way and.....I......well.....(blushes)

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Vihan:  But, Amanda.......didn't you figure it out anything I've done I've done to impress you?  Hoping you might.....well......

Amanda:  You,  you mean it's ok?  You might be interested in....well.....moving the friendship to something a bit.....more?

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Amanda:  Oh, Vihan, you don't know how happy you just made me.

Vihan:  Not half as happy as you made me.

Leland:  Oh, for heaven't sake.  Just kiss and get over it!  Honest to Pete you guys have been dancing around this like it was something scary. 

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Amanda: ( blows kiss hopefully)

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Vihan:  Why, Miss Amanda!  Are you trying to flirt with me?  It's working.

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Leland:  Oh, for heavens' sake!!  I'm out of here.  You two better figure this out on your own.  Kids, nowadays.  Don't know which ends up.

Amanda:  Can you see my heart? It's beating just for you.

Vihan:  Can you see mine?  I think it's joined yours in perfect harmony.

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Amanda:  This is so sudden, and yet, I feel like I've known you forever.  I'm so happy it's like floating in champagne bubbles.

Vihan:  We're made for each other aren't we?  I just so much want to kiss you right now.

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Amanda:  Well, what's taking you so long?  (giggles)

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Amanda: I.....I think I'm falling in love with you.

Vihan:  Well, what took you so long?  I've been in love with you forever.

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I really hate to end this mush fest, but let's just say they spent the rest of the night talking, really getting to know each other, and saying the goofiest, mushiest things ever, before finally going to their own, separate as yet, beds to dream dreams and plan on making them real.
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Re: Alternately - new update 6/20
« Reply #29 on: June 22, 2019, 11:46:28 AM »
That was adorable.  And Leland's commentary was perfect.  Best of luck to those crazy kids.

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Re: Alternately - new update 6/20
« Reply #30 on: June 25, 2019, 07:54:43 PM »
Mush fest! Hahaha
I guess it was love at first flirt/blow kiss. Leland should of seen it coming, I'm surprised it took him so long to get out of there! haha

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Chapter 12 - Eerie Music Beckons On
« Reply #31 on: July 09, 2019, 09:00:13 PM »
Thank you my faithful readers, for your comments and sticking with this.  At times it seems it's kind of a bore but I'm hanging in hoping for more adventures.  And please, accept my apologies for not posting.  Was wafted away on Sulani's breezes.  Now for our story........

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Chapter 12 - Eerie Music Beckons On

It had been a long, hard day at work.  When it was over, Amanda found herself tracking down the team at Oasis Park.  It seems they had been busy, both having fun and, incidentally, getting some skilling done.  Don Lothario, now one of her better friends, wasted no time in filling her in on what the club had been doing.



Don:  Yeah, see, the gang all wanted to have a bit of fun, you know, fishing, playing music, nice ambience, meet girls.....uh....I mean people.

Amanda:  *chuckling*, yeah, I know all about meeting "people".  Take advantage of the tent, did you?

Don:  Well, uh,  uh,  I mean.......we did snooze a bit.

Amanda:  Uh, huh.

After saying her good-bye, and letting poor Don off the hook, Amanda raced away to do some of the stuff she came for.  Maybe use that grill?  Guys have got to be hungry by now. 



She caught a glimpse of her guys busy trying to catch fish.  Where, she wondered, is Dylan?  Probably reading or using the telescope.  Eh, he was well over the whole fishing gig, having maxed the aspiration eons ago.  Maybe she'd stop in and try out her new rod and reel?



No, no fishing for her.  Not when she has such a gorgeous hunk of love to watch and listen to.  Heartfelt sighs just kept on coming.  Who knew he would be "the one"?



A long, long day of fun and frolic, not to mention darned, hard work, had left them all pretty wiped out.  Amanda was drooping with exhaustion and all she could think about was climbing into her cozy bed.



Just as they started to leave, Amanda thought she heard some pretty creepy, music.  Her whole body was bathed in an other worldly light and panic definitely was setting in.  Didn't the guys even notice?  Can we say, "clueless"?



