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Take Me to the Moon 6.20

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Before they knew it, Alyse and Fearghus were parenting a child, instead of a baby.   Grayson was a neat and persnickety child, and he loved to listen to his mother read.

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Alyse was known to skip a few pages from time to time, to get to the good parts.  And sometimes Alyse would get so absorbed in the story, she would forget to read out loud.

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Grayson would wait to see if she was just reading ahead to prepare to dramatize the story, or if she had just gotten lost in it.  He looked forward to being able to read for himself.  His curiousity made him want to grab the book and look for himself.  But Grayson was a child with a precocious level of restraint who preferred to do everything with a plan.

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“Mommy…” he chided, “you’re doing it again.”  He gave her a charming smile.

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“Um, just a second,” Alyse said, unable to tear her eyes from the page.  “Where were we?” and then she continued to read to Grayson.

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All too soon, it was bedtime for little boys, and Alyse closed the book, and tucked Grayson in.

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Fearghus showed up at work the next morning with a tense moodlet.   Since Grayson had been born and famiy leave had ended, Fearghus felt so disconnected from Alyse.

Fearghus had been working hard for a promotion, but he was too distracted by thoughts and fears.  What was Alyse doing at home?  Did she miss him?  Did she ever even think of him?  Maybe she didn’t even feel she needed him anymore?

Fearghus took a shot of focused potion before going into work to help get his mind off his insecurities.

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   When he checked in, he saw a familiar name on the first patient’s chart.  Josh Grayson, why did that name ring a bell?

Fearghus remembered after a few moments.  His girlfriend before Alyse, Elsa Bjergsen, had married Josh.  As he looked at the chart, Fearghus’ insecurities started to overwhelm him again.  He started to think, totally irrationally, since he broke up with Elsa to pursue a relationship with Alyse.  Elsa had chosen this guy over Fearghus, maybe she had said something bad to him about Fearghus?  Maybe Josh already thought poorly of Fearghus?

Fearghus decided to upgrade the X-ray machine instead of attending to Josh Grayson right away.

Then Fearghus put on his best doctor bravado and entered the ward.

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He checked Josh’s temperature, his eyes, and his ears.   Clearcut case of Llama Flu, with the orange rash, the sneeze, and the cough.

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“I have good news and bad news,” Fearghus announced triumphantly, hoping Josh would be impressed with his medical acumen.

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“You have the llama flu, and you need to submit to a treadmill test.”

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“Which one’s the good news?” Josh wondered.

Treadmill tests are not necessary, and are, in fact, contraindicated, when you’ve already got a compelling diagnosis of llama flu.  The truth was, Fearghus had a quota of treadmill tests he had to do to complete his current professional development goals.  Not to mention, he wouldn’t mind taking Josh down a peg.

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He was young and healthy; a little jog wouldn’t hurt him.

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The intern followed Fearghus back to the ward to administer the llama flu shot.  Josh did not look pleased with his medical care.

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But after his vaccination, he was good as new.

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Fearghus, on the other hand, felt embarrassed that he’d succumbed to his fears and acted unprofessionally. He refocused himself on upholding the ethical standards of the medical profession.

He cheerfully greeted his next patient, Iris Hunt.  She was complaining of a headache.

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For now, Alyse said she preferred having free time to practice music, caring for Fox and Grayson, and building relationships with their large extended family, instead of starting a career yet.

“Since Zoe is gone, I feel like it’s my responsibility to reach out to everyone,” Alyse said.

So as soon as Fearghus arrived home from work, Alyse said, “Come on, we’re meeting everyone over at the bunker, to check on Elise.”

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They held a mini-reunion on the sidewalk before knocking on the door.

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Fearghus, who had just become an RN, and now knew how to determine a baby’s gender before birth, was checking for Felicity, for her baby.

“I think it is a girl,” Fearghus said.

Felicity, always quiet and reserved, thought about her little girl, soon to be born.

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Inside, Ashlee had heard that Fearghus might be able to tell the gender of her baby, and asked him to try.

“It’s a girl,” Fearghus said.

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Ashlee was so excited, she looked like she was saying a prayer of gratitude.   Fearghus was glad the news made her so happy.

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Elizabeth and Dr. Tesla hadn’t come in yet; they were busy catching up on the sidewalk.  Elizabeth was full of stories about all her friends and their adventures.  Although she was an adult now, she had not settled down to have a family yet.

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When Dennis did come inside, he found Elise, and asked how she was doing.   Dennis was the last family member still alive from Delaney’s generation, and he, Elise, and Eric were all elders.

Fearghus found his aunt Elise, and asked if she’d like to sit and talk.

