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From the Journal of Elise Tesla: Embarking

Take Me to the Moon 5.9

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Day One:  I enter my workplace, the desert science lab, for the first time as a recognized  member of the scientific community, albeit, not yet having the standing I deserve, in the eyes of my colleagues.

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The lab greenhouse is visible from reception.  It is in disarray.  The plants show signs of neglect.  These living beings have been denied water, have had no attention, and no food.

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It is a quick matter to care for their simple needs.

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I sign in at the front desk.  Two thirds of the workday has passed, and I have not been “on the clock.”  I correct this lack of understanding immediately.

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Still, I am told that my work for most of the first day is not considered part of my job duties.

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When I return home, mom comes running out to meet me, and no doubt, Ask About Day, and Share Brilliant Ideas.

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Day Two:  My plants look healthy and happy, so I proceed to the chemistry lab to report to my assigned duties, which happen to line up with my own goals.

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Mercifully, I am left to acquaint myself with the equipment and procedures in the lab.  It is an adequate lab.

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From my rose petals, I create a serum of .630 viscosity.

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Next, I formulate a synthetic food from my garden herbs.   And test it on a fellow scientist chump.

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Subject gave negative feedback on the taste and texture.

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Seeking respite in a more exacting science, I collaborate with the robot to build a ray gun.

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I would rate his skill and efficiency a 9.8.

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Now, to test the Sim Ray.

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I recruited this co-worker to volunteer for human trials.

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First, to test the freeze ray setting.

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Encased in .6 meter thick ice.  Calibration correct.

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But a hand escaped.  Need to upgrade the perimeter detectors.

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Now to test the Transformer Setting.

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The machine’s output is at about 690 on the electromagnetic spectrum; as Ewan would say, the light is oversaturated.  Visible, but oversaturated.

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A supervisor type reprimanded me for using the chemistry equipment as a variable in my experimentation with the Transformer setting on the Sim Ray.

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I put in some necessary time doing menial tasks.

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At home, I find my father is still struggling with his goal to improve his fitness.

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And taking a little too much medicine, as evidenced by the glazed look in his eyes and lack of control of fine motor.

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Day Three:  Leonard, one of my co-workers, responds to a flirtatious remark with anger.  Interesting.

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Will a smooth apology be effective to change his attitude?

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What type of interaction would facilitate a reciprocal flirt, I wonder?

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Perhaps the critical variable is time of day, or location.  I enter the lab after lunch.  Subject’s demeanor is already more receptive than in the morning.

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Note:  Subject does not respond positively to a second flirt.

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Trial 3:  Planned Ignoring of Subject.

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Gameplay Notes:

  • Elise got a terrible review her first day in the Science career because she spent most of the day caring for the plants.  She got a sad moodlet soon after arriving (she is a moody sim) and wanted to water them with her tears.

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  • Alexander, even after having Youth Potion, continues to be tired a lot.  He had a terrible case of nausea and I had him order medicine and take it, but it said he was taking too much medicine, and he got a dazed mood!  He is taking his 7 or 8 days of paid vacation, and then he will retire.  No more work days for Alexander.

9 Comments so far:

  1. cathytea says:

    So much amazingness here!

    First, I adore Elise. I’ve always loved her (that Goth face!), and I find her young adult self so awesome!

    Her comments really had me laughing! Such a precise scientist!

    The colleague/chump looks so much like Amber! (Silduun’s soul sister and colleague) I suppose it’s just coincidence–her name isn’t Amber, is it?

    And isn’t it amazing how some Sims struggle with elderhood? Poor Alex! I’ve had some Sims who sail through it with little to no fatigue, and some who are wiped out by it. I think it depends in part on fitness–but there seem to be other factors, too.

    • The scientist who looks like Amber and tried the synthetic food is named Brynlee in my game. I noted her name, but didn’t think Elise would necessarily call her by it, when I was writing it.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Elise and that she made you laugh. She makes me laugh too.

      Poor Alex, he gave so much through his life so Delaney and the kids could succeed, that although he did finish his first aspiration, Computer Whiz, he hasn’t always gotten to follow his whims as much as some of the others. But I don’t know if that is the reason he is less healthy, because he still had about 10,000 aspiration points. Maybe it is mainly the lack of exercise. Whatever it is, his health hasn’t been good. I’m hoping he’s still going to improve though; I want him and Delaney to stick around a while and want him to be happy.

      Thanks for commenting!

      • cathytea says:

        I have such a soft spot for all the incarnations of Alex Goth. He is such a generous Sim. Hope he and Delaney have plenty of time together still.

  2. Echo Weaver says:

    I see you’re finding Elise’s voice! This was such a funny chapter. I loved the dry snark.

    I do feel for Alex, though I really like that all Sims don’t have the same Elderhood. Some of it may just be random, like in life. You can manage some of your health risk factors, but it’s no guarantee.

  3. Carla says:

    Aw, a bad review? But Elise is so obviously a scientist through and through! Maybe she needs to work on her people skills a little bit as well. 😉

    Alexander really sounds ready to retire! I’m glad he’ll have some more time to himself soon enough.

    • I definitely agree she needs work on her people skills- she’s gloomy, mean, and self-assured. But Elise doesn’t really see any need to work on them, that’s how I see her. 🙂

  4. moondansr says:

    Elise has a super fun to watch attitude and voice. She was the focus of the first post I ever read here and it has to be right around the corner from this one. Having to work with gloomy, mean and self-assured I think you did a great job of still making her likable. I can’t wait to see what her future as an adult holds.

    • Yay, I’m glad you are almost caught up to where you started! Thank you so much for all your comments! I’m really glad that Elise has worked out to be the way she is– as you say, likable in spite of her traits which could be perceived as negative. It makes it much easier to write than if she were not likable, that’s for sure.

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