Sunday, December 9, 2007

Sinclair Family Season 6

Gary Sinclair—Adult male fortune sim
Scorpio personality
Neat 6, Outgoing 5, Active 8, Serious 3, Grumpy 3
Lifetime want—earn 100,000 simoleons

Regina Sinclair—Adult female fortune sim
Scorpio personality
Neat 6, Outgoing 5, Active 8, Serious 3, and Grumpy 3
Lifetime want—reach top of business career

Evan Sinclair—Teen male knowledge sim
Taurus personality
Neat 5, Outgoing 5, Lazy 3, Fun 8, Nice 6
Lifetime want—reach top of journalism career

In the last update—The family just discovered that Regina was pregnant. Evan was so upset about the news that he nearly ran away, but his family was able convince him of their love. Gary was promoted to the top of the law enforcement career.

Season 6—Winter

Regina was on maternity leave from the police force. It was driving her crazy being stuck at home, but she put the time to good use. She spent all day socializing with friends that might help get her promoted and working on her skills.

In the meantime, Gary was trying to adjust to his new job as Captain Hero. Things were definitely different now that he was expected to use super powers to fight crime.

They were having a small dinner party one night, when Regina said that she wasn’t feeling very good.

She went to the bathroom. Suddenly, her water broke. It couldn’t be time for the baby. She didn’t think that she was due yet, but sure enough, she went into labor right in the bathroom.

“Honey, are you alright?” Gary asked as he entered the bathroom. “Oh my! I’ll get your suitcase. We’ve got to get to the hospital.”

“No time!” Regina shouted between clenched teeth. “The baby’s coming now!”

She never planned to deliver her baby right in her own bathroom, but it wasn’t as bad as Regina feared. Before long, she had a beautiful baby boy in her arms. It was all worth it when she heard him coo.

The Sinclairs named their little boy Ethan. Ethan looked a lot like his father with black eyebrows and stunningly deep blue eyes.

Regina returned to work right away. She was bucking for a promotion. She received it and reached the top of the law enforcement career.

Evan was left babysitting Ethan while Regina and Gary were at work. He was trying his hardest to love his little brother and not be jealous. Ethan wasn’t a bad baby. Evan didn’t mind helping out by watching him. Still, Evan’s feelings were very tender on the subject. His dad and Regina had assured him that they loved him, but Evan couldn’t help feeling that Ethan would be everything that their father wanted, everything that Evan wasn’t.

Evan’s Uncle Cameron had told Evan that he could call him anytime he needed anything. Alyssa and Amanda had promised to be there for Evan, too. So, Evan called over to the Cory house. He knew that he was being silly, but he needed to know that someone loved him. Uncle Cam came over and hugged him. They had a good talk, and then Uncle Cam helped Evan take care of the baby.

Gary was spending most of his time at his little shop. Business was booming. The store was so popular that all of the customers could barely even fit in the door.

Eventually, the business achieved a level 8 status. Gary received cash bonuses for each business level. The prizes were so large, that Gary achieved his lifetime want of earning 100,000 simoleons. He also finally had the money he wanted to remodel the shop. He specialized in selling collectable, colored glass; but, he also sold some other vases and decorative objects.

With his lifetime want fulfilled, Gary decided to look for a new job. He was tired of catching all of the bad guys and watching the lawyers get the criminals off. He decided to go into law himself. He’d be sure that all of the criminals were properly prosecuted. His first position was as a Personal Injury Attorney. Gary would make certain that justice would prevail.

Regina decided that it was time for a change of career as well. She wanted to go after her dream of becoming a Business Tycoon. Thanks to her leadership experience on the police force, Regina was able to take a position in Senior Management at an Emerald Isle company.

“Honey, guess what?” Gary approached Regina.

“I have news, too, but you go first,” Regina replied.

“I got a new job. I’m going to be a lawyer,” Gary informed her.

“But, we had the whole work schedule set for who was going to stay home with Ethan. I just took a new job as a Senior Manager. I can’t stay home.”

