Elation and Sorrow
Take Me to the Moon 5.14
Narrated by Ranen, AKA Ronan Tate
My new family has experienced such a wide range of emotions in just a few days.
Elise and I fell in love and took solemn vows to each other and our future offspring, at the sacred rock carved by my people when they reached earth. On the rock is the distilled wisdom of generations before me, which is best translated, “Always Defer to the Greater Good; That is most reliably found in Kindness in the Moment. Seek Truth, which is synonymous with Love. Do not yield to Fear or Hate. Nurture Hope.“
Elise said she was happy to make our vows in a way most meaningful to me, because she had never seen the purpose in weddings the way humans do them. She said, “of course we are purposeful in our choice of each other, but why spend a small fortune and wear a white dress?” I was concerned that her family members may feel sad or left out.
Elise and I weren’t sure what kind of welcome I would receive from her family.
But I found a kindred spirit with her dad. He favors Captain Picard’s measured approach, where I have found Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk to be the most entertaining, at least. Her dad joked, he even feels like a Star Trek captain, meeting an actual alien.
Both Elise’s mom and dad had lots of questions about my home world, Ae, and the other planets I have knowledge of.
Meanwhile, Zoe was working late, trying to get all her reports done for work the next day.
Everything seemed still and quiet at the house
But Zoe ventured outside, in a trance, and was taken
The family waited to see how she would be on her return. Elise tried to pass the time by caring for her plants. and working on a serum distilled from the orb fruit of my ancestral planet, but she wasn’t able to concentrate well enough to follow the procedures she had determined earlier and the serum failed.
Finally, hours later, Zoe was returned to us.
She was dazed, and needed sleep.
The next morning, Ewan accused Elise of bringing this on the family by becoming involved with an alien. She explained that the aliens who were doing the abductions, were not my people. And even if they were, it wouldn’t necessarily implicate me as a perpetrator of these events.
My new brother-in-law, Ewan, was understandably very distressed about his wife’s well-being. I felt responsible to help.
Elise encouraged him to talk to me. I tried to explain my people’s view of the abductions. We believe that these abductions are being perpetuated by a renegade band of so-called scientists, of the same advanced people whose ancestors helped my ancestors engineer the technology needed to open wormholes. This allowed my people to leave my planet for other livable worlds, when Ae was bombarded by meteors and became unable to continue to sustain our population. My people believe that these abductions of human “subjects,” is a small part of just one of many research projects the alien scientists are currently pursuing. This particular band has no discernible regard for human consent, since they do not see humans as capable of being informed enough to give consent. They say that humans cannot possibly understand the need, on a galactic level, of dozens of races, to understand the biology of other races and that it is their mission to study and catalog it.
Ewan asked why this group is allowed, by my people, or their own people, to continue to perpetrate these “experiments.”
I explained that my people don’t have the resources to police their activities; and it is unknown exactly what measures their own justice system has put into place. But the galaxy is a big place, and the fact is, they are able to pursue their own agenda, at least for now, without evidence of reprisals. I told him I wish I could do something, and will continue to watch for such an opportunity. Then I excused myself, feeling uncomfortable with the situation and knowing that what my brother-in-law needs, is assurance this will not happen again, which I can not provide. As I left the room, I heard him yell after me, “This can’t be allowed!” and my heart hurt for him.
Meanwhile, within her finite self, in the period of only one rotation of this planet on it’s axis, Elise felt the elation of finding true love, in all the universe, and also, the heavy heart of not knowing if her beloved grandmother was safe, and not knowing where she was.
While at work, she was paged to the front desk, and given the news that her grandmother had been declared a missing person.
We met again by the big rock where we made our vows. How I wish I could make everything better for my love, for her family.
As she left work early, to be with family, there were picketers at the gates of our science facility, shouting “Aliens Must Be Deported!” and holding up signs, claiming that aliens were responsible not only for the abductions, but for all the missing people in the area in the past, as well as the disappearance of the elderly Pancakes and Bella Goth. Elise shook her finger at them. “Don’t scapegoat aliens!”
“We’re just want to be safe,” the woman said. “We’re not targeting anyone.”
Elise tells me that “safety” has been used throughout human history to justify atrocities and discrimination.
- I took a lot more liberties with the story in this post than I have, since my reprimand from Delaney and Alexander. However, as I explained in the last post, Bella and the Pancakes’ culling was a last straw for me and knowing how close Bella and Elise were, I am not willing to act like nothing happened. Even though, gameplay-wise, no one is even aware that Bella ever existed. Elise did have two of her gloomy moods, which is when I got the pictures of her being sad.
- The satellite that the family has been using to prevent abductions requires being set every 24 hours, and in the excitement over Elise and Ranen’s elopement, and meeting her parents, I forgot to set it early enough. Next thing I knew, Zoe was abducted (I missed the abduction, and only got shots of her return.) Of course, gameplay Ewan does not blame Ranen, but I decided to work in a small plotline anyway, since we’ve already got the missing persons plot. Telling it from Ranen’s point of view made me feel the best about not inferring a lot of thoughts and feelings of family members, which in gameplay, don’t even exist. But Ewan did look very concerned about Zoe when she was dazed.
- Ranen and Alexander are both geeks, so Alexander finally has someone to “Debate Captains” with! And both Delaney and Alexander’s Xenophilia emotion read “Behaving Like the Captain of a Space Journey.” Ewan, once he became friends with Ranen, also had the same Xenophilia emotion. I wonder how those are determined.
- Although I couldn’t bring it out much in this post, Ranen is a Goofball Geek who Loves the Outdoors. He has the Renaissance Sim knowledge aspiration.
- I wanted Elise and Ranen to elope at the rock on the highway at the science facility, but when I made him playable to keep him from being culled, there was not any way to have him at the science facility at the same time as Elise, so I made a set to hopefully look similar to the area where the Sacred Rock is.