Gothic Resort Insanity: Episode 2

A Relatively Normal Birthday

After the morning duties we set up for the twins birthday party.

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We have a special courtyard area set up just for outdoor parties that we planned on using it for the occasion.   It was just to be for our family and any of the guests that wanted to stop in or attend so we didn’t have to go to any extraordinary trouble.

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I did invite my half-siblings who were living in town.  We have the same father but thier mother was another baby challenge sim named Elena Queen.

“O.M.G!  Ghost kids!”

“Calm down Carrie.”

“Shut up Bug!”

Carrie, the only girl in the group, is apparently a little insane.  I was moved out when she and her two brothers, Devon and Clark, were toddlers so I never really got to know them.  I never got to know the twins, Serpent and Scarab, at all since they were raised by their mother.  The only one my Queen siblings that didn’t come was Clark.  He had just left for Hidden Springs to look at a house he wanted to buy.

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“You’re so cute I could just eat you up!”

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“Um, okay….Who are you?”

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“Yeah I’ve never seen you before.”

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“I’m your favorite Auntie Carrie!”

“Carrie you’ll scare them.”

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“No one can scare a ghost Devon.”

“Your hair is kind of scary.”

“I keep telling you its a kid’s party and Snuffles said kids like kitties dummy!”

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Serpent had a little girl, whose mother was an alien, so I tried to get to know him.  It would be nice for Linnet to have a girl around her age to play with.

“Linnet meet your cousin Bobbi.”

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“No cousin.”

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“We have a playroom in the Resort and a Bonehilda.  Why don’t we let the girls play together while we siblings catch up?”

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“Alright.  I hear those Bonehilda’s are pretty reliable.  Right?”

Serpent tries to seem like a tough guy that doesn’t care about Bobbi but I could see he was nervous to let her out of his sight.

“You have my word.  I wouldn’t trust Linnet with ‘her’ if I wasn’t sure.   When we’re busy with the work around here Bonehilda takes care of her all of the time.”

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I wasn’t outside when it happened but I was told by the others that there was a little trouble when Carrie spotted Dad.  Evidently he didn’t tell her he was coming here after he left their house.

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“Daddy what are you doing here!”

“Carrie?  I guess I forgot to mention I was stopping here for a few day on my way home.”

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“Forgot!  You did it on purpose!  You lied!”

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“Carrie, Sweetheart, don’t get upset.  I only wanted a few days to myself to relax.”

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“You don’t look by yourself to me.   You don’t want your new lover to know you have a ‘crazy’ daughter!  You don’t want me around!”

“That’s not true!”

“It is you hate me.  Please don’t hate me.”  

“I’m leaving you two to settle this…”

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“Carrie, Honey, I keep telling you I don’t hate you.  Its just I don’t get a lot of time without one of you kids around.  Look, this is supposed to be the end of a nice vacation for me.”

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“You and Sid are right Daddy.  I’m sorry.”

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“It’s okay Sweetheart.   You know I love you.”

“I love you too.”

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It turns out that Devon and Sacrab will be opening a business here in Lucky Palms.

“So do you have any fun stuff to do here.  You know, adult stuff or do you just expect your guests to soak up the sun all day?”

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“We have Kareoke, a game room, a driving range, unicorn riding and broom rides right now.  I try to rotate activities, rides, have parties and of course we also do off-site exersions to clubs, the casino and other places once a month.”

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“Off site?  You know Devon and I were thinking of putting together a fun park?  If we did maybe you could give us some business.”

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“Sure it sounds like  a great idea.”

I think we can help each other out a bit with business if they go forward with the idea.  Our place is more of a hotel with amenities so we don’t really have a huge amount of things to do.  Having more places in town to send guests only makes us look better and in the process we can help our younger siblings make a success of their business.

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Dispite a slight shower of rain we went forward with the blowing out of the candles outside.

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First up to become a teen was my nephew Joss.

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Janette then blew out her candles and became a teen.  After that we all had some cake and a buffet dinner.

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Ben then stepped up to the DJ booth and played some tunes for those of us that wanted to dance.

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All in all it went very well and we all found things to have with.  Celeste and Carrie sang very badly at Kareoke.

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After a brief demonstration by Bev thrill-seekers Devon and Scarab went on the broom ride.

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Even though she is shy Linnet had a great time with Bobbi.

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“Oh you two are soooo cute.”

At least that’s according to Ashlee who spent most of the time playing with and taking care of them and her little brother Alex instead of my neice and nephew for some reason.

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“I cute!”

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“I cute too.”

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“No.  Black eyes scary.”

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“Alex that’s not nice.  Come out and play with the girls.”

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“No ‘lien go home in wocket first.”

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“Are my grandkids giving you any trouble?”

“They’re wonderful its my rotten kid brother that’s the problem.”

My Dad did tell me that Alex Steele-Begonia was giving little Bobbi a hard time though.

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“Papa!  Alex mean!”

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“It’s okay I got you.  Its getting kind of late anyway so let’s go find your Dad.”

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“Serp, Bobbi’s getting kind of tired.  Maybe you all should think about going home.”

“Dad, don’t tell me what to do with my own furcrapping kid.”

“Daddy no be mean.”

“Yeah listen to the kid.”

“Its not that late!”

“Welcome to the joys of parenthood Son.”

The party couldn’t go on for most of us with the little ones needing to get to bed.   All the Queens left when Serpent did.  Devon said something about them doing it so Serpent wouldn’t complain about leaving so early in the evening.

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Bernard and Emma let their kids stay up a little later in honor of thier birthdays and they took some photos to commerate the occasion.

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In the end Ashlee did spend a little time with the other teens.  I have a feeling that Joss might have a little crush on her.

As for the rest I don’t know because Dove and I turned in after little Linnet got to bed.  The guests seemed to mostly keep to themselves while the family celebrated and I can’t say I was disappointed.  Sometimes its just nice to hang out with family and not have to worry about customer service.

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I was even able to relax a bit with my Dad.  He seemed mostly interested in spending time with family.

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Aliki Jennings will be leaving tomorrow morning and I don’t think its too much to ask for him to behave himself for two days.

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At least I’d like to think his word to me to not get involved with any other guests meant something.

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“So, do you like what you see?”

“Would it offend you to say I did?”

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“Not at all.  I’m a little guilty of the same thing.  I’ve seen you lounging around the pool and I might of introduced myself sooner if you weren’t otherwise engaged with that red-head by time I was free.”

“Well I hate to deny a pretty lady but I’m supposed to be taking it easy on that front for the rest of my stay.”

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“Why is that, if I might ask?”

“My son owns this place and I promised I wouldn’t get involved with more than Aliki, the red-head, because he doesn’t want problems.”

“So is she your girlfriend?”

“No.  She’s just going to have a baby for me.  I’m completely unattached and intend to stay that way.”

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“So do I so I don’t see a problem.  Care to join me for a late night skinny dip, handsome?”

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“I suppose it wouldn’t hurt.”


The Queen kids appear courtesy of Mewmewmentor who have them in her own story Queens of Crime.

