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Delaney came back from her first mission to the alien planet, Sixam, to find her youngest child, Eric, no longer in his bassinet, but a few years older.
Eric was an inquisitive, creative little kid, and when Delaney enthused about how much she loved going on space missions, he seemed a little distressed at the idea. After all, his mom had missed his whole life up till now!
Delaney told him that she had installed a portal on Sixam that would allow her to come and go, in what seemed like no time at all. She would actually be gone, from Eric’s point of view, fewer hours than if she were going to a job! Eric was happy to hear that, but until he saw her leave and come right back, he wasn’t going to be convinced.
Delaney soon noticed that Eric loved nothing more than listening to music.
She also noticed that Ewan, her oldest son, had become interested in playing guitar, although this was just a side-hobby for him. His main interest was painting and photography.He had also been picking up some babysitting work on the side, especially on weekend nights.
Once everyone went to bed, Delaney took her specimens from Sixam down to the basement lab to begin analyzing them.
On her first trip, she had obtained a fire opal crystal, a microscopic slide of an alien plant (Fang Flower Tree), a geode, and a glowing fruit orb that she had harvested from another alien plant.
After analyzing the microscopic sample, Delaney decided to eat the fruit and see what happened, even though it was a risky thing to eat an unknown alien fruit. Eating it seemed to have no effect beyond the normal effect of eating fruit from earth. Strange.
Ewan had invited his best friend, Adrianna Walker, over after school. But Adrianna had a bad day at school, and nothing he could say would calm her down, even though they usually got along great.
That night, Delaney made another trip to Sixam, this time through the portal. Her mission objectives were to collect more specimens and map out the area around the site she had landed at before.
As soon as she arrived, she headed away from the wormhole generator and started uphill.
At a higher altitude, she found another of the orb plant.
This time, she took a microscopic sample, since she had not learned anything from eating the orb fruit.
“I wonder if this plant uses photosynthesis, or some other energy source,” she thought.
Having no idea whether or not it would grow on earth, she harvested a cutting to attempt to graft onto a plant at home.
After finding what she could in the immediate area of the hilltop, she headed back downhill and towards a body of liquid or gas that was near the landing site. She couldn’t swim, fish, or cross it, or even get a sample.
“I’ll try exploring this area more next time,” she thought. “I have to get home for Elise’s birthday party.”
Back home, Alexander had made a lovely cake, and little Eric was very excited about celebrating Elise’s rite of passage.
As usual for him at celebrations, Ewan was more somber.
Elise also took after the Goth side of the family, and rolled the Gloomy trait to add to her Mean trait. She rolled the Knowledge aspiration, with an emphasis on learning several different skills well.
She felt strongly that she already knew a lot about a lot of things, and exasperated to have to put up with the idiots around her.
But she was happy when doing her homework.
More than anything, Alexander wanted Ewan to earn A’s. Although Ewan had been working hard in school, he had yet to earn an A average. He came home from school, still a “B” student.He felt confident, though, after a good school day, and decided he wanted to use a bold pick-up line on someone. Right away, he called his friend, Adrianna.
He said something flirty and waited…
And she liked it!
Ewan decided to go for a first kiss.
But afterwards, he felt very unsure if that had been the right thing to do. After all, they’d been Best Friends for so long.
Adrianna seemed really happy though.
Meanwhile, Elise was beginning to learn from Delaney how to garden. Gardening was a skill that would be very helpful at the lab in Oasis Springs, if she decided to go into a career in science after high school.
In Magnolia Promenade neighborhood, Ryleigh, Rianna, and Rachel sat in their new bakery cafe, Roll With It, and ate a light supper.
Roll With It was still about a week of work away from its grande opening, and the family was working around the clock to get everything prepared.
Even willful Rianna was helping out.
Dante was busily baking to stock the store. He was currently on vacation from his job as a Chef, but would resign when those days ran out. Ryleigh was also planning to resign from her job as a vice president at Sim Corp, so she could help run the bakery.
The family stayed at the bakery overnight most of the time, instead of going home. They had a simple 2 BR/1 BA efficiency in the basement.
Early one morning, Ryleigh went for her morning run around Magnolia Promenade.
