Gothic Resort Insanity: Episode 3


Since I got some unplanned interactions on top of some planned things I decided to add an addition chapter so there will be one more in this set of chapters.

Wishes & Dragons

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The next day Bethany Steele-Begonia came to me very upset.  She claimed that the night before she’s gone outside when she saw some lights.

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She said it was outback in the courtyard where she saw them.

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It turned out to be aliens and she was abducted right near the wishing well.

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I’m not sure why she seemed to think I could do something about it but I told her if there were any lights again to not go outside and call me instead.    That really upset my Dad since he seemed to have some belief that anyone with Gelman blood was a special sort of target.  Anyway I decided it was best to play it safe since I’d read some warning notices about multiple abductions being fairly common.

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My sister Celeste told a decidedly more upbeat story of her late night visit to the park in Lucky Palms.

“Hello.”

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“Yes.. Oh…”

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“I didn’t mean to scare you.  I’m not hunting you.  I just thought… well… I haven’t seen a fairy before and you’re kind of cute so I wanted to say hi.”

::Chuckles::  “I’m glad you did.  You seem like a very interesting and cute vampire.”

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“You think I’m cute?”

“How could I not?”

“Well sims in this town are nervous around us vampires.  Its only recently they’ve been better about us coming into the city when it’s not on business.”

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“Well I’m not from here originally but when a pretty girl, vampire or not, comes up and starts flirting with me I’m not foolish enough to listen to superstition.  It’s a little late though so what do you say we meet at the festival grounds tomorrow about 4 pm and finish this conversation?”

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“Okay.  I’d like that… what’s your name?”

“Zebulon.”  

“I’m Celeste.”

I’d never seen her this excited about a guy so I hope it works out well for her.

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Miss Jennings left this morning.  I didn’t pry into the arrangement she made with my father but evidently she’ll be coming to my Dad’s place to be a Baby Mamma soon.

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In all honesty I sometimes wonder how he’s able to convince so many women to pop out a baby or two for him and leave it with him to raise.  Whatever it is its pretty clear women find him very attractive and he’s naturally just very flirty.  Bernard and I tried not to be too upset that he’d been a little flirtatious with our wives but he said he didn’t mean anything by it and Dove and Emma already dislike him for trying it.

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When word came around Dragon Eggs were being sold we decided that pet baby dragons would be a perfect addition to our themed Resort.  We purchased 4 eggs and followed the instructions given to us by the merchant to encourage the 4 different elements and were pleased to have one of each type hatch.

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The Black Dragon we named Abyss is an independent little guy who likes spending time with everyone.

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The Red Dragon, the fire elemental, is named Flame.  She spends much time with Celeste.

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Bev has adopted the Purple Dragon, a female named Iris, and is very fond of her.  At first, I think was more because purple is Bev’s favorite color but the creature’s personality grew on her after a while.

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The green dragon, the earth elemental, we named Mandrake is my personal favorite.

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I confess my favoritism comes from the fact that he’s able to help me in my job.

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Mandrake’s magical ability allows him to help me in the harvesting of my garden and sharpening of my skills.

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Once he’s done his bit of work then he hangs around with me while I work.

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I’ve never been much of an animal sim but this little guy has won me over.

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I really appreciate any help I can get from whether it’s from Sim or animal because its hard work.  We  all work hard behind the scenes so that our guests are happy.

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In the end that’s what its all about.  When I walk the halls and see one of the guests, no matter how long their stay may be, if they smile or even ignore my presence then I know we’re doing our job well.  Its a successful business but its hard to have the time for family and personal time.

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I wish we had more time to spend with Dad during the day and then maybe he wouldn’t have decided to make those wishes.

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“Okay wishing well let’s see what you can do.”

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Actually I wonder if its a good idea to have that well.  Most of the time guests wish for happiness or money but word is getting out you can wish for other things from these wells.

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“Wishing well grant me a fine lady to give me more kids.”

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“A frog?”

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“So I guess this is like those fairy stories where I kiss you and you become a beautiful woman?”

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“Here goes nothing.”

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“What in the Hell?”

The trouble is when it comes to magical beings they like being mischeeivious and tempermental.

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“That’s it!  I just kissed a frog and that’s it!  What kind of a wishing well are you?”

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“And now it’s raining? “

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“Alright I give you one more chance to redeem yourself well.  I know you’re holding out on me.  I’ve read stories and I know you can give me a hot lady so do it.”

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“Come on, Daddy needs a new Baby Momma.”

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“Take two.”

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“This better be worth it this time.”

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“Yes its working this time!”

