Monday, July 20, 2009

University Season 9

Edward Windsor—Young adult male pleasure sim
Sagittarius personality
Sloppy 4, Shy 4, Active 9, Playful 7, Grumpy 1
Lifetime want—50 dream dates
Preferred hobby—Nature

Joshua Jennings—Young adult male pleasure sim
Pisces personality
Neat 5, Shy 3, Active 7, Serious 3, Nice 7
Lifetime want—Become Celebrity Chef
Preferred hobby—Music and Dance

In the last update—Edward Windsor is the third son of Andrew and Elizabeth Windsor. He met his boyfriend, Joshua Jennings, while clubbing downtown one night. He learned that Joshua was homeless and played his violin on street corners for money to have food to eat. Edward introduced Joshua to his family and came out, announcing that he’s gay. The Windsors were very accepting of Edward and Joshua and allowed Joshua to sleep on the Windsors’ couch most nights. Joshua didn’t think that he’d be able to go to college with Edward, but he got accepted for his musical ability and a truly moving essay on why he wanted to go to college.

Season 9

Just before graduating from college, Edward’s older brother James gave Edward all of the money he’d saved up during college with the command to make a cool fraternity. James was moving back in with his father and didn’t need the money, and he’d been unimpressed with the fraternity options available at Academy Le Tour.

Determined to fulfill James’ wishes for a really cool fraternity, Edward used the money to purchase an enormous frat house.

“Thank you so much for encouraging me to come to university with you,” Joshua thanked Edward as they finished exploring the house.

“You got accepted on your own, Joshua,” Edward reminded him. “But of course I wouldn’t have come without you, my love.”

The boys showed their appreciation for each other with a kiss.

Joshua’s decision to declare art as his major was a no-brainer. He was a musician, who’d been accepted to the university to study music. Of course, he knew that the most he could hope for was to maybe get a job flipping burgers at a fast food joint after graduation. At least that would be a legitimate job, but maybe, just maybe he could get a job as a real chef somewhere? It was too much for dream of for him. He was a street boy that should be grateful to have the opportunity to have any job. Then there was the real dream he held, to be a world class musician some day, but that was such a secret hope that Joshua was afraid to admit that to anyone, even himself.

The decision was harder for Edward. He didn’t really want to do anything in particular. All he wanted was to enjoy life and to spend time with Joshua. Mostly, he knew what he DIDN’T want to do—not history, or economic, or business. Edward wanted something more fun than that. In the end, Edward decided to be an art major as well, but he would focus more on actual drawing. Maybe he’d be an architect someday.

The boys celebrated their first night alone together with a date in front of the television. Of course, it quickly turned into something more. They’d been longing for each other for years, but in gratitude to the Windsors for letting Joshua stay in the Windsor home, they’d done little more than touch and cuddle before. Finally, the boys had their first woohoo together.

Waking up in each other’s arms was a very pleasant experience, and of course led to morning woohoo.

Edward and Joshua registered their fraternity, Annya Var, the first full day of classes and immediately begin recruiting pledges. They decided to make it co-ed. They weren’t into discrimination. The only requirement for admission was a love of partying.

Joshua was excelling in his music classes, but he still practiced six hours a day. He was there on a scholarship and wasn’t going to take anything for granted. Plus, he really wanted to be an amazing violinist—the kind with CDs and sold-out concert halls, even if he wouldn’t admit it to himself. He didn’t even dare dream of such things. He’d learned early in life that dreaming of something was the fastest way to disappointment, but that didn’t stop him from taking his practice time very seriously.

Edward and Joshua were out on a date at a total dive bar when Edward suggested that Joshua earn money by performing with the band.

“They only play rock music, and they don’t even have a part for a violinist. I play classical music. That type of performance is just . . . I’m not a sell-out,” Joshua said, offended by the suggestion.

“Is it really that much worse than playing on street corners, Joshua? Sure, you have to make some musical compromises, but it’s cold outside. I don’t like the idea of you having to play on the streets. Tell you what, I’ll try out for the band, too. It could be fun and earn us some money for the fraternity.”

With that, it was decided. Joshua and Edward joined a band and began playing gigs at the bar every weekend for money.

