Take Me to the Moon 5.27
Although no crispness crept into the air, and the leaves did not change, or float to the ground, it was time for Halloween at the Tesla’s house.
Everyone emerged from a fog of grief for Alexander, just in time to plan a Halloween costume party before Fiona and Felicity became teenagers. Zoe came home a few hours early from work that day, to help Delaney prepare for the festivities.
Without her help, and the help of CT, caterer extraordinaire, the house, refreshments, and costumes would not have been ready in time. The first guest to arrive was Rianna, Ryleigh’s daughter. Rianna was heavily pregnant and dressed up as a mail carrier for the party. Rumor had it that Eric Lewis was her baby’s father.
Dennis’ wife, Adrianna Walker Tesla, who was not ready to take a break from her law enforcement career to have babies yet, was next to arrive, not yet in costume. Her husband, Dennis Tesla, wearing a llama costume, made her smile.
Everyone sat down to enjoy cheese eyeballs and sugar cookies. Delaney, at the head of the table, looked around. Ethan had dressed as Darth Vader, while Adrianna, across from him, was now dressed as Boba Fett. Ranen and Elise wore coordinated centurion outfits, and Eleanor Simsfan wore a Star Trek captain’s costume.
Cassandra Goth, following her mother’s long tradition of arriving fashionably late, had dressed to match Delaney’s witch costume, and felt quite chipper.
Eric’s girlfriend, Rachel Arias, was pregnant like her sister Rianna, and dressed as Aayla Secura, the Jedi. She was carrying hers and Eric’s first child, and Delaney’s third grandchild.
Zoe was dressed beautifully as a fairy, but had unfortunately come down with some kind of sickness right as the party started.
“Doesn’t Rachel hate children?” Elise asked her little brother, Eric, with barely concealed glee.
Eric just looked at her through the slits in his ninja costume, glad that she could not read his expressions.
Fiona was dressed as a deckhand pirate, while Felicity was dressed as a pirate captain.
How many deckhands through the centuries had dreamed of wreaking havoc on their captain without repercussions?!
Fiona the unruly deckhand laughed in the face of order and authority.
Felicity, who was quite mature, and completely ready for her teen birthday tomorrow, was peeved with Fiona’s silliness.
But it wasn’t long before her cousin’s lighthearted mirth infected her, too.
Alexander joined the party, giving Delaney a bit of a start.
“It’s just me,” he reassured her. “I’m not really angry, I’m just dressed as an angry ghost.”
“How do you like my costume?” he asked proudly.
Eric had moved to the poolside, partly to get away from Elise’s pestering, but she followed him there.
“I’m just saying, having her bear your progeny doesn’t appear to be the most forward-thinking,” she said. “How do you know she won’t eat your young?” she persisted.
“Rachel is going to fine,” he said. “And it’s none of your business, anyway.”
“Ok, ok,” Elise said, backing off, at least for the moment.
Ewan decided to carve a pumpkin. “Impressive,” he said. “Most Impressive.”
Delaney and her sister-in-law were giggling, sounding more like schoolgirls than cackling witches.
“Look at us, what a pair we make,” Delaney laughed.
They scampered off into the house and rummaged through the family albums, looking for pictures from the first costume party they planned so long ago.
“Here it is!” Delaney squealed. “Look, there’s Aunt Cacey behind us, but I can’t see her face.”
“Look at you and Alexander, so young,” Cassandra said.
“And Ryleigh was dressed as a clown before she changed into her swimsuit,” Delaney added. “I wish she were here tonight. Where were you??”
“I was in the living room reading a book, changed back into my everyday clothes,” she said. “I was in a gloomy mood that day.”
“Well,” Delaney said, “I just remember you’re the one that convinced me to stop working on Earhart and throw a party.”
Cassandra and Delaney returned to the party. Delaney noticed CT had joined them on the patio. “Have you met CT? CT, this is Cassandra Goth.”
CT smiled at Cassandra. “Another instance of me once lived in a houseful of hippies with your brother,” she said.
Cassandra’s mouth dropped.
“Did I say something wrong?” CT asked, looking concerned.
Cassandra looked thoughtful, and Delaney and CT wondered if she would speak. “I just remember my dad speaking that way sometimes,” she finally said. “He would say, “Another instance of myself,” or “in another existence.”
“I’m so glad we met,” Cassandra said earnestly, after a long pause. “Especially if you knew any instance of my brother.”
As the party wound down, after Delaney and Cassandra cleaned up, everyone joined Elise and Ewan, who were quietly sitting at the spot where Alexander had taken his last breaths.
- Rianna and Rachel & Eric’s babies are a result of MC Command Center, and I am so excited that Ryleigh’s family will continue, and especially that Delaney & Alexander share a grandchild with their best friends. I am hoping Adrianna and Dennis will soon conceive, since I also want Cacey’s line to continue.
- There was barely enough time between the end of the grief buffs, and school & work, and getting everyone’s needs met, to throw the party. But I thought it would be really fun for Fiona and Felicity to have a costume party while they were still kids.
- CT, one of CathyTea’s simselves, is the best caterer yet in the game. She has always happily churned out party food, unlike all the other caterers I’ve tried, either playables or not.
- The family had a wake (technically, a black & white party) for Alexander, but I didn’t feel there was anything about it that required being posted. It was kind of funny that there was a glitch, and every female guest showed up in the black zippered gloves. Here’s the bartender modeling said gloves.
And CT, the caterer, wore them,
And Adrianna Walker wore them.
Also, that was my last sighting of John or Shannon Simsfan, for this game. I got their death notice after the party.