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“Freaking sweet!  A woman!”

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“An old woman with weird eyes?”

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“This isn’t what I wanted!  You can go back now Frog Lady.”

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“No go back.  Rana human now.  Rana was lonely so well grant Rana new life.  You are a human man?  Rana wanted beautiful human  man to take care of her.  Rana cannot see.  Are you beautiful?”

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“So you aren’t just an old woman but you’re blind too?  Look I can’t take care of anyone.  I only have space in my house for ladies who can give me kids.”

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“But well gave Rana to you.”

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“Then the well can take you back.  Sorry, but I’m not doing charity cases.”

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“But where will Rana go?  What will Rana do?”

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“Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn!”

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When I found a blind old woman sobbing in the courtyard and she told me her story I was shocked.

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“Dad what are you going to do about Rana?”

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“I can’t use her Al.  I told the well to take her back.”

“That isn’t going to happen.  She’s your responsibility.”

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“Responsibility?  Al  I have 13 kids at home now and will have more soon before they age-up and move out.  I can’t take on a blind old woman too.”

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“Maybe you should have thought about that before making a selfish wish.  She’s not what you want but you can’t just abandon her.”

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“Please, Rana will be useful.  Rana can help with children.  Rana can do what you ask.  Rana, just want someone to talk to.”

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“See Dad.  She can be a new nanny.”

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“Al I just don’t know.  She’s blind.”

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“Rana can do much!  Ran could find her way in well without eyes.  Rana can help in your pond. “

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“Dad come on.  I know you’re not heartless, a little selfish maybe, but not heartless.”

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“I am not selfish, at least not all of the time, Al.  Fine Rana.  I’ll try you out helping with the kids.  A frog will have to turn out better than a serial killer.”

So my Dad got a new nanny to come home with and I think it will be good for him to discover that someone being blind doesn’t make them useless and helpless.  I hope this has discouraged him from trying again with the well.

Speaking of love, Love Day, is tomorrow and we plan of taking an excursion to the Spring Festival with all of the staff and guests.

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To make it all the better my nephew is experiencing his first taste of romance on the holiday tailor made for it.

“Ashlee I’d like to talk to you.”

“Sure Joss.  What is it?”

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“Here I got these for you.”

“How sweet!  They smell wonderful.”

“Well, I think you’re pretty wonderful and I’d really love for you to go on a date with me to the festival.”

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“A first date on Love Day?  How romantic!  Of course I’ll go with you Joss.”

Joss has asked Ashlee to be his date on Love Day tomorrow and she’s agreed.  Though policy prohibits staff from dating a guest he’s not really staff so we decided to make and exception.

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“Wow that’s incredible thanks Ash.”

::Giggles:: “I’m glad you asked me.”

It would be kind of rotten for us to ruin his first love by insisting on a policy.  Its different for us because we can understand the complications of getting involved with a guest romantically.  Ashlee is a nice girl so we’re all delighted with the idea of her dating Joss.  This Love Day is shaping up to be an interesting one with Joss having his first date with Ashlee and Celeste having her first date with Zebulon.  It almost makes me feel bad for the other two members of the Trio.

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Maybe not Ben though.  He actually dates a lot but just hasn’t wanted to settle down with any of the girls he’s dated so far.  I’m not sure if he has a date for the festival yet but knowing him he probably will.

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I worry about Beverly feeling bad seeing most of us pairing off and her being alone.

“If there is nothing else now Mr. Reaper I need to get going.”

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“Actually there is a something I’d like to know.  Why are you always running away?”

“I’m not running away I’m just busy.”

“Actually you’ve already finished your rounds.  I think you’re running away from your attraction to me.”

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“That’s a pretty arrogant thing to assume.  Now if you’ll let me get back to work.”

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“What are you doing?  Let me go.”

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“You’re not getting away this time.”

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In time I’m sure she’ll find someone she’s interested in.

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“You know this is against the rules.”

“Rules are meaningless to someone with the power of death in their hands.  What can they mean to one undead that walks in eternity?”

“Maybe, it won’t be bad just one time, to get it out our systems.”

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She’s such a beautiful sim inside and out some worthy guy is bound to notice sooner or later.  She’s not the type to just jump into anything quickly.  Bev is no push-over and knows what she wants so I suppose that’s why its been so hard for her to find the right guy.

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When that guy comes along he’ll be one lucky Sim but until then I’m sure she’ll find something to occupy herself with on Love Day.

***

– Well the Frog thing was planned but obviously the results and what I was going to do with the person wasn’t.  When auto roll selected the contacts I thought what better than a blind frog nanny for Liam to bring home?  lol.

