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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 3
« Reply #25 on: December 20, 2011, 02:29:44 PM »
Sighs.  Happily smiling at another Schiperke story and the world's most darling dog.

I love how you decorated the house!  And how did you make that long leash for Incubus?

As for talking animals, there is a legend that because there were animals at the birth of Jesus, God granted them the power of speech for just a short time so they could spread the good news.  It is supposedly the one time of year animals can talk.  We who love animals know they just pretend to not speak our language but actually communicate with us daily.  lol
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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 3
« Reply #26 on: December 20, 2011, 03:09:18 PM »
Sighs.  Happily smiling at another Schiperke story and the world's most darling dog.

I love how you decorated the house!  And how did you make that long leash for Incubus?

As for talking animals, there is a legend that because there were animals at the birth of Jesus, God granted them the power of speech for just a short time so they could spread the good news.  It is supposedly the one time of year animals can talk.  We who love animals know they just pretend to not speak our language but actually communicate with us daily.  lol

I never knew that story about the talking animals!  Thank you for sharing that, Joria.

As for the extending leash - I had nothing to do with it.  When they started walking home, Sandy just suddenly had it in her hand.  Magic.  ;)
 
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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 3
« Reply #27 on: December 20, 2011, 03:12:03 PM »
What a lovely Christmas present! Thank you, Schipperke, I've been missing your stories.
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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 3
« Reply #28 on: December 20, 2011, 03:14:44 PM »
Thanks very much, Marian.  I hope you'll enjoy this little story.
 
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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 3
« Reply #29 on: December 20, 2011, 03:17:31 PM »
Another good story to read! I just love reading your stories Schipperke. I don't always remark, but I am always reading.  ;D

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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 2
« Reply #30 on: December 20, 2011, 03:19:26 PM »
I'm speechless!  I've been sitting here for ages just laughing my head off!  Seabody, in just a few perfectly-chosen words you have masterfully summed up all my stories!  I'd put those words in my signature if I had room!  And you've just made me realize that I've had some pretty loony Sims over the years.  Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that my Sims have had a loony writer.  ::)

But I digress.  Returning to your question:

Here's my answer:  "What, you don't think a talking dog is enough?"  Ok, maybe I'll throw in a piece of Fire Cake, just for you.  ;D

Aw, thanks! And as for loony sims vs. loony writer... I think the Sims are loony.

Here's my answer:  "What, you don't think a talking dog is enough?"  Ok, maybe I'll throw in a piece of Fire Cake, just for you.  ;D

And, of course, any dog associated with Mr Payne can be expected to be rather unusual.  ;)

This makes me think... can Incubus fly?

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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 3
« Reply #31 on: December 20, 2011, 03:25:42 PM »
Another good story to read! I just l just reading your stories Schipperke. I don't always remark, but I am always reading.  ;D

Thanks very much, Sdhoey!  Glad to have you along for the ride.

This makes me think... can Incubus fly?

Not as far as I know, but who knows what that little devil gets up to when nobody's watching.

What on earth prompted you to ask that? 
 
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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 3
« Reply #32 on: December 20, 2011, 03:46:43 PM »
What on earth prompted you to ask that?

I have no idea. It just popped into my mind when I read the end of the last chapter.

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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 3
« Reply #33 on: December 20, 2011, 05:18:11 PM »
Incubus has got quite the evil looking smirk!
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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 4
« Reply #34 on: December 21, 2011, 10:46:53 AM »
Chapter 4

Sandy soon learns that living with a dog isn't all fun and games.  The fancy automatic dogfood dispenser that she bought doesn't work, so she has to get up in the middle of the night to put down a bowl of food for Incubus.  She goes back to bed.  A couple hours later, Incubus, who slept earlier in the evening, decides it's time to go and wake Sandy.



Sandy is less than thrilled at being woken before she's ready to get up.  Guess what, Sandy - from now on, the dog will decide when it's time to get up.  No more sleeping in for you, girl!