Edward’s brother James had told Edward that another good way to make money at college was to have an amazing garden. Edward had never been all that concerned about money. He came from a family with decent money, but it wasn’t that important to him. But his fraternity was EXPENSIVE to run, so he decided to take up gardening. Both boys quickly earned gold gardening badges and were invited to join the garden club. It was when the wishing wells arrived that Edward understood why James had suggested the hobby to him.

That gave Annya Var plenty of money to throw amazing parties. There was always a group of people dancing at the frat house. It was during one of these parties that a weird woman came up to Joshua and told him to put his hand on his head.

“Excuse me? What is this all about?” Joshua asked.

“I said put your hands on your head. Now!” the woman demanded. “You’re going to be handcuffed and taken in.”

Joshua obeyed as he started to panic. He hadn’t done anything illegal lately, but . . . well . . . he had stolen food occasionally when he was hungry on the streets. Or . . . oh god, what if someone else had done something awful and they were blaming the street kid for what happened, somebody that was murdered a long time ago when Joshua would have no alibi or . . .

“Edward help me!” Joshua cried as the handcuffs were fastened tight around his wrists. “Edward, do you know a lawyer or . . . Edward!”

But his boyfriend was completely ignoring him, still enjoying the party, as one absolutely everyone else.

Joshua started sobbing as he was shoved into the car. He was going to jail! He didn’t even know what he was being accused of, and no one cared!!! He’d at least have liked to have been able to kiss Edward goodbye, but his boyfriend couldn’t even be bothered to talk to him. He was all alone and so scared. Joshua sobbed the whole car ride, terrified of what might greet him when they arrived at his destination.

Joshua was TICKED when he was released from the car only to find that he’d been abducted into a secret society. “Yeah, that’s great,” Joshua said angrily. He was too ashamed to admit that he’d been so terrified. This sort of thing was probably funny to people that didn’t have a past like his. Still, he had no desire to socialize with any of these people, so he quickly went home.

“How was your secret society induction?” Edward laughed as Joshua came in the door.

“You knew???” Joshua was so hurt and upset, he was speechless.

“Yeah, my brother told me about when he was abducted by them. Pretty funny, huh?” Edward asked.

“Hillarious,” Joshua growled before storming off to their bedroom.

Edward followed after him. “Hey, what’s wrong with you? Why are you so cranky?”

“Oh, I don’t know. WHY would I be upset that I was handcuffed and thought I was being sent to jail for God only knows what from my past, and thought my boyfriend didn’t care about me at all, when really all along he knew it was a sick, twisted joke but he didn’t care to tell me that I wasn’t going to be spending the rest of my life in jail for stealing food or . . .” The angry words quickly turned to sobs as the emotions of the day caught up with Joshua.

“Hey, hey,” Edward soothed. “Look at me. I DO care about you. I’m sorry. So sorry. I didn’t realize . . . I’m sorry. I should have known. But you’re safe now. Safe with Edward. And I love you.” As Edward repeated reassurance after reassurance, he softly caressed Joshua’s face.

“You’re so tense!” Edward noted.

“Rough day,” Joshua muttered, not wanting to completely explain why it had terrified him so.

“Come here. Let me help. I’ll give you a backrub,” Edward offered.

With some coaxing, Edward got Joshua to cuddle in his arms. Eventually the stress of the day all came out, and Edward held Joshua through it until he finally fell asleep. Staring at his lover, Edward noted that Joshua was softer and gentler than he’d realized. He vowed in that moment to take good care of him, to protect him and love him from then on.

Edward joined the secret society shortly thereafter. He was excited about joining the club, but it was a subdued affair after what had happened with Joshua.

The new ‘friends’ from the secret society were enough to make both Joshua and Edward big men on campus, even if they didn’t care much for their new friends.

Despite how busy Joshua and Edward were with classes and partying, they still made time for the Windsors. The entire family visited frequently. One day, Elizabeth even brought by her two granddaughters, Caroline and Catherine.

Joshua was happy to cook lunch for the girls. In his realistic dreams he hoped to be a chef at a restaurant someday, maybe like a sit-down chain restaurant. If he started flipping burgers and worked really hard, maybe that was an obtainable goal, right? So he tried to cook for family and friends as much as possible. The girls really seemed to love his hamburgers, for what that was worth.

