Friday, July 6, 2007

Windsor Family Season 4 Summer

George Windsor—Elder male family sim
Aries personality
Neat 5, Outgoing 8, Active 6, Serious 3, Grumpy 3
Lifetime want—have 6 grandchildren

Andrew Windsor—Adult male fortune sim
Aquarius personality
Sloppy 4, Shy 4, Lazy 4, Playful 7, Nice 6
Lifetime want—become chief of staff

Elizabeth Windsor—Adult female family sim
Cancer personality
Neat 6, Shy 3, Active 6, Serious 4, Nice 6
Lifetime want—reach top of education career

Philip Windsor—Teen male pleasure sim
Sagittarius personality
Sloppy 2, Shy 3, Active 9, Playful 7, Grumpy 4
Lifetime want—fifty dream dates

James Windsor—Child male sim
Sagittarius personality
Sloppy 4, Shy 4, Active 9, Playful 7, Grumpy 1

Season 4—Summer

Andrew was faced with a dilemma at work. He wanted to be the chief of staff someday, but he seemed to be stalled out in his career at Sim City General Hospital. The work required to reach the next level seemed insurmountable, but then some officials from the local HMO approached him. They wanted to meet with him about the possibility of working for them, and they offered him a much higher position and more money. Something about it just didn’t seem right to Andrew, though. He was a loyal sim, and jumping to an unknown hospital didn’t seem like a very good idea. The guys he would meet with seemed . . . suspicious. So, Andrew decided to tell the chief of staff that the HMO was trying to poach doctors from Sim City General. It just seemed like the right thing to do, and he was honestly worried about some of his colleagues taking the offer. The chief of staff was so impressed with Andrew’s loyalty and commitment that he certified Andrew immediately on several of the requirements for promotion to the next level.

After that, being given the promotion to surgeon was practically a formality. Andrew decided to combine his bonus check with their savings to expand the house. They had a new little joy on the way, and for some reason George kept hinting that they could always have twins, you never knew. If they did by some chance have twins they would need a bigger nursery. And, Andrew was tired of sharing his bedroom with his father. Besides that, he really wanted an office where he could concentrate on increasing his surgical skills.

As soon as Philip got home from school he invited over Amaya Bachmann. His friend Will Turner had introduced them, and Will had been completely right; they were made for each other. Philip had only met her the one time at Will’s house, but already he had an amazing relationship with her. One single flirtatious interaction and they had crushes on each other.

Amaya liked his blond hair and fun-loving personality.

Better than that, she loved doing all of the same things that Philip loved: clubbing,

playing poker,


cruising in the car,

and making out.

Elizabeth was definitely ready by the time she went into labor. She felt like she had been pregnant forever. She’d gotten so big she couldn’t even lie down comfortably. The first birthing pains hit at the breakfast table, but Andrew was able to quickly get her to the hospital.

A few days later she brought home her third son, Edward, from the hospital.

George was thrilled to hold another strong grandson in his arms. He snuggled Edward but then looked quizzically at Elizabeth. “Where’s the other baby?” he asked. Perhaps the twin was still out in the car?

“What other baby?” Andrew asked. “Look, Dad, I know you had your heart set on twins, but the odds of twins are pretty low. Only 3% of births are twins. You didn’t really think we’d have two did you?”

“But . . . I . . .but . . .” George stammered in confusion. He’d fed Elizabeth the cheesecake and watched her eat every bite. Could he have messed up the recipe? In any case he was going to have to work a lot harder if he hoped to see six grandchildren in his lifetime. He had three wonderful grandsons, but he simply would not allow himself to pass on until he saw three more.

As before, Elizabeth left her baby in George’s hands. She worried about what kind of effect spending so much time with an Aries fortune sim would have on her children, but she had career ambitions. She enjoyed working at the school and wanted to progress up the career ladder. So, she decided to return to work right away. She just hoped she wouldn’t regret it later. The first day went well. The superintendent told her that her skills would be put to better use teaching at the high school. The promotion meant more money and, most important to Elizabeth, more intellectual stimulation.

Elizabeth got in a few minutes of snuggle and tickle time with Edward, then it was back to work. She knew she needed to work out daily if she wanted to lose all of that baby weight.

Philip was practicing his dancing skills when James got home from school.

“Do you want to dance together, Philip?” James asked.