Gothic Resort Insanity: Episode 1

Enjoy Your Stay, Liam Gelman

Yesterday started like any other day with all of us rising  early to tend to our duties at the Resort.  I should say some of us rise earlier than others.

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One of the first up is Dove who feeds and attends to the animals before things get busy.  She says its best to attend to the unicorns especially when its quiet since they are so temperamental.  An unhappy unicorn has been known to run back into the wild so I can see her point.

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She also collects the eggs for Celeste and takes care of the chickens.  Celeste also gets up really early so she’ll have breakfast ready by the time everyone else gets up.

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The rest of us get up a little later but by 7 we all are up and hard at work behind the scenes.

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The first thing I make it a point to do every day is to feed Anubis so if anyone is foolish enough to hop the fence they hopefully will be safe.  Then I’d tend the normal, noncarnivorous plants in the garden.  That morning was no different.

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I then took charge of Linnet so Dove could give someone horseback riding lessons.

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Me and Linnet then manned the front desk so Bev could help Emma out with the housekeeping.  We all pitch in where we need to.  We’re a good team as well as family.

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I was there to greet my dad when he showed up.  After all the years the Resort has been opened I finally got him to visit.  He’s been busy with some drama, and of course my younger brothers and sisters, so I’m surprised he’s actually finally taking a vacation.  I guess mentioning Bernard’s twins would be becoming teenagers this weekend was what made him want to come by now.   We hadn’t seen each other since me and Bernard took the Trio so if felt a little strange to see him untouched by time.   To tell the truth I’m not really sure how old he is now but he’s got to be almost 70 or close to it.

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“Hi Dad.  You’re looking good.”

“Youth potions tend to do that.  The years have treated you well son.”

“Thanks.  I’m glad you decided to come visit.  The others are busy working but they’ll be just as excited to see you.”

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“This must be Linnet.  She’s cute.  Can I hold her?”

“Sure but she’s kind of shy so don’t be upset if she cries.”

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“Hi there Linnet.  I’m your grandpa.  It’s nice to finally meet you.”

“I see the lower lip starting to quiver.  Maybe I should take her back.”

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“There’s no need.  I know just how to turn that frown into a smile.”

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“See now we’re friends aren’t we Sweetheart?”

“She’s not quite talking yet.”

I had to hand it to my Dad.  He was good with kids.  I shouldn’t have been surprised since he’s had so many himself.  I wonder if I’ll ever meet all of siblings?  I have 5, the Queen twins and triplets here, that none of us have really spent time with.  It’s a shame since the Vampire Trio changed their diapers.  I think I might invite them to the birthday.  It might be fun.

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Seeing Linnet was so good with Dad when I saw a young red-headed woman entering the hotel I felt comfortable leaving her with him even though she wasn’t very good with strangers in general.

“Can I help you Miss.”

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“I was wondering if you have any vacancies.  The hotel my boss thought was booked for the whole week was never confirmed properly so I need somewhere to stay for three days.”

“I can check and see if you give me a moment.  Can I ask your name Miss?”

“Aliki, Aliki Jennings.  Thanks so much.”

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While I went off to check the computer I saw her walk over to my Dad and by the look on his face I could see he wasn’t disappointed.  I know how he can be with women so I was hoping he’d decided to take it easy while he was here.

“Your daughter is so cute.”

“Acutually she’s my granddaughter.”

“How can she be your granddaughter.  You don’t look old enough.”

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“That’s a lovely compliment coming from a lovely lady.  I’ve taken a youth potion believe it or not.”



I think my Dad’s always on the lookout for another Baby Momma for his challenge and has hopes Ms. Jennings will be interested.  I almost hope I’m wrong because if it doesn’t go well it will mean drama for my guests. 

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“Miss Jennings I do have a room if you’d like to step over to the desk I can check you in.”

“Oh wonderful!  Thanks.”

“Dad, you won’t mind entertaining Lin for a bit will you?”

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“Not at all Al.  I’ll explore a bit and Lin here will be my tour guide.”

“Dad?  He’s your father?  He looks younger than you.” 

“Its kind of a long story.”

“Miss Jennings, since we’ll be staying in the same hotel maybe I’ll run into you later and tell you the whole convoluted tale.”

He was smooth.   I had to hand it to him on that front.

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“Now you have me curious I have to hear it.  By the way what’s your name?”

“Liam.  I’ll see you around, Aliki was it?”

“That’s right.”

“Do you mind if I call you by your first name?”

“Not at all.”

He was already on a first name basis with her before I ushered her off to her room.

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“Let me show you to your room Ms. Jennings.”

Once I’d entered things properly and made sure she was settled I went in search of my Dad.

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I found him outside working with Linnet on talking.  She was actually saying some words.   I guess he’s just got a way with kids since it was so hard for even Dove and I to get her to talk.

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That night when we sat down to eat in the dining room Dad finally got to meet Bernard’s family.  It was a school night thought and since we all have to get up early we were ready to retire right after.  This left Dad to his own devices which makes me worry.

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“Hey Aliki.  Want to hear that story?  My kids and grandkids are heading to bed and I’m not ready to go bed yet.  I’m not used to being alone.”

“Oh really?  You don’t have a wife back home do you?”

“No.  I’m not the marrying kind but I do enjoy the company of pretty women.  I meant I’m usually surrounded by my kids.”

“How many do you have.  35 and I’m looking to have more now that the youngest are teens.  Like I said its a long story.”

“Now I’m curious and have to hear that story.  I can’t be up too late though since my conference has some morning lectures I want to attend.”

The last thing I saw was him flirting with that red-head again.  I suppose it sounds stupid but worrying about my Resort’s reputation is sort of second nature to me.

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In a way this place is like my oldest child.   I want to protect it as much as I did Linnet, and even Axel.  That meant a part of my mind was wondering just what my Dad was up to with Ms. Jennings.

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I couldn’t babysit him though and I didn’t want to.  He’s an adult.

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Thankfully Dove knew just what I needed to get my mind off of what my Dad was up to.  She wanted to make love and I was happy to forget anything but the feel of her slight frame pressing up eagerly against mine and her feather-light caresses.

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It was easy to fall asleep in her embrace.  I feel such peace when I’m alone with her in the after-glow.  Its something almost magical so its something I hope to keep.

The next day started out much like the others.

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My Dad didn’t though and Emma swore when she walked past my Dad’s room, with its ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign up on the door, she could hear moans coming from inside and our new guests room hadn’t been slept in.

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I decided to talk to my Dad later but today I still had my work to get done first.

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Since most of the guests went out working or sight seeing and the kids were in school Dad took a little time to lounge at the pool and swim.

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Once I got done I figured it was time for our talk and so I invited him to a game of pool.

“So Dad, what did you do with the rest of your evening last night?”

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“I thought you saw me talking to Aliki.  I told her all about my challenge.  She’s a nice lady, she even had read some of the stuff I’ve written, and said she wanted to help me with my challenge.  I figure you can guess what else happened.”

