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.)
Aren’t you forgetting something?
Trent: “Oh yeah….I’m too tired for basketball right now. I should go up to bed.”
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.
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?
(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.)
(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.)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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—
I cancel the interaction.
Now clean that up.
….Does anyone else remember Cleaning skill?
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?
I pause and have her clean it up, then go home.
She wants to play with the cowplant. Fine. Yes. Go. Do something non-destructive.
Too bad I fed them earlier.
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.
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.
Or tries. All he gets is the inside of the cowplant’s mouth.
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?
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…
Oh well. What will be will be.
Karlie asks to come over, and while Trent is hungry and bored, he can deal.
….You tablet-stealing whore.
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.
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
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.
Trent? Trent? You’re making a mess, Trent. Stop that.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.