Friday, November 16, 2012

Chapter 24: Serious Works of Non-Fiction

Shadow's birthday brings a whole shelf full of books, all for himself. What could be more awesome than that?

"In 'The Warlock of Palladia', the witches have green skin and ride brooms to their secret meetings. But they use their magic to look normal to regular humans. Does mom secretly have green skin?"

"No," Farrell answers with a laugh.

"But, how do you know? She could have put a spell on you so you couldn't see what she really looks like," Shadow says.

Farrell laughs, "'The Warlock of Palladia' is fiction. You'll have to ask your mother about what real witches can do."

Aurora has inherited her father's genius, and prefers historical books over the fictional tales her brother favors.

Aouregan tries to teach her daughter some of the basics of alchemy, but Aurora's attention is on her father's workbench.

"Go ahead," Aouregan says with a smile, "See what you can make with your father's scrap."

Aurora doesn't need to be told twice.

While Aouregan mixes her potions, Farrell has been busy with his, still trying to come up with a formula to neutralize the effect of the radioactive alloy MorcuCorp created to keep their fae prisoners from escaping or using their magic against their captors.

Cassidy drifted off while reading in bed, and sleeps with her book tucked under her arm, and dreams of the characters in herstory.

It's Saturrday! No school, all play for the kids in the Brannon household.

Aurora challenges Delaney to a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Delaney does not handle defeat well.

But the cousins quickly hug and make up.

In the afternoon, the whole family heads out to Le Cirque Park, where a neighborhood party is starting.

Shadow seeks out his new school friend, Iola Hawksquill right away.

Iola is terrified that the circus themed park might attract clowns. Clowns!

Elliot busts out his costume and make up, and performs some of his mime and juggling routines that don't put too much stress on hi back.

"Someone putafreezespell on him!" Moth gasps as he encounter's Elliot's Human Statue act.

Tansy brushes some dirt off her pants, hiding her amusement from her gullible mate, "It's not a spell," she explains, "He's performing."

"I've been looking forward to meeting you," Tansy greets Aouregan, "Moth has been worried about you for as long as I've known him. My father and my sister have been concerned as well, though they were always confident you'd be rescued eventually."

"Your father and sister?" Aouregan asks, not sure who she means.

"Auberon and Evenfall. My sister says you knew her in your own time, and you've met my father in the dream realm. Thy send you their regards, but they don't like to appear around so many mortals, not even here, where the people are more accepting."

"This is the only place I've been since awaking in this time," Aouregan says, "What is it like elsewhere?"

"It's not much different, really," Tansy says, "But because this town has been touched so deeply by magic, the people who live here are more ready to accept it's reality than they are in most other places."

Cassidy rules at skeeball. Delaney is disappointed to score lower than her bookish twin. Games are her domain, she should naturally be better at them.

The grown ups are all secretly playing 'Guess who Scarlet Prynne's new babydaddy is'. Single mother Scarlet is pregnant again and has been keeping s silent about this one's father as she did about her first. But while everyone in town knew about Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'secret' affair with the young schoolteacher, no one has yet sussed out who her latest flame might be.

It's like these games have all conspired against Delaney, she just can't get a high score on anything!

Cassidy tries her hand at the claw machine.

The claw picks up a robot toy and dangles it in front of her. Will it drop?

Yes! Victory! The prize is Cassidy's.

"Here, I won this for you," Cassidy says, handing the toy robot to her sister, hoping to cheer her up.

Shadow is not as successful in his attempt to win a prize for Iola.

But Iola doesn't care, she's just happy to have a friend who'll be there to protect her if the clowns ever show up.

Aurora is far too serious to enjoy the frivolities of arcade games, a trait she shares with the town doctor, Ariel Hawksquill. They sit together for a game of chess, while he recommends some good, serious works of non-fiction for her to read.

Kyle has spent his afternoon schmoozing with the other children, including Amanda Rivers, a girl in his class.

While he's chatting with neighbor Stacey Meadows, whose son Philip is the same age as his twins, Farrell notices a newcomer to the neighborhood gathering, someone he never expected to see again.

"Suchandra," Farrell says as the gandharva approaches him, "What brings you to Drake's Hollow?" he asks, though he suspects he already knows the answer to his own question.