Then Joshua sat down and played a game of chess with Catherine while Caroline and Edward watched some television. Catherine told Joshua about how her parents didn’t want her and how even though she lived with the Windsors, no one wanted her. The little girl poured out her heart to Joshua, and they instantly bonded. Afterwards, Joshua had a few harsh words to say to Andrew about how Catherine was being raised, but at the same time, Catherine had made a friend for life. Joshua was always going to be her advocate and make sure that she had nice things in life. She was a sweet little girl and deserved to be shown love.

One weird thing did happen to them in college. One day, a weird, gypsy-looking lady showed up at their door and left an old, oil lamp. The boys thought it was really odd, but decided to keep it anyway. Maybe they’d give it as a gift to a friend one day. Surely someone would like an old lamp like that?

Their time in university was going quickly. It was near the end of senior year, and soon the boys would graduate. Edward knew that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Joshua. There was absolutely no doubt in his mind. He knew how precious Joshua was, and he wanted to make him HIS. Partners forever.

Edward planned a big surprise for Joshua. He would propose to him in front of everyone at the bar they played at on Saturday nights. It wasn’t anywhere fancy, but it was THEIR place, somewhere they both felt safe, and that mattered more than anything.

At the end of their gig, Edward went to center stage and called Joshua to the front with him. Joshua went, a little nervous, unsure of what Edward was doing. They had performed all of their songs, and Joshua didn’t sing. He never needed to be at the front mike.

Edward took Joshua’s hands in his and stared deep into his eyes. “Joshua, from the moment I met you, you’ve been the only thing that could ever make me happy. But as our relationship has grown, I’ve discovered that I want to make you happy, too. I love you, and I care about you. I want to spend our lives together, making each other happy. You’re my everything, Joshua, and I want the world to know.”

Joshua was so moved, he kissed Edward right there in front of everyone in the bar.

Joshua actually gasped as Edward fell to one knee.

“Joshua, will you be my partner for life? Will you commit to me in a joining ceremony?” Edward proposed as he showed Joshua the ring he’d bought for him.

It took Joshua a long moment before his mind could even register what was happening. They couldn’t get married, but they could legally commit to each other. They could also personally commit to each other for life, and that was what Edward was offering to him. Still breathless, Joshua took the ring and slipped it on his finger in awe.

“Is that a yes?” Edward asked. The question was more playful than nervous, but the butterflies in his stomach wouldn’t settle down until he actually heard the word.

“Yes,” Joshua breathed. “Yes, I’ll commit to you.”

Behind them, the band started playing again, a congratulatory song.

“Oh Edward!” Joshua exclaimed as movement returned to him and leapt into Edward’s arms. “Oh, Edward, it’s more than I ever dreamed!”

Afterward, Edward invited his family over for an engagement party. Everyone toasted the happy couple as the Windsors began making wedding plans.

That night, Edward cuddled Joshua under the stars. “Our commitment ceremony is going to be so beautiful,” he commented as he stared a particularly brilliant star.

“I . . . sure,” Joshua said flatly.

“What’s wrong? Are you having second thoughts? Do you not want to do this anymore?” Edward asked, suddenly worried.

“No, it’s not that. It’s . . . it’s . . .” Joshua stammered.

“It’s what, love?” Edward asked with concern.

“I’m scared you’re going to leave me at the altar,” Joshua muttered in a quick slew of words.

“Oh, Joshua! Joshua, you’re the love of my life. I could never do that. We were meant to be together. Together forever. Please don’t worry about that!” Edward reassured him as they cuddled under the stars.

And just like that, their university time was over. It was time for graduation. Joshua grilled hot dogs, and Edward ordered a cake. They threw a huge party at the frat house, and then suddenly it was time to go home, back to Emerald Isle and the real world.

Season Recap

1. Edward and Joshua did the typical college things—started a fraternity, joined the secret society, kept straight A+ grades, made big men on campus.

2. Joshua joined a band. He thinks after college he’s going to try to get a job in the culinary track, but his real secret wish is to be a real musician some day. Edward wants to be an architect. They both majored in art.