That was a dilemma. Neither of them was willing to give up on their new careers, and they both knew that they couldn’t miss the first day of work. In the end, they decided to take the chance and leave Ethan with a nanny until Evan got home from school. They weren’t happy with the compromise, but luckily for them, the agency sent one of their best nannies. She even played with Ethan.

Gary and Regina barely had time to get home from work to make it to Ethan’s birthday party. The Corys and the Turners came over for a Roof Raiser party.

Ethan Sinclair—male toddler sim
Gemini Personality
Sloppy 2, Outgoing 10, Active 10, Serious 3, Grumpy 3

Already realizing that his little brother was going to be the little athlete his father had always wanted, Evan decided that he would have to start working out more if he really wanted to earn his father’s love. Sure, Gary had said that he loved Evan just the way he was, but then he was also always encouraging him to be neater and more active. Evan was still desperate for love and approval.

When it came time for Evan to leave for college, he had scholarships for his grades and in all skills, including body. He also earned a scholarship for his dance skills, but that wasn’t one that his father would be proud of. Evan enjoyed using his creativity, but Gary wanted an athletic and serious son. Evan hoped that college would give him the opportunity to earn his father’s praise.

Gary was proud of Evan. He had pushed his oldest son to great success in high school. It was time to start teaching his youngest son. First, he taught Ethan to walk, talk, and use the potty.

Then he encouraged him to work with his charisma bunny as Gary also worked on maxing out his charisma skill.

Gary already had two wonderful boys, but Regina wanted a second child of her own. Never able to deny his wife anything, Gary agreed. They tried for another baby.

In the meantime, they both were progressing well in their careers. Gary was promoted to Corporate Lawyer, and Regina was promoted to President of the company.

The promotions came at a good time. Regina was pretty sure that she was pregnant again. She would soon be able to use her maternity leave to work on the skills she would need to finally fulfill her dream.

Season Recap

1. Regina gave birth to Ethan, her first child with Gary.

2. Gary encouraged Evan in neatness and activity. His new personality is Neat 7, Outgoing 5, Active 7, Playful 8, and Nice 6. Evan left for college with scholarships for grades and all skills.

3. Gary achieved his lifetime want of earning 100,000 simoleons and got his business to a level 8.

4. Gary took a new job in the law career while Regina took a new job in the business career.

Points Recap

Previous non-money points 100

Correction point +1 (somewhere I have an extra point in excel I forgot to record here)

Top of career, Regina +1

New sim, Ethan +1

Impossible want, Gary +3

New non-money points 106

New money total for this household to be added for neighborhood points 172,014 simoleons.

Author’s Notes

I know that you can sit at a computer and buy a business and immediately resell it and immediately earn 100,000 simoleons. That seems a bit like cheating to me, so I decided not to let myself do that. However, the money bonuses earned as business level rewards DON’T count towards the lifetime earnings. That doesn’t seem fair to me, because Gary DID work hard for those. So, I let him buy and sell a business the value of the money he earned from his business perks. That hit his 100,000 simoleons.

Turner Family Season 6

Nicholas Turner
—Elder male romance sim
Aries personality
Neat 5, Outgoing 8, Active 6, Serious 3, Grumpy 3
Lifetime want—Have 20 simultaneous lovers—achieved!

Will Turner—Adult male family sim
Cancer personality
Neat 6, Shy 3, Active 6, Serious 4, Nice 6
Lifetime want—Graduate 3 children from college

Shenene Turner—Adult female pleasure sim
Libra personality
Sloppy 2, Outgoing 8, Lazy 2, Playful 6, Nice 7
Lifetime want—Become criminal mastermind

Daniel Turner—Teen male family sim
Libra personality
Sloppy 4, Outgoing 8, Lazy 4, Playful 6, Nice 7
Lifetime want—Raise 20 puppies or kittens

In the last update—Nicholas achieved his lifetime want of 20 simultaneous loves. Will and Shenene returned from college and got married. Klaus left for university.

