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An Epic Space-Time Thingy Kind of Party

Take Me to the Moon 5.18

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It was the big day.  Fiona and Felicity were becoming kids, and Alexander had invited everyone he could get on the phone, who had been brought back to the game through the Gallery.  Cacey and Gavin were first to arrive.

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Delaney got on the phone to invite everyone she could think of, until the game engine wouldn’t allow any more invites.

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Elise went out on the patio to turn on the music and welcome the early guests.

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It wasn’t long before Beatrice arrived, and, without missing a beat, set herself up as mixologist.  Alexander introduced her to his brother, Desmond, and Cacey’s son, Dashle.  “Dashle, this is your grandmother, Beatrice Tesla.”

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Perhaps Dante realized what a momentous occasion this was, because he was in the kitchen cooking, instead of dancing and goofing off as he had at Dennis’ wedding.

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Felicity and Fiona, the Tesla Generation 6 babies, woke up from their naps, and leapt out of their bassinets.  This time Felicity went first, then Fiona.

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“Look at my beautiful lavendar skin,” Fiona said.

Felicity, who was neat above all else, went and changed into something more presentable.  Probably her artistic dad, or maybe her goofball mom, had picked this green hat and sloppy red t-shirt for her.  Then she made her way over to her evil great, great grandmother Beatrice.

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“I’m Felicity Tesla,” she said.  “What’s your name?”

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While Fiona chatted with her dad, Ewan was having fun with his brother, Eric, who no longer lived in the house.  “I never thought I’d miss you so much,” he said.

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Maddi Tesla, the legacy founder, was happily looking around, watching everyone enjoy being together.

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Fiona danced with her mom,  Elise, while the party started to get more boisterous.

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Maddi gave Delaney an approving look; Delaney felt like she was going to burst with emotion.

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Ranen had been embarrassed by someone, and gone away from the crowd.  Felicity wished she could say something to comfort her uncle.

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She told him a funny story and got a smile out of him.

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Fiona was having a similar issue, embarrrassment, but in her case, she had ended up saying something awkward to someone.  She hid in her grandparents’ bed.

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Then she went to talk to Uni.  “Why don’t they understand me, like you do?” she asked the big, stuffed toy.

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Soon, she felt better and decided to play on the jungle gym.

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Cacey had asked Delaney how it was that Alexander was introducing all these Tesla ancestors to everyone.  “It’s a space-time thingy,” Delaney joked.  “No, really, though, it is a long story.  You know, it really started when you left.  That really got me thinking, and changed the direction of Alexander and my life, ever so slightly at first, but now, this is where it has taken us.”

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Delaney was finding out all over again, that it was not easy to get along with her mother.

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Something Cassandra said, really bothered Delaney.  And Cassandra looked so smug about it.

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Later, Delaney was still fuming at Cassandra.   Maddi thought about defusing the situation with humor, while Elise held her tongue.

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Ranen and Alexander had renewed their epic debate over Star Trek captains when Alexander suddenly heard the doorbell ring.  “That’s odd,” he thought,” I thought everyone was here.”

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A man Alexander had not met before was at the door.
“Hi, my name is Elder Wolff,” he said.  “I’m searching for my son.”

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He showed Alexander a flyer showing three missing persons.

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Click on the poster for a link to #WheresFree FAQ at the EA Forum

Alexander felt at ease with Elder right away.  “Elder, I’m happy to help.  Tell me about your son, and where you’d like to look, and I’ll go with you.”

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Elder told Alexander about how Free-Jon’s last sighting was at Granite Falls.  “We’ve got a national park up at Yuma Heights, Alexander said.  “Let’s start there.”

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Alexander’s cousin-in-law, Darryl, was there.  Alexander showed him the flyer and asked if he’d seen them.

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Darryl started to tell Alexander a story, but in the end, he didn’t really have any info.

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Free-Jon had enjoyed the visit to Ewan’s Gallery, so Alexander took Elder there next.

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Elder told Alexander how Free-Jon had spent most of his time during the gallery field trip, in this wedding photo studio, not realizing the public art gallery was upstairs.   Alexander laughed, “Maybe having lockable doors will help.  This is my son’s apartment, and he is just sorting through all the wedding photos to give to family!”

“You know, he enjoyed the wedding portraits so much, I don’t think he missed out,” Elder said.

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They took a few minutes to check upstairs, just in case Free-Jon was there.