“What is this one of your practical jokes? Do you have a joy buzzer in your hand or something? Or are you just going to make fun of me?” Philip asked bitterly. He didn’t really like his brother. He wasn’t very nice. He cheated at games and pulled practical jokes on him all of the time.

“No, I just want to learn how to dance. You look like you have so much fun. Please teach me?”

“Oh, all right, but this better not be a trick,” Philip agreed. He showed his little brother how to get down and have some fun on the dance floor.

Andrew came in a little bit later. “Philip, can I talk to you for a minute?” he asked from the doorway.

“Sure, Dad,” Philip swallowed hard. He recognized that tone. He was in trouble, but he had no idea what for. Andrew motioned for Philip to follow him to the study. That worried Philip even more.

“Philip, we need to talk about your aspiration and lifetime goals,” Andrew started his speech.

“Oh,” said Philip in surprise. Maybe he wasn’t in trouble after all. “I picked an aspiration on my birthday, Dad.”

“Great, what is it?” Andrew asked.

“Pleasure. I want to have fifty dream dates with Amaya and have fun enjoying life.”

“I thought you meant a real aspiration,” Andrew said condescendingly. “I’ve noticed that you’re wasting all of your time dating and partying. That is unacceptable. You need a real life goal.”

“Look, Dad, you weren’t there when I picked my aspiration. You didn’t even have time to tell me happy birthday. So, you don’t have the right to judge my goals.”

Andrew sighed. “Look, even if you stick with this whole pleasure thing you’ll need to pick a career. You’ll need to pick a major in college.”

“How about slacker and philosophy,” Philip suggested.

“A real career,” Andrew said firmly. “Look, I’d be thrilled if you picked something respectable like business, politics, or medicine, but it doesn’t have to be one of those. But I do want you to pick something you can be proud of, Philip. What are you interested in art, cooking, logic?”

“I’m not really interested in anything like that, Dad.”

“Well, why don’t you start exploring some career options? You can still go out on dates with Amaya, but start learning more about some of the careers. Get some hands on experience and decide what you want to do with the rest of your life. Why don’t I show you a little bit about medicine tonight?” Andrew suggested.

Andrew demonstrated some basic surgical technique to Philip then instructed him on how to remove an appendix.

The instructions were too fast for Philip and it was way too confusing. He made a slight mistake in his cut and the alarms started going off.

“Ohhh, you’re loosing him, better clamp off that artery,” Andrew instructed.

“The what?” Philip asked in a panic. His dad kept shouting orders at him, but it sounded like gibberish to him and he had no idea what he was doing. The alarm constantly going off didn’t help things either. Philip sat down the tools as the alarm continued to sound.

“Dad, I don’t think medicine is right for me,” Philip said before he walked out of the room and left his dad to deal with shutting off the alarms. He called Amaya and went downtown on another date. That’s all he wanted, fun and romance. He didn’t care about a career.

Tired and worried after his talk with Philip, Andrew decided to retire early for the night. He was surprised to find Elizabeth lying in her sexy nightgown on the bed waiting for him.

“Hey, honey, feel like cuddling tonight?” she asked.

Andrew snuggled on the bed next to her. “I’m a little tired,” he replied. “Aren’t you? I mean taking care of Edward, making sure James and Philip are growing up well, now you’re a high school teacher, that’s a lot of responsibility.”

She nodded. It was. But, she just had her heart set on something. “I was thinking we should try for a girl.”

Andrew raised his eyebrows. “That’s a lot of kids.”

“Are you turning me down?” she asked.

He shook his head. “You know I’ve never been able to turn you down when you wear something sexy like that.”

When Elizabeth came home for breakfast the next morning she was surprised to see George serving cheesecake instead of their usual pancakes.

“Eat up, Elizabeth. You’ll need lots of energy to teach all of those high schoolers today.”

“I don’t think cheesecake is a very appropriate food for breakfast, George.”

“Nonsense,” he said.

“I’m cooking something nutritious for breakfast,” Elizabeth said shaking her head.

“You don’t have time before you have to go to work, now come on Elizabeth. I know you’re hungry, eat up.”

That afternoon was Edward’s birthday party. It was a family only affair; although Denise and Amaya were invited to attend.

Meet Edward Windsor:

Personality Sagittarius
Sloppy 4, Shy 4, Active 9, Playful 7, Grumpy 1

With a personality as bad as your brothers’, you’d better get an early start on skill building for a future career, little Edward.

