Chapter 16: Family business

So, there’s one thing I didn’t mention in my previous post.

Annabeth seemed a little rounder in the second half of her wedding night, but I haven’t realized she was pregnant until I tried to move her in with the Rossinis and the game didn’t let me! So they ended up in a small house with Annabeth’s mom, Cierra.

So yay! The third generation is coming.

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No one should look this good while pregnant. It’s just not fair.

But without the newlyweds to move in, the house felt a bit empty. It was fine with me (I would love to play with a smaller family for a change) but Eira didn’t like it. She is only happy when she is surrounded by her loved ones. Lots of loved ones.

They needed three more kids to complete Generation 1. Eira was already contributing by being pregnant, so Adrian decided to help with the quest, too. He contacted the adoption agency once again. Last time adopting, they chose a boy, so this time Adrian came home with a beautiful baby girl.

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“Welcome home, princess. Or should I say warrior princess?”

Her name was Camilla – the name has an Ancient Roman origin and it was the name of a legendary warrior maiden in Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’. Camilla’s father was a king and he promised his daughter to Diana while crossing the river ‘Amasenus’ ( Virgil’s poetic reference to Amazons with whom Camilla is associated.) It’s very cool! And it also means that the name is compatible with my naming policy and I decided to keep it. So, Camilla Rossini it is! (And I like it with an Italian pronounciation: Kah-meel-lah.)

Meanwhile, Damon was enjoying last moments of his childhood and Devi was helping him with that. She is a clown of this family, everytime I let her be autonomous in a conversation, she starts joking.

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“Why did the chicken cross the road?”

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“Because nobody freakin’ cooked it!”

And she loves Damon very much. She loves all of her siblings, of course, but Damon is her BFF. And her partner in crime. Whatever happens, they are in it together.

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“I’ve got your back. Even when you didn’t shower for so long that your smell’s become physical.”

They both smelled so bad, but they are kids. It can’t hurt them to have a little dust and mud on their clothes. And hands. And faces. But there was only one bathroom in the house and it was constantly occupied by Eira and her pregnancy issues.

But it didn’t take long and her troubles were over – the baby was coming. Eira went into labour in the middle of Damon’s birthday party.

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“This baby sure knows how to make a dramatic entree.”

Luckily, Melia is a foodie and she’s very talented in the kitchen. So she was able to bake the cake for Damon instead of her mom who was experiencing an excruciating pain while giving birth to her sixth child.
But Melia didn’t seem to like it very much.

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“Why is it always me who has to do all the work around here?”

Melia has been really helpful since she became a teen. She knew how busy her parents were with their jobs and how they worked really hard for every single promotion, just to be able to support her and her siblings. Her Dad was working out daily, sometimes even twice a day, to keep up with his younger co-workers. Her Mom gave up the maternity leave and sometimes she practised the piano all night long.

Melia knew it was hard for them. She wanted to be useful and so she was doing everything she could to make it easier for them.

She was mopping the floors and cleaning all the appliances in the house.

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“Siiing sweeet nightingale…”

She was helping out with the garden because it was quite neglected since Adrian went back to work.

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She was babysitting her siblings while her parents were gone or asleep.

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“I bet your homewrok is already done, when you’re this happy.”

And sometimes, she even prepared a dinner for this big family.

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‘Cooking is actually not that bad… much more interesting than cleaning the toilet.’

Poor girl. I did feel sorry for her. Teenage years are supposed to be fun. But with so many things to take care of, Melia matured quickly and she took her role of the oldest sister very seriously.

But back to the birthday party.

Just like his brother Castor, Damon didn’t really feel like growing up. He loved being a kid. It was great. He didn’t want to change anything about his life.

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“Is it like…absolutely necessary to grow up?”

But Devi was there to encourage him with a joke and a birthday song.

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“Be careful what you wish for!”

Damon took a deep breath and he miracously transformed to his older and wiser self.

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Tadaa!

And right in that moment, another miracle was happening just behind the wall  – baby number six was born!

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“Nice to meet you.”

It’s a boy! Welcome to the family, baby Evander! (Evander means “good man” and it is also a name of a Roman hero of the Trojan war.)

Eira was never happier. In the last 24 hours, she witnessed the wedding of her firstborn. She found out she’s going to be a grandma soon. She adopted the cutest little baby girl. She celebrated her son’s birthday. And she gave birth for the fourth time. Now that’s what I call a successful day for a family sim.

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Her expression says it all.

