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« Reply #175 on: October 30, 2019, 01:10:19 PM »
Chapter 65 – Hearts Everywhere

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It sort of feels like Calder and Benny have been toddlers forever, but they just keep coming up with new styles of cuteness, so I don’t really mind. For instance, they place dollhouse together. Calder takes after his big sister and plays INSIDE the dollhouse. I guess that’s a Kindle thing now. (Side note: did you know that toddlers build relationship with each other WAY FASTER while playing dollhouse together than they do when using the blocks table? Like, it’s alarming. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.)

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I also come across the two boys sitting like this in the foyer. I don’t know how they came to sit so close to each other. Or how Benny manages to play the xylophone while looking at his cousin (?) (wait, second cousin?). It’s almost like they’re having a conversa…

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…never mind.

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Clover is, surprisingly, very close to aging up to elder. Since she’s only just become a mom, and hasn’t even gotten around to marrying George yet (oops, that’s my bad), she decides to get a tattoo and give herself a bit more time. She deserves it.

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Speaking of which, it’s about time we got Clover and George hitched, eh? Step one is, of course, a bachelorette party. Everyone the family knows is invited, including the apparently ageless and still dapper Lucky Perkins, as well as—now now, who’s this handsome young fellow?

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Why, it’s Mario Crosby, of course! He and Aria are already best friends, so naturally, now that they’re teenagers with hormones, they realize how attracted they are to each other. (Some lady offscreen to the left is very excited about this fact.)

While Aria and Mario (now THAT’S fun to say) sheepishly talk on the front porch, what is Dawn up to?

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I find Dawn in the hot tub with yet another handsome young fellow. Oooh, is that one of the Lobos boys? I think one of them aged up with that hairstyle—

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—nope. It’s George Dean, and I am an idiot.

Dawn: “Oh, George, I can’t wait till you’re part of the household! You’ll be like our fun uncle! You can tell us everything about boys, and—”
George: *subtly preparing to extract himself from the hot tub*

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Harvey and Rose are inside doing actual party activities, which is admirable. It’s been a while since they’ve done anything together.

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Turns out the rest of the guests are doing actual party activities also! I find everyone upstairs bonding over darts and foosball. Clover, the guest of honor, is absolutely crushing Betty Newbie at darts.

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Dawn gets out of the hot tub eventually, and comes to see what her sister is doing on the porch. There, she meets Mario for the first time. And…uh oh. Hearts everywhere, people––hearts! everywhere!

Mario and Dawn end up talking and flirting (autonomously!) for basically the rest of the party. I don’t know if it’s his Flirty trait or the fact that Dawn is in a swimsuit, but Mario seems really into his best friend’s twin sister. :o

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Harvey isn’t so pleased about this.

Harvey: “My sweet daughter, why do you associate yourself with mismatched youths like this? This little punk puts the color red to shame by pairing it with such a nauseating shade of azure!”
Dawn: “It’s not that bad, Dad! He’s not a playable like we are. Besides, he’s cute! Cuter than Aria ever told me…”
Mario: *smiling dreamily*

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Back inside, a surprise celebration––it’s Calder’s birthday! I don’t usually forget toddler birthdays, but I definitely did this time around. Calder starts aging up just as his mother is heading out the door for her shift at the warehouse (in a SNAZZY new uniform, I might add).

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I’ll be sad to see this cutie become less cute in about five seconds :(

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The curse of red and azure strikes again!

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Because I’m distracted with the party, I don’t get Calder to a mirror before his bedtime. His sister Aria tucks him into a big-boy bed for the first time. (Actually, it’s his parents’ bed, because I haven’t actually made Calder a bedroom yet.)

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Aria is struck with a fit of insanity and doesn’t quite finish reading Unplug It First!. Calder doesn’t seem to mind, and sits up on the bed dreaming happily about wrenches and screwdrivers.

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Outside, Harvey is still being the third wheel in Dawn and Mario’s conversation. Clover is out there, too, having a drink.

Harvey: "Oh, good, cousin Clover! Come help me dismantle this budding romance between my daughter and this color-clashing hoodlum."
Clover: “I'm going to need another drink first."

Before the party ends, though, somebody has to make a toast. And since Clover apparently has no friends except her fiance…

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George: “Come round, come round, everyone! Oops, sorry, Betty.”
Betty: “It is fine. Everything is fine.”

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George: “All right, everyone, I’d just like to say that Clover here is the most wonderful woman I have ever met, and I can’t wait to hold her in my arms forever. You know, like this.”

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George: “Also, I—um, darling, what are you doing?”
Clover: “Nothing. Please continue.”

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Yeah, it’s getting harder to come up with these speeches for my sims. Anyway, George breaks out the nectar so he can properly douse his bride-to-be. I’ve never seen such a devious facial expression on him before. Or any facial expression, really…

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“Yaaahhh!”

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It is at this moment that I realize that the balding older gentleman who’s been lurking around this party is NONE OTHER THAN SKYLER KINDLE. Just a fun fact. Poor Skyler lost his playable status, his plotlines, AND his hair. :(

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The night winds down eventually. The guests trickle out and the family goes to bed. Except for George, who takes up mixology as a 1 a.m. hobby. I think he’s getting nervous about the wedding.

See you all next time!

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Re: The Kindle Random Town Jump
« Reply #176 on: November 02, 2019, 02:09:54 PM »
Chapter 66 – Boys

Mmkay, so remember how I thought the party was over at the end of last chapter? Yeah, good times! Well, it wasn’t.

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Lucky Perkins writes a little bit of an epilogue for this party and kicks the bucket in front of the guests.

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He’s an old dude, and I believe Story Progression even gave him an extra grace period because he had a couple of children late in his life. So it’s his time to go. G’bye, Lucky!

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Okay, NOW the party’s over. Even the party dancers think so.

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Oh, did I mention that Calder aged up with the Coward trait?

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Poor kid—I don’t know which he’s more scared of, death or half-naked cops.

Everyone else survives the bachelorette party and eventually gets to bed. The next day is Saturday––a busy day for all.

First on the docket: the twins need to break up with their romantic interests. I know, we all love NPC pudding-faces (note the heavy sarcasm), but these two boys just won’t cut it for a Random Town Jump, where the whole point is to experience a wide variety of townie genes.

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Gary: “Haha, NPC pudding-faces! That’s a good one!”

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Gary: “WHAT? You’re SERIOUS?”

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So Gary is gone. Next up is Dawn’s special friend––uh, er, I already forgot his name. He gets slightly less angry than Gary did, at least. (Also, I have no idea why Clover is suddenly acting all scared. She must’ve just gotten pranked or something. Maybe because she’s Nurturing, the idea of a teenager getting his heart broken is traumatizing to her, even if the teenager has no face and no soul. I guess we’ll never know.)

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The most important part of today, though, is Clover and George’s wedding. It’s been a long time coming, and it is beautiful. After that wild bachelorette party the night before, the two of them decide to go for a quiet wedding in the countryside. (Actually, they’re right across the street from the house.)

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After many years of dating and the birth of their first child, Clover and George are finally husband and wife.

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Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Kindle-Dean!

