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Sea Monster Smiles

Take Me to the Moon 6.17

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Narrated by Alyse Weaver Tesla

It was hard grieving both Zoe and my mom at the same time, and it felt like we hadn’t felt light-hearted in ages.  Fearghus talked to our baby all the time, and checked on me constantly, but he was still sad. I think it made it harder to let Zoe go, with Fox being so young.  Fearghus almost seemed more sad about Fox losing their mom, than Fox did.  Perhaps, as an adult, Fearghus knew what having a mom had meant to him all his life, and Fox, as a child, just accepted this was the way things were for him.

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One morning, while he and Fox ate breakfast, Fox cleared his throat.  Fearghus slowly looked up from his eggs.

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“I’ve been thinking,” Fox said.  “We should have everyone over.”

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Aubree was the first to arrive.  Our mom had died recently, too, and she still looked very sad.

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Fearghus called to her, and she jumped into the pool.

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Then Misa, followed by his little sister, Sakura, arrived.

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Misa seems like a very confident child.

 

While Sakura is always watching everyone, especially her big brother.

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After a bit, Fox called Aubree back over, and the kids started splashing each other.  Finally, I saw a smile start to break out on my sister’s face.

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Fearghus came out, asked me if I wanted to nap, and offered to take the kids to the beach.

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The kids were very excited about the outing.  Aubree grabbed fishing poles, and all the kids took off running down the hill towards Felicity’s house.  It’s a good thing Fearghus is in good shape, so he could keep up with them.

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Fearghus told me later that Fox started telling Aubree and his cousins about the sea monster that lived offshore.  Aubree, who would be a teen soon, was too polite to tell him that was preposterous,

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and Sakura said, “Have you ever seen it?”

Fox had to admit he hadn’t, since Fearghus was standing right there, and he knows the truth.

“But it’s there,” he declared.

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When they returned to the house, Fiona, Yuki, and Elizabeth had arrived.  Fiona saw how sad Fearghus looked in the eyes, and gave her younger cousin a big hug.

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And then there were hugs for everyone.

“The dishwasher is leaking,” I told Fearghus.  “And all the faucets.”  He told me not to worry about it, and set to work.

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The kids went out back to play.

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I noticed Aubree wasn’t joining in, and looked really sad.

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So I started pretending to be the sea monster.

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She finally grinned, and I asked her if she wanted to feel the baby kick.

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It was so good to see her smile.

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Meanwhile, Fearghus was fixing faucets and mopping puddles.  When I came back into the house, I cat called at him and he laughed.

“Let me clean up first,” he said, when he saw the twinkle in my eye.

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“I thought that’s what you were doing already,” I laughed.  He struck a pose for me, a little taste of things to come.

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As soon as he finished showering, I cornered him outside the bathroom door.

He swept me into his arms.

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***

The next morning, Sunday, Fearghus started his family leave.   We expected our little one to make his or her appearance any moment, and he didn’t want to be away from me for a second.  I asked Fox if he wanted to cloudgaze, while we were waiting.

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The whole day went by, and no baby yet.  We put Fox to bed, and as I wondered what labor would be like, and if I could get through it, I missed my mom so much.

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I decided to plink on the piano keys idly for a while, and Fearghus kept me company.

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Just as I was about to lie down for a nap, the contractions got very intense.  I was sure this was it.

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Our son was born in the small, dark hours, just before the dawn.  We named him Grayson.

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Fearghus didn’t put him down for hours.  I was happy, but exhausted.  I finally got my nap.

 

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Gameplay Notes:

  • Maddi was there for the birth and kept the new parents company for sim hours after Grayson was born.  I tried to have Fearghus show Grayson to her, but the interaction wouldn’t work. I wonder if it does work with ghosts?

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She got a pretty close-up view of her new Great, Great, Great, Great, Great grandson, though.

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  • Adorable Default Replacement Baby by Martine
  • I’ve added a lot of CAS CC in the past few days, so I updated my Game Modifications page.
  • The new CC is part of the reason Fearghus is going around without a shirt for so much of this post, because I was enjoying the new Bod-E CC (male upper body) by LumiaLoverSims
  • Fearghus was really confident after fixing two toilets, a sink, a dishwasher, a tub, and a shower!  I love the “Suave Kiss,” they can do when they are confident.  Good thing he had family leave though, because it took all day Saturday to fix all that!
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13 Comments so far:

  1. chealsycat says:

    Grayson is adorable! <3

  2. cathytea says:

    Grayson’s so adorable! And I really liked seeing all the kids. Aubree is super cute! I love that hair for girls.

  3. Me too, I like Aubree’s hair. That was the hair she came with and I thought it was awesome. I’m pretty excited about Grayson and his future… whatever it’s going to be, I’m sure it’s going to be great.

  4. Echo Weaver says:

    Grayson at last!