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As they were sitting and thinking about where to go next, Alexander learned that Elder is a Foodie, Creative, and a Geek.

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When Elder described Free-Jon’s imaginative streak, Alexander thought maybe he would have visited the Forgotten Arbor in Oracle Point.

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This is the Forgotten Arbor by norkat3 on the Gallery. Click on the picture to link to the Gallery.

They searched, but they didn’t find any clues.

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Alexander wanted to look at the stars, which were magnificent.  Elder pointed out the house where he grew up, and where he fell in love with the younger CathyTea, at the House Full of Hippies.  Another Alexander had been CathyTea’s best friend growing up, and first roommate there.   Alexander marveled at the connections.   Words his dad had said to him in his youth, about different existences, made so much more sense now.   Elder described how CathyTea had emailed him, with her mind, and he had received it, and they had returned across unfathomable distances to be together again. That was the love Free-Jon was made of, and Alexander understood Elder’s confidence that Free-Jon was ok.

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They both wondered where Free-Jon was, right now, and what he was doing.

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Suddenly Alexander knew where they needed to go.  “I’ll see you in a little while,” he yelled as he ran.

Elder was surprised to see him move so quickly.

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Delaney was so happy to see Alexander when he returned home.

“We need to pack up,” Alexander said.  He told Delaney about Elder’s quest to find his son.

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On the way, the family stopped in at the farmhouse to say hello to the elder Teslas, and let them know to be on the look out for Free-Jon.  The snow capped peaks  of Granite Falls were visible in the distance.

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Alexander explained how Free-Jon, and his best friend Emelia, and Free-Jon’s cousin, Amina, had gone missing on the last day of summer camp.  Micah wondered how Alexander could have such composure in this situation.  Alexander told them how Em and the older CathyTea who was a camp counselor, had been talking about Narnia, and another children’s story,  A Wrinkle in Time, and Em had told CathyTea that if she didn’t know where she was, it was ok.  So CathyTea had a hunch that they were ok, that they were on an adventure like the children in the books.

“How in the world can anyone be justified in making that kind of deduction?! Cassandra retorted.  “That’s ridiculous.”

“In the first Narnia book, the children are worried that their sister Lucy is making up lies.  But the Professor asks them to think about it logically– aside from the fantastical nature of the stories she’s telling, would they usually believe Lucy?  Basically, he tells them that if a person is trustworthy, even if it’s hard to imagine the situation they are describing being true, to stay with that trust.  Because things happen that are outside our expectations and limited sense of reality.”

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Fiona had been listening with special attention.  “Are we going on an adventure, now, to help find Free-Jon?” Fiona asked with a spark in her eye.

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“Yes, we are off, to Narnia, in a sense,” Alexander declared.  “Who’s with me?”

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Next thing they knew, they were standing in Granite Falls, looking at the most magical tree house.    They brushed the pine needles out of their hair and stamped the moth ball crunchies from their shoes.   It seemed that Aunt Jo’s Farm was just behind them, but when they turned around, they saw only the Granite Falls they knew and loved.

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Everyone looked to Elder.

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And he asked Fiona to stargaze.

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Fiona looked up at Elder.  He was so quiet, yet so full of creative energy.  She wanted to hear more about Free-Jon, and Em, and what made them so special to Elder.

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Elise was comforting Ranen, who had been embarrassed by a passer-by, offended by his purple skin.

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“…And Free-Jon loves cupcakes, but you don’t drink them… and he is the Intergalactic Cheese Mailman…” Elder was grinning, as he described Free-Jon to Fiona.  “You know, this tree house was the first place Free-Jon and Em went.  It’s at Em’s home world.”

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Elise found the same book that Em was reading when she was at the Tree House, and checked it for clues.

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Ewan comforted Felicity, who was worried that they were not being organized in their search.  “We’ll let Elder take the lead,” he said, “because he knows Free-Jon best.”

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Ewan was missing Zoe, who had stayed behind so Elder could come.  He made her a painting.

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The moon was setting, and the dawn was changing the sky into a lighter blue.

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Ranen went for a hike, just in case he could find any clues.

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“Free-Jon?  Amina?  Em?”  the girls looked, staying within sight of the tree house.

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When the sun was up, the ranger came by to greet everyone, but as usual, he didn’t have any helpful information.

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The tree house was magical.  Ewan even painted a beach for Zoe, like she had wished for, on their honeymoon.

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The search party spread out and checked all the rooms one last time.

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And then Elder knew it was time to go.  Where would he go next?