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“You got to promise me you aren’t going to try and get anymore of my guests involved in your challenge.  I don’t want hurt feelings and misunderstandings making drama for them.  Besides they know you’re family so it will reflect on all of us if something goes bad.”

“Relax son.  She’s leaving in another couple of days and then she has no plans to return here.  She’ll be coming to my house not here.  She’ll be out of your hair.”

“You still haven’t promised not to seduce anymore of my guests.”

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“Fine.  I promise now get back to the damn game.”

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“Not until you tell me why you still have your sunglasses on.”

“I don’t want to loose them and I’ve not wanted to walk all the way back to my room.  This place is huge with long hallways.”

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We ended the evening with an informal commeration of one of our long time guests’ birthdays.  Ashlee Steel-Begonia was born and raised here.  Her birthday is just the day before my neice and nephew’s so we opted to just have some ice cream and hot chocolate.  Tomorrow we’re treating the celebration as being for all of them.  Besides it’s Love Day so it already was going to be a big day of celebration.

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Ashlee really is almost like family.

After the hot chocolate and ice cream we all went to bed.

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I think I saw Ms. Jenning sneak off with my Dad again though.  You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, I guess.   As long as he doesn’t mess around with anyone but her it should be fine.  Tomorrow is her last day.

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He has to have more self-control than I give him credit for.  Right?

Blast From the Past: Chapter 5

This will be my last update for Raphael in this cycle.  I don’t have enough for another full chapter yet so I hope you’ve enjoyed these 5.

Like a Horse and Carriage

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So how do you like living on your own?

Its wonderful in general though a bit more quiet than I am used to.

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Yes well it’s just me alone in the house now because Bertha moved out the moment she aged-up to pursue a film career.

She couldn’t do that living with you?  Did you do something to upset her?

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I didn’t do anything!  She would’ve lived here but she told me that she was moving on with her life and couldn’t stand to be around me when all I do is obsess over the past.

That is sort of true though.

I think the real reason is she herself doesn’t want to return so she doesn’t like that I haven’t given up like she has.

So you don’t see her anymore?

She talks to me sporadically.

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So what do you spend time doing then?

I hunt for scrap and work on inventions.

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So you haven’t made any progress in making your time machine?

I need practice on building machines if I’m to build something as complex as a time machine and I need to make a few simolians to live on in the mean time.

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I’ve already started selling them though they don’t fetch a very much at the moment.

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It sounds like you’ve been lonely.

Not really.  Jessica started calling me, almost daily in fact, and I’ve even done a few things with her and even Jennifer as well.

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So you’ve been on dates with both of them?

No not dates just being social.  Jennifer has a beau and Jessica hasn’t been anything other than friendly.

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Are you sure it isn’t anything more than friendly?

It’s just been going to festivals, art galleries and the like.  I’m careful not to give the wrong impression.  Though..


Well the last time she called it sounded almost like she might be thinking of it as a possible date.  Maybe it would be best I explain my situation to her tonight.  If I do it will be obvious to her I’m not going to get involved with anyone.

If you think she’ll continue hanging around with you as you are you’re in for a serious reality check.

I think you’ll see she’s very reasonable.

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So you’re meeting her tonight?  This doesn’t look like Jessica.

No it’s not and I have no idea who she is.

“Raphael Denton?”

“Yes Miss… do I know you?”

“No but well I’m supposed to give you this piece of paper.  It’s this family legend that was passed down that someone named Elliot Denton gave us this paper to hand to a man named Raphael Denton tonight here at the opening night of the spring festival.”

Elliot Denton?  Someone you know?

That’s my grandfather’s name!  Eureka!  I believe he somehow must have known what would happen to me.  This is remarkable!

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“Thank you, Miss…?”

“Anita Lobos.  I’m actually surprised you were here.”

“Thank you and don’t trouble yourself anymore on the matter.”

“Okay… see you around I guess.”

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“Raph?  Who was that?”

“Hello Jess.   Just someone delivering something. Everything is hunky-dory.”

“Hunky-Dory huh?  You look happy.”

She sounds suspicious.  She knows you’re hiding things from her.

I’ll tell her some things tonight.  I’m just not sure what I should.

“Of course… so shall we look to see what there is to do here?”

“How about we watch the stars and talk a little first.”

You still think she just sees you as a friend?

Hush.  She just wants to talk and that’s good because I can explain where I stand on these issues.

“If that’s what you would like.”

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“So you don’t know that girl at all?”

“No.  As I said she delivered something.”

“What exactly?”

“You probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you.”

“Try me.”

“I don’t think…”

I thought you were going to explain your situation to her.

Yes I’m going to.

“Don’t you trust me?”

“Of course…I just…”

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“Raph don’t you know I’d never do anything to hurt you.  I care about you…”

“Jessica… I…”

“You know forget it.  Its getting cold out here I’m going to get my coat.”

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You’re going downhill fast Raphael.  If you ever want to see her again you’re going to have to drop the act and tell her how you feel.

She’s not going to leave

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“Raphael we really need to talk about us.”

“I’m sorry Jessica it’s just things are more complicated than you realize.”

“That’s just it I actually know more than you think.  When I realized I liked you, and you seemed to ignore me, I asked your sister to tell me about what you thought about me.  Why you were acting the way you do and she told me you guys weren’t from this century.”

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“At first I thought she was crazy but then I thought, I saw how you acted, and it just made sense.  I thought maybe in time you’d trust me, grow to care about me, enough to tell me but now I can see I was wrong.”

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“No Jess that’s not true.  I do trust you and I care about you.  It’s just I don’t really belong here and it’s not fair to pull anyone else into this mess of a situation.”

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“That’s where you’re wrong you do belong here and you belong with me.  I love you Raphael.”

“Jessica I… I can’t do this I’m sorry.  I can’t get involved with anyone here because I need to go back to my own time.”

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“Fine I get it.  If you don’t want me as part of your life then you can rot away while you try to build something that’s probably impossible.  You really are a stubborn ass and I’m sorry I wasted so much time on you.  Don’t worry I won’t get in your way any more.”

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So now you are really all alone.  Nice going.

Shut-up voice.  You’ll make me even more depressed than I already am.

Its your own fault.  You decided to push her away.

It was her decision.  I just can’t believe it.  Will I really never see her again?

Isn’t that what you were planning?  Leaving her behind and returning to 1860 with no strings attached?

No that isn’t what I want.  I can’t leave it like this.  I need to talk to her.

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How will turning up early in the morning help?

I’d rather her be angry with me for wanting to talk to her than not wanting to talk to her.

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“So let me get this straight.  You’re here to talk to my sister at 5 AM after she came home last night crying because of you.”

“I’m here to make up for that.”

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“Look you may not think I’m a good guy but I’m a pretty protective big brother myself.”

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“I just ask the chance to speak to her and if she asks me to go I give you my word I’ll do so with no trouble.’

“Alright, she’ll probably kill us both for waking her up like this.”

That’s what I’m guessing.  I don’t think she’ll be very happy to see you.

Maybe not at first but I’m not going there without a plan voice.