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Another long-overdue event: Calder’s child makeover. Sorry your head looked like a lumpy biscuit for so long, kiddo. As I mentioned, Calder is now a Coward. His other traits are Artistic and Virtuoso.

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Now that George is a part of the family for real, he finally gets to spend time with his son. You can just see the adoring love in little Benny’s eyes. :’)

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As such, it’s George who witnesses Benny’s first steps, and George who teaches him how to walk.

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There’s a lot of father-son love in this house, and it’s giving me all the feels.

Now we must switch gears from family love to new romantic love. Dawn and Aria are now free to explore their spouse options. Dawn is still acquaintances with the Lobos boys from elementary school, so she decides to pay them a visit over the weekend and see what sort of young men they’re growing up to be.

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When she gets out of the taxi, she finds herself walking to the front door accompanied by another friend of the Lobos boys. It’s Derick Newbie, a guy she knows distantly from school but has never really talked to.

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Dawn strikes up a conversation while waiting for someone to come to the door. Right off the bat, she discovers that Derick Can’t Stand Art. To an Artistic girl, that’s not an attractive trait in a guy.

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Wondering what’s taking the Lobos boys so long to show up, I check on Aria back home. She’s invited over her best friend Mario Crosby, and—ooooh, things seem to be going well!

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I hop over back to Dawn, and—oh my! Look at that smolder! Dawn and Derick are autonomously flirting like crazy, in spite of the core difference in their traits. I guess the physical attraction between them overrides the personality clash. (And Marques Lobos has arrived but doesn’t seem to be anywhere near Dawn’s romantic radar.)

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Ah, that seductive look is impossible to misinterpret. Dawn has one of the sultriest Sim faces I’ve ever seen, and she uses it well on Derick. (Marques is talking to his, um, girlfriend, by the way. Turns out he’s not as available as I thought he was.)

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Aww, Derick seems pretty smitten with the fire-haired beauty whom he wasn’t even supposed to meet today.

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The two of them share their first kiss right in front of Marques’s girlfriend (right) and Vera Lobos (left). Looking at this picture after the fact, I have to wonder if Vera and Derick were meant to have a rendez-vous, instead of Dawn and Derick. Oops. No wonder Vera looks so offended.

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And back home, Aria plants her first kiss on Mario. I guess Mario’s flirting with Dawn at the party didn’t mean anything, because he seems totally committed to Aria now. Excellent.

Well, that was easy! I was honestly expecting some more difficulty in finding mates for the twins (and part of me was hoping one of them might end up with a girl). Alas, they had other plans for themselves. :)

As usual, the spouse hunting takes up an entire chapter. Next time, we’ll get on to less more exciting things.



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Re: The Kindle Random Town Jump
« Reply #177 on: November 05, 2019, 12:40:48 PM »
Chapter 67 – The Final Spar

We are slowly but surely approaching the end of our time here in Riverview. The twins are almost grown, their future spouses are chosen, and Harvey and Rose and close to achieving their Lifetime Wishes. And the watcher over it all—that’s me, hello, hi—is feeling, once again, pretty overwhelmed by the number of people running around in this household.

Someone’s going to have to leave sooner or later. But first––

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Desert Rose: “Hey Clover! I challenge you to a spar. Since we haven’t fought since we were teenagers, I’m pretty sure I’ll crush you to a pulp.”

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Clover: “You’re on, cousin! You’re not the Empress of Evil YET!”

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And so they spar.

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Mario (in the background): “Come on, Aria. I don't really want to see your mom get squashed by a master martial artist.”
Aria: “Yeah, me either. Let’s go make out in the sandbox.”

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The fight begins with Clover taking a flying leap like some sort of deranged praying mantis.

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Rose: “I…don’t know this move…but okay!”

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Rose does land some punches, or swipes, or whatever they’re called. (I know nothing about martial arts, if you can’t tell.)

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But she’s continually caught off guard by Clover’s masterful moves.

Rose: “What are you doing NOW?!”
Clover: “A midair horizontal full-body rolling kick! Watch out!”

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Rose watches, but she doesn’t exactly watch out.

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She gets clobbered.

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Desert Rose: “Well, I guess I admit defeat. You are a true fighter, cousin Clover.”

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Clover: “And don’t you ever forget it.”

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After the spar is over, Clover continues to assert her dominance by subjecting poor Harvey to an intense round of weight training. I don’t think he’s ever been within fifty feet of a weight machine in his life.

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Yeah…

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That day also happens to be Benny’s birthday! This little cutie patootie is finally going to get less cute. :(

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I was hoping George would get to take his son to the cake, but nope, it’s Harvey as usual.

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I’m not crying, you’re crying!

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Little Benny grows like a weed and becomes a Snob. All right, then. At least he’s still Friendly and Excitable underneath that.

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And at least he looks absolutely adorable in this upside-down-cereal-bowl haircut!

Now that Benny is a proper child, it’s time for things to get moving. Specifically, it’s time for Clover’s side of the family to get moving. :(

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Clover tells Benny all about their exciting future as a family, just the three of them (or maybe more, if we’re lucky). She tells him about the beautiful farmhouse that is about to become their new home.

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Back indoors, George leaves his mark on the Kindle family by starting his first pyromaniac fire.

George: “Whoops.”

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Dawn: “Seriously, Uncle George?”
George: “I was never here, Dawn. I was never here.

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Mysteriously, the fire goes out on its own after only a few seconds. George covers his actions with the smoothness of a smooth criminal by shaking his butt in the foyer.

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And outside, Clover makes the call to the real estate agent she’s been in secret contact with for the past few days.

“Is the house ready? Perfect. We’ll be right over.”

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And with that, Clover, George, and Benny Kindle head off to their new home in the countryside. The house isn’t far away, so the family can visit anytime. Clover still has some time left as an adult—enough time, I hope, to have another baby or two, and to get one more promotion and become an astronaut like she’s always dreamed. (Her wedding to George resulted in so many days off that I didn’t see the point of waiting. Hopefully Story Progression will give her that last promotion before the rest of the family moves to the next town.)

Now the household is back down to five. I will miss Clover and her family desperately––in all honesty, I planned to keep Clover in the family until her death. But when she met George and started rolling wishes to marry him and have kids...I realized that she deserves to follow her own dreams. She'll always be in my heart as that little astronaut bouncing around on the roof of the house in Lucky Palms.

Aaaand I'm done being sentimental. For the moment, anyway.

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« Reply #178 on: November 06, 2019, 01:16:43 PM »
Chapter 68 – Father & Daughter

Dawn and Aria are full-fledged teenagers, and they are very active in doing teenager things.

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Dawn discovers the thrill of pranking. Seriously, it’s a thrill. I promise. She just never shows her thrilledness on her face.

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Or at least, it’s a thrill for poor Harvey (who could totally pull off an aquamarine look if he wanted to).

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Something about the hair dye screws Harvey up, though. When he comes over to let his daughter off the hook a while later, he looks a little cross-eyed.

“There there, sugar pumpkin. No need to feel guilty over this silly prank. How about I teach you to drive, thereby instilling you with greater responsibility and putting you at greater risk for rash behaviors?”