3. Edward proposed to Joshua in the bar they frequently performed at.

Points Recap

Previous non-money points 195

New playable sim, Joshau +1
Summa cum laude, Edward and Joshua +2
Big sim on campus, Edward and Joshua +2

New non-money points 200

Author’s Notes

The character I wrote for Joshua really wanted to be a star musician. His real lifetime want when I actually got to play him was to reach the top of the culinary track. So I tried to incorporate both into the story. Joshua will probably get a quick job in culinary, but then spend the majority of his life as a musician.

Special thanks to Ndayeni for recommending the new layout that allows for 600 pixel photos. Yay! Comments on the new layout and color scheme are welcome. I'm considering going to the white/light, light blue for the text, but I'm not sure what to make the link colors then.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Sinclair 2 Family Season 9

Evan Sinclair—Adult male knowledge sim
Taurus personality
Neat 5, Outgoing 5, Lazy 3, Fun 8, Nice 6
Lifetime want—Reach top of journalism career—Achieved
Preferred hobby—Arts and crafts

Alyssa Cory—Adult female family sim
Cancer personality
Neat 6, Shy 4, Active 6, Serious 4, Nice 6
Lifetime want—Reach top of education career—Achieved
Preferred hobby—Arts and crafts

Christopher Sinclair—Child male sim
Aquarius personality
Neat 7, Shy 4, Active 6, Playful 8, Nice 6
Preferred hobby—Games

Rose Sinclair—Child female sim
Cancer personality
Neat 7, Shy 4, Active 6, Serious 4, Nice 8
Preferred hobby—Tinkering

Check out the Cory-Sinclair Family Tree.

In the last update—Amanda Cory retired from Cory publishing and passed the reigns to her son-in-law Evan, who quickly reached the top of the journalism career. Evan also earned a hobby plaque in arts and crafts. Together, Evan and Alyssa opened a toy store to sell their hand crafted toys and teddy bears. Christopher and Rose grew-up from babies to children. The twins love doing everything together and insisted on still sharing a room. Evan finally stood up to his father, Gary Sinclair, and told him that he was not going to pressure his children to be ‘perfect.’ Evan and Alyssa love their children the way they are.

Season 9—Fall

After the twins’ first day of school, Christopher brought home a friend.

Her name was Catherine Windsor, and she was new to town. Her mother had left her to live with her father, who didn’t want her at all. Christopher thought it sounded like the saddest story he’d ever heard, so he invited his friend to come play games with him at home. That was tons of fun.

Alyssa took pity on the little girl when she heard that no one ever paid attention to poor Catherine. She asked her to stay for dinner with the Sinclair family and made her delicious pork chops.

Just after she’d served diner, the door bell rang. Alyssa answered it.

“Hello, I’m Vince, the principal of Emerald Isle Academy. Mr. Gary Sinclair called me and told me that your children are interested in attending our private school. Of course we always give special consideration to children of alumni, so I came over for your home visit right away.”

“Of course. It’s very nice to see you again. It’s been so long since Evan and I were at Emerald Isle Academy ourselves,” Alyssa said politely. “Why don’t I give you a tour of our home,” she suggested, but she panicked the moment the man turned his back.

Alyssa and Evan hadn’t really thought about private school yet. Christopher and Rose were just in kindergarten. She hadn’t even picked up the house! Well, at least she did have some decent food to serve him. The decent meal, the fact that both Evan and Alyssa were alumni, and the large if messy house were enough to earn the children admittance into Emerald Isle Academy.

Evan was furious when he got home and learned that his father had interfered in the lives of his children. He was ready to call Emerald Isle Academy and tell them to forget it, but Alyssa convinced him to lie down and talk about it with her.

“I don’t want my children growing up like I did, Aly, under constant pressure to succeed and be perfect,” Evan explained.

“I know. I don’t want that either, but Emerald Isle Academy is a very good school. I loved it there. I got to learn a lot of fun and interesting things that I wouldn’t have been able to at public school. We can let the children go to school there without pressuring them,” Alyssa suggested.

With that decided, the twins began attending Emerald Isle Academy for first grade. Christopher and Rose were so adorable in their little private school uniforms.

Christopher came home from his first day of private school nearly in tears. His fun was all drained and he only brought home a C+. His grandfather Gary would be so ashamed of him!