Amanda:  Uh,....guys?   Dylan?,   Leland?, Kelly!?   Someone tell me what's happening here.  Guys?  Do you even hear me?  Can you see?  Guys..........?  Um.......guys, what is that thing?



Amanda:  *gulp*  Watcher!!!!  Help!  I'm not liking this AT ALL!  *whimpers*



Amanda:  It's so big........Uh, hello?  You guys want to come visit?  Maybe have a little chat?  What's that?........oh........dear........heavens.....me?

DV:  Yep, you.  Sorry Amanda.  You've been chosen.  Just go with the flow, you'll be ok.  Won't feel a thing.  (I hope)



Amanda:  I'm scared, DV.  They won't drop me will they?  It's pretty high up there and ..........are they like the monster under the bed?........*gulp*



Amanda:  Ok, you guys!  You better be nice, ok?  Or my boys will come and get you......I mean.......hello there, friend.  We are friends, right?  No dropping of humans splat on the pavement or anything, right?  Shall we have tea?  I'm a good cook.......



Amanda:  Yes sir, mam,  er.......whatever.   Please tell my gang I love them in case I don't see them again.  Ok?  Coming right up now........*shrieks like on a rollar coaster ride*



It really didn't take all that long.  It seemed as if her whole life was passed in front of her eyes.  Everyone was so normal back on earth, but here.....?   Well, Amanda really wouldn't remember much of her time away.  It was as if it never happened.  The PTB, (Powers That Be), gently deposited her, groggy and not quite aware, in the same spot they had taken her from.  Meanwhile, still oblivious to the obvious, Vihan had just paid the bills and was heading back into the house.



Thanks so much for your input.  There you go, safe and sound.  Oh, one last thing.  *twirls a dial*  You won't remember a thing.  Sorry for the headache.

Amanda: *drools, slurs words*  Sorry for headache.  Safe an' sound.......



Amanda:....Hmmm?  Wha?..... Did you say somethin'......mmmm.  Must have dozed off.  Dreaming.  Yep....busy day.   



Amanda:  Hey guys!  Wait for me!  I want some cake too.....



And so passes another uneventful day in the life of our founder, who has found life lately dull, boring and without adventure.  Heheheh
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Re: Alternately -Updated 7/9
« Reply #32 on: July 10, 2019, 12:07:02 AM »
Poor Amanda! I do love her cute cold weather outfit. It took me a second to realize Don is not the love interest in this version. I was all ready to be mad at him. LOL.


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Re: Alternately -Updated 7/9
« Reply #33 on: July 10, 2019, 05:39:01 PM »
Amanda's doing fabulously!!  Loved Leland's commentary when the happy couple was finally getting together, by the way.  It's like he gave voice to what your readers were thinking  ;=)

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Re: Alternately -Updated 7/9
« Reply #34 on: July 10, 2019, 07:18:54 PM »
@reggikko :  Thank you.  I love that out fit too and would so wear it for reals.  Cuter than cute.  Yeah, Don is a bit embarrassed by his rep but only a bit.  lol  He's really good friends with Amanda.  The "boys" kind of look at him askance.  I mean, he DID dis her in Myoshuno.  No one gets to hurt "their girl" and get forgiven easily.

@PeregrineTook: (still mumbling about you Tooking your time to call the love interest name),  It seemed like that romance would never start, and then, never end.  I was bored to tears by the time they finally got it together and had a gazillion more pics to sort through.
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Re: Alternately -Updated 7/9
« Reply #35 on: July 11, 2019, 10:55:46 AM »
Something I really wished they would maybe implement is an actual alien spaceship/room for when we get abducted. And like maybe a pop up that asks if we want to join them or not. It would make the whole experience a little more interesting I think.
Did she come back pregnant?? :P

