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One way or another, I never could get anybody out of the house. But they were all up bright and early in the morning, doing bright early-morning business, and so I left them there.

I checked, and there is room for a double bed in Winnie’s room, without remodeling. And by that time Cinnamon will be at college (next rotation, I think - I believe that’s her last homework she’s doing, but it’s hard for me to keep track). So Edward and Petra may wind up here yet. But you can bet there’ll be some changes made if Petra becomes head of household. Which we all know she would be - she can steer Edward with her little finger.

Now, the Beares, who are always lots of -

Winnie is sick with a cold!

Screw you, plague.

It’s not too bad, though. Cinnamon, Ursula, and Claire head out to school and Winnie pulls some leftover soup out of the fridge and gets well. I kept her online and Heather and Kevin busy for a little while to be sure.

Kevin is rolling actual skill-building wants, so I take advantage of them while I have them. After all, if his current role as notorious rake and polygamous cult leader John Smith Tricou doesn’t qualify him as a Leading Man, I don’t know what would! As so often happens after a charisma point, he rolls a want for a birdcage; and they have a little cash on hand, so I let him get one. Of course Heather has to have a rosy cockatoo.

Cinnamon brought Guadalupe Newson home with her, but Winnie wanted to learn anger management instead of being friendly, so she missed the rousing game of Don’t Wake the Llama that got Claire and Ursula out of the red fun, and into the red energy.

Winnie, by the way, is bisexual, and the only good chemistry she has is with other girls. It’s doable; but she’s not actually friends with any of them. And she’s not really interested right now. She just wants to go to college.

Next door, another Romance sim goes her merry way. Leslie Gay and her cat Enola ran her shop, paid bills, amused themselves, and made stock.

While her nephew’s wife inexplicably hung out on the bubble blower and Leslie had to constantly fight the urge to flirt with her. Leslie is a pure hedonist, but she is not entirely without moral fiber. It’s just that what she has is tied up in knots.

She also, shockingly, rolled a want to get engaged to Betty! I almost went for it, but noticed in time that she had a fear of marrying her. Without some other factor motivating her to ignore the fear, that got her off the hook.

Except that he gets as far as the driveway, and is called for an outing! He does still have some energy left, though I had intended him to spend it on Brittany - but it’s one of Ashley’s rules that he takes follow-up calls as often as he can. He’s a pro, after all!

This time, Amber (whose date he thought had tanked last rotation) gave his number to Amy, who meets him at Moo’s Mews Casino with a bunch of her friends. It’s a very Greek-centric outing and gets a decent score, though Sharla Ottomas has a beef with him over Theodora. (I think one reason he’s interested in Tina is, that she has a small family by Drama Acres standards.)

Back home, Somebody (not necessarily Tina) has been in the trash. Brittany has brought a friend home from work, and is cheating him blind at chess to get a logic point. She can’t handle SWAT work forever. If she doesn’t make Chief of Police before she loses fitness, she’ll have to retire. Ashley leaves her to it and goes to bed, where she joins him in time.

And in the morning he does some necessary maintenance. He can’t expect Brittany to keep her keenly honed detection skills off his side activity if he doesn’t make it worth her while.

The first person we see on entering the Crypt-o-Night Club is Tina, who is appalled to see him actually stepping out on his wife! Heh. What a shame. Don’t get me wrong - it seems to me inevitable that Tina will commit some serious stupidity with someone older and of the romance persuasion, and probably get knocked up - but Ashley already has one bastard and I’m not that jazzed about the genetic possibilities. So depending on wants this could still turn into a Thing, but for now, he goes with keeping the bird in his hand quiet.

Kaylynn is, I fear, monumentally stupid. She keeps getting temporarily stuck behind “get engaged” wants, but all he has to do to jolt her out of it is fill one blue-bordered want, and she’s putty in his hands. I feel kind of sleazy allowing this - but it’s pretty much who Ashley is.

Afterward he goes across the street to Lucky Shack, and takes a call from - Tina! No doubt giving him extra pieces of her mind.

He wants to fall in love with Tina, but it’s not happening tonight.

Okay, let’s see if we can get through the rest of this rotation without any more plague detours. Ahem.

Brittany Pitts-Upsnott is focused on teaching Shep tricks, but she does have to go to work. If she wants a guard dog she’s going to be disappointed, as Shep is very easygoing and even gets along with the mailman.

After Brittany leaves, Ashley decides to hold a little party, just a couple of his old friends that he hasn’t seen in awhile, and Ashleigh, and somebody young - oh, say, that nice Tina girl he met the other night - to keep her company.

Uh-huh. Right. You invited Tina for Ashleigh. And then sit down and give her a sympathetic ear about her parents’ divorce while Ashleigh does her best to fleece Castor and Phoenix. Ashley wants to be “best friends” with Tina - because until you make best friends, you can’t get benefits without a mod.