– Joss being so into Ashlee was on his own.  I helped to get them to romantic interest status but I’ll let them see where they go with it on their own.

– Celeste had an instant mutual attraction with Zebulon.

– J.R. and Bev totally took me by surprise.  I was watching someone else and I suddenly got “I think your hot” from both of them.  I went over to them and saw they were all ready friends and it was rapidly escalating.  So I helped them reach Romantic Interest.

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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“Susin?”

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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.”

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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.”

“Really?”

“Yes.”

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?

Gothic Resort Insanity: Prologue


Welcome

I’m told every place has a story and I’m told every story has a narrator.  Since I think this place deserves to have its story told I suppose I’ll step in.  The place is called the Gothic Resort and its situated in Lucky Palms just outside the city limits.

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My name is Alberto Free and me and 4 of my siblings run the Gothic Resort.  That’s why this isn’t just a story about a place it’s also a story about family.

My father is Liam Gelman and if you haven’t heard about him by now it’s because you don’t like following the gossip columns.  He’s taking on a challenge to have 100 children because some woman, who claims to be a goddess, says she’ll grant him immortality if he manages to accomplish it.

Me and my twin brother Bernard’s mom was a ghost named Talia Free who neither of us have ever met.

She wandered into my Dad’s house one night and he, being who he is, seduced her.

She didn’t hang around long after me and my brother were born though.  My dad said the nanny, Betsy, told him she was afraid of other ghosts and couldn’t stand to be around Bernard any longer.  She ran away and never returned or ever tried to contact us or dad again.

That’s okay though because my dad was a good dad even if there were a lot of us kids for him to pay attention to.

The house was always full because even when our older brother and sisters left there were always new kids being born.

That brings me to the vampire trio.  Their mom is a vampire rocker named Ava Downing.

She met my dad at a friend’s party and told him she wanted kids but didn’t want to have to take care of them.  My dad, wanting more kids, agreed.  After my brother’s and sister had their childhood birthday she left and only calls them occasionally.  Its kind of strange she never seems to want to meet them in person.

Its okay though because me and Bernard didn’t mind stepping in and helping with them and our other younger siblings.

In fact we got pretty close to them since we spent so much time with them.

So even when it came time for us to leave home we still kept in touch.

Speaking of Bernard and I leaving.  That’s when the birth of the idea for the Resort began.

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We started looking and found a property that would work great for what we had in mind in Lucky Palms.

While Bernard and I were working hard on pulling permits and getting the Resort off the ground the Vampire Trio grew-up in much the same way Bernard and I did helping with our younger siblings while they grew up.  They loved getting updates on our progress and we on theirs.

Just when we finished up with the construction of the Resort we were invited to their young adult birthday party.

We got there a little late just missing the traditional photoshoot but we got a warm welcome anyways.

When we got there the Trio convinced us to let them work at the Resort with us.

Celeste had the idea to decorate it with a Gothic theme and so our official name became The Gothic Resort.

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Beverly was always good with sims so we put her in charge of guest relations and advertising.  She runs the front desk and helps with the laundry too.

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Celeste, who always liked to cook, became the chef.  She’s a vegetarian vampire so plasma fruit dishes for vampires were sure to make us unique.

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Bennet, a musician, was given the responsibility to organize the entertainment.

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Bernard used his handiness by doing all of our repairs.

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As for me, I’ve always loved plants and the outdoors so I decided to be the grounds keeper and supply Celeste with a garden full of fresh ingredients.

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I even took my dad’s cowplant in since it had to be removed.  I was happy too since it wasn’t Anubis’ fault that the nanny fed someone to him.  I keep him locked up to be safe.

The Resort did well right away and we were thrilled and the only sad thing was Lucky Palms had some old laws on the book banning vampires so the Trio wasn’t welcome to go into town unless it was on business.

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They remedied this by going to the neighboring town of Sunset Valley where there was a vampire lounge called Lexington 9 to have fun.

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There Bev became friends with a vampire named Alexia Lex.  You know how in a lot of those stories there is some girl that the hero never really gets over.

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Well in mine that girl is Alexia.

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She came into my life with the passionate ferosity of a tornado.

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It started with what I thought was a one-night stand at her friend’s club.

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After that I figured I could avoid her but when I was offered the chance to pick up some extra money one summer when we had to close the resort for repairs from a freak thunder storm by helping her friend with his landscaping and some household chores she was staying there.  Since he owned the club Lexington 9 and I helped out there occasionally too I was pretty much around her 24/7.