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Re: Alternately -Updated 7/9
« Reply #36 on: July 11, 2019, 05:43:16 PM »
@kattiq I think only men wind up preggers.  Why they even bother abducting females is beyond me, but it made for some interesting facial screen shots.
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Chapter 13 - Realization
« Reply #37 on: July 22, 2019, 03:57:32 PM »
Chapter 13 - Realization

Amanda had a hard time coming to grips with reality for awhile.  She kept having really strange dreams of lifting off to another world that was truly weird and other worldly, a place she felt she really had seen, somehow alien, yet not really threatening to her.  A place where people who looked much like her, yet not like her.  Aliens.  Oh, there had been many rumors of aliens living in Willow Creek and the other town in Simearth, but so far she had never seen any, not even in Strangeville that she had visited briefly.  Of course she had related this to her gang of friends, and the one who took it to heart was Vihan.

Vihan:  I really am very worried and scared.  I think, you were abducted by aliens and the dreams you've been having are just a subliminal memory of what you saw during that brief time.  Amanda, I think I almost lost you.

Amanda:  Really?  You think I actually was taken away from here?  Not just bad, strange dreams?

Vihan:  Really.  There have been other cases you know.  Even among our friends.  Kelly, for instance.  The important thing is, I could have lost you forever.

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Vihan:  When I look into your beautiful eyes, see your love for me shining in your face, my heart just skips and stops.  I really didn't know how much I could love anyone, but you, well......you just stole my heart away.  And to think I could have lost the only chance I ever thought of finding someone so perfect.........

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Vihan:  Look, I know I haven't been the best person in the whole Simiverse.  I acted stand-offish, and kind of cold hearted towards you at first.  Stupid!  I was so stupid.  I guess I just didn't want to get my heart broken, again.  I just can't lose you.

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Amanda:  Vee?  What are you saying?  What are you.....?

Vihand: Ok.  Here I am, putting my heart, my life, my whole everything out to you.  Taking the risk you might say......well,   I'm hoping,  I.......ok,  here goes....

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Vihan:  With all my heart, all my love, all my hope........Amanda Newcombe, will you do me the great honor of joining me forever in my heart, and be my wife?

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Amanda: (gasps) Oh,  oh my.....I.....

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Vihan:  Please say yes, my one and only love.

Amanda:   I.......I......uh.......

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Amanda:  Yes!  Oh, dear plumbob of course, yes! 

Vihand:  You will?  You really will?....

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Amanda:  Oh Vee,   it's so beautiful.  How could you know just what I would love?  Of course, any ring you offered I would have loved, but this one is perfect.  Just perfect.....

Vihan:  Not as perfect or as good as you are.  You have made me the happiest guy in the world!  I'm grinning from ear to ear.

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Vihan:  Put it on.  Let's see if it fits.  I want it to be just right.....

Amanda:  Ok.....

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Amanda:  Pefect!  Oh, it's so beautiful.......I....Vihan,  I love you so much.  I was hoping one day......you're amazing.

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Vihan,  so you really like it?  We're actually going to get married?

Amanda:  Like it?  I'm so happy I don't have any more words....

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Amanda:  Whoo hoo!!!  I'm gonna be married to the man of my dreams! 

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Well, it sure took them long enough, but Vihan came through in the end.  If he did this so well, one has to wonder just how great the wedding will be?

Editor's Note:
  I should apologize for how many screenies there are for such a simple thing, but their faces were too priceless to not take shots of them.  Lately it seems the Sims are just so much more expressive, it is actually hard to not take pictures of them.  Be forewarned, the wedding is going to be long and photo intensive, so my apologies beforehand.
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Re: Alternately New 7/22
« Reply #38 on: July 25, 2019, 09:34:18 PM »
Never apologize for too many screenies!! I love them and helps tell the story even better. So please go to town on the wedding screenies, can't wait!
Vihan and Amanda are just too cute. <3

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Re: Alternately New 7/22
« Reply #39 on: July 28, 2019, 12:28:54 PM »
A swimwear-clad proposal accompanied by alien conspiracy theories.  Delightfully unique!