Season Recap

1. Andrew earned the medical career reward surgery station, and Elizabeth earned the education career reward bookshelf. Andrew was promoted to surgeon. Elizabeth was promoted to high school teacher.

2. Philip had nine dream dates with Amaya.

3. Child number three, Edward, was born and transitioned to a toddler. His personality is Sagittarius, and he seems to be identical to James.

4. Elizabeth is pregnant again.

Points Recap

Previous Subtotal 16

New Points

New Sim, Edward +1

New total 17

Author’s Notes

Philip and Amaya had a daily rating of 84% just from that one encounter at Will’s house where I wasn’t able to control either one of them. How amazing is that? They definitely are meant to be together.

I was very disappointed with Edward. First, I was sure I had twins. I thought you had to eat cheesecake prior to conception, but apparently it’s while you are pregnant, so I am trying for twins again. Second, he is identical to James. Apparently this is something called the first born effect. It causes children to end up the same. I’d never heard of it. Anyway, apparently the way around it is to hit the randomizer button in CAS every time you load up the game. So, I will have to do that from now on. I didn’t like James’ looks or personality, and now I am stuck with two of them. Hopefully I will get twins, at least one girl, and hopefully better looks and personality in the next offspring. I know I shouldn’t be having so many children, but I want those 10 points for letting George see 6 grandchildren.

Taking Philip and Amaya out on dates is actually fun.

Cory Family Season 4 Summer

Amanda Cory—Adult female popularity sim
Aries personality
Neat 5, Outgoing 8, Active 6, Serious 3, Grumpy 3
Lifetime want—have 20 simultaneous best friends

Alyssa Cory—Teen female family sim
Cancer personality
Neat 6, Shy 4, Active 6, Serious 4, Nice 6
Lifetime want—reach top of education career

Season 4—Summer

Romance was blooming in the Cory house. Alyssa was completely smitten with George. Even though she was wary of most men in general, she was starting to trust George. She could imagine having a family with him someday.

And since Amanda and Cameron were back together, it was finally time for some make-up woohoo.

Amanda woke up the next morning not quite feeling herself. She was more tired than usual and nauseous, too. “Oh no, this is not the time for the stomach flu,” she told herself as she ran to the bathroom to throw up. She was finally up for a promotion, and she was not going to let her work performance suffer just because she was sick.

Amanda managed to clean herself up in time to just make the carpool. It was a good thing she showed, too, because her boss informed her that day that she was being promoted to Sports Columnist.

The flu bug wouldn’t go away, though. That nauseous feeling was constantly with her. Amanda was starting to get worried, so she looked at her calendar to see how long she’d been sick and realized . . . oh no . . . it couldn’t be . . . but her doctor confirmed her suspicions. She was pregnant.

Amanda was a little upset. She’d planned to do thing right this time. She’d wanted to have the elegant wedding party she’d always dreamed of, marry Cameron, and then think about kids. Amanda wasn’t even sure if they could get in a rush wedding before she was showing. First she had to tell Cameron, and Amanda honestly wasn’t sure how he would take the news.

“Cameron, I’m pregnant,” Amanda went with the direct approach.

“You’re . . . you’re what?” Cameron asked in complete shock. He went so pale; Amanda was worried that he was going to pass out. “I mean . . . are you sure?” he asked after a minute.

“Of course I’m sure, what kind of question is that?” Amanda couldn’t hold back her anger at the question. Did Cameron think she was lying about being pregnant to rush him to the altar or something?

“This . . . this isn’t happening,” Cameron said as he started to hyperventilate. “I . . . I can’t be a father . . . I can’t . . .”

“I thought you wanted to get married to me. Or was that just an act so I would woohoo with you again?” Amanda spat back.

“I never signed up for a family. I . . . I wanted to be with you, Amanda. I agreed to commit to only being with you. That was a huge step for me, but I’m not a family sim . . . I can’t . . . I can’t do this.” He was feeling trapped and was about ready to run.

“Cameron, wait,” Amanda grabbed his arm before he had a chance to bolt for the door. “You’re not ready for the whole family thing, fine. We don’t even have to get married, okay? All I’m asking is for you to just stick around. A child needs to know his father.” Amanda was very disappointed in Cameron, but she wouldn’t push him away. Alyssa had already grown up without a father, and she would not make this baby go through that, too. Children needed fathers in their lives.

