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Mischief Managed

Take Me to the Moon 5.30

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One night soon after Delaney died, Alexander came in and made use of his old computer, which Fiona had laid claim to.  He hadn’t seen Delaney around the house, and had seen the tombstone, and wanted to check the blog to see how she had died.   As he had done when he was younger, he hacked the world wide web, and navigated to the Simdale Valley Post.  There, he read about how his daughter had gotten into an all-out brawl with Death.

He went upstairs, found Ewan, and asked him if what he read was a fabrication of artistic license.  Alexander hoped it was all some kind of wild story twist.  Ewan was embarrassed and upset, but he began to tell his dad what he had witnessed the night Delaney died twice.

“You know, Elise was determined to defeat Death, so she had spent a lot of time cultivating a Death Flower,” Ewan explained.  “She brought it to Death, and presented it.  He had to let mom go.”

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“But then, Elise sat down at the table and began just piling insults on him.   You could see in his face, he was appalled at the things she was saying.  I thought he would strike us all dead.  But he didn’t.  In less than half an hour, mom had collapsed on the floor again.  Mom told Elise to let her go.  But after he took Mom’s essence in his palm, that’s when Elise got mad.  She attacked him, and Ranen and I knew she was a goner.  Ranen stayed, but I couldn’t watch.  I left.”

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“Elise is out of control, Dad.  I don’t know what to do.”

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Alexander went out to look at Delaney’s grave.  What had he done wrong?  Why was Elise so full of bitterness and hatred?  He felt responsible; he had set a bad precedence by bringing back the ancestors by hacking the Gallery, and now she was taking things far beyond what he ever dreamed of doing.

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Fiona was not happy with the way her mom was treating the rest of the family.  She saw how her grandparents always cared for everyone, so how did her mom get so selfish?  No one even felt like they knew Elise anymore; certainly no one felt safe talking to her.   Remembering her grandparents, Fiona vowed to herself to follow their example, and choose a different path from her mom.

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First, Fiona found her uncle Ewan, and worked on cheering him up.  She wondered why her mom never seemed to appreciate Uncle Ewan.  After all, he was so creative, and so sensitive.

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Then she found her dad and kept him company while he tended the plants.  Since Elise’s disappointment with the Death Flower, she was neglecting the plants, and many of them had lost their vibrant color.

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She even tried to comfort her mom.

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Delaney was content to leave the drama and angst of the household, and enjoy her rest.  As she and Maddi had often done, she would relax in the kitchen at night, with a cup of tea.

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One night when Elise was eating leftovers alone, she felt a presence in the kitchen.

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She tried to ignore it.

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But it reminded of her of times when she used to get in trouble for being mean to Ewan as a child.  That disappointed parent vibe.

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She felt like her dad and mom wouldn’t be pleased, if they knew about the path she was plotting.  Elise had begun to make discrete inquiries into trafficking illegal substances.  She had Death Flowers, tainted serums, and plans to grow and synthesize more mind-altering substances, as well as biological weapons.

Early the next morning, Ewan was sitting in the graveyard when Elise came in.

“I’m sorry about everything that happened, I was just trying to save mom.  Can we be friends again?”

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Ewan was guarded, but willing to give her a chance.  Maybe she realized how much she had hurt everyone.  But the look as she left, made it hard to trust her.

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She had a few moments to kill before her first job, and decided to toy with the emotions of a passer-by.

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It was so much fun seeing the look on his face.

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Elise left the house at an odd hour that day; she was not headed the lab or the space center.   No one knew that she had quit those jobs.  Instead of pursuing knowledge, she was in pursuit of power, and ready to use her knowledge to get it.

Elise had broken the Tesla mold.

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Gameplay Notes:


  • Alexander is not  a playable ghost, so I thought it seemed like he was up to his old antics again, using his old hacking computer.  Then he checked in with Ewan and Elise, and was embarrassed as he stood at the graves.  (If you aren’t a sims 4 player, yellow signifies embarrassment).  Ewan autonomously began talking with him, but Elise didn’t, so I didn’t have her talk to him.
  • After Delaney died, Elise was left with only one friend, Ranen (her husband).
  • Elise needed to get to level 3 in a third job, and when considering which career to change to, her recent actions led me to the Criminal Career.  I thought she looked a lot like her great-great uncle Barnaby in that last picture, but he was too sweet to get promoted in the Criminal Career.   With traits of mean, self-assured, and gloomy, I think she’ll make a very effective criminal, although Gloomy is a bit of a liability because a playful mood is needed to perform at the highest levels in the Criminal Career.   She gets quite playful with mischief actions, though, which she loves.
  • When she met Ewan in the graveyard, she pick-pocketed him, which was a whim she had related to her new career.

Dennis and Adrianna’s  little girl, Elizabeth, walked by the house.  She’s so cute!

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And here’s Echoweaver’s Simself’s daughter, Alyse, also a beautiful little redhead!  I’m still waiting for Alyse and her mom to walk by so they can meet the family:

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18 Comments so far:

  1. Echo Weaver says:

    Come on Weavers, go out and visit! It would thrill me to see them make it into the story.