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Dawn the Vehicle Enthusiast, who has been waiting for this moment all her life, actually displays her thrilledness in this situation.

“Okay, yeah, totally! Thanks, Dad! I don’t feel guilty at all anymore!”

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They spend the afternoon driving around town in the Motive Mobile, and Dawn is a licensed driver by dinnertime. (She also receives a fabulous hot pink car as a gift from her watcher, but said watcher failed to get a picture of that. The one in the background belongs to Desert Rose.)

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When she gets home, Dawn continues working on that novel she started when she was a child (entitled The Library Ghost). She finishes that one and starts a new one before bed. This one’s called I Like Hot Pink Carz, because her editor is really great at coming up with book titles.

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Dawn is evidently the star of this chapter, but the rest of the family is doing fine too. Calder’s favorite activity, by far, is playing in the sandbox. He’s out there all day, every day, anytime he’s not in school. All by himself he gets really far in the hidden sandcastle skill. He also buries his homework a couple of times. I don’t know if this hidden skill will help him at all in the future, but it certainly shows that Calder loves to make things!

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Desert Rose continues to thrive in the upper levels of the criminal career. She’s very close to becoming Empress of Evil. But since she’s not Empress yet, she gets electrocuted trying to fix the dishwasher. That wouldn’t happen to an Empress. Probably.

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Harvey and Dawn, who have been trying to repair their relationship since the whole hair dye incident (learning to drive didn’t do much to help, for some reason), get stuck in a “no, you go first” loop instead of jumping to Rose’s aid.

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After a concerningly long time, it’s Dawn who takes control of the situation, mostly because nobody else would.

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A firefighter shows up eventually.

Firefighter: “How are you doing that?! Show me your ways, young prodigy!”
Dawn: “You just spray it! I don’t know! This is YOUR calling in life, not mine!”

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Things settle down, and the firefighter leaves in a huff, having been outshined by a teenage girl yet again.

Calder: “Eww, it smells smoky in here. So is anyone gonna eat this sushi, or what?”

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Life goes on for the Kindle kiddos. (I feel like I say that every chapter. But I mean…it does!) They attend school, and all three get on the honor roll. Dawn goes to Newspaper Club a couple afternoons a week.

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Aria’s primary hobby is cooking, but between intensive peanut-butter-and-jelly sessions, she hangs out with her friends. She gets to know Alonzo Lobos pretty well (triplet brother of Marques and Vera). He’d be a good contender for spouse if Aria hadn’t already chosen Mario. (See, he's even waving to the forum! What a gentleman.)

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And Dawn spends all her time writing, just like her grandfather Nile. She has her own moodlet manager and makes use of the Motive Mobile to keep from getting stressed out.

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Sometimes her wacky sleep schedule gets her in trouble. (Who else has accidentally stayed at the library until way past their bedtime? *raises hand*)

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Once again, Harvey must discipline his daughter, and he has an appropriately hard time doing it.

“Oh, how can it be? My sugar pumpkin, a criminal! A delinquent! A ruffian! Now I must be hard on her, for she has broken both my heart and the law!”

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Dawn: “Dad, I just got picked up by the police! It was amazing! I can’t wait to write about it in my next—”

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Harvey: “Dawn, how could you act in such a lawless manner?! You are too young for such hooliganism! You bring disrespect and shame upon this family, upon this household, upon the very Kindle name!”

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Dawn: *yawn* “You do realize your wife has the job title of Super Villain, right?”

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So Dawn is the naughty one in the family. Aria’s highest form of rebellion is plopping herself down in the sandbox right near where Calder is building a sandcastle. Not that Calder seems to mind.

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Desert Rose maxes the athletic skill one afternoon, only a couple of decades after her cousin Clover maxed it.

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We end this chapter with a delightful scene. Harvey still goes out and plays for tips most days, with limited success. But once in a while, his music draws a crowd, and instead of tipping him, they dance. Even though Harvey only walks away with about eighty bucks after this, he brings a lot of people joy, which is more important anyway.

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And look, Skyler and Michaela are there too! They’re some of the last people to leave, two elderly lovers dancing long into the night.

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« Reply #179 on: November 09, 2019, 11:06:09 PM »
Been reading this like the forum equivalent of a Netflix binge. I love your captions and the way you always catch the glitchy stuff and make it hilarious. And the faces they make! Holy cow!

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« Reply #180 on: November 11, 2019, 02:20:46 PM »
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Been reading this like the forum equivalent of a Netflix binge. I love your captions and the way you always catch the glitchy stuff and make it hilarious. And the faces they make! Holy cow!

Oh wow, thank you so much for your kind comment! You completely made my day :) I'm thrilled to know that you're reading and liking the Kindles. I know, their faces are always incredible!

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« Reply #181 on: November 11, 2019, 05:28:31 PM »
I love your Kindles! In fact, the Kindles just made their first appearance in my Farmacy game. Rhone gets a quick guest shot and child Leonard meets the Swanson family! I was getting a bit bored with my game when I remembered I needed to add the Kindle family. And once I did that, the game became quite interesting! In fact, the Kindle faces must be contagious because one of the Swanson girls starts making some of her own. :) And Blaise Kindle is starring in another town jump by none other than the town jump challenge creator Judesims herself. And SP paired her up with a unique match to say the least. I'm getting to read about the Kindles in three stories now!



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« Reply #182 on: November 13, 2019, 01:48:19 PM »
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I love your Kindles! In fact, the Kindles just made their first appearance in my Farmacy game. Rhone gets a quick guest shot and child Leonard meets the Swanson family! I was getting a bit bored with my game when I remembered I needed to add the Kindle family. And once I did that, the game became quite interesting! In fact, the Kindle faces must be contagious because one of the Swanson girls starts making some of her own. :) And Blaise Kindle is starring in another town jump by none other than the town jump challenge creator Judesims herself. And SP paired her up with a unique match to say the least. I'm getting to read about the Kindles in three stories now!

Yay, this is wonderful! I love seeing the Kindles getting the spotlight in a few different places. :)

I looked for Judessims's new RTJ but couldn't find it anywhere. Is it posted on this forum?

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« Reply #183 on: November 13, 2019, 01:52:53 PM »
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I love your Kindles! In fact, the Kindles just made their first appearance in my Farmacy game. Rhone gets a quick guest shot and child Leonard meets the Swanson family! I was getting a bit bored with my game when I remembered I needed to add the Kindle family. And once I did that, the game became quite interesting! In fact, the Kindle faces must be contagious because one of the Swanson girls starts making some of her own. :) And Blaise Kindle is starring in another town jump by none other than the town jump challenge creator Judesims herself. And SP paired her up with a unique match to say the least. I'm getting to read about the Kindles in three stories now!

Yay, this is wonderful! I love seeing the Kindles getting the spotlight in a few different places. :)

I looked for Judessims's new RTJ but couldn't find it anywhere. Is it posted on this forum?

It's on her own website! Truly the most attractive couple there could be (lol)
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« Reply #184 on: November 13, 2019, 02:01:00 PM »
Chapter 69 – Good & Evil

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Welcome back to the land of the Kindles, where children build sandcastles and teenagers smash them.