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Chapter 14 - Preparation
« Reply #40 on: July 31, 2019, 05:27:42 PM »
Chapter 14 - Preparation

Amanda wasted no time at all.  Since the Realization of their mutual love for one another it was a big and dizzying whirl of dates, romantic interludes, and above all, Preparation for the big day.  This was going to be a wedding par excellence.  A wedding that could possibly set the standard for all the days to come.  Somehow Amanda managed to pull it all together, and with the help of her faithful Watcher, the evening was about to begin.  The guests were all assembled, all the party goers and part makers were there.  They arrived en masse for the biggest blow out of the year.

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The park in San Mishuno was groomed and had now become the one and only extravagant site for all weddings.  The Reception Room was more than ready.  The kitchen was refurbished and carried all the updated equipment.  Rest rooms were plentiful and could take care of all the guests needs.


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The newly redecorated Bridal Chamber was romantically perfect and ready for the new bride and groom.  It was as if it was holding its breath, hardly able to wait for the festivities to begin.

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The garden path was well lit, leading the guests to their chairs and beckoning the bride and groom on towards their destiny.  Their unity.

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The excitement and anticipation in the air was palpable as the guests filed in and took their seats, anxiously awaiting the moment when the wedding couple would arrive.  Somehow it was a quiet moment, as if they all were holding their breath.

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They arrived, quietly, joyfully.  The fears they may have had put aside for the moment.  The bride was beautifully gowned in a lace and tulle creation from the very best couturier.  The delicacy of the dress pointing out the delicacy and charm of such a lovely bride, never overwhelming her appearance, but somehow subtly enhancing it.  The groom, handsome as ever, sported the latest in fashionable men's wear.  The most charming of couples for certain.

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As Vihan gently took Amanda's hands, they both had such looks of love.  If we listened closely we would have heard.......

Vihan:  My beloved, are you ready for this?  No doubts?

Amanda:  None.  I can barely breathe I am so full of love for you.  Do we have our vows ready?

Vihan:  Yes.  Have I told you yet how much I love you?  You are so beautiful.

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Amanda:  I loved you from the first time I saw you.  I always want to be with you, for all of your days.

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Amanda:  No turning back?  No regrets?

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Vihan:  None.  Let's begin our adventure together, for as long as I live I will love you, and beyond.

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And so, with this sweet embrace, they were ready to begin the next stage of their adventure,  The Celebration.
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Re: Alternately New 7/31 Preparation
« Reply #41 on: August 04, 2019, 05:48:29 PM »
I like the changes you made to the park.  It never would have occurred to me to make that upstairs room into a bridal suite.  Very convenient.  ;)  All this time I've just had couples try for a baby in the observatory, but your way is better. 

Congrats to the happy couple.  Amanda's dress is beautiful.

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Re: Alternately New 7/31 Preparation
« Reply #42 on: August 05, 2019, 03:08:16 PM »
Thank you @BallerinaHippo !  I had fun remodeling the place for sure.  Remodeled all the rooms, not that they would need to use them.  Makes me think it could be quite a fun remodel if placed elsewhere and became a Victorian mansion somewhere.  Her dress is CC.  I'm ashamed to admit I don't remember who posted it but I found it on Mod the Sims.
  Coming up, the wedding, "Confirmation", and the reception, "Celebration".
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Chapter 15 - Confirmation - The Wedding Vows
« Reply #43 on: August 05, 2019, 04:02:56 PM »
Chapter 15 - Confirmation - The Wedding Vows

Amanda:  "Wherever you go, I will go....."

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Amanda:  "Wherever you live, there shall I live....."

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Amanda: "Your people, will be my people, and your God, will be my God too."

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Vihan:  "Whenever I die, I shall die...."

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Vihan:  "And there, will I be buried with love for you...."

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Vihan:  "We will be together, forever....."

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Together:  "And our love, will be the gift, of our lives"

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Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Mr. and Mrs. Newcombe.