Chapter 15: Castor in love – part 2

Since the moments after his birthday were so busy, it’s understandable that Castor didn’t have much time to re-evaluate his clothing. But I had plenty of time and when Annabeth left I gave him a little make-over.

Here are the results:

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Yeah, I’m handsome. Deal with it.

Castor’s third trait is Clumsy. According to the rules, every kid needs a “bad” trait and since Castor  is inspired by Doc, clumsy seemed appropriate because in the movie Doc always mixed up letters and talked nonsense (“What are you and who are you doing?” anyone? 😀 ) So he’s like clumsy with his words and also a little absent-minded. And I’ve always considered Castor to be absent-minded. I imagine him as that kind of person who wonders so much that he sometimes gets lost in his thoughts and then he forgets about the world around him and then he hits the street lamp with his face. So he’s clumsy in a very absent-minded way 🙂

But back to the story.

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Castor felt so good after getting together with Annabeth. He felt so fulfilled and happy that it led him to strange thoughts: maybe the purpose of his life is not seeking knowledge. At least not for now. Because learning is great but it’s so distant and abstract. And Annabeth is right there in front of him and she is not abstract at all. She looks so good and he can’t wait to hear her voice.

They went for a walk to a nearby fishing spot. Castor couldn’t stop thinking about her and about all the love he felt for her. It was insane. It was so consuming that he was not able to think about anything else.

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“I believe it’s illegal to look this good, Miss.”

And he decided not to fight it. If his heart wants Annabeth to be a center of his life, then be it! Maybe the purpose of his life is to love her and cherish her. And who knows, maybe he’ll even learn something in that process. Wisdom comes from the most unexpected sources sometimes, am I right?

But to make it work, he needed her to participate.
“Listen, babe, I was thinking…”

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“You were thinking? No way!”

“Stop being sarcastic, this is very serious!” he scolded her jokingly.
“The thing is,” he continued, “I feel like we’re headed in the right direction and I had this crazy idea about us. But it may be a little shocking, so please, don’t pass out.”
Annabeth laughed: “Oh, come on, my nature’s not that brittle!”

Let’s see.

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“Annabeth Hampton, I believe your perfection is statistically impossible. I also believe that we are meant for each other and if you don’t feel the same I can do all the math to prove my words. You know I am a very rational man, but you made me believe in miracles – and you, Annabeth, are the only evidence I’ll ever need…

“…Would you do me an honour of becoming my wife?”

Poor Annabeth was speechless for a couple of minutes. Then she mumbled quietly: “Do you realize how crazy this is?”
But she quickly recovered from the initial shock and she answered: “Yes!”

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“Why not? We’re allowed to do crazy things when we are in love, right?”

“True that!” Castor agreed, “And now we can be crazy and in love for the rest of our lives.”

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The engagement was quick and sudden and they wanted the wedding to be the same. So they quickly called everyone and threw a surprise wedding party at a brand new wedding venue I built for them.

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The ceremony was private and touching – only family members and the closest friends were allowed. And everyone looked so good! Especially the groom and the bride.

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Come on, guys, are you freaking movie stars or what?

Annabeth wore a daring red wedding gown and I think it matched her bright personality really well. It made her shine. But maybe it’s just a mixture of love a happinees shining through?

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Mr. and Mrs. Castor Rossini!

The wedding party was a total success. We only earned a silver medal, because I forgot to place kitchen appliances on the lot. Therefore, the caterer couldn’t bake a cake. Oops.
But nobody seemed to miss it, because everyone had so much fun.

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Little Devi loves wedddings!

Heavily pregnant Eira was living it up. Being a mother of the groom was like a dream came true to her (it is a milestone in her aspiration, too.)

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“Nothing can stop me from having a blast.”

Also, a lot of spontaneous hugs happened  that night. A lot of chatting, laughing and congratulating, too. It was a great opportunity to strengthen family bonds.

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“I love you, big bro.”

And the bartender put on quite a show!

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Phew, we’re lucky he didn’t set the bride on fire.

The athmosphere also inspired the original lovebirds of this legacy – Eira and Adrian – to renew their vows.

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Our love started it all.

Aaaand Melia made a new friend. His name is Christopher and he is Castor’s friend from school.

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M: “Finally – someone my age!”

He seems nice to me. Melia probably liked him, too, because they were talking all night long. She even discovered one of his trait – he’s a Loner. (Oh, I love that trait!)

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Just a random picture of Melia’s beauty 🙂

And while Melia had fun with her new friend, everyone else had fun dancing their pants off! And they danced until the sun came out.

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“This is how we do!”