    Alexander was a powerful character in this chapter. I love it when the sims write the story for you. I hope Elise can pull back before she is swallowed by the dark side. Only time will tell.

    • Right?! The Weavers must be the only sims that haven’t dropped by. I need to send the Teslas over to their house, I guess.

      I feel the same way, I’d like to see Elise learn from this rather than be consumed by it. She reminds me of Anikin Skywalker. I do plan to send her back to the science career after reaching level 3 in the criminal career, unless the game sways me. But whether she’ll be a scientist for good or evil, is the question.

      • Echo Weaver says:

        BTW: I went and looked up the Malpractice video. That was FABULOUS in more ways than one. I’m a bit surprised I missed it when it was released. I try to keep on top of Sims 4 stuff, though I get sick of all the melodrama on a lot of the forums, so I probably miss good stuff while trying to avoid that.

        • I know I’m certainly a sucker for that kind of bawdy humor. I thought it was hilarious. But I also miss a lot while steadfastly avoiding the drama on the forums! By the way, Alyce’s dad is now “off the market.” Just got a notice in game that he married (but not Alyce’s mom). I think he’s had three kids already, before the marriage, including one of Rihanna’s. Anyway, we invited him to the Tesla’s latest party and he showed up, thankfully not in the pink underwear, but in full clothing.

          Thanks for your comments!

          • Echo Weaver says:

            Aww. So I’m a single mom searching for love, eh? So be it. At least I had a great fling with a really hot guy.

            I finally managed to get a post out. I have a backlog of about eight more, where I have laid out the pictures and have an outline of what will happen, but I haven’t written any text. Writing has just been pulling teeth recently.

  2. Echo Weaver, you were putting so much creative energy into CC creation, maybe that affected your enthusiam for writing? You always have interesting plot strands running through your legacy, and I’m sure that is not always easy to pull off. I read your update and it was great, the part with Gamora and the time machine was great writing.

    Yeah, your simself is pretty resilient though, (I know this from playing her in my special save to get her set up). She makes friends really easily and is a great hacker. I wish she had ended up with TuRok, but I guess it wasn’t to be. I can’t give away things that haven’t happened in the blog yet, but I have plans for Alyce, at least.

  3. maisie says:

    Elizabeth is really pretty!

    And wow on Elise… I did not expect her to go into the criminal career. She is really something. I wonder what her husband would think of this new development. Poor Alexander too, sad when they do pass on and come back as ghosts to see that they can still have feelings over the actions of the living. I feel bad for all those that Elise’s actions is hurting.

    • Maisie, I had thought to put Elise in the medical career for a while, since Renaissance sims have to get to level 3 in 3 careers, (and I really want to play the medical career so badly!) but criminal just really fit for her right now. She’s really putting everyone through a rough time right now, needlessly. Delaney was happy with her life, and content to pass on, but Elise had turned it into a personal vendetta after seeing what happened with Alexander. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Carla says:

    Oh man, Elise really is in quite deep with this thing. Criminal career makes perfect sense for her, especially now. :\ She’s really alienating her family though. Seeing she’s still good with Ranen, I wonder if he can be the one to bring her back from the brink.

    • Thanks for commenting, Carla! I agree, she’s really set herself on a different path now. Ranen has been having whims to go along with her though on dabbling in “mischief,” like trolling forums etc, so I don’t know what’s going to happen with both of them. Gameplay-wise, I found out she can’t access the science equipment now that she’s no longer in that career, so as soon as she reaches level 3, for her aspiration, I’ll switch her back to science. I want to see what she can do with that career, and there’s plenty of scope for exercising her mean and gloomy trait within the science career.

  5. cathytea says:

    Love this chapter! Somehow, I missed the notifications of updates, so I’m late coming here… and I think I may have missed the previous chapter, too, so I’m late with my condolences. How are you holding up after saying good-bye to Delaney?

    And isn’t it something with mean Sims? They just destroy their relationships! I think it hurts them, too, as much as it does the others.

    • Hi Cathytea, I’m so behind on reading, I really look forward to catching up on yours! I felt like Delaney needed to move on, and let everyone else go on with their lives (it’s always scary to me to have anyone leave the lot when a sim is close to death, which she had been for about 3 sim weeks). She had lived a very full and very long life, so I felt good about it. But it was still hard for her to really be gone. I’m really looking forward to developing Fiona & Felicity’s generation further now, though, and all the new cousins including Ryleigh’s grandchildren!

      Yes, mean, gloomy, and self-assured is quite a combination– Elise is deadset and determined on her path and has literally destroyed every relationship except with Ranen, in spite of my efforts (without literally making her do stuff). It is pretty painful to watch. Thanks so much for your comment!

  6. cathytea says:

    Also, I really loved Fiona’s acts of kindness!

  7. Love this! Really nice and your characters are stunning. 🙂

  8. I really liked Elise in the criminal career 😀 seems right for her somehow, especially after her altercation with death itself.. it was sad to see Delaney go, I think in sims 3 they got reset to the start of the elder stage after they get saved from death of old age by death flower so I thought that would happen with Delaney, did not see that coming 🙁

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