Sandy:  Why are you waking me up?  I don't have my well-rested moodlet yet!
Incubus:  Time to get up!  We have a lot to do today.  Rise and shine, Sandy.
Sandy doesn't have anything to do today.  Her life stretches in front of her, with nothing to do.  But she's more or less awake by now, so, grumbling, she gets out of bed and goes to take a shower.

After breakfast Sandy and Incubus continue getting acquainted.



As a side note, I think EA did a very good job creating realistic teeth for the dog!  And the paw detail is perfect too.



Soon Sandy and Incubus are best friends.



Sandy:  Why don't I teach you to sit?
Incubus:  Are you serious?  I know how to sit!
Sandy:  Well, what would you like to do?  Play tug-of-war?
Incubus:  Sandy, Sandy.  You can't spend all day playing! 
Sandy:  I don't have anything else to do.
Incubus:  What do you usually do at Christmas?
Sandy:  When I lived in SV, I would tend my garden and then Christopher and I would go fishing together.  That's if I didn't have to work at Christmas.  But now I have no job and no garden.  And Christopher is far away.  Anyway, he's too busy with some Dynasty girl to have time for me.
Incubus:  Then you'll have to find something else to do, Sandy.  There are a lot of unhappy, lonely people at Christmas.  Some of them are poor and can't afford toys for their children or pets.  How about doing something for them?  If you got an inventing table, you could make toys to give away.
Sandy:  I don't know how to make toys.  I've never used an inventing table.
Incubus:  The path less travelled, Sandy!  The way I see it, you can either sit around in your comfortable rut and feel sorry for yourself, or you can try something new.  Which will it be?

And so it comes to pass that Sandy spends the rest of the day in the basement, learning to use her new inventing table and wondering at the strange turn her life seems to have taken.



She watches a bit of television before going to bed.  Notice the program she has chosen.



For many people, Christmas is a time of visiting with friends, old and new.  Sandy has no friends other than Incubus, but elsewhere in the world of Sims, visits are being made.

 
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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 4
« Reply #35 on: December 21, 2011, 11:04:33 AM »
Oh wow, what a cliff-hanger.  I can't wait to see what happens next!  Awesome story as always Schipperke!

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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 4
« Reply #36 on: December 21, 2011, 11:06:20 AM »
Can't wait to see what Mr Payne is up too.

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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 4
« Reply #37 on: December 21, 2011, 11:32:05 AM »
Quite the cliffhanger!  ;)
Say, can anyone tell me who the gray-hair man is/was? I think that his name is Mr. Payne... did he have anything to do with Schipperke's other stories?
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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 4
« Reply #38 on: December 21, 2011, 11:54:14 AM »
Quite the cliffhanger!  ;)
Say, can anyone tell me who the gray-hair man is/was? I think that his name is Mr. Payne... did he have anything to do with Schipperke's other stories?

Mr, Payne is a lawyer, he shows up in Riches Galore: The Orphanage Project and The Flowers Waiting for Grim. Both are Schipperke's stories and they awesome.

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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 4
« Reply #39 on: December 21, 2011, 12:30:47 PM »
Thanks very much for the comments, Katluvr, Moonshadow and Zapkid!  Yes, Mr Payne gets around.  He can also be found in the Swap Shop, where his biography includes this line: 
His raison d'etre is to help other Sims.


Which may give us an idea what he's up to here!  In any case, the story will be finishing on Saturday - just 3 more installments, so it won't be long before all shall be revealed.  ;)

 
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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 4
« Reply #40 on: December 21, 2011, 02:52:16 PM »
Great update! Can't wait for next one :)

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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 4
« Reply #41 on: December 22, 2011, 04:32:17 AM »
Best. Christmas. Story. Ever!  :D
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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 5
« Reply #42 on: December 22, 2011, 08:57:34 AM »
Thanks very much, loveSims and Sophie.  Here's the next update:

Chapter 5

Sandy may like to watch romances on television, but her dreams are all about her only friend.



And Incubus?  What is he dreaming about?  Christmas dinner, what else.