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And with all the drama and preparation done, the happy couple greeted their friends who came to share in their joy this day.  May they have many more.

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Now let's PARTAYYYY!
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Chapter 16 - Celebration! - The Reception
« Reply #44 on: August 10, 2019, 05:55:33 AM »
Chapter 16 - Celebration! - The Reception

Well, I must say the wedding was well done and well planned, and of course the reception after was a huge success as well, as a matter of fact, it counted as a gold medal Wedding Party!  Of course there was plentiful food and drink, and everyone danced and made merry.  The only slow down was getting the two love birds to stop kissing each other!

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No one really minded much, after all, this was truly a match made in heaven.  Finally the guests got them together to do the traditional cake cutting amidst much celebration and noisemakers waving.

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Amanda was really pleased with how the cake turned out.  She'd made several in reserve, just in case, but this one was absolutely going to be scrumptious.  The groom, of course, was nervous and not too sure about what to do and how to go about it.

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Amanda, secure in her new role as wife, knew just what to do.  All those culinary videos certainly helped as she showed her love which fork to use.

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Nobody missed or poked out anyone's eye and the cake was consumed with as much love and fines as possible.

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Dylan was ecstatic.  For once, no grilled cheese, and boy was this cake a treat!  He thought maybe more folks should get married more often, or at least find a good reason for cake.

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Amanda:  I love you so much.  I'm getting a little tired though, aren't you?

Ihvan:  Tired?  Uh, yeah.  Getting really tired.  Great party but maybe it's time to wind it down a bit?

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Random townie child:  I know what you want.  You want to go, you know,  and do grown up stuff.

Don:  Uhm,.....shouldn't you find your parents?

RTC:  Why?  Do they want to do grown up stuff too?  Maybe give me a sister?

Don:  Say......why don't you get rid of that trash bag you're toting around?  Ok?

RTC: giggles

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Amanda:  She's adorable.

Ihvan:  Uh, huh, and maybe a bit too wise?

Don:  That's a girl!  You run along now! 

RTC: (more giggles)  Mr. you are either clueless or trying to get me to leave.  That's ok.  My parents do it all the time.  See ya, oh, and happy wedding day you two! 

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Don:  (thinking)...Well, there they are.  What was I thinking?  I turned down the prettiest and best chance of my life.  (sigh)  This could have been me standing there looking so goofy, and so darned happy.

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Ihvan:  So, my love, shall I start to round up the stragglers and close things down?

Don: (thinking)  Yeah.  You go close things down.  Make the most of my breaking heart why don't you?  (sigh),  If I had only done things differently I'd be the BEST man, and not just the Best Man at someone elses wedding.

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Amanda:  I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, darling, but I am getting a bit tired.  It's been a big and busy day.  You'll be kind won't you?

Ihvan:  Kindness is my middle name, but it's time to call it a night.

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Ihvan:  No worries, my love.  Let the man of the house handle it.

Don:  (thinking)  Man of the house.  That could have been me.  I was such a stupid idiot.  (sigh)  I just hope she'll be happy.  I never realized how much I cared.

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Amanda:  All done?

Ihvan:  Yep.  In just a few minutes we're going to be one our own.

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Amanda:  Rowrrrrr.  Any plans in mind, big guy?

Ihvan:  Let's go find out, shall we?

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Everything had been planned ahead.  Everything well prepared.

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I think it's time to let them have some privacy, don't you?

