Generation II—Part Three

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Trent cooks something on his own for the first time. Q-Q He’s so grown up.

Then he leaves his sandwich on the counter and goes upstairs for a nice, long bubble bath. Before returning downstairs…To play basketball. (He gains a Fitness point on his way down the stairs just thinking about it.) 

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Aren’t you forgetting something? 

Trent: “Oh yeah….I’m too tired for basketball right now. I should go up to bed.” 

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*cringe*

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I figure Trent can start on his Angling Ace Aspiration while earning money for household. He reaches Fishing Level 2, but his first total catch doesn’t bring in more than $30 or so. 

 

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He spots a fellow teen, Karlie Dietrich—(better write her name down now, because I’ll never remember it)—downriver. I almost never get two unrelated teens on the same lot, and so pounce on the opportunity. 

Is it too early to start thinking about marriage?

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(Mary confuses me by dribbling a good distance away from the hoop, on the back porch; I assume she’s glitching. But I guess she can do that anywhere.)

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(Rebeca—unlike her older siblings—has no interest in sports, it seems. She’s one with the violin, practicing at all hours, her Creativity skill flying through the roof.)

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When she’s not doing that, she can often be found chatting with her big sisters. I find their closeness heartwarming. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’ll last forever. 

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Karlie asks to come over—but she arrives angry, and her emotional state negatively impacts their relationship as they hang out. I think him trying to calm her down would end badly, too. 

 

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Wow.

Wow. He asks about her career (a fast-food hamburger place), then tries to ‘Fire [her] Up’ via his Active trait to distract from whatever’s pissing her off. And she rejects him (their budding friendship takes another hit in the process), then goes inside and stands against the front door with her back to him. 

I tell him to apologize—but before he gets a chance, she emerges, Happy, and initiates the Gossip interaction. Literally all it took was her going through that door and out again. Guess she likes the farmhouse too. 


I think Karlie just stole their tablet. 

She messes with it while hanging out with Trent in the living room, until he asks her to play a video game. Then she carries it over to the armchair; it disappears; and she returns to sit on the couch and picks up a controller.

I have no way to make her give it back. >->

On the bright side, their relationship bar is almost halfway full by the end of the night. 


At 4:04 p.m. the following day, as I’m attempting to raise Trent’s Fun by having him fish, Ulysses comes home from work with a $10/hr raise due to “superior work performance”! I didn’t even know that was a thing! He even got a $1,918 bonus, and now makes $338 an hour. After selling Elise’s harvest and her repair parts from fixing the sink, as well as a repair part Ulysses had and a book that he stole from work, the family has $6,656 in the bank.

Elise also has about $90 worth of rare and uncommon frogs in her inventory that I don’t want to sell yet.

Ulysses wants to buy a wedding arch; wish granted—! 

Now he wants a pool. Shouldn’t you, um…I don’t know…maybe…use the arch? For something? No? Okay, I’m selling it back. 


Trent is hired as a Manual Laborer, the second-highest-paying teen job, then goes to bed at 10:51 p.m. Shortly thereafter, Karlie invites him to Bear Night. Uh…No thanks.

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After bulldozing their house and selling almost everything they own, the family has $45,188. (Better than the $41,000-something they had before camping…) Their new, rather sparsely-furnished house (also built by allysimbuilds! <3) costs way more than that; it’s cheating, but my compromise is that they’re now a little over $38,000 in debt and must pay it off little by little with whatever they earn.

I reduce their funds to $2,500. (They can live without electricity, but I can’t choose to just pay the water and sewer bills.)

Their first day living there, Elise makes food to fill the empty fridge, and Ulysses crafts a barstool at the woodworking bench in the basement. Meanwhile, Karlie invites Trent to play hooky at a nightclub. During the day. All-righty, then. 

He raises his Hygiene by washing his hands and brushing his teeth, then goes out to join her on the dance floor. He uses a bold pickup line on her, and she likes it!

 

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A bit later, I have Trent tend bar, hoping he’ll earn some money. And in his eagerness, he proves that two objects can TOO occupy the same space! 

(That same day, Elise and Ulysses are able to replicate his results.)

Unfortunately he just stands there and doesn’t get a dime. Now where did Karlie go…? 

Apparently she left without saying goodbye.

Rood.

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When Trent comes home, Mary is standing the driveway, sad because she’s not wearing a bear costume. I don’t care. Sim phases are stupid. Let’s see what the rest of the family is up to. 