Sandy has barely had time to finish her breakfast when Incubus asks her:  Sandy, why is there no mirror in the house?
Sandy:  I bought only the things I needed.  I don't need a mirror.
Incubus:  Most people would consider a mirror an essential item.  Why don't you need a mirror?
Sandy:  I don't wear makeup.  I wear the same outfit all the time.  And I don't need a mirror to put up my hair - I've been doing it this way for years.
Incubus:  Yes, and it shows.
Sandy:  Pardon me?



Incubus:  Sandy, everything about you says "I've given up!"  Look at yourself!  Oh, I forgot - you can't look at yourself - you don't have a mirror.  Well, allow me to hold up a figurative mirror and tell you what I see.  I see a woman who hasn't bothered to change her hairdo since the days of the original Sims.  I see a woman who's too young to look as old as she does but who doesn't care enough about her skin to do something about those lines and wrinkles.  And as for that, that - outfit - you wear, it's beyond me why anyone would wear something so awful unless she was trying to win a prize for dowdiest spinster of the year!
Sandy:  You're mean!  How can you be so cruel!



Incubus:  Honest is the word you're looking for, Sandy.  You could be very attractive if you made a little effort.  Why not try?
Sandy:  I am what I am.  New clothes won't change that.
Incubus:  I'm not talking about new clothes alone, although they're definitely needed.  No, I'm talking about plastic surgery.  They can do wonders at the hospital with their new plastic surgery.
Sandy:  Plastic surgery!  Do you know what that costs!  I can't afford that!



Incubus:  Sandy, how much money did I bring with me when I came to live here?
Sandy:  About $14,000.
Incubus:  Yes.  And I'm giving it to you.  It's my present to you.  Now you can afford the plastic surgery, a trip to the spa, and a new wardrobe too.
Sandy:  Well ... I'll think about it.
Incubus:  I know - you'll think about it and think about it and never do it.  The path less travelled, Sandy! Go now.  Or are you too afraid to break out of your comfortable little rut?  Too chicken?

Sandy, hurt and furious, whirls and storms out of the house, slamming the door behind her, as Incubus yells after her:  Get something bright!  No more boring beige and white!

Sandy hails a passing taxi and she's gone. 



The little dog grins and sets about the next part of his plan.  Only two more days to wrap everything up.
 
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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 5
« Reply #43 on: December 22, 2011, 10:46:02 AM »
I can't wait to see Sandy after the surgery! Such a clever dog! ;D

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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 5
« Reply #44 on: December 22, 2011, 10:53:56 AM »
This is a great Christmas story .  I'm really enjoying it . Can't wait for the next chapter .
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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 6
« Reply #45 on: December 23, 2011, 09:29:00 AM »
Thanks for the comments, loveSims and Ladybug! 

Now, in our world it is the day before Christmas eve.  But as we all know, time runs much faster in Sims, and so for Sandy and Incubus, it is already Christmas eve.  And they are busy.  There is a lot to do before the story can end on Christmas morning (their time), and I am committed to finishing this story tomorrow (our time).  Which means there will need to be an extra post here.  I will either put up another one later today or do two tomorrow.  Meanwhile, here's this morning's chapter.

Chapter 6

Sandy is too upset to know what to do.  She asks the taxi driver to just drive around for a while.  How could that ungrateful little 4-legged ingrate talk to her like that!  After she took him in and saved him from starvation!  Maybe she should give him up for adoption.   Or just take him back to the fishing hole and leave him.

But Sandy is a scientist, accustomed to examining the facts logically, and she soon begins to cool off.  Hard as it is to admit it, the mouthy little cur was right.  She has let herself go.  And if she is ever going to get her life on track and feel better about herself, why not start by fixing herself up?  "It doesn't mean I'm vain," she mutters.  "What?"  asks the driver.  "Nothing, nothing," Sandy hastily assures him.  She continues thinking - when she goes to find a job after Christmas, new clothes and a more modern look will only help her get hired.  So really, it's all quite logical.  She tells the driver "Stop here."

Hesitating only slightly, Sandy walks into the hospital.



Meantime, what is Incubus up to?  When the Sim is away, the Schipperke will -- play?



