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Take Me to the Moon 6.23

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Fearghus arrived home from a tough day at the hospital to find his mother’s ghost, staring out at the sea, much as she used to do after his father died.

“Mom,” he said gently, “Mom, what’s bothering you?”

“Today is Fox’s birthday,” she said, with somber finality.

Fearghus realized that milestones like this just highlighted how much she was missing by being on the other side, her frustration with the limitations of her new reality.  It was surprising, how she had changed so much, in death, being more bitter and bored with her existence, than she ever was in life.

But dying and leaving behind a young child could do that to someone, Fearghus supposed.

TS4_x64 2016-07-08 10-04-01-38He talked her into coming inside to see everyone, and hopefully join the birthday party, soon to get underway.  Not only was it Fox’s birthday, but Fearghus was a full-blown adult today, too.

TS4_x64 2016-07-08 10-06-58-09 As Zoe sat and chatted with Fox, her mood improved.  She could see he was happy and well-cared for, and it was impossible for her to stay pessimistic once she began to see how full of life he was.TS4_x64 2016-07-08 10-07-34-70“We’re taking good care of him, Mom,” Fearghus reassured her, and gave her a big hug.  TS4_x64 2016-07-08 10-10-26-41Then, Zoe vanished.

“Are you ready for your party?” Alyse asked Fearghus. TS4_x64 2016-07-08 10-12-45-26Fearghus quickly changed clothes.

Bring on the party, and middle-age won’t be far behind, he thought.

TS4_x64 2016-07-08 10-21-02-38Alyse was happy to see not only her sister, Aubree, and her dad, but also, her sister, Isla, who she’d just recently run into in town, and met.  She introduced Isla to Fox.

“This is my sister, Isla,” she said, “and your sister-in-law!”

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Aubree had arrived at the party upset, and appeared to be peeved with her mom, Elodie. Isla and Alyse waited calmly while Aubree glared at Elodie, and eventually everyone decided it was a good time to get a drink or chat with someone else.

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Cassandra Goth carried out her usual role as entertainer, tickling the ivories, and keeping to herself.

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Soon, it was time for Fox to blow out his candles.  With his cousin, Fiona on one side, and his sister, Felicity on the other, he puzzled over what he would wish for as he became a teen.  He didn’t feel quite ready to leave childhood behind, and wasn’t sure what being a teen would be like.

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Everyone encouraged him, and he took a deep breath, and blew out his candles.

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Everyone cheered as he grew up, right before their eyes.

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Fearghus came over to congratulate Fox on becoming a teen.

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And then blew out his own candles.

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Elizabeth, Fearghus’ cousin, led a cacophony of horns announcing Fearghus’ transition into full adulthood.

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After all the celebrations, Alyse, realizing she may not have much more time with her dad, took a picture of them together.

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After Fearghus blew out his candles, Aunt Elise arrived.  She knew she didn’t have much longer to live, and in an uncharacteristically vulnerable moment, she reached out to Fearghus.

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Fearghus was touched, and he tried to console her.   “You’ll always be remembered here,” he said.

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“It means a lot to me that you’ve led your life always doing what you thought was important,” he added.

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Elise looked up at her nephew.  She had so many regrets but she was glad that he understood her for who she was, a person who blazed her own trail, and somehow got lost somewhere along the way, but accomplished so much, too.

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Elise laughed.  “With or without me, the family’s still going on, isn’t it?”

TS4_x64 2016-07-08 10-51-04-65Uncle Eric challenged Fearghus, Elodie, and Yuki to a game of Don’t Wake the Llama, and the party migrated out to the backyard.

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“Be careful,” Elizabeth warned Elodie.

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Just then, the whole tower tumbled and crashed, and Elodie grimaced.

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Yuki and Eric looked sympathetic, but Fearghus was happy it wasn’t him that made it fall.

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Meanwhile, Alyse had found Sakura keeping to herself on the pool terrace.  She’d grown up following her brother, Misa, and Fox around, and now they were both teens, so she was sort of left with no one to play with.

“Where’s Grayson?” Alyse asked.  “I know he’s younger, but maybe you two could play together.”

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But Grayson was busy with his chemistry set, creating pyrotechnics that might provide future distractions when needed.

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As the party wound down and the guests started to leave, Fearghus found his brother, eating cake in the kitchen, and their grandmother Delaney briefly appeared, as if to give her birthday wishes.

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“Here’s to you,” Fearghus toasted Fox.

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Fox finished his cake.  He wanted to talk about girls and how he might get one to pay attention to him, but he felt a little shy to talk to Fearghus about that.  He abruptly went to bed.

After Fox headed to bed, Alyse came down and lit a fire in the fireplace.

When Fearghus joined her, she leapt into his arms.

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“Pretty strong for an old man,” she teased.

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14 Comments so far:

  1. Carla says:

    Ah, happy birthday to Fox and Fearghus! It’s funny, I was reading this all the way through and thinking “yeah, Fox’s birthday” and it wasn’t until I got to the picture of him standing in front of the cake that I realised “wait, he’s going to be a TEEN!” That was crazy to me, lol. It was sad that Zoe couldn’t really be there for him but I guess there wasn’t much that could be done about that. Just an unfortunate side effect of having a child so late. 🙁

    Looking forward to seeing what Fox gets up to as a teen, in any case. 🙂

  2. Echo Weaver says:

    I started to read this, then must have gotten distracted. I didn’t realize I hadn’t finished it until I saw your new post with teen Fox! He really is cute and just gets cuter, though I’m ready to see the face behind those glasses!

    I loved all the ghosts and how you integrated them into the story. It was touching to watch Elise reach out to Feargus and made a real connection. I had kind of assumed she had died after the last scene with her, but you didn’t actually SAY that. I’m surprised she’s still around.

    Alyse and Feargus are cute together, and she looks so much like Bjorn! Too bad she didn’t get more features from Echo, but she did get the hair :).

    • Susan, the same thing happened to me with Meanwhile, Meanwhile, Meanwhile, your latest wonderland post. I read it last week before my trip to see my parents, but got called away before I left a comment, and then finally commented this morning. That was a really fun post.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the ghosts… everytime I update the game or even just restart it I double check those ghost culling settings to make sure the tree doesn’t get culled again, and I really enjoy having them around, even if no one has the time to truly develop relationships with them. Grayson, however, seems to get along really well with Ewan! For Alyse’s party, which was in game, just a day after this day, Dashle, Cacey’s first triplet, actually made an appearance after a long hiatus, and had a lively discussion with his niece, Elizabeth, and with Fearghus.

      Alyse does take a lot after her dad, but yeah, the one trait I would have picked if I could, for her to inherit from Echo was the hair!

      I was surprised Elise was still around too, and so happy that she and Fearghus connected like that. At the point of this party, I’d already gotten notices for Elise, Dennis, Rachel Arias, Eric Tesla, and Charlie Francis, CT’s hubby, that they don’t have long to live, so there are a lot of deaths coming. Every time I’m able to see any of that generation, I’m glad they are still around.

      Thanks for commenting!

  3. cathytea says:

    Fox is adorable! What’s his next trait? And I love how Zoe showed up on the birthday!

  4. Your stories always make me wish I had a ghost around to play with. (But I also hate to kill someone off just to play with a ghost, lol!) Do sims roll whims for ghosts when they appear, like they do for other sims? Or do they interact with them autonomously?

    LOL, Fox with those glasses! Looks like it was a happy birthday for them both! Alyse and Fearghus were sweet at the end!

    • Thanks for all the comments, Laura! They do roll whims for ghosts, and you know, they can become playable if you befriend them to the highest level and ask them to join the household.

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