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Meanwhile, Felicity and Fiona, who had grown up together as sisters, caught up on each others’ news.  TS4_x64 2016-06-24 11-43-57-95

After a few minutes, Eric’s wife, Rachel, joined Fearghus and Elise.  A long time ago, Elise had inferred she and Eric wouldn’t last long; or at least, Rachel wouldn’t make a good mother to Ashlee, but they had stayed together, all these years.

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Elise and Rachel had a solid respect for each other, but not much to talk about.  What was more of a mystery, was what Eric and Rachel had found in common all these years.  It seemed to be more a case of opposites attracting, with Eric being a bit of a slob who liked to collect things, and eat, and Rachel being interested in having lots of romantic relationships, being neat and hating children.  Whatever it was they’d made it work, and stayed together on good terms all these years.

Elise was impressed.

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“Aunt Elise,” Fearghus ventured, “I”m so sorry about Uncle Ranen.  We didn’t know.”TS4_x64 2016-06-24 11-47-21-28

“I wish you had told us he was sick, maybe I could have done something to help.”

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Inside, Grayson was bragging to his cousin, Sakura, that he’d stolen a book from the Pancake household.

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Sakura was wondering how he even managed that, but more than that, she was concerned about his future.

“You’re going to end up in jail,” she told him crossly.

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She went outside, and a moment later, Alyse came in, looking for Grayson.

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Fox needed help with his homework, and Fearghus helped him, while Alyse took Grayson in the other room to lecture him on his misbehavior.

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“It was just lying on the playground,” Grayson assured his mom.  He had swiped the book while at the playground, where he had gone, by himself, while everyone was arriving at Aunt Elise’s house.

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“Sit down, son,” Alyse told him.

“There are several problems here.  First, you crossed the street without asking permission from anyone!  You could have been run over, or been unsafe by yourself at the playground.”

She went on to explain that taking something you find, especially when it has a name in it, is stealing.  Especially when you brag about stealing it, to your cousin.

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Grayson thought about what to do or say.  He personally felt that if the Pancakes had left the book at the playground, they must not care too much about it.  But obviously, his mom was very concerned about this.

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“We are going to return that book,” Alyse told him. “It’s the right thing to do.”

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Grayson was very disappointed.  He had felt so happy to get away with taking the book, and telling the story to Sakura.  Why did his mom have to be so unhappy about it, and mess it all up?

Gameplay Notes:

  • Grayson has the kleptomaniac trait.  While the family was arriving at the Teslas, I got the message that he had successfully swiped an item.  I clicked on him, and found him across the street at the playground, looking smug, with a Writing book in his inventory, “stolen from the Pancakes household.”  I don’t know if there was a sim there and he picked their pocket, or if it was lying around.  He also started autonomously bragging about the thrill of the steal, to Sakura, and not long after, Alyse came in with “Lecture about Misbehavior” in her contextual wheel.  Here’s Sakura’s reaction to Grayson telling her about the thrill of the steal:
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  • Fearghus and Alyse haven’t really had any time together since his family leave ended, and he’s feeling really insecure.  Josh didn’t cause him to get an insecure moodlet, but I still thought it would be a funny and likely response he might have to meeting Elsa’s husband.  Fearghus did have a compelling diagnosis before the treadmill test, but I was waiting for a goal to diagnose a patient to appear, so he could get credit for it, and he had a goal to give a treadmill test.  He felt embarrassed after giving the treadmill test.
  • Upgrading the laser lens on the x-ray machine gave Fearghus a confident moodlet, and allows the x-ray tests to be completed quicker.  He cracked me up with his confident stance meeting Josh.
  • Fearghus got his promotion to R.N, so he is now able to “determine baby’s gender,” which means he can tell what it is, not decide it.  Both Ashlee and Felicity are having girls, but their reactions were different.
  • The read to child interaction is so cute, and Alyse really did get absorbed in the book and forget to read out loud for a while, and she did skip pages.  Great detail in that animation!
  • With Fearghus in the active medical career, strategically, I really need Alyse home taking care of the kids and keeping up family ties.  It is so hard to balance everyone’s needs and goals, plus the relationships outside the family, that it’s hard to imagine also managing a career for Alyse.  She hasn’t had any whims yet for a career and she’s working on her musical aspiration by practicing violin and piano in her small amount of spare time.  Any suggestions on careers for Alyse?  She’s a musical genius with very little musical skill, yet, and her traits are goofball, slob, and gloomy.  She’s pretty easy going; I don’t see much effect from the gloomy trait unless she’s interacting with her dad.  Goofball is her predominant trait that comes out day-to-day.

15 Comments so far:

  1. Echo Weaver says:

    Alyse is Goofball and Gloomy? Those traits seem like opposites of each other. I’d have to think hard on how to incorporate both of those traits into the same sim. I guess someone who performs to mask insecurities inside?

