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A Bitter Root

Take Me to the Moon 5.28

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fiona was still in costume from the night before, but was following Felicity’s orders, this morning.

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“Argh, ye matey, all hands on deck!”

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.”

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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.

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As night fell, nearly all the celebrants gathered outside.

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(Left to right) Zoe, Ranen, Adrianna, Dennis, Eleanor Simsfan (pregnant with twins), Rianna, Cassandra, CT, Elise, Ewan, Delaney, and Felicity

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.

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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.

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Everyone cheered and waited to see the transformation.

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After the girls aged up, Elise decided to excuse herself from the party, and went and sat on Fiona’s bed, and thought.

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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He and Fiona laid down on the pool deck and began chatting about the stars.

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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.

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“There it is.  Now that’s a harmonic sound.”

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Notes:

  • 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.

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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

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Fiona is a goofball who loves music and aspires to be a computer whiz.

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She doesn’t spend much time in her room, because she’d rather be with the family, but it reflects her love of music

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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

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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.

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This screenshot shows the incredibly high price they get for Quill Fruit, and they get even more for Orb Fruit

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Elise’s greenhouse lab is coming along very nicely.

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Just after she grafted Pomegranate on Orchid, to make the Death Flower plant, the notice popped up that Cassandra Goth had died.

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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.

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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!

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9 Comments so far:

  1. cathytea says:

    What a lovely chapter! So happy CT got to be there for the cousins’ birthday! And their traits are so fitting for them! I can’t even imagine any more fitting! Great aspirations, too.

    Oh, these cousins! So amazing!

    • Aww, thanks for the comment, Cathytea! I was really happy too about CT being there; she’s invited to every party now, and not just because she’s the. best. caterer. ever in game. It was really cool– I used the randomizer for their aspirations and was really thrilled with what they got.

      • cathytea says:

        I don’t think you could have picked better traits! Most of my favorite Sims have perfectionist or neat! And to have both! Wow! So perfect. Plus, music lover for Fiona? It’s so perfect! Their aspirations are the best, too! LOL! Too wonderful!

  2. Echo Weaver says:

    I like that Felicity grew up in a way that worked with the summer camp thread! That was such a neat and tidy development for a neat and tidy girl. If Fiona is a Goofball and a Computer Whiz, I imagine her being the kind of hacker who breaks in to computer systems to leave goofy messages and freak out the admins.

    Both girls have nicely distinctive facial features.

    The thread about Elise feeling driven to grow a Death Flower is really touching. I can see her wanting to defy death like that. Part devotion to her loved ones, part ego.

    • True, Felicity is definitely neat and tidy. When CathyTea wrote that part about Felicity being a writer, I thought, why in the world would she pick that?! But that’s what the randomizer picked too. Very cool.

      Your ideas on Fiona as a goofy hacker goes right along with how I was picturing her. That world, of hackers/programmers, is not something I have any firsthand experience with, except that my dad loves programming and has built his company on his software. But about Fiona, she has so many hacking whims; I don’t think Alexander hardly ever got them, but he was serious where she’s so playful.

      I LOVE the way Fiona and Felicity each look. Felicity looks so much like her mom, but like a Goth family version of Zoe. And I was looking at Fiona from the side and she actually has a lot of Delaney’s genes.

      Thanks so much for commenting, Susan!

  3. Carla says:

    Ha, that picture of Rihanna is fantastic!

    I’m really quite moved by Elise’s dream of growing a death flower. It seems very like her stubborn, scientific self to want to do something like that and it’s sweet that she really just wants to keep her mum around.

    Fiona and Felicity both look great, though not really how I was expecting them to look! Although looking back at pictures of them from when they were kids, I’m not sure why I’m surprised, lol. I love that Fiona shares the Computer Whiz thing with Alexander – that’s a really fun family connection. And I’m looking forward to seeing Felicity as a blossoming writer too. 🙂

    • Carla, so glad you enjoyed seeing how Felicity and Fiona turned out as teens, both their appearance and the aspirations. Felicity looks so much like Alexander and yet still reminiscent of her mom, Zoe– and I was really pleased with how Fiona turned out. It is a pretty big jump, the facial features redistribute their proportions a lot, from child to teen, so I think I know what you mean about them not looking like you expect although obviously being them. I was happy to catch that last picture of Rihanna, it made me laugh. Thanks for commenting!

  4. maisie says:

    Favorite picture is of Rihanna! That is a great capture, all those hormones, and a good looking guy! What’s a girl to do!?

    The girls aged up so lovely, and you did a fabulous job decorating their rooms to their personalities. I can see why there is more peace with them having their own room, they are really quite opposite it seems in their preference of quiet vs noise.

    I do feel badly for Elise, I feel like she is missing this moment, because she is focused on the last moment. I can really relate with her, I used to do this exact thing, even as a little child. I was always rather morbid, but I’ve definitely found a balance with living in this moment.

    Ok, this took me a while to find, she reminds me of this book by Mo Willams, ‘We are in a Book’ – http://tumblr.tastefullyoffensive.com/post/116563357158/an-analogy-for-life-pages-from-we-are-in-a-book There are a few photos of it there. Elise in this post made me think of that book. I hope she is able to enjoy her moments.

    • You know, Maisie, I’m like Elise and like that too, in a way, although a little different — I’ve worked on being present and not wishing things away to get to other things or stages or events. I’m glad you were able to work through thinking so much of the end, in your life. But you are so right, the We are in a Book is exactly how Elise is acting, and it is causing her to miss everyone now. You know, I checked her relationships panel and her only friend is Ranen, and they are barely friends although their romance relationship is very hot.

      I loved catching that moment with Rihanna too- and love your comment about the hormones, 🙂

      Thanks for the comment and the link, Maisie!

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