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“Jess…  Wake up…”

“Raph? Am I dreaming?”

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“No I’m really here.  I need to talk to you about last night.”

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“Well this better be good.  After what you said last night the last thing I want to wake up to is your face.”

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“I want to apologize.  I should have trusted you.  I don’t want you out of my life.”

“Oh really?  What if I’m tired of all of the games.”

“I am in earnest.”

“Then prove it Raphael.”

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“Jessica I’ve come to realize I am a dope to deny my feelings for you.”

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“What feelings are those exactly?”

“I’m in love with you of course.”

“I’m supposed to believe that after what you said last night?”

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“I’ve been trying to decide the best way to convince you and I realize that as a gentleman there is only one course of action to take.”

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“What is that?”

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“Jessica Thornridge will you do me the honor of being my wife?”

“I’m probably crazy saying this… but yes I’ll marry you.”

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“Jess you’ve made me very happy.”

“Me too.  I just hope you don’t go running off and break my heart.”

“I’ll never run from you my Love.”

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How sweet but is that a promise you really can keep.  Are you really ready to give up on going home for her?

I’m not sure any longer exactly what my future holds but I do know I want her to be a part of it no matter the outcome.


I have to say Raphael has surprised me more than any other sim in the romance department.  He rolled absolutely no romantic wishes but he kept rolling wishes to hang-out with and talk to Jessica.   They never had dropped the romantic interest status since they gained it during the prom but neither of them seemed to make a move.

The night they met at the spring festival though suddenly Jessica decided to initiate some flirting and the star watching.  The shared a hug and I was encouraged but then he refused her hand holding try and then she left.   After he went home he rolled the wish to talk to her and I thought why not grant it.  So I thought I’d knock off the wish before she went to work.  

So I sent him in the room while I adjusted the camera and the next thing I see is him asking her to be his girlfriend autonomously and she agreed.  Then he immediately dropped down on one knee and proposed.  Now I knew those interactions were possible in the mod I installed but he shocked me with the suddenness of it all.  Only after she said yes did he roll a wish to kiss her.  lol.

So Raph decided for himself that he wanted to marry her with absolutely no prompting from me. 

Blast From the Past: Chapter 4

This chapter is mostly just because I got a lot of great winter activity pictures that I wanted to share.  Nothing terribly important happens in it other than our founder aging up to YA.  I start scoring at that point as well.   So I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Frosty Graduation

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Still working hard at your workbench I see.

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“Ouch…Voice you pick the worst times to talk to me.  I burned my hand.”

You’re lucky that’s all you’ve burned.  You should see some of the accidents I’ve seen.  You must be pretty talented to have not burned yourself to a crisp yet.

I’m a genius.  I suppose it comes with the territory.  I haven’t heard from you in a while voice.

I didn’t think I was welcome.

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I was going over my journal notes that day and wanted to concentrate.  I didn’t mean for you not to come back at all.

Well why don’t you fill me in on what I’ve missed.

The onset of winter is what you’ve missed.

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You’d be proud that I even went out and built an igloo.

Doing something physical is good for you.  Yes I’m very happy to hear that you got involved in some of the snowy fun.

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Bertha has really been enjoying the snow.  She’s become obsessed with snowball fights and building snowmen.

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So she’s been pelting you with snowballs?

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Actually Jeff is her favorite target.

She’s still mad at him after the Sally incident then?

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Surprisingly they have become good friends again even after her heartbreak.

So who’s been pelting you with snowballs then?  Jessica?

No one.   No one has attacked me at all unless you count my second alien abduction.

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An alien grabbed you again?

Yes, unfortunately.   I’d like to forget it if I can.  I’m hoping they won’t be able to find me again after I move.

Very well, how are you and Bertha getting along then?

She and I are getting along fine.  I can’t say the same for everyone else.

You’re not getting along with them?

No, I’m fine for the most part, its Bertha.

Why is that?

Well, she’s declared poor Mrs. Thornridge a mortal enemy.


Well remember I mentioned the obsession with snowmen?


Well her grades started to fall and she still would go out to play in the snow.   One day Mrs. Thornridge decided to talk to her about her choices.

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“Bertha dear, don’t you have homework to do?”

“I’ll get to it later.”

“You’ve been not turning in your homework lately according to the school so make sure that you do.”

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“How is that any of your business.  You aren’t my mother or family of any kind.”

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“Maybe not but since I was appointed your legal guardian it is my responsibility to see that you and your brother are doing well.”

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“Oh please spare me the lecture.  I’m going to be an actress so no one is going to care if I do well in academics.”

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“You know Bertha I’m really starting to get tired of your attitude.  Do your homework or you’re grounded.  As long as you live under my roof you will show me some respect.”

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“How dare you!  You can’t treat me like this!”

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“You’re grounded for the week and unless you plan to sleep outside in the snow you better change your tune missy!”

Pretty much after that Bertha and Mrs. Thornridge have been on such bad terms I’ve decided I will definitely be taking her with me when I move out.  Jessica and Jennifer are angry at Bertha for slapping their mother so they don’t like her much either anymore.

So it sounds like Bertha is pretty much at war with almost everyone in the house?  How are you faring?

I’m not so sure actually.  Well the girls haven’t been talking to me much lately.

Do you have any idea why?

Well there was the holiday party the Thornridge’s gave.

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They invited a lot of the kids from school to come.

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They had everything.  Presents were exchanged and they had mistletoe.

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I ended up under the mistletoe with Jennifer and gave her a little peck for tradition’s sake.

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It turns out Jessica was watching and she got a little upset.  She and Jennifer hasn’t talked to me much since that night.

I told you Jessica likes you.  She got jealous and Jennifer probably feels bad about kissing someone her sister likes.

Well since Bertha and I are moving out soon they won’t have to avoid me for much longer.  I’ve never promised her anything so why should a harmless tradition matter at all to her?

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Jeff already has aged up and he’s gone into music.  I’ll be glad not to have to be around him anymore.  I am certain he will only make his mark as a cad and a flummox.

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So are you ready now to take the leap into young adulthood?

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Of course, I am.  I’ll better be able to control my time and future here when I don’t have to answer to anyone.

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Well you turned out pretty well at least even if you still insist in dressing in old-fashioned clothes.

I can’t help it.  I feel so much more comfortable in it so why not?

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I graduated with honors and was valedictorian in case you are wondering.

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I’m not surprised by that since you are such a nerd.  I see you did a celebratory horsey dance.  

I don’t need to impress anyone any longer so why not if it felt right at the time?

No comment.


I wanted to make a note about the mistletoe incident after the party.  Raph rolled a wish to kiss someone under the mistletoe and Jenn came up in the list since it apparently doesn’t count anyone outside of the room with it.  Jessica was mad and Raph’s relationship with her took a hit.  She didn’t yell at either of them but glared and then avoided them. 

Victorian slang terms:

  • Flummox- A Failure
  • Cad- A disreputable man.

So I thought I’d include a nice clear shot of Raph as a YA from CAS.  I think he’s pretty cute myself though I might be biased.  lol.


