September 28, 2011

Carters - Round 11

Adam walked in and rubbed his head.  He had tried a potion at work that was supposed to give people more confidence, but something must have been seriously wrong with it.  He had a foggy recollection of saying that he wanted to take over the world and something else about a master plan.
 "Michelle?" he asked and then stopped when he saw his wife staring at him strangely.

"If you're going to start acting weird, you can just go right back to work," she said firmly.  "I miss my husband!"

Adam shook his head.  "I'm okay now. I think I had some sort of adverse reaction to a potion I was working on.

Michelle still looked wary.  "I want you to stop testing your trials personally."

Adam scratched his head.  "But then how will I know if they work?"

"I don't care. Figure it out," Michelle said.  "I thought you'd gone off the deep end! You were talking about becoming a criminal mastermind and cackling all the time. It was scary."

Adam attempted to comfort Michelle.  "Don't worry, sweetie. I've maxed all the skills I possibly can.  I know what I'm doing."

Michelle crossed her arms. "Apparently not! Now go see your daughter and wish her a belated birthday! She was really upset you missed it..."

Adam felt bad. He wondered what chemical would counteract the reaction he had... then stopped short.  "Lily?" he asked, holding his arms out.  "My sweet little girl! All grown-up!"

Lilly laughed and hugged her Dad.  "Are you normal again? Mom was really worried."

Adam shook his head again, "I'm fine. I'm sorry I missed your birthday!"

Lilly shrugged. "It's okay, I guess.  Hey, Dad? Can I go out? There's this guy I like..."

Adam frowned.  "No."

"Daaad."

Adam crossed his arms. "No boys. Does your Mother know about this?"

Lilly laughed. "Of course she does!" she giggled as she skipped down the hall.


Adam frowned after her.

"Hey Dad," Alec said as he and Shannon came down the stairs.  "We're throwing a Going-Away to College party. Hope you don't mind!"


Adam frowned.  How long did he spend in that fog?


"When?"


"Right now!" Shannon laughed.  "We're moving to the dorm tonight."

Adam stared around at all the kids throughout the house and wondered how soon they would be leaving their families, too.  There was Mason Steele and Brittany McMillan making eyes at each other.

And Evelyn Potter and his nephew Perry making out in the dining room.

And Levi Potter with... was that Lilly?! he thought, surprised.


Adam sat, shell-shocked when he saw his little girl lean forward and kiss that boy on the lips.  His little angel was growing up, he thought sadly.  Glancing over at Michelle as she read her book, he felt numb.  "They're all going to leave us," he said.

Michelle glanced over and patted his knee. "Of course they are, dear. That's the way it's supposed to be."

"I don't think I'm ready, though," he replied.

Michelle made a comforting noise, patted his knee again and went back to reading.  "You'll be fine, sweetheart.  You'll see."


Reeds - Round 11               Carters - Round 12


Potters - Round 11

Sonja tried to spend her time learning how to play chess logically.  She didn't know how Alvin made it all seem so easy!  Grumbling after a poor move, she shoved the pieces back inside table and stomped inside. 
 "Evelyn Potter!" she gasped as she walked into the room.  "What do you think you're doing?  Go to your room right now.  I will let you know when I'm ready to discuss this.  Mason - I think it's best that you leave."  She watched Evelyn run to her room and slam the door as Mason slunk out the front door.

Turning to Alvin, she snapped, "And you! You were in here the whole time! And you didn't have a problem with that boy sticking his tongue down your daughter's throat?"

Alvin shook his head.  "I'm sorry, Sonja. I guess I didn't notice.  JJ was shoving me this neat gesture..."

Sonja was exasperated.  Alvin knew how she felt about Evelyn dating and he wasn't helping one bit.  Sonja didn't want Evelyn to make any mistakes that she might wind up regretting when she was older and had kids...

After dinner, Evelyn put the dishes away and turned around to find Evelyn standing behind her.  "I'm really sorry, Mom. But, Mason and I... well... we're dating."

Sonja shook her head.  "It doesn't matter if you're dating, that behavior is still unacceptable. You are not allowed to make out in my living room!"

Evelyn rolled her eyes. "We weren't making out! It was just a kiss, Mom! Geez!"

Sonja glared. "Not helping, Evelyn."

Alvin was excited about planning Sonja's birthday party.  He invited a few of their old friends and bought a cake on the way home from work.  He hoped she enjoyed the night.

He could tell she enjoyed the attention.  And she was beautiful to him. As beautiful as the day they married.

"Guess what Alvin?" Sonja came home excited.  "I got a promotion! It's just a matter of knowing the right people!"

Evelyn watched her Mom and Dad canoodle and thought it would make a neat picture.  You could see the love shining through their eyes.  She hoped she found that one day...

Veronica and Levi came barreling through the door later.  "Here, slap my hands," Veronica yelled and then pulled her hands away.  "Too slow!" she giggled.  Looking at Levi, she joked, "Evelyn's slooooow..."  Laughing, they took off running down the hall whooping and carrying on.  Evelyn rolled her eyes.  They were so immature!

Evelyn nervously fidgeted when the room filled up with people.  "Veronica, you're not supposed to throw parties," she said.

"What? Are you going to tattle tale?" Veronica asked.  "Come on! Lighten up! Everyone will be gone by the time Mom gets home!  Hey! Is that Perry over there? He's checking you out."

 Evelyn glanced over and made eye contact.  "You really think so?" she whispered.

"I know so! Go talk to him!" she said as she turned to talk to Alec.

"Umm, hi," she said when Perry walked over.  "About the other night... I'm actually with Mason right now.."

Perry looked crushed and started to turn away when Mason stormed over.  "What do you mean the other night?" he demanded.

Evelyn glanced between Perry and Mason.  "Umm..."