“Maybe he’d be better off not knowing me,” Cameron said quietly.

“What’s that suppose to mean?” Amanda was furious, but then she saw how truly terrified Cameron looked. He was hyperventilating and pale, like he was really having a panic attack. Amanda grabbed his hand and gently urged him to sit down on the couch for a minute. As he sat there his body began trembling and his erratic breathing continued. Amanda was positive now; Cameron was having a full-blown panic attack.

“Shhh, it’s okay Cameron,” Amanda comforted, “try to take a deep breath in. That’s it, now let it out.” Amanda sat with him and did nothing more than coach him on breathing for a few minutes until he seemed to calm down. She waited until he was taking relatively normal breaths. He still looked shaken, but maybe he was okay enough to talk now. “It’s okay now, Cameron. I’m not mad anymore, but you need to talk to me. I can tell something’s going on here. Remember, you promised to always be honest with me. Now, what’s wrong? What did you mean the baby would be better off not knowing his father?”

“I’d have been better off not knowing mine,” Cameron whispered.

“Why?” Amanda asked.

“He . . . he . . .” Cameron was struggling not to cry. He looked down at his hands as he tried to find the words to explain things so that Amanda could understand without pushing himself back into the panic he had been in. “He . . . hurt . . . me, and Gary. Bad, Amanda . . . I . . . I lost track of how many times he put us in the hospital . . . broken ribs, broken clavicle . . . please don’t make me go into the details . . .”

“Oh my God, Cameron!” Amanda was shocked. She’d known that Cameron and Gary’s relationship with their father had not been the best, but she’d had no idea that they grew up in an abusive situation. The knowledge went a long way toward explaining both of their personalities, though.

“I can’t help but wonder how different things would be if my mom had just left him.” Cameron looked off into the distance as he blinked back tears. “What if being a father . . . what if it flips something in me . . . what if it turns me into him? I won’t do that, Amanda. I won’t hurt you or our baby. Maybe it’s best if I just leave.”

Cam, Cameron look at me,” Amanda insisted. “Your dad hit your mom?” she asked. Cameron nodded, but he quickly looked away. He couldn’t hold her gaze.

“Cameron, you’ve never raised a hand to me. You’ve never even raised your voice to me, not even when we were fighting. And you’ve always been sweet to Alyssa. Even when she was being pretty mean to you, you were kind to her. You don’t have it in you to be mean or hurt us. You put up a huge wall to hide it, but at your heart you’re one of the nicest sims I’ve ever met. I know you would never hurt me or our baby.”

Cameron didn’t respond. He seemed deep in thought.

“What about Evan? You’ve been living with him for a long time, practically his whole life. Don’t lie to me and tell me that Gary takes care of everything for him. Alyssa and Evan are best friends. I’ve talked to Evan. He says that you’re the one he always turns to when he needs someone. He trusts you.”

“It’s . . . it’s different. Evan isn’t my responsibility. I just help him when he needs me, but I’m not his father. He’s not my responsibility to . . .”

“So what if we take the responsibility out of the equation? You don’t have to be responsible for the baby, okay? The baby is my responsibility. I just want you to move in and be around for our little one, like you are with Evan. What if we set it up like that?” Amanda asked.

Cameron nodded slowly. “I don’t want to be responsible for discipline. I’d be too scared that I’d . . .”

“You wouldn’t, I’m sure you’d never hurt our baby, but that’s fine. I can be in charge of discipline and teaching. I’m the responsible one. You just have to be around if he wants a man to talk to or a dad to hug. I don’t want you to feel trapped. We don’t even have to get married yet. If at any time you want to leave and move back with Gary or move on, we can talk about that. You’re not trapped here.” Amanda knew Cameron well, and she knew he’d be less likely to run if he felt like he had options.

Amanda had waited until the last possible moment to tell Cameron. She started showing right in the middle of their talk, and right there at the end she felt the baby kick for the first time.

Cameron stood up and hugged Amanda. “Thanks for being so understanding,” he whispered. He couldn’t imagine telling anyone else his horrible family secret. He knew no one else could accept his flaws the way she did.

“Thanks for staying,” she whispered back. Fears could be overcome. Now that she knew what was wrong, Amanda could deal with it. They were going to be a family after all.