He almost succeeds, and once the party breaks up takes a nap, so as to be fresh for anything that comes up tonight. About the time Brittany comes home and gets struck by lightning, the phone is ringing. Kaylynn again! That young lady is persistent. She doesn’t up the tally, but Ashley’s an opportunist, and this is an opportunity, so he takes it.

The wonderful thing about being a professional party guest is, that your excuses for leaving in the evening don’t even have to sound plausible.

Alas, it was a little late for other teens. Swainson ran into Tina Traveller, and Mary Ann took some time to make a good impression on her boyfriend’s father. Somehow they picked up Rosemary Aerius, more or less on the Why Not? principle. Mary Ann made more food and Otto - who really, really doesn’t want to go home to twin duty - fell asleep in it.

Meanwhile, Harris and Gabriella are still in love. Even when he clogs the toilet.

Their cat Goldie is getting old. Everybody wants a kitten.

I can’t remember if it’s male or female, but its name is Snail. (Yeah, I know, that’s a kite. But it’s still an accipiter and people do call them snail hawks sometimes.)

Meanwhile, Gabriella gets her garden in and Mary Ann discovers that a) the refrigerator is empty and b) she needs new clothes for spring. Also, completely cheated of Saturday by cold. (Though at least she didn’t lose any teen days.) So let’s go down to the Convenient Stores and see what’s shaking.

nanyoky:

I want to write an alternative version of Romeo and Juliet where instead of being a little ponce and trying to work things out for himself, Romeo asks his smarter friends what to do about the whole thing and Benvolio and Mercutio come up with the world’s greatest plan:

Marriage of…

For all the Veronaville simmers…

But Swainson is a teen now, and can go out by himself! Or with his friends. He called up a social group, which includes some kids and teens he’s less well acquainted with, and came up with the fairly logical assortment of his friends JJ Ruben and Maria Casilda Centowski, and JJ’s neighbor, Otto Iana. They went down to Drama Acres Park, tried and failed up annex some other kids, had a good time anyway, and came home - where Mary Ann got all better as the lunch of comfort soup was prepared!

Life is so unfair in so many ways.

After fixing Nova’s relationship to Castor, I went in to Drama Acres. Because as long as Mary Ann Hawkins is sick, there will be no controlling the plague. I turned aging off and locked the poor girl in her room. On a Saturday. Fortunately she wanted cooking points.

Her mom, who had been up all night writing, slept in. Her dad and little brother were adorable.

kryssims:

After Mary left, Valentine thought it’d be a good idea to have a little sit down with Goldie to talk about growing up. It didn’t go over well.
Valentine: “Now that you’re getting older, you might have some questions about kissing and other things”
Goldie: “…Ugh, this is the last thing in the world I want to talk about”

Also Candy and Rhett in the background having a lovely chat about best friends and… death.

Hey, they need to talk about this stuff. The Harts have a lot of emotional work to get through. More than anybody else in town except the Beeches.

I happen to know there’s a certain number of depressives among my 227 followers. So this is for y’all. And me.

(Source: boggletheowl)

kryssims:

Valentine invited over Mary, as he too was getting lonely. They managed to spend some time in the bedroom and have a quick make out before Mary had to run home. (Her little dialog said something like “don’t you think about what I need”) I guess Valentine isn’t used to being with someone who’s pregnant.

Well, it’s been at least since before Goldie was born (if you assume he didn’t routinely side-date pregnant ladies), and he was probably on the road a lot when the kids were gestating and little. I really wish you could see their needs as well as their wants when you date. In Sims1 you could ask “how do you feel” and get an icon for the lowest need, which was better than nothing.

kryssims:

Valentine invited over Mary, as he too was getting lonely. They managed to spend some time in the bedroom and have a quick make out before Mary had to run home. (Her little dialog said something like “don’t you think about what I need”) I guess Valentine isn’t used to being with someone who’s pregnant.

Well, it’s been at least since before Goldie was born (if you assume he didn’t routinely side-date pregnant ladies), and he was probably on the road a lot when the kids were gestating and little. I really wish you could see their needs as well as their wants when you date. In Sims1 you could ask “how do you feel” and get an icon for the lowest need, which was better than nothing.

I was surprised when Jane dropped her off - I’m pretty sure Castor dropped off both boys. With a sinking feeling I looked in her relationship panel - no family tag with Castor! The family tree was OK, though. So I made a note to fix this before any chance of them running into each other could arise, and sent her, and her “join sorority right now” want, to the University Way Shops, where she purchased a miniskirt, met some dormies, and stopped to chat with Harlan Hawkins. They aren’t friends, but she’s known him a long time, ever since John joined the GSA (Harlan was president) and she knows he’s Senior Man at the frat.

Of course, she’s a Tri-Var legacy, so it’s not like she needs to schmooze. But she wants to, and that’s the main thing.

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