 

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Elise, Ulysses, and Rebeca are simultaneously playing with the cowplants in the barn. They look like they’re being hypnotized. XD

When I go back to Trent and Mary to take pictures, it occurs to me: Where’s Dawn? I click on her icon and zoom over to her, and she’s—

Guess.

Just…

Just guess.

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I cancel the interaction.

Now clean that up.

….Does anyone else remember Cleaning skill?

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She makes another mess. I tell her to clean it up, but before I’m able to send her home, another ‘Make Mess’ interaction pops up in her queue.

You are, in fact, my least-favorite child. Do you know that? Do you care, heathen?

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I pause and have her clean it up, then go home. 

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She wants to play with the cowplant. Fine. Yes. Go. Do something non-destructive. 

Too bad I fed them earlier.

 

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Meanwhile, Trent fulfills a whim to ‘Pack a Sack Lunch’ by taking a slice of apple pie out of the fridge and putting it in a bag.

Then he takes it out of the bag, goes to one of the living room couches, and eats it. Mary and Rebeca talk beside him, and by the time I pay enough attention to take pictures, something about their conversation has royally pissed Rebeca off; she stomps down to the basement mirror to calm herself.

 

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Early the next morning, Rebeca pauses doing homework (in the adjoining bathroom between her room and the twins’) to run out to the barn and hug Ulysses. Then he takes a picture with her. 

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Or tries. All he gets is the inside of the cowplant’s mouth.

Rebeca: “Ewww!”

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Then they head inside to do Rebeca’s school project together. Um, Ulysses? Should she really be the one tinkering with delicate electronics like that? 

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By working carefully, Rebeca earns an Excellent. (Although the castle is only worth $90 sold, compared to $100 for the other kids’—which were in the box and totally unassembled. Remind me why I should spend valuable skilling time on these?)

(…Oh yeah. Grades. Right.) 

It’s at this point that I name her heir. Because I’m seriously considering feeding Dawn to a cowplant when she grows up, and Mary just kinda’…exists.

(After Trent, Elise is closest to Rebeca anyway.)


That afternoon at 3:40, the principal calls Trent as he’s walking home from next door: Because his school performance is Poor—(I’ve no idea why; he only left early that once)—he could drop to a D if he isn’t careful. 

I really doubt teens can be removed for an F, though, and it’s not like that’d make it harder for him to find a job. Sooo…

*shrug*

Oh well. What will be will be. 

Karlie asks to come over, and while Trent is hungry and bored, he can deal. 

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….You tablet-stealing whore.

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Thankfully, Karlie sets the tablet on the dining table to play on her phone; I snatch it up and put it in Trent’s inventory. 

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At 4:50 a.m. the next morning—after Karlie’s left, and Trent is awake again and has first gone on a jog to improve his emotional state, then on a normal jog just because—he heads into the barn to feed the cowplants. 

Just as he’s finished with one, the cowplant on the opposite end of the row vomits, blindsiding me by spitting up Ulysses.

I CAN’T BELIEVE I ALMOST LOST HIM. Suicide is not the answer, dude! Make a bowl of fucking cereal if you’re that hungry! Q-Q

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Ulysses leaves to take a bath, and Trent milks the cowplant, which somehow has his father’s essence although he survived.

(I swear the barn has a roof. With shingles and everything.)

By the way, that’s Dawn coming to ask Trent to spray the monster under the bed—EVEN THOUGH SHE AND MARY HAVE A DOUBLE BED, AND I PUT A COOLALA LIGHT IN REBECA’S ROOM, WTF!!!

Oh, Rebeca’s still sleeping. Which obviously means there’s no monster.

Huh?

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Trent? Trent? You’re making a mess, Trent. Stop that. 

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Eventually he gets the hang of it, though, and catches most of the essence in the glass he was carrying around for some reason. “+1 Essence of Stress” I…assume it makes the Sim who drinks it stressed?

That doesn’t sound right…

*looks it up* Yes, that’s exactly it. WELL, NO SHIT ULYSSES WAS STRESSED—HE WAS BEING EATEN! O-O

The essence sells for exactly $0. Not like they need it anyhow.

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Trent goes to his basement ‘lair’ to ask Ulysses for advice—(I don’t know what Ulysses is doing there, because he was just in the master bathtub)—about how to choose what to do with his life when he’s a YA; all of his peers seem to have figured that out already.

In that spirit, Trent takes a vacation day from school (which is something I wish I could’ve done) to raise his grades. (Even though, again, it won’t really matter.) I go to his desk to click on the homework that’s been sitting there for a day or two, and am shocked to discover a tablet behind it. How did that get there? 