Blast From the Past: Chapter 3

This experiment, combining an ISBI and Wishacy, has been interesting and I’m glad I decided to do the teenaged unscored period to figure some things out.  In an ISBI you can pull up the slack of the other characters in cleaning and such but the wishacy component I at first thought cleaning and cooking I’d leave to wishes.  I found that just wasn’t practical unless I wanted everything dirty and broken for long stretches.  Therefore if cleaning or repairs are needed I decided not to wait for wishes to have him do it.

I also wanted to add that I decided to use a mod that allows for more interactions to be autonomous since I thought it would make playing files, most especially ones where I want high free-will like this one, more interesting.  It allows the characters themselves to make decisions and gives me the challenge to adapt.  I’ll be putting in notes what interesting decisions were autonomous and what were wish based.

Falling Into Winter

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Well Raphael, you seem to be settling in a bit more now.

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If you mean the  daily routine then I’d agree voice.  There are still many things that make me long for home.

Like what?

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For example I can’t believe girls, from the school, that I barely know, are calling me to go on dates.  I find it a bit forward, though I do understand the times now are different, for strange women to do so.

You do realize that if you are stuck in this time you might want to reconsider your stand on not getting involved with anyone.

I disagree because of the chance of causing some kind of paradox goes up the more interaction Bertha and I have with sims from this time.

If you are in the future isn’t it a little hard to cause any dangerous changes to the timeline?  Nothing you do now could possibly hurt your grandmother in the past.  If you go back with future knowledge to the past though you just might.

I shall just have to abstain from too much contact with others there as well but I will be far less conspicuous there than being a living anachronism in this century.  Trust me there will be consequences to the timeline either way so its best to minimize them.

It sounds like you are setting yourself up to be very lonely.

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Hardly, since I manage to be very busy most of the time.  I’ve been repairing and upgrading various items around the Thornridges’ house to keep my skills up.  Once I graduate and I can dedicate most of my time on building inventions I’ll be doubly busy.  

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I even volunteer to do the chores around the house and yard that Jeff isn’t interested in doing.  How he gets away with doing as little as he does I have no idea.

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Bertha even is helping out a bit.

How are you two getting along?

Just fine.  Though I may not agree with what she is doing with her time there is little I can say to sway her.   At least as far as Jeff is concerned nothing seems to be happening.  She’s a bit upset since she discovered for herself that she’s not the only girl he triffles with.

Obviously you still don’t care for Jeff but how about the twins.  Are you getting along better with them?

Yes things have been better though Jessica is determined to annoy me.

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“What are you doing Jessica?”

She purposely does things to upset me.

“I’m just going to have some fun.  Haven’t you ever played in leaves?”

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“I just raked those up!”

Why must she torment me?

I might have a theory…

“Relax Raph you really need to loosen up a little.  Going to join me in the leaf pile Jenn?”

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“I don’t want to have to rake those up again.  Please stop!”

Please voice, enlighten me…

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“Jess.  You could be a little nicer to him, you know.”

Its to get your attention.    You said yourself you try to keep from socializing as much as you can but if she does something that annoys you then you pay attention to her.

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“What to cat boy?  No way.”

There is no way that is why.  I think she hates me and you don’t help me stay out of her target either.  You always tell me to do stupid things when she’s around.

That’s because it relaxes you and you tend to get nervous around her.

She makes me mad not nervous.

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“Here kitty, kitty…”

Oh come now Raphael even you can’t be that blind.  She wants your attention and you get nervous around her.  What does that tell you?

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Alright, maybe she makes me nervous, but I don’t like what I think you’re implying.

“I was not acting like a cat just now…”


It’s true though.  You find her attractive don’t you?

No I like nice young women.   She isn’t lady-like at all either.

Try to pretend that it’s not true but you can’t ignore it forever though.  You may like machines but you aren’t one.

Even if I did she doesn’t like me so you don’t have a point.

I told you she teases you because she likes you not because she hates you.

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If she liked me she would be nice to me like her sister is.

They may be twins but they aren’t anything alike personality wise.  

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You don’t find Jennifer attractive though.

I don’t find Jessica attractive either.

Then why did you dance with her at the Prom?

No one else asked her to and as a gentleman it was my duty.

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Speaking of the Prom Bertha was elected Prom Queen even though she attacked Sally Hustav.  All my hopes that she might one day be a proper lady were destroyed that night.

Trying to change the subject?

You aren’t going to stop are you?

Not until you admit that you and Jessica are mutually attracted to each other.

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I will concede there are times I’ve caught her staring at me.

Well at parts of you…

Don’t even suggest that!

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You didn’t seem to mind when she attacked you with a pillow in her pajamas either.

I admit it was a little fun, though I was irritated at first, but it was not because her night outfit showed far too much skin.

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She wanted you to notice so why deny it?

I’ve had enough of you voice.

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Say what you will but I infinitely enjoy the company of the clanking of tools as I work to the company of any female.

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I even won an award from the Shop Club for my dedication.

You are hopeless…

No I’m focused.   I can’t be distracted by anything that will keep me from building that time machine.  I know I can do it.  If only I can apply myself to remembering my grandfather’s notes.


I had so many pictures I decided to do one more chapter so there will be two more coming.  I actually played a little bit into Raph’s young adulthood so I thought I’d get some of that up too.

Raph rolled the Renaissance Sim LTW first so I locked it in since its very doable for him.  He’s already made a dent in inventing, handiness and logic with his obsession with skill building wishes.  I was a little upset with him since he preferred working on things to socializing.

At the prom Jennifer got Trigger Broke as a romantic interest and Jeff got Sally Hustev as a romantic interest.  Raph and Jessica also became romantic interests during the dance to my surprise.  That was the first sign that Raph gave me of any romantic inclinations though I did notice he spent a lot more time with Jessica than anyone else in the house.  At first she picked on him a lot and then they started to have more and more positive interactions. 

Blast from the Past: Chapter 2

Big Brother

I have now come to the conclusion that the way in which this time deals with love and courtship is perhaps the most different from the way we did things in 1860 than any of the other disparities I’ve thus far encountered.

Why do you say that?

In my time it was very easy to ascertain someone’s intentions.  If a gentleman came to call often and was encouraged by the lady when engaging in mild flirtation he was morally bound to state his intentions of courtship to her and her family.  If it went well marriage wasn’t far behind.  In the 21st century courtship has been replaced by the very confusing practice of dating.

What’s confusing about it?

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What is confusing is that its encouraged as just a social activity with no strings attached by some and more seriously by others.  Not to mention teenagers are expected to date but aren’t considered old enough to marry.  Jessica went out with a boy from school but nothing seems to have come of it so why did she go with him in the first place?

Maybe she wanted to see if she did like him in a romantic way.

When she can’t marry him for sometime?

Well if they really liked each other they could marry when they matured.

I suppose but I still find it strange especially when men like Jeff seem to make it a game as to how many young women he can string along and ruin.  Other young men at the school actually look up to him for it.