    Feargus’s Jealous trait is so entertaining, and you did a delightful job working that in to a funny work anecdote. Funny that Elise’s husband has a surname that matches young Tesla. I assume that Feargus didn’t know that when they decided on the name :).

    Grayson is VERY interesting as a character. A gentleman thief, eh? I’ve always wanted to play a Klepto sim, but none of my sims have ever rolled that trait.

    I’m glad we saw Elise one more time.

    • I think Gloomy and Goofball are mutually exclusive, but apparently a loophole of MC Command Center allowed her to receive both of those. It’s funny, like I said, I rarely see any gloominess with Alyse. The only time I’ve seen it was when she is just autonomously standing around with her dad, and that’s just a serious expression on her face, but she never autonomously shares gloomy feelings like other gloomy sims I’ve had. After watching Alyse in the game all this time, I think of her as someone who has a positive outlook, but not because everything’s been easy or pleasant for her… just because she chooses to be that way. I really don’t see her slob trait either, but I interpret that as her being laid-back. Details and complications, messes in the kitchen, none of it fazes her. She’s a really intriguing sim; the only autonomous behaviors I’ve observed have been her playful ones, so far, but she doesn’t come across silly either.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for adding Iris in the story :), Also the alternate Fearghus I used is Iris’s ex brother-in-law. The alternate Fearghus also has two children from different mothers: Aubrey Tesla (M.) (Teen.) and Maddison Chisholm-Tesla (F) (Child.)

    • Oh, that’s so cool! I am still hoping for the Hunts to become related to the Teslas in my game… their family has really grown. Are you on Tumblr? Right now I have my Simdale Valley save active, but next time I play the Teslas I could get some pictures in Manage Households of the Hunts.

  3. Anonymous says:

    (As you can probably tell I am the same Anonymous who asked that question about the Kim-Lewis-Spencer thing and creator of my 5 gen Sims family the Hunts.)

  4. Carla says:

    Ah, the kleptomaniac trait! Grayson seems like a sweet kid overall, so I guess his compulsion to steal is going to be his cross to bear. It does sound like they’ve expanded the trait from TS3, which is nice. I noticed the new reading to child interactions (new to me, anyway!) and thought they looked really cute too.

    Do you have babysitters in TS4? I can’t remember if that was something they nixed or not. Anyway, for Alyse’s career, maybe she could be a writer? Children’s books, perhaps? She seemed pretty into the book with Grayson and perhaps she’d enjoy creating her own. Is that something she could do from home?

    Wait, who is Ashlee again? I know I’ve seen her before but I can’t remember how she’s related to the Teslas!

  5. Hi Carla! Ashlee is Eric’s daughter with Rachel Arias. Eric is Ewan’s little brother, and Rachel is Delaney’s best friend’s Ryleigh’s daughter. So Ashlee is Fearghus’ first cousin.

    We don’t have a function in the game specifically for babysitters or nannies, but I just invite sims over to babysit and if their relationship is high enough, they’ll stay. Or they could even be added to the household temporarily– Sims 4 works really, really well for that. It doesn’t alter anyone in any way to change their household so I do it for all kinds of things, school updates, visiting relatives, etc.

    Writing is a good idea for Alyse– I really like your idea of her writing children’s books! She was really into the book and she could do that from home. Definitely worth thinking about, thanks!

    Hope you and yours are well, thinking of you!

  6. I am so excited to see how Grayson turns out having the klepto trait! >:) I like that trait on my playable sims, although I find it a bit annoying to manage when I’m not controlling the klepto sim. The non-controlled kleptos always seem to steal at the most random and nonsensical times.

    Oh man, long work hours are taxing on a jealous sim. They should have made it so that texts and phone calls helped throughout the day, but I’m not surprised it doesn’t work since sometimes even being in the same house can’t alleviate that moodlet, lol!

    If Alyse works on her skill a bit, she can write songs from home and sell them for money.

  7. Oh, that’s a great idea, too, Laura! She has been working on her music, but not getting started till adulthood, and little time, means slow progress. I do like that idea, it is really fun listening to them compose on the guitar or piano.

    The klepto trait can be annoying, when they steal at, as you say, nonsensical times. And really, I think I’m not playing him truly as a compulsive thief but rather a very methodical one. Of course, he does get those “Must steal now” moodlets and then autonomously nab things.

    Yeah, being able to text a significant other would make a lot of sense, with all the social networking and texting that goes on in the game! You should post that idea on the idea thread at the forum, maybe they’ll add it!

  8. Anonymous says:

    No problem 🙂

  9. cathytea says:

    Would Alyse like to be a stand up comic?

    So much to love in this chapter … the read aloud (or silently . .), the insecurity , the family , the funny klepto bit…

    Condolences on Ranen. He was a favorite Sim of mine.

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