I check his inventory. Sure enough: The tablet Karlie set down is still in there, which means it was the one she stole at the old house! SCORE.

I sell one of them for $800. 


The family currently has $2,000, and owes $27,010. 

ELISE

  • 17 days to Elder. 
  • Needs to evolve ten plants to Excellent, and gain two more Gardening skill. 
  • 8 Cooking and Gardening; 6 Parenting; 4 Handiness and Logic; 3 Charisma and Comedy; 2 Dancing, Fitness, Gourmet Cooking, and Video Gaming; and 1 Baking, Fishing, Mischief, Painting, and Writing. 

ULYSSES

  • 18 days to Elder. (I might try widening their age gap after their next birthday.)
  • Needs to help children with schoolwork for two more hours, and have a child ‘within range’ for a character value trait. (Mary’s Manners are c. halfway green, and Trent’s Responsibility is c. halfway red.)  
  • 9 Painting; 7 Parenting; 4 Gardening; 3 Logic; 2 Cooking, Handiness, and Mischief; and 1 Charisma, Comedy, Dancing, and Video Gaming. 

TRENT

  • 7 days to YA. 
  • Needs to fish at one more location (to advance to the next phase). 
  • 2 Fishing, Fitness, Gardening, and Video Gaming; 1 Charisma, Comedy, Cooking, Dancing, and Mischief. 

MARY

  • 4 days to Teen.
  • Needs to draw two pictures while Inspired. (She’s drawn several, but none in that emotional state.) 
  • 4 Creativity and Social; 2 Motor; 1 Mental. 

DAWN

  • 4 days to Teen. 
  • Needs to play on a jungle gym while Playful. (I don’t have the money for them to buy one, and I don’t feel like sending her to the park.) 
  • 3 Creativity and Social; 2 Mental and Motor.

REBECA

  • 7 days to Teen. 
  • Needs to play on a jungle gym while Playful. (I may send her to the park, though.)
  • 6 Creativity; 3 Social; 2 Motor.

Generation I

Succession Laws

  • Gender
    • Strict Matriarchy
      • (If a generation has ten boys and no girls, bury the legacy, ‘cause eet dead.)
  • Bloodline
    • Traditional. 
  • Heir
    • Whomever I despise the least. 
  • Species
    • Tolerant. 

Elise's Makeover 

Elise’s makeover. 

(Legacy Goal #1: Breed out that jaw. Legacy Goal #2: Ummm…Don’t…fail…? I don’t know, I’ll get back to you on that.)

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Elise’s yard sale home.

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She’s an Astronaut (because Geek + Loves [the] Outdoors = tech support or professional video gaming won’t suit her very well). 

She wants to tell a joke and enthuse about vegetarianism. So I send her across the street to meet Johnny Zest—the potential father of her unborn children. (I know, how cliche of me.)

Whilst there, she also speaks to the elderly neighbor who came to welcome her to the area, as well as an adult male who happens to come on-scene. And she has an option to “Help Fix [a] Bad Relationship” between them. (I don’t know if that came with Parenthood or what; I’ve never seen it before.) 

She breaks it worse.

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Skill problem fixed (by which I mean she now has none and is useless, just the way I like it!)

And I consider moving Johnny in, since he and Elise are friends. Butttt…I don’t feel that they have much chemistry. Plus their relationship isn’t high enough for them to sleep in the same bed yet, and I can’t afford another.

Using her first paycheck, and the proceeds gained from selling a plant and her lamp and nightstand, she buys a chess table and two metal folding chairs. Then she waters her remaining plants and texts Johnny.

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She has $172, and is finished with Level 1 of her Aspiration. She needs to start evolving plants and get two more Gardening skill. 

I may have given her too big a farm to handle by herself, though; I expect a lot of these plants will die, or else she’ll become a full-time farmer.

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Virtually every Simoleon she has is spent on acquiring beds of ever-increasing comfort, so that she can spend more time working on her garden and non-sleep-related needs. If she wasn’t consistently improving job performance and being promoted (which, like, practically never happens to any Sim I’m in charge of), I’d make her quit, no question.

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Slowly but surely, Elise pieces a house together. 

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When she starts making scrambled eggs and bacon, I’m like, “Oh, cool, Cooking skill!” Then I realize she could’ve just as easily gotten a bowl of chips and not spent money. 

I’m faced with even more fuckery when she sets the plate on the counter and goes to grab yogurt like a moron. I direct her to eat the eggs instead, and she makes this face.

What the…?