Rose wasn’t nearly as upset. She had the same grade, but she enjoyed school. She was more serious than her brother, and she found learning fun. She was, however, very concerned about Christopher. Being twins, they always felt a bit of each other’s emotions.

Christopher was so upset, he ran upstairs to his room and cried into his teddy for hours. It was a hand-crafted teddy bear his father had made for him. Being one of the first teddy bears Evan had made, it had lopsided eyes and patches all over it, but Christopher loved that bear so much. He sobbed all of his frustration into his teddy while he waited for his father to come home. “No fun, teddy! Need fun!!!! And going to get in trouble. Grandpa Gary says I need A+s and I got a C!!!! I’m going to make Mommy and Daddy and Grandpa so ashamed of me!”

Rose sat at her desk, quietly reading while still staying close to her brother until their father got home. The moment she heard the car, Rose ran down to greet her father.

Evan had a good day at work. He was doing such a great job at Cory Publishing that he earned a 63,000 simoleon stock dividend. Evan came home, very proud, to announce the news to the family. The smile fell from his face as he saw the tears streaming down Rose’s cheeks as she ran to hug him.

“Daddy, oh, Daddy!” Rose exclaimed as she ran and hugged her father.

“What’s wrong, Princess?” Evan asked her.

“It’s Christopher. He’s been crying since we got home from school. He thinks you’re going to scold us for getting C+s on our report cards. Grandpa Gary has been putting a lot of pressure on him,” Rose explained.

Evan knew he was going to have to have further words with his father about the pressure he was putting on the twins. Evan would not allow this, but the first priority was helping Christopher feel better.

Evan followed Rose up to the twins’ room and hugged both of his children. “Daddy is so proud of both of you. You tried your hardest at school today, and that’s all that matters.” Evan went on to explain how they didn’t have to bring home perfect grades. He also offered to help both of them with their homework and gave them some tips on maintaining fun while still paying attention at school.

“Thank you, Daddy, thank you!” Rose hugged her father with gratitude. Evan had managed to cheer Christopher up, and that made all of them feel so much better.

Evan decided to surprise the family by adopting a dog. He felt all families should have a dog, and he’d wanted one ever since he was a little boy. There had been this stray dog that he’d cared for when he was a really lonely and hurting teenager.

Evan explained to his lifelong friend Daniel Turner about his desire to adopt a dog, a pet that no one else wanted. Evan had always liked the idea of caring for an animal that had no one to love him, because that’s how he’d felt as a teen growing up in the Sinclair home. Daniel suggested that Evan go to see Rachel Ziese-Lecy. Daniel gave the puppies he couldn’t find homes for to Rachel and knew that Rachel also took in strays to find good homes for.

On Daniel’s advice, Evan went to meet with Rachel.

“So, Evan, what kind of dog are you looking for?” Rachel asked.

Evan described his ideal dog to her. It was remarkably similar to Max, the stray dog he’d befriended as a lonely teen. He also explained that he wanted a dog that needed love and a family, one that was hard to adopt out that really needed him.

“I have the perfect dog for you,” Rachel declared with confidence.

She introduced him to Webster, a Kerry Blue Terrier. It was an immediate perfect match. Evan knew the dog was exactly what he wanted.

“I think he’s been abused,” Rachel warned him. “He cowers and trembles a lot. He’s quite cowardly now. And he’s been hard for me to adopt out because he does mess the floor sometimes.”

Evan didn’t mind. Webster needed a family to show him love, and Evan was happy to provide that.

The twins were so excited when Evan brought Webster home. They both wanted to rub his belly and play with him.

Webster did mess in the house sometimes at night, but Evan was gentle with him. Evan worked on house breaking him with praise when he did go outside instead of hurting the poor, scared dog when he did wet in the house.

Alyssa got a big surprise one day as she realized that she was pregnant again! She and Evan had not planned on more children after the twins, but being a family sim, Alyssa was happy about it.

It was Labor Day weekend, and Evan and Alyssa threw a large party for their family. They invited Evan’s half-brothers (Ethan, Eli, and Jack) and Alyssa’s half-siblings (Matthew, Rachel, and Sandy) as well. All of their half-siblings were young enough to almost be more like cousins to Christopher and Rose. Everyone had fun swimming in the pool, fishing, playing games, and eating hamburgers off the grill.