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One thing led to another and we started hooking up for sex.  I’m normally not that kind of guy but she had some kind of hold on me.  For a while I thought that maybe she was starting to feel the same way about me as I felt about her but I learned I was wrong.  She made it pretty clear when I went back to my life I was out of hers.

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If that was all it might have been the end of it but unfortunately that summer left us connected in a way that’s impossible to avoid.  She called me one day and said that she had a baby, my son, that at first she thought wasn’t mine.  She wanted me to meet him and be a part of Axel’s life and I wanted to be.

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Unfortunately that meant that Alexia would be a part of my life as well.  Still I wouldn’t trade not seeing my child just to avoid his mother.

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The brings me to the other woman in my life.  Dove Wing came to the Gothic Resort when we added horseback riding as an amenity to care for them and the excursions.  I was attracted to her but I never said anything about it.

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When she found me crying the night I came home from meeting my son she was there to pick up the pieces.

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I needed the comfort and the shoulder to cry on so I didn’t have any of those walls up I usually did.

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I let her in and she then she helped me put the hurt far away from my mind.  Those few stolen moments that night turned into a relationship.

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A pattern developed though.   Every time I’d see Axel, and Alexia was there, I’d be reminded of the summer and those feelings would come back.  She always seemed to get under my skin.  She knew just what buttons to push.

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I’d end up sleeping with her.  When it came to Alexia I seemed to be powerless to resist her advances.

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I’d feel guilty that I had those feelings still and had sex with Alexia so I’d break up with Dove.

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After a while she’d get me to open up and we’d start over again.  Honestly I don’t know why she kept getting back with me over and over and never be angry at me.

While I’ve been on this emotional roller coaster I’ve thrown myself into work and enjoyed the happiness of my siblings.  While most of them had their share of disappointing relationships I kept my own struggles to myself.

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The only one lucky in love of us really is Bernard.  He had the extreme good luck to have the love of his life, a ghostly woman named Emma Bliss, float in and stay in our resort one summer.

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I can’t say I wasn’t a little jealous when he and she tied the knot and started a family.  I had my son, but I didn’t have a family.  I couldn’t really be a part in his every day life.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my niece and nephew and I still am happy for brother even if I long for what he has at times.

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For a long time I felt like I was missing something though by all accounts I had a full life.  I found out what it was when Dove told me she was pregnant.  I guess there was a part of me longing for a family and a child that I got to see more than on a visitation schedule.

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My little Linnet is my everything now and she’s helped me to finally heal some of my  broken heart.

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In caring for our daughter Dove and I have drawn closer in a way I wouldn’t let myself before.  Maybe I’m finally finding the strength to completely move on and enjoy the love I have for Dove, it may not be that intense explosion and desparate longing I felt with Alexia, and have that family I’ve always wanted.

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So if you find your way to Lucky Palms and stop by and you’ll be wlecome.  We’ll treat you like one of the family.

Gothic Resort: Episode 1


Welcome

Hello.  I am the narrator and this is the Gothic Resort.  It is the newest, most luxurious hotel in Lucky palms.  Guests will be pleased by the service and exceptional amenities but not all of them will be as pleased with the staff.

Take new resort resident Maggie Rambel for example.

“No one told me this bloody place was haunted!  He just came floating into the room as bold as you please.  You show all those posh pictures and then I get here and I’m surrounded by vampires and now ghosts!”

“So let me get this straight Miss Rambel.  You called down to the front desk to get your shower repaired and then a ghost entered your room?”

“That’s right.”

“Well that’s because that’s my brother Bernard and he handles the repairs.”

“So you’re telling me the ghost is your brother?”

“Yes all of us running the resort are brothers and sisters.”

“The vampires are related to you too?”

“Yes Miss Rambel.”

“Next your going to tell me you have a blue box in the basement and a sonic screwdriver in your pocket.”

“I have no idea what you mean but I promise we’re all family and you are perfectly safe.”

“Well I’ll be gobsmacked!  This has to be the craziest set up I’ve ever heard of and I had to choose it.  You’re the only normal one in the bunch? “

“I don’t see where I’m that different from them.”

“You’re off your trolley if you think your family is normal.”

This from the woman who comes storming into a strange man’s room in her underwear…

“Look Miss Rambel I don’t mean to be rude but I really need to get to my duties around the hotel.  If you want to check out then call the front desk and my sister Beverly can take care of it.”

“What do you do around here then?”

“I’m the grounds keeper and gardener here.”

“I suppose you have a man-eating plant here too then.”