She happened to run right past Eliza Pancakes. Ryleigh was still seething over Eliza gunning for her job, back when she was on maternity leave. “I guess she’ll be happy when I resign from the VP position,” she thought bitterly. Uncharacteristically, she felt like punching Eliza’s prim, smug face.
The rest of her run was ruined, with her heart pounding and just having to keep telling herself to let it go.
Living at the bakery, though, the family was having fun eating and working together. Rachel could really make her parents laugh.
For some inexplicable reason, Rianna had decided she wanted to be a famous comedian, even though as a child she was never that light-hearted or social. She was going to great lengths to try to make Rachel laugh.
Rachel, who was a cheerful sim, still wasn’t laughing.
Rianna chalked that up to Rachel’s ignorance as a child.
Then Rianna wrote a routine and set up a mike in the front of the store, seeing if she could draw a crowd.
After a while, Cassandra Goth came by. Cassandra told Rianna she had started working recently as a Supreme Villain.
That made Rianna laugh.
After all, Cassandra was not what Rianna would consider an intimidating person.
Rianna tried to get her dad to laugh at her jokes, but he was too tense about the business.
There was still so much work to do before they could open for business, and their savings wouldn’t last too long, especially when bills started coming in.
“So the alien said, “I’m just a little blue!” …. Get it, Dad??”
For Rachel’s birthday, the family returned home and threw one of their famous parties. Bella Goth, Colonel, apparently holds no grudge against her daughter, in spite of her dastardly occupation. Also, Cassandra had cut off her hair and changed her look, confident in her new role of villainy.
Rachel is Cheerful, and for her teen trait she rolled Hates Children. She also rolled the Serial Romantic aspiration. Her best friend is still Elise Tesla, and Eleanor Simsfan is slightly older than they are.
“The bane of our society are the little whelps”
Delaney seemed bewildered and alarmed by Rachel’s new hatred of children.
She and Elise are still partners in crime. Elise is exulting over a plan for Rachel and she to sell test answers. I think Rachel was a little embarrassed that Elise is discussing their nefarious plans in front of Elise’s mom.
Elise looks a lot like her dad, Alexander, in my opinion, and she got the Goth Gloominess.
Unfortunately, neither of Dante’s girls really got his looks; they both look so much like Ryleigh. But poor family-oriented, sweet Dante, living in a house of blonde mean girls.
During the party, Delaney got dejected, probably over an insult by either Elise, or Rianna.
But it passed quickly. She and Elise were really sweet, Elise kept following her mom and sitting near her during the party. At odd times I’ll catch Elise saying something mean to her mom, but they have a strong relationship.
More plotting by the cronies.
And here are the Arias girls. Rianna’s in the hat. It’s part of her party get-up. She looks JUST like Ryleigh did as a teen.
Rianna rolled the Jokestar aspiration, which I thought was crazy for her. She’s Evil and Hot-Headed! I guess she wants to be one of those super villains who quips cleverly while fighting good. Anyway, she kept getting whims to tell jokes and to tell jokes at the mike, but it was a dismal failure, for now. After she completes this aspiration, I plan to give her a Deviance Aspiration, since she is Evil, and I haven’t done that aspiration yet because Barnaby was too sweet to do the mean interactions that were required.
Rachel rolled Serial Romantic and for her Teen trait, she rolled “Hates Children.”
When I popped into the Goths to check on Bella and Desmond, the game had assigned Cassandra to be a Supreme Villain (Level 10) and Bella as a Colonel in the Detective/Police active profession. Very funny — a musical creative, gloomy sim as a villain, and a socialite detective. More about that, next week.
I love Elise! I plan for her to start the Science profession as a young adult.
The game assigned Ewan to a part-time career, “Nanny.” Evidently, with Get To Work, anyone not in a career is getting one, like it or not!
Ryleigh’s whim to fight Eliza lasted through the rest of play session, unpinned.
Thank you, Echoweaver, for the input about how to solve the dilemma of Delaney’s trips to Sixam and how much time she would be gone. Delaney took her first trip by rocket, but while there, she installed a portal (think, the movie Contact, where Jodi Foster’s character went galaxies away but returned before it seemed she had even left) .