It was a great party until Alyssa went into labor.

“I’m never having children,” Rachel exclaimed as she saw the pain her much older half-sister was in.

“I want lots of children but I didn’t realize . . . wow . . .” Ethan said, stunned. He wanted six children of his own someday, but he had no idea that his future wife would have to go through that! And six times!

“Oh no, Aly! I’ll get the car!” Evan said, a little panicked. He’d missed the birth of the twins, because Alyssa had delivered them quickly at home while Evan was at work.

This birth went just as quickly. There was no time for the hospital. Little Carlisle was born right at home, just like his older siblings.

Carlisle Sinclair--Baby male Sim

Everyone cheered the arrival of the newest member of the Sinclair family.

Carlisle was a very active little baby boy. He really loved playing with his toys, especially when his mother joined him and jiggled his play gym toys for him.

Christopher woke up crying the day of a big test. He’d had the opportunity to cheat using an RC plane to see the test, but he’d decided not to. His father had taught him better than that. But Christopher was sooooo stressed about the test. He’d had nightmares about failing it and getting a strong scolding by Grandpa Gary. It was enough to make tears come to his eyes as he woke up.

Luckily, Rose was there for him. The twins shared such a close relationship, they were always there to listen to each other and understand. She gave him confidence, because she was positive they were both going to do fine on the test. She also reassured him that he’d done the right thing by not cheating. Their parents would be proud of him for making the right decision, even if it made him stressed.

Finally, all of the hard work and studying paid off. Both Christopher and Rose came home with A+ report cards.

Alyssa was very proud of her children, but the real excitement came when Christopher got to tell his daddy how well he’d done.

All this time, Evan had been working hard on his sewing skills. He knew it wasn’t very manly. His father wouldn’t approve, but he enjoyed it. He made special nursery quilts to sell along with their hand-crafted toys at their store.

With such special product made with love, Inner Child Toys and Gifts quickly became a level 10 business, and Alyssa earned 100,000 simoleons.

More than the money, though, Evan and Alyssa were happy that they were able to share their special creations with the whole town. Children all over Emerald Isle had access to unique and fun toys.

Cameron and Amanda babysat the children while Evan and Alyssa worked at the store. They were amazed to see how much Christopher and Rose still did everything together; even chores were done in unison. It was obvious that Christopher was the more creative and playful child, but he could always convince his sister to play along with his ideas for adventures and fun.

Season Recap

1. Gary got Christopher and Rose into private school and put a lot of pressure on Christopher to succeed despite Evan’s best efforts to shield his children from his father. Despite that, the children are growing up fairly well and brought home A+ report cards.

2. Evan adopted an abused dog, Webster. He’s a great fit for the family.

3. The family spent a lot of time bonding with their extended family (The Sinclair 1 and Cory families).

4. Alyssa gave birth to Carlisle.

5. Evan earned a gold sewing badge. The toy store reached level 10, and Alyssa earned 100,000 simoleons without any effort to do so on my part.

Points Recap

Previous non-money points 194

Gold badges (Evan) +1

New non-money points 195

Neighborhood money

Turner 186,744 +39,513 (business) = 226,257
Sinclair 299,386 + 62,069 (business) = 361,415
Cory 194,345 + 95,256 (business) = 289,601
Windsor 194,135
Windsor 2 186,074
Turner 2 178,076 + 37,112 (vacation home) = 215,188
Turner 3 342,202 + 76,429 (business) = 418,631
Sinclair 2 325,584 + 74,442 (business) = 600,026

New neighborhood money points 1,794,495 simoleons=18 points

New neighborhood total points 213

Author’s Notes

Of course Alyssa called and invited the headmaster herself, but I thought it would make for an interesting story if I said Gary did it. I mostly decided this because Gary spontaneously walked by the exact moment the headmaster arrived, and I had that hilarious shot of Alyssa looking overwhelmed as the headmaster showed up.

What kind of game is this that choosing NOT to cheat is the WRONG answer to pick! I felt so sorry for poor Christopher. But at least it made for an interesting story.

The baby’s name is Carlisle. Yes, as in Carlisle Cullen from Twilight. I’m eventually going to have all of the Twilight characters in my hood. It’s something for me to look forward to.