Life Goes On, Part II
Take Me to the Moon 5.16
Zoe was first to get pregnant. She had wanted a baby since the honeymoon, but Ewan had been dragging his feet about starting a family. Elise and Ranen, newly joined, had already been trying for a baby, but no luck so far.
Which made Elise sad, and grumpy.
Delaney and Zoe suddenly had a lot more to talk about than ever before.
And they prepared Eric’s old room as a nursery.
Alexander and Delaney were finally going to be grandparents. But their joy was tempered by a weighty decision. After reading about Bella’s disappearance on the blog, for the first time since they had become game aware, they were considering using their knowledge and skills to affect their game. They wondered, whether they should take action, so that their children and grandchildren would have memory of their ancestors.
“It wouldn’t be technically difficult, to hack into the Gallery and bring back my mom,” Alexander said. “The only tricky part is typing in the needed sim id’s correctly with all the cheats to re-make the family ties, and I can do that too.”
I’ve lived most of my life without a relationship bar to my parents and uncle and grandparents, and there’s nothing wrong with me,” Delaney said.
“Well,” Alexander joked softly.
“Ok,” she said. “I understand why you want to do this. We are the last real link for our kids, to their past. Once we’re gone, that link will be gone too.”
“But, what about all the sims, your dad, my uncle Barnaby, and even before then, all the others who had died, and then were culled,” Delaney asked. “What are you thinking?”
Alexander sighed. “I’m not sure. We could just bring back my mom as an elder, which is pretty straightforward. Or we could really go for the whole enchilada, and bring back all the family.”
“If we bring them all back, then almost all of them would be our age or younger. Unless you’re considering using cheats to turn them all into gho-“
“No. That’s not what I’m thinking, “Alexander cut in. He reconsidered. “Is that what you want?”
“No.” Delaney shook her head defiantly.
“So we bring them back, remake the relationship ties, and then get to know each other all over again? How many days do you think we have left?”
Alexander looked at her, “It’s not how many days we have, sweetheart. It’s how many days our children, and their children have, to rebuild all of their legacy.”
Alexander’s phone rang. His sister, Cassandra, was having her elder birthday, and invited them to her party at Goth Manor in the Garden District.
Some people took the realization that Ranen was not from earth, a little difficult to wrap their head around.
But Ranen made light of it by describing that the inevitable Robot Invasion was the real concern.
Elise had a different way of dealing with it when Malcolm Landgraab insulted her, possibly for joining with an alien.
But when her Aunt Cassandra chided her for being mean at her party, she chipped the ice away and freed him.
Finally, Ryleigh Arias, Delaney’s best friend from childhood, got her gray hairs and plenty of wisdom and perspective to go with them.
Elise and Ranen really wanted children. They discussed how division of labor would work for them.
And finally, one morning, Elise caught Ranen in the stairwell of the lab and gave him the happy news.
She had intense morning sickness
And Zoe had it too
Although Zoe, who had never been athletic, had felt well enough to take up Punching Bag training since becoming pregnant.
Delaney felt so sick, she took some leave and worked in her lab at home, with her alien plants.
When Ranen went into work, his first priority was to consult with the Engineering Robot. He knew they had a lot of work ahead of them, perhaps decades of research and development
but he explained they need to engineer a wormhole generator, one he could use to travel home and at least report on the impact of the abductions, here on earth. Maybe even appeal to the authorities to change policy and intervene.
When he got home that night, Elise ran out, and gave him a big welcome home.
Elise got the whim to try for baby as soon as she and Ranen were joined… and now that their baby has been born in game, she got another! I never expected that from her. There’s no room in the house, so it isn’t going to be possible, for the foreseeable future.