I read her moodlet. Oh…Right…Vegetarian…

THEN WHY DID YOU SPEND THREE OF YOUR PRECIOUS SEVEN SIMOLEONS ON IT? YOU’RE FINE WITH COOKING AN ANIMAL AS LONG AS YOU DON’T ACTUALLY EAT IT? WHAT KIND OF A VEGETARIAN ARE YOU?!

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Johnny invites her to haggle at the flea market, and it’s only once I arrive that I realize, ‘Hey. O-O I have exactly four Simoleons. What am I supposed to do with that?’ So all she ends up doing is talking to him.

She also introduces herself to a cute vendor (whose jaw is also longer than hers!) named Ulysses Eubanks. (I don’t pay attention to what he’s selling, but knowing him, it’s a table of things he knicked from work; with as often as he does that, I shudder to imagine the sort of blackmail preventing him from being fired.) He’s Family-Oriented, and a Patron of the Arts—OHMYGODMONEY! *kicks Johnny to the curb so fast it makes his head spin*

(Initially, because of his more…defined features, I assume Ulysses is an Adult.)

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Ulysses invites her to Bear Night, which turns out to be a mistake because for some reason, everyone NOT in a bear costume finds the bear-costume people infuriatingly annoying. Three words, missy: Get. Over. It.

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Despite this, they have a nice chat and remain friends.

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Ulysses is a life-saver when he moves in, enabling Elise to sleep more, and to not worry about her plants while she’s at work either—seeing as he himself only works 3-4 days a week, and is watching TV and painting the rest of the time. 

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The first time he does go to work, he brings home a used dish. Because Kleptomaniac. 

Of all the things to steal.

Ulysses: “Have you seen how we live? We need all the dishes we can get.”

Fair point.

I buy a shelf to showcase the plate, but later on, Elise autonomously grabs it and disappears it into the sink. 

Elise: “This place looks bad enough without bringing actual garbage into the mix.” 

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Elise blows off some steam via her new journal. Ulysses is so going hunting for that thing later.

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FINALLY, they sleep in the same bed. 

Ignore the toddler bed, she’s not pregnant yet; Ulysses has the Super Parent Aspiration—originally it was Master Mixologist, but I changed it because of his non-culinary job—and that’s part of the $1,000 he’s spending on kids’ stuff. Only $100 to go.

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The house as it stands. (And Johnny as he’s ignored.)

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Ulysses and Elise’s relationship continues to escalate, until he wants to go steady and so proposes. (Funnily enough, they haven’t exchanged engagement rings since, much less married.) 

The Robinson household soon becomes the proud owner of a poetry book he brings home. (From work. Because where else do my Sims go?) Maybe they didn’t notice that, but I’m guessing they may have realized something’s up when another copy went missing.

Ulysses: “I’m thinking about starting a book club. Shh.”

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The next day, they have some quality bonding time over household repairs. Then Ulysses sits to watch television, and has an anxiety fit over not stealing anything recently. (Because he doesn’t count yesterday as ‘recently’).

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I have them watch the Romantic channel to become Flirty. However, Ulysses gets tired and goes to bed before they can get around to baby-making. 

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Elise learns how to graft, and only needs one more Gardening skill to reach the next phase of her Aspiration.

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This next chapter of their lives, I like to call, ‘Where Will We Sleep Tomorrow?’

Since they’ll have a child soon, they need a decent house with two-or-more bedrooms. Instead of a functional, vaguely house-ish building. Bad news? They’re still poor. They’re still very, very poor.

My first attempt, I give them a kitchen, living room, and bathroom, but can’t afford anything else—so they’re back to sleeping on the lawn for a night, until they scrounge up enough for an expansion.

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And that’s how Elise Robinson’s first child is conceived on an expensive bed set out in front of her porch.

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Elise starts training with the punching bag.

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Really, Ulysses?

Ulysses: “What?!”

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They expand their farm with plants of all kinds, and it becomes so large they have trouble keeping it alive; they’re in the process of attempting a revival when Elise goes into labor. She can’t water or weed while that’s going on, but she can evolve plants, and reaches Gardening Level 6.

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Then I send them to the hospital in case it’s the heir, because I want a birth certificate.

Ulysses: *comes into operating room with can of soda* “Hey, doc, how’s it going; did I miss it?”

Hamza: “Nope, lining up the claw to yank the prize out now.”

Generation II — Part One

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x_x It’s a boy. Goodie. 

Trent Eubanks is born at 12:59 a.m.