Season 6—Winter

Shenene had a deep, dark secret. She had taken a job in the criminal career. She knew that Will wouldn’t approve, but she wanted more money. She’d grown up rich. She never thought that money would matter so much to her. It wasn’t that she wasn’t happy with Will. She was; she would be happy with him even if they were dirt poor. Still, she wanted a job, and she wanted to bring in some good money. She made it all the way to the top of the criminal world. She was a Criminal Mastermind, and the money was great.

Still, it wasn’t worth keeping such an awful secret from Will. Shenene thought that there had to be some other job that she was qualified for. She’d majored in literature, which didn’t count for much outside Academie Le Tour. The help wanted ads never seemed to have much for her. Shenene spent her free time writing creative short stories and painting. One day, an art gallery owner noticed her work. They offered her a job as an Acclaimed Muralist.

Even Liebe, Daniel’s cat, started adding money to the family funds. Daniel found him a job as a service pet. Daniel spent lots of time loving his little cat and teaching him. He raced through the pet service career.

Everyone really missed Klaus, who was at Academie Le Tour himself. He came home for frequent visits with his new girlfriend, Tiffany, and his college friends. The Turners loved to host fun dinner parties for the neighbors whenever Klaus came home for the weekend.

In the meantime, Nich’s escort service was still booming. He’d planned on stopping the business once he reached twenty simultaneous lovers, but the girls were demanding his services. Nich couldn’t deny their desires. He occasionally went to the store and managed to make a few more women fall in love with him. Before long, he had thirty simultaneous loves.

Work was going well for Will. He loved teaching. Before long, he had reached the top of the education career.

That night, Will approached Shenene. “You know, Shenene, we are actually doing quite well financially, now. My salary is higher than I ever thought it would be, and you aren’t doing bad as an artist either. I was thinking. Maybe it’s time. Maybe we could adopt a child.”

“Adopt?” Shenene asked, stunned. She knew that Will was a family sim. She’d prepared herself for family life when she married him, but she’d never even considered adoption before. “Will, I don’t know,” Shenene hesitated. “When we got married, I thought that you would want to have children of our own.”

“We would raise the little boy or girl as our own. What do you think?” Will asked.

“It’s just . . . why would we want a child that nobody wants, when we could have a normal, healthy child of our own? Don’t you realize how emotionally damaged most children in foster care are?”

“I can’t believe you just said that, Shenene.” Tears sprang to Will’s eyes. “Don’t you realize how close I came to ending up in foster care myself? If I had been a year younger when Mom and Dad died . . . we’d all have . . . or if . . . if . . . if I hadn’t skipped so many meals so that my brothers could eat, or if . . . if Principal Norrington had reported me . . . there were days I was sure the social worker was going to show up at my door and take Klaus and Daniel away. Yes, the children in foster care are hurting, but don’t you think that they should have a good home to go to? Wouldn’t it make you feel good to know that if a child does lose his parents, he can still have a family to love him?”

“Will, I’m so sorry. I wasn’t thinking when I said . . . I’m sorry. Do you really think that we’d be good parents for an orphan?”

“I know we would. As long as you can find it in your heart to love him or her, we can do it. Remember, I’ve been through what he’ll be going through. We’ll be great parents.”

“Okay, Will,” Shenene smiled as she wrapped her arms around her husband. “Make the call to social services.”

After calling to inform the social worker that they would be willing to adopt a child, Will was extremely happy. He decided to show his gratitude to Shenene by asking her on a date. He didn’t want her to think that their romance would be over just because they were getting a child. He knew that having dream dates was still very important to his wife.

Nich was spending his remaining years of life fishing. He was sick of romance. He did like spending time with Will and Daniel. He wanted to make peace with his grandsons. He worked on building his relationship with them and on passing on the few things that he had learned about running a business. Somehow, Nich could sense that he wasn’t long for this world. He would be joining his daughter and son-in-law in the grave before long.

