Take Me to the Moon 7.20
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It was time to celebrate Hedy’s birthday. Alyse baked a cake, set it down, and tested the candles to make sure everything was ready.
Then she realized she wasn’t sure who was watching Hedy, and she began looking for her granddaughter. Hedy had recently become extremely independent, going in and out of the castle, and up and down the stairs without any help and often slipping away from whoever was supposed to be keeping an eye on her. Even with a father, two grandparents, and a butler, she was becoming difficult to keep up with.
In fact, Hedy was being watched by someone: the Count. Hedy had found her way into Grayson’s private study and the Count, who had apparated there for the party, found her playing with her father’s voodoo doll and his toy llama, Alfred.
Hedy giggled and ran behind one of the big chairs, when she saw the Count.
When he didn’t chase her, she peeked around the corner of the one closest to him.
“There you are,” exclaimed Grayson, who had been recruited by Alyse to help find the missing toddler.
Grayson was not pleased to find his daughter going through his stuff, but he was more distressed that she had managed to climb three flights of the rickety stairs without any supervision.
Grayson scooped her up, not noticing the Count, and carried her back downstairs to her party, not realizing Hedy had pocketed his toy llama, Alfred.
Downstairs, the guests were gathering- the few who had managed to make it to the remote island for Hedy’s party.
Laurie Tesla, Grayson’s cousin through his aunt Felicity, and Sakura, his second cousin through his father’s aunt Elise, had arrived, and were chatting in the courtyard.
“I remember when we used to play in the pool at Uncle Fearghus’ house on the island, before you were born,” Sakura said to Laurie. “Aubree and Fox were there too… I wonder how Fox is doing these days.”
Laurie, who still saw Fox all the time, filled her in. “He recently married- and has a little step-daughter, Nikki, about Hedy’s age.”
But Sakura was still mulling over the family’s sudden decision to leave the city and move to the castle. “This is just so bizarre, that they would move to this kind of dreary place,” Sakura added with a puzzled expression.
“I don’t know, I like the remote feel,” Laurie responded. “And it has an edgy kind of style to it.”
“Well, I like the outdoors, but this place just feels creepy,” Sakura responded with uncharacteristic negativity.
Childhood memories of Sakura and Misa at the pool and at the beach, washed over Fearghus, who had joined them. Although he had been insecure as a child, those memories were, for the most part, happy and carefree, compared to the heavy responsibility he had felt since retiring and following his son and granddaughter to this mysterious castle.
Or maybe his weariness, of late, had more to do with aging. He just didn’t have the same energy he’d always had up till now, anymore.
In the kitchen, Grayson welcomed Billie Jang, his neighbor from the flat in the city. As a child, she’d never had anything to do with Grayson, despite his efforts to befriend her, but now she seemed quite interested in him.
“The building just isn’t the same without you,” she flirted.
Grayson hemmed and hawed. “Well, um,” he said, “we needed to get out of the city.” Why was he so flustered, he thought to himself?!
While no one was looking, Hedy blew out her candles.
Instead of eating cake, she ran to her nursery to change clothes and play with Alfred the Llama. Hedy was intrigued by the toy, which not only talked, but seemed to understand her.
“Little llama, what’s your name?” Hedy asked.
“Alfred, my lady,” the toy replied. “At your service.”
- I got the sad message that Fearghus’ days are coming to an end. Since he has the bodybuilder long-lived trait, I am hoping he still has a few weeks of sim time, but he has already lived nearly 100 days on normal lifespan, so that may be hoping too much.
- Grayson has not put energy into maintaining family ties. If Alsye hadn’t invited Laurie and Sakura, I don’t think they would have come. Aubree was there but unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of her during the party.
- There is a new glitch with the birthday cakes, and it ended up taking hours and hours for Hedy to age up. I couldn’t get everyone gathered around for it either. So it ended up being a dud of a birthday party.
- It was really cool that Hedy found her way (on her own autonomy) into her father’s study and the meanwhile, the Count appeared there when he came to the party. He is always attentive to Hedy whenever he’s on the lot; I do think Laura of Postcards from Sierra Nova was correct when she said since Hedy was born at his household he has a caregiver marker for Hedy.
- If you saw my Twitter feed when I rolled for Hedy’s traits, you already know, she got the Evil trait for childhood. I had kind of hoped for good (to go with the Angelic toddler trait she had) but this is an interesting twist and certainly believable, given that her mother is evil and her father is dastardly. Even though Beatrice and Cassandra had the evil trait, I had decided not to use my pass option if Hedy rolled it, because of her parent’s traits and the current storyline.