As expected, Elise and Ulysses are no longer three days apart. (Why? Seriously, why do pregnant Sims become temporarily immortal? It can’t be for the sake of Adult Sims not turning Elder before they give birth—that problem can be fixed by shutting off pregnancy as an option 4 days before their birthday. Or even 5, just to make absolutely sure.)

Strangely, Ulysses goes to bed when they arrive home, because his energy is pretty low….But Elise feels better than ever, all of her motives full green. O-o

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Trent gains the Wild trait, and Makes Messes constantly.

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This being a matriarchy, I do have to at least try my ass off for a daughter, so Elise is pregnant again almost immediately.

Her garden has been pared down (again), to the couple strawberry and snapdragon plants needed to grow a cowplant for her Aspiration. Not much work to be done on that front. She doesn’t need Logic for a promotion, and she can’t work out with the punching bag, so I have her collect rocks and fish to earn money. 

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Hamza Jaouad, the same nurse who delivered Trent, starts to deliver her next baby. I say ‘starts’, because apparently his shift ends in the middle of the procedure and he changes into an Everyday outfit and walks out.

Elise: “I will sue you for everything you have!”

Hamza: “No, you won’t, they haven’t patched in that feature yet.” *whistles*

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Elise: ;~; … *shouts forbidden words*

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Elise: “I could be doing this at home!”

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After a little while, she leaves the delivery room still in labor, and waddles outside to chat with a doctor about video games—

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—then joins Ulysses in the cafeteria for a soda. They sit in uncomfortable silence until he leaves for work.

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Then she’s alone in the dark, empty room.

A popup appears, saying that Elise is going to the hospital to give birth, and it asks who I want to accompany her. In retrospect I should’ve covered my eyes and picked a random Sim, but I couldn’t imagine choosing anyone over the baby’s father….So Ulysses comes home from work early, with less than half pay. Sims 4, ladies and gentlemen.

Then Elise has to be at work in an hour. HA. Like she’ll make that. I can’t have her take family leave or a vacation day, because those options are grayed out: ‘This Sim is at work!’

I’m beginning to think she’ll be pregnant for the rest of her life.

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Oh, look, Hamza’s back! For…Some reason. 

And he’s in uniform. 

Elise goes out to talk to him, then wanders away from the hospital TO GO TO WORK. I can’t even…

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Well, no, actually she doesn’t go to work. It says that’s where she’s headed, but she turns up at home instead; I turn her around and send her back to the hospital. Ulysses too, because might as well. She promptly returns to the delivery room, and is attended by another doctor, Johnny Dang. (That poor soul.)

Kim Robinson is born at 3:40 p.m., so perhaps it’s all worth it. She might be the ugliest girl—nay, toddler—that I’ve ever had not-on-purpose, but she’s a girl nonetheless. At the time of her birth, Trent has four days before Childhood.

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Kim hasn’t been on the home lot for two Sim minutes before I think: Maybe the family should lawn-live for a bit, while I save money to build them a real house. 

First there was the place with the living room, kitchen, and bathroom, expanded so that everybody could sleep in the living room. Then I tried out two or three floor plans from the Internet that ended up looking like garbage. Then I tried to build a house piece-by-piece, room-by-room—also garbage. It got to the point where they’d get a new house or two practically every day, because I wanted to give them something nicer but they just couldn’t afford it without cheating.

Ultimately, I opt for bunker-living instead. 

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Kim gains the Silly trait.

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So….That bunker-living thing lasts for all of five minutes. I bulldoze the lot (AGAIN), and build them a kitchen/dining room/living room; two bathrooms (one more than I planned), and a loft area for sleeping. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

And I do.

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Trent gains the Active trait—(It’s cool that he grows up in space-themed pajamas, considering Elise is an astronaut)—

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—And wastes no time trashing the house. (His Responsibility is pretty well in the red.) After some deliberation on how far along the strictness spectrum she’d be, I have Elise Tell Him Not to Make a Mess. He responds positively.

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Mary Robinson (right) and Dawn Robinson (left) are born without hassle, at….

Shoot, I forgot to write down the time! (Due to the fact that I kept playing until their birth instead of going to sleep, and thus had to choose from a list of names at 2 a.m., whilst struggling to remain conscious.) *shrug* Oh well.

I’m mostly sure that they complete this generation, and that one of them will be heiress.

The family has $1,744.

P.S.: I lied. Elise is pregnant again.