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All should kneel and tremble before Aria, destroyer of creativity! (Reasons this doesn’t make sense: Aria is good. Aria loves the outdoors. Aria is a perfectionist. Aria is a nice person. Calder’s sandcastles are award-worthy. I could go on.)

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Aria is only crazy by day. By night, she sits with Mario Crosby on the front lawn and looks serenely up at the stars.

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In other news, Desert Rose is a Super Villain––level 9 of the criminal career. There you go, girl. Work it!

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Not all is well with Rose, though. I regret that over the last several chapters (and years, in Sim-time), Rose and Harvey haven’t spent much time together. They still love each other, but with Rose working the graveyard shift and Harvey out playing for tips all the time, they hardly ever interact anymore. I think Harvey is more upset about this than Rose is. He takes out his frustration with a good 2 a.m. drum session in the kitchen.

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The next morning, Calder gets to celebrate his teen birthday.

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Man, I love the Northrop-Bellamore genes. They make the boys in this family look so PRETTY.

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Calder is looking more like his dad with each birthday, I think.

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But he’s still his own dude. Calder gets one of the least interesting traits in the game––Mooch. Yikes. Aside from being afraid of death and strippers (but then again, aren't we all), there really isn’t much to Calder’s personality.

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It’s crazy to me that Harvey is now the father of three teenagers. And it’s still crazy to me that none of them inherited his fabulous hair.

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Rose: “Yes, my clone is coming along nicely. She is beautiful, just like me! Ha ha!”

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There is one interesting aspect of Calder’s existence––he’s contracted a bug wherein he sprints everywhere he goes. Which means that as soon as he finishes scarfing down his birthday cake, he RUNS to his easel to resume the painting he started as a child. Yay for artistic passion, I guess?

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These three are a pretty chill bunch, overall. They’re studious and on the quiet side. I do have an idea of who the heir is going to be, but honestly, nobody is really making a strong case for themselves at this point.

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At long last, just a couple days before her elder birthday, Desert Rose gets her final promotion and becomes the Riverview Empress of Evil.

Rose: *YAWN* “Finally. Jeez.”

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She arrives home in a bright red glow of success, and finds her husband playing guitar in the kitchen. Now, those of you who know this game well may already know what’s about to go down. Let’s remember that Harvey is a Good sim, and he’s now married to the Empress of Evil––the ultimate bad. You can tell from the look on his face that he’s not really sure how he feels about his new situation.

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Well…things seem to be going fine so far!

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Yes, Harvey is still head-over-heels for his woman.

“Oh, my thorny temptress, your radiance only intensifies with time! The glow of your glamor weakens me—indeed, it makes me WOOZY! How I long to stroke your strategic mind, to wrestle your wickedness, to caress your corrupt motivations––”

Yeah, we’ll let him finish that speech behind closed doors.

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Speaking of unlikely but adorable couples, Mario and Aria are adorable. Whenever they meet up for a date, they start with autonomous, simultaneous expressions of their respective weirdnesses. Mario trips over himself and looks around in terror that someone saw him; Aria chases a nonexistent fly around her head. It’s freaking adorable every time.

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One afternoon, I send Harvey over to see how Clover and company are doing. He’s greeted at the door by this young man. It’s Benny! He’s a teenager! He has the ugliest haircut!

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Ah, there’s Clover, looking awesome as ever in her high-level military gear. Can you guess who the young lady behind her is? I’ll tell you. It’s Lacie Kindle, youngest child of Skyler and Michaela. She’s all Michaela, isn’t she?

I thought that Rose and Harvey were in the clear when it came to their relationship, but over the next couple of days, that proves to not be the case. I don’t even notice the change in their relationship until the bar is fully in the red. The two of them are basically enemies, without being officially labeled enemies. :( As it turns out, whenever an Emperor or Empress of Evil and a Good sim are in the same room together, their relationship drops significantly with every flaring of that evil-person glow. Within hours, Rose and Harvey go from soulmates to borderline nemeses.

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Rose at least acts a bit worried about her relationship. She might be pretending. Interpret this how you will.

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But it’s too late. Just like that, Harvey no longer cares. He’s Good; his wife is Evil. They’re basically destined to be enemies for the rest of their lives, unless something changes.

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Whilst I’m preoccupied with Harvey and Rose’s suddenly shattered marriage, the kiddos are apparently up to no good. Or maybe they’re just arguing over who’s going to be the heir. Speaking of which, the heir will be revealed soon! Next time, the girls become young adults. See ya then!

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« Reply #185 on: November 13, 2019, 02:03:46 PM »
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It's on her own website! Truly the most attractive couple there could be (lol)

Thank you for the link! This is going to be a fun read...I wonder if Juan's pink skin will show up in later generations!

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« Reply #186 on: November 13, 2019, 10:02:46 PM »
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It's on her own website! Truly the most attractive couple there could be (lol)

Thank you for the link! This is going to be a fun read...I wonder if Juan's pink skin will show up in later generations!

God I hope so...I have sad feelings still over my very first decadynasty attempt where I also did Juan x Blaise. Not only was their kiddo white as a sheet like her but still looked just like Juan otherwise (lost the screenshots but you can picture it in your head). I love Juan and he makes Twinbrook worth playing because he's just an interesting fellow, but if a kid is gonna take after him, is red skin really where the game should get scared and stop? :P

Yeah the red glow doesn't have a "spouse exempted" line of code. Funny enough insane sims love it. Where's Nile when you need him? Dead? Okay.
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« Reply #187 on: November 14, 2019, 09:48:53 PM »
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God I hope so...I have sad feelings still over my very first decadynasty attempt where I also did Juan x Blaise. Not only was their kiddo white as a sheet like her but still looked just like Juan otherwise (lost the screenshots but you can picture it in your head). I love Juan and he makes Twinbrook worth playing because he's just an interesting fellow, but if a kid is gonna take after him, is red skin really where the game should get scared and stop? :P

Yeah the red glow doesn't have a "spouse exempted" line of code. Funny enough insane sims love it. Where's Nile when you need him? Dead? Okay.

I just remembered that when my Kindles were in Twinbrook for the first generation, we briefly met a daughter of Juan Darer, and she did have pink skin! She's in the first picture in this chapter. She's the only example I've ever seen, though. So it does happen, but probably rarely.

Good to know that insane sims love the evil glow! That might come in handy in the future...

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« Reply #188 on: November 14, 2019, 10:02:16 PM »
Chapter 70 – The Oddball One

It’s the morning of the twins’ young adult birthday, and Rose gets things started early by scaring the living bejesus out of Dawn.

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Rose: “YAHH!! That’s what growing up is like, sweetie. Hope you’re ready!”

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Aria takes things easy. She probably listens through the walls to make sure her mother isn’t around or something. Insane sims are smart like that.

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Harvey, meanwhile, does not appear ready to have two grown children. He plays angry drums while the dark, empty nursery looms behind him. Symbolic, perhaps? (Don’t worry, Harvey, you’ll be a pudgy ol’ grandpa before you know it!)