    So nice to see the other children in the next generation! I’m disappointed that both of Fiona’s kids got normal skin and blond hair. I want to see one with Fiona’s skin and Yuki’s hair!

    I just love those eyes and the baby replacement.

    • Hi Susan, thanks for commenting! It has taken forever for Grayson to get here, between the slow conception and deaths, and then waiting for the poll to end so he could be born! As for Fiona’s kids, I’m curious if Fiona’s skintone will skip a generation and show up in grandkids. Or maybe they’ll still have another child. I don’t like the way Sims 4 does skintone genetics because Fiona and Yuki’s are on opposite ends, so their kids, as I understand it, could get any tone between their two tones and I think that means the chance of them getting the same tone as their parents is pretty low.

      • Echo Weaver says:

        Sims 3 managed to fail and skintone genetics too. I’ve been playing with a mod to make it work the way it should always have worked so long that I forget how bad the base system is. I wonder if there’s a mod to fix this in Sims 4.

        In Sims 3, all skin colors are on color sliders, so you have two data items: color and darkness. For some stupid reason, EA just decided to inherit directly from one of the parents. So a super-pale parent and a super-dark parent would routinely have one super-dark twin and one super-light one in the same pregnancy.

        The mod, which has been around for ages, separate the two settings. So baby inherits a color slider and then the darkness is calculated between the darknesses of the parents. A light purple skin and a dark brown skin could produce a darkish purple skin. It works really nicely.

        Since you’re using more CC and replacements now, I wonder if this skintone behavior can be fixed in Sims 4.

  5. Susan, great comments and questions. I found this explanation for why Yuki’s haircolor hasn’t been inherited- http://getsimplyruthless.blogspot.com/2014/09/its-all-in-genes-sims-4-genetics-system.html. I’m ambivalent about that- your Avalon has inherited skintones and hair colors that don’t “occur in nature,” and its nice your sims can inherit them. I’m going to keep a look out for a mod for genes.

  6. Carla says:

    That is crazy that Maddi is still showing up after all these generations! Wow! I’m glad to see another Tesla generation come into the world. I think it’ll be fun for Fox too. I know Grayson is actually his nephew but due to their ages, they’re probably going to be more like brothers.

    Did Grayson win the poll or did you just pick your favourite from the suggested names? Just curious!

  7. Grayson! What a perfect name. You know it took me until now to see that you were doing an alphabet thing with the generations, lol!

    Bod-E indeed! That looks great on Fearghus! I downloaded the tops as non-default to put on a couple of my guys. Tyler certainly comes to mind. 😉

    I love how manly they get after fixing stuffs around the house, too. It’s super cute. <3

  8. I liked all the name nominations, and I was happy with the name Grayson when it won the poll. I think it is going to suit the little guy. That reminds, me, I need to roll for his traits before I open the game again!

    LumiaLoverSims’ skin blends and replacements look so good. I put the skin blend Ooh Smoothish 2 back in the test game and like you said, it seems to work fine. I haven’t added Bod-E back in yet though. That suave kiss is so much fun, I almost put in the mod to make it always available, but decided I would abuse it too much.

    Thanks for commenting!

  9. maisie says:

    Oh Fearghus… running down the beach isn’t enough, he has to do some push-ups. Yeah, I’d say that the new shirtless body/top is perfect for him! He looks great, I can see why Alyse was flirting with him! And good timing, now that Grayson has arrived (SO CUTE! those cheeks! OH MY!), they won’t have as much free time/energy for that passtime.

    I like that Fox will have Grayson to grow up with, I hope that they end up close to one another. It was also nice to see all the kids, and wow on Maddie. It’s nice that she is able to pop in and check on her family, and I cannot believe how many generations you have completed, that is a load of ‘greats’ before you get to grandson! Impressive!

    Fox talking excitedly about the sea monster is my favorite picture, his expression is just so authentic and adorable, I can barely take the cuteness!

  10. Ha, Fearghus is so funny; even though he has long since completed the Bodybuilder aspiration it still is who he is, always working out or jogging or doing push-ups autonomously. I’m hoping he’s going to be really long-lived! Alyse and he will have an adjustment, now that they’ve got Fox and Grayson to care for. I’m looking forward to getting back into the game today or tomorrow and seeing what Grayson looks like when he grows up and what his traits will be.

    Maddi’s urn is in the crypt under the house, and it seems like most nights she roams. I don’t see any of the other ghosts nearly as much as her, don’t know why, but I do think she’s got higher relationships with everyone that any of the other ghosts. I posted on Tumblr, Zoe came out but she was really angry, I think about her bed being moved, and she fussed at Fox, which was really awful and totally uncharacteristic of her.

    There really is a sea monster out in that bay, which you can very occasionally see if you watch for it. I’ve seen it once. With the sea monster interaction at the jungle gym and the fact that they live on the ocean, I had fun imagining Fox intrigued with the sea monster, glad you enjoyed his enthusiastic telling of the tale!

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