"I was looking for you," Suchandra answers, confirming Farrell's suspicion, "You rescued us from the white prison. They still have Misrakesi, and I cannot rescue her alone."

"So you need my help," Farrell sighs.

"I would grant you any boon in my power, if you could bring her back to me," Suchandra promises.

"I'll do what I can" Farrell promises, "There's no need to pay me. Stopping MorcuCorp's plans is reward enough. Do you know where they have her?"

Suchandra nods, and says he take Farrell there.

Another rescue from MorcuCorp's labs will require careful planning, so Farrell enlists his mother's aid.

"When we went after Aouregan, it was a trap," Pearl warns her son, "Can you be sure this Suchandra isn't an agent of MorcuCorp?"

"Nothing is ever certain," Farrell answers, "But it seems unlikely."

Pearl frown, but nods, "We'll need a different plan this time,MorcuCorp won't fall for the same tricks twice. Let's meet tomorrow night to work out what we need to do."

Claire shows up to the gathering later in the afternoon. "I wasn't sure I should come," she admits, blushing as Elliot takes her hands in greeting.

"Why not? It's a neighborhood party."

"I thought you might not want to see me in front of your kids..."

"Well, it's not like we're gong to be making out in front of them," Elliot says, "It's okay for them to see me talking to you."

The sky grows dark, and after their picnic dinner is done, it's time for the family to go home.

Cassidy and Delaney brought home a souvenir from their day at the park, and hang it on their bedroom wall.

It's past bedtime, but the girls are too wound p to go to sleep right away.

"You better check under your bed for monsters," Cassidy suggests as she prepares to climb into her own bed.

As if Delaney would ever be scared of monsters.

Still it can't hurt to look, right?

"I was just kidding, silly," Cassidy says as her twin runs screaming from the room, "There's no such thing as bed monsters."

"What are you doing still up?" Elliot asks, coming upstairs to go to bed himself,  nd finding Delaney playing on her rocking horse, "It's way past your bed time."

"There was a monster under my bed," Delaney explains, "It's not safe to sleep in there."

"You know I'm stronger than any monster, right?" Elliot says, "They wouldn't dare try to hurt you while I'm around."

Her dad is pretty strong, Delaney agrees, and no monster would be any match for him. With a hug goodnight, she scampers back to her room for the night.


  1. <3

    I love to see the kids get this much characterization. And yay, Suchandra!

    1. Thanks, Becky! I thought you'd like this one. I actually thought about you while I was putting it together. I don't write kids as well as you, and they usually don't get a lot of time in my legacies until they are teens. But it was a lot of fun having a party in the park with them, and they just kind of took over this chapter.

  2. Aw, they're so cute as kids! I love how they interact with each other.

    I have to admit I especially love Aurora. I'm looking forward to seeing what all the kids get up to in the future.

    1. Thanks, Tsuki!
      Aurora is a very serious girl, and a genius like her father.
      I'm really looking forward to raising two young witch children.

  3. Okay I melted about five times during this chapter. The kids are so friggin cute! I LOVE Cassidy and Delaney! Their interactions with easy other are just so sweet and cute. I wish I had a twin sister. : ( ... Okay not really.

    Tansy <3 I love pretty fairies.

    Can't wait to see Farrell and lady Kickasia (Yes that is what i have renamed Pearl in my head) take on Marucorp once again!

    1. Thaks, Cece. I'm in love with Cassidy and Delaney too. They are the most twinnish twins I've ever had, if that makes sense.

      Tansy finally made her first official appearance. I keep forgetting to to upload her, but I will.

      LOL at Lady Kickasia.I do love having an elderly woman being my badass assassin for this story. And it will be fun to take on MorcuCorp again.

  4. Yay for fluffy fun chapters, always a relief after a lot of seriousness. I absolutely love the name Iola by the way. I've used it and Iolita (the gem named that) as well as the variant Iantha (violet) for many rpg characters. I really like 'I' girl names for some reason ... Isobel (not Isabel) being my all time favorite, along with Iris, Indigo, Iliana, etc. =) I tried to use Iolita for an MMO character I had, but because the font in the game chat changed capital I to look identical to an L, people kept calling my character Lolita and that annoyed me. :P

    But anyways, back to your story - I look forward to seeing how Farrell solves the problem and aids Suchandra. He helped them get out of the labs at the end so it's a good thing for Farrell to go back and help his loved one still trapped.