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Aria, the eldest, goes first.

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Yep, the headband is back. I think this time I’m going to let her keep it.

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Dawn goes next. This is perhaps the only derpy face I’ve ever caught her making.

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Somebody's ready for adult activities!

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Here is the lovely Aria, graced with her favorite headband and a new, more sophisticated pair of glasses. Aria continues her streak of getting Ideal Heir Traits. Her final trait is Perfectionist, topping off Good, Loves the Outdoors, Insane, and Photographer’s Eye. Her Lifetime Wish is to be a Celebrated Five-Star Chef.

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And the stunningly gorgeous Dawn––now old enough to wear lipstick and pink mesh to her heart’s content––becomes Lucky. Not my favorite trait, but it’s a nice reminder of her ancestry from Lucky Palms, I guess. She’s also Artistic, Neurotic, Absent-Minded, and a Vehicle Enthusiast. Dawn decides she wants to become a Star News Anchor, something she wished for several times as a teenager.

I have to confess—this heir decision was a tough one. I waffled for a very long time, torn between Aria’s classically great traits and Dawn’s amazing looks. I like Aria’s glasses. I like Dawn’s hot pink car. I like Aria’s insanity. I like Dawn’s subtle rebelliousness. In some ways, Aria and Dawn are female reincarnations of Caspian and Nile: the good heir, and the oddball heir. And once again…I’m going for the oddball one. The final heir of the Kindle Random Town Jump is Dawn. Congrats, Dawn!

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I’m happy with my decision, but I’m still sad I can’t have Aria as the heir too. As soon as I make my choice, Aria makes me laugh by making silly faces at the family garbage can. :( Stop rubbing it in, Aria!

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After that, Aria heads downtown to the bistro, where she applies for a job as a Kitchen Scullion. She’ll only work there for a few days before the family moves to the next town, but it’s good to get a head start.

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Luckily she’s already at level 5 or 6 of the cooking skill. Still, she goes right home to practice. She is a perfectionist, after all.

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We’re in that slightly awkward lull before the family can move to the next town. Calder keeps going to school, where he meets and is attracted to Erica Lin-Perkins, daughter of Lucky Perkins and one of the Lin twins (I forget which). Calder won’t be able to really date until after the move, but at least he has someone he can flirt with until then.

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Dawn hasn’t started her work as a journalist yet––I’m going to wait until she gets married, to avoid an endless string of days off. In the meantime, she zooms around the countryside in her hot pink sports car (accented with yellow, because sometimes she lets Aria borrow it).

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She also snoops on her boyfriend. Derick Newbie was supposed to age up on the same day as Dawn, but somehow he gets stuck a day or two behind. He’s still a teen when Dawn tracks him down at the library. (That’s his sister-in-law Betty on the right, and the toddler at his feet is his niece. All this time I thought Derick was the son of Betty and Bob Newbie, but he’s actually the son of Mags and Robert. Bob Newbie is his brother! Oops.)

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Harvey is so close to maxing drums and completing his Lifetime Wish. As such, he goes a little bonkers with the practicing.

Calder: “Uuughh…Dad, SERIOUSLY?”

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Calder: “Dad, it’s clear you’re not okay. Maybe you should get some help.”
Harvey: "Yes, well, your tight white undergarments are 'not okay', son!"

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The next day, the family takes off for graduation in—you guessed it—Dawn’s hot pink car. (I’m still waiting for Dawn to become best friends with her car so she can name it. Anyone have suggestions? Maybe something to do with accidental decapitation?)

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Dawn graduates with highest honors and is voted…um, nothing. She doesn’t get a superlative. I have no idea what could have caused this, but I am deeply disappointed, mostly because she has such an odd mix of traits. I want to know what her classmates think of her, dangit!

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Aria graduates with highest honors too. She also doesn’t get a superlative. :( If one of the girls was Valedictorian, I didn’t notice because I was too busy being upset about the lack of class awards. Anyway!

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I think graduation must have been glitched overall, because there weren’t really any other graduates around, even though it seemed like half the town aged up around the same time as the twins––including Derick Newbie. Instead of seeing him at graduation like she’d hoped, Dawn arranges to meet him at the cemetery behind City Hall. She waits for him in her cap and gown. (Derick is actually in this photo. Can ya spot him?)

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Ahhh, there he is. The young man has finally become a grownup, and he’s looking fiiiine.

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The two lovebirds chat casually all afternoon and into the evening (or rather, the watcher spends all afternoon trying to find the right combination of conversation topics that will unlock “Ask to Move In”, which takes until the evening). Finally, as the sun is going down in the hills of Riverview, Dawn asks her man to join the family.

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Derick moves in and gets a heck of a makeover. He’s very handsome, and in a realistic way, too––he looks like a real guy, you know? Anyway. Derick’s traits are Athletic, Eccentric, Good, Virtuoso, and Can’t Stand Art (Dawn has already made it quite clear that she doesn’t care about that last one). He likes Egyptian music, Cheese Tofu Steak, and Aqua, and his Lifetime Wish is––oooh, a FUN one! He wants to be a Paranormal Profiteer! Can you say jackpot?!

Okay, I’m a little too excited about the ghost hunting. I do remember this career being glitchy the one time I played it in the past, but still, it’s something fun and different that I haven’t done in forever. I’m so glad Derick is part of the family! :D


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« Reply #189 on: November 15, 2019, 07:32:44 PM »
Poor Harvey, his girls are growing up and his wife is evil. Life is rough for him. XD Dawn and Derick seem cute together and he is a handsome sim! I'm curious to see what he brings to the household.

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« Reply #190 on: November 15, 2019, 09:37:20 PM »
Chapter 71 – Dawn of the Derick

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Dawn and Derick are very much in love. They didn’t spend a whole lot of time together as teens, but now that they’re grown up and in the same household, it’s clear that their feelings go deep.

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*sigh* I just love looking at them.

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And Dawn likes looking at her man. Enough to ask him to marry her.

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Derick enthusiastically says yes. He can’t wait to be a Kindle and start a family with Dawn.

Meanwhile…

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Calder: “Being a teenager is boring.”
Aria: “Having a boyfriend who’s still a teenager is boring.”

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Things are looking up for Dawn and Derick, but not so for Harvey and Rose. Their severely reduced relationship has them arguing almost nonstop.

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Rose: “Ugh, your flowery ramblings DISGUST me! I’m at the top of my career after a lifetime of hard work, and all you can do is recite morally convicting poetry at me?!”

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Harvey: “My vermilion vixen, I merely wish to enlighten you as to the darkness of your deeds! Your cruelty has always captivated me, and yet, since your last promotion, your evilness has become…eerie. I tremble at the sight of you, and I fear that our love is forever lost!”

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At no response from Rose, Harvey gives up.

“Alas, our love may be lost, but it is not as lost as my efforts to change you. There must be nothing I can do. I hereby admit defeat.”

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And yet, even with all their shouting and arguing, these two still sleep in the same bed together. Even if this relationship is clearly in shambles—their sharing a bed every night gives me hope. Or maybe it’s just a glitch. There’s no way to know.