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Re: Alternately - Celebration 8/9
« Reply #45 on: August 11, 2019, 08:18:58 PM »
Love love loveeeeeee their wedding! I just caught up and it was absolutely gorgeous! I love using that park in San Myshuno as a wedding venue, and I  love the Bridal Suite idea :) Also Amanda's dress and hair is gorgeous, and Vihan is handsome as usual. Congratulations to the happy couple <3

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Re: Alternately - Celebration 8/9
« Reply #46 on: August 13, 2019, 10:25:19 AM »
Thank you, kattiq.  It was a lot of fun remodeling that build.  I've kind of always wanted to do it, but do more to make it a real home, and not just a park.  Maybe some day.  Often, when my Sims visit San M for a festival or whatever, they will spend over there and just skill up during their visit.  Sometimes more exciting than staying home!  The dress is CC.  I'm ashamed to admit I don't remember who did it but I found it on Mod the Sims.  I spend hours there looking at CC!
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Chapter 17 - Lazy Hazy Days of Summer
« Reply #47 on: August 21, 2019, 08:04:27 PM »
Chapter 17 - Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

Dear Diary,  Well, I'm married, and everything is different and new, and yet the same.  My now, good friend, Don Lothario seems to like to hang at our house, although he and Ivan don't seem to see eye to eye much.  Still, he's made friends with the boys and loves to challenge them to things like, his favorite past time, water balloon fights.

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The locals seem to get a kick out of their antics although for the most part they avoid getting too involved.  Don has a wicked arm and manages to blast whoever is in his sight more often than not.

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It seemed to be a bit too much for one of the neighbors who took herself off to find refreshment at the cool drink and iced goodies stand.  You know, it seems to me they really had no sense putting that there.  It certainly doesn't fit in with the neighborhood and one wonders what do the folks do after all those beverages?  You'd think they'd have a rest room close by, wouldn't you?  Still it makes our little beach area a pleasant place for fun and games, not to mention fishing.

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While all this was going on, Ihvan and I spent as much time together as we could.  I still had a job to go to, one I really needed to max out quickly, and he still seems happy to just be the man around the house, learning new skills.  Often we'd just get together and chat about random things while I grilled and prepared food for my career.  I think this was the day I maxed out the cooking skill and now just had to work on Gourmet Cooking and Violin.  We discussed who would learn and do what to help our soon to be, (yet, to be), child.

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It seemed we'd just get really into a decent discussion when it was time, once again for me to leave, hopefully full enough of inspired that my job would move along quickly.  We said good-by and off I went.

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I have to tell you about my dear friend, Kelly.  He really has gotten into both gardening, (keeps our fridge well stocked with the best things!), and his career as a floral designer.  Sometimes I'd sneak a peek at him at work and his antics would leave me in giggles.  Usually he'd start off quite serious........

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He'd carefully place each blossom, just so......

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But then, as if he just couldn't resist he'd practice his bar tending moves and the flowers would go flying, behind his back, over his shoulder, every way they could, and still wound up perfectly placed in the vase!

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I'd just have to giggle as he strutted his stuff, unawares he was being watched, and proud as a peacock over his latest creation.  What a guy!

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Well, dear friend, it's time for me to move along.  There is still so much to do, so many plans to fill and dreams to dream.  See you tomorrow.  Hopefully I'll have more interesting things to write about.  G'night!
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Chapter 18 - Moving Right Along
« Reply #48 on: August 21, 2019, 09:56:05 PM »
Chapter 18 - Moving Right Along

Yes, Dear Diary, time moves right along.  Unfortunately, it seems a bit on the slow side to me!  It's like doing everything in half time slogged down by chains and mud to keep me from rapidly accomplishing my goals.  Is it just me?  I was feeling a little bit down in the dumps.  I hardly got to see Ihvan and there was no sign of a nooboo on the way.  Ihvan, dear soul, tried to cheer me up and get me to focus on more positive things.

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He so carefully explained we were very young yet and there was plenty of time to start a family.  After all, it wasn't all that long ago we had been married.  Somehow I thought that magical night would have done the trick, but I guess I was wrong.


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Being the loving and romantic guy he was, he knew all it would take is one of his kisses to make my day brighter.  It worked!

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Of course, that one thing led to another, and pretty soon he had the bright idea of "let's practice making a nooboo and see where it goes".  Yeah, right.  Well, I have to admit I was definitely into that idea!

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When he suggested we try something different, nothing really kinky you understand, just a "change of venue", I was all for it!