    The kids are all just so cute and each with great unique personalities. I can't say any are my favorite, but Shadow is really starting to steal my heart. <3

    1. Thanks, Envie!
      I almost used the name Iola for Aurora, because it means 'violet colored dawn', at least according to the name reference I was using. In one variant of the Sleeping Beauty tale, the twins that the princess delivers while in her magical sleep are named L'Aurore (Dawn) and La Nuit (Night) and I wanted to name Aouregan's twins accordingly.It was incredibly easy finding girl's names that mean dawn, including Dawn, lol. Finding the boy's name was harder and I eventually went with Shadow. And stuck with Aurora for the girl's name.

      Yes, Farrell will be making another daring infiltration and rescue from MorcuCorp's secret labs. Poorly timed, lol, because right now I want to play Sesons, and not build underground sets and shoot staged scenes, lol. But you do what he story demands, right?

      It's fun for me to see which kids people like best. I don't have a favorite either, but I do know who is heir. And I'm not telling, lol.

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  6. OMG, finally managed to take some time out from my own game to work my way through all these chapters! I absolutely love the whole story, and the characters are so unique and individual. I definitely have a soft spot for Farrell, and hope he's going to be okay going back into MoruCorp. This chapter was awesome; I love the different children and seeing their individual personalities coming from, and Shadow is such a cutie! The monster under the bed bit made me laugh, but that's such a terrifying interaction that I don't blame Delaney for freaking out. :D

    Can't wait to read the next part!

    1. Thanks for reading, Elly! I'm so happy you are enjoying my story.
      Farrell is very much my favorite Sim in this legacy so far.
      Delaney ha the Daredevil trait, so I thought she might not get scared by the monster under the bed, but I guess it's just the Brave Sims who aren't scared. But I loved finding out that having her father promise to protect her took the scared moodlet away and she was able to go to bed.

  7. Oh wow. I'm so happy about all the kids. They are all so cute! I just love Delaney and Cassidy. But I think Aurora is my favorite. She reminds me of Farrell and he's probably my favorite Sim ever!

    1. Thanks, sparkle!
      I'm having a great time playing all these kids, they are all a lot of fun. The house is chaos, but in a fun way.

  8. What a fun chapter! I loved it! :D The kids are all adorable!

    And another MorcuCorp adventure with Pearl, Farrell, and Suchandra!! How exciting! I can't wait to see how that turns out, and to find out who the mysterious Misrakesi is. :D

    1. Thanks, Nirar!
      I had a lot of fun at the neighborhood party, too. The Le Cirque lot is great for inviting all the neighbors over to party, there's lots for everyone to do.

      And, yeah, more adventures ahead. =D

  9. The kids are all so adorable. I loved the monsters under the bed bit at the end in particular.

    Looking forward to the next Morcucorp adventure! I'm curious about Misrakesi and learning more about her and Suchandra. I'm not familiar with gandharvas, so this will be quite interesting!

    1. Thanks, Haley!
      I've always been fascinated by gandharvas, and it will be fun introducing some Indian mythology characters to the story. Though, the inability to make Sims with four arms and five heads kind of limits me, lol.

  10. Loved the update. :) So much interaction with the family and getting to know the kids was really nice. Elliot looks great. ^_^ I hope that the new rescue goes well.

    1. Thanks, zhip! I've been missing you, it's great to see you around again. =D
      Back in Storybrook, Elliot was playing a lot of basketball, and he developed some huge muscles. I think since the move he's lost some of that, but of course he remains nicely toned. I don't like when they get too big, so I took away his hoop. I let him keep his golf thing, so he can stay active without building huge muscles.

  11. This was a really cute chapter. :)

    1. Thanks! I like getting in a few fun, light-hearted chapters between all the drama sometimes.


    which I'm told is not a normal reaction to adorable things - but I believe I'm related to Elmira. <3

    1. LOL, that was very Elmira.
      I did get a really cute bunch of kids in this generation.

  13. The kids are so adorable! I love that you give them all so much character.

    Yay for another rescue mission. I really hope it isn't another trap.

    1. This was a fun chapter for the kids. =D