You really don’t like him do you?

No that’s why I just ignore him.

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I wish Bertha would do the same.

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“Hey girl, so I was thinking you could use some new clothes.  I know my mom has given you some allowance and I’m willing to pitch in and help get you a new wardrobe.”

“Really?  That is so sweet of you Jeff!  I’m tired of the kids at school making fun of my attire.”

“We can get a bite to eat too.”

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“Bertha!  That isn’t appropriate with our hosts!”

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“No one cares about propriety anymore brother.  I’d love to step out with you Jeff.”

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“Jeff definitely can’t be trusted but there’s nothing wrong with a little shopping.  In fact, you could use a new outfit too, Raph.  Why don’t we all go and then go to the festival after?”

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“I think that’s a wonderful idea.  It would get you kids out of the house on a beautiful day.”

I was obviously outnumbered but I didn’t like the situation.  I knew that the Thornridges were our hosts and, while the girls were highly regarded in the neighborhood their brother was not.  I felt as if everyone attending it was condoning Bertha’s becoming involved with Jeff and I didn’t like it.  I just couldn’t understand how they could be okay with it even if Jeff was related to them.  It was my duty to protect my sister’s honor though so I couldn’t refuse.

So you just went along with it and did nothing?  I find that hard to believe.

Well I did try to dissuade Bertha by repeating my reservations about Jeff.  Unfortunately Jessica walked in while I was begging her.

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“Don’t be such a drag Raphael.  I don’t see the harm of a little flirting.  Besides who is better to restrain a brother’s actions but a sister who can commiserate with her?”

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“Listen up tight-ass do you really think we’d let Jeff hurt her?  Are you that dumb?”

“Giving your brother the benefit of the doubt does you credit but I cannot do so.  My sister’s happiness is my first priority.”

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“If she wants to go out with my brother knowing what he’s like, even if she gets hurt, isn’t it her decision?  You don’t own her.”

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“I do not own her but as her elder brother I am responsible for her.”

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“She has her own mind, you know,”

“Yes but she tends to act before she thinks Jessica.”

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“You can’t live her life for her.  Seriously though Raph, maybe you don’t trust her judgement, but we don’t want anything to happen to either of you.  Jeff lacks judgment too but hovering doesn’t work.   Just relax and trust us, okay?”

I couldn’t very well call her a liar so I went.  I refused their offers to pick an outfit for me but I didn’t protest the outfit they helped Bertha chose though the skirt was far too short.  We all went to the faire, or festival as they called it, afterward.

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Did you enjoy yourself?

I did.  As I said it basically was a Faire for the Summer Holiday.


Bertha and I even started out by taking a greeting card photograph.  They took our likeness and somehow made it look like we were on a beach.

They do that in a computer program.

Well however it is done is amazing.

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I tried out roller skating, I never had the opportunity to try it before, though I’d heard of it.

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The twins tried an eating contest, where they were to shovel as many hotdogs as possible within a time limit, which I thought was a bit indelicate for a woman to do but they did seem to enjoy it.

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They both lost to another woman, however, they put on quite the show.

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I do regret that I think I lost track with Bertha at some point but she seemed fine when we returned to the Thornridges.

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I decided to give it one more try when the others retired after dinner.

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“Bertha I’d like to talk to you.”

“I’m not in the mood to be chastised.  As you can see I am in one piece.”

As much as I hate to admit it Jessica did have a point.  Bertha wasn’t a child any longer and I need to treat her differently.  The fact she was able to spunk up to me proved that.

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“I’m not going to scold you.  I just want you to understand the risk to getting too close to a young man like Jeff.”

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“I’m not a child and know what men can be like.”

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“You don’t hear the stories I do from the other boys at school.  Please don’t tempt him or try to please him with your appearance.”

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“I bought this dress because I like it not because he liked it.  It’s not unseemly to show one’s ankles and knees any longer.  I’m just adapting to these times as you should.”

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“If you insist on flirting with him keep it mild and light.  Try to remember we are just visitors in this time and whatever entanglements we can avoid will mean less pain for all involved.”

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“Honestly, I’m just having fun flirting with him.  My heart is safe and I have nothing to reproach him with.  I know you only worry because you love me.”

“Perhaps you are growing up after all.”

“Raphael promise me you’ll consider the possibility we might not get home.  I don’t want to see your heartbroken either.”

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“No need to worry about me dear sister.  I shall not rest until I can get us back home even if it is when I am taking my last breath.”

I felt a lot better after our conversation.  I really think she took it to heart.

So are you taking what she said to heart as well?

I shan’t be giving up on returning to our proper time but I won’t be heartbroken if I fail.

Are you certain about that?  There’s a chance of heartbreak no matter how it turns out.

What could possibly hurt me if I go back?

You know it is possible she might not want to go back with you even if you succeed.

That’s something its pointless to worry about now isn’t it?   


Victorian slang explanations:

  • A drag is a person that ruins a good time.
  • “To spunk up” means to stand up to someone.

Blast From the Past: Chapter 1

Just to make it clear I’m not accessing points until Raphael enters young adulthood.  I thought it would give more time for relationships to develop and decide who I’d like to have continue with Raph in the house once he reaches YA.  I plan to give you all a vote as to who should stay or go at that point.  I had lost some gameplay pics when my last comp problem occurred so I’ll summarize a bit at first.

School Days

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Well its been some time, I think a fortnight or perhaps two, since I last put pen to paper.

So which was it a week or a month?

Really I’m not sure and if you keep interrupting me, voice, I won’t be able to finish this.

Fine I just think its funny you have no idea how long you’ve been in the 21st century.

 I had to bone-up on everything that I missed in the years since 1860 or I’d fail miserably in building a new time machine.  I must know of history and all advancements in science if I want to get in the proper scientific circles.

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That’s why I have spent every spare moment I can with my nose in a book which isn’t much since there is school work to be done.

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At the end of the day I’ve frequently been so tired I could hardly keep my eyes open for a shower and had to crawl into bed in the buff.

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That might explain you sleeping in the nude but what about you eating in the nude?

After getting a little sleep I was hungry that night.

Weren’t you afraid you’d be seen.

No they all sleep soundly.  Besides I dressed immediately afterward and went back to sleep so it was a good thing.

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It might have been awkward for Jeffery if he woke up before me.

 Actually aren’t those the clothes you wore to school that day?

The night-clothes in this century looks like normal clothes.

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I wasn’t in the mood to change that day.   As I said it all looks the same so why should I bother changing?  It saves time and no one said anything.

Probably because those aren’t night-clothes but athletic.

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Let’s get back to the topic of my activities, shall we?

Yes what were you saying?

I was about to comment on school.  The schools are quite different from what Bertha and I are used to.  They have special transportation, called buses, that pick all of the youths up at home and take them to the buildings.  I’m not complaining though because I never liked walking or having my grandmother drop me off in her old carriage.

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The school is large and everyone in the city attend.  It’s not just for the privileged anymore as it is the law all must learn.  I can remember there were a few yokels who didn’t trust education and never let their children attend but made them work.  The authorities didn’t seem to care.  That isn’t allowed any longer.