Yes, the poor little guy has been yearning to chase a ball.  There are several dog balls on the lot, but I think the 10 x 15 lot must be too small because he can't play with them.  If all goes according to plan, Sandy won't be home for hours.  Incubus finishes up a few things at home and then heads out to the dog park.



Yes!  Doggie heaven!





Perhaps you've been wondering why Incubus has one brown eye and one blue eye.  Well, it might be because he's a very rare and special little dog.  Or it might be because I made him on the first day I got Pets and didn't realize that I had to colour both eyes separately.   ;)

The afternoon passes quickly.  Soon the shadows are long and little dogs have to leave for home.



Home for supper in the newly-redecorated living room, Schipperke-style.  (Pattern courtesy of Seabody)



And what of Sandy?  Take a look:



What do you think?  I think she looks pretty good.  And it took hardly any work at all in Create-a-Sim.  Very minor tweaking.  All I did was move the sliders slightly, get rid of the age lines, freshen up her hair colour and give her a new hairstyle and very subtle makeup.  I was surprised by how good she looks.  Especially in that lovely obi dress , generously gifted by Katluvr.

That's Sandy's new formal wear.  As she tries on clothes at the Consignment Shop, she mutters:  "He thinks my clothes are dull?  He wants bright?  I'll show him bright!  Aww ... isn't this sweet!"  And she has found her new everyday outfit:



Sandy's spiffy new t-shirt is by Gheez.


Note:  Thanks to Seabody and Gheez for their wonderful Schipperke patterns!  The "Seabody's Schipperkes" pattern is available here:  http://www.carls-sims-3-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,6281.0.html

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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 6
« Reply #46 on: December 23, 2011, 09:46:01 AM »
Great update !  Love the make over , she looks very nice .  Incubus looks a little naughty playing with his ball .
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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 6
« Reply #47 on: December 23, 2011, 11:29:44 AM »
She look amazing! Now just to find the right man for her ... It looks like Incubus have a great time. Can't wait for next update.

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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 6
« Reply #48 on: December 23, 2011, 11:42:31 AM »
Awesome update and makeover - Sandy is so pretty!  Incubus looked so joyful playing at the doggie park.  :)

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Re: It Happened One Christmas/Chapter 7, the Penultimate Chapter
« Reply #49 on: December 24, 2011, 11:14:14 AM »
Chapter 7, the Penultimate Chapter

Christmas eve.  Sandy arrives home at dusk, fresh from her day at the hospital, spa and consignment shop.  Incubus definitely approves of Sandy's new look.  Especially the t-shirt.



Incubus:  Tonight's the night, Sandy.  We need to have a nap now so that after midnight we'll be ready to deliver the toys you made.   By the way, I did a little redecorating while you were out.  I have access to all the latest patterns from the top designers, you know.  Bedspread by Samoht:



[I wish I had thought to do Incubus' bed and canopy too.  But I was too busy marvelling at the effect on the bathroom walls.  Have a look:  Gogowars' Christmas design in the ovals, with Ausette's I Heart T-shirts on the top and bottom of the walls.]



A few hours later, Sandy and Incubus make their rounds, leaving toys for children and pets all over town.





Sandy is hungry when they arrive home and is glad to see the ice cream truck parked in front of the house. 



Smoochies for the best little dog ever!



Sandy:  That was fun!  But I'm exhausted.  Are you coming up to bed?
Incubus:  I'll just have a bit of a chew first.
Sandy:  Ok, but please don't wake me up early, alright?  Just for once, let me sleep in!



As soon as Sandy is upstairs and in bed, Incubus is out the front door.  He greets a friend and then the little dog goes into the house and upstairs to the dog bed.






The conclusion of the story will be up sometime later today.

And a big thank-you to the talented designers who created these patterns:

Gogowars' T-Christmas Freezer, here: http://www.carls-sims-3-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,6441.0.html

Samoht's Snowmen Galore, here:  http://www.carls-sims-3-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,8232.0.html

and Ausette's I Heart T-Shirts, here:  http://www.carls-sims-3-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,3652.75.html
 
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