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And Rose isn’t acting completely soulless. With her daughter’s wedding on the horizon, she starts preparing a beautiful wedding gift—a very pink painting to hang in what will no doubt be a very pink master bedroom for the new couple.

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Derick settles into the family with ease. Whilst Dawn works on her latest novel and Aria reads what really should be a cookbook but isn’t, Derick reads up on Riverview news—and perhaps takes a peek at news from another nearby settlement, to which the family will soon be traveling.

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And, amazingly, Derick and Desert Rose show signs of a budding friendship. All on his own, Derick walks right up to his mother-in-law and starts showing off his new ghost buster machine thingy. Adorably, Rose is thrilled about this.

Derick then uses this as a segue into what he REALLY wants to say to his future mother-in-law.

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Derick: “I was wondering, Mrs. Kindle—that is, I wanted to—er—I was hoping you might give us your blessing. You know, Dawn and I. I greatly respect your authority in this household, and it is my greatest wish to earn your trust and affection.”

Rose, appropriately, stares at Derick like he’s lost his marbles.

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Then she’s struck by a feeling of—what is it? Pride? Happiness? Generosity?

And she says yes!

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Derick: “Oh, Mrs. Kindle, THANK YOU! You won’t be sorry. I’ll make your daughter the happiest woman in…whatever town we’re going to!”

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And with that, Derick and Rose are friends. I never saw this coming, not in a million years. (Of course, Derick is Good, which means that this friendship is doomed to destroy itself within the next five minutes. But at least for right now, they’re free to be cute together.)

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Rose goes on to express her friendship and mother-in-law-ly affection the only way she knows how: with an absolutely brutal training session.

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I don’t believe that Dawn cares even the tiniest bit about her mother’s approval of her marriage. She's just happy to be marrying Derick. I find her admiring her invisible engagement ring just after the whole ask-for-daughter’s-hand thing goes down.

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Harvey, meanwhile, is downtown maxing out his drum skill—the final step to becoming a One Sim Band. I know he looks angry, but he always looks angry when he’s drumming. In reality, he just achieved his Lifetime Wish! Go Harvey!

And with his LTW complete at last, Harvey is left without much ambition or aim in his life. He’s mastered music. That was all he ever wanted to do. What else does he have to live for?

Well, there’s this. Since Desert Rose ascended to the throne of evil, Harvey has been increasingly dejected about their ruined relationship. His wife is the most important thing in the world to him. And over the past few days, he’s contemplated making a decision. A change. A bit of a sacrifice, in a way.

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And he does it. With his new surplus of Lifetime Happiness points, Harvey purchases the Midlife Crisis reward. He gives up his Good trait so that he can stand being in the same room as his soulmate—and maybe have a hope of fixing their relationship.

The change makes something not quite right with Harvey, though. Having to change his fundamental character made Harvey lose a little bit of his sanity. Yup—he’s now Insane. (I decided to have Harvey do this before I even knew that Insane sims love Evil sims. I guess I got lucky!)

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Rose doesn’t care that her husband is a little bit bonkers. She’s so touched by his sacrifice that she goes right back to flirting with him, as if nothing ever changed between them. It takes some neutral interactions and some patience on both sides, but by the end of that very same day, they’re well on their way to full-on romance once again.

Harvey demonstrates his newfound love for his wife by popping a wish to serenade her. Um…on the drums?

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It is…interesting.

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Afterwards, Rose gives Harvey this very disturbing, almost certainly forced smile of gratitude. :o You okay there, honey?

So things are back to normal for Harvey and Rose at last. Yay! To finish this chapter, I’d like to share with you a very special behind-the-scenes shot. Did you ever wonder what Aria and Harvey would look like if you melded them together into one deranged Sim?

Well, now you don’t have to. They both went into the Motive Mobile at the same time. Apparently the Motive Mobile only has one seat. So if two Sims go in, and you pause the game and move the camera inside the vehicle…well, see for yourself.

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*has nightmares for the rest of time*

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« Reply #191 on: November 15, 2019, 11:58:11 PM »
Wow! I never noticed that glitch before even with all of the motive mobiles that the Frio family has purchased over nine generations.

You do realize I will now have to test this out next time I'm in my TJ game, right?!

Although, as I contemplate my current family members merging, I get a very queasy feeling.

Can't wait to see where the Kindle family's moving to next! Keep on with the amazing adventures and even more amazing faces and glitches!

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« Reply #192 on: November 18, 2019, 12:01:01 PM »
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Wow! I never noticed that glitch before even with all of the motive mobiles that the Frio family has purchased over nine generations.

You do realize I will now have to test this out next time I'm in my TJ game, right?!

Although, as I contemplate my current family members merging, I get a very queasy feeling.

Can't wait to see where the Kindle family's moving to next! Keep on with the amazing adventures and even more amazing faces and glitches!

Thanks for your kind words as always, deedee! I found the glitch totally by accident––I was just moving the camera around and suddenly that monstrosity appeared. I audibly yelped. :D If you test it out in your game and find your own monstrosity, you should post a picture so we can all have nightmares together!

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« Reply #193 on: November 18, 2019, 09:54:57 PM »
Chapter 72 – Imagine the Butterflies

It’s a happy time in the Kindle house. In these finals days in Riverview, there’s a lot of love happening.

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Harvey and Desert Rose are back to a full relationship bar and more in love than ever. That magnificent rosy-red glow is actually a glow of LOVE, you see. Harvey also seems to be adjusting to his new Insane trait fairly well. He’s not as Insane as some other sims I’ve played. See, he’s even wearing the correct outfit here! It’s Rose who’s in her athletic wear for no reason.

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Calder gets to attend prom before leaving Riverview. It’s a mixed experience for him––he’s voted prom king, because duh, he’s a Kindle, but he also falls flat on his face and gets into a fight. Not that any of this matters. He’s going to be finishing out his teen years in a new town anyway. He also gets a romantic interest, a newspaper deliverer named Kerry Cornwell whom he will never be seeing ever again. Sorry, Calder. Better things are waiting for you, I promise!

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That same night, Rose is on her way home from the criminal warehouse when she’s hit with her elder birthday. Yes, the esteemed Empress of Evil is gonna be an old lady!

The next day is a very exciting day. It’s Derick and Dawn’s wedding! This is the last wedding for an heir, so I’m sure to make it a good one.

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Dawn is feeling a bit anxious, though. She goes to pick up a wedding cake and has a bit of a mental breakdown just outside the grocery store. We’ve all been there, honey.