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Also, females weren’t encouraged to learn as much as they are now.  Unless they wanted to teach or nurse then they couldn’t attend schools.  I can see that the Thornridge girls are very intelligent so I suppose it is natural they should seek more skills to attain work in fields where they can put it to use.

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What about Bertha?

Well unfortunately acting is not looked down on any longer so she isn’t that concerned with academics.  Though Mrs. Thornridge told her that she needs decent grade to get into acting schools so she is trying.  She’s never been especially bright though.  She’s talking about joining some club for aspiring actors and it concerns me. 

You don’t approve?

Actors are notoriously immoral and might take her down a path that will ruin her. 

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She already is showing poor judgment in flirting with Jeff. 

Aren’t you being a little judgmental?

No, I have heard things about him and he is a notorious masher.  He’s broken many girl’s hearts and ruined them morally.  The only saving grace is a girl in this century won’t be ostracized in this century for putting herself into the power of a disreputable man.  I plan to talk to my sister about her poor choices before she is hurt.

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I think I’ve rambled enough in that regard.  I should probably mentioned I joined a group that focuses on building machines and such after school.  I’m hoping it helps me in learning more about the machines in this century that can help me get us back home.  It means I have to stay up late to do homework though.

That’s not the only thing you stay up late to do.

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Yes, I’ve also tried to understand the cultural climate better by watching the television.

You like watching it for fun.  Reality shows fascinate you.  Admit it.

It’s valuable information. 

The Bachelor is valuable?

Its valuable in fitting in at school.  They all talk about it.  Besides, I’ve tried not to watch too much of anything since I have discovered it seems to have an entrancing effect on everyone who stares at the television for extended periods.  Sims seem to literally get hooked on it like its a drug.

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Why one day I was taking a wonderful nap when Jessica just had to turn it on.

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“Sorry I didn’t mean to wake you up Raph.”

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“How could this infernal racket not wake me!”

“Take a chill pill.”

“Being cooler will not improve my mood!”

I can’t decide if she meant to do it to mess with me or she couldn’t stand the television being off for an extended period.

You aren’t getting along with her?

She chides me about being ‘old fashioned’ quite a lot.

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Speaking of messing with me I had a very strange experience. 

Oh really?  What was it?

I was cleaning up the dishes for my midnight snack and I heard a strange sound.

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I ran outside to see what it was.

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To my surprise there was an enormous ball of light hanging in the air.

Are you sure you weren’t hallucinating?

I do not have hallucinations.

You hear a voice no one else hears.

That’s different.  Besides a hallucination can’t do what this thing did.

I’m sorry go on with your story.

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I continued to watch the light.  It was at once exhilarating and terrifying standing there.

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It suddenly split into a thousand tiny balls of light to my wonder.

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Then, out of it a strange floating craft emerged.  Naturally, I was curious so I stared up at it which was a mistake.

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It shot out a beam of light and I tried to run but it was much too fast.

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It nabbed me and the last thing I could remember was hanging in mid-air. 

Then what happened?

I don’t remember.

Are you sure it wasn’t a hallucination?

Yes because I only can’t remember a few hours.

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The next thing I remembered is being on the lawn bathed in light and I don’t think I was alone.  I wasn’t able to get a look at it but I looked into it later and discovered I wasn’t the only one who experienced it and it is claimed beings not of this earth are abducting people.

That sounds a little bit too much like a sci-fi movie.

What’s sci-fi?

Science Fiction.  It’s an entertainment genre that developed after you stepped into the time machine.  You should check it out.  Nerds like you eat it up.

I have no idea what you mean. 

It doesn’t matter.  I just question if what you saw was real.

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Well it was all very real.  I just know it left me feeling violated and well I don’t want to go into details.  There are some things gentlemen shouldn’t speak of.

So that ends the story?

Yes.  I just hope it never happens again.

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I think that just about summarizes my first few months.  I hope to update a bit more often.

There were some Victorian era slang expressions in the narrative:

  • A fortnight means two weeks.
  • Bone-up means studying hard..
  • A yokel is a poor and uneducated person.
  • A masher is a man that makes improper sexual advances to a woman.
  • Surprisingly “in the buff” and “mess with” were used in the 1800s as well.

A Blast From the Past: Prologue

Time Travel is a Complicated Business

Welcome to the ramblings of a slightly mad man.  I say slightly mad because it’s the truth and as this is a journal I’m safe in confessing such things.  If I were to relate all of the truths of my life then the hearer would think me a bona fide lunatic.  I was told by my mentor often those touched by genius were touched by madness at the same time.  That’s why they were able to dream up what didn’t exist and have the gall to attempt to actually make it real.  That’s why we often, and I say we because I can happily include myself in this category, are called eccentric.

If this is a journal why don’t you introduce yourself?

Ah that would be the voice in my head that I hear sometimes that tells me I’m in a game.  I don’t believe that though.

So you have no trouble believing in time travel but do have trouble believing your life is a game?

I know time travel is real because that’s how I got here.  I used my grandfather’s machine and now I’m in 2012 or such like.  Anyway I’m now in a house held by a lovely family.

Why don’t you tell the readers how you met the family.

Ah yes!  Bertha and I..

Your sister.

Yes she’s my sister.

Your readers don’t know that yet.

That’s right this is a journal record.  Maybe I should start before the Thornridges a bit then.  I never really finished introducing myself.  My name is Raphael Denton and I was born into a modest Victorian family.  Yes, I mean I’m not from this time.

After my parents died in a fire we went to live with my grandmother.  She said I reminded her of grandfather, who was also a bit of an inventive genious, let me go through all of his old things and among them was a time machine he’d been making.  I managed to get it going and decided to try it out.  Bertha, got in with me thinking that it would be a perfect opportunity to poke fun at me.

Instead it worked and we found ourselves in a strange place with the most intriguing horseless carriages.  To be sure of the date we got a newspaper off the first front porch we came across.  Feeling quite proud of myself we went to take the paper back as proof and found it didn’t work any longer.

That is what brought us to the Thornridge’s house.

“Raphael we can’t just go begging at a stranger’s doorstep.”

“If you want to eat tonight dear sister you must accept our predicament.”

“I wonder which I shall die of first, embarrassment or hunger?”

“Bertha why do you always fuss so?”

That would be because she has the Dramatic trait.

If you mean personality trait I suppose I agree.  Oh yes that was when we met Mrs. Thornridge.

“Excuse me, can I help you?”

“Madam my sister and I are a bit lost and I was wondering if you could point me to the nearest boarding house?”

“Do you mean you need a place to stay?  Can I call your parents?”

“We have no family here or anywhere else that we know of and that is why I was looking for a room to rent until we could get our bearings.”

“You have nobody?  Well I suppose you could stay here tonight and I’ll take you to the police in the morning.”

“We would be honored to accept your hospitality this evening.  Once I am able I will be sure to pay you back.”

She conducted us inside and there we met the other members of the family.