"Forget this!" Mason stormed out the door.

Evelyn ran after him, calling out to him to wait for her.  Dejected, her shoulders slumped and she shook her head.  What a mess, she thought as she walked back in to the party.

"EVELYN!" Sonja yelled when she came home from work.  "I thought I could trust you!"




September 23, 2011

Round 10 Census

 





Sim State Uni - 6th Class

Natalie Steele gazed in the mirror and fixed her hair.  She'd decided to wear her hair differently now that she was an adult.
She started getting to know people first things first.  Alan Fancey struck her fancy (ha ha.. I'm so witty!)  But, he didn't seem very interested in her.  She tried all freshman year to get him to notice her romantically, but he didn't seem to get the clue.

  
She invited him over for study groups and to do their assignments together, but he never expressed an interest in her, at all.  In fact, she was pretty sure the only reason he'd decided to study with her was because her best friend, Tristen, had the habit of studying in her underwear.

One night, Lisa surprised her by bringing everyone by for a visit. She was glad to see that Skylar was there, as well.  She knew she'd been hard on him when she was younger, but she really appreciated how happy he made Lisa.  She knew that Lisa had dropped out of college, and pretty much lost the love of her life in the process, to take care of her and Mason.

Natalie had asked her one time if she regretted her decision.  Lisa had looked across the room as Dana danced around on Skylar's feet and smiled, "There's no way I could ever regret the way my life turned out.  I wouldn't have Skylar and I wouldn't have Dana. Everything happens for a reason."

Natalie had glanced across the room and tried to see what Lisa saw.  Shrugging, she'd gone to go primp in the mirror.

Now, as Natalie saw Dana jumping around the room trying to find Natalie's room, she think she finally understood. 

And it might have something to do with the fact that she might've met the love of her life, too!  She'd met Waylan Tan by accident when she'd hit the wrong number from the directory.  Waylon had answered and they'd stayed on the phone 15 minutes getting to know each other.  The next day, she pretended to call the wrong number again... and the rest was history...

She'd invited him over and they'd flirted and played around all afternoon.  They laughed when she hit when with the water ballon... and then... he just leaned forward and kissed her.  She didn't have eyes for anyone else after that!  Not even Alan Fancey!

Unfortunately, she walked in on him being hit on by the cow mascot.  "You HEIFER!" Natalie screamed as she slapped the cow.  Glaring at Waylan, she stormed off to class.  Waylan just hoped she'd be calm enough when she got back to listen.  He didn't even want that dumb cow to hit on him!

 It took Natalie a long time to trust Waylan again, but finally she believed that he hadn't been cheating on her.

 And they were able to get back to where they were before the unpleasantness.

 Graduation Day!

 "I don't want to leave you, Waylan," Natalie sighed as she held his hands.

"It's not for very long," Waylan assured her. "I'm just going to finish things up here and then I'll meet you in Paradise Bay."

And when the taxi honked, Natalie reluctantly got in the van with one last kiss.

"I'll see you back in Paradise Bay," Waylan said as he walked beside the van, waving.




Landry - Round 10

Sally checked out the view from her new front yard.  Tamping down the urge to strip her clothes off and go frolick in the waves, Sally did the next best thing.

She called up a few friends for a paaaarty!

Sally was having so much fun in her little beach house.  Space was cramped and the toilet was tempermental, but the view was spectacular and the company was superb!  Everyone that came over got treated like Sally's best friend.

Sally invited over an old college friend, Rueben. They'd really hit it off during freshman year. She'd casually dated him over the years and they'd kept in touch afterwards.

They really hit it off one night after a few drinks and the sound of the waves crashing on the sand.

Sally loved waking up every morning before Rueben woke up and taking a dip in the ocean.  It was the perfect time of day to center herself and get ready for all the things she'd be doing.

Rueben tended to sleep in. He'd gotten a job as a busboy at a nearby restaurant and was working his way up the food chain.  Sally wasn't working yet.  She was keeping an eye open for a journalist position, but nothing was available yet.  Not like she was worried - she was still having fun throwing parties!

She ran into Roxie one day on the beach and invited her up to the house.  She hadn't gotten to know her sister-in-law very well and this was the perfect time to bond with her.  She didn't notice when Roxie sat a little close to Ashley and started flirting with him, she was busy talking to Catalina about some guy named Alvin that dumped her.

Sally came up with the idea to throw a big bonfire party of the beach one night.  She invited over all her friends and pulled out some champagne bottles and a fruit punch kegger.  Everyone had fun talking, dancing and drinking through the night.

Rueben surprised her when he dropped to one knee by the bonfire and proposed to her under the starlight.

"Sally, I have to say you're the most vivacious, beautiful woman I have ever laid eyes on.  Your hair in the firelight and the moonlight blows me away.  Marry me and continue to make me the happiest man in the world!" Rueben said as he presented her the ring.

"It's beautiful Rueben!" Sally cried as she launched herself into his arms, swiping away the tears from her eyes.  "I will! I love you!"

Sally and Rueben's wedding was well attended by 30 of Sally's closet family and friends.  (Michelle and Adam couldn't stop making out... something about the wedding & the fresh ocean air seemed to make people frisky!)

Because Sean and Hazel seemed to sneak away from the group quite a lot as they flirted with each other.

Sally gazed at her family and friends and felt so lucky to live in such a great little town.  Everyone was so happy and loving!

"Do you take me, Sally Carter? To have and to hold, for better or worse?" Rueben asked, his voice trembling with emotion.

 "I do!" Sally said as the audience clapped.

 "Then, with this ring, I thee wed," he said as he slipped the ring on her finger. "I lov e you, Mrs. Landry," he said as he leaned forward to kiss her.

"I love you, too, Mr. Landry," Sally said as she slipped the ring on his finger.