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Take Me to the Moon 3.6: One Piece at a Time

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Take Me to the Moon 3.6: One Piece at a Time

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Cacey was at her cubicle, cleaning up paperwork from a completed investigation, when one of the tech guys said, “Hey, got a minute?” and motioned for her to follow him.  
He pulled up a satellite image.  
“They are keeping these under a file called Earhart,” he said.  “I thought you should know.”  He left and Cacey looked through the digital file.  It was obvious they were keeping tabs on Delaney’s rocket competition project, but why?  Was any different than any other amateur project?

When Cacey got home that night, sixteen year-old Delaney was sitting in near darkness, studying one of her many rocket science texts. 
Cacey went to bed, now with a new, more troublesome worry about her ward.  Cacey had worried that Delaney would never make friends, back when she first came to live in Oasis Springs.  But in middle school, Delaney had found Ryleigh and Alexander, and they, along with Cassandra, Alexander’s sister, had become a little group.
At Delaney’s last birthday party, Alexander was swimming and the girls were in the kitchen.  Cacey noticed the tone of the girls’ chatter shift suddenly, and her ears perked up.
Cassandra had given a look at Ryleigh, and Ryleigh had said, “tell her.”  Delaney wanted to know what they were talking about.  
“Alexander likes you,” Cassandra said.
Delaney had talked to Ryleigh about Alexander before.  She had told her never to tell anyone, because it would never be an issue.  But she had told her she liked him, not just as a friend.

Ryleigh and Cassandra watched while Delaney reconciled her brain to this new reality, the one in which Alexander liked her too.

When Alexander came in, Ryleigh suddenly became intrigued with her garlic noodles, and Cassandra silently left the kitchen.
“What’s going on?” Alexander said, turning to see Delaney looking at him with a funny look.
Delaney said, “nothing,” but she started watching Alexander with a new level of attention to detail.

The next morning at 5:00 AM, Delaney was back to her daily routine.  Early morning run, push-ups, and then either studying rocketry or working on a part or circuit before school.

Her run always gave her time to let the puzzle pieces of information in her brain find the right spot, and kept her focus sharp.   But she noticed this morning, even when she tried to push back the thoughts of Alexander, but they wouldn’t stay neatly away.
While she was scrambling eggs, she thought about him.  
There was only one thing to do.  First thing after school, she threw herself into a new part of the rocket she had been putting off.  
The nozzle expansion ratio of her rocket would be an important factor in the overall thrust ratio, and she had been deliberating for weeks, as she pored over books and equations, which approach she would take.  Now she made up her mind and set to work.  

At 5:00 AM, Cacey came out to find Delaney still working.
Delaney had never needed much sleep, especially for a teenager, but Cacey had never seen her work through the night before. 

Just before dawn, Delaney went in to bed, exhausted, but knowing that a key piece of her rocket was done, and done well.

Delaney has the Never Weary reward trait, like Beatrice had, later in life.  It is so awesome, they can get so much done through the night!

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13 Comments so far:

  1. Carla says:

    My sims also have the Never Weary trait sometimes, because I'm so addicted to maxing motives. πŸ˜‰

    But aw, I wondered if things between Delaney and Alexander might ever turn romantic and it looks like they might. I'll be curious to see how this all goes and how Ryleigh and Cassandra will feel about it if anything eventuates.

    • Ha, max motives! When I first started this legacy I did great with my intentions of not cheating on needs, but lately have been using "fillmotive motive_[need]" quite a bit. Delaney has morning person, night person, and never weary, but it took all of her teen years to complete upgrades on her rocket. (Morning person and night person let sims skill faster at those times). In Sims 2, though, I found the more I tried to tell stories on the blog the more I used maxmotives, or I would get bogged down in filling needs too much.

      Good question about how Ryleigh and Cassandra would feel if Delaney gets together with Alexander. I think the main question is, would any of her friends put up with her spending all her time upgrading/building her rocket through her teen years! She basically went to school, did homework, and worked on her rocket, with short breaks to socialize with Ryleigh, Cassandra, and Alexander. I did post a costume party she held, on Tumblr, it was fun.

    • Actually the costume party is going up on Tumblr this afternoon and tomorrow (Fri/Sat); it hasn't posted yet. But also, I forgot to say, thanks for reading and commenting, Carla!

  2. retromaisie says:

    I tried commenting a few days ago and it was not cooperating with me, trying again on my PC this time. πŸ™‚

    Alexander is absolutely adorable, so I am positively thrilled at the prospect of them dating! She is super adorable checking him out on the sly too. Curious about the aerials of the rocket that Cacey was shown, very curious!

  3. Sorry about the issue with the comments, Maisie, thanks for trying again. It wasn't very clear, but the staff at Cacey's job were showing Cacey aerials of Delaney's rocket, because it is not your average high school rocket competition vehicle, lol. I just thought it was a fun picture, looked like a satellite picture, and then trying to tie in that it is going to be a launch worthy rocket able to carry a human in to orbit and bring them back, which isn't typical for amateur rocketry.

    Thanks for reading, Maisie!

  4. Echo Weaver says:

    I was really caught by the hook at the beginning of the post about Delaney's rocket. I figure it was because it was a remarkable rocket, but I wondered if there was something more :).

    • Susan, thanks for reading and commenting! I should have tied up that hook about the rocket– maybe I'll edit it for later readers. Thanks for the input.

      My thinking was that Cacey works for a government spy agency, and if an amateur was building a rocket that could be piloted into space, in a suburban neighborhood, the government satellites would pick up on it and monitor it. Plus I really liked the straight-down view of the hood!

  5. whattheplum says:

    I really love the slow building romance between these two. πŸ™‚ Also, what a great character Delaney is!

    • Thanks so much! I'm glad you like Delaney; I am pretty biased about her πŸ™‚ And you know how those legacy romances go– usually a slow romance means waiting to try for baby till the second date!

  6. ivanasims says:

    I like Delaney so much! She is smart and determined! A romance between her and Alexander Goth would be really nice. The Goths are my favourite long time Sim family. Since Sims 1.

  7. Ariadne2001 says:

    What’s the never wear trait?

  8. Sophia, Never Weary is a reward trait they can buy with aspiration points, and it makes them need less sleep. πŸ™‚

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