With a substantial raise and her eldest about to become an adult, Maddi felt more together than she had in years. She decided to make a gourmet black & white cake for Barnaby’s birthday.
As Barnaby thought about what he wanted to wish for, Maddi felt quite proud of her son.
The Tesla family had never had more fun at a party.
Micah had plenty of energy for dancing.
Barnaby blew out the candles and said goodbye to his teen years.
The next morning, for no apparent reason, Barnaby woke up feeling infuriated. He felt practically green.
And decided to take out his anger in some heavy lifting.
And by uncharacteristically mocking his mom.
Soon it was Maddi’s birthday. Micah made her a vanilla cake and the kids invited Brad Pitt and Hermione Granger. Maddi invited her best friend, Reagan.
Micah even broke out his old sombrero for the occasion.
Now they would be old together.
But still pretty goofy.
In a whirlwind of parties, it was also time for Beatrice to become an adult.
Maddi sang “Happy Birthday” as everyone else began to gather for Beatrice to blow out her candles.
Hermione came, because she was invited, but she was not happy to see Beatrice, who had been friendly lately but had really embarrassed and insulted Hermione when they were teens.
Barnaby was still trying to get Hermione to see him as more than “Just Friends.”
Now that she was an adult, Beatrice wasted no time and proposed to Brad
He said “yes” of course. For some reason, Beatrice and Brad really put aside the harsher parts of their personality when they were together.
Soon after Beatrice’s engagement, Micah died in the night. (Please see notes at the end).
The next few days passed without major events, as everyone worked on their jobs and skills. Barnaby spent a lot of time at the gym, of course.
He met and went out with a girl he met there, Faith, who wanted a large family. He asked her to be his girlfriend, and she said yes.
Maddi continued to keep the household running. When things broke, she missed Micah’s handiness around the house.
Beatrice prepared for her wedding, got a makeover, and pretty much did whatever she wanted, since no one liked to confront her.
She and Brad were planning their wedding to be held in their own garden. As they were planning the wedding, Brad started to pick up on Beatrice’s evil trait.
Maddi got to know Brad better. His attitude about things in the house not being good enough sometimes took her by surprise, but overall, they seemed to enjoy each other’s company.
Beatrice would make people feel so low, and then smoothly apologize, and expect everything to be ok again.
The day before the wedding, Barnaby and Maddi were both at work, so Beatrice and Brad had to get their privileged hands dirty and do some repairs and cleaning, if they wanted the house nice for the wedding.
Maddi came home that night completely exhausted, to find Hermione was still there, dancing by herself in the living room.
Barnaby soon woke up and came out to see Hermione. He started explaining his conspiracy theory to her.
Early the morning of the wedding, Maddi started working on the cake and Brad and Barnaby were keeping her company.
As Brad put the topper on the cake for the wedding, Barnaby made a joke about the old ball and chain. Brad looked uncharacteristically meek for a moment.
The aging in this game is amazing! When Maddi was close to becoming an elder, her jawline had sagged a little and she had lines around her mouth. When she first became an elder, her hair was gray, but not a lot of other sudden changes. As you’ll see in later posts, as she lived more days as an elder, she developed more wrinkles and I think her skin tone became more mottled.
I am so upset. I missed Micah’s death. There has been some talk about sims disappearing in the game, which will hopefully be patched soon (and this is why I’m playing a legacy for now!) I had gotten the pop-up message that Micah didn’t have long to live, and I should get his affairs in order. I saved, and went to (real-life) work. When I started up the game the next time, I thought, before playing Micah’s death (which I was sort of dreading) I’d get some other sims from the gallery set up in another household, which is actually against legacy rules but I don’t look at their traits (to give myself an advantage) so I do it anyway. Anyway, I saved the other household and went to click on this household, and Micah was gone! I can only assume that in the time I had the other household open (less than a couple of sim hours), the game engine “culled” him from the neighborhood. Now I know never to start up another household when someone’s about to die until I get a mod or EA patches it. What made me so sad is that I know everyone, especially Maddi, would have grieved but now it is like it never happened, which is also probably a glitch or at least should be fixed in updates because it makes no sense. I think it could also be fixed by having aging off in the non-current households, but I hope there will be a fix for this in general.