I hate this game right now. I HATE THIS GAME, I HATE THIS GAME, I. HATE. THIS. GAME. UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH “H’S” OR EXCLAMATION MARKS TO CONVEY HOW FUCKING PISSED I AM!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been doing nothing. But making sure that toddlers don’t starve to death. For…I CAN’T EVEN REMEMBER HOW LONG IT’S BEEN. I CAN’T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME ULYSSES PAINTED SOMETHING. OR THE LAST TIME THAT HE AND ELISE INTERACTED IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER. TO TOP IT OFF, KIM WAS TAKEN AWAY AFTER SHE ACTUALLY -DID- “STARVE TO DEATH”. 

AND MARY AND DAWN WON’T STOP MAKING MESSES ALL OVER THE GODDAMN HOUSE. IT WAS CUTE WHEN TRENT DID IT THE FIRST COUPLE OF TIMES, BECAUSE I’D JUST INSTALLED PARENTHOOD AND IT WAS A NEW THING! BUT NOW, IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY. PRACTICALLY ON THE HOUR!!!!! I CAN’T REMEMBER IF REBECA DOES IT TOO, GIVEN HER ANGELIC TRAIT, BUT I WOULDN’T PUT IT PAST HER, GIVEN THAT IN SIMS 4 TRAITS DON’T MEAN A FUCKING THING! 

REBECA IS GOING TO BE THEIR LAST CHILD, OR SOMEBODY HAD BETTER SLAP ME UPSIDE THE FUCKING HEAD.

*HEAVY BREATHING*

…Ahhh, that makes me feel better.

Somewhat.


YEP. REBECA DOES IT TOO. SAME AS HER NON-“WELL-BEHAVED” SIBLINGS. *CURSES LOUD ENOUGH FOR THE NEIGHBORS ACROSS THE STREET TO HEAR*

…On the bright side, Ulysses finally rolled a whim to become engaged to Elise, who has three cowplant berries.

Yep. Another Sim day, and I’m starting it out by checking everybody’s needs. Because that’s all I ever seem to do in this game. Satisfy needs. Because the AI technically has free will, but is too stupid to take care of itself. How is this fun, again?

“Rebeca is very hungry. Be sure to feed her before she gets taken away!” *removes glasses* *drags hand down face, breathing deeply* OH, IS SHE NOW? AND IN OTHER NEWS, THE MOON IS SCHEDULED TO COMPLETE ANOTHER ORBIT AROUND THE EARTH!


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Elise becomes pregnant almost right after the twins’ birth, just because I feel like giving her another child, even if it’s a boy. (Spoiler alert: It’s not a boy. Poor Trent.)

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The next day, when Dawn becomes a toddler, she’s hungry. I drag a bowl of chips and salsa out of the fridge, and set it on her bedroom floor—but before she can retrieve it, Elise comes in, sits on her bed, and eats it instead. 

Dawn (already on the verge of a fit) waddles in and makes a mess in front of her. Even though Ulysses needs to discipline the children five times for his Aspiration, I let her get away with it.

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This time, however…

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So….I have anger issues?

As in, I know what these Sim toddlers feel like when they throw a fit? 

I tell Ulysses to Give [Dawn a] Second Wind, in the hopes it will restore at least some of her energy, so she can eat. At first, he just stands at her bedside while she fumes. I cancel the interaction and do it again, and he talks to her, but nothing happens to her needs. “That didn’t do shit,” I say to myself stiffly—but on the inside, I’m screaming and throwing things across the room.

Fuck it. I’ll set out another bowl of nachos (my Sims don’t know what ‘healthy diet’ means), and if she eats it, she eats it; if she’s taken away, she’s taken away. I do so after ten million tries—the game keeps returning it to the refrigerator even when I don’t try to place it on Dawn’s mess (“PUT IT DOWN!” I shout)—and Ulysses picks Dawn up (“PUT-!”), only to set her down again. Then she passes out.

…So yes—at that point I do end up screaming bloody murder into a pillow. If they have a sixth child before Elise is almost ready to sprout gray hairs, somebody please slap the shit out of me.

……

WILL SOMEBODY REPAIR THE FUCKING TOILET? IT’S THE ONLY ONE YOU HAVE.

……

I have to tell Elise to do it, since she’s this close to bladder failure.

Perfect, the only shower needs repaired too. FUCK MY LIFE. I purchase the Free Services reward for Elise, and tell her to get a nanny in there immediately. Oh, and the repair service too. And a one-time maid and gardener while she’s at it.

Then I break down and buy a high chair, because the nanny won’t just get food from the fridge and bring it to the toddlers when there’s no other option, EVEN THOUGH THAT WOULD MAKE FUCKING SENSE, WOULDN’T IT?

