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The Flowers waiting for Grim - Completed
« on: May 31, 2011, 01:26:16 PM »
Prologue

In Twinbrook lived the Flowers family.  Family patriarch Dan Flowers had made his money as a purveyor of garden supplies.  When his company, Flowers' Fine Fertilizers, became successful, Dan and his wife Hyacinth purchased a large house and started fertilizing their own garden, so to speak.  Soon the house rang with the loud happy voices of children.  Lily, Petunia, Daffodil - there were many little Flowers.  People used to tell Dan it was a shame that he was the odd man out, being the only one without a floral name.  They naturally assumed that Dan's name was short for Daniel, and Dan himself never corrected that assumption.  The truth was, his name was just as floral as any of the others.  But he wasn't proud of being named after a certain yellow flower that flourished in his father's lawn, and kept that information to himself.



Time passed, as it will, and everyone grew older, as they will.  The children were almost grown up.  Dan and Hyacinth were looking forward to retirement.  Then one day Hyacinth gave her husband some surprising news:  a change-of-life baby was on the way.  Neither had wanted another child, and Dan groaned inwardly as he thought about the potty training and nights of broken sleep.  But he resigned himself and tried to support his wife through a difficult pregnancy.  Finally it was over and a baby girl was born - make that two!  Nobody had anticipated twins, and Dan felt a twinge of resentment at these little interlopers that had come along to interfere with his retirement plans. 

Hyacinth never recovered from the difficult pregnancy and childbirth.  She died a few days later, leaving Dan to look after the two daughters he didn't want.  Marigold and Sunflower were quite different from his other children.  Really, they were very good little girls.  But Dan blamed them for causing his wife's death and ruining his retirement plans. After his wife's death, Dan felt he had no real reason to carry on.  He died not long after his beloved Hyacinth, leaving Marigold and Sunflower to be brought up by their older siblings.
 
 
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2011, 01:44:44 PM »
How sad :'(. I can't believe you called a sim Dandelion! What does a hyacinth look like by the way.
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2011, 01:57:56 PM »
Chapter One

Like their father, the older Flowers children blamed Marigold and Sunflower for causing their mother's premature death.  Obviously the babies were responsible for Dan's death as well.  Daffodil, Petunia, Azalea and Lily had been expecting dates, parties and travel.  Instead they got diapers and toddlers expecting to be fed regularly.  The resentment and blame grew.

As our story begins, the four older children are now elders.  Daffodil, more commonly known as Daffy, for reasons that have a lot to do with his character:



Lily, who shares the family traits of Insane, Slob, Evil and Mean-spirited:



Petunia:



and Azalea:



None of the evil sibs has ever had a job or a relationship outside the household.  None of them has taken any interest in the family business which is now on the verge of bankruptcy.  If Daffy, Lily, Petunia and Azalea hadn't had someone to pick up after them the house would have become unliveable long ago. 



Meet Marigold and Sunflower.  The twins somehow managed to avoid inheriting the family traits.  Good and neat, their difference is a source of constant friction between them and their older sibs.  They are Adults now, and their role in this house is to serve their older sisters and brother. 



It's pretty much impossible to tell them apart in those outfits, but they do have different-coloured hair and one of them has freckles.
 
 
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2011, 02:06:34 PM »
Woo! Another Schip story!  :D Is it a little bit Cinderelly but without the Step Mum and theres Two Cindies?  ;)
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2011, 02:13:54 PM »
Great start to an interesting story Schipperke! Is this gonna become a challenge as well? :D Samoht, in Cinderella there's only two ugly sisters, but here there's two sisters and two brothers. So it's two identical Cindy stories put together, minus the Step-Mum. LOL. ;D

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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2011, 02:18:43 PM »
Samoht, in Cinderella there's only two ugly sisters, but here there's two sisters and two brothers. So it's two identical Cindy stories put together, minus the Step-Mum. LOL. ;D

Good Point!  :D

I also feel so sad for the fact that everyone blames them for the Death of their Parents, it's not as if they chose that or wanted to. They grew up completely without their Parents.  :'(
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2011, 02:24:14 PM »
Yeah, I agree. It's so harsh, I mean if a woman dies in childbirth it's not the child's fault, the same way that if a child is stillborn then it's not the mother's fault. It's just so sad. :(



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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2011, 02:35:29 PM »
Fascinating start to yet another story, Schip! Loving the characters. Fabulous! :D
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2011, 02:44:06 PM »
Thanks very much for the comments.  This part is really just setting up the background to the story.  I hope you'll like what is to come.
 