This celebration of love was such a great event. In the end, everyone felt happy and loved. And exhausted.

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What a party!

Chapter 14: Castor in love – part 1

Castor never really thought about love. He knew that it existed, of course. He witnessed it every morning of his childhood, when his Dad complimented his Mom and every afternoon when Mom returned from work and went straight to Dad to hug him. Love was in that look in Dad’s eyes, in his mother’s voice when she asked her husband about his day, in the gentle touch of their hands.

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“You look dashing today. Just like you did yesterday.”

Love was very real. At least for his parents.

But in Castor’s point of view, love was simply meant for someone else, not for him. His purpose in life was to explore the possibilities of his endless mind and to push the boundaries of human knowledge even further. And to win the tournament in R.E.F.U.G.E., of course. He couldn’t really imagine what he would discuss with a girl. Girls only care about shoes and lipsticks, right?

But then everything changed when he met Annabeth. Firstly, he noticed her pretty wavy hair and busty figure, because like it or not, testosteron is mighty and powerful when you’re a simple teenage boy.

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I can’t really blame him for being interested, right?

And although he probably was willing to force himself to discuss anything with her (even lipsticks) – he didn’t have to. It turned out girls are people with many hobbies and interests, too. (Amazing what one can learn in the outside world, right?)

Annabeth liked video games, too. She was not a hardcore gamer like Castor, but she adored Sims Forever. She always played it when she came over and she loved to share all the stories she played and all the characters she created.

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“Sims is like living in a paralel universe. Or in thousands of paralel universes.”

She also loved talking. About anything. Even about superheroes.

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“If I was a superhero, I would be She-Hulk.”

She came over almost every day, just to hang out and they talked and laughed for hours. It didn’t take long and they became best friends.
But Castor soon realized Annabeth is more than a friend to him. He realized she complements him. Castor was a thoughful boy, he didn’t mind to be alone with his mind, meditating about the mysteries of logic. Annabeth was outgoing. Talkative. Bold. She always knew when was the time to give him space, but she never let him got too lost in his thoughts.

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And he also really likes the way she laughs.

As they grew closer to each other, Castor started to really care for her. She became so important. Much more important  than his chess sessions or programming. He suddenly felt like his heart was winning over his mind.

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‘Is she even real?’

One day, Annabeth developed an unknown third trait and it meant she was no longer a teen. But Castor was ready. And a cake was ready, too. He still had 5 days of puberty left, but he decided to trade them for a chance of being closer to Annabeth.

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Future, here I come!

Later that day, he invited Annabeth to visit. She showed up in a flirty mood (that’s a good sign, right?) and went straight to the garden, where Castor was.

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A: “Looks like we’re all grown up now!”

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C: “Crazy, right? Feels like we met only yesterday.”

After some nostalgic reminiscing, Castor was ready to talk about the serious stuff. He wasn’t sure how Annabeth felt about him. But he was 100% certain about his own feelings and he couldn’t hide it any longer. So he took a deep breath and he told her everything: “Annabeth, I have something to tell you. I think you are super fun and smart. And confident and caring and fearless. And – oh, so beautiful I can’t  take my eyes off of you. And the truth is I have liked you for so long now I don’t even remember when it’s started….”

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“How do you feel about that, Annabeth?”

Annabeth looked away and hesitated. Then she said: “Oh, Castor, I’ve had a childhood crush on you when we were kids and I have liked you ever since. And now I like you more and more every day.”

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“In fact, I love you.”

“I’ve always secrectly thought we are perfect for each other. I can’t believe you felt the same that whole time,” she continued with an astonished smile.
Castor was pretty astonished, too. Just look at that face xD

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“I can’t believe this is actually happening.”

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“I know! It’s crazy.”

“Is it okay to kiss you now?”

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“Of course, silly…”

Castor was over the moon: “So now it’s officially official, right?”

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Officially the best day of our lives.

Chapter 13: The Inevitable

Well, hello everyone! I hope you didn’t give up on me and my blog. I certainly didn’t, I was just studying for exams so I had zero time to play or write. But it’s so amazing to be back! And it’s also a bit weird, because I kind of forgot how to blog xD

But a lot of exciting things happened in my legacy family since May, so let’s see what’s new.

First of all, Adrian rolled a whim to find a job. Maybe he felt like kids were becoming more and more independent, so his mesmerizing skills of stayed-at-home Dad were no longer so crucial for his family. Or maybe he felt a bit poor (despite my efforts, this family is still not very rich).
Anyway, this time I chose Athletic career for him. He is an active sim and he wasn’t working out since he moved in with Eira. I bet he’s missed exercising ever since.