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I pan the camera away from the lot, and leave the game on autopilot. When I return five Sim hours later, Mary is starving while standing in front of the empty high chair. And Elise, whose own hunger and bladder needs are in the red…DECIDES TO PLAY GAMES ON THE FUCKING TABLET! 

*INCOHERENT RAVING*

Great, Dawn’s starving too. Elise, Ulysses, BOTH OF YOU GET OFF YOUR ASSES!

Also, the nanny was apparently still there. Remind me to fire her.

Oh, yes, good, Elise, very good: Pee, and then stand next to Dawn for-fucking-ever instead of feeding her—or bathing her, for that matter (there are green fumes coming off of her)—until she passes out. Excellent idea. I am going to murder all of you. You see if I don’t!

*sigh* So basically, what’s going on in this picture is: All of Dawn’s needs except for Bladder are in the red. Com-plete-ly. Kim is in the same boat.

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Mary, that ungrateful brat, is doing a little better; even though her Hunger is in the low yellow, she smacks her food off the high chair. All of her other needs are red.

Trent is okay, other than his Hunger and Fun being low, too. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if the girls are taken away and he ends up heir after all. I certainly wouldn’t mind.

Ulysses is in bed with next-to-no Energy (same as Elise, except for the ‘in bed’ part), half Social, and low Hunger. Hygiene? Fun? Nonexistent. 

I’m SORELY tempted to cheat, but NOPE—if the children are removed, so be it. Even though that’s never happened to me before. And right as Elise is calling the nanny service again—or rather, as she’s about to call the nanny service before she passes out…There goes Kim. I can’t even adopt her back. 

Ulysses is crushed. And since Dawn is in the same condition, I expect her to follow quickly after. Welp…good thing Elise is pregnant, right?

Just as this is going on, Trent enters a Rebellious phase where he’ll “seek to challenge parental authority.” Like they really need his attitude. Okay, scumbasket, you can get taken away too for all I care.

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Elise calls the nanny, and has work in less than an hour when she passes out again, in front of the fridge. The nanny I can’t yet fire because Elise doesn’t have the wherewithal to do so AND survive places Mary—covered head-to-toe in dirt—in the high chair.

Elise goes to work, and Trent to school, and the nanny leaves Mary to fall asleep in her peas while she goes upstairs to where Dawn is asleep on the landing. When Mary wakes, the interaction to eat her peas is cancelled but won’t go away, and she won’t do anything else. Just sits there. I seriously want to cry.

Generation II — Part Two

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Almost fourteen hours after Kim’s taken away, the family gets a new house. 

Elise pays the bills after work, leaving the family with $1,326. (It’s sad that that amount makes me feel rich.) Ulysses is fully rested and back to normal. 

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Elise is dead tired, but I expect she’ll be fine soon, too. I’m really thinking of having her quit and be a farmer/carpenter/stay-at-home mom; the novelty of her being an astronaut wore off long ago.

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Trent is fine. Just depressed like everyone else. As the only boy, he gets his own room (like my maternal uncle).

The twins still suffer the most—Mary has low everything except Hygiene (after the nanny bathes her upon request), and Dawn is pretty tired, and has low Hygiene, Fun, and Attention.

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Ulysses tries to hug it out with Trent after he finds him crying in the bathroom, but Trent waves him away. (Nevertheless, he still gains Emotional Control points…)

Elise quits her job. Then a few hours later, she goes into labor. 

Aaaaand…

That’s when I shut off the game so I can pick names in the morning. :3

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Rebeca Robinson is born c. 8:33 a.m., the day after the catastrophe.

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Ulysses completes the second(?) phase of his Aspiration when he scolds Dawn for creating YET ANOTHER mess. WHY HAVEN’T HE AND ELISE PUT ALL THE FLOUR, PAINT, AND WHATEVER-ELSE IN A LOCKED CUPBOARD YET?!

OR BETTER YET—BURIED THEM?!?

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Elise does some carpentry, making her own planter box, and the horse sculpture which sits atop their living room bookcase.

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(Ulysses reading while Trent watches the Kids’ Network.

No real reason for this picture, I just like it.)

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Rebeca gains the Angelic trait, and looks like she might be the spitting image of Elise.