That year, there was a giant blizzard in Emerald Isle. The snow was so deep that Liebe could barely even make it through to the carpool.

It was in the middle of the snowstorm that the social worker showed up with a crying little boy. Before then, Will had never imagined that he would ever be HAPPY to see the social worker. But, seeing her pull that adorable toddler out of the van made him the happiest man in the world. He and Shenene would be great parents for this poor, hurting, little orphan.

The boy’s name was Harry. His parents had died in a tragic fire. Somehow, the boy had magically survived.

Harry was miserable from having witnessed the horrific death of both of his parents.

He’d finally curled up next to his bunny rabbit and cried himself to sleep before social services found him.

Will scooped Harry up into his arms and held him tight. He knew how much a hug could help when you were really hurting. “It’s okay, Harry. You’re safe and loved here.”

Will couldn’t help smiling as he saw the happy expression on Harry’s face. He’d already helped Harry feel a little bit better. “That’s it. Everything is going to be alright now.”

Harry Turner—male toddler sim
Libra personality
Sloppy 2, Outgoing 8, Lazy 2, Playful 6, Nice 7

Will really enjoyed caring for Harry. Something as simple as giving him a bottle made Will feel all warm inside.

Daniel enjoyed playing with his nephew, too. He could identify a lot with Harry. Daniel had been a toddler when his parents had died, too. Family meant a lot to Daniel, and that included nephews. Daniel made a silent promise that he would be there for Harry when he needed someone to talk to.

Unfortunately, it was time for Daniel to leave for college. He’d graduated from high school. Daniel knew that if he didn’t leave for Academie Le Tour right away, he’d never get the chance to go. Daniel applied for scholarships, as both of his brothers had done. He received a very hefty sum. He qualified for the Sim Orphan Assistance fund, scholarships for all skills, and a special scholarship for excellent dancing ability.

Daniel left for college, regretting that he couldn’t spend more time with his nephew.

Will decided to cuddle Shenene in bed for a little while. He knew that he wouldn’t be able to sleep for long. He’d have to get up in the middle of the night with Harry; he was sure. Still, he needed to hold his wife. He was proud that Daniel had left for college, but the house still felt a little empty. His littlest brother was a man now.

Sure enough, Will heard Harry crying a few hours later. Will got up and cuddled him. It was understandable that Harry was having nightmares after what he’d witnessed. Once Harry had quieted down, Will took him to the potty and potty trained him.

Will put Harry back in his crib and headed back to bed. As he crossed the hall, he noticed a figure lying in Nich’s room. Will rushed to his side, but Grandfather Nicholas was already dead.

As he stood there, Will could have sworn that he could sense the soul of his grandfather passing on. He’d seen ghosts most of his life, and he was sure that he could see one that night.

Nich’s insurance policy benefited 34 people. Even Liebe mourned the loss of Nich.

Shenene agreed to take over caring for Harry that night.

She knew that Will would need some rest to deal with the painful emotions he was experiencing. He had never truly been close to Nicholas, not after he’d refused to care for the boys when they were younger. Still, Will had grown closer to his grandfather recently. Since family was so important to Will, the loss hit him particularly hard.

As Shenene took care of Harry that night, she had to admit that the boy was growing on her. When he called her “Mama,” Shenene’s heart clenched. Harry was her little boy. No one would ever be able to tell her any differently.

Shenene offered to stay home with Will that day, but he insisted that he would be okay. He focused on caring for Harry. It was time to introduce Harry to rice cereal, even if Harry wasn’t too keen on giving up his bottle.

Shenene was glad she went to work. She was promoted to Visionary, the top of the artist career track.

Daniel, Klaus, and Tiffany came home that night for Nich’s funeral. Will gave each of them a genuine hug. He was so grateful that he didn’t have to bury his grandfather alone.

The funeral was difficult for everyone. Will started crying right away. Daniel and Klaus weren’t far behind. At least they were able to give him a proper burial.