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There was sort of the thrill of, "what if they come in and find us here and not in our bed", and of course, the rockets and stars were an indication of just how great it was.

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Well, I've got to admit the fun of it, and not just the love making, put me in a great mood and I was ready to knock out a house party to end all house parties.  Let's dance!!  All together, and one and two and.....

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Unfortunately the night was not as charming for Kelly, who was my designated cook and helper for the night.  Why that guy had to go messing around with his bees is beyond me.  I think they were just out for revenge for all the honey he stole.

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Fortunately neither Kelly nor any others were badly affected. Maybe he decided to bee-friend them?  Hehheh.  Sorry, bad pun.  Anyway, Lyal got to be bartender and therefor accomplished his requirement to make three drinks at an event which moved him well along on his aspiration.  I, of course, got a Gold Medal for that party!

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I also made, not only a new friend, but garnered a new housemate!  You see, the boys were getting a bit grey around the temples and I knew it wouldn't be too long before Grim came to pay a call.  Got a new bartender while I could!  Besides, I always felt sorry for the lonely Darling Walsh, and this way maybe we could help her with her long held desire for Don!  We'll see, but meanwhile, she was a welcome new member.  (And I could hardly wait to give her a bit of fashion advice as well!)

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Well, we all were having so much fun no one wanted to go home.  Dylan had been jonesing  for a rocket ship and we all figured, why not?  Didn't we all have to eat a Grilled Cheese in space and then talk to Grim?  So off the party went to work on the ship.

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I think Don was the best "hammer mechanic" there but it might have been a toss up when Jade made the sparks fly with her torch.

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I was pretty much there in a supervisory category.  Not too found of all that banging and building you know.  So I spent some time just chatting with Lyal, who was being pretty much a sour puss about the whole thing.  I don't know why, I usually like to build things.  Maybe it's because  ...........

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WE'RE PREGNANT!!!
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Chapter 19- Too Grim for Words
« Reply #49 on: August 25, 2019, 10:03:47 PM »
Chapter 19- Too Grim for Words

Dear Diary, Sometimes things are just too grim for words.  Ok, please pardon that opening note because, as you know, things had gotten very sad, and difficult in our little household. 
   We had decided that things were moving along all too well, but......what about tomorrow?  What happens if we lose our dear helpers, who are much more like family than just slave labor.  We hope we have given them a good and happy life and that they will be with us for seasons yet, but doesn't it pay to look forward to a time when they may not be with us?  To be prepared?  Ihvan and I made the decision that we had to think, not only of ourselves, but our darling child's future.  What if he or she needs the help we have been so fortunate to receive?  You already know our first choice, Darling.  She had always been sort of an outsider, a hanger on, with a sad look and a longing in her eyes for more, particularly for Don Lothario, a hopeless case at best.  So Darling was the first of the newcomers to join our little team.  We had hopes she would help out in the, by now, massive garden, or take up the task of keeping things repaired.  Maybe she could write a Book of Life or something.  We really didn't know.  We just wanted to take her in, give her a good home, (and a make over!), and see what comes of it.  I took the opportunity at the party to clue her in as to what we wanted and what it would be like for her and she was "all in".  So all in she actually started recruiting on her own, her first "find" being the guy who didn't make the cut at the library!


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More about him later.  As it turns out, with a little help in the clothing and appearance, he certainly was a stunner.  But I digress.  Let's leave it at he and Darling were the next additions to the crew and will be discussed in future.
   Meanwhile, it definitely appeared we were just in time with our plans.  Our beloved Kelly had been quite a find for us, working hard in the garden and with floral arranging and more to the point, painting up a storm and keeping us afloat with lots of cash.  It was here, at his easel, that Grim came to call.  Kelly heard his approach, and knowing what was coming, his only regret was he would never get to meet our child.


Kelly:   Is that you Grim?  You coming to get me?  You really couldn't just wait a tick and let me chat about Grilled Cheese or get to kiss Amanda's kid?