Aaaand this is where I have some bad news, forum friends. The next event in the Kindle story is, as I said, Dawn and Derick’s wedding. Unfortunately, after this last photo of Dawn freaking out in front of the grocery store, the next two hours’ worth of screenshots are missing. I have no pictures from the wedding. Zero. Zilch. Nada. I was having some issues with saving my game during that time––I got an error code 12 and had to clear some space on my computer, which fixed the problem––but I guess due to the space issue, none of the screenshots I took actually saved. :-[

So, just imagine instead, okay? Imagine Dawn wearing a gorgeous white dress accented with pink, and Derick wearing a spiffy grey suit. Imagine the family taking the Motive Mobile through the countryside to Lost Willow Park, where a wedding arch has been nestled under some trees and wooden chairs arranged before it. (Seriously, I spent SUCH a long time setting up the wedding venue.) Imagine the guests arriving one by one—Skyler and Michaela, their children Hunter and Lacie, Clover and George with their son Benny, the Newbies, the Crosbys, and a few stray townies that must have heard there was a party happening and hitched rides along the way. Imagine these people well, because you will never see them again, probably. Imagine Harvey standing on the bridge and serenading people with his guitar as they walk in. (Imagine him actually sort of blocking the way so people have to go around and climb over boulders to get to the wedding area.) Imagine flowers, lush and fragrant, clustered around trees and clearings and ponds. Imagine the butterflies––butterflies everywhere, in jewel-bright colors, blues and violets and reds.

Imagine me clicking on the wedding arch to start the wedding, only to have the action drop from Dawn’s queue. Imagine me trying again with Derick, with the same result. Imagine the guests wandering around, wondering when the heck the wedding is going to start. Imagine me repeating this cycle about twelve times before moving the wedding arch three inches to the left, which is apparently all that needed to happen. Imagine darkness falling over the torch-lit scene as the bride and groom FINALLY stand under the wedding arch and the guests FINALLY sit down. Imagine a hush as the vows begin. Imagine Rose’s evil red glow lighting up the forest behind the chairs. Imagine Dawn’s sweet face in the torchlight, surrounded by flitting butterflies, as she slides the ring onto her husband’s finger. Imagine Derick’s cheesy grin as he does the same to her. Imagine the kiss, gallant and passionate, as the wedding-goers leap to their feet and cheer.

Imagine Heather Crosby and Betty Newbie standing very still and clapping mechanically for the rest of the evening and into eternity, because I never went back to reset them. Imagine the cutting of the cake, and Harvey serenading the crowd on his guitar yet again, and the guests slowly trickling home. Imagine the long drive back through the countryside—the Kindles’ last night in Riverview, that deep country darkness settling over the hills. Imagine the family tiptoeing off to bed. Imagine Dawn and Derick spending their first night together as husband and wife (don’t get too detailed in your imagining, now). Imagine it. Imagine it well. Your imagination is better than any computer game, anyway.

Okay! That was tragic. In any case, Dawn and Derick are married, I promise, and it was beautiful, I promise. Now that that’s over, let’s jump to the next morning!

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Mario Crosby finally aged up overnight. Aria calls him and asks him to come over first thing. He looks a lot like Mortimer Goth, don’tcha think?

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Aria gets right down to business. Ahem, down to one knee.

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Mario accepts, and while he and Aria are crooning over each other, the newspaper arrives.

Newspaper boy: “ExCUSE me! These people are being gross! This wasn’t in my job description! Hellooo!”

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Aria and Mario (is…is their ship name…Maria?) decide to tie the knot right there on the front porch. *sigh* At least one of the twins gets her wedding photographed.

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I really hope their kids get Mario’s nose. That’s all I’m saying.

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They finish up their vows just as Calder comes outside to see what the ruckus is.

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…And he stands right there as they share their first kiss as man and wife. I’m still laughing at this. He looks so perturbed!

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So Mario becomes a Kindle and gets a makeover. I promise I didn’t only give him a mustache because his name is Mario. Total, total coincidence. Mario’s traits are Loves the Outdoors, Mooch, Flirty, Clumsy, and Star Quality. He likes Roots music, sushi, and violet, and his Lifetime Wish is…um.

GOLD DIGGER??? Really, Mario?!?

I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one. At least for now. If he and Aria move to their own house in the next town and Aria winds up dead…things are going to happen. Bad things. Okay? Are we okay with that? Okay.

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Now that both twins are married, it’s time for everybody to hit the road and travel to the next—and final—town. (No, Mr. Bald Maid, you can’t come along.) Yes, only one town remains before the end of this Random Town Jump. Crazy, right? (Also, I hope you enjoy this most awkwardest of family photos. I'm lazy when it comes to posing sims, as in, I don't really pose them anymore. I don't know what to tell you.)

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And so we say farewell to the farmhouse out in the country. It has served us well. It kind of feels like we were only in Riverview for half a second, but it was a lovely half a second, wasn’t it?

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Goodbye, Riverview. On to bigger and brighter things.


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Re: The Kindle Random Town Jump
« Reply #194 on: November 19, 2019, 12:42:14 AM »
Sorry about the error 12, lack of space and screenshots.

On the flip side, with your wonderful 'imagine if you will' scenarios filling my head, it was a typical sims wedding.

Nobody did what they were supposed to, nobody sat in the chairs you had painstakingly arranged (hours, hours of work!), and most of the guests were not wearing the clothes you intended for them to wear.

And despite all of that, when you were just about to give up, your sims got married and one or two poor guests will cheer and throw rose petals to the ends of time! lol

As for posing sims, I too have given up! It's an impossible task that only leads down the road of Insanity!

Congratulations Aria and Mario, um, Ario? At least you two got some face time. And what a face it is Mario! I do believe he has some Goth in him somewhere!

Congratulations Dawn and Derick, on your wedding day with no visible mementos. Better luck in the next town! I will be devastated if there are no toddler pics! Just saying. lol

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« Reply #195 on: November 21, 2019, 10:19:07 PM »
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Sorry about the error 12, lack of space and screenshots.

On the flip side, with your wonderful 'imagine if you will' scenarios filling my head, it was a typical sims wedding.

Nobody did what they were supposed to, nobody sat in the chairs you had painstakingly arranged (hours, hours of work!), and most of the guests were not wearing the clothes you intended for them to wear.

And despite all of that, when you were just about to give up, your sims got married and one or two poor guests will cheer and throw rose petals to the ends of time! lol

As for posing sims, I too have given up! It's an impossible task that only leads down the road of Insanity!

Congratulations Aria and Mario, um, Ario? At least you two got some face time. And what a face it is Mario! I do believe he has some Goth in him somewhere!

Congratulations Dawn and Derick, on your wedding day with no visible mementos. Better luck in the next town! I will be devastated if there are no toddler pics! Just saying. lol

Thank you so much deedee! Sounds like you imagined the wedding perfectly. You may as well have been there. :)

Ario is a much better ship name. Let's go with that from now on. Maria was just silly.

And don't worry, there will be plenty of toddler pics! I'm almost to that point in my game already, and I'm hyperventilating with excitement! (I'm still holding out for someone to inherit Harvey's red hair...but I'm trying not to get my hopes up.)

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« Reply #196 on: November 21, 2019, 10:34:26 PM »
Chapter 73 – City of Dreams

You may remember that when the Kindles moved to Riverview, Desert Rose was horrified. At the time, she must have forgotten that she would be moving to another town before the end of her life––that she would have a second chance to live in the city of her dreams.

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Everyone, welcome to Bridgeport! This sparkling city is the final stop in this Random Town Jump, and it’s going to be a great time. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

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The Kindles, being quite rich and rather important, have some unprecedented power in these parts. They move into what is undoubtedly my favorite house in Bridgeport––Celluloid Heights, the gorgeous 1920s mansion at the end of the mountain road. Normally it houses Alan Stanley and Emmy Starr. They have been gently kicked to another mansion just down the road. I think they’ll survive.