“Actually we do which is why the garden area is closed and locked.  Look I got to get going…”

Yes the others should get busy too.  Beverly why aren’t you collecting laundry and making beds yet?  Maggie isn’t the only guest that’s up.

“Good morning Miss Wing.”

“Good morning Mister Watson”

So this was the important gardening you wanted to get to then Alberto?

Well at least its fun watching you romp in the sprinklers.

“So no hard feelings Bernard?”

“No, of course not.  The shower is repaired and I mopped up the water for you too.”

“Well that’s service.  You’re alright by me.”

Nice job turning the situation around with good customer service Bernard!

Done in the kitchen already Celeste?

Nice going so far for the staff.  All the morning duties are either done or already started.

I think these guys deserve a little bit of free time now.

Of course there are a few guests who have night jobs who appreciate a little entertainment.

What’s this now?   Maggie is still parading around in her underwear and she’s cornered Alberto again?  What is it this time?

“You know it’s really annoying that you have to sell tickets before they let you take the stage in the theatre in this town.”

“It was that way in the town where I grew up too.”

“Well its bloody ridiculous.”

Either Maggie likes to complain or she just wanted an excuse to keep a shirtless Alberto there to ogle for a few minutes.

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It is now late afternoon and the guests have begun returning to the resort after work.

“Cool a ghost.”  Yet another guest, this time Anthony Steel, notices Bernard for the first time.

And just what are you staring at Bernard?

It looks like our resident lovebirds have found each other after a long days apart while they work.

Bethany Steele and Beckett Begonia have plans to tie the knot tomorrow here at the Resort.  Ah aren’t they cute star-gazing together?

It looks like Maggie and Isa are enjoying Bennet’s after dinner music.  Not everyone is upstairs in the Entertainment Loft though.

Uh oh!  Earl why are you staring at the karaoke machine like that?

“I must destroy this contraption before the aliens use it to fry our brains!”

Well I suppose it will keep Bernard busy if you break it.  Speaking of…

Ah there he is and it looks like he’s going to take a dip in the spa.

Skinny dipping!  Bernard for shame!  Hopefully one of your guests doesn’t catch you!

The crowd has grown in the music area and it seems someone has joined Bennet in a Jam session.

It appears Anthony has some skills playing the drums.

“Hi there, so you’re the cook here?”

“That’s right you can thank yours truly for that amazingly good macaroni and cheese you had tonight.”

“Yeah, whatever you say…”

“That’s not very polite young man.”

Seeing Earl reminds me…

Well it looks like his first attempt at sabotage has failed.

“Oh mirror friend my best friend is getting married tomorrow.  Why can’t I find love too?  I’m attractive.”   It’s a hard thing for a former Imaginary Friend to see their child grow up.  Cheer up though Amy you are currently in a Resort with lots of single and available Sims.

Speaking of Bethany and Beckett I haven’t seen them around all evening.

Oh they are in their room trying out the bed apparently.

Yep that’s them alright.

I suppose I should fade to black about now.  This is PG-13 after all.

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And in case any of you Brit’s reading are wondering.  Although Alberto didn’t know what Maggie was alluding to when she mentioned the “blue box” and “sonic screwdriver” I do.  Though I’m an American I just happen to be a Whovian.  

Gothic Resort: Prologue, Part 2


The Gothic Resort:  Prologue, Part 2  (Resort Tour)

Promotional Brochure

Luxary and a unique magical experience await you at the Gothic Resort.  Located in sunny Lucky Palms this four star hotel is more than a place to hang your hat while you enjoy the tourism in the city its an experience in of itself.

The Gothic Resort is housed in an old world style mansion repurposed with our guests in mind.

From the moment you step foot into our foyer you will be met with charming antique decor.

3 meals a day are included as part of your experience.  Prepared from our own organically grown produce we can accommodate most any guests special dietary needs.

Also included is a daily laundry service to keep your clothes fresh and clean.

Guest Amenities include:

A game room.

State of the art television, computers with internet access and art amenities.  Live music is often done.

Daycare Facility.

Gymnasium.

Pool and spa.

Children’s Playground.

Outdoor banquet and lounging area for parties and functions.

Horseback riding on amazing and magical unicorns.

We also are proud to have many outdoor attractions including a golf driving range, a crystal tree and our own private Wishing Well.

Enjoy yourself for a day or a long-term stay at the Gothic Resort!

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Here’s some additional pictures

Guest Bedrooms:

Staff Rooms:

Temporary Employee Quarters:

Staff Bathroom:

This property was created using this file as its base and was modified and decorated by me.

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