Take Me to the Moon 7.21
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It was the middle of the night. Hedy sat straight up in bed. In the middle of a nightmare, the Count had told her to wake up. She heard shouts from the nursery parlor.
Her Aunt Aubree and her Grandfather, Fearghus, were trying to put out a fire.
“Granddaddy,” she exclaimed, “you fixed the fireplace, why did it start a fire?” Fearghus told Grayson to take her to safety.
Fires blazed in the different fireplaces, and Fearghus and Aubree continued to fight them through the night. Meanwhile, Alyse found herself outside the castle, as if waking suddenly from sleep walking.
“I thought we should meet in person,” Absinthe said, “since we’ve been chatting online for a while.”
Alyse looked at the vampire in front of her, thinking she must still be dreaming.
Then, she felt a strong desire to lay down and sleep. As if in a trance, she walked to the castle’s crypt.
She needed peace and quiet. She climbed into the coffin and pulled down the lid.
The next evening, Hedy had finished her school work and was working on her potions set.
When it was almost bedtime, her Grandma Alyse called her downstairs, to the kitchen, for a bedtime snack.
Grandma wanted to know how Hedy was doing lately, and whether she’d seen the Count. Grandma seemed quite curious about the Count all the sudden. Hedy ate, and refused to answer.
After she tucked Hedy in, Alyse was walking in the courtyard, when the Count suddenly appeared.
Alyse was excited to see him. She had so many questions, and she wanted to tell him about the vampire she’d met through the forum. She wanted to know if he could help her figure out how to convince Fearghus to become a vampire and extend his life.
“Don’t seek that vampire from the forums again,” he said. “She is up to no good. It may, in fact, be too late.”
Alyse was about to ask why she should not pursue a friendship with the mysterious young vampire from the forum, when Aubree came looking for her.
“Who is this?” she asked Alyse, looking alarmed.
Before Alyse could introduce the Count, he disappeared.
The next day, Fearghus asked Alyse to walk with him on the beach. He knew he grew more frail by the day, and worried that he wouldn’t have the opportunity to say goodbye, if he left it to the last minute.
Fearghus was content with the life he had lived, and although he didn’t want to die, he knew he couldn’t life forever. He knew Alyse had been distressed and wasn’t ready for him to die.
“You have been my rock and my joy,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier than to have shared my life wiht you.”
Grayson was throwing a birthday party that evening, for Fox. Natasha, Felicity’s younger daughter, and Fox’s step daughter, Nikki, were there.
Death had not been invited, but as the family was finishing up with dinner, he made himself at home.
Fearghus looked at Alyse. This was his final moment.
Alyse got up to go talk to Death, but he moved away from her. She looked, worried, at Fearghus.
Meanwhile, the Count had decided to accept the dinner party invitation and was on his way.
The kitchen doors opened, and Hedy walked in, her head bowed. She looked unusually sedate and sad.
“The Count is dead,” she said.
Death stood over the Count for a long time, as the light around them faded. It just didn’t seem possible that he was supposed to reap the Count’s undead soul.
But as the last light faded, he made his decision. Fearghus looked on, stunned. He was sure Death had come for him.
Aubree was inside with Alyse, and she looked at her sister, not knowing what to make of her actions or her attitude lately.
Alyse calmly sipped on one of her smoking potions, seeming impervious to the strange events going on around them.
After Aubree gave up and went to bed, Alyse found death in the crypts. She approached him, determined to find out what she needed to do to make a deal for Fearghus’ life.
- First, the status of the infamous lag! After Susan pointed it out, I tried all the steps Carl’s Forum recommended for improving the lag in Sims 4. It didn’t make enough difference in the game until after the early November 2017 patch, and it does seem better now. I have turned off Origin in-game, and turned my graphics settings a little lower. I am also very pleased that the sim team has finally released a way to favorite families so they can’t be culled, and various sim population limits to impose on the game. My legacy save, with all the Tesla relatives tagged, has 88 sims, a little more than the lowest limit of 80, so I set the game for 150 sims which is the max recommended number.
- I took these pictures this summer before I gave up on playing Sims 4 due to the lag. I was sure, as soon as death showed up, that Fearghus was about to die. It was quite a shock when I found out he was there for the Count. The Count definitely died because of the lag because it took him hours and hours and hours to approach the house. I saw him out there but he looked ok and I couldn’t do anything about it even if I had tried due to the lag. It then took death hours and hours and hours to take him. At this point, the game was unplayable because of the huge lag and it was impossible for any action to occur because sims would stand around for half a day at a time after you tried to do anything. And this was in a very new save, too!
- Fearghus had upgraded all the fireplaces to be fireproof, but fires kept breaking out anyway. Earlier in the day, Alyse had invited Absinthe over, and while the fires were breaking out, she suddenly appeared in the nursery, which I thought was very odd and decided to pin yet another evil deed on her, arson.
- In the midst of all this craziness and the lag, Hedy pestered Reese Conroy, the count’s faithful butler in previous posts, to the point that she quit. However, with all the other stuff going on I wasn’t able to get any decent pictures of Hedy and Reese.