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2011, 03:07:46 PM »
Just like the beginning of the Riches Galore one? Will this also be a challenge in its completion?  Cos I sure hope so ;D

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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2011, 03:22:59 PM »
Will this also be a challenge in its completion?  Cos I sure hope so ;D

We'll have to wait and see how it turns out.  Because at this point, the truth is - I don't know!   :D
 
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2011, 04:13:30 PM »
YAYZA for indefinity! ;D
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2011, 04:49:12 AM »
I feel so sorry for Marigold and Sunflower being treated like slaves by their older siblings. Great story though.
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2011, 10:32:42 AM »
Chapter Two

It had been decided that Sunflower should get a job at the diner.  The family desperately needed money, and the four evil slobs looked forward to improved meals.  Thus Sunflower was able to escape from the household for brief periods of time.  Marigold, however, was needed at home to pick up, clean, repair, and serve.  She had to content herself with memories of her time at the LeFromage Art School when her talent was praised and nurtured.  Not that she had any time for painting these days.

Then one day a caller arrived for Petunia.



A few days later, Daffy disappeared.



Then it was Azalea's turn.



Lily was next.



Marigold and Sunflower don't really understand what's happening.  Their socially isolated existence has never prepared them for this.  Nobody ever cared enough to explain to them about death.  Marigold tackles the figure in black:



Marigold:  Who are you?  What have you done with my sisters and brother?
Grim:  I am the Grim Reaper.  Your sisters and brother belong to me now. 
Marigold:  But why?
Grim:  Everyone comes to me in the end.  Soon it will be your birthday.  You'll be old and bent, and then it's just a matter of time.
Marigold:  Time?  Time for what?
Grim:  Time until I'll be back for you and your sister.  Wait for me, girls - I'll be back soon!
He disappears in a puff of black smoke.

Marigold and Sunflower are left alone to grieve for the siblings who abused them.


 
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2011, 01:31:42 PM »
Yay, a Generations story. I'll have to content myself with reading this for the next two and a half weeks.
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2011, 03:25:44 PM »
Yay, a Generations story. I'll have to content myself with reading this for the next two and a half weeks.

Aw, I'm sorry you have to wait for your copy of Generations.  But on the other hand, with all the problems some people have had, maybe waiting is a good thing.  I appreciate the interest in the Flowers, but given the age of my characters I'm not sure how much Gen content there will be here.  I wish I'd had this EP when I was doing Riches Galore.  What a riot it would have been with all those kids!  (Note to self:  be sure not to miss any updates of the Orphanage Projects)
 
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2011, 09:07:05 AM »
Chapter Three

Marigold and Sunflower have always worn the clothes they were given.  Now they remove the hated black caps and run upstairs to find something else to wear. 



Marigold finds a jacket and dress that once belonged to her mother.





Neither of the twins can bring themselves to wear anything that belonged to their older sisters.  Sunflower isn't sure who these clothes belonged to.  She can't find any shoes that fit and anyway, she's used to being barefoot.



For the first time in their life, there is nobody to pick up after or cook for.  The girls play chess as they discuss their future.



Sunflower:  What do you think we should do?
Marigold:  Just carry on as usual, I guess.
Sunflower:  We could invite a friend over. 
Marigold:  Do you have any friends?
Sunflower:  ... no. 
Marigold:  I looked at my scrapbook and it said I have no reputation at all.  I don't know anybody outside this household.  Now that the others are gone, you're the only person on earth that I know.
Sunflower:  No reputation, no friends, no romantic history.  Not much of anything.
Marigold:  Just two aging spinsters waiting for Grim.

Both are silent for a few minutes as they think about that. 
Then Marigold asks:  Do you believe in dreams?
Sunflower:  What do you mean?
Marigold:  Do you think dreams might mean something?
Sunflower:  I don't know.  Why do you ask?
Marigold:  I had a dream last night.  It just seemed much more vivid than most dreams.  And there was a face.  A man's face, looking at me.  I haven't been able to get that face out of my mind all day.  Here, I'll show you.  [she walks over to the easel and quickly sketches an image]  This is what he looked like.


 
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2011, 09:51:37 AM »
Is Dandelion sending messages from beyond the grave? It's spooky anyway.
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2011, 10:04:47 AM »
So glad the girls are finally free! Now go find your prince(s)! ;D
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2011, 10:23:14 AM »
Ooh, look who's back! Great update, loving the new outfits! ;D

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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2011, 10:32:20 AM »
Is Dandelion sending messages from beyond the grave? It's spooky anyway.

No, it's not Dandelion.  ;) MissMaths recognizes him, don't you?

Chronic, I think the comment about them being free may be a wee bit premature.  Notice the last picture of them, taken through the barred window?  Well, it was the only way I could get the screenshot, but I think it also suggests something about their lives.

Thanks very much for the comments!
 
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2011, 10:38:31 AM »
Of course I do, and I'm astonished that nobody else has! Why, guys, come on. Why does no-one else know?
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2011, 10:42:05 AM »
Hint:  he's someone known for his good works.  His appearance in Marigold's dream may be an omen.
 
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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2011, 11:25:57 AM »
Hehe. I saw him and said aloud, "Oh, it's what's-his-face guy. The one in the first ********* *******!"

EDIT: Spoilers. I'll let Schipperke do the big reveal that'll have everyone going "Oh, yeah!" 8)

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Re: The Flowers of Twinbrook
« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2011, 12:30:07 PM »
I know who it is  ;D ;D ;D Can I reveal???