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Gameplay Notes:

Elder was fully autonomous the whole time he visited; I am nervous to switch houses with Alexander and Delaney’s life bars being halfway full as elders.   Rather than frantically looking for Free, he was going to these places, being with these people, and thinking about what really matters, which is, as Ranen’s ethical code says, Kindness in the Moment.  He’s not giving in to fear, but full of hope.  Elder’s game aware; I am certain that he realizes Free is not going to be found on my hard drive, lol.  But at the same time, I think he enjoyed being with Alexander and his family.  I loved it when he asked Fiona to stargaze!


17 Comments so far:

  1. cathytea says:

    Oh, my! This is so deeply touching to me. I truly love this Sim–with all my heart. And I’m so touched by your thoughtful portrayal of him, his family, Young CT’s love for him, and their understanding of trust and love. This is profound to me, and it will take me a while to process this deep love! Thank you, Shannon.

    • I am so glad! I hoped it would reflect him and his family, and what they mean to you. Let me know if there are any details to correct in the story, because I can probably make some small changes if needed before I leave Thursday morning.

  2. Carla says:

    Wow, it’s so amazing to see all your old sims back in the game again! What will happen now, I wonder? Do you plan to have them stick around until they die again? Or at least, I guess that’s what would happen. That’s obviously what would happen game-wise but I don’t know what it means for any rules or plots you might have set up with this whole Game Aware thing you have going on.

    I don’t know anything about the Wolff family other than what you’ve written here but Elder is a pretty handsome man, I have to say!

    • Yes, Elder is quite handsome, causes quite a bit of fan-waving among FloorRaisin and CathyTea’s readers 🙂 Elder is a spare from FloorRaisin’s Wolff legacy, the one Cacey visited. But he married CathyTea’s young simself and has continued on there.

      As far as the Game Aware plot and how it affects things, I just thought Alexander and Delaney would want their ancestors (including their parents) to be remembered, and since the game culled them, they wanted to bring them back. Alexander is trying to get them introduced to everyone before they die, too. I wouldn’t see him trying to control or change the course of their natural lives in the game. I already got a warning that Brad doesn’t have much time; all of them are elders, so we’ll be losing them again soon. But hopefully they can be brought over to the legacy house as ghosts. I’ve got a sim staying with them to keep the urns so that sim can temporarily move in to the legacy house, deposit the urns, and move back out. That will have to happen after either Alexander or Delaney dies, since the legacy house is full. Thanks so much for reading and commenting; I was wondering if this all made sense.

  3. whattheplum says:

    Your world is so lovely – I’m going to have to check out some of these lots. 🙂

    • Hi FloorRaisin! Your Elder is quite a sim and I enjoyed his visit! That farm lot by Jenba (Silrosse on the Gallery) is so realistic and quaint and well-built. I love it in the park lot in Willow Creek but it fits in smaller lots. I’m glad you enjoyed the scenery; most of it is by other simmers and it is really incredible how creative and playable so many lots by many builders are. I usually try to build most of my own lots, not because they are better, but just because I enjoy building. But in the interest of moving the legacy along I’ve resisted and have really enjoyed playing other simmers’ builds. There are links to all the lots in my neighborhoods on the Three Rivers Map and Guide page, which is under the Take Me to the Moon tab at the top of the blog.

  4. Echo Weaver says:

    I’m caught up. Knowing how much comments mean, I’d like to go back and comment on the previous posts and some point, but I don’t know if I’ll manage. I read them, but I didn’t have any words in my head at the time. I don’t know if that ever happens to you :).

    I’m very excited for the next generation of Teslas. Are you planning to keep both Ewan and Elise’s families in the same household for this generation?

    I’m thrilled that you’re bringing the whole bloodline back from oblivion.

    I admit that I don’t completely follow this post, but I think I’m figuring it out. This is a cross-community story thread? Were Free-Jon and his friends culled, or is this entirely a fictional storyline?

    Elder is quite the heartthrob, but with a name like Elder, he seems too young :).

    • cathytea says:

      His real name is Elderberry Wolff. All the members of his family are named after flowers. The Founder was Anemone, and then it’s been alphabetical flower names after that. Elderberry is from Gen 5, so he’s an E, and his sister, the heiress, is named Edelweiss, Ede for short! I really recommend reading his story, FloorRaisin/WhatthePlum is an amazing writer and the family’s story is so delightful!