Cameron moved in that night. The Cory family was growing.

Amanda was ecstatic. Finally she had the man she loved in her bed, not just for one night, but for every night. And now, her child was going to have a father.

Cameron found that being a professional party guest was enough to keep him happy. He didn’t need the other women anymore. He was even doing an okay job of handling his fears of fatherhood. As long as he got to go in that limo to an amazing party a few times a week, he was happy.

Amanda was placed on maternity leave from the paper, but she didn’t want to just lie around and do nothing. She kept herself entertained by learning to play the piano. She hoped that the creativity she learned from it would help her writing as well and possibly get her a promotion when she did return to work.

That night Amanda went into labor. She remembered how much this part hurt from having Alyssa. “Cameron! Cameron!” she screamed with the pain.

Cameron rushed into the living room. “Oh my God! Oh my God! What do I do?” Cameron put his hand on his chest. He was starting to hyperventilate again.

“Just get the car,” Amanda said through gritted teeth. She was trying to be strong through the pain. The last thing she needed was for Cameron to go into another panic attack right then. “You have to drive me to the hospital.”

Amanda didn’t ask Cameron to go into the delivery room. She knew that was too much for him. Gary’s wife, Regina, was actually Amanda’s Lamaze coach. The delivery went fine, and it wasn’t long after that Amanda was bringing home their baby boy. She named him Matthew after her brother. She wasn’t permitted to have contact with any of her family anymore, but Matthew had been the one to stand up for her before her parents disowned her.

“Cameron, would you like to hold your son?” Amanda asked him.

“Oh, oh no,” Cameron shook his head. “I might hurt him.”

“You’re not going to hurt him,” Amanda insisted, but she didn’t push the issue.

“Can I hold him, Mom?” Alyssa asked.

“Sure,” Amanda agreed. If Cameron was so afraid of parental duties, she was going to have to rely on Alyssa for a lot of help with the baby anyway.

Amanda had to decide whether or not to stay home for an extended maternity leave. She wanted to spend time with Matthew, but she also wanted another promotion at work. Cameron was home all day every day anyway, so she wouldn’t have to hire a nanny. The problem was that Cameron was still too afraid to even hold his son, much less take care of him. But, Amanda wondered if she wasn’t there if his parental instincts might kick. She doubted that he would leave his son screaming and crying in a stinky diaper. Still, just in case, she made sure to take care of all of Matthew’s needs in the morning before she went to work. Cameron and Matthew would only have to be alone for a few hours before Alyssa got home from school, and Matthew would probably sleep through most of that anyway.

The newspaper was happy to have Amanda back, and the paper’s editor was very impressed with her increase in creativity. He promoted her to investigatory journalist right away.

That night Amanda convinced Cameron to at least come sit in the nursery with her while she took care of Matthew.

“Are you sure you don’t want to hold him?” Amanda asked once again. “You aren’t going to hurt him,” she said firmly. “I think it would be good for him to bond with you a little.”

“I don’t . . . I don’t think he’d like that,” Cameron said.

“Just hold him for a minute. Let him get used to you, you know, just in case he starts to cry when I’m not here,” Amanda coaxed.

Cameron reluctantly agreed, and Amanda gently handed their son over to him.

Two seconds later Cameron was ready to hand him back. “I . . . I think he wants you,” Cameron said as Matthew made a few fussy noises.

“Give him a minute,” Amanda said.

Instinct did kick in and Cameron was quickly cuddling Matthew. “I’m doing it. I’m holding our son,” he whispered with a touch of pride.

“I think he likes you,” Amanda whispered when she heard Matthew coo. Perhaps Matthew would get to know his father after all.

Season Recap

1. Cameron moved in with Amanda. He’s already achieved his lifetime want of reaching the top of the slacker career, so it’s okay that he can’t romance other women anymore. His new lifetime want is to reach the top of the music career.

2. Amanda had a little boy, Matthew.

3. Alyssa continued dating George and worked on skill building for college. She enjoyed helping out with the care of her little brother.

Points Recap

Previous Subtotal 15

New Points
New sim, Matthew +1

New Total 16

Author’s Comments

I’m not doing such a good job of helping Amanda reach her lifetime want of 20 simultaneous best friends, but I had a really fun time playing with her and Cameron. I absolutely love the photos of them interacting with the baby.