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All the grown-ups were preparing for the wake, scurrying around, getting dressed, and Desmond was free to be sad without having to talk to anyone.
Before they brought in the piano, Elise had seen him crying, but she hadn’t said anything to him.
Alexander had quietly stood and stared at their father’s urn, from across the room, before the guests arrived.
Once everyone arrived, there was an odd busy-ness, people coming and going, chatting and laughing, then suddenly going quiet.
Even though Bella had hired a bartender, he didn’t seem to take the job very seriously, so she ended up serving guests while Elise worked on her extra credit, without being asked. Of course, Elise always did her extra credit without being asked.
Eliza Pancakes said something inappropriate to Alexander. For a prim and proper person, she certainly didn’t ascribe to the idea that the true purpose of good manners was putting others at ease.
Bella had hired Bob Pancakes to cater, but he wasn’t doing his job, either, so Delaney quickly baked a cake.
Ewan, who was usually virtually a recluse, was telling jokes to his cousin Cassandra and some of the guests, including Mr. Lothario and Mr. Hammond.
Thankfully, Ryleigh also started helping Delaney and Bella, because Bob Pancakes, the caterer, did nothing but eat.
He didn’t even offer any sympathy to Bella, in her loss.
Alexander looked like he was going to say something to Bob, but he never did.
Someone had taken it upon himself to cheer Desmond, and was telling him jokes in Elise’s room.
Alexander learned that Rianna has an evil streak.
Most of the guests stayed in the kitchen. No one ventured out to look at Mortimer’s urn.
Elise and Rianna conversed for quite a while.
And, with the rented piano just sitting there, unused, Ewan took the opportunity to play the piano for the first time.
By the time guests were leaving, Alexander had had enough, was feeling peeved, and was angrily spraying the bushes.
Only Cassandra, Delaney, and Elise were left in the kitchen. Delaney called a maid service to come in the next day, too tired to deal with the mess.
And took off for a jog, instead. She always felt better after a jog, and she needed a little more improvement in her fitness, to be eligible for the promotion to the top rank in the Space Ranger career.
Maddi came in to the house that night, Confident from viewing Delaney’s new statue.
And Bella went to bed without even changing out of her clothes. Alone.
I let everyone interact pretty much autonomously at the wake; there was so much going on anyway.
Notes & Outtakes:
WHOA! I just found out that Mortimer and Eliza were lovebirds. Here I was, concerned about Bella’s side flirtations, and all the time Mortimer was carrying on a romantic relationship with Eliza Pancakes. I learned this after writing this post, while making my sims data spreadsheet. I was checking each character’s relationship panels for friends, enemies, romantic interests, and there in Eliza’s, it says “Lovebirds,” under Mortimer Goth! I wonder what she said to Alexander during the wake. I just caught in Alexander’s queue something like, “react to inappropriate comment,” and showed Eliza.
Mortimer also apparently made a pass at Ryleigh at some point, or vice versa, because they have a romantic interest relationship bar, although it reads, “Just Friends.” That means there was at least one attempt at a romantic interaction at some point.
Bella got in a flirty mood after the wake.
Right after Mortimer’s death, when she was “crying it out” in the bed, she wanted to “Become Flirty.”
About the strange guy telling Desmond jokes in Elise’s room: I wish EA would tune the gameplay so that grown-ups that aren’t in the family wouldn’t go into kids’ rooms. It drives me nuts, especially since I teach safety curriculum at school that includes, don’t be alone without your grown-up buddy (parent or trusted adult).