To make matters worse, it was Christmas time. It’s always difficult to lose a loved one, but it’s even harder when it happens near a holiday. Everyone tried to put the death behind them and move on. The family sat around the television and watched some football while Will made a turkey.

It was all too much for Daniel, though. He started to flip out. He’d been repressing his feelings for too long. He’d lost his parents; he’d now lost both of his grandfathers. He still didn’t have a girlfriend, and now he was away from his family at college. Once Christmas was over, he wouldn’t have his brothers for support. He couldn’t help raise his nephew. He was all alone.

Will calmed Daniel down with a hug. He promised his little brother that Christmas dinner as a family would help make him feel better. After that, he was welcome to come home from college every weekend if he needed. Will would make the drive to Academie Le Tour to pick him up. Daniel was not alone. It was hard, but they all sat down for a very satisfying meal.

After dinner, Will presented Klaus with a present. It was a third of Nich’s fortune.

“Will, I can’t accept this,” Klaus said.

“Of course you can, “ Will said firmly. “Nicholas wouldn’t have wanted the money to go all to me. He left it for all three of us. It’s only fair to divide it between us. I won’t have my brothers living in poverty. There’s one for you, too, Daniel.”

They spent some time together as a family. It would take some more time for the hurt to heal, but talking about it together helped. Finally, Klaus and Daniel had to go home.

Will spent the next day teaching Harry to walk. He had a purpose in life. He wanted to help orphans. He was glad he was there for Harry. It was so rewarding to care for his son. But, Will wanted to help other little boys, too. He planned to adopt another orphan soon.

Still, Will didn’t forget to give his wife the attention she needed. He knew that she wanted to have a lot of dream dates. He invited Klaus and Tiffany over to babysit so that he and Shenene could have a quick woohoo.

Season Recap

1. Shenene reached the top of the criminal and artist career tracks, which achieved her lifetime want. Shenene’s next lifetime want is 50 dream dates. Will reached the top of the education career track. Liebe climbed the service pet career ladder.

2. Will and Shenene adopted Harry.

3. Daniel left for college with scholarships for all skills.

4. Nicholas died. He achieved both his lifetime want and an impossible want. He’s my first platinum grave. He also had top influence at the time of his death.

Points Recap

Previous non-money points 84

CAS elder impossible want +10

Platinum grave +1

Top influence at time of death +1

Top of career +3 (Shenene +2, Will +1)

New sim, Harry +1

New non-money points 100

New money total for this household to be added for neighborhood points 123,575 simoleons. Note the money went down, not up, this season because Will gave about 40,000 simoleons worth of presents to both Klaus and Daniel. Will inherited the house and the business. It just seemed fair to give 1/3 of the cash that Nich earned in his business to the other boys.

Author’s Notes

I can’t believe I was able to get the impossible want of 30 simultaneous lovers for my CAS elder. Well, I want to try for all of the impossible wants at least once, so I can scratch that one off of my list. And, I have my first platinum grave. That is really cool.

I’m so excited to have Harry added to this family. It’s important to note that I’ve added some Harry Potter character sims to the adoption pool. I’m just using their names and appearances. It’s not meant to represent anything that actually happens in the books. I mean, Harry could roll up a lifetime want of becoming a criminal mastermind or having twenty simultaneous lovers. I even rolled for the personalities in the adoption pool. I enjoy using the celebrity/famous characters sims, but they aren’t meant to actually be the characters from their representative stories. Playing with Harry was so cute. I love the pictures of Will snuggling him.

Nich died the night that Daniel left for school. He should have died at 6 PM, because I think sims always die at 6, but he didn’t because he was passed out from exhaustion at that point. He died when he woke up. The death apparently hit Daniel extremely hard, because he honestly did have a flip out. I don’t know if he’s actually at aspiration failure yet or not. I’m not sure how you tell in teens and especially if they aren’t the sim you are playing. I’ll see once I load the college lot. He’ll probably hit aspiration failure, and then I’ll have to deduct the points then. We’ll see. Poor Daniel, he’s such a sweet, family sim.