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“This makes me feel so alive!”

Also, with the children growing up, the house needed some upgrading. Castor was a teenager already and Melia would become one soon. So I added an extra bedroom for teenage kids and also – a kitchen! From this day on, my sims will be preparing their meals indoors. What a milestone!  🙂

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Despite being low on funds, the family was having a blast. Kids were studying and having fun, their parents were more in love than ever before and Castor… well, Castor was acting like a teenager. He spent most of his days locked in his new room, playing computer games or experimenting with his programming skills and occasionally, he played chess by himself, because he was already too good to play with others. (He’s a Genius after all.)

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But one day, he rolled a whim to visit a park. Must been Devi’s work – she enthuses about the outdoors all the time. Melia came along – her homework was done and she wished to meet someone new.

They were there for a few seconds, when Castor noticed something unusual – a girl.
And a pretty one. (Not that pretty girls are unusual, but he didn’t really meet many of them in his room 🙂 )

Melia immediately noticed his interest.
“Don’t be a sissy and go talk to her!” she advised him wisely.

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“I’m not a sissy, but…”

Melia interrupted him: “Good. Because I waved at her to come here.”

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“And now, she’s coming!”

“Oh, Castor, she’s looking your way!” Melia smiled, trying to stress her brother out.
And it worked; Castor was shocked and nervous. He never really talked to a girl before.

“Melia, you little stinker…” he wanted to scold her for getting him into an awkward situation, but she was already heading away.

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“Break a leg, big bro!”

‘She’s gonna pay for this.’ he thought to himself as he approached the pretty blonde girl next to him.

“Uhm… hello.”
She smiled at him and answered: “Well, hello, Castor. How’ve you been?”
He looked at her, stunned by both – her beauty and the fact that she knows his name.
“Do you…. do I know you?”

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“Oh, come on. Sunny day in this park, don’t you remember?”

Castor was confused. Now that she mentioned it, she does sound familiar.
And then he remembered: “Annabeth?”

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“Jackpot, cowboy!”

“Wow, I’m sorry, I’m just…” Castor felt a bit embarrassed but she didn’t seem to be angry. She looked amused.
“It’s just… you look different,” he braced up, then, he gave her a heartfelt compliment, “But really pretty.”
She thanked him and they started to chat autonomously. They were friends for a brief period of time (they’ve met on the day of Eira’s and Adrian’s engagement), but then I was probably preoccupied with the family affairs and their friendship faded away. But they still have quite big green relationship bar to build on.

Also, notice Melia’s self-satisfied face in the background. That little skank… xD

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Back home, Eira and Adrian were really busy. Adrian made the best  use of Castor’s absence to make a plugin on the computer. Unfortunately, he broke it and had to repaired it, because Castor would be really nervous without his video games.

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Let’s hope it won’t kill him.

Eira was working on something much more exciting – a cake! It was unbelievable but Melia’s childhood days were over and so she needed a delicious chocolate cake to move on to a new life stage. Everyone was over the moon, except for Eira. It ain’t easy to see your little princess grow up.

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“My little baby is not a baby anymore, I guess.”

But a change is inevitable. Because life is flowing and uncertain; death is still. Once we’re dead, the changing stop. But Melia is not dead. She’s flowing. She’s changing. She’s ready.

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Going with the flow….

Aaaand it’s done! We have another teenager in our house!
Eira was a little worried, “How is it? How do you feel?”

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“I feel… dizzy?”

“….and funny and fine! And so pretty…”
Melia sounded confused, but looked happy and great. (Seriously, she is lovely, isn’t she?)

Eira was glad everything went well, but she was still a little disturbed by the sudden change. However, she soon found out even bigger changes were coming.

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Eira: “Now these are the changes I like!”

Being the family sim she is, she was immediately comforted by the idea of having another baby, especially after witnessing Melia’s birthday (Back in TS2, family sims always rolled a wish to have a baby after their children’s birthday.)

Adrian’s reaction was not so clear. He only did the poker face, which is strange for a family sim.

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“I don’t know what to say.”

But I think I understand. Eira only wish to have a happy family – the bigger the better. But Adrian, he is a perfectionist. He wants his children to accomplish something great. He expects a lot from them. But he also expects a lot from himself. He’s an involved kind of dad. He wants to see the great achievements of his kids – but he also wants to help them with every step they need to take to get there.

And that’s the tricky part. He’s not sure if he’ll be around long enough to do all that.

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Because the change is inevitable, right?