Grim:  *sigh*  Hey, old man, don't make this more difficult for me than it has to be, ok?  It's a bummer you were just that one thing short of filling that ridiculous aspiration, but hey, that's the way the cheese melts.

Kelly:  Bad puns aside, you've left me alone for quite some time now.  I sort of expected it sooner.  I just grateful for the life I've had.  One last favor?  Do it quick.  Don't let my Mandy see this, ok?  She's in a delicate way.

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Grim:  You're wish is my command, my friend.  Maybe we can play a game of chess on the other side.

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Grim:  And with a last sigh, I took him home.  Man, I hate it when they are good ones.  (sighs)  Rest in peace, Kelly.  You will be missed here by many.  Rotten job you know, but someone has to do it and I am SO good at it.

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Of course I knew nothing of what was happening right over my head.  Grim kept his word and I never saw my dear friend pass over.  Instead, I was completely immersed in my cooking skills.  I did have a job to prepare for and to max so I just kept cooking.

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  Ihvan was also unaware.  He was in the, what has become our "music room", plunking away at the piano.  He was determined to be able to mentor our child in that skill and I was grateful to not have to listen too closely.  Somehow "The Itsy Bitsy Speeder" lost something in translation.


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With a fresh grilled cheese sandwhich in hand, I chatted up Grim, totally ignoring Leyland who seemed to have decided to take a nap just then.  I was so involved in my discussion over the merits of grilled cheese, thus satisfying one more step in the aspiration, that I paid no attention to what was happening at my feet.  Really, Leyland had been one of the least favorite people, and with his hatred of children I was pretty concerned how my child would be treated.

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Grim apparently had business to do with Leyland, thus relieving my mind a bit over the future for my nooboo, and I just carried on with eating my sandwich.  You know, when you're pregnant you are constantly hungry and when you've got to eat, you've go to eat.

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I'm not normally cold hearted you know, but it seems Grim had put a geas on me and there was a sense of this was right.  No harm to come to me or my nooboo it seemed.  Sadness could wait till later.  What I didn't know as "later" approaching rapidly, as Dylan felt the presence of Grim and collapsed in front of his long held dream.

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Ihvan had heard a bit of commotion, and wondering who had come to call, came upon the scene just as Grim was gathering poor Leyland's sould.  He was completely devastate and really didn't understand my nonchalance and attention to my grilled cheese.

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Having decided to explore his new environment a bit more, Atharv Arnold, (we call him Arnie), discovered to his horror the dead body of his new friend, Dylan, laying on the ground in front of the rocket ship.  Was this what he was getting into?  Death, alone in front of the thing you cherished the most?  Too late for doubts now.

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Feeling a strange presence, he slowly turned around and was further horrified by the vision of the Grim Reaper!  He thought it was only a fairy tale, and yet here he was in the flesh, or whatever it was he had, standing there tallying up Dylan's life.

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This time I was not to be protected.  I stared, horrified and deeply saddened at the body of one of my dearest friends.  How could they all be dying off so soon, and all together?  It was horrible.

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We all were there, stunned and shocked with grief over our loss.  Grim, ever so gently removed the soul of our friend.  It was almost regretfully.  We were too overwhelmed to take it all in.

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Grim:  Rest easy my friend.  You've been a good friend, a perfect help mate, and a beloved member of this family.  May all your dreams and aspirations come true in the Netherworld.  (sigh)  He was a good man, you know.  Grieve him well!

The moment over, the family all left to find solace where they could  Perhaps crying it out in their solitary beds, missing the near by companions who once had been there.  As for me, there was nothing more to do.  I hugged my old friend, thanked him for his gentle care and for the grilled cheese aspiration, and wished him well.

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Grim:  Aww, Amanda I really hate this job you know.

Amanda:  Yes, old friend, I know.  But.......

Grim:  Someone has to do it and........

Amanda:  You're awfully good at what you do!

So we leave our old companions and go to face the future with our new ones..Good night dear diary, I have some grieving to do.

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