      Elderberry’s son is named Freezer Bunny Wolff Tea, but everyone calls him “Free-Jon” or “Free” or “Jon-Jon” for short!

      • Echo Weaver says:

        Thanks! I’m taking your advice and reading a few posts of the Wolffs. It really is different and engaging!

        This inter-blog story thread is yours, though, right Cathy? It’s not from FloorRaisin’s blog?

        • cathytea says:

          Right–this particular #wheresfree thread is mine. On my blog, I’ve got a #wheresfree page where I list Elder and Free/Em/Am sightings!

          And… the grapevine tells me that amazing things are in store for Free-Jon, Emelia, and Amina in the near future.. or maybe the past… hard to tell with wibbly wobbly timey wimey!

          With the Wolff Legacy, check out Gen 4 and 5–that’s when the writing breaks out into truly amazing and breath-takingly beautiful literature!

          • Echo Weaver says:

            Oh, I see. What a fabulous idea! I’ve never participated in a cross-story event like this. I’d love to be a part of this one except for the sad fact that I don’t even own Sims 4 yet.

            I usually start reading a blog on its most recent generation and go back as I have time. I’ve seen so many folks start my blog at the beginning, then peeter out in Generation 2 and never return. I think most of us bloggers long for interaction on our current work ;).

            It looks like FloorRaisin’s blog is completely game-aware. I’ve never read that style before. I read some of your stuff linked from the dearly departed Simswriters blog, though I don’t know if I ever commented.

            • cathytea says:

              I’m not sure if all of Raisin’s Sims are game-aware. Certainly Raven from Bilmonaghan’s is, since all of his Sims are game-aware… And Elder is, but I’m not sure he was entirely so before he started hanging out with the hippies in my game.

              We had a big Simposium for Game-Aware Sims (S-GAS) earlier this spring.

              We’ve got a lot of this type of interactive thing going on–even talk of a cooking event coming up soon!–so when you do get Sims4, just check in with us to see!

              That’s a great idea to start with the most recent generation and read backwards for a legacy!

              • Echo Weaver says:

                Yeah, now that I’m through most of the current generation of the Wolffs, I guess most of them are not game aware in the way it’s done elsewhere. Even at the beginning of the generation, there are references to queuing actions, pinning wishes, and whatnot, but nobody is checking blogs to see what’s going on in other games :).

                I don’t know what I make of game awareness. I enjoy playing out my fantasies through pixel dolls who believe they are real :). But all kinds of play styles intrigue me, and all these collaborative events are big encouragement to start on Sims 4. I think my Sims 3 legacy may be the longest-running Pinstar legacy in the community, and I am determined to finish it. I need to hold off Sims 4 until it’s done for fear of being pulled away.

    • Hi Susan! Yes, that happens to me frequently actually, and I’ll read a post sometimes two or three times before commenting. It means a lot to me that you took the trouble to comment anyway, but unless you’re just dying to say something, don’t worry about the past ones!

      Me too, I’m excited about this Generation 6, Felicity and Fiona! I’m planning to keep both families in the house as long as I can, because once they move out I just can’t keep up with them as well. I plan on having an heir poll when Felicity and Fiona become young adults and get their third trait.

      Glad you are happy about the re-introduction of the lost sims from past generations! I don’t think they’ll live long but hopefully they will have the ghosts now, and maybe they’ll get to meet each of them before they pass on.

      Free-Jon and his friends weren’t culled; you are right it is a Sims 4 community kind of thing that CathyTea started on her summer camp part of her blog, and in the forum. Free-Jon and Amelia were talking at camp about adventures children have gone on, like in Narnia or A Wrinkle in Time, and come back before adults even realized they were gone, and they used a time-space thingy to go on an adventure of their own. However, it seems they didn’t know something about aging and time-space continuum, and adults realized they were gone, and Elderberry Wolff, Free-Jon’s dad, uploaded himself to the Gallery to look for them on other hard drives. I hope that helps, and that I got the facts for the synopsis to this point, correct 🙂

  5. Well you know what I liked most..“…And Free-Jon loves cupcakes, but you don’t drink them” 😉
    This was so nice. They got to enjoy a bit if the adventure free, em, and amina had at this wonderful tree house. I bet they could feel the imprint their souls left behind. Elder is such a great sims, he reallg soaks up life and just has fun and enjoys the ride.

    His and young CTs love always chokes me up.

    This was my favorite. Of course I am reading the next one so that will be my favorite lol

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