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(…Quite self-explanatory. >-> <-< >-> )

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Just as I’m about to lose my mind, the twins become children. (Mary gets the Artistic Prodigy Aspiration like Trent, and the Cheerful trait, while Dawn gets ‘Rambunctious Scamp’ and ‘Gloomy.’ However, Dawn seems like the sunnier of the two. #Sims4traitsareuseless)

Ulysses is able to sell a few paintings. He even rolls a whim to get engaged to Elise after spending some quality time with her on the living room couch, which is something he hasn’t done in I-Haven’t-The-Faintest-How-Long.

I briefly switch to another household and experiment with building them a restaurant. When I come back, Trent and Dawn are standing at opposite ends of a street across the neighborhood. Trent runs over to make fun of her face, or something like that, and finds her making a mess. I AM SICK OF THIS SHIT!

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After he mocks her, his…relationship with her improves. And she responds by teasing him about a crush. Which also gains them relationship points.

Okay, I know that some siblings (my younger brother and I, for example) have that kind of rapport to where they can insult each other, and both know that it’s all in good fun. But I have a feeling that if this exchange occurred between Trent and Mary—or any other pair of siblings—it would have the same result.

Isn’t Parenthood supposed to introduce sibling rivalry?

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The current house, which I’m considering knocking down because I don’t much like the J-shape design. Plus, there’s no space in the twins’ room for Rebeca, and she’ll be a child in four days. (She’ll age up the same day as Trent.)

Ulysses has 15 days to Elder, but is only 110 Satisfaction points from that Potion of Youth he so desperately needs, now that Elise is almost an Adult too. She still isn’t pregnant again. *crosses fingers*

Elise hasn’t made any progress on her Aspiration since she was pregnant with Rebeca. She still needs three more Gardening skill; to evolve ten plants to Excellent; and to grow a cowplant. (Well, I suppose ‘hasn’t made any progress’ is a bit strong—she does have three cowplant seeds now. She just needs to find an opportunity to plant them.) Ulysses needs to help a child with schoolwork for four hours, and have a child within range to receive a character value trait. (The closest is Trent, and his Emotional Control isn’t even halfway green yet.)

Trent’s Rebellious streak is ongoing. In fact, it seems like it’s never going to end. Thankfully it’s so inconsequential that I forgot about it.

The family has $2,160.

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Three or four house-building attempts later, I give lawn-living (more like, camping at home, because I need some semblance of order) a real shot. Including tents, a toilet and shower, outdoor activities, and all, they have ~$30,000 in the bank.

Only real problem? No fridge; those baked potatoes need to be eaten as soon as Elise makes them, or they’ll go to waste.

Some things never change, though—Here, we see Elise reaching Parenting Level 6 by yelling at Rebeca for making a mess, because my patience hit ‘running on empty’ about thirty miles back, and I imagine hers did as well. 

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For fuck’s sake, Dawn. 

You know, out of all the girls, I’m pretty sure that Mary’s made the fewest messes. That alone could wind up winning her the heirship title—

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x_x *sigh* 

Never mind…

….

And it’s not being responsible if she only cleans because I tell her to, so why does she get points?

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As you may have noticed in the last picture, the Robinson-Eubanks’ staycation is over; allysimbuilds kindly built me a five-bedroom, two-bath farmhouse, which came with this lovely little feature.

I don’t know why my Sims go near the sink anymore. 

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She noted that because of budget constraints (the family has $214 left over), the children’s rooms lack toys, but thought I could quickly remedy that.

And I do. I buy three toys for them to share, and Dawn finds this triceratops in the log across the street. 

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The morning after they…move in, so to speak (they don’t have to switch lots), Elise collects wild plants, rocks, and frogs while the kids are at school.

Then at 10:07 a.m., while I’m controlling Elise—there’s no way I accidentally tell Dawn to do this—Dawn comes home for no apparent reason, and I can’t make her go back. Her school performance is only on the high end of Okay; I wonder if she’ll need to do all her homework just to avoid flunking.

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Two-three days later, after school, Dawn is dropped off(?) at the house next to hers. Maybe because she’s embarrassed about being the subject of class gossip, and doesn’t want anyone to know where she lives. 

(Actually, no—I find out later that it’s just because she’s in the habit of running out the back door and up the hill to the other driveway to disappear to school. For some reason.)

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The next morning at 12:16 a.m., Ulysses has fifteen whole points after he buys a Potion of Youth. Now he’s a day younger than Elise.

Not as much as I wanted, but it’s better than 11 days older. 

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Dawwww! Look at the wittle baby cowplants and their precious pink snouts! ❤ 

What do you mean I can’t name them?!

NOT FAIR. ;~;

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I can’t stop taking pictures of them. XD 

I’m obsessed…