The Epic Party is Crashed
Take Me to the Moon 5.20
While the Teslas were having a relaxed day at the pool, Alexander got a phone call from Elder, inviting him to a party. Although it was too early for Elder to age up, everyone assumed it was Elder’s birthday, since he was making the invitation, and everyone wanted to attend. Elder had very quickly earned his way into everyone’s hearts. So they quickly hopped out of the pool and were whisked off to Elder’s place.
After the Epic Space-Time Thingy Kind of Party, Alexander had asked Elder to help him rebuild ties with the culled family members he had brought back from the gallery, by moving in with the Elder Teslas and being a liaison. “If I could, I’d move them all into our home,” Alexander had explained. Elder had graciously agreed. After all, he and Alexander were friends, and Elder had other instances of himself in other worlds, doing other things.
Aunt Joann’s farm, while absolutely lovely, required some CC and without it the game had crashed, so Elder and the Great Teslas had moved back to the original Tesla Place where Beatrice and Barnaby grew up. The house had been saved to the Gallery long ago, but they found it was in a barely-furnished state.
Elder welcomed Maddi back; she had been playing at the pool with all the younger Teslas. Whatever fun was going on, Maddi was sure to be there, helping make it enjoyable for everyone.
Fiona was still trying to perfect her “scare” technique, still without success.
Cassandra Goth found herself as the caterer for the event, and was quite mystified, since she had little experience with cooking but could play piano better than most sims.
Delaney’s mother, Cassandra, seemed very preoccupied. Elise and Fiona tried to cheer her up by dancing with her.
But Cassandra, who was known to be quite snobby, left when Ranen joined in. Micah seemed confused by Ranen’s presence as well, but he didn’t embarrass Ranen for being an alien.
Elise watched as Ranen used his usual humor and friendliness to try to set Micah at ease.
Delaney made a birthday cake and set it on the counter, but no one came to blow out the candles.
Fiona was beginning to thaw her great grandmother’s icy demeanor, which pleased Delaney.
Fiona was just getting warmed up.
Felicity had found her favorite Great: Great, Great Grandmother Beatrice was on the back patio and Felicity began to tell her how excited she was to start school soon. Felicity didn’t seem to notice, but Beatrice was preoccupied.
Micah, who had died before Cassandra was born, came over to get to know his granddaughter better, now that he had the chance.
But soon, everyone gathered outside as if to celebrate a birthday. Alexander and Elder followed, waiting to see what the game engine had in store. Ranen had eyes only for Elise, Delaney noticed.
But instead of finding everyone in a light, happy mood, everyone looked sad or somber. And it wasn’t just because Elise was beating everyone.
On the back porch, Beatrice and Brad were also very somber. Felicity, oblivious to the gravity that had settled on everyone, tried to tell them about the Magical Tree House she had visited on the search to find Free-Jon.
She followed them in to the kitchen, to find Maddi on the floor. For Cassandra, it was the most heart-breaking of all. Her grandmother had been her world, as a young girl. And she had watched her grandmother die just feet from that spot, when she was the same age Felicity and Fiona were, now. Although Cassandra couldn’t remember it consciously, it seemed as if this death broke a heart string lying dormant and yet, still buried and interlaced deep within her being.
Everyone gathered around as Grim consulted his tablet. No one felt that they had a bargaining chip, since Maddi had just had her second life, although short.
Except Fiona. Fiona determined that at the first opportunity, she would plead for Maddi’s life. After all, she had just become friends with her Triple Great Grandma, and there were so many things they still wanted to talk about. Grim would see what a great person her Triple Great was. She would make him see.
Grim didn’t even allow Fiona to plead. He struck Maddi definitively, being quite peeved that this was causing an unprecedented paperwork problem. Actual paper was going to have to be filed, at this point. Because there was no appropriate “tick box” in his tablet app for a second reaping. Grim didn’t even want to think about the red tape involved with submitting this report; no doubt it would cause many tense and angry feelings at work. After all, this was technically a different Maddi; but at the same time, it was also the same sim. The messiness of it made him mad.
As Fiona, shocked and pierced to the heart, realized that he had no mercy, he took a BLT from the counter.
Brad immediately tried to comfort his daughter.
And grieved with her, realizing there was no way to soothe away the pain.
Alexander, who knew this was inevitable, felt the overwhelming sadness wash over and around everyone. Cassandra’s grief pierced Delaney’s heart.
Delaney followed Elise out to the patio, where Alexander had set some Grilled Fruit Cobbler earlier. Elise was looking off, clearly upset about this turn of events, although she was not close to Maddi.
Although Delaney was usually a wise and intelligent sim, for some crazy reason she tried to reason with Elise at a time when reason is worthless.
“It’s part of life; we should be glad for the time we had.”
“Mom, everyone is hurting. Don’t tell me to be glad.” Brad sat quietly eating.
Cassandra Goth looked over and noticed Grim was dancing to the now incongruous pop music, which still played. Fiona watched him with an empty feeling.
Brad, Cassandra Goth, and Micah gathered on the couch and waited for Grim to tire of the party.
Eventually, he went outside, where Elise and Alexander were looking at the untouched Grilled Fruit Cobbler.
Elise numbly served a piece.
Alexander summoned all his courage and looked right at Grim.
“We need more time. The game culled the ghosts before the children were born.”
Grim just looked at him.
“We’re trying to correct a problem with the game here. Work with us a little!”
“You could take a few days off; tell your colleagues to go enjoy a Spa Day, too.”
“Oh, Spa Day! Goody!” Grim said facetiously.
And he got up to leave.
“Alexander Goth, it is not your place to tinker with the game. Flawed or not, the game engine determines the world you live in.”
- For my readers who don’t play Sims 4, here’s some gameplay context. One of the updates added the ability for sims outside the household being played to invite the active sims to a party at their lot, to age up. The only sims that are playable are the ones from the active household.
- I don’t remember what the pop-up message from Elder said; at the time I think I assumed it was Elder’s birthday party although it may have said it was. However, once they arrived at the lot, even though Delaney made a cake, no one ever aged up. I’ve only played 3-4 game days since Elder joined the household, so he shouldn’t be ready to age up yet. I think the game issued the invitation for Maddi’s death, but that’s just a theory. Everyone seemed quite somber from the time they arrived, especially the sims who live in the household with Maddi.
- I had Fiona plead for Maddi, because she had the highest relationship with her. But Grim/the game didn’t even allow the interaction to take place.