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The house is absolutely stunning, and I do very little to change it. After taking these screenshots, I turned part of the master bedroom on the left into a children’s room with spare beds, and added some furniture in random places.

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I also put up many of the paintings that the family has created and kept over the years. Blaise’s axe also may or may not be hanging around somewhere.

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The girls settle right in to their new digs, enjoying the large-yet-cozy living room with the dim lamps and fireplace (plus a nice view of the pool and probably the city, on computers with better graphics).

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Calder immediately finds one of the easels I’ve tucked into corners throughout the house. How nice to paint a landscape in a room with an actual palm tree!

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And Mario goes straight for the shuffleboard out front. He likes games, this one. Heh heh.

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Derick, meanwhile, chooses to work out in front of the tiny vintage television set in his new, very pink master bedroom.

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As the family settles into their new mansion, Dawn is the first to venture downtown. She locates the business and journalism office in the sea of skyscrapers and gets herself a job as a Paper Girl.

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She stays downtown for a while to get to know some Bridgeport natives. The first woman she makes friends with, Caroline Custard, also happens to be her boss, which is convenient. In the afternoon, Harvey comes down to take advantage of the crowd out back. He makes a few acquaintances and earns a few dollars in tips.

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When a certain Bridgeport townie shows up, I simply HAVE to make Dawn say hi. :)

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While Dawn and Harvey get to work on the Bridgeport social scene, Aria and Mario are getting busy back at home. They’re going to move out to their own place soon (don’t worry, I am keeping a VERY close eye on Mario), but before that happens…something else must happen.

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The next morning, after a goodbye kiss from Derick, Dawn heads off to her first day of work. Derick apparently has a thing for yellow baseball caps, or something, because he is absolutely SWOONING in Dawn’s wake. :-*

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It’s the first day of work for Ario, too. Did I mention that they both work in the culinary career? Mario took a job at the bistro back in Riverview before he married Aria. Now, the two of them work as Kitchen Scullions at the diner on the water.

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That night, Derick goes on his first assignment as a ghost hunter. I was a little worried about finding spirits in those tall apartment buildings, but it turns out that the spirits just hang out in the gardens and parking lots surrounding the buildings. So far, Derick hasn’t even had to go inside. Fine with me!

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After only two days in Bridgeport, Harvey succumbs to old age. He actually got an extra day tacked onto his age somehow. So no complaining, old man!

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The next morning, Aria puts some waffles in the oven and discovers that she also has a bun in her own oven. Hooray, she’s pregnant!

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She runs upstairs to tell Mario, leaving the waffles to burn in the oven. (Amazingly [and somewhat to my disappointment], the waffles don’t burn. They just sit there, cemented, preventing anyone else from baking anything, until I delete the oven and buy a new one.)

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Now that she’s definitely bringing a new Kindle into the world, it’s time for Aria to go out on her own. She and Mario venture into Bridgeport to find their own place and raise their family together.

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As luck would have it, the game places them in this cute little cottage right at the foot of the mountain. I think we’ll be seeing a lot of them. Bye, guys! Good luck! No untimely murders/deaths please!

Speaking of untimely murders and deaths, things haven’t been going well between Rose and her son-in-law (who is looking FINE due to his new favorite pastime of swimming, by the way). Back in Riverview they were starting to become friends; here in Bridgeport, their clash of traits comes out in full force.

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Rose: “You’re GOOD?! Why didn’t you tell me you were Good?! I would never have given you my blessing if I’d known you were the ENEMY!”
Derick: “I thought you knew! You can access my personality traits from your relationship panel at any time!”
Harvey: “I’m going to leave the room now before this gets any worse.”

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And boy, does it get worse. Rose takes a moment to change into her bathrobe, for some reason, and then she corners Derick in the living room and TACKLES HIM. (She goes at it with such violence that Derick actually finds himself stuck inside her bathrobe. Oh, the horror!)

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The Empress of Evil defeats the Rookie Ghost Hunter, leaving him sore for days. I think this is going to become a regular event in this house. Derick’s gonna have to start working out a lot more!

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Meanwhile, Harvey’s decision to leave the room turns into a decision to leave the house. He ventures downtown, wondering if any of the late night hotspots would be interested in hearing a freshly-eldered drummer play while they sip cocktails. As luck would have it, he schmoozes his way into the Prosper Room without any trouble. (I’m not sure this bouncer is cut out to do her job, if she lets a strange old man in a speedo walk through those doors.)

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Late that night, as Derick is arriving home from ghost hunting and taking out the trash…a visitor appears. Someone we haven’t seen in a very long time.

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« Reply #197 on: November 22, 2019, 10:36:16 AM »
Final town :'( Hopefully Bridgeport behaves, when Rose does not~

More sadly I guess this is the place where I learned what happens to screenshots when the hard drive space isn't there. Of course EA didn't program in a warning. ::) But I trust my imagination and you still have a wedding left in Bridgeport after all.

Since this and the Honeyhearts are reaching their natural ends, what plans do you have after this?
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« Reply #198 on: November 23, 2019, 11:02:18 PM »
The house is beautiful! I have never noticed it before in Bridgeport, but wow!
I'm curious to see what Mario will be up to now that he and Aria have moved out. Hopefully, he won't be doing anything too fishy...
Poor Derick. XD His mother-in-law is about to make his life a lot more difficult.

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« Reply #199 on: November 25, 2019, 12:31:41 AM »
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Final town :'( Hopefully Bridgeport behaves, when Rose does not~

More sadly I guess this is the place where I learned what happens to screenshots when the hard drive space isn't there. Of course EA didn't program in a warning. ::) But I trust my imagination and you still have a wedding left in Bridgeport after all.

Since this and the Honeyhearts are reaching their natural ends, what plans do you have after this?

Haha, Rose never behaves...and Bridgeport is starting to follow in her footsteps, if only because of its glitchiness. :P I know, I can't believe it's the last town already! This would be a longer challenge if I had more space on my computer...that's the cause of all my problems, apparently.

I don't know yet what I'm going to do after the Kindles and Honeyhearts wrap up. I am starting grad school in January, so I really should stop playing the Sims so much...but I can't imagine stopping altogether. I'd love to start a new challenge of some sort, maybe something completely different. I am definitely open to suggestions for fun challenges to try!

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The house is beautiful! I have never noticed it before in Bridgeport, but wow!
I'm curious to see what Mario will be up to now that he and Aria have moved out. Hopefully, he won't be doing anything too fishy...
Poor Derick. XD His mother-in-law is about to make his life a lot more difficult.

Full disclosure: I had never seen this house before this either. I was doing some snooping before moving the family to Bridgeport and I fell in l-o-v-e with it. I haven't even shown the best part of it yet...

I'll keep you all updated on Mario and Aria, for sure! I'm happy to say that they've at least been popping out some babies, if not much else. You'll see them and their kiddos (yes, plural!) soon. :)