A Bitter Root
Take Me to the Moon 5.28
Dennis gave his cousin Delaney a big hug. Since his mom and dad were gone, she meant more to him than ever.
“Thanks for coming,” Delaney told him. “How is Adrianna?”
“Her mom’s time had come,” Dennis said, “So we knew she wouldn’t be with us much longer, but it’s hard anyway.”
Jana Walker, Adrianna’s mom, had recently died.
After a few moments, Delaney excused herself to go help in the kitchen. Ewan had already made his niece, Fiona’s birthday cake, and was working on Felicity’s when CT arrived to help cater. CT had become a close family friend, and never missed a party.
Felicity was combing the grounds for leftover food and trash from the Spooky costume party, and Ranen was entertaining Rihanna Arias and aunt Cassandra Goth, who had arrived early.
Fiona was still in costume from the night before, but was following Felicity’s orders, this morning.
With the kitchen in CT and Ewan’s capable hands, Delaney joined her niece-in-law, Adrianna.
“I am so sorry about your mom’s passing,” Delaney said, tentatively. She still didn’t know Adrianna very well, but she didn’t want to ignore the fact that her mom had died. When Adrianna didn’t say anything, Delaney just quietly danced with her for a few moments.
She wanted to ask her if they had any plans to start a family soon; but she felt that would be too personal, so she asked about work instead.
“Did you know Athena Ambrose was released?” Adrianna responded. Adrianna had booked Zoe’s chosen maid of honor shortly after Zoe and Ewan’s wedding. It had turned out that the reason Athena didn’t come to the wedding may have had to do with her life of crime.
“I saw her the other day on the street,” Adrianna added. “She is looking pretty frail these days.”
Ewan was looking at his little girl, and feeling a little worried about becoming the parent of a teen. He tried to be light-hearted, but it was his nature to look at the dark side, the loss, the anticipation of the difficult aspects of life.
As night fell, nearly all the celebrants gathered outside.
Soon it was time for the girls to blow out their candles. Although at birth, Felicity had been the one with the earlier due date, Fiona had been born moments before Felicity. However, Felicity was in a hurry to grow up, so they had agreed for Felicity to go first.
Felicity thought about her birthday wish.
Felicity wished, as had her summer camp self she had never met, to be a writer. To be a writer who didn’t settle for anything less than perfection.
Maybe it was quantum physics; Maybe it was synchronicity: Maybe those are the same thing, different words.
The turning of atoms, thousands of miles apart, in sync. The apparent coincidence that is really at its root, a sign that everyone is connected.
The randomizer roll, serendipitously, gave her the wish of her summer camp self. Summer camp’s experiences would live on, in this Felicity.
Her dad was a perfectionist, and her Triple G Granddad Micah, had aspired to be a writer.
Fiona blew out her candles. She already knew what she wanted, if she must leave childhood behind. She wanted to be a computer whiz, like her granddad Alexander. And she loved music, and wanted to enjoy all the music she could. Music was a bridge between the structured world of programming code, with which she could help shape her world, and the footloose world of joy that her goofball trait embraced.
Everyone cheered and waited to see the transformation.
After the girls aged up, Elise decided to excuse herself from the party, and went and sat on Fiona’s bed, and thought.
It wasn’t long at all before her grandma Maddi joined her.
With her eyes stinging as she held back hot tears, Elise turned to her Great Great Grandmother.
“I’ve been working as fast as I can, but I haven’t been able to cultivate a Death Flower yet,” she said bitterly. “And everyone’s getting older, and any day now, Grim will come for mom.”
Maddi listened, and it seemed she wanted to reach out and soothe Elise’s agitated heart. Maddi knew that Delaney had lived a long, happy life, and that Elise’s mother was ready to leave this life, when the time came. But the confrontation with Grim at Maddi’s second death had caused a bitterness to take root in Elise’s heart, which continued to shoot out sharp little thorns, into her soul. It was easier for Elise to deal with her gloomy thoughts by focusing on her anger, and she was increasingly consumed with the thought that she would defeat Grim. Where her father had failed, with his programming, she would succeed, with botany.
Maddi knew that there was nothing she could say, at this point, that would get to that root. Maybe she could soften it a bit, though she didn’t think Elise would embrace it until later.
“You are determined to vindicate your father, and protect your family. Yet your bitterness steals the days you have with each one you love, now,” Maddi said, with gentle resolve.
Elise stood up and whirled on Maddi. “What do you know?” she spewed. “Your life, and everyone you loved, is gone.”
Felicity came in to check on her aunt Elise, found her talking in intense tones with Triple G, and turned around and left, and happily continued cleaning up the house.
Outside, Vicente Pancakes and Darryl Tesla had showed up late to the party. Strangely, Vicente didn’t look a day older than when he and Fiona’s mother had shared an evening flirting by the poolside, that long ago summer.
He and Fiona laid down on the pool deck and began chatting about the stars.
After he and the other guests left, Fiona stayed up late in the quiet living room, giving the guitar a try. “That’s not the chord I was looking for,” she thought with dismay.
“There it is. Now that’s a harmonic sound.”
- The Family Tree is updated with Fiona & Felicity’s generation, plus the new branch, Ryleigh’s children & grandchildren
Felicity is a neat, perfectionistic, creatively gifted, aspiring writer.
Since she is so neat, and needs quiet, and Fiona is messy, and enjoys music, they now have their own rooms.
Felicity’s is very serene and orderly
Fiona is a goofball who loves music and aspires to be a computer whiz.
She doesn’t spend much time in her room, because she’d rather be with the family, but it reflects her love of music
And has a spot for programming, including her granddad Alexander’s old hard drives. She also snagged the table centerpiece from the family’s Spooky party
Elise quit her job as a scientist, temporarily, for two reasons. First, for her Renaissance Sim aspiration she has to reach level 3 in two careers. Also, she needs more time to tend her garden, to get the Death Flowers ready. Anyway, most of the family income comes from selling Orb Fruit, Fang Flowers, and Quill Fruit from Sixam. She will temporarily be working in the Astronaut Career, since it is closely related to her work as a scientist.
This screenshot shows the incredibly high price they get for Quill Fruit, and they get even more for Orb Fruit
Elise’s greenhouse lab is coming along very nicely.
Just after she grafted Pomegranate on Orchid, to make the Death Flower plant, the notice popped up that Cassandra Goth had died.
With Cassandra’s passing, Delaney is the last of her generation, not counting Cacey’s triplets and Desmond Goth, who were born a generation later. Alexander visited her one evening while she was painting. Her lifebar has been sparkling for two full game weeks. I attribute her long life to her rigorous daily exercise, throughout her life, because she does not have the Long-Lived trait from completing the Body Builder aspiration.
I loved this shot of Rihanna, presumably flirting with Elder Wolff at the party. Yes, sims and humans all over the world have swooned over Elder Wolff!