“Hi I’m Jennifer.”

“I’m pleased meet you Jennifer.  I’m Raphael Denton and this is my sister Bertha.”

“So why are you guys dressed up?”

“Oh Raphael they have books!”

“Its a long story that I’d rather not repeat at this time or you would think I was insane.”

Well you are a little.  You have the Insane trait.

Bertha is also a Bookworm which is probably why she opted for books rather than introducing herself to Jessica, who was sitting at the table, and Jeffery who sat down right after she grabbed a book.

“So who are these people?”

“I have no idea Jeff…”

“I’m going to ask mom.”

“So mom who are these two strangers and what are they doing here?”

“They’re two kids that need some help.  Its only for the night.”

“Is he talking to himself?”

“It sure looks like it.”

Of course the next day the police couldn’t find any record of us in their system and they were going to send us to the orphanage but Mrs. Thornridge felt sorry for us and offered to take us in.

So are you enjoying the future?

It has some marvelous things but I am determined to learn how to build my own machine and go home as soon as I am able.  Thus begins my stay in this distant time.

Do You Believe in Magic? Episode 2

First Performances

“This is the first time I’ve seen you since you moved in Desmond.”

“Yep.  The shoot makes me get up and leave really early and you work late.  I gotta get going. “

“Oh hey you’re up already.  Guess what I have an audition this morning.  Want to give up now?”

“Sorry Sis.  I have an audition this afternoon.”

“I’ll be locked in and set up before you even get accepted.”

“See you later beautiful and magic boy.”


*** Later that day Copper Auditions for Kori Thigpen ***

“Hi I’m here for an audition!”

“So you are Elysian Fields the acrobat?”


“What can you do?”

“I can juggle, mime as well as do acrobatics.”

“Show me something.”

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“The old trapped in the box deal.  I suppose it’s not too bad, though I’m not really into mimes myself.”

“I can do something else if you’d like.”

“No its alright.  I’ll give you a chance.  How about tomorrow at 4:30?”

“Thank you Miss Thigpen!”

“Just call me Kori.”

“Hmm… Maybe I should do some networking and invite people to my show?”

***Later that day Cooper Auditions for Kori Thigpen***

“So Mister Mysterious, is it?”

“Yes Ma’am, that is my stage name as a Magician.”

“Can you show me a sample of your talent?”

“I’d be happy to… but well first there is something behind your ear.”

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“Oh look you must be made of money!”

“I must say you are very charming and engaging.  I think my patrons will like you Mr. Mysterious.  How about a show at 4:30 on Friday.”

“That’s music to my ears Miss Thigpen.”

“Its Kori.  Don’t disappoint me now.”

::His phone rings::

“Hello… Oh hi Grandpa… Yeah I remember Ella Steelwood…They need a magician after a last-minute cancellation?  Sure I’ll go to Dragon Falls first thing in the morning!”


“I’ve enjoyed talking to you Willard.  Being new in town I don’t really have many friends so I appreciate you offering to come.”

“I look forward to it Copper.”

“I should be heading home.  See you at the show!”



“Woo!  Feel the burn!”

“I see a promotion in your future and an old friend will soon walk back into your life.”

“Must put on a better show tomorrow than Cooper!”

***Thursday Morning***

“Why today of all days do I have a back ache?”

“I see great success for you today Cooper!”

“Uh… yeah…Thanks Lilly.”

“Go knock their socks off!”

*** Thursday at 4:30 Copper has her first gig at Vera Park***

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::Lack-luster applause::

“Hey Willard thanks for coming.  No one else I talked to yesterday showed up.  I’m sorry but I guess the show wasn’t that good.”

“I thought it was fine.   I’m sure your next show will be better. “

*** Later that Night***


::Whistles happily::

“Hi guys!”

“You think you’re hot stuff don’t you?  You are a sorry excuse for a Fortune Teller!”

“Is everything okay Lilly?”

“It’s far from okay!  She’s a little Diva who’s plotting against us all!”

“Desmond chill.  Lilly come with me.”

“Hey Lilly..”

“Cooper what are you doing?”


“Oh!  Wow!”

“Now let that be the last thing you think about tonight and not Desmond being a jerk.”

“Thank you Cooper.”

“Good night.”



Do You Believe In Magic?: Episode 1

Episode 1:  Meet the Roomies

On today’s episode we will see how Cooper and Copper Fields are getting along with their new room mates.

This is Desmond Elders an aspiring actor.  Rumor has it he’s a big Flirt and a bit of a Diva.

This is Lily Bluestone who makes her living part-time telling fortunes and working in a Day Spa.

Last evening they moved in and everyone seemed to enjoy meeting each other.

The rest of the evening was spent with them unpacking and getting situated.

*** Early Morning the Next Day ***

“Hey you’re up Lily Blue.”


“By the way you look gorgeous already.  There’s no need for you to spend anytime on gusying up.”

“So you’re one of those.   Look I’m not that easy to sweet talk.  I’m going  to watch television.”

****Later that morning****

::Stares at the television::


::Stares at television::

“Alright then…”

::Stares at her for a moment::

::Quickly stares at the television::

“Oh hey!  You finally noticed I was here?”

“I have the ability to concentrate and shut everything else out.  Sorry about that.”

“Don’t worry about it.”

“So how do you like it here in Starlight Shores?”

“I like it so far.  The people are friendly even if some of them look a little unusual.”

“Well that’s just because some of the FairSims have slipped into this plane every once in a while.  They got with some of the regular people here and had babies.  Their genes are floating around.  That’s why I have pointed ears and blue-hair.”

“So you’re saying your ears are real and your hair isn’t dyed?”


“This isn’t some stunt the show is pulling?”


“Uh… I should probably get to my workout and head out to perform.”

“Okay.  I’m going to get dressed.”

“Morning Cooper.  I’m out to get a head start on you.  I got to win that bet.”

“Go ahead.  I’m not leaving until I finish my workout.”

“Suit yourself.  Ta ta!”

::Singing:: “Oh I’m too sexy for my shirt.  Too sexy for these bows!  Too sexy for these pants!”


*** At the Beach***

*** Back at the house.***

“I’m off to work beautiful.”

“See you later!”

***At little later outside the sports stadium***

***Back at the House Later that night***

“That’s right Cooper they said I could try out for a gig at the park tomorrow.”

“That doesn’t mean you’ll get one.”

“I’m still a lot closer than you are.”

“I bet once I do a few more tricks in the morning they’ll let me try out too.  Then they’ll give me a gig and not you.”

“In your dreams.”

“We’ll see.  If you get the dishes I’ll take the trash out.”



::Clutches his heart::

“I got you!”  ::Laughs::

“Yes you got me.  So can I look forward to more of this in the year to come?”

“If you’re that easy to surprise then of course!  Oh guess what?”


“Tag!  You’re It!”

::Runs away laughing::

::Dramatically:: “Oh you got me!”

“I’ll never run again!”

“Want to know a secret?”

::Leans in to hear::

::Whispering:: “I like you the most out of all the people in the house.  Goodnight.”

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